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INSIDE: Kooky Dough rises to challenge P3

November 24, 2011


wish new President well See Page 4

Charity night: For Save Our Sons and Daughters SOSAD (Save Our Sons and

Football: St Brigid’s reach the last four in Leinster Page 32

Daughters) held their second annual charity fashion show at The Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda recently. The show was organised by one of Ireland’s top stylists, Amanda Kevlin. The SOSAD charity night in Drogheda proved to be a fantastic occasion of fashion and fun, all the while raising awareness and money for this extremely important and ever-more-relevant charity and cause. Pictured at the event are Hazel Kaneswaren, Catherine Morgan and Georgia Salpa. Full Gallery on Pages 8-9

Sports Awards: November nominees are announced Page 29

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 MOTORS ........................18 BUSINESS .................... 21 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ......... 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

Flash-flooding bill could reach €210k Massive response by council to various locations


THE cost to Fingal County Council of October’s severe flash flooding, which saw a torrential month’s worth of rain fall in just several hours, could reach an estimated €210,000, the local authority has said. A massive operation, involv-

ing 52 members of staff, was rolled out by the council in response to the flooding, which took place on Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25. In a report issued to local elected representatives, the council said its out-of-hours telephone service was over-

loaded with calls on the night and people had difficulties getting through because of the huge number of calls. The emergency service was restored by 9pm. Approximately 3,000 sand bags were filled and despatched to various locations as calls came in. Full Story on Page 2

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ITB Blanch IT encourages the use of shuttle bus

Institute car park fees lead to chaos in estates Q LAURA WEBB

THE introduction of pay-anddisplay parking at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown has turned car parking at surrounding estates and shopping centres into a “nightmare” for residents and is fast becoming a major safety concern. A number of local residents have complained to the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown (ITB) about a surge in parking in the Corduff Grove, Sheephill and Corduff

shopping centre since the college introduced pay-and-display on the campus car park on November 1. The residents claim students, and even staff members, are parking cars in estates and at the local shopping centre’s car park to avoid paying the parking charge. Residents have also raised concerns about safety because of an increased number of cars parking in the area. Speaking to the Gazette, local resident Clinton O’Beirne


Guilty plea to charge A YOUNG man accused of murdering 12-yearold school girl Michaela Davis, has pleaded guilty to the charge and is to be sentenced in December. The incident shocked the Dublin West community last year after her body was found on a bank of Royal Canal on August 28, 2010, just minutes from her home in The Village, Porterstown. Jonathan Byrne (20),

of Lohunda Dow ns, Clonsilla, appeared in court on November 21, and pleaded guilty to the murder of Michaela and to two other serious charges. Byrne was remanded in custody for sentencing on December 12. The day after the 12-year-old’s body was found, Byrne presented himself to gardai and he has been in custody since.

said: “It’s a complete nightmare. They are leaving the cars there in the morning, and coming back in the evening to get them. I live across from the shops and, last week, I couldn’t get into my garden because someone parked in front of my driveway. “If there was an emergency it would be hard for an ambulance or fire brigade to get around. I have been in contact with the college, Fingal County Council and local councillors.

“There is a car park at St Patrick’s school and, when parents are trying to drop the kids off, there is no room for them to park because these cars are there all morning. They don’t seem to care. “When I contacted the college, they told me that there is a problem with parking space there and they are opening another car park in the college with an extra 50 spaces. This is not the problem, the problem is people avoiding paying the charges. It doesn’t matter

how many car parks you open, they still won’t want to pay for a parking permit,” he said. When contacted by the Gazette, a spokesperson for Blanchardstown IT said the third-level institution had a number of alternative options to get to the college, which would stop people from parking in surrounding estates. “There’s a free shuttle bus running 14 times a day from Coolmine Train station via the Shopping Centre and the National Aquatic Centre to

ITB. “We’re encouraging staff and students to use this free shuttle bus. Many staff and students are using this service but, unfortunately, a small minority have decided to park in the local estates instead. We’ve had a very good relationship with all our neighbours over the years and we’ve asked drivers on a number of occasions to respect their rights by using the shuttle or walking rather than parking in their estates.”


Cost of flooding €210,000 Q LAURA WEBB

THE cost of October’s severe flash-flooding, which saw a torrential month’s worth of rainfall in just several hours, is set to cost Fingal County Council an estimated €210,000. A massive operation, involving 52 members of staff, was rolled out by the council in response to the flooding, which occurred on the evening of Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25. In a report issued to local elected representatives, the council said that all suitable council equipment and machines were also utilised on the night of October 24 and into the next morning. In addition to this,

seven additional jet vac machines were also hired. The council said its outof-hours telephone service was overloaded with calls on the night and people had difficulties getting through because of the excessive number of calls. The emergency service was restored by 9pm, and the website and regular twitter feeds were updated by the communications officer during the night. Meanwhile, approximately 3,000 sand bags were filled and despatched to various locations as calls came in and an additional 3,000 were filled and delivered on Tuesday, October 25. Water services also monitored all foul and surface water pump-

A month’s worth of rain fall in just several hours causing chaos on the roads

ing stations to ensure that they remained fully operational throughout the event. Only one of 64 pumping stations temporarily failed. Local flooding in the Castleknock/Mulhuddart area reported to the council included: Strawberry Beds and Weirview Lucan, Mulhuddart Village, Blanchardstown Village area, Castleknock Road, pedestrian bridge over M50 at Blanchardstown, Roselawn Road, Clonsilla, Huntstown/Hartstown, N3 at Goodwins, Grove Road, Luttrellstow n Road, Powerstow n Road, Blackcourt Road and Corduff shopping centres. The number of reported properties

flooded, houses or commercial properties, in Castleknock/Mulhuddart area was one. Speaking at the council meeting, Fine Gael’s Castleknock councillor Eithne Loftus thanked management and staff for the “prompt response” to flooded areas in Castleknock, but said regular gully checks need to take place. “Difficulty accessing the emergency service is a very frustrating situation if someone is watching the water coming up their driveway and there is no way of preventing it from happening. We definitely need more cleaning of gullies, and where there are road works taking place, to make sure gul-

lies are clean before workers leave the area they are working on. I think that was one of the problems that caused flooding in my area.” Meanwhile, Labour’s Peggy Hamill said severe flooding occurred near the Sandpit Cottages and asked if the council could look at what could have added to the flooding: “It was particularly bad on this occasion. I use the road all the time, but only people with high vehicles could get through.” Fine Gael Cllr Kieran Dennison said anyone he was in touch with said they were “very happy with the prompt response” from the council.

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RETAIL Prestigious Innovation nod for company

Kooky Dough up for award FORMER King’s Hospital student, Sophie Morris, who, along with her business partner, Graham Clark, founded Kooky Dough, has been nominated for a Bord Bia Innovation Award. The Bord Bia Food and Drink Industr y Awards are there to reward quality in the Irish food and drinks industry. The awards, which are run in association with Rabobank, are open to all food and drink products manufactured in Ireland. Companies must be in business for a minimum of two fiscal years, with Kooky Dough qualifying, having been founded in 2009. This year, there were 184 entries in six categories – expor ting, branding, entrepreneurial, domestic success, sustainability and innovation. T he business is a far cry from the duo’s careers in finance, but, after hatching their plan

for a ready-made dough mix, designed to be rolled out and cooked at home, the pair took the concept from farmers’ markets to supermarkets. The company supplies products to the Irish and British markets, with key customers, including Tesco, Supervalu, Superquinn and Dunnes Stores. It also supplies Four Star Pizza and Apache Pizza with frozen portions, which are baked in-store. Back in March, Kooky Dough was being grilled on RTE’s Dragons’ Den in front of possible investors. After failing to impress all the dragons, Sophie, from Chapelizod, and Clarke, from Cork, were eventually offered the €70,000 they were looking for from Dragon, Gavin Duffy, but at Gavin’s demand for 30% of the business, it wasn’t the 10% they were prepared to offer. They then offered him

Co-founded by former King’s Hospital student, Sophie Morris

20%, but he wanted 25%. After failing to come to a compromise, Kooky Dough left with no investment. However, luckily for them, it all worked out, after the company landed a €550,000 deal to provide Tesco with their ow n-brand cookie dough lines in Ireland and Britain. Speaking to The Gazette back in March, Sophie said that the

Kooky Dough has been nominated for a Bord Bia Innovation Award

product’s appeal was across all age ranges. She said: “You can roll it out for fun, or you can slice it as if you are slicing pudding. “ K i d s l ove t o g e t involved, but people my own age love doing it on a Saturday night – instead of having a pizza, they can bake a cookie for fun, and a lot of people like to pretend they were baked from scratch, so it’s great,” she said.


