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Go Gaeilge: Na Gaeil Oga gear up for a big match Cricket:

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na Gaeil Oga players Frainc O Tormaigh, Ciaran Mac Fhearghusa and Cormac Mac Gabhann met Castleknock Hurling and Football Club’s Pol O Maolmhichil, Mick O Mearain and Ciaran Kilkenny ahead of their match The Game for Gaeilge on Saturday, March 1. The game will celebrate the Irish language and kickstart Seachtain na Gaeilge, and will take place in Somerton, Castleknock. Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place nationwide from March 1 to 17. Picture: Conor McCabe


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Back up Porterstown claims, says O’Gorman Varadkar asked to show evidence that level crossing is dangerous

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Local Green Party candidate for Castleknock Roderic O’Gorman has called on the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar,

to allow him see information to back up his claim that the Porterstown Road level crossing is dangerous and should be closed. O’Gorman was speaking after the Gazette published

an article in which Minister Varadkar claimed the Porterstown level crossing was the 59th most dangerous crossing in the country. In a letter from Irish Rail

to Minister Varadkar outlining safety statistics at Porterstown, a total of 23 incidents was listed as having taken place between 2008 and 2013. Full Story on Page 2

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‘Show us the evidence for crossing claims’  Natalie Burke

Local Green Party candidate for Castleknock Roderic O’Gorman has called on Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, to publish evidence to back up his claim that the Porterstown Road level crossing is dangerous. He was speaking after the Gazette published an article in which Minister Varadkar said that the Porterstown level crossing was the 59th most dangerous in the country. O’Gorman this week stated that both public and local representatives were entitled to see this information so that they could assess it.

Speaking to the Gazette, O’Gorman said: “In light of Minister Varadkar’s recent claim that the Porterstown Road level crossing is the 59th most dangerous in the country, I’ve written to Minister Varadkar to ask him to make the information upon which this figure is based available to the public.” He went on to say that the proposal to close the local level crossing at Porterstown had not been backed up by evidence from Irish Rail or the National Transport Authority, and has caused “major upset” for residents living along the road and in the wider Clonsilla area.

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“This was demonstrated by the near unanimous opposition to the proposal at the public meeting in November,” he said. “If there are safety concerns, these are absolutely relevant to the decision. However, these need to be published so the public can see and assess any available evidence related to safety.” O’Gorman said he believes that Irish Rail and the NTA have approached the issue in the wrong way. “Rather than meeting the local community and explaining their concerns, they have employed a totally top-dow n approach which seems to be an attempt to avoid any engagement with the public. “I hope Minister Varadkar will publish the specific report in which Porterstown is listed as the 59th most dangerous level crossing in the country and that he makes this available to all elected representatives in the

Dublin 15 area and to the local group that opposes the closure of the crossing”, he concluded. Porterstown resident Dave Hughes has also questioned the danger of the level crossing, and has described Minister Varadkar’s comments as “scaremongering”. “The incidents he seeks to exploit are minor and exaggerated and pale into significance when compared to the number of incidents which occur at school times and which will multiply if the road is closed,” he said. In a letter from Irish Rail to Minister Varadkar outlining safety statistics at Porterstown level crossing, a total of 23 incidents was listed as having taken place between 2008 and 2013. Such incidents included reports of kids messing at the barriers, a pedestrian jumping barriers, youths playing and obstructing barriers, vehicles striking barriers, a dead dog and an individual acting sus-

piciously. When the Minister’s comments appeared in a recent Gazette article the Porterstown crossing ranked as 59th most dangerous. However in a more recent letter to the Minister from Irish Rail it now ranks Porterstown level crossing as 54th out of 1,064 in terms of risk profile. In response, Minister Varadkar said important decisions have to be made on this issue. “I have said I will respect whatever decision the local authority makes, but the numbers provided by Irish Rail are indeed alarming. I have provided them to the Gazette, and I’m also happy to provide them to Roderic O’Gorman and to any member of the council. The level of risky incidents is only going to increase at this crossing. That’s why it’s important that the council makes sure that whatever decision it takes, it’s made on the basis of safety.”

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council: figures released show 14% are behind on payments

Date set for child porn case

355 in mortgage arrears in Fingal  Natalie Burke

There are a total of 355 people currently living in mortgage arrears in Fingal. This is according to Fingal County Council who released the figures at a council meeting held earlier this month. At the meeting it emerged that just over 14% of accounts in Fingal County Council are in arrears of three months or more. In a report broken down by the council, it stated that the local authority currently has 69 people living in arrears of between one to two months, 35 people living in arrears of between two and three months, and a

total of 251 people who are in living in arrears of more than three months. Speaking about the issue, Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) said she is not surprised at the number of people living in arrears across Fingal, but admits it is “very worrying”. “I think it links with broader issues, namely austerity and the recession. People are getting into arrears because their wages have been cut or they’ve no jobs,” she said. Cllr Coppinger said that she is on record as saying there needs to be a write-down of people’s mortgages and believes it would free thousands of euro for people to spend in the economy, hence creating jobs.

“Heartbreakingly, there are people who are simply paying the interest on their mortgages. The Government are doing nothing and are leaving people to deal with the banks on an individual level.” Cllr Coppinger’s comments come at the same time as €20m in funding is announced by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, which is to assist the most distressed local authority mortgage holders. According to Cllr Coppinger however, it will not be enough. “It would mean just one small housing scheme for Fingal but we have 6020 applicants on the housing list. I think people have to make an issue of this at election time.”

Turning pages: Clonsilla boy reads into the meaning of World Book Day a local boy put his literary skills to the test as he launched World Book Day at Dublinia in Dublin. Three-year-old Cillian O’Rourke from Clonsilla launched the annual celebratory day in Ireland, which takes place on Thursday, March 6. World Book Day celebrated books and reading, and will see all pupils in schools nationwide receive a token that they can exchange for a free World Book Day book in their local bookshop. Picture: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

A trial date has been set for a Dublin-based garda in relation to allegations of possessing child pornography. Gda Joe O’Connor (53) was accused of possessing over 650 images of child porn following a search of his home in west Dublin three years ago. Judge Mar y Ellen Ring, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, set a trial date for July 22, next. Gda O’Connor is also bailed to appear for a pre-trial hearing on June 5 next. The accused, with an address in west Dublin, previously appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of child pornography.

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Residents relieved as road clearance gets go-ahead  natalie burke

An access road that had been described as “dangerous and unsafe” for locals is to be cleared and restored to its former condition. This news will come as a relief to local residents, parents and school-going children who regularly use the access road

to walk to and from two schools and a local community centre in Tyrrelstown. Until recently, local pedestrians claimed they had to walk through muck and rubble to reach their schools. Concerns were raised recently by local residents and Fingal County Council has since con-

firmed that the developer is currently removing the mud mounds and restoring the land to its former condition. Dangerous

The land had been described by local parents as dangerous and hazardous as well as being an “eyesore” and that this had been an

issue of concern as a number of children were venturing on to the land and playing on top of the mounds. The news that the mounds are being removed was this week welcomed by local Cllr David McGuinness (FF), who said he was delighted to see the lands were being made safe and

secure. “The residents were first to raise this issue and they did this through the Gazette and because they raised it and raised it with the council, there was pressure put on the developer. So they’ve started work on making it safer and restoring it now, which I’m really happy to see. “It’s a good, positive story,” he continued. “We encourage people to walk to school so for the students and the parents, they deserve to walk to school without having an eyesore there. The mud mounds were unsightly. And after school, children were climbing and playing on the land so the work means it will make the access road safer and more secure for children and local residents. It will give peace of mind to parents as well,” he said. Effort

“T here have been breaches made on the land and people being on the land who weren’t supposed to be so they’re making the effort to secure the land now,” Cllr McGuinness added. Fingal County Council also confirmed that the developer is reviewing CCTV footage of the immediate area to try and establish who was responsible for the illegal dumping on his lands. A spokesperson for the council said that a fence around the lands in question was also found to be badly damaged while a galvanised gate had also been stolen. “The developer has stated that he will construct a berm [barrier] along the perimeter of these lands in an effort to secure the lands and prevent further occurrences of illegal dumping,” the spokesperson said.

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courts Judge told no decision was made after five hours of deliberation

Jury discharged after failing to reach verdict The jury has been discharged in the trial of a man accused of murder in Tyrrelstown three years ago, after failing to reach a verdict. Twenty-one-year-old Michael Kinsella of Swiftbrook Close in Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to


Helping D15 retail thrive A new retail partnership in Blanchardstown will help the Dublin 15 neighbourhood “thrive”, according to Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG). The mayor was officially launching the new partnership between TV, broadband and communications innovator UPC and Curry’s PC World with the opening of a new UPC Horizon Customer Experience Centre in Blanchardstown recently. Cllr Dennison said he was “delighted” to open the new customer experience and welcomed the partnership between the two organisations. “It is producing rewarding results: an innovative, modern store that complements the existing shopping centre and should help this neighbourhood thrive.” The new Horizon TV service at Blanchardstown Retail Park will provide customers with the chance to experience the new set top box, which acts as a home hub for all wireless devices, including telephone, internet, apps and TV. The recent launch was also attended by Magnus Ternsjo, chief executive of UPC; Peter Gallogly, commercial director of Curry’s PC World Ireland and representatives of the IT, business and retail community in Blanchardstown.

murdering 31-year-old Adil Essalhi at Tyrrelstown, County Dublin, on January 6, 2011. The Central Criminal Court heard that his uncle, Wayne Kinsella, was convicted of the murder in 2012.

