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May poll wanted as Nulty departs  Natalie Burke

The Blanchardstown community is still recovering after the shock resignation of Independent TD Patrick Nulty this week. The Deputy announced his resignation after issuing a statement saying he sent inappropriate Facebook messages to women, including a 17-year-old girl. Speaking to the Gazette, in what is to be his last interview on the issue,

Nulty said he made a “serious error”. “I apologise to my friends, family, constituents and supporters for my actions. I am very sorry that it happened.” A by-election must now be held to fill the seat he has left vacant. While local representatives are calling for it to be held on the same day as the European and local elections in May, the by-election can legally be held within the next six months. Full Story on Page 6

Headstrong: Charity family fun run held at Phoenix Park tiffany Kelly, Leah Newman and Donna Juric were among the walkers and joggers who took part in O2 Ireland’s Get Ahead for Headstrong family fun run in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, March

23. Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, is O2’s charity partner for 2014. The fun run saw over 100 people take part to help fundraise for the charity. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

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council Directly elected mayor proposal

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Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG) has made clear his intention to vote against the plebiscite. Picture: Ronan O’Sullivan

Fingal councillors set to vote against plebiscite

Several Fine Gael and Labour councillors in Fingal County Council will vote against a plebiscite on the establishment of a directly elected mayor for the whole of Dublin. The issue is to come to a vote in Fingal County Council on Monday, March 31, when Fingal councillors will debate and vote on whether or not they would like to see the proposal put to a plebiscite of Dublin residents on May 23. All four Dublin councils will be asked to vote on the proposal. If any of the four local authorities vote against holding the referendum, the proposition to have a directly elected mayor for Dublin will be dropped. While Dublin City, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are expected

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to vote in favour of the plebiscite going ahead, councillors in Fingal are expected to veto the proposal. Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG) has made clear his intention to vote against the plebiscite, saying: “Were it simply a matter of asking the people to indicate their desire for [an elected mayor] I would have no problem but this goes much further than that. The plebiscite is on a very specific proposal. I really feel that it requires much more thought and needs to show efficiencies and

savings over the current system.” Cllr Dennison said it had been made clear at the outset that a proposal for a directly elected mayor had to be subject to the need to maximise efficiency in local government arrangements, to avoid cost increases and to achieve savings where possible. “There are no savings in the proposal. The office of the directly elected mayor is to have a cabinet and an executive which will be overseen by an assembly. None of these is costed,” he said. Cllr Dennison said that in addition, the proposals would involve setting up a separate IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Failte Ireland, OPW, National Roads Authority, National Transport Authority and police service for Dublin.

Staff and responsibilities would be transferred to the office of mayor from those Government departments responsible for transport, tourism, sport, arts, heritage, environment and justice. Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) also indicated his plans to vote against the proposal. “Why should we risk the bright future of Fingal by handing power over to one elected mayor who will control the region with an unknown team of nine unelected people? “I am voting for Fingal. I am voting against this proposal as it is currently drafted,” he said. Labour Cllr Ciaran Byrne also plans to veto the proposal. He said: “I don’t believe that it is worth undermining the current functioning local government structure in the four Dublin

councils in the hope that this will somehow be compensated by as yet undefined powers of a directly elected mayor.” Cllr David McGuinness (FF) said his party would support the proposal however. “I think Fine Gael and Labour should give the people of the capital an opportunity to have their say. It seems like they fear the people following the rejection of the Government Seanad-abolition plans. Fine Gael and Labour should quickly desist from their dictatorial political style.” The plebiscite proposal must be approved by at least 12 councillors at the special council meeting on Monday (50% of members) , rather than a simple majority of those in attendance on the day.

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council: fingal gets €1.66 per citizen – leitrim gets €260


Local reform meeting

Councillors angry at ratio of funding  natalie burke

VARIATIONS in local Government funding allocations for city and county authorities has angered a number of councillors in Fingal this week. The local authority’s 2014 local government fund allocation to provide services in the county amounts to just €1.66 per person – this compares to €5.06 per person for Dublin City Council, and €260 in Leitrim; figures compiled recently by Dublin City Council’s finance department. The allocation has been met with frustration among local councillors, as Fingal County Council have one of the highest




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compliance rates with the local property tax (LPT). Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said that when the Government introduced the LPT last year, it was promised that 80% of the overall tax amounts raised in Fingal would remain in Fingal. He said: “This promise was quickly broken, with the farcical set-up of Irish Water used as one of the excuses for this. We are subsidising the rest of the country from what was supposed to be a local tax.” Jack Chambers, a local election FF candidate for Dublin 15, also criticised the Government’s property tax “u-turn”, saying it is “truly shocking”. He said: “Fingal County

Council has raised more than €40m in property taxes and not one red cent is being reinvested back into our communities. “This is a shameful U-turn when basic local services in Blanchardstown and Castleknock are scarcely being provided.” A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said the new Irish Water company was affecting allocations this year: “In examining the [general purpose grant] allocations, we must look at the implications of the transfer of water services to Irish Water. “Therefore, it is not appropriate to compare the [grant allocations] of 2013 with 2014.”

Creative kids: Local pupils entered Texaco Children’s Art Competition artwork by two local pupils are among the pieces entered in the 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. The competition’s marketing manager, Bronagh Carron, admires the artworks Magic School Bus in Solar System by six-year-old Aisling Smith from Castleknock Educate Together and Look At Me by six-year-old Ciara Dawnes from St Brigid’s Mixed National School, Castleknock. Judging of the entries is now under way, and the top 21 prizewinning entries will be exhibited at the Hugh Lane Gallery. The winners will be announced next month. Picture: Mac Innes Photography

A p u bl ic m e e t i n g about local govern ment reform was held by local Fine Gael election candidate, Henry Minogue, earlier this week. The meeting, which was held in Castleknock Hotel, was organised by Minogue in an effort to provide the public with an overview of the recent legislation passed in relation to local government reform. During the meeting, Minogue outlined the ways in which a redraw of local electoral areas within Fingal County Council will affect the Castleknock area, while als o addres s ing the potential for a directly elected mayor for Dublin.

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littlepace road: had 20 to 25 potholes

rail Concern over Porterstown plan

Council to improve state of road  natalie burke

A Dublin 15 resident has welcomed plans by Fingal County Council to permanently improve the condition of Littlepace Road in Clonee. T he resident, who lives in Pheasant Run in Clonee, said he has raised the issue with the council on numerous occasions but says the road was at its worst in recent weeks. The road had between 20 and 25 potholes in one section, which was forcing cars to drive on the wrong side of the road in order to pass by. T h e c o u n c i l h ave since put a temporary fix in place and say that more permanent surface restoration works on the road have been included in its Pro gramme of Works for 2014. “I’m happy enough that the council will put a more permanent solution in place and hope they follow it through,” the resident said. “I’m also happy a temporary fix has been put in place. A temporary fix was put in place in January but that completely disintegrated because of the bad weather. “It got to the stage that cars passing by

we r e f o r c e d u p o n the side of the road in order to get by. Some of them were also forced to drive on the wrong side of the road because of the condition of the road,” he added. Local Cllr Michael O’Donovan (Lab) said he also hopes the local authority will put a more permanent solution in place. “T he condition of that road is absolutely terrible. The council have carried out remedial work in the past but it’s putting good money after bad. Really they need to do the whole thing otherwise they will keep on having to come back to it. “It’s a busy road and used every day by residents going to and from work so it does need to be looked at.” A spokesperson for the council said that due to the close proximity of a local primary school to the proposed works, and the extent and scale of the works required, works would have to take place outside of school term time. Confirmation of a start date and cost of the project cannot be confirmed before the completion of the tender process and appointment of contractor.

An artists impression of the proposed pedestrian crossing at Porterstown level crossing

Clarification sought on level crossing closures  natalie burke

Calls have been made for the National Transport Authority to clarify its plans for the closure of level crossings in Dublin 15. Cllr John Walsh (Lab) appealed for more information after a number of concerns were raised by local residents about the proposed closure of level crossings in their area.

Speaking about the issue Cllr Walsh said: “It appears that the drive to close the Porterstown Road crossing is only the beginning of a wider programme designed to close all the level crossings in Dublin 15, as indicated by the National Transport Authority. “Both Irish Rail and the Department of Transport should clarify whether the Porterstown plan is effectively the thin end of the

wedge.” Cllr Walsh said key decisions made on issues such as potential local level crossing closures should be discussed with those it would ultimately affect the most. Strongly opposed

“The plan to close Porterstown level crossing will exacerbate problems such as anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping; it is strongly opposed by the local community. Key decisions on vital transport links should have the full input of the local communities most affected by those decisions.” A spokesperson for the NTA said they are still considering the closure of seven level crossing along the Maynooth rail line between Connolly Station and Maynooth. Four of these crossings

are automated – at Blakestown, Barberstown, Porterstown and Coolmine – and controlled from the Central Traffic Control Centre. The remaining three, the Clonsilla, Ashtown and Reilly’s Crossing, are manned wooden gates. The NTA spokesperson said that as well as representing potential safety conflicts, the level crossings are also a source of journey time delay on the rail line. “It is proposed to close all seven level crossings on this line, thereby removing the safety conflicts that arise at these crossing points. Bridges over or under the rail line together with road diversions and road closures will be required to deliver the closure programme. It is proposed that road bridges for vehicular traffic would be provided at

certain locations, with pedestrian bridges provided at other locations,” the spokesperson said. “A road diversion complete with a new bridge over the rail line is currently under construction at one of the crossings Reilly’s Crossing.” The NTA said that all level crossings represent a safety concern with the potential for serious incidents to occur. “Good control systems and monitoring arrangements reduce and manage the level of risk, but it remains a core safety objective to remove level crossings to the maximum extent practicable,” the spokesperson continued. “There are a number of level crossings on the rail system in the Greater Dublin Area that warrant assessment of their potential for closure.”

