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INSIDE: Mulhuddart Football Club invite the public to a special event to celebrate volunteers P8

recognition: Daniel O’Donnell presents Maura with Hidden Hearing award P5

Eye on the prize: Staff see off charity challenge Football:

Brigid’s fight back to land important tie Page 31


Mountview star at Fingal football festival Page 30

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES....................... 8 DUBLIN LIFE....................11 OUT&ABOUT...................17 CLASSIFIEDS.................26 SPORT............................27

enthusiasm was running high for staff at Blanchardstown Vision Express recently as they took part in a fundraising treadmill challenge which raised over €1,300 for Temple Street. They managed to complete over 50 miles, notching up the distance of a half marathon each during the day. Pictured are Ani Davyton, Niall Balfe, Andrew McKillen, Damian Daly (on the treadmill) and Lounes Frai.

Government blamed for doctors’ strike Action will affect the entire health service, including Connolly – Nulty

 Laura Webb

Connolly Hospital will be affected by strike action due to be taken by junior doctors this month. Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty (Ind) said the Gov-

ernment’s failure to protect basic working time directives for junior doctors has led to strike action. He said this action would affect the entire health service, including Connolly Hospital in Blanchards-

town and the Government needs to take responsibility. The Irish Medical Organisation confirmed the oneday national strike of nonconsultant hospital doctors in Irish hospitals on Sep-

tember 25. Following this, each week from the week commencing Monday, September 30, a strike will be called in at least one hospital in each region in the country. Full Story on Page 2

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ANGER ‘Dangerous’ hours threaten patients

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Deputy Patrick Nulty says if strike action takes place it will affect the entire health service, including Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown

Coalition ‘to blame’ for doctors’ strike action THE government is being blamed for failing to protect basic working time directives for junior doctors as a one day strike action over “dangerous work hours” is confirmed. D u b l i n We s t T D Patrick Nulty (Ind) said if strike action takes place it will affect the entire health service, includ-


ing Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and that the Government must take responsibility.

T he Irish Medical Organisation [IMO] confirmed the non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHD) have voted for a one day national strike on September 25, 2013. Following this, each week from the week commencing Monday, September 30, a strike will be called in at least one hospital in each region in the country. An overwhelming 97% of ballots received voted in favour of escalating its campaign against “dangerous long hours” to include industrial action. Under the EU working time directive, non-consultant hospital doctors should not be working longer than an average of 48 hours a week. However, the IMO said some junior doctors are working up to 100 hours a week. The chairman of the NCHD Committee, Dr John Donnellan, called on the HSE at this late hour to produce serious proposals to resolve these issues: “This has been an

extremely difficult decision for doctors to make and we would not be in this position were it not for the inaction and prevarication of the Department of Health and the HSE. Even now, the Minister for Health could resolve this issue by directing his colleagues to tackle this issue once and for all.”


Deputy Nulty said: “If industrial action does take place the responsibility will fall squarely on the shoulders of the Government and its failure to implement European working time directives in relation to junior doctors and their patients as well. “The 24 No More campaign that they [junior hospital doctors] run is to make sure that no non-consultant hospital doctor has to do more than a 24-hour shift. It’s about patient safety and this is what this dispute is about. “It’s about the safety of patients, it’s about

humane working conditions and it’s about the absolute failure of the State to protect often very young people entering the medical profession and I think it is deplorable.” The IMO said it would cooperate fully with providing emergency cover during any industrial action and that sufficient notice, within statutory limits, would be provided to the HSE to allow contingency arrangements to be put in place. The HSE said: “The HSE has a national implementation group in place to progress compliance with the European working time directive in hospitals. “This group has undertaken site visits to every hospital in the country in recent weeks. Many larger hospitals have made significant progress towards compliance. “However the HSE recognises that challenges remain in small to medium-sized hospitals and complex speciality settings.”

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election Philip O’Callaghan in the running

Fine Gael announce third candidate Fine Gael has announced that their third candidate running for the Mulhuddart Ward will be Philip O’Callaghan. Philip will join Cllr Kieran Dennison and local election candidate Maria McGrail in contesting the 2014 local elec-

tions for Fine Gael. He has lived all his life in Dublin West and is a school teacher in Colaiste Pobail Setanta in Ongar where he teaches music and geography. He also serves as a patron nominee on the board of management

of Powerstown Educate Together National School and is a director of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). In his spare time, he also teaches swimming in Coolmine Sports and Leisure Centre. According to a Fine

Gael spokesperson, he is running in the local elections to “improve services provided for the young people of Fingal to help them reach their full potential and to ensure a more effective council that provides fairness for its residents”.

Draiocht: Oh no you didn’t! pictured are the

two evil stepsisters who are trying to keep Cinderella away from Prince Charming’s ball. But now you can help her. Coolmine Panto Group will stage Cinderella The Panto, written by Michael Byrne and directed by Gladys Coyle, at Draiocht in January, and tickets are now on sale.

Picture: Tom Lawlor

all business: fingal enterprise week launch

Aspiring entrepreneurs to take centre stage

 laura webb

Hundreds of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs will take centre stage at the seventh Fingal Enterprise Week. The enterprise initiative, organised and coordinated by Fingal County Enterprise Board, was launched earlier this week. It is expected that 1,500 small businesses will attend the five-day event, which will host over 20 major business events as well as workshops, mentoring clinics and networking opportunities across the region.

Such events include an online masterclass hosted by PayPal and eBay, as well as mobile technology and social media masterclasses helping small business develop capabilities in new technologies. For aspiring entrepreneurs, the Start Your Own Business Bootcamp, sponsored by the Vodafone Smart StartUp Network, will offer key insights into the practicalities of starting a business while Accessing Finance to Grow Your Business will be an interactive session, featuring real-life entrepreneur case studies. Businesses, new and

old, will gain insights from Senator Feargal Quinn, guest speaker at the Great Customer Care Builds Strong Business event while RTE’s Keelin Shanley will host the networking highlight of the week at Fingal County Hall where the winner of the 2013 Fingal Enterprise Award will also be announced. Meanwhile, the Dublin Food Chain event is open for businesses in the food, travel and tourism sectors, with events focusing on exporting, procurement and pitching for investment. Free business advice clinics, staffed by experienced business mentors

will also be available. Oisin Geoghegan, chief executive of Fingal County Enterprise Board, said: “Small businesses and new start-ups can flourish in Fingal but key supports delivered at a local level are vital. In today’s fast moving, globally-focused markets, it can be difficult for entrepreneurs, established or aspiring, to see where the opportunities for improvement and growth are. Fingal Enterprise Week 2013 takes place from September 30 to October 4 in venues across Fingal. For online bookings and a full schedule, see: www.

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theft Stolen bike replaced before event

Volunteer Expo comes to Fingal Organisations in need of new volunteers are being urged to sign up for this year’s Fingal Volunteer Expo. The expo, which takes place on Thursday, September 19, is an ideal opportunity for organisations to recruit volunteers. This event is aimed at helping organisations to attract people who are interested in becoming volunteers but who may not know exactly where or how to go about it. For further information or to download an application form see: www.

Plenty going on at family fun day Ongar Community Centre is hosting a family fun day this month with a host of activities for all the family. This event takes place on September 15 from 2pm until 4.30pm and includes a magic show, train rides, bouncy castles, brass band and lots more. Admission for this event is €1, with kids under two going free. All proceeds on the day go to future family fun days at the local community centre.

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Ray Brady, Ken Reddin, Gill Reddin and Alan Brady: Charity cycle from Rosslare to Dublin raised funds for St Francis Hospice

Generosity of strangers puts Ray back into race  Laura Webb

A man whose bike was stolen just weeks before he was due to take part in a charity cycle in memory of his mother, completed the cycle thanks to a kind donation. Earlier this summer, The Gazette reported that Ray Brady’s bicycle was stolen, putting a stop to his preparation and training for Cycle for Cancer, set up in memory of his mother. T h i s we e k , R ay ’s brother Alan said the

cycle from Rosslare to Dublin, which took place recently, was a huge success, and of the 24 participants, thankfully Ray was able to join them. “Unfortunately his bike was never returned but the good news is he got onto the makers of the British only bike and they so kindly read the article [in the Gazette] and saw his story.” Speaking to The Gazette Ray said: “I am on a bike forum with my old bike and I put up a link with the

Blanch Gazette’s story and a forum member in the UK decided to email the head man in BTwin – the French company who make the bike. “I received an email back from the marketing director saying they got an email from a forum member and they would love to help out with the cause and if I could make my way to one of our stores we will give you the exact same bike. “I couldn’t believe it, it is just unbelievable. I just want to thank everyone who helped,” he

said. Commenting on the cycle, Alan said it was a “great success”. “We had 24 riders take part in it and set off from Rosslare at 8.45 on the Saturday morning. “We braved the rain which was with us all the way home nonstop and we all made it home safe and sound in four to five hours. “We finished at the paddocks pub in Clonee and we were greeted outside in the car park to a great gathering of friends and family who

also braved the elements just to see us home. “Then we went inside for some food for the participants, which I might add was gorgeous. “We held a raffle that night which was a great success raising more funds for the hospice so all in all it was a great day. “I’m hoping to speak to the hospice about doing a yearly cycle for them and calling it the Agnes Brady cycle in aid of St Francis,” he said.


Man pulls a knife on gardai A local politician has condemned an attempted attack on gardai trying to apprehend a man armed with a knife in a local post office. It was reported that when gardai from Blanchardstown tried to apprehend the man in his late 20s at a post office in Hartstown, he produced a knife. The incident happened at around 11.30am on September 2. A struggle between gardai and the man, who had an outstanding bench warrant, ensued and he was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station. It is understood he will be detained under the terms of his bench warrant. Cllr David McGuinness (FF) condemned the incident saying: “Hartstown Post Office is within the supermarket complex and is a focal point for the general Huntstown/Hartstown region. It is shocking that such an incident happened. “Gardai involved in this incident showed bravery and resolve and they deserve to be thanked for going over and above the call of duty when apprehending someone brandishing a knife in public. “Knife crime has been a major problem in Dublin, tougher sentences and resourced gardai are needed for this.” The Garda Press Office said they could not comment as the enquiry is ongoing.