The jury of seven women and five men was told just before lunchtime on Monday, February 17, that a majority verdict could be returned. However, after five hours of deliberation the jury told the judge

it could not reach a verdict. Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that the case be put into the next list to fix dates for trial. The court heard Mr Essalhi’s body was found in a ditch in fields behind Tyrrelstown Plaza and an

attempt had been made to burn it. It was the State’s case that Michael and Wayne Kinsella carried out the murder because they believed Mr Essalhi was involved in the killing of their relative Lee Kinsella.

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council Warm welcome for new appointee

Reid ‘privileged’ to take up county manager position  Natalie Burke

Congratulations have been flooding in for newly-appointed county manager for Fingal County Council, Paul Reid. Earlier this week, the local authority announced that following a competitive process led by the Public Appointment Service, Paul would be recommended for the position as new county manager. Since 2011, he has held the position as chief operations officer in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform where he led the implementation of the Government’s social and economic recovery programme, with a particular focus on public service reform. He will take over the position from acting county manager Peter Caulfield and former county man-

Paul Reid: Looking forward to his new job

ager David O’Connor. Speaking about the appointment, Reid said that he was excited and privileged to be recommended for this position. “Fingal comes with a strong reputation in local government for being a very progressive county in terms of attracting investment and strengthening social inclusion” he said. “I look forward to continuing this progress,

working with the mayor, elected councillors, Fingal management and staff, Government, trade unions and local communities. We have a real opportunity in the next phase to strengthen and integrate the delivery of services at a local level for a better experience and outcomes for the citizens of Fingal,” he said. Welcoming the new manager, Mayor of Fingal

Kieran Dennison (FG) said that Fingal County Council has always attracted “dynamic innovative managers”. “Having lived and worked in Fingal for many years [Reid] knows the county well and as someone who comes from outside the local government sector I am sure he will bring a new perspective to the work we do. “I know he is looking forward to the challenges ahead as the council takes on more responsibility for economic development and job creation,” he said. Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab) also welcomed the incoming manager, saying he will be “well suited” for the job. It is anticipated that Paul Reid will take up duty on Monday, March 31.

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opinion Alex White on plans for the health service

Radical reform is needed for universal care THIS week Minister Alex White clarified to The Gazette that there will be absolutely no fee for children under six for GP care. THE Programme for G ove r n m e n t pledged to introduce radical and fundamental reform of our health service. A central part of this reform agenda is the introduction of free GP care for all. Free GP care for children aged under six was announced in Budget 2014 and it is intended that children under the age of six will be able to attend their GP without fees, by the middle of this year. Approximately 240,000 children across Ireland will benefit from this innovative public health policy. Free GP care for children aged under six is not an end in itself, but an important first step in the phased introduction of GP care without fees for everyone. It is a sad truth that many parents who are not eligible for a medical card are simply unable to pay the fee needed for their sick child to be seen by a GP – as a society, this is unacceptable. No family should be forced to choose between sending their child to the doctor and putting food on the table. Everyone, especially our children, should have access to healthcare based on their need, rather than on their ability to pay a fee. Children deserve the best start in life. The foundations of a person’s

health are established in childhood. Free GP care will help people to stay healthy, more productive and active throughout their lives. When people delay going to their GP and getting regular preventative and screening care, it results in the late detection of illness, poorer health outcomes and greater pressures on our hospitals. There is no more expensive place in our healthcare system than an acute hospital bed. Costs there [for the State] can range between €800 and €1,200 a night. Investment in primary care and, in particular, GP care without fees, keeps people out of hospitals for as long as possible – thus reducing the pressures on our hospital system and cutting costs. There is a body of evidence that shows that GP fees are a barrier to accessing healthcare. Research shows that in Northern Ireland (where GP care is free at the point of access), only 1.8% of patients with medical problems had not consulted a doctor because of cost, whereas the figure here is 18.9%. In common with health systems all over the world, this Government is grappling with how best to configure our health services to address the rise of chronic illnesses and an ageing population. The introduction of universal primary care, free at the point of use, is an essential element of the reform we need in our health services if they are to become responsive to the needs of the 21st

century. There is a reason why GP care without fees is a norm in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and across Europe – because it makes sense, and it works. Free, accessible, highquality, primary care services will reduce societal inequalities, save money and create a healthier and more prosperous society. There has been a lot of concern about medical cards recently – especially cards awarded on discretionary grounds. The weakness of the current system is that eligibility is judged on a person’s means. This has been the law since 1970. We should start now to change this by introducing a universal system of GP access. As free GP care for all will be introduced on a phased basis, some will benefit before others, but benefit delayed should not prevent innovation and reform in public health policy. This Government has begun the process of building a primary care system with universal access to GP care. I look forward to the day when all citizens of this country are treated equally by our health system, and not on the basis of their ability to pay. The introduction of free GP care for children aged under six is a landmark moment in the creation of a universal primary care system.  deputy alex white Minister of State at the Department of Health and Labour TD for Dublin South

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celebrations: love is in the air in run up to big day

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ove was in the air recently at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre as they celebrated Valentine’s Day with loads of fun free celebrations and some amazing spot prizes up for grabs courtesy of the

many stores based in the centre. Anyone looking for present ideas to captivate the heart of their loved ones on the big day were in look as there was a whole host of gift ideas on display.

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what’son food-fest comes to town:

Lisa Cannon is swapping her stilettos for a heavier load – weightlifting. Picture: Paul Sharp

challenge: fashion guru trains eye on powerlifting championships

Out with the pints and in with protein, says Lisa  Laura Webb

Irish TV presenter Lisa Cannon is swapping her stilettos for a heavier load – weightlifting. The presenter, better known for her knowledge of fashion, is taking on the unusual challenge of competing in the Powerlifting Championships in April. She is giving herself eight weeks to prepare for the professional event and will be putting herself through a gruelling diet and training regime to make it happen.

All this will be done under the watchful eye of a TV3 camera crew for a new hour-long documentary which will record her every step along this journey. Lisa is not daunted: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge because this is something that is both physical and mental. I’m pushing myself beyond boundaries I’ve never felt or even known before.” Having never previously lifted a weight, she will be going from novice to professional in a matter of weeks.

“I’ve swapped the pints for the protein so it’s really a massive endeavour to get this project off the ground. I’ve never lifted weights before; I’m a complete novice so going to the championships on April 15 is going to be a really good, exciting challenge in my life.” Lisa will compete alongside women from all over the country, some of whom have been training for months and even years. To make sure she doesn’t stand out from the crowd she will be following an extremely strict diet and heavily

regimented exercise plan provided by top personal trainers, including Welsh trainer Non Evans and Robert Lynch from Body Health and Fitness. Her aim is to drastically transform her body and in the meantime try to become Ireland’s next female powerlifter. Ireland AM will be following her progress weekly in the run up to the Powerlifting Championships on April 15. TV3 have yet to confirm a date in April when the documentary will be aired.

The bi-annual Dine in Dublin event focuses on celebrating the food on offer in Dublin’s city centre. The week-long food-fest runs from February 24 to March 1 and promotes city centre dining and showcases the menus of city centre eateries through good value meals, special offers and great events. The experience is not just about “dining” but also about getting out and “doing”, so whether diners are passionate about food or simply want a new experience, Dine in Dublin claims to have something to suit every palate. In previous years, visitors have been treated to diverse menus which include starters, main course and dessert with a 20% saving off regular a la carte menus. Diners can expect similar offers again this year with additional offers and events from both bars and cafes. This year’s Dine in Dublin brings together a unique blend of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, winetastings, trad sessions, belly-dancing, and much more.


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A Weisz choice to househunt by the sea

finding a dream home than they did in the 2011 film, Dream House (above)

quantum of solace in the picturesque seaside town while his wife steps into the spotlight with Farrell.

show off your unique talent HAVE you an unusual or unique talent with nowhere to show it off? Then this talent contest is for you! Heineken has revealed its new global TV ad campaign, Odyssey, which celebrates the premise that everyone is legendary at something. Taking inspiration from the ad, Heineken Ireland has launched a hidden talent search in the hopes of discovering a legendary individual with an extraordinary

hidden skill. So, whether it’s limbo dancing, fashioning origami swans or solving a Rubik’s cube (blindfolded), the stage has been set. The lucky winner will win a lifetime trip to stay on a private paradise island in Belize – nice! For further information, see

a call to help daffodil day THERE’S no chance of rain dampening Dublin’s efforts at Daffodil Day this year, after the Irish Cancer Society has waterproofed its fundraising plans. Last year, Daffodil Day was badly hit by severe

rain, which severely affected the charity’s income on its most important fundraising day. However, this year the Irish Cancer Society and its sponsor, Dell, unveiled its bold new belief statement: “We won’t give up until cancer does.” The society said Daffodil Day allows people across Ireland to stand together in their thousands and show that come rain or shine, 2014 will be no different in supporting the charity and its work. Daffodil Day takes place on Friday, March 28. To volunteer or to organise an event, callsave 1850 60 60 60 or visit