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charity Local doctor part of crew planning to row from California to Hawaii

Boatylicious team to cover 2,400 miles  natalie burke

A doctor from Castleknock in Dublin is set to take on a 2,400 mile rowing expedition from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii this June. Aoife Ni Mhaoileoin, along with her teammates Emily Blagden, Laura Kennington and Ingrid Kvale, will be the first all-female four to complete the row, which will take over 40 days to complete.

Team Boatylicious is one of 15 crews participating in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, which the organisers describe as the “biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet”. The team, which sets off on June 7, is raising money for two charities: Hope and Homes for Children, which works internationally to eradicate institutional care of children; and The Ahoy Centre, which gives disadvantaged children and people with disabilities

the opportunity to earn sailing qualifications. “I’m drawn to the race as an opportunity to test all my physical and mental resources,”Aoife explains. “Obviously it’s a daunting prospect, particularly as I’ve never taken on a major rowing expedition before, but I can’t wait to get out on the water in June.” Not coming from a rowing background, Aoife says she got involved in an effort to take on a personal challenge. “I’ve been a medic on

Team Boatylicious : Ingrid Kvale, Emily Blagden, Laura Kennington and Aoife Ni Mhaoileoin

other expeditions before, with people climbing Kilimanjaro for example, so this is a challenge I wanted to take on for me, personally.” Aoife and her teammates have been training intensely, as well as taking courses in sea survival and navigation. Beyond the physical and psychological training, Aoife

says there are also a huge number of practical considerations. “We need to ensure that our boat is race ready and that we have reliable water-purifying equipment and plenty of food — we’ll need to consume 5,000-6,000 calories a day!” “Once we’re out there, a big part of the hard

work will be done as we have been preparing for one year. But the toughest challenge we will face is probably teamwork. It will just be four of us and we won’t get more than 90 minutes’ sleep at any one time.” “We are raising funds for two inspiring charities and we welcome donations to these causes.

We’re also inviting corporate sponsors to become part of the team by helping us to meet our race costs.” T hose wishing to donate can do so on “Less than three months out I am getting nervous, but if nothing else it’s a great excuse for a holiday in Hawaii!”

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dublin west ‘My statement is very clear that my actions

Reaction to Deputy’s shock revelations Minister for Social

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clearly has.” Dublin West was left in shock when Patrick Nulty said he was resigning after making a “very serious error”

Nulty resigns over ‘very serious error’  Laura Webb

Patrick Nulty says that resigning was the most appropriate action to take after making a “very serious error”. Dublin West was left in shock at the weekend when Patrick Nulty stepped down as TD over inappropriate Facebook messages he sent to women, including a 17-year-old girl. The revelations of his actions were revealed in a Sunday newspaper, the day after he informed his constituency of his resignation. It was reported that one of the messages asked: “Have you ever been spanked?” It was further alleged that a woman was urged to wear a skirt to a constituency clinic. Speaking to The Gazette, in what he said is to be his last interview

on the issue, Nulty said he made a “serious error”. “I did something that was totally wrong. I am very sorry about it. I was under the influence of alcohol when these messages were sent. It was totally inappropriate and wrong. “I believe it was the right decision for me to resign and I apologise to my friends, family, constituents and supporters for my actions. I am very sorry that it happened. In particular I apologise to anyone who received a message they were uncomfortable with. It was totally wrong and unacceptable and that is why I resigned.” A s ke d h ow m a ny women received inappropriate messages, he said he didn’t recall sending the message and the one that appeared in the Sunday newspaper was

sent “inadvertently” but “one message is one too many” and that is why he “had to resign”. “My statement is very clear that my actions were inappropriate and totally wrong,” he said. Talking to The Gazette and in his press statement he said he was under the inf luence of alcohol when he sent the message, which was reported to have been sent in the early hours of the morning from Leinster House. Questioned about whether he had a drinking problem and if it is something he is seeking help for he said: “I was already receiving help, prior to this issue arising. “I am a private citizen now and I resigned from the Dail and I think both myself and my family are entitled to privacy. As I said in my statement I sent messages that were

inappropriate, wrong and unacceptable I am very sorry that that happened and I believe resigning was the correct course of action. I apologise for my actions, it was totally wrong and unacceptable.” As to what he intends to do next, he said this is a matter for him and he did not wish to comment further. Nulty won the 2011 Dublin West by-election that followed the death of Fianna Fail TD Brian Lenihan. He won the seat as a member of the Labour Party but after voting against the 2012 budget he was expelled from the parliamentary party two months after being voted in. In June 2013 he officially resigned as a member of the Labour Party going it alone as an Independent TD.

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were inappropriate, unacceptable and totally wrong’

Call for by-election to be held on May 23  Natalie Burke

A number of local representatives in Dublin 15 are calling on the Government to hold the Dublin West by-election on the same day as the European and local elections. The by-election will be held to fill the seat of former TD Patrick Nulty, who resigned from his seat in the Dail earlier this week after admitting to sending inappropriate messages to constituents, including a 17-year-old girl. Green Party candidate for Castleknock, Roderic O’Gorman, said that

while the by-election has emerged suddenly, he believes there is nothing preventing the Government holding it on the same day as the European and local elections. These elections are due to be held on May 23. “This will save money and allow the people of Dublin West have their full complement of representation in the Dail as soon as possible,” he said. While current legislation states that the by-election must be held within six months after the vacancy arises, O’Gorman said: “There is no reason to wait that long in this situation.”

Nulty won his seat in the Dail in 2011 as a result of a by-election when a seat was left vacant by the death of Fianna Fail TD Brian Lenihan. In the event of a byelection, individual parties will decide which of their representatives will go forward to the by-election stage. Speaking to the Gazette, local Cllr David McGuinness (FF) said he would be “honoured” to have the opportunity to represent Dublin West. “I came so close the last time so from my point of view, I’d be honoured if I got the chance to represent the Dublin

West constituency. I have a lot of local support and I haven’t stopped campaigning.” Cllr McGuinness said he would also like to see the by-election held in May. “The resignation was this week, so the by-election has to be held within six months. This means it would have to be held by late September. In my view, it makes no sense to have an August or September by-election. I think May 23 would be the obvious choice and the most appropriate date.” While Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) highlighted that she would have to

Cllr David McGuinness (FF) and Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) would both be interested in running in the Dublin West by-election

be endorsed as a candidate by the Socialist Party, as well as meet with local activists she is involved with in the Anti-Austerity Alliance, she said running in the by-election would be a great opportunity.

“Running in the byelection would be a great chance to raise the real issues affecting ordinary people after six years of austerity, in particular, the planned water tax which will be levied from October, as well as the

rents/ housing crisis.” Cllr Coppinger also said she would hope to highlight the issues of Government back-towork schemes, and the need for investment to bring about “real recovery”.

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Oisin Geoghegan

Mayor Kieran Dennison with Klevis Malaj, Ervin Lisaj, Abdul Rabiu, Andreas Caraus, Evelyn Turcanu and teacher Ailis O’Sullivan, Scoil Choilm CNS. Rick O’Shea from 2FM

Karl Brennan and Niall McGloughlin, Portmarnock Community School

Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison with Sahar Ekky, Christopher Suia, Nausher Rao, Margaret Williams, Stephen Shobo and Deirdre Judge

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Daniel Cullen and Adam McQuade, Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Clonee

Keeva Howard, Leigha Collins, Amy Kieran and Patrick Cooney, Scoil Realt Na Mara, Skerries

Sarah Dowling and Amy Weinmann, Donabate Community College

Stephen Byrne, Niamh Richardson, Sadhbh Culleton, Zsofia Kertesz, Kirsten Macken and Emma Parker, Scoil Realt na Mara, Skerries Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Daniel Cullen and Adam McQuade, Colaiste Pobail Setanta

Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Student Enterprise Awards

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undreds of students from schools in Fingal were at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown recently for the naming of the winners of the 2014 Fingal Student Enterprise Awards. Organised by the Fingal County Enterprise Board, the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards Programme supports students in plan-

ning and managing real life businesses; helping them to trade and generate an income during the school year. Supported by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board and the council, the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards Programme is the largest initiative of its kind in the country, with an prize fund of €15k.

Christine Farrelly and Chelsea Lawless, Loreto Balbriggan

Paula Gartland and Fiona Synnott, Loreto

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The Gazette talks to DCU student nurse Molly Breen about one day in her life

a day in the life: There’s hardly a moment to spare for student nurse, molly

‘I really enjoy what i do’  Laura Webb

Student life is tough, but when you are studying to be a nurse, it’s a very hands on experience and a day in the life of a student nurse can be quite hectic. This week, The Gazette talks to DCU student nurse Molly Breen about one day in her life. Waking up at 5.30am, it’s usually too early to think about eating anything. With no buses operating at that time of the morning, it’s a two-wheel affair for her to her placement at Beaumont

Hospital. “I leave at 6.30am, get in, get changed, be on the ward for 7.20am for hand over and my day starts there. “I eat when I get in there. I get my breakfast at about 9.30am or sometimes I wouldn’t even get it until 11am depending on what I am doing – there are drug rounds and things like that, that I would have to do first. Then I would get lunch at about 4pm. I usually have to wait to be told to go to lunch because you need to look after the patients first,” she said. It is often 9pm or 9.30pm before she

manages to leave the hospital. “Once I get home, I would love to go running but when I cycle home it is usually about 9.30pm, 10pm so I am usually too tired to do much else. “I would go to bed, maybe watch some TV but I don’t like doing that. I like to go home and do something but because of the time constraints I don’t. “If I do have the time to get home and relax I love to watch, and it is going to sound really silly, but I love to watch Grey’s Anatomy,” she laughed. “I know there is a lot of my life spent

in hospitals but I love it. “If I am not watching that I love The Mindy Project – that is also to do with hospitals. I just can’t get away from it. I also, like hockey and going to the gym.” At the moment she doesn’t only intern as a nurse five days a week. “I do relief work sometimes in orthopaedic and I also do a bit of agency work for nursing. I might also do 24-hour or 48-hour shifts in homecare so really everything in my life is to do with caring. It never stops. But I really enjoy what I do,” she said.

