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There has been a major jobs boost for Dublin 15 following the announcement that global company Symantec is to establish its European customer management centre in Dublin, creating 400 jobs. The move will see the first 200 jobs created in 2013, and a further 200 positions set to be created over the next two years.

Based in Blanchardstown since 1991, Symantec revealed the new recruitment drive when it announced its new European Customer Management Centre will be based in Dublin West. Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar (FG) described the announcement as a “massive boost” for Blanchardstown and “the biggest job announcement in Dublin West for many years” Full Story on Page 2

Time for family fun: Weekend of monkeying around at the Zoo kellogg’s Coco Pops hosted a

Monkey Moments Weekend at Dublin Zoo recently. Coco Monkey and his friends were on hand to celebrate with lots of fun and games for all the

family, as well as special keeper talks. Having some family fun on the day are Declan and Luke Curran. See Gallery on Page 8

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Symantec revealed its new European customer management centre will be based in Dublin West

Symantec set to create 400 jobs in Dublin West There has been a major jobs boost for Dublin 15 following the announcement that global company Symantec is to establish its European customer management centre in Dublin, creating 400 jobs. The move will see the first 200 jobs created in 2013, and a further 200 positions to be created over the next two years. Based in Blanchards t o w n s i n c e 1 9 91, Symantec revealed the new recruitment drive when it announced its new European customer management centre will be based in Dublin West. According to Symantec, the new centre will provide a Europe-wide sales and support function to Symantec customers and partners. The initiative is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation through IDA Ireland, the government agen-

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cy responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Symantec is said to be looking for the highly skilled, multilingual team in Dublin to play a central role in achieving Symantec’s mission of “protecting and managing customers’ information”. The team is responsible for delivering an enhanced partner suppor t function, demonstrating Symantec’s continued commitment to developing improved collaboration with its channel. Commenting on the announcement, Matthew Ellard, EMEA senior vice president, Symantec said: “We are

eager to continue our success in Ireland — building off of a 20-year presence in the country. These new jobs offer the opportunity for talented and driven individuals to join a high-performing company which is focused on enabling its employees to develop their skills and enhance their career. I look forward to the continued growth of Symantec Ireland and consistently delighting our customers and partners with our addition of the new European customer management centre in Dublin.” Its base in Blanchardstown, Dublin, has been home to a security operations centre, as well as operations in business authentication, software development and testing. These business units have played a crucial role in helping to protect businesses and consumers from increasing levels of cyber-crime.

The European customer management centre will be located alongside these existing functions. Dublin West TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (FG) described the announcement as a “massive boost” for Blanchardstown. “The creation of 400 new jobs at a European customer management centre in Blanchardstown is fantastic for the area and the biggest job announcement in Dublin West for many years. A significant proportion of these new staff will live and work in the area and give the economy a real boost. “Symantec has been based in Blanchardstown for 22 years and has developed operations to combat cybercrime. It’s just one of a number of high-profile IT companies in the area like eBay, PayPal and IBM. And the more high-tech companies

we have in Blanchardstow n, the easier it becomes to attract new ones,” he added. Local Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness also welcomed the news, commenting: “Locals are par ticularly excited about this announcement given that these position are not totally multi-lingual positions which has been a factor in previous job announcements in the Dublin West region. “Dublin-15 residents are rightly proud of Symantec in their community. For decades, t h e y h ave s u p p l i e d employment and a quality of life for countless families in this community. “W hile operations at the Blanchardstown site have scaled down over recent years, today’s announcement is a major vote of confidence from the company and is to be widely welcomed,” he added.

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ADVICE Dedicated website offers tips on how to conserve resource

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FINGAL residents are being reminded to be mindful of the amount of water being wasted during hot spells, as water levels in reservoirs can reduce leading to low pressure or water loss. As the country enjoys the high temperatures, water levels are likely to be lowered across the country because of the lack of rainfall. According to a spokesperson for Fingal County Council, there were no issues with water levels in Fingal reservoirs on July 11 but they continue to ask residents to be mindful when using water. “Additional usage of water during dry weath-

er can lead to our reservoirs reducing in levels and ultimately leading to low pressure or loss of water to consumers. We appreciate all efforts made by the public in sustaining levels by using water wisely,” the spokesperson said. A dedicated website that offers tips on how to save water is available at The 10 top tips for conserving water in the house are as follows: keep a jug of water in the fridge; use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and veg; use a bucket instead of a hose - a hose uses more water than an average family uses in a day, so when cleaning the car or windows, use a bucket and sponge; don’t flush it all away; be leak-free; only run

washing machines and dishwashers when they are full; don’t leave taps running while brushing teeth; reduce shower time; know how to turn off the water supply; and finally, fill a kettle up with just enough water for needs – this not only saves water but energy too. Mayor of Fingal Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) said now was the time to make people aware of conserving water. “There is no point waiting until the levels are dangerously low before sending out warnings. We have been unfortunate over the last few years that we haven’t had good summers, which has meant we haven’t had pressure on our water resources.”

Fingal residents are being reminded not to waste water

Howe ve r, w a t e r capacity was tested earlier this year because of algal problems in the Roundwood Rese r vo i r i n W i c k l ow, which serves Dublin’s water supply. According to Mayor Dennison,

because Dublin’s spare capacity is just 2%, these problems led to “a lot of water restrictions” in south Dublin. Ho p i n g t h e g o o d weather won’t add to this problem, he said: “I would appeal to people

not to use hose pipes on lawns and reduce the amount of car washing that they would normally do, and everyone should play their part in trying to protect their water resources over this dry period.”

Tennis Council’s courts available TENNIS clubs interested in using courts owned by the council are being urged to get in touch. Fingal County Council currently provides 46 tennis courts, many of which have the benefit of floodlights at various locations around the county. A spokesperson said the council is in regular contact with tennis clubs regarding their requirements and are “open to approaches from existing and new clubs in relation to their current and future needs”. The spokesperson added: “the sports office of the community, culture and sports division cofunds the salary of a tennis development officer who works with all the clubs in Fingal to support them in the development of their clubs.”

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local elections Group say they are ready to mount ‘a serious challenge’

Anti-austerity candidates target council seats Members of the Campaign Against Property Tax and Austerity (CAPTA) are turning to the political sector as antiausterity candidates target council seats at next year’s local elections. The anti-austerity team of candidates say they are mounting “a serious challenge” for the majority of seats in next May’s local elections. During a selection meeting in the Crowne

Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on Wednesday, July 10, eight candidates were chosen from the CAPTA group. Of the eight, five have been chosen to contest the Mulhuddart ward and three in the Castleknock ward. Included in the eight are two sitting councillors, Ruth Coppinger (SP) and Matt Waine (SP), a nurse, a childcare worker, a retired prison officer and a fitter.




In a statement, a spokesperson for the team said they will put pressure on Labour for what they describe as their “betrayal of ordinary people and for continuing the disastrous austerity/bailout policy”. “As well as highlighting issues such as the property tax and upcoming water charges, the group is a broad anti-austerity platform - a policy that is destroying people’s liveli-

hoods and wrecking the economy. “If elected, its councillors will not support cutbacks in council services. They instead call for progressive taxation to target the wealthy and corporations which they say could raise billions to invest in the economy to create jobs,” the statement continued. The candidates are part of a national electoral alternative being put

together by some of the campaigns which fought the household taxes. In Muhuddart, the candidates, pictured below, are: Sandra Kavanagh,

Castleknock Ward; Eileen Gabbett, Mulhuddart Ward; Jimmy Kennan, Mulhuddart Ward; Bernadette Rynne, Mulhuddart Ward; Cllr Matt Waine

(SP), Castleknock Ward; Annette Hughes, Mulhuddart Ward; George Hill, Castleknock ward and Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP), Mulhuddart Ward.

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ALMC Motor Club Stages Rally: Drifting around the Dunboyne tracks raises over €500,000 pictured is the fast paced action at the 2013 ALMC Motor Club Stages Rally, which was recently held at Dunboyne in Co Meath. The exciting world of rallying made its way to the Meath roads on July 6 and 7. The annual rallying event has grown over the years with championships, competitors, service personnel, organisers and supporters travelling from all corners of Ireland and the UK. The popular rally is run by the ALMC Motor Club with the assistance of various motor clubs nationwide, and generates over €500,000 to the local economy. Picture: Ronan Sullivan

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gathering Strawberry Fair on banks of the Liffey

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THE Strawberry Fair is set to bring a fun-filled day for all the family as it takes to the banks of the river Liffey this weekend. A terrific day has been planned by Blanchardstown Area Partnership, the organisers of the fair. Located on the Strawberry Beds in the Community Field at the bottom of Rugged Lane, there will be a family picnic. During the picnic there will be performances from magician Al Kazam, Blanchardstown Brass Band and Zumba. There is also a family dog show including categories such as cutest puppy and dog the judge would most like to take home, balloons, face-painting, ice cream and delicious strawberries provided by Donnelly’s Fresh Foods. Just a little down the road at the Strawberry Hall, there will be craft stalls with a range of crafts and foods for sale, accompanied by strawberries and cream, and ice cream. Al Kazam and Blanchardstown Brass Band will both give another performance at this location, together with events for all age groups organised by Castleknock Hurling and Football Club. Meanwhile, trips on the river Liffey will start here, with River Rafts of Lucan organising a number of rafts to take people down the river to Wrights Anglers Rest. Heritage walks, led by local historians, will take place along the closed road from Wrights Anglers Rest to the Strawberry Hall, and according

to organisers, it’s a “great opportunity to experience this beautiful location at its best”. Along the road Sweny’s Readers Group will give readings from Finnegan’s Wake. There will also be traditional music during the afternoon, ice cream, and strawberries and cream. Chief executive of the Blanchardstown Area Partnership Linda Curran said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Strawberry Fair, and hope that it will be a

great day out for all the family. Proceeds from the day will be going to St Francis Hospice, Dublin 15.” The official launch of the Strawberry Fair took place at the Strawberry Hall on July 11, with organisers, residents and the Mayor of Fingal, Kieran Dennison (FG), in attendance Permission has been given by the Strawberry Community Centre to host the event at its location in the community field.