When they get to Dun Laoghaire, here’s hoping Weisz and Craig have better luck

HOLLYWOOD A-listers Daniel Craig and his wife, Rachel Weisz, have been house hunting in Dun Laoghaire this month ahead of Weisz’s starring role with Colin Farrell in the upcoming film, The Lobster. The power couple’s “team” contacted estate agents in Dun Laoghaire last December about renting a house for several weeks while Weisz is working on set in March. Dun Laoghaire has become the preferred location for the pair, as it is beside the sea, near the capital and the airport. If Craig and Weisz find a house in Dun Laoghaire, here’s hoping the Bond actor will find a

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a day in the life: andrew Griffin, Amnesty International

‘I like working in the bad weather’  Ian Begley

Andrew Griffin has been working as a charity street fundraiser for Amnesty International for just over two years a difficult job, you would think. But Andrew loves what he does. His role entails signing people up to the charity from various locations around Dublin, particularly in the city centre. Taking time out of his busy schedule, Andrew spoke to the Gazette about his day-to-day

routine as a street fundraiser. “ We g e t i n t o t h e office for 10.15am, and depending on the particular site that I’m working, our starting time will vary.” Andrew says that when he’s on the lookout for people to sign up he becomes completely focused on his overall objective. “Think of something you love doing, like going to the cinema. You’re totally engrossed in it and you’re not

thinking because you’re totally in the moment. “I must admit, I like working in the bad weather. I like the challenge, I like the excitement.” Andrew believes that eye contact with potential charity donors is essential to the job, along with a heartfelt and convincing pitch. “A nice warm smile on the face as well and a big wave helps a lot too. [I usually start with] ‘Hi, I’m from Amnesty International’, but I’ve used

some crazy openings like pointing at a person and booming ‘You have been chosen’. “Ultimately, it all comes down to having a really clear focus and being positive.” Andrew says that the feeling he gets when he successfully manages to sign someone up to Amnesty is “amazing”. “Sometimes it’s like wanting to punch the air as a result. “What I love is if the person hadn’t been smiling at the beginning, and

Andrew Griffin, Amnesty International: “I like the challenge, I like the excitement.”

then at the end they’re smiling and thanking me – and that’s amazing.” During his lunch break Andrew admits that he likes to take a breather from the constant interaction with people he deals with for hours at a time.

“The majority of the team would have lunch together, but I tend to prefer spending time by myself. “I often like to wander away and not engage with people too much – a chance to take the foot off the accelerator.” By 6pm, Andrew packs

away his Amnesty binder, finishes up after a long day of fundraising, and unwinds on his way home from work. “To me unwinding is not a conscious process – I would be sitting on the bus answering emails or buying food for supper – quite low-key type stuff.”

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business networking: bringing local businesses together


Free lunch? Free breakfast for local employers!  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

jade o’brien, harvey norman

Being switched on to customers’ needs JADE O’Brien who works in the electrical department in Harvey Norman, Blanchardstown, talked to The Gazette about working at the busy store. How long have you worked for Harvey Norman?

I’ve been working here for eight months in the electrical department.

Can you describe your average day?

From the moment I get into the store, I have loads to do to keep me busy. Most days, we have a good, constant flow of customers, so the days just fly by.

Tell us about the culture in Harvey Norman?

Everyone is really friendly and we all work as a team. I think customers can see we all enjoy the environment we work in, and we always do

our best to ensure the customer is happy. What does good customer service mean to you?

Ensuring that you help the customer find exactly what they need and also what is best for them. Sometimes, you need to do a little bit extra, but customers appreciate when they see you’ve tried to do something for them that you didn’t have to.

What is the best thing about your job?

Seeing a customer leaving the store knowing they’re really happy with what they’ve purchased and the service you’ve provided.

What do you do to switch off in the evenings?

I relax by listening to music or watching movies, and I like to spend time with my boyfriend, friends and family.

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They say there is no such thing as a free lunch but this Wednesday, February 26, the Dublin Business Club will be offering a free breakfast of tea/coffee and danish as part of its support and networking breakfast launch. The event, which takes place in the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, has been organised by the club as part of an effort to bring local businesses together and offer support free of charge on a variety of subjects relevant to decision-makers across all sectors. The briefing starts at 8.45am and finishes at 11am. According to Dublin Business Club, which describes itself as a business linking network, the organisation has been put together by like-minded business people who want to get something more from attending networking events other than just paying a membership fee. This forum will advise business leaders on subjects such as improving employee performance, dealing with employee stress and managing staff issues quickly and effectively. It will also allow time for local businesses to connect with employers from like-minded, Irishbased companies, sharing ideas and talking through the subjects covered during the morning. The breakfast will be sponsored by Peninsula

Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Business

Business Services, a provider of employment law and health and safety services and is open to local business owners, proprietors and senior decision makers. “Peninsula Business Services is delighted to be sponsoring the first Dublin Business Club, this is a great opportunity for us to really combine our business strengths and help other business owners in our area of expertise. We are excited by the mutual offerings, prospective growth and knowledge the business club will provide,” said Alan Price, managing director of

Peninsula Ireland. The workshop will be presented by one of Peninsula’s senior legislation specialists who will explain many businessrelated topics and offer advice in a manner that is easy to understand. The legal specialist team will also be highlighting some recent case studies and examining the benefits of business linking. So, if you have a business in Dublin and would like to get involved in the Dublin Business Club, the organisers believe this is your opportunity to meet other key decision-mak-

ers from local businesses to discuss common issues facing employers today. P r o s p e c t i v e p a rticipants can confirm their attendance at the breakfast by calling the Peninsula events team on 01 850 6055 or email Peninsula is a leading employment law consultancy in the country and represents over 5,000 businesses in Ireland. It also works with Chambers Ireland, the largest business organisation in Ireland with 60 members representing over 13,000 companies.

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charity: thoughtful gifts which provide life-saving support to animals

Doing the ISPCA a favour

 Ian Begley

Bride-to-be and former Miss World Rosanna Davison, along with her pooches, Ted and Leo, have braved the cold weather to promote the ISPCA’s Wedding Favours. Rosanna said: “Being able to tie [your pets into proceedings] with the chosen colour scheme on your big day, and using a picture of your beloved pets, means they can also play a part in your wedding. “But most importantly, the money raised from Wedding Favours will go directly to saving the lives of hundreds and thousands of animals.” Rosanna told the Gazette that she has been working with the ISPCA for the

past eight or nine years. “I do various things for them every year like fundraising campaigns, and I thought [Wedding Favours] would be a good fit because I’m getting married this year. It’s a really great way to thank your guests for being a part of your wedding.” Rosanna, who is getting hitched to fiance Wes Quirke, said she was busy staying on track with her wedding plans and modelling career. “[Modelling] is still kind of my full time job at the moment and there’s lots of travel involved so I’m kind of all over the place. “I also just graduated from the College of Naturopathic Nutrition to become a nutritional therapist – that was a combination of three-and-a-

half years of work.” Rosanna, a keen advocate for animal rights, has been a devoted vegan for about three years, and has been doing promotional work for animal rights groups such as PETA. “I do a lot for animal welfare and animal rights and that’s how I began my involvement with the ISPCA. I stopped eating meat about 11 or 12 years ago so I think sometimes I love animals more than humans.” It’s all go for Rosanna next month as she gets set to judge the nationwide competition, Junk Kouture. “It’s where students from all over the country are encouraged to design their own dresses or outfits with 100% recycled material. It’s a really great

initiative,” said Rosanna. In 2012, Rosanna took the bold step of undertaking a cover-shoot for the German edition of Playboy magazine, and last year she appeared in an eight-page centrefold spread in Playboy USA. When asked if she had any future work planned with the publication, Rosanna said: “No, I’m done for now I think. Back to being a bit more wholesome.” ISPCA Wedding Favours are an alternative to the usual chocolate gifts for guests. Each guest receives a card on the day explaining that a donation has been made to the charity on their behalf. Visit for more information.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Pluto, a one-year-old Pitbull cross. Pluto is a relatively recent arrival here at Dogs Trust. He is a large, bouncy adolescent who needs basic training and a high energy family who feel they can commit to meeting his needs (ie lots of walks and playing ball please!) In return, Pluto will shower you with all his love and adoration – what more could you need! If you think you can give Pluto the cuddles and love he deserves, then why not give the Dogs Trust reception a call on 01-879 1000 or pop into their rehoming centre based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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andorra: drift over to some great snow resorts

Slope off to some perfect skiing  natalie burke

IF YOU fancy taking to the slopes for the last – or first – time this year, ski operators have plenty of last-minute deals on offer. Whether it’s catching the last of the snow in France, taking to the infamous slopes of Austria, or checking into a ski lodge in Andorra, Crystal Ski Holidays have released a host of last-minute offers, start-

ing from as little as €279 per person. Crystal Ski Holidays, recently voted Best Ski Tour Operator at the Irish Travel Industry Awards, promise to look after their ski enthusiasts, from their initial inquiry and booking right through to assisting them throughout their stay. S i t u a t e d b e t we e n France and Spain, Andorra is a small, independent state lying at the heart of the Pyrenees.

