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CASTLEKNOCK Community College turned into a gardener’s dream when it hosted its annual plant sale recently. Now in its 15th year, members of the Parents Association at Castleknock Community College were busy bees working on bringing top-class flora to Dublin 15. This is the biggest fundraising event on the CCC calendar. Pictured on the day are Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, with Karl Dooley, Lucy Hanlon, Anna-May Kennedy and Hannah Hanlon. Picture: James Devon Full Gallery on Page 8-9

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Action is taken to close skating rink Notice to cease trading given to popular venue


ENFORCEMENT action to close a popular ice skating rink in Castleknock is proceeding after the owners failed to cease trading. A notice to cease trading was given to the owners of Castleknock on Ice last February by Fingal County

Council because proper planning permission to operate the facility was not in place. Following an inspection by FCC in April, the ice rink remained open despite the notice. The council initiated immediate action under Section 157 of the Planning and Development Act 2000-2010, and this week confirmed to

the Gazette that “enforcement action on this case is proceeding”. The owners of Castleknock on Ice say they have been in touch with FCC in order to get planning permission so that the popular rink can remain open. Full Story on Page 7



Local students in pole position I LAURA WEBB

STUDENTS from Castleknock Community College have won a place in the regional finals of the ITB Formula 1 Competition. The Dublin 15 Formula1 Competition was developed in conjunction with the Irish Computer Society (ICS) to create an interest and increase awareness of engineering as a career option. On May 9, students from colleges in Dublin 15 took part in the competition and Castleknock Community College were one of the teams going into the regional Formula 1 final. If successful in the regional finals the team will then represent the area in the national finals later this year. The project is in its second year. Using advanced 3D design software and automated manufacturing technology ITB has supported the many D15 school teams in designing, manufacturing and decorating model F1 cars - some of which are capable of travelling at over 110km per hour. Adrienne Harding, ITB Access Officer said: “ITB is delighted with the success of the Dublin 15 Formula 1 project which has been running for two years. The project is very beneficial to the students as it provides them with the opportunity to develop their creativity, technology and teamwork skills in a very positive manner, while having fun at the same time.”


UPGRADE Public is urged to put forward views on amenity

Royal Canal towpath set for revamp I LAURA WEBB

PLANS are afoot to enhance the use of the Royal Canal towpath in Dublin 15 by improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and residents. In Fingal county the Royal Canal runs between Ashtown and Westmanstow n. T he council in conjunction

with National Transport Authority and Waterways Ireland have identified the potential to upgrade the canal towpath to a “premium quality cycle and pedestrian route” with the feasibility for such facilities and amenities being examined. In the proposed plan the council said it’s considering: improved amenity areas (car park-

ing, picnic areas, angling, boating); improved connectivity with local residential areas and adjacent rail and bus services; integration with adjacent cycle routes (existing and proposed). Local politicians have welcomed the plan and urged residents to make submissions. Socialist Party councillor Matt Waine welcomed the

plan, but says issues like dumping at some stretches should be looked at. “Mostly I would welcome the upgrade of the towpath and greater utilisation of the Royal Canal as a local community amenity, but there are issues there like dumping that has gone on at certain stretches of the canal. I think the issue of proper clean up, maintenance

and management of the whole area is vital too. “The other issue is that given the nature of the canal over the last decade, parts of it have become overgrown and aren’t readily accessible to the community but it means that there is a certain security and safety issue there amongst residents whose properties back on to the canal, so the opening up

of, and the development of the towpath should be done in consultation with residents so that it won’t bring on any issues like anti-social behaviour or other issues that would inconvenience local residents,” the Castleknock councillor added. The deadline for submissions on the Royal Canal Greenway Route is Friday, May 25 at 5pm.

Desperate? Not Dublin Housewives! I LAURA WEBB

Beautiful music: Castleknock musicians receive Royal Irish Academy of Music awards CASTLEKNOCK School of Music students

recently performed at the school’s annual awards concert. The students performed superbly and rose to the occasion admirably. Pictured here are Bronagh, Beibhinn and Ruadhain Bonham, who received their awards from Professor Anthony Byrne of the Royal Irish Academy of

Music, who joined school director Eileen Brogan to celebrate the children’s achievements. The school’s philosophy is to provide “excellent music tuition and to provide stimulating music classes that will develop in our students a real and lasting love of music”. Full Gallery next week

T V 3 ’s n e we s t r e a l ity show is not all about “knockers, fake tan, make up and a load of money”, according to Castleknock Housewife Jo Jordan, who will star in the new programme, Dublin Housewives. She says the show will give the nation a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors as the country follows the lives of five outgoing women. This week The Gazette caught up with Jo Jordan to see how excited she is to see the show air. “I am so excited about the show airing. I think everyone thinks it’s all about knockers, fake tan, makeup and a load of money, but it’s far from that. I am fighting the recession at the moment. “I love my style and I love to get great bargains at Penney’s. I love putting stuff together and the girls are always complimenting me on what I am wearing saying, ‘oh that is fab’. It is not what

you wear it is how you wear it,” she explained. When asked what people can expect from the show, Jo said: “I thought at the start it was going to be like the real life Beverly Hills show, but they fight every three minutes. We have one big bang in our show. If I was sitting here talking to my dad, I would say, look, it is five completely different women, on five complete different journeys. “There are elements of everything. It’s not all what it seems – it is giving everyone a chance to see what goes on behind closed doors. I clean, do the school runs – it’s not all glitz and glam.” Other members of the cast include Roz Flanagan, Lisa Murphy, Virginia Macari and Danielle Meagher. Not all of them get on, but Jo says she has “no regrets” taking part and has met “some really great friends through it.” Catch Dublin Housewives this Monday, May 28 until Thursday, May 31 at 9.30pm, TV3.


EVENT Mount Sackville raises €1,500 for charity

Local students take part in symbolic walk for Pieta House I LAURA WEBB

CASTLEKNOCK students, teachers and parents took part in a unique and symbolic walk that had them out in the early hours of the morning and saw them raise over €1,500 for the suicide prevention charity Pieta House. On May 12, over 15,000 people walked in various locations across the country for the fourth annual Darkness into Light walk for Pieta House. This year, Mount Sackville secondary school took part in the Dublin event in the Phoenix Park which started at 4am and ended at sunrise. After the event, the parents’ association had a tasty breakfast waiting for the school’s participants when they got back to the school. Through sponsorship and fees to take part in the event, the students raised €1,567 for the charity. Last week, the school invited a representative of Pieta House to present them with the impressive cheque. Speaking to the Gazette, Marie Peelo of Pieta House said the charity “really appreciates the support of the school and of the awareness that they are going to create”. The student forum and a number of teachers including PE teachers Brigid Corrigan and Una McCarthy helped to organised the event.

