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INSIDE: Crowds enjoy a blooming great festival P8-9
Football: Brogan returns to championship with a bang Page 32
Camogie: St Peregrine’s claim Division 4 Feile title Page 30
ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 BUSINESS .................... 19 MOTORS ........................21 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26
A MOTHER’S PLEA: Family’s book in bid to find Amy Fitzpatrick Page 14
Get dirt bikes off roads – Safer Blanch I LAURA WEBB
IT’S essential to get scrambler bikes off the road, the coordinator of Safer Blanchardstown has said, after a young boy was knocked down by a bike last week. The boy, believed to be aged nine, was playing football with his friends on Whitestown Green at the time. He was taken to hospital where his injuries are said not to be life
threatening. Co-ordinator of Safer Blanchardstown, Philip Jennings said it’s “essential” to get these dirt bikes off the road. “It could have been a lot worse. We were lucky this time. It is an issue across Fingal, not just here.” A 27-year-old male was questioned at the scene and according to a Garda spokesman “a file is being prepared”. Full Story on Page 6
A new high for Niamh: Student is honoured as torch bearer NIAMH Reid Burke, a second-year sports management and coaching student at ITB is pictured holding the Olympic Torch. She was given the honour of being one of the 41 to carry the Olympic Torch as part of the historic Olympic Torch Relay which
came south of the Border on the morning of June 6. Niamh was one of the recipients of ITB’s Sports Scholarships last year and she is also a senior women’s soccer international and is ITB’s current ladies’ soccer player of the year.
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PHOENIX PARK: OPW NETWORK Fingal businesses revisit fundamentals REPORTS BUSY WEEKEND
Park visitors surge as sun comes out GOOD weather has translated into a surge in visitor numbers to the Phoenix Park in recent weeks. From May 25 to 27 the Office of P ublic Works (OPW) reported a very busy weekend at the Phoenix Park with the good weather playing a big part in visitors swarming to the popular attraction. According to a spokesperson for the OPW there were “no problems” with the closure of the section of Chesterfield Avenue. “If anything the closure has enhanced the natural peace and quiet we wish for people using the Park.” T he bank holiday weekend was another hit with visitors because of garden show Bloom which attracts thousands of people each year. W hen visiting the park, visitors are being reminded to take rub-
bish home. “By all means take a picnic basket, but please use the bins provided or take home any litter. “BBQs are allowed on a pilot basis at Furze Road and K nockmaroon,” the spokesperson said. As part of the Phoenix Park Conser vation management plan which is available on the OPW’s website the OPW’s vision for the Phoenix Park is: “To protect and conserve the historic landscape character of the Phoenix Park and its archaeological, architectural and natural heritage whilst facilitating visitor access, education and interpretation, facilitating the sustainable use of the Park’s resources for recreation and other appropriate activities, encouraging research and maintaining its sense of peace and tranquillity”.
Ahmad Rajab, award-winning ActionCOACH business coach; Paul Murgatroyd, Fingal Business Manager and Alan Bell, Referral Institute Ireland
Getting down to business ETTLES Country House Hotel, Swords, was the venue for a recent Fingal Business Network event entitled, Build Your Business – Increase Sales and Profits. Award-winning ActionCOACH business coach, Ahmad Rajab, was the guest speaker who explained the fundamentals of driving business success in tough economic times. Rajab’s involvement in business coaching
and development spans 17 years, with expertise developed in finance, financial structuring, business strategy, marketing, sales and e-commerce. Alan Bell of the Referral Institute Ireland, will led a session called, The Networking Disconnect, where he demonstrated how to use networking properly to build relationships that will increase business sales.
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CRIME Houses raided as part of investigations
Three charged over €1.5m cannabis find I LAURA WEBB
T H R E E m e n h av e appeared in court charged in connection with a drugs find worth in the region of €1.5 million from cannabis grow houses in Dublin 15 and Co Meath. On May 31, gardai carried out a search operation in Dublin West as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the activities of criminal groups involved in drug trafficking. Raids on houses in Blanchardstown, Mulhuddart and Clonsilla recovered cannabis plants and herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €1.5 million along with €20,000 in cash.
Four men were arrested, while another man was arrested later that day following a raid in a house in Navan, Co Meath where cannabis plants worth an estimated €100,000 were seized. Three of the five men appeared at Blanchardstown District Court on the morning of June 1 where they were formally charged. The three have been named as 31-year-old Marcin Olszewski, with an address at The Nurseries, Mulhuddart, 31-yearold Slawomir Lewandoski and 29-year-old Robert Gogolewski both with addresses at Arran Court in Blanchardstown.
The men were arrested at approximately 8.30am following the raids last Thursday. The court heard that none of the men made a reply when charged later that day. Judge Anthony Halpin granted the men legal aid and remanded them in custody until Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 6, when bail applications were expected to be made. The two other men arrested in connection with the drugs, who were in custody in Ballymun and Navan Garda stations, have since been released without charge and a file is being pre-
Gardai carried out a search operation in West Dublin as part of an ongoing investigation into criminal groups and drug trafficking
pared for the DPP. The Garda operation was carried out by gardai from Blanchardstown and the Garda National Drugs Unit. According to reports, the crops were being grown in rented properties that had been fitted with a very sophisticated set-up which included high-wattage lighting systems designed to maxim-
ise growth. Meanwhile, during a Fingal Joint Policing Committee meeting on Friday, June 1, gardai were congratulated on the major drug seizure. Local Fine Gael councillor, Kieran Dennison, who is vice chairman of the Policing Committee, said: “I hope that the message will go out to international criminal
gangs that Ireland is not a safe place to conduct this type of enterprise. A lot of painstaking work has gone into this operation and it has paid off.” He added that, to date, figures for drug seizures in 2012 had reduced, with 18 drug seizures by the end of April compared to 28 for the same period last year.
Meetings offer support THE ALZHEIMER Society of Ireland’s Hartstown social club meets every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Hartstown Inn. The social club is free of charge and provides an informal and enjoyable opportunity for people with dementia and their carers and family members to meet similar people in an atmosphere of support. Anyone with a connection to dementia or Alzhemer’s can drop in for a chat, get access to information and exchange ideas and experiences. The club also plans activities and organises outings. Society staff and volunteers support each club meeting and deal with their specific needs, every week. To learn more, call Mary Bardin on 086 043 8238 or 01 8409 392.
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DINING: PLANNING APPLICATION FOR TOWN CENTRE PREMISES IS MADE
School bid for new pitch
Nando’s hope to open in Blanch POPULAR chicken eatery, Nando’s, is hoping to increase the number of restaurants in Dublin after applying for planning permission for a new unit in Blanchardstown Town Centre. Home to the famous Peri Peri chicken, Nando’s Ireland already has seven restaurants here. The popularity of the restaurants has now led the company to apply for another restaurant in Dublin 15. On May 21, Fingal County Council received a planning application from the restaurant for a unit in Blanchardstown Town Centre. According to Aoife O’Connor, HR manager at Nando’s, if all goes well, they hope to open in Blanchardstown by October. “We have been doing
very well in Dublin. People seem to love it. There could be between 35-45 positions available in Blanchardstown.” The company is also looking to expand to Liffey Valley, Tallaght and Dun Laoghaire by next year, which could mean another 150-200 jobs for the Dublin area. In the application, the restaurant is proposing to instal a new shop-front, signage and mezzanine floor to restaurant unit 307a in the Blanchardstown Town Centre. We l c o m i n g t h e news this week, Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness said the popular food chain will be a good addition to the selection of places to eat in Dublin 15. According to Cllr McGuinness, the timeline for a planning deci-
sion like this is about six weeks. “There should be no reason why they wouldn’t get planning permission. If there is a need for further information, the council will inform them that they want more clarification. “It increases the place to eat because we have a good selection and I know people like to get out and about in Blanchardstown. “If it is as popular as it has been in other areas across Dublin, I would say it will be a welcome addition.” A number of empty units have been seen in the centre as companies struggle with the current economic times so news that a new business could occupy such space is also welcomed by the councillor.
Best for babies: Pair are delighted at winning top award at competition CAROL and Therese McNally from Water Babies in Blanchard-
stown accepting the award for Best Activity Provider for Babies and Tots at the first annual Families First Awards in the Westbury Hotel organised by Babyface Marketing. The aim of Families First Awards is to recognise the most family friendly companies, products and services for parents, babies, toddlers and young kids. We are absolutely thrilled to win the Best Activity Provider Award at the annual Families First Awards. “We introduced Water Babies to Ireland three years ago and there are now over 1,800 babies and toddlers swimming with us every week in pools across the country,” said Carol. To find out more visit www.waterbabies.ie
A NEW all-weather pitch in Clonsilla could be on the horizon as St Mochta’s Football Club has formally applied for planning permission for the sports facility. On May 22, St Mochta’s Football Club on the Porterstown Road submitted their planning application with Fingal County Council. The proposed development includes the construction of a 90m by 30m all-weather soccer pitch adjacent to its existing cabin changing facilities and six pitch flood lighting are also on the plans. Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness said: “This submission for planning permission by St Mochta’s will undoubtedly be very well received by sport enthusiasts in Clonsilla. The local community will benefit greatly from having an all-weather sporting facility on their doorstep.”
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RADIO Local station leads the way in the community with CRAOL awards
Phoenix FM flair nets three awards at feile THREE Phoenix FM programmes were awarded prizes at the prestigious CRAOL Feile in Athlone last month. The awards were presented by the chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Michael O’Keefe. The Blanchardstown
radio station won an award for “Coolmine Therapeutic Community Programme” in the Social Benefit category. This programme got a distinction and judges said, “This is a perfect example of a programme that is well researched and shows how commu-
nity radio can reach out to the public by explaining how people work their way through life, getting on with their life and showing the kind of support that is out there and the great work that organisations like Coolmine do.” Coolmine Therapeutic
Community is a charity in Dublin 15 spanning almost 40 years. Their show is broadcast on Phoenix FM every Friday at 11.30am and details the work of the charity in combating and dealing with all matters relating to addiction in the community. It is produced,
presented, researched and sound engineered by former clients of Coolmine Therapeutic Community. Two other Phoenix FM programmes got CRAOL Merit certificates. “Young at Heart”, got a certificate in the Commissioned Programme category. It
explores the Blanchardstown Active Retirement Group’s activities and history and will be broadcast on Phoenix FM this summer. “Online On-Air” also got a Merit certificate in the Weekly Specialist Speech category. Judges said that the programme
was: “A hugely comprehensive and accessible IT show, interesting for geeks and newbies alike.” For an opportunity to engage in or produce the programming aimed at your community you can get involved by contacting Phoenix FM on 01 822 72 22.
