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INSIDE: The Hartstown Huntstown Football Club scores new facilities P8-9
vote is in: Majority of councillors give thumbs up for Kilmartin plan Page 3
40th milestone: School receives a special guest Hurling:
St Brigid’s reach last stages of Dublin Feile Page 31
coolmine Community School students and staff welcomed President Michael D Higgins to their school making it one of the most memorable events in its 40 year history. According to Richard Carroll, deputy principal, the event has given the school a “huge boost” and was a great way to end their milestone celebrations. See Full Story on Page 6
Westmanstown claim first league title Page 30
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Cat litter used as filter at oil laundering plant Discovery had a potential loss of €1.75m to the Exchequer
An oil laundering plant that used cat litter to filter fuel has been discovered in Blanchardstown. The plant, which had the capacity to launder over 2.5m
litres of fuel per annum, was uncovered by Revenue in Orion Business Park, Ballycoolin on May 17. It is the first discovery of such a plant in Dublin. T he discover y had a potential loss of €1.75m
to the Exchequer. Revenue said the plant used a “relatively unsophisticated” method of fuel laundering which involves filtering the fuel through cat litter, and reminded motorists that using this fuel poses a
risk to vehicles and funds criminal activity. A van and ancillary equipment were seized. At the time of going to print no arrests were made and Revenue investigations are ongoing.
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Clubs face cutbacks to pay increased charges Local sports clubs are facing cutbacks and looking at finding new revenue measures to pay increased charges on letting pitches owned by Fingal County Council. Last week, T he Gazette revealed Fingal County Council is to increase charges for letting pitches owned by the council. Extra charges include introducing a fee of €30 per team with a maximum of €600 for 20 or more teams for the letting of pitches to Juvenile teams (under 18) and summer leagues increasing from €80 to €100. Fingal say monies generated from the increase in fees will be offset against the rising costs for the maintenance of all pitches. Reacting to the
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charge, John McGuinness of Corduff FC, who let Corduff Park and an all-weather pitch said their outgoings are high even before a ball is kicked and they are due to pay these fees in four weeks time. “We have 22 teams and this is an additional bill that is going to increase it again and we have to find the money somewhere. “Our allocation of those pitches come up for renewal at the start of the summer each year – probably by the end of June
“We charge per play, if you play a match you pay a fiver or if you have more than one sibling you pay €3 each. What we do is we do major fundraisers during the summer to cover the costs. We make an effort to cover the cost, we have to put more money aside for that now. “We are milking the same cow all the time. I would like to see more people who have a few quid and business owners – a little few quid goes a long way across 22 teams – it’s probably the best way to spend money, locally. “We have a big gala dinner on June 29 – at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown – if any readers want to buy a ticket – they will be helping us out – that is how
we do it,” he added. Asked if they will have to pay increases of about €400 or over, John said that is what it looks like. Tony Jordan PRO to Castleknock Celtic said their club is looking at increases of at least €400. Unwelcome
“It is most unwelcome. I don’t see us increasing our fees, things are tough enough. “We just have to cut our cloth, and that will mean cutting back on the likes of coaching and winter training. You can’t cut back on insurance, players and public liability – they are the principal things. Basically we will have to cut back. Maybe in the number of training
nights we do, but the options will have to be looked at. “It is most unfortunate it really is, you wouldn’t have thought it was in the interest of sporting organisations with most of it being voluntary and the council give you a kick in the backside when everyone is giving their time free. “I think the product that clubs will provide will be that bit lessened as a result of reductions in its resources – if we want to give two nights training to everyone, or provide expert training for higher standards – that costs money – our programme is backed as a result of people taking it out of the resource that we have,” he added.
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kilmartin Majority of councillors give thumbs up for plan
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A Local Area Plan (LAP) for Kilmartin, located north of Tyrrelstown beside Hollystown, was adopted at a Fingal County Council meeting recently with 17 councillors voting for the plan and two against it. The plan, which sets out future planning zones for the area, includes 78 hectares of land with 72 zoned residential and six zoned as a local centre. The residential zoning has the potential to house 4,000 people with space for approximately 1,400 units. Whilst most were in favour of the plan, the Socialist Party provided a dissenting voice with
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Cllr Ruth Coppinger saying it was premature and should not have been approved until public transport services are established in Hollystown. Speaking to The Gazette this week, Cllr Coppinger felt it was “premature” to adopt the plan. “There is no demand [for houses]… Transport is a key problem, there is still no bus service for Hollystown as things stand and for years myself and other councillors have waged campaigns to get the Tyrrelstown Bus extended to Hollystown. To plan for another 4,000 people, when you don’t have proper transport in the area is repeating the mistakes of the past, where houses are thrown up
and the facilities are not there. “We do need LAPs but this should be deferred until the transport has been sorted,” she added. Councillor Mary McCamley (Lab) voted in favour of the LAP and said a bus service has been promised. “The houses will only be built when the economy gets going again. It’s not going to happen overnight. “I do feel the new park in Tyrrelstown will be a green belt there and a second post primary school is being promised. “We have to be optimistic about what is going to happen in the future, we just can’t standby and say no to everything, we just have to hope that things will
Cllr Ruth Coppinger felt it was “premature” to adopt the plan
pick up,” she added. Commenting on whether a bus service to Hollystown is being considered, a spokesperson for Dublin Bus said they do not have any current plans to extend the route to Hollystown.
“The current road infrastructure in the area is currently not suitable for bus travel and there would be a significant additional cost to extending the service which would have to be met by customer
demand in the area.” However, a Fingal spokesperson said the council is in talks with the National Transport Authority about transport proposals to give “better access” in the future.
Comedian Dave Young at Dunboyne CO M E D I A N D a v e Young will present his stand-up show at Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa this June. With Father’s Day coming up, this might just be the ticket to Dad’s heart and lungs as he laughs his way through this hilarious performance. Dave started out as the warm up for the Late Late Show on RTE, and through his career he has worked with well-known faces including Billy Connolly. He has also made numerous other television appearances. The Dave Young Comedy Show takes place on Saturday, June 22. Tickets cost €15 per person and include entry into Chasers Late Night Venue. For ticket bookings call 01 801 3500.
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FastNews schools A great day for all says principal
Bloom’s back for Bank Holiday
Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, Bloom, is returning to the Phoenix Park this Bank Holiday weekend. The popular festival is back for its seventh year from Thursday, May 30 to Monday, June 3. Last year, around 80,000 people attended Bloom. The festival will feature 28 show gardens, cookery and craft demonstrations, gardening advice from experts, gardening workshops and live entertainment. There will also be artisan foods, craft beers and spirits, and a floral marquee. Admission to Bloom 2013 costs €20 for adults and is free for children. For more information and for tickets, log on to bloominthepark. com,
Draiocht’s family days for children Draiocht is set to host the Special Family Day: Createability on Monday, May 27. The free event will take place from 4pm to 5pm. The workshop is part of a bi-monthly series of family days for children aged eight to 13 who have an intellectual disability. The workshops explore various art forms, such as dance, drama and visual arts. For more information and for booking details, contact Sarah Beirne on 01 809 8029, email email@example.com, or log on to www.draiocht.ie.
Principal Fergus O’Conghaile at the official opening of Gaelscoil an Chuilinn
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The official opening of Gaelscoil an Chuilinn took place last weekend. Located in temporary buildings on Powerstown Road, Tyrrelstown, the local Irish school now has 20 students in two classes – junior and senior, with two teachers the principal Fergus O’Conghaile and teacher Noinin Ni Ghoill. This number is set to rise when it takes in 32 new junior infant chil-
dren for the 2013/2014 school year. It opened its doors in September 2012 but had its official opening on Saturday, May 18. The Irish school is an interdenominational school, with education in both Catholic and Church of Ireland faiths. Politicians, local clergy, special guests, students and parents all took time out of their weekend to attend the school’s official opening. Speaking to The Gazette, principal Fergus
O’Conghaile said it was a great day for everyone who attended. “It was a really nice day – mostly family and friends. The students performed a few songs and they had a video presentation. Our special guest was Micheal O Muircheartaigh [former GAA commentator]. He made a speech and there was a blessing by both Fr Dan Joe O’Mahony and Rev Paul Houston.” Local politicians Ministers Joan Burton (Lab) and Leo Varadkar (FG),
TDs Joe Higgins (SP) and Patrick Nulty (Ind) were also in attendance as well as councillors Mary McCamley (Lab) and Michael O’Donovan (Lab). “We are really looking forward to the future. We are just getting started. We are in temporary accommodation but we are on the building list and hope the new school will open in 2015/2016 school year,” he said. The new junior infant classes for the 2013/2014 school year is now full
and the school is proving to be popular with a parents on a waiting list to get their kids into it. Although junior infants is full, Gaelscoil an Chuilinn is offering senior infant and first class pupils places for the 2013/2014 school year. “The number is very healthy at the moment and we are still growing. If parents wish to enrol their children they can do so on our website www.gaelscoilanchuilinn.ie,” O’Conghaile added.