Its mountains are high, snow abundant, and the sun is nearly always shining, making it the ideal escape for a late ski break. Travel to Andorra on March 16 from Dublin and check into the threestar Poblado Apartments Resort in Pas de la Casa, where you can stay on a B&B basis based on four people sharing from only €289. Alternatively, you can stay at the three-star St

Gothard Resort, Arinsal, on a half-board basis from just €489. From the Alps to the Dolomites, skiing in Italy is one experience you won’t easily forget. It has a huge range of ski resorts that are ideal for beginners and experts alike, meaning you will find the perfect slope for your skiing holiday. Crystal Ski Holidays are offering some great deals to Italy, departing from Dublin on March 16.

Hit the slopes with last minute deals to destinations like France, Austria and Andorra

Stay at the three-star La Thuile Planibel Apartments on a self-catering basis from only €379, or alternatively, stay at the three-star Pila 2000 Hotel Resort, half-board,

from only €485. For a four-star resort, check out La Torre Resort Sauze D’Oulx, which is available on a half-board basis from just €605.

Known as having one of the best value-formoney ski opportunities in Europe, Austria is one hot-spot with ski enthusiasts the world over. With Crystal Ski Holidays, you can depart Dublin on March 15 and stay at the two-star Resort of Soll on a B&B basis from only €529, or step up to the three-star Grimming Hotel Resort Rauris on a half-board basis from only €565. Meanwhile, the threestar Austria Hotel Resort, Soll, is also available for just €629. Home to some of the world’s greatest ski areas, the spectacular peaks and high-altitude ski resorts in France offer some of the best destinations for snow reliability, hence its popularity. Travel on March 15 and stay at the two-star Planchamp Apartments Resort at Valmorel, on a self-catering basis from only €489 (based on four people sharing). Alternatively, you could stay at the two-star Res DL Muzelle Resort Les 2 Alpes on a self-catering basis (also based on four people sharing) from only €509. For further information or to book your holiday, call the Crystal Ski Holidays Specialists at 01 433 1055, or see

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book review: apple tree yard



A testing affair with a scientific twist ...  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

APPLE Tree Yard, Louise Doughty’s seventh novel, is set in London and depicts a particularly dramatic and harrowing time in the life of a woman scientist as her humdrum life is thrown into disarray. We fi rst meet Dr Yvonne Carmichael as she stands in the dock of the Old Bailey, being quizzed by a barrister. We do not know why she is on trial, and this tantalising secret is kept from us until threequarters of the way into the novel, yet we are more than willing to let Dr Carmichael relate the whole sordid story to us

in her own time. The tale is told in the first person by the main character and not only are we given free access to her home, romantic and professional life, but we are allowed inside her psyche, feeling everything she feels and thinking every thought she thinks. Louise Doughty is remarkably talented at relaying the minute shifts of mood her character feels and naturally follows Dr Carmichael’s stream of consciousness. Women readers in particular will relate to the character’s inner conflict as she swings from insecurity and

Apple Tree Yard author Louise Doughty

doubt to defiance and confidence while making her mark on a maledominated world – In this case, professional science. At the outset of the story, Dr Carmichael has a very sedate, middle-aged and reputable existence.

Her private life is safe, financially secure and unchallenged. She has not had sex with her husband in more than three years, but they have nestled into a comfortable companionship. However, this existence is completely shattered the day she meets

a stranger she calls X. Dr Carmichael has been giving evidence as an expert witness in a trial at the Old Bailey when a man approaches her. She finds herself inexorably drawn to him – enough to get intimate with him in a cr ypt beneath a church shortly after meeting him. An affair begins, so compelling and addictive that Dr Carmichael begins to question who she is. This leads to a restructuring of her attitude to life in general. She becomes freer and more daring, stepping outside the well-worn habits of her previous self.

Her mysterious lover turns out to be a spy with a predilection for outdoor sexual encounters which excites and horrifies Dr Carmichael. We follow the trajectory of the character’s thoughts as she dips in and out of logic, trying to understand her actions. T h o u g h D r C a rmichael is smitten, she is also extremely suspicious of her new lover. She realizes soon enough, however, that it is not the dark stranger who is dangerous, but the familiar and seemingly harmless man she has known for years. This realisation emerges catastrophi-

cally one night, when Dr Carmichael attends a science faculty party, gets very drunk and ... enough said! In Apple Tree Yard, Doughty explores the psychological territory where we attempt to define ourselves through patterns, qualifications and habit, proving how vain these attempts can be. Through the prism of a scientist’s brain, Doughty captures how we try to impose logic on our chaotic lives, often ignoring our more instinctive and wiser selves. Published by Faber and Faber, Apple Tree Yard is on sale in bookshops for around €8.99.


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Oasis €31

Nivea launches new anti-ageing range A NEW anti-age range from Nivea, designed to boost the skin’s surface for a more youthful look, is set to launch in pharmacies throughout Dublin. This is the skincare giant’s biggest-ever anti-age innovation that renews surface cells, and is aimed at women over 40. It consists of Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Day Cream, Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Night Cream, Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Concentrated Skin-Refining Serum and Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Eye Cream. Developed by Nivea’s team of skincare experts, new Nivea Cellular Anti-Age contains a unique formula, with active ingredients including magnolia extract, hyaluronic acid and creatine. The advanced combination works in harmony with the skin to revitalise cells and help fight the appearance of ageing. Nivea Cellular Anti-Age range will be available from pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide from March.

Oasis €47

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Minaj has Arden support for scent IF SHE’S not hitting the stage dancing to her own beats, she’s hitting the shelves with her own fragrance – yes, Nicki Minaj and Elizabeth Arden have teamed up again for the star’s second fragrance – Minajesty. The multi-platinum recording artist and fashion, style and beauty trendsetter recently announced the latest addition to her prestige fragrance collection. This is a bold new scent inspired by Nicki’s eyecatching style and vivacious personality. She reigns with creativity and captivating femininity, commanding respect through an implied and majestic brilliance, ruling as the queen of her own outrageous world. The scent reigns with luscious fruits and luxurious fresh florals, draped in creamy vanilla and pure musks. Minajesty by Nicki Minaj is available from March 5 at retailers nationwide; however, it is exclusive to The Perfume Shop until March 4.

Chris has the right Code for Armani IN OTHER fragrance news, Giorgio Armani has announced actor Chris Pine as the new face of Armani Code, one of the world’s best-selling men’s fragrances. Armani said: “Chris perfectly embodies the brand’s spirit with his strong charisma and natural elegance. “Besides revealing great talent, high versatility and the right amount of irony on set, his magnetic charm makes him the ideal match for this fragrance.” The new advertising campaign for Giorgio Armani Code starts this spring.

This is a season not about making something match, but mis-matching instead, and having fun with style!

Oasis €69

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STYLE Oasis €47

Oasis €28

Oasis €31


Matched This spring/summer at Oasis  laura webb

MIS-MATCH style (or matchy-patchy, as the Oasis team like to call it) is one trend that daring fashionistas will take on this sunny season – whenever the sun decides to make an appearance. Still, summer was etched in the faces of the Oasis team and throughout the collection when it was showcased at a preview event recently. Pops of colours, charmed patterns, bold prints and florals took over the rails with some interesting twists. Oasis stylist Christine Murphy said the collection is very much for “the

Oasis woman”. She said: “The collection is very feminine, with florals and prints, but making it that bit edgier. “Our statement pieces are the pencil skirt, and the spring coat, matched with a crop-top that is flattering and more structured. “Oasis always considers the real woman. We think about the teachers, the mums, the everyday women who shop here, and offer them the latest trends in the Oasis range,” she said. Some of the range has taken on real life inspirations, featuring patterns of a blue delftware.

Christine said: “The blue and white – the Delft pottery pattern – is our designers taking inspiration from what they see, and it works really well.” This is a season not about making something match, but mis-matching instead, and having fun with style. Contrast coloured patterns and reversible sister print separates to bring a new feel to head-to-toe print. On this look, Christine said: “For this, you would have the same print, in a top, jacket and shorts, but contrast it with the same print but in a different colour – it is introducing

a new take on matching clothes.

Different prints “There is also the option of matching colours with different prints, so for example you could have the same blue and white for a jacket and top, but the top’s pattern is different from the jacket. “It’s a play on matching,” she said. Lu xurious fabrics with pretty satin slips alongside textured suede separates or laser-cut leather also make a bold statement in this versatile collection, which can be seen in Oasis stores now.


