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Step into health: Fingal puts best foot forward THE Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Kieran Dennison (far right), along with over 500 Fingal residents, braved the wet weather and took part in the 3km Operation Transformation Walk at Ardgillan Demesne in Balbriggan recently. This is the fourth year that the walk has been held, and was organised by the council’s sport’s office in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council and Balbriggan Road Runners.

Calls for clean-up of ‘unsafe’ access road Walkway described as ‘disgusting eyesore for residents and their children’


AN access road used by schoolgoing children has been described as “dangerous and unsafe” leading to calls for action to get it cleaned up.

The road, which leads to two schools and a community centre in Tyrrelstown, is a concern for locals who must walk through muck and pass piles of rubble each day. Father-of-three Charlie Cleary says action is needed

to maintain the road to a suitable standard for a school community. “It’s dangerous – very unsafe and hazardous,” he said. “It’s a disgusting eyesore for residents and their children to endure on their way

to school every morning.” Cllr David McGuinness FF) said the situation was not ideal but he was hopeful it would improve with proposed plans for Tyrrelstown Parklands. Full Story on Page 2

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Children have to walk through muck and by piles of rubble to access their school

‘Hazardous’ access road prompts call for action An access road leading to two schools and a community centre has been described as “dangerous and unsafe” for locals who are now seeking action on its maintenance. Residents, parents and schoolgoing children have to walk through muck and pass piles of rubble to access their school and local community centre in Tyrrelstown. Father-of-three Charlie Cleary is demanding that work be done to maintain the road to a standard suitable for any school community. “It is dangerous – very unsafe and hazardous,” he said. “It is a disgusting eyesore for residents and their children to have to endure on their way to school every morning. I believe it shows a complete disrespect for

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the local residents of Tyrrelstown. “There has been no cutting of grass or maintaining of margins, and no one seems to know anything in relation to the insurance of the road – it is just unbelievable. “Every morning you go down with the kids, it’s not a good example to be giving kids that a road should look like this. “It has been like that since the school has been open – about three years. “What I can’t understand is how Fingal

County Council can buy land on an island type scenario without access to that land. I wouldn’t buy a house without buying the driveway with it. “How can any authority be acting in the best interest of the local community by allowing this to happen? “There are cars all over the place too, they are parking on top of each other it is an accident waiting to happen,” he said. Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness said the situation was not ideal but he was hopeful it would improve. “It is my understanding that the land in question is owned by the Department of Education and Fingal County Council. “This has been raised

on a number of occasions and [the council] is currently developing a master plan for the parkland in that region and with all the works going on this is part of the consideration. “In the morning children are accompanied by parents and the difficulty at that time is that if the mud piles are there it is bringing the dirt into the schools, and then after hours children will try to venture onto the lands and play but it is inappropriate because these are excavation works. “These lands are adjoining what will be Tyrrelstown Parklands and playing pitches. What I suspect the council feel is that it is all work in progress at this site, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they are

responsible in ensuring it is safe and sightly, a significant amount of money has gone into it and they are the primary people who hold responsibility for making sure the area is safe for people using it. “Ultimately there is a long-term plan here to make the community centre accessible through other routes, mainly the N2/N3. I think this particular road has opened up the land in the shortterm but it is not good enough for a community to have to wait years to get stuff in place. It is not ideal the way it is now, but it is a solution for the moment that will improve into the future,” he said. Fingal County Council was unable to comment at the time of going to press.

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dublin 15 Petitions and protests held against installation

Residents ‘incensed’ over water meters  Natalie Burke

Residents in Dublin 15 are “angry” and “incensed” at being forced to have water meters installed in their homes. That is according to Cllr Matt Waine (SP) of the Anti-Austerity Alliance (A AA), who this week said that local residents are angry at being forced to have water meters installed, while he says that at the same time Irish Water “wastes millions” on consultants. A number of organised petitions and protests was held in areas a r o u n d D u b l i n 15

recently to help campaign against the installation of water meters in the locality. Speaking to the Gazette, Cllr Waine described Irish Water as being a “gravy train” and said that people will refuse to pay the water bills when they come into play in 2015. “Residents are livid that this company has been handed more than €100 million to profiteer from water and has shown itself to be a gravy train, paying consultants extravagant sums and handing out bonuses while we endure austerity,” he said.

“The AAA organised petitions and stalls this week in Roselawn and Hartstown in opposition to water charges and we witnessed outrage among people over this,” he added. Bernadette Rynne, a nurse and Huntstown resident who has organised local protests against water charges recently, and whose estate is currently being metered, said: “It is galling for people to see a meter going in outside their gate, to hear in the news about this company’s carry-on and that they intend us to foot the bill. “People are now say-

ing they will not pay the water bills when they arrive in 2015. “We have already been betrayed on the property tax which didn’t go to local councils as promised but instead went to help set up Irish Water,” she said. Defending Irish Water, Padraig Slyne, regional communications manager for the semi-state company, said that setting it up is one of the biggest reform agendas undertaken in the public sector and involves moving from 34 local authorities providing water services to a single national water authority.

The Anti-Austerity Alliance protest the installation of water meters

“Critically, it has to deal with a legacy of under-investment in the sector and finding more efficient ways of delivering the water service in Fingal and elsewhere.

“We believe that the setting up of Irish Water will ultimately save the State over €2bn by 2021. “In addition to this long-term saving, the metering project which

is now up and running for six months is providing much-needed employment in the construction industry in Dublin and around the country,” he said.

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tv: Don’t Tell the Bride to feature first ever civil partnership

Opera Gala on the way

 Laura Webb

Fearless leader: Higgins’s stance on injustice garners just praise the Concern Worldwide / Fr Aengus Finucane Award for Services to Humanity was recently presented to President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain by Fr Jack Finucane and Concern’s chief executive, Dominic MacSorley. The award was previously accepted by former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Mr MacSorley, “the award recognises President Higgins’ fearless approach to tackling difficult and challenging issues, and not shying away from the uncomfortable realities of inequality, injustice and intolerance.” Picture: Maxwell Photography

A Blanch couple is to feature on the fourth season of Don’t Tell The Bride in the show’s first ever civil partnership. Alan Dunleavy (39) and Trevor Moore (29) feature in the second episode of the new season which airs on RTE 2 on Thursday, January 23. S t u d e n t Tr e vo r i s tasked with creating a dream wedding for his partner, Alan, in just three weeks without any help from his partner. The couple met four years ago on a night in The George bar in Dublin and they were wearing the same T-shirt.

Perfectionist Alan is the organiser in the relationship and had grand ideas for a five-star wedding. But he revealed he --------------------------

‘Towards the end it felt like being in witness protection’ --------------------------

had doubts about handing over the reins to Trevor for the big day. “The worst thing for me was being out of control, doubts began growing in my mind and I kept imagining the worst case scenario. “Trevor is a huge Harr y Potter fan; I

already find watching the movie quite taxing and I had nightmares that he would choose this as the theme. “Having no contact with Trevor was so horrible too, towards the end it felt like being in witness protection.” The episode sees Trevor try to organise the big day but it’s clear he’s out of his comfort zone. “He hopes to bring a colourful gay pride theme to the wedding, but with five bridesmaids to dress he began to struggle without Alan by his side.” The fourth season of Don’t Tell The Bride airs Thursday nights on RTE Two at 9:30pm.




An Opera Gala performed by Good Works Opera in aid of HomeStart Blanchardstown takes place in February. The night will include well-known arias, a sprinkling of romantic songs and more. Good Works Opera is an ensemble of professional musicians who dedicate part of their busy schedule to fundraising events. All proceeds raised from this concert will go to Home-Start Blanchardstown. This event takes place at St Brigid’s Church of Ireland, Castleknock, on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available at the parish office or by calling Rachel on 086 2394387 or Mary on 087 6295494.

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theft Rods with magnets used to get car keys

‘Fishing’ used in spate of car robberies  Laura Webb

Blanchardstown gardai are investigating a spate of car robberies in Dublin 15 with thieves using the “fishing” technique while some cars are believed to have been towed. Between January 16/17 seven cars were stolen by thieves using the fishing technique which involves thieves using rods with magnets or a hook to “fish” out car keys that have been left on hall tables or within easy reach

of letter boxes. The areas targeted that night were in Carpenterstown, Luttrellstown, Warrenstown and Clonee. Residents are being urged to be cautious about where they leave car keys. “We really have to emphasise not leaving cars keys within eye view. Modern cars can’t be stolen without keys, so we would advise people not to have them in sight, lock them away.” Separately, five cars “vanished” within a

24 -hour period over January 20/21 in the Ongar, Castlecurragh and Mulhuddart area. According to a Garda source, gardai are looking at the possibility that these cars were “jacked up” and towed. “There is a concern that a tow truck is coming in and taking them for whatever reason – parts and things. “They are cars between 10 and 12 years old,” the source said. At the time of going to print no arrests had been

Blanchardstown gardai are appealing for information following a cash-in-transit robbery

made. Meanwhile, gardai in Blanchardstown are appealing for information following a cash-in-transit robbery at Castleknock Shopping Centre. A t a p p r ox i m a t e l y 11.30am on January 17, a male armed with a gun threatened and held up a security guard outside the shopping centre. The male took off with

the cash box and escaped in black Ford Mondeo. Two males then abandoned the car and escaped on foot with the gun and the cash box. They managed to get away after scaling a wall at the back of the shopping centre. An appeal has now been issued by investigating gardai who are particularly interested in any sightings of a black

Ford Mondeo at the Castleknock Shopping Centre shortly before the robbery. No arrests had been made at the time of print. Anyone with any information on any of the above crimes are asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01-6667000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

health Nutrition course on offer Blanchardstown Area Partnership in association with the HSE is offering a community based nutrition course. Healthy Food Made Easy is a course aimed at over 16s who are interested in learning more about healthy eating. The course is available to community groups, and is not a weight loss programme but rather about learning to think differently when meal planning, shopping and cooking. All weeks include a theory session and a cookery session. A typical course runs once a week for six weeks. The next date for the course is January 29 from 9.30am to 12pm at Ladyswell National School, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15. For information call 01 8209 550.

