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They’re on the ball: 2011 Dublin Sports Awards Castleknock: Club reflects on Team of the Year success Page 28
SPORTS stars, players and teams were out in force for the Dublin Gazette Newspapers 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, in conjunction with Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley and Setanta Sports Ireland, which saw individual and team successes celebrated in style. Pictured are Garrett Marrinan, manager, the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley; Castleknock chairman Niall Tutty receiving the award for Team of the Month for August, and Rob Heigh, Gazette sports editor. Picture: Geraldine Woods
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Vandals force move of recycling centres Mindless actions and fires cause council to act
I LAURA WEBB
TREE recycling locations will have to be moved, following the actions of mindless vandals, Fingal County Council has said. From next year, local residents may have to bring their
used Christmas trees to the Coolmine Recycling centre or Millennium Park, such is the extent of the vandalism at the local recycling sites. A spokesperson for the council said there were a number of incidents of fire at the Christmas tree recycling
sites in the Castleknock and Mulhuddart area in 2012, and, in order to prevent it from happening in the future, the council is proposing to put new arrangements in place for 2013. Full Story on Page 4
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INVITATION TO JOIN THE FINGAL DUBLIN CHAMBER EXPORTING – OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
INVITATION FROM FINGAL DUBLIN CHAMBER PRESIDENT, SIOBHAN MOORE I would like to offer you a personal invitation to join the Fingal Dublin Chamber and be part of the largest business organisation in the area that is committed to putting business first. For many businesses, Chamber membership is critical to their success and can be an enormous benefit, especially in this difficult economic climate. This year is a new beginning for Fingal Dublin Chamber and our Members. The historic and groundbreaking coming together of the Fingal Dublin Chamber and the D15 Chamber in the past year has created a stronger and more sustainable Regional Chamber. To me personally, what is always important is what is best for Chamber Members and their businesses. I believe that the new regional Chamber with strong local representation, providing better and highly valued services is ideal for businesses who want to increase their footprint across a wider area. The Chamber is constantly developing new strategies and policies aimed at increasing the value of the Chamber to Members and also improving the level of services including more frequent networking events in different locations throughout the larger Chamber area. In the coming year the Chamber will be organising monthly Business After 6 Networking Evenings and monthly Business Breakfasts as well as many other opportunities for business men and women to meet and network with their colleagues from other businesses and to be briefed on important topical issues. Our next event is a Chamber Business Breakfast on Tuesday 28th February with Dermot O’Leary, Chief Economist with Goodbody Stockbrokers in the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport. Other speakers include Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sports, Leo Varadkar T.D. on Thursday, 26th April. The Chamber Directory & Yearbook will be out in May this year. This is a quality publication and is always well received throughout the business community. All Chamber Members will be listed free of charge in the Directory. Should you require any further information on the work of the Chamber please feel free to contact the Chamber Chief Executive, Tony Lambert on 8900977 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to welcoming you to our events during the year which will be spread throughout the Fingal Region. Best regards
______________________________________ Siobhan Moore President
INTERNATIONAL TRADE & EXPORT SERVICES Fingal Dublin Chamber is officially registered by the Department of Trade & Employment and Chambers Ireland to issue and certify export documentation such as Certificates of Origin (EU Certs & Arab-Irish Certs), invoices, company documents and additional documentation. COMPANY DOCUMENTS, INVOICES AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION The Chamber provides a certification services for all company documents where required. The Chamber also provides a Notary Public and Apostille service where required. ON-LINE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM The Chamber provides a secure on-line document certification system through TradeCert. The service is currently used by exporters, shipping agents and Chambers in Ireland and the U.K. to sign, stamp and certify trade documentation using digital signatures. The system is fast, efficient, flexible and easy to use. It ensures compliance and saves time. For further information on Certs of Origin membership contact Freda Farrell at the Chamber office on 8900977 or email freda@ fingaldublinchamber.ie
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER FOR NEW MEMBERS Fingal Dublin Chamber is the leading and most active network of businesses in the Fingal Dublin Region. In the present tough economic climate, membership of the Chamber is a cost effective investment in your business which provides access to the people, information and resources which now more than ever can help grow business. • Micro/Sole Trader (1 - 5 Staff) Normal Membership Fee €200.00 per annum Special Introductory Offer - €100.00* • Small Businesses & New Business Start-Ups (1 – 10 Staff) Normal Membership Fee €300.00 per annum Special Introductory Offer - €150.00* • Medium Sized Businesses (10 – 50 Staff) Normal Membership Fee €500.00 per annum Special Introductory Offer - €250.00* • Large Businesses (50 + Staff) Normal Membership Fee €1,000.00 per annum Special Introductory Offer - €500.00* *(VAT is not applicable to Chamber Membership) To avail of this special introductory offer simply contact Freda Farrell on 8900977 or email: Freda@fingaldublinchamber.ie This special value for money offer confers membership of Fingal Dublin Chamber from February to November 2012 when renewal will be offered for a full year’s membership. This offer ends on 30st April 2012.
CHAMBER EVENTS - FEBRUARY
Business After 6 Networking Evening Crowne Plaza Northwood - 2nd February 2012
President Chamber, Siobhan Moore Fingal Mayor, Gerry McGuire Chamber CEO, Tony Lambert
Eileen Timmons, Crowne Plaza Northwood, Pat Cussen, Raddison Blu Dublin Airport, Dee Whelan, Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport
Myles Flood, Limos For less, Eugene Hanies, Haines Fleet Management, Avril Donnelly, Peninsula Business Servcies, Cormac Sarsfield C+G Logistics
Business Breakfast Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, 28th February 2012
Guest Speaker: Dermot O’Leary, Chief Economist, GOODBODY STOCKBROKERS
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ST CATHERINE’S PARK: COUNCIL GET SET TO DEVELOP THEIR MASTERPLAN
BIRTHDAY Celebrate 25 years with local sport club
Residents views on park sought RESIDENTS are being given the chance to voice their preferences on what a local park should offer its community, as Fingal County Council get set to develop a masterplan for St Catherine’s Park. The council will, for the first time, seek to meet with local residents to get feedback on what should be included in the plan for the Lucan park located behind Westmanstown. Once this consultation is complete, the council will draw up a masterplan for the park and then seek approval from councillors. “It is proposed to have a public consultation this spring to get ideas and suggestions for what visitors like to get from their park. This will help to outline the plan for the park,” an FCC official said. “We usually get it [the
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masterplan] done and show it to the public, but we felt people didn’t have an opportunity to have their say. This way we will ask them what they want to see,” the council official added. Castleknock councillor Mags Murray (FF) welcomed the proposal, while her party colleague Mulhuddart councillor David McGuinness said what the council is putting out is “commendable” and he supported such an approach. In a bid to highlight the great facilities already there, councillor Mags Murray suggested raising the park’s profile with a walk. “Maybe we could organise a walk in the park to raise awareness of it and then ask people at that walk what they want to see in the park?”
Fine Gael’s Kieran Dennison also welcomed the proposal but voiced concerns about spending €60,000 so far on a Par 3 golf course at the park. “There are numerous golf courses in the general area struggling to survive and pay their rates. These courses have to compete with the three council courses at Elmgreen, Corballis and Malahide Desmene, all of which are losing money and being subsidised by the taxpayer. “Last year, €120,000 of capital funding went into Elmgreen and Corballis golf courses and a further €80,000 is to be spent this year. It is difficult to justify this sort of spending when local sports clubs, especially those in the less well-off areas, are barely getting by,” Dennison said.
Purr-fect pose: Georgia helps to launch first Oscars for animals GEORGIA Salpa looked simply purr-fect at Dublin Zoo recently where she was helping to launch www.animaloscars.com, a new site created by Paddy Power asking people to vote for their favourite Oscar-worthy animal. With the Academy Awards thus far refusing to recognise animals for a coveted Oscar, the bookies is instead asking people to vote for their four-legged or flippered friends in a special online poll. The nominees for the first ever Animal Oscar are: All the horses – War Horse; Crystal the monkey – Hangover II/We Bought A Zoo; Little Bart the bear – Zookeeper; All the penguins – Mr Popper’s Penguins; Nim the Chimp – Project Nim; Tai the elephant – Water For Elephants; Uggie the Jack Russell – The Artist and Winter the Dolphin – Dolphin Tale. Visit www.theanimaloscars.com from Wednesday, February 1 to vote for your favourite.
CASTLEKNOCK Celtic Football Club are all set to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, and, to mark the occasion, they are holding a birthday party at the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club on Saturday, February 25. The night will kick off with a champagne reception at 7.45pm, and guests will sit down for dinner at 8.30p.m. Tickets are €30 per person. For more information, contact David at 0861723755 or log onto info@ castleknockceltic.com In next week’s Gazette, we will have extensive coverage of this local club’s history, including photos of the club’s early days and a few tales and stories that will be sure to add spice and interest.
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FUNDS Get on your goggles to raise cash for a good cause
Locals urged to take a dip for Rehab swimathon I LAURA WEBB
SWIMMERS across Dublin are being called on by Rehab to swim 1km and take part in the organisation’s second annual Swimathon. The nationwide initiative is looking for people to make a splash this year by swimming 1 kilometre as individuals or as part of a team to help raise vital funds for Rehab.