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ceremony Lifetime achievement award for local woman

Maura honoured for service to society Legendary singer Daniel O’Donnell presented Blanchardstown native Maura Buckley with a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards. Maura, a founding member of the Deaf Action Group, the forerunner to the Irish Deaf Society, was the first deaf woman to become a qualified teacher. Her teaching career spanned more than 32 years and she marked another milestone in her career when she became the first deaf vice principal at St Mary’s School for deaf girls. The awards, which are

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an all-Ireland joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, honour those who are deaf or hard of hearing making a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. Members of the public nominated their “hero” who they felt deserved to be recognised for an award. The winners included Maura Buckley. Congratulating the winners, Daniel O’Donnell said: “I would like to congratulate each of our six award winners here as they are true

examples of real heroes in Irish society. Each person has shown great determination to reach their goals and they have proven that all obstacles can be overcome. Their achievements and successes deserve to be honoured and brought to the attention of the Irish public.” Applauding the winners, Stephen Leddy, managing director, Hidden Hearing, said: “The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards is the only awards initiative to focus on the achievements of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Ireland. “The judging panel

had some extremely tough decisions to make this year, with some really high calibre nominees. All of the winners demonstrated that being deaf or hard of hearing does not have to hold you back in life.” Discussing the awards, Kevin Mulqueen, chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society, said: “Over the last three years the Heroes Awards has proven an excellent platform for creating awareness about the deaf and hard of hearing community in Ireland and of their role in Irish society. We are delighted to be partnering with Hidden Hearing in celebrating the

Daniel O’Donnell and Stephen Leddy, managing director, Hidden Hearing, presented Maura Buckley with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Denis Broderick from Belfast with the Workplace Award at the annual Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards

success and triumphs of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.” The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards is a national awards ceremony and are the only awards for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

There were five categories open to public entry this year including the Workplace Award, the Youth Award, the Family Award, the Sportsperson Award, and Social Contribution Award. The Lifetime Achieve-

ment Award, which Maura won, is for judges’ selection only. This award is for an individual who has played a key role in the deaf community or hard of hearing community over their lifetime.

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school Move to state-of-the art premises

Luttrellstown Community College’s new school building opened its doors for the first time this school term

Luttrellstown students settle into new building  laura webb

Students attending Luttrellstown Community College are settling well into their new school building, which opened its doors for the first time this school term. Over the summer the school moved from its temporary premises in Blanchardstown to its permanent, state-ofthe-art building in Luttrellstown on the Porterstown Road with the official hand-over taking place on August 12. After a four-year wait, the school’s principal Fionnuala Ni Chaisil was delighted to say the school had arrived. “We have arrived on Porterstown Road to our

amazing new building. It has been exciting and hectic getting all services and equipment set up as quickly as possible. The school community of Luttrellstown Community College has a strong school spirit and parents have supported me as príomhoide [principal] from day one. “We have had many great events but this move is a very special chapter in our history as we start our first leaving certificate programme in our new permanent state-of-the-art building on Porterstown Road.” The college now has up-to-date resources that include two fully equipped ICT (Information and Communica-

tion Technology) rooms, numerous practical rooms for technology subjects and practical subjects. “It was quite a change to meet all year groups in the library as they began the new school year. The new GP [general purpose] area will have a first class canteen by the end of September and will also be in use for whole school assemblies into the future,” Fionnuala said. All classrooms will have the interactive whiteboards and the physics lab will have the latest in tablet and apple TV technology, the school’s first step to using tablets. To raise funds for the introduction of more tablet technology, the

school’s parent council will hold a fashion show on October 24 – more details will be available on their website. “We believe that these enhanced facilities will provide better resources to promote our mission to encourage academic development, personal responsibility, inter-dependence and the development of the whole person. “We continue to facilitate the best in academic and non-academic a c h i e ve m e n t s ,” s h e added. The college will hold its first open night in the new building on September 26. See for further information.

Console hosts run, walk and talk Console is hosting a run, walk and talk event in the Phoenix Park to mark World Suicide Prevention week. The national suicide prevention and bereavement charity, Console, is asking Dubliners to get involved in the event, which takes place on September 14. “We are asking people to get

in touch with family members or friends that they may only see once in a while, and come together for a chat and either a timed run or a stroll in beautiful surroundings,” said Console’s founder and chief executive Paul Kelly. Athletes can run in a chiptimed 5k event, while their families and friends will have the

choice of running or walking the event. “All funds raised from the Run, Walk and Talk will go directly to Console and will enable us to continue to provide our essential services nationwide.” Further details on this event and other Console events can be found at

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competition Clare in the top 12 and hopes to join star team

Local hairdresser a cut above the rest  laura webb

A Castleknock hairdresser has shown she is a cut above the rest after beating off competition to earn a place in the top 12 hairdressers in Ireland. Clare O’Reilly from Collage Hair Group in Laurel Lodge competed against over 100 candidates to get a place in the top 12 hairdressers as part of the Irish Hairdressers Federation’s nationwide search for the best in hairdressing to be part of the IHF Star Team. She will now go on to compete for a place in the Grand Final on Novem-

ber 17 in a bid to achieve one of the four places available for the final selection. Delighted with her place in the competition,

thought, imagine I got in the top 12, and then I did – I was so delighted.” To get into the final 12, Clare had to do a cut and colour model in


‘When they picked the 12 and my name was called out there were tears and everything ’


Clare O’Reilly, Collage Hair Group


Clare said she is preparing for the next round. “I have lots of things in mind, so I am prepared. I couldn’t believe I got picked in the top 20 in the country. I kept saying if I got that I would be happy and when I did, I

the Wella Academy in Dublin as well as a presentation and interview. “When they picked the 12 and my name was called out there were tears and everything,” she said. Co-owner of Collage

Hair Group Greg Clarke, who runs it with his wife Alison, said the competition is like the X-Factor for young hairdressers and that Clare has really earned her place. “She is great; she’s always wanted to be a hairdresser. This year I encouraged her to enter national competitions and for her first she was in the top 10 in one and two top 20s. Then she went on to another to get a second, a third and a sixth. Now this – it’s been a good year for her. “She will compete on September 30 and will have to produce two looks and a model. The top four will be announced in November.”

Greg and Alison Clarke owners of Collage Hair Group in Laurel Lodge with model Aoife Flood and Clare O’Reilly

Clare is also in the final of the Schwarzkopf Business awards Apprentice of the Year along with Gwen McCarty, also from the salon who is in the final of the receptionist/front of house of the year. Once chosen, the star team will be mentored

through their 12-month journey with Olive Tucker from FAME team UK, Wella style council, KMS art team. The team will also enjoy the benefits of a year-long education programme, photo shoots, catwalk shows, and hair events

both internationally and nationally. The aim of the IHF Star Team is to give talented young hairdressers the opportunity of developing their skills through the highest standards in mentoring and coaching from industry legends.

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The workshop participants give it their all on stage. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

DRAIOCHT workshop: Learning to own the centre stage


OCAL teens explored their acting skills recently when they took part in the Taste of Theatre workshop for 14 to 18 year olds at Draiocht. The workshop was held as part of the summer youth programmes, and was led by actor and D15 youth theatre facilitator Eimear Morrissey. The classes featured games and focussed on various acting skills such as improvisation, voice work, chorus work, working from script and performance.

Leanne Bergin

Drama facilitator Eimear Morrissey

Krishjen Walsh unveils the commemoration plaque dedicated to his late father Mick Walsh. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

Anna Harkin

Fine Gael candidates for the 2014 local elections Maria McGrail and Phillip O’Callaghan

Heather Fitzpatrick and Ciara Murphy Brothers Sean and Calum Emmett

Jayden Grant clings on tight to his uncle Dan

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Deputy Patrick Nulty (Ind) with co-ordinator of Safer Blanchardstown Philip Jennings Darwin O’Sullivan

Tracey Kearney and Michaela Keagan

Jimmy Kearney of MFC


Jayden Grant and Richy Lyons

Locals celebrate our volunteers M

ULHUDDART Football Club recently invited local residents to celebrate volunteers in clubs, groups and committees in the area at a special event at Ladyswell Park in Dromheath. On the day a special plaque was unveiled

to honour local community activist Mick Walsh, who passed away last year. There were various activities on the day such as club demonstrations, penalty shootouts, face painting, balloon modelling and three-legged races.

Mick Walsh’s widow Jenny, son Krishjen, and grandsons Luke and Dean

Erin Barken, Rebecca Kearney, Lindsey Kearney and Kirsty Gallagher of Ricky Egan with his daughters Alisha and Ayla

Mulhuddart Ladies Football Club

Elisa and James Moore

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ceremony: over 1,000 become part of the irish republic

Welcoming new citizens Sarah Ahmed Hassan

Hira and Shah Nasreen

Ahmed from Sudan

from Pakistan

Larisa Malakhovskaya with daughters Anna and Marina from Belarus

Pictured at the recent Irish Citizenship Ceremony in the Convention Centre where he received his Irish citizenship are Timi Ogunyemi from Nigeria with his sister Kemi Ogunyemi and partner Karli Mulvaney. The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter (FG), welcomed over 1,000 new Irish citizens 140 of them former

Vivian Elile Etseyatse from Nigeria with

Kazhal and Zoya Mohamazaden

asylum seekers – from 120 nations. Pictures: Mark Stedman

her son Ovie and his partner Tara Banks

from Turkestan

Faye, Raymar and Yanni Abando from the Philippines

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dublinlife Let Dublin Gazette Newspapers take you on a tour of the news and events taking place across the city and county this week


Diary P12

what’son farmleigh event to mark the 1913 lockout:

Jude Miley with his parents, Greville and Ann-Louise, who hope to raise €50,000 with a fun run to continue Jude’s rehabilitation at a specialist Chicago hospital

fundraiser: call for runners to help brain-damaged toddler’s cause

Hey, Jude – hopes lots of people will join your run  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE launch of a fun run in aid of The Jude Miley Trust took place last week and TV presenter Kathryn Thomas was at hand to offer her support. Jude Miley was an ordinary, healthy baby until he reached six months old when he suffered a cardiac arrest while in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. It took doctors more than 50 minutes to resuscitate him, which damaged his brain. To the amazement of the medical team, he came off his respirator and began to breathe on his own. However,

the prognosis was not good, and doctors believed Jude might never walk again. Jude’s parents, Ann-Louise and Greville Miley, were determined to get Jude all the help he needed to get well. Because Ireland does not offer any brain rehabilitation treatment for children less than two years old, Jude has had to go abroad. For the past year, he has attended The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which is the leading brain injury rehabilitation hospital in the world, thanks to mammoth fundraising efforts. To the delight of his parents, Jude took his first

few steps there. Jude’s mother, Ann-Louise, told The Gazette: “The problem is that it happened to him when he was so young, so we don’t know what the damage may be later. At the moment, he is saying ‘mama’ and ‘dada’, but he’s two, so he should be saying a lot more. However, we’re thrilled with the progress he’s made. “We hope he’ll go to normal school one day; we’re hoping against hope, as his whole brain was damaged, apart from his brain stem. He’s a little miracle, really. “We’d love to rehabilitate him back to

normality, or even for him to have some form of independence. Nobody knows what could happen; we were given doom and gloom news about him not walking, and maybe only being able to breathe, and now he’s nearly running and talking a bit. “For his treatment to continue, we need money, unfortunately.” Run4Jude hopes to raise €50,000 in Marlay Park on September 15. Those interested in participating can register at There is a helicopter and hotel weekend prize for whoever raises the most money.