Award for Donal A CASTLEKNOCK man has received an advanced leadership award with Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters. Donal Keating received his award at a recent Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters meeting in Dunboyne Castle. Keating is secretary of the group and completed two education projects in recent weeks, including an eightto 10-minute presentation titled, Going Beyond Our Club, from the Successful Club Series. Keating is one of a number of members of the Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters from Castleknock. Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters celebrates its fifth birthday this December and meets every second and fourth Monday of the month (excluding bank holidays) in Dunboyne Castle Hotel at 7.45 pm. For further information see, or follow the club on Facebook or Twitter.

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Council refuses to scrap policy MIMI MURRAY

FINGAL County Council has refused to scrap its Meadowlands Policy in spite of numerous complaints received from residents in the Fingal area. Responding to Fianna Fail Councillor Eoghan O’Brien, the council said it regarded the policy, which aims to improve biodiversity and the visual interest within parks in Fingal, as a success. The council said it would continue with the project into next summer. However, this is in spite of complaints by some residents who say Meadowland sites limit space in which children can play and have become eyesores. Biodiversity

In a report to councillors at a council meeting last week, the local authority said that the Growing Places policy was introduced in 2010 with the twin aims of improving biodiversity and visual interest within our parks and open spaces while freeing up some labour to carry out other essential works. “T his is a considered response to ever increasing demands on finite resources. A similar policy is being pursued by many British and European Local

Authorities for very similar reasons. “In order to address concerns of local residents in the areas affected by this new approach, staff from the Parks Division engaged in an extensive consultation at local level to determine the most appropriate way to implement this initiative on a site by site basis. The Operations Department recognises that the conversion of amenity grassland into an attractive wildflower meadow takes time and a level of patience is required,” the report said. “It is also acknowledged that there is a continuous need to engage with residents to find the best fit between areas of meadow, kickabout areas and mown paths on open spaces. The Growing Places policy also provides an opportunity for residents to arrange bulb planting days, have additional tree planting and works carried out during the winter months and to adopt herbaceous bedding schemes at suitable locations. “Since its introduction the new policy has proved to be a success and the council will continue to meet with local residents to address issues of concern as the need arises,” the report said.

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CONGRATULATIONS Local TDs wish new President well


I WISH to extend my warmest congratulations to Michael D. Higgins, on his historic achievement on being elected to the office of President. Michael D. Higgins is a man of conviction and great courage whom I have been proud to call a friend for many years. His victory in the Presidential election is the culmination of years of unparalleled commitment in championing the causes of marginalised people at both home and abroad.


ON Friday, November 11, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as President of Ireland with a commitment to be a “President for all the people”. I believe President Higgins will honour that pledge over the next

In his acceptance speech he said: “We Irish are a creative, resourceful, talented and warm people, with a firm sense of common decency and justice. Let us address the next seven years with hope and courage as we work together to build the future for our country – an Ireland we all feel part of, an Ireland we all feel proud of.” I know that Michael D, along with his wife Sabina, and their family will represent the people of Dublin West and our nation with both dignity and honour.

seven years. The role of President is specifically defined. They must act as a guardian of our constitution and, where appropriate, refer legislation to the courts to determine its constitutionality. The President can also play a crucial role in supporting investment and job creation by strengthening diplomatic


HERE in Dublin 15 we feel a special affinity with the Aras and its occupant. Although it’s actually in the neighbouring constituency of Dublin Central, the Phoenix Park feels part and parcel of our neighbourhood, and so does its principal tenant. Michael D. Higgins has managed to emerge unscathed from an extraordinary election campaign. That in itself is no small achievement. But he also made it over

the finishing line, and won a nation’s affections in the process. He retained his dignity during the often heated, and sometimes bitter, election debates. All of the candidates received a warm and courteous reaction from members of the public during their election tours. But Michael D’s lifelong commitment to politics earned him an immediate respect, wherever he went. As a Fine Gael Minister in the Government, and a long-standing member of the Party, I have very different opinions to Michael D in many areas.

We stand at opposite ends of the political spectrum. But I have always admired and respected his honesty, his integrity, and his commitment. As a result, when it became increasingly difficult during the election campaign to envisage a Fine Gael victory, I was the only Fine Gael Cabinet member to call on our voters to give their second preference vote to Michael D. I believe that call has been more than vindicated with the election result. Congratulations Michael D, you will be an excellent President.

links with other countries. Our new President will carry out these tasks with dignity and skill. However, I believe he will also lead by example in highlighting important aspects of Irish life, which have not received the attention they deserve. Throughout his political career, Michael

D Higgins has been a champion for equality, democracy and community both at home and abroad. I believe as President he will continue to highlight and showcase the fantastic work being done by carers, by volunteers and by community activists right across Ireland.

Michael D. Higgins argued strongly in his inauguration speech that the worth of a person was determined not by their wealth but by the content of their character. That is a message that should spark a national discussion about how we shape a fairer, more caring, society in the future.

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SPEED Carpenterstown Avenue notorious for speeding motorists TENNIS:


Greens call to introduce speed checks New


CALLS have been made for gardai to implement random speed checks along Carpenterstown Avenue, an area ‘‘prone to heavy amounts of speeding” . Dublin West’s Green

Party representative Roderic O’Gorman has called on gardai to introduce the speed checks along the stretch of road that has become notorious for speeding motorists. He said: “I have written to the Superintendent in Blanchardstown

Garda Station, asking him to request the Traffic Corps undertake random speed checks along Carpenterstown Avenue. “This stretch of road is prone to heavy amounts of speeding, particularly at night. “It was an issue raised on the doors with me

during the byelection in estates like Bramley, Laverna and Oaktree and again at the recent AGM of the Carpenterstown Park Residents Association,” said O’Gorman. “The stretch of road between the Sycamore roundabout and the Maple roundabout is

particularly bad. “However, I believe that, if the gardai started implementing a series of random speed checks, this will make a difference. “A few motorists getting fines for excessive speed will quickly act as a deterrent. In an

area which has such a concentration of young people, it is essential that parents feel their children are safe as they walk alongside or cross the road. “I hope the gardai will act quickly on t h i s r e q u e s t ,” s a i d O’Gorman.

Event list for Laurel Lodge

IT’S game, set and match for Laurel Lodge residents where tennis classes are set to feature on the programme of events organised by the Castleknock Community Centre following a massive uptake in the game. Children and adults have been practising their best back hand since the summer when they took part in classes, put together by centre manager, John Howell and Lorraine Reid of the Management Committee. --------------------------

Ballet Ireland dancer, Diarmaid O’Meara, poses with some of the adult dance ballet students


Excited to be back with a new range of dance class Q LAURA WEBB

A FORMER student at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in London has returned to Dublin 15 with a range of dance classes for all ages. Clare Connolly will teach classes for children aged from two years of age up to adults. Classes will include

ballet, creative dance, musical theatre and street dance. Clare says that she’s bringing back her great experience, and that she’s excited to be back in Ireland with a range of dance classes in Dublin 15. She says: “Everyone has the ability to dance. It is great fun and has enormous health benefits.


‘Everyone has the ability to dance; it’s great fun with enormous health benefits’


“You can improve coordination, confidence,

poise, grace and stamina whilst toning up, getting fit and having an absolute blast.” The Dublin 15 native is running classes in different locations across Dublin 15 in St Mochta’s in Porterstown, Ongar Community Centre and Scoil Ghrainne in Phibblestown. As part of the adult classes in Ongar Com-

munity Centre and Phibblestown, Clare will bring a guest artist to the studio. Last week, the classes’ first guest artist was, Diarmaid O’Meara. “He was over from London on tour with Ballet Ireland, and taught the Adult Ballet class, which comprises a group of complete beginners, ranging from early


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30s to 60s, and some who danced as children. “I intend to bring a guest artist in each term to allow the dancers to see how much they have progressed and to give them a confidence and motivation boost. “I believe that, no matter what level they are at, they deserve access to the best opportunities,” Clare told The Gazette.

‘We fully intend to continue these tennis programmes during 2012’


Brendan Moran, tennis development officer, FCC


Since then management said there had been a huge amount of interest in the programm e with up to 40 children now attending the current Fingal County Council Parks Department Programme. Around 12 ladies enjoy the FCC-supported Thursday morning tennis sessions, under the expert guidance of Tennis Ireland certified coach, Marcin Odachowski. “We fully intend to continue these programmes d u r i n g 2 01 2 ,” s a i d Brendan Moran, tennis development officer with Fingal County Council. “Maybe adding an exciting cardio tennis programme for good measure to help people get back in shape after the Christmas festivities. “Cardio is a fun way to keep fit while improving your tennis skills and it beats an hour on the treadmill,” said Brendan.

