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Plaits off to heroic cousins WIN Sophie (4) & Evie (7) A pair of tickets to the Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show at the RDS SEE P13
TRUE HAIROES: Evie Kelly and her little cousin Sophie Kavanagh hold up their plaits
Two brave little girls donate their lovely long locks to kids who’ve lost theirs through sickness
AISLING KENNEDY TWO brave little girls have donated their beautiful long locks to children who have sadly lost their hair through illness. Sophie Kavanagh (4) from Dunboyne and her cousin Evie Kelly (7) from Clonsilla had their hair cut by
Reba Reborn Hair in Ongar village, with their severed locks then sent off to the Rapunzel Foundation, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness. The two little girls have been described as true hairoes! Full Story on Page 4
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COURTS | BLANCH WOMAN DIED AFTER RELATIVE KICKED, PUNCHED HER
Violently assaulted by cousin before death A WOMAN has been sentenced to four and a half years for the unlawful killing of her cousin. Donna O’Brien (25) sobbed as Judge Melanie Greally described how Bernadette Cash “died alone and unaided” after being left in a critical condition from being punched and kicked in the head by O’Brien. Judge Greally said that three men who were also in the house at the time also left the 20-year-old victim in a critical condition. These men told gardai afterwards that O’Brien said was arguing with the victim over comments O’Brien believed the victim had said about her child. Detective Sergeant Dan Callaghan told Sean Gil-
‘Ms Cash was knocked to the ground and witnesses said that O’Brien then kicked her repeatedly in the head and body’
lane SC, prosecuting, that Cash’s dead body was discovered lying in a hallway of a house at Blanchardstown the morning after the assault. O’Brien, of Cherryfield Lawn, Hartstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to manslaughter of Ms Cash at Warrenstown Walk, Blanchardstown on October 30, 2013. The court heard that O’Brien repeatedly punched Ms Cash in the face after a verbal row. She was knocked to the
ground and witnesses said that O’Brien then kicked her repeatedly in the head and body. One man told gardai that he grabbed O’Brien to try to pull her away, but she broke away and kicked Ms Cash again. O’Brien admitted punching Ms Cash, but denied she ever kicked the victim. The witness told gardai later that at this stage the victim “was not fighting back”, was “in a bad way ... hurt bad” and that “she was in trouble”. Another man said that
her arm began moving and he was worried she was having a fit. The four others all left the house through a window and went to leave in a car. One man went back into the house to see if she was moving, but then left with the others. Judge Greally said that after she was left in the house, Ms Cash may not have been fully cognisant due to the level of drugs in her system. The court heard that Cash was caught up with people who were dangerous. A post-mortem found that Ms Cash suffered brain swelling and died from head injuries. It also found the possibility of a pre-existing clot. Judge Greally noted that O’Brien could not have been aware of the
haematoma. Judge Greally noted that O’Brien knew her victim had been badly injured in two severe assaults in the recent past, but still persisted in striking her. She said that O’Brien had left the house afterwards knowing and indifferent to the fact that Ms cash was “in trouble” and in need of assistance. In mitigation, the judge took into account O’Brien’s appalling personal history, her remorse, her youth and the birth of her child. Judge Greally imposed a four and a half year jail term on the manslaughter charge. She also imposed a consecutive 18-month suspended term for unrelated theft offences committed in September 2013.
Council staff present a new bus to autism service STAFF at Fingal County Council – officially the nation’s best local authority – handed over a brandnew bus to Abhainn Adult Autism Service in Swords earlier this month. The donation was thanks to the Network Fingal Forum which introduced sponsored lunchtime walks for staff in 2014 to raise funds for local charities. The adult autism service, which is part of the St Michael’s House organisation, benefited from three years of fundraising, which realised an impressive €30,000. Abhainn spokesperson Diarmuid O’Donovan said: “The bus has enabled us to access new and more varied locations and has helped us provide a better service. “Watch out for the blue bus with the ‘Donated by the staff of Fingal County Council’ sticker on I,t and know that it is making a difference.” Fingal County Council’s Ann Gibson said: “This is a fantastic achievement and one that we are very proud of. Thank you to all those involved, including the members of the forum and its sub groups.”
No plans for green space FINGAL County Council has no plans to take charge of the green space at Lambourne Park Estate in Donabate, it emerged last week. Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) asked the chief executive to clarify the timeline for taking the estate in charge. However he was told that while the roads and services within the estate have already been taken in charge, the open space “was not designed to be taken in charge but rather to be managed by a management company, and ... there are no plans to take [it] in charge”.
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Mary helps drive up hospice fund – and then wins a new car
MARY Murtagh was happy to help support the St Francis Hospice fund by buying a ticket for its grand draw – and was even happier when she won the popular main prize: a new car! The lucky Artane woman was just one of thousands of shoppers from all over Dublin who supported the draw and the hospice, with the fundraising initiative raising a terrific €108,120 for the cause. Pictured presenting Mary with her keys at the Blanchardstown Centre are Fr Dan Joe O’Mahony; Ciaran O’Riordan, director, Ashley Ford NCR; and Padraig O’Dea, director, St Francis Hospice.
ENTRANTS for the 51st L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards have until February 28 to make a submission on behalf of their hair salon. There are three competitive categories again this year – the L’Oreal Men’s Image Award, the STAR Award, and the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award. All categories require the teams to create an inspirational modern colour showcase look on a model. The competition is open to all salons around Dublin and the country and entry is free. For further information see www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie.
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Bertie helped Malahide Allotments break the world record for tree planting. PIctures: ALISON O’HANLON
FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern wouldn’t have looked out of place at the Ploughing Championships as he mucked in to give a very worthy cause a dig-out at the weekend. The Ex Fianna Fail leader and famous Dub was true to his word, turning up as promised and braving some of the worst weather we’ve seen this year to do his bit for a charity challenge in aid of the Epilepsy Care Foundation. The Malahide Allotments had aimed to plant a world-record 500 trees in one day, but despite the dirty weather managed a staggering 687 – all by lunchtime! Fair play to all who gave it a right good welly on the day!
Architectural render presenting the proposed College Green Civic Plaza Malahide Allotments members Brian Geraghty and Bertie brave the cold for a good cause
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CHARITY | COUSINS DON’T WIG OUT AS THEY CALMLY LOP OFF THEIR HAIR FOR SICK KIDS
Girls show the lock of love AISLING KENNEDY
Sophie checks out her old hair
TWO young girls from Dublin bravely had 14 inches cut off their hair recently in aid of The Rapunzel Foundation, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness. Cousins Sophie Kavanagh (4) from Dunboyne and Evie Kelly (7) from Clonsilla had their hair cut by Reba Reborn Hair in Ongar village, with their hair then sent off to the foundation by the salon. Aine Caroll, Sophie’s mum and Evie’s aunt, spoke to The Gazette this week and said she was very proud of the two girls for having their hair cut for charity. “My four-year-old, Sophie, had never had her hair cut before but it
was so long it was getting unmanageable. Everyone used to comment on how lovely her hair was because it was so long and the colour at the end of it was a different colour to the roots. “We thought it would be a shame to cut it and just throw it away, so we thought maybe we should donate it as it’s such a lovely head of hair. “Evie was more aware of what she was doing and she was happy that she was going to be giving her hair to children that didn’t have any hair. She was happy to be able to help as much as possible.” Aine explained that on the day she was more nervous than the two girls and said she was hoping they would react well to their new hair
cuts. “I wasn’t sure on the day of how the girls would be, but they were absolutely fine. They were very excited and they were treated like royalty by the salon. “Sophie was really excited with her new hair but I haven’t made a huge deal to her in relation to where the hair went because she doesn’t really understand. Donate “Evie was all into it though, and she’s delighted to be able to donate her hair. They’re absolutely brilliant and we’re very proud of them.” Aine said that along with donating the girl’s hair to The Rapunzel Foundation,
she decided to fundraise for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie – a charity that helps families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer. So far, Aine and her husband, Stephen, along with Aine’s sister Siobhan Kelly and her husband Darren Kelly, have raised €1,400. They have set up a GoFundMe page and are hoping to raise a little more over the coming weeks for the charity. She said: “I don’t know anyone personally affected by childhood cancer, , but we’re delighted that our campaign has managed to raise money for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.” To donate to Aine’s page for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, see https:// www.gofundme.com/sophie-andevies-rapunzel-hair-cut.
Evie shows her delight at having donated her hair to help children without any
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AoifeDelaney and Rioghain Ni Lorcain Claire Nulty and Sarah Byrne. Pictures: Shay Hogan
Club comes together to celebrate 2016 C
ASTLEKNOCK GAA held their annual club celebration and awards night in the Castleknock Hotel last week. Two hundred players, coaches and friends attended the gala night to celebrate a great 2016 for the club. Medals and awards were presented to minor, senior, menâ€™s and ladies players. Tom Quinn and Declan Tobin were named senior Footballer and Hurler of The Year. Ciara Burgess received the Lyndsey Flood Memorial Trophy as Ladies Footballer of The Year and Aoife Whelan took the Camogie award. Ronan Conway and Sean Moran received awards for minor hurling and football. A highlight of the night was the presentation of 2016 Dublin Senior Football Championship runners-up medals.
Aoife Whelan - Camogie Player of The Year with Ailish Andrews
Castleknock- Dublin Senior Football Championship Runners-up
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CASTLEKNOCK GAA CELEBRATION AND AWARDS NIGHT HELD IN CASTLEKNOCK HOTEL
Ronan Conway - Minor Hurler of The Year with Castleknock- Junior A Ladies Football Championship Runners-Up
Damien Whelan with Hurler of the Year
Kevin Stritch with Tom Quinn-Senior
Footballer of The Year
Turlough Blessing and Emma Finney
Turlough Blessing and Caoimhe Hughes
Ciara Burgess- Senior Ladies Footballer of The Oscar Murphy Oâ€™Kane, Eoin Dalton and Rob Shaw
Brian Carter and Julie Rogers
Year with Graham Curtin
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TROOPER MARY GOES THE EXTRA MILE!
