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INSIDE: Top chef Michal Rupinski has all the Angler’s covered P10

May 12, 2011


cheers for local singing star Page 4

Right in tune: School of Music ready to rock Soccer: Legends on the pitch come to Dublin 15 Page 32

THE Castleknock School of Music will show off its musical talents when students and teachers perform the16th annual concert series in Draiocht in May. The school, with centres in Castleknock and Ongar, specialises in early childhood music education, with their Busy Babies Classes catering for babies aged from just nine months old. Full Story on Page 3

Rugby: Garda claim the Spencer Cup title in Ashbrook Page 28

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Magic milestone as Mary marks 100th Family, friends and Minister Burton gather to celebrate


FAMILY, friends, and even a Government Minister, gathered this week to help celebrate the milestone birthday of Mary Fennell, who turned 100 years old on Monday. Born on May 9, 1911, Mary now lives at the Marymount

Nursing Home in Westmanstown, and was clearly delighted when local TD and Minister, Joan Burton, visited her to hand deliver a letter of congratulations from President Mary McAleese. The centenarian proudly wore her husband’s war medals saying: “My husband was

a veteran of the War of Independence so I wanted to wear them today for him.” Amongst her historic memories is the burning of the Four Courts: “I remember seeing the Four Courts going up in flames – we were at a street looking straight across from it.” Full Story on Page 2



Residents’ group make mark online Q LAURA WEBB

THE Carpenterstown Park Residents’ Association (CPRA) is making its mark online with the launch of its very own website, which will be packed with local issues and events. The CPRA represents some 480 houses in the neighbourhood of the Cherries, Sycamores and Maples. Established since 2004, the local residents association had experienced a slight lull for some years but that is about to change with the help of a new website to boost its recognition, as well as an up-to-date newsletter posted monthly. The association is now looking for residents to have a more active input on issues that are happening in the area. Chairperson of the CPRA, Daphne Melia, and other members of the association, hope to meet every two to three months, depending on whether issues of urgency arise, at Laurel Lodge Community Centre. The next meeting will be posted on their newlydeveloped website, which was officially launched on Monday, May 9. According to the CPRA website designer, and member of the association, Ather Bokhari, the website is a great way to reach out to residents who want to know what is happening in their area. “People can see what the issues are and get


‘The association is now looking for residents to have a more active input on issues that are happening in the area ’

MUSIC Local group set to play Draiocht Orchestra prepare for end-of-year show Q LAURA WEBB

THE Fingal County Youth Orchestra (FCYO) will perform its endof-season concert with musical performances that everyone can enjoy. Based in Blanchardstown, the FCYO has been bringing the sound of the

orchestra to the community for the last 21 years. Playing in the National Concert Hall is just one of the many concert venues played over the years. The award-winning orchestra is now ended its season with a bang, and is set to show off its

talents in Draiocht this Sunday, May 15. The orchestra currently has 25 senior members and 32 junior members and meets every second Sunday at St Francis Xavier NS, Castleknock. Members of the orchestra are aged between eight and 21 years of age.

The upcoming concert promises a great mix of concertos, pop songs, contemporary pieces as well as well known favourites. FCYO fosters a love for orchestral playing, cultivating musical talent and musical appreciation in an atmosphere of enjoyment and team-

work. The orchestra is always looking for new members. Tickets for this event cost €13/€11 and are available to buy at Draiocht Theatre or buy booking online at For further information log onto


feedback on them. We will also have our newsletter on our website. “We wanted to have more of a presence online. There are a lot of organisations out there that have their presence and a lot of people get involved that way. “We were on www. with some information, but we decided to design our own website and new logo, which features a maple and cherries representing the neighbourhood we are part of,” Ather said. Over the past couple of months, the CPRA has been actively involved in meeting with Fingal County Council and Dublin Bus regarding issues surrounding the new bus corridor in the area. They also organised a clean-up day which was due to take place last weekend. Check out their new website for up-to-date information on what is happening and further information on how to get involved, by logging onto

Marymount Nursing Home proprietor, Maureen McNulty, with Minister Joan Burton and Mary Fennell, who celebrated her 100th birthday


Mary marks 100th birthday with bash Q LAURA WEBB

FAMILY, friends and even a Government Minister, gathered to celebrate the milestone birthday of Mary Fennell who celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. The Inchicore native was surrounded by her family and friends, with very special guest, Minister Joan Burton (Lab), making an appearance to give Mary a letter of con-

gratulations from President Mary McAleese, as well her centenarian bounty cheque. Balloons, cake and champagne were on the menu for the small presentation at her care centre home in Marymount, Lucan. The care centre also gave Mary a big party with her family and friends at the weekend, helping her celebrate turning 100 in style. B o r n o n M ay 9 , 1911, Mary grew up in

Inchicore, and later lived in Drimnagh. She has many fond memories and some historic memories she will never forget. “I remember seeing the Four Courts going up in flames. My mother had me with her and word got round about what had happened, so we went down and were at a street looking straight across from it. “I lived in Inchicore, near Kilmainham Gaol,

and we used to see the executor going in.” W hen asked what her secret to living to reach this milestone, she laughed and said “hard work” but “enjoy life” as much as you can. Mary married Joe Fennell, who moved from Cork to Dublin and had four children – Joe, Freddy, Maire and Ann. Mary’s husband and daughter Ann have sadly passed away, but they were both remembered

at this special occasion by the family. Mary’s extended family now has 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. When meeting Minister Burton, Mary proudly wore her husband’s war medals. “My husband was a veteran of the War of Independence, so I wanted to wear them today for him,” Mary said. Full gallery next week


EVENT Castleknock School of Music concert series

School set to show off talents THE Castleknock School of Music will show off its musical talents when students and teachers perform the16th annual concert series in Draiocht later this month. Established in 1995, the school is holding its annual concert series on May 22. This year, the concert has an added twist with all the performing students competing for a prize in age categories – under 8, under 10, under 14 and under 18 – making the event that little bit more exciting. The concert features the Ready, Steady, Go choir, and various ensembles and soloists performing on a range of instruments, including piano,

flute, clarinet, violin, guitar and vocals. Special performances will be given by teachers from the school, and Irish dancing will be accompanied by Mexican violinist, Antonio Garcia Lopez, who specialises in traditional Irish fiddle, as well as Polish pianist, Julia Miller, who are both teachers at the music school. Pianist and lecturer at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Professor Anthony Byrne, will be adjudicator for the competition. The youngest performer on the night is Defne Gultoprak. The six-yearold recently took home third prize in the Under 8’s Newpark Feis Piano

Castleknock School of Music students Natalie Egberton, Toluwan Afolabi, Eimear Fleming and Sean Byrne with teacher Margaret Byrne are all getting set for the group’s 16th annual concert series in Draiocht on May 22

Competition. The school, with centres in Castleknock and Ongar, specialises in early childhood music education, with their Busy Babies Classes catering for babies aged from just nine months old, and is getting ready to launch its Mini Music Academy this October. According to CSM Director, Eileen Brogan, the Music Kindergarten and Pre-Instrumental Classes have been an inte-

gral part of CSM’s teaching curriculum since. “With over 15 years of experience behind us, we have now established our new Mini Music Academy. Babies are enrolled from nine months to seven years. The classes are exciting, structured and educational. There are books and cds for all classes.” The songs have been especially composed by directors Eileen Brogan and Margaret Byrne.

The classes introduce very young children to the “building blocks of music and seek to develop a love and understanding of music from an early age”. The classes are childcentred and a parent / guardian attend all classes up to four years. Each parent is given a written assessment for their child at the end of the year outlining the child’s progress. Mini Music Academy launches in October 2011

and enrolments are now being accepted for both centres at Castleknock Community College and Ongar. The school’s annual Summer Schools will be held from July 4–15 and is open to children aged four to 12 years. For further information about the school, telephone 826 1100, email or log onto www.castleknockschool


Farmleigh residency now open PLAY WRIGHTS and screenwriters interested in applying for the 2011 Writer-in-Residence programme at Farmleigh should do so now as the closing dates for applications nears. Now in its fifth year, the much-sought-after Farmleigh residency offers someone the chance to live and work in the Farmleigh grounds. Previous residents include Conor Kostick, Dermot Bolger and Stella Tillyard. The residency will take place during July, August and September, with the winner required to hold a series of talks, workshops or events. The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, May 25,. For further information please contact Julia Cummins at 01 8155908 or email julia.cummins@ for application form.



Kellystown plan being prepared

CHARITY Local student a real Friend of the Coombe


A MASTERPLAN for the construction of a secondary school and permanent primary school at a site in Kellystown is currently being prepared by the Department of Education in preparation for lodging its planning application. Fingal County Council (FCC) has been informed by the department that a masterplan for the overall Kellystown site, which includes a permanent building for Luttrellstown Community College (secondary school) and a permanent primary school, is currently being prepared. The masterplan is being prepared in “advance of the lodging of a planning application”. According to a spokesperson for FCC, the masterplan will include proposals for a “second entrance to the site”. The council was responding to a question put down by Socialist Party councillor, Ruth Coppinger, asking for a report on the progress of the project.

Mount Sackville student, Lidia Rocca, has recorded a CD for the charity, Friends of the Coombe, and she will also perform live at a fashion show event in the RDS on May 20

Musical cheers for singing star Lidia SUPPORT CASTLEKNOCK BUSINESS





A YOUNG Castleknock student has launched a charity CD with her version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which she will sing live at a charity fashion show in aid of Friends of the Coombe. Mount Sackville student, Lidia Rocca, recently released the charity CD and is currently preparing to perform the song at the charity fashion show in the RDS on May 20. Now in first class, the youngster was born a tiny 4lbs 7oz, and attended the neonatal section of the Coombe. All the proceeds made from the CD will go towards the Friends of the Coombe. Lidia’s mum, Theresa, said:

“We are very proud of Lidia and delighted with the support and help to make this CD, it was a joint production. “Local Ladyswell school teacher, Maria Coyle, played the piano for the CD, celebrity photographer Barry McCall took the photos for the video, Dave Nagle from Popstar studios recorded it and Yasmine Beharic designed the front and back cover. “Imaj Photography, in Ballycoolin, snapped Lidia sitting on the rainbow and everyone gave their time free for a charity my family are very passionate about,” Theresa said. The fashion show is run by the Compton Model Agency with models Vivienne Connolly, Lisa Cummins and celebrity


‘Mount Sackville student, Lidia Rocca, recently released the charity CD and is currently preparing to perform the song at the charity fashion show in the RDS on May 20’ ---------------------------------

Dublin senior football player, Eamonn Fennell, showcasing Irish designers Claire Garvey, Jennifer Rothwell, Edel Ramberg, Louis Copeland, Fran

and Jane, and Joanne Hynes. MC for the evening is Emma Buckley. The money raised will go towards helping the Friends of the Coombe in completing a study into understanding the complex issue of postnatal depression and how it should be treated. Tickets for this event are €50 including drinks and canapes reception from 7pm. To purchase tickets, contact Emer by phone on 01 408 5539, or email To hear Lidia’s angelic version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, search for Lidia Rocca YouTube. Fur ther information on the event is also available at


LANDS FCC respond to calls for action on D15 estates

Council to investigate ‘derelict’ sites Q LAURA WEBB

FINGAL County Council (FCC) is to carry out an investigation on lands in Dublin 15 believed to be “derelict” following calls by local politicians to have the sites located at unfinished housing estates “returned to an acceptable condition”. During a recent area committee meeting in Blanchardstown, Socialist Par ty councillor, Matt Waine, called on management at FCC to undertake an investigation of lands south of St Moctha’s Estate in Clonsilla, and lands between Chesterfield Estate and Park View, near Ashtown Gates. He asked management to investigate whether these sites are “derelict” and to take “whatever necessary measures to ensure these sites are returned to an acceptable condition”.