Wednesday saw the announcement of this year’s exciting line-up for the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally and the great and good of Dublin music lovers and festival supporters gathered at the art gallery and installation space, The Chocolate Factory, to celebrate the prospect of another memorable long weekend in Laois. With the best kept secrets in music finally announced, that this year’s headliners will be Beck, Portishead and the reforming Outkast, with performances from perennial favourites Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds and Nile Rodgers as well as young guns Foals, St Vincent and Metronomy, there is certainly something for everyone as the festival capitalises on its tenth anniversary year being named as the best festival in Ireland at the IMRO Music Awards. Tickets are on sale now from, and special deals are in place for experienced Picnicers, who receive a sizeable discount depending on the number of previous festivals they have attended.


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‘Eggsplorers’ wanted to take part in a cracking good event Young “eggsplorers” are being invited to take part in a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail in aid of children’s charity Barnardos to be held in Merrion Square, Dublin on April 19. A family ticket for the egg hunt costs €20 and Cadbury promises a day of great Easter fun as the whole family gets involved in finding the eggs. Everyone will be a winner, though, as they pick

up their free Cadbury’s Easter egg when they finish the hunt. Attending families will also be invited to help Cadbury set a new world record for the biggest egg ’n’ spoon race and everyone who participates will get more free treats. TV presenter Lucy Kennedy, ambassador for the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail supporting Barnardos, said: “This is a

fantastic event for all the family to enjoy, knowing that they are helping to raise much-needed funds for Barnardos.” Tickets for the hunt can be bought at www.

keen eyes spot kingpin nidge on the streets N i d ge i s b a c k o n the streets of Dublin again as season five of

Love/Hate began filming last week. Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor was on location in Ballymun and was seen around The Towers pub between takes. The filming attracted locals looking for a chance to meet Lawlor, who plays criminal kingpin Nidge and some fans were even lucky enough to get a few selfies with him.

Lucy Kennedy and Fergus Finlay, Barnardos chief executive, with Arona and Elliot, launching the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Picture: Patrick O’Leary

Makers of the IFTA winning gangland drama series are notoriously secretive about where shooting will take place as the well-known

actors draw large numbers of fans and onlookers to the set. The actors are under strict instructions not to discuss locations and

are only informed of where they will be on the day of shooting. T he current shoot now happening around Dublin will continue

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until June with some of the filming to be done abroad as Nidge is rumoured to flee to Spain during the final season. Tom Vaughan Lawlor and his fellow Love/ Hate actors Charlie Murphy and Mary Murray are all in contention for IFTAs this year which will be held on April 5.

Drake enjoys a drop of the black stuff W hat w o u l d S t Patrick’s Day be without a global celebrity taking to the city to enjoy a few

pints of Guinness ahead of his sell-out gig at the O2 – yes Drake we saw you. The Diary was taking in the festivities on St Patrick’s Day when we had to do a double take to make sure our eyes were not deceiving us. Thankfully they weren’t, we were only too delighted to see Drake in full green getup celebrating the day among us. The multi-platinum rapper had a big happy head on him texting someone on his phone – maybe he was telling his rumoured girlfriend, Rihanna, about all the fun she was missing. He was enjoying himself in Bruxelles and was also spotted enjoying a drink in Temple Bar – hope you had fun Drake.

falling out over facebook friend deletion

Drake enjoying the atmosphere at Bruxelles Cafe Bar

There has been hair pulling and name calling in Clondalkin this week. Local election candidate Francis Timmons (Ind) has a griev-

ance over Labour’s Cllr Breeda Bonner deleting him as his friend on Facebook. Timmons repor ted the devastating news indicating: “She doesn’t

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like the truth.” Whatever that means. The Gazette carefully looked into the Irish Statute Book to see if there are any laws regarding the deletion

of friends on Facebook, but alas there are none. T his social media faux pas is only the start of what’s to come in the build-up to the local elections so we

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think it’s time to grow a thicker skin Francis. Maybe after the votes are counted and the results are in you can become FBBFF’s once again.




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interview: british comic and campaigner mark thomas on rebelling

Dissent the way that big business should work for us  rob heigh

IF THERE has been one voice in comedy happy to shout the loudest and point out the ludicrious inequities in society and the folly of our elected representatives, it has been Mark Thomas. The English stand-up comedian and campaigner is returning to Ireland early next month and will appear at the Sugar Club on Thursday, April 3. Following his remarkable Bravo Figaro show that won plaudits and

awards in 2012, Mark started about committing 100 acts of minor dissent in the space of a year, with the cut-off point being midnight on May 13. Speaking to The Gazette, he discussed how things are going with the campaign, and said he has a special reason to make sure he hits his target. “I will have done 80 [such acts] by the end of this month, and then I am in trouble! Either I have to mount an art exhibition, and a live show featuring all 100 acts, or I am pay-

ing [controversial British political party] UKIP £1,000. I woke up in a panic this morning at that prospect! “I have two months left to finish off the acts. I am planning later today to get banned from every Tesco store in London. I am going to start by asking them to ban me, and if they refuse, I will start performing actions in the shop. “I am planning to buy a load of oranges, write a letter on every one, and go back and put them out on

the display to read: ‘What does it take to get banned by Tesco?’,” he said. One of those acts of dissent – regarding Apple – had a distinctly local angle, from an Irish perspective. Mark said: “As Apple and many multinationals structure their affairs to minimise the amount of tax they pay, and as Ireland is a no- to-low tax rate country for corporations, Ireland is a tax haven for multinationals and corporations, making it a financial equiva-

lent of Guantanamo Bay – in that you can do things there that you can’t get away with in other places. “I was arguing that, in a time of austerity, what you need to do is pay your proper level of tax in the place you are actually working or doing business in, which seems fair. “So, we decided to create a counter-narrative by celebrating Apple’s Irishness. We went into their Regent Street store with a ceili band, played The Irish Rover, handed out

Mark Thomas prepares for another small act of minor dissent. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

song sheets, and then we left. “These little acts of rebellion are joyous and wonderful things,” said

Mark. For further information about Mark and his 100 acts, see

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Nessa Childers: It’s a tale of three cities as mep takes a walk to get away from the noise

Banking on a good read for relaxation

Each week the Gazette speaks to Dubliners about how they like to unwind in a bustling, busy city. Nessa Childers, MEP, tells us how she chills out after a week of politics  laura webb

Travelling between three countries for work means downtime in the life of a European politician is a must for an MEP. Independent MEP Nessa Childers spends most of her week in Brussels and the rest going between Dublin and Strasbourg. Speaking to The Gazette about how she escapes it seems the simple things in life are

what help her get away from it all. “I love green space and I would make time to leave wherever I live at least once a day usually early in the morning. “I would walk for about an hour, sometimes more if I divide it up between morning and the evening. “The easiest place to do that is in Dublin because I live next to Belfield. I’ve lived next to it for 25 years. There is

a lot of green space and pathways around it. “If I was at home I would take off around Belfield and then if I am down in Sandymount, where my partner is, the dog features big time in Dublin. “Whether it is Belfield or Sandymount strand I would be off down the strand right down to the lighthouse and back again with the dog, Milo.” If she is not walking in Dublin, Nessa makes time to walk in a park in Brussels and around Strasbourg. “There isn’t a lot of green space around me in Brussels so I walk up

to the park and I walk around it in circles. Strasbourg is very difficult to get to but it is a beautiful medieval town and there are rivers and canals that you can walk down – I really like that about Strasbourg. “I walk by myself because you try to get away from the noise to some degree. “I used to climb a lot but I banjaxed my right knee so that isn’t so easy and I would lift weights too. I go to the gym too,” she told The Gazette. If the weather goes against, it’s the old reliable book that helps her to take her mind off things.

Independent MEP Nessa Childers

“I am one of those people that can’t be without books but now I have a kindle. I am deep-

ly attached to it, it goes everywhere with me. At the moment I have 20 [books] on it. Some are

documentaries, thrillers – I would move from one book to another,” she said.