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EVENT Save Our Sons and Daughters’ charity night

Maria Fusco and Edward Smith

Fashion show

OSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) held their 2nd annual charity fashion show at The Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda recently. The show was organised by one of Ireland’s top stylist, Amanda Kevlin. The SOSAD charity night in Drogheda proved to be a fantastic night of fashion and fun, all the while raising awareness and money for this extremely important and ever-morerelevant charity and cause. There were a number of celebrities on the night including, RTE Masterchef star Nick Munier, Gerald Kean and Lisa Murphy, Dragon Den’s Niall O’Farrell, Louis Copeland and Bernie Cafolla. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, Ireland’s top couture fashion designer to the stars, Synan O’Mahony, also showcased his Autumn Winter 2011. Irish rugby star and SOSAD patron, Shane Horgan, was in attendance and took to the mic to give away thousands of euro worth of incredible auction pieces and raffle prizes.


Hazel Kaneswaren, Catherine Morgan and Georgia Salpa

Michelle Field, Chris O’Hara and Michelle Kinsella

Sandy Maher and Janet Pepper

Twelve-year-old Sophia Rocca, who sang her version Leona Darby and Camille Ingoldsby

Theresa Rocca, Sophia Rocca and Bernard Rocca

of Michael Jackson’s, You are not alone

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FCC Poster helping to make people stop and think

Campaign to stamp out chewing gum Q LAURA WEBB

A SUCCESSFUL campaign to reduce the amount of chewing gum littering local towns and cities is continuing next year, with a further threeyear enhanced campaign to raise awareness of gum litter. Each year, Fingal County Council spends approximately €3.5 million removing litter, graffiti and chewing gum from the streets. Over the last few years, FCC has been involved in the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) initiative 2006-2009. The success of the campaign has led to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to





Elements of the new campaign include radio and poster advertising, responsible disposal messaging on-pack and on television advertising


come together with the chewing gum industry again for a further threeyear enhanced campaign beginning 2012. According to a spokes-

The new campaign

person for FCC, the success of this campaign demonstrates the direct linkage between increased awareness and reduced levels of littered gum on our streets. In a council report, it states: “Research carried out on behalf of the GLT by Millward Brown Lansdowne showed that the perception of chewing gum as litter increased from 79% in 2007 to 89% in 2009 and in 2009 59% claim that the GLT poster has already made them stop dropping gum on the street or is very/fairly likely to make them stop compared to 52% in 2008. “Furthermore, the significance of a litter fine, and particularly the effect of enforcement officers in

will include this poster

these times of recession, has increased with 51% claiming that, in 2008, enforcement officers issuing fines had already made them stop dropping gum or were very or fairly likely to make them stop dropping gum. In 2009, the comparable figure was 65%,” the council report said. The report outlines that these changes in attitude are also reflected in changed behaviour. “Littered gum was monitored in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway. A tailored, littered gum monitoring methodolog y

was used and agreed by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the national litter monitoring body, Tobin Consulting Engineers, who verified the monitoring surveys. In 2009 the GLT achieved a reduction of 37% in littered gum. This is a 57% baseline litter monitoring reduction year on year.” Elements of the new campaign include radio

and poster advertising, responsible disposal messaging on-pack and on television advertising, as well as an expanded education campaign across schools. Interactive elements to the campaign include an online game on the GLT website, and the utilisation of social networking websites and other channels to highlight the socially desirable aspects of responsible gum disposal.


Garda Survivors Support Assoc. MEZZO soprano Fiona Murphy will join the band of An Garda Siochana for an evening of seasonal music at Westmanstown Sports and Conference. The Garda Survivors Support Association is hosting its annual concert in aid of the group, which is dedicated to helping surviving families rebuild their lives after experiencing the trauma of a loved one’s death during service. On Friday, December 2, the stunning voice of mezzo soprano Fiona will be joined by the band of An Garda Siochana for a night of great entertainment. Musical director on the night is Inspector Pat Kenny and compere is Ray Kennedy (RTE). The show starts at 8pm sharp and takes place at Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.

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EVENT Love and Fury staged at Blanchardstown library

Jack Holmes and Geraldine Deegan

Director Paul Hayes and Fair City actor, David Heap. Pictures: Ania Sherlock

Performance draws heaps of praise

Glenda Browne and Helena Dalton

Enid Bebbington, Michael Fluskey, Mary Ferris and Kevin Ferris

Dorota Migocka

HERE was plenty of excitement at Blanchardstown Library recently when theatre-goers turned up for the opening night of a production of the play, Love and Fury, by Jonathan Swift. Fair City’s David Heap was starring as Swift in the production and his


portrayal drew plenty of praise from the audience. The play concentrates on the 1720s when Swift published some of his greatest work, including Gulliver’s Travels. Swift is mourning the love of his life

through poetry, prayer and elegy, while railing against bankers, society and even humanity. The event certainly proved to be a memorable evening for all who attended. The play was directed by Paul Hayes.

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GazetteNUTRITION NUTRITION Healthier way to takeaway food Q LEILA JOHARI

THIS month there is plenty of reality TV hitting our screens. Between the X Factor and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, there are several excuses to stay in and curl up on the couch, phone in hand, surrounded by dozens of takeaway menus. Pizza, burgers, Indian, Thai or Chinese – the choice is endless! Takeaways are a convenient meal on a cold, dark winter’s night when the last thing you want to do

is go outside to shop for ingredients. What could be better than getting a hot meal delivered right to your doorstep that you can just throw in the bin afterwards? No need to spend time cooking and cleaning up – imagine missing the latest performance! Unfortunately, this is not beneficial to our health. These shows go on for weeks, so we must not make this a weekly habit! The question is how can we make these nights a little bit health-

ier, so we don’t have to feel guilty about making the delivery boy venture out in the rain? Here are some facts and tips on how to make your favourite takeaways more nutritious and take that guilt away. Take this away for thought… Every single person in the country eats one type of takeaway at least once a week In general, up to 60% of total calories from takeaway meals come from fat, with three quar-

ters of meals analysed over the recommended fat limits. Saturated fat and salt content is high. Meals are short on a wide variety of nutrients such as fibre, vitamin C, E and the B group vitamins. In addition to the main meal, it is very tempting to order starters, side dishes and drinks. A milkshake, for example, can add up to 300 calories to your meal! Not to mention onion bhajis, samosas, chips and spring rolls, which are all deep-fried

Up to 60% of total calories from takeaway meals come from fat

and high in saturated fat. Takeaway the Guilt

Pizza: Pizza can be r e a s o n a b l y h e a l t hy depending on which you choose and the size of the portion. Most pizza is high in cheese, which is high in fat, but also protein and calcium. The carbohydrate base provides a good source of energy and the tomato sauce contains caro-

tenoids, such as lycopene-powerful phytochemicals that protect us against cell damage. Avoid meat-based pizza and choose a vegetable pizza instead. Burger in a bun with chips: Meat burgers in a bap are high in total fats, saturates and calories. Many are them are made with poor quality meat and topped with processed cheese, which is high in fat and

salt. Burgers are low in fibre and vitamin C and chips are deep-fried and high in fat. When ordering a burger, ensure that the meat is lean, preferably organic. Request a wholemeal bun if available and avoid cheese and mayonnaise, sticking with tomato relish and salad. Chinese/Japanese: Chinese and Japanese takeaway choices can be one of the worst, as they are high in salt, fat and calories and can contain flavour enhancers such as monosodium glutamate and other additives. Higher fat dishes include sweet and sour pork in batter, duck dishes and special fried rice. For a lowerfat meal go for stir-fried vegetable dishes with lower fat protein such as chicken or beef in chilli sauce and choose plain, boiled rice or noodles. Indian/Thai: Indian and Thai are one of the nation’s favourites and the spices used can provide many health benefits. However, all the meat, spices, onions and other vegetables are fried in oil, which later rises to the surface so the dishes are quite oily. When choosing curries, it is best to opt for tomato-based sauces rather than highfat sauces that contain coconut milk or cream such as “tikka-masala”. Tandoori (dry) chicken with mango chutney or raita is a delicious meal and an excellent source of protein.

