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Local drugs task services are in jeopardy should funding cuts be introduced in the upcoming budget, the chairperson of the Blanchardstown Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force has warned. In an open letter this week, task force chairperson Tony Geoghegan expressed his concern that following recent Government source briefings, funding for the service will be cut in the upcoming budget.
This will be the sixth consecutive year that funding for the Blanchardstown Drugs and Alcohol Task Force will be cut. Speaking on behalf of local people affected by drugs and alcohol misuse, he slammed the cuts as an “unwarranted attack on local services” . A spokesperson for the Department of Health said discussions on budgetary matters were ongoing and they would not be in a position to comment. Full Story on Page 6
Inspection: Blanch Garda Station opens up to the public PICTURED ARE Alex and Sara
McDaid at Blanchardstown Garda Station’s recent public open day recently, which gave Blanchardstown residents a chance to visit their station and
meet the local force, see the equipment that they use and have the opportunity to learn some interesting facts about policing in the community. Picture: Ronan O’Sullivan
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HUNTSTOWN Family Resource Centre has been awarded the Green Business award in Dublin 15 at this year’s Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards. Forty-one prizes were awarded at this year’s ceremony in County Hall in Swords. The local community centre received the award for the Mulhuddart/ Castleknock area during the ceremony on September 19. Commenting on their win, Bernie Kennefick said it’s a great way to follow up on their win last year. “We are delighted with the win this year. We actually won last year for the best presented community centre. This year
Bernie Kennefick and Chris Sullivan receive the Green Business Award for Castleknock / Mulhuddart on behalf of Huntstown Family Resource Centre at the Fingal County Council Cleaner Community Awards. Picture: Kevin McFeely
we decided as part of our environmental programme to enter under the greener business category. “A company came out to do an audit on our energy usage and we also had the Institute of Technology and they both did
an audit for us, so from a follow-on from that we solved some areas that needed attention. Simple enough such as lagging all the hot water pipes in the attic, put in a bug hotel to encourage insect pollination. “We put in timers on the vending machines, a lot of things like that… we were delighted to win again this year,” she said. This is the 38th annual community based antilitter competition and this year it received over 100 entries from across all categories ranging from Best Front Garden to the Green Business Award. The overall prize was awarded to Lusk Tidy Towns for their excellent work and continuing dedication to maintaining their village. There were eight other winners in categories for the Castleknock/Mulhuddart area including: Eileen Maguire of Rushbrook in Blanchardstown for Best Presented Front Garden; Hazel Lawn, Ramor Park and Rushbrook Residents Association were awarded Best Presented Large
non-management company estate; Best Presented Official Halting Site went to Morgan Place in Castleknock; Best Example of Community Environmental Initiative went to TYT Soul; Best Adopt a Patch Project went to Whitechapel Estate, Mountview Blanchardstown, Best Presented Shopping Centre went to Blanchardstown Centre; Best Example of Special Community Efforts went to Men’s Shed D15, while the Best Presented Community Centre went to Castleknock Community Centre. Environmental awareness officer Edwina Dunford said: “Cleaner Communities has over the years enhanced the local authorities’ relationship with residents and businesses of the county. “It is primarily a litterawareness competition to enhance the appearance of residential and business areas around the county similar to, but separate from National Tidy Towns Competition. “The competition is open to residents, busi-
nesses and community groups from anywhere in Fingal and we were really delighted with the increased interest in this year’s competition,” she said. Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG) congratulated the winners at the ceremony saying: “The Cleaner Communities Awards fosters great community spirit. “Householders who may not know each other have turned out to take part in clean-ups in their local areas having been encouraged or coerced by their local tidy towns communities. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to those people who encourage the rest of us to take pride in our surroundings,” the mayor said. PJ Howell, director of services at Fingal also said: “The standard this year is higher than ever before and is a continuing testament to the concern and pride Fingal residents and businesses have for the environment in which we work and live”.
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guidance Free course for toddler parents
Practical tips on how to manage kids A PRACTICAL course for parents of children aged one to six will begin this October. The Parents Plus Community Course is a free seven-week course for parents living in Dublin 15 who want to learn ways to help a child commu-
nicate and learn to play, creatively help their child learn and reach their full potential, manage difficult behaviour such as tantrums or aggression, and develop a good relationship with their child. Early booking is advised as places are lim-
ited. An information morning on the course will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 10am at Roselawn Health Centre, Blanchardstown. The course, which is facilitated by the HSE Dublin 15 primary care
social work ser vice, runs from October 3 to November 21 from 9.45am until 12.15pm at Roselawn Health Centre. Contact Siobhan Carr 087 2975678 or Sylvia Melbourne on 01 866 2806 if interested in attending.
YMCA: Taking a spin pictured are Nicole
Hyland, Robert Ryan, Barry Ryan and Joanne Ryan of the Dublin YMCA recently at Blanchardstown Centre, where they held their inaugural Static Cycle Challenge. The team kept a spin bike going for eight hours on the day and raised €395 for the YMCA’s youth services, which include homework clubs and education programmes for early school leavers.
vacancies: action on early intervention scheme
HSE set to fill posts to tackle service delays
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THE HSE is to fill two posts for the early intervention team in Dublin North West to help with delays in the service. Since the area’s early intervention team was established in 2009, it has had a number of staff vacancies as a result of people leaving, staff on leave arrangements and the public service moratorium on recruitment causing delays for assessments and intervention / therapy for children in the area. This week, the HSE confirmed that approval was given to fill a speech
and language post and a basic grade psychology post, with a hope to see the positions filled by October / November this year. D u b l i n We s t T D Patrick Nulty (Ind), who has had a number of parliamentary questions put down regarding the delay, welcomed the recruitment news as it could help reduce the current waiting time. “Parents have been waiting over six months or more in individual cases, so filling some of the posts in speech and language therapy is a step forward. “I would be of the view, that in order to
tackle the backlog on the waiting list, we need to look at hiring more qualified speech and language therapists.,” he said. “We have children under five years of age who need this intervention and support, all the international evidence shows that the earlier you can work with a child the better it is for their development. “The first time I asked about it was back in February 2012, and it shows how long the issue is going on and it’s been an ongoing campaign. “The initial questions put to the HSE were in response to a number
of parents whose children required early intervention contacting me because they simply weren’t able to access these services.” An early intervention team implementation group has been established by the HSE which has agreed a sixmonth plan to address the significant factors impacting on the early intervention team and the assessment of need process within north west Dublin. “The plan commenced on May 23, 2013, and it is hoped that many of the issues will be addressed by December 2013,” said a HSE spokesperson.
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Courts Woman, two men charged A woman and two men have appeared in court charged in relation to a hold up at a filling station in Dublin 15. Suzanne O’Connell (41) of 27 Whitestown Crescent, Blanchardstown, appeared before Dublin District Court on September 21, alongside Jason Flaherty (19) of 10 Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart and Daniel McMahon (21) of 30 Woodlands, Clonsilla. The charges are in relation to the robbery of a service station on the Clonsilla Road on September 19. Ms O’Connell and Mr McMahon were both released on bail with conditions, while Mr Flaherty, who is facing other charges, was remanded in custody.
mulhuddart 16th Irish store for budget chain
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DISCOUNT supermarket Aldi has opened its latest store in Mulhuddart, bringing with it 15 new jobs. The store officially opened on Main Street, Mulhuddart, on September 19. This is the 16th store in Dublin, bringing the total number of outlets in Ireland to 102. At the store opening,
Patrick Christie, manager of Aldi’s Mulhuddart store, said: “Buying fresh, quality Irish foods in Dublin just got easier, thanks to the opening of our new Aldi store. Each Aldi store we have opened so far has been a fantastic success and we are looking forward to serving the local community.” Aldi says it has tripled its annual spend on Irish products over the past five years, helping
maintain over 22,000 jobs across the Irish food industry. A range of Aldi products come from leading Irish suppliers. Suppliers from the local area include Donnelly Fruit and Veg and Wonderfoods. Cllr Michael O’Donovan (Lab) , Mulhuddart, welcomed the new store, saying it would help boost the local economy. “It is great to see it there… It will offer choice to residents in
Sanita Kalnina and her daughter Harsahib Singh from Tyrrelstown go shopping at the new Aldi in Mulhuddart
the area and I think it will bring more business to other retailers there,” he said. Cllr O’Donovan went on to say that although he was happy to see the new store, the absence of the old national school building will be noticed.
“We will miss the old building that was there. That was a very significant building in Mulhuddart. Basically what they had there was two classrooms and two prefabs, but it was totally inadequate for the growing area there,” he explained.
“But I have to say, from what Mulhuddart Village was years ago to now, it’s a massive improvement. “At one time you simply had a pub and a chipper, and now the range of services that is available there is great.”