This swimathon gives participants the opportunity to give something back to the community. Over 70 leisure facilities are opening their pools to help with fundraising efforts. All funds raised go to improving Rehab’s services for people with disabilities in communities across the country. Head of fundraising for Rehab, Pauline Crowley said: “The great thing about the
Rehab Swimathon is that everyone can take part – you can swim one length as part of a team, or the whole kilometre yourself. It can be part of your normal weekly swim or you can set yourself a personal challenge and train for it. You’ll get great exercise while raising money for Rehab’s services in your locality. “Every day in our services we see people with disabilities
facing personal challenges. The money raised from the Rehab Swimathon will go towards providing new experiences that will have a profoundly positive effect on people’s lives. For example, facilities such as children’s play gardens and adapted vehicles to enable access to activities in the community. “Every euro that swimmers raise will be put to practical
use in our services,” Mary said. Rehab is delighted that Coral Leisure are supporting the Rehab Swimathon again this year. Rachel Brennan, marketing manager at Coral Leisure, said: “We are delighted to support the Rehab Swimathon again this year. Rehab does wonderful work throughout Ireland and we are proud to
be a part of that.” iRADIO is the media partner of the Rehab Swimathon and is urging participates in their local pool to raise funds for people with disabilities in local communities. For more information, and to register and receive your starter pack, log onto www. rehabswimathon.ie. Deadline for registrations is Monday, March 12.
DRAIOCHT: FREE EVENT
Kids ready for Van Gogh Day THIS month Draiocht is hosting an alternative to Valentine’s Day – Van Gogh Day is a kids’ funfilled art event inspired by Van Gogh’s wild side. The workshops are tailored for children 5–10 years of age, but Draiocht assures families that older and younger children are also welcome. Whether the kids want to make cards or paintings with Valentine’s themes, or simply dodge the romance altogether, they’ll be inspired to create something wonderful. There will be a host
of creative activities on offer, and participants might even win a Valentine’s prize too. There is no need to book, just show up at any time during the event dressed “for mess” with your child/children and get ready to get stuck in! Family Days are not designed for groups, and all children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child. This free event takes place on Saturday, February 11 between 12 and 3pm.
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Fires at Christmas tree recycling centres in D15 are not a new phenomenon. This was the scene at Carpenterstown Park in January 2011. Picture courtesy of JimLacey
FCC: VANDALS SET USED CHRISTMAS TREES ALIGHT
Fires force recycling services to be moved I LAURA WEBB
THE actions of mindless vandals, who set fire to Christmas trees at recycle sites in Dublin 15, have led Fingal County Council to seek alternative arrangements for this facility. From next year, local residents may have to bring their used Christmas trees to the Coolmine Recycling centre, or Millennium Park, such is the extent of the vandalism at the local recycling sites. In a report to councillors, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council
said there were a number of incidents of fire at the Christmas tree recycling sites in the Castleknock and Mulhuddart area in 2012, and, in order to prevent it from happening in the future, the council is proposing to put new arrangements in place for 2013. “It will no longer be possible to bring trees to the existing sites, and the council will be encouraging those wishing to dispose of their Christmas trees for recycling to bring the tree to a designated point, such as the Coolmine Recycling Centre or the Millennium Park.
‘There were a number of incidents of fire in the Castleknock area in 2012’ --------------------------
“The Christmas Tree Recycling scheme is an extremely important initiative, and has been hugely successful over a number of years, providing a valuable service to the citizens of Fingal while at the same time providing a sustainable means of tree disposal
as the material resulting from the chipping of the trees is reused in our parks and open spaces,” the council spokesperson added. The report came following a motion by Fine Gael Councillor Kieran Dennison, who said stacks of trees were set on fire in the area and some were very close to houses. “The Christmas Tree Recycling scheme is an important initiative and provides very useful mulch and chippings for our parks. There are six local sites where people can deposit their old
trees. While the council clears most trees on a daily basis they tend to accumulate over the weekends and this was when they were set on fire. “I would urge the Council in making alternative arrangements to ensure that they can be accessed in the evenings when most people will want to leave their trees out. “The Coolmine Recycling Centre or the Millennium Park may not be the best places so I am pleased they will look at other options,” Cllr Dennison added.
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Whether preparing for an unforgettable home-cooked meal, or looking for the perfect gift to show you care, check out our guide to get you ready for Cupid’s arrival FEATURE, PAGE 20
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Get your body and your mind stress-free LEAVE behind the January blues and get your body and mind focused and stress-free, by taking part in a free seminar for stress relief. M a ny p e o p l e a r e stressing now, more than ever, and, while stress can drain people physically and mentally, it is also a trigger for health problems, such as fatigue, chronic headaches, depression, cardio-vascular conditions, poor digestion and weak immune function. A seminar for stress relief takes place at St Mochta’s Parish Centre in Luttrellstown Road on Thursday, February 16, from 8pm until 9.30pm. In this free seminar, participants will learn how to reduce stress with
meditation, traditional Chinese medicine, yoga (breath-work, relaxation) and nutrition Helping people take control and learn to cope with stress naturally will be Mary Dunne, Nutritional Therapist, DIP NT, MNTOI– Learn which foods help beat stress; Sean Jennings, Acupuncturist, Dip Acu,MTCMCI– Learn the acupuncture approach to stress; Jakki Reid, Yoga, Meditation teacher and Yoga Therapist, Dip YTI -Learn how to reduce stress levels with relaxation, meditation, breath-work. Donations in aid of St Francis Hospice welcome. Pre-booking is essential, call Mary on 085 1591810 or Jakki on 086 0792469.
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Senator Eamonn Coghlan who has been confirmed as the newest member of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Leinster House
POLITICS: FORMER ATHLETE NEWEST MEMBER OF PARTY
Senator Coghlan joins the Fine Gael party I LAURA WEBB
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HE WAS one of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s nominees for the Seanad last May, so it comes as no surprise to hear that former international athlete, Senator Eamonn Coghlan joined Fine Gael’s Parliamentary Party this week. The news came last Tuesday, with Mr Kenny with Mr Kenny announcing that the Castleknock native was to join the parliamentar y party. Senator Coghlan’s political life began last May when he was nominated by An Taoiseach to join the Seanad. On his appointment, Eamonn Coghlan said: “I
was surprised and honoured to receive the call from Enda Kenny last year to serve as one of his Independent Senators. I have watched over the past nine months how Fine Gael has carefully chosen a most difficult path to steer Ireland to recovery. “Having listened to many debates, I now wish to walk, and ultimately run, on that path towards re-establishing a bright and positive future for all of the people. As an athlete, I know the pride that sport can bring to all. Sport is about fair play and decency – key attributes of Fine Gael – the political party I am today proud and privileged to join.”
‘Eamonn has always represented his country with pride’ --------------------------
Announcing his newest recruit, An Taoiseach said: “I am delighted that Senator Eamonn Coghlan has decided to join the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and, as Party leader, I am delighted to welcome him. “Eamonn has always represented his country with pride. Now he has chosen to represent Fine Gael and I am sure that he will do so with distinction.
“Eamonn made his mark as a world champion athlete and helped raise the spirits of the Irish people over the course of a fantastic career. Since his retirement he has continued to show the energy and commitment that personifies him, raising funds for the Children’s Medical Research Foundation, and impacting hugely on the lives of many people.” Born in Dublin in 1952, Senator Coghlan led his life in a fast –track lane as one of the world’s premier middle-distance runners. During his athletics career he was World 5,000 metres champion in 1983, a three-time
Olympian and won the f a m o u s Wa n a m a ke r Mile at the Millrose Games a then record seven times. He held the world indoor mile record for two decades, and is the only person to have ever run a subfour minute mile at the age of 40 or older. Currently he is North American Director of Fundraising for the Children’s Medical Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Since being appointed to the Seanad he has steered the “Points for Life” initiative which concentrates on physical fitness and combating rising obesity levels in school-age children.
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Launch of new book A MEMBER of the Daughters of Charity’s Voices for Choices Advocacy group will launch a book on her personal experience of the service. Shirley Daly has written a 12-page book about her experiences of advocacy and being a member of the Advocacy group. Voices for Choices Advocacy group established in 2007 within the Daughters of Charity Service a day and residential service to persons with intellectual disability in Dublin 15. The book, entitled, Advocacy – Shirley’s Story, will be launched in Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, on Monday, February 27, at 7pm and Shirley will be signing copies of her book on the night. The book costs €5 and all profits go to charity.
One week until charity opera THERE is just one week left until the curtain rises for an evening of Opera in aid of HomeStart Blanchardstown. Good Works Opera, with some very special guests, are set to entertain audiences with their stunning sound during a fundraising event. The opera group is an ensemble of professional musicians dedicating part of their busy schedule to fundraising through opera, galas and other performances. Home-Start Blanchardstown is a voluntary organisation located on Shelerin Road, Mulhuddart. This event takes place on Saturday, February 18, at 8pm at St Brigid’s Church of Ireland in Castleknock. Tickets cost €20 and are available to purchase at the Parish Office, Castleknock and at the door on the night.
Additional information being sought A REQUEST for additional information on a planning application to make a number of changes to a Castleknock Nursing home has been issued by the planning department at Fingal County Council. Mount Hybla Nursing Home, at White’s Road and College Road, Castleknock, is seeking planning permission for a number of changes to the existing building, including eight additional bedrooms, changing the creche to a communal meeting/activity room and relocating the kitchen to the ground floor. The Mount Hybla house is a protected structure. On January 23, the planning department at Fingal County Council requested further information on the planning application before officials can make their decision on whether to grant or refuse planning permission.
Meeting approves names
Rehearsals: Getting it pitchperfect for a public performance PICTURED at the rehearsal for the RTE National Symphony Orchestra’s, Inspired by Shostakovich, compositional project is Blow the Dust Off Your Trumpet Orchestra members Monica Ann Dunne, from Castleknock, and Richard Martin. Inspired by Shostakovich takes place as part of FORTE, the RTE NSO’s Musical Discovery Programme for audiences of all ages. Inspired by Shostakovich, culminated in a free public performance of the new work on the main stage in the National Concert Hall on Friday, February3, in advance of the RTE NSO’s season concert at 8pm.
RESIDENTS and visitors will soon find it easier to navigate through parts of Dublin 15 following the naming of three roundabouts and an access road. In a meeting of the Castleknock/Mulhuddart Area Naming Committee on January 5, the committee recommended naming an access road to Wellview Estate – Avondale Road; naming the roundabout at junction of Powerstown Road/Cruiserath Road – Powerstown Roundabout; the roundabout at junction of Bealing Boulevard/Church Road will become Bealing Roundabout, and the roundabout at the entrance to the hotel is named Tyrrelstown Roundabout. Local councillors approved the recommended names last week during an area committee meeting in Blanchardstown.