At the launch were Kathleen Smith, Henry Gay, Fingal Mayor Kieran Dennison (FG), Brendan Hackett, Guy Thompson and Linda Curran

The Strawberry Fair takes place on Sunday July 21 from 2pm until 6pm on Lower Road, Strawberry Beds. The event is being organised by Blanchardstown Area Partnership, and supported by Fingal

County Council as part of the Gathering, together with Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Wrights Anglers Rest, the Strawberry Beds Residents’ Association, the Strawberry Hall, Marks and Spencers and Fingal

Volunteer Centre. For a full list of the programme details and times, or any changes, visit the social media links: strawbfair, strawbfair and www.bap. ie/strawberry-fair.

recycling WEEE’s three free events WEEE Ireland is hosting free recycling events in Dublin this month as part of summer recycling. The Irish compliance scheme for electrical and battery recycling is holding three free events on July 20. These events allow residents to get rid of any household electrical equipment and batteries in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Anything in the home with a battery or a plug can be recycled at these collections. The collection points are: Grangegorman Bring Centre, Grangegorman, Kinvara Road off Navan Road (at the shops) and Hole in the Wall Pub Car Park, Blackhorse Avenue. A full list of collection locations in other areas is available on

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opinion Richard Bruton argues the Government’s position

It’s long overdue that we scrap the Seanad ABOLISHING the Seanad would save €20 million a year, and reduce the number of national politicians by about a third. It would also bring Ireland into line with other small countries in Europe, all of which have only one chamber of parliament. You will have the opportunity to vote yes to bring about these changes, when the Government holds a referendum on abolishing the Seanad in

autumn. Most people are probably unfamiliar with the workings of the Seanad, which isn’t surprising when you consider that just 1% of the population voted to elect the current Seanad – and only 3% of the population are actually entitled to vote for the Seanad in the first place. [This situation] is utterly undemocratic and dysfunctional, and the reality is, the Seanad doesn’t do anything that isn’t already done in the Dail.

The savings that would be brought about by scrapping the Seanad are considerable. It would save about €100 million over the course of a five-year Dail term – that’s money that, I think, could be much better spent on building schools, running our hospitals and improving our roads. At a time when every family in the country is making sacrifices, I think it is only right that the political system does the same. Ireland is unique when compared to other small countries in Europe, because we are the only nation with a population of less than ten million with two chambers of parliament. Other small countries, such as Sweden and Denmark, have shown that

single-chamber parliaments not only cost less, but they also work more effectively and with more transparency. At the moment, Ireland has a lot more politicians than other countries of a similar size. In fact, we have, on average, 40% more politicians than other countries with a population of four to five million. By abolishing the Seanad, we will reduce the number of national politicians by 30%, bringing us into line with our international counterparts. The Seanad has been dysfunctional for decades, and yet no meaningful effort has ever been made to reform it. Not only is it elected by a tiny, privileged minority, it is almost powerless – the last time the Seanad actually rejected a piece

Minister Richard Bruton: “The Seanad is a luxury the political system can no longer afford, and I believe a reformed Dail can deliver accountable government with fewer but more effective politicians”

of legislation was 50 years ago. Occasionally, the Seanad delays legislation, but most of the time it just rubberstamps laws already approved by the Dail. In other words, the Seanad is an undemocratic body with very little power, costing us 10s of millions of euro a year to run. Those who are opposing the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad say it should be retained and reformed, yet there is no agreement on what sort of reforms should be implemented. This is nothing new; in its 75 years of existence, 10 reports have been published on reforming the Seanad, but no meaningful reform has been implemented. Rather than putting a n o t h e r i n e f f e c t i ve reform plan forward, this Government is asking a

much more fundamental question: does Ireland need the Seanad? If we really want to improve our system of democracy, we must push ahead with far-reaching reforms of the Dail. In tandem with the referendum on the future of the Seanad, the Government is putting forward a series of measures to reform the way our national parliament works, to make it more accountable and transparent. This includes overhauling the committee system to make it more independent and allow outside experts to be put centre-stage. Changes will be made to the way draft laws are considered, to allow backbench and Opposition TDs to have a greater impact on key legislation. We’ve already taken steps to increase female

representation in the Dail, cut the overall number of TDs, eliminate corporate donations and make lobbying more transparent. Radical reform is vital if we are serious about changing the way our political system works. I believe that we have too many politicians in this country, which is costing us money which could be better spent on public services. Put simply, the Seanad is a luxury the political system can no longer afford, and I believe a reformed Dail can deliver accountable government with fewer but more effective politicians. If you agree, then I urge you to vote yes to abolish the Seanad.

Richard Bruton Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and Fine Gael’s director of elections for the Seanad Abolition Referendum

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Toni Halpin and Demi Cullen with Snap, Crackle and Pop. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan



ELLOGG’S Coco Pops hosted a Monkey Moments Weekend at Dublin Zoo recently. Coco Monkey and his friends were on hand to celebrate with lots of fun and games for all the family, as well as special keeper talks. Pictured are just some of the lucky visitors who got to experience the celebrations.

Ava Dunne was delighted to meet colourful characters Elaine Brunton and Jordan Donnelly at Fort Lucan, who were helping to create a great party feeling at the popular adventure centre. As part of Fort Lucan’s milestone celebrations, the night was also being used as a special fundraiser for Barnardos, the children’s charity – something for everyone to smile about. Pictures: Ronan Sullivan

PARTY: FORT LUCAN MARKS 20TH WITH FUNDRAISER Declan and Luke Curran Maria, Luke and James

Having fun for Barnardos

Andre Smith with parents Liam and Crona

Sophie Mulholland

Kelly Timons and Kaylyn Wynne Laura Rodgers and Ashling Voakes

Janet, Ben and Hannah Moran with Ann and Patrick McGrath Deji Coo with his sons, Ayo and Okiki

Leah Tutty

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Colourful characters, from pirates to stilt walkers, added to the great sense of fun at the busy park’s celebrations

Glenda McCormack

Owners John Martin Smith and his daughter, Gillian

Fingal Mayor Kieran Dennison (FG) with Lauren Smith

Michelle and Tadhg Connolly

Mayor Dennison with Ella and Molly Coughlan

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usinesses in and around the Dublin 14 area attended an evening of showcasing, networking and talks at a business networking evening with Venture, The Business Network, at the BankCentre in

Ballsbridge recently. Deirdre Cleary, manager of AIB Dundrum, introduced the speakers to a packed hall. Keynote speakers were Kingsley Aikins of Diaspora Matters and Orlaith Blaney, chief executive of McCann, Dublin.

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animals: a second calf for rio and marmaduke

Dublin Zoo delighted over birth of Brazilian tapir Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a Brazilian tapir. The male calf, born on July 1 to mum Rio and dad Marmaduke, is the breeding pair’s second calf and has an older brother, MJ which stands for Marmaduke Junior, who was born at Dublin Zoo in June 2012. Team leader Eddie O’Brien said: “We are delighted with the birth of the tapir calf, he is already getting on really

well with his older brother MJ who is very protective of him. The calf was up and about quickly after he was born, he is already more adventurous than his older brother was at his age!” The story of Dublin Zoo’s tapirs is a heartwarming one; two years ago R io, the young female tapir, arrived at Dublin Zoo from Marwell Wildlife in the UK to join Marmaduke

the male tapir who had recently lost his longterm female partner Hillary, who died. T he keepers were hopeful the pair would connect and just over one year on Dublin Zoo was celebrating the birth of the pair’s first born calf and now just 12 months later they welcome their second calf. This is Rio’s second calf; Marmaduke has successfully fathered 18

tapir calves to date. Tapir calves are born with a number of white spots and stripes which act as camouflage in the wild. To celebrate the new arrival, Dublin Zoo is inviting people to suggest names for the male tapir calf based on his Brazilian origin. Suggestions will be accepted through the Dublin Zoo Facebook page w w w.facebook. com/dublinzoo.

Dublin Zoo’s latest baby, a Brazilian tapir who is already quite adventurous


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Say ‘I do!’ and get set for the 5k wedding run A 5K wedding fun run is set take place in the Phoenix Park this weekend. The Barnardos 5K Wedding Run is a fancy

dress run and will be followed by live music, family entertainment, freebies from suppliers and refreshments at

the post-run reception party. Olympic sprint star Derval O’Rourke joined Barnardos to help launch the first ever

Isabella Crinnion, James Murphy, Kerri Nicole Blanc and Darragh Malone at the launch

wedding run recently. She is preparing for her wedding later this year to fellow Olympian Peter O’Leary. “I’m delighted to support the Barnardos Wedding Run. It’s really getting me excited for my own big day later in the year – it might even be an idea for my hen party!” The run gets under way at 10am on Saturday, July 20 from Furze Road. Registration is €25 at www.barnardos.

ie with 100% of the proceeds going directly to fund Barnardos services for vulnerable children and families across Ireland. You can also register on the day from 9am.

seeking coastal champions An Taisce is calling on members of the Dublin community to put forward nominations for Ireland’s coastal champions. An Taisce’s Coastcare Merit Awards are an annual initiative run by An Taisce which recognises the invaluable contribution that individuals, community groups, businesses and schools make on a daily basis in protecting and restoring Ireland’s beautiful coastline. The awards form part of the Clean Coasts programme which encourages the public to care for, and celebrate Ireland’s coastal environment. Patricia Oliver, director of An Taisce Education Unit, said: “These prestigious awards are about recognising these coastal custodians and celebrating their dedication to protecting Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.”