Responding to the motion, a spokesperson for FCC said “an investigation will be carried out by the Inspectorate Division of the council. “If found to be derelict, further action will be taken under the Derelict Sites Act 1990.” Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Waine said there are a number of small sites “equally in a bad state” as the two he mentioned in his motion. “These particular sites are desperate. A lot of residents in the area are young families and workers trying to get onto the property market; bought at the height of the boom and are now stuck there, and, to add to it, they have to put up with these vistas and views – it’s quite incredible. “It’s a graveyard of the property bubble. “Given the situation, developers are unlikely to start up soon, but we

have a responsibility to make these developers deal with the mess there at the moment,” he said. Last week, the councillor called for action to be made on the many “derelict sites” at unfinished developments across Dublin 15. At the time, he described the sites as resembling “war zones” and urged the council to force developers to “clean up” abandoned sites. In a similar motion, Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) called on the council to request the developer at Barnwell Hansfield estate to “clear up mounds of construction materials” at the estate and roundabout at Barnwell/Ongar Chase as she says it “constitutes dumping”. According to an FCC spokesperson, the Barnwell development is included in the national housing development

survey, which identified 152 unfinished estates within the administrative area of FCC. “The developer of the estate is still active on site although the progress is very slow.” T he spokesperson added that, in relation to unfinished housing estates, the priority for the council will be to deal with “immediate safety issues and works to improve the living conditions for existing residents”.

Fingal County Council has said that an investigation will be carried out by its inspectorate division into a number of ‘derelict’ sites in the local area



Council reveals further job cuts Q MIMI MURRAY

STAFF numbers in Fingal County Council (FCC) are likely to be reduced by over 300 by this time next year, it was revealed at a County Council meeting this week. Council officials said that they have already reduced staff numbers by 251 between 2008 and 2011. They have made a 17% reduction in annual payroll costs in that same period, from €86.3m to €71.6m. The council saved €8m in payroll in 2011 and they said they will save €12.8m by 2014 when off-settable lump sum payments are disposed of. There has been a €3.5m reduction in overtime per annum and €9.6m savings in non-pay expenditure for things like plant hire, fleet management and energy costs. Overall, the council has made €16.5m savings in expenditure over the last 15 months. Whilst most of the elected members praised the council for the measures taken, the Socialists berated the report saying that the savings were made by implementing cuts. “The manager outlined these cuts as if they were a positive achievement. There is a human cost,” Councillor Matthew Waine said. “What does it mean for the delivery of services,” he asked. He also said he felt the goodwill and attitude from staff was “wearing thin.” However Councillor Waine was shouted down by many of the

councillors, with Labour Councillor Ciaran Byrne telling him to “get a grip on economic reality.” “We have an €18bn annual shortfall and we are being forced to deal with it by reducing staff,” he said. Cllr Tom Kelleher said that FCC was singular by trying to function on a far inferior income. “There has been a new government in place for six to eight weeks facing a dreadful situation which is going to get worse. “I’m not sure if any job is sacrosanct and all the rhetoric in the world is not going to fix it. No organisation is going to escape,” he said. The council gave a breakdown of how the savings were achieved. “They said that, as a result of the moratorium on recruitment, 251 staff have not been replaced since the beginning of 2009. “These included the non-filling of 86 vacancies at date of moratorium resulting in savings of €2.7m and the non-filling of vacancies arising from termination of 39 temporary contracts, resulting in savings of €1.4m per annum.” Non-filling of vacancies arising from retirement of 126 staff member’s lump sum payments associated with retirements distort savings in the short term. Real savings of approximately €12m will be made by the end of 2014. By not recruiting 130 temporary summer staff, the council saved €1m per annum, whilst not replacing staff on maternity leave resulted in a saving of €0.6m.

SHOP LOCAL The Gazette looks at the many

How supporting and enterprise HE Gazette is never backward about coming forward when it comes to our support for the local community – in fact, it is the very essence of what we do. By bringing together news, features, pictures and reports about local politics, sport, social events and enterprise, we do what we can to support all of these areas. Support is the key to a thriving local community, and every member of the public can contribute to


this support. Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area. By shopping locally, without any of the expedition involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and industry, all of which play a far greater role in our quality of life than one might imagine. On a very basic level, the commercial rates that even the smallest of such local businesses pay, goes directly to our local


benefits of spending closer to home, and how we all can help

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council. Without these rates, the quality of public amenities, from parks and playgrounds to sports facilities and community groups, would simply not be of the standard we currently enjoy. Taking this train of thought a little further – by keeping one local business open when we shop local, we are supporting local jobs for local people. On top of this, every local business, and their employees, will naturally

tend to support their neighbouring businesses – be it by buying a sandwich, renting a DVD, getting their dry cleaning done, or filling a prescription – the hustle and bustle that goes hand in hand with local business is mutually beneficial. Castleknock is a vibrant hub of business, with a vast array of local, home-grown businesses running in the area. Even at a time when money is scarce, there is a plethora of local businesses for residents to get

behind. Local Minister Leo Varadkar has added his voice to the Gazette’s sentiment of supporting the local community through supporting local business. “I’m a big believer in shopping local in Castleknock, and try to do as much of my shopping in the area as I can. It helps businesses, keeps jobs in the area, and benefits the community. It’s also much more convenient and saves on travel costs.”

‘I’m a big believer in shopping in Castleknock, and try to do as much of my shopping in the area as I can. It helps business and the community’


Deputy Leo Varadkar



FUNDRAISER Marrying a glamorous celebratory breakfast

Jacqueline Murphy, Helena Farrelly and Nicola Talbot

Wedding celebration is held in right royal style

LIENTS and staff from So Belle in Castleknock were treated like royalty during a fundraising breakfast celebration of the British royal wedding, which saw locals wishing the newlyweds well, while at the same time helping to support the charity, Children’s First. Celebrations began at 9.30am with a Buck’s Fizz reception, before moving on to Brasserie 15 for a sit-down breakfast before the royal wedding proceedings began. The ladies-in-attendance (for the wedding to get under way) were all dressed to impress, with co-owner of So Belle, Celine Brady, saying the day went without a hitch, and everyone adored the bride and her bridesmaid’s wedding attire. “They absolutely loved it. They loved the bride’s gown,


they loved Pippa [bridesmaid], everyone was talking about Pippa. Everyone just really enjoyed the occasion – it was great fun. They will all know where they were when [Will and Kate] married,” said Celine. In addition to joining our British friends to celebrate the royal nuptials in style, the breakfast celebration was also a good way to inform attendees about the range of services at the salon, which now includes a cellulite removal machine. And, of course, everyone was delighted to help support the Children’s First charity, which works with vulnerable children in the home in Ireland. Now that Will and Kate are out of the way, So Belle is looking forward to its next major event to commemorate – Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland.

Some majestic style for the royal celebrations, thanks

Olga Clarke and Geraldine Murray

Rosemary Duffy and Oonagh Denise

Anna Sweeney, Keith Hallissey, of Brasserie 15, and Theresa Rocca

Maureen, Carol, Christine and Anita


with a way to help support vulnerable children in the home

Rosemary and Celine, of So Belle, with Sharon and Monica, of Shamon, who organised the event

to Kay Murphy, Mary Monaghan and Rosaleen Hatton. Pictures: Conor O’Mearain

Dorothy Moynihan, Josephine Gibney and Joan Singh

Louise Byrne, Judy Bryan, Nora Feeney and Ita Brady

Kathleen McMahon and Jackie Curley

Olga Cooke, Aine Briody, Elaine Iredale and Carol O’Riordan

Ann Marie and Kathleen Connellan


IT’S YOUR SHOT Chef Michal Rupinksi at The Angler’s Rest

Ken Spengler and Gemma Shiels

Michal with Robert O’Connor

Marlena Rupinska, Michal Rupinski and Anthony McMahon

Serving up a great way to help others OME familiar faces from Castleknock were spotted at the Angler’s Rest recently where they, and several other locals, were tucking into a delicious meal, courtesy of chef Michal Rupinksi. Michal was serving up a three-course meal in the latest Look Who’s Cooking event at the popular bar and eaterie, with fundraising from


the night going to help Concern with its vital international work. Held in association with Educogym, the night was complemented by live music from Robert O’Connor and band, providing a great way to round off what was already a truly tempting treat for foodies and the charity’s supporters alike.

Michal with Agnieszka Talaj

Richie Delaney

Paul Hurley and Sharon Hurley

Declan Saunders with Michelle Kane, Anna Sweeney Magda Najwer, Paul Glinka, Michal Rupinski, Iwona Nowicka and Marlena Rupinska

and Theresa Rocca

Erica Kelly and Michal

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Brush up on your pet’s dental care ID you ever suddenly become aw a r e o f a n offending stench, and wonder where it’s coming from? You get yourself to a quiet corner, and examine your shoes for something messy, or discreetly raise your arms above your head to check for nasty pit stains, and then realise: “Oh, thank God – it’s not me who stinks, it’s my dog’s breath!” Sound familiar? Few pet owners make the effort to educate themselves in their pet’s oral hygiene, but did you know that dental disease is one of the most common disorders in our canine companions? Keeping your pet’s teeth in check has lots of health benefits – the obvious being minty-fresh breath. Remember, bad breath in dogs is rarely related to last night’s rich food!


More often, it’s an indicator of poor dental health, and/or an infection that needs investigating by your vet. For example, did you know that if your cat or dog suffers an infection of the gums, teeth or oral cavity, this can spread via the bloodstream and into their heart and liver, and could cause additional health problems, such as kidney failure, endocarditis and abscesses in vital organs, possibly resulting in a shortened lifespan? You didn’t?