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WORK: COUNCILLORS VISIT BEECHPARK TO SEE FIRST STAGE OF PROGRAMME
Cllr Micahel O’Donovan with FCC officials Jonh Harrington and Jimmy Connolly
Shackleton Gardens take shape I LAURA WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL councillors we r e l u c k y e n o u g h to visit the Historic Shackleton Gardens on a bright, crisp morning last week, to see the council’s work programme kick off. On Thursday, February 2, the councillors got an up-close look at the Beechpark gardens, also known as the Shackleton Gardens. Labour councillor Michael O’Donovan was one of the visitors to the site, an area he wants to see refreshed with flora and fauna and made available for the public to enjoy. Other councillors on site included Castleknock councillors Mags Murray (FF) and Eithne Loftus (FG), and Mulhuddart councillor Kieran Dennison (FG). “A huge amount of clearing has taken place. It’s a fine, big garden there, which I was surprised by. There is about an acre and a half within the walls. Beechpark already has 17 acres and people go to enjoy the
playground and use the football pitches there. Once the garden is complete they can enjoy all that and then go for a walk to the garden. “There is also talk about turning one of the buildings there into a tea-room cafe. I am quite optimistic about it.” According to Cllr O ’ D o n ov a n , F i n g a l County Council is working with Institute of Technology, Blanchardstow n’s hor ticulture department, to get the students involved in the project and transforming the gardens.
“The students, with the help of FCC’s park department, will take on a project at the gardens. We hope to partly replicate what was at featured in the garden before. “This area has great historic significance in Dublin 15, and it will be a great feature to Beechpark once it is complete. “There has been a legal tie, which is almost complete, but in the meantime the council wanted to get started and has taken possession of it on an informal basis for now,” Cllr O’Donovan said.
Cllr O’Donovan admires some snowdrops
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REPORT Facility continues to grow and develop services Figures show Blanchardstown library in the good books with locals I LAURA WEBB
THE local library is still a big hit among residents, with figures from Blanchardstown library showing 384,705 items borrowed in 2011. Blanchardstown library is Ireland’s largest public library, measuring 2,619 sq m. It is open 54 hours a week, Monday to Saturday, and has everything a modern library has to offer a community. By the end of 2011, the number of registered borrowers at Blanchardstown Library was 53,580. The number
of visitors recorded to the library for the year was 416,732 with a daily average of 1,427. Items borrowed for the year came to 384,705, of which 303,488 were books. In a report to councillors recently, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council said Blanchardstown is committed to the provision of a relevant, pertinent and customer-focused service. “During recessionary times, libraries have become more important than ever and can provide a lifeline for all members of the community but in particular for parents, job seek-
ers and students. The library service of today is as much about provision of a community space as it is about books and borrowings, and throughout 2011 Blanchardstown hosted over 1,700 well-attended events. “We continue to grow and develop our services; we offer free internet and wifi access, a comprehensive and state-of-the-art range of inclusive technology, a Europe Direct Information Relay hub, which provides a tremendous amount of information on and events and exhibitions relating to Europe. Some of our more recent
highlights have included the introduction of a self-service system, the addition of computer games for the WII, X-Box and Playstation for our younger (and not so young members!) downloadable audio books and very new to us is eBooks,” the report added. The report came following a motion by Fine Gael councillor Kieran Dennison, who wanted to highlight Blanchardstown Library as being a great facility in the area. “The library staff are always very helpful and professional. With over 416,732 visitors the library must rank
Get the best on your big day EVERY bride wants her wedding to be the most beautiful and memorable experience she will ever have and the wedding team at the new four-star deluxe Carlton Hotel in Blanchardstown are doing everything they can to ensure your big day is everything you hoped for, and more. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of your closest friends, or a spectacular party for over 300 guests, the wedding coordinator and experienced staff at the Carlton Hotel will help with all the details of the day, offering a unique combination of the warm familiarity of Irish hospitality and the charm of one of the most elegant hotels in the country. The Carlton are celebrating the launch of their new and exclusive wedding package, Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which is priced at only €5,999 for 100 guests. This package includes everything needed for your special day – from an arrival drinks’ reception, a four-course meal, evening food, chair covers, house sashes and even a complimentary bar extension. For enquiries, please feel free to contact Wedding Co-ordinator, Julie Foster Kidd, at 01 725 5600 or visit their website at www.carlton.ie/ blanchardstown.
with the larger visitor attractions in Dublin. It is also one of the most modern with the introduction last year of a self-service system, downloadable audio books and soon we will be able to borrow eBooks for use on kindle and similar electronic book readers. “I am very conscious that the library is also a community space where people can use the desks there to read and study. The availability of meeting rooms for community use has seen over 1,700 event, held throughout the year. We should be very proud of our library service.”
FCC: TEMPORARY CAR PARK
Decision is due on appeal I LAURA WEBB
Love is in the Aisles: Launch of a speed-dating event with a twist TESCO launched its most romantic event to date, Love is in the Aisles, an exclusive Singles Night which will take place in Tesco Cabra on Monday, February 13, just in time to find love for Valentine’s Day. Love is in the Aisles will take the format of a speed-dating event with a twist, with 40 exclusive places available for males and females looking for love. Participants will be sent on missions around the store to find products that best represent their personalities, along with a variety of other match-making games, with the most compatible couple at the end of the night winning a romantic dinner for two to the value of €200 in top Dublin restaurant, Pichet, on Valentine’s Night. All those taking part in the event will receive a Valentine’s goodie bag of romance to take home. Tesco Cabra will also be Ireland’s most romantic supermarket on the night with music, champagne and chocolate tasting and much more.
AN Bord Pleanala is due to make a decision on an appeal against Fingal County Council’s decision to include a temporary car park at Hansfield Train station. L a s t y e a r, F i n g a l County Council sought to amend the SDZ planning scheme for the area to allow a temporary car park be built in the vicinity of the railway station. This amendment was approved by the council during a meeting in September 2011, but it was later appealed to An Bord Pleanala. The planning authority is due to make its decision on February 21. However, in a report to councillors a council official said the appellant, Mr P Browne is “seeking leave in the High Court to judicially review the amendment approved by the council”. Meanwhile, legal processes to finalise agree-
ments for delivery of the new connecting road and a new temporary car park (between the landowners, Fingal and Iarnrod Eireann) have recommenced following a temporary impasse following the appointment of a receiver to Manor Park Homes. The multimillion euro state-of-the-art building has been lying idle since it was completed in 2010 because no access road was built. According to the repor t, the opening of the rail station is “dependent on the construction of the access road. The entire access road currently has the full benefit of planning permission”. “ Ia r n r o d E i r e a n n has sought tenders for the construction of the road and temporary car park. “The awarding of the contract is on hold pending the conclusion of the planning and legal processes,” the report added.
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ensure that your mental state is rock solid and you are ready for the road to transformation. With this foundation of a strong and positive mental outlook your chances of success increase significantly. Set clear goals and use positive affirmations and visualisations to help you achieve them. As all transformation experts agree “the power of the positive mind is exponential”. The importance of what you consume should not be underestimated. There are many misconceptions about what constitutes a healthy diet. However, all agree that what you fuel your body with is of the utmost importance. You cannot run a petrol car on diesel. The same principle applies to your body. If you fuel your body with the wrong foods you can expect your body to perform poorly. Prepare for success by being aware of the foods you eat. The importance of Omega
3,6 and 9, saturated and trans fats, and realise how they affect your body. Understand the role of protein in the body and of issues such as acid and calcium balance and how they effect bone health. Recognise food allergies, toxins, stimulants and sugar and how these affect your body in a negative way. Whether you want to detoxify, rejuvenate, shed body fat or slow down the ageing process, it is vital to learn the role of nutrition so you can make food work for you. If you are training, ensure your choice of exercise is the one best suited to your goal. If you are training for fat loss, and concentrating on cardio, then you are missing out on all the benefits of using resistance training to help you shed body fat. If you are in a sport that requires a lot of power then you should be training to build the explosive strength required. Educate yourself about
The three vital elements essential to physically improve oneself are the quality of your thoughts, your fuel (nutrition) and your training
the training process and choose the right training package from the beginning. Remember, to achieve your body transformation goal, it is when you successfully prepare, that you prepare for success. Know how training, food and mindset will affect your goal and help you achieve it. Temple Training begins a new lifestyle and nutri-
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energy for life”. A lifestyle and nutrition course begins on Tuesday, February 21, at 8pm in the Le Cheile Community Centre,
Donnycarney. Gazette readers receive a discounted rate of €140 for the seven-week course (usually €165). Visit us www.templetraining.ie
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THEATRE Farrell’s play back at the Abbey
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Phelim Drew and Marion O’Dwyer star in Bookworms
Popular play makes a return I BAIRBRE NI
THE Abbey T heatre sees the return of Bookworms, by Bernard Farrell, on Thursday, February 9. It is back by popular demand and was first premiered at the Abbey in 2010. The Abbey has a new, life-extending policy regarding plays it has commissioned for itself. Previous revivals include The Seafarrer, by Conor McPherson; Terminus, by Mark O’Rowe, and The Playboy of the
Western World, in a new version, by Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle. To that end Bookworms is back for a fiveweek run. Bookworms is Bernard Farrell’s 21st play and is described as “a laugh-a-minute romp”. The Abbey has a long history and very strong relationship with the playwright stretching back to 1982 when the Abbey first produced his play, I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell. Subsequent to this, the national theatre has staged 11 world
premieres of this Irish playwright’s work. T hose involved in the current production are no strangers to the Abbey. Jim Culleton, of Fishamble, directs the cast of the New Play Company and Donna Dent. The story of Bookworms is set on the night of a monthly book club meeting. T he hostess, however, proceeds to set her sights on expanding the experience by inviting all of the members’ husbands. Her dreams
of perfection, classical debate and elegant canape nibbling are soon annihilated as the personal lives of the couples are exposed. What transpires is an unravelling of decorum more shocking and revelatory than any novel up for possible discussion. Jim Culleton does a great job by giving such a cleverly, humorous play the deft treatment it deserves. The cast includes Donna Dent, Liz Fitzgibbon, Louis Lovett, Michael Glen Murphy and Marion O’Dwyer.