WELL done to Blanch mother of four Mary Byrne, who was awarded an Unsung Hero award for her fantastic work at St Francis Hospice. Mary got her award from Kilkenny hurling legend Richie Hogan (right) and ISS managing director Eric Doyle at the GEM Awards last month.
MULHUDDART | SUSPECT HELD DOWN BY PASSERS-BY
Shoppers spring to aid of young mother after man got in car AN ALLEGED carjacking incident led to dramatic scenes at the Aldi supermarket in Mulhuddart this week with a man being restrained by shoppers and staff until gardai arrived. It was reported that a young mum who was
tending to her baby was approached by a barechested man, who then allegedly attempted to get into her vehicle, prompting fears of a carjacking while her five-week-old baby was in the back. The man allegedly knocked the woman to
the ground, with her scream for help drawing a customer to her aid, who was also allegedly assaulted by the man. Other customers and Aldi staff then helped to restrain the man on the ground until gardai from Blanchardstown arrived. It was reported by The Herald that he been earlier observed acting “very strangely” in the supermarket and had run
out of an emergency exit, where he came across the woman’s vehicle. The paper showed a photograph of the man being restrained on the ground by staff and customers until gardai arrived. Gardai said the man was not arrested for assault or attempted carjacking, but was detained under the Mental Health Act.
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€150m Liffey Valley revamp gets blocked SYLVIA POWNALL
Sophie’s doodle is a colourful choice for top Google contest SOPHIE Hunt has every reason to look very happy – the five-year-old pupil from St Mochta’s National School has had her lovely drawing selected as one of the 75 finalists in the popular nationwide Doodle For Google competition. It’s not hard to see why Sophie’s colour-
ful shot impressed judges, with it now in the running to be selected to be displayed on Google’s home page for 24 hours in April. You can still vote for Sophie’s drawing to win under the Group 1 category over at https://doodles.google.ie/d4g/
PLANS for a €150 million extension to Liffey Valley shopping centre have been refused after it was ruled it would worsen traffic congestion on the M50. An Bord Pleanala last week overturned South Dublin County Council’s decision to grant permission for the project which would have increased the centre’s size by 50 per cent. Up to 450 full and parttime jobs would have been created upon completion, bringing the total number employed at the centre to more than 2,500. The ambitious plans provided for Ireland’s first 2,500-seat Olympic sized indoor ice arena and included an impressive new atrium entrance and pedestrian plaza. The ice rink formed part of a mixed leisure, entertainment, commercial and 22,000sqm retail extension with a capacity for 60 extra stores. Planners ruled the proposal would cause “serious traffic congestion” in the area and impact negatively on the safety and operation
of the M50 and N4 access routes. An Taisce and the Moriarty Group, which operates three SuperValu supermarkets at Balbriggan, Skerries and Palmerstown appealed SDCC’s decision to give it the goahead. Appeal In its appeal An Taisce’s heritage officer Ian Lumley said: “This is a carbased retail development adding significantly to an already problematic cardependant location.”
It’s unclear if the centre’s new owners, German pensions group BVK, will lodge a fresh application. The Irish arm of international property giant Hines, which manages the centre, said it was disappointed with An Bord Pleanala’s decision, and would “reflect” before planning the next stage of development. The group completed its acquisition of the 18-yearold centre and seven hectares of adjacent land for a rumoured €630million last December.
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Out and About
Jenny Buckley and Rachel Kavanagh
Kerri Nicole Blanc and Sinead Noonan. Pictures: Brian McEvoy
Tripthi Rodrigues and Charlotte Doyle
Sinead Keary and Sarah Keary
Enjoying a girls’ night out in Dundrum T
o celebrate their February LOVE Box GLOSSYBOX held a Girls Night Out at Movie’s at Dundrum. Guests got to see the latest chick flick releases and each got to take home the February GLOSSYBOX. The evening was hosted by MD of Ireland & UK Rachel Kavanagh and included many well-known faces to include Jenny Buckley, Teodora Sutra, Gail Kaneswaren, to name but a few. From cult classics to innovative new launches, this February, GLOSSYBOX and La Mer have curated the ultimate skincare routine, boxed which launches on 20th February.
Lianne Traynor and Michelle Reggazoli Stone
Stephen Kelly and Fergus Daly
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Out and About
Ellen Waters and Jonathan Crawley
Enny Buono and Jade Hanlon
Therese Ryan and Cormac Moore
Wayne Cronin and Leah Kilcullen
Sean McEvoy and Amanda Reid
January Winters. Photos : BRIAN MCEVOY
Fans out in force for John Wick sequel K Jason Brennan and Darragh Doyle
Helen Clinton and Niall Clinton
EANU Reeve’s fans were out in force at the Lighthouse Cinema for the Irish premiere screening of his latest film “John Wick Chapter 2”. Keanu Reeves plays the legendary hit man John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Spotted at the screening were Baz Ashmawy, Spin 1038’s Cormac Moore, as well as model January Russell.
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DUBLINBUSINESS Hoping for Irish win in Singapore ENTREPRENEURS: IRISHWOMAN JUST ONE OF THREE SHORTLISTED EU FINALISTS FOR TOP AWARD
Ciara Donlon, the founder and chief executive of THEYA Healthcare, has been nominated for an entrepreneurial award that will be revealed in Singapore in April
ENTREPRENEUR Ciara Donlon – the founder and chief executive of T H E YA H e a l t h c a r e (www.theyahealthcare. com), an award-winning medical device company – has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. Ciara is the only Irish entrepreneur shortlisted for the European Award category, alongside an entrepreneur from Russia, and another from the UK. The awards are an international business
plan competition created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. The initiative aims to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporar y global challenges. THEYA Healthcare, which was formally launched by Donlon in 2015, designs and manufactures healthcare garments. The company’s flagship post-surgery lingerie range, designed primarily for use by breast cancer patients, retails across
Ireland and the UK, and has also been launched in Europe and Canada. THEYA Healthcare uses a unique fabric mix made from OEKO-TEX bamboo, which is ideal for post-operative products as it is anti-bacterial, thermally regulating, 59% more absorbent than cotton and extremely soft, thus helps reduce skin irritation. T he design of the THEYA Healthcare range focuses on comfort, support, femininity, functionality and the promotion of healing. Headquartered at
NovaUCD, the centre for new ventures and entrepreneurs at UCD, THEYA Healthcare is an Enterprise Ireland highpotential start-up client company. Donlon said: “It’s a huge honour to have been chosen by Cartier as one of the three European finalists for such a prestigious worldwide award. “I s et up THEYA Healthcare because I wanted to help women undergoing breast cancer treatment feel better about themselves and heal faster; for that to be acknowledged by an
organisation like Cartier means a lot. “ H o p e f u l l y, m o r e women who can benefit from our products will now have a chance to access them.” She was shortlisted alongside fellow chief executives Marina Ross, Nanobarrier (Russia), and Lise Pape, Walk with Life (UK). The winners of the 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards will be announced at the awards week and ceremony which will take place in Singapore from April 8 to 13.
Take key steps to help realise business goals WITH entrepreneurial spirit having an ever greater impact on Irish business, it can be tempting to plan to start your own business. However, as with any business, a focused plan with realistic, practical goals is a key part of achieving success. Carol Brick (right), of HerMoney, has compiled some simple yet essential pointers towards being your own boss and maximising your entrepreneurial spirit.
Research and plan right Before cutting ties with your fulltime job, be sure that there is a market for the product or service you offer. Talk with freelancers in the industry to learn more on the market and clients, and ask about their transition from fulltime to self-employed work and check on any potential pit falls. Maintain positive business relationships with your co-workers and your boss – they could potentially become your first clients or refer others to you. Financial backing is key Ensure you have enough capital
to cover your living expenses for the first several months you will be selfemployed. You may take a second parttime job, or get some weekend clients within your new self-employed profession, ahead of quitting your current day job. Also talk to your local enterprise board and a financial advisor.
Prepare the right set-up A reliable accountant will advise on the sole trader versus company director approach, and on the tax implications of both. Managing your own income tax and charging for VAT on your products or services is one of the sea changes of being self-employed. Get a userfriendly software system to account for your income and expenditure on a day to basis (see www.contracting365.ie). Security Replacing key employee benefits like a pension, income protection for when you cannot work, and death in service (life cover) is important. Talk to an independent advisor about savings and investments like live cover or pensions. Also check out the different types of insurances needed. Finally, Citizens Information also has helpful information on many practical business and financial implications; see www.citizensinformation.ie.
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ONE OF THIRTY PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE CAROLE NASH IRISH MOTORBIKE & SCOOTER SHOW IN THE RDS FROM MARCH 3-5
THE annual “The Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of March 2017 in the RDS Dublin – and we’ve got thirty pairs of tickets worth 18 euro each - to give away to this exciting event for all the family to enjoy. All you have to do to win a pair of tickets to join 27,000 other motorcycle and scooter aficionados at the RDS next month is visit the Dublin Gazette Facebook page and Like
and Share our Carole Nash Motorbike & Scooter Show post. Alternatively, you can simply email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org - please make sure to put Carole Nash Comp in the subject line, and your name and address in the main body of the email. Hop on your bike and go to the show - you would simply be mad to miss it! Best of luck all!