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funding Electronic signs approved for two safety blackspots

Safety measures start to pick up some speed

 Laura Webb

Funding for electronic speed signs at two safety blackspots in Mulhuddart and Lucan has been approved. The speed control measures will cost €30,000 to install and will be funded under the Low Cost Safety Improvement Scheme. The speed readers, which cost €15,000 each, show the speed of approaching vehicles and are earmarked for Church Road in Mulhuddar t Village and

at the entrance of St Catherine’s Park near Lucan. Announcing the funding allocations, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said the speed readers are not speed cameras so fines and penalty points will not be issued. Howe ve r, h e s a i d speed signs such as these have proved “very effective” in slowing down traffic by displaying vehicle speeds. “Church Road in Mulhuddart is a busy road which links Blanchard-

stown to Hollystown, and which also passes by Damastown and Tyrrelstown. Although it is heavily used by local residents and vulnerable road users, Church Road also has a lot of through traffic. “Gardai regularly conduct speed checks on Church Road, but speeding traffic remains a problem and a safety concern. “There is one particularly dangerous spot at a narrow bend near the local cemetery, where vehicles which are trav-

elling too fast tend to drift to the other side of the road. “This new grant will install an electronic speed reader at the bend to show vehicles how fast they are travelling. Speed readers are very effective in slowing down traffic. New road markings will also be provided. “The second grant is for an electronic speed reader at the entrance to St Catherine’s Park near Lucan, which lies on a bad bend with poor visibility.


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Speed readers, similar to this one, have had funding approved

“T his scheme will provide solar powered speed readers on both approaches to the junction along with improved

signage and road markings. The local authority is also planning to reduce the speed limit to 50kmp/h,” he added.

Phoenix FM: open day for interested people

Station seeks volunteers  Laura Webb

Communit y radio station 92.5 Phoenix FM will host a large scale volunteer recruitment drive next month for anyone interested in getting involved in any way. The volunteer-led station will be looking for people to present shows, run the sound desk, produce or even fundraise, promote and design brochures. The recruitment open day takes place on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm and is open to anyone living or working in Dublin 15 with an interest in getting involved with the station. Station manager Denis McEvoy said: “This event will be an exciting oppor tunity for both new volunteers and for the station. We are driven by the energy and interests of the community we serve and we intend to hit the ground running for the year

ahead in 2014. People who are interested in volunteering with the station should come along to our open meeting to find out more. Anyone who’s interested doesn’t need to be worried about prior radio experience, we’ll provide all the training necessary.” Phoenix FM currently works with a wide range of people and groups including the Blanchardstown Centre for Independent Living, the Traveller Development Group, all primary and second level schools, immigrant groups and drug rehabilitation services. The station has programmes in Irish, Polish, Romanian and Urdu. If anyone is interested in attending the open evening on February 13 email info@phoenixfm. ie or just attend the event at Dillon House in the Coolmine Industrial Estate on the night.

A free support programme helping women to quit smoking is being launched in Blanchardstown. The new programme called We Can Quit is an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society in partnership with the Blanchardstown Area Partnership, the HSE and the National Women’s Council of Ireland. The service offers women a supportive environment in which to overcome the barriers to quitting smoking. The 12-week programme is group based so that women can join forces with other women as they quit together. Information nights take place at the following locations: Tuesday, February 11 - the Blakestown Community Centre (10.30am -12.30pm, Wednesday, February 12 - the Mulhuddart Community Centre (11am -12.30pm) and Thursday, February 27 - the Adult Learning Festival, Grove Court Fingal County Council (10am- 1pm). The programme will begin in March 2014. For further information call Veronica on 01-8209550.

An afternoon of play for families Activities play group Happy Days is inviting parents and their children to join them for an afternoon of play in Ongar Community Centre. This event is for people living in the Ongar area with children aged up to 7 years. The afternoon of play takes place on Wednesday, January 29 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. The fee is €3 per family. Contact Ongar Community Centre for further information.

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opinion Minister Frances Fitzgerald on new child agency

A step to support families THE recent launch of the new Child and Family Agency was one of the most significant developments ever in the history of child protection in Ireland, and delivered on one of my key priorities as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. However, this is not just a child protection agency – it very deliberately has “family” in its name and it will equally focus on supporting families. As I’ve often said, protecting children and supporting families are simply two sides of the same coin. So, why was an integrated new agency needed? Since 1980, we have had 29 major inquiries and reviews on child protection failings in Ireland. This shameful legacy of child abuse and neglect is now well known, but learning from this legacy is a different matter. Until recently, the State still wasn’t responding as it should have been. In 2012, I published the Independent Child Deaths report, which highlighted shocking failures in child protection services in the years 2000-10, including at the height of the Celtic Tiger period. We saw dysfunction and inconsistency within services, and we also saw duplication and fragmentation between services. In many cases, we saw how at-risk children were failed by the State – not because the State didn’t intervene, but because the interventions were uncoordinated and ineffective. In one harrowing case, referred to in the child deaths reports, 14 different agencies and professional bodies had intervened with a very troubled teen, but they didn’t work together, and

that young person was let down. We can no longer let vulnerable children fall through the gaps between disparate services. Working together must be the way forward. This agency will help to make this happen. The agency brings together existing child protection services, family support services and educational welfare services, which were currently spread between the HSE and other bodies. So, for the first time, we will have child and family social workers, family support workers and education welfare officers all working together on the same team, under the same roof.

Awareness During my long career as a social worker, I developed a deep personal awareness of the vital importance that child protection has for every family and community, and I saw first-hand the areas where change was so urgently needed. As Minister, I have tried to use this experience to develop better services across the board for children and families. That is why I asked the people to approve the Children’s Referendum in 2012 – and that is why the new agency came into being. In addition to child protection, family sup-

por t and education welfare, the new Child and Family Agency has responsibility for a national pre-school inspectorate, and a new system of pre-school registration which I have introduced as part of my efforts to improve standards in pre-school services. In total, the agency will have more than 4,000 staff, and a budget of some €609m in 2014, making its establishment one of the biggest reforms having been undertaken by this Government. In Budget 2014, I secured an additional €6.7m to recruit more staff as part of the ongoing reform and development of child protection services. Other important reforms being undertaken by the new agency include the development of new models for the timely management and allocation of child welfare and protection referrals. In 2012 and 2013, there were more than 40,000 referrals to child welfare and protection services. The agency is also overseeing a major programme of expansion and improvements in special care service for some of Ireland’s most troubled teens. From a local viewpoint, I particularly welcome the recent findings by HIQA relating to significant improvements

Frances Fitzgerald, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

in the management and operation of the special care facility at Ballydowd, in Lucan, which proves the success of the policies I have pursued as Minister. Setting up this new

agency was itself a major task, but one that has been successfully delivered. It is my goal as the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to work with my Government

partners towards the goal of making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to raise a family, and to be a child. Giving children and families their own dedi-

cated agency is an important milestone on that journey.  frances fitzgerald

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

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Taylor Whelan with nephews Dean and Cody Davies

John and Mairead McLeod with their children, Conor and Millie

Noreen and Michael Hanratty with their grandchildren Sean, Aoife and Rory. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan


Coolmine Panto beats the blues M

Aideen and Evan Dardis with Fiona Lynch and Conor Downey

ANY locals beat the January blues recently with a trip to see a lively panto at Draiocht in Blanchardstown. The Coolmine Panto Group staged its production of Cinderella from January 3 to 19 at the popular theatre, which saw Cinderella’s

stepsisters and stepmother try and prevent her from going to the Royal Ball. The show entertained everyone from young to old, as they cheered on Prince Charming trying to find Cinderella with her single glass slipper.

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udding young scientists showed off their talents at the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition recently. The overall winner of the competition was fifth year student Paul Clarke from St Paul’s College in Raheny with his project, Contributions to Cyclic Graph Theory. Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skillsm commented: “The talent, creativity and enthusiasm expressed by

our young students here this week offers a positive insight into the future of this country. “We need to nurture this young talent, show them the opportunities available here in our world-class universities and encourage them to be a part of Ireland’s bright future.” In all, almost 1,165 students from 32 counties competed. They covered 550 projects and came from 210 schools nationwide.

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Aidan Fitzgerald’s My New Hair service at his Blackrock salon works with clients suffering from hair loss for a variety of reasons

women: salon helps to restore confidence of most vulnerable clients

Easing the trauma of experiencing hair loss  laura webb

A DUBLIN salon is helping to restore confidence and identity for those suffering from hair loss following cancer treatment or medical conditions such as alopecia. Aidan Fitzgerald’s My New Hair service works with individuals to provide “new hair” for women going through the traumatic experience of hair loss. The service was founded by international hair care expert Trevor Sorbie MBE following his sister’s cancer diag-

nosis. It was designed to give hair professionals the definitive training and education needed to deal with the most vulnerable clients. The most important thing for Aidan is that the wig – or new hair, as he prefers to describe it – closely resembles the client’s real hair. To ensure this, he studies the client’s “before” photographs ahead of an initial consultation, giving him a sense of her personality through the selection, fitting, cutting, styling of the wig and aftercare service, which is carried out at in a private wig boutique in

his Blackrock salon. He says: “The hardest thing after getting news they will be getting treatment for cancer is that the client is going to lose their identity [because] they are going to lose their hair – will they be recognised? “My advice is, in advance, to do a little preparation in pursuing a wig supplier or hairdresser. “Get fitted, know your guidelines, be comfortable with what you have, and have it styled to what you normally look like. Make sure it is manageable. “The whole thing is like buying a suit

– do you want a tailor-made one, or just one off the rack? You want it to suit your shape and look,” he says. By looking at the photo, Aidan will make sure to have the nearest fit and style to what the client had before, and offers them a range of wigs so they can find what suits them. He says that losing hair is an emotional journey for many women, so new hair helps them to regain their confidence. For further information, see, or call the salon at 01 288 6479.