Youth mental health session LOCAL organisations Jigsaw Dublin 15 and Crosscare are coming together to offer a free information session on supporting young people’s health. The talk is aimed at non-professionals and will be of interest to parents and anyone concerned about young people. The talk aims to build understanding of mental health issues affecting young people and to provide guidance on how to support young people who may be struggling with their mental health. Practical suggestions about how to promote positive mental health, tips on how to listen to young people and key issues impacting on the mental health and well-being of young people will be covered. Promoting positive mental health in young people, the value of listening as a way of supporting young people and what supports are available in the area will also be discussed. The ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ information session will take place in Crosscare, Main Street, Blanchardstown Village on Monday, May 27 from 10.30am until 11.30am. It will be hosted by Dr Gillian O’Brien, director of education and training at Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. No booking is required and all are welcome.
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event Coolmine Community School’s special guest
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After months of preparation, students and staff welcomed President Michael D Higgins to their school making it the one of the most memorable events in its 40 year history. Last October the school got confirmation that the President of Ireland would visit and he did, on Friday, May 17. Richard Carroll, deputy principal at Coolmine Community School said it was an “incredible day”. “I am here over 20 years at this stage, and
I think it was one of the most pleasant occasions we had in the school – it was really good. “We had been planning it since last October when we got confirmation that President Higgins was coming. “We had a committee organised and we have been working solid over the last number of months and it all came together so well on the day. “The students were brilliant; they were so enthusiastic and just so genuinely taken by the event. “They really reacted to his warmth towards them, he was great with
them and took such an interest in them. He gave a lovely speech, which they were able to pick a lot out of, it wasn’t just something that was directed at adults, and the students got an awful lot out of it. “Thinking after the event we all agreed that everything had gone so well,” he said. According to Richard the event has given the school a “huge boost” and was a great way to end their milestone celebrations. “It will be very difficult to top that, maybe we will have to wait until the 50th,” he joked.
For many it will probably be a once off, “it’s not very often you meet the President,” Richard continued. Commending him on his interactions with the students, Richard said he didn’t just go through the motions but took time to chat to students. “He shook hands with students, talked to musicians and met a number of different groups. “When he arrived he met the community care students, he would have met our sports stars and he would have met a group of our students – the Meitheal – who helped first years with the transi-
Richard Carroll, deputy principal, gives the president a tour
tion from primary school to secondary school. “He also met the student council as well. He was speaking to them and asking them about the role – he really took
an interest in them. “I would like to thank him for coming, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to be with us that day and celebrating with us.
“I think the organising committee were brilliant and the students were great, they really took par t and were involved in the whole event,” he added.
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Geraldine Murphy and Linda Masterson at the school’s plant sale. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan
GreeN fingers: ANNUAL PLANT SALE BLOOMS IN CASTLEKNOCK
HE Parents Association of Castleknock Community College hosted their annual plant sale at the school last weekend. This is the 16th year that the plant sale has been held at the school, and each year the free event is growing in popularity with locals. There was a cake and coffee sale held on both days, as well as plenty of plants and garden accessories for sale to liven up gardens, such as herbs, hanging baskets, flowers, shrubs and potted plants.
Chief executive of the FAI John Delaney and Nicola Nolan
Daniel Waters and Darren McGrath
Launch: CHANGING AND MEETING ROOMS INSTALLED
Jackie Croker and Una Tobin
Bridgid Tobin and Mary McDonald
Football club scores facilities H
ARTSTOWN Huntstown Football Club recently celebrated the official launch of their newly installed changing rooms and meeting facility adjoining the pitch. Among the guests at the launch were chief executive of the FAI John Delaney, who was
the guest of honour. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar (FG), Fingal County Council’s development officer Mick Pender and Cllr Michael O’Donovan also attended the launch.
Laura Lamont, club chairman Tony Lawless and Jasmin Brady
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Fingal County Council’s development officer Mick Pender and Cllr Michael O’Donovan (Lab)
Senior coach Gary Moore and senior captain Darren McCabe
Committe members Aiden Cregg, Peter Burke, Marie Kelly, Liam Farrell and Frank Mulhall. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan
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Jetting off: Major aviation event announced
FlightFest to brighten the Dublin skyline in September THOUSANDS of people are expected to gather by the quays along the River Liffey on Sunday, September 15, to experience the Irish Aviation Authority’s and Dublin City Council’s FlightFest, a once-ina-lifetime, international aviation flypast. Details of the event were announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O Muiri, Minister forTransport,Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar (FG),
IAA Chairman, Anne Nolan, and a number of dignitaries. Over 30 aircraft will fly through the city of Dublin as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. They will set off from Dublin Airport, into Dublin Port and up along the River Liffey to Customs House. The sustained flypast through Dublin city centre will take two hours to complete and the flights will be sequenced at five
minute intervals. FlightFest will be a free family event and a large section of the quays will be pedestrianised, with many family attractions and festivities available. Large commercial aircraft from Ireland and abroad will fly past, including the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320, A321, A300, A330 and A340 aircraft . The Irish Air Corps and the Royal Air Force will also participate and spec-
tators will enjoy a variety of helicopters and vintage aircraft including the World War II Spitfire and the B-17 Flying Fortress. Minister Varadkar said the event will be a real Gathering highlight. “I can’t wait to see these aircraft flying over the Liffey. It will be a fantastic draw for visitors from overseas and from Ireland,” he said. For more information, see www.flightfest.ie.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (left) with Anne Nolan, chairman of the IAA, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri pictured at the launch of the Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin City Council’s FlightFest
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dublinlife Having a blast helping a hospital
Pictured at the launch of the SEAT Ireland Fix Crumlin Fundraiser were Finn Richardson (4) and Anna Daly, SEAT brand ambassador
It’s to infinity and beyond for SEAT Ireland as they attempt to build a space rocket in their showroom to raise €10,000 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin with a little help from locals. SEAT car dealers across the country are attempting to build a space rocket in their showroom and have mailed thousands of toy building bricks to homes all over the country. They are asking people to head down to the showroom, add your toy
brick to the SEAT rocket and in return they’ll donate money to this great cause. Once all the space rockets are complete, SEATwill donate €10,000 to the campaign. This fundraiser is to celebrate the launch of the new SEAT Leon. If you didn’t receive a toy brick in the post, then just test drive the new SEAT Leon at your local SEAT dealer to get a brick and also be entered into a draw to win one.
best selling book being made into movie A romantic comedy based on the bestselling book Where Rainbows End, by Malahide native Cecelia Ahern, is set to be made into a movie. Production on the film, Love, Rosie began last week in Toronto, Canada. Love, Rosie will be filming on location in Toronto, before moving to Dublin for the remainder of the shoot. The Constantin film
stars Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) as Rosie and Alex, two best friends since school who find that life often gets in the way of love but true love, just like true friendship, never dies. Author Cecelia Ahern said: “I’m beyond excited that my novel Where Rainbows End is going into production now and that it’s being filmed in Canada and in Ireland. I can’t wait to see Rosie and Alex’s love story come to life on the big screen!” The film is set to be released in 2014.
plenty going on for world ms day A series of informative and entertaining events is planned for this year’s World MS Day taking place on May 29. The first fundraising event will kick off at Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords on May 23 with teams of volunteers distributing leaflets on MS and collecting donations. There will also be specialists on hand from MS Ireland to answer any questions from the public and give one-on-one consultations. On Wednesday, May 29, a balloon launch will take place at 8pm at the Waterside pub in Clondalkin organised by the West Dublin branch of MS Ireland. There will also be a music gig in aid of the charity called, Metal for World MS Day at Fibber McGees on Parnell Street at 8pm. A big draw for this year’s World MS Day is a celebrity auction with signed images of: The Script, Imelda May, Brain O’Driscoll, Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream, Kodaline, Def Leppard, Damien Dempsey and Katie Taylor.