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Fingal Take part, learn and network BUSINESSES and entrepreneurs are being reminded to take part in the 2013 Fingal Enterprise Week. Over 1,500 local company owners and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the seminars, networking events and mentoring clinics taking place from September 30 to October 4 in venues across the county. Oisin Geoghegan, chief executive of Fingal County Enterprise Board, said: “Fingal Enterprise Week will bring together some of the country’s most dynamic companies, creating huge potential for Fingal companies to learn, network and generate business.” For more details see www.fingalenterpriseweek.ie.
budget Open letter raises D15 funding concerns
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Local drugs task services are in jeopardy should funding cuts be introduced in the upcoming budget, warns the chairperson of the Blanchardstown Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force. In an open letter this week, chairperson Tony Geoghegan voiced his concern that following recent Government source briefings, funding for the service will be cut in the upcoming budget, due to be announced in October. This will be the sixth consecutive year that
funding for the Blanchardstown Drugs and Alcohol Task Force will be cut. Slamming talks of further cuts he said: “On behalf of the people of Blanchardstown who are affected by drugs and alcohol misuse, we wish to protest in the strongest possible term at this unwarranted attack on local services.” Since 2006, the amount allocated to the task force to help adults, families and young people dealing with drug problems has been cut by €330,000 or 23%. “Fifteen local drugs services have borne these
cuts. This reduces these services’ abilities to support some of the most helpless people in our society and calls into serious question the Government’s faith in its own National Drugs Strategy which has identified local services as the key to dealing with the problem.” He went on to say that it is through the goodwill and cooperation of staff within the local area that the level of service has been maintained. “Services to people in recovery from addiction, to families who have suffered, to young people who are dabbling with drugs or at risk of doing
so, to schemes to help the work of gardai, are all now in jeopardy.” “The cuts are particularly ill-timed, since the task forces have recently taken responsibility for the delivery of local alcohol services. At a time when there is heightened concern about the damage that alcohol causes to society, the Government is contemplating cutting and reducing the very services that will be called upon to deal with this damage. “Five years of continuous cutting has left our services unable to make any reductions to expenditure without proportion-
Tony Geoghegan, chairperson, Blanchardstown Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force
ate reduction in services. More cuts will be a direct assault upon the weak and the damaged people of our community.” He went on to call on people in the area to “stand against this injustice” and for local elected representatives, including Cabinet Ministers and TDs to “do their duty for the people of Dublin 15”. When contacted about
the letter, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said discussions on budgetary matters were ongoing between the Department of Health, the Depar tment of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. “In advance of the completion of those discussions we are not in a position to comment.”
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Adrians Saulitis borrows a hat from Garda Emer Lawlor (above) and Garda Niall Phelan trains Nathan Webster (below)
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Apartment residents look on as the aircrafts taking part in Flight Fest fly
The Eithad Airbus A340-600 (f1) flies over the North
overhead close by. Pictures: Conor McCabe
Planes cut through the sky in Flight Fest This free family event was organised by the Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin City Council as part of The Gathering 2013, and featured various aircrafts and entertainment. The event also supported the charities ORBIS and Temple Street Childrenâ€™s University Hospital.
Apartment residents look on as an Air Corps CASA and two PC9 aircrafts fly overhead
VER 130,000 people from across the country looked up at the Dublin skies recently to see a historic international fly past take place. Flight Fest saw numerous aircrafts cut through the clouds and fly up along the River Liffey between the East Link Bridge and the Talbot Memorial Bridge.
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Emily Byrne, Mya Cooney and Jamie Lee Wolf, from Stanhope Street Primary School, help launch Tree Day 2013
initiative: national event explores the natural resource’s importance
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THE Tree Council of Ireland is asking the public to show a little a-tree-ciation for green life and celebrate Tree Day 2013. Tree Day takes place on Thursday, October 10, sees schools and families explore all that nature has to offer as well as the important role that trees play in our lives. The theme for this year is Show a little aTREEciation for trees, or Bi mor le Crann Mor. Through this campaign, children will learn how trees can help the environment, how they improve the air we breathe, how essential they are for
birds and other wildlife and, overall, how important it is to plant a tree. Speaking at the recent launch, Eanna Ni Lamhna, president of the Tree Council of Ireland, said the council was “delighted to announce” Tree Day 2013, which is once again supported by Tetra Pak. “Since last year’s event, we have spoken to many teachers to make sure that we are still delivering Tree Day in the best way possible for teachers. “Over the years, teachers and parents have been enormously co-operative and enthusiastic about Tree Day, and we are very grateful for that. “We look forward to another Tree
Day with similar enthusiasm and commitment.” One of the main aims of Tree Day is to educate primary school children about the importance of trees and forests in their everyday lives. To tie in with this year’s theme, a series of seven Tree Tweets have been created, each containing environmental messages for children. These tweets, each of which will be carried on school milk cartons, will serve to remind people about the importance of respecting, renewing, recycling, replanting and rejoicing in the many resources made from trees. On Tree Day, many schools will also take the opportunity to participate in
guided tree and woodland walks at various locations throughout the country, enabling children to connect directly with nature in an enjoyable way. The official website and primary school resource, www.treeday.ie, has been updated for this year’s celebration, with new material offering a comprehensive resource to help teachers and parents bring Tree Day into the classroom as well as into the home. Each year, a different native tree is celebrated on Tree Day and this year the spotlight will be on the hawthorn tree, with all information on the website. For further information on guided tree and woodland walks, go to www.treeday.ie.
DUBLINERS are being urged to support the three national children’s hospitals at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Masquerade Ball. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn (Lab), will open the doors of the Mansion House on Friday, October 25 to welcome people to the ball, which is being organised to raise much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght.
Round Room The evening will include a drinks reception, followed by dinner and dancing in the Round Room of the Mansion House. The Swing Cats and DJ Gary will play until late. The dress code for the ball is blacktie, and masks will be available to purchase on the night to add to the atmosphere of the evening. Tickets for the ball are priced at €120 and can be purchased from the Lord Mayor’s office, or online. For further information, see www.lordmayordublin.ie.
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Accept a crisp TO MARK its two new limited edition flavours, Tayto Park will soon host a Flavours Day. Families are invited to come and enjoy a funfilled day out on October 5, and to enter a competition to be in with a chance to win €3,000, an annual pass to Tayto Park, and a supply of their favourite Tayto crisps. Traditional childhood games will be incorporated with potatoes, such as potato and spoon races, potato sack races, face painting, storytelling and more. The two new flavours, Bacon Melt and Spare Rib, are available for a limited period only. They will be available in all major stockists, and will
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include a number of promotional offers to support the campaign. For further information, follow Mr Tayto on Facebook, or @MrTaytoIreland on Twitter.
go green for eco-action DUBLIN’S young people are being called on to “go Green” this month as Ireland’s biggest celebration of youth eco-action opens for registrations. Young people are being encouraged to get their hands green and reap the rewards of their environmental efforts as part of Eco-Unesco’s Young Environmentalist Awards. The initiative is open to young people aged 10-18
years from across the country and sees groups from schools, youth and community organisations come up with real solutions to a host of local and global environmental issues. A road show will make its way across Leinster from September 30 until October 11, inspiring young people to start their own projects, and free training will be provided to all registered groups. Teachers and youth leaders can register groups from two to 25 young people and can book their free training by visiting www.ecounesco. ie, or by contacting EcoUnesco at 01 662 5491. The closing date for registration is November 29.
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invitation to help Tayto celebrate share your best heartbeat shot BORD Gais Energy is calling on all budding photographers in Dublin to enter their photography competition. The competition will celebrate the world premiere of Heartbeat of Home, which is taking place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this September. Photographers are asked to capture what the Heartbeat of Home means to them, and one winner will receive a VIP trip to Chicago including tickets to see the show Stateside next March. Whether it’s a local landmark or simply the view from your kitchen window, take your inspi-
ration from anywhere or anything. There are three ways to enter the competition; hashtag your Instagram photo with #BGEHOH; Tweet @bordgaisenergy your picture and include the #BGEHOH hashtag; or post your picture in the Heartbeat of Home comments section of the Bord Gais Energy Facebook page. The competition deadline is September 29. For further information, see www.bordgaisenergyrewards.ie.
appraising our historic past GLASNEVIN Cemetery museum is set to host valuation days, looking at Irish Citizen Army and
Volunteer artefacts. Ireland’s leading auction house and valuers will be appraising and advising on artefacts during The Call to Arms valuation days, which takes place on the weekend of September 28 and 29 from 1pm-5pm. They will be looking at artefacts from Irish Citizen Army or Volunteer members, such as uniforms, letters, documents or memorabilia. People are also being asked to consider lending or donating some of their pieces to an exhibition. The days will help to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of The Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army in November.