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CHARITY: CALL FOR ANY UNWANTED INSTRUMENTS
Call for Texaco artists
Give kids a musical goal THE Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity is asking people to help it in its mission to provide every child on the island of Ireland with access to a musical education by donating any old, unused or even damaged musical instruments they have. As part of a new project designed to raise awareness for the life-changing benefits of music education, and the work the Musical Youth Foundation is doing, the charity hopes people will dig out old, unused, or even broken, instruments that are cluttering up attics, garages and other storage spaces in order to donate them to the charity. The charity’s founder and CEO, Chris Maher, says: “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of old, unused and unwanted instruments all over the country, and we’re ask-
ing people to help us give every child on the island of Ireland the opportunity to access music education by supporting our call for instruments.” He said: “We promise to find new homes for all instruments donated, and everyone who donates will be invited to a special, topsecret event taking place as part of the sixth annual Dublin City Soul Festival, from May 24-27.” Musical Youth Foundation provides instruments, weekly tuition, practise sessions and supporting workshops in live performance, including singing and songwriting as part of its “guitars for kids” programme, which is running in local community centres and schools in Dublin. If you have an instrument that you would like to donate, email saoirse@ soul.ie.
Turn to them: People in Dublin the largest group availing of a mental support website THEIR cardboard model laptop is only of
use for publicising their service, but, luckily, the online mental health support offered by brothers Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard, and their website, Turn2Me.org, is a much sturdier affair, helping to support thousands of people across Ireland with its services. The Scollards were promoting the significant increase in the number of users on their site over the past six months, with its latest user figures revealing that membership of Turn2me has increased by 51% over the past
six months – the site now has 3,000 unique visits per month – which includes almost 29,000 visits to the website from Dublin in 2011, comprising the greatest proportion of users visiting the site. The Turn2me website is staffed by 30 moderators, who comprise a mix of people with professional psychology training, and others who bring the benefit of their life experience, with visitors to the website able to access support forums, group support, one-to-one counselling, and a wide range of information.
THE search is under way to find the young students who will win awards in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition, in this, the 38th year of the contest. Brochures setting out details of the competition have been sent to all primary and second-level schools throughout Co Dublin, with the closing date for entries Friday, February 24. Copies of the brochure are also available through Texaco service stations, and online at www.texacochildrensart.com. Judging will take place throughout March, and winners will be announced in mid-April, with prize-giving to follow in mid-May. Annually, some 30,000 students compete for the 161 top prizes awarded across seven age categories, including one exclusively devoted to special needs students.
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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Beauty is at the heart of it all at Karora GIVE more heart this month by being mindful of how your tanning regime can help the Irish Heart Foundation. Irish beauty brand, Karora, is donating €2 to the Irish Heart Foundation from every product sold during February. Shop online at www.karoracosmetics.com or find the product in McCabes Pharmacy Dundrum, Unicare pharmacies and select salons nationwide. For participating salons and pharmacies supporting the IHF campaign call 01-9022333
A smoky, sultry look for Valentine’s I LAURA WEBB
IT only comes around once a year, and even though many think l’amour has been overshadowed by cheesy cards and overpriced flowers, it still hasn’t stopped us from wanting to look our best on Cupid’s busy day. Be on trend this February and get the best Valentine’s Day look, courtesy of Avon’s limited addition Smoke and Mirrors collection. The fresh tones of this collection radiate that new inlove glow that many feel
around this time of year. Not only will this look get you through Valentine’s Day, but it’s going to big this Spring/Summer season. “Smouldering greys and subtle apricots are big news this season. Make a smoky eye in dusky-skied tones your secret weapon, to take your look from sunrise to sunset in just a stroke and a smudge,” commented Liz Pugh, Avon’s professional make-up artist. To achieve the spring look this February use SuperShock gel eyeliner (€8). This super-soft for-
mula is Avon’s best selling gel eyeliner and is available in two limited edition spring-inspired shades – Blackberry and Golden Fawn. The gorgeous tones leave an intense colour finish that lasts all day. Use Avon’s True Colour limited edition Smoke and Mirrors and Myster y Eyeshadow Quad (€11) to create a smouldering, smoky eye. Pucker up for the Valentine’s Day kiss with help from Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick (€9). The fresh, spring look is floral-inspired with hues of apricot, nude and lilac making lips naturally pretty. This lipstick contains jojoba and vitamin
Avon’s limited addition Smoke and Mirrors collection
E leaving lips feeling fully hydrated and moisturised. Nails should also be treated with care by using Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel (€8), available in Star and Apricot Mystery. Giving salon quality results, this nail varnish
lasts for up to 10 days, with its fortified acrylic for strength and protection, and high-gloss formula. More information about Avon can be found at www.avon.ie. Visit Avon Ireland’s Facebook page at www.facebook.
com/Avonie. Avon product lines include Avon make-up, Avon fragrance, ANEW skincare, Skin So Soft and Advance Techniques. Avon also sells an extensive range of wellbeing products, jewellery, lingerie, accessories and gifts.
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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA
THE FACTS: LACK OF EXERCISE CAN CAUSE STUNTED GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Best care for your pocket-sized pets HANDBAG dogs, the once must-have accessory for many a fickle, fake tanned, gel-nailwearing celebrity are becoming so last season dahling, it now appears many of Ireland’s fashionistas, like the rest of Europe, are bucking the trend, aping the likes of Paris Hilton and ditching the pocket-sized pooches in favour of, oh, well, who cares. The point is, these dogs are being dumped. That means animal shelters like the Dublin SPCA are being left to pick up the pieces… literally. I wonder, does Ms Hilton et al, realise they’re fuelling this phenomenon? If so, would they care? Once seen donning dia-
mond-studded style collars and little pink sweaters, these cutsie-pie dogs are no longer the canine companion of choice for Ladies who Launch. No more the favourite novelty accessory for almost anyone who owns a fake Dolce and Gabbana or Gucci handbag or, sorry, dog carrier, the brutal irony of it all is these poor animals look and smell like dogs but don’t act like dogs because they, er, don’t know that they actually are dogs. Let me explain. Tea-cup dogs come into the rescue shelter not knowing how to walk, act or behave like a dog, in short, they’re lacking in doggy skills. Sure who could blame the poor things; they’ve
spent their lives sitting in handbags or sleeping on sofas, never having been walked or trained or fed an appropriate diet, or even been given the basic veterinary care they deserve. Did you know that lack of exercise can cause stunted growth and devel-
opment in your dog and mollycoddling them too much can result in behavioural problems? Every week I come into contact with pet parents who’ve paid hundreds for these throwaway, novelty pets only to complain when they’ve to cough up the meagre, highly afford-
able cost for their subsidised veterinary care; or who baulk at the thought of walking, socialising or training them. So why is this happening? Well, it’s a question of economics you see – a supply and demand situation. Not by reputable, registered breeders I hasten to add, they are not the cause of this problem, but by back street puppy farmers and the people who do business with them. I am certain that if these people were aware of the facts then surely they wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. Then again, maybe I’m wrong, I mean one lady told me, (as I stood in my
Dublin SPCA uniform) that she got rid of her dog because she had re-decorated the house and the animal didn’t fit in with her colour scheme. So, for those of you who’ve bought a tea-cup dog, here’s a few basic tips in order to provide them with the best possible care, specific to their breeds’ needs. • Exercise every day. This breed has quick bursts of energy so short walks are best. • Provide a diet specific for her breed. Consult your vet for advice. • Socialise early with children and other dogs. • Use a body harness rather than a lead to protect their delicate neck. It will also help to prevent damage to the trachea
and soft palate. • Pet her often; this breed needs lots of attention. • When bathing take care not to get water in her ears, this can cause infections. Brush long-haired Chihuahuas daily. • This breed may suffer from the following: Weak knees, colds, corneal dryness, secondary glaucoma • Check with your breeder to see what/ if at all any, screening has been carried out for these health problems. A good breeder will not mind you asking this question. For more
information log onto www.dspca.ie or email me email@example.com
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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC ROCK REPORT: FAMILIAR NAMES ARE COMING BACK
New year, old talents I DEE WOODS
HAPPY Chinese New Year! So 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, and it’s breathing new life into some classic artists. Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen have new albums, and we can also look forward to new music from Alice In Chains, AC/DC and Meatloaf, to name but a few. In suppor t of the wo r l d w i d e O c c u p y movement, keep an eye out for the “Occupy This” album. A host of famous voc al i sts, i ncl u d i ng David Crosby, Graham Nash and Debbie Harry, are joining together to put the movement on the map. New music is always good, but I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the bands we thought we’d never see again (well, almost). The Aussie Pink Floyd play the Olympia at the end of this month, and if you think cover bands
are just well-dressed karaoke singers, did you know Pink Floyd frontman Dave Gilmour asked Aussie Pink Floyd to play his wedding? Not only that, but Nick Mason said the cover band were “probably better than we were”? Nuff said! And if you’re excited about The Doors’ last --------------------------
‘New music is always good, but I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the bands we thought we’d never see again’ --------------------------
album, LA Woman, being reissued for its 40th anniversary this year, then get along to The Doors Alive at The Academy in March. The lads called into the Nova studios when
Super-news as Dublin radio goes super-Nova DUBLIN-based broadcaster Radio Nova has surged ahead in the latest JNLR radio ratings, passing out some of its major competitors in key demographics for the first time. The latest ratings show that the station has consolidated an 11% weekly and 6% daily reach in the Greater Dublin area after only 16 months on air. CEO, Kevin Branigan, said: “We’ve now overtaken major competitors 2FM, Today FM, 98FM and Q102 in key demographics in the city, and we now have more than half the daily audience of 98FM. This is our fifth JNLR survey since we launched and it is by far our best yet; we’ve shown strong continued growth in our 25-54 demographic. “In addition to major gains in ABC1s and Housekeepers, we have passed out 2FM in 25-34s, Q102 in 25-34s and Today FM in 15-34s daily in Dublin – a terrific result for a radio station that has been on air less than 18 months. “Nova offers a unique mix of some of the best guitar songs every made and well-known on-air personalities - and, judging from these figures, we are clearly striking a chord with listeners in Dublin and the commuter belt,” said Branigan.
they played the Academy last year. Lead singer, Willie, is a lovely, sof t-spoken Scottish lad who turns into a leather pants-wearing sex god (aka Jim Morrison) when on stage, and sounds uncannily like him too!
