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A great man cut down in the prime of his life A family and a community bid a final farewell
Q LAURA WEBB
THOUSANDS of mourners gathered in St Mochta’s Church in Dublin 15 this week to bid a last farewell to the late Brian Lenihan, who was described as a great man who was utterly “devoted to his family” and who “served his country with honour”.
Brian, once regarded as a future leader of the country, had fought a brave battle against pancreatic cancer for 18 months. On Friday, June 10, surrounded by his family at his home in the Strawberry Beds, he tragically lost his fight against the disease. He was just 52. His wife, Patricia, son Tom and daughter Clare were warmly applauded as they
walked into the church, showing the huge esteem the Lenihan family is held in locally. Speaking during the ceremony, former Attorney General Paul Gallagher described the late Minister as a “master of all talents” who was an “inspiration to us all and a huge patriot”. Full Story on P2, 3, 4 & 7
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TRIBUTE Ken Whelan, author and former editor of Gazette A tribute from the President
The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, said that although people knew he was battling a serious illness, the “untimely death of such a young and talented public servant is very distressing for all his family, friends and colleagues”.
“I first knew Brian when he was a student at Trinity College. He was a brilliant scholar whose early promise as a student was fully vindicated in his subsequent career as a barrister and public representative. His forensic skills of analysis and advocacy were put to great effect as Minister for Children. As Minister for Finance, Brian had to confront challenges, the scale and gravity of which were unprecedented in the history of the State. Despite his illness, he faced up to those challenges with extraordinary but characteristic dignity, courage and good humour. “Brian’s death is an enormous loss to public life in Ireland. It is particularly devastating for his family, colleagues and many friends. My thoughts and prayers at this very sad time are with Brian’s wife Patricia, his children Tom and Clare, his mother Ann and all the Lenihan family. In their bereavement, I hope they will be able to draw some comfort from the knowledge that Brian lived a life of outstanding personal integrity and edicated public service. Go dtuga Dia leaba i measc na naomh dá anam uasal.”
Lenihan: A unique Q KEN WHELAN
THERE are few Fianna Fail politicians who will ever achieve the esteem in which the Irish public held Brian Lenihan, and that number will be nonexistent over the next decade. Brian Lenihan represented the public service ethos that was part and parcel of the party’s brand during the Lemass and Lynch eras. That brand was always central to the politics of the Lenihan family. But this priceless ethos was sucked out of the party over the past 20 years as Fianna Fail let individuals of every description through the party’s doors and then set them to work on the national economy – the results of which we see today in every home in the land. In the process these same individuals ran Fianna Fail into the ground to a point where now all we have is a shambles of a rump party left blubbering about a renewal which will never occur. Things might have been different if Bertie Ahern and Charlie McCreevy had the guts to put Brian Lenihan at the centre of power during their tenure at Government Buildings but then he would have been too direct for that regime. He would have been much too alert to what was going on around him not to recognise the phoney economy that was being created and much
too straight not to let the public know of the economic three-card trickery that was being passed off as the Celtic Tiger. When Brian Lenihan should have been at the centre of power, Fianna Fail had become, what his aunt, Mary O’Rourke, once memorably described as the “ Bertie party”. And you could never imagine Brian Lenihan being comfortable with the yahoos in that reinvention of Fianna Fail who believed that politics was about lickspittling their way through the system and, more importantly, stabbing the right people in the back. Ironically, in the end, Fianna Fail were forced to put Brian Lenihan at the centre of power in desperate attempt to save both the economy and the party itself. This last-ditch strategy failed – on both countsbut not without an heroic (and I would say solo) effort from the West Dublin TD to salvage something from the wreckage. Yet, Brian Lenihan himself did not fail, and the electorate of Dublin West for sure recognised that “their man” had done what Brian himself liked to call his “patriotic duty” and re-elected him to the Dail as the only remaining Dublin Fianna Fail TD at the last election. It was a huge compliment to the man from the Strawberr y Beds and one which, I am sure, he hugely appreciated. Brian Lenihan was a
political patrician – made more patrician when compared to the political dross that paraded around this country as ministerial material for the past 15 Fianna Fail years, but he never, ever, forgot “his people”- the electorate of Dublin West who put him, like his late father, into the Dail. The Gazette’s direct dealings with Brian Lenihan began when the newspaper group decided to expand from Lucan and Clondalkin into Blanchardtown and Castleknock some years ago. No sooner was the project up and running than I got a call from Minister Lenihan for a parlay: “One o’clock for lunch in Beckett’s in Leixlip. Is that ok?” The lunch started at one and ended some bottles of wine later at five o’clock and was dominated by breezy gossip, knowing looks, the full starting price on all the issues in Dublin West and a firm undertaking that he, or his able aide de camp Marian Quinlan would be available twenty-four-seven for any enquiries from the Gazette group. He and Marian Quinlan were as good as their promises as long as I was in the Gazette offices, and I believe that remained the case ever since. Brian Lenihan was a thoroughly polite man imbued with a fabulous bonhomie. That, of course, did not preclude him from giving you that mid-distance look when he actually disagreed with
Minister Lenihan speaking at the launch of the Blanchardstown Gazette in the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
you. I recall once suggesting, over a few libations in Kenny’s of Lucan with some home grown intellectuals –including Des Kelly - that the Government was going to lose a pending referendum unless they got the fin-
ger out, pronto-style. He gave me the look - which always quietly suggested the person being looked at should have a lie down in a dark room for about three days - and then told me not to be so ridiculous, or words to that effect. Message received, but to
this day I can’t remember which referendum we were talking about and who won. But that’s what happens when you talk to intellectuals in Kenny’s. Brian Lenihan was also assiduous and painstaking in his constituency work, as the Gazette’s
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Group Newspapers, remembers the late Brian Lenihan
Irish politician Minister Brian Lenihan with his aunt Mary O’Rourke TD, in Myos Pub, Castleknock
photo library will attest. He was a bit like the Holy Ghost when it came to constituency matters – he was everywhere. One day it could be opening a 24-four-hour clinic for a local doctor constituent, the next making sure that the local GAA clubs got their fair share of the
whatever sporting funds were up for grabs but, on most days, it was simply doing quiet favours for troubled constituents in West Dublin. It was probably a habit he honed from his father Brian snr, who was meticulous in his representation of the cares of the
constituents of Dublin West during his time as a TD. Like his father he actually believed being elected by the people was the highest honour a politician could aspire to and was not something to be crudely divvied-up when the party alickadoos gathered to broker the quotas
in the backrooms The last time I saw Brian Lenihan was in the Dail on the night he didn’t get elected leader of Fianna Fail. I got a nod from him - not a look - as he wandered out of House to take a call on his mobile. Who was on the line? Another dissembling banker? A Fianna Fail backbencher swearing he voted for him in the contest? His doctor, perhaps? The Indian guy from Washington or, dread the thought - the ERSI with another duff economic prediction . I don’t know who it was but I like to think it was Marian Quinlan giving him an update on Dublin West matters and telling him to get his skates on
as there was an election in the offing. I bet you it was her. A patriot has left us. A unique Irish politician, who was one of the highest common multiples in Irish politics as distinct from the lowest common denominators who, in the main, dominate political discourse in Dail Eireann today. To his wife, Patricia, and children Tom and Clare, his mother Anne, his aunt Mary, his brothers and sister, we send our condolences. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. Ken Whelan is an author and biographer of Bertie Ahern. He was news editor of Ireland on Sunday and was editor of Gazette Group Newspapers
Tributes to Brian Lenihan ‘HE is going to be so sadly missed in his constituency and I feel for his family Patricia, Clare and Tom for the loss of a father and a husband. ‘I owe everything in politics to Brian. Although you have associates and friends and different people in politics, Brian was the main man in this constituency and he had the final say in a lot of things that went on. ‘He allowed me to go forward on tickets for the local council, and he sat me down and we spoke at length on a number of different things, giving me advice. When it came to the General Election, he could have run it alone, or picked anyone else to run with him.’ Fellow Fianna Fail politician, Mulhuddart councillor David McGuinness said news of Brian Lenihan’s death was “very saddening”. ‘BRIAN Lenihan’s death at the untimely age of 52 is a tragic and devastating blow to his family. The Socialist Party in Dublin West joins many others in the constituency in extending our condolences. ‘Since we fought the very closely contested Dublin West byeelection in April 1996, there were very sharp political differences between us. ‘We do not intend to engage in any public debate in relation to contentious political issues over the next days and urge all relevant parties and the media to observe a period of restraint in which the family of Brian Lenihan are afforded the space and respite to mourn.’ Joe Higgins TD, Socialist Party Continued on Page 4
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TRIBUTE Politicians join Dublin West constituents in paying their respects Tributes to Brian Lenihan “Brian was a deeply committed politician, and a devoted family man. I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to his wife, Patricia, and his children, Clare and Tom. “Brian gave immense service to the country, and the Dublin West constituency, since he was elected to the Dail in 1996. He will be deeply missed.” Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton “Brian Lenihan was probably the finest parliamentarian of his generation, and one of the nicest, most generous people in the Oireachtas.” Independent TD for Dublin South, Shane Ross, on his Twitter page “On behalf of the Sinn Fein Party, I want to send my sincere condolences to Brian’s wife, Patricia, his children, and, of course, to his extended family circle. “His passing comes as a huge shock to everyone. Brian was a giant in Irish politics, and commanded respect from across the party divides. His passing is a huge loss to all who knew him.” Sinn Fein’s Dublin West representative, Paul Donnelly “This is a very sad day for Irish politics, for Dublin West, and for his family. “Brian was held in deep affection by people across Dublin West and right across Ireland. He always strove to do his best. His determination to continue
as Minister for Finance while fighting a serious illness is a perfect example of his strength of character. “The fact that Brian Lenihan was the only Fianna Fail TD to be re-elected in Dublin in the last election speaks volumes about his abilities as a politician, and his qualities as a person. His willingness to cross the party divide highlights his personal warmth. I will miss him as a colleague, and a friend.” Dublin West TD and Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Leo Varadkar “I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Brian Lenihan. His passing is a loss to Ireland, and a loss to West Dublin. I want to offer my sincere sympathies to his wife, children and family. “Over the years, I got to know Brian through attending public meetings and encountering him on the campaign trail in Dublin West. He was always unfailingly courteous and engaging. While he could disagree with you very strongly in the course of a debate, he was always able to separate the politics from the individual, and never engaged in personal attacks.” Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman “My thoughts are with [his family]. Any time I met Brian Lenihan personally, he was always very honourable, and a very decent man, and I wish his family well into the future.” Mulhuddart Labour councillor, Patrick Nulty
Mourners broke into applause when Mr Lenihan’s remains left St Mochta’s church on their final journey
Fond farewell in a moving ceremony Q LAURA WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org
THOUSANDS of mourners gathered in St Mochta’s Church in Dublin 15 this week to bid a last farewell to the late Brian Lenihan, a “great man” who “was devoted to his family” and who “served his country with honour”. From early morning, the crowds began to appear on the road outside the church, and far beyond, to pay their respects to the man once regarded as a potential future leader of the country, whose life was cut tragically short last Friday when he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. The former Finance Minister’s family, friends, colleagues and constituency members remembered him during a deeply moving ceremony taken by chief celebrant and family friend, Fr Eugene Kennedy, of Laurel Lodge, where the Dublin West TD’s constituency office was also located. President Mary
McAleese, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Government ministers, past and present, party leaders and representatives from across the political spectrum, were in attendance. Mr Lenihan’s family – wife, Patricia; son, Tom, and daughter, Clare; his mother, Ann; brothers, Conor, Niall and Paul, and sister, Anita – were warmly applauded as they walked into the church. His remains were draped with the Tricolour, for the country he served for many years. Fr Eugene described the man regarded as the torchbearer of the Lenihan dynasty as “a great young man cut off in the prime of his life”. He said Mr Lenihan was not only “talented and gifted” in his political life, but that he was devoted to his family. Just 10 days before he died, he told Fr Eugene that he was not worried about dying, but was worried and concerned for his family. In what Fr Eugene
described as a “cruel irony”, he talked of the community venture that the late Minister helped bring to fruition – the St Francis Hospice in Dublin 15. Sadly, Mr Lenihan was one of the first patients to avail of the home care team there during his battle with cancer. During the ceremony, Paul Gallagher, former Attorney General, spoke to the thousands of mourners about the “master of all talents” who, he said, was an “inspiration to us all, and a great patriot”. He said Mr Lenihan was a “wonderful barrister”, but it was politics that inspired him. “Politics was Brian’s very essence. He loved Fianna Fail, and was proud of its achievements.” When Mr Lenihan was Minister for Finance, Gallagher said he faced “daunting” challenges that required “immediate and decisive action”. The three qualities he used to define Mr Lenihan were “duty, honour and country”; his other
quality was his utter devotion to his family. “It was clear just how devoted and proud he was of his family, by the way he spoke about them.” He later thanked Mr Lenihan’s family for “sharing that special man with us”, whom “we will never forget”. Mourners again applauded as Mr Lenihan’s remains were taken out of the church, under military escort, to go to his final resting place at St David’s Church graveyard, Kilsallaghan. Standing strong behind his father’s remains stood Tom Lenihan, who shook hands with mourners. Mr Lenihan’s wife, Patricia, and daughter, Clare, were seen talking to people from all walks of the late politician’s life. From the time Mr Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he remained upbeat and refused to let the illness define him. He died at his home in Strawberry Beds, surrounded by his family last Friday, June 10, at the age of just 52.