If you would like to recognise an individual, coast-care group, school or business that is making a valuable contribution to protecting our coast, you can nominate them at Nominations must be received by September 20 for inclusion in the selection process.

dent family who are Irish and proud, with big hearts and laughs and who work hard and know how to toast success. If you think you’ve got what it takes, or know the family who does, call Casting House on 0044 1908 681 144.

family-based reality tv show

Home and Away hunk Dan Ewing visited Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin to lend his support to the hospital’s Heaven Cent appeal. The Aussie actor, who plays Heath Braxton in the popular soap, visited the hospital with his wife Marni last week. He dropped in to lend his suppor t to Heaven Cent, the joint fundraising campaign run by Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital by donating his cents to the fundraiser which finished on July 15. The two national children’s hospitals hope to raise €2 million through donations from the people of Ireland who have donated loose coins for the fundraising drive for urgently needed funds.

If you’re part of a big Irish family with your own family business, you could be set to appear in a brand new reality TV show this year. Casting House, a British-based TV production company, are searching for an Irish family with their own successful business to front a major new primetime TV show. The show will celebrate traditional Irish enterprise and culture, and will display strong family values, relationships and, of course, banter. The show will follow daily life in an enterprising family business, the strong family relationships that make the business work as well as sharing the parties and the magic family moments. Casting House are looking for a confi-

tv star does his bit for charity

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feature outdoors: Coast Guard advice for public

Five drownings prompt appeal to exercise caution With five deaths through drowning occurring in the space of a week, the Irish Coast Guard is appealing to people to be sensible in the water. The tragic deaths up and down the country have prompted an appeal from Declan Geoghegan, manager of the Irish Coast Guard, to people to stay safe and keep a close eye on their children when they are anywhere near water. “ Wa r m e r we a t h e r encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors and brings thousands of people to our coastlines, to

our beaches and the outdoors. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors but to remember to take simple, basic advice about staying safe on the water and along cliff paths, when hill walking and enjoying the outdoors. “Time and again, we see people ignoring basic safety advice, taking risks and then getting into difficulty, sometimes leading to loss of life. The Coast Guard is a 24/7 service but we must again advise caution as too many people are taking risks and ignoring our advice.” Last month the Irish

Coast Guard launched a summer water safety campaign designed to protect children on beaches and near coastlines. The Coast Guard made available thousands of free waterproof wristbands under the Give Us A Hand campaign. Parents or guardians can write their phone numbers on the wristband so that lifeguards, emergency services or members of the public can contact the child’s parents if the child becomes lost or becomes separated. The wristbands carry a message reminding the

public to call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard for beach, water or cliff emergencies. The wristbands are available from all Coast Guard units and are also from e-mail: admin@ Irish Water Safety echoed the advice of the Coast Guard, calling on people to avoid unsupervised waterways. “Having IWS assessed Lifeguards nearby is reassuring in case you need advice, help with first aid or missing children,” said an IWS spokesman. “They are trained to

The Coast Guard has launched a summer water safety campaign designed to protect children on beaches and near coastlines

prevent or react to unexpected incidents where seconds can make a difference. “However, lifeguards are not a child minding service and members of the public have a duty of care to protect themselves and their families when visiting waterways nationwide.”

Inspector Pat O’Sullivan of Lucan Garda station said that for gardai, the good weather brought these problems, but urged people to be safe. “There are generally no lifeguards on duty or lifesaving equipment in these areas, so we would advise parents and children not

to swim in these places. There are designated swimming areas for a reason because there are certain safety criteria in place.” Fingal County Council added that they have “limited resources” at their 13 beaches, so bathers should exercise caution when entering the sea.


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Celebrations for wedding winners

Man walks 140km canal route

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A VISUALLY-impaired man has walked 140km along the Royal Canal Way, b e g i n n i n g i n Cloondara, Longford and finishing up in Dublin. Rahim Nazarali, who is legally blind, started his journey on July 11 and finished up on July 14, with the assistance of a personal guide, Norman Capriani. His journey was in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The route comprises steep, uneven terrain, and just 12% of the route is a dedicated pathway. On average, Rahim walked 35km a day through counties Longford, Westmeath, Meath

COMPETITION winners have walked down the aisle after winning the Dream Wedding Giveaway at the Stillorgan Park Hotel last year. Balbriggan couple Paul Webster and Elaine McNally tied the knot at a ceremony in Balbriggan, followed by a reception at Stillorgan Park Hotel. In 2012, the couple were announced as the winners of the Dream Wedding Giveaway at the Stillorgan Park Hotel after entering a competition on Facebook. They won a wedding package worth more than €10,000.

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and Kildare before reaching his final destination in Dublin. Speaking about the challenge before he set off, Rahim said: “I am a keen walker and runner. For a person who is visually impaired, this at times presents a number of challenges, but with a little planning, many obstacles that arise can be easily overcome. “I have decided to turn what has been a longheld ambition of mine into an important fundraising opportunity.” Rahim is a tutor and works with the Rehabilitative Training Unit of the wheelchair association. The unit runs FETACapproved courses for people with physical dis-

abilities and other mobility issues. The courses provide students with the necessary confidence, skills, knowledge and attitude to develop and pursue their own personal goals. He said: “The [Rehab] course is funded by the HSE; however, the computer equipment used on a daily basis needs to be updated and improved to ensure that the students can continue to learn to use everyday technology that features in the home and the workplace. “All sponsorship and donations are greatly appreciated, and you can [still] pledge your support at rahimscanalwalk.” Also speaking ahead of

Impressive journey: Rahim Nazarali with adventure athlete Mark Pollock, the first blind man to reach the South Pole

the walk, Mark Pollock, an adventure athlete and the first blind man to reach the South Pole, said: “I wish Rahim luck with the walk and with his fundraising. “Any programme that

enables people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and to reach their full potential should be applauded. “I encourage people to support Rahim in his endeavours and to help

him to raise vital funds for the RTU.” Waterways Ireland and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland assisted Rahim to plan the route over the four days.

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law: When a couple separate, is a spouse automatically entitled to half?

‘No automatic right to a claim on your ex’s assets’  Our legal expert Noreen Maguire, solicitor with Maguire Muldoon Solicitors, discusses the issue of assets this week.

THE courts in Ireland have a duty under the Divorce Act to make sure children and spouses are provided for adequately. So, what would be considered “proper provision” in a divorce situation? Where time has passed since the initial break-up and a Deed of Separation exists whereby assets were already divided up, can the court redistribute wealth? What happens if one of the parties’ circumstances have altered – for example, if they become sick? Our Supreme Court gave guidelines in the case known as G v G, where a number of years after a legal separation the wife

suffered an illness and was unable to work. She ran out of money and debts began to mount. The husband’s wealth substantially increased and he had a comfortable lifestyle. The High Court awarded a substantial sum to the ill wife, but the matter was appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court looked at income and earning capacity, financial need, obligations and responsibilities. Also, the age of the spouse and the duration of the marriage were of importance. The court emphasised that where there was a Deed of Separation in place, it must be taken into consideration, especially where it is “in full and final settlement”. Unlike other countries, there is no “clean break” in Irish divorce; however,

it can be aspired to. In other words, the court can look to achieve finality for the couple. In this case, the Supreme Court agreed that the award to the wife was excessive. Just because there is more money in the pot since the initial separation does not mean there is an automatic entitlement to a divvy-up of these monies, especially where they are unconnected to a joint project of the spouses during their married life. If an ex-spouse has managed his or her financial affairs cleverly postseparation, it would be unfair if the court took this into account when examining the matter. Furthermore, the court indicated that the longer the time since the Deed of Separation, the less likely they are to interfere.

Of particular interest, the court said that monies inherited by one of the spouses were not to be considered marital assets. However, the court’s job is to be fair and reasonable and, accordingly, if a wife or husband’s life has dramatically altered since the original split – because of a serious illness, or the bursting of a property bubble affecting the value of assets, for example – they will of course look at that person’s reasonable requirements. The important point to remember is that provisions will be made if it is in the interests of justice to do so, but there is no automatic entitlement.  Any legal queries can be

put to Noreen by emailing mmurray@gazettegroup. com.

Noreen Maguire, solicitor with Maguire Muldoon Solicitors




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More cash-saving ideas Our intrepid doctor John Lowe has over 100 ways to save cash. From this week and every week, we will publish five at a time. Cut out and keep – better in your pocket as they say ! If you have any cash-saving ideas, please send them to 16. Review your investments monthly – products are launched every week and you should be wary of their performance on a regular basis. Rates change, some investments go out of favour – you have to be vigilant. If there is a better rate or greater potential, do not be afraid to move. Better in your pocket.

Kevin O’Loughlin, Nostra systems

Love affair with IT leads to top-notch services Kevin’s love affair with IT began in the early 1990s when his idea of fun was to dismantle and rebuilt his first Mac Classic. He began his career in the IT services industry in 1999, when he joined well known Dublin-based IT company, Typetec. He quickly established himself as an integral part of the team and was fast tracked to management inside a few short years. He remained

with Typetec in the capacity of IT sales manager until early 2006. After a short period of time away from the industry, Kevin decided to establish his own IT services company in late 2006. It was from here that Nostra came to be. Nostra now provides IT services to upwards of 150 clients, working with some of the most well-known companies in Ireland, and now also the UK.

How long have you been in business?

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, etc) to help your business?

Nostra started in December 2006. However, I have been in the IT service business since 1999.

What makes your business successful?

We started Nostra with something unique: our goal was to reduce IT in our clients’ businesses taking advantage of newer technologies. We grew in the early days due to savings delivered. Now we grow on the strength of our team, our client referrals, and the fact that we are the longest delivering cloud services.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

Our clients all have one thing in common, they need stable IT systems. By using cloud and onsite systems working together, we can deliver absolute stability at minimal cost. Because of the model, we need more customers – which had its challenges in the early days but, thankfully, we are now in a good place.

