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INSIDE: Eimear’s fundraising effort for Special Olympics P8

OPINION: Ruairi Quinn on primary

schools’ future patronage See Page 6

Helping hands: Malawi hospital to get internet MUA HOSPITAL in Central Malawi

Feile fever: Peregrine’s set to host U-14 AllIreland event Page 31

is set to receive a fully-functioning internet cafe courtesy of Irish company CRS Refrigeration. The company has a long-standing relationship with the charity, Mua Hospital Appeal, in association with Dr Valerie Donnelly, a Mount Carmel Hospital obstetrician. Dr Valerie Donnelly is pictured with members of the Tyrell family, father Paul, and sons Patrick and John Tyrell. The Tyrell family are from Blanchardstown. Pictures: James Devon

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Call for hospital to reverse meal charge Meals on Wheels delivery is ‘not viable’ for Connolly


USERS of the free Meals on Wheels service from Connolly Hospital will now be charged €4.50 per meal after the cost of its delivery was deemed “not viable” under existing arrangements. Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said the cuts to the serv-

ice are “some of the more draconian that have arisen since the beginning of the crisis”. Last year, Connolly Hospital spent €67,319.60 providing 10,858 meals for clients and clients could receive up to three meals a week for an optional contribution of €2. In 2011, hospital management received €2,932.57 in

client contributions from meal recipients. According to a HSE report, hospital management indicated that it’s “not viable” for the hospital to provide the service under existing arrangements as they were “no longer in a position to carry this deficit”. Full Story on Page 2

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GRADUATION Mount Sackville girls mark end of primary

Private firm takes over hospital free meal service I LAURA WEBB

CLIENTS who received the free Meals on Wheels service from Connolly Hospital are now expected to pay for meals because the cost of its delivery is “not viable” under existing arrangements. L a s t y e a r, C o n nolly Hospital spent €67,319.60 providing 10,858 meals for clients. Clients could receive up to three meals a week for an optional contribution of €2. In 2011, hospital management received €2,932.57 in client contributions from meal recipients. According to a HSE report, hospital management indicated that it’s “not viable” for the hospital to provide the service under existing arrangements as they were “no longer in a position to carry this deficit”. Now meal recipients are being asked to pay €4.50 for each meal provided, which the HSE said “in line with other meals on wheels providers”. The Blanchardstown and Inner City Home Care Association Ltd. have now taken over the delivery of meals from Connolly Hospital. The report also said the service was facilitated by a large group of volunteers, which will now cease. Reasons for this are that the voluntary service only operates three days a week. The new arrangements will enable a five-day service to be established and “if sufficient demand exists” possibly provide for a seven-day service”. “While €4.50 will be sought from each recipient in respect of each

meal provided, in exceptional circumstances where an inability to pay this amount has been established, a small contingency fund is in place to ensure that individuals who are not in a position to pay for the service continue to receive it,” the report added. Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said the cuts to the service are “some of the more draconian that have arisen since the beginning of the crisis”. “Whilst bankers and speculators are being bailed out by ordinary taxpayers, the most vulnerable in society are once again feeling the brunt of austerity. Pensioners who have worked tirelessly their whole lives should be cared for by the State and not victimised. This clearly will have a massive impact on people’s quality of life and put them under increased pressure financially.” He went on to call on Government representatives to “immediately reverse the charges imposed on this service and ensure that its standard of quality is upheld”. Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness said: “If the HSE are providing meals to people, those people need meals, they need food; if you can’t afford to pay the money, will people go hungry? It’s a worrying sign, given hospitals have consultants that are getting hundreds of thousands a year and there is no question of their salary being touched and yet the people at the absolute bottom of the scale, who are reliant on the state to feed them, have that prospect endangered – it is very worrying.”

Hands up who’s having a great time. Pictures: Ian Fleming

Looking forward to secondary HE Anglers Rest was the venue of choice for sixth class girls from Mount Sackville Scoil Mhuire Primary School to enjoy a graduation meal and celebrate the end of their primary school experience. The students were joined by


their proud families for this very special occasion. The girls can now look forward to a few months of holidays before taking the next step on the education ladder and starting secondary school in September.

Dervilla O’Gorman, Sheeleagh Whearen, Emma Boyle Hannah Denham and Nicola Doorley

and Mary Galvin

Sophia and Theresa Rocca

Michelle Woods, Lucy Warnock, Meadbh Stynes,

Michaela Boyle, Aimee McLoughlin

Ciara Hegarty and Jennifer Mahady

and Hadia Shahbaz

Rosemarie Duffy, Sophie Duffy, Sophia

Nicole O’Gorman, Nina Peters, Ali Kenny and Kate

Rocca and Theresa Rocca


Lining up for secondary school

Aimee and Sonia McLoughlin

Hadia Shahbaz and Jennifer Mahady

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HEATING Work set to start in September

Welcome for Corduff radiator news A LOCAL politician has welcomed the announcement that radiators will finally be installed into the hallways of D15 homes that have been subjected to cold halls during winter months. Labour councillor Mary McCamley said Fingal Council Council will install the radiators into the hall-

ways of the houses in Corduff. “The tender process [for the installation of the radiators] has been completed and the work should commence in September. Corduff Grove will be the first to welcome the radiators which were requested by the residents who reported the difficulty with cold

halls especially in winter months,” she said. The local councillor went on to say that during these “stringent times” she compliments the council on the €100,000 expenditure on the investment of estate management and improvement works in the Dublin 15 area.

Ongar author Shirley Benton: “I asked for an extension to the deadline.”


Novel rewrite pays off for Ongar’s wordsmith I LAURA WEBB

THE second book from an Ongar author could have had a completely different story if her instincts hadn’t told her it wasn’t in tune with her style of writing. Bestselling author, Shirley Benton, released her first book, Looking for Leon, in 2011. Later that year she started and finished writing her second book when she was pregnant with her second child. Following the birth of her son, she read her book again, only to realise it wasn’t exactly what she thought, so it was back to the drawing board for Shirley and her lat-

est book – Can We Start Again? - was born. “At the time [of writing] I wasn’t feeling great and I was kind of just battling through it. As I was writing, I thought it wasn’t quite what I wanted. When I was writing the first book I knew it was working and as an author you do know if something is working or not. I wrote the whole thing. After my son was born I read it again and said - I am not putting it out there,” she said. “I was back to my normal way of thinking and knew it wasn’t right. I asked for an extension on the deadline and the book I wrote the second time round is so much more me.

“Readers do have expectations of an author, and you are not going to do something wildly different, which I think I did first,” Shirley told the Gazette. Thankfully Shirley succeeded in rewriting her second book again. Giving a synopsis of the story she said: “It’s a story of a couple planning their future together. They are mapping out their entire life together and while doing that they make a pre-parental plan. The girl in the story is a complete planner, the guy is really laid back and the plan is a list of things they want to do together before they have children. “They unexpectedly break up due to a prob-

lem they can’t get over. The guy can’t deal with the break-up and moves to Australia. A year and a half later he comes back with a proposition for her. In a bid to resurrect their relationship he wants to carry out their pre-parental plan that they never did, to remind them why they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. She reluctantly agrees to give it a go – but nothing is straight forward after that. It explores whether it is ever possible to make things work a second time around,” she added. Luckily for Shirley, second chances - in terms of books anyway - do seem to work out. Can We Start Again? is out now in leading bookshops.

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Event’s format altered

Millennium Park upgrade I LAURA WEBB

THE popular Millennium Park in Dublin 15 is to get a welcome upgrade that will include a tower slide and a dog run. The park, situated adjacent to the Blanchardstown shopping centre, will see new features added to its current facilities. The playground, which has proven to be very popular among local residents, will see new equipment installed. The new Tower Slide will be installed in the coming months. A dog r un, which allows for dogs to run freely within a designated area, will also be constructed at the park. Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness welcomed the news saying it was “very positive” for

residents in Dublin 15. “Children will be particularly excited about the 15.5-metre high tower slide which will be built on top of a purpose built earth mound,” Cllr McGuinness said. “Dog lovers will know the fantastic dog run in Marlay Park on the south side of the city. Now Dublin 15 dog owners can avail of this resource on their doorstep. “Confirmation on the annual return of the funfair in September was also announced at the council meeting which is a well attended annual event in Blanchardstown,” he added. Socialist Party councillor Ruth Coppinger said the council’s plan for Millennium Park was “very good”. “We do need more for the older kids; the skate

park is great and when kids get to a certain age it would be good to have a mix.” According to a spokesperson for Fingal County Council, funding for the park’s new additions comes from revenue taken from an annual fun fair that runs out of Millennium Park, which is set to come back this September. Speaking during the area committee meeting, the fun-fair has scaled down over the last number of years and its “revenue stream has reduced from previous years”. However the spokesperson went to say that the money that comes from the fair “gets ploughed back into the park” which allows the council to upgrade the park where necessary.

Special reception: Celebrating 25 years of The Carers Association FAMILY Carers from across the country attended a special recep-

tion at Aras an Uachtarain on Tuesday, June 12, hosted by President Michael D Higgins. The special invitation was extended to celebrate The Carers Association’s 25th anniversary. Over these 25 years The Carers Association has been providing vital supports and services to family carers across the country as well as lobbying for their rights and entitlements. 2012 will see the long awaited publishing of a National Carers’ Strategy which is something that the association and family carers have lobbied government on for many years. President Higgins and wife Sabina warmly welcomed over 120 family carers to the Aras on what was a really enjoyable day. The Carers Association presented President Higgins with a specially commissioned 25th anniversary candle at the reception after a wonderful and heartfelt speech by President Higgins. Pictured with the president and his wife Sabina are Young Carers of the Year Amanda and Sam Norris.

THE Safer Blanchardstown forum is changing the format of its annual community week by staggering events over a number of months. The new format is hoped to keep the Safer Blanchardstown message continuing throughout the year, rather than one week. According to Philip Jennings, co-ordinator of Safer Blanchardstown, the board of management made the decision to run throughout the year. “We are working on planning different events. There will be more events this way and they will be more focused events – we’re looking at maybe one event a month.” Some of the events being considered are music festivals, older person’s events, ethnic events and football challenges. “It will be spaced out and it keeps the message out there,” Philip added.

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OPINION ‘Our schools must respect all faiths, and none’

We are working to give parents a real choice RUAIRI QUINN, the Minister for Education and Skills, on plans to modernise patronage for primary schools in line with modern Ireland AT THE heart of the Action Plan on patronage and pluralism in primary schools, which I announced last week, is parental choice. Our primary school system is more than 180 years old. Our society has changed utterly since its establishment, but this is not reflected in the diversity of patronage in our primary schools.