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No words to say how good this is Q ROB HEIGH

Kate Bush’s 50 Words For Snow is a record that captures the season with ease

THERE are some artists you listen to at certain times in your life, and mean certain things to you. Some pass the years as constants, some you fall out of love with, some diminish their vibrancy as their output equates with diminishing returns, and some disappear to leave a sweet memory of brief but blazing impact. And there are the rare few who stand all test of time. The ones who disappear for years on end but whose return is like the return of a comet - blazing, epic and anticipated like little else. We have so far been blessed this year with one Kate Bush record,

although the revisiting of the Red Shoes and Sensual World albums on The Director’s Cut set in June might not entirely count as new, although it did showcase a more mature vocal style from Kate on songs that have become so beloved to her fans. The arrival of 50 Words For Snow, however, is one of those comet-like events, an entirely new set of songs that were developed on the back of a creative rush that came after the Director’s Cut recordings. Where previously there would have been potentially years, even decades, between the release of that record and this new one, the theme of winter that informs every track, as well as the immediacy that

shines through the recording, means that Christmas has come early. Within seconds, those first four notes of the piano phrase at the start of Snowflake, catch your breath and capture you wholly for the next 65 minutes. It’s a concept album of sorts, each song being in some way related to snow and winter, but that is merely a thread on which to hang themes that are familiar to fans, such as love, sensuality and motherhood, as well as Kate’s playful way with words and almost theatrical constructions in musical form, such as on the title track, which features the unique tones of Stephen Fry. As on Kate’s previous records, various guests

appear on the tracks, with the lead track, Snowflake mostly voiced by Kate’s son, Albert, while Elton John appears on Snowed In At Wheeler Street, and gives the kind of performance that you wish he would more often — utterly focused and intoning more than he has in decades - initially, I couldn’t believe it was Elton singing, he is that good. Not one track is less than seven minutes long, and the detail and space they inhabit within this unconstrained structure means that the songs and the stories they tell live and breathe, and each one is no less than perfect. Del Palmer’s recording has allowed an almost freejazz approach to emerge,

with wisps of strings or simply Kate’s expressive, unique voice and a piano, to say as much as the lyrics impart. The white canvas of winter has been used here to paint song-stories that are more expressive, more emotional, and more brilliant than most artists achieve in their entire careers. Kate Bush is like the character in Snowed In At Wheeler Street, the one who returns occasionally throughout time to set the life of the other protagonist alight with love and beauty and the experience of something magical. That experience is what listening to this record is like, and that is why this is the best record you will hear this year.

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Keeping out our unwanted house guests IT pains me to admit it, but last weekend I morphed into the quintessential, frenzied, desperate housewife complete with rubber marigolds, old t-shirt and leggings and embarked on the seasonal ritual of what I call, winterising my home. You see each winter I scrub, wash out, air, hoover, clear out, turn over and block up every square inch of my home, inside and out… whether it needs it or not. I have to explain at this stage, ladies, that it’s not usual practice for me to do housework on a regular basis; I’d rather write a novel in the dust on my TV screen than run a cloth across it but there’s something about winter that brings out the Mar-

tha Stewart in me – without the criminal record I hasten to add. Now as this ritual involves some deep cleaning and maintenance, poor old “he who must be obeyed” was dispatched outdoors in order to combine such exterior tasks as gutter cleaning and vine trimming with a comprehensive inspection list, (drawn up and laminated by me) to make sure he “prepared and winterised” our nest with a view to preventing our “wild” neighbours, from becoming unwanted house guests. Let me explain. When the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, wildlife, that often, through no fault of their own, have nowhere

Squirrels can damage your home

else to go, start to seek winter accommodation. This usually means in your attic, under your decking, down your pipes, in wall nooks and crannies, or up your chimney. So, with that in mind, here’s what happens in my household. I’ll first make sure no animals are trapped inside and if any are, I

gently remove them and place them either in an area of my garden that’s already set aside for wildlife or rehabilitate them back to their natural habitat before I permanently seal any entries. I also use binoculars to check the roofline or high up areas like the eaves, inspecting hallows and cracks large enough to

allow animals to enter; checking for loose tiles on the roof. I then inspect those areas I don’t use regularly – attic, crawl spaces, etc., – checking for any signs of daylight. If you can see daylight, you have a cavity that requires filling. R e m e m b e r, w h e n checking the attic, look out for animal droppings, signs of chewing and nesting materials and pay special attention to the intersection of the roof and the trim. If there is evidence of any of the above, assume an animal is present and never seal a gap until you are one hundred per cent sure the animal has safely gone. Look behind radiators or anywhere that pipes enter the building

for potential entry points for wildlife. Inspect the chimney to make sure it’s not home for any small animals or birds prior to lighting the fire and installing a safety guard. Hire a professional if you’re unsure how to do this. Trim branches away from the house to limit access for climbing wildlife. Remember to clean up any debris left lying around the garden. We adore all animals in our house, especially wildlife and enjoy nothing more than watching the birds feed and bathe from our homemade feeders. The little squirrel I noticed in my garden recently was such a cutie, however, if she gets herself

trapped inside my walls via any loose roof tiles, digs her way through my attic and raises her furry family in the box where I keep my now vintage wedding dress, especially as I’ve just managed to evict my own human offspring, then I’m certain she’ll lose a bit of her rustic charm and appeal pretty quickly. So, keep this thought in mind, prevention is the best and easiest solution. However, you must make absolutely certain you do this humanely and compassionately. It is a criminal offence to hurt, injure or cause distress to any animal. For more information, log onto or email miriam.kerins@

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RoadSigns Road Signs

RENAULT’S ELECTRIC CHALLENGE RENAULT Ireland’s managing director, Eric Basset, has set a challenge for his dealer network and team that will see 1,000 Renault electric vehicles sold in Ireland next year. The Renault boss, who has overseen the marque’s market share double since his arrival in Ireland in 2009, is confident that one in 10 Renault vehicles sold in 2012 will be electric. He has also stood by his commitment to make electric vehicles affordable to all, and reminds those in any doubt that Ireland is leading the way in Europe for infrastructure and availability of electric vehicles. The Renault Kangoo ZE was launched last week and is available to test drive at dealerships, priced from €16,400 incl. VRT ex VAT and including the Government grant of €3,800.

The new Kia Rio took home the The Continental Irish Car of the Year award for 2012 last week

King of the road 2012 After a week driving the new Kia Rio, CORMAC CURTIS could see why it took home the Continental Irish Car of the Year award IA are here to compete, no question. The new Rio has just been released to the Irish market and it must surely be making the suits in Toyota and Ford shift uncomfortably in their boardroom seats. Even before this quality Korean brand caused an industry upset by taking home the 2012 Continental Car of the Year award last week, the Rio was turning heads. The terrific looks, performance, spec and price of this car will impress even the most jaded petrol head. This is a brand that is bringing some serious quality to their cars, and adding extras as standard with a smaller price tag than much of the competition. For example – compared to the 1.3-litre VVT-i Toyota Yaris – the 1.25-litre Rio is not only 16cm longer, it comes in over €600 cheaper. And then there’s the car’s green credentials.


SPECS: KIA RIO 1.25L Top speed: 172km/hr 0–100km/hr: 12.6 secs Economy: 5.1l/100km CO2 emissions: 119/km Annual Road Tax: €104 Price: From €15,295

The CO2 emissions for the Rio range start at just 85 g/km, putting the Rio EcoDynamics model ahead of all other B-segment vehicles currently on sale in Europe. But let’s talk about this car in practical terms. At first look, the Rio is a looker. If you read through the company spin, they’ll tell you that their engineers and designers worked tirelessly to produce a car that “combines European finesse with Korean spice to create a form language that also communicates Latin flair”… Yeah, I don’t know what that means either.

But, what I do know is that this car looks damn good. In this already-crowded segment, it is difficult for a car to look unique without appearing gimmicky. But the Rio has brought bags of character to the table, with styling all of its own, while at the same time adopting some classic rally-car accents. The look of the front grille and bumper owes a lot to the body kits that adorned many of the modified boy-racer cars of recent years, but the batmanlike character of the headlight clusters elevates this front end to something far more attractive. The low, chrome-rimmed fog lights on the EX model add a nice touch to the “air scoops” below the headlights. The company likes to make some noise about how this version of the Rio is the same weight as its predecessor, even though it is longer, wider, lower and features a wheelbase extended by 70mm. This may be true, and it cer-

tainly contributes to the very roomy interior in the front, rear and boot – but the new design makes you think that, if this car were in a wind tunnel, it wouldn’t cause so much as a ripple in the smoke lines. It is an exercise in aerodynamics, that is, no doubt, key to keeping the fuel economy figures as low as possible. I’m no speed freak behind the wheel, but I do like to have a little fun – and even this 1.25litre has all the performance need to put a smile on your face when the road is clear. The five-speed gearbox in the car I tested was smooth, quick and definite, even though, I must admit, the clutch and accelerator pedals were a little uncertain and took some getting used to. The overall interior of the car is another success for Kia. Even though the test car didn’t feature leather seats, the feeling in the driver’s seat was one of pampered comfort. And the look and feel of the

dashboard doesn’t disappoint either. It may be a small feature, but when you turn the key, the clean, bright dials light up and the various needles come alive by swiping all the way to the top and back before resting at their actual settings. Like I said, it may be a small feature, but it made me smile every time I started the car, and it really shows the kind of attention to detail Kia are putting in to their latest models. Finally, I must mention some of the standard safety equipment thrown in to the range. This includes six airbags (front, side and curtain), ESC (electronic stability control), VSM (vehicle stability management), HAC (hill-start assist control) to prevent roll-back when moving off on gradients, and three-point seatbelts for five occupants. So, on top of everything else, it looks as though the new Rio should score very well in the Euro NCAP tests.