ITB awarded gold medal at Bloom THE Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown (ITB) struck gold at this year’s Bloom festival when they were awarded a Gold Medal in the Education Category for their stand. Throughout the bank holiday weekend, the team of staff and students from ITB were on hand to answer any horticultural questions visitors at Bloom might have had. They were rewarded for their informative stand and received a gold medal in the Education Category. Delighted for the team, ITB president, Dr Mary Meaney, congratulated the Horticulture team on their gold medal award. “The horticulture staff at ITB is both
dedicated and creative and this medal and recognition by fellow horticulturists is a real honour. As interest in sustainability, turf grass and food production grows, ITB looks forward to more and more people studying horticulture with us.” The team were also supporting their college by telling visitors about the many part-time and full-time courses ITB have on offer for budding horticulturists which includes: Higher certificate in science in horticulture, bachelor of science (honours) in horticulture and certificate in organic and sustainable horticulture. For further information call 8851000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Project: New funeral home planned for Blanch CUNNINGHAM’S Funeral Home have recently started work on a new project – a new funeral home in a historic presbytery building in the heart of Blanchardstown village. The Cunningham’s have been funeral directors in the North Kildare/West Dublin area for four generations. This is a big project for this family business and repre-
sents a significant investment. Pictured are John Burns, Burns Construction; Michael Cunningham; Sinead Lynch, company secretary, Burns Construction; Shane Walsh, McCrossan O’Rourke Planning Architects and Robin Cunningham pictured with the plans and contracts for the new funeral home.
Safety body decries scrambler bike use I LAURA WEBB
IT IS essential to get scrambler bikes off the road, the co-ordinator of Safer Blanchardstown has said this week, after a young boy ended up in hospital after being knocked down by a bike as he played football with his friends. The boy, believed to be aged nine, was playing on Whitestown Green on Monday, May 28, when he was hit by the scrambler. The young boy was then taken to hospital where his injuries are said not to be life threatening. A 27-year-old male was questioned at the scene and according to a Garda spokesman “a
file is being prepared” and the incident is being treated as a road traffic offence. The Garda spokesman said it was important for people to know that it is an “offence” to use a scrambler bike on a public road without proper insurance and tax. “A scrambler is the same as a motorcycle or a car. You need to have tax and insurance and driving licence to use it, so if you don’t have those three items, A. you will be prosecuted and B. it will be seized from you. “They are designed for off-road use; some naïve parents buy them, not realising [you need insurance, tax etc]. You can use them off road in
a public place, you can put them in the back of your van or trailer, you don’t need anything other than insurance for the place you’re using it on, but certainly in a public place you have to have proper insurance.” Commenting on the accident, co-ordinator of Safer Blanchardstown, Philip Jennings said it’s “essential” to get these bikes off the road. “We don’t know who is driving them, are they able to drive them. Obviously they haven’t got proper licences otherwise they wouldn’t be driving them around like lunatics. Do they even own them? They must be stored somewhere, so neighbours or someone who
sees them driving in and out of their homes need to report it. “If people want to keep their children safe, or the community safe, which is what Safer Blanchardstown is about – community safety – it is important that people report these bikes so the gardai can take them, or even report them to the council. “They are used in the strictest of confidence, no one has to know where the phone call came from. “It could have been an awful lot worse. We were very lucky this time. It is an issue across Fingal, not just here, which is important to point out,” Jennings added.
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GARDENS Almost 80,000 people descend on Dublin’s Phoenix
There were plenty of activities for everyone to get involved in
A beautiful and unique vegetable display from Mr Middleton Garden Shop
Award-winning designer and part-
Karl and Mary McIntyre from Karl’s Furniture
time Rehab instructor, David Shortall,
Cyrilla O’Carol and David
led a team of people who use Rehab’s
Murray of O’Hanlon Herbs,
The food village was one of the main attractions at the
services in creating the garden
Pictures: Ania Sherlock
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Park for five days of gardening heaven at Bloom 2012
The Mallow Chords performing on the farm
Gerry Daly gave a seminar on John Moltino from Perfect Pans
festival. Vincent, Maggie and Mairead Whelan from Noirin’s Bakehouse.
Jonathon and Erin Boyle from Gilberts’ Orchard, Carlow
Gareth Dejong from Dublin Zoo
Nuala Hickey of Hickey Bakery, Clonmel
Blooming good fun
NCE again hordes of fans of everything horticultural flocked to the Phoenix Park over the June Bank Holiday for Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event. This was the sixth year for the gardening extravaganza, and with cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice from the experts, Irish food
produce, live entertainment and gardening workshops, there really was something for everyone. This year’s event offered expanded walking space in which to accommodate the large numbers expected to visit the 27 show-gardens, 100 Irish food and drink producers, 40 nurseries, 25 cookery demonstrations and 160 retailers.
Ian Borher certainly looked the part for
Gardening Made Better and
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EXHIBITION Showcasing the bright future of digital media
Anthony Akinwande and Nigel Wall
Michael Mahady and Jack Brady
Dean McManamin, winner of the Award for Student Excellence Pictures: Una Williams
Brian Nolan, Luan Vickery and Hugh McCabe
Creative students exhibit projects HE INSTITUTE of Technology Blanchardstown recently hosted it’s firstever end of year exhibition in creative digital media on May 28 to May 30. The exhibition was designed to showcase the best of creative digital media and featured a range of student’s work across all years of the programme from first to fourth.
Visitors to the exhibition were able to discover a wide range of engaging creative projects including short films, animation, interactive installations, media rich websites, 3D games, mobile applications and much more creativity and ingenuity. More information about the course and the institute can be found at www.itb.ie
Malachy and Dean McManamin Jack O’Halloran and Niamh O’Hora
Sinead Curran, Eleanor Duffin and Nicola Duffy
Mathieu Chardon and Stephen Sheridan
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Song for LauraLynn DUBLIN singer/songwriter Mahoney has released a rousing anthem in anticipation of Euro 2012 with proceeds going to LauraLynn House, Ireland’s only children’s hospice. The song We’re on our Way was co-written with Rob Malone, whose past credits include working as a writer and bassist with international chart-topper David Gray. Irish captain Robbie Keane has given his seal of approval to the song saying “It’s a winner and I love it” and the video has already clocked over 300,000 views on YouTube. LauraLynn House, which opened in September 2011 at the Children’s Sunshine Home in Leopardstown, will receive proceeds from each sale. The funds will be used to support the annual running costs of the hospice, which amount to €1.5 million. At present, the hospice receives no financial state support. The song is now available for download from iTunes and from all good music stores.
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TWO talented Dublin photographers have scooped up major prizes in the Epson Birdwatch Ireland National Photo Competition with their images Little Egret and Merlin. Mark Camody of St Mary’s Abbey, Dublin 7, was awarded the prize for second runner up in the Senior Category, and John Fox of Fairview, Dublin 3, took an overall runner up prize in the same category. The beautiful Little Egret image, which was taken at Rogerstown Estuary, captured both the wildlife and scenery in the area, and was
Irish Captain Robbie Keane (right) helps Dublin singer/songwriter Mahoney launch his rousing anthem ahead of the Euro 2012 campaign along with Irish soccer fans , brothers from left Ben (11) and Mathew (7) Horkan from Dublin
well deserving of the prestigious award. The judging panel was particularly impressed with how the entrants captured their natural heritage and the high technical quality of the images. The competition received an overwhelming response from photographers and birdwatchers alike. Oran O’Sullivan, head of operations at BirdWatch Ireland said: “It is wonderful to see the growing interest in this space and we thank all entrants for taking part.”
Gospel music THE new Matt Talbot Community Trust Centre is set to benefit from a charity concert where the Dublin Gospel Choir will play Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Ballyfermot. This one-off event will be a
great opportunity to see the famous Dublin Gospel Choir, with members from all over Dublin, in an intimate setting and to support a local charity. Commenting on the announcement of the concert, Eoin Hickey chairman of the Matt Talbot Community Trust said: “We are delighted to have the likes of the Dublin Gospel choir performing live in concert to benefit our centre. This is a great opportunity to see them in such a unique environment as Our Lady of the Assumption Church. We hope as many people as possible come out and support our great cause.” Tickets are available to buy at www.ticketsireland.ie, alternatively call 01 626 4899 or drop into the Matt Talbot Community Trust Centre. Tickets are adults €12.50, children €5 and concession €8.50.
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GRANTS Dublin Bus chooses Capuchins
FAMILY: EXTRA VIGILANCE AT THE POOL OR BEACH
Have a safe summer in the water I ELLEN COONEY
Former Irish footballer Niall Quinn with Brother Kevin Crowley, Fr Bryan Shortall and Mark Kelly, manager of Dublin Bus
Day centre nets Quinn’s ¤5k F O O T BA L L l e g e n d Niall Quinn has donated €5,000 to this year’s Dublin Bus Community Spirit awards, with the generous sum going to the Capuchin Day Centre. Patron of the programme since 2003, Quinn travelled to the Capuchin Day Centre on Dublin Bus recently to launch the ninth year of the company’s programme, which awards grants to numerous voluntary groups across Dublin. Delighted with his generous donation, Dublin Bus has chosen The Capuchin Day Centre as
the charity to receive the money in recognition of its invaluable service that supports homeless and marginalised people in Dublin. According to a spokesperson for Dublin Bus, in times of economic uncertainty, the services provided by the Capuchin Day Centre and the tireless work that Brother Kevin undertakes on a daily basis “are more important than ever”. Since its inaugural year back in 2003, Dublin Bus has helped over 1,300 community and voluntary groups located across its network throughout the county.
Successful applicants over the years include Draiocht, Ringsend’s Collide Dance Academy, Fettercairn Youth Horse Project, the Sunshine House in Balbriggan and Santry Active Retirement Association. Commenting on the award Draiocht received last year, Sarah Beirne, children and youth arts co-ordinator at Draiocht, said: “We applied for funding for CREATEability. This is a series of bi-monthly arts workshops aimed at families with a child with an intellectual disability between the ages of eight to 13 years.
The Dublin Bus Award enabled us to develop CREATEability into a longer-term project, giving the participants the time they needed to get to know us and our building and feel that they belong there.” Speaking about his role as patron of the programme, Quinn said: “This is my ninth year as patron and I have seen first hand the difference these grants can make to local community groups and I want to encourage every voluntary group in the Greater Dublin Area to fill out an application form and get their entry into Dublin Bus.”