A SPECIAL night of comedy in aid of Action Zambia Volunteer Trip 2014 is being held in The Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay on January 30. Participating comedians on the night will perform free of charge so that all money raised at the door will go directly to aid communities in Zambia. The special charity show has a great line-up of comedy favourites, including Karl Spain, Ian Coppinger, Josh Howie and more.

Volunteers The Action Zambia Volunteer Trip 2014 helps the people of Zambia by providing building work and other services and, this year, volunteers will be based in the village of Kalomo. Tickets to The Laughter Lounge’s charity night cost €25, and are available at the door from 7pm until the show starts at 8.30pm. For further information about the show, phone 087 270 8568.


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evita: Marti Pellow on narrating lloyd webber classic

Wet Wet Wet star is feeling the love  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Love is all around for 80s pop sensation Marti Pellow, lead singer with Wet Wet Wet. This February he takes to the stage at Bord Gais Energy Theatre in the role of the narrator in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Evita. The Gazette spoke to Marti ahead of his upcoming appearance in Dublin. “I seem to be getting a lot of these type of characters, the roles of narra-

tor. I had a similar role in Blood Brothers the musical too where I engage with the audience and walk them through the journey of what is happening onstage,” Marti rattled off in his high-speed Glaswegian accent. “I first heard songs like High Flying, Adored sung by David Essex in pubs and didn’t know they were from musicals. They are very accessible and they are all unashamedly pop songs and are wee multi-faceted diamonds.”

Marti has inhabited many musical theatre roles but his current incarnation as Che in Evita, demands some historical acknowledgement since Tim Rice had Guevera in mind as the character’s role model. “When you don the hat and khakis, you get into character and that image is one of the most powerful images of the 20th century. Che is a catalyst in the story as he was in life. He represents the Argentinian people and is the common man.”

No inter view with Marti Pellow would be complete without asking him about his most iconic hit of the early 90s - Love Is All Around which was the anthem for the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral and was number one in the British charts for 15 weeks. So how does he feel about the song today and does he ever tire of singing it? “We lost Reg Presley [who wrote the song in the 60s] last year so the song now means something different to me.

Marti Pellow: “I walk the audience through the journey happening onstage”

“Reg had told me he loved what we’d done with his song. I still think it’s a beautiful pop song.” The transition from pop star to musical theatre star was not a natural one for Marti, who had some reluctance to make the move at the beginning.

“I never did musical theatre and even though Roger Daltrey asked me to do Tommy, I turned him down as I thought it wasn’t for me. “Then I was approached about doing musical theatre by Broadway producers who were in the audience of a charity gig I did.

That’s how I got started and I think it was fear more than anything that stopped me before, to be honest.” Evita runs at Bord Gais Energy Theatre from February 10 to 15 and tickets, priced from €18 to €55, are available from Ticketmaster.

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The humble abode of Ronan Keating and his ex-wife, Yvonne, which has gone on sale in Malahide – a snip at €2.45 million


Keatings sell up THE house of Ronan and Yvonne Keating is on the market. The former Boyzone star and his ex-wife are selling their luxury sixbedroom home at the Abington estate in Malahide for a whopping €2.45 million. The recently divorced couple bought the house for €3.17 million in 2010, their second home in the area since development at the estate began in 2000. Shortly after the home was purchased, the

marriage ended. They divorced in 2012. Yvonne said: “The kids want to stay in Malahide, and the other priority is a fresh start.” They were the first of many high-profile celebrities to settle in the affluent residential area. Former neighbours of the split couple include Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and his wife, Georgina Ahern, and the former chief of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm. Homes at the Geor-

gian- and Victorian-styled estate continue to sell in the post-crash climate, with new tenants Robbie Keane and wife Claudine Palmer moving in last year.

no ordinary win for u2’s song THE award season is in full swing and its proving to be a good start for Irish talent, with Dalkey native Bono taking home a Golden Globe for U2’s song, Ordinary Love. The U2 frontman was joined by band members, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen as they picked up the gong for Best Original Song, which was penned in honour of the late Nelson Mandela for the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. On accepting the award, Bono described it as being “personal” for the band, saying: “[Mandela] turned our life upside down, right side up; [he was] a man who refused to hate, but he thought love would do a better job. “We wrote a love song because it’s kind of what’s extraordinary about the film – it’s a dysfunctional love story.”

Career zoo soon to return

DU BL I N ’ S p o p u l a r recruitment event Career Zoo returns this February to the National Convention Centre. The event brings together thousands of employers and educational providers under one roof, all of whom are eager to recruit staff or students. The yearly event, which runs over the course of a day, presents an ideal opportunity for jobseekers, people thinking of making a career change or anyone browsing to see what the current job market has on offer, in a bid to gauge their employment prospects. Career Zoo has several interesting career workshops lined up, as well as science galleries and tech hubs which visitors can try out. Employers with job opportunities and educationalists are encouraged to get involved in the event, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 professionals and graduates. Career Zoo will be held in the National Convention Centre at Spencer Dock on Saturday, February 15.

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Jim Toal, founder of Fairco Windows and Doors

Window expert speaks of his clear vision for the company FAIRCO Windows and Doors managing director Jim Toal is a Raheny lad through and through. Born and reared in the north Dublin suburb, he set up his first sales agency business as a youngster of just 18. Back in the day when schoolboys had Saturday jobs, Jim set about learning his trade, cleaning windows and gutters for people in his neighbourhood. As a teenager, he progressed to Dublin’s famous Dandelion Market in Stephen’s Green, where he spent his Saturdays selling second-hand jeans and coats to the fashionistas of the 1980s. Jim believes the Dandelion was where he learned to talk to customers and do a deal. After finishing school at St Nessan’s, Baldoyle, he got his first job

as a door-to-door salesperson selling replacement windows and doors. It wasn’t long before he decided to strike out on his own. Determined to have his own successful company by the age of 30, he started off on the road to achieving that dream in 1998 when he established Fairco Windows and Doors. Now, the company he founded employs 32 people and has offices in Kilbarrack, Santry (where they have built Ireland’s largest indoor showhouse) and Terenure. Jim works out of the Kilbarrack office and lives in Raheny with his wife, Suzanne, and their three children. A former runner with Raheny Shamrocks, he enjoys a game of golf at the St Anne’s Golf Club, and says he lives his whole life within three miles of Raheny.

How long have you been in business?

won’t turn customers’ home into building sites. Whatever work we start in a day will be finished that day. We won’t leave until the windows are finished, the curtains re-hung and everything is left spic and span. Not only does Fairco provide a top-quality product at the most competitive prices, we treat people’s homes with respect. The results speak for themselves, as 65% of our business comes from customer recommendations.

I set up my first window business at 18. About 15 years ago, I formed the Fairco Windows and Doors company. I have been in the business all my working life, so you could say I know all there is to know about windows.

What is your favourite thing about working in your local area?

Well, first of all, I love my neighbours. We have Ireland’s largest indoor showhouse in Santry, which is a great place to do business. We are surrounded by successful companies; our nextdoor neighbours are Glen Dimplex and Annesley Williams Motors. It’s an ideal location with easy access to the M1 and we have a great quality workforce available on our doorstep.

What makes Fairco different from its competitors?

The recession has made consumers more discerning, which is a great thing. In the past, customers would get three or four quotes but now they look for prices from nine or 10 companies. This works in our favour, as more and more people discover that Fairco provides outstanding quality for the price they are willing to pay.

What makes your business successful?

It’s our attention to detail. Fairco specialises in installing replacement windows and doors, but we

How has the recession affected your business?

We have expanded; instead of letting staff go we have employed more people, moved to a bigger showroom – modelled on the Hamptons style [of housing] – and increased our market share. You could say Fairco is having a very good recession! During the Celtic Tiger years, when most of our competitors were on building sites, we stuck to what we were good at. And, because we are experts at replacing windows and doors to the home/domestic market, our customer base has increased.

What is your ambition for the business?

To continue to grow the business, employ more people and expand our timber and interiors brands. I want Fairco to be the brand people think of when they want to carry out home improvements.

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business milestone: celebrations at tc matthews

Marking 100 years of flooring success –

TC MATTHEWS is celebrating a stand-out anniversary this month, when the carpet and flooring company celebrates its 100th year in business. The Irish-owned store had its first year in business in Dunleer in Co Louth in 1914, and has opened its newest store in Drogheda. Now boasting seven stores,TC Matthews stores are located across Dublin, Louth and Meath. Speaking about the chain’s long-standing success, owner Brendan Cumiskey said: “TC Matthews only works with tried and tested manufacturers within the global market, which we feel is why we remain the longest and largest independent Irish-owned flooring company in Ireland.” According to Cumiskey, with the store’s long-term existence in sales, the key to its success is its “ability to change with the times”. He said: “While sales have – remained stable since the company’s beginning, within the past 30 years

Brendan Cumiskey

thousands more varieties of world-class flooring products have become available in the market.” Now selling more than carpets, the company offers exotic wood floors, laminate and vinyl floors to its customers. The company’s motto – It’s not finished til it’s fitted – has triumphed over time, with the store

being able to boast about its returning clientele and growing business. Cumiskey said: “Home to more than 45 experienced staff, with one employee there for more than 60 years, the business shows no sign of slowing down. “We expect the industry’s global market to con-

tinue to grow, and we will continue to grow with the help of our customers.” To mark the milestone, the store is offering free underlay – normally priced €8 per metre – to all customers who purchase stock carpet from their store this January and February. Much of the stock carpet in the chain also has up to 70% off in the New Year sales.