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schoolLife Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Dublin Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next generation of journalists and snappers to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.
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School’s out for the summer – well almost – and now is the time to get prepared and see what summer camps are available for students to make their holiday one to remember. Some kids might already know what they want to sign up to, while others may need a little push to get them doing something during the summer months. From science camps to football camps, drama to art, there is definitely something for every type of personality. Local community centres, schools and sports clubs will more than
likely have camps running some time over the summer, so give them a quick bell or check out their website to find out what’s on. This week, Gazette Schools is showcasing just some of the camps available. In June, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin will be hosting its very own Music Summer School. Children between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to attend this free music school. Events include musical workshops, group singing lessons, a free tour of the cathedral and crypt, a tour of the bell tower with an opportunity to ring the bells and loads of other fun activities. This takes place from June 4 to June 6. For further information or to book a place call the cathedral office on 01-6778099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leisure Services is offering a number of sports camps including archery, basketball, ten-
StarCamp, which received an investment from Dragon’s Den recently, has camps across the nation, including five in Dublin
nis, swimming, dodgeball, tag-rugby, kick-boxing, and dancing. Pool inflatables and bouncy castles will also add a spring to the step at the fun-filled summer camps, which will happen at the three main swimming and sports complexes in
the area, in Loughlinstown, Meadowbrook, and Monkstown. Camp places start from €65 a week per child, or just €15 a day, at DLRLS Loughlinstown. Meadowbrook and Monkstown which offer a wider variety of leisure activity alongside the sporting schedule, charge €80 a week, or €20 a day, for Summer Camp. Bookings can be made online now at www.dlrleisureservices.ie/camps and there is a 5% discount for all those who book online for a five-day week. Bring out the artist in your child with Artzone. The camp helps children learn valuable art skills through their classes while building confidence to create, design and innovate through many different media. Artzone classes are available in a number of different locations such as St Andrews Parish Hall in Malahide, and in Church of Ireland
Parish in Castleknock, both with dates in July and August. Further information on dates and locations is available at www.artzone.ie For the little performer in your life, there is StarCamp, which received an investment from Dragon’s Den recently. StarCamp is a performing arts network that has been running nationwide summer camps since 2007 and is open to kids of all ages and levels. It has camps across the nation, including five in Dublin. One such camp is in Lucan at Colaiste Phadraig from July 29 to August 2. For further information check out www.starcamp.ie Don’t forget to ask your child what they would like to do and then find something that accommodates them and your pocket - Happy camping!
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Linda Balfe owner/director, Phil Duggan, office manager and Paula Richards owner/director
Aspen creates a positive attitude about counselling Linda and Paula are accredited with the Irish association of counselling and psychotherapy (IACP) and have BScs in counselling and psychotherapy. They are also certified Reality Therapists and are both also qualified in ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training). Paula is also qualified in motivational interviewing and has training with RCC (Rape Crisis Centre). Both are qualified to work with all
presenting issues ranging from relationship/marital issues, bereavement/ loss, depression, addiction, childhood issues/trauma, stress/anger management, self-esteem/ confidence, work related stress/bullying, emotional crisis/coping. There are 31 therapists in Aspen consisting of six accredited, 10 pre-accredited and 15 in the process of working up their clinical hours.
How long have you been in the organisation?
tory. A confidentiality agreement is put in place and from that a therapist is allocated to the client and they start their therapy the following week.
What makes you different from other similar organisations?
As a non-profit organisation, how has the current economic climate affected your operations?
The organisation was established in 2001.
We offer our services on a sliding scale to all, irrelevant of financial circumstances. We offer an initial consultation within one week of a person contacting us and there is no limit on how many sessions a client avails of. We work with clients from age six upwards with the philosophy that no issue is too big or too small. A very important part of our uniqueness is that we have a qualified therapist in Aspen who works with individuals with mild intellectual disabilities.
What is your mission?
• To eradicate the stigma surrounding our mental health and to promote a more positive attitude to counselling. • To provide a discreet and confidential counselling and psychotherapy service for all. • To provide a safe place where individuals, families and couples can engage in their therapeutic process. • To be able to reach the wider community by providing an accessible and low cost counselling service. Can you briefly describe what an average session would entail?
Linda and Paula carry out all initial consultations. This consultation entails the therapist taking a case his-
We are seeing that some clients struggle to even pay the lowest fee available so we are extremely grateful for the support that some of these clients receive from SVP. Their help allows clients to avail of free therapy for six to10 sessions.
Do you depend on community support as well as government funding?
Yes, and we have been lucky for the past two years to receive donations from the Lucan Lions Club and donations from individuals through pub quizzes, Dublin City Marathon, Lucan Community College teachers and students and Umbro Ireland.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone concerned about a friend or relative’s well being?
The best piece of advice we would give to someone who is concerned about a friend or relative’s well being would be to listen to them, let them know you are worried about them and encourage them to seek help, first from their GP to rule out any underlying medical issues. Alternatively, the individual may contact us directly by phone or email without any obligation on their part.
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John Banville is taking part in the Dublin Writers Festival and has a campaign going to get people reading Irish writers
books: alter ego benjamin black finishes latest crime novel
Banville joins literary festival Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
Dublin Writers Festival has some very heavy hitters from the world of literature this year and chief among them is John Banville. The Gazette spoke to Banville about his work and his decision to get involved in this year’s festival. “I seem to have got myself very involved in the festival and some of it is great fun. I have a campaign going to get people reading Irish writers.” John, or rather his alter ego, Benjamin Black, has just finished his latest crime novel, which is a commission to write a new Philip Marlowe book, a character created by Raymond Chandler. The book, which was completed the day before this interview, will bring the old
detective back to life with permission from the Chandler estate. Banville is as sketchy about why he writes crime fiction as the rest of the literary world. As an exercise of relaxation Yeats read what he termed his ‘Wild Wests’ to unwind, but he did not write them. John, as Benjamin Black, has now written six novels of crime fiction. “I don’t know why I do it. It may prove to be a horrible mistake but I like doing them and with this Marlowe book now, there seems to be no stopping me. “When I’m being Benjamin Black, I’m Benjamin Black except every now and then, you know I’ll lose concentration at three o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon and the other one will try to interfere. But I have to keep them separate.”
The Quirke books centre around a coroner/detective working in 1950s Dublin and has been made into a TV series with Gabriel Byrne. Dark time
“What better time to set crime fiction in than the 1950s? It was a dark time with church domination. Lots of people had secrets, lots of hidden things as we now know and the 1950s are a largely forgotten decade in Ireland. I was 10 in the mid-fifties and it is interesting to see how much stuff I can bring up from then. Quirke, my man digs up other people’s secrets. He has a few dark secrets of his own, so he knows the territory.” “When I was growing up, everybody knew there was child abuse but we
had that marvellous capacity to know and not know at the same time. When I was a kid going to the Christian Brothers, kids at the back of the class would disappear now and then. We all knew they were gone to an industrial school. It was like the gulag. People don’t like my saying that, but it was true.” “The church connived through the State to keep us infantilised. Newspapers and books were banned and we were cordoned off from the rest of the world and kept in this hideous state of grown up childishness and now we’re growing out of it.” His latest Quirke book Holy Orders will be available from August 20. Dublin Writers Festival continues until May 26.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Camelot, a nine-monthold Pit Bull Terrier cross. Courageous Cammie had a skin condition when he arrived in Dogs Trust that required veterinary treatment – it is now much improved. What Camelot really needs is to go to a quiet, loving, forever home with understanding and caring people, who will take great care of him as he has grown up in a kennelled environment and knows nothing of the outside world. When he gets to know you, he will do anything for you. Dogs like Camelot can be very misunderstood. He is an all-round gorgeous guy that enjoys spending time out and about walking and playing. If you think Camelot could make a sweet addition to your home, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE
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Multi-award winning Irish make-up company Fuschia Make-up is opening a new store in Swords Pavilions on May 30. This week, Gazette Style and Beauty is taking a sneak peek at some of the top products this range has to offer. Face Primer (€22) creates a smooth and invisible base that holds your makeup on for hours, giving your foundation an exceptional flawless finish. This is best under liquid foundations as powder mineral doesn’t require priming. Lip Laquers ( € 16 . 5 0 ) i s crushed lipstick and gloss combined to create high intensity and lasting colour. Loose Mineral Foundation (5g €26 and 10g €45) is a pure form of make-up. It contains only a small amount of ingredients. Each ingredient is good for the skin in its own right and the
mineral contains no fillers such as clays, talcs, chalks, chemicals and dyes. Fuschia is an Irish brand of high-quality yet affordable make-up. It is known for its excellent array of products catering for the modern woman and sells every conceivable make-up product a woman could need. They specialise in mineral make-up and have just launched a new eco-friendly packaging line for their products. Fuschia has won many accolades for its business and awards for the products themselves, including the IMAGE magazine award for Best Gel Eyeliner. It first opened its doors in 2005 in Scotch Hall SC in Drogheda and since then the company has grown significantly. The brand is now stocked in over 250 salon premises across the country. The fact that it is an Irish company only adds to its appeal. So get in to the Swords Pavilions on May 30 at 9am to see what they are offering customers.