Take precautions Well, now that you do, it’s time to take precautions. Brush your pet’s teeth at home using a special brush and veterinary toothpaste, available from your vet. Gently introduce your pet to the new taste by rubbing some of the tooth-

paste along his gums, and then repeating the process with a toothbrush. Aim the bristles along the gum line of the upper back teeth, and angle them slightly upwards, making sure the bristles get right under the gum line. Working back to front, make little circles; as you would with your own teeth. However, remember, even with the best home care your pet may still require some professional dental de-scale and polish. *** Feed your pet a crunchy diet, and appropriate chew treats. It’s always worth checking with your vet before you change your pet’s diet; especially if the animal has breed-specific dietary requirements. I would recommend you make these changes gradually; particularly

Remember – your pets and animals are relying on you to help keep them healthy

with puppies, and always try one food at a time. Check your pet’s mouth regularly, and observe signs of an inflammation known as gingivitis. This can be seen as a reddening of the gums adjacent to the teeth. It will also cause bad breath. Dental disease is not just a problem for dogs; other companion animals – such as cats and rabbits – suffer, too. Conditions such as feline stomatitis – which is very painful, and can be life-threatening for many cats – can occur in all breeds, and at any age. *** Cats with this condi-

tion usually experience inflamed gums which, if untreated, can spread to areas at the back of the throat, making eating and swallowing difficult. So, if your cat’s breath smells, get to the vet immediately and seek his/ her professional advice on how best to rectify your kitty’s condition. Rabbits can also suffer. This is usually due to a bad diet. You may not know this, but rabbits need lots of fibre in their diet; so give those bunnies plenty of hay and help keep bad oral hygiene at bay. A rabbit’s teeth continuously grow, and must

be checked regularly by your vet to ensure they are wearing down properly. If a rabbit’s teeth are not kept in check, and go untreated, the poor creature will not be able to eat properly, and there is a danger it could starve to death. For those horse owners reading this, did you know that a horse’s teeth will also grow continuously, so it’s important to keep an eye on them? Your vet is the best person to advise you, regarding this, but if you notice your horse has difficulty chewing, is dropping more food than he actually manages to swallow,

and there are signs of undigested food in his poo, then it’s likely he may be suffering from dental problems, and you need to seek expert help. So, you can see why proper dental care is a priority for all companion animals and, as prevention is better than cure, perhaps the next time you visit your vet, you’ll ask his/her advice as to the best way of examining your pet’s teeth so that you can keep an eye on his oral health. If you’d like more information log onto www. or email me at


12 May 2011 GAZETTE 13

HEALTH Escaping negativity and unhelpful thinking

Are you a tonic, or are you toxic? Q PATRICIA MURPHY

IT IS amazing how some people have the ability to light up a room when they walk in. Others light up the room when they walk out. We allow other people’s moods and attitudes to have such a powerful influence over our personal wellbeing. Sometimes we join in with the rise of the happy tide, and other times we get pulled down into negativity and unhelpful thinking. It pays to ask ourselves: ‘Am I a tonic, or am I toxic?’ It is very easy right now to pick fault with just about everything. Nobody we know has escaped the negative effects of the struggling economy and political change. Nor should we ignore or deny the issues that challenge us daily and which need to be addressed. But none of this is an excuse or a reason to carry a negative attitude with us into every interaction we have, including with our own selves. After all, we live with ourselves 24/7. Left untreated, toxicity spreads, causing damage within and without. What you really need is a daily tonic. Something to pep you up physically, mentally and emotionally. The ingredients are simple and available to us all. Here are some suggestions to help you look and feel great every day. Feed Your Body

Paying attention to


Mega Mini: Michael Moroney falls in love with the Countryman


‘Left untreated, toxicity spreads, causing damage within and without. What you really need is a daily tonic. Something to pep you up physically, mentally and emotionally’ ------------------------------------------------------

exercise and nutrition is essential to support the body. Food nutrients supply us with the energy to carry out daily functions, including the repair and renewal of organs and tissues. The increase of oxygen during modestintensity exercise floods the cells with vitality and increases our ability to get rid of toxins. It conditions the heart and lungs and even makes us smarter. Discipline is the essential ingredient here. At least 20 minutes of brisk walking, plus three balanced meals per day, is a must. No excuses. Remember to keep it simple and include 6-8 glasses of water to keep you floating along. Personal Care

A simple shower, clean clothes and a spray of scent can lift your mood by tenfold. It also makes it more pleasant for others to be around you. Feed Your Mind

Include constructive thoughts and behaviours towards happiness and health. Step by step and easy does it. It is far more effective to change 100 things by 1%, than to change one thing by 100%. Smile

and keep your conversations upbeat, even if you don’t feel like it. Act as if you mean it and, pretty soon, you won’t just be faking it, you will be making it. Feed Your Spirit

Immerse yourself in the fun stuff for a few hours each week. Hobbies and recreational activities are a great way to give you something to look forward to and a break from the routine. Socialise with family, friends and work colleagues, keeping alcohol within the weekly recommended allowance. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Sometimes we forget just how blessed we really are. Give thanks for the big things and little things that make our lives so special. Acknowledge your achievements, including your own valuable input into your happiness, health and wellbeing. These simple lifestyle changes can have a really positive influence on how you look and feel day in, day out. The best predictors of your future happiness and health are the actions and attitudes that you are practising right now.



Patricia Murphy can help detox mind, body and spirit


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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY New face unveiled for Yves Saint Laurent fragrance BENJAMIN Millepied, the French principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and choreographer for the recent blockbuster, Black Swan has been unveiled as the face for the next male fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent, available from September, 2011. Described as one of the most gifted dancers and choreographers of his generation, Millepied enrolled with the New York School of American Ballet at the age of 16 and became principal dancer at 18 with the prestigious New York City Ballet. On his new role with YSL Millepied said: “I’m happy and proud to have been chosen by Yves Saint Laurent, one of the world’s most pres-

tigious brands. I admire the world of this House, its elegance and modernity. Monsieur Saint Laurent was a fashion genius, a lover of the arts, he also knew how to use his talent to serve the art of dancing.” Benjamin Millepied will represent the new fragrance for men from Yves Saint Laurent, the 3rd facet of the men’s olfactive trilogy, alongside Olivier Martinez for L’Homme and Vincent Cassel for la Nuit de L’Homme.

Benjamin Millepied

Edited by Dawn Love

Confessions of a beauty addict This week the Gazette chats to media analyst Kathleen Rowley about her beauty addiction MY life-long addiction began when I first clapped eyes on my glamorous air hostess Aunty Mary’s bathroom cabinet, brimming with shiny and expensive looking tubs of wonder. On family trips, I would gulp down glasses and glasses of Coke, just so I could go up and investigate each tub, tube and bottle, carefully assessing the smell, texture and colour of each. Less exotic potions were to be found at home, where they were kept out of reach from my grubby little hands following an incident at my weekly

teddy bear’s picnic, where Big Ted enjoyed a facial, compliments of Mam’s new Clarins cream and a more-then-healthy spritz of the ever-cherished Chanel No.5. Big Ted was eventually donated to a Children’s Hospital, where I am sure he still is reeking of the classic scent. Mam’s potions were moved to the top shelf. During my teens, a bagpacking job in Superquinn gave me the means to splurge in the Body Shop, where body butter and a bottle of white musk was the ultimate sign of sophistication. For teenage discos a bottle of Exclamation and a frosted lipstick were my chosen weapons, as they were for most of the girls attending, resulting in the small community hall

still gives me the shivers when I get a whiff of it), I thoroughly enjoyed the role. Working for renowned brands such as Armani, Lancôme and Pout greatly improved my knowledge of products but, even more importantly to a beauty junkie, my collection of samples became legendary. Vichy Essentielles Kathleen Rowley

practically heaving with overpowering teenage fragrances, or maybe it was just the pheromones and teenage lust! If it distracted from my heavy Gallagher-like eyebrows and braces, I was in – ‘dramatic’ eye shadows and liners, along with an over-enthusiastic use of bronzer was the order of the day. Despite a stringent budget and a barrage of feminist anti-beauty industry propaganda, my love of all things beauty-related continued

through college. To fund a trip to the land down under, I got a beauty addict’s dream job, fragrance and cosmetics consultant on counters in Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Dublin Airport. I learned about the construction of a scent, along with skin types and the most up-todate make-up trends. With the exception of a two-month stint standing freezing at the front of Brown Thomas spraying Stella McCartney’s perfume (to this day it

I was astounded at how this lightweight, quick-drying lotion kept my skin soft and moisturised 24 hours after application. With sensitive skin, this was ideal as the fragrance was gentle and ladylike without irritating my skin even after defuzzing the pins. Model Inc Lip and Cheek tint

At €7.50, this is the recessionista’s answer to Benefit’s Benetint, giving you a nice burst of raspberry colour. The colour lasts on the cheeks, but was a little drying on the lips and the fragrance is strong and powdery. However, for €7.50, it is a welcome addition to any hand bag. Revlon PhotoReady

I’m a foundation slapper. I have tried them all, from Rimmel to Yves Saint Laurent, and can safely say I have found my perfect partner – smooth, long-lasting and reliable, this product delivers on its promises. My skin had a nice glow with medium coverage, thanks to the ‘photocromatic pigments’ and it evened out my skin tone without feeling too heavy.

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Relaxation is never too far away in Ireland’s top spas Q DAWN LOVE

Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

IRELAND is now widely recognised as one of the world’s gourmet capitals, but our luxurious spas are also making headlines. Set in some of the country’s most spectacular hotels and resorts, it’s easy to see why we our spas are fast becoming something of a Mecca for those on the lookout for top-class beauty and relaxation treatments. This week, the Gazette’s Beauty pages takes a look at some of the country’s top spas and the luxurious treatments on offer.

At the Spirit One Spa in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway, they are famed for their Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow and Cleopatra Milk Bath. Scrub up for summer with their exotic exfoliation ritual designed to invigorate and revitalise the body. Elemis exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow deep cleanses, polishes and softens skin to perfection.

Druids Glen Resort, Co Wicklow

Just over half-an-hour south of Dublin, but an entire world away, set between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, Druids Glen Resort’s beautifully natural surroundings will have you feeling calmer before you even set foot inside. The atmosphere is one of calm, suggesting you take a deep breath and relax, settling into a place where you will find your own personal corner of pleasure – whether that is in the lovely spa, the pool, on the two championship golf courses, in one of the bars and restaurants, or curled into a comfy chair with a good book by any of the grand windows looking out onto the grounds, and the beauty of the changing seasons outside. For the month of May, the spa at Druids Glen Resort is offering an Advanced Elemis facial, with a complimentary back massage, for just €99. For more information, call 01 2870848, or visit www.druidsglenresort. com

Tradition After your body scrub, soak in the age-old tradition of the Elemis Cleopatra Milk and emerge drenched in moisture, scented like a dream. There is also a full-day pass to the Thermal Suite, with full use of the swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and jacuzzi. Price: All for €85 – normally €140 – save €55. For further details on the range of treatments available call 091 538423 Treatments are available seven days a week.