Under the terms of the programme entrants submit a proposal with details about their organisation and the project they wish to have funded. Each application is then judged independently and grants ranging from €5,000, €2,000 and €1,000 are awarded. Organisations can apply to the programme by completing an application form. Forms are available now on the Dublin Bus website: www.dublinbus.ie or by phone at 01-7033208, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is Friday, June 6 at 5pm.
SUMMER holidays are closing in and Irish parents are being urged to stay vigilant and attentive in cases where children are near water. With families flocking to beaches and pools at every glimpse of sun, it is increasingly important for people to be aware of any and all dangers. A drowning incident can happen silently and instantly, in as little as one inch of water and in less time than it takes to answer the telephone. Carol McNally, who runs Water Babies classes in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth, says: “We all look forward to getting away from it all and letting our little ones splash around, but parents tend to relax and gain a false sense of security for children in a holiday setting, when in fact they should be more vigilant than usual. “Ver y young children react instantly and adversely to sudden and unexpected submersion, and are temporarily paralysed with fear.” The good news is that using a few simple guide-
lines, parents and carers can minimise the chances of such a tragic incident befalling their child. Supervision
These include active supervision of children around the water by an adult who is a capable swimmer, being safety conscious around the pool and saving local emergency numbers on your mobile phone. Parents must also be aware that flotation devices are not life preservers and that swimming in areas with large waves, strong undercurrents or no lifeguards is extremely dangerous. Carol McNally is a strong advocate for vigilant water safety. The multiple award winning Water Babies lessons teach children how to swim from a very young age, further ensuring their safety. Most will happily be swimming distances underwater by about 30 months, and then naturally start swimming on the surface as their strength increases. For more info on Water Babies classes, check out www.waterbabies.ie
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PEOPLE New book reinforces family’s search for
THIS May, the Red Cow Moran Hotel delighted one lucky bride-to-be, Louise Campbell, when she was declared the winner of its spectacular wedding giveaway. The life-changing prize, worth more than €10,000, was given away at the hotel’s wedding fair. Louise left the venue with a couture wedding dress courtesy of Tamen Michael, a wedding reception for 100 guests in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, and a five-star honeymoon to Lanzarote, thanks to Thomas Cook. The Red Cow Moran Hotel sales manager said: “This was by far the most successful wedding fair for us – it was great to work with fellow wedding suppliers and roll out a huge giveaway.”
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Audrey Fitzpatrick and her book, Please Find My Amy, which she hopes will prompt someone to come forward with information to help find her missing daughter
AS THE mother of missing schoolgirl Amy Fitzpatrick releases a book in a desperate attempt to solve the mystery of her daughter’s disappearance, new information has emerged which could possibly help the family find some answers. Just after 9pm on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 15-year-old Amy said goodbye to a friend and began the short walk to her family’s villa on Spain’s Costa del Sol. However, she never made it home. Somewhere along the way, the teenager vanished, and no trace of her has been found since. For the last four years and five months, Amy’s mother, Audrey, has been campaigning to find her daughter, and officially launched her story last week, on the same night she received a telephone call from Spanish police to tell her about a possible development in the case. The call from the Spanish authorities has
led Audrey to believe that an Irish gangster, already serving time in a Spanish prison, could be questioned in the coming days as to Amy’s disappearance. The development came after a stranger contacted the Fitzpatrick family through Facebook, and told them the convicted man had allegedly boasted about killing Amy four years ago.
Devastated While the latest lead could result in being another dead-end for the devastated family, Audrey insisted she would pursue every lead possible in helping to solve the case. She said: “It could be a dead end, and we have done this so many times before, but when we get any little thing that might have an effect on the investigation, we go for it at 100 miles an hour.” While the Spanish authorities chase the latest lead in the case, Audrey is keeping busy promoting the book she hopes will help end the
family’s four-year ordeal. Audrey Fitzpatrick: Please Find My Amy, which is ghost-written by crime journalist, Michael O’Toole, details the Fitzpatrick family’s relentless search for Amy. Audrey said: “The book came about because we just started taking everything down, copies of legal information, police statements, as well as our own notes. “We didn’t know what day of the week it was for a long time so it was hard to remember certain things and certain dates. “It got to the stage where we were going back years to when she was younger, and it began to be kind of therapeutic. So, we began to pour everything on to paper. “Michael O’Toole was the ghost writer, and he wrote the book brilliantly. We had lots of information and facts, and he helped us make it into a story that people could read, so it was great,” she said. Audrey said she pins her hopes on someone who might have some
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missing 15-year-old Amy Fitzpatrick, who vanished in 2008
plea to find her daughter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
‘When you read it and are finished with it, don’t put it in the bin – leave it in your hotel room, or by the pool. Someone from some country might recognise Amy.’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Audrey Fitzpatrick, mother of missing teenager, Amy
Audrey Fitzpatrick and her partner, Dave Mahon, who have never given up looking for Amy
information recognising Amy’s picture, and is appealing to holidaymakers to pass the book on once they have read it. “We were hoping to have it in the airports for the summertime for people going away on holiday, and I say to people all the time, when you read it and are finished with it, don’t put it in the bin – leave it in your hotel
room, or by the pool, or in a hotel lobby for other people to read. “You never know – someone from some country might recognise Amy,” she said. A disappearance such as Amy’s is every parent’s worst nightmare, and it plunged Audrey, her partner, Dave, and their son, Dean, into a living hell that continues
to this day. According to Audrey, all that the family have left of Amy are their precious memories, and a determination that will keep them fighting for her. The campaign to find Amy has cost the family everything they had, and more. Their life savings have been frittered away as they spent a fortune in keeping Amy in the public’s consciousness. It has cost them their home, and the great life they worked so hard to achieve in Spain, as well as their physical and mental health. Dave has had stressrelated chest pains, while Audrey’s heart stopped
last year, following a number of panic attacks. She said: “Our health issues were one of the reasons we returned from Spain to Ireland in January; we know we will be
looked after, here. “Another reason is because we were broke, but, also, the book was a major thing for us. “We tried for the past couple of years with pub-
lishers, but we were only back in Ireland five days when we got this publishing deal,” said Audrey. Today, Audrey and her family take one day at a time, and continue to focus on solving Amy’s disappearance. “We’re only back a few months, and we’ve done a lot. We were really left on our own to do a lot, so we did a lot of the investigating ourselves.
“Even now, having PR for the first time, I still do stuff on the side as well. I can’t leave it alone or I feel I’m not doing something right. So I keep going, all the time,” she said. Please Find My Amy, published by Paperweight Publications, was officially released on Tuesday, June 5, and is available from book stores around the countr y, priced €12.99.
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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Students battle for top spot in Triumph awards Edited by Laura Webb
Diabetes: Are you at risk?
DIABETES results when the body is unable to remove sufficient amounts of glucose from the blood. It is estimated that there are about 146,000 undetected prediabetics in Ireland at present. Uncontrolled diabetes dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and can lead to nerve damage, kidney damage, and damage to the eyes, foot ulcers and risk of infections. If you suffer from constant thirst, frequent urination, or regular infections, visit your local pharmacy for a fiveminute diabetes test to rule out this disease. With thanks to the staff at Lucan Village Pharmacy
I ELLEN COONEY
RISH fashion students watched last week as their creations battled for a place in the world finals of the Triumph Inspiration Awards in Brown Thomas. The city centre department store hosted the national final of the fifth annual competition, where Triumph once again challenged young students from all over the world. Sixteen of Ireland’s brightest and best
fashion students came together on the night to compete for the opportunity of a lifetime. The hopefuls came from the award winning Griffith College Dublin and Limerick School of Art and Design. Judging
With Xpose’s Karen Koster acting as MC, the 16 selected students watched as their creations were displayed for the prestigious judging panel. The panel comprised celebrities, such as TV
personality Bruno Tanioli, who has judged both Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, and industry experts including Brown Thomas creative director, John Redmond and newspaper columnist, Triona McCarthy. Triumph invited the students to display their creativity and expertise to produce a catwalk showpiece inspired by this year’s theme Dragons and Butterflies. Shanghai
T he quintessential Chinese symbols that represent opposing elements were chosen because the International Grand Final is taking place in Shanghai this October. The Irish winner will be travelling to the beautiful city to represent Ireland and to compete against 30 other international winners for the top prize.
The Triumph Inspiration Awards curates the most innovative and inspirational lingerie designs and provides a platform for young people to showcase in front of a renowned jury of fashion, design and media greats. Last year ’s exper t
judging panel included Viktor&Rolf, Ellen von Unwerth, Lily Cole and Helena Christensen, to name but a few. Winner
The winner of the TIA 2012 will follow in the footsteps of the winner
from Triumph Inspiration Award 2011. Boglarka Bodis’ extraordinary creative design, Les Fleurs du Mal, will be commercialised into a limited edition collection that will be available in autumn 2012 in selected stores.
Models Isabelle, wearing a design by Orla Doyle from LCAD, Yomiko, wearing a design by Claire Tolan GCD, Sarah wearing a design by Leanne Ryan LCAD and Teo wearing a design by Sarah DeGreeve GCD
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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA
THE FACTS: TRAVELLING CAN BE VERY STRESSFUL FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR PET
Ensure a safe, happy and relaxing travel experience HE sun is out, signalling the start of the holiday season and I want to remind pet parents to make every effort to ensure their pets – as well as their family – have a safe and happy experience when travelling to and from that holiday destination; whether it’s by road, sea, rail or air. Remember, travelling can be very stressful for both you and your pet; I know, I’m one of those people who bring their dogs everywhere, and take it from me, poor holiday planning can literally be listed as grounds for divorce in our house. However, with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe, happy and comfortable experience for everyone. Here’s a few top tips from a weary traveller. • The first thing you must do is log onto www. agriculture.gov.ie/pets and check out the requirements for entry or re-entry of dogs, cats and ferrets into Ireland because, as
of January 1 this year, an EU passport system came into effect. • When you and your spouse are excitedly discussing your travel plans and destinations, make sure you remember to get your pets involved. And no, I don’t mean sit down and ask them where they’d like to go! I’m simply suggesting you factor your furry friends into the equation. • Take your pets to the vet to ensure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations and that you have a supply of any medication they are currently taking. • If you own dogs that will be in contact with other dogs, make sure they are vaccinated against kennel cough. • Additionally, make sure your dog has basic training so that he will at least behave during the trip. • Obtain a clean certificate of health from your vet and make sure this is dated at least 14 days before your departure if travelling by air or sea.