I can’t wait to check out these bands, if only to be reminded of the good old days...you know – when if you were reading about a worldwide economic disaster, a crash or a bond you were probably holding an Ian Fleming novel!
The Australian Pink Floyd are bringing their amazing show to the Olympia
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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs GET MORE FUN AND VALUE WITH THE MAZDA2: EVERYBODY needs a little more fun in their lives, but we recognise the need for more value, too. The good news for drivers is that Mazda is helping their customers out with making the Mazda2 incredibly easy to afford. During February and March, Mazda is offering the Mazda2 from only €13,495. The Mazda2 represents some of the best value for money in the segment, in terms of low retail price and generous levels of standard equipment. In addition, Mazda Ireland is running a promotion where one lucky customer who purchases a new Mazda during February and March will win the retail price of their car back in cash. Mazda is also offering low-rate finance of just 5.9% with a low deposit of only 20% up to a period of four years through Mazda Finance. From its launch, the Mazda2 has been ground-breaking. It set the benchmark for lightweight construction, helping the Mazda2 to scoop the World Car of the Year award. Less weight means more fun, with a supple chassis that will put a smile on any driver’s face. In Ireland, the best-selling Mazda2 Sensu model now costs only €14,995. Standard equipment includes 15” alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel and gear knob, and side and curtain airbags.
Mercedes-Benz main dealer, Chris Germaine, from Grange Motors, Deansgrange, pictured giving thumbs up to the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class which has just arrived on the Irish market
Quantum leap for B-Class I CORMAC CURTIS
MERCEDES have begun their roll-out of three new models being introduced in 2012, and the new B-Class can now be seen at Irish dealer showrooms. The new M-Class and SL follow in March/April, but the B-Class is the larger of their two compact models, fitting into the range ahead of the wellknown A-Class. Said to represent “a quantum leap” in the compact class given its billing as the first model change in their history
to have so many new features introduced at one time, it comes on the market with a vastly improved range of standard specifications and an entry-level price that Mercedes-Benz says is 11% lower than the model it replaces. Amongst its most striking aspects are its reduced height, lower centre of gravity, generous interior space and high standard of safety. Its redesigned electromechanical steering, new four-link rear axle and upgraded electronic stability system make it, what MercedesBenz says is, “fascinatingly agile” without cost
in comfort terms. Arguably, its most impressive selling point and the feature most likely to appeal to potential B-Class buyers will be its high quality and spacious interior. Seats are more upright and set lower to the road with the result that headroom has been improved. Its extra interior spaciousness can be made more valuable by an optional feature that allows the rear seats to be adjusted forwards/backwards to facilitate the carriage of bulky items. In its driving and handling characteristics, the
new B-Class outshines its predecessor. An optional lower sports suspension and direct-steer system emphasise its sporty character. Outstanding aerodynamics help to deliver low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, while a standard item on all B-Class models is an ECO start/ stop function. In Ireland, the model likely to account for the bulk of B-Class sales is the 109bhp entry-level B180 CDI which comes on the market at €29,330 (ex works) with road tax of €160 per annum. A second diesel, also with four-
cylinder, common rail, direct-injection, is a 2.0litre/136bhp unit whose price will be announced later. In petrol form, the first version to go on sale is the 122bhp B180BlueEFFICIENCY selling at €29,890 (ex works) with road tax of €225 per annum. A 2.0litre/156bhp BlueEFFICIENCY version will be added to the range at a later date, the price of which will be announced at the time. Driving the new B-Class is a completely new six-speed manual transmission, notable for
its extremely easy gear change and low shift forces. Also available as an option is a 7G dual-clutch transmission system that combines the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual. Described by their sales manager, Ciaran Allen, as a car that “ticks all the boxes”, its lower price, reduced running costs, interior spaciousness and exceptional range of comfort and safety features are elements he believes come together to give the B-Class a wide appeal amongst those seeking to match prestige to practicality.
Is parallel parking more stressful than going to the dentist? It’s arguably the most frustrating part of the driving experience, parallel parking, and it has the potential to drive even the most level-headed motorist around the bend. Enter Ford’s Active Park Assist. With more than 100,000 cars having been ordered with this feature, the appetite for this kind of technology speaks for
itself. Ford has now tripled production levels for the technology, which calculates the optimal steering angle and quickly steers the vehicle hands-free into a parking spot. “Ford Active Park Assist takes all the stress out of parking,” said Ford engineer Kay Müller. “At the touch of a button, it
enables you to park in the smallest of spaces, while at the same time reducing the risk of accidental damage to your vehicle and those surrounding it.” A total of 102,460 European customers have specified Active Park Assist since it was introduced on the new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX at the end of 2010, with one-in-three buyers speci-
fying it on those cars alone. A further one-in-five have ordered it on the new Ford Focus, which went on sale last year. A third of European drivers surveyed by Ford last year said they struggled to parallel park. Many confessed to finding it more stressful than a trip to the dentist.
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RETAIL: AVOID ANY HEARTACHE OVER THE SPECIAL DAY’S COST
You could share a romantic movie treat at Brooks
Share a romantic film stay at Brooks Hotel BROOKS Hotel in the heart of Dublin has a range of Valentine offers for couples – with its romantic movie offering in the Drury Street hotel’s 26-seater private cinema just one of a number of notable features at the hotel. This is just one feature of a number of special Valentine packages, with others including such delights as a range of overnight and two-night packages that include the chefs’ signature chocolate treats and Prosecco on arrival, a complimentary room upgrade, a rose petal bed, and dinner in Francesca’s restaurant. However, the cinema feature stands out as a special Valentine’s treat, and is exclusive to diners on Valentine’s night, with the movie a complimentary treat for the first 26 guest bookings – and with dinner and the cinema available for €39.95 per person. For further details, and package info, see www.brookshotel.ie, or phone 01 670 4000.
Bake to your heart’s content with M&S IT’S said that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, with Marks & Spencer taking this advice to prepare a range of offers that won’t bust the budget, and let you bake to your heart’s content. The M&S range of Valentine’s wares are too tempting to pass up, providing some wonderful ways to help cook up a delicious treat for your loved one (or even for yourself).
12 Mini Heart Silicone
Le Creuset Heart
Casserole dish, €47.50
Heart Springform Cake Pan, €10
Hearts Mixing Bowl, €27
Get a Lidl bit of help for a wonderful time LIDL has been busy preparing for St Valentine’s Day with a wide range of special offers, all designed to complement the special mood, but without any heartbreaking cost. Whether preparing for an unforgettable homecooked meal, or looking for the perfect gift to show you care, Lidl stores are stocking up with just what you need. For starters, look no further than Lidl for flowers, with its luxury deluxe grand prix roses. Sourced from Westland, in south Holland, which is famous for its greenhouses and mastery of all floral horticultural skills, the deluxe grand prix roses sport large flower heads and are, say Lidl, typically the heaviest and highestquality Dutch roses available on the market. Howe ve r, t h e s e delightful roses are just part of Lidl’s Valentine
range, with other flowers including valentine tulips, luxury oriental lillies, luxury bouquets, the classic arrangement of a dozen red roses and, from Saturday, February 11, a single red rose, with prices starting from €2.99. Celebrate the romance of the day with a sparkling champagne, with Lidl’s Comte de Brismand Champagne Brut, available for €12.99 (Super Saturday offer on Saturday, February 11). A special pink Caca – the Freixenet Cava Brut Rose – is available for €9.99. With chocolate proving a delicious partner for champagne, make a perfect match with Lidl’s luxury brand, JD Gross, and Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells for €1.49 (also on Saturday, February 11). Looking to sniff out a special offer? Lidl’s scentsational fragrance, Sud-
Roz Purcell and Kevin McLaughlin fill up with
denly Madame Glamour, with citrus and floral notes incorporating bergamot and jasmine, has topped blind tests carried out on the Tom Dunne Show, Newstalk and Ray D’Arcy Show, Today FM – with this remarkable level of quality available at just €3.49. Other gifts include Valentine’s wrapping paper,
Lidl’s wares before February 14
for €1.49; heart- and roseshaped baking moulds, for €4.99; a satin negligee, for €5.99, and Valentine’s stay-up tights, for €2.99. Last, but not least, bone up on your cooking skills with a delicious steak, with all the ingredients for a simple, yet delicious, deluxe Angus striploin steak recipe, with wilted spinach and a porcini
mushroom and garlic cream sauce, and with all ingredients available from your local Lidl store to provide a restaurantquality meal for under €24. For these, and other special Lidl Valentine’s in-store offers, see www. lidl.ie, www.facebook. com/lidlireland or visit your nearest Lidl store.