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At Blue Orchid Thai restaurant, Ballinteer, Saki Sanegeopo (executive head chef of Blue Orchid restaurants) was flanked by Klong and Patti

The Bloody Stream

Tasty Thai food at the Blue Orchid, Ballinteer LAST week, The Picky Eater was so distracted by the delicious Thai food at Blue Orchid in Ballinteer that the wrong name was printed in the article. The Gazette is happy to clarify that The Picky Eater dined in style at Blue Orchid in Ballinteer – with “Blue Orchard” printed in error – and that the Thai restaurant is located at The Coach House, Ballinteer Avenue; telephone 01 2966 11

Bakery takes a bite at the bread business THE second Natural Bakery Store has opened its culinary doors in the heart of Donnybrook, adding to its existing store in Kilmainham and another store soon to open in Rathmines. The new store in Donnybrook boasts a state-ofthe-art bakery on the premises, which will supply all three stores. Thousands of loaves, pastries and cakes will be baked by the highly-skilled team of bakers each week. Anna Nolan, presenter of the television show The Great Irish Bake-Off, was on hand to officially open the Donnybrook store. Speaking ahead of the opening, she said: “To see another business based on baking opening its doors is just great. I am aiming to sample a few of The Natural Bakery pastries, and who could resist the fresh baked bread?” For further information on the bakery and stores, see

TV presenter Anna Nolan with freshly-baked fare from the Natural Bakery Store, Donnybrook

Traditional Irish

Howth Already boasting some wrapped up in a

A storm was brewing on a windy Wednesday night, but the only thing on our mind was the brew that was about to be cooked for our feast that night. Living close to the city centre means restaurants and bars are not that easily avoided, so it’s not often you think about venturing outside the hustle and bustle to enjoy a tasty meal in a friendly ambience, situated near the coastline. Our dinner destination was there – just below Howth Dart Station, where The Bloody Stream bar and restaurant offers a warm welcome to all who enter. With the storm making more noise outside, we sat down in what could be described as a snuglike area of the bar. The restaurant has a classic, old-fashioned feel with a warm fire burning and cosy blankets if you wanted to feel extra comfy – and sure enough, we did.

excellent fish dishes, The Bloody Stream even has that classic dietary staple – fish and chips, newspaper. Such attention to detail complements the bar-restaurant’s already inviting menu.

The Picky Eater The seafood restaurant had, of course, a choice of fish dishes, but had other options for those not in the mood for (or with a dislike of) fish. My companion and I, however, do like seafood so it wasn’t hard for us to get ordering. For her starter, my companion ordered the Stream chowder. It did exactly what it said on the menu and was creamy and packed to the brim with fish. With some chowders, you have to go searching for fish but this was full of it, and was “simply gorgeous”, as she liked to describe it. My starter was salt and pepper calamari. The batter was light and a tossed salad complemented the dish, which also had a sweet chilli dip to add extra flavouring. The first main was ordered – blackened Cajun salmon with sweet potato chips, coleslaw and buttered corn on the cob, while the second was battered fish and chips

(a smoked or fresh cod deep-fried and served with mushy peas and tartare sauce). The salmon for my companion was tasty and perfectly done. The sweet potato fries for her were “an eye-opener”, as she isn’t keen on sweet potatoes but the fries tickled her tastebuds nicely. The one thing she would have liked more of was sauce for the salmon. Meanwhile, the battered fish and sweet potato fries, which I opted for instead of traditional chips, were presented in the old-fashioned way – wrapped in a newspaper! Again, this meal did not disappoint; the fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. For dessert, it was pavlova with mixed berries for me and an Irish coffee for my friend. It was a hattrick for me at this restaurant, and the pavlova was the perfect ending. The Irish coffee was a nice touch – my friend

The Bloody Stream is located underneath Howth Dart Station, making it handy and accessible

found it satisfying to have such a choice for those who might be too full for another round of food. She said it was made really well. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal and the team were very welcoming and friendly. As well as its extensive seafood menu, The Bloody Stream

has a Mediterraneanstyle beer garden and live music every weekend. Given its location beneath Howth Dart Station, there is really no excuse not to venture out and enjoy the tasty food on offer. Price range from €4.95-€7.95 for starters and €12.95-€21.95 for the mains.

Conclusion With a classic old-fashioned feel, this venue is the perfect place to enjoy great food with a cosy atmosphere, making The Bloody Stream well worth venturing out to in Howth. For further information, phone 01 839 5076, or email

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Flagship models to boost the Irish hatchback line



audi: sporty new stylings help add to the allure of the a1



 cormac curtis

THERE’S some hot news for those with a hankering for a seriously hot hatch as Audi has announced the S1 and the S1 Sportback, its new flagship models in the compact A1 model line. Their 2.0 TFSI produces 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque; the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the extensively revamped suspension put the power effortlessly down onto the road. Back in the 1980s an Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation – it was the car that would see the brand dominate the World Rally Championship in its day. Now, the abbreviation is coming back – but this time as a road-going version. A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the drive. The twolitre engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively, with a top speed of

The spacious new Ford S-Max lives up to its name

Ford has S-Max-imum space for family needs  cormac curtis

Audi’s new S1 and S1 Sportback are a boosy for the compact A1 model line

250 km/h (155.34 mph). On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 or 7.1 litres of fuel per 100km. The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped, along with the electromechanical power steering. The set-up is sporty and firm; the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine and the standard variable shock

Golf successor: Meet the new SV REGULAR readers will know that Gazette

Motors loves a good VW Golf, so we were pretty excited to hear that Volkswagen Ireland has announced that its Golf Plus successor is to be called the Golf SV. The new model, which will be shown in production form at the Geneva Motor Show next month, will feature a more generous interior than the Golf Plus it replaces, and boasts a more flexible interior. The Golf SV will feature a similar engine line-up to the standard Golf range, with the bulk of sales expected to come from the 1.6-litre 110bhp diesel engine. Prices will be released in the coming weeks.

absorbers. Both models are instantly recognisable as the flagship models in the A1 model line. Their xenon-plus headlights are all-new, while the LED rear lights come with new, horizontallystructured graphics. A host of details – particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system – boast more striking styling. Four new exterior colours supplement the

available paint finishes. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.

The price of the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback for the Irish market has yet to be confirmed, and will be announced by the end of February.

IT IS simply impossible to predict the kind of car that is going to impress a family. In recent weeks, I was lucky enough to bring home a big pickup-style truck for a week to test drive. I was thoroughly expecting my two little daughters to be less than impressed with this extreme of example of a “big boy’s toy” – how wrong could I have been? The second they laid their eyes on this behemoth, they were smitten – all they wanted to do was play in the open boot and cruise around looking down on people in ordinary cars. So, a few weeks later, I was absolutely certain that the hugely practical and tremendously appropriate Ford S-Max would get little more than a passing glance in the driveway. Again – dad’s read of the situation couldn’t have been further off the mark. My kids have coined the term “back back” to refer to the extra two seats in a seven-seater car – and nothing gets them more excited about the idea of being able to sit far enough back to get up to all kinds of mischief! And, for some reason, a car like the S-Max really gives you a sense of reassurance about having them so far away from you. The S-Max really is set up for families and all the space requirements that they could need. Entry price for Ford S-MAX six-speed manual Titanium from €30,649 (excluding delivery and related charges).


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Aims to please THE remake that nobody asked for or expected, Robocop (Cert G, 103 mins) is an on-target entertaining satire that takes aim at some current social fears, developing political trends and over-reaching government/policing policies. With added robots. While not as good as the original film – well, of course not – it’s an okay film, but by no means a classic. (Sorry, Robo.)

monuments men It’s still boxing clever

THIS slightly tall tale of derring do sees The Monuments Men (Cert 12A, 118 mins) rush to stop the Nazis from destroying priceless arts treasures near the end of World War 2. Based on a true story, “Gorgeous” George Clooney briskly deals with the likes of Bill Murray, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett, in an entertaining, if Hollywoodised, tale about a little-known piece of history.

Inside LLewyn Davis

Spiralling downwards INSIDE Llewyn Davis (Cert 15A, 104 mins) is the Coen Brothers’ interesting, and at times downright downbeat new film, following a folk singer as he slumps around from one generally selfmade life crisis to the next. A straighter tale than their usual crowd-pleasing fare, it has its moments of sly, Coen-ish wit and humour, but is a character-led film.

Lego, the perenially popular Danish toy, builds upon its imaginative rebranding in

recent years, with the excellent The Lego Movie adding to an

impressive roster of critically-acclaimed computer games, while Lego sales have

also kept building (sorry), ever higher and higher

the lego movie: masterfully assembled into an international hit

Follow the instructions – not! IT SEEMS natural to see franchise figurines populate the shop shelves in the wake of a successful film, but there is something impulsively offputting about seeing the journey in reverse. When toys make the transition from shelf to screen, we brace ourselves for exasperation, because these types of films have a tendency to be uninspired things, leaving kids momentarily satiated and parents monetarily emaciated. Couple that with the fact that Lego is the marmite of playthings – with people either becoming hooked by its geeky expansiveness, or being repelled by its banality – and you would easily be forgiven for thinking that The Lego Movie would be one to overlook. Luckily, the realised

 Dave phillips

product is a world apart from the imagined one. Written and directed by the team responsible for the kid-friendly Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (and the not so kid-friendly, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie occupies a space somewhere in between (and high above) their previous features. It is a colourful, frenetic, sugar-high of a film that is laced with volleys of on-the-button pop culture references and unrelenting, very clever comedic writing. This never feels like a kids’ film that gives

an occasional nod to the adult audience – it feels like a film written for adults that remains adroitly accessible to kids. T he stor y follows Emmett (Chris Pratt), a very ordinary Lego man who lives a very ordinary Lego existence. He works as part of a construction team, building Lego skyscrapers in accordance with the Lego instructions, until the day when he stumbles across the fabled “piece of resistance” that interrupts his conformist life by plunging him into a revolutionary underworld he never knew existed. Building on Wreck-It Ralph’s formula, The Lego Movie draws together a pantheon of popular culture icons that have appeared in Lego

through the years. Emmet’s adventure unfolds like Toy Story meeting The Matrix in a bizarre mash-up world populated by Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gandalf, Abraham Lincoln and Shakespeare. The Lego Movie is a joy to watch, with stunning computer graphic visuals slickly bringing the modular world and its incredible cast to life. Will Ferrell’s archvillain of the piece, Lord Business, is a treat, and Irish

audiences in particular will get a kick from Liam Neeson’s hilarious Jekylland-Hyde style goon. While the story is at times overpowered by the rapid-fire gags, it is strong and simple enough to easily connect back to again, and beneath its hyperactive veneer, it manages to carry a surprisingly deep and salient theme. Emmet’s world is populated by those who follow the instructions, building things as they were planned, and by those who step outside the norm and embrace their own vision of things, building new things that often fail but sometimes succeed. It manages to be both an exploration of the benefits and draw-

backs of these conflicting world views, and a reflection on how our innate sense of playfulness often gets lost along the road to adulthood. Perhaps The Lego Movie’s greatest successes are a result of the fact that we are instinctively bound to underestimate it. Yes, it is a film about Lego, and yes, that means – in a way – it is a 100minute-long advertisement, but it’s so much more. It is also an incredibly entertaining celebration of weirdness, and one of the most inventive discourses on creativity that you are likely to see in cinemas this year.