George Fitzgerald’s film explores the overlooked history of Dublin’s working-class citizens. Screengrab: YouTube
Delve into the capital’s ‘real’ past with a new documentary EMMA NOLAN
A DUBLIN man has made a documentary that shows the dark side of Dublin. In Dublin Behind the History, Finglas man George Fitzgerald examines the history of working-class people in Dublin in the 1900s. George (51) made the 25-minute documentary last year while he was researching his latest book, The Secret life Of Ashley Brown. His research uncovered descriptions of Dublin often overlooked by history, of rats lining the streets, workhouses and barefoot, starving children. “Dubliners are divorced from their own history,” he told The Gazette. George said he wanted to shed light on the history of the city that was forgotten because major events in history, such as the world wars, take precedence in the history books. “I only just touched on [such content] in my documentary, there’s so much more – it was horrific,” George said. Mixing footage of the
city as we know it with old photographs, illustrations and readings, the film shows how Dublin went from being the “flamboyant” city of the 1700s to having the worst slums in Europe by the early 1900s. He shows two main catalysts that set about this change; the Act of Union in 1801 and The Famine. George says that The Famine changed the course of working-class history as it led to suburban towns such as Swords being established.
The Monto He also explores the fact that the biggest red light district in Europe at the time – the Monto – was located in Dublin. What modern Dubliners can learn from this history is an appreciation of simplicity and embracing our neighbours and communities, according to George. “Get out and talk to your neighbour, and stop spending so much time on social media.” Dublin Behind the History is available to watch on YouTube.
ENJOY A FEAT OF FREE LIVE ACTION ENTERTAINMENTAT THE RDS THIS MARCH…. WE’VE got new bikes, the latest accessories, clothing, helmets, training, adventure holidays … in fact just about everything you need for you and your bike! NEW AT THE SHOW FOR 2017: JOEY DUNLOP TRIBUTE One of the main attractions of this year’s show has to be the exclusive personal Joey Dunlop Tribute which is the first time it will be on display in southern Ireland. See his race bikes, trophies, leathers, helmets from his astonishing 31 years of racing. Celebrities such as John McGuinness, Mick Grant and Eddie Laycock are scheduled to speak over the course of the three day show. AMD INTERNATIONAL CUSTOM BIKE SHOW It is a firm show favourite with over 50 stunning custom bikes on display that are works of art and engineering genius from all over the world. Sponsored by Deltran Battery Tender with the support of Zodiac Intl and AMD World Championship. ACE GLOBAL STUNT STARZ COMPETITION Be ‘wowed’ by 20 top freestyle motor-
cycle stunt riders competing for the title of ‘Ace of Aces’ all day ever day of the Show. The Ace Global Star Starz Competition is sponsored by Rock Oil and R&G Racing plus supported by Ace Café London. ACE CAFE CLASSIC & RETRO ZONE Motorcycle enthusiasts all over the planet know about The Ace Café London and its pivotal role in the cultural revolution that shaped both the music and machines for future generations. WORLD FAMOUS PURPLE HELMETS At speeds approaching 100 miles per hour – check out this mad cap Isle of Man riders and their crazy gang show. ROCKABILLY LIVE STAGE SHOW The Rockabilly band, Skinny Elvis, will be performing on the main stage supported by the rather fine Rockabilly Roses and Fire Show with everyone dressed by one of the cool Rusty Pistons. GRAFTON BARBER The Grafton Barber team will be offering to groom the visitors that ‘modern’ Rockabilly look. Check out the Harley Davidson’s in the Shop - they’ll even have the bike to match your new look. FLAT TRACK SPEEDWAY There’s lots of speed and excitement with the Off Road Flat Track Racers and
for the first time show visitors can learn to ‘flat track race’ too. EDDIE IRVINE RACING CHALLENGE Don’t miss your chance to see how fast you are on a MotoGP Motorcycle Racing Simulator. This is free of charge to all visitors each day of the show. TRAVEL & ADVENTURE TALKS Since this year’s show is heavy on travel and adventure - expect to hear from some very interesting people who have done some amazing things on two wheels Visit www.irishmotorbikeshow.com for more information.
BMW Motorrad have announced that it will be introducing its 2017 models to the Irish public for the first time at the Show. Among 18 BMW bikes going on display are three brand new versions of the most popular travel enduro bike in the world - the BMW GS
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SCHOOLS: ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO GET TO GRIPS WITH KEY SUBJECTS IN AN UPBEAT WAY
Spelling out the wonders and fun of science ... Katie Dixon helping to launch SciFest 2017. Picture: Keith Arkins
Knowledge is a fun science KATIE Dixon had her hands full as she helped to launch the tenth annual SciFest event. All budding secondary school science students have the opportunity to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills for the event, which gives students of all abilities the opportunity to develop research, problem-solving, critical thinking and presentation skills. Sheila Porter, SciFest founder and chief executive said: “Over the past 10 years we have had the opportunity to experience some of the best young minds that Ireland has to offer. “2016 was our best year ever, with more than 8,000 students participating and exhibiting their projects at local or region-
al science fairs all across the country, and we hope to build on this success in 2017 and beyond.” Students can now showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally at DCU and a range of other institutions. The winners from each regional science fair will go on to compete at a national final in November. The closing date for entries is March 10, so enter online or download a paper entry form from scifest.ie.
DRIVING INNOVATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THIS year, Young Social Innovators Ireland (YSI) are aiming to reach 50% of secondary schools by 2020. Currently featuring
in 30% of secondary schools nationwide, the scheme, in partnership with Ulster Bank, has set a target of bringing its social innovation programmes to 367 secondary schools in Ireland by 2020. Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, co-founder of YSI, said that social value “must become an integral part of innovation in Ireland to address societal challenges and build social cohesion”. YSI sees students from schools around the country select issues they care about, explore them and collaborate to develop and implement their social innovations. Previous YSI projects have included a successful campaign calling for the introduction of a National Missing Per-
son’s Day and the development of a water-saving device for use on showerheads in homes. Sr Stan added: “Policies and practices that align social and economic value will ultimately lead to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable society. “Through YSI, education is already playing a major role in developing a culture and understanding of innovation for social good among young people and we need to build on that.”
VALENTINES DAY IS SO ... MEH – SURVEY IT SEEMS we’re not the most romantic bunch ... Nearly 60% of Irish people say they feel that Valentine’s Day has become a cliche. A survey by Durex has revealed that 26% of us
generally mark the occasion by going out for a classy dinner while only 22% stay in with a bottle of wine and a movie. However, the majority of us (70%) think Valentine’s Day has become too commercial. In fact, the survey found that more than one-fifth of Irish married couples won’t celebrate the day in any way this year. Of those couples who are choosing to opt out of Valentine’s Day, 36% say it’s because there is too much pressure around it. A fur ther 23% of couples say they prefer to engage in spontaneous acts of romance rather than abiding by the tradition, and 18% say it is because their partner doesn’t want to embrace the day. Rising pressure hasn’t
lowered expectations, however, as almost two thirds (58%) of people still say they would be disappointed if their partner didn’t mark the occasion. Irish men seem to be a little more laid-back, as more than half of them wouldn’t mind if the day went unnoticed, compared to just a quarter of women.
FARMERS MARKET TRAINING FOR ALL URBAN farmers and m a r ke t s e l l e r s t a ke note – Bord Bia has just launched a farmers market training workshop. Starting with a Dublin city centre workshop on February 20, the workshops are designed for those thinking of starting or developing sales in such a market. Aspiring Dublin-
based food market entrepreneurs can attend the workshop at The Fumbally Stables in Dublin 8 for a half-day interactive masterclass that will provide practical solutions to the challenges most frequently faced by market sellers. Wicklow-based food producer, farmer and successful stallholder Margaret Hoctor, from Kilmullen Farm, will deliver the workshops. Margaret, a regular at the Marley Park food market, will share her own knowledge and wide experience of how she developed the family business through this channel. For registration and further information, see www.bordbia.ie/FarmersMarketsTraining, or email email@example.com.
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Hop on the bus and see a real Dubs’ fare city
ALISON O’HANLON DUBLIN Bus has been ‘doing Dublin’ bus tours across the capital since 1988 through its Dublin Sightseeing City & Coastal Tours (the green bus!). It is Dublin’s original, authentic bus tour and this year it’s shaking things up by rebranding to DoDublin. The drivers – who also happen to be the best tour guides in the world – are Dublin natives, Fáilte-Ireland trained and know every nook and cranny, anecdote and scéal across the streets broad and narrow of our fair city. And one thing the Gazette can confirm after taking a ride on one of the newly rebranded green buses this week – they clearly love what they do! Priding themselves on having the ‘banter’ with Irish and international tourists alike, the 63 DoDublin drivers are a busy bunch. Between The Hop On Hop Off Tour, Coastal Tours, Ghostbus Tour and The 1916: Beyond Barricades Tour, they
travel 275,000 miles across the city and county each year. They’re an honest lot too as one driver found a bag with €3,500 left on his bus! It was duly returned to a very relieved tourist while he was visiting Trinity College. Visitors to the city can avail of the best value with a DoDublin Card. At €33 for adults and €16 for children under 14 it offers unlimited travel for three days, including direct transfers to and from Dublin Airport on Airlink Express, The Hop On Hop Off Tour, and all public buses on Dublin Bus routes. Tickets for The Hop On Hop Off Tour include free for kids (two under 14 with a fare paying adult), a free Pat Liddy Walking Tour of Dublin worth €10, free entry into The Little Museum of Dublin worth €7, and two for one meal deals and discounts at participating attractions. Tickets can be bought at dodublin.ie, Dublin Airport and from ticket agents across Dublin City Centre.