Hastings Hotels

Spring is nature’s time of renewal and rebirth and the perfect time to rejuvenate your body and soul with a self-indulgent escape to one of Hastings Hotels’ fabulous Spas at Culloden Estate, Belfast, or Slieve Donard Resort, Co Down, and experience their world-famous ESPA treatments and therapies. To put a little extra spring in your step, they are also offering a £10 voucher off your next visit! The Spring Spa Experience includes: • ESPA Welcome Foot Ritual • ESPA Upper Back, Shoulders and Neck Massage • ESPA Boutique Facial with Indian Head Scalp Massage • Delicious light lunch in the Juice Bar • Full use of all the spa facilities • Use of robe, slippers and towels • £10 voucher off your next spa treatment Offer available until May 31, 2011. For more information, visit www.

The Relaxation Room at the spa in Druids Glen Resort’s spa

Rudd’s take on new look IRISH breakfast meat producers, Rudd’s, are re-launching their traditional Irish brand with a modern new look, as well as adding new products to their portfolio. The relaunch campaign is part of Rudd’s new marketing strategy for the brand. John O’Brien, commercial manager at Rudd’s said: “We’re delighted to announce the relaunch of our range to include some popular breakfast favourites, giving it a contemporary new look, while retaining our traditional values. “We are proud to use 100% Irish pork, sourced from Bord Bia-approved Irish farmers to produce

the Rudd’s range, which now offers all you need to create the ultimate full Irish breakfast, while supporting Irish jobs.” Bill O’Brien, managing director of Rudd’s said: “We understand the importance of supporting Irish jobs, therefore we continue to use only 100% Irish pork to produce our range which, we firmly believe, has been the best-kept secret in breakfast, until now.” To support the Rudd’s re launch campaign, a number of tasting events will be taking place throughout Dublin this month. The tastings will take place from May 12-14, and again from May 26-28.

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Pictured at the launch were Ella McSweeney, broadcaster and MC of the Chef’s Summer Kitchen at Bloom, with Flower Fairies (all aged 5), Isibeal Fitzpatrick, Ava Callan, Nessa Last and Kayla Cooke. Picture: Gary O’ Neill

It’s time to Bloom BLOOM, Bord Bia’s gardening, food and family festival returns to the Phoenix Park this June Bank Holiday Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family festival, Bloom, is set to celebrate its fifth year when it takes place this June. At the heart of Bloom are 27 stunning large, medium and small show gardens, which will be judged by international independent judging panels, and gold, silver gilt, silver and

bronze medals will be awarded. Dublin will be well represented at the event, which takes place between Thursday, June 2 and Monday, June 6, with a number of top garden designers creating some of the stunning show gardens. Amongst those taking part will be John Sweeney, from Lusk, and Rachel Freeman, from the Blanchardstown Institute of Technology. Meanwhile, from Dalkey, Sheena

Vernon will also be taking part, as will Brian Cleary, from Dundrum, and award-winning gardeners Liat and Oiver Schurman, from the renowned Mount Venus Nursery. The event will also showcase the best of Ireland’s food industry with the new Bord Bia Food Village. Bloom is open daily from 10am6pm. Advance tickets are on sale now from €15 – kids go free! Visit See feature next week

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs RENAULT VAN RANGE IS APRIL BESTSELLER: RENAULT, Europe’s best-selling van range, hit the number one best-selling spot in Ireland in April with 14.9% of the overall market, and featured on the podium in 14 counties, including number one in Cork, Kerry, Westmeath and Cavan. With prices starting from just €8,990, with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty across the range, it is not surprising that Renault is performing well each month. Renault now has three versions of the Kangoo, the new Trafic, with its increased performance 2.0-litre dCi engine and the all-new design Master, which comes in either front- or rearwheel drive specifications and has one of the lowest running cost in its segment.

Mini has grown up in size, accessibility and performance in the new Mini Countryman All4, but it’s pricey at €28,980 even though it’s still a great car to drive

Meet the Countryman MICHAEL MORONEY tested the new Mini Countryman across a range of conditions, but his heart won out over his head in his love for the new car INI’S first fourdoor car is the new Countryman, a car that has grown up in terms of size and stature. This is now the biggest car in the Mini range, and it brings a new opportunity to the BMW-owned brand. I’ve had the All4, or four-wheel-drive version of the car, on the road and I’m impressed. I know that the car is expensive for its size, but it does drive superbly and retains that Mini car handling appeal from the past. BMW has added lots of good bits to this new, bigger Mini. The engine is a new 1.6-litre BMW turbo-diesel engine that’s thrifty and lively. And, while I know that there’s


SPECS: MINI COUNTRYMAN ALL4 1.6D Top speed: 180 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 12.9 sec Economy: 20.4 km/litre (4.9l/100km) CO2 emissions: 129g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Scrappage Eligible: Yes Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €28,980

a bigger 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine on the way, I found that the 1.6-litre engine was more than adequate and a dream to drive. And that was after almost 1,400km on the clock, where I drove the Mini Countryman up

and down the country, national roads, motorways, and the occasional boreen were tried to test the car’s ultimate performance. The All4 system had to be tried and, luckily, the sun shone for me and crossing a dry field was effortless. The four doors for the Mini Countryman make a huge difference in terms of passenger space and accessibility. The car now takes on a new image. That, coupled with the larger wheels and Bridgestone Dueller run-flat tyres for mild, off-road use, makes the Mini All4 a very versatile car. The test car had lots of kit included in the Chili pack that Mini offers. This included 17-inch

alloy wheels and lots of multifunction kit with an impressive Bluetooth phone kit that was easy and clear to use. It also came with leather seats and Xenon headlights, which, in total, rounded the price up by an extra €8,000 – now that’s getting expensive. Power

The engine power was impressive, with 112bhp pumped out at ease. On the motorway, the engine allowed the car with its sixth gear to cruise at just around 2,000 rpm. That’s what delivers the good fuel economy figures. Despite being a bigger car than the standard Mini, it’s still economical. I returned

a figure close to the rated figure of 20.4 km per litre of diesel (4.9l/100km), which I consider to be a good performance, and I drove the car long and hard. The economy figures are helped by the stop/ start system that stops the engine in traffic or at traffic lights. This, along with brake regeneration, gives a measure of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology to give good economy figures from the Countryman. The car is rated in Band B for motor tax purposes, as its CO2 figure is 129g/km. Again, that’s a reasonable figure and gives an annual motor tax charge of just €156. And, with all that, the

Countryman is lively. The acceleration pace is as good as many bigger cars at 12.9 seconds in a 0 to 100k/hr race. So, while it may look like a hot hatchback car in design, it does not match that kind of performance on the road. The power is, however, well-developed for the car allowing for the 270Nm of torque, so much so that the car is well able for all driving conditions. The All4 off-road technology will have limited appeal, but it could have been useful in last winter’s frost and snow. It adds about €2,000 to the price and provides a compromise of sorts without opting for a full heavy-duty 4x4 system.

Motor industry revs to a good start first 3 months of 2011 WITH a 14% increase in sales volume in first three months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, the motor industry has claimed pole position across all retail categories in Ireland to date. The latest Consumer Market Moni-

tor has reported that the industry has experienced a major boost as 50,000 new cars have been sold right up to midApril 2011. No doubt the conclusion to the invaluable scrappage scheme in June has contributed to the motor industries

excellent start to the year; as has price discounting from dealers and distributors in order to encourage new car sales. UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) released the

results, which detailed that, apart from the motor trade, the only other sector to experience any form of growth in Q1 is clothing, footwear and textiles, which experienced an increase of 2.6% in volume.

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Magnificent Mill on market COONAN Real Estate Alliance are bringing Mill Cottage, an unique residence set on approximately 0.7 acres of land in South Naas, Co Kildare, to the market for an asking price of €820,000. Surrounded by mature trees, lawns and hedges, Mill Cottage is a 19th-century thatched cottage, located in the tranquil country townland of Millicent, only 4km from Naas. Rescued from dereliction by its current owners in 2003, Mercury Group Architects were commissioned to oversee the extensive conservation and extension of the cottage

to its present condition, a process that saw the renovators incorporating time-honoured traditional working methods and materials. Extending to 3,300 sq ft, and featuring modern amenities such as a geo-thermal heat pump, under-floor heating and pressurised hot and cold water, Mill Cottage is a magnificent blend of old world and contemporary living under one roof. Located only 25 minutes from the M50, this is an opportunity of a lifetime for the right purchaser. Presented in pristine condition and finished to the highest stand-

ards, Mill Cottage is an ideal family home with a range of very attractive features and designs.

Listed Mill Cottage is a listed structure, circa 200 years old, and has been meticulously restored and maintained. It features a new oat and straw thatched roof. Having been architecturally designed throughout, it is a bright and light-filled accomodation with rational timber windows and has the latest in energy saving and eco-friendly features built in to its design. The area around

The impressive, renovated structure at Mill Cottage, South Naas, Co Kildare

Mill Cottage features an abundance of shops and the fine schools within easy reach, along with some of the most prestigious golf courses

Kildare has to offer. The exterior of the property is also appointed to a high-standard. Mill Cottage is totally surrounded by mature

lawns and shrubbery, with an attractive gravel driveway on both sides, and a south-facing garden. For further informa-

tion, please contact Philip Byrne Coonan, of Coonan Real Estate Alliance, on 01 628 8400 or


A garden of Eden in Goatstown demense



SHERRY FitzGerald are presenting No. 37, Eden Park Drive, Goatstown, a semi-detached family home in a highly-sought after area, close to the best of schools and within easy access of excellent local amenities, with an asking price of €425,000. Built in the 1950s, this three-bedroom semi-detached family residence has airy, bright accommodation and a west-facing rear garden. The property offers a spacious interior, including a hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms (two of which are doubles), bathroom and, outside, a garage to the side of the property offering prospective owners the potential to convert (subject to planning permission). Overall, there is a good internal flow to the lay-

Number 37, Eden Park Drive, in Goatstown

out, providing an excellent balance of well-proportioned living and bedroom accommodation. The Goatstown area the property is situated in is a quiet, leafy enclave, with both Stillorgan and Dundrum within walking distance. Other amenities include the popular Dundrum Town Centre, local

shops, UCD Belfield, and excellent transport links, including bus routes, Luas and the M50. There is a good selection of schools close by, making this a desirable family home. The property also boasts a large front garden with central driveway and lawn on either side with mature hedging. There is a private, triangular-shaped,

walled, west-facing rear garden with mature plants and shrubs and large side space and gated side access, with access to the garage. The property can be viewed by appointment, which can be arranged by contacting Shane Desmond at Sherry FitzGerald Dundrum on 01 296 1822.