Recently, I was at a school opening in north County Dublin, where the principal told me that there were 25 different nationalities, speaking 15 different mother tongues. No doubt, there is also a range of religious beliefs, and none, amongst that cosmopolitan school population. I believe that parents should have the choice to send their children to a





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school whose ethos most closely reflects their own views. With 90% of our primary schools presently under the patronage of the Catholic Church, that is not always possible. But, I hope, this will change through the processes I have now put in place. This autumn, parents in 44 town areas – including three here in Dublin – will be surveyed to see what type of schools they would wou most like to send their children to, be it Catholic, Catholic Church of Ireland, Gaelscoil, Ga Educate Together, Togethe Community National School, or other. Parents will b be given full information on the different types of schools and possible d the h different diff patron bodies. Helplines will also be put in place during the survey period to deal with queries from parents. In Dublin, the three areas where we will start surveying are Dublin 4 and 6, Whitehall, and Dublin 8. Parents of primary school children and preschoolers in these areas will be asked questions in an online survey, and the information will be analysed by the Department of Education and Skills to determine if parents want more choice in their area. If they do, we will engage with the current patrons to determine a mechanism for the transferring of schools to another patron.

For example, in a town with a stable population and six primary schools, of which five are under the patronage of the Catholic Church and one is Church of Ireland, the survey may show that there is demand for a Gaelscoil, and a multidenominational school. --------------------------

‘The journey that we are now on will result in Irish parents having a real say in the type of school they wish their children to attend’ --------------------------

My department will bring the results of the survey to the patron of the Catholic schools – usually the bishop – and we will give them six months in which to come back to us with proposals on which schools should transfer, and over what timeframe. I believe there will be a lot of interest in each area where a survey will be conducted, and I am anxious that the local debate takes place in a calm and respectful manner, as it did during the work on the Forum on Patronage. I also hope, after the work in these 44 areas is completed, that we will roll out the process to other towns. In many parts of the country, however, trans-

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn: issing an invitation for submissions from education stakeholders

ferring patronage from the Catholic Church to another body will just not be an option, as there may be only one primary school in the area. In these “stand-alone schools” – and we have 1,700 of them in the State – I am anxious that we ensure respect for all religions, and also for those parents who wish to opt out of formal religious instruction for their children.

Because of this, I am issuing an invitation for education stakeholders and other interested parties to make submissions in the autumn on how to make these schools more inclusive. The National Parents Council (Primary) will be advising my department on the development of an information leaflet for parents to ensure they are all fully informed about this con-

sultation process. I hope to publish a White Paper on the issue early next year. There are many parents who are anxious for change, and I share that impatience. However, it is my belief that the journey that we are now on will result in Irish parents, for the first time, having a real say in the type of school they wish their children to attend.

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REMINDER LETTERS Local authorities urge houseowners to register

Public urged to resist ‘bullying’ on household tax A MEMBER of an organisation against household charges is urging people “not to be bullied” by letters they will receive if they haven’t paid the €100 household charge. Earlier this week it was announced the first round of reminder letters to residents who have

not paid the household charge were issued by local authorities. Failure to register after receiving a third letter could see legal action enforced. Over 600,000 people have yet to pay the charge. Responding to the news, local councillor and member of the CAHWT

(Campaign Against Household and Water Tax) Ruth Coppinger (SP) said everyone cannot be brought to court. “The majority of homeowners – 52% have not registered, a historic level of civil disobedience. “CAHWT will organise local meetings as the let-

ters are distributed more widely in communities. These letters are not summonses, but should court cases be taken in the future, they will be met with massive protests and political pressure on the parties responsible. Nobody would attend court alone or without

support from the campaign. “Low and middle income earners have been crucified in the last four years and can’t take any more. We have to stay united and keep up the boycott. With over half refusing to register, this is our best chance to strike

a blow against austerity policies which are wrecking the economy. This has shaken the Government like no other issue,” she said. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Local Government said: “The most recent registration figures

for the charge from the estimated 1.6m properties which are eligible for the charge as of 16:00 hrs on Friday, June 29 are as follows; 949,133 properties registered payment, 8,600 applications awaiting resolution of queries and 17,607 properties registered for a waiver.”

Call for review of road safety measures

A CALL has been made for a review of road safety measures along a stretch of road that has seen “several serious” accidents occur there. According to Dublin West Sinn Fein representative Paul Donnelly, the road beside Blanchardstown Heath was subject to another serious road traffic accident recently. He is now calling for a complete review of its road safety measures. “Residents have been very concerned about this stretch of road and in particular the roundabout at Warrenstown Gardens. There have been several serious road traffic accidents at this section of the road including one tragic fatal

Dr Valerie Donnelly pictured with members of the Tyrell family, father Paul and sons Patrick and John Tyrell


Businessman to get internet for hospital I LAURA WEBB

A WOMEN’S hospital in Malawi is to receive much-needed internet access when a container gets shipped over and transformed into an internet cafe thanks to a Blanchardstown businessmen. The Tyrell family, from Blanchardstown, are owners of CRS Refrigeration, a Meath-based company. The company and Mount Carmel obstetrician, Dr Valerie Donnelly have a long standing relationship with the Mua Hospital Appeal charity. CRS refrigeration will send a container filled with medical equipment and a consignment of computer hardware to the Malawian women’s

hospital next week. Once the contents of the container are taken to the hospital, the container will then be placed on a hard base and commissioned as an internet cafe for use by patients at the hospital and the local community, who don’t have internet access. Patrick Tyrrell of CRS explained their role in this initiative, and their involvement with the charity: “We’re delighted to be in a position to contribute this much-needed facility to Mua Hospital. The work carried out by CRS on the internet cafe has also supported local jobs and local suppliers. “The Mua Hospital Appeal fundraising committee, comprising Anne Creedon, Dr Donnelly, Kevin O’Brien, Maura

O’Sullivan and Tony Quinlan, has generated enough donations to ensure that the container is also filled with necessary medical supplies. “The installation of an internet cafe at the hospital will benefit the charity in various ways, including being a sustainable source of revenue to allow the hospital to buy essential supplies which are not funded by the government of Malawi.” He continued: “We’ve worked with Dr Donnelly for a number of years, and are very aware of the vital work she does with the women at the hospital. We feel very strongly about providing support for Dr Donnelly’s work in Malawi, she’s making a huge difference to patients who need profes-

sional medical support in this region.” Dr Donnelly said the contribution from CRS would “make a tremendous difference” to the lives of the patients of Mua Hospital and “the community in general”. “This creative idea, to take a trailer full of medical equipment destined for the hospital and to then transform it into a walk-in facility is a very cost-efficient way of putting valuable donations to good use. The staff at the hospital and the people in the local community are ver y excited at the prospect.” Mua Hospital, founded in 1911, is situated in the Lakeshore area of Dedza District (Dedza East) in the central region of Malawi.

accident. “This is not the first time this has been brought to the attention of Fingal County Council, it was raised on several occasions at local area council meetings by all parties. I have made representations to FCC regarding this issue calling for an immediate review of the road to ascertain if there are any measures needed to make this a safer road for traffic users and pedestrians,” Donnelly said. In response to the councillor, a spokesperson for FCC said it has “no outstanding works on these roads” but added the council “will monitor the situation and review any accident statistics in conjunction with the gardai.”

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ANOTHER WORLD No matter what’s happening around the city,


Shevaun Hogan, Eimear Whelan, Dearbhla Hogan and Stuart Sharpe

Eimear, Shane and Carmel Felle. Pictures: James Devon

David Maher

Derek and Tony

Claire Keogh and Eimear Felle

Eimear’s final effort HE Roselawn Inn was the venue for a table quiz in aid of Special Olympics Ireland which took place recently. The event was the final fundraiser for Blanchardstown native Emer Felle who is gearing herself up for a gruelling swim


when she takes on San Francisco bay in aid of Special Olympic’s Ireland. Eimear Felle is looking forward to the challenging swim, the Tiburon Mile, this September and is already training for the event. The competitive swim is one nautical

mile in open water. The 27-year-old has been busy fundraising and is hoping to raise over €3,000. Bake sales and bag packing have already helped her to raise approximately €1,800.

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The Gazette’s far-ranging photographers have the angles covered


LOCALS Michael Burrett and Simon Close from Castleknock look like they were clearly enjoying their recent trip north for the Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran, Donegal. And they had every right to be with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, The Coronas, Happy Mondays and The Riptide Movement being

HILDREN’S author Sarah Webb delighted her fans when she took part in a fun event at Blanchardstown Library recently, where she participated in a Sally Go Round the Stars Nursery Rhyme Session for ages three to five years. This event consisted of short interactive readings that both parents and children can get involved.


just a selection of the great entertainment on offer. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography


One for the books 1. Children’s author Sarah Webb with Georgia (5) and Addison Corbett (2) from Blanchardstown

2 2. Kaden Clarkson (3) from Hollystown 3. Georgia Corbett (5) from Blanchardstown



4. Pictured are (clockwise) Georgia Corbett, Addison Corbett, Bronagh Delaney, Mercy Agunbiade and Jane O’Rourke

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FESTIVAL Taste 2012 served up many leading culinary treats

Brendan O’Connor and Ryan Tubridy

Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio, Jamie Oliver and Kevin Dundon

Sprinkled with celebrity chefs ASTE of Dublin served up some delicious treats and familiar faces at the Iveagh Gardens in the city centre last weekend. Despite the gloomy weather, nothing could dampen interest in the fantastic foodie fare, which saw a wide range of culinary superstars gather for a festi-


Norman Nusa and Rachel Kelly

val to savour, with lots of well-known faces rubbing shoulders with the cooks, critics and general foodie fans. Sprinkled with international faces, garnished with some of the country’s best writers, and heated up with some lively banter from bon viveurs, there was something to appeal to all tastes

Riyadh Khalas, Siobhan O’Connor and Brendan O’Loughlin

and interests, and Taste 2012 presented a celebration of food that reflects Ireland’s increasingly cosmopolitan tastes. Restaurants offering fare from across the world including 777 (Mexican), Jaipur (Asian), Bon Appetit (tapas) and much, much more.

Ciara O’Connell and Heidi

Dee Breen and Alexander

Gillian Fitzpatrick and Rosanna




Nick and Denise Munier

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SERVICES Glory for 150-year-old brigade

New passport scheme for second-level I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THIS September, a new primary education passport is being introduced for students entering second-level schools in Ireland. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn in a statement last week said: “From this September, all children who are transitioning from primary to post-primary schools will have their end-of-year report card sent to their new school.” The ‘passport’ will contain vital numeracy and literacy information taken from the child’s last report card. Minister Quinn said: “I believe that this sharing of information between primary and second-level schools is a commonsense approach that will benefit both students and teachers. “This ‘education passport’ will mean that the child’s end-of-year report card, including results from the standardised tests taken in sixth class, will be available to the second-level school.”