School secretary Carol Carney said it was a “beautiful experience”. “It’s as much about raising money, as it is about raising awareness of the charity. Everyone was overwhelmed by the amount of people there.” Asked why the school got involved in the event, fifth year student Ciara Fitzgerald said: “We feel --------------------------

‘It’s as much about raising money, as it is about raising awareness of the charity. Everyone was overwhelmed by the amount of people there.’ --------------------------

it is a great cause. The person who set up Pieta House [Joan Freeman], her daughters came to Mount Sackville, so it is close to our hearts here.” Commenting on the experience of the unique walk, third year student Eimear Byrne said: “It was amazing. It was something different, we have never done anything like that before – walking into the light – it was a really good feeling.” Ciara added: “It is such a unique idea and I think that was what drew most people to doing it because

it was so different to anything we have done before and the cause is really good as well.” The girls knew a little about the charity before the event, but they know a lot more about how valuable such support is. They have also created more awareness of the charity by telling friends and family about it. Since the event started, it has got more and more support: “We started off in the Phoenix Park in 2009. In year two, we had two venues, Dublin and Limerick. Year three we had six venues and this year we had 14 venues countrywide with approximately 15,000 people taking part. It is a fabulous reaction from everybody,” Marie said. According to Marie, the concept of the event fits perfectly with what Pieta House is about. “It’s darkness into light, which is symbolic of the work of Pieta House which is despair to hope and that is the idea of it. It is a perfect fit. “It’s great that people can get together in solidarity for a few hours, knowing that there are other groups across the country and knowing so many people have been affected by suicide and self harm, it shows that the support is out there.” The students are now committed to supporting the cause by taking part in next year’s darkness into light walk.





Taking it to the limit: New Corsa delivers more drivability and more attitude Mount Sackville Secondary School supports Darkness into Light walk for Pieta House




TRANSPORT Cancelled projects claim ‘unlikely’


Photographer Barry McCall with Glenda Gilson Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar

Councillor urged not to raise false hope


A LOCAL politician has been told to be “careful not to raise false expectations” by claiming cancelled Dublin West rail projects can proceed in conjunction with EU funding. That’s the message coming from Dublin West TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar (FG), to Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness. In a press statement, Cllr McGuinness expressed renewed confidence that the key Dublin West rail projects, cancelled by the Government last year, “can now be proceeded in conjunction with EU

funding”. “The recent political developments across the EU have meant that a fresh look is now [being] taken at how funding major infrastructure projects can help to kickstart our economy and provide much-needed employment - particularly for those in the construction industry. “Last year, our local Minister Varadkar cancelled key projects – namely Metro West, Metro North, the Interconnector and Rail Electrification on the Maynooth line. Now the political climate has changed significantly and means that funding for these projects may become available through a European stimulus

package,” he said. The local councillor then called on Minister Varadkar, along with the rest of the Government to “now make a strong case for the rail projects which are central to the development of infrastructure in Dublin West.” In response, Minister Varadkar said the local councillor should be careful as such multi-million euro projects were unlikely to be included in any stimulus plan. “Cllr McGuinness should be careful not to raise false expectations. This Government has already invested in Dublin West through the Jobs Initiative, including train station upgrades, new roads and improved

bus stops. If the EU signs off on a more extensive stimulus plan, then additional funding could be channelled into similar schemes in Dublin West and across Ireland. “However, we had to postpone Metro West, Metro North, and the Dar t Interconnector (Underground) because they require Public Private Partnerships, which involve large amounts of private sector funding on top of exchequer spending, as well as an operating subsidy. These are multibillion euro projects and it’s unlikely that any stimulus plan would be sufficiently large enough to accommodate all of them.” Minister Varadkar con-

tinued: “It should also be pointed out that the Interconnector (Dart Underground) and the electrification of the Maynooth line were cancelled by the previous government, and not by me.” Last September, Minister Varadkar announced the planning process for Metro West, which would serve the D15 area, was suspended as funding to construct the new railway was not available in the “foreseeable future”. At the time he said he was acting on the advice of the National Transport Authority, and instructed the Railway Procurement Agency to withdraw its application for a railway order from An Bord Pleanala.

Action taken to close skating rink ENFORCEMENT action to close a popular ice skating rink in Castleknock is proceeding after the owners failed to comply with a notice to cease trading. Fingal County Council issued an enforcement notice to the owners of Castleknock on Ice last February because proper planning permission to operate the facility was not in place. Following an inspection by the council on April 19, the ice rink was still trading despite

the notice. According to a FCC spokesperson on April 27, the council was taking “immediate action to initiate a Prosecution under Section 157 of the Planning and Development Act 2000-2010”. When contacted by The Gazette, the spokesperson confirmed “enforcement action in this case is proceeding”. The owners of Castleknock on Ice say they have been in touch with FCC to get planning permis-

sion in place so the popular rink can remain open. Joe Moran of Castleknock on Ice said: “We have been in touch with the council and we are trying to go through what we have to do to get it [planning permission]. We have to go through that process.” There has been positive support for the ice skating rink among local councillors who say there is a need for such recreational facilities in the area.

Speaking to The Gazette recently, Labour councillor Peggy Hamill said: “Local councillors do recognise young people do have a need for resources like this. There is a huge population of young people around and during school holidays, it is a nice recreational facility to have here.” The local councillor went on to say that although she supports it, the owners do need to “go the proper route” and get the right planning permission in place.

Glenda gives her support to a charity exhibition CASTLEKNOCK beauty, Glenda Gilson, took time out of her busy schedule to support renowned Irish photographer Barry McCall during the launch of his exhibition of portraits in aid of ISPCC. The exhibition at Copper House gallery shows a number of celebrity portraits, which includes Glenda, that featured in his 250 page photo book he put together for the ISPCC. Speaking to The Gazette this week, Glenda said she was delighted to support the cause. “Barry took a load of photographs of some very famous faces and turned it into a coffee table book with proceeds going to the ISPCC. “The other night I saw for the first time, all the pictures mounted on a wall in the gallery. Most of the pictures were displayed, Louis Walsh, Jedward, Liam Cunningham, Michael Fassbender and others. “I am going to go back in and have another look and buy one of the prints. The pictures are fab, it’s Barry – he does a great job and makes you look fantastic. He is such a talent and so passionate about his work. With every picture he has a great story to tell. “The proceeds go towards a good cause so he is doing a really good job,” Glenda added.


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EVENT Castleknock Community College’s annual plant sale

Joan Burton TD, Minister for Social Protection, with Karl Dooley, Lucy Hanlon, Anna-May Kennedy and Hannah Hanlon

Aidan and Sinead Waters

Louise Knocks and Marie Kimmage. Pictures: James Devon

Minister Burton with Jimmy McHenry

Aideen McKean and Fiona Tyrrell

Annual plant sale grows and grows C

Visitors check out some of the great plants on offer

ASTLEKNOCK Community College turned into a gardener’s dream when it hosted its annual plant sale recently. Now in its 15th year, members of the Parents Association at Castleknock Community College were busy bees working on bringing top-class flora and fauna to Dublin 15. This is the biggest fundraising event on the CCC calendar and each year local resi-

dents are pleasantly surprised by the vast collection of flowers and plants available to buy at the plant sale. There were also some yummy homemade cakes for sale and the best cake in Castleknock was judged. Each year this event raises thousands of euro for the school. The event took place on Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14.


brings top class flora and fauna for gardening extravaganza

Margaret Carey, Renee Fowler, Tony Hanlon and Regina Bannigan

Kathleen McKiernan, winner of the Carol Kiely, Catherine Murphy and Mary Breen

Castleknock Cake Competition


REALITY Dublin Housewives set to take TV3 by storm

Andrew Murphy and Suzie O’Connell

Jo Jordan, Lisa Murphy, Virginia Macari, Roz Flanagan and Daniella Meagher. Pictures: Una Williams

Sean Montague and Brendan Marc Scully

Cathy O’Connor


Ladies out on the town

Claire Ronan and Emma Copolla

Roz Purcell

Chris O’Hara, Lisa Murphy and Edward Smith


HE launch of TV3’s latest reality show, Dublin Housewives took place last week. The stars and their friends hit the town to celebrate their arrival on our televisions in style. Those present included Virginia Macari, Roz Flanagan, Lisa Murphy, Jo Jordan and Danielle Meagher. The show promises a glimpse into their lives as they shop and lunch their days away before spending their evenings sipping cocktails. Each housewife, of course, sports her own handsome husband, beautiful children, immaculate home and fabulous wardrobe. Dublin Housewives airs Monday to Thursday, May 28 to 31 at 9.30pm on TV3.