Mr Tayto was flanked by the O’Donohoes – Niamh, Sean, Eabha and Beibhinn and the Williamsons – Niall, Imelda, Leo and Max to help rustle up some excitement about his tasty new flavours and a €3,000 prize giveaway contest
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Brain hacker: seeking people to volunteer during tv show
Barry back to toy with all our minds
HE’S been busy travelling the world with his shows, but Keith Barry has found his way home is ready to toy with the minds of the Irish. The world renowned mentalist is returning to the small screen with his six-week show Brain Hacker, set to air on TV3 in early 2014. Currently working on the show, he is now looking for participants and audience members
- believers and non-believers. “It is going to be the same as my live shows; no one is safe,” Keith said. “If people come along, we want more audience members that are willing to participant than not. “I don’t want just people who believe in hypnosis or people who believe in the power of the mind. I also want
the people who are sceptica l beca use I enjoy converting people and turning them into believers and hacking into their brains also. “I’ve been [doing] a huge amount of television abroad, so it’s brilliant to get to toy with the minds of the Irish people again,” he said. For this show, he said it’s important for people to realise it’s not a magic show.
“Basically what it is, is me hacking into people’s brains telling them their most inner thoughts and also planting thoughts into their heads, hence the term, brain hacker. “ I t ’s b e e n a l o n g time since I have done home-grow n television. My last TV show, Inception, was on the Discovery Channel and that aired in something like 120 countries.”
His latest live show, The Dark Side, made some people think he had psychic abilities, but he said he was always up front with this audience saying that not the case. “Some people who didn’t see the show got confused. I was very clear about the content of the show. It was inspired by Aleister Crowley, who has been described as the greatest occultist of all time. I’ve been pretty clear that everything I have done on stage can be done by a normal person given 20-25 years of practice using the techniques I
Keith Barry and TV3 are searching for brave participants to take part in Brain Hacker
have used all my life. I was never claiming any paranormal activity, but my job in The Dark Side show was to go to
the dark side and do the stuff that psychics do. To apply to be part of the show see: www.tv3. ie/keithbarry.
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features healthcare: gadget-packed ambulance allows parents to travel with their kids
BUMBLEance to buzz children to hospital TAKING an ambulance trip can be extremely stressful - especially for children. But now the Saoirse Foundation has launched Ireland’s first child-friendly ambulance called BUMBLEance. The initiative was the brainchild of Tony Heffernan, who along with his wife, Mary, founded the Saoirse Foundation in March 2010 after their daughter, Saoirse, passed away from Battens Disease in 2011. The BUMBLEance will mean that parents and children can travel in the emergency vehicle together, and is designed to make the experience of going to hospital as positive as possible.
The vehicle looks like a giant bumblebee on the outside, but its interior has state-of-the-art medical equipment and plenty of top of the range gadgets to entertain children. Children being transported have the option to operate a 19-inch LED TV, DVD, iPad, Nubi, and Sony PlayStation console, with a full library of films, apps, e-books, music and games available. On-board WiFi allows internet browsing and social media engagement, as well as Skype calls. Members of the public will be able to message or tweet their best wishes to the child on-board, who can track their progress using satellite monitoring.
There are also two fridges available for storing food, beverages and medicine. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald (FG), who helped launch BUMBLEance, believes these childfriendly ambulances will have a multitude of benefits. She said: “It is great to see the Saoirse Foundation looking at medical treatment from the child’s point of view. Seriously ill children are already facing a lot of unfamiliar places and people through their treatment process. The BUMBLEance will help bring children to their appointments and treatments in a caring and fun way.”
“I am sure that this will make a profound difference to children’s experience of hospitals at a difficult time for them and their families. “Tony and Mary Heffernan turned a personal tragedy into positive action with this child centred service that aims to uplift and support sick children when they are at their most vulnerable.” Anyone interested in the service can log on to www.bumbleance.com for more information. Currently based in Leixlip in Co Kildare, the BUMBLEance can also travel around the country to bring children to major hospitals. When in different towns, it can also be
The Bumbleance is a Saoirse Foundation initiative
used to bring children on smaller local journeys. Tony Heffernan says although the BUMBLEance can make a major difference for children in Ireland, the Saoirse Foundation has to rely
on the generosity of the public for the ambulance to operate. “There is one restriction to keeping it going – money,” he said. “We need between €150,000 and €180,000 a
year to keep it on the road for 52 weeks. “The hope is to eventually have five BUMBLEances throughout the country, enabling more families to benefit,” he said.
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john mcgrath, nectar wines, sandyford
Pouring out insights into the wine business JOHN McGrath runs the successful boutique wine shop, Nectar Wines in Sandyford Village, Dublin 18. John is originally from Ballinteer and now lives in Dundrum. After a successful stint in St Benildus College, Kilmacud, John completed his business studies degree at the College of Commerce.
After college, he went on his travels and settled in France for three years, and discovered a passion for great wine. He also learned how to speak French – an invaluable future skill in dealing with local winemakers in rural parts of France. One of his favourite sayings is: “A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine!”
How long have you been in business?
The taxes on wine in Ireland are too high and way above our EU neighbours. The commercial rates are also a big burden for business. In the middle of the recession, local businesses in our area were given a 40% increase in rates – not very fair in tough times of recession.
We opened our wine shop in Sandyford Village in 2005, and we’ve been importing and distributing wine since 2000.
What makes your business successful?
We provide excellent wines at great prices, and top wine advice to our ever-increasing and loyal customers. We do our best to make wine fun and a bit of an adventure in taste!
What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?
What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?
We’d like to spread our wings over the next few years. We’re currently working on our website to provide an online store.
The wines we stock are sourced from small, quality-focused wineries around the world. These wines are, quite simply, better to drink – and better for you – than the mass- produced plonk you’ll find in the supermarket. I guess you could compare Nectar Wines to a good craft butchers or cheese emporium. There’s no horsemeat in our wines!
How has the recession impacted your business?
The recession has encouraged us to think differently about our business in many ways and our business model is now much leaner and more efficient. We’re fighting fit, ready and looking forward to the next boom.
What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?
The customer is always right. A big thanks to my dad for that one!
What is your ambition for the business?
What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?
Meeting and chatting to all the great characters and wine lovers around Sandyford. You never know who’s going to turn up next in the shop and every day is different.
What living person do you most admire?
I’m a big music fan so I have the highest regards for musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Sting or Neil Young.
Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?
David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick and Kate Bush. We could have an excellent chat about music and movies over a few glasses of wine!
30. Grow your own If you have a garden or a “plot”, try growing a few vegetables, or you could try growing your tomatoes in the house! 31. Buy in bulk Economies of scale apply, in particular to nonperishables (such as tins of beans) and toiletries (24-roll tissue packs). You will need to analyse your consumption to evaluate your bulk needs. 32. Don’t buy bulk unnecessarily A half a ton of nails at rock bottom prices might be fine if you are a carpenter. Special offers such as “3 for the price of 2” might not suit your palate. 33. Use vouchers and cut outs
You will be amazed how all those little discounts add up to big savings on your shopping bill; there is no shame in availing of these offers. You may even have a discount offer on the back of your shopping receipt. Watch out too for “double coupon” days. Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves!
34. Avail of in-store discounts and special offers Simply by visiting your local store, you might come across a “loss-leader” that you might have on your shopping list. 35. Shop online This can be cheaper because impulse buys no longer apply. Delivery charges are negated by the cost of travelling to your supermarket and parking – not to mention grabbing a latte while you’re there! Contact John with your money questions at jlowe@money-
doctor.ie or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor
mick’s garage: online car parts business
Clondalkin compay set to reach €7m in revenue CLONDALKIN business man Mick Crean is on target to reach €7m in revenue this year through his online car parts website, Micksgarage.com. Crean, ow ner of Mick’s Garage in Park West, talked about how his online venture selling car parts really took off, seeing the company exporting to 35 countries around the world. He said: “The business was set up by myself and my brother Ciaran at a time when I was unemployed. The initial idea of the website wasn’t to set up a business, but to learn how to set up an e-commerce system so I could get back into employment.
“We initially ran the business from cash flow, which allowed me to get back into full-time employment, and slowly but surely orders were coming in and I realised that there was massive potential here. “We took on our first full-time employee in 2006, and launched our business in the UK in 2008 and eBay Australia store in May. “Last year, we did a large funding round for €2.5m and are currently launching our German website, Micksgarage. de, in November. “This year, we’re on target to hit €7m in revenue. We’re growing 60% year-on-year and currently do 15,000 orders
Mick Crean presents An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, with a Mick’s Garage gift certificate
per month; 60% of all our sales are exports, but we expect that to grow to about 90% over the next year or so,” he said. Speaking at a recent conference with Irish online business owners, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, spoke of the company’s lucrative online success.