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learning strategies: st dominic’s secondary school

Dedication to education and their local community St Dominic’s Secondary School in Ballyfermot have been encouraging young people to believe in themselves for years and principal Mary Daly has been a member of the staff since 1977, when she began her journey as a geography and Irish teacher. In 2000, she was appointed as principal. Mary is married to sculptor Jarlath Daly, and they have three daughters. This week she spoke to the Gazette about being committed to the Ballyfermot community. Mary, originally from Castlefin, Co Donegal, is a

keen sports fan and enjoys travelling to rugby and GAA matches. Her sporting hero is Ronan O’Gara and she says she believes that his sheer commitment, dedication and leadership skills on and of the pitch are inspirational. The Department of Education and Skills has invited Mary and other school staff members in recent years to share their innovative teaching and learning methodologies. “Our school community has been serving the communities of Ballyfermot, Chapelizod, Clondalkin, Lucan,

Inchicore and Drimnagh since September 1956. Daly says parents choose their school because of the wide curriculum they offer students including higher level in all subjects. “This wide provision of subjects has resulted in our school having the highest number of students progressing to third level and further education in the local area. “During the past number of years, all staff have participated in continuous professional development in effective and engaging teaching

and learning strategies. “We are also highly commended for our pastoral care, and the provision of mental health/ well-being for our students. We continue to offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and after school, holiday period revision classes, which are offered free to our students.” Daly says that since 2008 there has been a reduction in their teaching allocation and funding. “We as a management team have decided that our students will not have fewer opportunities

Principal Mary Daly of St Dominic’s Secondary School in Ballyfermot

in their educational journey. We have committed ourselves to providing the same curriculum with fewer staff, this has been possible because as a management team we have taken up other duties and teaching when necessary. Our staff have also assumed

extra responsibilities to ensure that our students do not suffer from these cut backs in education. Daly says they also understand the importance of social media in the school. “Since August 2012, we have school Facebook, Twitter and Linke-

din accounts which are updated daily by staff to share up-to-date information about our school. Our school website has been developed in order to give the public access to all our school policies, curriculum and activities and this is updated on a weekly basis.”

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Authors participating in this year’s Franco-Irish Literary Festival include Laura Alcoba, Paul Lynch, John Montague and Philippe Vasset

anniversary: literary event celebrates 15 years of collaboration

Festival of Franco-Irish friendship  ian begley

The 15th anniversary of the FrancoIrish Literary Festival is taking place again this year at the prestigious George’s Hall at Dublin Castle. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so, it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. Jean-Philippe Imbert, a founding member of the festival, spoke to the

Gazette about what’s in store for this year. “We first started very small, but the Franco-Irish Literary Festival is becoming one of the leading literary festivals on the Dublin scene. It’s free for everybody to attend and we will have both French and English interpreters. “We have 18 writers meeting at Dublin Castle over a span of three days – half of them are French and half of them are Irish. Most of them are leading writers and leading poets because we mix both. “We have panel discussions which will be around different themes like metamorphosis and rebirth. “We allow the audience to listen and interact with the writers and ask them

questions. “There are huge historical connections with France and Ireland which have [existed] since the Middle Ages. I’ve been in Ireland for 26 years and when I first came here, I was amazed at the amount of Irish people speaking French, and reading French literature and enjoying French culture,” said Imbert. Some of the most notable literary figures that will be attending this year’s festival include: Paul Lynch, Deirdre Madden, John Montague, Philippe Vasset and Laura Alcoba. The Franco Irish Literary Festival is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Francaise and the cultural service of the French

Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut francais, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTE lyric fm. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. For more information on the Franco Irish Literary Festival, visit

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Dani, a one-year-old Collie cross. Dani is only a young girl but she is very worried by handling. Due to this, she would need an experienced dog-owning home who understand she will need time to settle in and help teach her that the world is not so scary. If you think you could give this playful lady a loving home then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website www.

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for women, and shows off all the right curves. The swimsuit is also high on the agenda for keen beachgoers. A swimsuit doesn’t necessarily mean you should look like you are ready to go for a 50-lap swim – there is one-piece swimwear that has style, whilst also covering up. This week, Gazette Style takes a look at some of the swimwear making waves this year.

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Cruise over to a show WHETHER you fancy setting sail for paradise on a Caribbean coast, sailing past the silent fjords of Alaska, or enjoying a cultural stop-off at one of your favourite European cities, the upcoming cruise holiday show hosted by should help you make some decisions. The exclusive cruise event will feature many leading cruise specialists, covering fun-filled, actionpacked holidays for the whole family on board luxury ships bursting with amenities such as rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, surf parks, great nightlife, shopping, Aquaspas and gourmet cuisine. Smaller, more intimate cruise ships and destinations will also be covered. The cruise show takes place on Sunday, April 6, from 12 – 5pm at the Red Cow Moran Hotel. Leave the hustle and bustle behind to linger by the lakeside at Lusty Beg Island, where the calming water and serene setting will greatly relax you


Waterside relaxation


AS A county best known for its lakelands and notable playwrights, a visit to Fermanagh had been on the cards for quite some time. Like many counties in our fair green isle, it’s a destination that captures all the elements of a picturesque getaway. I hear there’s a trail for every interest, whether it’s cycling, lakeside walks or a trip down memory lane, but it wasn’t the outdoors I was there to see – I was checking out some of the county’s favourite hideaways instead, so I’m holding on to the wellies for next time ... Our first destination was Enniskillen, the bustling main county town of Fermanagh. I was hoping to explore a little on foot, taking in the home town of Samuel Beckett, but that plan soon disintegrated after checking into the Enniskillen Hotel. Deceptively spacious,

you’re instantly welcomed into a cosy, intimate setting. As my visit coincided with an unexpected shower of snow, a blazing fire was just the ticket to kick-start my weekend hibernation. The hotel is more contemporary than country, with quirky quotes – some by Beckett himself – to be found on the walls and menus. The rooms have been designed with a nofuss approach. The rainfall showers, fluffy towels and freewifi all add to the homely experience, but it’s the friendliness of the staff that really struck a chord. A pre-dinner drink was the perfect excuse for a cocktail-making lesson by the hotel’s experienced mixologist, before settling down for dinner in Beckett’s restaurant. Here, the dishes are made from locallysourced produce and the menu is diverse in choice. Rather than retiring to the couch for a night-cap, we

settled instead into Wilde’s whiskey-tasting room to truly make the most of “the water of life”. Our mixologist returned, this time wearing his whiskey connoisseur hat, for our masterclass in Bushmills. Next day, our journey took us right to the heart of Fermanagh’s lakelands. Reaching the lakeside, a small two-car ferry transported us to Lusty Beg Island – a haven all by itself, meaning reality is always a five-minute boat ride away. The entire resort takes inspiration from its surroundings and guests walk to and from the different amenities, making fresh air the order of the day. There’s a selection of accommodation to choose from, including self-catering chalets and courtyard rooms. For outdoor enthusiasts, the island has a nature trail and activity centre on-site, while the retreat spa is the perfect place to unwind.

Enniskillen Hotel is contemporary home from home

After a refreshing walk around the island, we settled into a corner of the resort’s rustic bar to soak up the wholesome feeling. Dinner is served in the Island Restaurant, with a diverse and carefully selected menu. The gambas pil pil (tiger prawns) were the highlight of the night, while the Lusty Beg steak went down a treat. You can’t help but feel like getting back in touch with nature when surrounded by such impressive lakeside scenery, so it was up early the next

morning for another stroll before visiting the island spa. Using only organic products, the spa blends well with the rest of the resort, with an outdoor garden and hot tub. For a well-deserved treat to round the visit off, the organic mud wrap is a must. With elements of peat, the wrap is full of anti-oxidants, tying in perfectly with the holistic feeling of Fermanagh’s favourite escape. For further information, see www.enniskillenhotel. com, and

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Masterfully transcends its farming background  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE second novel by journalist Paul Lynch, The Black Snow is set in a farming community in the northwest of Ireland in 1945. The date is of no real significance, as the fictional setting is based on many remote and timeless villages in Ireland that seem to have resisted the pull of modern life. The story is about a family of “blow-ins” who have a large farm. Tragedy visits their comfortable circumstances when a fire breaks out in the cow byre, killing the whole herd of 43 cattle, while a farmhand dies in the panicked attempt to free the beasts. T he farm’s ow ner, Barnabas Kane, watches as his employee, Matthew Peoples, dies in the blaze. Neighbours from nearby farms are quick to react and help out during the disaster, but turn very resentful and suspicious after Peoples dies. Kane is blamed by Peoples’ wife, Baba, and many others in the

whole community for the man’s death, and the biblical connotations are stark in the names Lynch gives his characters. Lynch is a young writer who is now coming into his own very significant power. This growth in confidence and assurance is mirrored in the current novel, which begins with a superfluity of description that seems forced at times, and hampers the flow of the story.

Introduction This is a real pity, because the introduction is just that – our first meeting with the story and its characters. As such, it should effortlessly glide into our subconscious until the author has secured a commitment from the reader further along. Thankfully, the introduction is something of a false start, and once the fire starts in the story, it sets off another one in the writer. His dialogue is fabulously authentic and anyone who has ever spent even a small amount of time among

such weird and wonderful rural characters will be able to immediately identify this. The characters’ speech and internal monologues speed the plot along, despite some slight confusion at times as we step in and out of different characters’ thoughts. The thing is though, you really don’t care about which character’s mind you are hijacking because the writing is so good. Lynch slips from a close omniscience where we are almost sitting on the characters’ shoulders into their subconscious with swift expertise and no warning. It is a device underpinned by the utter absence of any inverted commas whatsoever when anyone speaks. We go out on wild escapades through the characters’ thoughts and recollections, which match and even outdo the wildness of the scenery. When Lynch does not push or force anything, and gets swept along by his own native talent and feel for language,



Aisling Riannon, Creating Space 2013. Pictures: Tatyana Turchina

A showcase of modern dance skills  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

A 1945 community turns on some “blow-ins” in The Black Snow (€14.99, Quercus)

he is quite literally, masterful. He also shows great strength in depicting very abstract and unsaid things, such as the evolution of thought: “The way he saw the house unlocked something in his mind, an unthought thing that moved forward into thinking.” This is unique writing which is based in a solid knowledge and sympathy for these fictional natives. His forays into vulgarity are poetic and hilarious at once. Apparent are literary traces of an Irish heritage, especially the likes of John McGahern and James Joyce, but Lynch makes use of them as raw, unbidden influences, which he makes into something new.