DUBLIN residents have a unique opportunity to mark the centenary celebrations of the 1913 Lockout in Farmleigh Estate. This is the first event organised by theatre director and playwright Peter Sheridan – Farmleigh’s latest writer-in-residence at the Phoenix Park estate. The event celebrates the anniversary of the 1913 Lockout and takes place on September 18. Tickets are available through a random lottery. The evening comprises poetry, drama and songs, and you can apply for a ticket before September 9 through the website at Another event being organised by Peter is New Voices, which takes place on October 25. Details of this event are still being finalised, but it’s set to include poet and YouTube sensations Hollie McNish and Erin Fornoff . For further information about writerin-residence events, see www.farmleigh. ie. You can read a full interview with Peter Sheridan in next week’s Gazette.


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Making the right food for your baby Celebrity chef, Neven Maguire, has joined forces with Danone Baby Nutrition to host a free cookery demonstration focusing on recipes to help parents during the first 1,000 days of their child’s life. The demonstrations are free of charge and are set to take place at the Marker Hotel, Dublin 2 on September 18 at 11am and November 11 at 7.30pm. Neven will demonstrate how to cook a diverse range of dishes

appropriate to the four key stages which make up the First 1,000 Days of life; pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and toddler. “As a father with a young family, I’m very much aware of the importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days. From pregnancy right through to the toddler stage, it’s important that children are exposed to a wide range of foods so that their taste buds develop in a healthy way.” See www.first1000- for details.

celebrating best of Twitter Twitter users across the country are being invited to nominate the very best of Twitter in Ireland over the coming weeks, after Ireland’s first Twitter awards show was launched recently. The RaboDirect Tweeties 2013 is the first of its kind in Ireland, celebrating the best of Twitter including the people, celebrities, businesses and organisations who

use the social networking site in meaningful, creative and inspirational ways. The RaboDirect Tweeties will give Ireland’s Twitter users the chance to have their say on who and what m a ke s t h e m Twe e t . Tweeters can nominate a person or organisation they follow for an award by using a special hashtag designated for each category. People can vote in 13 categories including: Best Celebrity (vote using

# Twe e t i e C e l e b r i t y ) , Sport (#TweetieSport), Business (#TweetieBusiness), News and media (#TweetieNews), Best Charity (#TweetieCharity) and Television (#TweetieTV) to name but a few. For a full list of categories and more information, follow @TheTweeties2013.

fundraising challenge The LauraLynn Children’s Hospice is setting the country a mas-

sive challenge over the next month in a bid that invites each province to raise €10,000 during September. The challenge comes in advance of the national charity’s LauraLynn Black and White Ball, which takes place at the Hilton Dublin in October. LauraLynn is hoping the whole country can raise €40,000 in eight weeks, which will greatly assist in supporting children with life limiting conditions. As an added incentive, one fundraiser from each province will be then chosen at random to win a weekend break at Hilton Dublin and tickets to the charity ball. Those interested in fundraising are encouraged to use their imagination when coming up with events which can take any form, from sponsored cycles to coffee mornings. To register your event, simply email michelle@ by Septem ber 20. For more information on tickets for the Black and White ball, contact events.dublin@

search is on for super mum The search is on for this year’s Super Mum af ter Super valu and P&G teamed up with Ireland AM on TV3 in an effort to look for the Supervalu Super Mum 2013. Now in its fifth year, the campaign is a nationwide search for that special friend or family member who has gone that extra mile to do something outstanding for their family or community. Three finalists will each receive a pampering makeover including wardrobe, hair, nails and makeup before an exciting live reveal on Ireland AM. Each finalist will also receive €500 SuperValu vouchers and a hamper full of P&G products including Pampers and Daz, with the overall winner receiving €2,000 worth of Supervalu vouchers to spend throughout the year. To nominate someone for the Super Mum search, pick up an entry form at your local SuperValu or enter on Facebook. The closing date for nominations is September 29.

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diary Aoibhinn is on hand to launch charity fun run

Celebrity chef Neven Maguire is to host a free cookery demonstration to help parents during the first 1,000 days of their child’s life

A charit y fun run in aid of homeless support group Simon was launched last week by TV and radio presenter Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain. This will be Dublin Simon Community’s 30th annual fun run, making it the longest charity event to be held in the Phoenix Park. T he five-mile r un will kick off on Saturday, October 12, and organisers are planning an eighties theme to brighten things up on the day. There will be a host of colourful eighties fashion and music and all participants are invited to dress up on the day. All levels of participants are encouraged

to sign up for the event, from elite runners to joggers and school groups. Aoibhinn said at the launch: “I’m delighted to help Simon celebrate 30 years of a “Silly Run for a Serious Cause”. “The Simon Fun Run is a critical fundraising event and a fantastic opportunity to bring people together to suppor t those who are homeless or at risk.” Family fun activities will be ongoing throughout the morning of the run and there will be a Kids’ Zone at the finish line. If you would like to learn more about the run or wish to register you can log onto www.

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Howth brothers get set for headline tour of Ireland Two Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin – better known as Cry Monster Cry - are set to perform live on stage at Whelan’s, Dublin, on Saturday, September 7. The band, who hail from Howth, will be teaming up with Donegal Natives, In Their Thousands, for a joint headline tour of Ireland starting this month. Having already enjoyed international success with their debut EP, The Fallen,

which went to the top of the iTunes charts, Cry Monster Cry have spent the last few months writing and recording their debut album. Paying special attention to the art of crafting songs and expanding their sound, they are about to unveil a new chapter of their life that they say was “painstaking and exciting to write”. Cry Monster Cry will play with In Their Thousands at four venues on their September tour,

which will see them perform in Belfast on September 5, Letterkenny on September 6, Whelan’s in Dublin on September 7 and Derry on September 8. Tickets for the Whelan’s show are priced at €13 each including booking fee and are currently available at www.ticketmaster. ie. For more information on the band and how to download their latest music, visit

First-year students from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush testing their iPads

St Joseph’s: students will use ipads in class

School is set to roll out digital textbooks  Ian Begley

Incoming first year students at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush will be using iPads in a new curriculum that is technologically based. St Joseph’s Secondary School is one of 50 schools throughout the country that will use digital textbooks in place of traditional textbooks this coming academic year. Patricia Hayden, principal of St Joseph’s, is very enthusiastic about this new prospect and is confident that these devices will create a wide range of benefits for both students and teachers. “The main reason why we chose to incorporate these electronic tablets into our curriculum is because they engage the children in the use

of technology, which they’re already using in their everyday lives,” said principal Hayden. “We want to prepare our students for new ways of learning as we look towards the new Junior Cert curriculum, which is very much digital media orientated. “These devices will present the work material in a more interesting way and our students will also familiarise themselves with the technology as part of the work.” The incoming first year students of St Joseph’s are said to be very enthusiastic about this new venture and will certainly appreciate the massive decline of schoolbooks that they traditionally would have to carry around. “The iPads are brilliant in the sense that our stu-

dents won’t have to carry a huge schoolbag on their back,” said Hayden “The tablets will more or less replace all schoolbooks, but our students will still need some textbooks so that they’ll be able to maintain and develop their writing skills.” The iPads will also ensure that every child will automatically be a registered member of Dublin libraries, where they can download up to 10 books free of charge. A fter the success that Malahide Community School had with i n c o r p o r a t i n g e l e ctronic tablets into their classrooms, St Joseph’s bought a set of 30 iPads and trialled them with some students last year. “When we first tried them out, the children immediately engaged with them. The atten-

tion and awareness of the students in the classroom was phenomenal,” said Hayden. “We are also able to manage the devices through our school’s wifi system so that the children cannot access things such as Facebook when in the classroom. “One of the rules that we have is that all tablets must be flat on the desk at all times so that our teachers can easily monitor their students’ activities.” Compared with traditional textbooks, the digital ebooks that the students will work from are cheaper to purchase and easier to store notes. “I felt that devices like these had to become part of the workspace, and I think as schools we have to be on top of the game with the latest technology.”

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features Renovations: maximize your return on investment and reduce your energy bills

Make sure your retrofit project is a deep one

 James Walsh

Many are purchasing their dream home in a key location but in need of tender loving care. Renovations are taking place from attic insulation, wall insulation to replacement windows. What should you look out for and how do you prioritise it? It is becoming more apparent in the building industry that for successful refurbishment we need to consider the dwelling holistically. What condition are the floors, walls, windows and roof? i.e. the fabric of the house. Is there adequate ventilation to the habit-

able rooms and wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms? This affects the air quality of the dwelling and can cause mould growth if not treated correctly. Is the dwelling draughty? floors, around windows, sockets, lights? If so, this unwanted air infiltration should be sealed to prevent heat loss and manage ventilation. Is it possible to have your living spaces face south, where solar gain can save energy? A Fabric First approach has shown considerable success in reducing energy demand. This means insulating your floors, walls and roof to an opti-

mal level and doing so in an airtight fashion. Windows should be high performance and in the case of triple glazing can act as “radiators” trapping solar gain saving the need to generate heat using fossil fuels as is the case for most households. Ventilation is key to indoor air quality, health and comfort. Various options are available from natural, passive, demand controlled to mechanical ventilation with heat recovery where you have the most control and recirculate heat within the dwelling thereby reducing energy demand.

Insulating walls and making your home airtight will considerably reduce your energy demands

Modern refurbishments should have an airtightness strategy to minimise heat loss and discomfort through unwanted draughts in the fabric. This means that the maximum heated air is retained and uncontrolled

cold air has no route into the dwelling. A deep retrofit deals with the dwelling in a holistic fashion addressing fabric, ventilation and airtightness. Plan your project in phases when budget

is tight so initial work doesn’t compromise future improvements. Make sure your architect and builder address these key issues in your project to maximize your return on investment and reduce your

energy bills into the future.  James is a registered

architect with over 22 years experience who has undertaken extensive upskilling in the past number of years in the area of low energy buildings and renovations.