He said: “I was fascinated by what I saw with a young, vibrant company and the way they could reach out to literally millions of people from their own initiative. Michael Crean and his brother were both unemployed a number of years ago and his story is one of success.”
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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week
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Felicia (Graham Weaver), Bernadette (Richard Grieve) and Tick (Jason Donovan) get ready for a night out in the hit musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
theatre: the hit show about drag queens, oz and a camper van is coming
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AUSTRALIAN actor Richard Grieve stars as Bernadette – the transsexual elder among a trio of drag queen characters – in the latest production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opens at Bord Gais Energy Theatre next month. The musical, which also stars Jason Donovan, follows the fortunes of three drag queen friends who joyride in their camper van – Priscilla – through the Australian outback, tackling prejudice and lip-synching to disco classics in clubs along the way. Richard spoke to The Gazette ahead of the show’s arrival in Dublin. He said: “I’m really looking forward to visiting Dublin. I have been there before, but can’t remember with which
show! I often arrive into a theatre, and think: ‘Have I been here before?’, so it gets a bit muddled. “This show, Priscilla, is extraordinary and the part of Bernadette is really a prize role. I spoke to Tony Sheldon, who originally played the part in Australia, and he called it the role of a lifetime. “Not only is Bernadette a drag queen, but she’s a transsexual. It’s beautifully written, with enormous pathos.” Richard’s association with Priscilla is a long one as he had played the part of one of the other drag queens, Tick (to be played by Jason Donovan in this production) in the West End version of the musical. Now, he is playing Bernadette – a character memorably played by Terence Stamp in the big screen version of the
hit musical. The film’s producer, Al Clark, said that drag altered the personalities of Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp and Hugo Weaving, saying Pearce became more flirtatious and combative, and Stamp more withdrawn, melodramatic and watchful. Richard has also felt Bernadette’s influence in his life. “She’s very worldand battle-weary and doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and my fellow cast members and colleagues tell me she’s just like me, and sometimes I think I’m turning into her! “Physically, I’ve never been fitter and slimmer. It’s all the work in high heels and corsets. I’ve a new respect for women, and find myself looking at women’s make-up and shoes, and thinking: ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be wearing those...’”
However, does the show confront stereotypes, or is it a musical swansong for a genre that’s been done to death? Richard said: “I would hope not. There is a dated element to the piece, yet it’s done in a helpful way. “We can look at Priscilla today and be amazed at how far we’ve come, so that’s a very healthy thing to do. “I also think it celebrates and normalises homosexuality and transgender issues further. I suggest people come along to see the show, as under all the colour and movement it is a very soulful piece with a lovely message.” Priscilla, Queen of the Desert runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from October 15 until October 26, and tickets, priced €20, are available from Ticketmaster at 0818 719 377.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Ninja – a two-year-old male Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. Ninja was scared when he first arrived at Dogs Trust; obviously worried about what was happening to him. Thankfully, he has settled in well and is learning how to enjoy things that are fun and silly! He will need a home and people who will be happy to take him to some training classes, which will help him to thrive and grow in confidence. He wouldn’t mind another doggie friend in his new home, but children would need to be aged 12+. If you think you could give Ninja a perfect home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and directions can be found on www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland) or Twitter (@DogsTrust_IE).
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MUSIC REVIEW: after a summer packed with great electronica comes autumn’s apex
Praise be, welcome to Chvrches THE fickle finger of fate that is pointed at bands hailed as the next big thing tends to be the same one that presses the self-destruct button or the ejector seat to the “Where Are They now?” file. Luckily spared the top billing in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 listing, Chv rches have remained composed under an overwhelming amount of pressure and press coverage, and this week release their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe. T he immediacy of the intro to The Mother We Share, through to the stately and glacial
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closer You Caught The Light, which sees Martin Doherty take the lead vocal line, proves a perfectly measured journey through a lighter shade of the kind of electropop that Aluna George and Disclosure have delivered so well over the past few months. It’s an easy exercise in archeology to ascertain the roots of the Chvches sound, with their
inf luences writ large throughout this stately and assured debut. There’s the giveaway of early eighties Prince (the band having previously and brilliantly covered I Would Die 4 U live and in the studio), the strict dr um machines and synth stabs of the golden age of Purple majesty. But a fur ther dig shows a lineage that goes back all the way through The Sundays (imagine Harriet Wheeler’s indie vocals married to a trance-influenced dance-pop background) and beyond, all the way back to the British Electronic Foundation days of Heaven 17 and the
Chvrches: Iain Cook, Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty sound like the future
Human League in their prime. In the absence of La Roux following up on her initial promise, and with Goldfrapp having reengaged with their more pastoral and under-
stated roots, leaving the gold lame disco trousers with their expired record deal, Chvrches provide an ideal vehicle for a new vanguard of classic, immediately-engaging electro.
There is also a welcome darkness and discordance on some of the tracks here, debut single Lies being a case in point — the woozy bass giving way to a killer off-kilter chorus that speaks vol-
umes to their strengths for now and the future. There is much more to come from the Glasgow three piece, and please God, let it be as wonderful as these 12 transcendent tracks.
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Festival full of promise BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN
A NEW play by Frank McGuinness is to be staged at The Abbey Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. The Hanging Gardens is McGuinness’ first new play for The Abbey in 14 years, and centres on the relationships between an ageing writer and his family as they navigate the challenges of getting older and reposition themselves into a more mature unit. It deals with themes in Irish family life with all the assurance and skill McGuinness can muster. This marks McGuinness’ first new play for The Abbey stage since Dolly West’s Kitchen, in 1999.
Produced The Hanging Gardens is one of two new plays produced by The Abbey Theatre for this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival; the second being Maeve’s House, written and performed by Eamon Morrissey at The Peacock Theatre. The play stars Barbara Brennan and Niall Buggy and receives its world premiere on Wednesday, October 9 as part of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. Preview tickets ranging from €13 to €45 are available for shows from October 3 until October 8 via The Abbey’s box office at 01 878 7222.
BOOKS: FRESH THINKING ON FINDING RESOLUTIONS TO RECESSION ISSUES
Essayists offer their take on our problems
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THE Irish economic recession has given birth to some strange creations and resuscitated other long-dead forms. One of those forms I am very happy to see re-emerge is the essay as a forum for discussing ideas of national significance. New Thinking = New Ireland, is a publication that attempts to gather together the best and brightest of Ireland’s upand-coming thinkers as they offer solutions to the new “Irish Problem” with the tools of their various trades - and all within this book. Here, economists, artists, musicians, bankers and diaspora experts share a common realisation throughout all of the collected essays that Ireland needs to have a strong and definite vision to forge ahead and get out of this recession. William Peat, a diaspora expert, explores Irish identity and the need to adjust to suit modern globalism.
Today’s world turns more on individual talent and personality, so a revision of Irishness is imperative, according to Peat, who suggests that Irish people are already identifying with diasporas of common interest rather than their native land. Young economists Robert Nielsen and Oisin Hanrahan take the State
government cutbacks in economic recession to a car going up a hill. On the way up the hill, the car needs acceleration and on the way down, it needs to brake. The message is that rather than cutting back on the fuel/investment in times of steep difficulty, we should expend more investment to get things over the hump,
New Thinking = New Ireland, is a publication that attempts to gather together the best and brightest of Ireland’s up-and-coming thinkers as they offer solutions to the new ‘Irish Problem’
to task for short-sightedness and what Nielsen sees as illogical austerity. Neilsen, a recent economics and politics graduate from UCD, uses everyday language and analogy to get his ideas of economic reform across with helpful sanity. He castigates the idea of austerity during a time of recession, and likens
and cut back on the fuel during the good times (save money when we can afford to). Oisin Hanrahan, a Harvard graduate and business owner, thinks people should spend less time in the office and have more autonomy, and that a digital dashboard of how the economy is doing at all times
The Government – and other politicians – may disagree with various points presented here, but the collected essays contained within New Thinking = New Ireland, provide food for thought. Right, one of the essayists, Kate Tsouros.
should be visible everywhere so people can get more involved in their own recovery. Dr Fred English, a physician and researcher, deals with Ireland’s research role into the future. He sees Ireland as being at the forefront of global app creation and Irish people as peculiarly talented at using vast banks of data for useful means. He also says that because research is outstripping application, science and art are being
pulled together in exciting new ways. Art expert Katie Tsouros agrees with this merging of disciplines and cites the German model of governmentled art initiatives and investment as ideal in the creation of an elite artistic brand, at home and abroad. If Irish artists’ own government does not invest in them, why
should anyone else, she argues. This act of faith in Irish people and the application of new ideas and a new vision for the future is the message all the essayists share. New Thinking = New Ireland, which is edited by Louise Hodgson and published by Gill & Macmillan, is available in all good bookstores, priced €14.99.