PAMPERING: MAKE-UP TREATS TO LOOK YOUR BEST
Star treatment at LA Academy “ROSES are red, and violets are blue. Come to LA Make-Up Academy, and we will look after you!” So says the well-known leading make-up academy, based on Chatham Street, Dublin 2, which is busy preparing for Cupid’s arrival with a range of lovely offers. For this Valentine’s Day, ladies are invited to give themselves the pampering they deserve, with the academy marrying all of Cupid’s ideas of love to create unique packages that are designed to cater for all Valentines needs. LA Academy’s “Love to Me” Valentine’s packages includes everything a girl could desire, such as rouge-red lips, sultry
eyes and luscious locks to make their Valentine’s Day perfect. All of these pampering packages to look your best come with five-star treatment, such as sipping on a glass of bubbly and availing of delicious nibbles in the LA lounge, in preparation for an unforgettable experience.
Packages A number of packages and options are on offer, such as the Love To Me package, preparing you for your big night out with sultry eyes and lashes to flutter, coupled with devilishly red lips, for €35. Alternatively, T he
Secret Sweetheart package, featues smouldering smoky eyes with individual or strip lashes and a luxurious pout. And, for an unforgettable entrance, you could go for bouncy, waved Brigitte Bardot-style hair, for just €45. These glamorous offers are for anyone who is dear to you, or would be ideal as a treat for yourself – after all, you deserve it, and you deserve the LA Make-Up Academy five-star treatment. For further information, contact LA MakeUp Academy on 01 675 1999, or visit w w w. lamakeupacademy.com.
LA Academy has some special Valentine packages to draw you in, including sultry eyes and luscious locks
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Interview: Mark McGarvey, of cheapstorage.ie
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years left, that’s SAVING € 40,000 a year! While property bargains currently abound, there is enormous hassle from finding tenants, continuous repairs, rent reduction requests and slow payments. Add the fact that interest rates eventually can only go one way – UP. Do you really want this hassle? You can earn 5.04% gross each year by just placing it on deposit… hassle-free. Also, one lender would deduct € 36,000 from your annual income to fund your family needs – that leaves € 4,000 income availability which will get you a loan of precisely € 18,000. That’s an expensive doll house ! That € 40,000 will act as a handy Rainy Day Fund – my recommendation is that you should have at least three to six months annual income in a RDF for emergencies, sudden loss of income or that investment opportunity.
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on business development and management end of things.
yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: I think one of my best traits,
Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: Starting up business during
Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: The National, Bruce Spring-
the height of the recession was difficult and there were times when I was worried, but, with hard work and dedication, we got our name out there and business is now booming.
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: A variety of Irish businesses.
Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Having the opportunity to develop my own ideas and the ability to challenge myself daily.
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MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 David O’Doherty
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Human Muppet fan, Gary (Jason Segel) teams up with his Muppet brother, Walter (far right) to help make The Muppets famous again, as they join the Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Beaker and Doctor Bunsen Honeydew, Sam, Sweetums, Fozzie and Rizzo for a new, lively, big screen adventure
A fur-ly good film The Muppets return, infused with the spirit of classic Muppet madness, but with a dash of modern humour I KATE CROWLEY
LET history judge me on my solemn decree – The Muppets delivered the definitive version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, and that’s a fact, Jack. No, not you, Jack Black – although I’ll get to you, later – but I’m merely tipping my hand at being somewhat kindly predisposed towards The Muppets, in general. Why, many a night I spent in front of our magnificent, wooden television in the living room, back in 197(cough, cough, no need to start pondering my age, dear readers), watching The Muppets on the small screen, while I also watched their bigscreen excursions in subsequent years. Despite the premature death of their creator, Jim Henson, the characters have endured – and this is an endear-
FILM OF THE WEEK: The Muppets #### (G) 109 mins Director: James Bobin Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Peter Linz, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo, and a cast of thousands
OUR VERDICT: NOT quite up there with the very best of earlier Muppet films, and the long-running classic television show, The Muppets still makes a pleasant return, as behind the occasional schmaltz (and outright mayhem) it’s got something rarely seen these days in family films – heart. So, while it’s not the very best of Muppet madness, it’s still fun to hang out with this raggle-taggle group of characters ...
ing return to form for our furry friends. But first – the humans. Gary (Segel) and his girlfriend, Mary (Adams) live in Smalltown, and, as huge Muppet fans, it seems like a great idea for them to head off to LA, to see the legendary Muppet Theatre – with Gary’s Muppet brother, Walter (Linz) in tow. Unfortunately, the Smalltown trio soon find that the big Muppet stars they grew up with are, effectively, washed-up
nobodies, forgotten by, well, pretty much everybody, while the theatre itself is a wreck. Not only that, but the theatre’s up for grabs, with a greedy oilman all set to buy and demolish it. (Ten guesses why, folks.) Goodness! Is this the ignominious end for T he Muppets? E r r, no, of
course not. Gary, Mary and Walter are soon on the case, as a standard round-up-theold-gang plot plays out, with them seeking out all the big Muppet stars of old, determined to stage one helluva show to raise the necessary $10,000,000 needed to buy and save the Muppet theatre (and also, basically, put the Muppets back in the public eye again). Also of course, things don’t go according to plan, with a certain stunning, headstrong, porcine princess getting her nose out of joint, and refusing to team up with Kermee and co. But the show must go on, and it’s not long before The Muppets are back in action, with everything going well until – Well, t h a t ’s
enough. Either you’re a fan of those furball goofballs and bug-eyed antics, or you’re not, in which case this is definitely either a one- or a four-star film for you to consider. It’s not quite up there with classic, vintage Muppet madness of old – but then, without Jim Henson at the helm, those dizzy heights of comic wackiness are unlikely to ever be scaled by The Muppets again. Still, this film has plenty of heart, and daftness, while the human cast – including Jack Black, Whoopi Goldberg, and a few other well-known faces as Themselves – provide able support for the inevitable pratfalls, mugging, insults and calamity that come to pass. To paraphrase The Muppets’ Statler and Waldorf – my critic spirit guides for umpteen years – it’s great for The Muppets to be here. (It’s great for them to be anywhere.)
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GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces Tiny titles spark copyright debate
With flagship launch titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss offering this level of graphic fidelity, Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld device (inset) is likely to have lots of gamers reaching for it once it hits the market here
Should be plenty of Vita-lity in this one SHANE DILLON
REMEMBER the PlayStation Portable? The PSP was pretty popular for a while, but never quite set gaming markets alight for a variety of reasons. I had one, but although I amassed a sizable collection of games, I never had the feeling that it reached its potential, with increasingly lacklustre
support from the gaming industry, and, certainly, the PSP never had anywhere near the kind of “legs” that Nintendo’s DS had. Step forward Sony’s spiritual successor to the PSP, the VITA, which has been performing reasonably well overseas, with our Japanese friends having the advantage of early access. As hand-held consoles
go, the Vita is taking an interesting approach, being what one gaming pundit described as “a PSP with bells on”, as in many ways it’s a straightforward evolution of Sony’s earlier piece of kit. Of course, it’s a handheld console with greatly souped-up power and abilities, compared to its predecessor and, in a nod to modern gaming inter-
Anotherweebyte... Some X-cellent titles on the way MICROSOFT are about to push out some interesting XBox 360 downloadable titles, with XBox LIVE Arcade House Party! seeing a number of titles hitting the XBox Live Arcade every Wednesday from February 15 until March 7. And, as an incen-
tive for those who buy all four downloadable titles, Microsoft will give gamers 800 Microsoft Points (MP) in return. Two titles in particular stand out – Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (February 22, 1200MP), which sees a return to the surprisingly involving survival horror game’s setting, involving a Stephen King-ish writer and the horrors
he finds in Bright Falls’ dense woods. This time, Alan finds trouble in Arizona, and should prove pretty entertaining again. Later, I Am Alive (March 7, 1200MP) sees a long-delayed game of survival in a destroyed city finally arrive, boasting a strong narrative and an interesting setting – both adding to the XBox party experience.
ests, its “touch-enabled” functions lend it an interesting adaptability to add an extra dimension to games, including its curious rear touch pad. So, how has the Vita been doing since its recent release, and how do they bode for its upcoming release within our own regional territory? Well, since hitting the market in Japan in December, the Vita has performed ... okay. Sales figures haven’t been fully disclosed just yet – in fairness, it’s a little too soon to start racking up the figures, ahead of Sony’s quarterly accounts – but all accounts are that its performing solidly, if not spectacularly. Here, there has been much focus on the impressive power of the console, which Sony have been showcasing to great effect with the Vita spinoff from one of its flagship titles, Uncharted: Golden Abyss. With sales of 350,000
units in Japan during its first week, followed by a tailing-off but solid sales, Sony CFO Masaru Kato has said that the company had “a good start” for hitting 500,000 units within three weeks. Will Dublin gamers take to the Vita with as much early-adopter enthusiasm as we’ve seen overseas, and which we can expect to see from the Vita’s (expected) release here in late February? Perhaps, as, despite the recession, gamers and tech-heads still seem to find the money for the latest gadget, and Sony’s Vita certainly lays down quite a challenge for the iPhone generation, many of whom will undoubtedly be looking for something more than just an Angry Birds machine. Despite the challenging times we live in, it’s good to see progression in the portable gaming market, and the Vita could have plenty of life once it hits its stride.
THERE’S an interesting row simmering away regarding content and intellectual property (IP), and what constitutes a publisher’s title adding to an already established genre, or being, perhaps, more similar than one may expect. Given the stakes involved with publishing on Apple’s formats, the issues of how strongly IP is defined, and subsequently protected, are beginning to become ever more prominent. Nimblebit, publisher of Tiny Tower, has been busy exchanging broadsides with Zynga, publisher of Dream Heights, in a continuing case that’s fascinating the gaming industry. Launched last year, Tiny Tower’s core gameplay mechanics – building a tower block floor by floor, choosing what types of use each floor would be put to, and then filling staff positions, ordering stock, and so on – are now also on show in Dream Heights, which looks ... similar, and shares many of the same core gameplay mechanics, such as the number of employees per floor, stocking systems, express elevators, and so on. Zynga has rejected any claims of plagiarism, and stuck to its guns that the titles merely resemble each other, and some core details coincidentally match. Still, it’ll be interesting if the renewed industry interest focuses attention on identifying greater ways to define, and then control, IP rights.
