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February 6, 2014



INSIDE: The essential guide to making this Valentine’s Day especially sweet P19

OPINION: Ruairi Quinn on ending the ‘competition’ for school places Page 6

Kids in focus: Woman leads way in child safety Rugby:

Castleknock College’s Moore makes debut Page 31


Corduff and Celtic sides make progress Page 30

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OLIVE Good from Blanchardstown has recently been awarded the National Youth Council of Ireland Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare. The certificate is accredited by NUI Maynooth and delivered in partnership with the NYCI Child Protection programme, and it is the first of its kind in Ireland. Olive received her certificate at the inaugural graduation ceremony from head of applied social studies, NUI Maynooth, Anastasia Crickley, and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald. Picture: Tommy Clancy

Blanch route part of rapid bus proposal Scheme set to go on public display at local council offices


A RAPID bus system taking passengers from Blanchardstown to UCD faster than a conventional bus is one of three proposed

routes for Fingal costing up to €650 million. Swiftway is a proposed new rapid transit system which was recently announced by the National Transport Authority. It has been described as a

Luas on wheels as it is a cross between a conventional bus and a light rail system. The cost of the Blanchardstown route is estimated to be €150-€200m, a third of the cost of the light rail line

and less than a tenth of the estimated cost of Metro North and Metro West. The scheme is set to go on public display from February 17 at local council offices. Full Story on Page 5

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The Labour Party should take the word “labour” out of their title because the JobBridge scheme “flies in the face” of everything the labour movement stands for. That’s according to Dublin West TD Joe Higgins (SP) who says the JobBridge scheme is “exploitative” and participants are used as cheap labour. “For example, Advance Pitstop, this is an Irish branch of a multinational corporation with branches all over the country. They have advertised for 28 ‘so-called’ interns. “By not taking them on at the minimum wage for example, the company is saving nearly €400,000. In our view this is simply cheap labour,” he said. “ C o m p a n i e s h ave recently advertised for PhDs, which is incred-

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Joe Higgins TD who have clashed over the JobBridge scheme

ible. They say that the c o m p a ny c o m b i n e s chemistry, physics and other sciences. This is the very cutting edge industry where the Government says the future of the economy is and here they are looking for PhDs to pay them €50 a week and the taxpayer to pay their dole – it is outrageous. “It is a displacement of real jobs at proper rates

of pay,” he said. Surprised that the Labour par ty would run the scheme which he believes is exploiting workers he said he told Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton recently that the party should “take the word labour out of their party because it really flies in the face of everything that the labour movement, with a small l, stands for or should stand for. “We believe the banks and the bondholders should not have been bailed out. Those tens of billions of euro should go into job creation, major infrastructural projects, for example, that would create real jobs, real training. There should be proper apprenticeship schemes where people can learn and get experience on apprenticeship rates - it is an entirely different approach.” However, Minister Burton hit back saying the programme is one of the most popular schemes the Department has run with

25,000 people on JobBridge and a detailed report by Indecon, the economic consultants, identifying that 50-60% of people, five months after finishing a JobBridge, were in employment – one of the best results for an employment experience intern scheme any where in Europe, she said. “We are tr ying to emphasise a good quality experience that will help someone who previously could not get work experience at all,” she said. When asked about her duty of care as Minister for Social Protection to make sure people are not being exploited, and whether she thought it is hampering job creation, she said that during the banking and construction collapse “300,000 people lost their jobs” and people could not get work experience coming out of college. Now people are getting the work experience needed to further their career while still keeping their social welfare payments with an additional

€50. “If that is the road to them getting further work and better pay and building up the beginning of their career, well then I think that you would need to be a very prejudiced person [not to] see it is in fact an enormous success.” As for removing labour from her party’s title she said the word labour means “work”. “We want work for everybody who has the capacity to work… we want a good social welfare system particularly for a pensioner or retired people or for people who are unable to work due to illness. “I am proud of the labour movement, and the Labour Party is the party of work. “I think it is a little petty minded to be anti people getting employment opportunities in a situation where unfortunately the banks and the construction industry crashed. “We have to get as many people as we can back to work,” she said.

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ongar Children present Varadkar with petition to highlight plight

IBM to create 40 jobs

Future bleak for repair of playground  Laura Webb

Kids looking to Fingal County Council to fix their “dangerous” playground may see their pleas ignored as the council say they have been “unsuccessful” in getting the developer’s receiver to bring it to a standard that is suitable for the council to take it over. Last week, Castaheany Educate Together National School outlined the dangers of their local playground in Ongar. The playground has no

swings and rocking horses have been uprooted leaving metal wires jutting up from the ground. Erica Hogan, home school community liaison officer for the school, said they are now looking for Fingal to take it over and fix it. Students went to the playground last week with placards reading: “T his playground is dangerous” to try and raise awareness of the state of the playground that has been left looking like a “bare skeleton of a playground”.

In response to last week’s article by The Gazette, a spokesperson for Fingal confirmed the developer for Ongar is Manor Park Homebuilders. “In October 2011, this company ran into difficulty and a receiver was appointed. “We have been in ongoing correspondence with this receiver on all of the Manor Park Homebuilder sites in the Fingal area. On some of the site we have made progress, however in Ongar, to date we have been unsuccess-


Schoolchildren hand over petition to Minister Varadkar

ful in getting the receiver or developer to bring the estate up to taking in charge standard.” M e a nw h i l e , s o m e of the school children brought their dissatisfaction to Government level by meeting with their

local TD and Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. The children, who were part of the school’s student council, presented the Minister with a petition with 400 signatures and a copy of the Blanch Gazette to highlight their

plight. They also requested that some of the €10m earmarked for unfinished housing estates across the country be used to complete and maintain their local playground.

Global software giant, IBM, has announced 40 new jobs at its technology campus in Blanchardstown with the opening of a new multilingual operations centre. “The centre will integrate and interconnect information from our software engagements around the world, enabling us to apply analytics, process innovation and experience to get closer to our clients. “As a result, we can offer clients a greater i nvo l ve m e n t i n t h e design and development of our software offerings and a more personalised engagement with our services,” said Michelle Ginther, director of worldwide services and education operations, IBM Software Group.

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win Carer honoured for outstanding work

‘Going the extra mile’ earns Florina award  Laura Webb

A T y rr e l stown native has received a well-deserved boost by being announced as Irish HomeCare Carer of the Year 2013. Florina Barr Narcissa from Tyrrelstown in D15 received her award for her unwavering professionalism and the extremely high level of care she consistently gives her clients who frequently praise her outstanding work. Sally Murtagh, founder and managing director, Irish HomeCare, said: “Florina has no hesitation in ‘going the extra mile’ to ensure all her clients receive the best possible care. “She is a wonderful example of how our home carers enable people to live independently at home in their own communities. Congratulations to Florina. We wish her the very best in her career as a carer.” Apart from her new title as Irish HomeCare Carer of the Year 2013, Florina also received a One-4-All gift voucher from Irish HomeCare in recognition

Sally Murtagh presents Florina Barr Narcissa with her award. Picture: Garrett White

of her achievement. When she found out she was nominated for the award, she said she felt “great” but when her name was announced as the winner of Irish HomeCare Carer of the Year she said: “I couldn’t believe it. I’m a mum and a wife as well as a carer so my days are very busy – it was just great to win.” Working in Finglas she said her commute to work is just 20 minutes. She has been working there for a year and said the best thing about her work is: “Helping people who are in difficult situations - no mobility for example or other issues. I am always glad if I leave a client with

a smile on their face.” For anyone who might be interested in becoming a carer she has a little advice, saying: “Being a carer is not something you do for financial gain, you have to do it with your heart and if you do, you will be rewarded.” Florina received her award during an awards ceremony at Irish HomeCare’s head office in Castleblayney, County Monaghan. Other awards given out at the event were Employee of the Year which was won by Astrid Moffett who has been a trainer with the company for the past eight years

and is from Ballybay in Monaghan and Supervisor of the Year which was won by Mary O’Hare from Bellurgan in County Louth Irish HomeCare is an independent, Irish, familyrun business established in 2005 by professional carer Murtagh. The company was awarded a Level 2 Q Mark for quality management systems by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association last year. Through its network of over 450 professional, highly trained carers, Irish HomeCare provides care and support to enable people to live independently in their own homes.