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From pedal power to serious air power, sprawling Los Santos and its surrounding Blaine County is easily explorable, from the dizzy heights to the sunken depths
GRAND THEFT AUTO V: FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING, BUT WELL WORTH THE WAIT ...
It’ll steal lots of your free time A LITTLE later than expected (thank you, publishing deadlines, so much), I finally have a review for you of what is, without doubt, the biggest game of the year– Grand Theft Auto V, available now on XBox 360 and PlayStation 3. First things first – Gazette-reading parents with kids and teenagers who’ve been pestering them about getting GTAV should skip straight to the red-headed box, right, for a stern-but-fair warning that GTAV is not for kids, and I can’t stress that enough. However, for all those who’re aged at least 18 or older – or who’re 40-somethings like myself who’ve been with the GTA series for well over a decade – on with the show! And what a show it is, as dozens of glowing reviews all around the world, and the internet, have been pointing out.
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For readers who’ve missed the recent media frenzy over GTAV, and as a brief introduction, GTAV, in vogue with many recent popular TV shows, casts the player as an absolute antihero looking to make it big – at the expense of a (mostly) law-abiding world. To do so, as an ambitious bad guy, the player runs through an overall storyline, completing missions to fill out the story, as well as having the choice to wander off on optional side missions, encounter random events, or simply decide to ignore the story for a while and do whatever they feel like in the game world. Here, three very differ-
ent protaganists (along with a motley crew of friends, family members and acquaintances) are brought together with a common goal, with the player able to swap between them mostly at will, once introduced. Interestingly, it’s a way not only of creating a broader story, via the different characters, but of also facilitating different gameplay styles, as each of the trio – Michael, Franklin and Trevor – have different strengths and weaknesses, lending themselves to providing the player with different adventures. As always with a GTA game, while the overall story is generally engaging – apart from a couple of quite ill-advised and, frankly, unpleasant sections – it’s the sheer variety of things to see and do within the giant game world that has made it such a huge hit with gamers all around the globe.
Set in sprawling Los Santos – a large city that’s closely modelled on Los Angeles, with many of the city’s most famous landmarks and districts recreated in the game – the player can wander around not only the most richly-detailed and believable-feeling city yet seen in a game, but out into the sprawling surrounding countryside, too, where a number of smaller towns, settlements and manmade and physical landmarks provide many other missions and distractions. I don’t have the space to list all the things that gamers can do – everything from street racing to base jumping, playing golf or tennis, practising yoga, going swimming or diving, parachuting, cycling, taking part in triathlons, going bounty hunting, plumbing the depths of the ocean in a submarine, driving a taxi, soaring through the air in planes
or helicopters, customising souped-up cars, and much more – phew! And all that’s quite apart from just playing the game “properly”, such as playing through all of the missions, and preparing for some of the occasional major heists that the characters carry off. The near-hysterical hype that’s been expertly manipulated by GTAV’s S c o t t i s h d e ve l o p e r, Rockstar, over the past
few months has been delivered on in style, with a vast game world that’s stuffed to the gills with things to see and do, places to go, people to meet, fun events to take part in, or simply getting into explosive trouble with the law in classic GTA style. All this, presented within a beautifully presented and richly modelled world that pushes current consoles to their limits.
Gamers may – rightfully – mutter that I’ve left a lot out of this review, but it’s just not possible to do GTAV justice in this space, or even to list all of its many features and highlights, other than to say the wait was worth it. Still sold-out at many gaming outlets, GTAV more than lives up to the hype, and is without doubt a must-have title for any gamer. But only if you’re old enough ...
IT’SNOTFORCHILDREN GTAV is a game that is patently not suitable for children to most teenagers to either play or own. Unless you’re at least 18 years old (in line with the game’s legal classification), or are otherwise an actual grown-up, like this gentleman, right, GTAV is completely unsuitable for children or teenagers. Lest any parents/adults are thinking Little Timmy (or Tara) would be fine, as “it’s just a game”, here’s one sample mission (GTAV fans should look away now, to avoid a spoiler) ... Violent sociopath Trevor takes umbrage at a group of rival crystal methadone drug dealers in the desert, so blazes his way over to their farmhouse base, uses a sniper rifle to attack outside guards, goes on an all-out murderous assault on everyone inside, then burns down the meth lab/house – all to protect Trevor Philips Enterprises. Responsible grown-ups, you’ve been warned ...
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Motors: be a responsible grown-up or a petrol-headed hooligan?
Seat Leon scores some serious safety points
Spanish car manufacturer Seat scored some serious safety points in recently weeks, as the European consumer protection agency Euro NCAP has classified the new Seat Leon ST with its top five-star rating. This classification means that the estate is now rated at the same outstanding level as its sister model, the five-door Leon. Innovative safety systems multi-collision brake and lane-keeping assistant also received Euro NCAP Advanced rewards. In accident safety for adult passengers, the Leon achieved 94% of the maximum points. The test program includes offset front impact, side impact by a vehicle and a post and rear impact. In the particularly highly rated area of child safety, the new Leon received 92% of the maximum points and top marks in the dynamic test with small-child dummies. Euro NCAP also made the positive observation that the passenger airbag can be deactivated to facilitate installation of a rearward-facing child seat, with the airbag status displayed to the driver. The lane-keeping assistant and the multicollision brake were both commended as groundbreaking safety innovations. The lane-keeping assistant uses a camera in the front windscreen to identify road markings and responds with corrective steering input should the vehicle threaten to leave the lane.
President of Euro NCAP, Andre Seeck delivers the awards to Dr Matthias Rabe, SEAT executive vicepresident for research and development
Ford’s Fiesta ST1 offers pure driving pleasure
If you’re simply after a car that’s going to make you happy, then this is it. Take every juvenile impulse in your body and translate them into pure, unadulterated driving pleasure with Ford’s incredible Fiesta ST1. It’s everything you want a small, powerful, dynamic car to be, but with the added bonus of reducing emissions! Yes – 20% more power than the previous generation ST, but with 20% less emissions. So you can be a responsible grown-up and a petrol-headed hooligan all at the same time. I admit that I have been more than vocal about the incredible advance that is Ford’s range of compact, low-emission EcoBoost petrol engines, but what they have achieved in the Fiesta ST is just laugh-outload enjoyment on four wheels. Leaving aside the impressive road handling characteristics and comfort levels for just a minute, this is a car that delivers a raw power
Ford’s Fiesta ST1 is a small but powerful car with impressive road handling characteristics and comfort levels
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thrill, the likes of which you rarely see outside of a classic Golf GTi. This new Fiesta ST is Ford’s fastest small production performance car
ever. According to the makers, it employs a precision-tuned and driverfocused powertrain and chassis to deliver the ultimate Fiesta driving experience – and it’s difficult to argue with them. The car has been developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford Motor Company’s Global Performance Vehicle group, and is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque.
The top speed for this little monster is 220 km/h. But there is the everyday practicality, underlined by fuel efficiency of 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2. In terms of looks, the Fiesta ST is set apart by its large trapezoidal grille with a unique honeycomb construction and dramatic rear diffuser element. And you are not left wanting with the interior either, it is equipped with Recaro seats, and a new Sound Symposer channels the engine note to
the cabin to ensure the distinctive engine roar is integral to the driving experience. That might sound a little odd, but I couldn’t get enough of that EcoBoost exhaust note. The car’s advanced driving system applies brake force to the inside front wheel of the Fiesta ST when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. Impressed? I was. This is a serious car for serious drivers.
Alfa Romeo’s all-new 4C is engineered to be a pure driving machine From time to time, a very special car is made that is destined to capture the imagination of pure driving enthusiasts. Enter the Alfa Romeo 4C. Designed, engineered and built as a pure driving machine, the allnewAlfa Romeo 4C is an uncompromised thoroughbred that marks the return to the world of lightweight sports coupes for the Alfa Romeo brand. Designed and engineered by Alfa Romeo and built at the
Maserati plant in Modena, the mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C employs the latest technologies of Alfa Romeo’s newest models: The new, all-aluminium 1750 Turbo Petrol engine; the latestgeneration ALFA TCT dry twin clutch semi-automatic transmission and the Alfa DNA driving mode selector – now with a new “Race” mode. Power comes courtesy of a new four-cylinder turbo engine. Turbo-charged and with direct
injection, this new 1750 Turbo Petrol unit sets new torque and specific power records for this size of engine, at over 200Nmand 137 hp-per-litre respectively. Accelerating from 0-100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds in the new Alfa Romeo 4C and top speed is 258km/h, but this supercar performance isn’t at the expense of the environment. Due to its light weight and advanced engine and transmission technologies, the emissions of the Alfa Romeo 4C
fall well within the strict limits of Euro 6. Its official combinedcycle fuel economy figure is 6.9L/100km and its CO2 emissions are just 157g/km placing in VRT Band D. Whilst the all new Alfa Romeo 4C officially goes on sale in Ireland at the end of 2013, due to an exceptionally high demand and limited product availability, prospective buyers should register their interest now for deliveries in late 2014.