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SWIMMING: UNIQUE CLUB TAKES MORE HONOURS IN MASTERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
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ATLANTIS swimming club celebrated another milestone in their short existence last week when club member Rodrigo Bardi set a new Irish record in the 50m and 100m breastroke in the Masters’ category at the Masters’ Championships in Derry. It provided another medal in the fledgling club’s history since they formed with just seven
members last autumn, basing themselves in the Markievicz pool on Townsend Street. Since then, numbers have swelled to 19 but treble those numbers could be accommodated as they are in a unique position as one of the only competitive clubs based in a Dublin City Council pool. As such, the club is grateful to the Markievicz staff who have allowed them to open the centre at 5am for morning swims
without members having to become leisure club members. The club was formed in the wake of the change in structure at a leisure centre in Clontarf, which saw club coach Nicky Barker moving on from his management role. A number of the children he coached there wanted to continue training under the Cabinteely resident, leading to the formation of Atlantis. And the switch has
Members of the Atlantic Swim Club, with club coach Nicky Barker far right
given him a new lease of life, he told GazetteSport. “When you are responsible for running a centre and a lot of staff, you can get distracted easily. While I was there, we had plenty of national champions. Now we can just concentrate on the task at hand. “Back in January 2011,
we looked for a new facility to train in. We looked at 22 or 23 places around Dublin, but couldn’t find space. The management at the Markieviz were incredibly amenable.” For him, the philosophy of the club is simple: “If I was to say ‘swim fast and have fun’, it would be plagiarising too many people but, basically, it’s that sim-
ple. The committee have put an awful lot into getting the club organised.” He brings with him a wealth of experience, working for five years at the Kilternan Sports Hotel. He has also coached a series of national champions like Leo Delaney, William Ensor and Maria Schaler. The parents are delight-
ed he will be continuing to work with their children: “The consistency is the coach. You can swim in any pool, but it was the coach who was important to us and our children.” The club currently is looking for new recruits of all ages. For more information, contact Irene Clonan on ireneclonan@ gmail.com.
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SPORTS AWARDS: SOMERTON CLUB CLAIM OVERALL TITLE with Setanta’s Senan Connell
Learning curve in place for Gilroy’s Dublin DUBLIN manager Pat Gilroy kept his players in the dressing room for quite some time on Saturday night and, having seen the way he went about the game against Kerry, there may well be a part of him that is happy with the way they performed and ultimately lost. Little indicators, like leaving Diarmuid Connolly on frees and having Alan and Bernard Brogan on the bench for the whole game, would indicate to me that the Kerry game was a great opportunity to try things out, and Pat was happy to do just that. If this was a league final, or indeed a championship game, Stephen Cluxton would have been on the frees and the two lads above would have played some part. What will have disappointed him was the manner of the defeat and that is why a few home truths were no doubt spelled out in the dressing room. They have nowhere near the amount of work done that they had at this time in 2010, or 2011, and there are cobwebs. The physicality just was not there. Dublin are on a pedestal. All-Ireland champions, every team will raise their game to beat them and when Kerry raise their game, you know you’ll be in trouble. Dublin will find it very difficult on the road to Mayo. I do expect a backlash from the team but going back West to get a result is not easy and I even remember being on the end of one hammering myself as a player. They will need to step it up a gear or two. Senan Connell is a pundit with Setanta Sports, broadcasting 14 exclusively live Allianz League matches this season. Setanta Sports Satellite customers can subscribe for just €8.49 per month to get this great GAA plus 33 Premier League games, FA Cup, European soccer and World Class Rugby. Subscribe at Setanta.com/gaaoffer or call 0818 20 30 40.
Members of the Castleknock GAA club, including players, mentors and chairman Niall Tutty, at the Dublin Sports Awards
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CASTLEKNOCK GAA club were crowned the Sports Team of the Year at the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, hosted by Dublin Gazette Newspapers and the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley last Friday night. The club received the award in recognition of their achievements both on the field of play and in the community. The Somerton Parkbased side have become Dublin’s fastest-growing GA A club and their chairman, Niall Tutty, was delighted to receive the award. “This award means an awful lot to the club. Castleknock is a very young club, only formed in 1998, and we only opened our new grounds in April last year. We are coming up against some
of the best, long-established clubs in the city and we are beginning to hold our own against them. “We won the Dublin Minor A championship in October, which was a huge achievement. “We have a great set of lads who have come through the ranks of the club over the years, winning the Feile title in 2007, and who are now breaking through on the county representative panels. “As well as that, we have had our senior footballers and hurlers go from junior to intermediate level for the first time, which is a big step up. “It’s important that the lads coming through are doing so at the highest level possible, and the promotions are important for them and for the club,” said Tutty. The attitude of the club
to the grass roots, and development of players from the academy level upwards, was another significant factor in their nomination for the overall award, and one which Tutty has complete faith in. “The key part of the club and its growth is the fact that we built it from the bottom up. The focus on the club is on the nursery section; we will have about 200 kids from the ages of four to eight playing football and hurling every weekend. “We reach a wide range of people throughout the community, and we want to get parents and families involved throughout the club, at all levels. We are seeing the adult sections growing as fast as the rest of the club.” The club’s significance was cemented in 2011
with the inclusion of a number of representatives on various Dublin panels, proof that the sporting ethos at the club is as strong as its sense of community. “We had players on the Dublin minor A hurling panel, and the Dublin minor football panel, and we had two or three starters on each team. They all do the club proud. “Of course, we also had Rory Corcoran, who joined the Dublin senior panel this year, and he has been a leading light in spite of us playing at junior level.” The plans for the club for 2012 include the launch of a bond scheme to assist with raising the funds to build a stateof-the-art clubhouse at Somerton, and they plan to start the build in April, with a view to completing
the project over the next two years. “The ambition is there to achieve as much as we can in the coming years. With the help of the local community and the members of the club, there’s no end to what we can achieve,” said Tutty.
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AVA HUTCHINSON THE DSDAC athlete was in sparkling form in Montreal in January to claim the Olympic qualifying standard in the marathon, joining teammate Linda Byrne as one more Dundrum South Dublin athlete competing for a place at London 2012. Her showing in the prestigious event was further proof of the talent pool at the club.
TEAMof theMONTH SWORDS JUDO CLUB
THE Swords club claimed an incredible nine AllIreland titles at the National schools dojo in Finglas in January, with another victory in the shape of the Nikita Levchenko in the 41kg minor men’s section and Eddie McLoughlin in the junior mens’ 55kg section at NUI Galway last week to underline the quality of the fighters and the coaches at the North Dublin club.
ANOTHER sports awards year over, and a new one just begun! Time flies when you’re having fun and it was a huge delight to present the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards at the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley last week in the presence of the cameras of Setanta Ireland. But sport goes on as we know, and we’re delighted to present the first winners of the 2012 awards. Ava Hutchinson added herself to the roster of impressive athletes from Dundrun South Dublin likely to appear at London 2012 with a qualifying performance in Montreal last month.
Castleknock GAA’s Niall Nulty receiving the team award on behalf of the club with Clarion Hotel’s Garrett Marrinan and GazetteSport editor, Rob Heigh
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THE 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, in conjunction with Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley and Setanta Sports Ireland proved to be the best-ever celebration of the finest in Dublin sports, when the 24 monthly stars and teams named throughout the year were honoured last weekend. In front of a packed house, compere Paul Dempsey, the esteemed sports journalist and presenter on Setanta, exper tly steered the evening that saw the main awards being presented to Dundr um
South Dublin high-jump expert Deirdre Ryan and the fastest-growing club in Dublin GAA, Castleknock. Speaking after the event, GazetteSpor t editor, Rob Heigh, said: “Every year, it is a privilege to report on Dublin sport, and to have the opportunity to give something back to the people who make sport in the city so vibrant and diverse is an honour in itself. “The variety and scope of the awards, that mean we have the chance to honour individuals, clubs, schools and teams across the myriad of
sports in the city, allows us the chance to thank not only the people who recieved the awards, but all of those whose great achievements appear in the sports pages of the eight Gazette newspapers every week of the year.” The diversity of the event saw representatives of 14 different sports, from underage soccer to senior golf, receiving awards on the stage from the affable Dempsey. This was the first year that the event was covered by Setanta Sports Ireland, and a pro gramme based on the events of the evening
will go out on the cable channel in the next few weeks. “We are looking forward to another year of incredible achievement on the sporting calendar,” said Rob Heigh. “With London 2012 and Euro 2012 on the horizon, as well as the Six Nations just started, it certainly looks like 2012 will be as packed with excitement, drama and Irish success on a local, national, and international stage to look forward to. “These awards are about the best of our sporting communities, and the best of Dublin.”
Swords Judo Club showed the small-club ethos of grass-roots development with nine titles at the All-Ireland Schools Judo event last month.
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SOCCER: LEAGUE VICTORY FOR CASTLEKNOCK UNDER-15 GIRLS
Coolmine U-9s Rock on in series of top ties COOLMINE’S Under-9s travelled south-side last week to face Blackrock at Stradbrook in one of the few fixtures in the metro section to survive the weather conditions. The heavy overnight rain, though, could not deter the Blackrock and Coolmine packs in what was the Dublin 15 club’s third outing of 2012 having already accounted for Clontarf in Ashbrook and Virginia in Cavan. With 28 registered U-9 players, a great turn-out of 22 faced off against Rock, fielding two teams -the Blues and the Sharks - both unbeaten thus far, against four teams from Blackrock. Coolmine started the brighter of the two, scoring frequently in the early stages of their games as the Blues and Sharks each played four 15-minute games in succession. But, with underfoot conditions sticky, both teams tired as the morning went on so all the subs came on to play their part.