Show investigates racially motivated crime in D15  Laura Webb

The second part of a radio documentary on racism in Dublin 15 produced by local radio station 92.5 Phoenix FM airs this week. Afraid to Complain is a twopart series produced, presented, researched and edited by staff members Freda Hughes and Shane O’Neill. The programme investigates racially motivated crime in Dublin 15, how it manifests itself and how it is dealt with. The series was made with the support of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund. According to Hughes, Dublin

15 has one of the highest concentrations of immigrant populations nationally, with 23.5 % of all residents coming from outside Ireland. Working in partnership with Sports Against Racism Ireland, European Network Against Racism and Dr Brid Ni Chonaill of ITB, Phoenix FM explored racism in the area and why the vast majority of racially motivated crimes go unreported. “Often this is because of fear of reprisals or negative implications on pending citizenship applications. This has been backed up by the gardai who have reported very low rates of reported racist crime

in the area despite the unanimous response from all the groups we have consulted with detailing ongoing racist issues in Dublin 15,” said Hughes. It is hoped the programme will be informative for all of those living in Dublin 15 by highlighting the subtle and often unidentified impact of unchallenged racism and prejudice in our society. The first part of the programme aired on Wednesday, February 5 with the second airing on February 12 at 9am. The documentary will also be available as podcasts on their website

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Swiftway Service could carry between 2,400 and 3,600 passengers per hour

New rapid bus system in the pipeline  Laura Webb

A new bus rapid transit system described as a Luas on wheels is proposed for Blanchardstown to UCD, one of three routes in Fingal costing up to €650 million. Swiftway is the proposed rapid bus system recently announced by the National Transport Authority, which would have the capacity to carr y between 2,400 and 3,600 passengers per hour. The cost of the Blanchardstown route is estimated to be €150200m, a third of the

cost of the light rail line and less than one tenth of the estimated cost of Metro North or Metro West. The two other routes proposed for Fingal are from Swords to Dublin Airport to the city centre and from Clongriffin to Tallaght.

Proposal Welcoming the proposal the Mayor of Fingal, Kieran Dennison (FG) said: “The scheme will go on public display at local council offices from February 17 and I expect it will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala for approval at the start of 2015.


“If funding is available it could be operational by 2019. “I very much welcome the scheme but my main concern is that it will be run by Dublin Bus which has not proven to be a very efficient or dependable operator of a transport system. “It is categorised between conventional bus and light rail. “As with the Luas, passengers would not engage with the driver but would buy tickets from vending machines at stops, or use the Leap card. “Vehicles would have multiple doors at platform level to increase

boarding speed, and the stops would be similar in frequency to a Luas service,” he said. The proposed route will start at Beechfield i n C a s t a h e a ny, r u n along the Ongar Road and up the Blanchardstown Road South to the centre whence it will travel along the existing

39 bus to quays, crossing from there into the Liberties, Christchurch, George’s Street, Aungier Street, St Stephen’s Green, Leeson Street and down the N11 to UCD. Dublin West’s Green Par ty representative Roderic O’Gorman also welcomed the proposal

but suggested that any surplus buses should be used to increase services on the 39 route through Blanchardstown village. “If such a service was introduced, it would probably reduce the need for the ‘normal’ double decker buses on the existing 39A route.

“I would strongly support that some of these buses would be redeployed onto the current 39 route. “The creation of a BRT route along the 39A could also have the benefit of allowing more regular services on the 39 route,” O’Gorman said.

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opinion Ruairi Quinn on admissions policy

New Bill aims to end the ‘competition’ for school places WE ALL want the best education possible for our children. Often, as parents, this involves us trying to decide what is the “best” school in our area and applying to that primary or secondary school for our child. . For the vast majority of children and parents, enrolling in schools is a simple and straightforward process. But, with one in five schools over-subscribed, for some parents getting your child admitted to school can be a frustrating or anxious time. Most schools in Ireland are inclusive and welcome all children, but I believe that parents are entitled to feel confident that there is consistency in the way schools admit pupils and that it is a fair, open and transparent process. That is why I am introducing a new admissions or enrolment law for all schools, which will level the playing field in terms of applications for school places and make sure that all parents know exactly what criteria a school uses in those 20% of cases where there is over-subscription. I hope that the Admission to Schools Bill will be made law before the summer. It will pave the way for a more transparent, parent-friendly school admissions process across all of our 4,000 primary and post-primary schools. In a sense, the new legislation introduces good house-keeping measures that will apply to all schools everywhere. For example, schools will no longer be allowed to charge parents simply to apply for a place in a

school. There will be no more open-ended waiting lists. While on the face of it, a first-come, first served system (where children’s names are put down for school places – in some cases, from the day they were born), may seem fair, it actually is not. For example, what about families who have had to move from one part of Dublin to another? Or those who have moved from other counties to the capital? Or those who are returning from overseas with young families? Or for the “new Irish”, who have decided to make Ireland their home? The first-come, firstserved system is not fair to all. The new legislation means that schools can only accept applications for admission from October 1 of the year before a child is due to start school. There will be no more waiting lists in oversubscribed schools. The new measures also mean that schools will not be able to conduct interviews with parents and children ahead of enrolment, or to make 12-year-old children sit “admissions” exams or competence tests.

Appeals The draft Bill also introduces a simpler appeals process, ending what can be lengthy and often costly legal disputes between parents and schools. Appeals will now be dealt with at a local level. This new legislation will require that all schools state clearly in their admission policies that they are welcoming of all students, whatever their ability or background.

Minister Quinn: “No more open-ended waiting lists”

This will help put an end to the “soft barriers” which are sometimes used to discourage applications from parents of children with special needs and other minority groupings. Many of us will have heard stories about how a school might have told a parent that their child “would be better off” in the school down the road – that will not be tolerated any more. Teachers, school management bodies, patrons and parents have all been consulted in the drawing up of this legislation. I expect a report shortly from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, who have held public discussions on the legislation. This will then pave the way for the drafting of the legislation. On a related matter, I know that in certain pockets of heavily populated Dublin – for example, in Dublin 2, 4 and 6 – where demand for primar y school places is high, parents face an anxious time when waiting to see what school their child will get a place in.

The Department of Education and Skills is working hard to find solutions to problems of oversubscription in such areas, including examining if we can increase the capacity of existing schools or if new schools are needed. I want to assure parents that there will be a school place for their child this September. Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that it will be in their “first choice” of school. Again, the new Admissions to Schools Bill will ensure that parents in such circumstances can be assured that the enrolment process in all schools will be fair and transparent. As I mentioned at the beginning, most of our schools already operate a welcoming policy providing for smooth enrolments of children and young people. These schools have nothing to fear from the Bill, while parents and their children have much to gain from the new law.  ruairi quinn Minister for Education & Skills

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porterstown Councillors get set to vote on level crossing

Think hard on decision - Minister  Laura Webb

A government Minister is asking councillors who will shortly vote on a proposal to close the level-crossing at Porterstown to think hard about safety when making their decision as it is considered the “59th most dangerous” crossing in Ireland. The proposal has been subject to criticism over the past few months with local residents turning out in force to public meetings opposing the plans, which includes closing the level crossing at Porterstown Road and installing a pedestrian footbridge. During this meeting a number of councillors pledged their support to locals and said they would not be voting for the closure.