Win for pharma company  ian begley

LEADING pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Ireland in Carrickmines has recently been awarded Best Pharma Company by the editor of In Business magazine and Chambers Ireland. The company received the awards in recognition of its ongoing commitment to the research and development of medical products in Ireland while helping the

medical profession deliver world-class healthcare to patients. Boehringer had demonstrated a very high standard of excellence in terms of the number and potential impact of initiatives sponsored by it, as well as the proactive way it communicates with the wider healthcare community. These national awards are now in their second year and are aimed at recognising and rewarding exceptional business

achievement and innovation and celebrating the resilience of Irish business during turbulent times. Boehringer Ingelheim is a global group of companies – one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical corporations. They provide effective products for the treatment of respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, thromboembolic disease, cerebrovascular

disease and depression. The company currently employs 51 staff who work in sales, marketing, medical, and administrative teams. In 2008, Boehringer Ingelheim had sales of €11.6bn nationally which showed a 6% increase on 2007. It re-invested €2.1bn in research and development, which corresponded to a research and development quota of 22% of net sales in Prescription Medicines.

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Bride Groom Let the Gazette help you create a wedding to remember with our special 11-page supplement

| One-stop-shop for saying ‘I Do’ |

The Big Day Weddings will never go out of style and here at The Gazette, we have put together a one-stop shop of ideas and offers to make your wedding dreams come true. The following pages are full of the practical concerns needed to create that special day, such as booking a venue, choosing a wedding dress, getting in shape and lots more. You won’t find any signs of stress or whiff of bridezillas in our easy-tofollow wedding supplement because, together

with our featured advertisers, we have taken the all the pain out of organising the most important day of your life. Bespoke

Modern weddings today have changed and are now bespoke affairs and a reflection of a couple’s lifestyle, taste and interpretations of what marriage is. Though traditional weddings still endure, the trend is growing for couples to take charge of their wedding’s style in a very

meaningful and personal way. Contained within these pages, you will find a plethora of wedding options and styles open to your own unique slant. There are a host of different wedding types out there, from civil ceremonies and partnerships to old-style marriage and humanist ceremonies too. The most important part of it all, however, is creating the perfect backdrop for you and your soon-to-be other half to say “I do”.

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| to cap it all |

A vision in lace, pearls and handcrafted roses Most brides-to-be have to face the inevitable question of whether or not to wear a veil on the big day, and if so, how long or short it should be and how full or neat. Veils are usually designed in a very traditional style without much innovation to choose from. However, this is certainly not the case for Niamh Ni Rourke’s veils which draw on many classic and avantgarde fashion templates throughout history. Because she also trained as a hairdresser, Niamh’s

expertise as a milliner is further enhanced by her understanding of a veil’s inter-dependence on the bride’s hairstyle. It was while working as a hairdresser for one of Dublin’s most renowned hair salons that Niamh’s initial interest in hat couture was piqued. She noticed there was a distinct lack of stylish headware for special occasions and weddings for Irish women. She therefore resolved to bridge this gap herself and is now a full time and very sought after milliner.

For her new collection, Niamh chose the finest and most luxurious fabrics for her designs. She uses a characteristic blend of these unique materials for her gorgeous creations. Her veils are made of a dreamy combination of silks, velvets and peach bloom felt embellished with Chantilly and jacquard laces, Swarovski elements, fresh water pearls and hand-crafted silk roses. She also uses fine vintage veiling for her designs to lend an air of antique glamour to the whole

effect. Bespoke millinery and bridal design have now expanded into a thriving business for Niamh who has branched out into designing bespoke jewellery, garters, sashes, wristcuffs and lace gloves as well. Each of her uniquely designed and crafted head pieces and veils is individually tailored to meet the specific needs of her clients. “I am extremely conscious of every client’s desire for individuality, during the private consultations we tease out

Niamh Ni Rourke’s veils are inspired by classic and avant-garde fashion templates throughout history

the most detailed descriptions of exactly what they have envisaged and then I marry their ideas with my creative vision and expertise”. The result is an exclusively designed, hand-

made creation which will exist nowhere else in Ireland and complement the bride’s entire trousseau beautifully. Niamh Ni Rourke’s millinery store is located at 30 Adelaide Square,

Whitefriar Street in Dublin 8. Booking is by private appointment and this can be set up by calling Niamh on 086 8907173 or emailing her at

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| cutting edge style|

Lookin good

Brides-to-be looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding dress can find wonderful, stylish wedding dresses at Starla boutique on South William Street in Dublin 2. Yet weddings are not just about the bride and groom looking good – the guests have to cut a stylish dash too as it is well known that many future couples meet up at a friend’s wedding. With this in mind, Starla has come onboard with a number of alternative stylish suggestions for women attending weddings this year. When it comes to what colours will be on the cutting edge this season, the combination of black and white is still strong, while icy pastels, hints of pink and oranges are

also getting into the mix. This spring/summer season’s crop of fabulous frocks at Starla feature sheer fabrics and lace which make perfect wedding attire. Starla has also introduced a new designer, Alex Perry, into the shop on 27 South William Street this year and his stunning gowns can be hired for three days with prices ranging from €100 to €200. In addition to the rental, Starla is also launching its own label of dresses soon which will be available to buy. The boutique also has a number of chic diamante clutch bags for €65 and crystal bangles from €5 to €50 which are sure to add that touch of glamour to any wedding

outfit. For bridesmaids struggling to find a suitable yet sexy dress, Starla has a wide range of dresses to rent which could be the answer to a bridesmaid’s prayer. Renting the bridesmaids’ dresses also allows you to select a few different styles of dresses in the same colour range and have the bridesmaids looking like they stepped off a catwalk. For bridesmaids, lighter pastel colours always work well and complement the bride’s wedding dress perfectly. If you would like to see Starla’s complete collection of dresses, you can check out their website at or drop into the shop on 27 South William Street.

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| battle of the bulge|

Shape up for the happiest day ever The wedding date has finally been set. You’ve got your eye on a beautiful dress. But then that sinking feeling arrives you’d look a lot better in it if you lost a couple of pounds! Well, never fear because here at The Gazette we have some expert advice for you from those clever trainers at Irish Strength Institute Personal Training that will have you in great shape for your special day. According to personal trainer Eoin Lacey: “In order for you to realistically hit your target or desired weight, a weight loss of around one to two pounds a week is both a sustainable and healthy amount to aim for. For example, whether you have two stone or 28lbs to lose, please give yourself 14 to 28 weeks to achieve it. “I know that might sound like a long time but this gradual and constant weight loss will be less stressful on your body during what will be a very busy period. “Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your new life. If you have gone through hell with a military overthe-top bootcamp or the newest celebrity rapid weight loss diet, chances are your body and mind will not be in a fit state to enjoy your day and the forthcoming honeymoon. “Not to mention the huge damaging effect on your health. By achieving your target in a realistic timezone and also listening to what your body responds to exercise and

Setting a realistic target will help you succeed in losing weight for your wedding

nutrition wise. Not only will you be glowing as you walk up the aisle, but you will feel great and now you will have the secrets to sustaining your new-found sexy body. Guidance

“T here is never a straight line from where you are to where you want to be and if you fail to hit your weekly target of 2lbs or so, you should mix it up a bit by simply adopting a different dietary approach, exercise

regime or failing that you could seek the guidance of a professional. Any serious personal trainer should be 100% able to get you into shape within a 14-week timeframe.” More advice from the experts at ISI includes using pictures of yourself in a bikini to motivate you or having your eye on a pair of skinny jeans you want to get into. “In my experience, the weighing scale does not reflect how well you look or how great you feel in

your own clothes. Muscle weighs more than fat, so some ladies if they train correctly may add a little muscle tone and this could be overlooked on the scales. Interval training and circuit weight training are the ideal recipe to achieve a leaner, more toned and slender you,” said Eoin. To contact ISI Personal Training to get in great shape for your wedding day, contact to make an appointment.