Irish make-up company Fuschia Make-up is opening a new store in Swords Pavilions
To celebrate this new venture, Fuschia Make Up is offering: • A four-day sale over the weekend from May 30 – June 2 with 30% off all stock. • The first 10 people to
make a purchase every day of the launch weekend will receive a €50 voucher. • There will be a goody bag with every purchase, available while stocks last. Find one of 50 gold-
en tickets in the goody bag and win a free brush set worth €150 • Make- up demos take place every two hours by one of their amazing Fuschia Make-up artists.
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STYLE Space-age health treatment lands at Zenergy D u bli n r e s i d e n t s can now avail of a true space-age health treatment. A Russian invention called Scenar, developed to keep astronauts in peak condition, is now available at Dublin’s Zenergy, the Fade Street
Models, Joanne Northey, (left) with Clare MacDougald and Teo Sutra (right), pictured holding dresses donated by Nuala Carey, Lisa Cannon and Caroline Harrington in Dublin at the launch of Buy My Dress 2013
Dressing up your wardrobe for charity Laura Webb
Refresh your wardrobe with pre-loved or never worn dresses while raising funds for the Down Syndrome Centre during its Buy My Dress event this weekend. The RDS will be transformed into Ireland’s biggest wardrobe on Sunday, May 26, when thousands of dresses will drape hanging rails. Women have been donating their dresses to the cause to raise money for the Down Syndrome Centre. “We are asking people to come along to the event at the RDS where you can buy dresses at a snip of what you normally get them for,” Sharon Dagg, chief executive of Down Syndrome Centre explained. “There is something for everyone. There will be day dresses, evening dresses, designer dresses, high street dresses – everything. People can arrive on the day and still donate. If they come on the day its €5 and they
can wander around to their hearts content.” Buy My Dress sales will be located in the RDS in Dublin, Waterford, Wexford, Cork and Galway with the average price range from just €10 to €50. Money raised will go towards a new centre which will provide much needed facilities and support for children born with Down Syndrome and their families. “We want to build a centre that encompasses all the relevant services and facilities under the one roof. We have just bought a site in the Sandyford Industrial Estate, now we need to continue to raise funds to get it developed, up and running. We will be offering all services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and daily respite eventually. “It also offers networking opportunities, which is the thing that parents really don’t get. We already run seminars and workshops
and we have a brand new website, we have an advisory panel on that where people can go online and ask questions of our professionals. The more money we raise the quicker it will be up and running. That is our main focus.” According to Sharon, the event, which is now in its fifth year, is bigger and better. “Last year, people walked out with 8-10 dresses in their bags. We had a Vera Wang dress that went for next to nothing, and other celebrity dresses that cost over a thousand to buy going for €40-€50. “Women love shopping, women love dresses and women love bargains so this offers all three, and in this current economy it goes quite well especially when you are getting a good price,” she added. Buy My Dress takes place at the RDS on Sunday, May 26, from 11am until 5pm. See www.buymydress.ie for further info.
Clinic that specialises in therapeutic treatments for sports injuries, pain and rehabilitation. The small electronic device, held close to the painful area, stimulates the body’s nervous system to promote healing and reduce pain.
Anita Reeves, manager of Zenergy, said: “We use Scenar a lot in our physiotherapy treatments at Zenergy, and have seen great results in terms of lasting recovery from pain, injury, and loss of function.” Scenar treatment at
Zenergy costs €65 and research indicates that for long-lasting effectiveness, chronic problems may need treatment three or four times a week, for up to six weeks. For more information, see www.zenergy.ie or call 01 611 1100.
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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Audrey Niffenegger in Conversation with Mia Gallagher
THE Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s talismanic first novel sold more than two million copies and became the quintessential book club choice. Niffenegger, one of the world’s most audacious and inventive storytellers, will be in conversation with journalist Mia Gallagher on May 31, tickets €10/€8.
Draiocht 01 885 2622 Neil Delamere
IN his eagerly awaited new show, Neil Delamere, the star of RTE’s The 2nd Republic, BBC’s The Blame Game and Fighting Talk, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week, comes to the realisation that he has now lived in Dublin as long as he has lived in his family home in Offaly. May 23, tickets €20/€17.
Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 The Odd Couple
Classic comedy opens as a group of guys assemble for cards in the apartment of Oscar Madison. If the mess is any indication, it is no wonder his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Ungar, fastidious, depressed and brimming with tension. Another Taney Drama Society production very deftly directed by Niall Jordan. From May 22-25 tickets €15/€12.
DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby is a role that suits him effortlessly, but the film is too much sizzle, not enough steak
review: Leo stars in A visual treat that is thematically shallow
Fall of the Great THE Great American novels have had a torrid time making it to the screen. The Catcher In The Rye is said to be unfilmable. So much so that JD Salinger refused to let Hollywood anywhere near his masterpiece. The 1959 version of T he Sound and T he Fury was an incoherent mess, Confederacy of Dunces is considered cursed, having fallen apart numerous times and On The Road came out last year to absolutely no fanfare. And rightly so, it was absolutely turgid. One w riter whose ouevre has been particularly poorly represented on film has been F Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald burned brightly over the jazz era and his novels and short stories contain more than enough hedonism, intrigue and interesting
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characters to fill a Hollywood studio. Somehow, however, adaptations of his work continue to fall short. The tone has never been found to match the sumptuous setting, with Francis Ford Coppolla’s 1974 Gatsby a visual treat but a critical wash. The Last Tycoon, Elia Kazan’s last swing of the bat felt just like that; a prized hitter swinging for the fences and grounding out. Tender is the Night was filmed in the 60s and is one of the worst filmic adaptations ever. Hope seemed to be on the horizon with The
A lesson in style, both visual and sartorial, but not one for fans of the book, the era or of characterisation in film. Luhrmann as a director has spectacularly missed the point of the source material and painted it as some kind of pop-deco homage to the 1920s, rather than the story of a man. In missing that, he has removed all humanity from the story, leaving a beautiful, lifeless mess.
Great Gatsby, the latest attempt to do justice to Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. It has Baz Luhrman in the directors chair, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Jay-Z on the soundtrack. Wait, what? Now, I am a huge fan of Jigga. I don’t know anyone fresher than Hov. But his inclusion on the soundtrack signals absolutely what is wrong with Luhrman’s ta ke on the s ource material; it is all style, no substance. Only DiCaprio seems
to understand that the source material is more than garish colours, fountains of champagne and dapper suits. His take on Jay Gatsby would, in another world, be the definitive take on the character, but instead will be relegated to a footnote in a poor film. As with his previous output, Luhrman’s eye for colour and sweeping shots is on show and some of his flourishes, particularly on Gatsby’s entrance, are breathtaking. But, in true Luhrman style, the characters are
mostly expressionless dolts or caricatures of real people. To b e y M a g u i r e ’ s green Nick Carraway is infused with as much gravitas and charisma as an old bowl of weetabix and Carey Mulligan is scarcely believable as Daisy Buchanan. The central premise of the story is that a great man, a giant of his age, would be driven to the brink by his love of one woman. That premise falls flat on its face because Mulligan is given little else to do than be a victim and a catalyst. She is as useful as any Macguffin and as animated. Swathed in a cloak of CG and anachronistic music, the film glides along looking beautiful and sounding vaguely interesting. It’s just a shame that, despite DiCaprio’s best efforts, it does little else.