• Ask your vet about any parasites, health risks, and so on to your animal that may be associated with your planned destination. • Make sure your pet wears a collar and ID tag and is micro chipped. Make sure his details are up-to-date and clearly displayed. For Air/Ferry Travel The first time I took my dogs on a ferry and somebody callously described them as “cargo”, I nearly had a fit. However, this is how they are considered and even if your dog is the most relaxed canine in the world, (a la our middle one, Belle), the cargo hold does not make for a pleasant travel experience. If required, purchase an approved shipping crate – it should be large enough for your pet to comfortably stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Write the words, LIVE ANIMAL, clearly on at least two sides of the crate and use arrows to prominently indicate the
Ferret in transit: Does your pet need a passport? Check it out online
upright position of the crate. Make sure the door is securely closed but not locked so that airline/ ferry personnel can open it in case of emergency. Whenever possible, book direct flights and tell every airline/ferry employee you encounter that you are travelling with a pet in the cargo. This way they will be ready if any additional attention is required. Always check ahead with your airline’s/ ferry’s pet policies.
For Car Travel Plan the journey tak-
ing into account any rest stops and/or restaurants where you can safely eat with your pet. In order to make the journey safe and secure, a well ventilated pet carrier/crate, large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in should be provided. Alternatively a pet harness/safety belt should be attached. However, if your dog is anything like my lot, they will probably gnaw through the straps, rendering them useless. So,
it’s up to you; you know your own pet so you’ll know the best way to secure them. Don’t allow your pet to travel with his head outside the window. This can subject him to inner ear damage and lung infections and your pet could be injured by flying objects. Cats should always be held in a carrier. Don’t allow your children to tease or annoy your pet whilst travelling. Never, ever, leave your animal alone in a parked car. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a
parked car can turn into a furnace and very quickly, in a matter of minutes, heatstroke can develop, causing death. In cold weather a car can turn into a fridge, holding in the cold, causing the animal to freeze to death. Take along plenty of bottled drinking water from your own tap. Drinking water they are not used to could cause the animal’s tummy to become upset. Bring along a travel bag for your pet and include things like first aid kit, clean towel, fresh water, paper towels, poo bags, treats, favourite blanket and favourite toys. Above all, remember to try and enjoy your holiday because one bad experience for both you and your pet can prompt you to say what I’ve said so many times… “Never again!” For more information,
log onto www.dspca.ie or contact your vet or email me at miriam.kerins@ dspca.ie
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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC Bloody marvellous rerelease of indie’s timeless classics “THEIR CDs are round and their cassettes are rectangular, but that’s about all My Bloody Valentine has in common with anyone else making records these days.” - Hype Magazine, 1992. 20 years later, with My Bloody Valentine reformed, the only thing needing to be changed in that statement is the possible deletion of the word cassette. Rumors of re-issues of their hallowed and classic releases have been seeping through the internet since 2004, but as with most good things, it took slight-
ly longer than expected to come to fruition. Finally, Sony have released the final collection. While the original studio albums have been painstakingly re-mastered by Kevin Shields, Loveless comes as a 2-disc set featuring a previously unreleased re-mastering from original analogue tapes. It’s an album that isn’t supposed to be played at full volume, which is what many speaker systems are built specifically for these days. The re-mastering has added some clarity to the music, while carrying
over many of the small details from the 1991 release. Butler’s voice is a triumph and the guitar sound which was praised so much still shines through. The main difference to be heard is in the volume boost, which many fans may argue, actually takes something away from the original purpose behind the music. The two versions of Loveless together make a fantastic release and provide an exceptional way of comparing the different sounds, especially for those still in possession of
My Bloody Valentine’s rereleases show the enduring quality of what at the time was a revolutionary approach
the original 1991 copy. Loveless was always going to be a controversial rerelease, but the rest of this collection won’t spark much of a debate for one simple reason. There’s very little at fault with any of the other three discs. Isn’t Anything was originally recorded in Wales over the space of two weeks and was the band’s
debut LP. The record was greatly overshadowed by the release of Loveless, but has now come into a life of its own through a perfect, re-mastering. Its unique feel still remains, with its dense sounds mixed with Kevin and Bilinda’s otherworldly vocals. The light re-mastering makes for a re-release that takes very
little from the original, but gives an opportunity for new fans to be captured by My Bloody Valentine’s music. To top the collection off there’s the compilation of EPs which span both the old favourites and some which were previously unavailable. Spanning over two discs, the set gives fans a chance
to reminisce over more lightly re-mastered versions, and to discover sounds they never knew existed. All in all these releases are a must have for any My Bloody Valentine fan, and a great addition to any music enthusiasts collection, giving opportunities to compare, discover, and rediscover.
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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS A different take on architecture
Supported by AIB
Interview: David Shannon, architect
THIS time last year David Shannon was strongly considering emigrating and leaving Ireland in search of employment. Due to a sudden drop in the construction industry, he, like many of his colleagues were looking further afield for employment opportunities. Prior to committing to a move, he closely looked at the current architectural market and analysed the possibilities of setting up his own practice. A primary consideration was that his practice needed to be different and it needed to cater to the general public. With that in mind, he opened an architectural shop. David moved into
what was a vacant space (which used to be the mortgage department of First Active Bank) on Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire and converted it into an architectural studio. The workings of the studio are directly in public view, it being a shop window. This reveals to the public what an architect actually does. David makes models, sketches designs and discusses interesting projects with clients in this space. The studio operates outside the remits of a traditional or conventional architect’s office and caters for passing trade. He endeavours to
encapsulate an informal atmosphere where conversation and design can take place. Currently he is running an open door “free architecture” service, where people can drop into the studio to discuss potential projects they may have or
day do you ‘delegate’? A: Early morning and late in
astronaut, a flying doctor or something rather ambitious like that.
the evening are probably my most productive times during the day – no phone calls, no emails, no distractions.
Q: What was your first job? A: Washing dishes in an old
Q: What sport do you follow? A: I enjoy watching rugby and
folks’ home on the weekends. I remember the porridge always being a difficult one to shift off those bowls.
especially going to watch my younger brother play at the weekends.
Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Was very welcome. I remember thinking how liberating it felt to earn my own money.
Q: When did you start your present job? A: I opened David Shannon Architects on July 18, 2011.
Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Everyday is different, challenging and ultimately rewarding. I enjoy designing spaces for people to live, work and play in. I get great satisfaction from seeing how space can enrich, inspire and excite its users.
Q: What part of your working
Q – Ulster Bank announced recently they are going to allow tracker mortgages to be transferred to the next purchase. Will the other lenders follow suit do you think ? Pat – Swords A – Yes, good news at last. It was obvious there would be a huge amount of borrowers trapped in their homes unable to move to bigger or better located homes for fear of losing the coveted tracker rate. You can see why from the following table: Mortgage
questions they may have with regard to design, planning issues, certifications etc. David thinks it’s a very exciting time for architecture and the build environment. “Yes, we are certainly in challenging times,
but great creativity is happening all around us, especially in the design fields. “I am ever encouraged by the level of enthusiasm and positivity of people and with that, our ceaseless ambition to succeed.”
Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: I probably wanted to be an
Q: What sport can you play? A: I enjoy surfing, I try to get to the west as often as I can. I find the ocean revitalises me and is a great stress reliever.
Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: If I owned a TV, it would probably be David Attenborough’s wildlife programs, I could watch them all day, fantastic cinematography coupled with Attenborough’s voice over; amazing.
Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Is that a trick question? Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: No “Pod”, no “Pad”. But
if I did, it would probably consist of a real mixture; from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to Air and Daft Punk, including all the classic 1980s favourites of course.
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Local businesses, I try to be as supportive as I can.
Q: What was your last tweet/status update? A: I have been working on expanding my studio space in Dun Laoghaire, so keeping people updated with all the goings on there. I also make updates on current and new projects in the studio.
Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Sitting outside in the evening sun, enjoying fresh fish just off the barbecue, with a baked potato and a cold beer.
Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Probably Mr Kenny, as I have a couple of questions I would like to fire his way.
Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously?
A: I tend not to spend money frivolously. If I do, it’s normally on a bicycle or surfboard or something of that nature.
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: One which has a hole in the sole (I must throw them out), one which I am wearing now and one for weddings and the like.
Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: No such thing, never had one.
Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Warm, dry weather, travel, culture, camping, fresh food, cycling, swimming in the sea, all topped off with some good company.
Q: What would be your dream job? A: I am in my dream job! Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Retire? It’s not even on the radar yet, but I believe architecture will always play a part in my life. It would be nice to have a place over in the west, overlooking the sea.
Repayment (capital & interest)
1.5% (0.5% 25 yrs over ECB rate)
€799.87 per month
5.99% 25 yrs (standard variable rate)
€1,287.38 per month
So if you have sold your current home irrespective of negative equity or not BUT as long as you have the income capacity to still justify the new mortgage (may include additional monies) you will be allowed to retain that element of your mortgage on a tracker rate which was the same amount as your previous tracker mortgage. The surplus, if it is required, will be subject to the standard variable rate or a fixed rate if available. Lending is at a 40-year low and this could stimulate the market. As regards other lenders, yes I think they will follow and soon. Remember though it is still down to your income ability as all lending is based on the ability to repay. Before you approach your lender, do your sums and pre-empt any objections arising.
SAVING FOR YOUR CHILDREN Q – We have two children aged one and four and after hearing that the cost alone for 3rd level education without fees exceeds €42,000 for each child, need to knuckle down and start some serious saving. Any suggestions ? Carmel – Blackrock A – Very sensible. Planning is where it is at – from the moment your child is born you should be planning. Even putting some of the child benefit away each month from day one would be a help. I worked out that if you lodged the full child benefit of €140 per month and add another €110 to it totalling €250 each month into a deposit account from the time your child is five until they reach 18. For 13 years at 3% interest per annum, the total saved would be €42,000… enough to put ONE child through 3rd level education – and that is not including fees (source: Bank of Ireland). Saving in a regular saver account – all the deposit takers have them – is a good stepping stone to amassing a sizeable sum at the end of each year and then investing that in a longer term, higher yielding deposit account. You could also invest some in a stock market investment – equities basket – where over time, the returns should outstrip the deposit returns. Make sure you obtain professional independent advice. Contact John with your money questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor
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Number 2 Pear Grove, Castle Avenue in Clontarf is presented to the market by Savills for an asking price of €250,000
CLONTARF: TWO-BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE NEAR VILLAGE FOR €250,000
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SAVILLS Estate Agents are bringing 2 Pear Grove, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, a pristine two-bedroom townhouse, to the market for an asking price of €250,000. Tucked away off Castle Avenue in Clontarf, in a very private location, this magnificent home has much to offer. The accommodation comprises an entrance hallway extending to 1.23m x 3.22m, which features laminate timber f looring and an impressive feature spiral staircase. The kitchen has wall and floor kitchen units, a granite worktop, an integrated oven, hob and extractor fan, as well as a dishwasher and fridge freezer. The sitting room is carpeted and has a feature fireplace with gas inset.