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| the getaway |

Lights, camera, action to capture the moment

A honeymoon? Y viva Espana... Probably the nicest part of the whole wedding experience and the reward for working so hard to get everything just right on the day is the honeymoon afterwards. But what if you could merge the two and have your wedding abroad? This year, Sunset Beach Club Weddings is offering a dream wedding package in Costa del Sol, Spain, for all couples dreaming of a romantic wedding in the sun combined with a holiday among extended family and friends. You can get married

in southern Spain in any one of a number of ways. A traditional church wedding, civil ceremonies and seafront blessings are all possible with all the paperwork arranged through a local wedding planner. Malaga is well serviced by low-cost airlines from Ireland and great value accommodation is available, thereby making it a very attractive option for your wedding guests too. Whatever type of wedding you are looking for, the popular four star Sunset Beach Club Hotel in

Benalmadena Costa may be the ideal choice for your celebration, set as it is in a stunning seafront location. The wedding team assist the bride and groom every step of the way, and their complete wedding packages provide a simple solution for Irish brides. These include a personal wedding planner, ceremony/paperwork, bridal hair and make-up, bouquets, flowers, photographer, DJ, welcome reception with drinks and canapes, three-course wedding banquet with free-flowing

Destination weddings: Sunset Beach Club Weddings is offering a dream wedding package in Costa del Sol, Spain

wine, the wedding cake and many more lovely extra touches. Getting married abroad can be a daunting task, which is one of the reasons why the Sunset Beach Club wedding planners regularly visit Ireland to meet brides in person at wedding shows, and for private appoint-

ments. These meetings are free of charge, and provide the perfect opportunity for you to ask any general questions you may have about getting married in Spain, as well as finding out more about weddings at Sunset Beach Club in particular. If you would like to

receive further information and sample menus, or get a personalised quote, you can contact wedding coordinator Claire Mitchell at More comprehensive information can also be found within the wedding pages of

Most people spend a lot of money, effort and worry to create their ideal wedding day and therefore opt to capture the day on DVD forever. Ronan Quinn, a wedding videographer from Kinsealy, promises to make your wedding video one which you will enjoy watching for years to come by keeping all the humour and heartfelt emotion of the day. “The emotion of the first dance as newlyweds, the music, the people who mean so much to you, all come alive again in Your Wedding Story,” says Ronan. Memories

Quinn Video offers a bespoke and professional approach to capturing your wedding and Ronan works hard to provide beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. With an appropriate amount of time given to the small details, Ronan’s primary focus is always on the interactions between people; old friends reuniting and all of the emotions from laughter to tears that go hand-in-hand with every wedding experience. To find out more about Ronan’s work, you can go to www. and to contact him you can call 0867734687 or email him at info@

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| Something old, something new |

A dress to suit individual taste The beautiful bridal dresses in Irish designer Tamem Michael’s latest spring 2014 collection are sure to suit any bride’s most elegant vision of her big day. Ta m e m M i c h a e l ’s designs incor porate both traditional and contemporary styling with a strong emphasis on individuality. The designer uses a selection of the best laces, silks satins and brocades for his dresses. The bride can also play a part in how much

or little extra detail can go on her dress and orders can be customised to include special sizes, changes to neckline shapes, beaded details and many other specifics. Ta m e m s a i d : “ We p r i d e o u r s e l ve s o n p u t t i n g t h e cl i e n t s ’ requirements first. “We listen to what the bride wants and aim to deliver. We also stock in many other beautiful labels such as Franc Sarabia, La Sposa, Kenneth Winston, San Patrick and others.

These all support and complement the stunning TM Couture range which is our own Irish designed label and made in house.” The collection is complemented by a full range of bridesmaid dresses, veils and accessories and the fashion house has just announced the opening of The Sale Suite which is a room dedicated to stock sale dresses that retail from €300 to €1,000. There is a great selection of different styles

The store has a great selection of different styles and sizes available

and sizes available, and alterations can be done by Tamem Michael’s expert team in their studio which is located at Ballymount in Dublin

24. If you would like to make an appointment, you can do so by calling Jenny, Siobhan or Paula on 01 4295053.

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From timeless elegance to design with a twist, Sarah Foy’s beautiful one-off dresses will delight any bride

| gorgeous gowns|

That dress SARAH FOY is passionate about wedding dresses. The designer loves nothing more than to pick out the fabrics, draw the sketches and, above all, make that magical one-off bridal creation for a bride. Sarah Foy Design offers brides the chance to make their special day even more unique by taking part in the design process for their own bespoke wedding dress. At Sarah’s cosy Clontarf studio, every design is conceived and then pieced together following an intimate meeting with the bride-to-be on what her ideal dress will look like. According to Sarah: “We take time to sit down with clients to

discuss their ideas and inspiration, and this – mixed with our knowledge and experience – helps us to guide them to their dream gown.” At Sarah Foy Design, staff provide a made-tomeasure service to make absolutely sure that the wedding dress will fit like a glove and be incredibly comfortable on the big day. Sarah uses design influences that inspired her during her travels around the world, giving her exposure to all manner of cultural style templates, and she marries these influences with her experience in the fashion industry. She has been in the bridal wear business for eight years and is now

an award-winning bridal designer specialising in making one-off gowns. Her philosophy is that every bride should have the unique experience of a couture dress and this should go handin-hand with consultation between client and designer as part of the designer’s personal service. Sarah has the ability to sculpt a dress onto any figure and to tailor it to enhance every body shape to its maximum, flattering all of its best features.

She also adds delicate, hand-crafted detailing to every wedding dress she makes, which is one of the many meticulous touches that have earned her the reputation as one of Ireland’s top designers in her field. For further information on her work, see If you would like to contact Sarah to discuss ideas about your wedding dress, you can do so by emailing her at, or by phoning 086 178 0220.

Photos of the Sarah Foy dresses were taken in the grounds of elegant Wells House & Gardens in Gorey, Co Wexford. This hotel offers an archery facility on the grounds, elegant walks and a courtyard. For further details on Wells House & Gardens, please see or telephone 053 918 6737.

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| pretty as a picture |

Fresh face OKAY – so you have the perfect dress, shoes, hairstyle and veil, but what kind of make-up should you use on the big day? The answer is sure to be found from talented make-up artists Jennifer and Ciara, who together make up the formidable duo that is From Matte to Metallic. With more than 10 years in the cosmetic and beauty industry, these two make-up artists know exactly which make-up will compliment any bride-to-be, and they have the expertise to create any beauty look.

Ciara says: “With experience of working on top make-up counters and teaching backgrounds in some of Ireland’s top make-up academies, such as Vanity X, we have provided our services across Ireland, and have been fortunate enough to be involved with TV3. “We provide a professional and enjoyable service with plenty of fabulous offers for clients to choose from. “We also do tanning, waxing and a range of beauty treatments, and always use the best of products and take pride in every look we create.”

So, if you would like to have superbly chic makeup done professionally by experts, contact the girls at From Matte to Metallic by emailing them at

Consultation LIDA Hertel is another professional make-up artist, hailing from Kinsealy, and she is currently offering a free consultation when you ring her at 087 964 7293, or email Lida calls herself a perfectionist with an eye for detail, and she attributes

this to her work standing out from the crowd. She says: “Ever since I was a little girl back home in the Czech Republic, I remember sitting and watching my mum doing her makeup. “I began my career as a professional makeup artist in 2003 after qualifying in beauty, high fashion, bridal, editorial and special effects ITEC in Portobello College and on its Make-up Forever course. “Since then, I have worked for leading houses such as Bobbi Brown, MAC and Laura Mercier.”

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Choosing where Having difficulty choosing the place to party with your family and friends on the Big Day? Never fear - The Gazette is here to help. Whether you want rustic country or sleek cosmopolitan, we have selected a range of hotels for you to consider

The Angler’s Rest

Lir Suite at the Mullingar Park Hotel in Westmeath

The Angler’s Rest on the banks of the Liffey at the Strawberry Beds

The Angler’s Rest is an intimate country style option becoming increasingly popular as a wedding party venue with a capacity for 100 guests. Situated on the banks of the River Liffey at the Strawberry Beds, the venue boasts a beautiful Phoenix Room which is ideal for a wedding party and is also available for humanist ceremonies. To find out more about weddings at the Angler’s Rest, you can call Mary on 01 8204351 or visit www. Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa

For a larger event, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa situated in the rolling grasslands of Meath offers acres of stunning landscaped grounds. The award-winning Bridal Suite features a romantic four-poster bed coupled with the deep soaker bath tub. Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is hosting its wedding fair on Sunday, March 2 from 1pm to 5pm. For additional information, you can call Dunboyne Castle hotel on 01 8013500 or email Ardboyne Hotel

Also in the Royal

county of Meath, the Ardboyne Hotel may be the perfect choice for your wedding day. At present the Ardboyne Hotel is offering the choice of a complimentary chauffeur driven luxury car for wedding bookings over the coming months. The Ardboyne Hotel wedding open day takes place on Sunday, February 2 from 2pm to 5pm and is also offering a 10% discount on all of their remaining available wedding dates for 2014. You can contact staff at the Ardboyne Hotel to learn more on 046 9023119 or by emailing Royal Marine Hotel

For a more sea-inspired wedding, The Royal Marine Hotel is the ideal. Set on four acres of gardens with direct access to Dun Laoghaire promenade and pier, the hotel has 15 duites to choose from, a large banqueting hall and a large Victorian staircase ideal for wedding photos. The Royal Marine Hotel is holding a wedding evening on Thursday, January 30 from 6pm to 9pm in the Carlisle Banqueting Suite of the hotel. If you have any wed-

ding queries, you can call Alma on 01 271 2514 or email The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club

The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co Offaly, is located less than 90 minutes from Dublin and could be the answer to every one of your wedding needs. The hotel’s dedicated wedding team have over 40 years of wedding experience while the stunning Secret Garden at the hotel and a staircase designed to exactly replicate the famous staircase in the film Titanic will make for great photos. For more information, contact the Bridge House Hotel on 057 932 5600.

The AA Hotel of the Year 2013-14. Castleknock Hotel and Country Club is now considered by many to be among the best hotels in Ireland and a premier wedding venue in Dublin. You can check out its Pick a Perk Package for 2014, 2015 and 2016 weddings, which include a unique offer allowing you to create your own perfect wedding package tailored to your individual taste. You can make an appointment with Sinead by calling 01 640 6300 or emailing events@chcc. ie .