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PEOPLE New opening in Ongar Village gets off to a great start
Hoping new pub will be hub for centre Q NATALIE BURKE email@example.com
TWENTY-THREE year old Thomas Kelly is the proud new owner of what will be considered a major landmark in the heart of Ongar Village. Along with the business advice and experience of his father, Thomas reopened a pub in the centre of the village and, for the last three weeks, Kelly’s Lounge has proved to be a roaring success. “So far it’s been great and we’ve been working flat out,” new owner Thomas told the Gazette. “The pub was built about six years ago but lay unopened since. “When the lease came up at the end of 2010, I thought it was a great
opportunity as there was no other pub in the area, so it was much needed.” “I conducted a survey throughout the area to see what people’s views were and if they had any problems with a pub opening, but the feedback was really positive and everybody thought it was a great idea, so Kelly’s Lounge opened three weeks ago,” he said. With the local community in full support, local businesses were also looking forward to the benefits of the pub. “The fast food shops and Indian restaurant nearby were delighted we were opening,” said Thomas, “as well as the local bookmakers as they felt the pub would draw new customers for
Food bus is ordered to close
AN unauthorised bus selling food at a business park in Dublin 15 has been issued an enforcement notice to cease operation. When asked by Fine Gael councillor Kieran Dennison, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council said an enforcement notice was issued to Bia Bus, operating at Rosemount Business Park. Report
Thomas Kelly, who recently opened his new pub, Kelly’s Lounge, in Ongar Village Picture: Peter Doyle
them as well.” T homas, who had been studying Engineering in Mechatronics at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB), finished his studies earlier this year when he saw the potential Kelly’s Lounge would have. Opportunity
“I’ve worked in the pub industry before and have seen first-hand how it worked, so knew this was too good an opportunity
to miss,” he explained. The pub, which will be one of the centre points for the local community and clubs in the area, has already played a part in bringing the community together. “I’ve lived in Ongar for 13 years and there were some people coming into the pub in the last three weeks who I’ve never seen before,” said Thomas. “It’s great to see, and everyone has a chance to meet their neighbours, so
Homes with pyrite under ‘no immediate structural risk’
Q LAURA WEBB
CONSULTING engineers working on behalf of the council say there is “no immediate structural risk” to dwellings in Dromheath, which have been confirmed to have the presence of pyrite in them. Last November the presence of pyrite was confirmed in 23 dwellings in Fingal County Council’s housing stock at Dromheath Avenue Extension. During a recent area committee
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meeting, local Labour councillor Patrick Nulty asked management to outline what measures are being taken to assist and support council tenants in Dromheath Avenue who have pyrite in their homes. In a report to the councillor, a council spokesperson said DBFL Consulting Engineers, on behalf of the council, have confirmed that there is “no immediate structural risk to the dwellings concerned and they are carrying out updated structural assess-
ments on the rented dwellings this week”. The spokesperson also stated: “The question of liability is being pursued in the normal way to ascertain responsibility in respect of any defect in a completed building and to seek appropriate remedy by way of repair of structure or reimbursement for any costs that arise from repair of such defects. “Tenants have been informed and will be kept informed on developments as they arise.”
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it’s really nice.” Thomas designed the interior of Kelly’s Lounge entirely by himself and the pub boasts three floors, a sports bar featuring all major sporting events on seven 50” TV screens, a pool table and dart board, as well as a jukebox and members’ area. In terms of plans for the future, Thomas is encouraging the local community and sports clubs to hold their events
at Kelly’s Lounge and hopes to open a restaurant in three months time. “We want the whole community to be able to come in, relax and enjoy it, whether they’re upstairs in the quiet, relaxed area, or shouting at a match in the sports bar, there’s something for everyone,” he said. According to Tommy, Thomas’ father, the new pub is the “missing piece of the community”.
In a report to the councillor, the spokesperson said: “An Enforcement Notice under Section 154 of the Planning & Development Acts 2000-2010 was issued on November 24, 2010 requiring the unauthorised sale of food from the Bia Bus operating in the car park of the Siemens Building, to cease. “The requirements of this Enforcement Notice have not been complied with and the file will now be prepared for a Prosecution under Section 157 of the Planning & Development Acts 2000-2010,” the report said.
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OPEN DAY: PROJECT
O-boy, O-boy: Competition winner enjoys VIP treatment
Council calls for residents to get involved
MEGAN Royle McQuillan (left) was joined by her friend, Caitlin, as they were picked up by a limousine and transported in style to the new O2 store at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Megan was the winner of a recent competition organised by O2 and she was given the VIP treatment on her arrival. The pair were greeted at the store by manager Kim Shields and O2 Gurus Vygaudas Dambrauskas and Piotr Gren who were on hand to ensure a fantastic time was had.
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FINGAL residents are answering a call by their local council to get involved in identifying a suitable route and location for a vital new drainage and wastewater treatment infrastructure in the area by attending open days for the project. During the first open days held by Fingal County Council for the Greater Dublin Drainage Project, a steady stream of people dropped in to get involved in identifying suitable routes and locations for the new drainage and
SCHEME: PROPOSAL A CAUSE FOR CONCERN FOR SOME
Mixed response to plans to upgrade N3 interchange Q LAURA WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org
OBSERVATIONS and submissions to plans by Fingal County Council to upgrade the N3 Mulhuddart Interchange have received a mixed response from the public, with some welcoming the scheme, while others have voiced concerns. During the public consultation phase of the proposed development seven submissions/observations were received. The proposal for a new road network at the Mulhuddart Interchange includes the
construction of a new two-span bridge on the western side of the existing road bridge, together with footpath and onroad cycle lane, with the modification of the existing bridge to oneway traffic flow southbound. It also includes the construction of a 260m of 4m wide looped onramp to the N3 eastbound from the new bridge and the relocation of the N3 off-ramp from Navan/Cavan to the Old Navan Road a p p r ox i m a t e l y 4 8 m north-west of the existing T-junction with a new signalised junction. The scheme is also
providing for new pedestrian footpaths, cycle lanes and extended bus lanes. According to a Fingal County Council report, the proposed upgrade is likely to “remove current queues tailed back to the N3, removing safety risks. Improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, improve bus accessibility, reduce journey time for traffic travelling between the N3 and the Blanchardstown Road North and South”. Concerned that the earth bank at the front of their homes would be removed, residents of Coolmine Cottages were told by FCC that the
“earth bank will not be removed in this scheme” and that it is proposed to be “landscaped”. A submission by Socialist councillor Matt Waine proposed that noise abatement measures be included in the works for the areas to the south and east of Coolmine Cottages and Saddlers estate. The council responded by saying it is proposed to provide an appropriate noise barrier (earth mound/timber barrier) for the extent of the works adjacent to the N3 eastbound offramp. It added that the “provision of these measures
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will be discussed with the residents in due course”. Meanwhile, the Director of Transport, Planning and Investment at the National Transport Authority recognised the “importance of the interchange as a key link between Blanchardstown Centre and the West of the N3, for public transport, walking/cycling, and other vehicles and supported
the schemed, adding it will “provide part funding for the proposed scheme”. Other observations were made in the report, which the council have considered and will modify, including the changing of the on-road cycle lane to and offroad cycle lane. The report was noted by councillors at a recent area committee meeting in Blanchardstown.
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Laurel Lodge Carpenterstown
Lenihan: Statesman, patriot and neighbour D
URING the early hours of last Friday morning Brian Lenihan drifted into sleep and would waken from that sleep in a far, far better place than anyone can imagine. Brian had time to say goodbye to his many friends and neighbours and fell asleep in the bosom of his loving family and surrounded by the low hills of the Strawberry Beds – his beloved home. Brian Lenihan had a keen mind, a phenomenal drive and energy and an unparalleled love for humankind. People remark that Brian Lenihan never took offence, and that is true; it was a family trait but, more importantly, Brian Lenihan never gave offence. Last Friday evening at 6.30pm a huge electrical storm broke out suddenly along the Liffey Valley, with bolts of lightning followed by crashing thunder accompanied by a torrential downpour. It ended as quickly as it started. Shortly afterwards I was acting as MC at a gathering of the Fingal Historical and Heritage Society Network in Luttrellstown Golf Club. The function, a night of Irish music, culture, song, dance and story had been planned weeks ahead and it was the turn for our part of Fingal County to host the event. Addressing a gathering of 200 guests I spoke about Brian Lenihan’s passing and remarked on the earlier thunderstorm comparing it with the storm that occurred in Rome foretelling the
Brian Lenihan and Jim Lacey at the launch of his book, A Candle In The Window
death of Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare, in the play Julius Caesar, wrote: “When beggars die there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” Lenihan was a prince amongst men “a gentleman and a scholar” as the old Dublin saying goes. I suggested to the gathering that Brian was not the sort for sombre ceremony and rather than have one minute’s silence we should have a rendering of Brian’s favourite song, The West’s Awake, and so we did. In attendance were Cllrs Eithne Loftus, Peggy Hamill and Kieran Dennison and the Mayor of Fingal, Ken Farrell, all who spoke very highly of Brian, of his talents, his infectious humour and his compete lack of rancour even in robust debate. On Saturday afternoon a long line of peo-
ple were queuing outside Brian’s constituency office, including people of different nationalities, some of them in their national dress. I also saw people there associated with different political parties. It was part of Brian’s greatness that he could transcend the political spectrum – witness the great reception he got at Beal na mBlath at the Michael Collins’ Commemoration. Brian Lenihan accepted the generous invitation from Fine Gael to speak at the Michael Collins’ commemoration with an alacrity that reflected the magnanimity of the offer. Brian Lenihan had to look down from the edge of a precipice on the night he guaranteed the banks. If he baulked at that challenge, or procrastinated, God knows where this country would be now. Collins stood at a simi-
lar precipice “in London streets cold and dank in the night air” in December, 1921. That Lenihan’s precipice was economic made no difference, a breakdown of civil order would likely follow a banking collapse. Brian was most knowl-
edgeable on the local history of this area, as well as having a thorough knowledge of broader Irish and world history. In fact, Brian did me the honour of launching my second edition of, A Candle in the Window, a History of the Barony of Castleknock. I never failed to speak to him but departed richer in knowledge. A couple of years back, following a birthday party of a mutual friend, Brian ended up in our living room with my wife and me and our next door neighbours and, over a glass or two of wine, we tried to sort out the Lisbon Treaty. We didn’t agree but Brian’s cogent argument and debate, despite the hour of the morning and the couple of glasses of wine, was clarity itself. During the evening he removed his tie, which he left behind. I telephoned him the following day and he said he would drop by during the following week,
as he wanted to develop a point that he thought was forgotten the previous night. It did not happen. We did, however, meet again several times afterwards. Some weeks back, at a Car Draw in aid of the St Francis Hospice, he approached me smiling with hand extended saying in mock seriousness: “Mr Lacey, I think you have a tie belonging to me!” I retorted that he took so long about reclaiming it that I now considered it a historical artefact and he threw back his head in laughter. He was the only public representative there that day and was in good form but looked a little tired. A fortnight later he turned up at a Heritage meeting of Fingal County Council’s Heritage Section in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Again he was the sole public representative in attendance. This was service above and beyond the call of duty; another person in similar
circumstances would be ensconced in a comfortable armchair beside a warm fire. St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, would still be a drawing on a large sheet of paper without his particular involvement. Castleknock Hurling and Football Club have the fine grounds in Somerton, thanks to Brian’s intervention. I recall a couple of years back a proposal to rename Connolly Hospital to Blanchardstown University Hospital was mooted. Local members of Fianna Fail and the Labour Party made their concerns known and Brian became involved – Connolly’s name remains. Finally, and most importantly, my condolences to Brian’s wife Patricia, son Tom, daughter Clare, mother Ann, sister Anita and brothers Conor, Niall and Paul. Ar dheis dé go raibh a ainm dilis.