Author Paul Lynch greatly impresses with this tale, which has some brilliant characterisation

The Black Snow is not only a wonderful read by a significant new writer, it is a must-read by one of our future greats.

The Black Snow is published by Quercus and is available at all good bookstores, priced €14.99.

THE Dance Studio of Ireland is holding the first of its biennial Creating Space showcases at its premises in Dun Laoghaire. The free showcase this March features the work of choreographers Aisling Riannon, Rachel Sheil, Liadain Herriott, Emily Aoibheann and Emma Fitzgerald, and each piece will be a short work in progress.

Biannual Twice a year, choreographers and dancers are invited to apply for the chance to devise an original piece, which is then shown to the public for free. After the performances, the floor is opened up to the public for a questions and answers session with the choreographers. Creating Space is on in the Dance Theatre of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire on March 30 at 3pm, and while admission is free, reservation is necessary. To reserve a place at the showcase, email

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MUSIC&ENTS OUT&ABOUT Reviews Dave is pining just a little to get out with his new album interview: bell x1’s singer on latest project, join me in the pines

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BELL X1’s Dave Geraghty has been a very busy man of late. The Irish singer-songwriter has recently recorded an album under a new name, Join Me in The Pines. The new collection sees him perform a host of new songs, alongside Irish singer Clare Finglass and his mother! I caught up with Dave, who plays most of the instruments used on his album, and asked him about his unique solo title, working with his mum and life as part of Bell X1. Tell me about Join Me in The Pines. Where did the idea to rename yourself come from? I’d been searching for a pseudonym or project name for years. In fact, I wanted to release my second record, The Victory Dance, under a different moniker, but I just couldn’t find the right hook to hang the music on. This time, similar to the spirit that the album was made with, I just decided on something I liked and ran with it. The image of the pines, in part, inspired the songs and in part was evoked by the developing mood of the album. Join Me appeared whilst watching a documentary on JFK. He was giving what would be his last speech in Texas, just before that ill-fated drive past the grassy knoll. The reception to JFK was not as warm as he

would’ve liked, so he invited his wife, Jackie, who was adored in “the red states”, to join him to boost his PR. I just love that very human and gentle invite, “Join me…”, and also, the fact that JFK needed his girl. What can fans expect from the new album? I had a lot more fun with the recording of this album [than others]. It being studio album number nine, one would hope that lessons had been learned! That, and the fact that I had built a studio attached to the house. T he arrangements are more stripped back, allowing space in the music. I worked a little more on the vocal arrangements, which was a lot of fun to hear materialising. You simply can’t beat the sound of the human voice. I understand your mum features on the album. Is music something that’s always been in the family? Yes, my mum was one half of a female vocal duo. Sure, she’s amazing, and she also works for free! The other lady is, of course, the wonderful Clare Finglass, who has sung on both [of my] previous solo records. Is it true you recorded the album in your own home studio? That’s correct. It’s a really great space to have. Neil Young should’ve been singing about that – it’s not “a maid” that a man needs – it’s “a cave”. A man needs a cave. Apart from the Join Me

Next week sees the release of a new album from Dublin’s favourite singing check-out girl, Mary Byrne. Her new set is a collection of songs from the musicals and features her first self-penned song, Midnight Dreamer. Magic Of The Musicals features The X Factor’s X-factor singing timeless classics like Cheek To Cheek, Hello Young Lovers, and Summertime, and she said: “I decided I wanted to do an album of songs which I grew up with and loved. ”

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Dave Geraghty, singer-songwriter, Bell X1

in The Pines album, all of the contender songs for Bell X1’s [album] Chop Chop were tried and tested here, so the space has well and truly been roadtested. Was it difficult balancing working on the new album with touring with Bell X1? Not really. To be honest, when it was time to go on tour with Bell X1, and down tools on the [new] record, it was never a bad thing to have a break from the intensity of working alone on the solo stuff. There are plenty of hours on the road between cities to think about the strategy for when I got home and

back into the driving seat of Pines. Do you write and produce all of your material yourself? Yes! Try as I may to let some control away from my hands, I always seem to end up doing it myself. How are things with Bell X1? Have you any plans to tour again soon? Things are great with Bell X1, thanks. We’re looking forward to getting into the festival season again. Watch this space for festival announcements ... If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you like to collaborate

with and why? I’ve been really digging Damon Albarn these last few years. I was a fan of Blur’s Think Tank when it came out, and then the whole Gorillaz thing happened. I just love how he thinks about music. It’s full of emotion but it never strays into “overwrought” territory. Do you prefer performing solo or as part of a group? They are such different beasts, I could never say I prefer one over the other. I’m really looking forward to getting out there with Pines and playing the new music. There are many different types

of adrenaline rush, and many flavours to savour. Finally, what’s next for Join Me in The Pines? We’re trying something we’ve never done before with this bare-bones tour in April. In conjunction with, fans can have their say on what towns and cities Pines performs in. It’s a new and exciting way to play places, where the most enthusiasm and warmth is [to be found]. FOR further information, see Dave Geraghty’s new single, Joy is a Lion, will be released here on April 11.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that the perennial princess of pop Kylie Minogue is to play the O2 on November 8, arrives her latest album, Kiss Me Once. Leading off with instant classic, Into The Blue, the album showcases a sleeker, more direct sound for Kylie that smacks of her change of label – she is now part of Jay Z’s RocNation – and change of production and writing talent, with the likes of Pharrell Williams, MNDR and Sia collaborating on the 11 tracks.


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most wanted

A Fozzily told sequel KERMIE and co return with an upbeat sequel, with Muppets Most Wanted (Cert G, 112 mins) seeing the world’s most dangerous frog cunningly swap places with his doppleganger – the leader of the Muppets. It ain’t easy being green, particularly when you’re languishing in a gulag and Miss Piggy’s hamming it up with the likes of Ricky Gervais. It’s an okay sequel to the great recent reboot.

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Steve Rogers’s (Chris Evans) alter egos, Black Widow and Captain America, don’t always agree on how best to save the day

need for speed

Much vroom to improve FOR those looking for films driven by a great plot, sparkling dialogue and charismatic actors – sorry, here’s Need For Speed (Cert 12A, 132 mins) instead. Managing to stretch out its Boys Own-ish plot (fast cars get driven recklessly; repeat) into an unlikely two-hourplus film, Michael Keaton takes the money and ... sits around shouting excitedly at the fast cars’ action.

Rise of an empire 300’s unwanted sequel

WHILE the critically-slated The Legend of Hercules opens on March 28, 300: Rise of an Empire (Cert 16, 102 mins) has been filling the gap for musclebound lunks successfully managing to say their lines without bumping into the CG furniture. Lena Headey is the leading name here as ancient Greeks, Spartans and Chippendales go to war – in lots of slow-motion and violent set-pieces.

the winter soldier: contemporary film also stays true to its roots

What a Marvel-ous sequel

FOLLOWING on from the success of Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, and The Avengers in 2012, Chris Evans picks up the shield and a welcome change of pace in the much grittier Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since his inception in the early 1940s, Captain America has been an intriguing, albeit straightforward kind of hero. The story of the scrawny guy transformed into a muscle-bound Nazibasher functioned as part male-fantasy-fulfilment, and part patriotic propaganda. The lack of any interplanetar y lineage or a billionaire’s budget meant Captain America stood apart from his comicbook peers, with a dearth of the usual flamboyance, resulting in an unrivalled level of everyman relatability – setting

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him as a kind of Springsteen of the superhero world. This latest instalment, set two years on from The Avengers film, builds on that level of realism. As the man behind the mask, Steve Rogers continues to struggle to adapt to modern life; and as Captain America, he grapples for a sense of identity. Long gone are the starspangled halcyon days of delineated good and evil – this is 21st century America: a corporate, homogenous world in which the moral compass Captain America traditionally relied upon

gives little bearing. After a routine spot of pirate clobbering gets spiced up by a mysterious assassin, Captain America finds all his attempts to identify the man cut short by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. Working alongside Captain America by order of Fury, Black Widow (a returning Scarlett Johansson) acts as a brilliant counterpoint. As a cunning mercenary who gets things done by hook or by crook, she stands in contrast to Captain America’s stalwart sensibilities. The paired-opposites relationship between Captain America and Black Widow serves to introduce some of the underlying existential questions you might expect a 95-year-old superhero to have, and also provides comic

relief. The constant closed doors that Rogers encounters lead to thoughts of a conspiracy, and in his rapidly losing faith in Fury, and unsure of who to trust, we see the evolution of a leaner, meaner Captain America. To divulge more of the plot would spoil the fun, but fans of the more cut and dried style of the first film need not dismay; although it is wrapped in a more cerebral p a c kage, The Winter Soldier is still an action film at heart. The set-pieces that tie the film

together are solid and effective – a welcome surprise, given that directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s background is in mild-mannered comedy. The inclusion of MMA star George St Pierre as an entry-level bad guy is an early signal as to the direction the Russos are steering this new rendition of Captain America. The action is rapid and aggressive, w i t h bonecrunchi n g thumps from wellaimed flying shields

replacing much of the explosions and ricocheting bullets of the earlier instalments. While the writing is never as entertaining as Whedon’s The Avengers, the combination of visceral action and ongoing mystery, with a timid toe-dipping into deeper themes, carries the film a long way. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a refreshing take on the superhero scene, and a valuable addition to a Marvel universe that was teetering on the verge of vapidity. As per usual Marvel rules, sit through the end credits for a teaser of the next chapter ...