Roz Flanagan with her daughters Moniquea (left), Melissa and Vicky

Melanie Finn and Michelle McGrath

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TREATY ‘In 2015, our national debt is expected to be €200bn’

Vote No and join the European resistance

RICHARD BOYD BARRETT (PBP) claims resistance to austerity measures is growing across Europe, and urges voters to consider the long-term costs

IN THE debate on the Fiscal Treaty Referendum, the Government has engaged in a campaign of bullying and scare tactics – threatening catastrophe if people refuse to vote Yes. They have threatened to impose even harsher austerity and cuts in forthcoming budgets. They have implied that Ireland might be thrown out of the euro, or that money might not come out of ATM machines. We should not be intimidated by this nonsense

and scaremongering. In reality, the opposite is the truth. It is precisely the agenda of cuts and austerity that has been applied by the EU-ECBIMF over the past number of years, and that is copper-fastened in the Fiscal Treaty, which is crippling our economy and the wider European economy, and is now threatening to turn economic recession into a continent-wide depression. The Fiscal Treaty is, pure and simple, a recipe for long-term austerity and cuts being imposed

on ordinary citizens in order to protect the interests of banks and financial speculators. It is also a further attack on democracy in Europe – handing more power to unelected bureaucrats in the EU. The Treaty proposes to put a legal compulsion on states to reduce their structural budget deficits to 0.5% of GDP (the total output of the economy), and to reduce the national debt to being no more than 60% of GDP. Under the terms of the Treaty, states that fail to

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do this will have automatic “correction” imposed on them to force them to meet these targets, and can have hefty fines of up to €160 million for breaching the fiscal rules. The Government claim this is simply a matter of good housekeeping. However, what they fail to acknowledge is that a very large part of the reason that Ireland has a big budget deficit, and an enormous national debt, is that the EU-ECB-IMF has forced almost €100 billion of private banking debt onto the backs of the Irish people. In this context, the demand to slash budgets to reach the Treaty’s debt and deficit targets is, in fact, a demand that the Irish people accept massive cuts and austerity for years to come, in order to pay off the gambling debts of European banks and speculators. The Government have refused to own up to this fact, and to tell the public how much this will cost our society in terms of further cuts and austerity. In fact, throughout the debate on the Treaty, the Government have relied completely on scare tactics – warning of the supposedly dire consequences of voting No – but have refused to talk about what is actually in the Treaty, and what the consequences would be of applying the Treaty’s provisions to the Irish economy. This is despite the fact that the Government have the facts and figures, and know quite well what the cost will be. The Government’s forecast for the structural deficit in 2015, when Ireland is due to exit the EU-IMF programme,

Richard Boyd Barrett: Fiscal Compact ‘a recipe for permanent unemployment’

and when the provisions of the Treaty would come into force, is 3.2%. Our GDP at that point is expected to be €179 billion. So, in order to bring the deficit down to 0.5%, we will have to make a further €5.7 billion in cuts. This will come on top of €8.6 billion of cuts the Government are obliged to make over the next three years under the EU-IMF programme. On top of this, the Treaty requires that, every year, the Government must pay down 5% of the gap between our debt-toGDP ratio, and the Treaty target of 60%. In 2015, our national debt is expected to be €200 billion, and 120% of GDP.

So, the gap will be €100 billion, and we will have to pay down 5% of that annually – which means, in the first year that the Treaty provisions are applied, we will have to pay-off €5 billion; more than €4 billion for the next four years after that, and more than €3 billion for the next four years after that. On top of all this, we will also be paying interest on this massive debt every year, which, in 2015, will be about €8 billion in interest. Quite simply, this level of cutting is unsustainable, and even attempting to impose that level of austerity would devastate our economy and society. It is a recipe for

permanent mass unemployment and economic depression. We have to say No to this economic madness. We must tell Europe’s leaders that this odious debt must be writtendown, and that the banks and speculators who caused the crisis in the first place are the ones who must pay to clean it up. Voting No on May 31 is the best way to send this message to Europe, and to play our part in the growing resistance across Europe to the failed and disastrous policy of austerity.

Richard Boyd Barrett People Before Profit TD, Dun Laoghaire

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CONFERENCE Publishing’s future issues

Gallagher, Tweetgate and media challenges discussed


THE main attraction at the recent Media Future conference held in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire was ex-presidential candidate, Sean Gallagher. Gallagher was giving his first interview since the infamous “Twittergate” incident on RTE’s Frontline programme, which hosted a debate between all of the Presidencial candidates. Jack Murray, founder/ director of Mediacontact, and the Media Future conference, interviewed Gallagher at the end of the conference. On May 14 and 15, Murray brought together in the theatre the world’s leading media people, in an event that was sponsored by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Coun-

cil, RTE, IADT, Failte Ireland and many more. During the two-day conference, there were 30 speakers, as well as four workshops. Among the other speakers at the two day event were John Macht, Harvard Business Review Group publisher; Raju Narisetti, The Wall Street Journal; Mariann Hardey, Durham University; Laura Evans, The Washington Post; Ian Wharton, creative partner, Zolmo; Olivia Solon, associate editor,; Hugh Garry, BBC Radio and Kevin O’Sullivan, editor, The Irish Times. All conference speeches were available to watch live, as it was streamed on Media Future’s website. Matters being discussed included key media trends, technologies and topics that will


Put on your runners to help with the cancer fight

Businessman and former Presidential candidate, Sean Gallagher, was a guest speaker at the Pavilion Theatre

shape the future. Olivia Solon, of Wired., a technological web-publication, spoke of the possibility of robots replacing journalists in the future. However, according to Solon, journalists need not worry just yet, as there are still many distinctly human things that robots cannot process, and journalists’ honing of these special skills will assure their dominance. She mentioned such points as humour, empathy and instinct among journalist’s most valuable advantages over machines. Anthony Mayfield, who deals with digital

brand marketing, spoke of the media as a field inhabited by optimists. In the future, Mayfield sees the way forward as a “low and slow approach”, which sees a larger picture towards a company’s goals, and works on building a system for engaging with customers, rather than the single campaigns of old. Ian W har ton, of Zolmo, spoke of new technologies and their application to companies in novel ways. His company currently provides an app for Jamie Oliver’s recipes, and he insists on using the right tool for the right job. For instance, the recipes are much handier to read

on an iPad than on an iPhone. Wharton said that everything today is “convenience-driven”, and the mobile phone is the most convenient device for media today – the Apple app store is about to hit 25 billion downloads. However, he thinks the public need to be reeducated on the value of online material, as they’ve been used to getting all kinds of material – including news – online for free. All of the food at the conference was sponsored by Indian restaurant, Rasam, of Glasthule, and was specially praised by the organiser, Jack Murray.