However, this week, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said Irish Rail had informed him that last year, 21 incidents were recorded of pedestrians jumping over this level crossing and of cars hitting it trying to get through before the gates come down. He said Irish Rail now considered it the 59th most dangerous of 1,000 crossings in Ireland. Cllr Michael O’Donovan (Lab) disagrees with this statement, saying he has never heard of any accidents at this level crossing. Addressing the issue, Minister Varadkar said: “Councillors have an important decision to make when it comes to the level crossing and proposed pedestrian

bridge in Porterstown. I will respect whatever decision they make. That’s what local democracy is all about. However, the numbers provided by Irish Rail are alarming. With trains becoming more frequent and the schools in the area growing to full size, there will be more and more incidents of this nature. Councillors should think long and hard about the consequences of their vote, and the need to ensure the safety of those using the crossing at all times.” Cllr O’Donovan said that if Minister Varadkar had been at the recent public meeting he would know how opposed to it local residents are. “I know that Leo’s Department is in favour

of it, because we had notification that money has been put into [this year’s] National Transportation Authority’s monies to complete the work. “We have to take into account what local people say. They have been living there for a long time and know the road and how often they use it; it is an access road for them. “Leo has a point to make but I think he should have come to

the public meeting and listened to the voices - it was one of the busiest meetings I have been at. On that night it was 100% in favour of keeping that crossing open. “Also, the proposed pedestrian footbridge is not wheelchair friendly, there is no way for a wheelchair to get up those steps or a buggy, that is another issue,” Cllr O’Donovan said. Councillors are expected to vote on the issue soon.

An artist impression of proposed pedestrian crossing at Porterstown Level Crossing

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President Caoimhe Ryan, Castleknock

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and president,

Caoimhe Ryan. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

Mount Sackville: Student Parliamentary Council

On the road to a valuable life skill M The Minister, principal Eileen Higgins and deputy president Deirdre Hicke

inister for Social Protection Joan Burton was at Mount Sackville school recently on the invite of student president Caoimhe Ryan to cut the metaphorical tape on the launch of the Student Parliamentary Council. While there has long been a student council at work in Mount Sackville, it was widely felt that a new voice and a reinvigoration

of the student body were needed. Step up the SPC. Caoimhe Ryan has been the driving force behind this new body. Her unique vision and determination has been the standard bearer for the council. Minister Burton highlighted the need for compromise in a job like hers and that an organisation like the SPC will teach that as a valuable life skill.

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Minister Burton chats with principal Eileen Higgins and deputy Celine O’Brien and Molly Higgins Jackson

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Minister Burton with principal Eimear Quinn

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The Minister with the student parliamentary council

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The assembled protestors outside Irish Water’s headquarters at Talbot Street. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Citizens protest at Irish Water charges


SMALL but highly vocal protest was staged outside the city centre headquarters of Irish Water recently, in which a number of protesters made their opposition to the upcoming charge clear. With Irish Water very much in

the public and political spotlight in recent weeks, the protesters drew upon a number of issues to make their point, now that the company is engaged in the national roll-out of its meters. Engaging in conversation with pas-

sers-by, the loud but peaceful protest passed off without incident, with the protesters, under the umbrella banner of the Anti Austerity Alliance, happy to have exercised their right to make their opposition known and to raise awareness regarding the State project.

Colm Halpin was among the protesters, who carried placards to get their message across and inform passing citizens of why they were demonstrating

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what’son celebrations for the year of the horse

Neil Delamere and his panel guests will do their best to, err ... guesstimate what the coming week’s news will be in the comedian’s new show, Next Week’s News

comedy: neil delamere’s panel ponders what might be ahead

New TV show brings you tomorrow’s news, today  laura webb

WOULDN’T it be great to know the news before it happened? Well, Neil Delamere is testing this out with a new show that takes a comedic look at what could happen next week. Next Week’s News is a new panel show headed by comedian Bernard O’Shea with Neil and PJ Gallagher as head panellists. Although the show is headed by Bernard, it is the brainchild of Neil and a friend. So, why not headline the show, The

Gazette asked Neil. He said: “I like to be the playful and unruly schoolboy rather than the headmaster. There is much more freedom being the person on the side. “It is a slightly different way of looking at the news. Obviously, you can’t predict what is going to happen, so it really looks at this week’s news and is kind of – nominally – throwing us forward to see what could happen next week. “It allows us talk about this week and kind of come up with some hare-brained theories of what might happen,” he said.

“We have three different regulars on it who know each other reasonably well, but who haven’t worked together before in this sort of environment. “So, there is a nice bit of chemistry beginning to develop now over the last few episodes. “The good thing about a panel show is that if you have two regulars, there are two chairs open to bring people through and introduce people to it. I would really hope that we would develop some Irish comics; a platform to develop young talent like that would be great.

“You get to work with a lot of people that you normally wouldn’t [in this kind of show],” he said. If he is not in the studio predicting the news, Delamere is touring the country with his latest stand-up show Smartbomb. “It is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Smartbomb’s tour will land at Vicar Street on March 21 and 22. For further tour details, see www. Next Week’s News airs on RTE Two on Monday nights at 9.30pm.

THE Dublin Chinese New Year Festival started in style in the capital when the Lord Mayor, Oisin Quinn (Lab), helped launch the festival on January 30, with the Chinese New Year ushering in the Year of the Horse on February 1, deposing last year’s snake. The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival features a great selection of events around Dublin throughout February. The Westbury Hotel are playing host to an evening of conversation on the role of the horse in Irish culture, on February 11, featuring Tracy Piggott and other equestrian experts, while storytellers will regale children with Chinese tales of dragons until February 9 in Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle. For full details of these and many other Chinese New Year celebrations, see

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people: top musical star talks to the gazette

Rebecca’s ready to storm the stage ...  ian begley

OVER the past 30 years Rebecca Storm has established herself as one of the most popular leading ladies in musical theatre, playing some of the most demanding roles there are. She has graced theatres around the world portraying such characters as Eva Peron in Evita, Fantine in Les Miserables, Florence in Chess, Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and, most recently, Miss Hannigan in Annie.

O n F e b r u a r y 16 , Rebecca will be appearing once again at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for a one-night-only performance. Speaking to The Gazette, Rebecca said she has a lot of new songs and surprises in store for the night, along with a mixture of her distinguished tunes that so many people have grown to love. She said: “We had such a great time the last time we performed there two years ago. It’s such an important place for

me, and I just want [the night] to be a bit different for the people that are sweet enough to see me sing. “I do quite a bit of rehearsing. My husband – who is the director – and I spend quite a bit of time arranging how we’re going to do the songs. “We have a studio at home and I usually record them and literally practise them over and over again just to make sure I don’t forget the words!” Even though Rebecca has been involved in the

world of musical theatre for more than 30 years, she still admits that she gets nervous before she goes on stage. She said: “I think I get more nervous as I get older. You just want it to go well because you’re standing there in front of 2,000 people and if you do something bad, you just feel embarrassed. “Two years ago, when I opened with the song, Defining Gravity for [the musical] Wicked, the nerves just hit me. “I walked out to all these people and I sang

From Blood Brothers to Wicked, Rebecca Storm has been delighting audiences around the world with her singing for more than 30 years

the wrong words, but I got through it and nobody in the audience actually noticed.” Although Rebecca is very charismatic on both stage and in public, she said that she is actually quite a shy person. She said: “I’m very shy at home and I’m actually a very basic person.

I pretty much like doing what everyone else likes doing. “I have a husband and a dog, and a beautiful home. We have a place out in Kildare, but we’re sort of backwards and forwards from here and the UK.” W hen asked what the future may hold for

Rebecca, she said she will continue to carry on singing “as long as people will listen”. She said: “I’m going to carry on touring as much as I possibly can, because it’s great fun seeing the rest of the world. “I’m just very grateful that I’m still here.”


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The (graffiti) writing’s on the wall Keating. Graffiti has appeared in front of the bus stop in the heart of Lucan village.

expression: ‘I am blown away’ with the range of research.” Perhaps the TD is now attracting a younger, cooler following around his home town? Or could he be attempting a bit of guerrilla marketing? One thing’s for sure – Enda won’t be breaking a sweat any time soon!