In an effort to preclude any potential favouritism or discrimination, secondary schools will not be privy to the child’s information ahead of time. Minister Quinn said: “It is important to note that this information will only be made available to a second-level school after a child has accepted a place at that school. “The information cannot be used to cherrypick the best-performing pupils or to exclude those who may have learning difficulties.” Each post-primar y principal has to inform the principal of the child’s primary school of his new enrolment. The primary principal is then required to send on a final-year report card to the principal of the child’s new secondary school. The information contained in this sixth class report card will consist of the results of standardised literacy and numeracy tests. The introduction of this new measure is part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

The new stamps, showing different aspects of the work undertaken by members of the Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade is honoured with stamps I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

NEW stamps depicting the great work done by the Dublin Fire Brigade went on sale last Thursday, June 28, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organisation. The new “action

picture” stamps were launched by Dublin chief fire officer (CFO) Stephen Brady at the GPO last week. The 55c stamps were designed by Zinc Design, of Dublin and show the many roles of fire-fighting crews. The four stamps illus-

trate fires in premises, road accidents, water rescue and chemical fires, and were all captured in colourful photographs during training simulations. Established in 1862, the fire brigade began with just 24 firemen, who operated from a fire sta-

tion based in Whitehorse Yard, Dublin 8. They operated horsedrawn Merryweather fire tenders up until 1925, and relied on manual water pumps to quench fires. With advances in engineering, steam fire engines were soon introduced and, in 1909, the fire brigade received its first motor pump engine. The brigade now serves 1.2 million people, and operates 20 fire engines, specialist appliances and 12 ambulances. Brady oversees the operation of 1,000 personnel, crewing 12 stations on a 24-hour, sevenday week basis. Dublin Fire Brigade is also one of the few fire services in the world whose members are also fully-trained paramedics. In 2011, the service dealt with 127 water rescues and provided assistance with flooding relief

and evacuation. Brady said that all Dublin Fire Brigade staff members are proud to be honoured in such a highprofile way. “Dublin Fire Brigade has a long and proud tradition of serving the citizens of Dublin city and county since 1862. “Our 150th anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our service and to remind Irish people everywhere to stay safe and take every precaution where fire, flammable materials and safety are concerned,” he said. A commemorative booklet to honour the anniversary is also on sale. It is full of dynamic images and information, and can be purchased with the four stamps for €10 at main post offices, online at, or by calling 01 705 7400.

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CULTURE Riverdance producer on how the show stays a hit

Lead male dancer Stephen Brennan and lead female dancer Maria Buffini are joined by Craig Mason and Riverdance dancers outside The Gaiety Theatre, where the show is currently playing

‘Riverdance simply makes people happy’ I LAURA WEBB

THE curtains opened last week for one of Ireland’s most successful dance shows and, nine years after its first show at the Gaiety Theatre, interest in Riverdance is still remarkable. This week, The Gazette caught up with long-running Riverdance producer Julian Erskine to find out how the show is still a worldwide success. Riverdance first came to our attention during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest during the show’s interval. Now, 17 years later, it has toured worldwide and has had eight consecutive summer runs in the Gaiety Theatre. Last week, Riverdance reopened for its ninth run at the popular theatre and, according to Erskine, it was just as exciting as the first. “It was a great night, with a great buzz about the place. It was a packed house, with a lot of tourists who are, realistically, the bulk of our audience nowadays.” On the show’s popularity in Ireland, he said: “It’s

like how a pint of Guinness never tastes the same as it does in Dublin! “I think people who have seen Riverdance around the world, when they come to Ireland, one of the things they want to do is see Riverdance in Ireland – that was one of the reasons we started the show in Dublin.” Although the show has been in the Gaiety each year since 2004, prior to that, the show was performed the least in Dublin. “We did two runs of the show in 1995 in The Point, and we didn’t do another run until 2000, when we did another run at The Point. So, between 1995 and 2004, we had only been in Ireland three times. “What was happening was tourists were coming to Dublin, they were getting on our websites, and saying they are in Ireland, and ‘Where can we see Riverdance?’ “We were saying: ‘Actually, you have to go to America or China or Switzerland’ – we weren’t at home. “So, that is why we came back. We thought it was crazy that people

were looking to see the show, and it wasn’t on.” Following that decision, the production of Riverdance was scaled down to fit the city centre venue and they have had a great run each season since then. “It’s been a great hit, and it continues to do so. We will keep doing it for as long as people want it.” Asked how the show can keep bringing in the numbers that allow it to run every year, Erskine said it just makes people happy. “It’s 17 years since it was first shown. In 2015, it will be our 20th anniversary which is an amazing run for any show in the world. “It is timeless. It’s not locked into any particular period. It is so uplifting. “People are clapping along with smiles on their faces and, even at the opening they jumped up [and were still] cheering at the end. I think it’s great if you can send people home happy, especially in this day and age. “People want to park their problems at the door, come in, have a good time, enjoy good music, good dancing,

good singing and enjoy themselves – it’s as simple as that,” he said. Admitting he was never a big fan of Irish dancing before joining Riverdance, Erskine said the show not only converted him, but many others. “I’m a complete and utter convert, and that is thanks to Riverdance. Like so many people, before Riverdance, I would have seen Irish dancing as some fuddyduddy thing done by girls with wigs and big dresses for tourists. “I had no interest in it, and didn’t understand the value of it. I think what Moya Doherty [Riverdance producer and cofounder], in particular, did with Riverdance, and what Michael Flatley and Gene Butler did with the choreography – I think they revealed to the world just how intricate and how beautiful Irish dancing is.” Opening in new territories, the show is hoping to soon run in South America, China and India. Catch Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre this summer until September 2. Book online at www.

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Joining forces: Minister for Sports Leo Varadkar with Greg McGuinness and Daire Ni Bhriaoin help to promote positive mental health

Thinking positive O2 and Headstrong have joined forces to celebrate the role sports play in promoting positive mental health. The Think Big programme, in partnerChange and Blanchardstown ship with See Ch recently hosted Institute of Technology, Tec event to celebrate the a Think Big Sports Spo positive menrole of sport in encouraging e tal health. Minister for Sports Leo Varadkar was S at the event with two youngsters from the Daire NiBhriaoin and Greg programme, Da McGuinness. Some 50 young people from Leinster S were invited to the event to find out more about running their very own sporting event in their community that would promote positive mental health. Participants were given some advice from a number of professionals including performance coach for the Leinster Rugby team Enda McNulty as well as representatives from the IRFU, GPA, FAI and the Dance Theatre of Ireland about running their own event. Think Big is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong to enable young people to do projects in their community that make a difference to young peoples’ mental health. The initiative is looking for young people from across Dublin to submit their ideas to the programme and, if successful, they would see their project come to fruition. Since November 2011, Think Big have approved over 166 projects, initiated and led by young people between the ages of 14 and 25 all across Ireland. Through these projects, young people promote positive mental health for their peers in their communities, schools or colleges. For more information on Think Big, visit

DIARY Dublin Food Co-op holds Fusion Sunday THE Dublin Food Co-op’s world culture market is hosting another Fusion Sunday in July. There will be a cornucopia of exotic and international stalls with great food on offer. The cultural integration of all ethnic tastes is the theme of Fusion Sunday. There are so many diverse ethnic communities in Ireland nowadays and their different foods are being celebrated, showcased and tasted at this cosmopolitan event. Fusion Sundays create an atmosphere of mutual discovery and appreciation for all of the different cultures living side by side in Ireland. The market will be a treat for all of the senses as it will be full of intense colour, delicious aromas and exotic tastes. Culinary delights at Fusion Sunday will include African doughnuts, Japanese burgers and Arabic mint tea which will be served up to you in an authentic Moroccan tent. That’s just a hint of the many unusual dishes and drinks that will be available on the day. As well as food, Fusion Sunday also features a rich array of ornaments, crafts, traditional ware and art from the many cultures represented. There will be workshops, yoga and dance sessions too and music will be playing all day long as you browse stalls or take a workshop. Live musical acts at the world stage will be a Georgian choir, Italian folk music, and French chansons, all of which will help to lend an air of authentic culture and ambi-

ence to events. The market will be held from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, July 8, at the Dublin Food Co-op, 12 New Market Square, Dublin 8. It will be a regular event every second Sunday of each month.

Local nightlife-loving couples please apply RTE is looking for nightlife-loving couples to take part in a new pilot series that sees twosomes compete to show what makes a good night out in their town. Six in the City is a new show format set to pilot on RTE 2 this autumn. The show features three couples from three Irish cities hosting what they consider to be the ultimate night out. It can be a rock night out, jazz or death metal, wherever the couple think the best food place is or the best venue for a gig – be it opera or karaoke – RTE want to hear from couples with some interesting thoughts on nightlife. Possible candidates need to live in or near Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Kilkenny, Newry, Lisburn, Belfast, Armagh or Derry and be up for getting together with two other couples for three great expensespaid nights out. Interested parties need to be over 23 and be happy to spend four days shooting with the RTE crew over the last three weekends in July. The deadline for applications is Monday, July 9. The couple who host the best night out will win a bespoke European city break, specially tailored to their interests. To apply and for further information, contact or Anne-Louise Foley, RTE TV press and publicity, 01 208 3298 or

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Sky’s the limit for Croker

Top chefs to judge food awards


CROKE Park has become an even more iconic venue, rising to new heights with its recently installed Etihad Skyline. The much anticipated tour has been open to the public for a number of weeks now and boasts the most spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city. The structure stands at 44m, or 17 storeys above the ground and some 100 tonnes of painted galvanised steel have gone into creating a unique 0.6 kilometre walkway. Sponsored by Etihad Airways, the walkway, which is installed within the existing steel roof support, was fabricated in Portloaise and has created 10 jobs. Five viewing platforms are dotted along the way, giving visitors a clear and unique view of Dublin’s most popular and celebrated landmarks. These include Glasnevin Cemeter y, the Guinness Brewery, the Dublin Mountains, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Trinity College, The Spire, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, the

Phoenix Park and Docklands buildings. Each of the five viewing platforms features interpretative panels which highlight the famous landmarks in the line of vision. Visitors are also able to learn more about these sites through multi-lingual audio guides which are available in six languages and include historical information, quirky anecdotes and interviews. Irish comedian Dara O’Briain is a recognisable voice for the official introduction to the narrative which is heard throughout the tour. The two-hour tour, with an experienced guide, will see groups of up to 30 people ascend to the Etihad Skyline walkway following a full briefing in the stadium dressing room. The more adventurous visitors have the chance to make their Etihad Skyline experience even more memorable by walking out from the stadium roof onto a specially designed walkway which is suspended above the Croke Park pitch. For more information and for bookings visit www.skylinecrokepark. ie.

DUBLINER Patrick Doherty joined celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and many others last week to launch the Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards. P a t r i c k wo n t h e Tasty Pastry category last year in the awards which celebrate the unsung kitchen heroes all over Ireland. Judging this year’s competition are renow ned celebrity chefs Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio and Catherine Leydon, as well as Vanessa Greenwood of Cooks Academy and Gina Miltiadou, publisher of Easy Food Magazine.