The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C
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TRAVEL tough challenge: Sea2Summit adventure race to bring in thousands
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There’s no doubt about it. After resurrecting my running shoes, climbing onto a bicycle for the first time in 10 years and attempting to climb the daunting mountain that is Croagh Patrick, it seems the rumours ring true: Westport is Ireland’s adventure capital and there are plenty of reasons for it. This Mayo town is settled at the foot of towering Croagh Patrick overlooking Clew Bay, making it an idyllic location where you can’t help but get the sense you’ve found your way off that beaten track. The impressive scenery and miles of green
‘It’s going to be very tough I think. With challenges like that, you can’t be naive – you do have to train for it’ --------------------------
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are made all the sweeter by the fact that Westport has prioritised the needs of its fitness fans in more ways than one. Its 42km Great Western Greenway is a major draw, being the country’s longest off-road walking and cycling trail. A recent visit however, wasn’t simply to admire
Framed by Croagh Patrick, Westport is surrounded by some of the country’s loveliest scenery
the surrounding countryside but to be introduced to an adventure race that will see the town welcome 1,300 people this November. The Sea2Summit adventure race is a gruelling challenge combining road running, cycling and a mountain hike. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an obstacle course thrown in at the end – just for good measure. There’s a choice of race distances – the supreme event (56km), a supreme relay event and, for the slightly more fainthearted, the spirit event (27km). As someone who likes the idea of fitness and exercise, rather than having much of a talent for any sport in particular, I didn’t think I’d have the ability to partake in something quite so big. After experiencing a taste of what was to come however, which included running the roads of Westport, cycling 16km through the first sleet of autumn, and hiking to the shoulder of Croagh Patrick, it’s a mission I hope to undertake. And it seems it’s something that’s on more than
Bressie invites you to join him in the upcoming Westport Sea2Summit adventure race
my own agenda. Despite the music and television industry fighting for most of his time, Bressie has somehow found the time in his hectic schedule to take on the challenge himself. The former Blizzards front man is no stranger to sport and was in Westport himself recently to promote Sea2Summit. As a former rugby player and firm fan of the Westport area, Bressie says he is well aware of the challenge ahead of him. “It’s going to be very tough I think. With challenges like that, you can’t be naive; you do have to train for it. But it’s completely doable. I don’t have a lot of time to get ready for it but I’ve absolutely no excuse not to do it,” he said. The toughest challenge for Bressie, who has already taken part in numerous triathlons, will be the mountain trek. “That’s something you can’t prepare for; you just have to get the gas in your legs. I’ve climbed it before but the funny thing is that the hardest part of run-
ning up the mountain is coming down. You have to try and not let gravity take control. I’ll be well aware of that!” Bressie plans to raise funds for LARCC (Lakelands Area Retreat and Cancer Centre), which is based in his home county. As a director of the centre, which gives support and holistic help to people living with cancer, Bressie came on board with Sea2Summit with full intentions of raising much needed funds for the centre (www.larcc. ie). “We wanted to illustrate a real positive outlook for the charity and getting people out and into fitness is good and proactive. It’s a very positive thing for the treatment and the psychological effects of cancer,” he said. To register for this year’s Sea2Summit, taking place on Saturday, November 9, visit www.westportsea2summit.ie. Special prices are also available for participants staying at the Westport Plaza Hotel or the Castlecourt Hotel.
FastTraveL See the Northern Lights! The Northern Lights are known as one of nature’s most spectacular night shows, which sees the night sky in the Arctic region suddenly light up with a multicoloured glow. It’s a spectacle that appears on millions of must-see lists and with special offers from Travel Department, you could tick it off your list this October. Depart on October 18 from Dublin and travel to Oslo with Scandinavian Airlines. Spend two nights at the four-starThon Opera Hotel in Oslo on a B&B basis before flying to Reykjavik, Iceland. En route to the four-star Grand Hotel Reykjavik, stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Spend four nights in the city on a B&B basis and enjoy a half-day guided city tour as well as experiencing an evening Northern Lights excursion. The total cost of the trip is €1,099 including taxes and charges. For more information, see www.traveldepartment.ie or call 01 637 1600.
Correction Last week we featured an article on Eatzen restaurant in Ashbourne which will host Master Chef Wing Kuen Chen next month. To clarify, the special menu will be available from October 13 to October 26, for two weeks.
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Players of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of the chance for free health screenings through Laya Healthcare’s Big Screen initiative
health in sport: blackrock hockey club take opportunity for check-ups
Avoca avail of screening initiative for all members Members of Avoca Hockey Club took a break from the pitch to put their hearts to the test last week when players from the Blackrock hockey club were selected as one of the national sporting organisations to undergo potentially life-saving heart screenings as part of Laya Healthcare’s The Big Screen initiative. Over the weekend, players aged 12 and upwards attended the screening that was held at the club’s training grounds in Newpark School. The cardiac screening that the Avoca
members received can help detect underlying conditions that may lead to or cause sudden adult death syndrome (SADS), heart attacks and other cardiac-related conditions. Ruth McDonagh of Avoca Hockey Club said: “We were delighted to take part in the Big Screen initiative. With SADS sadly becoming a regular headline in the news these days, we really urged all our players to take this opportunity to get checked. It really only takes a short amount of time and could very well be beneficial to one or many of our
members.” Donal Clancy, managing director of Laya Healthcare, said: “Approximately 100 young people under 35 years die in Ireland from SADS each year. That’s 100 people too many in our view. It can strike without warning and affect superfit athletes as well as ordinary young people. “Sports and social clubs across Ireland, no matter how big or small, can nominate themselves for screenings until the campaign ends in November. The good news is that most of the con-
ditions that cause SADS can be treated so if we save even one life with our Big Screen campaign, then it will all have been worth it.” The Laya Healthcare Big Screen campaign is open to all types of sports and social clubs, no matter how big or small, or what level of skill or fitness is involved. To nominate your club for free heart screening, log on to www.facebook. com/LayaHealthcare, For more information visit www.layahealthcare.ie/ bigscreencomp
Dublin hurling clubs still have time to enter this year’s Etihad Airways Raise The Bar competition for the ultimate prize of a year’s sponsorship package with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Clubs can enter the competition before midnight on October 20 by submitting written and video entries on www.etihadgaa.ie to show how they have Raised The Bar, and why they deserve to win the sponsorship package. Etihad Airways wants to reward one special club, whether that is being the focal point of their community, or managing to keep the club going against the odds or even expanding their club in recent times. Further details can be found online at www.etihadgaa.ie.
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THE SUN rose again on Dublin this month, and saw a classic set of performances on pitches, courts and roads to deliver another tough-to-separate collection of nominees for the Dublin Sport Awards 2013 for September. Leading the line in the individual category were three very different but equally worthy sets of achievements, with Jim Gavin leading Dublin to Sam Maguire glory, James Cluskey reaching the highest position in world tennis, and Nicolas Roche claiming a career-best showing in Spain. In the team category, Fingallians’ ladies showed their resilience to bounce back from neardefeat to Na Fianna and claim the Dublin championship title, while Cuala showed that three divisions count for nothing in championship meetings, and Malahide United showed their potential by coming fourth in the world in Wembley Stadium.
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round Tower’s All-Ireland hero of 1995 proved his mettle once again on the largest stage in September when he guided his Dublin senior footballers to their second national title in three years against Mayo in an enthralling and composed performance on the big day.
THE Swords tennis ace reached the highest point of his or any other Irish tennis player’s world ranking last month when his 18-month Futures oddyssey saw him reach 145th in the world. His focus now rests on a place at Wimbledon.
DUNDRUM native Roche proved he was a chip off the old block in the Vuelta A Espana last month when he put in his best-ever Grand Tour performance over the three weeks of the testing tour of Spain, ending the race fifth overall in Madrid.
Fingallians’ ladies footballers finally secured the Dublin crown this month when they proved the stronger side on the night in their championship final replay against Na Fianna at Parnell Park, claiming the crown at the second time of asking.