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Abdur Rahim, owner of Himalaya Tandoori Indian Cuisine

High standards at Himalayan Tandoori ABDUR Rahim was born in 1969 in Bangladesh and went to college from 1988-1992. He then started a job in Dhaka, which is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city and one of the major cities of South Asia. Two years later he relocated to South Korea, where he got a job working in a factory. While there, he thought of the possibility of working in a restaurant. He then came to Ireland and his first job was in an Indian restaurant, Eastern Tandoori, in Deansgrange. Working there gave him a lot of practical experience. Abdur took a job as chef and learned how to cook curry. He then had the opportunity to experience a restaurant management at Meghna Tandoori Indian Cuisine in Terenure. There he gained more experience and met many people and learned how to attend to customers. Abdur found that it is important to serve good-quality food at all times and to always have the highest of standards. Abdur then decided to open his own Indian restaurant, Himalaya Tandoori Indian Cuisine, in Clondalkin. The restaurant opened in July of 2005. They have a chef menu and also have good-quality wine. The restaurant offers a gift card and take-away service, with a 20% discount on the take-away menu. He hopes to open more restaurants in other locations in the future and would like to thank his customers for their support. Abdur Rahim

ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS SHORT TERM DEPOSIT RATES Q – I have € 70,000 from the sale of my house and am not rebuying for at least 6 months to a year. Any ideas on where to put the money to make a gain for this short period ? I also need it to be safe. Maggie – Wicklow A - Safety and best rates – they are the two most important aspects to your query. Safety in that your funds MUST be guaranteed by the deposit taker to be repaid. All the Irish deposit takers are currently guaranteed by Eligible Liability Guarantee Scheme for any amount up to the end of June this year, with any of the six main Irish deposit takers ( AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, EBS, Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank), while the Deposit Protection Scheme underpins this up to € 100,000 per person once the deposit taker is regulated by the Financial Regulator. This includes credit unions. Rabodirect have their own parent’s protection (Rabo Group – AAA rated, the highest rating a bank can have), while Nationwide UK and Investec Bank are guaranteed by the UK Financial Regulatory Authority up to the equivalent of € 100,000 per person. The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), who look after the state savings on behalf of the government, offer safety and good value but their offerings are more long term.


Take An Post’s Savings Bond – it offers 10% tax free after a three -year term, which is equivalent to receiving 4.42% each

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: Businessman

Q: What air carrier do you use when going on holidays? A: British Airways

food and drink? A: Indian curry and I like

do you own? A: Five

year from a DIRT deducting deposit taker. In emergencies

drink a lot of plain water

Q: What car do you drive? A: I love to drive my Ford

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Cash


Q: Who would you like to have dinner with – Brian O’Driscoll or Brian Cowen? A: Brian O’Driscoll

Q: Where is your favourite holiday destination? A: My homeland, Bangla-

NTMA investment with NO penalty.

Q: What was your first job? A: Factory work


your € 70,000, after six months, you would receive € 70,892.50

Q: Have you ever met Brian Cowen? A: No

into your hand.

Q: How many people do you have to talk with every day? A: Lots of people to talk to Q: What is the greatest thrill of your working week? A: A busy Saturday

Q: Can you swim? A: Yes Q: Would you ever bungee jump? A: No Q: Do you play any sport? A: I love to play football Q: What is your favourite

Q: How many times each year do you shop for clothes? A: Three Q: What is the name of your favourite shop? A: Debenhams Q: How many pairs of shoes

you only have to give seven days notice to withdraw from this

Q: When do you wish to retire? A: At age 65 Q: What will you do then? A: Spend time with family and friends

Best non-NTMA deposit ? 3.5% for three months fixed from Irish Nationwide Building Society – yields a net 2.555%. On

Well done on selling the house – not an easy achievement in this economy.

Contact John with your money questions at jlowe@ or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

Irish company is tackling clutter with their Smart Storage AN innovative Irish home company is quickly gaining momentum by eliminating excess clutter from around the home. Smart Storage, which makes custom-designed, under-stairs storage units, which fit seamlessly into the unused space under any stairwell, has had fantastic feedback already. The slide-out units promise to “stop you tripping over everyday items such as shoes, toys, sporting

equipment, and even the vacuum cleaner, and will see an end to the age-old argument; who causes the mess in the home?” Smart Storage provides a range of Irish manufactured products, which also includes attic storage, and they will soon launch in the United Kingdom after 12 months of successful trading in Ireland. The under-stairs storage solution ranges from a single drawer, a large

three-drawer unit to larger units, depending on available space. The three-drawer unit, which is the most popular, is custom designed specifically to fit into all homes. The units are installed by expert fitters around the country. Each drawer is ideal for a variety of storage options and can accommodate 12 pairs of shoes, three large school bags, two small suitcases, a set of golf clubs or several bottles of

wine. So, if the clutter in your home is caused by parents or children, the girls or the boys, Smart Storage has a common-sense solution. Founder of Smart Storage, Paul Jacob, has worked in the construction industry for 20 years and found new ways to diversify within his area of expertise. “Smart Storage enables people to maximise storage within the home

by utilising the unused space underneath the stairs to clear away clutter,” he said. The process for installation is simple and involves submitting rough measurements of the area under the stairs to the Smart Storage website, For further information on Smart Storage, or to receive a quote, visit or call (01) 201 7676.

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel

Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock

With fabulous beaches and historical sites, Israel has something for everyone FROM the Judean desert and the saltiest sea on earth, the Dead Sea, to ancient biblical cities, covered markets and a high-rise metropolis, Israel is truly a destination with something for everyone. Located in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel’s temperate climate, fabulous beaches, archaeological and historical sites, and unique geography make this country an appealing holiday destination. Explore the amazing cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, by combining an eight- or nine-night stay in both cities, with Concorde Travel.

Surprising Scottish summer road trips

• 3-star Hotel Montefiore on a B&B basis, Jerusalem, from €870pp • 3-star City Hotel on a B&B basis, Tel Aviv, from €1,054pp • 4-star Grand Court Hotel on a B&B basis, Jerusalem, from €924pp • 4-star Grand Beach Hotel on a B&B basis, Tel Aviv, from €1,169pp

SPRING and summer is a great time to visit Scotland, when the days stretch out and the first blooms and wildlife appear across the gardens and in the countryside. What better way to discover some of the surprising things Scotland has to offer than by car. So, whether you’re into history or film, or simply want to enjoy the open Scottish road, there is sure to be a road trip to suit you. VisitScotland has put together some of the most unusual road trips Scotland has to offer. Visit www.visitscotland. com/surprise for further information and the bestvalue travel deals.

29th October - 8 nights

The Electric Brae

• 3-star+ Prima Hotel on a B&B basis Tel Aviv, from €1,130pp • 4-star Prima Royale Hotel on a B&B basis, Jerusalem, from €854pp • 4-star Dan Hotel on a B&B basis, Jerusalem, from €830pp

Ayrshire lies in the south-west of Scotland and is home to some of the most beautiful sights in Britain. A must for any trip to this part of the world is the Electric Brae in Ayrshire. The Electric Brae is a quarterof-a-mile long hill where cars appear to be drawn uphill by some mysterious attraction. The significant thing about this unusual phenomenon is that it is not what is commonly called a mirage, which is created by the way in which light

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Two-centre (four nights Jerusalem + four nights Tel Aviv) from €1,174pp Package includes return flights from Dublin, accommodation and transfers. Concorde Travel offer direct flights from Dublin to Tel Aviv. Flightonly offers also available. To book yourself in for your holiday to Israel, visit,

rays reach the eye. It is more of a Trompe L’Oeil, where the eye is fooled by the way in which things actually look. While in Ayrshire, be sure to take a trip to town of Newmilns. This town has been thrust into the Hollywood spotlight, thanks to its famous mill – Morton, Young & Borland Mill, which is currently providing lace and fabrics for the hit HBO show, Boardwalk Empire. Film location road trip: Edinburgh - Inverness

If one person likes history and the other is a movie buff, for a road trip with a difference, why not combine both on a

Start out in Edinburgh and pay a visit to Rosslyn’s Chapel, which was used as location for Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code, before making your way to Edinburgh’s Old Town, which was the backdrop for Chariots of Fire and Mary Reilly, featuring Julia Roberts, and Jekyll and Hyde. Other places to stop on the way to Inverness include the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Eileen Donan Castle near Loch Duich, which was the principal fortress of Christopher Lambert’s character in Highlander and the world-famous Loch Ness where the film

Lomond is surprisingly just 90 minutes from Glasgow and a little more than an hour from Edinburgh, so this road trip is perfect for visitors who want to get out of the city for the day. This scenic route has many surprising sights and attractions on the way. Monty Python fans should make a stop in Callander, just outside Stirling, home to Doune Castle, which was used in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Histor y fans should then take the A84 and 85 to Killin – via Balguhidder, home to the grave of Rob Roy – then follow this scenic section of loch around to Alexandria. If you have time pop


‘Monty Python fans should make a stop in Callander just outside Stirling home to Doune Castle, which was used in Monty Python’s Holy Grail’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

meandering drive from Scotland’s historic capital of Edinburgh to Inverness and the heart of Braveheart country. With its breathtaking scenery and rich heritage, Scotland has been the perfect setting for many of Hollywood’s blockbuster films, such as Harry Potter and Chariots of Fire.

of the same title starring Ted Danson was made. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Writers, artists and musicians have found inspiration in the rich landscapes of Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs for generations. Loch

over to Stirling and Stirling Castle for views over the Forth Valley and a chance to pay homage at the Wallace Monument. W hen you finally reach Loch Lomond and are looking for a place to stay, why not spend the night in a wigwam? There are several locations to choose from, including

The spectacular view of

Strathfillan Wigwam Village, which is situated on a working farm right on the West Highland Way (near Loch Lomond) and has excellent on-site facilities and lots of farm animals to see. Enjoy the open road: See Scotland by motorbike

For a fun and surprising way to see Scotland this summer, why not hire your own personal trike chauffeur. Trike Tours Scotland offer one of the most unusual ways to see the famously breathtaking scenery Scotland has on offer. Trike tours can take you on trips to the mountains, lochs and glens of the Highlands via Perthshire, Stirling and the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, Inverness and Mull. See



The Balmoral Show, King’s Hall, Belfast

There are plenty of fun things to do when you take time out to discover Northern Ireland STUCK for something to do? If so, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of exciting things to do in Northern Ireland during May 9 - 22. For more details on these and other events, Callsave 1850 230 230, visit Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Information Office at Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or click on • Hidden Treasures Children’s Theatre, Waterside Theatre, Co Derry, May 8 – 19. A festival featuring the highest quality theatre experiences for children and their families with local, national and international acts.

Eilean Donan Castle, which is situated by the picturesque village of Dornie on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye

• Balmoral Show, King’s Hall, Belfast, May 11 – 13. This show offers an extravaganza of colour, competition and showmanship, along with daily displays of pedigree horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs and goats. • Third Annual Maguire History Weekend, Enniskillen Castle Museums, Co Fermanagh, May 13 – 15. This event will explore the aspects of the Maguire history of Fermanagh. • An introduction to Basket Making, The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena, Co Antrim, May 14. Participants will be using sorted and soaked willow to produce baskets and learn new techniques.

A car on a single track road near the ‘Rest And Be Thankful’ Pass Argyll with Beinn An Lochan in the distance. Pictures: P.Tomkins/Visitscotland/Scottish Viewpoint

• Wild on Wildlife, Castle Ward, Downpatrick, Co Down, May 14. Fun-filled activities for all the family, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, wildlife art workshops, speciality foods and craft stalls. • International North West 200, Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine, May 16 – 21. The International North West 200 is a motor cycle road race held over a nine-mile road circuit. It is a week-long festival of sport and attracts competitors from all over the world. • Garden Show Ireland, Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, May 20 - 22. Advice abounds on how to make the most of your garden, from rearing chickens or keeping bees to growing vegetables, dining in style or even making jewellery out of flowers and plants you have grown!