LIGHTS! CAMERA! APPLICATION! IF YOU fancy being the next Kathryn Thomas, now might be the perfect time to get practising. The Irish Academy’s TV Presenter course is set to start once again this month, with a two-day course starting on February 15 in the Photography Studio, Harold’s

Cross. The popular course has seen its graduates working in national and online TV stations, and course tutors include TV3’s Olive Geoghegan and Paul Harney, who works with IrishTV. Each course is small in size and big on interaction. Students will also receive advice about make-up and suitable wardrobe choices before recording their own highquality show-reels Whether their heart is set on presenting on MTV or the nightly news, the reel highlights each student’s talents. The cost of the weekend course is €495. For further information or to book a place, see www.

i r i s h a c a d e m y. c o m / TVCourse, or call 01 278 0802.

STUDENTS URGED TO COMPETE FOR INTERNET AWARD EIRCOM has officially launched the 2014 Junior Spider Awards, which are open to entries from primary and post-primary schools across Ireland. Now in their fifth year, the awards were established to highlight how such students embrace the internet and to mark the innovative ways they use it both in school and in their daily lives. The awards are divided into three categories – the Mega Spiders (primary level) and the Giga and Tera Spiders (post-




An endoresement “4” Fine Gael deputy Derek

THE writing is on the wall for Fine Gael’s Derek Keating – or at least, on the gable wall of a charity shop in Lucan village. Commuters alighting from Dublin buses last week were met with a tantalising piece of grafitti – Derek Keating 4 Taoiseach. The message mysteriously appeared overnight last week, and it is not known who the artist (or culprit) was. When Deputy Keating, who is a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, attended the BT Young Scientists’ Exhibition in January, he got down with the kids by saying: “To use a young person’s


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primary level). The Giga Spiders are open to first- to third-year students, and the Tera Spiders are for fourth- to sixth-year students. Each award category has a Grand Prix award. For further information and details on how to enter the 2014 Junior Spider Awards, see www. The closing date for entries is Friday, March 7.

well-being course for all PE OPL E a r e b e i n g encouraged to take better care of their well-being with a series of free talks and workshops this February run by Dublin City Libraries. T h e M i n d Yo u r-

self programme was designed to help us take time for ourselves, perhaps try something new and achieve a deeper sense of self. Topics covered include mindfulness, meditation, nutrition, health, massage and yoga and all events, while free of charge, must be booked at the relevant library. During the programme, libraries will be highlighting books from their stock which encourage well-being. A talk by John Doherty will be given on The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. Paticipating libraries include the Central Library in the ILAC Centre, libraries in Finglas,

Rathmines, Terenure and more. Mind Yourself was launched on January 27 and continues until February 12. For further information, see www.dublinc i t y. i e / R e c r e a t i o n andCulture/libraries/ library.

colin’s days as a country king (linedancing) WITH Dublin going mad for all things country – due to the upcoming Garth Brooks concerts this summer – The Gazette dug up a little treat for all of our readers. Castleknock native Colin Farrell may be more inclined to wear Hugo Boss these days,

but back in the 1990s he sported a Stetson and cowboy boots – and who knew Colin had a few country moves under his belt? Before the days of Miami Vice, Colin was donning cut-off denim shorts, wide-buckled belts and Garth Brooks’ cast-off hats while linedancing his way around the country. He spent a brief stint as a line-dancing instructor before hitting the big time in Hollywood. Luckily, he had some friends in low places to help him up the fame ladder, and we can’t really hold this picture against him – we’ve all had a few cringeworthy moments in our time!

Colin Farrell – line dancer extraordinaire, back in the day


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business How long have you been in business?


The Pier Health Club and Sansana Spa have been in Operation since 2007 when the hotel was reopened after extensive renovations.

What makes your business successful?

OLGA KUBACKA, sansana spa manager

A master of relaxation

OLGA Kubacka, health club and Sansana Spa manager in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, was born in Poznan, Poland. Her passions have always been travel and swimming and, as a result, she chose to study for a masters degree in sports and hospitality management.

On graduating in 2009, Olga moved to Ireland to pursue a career in hospitality, with roles including as a fitness instructor (and eventual leisure centre manager) in the Dunraven Arms Hotel and Leisure Centre in Adare, Co Limerick, and as club manager of the Merrill Leisure Club at the Royal Hotel, Bray, Co Wicklow.

We feel our success is born out of the holistic experience we offer to all our visitors, as we pride ourselves on being a daily retreat for both body and mind in a busy world. The Sansana Spa, with its highly-trained and professional staff, offers an extensive range of luxurious spa treatments and products, such as the awardwinning organic range of Voya skincare products, and full body massages to loosen up and refresh tired muscles. The health club and its motivated fitness instructors are ready to tailor any programme to client needs, and offers a fully equipped gym, pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi to give every visitor the option to reinvigorate both body and mind.

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

It is our belief that social media


‘Here at the Sansana Spa, we pride ourselves on being a daily retreat for both body and mind in a busy world’ ------------------------------------

is a key component in our customer engagement and interaction plan. Our Facebook page provides our customers with up-to-date information, along with the latest offers and expert health and beauty tips. What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

Sansana Spa is renowned as one of the best in Ireland. It was recently accredited the title of Dublin’s Comprehensive Spa by Failte Ireland, and acknowledged as a runner-up for the Best Body Treatment at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards. We offer the latest in spa treatment facilities, such as a thermal suite, dry flotation, mud chamber, water bed relaxation, rock sauna and an aroma room. Finally, we also offer the Sansana Spa signature treatment,

Shirodhara – an amazingly relaxing therapy that gently removes stress and tension from the mind and body. Our health club offers a fully equipped modern gym, with access to full pool facilities along with pilates, yoga and kettle-bell classes, allowing our guests and members to re-energise both body and mind under one roof. What is your ambition for the business?

It is our aim to continue to develop the business while maintaining the current standards of excellence by putting in place a strategic plan to drive the business forward.

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

Hard work is your single biggest competitive advantage.

What living person do you most admire?

My parents, for being the driving force behind my family and for nurturing my love of travel from a young age.

What is your most treasured possession?

My photo albums with pictures of all my family and friends, documenting our greatest moments together.

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Valentine’s Day


Make your Valentine melt with Lindt chocolate VALENTINE’S Day and chocolate easily go hand in hand and once again the chocolatiers at Lindt have managed to create something to tend to every type of craving this February. For the season of love, the popular chocolate makers have created a special collection of treats to help you spoil your loved one. Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate is inspired by a secret recipe and is filled with smooth, melting milk choco late, each wrapped in red foil wrapping, but for chocolate with a

A little bit of luxury: Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan and (inset) a spacious bedroom at Barberstown Castle in Co Kildare

A perfect place to get all loved up  NATALIE BURKE WHETHER it’s a candlelit dinner in a romantic castle, or a glass of champagne in a country house, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to whisking your better half away this Valentine’s Day. For a romantic weekend with a difference, visit Kilkenny’s only luxury fourstar boutique hotel, the Pembroke Hotel, which has launched a special Cupid Concierge service to celebrate the month of love. Couples who choose the Pembroke Hotel will be assigned their own Cupid Concierge who will be on hand to order flowers, arrange romantic surprises and cater to all whims. Couples can get loved up on a two-night getaway which includes chocolates and champagne on arrival, a room adorned

with rose petals, breakfast on both mornings and dinner on the evening of their choice. If that’s not enough, lovebirds can also enjoy a post dinner his and hers cocktail. Prices start from €155 per person. Visit www. or call 056 7783500. Collection

Alternatively, Ireland’s Blue Book features a collection of Irish country house hotels, manor houses and castles, many of which have put out all the stops to ensure you have a romantic break this year. So if your idea of romance is relaxing at an old manor house, visit Dunbrody House in Co Wexford and make the most of their Love Is Valentine’s special. A midweek visit throughout the month of February in



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one of Dunbrody’s luxury rooms or suites, including a five-course dinner, pre-dinner canapes and cocktails, costs just €165 per person sharing. The Valentine’s package also includes a romantic Serail mud/steam treatment for two and breakfast the following morning. For more information, visit or contact Dunbrody directly on 051 389600. Or why not enjoy a candlelit Valentine’s dinner and a glass of bubbly at Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan. The Roses & Romance package includes two nights’ accommodation, with dinner on an evening of your choice, as well as a full Irish breakfast served each morning. The Valentine’s special also includes chocolates and a single red rose awaiting your

arrival in your room and costs from just €209 per person. For more information, visit or contact Castle Leslie directly on 047 88100. Closer to Dublin, whisk your loved one away for a romantic castle break in Barberstown Castle in Co Kildare. Enjoy one night’s accommodation at the castle including a full Irish breakfast and dinner in the Barton Room Restaurant. As a little Valentine’s extra, guests will have a half bottle of champagne and chocolates delivered to their room. The Special Memories package is available for just €134 per person sharing. For more information, visit or contact Barberstown directly on 01-6288157.

little twist, the chocolatiers have created limited edition strawberries and cream truffles, combining Lindt’s white chocolate and strawberries. For a special Valentine’s gift, pick up a Lindt Heart Box filled with heart-shaped Lindor truffles, ideal for all the hopeless romantics waiting to spoil their valentines. See selected retailers nationwide.