How has the recession impacted your business?

We had to completely re-think our business when the recession hit. Many companies used to lease equipment, but in 2008 that began to stop. We had to find solutions our clients could afford, therefore we went to the cloud. We would have been the first to do this, but these savings meant a lot to our clients when the recession hit.

I use Twitter a little bit and really should use it more. We have a 2013 strategy to communicate more via Twitter. Facebook I am not sure if it will hit our market and we view people and advertise for employees on LinkedIn.

What is your ambition for the business?

I would love Nostra to become the largest IT provider in Ireland, servicing 25,000 end-users daily.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Hire an accountant the day you start your business. Advice I didn’t take!

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

I am a people person, I would love to think that I could go for a coffee and bump into clients. Also, as we are so close, we can deliver a phenomenal service without extra cost.

Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

Bill Clinton, I’ve heard him speak twice and he is an extremely intelligent man. Branson, because I would love to have a pint with him and meet the man behind the man. Enda Kenny, I would love to give him some idea of what Irish businesses need.

17. Claim all your tax reliefs on residential investment properties – these include: a. 75% of annual mortgage interest paid b. Maintenance and repair costs c. Services charges (including buildings / block insurance) d. Property management charges e. Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) fees f. 12.5% of furnishings costs for each of the first eight years after purchase (receipts must be maintained) g. Property Tax – allowable to offset your tax liability in 2014 18. Working from home – if self-employed, be aware of the ability to reclaim partial costs by working from home eg electricity, heat and telecoms.

19. Save – be aware of the changing deposit interest rates while you should also have between three months and six months net annual income in a rainy day fund for three reasons: a. Emergencies (your car breaks down) b. Sudden loss of income (a partner loses their job) c. Investment opportunities (buying a rare Arabian oil lamp) 20. Rent a room relief – Renting a room in your home is tax free up to a limit of €10,000 per year – no expenses may be deducted and it is not available between connected parties. One-bedroom apartments do not comply! 21. Educate yourself – there is no excuse now to better inform yourself on any financial issue under the sun. Seminars, webinars, the printed works, consultations and good old Google – you are not alone.  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

debt: improving your financial situation

Help is available for those in mortgage arrears Ireland is currently in the middle of a mortgage crisis, with people struggling to repay their mortgages and many in fear of losing their homes. But there are things you can do to improve your situation. Engagement with your lender is vital. In order to gain the protections of the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears, you must provide full disclosure of your financial position and adhere to any initial loan modification agreement with your lender. If your problem cannot be solved in the short term the banks now have longer term solutions as follows: Trade-down mortgage: This will involve selling your current home as part

of any arrangement and moving to a house which achieves a reduction in your debt to an amount you can repay over a reasonable period. Split mortgage: This will involve the warehousing or parking of an element of your debt and repaying the balance over an agreed period. The warehoused portion is reintroduced as your repayment ability improves. Mortgage to rent: This is a government scheme under which you give up your house and rent it back from a housing agency. Also the government will shortly introduce the new insolvency law which will lead to many people receiving debt forgive-

Author Fran Dalton

ness. To qualify a person must be insolvent which means they are unable to pay their debts as they fall due. Before agreeing to any particular arrangement with your lender you should assess how you might fare under insolvency if this option is open to you. The use of a financial adviser is recommended at all stages in order to get the best result.

However in my book Making A Deal With Your Bank I have outlined in jargon-free terms the various processes to deal with mortgage debt and how you can achieve the best result.  Fran Dalton ( www. ) is the author of Making A Deal With Your Bank – An Insider’s Guide To Managing Your Mortgage Debt in shops now or from www.

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Comedian Greg Proops is appearing at the Nut Hut with his Smartest Man In The World podcast and at the Vodafone Comedy Festival on July 27

comedy: improviser, comedian, podcast genius returns to dublin stage

Smartest stand-up in town

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Beloved comedian, actor and podcaster Greg Proops is making a welcome return to Ireland in the coming weeks, with appearances at the Galway Arts Festival and the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens on July 27. The shows are a return to the Whose Line Is It Anyway format of improvisational comedy for Greg, who will grace the stage with Stephen Frost, Steve Steen, Andy Smart and Ian Coppinger. He is also bringing his hugely popular and essential podcast, The Smartest Man In The World, to the Nut Hut on July 27, in which Greg hilariously dissects a huge array of subjects as varied as world politics, baseball and classic funk bands in his own inimitable style.

Currently in his home city of San Francisco, Greg took a few minutes to talk to The Gazette, and we started by asking what it was like to be coming back to improv in Ireland. “It’s great fun. Frosty and the others are mad; we drink a lot and laugh like donkeys. I did a three-day tour of Ireland with Ian and Andy a few years back. Andy and Frosty and Steve I have worked with for 20 years. Since I was 11. “It’s super easy to get back into the improv groove. I play all the time in the US with [Whose Line stalwart] Ryan Stiles in an [improv] group. Plus, I riff my podcast for the most part.” An acclaimed stand-up as well as renowned improviser, Greg is set to tape a new comedy special — literally this week.

“I’m taping the special this Sunday. I hope it will go well. We are doing it at a vintage Hollywood restaurant called Musso and Franks. Humphrey Bogart and William Faulkner drank there. Now me.” The Smartest Man podcast, a weekly online radio show in the form of an extended conversation in front of a live audience has had a profound impact on Greg’s career. Hundreds of people come to the recording of the shows, which have come from as diverse locations as the Edinburgh Festival, La Java in Paris and a cruise liner on the Carribean. It has grown by word of mouth and recommendations since late 2010, and the relationship it has established with his followers is something Greg says he is very grateful for.

“It feels groovy. It is the reason I became a comic. Now at this late date, I realise I am connecting [with my audience] in a much deeper way, which is why I always meet and chat with people at the live shows. The audience has given me everything and I am moved beyond measure.” The success of the podcast is something that Greg says is having an effect on his stand-up material. “I am sitting while doing stand-up a bit more. I am trying to spiel more and hack less. If anything, I am more free to more revealing about my life, which I never was before. As Bill Hicks once said, ‘Less jokes and more me’.” Tickets for the Vodafone Comedy Festival are available at Log on to

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Izzie, a five-yearold crossbreed who has been at Dogs Trust for quite a while now. She is an absolute sweetheart of a dog, if a little shy and nervous at times. She will need a home with experienced dog owners, and preferably older kids. Izzie just loves her walks and especially loves playing with her ball and other toys, though not the squeaky kind! She loves cuddles and being brushed and will make a fabulous addition to the right family. If you think you can give this gorgeous girl all the cuddles and love that she so deserves, call 01-8791000 for more information. Dogs Trust are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M5O. Map and directions can be found on their website www.


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north: THE Slieve donard hotel - a celebration of victorian grandeur

Drive north for great Mournes experience  Dave Phillips

To really experience the great outdoors in Northern Ireland, getting up to Down is the way to go. It’s an easy drive from Dublin, heading straight up to Newry and then veering easterly, with the heathered Mourne Mountains providing ominous company for the rest of the drive. In much the same way that Glendalough captures so much of the spirit of Wicklow, visitors to Down should consider the Mournes an essential part of any trip. Thankfully though, you don’t need to climb to the top of the mountains to appreciate them. The Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, an outstanding celebration of Victorian grandeur, sits proudly on the coast commanding an unparalleled view of Ulster’s highest point. While the six-hour trek to the top is exceptionally rewarding, drinking it in from the hotel lawn or contemplating it while relaxing in the spa is rewarding in its own way. Newcastle also acts as a great base for day

trips in the vicinity. A 40-minute drive north will bring you to Castle Ward, near Downpatrick. Castle Ward is owned by the National Trust, and offers over 800 acres of walking trails, farmland and gardens, as well as activities like kayaking and archery. T he 18th centur y house that sits just on the shore of Strangford Lough is a bit of architectural oddness. The side of the house that faces land is built in a classical style, in complete conflict to the Gothic-styled side that faces onto Strangford Lough. A tour of the house shows how this is reflected in the interiors. The Jekyll and Hyde effect isn’t the result of one man’s madness; rather it is the result of one man and one woman. Tradition holds that Lord Bangor favoured the classical side, and his wife Lady Anne favoured the gothic. This architectural tiff presumably had deeper roots as once the house was built Lady Anne left Castle Ward and never returned to live there. Another amazing

National Trust attraction in the area is Mount Stewart. A very quick trip on the car ferry from Strangford to Portaferry will reduce the driving time from an hour down to around 20 minutes, and on a sunny day it gives an outstanding view of the gothic face of Castle Ward. On the opposite shore, Mount Stewart boasts some of the most amazing gardens on the island of Ireland. While many places claim to have a micro-climate, Mount Stewart proves it by growing banana trees and fruiting kiwi trees outdoors. Anyone interested in horticulture will be in heaven here as there is an array of gardens to wander around and plants and clippings can be bought to take home. The house at Mount Stewart was once famous for its glamorous Gatsbyesque gatherings that saw many notable figures, from Churchill and the future Queen Elizabeth, to WB Yeats and Michael Collins, pass underneath the lintel. If you’re keen to immerse yourself in this world, it’s best to

Those who enjoy hiking can trek up the Mourne Mountains in County Down

The annual International Bread Festival takes

Visitors can unwind and relax at the Slieve Donard Hotel in

place in Northern Ireland in May


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visit while the residence jazz band play in the gardens, on the first and last Sunday of July, August and September. The house itself is currently undergoing a huge amount of restorative work, but a tour is recommended if only to see the incredible amount of work that is involved in

such a project. After spending time slogging up the hills or wandering gardens, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy a reward – the Slieve Donard Hotel has an amazing menu, and watching the silhouette of the mountains disappear into the darkness from the big

windows of the dining room is a very special dessert. The second annual International Bread Festival was held this year at Castle Ward on the shores of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland in May. The three-day festival showcased Northern Ireland’s strong culture of making diverse and unique breads and visitors once again enjoyed baking demonstrations, taster sessions, local tours, as well as breads and foods from around the world. The legendary