HELP stomp out cancer and cross the finishing line for the Irish Cancer Society in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 2012. For the past 30 years, thousands of women have put on their running shoes to get fit, have fun and raise money in the annual Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. This year, the Irish Cancer Society is appealing to runners, walkers and joggers to cross the finishing line on its behalf. The society hopes to raise €300,000 through the event, which will go towards providing care and support to people living with cancer in Ireland. This year alone, almost 30,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Ireland, and new cancer cases are expected to reach more than 43,000 by the year 2020. Cancer will affect onein-three people in Ireland during their lifetime, and the biggest risk factor for developing cancer is increasing age. The early detection


‘The Irish Cancer Society hopes to raise €300,000 through the event’


of cancer is crucial for a good outcome, and up to 50% of all cancers are preventable. Cancer differs from most other diseases in that it can develop at any stage in life, and in any body organ, but it is primarily a disease of ageing. Cancer is increasingly viewed as a condition from which people survive, and very high cure rates can be achieved for some types of cancer. Support the Irish Cancer Society and join the Women’s Mini Marathon team on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4. For a sponsorship pack and t-shirt, CallSave 1850 60 60 60, or email Join in the fun and be cancer aware.

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MUSIC Tom Dunne, Newstalk DJ and the former

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Amazing line-up at Leixlip Festival


LEIXLIP Festival, taking place from May 31 till June 4, promises to be the best year yet with an amazing line-up of talented musicians. Bressie, Ryan Sheridan, Damien Dempsey and Delorentos are all taking part on the line-up, which includes many talented local bands as well.

Entertainment There will be nightly pub entertainment, as well as clowns, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, a Punch and Judy show, bouncy castles, magicians, as well as many more. There will also be a summer fair in the grounds of St Mary’s Church on Saturday, June 2 and a tug-o-war competition on Sunday, June 3. For more details go to

Tom Dunne, Newstalk DJ: ‘Playing is the best way to hone your art’

TOM Dunne wants to hear you sing. But, before you start accosting the Newstalk DJ, Dunne is interested in finding the best unsigned singer songwriter in the country. The former Something Happens frontman is no stranger to the trials and tribulations that come with putting a song together, and will be joined on the judging panel by Indie-pendence festival organiser, Shane Dunne; A&R consultant, Thomas Black, and Steve Wall, of The Walls. On offer is a spot performing live on the Tom Dunne show, a slot on the Indie-pendence festival alongside Feeder, Royseven, Delorentos, and Jape, and a day’s recording in the worldrenow ned Windmill

Lane recording studio. Dunne says the response has been overwhelming, so far. “It’s been very good so far. There’s a lot of MP3s and CDs coming in. People really like it, and I think the reason is – and I’m at pains [to point out] – it’s not one of those reality shows where you get slagged or pilloried.

Encouragement “If the stuff is good, we’ll give it encouragement; if it’s not good, we’ll have a quiet word. I think songwriting is something that responds to a bit of encouragement and a bit of expert help along the way. “That’s what we’re trying to do,” says Dunne, whose passion for the subject is evident throughout talking to The Gazette. Having Dunne on the

panel adds a legitimacy that other competitions lack. With no Facebook voting or viral videos needed, this is one competition that is purely about finding someone with promise. He says: “Some people get good at songwriting very quickly, but it is a craft. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. “When I think back to what we wrote in the early days, there were little glimpses of promise in it, which, I suppose, is why Virgin signed us. “But it wasn’t until we got to the second album, when we were rehearsing and writing eight hours a day, that it went up in a quantum leap. “I think about two words: talent and opportunity. You can have all the talent in the world and not get the opportunity, or can have no talent and get all the oppor-

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frontman of Something Happens, on new contest

‘best unsigned singer’ tunity and it still won’t go anywhere,” he says. The level of patience to allow bands develop is something that is increasingly being lost in a world where success is demanded immediately. “I think it’s an encouragement thing, to be honest. When you look around and see good bands dropped really quickly, you get the sense of ‘What’s the point in trying?’. Bands get discouraged very quickly. “There’s a number of bands that didn’t get good or successful until their third or fourth album. REM must have been on their sixth album by the time they got successful. “It’s a different environment, now. We were talking to [U2 manager] Paul McGuinness, and he’s convinced that, somewhere in Dublin, someone is writing a


‘I’m looking for some small degree of originality... All of the really good songs can be played with just an acoustic and a voice’


Tom Dunne, DJ


Dunne made his mark with Something Happens

song that we’ll all be singing in a year.” Dunne, whose 1990 hit, Parachute, is still being sung today, says that there is currently too much focus on writing “that” hit, and he advocates a more natural approach. “You should be going after quality and trying

to write a good song. I think if you start thinking about what will pay your bills, it becomes a prophecy of deceit to yourself. “I listen to pretty much everything I get, and I’m looking for some small degree of originality, be it in the voice, the lyric or the approach.

“All of the really good songs can be played with just an acoustic and a voice,” says Dunne. “Walt Whitman gave great advice to songwriters to ‘Start with the chorus and repeat it”, and it’s great advice. “If you think of our most popular song, it starts with the chorus.

The first line is, ‘Take a parachute and jump’. “ I don’t think it’s an accident that it’s there and it became a success. We never set off to make it like that, it just came out that way,” says Dunne. With all of the craft involved, the position on Indie-pendence is a huge

opportunity, he says. “Playing is the best way to hone your art. You don’t know how great your songs are until you play them to an audience. “You learn more in an hour on stage than in months in a rehearsal studio.” The competition allows Dunne to be both radio host and music aficionado, which pleases him greatly. “Music is still my number-one passion, and to be able to try to lend an ear and encouragement is great, and I love doing it.” Entries should be sent by Friday, June 8, to, or by post to Tom Dunne Show, Newstalk 106108FM, Marconi House, Digges Lane, Dublin 2. The winner will be announced the following Friday, June 15 at 10am.


Dublin girl to carry the Flame ONE Dublin girl will be lucky enough to carry the Olympic Flame through the streets of the capital this June. Lauren Lawless will carry the Olympic Flame during the Dublin leg of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay this summer as part of Coca-Cola Future Flames. Lawless, 16, divides her time between volunteering at Localise Community Service Project with school and sport. W hen she’s not involved with her school student council, helping first-year students with their project, entitled, The Face of Homelessness, Lauren also trains girls’ soccer and Gaelic teams in her old primary school. As a sideline, she has also raised funds for Our Lady’s Crumlin Hospital for the past four years.