RTE’s Jennifer Zamparelli launches Do Dublin with drivers Martin Connolly, Joe Morris and the company’s Miram Brady. Pictures: Alison O’Hanlon
THALIA HEFFERNAN | DUBLIN’S HOTTEST MODEL LAUNCHES DENIM KING DIESEL’S SPRING/SUMMER 2017 CAMPAIGN
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NOW YOU’RE LOOKIN’ DIESEL: Thalia Heffernan looks amazing in her photoshoot alongside male model Savio De Chiara. Pictures: Dara Munnis
JEANS Queen Thalia Heffernan looks a million dollars in this stylish new shoot for denim king Diesel’s Spring/Summer campaign. The Dubliner put the disappointment of being voted off Dancing With The Stars behind her as she jetted out to sunny Spain for the one-day shoot with Italian model Savio De Chiara. And to celebrate the launch of Diesel’s new campaign – which hits the stores THIS WEEK – we have a €100 voucher for a lucky reader to win. All you have to do is Like and Share the Diesel post on The Dublin Gazette’s Facebook page. Best of luck folks!
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DUBLINLIFE Zara Be
EMMA NOLAN Style Editor
WE THOUGHT we’d left oversized belts in the early Noughties – but we were wrong ... This new trend sees belts meet corsets to create a cinched waist silhouette, regardless of the rest of the outfit, as the waist has become the body part du jour. Easy to wear, this trend is forgiving on most shapes and gives a bit of
curve and swerve to those who are challenged in the waist area. What is most appealing about this trend is the creative ways we’ve see it worn thus far; over baggy jumpers and long dresses and men’s shirts – it works with any combination, from jeans and t-shirts to ball gowns. One of these is a definite worthy investment to go with numerous outfits for the next few months.
Ana Mac is sew stylish EMMA NOLAN
A DESIGNER from Rush has realised her lifelong dream of becoming a professional dressmaker. Ana Mac is the brainchild of local dressmaker Anna Maguire (above right), who specialises in creating bespoke garments. The 30-year-old is an expert at constructing garment designs of any kind, from christening gowns to bridal gowns and everything in between. She also offers garment reconstruction
services and has her own line of ready-to-wear pieces. “I watched my mam dressmake from a very early age and this is how I picked up this passion,” Anna told The Gazette. “She created all sorts, from debs to weddings to little christening gowns. “I used to pick up leftover fabrics from the floor and hand-sew dresses for my Barbies and dolls. “I loved it! Mixing fabrics, different colour threads, and redesigning four-inch skirts – my Barbies always looked great!” As a teenager, Anna
started making things for her friends: “Simple things like furry boots for festivals, or taking in or taking up their clothes for them.” Though she had a career in social care, Anna says that all she really wanted to do was sew so she applied for a fashion design course. After acing the course, she began her career as a professional dressmaker, and confidently says: “I can create absolutely anything.” To find out more about Anna’s services, see dressmaker.ie.
River Island 3-buckle waist belt €30 New Look Lace up corset belt €12
River Island Lace up corset belt €25
River Island Foldover waist belt €30
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STYLE River Island
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brown and blonde. 3) CAILYN PURE LUXE
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fect for sensitive skin as it contains no colourants, mineral oil or petrolatum, this scrub is great for gently exfoliating skin. 7) GUINOT PUR CONFORT SFP15 PROTECTIVE AND SOOTHING CREAM (€58.50)
Protects the skin against environmental irritants. 8) EUCERIN AQUAPHOR SOOTHING SKIN BALM (€8)
All-in-one cream for the season, use on extremely dry, chapped, and even cracked skin.
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Great offers at Bagots Hutton for February AISLING KENNEDY
BAGOTS Hutton is currently running a Neighbourhood Menu for the month of February which offers a complimentary glass of wine as part of their early menu from 5pm. T h e N e i g h b o u rhood Menu, which runs from Monday to Thursday all night and Friday and Saturday before 7pm, features two courses for €19.50 or three courses for €22.50. The restaurant, which is based on South William Street
recently opened a second location at 6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 1 and this offer is available with their early menu in both locations. The new Bagots Hutton venture on Ormond Quay is larger than their flagship restaurant and features a 120-seater restaurant. It also features a cafe bar at the entrance, the fine dining area in the basement, and first floor mezzanine with main bar and stage for live entertainment. For more see www. bagotshutton.com
A flawless balance of sweet, salty with a hint of spice
FOOD&DRINK Thai Sticky Chicken Ingredients Chicken 15g (1/2oz) packet fresh coriander 1 green chilli, seeded and chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2.5cm (1in) piece root ginger, peeled and chopped 3 tbsp dark soy sauce 50g (2oz) Siucra Light Golden Brown Sugar 6 chicken thighs, trimmed 1 tsp sunflower oil Dipping Sauce 2 tsp white vinegar (rice or wine) juice of ½ lime 2 tbsp Siucra Caster Sugar 1 red bird’s eye chilli, finely sliced To serve: Steamed Thai fragrant rice. Pomegranate seeds and sesame seeds Method Reserve a handful of the coriander leaves for the dipping sauce, then roughly chop the remainder and put into a food processor. Add the chilli, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Siucra Light Golden Brown Sugar and blend to a paste. Spoon all over the chicken thighs in a shallow Pyrex dish and if time allows leave to marinade for 10 minutes at room temperature. If preparing the day before, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge. To make the dipping sauce, put the Siucra Caster Sugar in a pan with 2 tablespoons of water and simmer for a few minutes to make a sugar syrup. Then stir in the vinegar, lime juice and chilli. Leave to cool and stir in the coriander leaves. Preheat the oven to 190°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4. Drizzle the sunflower oil over the chicken thighs and roast for 35 minutes until cooked through and golden brown, basting occasionally to give them a nice sticky glaze. Arrange the chicken on plates or in oriental bowls with the rice and scatter pomegranate seeds and sesame seeds on top. Put the dipping sauce in small dishes alongside to serve. Recipe courtesy of Siucra. For more information on Siucra products along with recipes, tips and videos visit www.facebook.com/siucraireland, Instagram.com/ SiucraIreland and www.siucra.ie.
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THE Dine In Dublin festival is back again this year for its ninth year and will run from Monday, February 27 to Sunday, March 5. Organised by Dublin Town, over 70 of Dublin’s most renowned restaurants will take part in the seven-day foodie festival this year. Restaurants including Pichet, Rustic Stone, Zaragoza, Fade St Social, Fallon & Byrne and Marco Pierre White’s will be taking part and running amazing offers on their menus for the sevenday festival. The Gazette were lucky enough to head along to the launch of Dine In Dublin at Fire Restaurant in the Mansion House last week and sample some of the many delicious courses that will be on offer from a selection of the restaurants taking part around the city. A specific mention has to go to San Lorenzo’s Roast Hogget with minted salsa verde, chantaney carrots and duck fast roast potatoes by Chef Temple Garner. It was a truly brave dish that was absolutely divine. There is so much choice on offer from the participating restaurants so it is well worth a visit to www.dineindublin.ie to see which offer might appeal to you.
San Lorenzo’s Roast Hogget with minted salsa verde, chantaney carrots and duck fast roast potatoes
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RAMBLING AND ROAMING: SUPERB TRAILS AND SIGHTS AWAIT ACROSS THE BORDER
Slope off to Andorra for a top ski holiday TOPFLIGHT are preparing for their Copper Face Jack’s ski trip which departs on March 5 to Arinsal, Andorra where guests will include Paddy Casey and DJ Mark McCabe. All-inclusive prices start from only €959 per person sharing. See www.topflight.ie.
Foodie heaven for all at Dine in Dublin festival DINE in Dublin Festival from February 27 to March 5 will have 70 dining experiences on offer from Pichet, Rustic Stone, Zaragoza, The Woollen Mills, Fade Street Social, Carluccios, Brother Hubbard, Saba, Fallon & Byrne and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill.
Ryanair ready to land average fares at €30 RYANAIR says it’s on target to reduce its average fare to €30 after it reported fares down 17% to €33, with passenger numbers up 16% to 29 million for the third quarter of 2016.
St Patrick to turn 300 sites green this year TOURISM Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said he expected the number of sites that will go green for St Patrick’s Day to rise to 300 this year. Predicted tourist numbers for 2017 have been revised upwards, from -1% to 3%, with the rise reflected by booking trends reported by the city’s hotels.
Northern delights Whether rambling over the Sperrins or taking to the hills and valleys across Northern Ireland, nature lovers and hikers are never far from a relaxing, welcoming destination
IF YOU fancy a staycation embracing the great outdoors, grab your walking boots and woolly hat and discover some of Northern Ireland’s most scenic locations. With eight Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), 47 national nature reserves, 43 special areas of conservation and 10 special protection areas, it’s a rambler’s paradise.
Belfast A crisp morning is arguably the best time to walk the Lagan Towpath as the mist hovers just above Belfast’s main river. Divis and Black Mountain rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills and provide a backdrop to the city’s skyline, offering spectacular views across Northern Ireland, Belfast Lough and as far as Donegal and the
coast of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Stay: The 4-star Ramada Plaza Hotel Belfast in Lagan Valley Regional
The Sperrins Spanning 40 miles and over the two counties of Tyrone and Derry, the Sperrins mountain range is the largest in Ireland and walkers can expect undulating hills covered in heather, quiet valleys, boggy uplands and a land teeming with wildlife. Add in more than 90 sets of stone circles, the best known being Beaghmore, and numerous other intriguing, megalithic structures, and the Sperrins are most definitely a walking wonder. Check out The Robber’s Table near Gortin. The highest point of this route provides superb views of the Bluestack and Derryveagh Mountains of
Donegal to the west and the high Sperrins to the north east. Stay: Blessingbourne Estate offers 5-star luxury pet-friendly self-catering accommodation with premier 13k mountain bike trails
The Mourne Mountains These are the highest and most dramatic range in Northern Ireland and are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and tracks, providing enthusiastic walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration. Northern Ireland’s highest peak, the Slieve D o n a r d , cl i m b s u p through forest to meet the famous Mourne Wall for the final steep ascent to the top. The dramatic views of Newcastle and the sea below definitely make it
worth the 850m climb. N e a r b y To l l y m o r e Forest Park offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at Newcastle while Castlewellan Forest Park offers an array of loops through one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. Stay: The 4-star Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle.