The bridge across the River Ayr to the town of Ayr, which is a commercial and administrative centre on The Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland



GoingOUT GoingOUT THE HELIX 01 700 7000 The Chernobyl Children’s Appeal Concert THIS year marks the ninth year in a row for the concert, which will see children aged from eight to 18 perform a wide range of songs in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s Appeal, with this year’s concert having a special significance as the world marks the 25th anniversary. All proceeds will help to support the many children who continue to suffer ill health. With tickets priced at €15, the concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 14 in The Mahony Hall.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 The Shaughraun TANEY Drama Society are preparing to bring their extensive skills to bear on their production of The Shaughraun, by Dion Boucicault, which is often described as a touchstone Irish play. The Society’s players will bring the tale of a wily Sligo poacher, called Conn, to vivid life, thanks to a large ensemble, a great set and period-appropriate costumes, with Victorian melodrama, romantic comedy and more added to the mix. The Shaughraun runs nightly at 8pm at the Mill Theatre from Wednesday, May 18 to Saturday, May 21, with admission priced €18/€15.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 The Tinker’s Curse ANOTHER Irish-set production, The Tinker’s Curse, tells the story of Rattigan, a Traveller who climbs Croagh Patrick to do penance for the sins of a lifetime. Along the way, Rattigan’s relationship with his wife and daughter come to the fore, as he contemplates what it is to be a father, a husband, a Traveller, and a penitent ascending Ireland’s most sacred spot. Written and performed by Michael Harding, with live music by Finbar Coady, The Tinker’s Curse runs nightly at 8pm from Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14, with tickets priced €20/€16 conc, or €10 on Thursday.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Fingal County Youth Orchestra FCYO are sure to be a hit when its young – but highlyskilled – members play a wide range of concertos, pop songs, contemporary pieces and well-known favourites in this concert, which follows on from their magnificent performance at the prestigious Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall recently. Founded in 1990 and based in Castleknock, the FCYO members, who range in age from 8 to 18, will delight audiences with their accomplished playing. Their concert starts at 8pm on Sunday, May 15 in the Main Auditorium, with tickets pirced €13/€11 conc.

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Young At Heart HELD as part of Beltaine, the DLR festival that celebrates older people in the community, a special showing of the life-affirming documentary movie, Young At Heart, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 7pm. The smash-hit film follows a group of senior citizens, who, despite their advancing years, sing their hearts out with a wide range of classic and contemporary pop songs, with the bittersweet wisdom of age adding an extra dimension to some of the songs. The documentary helps to show the creativity in older people, and how staying active can keep you young at heart, and is sure to be a welldeserved hit with the Pavilion’s audiences. The film tickets are priced at €5.

Animal trainer Jacob (Robert Pattinson), centre, should look worried – he knows his circus boss, August (Christoph Waltz) probably suspects that he’s been throwing lingering looks at his wife, Marlene (Reese Witherspoon). But whatever Rosie the elephant knows, she’s saying nothing.

Send in the clowns! Don’t talk to Kate about The Depression – she’s gloomily contemplating this bygone era-set manipulative movie ...


EVEN though The Simpsons long, long ago turned into a mirthless, plodding cash cow, I’m reminded of some of the many things it got right along the way. Who can forget the regular appearance of deeply cynical focus groups, lawyers, accountants or product testers with clipboards, calculating exactly how to manipulate everyone in Springfield into coughing up for something useless? Well, it seems that those clipboarders went to Hollywood, and have had a go at movie-making. With an elephant. Hot to trot on the heels of the likes of, err... Operation Dumbo Drop, Larger Than Life and, umm... Dumbo, here comes another film with an elephant as a star – for dumbo here, yours truly, to review. But first, back to those

FILM OF THE WEEK: Water for Elephants ++ (12A) 119 mins Director: Francis Lawrence Starring: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, A Charismatic Elephant

OUR VERDICT: THE scratching noises that some viewers may hear during the film are probably from clipboard-wielding focus group managers at the back, scribbling notes on how well the audience is reacting to each obvious, manipulative point in this particularly calculated film. Five minutes with Krusty the Klown suddenly seems preferable. “Mind you, the elephant is lovely.” (Stick that on yer posters, mate.)

clipboard holders. I’m presuming that they, or somebody, somewhere thought: “What if ... we got Reese Witherspoon, permanently dolled up to the nines like she’s in a Max Factor ad; that vampire guy, Pattinson, who all the girls ditched for the hunkier dude in that Twilight sequel, and made some kind of predictable, cliche-ridden, forbiddenlove film set in a honeyhued Depression-era circus? With an elephant?” Bingo. I think I’ve just described a more interesting film than this

one, but, with half of my review – or space – yet to fill, let’s make a trunk call to find out some more ... Thanks to flashbacks, an old man, Jacob (mostly played by Pattinson, as his youthful self) recounts the greatest tale of his life, back in the Depression, when his newly-penniless self hit the road – or, rather, a railway track, aboard a circus train – for an exciting adventure that would make the most of his veterinary skills. August, the kindhearted, avuncular circus owner, is a gentle – oh, no, silly me, he’s a predict-

ably cold-hearted brute of a man, who’s married to the beautiful Marlena (Witherspoon). She’s quite a dame, being able to ride horses, work with elephants, and throw lots and lots and lots of lingering gazes at the circus’s newest manure shoveller, who, naturally, throws lots and lots and lots of lingering gazes back, all of which gets noticed lots and lots and lots by August. Send in the elephant! It turns out that Dumb– whoops – Rosie the elephant responds very well to Jacob, who is soon assigned to train the circus’s new, star attraction, as well as helping Marlena to work with Rosie. So, with plenty of gentle patting, ear-tickling, and soft-spoken words – and, yes, folks, I mean Jacob’s elephant-training skills – the stage is gradually set for a climactic, big top showstopper. Now, you don’t sup-

pose that an elephant, two star-crossed souls, a jealous husband and a film finale could lead to a crazy climax, do you? Although I was happy to note Jacob’s methods of working with big, dumb, forgetful animals (which I shall apply forthwith to Mr Crowley), I can’t say that I was so happy with the rest of the film. Pattinson – not exactly the most charismatic of actors, shall we say – fizzles rather than sizzles opposite Witherspoon, as both throw their best thousand-yard-stares at each other, past the audience and out the door, towards their pay cheques. Waltz is so over the top, one could be forgiven for looking towards the corner of the screen, in the expectation of spotting an old lady playing some penny-dreadful music on a piano each time he appears, cackling. Two stars. And one’s for the elephant.


Some feel hacked off with Sony ADAM MAGUIRE

IN THE past fortnight, Sony’s Playstation Network – which lets PS3 and PSP users play games online – was hacked. T he company has since taken down the network, and admitted that some of its users’ information has been stolen. Not only is this a costly disaster for Sony, it is also a potentially expensive occurrence for anyone who has had their information swiped.

The hack According to Sony, at some stage between the April 16 and 19, someone gained unauthorised access to their network, and their 75 million users’ data. They can be sure that

things such as names, addresses, passwords and dates of birth were stolen. More critical information – such as credit card details – may also have been taken, and there are already reports of more than 2.2 million account details being sold online by hackers.

Those at risk Anyone who has an account with Sony’s Playstation Network may have had their information stolen. In other words, if they have played online with

their PS3 or PSP, they have given Sony some personal information. Naturally, a lot of those users are young, and would not have credit cards – though they may have used a relative’s information to buy something online. Of course, credit card details are not the only thing that is dangerous to have stolen. If hackers have a person’s login details and passwords, they can do plenty of damage, too.

How to protect yourself If you think that you, or someone in your family, gave information to the Playstation Network at any time, there are some immediate steps you can take to protect yourself.

Firstly, make sure that the password used there is not the same as the one used elsewhere. If it is, change it. This will ensure that hackers cannot log in to the likes of your email and gain additional information. Secondly, ignore any emails, phone calls or even letters you might receive purporting to be from Sony. They are a scam. In fact, you should be extra vigilant of any attempts to gain sensitive information from you in such a way by anyone. Lastly, monitor your credit card to see if anything unusual happens on it. If you see anything odd going on, alert your bank straight away to have it stopped.

Garageband for the iPad Garageband for the iPad is an amazingly condensed piece of work that lets even the most musically-challenged person build an impressive piece of music. Basically a streamlined version of the software that many popular artists use to record their music, Garageband for the iPad lets you build a song from scratch. Users can sing into the iPad’s built-in mic, plug in a guitar and record what you play, or use the on-screen keyboard and drum-kit to lay down additional tracks. There are also built-in loops that you can sample from and, with the right tweaking, you can layer it all together into a coherent piece of music.

However, even more However impressive are the “smart” instruments, which basically help you to play chords on the guitar, bass and piano without needing to know how to do so in the real world. Effectively, this app can do most of the hard work for you, just like the expensive software that chart-topping (and autotuned) artists have been using for years. In this regard, Garage-

band strikes the best of both worlds. It is easy and fun to play with, but useful enough for those wanting to do something serious. It just so happens to be a bargain, too. Garageband is available from the iPad App Store for €3.99. Visit for the latest tech news, reviews and views.





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O’Brien leads the line for the Leprechaun Cup

WOR L D C u p h e r o Kevin O’Brien launched this year’s Leprechaun Cup schools’ cricket competition. This year’s event will involve no fewer than 38 Primary Schools from various parts of Dublin and surrounding counties. Leinster Cricket have announced that Precision Electric have become the new spon-

sors of this tournament, that will again reach out to hundreds of young cricketers in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. Managing director, Karl Reid, is thrilled to be involved with Leinster ’s youth cricket programme: “We are delighted to be associated with this year’s competition and the whole concept of introducing boys and girls to the game of cricket. “We will be closely

monitoring the results and look forward to seeing some of the stars of the future featuring in the coming weeks.” Precision Electric’s financial contribution will not only supply schools with playing equipment, but will also help to provide more coaches for schools in order to further develop the game. Coaches currently active within schools include Reinhardt Stry-

Kevin O’Brien (right) and Brian O’Rourke (Leinster cricket union development officer) are pictured with Castleknock NS students Iain Anders, Sarah McIntosh and Edward Vincent

dom, Andrew Leona r d , D av i d R u s s e l l , Theo Lawson and Bill O’Connor. These coaching positions have also come

about through financial support received from both Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council. Matches take place

this week between Ballyroan Boys vs Taney NS (Dundrum) at Marlay Park, Castleknock NS v St Mochta’s NS (Blanchardstown) in Civil

Service or Porterstown Park, St Bosco’s (Cabra) v Castleknock ET at Cabra, and St Partick’s (Diswellstown) v’s Scoil Mhuire at Civil Service.