Verdict: 7/10

The eponymous Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) has a direct connection to Captain America, making him an even more formidable character

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Technology takes a front seat in new GLA

NOISE Anna Daly with her SEAT Leon Sports Tourer

Breakfast presenter picks up her new Seat

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At Gazette Motoring, we can be a jaded and cynical bunch, constantly reminiscing about how much better cars used to be, and always comparing new models to older, better and more beautiful models. But in very recent years, the reliably conservative crew at Mercedes Benz have gone and thrown away the rule book and come up with a few pretty sweet motors in the process. Not only have they brought out multiple “face-lift” versions of some of their old reliables like the E-Class, they’ve even gone so far as enter the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Yes, any day now Irish motorists will get their first chance to see the all-new Mercedes Benz GLA, and if these pictures are anything to go by, then we’re in for something really special. We haven’t had a chance to take one for a spin just yet, but in the coming weeks we will have a full road test to report, but in the mean time we have some juicy details about this exciting new motor. In appearance, the GLA has an impressively attractive design that many young drivers will find appealing. Built on the new A-Class platform, its confident, self-assured fascia, sleek profile and tallish shoulder line convey an impression of size and spaciousness. Body styling features



preview: new Merc has bags of appeal for young drivers


The GLA has an impressively attractive design that many young drivers will find appealing

Busy lives – especially when there’s a combination of work and kids involved – require a car that’s up to the task. So TV3’s Anna Daly who combines her job as cohost of the station’s breakfast show, Ireland AM, with being a busy mum of two little boys, was delighted to receive the keys to her new Seat Leon Sports Tourer this week. Launched in January, the Leon Sports Tourer is the perfect car for the glamorous presenter combining fantastic design with exceptional everyday usability and offers the large luggage space that families need. Speaking about her new car, Anna said: “I’m delighted with it. It is so spacious yet really easy to handle when I am driving in and out of work. Anyone with young children knows just how much space their belongings take up and the boot of this new car makes light work of both of my boys’ travel gear!” The Seat Leon ST is available now at Seat dealers. Prices start from €20, 185. For more, visit www.

Breakdown SOS App that include front and rear underbody protection panels, high-rise wheel arches and all-round contrasting dark grey cladding combine to underline its functionality. Bonnet top power domes give the GLA a brawny, sporty-like appearance while its headlamp design, twin-louvre grille with inset “star” motif and vented front bumper come together to create an image of solidity and width. In a vehicle aimed at younger drivers, it is not surprising that technology takes a front seat. Features include Siri voice control, Facebook, Twitter, internet radio and iPhone integration,

to name but some. There are four equipment packages to choose from – Style, Urban, AMG and Exclusive. Interior elements include rear seats that can be folded and adjusted for angle. It has a generously spaced luggage compartment of 421litres – which expands to 836-litres when seats are folded. Dashboard features include a three-spoke steering wheel with 12 function keys, five integrated air vents and an infotainment display screen. All fitments are finished in silver-shadow metallic trim. Four engines are available initially. First to arrive is the GLA200CDI which

comes on the market from €35,800 (ex works). Powered by a 2.2-litre, 136bhp engine, it delivers an economical 4.3 litres/100km fuel consumption. Other models in the mix will be the more powerful 170bhp GLA220CDI and petrol versions that include a 1.6-litre, 156bhp GLA 200 and a 2.0-litre/211bhp GLA 250. As you would expect from a car that follows in the wake of the new S-Class, safety features are to the fore in the new GLA. Standard elements include the acclaimed drowsiness detection and a radar-based collision prevention system. Optional is a system that

can apply the brakes autonomously at speeds up to 200km/h to reduce the severity of a collision in cases where the driver fails to detect slower moving vehicles ahead. Other options include systems to monitor blind spots and assist with lane keeping, high beam control and parking. Although perfectly suited to day-to-day urban driving, the GLA can be supplied with optional new generation 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. Its extremely rigid body – with McPherson front axle and an independent multilink rear suspension – provides it with stable and safe handling.

If there is one area that every motorist should pay particular attention to, it’s safety. From choosing the right car to selecting the best insurance – every choice is an important one. Now even the apps on our smartphones can have an impact. Motoring solutions specialist Easytrip has developed the Easytrip SOS App, a special breakdown assistance application for smartphones that can mobilise help anywhere a motorist is stranded. The Easytrip SOS App puts the driver in touch with Easytrip’s traffic control centre which pinpoints the exact location of the breakdown, assesses the gravity of the situation and transmits the GPS coordinates and other information to the relevant roadside assistance organisation. The app is a free 24/7 breakdown assistance service for Easytrip’s private and business customers. “We’re in the business of making driving easier and safer for all our customers,” says Ciara O’Brien, general manager of Easytrip. “With our app, drivers now know that if they break down they will be located and given the help they need, even in the remotest parts of the country.” The app is available now for both iOS and android platforms and is free to download from apple iTunes or Google Playstore. Log onto or call 1890 67 67 68.

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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport Mcgee back for ireland tie:

Runners and riders at the Irish Grand National are part of the tradition at Fairyhouse Racecourse where their family friendly meets begin on April 6

horse racing: historic venue opens its doors to new generation of fans

Family fun on the flat when Fairyhouse season begins With the great Irish spring weather finally getting better, Fairyhouse Racecourse has organised a series of family days on Dublin’s doorstep at the Meath venue which begin on Sunday, April 6. In association with Choice Hotels Clarion Liffey Valley, Fairyhouse have come up with family fundays, on which all Under-18s are granted free admission into the racecourse where, in addition to the regular race cards there will be a fairground with rides, face painting, balloon modelling, as

well as a playground for smaller children. Adults can enjoy some of the most appealing racing so far this year in Ireland, have the odd little flutter or just simply sit back and relax and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere whilst the outside world flies by. Fairyhouse racecourse is one of Ireland’s premier horse racing venues, and is the historic venue where the Irish Grand National and Irish Gold Cup are held. Located near Ratoath in County Meath, it held its first meet

in 1848 and the first running of the Grand National was in 1870. Fairyhouse manager Peter Roe said: “We’re issuing an open invitation for all families to come out and experience the best fun you can have together just 15 minutes from Dublin out in the beautiful rural Meath countryside. “People are always so surprised when they discover how close we are to the city and our venue is so competitive compared to all the other family attractions especially as all kids are

free and the parents actually get to have fun, too.” There is an eight-race card on April 6, with five graded races, and the racecourse is known through the years for discovering future Cheltenham champions. General admission is €15 or €10 for students and OAPs which gives attendees five hours of top-class sporting action For more information about the family fundays, log on to or call 01 825 6167.

CASTLEKNOCK’S James McGee will make a welcome return to the Irish Davis Cup team for their upcoming tie against Egypt in the BNP Paribas Euro/ Africa Zone Group II second round tie. He will be joined by Sam Barry, Daniel Glancy and James Cluskey for the tie at Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club from April 4 to 6. Ireland captain Garry Cahill said: “We are delighted to have both Sam Barry and James McGee back in the team for the upcoming tie. We are hoping to see the Irish tennis fans getting behind the players in what promises to be an exciting tie in Castleknock Tennis Club.”

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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards march nominees

International, national and county champions are represented in this month’s list of nominees for the March Dublin Sports Awards. It’s extremely hard at this time of year to pick even the nominees, let alone choose the winners of the awards, given the sheer number of competitions coming to an end and the sports people making an impression on us all with their dedication and commitment leading to championship performances. Attaining the summit is the goal for all the sports stars we feature, and we hope some of you were present this week when we had the honour to present 2013’s Dublin Sport Awards - we’ll bring you full reports and interviews from the event next week.


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Colaiste Iosagain’s Siofra CleirighButtner created history when she won the senior race at the Aviva All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships in Cork CIT, a historic sixth straight national schools title as she romped to victory in 10.34.

THE Castleknock College alumnus quietly but powerfully put in one of the performances of Ireland’s 6 Nationswinning campaign, playing all but seven minutes of the entire competition and providing an impressive and towering presence in green.

SALMON Leap’s three-time Olympian Eoin Rheinisch announced his retirement from international canoe slalom competition this month after an 18-year career that saw him come breathtakingly close to a medal in Beijing in 2008.

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ballinteer were this month crowned Dublin Under-21 A hurling champions after an epic battle against near-neighbours Kilmacud Crokes at Sancta Maria, which saw them take the title by three points, 1-12 to 1-9.

A BREATHTAKING 2-5 from Diarmuid Connolly helped inspire St Vincent’s to their fourth senior football AIB All-Ireland Club Championship title in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day as they ran out 4-12 to 2-11 winners over Castlebar Mitchel’s.

KILLESTER were crowned Basketball Ireland’s men’s Premier League champions this month as they picked up back-to-back wins to close out the campaign three points clear of C&S UCC Demons in the final rankings.


Baseball season kicks off in style at Corkagh Park 

The 2014 baseball season swung into action in Clondalkin last weekend

Baseball’s adult A and B leagues kicked off last weekend on Saturday, March 22 at 11am in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, with a replay of last year’s final between the current champions, Dublin Spartans and the Dublin Blacksox. The Dublin Spartans came out on top with a double victory in both rubbers, winning 8-0 in the A league and 14-4 in the B league encounter. Meanwhile, at the same time over in Blacksox Park in Shankill,

the Greystone Mariners had mixed fortunes when they took on newly-formed team the Dublin Tigers, with the Mariners taking the A game 4-1, and the Tigers taking the B clash, winning 16-1. On the following day in Cavan, another newly-formed team in the B league, the Ashbourne Giants, edged out the Cavan Comets in a 9-8 thriller. Baseball Ireland’s president, Peter Kavanagh, says “T he league has expanded to welcome two new teams, and is looking stronger than ever. The Ashbourne Giants and the Dublin

Tigers will make this year’s Irish Baseball League the most competitive yet.” Baseball Ireland is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in Ireland. It operates both adult and youth leagues and tournaments across the island of Ireland, as well as competing in European competitions with a national team. For more information, contact Tracey Metcalfe, public relations officer for Baseball Ireland on 086 373 1161, or log on to their website, www.baseballireland. com.