Verdict: 10/10

After watching The Lego Movie, you’re likely to be as cheerfully upbeat as Good Cop, here

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Falsetto highs in a tropical treasure  ROB HEIGH

JAMES Vincent McMorrow first appeared on Gazette Music’s radar when he appeared as a guest vocalist on the Japanese Popstars’ breakout album, Controlling Your Allegiance. He contributed a magnificent vocal to Shells Of Silver, lending the track his impeccable voice for a sleek and memorable mid-paced effort from the Derry dance directors. The extent to which that stripped-back track has influenced his approach on his second album, Post Tropical, is up for debate, but it is clear that the mood paintings of the likes of Bon Iver and Sigur Ros were on the playlist as McMorrow prepared this new set of songs. According to the prerelease information from JVM’s camp, the record was recorded on a pecan farm a mile from the Mexican border, and was a conscious effort on the part of the singersongwriter to put distance between how he was first perceived and the sounds in his head. “I’m so proud of that album, but I never longed to be a guy with a guitar. You play these songs live as best you can, and suddenly you’re a folk musician, but the texture of




Musician, composer and producer, Paul Byrne

Byrne returns with I’ve Got You  ROB HEIGH

HOWTH native Paul Byrne has stepped out from behind his drum-kit in recent times and this week releases his debut single, I’ve Got You. An established musician, composer and producer, Paul’s track record in the music business is unparallelled. Since taking to the stage as the drummer for Deaf Actor in 1979, Byrne has been a familiar presence on the Dublin music scene for many years. He was the founder member of In Tua Nua, who shared stages with U2, Simple Minds and Bob Dylan in the US and Europe, and who released their debut single on U2’s Mother record label. Byrne was the singer on a number of the band’s best-loved songs, writing alongside In Tua Nua guitarist Martin Clancy. He has also been to the forefront in identifying and helping new Irish talent. Byrne heard a young Sinead O’Connor singing at his sister Jeanette’s wedding, and recorded some demos with the young artist. He also spotted the potential in Sean Loughman, the singer who went on to fame as Jack L, and Byrne was instrumental in bringing together the Black Romantics – the band who backed Jack L on his debut release, Wax, which featured his take on the works of Jacques Brel.

James Vincent McMorrow and his new album, Post Tropical

this record is completely different. This is the kind of stuff that makes sense to me.” Appearing in Dublin recently in no more appropriate a setting than the National Concert Hall, the glacial textures of the new record were set free in a space suited to their grandeur, and make perfect sense. McMorrow is set to take the new record to audiences over the US and Canada over the coming months – a move that’s sure to put him on a path to even greater acclaim and public recognition. Post Tropical, like the location where it was recorded, is a very long way away from the place JVM inhabited when he

released Early In The Morning in 2011. This is about as far away from folk as you can possibly get; the guitar having been all but entirely replaced by a repertoire of horns and synthesised strings, live drums by electronic beats, and a spirit that evokes warm slow evenings as the sun falls just under the horizon. Even when a guitar does appear, as on Repeating, it is to create a texture and harp-like motif that floats in midair as JVM invokes things he hardly knew, and the instruments gallop and gather pace around him with purpose and delicacy, which breaks through on the final chorus. With a voice that literally soars and calls to

the heavens, JVM hits some impressive falsetto heights here. You might not be able to decipher every lyric on the first listen, but the devotion that the vocals herald here seeps into every corner of every song on this sophomore release. There is a depth to the songs that demands repeated visits, seeking out their core and quirks, and making more and

more sense of the high voices and low frequencies that seep out of every track and take root in your head and heart. JVM is undoubtedly set for an international success, and with Justin Vernon sidelining Bon Iver for the moment, this is the time for JVM to take that template and make it his own, adding his sense of drama and understatement to create a winning formula.

Original songs The Black Romantics also included Jeannette on vocals, and Byrne helped Jeannette launch her solo career, producing her album Elegy, which featured some of his own original songs, and later produced her second album, Cafe Diva. After a lifetime of writing, producing, managing and generally helping everyone else’s careers, it was time for Paul to come out of the shadows. So, in late 2013, he decided to put together a collection of songs and record them with the help of Conor Brady. The songs span the past 25 years, but the first single is one of Paul’s most recent compositions. I’ve Got You is the first piece of music to appear from Byrne’s upcoming solo album, which is set for release in May. For further information, see, or find him on Facebook at

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coaching P29

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


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FastSport fergal O’Brien reaches final in Poland:

Siofra Clerigh Buttner leads the field home as she won the senior girls race at the Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

athletics: schools event in santry survives the storm and sees fine runs

Local girls lead the way in cross-country championship

Competitors in the Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships braved the wild weather conditions last week in Santry Demense and in spite of the torrential rain that blighted the morning of the competition, managed to deliver some impressive performances. Standing out from the crowd again was Dundrum South Dublin’s Siofra Clerigh Buttner, running for her school Colaiste Iosagain, who continued her unbeaten record at schools level with a comprehensive victory in the senior girls’ race. Siofra continued her unbeaten record

at schools level with a comprehensive victory in the senior girl’s race. Cleirigh Buttner made light work of the field as she led from gun to tape with her school mate Sarah Mhaolmhuire running strongly in second place. Ella Fennelly (Mount Anville) broke up the Colaiste Iosagain domination to finish in third place. In the absence of multiple schools champion Siobhra O’Flaherty, the intermediate girl’s race proved a highlight on the day. Malahide CS’s Niamh Corry surprised many by setting a fast early pace, with the Skerries CC duo of

Rhona Pierce and Isabel Carron tracking her pace and strategy. Pierce delivered a confident and tactical showing and came home first with schoolmate Carron in second place. Early leader Corry battled bravely over the last lap to secure third place. Natasha Twomey from Mount Anville and Laura Gillespie from Wesley College ran well but were not able to match the pace of Sarah Healy from HC Killiney who won the minor girls’ title. Speaking ahead of the event, sponsorship manager of Aviva, Mark Russell, said: “The Aviva Irish Schools Cross

Country Championships show us the stars of the future. Ireland’s proud tradition of endurance runners from John Treacy and Eamonn Coghlan to Sonia O’Sullivan and Fionnuala Britton show that we are extremely talented in this discipline.” The next race for these athletes will be the Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Cork CIT on March 8. For more information on the championships, log on to www.athleticsireland. ie or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/IrishSchoolsAthletics

Dublin snooker stalwart Fergal O’Brien reached the final of the EPTC Gdynia Open last week in Poland, only to miss out on the title when he came up against Shaun Murphy in his first final since the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy. Having progressed through the gruelling qualifying rounds, O’Brien pitted his potting skills against Zhang Andaa in the quarter-final, where he progressed by four frames to two, before closing out Sam Baird in the semifinal, 4-1. The result means that O’Brien has broken into the top 24 in the European Tour Order of Merit list of those players who qualify for the Grand Finals next month.

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh

For more information or to send in news and photos: Phone: 01 651 6230 or 01 651 6205


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FastSport Ireland’s badminton stars record first: Ireland’s women’s badminton team secured a firstever victory over the Netherlands at the European Team Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland last week. As team members Chloe Magee, Alannah Stephenson and Sinead Chambers all won their singles matches in straight sets, Ireland were confirmed a win despite losing the two doubles. It was an upbeat end to a campaign that had seen them losing to strong Bulgaria and France teams in earlier matches. For the Irish men, their toughest test was left until last when they they faced top seeds and defending champions Denmark in their final pool match. In spite of losing that rubber, they could still look back on an encouraging display at the tournament after beating Slovakia 5-0 and narrowly losing to Czech Republic 2-3.

soccer: inclusive initiative expands to dublin 15 to promote message

SARI takes Soccernites across city 

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) has announced the expansion of its SARI Soccernites programme into Blanchardstown. The initiative, which started last week at Hartstown Community Centre, is a free weekly football

training programme for young people designed to provide after-school activities that promote cultural awareness and social inclusion using the UEFA Fairplay system in a safe and healthy environment. SARI currently holds a Soccernites programme in north Dublin inner city