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Nicks still on fire after all these years
Nile Rodgers is bringing the party back to Dublin in the coming weeks with Chic, and, inset, with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
interview: Legend nile rodgers on irish fans and daft punk
Le Freak, C’est Chic
It’s not often you get to talk to one of the people responsible for the biggest record in the world right now, but when that chance presents itself, you jump right at it. Nile Rodgers, founding member of disco pioneers Chic, and a man responsible for producing some of the most memorable pieces of music for eternal acts like Madonna, The B-52s and Duran Duran is very much back in vogue after contributing one of his legendary guitar lines to Get Lucky, Daft Punk’s globe-conquering slice of funky electronica. I caught up with Nile ahead of a concert at the New York Museum of Natural History for the Save The Rainforest Alliance, just as he was
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working on this year’s Ibiza International Music Summit anthem. “Right now, literally right now, I am working on the track with an artist Dan Peters, who goes by the name of Eats Everything, and its something really cool.” Chic is where Nile made his name, establishing the template for dance music in the 70s and beyond with classic tracks like Le Freak and Good Times. As someone always busy in the busi-
ness, Nile has a fascinating roster of current collaborators to anyone with even a passing knowledge of dance. “I’ve done some work with David Guetta, and a bunch of cuts with Chase and Status — we had a blast, I adore them, we had a great time in the studio. “I’ve been working so much with Avicii, I’ve called him my best songwriting partner since Bernard. We talk back and forward every evening, working on new compositions. We mainly do it in the studio together which is great, and we do it old school, like Daft Punk, we bring in all the singers and it’s really like working on Chic music.” It was inevitable that the
conversation would come around to Get Lucky, and Nile explained how he approached the track. “I knew going in that Guy-Man and Thomas wanted to approach the record in a holistic fashion. The basic directive was to play as if music and life had stopped at the end of 1977. No studio tricks or gadgets, that was it. Well, I knew how to do that - so I said, this is how we would record the track if we were back in 1977, and, well, wow!” There was also some divine providence in the circumstances of the recording: “We got the guitar line down in [legendary New York studio] Electric Ladyland, where we recorded the first ever Chic tracks - it was like it
was meant to be.” Nile and Chic are coming back to Ireland in two weeks time to play the Forbidden Fruit festival, and he was clearly thrilled about the prospect of coming back to play here. “Playing for Irish audiences is unbelievable - I’m already smiling just thinking about it. “Irish people put the P in party - they get it, clear as a bell. Even when we stopped the coach going from town to town [on our last tour], in any little pub, we easily managed to have a full-scale disco in ten minutes. It didn’t matter how old or young people were, we rolled in and it was party time.” For more information on Forbidden Fruit, log on to forbiddenfruit.ie.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m lucky enough to make it to 65 I plan to spend my days doing as little as possible, but rockers are a different breed. They literally “rock on”...and on and on! How many ageing bands and musicians are still rocking as hard now at bus pass age as they were when they were barely old enough to drive? At 66, David Bowie is enjoying the success of a new album while 64-year-old Robert Plant is still getting the lead vocals out, and features on Primal Scream’s new album, More Light. Stevie Nicks is 65 this weekend, on May 26, and, after four decades in the music business, has never been busier. In 2011, the Fleetwood Mac singer released her first solo album in a decade, In Your Dreams, produced by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, before taking the record on the road. And you can now check out Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, a fly-on-the-wall documentary of the making of the album. It’s available to download on iTunes, which is where you’ll also find Fleetwood Mac’s new EP. Extended Play comprises four new songs including one very special Buckingham/Nicks’ tune. Without You is a track written and produced when Stevie Nicks and fellow Fleetwood Mac-er (and sometime boyfriend) Lindsey Buckingham was one of music’s hottest songwriting duos. The track was rediscovered in the 21st century and is back in the band’s repertoire. Stevie is spending her birthday on stage with Fleetwood Mac in Canada, on the current leg of their world tour. So, at 65, the Gold Dust Woman isn’t going to get much time to put the feet up. Just as well though, if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to see the band play either of their two sold-out shows at The O2 this September. They’re like gold dust too.
Stevie Nicks will be in Ireland in September
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TRAVEL The Malton Hotel, Killarney
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FOR those of us who truly believe there’s a wine connoisseur hiding inside us, then perhaps a trip to The Malton hotel in Killarney is just what you’re looking for this summer. T he Malton has just launched The Killarney Wine Rooms, where guests can enjoy an extensive range of wines from the best regions around the world. The Wine Rooms house a state-of-theart self-service enomatic wine dispensing system, which hosts a dazzling array of both white and red wines from the hotel’s extensive wine list, which can be sampled endlessly. Tasting glasses start at €1.20, with half glasses from €3.50, and full glasses from €5.50. Customers at The Killarney Wine Rooms can also choose from more than 80 wines from the bottle from the wine menu. The latest offering complements the existing dining options at the hotel, and the rooms are open during normal bar trading hours. For further information, see www. themalton.com.
Executive head chef, John Nagle, at The Ivy, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, has a range of delectable dishes to tempt your tastebuds while you pamper yourself
MEATH: ROYALLY FINE FARE AT DUNBOYNE CASTLE HOTEL AND SPA’S RESTAURANT
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IT’S not every day you can enjoy a relaxing getaway without driving too far from Dublin, but one destination that provides all the luxury of a country escape, without the hassle of trekking too far down the motorway, can be found on Dublin’s own doorstep in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa offer the best of both worlds – an idyllic rural setting that’s just a short drive from our hectic city centre. Located just off the N3, and minutes from the M50, it’s also really easy to access. Plus, with the recent relaunch of The Ivy brasserie, it’s the perfect excuse to sample food that is lovingly and thoughtfully prepared. In fact, that’s what really tempted us to the fourstar destination recently. The brasserie was reopened this month by the hotel, under the tal-
ented hands of their new executive head chef, John Nagle, previously executive head chef at The Westbury Hotel. John offers diners a range of dinner menus featuring the best of local foods and items from Ireland’s best producers. An early-bird menu is available all evening m i d we e k a n d u n t i l 7.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while a Sunday lunch menu is also available with two courses at €20 and three courses at €23. The a-la-carte dinner menu might set you back a little more, but with good reason; besides, it’s still very affordable. The price of starters float slightly below the €10 mark, while a wide range of main courses are available from between €17 and €29. For the launch evening, guests had the chance to reap the benefits of the chef’s many
talents, thanks to a onceoff tasting menu. A duck liver and foie gras mousse started the evening, accompanied with rhubarb chutney, rhubarb ribbons, toasted brioche and port gel, which was followed by seared scallops with cauliflower puree, black pudding powder and crispy pancetta.
Starter options Being a fan of food that is more savoury than sweet, tasting a few of the starter options was always going to be a plus. Next on the menu came a herb-crusted St Tola’s goats cheese, served with poached baby beets and roasted hazelnut crumble, which quickly became a favourite, before a taster of panfried halibut, crab cannelloni and crab bisque cream sauce. The main course for the evening was a roast rack of Wicklow lamb
and braised neck, while dessert brought with it opera chocolate, cherry mousse and smashed chocolate. The new chef has introduced these mouthwatering dishes as part of the new summer menu, which includes some of the country’s highest quality produce such as a delicious herb-crusted St Tola’s goats cheese salad, chargrilled Angus beef fillet and pan-fried West Coast scallops. The Ivy also provides specially created menus to cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and lactose-free options. The new menus are strongly influenced by John’s passion for using Ireland’s seasonal and world-class ingredients. He has also introduced a new afternoon tea menu which guests can enjoy in the hotel’s l i g h t- f i l l e d Te r r a c e Lounge, overlooking the grounds.
The stylish interior at the hotel’s The Ivy restaurant
With 145 spacious rooms that are in keeping with the signature style set by the hotel, why not forget about the car, enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and make the most of your meal by booking a room for a night? With views of the castle gardens, free Wifi and 24-hour room service,
you can really forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life, however brief, and wine and dine yourself for a change. For further information on the hotel and The Ivy, contact Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa at www.dunboynecastlehotel.com, or call 01 801 3500.