Upstairs in the property is a landing with access to a hot press, and the two bedrooms in the property. The main bedroom is 4.14m x 2.64m and has timber flooring and a slide robe. The second bedroom also has timber flooring and a built-in wardrobe. The bathroom has a WC, wash-hand basin, and a bath with shower over, with a tiled surround. The bathroom has a window lighting it, as well as a heated towel rail and tiled flooring.
Benefits The property has a management fee of €1,200 per annum (subject to change), which includes house insurance, bins, a car parking space, external maintenance and repairs and maintenance and lighting of the common areas.
T he proper ty also benefits from gas fired central heating and has a house alarm. It has a recently installed kitchen, which was fitted a year ago, and has been double glazed in the past two years. Situated in a superb and mature location just off Castle Avenue, Clontarf, this property is only metres from the Seafront promenade and Clontarf Castle, with ever y possible amenity that Clontarf has to offer a stone’s throw away. 2 Pear Grove is within walking distance of Clontarf village and benefits from a bus and Dart station close by. This property is also ver y convenient for access to the city centre. Viewing is very highly recommended and can be arranged by contacting Savills, Clontarf on 01 853 0630.
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Edited by Cormac Curtis
RoadSigns Road Signs
JAGUAR TAKES A TOP ACCOLADE:
Although some may say that Opel aren’t the most exciting of car manufacturers, recent years have seen Opel sharpening both their brands and designs. The Insignia Elite 2.0CDTi 16v (with stylish dash, below) has a near-exhaustive list of features, adding a notable level of polish and luxury to this very accomplished executive saloon.
Elite addition, indeed CORMAC CURTIS
IN RECENT years, Opel have been upping their game in the looks and image departments. Let’s face it – as a car manufacturer, you couldn’t always accuse them of being terribly exciting or cutting-edge. But, to be fair, despite their lacklustre moniker, a series of well-crafted advertising and marketing campaigns have elevated the German brand’s image beyond recognition. With the Insignia, we were presented with an uber-cool feature filmstyled ad with a Jason Bourne-type character spying on the latest Opel release – it certainly grabbed my attention, and it certainly marked a new move for Opel. There is no doubt this is a very accomplished executive saloon with exceptional attention to detail and a very high build quality. The model I got to test drive was the very comfortable Insignia Elite 2.0CDTi 16v, which was
SPECS: OPEL INSIGNIA ELITE 2.0CDTI 16V Top speed: 221km/hour 0 – 100km/hr: 9.5 secs CO2 emissions: 115 g/ km Tax Band: A – Road Tax €160 Entry Price: €34, 860 inc options (base model from €25,495)
priced at €34,860. From the driver’s point of view, there is nothing taken for granted in terms of equipment – the list of features is exhaustive, to say the least. It boasts a fully integrated satellite navigation system (Navi 600) with 7” colour screen, SD memory card, centreconsole multi-function controller, USB connection, CD player with MP3 functionality, stereo radio, seven speakers and shark fin aerial. There is a high standard of leather trim, with heated front seats for comfort. The driver’s seat is further upgraded at this level with eight-way electri-
cally adjustable settings with memory. Unfortunately, this is where I found myself getting frustrated with the Insignia, as the pampering and comfort just began to get in my way. The driver’s seat very generously moves backwards when you turn off the engine to give more room to get out. This is indeed a nice touch, but every time it did this while one of my kids was in the back seat, it pressed up against their feet, and led to a flood of complaints. Getting back into the car meant there was a few seconds that you had to wait for the seat to move forward into posi-
tion before you could safely start driving again – when you’re running late, this kind of thing can really set you off! I’m certain there are ways to disable these functions, but, for the life of me, I couldn’t find them – and I explored the custom car settings at length in an effort to solve the problem. To be fair, they are very comfy seats, and the electric four-way lumbar adjustment keeps the back from getting sore. Moving on, the visibility is enhanced with intelligent adaptive forward lighting with high-pressure headlight washers and dynamic headlight beam levelling, as well as
front fog lights. Add to this rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, front and rear parking distance sensors, and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror, and there is a driver’s paradise of features at hand. The internal climate of the car is controlled with a dual-zone electronic climate control, with heat-ref lective windscreen and humidity sensor. Add to this electricallyoperated rear windows, and it means you can easily stop the kids from letting a gale of wind in when you’re on the motorway and maintain the perfect temperature. This model featured
Bluetooth control and brilliant paint as extras, adding €480 to the price – which came in at €34,860. As a premium saloon, my only real gripe with the Insignia is the room in the back – I don’t feel it would accommodate four adults in comfort over any kind of distance. But, otherwise, it really does tick all the boxes. Everything is built to a high standard, and it includes just about every extra you could want. It certainly isn’t up to the level of other German brands, but it will lead the likes of the Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo, given its attractive price range.
LUXURY car brand, Jaguar, has been announced as the number-one manufacturer in the JD Power and Associates/What Car? 2012 UK Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSS). The study was based on the evaluations of almost 18,000 individuals, after an average of two years’ ownership. Every aspect of vehicle ownership was rated, ensuring that the results allowed the VOSS to be the most comprehensive of its kind. When split into model line-ups, the Jaguar XF finished second overall – a rise of 15 places within just 12 months. The 2012 result marks the culmination of a steady rise in owner satisfaction, with Jaguar having finished third in the 2011 survey.
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GazetteTTRAVEL Fast Travel Golf trip is the perfect gift for Father’s Day IF you’re still thinking about what to get your dad for Father’s Day, then you might consider From the Green to the Screen golf package at Waterford Castle. The Garden Lodges at Waterford Castle are beautiful examples of contemporary design which optimise space and light to create a relaxed and stylish ambience. The threebedroom selfcatering lodges were designed by awardwinning architects Fewer Harrington Lawlor and sleep up to six people. They have been fitted out to the highest specifications, and strike a perfect balance of country retreat and luxurious contemporary living. The stunning contrast between the lodges’ contemporary lines and the surrounding natural beauty and old-fashioned castle is a perfect marriage of two worlds coming together in harmony. This highly distinctive parkland golf course is a treat to play on and the special package also takes each golfing group to a garden lodge after their round, where pizza and cold beer will be waiting for them. This will be delivered to the lodge from the Clubhouse in time for guests to watch that day’s big Euro 2012 match on a huge screen. Prices start from just €165 per person sharing for two nights (minimum of three people sharing). Go to www. waterfordcastle.com or call 051-878203 to book.
The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort offers guests luxury accommodation with a variety of options to choose from
The life of luxury in Laois ALEN MCMAHON
HAVING recently been married, and with our honeymoon not until July, my new wife and I decided to have a mini honeymoon to fill in the gap until the real one. The 5-Star Heritage Golf and Spa Resort in County Laois came highly recommended from friends who had played on the hotel’s 72-par championship golf course, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes Golf Design. Nestled in the charming village of Killenard, the hotel combines a great countryside setting with optimum convenience for both business and leisure guests. Located just off the M7 motorway, the resort was only about an hour’s drive from Dublin. The weather was glorious as we arrived, which really showed off the hotel in
The Spa Experience provides an amazing heat and cooling journey
all its finery. I was hugely impressed with the design and grandeur of the place. We were staying in one of the junior suites which offered wonderful living space and a fantastic view over the golf course and the Slieve Bloom Mountains. As well as plenty of space, the room featured two interactive flat screen TVs, an electronic safe, full turn down service, gas fireplace, 24-hour room ser vice, indi-
vidually controlled air conditioning and an executive desk among just some of the great features. The grounds boast a 5k walk around the golf course which has some breathtaking views. All in all it took about 40 minutes and made sure we were ravenous just in time for our meal. There are three restaurants at the resort and opening days vary depending on the day of the week and holi-
day season. Sol Oriens award-winning steakhouse and Italian restaurant on the grounds of the hotel was our choice and the concierge was only too happy to whisk us the short distance on a golf buggy which we both enjoyed. We were warmly greeted and received excellent attention by the staff. I started with warm goat’s cheese, roasted peppers and sun dried tomatoes while my wife had fresh mussels cooked two ways, both went down a treat. Braised veal shank and marinated rack of Irish lamb for mains were both cooked to perfection, and devoured with vigour. The restaurant also has an extensive wine selection – we chose a Pinot Grigio which was very reasonably priced. Tiramisu for both was a delightful end to a fantastic dining experience.
After that we headed to the Slieve Bloom Bar for an after-dinner drink. A f ter a great night’s sleep brought on by a very relaxing evening, we got up early for breakfast as we were due in the spa resort at 10am. Breakfast was amazing; they had everything on offer, from full Irish to pancakes and waffles with a great range of juices, fruit, yoghurts, breads and pastries available. An underground corridor leads to the luxury spa which boasts 20 treatment rooms with a wonderful selection of treatments and packages. The spa experience provides an amazing heat and cooling journey which left both of us extremely relaxed and feeling refreshed for our trip home. With summer finally here and schools closing, the hotel has a number of
family breaks on offer.
3-Night Package Enjoy three night’s B&B in a family guestroom from €290pps with an evening meal on one evening in the Arlington restaurants for the family. 5-Night Package Enjoy five nights B&B in a family guestroom from €465pps, with an evening’s meal on three evening in one of the resort restaurants for the family. Summer Family Package Enjoy three nights B&B in a set of deluxe interconnecting rooms from €599 per stay. Enjoy a family dinner on an evening of your choice in the Arlington restaurant. Visit www.theheritage.
com or call 057 8645500.