Van Morrison also performed an open-air concert during the festival. For more information and updates on next year’s event, keep an eye on or visit w w w.discovernor Details on Mount Stewart and Castle Ward can be found at www. The Slieve Donard Hotel offers classic double rooms starting from €130. For more information, visit

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Relax and cruise across the Carribbean Imagining the perfect holiday usually conjures up images of sunshine, swimming pools, fancy restaurants and spa treatments. Throw in a Chocolate Bar (the kind that serves drinks), a gym, a whirlpool and some live music, and you’ve pretty much checked all the boxes. In fact, throw in a number of must-see destinations and you’ve got yourself a pretty good deal, especially when these particular holidays can start from just €2,919 per person for 28 nights this November with Thomas Cook Cruise. Last month, the P&O Adonia cr uise ship pulled into Dublin

shores, offering some travel agents and trade the chance to explore onboard. With a choice of dining venues including the Pacific, the Sorrento and the Ocean Grill (by Macro Pierre W hite) , an onboard beauty salon, a gymnasium, two swimming pools and whirlpool spas, as well as a giant game of chess and golf net, is pretty impressive. This adult-only vessel is exclusively for grown-ups and is one of the smaller ships in the P&O fleet. Its intimate size caters for just 710 passengers and 385 crew, and its compact size allows the ship to venture where larger ships cannot.

Visitors can sample fine cuisine onboard the P&O Adonia Cruise (left), and the atrium (right)

T he P&O Adonia Cruise sets sail on its 2 8 -n i gh t C ar i b be a n Cruise later this year, departing on November 22. The ship sets sail

from Southampton in the UK, making Madeira (Portugal), Barbados, St Lucia, St Bart’s, Virgin Islands, Antigua, Ponta Delgada (Portugal) - just

some of its ports of call. Thomas Cook Cruise offers the trip at €2,919 per person. Prices are based on two sharing an interior stateroom.

Since an around-theworld voyage is the ultimate dream for those who have a love of travel, Thomas Cook Cruise can make it a reality for

Irish holidaymakers next year, with the Adonia spanning 26 countries, stopping at a total of 48 ports of call and travelling around the world in 112 days. Over the 16-week voyage, the Adonia stops in destinations such as the Arab Emirates; India; Singapore; Malaysia; Philippines; Japan; South Korea; China; Vietnam; Cyprus; Greece; Egypt and Portugal. Departing January 7, 2014, the voyage is priced at €12,159 per person. For more information or to book, call the Thomas Cook Cruise team in Dublin on 01 514 0336, visit your local travel agent or log onto www.


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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Love Hungry Farmer

DES KEOGH, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, returns with his hugely successful and award winning show The Love Hungry Farmer by John B Keane. The play tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of indeterminate age and according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful. July 18 and 19, tickets €20/18.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Tupelo

TUPELO are an exciting, original, acoustic roots act. Their debut album Dirty Money came out back in 2011 with songs gaining plenty of radio play on national stations in the UK and Ireland including RTE and BBC. September 19, tickets €12/10.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Mountains to Sea Book Festival

HAVE you met The Grunts? This most unusual of families can’t help but get themselves mixed up in frankly improbable but very funny adventures involving bendy railings, full-fat yoghurt and, beards made of bees! Enjoy lots of eccentric silliness that will leave you rolling in the aisles, with the amazing author Philip Ardagh! September 6 10am, tickets €3.


review: The bling ring

Good girl goes bad as Emma grows up STYLE is king in Hollywood, everybody knows that. Sometimes a film, or a film star, can skate by with little in the way of substance but bags of style. It is a time-honoured tradition for actors and actresses to get to the top based on little more than good looks or media hype. In most places, that would be a bad thing, but in Hollywood it is something to be celebrated. With The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola takes on the story of a group that aspired only to being members of the Hollywood elite. The vapid airheads of the Bling Ring were a group of Hollywood teens who longed to rub shoulders with the Lohans, Hiltons and assorted Hills cast members of the world. Un f o r t u n a t e l y f o r them, they couldn’t get there on their own, so took to stealing from a number of celebrities. It is a novel approach to notoriety and one that you feel the protaganists didn’t exactly regret, such was their fixation on getting onto the E! network. The type of teenagers who drive white Audi’s

 xxxx zzzzzzzzz  Paul hosford Hermione has fallen in with the wrong crowd at Hogwarts (above and below)

to school tend not to have a handle on perspective, you see. Taking the accumulated material possesions of the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Megan Fox is presented as fun and games as the film shifts into a heist movie. It is a morally fluid shift as Coppola refuses staunchly to pick a side or openly condemn the actions, or attitudes, of her leads. T his is where the film excels, holding an almost documentarylike view on the thefts, letting the audience decide if these are the actions of a group of naturally bad people or just some disaffected youth. Visually and stylistically, Coppola masters the sheen and intoxicating glamour of the scene that these Bonnies and Clydes exist in. Rather than settle for a formula in the thefts, Coppola makes each one feel unique.

Film of the Week: The Bling Ring hhh (15) 90 mins Directors: Sofia Coppola Starring: Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale, Nina Siemaszk, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard


TREMENDOUSLY stylish and beautifully played, this is not a film that will age as well as Coppola’s previous output, but in the here and now, it is excellent. Gutsy decisions are made on both subject and stars and they all have paid off. Hat tips particularly to Watson, Chang and Leslie Mann.

O r l a n d o B l o o m ’s house gets the quickcut surveillance treatment, while Audrina Partridge (look her up, I had to) gets jacked in one glorious wide shot. The choice of Emma Wa t s o n a s h o m e schooled brat Nicki raised eyebrows across Hollywood as commen-

tators wondered if Hermione Granger could be bought as a bad girl. In another interesting selection by the former Gryffindor pupil, this perfect delivery of Valley-girl delusion builds on her excellent turn in last year’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and marks Watson as a smart,

incredibly savvy actress. It is a clever pick for both Coppola and Watson, but Katie Chang as the group’s de facto leader is a showstopper. In her head, she wants to run a fashion label, but in reality is just something of a manipulative thief. However, Chang’s dedication to her character’s bitchiness elevates the film as a whole. As do the cameos from Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst, who send up the whole situation beautifully. While Coppola may not have had it as an actress, as a director she’s fantastic.

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GM-Honda alliance for fuel cell vehicles General Motors and Honda have this week announced a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 timeframe. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies. The companies plan to work together with stakeholders to further advance refuelling infrastructure, which is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles. GM and Honda are acknowledged leaders in fuel cell technology. Takanobu Ito, president and chief executive of Honda Motor, said: “Among all zero CO2 emission technologies, fuel cell electric vehicles have a definitive advantage with range and refuelling time that is as good as conventional gasoline cars. Honda and GM are eager to accelerate the market penetration of this ultimate clean mobility technology, and I am excited to form this collaboration to fuse our leading fuel cell technologies and create an advanced system that will be both more capable and more affordable.” GM’s Project Driveway program, launched in 2007, has accumulated nearly three million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of 119 hydrogenpowered vehicles, more than any other automaker. Honda began leasing the Honda FCX in 2002 and has deployed 85 units in the US and Japan, including its successor, the FCX Clarity, which was named the 2009 World Green Car. Honda has delivered these vehicles to the hands of customers in the US and collected valuable data concerning real-world use of fuel cell electric vehicles.

Volkswagen is king of the 131 plate: As motorists get used to the new 132 plate, Volkswagen is celebrating being the top-selling brand of the 131 plate with the new Volkswagen Golf also the top-selling car. According to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), Volkswagen claimed 12.64 per cent market share for the 131 plate with 6,730 units, ahead of Toyota in second place and

Ford in third place. The Volkswagen Golf was also the top-selling model of the 131 plate, with 2,623 units or 4.93 per cent market share, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus. Commenting on the figures, Volkswagen Ireland head of marketing Paul O’Sullivan said: “We are delighted with the results for the 131 plate and we would like to thank our customers for helping us maintain our number one position.”

Volvo’s new sleek and powerful S60

volvo: a compelling alternative to competing European sedans

S60 blends safety, style and sportiness

n Cormac Curtis

From one end of the spectrum to the other… that’s what it’s like moving from Volvo’s exciting, nimble and re-vamped V40, to their luxurious, classic, sleek and powerful S60. In this job, driving different cars every week can be a challenge. For instance, just as you get used to driving a 200 bhp four-wheeldrive SUV around some of Dublin’s tighter streets, you can be changing it for a sub-1litre city car in a week that you’re driving to West Cork. But in recent weeks, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the experience of driving Volvo’s all-new V40 (as reviewed here last month), followed immediately by their executive saloon – the S60. In many ways, the

smooth transition between the two cars says more about the level of quality and comfort in the former, rather than the latter – but let’s not take any sheen off the S60 just yet. This is an elegant and superior drive – plain and simple. I wish I could compare the S60 to some of its previous incarnations, but I can’t; I wasn’t fortunate enough to drive one before. But what I can say is this: my wife drives a very high-end executive saloon, that has a threelitre engine, leather, and every bell and whistle imaginable. It is eyecatching, unusual and costs quite a bit when new. Personally, I would take the S60 any day of the week. New, the S60 starts at €33,595, about half

the price of the car I just described (I’ll spare the manufacturer’s blushes and keep it anonymous); but offers so much. One aspect of the S60 is just how incredibly subtle it is. At first glance, yes, it’s pretty, but not something that would stop you in your tracks. Even the metallic paint is very delicate, so much so that a few admirers asked me if it was metallic at all. Like so many of the models in Volvo’s current line up, this one has presence without shouting about it. It has stance that was lower than I expected, without any dramatic, over-the-top or aggressive lines. The front end is purposeful, without resorting to wildly angled headlights or a massive front grille; that said,

the headlight elements are nicely broken up between the main cluster and the grille itself. The look is determined, purposeful, strong, and really attractive. The lines of the car flow nicely toward the rear, with some very pleasing chrome highlights drawing the eye across the body, tapering toward the boot. There are no huge surprises with this body shape, but it is undeniably handsome, and spoton for the understated, upper-end executive saloon buyer. The real prize is when you sit in to the cockpit. Lu xur y just about describes what’s on offer here. The upholstery is dripping in leather, cream in this case, and just wraps you in comfort. The dials and displays

are more subdued than the V40, but all the better for it. This is, after all, for the executive who isn’t interested in the distraction of bells and whistles. The quality of materials and build feels right up there with Volvo’s best, reassuring to the touch and solid throughout. The only real disappointment here was the lack of an automatic gearbox, a manual just doesn’t feel right in a car that excels at so many levels. It goes without saying that this car drives like a dream; it’s comfortable, quiet, has just the right amount of power, and the handling is just quick and responsive enough. Would I own one? Yes, but with an automatic gearbox and in a more interesting colour.