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Valentine’s Day

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Plump up, smooth out, party all night

VALENTINE’S DAY is just around the corner ladies and McCabes pharmacy, one of Ireland’s own healthcare and wellbeing stores, has just what you need to make your special day memorable. Its new gift guide of beauty products and offers will be just the thing to get you ready for your Valentine’s Day plans – whether you’re hitting the clubs, eating out or staying in. Dining over a candlelit dinner? Smooth away those workday under-eye

bags, circles and wrinkles with Freezeframe Revital EYES. At €49 looking flawless has never been easier. Plump up those power pouts with the Freezeframe Lip Injection €45.50 – a nifty little product that is clinically proven to puff out those smiles and stretch out those wrinkles. Freezeframe is one of the best needle-free innovations on the market. And what about those luscious locks you’ve been dying to try? Tame your hair with follicle-

friendly Babyliss ProPerfect Curl for €159.00. This hassle free curling iron will leave your longlasting curls bouncing all night when you hit the dancefloor with your beau on the day. And if that’s not all – McCabes has branched out in the cosmetics world and now sells professional make-up brand Make-Up Studio. Glam yourself up with BlusherIn-A-Box at €14.95. Add a dash of colour to your lips with 18-hour ColourProof Durable Lip Colour at €19.95.

So take the stress out of your Valentine’s Day and shop local – buy for yourself or buy for your friends. Make shopping a little more fun with treats and products to suit

No! No! Hair Kit €237

Make-up Studio Pink Blush-in-aBox €14.95

Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl Secret €159.99

Make-up Studio Pink 18-hour ColourProof Durable Lip Colour €14.95

Freezeframe Lip Injection €45.50

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local beauty&Make up

Valentine’s Day is only a week away and as the dinner dates get booked and singletons get ready to hit the town with friends, nailing down the perfect make-up look is high on the to-do list.

The Makeup Crew Pro team are on hand with insider tips on getting it right VALENTINE’S Day is only a week away and as the dinner dates get booked and singletons get ready to hit the town with friends, nailing down the perfect makeup look is high on the to-do list. To help with perfecting this year’s Valentine’s look The Makeup Crew Pro team are on hand with insider tips

ensuring a good base for foundation. Exfoliate lightly and gently on the skin so as not to aggravated or cause redness the lighter the touch the better. Exfoliates can range from some homemade olive oil and brown sugar made into a little paste to a brands own range to a Clairsonic (a hand held devise avail-

flaky on the skin thereby rejuvenating the top layers of your skin making it more glowy, healthy and radiant. Next apply your chosen foundation. Favourite foundations by the team are MUD Foundation Compacts available from the Makeup Crew or FLAIR Supplies, then use a duo fibre brush with the Makeup Crew


‘Perfecting your skin is the first step to acquiring a perfect makeup look, ensuring a good base for foundationperfecting your skin is the first step to acquiring a perfect makeup look, ensuring a good base for foundation.’


on getting it right. According to Annie Keogh Pro, Artist with The Makeup Crew, perfecting your skin is the first step to acquiring a perfect makeup look,

able from Lancome) on the more expensive end of the scale all. They all work towards the same goal of removing any surface dead skin cells that can look

r e c o m m e n d i n g a ny MAC DuoFibre. This is a brush that has both natural and synthetic hair and can be used on liquids and powders alike. Annie

recommends the 130 or Real Techniques by the team’s favourite bloggers PIXIWOO. These are available from Boots or a standard foundation brush will work just as good as opposed to your fingers as we can sometimes be a little too rough with ourselves and rub the product completely off instead of on. Using a powder to absorb any excess oils that are on the skin will lock in moisture sealing your foundation keeping it staying put until the wee hours just in case you have a late night. For more information and to book an appointment for that special occasion please contact THE MAKE UP CREW 32-36 Wolfetonw Street, Dublin 1 Alternatively Ph. 086 8178213 or 085 7359222

But what is Valentines without the perfect lip colour so here is Annie’s top tips for red lips- to get the perfect pout! •Start out with a nude base use a foundation or concealers to dull out your natural lip line •Use a red lip liner our favourite is a Cherry or Brick red to line the lips and fill in the whole lips then after doing the outline this will ensure a base for the following product to adhere to keeping the colour locked in! •Use a lip brush before you apply any following lip product to blend and smooth in the liner first, this will allow for a more polished lip – applying bright/deep/more noticeable lip colours should always have a sharp crisp edge as they look much better and this will reduce the risk of the colour bleeding out. •Apply your chosen colour the ultimate in the red family is defiantly Russian Red by MAC, a blue undertone red that will also make your teeth look whiter. Using a concealer or powder with an angled brush to sharpen around the edges and tallyho your good to go!

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Valentine’s Day

Chocolate inspired weekend for your sweetie Looking to feast on luxurious chocolate with your other half this Valentine’s Day? Four-star Brooks Hotel is creating a lover’s dream with its Chocolate Desires Valentine’s Day package. The hotel, located in the center of Dublin city, is pulling out all the stops when it comes to celebrating the most romantic night of the year. Marking the occasion, the team at Brooks Hotel has devised a delightful chocolate inspired package which includes a fourcourse meal, a screening of Johnny Depp’s Chocolat and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s deluxe boutique styled rooms. Romantic couples across Ireland can wine and dine on the hotel’s special Valentine’s menu, which has a

host of chocolate inspired dishes. Try the traditional pumpkin seed salad with a twist; its seeds are coated with chilli chocolate for the adventurous of couples. Menu

Main courses include roast loin of venison with butternut squash and chilli mole with, you guessed it, bitter chocolate. Indulge in luxurious desserts by ordering the white chocolate and woodruff panacotta or the hot bittersweet chocolate mousse – either one is the perfect way to end a meal. Then consider the ambient Jasmine Bar where you can order an intoxicating chocolate martini. These features and more make Brooks Hotel a magnificent Valentine’s Day break away.

The hotel’s award-winning Francesca’s Restaurant is run by top chef Pat McLarnon, who has recently been called “a chef who cares” by a prominent food critic of the Irish Times, and judging by his full gluten-free menu it’s true. So if you’re looking to get away this Valentine’s Day think no further than this oasis in the heart of the city. Sign up for the package, pack your bags and put your feet up with a complimentary glass of prosecco. Dine on this luxurious special menu and package on February 14-15 at €260. It also includes a full Irish breakfast and a late checkout time. If you fancy only dining out this Valentine’s Day Brooks Hotel’s Wild About Chocolate menu is just €39.95 per person.