Revving it up: Launching the 21st Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show MIRIAM 0’Callaghan was at the Mansion House to announce details of the 21st Irish Classic

and Vintage Motor Show which takes place at Terenure College Grounds, Dublin, on Sunday July 8 from 11am-6pm. The show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in Ireland. With over 1,300 wonderful cars from all eras, showcasing a myriad of marques and models, this really is every motoring enthusiast’s paradise. The show will celebrate the evolution of the car from the horseless carriages in the late 1800’s to the dream cars of the 21st century. The whole spectrum of cars from the veteran, the vintage, the classic and the future classic will feature in this annual celebration of motoring. Miriam is pictured with Robert Manning (10) and Ben Horkan (11).

Competition The competition will culminate in three cooks being selected from each of the 10 categories, who will then be invited to cook their recipe in front of the judges on November 2 at the Cooks Academy. The winning recipes will be announced at a blacktie gala event that evening at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin where the category winners will each receive €1,500 worth of prizes. For more information you can check out www.homecookhero. ie

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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Key to keeping kids cool and fashionable Edited by Laura Webb

The search is on for Ireland’s perfect pins

THE search is on for Ireland’s perfect pins that will front home-grown brand Karora’s next instant tan campaign. Could you be the legs of the next Karora campaign? Fancy winning a modelling contract with leading modelling agency Assets and a photo shoot with top fashion photographer Lili Forberg? Then check out this amazing competition. All you have to do is enter or just join the fun and vote for your favourite legs. The competition is open via Karora’s facebook page at Karora is a self tan brand with a collection of botanical bronzing products that deliver custom colour with intense skin treatments. The multitasking formulas contain signature ingredients of grape seed, acai berry, jojoba and argan. The Karora range includes Instant Tan Wash Off, award-winning Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser SPF15 and luxury Self Tan Mists – all at affordable prices (€14.99-€24.99). Karora’s Instant Tan Wash Off is on offer for €9.99 in participating stores.

IDS across Dublin are oozing style this summer and even though the weather isn’t playing ball with the season there is no reason why youngsters can’t enjoy their summer gear. Floral dresses for girls and bright-coloured chinos for boys are just some of the summer attire in retail stores. This week the Gazette takes a look at stores in Liffey Valley to see what’s on offer and how kids are dressing this season. Gone are dark and dreary colours, as bright and bold colours are in. Boosting over 100 great name stores, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre stocks a great range of kids summer fashion. It also has a superb schedule of summer family entertainment throughout July – making shopping all the more interesting for the little ones. Pictured are just some of the great summer stock available from stores throughout the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre: For the girls, Monsoon’s red and white polka dot Dolores Shorts (€40) ooze 1950’s charm while Next’s super cute Chevron Dress (€20) teamed with a striped wide brimmed hat (€10) is great for a sunny afternoon or outdoor party. Only the very best will do for the boys, who are becoming more adventurous with fashion. Team this super green polo shirt from M&S (€8) with yellow chinos from Next (€20) to really get them in the summer spirit. If we are lucky enough to get sun, protect their faces with a straw trilby from Mon-


Next Girls wide brim hat, €10

Monsoon Dolores shorts, €40

Next Chevron dress, €20

Monsoon boys straw trilby, €15

M&S Limited Collection polo, €8

Next Yellow chinos for older boys, €20

soon (€15). L i g h t cl o t h i n g i s a must this summer, although the sun may not be splitting the stones each day, the weather is normally warmer than normal, even if we are experiencing some heavy rain showers. A light rain jacket would be perfect to have on hand for these days. Most

stores including Dunnes Stores, H&M, M&S and Next would have a range of light-wearing rain jackets for boys and girls. Stylish

If dressing the kids in the latest trends, don’t forget their feet – they too can be stylish. Fabulous floral Espadrillos from H&M for

the dudettes are a steal at €9.99. For the stylish dude, he will love the bright range of sneakers including a yellow pair, also €9.99 from H&M. Summer is a popular season for weddings and with more and more kids going to the ceremonies, there is a bigger need for them to dress appropriately. Girls are easy enough to dress – a

pretty dress with a nice head piece can be found in most clothes shops, while a handsome suit for boys can be picked up in Next and M&S at prices ranging from €40. For further information on the stores available at Liffey Valley, or events and promotions, log onto their website at

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Cheers for the Family I ELLEN COONEY

R ATHER inexplicably, Swords four-piece The Cast of Cheers were unknown until their quietly-released debut album in 2010 caught the attention of critics and fans alike. And150,000 downloads, a move to London and a deal with Schoolboy Error later, the band have just released their follow-up album Family. A fairytale in terms of the DIY Irish music scene, The Cast of Cheers were plucked from obscurity after releasing their first album, Chariot, as a free download. K n ow n f o r t h e i r impressive live performances, they also excel in their recording ability and

Family is proof of that. The boys show no lack of confidence in the new material, both on the record and when performing it. For the most part, they have left the tracks which gained them their fan base behind and embraced the new. Not only have The Cast of Cheers managed to live up to the hype which has surrounded them, but have somehow managed to add another layer to their alt-rock style. This layer may be down to the band’s ability to mix gifted technical musicianship with the desire to write a catchy hook. They possess the skill to combine both elements in a way that sounds both impressive and unpretentious.

The Cast of Cheers

Of course, there was an obvious presence of this in their earlier work but the clean, polished nature of Family makes the elegance of this balance hard to miss. The album gives each member of the group more than enough room to breathe, and Conor Adam’s vocals really shine, while managing to

sustain the energy from their first venture. Classed as robot rock by sub-genre enthusiasts, Family provides a set of quirky upbeat songs, with a couple of mid-range, almost whispering tracks. There is also a cleaner version of Goose, one of the favourites from Chariot. The inclusion of this sin-

gular re-used track shows the record label’s desire to launch this album as a debut which may be confusing to some fans, who understand what an incredible achievement Chariot was for the fledgling foursome. The old track is situated slap bang in the middle of the new album, in a way breaking up the fresh feel. However the song blends well with the mood of Family which is a mellower album. Overall, Family is an album with presence and life, and is sure to take this Swords band to new heights. Exciting in terms of tone and variation, and providing more than one future radio hit, it is nothing less than successful.

FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods THERE aren’t many musicians that are so brilliant they get awarded for their genius in a time that hasn’t even taken place yet, but Bruce Springsteen is certainly worthy of such an accolade. The singer, who is playing two dates in Dublin later this month with his E Street Band, has been named MusiCares’ Person of the Year for 2013. The Boss is being honoured for his charity work as well as his contribution to music at a ceremony that’ll take place before the Grammy Awards early next year. And Springsteen will be in good company, with past recipients of the MusiCares’ Person of the Year award being Bono, Paul McCartney and Elton John. As if you needed any more reasons to look forward to the RDS gigs on July 17 and 18. And if the 62 year old’s recent tour dates are anything to go by, you can expect energy, passion and a set of around three hours at the Ballsbridge venue.

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Michael Killeen, managing director, HSS Hire Ireland

Taking HSS Hire to new heights MICHAEL Killeen is managing director of HSS Hire Ireland and group operations director, HSS Hire Service Group UK & Ireland. A native of Co Galway, Michael previously built his own business from his kitchen table in Co Laois. Along with his wife, Maureen, they established Laois Hire in 1992. A focused, ambitious and hardworking individual, Michael now leads up the operations side of the award-winning HSS Hire Group in Ireland and the UK and has taken it to new heights in terms of its business turnover, market share and international standing. Overseeing a network of 24 branches across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, as well as overseeing operations in the UK, Michael now spends his time travelling between the UK and Ireland, but he gives due recognition to his first class team of people on the ground delivering a first rate service. Michael and Maureen have one son, Michael junior, who is general Michael Killeen, managing director, HSS Hire Ireland, and group operations director, HSS Hire Service manager of Laois Hire. Group UK and Ireland

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A pilot Q: What was your first job? A: Farm boy. Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £5 Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: No. Q: When did you start your present job? A: In 1992. Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Landing good results and keeping people employed.

Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: Winning the Laois men’s

tennis doubles.

A: Wimbledon tennis finals.

Q: What part of your working day do you delegate? A: My job is all about delegat-

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: The movie, Bad Santa!


Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: Nothing!

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward.

Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: No.

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: Mixture of classical and

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Tennis. Q: What sport can you play? A: Tennis. Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Bad grammar! Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?

country music and pictures of family, pets and holidays.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: No time! Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: No time! Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Anything – with my wife.


Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny. Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Nowhere! Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: At least a dozen. Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Never had a bad experience. Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Tour the world! Q: What would be your dream job? A: Professional tennis player! Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: I don’t plan that far ahead!



THE COMPLEX WORLD OF INVESTMENT: PART 1 HOW do you confuse investors? Place three shovels against the wall and ask them to take their pick. Choosing the right vehicle for your money cannot only be confusing, but it can cost you dearly. With 14 different asset classes from property to cash, and equities to commodities together with geographic options, currency and security issues, your money has never been more at risk since Adam decided to leave the Garden of Eden all those years ago. Most people have different investment needs and goals ranging from short to long term. Whether the need covers: • Cash (Rainy Day Fund – an accessible account to meet emergencies, sudden loss of income or that investment opportunity. Ideally you should have three to six months net annual income in this type of deposit account. You should also ensure you are receiving top interest rates – best demand deposit rates currently are KBC Bank’s 3.25% and AIB Direct’s 3.1%) • Investment (perhaps for your children’s education – third level alone can cost up to € 42,000 per child and that is without fees. Source : Bank of Ireland) for medium-term capital requirements – a holiday home or extension? • Retirement/pension planning (if you are not happy to live on the current state pension of € 230.30 per week, then you will need to invest in a solid pension that will supplement the state pension when you retire). In 2010, for every person who retired there were six workers, but by 2051 for every retiree there will be only two workers. • Approved Retirement Funds investment (you may wish to invest your retirement fund after extracting the tax free lump sum and maximise the return on same as the imputed distribution of 5% may be insufficient to meet your annual living needs then. The Approved Minimum Retirement Fund – maintaining € 120,000 until you are aged 75 – also requires management and a decent return). Some of these investment decisions will be based on a cautious approach, while others may be aggressive in their investment strategy. This will mainly depend on age, family status, health and lifestyle and, of course, ability to fund. Those for example nearing retirement age will choose investments with little risk, eg cash, government bonds, while those in their mid 30s may have a different mindset and choose riskier options eg emerging markets, renewables, technology stocks, etc. Unfortunately, choosing an investment is not like buying a car where you look at all the pros and cons of the car at the start, select every aspect of preference but once bought, that’s that – you have made your bed – now you have to lie in it. Not so with investment choices – they need to be constantly watched and switched if performing poorly. Stark warnings abound ... if you invest in these funds you may lose some or all of the money you invest. Part 2 will be continued next week  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS Stylish, safe, RoadSigns Road Signs and sleek – this is one classy SUV Skoda’s customer service recognised

SKODA has further cemented its reputation of delivering outstanding customer service with another excellent performance in the highly respected JD Power and Associates/What Car? 2012 Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study. Judged by thousands of car owners who use their vehicles day-to-day, it’s one of the most influential and eagerly anticipated reports in motoring. The results are published in the June issue of the UK’s What Car? magazine. Skoda was placed second overall just behind Jaguar and tied with Lexus in the manufacturer rankings, out of the 27 brands included in the study. This marks the 20th year in which Skoda has ranked in the top 10. The study is based on owner evaluations of their vehicles and dealers across 67 attributes grouped in four measures of satisfaction. In order of importance, they are: vehicle appeal, which includes performance, design, comfort and features; ownership costs, including fuel consumption, insurance and costs of service/ repair; vehicle quality and reliability; and dealer service satisfaction.