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EVENT Local families enjoy the festivities as local store
A loada fun at Lidl HE Lidl store in Clonee was a hive of activity recently when a massive event was held to launch the new in-store bakery. Local families streamed in to try samples of some of the delicious new breads and pastries that are being baked in the store daily. There are lots of mouth-watering varieties to choose from, including country loaf, traditional crusty cob, multigrain roll and pumpkin seed loaf, to name just a few. Children were entertained with a free bouncing castle and face-painting as their parents enjoyed tea, coffee and cake. Aoife Clarke, from Lidl, said - “It was fantastic to see so many people turn out for the launch of the bakery. It is a terrific facility and has already proved very popular for shoppers. “We were delighted to see so many families out enjoying the day and walking away with trolleys full of bargains. We also held a raffle with proceeds going to our dedicated charity partner, the Irish Heart Foundation, which saw people dig deep for a good cause.”
Dawood, Ishaal, Haneen and Rasbah Anwar. Picture: Conor O Mearain
Carol Barry with her kids, David, Caitlin and Zara
Kujtim Mulkurti with his sons, Ken, Rik and Nik
Maxim Griu and Theodor Borta
Erika and Jeanine Grierosu
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celebrates the launch of its new in-store bakery
Erika, Paul and Jeanine Grierosu
Haneen, Ishaal and Rasbah Anwar asd
All the children enjoyed the day
Rebecca and Macedon Bodiu
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SCHOOL Growing awareness at opening of ITB garden
Students from St Philip’s, Mountview, with members of staff from the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown. Pictures: Robbie Reynolds/CPR
ITB cultivating young minds at Bloom 2011! EMBERS of staff from the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, together with the students from St Philip’s, Mountview, Clonsilla, attended the official opening of the ITB garden. It was one of 27 stunning gardens on display at Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event that took place during the June bank holiday weekend for five days.
This is the fifth year of the event and has been the most successful yet. Bloom attracted almost 90,000 visitors to the 70-acre site at the Visitor’s Centre in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The garden itself was officially launched by the children from the Gardening Club of St Philip’s, Mountview, Dublin 15, who helped to create the inserts for the water feature.
Emma Gilhooly and Sarah Maples
Kaleigh McEntee, Sinead Brady, Janice O’Riley and Saoirse Daly
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Exploring Dublin’s architecture A RECENTLY launched Architecture Tours Ireland initiative is offering tours of historic and contemporary Dublin architecture. The tours, which will run every week across the year and take approximate one to one- andhalf hours to complete, will be guided by a group of passionate architects. Tour capacity will be limited to just 25 participants and the cost per tour is €10 per adult, €5 per child and €8 concession for students, unwaged and seniors. Bookings can be made on www. architecturetours.ie. Tours currently on offer through Architecture Tours Ireland (ATI) are: Dublin Docklands, The Living City, Georgian Dublin, Temple Bar and Children’s Activity Tours. Visit www.architecturetours.ie for more information and bookings.
FITNESS Start planning now how to look your best
Shaping up your body for sunny summer QDERRY TEMPLE
SUMMER is here, so it’s time to dig out last year’s swimsuit in preparation for the good weather and your next holiday destination. But does last year’s swimsuit still fit or has a winter of hibernation taken its toll on your waistline? If you want to get your body in shape for the sunny
summer months, then maybe it’s time to start planning how you are going to look your best. One way to kick-start a new regime, is to list all the reasons you want to shape up. Writing down your goals and the reasons you want to reach them will help motivate and inspire you. Along with reviewing your reasons for training, you need to set yourself
some realistic goals. Mark down your weight, and, as your programme develops, you will have a visible record of your progress. Record any training done, and try to consistently improve your results. The first law of thermodynamics dictates that weight loss occurs whenever energy output exceeds energy intake, you need to increase your daily activity and combine this with good eating habits. It was reported in the International Journal of Obesity that analysis of the past 25 years of weight loss research found that the average weight loss of a weightreduction programme was hugely increased when a proper diet was followed along with exercise. A food diary can help make you more aware of your nutritional blunders. Write down absolutely everything you eat and drink and review it to look for common dietary mistakes. The most common errors include not eating a breakfast, going too long without eating, eating too many processed carbohydrates
Derry Temple-a qualified pilates instructor, strengh and conditioning coach
and not enough vegetables and protein. One of the best ways to train, is a combination of cardio and resistance training. This helps you to not only lose fat, but also gain muscle, ensuring a toned look, a stronger body and a higher metabolism. Most important is to do something you really enjoy; working out shouldn’t have to be boring. For those who despise the gym and want to train outdoors in a fun environment, bootcamp may be a suit-
able option. Bootcamps have enjoyed a surge in popularity recently, because they involve a mix of both endurance and resistance training in an enjoyable atmosphere. It is important to have a circle of support, so you should encourage a friend, family member or spouse to be an exercise partner and join you in your weight loss effort. This person should only be used as a support, however, and not as a crutch to lean on. This is your journey
to the ideal beach body and nobody else can get you there. Derr y Temple is a qualified pilates instructor, strength and conditioning coach. He runs his own fitness company, DTFitness, offering pilates and bootcamp classes, along with personal training. DTFitness is located in the Artane/Donnycarney area in Dublin 5. You Contact Derry by telephone on 085 7131417. Email: derry@dtfitness. ie or visit the website: www.dtfitness.ie
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EVENT Weekend with crowds in their thousands
Bloom’s Rudd-y success breakfast pack if they clicked “Like” on the Rudd’s page. This proved to be a huge success, with more than 600 new fans joining the Rudd’s page at Bloom. More recently, at Taste of Dublin, Rudd’s ran the same promotion, and saw their Facebook page gain more than 1,100 fans. Taste of Dublin was as popular as ever, with thousands of people turning out to sample some of the finest food and drink in Dublin and, of course, Rudd’s famous sausages. To check out photos and news from the events, see www.facebook.com/ rudds.
Talbot Hotel to sponsor Discover Ireland Horse Show THE TALBOT Hotel Group has announced its three-year sponsorship of the 2011 Discover Ireland Horse Show. The Talbot Group are the proud sponsors of the Speed Derby International Competition. This prestigious event takes place on Ladies’ Day, August 4, in the RDS main arena and offers a prize of €21,000. Taking place from August 3 to 7, Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is one of the world’s largest international show-jumping events in the world and, this year, the show hopes to be even bigger and better than ever before. Not only is the show a top international equestrian event, it is also a wonderful day out with kids’ entertainment, live music every day, champagne bars, great food, trade stands and, not to forget, the style of Blossom Hill
Ladies’ day on August 4. Over 100 years ago the Talbot Hotel Group originated in Wexford, the sunny south-east of Ireland. Today, along with Talbot Wexford, the Talbot Trinity comprises the Stillorgan Park Hotel and Talbot Carlow. Each of the 4-star Talbot Hotels offer luxurious accommodation, contemporary bars and restaurants, health and leisure facilities, exceptional wedding venues and excellent business facilities. Located within 10 minutes from the RDS, the Stillorgan Park Hotel is offering packages from €65 per person sharing during the Horse Show, including ticket to the show and complimentary transfers to the RDS. For reservations, contact the hotel on 01 2001800, email email@example.com or book online at www.stillorganpark.com
DUBLIN’S Bloom festival, which ran from Thursday, June 2, to Monday, June 6, was a fantastic and successful event, organised by Bord Bia. Popular breakfast meat producers, Rudd’s, participated in the Field to Fork tent in the Bord Bia Food Village. The glorious sunshine held up for most of the weekend, which helped to bring out the crowds in their thousands. For the duration of the bank holiday weekend, Rudd’s ran a promotion in conjunction with their newly-launched Facebook page, where customers received a complimentary Rudd’s
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THE FACTS: ADVICE TO HELP PREPARE FOR A FUN SUMMER WITH CHILDREN AND PETS
Mothers have it tough – with kids and pets! S A humane educator specialising in adult education, part of my programme specifically targets parents, and, in particular, mums who are trying to juggle a career, raise children and make time for the family pet. Now, I don’t care what the experts say, ladies – nothing prepares you for the highs and lows that are part of the job description of being a mother. It’s a complex journey, and the answers don’t miraculously fall at your feet! When contemplating motherhood, I’ll bet that, like me, your expectations were high. Yes? That’s because we’re fed by a culture that shows motherhood to be a time of “bliss, joy and tranquillity”. Oh, purleese! Well, not to worry girls – you’re not alone in your disorganised state; I’m with you, and I’m going to offer you some sisterly advice that I hope will help you out when it comes to planning some fun, supervised, summer activities for the kids and the pets.
Before I start, I want to remind you that all children should be monitored whilst playing with pets – particularly a toddler, who will view a pet as a small, moving cuddly toy, and will not be able to understand that hitting them, or pulling on their tail, will cause pain and/ or injury. We’ll start with toddlers. Young children love hide-and-seek games. Hold up a sheet or towel so that your dog is hidden, and ask your toddler to pull the sheet aside, revealing your pet. If your dog is a gentle pet, allow your toddler to smear a tasty treat, such as soft cheese, onto their fingers, and allow your pet to lick it off. (Please try this with your own fingers first, in case your pet’s nibbling gets too rough.) If you feed your child in a high chair, allow him to drop some pet-friendly fresh vegetables for your pet to enjoy. Restrict this to carrot sticks, unsalted cooked pasta, broccoli or apple slices without the pips.