Causeway Coast & Glens The Causeway Coast Way, especially the section from Portballintrae to Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, is among the most scenic coastal walks you can find anywhere. Follow a stretch of breathtaking coastline between Ballintoy and Bushmills for a great 12.4 mile walk. The route includes walking on
beaches, across rocks and along clifftop paths. Winter creates the perfect backdrop to explore the mature woodland of Glenariff Forest Park with freezing waterfalls and open, frosted moorland. The trail first takes you down the Inver River gorge, to the edge of the Ess-na-Crub Waterfall and your path back offers spectacular views straight down the misty glen to the coast and the sea beyond. Stay: The 4-star Causeway Hotel.
County Fermanagh Whilst Fermanagh is renowned for its lakelands, the first destination for any keen walker should be its highest summit – Cuilcagh Mountain, standing at 665m. This area is part of the UNESCO endorsed Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark due to its unique
geology and spectacular landscapes. A new boardwalk meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland. Crom Estate near Enniskillen offers walks amidst a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins. Along the shoreline to Crom’s beautiful boathouse you can enjoy stunning views up to the 19th century castle which sits to the right of the trail dominating the landscape. Stay: The 4-star Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges TRANSLINK run a Sperrins & Mournes Rambler bus service all year round with stops in key towns which are ideal starting points for many circular walks. For further information, see www.discovernorthernireland.com.
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The Nissan e-NV200 full electric van is Europe’s best-selling electric powered van.
Nissan e-NV200 is top-selling electric van THE Nissan e-NV200 topped the charts to become Europe’s best-selling electric van in 2016. The all-electric van ranked number one in 17 countries across Europe, ahead of its competitors in the category. The UK is the top market in Europe for Nissan e-NV200, followed closely by Norway and France. The Nissan e-NV200 is an alternative transport solution for families and businesses alike as it combines the best of Nissan’s NV200 van with zero-emission technology from the world’s bestselling electric car, the Nissan LEAF. Available in both commercial van and fully trimmed Combi and Evalia passenger variants, the e-NV200 line-up offers a variety of options including a panel van, five-seat and seven-seat option and a driving range of up to 170km (106 miles) on a single charge.
New Seat Ibiza claims to be the best ever THE new Seat Ibiza is the Spanish brand’s most important model and for 2017 comes with new styling while preserving the same sporty spirit. It does so with a fresh design that Seat claims reflects the latest Seat distinctive character by continuing with the brand’s DNA but with an edgier, sportier design. This fifth generation Seat Ibiza will make its public debut at the next Geneva Auto Show and go on sale in Ireland from July 2017. The new Ibiza, is claimed to be a completely new model bringing a major step ahead in safety, design, performance and comfort. This advance in quality was claimed to be achieved by the use of the new Volkswagen Group MQB A0 modular platform. This platform allows the new Seat Ibiza to be much wider by a 87mm, while it is 2mm shorter and 1mm lower than the previous model. The wheel track is 60mm wider at the front axle and 48mm at the rear axle, while the wheelbase is 95mm longer giving claims of a more comfortable car.
The new Ibiza will be on sale in Ireland in July 2017
Citroën brings presence to stylish new C3
Citroën is back in the supermini market with style and strength following the launch of the new C3 model at the start of this year. This new design gives improved driving performance as Michael Moroney found out in his test drive. CITROËN’S fresh attack in the supermini market with the new C3 makes a strong statement from the French brand and their biggest new entrant to the market for 2017. This new C3 has grown up significantly in terms of size and road presence, making it a more distinguished looking car than before. This new Citroën C3 has scope to add flair and style with new options available that can either tone up or down how you feel about your car choice. What’s standard is a car that feels, looks and drives with a stronger nature than before. I’ve had the diesel powered Flair version Citroën C3 on the road for a week to test its metal. I took across a variety of city and country driving conditions that spanned 1119km, so it was well and truly tested in Ireland’s muggy winter driving conditions. The 1.6 litre turbo-die-
sel engine is well accomplished. It can deliver pace giving the car a lively driving feel. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the car handled with this power and torque in what is a relatively light car. The road holding was impressive and at all times I felt that I was in control. The smooth engine performance is average for a car in this class, even though the engine size is larger than some others. The acceleration pace at 13.8 is no rally car, while it does give the car a better pace than some of the competition. I had expected a better fuel economy figure where the rated numbers are impressive at 28m/litre (3.6/100km or 78.5mpg). In practice this performance was well outside my reach, both in terms of what the car’s trip and range meter returned as well as my own consumption figures. The actual
figure was close to 40% off this and that was one of shocking surprises that you only realise when at the pumps. The fuel tank is rated at 42 litres and in theory that should give me a range of over 1,110km but I had a pit stop along the way to reaching that figure. That economy figure does not take away from the performance of the engine which meets the challenge on the open road as much as in city driving, it’s just that as you tour on the motorways and come close to the 120km/ hr limit the car edges over the magic 2000rpm figure on the engine, which is the sweet spot when it comes to bridging the gap between performance and economy. That all means that the Citroën is a good car to drive in terms of comfort, road holding and but keep an eye to that rev counter is economy is your priority.
The new Citroën C3 brings more style and stature to the market and the Airbump feature for the Flair models is both stylish and practical.
Citroën C3 BlueHDi 75
Engine 1.6 litre Engine power 75hp 0 – 100km/hr 13.8 seconds Economy 28m/litre (3.6/100km or 78.5mpg) Fuel Tank Capacity 42 litres CO2 emissions 93g/km Road Tax Band A2 €180 Main Service 15,000km/ 12 months Warranty 5 years /100,000km Entry Price €17,890
The dash has a very modern feel to it and comes with the Citroën ConnectedCAM system
For city driving I expect better performance as the engine’s start/stop system is smooth and comfortable to use. I probably just didn’t do enough city driving to maximise its true economy benefits. The Citroën C3 looks aesthetically pleasing and the free Style Pack which
Citroën claim is worth €500 brings a distinctive Airbump and Bi-Tone roof to the car. With the C3 the Airbumps are both practical in supermarket trolley defence and is stylish in appearance. On the inside the C3 is more modern looking than in the past. There is a
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The new Nissan Navara Trek-1° version is a limited edition and high spec version of the well-known 4x4 pick-up
GM and Honda to establish joint fuel-fuel operation
new ConnectedCAM Citroën system included on the higher specification models which uses a fully integrated camera, located behind the rear view mirror, to capture images and video that can instantly be shared on social media channels, or saved as evidence in the event of an accident. T he 17-inch alloy wheels gives the car great road stature and there are useful features in the topend Flair specification that include automatic lights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Other options that improve the driving experience include voice controlled 3D navigation, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start and blind-spot monitoring. While this pushes up the price from the Touch specification entry model at €17,890 to €20,790 for the top of the range Flair model with all of this kit. That €3,000 difference brings a lot of features, many of which you’ll find in the mid-range where the price jump is exactly
half that figure. Citroën is offering enticing scrappage options and low rate finance options. The rear space is what you would expect from a supermini car, adequate as long as you’re not 6ft tall. There are two ISO-Fix units in the rear for child seats but not much room between them. The car has yet to achieve a Euro NCAP safety rating. The boot space is good at 300 litres extending to 922 with the rear seat folded. The other plus is that there’s a space saver spare wheel included. Ford’s Fiesta is the big competition for the Citroën C3 and the new bigger C3 is very price competitive at the entry and middle end, while the higher specification Flair model that I drove has more kit included that the equivalent Fiesta Titanium. Citroën has a strong offering in the new C3 supported by a 5 year warranty and for me the improved driving and handling of the car was what won the day.
General Motors and Honda has announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing will begin around 2020 and create nearly 100 new jobs. Fuel cell technology addresses many of the major challenges facing automobiles today: petroleum dependency, emissions, efficiency, range and refuelling times. Fuel cell vehicles can operate on hydrogen made from renewable sources such as wind and biomass. Water vapour is the only emission from fuel cell vehicles. Honda began delivery of its new Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle to U.S. customers in December 2016 following a spring 2016 launch in Japan. The Clarity Fuel Cell received the best driving range rating from the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of any electric vehicle without a combustion engine with a range rating of 550km (366 miles) and fuel economy rating of 24km/litre (68mpg) of petrol-equivalent combined. GM is currently demonstrating the capability of fuel cells across a range of land, sea and air applications. The company has now accumulated millions of miles of real-world driving in fuel cell vehicles.
The C3 comes with Airbump doors that don’t add a feeling of weight to car, more in terms of protection from other car opening doors and straying supermarket trolleys
Skoda announces Kodiaq SUV prices SKODA in Ireland has revealed Irish pricing and specification details for its new five and seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq SUV, due to be launched next month, with prices for the entry level Kodiaq Act 1.4 TSI petrol from €29,395 including delivery charge. The Skoda Kodiaq will come in three trim levels (Active, Ambition and Style), with five engine and trans-
The engine gave impressively smooth acceleration but comes with a thirst
The new Skoda Kodiaq is due here in March with entry prices from €29,395 including delivery charge for the I found the road holding and handling impressive across a range of driving conditions
Kodiaq Act 1.4 TSI petrol model
mission options and fourteen different exterior colour options. There will be a seven seat option available for just €1,000 more than the standard five seat model. That entry level Active trim level includes a host of impressive features, including 17” Ratikon Alloys, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Climatronic air conditioning and the clever Smartlink technology for Smart Phone integration with the infotainment system. The Skoda Kodiaq will also come with a host of connectivity features. Smartlink+ smartphone integration system containing Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto is now available as standard. The Columbus Navigation & Infotainment system which is standard on the Style trimline also comes with an additional 4G LTE SIM card slot to enable a high speed Wi-Fi hotspot within the car (data plans sold separately) and a host of additional connected services from Skoda Connect.