Cliff House Hotel goes electric The Gazette Motoring pages recently featured a glowing review of Renault’s ground breaking Kangoo ZE commercial vehicle and, it would appear, some people were paying attention. This week, the five-star Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford, became the first hotel in Ireland to purchase and run the 100% electric vehicle when it invested in a new Renault Kangoo ZE five-seater as their on-site vehicle. The luxury hotel endorses a strong environmental policy and was keen to own a vehicle that reflected this. Hotel staff will use the new Kangoo as a courtesy vehicle for guests and as a pick up and drop off for visitors to surrounding areas. Renault is the only manufacturer to introduce a range of 100% electric vehicles, from the Kangoo ZE mini-van to the Fluence ZE Saloon, the Twizy urban quadricycle and the stylish compact hatch the ZOE. The new Renault Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE are now available for extended test drives at Renault dealerships around the country.


THERE are a few car manufacturers who set the standard to which which all others aspire. I dont think anyone would argue that Mercedes-Benz is one of those manufacturers. But despite their pedigree and experience, even Mercedes-Benz have made the occasional error in judgement when it comes to designing a new model. Take, for instance, the M-Class. This model was introduced to a car-buying public that was hungry for an SUV by Mercedes-Benz. Unfortunately, the car rated with one of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings at the time. But this was by no means the end of the line for this car – not by a long shot.

Improvements There is no doubt that it has seen improvements since its introduction, but nothing like the overhaul that has been applied for 2012. Here we have a car that simply couldn’t be farther removed from its predecessors – from the unparalleled levels of comfort and luxurious trim, to the exceptional

performance and range of engine variants on offer. Also taking large steps in the right direction is the team behind the safety features. For drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike, there is more than enough on offer here to have the boffins at Euro NCAP scribbling on their clipboards and nodding with enthusiasm. I was lucky enough to have the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC to test drive recently. It was one of those cars you simply do not want to give back. The interior of the car is unlike anything I have driven – although I would have to say that the far smaller and substantially cheaper B-Class comes incredibly close in terms of luxurious comfort and space. The M-Class is fitted with fully power-adjustable seats as standard, and the quality of these seats is pure comfort. In terms of ergo nomics and the generous amount of leg and shoulder room, this is an ideal vehicle in which to take long journeys. To adjust seating position, the controls are mounted on the door panels, so there’s no rooting around down


 Top speed: 210 km/h  0 – 100km/hr: 9 sec  CO2 emissions: 158-170 g/km  Price: €85,220 (model driven), prices start from €71,060

below the seat for tricky buttons. The M-Class is by no means the first car to offer heated seats, in this case for both driver and passenger, but it is certainly the first car I

drinks nicely chilled. The interior atmosphere of the car is carefully crafted with a specially-selected mix of both natural and manmade materials, all of which create a sense of understated luxury. The dashboard is equally understated, offering an exceptional level of technology and interactivity with the minimum of fuss. There is no fighterjet level of buttons and nobs, just a simple array of intuitive controls all of which are close to hand, including an


‘The active parking assist automatically looks for a suitable parking space and parks the car at the touch of a button while the driver is simply required to operate the accelerator, transmission and brakes’


have driven that offered multi-stage ventilation to cool the seat surface. As a fan of ice-cool air con, I love this feature. Speaking of ice-cool, let’s not forget the temperature controlled cup holders, a very nice touch that keeps coffee from going cold and soft

elegant multi-function steering wheel. Interactivity with smartphones is everything you would expect, with calls and music streaming incredibly straightforward. For some truly useful options, there are a few assistance systems on offer that will appeal to any driver.

The new Mercedes ML 250

The active parking assist automatically looks for a suitable parking space and parks the car at the touch of a button, while the driver is simply required to operate the accelerator, transmission and brakes after stopping, accepting the proposed parking space and selecting reverse. The car uses the system’s 10 ultrasonic sensors to detect the surrounding vehicles and a control unit to calculate the optimum way to manoeuvre into the space. Simple! The reversing camera with guide lines is another feature that is becoming popular with motorists. When driving a large vehicle on the school run, it’s always a bonus to have an extra set of eyes to see who’s walking behind you!

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Edited by Cormac Curtis

RoadSigns Road Signs Ford’s new inflatable seatbelts are designed to give extra protection to rear-seat occupants

Ford’s inflatable seatbelt unveiled

BlueTEC 4MATIC has a stunningly attractive appearance

Anyone who is prone to a speeding ticket will appreciate the speed limit assist feature. This uses a camera that permanently scans for speedlimit signs and displays that limit on the dashboard – no more excuses with this handy option. A motorist that is considering an M-Class Mercedes-Benz is going to want to feel as though their money has been well spent, so an eye-catching design is essential. The M-Class is following the aggressive image that Mercedes has been developing in recent years, and it is one that is certain to appeal to a younger generation of drivers. The stance of the car on the road is authoritative without the bully-like appearance of other SUVs.

The dashboard features a simple array of intuitive controls

Its lines are simple, but the lighting clusters, grille and slightly protruding bumper at the front combine to give the car a stunningly attractive appearance. I found myself admiring it in the driveway for

far longer than I would other SUVs. So, it’s incredibly comfortable, very safe and stunning to look at; but, believe it or not, it can be functional too. The rear seats fold dow n in no time to

r e l e a s e 2 , 010 l i t r e s of cargo space on an almost flat floor. This figure includes a 90-litre stowage compartment under the floor. Combined with loadsecuring rings and an optional load-securing

kit – this truly is a utility vehicle and not just a comfortable cruiser. Right, I’m off to pick up a lottery ticket. My wife told me what car we’re buying when we win – I bet you can’t guess what it is.

THE Ford Motor Company has announced that its groundbreaking inflatable rear seatbelt – which combines attributes of an airbag and a conventional seatbelt – will make its European debut next year on the all-new Mondeo. Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt is designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, and children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries. In the event of an accident, the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt. According to Joerg Doering, core engineering seatbelts engineer, Ford of Europe: “We’ve tested the system extensively using our entire crash test dummy family and it offers extra protection over the standard rear seatbelt system. Bringing together the attributes of an airbag and a seatbelt is a significant development. This technology isn’t currently available in Europe,” he said. In everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional seatbelts and are safe and compatible with infant and children safety car and booster seats. In Ford’s research, more than 90% of those who tested the inflatable seatbelts found them to be similar to, or more comfortable than a conventional belt because they feel padded and softer. The technology was first offered on the 2011 Ford Explorer in the US and proved immediately popular, with 40% of buyers choosing the option. As with an airbag, Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt is activated when crash sensors detect an accident. This forces compressed gas out of a cylinder housed below the rear seat, through the buckle and into the belt. The inflatable rear seatbelt is fully deployed in less than 40 milliseconds. “It provides extra support to the head and neck and so is especially effective when worn by young children or the elderly occupants who are more vulnerable in accidents,” Doering said. Unlike airbags, which generate heat when deploying, Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt inflates using cold compressed gas.

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Ireland’s best-kept holiday secret

NOW that the school holidays have officially arrived, Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is the ideal destination for a family fun-filled break this summer in a home away from home. Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is Ireland’s best-kept secret for idyllic stay-at-home family vacations and is offering great-value lodge accommodation for families, an exquisite castle, delicious meals and healthy activities, all the while set on a stunning and unique private island. The Waterford Castle three-bedroom lodges

Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort

are luxurious holiday homes within the 320acre Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort. Superbly designed, the comfortable and stylish lodges provide the perfect

escape, while the island itself is full of activities for all the family, whatever the weather. Children can explore the island and discover walking and nature trails

sure to be hiding the perfect picnic spot. For families wanting to take their food on their adventures, custom-made picnic baskets can be prepared by the hotel’s executive head chef, Michael Quinn. The hotel features a huge amount of other activities to keep the little ones occupied, with an outdoor playground, exciting kid’s menus, a babysitting service and a kids’ club for children between four and nine years old, which includes a charming Teddy Bears Picnic with the children every Friday.

Not only are the hotel’s lodges ideal for families, but they’re pet friendly too, meaning you don’t have to leave your family’s best friend at home. Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is offering a five-night stay for families, based on two adults and two children sharing, in self-catering accommodation at the Garden Lodges from €680. Or you can stay seven nights from just €849, subject to availability. For more information on the hotel and prices, visit or call 051 878 203.


Fly away to Turkey for some fun in the sun


IT’S that time of the year again, and for all the wishful Irish wondering why they didn’t book a holiday sooner, Wings Abroad have some great last-minute deals to Turkey. The Turkish holiday specialists have just released some excellent new offers for resorts around Turkey departing over July 8 and 9. All you have to do is choose one, pack your bag, find your passport, and Wings Abroad will do the rest. There are seven wonderful holiday packages to choose from. Whether you want a threestar or four-star holiday, or to depart from Dublin or Shannon airport, there is something for everyone. All holiday packages include seven-days accommodation, return flights, and taxes and transfers. They range from all-inclusive to self-catering and aim to please every kind of adventurer. For families, there are a multitude of resorts which are both family-run and have facilities for children. The self-catering three-star

Melissa Apartments run daytime activities and boast an Irish pub and easy access to the beach. Departing from either Dublin or Shannon costs only €399pp and departing from Cork will cost €459pp. Alternatively, the three-star, self-catering Summer Gardens complex has two large pools and two splash pools for kids. Guests are invited to enjoy Turkish folk events and savour Turkish cuisine. This fun family holiday costs €449pp departing from either Dublin or Shannon. To get a little closer to nature, the three-star Sarif Hotel is located deep in the peninsula, among mandarin gardens and olive trees. This stunning location is available on a B&B basis for only €449pp departing from Dublin, or €460pp departing from Shannon. For a splash on nightlife and the party scene, why not try The Sami Beach Hotel. Situated on the beach in Gumbet, shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife are all within walking distance. This holiday on a B&B basis costs only €449 pp from Dublin or €460 pp from Shannon.