‘I’m going to offer you some sisterly advice that I hope will help you when it comes to planning fun, supervised, summer activities for the kids and the pets’ --------------------------------------------------------
For older children, encourage your child to throw a ball or favourite pet toy for your dog to retrieve. Alternatively, your child can blow bubbles for your dog to catch. Make sure to buy a bubble kit that’s pet-friendly; available at all good pet stores. Using ordinary, home-made bubbles may cause a stomach upset if ingested by your pet. Run with your dog on a lead and have your child “race” your dog to a designated finish line. Get a toy water gun, or use the garden hose, and have your child spray small amounts of water a few feet away from your dog; moving the stream of water away in a zig-zag motion along the ground – your dog will love to chase this. Keep a close eye for
signs your dog is no longer having fun, and stop this activity if so. Hide a few doggy treats (near to the ground so that your dog can find them), and have your child and dog try to find them together. For young teens, your teen should be encouraged to play ball games with your dog. Enrol yourself, your teen and your dog into dog-training classes, especially obedience and agility, where many teens will enjoy the competitiveness, and it will also boost self-esteem for both teen and dog. Have your teen read plenty of books, or search the internet for fun, safe ways to play and interact with your dog. Never leave or expect your teen to be in charge of your pet outside of the
For time-pressed mums, looking after children and pets, is no walk in the park – however, a walk in the park with Rover and your children in tow is just one way to help the entire family – including your loved pet - bond and have fun together
safety of your home, as situations such as interactions with strange dogs can easily occur. Sometimes – and I stress, sometimes – teens can become angry or direct negative reactions toward their pet if that pet destroys their personal items; so watch out for signs of aggression from both teen and pet. It’s no secret that teens can be very busy young people and you, as their parent, will be forced to
compete for their love and attention – so imagine how the family dog feels! Encourage your teen to spend some of his/her pocket money on doggy treats, and to take on the responsibility of cleaning out the dog’s bed etc. Observe your dog and obtain feedback from the way he licks, cuddles or growls, scratches or runs away in response to your child/teen’s interactions. Oh yes, ladies, I’ve no
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doubt you’ll face many hours where you’ll wonder if you were cut out to be a mum at all, but, give yourself credit, grab a coffee, and write down all your good points, and forget about the negative ones, because, you know what? You’re a great mum, and your kids are not so bad either! For more information, log onto www.dspca.ie or email me at miriam. firstname.lastname@example.org
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SNAPSHOT The stories of the day
They’re certainly feeling the out in Blackrock this week Actor Jack Walsh (Playing Leopold Bloom); Dail Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett TD; actress Norette Leahy (playing Mrs Breen) and TV Dragon, Bobby Kerr, were feeling the love this week as they attended an evening reception at the launch of a new website, www.iloveblackrock.ie. The site is aimed at promoting Blackrock, Co.Dublin. An initiative of the Blackrock Business Network, the website is part of a drive to highlight the town as a great place to do business as well as an exciting shopping and leisure destination. Details were also announced at the launch of a number of events that are being organised and hosted by the Blackrock Business Network, including Bloomsday celebrations, and an Animation Festival and Family Fun Day on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28.
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Put the pedal to the... static bike! With B&Q B&Q has teamed up with Youth Work Ireland, its official charity partner, and arranged a cycling fundraising event in their stores, appropriately called B&Q Bike It! Staff from B&Q Swords have accepted the challenge and will be biking it for Youth Work Ireland between the hours of 10am and 6pm in the B&Q Swords store at Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co. Dublin. Children from the Swords Youth Service will be here to participate in the cycle and also collect donations on behalf of Youth Work Ireland. Noeleen O’Gorman, from B&Q Swords said: “We are looking forward to participating in our B&Q Bike It! event and raising funds for such an important cause.” Meanwhile, B&Q Liffey Valley will have a Management versus Staff distance race on a static bike. Staff can also place €1 donations to guess the total distance covered by the winning team.
DIARY Never to late to start again LAST week, we told the story of Dubliner Adrian Nolan, from Churchtown, and how he turned his life around by turning his dream about working with radio into a reality. After 28 years of working in an international road transport company, Adrian decided to get back to the books at the age of 50, and study Fetac Level 5 and 6 in Radio Broadcast in Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education (DCFE). He has since progressed to study a BA in Communications in DCU, and has just completed his first year there. He will return to DCFE this September to teach the Fetac Level 5 Radio Production Module as an evening course for 20
weeks. The module will introduce students to radio and interview techniques, and will give students a chance to gain experience in recording and performing live. The communications student encourages anyone who is tired of their current career to consider pursuing their dream job. The college details are Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, Cumberland Road, Dun Laoghaire. You can contact the college by calling 01-2809676 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting kids in Stitches THE search is on for unknown teenagers to act in a comedy horror film, Stitches. Open auditions will take place in the offices of Tailored Films, 33 Pearse St, Dublin 2, from 10am until 7pm this coming Sunday, June 19, and the following Tues-
day, June 21, 10am-6pm. Casting director Nick McGinley says that no experience is required and those auditioning should be aged between 16 and 18. The feature film is written and will be directed by Conor McMahon, the acclaimed Irish director of Dead Meat.
And finally... ST ATTRACTA’S JNS in Meadowbrook is inviting people to come on down and join them on Saturday for their Father’s Day summer fair from 2-4pm. Kick off Father’s Day by testing dad’s football skills in their penalty shoot-out, have your picture taken with Shamrock Rover’s Hooperman, or why not try your luck in their fantastic raffle, or just browse their many stalls, including books, cakes, bric-abrac, toys and games. All funds raised from the event will go towards the school building fund.
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GazetteGAMING GAMING Wii’s lookin’ at U as Zelda hits 25 years AT THE E 3 Expo in Los Angeles earlier this month, Nintendo introduced a new concept for video games and home entertainment: Wii U, a new console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen. The company claims that, by adding a second screen to the living room, the system creates a multitude of new video game experiences, while offering families a variety of options to customise their entertainment. Previously, video games played on a home console
have been confined to the TV and offered identical viewpoints to each player in a multi player environment. Nintendo says that the new controller removes traditional gaming boundaries, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming and entertainment experience. After the console is launched, gamers will see firsthand the type of gaming experiences made possible by Wii U and the new controller. In single-player games the new controller can display information on its screen that
does not appear on the TV. Also, the information and viewpoint can change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope. In multiplayer games, the player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV, offering a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities. In addition to the 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers.
NINTENDO kicked off its E3 Expo Presentation by announcing a number of initiatives to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. A remastered 3D version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, launches for Nintendo 3DS on June 19, while Wii
Wii U combines motionsensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote™or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use
all Wii accessories. The Wii console has sold more than 86 million units globally and greatly expanded the overall audience for video games. Wii U aims to expand that audience even further. Developers worldwide are already working on new games and experiences for the console.
owners will see the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, in the 2011 holiday season. Additionally, Nintendo announced a tour of orchestral concerts featuring music from the beloved franchise. Additional commemorative activities will be announced at a later date.
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Skoda shows new Fabia sport
SKODA is showcasing the Fabia vRS 2000 design concept this summer in Germany at the GTI Treffen. The Fabia vRS 2000 concept car has been developed and built specifically for the GTITreffen. Drawing on the Fabia Super 2000 rally car, Skoda’s designers have created an original roadster pursuing a single goal - dynamism and the joy of sporty driving. Based on the Skoda Motorsport’s broad rally car, the Fabia vRS 2000 offers plenty of room for four occupants to climb in and sit in the car with ease. Besides the great view, the sharply sloping windscreen provides a constant supply of fresh air and a sense of being at one with nature.
The new concept Skoda Fabia vRS2000
FORD DEVELOPING NEW SMALLER ENGINES : BRIDGESTONE Ford is developing its smallest engine ever - a 1.0litre three-cylinder engine with EcoBoost technology. Ford says the engine will offer output comparable to a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. Horsepower and torque ratings were not immediately available. The engine is expected to make its way into smaller Ford vehicles in the coming years. Engineers in Britain developed the engine and it is likely to be marketed heavily in Europe. The engine uses turbo-charging, direct injection and twin-independent variable camshaft timing.
PRESTIGE, SPORTS AND CLASSIC CARS: THE inaugural Prestige, Sports and
Classic Car Sale and S h owc a s e , a m i x of the world’s most luxurious cars, combined with favourite classic cars, is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 at the National Show Centre, Swords, near Dublin Airport. The event promises to be a car enthusiast’s dream, with a broad range of vehicles onshow, from supercars and luxury vehicles to SUVs and classics. Not only will visitors get to see these incredible cars up close, but many of the cars will also be on sale, with car dealers on hand to talk through the various models with visitors. The National Show Centre, Swords, is located just minutes from Dublin Airport, the M1 and M50. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door.
Skoda is offering a thrifty petrol engine for the Octavia that’s almost comparable to diesel efficiency for an entry price that’s much more competitive at €19,710 before delivery charges
Skoda downsizes engine for the better Skoda has a new petrol engine option for the Octavia. MICHAEL MORONEY takes a test drive KODA has opted for some smart thinking by fitting the new 1.2-turbo petrol engine to the Octavia, giving it petrol-engine smoothness coupled with power and fuel economy. And, as the car is very affordable, I thought that it was well worth a test drive. The 1.2-litre engine might appear underwhelming in terms of its size, but it’s far from that in terms of performance. For smoothness of driving, Skoda had matched the engine with its smooth DSG automatic -type gearbox making the car an absolute pleasure to drive. T h e 1. 2 - l i t r e T S I
SPECS: Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI Top speed: 192 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 10.8 secs Economy: 16.9 km/ litre (5.9 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 134g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Entry Price: €19,710
engine develops a healthy 105bhp, so there’s plenty of power on demand. That’s the same level of power that you get from the Skoda 1.6-TDI diesel version. And, while the torque figure for the petrol car is marginally lower than the diesel model, it can still better the diesel power in terms of accel-
eration. This 1.2-litre TSI model is marginally faster from stop, with a 0 to 100km/ hr acceleration figure of just 10.8 seconds. While it’s not at diesel CO2 levels just yet, with a figure of 134g CO2, it’s not far off many diesel cars, and that’s with the DSG gearbox fitted. It matches the CO2 output of the 1.6-TDI versions, with the DSG system. So, when it comes to this new Skoda Octavia option, you can have your cake and eat it. This engine can achieve this higher efficiency because the petrol is injected directly into the engine. This
gives a higher compression ratio, which increases the heat efficiency and fuel efficiency of the engine. The fuel economy figure at 16.9 km/litre (5.9 l/100km) is slightly lower than 1.6-litre diesel cars. The 1.6-litre Skoda Octavia diesel is rated to be about 20% more fuelefficient but the buying price difference is almost €3,500. And that’s a lot of petrol over the lifetime of the car. For short distance drivers, this new Skoda has strong appeal. The big bonus, I think, is the DSG gearbox; don’t buy an Octavia without at least test driving it; you’ll
be quickly convinced about its merits. The new Skoda Octavia 1.2-TSI has all of the features of the standard model, including remote central locking, front electric windows and the ESP stability programme for added safety. The Octavia is well equipped in terms of safety features, with driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and driver seat-belt warning lights. It’s been a while since it was tested in the Euro NCAP crash test programme, 2004 in fact, so it needs an upgrade from its 4-star rating back then. Maybe we’ll get that soon.
Two weeks to go to the end of scrappage scheme THERE’S just two weeks to go to the end of the Government Car Scrappage Scheme and many motorists are expected to try and avail of last-minute deals. So far to the end of May this year, some 9,630 cars were sold under the scheme. On top of the 17,272 cars in 2010, this gives an idea of how many have
responded to the offer, which, in most cases, was topped up by a manufacturer deal. New car value has never been better and there are only days left to avail of the offers. Commenting on the figures, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) director general, Alan Nolan said: “We predicted that
10,000 scrappage cars would be sold this year. We’re not far off that mark and should exceed the figure by the time the scheme ends on June 30. It’s important to recognise what scrappage has achieved. Even after the Government discounts, over €86 million has been generated in VAT and VRT for the Govern-
ment, so the scheme has made significant revenue for the Government. “Of course, the main benefit is for the motorist who has got a fantastic deal under the scheme and, with an environmental focus, they are also benefiting from cheaper running costs too.”
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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Mixing up some luxury with real family fun The Imperial Hotel packages for a truly Corkonian experience
THE Queen’s visit to Cork proved to be a huge success and, following in her Majesty’s footsteps, the Imperial Hotel in the heart of Cork City has introduced a great new package to give visitors a truly Corkonian experience. Enjoy three night’s city centre accommodation in the charming opulence of the four-star hotel, with a full Irish breakfast each morning. Dine like a king or queen, with dinner on one evening in the Imperial’s own newly-refurbished Pembroke Seafood Bar and Grill, plus a lunch filled with local produce at the Farmgate Restaurant inside the place that really captured HRH’s heart, the Old English Market. Next, sit back and enjoy a drive around all the main sights of the area from the Cork Open Top City Bus Tour, before being pampered with a wash and blow dry in the hotel’s Aveda hair salon, as well as access to the Escape Spa. As well as a box of chocolates in your room on arrival, you will also receive a royal invitation to return to the Imperial for a complimentary night on a later occasion. This package is only valid for July and August, from €189 per person sharing, subject to availability. For more information, contact the Imperial Hotel, Cork on 021 4274040 or visit www.flyn nhotels.com
A stay in Europe’s first hotel to offer a women-only floor PLANNING a girl’s only weekend? Then make Copenhagen the city of choice and book a room at the newly-opened Hotel Bella Sky Comwell, Europe’s first hotel to offer a women-only floor. Women-only areas in hotels are increasingly popular around the world, but this is a first for Denmark, and also Europe. Hotel Bella Sky Comwell in Copenhagen, the largest hotel in Scandinavia with 814 rooms, had no doubts when it came to reserving an entire floor for women only. The hotel management asked a number of influential and well-travelled Danish women whether they felt there was a requirement for their own floor, and over half of the women surveyed would prefer to stay on a women-only floor. As a result, the bedrooms and bathrooms have been designed specifically with women in mind. Guests of the special Bella Donna floor at the Bella Comwell in Copenhagen join other guests for meals, so rest assured, even if you’re on a girls’ only break, you still might bump into a handsome stranger over breakfast.