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Andy McInroy Clean Coasts 1 - Fanad Head Lighthouse

Scenic beauty of our coasts

FROM Balbriggan to Killiney, help to capture the beauty of the Irish and Dublin coastline with An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Photography competition. The competition, launched as part of CocaCola Clean Coasts Week 2012, is set to attract a big interest from the nation’s amateur photographers. T he theme of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Photography competition this year is Love Your Coast. The prize fund is an impressive €4,000. The four main categories for the competition are: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People and the Coast and Wildlife and the Coast. Last year, the com-

petition received thousands of entrants and it is expected that this year’s entrants will double to that of previous years, giving the panel of judges a difficult task ahead. Diverse

Speaking about the competition Annabel FitzGerald, An Taisce’s coastal programmes manager and competition organiser said: “The beauty of Ireland’s coastline can really be captured through the lens. Last year, the photos showcased the diverse character of our coastline from Fanad lighthouse at moonrise in Donegal to a breaking wave in Clogher, Co Kerry, from an underwater shot of a

hermit crab in Greenore, Co Louth to a hardy swimmer at Dollymount, Co Dublin. “These photographs reflect the importance that the coast and ocean have for Ireland’s residents and visitors alike. These snapshots of our coast serve as a reminder of the responsibility that we all have in protecting our coastal environment. I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries,” she added. Public affairs and communications manager Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland, Erica Roseingrave commented on some of last year’s winning images, saying: “The entries last year were of an incredibly high standard,

genuinely making judging a very difficult task. However, the stand-out images brilliantly capture the scenic beauty and wilderness of our beaches and the unique and special relationship the people of our island nation have with our coastline.” The Clean Coasts Programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland. For further information or to find out how to enter the competition, log on to

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ENTERTAINMENT Calling all passionate amateur chefs

In search of this year’s Master Chef


HEAT up the stove, and test out that signature dish as the search for Ireland’s very own MasterChef is back on. RTE television announced the search for MasterChef Ireland 2012 last week. The national broadcaster is calling on all passionate amateur cooks to apply for the new series which brings back some familiar faces. Michelin-starred chef Dylan McGrath and top restaurateur Nick Munier are together again as judges, dishing out their verdict on contestants’ cooking. Commenting on the second series of the show, Dylan McGrath said: “We want to find Ireland’s best amateur cook

and we want to hear from everyone in Ireland who thinks they have what it takes to be the next MasterChef champion. MasterChef Ireland is such a great opportunity to show off the talent that exists in Ireland at an amateur level, and to showcase the Irish produce that we have. Although we have a small population, I’m absolutely confident that we can compete at an international level.” Exceptional

Nick Munier is hoping to see “exceptional cooks that operate by instinct and have a natural flair for taste and flavour”. “This could be a lifechanging opportunity for the winner and I want to find someone with the determination and drive

to succeed, regardless of their background,” Munier added.

Huge hit

Executive producer of the show, Larry Bass now wants to hear from anyone in Dublin and Ireland who thinks they have what it takes to be the next MasterChef Champion. “Last year’s series was a huge hit and really captured the public imagination. This year, we expect it to be even bigger and better. “We are looking for brilliant amateur cooks who will be available to take part in a busy filming schedule over this summer. You need to be obsessed with food and cooking and up for a challenge. We want to hear from all over Ireland, so if you think you’re a fan-

tastic amateur cook get online now and apply at” Applicants have until May 28 to apply. Successful applicants will then go on to compete against the best amateur cooks in the country to gain a place on the hit television series.


The final 16 will be put through their paces with a series of intense tasks and challenges put before them as they try to impress the MasterChef judges. Week by week contestants will be eliminated until one is crowned the winner and will walk away with the title of MasterChef Ireland champion 2012 and with a prize fund of €25,000.

Michelin-starred chef Dylan McGrath and top restaurateur Nick Munier

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EXHIBITION The stars come out to enjoy photographer

Liam Cunningham, Glenda Gilson, Barry McCall, Keith Barry and Louis Walsh Pictures: Leon Farrell

Glitzy opening for acclaimed artist T

HE opening of photographer Barry McCall’s newest exhibition, Pho20graphy, at The Copper House Gallery located off Synge Street took place this week. The event was to showcase a selection of works extracted from Barry’s book (also called Pho20graphy) which showed his


unique and innovative style of photography.

The invite-only event was attended by many faces from the world of entertainment, fashion and music who feature in the book. Some invitees included Liam Cunningham, Sharon Corr, Glenda Gil-

Saoirse Ronan and Louis Walsh

son and Felim Gormley. All of the works, together with limited edition prints, will be available for sale with proceeds designated for the benefit of the ISPCC. This exhibition will run from May 15 until June 11 2012 at The Copper House Gallery, and admission is free.

Lorraine Keane and Barry McCall

Sharon Corr

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Barry McCall’s visual feast at exclusive opening

Keith Barry and Louis Walsh

Saoirse Ronan poses with a photo of herself

Liam Cunningham and Glenda Gilson

Barry McCall and Saoirse Ronan

Felim Gormley and Sharon Corr

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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Helping to control asthma symptoms IN Ireland, over 470,000 adults and children suffer from asthma and more than one person a week dies from the condition. Asthma is a condition that affects the narrow airways that carry air in and out of the lungs. It can develop at any stage of life, although it most commonly begins in childhood. In an asthmatic patient, the airways are overly sensitive, reacting to normally innocuous particles, such as dust or pollen causing them to tighten and narrow. Sticky mucous is also produced making it increasingly difficult to get the necessary oxygen into the lungs. The most common symptoms of asthma include coughing (particularly during the night), shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest. If you have been diagnosed with asthma, talk to your pharmacist who can help keep your symptoms under control by ensuring you are using your inhalers correctly. With thanks to the staff at Lucan Village Pharmacy

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A window into the work of emerging visual artists T’S not often we get to incorporate art with style and beauty, so when we heard that Brown Thomas was merging the two we just knew it was something we had to talk about. The windows of Brown Thomas in Dublin, and also in Cork, Limerick and Galway have been taken over by 36 contemporary Irish visual artists. Each of the 60 pieces in the exhibition was selected by Brown Thomas creative director John Redmond and young artist, Stephen Morris. The idea of the Art and Style exhibition is to promote the work of emerging visual artists. John Redmond said: “Art and Style aims to draw attention to the vibrant arts scene that exists in Ireland. Presenting works of art in a fashion environment and on this scale is new for us, but we hope visitors to our stores will find the exhibitions refreshing and stimulating. “We want to celebrate the diverse range of work that is being created by these artists and help bring it to a wider audience,” he added. Wa l k i n g p a s t t h e Grafton Street window,


Cathy McHugh with Raymond Henshaw’s exhibit Nicole Tilley with her exhibit

shoppers see a different story in each window. Eight ar tists were assigned a window to frame their work for the duration of the exhibition including artist Nicole Tilley. W hen Gazette Style walked through Grafton Street to take a glimpse of what’s on display, we were pleasantly surprised by the work and ended up spending more time window shopping than spending. Featuring in the Art and Style at Brown Thomas Dublin is Dee Walsh. According to a Brown Thomas spokesperson, Walsh’s “intricate paintings examine maps of Dublin to draw inspiration from the city’s environment and architecture”. A similar approach is

that of Miranda Blennerhassett whose “site specific painting installation deals with the viewer’s connection to architectural forms in two-dimensional format”. While, David Folan is a sculpture and installation artist, who has just returned from his well received solo show Lost Horizons at Dino Eli Gallery, NYC. Karen Donnellan, a video and glass artist, has also exhibited in New York. Conceptual artist, Francis Wasser will dominate the bridge between the store and the Brown Thomas car park and Dee O’ Shea will demonstrate her work with video and installation. Aisling Conroy is a sound artist, Ciúin Tracey works through the medium of

David Booth with his exhibit

photography and Kitty Moss is an illustrator. Painter Stephen Morris explores the possibilities of painting and its role compared to other fine art mediums in today’s culture and society. The artist has exhibited in Ireland and the United States and his interest lies in the relationship between figuration and

abstraction. The Art and Style event was officially launched by distinguished Irish Art consultant, Suzanne Macdougald, director of Solomon Fine Art last week. The launch night was attended by Michael Mortell and Oonagh Finn, Norma Smurfit, Eimear Mulhern, Cecily McMenamin and Emer

and Ken O’Reilly. The reception was sponsored by Peroni. So when shopping in town this week, why not take a quick look at what this unique Art and Style range has to offer. Art and Style pieces are available to purchase from €200. For a full list of artists, log onto www.