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Family fare at Henley Park is a fantastic find MCGUIRK Beggan Property in Terenure are bringing 43 Henley Park, Churchtown, a threebedroom semi-detached family home with a private west-facing rear garden and quiet cul-de-sac location, to the market for €450,000 The property, which extends to 1,360 sq ft, been extended and also has the added benefit of a garage, offering ample potential to convert.

Nestled in a quiet and leafy cul-de-sac, the property is ideally located just off Churchtown Road Lower and only a short stroll from the LUAS. The accommodation comprises entrance porch with a tiled floor, a carpeted entrance hall with ample understair storage. The living/dining room has an expansive layout, with a large picture frame window and interconnecting doors that provide the room with natural light. It features two tilesurround fireplaces, and double sliding doors that allow access through to the family room, which overlooks the rear garden. The kitchen features an array of fitted wall- and floor-level units, a built-in breakfast bar, lino flooring and tile splash back. There is a utility room off the kitchen, which

Number 43, Henley Park is on the market for €450,000

features a tiled floor, sink unit and additional storage presses. It is plumbed for a washing machine and there are two separate accesses to the rear garden. The bedrooms are all well-sized and feature carpeted flooring and fitted wardrobes. The master bathroom comprises bath with electric shower, WHB, WC,

and is fully tiled. Outside, the front garden is fully cobble-locked, so offers ample off-street parking, and it is shielded with mature shrubbery. The rear garden measures 50ft in length, is walled and has a laid-in lawn. It is not overlooked so offers good privacy. The garden also enjoys an enviable westerly aspect, capturing all the afternoon and

evening sunshine. This wonderful home is sure to attract strong interest so early viewing is highly recommended. The property is available for viewing, which can be arranged through Sinead Beggan at McGuirk Beggan Property on 01 419 0600. For more information, see www.mcguirkbeggan. ie.


A magnificent Manor CARTY Property Advisors are bringing No 32, Steeple Manor in Trim, a superbly designed five-bedroom detached residence perfectly positioned in a modern and much sought-after residential estate of fine detached homes, to the market for an asking price of €349,950. This family home, which was constructed to a high standard, was extended in 2002. The property, which has been stylishly decorated and maintained in meticulous condition throughout, benefits from a walled entrance with tarmac driveway, allowing

Number 32, Steeple Manor in Trim is on the market for €349,950

for off-street parking, as well as two side entrances to the professionally-landscaped garden, which features a decking area. The accommodation comprises entry hall, living room, a study, kitchen, dining room, family room, TV room, utility room, as

well as five large bedrooms on the upper level, with the master bedroom featuring a walk-in wardrobe, en suite and study. Two of the bedrooms share a Jack & Jill-style en suite facility, while the fourth bedroom has an en suite. There is also a large

family bathroom. Properties at Steeple Manor were constructed approximately nine years ago of timber-frame construction, and the develpoment is situated beside Newtown. There is an excellent host of amenities and historical sites on is door step. Viewing is highly recommended and can be arranged by contacting Carty Property Advisors on 04694 86860, or see for more information.

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Enjoying a winter break in the south-west A great week on and off the slopes in the Frech Alps

BLACKROCK-BASED company, Highlife, is offering some decent ski packages this snow season. There is no doubt that the right resort can mean the difference between a mediocre ski holiday and a refreshingly good one. Highlife has several destinations that will guarantee a great week both on and off the slopes. They continue to focus solely on the French Alps because of the expansive, well-maintained ski areas and the superb infrastructure and facilities on offer. With Morzine, Meribel and Val d’Isere, on offer, each boasts a great snow record and also offers a wide range of skiing terrain suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.

Val D’Isere Val d’Isere has earned the reputation of being one of the greatest ski resorts in the world as a result of its sensational high-altitude skiing and chic village setting. Linked with the neighbouring resort of Tignes to create L’Espace Killy, the combined ski area offers an astounding variety of terrain, both on- and off-piste, for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has hosted Olympic and World Cup competitions. Dating back to the 11th century, Val d’Isere still retains much of its traditional Savoyarde architecture and authentic village atmosphere. The town is a shopper’s paradise, with upmarket boutiques and traditional French patisseries lining its sophisticated main street. Visitors are spoilt for choice by the resort’s renowned range of cafes, restaurants and apres ski bars. As many of the pistes come right into the centre of town, non-skiers can choose a sunny terrace to enjoy the fun from the comfort of a deck chair.

Ski area Val d’Isere offers a good range of nursery slopes as well as extensive skiing for intermediates. For more advanced skiers and snowboarders, the Espace Killy area is well-known for its challenging black runs and sensational off-piste skiing. From Val d’Isere, you are within easy skiing distance of the base of the Grand Motte, one of Europe’s largest pisted glaciers. At 3,400m, the glacier offers over 40km of huge, sweeping runs and breath-taking views out over the Alps. Go to for more information.


I’M ashamed to admit that it’s not very often I get to enjoy a few days away in Ireland, so I can’t help overlooking just how much our country has to offer. After taking up the opportunity for an early winter break in the wonderful west, however, it’s something I plan on doing again very soon. The Malton Hotel (formerly the Great Southern Hotel) was our home for two nights in Killarney, and is located in the heart of the town just a minute from the train station. The tall windows, marble columns and traditional furniture of the 150-year-old Victorian building were complemented by the contemporary-styled reception area and the staff were incredibly welcoming, warm and helpful. We stayed in a Junior Suite in the West Wing of the main house, one of the hotel’s 171 guestrooms, which continued to boast its old-fashioned charm with high ceilings and Victorian-style interior. The spacious suite was, unsurprisingly, spotless and had a second-floor view of the hotel gardens and a backdrop of the Kerry Mountains. The hotel prides itself

on letting time slow down a little for its guests and I can promise the days we spent there seemed to last forever – in the best way possible. How we managed to fit so much into one day I’ll never understand, but we did, while still finding time to relax, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, dinner and seeing the local sights. Dinner on our first night was spent in the Garden Room Restaurant where we sat at a window overlooking the garden and ordered from the reasonable table d’hote menu,

continental and traditional Irish favourites were available as well as a choice of vanilla pancakes, French brioche toast and fish specials from the a la carte menu. The amenities in the hotel included the relaxing P unchbowl Bar, where we enjoyed a predinner drink, the resident’s library and reading room, as well as its six acres of landscaped gardens. The Health and Beauty Rooms offer a range of treatments but with a long to-do list, we could only pay a quick visit. Despite the chang-


‘Driving along the N71, we took in some must-see spots on the way to the picturesque spot of Moll’s Gap, including Torc Waterfall, Avoca and Ladies’ View’


which included a fourcourse dinner and a sorbet between courses. The fried mozzarella, tomato and chickpea stew, and jumbo prawn cocktail with cucumber pearls, were enjoyed as starters while the fillet of Hereford beef and mushroom butter was definitely a favourite. Breakfast was also served in the restaurant, where a buffet of both

ing rooms being a little small and slightly dated, the swimming pool was a good size and appeared very family-friendly.

Seeing the Sights We looked at some bargains at the K illarney Outlet Centre, which was right next door to the hotel, and took a wander through the town, discovering its many treasures, includ-

ing Quills’ fashion house and vintage store, Retro Rose Bazaar. We found some of the best locally-sourced food products at The Markets on Old Milk Market Lane, and paused for tea at the century-old Miss Courtney’s Tearooms. Driving along the N71, we took in some must-see spots on the way to the picturesque Moll’s Gap, including Torc Waterfall, Avoca and Ladies’ View. Driving towards Kenmare, we paid a visit to Molly Gallivan’s traditional cottage and Lorges chocolatiers found along Glengarriff Road. We enjoyed our second night’s dinner at The Smokehouse, a cosy restaurant with a laid back atmosphere, an open kitchen and a quirky menu. Despite a limited dessert selection, a huge effort went into the freshness, quality and taste of the food where we enjoyed good wine, great service and a delicious meal. Before heading home, we took a horse-drawn carriage through Killarney National Park with Killarney Jaunting Cars. With five generations of the Tangney Family running the business, we took an informative and entertaining guided

The luxurious Malton

jaunt through the Parklands, past the Lakes of Killarney and on to Ross Castle. Tours with Killarney Jaunting Cars are available all year round, with winter sleigh rides available during Christmas time. Full-day tours and boat tours are also available and can be booked through your hotel or by visiting Two nights B&B plus one evening meal are available at The Malton, Killarney, at €159 pps at weekends, €139 during midweek. The hotel is also offering great festive breaks for Christmas party nights, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day packages and New Year’s Eve breaks. For more information, visit www.themalton. com.