OK. This week I’m wearing my dad hat again – and why not? After all, Father’s Day is just around the corner, so I can be as opinionated as I want to be, for a change! This time last year, I was due to spend a weekend at a well-known family hotel in the south-east with my family, during which, in honour of the aforementioned Father’s Day, I was to enjoy a little dad time – some golf, a massage, even an hour or two with the weekend newspapers and a quiet pint - heaven. On the morning we were due to head down there, my wife, Susan, who was in the middle of starting up her own business (in the throes of a recession, go figure) was called away at the last minute. So, I found myself heading down the N11 to spend Father’s Day with my two young daughters, just the three of us. Needless to say, any chance of a little dad time disappeared quicker than you can say ‘golf clubs.’ To cut a long story s h o r t , my we e ke n d turned out to be a surprisingly relaxed affair, as the hotel, famed for its familyfriendly hospitality, managed to arrange our time in a way that afforded me plenty of opportunities
to unwind while the kids were engaged in other activities. The point is – with the right service, anything is possible. So, fast forward a year(ish), and this time with both parents accounted for, we are heading towards the wonderful town of Kenmare for a few days of family fun at the Sheen Falls Lodge.
accolades, including multiple honours from AA, Conde Nast, Relais & Chateaux, Zagat, Georgina Campbell’s Jameson Guide and the Bridgestown guide. So, I was more than willing to give it a try. The first time my wife and I visited here happened to be the very same weekend in 2009 – the weekend of the Heineken Cup Final. And, just like
‘I had visited the Sheen Falls before, and I can say that it is simply one of the finest luxury hotels in the country’ --------------------------------------------------------
To be honest, when the offer of a family weekend at the Sheen Falls was first mooted – I wasn’t entirely convinced it would work all that well; we had, in the past, spent a few days in the same neck of the woods at another luxury hotel, but they simply didn’t have the experience with kids and a family’s requirements to make it work. Don’t get me wrong, I had visited the Sheen Falls before, and I can say without fear of contradiction, that it is simply one of the finest luxury hotels in the country. It boasts an extraordinary list of awards and
in 2009, the boys in blue, Leinster, were set for a dramatic climax to the season. Was I a little disappointed to be missing another huge moment for Leinster? I was gutted. When it comes to my allegiance to Leinster, well, let’s just say I’m no stranger to blue and gold face paint! But, that said, if you’re going to miss a cup final, there really is nowhere else I would rather be than this hotel, nestled away in a quiet and most beautiful corner of Kerry. The real test of a quality hotel, however, is how
well the staff can handle a crisis. After about an hour on the road from Dublin, my four-year-old, Cici, began to feel unwell. From there, most of drive was taken up with the little one either sleeping or getting sick. Needless to say, we had a fair amount of dirty laundry when we reached the hotel. It was a genuine relief to be welcomed by such understanding people. T he dir ty clothes were whisked away to be cleaned for us, and, because Cici had to go straight to bed, the restaurant menu was delivered to the room for me to peruse at my leisure as my wife and eldest daughter, Becky, went downstairs for a relaxed dinner. What can I say? I would love to describe my meal as room service unlike anything I had ever experienced, but what I enjoyed was fine dining served to my room without even the slightest compromise. You can’t describe a starter of lobster prepared three ways – smoked, grilled and tempura fried with a lime chilli sorbet - followed by a main course of caramelised scallops with a salad of haricot vert beans and a plum tomato tartare and chive olive oil, as room
The luxurious Sheen Falls Lodge, above, and, opposite, fun for all the family with mud surfing at the Eclipse Adventure Centre in nearby Kenmare
service. This was so much more than that. After the long and eventful drive earlier in the day, to see my youngest comfortably tucked in to her bed as I tucked into this stunning meal, and knowing that Susan was enjoying a grown-up dining experience with her very-grown-up five-yearold downstairs, really did leave me in a state of incredibly content satisfaction. After a perfect night’s sleep, we got tucked in to breakfast downstairs. One very hungry daughter, who was feeling much better, put away more than one bowl of rice crispies, while the other discovered, much to her delight, the wonders of pancakes and maple syrup. Eggs, sausage, bacon, pastries, cold meats, bread, fresh coffee and tea were enjoyed as we prepared for a day of family activi-
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Going back in time to one of Ireland’s most lavish Georgian homes, now a country house hotel
Top, Becky and Cici enjoy the kid-friendly dining room, while, above, Cici gets to grips with her trusty steed
THREE-NIGHT FAMILY FUN AT THE FALLS This package costs €999 and includes: overnight accommodation in a deluxe room, complimentary accommodation for up to two children sharing with their parents; full Irish breakfast; transfers and full-day access to the Kids Camp at The Eclipse Centre, including lunch. This package is available Monday-Friday (weekends on request), July 4 and August 26. A five-night package is available for €1,422 in total, which includes a complimentary night. For further information, telephone 064 6641600 or visit www. sheenfallslodge.ie or join them on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/ sheenfallslodge. ties at the nearby Eclipse Adventure Centre (www. eclipseireland.com). The rest of the morning and afternoon brought together a number of families staying at the hotel together for an array of activities that even the heavy rain couldn’t put a damper on. To start, the group was treated to a session of laughter yoga, something that was new to even the most experienced guru of the alternative therapies
in our group. While this was going on, some of the younger ones, mine included, were treated to pony rides – delight doesn’t even begin to describe the feelings this brought to their little faces. Before the rides, the kids were brought to each of the stables and introduced to all of the horses and ponies, and, after a talk about safety, and how to approach the animals, it was off
to fetch riding helmets and to mount their trusty steeds. I don’t recall ever seeing a happier group of children – even if the rain didn’t let up for a second. After a cup of hot coffee, the group headed off around the centre’s grounds for a quick orienteering session before we were treated to mud surfing! An extraordinary activity that involves riding on a modified surf-
board that is dragged through the mud by a quad bike! A must for the young, the young-at-heart and the brave-hearted. Tired, wet, cold and weary, we all tucked in to a well-deserved lunch back at the hotel before Becky and Cici dragged me to the swimming pool, until about 10 minutes before the Heineken Cup kicked off. I must admit, that trailing the Northampton Saints by 16 points left me wondering how I was going to find a way to enjoy the rest of the weekend – but I have a feeling the hotel manager put a quick call in to the Leinster coach at half time to provide the dads of our group with the most incredible comeback of all time, as Leinster turned the game around to win. Now that dad was back in jovial form, even if my delighted outbursts in the
second half did scare the bejesus out of the kids, we got to tuck in to an incredible BBQ-style meal overlooking the river bank, just as the rain cleared for the evening. The BBQ experience is something the hotel is offering throughout the summer, even to nonresidents, and I have to recommend it if you find yourself in the area. All-in-all, this was a weekend to remember. We spend so much time these days arranging family holidays and breaks laden-down with buckets, spades and everything else, it is nice to know that there is at least one place that, when the budget allows for it, offers a wonderful and unique mix of grown-up luxury and incredible, fun-filled family memories that won’t be soon forgotten, with the right staff and attitude to really make it work.
SITUATED at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains is Ballyfin, which has long been admired as one of the most lavish Georgian homes in Ireland. It is a small country house hotel that looks set to make its mark in Ireland and beyond. Recent renovations carried out at Ballyfin were undertaken with the aim of returning it as closely as possible to how it functioned when it was built. The house’s magnificent interiors are decorated with Irish art and antiques from around the world, in the same spirit of refined elegance that the early house reflected in the 1820s. For today’s guest, though, formality is blended with an informal relaxed and easy-going approach. With just 15 bedrooms, the new hotel really has all the flavour of a grand private house. Step outdoors to enjoy 600 acres of private parkland, a 28-acre lake, ancient woods, follies and grottoes. The hotel also features two beauty treatment rooms, a gym and an indoor pool.
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Interview: Aoife Long, La Sirena, Mexican restaurant
ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS CAN I RUN AWAY TO THE STATES FROM MY €5,000 DEBT? Q – I HAVE a long-term €5,000 credit card debt, and have been unable to make any dent on it as I am earning little income. I have also just received my visa to work in the States. What happens if I don’t pay – will they come after me in the US? Tommy – Inchicore A - THERE is a certain element of irresponsibility creeping in here. You did, after all, spend the money yourself and, while I empathise with your income issues here in Ireland, to completely renege on your debt now is not only morally unfair, but may come back to haunt you in later years. Let me explain. The Irish Credit Bureau (ICB), based in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, has a membership of nearly 100 financial institutions that record all their credit transactions in the ICB – slow or missed payments, legal judgements etc are all recorded. That “missed payment” stays on record for five years, while judgments are there for life! Just remember, every time a loan is requested, the first thing the lender does is check with the ICB on the borrower’s credit history. Simple, really: if you have a bad record, you don’t get the loan. Plus, if you apply for the same loan with numerous lenders, those lenders can see the enquiries coming in, and know that you are doing the rounds looking for funding. Therefore, when and if you come back from the States, and if you look to borrow for whatever purpose, there may be a little surprise for you from that lender, as I am sure the credit card debt – while it will be written off – will have a judgment put against you, and placed on record. Those of you who are unsure of your credit history can contact ICB, send a cheque for €6 and request your own credit report. So, the best advice? Do your best to try and honour your commitments – what goes round, comes round. Contact John with your money questions at email@example.com or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor
Celebrating the best of fine Mexican fare AOIFE Long, from La Sirena, Dublin’s newest Mexican restaurant, grew up in Malahide. She went to Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, and then on to study advertising in DIT Aungier Street, where her intention was to become a copywriter. Her favourite food is, of course, Mexican. This love affair started when she was a waitress and tequila girl in Judge Roy Beans in the 90s to get her through college. Her love of food began when she spent some time travelling around, where different cultures of food inspired her to become more involved in the food industry. Aoife decided to move back to Malahide after living abroad and in Dublin city centre for a few years. She says that she and her partner always felt there was a gap in the market for a contemporary Mexican restaurant, combining old-world traditional Mexican flavours and authenticity with new-world technique and modern presentation. La Sirena strives to dispel the misconceptions of over-spiced and stodgy “TexMex” cuisine by showcasing fresh, sustainable, and flavourful dishes that are rooted in authentic Mexican culture, and rich
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complex salsas and sauces, using imported Chiles, spices, and herbs directly from Mexico. To complement the Mexican pantry, La Sirena only uses the finest locallyproduced meats, seafood, and vegetables, says Aoife.
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Q: What was your first job? A: Tequila girl in Judge Roy
Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: The television show, Snog
Q: And your first pay cheque? A: I remember being 15, very happy, and proud that I earned my own money
Q: When did you start your present job? A: Middle-2010, although it was Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Seeing a full restaurant with lots of happy faces after eating the food
Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: I leave the cooking to the professionals
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culinary history. The restaurant showcases specialities from the northern regions of Baja to the southern states of Oaxaca and the Yucatan, and every where in-between. The chefs prepare everything in-house, from sour cream (crema) to delicate and
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: My own boss
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Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: David Norris, of course Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: A serious mixture of music for me; lots of heavy, ambient, jazzy stuff ... you name it - I’ve got it
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Pablo Picante, Boojum, Wahaca and Meztizo London, to name but a few
Q: What sport do you follow? A: Nothing in particular, but,
Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: Starter: Alambres de Chor-
once Ireland are involved, I’ll watch it
izo, slow-cooked, black bean
and chorizo stew with adobobraised pork over golden corn chilaquiles, topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese and Pico de Gallo; Main: Tampico surf and turf platter grilled 6oz. beef fillet with jumbo prawns in mild Chipotle Glaze, corgette batons in lime and garlic butter, and Queso Dobladita – served with Salsa Guajillo
Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Anything Mexican, obviously
Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny; get him drunk on margaritas and tequila and see what he is really like. He can’t really be as stiff as he looks – or can he?
Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Unfortunately, due to opening a new business, I am not spending at the moment, but
when I do spend, I am a big internet shopper – clothes, shoes, bags and even cookbooks
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: About 30 Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Last year, we went to France, and I was expecting delicious food every day. Unfortunately, I did not get one good meal. Being a big foodie, I was so disappointed! It was very unlike my other visits to France, where I have had the most delicious meals
Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Sun, sea and a good book Q: What would be your dream job? A: I have my dream job Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Travel, chill, relax and enjoy my family
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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC Alt-folk duo, The Pierces, come of age at last Q ROB HEIGH
After six years Kate Bush has returned with re-recorded classics on Director’s Cut
REVIEW: KATE BUSH RETURNS TO HER 90S’ RELEASES
Back to the future with Director’s Cut Q ROB HEIGH
THE ever-glorious Kate Bush returns to her mid90s’ canon to refresh the palette for the music yet to come... Awaited like the return of a comet, Kate Bush has kept her legions of fans on tenterhooks in recent years. After the initial burst of activity that saw her release four albums in four years, to four albums in 20 after 1985’s epic Hounds Of Love, anything that resembles a note on record is greeted with massive anticipation. So, six years after Aerial, another masterpiece in her canon, and in the absence of new material, Kate has returned to her 90s’ releases, The Sensual World and The Red
Shoes, in order to address the “hard-edged sound” of the original digital recordings and re-make the songs the way her original vision saw them. Some tracks are entirely re-recorded - This Woman’s Work, Rubberband Girl and Moments of Pleasure - but each of the 11 tracks has new vocals, and the deeper and more mature sound of that unique instrument is apparent from the first “Yes” on Flower Of The Mountain. With re-recorded drum and bass parts, there is something unquestionably warmer about these re-recordings, and the new versions of Lily, The Red Shoes and Top Of The City are - heresy warning here - better than their original versions to these ears, at
least. Whether the world needed another version of Deeper Understanding is questionable though. A deep love for the original recordings might hinder some from entirely embracing this approach, but, honestly, anything with Kate’s presence is to be treasured. The box set edition features remastered editions of the original recordings of Sensual World and Red Shoes, and it’s part of the joy of listening, to return to these and comparing their original incarnations with their new, retooled versions. The creative process has apparently inspired Kate and there are, apparently, recording sessions going on in her home studios right now. Of course, given her attention to detail and artis-
tic approach, it could be another six years before we see any new material. But if Director’s Cut has awakened Kate’s muse once again, it has to be hailed as a wonderful thing. The Sensual Walk
Kate fans in Dublin may be interested in attending the fourth Sensual Walk in Howth on Saturday, June 18 from 2pm. T h i s e ve n t i s a n excuse for fans of Kate Bush, James Joyce, or otherwise, to celebrate Bloomsday with a stroll in one of Dublin’s most spectacular landscapes, which has particular relevance this year with the re-recording of The Sensual World, with the Joyce estate’s blessing to use the original text from
Ulysses on Flower Of The Mountain. Attendees will meet up at the Howth Head car park before walking to the summit of Howth Head for some music, peaches and seed-cake, followed by a leisurely cliff-walk down into the village of Howth for refreshments. The evening part of the event will be held in Odessa in Dublin City Centre, where the music and craic continues. Acts who will be performing in the evening will include Captain A, Mike Stevens of Groom and the Lie-ins, Richer than Astronauts, Jeroen Saegeman of Walpurgis Family and the Prairie Dawgs For more information, contact email@example.com or see www. katebushnews.com.
BROOKLYN based duo, The Pierces, hit their breakthrough stride with their fourth album, You & I. Having built up a legacy in the alt-folk scene since early 2000, the Pierces’ lack of success was inversely proportional to their obvious talent and appeal. Now, with their fourth album having the backing of Coldplay’s Guy Berryman as coproducer with Rik Simpson, who has previously been at the mixing desk for Jay-Z, Kasabian and PJ Harvey, the Pierces look set to achieve the breakout success their delicate, melodic tunes deserve. Raised on Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, Allison and Catherine Pierce have a strong melodic sense that weaves through all of the tracks on You & I. There are echoes of Aimee Mann’s band, Til Tuesday, and The Byrds, in the arrangements and harmonies that wrap you up and hold you entranced as you listen. It’s not often that I put an album on repeat on my generic mp3 player of choice, but I did, and, before I knew it, I’d listened to You & I straight through twice. When things take on a slower tempo, on tracks like The Good Samaritan, the Pierces’ Alabama roots come through, their southern drawl seeps through the harmonies and give the sound a sun-bleached Americana feel. Elsewhere, the music resembles a late 60s’ Atlantic Records sound, like the best moments of Dusty In Memphis, and a fine affinity with the smooth tones of classic 70s’ American rock like Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. There’s clearly a powerful depth of musical heritage at work here, and the Pierces don’t hesitate to let their influences inform their direction in every song, light and shade in every twist and turn. You & I is shot through with delicious melodies and laser-sharp harmonies that have you hooked. This is where the Pierces take off.
Brooklyn based duo, The Pierces
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GoingOUT GoingOUT THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Don McLean WORLD-famous musician and singer-songwriter Don McLean will play The Helix soon, bringing the voice of a true legend to Dublin. Although bestknown for his timeless tracks, American Pie, and Vincent (Starry Starry Night), McLean has a wide-ranging body of work, with songs that have delighted listeners around the world for decades, and all presented in style by one of America’s most charming musical artists – and legends. Don plays The Mahony Hall at 8pm on Friday, June 17, with tickets priced at €45/41.
MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Tarry Flynn THE Gazette is still presenting the life of a 1930s’ Cavan farmer for your consideration, with the life of the poet and dreamer about to conclude in this celebratory fifth anniversary show at The Mill, which is marking its birthday in style with this superb production. There’s something for everyone in this production, with this tale of a simple man with a complex heart from a bygone era having much to enjoy for audiences today. This great production runs until Saturday, June 18, with admission at €18, €15.
PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 DLR Glasthule Opera Festival THE Pavilion builds upon its notable cultural credentials by hosting DLR Glasthule Opera, who are presenting a number of favourite operas at the theate. Superb Irish singers will present Verdi’s La Traviata, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, building on the success of the opera company’s previous highly-popular productions. For full details of these productions, which run until Sunday, June 19, and with admission at €42/45, see paviliontheatre.ie.
Man 1 Bank O FOR those who prefer more easygoing entertainment, The Pavilion presents Man 1 Bank O, the amusing and amazing – but true – story of how one man deposited a $95,093.35 junk-mail cheque into his bank account, as a joke, and the saga that ensued after his bank cleared it. Described as an unbelievable David vs Goliath comedy (which happens to be true), the international smash-hit show by Patrick Combs plays on Wednesday, June 22, at 8pm, with tickets from €12.80 to €18.
DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Zocorro Rose of Tralee THE classic, timeless – and some would say, dull – world of The Rose of Tralee is shaken down by this tale of a would-be Spanish Rose, Zocorro, who’s determined to talk about loving children, working in hospitals, and doing and saying whatever she needs to in order to claim the crown, and win a Volvo. However, Spanish passion and a flair with the facts may not be quite enough to see her take the prize, with some unexpected prizes along the way ... Having enjoyed great success and acclaim at a variety of festivals, this satirical alternative look at the much-loved Irish institution is sure to be a hit at Draiocht, where it runs on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 17, at 2pm and 8.15pm. Tickets are priced at €14/€10 conc.
The Illegals STAYING with Draiocht, The Illegals are set to shake off any weekend sleepiness with their tribute to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, featuring Eurovision singer Niamh Kavanagh. A busy band will join Niamh in creating an unforgettable night for fans of these American giants, showcasing the astounding skill of this memorable tribute band. The show starts at 8pm in the Main Auditorium on Saturday, June 18 at 8pm, with tickets costing €20/€16 conc.
Perhaps Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) would be less inclined to take the mysterious, floating magic ring of a dying space alien if he thought of the consequences of joining an intergalactic police force of do-gooders facing an all-powerful enemy ...
Not a torching movie Kate says you won’t find any moving thoughts on the human condition in this very silly, and popcorn-light, superhero film Q KATE CROWLEY
REGULAR readers – oh, please, let there be such a thing – will be well aware that, for some weeks now, I’ve been championing the return of Mel Gibson to cinema screens, via his meisterpiece, The Beaver – the haunting tale of an emotionally traumatised man, who communicates through the world via a beaver hand puppet, and – Wait! Come back! Tragically, although Mel’s release finally jimmies open the back door of a few cinemas this week, ready to sneak onto a few unwary screens here and there (possibly closely followed by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse), quality control issues – and the fact that it’s a Mel Gibson film about a beaver hand puppet – force me to turn reluctantly instead towards The Green Lantern. Peering through the
FILM OF THE WEEK: The Green Lantern +++ (12A) 114 mins Director: Martin Campbell Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins, Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, lots of alien Green Lanterns
OUR VERDICT: FOR once, Kate almost enjoys a film, as she finds The Green Lantern to be so ridiculously silly, she can’t quite dislike it as much as it possibly deserves. So, as far as superhero films about men in tights battling all-powerful, planet-conquering superaliens – who, err, can still be defeated by a puny human – this Lantern’s all right, and will probably light up box office receipts well enough, for a while ...
gloom with my stylish new glasses – which don’t remotely resemble two coke bottles tied together with rusty wire, regardless of what my daughter, dear Crowleyetta, insists – I spy a well-polished tribute to the iconic character of the same name. (Or, so I’m told, as I’d easily get Batman and Superman’s capes mixed up in the wash, and not really know any better.) A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... the Green Lanterns were created; an intergalactic police force of do-gooders, formed to keep watch
over all the intelligent planets, checking that the indicator lights of any passing spaceships were working, and generally keep an eye out for any bad guys/aliens. Harnessing the natural forces of the universe to do good, via their magic green rings (I’m paraphrasing, folks), the Lanterns are ever-vigilant, and entirely alien – until, that is, trouble breaks out, courtesy of an intergalactic baddie, and a mortally injured Green Lantern crashlands on modern Earth. Hal Jordan (Rey-
nolds) is chosen by the dying Green Lantern’s ring as his replacement; the plucky pilot being selected as being good and worthy enough to join the vast ranks of the Lanterns. It’s not long before Hal’s hot-footed it across the galaxy, courtesy of his amazing new ring – and his natty new Green Lantern – to the Lanterns’ home planet, where, as the first human to be accepted into the ranks, he has to prove himself. Under the ever-watchful guise of ... err ... um... sorry folks, I’m generally hopeless at remembering aliens’ names, so let’s just say Mark Strong and Geoffrey Rush – Hal commences his training to be a new Lantern. However, for every force in the universe, there is an opposing one, and the Lanterns’ newest bright-eyed recuit has joined the ranks just as their greatest enemy has
arisen – Parallax, a swirling, bad-tempered mass of negativity (not entirely unlike Mr Crowley, when asked to cut the grass on Sundays). Not only that, but a pesky scientist back on Earth (Sarsgaard) is also creating trouble, thanks to his unusual new powers granted by the crashlanded Green Lantern’s wreckage. So, despite being an amateur, Hal has to find the power within to rise to the challenge and – well, you can figure the rest out yourselves. Forget any thoughts of lashings and lashings of angst – oh, the angst! – which have soaked too many films lately like cheap vinegar, as The Green Lantern is entirely, blatantly and enthusiastically silly. I can’t take to the foolishness of an expressive beaver, but this film’s silliness is on a whole new – and acceptable – level ...