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Diamonds are forever


WAY back in the day, I was privileged to see the first live show from The Blue Nile, the Glasgow based band responsible for the most astonishingly heartfelt and cinematic music over their 22-year career. Their live dates were as rare as their albums, and as keenly and breathlessly anticipated as the return of certain deities. With the concert in full flow, an ecstatic fan brought lead singer, Paul Buchanan, and most of the band to tears of laughter after shouting out, “Diamonds are forever!” between songs. How right she was. The precious, invaluable songs from The Blue Nile’s hardly prolific repertoire still shine and resonate as some of the finest pieces of music ever committed to tape. It is with equal anticipation and thankfulness

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Paul Buchanan’s Mid Air, possibly the best album of 2012

that the news arrives of a new solo release from Buchanan, Mid Air, eight years after the release of the last Blue Nile opus, High. Recorded in his Glasgow apartment over the course of the last few years, the record consists of 14 snapshots that barely last beyind three minutes each, but which say

more and express more than most acts manage in entire careers, continuing the tradition that The Blue Nile started in 1982 of making utterly glorious, heartfelt and unique music. Over a pared-back soundtrack that features simple piano figures and synthesised washes of strings and horns, Bucha-

nan presents on Mid Air what feel like the auditory equivalent of Polaroids from a life, perfectly created short stories that catch a moment in time, which reveal just enough to show an insight into the authenticity, romance and poignancy of simply being. Opening with the words, “The buttons on your collar, the colour of your hair, I think I see you everywhere,” Mid Air is poetic and vivid, setting a trend that continues throughout its 36 minutes, which pass by far too quickly, by which time you’ll have tried on several occasions to explain to anyone in your zone that you have something in your eye, no, really... mff... Some of the tracks melt into each other, but their distinctive flavours stand out gloriously. The lyrics are classic Buchanan, clipped and concise phrases that

conjure huge, widescreen panoramas and precise, diamond-drill pinnings of emotional experience. It’s true to say that noone in music does this so well, so utterly believably, so beautifully. It’s also true to say that with records this good, you wish that Buchanan would record more, and shorten the gaps between releases, but that’s the appeal of his recorded output with The Blue Nile and now, on this solo record. The gaps allow you to return time and again to the music, to learn their every nuance, to make them part of your life and imbue them with your own meaning and significance. Mid Air is another of those records to return to time and again. Forever.

FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods THE Axl has come full circle. Hats off to Guns N’ Roses for a stormin’ gig at The O2 last week. Even those fans still reeling from the 2010 show (where the frontman showed up late on stage only to storm off again amidst a hail of bottles) were singing his praises. And he appeared only an hour after Thin Lizzy finished their set. So all fans needed was a little Patience. And who’d have thought one day Elton John would out-diva Axl Rose? Elton’s been showing those who thought his ‘Tantrums and Tiaras’ days were over that The Bitch Is Back after a disastrous show in Las Vegas recently where he started late, finished early and didn’t bother doing an encore, as well as acting “like a spoiled brat” on stage. Insiders say the 65-year-old father of twoyear-old Zachary has been very narky lately (the answer why may just be in that sentence!)

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Prepared to be a parrot parent?


HIS week, I thought I’d try to tackle the subject of exotic birds. Did you know there are approximately 10,000 species of birds on this planet, but only a selection of them can live with us as companion animals? So for those of you who think they may wish to rush out and purchase an exotic bird this summer, perhaps it would be wise for you to first do some research because not everyone is compatible with parenting a feathered friend. So this week, in order to ensure the physical and psychological well being of your bird, I thought it might be an idea to offer you a few


Polly’s House The cage must be large enough to allow Polly plenty of room to spread her wings. Have a ready supply of toys for her to play with and make sure you’ve got lots of paper to line Polly’s cage and be prepared to change this daily. Your House Parrot proof your home by removing appliances with Teflon, the fumes are toxic when it comes to birds. Lighting scented candles and smoking are a no no. Behaviour Bringing up Polly is akin to bringing up a

Polly needs plenty of room to spread her wings

human being. Parrots require the same amount of care and attention; you will need lots of patience and many people are unequipped to take on this type of responsibility. Polly can have mood swings, develop an attitude, scream, misbehave, be mean to you, bite you and, like any difficult

child, Polly can ignore you.

Polly’s Diet Feeding your parrot can be costly and time consuming. Again, not unlike a human’s diet, Polly will thrive on fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, a bit of cooked chicken breast and cheese as a treat. Avoid banana, avocado

or items containing butter because these are difficult for her to swallow. Have at least five feeding bowls available for Polly to choose from – four to hold food and one to hold fresh water. Place fresh veg in one, fruit in another, a treat such as cheese/chicken in the third, seeds/nuts in the fourth and water in the fifth. Change food every single day and never leave leftover food hanging around; it will make your bird ill. Chop food in easy, bite sized pieces.

Exercise You must be prepared to allow Polly out of her cage for several hours a day to exercise with the absolute minimum being four hours.

Holidays Do you plan to have a stay-cation for the rest of your life? Yep, it’s going to be difficult to get a carer for Polly and remember, just because you love her doesn’t mean your relatives will– especially if Polly gets upset and starts to rip out her feathers and scream in frustration because mam has gone away and left her with an unprepared minder.

How long will Polly live? Well it depends, the larger the bird the longer the lifespan – if you’ve got an African Grey it can live for up to 60 years, a cockatoo or a macaw can live for 70 years. That means, they can outlive their owners.

Now I know there are responsible parrot parents out there and I salute them for dedicating the rest of their lives to spending it with what is possibly the equivalent of a petulant teenager; the guidelines above are for those who have yet to make up their minds and admit it. Nobody knows what the future holds for them so taking on the commitment of a pet who will possibly outlast even the longest marriage requires a serious amount of dedication. Are you prepared?

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Shane Cronin of

The rise and rise of

MARK Downey and Shane Cronin started the business of in 2010. They both have been involved in the outdoor industry for some 45 years between them. The business started very small with just one raft, to test the water so to speak, and has now developed into a six raft operation with the capacity to run 48 people at once, three times a day. The business is a great example of eco tourism with clients coming from all over Europe and Britain to sample the delights of the Liffey’s whitewater and the special ecological nature of the Strawberry Beds. There is a lot of integration with local hotels and cab companies who accommodate and transport the international guests. The product is all about making it easily accessible and fun to do, as they do mini bus airport pick ups and city centre collections to the raft centre, and bring them back to the city centre after their hot showers on site. It’s a great corporate activity also with lots of local Dublin companies arranging pick ups at their premises, enjoying the rafting activity whilst team building and then perhaps going on to the city centre for a meal later on. Their website and Facebook page at rafting. ie have videos and contact information for stags, hens, corporate and families alike.