Enjoy a screening of Johnny Depp’s Chocolat and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s deluxe boutique styled rooms

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I, Dr. Deirdre McGonagle, intend to apply for Permission For development at Marian House, The Rise, Main Street, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. The development consists of: Change of use of existing 3 bedroom single storey residential bungalow to a doctor’s surgery with 2 no. consulting rooms and includes the demolition of an existing single storey shed located to the rear of the property and the provision of 3 no. Car parking spaces. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday – Friday at Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Fingal, Dublin 15. A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of ₏20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application. and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. 20085






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Former Munster and Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan said: “Supporting our local rugby clubs is crucial for the development of Irish rugby”

rugby: funding initiative enters fourth year for clubs

FORMER Barnhall and Castleknock College rugby star Martin Moore was looking forward last month to potentially making his Irish international debut in this year’s 6 Nations campaign, and made his first appearance against Scotland from the bench.

Quinlan gives backing to Ulster TEAMof the MONTH H Bank RugbyForce competition Ulster Bank RugbyForce, an initiative which provides rugby clubs with the opportunity to win support packages to renovate their club and upgrade their facilities, is now open for entries. The 2013-2014 rugby season marks the fourth year of the initiative, which will see over €30,000 being awarded to clubs across Ireland. One rugby club will receive a top prize of €10,000, as well as a special training session with an IRFU coach and two Irish rugby stars. Four additional rugby

clubs, one from each province, will each receive €5,000. All entrants will receive merchandise for their clubs to the value of €100. Since its inception in 2010, the initiative has provided over €100,000 in funding to over 160 rugby clubs around the country. Speaking about the initiative, Alan Quinlan, former Ireland rugby star and Ulster Bank rugby ambassador, said: “Supporting our local rugby clubs is crucial for the development of Irish rugby. Every week, tal-

ented young stars are lining out for their clubs – stars which have the potential to progress to the professional game. “We saw that recently with Craig Ronaldson moving from Lansdowne FC to Connacht and Darragh Fanning being plucked by Leinster from St Mary’s. “Ulster Bank RugbyForce is about aiding development and providing clubs with the necessary resources to grow.” Last year, Ulster Bank RugbyForce received entries from over 135 clubs across the country.

Four rugby clubs – Birr RFC in Offaly, Midleton RFC in Cork, Westport RFC in Mayo and Newry RFC in Down – were selected as winners of €5,000 each. A fifth club, Richmond RFC in Limerick, was also awarded €5,000 after 16 entries were shortlisted and put to a public vote. All rugby clubs are invited to enter the initiative via Ulster Bank’s dedicated rugby website, The closing date for registrations is Friday, April 11.

castleknock CC basketball Castleknock Community College the winners of the Under-19 B Girls’ All-Ireland Cup when they beat Cross & Passion of Kilcullen at the National Basketball Arena this month with an impressive team performance that showed their prowess on court.


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FastSport applications for basketball camp now open: Applications are being welcomed for the 2014 Macron Kits Basketball Ireland National Camp at Gormanston which will take place over two weeks from July 6. The camp is the longest-running basketball camp in Ireland and has seen some of the country’s best ever players come through its ranks. Campers also get the opportunity to work with players from the men and women’s premier leagues and receive coaching from national and international coaches. This coming summer will mark its 42nd year with the best coaches from home and abroad attending to divulge their knowledge to hundreds of young hoopsters. The first 50 campers to submit a completed application form along with their deposit get a GM Molten Basketball free. Log on to www. to download an application form.

skiing: olympic hopeful trains in the gym in rathgar before games

Lyne sets his sights on Sochi 

Ahead of flying out to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, 20-year-old Conor Lyne, who will compete for Ireland in the grand slalom event, took time out to train at The Gym

in Rathgar and work on his strength and conditioning. The young skier, who will take to the slopes against the best in the world in the coming weeks, took time out of his training programme to speak to Gazette

Sport, and began by explaining his life in the sport to date. “My family moved to the US when I was young, and we moved to Utah, which is a big skiing area. “As a family, we went skiing at the weekend,

Conor Lyne signs the flag of champions at The Gym which features the signatures of Olympians and world championship athletes who have trained there

Olympic hopeful Conor Lyne with The Gym manager Colin Gaffney last week

which was a big thing to do in the area. Then I started to graduate up and joined the racing club at age 11, when I realised that I wanted to race,” said Lyne. “I continued down that route, and then applied to represent Ireland, and since then, my main goal has been to compete at the Olympics.” Lyne has spent the last two years training in Europe where the best and most varied alpine conditions exist for those taking part in the winter sport at the highest level. He has competed in both of the most recent world championships

in Schladming, Austria in 2013 and Garmisch in Germany in 2011. “2011 in Germany that was really about learning what life was like on the international stage. “I discovered I had to work even harder to bring my level up. “In 2013 I qualified for the second run, I had enough to be part of the top 60 [racers] who got to run again. I got 52nd overall, which was great for me.” With the challenge of Sochi on the horizon, Lyne worked hard to attain the Olympic qualif ying standard, and is expecting to use the Games as a measure

of his progress in the sport. “I will just give my best and see what the result is afterward. I’m looking forward to the experience and matching myself against the best in the world.” He also says that the future for the sport in Ireland is bright, in spite of the nation not exactly being the natural home for alpine competitors. “There are a lot of young lads coming up, a lot of whom are from Dublin, who are aspiring to the same level, and in the next couple of years, we will have a much stronger team than we do now.”

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Dublin’s minor ladies footballers narrowly missed out on All-Ireland glory last year

Dublin minor manager Conor Barry and his fellow selectors have confirmed their panel for the forthcoming Leinster championship campaign and it features players from a total of 11 Gazette country sides. Eighteen clubs have representatives in the 29-name panel with reigning Dublin club minor championship winners Kilmacud Crokes, leading the way with seven players - Aisling Whitely, Aoife Kane, Eabha Rutledge, Holly Greer, Kim Garth, Lauren

Magee and Orla McDonald. The southside is further represented by Doireann Mullany and Katie Murphy from Ballyboden St Enda’s, Hannah Hegarty and Katie Mahon from St Jude’s and Ciara Crotty of Foxrock Cabinteely. Dublin 15 celebrate the inclusion of Ann-Marie Troy, Katie Nyhan and Niamh O’Neill from St Brigid’s, and Leah Mullins from Castleknock. The north county sees Rachael Brogan from Fingallians, Emma Colgan and Muireann Ni Scanaill from St Margaret’s and

Louise Ryan from St Sylvester’s in the 29, while west Dublin see Amy Conroy from Round Tower and Rebecca McDonnell from Westmanstown take their places for 2014. Barry has chosen an experienced panel with all players bar two having previously represented Dublin previously at intercounty level. The panel also includes 11 members of last year’s minor squad who endured injury-time heartbreak at the hands of Galway in the All-Ireland minor final replay.

Barry has also included 10 members of last year’s Under-16 Leinster championship winning panel. Dublin’s Leinster championship campaign commences on February 15 with a home tie against Offaly, followed by a second home fixture on February 22 versus near neighbours, Wicklow. Dublin will travel to face Kildare on March 8, with the Leinster semi-finals pencilled in for the weekend of April 12 and 13, followed by the provincial decider on May 5.