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Visit Santa and his elves in Killarney this Christmas WITH so many festive treats happening in Killarney this Christmas, it’s no wonder Santa will be visiting his Secret Christmas Village during the month of December, and children will have the chance to visit and see his mischievous elves in action. See Mrs Claus baking in her Gingerbread Kitchen, or the elves working hard in the Toy Makers’ Workshop. Take a peek at Santa’s sleigh before Christmas Eve and see where the elves sleep at night in the Elf Dormitory. Take a wander through Santa’s Farm Yard and see his reindeer in training. And, finally, meet the man himself and get your picture taken with Santa in his Holiday Cottage. The Secret Christmas Village is open for visits from December 2 – 23. Prices range from €15 per child or €50 for a family ticket (Two adults, three children). Booking is essential and can be booked with local hotels or made at

Hotel is located in the heart of Killarney and just a minute from the train station

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GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Alexej Gorlatch CONTINUING its eclectic range of superb music, the Dun Laoghaire theatre presents Alexej Gorlatch in concert. The young Ukranian pianist has collected a string of international awards, with his skills delighting listeners all around the world. His programme will include works by Beethoven and Chopin, with popular and challenging pieces to enthral all audiences. Alexej’s performance can be enjoyed at 8pm on Friday, November 25, with admission costing €17/€15.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Trading Faces ... DUNDRUM theatregoers can be counted upon to give Adele King a warm welcome when she stars in Trading Faces... Or Who Gives A Tuck?, which follows a dowdy 50-something Dubliner who decides that cosmetic surgery is the answer to all her prayers for a new and exciting life ... but is it? Described as a hilarious and moving production, the production runs at 6pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, November 26, with admission costing €25/€20.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Paddy Cole PERENIALLY popular musician, Paddy Cole and his All Stars are ready to delight audiences with an eclectic evening of music, with everything from jazz, rock and roll, swing and sounds of the Sixties set to bring something for all tastes to the night’s entertainment. A legendary musician, Paddy has been delighting audiences for decades, and is all set to entertain on the night and, best of all, the night is a fundraiser, being held in aid of St Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired – Ireland’s only centre for blind children. The concert is at 8pm on Tuesday, November 29, with admission costing €22/€18 conc.

Peter Ward ( Daniel Craig), his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz) and their daughters (Claire and Taylor Geare) seem to have a great life ... However, they soon begin to suspect there’s something unnerving about their seemingly perfect house – what is its mysterious past?

Building tensions ... This tale of a house with a mysterious past is interesting, but it’s also unlikely to haunt viewers’ minds for very long Q KATE CROWLEY

ANOTHER day, another film, and another house of horrors for your consideration. (Speaking of which, dear readers, be grateful you’ve never seen home videos of Mr Crowley’s wedding dancing – or Dad-Dancing, as darling Crowleyetta bluntly puts it.) Just what is it about mysterious old houses that directors seem to find so fascinating, in this case, Jim Sheridan? I’ve yet to see something that’s truly horrifying – such as the desperate problem with pyrite foundations that so many Dublin householders, and our rural cousins, are facing – but the perils of swelling building materials don’t seem to interest directors quite as much as spooky goings-on in basements. And so, plumbing the depths of an old formula, we arrive at this particular

FILM OF THE WEEK: Dream House ++ (15A) 91 mins Director: Jim Sheridan Starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Two Cute Kids and A House’s Mysterious Secret

OUR VERDICT: HERE we go again – don’t go down into that cellar, or digging around into the past! It’s an interesting take on the haunted house formula, where the main figure is a haunted figure, in the psychological sense of the word. However, the film soon descends into standard shlock-horror routine, turning the film into something that you could just as easily pass, and carry on down the street ...

Dream House; the kind of place that Mr Blandings would steer well clear of (that’s a nod to our older readers, and hello there, mammy), yet which craggy Peter Ward (Craig), wife Libby (Weisz) and little girls are living in. It’s the kind of cosy, comfortable house that we’re all so used to seeing in the movies – you know, happy children, plenty of space, nice furniture, aloof neighbours, mysterious figures standing around outside in the midnight snow, a gang of strangers in the basement – so far, this almost

sounds like the Crowley household at Christmas, but with somewhat less Dad-Dancing. Still – and perhaps the preceding paragraph has tipped my hat at where review this is going – all is not well in the Ward house, as Peter and family are, shall we say, alarmed at the strange figures and goings on that are taking place around, and focused on, their dream house. It’s soon clear that another family once lived there – but it’s a family that seems to have met an unfortunate end. Once Peter starts to

look into the history of the house, and what may or may not have happened to the former occupants, it’s clear that it was anything but a dream house. Err... I’m now at the point in this review where, if I was giving you the lowdown on a big ol’ boat, heading at a jaunty clip towards America in April, 1912, and what the sudden sighting of a chunk of ice might have meant for that titanic vessel, I’d have to either tell you a little too much about the film’s outcome, or totally change tack. In other words, I’m stuck with what I’ll call “The Twist Is That Bruce Willis Is Already Dead In A Certain Film” syndrome, or TTITBWIADIACF, for short, and, here, there’s definitely a TTITBWIADIACF lurking just below the film’s surface, ready to spring several serious leaks in the Ward family’s lifestyle – or, more specifically, in

Peter’s very sanity. Well folks, there ain’t no sanity clause that I can think of to exploit to avoid saying much more about the film without springing secrets that you don’t need to know just yet, so I’ll cut the plot summary there. It’s an interesting twist on the haunted house formula, with the point here being that, rather than being a tale of a haunted place, perhaps there’s nothing more wretched than a haunted figure, with ghosts of the past lingering, half-felt on the edge of memory, with a doorframe, or a hallway, capable of springing an unexpected surprise. Thanks to that earlier TTITBWIADIACF I mentioned – and that’s the last time I’ll wield that acronym, like a house brick – I can’t say much more, other than it’s an okay film, but can’t compete with the true horror that is Dad-Dancing ...

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Months needed to truly explore Skyrim SHANE DILLON

IT’S been a very long time since I’ve found a game experience to be daunting, in the best sense of the word, but that’s the one word that kept coming to mind with the recent cross-platform release, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Despite its former, formidable popularity on older consoles and platforms, the roleplaying/ adventure genre has largely died away on modern consoles, save for continuing – if niche – popularity as, generally, Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games, such as World of Warcraft. However, although MMOs continue to enjoy significant success, and are very popular in other parts of the world, here, MMOs and their console counterparts are something of an acquired taste. Still, Skyrim is a title that should easily wander its way up the charts as, despite seeing an awful lot of

media stories concentrating on the console “showdown” between the Battlefield and Call of Duty rival series, Skyrim’s pedigree makes it a significant contender for Game of the Year, regardless of the games’ platform it’s played upon. But first, back to that particular word I picked out: daunting. It really seems to be the most appropriate word for this title, as I can recall few other titles with the vast range of gameplay options, as well as the sheer size of the world, that Skyrim comes with. In fact, the only other games that compare with it are its predecessors, as well as spiritual counterparts that were also developed by Bethesda – a games company that can truly lay claim to the title of “building worlds”. Here, as with its broadly similar predecessors, the player finds themselves in a new land – new to them, but one that’s filled with a wide

Saying Halo to a big anniversary ALTHOUGH gamers are very used to seeing sequels churning out almost identical versions of the same title, where each sequel is barely an evolutionary step forward from its predecessor, it’s very unusual to see any title revisited. However, that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from presenting Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, marking the ten-year anniversary of the iconic XBox title. I’ll be reviewing that just-released title next week, as well as looking at how it’s been performing at various global markets. The Halo series has been b one of the powerhouses of the XBox empire, on both hardware platforms, and a key title for Microsoft. The original Halo was a breath of fresh air in the First Person Shooter genre, and, coupled with some terrific enemy AI, made a major quality mark that even its sequels never quite matched. To celebrate this key title’s anniversary, Microsoft have released the ten-year-old title again – but with a very interestingtwist ... Look out for that full review, next week.