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Guardians of the podcast assemble


The Guardian newspaper’s Football Weekly podcast reaches the parts other sports pods cannot reach, and we Dubliners shine at indoor spoke to its essential Irish element, Barry Glendenning championships in Athlone

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With the rise of podcasting as a medium to reach a specific audience, there have been a few shows which have become ubiquitous for sports fans. One of these is The Guardian newspaper’s Football Weekly, fronted by long-time soccer analyst James Richardson, the former frontman of the late lamented Gazetta Football Italia television show. Football Weekly has grow n from humble beginnings at the start of The Guardian’s online endeavours to become one of the most popular sport podcasts in the world, gathering hun-

dreds of thousands of downloads every week by soccer fans who appreciate the level of knowledge, analysis and humour displayed by the panel who talk through the major events in European soccer in the previous days. Dublin was graced last week by a touring version of the show, with Richardson, Raphael Honegstein, James Horncastle and the very recognisable Irish voice of Barry Glendenning. The Offaly man had a varied route to the sports department of Guardian online, as he explained w h e n h e s p o ke t o GazetteSport ahead of the show at Griffith College. “After I left Hot Press,

I was working as a stand up comedian, and then went to London to try to get on the comedy circuit over there. While I was doing that, I started doing shifts at the Guardian, who were just getting their online presence going, and did some work on their sport website. “Through that, I gave up that stand-up, and got offered a full time job with Guardian Sport, and then got to writing articles with them.” Clearly sport was not a natural fit at first glance for someone who had been a music journalist and stand-up, Glendenning always had an interest in a range of games. “I was always a big sports fan. I didn’t play

Raphael Honigstein, James Horncastle and Barry Glendenning at the Football Weekly podcast at the Griffith College Conference Centre last week

GAA, but in the 1990s, Offaly were at their best on the intercounty hurling scene, which meant many frequent trips to Croke Park. I used to watch Shamrock Rovers when I lived in Dublin, and went to a lot of Ireland rugby matches. “I never really expected

where you want to get in.” The success of the podcast has been immense and influential to the way that sport and soccer is spoken about in the media –there would be no Second Captains without Football Weekly – but Glendenning is


‘If David Moyes had ducks, they would drown. He couldn’t buy good luck’ - Barry Glendenning


to become a sports journalist, but from working at Guardian Sport, we started doing the podcast, basically in a wardrobe in our old office - I am barely exaggerating - to have come this far with it is amazing when it was four of us huddled around a microphone in a box to begin with.” Talking ahead of the M a n c h e s t e r Un i t e d match against Olympiakos at Old Trafford, which was aired during the live podcast, Glendenning gave his verdict on Man U manager David Moyes. “I think if Moyes had ducks, they would drown. He couldn’t buy good luck, he has had no shortage of bad luck, and I think United will put in a performance. But I think he’s doomed anyway. I think whoever succeeded Fergie was doomed - Fergie’s successor’s successor, that’s

surprised by the effect it has had. “I’m not really aware of how big the podcast is. I don’t look at the download figures, but I will be astonished that I am out somewhere and people will come up to me and start talking about it, and I wonder how they know who I am. But people recognise the voice, which is weird. And when I heard we had sold out one venue and had to be moved to a bigger one here in Dublin, I was gobsmacked. “It’s a very pleasant surprise, but before we start getting big heads, we need to remember that Garth Brooks sold out four nights at Croke Park, so we have a lot still to do. That’s the dream stadium football chat.” You can access the Football Weekly podcast via www.theguardian. com/football/series/footballweekly

DUBLIN’S athletes put in some strong performances at last weekend’s juvenile indoor athletics championships at Athlone IT last Saturday and Sunday with the second set of finals to come next weekend. For Raheny Shamrocks, they were toasting a couple of gold medals with Emer Bannon landing the U-17 5kg shot put title with a throw of 13.27m, a metre clear of the field. The club’s Cillian Kirwan landed the U-19 800m race in a time of 1.57.07, getting the better of Crusaders’ Kevin Woods and DSDAC’s Aengus Meldon in third place. Brother’s Pearse’s Jennifer Hanrahan, with a 1.34m clearance in the U-12 high jump, landed her title on countback by virtue of her first time clearance, beating Eve Lacey who cleared that level at the second attempt. Dunboyne’s Tadhg O’Muircheartaigh, won the U-12 boys’ equivalent, also on countback, with a 1.30m clearance. Adamstown AC’s Joseph Mooney took the 1.5km U-17 walk with a full two minutes to spare ahead of Jordan Byrne, finishing in a time of 7.11. Also in the distance events, Templeogue’s Nadia Power won the 1,500m U-17 women’s race in a time of 4.40, 12 seconds ahead of Claremorris’s Aisling Joyce. Closing out day one, DSDAC’s Brian Masterson’s 51.16 in the U-18 400m race was enough to beat Mervyn Harris by an extremely narrow 0.06 of a second. On Sunday – the second day of finals action – Crusaders’ Patrick Gilceava claimed the U-14 boys long jump in the sixth round. He had led the competition throughout with a first round jump of 5.10 putting him in pole position. Fingallians’ Anne-Marie Torsney threw 13.06 in the 3kg U-18 shot put. Indeed, all six of her throws would have been good enough to defeat Ciara Mockler who came second with 12.22, the Fins woman showing hugely consistent form. Donore Harriers’ Kolade Abiodun won the U-15 60m hurdles by just 0.03 of a second, beating Tramore’s Shane Monagle in a tight race. The championships conclude on Saturday, March 29 with the juvenile indoor relay championships of Ireland.


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soccer: firhouse draw with castleknock at porterstown

Panthers make the grade in Tyrrelstown TYRRELSTOWN Panthers Taekwondo recently had a testing for their students on Saturday, March 22 as they graded for yellow stripe. The club was only set up in October 2013 and, in just over a four-month testing schedule, their students were ready to go and all passed with flying colours. The Panthers class is a specially designed programme for children aged three to six to improve their balance, coordination, focus and build self confidence. The Panther belt system comprises 10 belts. It starts with a white belt and progresses onto a yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, red and finally the black stripe. The system is spread out over a three-year period where Panthers upon completion of all Panther belts will then go onto the main class on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 to 8pm with the other seven- to 17-year-olds.

D15’s fittest school contest starting at ITB IT BLANCHARDSTOWN will host Dublin 15’s Fittest School competition on April 4 with 13 schools – and over 300 pupils – from the area taking part. Pupils will be tested in activities such as agility and their knowledge of nutrition. This event aims to encourage children to enjoy sport and offer them alternative ways to exercise other than through traditional sports such as Gaelic football, rugby and soccer. The National Athlete Development

Academy (NADA) have agreed to supply equipment and will also run their Raising The Bar programme on the day. Their expertise will help add a new dynamic to Dublin 15’s Fittest School and bring the competition to a higher level. A Facebook page and Twitter account have been set up for the event where schools, teachers, parents and pupils can obtain information to help them prepare for the event. A statement from ITB added: “We feel it is important for children to gain a sense of community and positive reinforcement through participation in this event.”

Eoin Akpiama scores Castleknock Celtic’s equaliser against Firhouse Carmel in Porterstown in their DDSL Under-13A league game

Celtic draw in DDSL classico 

Second faced third last weekend in the DD S L U n d e r - 1 3 A league when Castleknock Celtic played host to Firhouse Carmel in their rearranged fixture at Porterstown last weekend. In spite of a four-point gap between the sides, Firhouse proved plucky opposition and broke the deadlock when they hit the hosts on the counter-attack through Scott Kavanagh, who struck his shot into the corner of the net. Firhouse were then awarded a penalty mid-

way through the half, but Andy Cunningham performed a fantastic double save to keep the margin at one goal. Celtic threatened to equalise in a succession of attacks, with Ciaran McGarry making a number of incisive breaks on the left-hand side, while Vilius Labutus was influential in the middle. Brian Dalton thought he had scored, only for his strike to be ruled out for offside. It took a piece of magic by Eoin Akpiama to finally bring the sides level when he obtained possession on the left

Castleknock clipped College side miss out on U-19B girls title castleknock CC were denied the Basketball Ireland All-Ireland Under-19B girls’ league title last week by Ursuline Sligo on a 38-33 scoreline at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. Emma Kevany did most of the damage for the Sligo school, landed 10 points in a fine overall performance. Irish U-18 international Whitney Moia was the top scorer for Castleknock with 15 points, backed up by six from Leah Mullins.

hand side. He jinked his way infield and unleashed a shot into the top right hand corner of the net from just outside the box. The second half saw Celtic create the better of the chances. Akpiama again pushed forward on the left and went very close with a shot at the far corner, and Rowland went within inches of clinching the victory. Firhouse themselves we r e s t i l l c r e a t i n g chances and Malachy Cooper was within inches of putting his header into the corner of the net. The sides however ended level in a fair

result to a game that the referee said was one of the best schoolboy games he had officiated at in a long time. Celtic’s DDSL Under12D team earned a great victory at home to the league leaders, Sacred Heart. Celtic took the lead through Kelvin Oriwe after a fine move. Sacred Heart proved their quality and pulled one back to level the game. Celtic went back in front with a goal from Alannah Maxwell who was having an influential game on the left of midfield. Sacred Heart started the second half know-

ing they had to win this game to maintain their league title challenge, and pulled level after a Celtic mix-up at the back. C e l t i c , h o w e v e r, rolled their sleeves up and came straight back with some lovely football and deserved to go ahead when Liam O’Malley calmly slotted home Celtic’s third goal. A fourth followed just before full time when Kelvin Oriwe scored his second of the day in what was acclaimed as this Celtic side’s best performance of the season.