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Draw no distraction for camogie starlet A daunting group for Dublin’s ladies’ code holds no fear for Lucan Sarsfields player Ali Twomey, who is relishing the challenge of the 2014 national league LUCAN Sarsfields’ Ali Twomey is hopeful the underdog tag will serve Dublin well in the National Camogie League in 2014 after the county was given a particularly daunting draw. They have been placed in an initial group with 2013 All-Ireland winners Galway, 2012 champs Wexford along with Cork who have won the league for the past two years. Draws do not come much tougher but the Lucan Sarsfields’ starlet is anticipating that this offers a real test of character that will stand to the Sky Blues. Speaking at Dublin sponsors AIG’s launch of the 2014 league campaigns across the codes,

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Twomey told GazetteSport that while they can feel hard done by, there is plenty that can be learned from this draw. “Obviously, people will look at it and think we aren’t going to do well because they are three of the top teams in the country and we haven’t won many matches in the last two years. But it is sometimes good to be the underdog and they won’t be expecting us. We will

just train hard, that’s all we can do. “It will be a good test of character for us and will drive us on. Playing them in the league, we will know the standard we have to work to be at for the championship.” Twomey is one of Lucan Sarsfields’ 2008 vintage that claimed the club’s first of two All-Ireland Feile titles in quick succession as part of a glittering underage career. Indeed, she says that 2013 was the first in her playing days that she did take home a club title – something she says “won’t happen again”. Her involvement with the Dublin senior team meant she was precluded

Camogie star Ali Twomey and ladies footballer Sinead Goldrick at the launch of Dublin’s 2014 GAA season in Parnell Park

from playing for the club in their groundbreaking Leinster League success in December. The development of their youth system at the 12th Lock is quickly beginning to pay dividends at adult level, something that Twomey hopes can be replicated

pushed off the ball. That’s one of the things we worked on all winter - and getting our strength up. “Experience as well would be a big thing because the oldest player in the side would be 27; next after that is 22 and then there are all the players like me who are 19 or


‘Sometimes it is good to be the underdog - they won’t be expecting us and it will be a good test’ - Ali Twomey --------------------------------------------------------

at county level. “Liam Ryan was the main man, starting the teams and would have been working with our age in the Feile teams in 2007 and 2008 and we just kept on going. It carried on into the younger teams as well and they have now won loads of championships and four minor titles in-a-row. “We went down to see the Leinster league final and we were thinking ‘we are going to be lucky to get our places back in that team’. The younger girls coming up are so good and we don’t know where we will fit back in.” The skill level is all apparent but getting the physical aspect is one that needs to be negotiated to formally make the next step, firstly at club level. “One of our problems last year was the team was so small and we would get

18 down to 16. That’s the main chunk of the team.” It is something that can be replicated at Dublin level in her eyes once they are eased into the expanded training panel. “The younger Dublin teams have had quite a bit of success at underage level, the Under-16s winning the All-Ireland and the minors winning in Leinster. There is a great bunch of younger players coming up and hopefully they will strengthen the team. “Some might be afraid, thinking they are not good enough to step up. But they don’t realise they are. If minor players are introduced into a few training sessions, to get to realise and see that it’s not that scary. When I was going up, I remember saying ‘I’m too scared’. If we can train with those minors, it will be good for them.”


Local villages to host start and end of Ras 2014 Dunboyne and Skerries will see the start and finish of the 2014 An Post Ras this year when the 2104 edition of the all-Ireland cycling tour begins on Sunday, May 18 this year. The race, launched last week at the GPO, will feature a balance between flat fast roads, undulating sections and tough climbs, with a total of five category one mountains and five category two ascents set to shake up the peloton. Race organiser Tony Campbell believes a good balance has been struck and that one group of riders will not be favoured over another. “There are climbs, but there are also a lot of fast roads where plenty of aggressive racing will be done,” said Campbell. “I think it is more or less one for a good, hard strong rider, a guy who can push up over the hills and who is also good when the speed is on.” As a bonus for the county riders, An Post is running a C-Factor competition, looking for the cyclist who best exemplifies the spirit of the An Post Ras between today’s launch and the final day of the race on May 25. The winner will earn the “chapeau”, or respect, of his fellow riders and Ras watchers through his performance in this year’s event. He will be marked as one to watch for the future, not just through his An Post Ras results but also through his use of media and social media in particular. County riders must use the hashtag #ras2014 @ anpostras, with further details on how to participate on

Roche to remain in training camp to fix injury Nicolas Roche will remain at the TinkoffSaxo team’s training camp in Gran Canaria in order to fully rehabilitate from a knee injury. The Dundrum cyclist has been

forced to stay off his bike by the injury and there had been fears that he would be sidelined for a longer time. However, he says that the knee is now “almost 100%” and will recuperate in the Canaries until he returns to the saddle competitively for the Tour of Oman from February 18 to 22.


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soccer: under-12s and -15s progress in sfai campaigns

Corduff sides prepare for SFAI cup challenges CORDUFF’s Under-12s are hoping that they can avail of their home pitch at Corduff Park this weekend for their huge SFAI Cup last 32 tie against Galway’s FC Colga at 1pm on Sunday. The grass pitches have been out of action since the turn of the year following the wettest January in recent years. The Dublin 15 club continued their rich tradition in the national competition with a storming run through the North Leinster section of the draw. They beat Bellurgan United 6-0 in their opening tie before running up another half-dozen against Portmarnock AFC. In round three, a 7-1 win was enough to dispose of Dromin United before they saw off Glenmuir United 4-2, both of those ties played away from home. That brought them through to the national level of the competition where they will face the best sides from around the country who have emerged from their respective regions. Over 300 clubs entered the competition across eight different regions. Christopher Richardson and Allen McElroy’s side are one of two teams from the club to have reached this advanced stage of the national competition. Corduff’s Under-16 team have also made it through to the last 32, too, following an impressive run that has seen them beat Skryne Tara 8-0 in the second round. They have gone on to defeat East Meath United 7-0 and Hardwicke 5-0 to comfortably advance from the regional phase. They have not yet found out who their next round opponent is, but are awaiting a formidable task. They have been drawn away from home to play a side from the Dublin and District Schoolboy League who have been afforded four entries into the last 32 of the competition. Initially, the DDSL had been excluded from this year’s competition following a dispute with the SFAI. However, they have been allowed entry now and are playing out preliminary rounds of the competition to catch up with the rest of the competition. The DDSL is a provider of many of the most recent winners at this level, meaning the four sides to advance from their region are likely to be strong opponents for Corduff.

The victorious Castleknock Celtic Under-12 team who defeated Lourdes Celtic in the second round of the SFAI Danone Cup

Cup progress for Celtic sides 

Castleknock Celtic’s All-Ireland schoolboy cup campaigns remained on track after this weekend when their Under15s and Under-12s both successfully navigated knock-out SFAI matches. Celtic’s Under-15s travelled to MullingarAthletic for their SFAI Evans Cup game. Playing against the wind in the first half, Celtic found themselves behind after 10 minutes. They fell further behind when Mullingar’s Under15 international, Aidan Keenan, got a snap shot away from just outside

the box to put his side 2-0 up. Celtic didn’t let their heads drop and, after a period of pressure, the deficit was reduced when Conor Rice pulled a goal back. This lifted the visitors and they got further reward when Conor Donoghue got on the end of a Cormac Downes pass and tucked the ball away to bring the sides level at half time. The second half was a n e ve n l y - m a t c h e d affair until James Brophy passed to Gabi Aghinita who scored the winner after a neat exchange with Downes. This victory gives Celtic

training for timthriall

Castleknock cyclists get set for big event the first Castleknock GAA Club cycle, Timthriall 2014 is set to take place on Sunday, March 16. With group sessions organised every Sunday, and with more people signing up every week, there promises to be over 100 taking part in the event. If you would like to take part, or sponsor the event, contact Paul Warnock on 087 329 6046, Paddy Hewson on 086 161 9052 or Brian McCann on 086 852 0309.

a home tie against Home Farm or Esker Celtic in the next round. Castleknock Celtic’s DDSL Under-12s were also chasing SFAI glory last weekend. The game took place on the Charlestown astro-turf due to Porterstown Park being unplayable. It was opponents Lourdes who took the lead on 10 minutes after indecision in the Castleknock defence. Midway through the half, Kian Ryan won a free kick and from 25 yards out, their effort just grazed the cross bar. Castleknock’s Thomas Bowe ensured that the

margin was just one goal at half time with a splendid save. Confidence was high as Castleknock sought to play in their pacy wingers, Ciaran Collins and Johnny Kane, and the equally quick Ryan up front. With five minutes of the half gone, Kane forced Lourdes into a mistake and McDonagh played the ball to Hughes. He threaded the ball beautifully between the two Lourdes’ defenders for Ryan to supply a sublime finish from 10 yards out. As the game reached the final quarter, it was

more akin to a chess match as Lourdes sought to unlock the Castleknock defence, who in turn were always looking to make the crucial breakthrough. With less than four minutes left, Celtic’s Ryan unselfishly played the ball in to the unmarked Leigh Reilly and his finish was lethal, blasting home from seven yards out, to put his side into the third round of this prestigious Danone Cup. This was a great victory for Castleknock who, for the second successive week, have beaten a team from a higher division in the DDSL.