DESPITE being three leagues their junior, Cuala upset all the odds to see off a vastly experienced AFL3 side, St Monica’s, in Parnell Park last Saturday night to claim an incredible Dublin junior A championship title victory.
MALAHIDE United broke new ground for Irish football last weekend when their Under-13 side finished fourth at the Danone Nations Cup in London’s Wembley stadium, beating Germany, Holland and Spain on their way to the semi-final against Brazil.
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Eamonn Coghlan, Robert Dobbyn, chairperson of Vision Sports Ireland and paralympian Jason Smyth
Four-time Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Jason Smyth was on hand last week to help launch Vision Sports Ireland, the organisation formerly known as Irish Blind Sports. The organisation has been renamed and rebranded to mark its 25th anniversary and to reflect the needs of its members. Vision Sports Ireland assists visually impaired people in Ireland of all ages to access sports at all levels, from leisure
to elite, in their own communities. The organisation offers a range of sports, including tandem cycling, football, swimming, golf and athletics and hosts national and international competitions. Former three-time Olympian and world athletics 5,000m champion Eamonn Coghlan, a valued supporter of Vision Sports Ireland, declared his support for the relaunch of the organisation, saying it was “a great day for the vision-impaired people of Ireland”. Jason Smyth, a long-time
Vision Sports Ireland member, had broken from his training in the States to demonstrate his support for the organisation and “to reach out to more of the vision impaired community of Ireland”. At age eight, Jason was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease which led to degeneration of his central vision to less than 10% eyesight. Always a sports lover, Jason made the switch from soccer to athletics at age 16. At just 22 years of age he won his first able bodied national title, the
2009 Athletics Ireland National 100m title. Jason retained his double Paralympic titles in the T13 100m and the T13 200m in London last year. He repeated the double at the World Championships in Lyon this year, setting a new championship record in the 100m. Jason outlined his next goals as “making the Olympics in Rio and retaining the Paralympic titles at 10m”. For more information on the organisation, log on to www. visionsports.ie
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Playing on beyond the final whistle
Life after sport at the highest level can be a frightening place, but for soccer star Mark O’Neill, extending the sporting life is a positive and healthy way to stay on track Magnificent marathon participants up for medal
Former Leinster minor medal winner and current senior Mark O’Neill believes that the Republic of Ireland Over-40s soccer team can have a hugely positive effect on players once their professional playing career comes to an end. They played their first official international fixture last week against the Czech Republic, edged out 1-0 with the towering figure of Jan Koller bagging the goal. O’Neill, a veteran of over 300 professional games in England and Northern Ireland as well as in the League of Ireland with Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic, has been at the hub of setting the wheels in motion for this kind of event. Former Cliftonville team mate Seamus Heath planted the idea in his head. Heath, who currently works as a development officer for the IFA
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suggested a game between Northern Ireland and the Republic but no side existed prior to that point. Within 48 hours of contact, O’Neill pitched the idea to his team mates at Peamount United’s Over-35s team. Mark Rutherford – like O’Neill, a Lucan United underage coach – was also co-opted and there was quickly a core of people willing to get involved. After the success of that initial tie, the Players Football Association of Ireland – who represent the players and ex-players – came on board and “gave us their full blessing which made us official”. It allowed players to
be capped and line out in official equipment. O’Neill, however, is keen to see the new venture used for something more than just playing fixtures. “I think this concept would be brilliant to get some awareness out there for mental and physical health for when a pro leaves the game,” he told GazetteSport. “This gives a great chance for players to have continuity in the game, keep them in a healthy lifestyle and try and do something to combat a very serious condition – mental illness. “You have to remember, when an ex-player leaves something he has loved since childhood, since he was about 13, it’s all he knows. A lot of footballers have maybe neglected school. It’s also unique in that they come into wealth when they are so much younger and, after say 12 years go by, if they haven’t managed it cor-
Lucan United’s Mark O’Neill lines up with Ireland’s Over-40s last week
rectly, their walls comes tumbling down.” Playing in the side was centre-half Paul Perth who put in an incredible performance marking Koller, someone who O’Neill says epitomises the power of what this side can offer. “He was in my Under-
momentum worldwide to the point where there are whispers of a potential Over-40s World Cup emanating. The Czechs have been running their programme for over six years with legends like Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer and Marek Jankulowski making guest
‘It is brilliant to get some awareness out there for mental and physical health’ - Mark O’Neill
17 Belvedere boy’s teams, a very successful side. While I got a contract with Leyton Orient and others got pro contracts across the water, Paul was the opposite side of that and was on heroin. “But his is a beautiful story because he faced those adversities, reformed and I’ve never seen a man look so good, be so healthy and look so happy in life because of football. He underpins for me the success of what we can do. “Where he missed out on a cap at 18 while we all got our junior caps, he has come back, faced adversity and been capped by the FAI, marking a guy like Koller who has 94 caps and 55 international goals, and marked him out of the game. Only one blip at the end but Paul was probably our best player last week.” It is a movement that is certainly gaining
appearances. Next on the agenda for Ireland is a November 9 date with Ajax who are likely to bring Marc Overmars, Michael Mols and Aron Winter with other games on the horizon. “You have to remember, too, that I’m 40 and have had a great career, capped up to Under-20s level. Some have been capped higher than me but I have two young kids looking at their dad playing for Ireland. The impact it has on the families is so positive. “If you look at what Ryan Giggs and Kevin Phillips are doing at 40 in the toughest league in the world, that puts it in perspective for me. “It’s exciting and it’s building. We’re getting invitations to play teams like Derry Legends and Cork City Legends but, internationally, watch this space. People are taking note it’s brilliant for mind and body.”
Airtricity, organisers of the Dublin Marathon and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, are seeking nominations for the 2013 Lord Mayor’s Medal. The Lord Mayor’s Medal was introduced in 2011 as a way for the Lord Mayor’s office to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of everyone who takes part in the Dublin Marathon. The specially commissioned medal is presented to an individual or individuals who are deemed to have either overcome incredible odds to take part in the marathon or have an unusual marathon story to tell. The inaugural medal recipient in 2011 was Margaret Mullarney. Margaret has suffered from Parkinson’s for a number of years and was presented with the award due to her efforts in training and raising awareness for the disease. The 2012 recipient was David McCarrie from Dunleer, Co Louth. David, an avid runner, helped to train 100 members of his local community to run their first marathon in Dublin last year. Organisers are looking for nominations to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, October 16. The presentation of the Lord Mayor’s Medal will take place before the start of this year’s marathon on Monday, October 28. For further information on the Lord Mayor’s Medal, visit www.dublinmarathon.ie or www. facebook.com/dublinmarathon.
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rugby: opening day league defeat for ashbrook side
Division 1 baptism of fire for Coolmine email@example.com
Mountview TKD kids shine at Irish Open in Tallaght Members of the Mountview Sports Taekwondo Club were celebrating after a successful trip to the Irish Taekwondo Korean Ambassador’s Cup event at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght recently. Leah Hoolihan took silver in the 32kg A class and silver in the 32kg B class in her weight, while Leah Duncan took silver in the 32kg A class and bronze in the 28kg B class in her weight, as well as winning the trophy for best female fighter at the Open. Eric Duncan won gold in the 50kg class, while Adam Holman and Jake Moran (silver) and recent addition to the club Calum Duncan (bronze) fought in the Pee Wee class, and Sophie MacDonald and Lauren Riordan both claimed silver medals.
Coolmine received a cool welcome to Leinster League Division 1A when their trip to Gordon Park ended with a three-point defeat to Clondalkin. Clondalkin got an early lead with a longrange penalty from outhalf Chris Jebb and a try shortly afterward down the right wing from the 10m line. Coolmine regrouped and got a try of their own when Geoff Mullan profited from a wellworked line-out move. Donal Crotty missed the
conversion but made amends five minutes later when he knocked over a penalty from just outside the 22 to level the scores at 8 apiece. After an injury break, Crotty slotted another penalty to give Coolmine the lead, and soon afterward, Mark Ward crashed over the Clondalkin line for a try that gave the visitors a half-time lead of 18-8. As in the first half, Clondalkin started the better of the two sides and after some sustained pressure scored a try in the right corner. Jebb made the conversion and
Clondalkin were only three points adrift, but once more, Crotty slotted a penalty to put the gap between the sides back to six after Clondalkin were penalised for coming in the side in the ruck. Clondalkin changed their restart tactics and from the resulting lineouts, their for wards powered over from the line-out, and again Jebb added the extras. From the kick-off, Clondalkin spun the ball wide and the home side’s winger managed to touch down in the corner. With 15 minutes remaining, Clondalkin had regained
Coolmine in action against Clondalkin. PIcture: Voicu Duma
the lead. When Clondalkin were again penalised at the breakdown, Crotty levelled the scores at 27 each. Clondalkin managed to relieve the pressure and Jebb again gave
Clondalkin the lead with a penalty. With minutes remaining, Crotty missed a longrange penalty which would have levelled the scores, and Clondalkinheld on for a memorable bonus-point victory.