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Still shining bright


interview: ash drummer Rick McMurray talks life on the road


Win Longitude tickets To celebrate this weekend’s Longitude festival presenting Paul Kalkbrenner (above), SBTRKT, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs on the Heineken Live Project stage, Gazette Music and Heineken are offering one lucky winner a pair of tickets for the Sunday of the Marlay Park festival (July 21). To be in with a chance of winning, like and share this post, and answer this simple question: Which hip-hop act performed as part of the Live Music Project at the Academy in May? To enter, LIKE our Facebook page,, enter your answer in the comments on our Rod Stewart competition post and LIKE and SHARE the post. Winners will be contacted via Facebook.

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Northern Ireland’s masters of the threeminute pop thrill, Ash, are returning to their natural habitat, the live stage, in the coming weeks and will be coming to Dublin to grace the stage at the Bulmers Live At Leopardstown on July 25. Gazette Music caught up with drummer and founder member Rick McMurray, just after returning from the band’s studio in New York where he, guitarist and vocalist Tim Wheeler and bassist Mark Hamilton, convened to start work on new material, their first since the epic series of 26 singles in 2011, the A to Z Series. “It was our first writing session in a while, and it was really exciting. “It was weird, all of us were nervous to get started. We were expecting to get the ball rolling gently and get back into it - we ended up coming away with eight songs, and we were really pleased with that.” Rick explained the band are set to get into the rehearsal studio ahead of their upcoming summer dates, which will

FASTtunes Ash: Vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, drummer Rick McMurray and bassist Mark Hamilton

include a series of festival slots, playing support to Smashing Pumpkins and headlining a series of dates in their own right, and we asked if the band would be live demo-ing new material as they travel round Britain and Ireland. “We are going to try to do a mixture [of live and studio writing], but we usually write in our studio in New York, which is what we have done since the studio was built in 2005. “But on the next bit of the tour, as we are hyped

up about getting a good start on the new material, we are going to do some extra work on the road as well.” The band’s live reputation more than precedes them, and they have built up their loyal following on the back of energetic and powerful performances, and Rick explains how Ash keep their edge in the live environment. “Doing the festival circuit is all well and good, but festivals are only on the weekend - what are we going to do the rest of the week? Instead of

going home for a couple of days and then back out again, we’d rather just keep playing, especially the more low-key shows. It keeps us match fit.” Rick explained there is a particular vibe to the kind of show they will be playing in Dublin. “Playing a show like Leopardstown is a lot like playing a festival, particularly the smaller vibe ones like Kendal Calling, where it’s a much different experience to the likes of Oxygen or T In The Park.” As for what the fans

can expect when Ash hit the stage at Leopardstown, Rick said that there will be something for everyone who has loved the band over the years. “We’ll be playing a kind of greatest hits kind of set, if we are doing a headline show, chances are that two thirds of that will pick itself, and the rest, we’ll chop and change things around. We’ve not given the setlist too much thought, we’ll just work on it when we get into rehearsal next week, and see where it goes...”

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Hallelujah! New Pearl Jam material is coming Good news for Pearl Jam fans: the band is ready to strike with a new album before the end of the year. A giant countdown clock on signified a big announcement was looming, and after it hit zero last week, then came the news that their tenth record, Lightning Bolt, will hit shelves on October 14. Eddie Vedder and Co have been working on the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer since 2011 and the album’s first single, Mind Your Manners is available to download now. US fans are especially happy with another announcement that Pearl Jam will also tour there later this year.


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In the last two weeks, at least 88 people in Egypt have lost their lives trying to peacefully protest with another 1,500 wounded. And while the media is focusing on the political fall-out, other events have passed virtually unnoticed. Women and girls protesting are time and time again, being sexually attacked by mobs, with authorities remaining idle. Tens if not hundreds of men surround their victims, tearing-off their clothes and veils. We have noticed. With your help, we will stand with protesters. We won’t look away. To donate today: TELEPHONE 1850 882 500, VISIT WWW.AMNESTY.IE/GIVE OR POST YOUR DONATION TO THE ADDRESS BELOW:

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


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FastSport Take your place at jackies’ summer camps:

The Irish display team of Eddie Goggins and Gerry Humphries take to the air over Bray. PIcture: Pat Lanigan Ryan

aeronautics: local flyer takes to the air for aerobatic demonstrations

Magnificent men in their flying machines over Bray A Cabinteely dentist has teamed up with a Limerick farmer to form an unlikely but exciting partnership as Ireland’s first ever civilian aerobatic formation team, and the duo will be making their debut on July 21 at the annual Air Spectacular, part of the Bray Summerfest for The Gathering. The “flying dentist”, Eddie Goggins, and Gerry Humphreys, a former RAF pilot-turned-farmer, have both performed solo flying displays in Bray for the last six years but 2013 will see them performing together for the first time.

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected at the Air Spectacular, which takes to the skies above the east coast. The UK-based Blades extreme formation team is set to perform a series of technically-demanding manoeuvres again this year. The four former RAF pilots are set to thrill the crowds with high speed formations such as the Hammerhead, the Blade Break, the Palm Tree Split and the Centrifuge. Both Irish pilots will be flying homebuilt aircraft to perform The Split Shamrock, The Crossover Loop, The

Derry Break, Synchronised Hammerheads, The Scissors, Opposition Rolls and even The Love Heart. There will also be special appearances by the Black Knights (the Defence Forces Parachute Team), the Irish Air Corps, the Irish Coastguard, the Aer Lingus retro plane and the Aer Arann ATR from Aer Lingus Regional. The recently-restored Chipmunk aircraft, flying in retro Irish Air Corps colours, will also be taking to the skies, along with the high speed SBach and the Silence Twister Aircraft.

Display director Se Pardy from Simtech Aviation said: “We have a whole host of eye-catching planes making their air show debut this year and we’re also welcoming back some firm favourites.” The aerial action starts at 3pm on July 21 and more information is available from, or at www.facebook/BrayAirSpectacular. The official Twitter account is @ BrayAirShow and the official hashtag for July 21st is #airspec.

The Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association is hosting two summer camps and are inviting prospective future Jackies stars to take part in coaching that will be run by some of the Dublin ladies team. Week one of the camp will be held in St Margaret’s GAA Club in north County Dublin from July 29 to August 2, while week two will be held in St Peregrine’s GAA club in Dublin 15 from August 12 to 16. The camp is for girls aged nine to 13 years and costs €55. They run each day from 10am to 3pm. For registration information contact or log on to download the application form.

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FastSport Penn state and UCF to contest 2014 classic at croker: Croke Park and the GAA announced at half time at the Leinster Senior Football championship final last week that the 2014 Croke Park Classic will feature the clash of Penn State and the University of Central Florida (UCF) on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The match, which will be the season opener for both teams, will be the first internationallyplayed encounter in Penn State’s 127-year gridiron history. UCF also will be playing outside the United States for the first time in their history. Paraic Duffy, GAA director general, said: “Irish people are renowned for their love of sport as evidenced by the thousands who attend our games throughout the year. I have no doubt that this game will be every bit as attractive.”

blitz: hurl smart week at somerton proves a great success

Camogie comes to ’Knock 

Castleknock Hurling and Football Club were the focus of the city’s attention recently when they were the Dublin host for the Camogie Association’s

second annual Hurl Smart week. The initiative is a partnership between the Camogie Association and the Nutrition And Health Foundation, and Castleknock were gracious hosts.

The attentive participants at the Hurl Smart week at Somerton

The week was organised with different events each evening which were aimed at encouraging everyone to Hurl Smart, increase their activity levels and lead a healthier lifestyle. The week kicked off

Heads up at Somerton for the Hurl Smart event

with a strength and conditioning session in Castleknock’s Somerton grounds for the Under15 and 16s and older players, with Owen McGrath from Fingal Sports Department. Players participated in a wide range of activities from core strength training to aerobic drills. Ideas and tips were given to the players and all the mentors who also attended. Wednesday saw a session from Dublin games promotion officer, Mark McManus, which focused on camogie skills and nutrition advice. Un d e r-13 a n d 14 players were given an opportunity to pick up the many tips on offer

at this session and went away with plenty to put into practice. Mini blitzes were organised across two nights for the Go Games team age-groups, with all girls Under-8 up to Under-12 invited to join in. Huge turnouts were recorded for the blitzes where all players were given the opportunity to play several short matches and finals were held. The excitement was heightened on the arrival of several of the Dublin senior camogie players who came to answer questions from the players and to sign autographs. It was appreciated that Alison Maguire,

Helen Cosgrave, Mairi Moy nihan and Aine Fanning took time away from their training to visit Castleknock. W i t h t h e h e a l t hy lifestyle focus for the week, Castleknock, with assistance from sponsor Keelings, arranged for healthy fruit and snacks to be provided to everyone who participated at the blitzes and all the other events throughout the week. The week ended on a high with Saturday being the day for a Mum And Me event for the club’s nursery girls. The morning started a little blustery with Mums hovering, but that didn’t last long as they came out in force to try their hand at camogie.