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Future bright for baby swim school


Moira Gray – Owner and Manager, Soulful Bistro

At the heart and soul of the local community Moira Gray is the owner and manager of Soulful Bistro, located in the heart of Stoneybatter. After opening six successful restaurants in the city as well as three outside of Ireland, she has gathered extensive knowledge and skills in the industry working as a consultant over the last four years. Beginning at the age of 13 working

in the Isle of Man on summer holidays, Moira has gained 20 years experience in the industry both here and abroad and has a very obvious passion for it. Another passion of Moira’s is nutrition and healthy eating. Soulful Bistro’s menu is built around doing everything it can to support Irish producers and suppliers.

How long have you been in business?

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

Just over six months, but in the industry 20 years.

What makes your business successful?

My wonderful team of chefs, kitchen porters and front of house staff, the food and of course the customers. We have a lot of very regular and new customers since we opened the doors in February.

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

My aim is to not serve any junk food, white bread, aspartame filled drinks. Instead we are offing healthy home-cooked Irish food, supporting as much local and Irish businesses as we can, trying to encourage people to do the same. The Bistro is designed to be somewhere comfortable to sit and enjoy time with your friends, family or on your own.

How has the recession impacted your business?

Having opened seven restaurants here in the city as a consultant since the recession started, I have worked hard with each of them to get them off the ground. Thankfully, each of them is still thriving and they provided me with enough confidence and knowledge to know that this is the right time and place for me to open Soulful Bistro.


Keep Vat at 9%! Either that or completely cut the unemployment benefit and rent allowance and work on getting people off the dole queue. We used to be a nation of workers but why on earth would someone give up €188 + rent allowance + free medical etc etc to come out with way less than that after tax and paying rent (not to mention travel, medical, lunches?

What is your ambition for the business?

I want to build this into a great local restaurant that will be still the place to go in 20 years time.

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

As I serve almost all of my guests myself, I know each and every one of them. Most of them by name but admittedly am rubbish at retaining names but have a habit of directing them towards new things that they have not tried off the menu which they love.

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

Always hire people who you think are better than yourself! I was given this advice by Brody Sweeney when I worked on opening the Camile Thai restaurants with him and it has always stuck in my head.

When sisters Therese and Carol McNally set about starting a new business in 2008 , they had no idea they were about to face the affects of a country nose-diving into recession. But four and a half years later, both women are still reeling from the success their business has achieved. Water Babies is now Ireland’s leading baby swim school and has just started a brand new term, after seeing their young students graduate for the first time in April. The school offers fun and innovative baby swimming classes which are taught by world-class instructors. The awardwinning classes teach vital water confidence and safety skills from birth with the overall aim to teach parents to teach their baby how to swim. “When the business idea came to us, there was no talk of recession,” Therese told the Gazette. “In a way, we were very lucky. I think we got the last bank loan in Ireland! It was December 2008 so we got our finance just before the bubble really burst. But thankfully, there was a baby boom over the last four years and people thankfully want to spend on their babies, and maybe cutting back on themselves. In that sense we haven’t been too badly affected.” When it comes to the future of their business, Therese says she hopes to see Water Babies expand. “We want to continue with our service and extend into new areas so everyone can avail of it.”

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Author Oisin McKenna, from Dundrum, whose play – GRINDR/A love story – will feature in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival

fringe festival: play follows a gay character’s link to social media

A study of modern loving  ian begley

THE Dublin Fringe Festival is set to begin its 19th year and will see a great line-up of some of the best and latest performances of art, music, circus and opera. Set to run from September 7 to 23, Dublin Fringe transforms Dublin into an expose of creative talent from across the globe. The festival acts as a platform for the best and new emerging Irish arts companies, and showcases contemporary theatre and dance shows that are internationally celebrated. It allows artists to develop and present their work by submitting an application for their production, and, if selected, they will get the opportunity to showcase their act to hundreds of people from Ire-

land and abroad. Oisin McKenna, a recent English graduate from Dundrum, has written and produced a play that has been selected to perform for four days in Players Theatre in Trinity College for the festival. McKenna’s play – GRINDR/A love story – is about a young gay man from Dublin who can only develop meaningful relationships through social media. He said: “It’s basically about the ways in which social media and the internet influence experiences of intimacy, particularly amongst young gay men in Dublin. “The protagonist, Johnny, struggles to maintain meaningful relationships with people he knows in his actual life, but finds himself forming really intense con-

nections with strangers on the internet. “I think the way social media affects human interaction is a really major thing in people’s lives today. I think it’s an increasing topic that people are thinking about because we do not really realise the full effects of it,” he said. McKenna said that “Johnny” is loosely based on a caricature of himself, and admits to also having developed relationships through social media. “From early adolescence, I’ve been on social media sites such as Bebo and MySpace, so I never really had any real human relationships without simultaneous connections with social media. “In some ways. Johnny is quite a shy, reserved type of character, but finds himself becoming very attached to people over the internet.

“He believes he is incapable of developing relationships through traditional methods, and has to look online in order to find someone.” McKenny first got involved in Fringe last year when he played a minor role, and had already been working on GRINDR/A love story when he signed up for this year’s Fringe Festival. He said: “For many people, including myself, Fringe has provided artists with a platform that will ultimately be the launching pad for their careers in the arts.” GRINDR/A love story will take place at 6.30pm in the Players Theatre, from September 10 to 14. For further information on Dublin Fringe Festival, see www.fringefest. com.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is FiFi and she is a twoyear- old female Lurcher cross. FiFi just recently joined us at Dogs Trust and is very nervous and overwhelmed with her new surroundings. She dreams of finding her loving and caring forever home where her she can really be herself. FiFi has so much love to give and is a beautiful girl with a personality just waiting to blossom in the right surroundings. We are looking for someone who is totally committed to helping FiFi overcome her nerves with a calm hands-off approach. She loves other dogs and the company of children aged 14+. If you think you could give this fabulous lady lurcher her perfect forever home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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Lie back and relax with a Lisbon break  NATALIE BURKE

THE Lisbon coast offers a great combination of beach and cultural holidays. So, if you’re planning a late holiday this year, Concorde Travel has some great offers to choose from. Depart Dublin on September 25 and 26 and spend seven nights at the three-star Hotel Sana in Estoril, from €449pp, or the four-star Hotel Tivoli in Sintra, from €599pp. Alternatively, you could stay at the five-star Hotel Quinta da Marinha in Cascais from €599, or the four-star Hotel Pestana, Cascais, from €649. Prices include return flights and transfers. For further information and other offers, see www., or phone 01 775 9300.

Game of Thrones fans can easily visit a number of key Westeros locations – just by nipping up to where they were filmed in Northern Ireland. For example, the no-frills working harbour of the coldhearted Iron Islanders’ scenes is actually picturesque little Ballintoy Harbour, near Ballycastle, while the brooding road near King’s Landing is actually the Dark Hedges – a road lined with old beech trees.


Westeros is waiting ...  DAVE PHILLIPS

Scandinavian deals for October travel  NATALIE BURKE

IF JETTING off on a Scandinavian city break this autumn is on your to-do list, Direct Holidays has a number of hotel and flight packages. Take in a cultural weekend in Copenhagen. Stay at the three-star Richmond Hotel (€225pp), and visit the 100-year-old amusement park at the Tivoli Gardens, take a picture with The Little Mermaid on Langelinie promenade, and book a seat at Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale show, in an offer running until October 27. Alternatively, visit the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and take in the medieval city centre visiting Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum and the King of Sweden’s official residence, staying at the Best Western Capital (€195pp). Prices include flights and two-night accommodation on selected dates in October. Call Direct Holidays at 01 5140430, or see

WITH the fourth season almost a year away, across the globe fans of HBO’s massively successful series Game of Thrones are suffering serious withdrawal symptoms – but for fans in Dublin, a trip to the world of Westeros is just a short drive north. Northern Ireland has become an epicentre for film and television productions, many of which are attracted by the range of unparalleled locations that are all easily accessed from Belfast. Following the success of the show, it was inevitable that a tourism industry based around Game of Thrones would develop. At present, you can visit some of the stunning locations used for filming either as part of a coach tour, or on a self-drive trip that easily fits into a weekend.

Both options start out from Belfast, and there are dozens of locations from the show used, so it’s easy to choose a route to suit you. Heading north from Belfast, one of the most unique locations is a road known locally as the Dark Hedges. Midway between the towns of Bushmills and Ballycastle, this one is definitely worth marking on the GPS beforehand if you’re not with a guide, as it can be tough to find. Originally the entrance way to a local estate house, the Dark Hedges is now a public road that enjoyed relative anonymity until it was used as a Game of Thrones location (fans will recognise it from season two). The beech trees that intersect across the road perfectly capture some of the magic and mystery of the show. Ballintoy Harbour, just a couple of miles north,

Continuing the Westeros vibe, dare you brave Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge?

is a picturesque working harbour and many of the Iron Island scenes were filmed here. It’s a perfect spot to leave the chainmail aside and go for a wander on the beach, and if you need some scones to accompany the thrones, a little cafe on the pier serves great coffee and desserts. From Ballintoy, it’s a short trip to some of Northern Ireland’s most famous attractions, and while they didn’t feature in the series, the Giant’s

Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge are both certainly worth visiting. The town of Bushmills can be a good spot to stop over for lunch and a tour of the old distillery is an added bonus. A second day can be spent following the Causeway coastal drive back towards Belfast, where you pass the Glenarm Forest Park and onto the ruined Shane’s Castle. The 2,600-acre grounds were used to film the

tourney scene from the first series, as well as key scenes from series two. After a weekend in Westeros, any Game of Thrones fan’s hunger will be sated, and with filming for season four currently under way, you never know who you might bump into! For details of a selfdrive trip, see http:// For details of a bus tour, see http://www.

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Oh, London fields a city of endless interests ...  THERESE CAHERTY

WITH just a few days left of the holidays, a getaway was urgent. Not for peace and quiet, but for pavements and people. I set out for London – a hop away, they say, but more like half a day when you take a taxi, bus, train and plane into account. Well worth it, though! As soon as I landed in Gatwick, I knew I was somewhere faster, hotter and vaster. Even a Ryanair glitch was manageable. The airline had forgotten to mail me confirmation of the bus to Victoria. Despite assurances from Ryanair staff at Dublin Airport, on the flight and from staff at Gatwick that I could sort it at the Ryanair desk once I landed, it wasn’t so. For starters, Gatwick has no Ryanair desk. The bus company did – but they couldn’t help without a voucher. I was told this had happened to other Ryanair passengers, and I wondered if they, like me, had finished up having to forgive, forget and shell out

for another bus fare. Anyway, thanks to an Oyster card for bus and Tube (an absolute must), I arrived in the city in one piece with an open mind and just three overall aims for my stay: drink at least one pint of real ale; eat English fish and chips; and use the bus, whenever possible. Shepherds Bush, my weekend base, is serviced by the Number 94, which got me direct to Piccadilly Circus – an ideal starting point for sightseeing.