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Nissan launch five new models Nissan launches five new models onto the Irish market that are sure to resonate strongly with consumers. First up the nippy new Micra DIG-S which builds on the existing Micra model that recently celebrated a landmark 30th year in the Irish marketplace. As the name suggests, the Micra comes fitted with a Direct Injection Gasoline Supercharged 1.2L engine which delivers sparkling performance, frugal economy and exceptionally low emissions. The Micra DIG-S reduces emissions from 115 g/km to just 99 g/km, making it one of the most environmentally friendly cars in its class while power increases to 98 PS, up from 80 PS, and all for a price of just €15,095. Next up, the Nissan Juke N-Tec which offers the latest Nissan Connect navigation system, meaning getting lost is a thing of the past. The latest Nissan Connect system incorporates advanced features including up-to-date weather forecasts and flight information to keep you always in the know. Juke N-Tec comes in three different engines -1.5L Diesel, 1.6L Petrol and 1.6L DIG-T engine at the top of the range. Prices start from €21,495. Nissan has also upgraded the Qashqai range, further enhancing the considerable strength of the segment leading crossover. The Qashqai SV has been upgraded to the Qashqai SV+, which now boasts 18” alloys and silver roof rails as standard. Prices start from €25,245, which is €800 less than the SV model it replaces. At the top end of the Qashqai range is the brand new Qashqai 360 with Around View Monitor (AVM). AVM is an advanced camera system that gives the driver a 360° bird’s eye view of their parking area. Using 4 separate wide angle cameras located at the front, rear and in the side mirrors, the integrated 5.8” Nissan Connect touch-screen monitor displays an image of the vehicle from above. Prices start from just €26,745. Last is the ground breaking Juke Nismo, the ultimate expression of the Nissan brand: Innovation that Excites. Under the Nismo performance brand, Nissan will launch a range of new sports models, and the Juke is first to get such treatment. Pricing for the 2WD is set at €29,675 and €33,375 for the All Mode 4x4i.
The new A-Class is as different from its predecessor as it is possible to be
new model: New incarnation is a massive change from old
A brand new dawn for Mercedes A-Class
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Last year MercedesBenz Ireland told a room full of Irish motoring journalists that they had a busy model release schedule set up for 2013. A number of new models were set to be introduced, with a strong emphasis on cars that would appeal to a new, younger customer. The company presented a lot of facts and figures about how successful they believed the campaign would be and how excited they were to be taking the brand in a new and uncharted direction. Brave words for a company that has, for so long, served the executive market; not only that, but their
customer base has tended to be the mature driver. The real head-scratcher for me at the time was the fact that a new A-Class range was set to be the cornerstone in attracting new customers. The A-Class? The A-Class, until now, was at best a second car or a family runaround. It would have about as much appeal to a younger, affluent driver, as a pair of corduroy pants and an argyle cardigan. It was not a pretty car. But I’m not afraid to say that the new incarnation has simply blown any memory of the previous A-Class clean out of the water. The looks tell their own story. From men who have left their boy-racer days
behind them, to ladies who will settle for nothing less than sheer style and class – this new model has it all. I was fortunate enough to spend a week in the Urban spec model, and it left me with an entirely different impression of Mercedes. This is not what a Mercedes is supposed to be – aggressive, with incredible style and elegance – depending on your choice, the A-Class is dynamic enough to fit a myriad style preferences. As different from its predecessor as it is possible to be, the new A-Class sits 18cm closer to the ground – a lower-slung posture that gives it a distinctly sporty appearance.
And sporty it is. There are many other cars in this segment claiming to have suspension and chassis designs that are intended to deliver a sporty performance – this often simply means it is rigid and sends every bump and crack in the road directly to the driver. Not so the A-Class. I genuinely expected a bit of bone-crunching as I took the car along some of Dublin’s less well-paved streets, but it simply took them in its stride. This car is not just pretty – it drives. It boasts front-wheel drive, an idle-stop system as standard, and the incredible 1461cc diesel engine is linked to a 6-speed manual trans-
mission. I have to say I do not like putting manual Mercedes cars into reverse. They are not the only cars to have a trigger mechanism for getting into reverse gear – but the Mercedes one is just a little too awkward for such a premium car. Continuing its youthful appeal, the car’s on-board high-tech functionality is such that iPhone Siri voice-activated units and iPad music and Apps can be played through the car’s infotainment system. The price of this A180 CDI Urban model diesel version starts at €29,180 – and is predicted to take the spotlight, thanks in part to its greener CO2 emissions of just 98g/km.
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Second level school breaks mould � LAURA WEBB
EDUCATE Together opened a new chapter this week when its long-awaited second-level school model became a reality for Blanchardstown West parents. Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn announced 14 new post-primary schools for 2013 and 2014, with Educate Together having patronage of a new school in Blanchardstown West and a joint patronage with Co Louth VEC in
Drogheda. Over the past decade, ET has been progressing to open its first second-level education school. Michael McLoughlin, chair of the Dublin 15 ET Secondlevel Campaign Group, said: “We are delighted. After all the hard work parents in the area have put in, the dream that our children will be able to attend an ET second-level school is to become a reality.” Full Story Next Week
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We, The Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, intend to apply for Full Planning permission for development at this site: The Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown North, Dublin 15. The development will consist of: A two storey Sports Pavilion (gross plan area 1563m²) located adjacent to the artificial pitches to the north of the site. Accommodation to include indoor and outdoor changing facilities, a gymnasium, meeting rooms, offices, teaching facilities and associated landscaping works. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its’ public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. 18095
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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
FastSport a chance to ramble on in south dublin:
GAA stars Eoin Cadogan, Seamus Hennessy and Darran O’Sullivan joined Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House, to announce details of the partnership
charity: pieta house and players’ association join forces for mind our men
Looking out for one another on the playing field and beyond GAA stars Eoin Cadogan, Seamus Hennessy and Darran O’Sullivan were on hand last week to help to announce the partnership between the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Pieta House, the suicide crisis charity based in south county Dublin. The partnership is in support of the charity’s Mind Our Men campaign that was launched in March, which aims to reduce male suicide in Ireland. The campaign is a multi-platform training and education campaign that aims to equip the public with the skills needed to reach out to the men in their
lives during times of crisis. “We’re delighted to be working with Pieta House on this vital campaign” said GPA chief, Dessie Farrell. “Given the demographic we represent and our commitment to the promotion of mental health, we’re very keen to create awareness amongst our players on the signs and symptoms of someone who is in distress so that they can look out for each other and feel comfortable enough to talk more openly.” he said. Since its establishment in 2006, Pieta House has helped over 8,000 people
and has been at the forefront of suicide prevention. It now has six centres, four in Dublin, one in Limerick and one in Roscrea, and is due to open centres in Cork, Kerry, and Galway by the end of the year. “It’s great to have the GPA on board for the Mind Our Men campaign as we need to especially target male-dominated groups” said Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House. “This campaign is not only about highlighting the symptoms of suicidal thoughts, but also aims to change behaviour, particularly amongst men,
in regard to how they communicate when in crisis. We hope to empower members of the GPA to spot the signs and save a life,” she said. Through the Mind Our Men website, the public are being asked to pledge their support for this campaign where they will be provided with a support pack on suicide prevention and a list of nationwide services and resources. Other organisations involved in the Mind Our Men campaign include the Garda Siochana and Scouting Ireland. For more information on Pieta House, visit www.pieta.ie.
South Dublin County Sports Partnership (SDCSP) are calling on local people to come to Tymon Park in Templeogue, Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan and Corkagh Park in Clondalkin where they will host this year’s Ramble Aid 5km charity events on Sunday, May 26. Youth mental health, particularly the battle against suicide, is the focus of this year’s Rambles, and donations will be made to Teenline Ireland (www.teenline.ie), Jigsaw (www. jigsaw.ie) and Beacon of Light (www.beaconoflight.ie). Registration is only €5 and can be done online at www.rambleaid.ie or on the day.
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FastSport Ireland face world-class opposition: Andrew Meredith’s Ireland senior men’s hockey team will face a stiff challenge to progress to the final of the Rabobank Hockey World League semifinals in Rotterdam next month after the announcement of their fellow Pool B members for the tournament which takes place from June 13 to 23. Ireland will be joined in Pool B by Netherlands, New Zealand and India, while Pool A will feature Australia, Spain, Belgium and a yet-to-bedetermined qualifier from the final World League 3 tournament in Russia. Ireland’s will face India on June 13, New Zealand on June 15 and Netherlands on June 17. The Ireland team are currently in Germany where they face the Olympic champions in two preparation matches ahead of the semifinals.
boxing: st matthew’s club’s successes honoured in new film
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St Matthew’s Boxing Club became the latest boxing success story to make it to the big screen recently when the documentary about the club had its world premiere at the Odeon
Cinema in Blanchardstown as part of the Fingal Film Festival. T h e f i l m , B ox i n g Clever, is described as the story of “the people and the passions that brought St Matthew’s out of the school and into the wider commu-
nity’s physical health battle”. T he documentar y, directed by Stephen Murray, shows the journey and the passions of the people who set up the boxing club over 30 years ago, from its inception to securing
Robbie with Francis Guiney at the mobile asthma clinic in Blanchardstown
Robbie Murray with young boxer Darrell Byrne at Boxing Clever premiere
its own clubhouse. The success of the club is traced to the determination of their founder members and supporters, including former coach Stephen Maher. The club is now looking to develop to the next level, and part of that process is the construction of a female shower room, necessary after the increase in interest in amateur boxing following the success of Olympic gold medal heroine, Katie Taylor. This new chapter is being spearheaded by Robbie Murray, a former Irish professional boxing champion who started his journey in the sport at St Matthew’s at the age
of nine. Now retired from the world of boxing, Robbie operates as a personal trainer and high performance coach (w w w.robbiesfitness. com). He is also the full-time manager of St Matthew’s, and recently organised a white collar boxing night in the club to start the fundraising process for the ladies’ facilities. Robbie’s own story is an inspirational one, having been diagnosed as suffering from chronic asthma and spending a lot of his childhood in and out of hospital. With the help and guidance of Maher, he went on to achieve what many would have considered the impossible.