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LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Wholly entertaining
EVERYBODY’S favourite superhero (in your face, Spidey) gets yet another twist via The Lego Batman Movie (Cert G, 104 mins). An unexpected breakout star of the smash-hit Lego movie from a few years ago, Batman gets his own pretty brick-tastic plastic film, while a whole host of familiar Gotham characters, superhero and supervillains fight for screen time. It’s a batty-ful film to watch, too.
La La Land didn’t quite sweep the boards as had been predicted, but still took home a great haul of top Baftas
SHANE DILLON RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER Promises, promises
MUCH like the undead horrors at the heart of this franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Cert 15A, 106 mins) is the latest in the tired franchise that refuses to die. Nothing seems able to stop the zombies – or Milla Jovovich – from returning in the unstoppable series, with Milla attempting to save the world (again) despite the undead (again).
50 SHADES DARKER Grey Steele strike back
STEAMIER than drying socks on the radiator, and about as erotic as a weekend away with your in-laws, here comes 50 Shades Darker (Cert 18, 118 mins). Continuing the contrived misadventures of Grey and Steele, it’s got less romance than an old Mills and Boon book, and is even less grounded in reality than a Christmas episode of Eastenders – but fantasists may enjoy some of it.
GIVEN all the turmoil of recent months, thank heaven there’s still something cinema fans can still rely on – the Baftas, which are usually a fairly decent indicator of how the Oscars will play out soon afterwards. The weekend’s glittering (if a little rainlashed) red carpet guests traipsing in to the Bafta 2017 awards were giving nothing much away, but all eyes were on the critics’ (and audiences’) darling on the night – La La Land. Would it sweep the board in charming Technicolor fashion, tapdancing an i m p r e s s i ve haul of golden Baftas into a basket to take home?
BAFTAS: FAVOURITE WON PLENTY – BUT THE GLITZY CEREMONY STILL HAD SOME SURPRISES FOR VIEWERS
La-vely haul of awards for upbeat hit musical Err, no – perhaps because of all the unpredictability sweeping the world in recent months, this year’s Baftas turned out to be a little less predictable than usual. Of course, La La Land was still the big winner on the night, claiming an impressive haul of wins (including Best Original Music, Best Cinematography, Best Director and, the best ‘Best’ of all, Best Film), in addition to a stack of other nominations and wins. However, it didn’t quite sweep the board as decisively as had been expected, with this year’s diverse range of films claiming some well deserved wins of their own. While Emma Stone took a well deserved Best Actress win, her La La Land co-star Ryan Gosling lost out to Casey Affleck for the Best Actor nod. Gosling’s game I’m-almost-as-goodas-Emma-see song and
dance skills were appreciated by audiences, but critics raved about Casey – brother of Ben – and his bravura turn in Manchester by the Sea. Other critically acclaimed films also raised some eyebrows by not claiming the coveted golden statue – not that there’s any shame in ‘just’ being nominated for a Bafta, of course, but there were still some surprises in store. For example, Moonlight – widely tipped for award glory – didn’t win on the night, despite the widespread acclaim it’s received all around the world. Indeed, some of the aw a r d n o m i n a t i o n s were themselves surprising – for example, Hugh Grant popping up for Best Supporting Actor in the amusing, eccentric Florence Foster Jenkins (which also stars Meryl Streep as the charmingly
talentless titular character – a role which saw her up for the Best Acress award), while Ken Loach came back with a powerful tale (I, Daniel Blake) to claim Outstanding British
Film. The Best Animated Film shortlist, meanwhile, curiously omitted Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name – an anime now much more commercially successful than the world-conquering Spirited Away, some years back – to run with more predictable fare, such as Finding Dory. Still, if there were disappointments on the night, there was one big delight thanks to an aging American gentleman that everybody was delighted to see – the inimitable Mel Brooks, scooping the prestigious Bafta Fellowship.
Wisecracks Promising not to flog his latest momento on eBay, Mel showed a flash of the irreverent charm and wisecracks that you’d expect from such a comedy legend. He wasn’t alone with the gags – host Stephen Fry took aim at another aging American gentleman throughout the night, with President Trump providing a constant source of amusement and annoyance in
some politically charged moments. Closer to home, and a number of Irish hopes were scattered throughout the awards, with acclaimed Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga arguably the most prominent Irish figure in this year’s Baftas, given the praise she’s enjoyed for her great performance in Loving. Unfor tunately, she didn’t win the EE Rising Star award, losing out to Tom Holland, but has certainly proven that she’s one to watch. It’s the broader, more general award categories which have given the Baftas their critical cachet and worth, and which usually – not always, but usually – see the Bafta wins echoed at the bigger, glitzier Oscars. With this year’s Oscars rapidly approaching at the end of the month, expect to see plenty more about several of these films once again when February 26 rolls around, and the Oscars steal the limelight in California – worth making another song and dance about ...
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To be a woman in an important role in 1960s NASA was already unusual, but to be an African-American as well made it an even greater achievement for the women at the heart of the film
HIDDEN FIGURES: A GREAT LOOK AT STRUGGLES FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
Well worth finding ROMY CARROLL
The little-known key roles of African-American women in NASA’s early days finally gets a great film
DIRECTOR Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures (Cert PG, 121 mins) is a very compelling true story of how a group of exceptional women were at the forefront of launching the first American into space, and into orbit around earth, whist also believing in their highly personal quests for equal rights in early 1960s segregated America. Katherine G Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were just three of the 30-strong group of African-American mathematician women who had to live in a very male-dominated world in NASA whist also having to deal with
the day-to-day challenges of America’s turbulent civil rights movement. Johnson (played by Taraji P Henson) was a “human computer” at NASA, who proved to the plethora of engineers, mathematicians and strategists at the agency that her formula was correct, making her the first woman to outdo her male associate, Paul Stafford (Jim Parsons). We see how Paul makes her life very hard from start to finish – a day that was already hard enough having to sit at the back of the room, drinking coffee from a different coffee maker, and having to run 40 mins each day to use the “colored bathrooms” which were on the other
side of the campus. Her daily routine finally caught up with her boss (played by Kevin Costner), who decided to do something about it. With some sledgehammer subtlety, his character strikes a blow for Johnson, sending a clear signal that she, and every other African-American woman, should be treated with respect and equality at the busy agency. We also see Dorothy Vaughan (played by The Help’s Octavia Spencer), always hoping that one day she would make supervisor, but it wasn’t to be as she kept getting undermined by other women, including her Caucasian boss (Kirsten Dunst).
We see how she, and other characters, were always spoken to in a demeaning way, while Vaughan and all the other African-American women just had to put up with it – in this climate, speaking back or out of line would see them swiftly out of a job. We also follow Mary J a c k s o n ( p l ay e d b y Janelle Monae), who had a family of three to bring up but still passionately believed in her dream to become an engineer in the white, male-dominanted world. Despite her lack of civil rights, she still believed in her dream, even though she wasn’t allowed to go to college, never mind be an engineer.
The film shows how her hard study and fighting for her right to be an engineer would prove everybody wrong, seeing her become the top of her class. This true-life story really gives audiences an insight into how hard it was for African-American men and women of the era to fight hard for their civil rights, and to keep believing in what they could achieve. Handsomely shot and with several likeable leads – including some great performances from the trio of women at its heart – Hidden Figures deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.
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FastSport GORDON AND BYRNE IN IRISH TEAM FOR LA: DUBLINERS Martin Gordon (stoker) and Eamonn Byrne – from Sundrive Track team – have been confirmed in the Irish team to compete in the UCI Para-cycling track world championships in Los Angeles, USA in March. They will be making their debut in the men’s tandem, competing in the men’s B tandem sprint events. Cycling Ireland performance coach Neill Delahaye said of their inclusion: “Martin has been on the Development Squad for the last couple of years and this is a new partnership with Eamonn. “They are an exciting prospect. Eamonn is an experienced and accomplished sprinter and with the sprint events back on the Tokyo Paralympic programme of events we are excited to see what they can do.“ This is the first time that a World Track Championships for Para-cycling has been held in the post-Paralympic season, and this is the first competition for the Irish team.
BASEBALL: MASON KEEN TO SEE SPORT WELCOME NEW PARTICIPANTS THIS YEAR
Shankill club giving it Sox for 2017 league campaign
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THE DUBLIN Black Sox have kicked off a recruitment drive, with the Shankill-based baseball team on the lookout for anyone interested in taking part in the sport, particularly ahead of the new season. The Black Sox play out of Shanganagh Park, and are part of a littlepublicised Irish baseball league that has been in place since the late 1990s. T here is plenty of Irish interest on the ground, as well as an abundance of players from traditional baseball hotbeds the USA, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Chris Mason, who plays with the Black Sox, was keen to tell GazetteSport of the inclusiveness of the spor t in Ireland, in terms of welcoming a broad array of players and when it comes to ability.
The Black Sox are preparing for their 2017 Baseball Ireland season
“There’s space on the teams [which operate at an ‘A’ and introductory ‘B’ level] for anyone who wants to play regularly,” he explains. “One of the teams we played last year had an 80-year-old playing for them, and he plays in the same position at me. He was getting some great balls, I don’t know how he did
it!” Mason’s interest in baseball dates back to fuzzy images on NBC as a kid, though it took him a number of years to stumble across Baseball Ireland and get involved in the sport outside of watching on TV. “It’s a young sport, and doesn’t get a lot of support in Ireland,”
he tells us. “The adult league is open to anyone aged 16+, and a lot of people come in having to learn simple things. “Throwing, for example, is something you have to learn. “You need someone to show you how to throw properly. “It can be a little jarring to play a new sport,
and people don’t always stick with it but a lot of people transfer in from sports like hurling and cricket. There are parallels.” “The game is spreading in Ireland,” he continues. “We have two divisions now, North and South. “T here are several teams in Dublin and
Belfast, and others based in Cavan, Kilkenny, Clare, Ashbourne and Greystones. “It’s all part time and amateur, so we often play two games on one day. “The rules are just the same as Major League b a s e b a l l , a n d we ’r e wo r k i n g w i t h D u b lin City Council to get things set up as well as possible. “We can supply bats and gloves; the club have invested a bit in that kind of stuff and there’s always equipment to use. “All you really need is a pair of football shoes or trainers.” The Dublin Black Sox can be contacted via their Facebook page or, at DublinBlackSoxBaseball@gmail.com. Those with a broader interest in baseball can get in touch with the Irish association, whose website can easily found by googling ‘Baseball Ireland’.