Mullingar Park Hotel

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

The four-star Mullingar Park Hotel in Westmeath is set amidst truly magnificent landscaped gardens and it is the perfect backdrop for your special day. The Mullingar Park Hotel offers weddings, civil ceremonies and civil partnerships and use of the Aoife Suite for civil ceremonies is complimentary with its wedding package For a copy of the wedding brochure, you can call 044 9337500 or email

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney is holding its upcoming wedding showcase evening on Thursday, January 30. The hotel was recently awarded the Best Castle Venue Award 2013 from Irish website Wedding Dates. Attendees will enjoy prosecco and food tastings at the event while taking in the splendour of the hotel’s stunning ballroom which will be dressed for your dream day.

The Bridge House Hotel

Civil ceremony suite at The Bridge House Hotel in

Senior College Dun Laoghaire has a wide range of

Tullamore, Co Offaly

options for students

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to party is a piece of cake To contact Fitzpatrick Hotel, you can contact Sarah or any member of the wedding team on 01 2305400. Celbridge Manor Hotel

Celbridge Manor Hotel’s inaugural wedding fair is on Sunday, February 16. Guests will be greeted with a glass of bubbly and canapes. Exhibitors on the day have been carefully selected and there will be a fashion show of bridal style, with guest MC TV3’s Alan Hughes. Couples who book their wedding at the wedding fair will receive a 10% discount and will be entered into a draw to win a €500 voucher.

If you would like to find out more about Celbridge Manor Hotel’s wedding fair, you can call 01 6013700 or visit www. wedding-fair. The Silver Springs Moran Hotel and Red Cow Moran Hotel

Two hotels in the Moran group, The Silver Springs Moran Hotel in Cork and the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin, are hosting wedding events over the coming weeks. Silver Springs Moran Hotel is having a wedding consultation Evening on Thursday, January 30 from 5.30pm to 8pm where every element of

organising the perfect wedding will be covered. Couples are encouraged to go along with their family and friends to see the hotel’s Regency Suite which will be set out as it would on the day for their wedding reception. Couples will also be given a tour of the bridal suite and if you book your wedding reception on the day for October to November or January to April you will get a discount of €2 per person off inclusive packages. There is a special offer for couples who book their wedding reception during the consultation evening. To contact the wedding team you can call 021 450 7533 or email

cwhite@moranhotels. com. Red Cow Moran Hotel’s wedding event is to be held on February 2 from 1pm to 4pm where the ballroom will be on show to couples and complimentary champagne and canapes will be served. We d d i n g e x p e r t Blaithin O’Reilly Murphy will be on hand to answer any queries on the day. If you book your wedding on the day you will get €1,000 worth of extras to make your day truly special. To reserve your place at the wedding event you can visit or call 01 459 3650. The Celbridge Manor Hotel


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the armstrong lie: a fascinating insight

Make tracks to see it I REMEMBER clearly watching Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour De France and the superhuman endeavour that would push men to compete more than 2,200 miles in three weeks across a huge country and over some of the most challenging mountains and climbs in the world of sport – efforts that help make Alex Gibney’s new documentary, The Armstrong Lie, such a compelling tale.

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Granted unprecedented access to the Lance Armstrong team – Astana – in 2009 (the year that Armstrong decided to return to competition after having retired following his record-

breaking seventh Tour De France win), Gibney set out to capture what the subject himself was determined to prove was a “clean” performance. The movie effectively came to a halt after the revelations of the extent of Armstrong’s involvement in performance enhancement, and as the facade he created and forcefully maintained to protect his carefullyconstructed public image crumbled.

However, the film began again after Lance came clean in January 2013, was stripped of all of his titles and achievements, and then banned from competition for life. Opening and closing with his confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, the film builds a compelling story of Armstrong’s ride to power and his determination to keep it at all costs, facing his opponents, including life-threat-

Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall from grace is to the fore in The Armstrong Lie – a documentary that captures the storm around the disgraced drug cheat

ening cancer, and the critics who questioned his miraculous performances, with unflinching ferocity. Drawing on fascinating interviews with former friends and teammates, journalists and writers, The Armstrong Lie is interspersed with archive footage from throughout

the cyclist’s career, culminating in captivating and beautifully-filmed footage from the 2009 tour to which Gibney was allowed all-access privileges, which one watches intently today with the foreknowledge of the subterfuge afoot. A hugely compelling story, The Armstrong Lie

is a thorough and detailed insight into one of the most fascinating sporting stories of all time, and an insight into a competitor whose fierce desire to dominate his sport came to dominate his entire life and led to his eventual downfall.

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Mondello Park’s Premium Track Days Dublin drivers of high value exotic and sports cars will have their own premium Track Day Club in 2014 for the first time, with the introduction by Mondello Park of the Platinum Track Club. Aimed squarely at drivers of high value performance cars, the club will offer its members the chance to fully experience their cars and learn how to really drive them on track. Applications are now being taken from drivers with suitable cars who wish to sample more of what their vehicles are capable of, in a controlled environment, behind closed doors. Club membership costs €100 and is available to drivers with or without previous track experience. Drivers wishing to become members of the new Club should contact Ian Beatty at Mondello Park on 045-860200 or

Volkswagen Amarok: Big, economical and very capable

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Sometimes you get to drive a car that is so completely inappropriate and unfit for purpose that you fall head-over-heels in love with it. Take myself and my latest ‘car crush’ for example. I am someone who lives in the suburbs, works in a leafy area of Dublin 4, and has very few occasions to transport anything that would exceed the capacity of a good-sized saloon

– but the only vehicle I want to own right now is the Volkswagen Amarok. And I love this truck for all the wrong reasons, or, more accurately, I don’t love this truck for any of the right reasons. It is unbelievably capable off the road, where I would almost certainly never take it if I owned one. It has incredible ground clearance, which I would never need as I would mount little more than the kerb. It has a rock-solid tail gate that

folds down and remains secure enough for serious weight (this comes in handy when the kids want to play in the cargo hold to be fair). There is a powerful four-wheel-drive setting, I’d never need it; there is an enormous amount of cargo space, the biggest cargo I will ever carry is a Christmas tree; it can handle extreme approach and departure angles as well as a wading depth in water of 500mm for driving through rivers… quite

frankly, in water I prefer boats to cars – but it’s nice to know the Amarok is more than capable of carrying my kayak or windsurfer! And if an 18-wheel articulated truck breaks down and causes the longest tailback in the history of the state – well, who ya gonna call? That’s right, me and my Amarok, that’s who! For one glorious week I was lucky enough to navigate this behemoth around Dublin, sitting

higher off the road than in any other vehicle I have tested. I was like a little boy playing with the ultimate Tonka toy, and I loved every second. And I was in good company, as the kids couldn’t get enough of it either. We brought the Amarok to Dollymount Strand on a cold but gloriously bright Saturday afternoon earlier this month. We cooked sausages in the boot and made hot chocolate in between

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Renault: 8% market share secured in first 10 days of 2014 Lynne Boucher, marketing manager Renault Group Ireland (left) and Paddy Magee, Country Operations

manager, Renault Group with Renault’s ambassadors - mentalist Keith Barry, Paralympic medallist Mark The Volkswagen Amarok has a powerful four-wheel drive setting and plenty of

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walks up and down the beach and jumping in puddles – the Amarok was just the perfect companion and base station for the job, providing a ready-made, open shelter in the boot where we stuck some garden furniture cushions and blankets to keep five excitable




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kids warm and cosy. So, maybe I did get filthy looks as I clogged up the narrow streets of Clontarf, maybe I’ll never carry anything bigger than a flat-packed chest of drawers from IKEA, and maybe the chances of me having to navigate a river in a truck are slim…

but that doesn’t mean a vehicle like the Volkswagen Amarok can’t find its place for a suburban Dublin family. And who knows? During the summer it might even be used for carrying all that outdoor sports gear the family got for Christmas!

Audi’s A3 Cabriolet available to order If you’re already dreaming of the long summer evenings, and maybe even a repeat of the stunning summer weather we enjoyed last year, then you might just be interested in knowing that Audi’s A3 Cabriolet is already avail-

able to order. The open-top four-seater also impresses technically – with systematic lightweight design, highly efficient engines and highperformance assistance systems. In time for summer

2014, the new A3 Cabriolet range is now open for orders. Priced from €36,710 OTR, the latest soft-top A3 is based on the A3 Saloon Platform meaning enhanced levels of comfort and noise insulation in addition to

greater boot and luggage space. A c o m p r e h e n s i ve choice of engines and an array of technological innovations adopted from the larger Audi models also transfers from the four-door A3.

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FastSport mccarthy wins junior title:

Ireland Under-20s David Busby, Sean O’Brien, captain Dan Leavy, Jack O’Donoghue and Peter Dooley at the PwC Ireland squad announcement last week

rugby: lansdowne, UCD, terenure provide mix of players in 28-man panel

Strong local contingent in squad for U-20s 6 Nations A 28-man Ireland Under-20 squad featuring an array of players from the Leinster province has been named by the team’s head coach Mike Ruddock for the 2014 RBS Under-20 6 Nations championship. Two of those Leinster players, Peter Dooley from Lansdowne and Peadar Timmins of UCD, are retained from last year’s squad with most of the players looking forward to making their Under20 6 Nations debuts. UCD flanker Dan Leavy has been installed as squad captain. Leavy played

four times for Ireland in last year’s IRB Junior World Championship and is another player who is set to make his Under-20 6 Nations bow this spring. Seven of Leavy’s UCD colleagues are also in the squad - Ross Byrne, Adam Byrne, Billy Dardis, Nick McCarthy, Ross Molony, Gary Ringrose and Timmins. Lansdowne also have seven players named in the squad - Shane Delahunt, Dooley, Ian Fitzpatrick, Stephen Gardiner, Oisin Heffernan, Cian Kelleher and Conor McKeon.