Bizarre The place was heaving; the air brimming with snatches of bizarre conversation – just what I was looking for. At Trafalgar Square, I stood before the fourth plinth and took stock of Katharina Fritsch’s startlingly blue Hahn/Cock, recently unveiled by City Mayor Boris Johnson. “Of course it’s blue,” said a fellow tourist. “He’s a Tory!” On the other side of Millennium Bridge, I began a happy stroll through South Bank,

nipping into the British Film Institute, browsing through more books piled high on old-fashioned trestle tables, and listening to a Pythonesque guitarist on a lounger far below on the Thames’ muddy banks, serenading us manfully; and then on to the Tate Modern at Bankside, which was bursting with exhibitions, visitors and shops. I had to drag myself past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, because it wasn’t on the itinerary – but next time, next time ... Next day, at the Riverside Studios, I sipped a pint of real ale looking out over Hammersmith Bridge. And it was a novelty, being invited to bring the remainder into the cinema (£12) for the film, Wadjda. Shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, it’s the first feature-length film written and directed by a female Saudi director, Haifaa alMansour. Was I glad I’d missed it in Dublin! What London visit is complete without getting to an open air market? I

boarded the Number 31 from Shepherds Bush, and went on an odyssey through Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, Kilburn, Chalk Farm and on into Camden – the low point of the trip. Camden was nothing more than a horrible frenzy of buying and selling, mostly of junk. I was glad to head home, and grateful that I never had to wait longer than five minutes for any Tube, train or bus. London, transport wise, is a welloiled machine! A first visit to the Natural History Museum remedied the Camden vibe. Outside the remarkable building (which took about an hour’s queuing to enter), I passed the remains of a two-thousand-year-old tree – older than the Pyramids, so the sign said – and heard someone remark on how minute and insignificant we humans are.

From the top: Stroll across the Millennium Bridge from St Paul’s to Bankside’s Tate Modern and a riverside walk; Katharina Fritsch’s blue Hahn/Cock sculpture commands views on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square; run-down Camden is more grot than hot, and busy buses pass along bustling Oxford Street

Inside, that idea was reinforced a hundredfold by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Selgado’s Genesis exhibition (£12) – the purpose of my visit. Selgado describes the show, which is sponsored by Brazilian mining multinational Vale, as “a call to arms. We cannot con-

tinue polluting our soil, water and air”. Entirely stripped of the cityscape, these blackand-white images are breathtaking and many; a prolonged reminder of the planet’s beauty and our dependence on it. Selgado urges us to consider how our actions affect the earth – and

at a time when the Balcombe fracking protests were taking place, it was a timely urging. And – suddenly – the weekend was over, without a chip in sight! I hopped back to Dublin with a promise to myself that it wouldn’t be another 25 years before the next visit ...


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theatre THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929

Soldier for a Summer AUTHOR Housam “Sam” Najir will discuss his new book, which draws on his remarkable experiences in leaving his native Dublin behind and finding himself fighting as a revolutionary soldier advancing on Tripoli, in 2011 in a bid to depose the Libyan dictator, Colonel Gaddafi. Sam speaks at 8.30pm on Thursday, September 5, at the Maritime Museum, with tickets priced at €10/8.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Philip Ardagh

THE giggle-tastic Grunts will be discussed by their author, Philip Ardagh, who is sure to delight his fans as he delves into his latest work, The Grunts: All at Sea. His eccentric, hilarious characters come to life in inimitable style, courtesy of Philip’s storytelling and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations. Philip speaks on Friday, September 6 at 10.30am, with admission priced €3.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477

The Wheelchair on my Face SONYA Kelly is ready to help you see clearly how traumatic her glasses were as a child, in a lively and likeable performance that’s part memoir and comedy alike. A specs-tacular evening awaits at 8.15pm this Thursday, September 5, with tickets priced €14/€12 conc.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622

Battle of the local bands THREE local bands are set to do musical battle in the second annual clash of talents at Draiocht. Hosted again by Miniature Jack, who will also perform, bands will be competing for a place in a grand final in December. To support your favourite band, or just to hear some great local talents, head over for 7pm on Saturday, September 7, with admission priced €6.




Annoying heroine is too hard to root for


THE heroine in Alison Jameson’s new novel, Little Beauty, is something of a strange fish. Laura Quinn lives on a fictional island off the west coast of Ireland in 1975, where she is generally viewed with suspicion and ridicule by the other natives. T he plot tells the tale of a fiercely lonely woman who goes about at night in her nightdress to visit her lover – the lighthouse keeper – who refuses to acknowledge her publicly, and in the light of day. After several years of this most unromantic of romances, she has had enough, and offers him a taciturn ultimatum by way of a job offer on the mainland that, if she took it, would mean the end of their relationship. All Laura wants is to get married and to have a family, and a feeling of belonging. Her own family history is rife with tragedy and she is now alone in the world. When her lover, Mar-

tin, does not offer her marriage, she resolves to make a break for it and take up a housekeeping job for a rich couple on the mainland. Jameson is very adept at painting the unspoken impotence of a certain kind of Irish man, who pathetically goes a few steps towards making a commitment before scuttling back.

and sense of worthlessness. Laura scandalises life on the island when she returns there to have a baby, but she never rises to the challenge of living independently. H e r e ve r- s h i f t i n g mood leads her back to the mainland to try to make a family with the rich husband and wife, too. It’s a very odd situa-


‘At one stage, because she has a baby and no pram, as yet, she wheels the infant around in a wheelbarrow! It is that kind of idiocy that can really lose a reader.’


Although Jameson is a very capable writer, Little Beauty’s problem, for me, is that the whole book is so very depressing. Just when you think Laura may make a beneficial difference in her own life and actively challenge the status quo in some meaningful way, she caves in under her own emotional baggage

tion, and proves to be her undoing. Jameson describes Laura’s sense of loss wonderfully as the character unravels in a very visceral and physical way, and in league with the scenery, which becomes another character in Laura’s story, so strong is her relationship with it. Laura is an anti-hero-

An unrealistic portrayal of a character’s endless victimhood ... The cover of Little Beauty, by Alison Jameson, right

ine who seems to come from an older world than the 1970s setting of the book – some very remote pockets of Ireland. However, the setting and even her family history is not enough to account for Laura’s mental disturbance. She seems never to take charge of her life, and is deeply unrealistic. She’s a victim who is very annoying and, therefore, it is nigh-on impossible for the reader to get behind her in her struggle. At one stage, because she has a baby and no pram, as yet, she wheels the infant around in a wheelbarrow! It is that kind of idiocy that can

really lose a reader. I also struggled with the way the reader is violently catapulted into the future by 30 years or more. It lends an even greater sense of uncertainty to the story, which may be a

device by the author but, by the time it happens, I had little sympathy left for Laura’s character. Little Beauty, published by Doubleday, is available in all good bookstores, priced €14.99.

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Lancome draws inspiration from iconic Parisian chic LANCOME is a makeup favourite here in The Gazette HQ so when we hear there is a limited edition make-up collection coming out this AW13 we’re only too happy to check it out. Taking inspiration from Parisian elegance, the L’absolu Desir collection is not only packaged good, the tones of the blush and lipstick bring French movie glamour to the streets of Dublin. “This season, Lancome draws inspiration from iconic Parisian chic. A unique sense of elegance and luxury teamed with creativity and bold twists on classics rewrite conventional codes with a touch of wit. Following in the footsteps of Parisians, take an inspiring walk with Lancome from the roses in Parc Monceau to the lights of the Eiffel Tower. The essence of their inimitable style is captured in a sumptuous collection with a fresh take on Paris’s best-known beauty symbol – red lips, skilfully sculpted in vibrant colour, accompanied by the perfect manicure. “Effortless,” said Youcef S Nabi, Lancome president. The face of this collection is actress Kate Winslet who represents timeless chic with her natural feminine beauty. The collection is made of symbolic red lips with L’absolu Rouge available in a number of shades, including a new shade 386 Prune Desir and their best selling shade 132 Caprice, the RRP price is €26. The collection enhances radiance with its Rose Desir Blush. This powder has an all-new design reminiscent of a postcard from Paris complete with the Eiffel Tower, roses and lipstick kisses. The two light-infused orange and pink-toned shades is a blusher for all complexions has been specially crafted to enhance the lipstick and bring out its radiance. Rose Desir Blush costs €45. The nail varnish that completes this Parisian look is 485 Grey Lumiere from Vernis In Love. This faux-black colour completes the look contrasting with the intensity of the red lips. RRP for Vernis In Love is €18. This limited collection is available from selected Lancome counters from September. Lancome’s new lipstick shade 386 Prune Desir (left) and Rose Desir Blush (top)


Dublin Fashion Festival to take over high street  LAURA WEBB

DUBLIN’S fashion is being put under the spotlight to see just how fashion forward it can be with this year’s Dublin Fashion Festival taking over the high streets. Running from September 5-8, the festival has a glam-packed schedule of events happening in all the hotspots around this fair city. Earlier this summer, TV presenter and trendsetter Laura Whitmore was unveiled as the face of this year’s festival during the official launch. Commenting on her involvement in the festival, Laura Whitmore said: “I always love coming home to Ireland but coming back to celebrate Dublin city and fashion, two things close to my heart, make this trip extra special. “Dublin town is one of my favourite shopping destinations - it has such a great mix of shops, from independent boutiques to designer options, and great restaurants and

Fashion forward: TV presenter Laura Whitmore has been unveiled as the face of this years Dublin Fashion Festival. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

buzzing bars to round off a perfect day of retail therapy.” Events

In association with Samsung, festival organisers say their aim is to put the fun and theatre back into shopping and socialising in the city centre by offering day time catwalk shows, fashion parades and tailored events in

bars, restaurants and special venues – bringing together over 100 r e t a i l e r s , i n cl u d i n g nine f lagship retail stores – Brown Thomas, Stephen’s Green SC, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Arnotts, Clery’s, Ilac SC including Debenhams, Jervis SC, Marks & Spencer, and Penneys. One of the festival highlights last year, the

Creative Quarter Fashion Show, will return again this year and feature the very best of Irish designers, vintage and one-off fashion pieces sourced from the Creative Quarter area (Clarendon Street to South Great Georges Street). New this year is the Young Designer Fashion Event – a convention and competition which

will celebrate the best in young Irish design. Fashion eyes should also be on the lookout for show-stopping moments from spontaneous Fashmobs to a full-sized Samsung “selfie”photobooth and roving festival style teams making Dublin even more beautiful. All this and much more – so check out the full programme list online at

Well-groomed nails as important as perfect pins NAILS are back with a bang and according to new research Irish women are not looking after their nails, but also their hands on a daily basis. While nails are being filed and filled, our hands are now also feeling the benefits of well groomed nails and they are now becoming just as important as having the perfect pins. Figures from Vaseline show that 53% of Irish women now moisturise their hands on a daily basis.