Symmons named Irish Times sportswoman of June 

Nikki Symmons receives a commemorative picture from IHA vice president Richard Kendrick prior to Ireland’s game against Canada

Ireland and Loreto hockey star Nikki Symm o n s w a s l a s t we e k named as The Irish Times / Irish Spor ts Council Sportswoman of the Month for June 2013. The 30-year-old, who plays her club hockey for Dundrum’s Loreto, received her 200th Ireland cup last month, the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass that many international repre-

sentations. She reached the milestone in the first game of a three-match international series against Canada in UCD. Sy mmons’ first cap came in 2001 when she made her debut for the national side at the age of 18 against Wales. Symmons is currently dividing her time between the national team and her role as a mentor, along with Eddie O’Sullivan, D av y F i t z g e r a l d a n d

Kenny Egan, in a new RTE series called Ireland’s Fittest Family, which will air in September. The accolade of winning the sportswoman of the month award means Nikki will be the sixth of 12 sportswomen who will be in the running for the prestigious title of Sportswoman Of The Year at an awards ceremony in December 2013. Established in 2004, the aim of the Sportswoman of the Year awards is to

recognize the abilities and achievements of women in Irish sports. The awards run over a 12 month period, with the judges selecting a winner each month for her ability to excel in her area. From the 12 monthly winners, the overall Sportswoman of the Year is selected and announced in December. The winner is decided by a judging panel, which is represented by individuals from The Irish Times and RTE.

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Zayed comes home after Iranian odyssey Dundrum native Eamon Zayed hit the headlines in the Tehran derby with a remarkable hat-trick that made his name in Iran. He spoke to Gazette Sport about his return to the League of Ireland Dundrum man Eamon Zayed has had a varied and successful career to date. His standing as a top player in Irish football over the years has seen him claim titles and championships while playing for Drogheda United, Sporting Fingal and Derry City. But offers from abroad and his experience playing for the Libyan national side, which he qualifies for by virtue of his father’s nationality led him to playing in Iran’s Pro League, first with Persepolis and then with Aluminium Hormozgan. Gazette Sport caught up with Eamon after he signed up to return to the top flight of Irish soccer with Shamrock Rovers, and began by asking him about his decision to return home. “I’m happy with my

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decision and happy to be home. I’m delighted to be playing for Rovers under Trevor as the manager, as I know him through the League of Ireland, and working with him previously.” The decision to move abroad to play was a natural one for Eamon. “I always wanted to play football abroad. People always think about playing in England and Scotland straight away when they talk about playing abroad, but I represented Libya’s national team for the first time in 2010, and that opened up my eyes

to different cultures and football environments. When I got the chance to play in Iran, it was worth my while, in terms of a footballing education and experience.” Eamon says there were highs and lows about his Iranian experience, and a lot of lessons were learned. “I really wanted to go, and I’m really happy I went. I learned a lot of things, and I enjoyed my year and a half over there. In saying that, there were some difficult times, and the last half year was difficult enough, just being away from home.” B a s e d i n Te h r a n , Eamon made his mark in the derby match between Persepolis and Esteghlal Tehran when he scored a hat-trick in only his second appearance for the side.

Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly and new signing Eamon Zayed

“If I hadn’t scored that hat-trick, I would have been back in two months. I had signed a contract for six months, and after one month, I hadn’t gotten any game time. The manager didn’t know who I was, the president of the club had signed me. When I turned up for training on

attitude changed and I played every game I was fit for. The fans perception of me was unbelievable. I couldn’t go anywhere without being recognised. I was going into supermarkets and had crowds around me.” But contractual wrangles and restrictions of


‘Playing in Iran was worth it in terms of a footballing education and experience’ - Eamon Zayed


the first day, the manager asked me who I was. “I was contemplating packing it in, but when results were not going our way, I got gametime. In the first game, it was a nil-nil draw. The next game was the derby. I didn’t really understand how much it meant to the people. I do now - it’s life and death for them, quite literally. “We were 2-0 down, down to 10 men with 10 minutes to go. It was just one of those Roy Of The Rovers things, three chances and three goals.” The impact of his goals were seismic both within and outside Persepolis. “Everything completely changed. I played every single game after that. The players’ attitude to me changed - it was hard to integrate, and I felt like an outcast. But the next day, they were speaking a few words of English to me. The manager’s

trade meant that Zayed moved to Aluminium Hormozgan a year into his stint in Iran. “In the middle of May, the season finished in Iran. I flew to Libya to play in three national team games there. When I got back, I wasn’t sure what the next step would be. I had offers to play in Iran, in Malta, and in America, but there were a few back in Ireland. After debating it with my family and friends and girlfriend, I decided to come back to Dublin.” A happy return it has proven to be, with Eamon making his return to the first team at Shamrock Rovers last week, ironically against his former club Derry City. Although he did not manage to get on the scoresheet, he was a constant threat up front as Rovers claimed a 2-1 victory after Sean O’Connor fired a brace to bring the points home.


Healy and Fitzgerald at Terenure summer camp Leinster Rugby stars Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Healy joined in on the fun and tough training at the Leinster Rugby summer camp held in Terenure College RFC last week. The Leinster players were on hand to help aspiring rugby stars of tomorrow improve their fitness, fine tune their rugby skills - such as passing, tackling, evasion and kicking - and of course to join in on the craic. The camps are open to boys and girls aged six to 12 and are run by fully accredited IRFU coaches. They will take place in 19 venues throughout 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 dates are as follows: July 29 to August 2: 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 - each camp attendee will receive an official Canterbury of New Zealand Leinster Pack which includes a T-shirt, ball, boot bag and water bottle. For more information, log on to

Leinster set for battle in pre-season Leinster Rugby have announced that they will be facing off against two heavyweights of Irish and British rugby in their pre-season matches which will take place in late August. The reigning Challenge Cup and

PRO12 champions will play Ulster at Ravenhill in a repeat of the recent PRO12 Grand Final on Friday, August 23 with a 7.30pm kick-off. A week later on Friday, August 30, Leinster will face Northampton Saints in Donnybrook with a 7pm kick-off ahead of the start of the full season a week later. Tickets are on sale now from


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soccer: final day drama sees side up to U-13b division

Celtic DCH’s McManus claims PB in Finland Celtic DCH athlete Catherine McManus was delighted after she recorded a personal best time of 11.74 in qualifying for the semifinals of the women’s 100m at the European Under-23 track and field championships in Tampere, Finland. Though she placed seventh in the semi against a very strong international field, her showing in this event bodes well for the rest of the season as she comes back from injury. Her clubmate, Steffi Creaner, lined up in the 200m, finishing six in her heat but did not advance to the final of that discipline. Other Dublin athletes did well while representing the country at the Tampere event, including Conor McCullough from Crusaders AC who produced a season’s best throw of 71.49m in the men’s hammer throw to finish in sixth place overall. His clubmate, Richard Morrissey, had an impressive championships in the men’s 400m, running a personal best of 46.57 to qualify for the final, where he finished seventh in a very strong field in a time of 46.61.

Corduff player makes grade for Rovers Corduff FC were celebrating last week when former club man Nathan Brown made his full senior soccer debut for Shamrock Rovers in their 4-1 win over Dundalk in the Leinster Senior Cup match at Tallaght Stadium. Brown was a member of Corduff since the age of nine and played up to and including Under-16. Brown was also the first representative

of the club to line out in the final of the Kennedy Cup in 2009, paving the way for more club members to take their places in the national inter-league competition. Brown was part of the Rovers defence, and first-half goals from Karl Sheppard and Mark Quigley were followed by Eamon Zayed’s first in a Hoops jersey, before Tommy Stewart smashed home the fourth, though Cianan O’Connor’s early second-half goal had given the Lilywhites some brief hope.

Castleknock Celtic relaxing after sealing promotion from NDSL 13C division with a penalty shoot-out victory over Laytown United

Celtic secure promotion 

Castleknock Celtic secured promotion from the NDSL Under-13C league with a dramatic penalty shoot out at the end of their play-off match against Laytown United. Laytown had proved difficult opponents in previous meetings, and both teams were evenly matched on 46 league points apiece and an equal goal difference of 24. From the start, Celtic had the majority of the possession and missed a few early chances to

score. But for the sterling work of Laytown’s goalkeeper, Celtic would have expected to be in front early on. However, following a long ball clearance from goalkeeper Aidan Kearney that was headed on by Vlad Skyrpa, Liam Tobin rounded a number of Laytown’s defenders to shoot past their keeper and Celtic took a 1-0 lead. Just before half-time, Laytown sent a ball from the left hand corner across Castleknock’s goal to the unmarked Laytown striker, Ben

Jubilant jack Leinster U-13 win for Westmanstown golfer westmanstown golfer Jack Doherty was

the winner of the last round of the Leinster Boys Under-13 series which was held at the Royal Tara Golf Club last week. Jack won the event, which was a gross Stableford format over 18 holes. The series final will be held at Lucan Golf CLub on August 16. Jack is pictured here with John McGrath of Leinster Golf and Leinster coach Shane O’Grady.