The film was shown to a sold-out crowd of club supporters who showed their appreciation with a standing ovation at the end of the screening. Robbie also recently linked up with the Asthma Society of Ireland to promote health awareness for World Asthma Day. He spoke with passers-by at a mobile asthma clinic in the Blanchardstown Centre alongside nurse Francis Guiney, as well as conducting a number of radio interviews with her to promote health awareness. For more information on the club, see www. stmatthewsboxingclub. com.
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The Wild Geese team with Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni
DUBLIN soccer club Wild Geese FC are set to host the Social Soccer International Veterans soccer tournament in the grounds of Peamount United this weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. Teams from Italy, Slovenia, Denmark, Mauritius, and Ireland will compete in the eight-club championship. The Social Soccer
tournament is an international veterans’ soccer tournament for players over 33 years of age. It is free to enter and is endorsed by the Football Association of Ireland. It is focused on teams who enjoy their football: “Winning is less important than making new friends”. Social Soccer has previously organised six tournaments in Ireland - including one that had 16 teams and raised €90,000 for Haiti after
its 2010 earthquake, and Irish football manager Giovanni Trapattoni was invited to the tournament, meeting the Wild Geese team. The tournament was made possible by funds from the Gathering 2013 and support from South Dublin County Tourism. Wild Geese FC are a Dublin-based amateur soccer team who never take their football too seriously. Instead sport is viewed always as an
means to build friendship. The Gathering promotion has given the club the chance to use their philosophy on an international stage. They will be welcoming teams from outside of Ireland to play in a tournament where the social aspect will be as central as the football. For more information, visit www.socialsoccer. ie. For more information on Wild Geese, log on to www.wildgeesefc.org.
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rugby: camps across the city are focus for players
Collect for your sport club with Lucozade Leinster players Leo Auva’a, Andrew Goodman, Darren Hudson and Jack McGrath with young players from St Mary’s CSSP, Rathmines
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Leinster rugby players Leo Auva’a, Andrew Goodman, Darren Hudson and Jack McGrath were on hand last week at a surprise training session held at St Mary’s CSSP in Rathmines to launch this year’s Leinster Rugby’s summer camps. The camps are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 12 and are run by fully accredited IRFU coaches. They will take place in 19 venues through-
out Leinster in July and August, including a large number of Gazette Country locations, and will run from Monday through to Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm each week. The venues and timings are as follows: July 1 to 5: Railway Union RFC, Dublin 4 July 8 to 12: Terenure RFC, Dublin 6 and Coolmine RFC, West Dublin July 15 to 19: Seapoint RFC, South Dublin and Greystones RFC, Wicklow July 29 to August 2:
Flynn and friend Dublin stars gather in Ballyboden for event Fingallians and Dublin football star Paul Flynn was one of the Sky Blues heroes who gathered at Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club last week for a Dublin GAA open night. The evening also saw hurler Ryan O’Dwyer and footballer Jack McCaffrey meet their young fans and give valuable playing tips. Paul is pictured with Jasmine Doyle, age 11, from Finglas, and a member of the Erins Isle GAA Club. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Donnybrook, Dublin 4 August 12 to 16: DSLP FC, South Dublin and Garda/Westmanstown, Dublin 15 August 19 to 23: Clontarf FC, North Dublin As well as learning new skills, meeting Leinster players, making new friends while having lots of fun - each player will receive an official Canterbury of New Zealand Leinster pack which includes a t-shirt, ball, boot bag and water bottle. An early bird rate of €70 is available for chil-
dren who enrol before June 1. After this date, the cost of attending the camp will be €89 per child (€80 for additional brother and sister). You can book a second camp for your child for just €50. Speaking at the launch of Leinster Rugby Summer Camps, Leinster Rugby’s number eight Leo Auva’a said, “This is one of the team’s favourite events of the summer as it’s a great chance to meet the young players of Ireland! “This is a great way for
children to get involved with the game of rugby whilst also obtaining key life values such as team work, commitment and integrity; and also becoming more aware of the importance of physical fitness. “All this while developing and fine tuning skills such as passing, tackling, evasion and kicking and of course having great craic! “I wish I was six again!” For more information log on to www.leinsterrugby.ie.
Hurling All-Star Henry Shefflin last week launched the latest Lucozade Sport Club Crusade. This year, Lucozade Sport is offering adult sport clubs in Dublin free training equipment and kit in exchange for Lucozade Sport bottle caps. A catalogue has been developed so that clubs know exactly how many caps they need for each item. Jim Geraghty, marketing manager for Lucozade Sport, said: “We are delighted to launch this year’s Lucozade Sport Crusade. We listened to feedback from clubs who took part last year and have adapted the initiative to reward every club that signs up and collects bottle caps. “We are partnering with Azzurri, who are providing the equipment and kit. We have some fantastic gear ranging from training cones and bibs to full sets of jerseys so I would encourage any adult teams in clubs, big or small to get collecting.” Clubs can start collecting now, with registration opening for the Crusade on June 24 at www.lucozadesport.ie
Home Farm appoint Keddy as new coach HOME FARM FC have appointed experienced former League of Ireland player James Keddy as their new director of coaching. it was announced last week. Keddy had been manager of Mount Merrion in the Leinster Senior League until recent times and was formerly
manager with Bluebell United. The UEFA B License holder is currently undertaking his UEFA A License and was unveiled at a management meeting of the club in Whitehall on Friday evening. “Home Farm has a legendary status in Irish schoolboy football and I want players to be part of the challenge in putting the club back on top of the schoolboy game,” said Keddy.
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rugby: title success for westmanstown in league
D15 Basketball Blitz proves a great success St Patrick’s NS in Corduff were celebrating recently after they were crowned the winners of the inaugural Dublin 15 Primary Schools Basketball Blitz. The event, hosted by St Benedict’s NS in Ongar and sponsored by thefruitpeople.ie, saw 12 local primary school teams competing to win the trophy. The group stages were run over three days. Mary Mother of Hope NS won Group 1 after narrowly defeating Huntstown NS in the final game of the group. Scoil Thomais of Laurel Lodge won Group 2 and in doing so defeated St Patrick’s of Carpenterstown. Group 3 saw some high-scoring games and St Patrick’s won the group after a thrilling final game against St Benedict’s Ongar. The semi-finals were played the following week and St Benedict’s NS gym hall was decorated with banners, posters and a sizeable crowd of parents, teachers and over two hundred children. The host team were up first against St Patrick’s, who scored two quick baskets in the final quarter to progress to the final. The second semi-final was contested by Scoil Thomas and Mary Mother of Hope. It was a very high scoring game but Scoil Thomas had no answer to the relentless pressure applied by Mary Mother of Hope. In the final, Mary Mother of Hope went into an early lead and it looked like they would go on to win, but St Patrick’s coaches made two substitutions at half time that seemed to inspire the team. St Patrick’s scored three baskets without reply. In spite of Mary Mother of Hope dominating possession, they could not break down St Patrick’s resolute defence, and the Corduff side hung on to win by two points.