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Sorcha Clarke, 9, celebrates with UCD team mate Sally Campbell. Picture: Adrian Boehm
UCD and Cork Harlequins both took advantage of HermesMonkstown’s enforced inactivity - their visit to Pegasus fell victim to a frozen pitch - to shake things up at the top of the women’s EY Hockey League. UCD are at the league’s summit for the first time this season as their unbeaten run continued with a 2-1 success over Railway Union. The students, who along with Monkstown are the only side yet to lose this term, led
through Lena Tice’s drag-flick but Zara Delany’s pace got her in behind the UCD rearguard for an equaliser shortly after. UCD’s winner came in stylish fashion though, a seemingly pre-planned set play off the fourth quarter restart with Katie Mullan and Emma Russell linking up to tee up Sorcha Clarke to score. Cork Harlequins were dominant in their 3-0 success over second-from-bottom Pembroke, Karen Bateman’s magic half-volley getting them on the board after 28 minutes.
T hey did, however, miss a hatful of chances - hitting the post twice - before Kay Gaffney’s short corner bunt and a fine team goal, walked into an empty net by Yvonne O’Byrne, made it safe in the final quarter. Loreto kept the pressure on the top three with a hardearned 2-1 victory at Ards. The hosts made all the early running but a pair of short corner goals from Ali Meeke and Freya McDermott built a useful lead before half-time. Lucy McKee finished Ards’
fourth corner with eight minutes to go to give them a lifeline, but Loreto held firm to take all three points. On Sunday, UCD continued their superb season with a 7-0 win in the Irish Senior Cup semi-final to reach a showdown with Cork Harlequins. Deirdre Duke spent the majority of the last three months out injured with a broken bone in her shoulder but returned in some style, netting a hat trick with fellow international Katie Mullan weighing in with a pair of goals too.
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Ais the Bash looks to write her next episode Daly admits her “devastation” at having to retire from mixed martial arts but is now keen to develop the next generation of the sport in Ireland as one of Straight Blast Gym’s coaches
Eight Dubliners named in Irish Winter Games team THE countdown is now on as Team Ireland prepares to travel to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in just under two months, and eight local athletes are gearing up for the chance of a lifetime. Thomas Caulfield (23) and Lorcan Byrne (35) from Ballyfermot, Niall Flynn (30) from Dun Laoghaire, Stephen Lee (23) from Navan Road, LJ Byrne (19) from Donaghmeade, Anthony Murray (46) from Balbriggan, Matthew Colgan (45) from Swords, and Laoise Kenny (16) from Monkstown are part of a 26-strong Team Ireland squad at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Graz and Schladming, Austria in March. Some of the Dublin athletes will be competing in floorball (Caulfield, Murray, Colgan and Byrne), a team sport similar to unihoc or ice hockey but played in a rink on a standard playing surface, whilst others are looking forward to representing Ireland in alpine skiing, namely Flynn, Lee, Byrne and Kenny. All of the athletes are extremely excited to be representing their country in the World Games this year and have been training hard in preparation with many incorporating swimming, football, athletics, and basketball into their exercise regime to ensure they are fit and ready for the Games in March. Commenting on the Team Ireland floorball team’s progress, head coach, Michael Lynch said: “I think they’re all training very well and I think we’ve got a great bunch together. They’re looking forward to it. We understand that we’ll be playing against countries where floorball is their main sport. “It’s going to be a fair competition because if you get beaten in the first game, you go into a different group. I think we have a good chance of staying there anyways.” The Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 will be the largest sports event to take place in 2017, hosting 3,000 athletes from 110 countries worldwide. Team Ireland will join almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 107 countries for the Games, which are already set to be one of the sporting highlights of 2017.
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AIS ‘THE BASH’ DALY is taking a pragmatic approach to her recent enforced retirement, telling GazetteSport of her plans to stay involved in MMA, both in coaching and in continuing her work in the safetyfocused side of the sport. The Drimnagh native and former Allied Fight Series champion learnt she had suffered a mild brain aneurysm following a routine head scan before Christmas. This forced her immediate retirement from her UFC career, right as she was nearing a full recovery from a recurring knee
injury. Daly said she was “devastated” to be told the news, adding: “I felt I had a lot still to give. “I knew about it for a couple of months before I went public. I didn’t want to spend my Christmas talking about it, but there’s a sense of loss. “It’s a big part of your life just taken away. It’s a little ironic, as I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the sport’s safety.” The safety aspect of her work is something Daly is already committed to continuing with, and, strangely, an area in which her injury might even prove an advantage. “It’s hard telling amateurs a sport is danger-
ous, everyone thinks it won’t happen to them,” Daly admitted. “W hen it’s coming from me now, and it has happened to me, it might be an easier message, especially when it costs money to get checked, and that cuts down on the already limited earnings.” Ref lecting on her career, Daly talked of the difficulties weight classes presented to her, but also of her pride in her acheivements. “It wasn’t ideal for me that the weights were 115lb and 135lbs. “I’d be so drained training for 115lbs; my ideal weight was really 125lbs and that took
some of the fun out of it. I damaged my body staying at that weight, and it created a few issues for me. “It was very much ‘eat. sleep, repeat’. While I’m still training, it’s great to be out of that mindset
you’re well off because you do these things, but that’s not why I did it.” Today, Daly is coaching at SBG g y m in Swords, and expects to start shortly in Portarlington, too. “I teach kids on
‘It’s a big part of your life just taken away. I felt I had a lot still to give’ - Ais Daly
for a while. I’ll take some time to work out exactly what I want to do next.” For all her successes, however, Daly admits that a career in mixedmartial arts has been difficult at times, in particularly financially. “I’d probably be financially better off if I’d never done it,” she says. “The money you earn isn’t enough to get by on, really. People think
Wednesdays and Fridays, and on Saturday mornings,” she says. “I think it’s important to realise not all kids are into hurling, gymnastics, soccer or camogie. “Particularly for girls, there’s an expectation that they’ll do certain types of sport. “MMA scares people, but Jiu Jitsu is a great, respectful outlet, and it really suits some people.”
Ais “The Bash” Daly has taken up new coaching roles with the Straight Blast Gym in
Aisling Daly, centre, with fellow SBG team members
Swords and in schools around her native Drimnagh since her enforced retirement.
Conor McGregor and Paddy Holohan
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SOCCER: ST MOCHTA’S IMPRESSIVE JUNIOR CUP RUN KEEPS ROLLING
Purple Run in Phoenix Park set for second year DOWN Syndrome Ireland (DSI), with the support of Today FM’s Matt Cooper, are encouraging people to get active for the second annual DSI Purple Run and help celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. This year, DSI is encouraging everyone to “Run with us, not for us” on Saturday, March 25 at 11am, in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The event is open to all age groups and abilities and participants can choose to run, walk or push a buggy over the 5km or 1km distance, allowing all the family to take part. Registration for the event takes place online only and costs €20 which includes a ‘Down Syndrome Ireland Purple Run 2017’ t-shirt. People with Down syndrome and under-sixteens can enter for free. The event offers lots of fun for all the family with clowns and face painters, as well as live music. DSI are encouraging everyone attending to wear something purple such as wigs, hats, boas, bow ties, etc in support of the ‘Purple Run’ and to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It is expected over 2,000 people will participate in the event with people, including many DSI member families, travelling from all over Ireland. Speaking at the launch of the Purple Run, Matt Cooper said: “I’m delighted to be involved with the Purple Run again this year for Down Syndrome Ireland. It is a fantastic all-inclusive event for a great cause and I encourage as many people as possible to register and join me on the day.” Mary Doherty, President, Down Syndrome Ireland, added: “The Purple Run is more than just about creating awareness, it is a celebration of every person with Down syndrome, their families and those who support them. “Down Syndrome Ireland is a family led organisation that places the person with Down syndrome at the centre of everything we do. “We are urging everyone to get involved in the Purple Run on March 25th which like last year, is guaranteed to be a fantastic fun event for all the family”. To register for the Purple Run and find out more information on Down Syndrome Ireland, please visit www.downsyndrome.ie or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The St Mochta’s Leinster Junior Cup side advanced by the challenge of Drumfinn Celtic
Sheridan holds his nerve LJC FIFTH ROUND
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S T MO C H TA’ S l e f t it late but eventually booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Junior Cup after a 3-2 win over Drumfinn Celtic at Porterstown Road. Mark Sheridan scored a penalty in the 87th minute to book his side’s place in the quarterfinals of the cup for the first time in their history. Blanch side Mochta’s have been in great form and currently share top spot in the LSL senior
Sunday division with Bluebell United, while holding a game in hand over the reigning champions. The stormy conditions of last weekend made it tough to play nice football but both sides persevered through a cagey opening period. Drumfinn went close to scoring a couple of times, as did Mochta’s through Dylan Sweeney and Conor Grogan. With the first half drawing to a close and the game still deadlocked, Drumfinn were dealt a blow when their defender saw red for a late challenge on Aaron
CLUB SUPPORT Hartstown Huntstown pay tribute to JVE HARTSTOWN Huntstown paid tribute to
long-time supporter of the club J Vaughan Electrical, producing a framed jersey to show their gratitude. For the upcoming season, the company will sponsor the club’s Under-17 Premier team’s shirts. Pictured at the presentation of the framed jersey are Paul Vaughan, right, and Larry Gaffney, left, as they look forward to continuing their mutual association.