Shane Cronin

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A raft guide

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Washing the wetsuits

Q: What was your first job? A: Working as a lifeguard

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Any outdoor sports that

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: From Coolmine Sports Complex in Blanchardstown

Q: When did you start your present job? A: Myself and Mark started in 2010. Both avid kayakers we wanted to get people floating. Rafting is an easy way to get wet and have fun safely!

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Selling fun in these difficult times. How many people can say that? At least until the Government figure out how to tax fun or fresh air we’re laughing.

get your lungs filled with the fresh air

Q: What sport can you play? A: Down here we all raft, kayak, mountain bike and sail regularly

Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: By the time a day’s work is done here there’s no time for TV

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Really you’re asking that? Brian O’Driscoll – what an athlete

Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your

iPod/iPad? A: Josh Ritter on always

A: 157 pairs of river shoes for our clients

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: All our Facebook fans

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: A stag party in Budapest,

Q: What was your last Tweet/status update? A: Mmmmmm Fresh air

blah. Big cities suck, do something original

about 5 mins ago

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Mmmmmm Burgers off the barby on the river bank

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Rain check! Can we not just go paddling on the river instead?

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: On my toys for my river adventures

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Rafting the Zambezi Q: What would be your dream job? A: A raft guide in Ireland if the sun shone all the time and we had consistently high water levels on the river

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: I’m self employed, is that even possible? By the time I hit the age of retirement the Government will have moved it out another 25 years beyond reach.

PENSION RELEASE Q – I have been made redundant after only 12 years’ service ( now 36 ). The pension itself is worth €75,000. Can I release any of this money now or do I have to wait til age 65 ? Greg – Rathgar A – Sorry to hear of your redundancy – employment is the key to our survival and with 14.3% of the country’s workforce unemployed, we do need all hands on deck to drive that impetus to full employment. You appear to be in an occupational pension scheme and therefore precluded from making any withdrawals now. Usually contributions continue til age 65 at the end of which (and presuming it is a defined contribution pension) you can take 25% of the fund then as a tax-free lump sum and the balance, again depending on what is left, into an annuity or an approved retirement fund (ARF). If you leave the fund as is with your current employer, it is deemed paid up but should still grow each year. As long as your now ex-employer remains solvent, at 3% growth each year, your €75,000 fund at 65 will grow to c€171,595. At 5% growth, the fund would rise to €294,000. Of this, €42,899 you can take on retirement as that 25% tax-free lump sum. The balance of €128,696 can be invested into an annuity (guaranteed income for life based on a fixed deposit rate. When you die, the insurance company keeps the fund. Generally the first five years’ income is guaranteed and if you should die before that time is up it goes to your spouse for the remaining years; or provided by that time, you do not have an annual pension income of at least €18,000, invest €120,000 into an Approved Minimum Retirement Fund which you cannot touch until age 75 but the balance you can invest yourself. However this will only be €8,696 out of which every year you MUST take 5% (€ 36.23 per month taxable !) With the ARF/AMRF should you die, the proceeds at least will go to your estate.

Redundant If you feel the company that has made you redundant may not be there itself in 29 years’ time, you can opt for a Buy Out Bond or Preretirement Bond. You transfer the value of your pension NOW to a bond in your own name (still cannot release funds til age 65) but you now have control over your own pension management. If left with the company, on retirement you would need the signatures of the trustees to release funds – they may not be around in 29 years’ time. Either way, you need to see a report EACH year on the performance of your fund and understand the implications – ask questions if it is not performing. Best of luck with the job hunting.  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs The all-new Ford Ranger has finally arrived in Ireland THE all-new Ford Ranger has just arrived in Ireland and is available from stockists. It combines the toughness and capability of a pickup truck with smart technology, safety and high standards of quality and comfort. The Ranger made history when it became the first pickup truck to be awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by safety testing body, Euro NCAP. It achieved one of the best overall scores ever awarded by Euro NCAP; reflecting a strong performance in adult, child and pedestrian protection. The latest incarnation of the Ranger is offered in two cab bodystyles – Double and Regular – along with an extensive list of practical features that are available in four series choices. Both cab styles are among the roomiest in the segment. The compact pickup is available in a 4x4 drivetrain. Built new from the ground up, Ranger was designed and developed to be best-in-class or amongst the leaders in every area important to customers, especially those who use it for both work and leisure purposes. It now delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability and, at the same time, is fitted out with innovative and comfort features that dual users will appreciate. The new Ranger platform takes advantage of global Ford assets, particularly robust engines and six-speed transmissions proven in tough commercial-vehicle usage. The design and product development teams also had full access to Ford’s global capabilities, testing facilities and extensive pickup truck knowledge. The new Ford Ranger is available in four series: XL, XLT, LTD and Wildtrak with the following powertrains: 2.2 TDCi 125PS and 150PS; and 3.2 TDCi 200PS. The entry-level Ranger is the Compact Cabin, 2.2 TDCi producing 125PS with six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive. This model is priced from €25,194.

The Opel Corsa Limited Edition is designed to appeal to the kind of young driver who is looking for something with more attitude than the standard model

No limits for Opel’s stylish new Corsa  CORMAC CURTIS

ONE of the most difficult aspects of reviewing cars is figuring out if the car you are driving is a good fit for the target market. Even more difficult can be figuring out who that target may be. One of the quirkier cars that I have spent time in this year is the Opel Corsa Limited Edition. In recent years Opel have put some serious effort into re-branding their line-up, and the Corsa has had plenty of attention in the process. A very high-profile ad campaign full of cool, urban puppet characters enjoying a comi-

SPECS: OPEL CORSA LIMITED EDITION  Top speed: 163km/h  0 – 100km/hr: 14.9sec  Economy: 5.3 ltr/100km  CO2 emissions: 110g  Road Tax Band: A  Entry Price: Base model from €14,700. €17,955 exc options €19,422 inc air con and metallic paint

cally active lifestyle and telling each other to “c’mon” was given some serious air time, and definitely lif ted the image of the oncehumble Corsa, giving it a far cooler and edgier appeal. It was a good move by Opel, as car manufacturers have increasingly needed to find their own corners of the market to take ownership of.

The Corsa has been enjoying the fruits of Opel’s labour, and has found its way into the hearts of many young drivers. And there is the answer to one of my questions- who the target market is– youngsters. T his does make a great deal of sense, not least because youngsters are about the only people who would have disposable income for this kind of motor, providing they haven’t moved to Australia yet and they still have a job. This incarnation of the Corsa, the Limited Edition, is designed to appeal to the kind of young driver who is

looking for something with more drivability and a lot more attitude than the standard model. Possibly moving up from another model in the Corsa stable. So, what does the Limited Edition offer? There’s no doubt that it stands out from the crowd – every time I stopped at traffic lights, young men between the ages of about 16 and 24 literally stopped and pointed at the car. This wasn’t a huge surprise, as the model I drove was almost completely black. Getting back to the car’s image, with the exception of the Opel logo and the front grille, the only other glimpse

of chrome is two very attractive accents around the air scoops on the front bumper. Other than this, the car is black – even the tail lights have been given the smoked glass treatment for a look with real edge. I n my t h r e e - d o o r model, the rear windows were also smoked to add to the slightly menacing look of the car. The range isn’t all “midnight black” and “d a r k- s h a d ow g r e y ”. With bright body colours and design themes presented on black 17-inch alloy wheels, these are looks that will appeal to a broad range of drivers. The specification also

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Edited by Cormac Curtis

RoadSigns Road Signs


SKODA have been announced as the new broadcast sponsors of the 2012 GAA AllIreland Senior Championship on Newstalk 106-108fm. The 2011 GAA All-Ireland Senior Championships season marked a key milestone in Irish broadcasting. For the first time in GAA history, a broadcaster outside the state-run body was awarded exclusive national radio commentary rights. During their inaugural year of GAA broadcasting, Newstalk provided GAA fans, across the country, with an exciting and fresh alternative. Speaking at the launch, Raymond Leddy, head of marketing Skoda Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is another significant milestone for the Skoda brand in Ireland.”