Westmanstown Youths revelled in their success of bringing home the club’s first-ever league title at Templeville Road
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W e s t m a ns t own Youths Rugby Club received at major boost recently when they claimed the first league title in the club’s history. Last week, the Under13 boys team travelled to Templeville Road for what was a winnertakes-all encounter with St Mary’s College RFC in the Metro League decider. Both teams had enjoyed unbeaten runs in the league, and this
final decider was expected to be a thriller on all fronts. Gusting winds greeted the teams at the southside venue for what was a closely contested first half. S t r o n g t e a mwo r k ensured a flying start for the west Dublin club. Winning possession in the first minute set up Westmanstown’s Adam Feely for a powerful run for the first try of the game. Ten minutes later, Feely followed this his opening strike by running almost the length of the pitch for a further try
Champions! Hartstown/Huntstown celebrate their season HARTSTOWn/Huntstown FC’s NDSL
Under-17B team’s season ended on a high recently when they won their first ever league campaign. HHFC were clear of the pack by two points, and also reached the semi-finals of their cup competition, which saw them compete against the teams from three leagues. Managed by Danny McCann and Bob Ward, the Under-17s and are looking forward to the new season.
despite the efforts of St Mary’s to keep pace. Both tries were converted by Darragh Hewson, which gave the visitors a 14-point lead. At this point, St Mary’s found a higher gear which saw the hosts keep Westmanstown pinned down deep in their own territory for the reminder of the first half. During this period of sustained pressure, David McInerney left the field through injury and was replaced by Alex Tracey. St Mary’s efforts were rewarded with two tries,
but Westmanstown’s determination and teamwork ensured that they retained their four-point advantage at the break. With the wind at their backs, Westmanstown started the second half with a flourish. Feely scored an early try to complete his hat-trick. The Dublin 15 boys now had the momentum and the second half saw outstanding performances throughout the team, and the spectators were treated to an exciting display of rugby from the young side. A further three tries were registered by Cian
Brannigan, Darragh Hewson and Stephen Byrne to ensure a comprehensive victory over their league rivals. Westmanstown: S. Mitten, M. Ryan, G. Quinn, D. Hewson (Capt.) (1 try, 4 conversions), S. Byrne (try), C. Brannigan (try), S. Quinn, C. Murray, D. McInerney, T. Watson, A. Reddy, A. Feely ( try x 3 ), M. O’Brien, A. Watson, A. Tracey, O.Byrne Westsmanstown Youths RFC is open to all children from age six years and upwards. They are based at the Garda RFC grounds at Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre.
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Brigid’s push for quarter-finals in SHC email@example.com
TWO second-half goals saw St Brigid’s overhaul St Jude’s to win 3-10 to 0-17 in SHC Group C to stay well in the hunt for a quarter-final berth. Jude’s led 0-8 to 1-3 at the break, with Sam Lehane, Dublin U-21 player Tom Devlin, and Joseph McManus all
on the scoreboard, with Ruairi Dunbar netting for the Russell Park men. However, it was second-half goals from Colin Lynch and a great finish by Daire Plunkett which saw Brigid’s claim the points, adding to their opening day draw against reigning champions, Kilmacud
Crokes. A win over Na Fianna will see them through to the knock-out phase of the competition. Elsewhere, St Oliver Plunkett’s were too strong for Crumlin when winning 2-13 to 1-9 in their Group B clash. The Navan Road side showed great spirit to come from behind in
the second half to run out seven point victors. Two e a r l y p o i n t s in the second half by Crumlin’s impressive forward Adam McGreal put the southsiders in front before the likes of Paddy Bergin, Shane Bonfil and Stuart Mullen stepped up to the plate to drive Plunkett’s to victory.
hurling: russell park sides give good account
Club Noticeboard st brigid’s GREAT championship wins last week
The annual mini league dates are
for the senior and junior hurlers as
June 10 to 15 with a social evening for
well as our senior ladies footballers
parents/adults on June 15 from 8pm
who are all in league action again this
onwards. Entry is open to all national school
week. Well done to our Feile A and B hurl-
children, €15 per entry, €30 per fam-
ers, both of whom reached their
ily, 6.30-8.30pm each evening, with
semi-finals. Thanks to all the men-
finals on Saturday afternoon. Always
tors and parents for all their hard
a great week for families especially
work over the past few months.
those new to our community. Open
Congratulations also to our U-14
to members and non-members alike,
girls footballers who beat Scoil Ui
sign up online on our website www.
Chonaill yesterday to be crowned
stbrigidsgaa.com. The club lotto is in the Roselawn Inn
league champions. 2013 membership is now long overdue. Any member with issues
this Thursday; the jackpot remains at €15,000.
regarding membership can contact
Our annual golf classic takes place
our club registrar, Trish O Reilly,
this Friday on May 24 in Royal Tara.
on 086 602 6229 or email 8reillyp@
Morning and afternoon slots availa-
ble; €100 per player or €400 per team,
The club nursery for four-to seven-year-olds continues this Satur-
meal included. Contact Phil Kelly on 0867 733693 to book your place.
day (and every Saturday) from 9.30-
Thanks to all those who supported
11am. New members and families
the hugely successful Pink and Black
charity night in aid of the Jayne
Contact Paul on 087 9154748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cahill Trust Fund last Friday in the Crowne Plaza.
naomh peregrine Great effort by our Feile boys last
urday at 6.30pm on the main pitch. Condolences to the McNally family
weekend. Well done to all concerned, great future ahead for these lads.
on their recent bereavment. Mary is now taking orders for the
Thanks to all who helped out last
Dublin v Westmeath game on June
Brigid’s hurlers show Feile mettle
Sunday at the Feile finals.
THERE was no winners of this week’s
on Sunday who were narrowly beaten
club lotto. The numbers were as fol-
by St Jude’s in Tymon Park. Player of
lows: 5,6,15 and 24.
the match was Aoife O’Sullivan.
St Brigid’s hurling sides progressed from the group stages to reach the latter stages of this year’s Feile
ST BRIGID’S U-14 hurling sides produced two strong performances in this year’s Dublin Feile with both their Division Two and Six teams reaching the knock-out stages of their respective competitions. The division two team lost in a tough semi-final contest to Naomh Barrog, the eventual winner, while the division six team lost to Lucan Sarsfields, also the eventual champions of their respective grade. For the former, it was a particularly notable
performance as they have been competing in Division Three thus far this season, leading the way with six wins from six to date. As such, they moved up a level and showed little fear, as they managed to get the better of current Division Two league leaders Naomh Fionnbarra in their opening match before getting the better of Ballinteer St John’s, another Division Two outfit. They also enjoyed a victory over their neighbours Castleknock on their way to the semifinal.
The majority of the 38 players used by St Brigid’s over the course of the weekend had also played in the football feile a fortnight ago with many of these dual players winning the division four title.
Hosts hailed All matches were played at St Brigid’s grounds at Russell Park and the hosts were highly praised by all the teams attending for the friendly welcome and for providing a hot meal for over 150 players and mentors who attended. “A great day of excel-
lent strong and fair hurling was enjoyed by all. All this thanks to the great voluntary effort on the part of mentors, parents and club members on the day and in the weeks leading up to the event,” said the club. For the Brigid’s Division Six side, they emerged from a group that featured O’Dwyer’s, Trinity Gaels and Castleknock in Druimnigh. They made it out of the group along with the hosting Gaels who would go on to contest the final against Lucan who were too strong in the final four game.
Adult hurlers had a good draw v Clan Na Gael and the senior footballers were unlucky in their cup semi. Adult Ladies travel to Croi Ro
1. Quiz night for our U-12 Newry cup team is on Friday at 9pm in the clubhouse. €20 for a team of four.
Naofa in the cha mpion ship on
If anybody ha s any thing for
Wednesday at 7.30pm and the hurl-
clubnotes please e-mail robert.
ers are home to Castleknock on Sat-
erin go bragh Well done to our U-14 boys on win-
Hard luck to our junior seven foot-
ning the Feile last Sunday in Parnell
ballers who lost to St Brigid’s on Sun-
Park, beating St Monica’s 2-6 to 2-2.
day in Hazelbury Park, final score EGB
Well done to our U-12 camogie girls
1-10 St Brigid’s 2-11.
garda/westmanstown The result of the week goes to our
iors with mixed results.
ladies who beat St Margaret’s by 6-22
The inters went down to Bally-
to 1-08 in the championship fixture at
mun at home by two points, but the
home in Westmanstown last Wednes-
Juniors beat St Brigid’s by the same
score, also at home.
This was the third championship win in as many weeks ensuring a place in the semi-final, so well done to all concerned. It was back to cup competitions for the men’s intermediates and the jun-
Both teams have now qualified for final stages of the cup competitions. There are no fixtures down for next week for any of our adult teams but training continues at the usual times.
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Published on May 22, 2013