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Leinster hail the stars of the year ISA Nacewa was named the Leinster Players Player of the Year at the Annual Awards Ball held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin last Saturday night. Nacewa has been a stand-out performer for Leinster again this season having featured in all but one of the province’s games in both the Magners League and Heineken Cup competitions. Just this week the 28-year-old was also awarded the IRUPA Player of the Year award and Coach Joe Schmidt hailed Nacewa’s outstanding performances over the course of the campaign. Leinster coach Schmidt was among those to praise the one-time Fiji international, saying: “Isa’s durability, commitment, experience and rugby talent have seen him perform at a consistently high level in every match he’s played this season. “As a leader, Isa is recognised by his peers as one of the benchmark players within the squad. He is professional in all that he does; his recovery, strength and conditioning work, analysis of opponents, attention to detail to improve his own performances. He is utterly committed to the values of the squad and readily shares his knowledge and experience with the younger players. “Never one to rest easily with personal accolades, I know that Isa will be keen to point out the efforts of his team-mates this year, but he should be proud of this recognition.” Centre Eoin O’Malley, meanwhile, took the Powerade Young Player of the Year as the Leinster Academy graduate fought off stiff competition for the accolade. Since overcoming a nightmare spell of injury, the Belvedere College SJ former Schools Senior Cup winner has made a positive impact in the senior panel, and his Heineken Cup debut was followed by his first Ireland Wolfhounds cap.

Stillorgan were denied victory by a late infringement in their own 22 that sent the Spencer Cup title to Garda

Garda take Spencer SPENCER CUP FINAL Garda RFC Stillorgan RFC

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A PENALTY in the last minute of the game was enough to see Garda RFC overcome the challenge of Stillorgan to claim the Spencer Cup and complete a unique league and cup double for the club. Ashbrook, the home of Coolmine RFC, was the venue for the match, which saw Garda attempt to win their first Spencer Cup crown since 2005. Indeed it was Garda’s second visit to Coolmine in a week, having defeated their hosts 28-17 in the previous round to set up the encounter with the unfamiliar Stillorgan outfit, the teams having never encountered each other

in league competition. Garda took to the field with a changed line-up, the most notable absentee being influential club captain Patrick O’Toole. A penalty inside five minutes from the boot of Ben McCarthy (kicking in place of the injured O’Toole) was the only action of note in a first quarter dominated by handling errors and broken play. Both teams appeared to be on edge as they attempted to find their feet in the game, but a breakthrough came in the 25th minute, when a perfectly-weighted grubber kick from outhalf Shane O’Brien saw the Stillorgan back line take advantage of a mis-match on the wing and eventually set up the maul that

led to the first try of the evening. O’Brien missed the resulting conversion from a difficult angle. Garda edged in front again within five minutes, when a high tackle on centre Enda Muldoon yielded a penalty on the Stillorgan 22. Handling errors again negated some good possession by Garda and the Westmanstown men were lucky not to go in at the break facing a two-point deficit, were it not for a penalty from Stillorgan centre Conor Brennan dropping just short from five metres inside the Garda half. The second half began in the same vein as the first had finished, dominated by handling errors and disjointed play. It wasn’t until ten min-

utes in that the game finally sprang to life and lived up the billing which makes junior rugby as entertaining as it can be. Ben McCarthy added the three points but Garda were reeled back to within one point when centre Kimsah Matangi was adjudged to have tackled a Stillorgan player late as he cleared his lines. The ball landed at the Garda 22, leaving an easy penalty for the Bird Avenue men. Garda were beginning to lose their composure and bad turned to worse when substitute Damien Maher was given his marching orders, his attempt to ruck the ball connecting with a Stillorgan player and being adjudged a stamp. Garda were clearly rat-

tled and Stillorgan duly capitalised, mauling the ball over the line from the Garda 22 to leave a six-point margin with just over ten minutes to go. With the tie surely slipping away, a great piece of individual skill from winger Kevin Dingley, saw him dance through the Stillorgan defence for the touchdown and cut the deficit to a solitary point. McCarthy missed the conversion from a difficult angle, but, in keeping with the see-saw nature of the match, Stillorgan were dealt the cruellest of blows when, in the dying seconds of the game, they were penalised for offside directly under their own posts. McCarthy made no mistake this time, slotting over to clinch the title.


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Preparing for the big tests STEPHEN FINDLATER talks to mentor and coach, David Malone, about James Scully, Ireland’s most promising swimmer, ahead of Paralympics 2012 NAC swim club’s James Scully was recently honoured as the Swim Ireland Disability Swimmer of the Year, capping a brilliant 2010 with a fourth-place finish in the 200-metre freestyle final at the world championships in Eindhoven. But the young star is hoping that result is just a stepping stone en route to the London Paralympic Games in September, 2012. For now, though, juggling his high-performance training is sharing his preoccupation with his Leaving Certificate, making for a hectic couple of months. Soon after Scully completes the State exams,

the 18-year-old will be straight back into competition, looking to secure a place for Ireland in the London Games through the European championships in Berlin.

ally carded athlete under the Irish Sports Council performance grants so, ultimately, James is preparing for the Leaving but also, just two weeks after, he will go to compete at


‘We’re coming into the final bit of the plan. It’s a matter of getting the Leaving Cert out of the way, and then the priority will be London 2012’ --------------------------------------------------------

And club coach, as well as Irish team manager, Dave Malone says the major issue is getting the balance between the twin concerns just right. “He’s an internation-

the European championships in Berlin. That’s a phase of qualifying for the London Games in September 2012. “He’s risen slowly through the ranks in the

James Scully receives his Swim Ireland Disability Swimmer of the Year award

past three or four years to achieving that fourthplace finish in the world last year. “Obviously the exams are incredibly important. It’s quite a tricky year and James is at that age where he has really learned a lot over the last couple of years to get to this point. “He’s been balancing the time management around studying and training to the standard of a performance athlete.

Balancing act “For James, it’s about balancing the books and getting the rest and recovery in as well and take in a bit of a social life, too, to keep the life balance together. “It’s difficult to manage but James receives support from the Irish Institute of Sport, working with athlete executive, Ken Lynch,” said Malone Their plan for this tricky season has seen Scully compete closer to home, more recently entering the National long-course championship, held at his home pool in the NAC. While the event is an able-bodied gala, disabled entrants were allowed enter, helping get more experience of a large meet with high-quality opposition – something which is hard to come by in the current period. “It was an opportunity for him to swim in a high-

level event. With the commitments at school this year, we’ve limited James’ travel exposure to events around Ireland. He competed in Limerick in February while he was due to take part in the Welsh championships, but it was cancelled because of the conditions at the times.” As for the route to London, individual qualifying proper begins on January 1, 2012 but countries are currently scrambling to secure places for themselves, a process which goes right up to March, 2012. Next month’s Europeans act as the first opportunity to gain an Irish place and Malone – one of Ireland’s most decorated Paralympians and a gold medallist – is hopeful over his protege’s chances. “With James, we’re happy with the way he has approached the last number of months and kept himself organised. “He’s very much in line to qualify. It’s a major performance meet at the Europeans but, to an end of preparing for London, this is just a stepping stone. “We’re right in the preparation of a four-year plan but we’re coming into the final bit of that plan. James is very much on track and it’s a matter of getting the Leaving Cert out of the way and then the priority will be London.”


Show your allegiance to Leinster (like the editor) WITH the last phases of the Magners’ league and the Heineken Cup final this month, fans everywhere (including Gazette editor, Cormac Curtis, pictured above right at the RDS last week) are going blue with anticipation, and can now show their support with Team Colour’s range of waterless, press-on temporary tattoos with Leinster colours and slogans are now available. Charities, sporting clubs and schools involved in fundraising can have tattoos commissioned with their own crest to either generate profits from sales or simply raise awareness of their brand. For more information, see or visit their Facebook page.

Iconic camp set to take place in July BASKETBALL Ireland have announced that their popular basketball camp, Gormanston 2011, will take place in the week of July 10 to 15 at Gormanston College. The camp will once again cater for residential and day campers and the cost will remain the same as in 2010. The national basketball camp is renowned for delivering only the best in coaching with past coaches hailing from America, Canada, and Europe, as well as the best Irish coaches. Campers get a rare opportunity to experience the valuable knowledge

from some of the best in the game. The camp has become renowned as the place to be each summer for prospective basketball stars of the future. Some of Ireland’s top players have come through the ranks at the camp, and it attracts the best coaches from home and abroad. Past coaches have included some of Ireland’s greats, including Danny Fulton, Joey Boylan, and Gerry Fitzpatrick, along with a medley of extraordinary coaches from abroad, such as Brian Hill, Lazlo Nemeth and Serge Clabau. Attendance costs €375 for residential attendees, while daycampers can take part for €200. For more information, see www.


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Luttrellstown hosting special Singles’ day

Riding for charity: Geraghty announces Blanch Centre event MEATH jockey Barry Geraghty was on hand, with Evan Dowling and Kate Fitzgerald, recently to announce that Mulhuddart’s Tech Group Europe has chosen St Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community-based services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, as their charity partner. The staff of the company will be cycling the distance from Malin Head to Mizen Head, 500 km, on stationary bikes at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on Friday, May 20.


LUTTRELLSTOWN Castle Golf Club is hosting an Open Singles Day on Wednesday, May 18. The course, which is one of the best inland courses in Ireland, is in fantastic condition and will offer a true test of competitors’ golfing ability. Green fee and competition entry is only €35, and substantial prizes are on offer.For more information, and to book tee times, contact (01) 860 9602.

Kelly one of five Brigid’s stars for Jackies ST BRIGID’S Elaine Kelly kicked four points last Saturday in Parnell Park to see Dublin return to the top league tier as ladies football division two champions. She was joined in the side by clubmates Noelle Healy, Ailish McKenna and Sorcha Furlong while Colleen Barrett was on the bench in the 3-15 to 2-9 final victory over Meath. With the Royal county the opponents in the Leinster championship semi-final, the big victory was a strong psychological boost for the Jackies.