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Edited by Mimi Murray
KILKENNY: FROM CULTURE TO COMEDY, THIS CITY HAS IT ALL AND IT’S ONLY AN HOUR AWAY
Something to suit every visitor DAVE PHILLIPS
KILKENNY has shown itself to be a top spot if you’re looking for a night or two outside of Dublin, but don’t want to face half a days drive. This summer sees several new gallery shows and smaller music festivals running over weekends, alongside the more established comedy festival, and the wealth of permanent and always popular cultural attractions that feed into the lively and creative air of the place. On a recent visit to the city we stayed in the Pembroke Hotel on Patrick Street. The Pembroke is a boutique four-star hotel, which offers a modern, clean, and comfor t-
able experience; pulling together a sturdy, minimalist chic mixed with some traditional charm - the rooms include towelling robes, slippers, and a bowl of fresh fruit. The location couldn’t be better, situated right in the heart of the city. This makes it very handy to take advantage of the hotel car park (with off-street parking in the courtyard and overflow parking close by) and really get to explore the narrow streets by foot. The famous Kilkenny Castle is just a minutes’ walk away from the front door of the hotel and most of the other cultural and heritage attractions aren’t much further if you’re on the historical trail. Around the hotel
you’ll also easily find a selection of boutique clothes shops, antique stores, and pubs where you’ll undoubtedly be able to find a quiet corner or lively session according to your taste. An evening meal in the hotel is definitely recommended - Stratham’s Restaurant offers a seasonal menu with a great selection of wine. Much like the rest of the hotel, the menu is kept simple in a way that effuses quality and style. The result is a short selection of dishes that are cooked and presented expertly, an approach which is much preferable to a longer selection of hit-or-miss dishes. The combination of generous rooms that
are well provided and exceptionally clean, with excellent food, and in a location where you can forget about the car for the weekend makes the Pembroke highly recommended as a place to stay if you’re visiting Kilkenny this summer. Accommodation, particularly for a short trip, should be hassle-free, and that’s exactly the feeling the Pembroke has, delivered with a, classy, modern, and reassuringly chunky feel. For more information on the Pembroke Hotel and Stratham’s Restaurant and Bar visit www. kilkennypembrokehotel. com For information on upcoming events in Kilkenny visit www.kilkennytourism.com
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FOLLOWING the hugely successful and popular Plaza Suite, Rough Magic are back at the Pavilion Theatre with the delicious comedy Travesties by Tom Stoppard. Best-known as the author of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love and the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia, Stoppard is at his best in this absurdly funny masterpiece featuring James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Dadaist Tristan Tzara. Running from June 7 to 23, tickets are priced from €18 to €25.
MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Bloomsday Celebration
THE Mill Theatre and Roly Saul’s present a special Bloomsday Celebration Brunch to mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses. Join the team in Roly Saul’s restaurant for a buffet brunch with fare inspired by Leopold Bloom’s breakfast, including a glass of burgundy! Brunch will be accompanied by theatrical readings from Ulysses and music and song from the Joyce era. The celebration takes place on Saturday, June 16 from 11.30am. Tickets are priced at €15.
CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Griswold
GRISWOLD is a riveting new play full of black humour about the dysfunctional relationship between two men who both need and depend on each other to survive in a hostile environment. Living in dire financial straits their mutual friendship comes under unbearable strain as they struggle to survive in the most ridiculous and dangerous of circumstances. Griswold is darkly comic and dramatic, an experience not to be missed. Running from June 12 to June 23 and tickets are €20.
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Once upon a time The fairest of them all? Not sure about ‘them all’ but it’s certainly fairer than the other Snow White film this year I NIALL BERMINGHAM
I KNOW just what you’re thinking. Honestly, I do. “You wait so long for an updated, retelling of Snow White in film form and then, all of a sudden, two come along in the same year.” Magical. However, unlike the dismal Mirror Mirror (starring Julia Roberts and Sean Bean), Snow White and the Huntsman is actually alright. It’s neither terrible nor is it the new Citizen Kane but the breathtaking visuals, effective set pieces, and generally good performances from the cast make it enjoyable at best. I say “generally good performances” because there is an exception. Snow White is played by K risten Stewart (Twilight) who has been showing us the same kind of character in all of her film roles: a drab,
FILM OF THE WEEK: Snow White and the Huntsman ### (12 A) 127 mins Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Ian McShane
ENJOYABLE to a point, I don’t think anyone is going to experience anything life changing while watching it but as a harmless summer flick, it does its job. With enough action to keep the boys satisfied and the fact that it’s a Snow White film, it’s obviously going to get the girls in. Not for the very young though.
boring, 40 shades of grey kind of character. Even though Stewart is the main character, it just seems as though she’s there while everything is happening around her. You can look past Stewart’s performance though at the world around her. A world beautifully designed with tremendous love and care. The main reason that director Rupert Sanders got the job (his first major directing credit on a film) was because of the wonderful image of the world that he had imagined. The sets used are fan-
tastic and the effects are seamless. Everything, from the biggest sweeping shot of a landscape to the tiny fantasy creatures in the background of the haunted forest, is just a delight to see. I’m fairly certain everyone knows the story of Snow White so I won’t go into too much depth about it. There’s an evil queen (Charlize Theron), a magic mirror, a poison apple, a damsel in distress, dwarfs (more on them later) and a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame). The main difference in this take on the fairy tale
is that the huntsman, instead of just letting her go, decides to help Snow White and show her the subtle arts of war so that together they can lead a revolution against the evil queen and free the land from her tyranny and corruption (both of which are shown through some very dark scenes throughout the film). And so together, Snow White and the huntsman raise an army, which Snow White takes command of (Stewart fails to show any semblance of leadership or charisma in her role as commander). The battle scenes, like everything else, look amazing and the action is genuinely exciting. The biggest surprise of the whole film however is the dwarfs, eight dwar fs to be exact. The level of actors that they got to play them is just astounding: Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone,
Nick Frost and Ian McShane to name just a few. This merry band of miniature men adds a lot to the film with song, dance and good humour in spades. Despite all the good things about this film (the look of it, Theron’s uncompromisingly evil queen, the dwarfs) and its near infinite potential, I believe it fell short due to the casting of a plank as the lead role, a pretty lame love story and some pretty major plot holes. All in all not completely forgettable but not memorable either. If you have an undying love for Stewart or are a 15-year-old girl then you’ll find it’s right up your street. If you are neither of the two mentioned, have nothing else to see and can manage to ignore Stewart then you might enjoy yourself. Now, bring on Prometheus.
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Lara Croft is back* I SHANE DILLON
*WELL, almost. This article’s slightly-misleading headline points to some interesting news, as it’s just been revealed that Tomb Raider, and its back-to-basics reboot, has just been offcially – and finally – confirmed for a release date of March 5, 2013. Once again starring everybody’s favourite aristo-turned-adventurer Lara Croft, the long-delayed title has been tantalising industry figures for a while now, popping up on the radar every so often but without anything more tangible to
say than, yes, a substantial game exists but, no, there’s no release date. Until now. With a new trailer also just released, showcasing further gameplay elements and pointing at a new direction for the long-running (and somewhat stale) franchise, there’s a slow-burning excitement about Tomb Raider. Whereas the most recent releases in the long-established franchaise were somewhat formulaic, and considering that PlayStation 3’s Nathan Drake has cornered the Globe-trotting Adventurer segment of
the market, Tomb Raider’s developer, Crystal Dynamics, really had to think long and hard about how to make Tomb Raider relevant to gamers again. After all, there are too many gamers out there who associate Lara Croft with 1990s platforming, rather than with CurrentGen gaming. So it is that Lara’s being taken back to basics – literally, as there are few more basic matters than the battle to survive against a hostile world. It’s already known that Lara’s gaming world will be an open one, as she
finds herself shipwrecked on a mysterious island, littered with all manner of wrecks from across the ages, and where desperate survivors, and hostile figures, await. In a nod to several other world-exploring titles, Lara’s island exploration will be somewhat curbed until later in the game, once she’s unlocked the necessary items and skills to access previously inaccessible areas, and thus further develop the story. In the meantime, the frightened young lady washed up on the shore at the start of the game will face a grim, but
character-forming journey around the island, as she’s forged into the resourceful, determined adventurer that people have come to expect ... Or so, at least, we can expect the press bumpf to say once Tomb Raider gets its release, next March. It’s certainly a great gaming prospect to look forward to, with a mature theme to explore as, perhaps, the industry itself matures a little, in line with many of its gamers who, like yours truly, have hit the 40-year mark. Tomb Raider will be released on XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Anotherweebyte... Sony’s Cloud-based service could shower you with 15,000,000 songs FED-UP battling iTunes? Ever get that syncing feeling when you’re trying to organise your music? Well, Sony Ireland could have the answer, courtesy of its free Music Unlimited app, available now on iTunes (and likely to greatly reduce your need to use the blasted thing again). Well, I say “free”, because it’s free to download – however, unsurprisingly, a basic or premium subscription is then needed, along with an internet or mobile data connection. So far, so in line with lots of current streaming services. It’s all part of Sony’s increasing interest in Cloud-based services, and the obvious growth such functionality offers, with Music Unlimited promising more than 15 million songs to down-
load, manage in playlists, browse by genre, wander off exploring similar artists, and so on – all related to the user’s subscription level. Originally launched in December, 2010, the service has grown pretty decently since then, with solid home Wifi networks, increasing numbers of public hotspots (and those lucky enough with work access), as well as mobile roaming, providing plenty of scope for lots of users to avail of Music Unlimited’s Cloud-based collection. You can easily find Music Unlimited on iTunes, bearing in mind that it’s free to download, but that a service subscription is also required. Once you’re up and running (and roaming), its Cloudbased service will probably make quite a splash.
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IT’S been a while since the last available racing update, but there’s no denying that petrolheads aren’t getting plenty of bang for their buck from Turn 10 Studio’s Forza Motorsport 4, which has just released yet another expansion pack – this time, in the shapely form of Porsche , and the downloadable pack’s 30 new vehicles and related events Available on the XBox Live Marketplace for 1,600 Microsoft points, it is, perhaps, a premium price for an expansion pack – then again, that’s an awful lot of Porsche for your points and, once again, the vehicles look better here than in real life. So ... shiny ... I know about as much about racing as Del Boy Trotter knows about patent infringement legislation, but even I’m impressed by the consistent quality in these irregular packs – did I mention that the cars look better than in real life, already? True, you’d probably have to really love racing, and understand the sheer scope of how tuning your motor makes all the difference, but who doesn’t love Porsche, let alone the chance to grab about 30 of them? Motor on over to XBox Live, now ...