SARI director Brian Kerr and friends

with participants drawn from local migrant, Traveller and indigenous communities with over 100 young people participating in the programme on a twice weekly basis. SARI director and former Republic of Ireland soccer manager Brian Kerr said that he was proud that the intiative was being extended beyond its initial scope, and hoped that it would spread even fur ther across the city. “SARI has learned from the Soccernites programme in Dublin’s inner city that, in terms of integration, what happens off the pitch is equally as important as what happens on it. “Soccernites is the kind of programme that SARI would love to see developed right across Dublin and eventually across the

Members of the Galway All-Stars team who won the annual 2013 SARI Soccerfest event in Phoenix Park

country, sport is such an important means of communicating the messages of integration and inclusion that the programme has so much to offer,” said Kerr. “Right now expanding the programme to Blanchardstown is a huge step for SARI and our focus is on making it a success and we would encourage people to get involved and support their local SARI Soccernites.” As well as football coaching, SARI Soccernites hosts a Young Leaders Programme,

o f f e r i n g wo r k s h o p s and courses in certified coaching badges, physical literacy, human rights, racism, equality and social studies in addition to the weekly soccer coaching. Kerr said: “Children and young people are at the forefront of integration. At SARI Soccernites in O’Connell School, North Richmond Street on any given evening there are up to 12 nationalities represented. These are the first generation of people from diverse backgrounds growing up

together, therefore these children and young people’s attitudes, experiences and interactions form the foundation for the future – for themselves and for the community in which they grow up. “At SARI Soccernites we hope that we are providing them with the tools to be leaders in their communities,” said Kerr. For more information on the initiative and others run by the organisation, log on to www.sari. ie or see www.facebook. com/sarireland.

Britton to race in Great Ireland Run as part of programme 

Fionnuala Britton will join the athletes in the Phoenix Park for teh Great Ireland Run 2014

Ireland’s leading distance runner, Fionnuala Britton, has confirmed her participation in this year’s SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k which will take place on the roads of the Phoenix Park on Sunday, April 6. Britton’s last run in the event was in 2011 when she was first Irish finisher in seventh place overall, and won the Irish 10k championships which were incorporated into the event. As usual, an elite field will contest the event this year and

the names of Britton’s overseas challengers will be announced in the coming weeks. After a strong cross-country season, when she was fourth in the European championships in December 2013 and then second in the Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry International in January, Britton is currently undertaking a major block of training towards her summer goal of competing at the European championships in Zurich over 10,000m on the track. Britton recently amicably parted company with her coach

Chris Jones to take more direct control of her own training and racing programme and the SPAR Great Ireland Run will be her first outing under this new arrangement before she seeks to run a qualifying time in Britain in early May for the European championships. The SPAR Great Ireland Run is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road

Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile. The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results. For elite announcements and more information on the SPAR Great Ireland Run please visit

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Remaining mindful in the game is key Internationally renowned sport psychologist Dan Abrahams has helped top level soccer players and golfers to improve their game, and is bringing his knowledge to Dublin next month Getting your head in the game is a phrase that is often heard from sidelines when players are not performing to their full capability, or what people perceive is the top of their game. But there are a number of factors that are at play when it comes to performing at your utmost in sport, something that is well known to Dan Abrahams, one of the world’s leading sports psychologists who is coming to Dublin early next month to give a coaching conference at the North Dublin Schoolboy League Development Centre on Saturday, March 8, at 3.30pm which intends to help coaches help their players more effectively to be the

best they can be. Abrahams is a former professional golfer, and obtained a first-class honours degree in psychology and a masters degree in sport psychology. What he teaches is applicable in all sports, but he specialises in soccer and golf. He is lead psychologist for England Golf and he works with players from leading amateur through to Tour level players. In soccer psychology, he is regarded as a leader in the field. He has some of the leading turnaround case studies in Premier League history - including local player Anthony Stokes and England star Carlton Cole - and he has written two international bestselling books.

“My mission is to demistify sports psychology for footballers, and sports people in general,” said Abrahams when he spoke to GazetteSport recently. “I feel that sports psychology is not good enough at taking the academic research, simplifying the language, and delivering applicable, simple to understand and use tools and techniques that sports people can use in the moment.” Although the principles he works with are general, Abrahams works one-onone with players to help them to be the best they can be. “You tailor every situation to the individual. I do have a system, which is about helping players

Leading sports psychologist Dan Abrahams, who will be leading a session for coaches at the NDSL Development Centre on March 8

think objectively on and off the pitch. “On the pitch, I give them a framework to help them focus and perform with confidence, deal with distractions, get the right intensity and manage their emotions. “A lot of people ask me how can it be effective on

to be able to focus, and teach effectively and communicate effectively, to team-build, to conduct training sessions where every player can learn and be confident in order to be successful. “I ask them, ‘How can I be a better coach to my team by being a more


‘I help players to become students of their game as much as students of the game itself’ - Dan Abrahams


the pitch, it is such a quick game. But football works in seconds, while the brain works in milliseconds, so footballers are constantly judging and analysing what is going on around them. “I help them manage their thinking, I advise how to break their game down into separate components and work on each component individually, helping them become a student of their game as much as a student of the game.” Working with coaches will be the focus of Abrahams’ trip to Dublin, and he takes an equally revolutionary path when teaching them his methods. “My message for the coaches is that football tends to be too technically, tactically and physically oriented. What I deliver is a different model. “As a coach, you need

effective communicator, and understand more about how human beings work?’ That way, we will produce far better players as a consequence.” It is also clear that a consequence of his coaching is to enhance performance in a way that is applicable to all sports people, something that Abrahams makes clear about the session in Dublin in March. “I will be talking the language of football, and it will be a football presentation, but I am keen to communicate that these principles are the same in every sport. All of my messages are applicable to all sports.” For more information, log on to danabrahams. com, and see for more details about the session and ticket availability at the NDSL Development Centre on March 8.


Array of local cricket talent picked for Ireland MALAHIDE cricket club’s Clare Shillington and Mary Waldron along with former Loreto Beaufort student Laura Delany and St Andrew’s Louise McCarthy, Emma Flanagan and Lucy O’Reilly have all been named in the Irish women’s cricket squad for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in March. Loreto Foxrock’s Kim Garth has withdrawn, however, as the 17-year-old prepares for her Leaving Certificate with Amy Kenealy coming into the squad in her place. Such is the competition and commitment in the women’s game, coach Trent Johnston says picking the final 14 for next month’s finals in Bangladesh was an incredibly tough challenge. “The players are all amateurs and making a lot of sacrifices. We’re doing a lot of weekend and early morning and night work at the indoor centres and outdoors too at YMCA. The girls were doing running sessions in the snow on Tuesday night, so there’s no shortage of commitment there. “They’ve worked incredibly hard this past few months and you get the feeling that this could be the start of something really big and exciting in women’s cricket in Ireland. You just don’t know where success could take the game.” Johnston is enjoying his transition from player to coach - with his young proteges proving willing students - but he has found some elements of his new role to be a real challenge. “Without a shadow of a doubt, picking a squad to go to a 20-over World Cup, and then have to tell the players who’ve missed out is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” he said. “I suppose like most squads, 10 names picked themselves, but there was a lot of agonising over those last four places. I then spoke with the whole squad of 30 because I felt it was important for me to let them know personally, and explain why they hadn’t made the final cut. “There’s an open and honest environment now amongst the women’s squad and I want to encourage that.” The competition gets underway on March 25 and runs until April 6.


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FastSport 5k walk/run at verona fc: Verona FC and Millennium Park will be the venue for the upcoming Fingal community walk/run on Saturday, April 12. The event which aims to provide a family activity for all age groups and encourage community participation in a healthy outdoor event will take place over a 5km marshalled route. Registration is between 2pm and 3pm on the day and online at, where more information about sponsorship and information is available. The cost of entry is €15 for families, €10 for adults and €5 for children.

soccer: relocated cup tie sees castleknock move on to next round

Celtic progress in Evans Cup 

Castleknock Celtic’s Under-15s progressed to the next phase of the SFAI Evans Cup following a 2-1 defeat of Home Farm last weekend on the all-weather pitch at Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown after Porterstown Park was again declared unplayable. Unbeaten in all competitions since the end of November, Celtic started slowly and were second best in the first half as Home Farm held the upper hand. The vis-

itors took the lead midway through the first half with a well-taken breakaway goal by Darren Barry. Celtic managed to keep in touch through dogged determination largely due to battling performances, with Gabi Aghinita, Celtic’s captain, to the fore. He was ably assisted in the middle of the park by Conor Rice who was tireless in his running, despite being out injured in recent times. At the back, Celtic were fortunate to have Cian Rush, Dayle Gill,

Dylan Farrell and Jordan Manning playing at the top of their game. Home Farm continued to dominate possession in the second half, but with little end result. While going close up front on a number of occasions, the Celtic defence was putting in a huge shift to make sure that no further breaches were made. When the back four was penetrated, Celtic’s keeper, James Dunne, was adept in handling whatever came at him. Celtic were looking dangerous on the break,

James Brophy scores in Castleknock Celtic’s Evans Cup victory over Home Farm

with Cormac Downes proving a handful, posing a constant threat for the Home Farm central defenders. Aghinita continued to probe for an opening which would unlock the visitors’ defence, while James O’Reilly and Downes both had oneon-ones with the keeper, but the score remained 1-0.

As the game entered the final quarter, Celtic were rewarded when James Brophy seized an opportunity following Conor Donoghue’s free kick to control the ball in the box and rifle home from eight yards. The second came when O’Reilly beat the full back, played Downes through, and the striker struck home.