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Microsoft’s smart update plans ADAM MAGUIRE
IN A world increasingly dominated by tablets and smartphones, Windows 7 – the current operating system from Microsoft – is starting to look a little old-fashioned. As a result, it should be no surprise to learn that a successor is on the way, and initial details and features have recently been made public.
What is it? An operating system is the software layer that lets you use a computer without knowing complex code – basically, it’s what creates the icons and graphics you see on-screen all the time.
so will work on tablets, as well as desktop computers.
Windows 8 – as it is called, for now – is the one Microsoft will launch next. It will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Windows 98, XP, and Windows 7, and will be heavily inspired by touch-based devices that are on the rise today – designed to be used by hand gestures just as much as by keyboard and mouse, and
What does that mean? While you might be used to those little icons and loads of menus at the moment, Windows 8 will use bigger tiles as part of its main menu. This will mean that applications will sit like squares and rectangles on the screen, and will often show off live information, such as details of updates on Facebook, or news stories from your favourite websites. The idea is that you, as a user, can customise the tiles so it shows information you want to see at a glance. Basically, the device will work more like a smartphone does now – specifically, Windows’
own Phone 7 platform.
So, the old desktop format is gone? Not completely. Microsoft realises that some people like the way things are, so it will have the old interface underneath – for those who wish to can stick with that, if they want. When is it available? There is no set date just yet, but predictions are that the platform will not debut for another year at least, most likely appearing before Christmas, 2012. Of course, a year is a long time in technology, and there is a lot here that could change in the meantime. Indeed, a lot of Windows 7’s most ambitious features were reigned back before it launched,
and the same could happen here. That will only become clear when Windows 8 – or whatever it eventually becomes – is put on the shelves.
Vodafone 858 Smart As one of the neatest and smallest of Android phones to hit the market, the Vodafone 858 Smart is a great entry-level and child-friendly device. With much of the smartphone market a bit of an arms race today, with screen sizes and processor speeds going up only, the Vodafone 858 Smart bucks the trend. The device has a miniscule 2.8-inch screen, a tiny frame, and a fairly average bit of tech powering the whole thing. That is not to suggest that everything about this device is second-class.
It runs on Android 2.2 (one of the newest versions of the software), has a fairly decent 2MP camera, and all the connectivity yo you ou would need, eed d, including Bluetooth and WiFi. But the he truth is that a at the smalll screen will be an issue for a lot of people. It will be hard to text or type on if your fingers are in any way big, and viewing websites and pictures is not particularly easy if you are used to bigger devices. However, if you fit that category, this phone is
not for you – it is really designed for the low-function and young market. This is an entry-level device for Android, or something so for teens a n d tweens on a budget to use. To that extent, this e does the d job, jo o bringing in n smartphone style ph h to a currently underserved und d area a of the market. The Vodafone 858 Smart is available for €39.99 on pre-pay. Visit teic.ie for the latest tech news, reviews and views.
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CYCLING: 98FM’S CLAIRE SOLAN PROMOTES WEEK OF BIKING AWARENESS IN CITY
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NEXT week is National Bike Week, an intiative to try to get the country cycling, and with the Tour De France looming, the success of local cycling clubs and the very successful reception to the Dublin smart bikes initiative, Dublin seems to be the place to get on your bike, both for fitness and for competitiveness. As part of National Bike Week, Wednesday,
June 22 is Dublin Bike to Work Day, and 98FM DJ Claire Solan is inviting all people working within the city to participate in a fun and free leisurely lunchtime cycle, which takes place at 1pm from Grand Canal Square. More and more people are choosing to travel by bike into the city, with numbers increasing by one-third in the last ten years. Dublin City Council’s aim is to encourage all employers and employees
throughout the city to take part in this year’s event. Speaking to GazetteSport last week, Claire said: “The initiative is a chance to take a bike onto the street on, hopefully, a sunny day, starting and finishing at Grand Canal Dock. For someone who might be commuting in the city, who is sat in an office and keen to do something lively, it’s a great idea. And it’s great to get back on a bike if you haven’t been on one
98FM’s Claire Solan at Grand Canal Dock at the launch of the National Bike Week
for years.” The focus is also on the health benefits for participants, and it is reported that about 40% of commutes to work in Dublin are less than 5km, which most people could easily cycle this distance in about 20 minutes.
“Most people would be like me, driving short distances to get to work,” said Claire. “It’s not good for you, not good for your car, and it would be a saving in all manner of ways for you to cycle to work at least a few days in the week.
“There are new cycle lanes appearing all over the city, and there are moves to make the city more cycle-friendly. “The Dublin smart bikes initiative is one of the most successful rollouts of the campaign across Europe. It is huge-
ly popular, so obviously, people are interested in cycling a bit more regularly. Cycling is good for the environment, good for fitness levels, and it doesn’t cost a thing” To register for the event, log on to www.dublincitycycling.ie.
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GazetteSport Sport Tag Rugby
The team known as the Odd Shaped Balls get ready to take to the pitch
A try for the Ruggerbandits
Opening night a big win GRAND total of 30 teams played 17 matches at the opening night of the tag rugby season at Coolmineâ€™s Ashbrook grounds recently. Some teams played two 20-minute matches, while others were happy to just play just one, and all the try-scorers celebrated their points on the board in some style. For some teams, like the interTagionals, it was their first time playing together, but all the players were on form on the night, learning new skills and getting involved in the sporting and the social side of the event as well, with a barbecue and ice-cream stall on hand to feed the hungry competitors. For more information on getting involved in tag rugby in Dublin, see www.tagrugby.ie.
The Power Rangers try to get around the SuperInjunctions
The dapper Castleknock Raiders
Hayes Hoohas manage to offload before the BMS Blanchardstown tackles
Symantec SES Assassins in motion
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Cian on the comeback trail
Back injury put paid to his start on the European quintet named Tour, but Newlands’ man, Cian Curley, is pitching Hermes in Ireland senior squad for a strong return to golf, says STEPHEN FINDLATER
FIVE months out of the game, Cian Curley is keen to make up for lost time on the Euro Pro Tour as he looks to finally get his professional career in gear. The Newlands’ man joined the paid ranks back in September following his victory in the East of Ireland open but lasted just one tournament before a back ligament injury placed him on the remedial list. It stunted his momentum but a fine run in Pro Tour qualifying school – taking a second and fifth place finish – has put his ambitions of reaching the European Tour
proper very much back into focus. And the success of his regular playing partner from his amateur days, Shane Lowry, has given Curley the confidence to push on in the coming months. Just two short years since his Baltray success, Lowry was making his majors debut at the US Open this week, and Curley says it is a source of inspiration, a feeling reinforced by his appearance at last year’s 3 Irish Open. He told the Gazette: “The experience itself just gives you a taste. You want to get out onto
Sinead McCarthy in action against Australia
the Tour as quick as you can. The main thing I took from it was seeing the standard and knowing you’re not that far away from it. “When you’re grow-
also attend qualifying school for the European Tour later this year. It offers a glimpse of the big time, the Sky Sports cameras covering the latter stages of
‘You want to get out onto the Tour as quick as you can. The main thing I took from the Irish Open was seeing the standard and knowing I wasn’t that far away’ --------------------------------------------------------
ing up, you think ‘these guys are so good, how am I ever going to be that good?’ But when you’re out there you realise, you’re not that far away and that you can hit the ball as well as any of them. “I played a lot of the same representative teams as Shane, social golf with him, too. It’s the same thing as I said about the Irish Open. “I don’t know if intimidating is the right word but it definitely helps you think you’re doing the right things, playing at the right level. At this stage, you do need a bit of luck and play well at the right times. Shane played well at the right time and now look where he is.” For the moment, Curley must bide his time on the Pro Tour, a third tier of competition that offers an avenue for its top five to a Challenger Tour card, while he will
each event, and there is a sense that Curley’s career is kicking on after his injury mishap. Curley embarks on a hectic schedule this week, taking in two tournaments in Ireland and two in England in the next month before a one-week break and then another block of four tournaments. Strong results there and the Newlands’ man will be in fine shape to move up the rankings while opportunity may knock if he can snag an invite to a Challenger event or the Irish Open, once again. “I’m back now and got my full card on the Euro ProTour, played a few events and form is good and it’s going well so far. “But it’s really only kicking off next week with four events in a row, and eight in the next nine weeks – the main chunk of the season.
“Getting injured was tough. Especially, in my first event, I was just excited to be playing my first pro event. “At the time, I was a bit devastated. I had plans and it disrupted them because I was basically just sitting around and it got pretty boring. “It made the winter a bit longer but at least it was the winter time that it happened and not in the middle of the season.” The decision to go professional was cemented in the wake of his “break-out” success, taking the 2010 East of Ireland Open. It came reasonably late by modern standards but the Lucan resident was keen to be in the right frame of mind for the big leap. “It was the first big national event I won. I’d competed a lot and been close in a good few events but never finished them off. But when I finished that one last year, it was a great feeling to get the monkey off my back. “I wanted to turn pro. Some say it’s quite late to turn pro at almost 25, but it was perfect time. “I’d reached the top of the amateur game in Ireland and got a win under the belt. It wasn’t really a conscious decision to wait until I’d got the win, but I felt it was the right time.”
FIVE Hermes players have been named in the Irish women’s senior hockey team for the FIH Champion’s Challenge in Belfield this week, a tournament that brings eight of the world’s top 20 sides to Dublin. Goalkeeper Emma Gray, Sinead McCarthy, Aine Connery, Audrey O’Flynn and Lisa Jacob are named in the side along with Loreto pair, Nicci Daly and Nikki Symmons, and Old Alex duo, Pamela Smithwick and Shirley McCay. The tournament gets underway on Saturday and runs for eight days. At U-18 level, meanwhile, Mount Anville’s Aisling Naughton and Lisa McCarthy are part of the Irish U-18 side for next month’s European championships. Alexandra College are represented by Emily Beatty while Holy Child’s Emma Russell also gets the nod.
Newlands’ Hogan added to GUI select NEWLANDS’ golf club’s Andrew Hogan has been named in the list of five players selected by the Golfing Union of Ireland to compete in the 116th British Amateur Championship at Hillside and Hesketh Golf Clubs from this week. He is included alongside Paul Cutler (Portstewart), Alan Dunbar (Rathmore), Andrew Hogan (Newlands), Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) and Reeve Whitson (Mourne). They take part in a field of 288 worldranked amateur golfers from 35 countries competing
for the coveted trophy, a place in this year’s Open Championship and an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament.
Roche forced to quit finale of Criterium Dundrum cyclist Nicolas Roche bowed out of the Criterium du Dauphine after he was involved in a crash on the mountain stage to Les Gets last week. The event, seen as a precursor to the Tour de France and an indicator of form for La Grande Boucle, saw Roche in fifth on the first mountain stage and was hoping for a strong finish to the event.
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Stompe the oche: Darts legend coming to Dublin next month WORLD-class Darts comes to Dublin on
July 1 when Holland’s Co Stompe comes to play an exhibition match at The Tap on North King Street. “The Matchstick” will take part in a question and answer session, and will make a draw for special prizes on the night. Stompe has risen to fame on the oche after defeating Phil Taylor in Germany in 2008, and has logged a wide range of tournament victories. For more information, call 01 6144855 or 087 1638753.