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FastTravel A stay at the Imperial Hotel brings you close to the heart of Cork City IT was just last year that the Queen made Cork an integral part of her itinerary during her visit to Ireland and this year, former US President Bill Clinton has decided to stop by. If you have yet to experience what it is the ‘Rebel County’ has, that makes it such a much-see destination for royalty and famous politicians alike, the Imperial Hotel at the heart of Cork City has introduced a great package to give visitors a real Cork experience. Priced from just €189 per person sharing (children sharing with parents sleep free), visitors can enjoy a three-night stay at the stylish four-star city centre hotel, with a full Irish breakfast each morning and a box of chocolates in your room on arrival. The package includes dinner on one evening in the Imperial’s own newly-refurbished Pembroke Seafood Bar and Grill, as well as a local produce filled lunch at the Farmgate Restaurant, inside the Old English Market. Take a journey back in time with either the Titanic Experience in Cobh or a tour of the historic Cork City Gaol before getting pampered with a 30-minute Aveda maintenance manicure or pedicure at the hotel’s fabulous Escape Salon and Spa. For more information, visit www.flynnhotels. com or call 021 427 4040.



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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Love Hungry Farmer

DES Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, returns with his hugely successful and award winning show The Love Hungry Farmer by John B Keane. It tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of ‘indeterminate’ age and, according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful. This excellent show runs from July 4-7 at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €18/16.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Somewhere under the Rainbow

THIS award-winning, one-woman, musical theatre extravaganza has captured audiences around the country. Now, in preparation for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Biscuits for Breakfast are delighted to bring “Liza” to the Mill Theatre for one more performance before she leaves these shores. Sharon Sexton’s Liza recounts stories, memories and secrets that make up a fascinating career and an even more intriguing personal life. As she belts her way through Minnelli’s infamous song book, the audience are invited beyond the footlights. July 14 at 8pm. Admission: €20.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Johnnies Britches

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BEEZNEEZ, the popular company that brought you Tuesdays with Morrie and Don’t Dress for Dinner return to the Civic with a lovely old Irish comedy, Johnnies Britches. A runaway, nationwide hit when first produced in the 1940s, Beezneez bring their distinctive production values to this gentle comedy of another time. Anxious to be rid of their accident prone servant girl, Ned and Bridget are willing to allow her to be married to almost anybody, including Johnnie. July 13 and 14 at 8pm. Admission: €20/16.

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DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 The Connect Club 2012

THIS July, Draíocht is delighted to be back, once again, working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer Camp ‘The Connect Club’ in Laurel Lodge. The summer camp is filled with social and recreational activities catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability, with the aim of providing an outlet that is fun and focused on the individual’s likes and interests.

Spidey swings back into action with a new star, new director, new love interest and, crucially, a new swagger I PAUL HOSFORD

THE new generation of Hollywood executives have a whole different set of problems to their predecessors. Just as us journalists are getting to grips with changing media, 24-hour news cycles and the rise of something called Tallafornia, the Hollywood big-wigs are no longer worrying about cold war overtones, whether we will believe a man can fly or a whole generation of stars in danger of snorting all of Colombia. They are, however, dealing with a new set of problems themselves, 3-D or not 3-D? How can we make a sequel out of this? And when can we remake this? With recent talk of a Twilight reboot a whole three years after it was released, The Amazing Spider-Man feels like it is late to the party, showing up some five

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Amazing Spider-Man #### (12A) 136 mins Director: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan


IT occassionally feels like it is stretching, aware all too much of how it has to stay away from a previous incarnation still fresh in people’s minds. But, other than that and some loose ends left untied, this is solid comic-book fare that has a likeable protagonist in Garfield’s Peter Parker.

years after Sam Raimi had unleashed the awful, awful Spider-Man 3 on the world. This, however, is not a continuation of the Raimi universe, more a complete overhaul of the Spidey origin story. Taking its lead from The Amazing SpiderMan comic books, this version takes the highschool adventures of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker and makes that a three-act stand. In Maguire’s place is Andrew Garfield, probably best known for The Social Network where he played Mark Zucker-

berg’s less geeky, but still geeky, best friend. It’s fitting that Garfield has made the transition from playing a geek to playing, well, a geek with superpowers. In this summer, and more increasingly this media market, the geeks have inherited the earth. Joss Whedon brought a geek smorgasboard to the screens and has grossed $600 million dollars, Facebook is the dream landing spot for graduates and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest TV show in the US. So, it is unsurprising that such a golden goose

as ol’ webhead is given another bite of a radioactive spider every couple of years. This time, at least, the focus is on people. Director Marc Webb, of (500) Days of Summer fame, hasn’t exactly brought about a fully realised universe in the way Christopher Nolan has with his Dark Knight trilogy, but his attempts to make it all about the humans under the spandex are admirable. Webb spends a lot more time on the origin story of Peter than Raimi did, but the constituent parts remain the same. Uncle Ben is attacked, radioactive spider, crimefighter clumsily getting to grips with his powers, etc. And, of course there’s the love of a good woman, though even that is different. Spidey enthusiasts argue long into the night about who the true love

of Peter’s life is. W here Raimi had Mary Jane Watson, Webb plumps for Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. Her father just happens to be the chief of police, however, and he does not like the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. It is the relationship between Stacy and Peter, and the chemistry between Stone and Garfield, that are high points. Along with some good action beats, the film is able to hide its flaws with some excellently drawn characters. True, some strands get left behind. Rhys Ifans’ Curt Connors is never fully explored but a consistenly clever CGi reportoire, strong characters and some excellent performances from Stone and Garfield mark a return to form for Spiderman. Now time to plan the 2014 reboot.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces Oh, goodie – Okami HD for PS3

In the hunt for a rogue US Colonel, Captain Walker must lead his small but elite squad through the abandoned city of Dubai – formerly a millionaires’ playground, but now reclaimed by the desert following devastating, and ongoing, sandstorms. However, Colonel Konrad’s loyal forces and local insurgents are just part of Dubai’s dangers – the decaying luxury city and violent weather hold their own surprises ...

A line worth crossing I SHANE DILLON

IF ASKED, the grunts in Spec Ops: The Line (Windows, XBox 360, PlayStation 3) would probably tell you what a hard time they’re having wandering around Dubai. Lest anyone start nodding in agreement, suddenly thinking of that time cousin Sheila ended up paying about $10 for

a can of Coke from her Dubai hotel room’s minibar, that’s not exactly the kind of ordeal the soldiers face in The Line. Then again, the game’s Dubai isn’t quite the same as our Dubai … Using a grain or two of creative license, the unusual setting of Dubai in this title isn’t quite the sort of place you’d want to visit. After all, the extraor-

dinary city has been rendered even more extraordinary – in the uninhabitable sense – thanks to a series of giant sandstorms that smothered and choked the now abandoned city, turning it into a vast, desolate sandblasted ruin, filled with the mummified remains of the too-many who didn’t evacuate in time. Where better to send a small squad of soldiers

Anotherweebyte... An invite to join a secret society with a global mission SPEAKING of unusual settings, The Secret World is yet another massive multiplayer game which aspires to get an awful lot of PC gamers running around together. Its hook? Namely, that it’s set in the present day, in a variety of instantly recognisable settings. By joining one of a number of secret factions, and quicker than you can say “The Da Vinci Code”, players can help uncover the various conspiracies and myths that the game features. The just-launched title certainly has a pretty interesting pedigree, and serves to ably demonstrate the strengths that

PC gaming has over its hipper, trendier, upstart younger console brothers. And, thankfully, it does so without an orc or barbarian in sight. So, if you’re a dedicated PC gamer – increasingly something of an endangered species – The Secret World could be well worth uncovering …

on a do-or-die mission to track down a rogue superior officer and his equally rogue loyal men? However, that’s only the start of the story, as the city has been abandoned but is anything but deserted, with plenty of soldiers of one cabal or another vying for control – and all the while, events turn as dark as the sandstorms that continue to roar down the ruined canyons of former luxury hotels ... Actually, The Line certainly crosses one, in terms of a new setting that, thankfully, isn’t quite in the same mould as A Generic Shooter. True, in some respects it’s very similar to a dozen comrades-in-arms shooters patrolling the shelves at your nearest games retailer, with squad controls that are largely similar to a dozen others. Still, what The Line does well, it does very well, not least with Dubai’s treacherous ruins presenting ample sandbox fun in various

conditions – for example, shooting out the windows of a sand-filled bus to tip its contents over The Bad Guys is unlikely to grow old for a while yet. Ultimately, it’s worth pointing out – yes, again – that Dubai’s the star of this title, more than the engaging squad-based management, and more than the neat, graphical flourishes that regularly arise. After all, its streets and hotels, motorways and palaces – all decaying, sand-filled wrecks (and gun-toting factions) – present a new theatre of war in gaming that’s more than a little different to the usual anonymous corridor-based gameplay. And what spectacular sights they are, too. Not quite as radical as its pre-press, slow-burning hype had suggested, The Line still sets an interesting (and, better, fun) alternative setting to the “usual” gaming landscapes we see, making this a line definitely worth crossing paths with ...

I SEE that the PlayStation 3 is about to get another respected title with Okami HD, due out later this year. It’s not the first time that Sony’s had a crack at Okami, as it also greatly impressed on the PS2. Very similar to its earlier incarnation – which was also ported to the Nintendo Wii, as well as seeing a sequel on the Nintendo DS – Okami’s HD update promises gorgeous graphics, fusing a type of celshaded art with striking classic Japanese watercolour-influenced graphics. Using a celestial brush to “paint” objects (and solutions to problems) into the beautifully-crafted world – which seems a great, natural fit to utilise the PlayStation Move controller to swirl arms and brushes around in sync – the white wolf Amaterasu will restore light, life and colour to the land ... Actually, its earlier incarnations never exactly set the checkout tills a-ringing, being yet another one of those curious titles that critics adored – yet the mass gaming public avoided. Still, let’s hope that gamers take this opportunity to brush up on the singularly creative and beautiful title when it gets its HD release, soon ...