McGee Davis Cup-bound CASTLEKNOCK man James McGee will once again represent Ireland’s Davis Cup side as they take on Hungary in a snow-laden Szeged this weekend. Having risen to a career high in 2012, he is looking to bring his strong record into the tie with five singles victories to his name having won legs in ties with Lithuania, Tunisia, Luxembourg and Algeria since making his debut in 2009. Notably, this included a straight sets win over Doyvdas Sakinis in 2010 in the deciding rubber of a 3-2 victory over Lithuania. Conor Niland will lead the team and is the
side’s totem for what looks a very evenly matched date. Hungary will be led by Adam Kelner, a regular in and around the top 300 places in the world like Niland. He is backed up by Denes Lukacs while Attila Balazs and teenager Marton Fucsovics round out a side with a decent amount of experience and a winning head-to-heard against Ireland with the last Irish win all the way back in 1932. Their most recent meeting, though, was not since 2004 when the Hungarians ran out 4-1 winners but the Irish have a decent record in recent years, recording a fine win against Tunisia last year before being edged out by Luxembourg.
All hands to the pump in Celtic’s defence as Belvedere pushed forward against the home side in Porterstown in the Under-17 Major League
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WHAT was billed as a grudge match turned out to be a first-rate thriller when Castleknock Celtic’s Under-15s girls league side registered a 5-3 win over Newtown Juniors. With Castleknock Celtic having knocked Newtown out of the FAI Umbro Cup last year in a very physical match, it was expected that all areas of the field would prove competitive, and so it proved. The game kicked off with Castleknock on the offensive from the start and they forced a string
of corners. It was from one of these that Emma Boyle crossed and Allanah Walsh reacted quickest to squeeze the ball under the keeper and give Castleknock the lead. An injury forced Jennifer Treadwell off and she was replaced by Marianne Power at left back. This unsettled the Castleknock defence for a time and Newtown scored from that side of the pitch with a beautifully struck shot that the Castleknock keeper Naoise McALoon had no chance with. Howe ve r, s h o r t l y afterward, Boyle drifted
Safe pair of hands: Player of the Year launches new glove ALAN Brogan, pictured at Elverys Sports in Arnotts Department Store, was on hand recently to help Elverys launch the new ATAK range of gloves, which includes the premium NEON Gaelic gloves. These have been designed by footballers, for footballers and will be worn by some of Ireland’s top GAA stars. The gloves are made using a superior compression lycra backhand for skin-tight fitting, with the highest grade of latex foam for maximum grip in all conditions and an adjustable wristband.
in from the right wing and curled an unstoppable shot into the top left-hand corner of the Newtown net. Newtown got back level before half-time when some hesitation in the Castleknock defence allowed the Newtown striker to have a simple tap in. At the start of the second half, Leah Byrne came on and her presence was to prove very influential to the final outcome. With Boyle, Kellie Boyle, Ciara Brady and Lyndsey Kearney in midfield Castleknock soon got a grip on the
match. C a s t l e k n o c k we n t ahead again when another corner from Boyle was drilled into the Newtown net by Boyle. However, Newtown equalised soon after. But Celtic came storming back and got their noses in front when Boyle split the Newtown defence with a through ball that Byrne did well to control and finish coolly into the bottom of the Newtown net. The game was sealed five minutes from time when Emma and Leah combined again, the goal coming from a long
throw in by Emma Boyle that eluded everyone to reach Byrne at the back post. Elsewhere, the club’s Under-8s had a surprise visitor in the form of FAI chief executive John Delaney, who was on hand to see the boys win out in their final NDSL Futsal game at Gormanston College. A good performance saw Celtic edge a close match that wasn’t settled until the final minutes, with both teams having chances to win, before the final outcome saw Celtic claim victory in an extremely entertaining 9-7 tie.
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DUBLIN GAA: SENIOR SIDES RETURN TO LEAGUE
CLUB NOTICEBOARD CASTLEKNOCK CASTLEKNOCK GAA have won the top
because every cent will go to the
prize for Sports Team of the Year for
clubhouse. We’ll be printing name
2011 at the Dublin Sports Awards.
tags in the coming weeks and then
Our Clubhouse Appeal has com-
planting the trees. If you wish to get
menced; please log onto the website
on list, simply download the form
for more info castleknock.net/fun-
from the website and return to the
draising or call Pearse 0862478961.
club shop or to your mentor.
Signs surrounding the main pitch in
Lotto: Jackpot now at €7,800, with
Somerton are now on sale; for more
the next draw in The Bell on Febru-
information on how to get your sign
seen contact Charlie 0851101108.
2012 Registrations are now due and
Spring Series tickets are still
the deadline for payment is Friday,
available from Lisa Kiernan on
February 17. After that date, players
0861022296; orders by text only
not registered cannot play or train
as they are not insured. Forms can
Our 2012 club calendar is now
be downloaded from the website.
available to purchase for only €5 in
Cash for clobber: Bring down bags
club shop, open every Saturday in
of old clothes to Somerton and they
Somerton 10 to 11.30am.
will be collected from there (leave
The Tree Fundraiser has raised € 4,5 4 0 so far. We’r e deligh ted
bags at green container beside the toilets).
ST BRIGID’S Dublin ladies were in ruthless form against Kildare in their first outing of 2012. Pictures: GAAPics.com
Jackies jubilant on return to Division 1 LADIES’ NFL DIVISION 1 Kildare Dublin
ST BRIGID’S Ailish McKenna and Colleen Barrett both played their as the Dublin ladies’ footballers got their year off to the perfect start as they returned to NFL division one in serious style. They helped the side run up an emphatic 27-point victory over a hapless Kildare, to get new manager Peter Clarke’s tenure in the hot-seat off to the perfect start. From the throw-in, Dublin looked like they meant business, with the Kildare goalkeeper making a fine save after just 40 seconds. This was a sign of things to come, with Niamh McEvoy and Sinead Aherne netting for the Jackies with two goals in the first eight minutes, along with points from Olivia Leonard and Nata-
lia Hyland to build a lead of 2-4 to no score after 15 minutes. Kildare, to their credit, fought hard and began to win more possession, but with Siobhan McGrath marshalling a well-organised defence, the Lilywhites only managed a point from their possession before Dublin midfielder Goldrick netted the third goal for the Jackies in the 20th minute. Points from Aherne, Ciara Murphy and Siobhan Woods, left the score 3-8 to 0-1 in favour of Dublin when referee Pat Kehoe blew for half-time. Kildare started the second half brightly, kicking the first score of the half and began to settle into the game. Dublin, however, driven from midfield by the elusive Goldrick, rallied again, with points from McEvoy, Hyland and Woods. Kildare never gave up and kicked four points,
but goals from Leonard and Aherne polished off a fine performance from Dublin, which gets their campaign of to a great start. Next up, they travel to play in Meath next Sunday. Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Kilmacud Crokes’ Craig Dias made his senior competitive debut but there was to be no repeat of the Dubs’ victory of last September as they fell 1-14 to 0-11 to Kerry in Croke Park. The Kingdom dominated the second half of the first round of the Allianz NFL Division 1 clash on Saturday night to give them the spoils over a lacklustre Dublin. Darran O’Sullivan netted the killer goal 15 minutes from time after top-class build-up play to extend his side’s lead to five points. It was a rusty start for the Dubs who might have been further down in the final tally had Kerry con-
verted some of their 17 wides. Early on, Kevin McManamon’s point made it five points each in the 20th minute and the lead was taken when Stephen Cluxton’s ’45 and another effort from Mossie Quinn made it 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time. But Kerry bossed the second half and Dublin’s cause was also not helped by the sending off of Eamon Fennell in the 67th minutes as the home side’s challenge petered out before the finish. Dublin face Mayo this Saturday night in Castlebar in their next outing.
ST BRIGID’S wish to ex tend our
final takes place this Saturday at
deepest sympathy to the Boyle
2.30pm in Russell Park.
Family on the sad passing of Gail
Adult football cups begins this
Boyle; wife of former senior goal-
week, fixtures on website. Presen-
keeper, Colm Boyle, and mother of
tation night on February 18, details
Dylan, Caolan, Rhian and Morgan.
Volunteers needed for work on
Juvenile camogie training from
new gym - meeting on Monday, Feb-
ruary 13, see website for details.
from 6pm and juvenile handball for
Membership for 2012 is now due and should be paid online or by using the traditional forms ASAP.
upwards, every Tuesda y
all ages, Wednesdays at 7.15pm. New players welcome. Loan contributions for our new
Well done to Anne Marie Troy and
state-of-the-art grass pitch are
Niamh O’Neill, who were selected
still needed. The club lotto is in the
for Dublin Ladies U-16s champion-
Roselawn Inn this Thursday, with
the jackpot still €15,000.
Setanta Sports will be in Russell Park this week to film our senior football team taking part in the 45shot challenge. U-21 hurlers’ championship semi-
The annual club Mass takes place this Saturday at 8pm in the club. New players are always welcome, please contact our club coach, Paul on 087 915 4748.
GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN Pre-season picked up a gear last week with games against South Central Division and Bunclody in Wexford. Men’s training continues on Tuesdays at 7.30pm and on Thursdays at 8.15pm. The season starts next Sunday with all three teams in action in the cup competitions.
Good luck to all our teams for a successful season. Ladies’ training continues on Mondays at Parkwest, Wednesdays at Lucan and Westmanstown on Saturday morning at 9am. The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, in Westmanstown at 8pm. Westmanstown Gaels started the
The Intermediates are home to
season with the U-12s getting off to
Kilmacud Crokes at 11am. Junior
a great start with a win against St
As are away to Kilmacud Crokes at
Jude’s away in their blitz competi-
11am, and junior Bs will play home to
tion, while the U-14s started with a
Ballyboden St Enda’s at 3pm.
home fixture against St Peter’s.
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