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Peregrine Lowndes powers Dubs to win  

NAOMH Peregrine’s Eric Lowndes put in a strong shift once again for Dublin as they progressed in the Leinster Under -21 football championship, seeing off Longford in their semi-final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Two goals in the open-

ing 12 minutes from Paul Mannion powered the footballers to their second big win of the championship. Those goals, combined with points from Cormac Costello and Lowndes, built a 2-2 to no score lead from which Longford never recovered. They did kick four points before half-time

to trail 2-4 to 0-4. Again Dublin started the new half on top but failed to capitalise on plenty of possession and scoring situations with Mannion going close to grabbing his hat-trick. A pointed Costello free from 46m, following a foul on the influential Paddy O’Higgins, and McHugh point after

great defensive work by Ross McGowan pushed Dublin’s advantage out to 2-6 to 0-4 by the 37th minute. Longford laboured hard in the second half but the Dublin defence remained resolute. Emmet O Conghaile fired a third goal with four minutes remaining for Dublin.

camogie: schools side claim dublin crown

Club Noticeboard st brigid’s Saturday, April 12, is the date for

Our club shop runs every Friday

our club dinner dance in the Crowne

evening from 7pm and every Saturday

Plaza, Blanchardstown. Only 90 tick-

morning from 10am. Orders are taken

ets remain so get yours ASAP to avoid

in club shop or by emailing Breege at

disappointment from Michelle Houri-

can on 087 225 0375. Annual club membership for 2014 is

Check out our updated TWIST timetable with pilates now available along

due. Membership can be paid online or

with other brilliant classes with Dam-

in the club. Membership must be paid

ian, Cian, Graham, Bernie and Annie.

by this Sunday, March 31.

There is an open handball session

Good league wins for our AFL1 and

this Saturday morning from 11am

AFL6 footballers as well as our U-16

to 1pm on both 40x20 and one-wall

and U-15 camogie teams while our


minor A hurlers drew. There was no winner of last Thurs-

Full round of AHL games this weekend, details and times on website.

day’s jackpot. The jackpot now rises

Please leave any unwanted clothes

to €10,400 and the draw will be in the

in our collection bin beside the club all-

Roselawn Inn on Thursday, March 27.

weather pitch.

Our club nursery continues every

Tune into The Throw-In every Mon-

Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11am.

day evening at 7.30pm on 92.5 Phoenix

We welcome all four- to seven-year-


olds in the Castleknock and Blan-

Please send any photos or match

chardstown area. Contact Paul on 087

reports you have of juvenile or adult

915 4748 or email info@stbrigidsgaa.

games to for


our club website.

st peregrine’s THERE WERE hard-fought wins for our

egrine’s on July 12 in Westmanstown.

AFL6 and AFL9 teams this weekend,

Anybody that would like to dance or

as well as a high-scoring win for our

get involved in any capacity contact

U-13s. by

The inter hurlers are at home on Sunday at 10.30am, the juniors are The Colaiste Pobail Setanta team with their Dublin Junior D Shield trophy last week

Setanta secure a debut shield title junior d shield

Colaiste Pobail Setanta 2-4 Loreto Beaufort 2-0 

A selection of camogie players from Erin Go Bragh, Castleknock and St Brigid’s combined and contributed to the victory of Colaiste Pobail Setanta against Loreto Beaufort in the schools Dublin Junior C shield final last Friday at Russell Park. Loreto won the toss and decided to play with the wind, which proved a big factor on the day, and it was a tactic that worked well for them in

the first half. For the opening 10 minutes, the game was even but Loreto pushed hard and put the first goal past the Setanta keeper. Setanta replied shortly after and scored their first point with a free from Alanaha Kenny. The Loreto girls pushed Setanta hard in to the last few minutes of the first half, and thought they had closed on a high when they netted again. However, Setanta rallied in the dying seconds and Sally O’Brien, Aoife Padden and Rachel Carr

combined to ensure the sliotar was in the back of the Loreto net to narrow the deficit before the half-time whistle. Coach Miss Hartigan steeled the Setanta girls who returned to the pitch with a new determination and drive, evident from the restart as the girls scored two successive points to draw the teams level for the first time since the beginning of the match. Once again, the Loreto girls pushed for a decisive advantage but the Setanta defence of Sorcha Donohue and Shauna Farrell held

firm. With a powerful puck out from the Setanta keeper Taylor W helan, the sliotar found its way to midfield and was flicked on by Katie O’Mahoney to the corner forwards who found the back of the Loreto net. With the clock ticking down another free found its way between the Loreto posts to end the game with Setanta in a clear ascendancy, the title proving a fine achievement for the school in its first year fielding a team at a competitive level in any tournament.

away at 3pm. There was no winner of this week’s

March 31. Club race day to Punchestown is coming up soon, contact Paul Finn for details.

lotto. Numbers drawn this week were

There is live music in the lounge this

2, 6, 13 and 21. Next week’s jackpot is

Saturday night and DJ Vinny is back

€7,200. Direct debit forms available

on Sunday night with Play Your Cards

from the office.


Memberships are now overdue.

Our Easter camps will run from April

Membership must be paid before April

22 to 25. Any child wishing to attend,

1 to cover you for insurance.

please contact your team mentor and

The club are running Strictly Per-

all children are invited.

castleknock Our adult footballers had a mixed

Somerton for five- to seven-year-

weekend, with both the first and

olds. All new members and families

third teams having good wins against

are always welcome. If you are inter-

Naomh Barrog and Whitehall respec-

ested in joining, contact Brendan

tively, while the second teams lost

Phelan at 086 306 2801.

out narrowly away to Templeogue Synge St. There is a full round of adult hurl-

A very good weekend for our U-15 girls with wins in the league for both ladies football and camogie away

ing league fixtures this Sunday,

against Scoil Ui Chonaill and Kilma-

March 30. The first team kick off

cud Crokes respectively.

with an important AHL3 fixture

Our U-14 ladies football team also

against Thomas Davis in Somerton at

had a great win in a one point league

10.30am. The second team are play-

game away to Skerries on Sunday.

ing Parnell’s in Chanel at 3pm and

On April 3, the club will be putting

the third team are playing Whitehall

on a play in Castleknock Community

in Somerton also at 3pm. Get out and

College as a fundraiser. Tickets to

support the lads.

Same Old Moon are €10 for adults,

The nursery is up and running every Saturday morning at 10am in

and €5 for students. Full details can be found on the website.

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James McGee celebrates victory at a previous Davis Cup event, and hopes to releat the trick when Ireland play at Castleknock Tennis Club next week

Davis Cup for Dublin 15

Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club hosts prestige international tournament event for second time as Ireland face Egypt with James McGee likely to feature  stephen findlater

CASTLEKNOCK Lawn Tennis Club is gearing up to host the Davis Cup for just the second time with hometown hero James McGee in line to potentially recreate some of the most dramatic scenes from his career. The Dublin 15 club is the venue for the event that runs from April 4 to 6 with Ireland taking on Egypt in the BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group II second round tie. Previously, McGee produced a dramatic fifth rubber, fifth set win over the Egyptians in 2012 in searing 40-degree heat in front of a passionate crowd at the El Gezera stadium against Sherif Sabry in a tie split over two days.

This time around, Sabry could well be an opponent once again while Mohammad Safwat – ranked 207 in the world – will be another strong player. It sets the stage for a great show with Castleknock awarded the rights to host the event having done such a good job in April last year when Ireland played Finland. And club President Geoff Ross is looking forward to the showdown. “We are expecting about 500 fans each day and it should be a close match because the last time Ireland and Egypt played, it went down to the last rubber,” he told GazetteSport. “On the world rankings, the teams would be fairly closely matched. The top Egyptian player is about 200 in the world while James is 218 so

that should be close and there is similar rankings down both teams. “Obviously, we hope Ireland will win but that it will be well matched. The Egyptian players are more used to playing on clay whereas this will be on an indoor hard court so we would expect that to be to Ireland’s advantage.” Last time Castleknock hosted the event, it was a big weekend for the club as they ran internal junior tournaments along with a club function on the Saturday evening to create a festival atmosphere. On the court, meanwhile, they enjoyed a successful DLTC winter league campaign and hosted the finals last weekend. The men’s first team were narrowly beaten by Malahide in class two while the ladies won their class two

and the fifth team were successful in class six. McGee is certain to be a star attraction following a great start to 2014 which has seen him rise to a career high ranking of 214 and will be enjoying some rare home comforts. “He’s trying to move up the rankings to get invites to bigger tournaments where obviously the prize funds will be bigger. He’s at Challenger level at the moment and it can be a lonely existence. “Ideally, he would have a coach with him as all the top players do – and indeed others at his level – but a lot of the time he has to travel on his own to remote areas. He is very dedicated to improving and moving up the rankings. He’s 27 in June so he needs to make a further breakthrough but he has risen big time,” said Ross.

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