Getting ready for a night out is not just a matter of a quick five minute brush of a nail varnish brush, as 88% of Vaseline respondents admitting they now go to a good manicurist for those big nights out. Forty percent of those women surveyed believed that having flawless nails for a night out is just as important of having your hair styled. Although it’s not for us all, it is an nice treat to have now and again,

for an occasion like a wedding or special birthday. In line with this new nail trend, Vaseline has introduced its new Healthy Hands and Stronger Nails Hand Cream. This not only moisturises hard working hands but also nourishes nails to make sure they are ready for whatever our manicures throw at us. The Vaseline Healthy Hands and Stronger Nails Hand Cream is available in supermarkets nation- Vaseline Healthy Hands and Stronger Nails Hand Cream wide.

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Ford S-Max Concept revealed

The Sandero starts at just €9,990 – a price that is very hard to ignore in tough economic times

dacia: an impressive combination of value, space and equipment

Ultra-affordable price with solid reliability n Cormac Curtis

Even though the whole idea behind Dacia is centred on simplicity and eliminating the unnecessary, giving customers the ability to buy exactly what they need and nothing more – the features available really do give a driver exactly what they need, and even a few bits and pieces that could be considered ‘luxuries’. From entry level, the Sandero features Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA),

four airbags, Daytime Running Lights, height adjustable headrests, 60/40 split folding rear seat, electric front windows and radio with CD, MP3, USB and Bluetooth as standard – yes, standard! There are some luxurious German brands that charge over €1,000 just for the split rear seat, and Dacia give it to you for nothing. Moving up to the Signature trim level, additional standard equipment includes 15” alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, 7-funtion trip computer, cruise control, front

fog lights, manual air conditioning and rear electric windows, all for a seriously affordable price. The Sandero starts at just €9,990 – a price that is very hard to ignore when money is like hen’s teeth. How does it perform in the real world? The answer is – very well actually! In the city (which, in reality, is the natural home for the Sandero), there is more than enough power in the 90hp, three-cylinder, petrol engine, enough cool fair from the air-con to keep you

comfortable during our long, hot summers (!), and enough connectivity to keep you hands-free on the phone or listening to tunes. I had a trip to west Cork while I was road testing the Sandero, and it performed admirably both on the motorway and the twisty backroads around Skibbereen – although I wouldn’t be making a habit of driving that many miles in any supermini – not just the Sandero. The Sandero offers impressive cabin space for up to five adults and a boot capacity of

320 litres. Dacia allows countless motorists who previously had to settle for a used vehicle to own a new vehicle with a uniquely extensive specification. Dacia vehicles are known to be simple, generous, robust and 100 % functional. They also deliver exceptional cabin space for the sort of price tag that was normally only associated with used vehicles, and their outstanding reliability provides real peace of mind, with low servicing costs.

Opel introduces class-leading 1.6 turbos Opel is continuing the renewal of its powertrain portfolio, with the introduction of the all-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine in Ireland later this year. The Opel Zafira is the first model that will benefit from the major powertrain development programme which will see 80 per cent of Opel’s

engine portfolio renewed by the end of 2016. As part of this powertrain offensive, three new engine families, extending to 13 different engine derivatives with a host of new transmissions, will bring cutting-edge technologies and classleading performance to a wide range of Opel’s models.

The programme begins with the arrival of the 1.6-litre CDTi diesel and 1.6 SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) Turbo petrol engines, the first offspring in a new generation of midsize petrol and diesel engine families. These engines and transmissions are focused on meeting a growing

customer demand for ‘downsized’ power plants; offering strong power and torque with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Class-leading NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness), high power/ torque density and low fuel consumption were the main development targets.

Ford have revealed the new Ford S‑MAX Concept, a new sport activity vehicle that takes the style-without-compromise ethos of the popular current S-MAX to new levels with a sharper design, advanced technology, and premium craftsmanship. The Concept employs the latest Ford global design language with a high mounted grille, swept-back headlamps and a unique treatment of the vehicle’s lower fascia that includes design elements that appear to float within the lower front aperture and above the spoiler. The characteristic S-MAX profile has been honed with the front bonnet sweeping seamlessly into the sharply raked front screen, which in turn flows into the dynamic arc of the roof to create a unique glass roof graphic. This sleek silhouette surrounds a spacious and versatile interior that offers anything from four-to seven-seat configurations. Further exterior design cues include a feature line running along the side of the vehicle to deliver an impression of length and speed, sculptured muscular shoulders, and distinctive headlamps featuring Organic LEDs – the latest development in lighting that offers greater flexibility in terms of positioning and design, fast response and colour range. The Ford S‑MAX Concept employs leading-edge Ford features and technologies to provide customers with new levels of connectivity and well-being as well as safety, convenience, and driving appeal.

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Anyone trying to sneak into deep Irish caves to illicitly watch episodes of Coronation Street on their smartphone will be prosecuted. Maybe.


Cave dwellers’ TV habits catch minister’s attention THE Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte displayed some previously unknown paleontology skills recently when he declared: “I don’t believe that we have cavemen in the country” – a fact which I hope few would dispute. Minister Rabbitte was speaking in relation to the upcoming controversial broadcasting charge, which is beginning to become a slow-burning issue as it takes shape as the replacement for the television licence. Intended to be levied upon every home in the country, similar to the property tax, and possibly collected by the Revenue, the charge is beginning to stir up lively debate. Speaking on Morning Ireland, Minister Rabbitte dismissed complaints that people would be forced to pay the charge whether or not they watch television, saying: “I don’t believe that we have cavemen in the country. I don’t believe that there are people who don’t watch television and don’t access content on their iPhone or iPad or whatever.” However, I can point out one such “caveman” straight away – my non-televisionowning landlord, who listens to dreadful interminable jazz music on the radio (sorry, jazz fans), reads newspapers, goes to the cinema, socialises, and does other things than watch television. So, by using my best “Unga bunga!” (carefully cultivated in the 1970s by listening to the internationally-acclaimed linguistics expert, Captain Caveman, above), I’ll do my best to explain the minister’s disbelief about unga cave people who don’t watch television when I get back home, later. You can expect to unga more about this bunga in the near future. Unga bunga, technology watchers ...


Soundtrack details are out IN LESS than two weeks, a lot of (mostly) men and (many) women will disappear for weeks, following the imminent release of Grand Theft Auto V, for which I. Literally. Cannot. Wait. As its developer, Rockstar, continues whipping fanboys (and fangirls) into a frenzy, lastminute dribs and drabs of details have turned an eye (or an ear?) to the soundtrack, which seems ginormous. Red Dead Redemption composer Woody Jackson (above) returns to create a dynamic score that subtly reacts and changes according to the player’s actions. He’s not alone in scoring dynamic sections of the audio soundtrack – however, of more note is the in-game audioscape – 15 radio stations, two talk radio stations, and 240 licensed songs, in addition to the vast amounts of dynamic scores to accompany your actions. Did I say weeks? Months ...

Borrowed from the previous game in the series – Convictions – giant captions provide key information, such as locations, in a rarely-seen but highly-effective visual touch that adds a dash of class. Inset: Fisher’s just hanging around, doing his thing in a sunnier clime ...


Sneak into the charts IT’S been a few years since we last saw Sam Fisher out saving the day in the popular Splinter Cell franchise. For those unfamiliar with Fisher, he’s a stealthy top-secret American agent who likes creeping around in the darkness, using high-tech gear to thwart terrorists’/bad guys’ plans, as well as (optionally) simply shooting them. It’s been a series that has favoured sneaking rather than shooting to complete levels and achieve objectives, not least as Fisher often proves about as tough as wet rice paper when shots start flying around – and quite right, too. Now, he’s back for what’s probably his last mission on current gen platforms in Splinter Cell Blacklist (it’s a multi-format release and, as alway, prices vary at retail, so shop around). Here, The Engineers are


a mysterious group of bad guys who’ve drawn up the titular Blacklist, and promise regular attacks on key US targets at timed intervals unless America brings all its troops back home. From there, the plot thickens .... After an explosive opening act to the game, Fisher (and his support team) are on the trail of the Engineers, with his globetrotting missions bringing them hot on their heels. He’s determined to throw a spanner in the Engineers’ works, once and for all. (Sorry!) It’s entertaining enough, and very much part of the Splinter Cell franchise,

which has wobbled a little with some of the games in the series, but has generally remained consistently entertaining. So, what makes Blacklist different? Well, following the recent and ongoing vogue for character customisation, players can upgrade Fisher along a number of routes, choosing to modify his strengths – and weaknesses – to create a character that suits their play style. For example, some may wish to use points (well, money, actually) gained during missions to upgrade his high-tech gadgets, or improve his weaponry, or even upgrade his military plane/mobile support base to create onthe-ground advantages. Interestingly, there are several optional side missions to undertake, while co-op play, whether with a friend or by letting someone drop in online, is a requirement for some of

these side missions, further extending the game’s playability. The game tries to judge and reward your playing style, with “ghost” players – those who master sneaking around, never being spotted – scoring better than would-be Rambo types. In truth, however, any halfway competent players won’t be unduly penalised by their chosen game styles. As for any criticisms ... Well, it’s hard not to feel that it’s just more of the same; even with the tinkering around with the Splinter Cell formula, there’s nothing here that’s truly great – this isn’t the best in the Splinter Cell series, by some way. As an aside, it also doesn’t feel quite … right, somehow, as the distinctive grizzled tones of the long-time voice of Sam Fisher, as portrayed by Michael Ironside, have been ditched for Eric

Johnson’s anonymous tones instead. (Sorry, Eric.) Coupled with Fisher’s questionable visual redesign – he’s an agent on the wrong side of 50, yet here looks and sounds like a tired 30-something – and Splinter Cell’s character has been watered down into something of a more anonymous game. I should also point out that the optional hard disk install (to my Xbox 360) of a few gigs of highres textures/assets didn’t make it look particularly pretty; many parts have workmanlike graphics, rather than anything that really wows. Still, it’s a Splinter Cell game all right; there’s lots of stealthy fun at many points in the game, with some decent co-op and versus gaming added onto the standard game. As such, this Blacklist has earned a place on your shopping list …

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FastSport Peamount five in ireland side:

Competitors prepare for the start of the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon 2013 that took place in the Phoenix Park

triathlon: high quality event doubles as irish national championships

Phoenix Park set alight by Noble’s tour de force OLYMPIAN Gavin Noble showed his international class last week in the Phoenix Park as he won the Vodafone Dublin city triathlon in the Phoenix Park. The event doubled as the Irish Standard Distance National Championships and attracted almost 1000 competitors and a top class field for both the men and women. Unsurprisingly, the swim was led out by Noble who was followed 30 seconds back by Brian Harris of Base2Race and Kevin Thornton a

further 45 seconds back. Deirdre Casey, Siobhan Gallagher and Caoimhe Ni Mhurchu were very closely matched during the opening leg and exited the water within a matter of seconds of each other. Onto the bike and Noble continued to push the pace holding onto and extending his lead. Noted biker Bryan McCrystal was well back out of the water but clocked 59.40 for the 40km bike stage to bring him right up through the field. Rachel Glendon and Joyce Wolfe were also clocking

quick bike times and started to make up time on the women’s leaders. Onto the 10km cross country run and Noble was cruising, going on to take the National Championships in 1.57.25. European age group champion, Kevin Thornton finished second in 2.01.24 with the fast running Rory Sexton third just 24 seconds back. The women’s race was an equally close affair, however Glendon was delighted to claim the overall win thanks to a fantastic all round performance. Joyce Wolfe was second

just 11 seconds back followed by Jen Duffy in third. The Super Sprint race was won by junior athlete Brian Campion in 55.41 and Hannah Brady in 1.02.44 for the ladies. Title sponsors Vodafone also entered over 50 relay teams into the race with some very impressive times posted. Triathlon Ireland was also delighted to have the Irish Sports Council Anti Doping unit attending and performing random tests after the race.

FIVE Peamount United players have been included in the Republic of Ireland U-19 side that plays Portugal twice this week. Chloe Mustaki, Emily Cahill, Jessica Corr, Rachel Doyle, and Rebekah Carroll have all been included in Dave Connell’s panel. The Irish are preparing for the UEFA Championships qualifying round tournament in Dublin at the end of September when they face Kazakhstan, Greece and Denmark. Connell said: “Portugal are always difficult opponents and especially so on their own patch. “This will be a very good test for us.

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AN INDIAN summer, and no mistaking — you’d never guess the kids were back to school and the Premier League was back up and running... and up and running were some of the great individual and team performances that make up last month’s Dublin Sports Awards nominees. From the roads of Spain and the pool in Canada, to the cricket pitches of Northern Ireland, the individual nominees for star of the month proved their mettle and were deserving of their elevation into the esteemed ranks of potential Stars of the Month. Meanwhile, champion-worthy performances in England, Japan and slightly closer to home at Parnell Park see the international stars of golf, karate and junior football get their nominations to join the ranks of the stars of the month.


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NICOLAS Roche picked up the biggest win of his career as he landed the second stage of the Vuelta a Espana – one of cycling’s three grand tours along with the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France – when he proved the strongest rider from Pontevedra to Baiona.

Aer Lingus Paralympic swimmer Keane showed her promise on the Road to Rio in 2016 with a sterling set of performances in the pool at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Montreal which saw her net a brace of bronze medals.

A FINTAN McAllister innings to remember helped Malahide to defeat Derriaghy by 46 runs in a high scoring RSA National Cup final encounter in Downpatrick at the end of last month, in what was a thrilling and impressive team performance.

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A SIDE ranked three divisions below their final opponents saw their dreams realised at Parnell Park when the Dalkey Road team saw off AFL 3’s St Monica’s in the Junior A championship final last weekend.

THE KICKING kings of karate in Ballyroan under Sensei Brendan Perry travelled to Japan with the Irish team and brought home a quintet of medals at the WSKF World Shotokan championships held in Tokyo.

Golfers Rowan Lester from Hermitage, Paul McBride from The Island, Alec Myles from Newlands, Jack Walsh from Castle and David Carey from Carton House were all part of the Ireland team who claimed the Boys Home International title.


Local teams name strong line-ups for Ras na mBan 

Imogen Cotter, Caroline Ryan, Orla Hendron and Sonia O’Sullivan at the launch of An Post Ras na mBan

WITH just a couple of weeks to go to An Post Rás na mBan 2013, more team selections have been revealed ahead of the biggest edition yet of Ireland’s premier women’s stage cycle race. Dundr um-based Or well Wheelers and Joe Daly’s Cycles squads have been announced and both teams boast riders aiming for success in the county rider classification. Former masters world track champion Orla Hendron leads the Orwell Wheelers team select-

ed from one of the strongest cycling clubs in the country. All but one of the team’s riders have ridden the race before, the exception being Irish world junior track team member Rachael Kaye Mellor. Charlotte McDonald has ridden for Leinster in the past and will be looking to capitalise on strong form in the National League. Monica Marconi is, along with Hendron, amongst the very strongest veteran riders in Irish racing and heads to Clare on the back of a recent solo win in Kilm-

essan. Lucy Soden, a strong road rider, especially in time trials, completes the line-up for the Dublin squad which will be managed in Clare by Eddie Lynch. The star turn for the Joe Daly’s Cycles squad is Lauren Creamer, a regular national team rider who is based in Wales. Fresh from eighth in the recent Prudential Ride London Grand Prix, Creamer heads a team of strong riders but with limited experience of long stage races. Maria Mulvany rode Ras na mBan last year with the 3D Tri

squad and with much more road racing miles in her legs this year is looking forward to capitalising on that experience. Former 3D Tri team mate Karen Robinson, too, returns to the race where she cut her stage race teeth and is sure to benefit from a season racing with Richie’s Garda Cycling Team. Noreen O’Toole is looking forward to her Ras na mBan debut while Sarah Kennedy of Dunboyne CC, will be making her stage race debut after a number of strong results on the Leinster women’s league scene this year.

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Fighting Irish show Eastern promise


Ballyroan Karate Academy produced an amazing set of performances in Tokyo last week, winning five world Ringcommons lay plans championships medals while representing Ireland for youth cricket section

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BALLYROAN Karate Academy were celebrating a stellar week as they landed a string of medals representing Ireland in Tokyo, Japan at the WSKF World Shotokan Championships. Five club members of the club brought home awards from the far east, benefiting from the work of Sensei Brendan Perry over the past number of years. T h e 5 0 - y e a r- o l d claimed gold in the veterans category, outdoing plenty of competitors over a decade his junior but, when asked about the level of performance, he was modest about why his crew – who were part of a 12-person Irish team – had been so successful.

“I think we just work hard. It’s dedication and hard work,” he told GazetteSport. “Ballyroan would have quite a strong history. Sinead Kennedy won a world championship in the past while we also have won plenty of European medals. “We have won medals at world championships but this was probably one of the best we have ever done. To put it into context, there were 32 countries competing, over 1,000 competitors in the Budokan. “All of the team have been training for this event for a year and all of them – apart from the youngest guys – would have been practising karate for at least ten years. They all won their national tournament to a squad from which

they can be selected to a national team.” Included in the medal haul was 16-year-old Amy McLaughlin, from Dundrum, who took silver in the Under-18 girls’ kumite while, in tandem with Nicole Perry and Niamh Hogan, took gold in the team kumite. Peter O’Carroll, meanwhile, was a bronze medal winner in the 13 and 14-year-old boys kumite. He competed in four rounds, winning his first two fights, just missing out in the third and then won the fourth round to take bronze. For O’Carroll, taking part in karate has not only opened up opportunities to travel to Japan but has also had a knock-on effect for the rest of his sporting life. He lines out for the

Ballyboden Wanderers Under-13 side, coached by Gabby Harding, where he credits the karate for bringing on his balance and fitness. On a similar note, he took gold in Santry in June in the primary school athletics Dublin championships, repre-

September on Braemor Road. It means people can train whenever they want rather than coming in a couple of times a week to a hall. “This would be a dedicated premises. There are a few like this but mostly in industrial units or business parks so being


‘We just work hard. It’s dedication and hard work’ Brendan Perry


senting Edmonstown NS. Sensei Perry is looking forward to more success in the future as he is set to open a new facility to help progress the sport in the Dublin 14 area. “I have a new dojo in Churchtown which will be a full-time martial arts gym opening in

on a main road, it will be one of a kind.” For more information on getting involved in the sport, Perry can be contacted on 086 088 7210. Practitioners are welcome from age six upwards with a number of Ballyroan members in their 60s still active in the sport.

The Ireland WSKF World Shotokan Championships team that claimed five

Nicole Perry, Amy McLaughlin and Niamh Hogan, the

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RINGCOMMONS cricket club, formed just two years ago, enjoyed another notable moment in its fledgling development as they launched a new venture to start a youth section. The north Fingal club is starting the new venture with the help of Reinhardt Strydom, the Fingal Development Officer, and last week ran a Coaching for Children one-day camp. The coaching got off to a good start as 40 children from the local area turned up for a morning of fun and lots of good cricket activities coached by Strydom and his assistant Barry McCarthy. Ringcommons Cricket Club now has plans to arrange cricket for children on a weekly basis next summer. With many local schools in the area now playing cricket in the schoolyard, this will be great news for children in the area to have a club nearby to join. The goal will be for the club to be able to enter some youth teams into the Leinster leagues next year. Fingal County Council and Cricket Leinster have provided support in getting this new club off the ground with club members Sean and Rob White of Ringcommons CC playing a key role in organising the cricket camp.

Doherty hoping to repeat his Faroes heroics SWORDS native Matt Doherty has been included in Noel King’s Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for their UEFA championship game between against Germany. Ireland host the Germans in the Showgrounds, Sligo, on Monday, September 9 (7.45pm). The Irish began their campaign

with a 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands in Toftir in August with Doherty scoring twice while Samir Carruthers and Aiden O’Brien also found the net. King said: “Germany are obviously the favourites for the group and will expect to top the table but we’ve proven in big games before that we can take on sides like this and do well. “I’ve looked at the Germans on the DVD and you can see they are very strong.”