Harrison Brewer from Terenure College, the son of 32-times capped All Black player Mike Brewer, has also been named in the championship panel. In 2013, the Ireland Under-20s finished in third place in the 6 Nations with two wins and a draw. This year, the Under-20s are set to face Scotland in their opening tie at Dubarry Park on January 31 before the visit of the Welsh on February 7. The Ireland team travel to Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton to face England on February 22, and once more

line out at home against Italy on March 7 before the long trip a week later to Stade Maurice Trélut in Tarbes where they will be welcomed France. Ireland Under-20s head coach Mike Ruddock commented: “We have a very competitive group this year with a number of players gathering invaluable experience with provincial A sides and in the Ulster Bank League. “We have a good record at Dubarry Park and we will be looking to build on strong home form ahead of two difficult away fixtures.”

SARAH McCarthy landed the junior women’s category at the Woodie’s DIY National Combined Events Championships last week at the AIT International Arena. The Mid-Sutton athlete won out in a close run battle with Belgooly’s Grace McKenzie as both returned to combined events after a long period out. McCarthy recorded a time of 9.13 seconds in the hurdles and jumped 5.73m in the long jump to seal overall victory with a score of 3,572. McKenzie cleared 1.70m in the high jump and produced consistent results across all five events to finish in second place with a score of 3,372 points.

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FastSport spainish training trip a success - O’gorman: Peamount United and Republic of Ireland winger Aine O’Gorman returned from the women’s national team’s winter training camp at La Manga in Spain declaring the trip a worthwhile success. “It was a great way to start the year,” said O’Gorman. “We still have players out of season and some of them hadn’t kicked a ball since last year. It was great we could come away from the cold and the rain and while it wasn’t really warm we were able to a lot of work on the training pitch and didn’t have to worry about wading through mud. “There were loads of other teams here during the week, men’s and women’s, and we went to watch England’s 1-1 draw with Norway on Friday afternoon. There was a great atmosphere around the place and all the girls really enjoyed meeting up again as a squad.”

cricket: a team produce clean sweep on their visit to sri lanka

Ireland’s island tour a sweet trip 

Ireland A made it a clean sweep of victories on their short tour of Sri Lanka this months after winning their four contests against Sri Lankan Police XI, Kalutara and BRC in Colombo. The tour of the south seas island opened with a comprehensive 132run win against a Sri

Lankan Police XI side in a match which saw Chris Dougherty score a match-winning century, including 12 fours and one six as Ireland stormed to 274 for 4 in their 50 overs. He shared an opening stand of 72 with Middlesex’s Andrew Balbirnie, before the latter was caught and bowled by Abernathna.

The Ireland A squad in Sri Lanka

James Shannon made 19 before being trapped lbw by Jayawardena, having added a further 55 with Dougherty. In their second outing against Kalutara again in Colombo, Ireland once again saw an imperious century, this time from Balbirnie, help them on the way to a 10-wicket win. Balbirnie shared

Ireland’s cricketers are preparing for their World Cup campaigns

an unbroken opening stand of 185 with Dougherty who scored 69, as Ireland reached their target with more than half of their overs to spare. The Middlesex player was in imperious form striking five sixes, the last of which took him to his hundred. He also struck 11 fours, taking just 81 deliveries for his 108. In their final pair of Twenty20 matches against BRC, Ireland once again hit their stride with Balbirnie and James Shannon both scoring half centuries as Ireland racked up an impressive 202 for 3 in the first match in their allocated overs. Balbirnie top scored with 63 from 42 balls, featuring five fours and three sixes, sharing an

opening stand of 132 with Shannon, who made 58 from 43 deliveries (4 fours, 3 sixes). BRC were out for just 98 in 15.3 overs with the athletic Irish fielding to the fore, hitting the stumps direct to get three run outs. There were two wickets apiece for Andy McBrine, Eddie Richardson, and James Cameron-Dow in the impressive 105 run win. The second match saw Ireland rejig their batting order with Chris Dougherty at the top of the order top scoring with 32 from 21 balls. Andrew Poynter, Shannon and Andy McBrine all chipped in as Ireland finished on 144 for 8, and the wickjets fell with ease as Ireland cruised to a 50-run victory against their gra-

cious hosts. “We played really well in all the formats and deserved the wins,” said Ireland A captain Andrew Poynter. “From afar it might look as if the opposition wasn’t challenging, but we played excellent cricket and didn’t allow teams to settle at any stage. “The squad has really put the hard yards in this past two weeks and reaped the benefits from it. There’s the obvious motivation of two World Cups and a West Indies tour for all the squad, and everyone wants to be on the plane. “I think this tour has shown that’s there’s genuine quality and depth to Irish cricket which is encouraging for everyone.”

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Local cycling star Caroline Ryan showed strong form at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup event in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week as she continued her preparation for this year’s world cycling championships from February 26 to March 2 in the Cali Velodrome in Colombia. Ryan won her qualifying heat in the scratch race, and finished 16th overall. Gold medal winner Xiao Juan Diao (HKG) and silver medallist Jannie Salcedo (COL) lapped the field, and Russian rider Evgeni-

ya Romanyuta won bronze. Ryan, who is ranked number two in the World Rankings for Individual Pursuit, won a bronze medal in that category at the World Cup in Agualascientes, Mexico, in December. A strong performance in the heat of the scratch race saw her qualify for the final with the fastest time, and a brave move in the closing laps of the finals almost worked out for the Garda club rider. Speaking from the Velodrome in Mexico, head coach Brian Nugent said: “Caroline was very active in

the final, and made a great attack with five laps to go, only getting caught with 125m to go. We’re very pleased with her form ahead of the world championships.” Ryan spoke to Gazette Sport last year and expressed her desire to remain as the world number one individual pursuit rider in the International Cycling Union (UCI) rankings. “I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the track season. “I feel really good in terms of my fitness, I have a solid base, and although we are training, it doesn’t feel like that to me.”

Garda cyclist Caroline Ryan in action at the World Cup in Mexico

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Gillick focused on enjoying sporting life A new maturity and realignment of priorities have given Dundrum athlete David Gillick a more positive outlook as he seeks to see his plans for 2014 become a reality on and off the track THROUGHOUT a 20-minute interview, David Gillick’s constant refrain is an emphasis on getting back to “enjoying” his sport. A f ter 18 fr ustrating months out injured through 2012 and 2013, the Dundrum South Dublin AC man could have been forgiven for a dark outlook. But he is positive and ebullient, enjoying being back in regular training while finding fulfilment in life around it. Recently engaged, he is in a happy place, content to take the pressure of time targets off the table, laying the preparations for a fulfilled life. Gillick’s previous New Year resolutions came with the bold aims of run-

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ning in the low 44-second bracket. This time around, his simple statement of intent says that if he just keeps to his plans, “the outcomes will look after themselves”. It is part of a formative process for the two-time European indoor champion and 2004 bronze medallist. Now 30, the passing from youthful exuberance to mature runner in, perhaps, the “twilight” of his career, is something that

David Gillick at the Aviva stadium where he helped to launch the Aviva Health Schools Fitness Challenge

he is preparing for. “I’ve had 10 years running as a professional with very clear goals of what I want to achieve. But that was when I was young and wasn’t getting injured. “Before, I would have been very much looking down the line, looking at the long-term rather than the short. But it’s important to just enjoy what you are doing day to day. “As you get older, you realise your body is not the same and have to re-evaluate your goals. I can’t do the things I did when I was 24 or 25. If I can enjoy what I am doing and focus on the process, the summer will come around and, hopefully, I will be where I want to be.” To this end, he regularly speaks to Derval O’Rourke, another great of Irish athletics currently assessing her future on a year-by-year basis. “We would have a lot of conversations about what we are going to do next. Unfortunately, we are not designed to run fast forever. It is an athlete’s and a sportsperson’s worry. You have a shelf-life. “I’ve spoken to plenty of athletes and in the wider sporting arena; when you are in your twilight years, there is an element of ‘what will I do?’, ‘who am I?’ “A lot of athletes get very stressed at this transitional point. Results do equate to funding and

other things like that and it can just add to the stress, but [for me] now it’s about using this time to enjoy it and not get bogged down in results.” Through the dark days of his injury, however, he found out a lot about himself. Celebrity Masterchef came calling and his victory in that competition has helped open up a number of new opportunities. Last week, as an ambassador for New Balance, he spoke with upand-coming runners in Carlow about motivation and goal-setting. More notably, he launched Aviva Health’s Schools Fitness Challenge, something he is particularly motivated by. The challenge seeks to address alarming recent research that says almost 90% of Irish children insufficiently active with serious implications for the country’s future fitness. The Challenge sets schools the target of improving the fitness of the students with the carrot of winning cash to pay for sports equipment in their school. Gillick is passionate about getting more children involved in sport and says more needs to be done to encourage them to do so. Success in promoting sport in this manner, he says, will not only have health benefits but also provide many psychological bonuses.

“As a sportsperson, it is important I give something back and we have to encourage our next generation to take more interest in sport and a healthy lifestyle. “There’s a lot more pulling at you to sit in front of a screen, but school is somewhere we can still help kids, give them the ideas to learn that sport can have a long-term impact on your life and well-being. “I was fortunate enough to have a talent and had to do the hard work to get to a certain level. Sport opened so many doors for me, not only from a career perspective but I learned a lot about myself. “If we have a clear plan for an academic year for the teachers in maths and English, then hopefully the whole class would begin to enjoy PE, not just your sporty people. “My passion is to get more people into athletics. Yes, I’m still training but I am trying to get involved in other things that I get enjoyment out of. “Before, all my eggs were in one basket and so, when I was injured, it was very frustrating. You don’t feel you are moving forward in any other aspect of your life. It’s important to be able to switch off and get fulfilment from other parts of your life.” For information on the Aviva Health Schools Fitness Challenge, log on to fitnesschallenge.