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Last month’s Dublin Sports Awards winners are announced: Page 29


Top of the walk as Skyline tour begins at Croker

Players say they’re on top of the world when they play to the top of their game at Croke Park, and now visitors to GAA HQ can now say the same when they take the Etihad Skyline tour on the roof of the historic ground. The walkway, which extends around the roof of the iconic stadium, gives spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city and its surroundings from 44 meters or 17 storeys above

the hallowed turf. Some 100 tonnes of galvanised steel have gone into creating a unique 0.6 kilometre walkway which was fabricated in Portlaoise and has been installed within the existing steelroof support structure at Croke Park. Five viewing platforms have been created along the walkway which offers a unique perspective of Dublin’s most popular and celebrated landmarks. Among the more notable landmarks which

can be viewed from the Etihad Skyline are Glasnevin Cemetery, Guinness Brewery, the Dublin Mountains, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Trinity College, The Spire, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, the Phoenix Park and Docklands buildings. The two-hour tour with an experienced tour guide will see groups of up to 30 ascend to the walkway following a full briefing in the stadium dressing

Camogie captains Elaine O’Meara of Dublin and Catherine Doherty of Kilkenny on the Skyline walkway

room. Each of the five viewing platforms features interpretative panels which highlight the famous landmarks in the line of vision. According to Peter McKenna, Croke Park

stadium director, “We are absolutely delighted to be opening the Etihad Skyline tour at Croke Park. Not only is the Etihad Skyline a great addition to the stadium, but it is also a great addition to Dub-

lin and Irish tourism. We expect the tour to become one of the most popular attractions in the country and we are confident that everyone who takes the tour will be convinced that this has been a more

than worthwhile investment.” The tour leaves from the GAA Museum located under the Cusack Stand, for more information, see www.skylinecrokepark. ie.

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Callaghan on the comeback trail

Lucan Sarsfields and Dublin star Peter Callaghan is set to return to action after a long, hard battle against injury, writes PETER CARROLL RDS announces new Horse Show dates THE ROYAL Dublin Society this week announced the new dates for Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in The Champagne Bar at the RDS. Usually held in early August, this year the iconic event will now run from August 15-19 2012, allowing time for competitors involved in the 2012 Olympic Games in London to get to Dublin for one of the most important equestrian events of the year. Commenting on the Show’s date changes for 2012, RDS chief executive Michael Duffy explained: “In the history of the Dublin Horse Show since the inaugural event in 1864, this iconic event has only been cancelled six times due to the Second World War and the dates have only been changed three times “The first was in 1948 for the Olympic Games in London, the next date change was due to the 1990 FEI World Equestrian Games and the Summer Olympic Games of 1992 also caused the Dublin Horse Show to move dates. “This date change in 2012 makes it only the fourth time in 139 years that the date for the annual Dublin Horse Show has been altered. “This is quite remarkable and demonstrates how ingrained the Dublin Horse Show is as a must-see event in the summer social calendar”. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is the largest summer event in Dublin, attracting tens of thousands of people and 1,500 horses and ponies to the RDS annually. “The 2012 Show runs for five days from Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19. General admission tickets for one day costs €21. Students/OAPs/Children under 16 costs €15 per day and a family day pass (two adults, four children) costs €54. For more information, go to www.dublinhorseshow. com.

FLASHBACK to 2009. Peter Callaghan sat amongst the substitutes on the Dublin bench as the Boys in Blue cruised to a win against their most bitter of rivals, Meath. A well-seasoned veteran at minor and Under-21 level for Lucan Sarsfields and Dublin, Callaghan was doing what many believed he would always do: being selected along with the best footballers and hurlers in the county to represent it at the highest levels of the sport. Callaghan impressed at full-back in the 2005 Leinster-winning Dublin minor hurlers side, before catching the eye of selectors as he secured and held the full-back position for the Dublin Under-21 hurlers, who just fell short of All-Ireland glory when they lost out to Galway in

2007. Callaghan was dominant when the same side performed powerfully in the following seasons, brushing away opposition in the Under-21 Leinster championships, proving he was well worth his

snap,” recalls Callaghan. “I was carted off and it wasn’t long before the doctor confirmed it was my cruciate ligament. “Everyone stressed that there would be a lot of work involved [in my recovery] because the


‘The injury was a hard pill to swallow, but I just thought about the players who came back at the highest level’


tipping as a future senior star. It was in July 2010, however, in a championship match against St Jude’s, that alarm bells started ringing in the Sarsfields’ man’s head. “I went up for a ball, there was no one around me, and I just heard a

nature of the injury only allows you to heal in stages. So, I put my shoulder to the wheel and worked closely with the Dublin minor’s physio, Cillian MacSuibhne,” said the resilient dual player. Callaghan battled to return to fitness, months went by and improve-

Peter Callaghan, pictured in action for the Dublin Junior footballers, is hoping he can make a club championship comeback in September

ments were noted. It was a day like any other working in the gym when the towering Leinster champion fell awkwardly. “Again, I could feel a bit of pain, so I went and had an MRI done. Sure enough, the cruciate was completely gone.” Callaghan was facing another period of recuperation after the months of hard work he had previously faced, but instead of being bowed, he stood up to the challenge. “The mental aspect of the game really comes into things when something like that happens. I was looking forward to competition again, and it took a lot of strength to start the whole rehabilitation process all over. “I was very lucky to have someone with the experience of Cillian looking after me, and without him, the situation could have been a lot worse. “It was a very hard pill to swallow but I just thought about the likes of Henry Shefflin and Colm O’Neill, who came back from the same thing and played at the highest level. That was my focus, and that’s where it’s been since,” said Callaghan. Two years out from the initial injury, Callaghan is weeks away from a return with Sarsfields and is relishing the thought of lining out with his team mates on both the hurling and football sides. “The senior hurlers have been playing really

well, I know I’m going to have to fight for my place when I’m ready to come back. “They’ve really shown themselves to be a solid unit and the challenge of getting into the team again should get me in the right mind-set for competition again. “We’ve been missing a few players through injury on the football side and I can’t wait to be back amongst the action wearing the green again with the lads. “Sarsfields have been absolutely brilliant with me throughout the injury, and I’m really looking forward to coming back,” said Callaghan. He is eyeing a return for Sarsfields’ back-door championship match in September, and his thirst for competition remains unquenchable. “I just hope that the Dubs go the whole way so I can get back to playing championship in September. It’s been hard watching from the sidelines but I’ve helped out with water and hurls when I can. “I’m twisting and turning in my own training now, so we’ll just focus on contact in the next few weeks, and I’ll be ready to go. “Sarsfields is my focus now and, if I play well in the championship, I might get the nod from Dublin again, but club football and hurling will be getting my full attention,” said Callaghan.

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 STARof theMONTH PHIL LAVERY THE COOLMINE rider’s progression to the upper echeleons of the peloton continue, and his performances in June in the Stephen Roche Grand Prix and the National Road Race championship underline his growing potential in the sport. The coming years will be fascinating as he grows as a cyclist on the world stage.


The example of youth once again proves instructive as Colaiste Phadraig’s firstyears prove that dedication and commitment are the foundations of success. The school’s young soccer stars brought home the AllIreland title to add to their Dublin and Leinster Cup honours last month.

SUMMERTIME is now officially on its holidays, but that shouldn’t stop the sunshine for Dublin Sport’s super heroes for the month of June. Phil Lavery has been a significant prospect in the world of cycling for several years, and it is heartening to see him progress in the sport on a national and internation level. T hough the bigger boys in green proved a disappointment in Poland, the other boys in green,

Colaiste Phadraig, proved that success is achievable on the soccer field nationally when they snagged the county, provincial and national titles at first-year level with a series of impressive, disciplined and committed performances. Let us know about your achievements in sport, so that the Gazette can tell the rest of Dublin. Contact us on 01 601 0240 or to tell us all about your successes.

Loyola Academy Ramblers in action, as they prepare to bring their A game to the GIFT 2012 event

Rambling to Donnybrook

TICKET sales for the Donnybrook Stadium games to be played as part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) 2012 showcase of American football have been brisk. The visit of teams from Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin has clearly captured the imagination of local sports fans and prompted hundreds of followers of the four participating schools to make summer travel

plans to be at the games in Dublin on Friday, August 31. One of those sides is Loyola Academy Ramblers from Wilmette, Illinois, and the maroon and gold will look to get one over on their rivals, Jesuit Prep Dallas from Texas, in the 4pm match. Coach John Holecek played linebacker for eight seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons. The team themselves have an impressive

pedigree, crowned the Chicago Catholic Blue champions in 2011 and posting their only loss of last season in the IHSA Class 8A state championship game to Bolingbrook last November. Loyola Academy’s student-athletes compete in some of the most competitive conferences in the State of Illinois. Most varsity sports have offseason strength and conditioning programmes as well as rigorous summer camps, which require a high level of dedication,

Munch bunch: Byrne in action for Haiti help LEINSTER and Ireland rugby star Shane Byrne was on hand last week to help to carry two buckets of water from a well provided by GOAL at St Armand de Bire School in the hills outside Gressier in earthquake-devastated Haiti during his three-day visit to the country with the aid agency. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland All of your latest local news, sport, features and pictures are now just a click away

organisation and commitment on behalf of the students. The excitement ahead of GIFT 2012 is on the rise and the inclusion of Loyola Academy in the line-up is a bonus for lovers of gridiron in what will be a fascinating contest against Jesuit Prep. Tickets for the double headers which all take place on August 31 at Donnybrook, Parnell Park and Pairc Tailteann in Navan cost €15 and are available from www.

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Fogarty honoured for services at Verona TOMMY Fogarty, a veteran of 45 years at Verona Football Club, has been awarded a Service to Football honour by the Leinster Senior League for his outstanding achievement at the Blanchardstown-based soccer institution. Now the chairman of Verona, Fogarty spent years in the role of a referee before returning to what he calls his “home away from home”. It was at the Leinster Senior League’s recent annual meeting that Fogarty was called upon to receive his award, being none the wiser of any such ceremony taking place. “It was the biggest surprise of my life,” said Fogarty. “I don’t know if anyone from our club knew about it, but it was a fantastic moment for me, it’s something that I will never forget.” “I’d say I’ve seen the club win 45 different cups and trophies, one for every year that I’ve been here. I really love Verona and the reception I received from the members was amazing after receiving the award. “There’s pictures up on Facebook and all; I wouldn’t even be able to turn the thing on,” said the humble veteran. In all his years at the club, Fogarty said he has witnessed some brilliant senior sides coming through the ranks, but none as good as the current side under the management of Paul Cassidy. They reached the semi-final of the FAI Intermediate Cup where they met LSL Sunday Senior high flyers Cherry Orchard after a brilliant run in the competition. They also finished sixth in LSL Sunday Senior One. “I think over the years here I’ve seen a big switch from amateur football to what seems to be a semi-professional take on the game now. “We had some great trips to Cork and Donegal, a fantastic run in the Intermediate Cup and I think the lads can go on to great things in the future. “They’re running like a well oiled machine and I hope I’m still at the club to see them go on to further glory. I’ll stay as long as I’m welcome,” said Fogarty.