Whether wandering over to one of the region’s towns, exploring mountain peaks, or finding abandoned ruins, Skyrim’s epic world is truly vast, and full of detail

variety of races, towns, ruins and history. After choosing, and editing, a unique character type – such as, say, a character that’s particularly skilled at sneaking quietly, healing quickly and adept at one-handed combat – the player is free to wander the world. And what a world it is, too. What initially may not look like a very large area, on the nicely-modelled map screen, turns out to be vast. Walking for five or ten minutes towards a distant peak – only to realise you’ve barely moved across some foothills in an obscure corner of the map – make the world seem even more impressive, given the wealth of detail, random occurences, ruins and fortifications, changing weather and cycling days and

Want to craft a fireball-wielding ninja lizard mage? Each players’ character is truly their own.

nights experienced upon the way, coupled with chance encounters with friendly or hostile characters and wildlife. Of course, there’s an overall story to follow – or to ignore. Don’t feel like talking to the Jarl (king) of a city, to get the next, crucial bit of information in the deepening plot? Then forget it, and simply pick a distant hill at random, and set off. An almost equally involving adventure is likely to await, with odd characters, bandit attacks, and much more along the way, with every chance encounter, or player decision, affecting how your journey and character skills develop. Frankly, after a lot of time spent plugging away at Skyrim – with several hours usually being enough to blitz through, and finish, most new releases – I’m well aware that I’ve only seen about 40% of locations on

the map – and that’s by almost totally ignoring events and characters met along the way. Instead, rather than “playing” Skyrim, I’ve immersed myself into the adventure it offers, finding, noting, and then not even attempting a great many missions, diversions and opportunities along the way – and all this, within the same, half-discovered parts of the world. My world. After all, despite Skyrim having a number of technical issues and occasionally jarring bugs, which the developer, Bethesda, is famous for in many of its games (with, at the time of writing, my most recent game save having simply vanished), it’s an outstanding title. Occasionally gory, frequently chaotic, generally interesting and always involving, Skyrim’s epic nature make it a musthave title, offering months of gaming, not hours.


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Alan Brogan presenting Hannah Brophy with her U-14

Ross Mullins, Dublin minor footballer, presents Dearbhla Peelo

Liam Rushe, Dublin senior hurler, presents Ellen Baker with her

Most Improved Footballer of the Year award

with her U-8 Most Improved Player of the Year award

U-9 Camogie Player of the Year award

Juvenile awards

Castleknock hail the next generation ASTLEKNOCK Hurling and Football GAA Club held their annual Juvenile Awards night recently in the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club. This was the fourth year to hold such an event in recognition of the efforts and commitment shown by all the juvenile teams throughout the year. Player of the Year Alan Brogan and Dublin senior hurler Liam Rushe were on hand to present awards to the children from Under-8s up to Under-16s in hurling, football and camogie. Over 80 awards were presented to a packed audience of over 600 excited kids accompanied by their mentors and parents. Also presenting awards were Ciaran Kilkenny, Ross Mullins, Ian Cleary, Shane Boland and Kevin Kinlon, all Castleknock members who represented Dublin in 2011. Local hero Alan Brogan said how he has watched the Castleknock Hurling & Football Club rise from infancy and that it is evident that Castleknock GAA is fostering a dynamic and committed breed of very talented players.


Liam Rushe presents Shane Sweeney with his

Ross Mullins with Tigernach Feehilly, U13A

Liam Rushe presenting Luke McCann with his

U-13 Most Improved Player of the Year award

Footballer of the Year award

U-11 Hurler of the Year award

Shane Boland presents Tunde with U-11 Footballer of the Year

Alan Brogan with Amy Mahony, U-16 Footballer of the Year

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Roche adds book award to list of achievements





THE former Dundrum native and ex-Sporting Fingal star was named as the Airtricity’s Player of the Year this month after an heroic showing for Derry City, netting 22 goals for the Northern side in the process.

THE North Dublin star of the track has been marked as a possible F1 star of the future, and continues to impress with his progress on the Asian circuit, shining on the Japanese F3 championship over the last two years.

THE Clondalkin man’s presence as part of the Republic Of Ireland soccer team has been the sole constant of the campaign that ended this month with an aggregate win over Estonia to see Ireland reach Euro 2012.




THE 12th Lock side made Dublin history this month when they claimed the last of an impressive run of camogie titles at Parnell Park; the club’s ladies now own the Under13 to minors crowns in the county.

RUSSELL Park’s finest were on fine form to win the Dublin Senior Football championship title for the first time in eight years recently, and are impressing in their progress in the Leinster championship as well.

THE Malahide ladies once again proved their mettle on the field of play and reached the semi-final of the All-Ireland junior ladies’ football club championship, only to be denied a shot at the title by a determined Aherlow.

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DUNDRUM cyclist Nicolas Roche added another title to his already impressive string of achievements last week when his book, Inside The Peloton, was named as the Irish Sport Book of the Year at the at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards at the RDS. Roche himself was in attendance, having got the permission of his Ag2r La Mondiale team to leave the team training camp at Montgenevre to come to see the award presented, missing two days of training in the process. Roche beat the competition in the category from Tony McCoy, Paul Kimmage, Donncha O’Callaghan, Philip O’Connor and Ronnie Whelan to claim the prestigious prize. The cyclist has had a more successful and promising winter this year, last year having been blighted by injury that hampered what surely would have been a more successful 2011 season in the saddle. “Everything is fine so far,” Roche said last week. “I haven’t started hard yet, I am just taking it easy until this point. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been great but I’ve got some training in anyway. I didn’t run this winter and have stayed clear of injury. I’m ready to step things up now.”

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locations across Dublin, but with this being a special anniversary year for the event, GOAL is hoping that even more people will get involved across the county, and across the country in general. If you would like to organise a Mile near you to assist GOAL’s various humanitarian programmes across the developing world, email Karen at or call GOAL at 01 280 9779.

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Coolmine continue to struggle in league COOLMINE’S first XV suffered a home defeat to Tullamore on Saturday with a late-night kick off under lights at Ashbrook. A mild November evening greeted both players and supporters as they convened for this Leinster League tie, and conditions were perfect for the game, with no breeze favouring either side. But this was a crunch match for Coolmine, who were looking to improve their record in the league so far this season. Their form has seen them register two wins, and come close on too many occasions for their liking to claiming the spoils in matches that they have failed to close out in the dying moments. Tullamore started the game at a blistering pace which they kept up for the first 40 minutes, putting the home side on the back foot, a position they were not to find a way out of until after the turn. Three minutes into the game and the visitors got their first score from a penalty, when Coolmine were deemed to be offside from a clearance kick. Two minutes later, and Tullamore were back into Coolmine territory, this time coming away with a converted try to stretch their lead out to ten points. On the 21-minute mark, Coolmine were unable to contain a driving maul and Tullamore managed to push over for their second try. Coolmine lost a man to the sin bin minutes later, and Tullamore capitalised on the extra man by snatching a third try from the back of a scrum before the referee blew the half-time whistle. Twenty points up, Tullamore were now pressing for the bonus point, and managed to secure it five minutes into the second half. They did get a yellow card of their own three minutes later, but Coolmine were unable to pull any points back during the ten-minute period. Soon after, scrum half Liam Power managed to score Coolmine’s first try of the game. The visitors then had a second man sent to the sin bin, and Coolmine began to pressurise the Tullamore defence on a more constant basis than they had throughout the match, but couldn’t breach it until the 38th minute with a Rob Savage try in the corner. The final score ended with the scoreboard reading 10-27 in Tullamore’s favour. Coolmine now travel to Monivea for the second round of the Junior AIL cup next Saturday, hoping to continue their good run of form in that tournament.