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SAILING: VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT AS ICONIC TALL SHIP RACES SET TO END IN DUBLIN
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DUBLINERS with a hankering for a taste of a life on the ocean wave can now apply to get exactly that with the announcement that volunteers are being sought for the Tall Ships Races 2012, which run from August 23 to 26. This year, Dublin is set to be the final host port for the races and there will be a four-day long celebration in the city,
with the quaysides, north and south of the Liffey, alive with street performers, buskers and bands all weekend. The Tall Ships Races, which will have passed through France, Portugal and Spain on their way to Dublin, will see the city burst with festival atmosphere both on and off the water. An exciting family programme in Grand Canal Square will present nautical themed workshops
and installations, interactive concerts, puppet shows, storytelling and water-sports displays in Grand Canal Dock. Following the conclusion of the Tall Ships Races 2012 Dublin event, some of the fleet will compete in the inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta, which will be a race from Dublin to Liverpool. Up to 1,000 volunteers are required for the Tall Ships Races 2012 to give visitors the warmest of
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: LOCAL GRIDIRON SURVIVE INJURIES
Centre of excellence at Westmanstown GC WESTMANSTOWN Golf Club were celebrating last week when they held a sponsor’s day at the club which saw the Blanchardstown Centre support the event, attracting some 150 players to the course. Speaking to GazetteSport last week, a club spokesperson said: “In 2009, when asked to consider sponsoring one of our ladies’ competitions, general manager Joe Gavin from Blanchardstown Centre asked to meet with someone from our committee with a view to discussing our request, and also how he could help make a difference to our club. “At the end of that meeting he decided that as most of our members live within close range of the centre, that while supporting our ladies at Westmanstown, their sponsorship was also an excellent way to promote the Blanchardstown Gift Card. Westmanstown Ladies wish to pass on their thanks to Joe and the Blanchardstown Centre: “We wish them well for the future and assure them of our continued support as we enjoy essential retail therapy and other amenities in our local centre.” The sponsor’s day saw Lora Bolger and Maria Flynn win the competition, and they were presented with their prizes by Blanchardstown Centre facilities manager Annette Davey and Westmanstown’s lady captain, Stella Hickey.
Rhinos’ Shaun Douglas evades the Cowboys on the way to the endzone in their encounter at Castleknock College. Picture: Louise McPherson
Play-offs on for Rhinos IAFL WEEK 13 West Dublin Rhinos Craigavon Cowboys
THE term mental toughness is used a lot in sport, but its application is a tough thing to pinpoint. Down to their thirdstring quarterback and with their play-off hopes dangling by a thread, the West Dublin Rhinos exhibited the required mental toughness to see themselves over the line and into the IAFL playoffs against another side hoping to get into the mix for a shot at the top honours this season, Craigavon Cowboys. Having lost quarterback Stephen Macken to emigration, former Dublin Dragons signalcaller Joe Grey took his first start as the Rhinos main man, knowing
that a win would guarantee just the second play-off appearance in the Rhinos’ history. It was hardly a day for the neutral observers, as the rain and wind ensured this was going to be a hard-hitting, low-scoring, tight and tense affair. Un f o r t u n a t e l y f o r Grey, his first star t would end after just three plays when a solid Craigavon hit downed him and took him out of the game with suspected broken ribs. S e a n P owe r, w h o played under centre for the Rhinos in earlier days, took the wristband. Before he could get onto the field, however, the Rhinos were 6-0 down, after some electrifying running from the Craigavon backfield.
The Rhinos defence held firm, however, and ensured the two-point conversion would fail. That left the Rhinos offence hoping they could come back at Craigavon, who themselves were fighting for their play-off lives. Early movement was stopped, but the Rhinos D would get the ball back after two threeand-outs. That allowed Power to move the team down the field, courtesy of some strong running from himself and David Murray, who had gone in at running back.
Called back An inadvertent whistle stopped Power from running in the tying touchdow n and the Rhinos had to settle for a field-goal, dispatched by Paul Hosford. The game became a
knock-down, drag-out affair after that with both defences on top. With just 17 seconds left in the first half, the game swung the way of the home side. Alan Maxwell came up with his first Rhinos interception, falling backwards with the ball in his bread basket to give the Rhinos the ball. Power would break open a 20-yard run for a first down with eight seconds on the clock, before Shaun Douglas managed a blistering 40-yard dash into the Cowboys endzone. Hosford hit the point after to give the Rhinos a four-point lead at the break. After the break, the defences came out on top again. An interception by Stephen Mooney was
followed by a Cowboys pick as both sides became increasingly desperate for the win. The Rhinos defence managed to not only hold that drive, but then recovered the ball inside the Cowboys 20 on the next drive. That would lead to the Rhinos adding another Hosford field goal, for a seven-point lead. The defence, which had featured outstanding displays from, but not limited to, Eoin F ox , S a m Mo n s o n , Nick Newby and captain Fintan Corr, came back out to hold the Cowboys out to secure the victory. T he Rhinos travel to the Carrickfergus K n i g h t s o n S u n d ay in their final regular season game. The winner will host the IAFL North wild-card game.
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Malahide level the playing field With the reinvention of cricket in Ireland in full effect, Malahide Cricket Club have seen their international standard arrive, writes ROB HEIGH The culmination of a long process of fundraising, planning and plain hard work has arrived at Malahide Cricket Club. The progressive north county-based side last week saw their first team play the very first adult competitive match on their new pitch at The Village against Old Belvedere, the realisation of years of development that started first in 2006, when the club members first floated the idea of developing their grounds to international standard. That standard has now been achieved, and GazetteSpor t spoke to Malahide CC president, Kevin Murphy, last week, ahead of the first bales being placed upon the field in anger. “This is the culmina-
tion of a long process of renovation of the grounds and playing sur face at Malahide CC. “Last week, we held an internal club game, with two teams featuring a mixture of young
and see how we - and it - settle in. “This process started in 2006 when the idea was first floated, and it has been brought through to fruition now, with the pitch ready to host international
‘There is a real sense of excitement about the new grounds and the possibilities they represent.’
and old, male and female members of the club, to be the first players to play on the new pitch. “We are watching how the grounds develop at the moment. Like when the builders move out in a house renovation, we need to get used to the new surface,
cricket matches.” Those prestige international matches will be able to be watched by around 11,500 spectators thanks to the thoughtful planning that has gone into the grounds’ redevelopment. “Around the earthworks and remodel-
The Malahide First XI side who took on Old Belvedere at The Village last week when the first competitive match took place on the new surface
ling of the ground, which has created a bowl effect, there are elevated mounds that mean that spectators can look down onto the pitch and watch the matches in comfort. It’s a spectacular spectator’s arena. “There is also the space and land that for larger games, we will be able to install temporary stands.” The first international match to be played at the ground will be against South Africa A, who will be coming to Ireland for a pair of T-20 matches on August 31 and September 2, but the major news alongside the ground redevelopment coming to its apex is the announcement by Cricket Ireland that the auld enemy, England, will be coming to Malahide to face Ireland on September 3, 2013, in a first one-day international to be held at the grounds (subject to ICC granting ODI accreditation), where the home nation will be hoping for a repeat of their famous victory over England at the 2011 World Cup, a prospect which is exciting current Ireland cricket coach, Phil Simmons. “I live just around the corner from the ground so it’s fantastic for the club and the area to be hosting a game of this magnitude,” Simmons said.
“It’s going to be a super venue for cricket, and the fact that it’s England coming will give the whole day that extra edge that contests between the countries in all sports seem to inspire.” Kevin Murphy reflected on the process of the development of Malahide Cricket Club, its grounds and the prospects that it creates not only for the club, but for the sport in the country. “The process began when we began negotiations with Fingal County Council for additional ground for the club, which all came through. The Spor ts Council grant came through, and the contractors began work in late September last year on the larger area. “We laid a new square two years ago, which was the first physical par t of the process, which was something that the club raised the funds for, as that aspect takes far longer than the other works. “The feeling at the club is that everyone is delighted with the new surface, it’s quite spectacular, and it bodes well for the future of the club. “We intend to get a real sense of excitement about the new grounds and the possibilities that they represent. It’s all systems go now.”
Fennell and Flynn launch Mulligan cycle DUBLIN footballers Eamon Fennell and Fingallians’ Paul Flynn were on hand last week to launch the annual Tomas Mulligan Memorial Cycle in aid of Pieta House, the suicide crisis centre. The fun cycle, which is in its fifth year, is held in memory of Dublin and Round Towers footballer Tomas, who was lost to suicide in 2007. This event, organised by the Mulligan family, takes place on August 11 and 12, and this year’s destination is Dundalk and the Cooley Peninsula. The cycle aims to raise awareness of the work carried out by Pieta House and to celebrate the lives of those lost to suicide and have fun. For more information, see www.pieta.ie
Shamrocks host Childline charity run RAHENY Shamrock Athletic Club are holding a charity 5km race in St Anne’s Park on June 17 in aid of Childline. The race, which begins at 11am, is open to runners, joggers and walkers from all over the city. Race headquarters in the Cara Hall, near Raheny Garda Station, and the route is a flat twolap course which takes its path inside the park, with no traffic to inhibit the athletes. There will be prizes in all usual categories, and medals to all finishers. Participants can
enter online at www. rahenyshamrock.ie for €15, or enter on the day for €20. For more information on the event, contact Sean on 087 224 8274.
Get your game faces on WITH Ireland’s first match against Croatia set to kick off this weekend, fans who want to add a little colour to their support should look no further than Churchtown-based company Team Colours Online’s range of tricolour tattoos and pendants. These Irish flag products are available from www. teamcoloursonline. com and at Heaton’s stores nationwide.
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CAMOGIE: GREAT SUCCESS ON THE FIELD FOR PEREGRINE’S
Phoenix still in mix for promotion despite loss PHOENIX’S bid for promotion up to division one of the Leinster cricket leagues endured mixed fortunes over the Bank Holiday weekend. They fell to their first defeat of the campaign on Saturday at the hands of Rush in tough fashion as the rain scuppered their hopes of over-hauling a total of 289. But they bounced back with victory over Cork County on Monday afternoon to retain their place in second in the division behind runaway leaders Pembroke after five games this term. Saturday was a frustrating affair at Kenure as Rush batted well to produce an impressive tally but the Phoenix response was in fighting form. With the rain always likely to come during the Phoenix innings, the target was to keep up with the Duckworth Lewis rate should the game make it beyond 20 overs. It did but Phoenix were just behind the rate by three runs when a halt was called in the 29th over, going well on 134 for two with Syed Ali on 64. Monday’s affair was a much simpler affair as the rain stayed away. Jan Steenkamp’s 55 along with contributions from youth international Thomas Anders (37), skipper Colin Kelly (31) and Joe McKay (31) saw the side notch 209. That they were bowled out in 38 overs meant they left quite a few runs behind but a sterling bowling performance with Kelly nicking out four wickets helped them knock out Cork for 98. The 111 run victory ensured a full 25 point gain from the game meant they stayed in the 60s in their league percentage but Pembroke are well clear with virtually full points from their six games to date. In other news, Phoenix’s Thomas Anders, pictured above, has been selected in an Irish Under-17 squad of 13 who will play The Netherlands in the ICC European Under-17 Challenge Series. James McCollum from Lurgan has been named captain for the tour, which takes place between July 31 and August 2. Ireland Under-17s are also scheduled to play Jersey in the next round of the Challenge Series, which will be held in the Leinster region between August 15 and 17.