Picture: Ronan Quinlan

Wherity, who slotted home an equaliser. The second half was a spirited battle between the two teams. However, Laytown’s strength on the break continued to be a threat. Their pressure paid off when they were awarded a penalty which saw Celtic reduced to 10 men before Laytown’s Ethan Donnelly scored past the diving effort of Aidan Kearney in the Celtic goal. Celtic were staring down the barrel of ending the season out of the honours, only weeks after they had led the league table and looked a good

bet to take the title. They dug deep, however, and following sterling defence, it was Tobin again who sprung to Celtic’s rescue. He pounced on a shot from the Sean Hogan which Laytown keeper could only parry into the path of Tobin who fired home from 10 yards to make the sides all square once more. Celtic then held out until the final whistle, following 20 minutes of extra time to take the game to penalties. In a tense shoot-out, Celtic emerged victorious, with keeper Kearney

scoring his team’s first penalty, and then saving Laytown’s final penalty, which earned Celtic promotion to the U-13B league next season. It was a fitting end to a season which saw this team dig deep often and they now look forward to the challenges following promotion. Castleknock Celtic: Aidan Kearney (captain), Callan D’Arcy, Luke Toland, Simon Ayers, Gary Brennan, Hugh Caffrey, Sean Hogan, Vlad Skyrpa, Rhys Hogan, Sean McCormack, Liam Tobin, Cathal Joyce.

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St Brigid’s back on top in AFL Division 1 

ST BRIGID’S restored a two-point lead at the top AFL Division One after they had five points to spare over Raheny at Russell Park last Saturday evening, eventually running out 1-14 to 1-9 winners. It leaves them two points clear of Kilma-

cud Crokes – who fell to defeat against St Jude’s – Ballyboden St Enda’s and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh, who also lost out in their league encounters. Philly Ryan netted the critical goal for Brigid’s while also chipping in with a quartet of points on a night when Kevin Bonner and Barry

Cahill also weighed in on the scoring stakes. Gavin Kane and Collie Freeman impressed at the back to see St Brigid’s run up their eighth win from ten outings thus far this season, leaving them well set to reach the play-off phase of the competition come the end of the league phase.

Elsewhere, St Oliver Plunkett’s fell 0-16 to 0-10 to Parnell’s in Chanel as Darren Rooney put in a starring performance while former Mayo star Conor Mortimer fired over a number of scores. It leaves Plunkett’s in fourth place with five rounds of matches still to be played.

football: dublin secure ninth provincial crown

Club Noticeboard st brigid’s CONGRATULATIONS to the Dublin

seven-year-olds resumes af ter

senior footballers and Dublin ladies

the summer break on August 24.

Gaelic footballers each of whom

New members and families wel-

their Leinster finals last weekend.

come. Contact Paul on 087 915 4748

It was a great weekend and well

or email

done to all the St Brigid’s representatives. Player of the match was our own Noelle Healy. Well done to our junior C football-

The club Lotto jackpot remains at €15,000 and the reserve rises to €4,600 for our next draw, which will be in the Rosemount Inn on Thursday, July 18.

ers on reaching their semi-final,

Our club shop is open every Fri-

and hard luck to our junior A and

day from 7 to 8pm and every Sat-

B teams - the junior As took their

urday morning from 10.30 am to

match to extra time and the junior

12 noon, stocking our new O’Neills

Bs were pipped by a point


Details and booking forms for

Im p o r t a n t d o cu m e n t o n t h e

our annual summer camps are

penultimate stage of our develop-

now online and in the club. Camp

ment plan now in club and on web-

2 for five- to 12-year-olds, runs


from August 12 to 16; and Camp 3

New clothing collection point

for four- to seven-year-olds runs

in Russell Park. Time to clear out

from August 20 to 23. Great fun in

those wardrobes and drop down

store with lots of goodies to give

any old clothes you have.

away. To book a place for any of the

Finally, make sure you check out

above camps, please contact John

the latest classes on offer in our

O’Loughlin on 087 780 1067.

TWIST HPC, which are open to eve-

Our club nursery for four- to


st peregrine’s THE senior camogie team have their

to come to our Gathering event,

Summer Cup semi-final v Whitehall

please contact Cara.

in Hartstown Park this week. All support welcome. Player of the Game Noelle Healy and Meath’s Aideen Guy pictured in action in the Leinster final. Picture:

Healy’s points help secure Leinster title


ST BRIGID’S Noelle Healy kicked five points as Dublin’s ladies footballers secured their ninth provincial title win last Saturday with a notable 14-point victory over great rivals Meath. Powerful Parnell’s forward Lindsay Peat got the Dubs off to a dream start when she rattled the back of the Meath net within a minute of the throwin, scoring possibly the quickest goal in Leinster final history. Peat was on target again scoring her second goal in the sixth minute, while

fellow Dublin forwards Lyndsay Davey and Noelle Healy were also causing the Meath defence untold problems. The last 10 minutes of the first half saw Meath recapture their composure, notching up three unanswered points, two from corner-forward Geraldine Doherty and a Katie O’Brien free. It meant Dublin took a two-goal lead in at half time, 2-6 to 0-6. Early in the second half, three-time All-Star Sinead Aherne gave Dublin the perfect second half tonic when she kicked over Dublin’s seventh point

and then added her sides third goal, all within two minutes of the restart. With Meath’s confidence ebbing away, Dublin never looked back, with Amy McGuinness, Healy, Davey and substitute Siobhan Woods all pointing for the Metropolitans. Remarkably, Dublin’s tally of 3-14 all came from play, while four of Meath’s nine points came from placed balls. Dublin boss Paul Gilheaney, while content with his side’s overall performance, acknowledged that there was still a lot of work to be done if Dublin are to be considered as

serious challengers for the Brendan Martin cup. Elsewhere, the TG4 senior championship was blown wide open when defending All-Ireland and Munster champions Cork were sensationally defeated by Kerry in Saturdays Munster final, Kerry denying the Rebels a 10th successive Munster crown. Meanwhile Monaghan picked up their fourth Ulster title in four years following a comprehensive defeat of Tyrone while over in the west, Galway retained their Connacht title with a 0-16 to 1-9 win over Mayo.

The adult hurlers travel to Crokes on Wednesday and host Parnell’s on Saturday. There was a great win for the senior footballers over Crokes last Saturday. The club will be celebrating The Gathering , with details TBC. If anyone has contact details for past members who would like

The club Lotto was not won. Numbers drawn were 5, 12, 15 and 16. Next week’s jackpot is €6,600. If anybod y ha s any thing for clubnotes please email rober t . Bingo on Wednesday at 8.30pm, this week’s jackpot is €850. Entertainment in the club this Saturday night is from Jukebox. DJ Vinny will also be in action on Sunday evening.

castleknock It was a fantastic week for the

go to Ciaran who was Man of the

adult footballers, as all three teams

Match in Croke Park on Sunday.

had great wins.

The intermediate hurlers have

The first team had a great league

two big league games this week

win against Clontarf on Thursday,

on Wednesday and Saturday, with

the second team progressed to

details of both games on the web-

the semi-final of the championship


on Tuesday and followed up with a

Well done to Molly O’Neill, Aoife

great league win against St Jude’s

Whelan, Aisling Andrews, Niamh

on Friday, and the third team also

Mulroney and Caoimhe Hughes who

progressed in their championship

represented the club at the week-

on Thursday.

end at an Under-14 inter-county

And the whole week was rounded off nicely, as the club would like

camogie blitz in Naomh Mearnog in Portmarnock.

to congratulate the Dublin senior

The Great Car-Giveaway is con-

footballers and ladies footballers

tinuing with the chance to win a car

on winning their respective Lein-

if you enter the bond or tax dona-

ster championships.

tion scheme, in conjunction with

Special mention must of course

the clubhouse appeal.

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Castleknock’s Ciaran Kilkenny was man of the match as Dublin claimed the Leinster title in a thrilling match against Meath at Croke Park. Picture: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile

Kilkenny over Leinster Castleknock star is man of the match as Dublin claim the Delaney Cup at Croke Park with a decisive, historic display against Meath

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FOR a second game running, Castleknock man Ciaran Kilkenny produced a man of the match performance as the Dublin senior footballers overcame Meath 2-15 to 0-14 last Sunday in Croke Park in the Leinster decider. Kilkenny landed a series of points in the second period while inspiring a more cohesive performance after Meath had led by two points at the half-time break. Those improvements ultimately saw Paul Mannion sweep home a 60th minute goal that finally shook off the attentions of the

Royal County but it was Kilkenny who earned another award for his individual role in the win. Speaking afterwards, he said that when you get to perform on such a stage, why would you want to be anywhere else, a reference to his brief sojourn to the AFL which he cut short due to a desire to line out for the Dubs. “Sure, when you have this kind of weather, who would want to go to Australia? Playing in front of 60,000; Dublin-Meath; what’s better than that? “I’m just privileged to line out for my county with talented lads and hopefully we can push on [in the All-Ireland champion-

ship]. “It was a typical Dublin-Meath battle out there, hard-fought to the very end. They put it up to us but we just pulled away toward the end and we’re delighted with the win. “We just stuck to our system and our game plan and were patient and took our scores.”

Standards Manager Jim Gavin, meanwhile, added that it was an important test, one which he says will serve as a warning to his players to keep their standards high. It was Dublin’s eighth Leinster win in nine years and was Gavin’s second title since taking over from Pat Gilroy, adding to the

National League win in the spring. Speaking afterwards, though, Gavin said there is still plenty of work to do if an AllIreland title is in the pipeline. “We keep winning, that’s what it’s about. Once we keep winning and try and link in a consistency of performance that we have been searching for, and we haven’t got it yet. So the players themselves know there are lots of areas for them to improve on on the training field over the next couple of weeks.” “I was satisfied with the result. We always knew it was going to be very difficult. I think both halves showed that. In the last quarter we pulled away, but right up until the end it was in the mix.”