O’Brien. However, they still managed to take the lead in injur y time through Kevin King. The second half saw Mochta’s move up a gear and they were back on level terms seven minutes after the restart when Sweeney’s shot was parried into the path of Glen O’Donnell. Eight minutes later and the home side were in front through a n e xc e l l e n t s t r i ke from Sheridan. Their slow start to the game seemed to be well and truly behind them as they started to dominate the game.
Just as it was starting to look like Drumfinn’s afternoon would be as miserable as the weather, they found an equaliser with 25 minutes of the tie still to play. This time it came from the boot of former Cherry Orchard and Collinstown star Lee Collins. Not to be perturbed, Mochta’s went in search of another and would have found it were it not for another fine save to deny Martin O’Neill. T hey continued to push as the visitors tired and were eventually rewarded for the effort when the referee put his whistle to his lips and
pointed to the spot. Step forward Sheridan with a coolly placed shot into the top corner from 12 yards. There was still time for one more piece of drama as Drumfinn saw another man sent from the pitch as they were forced to play out the remaining few seconds of injury time with nine men. It was almost a scare for Mochta’s in what is proving to be an excellent season for the team. They have only lost once in their opening 16 games of the league c a m p a i g n a n d h ave already scored 33 goals.
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Knock brave elements in battle of Clontarf
ST BRIGID’S ST BRIGID’S Feile teams are doing a joint sponsored walk on Sunday, February 26
CASTLEKNOCK’S Under-13 Division 1 footballers played their part in a goal-fest as part of their grading league tie against Clontarf last weekend. Tarf ended up winning 7-5 to 4-1 in the tie at Porterstown in their second game of 2017 having begun the season on February 4 against St Jude’s.
at 3pm. The teams are asking for your support, more info to come. Thank you to all who helped with the youth disco on Friday. Brilliant win for the CCC camogie team; congratulations to all involved
Picture: Shay Hogan
on their win in the All-Ireland semi-final and wishing the team all the best in their
CAMOGIE: ANDREWS CAPS SUPERB WIN IN WEXFORD
preparation for the final. This week’s lotto draw is in the Rosel-
The jackpot remains at €15,000 with the reserve also at €15,000. Membership can be paid online directly from our website www.stbrigidsgaa. com. The nursery is every Saturday from 9.30 to 11am. All four to seven-year-olds are welcome. The adult season resumes this weekend with cup matches. Thank you to everyone who supported the GAA club draw.
CASTLEKNOCK BEIDH an Comortas Peile Seachtar
four for €40. The next Cash for Clobber
an Taobh Chaislean Cnucha ar siul ar
collection is in aid of Feile so get your old
an Satharn,11 Marta i Somerton. Mile
clothes down to Somerton.
Buiochas le Colaiste Naomh Eoin da dtacaiocht i mbliana.
Well done to all at Castleknock Community College on winning the All-Ireland
The annual Castleknock Irish foot-
senior camogie semi-final in Gorey on
ball 7s competition in will take place in
Saturday. The final is on March 4 with
Somerton on Saturday, March 11. Thanks
the location to be confirmed.
to Colaiste Naomh Eoin for their support.
Congrats done to Eoghan Lyons and
There was no winner of our lotto jack-
Darragh Warnock who lined out for the
pot. Numbers drawn were 7, 14,19 and 25.
Dublin minor footballers at the weekend
There were 12 match three winners. The
with Darragh captaining the team.
next jackpot is €4,200.
Castleknock Community College defeated Presentation College, Wexford in their national semi-final
awn Inn on February 16.
James Sherry “Somerton Physi-
The nursery continues this week as
otherapy” service is available to mem-
usual at CCC with thanks to Tigers Child-
bers at the Castleknock Hotel on Satur-
day mornings and Wednesday evenings.
A reminder that the Feile fundraiser
To book a physiotherapy appointment,
table quiz is on this Friday, February 17
contact James on 087 7553451 or email
at the Carpenter from 8pm. Tables of
CCC reach first ever All-Ireland final tie
A-I SENIOR C SEMI-FINAL
The fun won’t stop there though as
€9,400 lotto jackpot; the jackpot will
family and friends will also have the
increase once again next week as there
chance to test their skills. This night
was no winner this week. Numbers
will not only give a great insight into the
drawn were 7, 17, 18 and 23. Next week’s
games and skills required for the big
lucky winner will receive €9,200. And, as
night on Saturday, March 11 but also
always, we will have 10 tickets selected
when contestants find out which heat
at random to win €40
Presentation College, Wex 1-8 Castleknock CC 2-8 KARL GRAHAM email@example.com
CASTLEKNOCK Community College reached an All-Ireland senior camogie final for the first time after beaten Wexford’s Presentation College by 2-8 to 1-8 in the O’Neill’s post primary Senior C championship in Gorey. Caitlin Coffey, Sophie Brown, Molly O’Neill, Ciara Golden and Aisling Andrews all impressed for Castleknock with the latter kicking five points. The Wexford outfit
scored the first point of a game that was to and fro right until the end, and taking place in awful weather conditions. Indeed, Castleknock did well to go into the break only trailing by 1-2 to 0-7 considering they were playing against a strong wind. The second half saw Pres again score the first point to stretch their lead to three but the sides were brought level with 12 minutes remaining through a Castleknock goal. Presentation had the ball in the net themselves soon after but Castleknock had all the momentum,
out-scoring their opponents down the final stretch. Andrews capped the victory with two good frees to book Castleknock’s place in the final. And coach and teacher Margaret Shortall spoke to GazetteSport about her delight at a great achievement for the school. “It is the first time we have made it to the AllIreland stage. “It has only been over the last two years or so that the team has come together. We won at minor level last year but we have never gotten this far at senior so it means an awful lot to the school.”
The team is predominantly made up of players from the Castleknock and St Brigid’s clubs which undoubtedly provides great experience to the school side. “The support we have from the clubs is great. They have nearly all played county at some stage which is a great help as they were well able to get stuck in,” said Shortall. Castleknock will now take on St Patrick’s of Armagh in the final on March 4 as they seek to bring the title to Dublin 15 but Shortall knows it they have another tough game in store.
WE HAVE have all 36 contestants for our
We are currently looking for volun-
2017 fundraiser, The Kube. Our big launch
teers to fill various positions on sev-
night will take place this Thursday, Feb-
eral committees. If you have a few hours
ruary 16 at 8pm in the club lounge.
spare a week and would like to assist in
All contestants will have an opportu-
any area, please get in contact with sec-
nity to play some of the games that will
retary Paul Beecher. No previous expe-
be featured on March 11 when they take
rience required just a little of your free
on The Kube.
time and a can-do attitude.
they will be in. Tickets will go on sale for The Kube on launch night.
Do you have a penguin/penguinette in the making? Our nursery (born 2012 and
The online membership service is back
2013) and academy (born 2010 and 2011).
in action so please get memberships in
Kids train every Thursday (5-6pm for
asap, especially camogie players. Follow
all) and Saturday (9.30am nursery and
the link: https://www.myclubfinances.
10.30am academy). Newcomers always
com/ to avail of this service.
GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN LOTS of preseason activity last week
Thanks to St Finian’s for hosting.
with both the intermediates and minors
Training continues this week for inter-
playing worthwhile challenge matches.
mediates and juniors on Tuesday and
First up were the Inters away to St Fin-
Thursday at 7.30pm with first competi-
ian’s in Newcastle last Thursday under
tive games down for next Sunday.
lights where they gave a good performance, coming out on top by 0-16 to 0-8.
The intermediates host St Brigid’s in a Loving Cup tie next Sunday morning.
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Griffin commitment a shining example JAMES HENDICOTT
DUBLIN camogie star Sarah O’Donovan says St Brigid’s Alex Griffin’s attitude is indicative of the new approach in the county’s plans for 2017. Indeed, O’Donovan says her Dublin side will push the boat out ahead of the new season, saying “we’ve put our aims out in writing; we want to win silverware”. Under the new management of former Kilkenny hurler David Herity, the girls in blue have made a strong start to pre-season, comfortably beating Wexford in
a challenge match, and hitting peak levels in training. “Intensity levels have gone up 100%,” O’Donovan said, adding that she’s never suffered so much through the pre-season fitness sessions as this time around. “David is very slow to praise you, and I think that’s a good thing. “There’s long been a culture in camogie so saying ‘well done’, and it’s not always clear what people are saying ‘well done’ for. He wants us to forget ‘well done’, and become faster, stronger and more encouraging. “We’re talking about what we need to do on the pitch, not
praising what we already did.” Herity’s job has involved integrating a large number of new players into the panel – approximately half of the squad in total – and several have given O’Donovan plenty of added impetus. “Last year we’d have been ranked about sixth,” the former Cork star, who converted to Dublin after moving due to work commitments, explained. “We’ve been looking at clubs like Slaughtneil [the rural Derry side that are in the running to win an astonishing triple club All Ireland] for inspiration. But we’ve got a few players that are
really going to make impact, particularly some of the new youngsters. “I think Eva Marie Elliott, who plays with me at Vincent’s, is a vital addition at wing back. Doireann Mullaney from Ballyboden is a great player, and Alex Griffin from St Brigid’s has been making a big impact. “She’s just doing her Leaving Cert this coming year and preparing to study medicine, so committing to the team is a huge decision for her and shows great loyalty. It’s really promising.” Dublin’s league season gets underway away against Cork on Saturday, February 18.
Dublin’s Sarah O’Donovan at the launch of Littlewoods support for camogie. Picture: Sportsfile