Mondello success for Nova presenter in charity race Radio Nova’s Conor Irwin is now officially the fastest broadcaster in Ireland having come out on top against broadcasters from all over the country in the SEAT Leon Mondello Challenge that took place last week at Mondello Park. Broadcasters from all across the country, including representatives from 98FM, FM104, Today FM and RTE, had the opportunity to race against each other on the famous track in aid of a charity of their choice. Radio Nova’s Conor won the coveted prize of €1,000 for his chosen charity, the ISPCC, in a lap time of 1.15.47.

The physics of martial arts on tour at DCU Dr Robert Howard from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a physics lecturer who is also a seventh degree master in taekwondo, is bringing his leture tour on the physics of martial arts to DCU on January 30. Dr Howard will explain about the energy, forces and equations involved in breaking timber with taekwon-do punches and kicks, and will then demonstrate his theories by smashing blocks of timber and tiles with nothing more than his own feet and hands. Accompanying Robert on this lecture series is his

father, the wellknown martial artist, Grandmaster Robert J Howard. GM Howard is Europe’s first Grandmaster and is the highest ranked taekwon-do instructor in the country. He first brought taekwondo to Ireland in the 1970s and is held in very high regard throughout the world. Students will also get the rare opportunity to see a Grandmaster in action as the 75-year-old proves he still has the power in his hands to break roof tiles with only the sides of his hands. The lecture is completely free for secondary students aged 15 to 18 years old and for more information about the sport, log on to


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Inter follow up cup semi classic with league win DUBLIN Inter picked up a 79-72 win over Templeogue in men’s basketball’s Premier League to continue their superb recent run of form after their all-star display in the National Cup semi-finals the week previously. Throughout an exciting and demanding week full of press interviews and photo shoots the team remained focus on winning this weekend. Although it the encounter was closer than anticipated, Dublin Inter’s head coach Sarunas Cesnakauskas is happy with the team’s progression. He said: “It was a different game for us, we were short players so everyone stepped up and played in positions outside of their comfort zone. Our younger players also had the opportunity to get into the game which made it enjoyable for everyone involved. “Our eye is obviously on the National Cup Final this Friday but it was important for us to stay focused and practise things that we want to achieve in the game too. “Having a close game like this will stand to us next week. Templeogue played great basketball tonight and kept us on our toes from start to finish.” Aurimas Statkus top scored with points while Mazvydas Cepliauskas and Lomainas Jonaitas chipped in with 13 points apiece as the side came back from a six-point deficit at half time to land the win. It keeps them in seventh place in the league after 11 rounds of matches with the focus now switching to their National Cup final. They will meet UCC Demons in the National Basketball Arena with the game getting under way at 8.45pm. Having blazed a trail through the local leagues as Ballon and been successful at Division 1 level, this will be their first top tier national final in just their second season and their first since moving to a new base in Mountview.

soccer: extra-time strike ends involvement in sfai cup

Castleknock Celtic’s Alan Elliott scores his side’s second goal in their encounter with Home Farm at ITB last weekend

Celtic U-13s exit Troy Cup 

CASTLEKNOCK Celtic’s progress in the AllIreland Cup was dealt a killer blow in the last minute of added time when Home Farm scored to deny them a place in the next round of the Under-13 SFAI Troy Cup. It was a miserable morning at the IT Blanch all-weather pitch where the match was played after Porterstown Park h a d b e e n d e cl a r e d unplayable. Home Farm had the better of the exchanges early on, but it was Celtic who took the lead as half

time approached when Brian Dalton was once again on the mark for Celtic when he chipped the keeper, another audacious strike to accompany his lob over the keeper the previous week which won his team the Friendship Cup. The second half was not long under way when it was the turn of Home Farm’s centre forward, Rasaq Alamu, to strike when his header hit the net with the help of a deflection. The game was evenlycontested, but it was Celtic who looked like they had got the clincher when their captain,

that’s a result... Coolmine chase safety in close-run League 1A with only two games remaining in Leinster League Division 1A, Coolmine are up to fourth position and put themselves crucially four points clear of the relegation zone when they defeated Newbridge courtesy of two second-half tries from Donal Crotty and Rory Farrell. Coolmine have a couple of weeks off now before their final home game of the season against Enniscorthy on February 22.

Vilius Labutus, delivered an incisive pass to Alan Elliott who raced in between the left full and centre half before exquisitely chipping the ball over the excellent Jack Wilde in the Home Farm goal. Celtic, however, were then subjected to a succession of Home Farm attacks and in the final 10 minutes they went within a whisker of equalising with four efforts on goal. The inevitable leveller came in the final minute when Home Farm’s Jake Kenna rifled home from close range, giving Andy Cunningham no chance,

after the Celtic keeper had delivered a succession of fine saves. Home Farm deserved their equaliser, though on another day Celtic would have come away the victors, except for the Home Farm keeper and an excellent defensive tackle from left full back, Matthew Kinahan. The game was decided in the first period of extra time when a free kick was awarded to Home Farm. Jake Kenna was again on the mark when his highflighted free kick hit the roof of the net. Celtic had gone close when a corner from the right caused mayhem on

the Home Farm line, but the ball was adjudged to have not crossed the line by the referee, despite protests from the excited Celtic players and supporters. Home Farm progress to the next round, and they will reflect on a fine competitive game played in the proper sporting spirit. This coming weekend sees Celtic’s DDSL Under-15 Major side host Kilnamanagh FC in their SFAI Cup game in Porterstown Park. Keep up to date with all Castleknock Celtic’s action and how to join at

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help of, have agreed to continue their winning partnership into 2014. Clonee Motors have supported the Littlepace/Castaheaney-based club for many years in the form of sponsorship for the club’s annual golf classic as well as jerseys for the club’s hurling, Under-12 ladies football and camogie teams.

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Fingal were in flying form against Longford last weekend when they defeated the O’Farrell County

Fingal fire five in Kehoe Cup opener kehoe cup Fingal 5-19 Longford 0-13 

FINGAL produced a fivestar performance to start their 2014 campaign in style as St Sylvester’s duo John-Matthew Sheridan and Andrew Richardson netted key goals late in the game, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Kehoe Cup with victory at Naomh Barrog. It promises to be an interesting year for the north county region as they step up to National League Division 2B following their victory in

Division 3A last term, adding to their 2012 success at the same level. They are also keen to be reinstated in the Nicky Rackard Cup after a couple of years’ absence, making their appeal to GAA congress in late February. Currently that championship has six teams but will be boosted to seven in 2015. Fingal are basically looking to fast-track the process and see the increase in the competition come in a year early. With that in mind, they made a strong statement of intent with the win over Longford, taking the early

impetus when St Peregrine’s Colm Foley netted in the ninth minutes. He added another couple of points to go with scores from JohnMatthew Sheridan, Kevin Larkin and Paddy Sheridan. Eoin Donnellan replied with 0-3 for Longford but John-Matthew Sheridan’s major just before the break made it 2-7 to 0-10. Longford kept in the running with scores Donnellan – who ended with 0-6 – but they could not keep pace in the closing quarter. With no recognised goalkeeper on the subs

bench available to replace the injured Luke Kelly, Fingal peppered Ciaran Corcoran, the outfield player to step in to the Longford goal. Sheridan stretched his total to 2-7 – with just two points of that total coming from placed balls – while Richardson netted in the 59th minute before Davy Smyth rounded off the win in the 62nd minute. Fingal will play Derry next weekend in the quarter-finals of the competition with a potential semi-final against either GMIT or Kildare on the horizon.

Congratulations to the Castleknock juvenile 2013 camogie teams who all

With Scor fast approaching, we need

picked up medals in the Dublin camogie

anybody who would like to participate

juvenile awards presentations for the

to contact Barbara O’Neill as soon as

2013 season, held in Naomh Mearnog

possible, at 086 378 2419. A full list of the

on Sunday. Our U-13 team received

categories to compete in can also be

their medals for the shield, our U-14

found on the website.

team for their medals in their league,

There will be a Cash For Clobber

championship and feile and our U-15

collection on February 3. With the club

team for their medals in the league

having raised over €12,000 in recent

and championship.

erin go bragh Well done to all those who completed

the club with pride in the U-13 Dublin

our foundation coaching course last

development camogie trials.


We are currently fielding ladies

We would like to thank David Need-

football and camogie teams at U-10,

ham for all his work with the club over

12, 13, 16 and are always looking for

the past three years. David was our

new players. Contact details for men-

games promotion officer and worked

tors can be found in the ladies section

tirelessly to promote GAA. We would

of our website. Our girls’ nursery for

like to wish him all the best in his new

four- to eight-year-olds resumes on


Saturday. New players are welcome.

Well done to Niamh Maher, Amy Daly

Our adult ladies football and cam-

and Amy Flanagan who represented

ogie teams are looking for players.

St peregrine’s The Coaching forum on Saturday

lotto. Numbers drawn this week were

was a huge success. Congratulations

10, 12, 14 and 27. Next week’s jackpot

and thank you to John Lowndes and

is €5,400. Direct debit forms available

all that made it happen.

from the office.

The inter hurlers are running a

Anybody looking to get involved

table quiz in the lounge this Friday,

with any team, playing or coaching,

January 24, and all members are

contact Gary 085 150 9145.

asked to support. There was no winner of this week’s

Big U-14 tournament in the club this weekend.

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