ST CIARAN’S: DEBUT SEASON SEES CUP FINALS FOR LOCALS St Brigid’s Aoibheann Lynch in action for Dublin last weekend. PIcture: GAApics.com
Locals shine for Dubs but Cork U-14s prevail ST BRIGID’S Niamh O’Neill and Aoibheann Lynch (pictured above) both played their part for Dublin in their impressive run to the U-14 ladies football All-Ireland final, but were unable to turn the Cork tide at the last hurdle. The Jackies fell 5-12 to 3-5 to an impressive rebelette force at Birr last weekend who were hot favourites going into the tie but only pulled truly clear in the closing quarter. The signs were ominous right from the throw-in as Cork came marauding in packs. Two minutes on the clock and Cork led by 1-1 to no score. And Kate Leneghen should have goaled seconds later but Dublin’s Shauna O’Hara denied her with a brilliant double-save. It took a little while but Amy Conroy opened Dublin’s account with a well-taken point in the tenth minute before skipper Emma Colgan went on a surging solo run and her high, lobbing ball from 30 metres ended in the net. Suddenly it was game on. But the warning signs were still there, however, and a run of 1-3 without reply in the space of three minutes had Cork leading by 2-4 to 1-1 after 17 minutes. Points from Emma Byrne, Fiona Terry and a free by Megan Morrissey stemmed the tide somewhat, 2-5 to 1-4 at the interval. And they started the second half strong when Conroy set up Megan Morrissey who took her point well. The wind was knocked out of the comeback sails almost instantly once again when Megan Connolly finished off a flowing move to goal. A Connolly penalty dinged the post in what could have been a killer blow and it opened up a serious lifeline when Conroy went straight up the pitch to net with a driven effort to leave just one between the sides. There were chances to level but Cork regrouped, kept their defence tight and ran up 2-6 without response in the closing stages to run clear, scoring 1-3 in injury time.
Clonsilla side, St Ciaran’s, have consolidated their place in the LFL in their debut season
Ciaran’s begin journey PETER CARROLL firstname.lastname@example.org
ST CIARAN’S FC of Clonsilla have made unprecedented progress in their debut season in the O’Neill’s Leinster Football League, reaching two finals and keeping themselves afloat in a league in which they struggled in the early part of the season. John Hoare, team manager, formed the side last summer, along with assistant manager, Italo Cassoni, who both called on the knowledge of their fathers to help with the club. The name of the club is a tribute to Hoare’s old parish in Hartstown. The team made it to
the finals of the FIFA Fair Play Cup, where they faced Shamrock Celtic of Coolock. The first leg was played on Ciaran’s home ground. The experienced men of Celtic got the better of the young team, winning the game 4-0, despite the efforts of the Clonsilla side putting their skilled opponents to the test. Between the first leg of the tie and the second, Ciaran’s had the lowly Dynamo Dublin to play in the final of the Tom Watkins Cup. Dynamo showed fiery determination that belied their poor showing in the league. Again, the Ballyoulster side had the age advantage over the Ciaran’s and
the clash proved to be a classic encounter. With both teams deadlocked 3-3 at full time, extra time was needed to separate the sides. Dy namo attacked aggressively from the first and fired home a quick double, leaving the Clonsilla team an uphill battle that proved to impossible to surmount on the day. The score of 5-3 was the end result, and, however disappointed Ciaran’s were, they had to focus their energy on the second leg of FIFA Fair Play Cup. To add to the 4-0 deficit, striker Gary Carr, who had scored three hattricks in the last six games of the league campaign, was ruled out
due to an injury suffered against Dynamo. Stephen Murtagh was put in Carr’s place and the Ashfield man had an outstanding game, constantly putting the Celtic defence under pressure. The score finished 2-1 to Ciaran’s, but it could have been much more had it not been for the performance of the opposition keeper. Murtagh got himself on the score sheet in the 88th minute after a sublime cross from David Murray, striking a beautiful curled shot off the right boot to bring the game level. Ciaran’s second came in the 92nd minute when Padraig McGrattan finished off a good spell of
pressure for the Clonsilla side. Manager Hoare highlighted his intentions for next season. “I’m delighted with the lads. Reaching two cup finals is a showing of the talent we have. “ I wo u l d n ’t h ave believed it at Christmas, when we’re struggling to keep the team together, that we would be here. “We’ll look to challenge for the league next year, hopefully get a few fresh faces in, and keep pursuing the cups that we showed such good form in this year.” For information on joining St. Ciaran’s, contact John Hoare on 085 715 3627.
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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST BRIGID’S ST BRIGID’S GA A sends it s sin-
Egin Jenson in the 60*30 All-Ireland
cere sympathies to the family and
hardball final this Thursday at 8pm
friends of Brian Lenihan TD.
Brian was a great supporter of
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the club and his support and great
tournament on this Saturday in
work on behalf of the club will
always be remembered and appreciated by all club members. Hard luck to Ken Nyhan and the
Junior hur ler s r e cor ded two
Dublin U-14 girls who lost out to
important wins over Finbar’s and
Cork in their All-Ireland football
final. Well done to our respresenta-
Best of luck to Daire and Alan
tives Aoibheann Lynch, Katie Nyhan,
against Galway on Saturday in Tul-
Ann-Marie Troy and Niamh O’Neill.
Club family day takes place all day
Jun C footballers face Ballyboden
on Saturday, with the mini leagues
on Thurs at 7.30pm in Russell Park.
finals on, too. A great day in store. The club is organising a bus to Tullamore for Dublin’s semi-final vs Galway on Saturday. The bus is €15 return. St Peregrine’s held off the challenge of Commercials at Blakestown Road last week
Contact Willie Bourke on 087-645-
Peregrine’s flying closer to promotion IHC GROUP 1 St Peregrine’s Commercials PETER CARROLL
TWO teams vying for automatic promotion to the semi-final stages — St Peregrine’s and Commercials — met in a crucial game in the Intermediate Championship group stages at the Blakestown Road ground. P e r e g r i n e ’s w e r e unbeaten in their first two outings, while Commercials had also won their opening two games, and both were pushing for the two championship points to give them the edge in their last two games. Dave O’Carroll had a great start to the game, putting away the opening goal on the 15-minute mark. From there, Killian Burns took control, putting a few points over the bar with some great movement on and off the sliotar. O’Carroll scored another goal in before Commercials scored
three unanswered frees. Then came a special score from Colm Foley, showing some fantastic technique when he received the sliotar with his back to the goal. Foley then gave the ball a fine smack over his left shoulder, and, in doing so, scored the point of the day. Peregrine’s made the best of the wind advantage in the first half, and left the field at half time with a seven-point lead with the score at 2-7 to 0-6. The Blanchardstown side didn’t take their foot of the gas in the second half, having a great spell of pressure during the opening ten minutes. Although they held the play, they could not convert any of their scoring opportunities, putting four shots wide, while Commercials got back a point of their own. The Rathcoole side got their first goal by way of a lucky swipe by one of their forwards when the ball broke along the Per-
egrine’s square, leaving the score at 2-8 to 1-7. After a well-taken point from Fiachra Burns, Commercials were fortunate in putting away their second goal. A long pass from the midfield was played towards the Peregrine’s goal and connected with the post. The sliotar then landed right in front of the Commercials’ forward who put it into the net. Another fine point was scored by Keith Manely, who caught a massive 80-metre pass from the Peregrine’s puck-out before playing it onto Ciaran Sullivan, who put the ball over to finish off a fine move for the Blanch side. Peregrine’s third goal came from Jimmy MacInaugh, when David McGovern collected the ball in midfield and broke toward the Commercials’ goal and played a fine hand pass to MacInaugh, who finished the move to put the score at 3-10 to 2-7. To finish off the Per-
egrine’s scoring, Killian Burns put two frees over, before Declan Coady clinched the last two points. Commercials got up the field late on to score a well-taken goal that would be nothing more than a consolation. “There were two lucky goals from Commercials in the game, and I couldn’t put fault on any of the lads. Brendan Goodwin and Liam McCarthy have been fantastic this season, really controlling their two lines,” said Peregrine’s manager, Tom Doyle. Peregrine’s next outing is against bottom of the pile Fingallians, and a win would nearly guarantee them qualification for the semi-finals. “We’re very confident going into the Fingallians game, we’ll be trying to sure things up as far as qualification is concerned. If we can see off Fingallians then the Towers’ result should take care of itself, we’ve been unbeaten in our last four games at Blakestown.”
U-13A footballers beat Plunkett’s in the league.
9571 or put your name on the bus list in the bar. Best of luck to Eoin Kennedy and
Hard luck to Jack Kelly, Dabhach Dineen and Aodhran and the Dublin Juniors on their loss to Kildare. Best of luck to all students who commence their Junior and Leaving Cert. Club lotto takes place in Russell Park this Thursday with a jackpot of €14,000.
WESTMANSTOWN GAELS/GARDA INTERMEDIATES had good work-
mas Davis and face Parnell’s on
out in challenge last week against
June 22, also at home, in a cham-
Kilcock, coming out on top 2-7 to
pionship fixture, both starting at
0-9. Good to see James O’Donnell
7:30pm. Ladies training continues
and Brian Daly making their return
on Mondays and Fridays at 7pm.
after injury. Busy schedule this week with two league fixtures away to St Finian’s
The hurling weekend saw the U-8s visit Commercials in Rathcoole on Saturday.
and home to St Brigid’s on Sunday
Scrap Saturday is scheduled for
at 11am. Junior 1s also have two
June 18 from 9.30am. For further
fixtures this week, both at home.
information, visi t h t tp: //w w w.
On Tuesday night we host Parnell’s,
visiting for a league match on Friday night at 7:30pm. Junior 2s are out next Sunday, June 19 at 3pm at home in the league against Good Counsel. Ladies have a challenge at home on Wednesday night against Tho-
Buster draw tickets are also on sale now too with draw taking place on Family Fun Day on June 25. Tickets for Dublin v Kildare on Sunday 26th June can be ordered online at http://www.westmansstowngaels.ie.
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Man-of-the-match Johnny Gunnery’s efforts came up just short as they were made to pay the penalty at the AUL Complex last Sunday
Brave Mountview arrested by YC Nine-man United denied famous victory against AUL royalty as fortune and penalties goes against them
PADDY COLE MEMORIAL CUP FINAL Mountview United Sheriff YC Sheriff won 3-2 on penalties STEPHEN FINDLATER email@example.com
DOUBLES are hard enough to come by but to do so with nine men is an even tougher ask. Indeed, it proved just beyond Mountview United at a drenched AUL Complex when they were cruelly denied the Paddy Cole Memorial Cup on penalties last Sunday in a helter-skelter tie in which they were two men down with the guts of the second half still to play. Johnny Gunnery’s calm finish and a rebounded effort from Adam Jackson had given the Dublin 15 side a 2-0 lead soon after the interval. But Chris Barbour’s second yellow card began a downward spiral. The aftermath of that dismissal led to a couple of changes, using up the last of United’s substitutions. Injury to Kieran Redmond, moments after he
was introduced with what looked like a dislocated shoulder, meant they had 20 minutes to play out down two players. By that stage, Sheriff already had one back through David Fagan in the 66th minute and immediately after the reduction to nine, strike partner Thomas Meehan headed home six minutes later. But they held out for extra-time, Gunnery and Jackson both going close to nicking a late winner, while Fagan dinged a post with one of the last acts of normal time. Extra-time was equally fraught but the Mountview held out, given time to catch their breath too as referee Liam McGuirk succumbed to the pace of the game, tying up with cramp. But penalties proved to be Sheriff’s friend as they won the shoot-out, ending what would have been one of the most unlikely of successes. Mountview were already underdogs going into the tie but their promotion to AUL Senior Saturday – where Sheriff were title contenders last term – saw them enter the tie in confident form.
They started brightly though Barbour – who lined out for the Republic of Ireland amateur side a day earlier – was being tightly shadowed, an altercation with man-marker leading to both being booked. But his side took the lead through his persistence, nicking the ball on the right flank, squaring to the stylish Richie Coates who picked out the on-rushing Gunnery for 1-0. Sheriff were bossing play in the second half as they sought a way back but were further behind when Coates again arrowed a fine pass to Jackson – a half-time sub. His initial shot was wellsaved by Ger Kelly but the second phase skidded behind him and Jackson leapt at the chance to slide the ball in. Barbour’s dismissal came within a minute, though, and despite the brilliant efforts of Robbie Cunningham, Jim Leslie, Michael Byrne and Stephen Byrne, they were unable to hold out all the way to the finish. Its was hard lines as they bravely fought to the last but penalties proved their undoing.