Castleknock College hosts charity event Next Saturday, May

14, Castleknock College, in association with the Vincentian Lay Missions (VLM) are hosting a charity tag rugby and athletics event in the college grounds. The family fun day begins at 10.30am with a tag rugby tournament. There is still places available for teams. At 2pm, the athletics events will begin, which include a 4 x 1-mile inter-school invitational with participating schools from all over the country. The VLM are an organisation committed to working with and supporting some of the poorest people in Ethiopia and Nigeria, and Castleknock College participates in the Vincentian Immersion Project in Ambo, Addis Abbaba. Information on the event and the Vincentian Lay Mission can be found on www. and

The Under-9s celebrate their victory in the NDSL Goalpost Ireland cup final against Ballymun United

Celtic grab Goalpost Cup GOALPOST IRELAND CUP Ballymun United 1 Castleknock Celtic 2

CASTLEKNOCK Celtic were in two finals last weekend, which saw cup joy for the Under-9 NDSL side, and disappointment for the Under10A DDSL side. The Under-9s were lined up against Ballymun United in the Goalpost Ireland Cup, who they previously met in a tight draw in the league, and knew that they would be up against a tough side who would give little away, and who had claimed some notable scalps on the way to

the final. The game started well for Castleknock, with Mark Delaney tormenting the Ballymun fullback, and it was his good work down the wings that gave Castleknock’s Sean Maher the first chance of the game, which he put just wide. The game was proving cautious, but Castleknock’s passing gave them the better of the chances, and Ahmed Khalid found his shot blocked. A couple of changes in personnel were made before half-time but Celtic were not able to capitalise before the turn, though Robbie Robinson came close with a neat

touch inside the box. The second half started well for Castleknock, but disaster struck five minutes into the half when a last-ditch tackle led to a penalty being awarded against them. Although Robinson, now in goal, guessed right, the ball crossed the line. T he remaining 15 minutes of the game saw Castleknock grab the game by the scruff of the neck, and it was Joe Gleeson who fired in a cross that caused panic in the Ballymun box and, in the ensuing melee, Ahmed Khalid brought the game level. Castleknock were not happy to play for a draw,

and threw everything at Ballymun, leading to Khalid putting through John Carolan, who coolly turned the keeper and slotted home for the win and Celtic’s first trophy of the season. In the Under-10 Paul Fitzgerald Cup, Celtic’s DDSL Under-10A side were up against Home Farm. Celtic had come through a tough semifinal against Templeogue, and were hungry to take more silverware back to Porterstown. They contested every ball, with Luke Danaher, supported by Oisin Kirwan and Jay Harper, impressing.

The defence was led by Ben Treanor and captain Keith O’Hanlon, who was required to thwart Home Farm’s repeated attempts to open up the Celtic defence. The team as a unit were always in with a chance, playing as one, and needed to, as Home Farm were a constant threat, hitting the goal frame a number of times. Goalkeeper Aidan Kearney had played well, and was unlucky when the winner came from a shot that came through a crowded goalmouth that gave him no chance. They now look forward to finishing strongly in the League.


in association with




ship will determine the future facili-

captain and ex-players’ rep, Erick

ties in Somerton. Text information for club notes to

O’Neill, and his wife, Charmaine, on the birth of their baby boy, Patrick.

Dave, please, on Sunday evenings on

Best wishes to of feile hurlers and

087 255 9559. Remember, they are

mentors this weekend. Go and enjoy

your notes. Lotto at €2,200, and draw in Brady’s

it, lads. The club has launched a bond

this Thursday.

scheme, where club members and

Can everyone please be more secu-

friends will take out 10-year bonds

rity conscious regarding club equip-

and loan the club the value of the

ment and facilities. We all need to

bond at zero interest. All bonds are

appreciate the expense of replacing

repayable after the 10 years. A posi-

stolen or damaged gear.

tive response is required to com-

Castleknock GAA nursery for four-

plete the development of Somerton

to seven-year-olds takes place at

and ensure all our members enjoy

CCC on Saturdays 10 to 11.30am. Just

top class facilities for many years

come on down and join the fun and

to come.

why not bring a friend.

Information nights on the bond

New players are always welcome at

scheme will be held for each team

all ages and levels. Just ring our club

and the support from the member-

coach Brendan on 085 1329397.

St Brigid’s put themselves back in championship contention with a good win over St Mark’s

Brigid’s back to SFC winning ways DUBLIN SFC St Brigid’s 2-14 St Mark’s 1-4

ST BRIGID’S senior footballers immediately bounced back from their SFC first-round disappointment against Templeogue Synge Street with a dominant and decisive victory against fellow first-round losers St Mark’s at O’Toole Park last week. W i t h Te m p l e o g u e shocking the Russell Park faithful, it was vital for Mark Byrne’s charges to make a statement in the championship, before returning to league action next week against Ballymun Kickhams. Byrne’s side are keen to make their return to the top flight a productive one, already sitting in third place in the league behind St Sylvester’s and Na Fianna. But their championship campaign is also vital, and their showing against Mark’s was

convincing from the off, Ken Darcy scoring an early goal and establishing a lead that was never relinquished, Darcy tapping in as Mark’s defence provided an interception for the . With Philly Ryan dictating the play from corner forward, it seemed as though this would be a rout before the first buzzer sounded, but Mark’s Barry Redmond struck past Shane Supple in the Brigid’s goal to bring matters closer, finishing an impressive move that started in the Mark’s half with point scorer Barry Kennedy, who provided John Kelly with the opportunity to split the Brigid’s defence for Redmond to score in the corner. Having come back from 1-6 to 0-2 to 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time, it looked as though the second half would be another case of nip and tuck, but what transpired was any thing but. Mark’s did not bother

the scoreboard for the entire 35 minutes, and Declan Lally and Paddy Andrews registered 0-3 and 1-3 respectively to show that Brigid’s mean business in this competition. Andrews will be disappointed not to have made more of his contribution, as he hit the bar with one effort and drew impressive saves from Declan Kearns in the Mark’s goal to prevent his side going even further behind. St Brigid’s will be keen to see who their next back-door opponents will be, but Byrne and the team will be heartened to see that their opening tie loss and league defeat by Fingal Ravens has not diminished their hunger for the fray.

St Peregrine’s At the same venue, Stuart Lowndes scored the penalty in the second period of extra-time to put St Brigid’s neighbours, St Peregrine’s,

into the last 16 of the championship against St Anne’s. In a hard-fought battle that saw nothing between the sides in regulation time, St Peregrine’s were pegged back from victory by a late free that forced extra time. David Ly nch and Shane Sweeney were solid in defence and kept Peregrine’s in the tie in spite of a dominant performance by the Anne’s forward line, and the Blakestown side were relieved when Lowndes kept his nerve to net late in the day. Eight points from Alan Brogan, four from frees, were enough to see St Oliver Plunkett’s progress to the next round of the competition as well as they comfortably saw off the challenge of Erin’s Isle at Parnell Park, with perennial Plunkett’s playmaker Jason Sherlock adding three ponts of his own in the 0-17 to 1-7 win.

ST OLIVER PLUNKETT’S BEST of luck to our senior, junior A


and junior B hurling teams as they

(valid e-mail address required).

begin their championship campaigns this week. Support for our teams is always greatly appreciated.

There will be a Texas Holdem’ Poker Classic in aid of St Declan’s Zambia Fund in the clubhouse this Thursday, May 12, at 8:30pm.

Best of luck to all acts competing

Entry is €20 at the door on the

in the grand final of Dublin 7’s Got

night. All support is greatly appre-

Talent in the club hall this Saturday,


May 14 from 8pm. Please note: The hall will be out of use this Friday to Sunday inclusive as a result. Thanks to all those who have already supported Seaghan Kearney on

Congratulations to our senior footballers on their championship victory over Erin’s Isle. Membership fees for 2011 are now overdue. Any player who has not paid their membership is not be eligible to

Seaghan has been nominated as

play for the club, and is not be cov-

an Unsung Hero on behalf of the

ered under the GAA Injury Scheme.

Mater Heart Foundation and the club. We are encouraging all members to vote for Seaghan once per day

Club Shop opening hours for 2011: Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and Saturda ys from 10:00am 1:00pm.


day at 6.15pm. Junior hurlers face Civil

Noelle Healy, Ailish McKenna, Sorcha

Service on Saturday at 6.15pm in Rus-

Furlong and Colleen Barrett on the NFL

sell Park. Junior hurlers face ’Boden

final victory over Meath.

on Sunday at 11am in Russell Park.

Paul Winters scored 0-6 for the Dublin minor hurlers win over Wexford. Well done to Ken Nyhan who managed the Dublin U-14s to Leinster glory.

U-16 footballers face Castleknock in A Shield semi-final on Saturday at 3.30pm in Porterstown. Many more fixtures on website. U-13A and B footballers had good

We also had Aoibheann Lynch, Katie

league wins over St Sylvester’s and

Nyhan, Niamh O’Neill and Ann-Marie

Castleknock. Minor hurlers beat Fin-

Troy playing.

barrs. Senior 1 and 2 footballers had

Also well done to Aodhan Mc and

wins over St Mark’s and Ballymun.

Mick Cussen who starred for Fingal in

Junior B and C footballers beat Star-

their win over Sligo.

lights and Ballyboden.

Junior hurlers face Parnell’s on

Annual fundraising club golf classic

Thursday at 7.15pm in Belcamp. Senior

takes place on Friday, May 27, in Royal

hurlers face Crumlin away on Satur-



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Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles, former Argentina and Tottenham heroes, have been signed up to face Huntstown-Hartstown FC

Argentine legends set for D15 friendly Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles signed up to take on Hartstown-Hunstown selection in Dalymount Park STEPHEN FINDLATER

HARTSTOWN-Huntstown United will host Argentine heroes, Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles as part of a Legends XI selected by John Aldridge to play an exhibition match in Dalymount Park on Saturday, May 21 (kick-off, 3pm). The event is in aid of Irish Autism Action and Hartstown-Huntstown United FC, with a string of top names already lined up with a club selection facing the likes of Aldridge, Jason McAteer, Alan McLoughlin and Keith Gillespie, as well as a host of former stars of the top flight in England. Villa and Ardiles provide incredible star factor, following their memorable spells in England with Tottenham in the 1980s. Speaking about the event, club chairman, David Byrne said: “On behalf of Hartstown-Huntstown United, we are delighted to have the Legends come across to help us in our fundraising efforts to build the all-weather facility badly needed for the area.

“Our club are delighted to work with IAA and we welcome the Legends to our community in what we hope will be a marvellous weekend for everybody. “Not only is this match a fundraising day for Irish Autism Action, but it will be a great day out for any fan of the game. “The games we organise are friendlies but we always find that the competitive streak comes out in the players as soon as they step foot on the pitch. “The Legends stars may be a bit older but they haven’t lost their drive for winning or skill with the ball, it’s just remarkable to watch. “Any fan would enjoy a day like this! We are delighted to be involved with Hartstown-Huntstown United FC and hope it will be a really successful event for them and the charities they are fundraising for!” John Aldridge has been busy putting together a Legends side of footballing greats over the past few months, and along with the latest Argentine

additions to the squad, fans can also expect to see Liverpool legends Alan Kennedy, Gary Gillespie and Paul Walsh as well as, Manchester United stars including Clayton Blackmore, David May and Lee Martin. And former Irish striker Aldridge said he is delighted with the players he has co-opted to play: “I have to say this is one of the best squads I have put together for the Legends so far, and with players like Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles on the lineup I have no doubt that we will be walking away from Dalymount Park with smiles on our faces. “Myself and the rest of the lads are really happy to be involved in this event; the work Irish Autism Action does is amazing and these charities need our support. We hope that the fans will agree and come out on May 21 and support us in raising some money on the day!” Match tickets cost €10 and can be purchased from any club official or from Irish Autism Action. Contact David Byrne for further information 0863727825.

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