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soccer: football festival draws huge national support

Westmanstown bowl over the competition WESTMANSTOWN Bowling Club was uniquely positioned by having three teams playing in the BLI semi-finals last Sunday with two of these teams enjoying success. Their Division 2 team won in the Crumlin Cup against Railway Union BC, playing on neutral ground at St James’s Gate BC, winning by an emphatic margin of 100 to 65 points. Westmanstown now go on to play ICICYMA of Cork in the final on Sunday, September 8 at 2.30pm. Their Division 4 team, playing in the Shott Cup, beat Leinster BC by an impressive 46 to 36 points; the match was played at Bray BC. Westmanstown now go on to play Aer Lingus BC in the final on Sunday, also at 2.30pm. The third semi-finalists were the Division 5 team in the O’Dea Cup, who drew two of their rinks against Bray BC, at Ierne BC, but lost the third decisive rink. Westmanstown would like to thank their sponsors for their support: St Raphael’s CU, Hermitage Clinic, O’Grady’s Hearing, Jennings Funerals and MRCB Paints. Membership is open at Westmanstown Bowling Club. The club has 22 new members so far this year. Contact Kevin Byrne 086 1204507, Bernadette Ui Dhuill 086 8813682 or log on to

Coolmine call on new blood for boxing event Coolmine RFC’s Ashbrook grounds will host another round of white-collar boxing on October 19 as St Brigid’s GAA club take on representatives of the rugby club in the ring. The club is seeking participants, from all levels from everyone from parents of minis

to first team players to take part in training which will run twice weekly for eight weeks. They are also looking for various forms of sponsorship. Anyone in a position to help sponsor a boxer, advertise in the fight program or donate spot prizes should contact For more information, log on to www.

Mountview Boys and Girls FC took part in the festival, and are picture here with Mayor of Fingal Ciaran Dennison and the FAI’s John Delaney

Footie for all over Fingal 

The 2013 vintage of the Fingal Festival of Football took place recently in the AUL at Clonshaugh and once again proved a huge success, bringing together some 30 teams to compete in five sections. Formerly known as the Harmony Cup, the Fingal Festival of Football is now in its 11th year and although the original competition was developed solely as a crossborder football tournament for boys only, it has over the years broadened to become an all-inclusive soccer event. Teams who took part this year

came from across Fingal, Louth, Meath, Northern Ireland and Wicklow. The five sections of the competition catered for boys, girls, Special Olympics and Irish Street Leagues, as well as a special powerchair section whose tournament was held earlier last month at the Corduff Sports Centre, which saw Malahide United’s team presented with the winner’s trophy. Senior sports officer of Fingal County Council Niall McGuirk said: “The Fingal Festival of Football continues to grow and evolve each year. We believe this is a unique day of football

Erin go bragh go close Camaint team feel the noise at Parnell Park ERIN Go Bragh Under-12s took part

in the annual Camaint competition in Parnell Park last week. They narrowly lost out by a single point to Fingallians in a thrilling match. Managers and mentors Karl and Kevin would like to thank Gerry and the U-12 girls for allowing Aoife, Amy, Amy and Niamh to play for them during the competition.

with inclusiveness a key aspect. “There has been an excellent standard of play and sportsmanship demonstrated throughout this tournament. Throughout the day all teams participated in the FAI’s Don’t Cross The Line programme where players, coaches and spectators are required to show respect to all.” An additional element to this year’s tournament was the Under-10 and -12 girls’ football festival which was held to promote the underage girls game, with an additional 120 girls playing in a fivea-side blitz and other

footballing events. Paul Keogh, the FAI/ Fingal County Council development officer, said: “There was a great turnout for the girls’ football festival. The girls could enter by forming teams, entering a club team or by individual registration, which meant that this was a fun event, with

the emphasis on participation. “As a result of the success of the Metropolitan Girls’ League under the auspices of the NDSL, this is an exciting time for girls’ football. Huge credit must go to Fingal County Council for incorporating so many strands of the game into one day.”

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all-ireland heaven St Brigid’s duo claim national handball title

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Sabrina Hughes, picture left, claimed the All-Ireland junior B handball championship last weekend in Williamstown, Galway. They saw off hometown favourites Janet Connaughton and Karen Finnegan, coming from a set behind to win 20-21, 21-9 and 21-12 in the final.

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made to Breege on 086 405 0964.

the ticket hunting begin.

who won our Lotto jackpot of €15,000

ballers Audrey McCormack and Sab-

in last week’s draw. Our new Jack-

rina Hughes who reached their All-

pot is €5,600 for this week’s draw on

Ireland ladies doubles final over the

Thursday in Russell Park.


football: st sylvester’s held to share of points

Congratulations to Maria Flanagan

Congratulations also to our hand-

The All-Ireland hurling final ticket

The club Duathlon, due to take place

draw will also be on Thursday evening

on September 21, is postponed until

in the club at 9.45pm. See website for

later in the year due to unforeseen



White-collar boxing returns to

Well done to our AFL1, AFL4 and AFL7

Russell Park on October 19 vs Cool-

teams on great league wins over the

mine Rugby Club. Contact Billy on 087

weekend, while AFL3 drew with Syl-

417 2333 or email info@stbrigidsgaa.

vester’s, and the junior camogie team

com if interested.

won in the championship.

The new club hall floor and two new

Our club nursery for four- to sev-

one-wall handball courts are com-

en-year-olds has resumed after the

plete thanks to Noel Connolly and Paul

summer break and runs every Satur-

O’Donoghue in particular for their

day morning from 9.30am. New mem-

voluntary labour.

bers and families always welcome.

Members are reminded that hurling

Contact Paul on 087 915 4748 or email

and football games are not permitted for more.

in the hall or handball alleys.

Our club shop has also reopened and runs every Friday evening from

Our lotto committee are looking to recruit new sellers.

st peregrine’s Well done to our U-12 hurlers who

There is also a brilliant raffle to

won their Camaint in Parnell Park last

be held, tickets are €10 and available


from any member of the Gather-

The adult hurlers have their inter

ing committee and behind the club

St Brigid’s impressed and came back to hold St Sylvester’s footballers to a draw at Russell Park

hurling championship quarter-final

bar; prizes include sets of football

Brigid’s boys battle back for home draw

this Saturday at 5pm.

and hurling All-Ireland tickets, hotel

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St Brigid’s 1-10 St Sylvester’s 0-13 

ST SYLVESTER’S were unable to see home what would have been a vital away win at Russell Park last Saturday when St Brigid’s came from six points down at the break to earn a share of the spoils in the AFL3 title race. Both sides spr ung to life in the opeing exchanges, but it was Sylvester’s who established a bridgehead in the first half, and could have been further ahead

if a few breaks had gone their way and they had not missed their wides. It gave Brigid’s a sniff and they came back into the tie strongly. Points from Paul Clerkin, Colm Doyle and a Warren Finnegan free gave St Brigid’s something to hold on to, but still went in at half time six points down. St Brigid’s exploded into life in the second half, knowing the task before them would be a challenging one to overcome. Shane O’Hara came close to scoring a goal that would have finished

off an excellent move, his shot going narrowly wide of the post. A solid defence and an impressive display of shooting was exhibited in the second half by the St Brigid’s side, and they were on the verge of a shock win. A late penalty was awarded to the boys in red after a foul on Ken Darcy which Warren Finnegan surely buried into the back of the net. Despite the blow, Syl’s rallied and tacked on a point to equalise and it may yet prove a key moment in the title race.

St Brigid’s remaining fixtures in the league are against the lowlying St Mark’s and St Monica’s in the coming weeks, but their gap to the leading trio means that their chances of claiming a play-off place are dependent on other results going their way. The draw leaves St Sylvester’s promotion fate out of their hands with one league game to go in the regular season. That match sees Syl’s face Naomh Barrog in Broomfield on September 14, a side who currently lie second in the division.

Congratulations to senior footballer Ciaran McGuinness and Audrey on the birth of baby Finn. The Gathering is being celebrated by the club this weekend. On Friday, September 6 there is a memorial Mass for all members,

accommodation, flat screen TVs and many more prizes. Mary is taking orders (one per person) for the All-Ireland football final. Only fully paid up members can apply for tickets. Any queries, contact Tom Kitt or Roger Watters.

past and present at 8pm in the club

Lotto: The jackpot was not won.

followed by a reception and presen-

Numbers drawn were 4, 5, 8 and 18.

tations and late night entertainment

Next week’s jackpot is €2,600.

from Flanagan. Then the big one on the Sunday, we have a 20km cycle. If

Bingo is on every Wednesday at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €400.

you are interested in participating,

If anybody has anything for club-

please contact Ray Smyth on 085

notes please email robert.keogh82@

7247473 .

castleknock Well done to Ciaran and all of the

ball and camogie teams with wins over

Dublin senior footballers after their

Cuala and Naomh Jude respectively.

brilliant win against Kerry in the AllIreland semi-final on Sunday. It was a very good weekend also for the U-12 hurlers who won the Divi-

Another strong start to the championship was recorded for our U-15 camogie girls with their win over Whitehall Colmcilles.

sion 1 Camaint at the weekend, which

A busy week for U-14 in both codes:

builds on the success they had in the

First up last Saturday were the hurl-

tournament last year as well.

ers with a great win over St Brigid’s to

There was a successful start to the championship for the U-14 ladies foot-

go top on the table, and the footballers had a titanic victory over Cuala.

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Andrews grateful for Gavin’s belief 

ST BRIGID’S Paddy Andrews admits he is grateful to the faith put in him by Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin after he returned to the line-up for the county’s epic 3-18 to 3-11 win over Kerry in Croke Park last Sunday. He returned to the side and improved as the tie went on, playing a free role later in the game after he returned to the side for the first time since Dublin met Westmeath in mid-July. He has been suffering from a hamstring injury since then but he was fit enough to come back into the free-flowing side and

have a key role at the edge of the square. “It’s been brilliant that Jim gave me the responsibility to do it. I tried to perform as well as I could. It went well enough. My fitness is grand now and thank God we have three weeks to prepare for the next day. “I didn’t know if I’d be fit enough to play again this season but the physios have just been brilliant. “The Cork match was probably a bit early but I’ve had four good weeks to try and perform in training.” He had one of the nearest views of Kevin McManamon’s vital goal

that helped turn a one-point deficit into a seven-point win in the closing phases. The St Jude’s man provided an audacious lobbed finish into the goal but Andrews initially was calling for his team mate to take a point instead. “Oh my God, I was screaming at it him from behind, ‘please just kick it over’,” Andrews said. “Then he took another solo and I was shouting, ‘just kick it over now’ – and he took another solo. “And then, finally, whatever way he scuffed the shot, I saw it end up in the back of the net. “I was the same as everyone in the stadium. It was just relief.

It gave us a great cushion at the end.” Following his heroics in the All-Ireland final a couple of years ago, Andrews joked that McManamon would not be “welcome down there in Kerry now”. “Kevin is renowned for getting goals. It’s almost harsh on him that he’s nailed this ‘supersub’ thing. “Every time he comes on he seems to deliver. It was no different this time. “He was carrying a bit of an injury and to get back with the work rate, the effort he’s put in – no man deserves it more to get a great goal at the end.”

St Brigid’s Paddy Andrews in action for Dublin

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