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blues on the march Local UN Force man supports Dubs abroad
Club Noticeboard st brigid’s
clonsilla’s Oisin Brannagan was among
18 Dublin personnel serving in the 108 IrishFinn (Irish-Finnish) Battalion in Unifil (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) who were supporting the Dubs’ All-Ireland final bid last weekend in Lebanon. The match was streamed live in their canteen with all those not involved in operations in a position to watch the final.
Another proud day for St Brigid’s
ing from 9.30am. Great to see so many
GAA Club last Sunday with two more
new members and families arriving
All-Ireland medals coming to Russell
down. Everyone is welcome. Contact
Park. Heartiest congratulations to
Paul on 087 915 4748 or email info@
Paddy, Shane and the whole Dublin
stbrigidsgaa.com for more informa-
team and management on a brilliant
year. We look forward to welcoming Sam back to Russell Park. Huge congratulations also to our
Hurling: elevation comes with division 5 title
Our club shop runs every Friday evening from 7pm and every Saturday morning from 10am.
AHL 5 hurlers who claimed the league
Our lotto jackpot is €6,200 for this
title on Friday night with a classy win
week’s draw on Thursday in Russell
There were wins also this week for
White-collar boxing returns to
our U-16, U-15A, U-14A footballers,
Russell Park on October 19 v Coolmine
minor A and B footballers and senior
Rugby Club. Tickets are on sale this
1 camogie in the championship, AHL 7
week. Anyone who wishes to sponsor
hurlers and junior ladies footballers
a page in the Fight Night programme,
in the league.
contact Billy on 087 417 2333. Best of
The Colour Splash Walk/Run takes place this Sunday, September 29 at
luck to all our boxers in their current training programme.
1pm for our juvenile section. Please
There is a full round of AFL games
support this great fundraising event.
this midweek and weekend. The senior
Our club nursery continues to
hurlers face Na Fianna in the senior
go from strength to strength and
hurling championship in Blakestown
remains open for all four- to seven-
at 10.30am with a place in the quar-
year-olds in Castleknock and Blan-
ter-finals up for grabs. See website
chardstown, every Saturday morn-
for more of this week’s fixtures.
st peregrine’s Well done to Eric Lowndes and the
and the U-15 hurlers in their champi-
Dublin senior footballers for bringing
Sam home. A great day and celebra-
Pyjama party in the club on Friday,
tions were had by all. Thanks to Mary
October 4. Tickets available from Ail-
Intermediate joy as Brigid’s win league
for distributing the tickets so well as
Junior A footballers are away to
Bingo takes place every Wednesday
Thomas Davis at 11am and the junior B
at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €500.
St Brigid’s AHL 5 hurlers secured promotion as well as the Dublin league title with victory over Ballinteer
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St Brigid’s AHL 5 hurlers produced a battling all-round team display to see off Ballinteer St John’s last Friday evening to collect the two points they needed to be crowned league champions and seal a return to intermediate league hurling in 2014. A keenly-contested and skilful battle throughout began with Brigid’s taking an early lead courtesy of points from JP Costigan, Kieran O’Sullivan and
Brendan Lyng, before a Ballinteer goal drew the sides level after 20 minutes. Unfazed, the Russell Park side soon regrouped and led by three points, 0-9 to 1-3, at the break after points from the Morris brothers and Eoin O’Brien pushed them further ahead. It wasn’t long until Brigid’s stretched their lead as O’Sullivan, Butler and an outrageous Lyng point from the sideline pushed their advantage out to six points with 15 minutes to go. However, Ballinteer goaled again from a 21
yard free to inject new life into the game and following another Ballinteer pointed free moments later, the gap was down to two with five minutes to go. However, Brigid’s did not waver, and five unanswered points in the final minutes sealed their victory and promotion, two crucially coming from substitute Willie Madden who made his presence count in the final minutes of the match. The club saluted the squad and managers Mickey O’Sullivan and Albert O’Reilly on their successful league season.
St Brigid’s AHL 5 hurlers face O’Toole’s in their final league game in Russell Park in two weeks’ time, when they will be presented with the league trophy. St Brigid’s: Kieran Cahill, John Hanley, Glen Markey, Willie Tyrell, Brian Mulcahy, Macdara Butler (0-2), Keith Fox, Brendan Lyng (0- 4) , Stephen Moore, JP Costigan (0-2), Seamus Lynam, Kieran O’Sullivan (0-4), Conor Morris (0-2) Keith Morris (0-2), Eoin O Brien (0-2). Subs: Willie Madden (0-2), Mickey McDonnell, Philip Daly, Mick Galvin.
always last week. Well done to the senior camogie team on reaching the championship final. All roads lead to Clonshaugh this weekend where our inter hurlers have
Lotto was not won. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 23 and 25. Next week’s jackpot is €2,400. If anybody has anything for clubnotes please email robert.keogh82@ gmail.com.
their championship semi-final v White-
Entertainment in the club on Sun-
hall Colmcille, throw in is at 2.30pm on
day after the All-Ireland final from
Sunday, and a big support is needed.
team are away to AIB at 3pm, both also on Sunday. Hard luck to the minor footballers
DJ Vinny is back with Play Your Cards Right on Sunday evenings at 8.30pm.
erin go bragh THE Erin Go Bragh U-12s continued
es throughout led by Evin O’Hara, Eoin
their good run in football’s Division 4
Lanigan and Adam Dalton in defence
with a hard-fought win over a strong
laid the ground work for scores from
Parnell’s team on Saturday morning
Caolan O’Brien, Josh Clarke and Conor
last in Hunter’s Run. Goals from Ross
Thorton. Next up in the football league
Maher, Brian O’Sullivan and Liam Lani-
is a trip to our nearest neighbours on
gan, as well as three great saves from
Mark O’Brien including a second half
Well done to the U-12 camogie girls
penalty helped the home team over-
last Saturday v Thomas Davis who
come a six-point half-time deficit. A
battled hard but lost out to the better
strong second-half performance saw
team in the end.
the green and whites chip away at
Well done to the U-11 girls football-
the lead until two late goals secured a
ers who continued their winning ways
deserved victory. Strong performanc-
with a deserved victory in Clontarf.
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Brogan shines as Dubs claim Sam email@example.com
MAN of the match Bernard Brogan produced the goods when it mattered most as his 2-3 – with 2-2 coming from play – proved a decisive factor for Dublin as they landed their second All-Ireland title in three years. After a year in which other forwards have taken the limelight from the former footballer of the year, the St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh man made the defining impact in a 2-12 to 1-14 win over Mayo at Croke Park. They trailed by a point at half-time in a bruising affair, the margin so thin mainly because of Brogan’s predator’s instinct to fist a long ball to the net.
Similarly, he palmed in his second goal to put three points between the teams with St Brigid’s man Paddy Andrews also chipping in with a fine point to see Dublin hustle their way over the finish line. They were part of a sizeable local contingent with Castleknock’s Ciaran Kilkenny lining out from the start while there was also a space for Alan Brogan on the bench after missing the whole season with injury with Shane Supple donning the second goalkeeper’s jersey. Speaking afterwards, younger brother Bernard said that the side has experience of coming back from deficits and showed their fighting qualities to land the ultimate prize.
“We pulled through games this year already that had been close and we’ve come from behind,” he said. “We just stuck to our gameplan and came out on top. That is what has worked for us all year. We never panicked. That is the one thing with Jim, he has had that calm around the place. No one ever panics.” Dublin did not find the fluidity that had been a feature of a stunning 2013 but they did have the appetite for the battle to grind out victory in rugged fashion. Indeed, the Sky Blues were awash with walking wounded long before the final whistle with all five substitutes used with a quarter of the tie remaining as the likes of Paul Man-
nion and Johnny Cooper departed early with injuries. It meant O’Carroll and Eoghan O’Gara were forced to plough on despite injuries, showing the strength of character required to get over the line and land Sam Maguire. Brogan paid tribute to that physical edge shown by both sides. “In fairness both teams went toe to toe and hit each other very hard, and it was very tense. “There was nothing given easy and you had to work hard for scores. You’ve seen the amount of bruises, black eyes and torn hamstrings, lads were rolling off the field. It was a tough game but that’s what you’re going to get.”
Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire cup. Picture: Fergus McNally