Despite a lot of pressure on the Celtic goal, and a seemingly endless seven minutes of added time, the home side held on for another win to keep their cup challenge on track. They will now play away to Belvedere Premier in the next round of the prestigious tournament on February 23.

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Kilkenny lines out in interpro encounter  

CASTLEKNOCK’S Ciaran Kilkenny lined out for Leinster in the Interprovincial semi-finals last weekend in Pairc Tailteann in a wide open affair that saw Ulster prevail 2-26 to 3-21 after extra time. It was a particularly entertaining tie but pre-

cious few saw the game with only 294 paying members of the crowd in attendance. Similarly, there was only a paltry attendance at the Connacht game against Munster. Those figures raised concerns once again that not enough is being done to promote the interpro series with Leinster

skipper Michael Darragh Macauley taking to Twitter after the game to express his concerns. He tweeted after the game: “Honoured to captain Leinster, [it was] heartbreaking to lose it the way we did after extra time to a very strong Ulster side. “Players are like parrots asking the GAA to

back the competition but its falling on deaf ears, awful the way it’s run currently.” Half time saw the sides level at 1-11 each while the end of normal time saw the scores extended to 1-20 to 2-17. Ulster, though, prevailed with Peter Harte’s goal and a couple of Michael Murphy frees proving pivotal.

football: fab four from russell park on team

Club Noticeboard st brigid’s Adult football leagues start this

use all-weather or our pitches in

Sunday, February 23; see website for

Beech Park, Coolmine or Collegefort.

details, fixtures and times.

There was no winner of last Thurs-

Our annual club race night is on the

day’s jackpot. The jackpot now rises to

February 28 and we want every mem-

€9,400 and the draw will be in Russell

ber to join in the fun.

Park on Thursday, February 20.

Saturday, April 12 is the club dinnerdance, mark it down in the diary.

Our club nursery continues every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11am.

Annual club membership for 2014

We welcome all four- to seven-year-

is now due. Membership can be paid

olds in the Castleknock and Blan-

online or in the club. Membership runs

chardstown area and new members

on a calendar year basis from January

are especially welcome. Contact Paul

to December.

on 087 915 4748 or email info@stbrig-

Any member who has arrears

from 2013 will not be allowed train or

Our club shop runs every Friday

play in 2014 until these payments are

evening from 7pm and every Saturday

brought fully up to date. Any member

morning from 10am. Orders are taken

with issues regarding membership

in club shop or by emailing Breege at

can contact our club treasurer Trish

O’Reilly in private at 086 602 6229 or

Check out our updated TWIST time- Membership

table with Pilates now available along

must be paid by March 31.

with other classes with Damian, Cian,

Grass pitches in Russell Park are closed to repair goalmouths. Please

Graham, Bernie and Annie. See TWIST on club website and Facebook.

st peregrine’s THERE was no winner of this week’s

John Morrison is running a coaching

lotto. Numbers drawn were 3, 5, 13

workshop on the club astro on Friday,

and 28. Next week’s jackpot is €6,200,

February 21. Contact John Lowndes

direct debit forms available from the

for details.

office. St Brigid’s Colleen Barrett (right) was one of the side’s players who lined out to defeat Mayo in NFL Division 1

Brigid’s quartet hit stride in league tie


FOUR St Brigid’s women started for the Dublin ladies footballers last Sunday in their impressive 2-12 to 2-9 win, getting the better of Peter Clarke’s Mayo in Division 1 of the national league. On a day when Sinead Aherne was in superb form, scoring 1-7, for Dublin in Ballyheane, Brigid’s Deirdre Murphy, Sorcha Furlong, Colleen Barrett and Noelle Healy were all in the line-up. The Jackies’ work rate was extremely impressive in the opening half especially as both teams had

to try to adjust to the difficult under foot conditions with the pitch cutting up extremely easily, making playing football extremely difficult. Dublin settled quickly into the game taking an early lead and were within 15 minutes 1-05 to 0-3 points ahead of Mayo, with Aherne having raised the green flag for the visitors. However the Dublin goal was soon cancelled out by a penalty for an alleged foul on Cora Staunton in the small square despite Dublin’s protests that the Carnacon ace had dived. Staunton took the

resulting free kick duly despatching the ball past Dublin keeper Hannah Tyrell. Shortly after, Tyrell was to be beaten for a second time when Doireann Hughes found the back of the net. After a slow start by Peter Clarke’s charges, Mayo finished the half stronger and took a two-point lead into the dressing room at the interval, Mayo 2-5 Dublin 1-6. Dublin got the second half under way in impressive style by tacking on a couple of points thus quickly bringing the sides level. Dublin were to get the decisive score

of the game came when Siobhan Woods popped up to grab Dublin’s second goal. It propelled Dublin into a valuable threepoint lead that they would never relinquish. Both sides tagged on further points to their tallies but Dublin’s defence was in superb form holding tight to prevent any chance of a late strike from Staunton for Mayo. Next up for Dublin is an away trip to Monaghan on February 23. This game had previously been due to be played on February 2 but fallen foul to the inclement weather.

There will be a bag pack in Marks &

Memberships are now due and must

Spencers on March 1 and 2, and vol-

be paid before the beginning of the new

unteers are badly needed to give two


hours of their time. All funds raised

Membership for the golf society is now open and a list of outings is in the bar. Club race day to Punchestown is coming up soon; contact Paul Finn for details. Bingo jackpot on Wednesday night is €500.

are in aid of the juvenile section; contact John Boland or Aileen Boyd. Live music on Saturday night in the lounge. DJ Vinny is back on Sunday night with play your cards right. Anybody that has anything for inclusion in club notes or newsletter, email

castleknock There was some great news this week

The race night will take place on

coming out of our ladies juvenile sec-

February 28 in Kavanagh’s. Betting will

tion this week, with two of our players

take place during the night, but there

making it onto their respective Dublin

is also an opportunity to buy a horse in

panels. Congratulations to Ciara Mur-

one of the 10 races. Horses are €20 to

ray, who made the U-14 football panel,

buy, and you can contact Gerry Kelly

and to Claire Murray, who made the

at 086 020 1709, or Pearse Toland at

U-16 camogie panel. No doubt the girls

086 247 8961. Full details can be found

will do the club proud over the coming

on the website.


On the following day, Castleknock

Unfortunately, due to the bad

will play host to a very special match

weather, the first senior league

against Na Gaeil Oga, for the start of

match in the club’s history was post-

Seachtain na Gaeilge. The match will be

poned during the weekend. However,

played entirely as Gaeilge, with some

the next league game is scheduled

special guests hoping to turn up on the

for next weekend. Weather permit-

day. If you think you might like to play

ting, the lads will play away to St Pat’s,

in the match, or know of someone who

Palmerstown next Sunday. Throw-in is

would like to be involved, contact Dave

at 10.30am, and all support is welcome

Sweeney at 087 7495344, or at pro@

for this historic game.

GazetteSPORT all of your blanch sports coverage from page 27-31

all saints: Brigid’s quartet impress in crucial league win for Jackies over strong Mayo side P31

February 20, 2014

coaching the coaches: Top sport psychologist Abrahams coming to Dublin P29

Local pair picked for Leinster SA trip 

CASTLEKNOCK College’s Rory Anders and Colaiste Pobail Setanta’s Ben White have both been included in a Leinster Under-16 cricket side that departed this week for a 10-day tour of South Africa. The centrepiece of the tour for the team is the Independent Schools Festival held at St Stithian’s School in Johannesburg, which gets under way on Friday. During this section of the tour, the boys will benefit from coaching by Bryn Thomas who played cricket in Ireland for many years with Terenure and The Hills. Prior to this competition, the squad will play Gray College in Port Elizabeth before meeting Muir College in Uitenhage, a school that has long connections with Ireland and is a regular

destination for promising young Irish cricketers during their transition year. In between games, the squad will be exposed to a series of top level coaching clinics while also taking in a day at a test match between Australia and South Africa. Indeed, Anders is one of four current attendees of Muir College in the Leinster squad as he takes part in a three-month spell. He is a former winner of Irish cricket’s Find a Fast bowler award and has been part of Irish underage squads at Under-13 up to Under-19 level including tours to Wales, England, Guernsey and the Netherlands. White, a leg spinner, has less experience having previously toured Wales and England but is looking forward to stepping up after breaking into the Irish Under-15 side last year. They are among a trio of Phoenix cricket club

players in the squad, joined by Ratoath College’s Marc Gibson-McKenna, an off-spinner who has been part of the Leinster Under-15 line-up for the past two years. The tour has been a long time in the making but head coach Brian O’Rourke says it has the potential to be a truly memorable occasion. “It gives me great pleasure to be returning to South Africa for my 11th visit, this time as manager of the Leinster Under-16 cricket squad,” he said. “We have been discussing this trip for many years now but this time we have finally made it happen and we are all looking forward to the 10-day adventure that lies ahead. “I am hoping our boys get a real insight into South African cricket and will bring home memories that will last a lifetime. They have been briefed in full as to what to expect on the tour

The Leinster U-16 team at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

and of course the different playing conditions they will encounter. “There will be challenges along the way, but nothing a well-disciplined, committed and hardworking group of players cannot overcome.”

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