St Peregrine’s contested to the last in their run to the title in the 2012 Camogie Feile event at Parnell Park against Naomh Padraig
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ST PEREGRINE’S Under-14 camogie team recently annexed the Dublin Feile Division 4 title in Parnell Park after an impressive and peerless performance. From the group stages at Ballyboden St Enda’s Pairc Ui Mhurchu grounds, St Peregrine’s camogie stars were in fine form throughout the tournament. Played on one of the hottest weekends of the year, this mixed age side - made up of two U-11 players, six U-12s and ten U-13s - looked to be up against a tough draw
when their first two matches were played back to back, and against sides who had this year come down from the higher level of Division 3. However, with six teams in the group, there would not be a quarter-final stage, and the semi-finals would be contested almost immediately. The young Naomhs played their first game against a strong Naomh Padraig side and in a tight match, the decisive goal that gave Peregrine’s the advantage only came in the last three minutes.
Royal county girl: Zara in Ireland for Tattersalls fair ZARA Phillips, eldest grandaughter of British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was in town recently when she took part in the dressage element of the 2012 Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, at Tattersalls near Ratoath with her horse, Black Tuxedo. The trials and fair combined world-class eventing with the bustle of a country fair, with over 50 shopping stands, locally produced food, picnic areas and old fashioned carnival stalls. Picture: www.equuspix.com
The quick turn around brought the girls face to face with their hosts’ B team, and after an early setback, powered to a decisive and comfortable win. Having played their games back to back, the team had a considerable wait to see who they would face in the quar ter-final. Their opponents were Kilcoole and there was a change of venue to Cherrywood, but the new scenery proved to be a blessing. The girls’ hunger for making the final was evident from the start of this game, and, by
half-time, had a lead of 3-2 to 1-0. In the second half, the girls were not going to back down, and their place in the final was secured. The girls arrived an hour before the final was due to tip-off in order to acclimatise to the imposing surroundings of Parnell Park and to warm up before the final against Naomh Padraig. Peregrine’s started with an early point to take the lead but Pat’s quickly converted two 45s to take the lead, with only a single point to the Saints’ tally before half time.
The second half, however, proved a very different stor y, with 3-3 being scored to no score, much to the delight of the parents and the travelling supporters from Blakestown as the girls were c r ow n e d d e s e r v i n g winners. Team: Ruth Kelch, Rebecca Pugh, Emma Harte, Aoife Lacy, Ciara Gannon, Naomh and Aoife Heffernan, Martha McNally, Rachel Brennan, Megan Delaney, Karla Whelan, Shannon Whelan, Laura Mc Namara, Amy and Caoimhe Heganey, Dearbhla Lennon, Tara Kelly, Mabel Offama, Stephanie Byas. Mascot Becky Higgins
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GAELIC GAMES: HURLERS, FOOTBALLERS IN ACTION
CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST BRIGID’S YOU CAN register online now for the
you would like to take part, email
Summer Mini-Leagues Festival on
June 11 to 16.
Come down to the club for Ireland’s
Our senior footballers continue the
Euro 2012 opener on Sunday, when
defence of their championship title
you can get three pints for €10. Free
this Thursday evening against Lucan
food during the game also.
in Parnell Park at 8.15pm.
Club snooker table now available
There were great league wins last
to rent to all members during bar
week for our senior, junior B and C
hours. More information on the web-
teams, while our inter 1 and Junior
As drew. Plenty of adult cup football this week, fixtures on the website. Well done to our Dublin hurlers and footballers on their wins over the weekend. TG4 are doing a new programme on Dublin supporters, and they are looking for Irish speakers from St Brigid’s to take part in the show. If
Club lotto is now €9,000 this week and takes place in Russell Park on Thursday. Club lotto can also be played online now, via the website. New players are always welcome; please contact our club coach, Paul, on 087 915 4748. Send your match reports and photos to email@example.com
TYRELLSTOWN Dublin’s footballers and hurlers shone at the weekend as they returned to big game action. Picture: Fergus McNally
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A COMBINED tally of 5-45 to 1-19 provided a resounding start to the Dubs’ championships summer, but both Pat Gilroy’s footballers and Anthony Daly’s hurlers will still emerge from last weekend’s proceedings with a degree of cautious optimism. For the hurlers on Saturday in O’Connor Park against Laois, St Pat’s Liam Rushe ran amok in the first half, while his pair of goals were added to by Cuala man David Treacy’s deft deflection. 3-14 to 1-1 ahead at the break, it was scarcely a contest, but it did provide the likes of Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Boland with comfor table returns to the line-up, as they sought to build toward championship fitness. Rushe’s goals were suitably spectacular while Paul Ryan – one of six Ballyboden St Enda’s
men in the starting lineup, joined later by Davie Curtin and Simon Lambert — clipped some fine scores for his 0-9 total. Club-mates Keaney, Conor McCormack and Shane Durkin all added a brace of points each, as the final total ran to 3-23 to 1-7. Next up, though, is the real challenge of the summer’s early stages when the focus turns to All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny, who Dublin will face on Saturday, June 23 in O’Moore Park, Portaoise (5pm) with the Electric Ireland Leinster MHC semifinal between the Dubs and the same opponents providing the curtainraiser. M a n a g e r A n t h o ny Daly said afterwards he had hoped for more of a battle, despite his side claiming their first win of the year. “ We s p o ke a b o u t June 2 quite a bit during the year and that
was the target for all of the injured boys to get themselves ready. “There was a good lot of positives, but, obviously, it wasn’t much of a hard game really. “The second half was a bit dead and drab, but we came as ready as we can be, and that’s all you can do.” For the footballers, it was a case of more of the same at a damp Croke Park on Sunday, when Bernard Brogan put away a pair of firsthalf goals and Louth were all but dismissed by the break. A wonder point from Fingallians’ Paul Flynn from the base of the Hogan Stand’s 45 line had helped push Dublin into a 0-9 to 0-3 lead, with St Sylvester’s Darren Clarke providing the only responses from frees. But Kevin Nolan and Alan Brogan unlocked the door for Bernard to clinically flash home the
opening goal. Flynn was central to the next major moments later and the contest was done, 14 points in the margin at half-time. There were plenty of chances to extend the gap to even more emphatic proportions as Kevin McManamon and Diarmuid Connolly did everything but raise the green flag again. It left Gilroy lamenting a few glitches, but he has four weeks to smooth out the kinks ahead of a date with either Longford or Wexford in the semi-final, set for early July.
THE training times for the junior
group, throw in a ball, or even make
teams are as follows:
the tea, we would like to hear from
Nursery and U-7: Wednesday from 6 to 7pm and Saturday from 10-11am (Tyrrelstown Community Hall) U-8: Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 7pm and Saturday from 10-11am (Belgree pitch, Tyrrelstown) U-9: Tuesday from 6 to 7pm and Saturday from 10-11am (Belgree pitch, Tyrrelstown) U-11: Wednesday from 6 to 7pm and Saturday from 10 to 11am (Belgree pitch, Tyrrelstown) Please be advised that due to the nursery and U-7 training being indoors, trainers must be worn. If you are available to mentor a
you. This is a great opportunity to give something back to the community, get fit and most of all have fun. For more information on helping out, or to register your child’s name, contact James on 083 408 6173. Training for the senior team takes place three days a week. The times are as follows: Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 8pm (Tyrrelstown Community Hall) Sunday from 11am to 12 noon ( Belgree pitch, Tyrrelstown). There was no winner of the weekly club lotto.
ST PEREGRINE’S THE senior footballer s head to
Parnell Park to take on Kilmacud
Details and contacts are on the
Crokes this Friday in the Senior
club website, cnp.ie, which will be
Football Championship, with kick-
off at 8.15pm. The junior Bs away to Beann Eidear on Thursday at 7.30pm in cup action. Good league wins for our junior A and B footballers last week.
Follow us on Twitter @peregrinesgaa. Entertainment this Saturday is from Something Else. Watch the Euros in the clubhouse - an Ireland jersey is to be raffled
Well done to our U-10 footballers
off after each of Ireland’s games,
who helped in opening IT Blanch’s
and there will be special promo-
new facilities last Thursday.
tions on the night.
Club lotto was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 7, 9 and 21. Next week’s jackpot is €3,600. Club shop vouchers are now avail-
Bingo continues every Wednesday night in the clubhouse from 8.30pm and this week’s jackpot is €600. The club monster draw has been put back until June 30.
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Bernard Brogan nabbed two first half goals to virtually put Dublin out of sight against Louth in Croke Park last Sunday
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BERNARD Brogan returned to the Dublin senior football fold with a bang as he clipped 2-5 in their 2-22 to 0-11 victory over Louth in their opening championship game of 2012. The St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh man missed the entire league campaign but he showed his eye for goal has scarcely dimmed. He got on the end of brother Alan’s superb angled ball for a classy first while a close range finish, precipitated by Padraig Rath’s desperate block on the line, powered the Dubs to a 14-point half-time lead. In between times, a couple of soft frees were off target but manager Pat Gilroy was generally pleased with the return to action “Bernard mixed the good with the bad but for a fella who was in his first game at intercounty level in a while, I thought he was very good. “He won a lot of possession and all the games he gets will bring him on a tonne. He had a fierce appetite for it, having not played.
“He wouldn’t missed frees normally like he missed. Generally speaking, you couldn’t fault his application.” Gilroy added that the side cannot read much from this date and must tweak their performance. “We weren’t under pressure and did concede quite a few scores from frees. When we had a guy clogged up, we got a little lazy and left a hand in too long in the tackle [to give away frees] so it’s something we really need to work on. “In the past, we’ve had performances and big scores and then you go out the next day and people can shut you down and you might only score six or seven points. “That game is now history and we have to move on. We have a replay to watch next weekend [between Longford and Wexford] and both sides are very good at defending so it’s a completely different challenge.” In the meantime, the Brogans along with his club mate Ross McConnell – who featured as a
late sub against Louth – along with St Brigid’s pair Paddy Andrews and Barry Cahill will line out in club colours. It leaves Gilroy with a rare, mid-championship break from training as the usual two-week interval between Leinster ties is replaced by a four-week gap until the semi-final. “There’s still plenty of time to prepare for the semi-final but we do lose the players for ten days to two weeks for that club championship. “It’s unusual this year as a setup for the Leinster championship but we just have to deal with it. “Maybe it would have been better for us to have a tight game but there were little things in that game, even early on, so we have plenty to work on. “You have to look at that side of the game. We had an awful lot of possession but conceded 11 points; that was a lot. But I’m never going to complain too much, though, when we win,” said Gilroy.