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Club Noticeboard

niamh on the panel

EGB player selected for Dublin camogie

st brigid’s Lots of important events coming up

private at 086 602 6229 or 8reillyp@

over the next few weeks. Adult foot-

ball leagues start February 16, while

erin Go Bragh player Niamh Maher is

the latest team member to be selected for a Dublin development panel after she was selected to join the Dublin Under-13 camogie squad. Niamh, along with Amy Daly and Amy Flanagan, participated in the recently, all representing the club with pride.

our club open day is on the February 23.

Grass pitches in Russell Park are

The annual club race night is on the

closed to repair goalmouths. Please

February 28 and we want every mem-

use all-weather or our pitches in

ber to join in the fun.

Beech Park, Coolmine or Collegefort.

Saturday, April 12 is the club dinner dance.

football: lowndes debuts, alan brogan returns

Membership must be paid by March 31.

There was no lotto jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 7, 17, 23 and

Annual club membership for 2014

31. Next week’s draw is in Myo’s on

is now due. Membership can be paid

Friday, February 7, with the jackpot

online or in the club. Membership

rising to €9,000.

runs on a calendar year basis from

Our club nursery continues every

January to December. Any member

Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11am.

who has arrears from 2013 will not

We welcome all four- to seven-year-

be allowed train or play in 2014 until

olds in the Castleknock and Blan-

these payments are brought fully

chardstown area and new members

up to date. Any member with issues

are especially welcome. Contact Paul

regarding membership can contact

on 087 915 4748 or email info@stbrig-

our club treasurer Trish O’Reilly in for more information.

st peregrine’s Juvenile games meeting on Wednes-

Bubble football tournament on the

day night, all mentors are asked to

astro on Saturday from 5pm followed


by music in the lounge from Jack 2

There was no winner of this week’s lotto. Numbers drawn this week were 10, 12, 13 and 19.

Jack. DJ Vinny is back on Sunday night with play your cards right.

Next week’s jackpot is €5,800, direct

Anybody who has anything for

debit forms available from the office.

inclusion in club notes or newsletter,

Bingo jackpot on Wednesday night

email pro.naomhperegrine@gmail.

is €450.


Dublin, featuring Eric Lowndes, came from behind to register a debut win in the National Football League

Dubs’ subs make the difference NFL round 1

Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-10 

ST PEREGRINE’S Eric Lowndes made his debut in the National Football League as the Dubs struck late for a narrow win over Kerry on Saturday night in Croke Park. Jack McCaffrey came off the bench to score the late winning point when he latched onto a clever crossfield pass from Castleknock man Ciaran Kilkenny to slot the winner. Dublin’s subs bench again played a key role in

this victory with Michael Darragh Macauley, Paul Mannion, Davey Byrne and McCaffrey making telling contributions as the Dubs finished the game with 14 men after Sean George was redcarded 10 minutes into the second half. Plunkett’s man Alan Brogan also made a very welcome return to the jersey having missed out entirely in 2013, improving as the game went on and will get a huge lift out of the 70 minutes. In the opening half, Kerry played most of the better football with James O’Donoghue in danger-

ous form, including a superb 17th minute goal. However, Dublin struck for two goals through Kevin McManamon and Eoghan O’Gara to leave the minimum in it at the interval, 1-7 to 2-3. McManamon’s goal arrived in the ninth minute when league debutant Cormac Costello turned his marker before accelerating through on goal and unselfishly offloading to the St Jude’s man to apply the finish. O’Gara’s 20th minute goal pushed Dublin 2-3 to 1-5 in front, and it was a trick he almost repeated just before the break but

this time the ball went just outside Brendan Kealy’s right-hand post. Points from O’Donoghue and Stephen O’Brien opened Kerry’s account to the second half before Costello converted a free after the Whitehall Colmcille’s man had been fouled. Then came one of the talking/turning points for the game - George’s red card - after which Dublin really upped their game and combined with the introduction of subs helped Dublin to victory with McCaffrey’s point the last word.

tyrrelstown All of our teams, under-age and sen-

mentors at the above sessions.

ior, have now resumed training after

Our next fund-raising event is the

the Christmas break. New members

highly-anticipated Fight Night. This

are always welcome (both playing and

event was a huge success last year

support) and children are actively

and we expect this year’s event to be

encouraged to come along and try the

even bigger and better. The night for

training and games for a few weeks to

your diaires is March 14.

see how they like it. Membership is now due and relevant monies can be handed to team

For more information,, Facebook or contact James on 083 408 6173.

castleknock The date for this year’s race night

Lisa at

has been finalised as February 28 in

Full details on the website.

Kavanagh’s. Betting will take place

There will be a concussion work-

during the night, but there is also an

shop held in the Castleknock Hotel on

opportunity to buy a horse in one of

Monday, February 17 at 7.30pm, with

the 10 races. Horses are €20 to buy,

all parents, players, mentors and

and you can contact Gerry Kelly at 086

members invited. If you would like to

0201 709 or Pearse Toland at 086 247

attend, please contact Mary Connel-

8961. Full details can be found on the

lan at childrensofficer@castleknock.


net. We would encourage that every

Don’t forget that National Club Draw tickets are still available. It is a

team send have at least one mentor or parent attend.

competition run by the GAA in which

The club would like to send their

there are some fantastic prizes. Tick-

sincere condolences to Kevin Mallon,

ets are only €10, and if you would like to

whose father Anthony passed away

purchase one please get in touch with


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

February 6, 2014

cup contenders: Corduff and Castleknock Celtic the camogie challenge: Twomey hails Dubs spirit make progress in respective SFAI cup campaigns P30 ahead of league campaign P29

Martin Moore, in headband, far left, making his first appearance for the Ireland senior rugby team at the Aviva against Scotland

Moore answers call Former Castleknock College man makes Ireland 6 Nations debut from the bench against Scotland as the green machine power to victory


Castleknock College alumnus Martin Moore took his first steps on the 6 Nations stage last weekend when he came off the bench to help Ireland across the line for the last 20 minutes of their opening match of the campaign against Scotland. With the match mostly won at that stage, Moore’s appearance at the Aviva when he came on for Mike Ross at tighthead prop was an assured one both in the scrum and in the pack as Ireland pressed for a fourth try in the match. Although that final score did not come, Moore impressed with his powerful presence and composure during his first start for the senior side.

Having first lined out in green at the 2010 IRB JuniorWorld Championship in Argentina for the Under-20s, Moore has had a rapid ascension into the ranks of contenders for a place in the Ireland squad for this 6 Nations, his presence and performances in the Leinster set-up under the watchful eye of the former provincial and current Ireland coach Joe Schmidt no doubt a contributing factor in his appearance. Speaking after the match last weekend, Moore said: “You know if you get some good games under your belt and you perform, you are going to put your hand up for selection and people are going to take notice. “It really gives players a boost that performances with your province are really going to

impact [international selection]. It is not just that the team is named, but that it is all on performance which is great for young players coming through.” And come through Moore has in recent years, making his Under-20 6 Nations debut for Ireland in 2011 before graduating from the LeinsterAcademy to stake his place in the province’s senior team this season, making 18 appearances which include taking to the field in all of the team’s Heineken Cup pool games in the European competition to date. Moore was also a pivotal player for his club side, Lansdowne, over the last two years, helping the side to their first Ulster Bank League title last season.

Speaking about his first Ireland cap, Moore said: “It’s a long way from the AIL. At Lansdowne we had quite a team as well last year. We had five in the Heineken Cup on one matchday from our starting 15 with Lansdowne. “That was all good experience. We learnt how to close games out and it is always nice to win a trophy.” As regards his first cap, Moore admits it has been a swift elevation. “If you had asked me six months ago, my debut would have come sooner than I had expected. But at the same time the way things have gone this season I have been ready for [it] now, especially the last few weeks coming from the Heineken Cup.”