Adam Kelly scoring one of his hat trick of goals in his Under-11s victory over Rivermount Boys in Porterstown

Celtic advance in All-Ireland

CASTLEKNOCK Celtic advanced to the fourth round of the Under-13s All-Ireland Cup last weekend after a 1-0 win over the much-fancied Knocklyon. Celtic took the game to the league leaders, and were on the front foot from the start, with Gabi Aghinita and Alex French-Mullin winning the midfield battle. Celtic were unlucky not to go in front when Ruairi Paton had a snap shot go just wide. After some good work, Celtic won their third corner, and Evin Lawlor’s deliv-

ery saw centre half Sean McGreevy volley the ball home from eight yards out. K nocklyon started the second half well, but Celtic kept their shape and were awarded a penalty when Sean Brennan was taken down, but the spot-kick went just over the crossbar. Celtic kept their heads and came close to adding a second through Jack Bradshaw twice and Ruari Paton with a great header, but both were unlucky. Castleknock closed the game out to take the spoils in a famous victory for Tony Molloy’s

troops, who now face Shelbourne’s Major side in the fourth round. Elsewhere, Celtic’s NDSL Under-11s held Greystones to a 1-1 draw away from home. Greystones, unbeaten in all competitions and runaway group leaders moved the ball well, which the back four of Castleknock found difficult to get to grips with. As Greystones pushed forward, both Ben Blanche and Alex Murphy at right and left back were forced to concede several corners. It was from a break down the wing and a neat interchange that

Greystones poked home for the opening score. Castleknock came out in the second half fired up, with Kevin Long setting up Arron and Robert Lynch, and Ahmed Khalid in midfield, to press forward. It was in one of the resultant attacks that Dylan Mulhearn got on the end of a cross from Robert Lynch and, as he threw himself at the ball, it squeezed past the onrushing keeper to level the tie. After that, the back four of Castleknock were rarely troubled with the exception of one save from Jack Kearney and,

as the game wore on, it was Greystones who were the happier to hear the final whistle. The next session of the Castleknock Celtic Coaches Club is on November 26 in Porterstown Park at 1pm. Topics include goalkeeping exercises for managers to use during training sessions, given by Matt Gregg from Just 4Keepers, as well as basic coaching fundamentals, including team shape (separate sessions for Small-sided Game and 11 a sides). Aspiring coaches are welcome to come along to join Celtic’s coaching team.

CC College star assists Leinster to title

CASTLEKNOCK Community College student Brian O’Malley netted the final goal of last weekend’s interprovincial championships in St Andrew’s to copperfasten a famous weekend as Leinster’s underage sides won both the U-18 and U-16 titles. Indeed, it was a famous victory as the 18s looked all but out of the competition after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ulster – Ross Canning cancelling out an Adam Fallis goal – despite a 9-1victory over Munster on Saturday afternoon.

It left just one sequence of results on Sunday which would break Ulster’s three year winning streak; the Red Hands falling to Munster and the Blues getting a second success over the southern province. But that transpired in incredible fashion as Munster’s U-18 boys picked up a memorable 1-0 victory to set up the day as Andrew Colton’s drag-flick from his side’s only corner of the game proved the winner. They rode their luck, surviving the ball bouncing off both post and crossbar as well as seeing

Ulster miss a final second penalty stroke. It allowed Leinster to gleefully step into the breach. They duly grasped the opportunity with both hands as Corinthian’s Jordan Sutton got Leinster off to a flier against a flagging Munster in their second tie of the day. Club mate Jonathan Roberts rebounded after Jeremy Duncan broke through and David Cole dragged in a third to ease any nerves. Sutton added another pair while Cole got his second to copper-fasten the victory in the second half before Nathan Eacrett

and David Whitaker got consolation goals. Earlier in the day, Leinster’s U-16s continued their excellent form at youth level with a fifth title in six years. Again, there was a helping hand from Munster as Julian Dale continued his fine scoring form, but did enough to leave Leinster needing any sort of win over Munster in the tournament’s final game. Doubles forThree Rock’s Luke Madeley and Jack Ryan saw them net a 4-1 victory to claim the title.

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Congratulations to our minor B

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semi-final win over Fingalians.


Well done to all involved in the

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successful fund raising race night

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mas fund-raising initiative.

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ST BRIGID’S WELL done to our senior footballers

Geraghty is coming to the club to

who beat Horeswood of Wexford to

fit/size people for gum shields.

reach the Leinster championship semi-finals.

Castleknock’s minor footballers stretched ahead in the second half of their championship semi-final

County classic sees ’Knock into the final MINOR E FOOTBALL S/F Castleknock Fingallians

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CASTLEKNOCK’S minor B side made their way to the final of the Dublin Minor Champ i o n s h i p f o l l ow i n g a closely-fought and pulsating game against nor th county oppo nents, Fingallians, in Lawless Park in Swords recently. The match was played in atrocious conditions under lights, with conditions underfoot proving hazardous to both sets of players. But that did not prevent an intensely contested match that ebbed and flowed throughout 60 minutes of football from being an entertaining spectacle for all of those who braved the elements to watch the game. Castleknock started strongly, and went into an early and deserved

1-1 lead, thanks to a well-taken goal by Cian O’Dualaing. Fingallians responded by registering a goal of their own to peg Castleknock back shor tly afterwards. H o w e v e r, a g o a l from Philly Conlan, combined with welltaken points from Luke Lynam and Colin Lynch capped off a period of sustained dominance by Castleknock that put them in the driving seat just before the half-time

break. But, in the remaining minutes of the half, Fingallians clawed back the lead that Castleknock had establised with a goal of their own and three further points left them in the ascendancy. In the second half, Fingallians extended their lead with two further points. The game entered an even period with both teams attacking to the best of their abilities,

but their defences were matched and neither side was coming out on top of the exchanges. Finally, Castleknock made the breakthrough with a goal from Andrew Hughes. T he last ten minutes saw Castleknock dominating, with a further goal from Colin Lynch and points from Dara McCormack and O’Dualaing, to run out deserved winners and take their place in the final.

This is a great opportunity to protect your teeth.

They now face Portlaoise in two

With more than € 55k already

weeks time in Parnell Park on

raised, we need a final push for the

December 4. The break will defi-

€100k target. We have collected 165

nitely be welcome. The support was

old mobile phones so far. We need 35

great last Sunday.

more to get our new AED. No matter

Remember to get your Santa suits for €4 in Penney’s in the Blanchardstown Centre for the next game. Best of luck to our minor hurlers who face St Vincent’s this Sunday

how old the phone is please drop it into the club bar. New opening hours for our new club shop: Friday from 7 to 8pm and Saturday from 10 to 11.30am.

in their championship final. Throw-

Club lotto takes place in Russell

in at 11am in Pairc Na Unnsion. Big

Park this Thursday with a jackpot

support needed.

of €15,000.

On Saturda y, from 10am to 12 noon, dental technologist Dave

Club AGM takes place on Sunday, December 4

GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN GAELS HARD luck for the Junior2s who went

that played St Peter’s, Dunboyne,

down by two points to Inisfails in the

in a friendly this weekend. Great to

Duffy Cup in the semi final. Best of

see the newly formed Under-12 girls’

luck to Inisfails in the final.

team put in a great effort against

Next Friday, November 25, sees our

Lucan Sarsfield too.

boxers take to the ring against the

Training continues as normal for all

Garda Rugby Club in the Battle of the

teams until the weekend of Decem-

Thin Blue Line in Croke Park. Gaels’

ber 10.

Joe Kearney is representing the juvenile section of the club. There are still a few tickets left, contact any committee member.

The family Christmas party is on Sunday, December 11. Finally, out with the old and in with the new! We want your unwanted

The Club AGM is scheduled for Tues-

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day, November 29, at 8pm in West-

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ST BRIGID’S produced a scintillating late show to race into the Leinster SFC final as they recovered from a three-goal Horeswood spree in Parnell Park last Sunday. Barry Cahill said afterwards that it was a burst built on the experience of a tumultuous campaign, playing six times in seven weeks, which has left them with a winning mentality and gave them the know-how to get over the line. “Our first half was disappointing; their three goals were real killers, and something we’ll have to cut out in two weeks’ time. But, at half-time we had a good chat, and were determined to

push on in the second half. Like in previous games, against Ballymun, Kilmacud, we were down at half-time and finished very strong, and that stood to us again,” he said. “It’s tough enough going. But we’ve probably used 25 players over the last few weeks, which shows we’ve a good squad, a good balance, and are not over-reliant on any individuals. And we’re still feeling pretty fresh.” Those three goals had left Brigid’s in a strange position, the tally doubling the amount of majors the side had conceded en route through the Dublin and Leinster campaign to date. Declan Murphy gave the Wexford champions a dream start when he raised the green flag in the fourth minute while the impressive David Shannon – he ended with 1-7 to his name – and PJ Banville both found routes past Shane Supple to hand Horeswood a lead at the break, netting the last two scores of the half, making it

3-2 to 0-8 But John O’Loughlin and Cahill had been holding their own in midfielf while Ken Darcy picked off plenty of ball in advanced positions to see the scoreboard tick over regularly, with Philly Ryan and Ken Kilmurray the main beneficiaries. And as time wore on, the more the play belonged to the Russell Park men as their defence went on lock-down and the forwards up the ante. Ryan added another couple to his tally to bring his total to 0-6 while Paddy Andrews gave his side an extra bit of insurance when he smashed home in the 56th minute to set up a Leinster semi-final date. They have the rare luxury of a weekend off before facing Laois champions, Portlaoise, in a fortnight’s time with Parnell Park again the venue for the Leinster semi-final.


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