Rhinos Running Back Robert Pops on the charge during their playoff game against Carrickfergus Picture: Louise Maggie McPherson

Rhinos charge comes to end

THE Dublin Rhinos season came to a shuddering halt at a rainswept Castleknock College at the weekend, as the Carrickfergus Knights came out on the right side of a 7-2 scoreline. Once again, the Rhinos offence just couldn’t get enough scores to see them over the line as their defence put on an heroic stand. On a rainy day, with converted wide receiver Sean Power at quarterback, the Rhinos ground game would have to be firing on all cylinders to see off the Knights, having

been on the winning side of a 7-3 scoreline up north a fortnight ago. Unfortunately for the home team, that wasn’t the case as the yellow and black defence swarmed everything that was run at them. Robert Pops and Shaun Douglas both made first downs, with Power attempting to break the resistance, but the Spencer McDowell-led Knights defence would hold firm. A Fintan Corr punt return would put the Rhinos in good field position, but the ensuing field goal effort was blocked. As the second half wore on and the spectre of

overtime hung in the air, mistakes piled up. Missed kicks from the Rhinos offence were offset by Trojan efforts by their defence. Eoin Fox made the play of the game with a spectacular diving catch, while Adam Skelly also added an interception. Nick Newby and Stephen Mooney anchored the Rhinos line, stopping the Knights time and again, while Corr, Fox, Dan Breslin and Sam Monson ensured the ball could not move into any dangerous territory. After a third miss from a field goal, the Knights took over and the rain began to pour. For many,

that set the tone of inevitability as the Knights stand-in QB Spencer McDowell hit two huge passes and a QB sneak to take a 7-0 lead. The Rhinos would attempt to drive back down the field, but were stopped by a Gary McElkerney interception which allowed the Knights run the game out. With eight seconds left, they would run a punt back into the endzone, giving the Rhinos a safety, but expiring the clock and setting Carrickfergus up for a semifinal against Limerick this weekend. After a perfect start to the season against Tul-

lamore, the Rhinos would lose three in a row, scrape a win over the Dublin Dragons, lose against Trinity and finish 4-4 after two wins against Craigavon and Carrickfergus. The rollercoaster ride ended on Sunday, after a second play-off appearance in the team’s existence. Having lost starting QB Stephen Macken to emigration and his backup Joe Grey to injury, as well as depletions to the linebacking and receiving corps, the Rhinos will rightly be proud of their achievements this year, but will set their sights on a Shamrock Bowl appearance in 2013.

Kennedy continues to set British pace

JACK Kennedy, from Clonsilla, is setting the pace at the top of the pile in the British Supersport table after round 5 of the season at Knockhill. After a series of ‘Jack Attacks’, the signature move of Kennedy, the Dub has put on some exciting performances that have had crowds on the edge of their seats winning Round 2 of the opening meeting at Brands Hatch, Round 2 of the third meeting at Oulton Park before going on to dominate proceedings at Snet-

terton 300, bagging both rounds over the weekend. After coming off his Appleyard Yamaha last May at a meeting in Thruxton, Kennedy recovered from a serious back injury to take a win at the last meeting of the season at Brands Hatch, proving to be a sign of things to come. The showing of determination and resilience did not go unnoticed, and it wasn’t long before other Supersport teams were knocking on the door of the Irishman, vying for the signature and aggressive style of

the 24 year old pilot. Now racing under the MarTrain Yamaha banner, Kennedy has proved himself to be one of the big dogs in the Supersport series leading with 182.5 points with his closest rival, Glen Richards, trailing behind on 164 points. The sixth round of the series in Oultan Park will take place this weekend where Kennedy will look to put further distance between himself and his fellow competitors at the first race on Saturday and the second, the following day, on Sunday.

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2, Junior A, B and C footballers over

and McElroy families on their recent

the past week.


Senior footballers face Sylvester’s

St Brigid’s Summer Camps for boys

in AFL 1 on Wednesday in Russell Park.

and girls between five and 12 run from

Senior, Inter and Junior Hurlers all in

July 16-20. Cost is €60 and includes

Championship and / or League action

a free pair of St Brigids Football

this week.


Fixtures on website. Indoor hand-

Second Summer Camp, GAA Cul

ball courts now fully refurbished,

camps run from August 13th to 17th

thanks to the handball section for all

while our special Nursery Summer

their hard work.

Camp for children between four and

The club snooker table is now avail-

seven run from August 21 to 24. Dis-

able to rent to all members during bar

counts for families! Contact Paul on

hours. Info on the website.

0879154748 for more info.

The club Lotto is now €9,800 this

Big weekend for our Feile camogie,

Thursday in the Vineyard. Club Lotto

hurling and handball teams, with the

can also be played online now, via the

club hosting several matches across


all codes. Your support is needed,

New players are always welcome;

contact Tim on 0868314532 if you can

please contact our club coach, Paul

help out! Great league wins for Inter

on 0879154748.

ERIN GO BRAGH OUR annual golf classic will take place The hurling and camogie All-Ireland phases come to Blakestown this week for the annual U-14 competition

Peregrine’s set to host annual Feile I

ST PEREGRINE’S of Blakestown are one of the hosts of this year’s Feile na NGael, the annual festival organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association with the goal to bond communities, forge friendships, provide educational opportunities and unearth new leaders. Boys and girls teams playing U-14 hurling, camogie and handball will make their way to Dublin, where the Feile is set to run from July 5 to 7. Throughout the qualifying stages it is estimated that over 25,000 children participated in the Feile, and with the group now whittled down, Peregrine’s will host Eglish of Tyrone as well as Westport and Clane in the camogie group stages and St Fechin’s of Louth, Trinity Gaels and London in the hurling. The theme of bonding communities and forging

friendships is evident in the preparation for the annual Feile, and with Dublin as the hosts this year, the community of Naomh Peregrine are opening their doors to the children and parents of the Eglish and St Fechin’s sides. Cara Downey, juvenile chairperson for the Blakestown Road club, said the process has been quite demanding but very worthwhile at the same time. “It’s a real honour for us to host this event at Peregrine’s; we are the only ground in Dublin to have a covered and seated stand in Dublin apart from Parnell Park, and we’re looking forward to putting these facilities on display for the travelling clubs. “The children at the club have great pride in Peregrine’s and they are looking forward to the clubs enjoying the complex with it being put on such a grand stage as the

Feile. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the club, we put in the bid to host in November and we’re really delighted that we have been selected. “Our community has really helped us out with accommodating the families travelling from Louth and Tyrone; different neighbours have been called into action and they’ve all been very helpful. “The Peregrine’s chairman [Paul Harte] has taken in three families for the games so it really is all hands on deck,” said Downey.

The group stages of the camogie games commence on Thursday, while the hurling begins on Friday with throw in at 10 am. Naomh Peregrine will also be hosting the hurling semi finals of the Feile before the finalists make their way to the hallowed field of Parnell Park. “We hope our teams go the full way, our Division 4 girls will be vying for the final as will our Division 6 hurlers. “It’s sure to be a fantastic couple of days, and the we’re all really looking forward to it here at Peregrine’s,” said Downey.

can contact Sinead on 086 889 1551.

in August at the Castleknock golf club.

No winner of the lotto jackpot. Win-

Golf format is scramble. For more

ning numbers 8, 21, 22 and 25. No

information, please contact George

jackpot winner. This Friday’s jackpot

Burke on 087 9709 795.

will be €6,000. Draw to be held in The

The annual club facilities fee is now


overdue. For more information, con-

Calling all budding reporters. We are

tact Sinead at

looking for a match reporter for 2012-

Our summer camps will be held from

2013. The volunteer would report on

July 23 to 27 (Kellogs Cul Camp) and

one home match per week (150 words

August 7 to 10.


For more information, please contact our GPO, David Needham on 086 310 1034.

They will be asked to cover both adult and juvenile matches (only at home). If you are over 16 and interested in

Details of our club dinner dance will

this key role, please contact Keith on

be announced shortly and any volun-

086 350 6602 or email keith.edgely@

teers who would like to help organise it

ST PEREGRINE’S BIG week for the club this weekend as

Mr Oisin and seller Joe Corry, numbers

we hold the national Feile, please see

drawn were 1, 2, 14 and 18. Next week’s

club and website for details.

jackpot is €2,000. Thanks to all who

Well done to Senior and AFL6 foot-

attended the talk by Paudi Butler last

ballers on good home wins in league

Friday in the club, a lot was learned

action last week.

and also to John for organising.

Well done to all our winners in our

Club shop vouchers are now avail-

Monster draw; winners will be posted

able, details and contacts on the club

in the club and online shortly.

website Follow us on twitter @

The club Lotto was won; congrats to



The Junior Bs fixture away to Whitehall

mediates who lost both of their league

was called off due to a waterlogged

games by a single point, first at home

pitch and will be refixed for a future

to Kilmacud Crokes and then away to

date. There are no men’s fixtures in

Scoil Ui Chonaill on Saturday night by

coming week so training continues on

nine points to eight.

Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

The Junior As lost to Templeogue Synge St and drew with Naomh Barrog.

The ladies have a cup fixture at home to St Sylvester’s on Wednesday .

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Santos 15 and Hartstown Huntstown Football Club have confirmed they will join forces this week for the new season

JULY 5, 2012

Santos 15 link up with Hartstown

Local soccer clubs join forces for 2012/13 season to avail of improved facilities and opportunities ahead  PETER CARROLL

SANTOS 15 have successfully merged with Hartstown Huntstown Football Club, continuing the trend of sides amalgamating in the Dublin 15 area. Six sides from the Ongar-based club will join the ranks of the Hartstown Park club, aged from U-8 sides to U-14. Despite HHFC already having sides in these age groups, there is no crossover as far as leagues are concerned and the amalgamation has been given the green light by the NorthDublin Schoolboys’ League. Hopeful to field 35 different teams next year, the new sides will be able to avail of two allweather facilities – one of which is FAI and UEFA approved – new training and matchday gear from O’Neill’s and a high calibre of coaching with visits from Dutch giants, Ajax. Chances of games being rained out or called off in the winter months have also decreased

at the club, as they are hopeful to play some of their league and cup encounters on the new all-weather terrain in Hartstown Park, under lights if necessary. Joining the ranks of the fastest growing club in Dublin are two new senior sides - they now boast four in total - one of which will play in the Senior Premier C league against local rival Mountview and Blanch FC, games which are sure to draw a strong crowd from the community. Dave Byrne, director of football for Huntstown Hartstown, told GazetteSport he was looking forward to welcoming the new sides to the fold. “We started this club last year with the vision of making one, big consolidated side for the Dublin 15 area and this merge puts us one step closer to that. “Hartstown Huntstown strives to have the best facilities and the best coaching in the area and this move will guarantee that the new teams can avail of these things.

“The children playing football in the area will be getting the best treatment available to them now, and changing the name of the club was a small sacrifice for big upgrades when considering the facilities and gear they will receive. “A lot of bigger options are now open to the new sides with a bigger committee, sponsors and fundraising outlets all ready to utilise. It was the best choice for the kids, and the people at Santos have to be applauded for making the decision. “This is all part of a new chapter for the club and we hope to offer the branch to a few of the smaller cubs in the area over the next few years. “I believe in Dublin 15 we have a massive population and there is a lot of talent as far as the children in the area are concerned. “If the best facilities are available to the children in the area, they can go on to do great things through the positive outlet of football,” said Byrne.


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