The Limited Edition comes in both the stylish New Corsa coupe-like three-door and family-friendly five-door body variants


‘The Corsa has been enjoying the fruits of Opel’s labour, and has found its way into the hearts of many young drivers’


includes a lowered sport c h a s s i s , e nve l o p i n g sport seats, aluminium pedals, black sapphire roof and a chromed, oval exhaust pipe. In the interior, the centre console is in piano black while air vent rings and stitching on the seat upholstery

are colour-coordinated with the exterior paint. The splashes of red on the dash of the test car really did lift the otherwise monochrome interior – although the use of glass black finish on certain panels was attractive. All Limited Edition

variants are available with the 1.2i-VVT (75 PS) petrol unit and the 1.3-CDTi (75 PS) ecoFLEX unit. I must say that seeing an estimated range just shy of 1,000kms when I get into cars these days is becoming more and more common, and it is encouraging to see that companies are applying their fuel-saving technologies and designs right across their ranges, this car (the 1.3CDTi version) being no exception. In addition to the New Corsa Limited

Edition, a Linea pack is also available as an option on Corsa SC and SXi. It is available in six exterior colours and features two large white stripes leading from the hood over the roof to the tailgate. T he 17-inch white alloys and white side mirror caps are coordinated with the stripes. The Limited Edition comes in both the stylish New Corsa coupelike three-door and family-friendly fivedoor body variants. So that’s the image

covered, let’s get down to brass tacks. If you want air conditioning and metallic paint – don’t expect too much change out of €19,500. At my stage in life, if I were to be putting my hand that far into my pocket, I would be looking for a huge boot, sunroof, loads of space for me and the family… but I need to remind myself that this car is not meant for me.

Thrill The people I caught ogling the Corsa don’t

care about what I care about – they want a stonking little motor that will turn heads and give them a thrill when they drive. And, to be fair, the Corsa Limited Edition ticks those boxes. And they get lowered sports suspension, front fog lights, a chunky leather-covered steering wheel, cruise control, sports pedals, heated door mirrors and a multifunction trip computer. Target market identified, and, no doubt, more than satisfied with the new look.

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel The Garden of Ireland’s delights will grow on you Be at Royal Portrush at tee-time for this year’s highly-anticipated Irish Open Golf Championship

WITH this year’s Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush set to be one of the biggest in the competition’s history, Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) are reminding visitors to book their tickets and accommodation now to avoid potential disappointment. With Ireland’s most prestigious golf tournament still more than five weeks away, the European Tour announced last week that Saturday and Sunday are already almost sold out, while ticket sales for the Thursday and Friday aren’t far behind, with close to 20,000 tickets sold per day. A crowd of 100,000 is expected over the four days of the event, from Thursday, June 28, to Sunday, July 1, and accommodation around Portrush has also been selling fast but NITB’s Alan Clarke reassured visitors, particularly those travelling from the Republic of Ireland, that there are still plenty of rooms available on the Causeway Coast. He said: “Tickets have been selling faster this year than for many years, which is no surprise given the success of our golfing superstars, and the fact that the Irish Open is returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in 60 years. “I would urge golf fans not to risk turning up on the day and expect a ticket, as they will most likely be disappointed, particularly at the weekend.” For more information on accommodation offers for the Irish Open, as well as details on all of Northern Ireland’s golf courses and other Northern Ireland events in 2012, check out the NITB’s free advice and booking service, and callsave 1850 230 230; visit the Tourist Information Centre in Suffolk Street, or click on or Advance day tickets for the Irish Open are available for £30 – a saving of £5 on the gate price – with four-day season tickets priced at £70 – a saving of £10. Advance concession day and season tickets are priced at £20 and £50, respectively.


IT IS often said that we do not appreciate what we have on our doorstep and, to really get the feeling that we are getting away from it all, we must take a flight to sunnier climes, cultural or cosmopolitan city destinations, or at least endure a four-hour drive to a far-flung part of Ireland. With Failte Ireland increasingly encouraging us all to do our patriotic duty and holiday at home, we decided to take it a step further and go local by taking a weekend break in Co Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland. For those of us living in the Dublin area, a trip to Wicklow will unearth tinges of nostalgia, such as revisiting the sites and sounds of school tours in days gone by, or memories of being squashed into the back seat of a car on the way to your summer holidays in Co Wexford. Returning to the present day, we began our journey by heading south-west towards Rathsallagh House – a stunning historic period country house and golf club nestled in the rolling west Wicklow Hills, near the sleepy hamlet of Dunlavin, only 45 mins from Dublin. En route to Rathsallagh, we took in Blessington and its national park, a

paradise of woods, mountains, rivers and lakes – a perfect starting point for the outdoor adventurer in us, or for those who are happy to take a stroll and breathe it all in. For the art and culture lovers amongst us, a stop off at Russborough House is highly-recommended. Renowned for its beauty and classical interior architecture and furnishings, Russborough House was famous for Sir Alfred and Lady Beit’s collection

T he lush ground, inhabited by tall, slender and graceful trees, welcome you, along with the aromas of wild garlic and the distinctive scent of burning turf. After freshening up, we had a drink in the ornate drawing room before heading into the dining room for a well-earned meal. Starters of beef carpaccio and portobello mushroom with goat’s cheese whet the taste


‘At Rathsallagh House, one could almost picture oneself sipping a gin and tonic, playing croquet with the aristocracy and equine set in days gone by’


of fine art before “ordinary decent criminal” Martin “The General” Cahill took a fancy, and raised the house’s profile with a daring robbery in the 1980s. Thankfully, these paintings were retrieved and returned to their rightful home, where they continue to reside and are well worth a look. On arrival at our final destination for the day, heading up the long meandering drive gives you a sense of beauty in which the 570 acres of Rathsallagh House grounds, including the golf club, is set.

buds delightfully, after which a vodka sorbet sets us up nicely for the main course of locally-sourced rack of Wicklow lamb, and blackened salmon with an oriental twist. A shared tarte tatin, complemented with a lush honeycomb and toffee sauce, tasted as if straight from the finest Parisian patisserie. Before bidding adieu to Rathsallagh, we toured their walled garden, where many seasonal vegetables and herbs are grown for the restaurant. The grounds also boast wonderfully-manicured gardens, enlivened by the

early summer chorus of birdsong. One could almost picture oneself sipping a gin and tonic, playing croquet with the aristocracy and equine set in days gone by – previous owners of the house once reared thoroughbred horses for the British army. The next leg of our journey eastwards took us across the stunning Wicklow Gap, starting at Hollywood. We took in the spectacular and colourful scenery which, in parts, mimics the Rocky Mountains of North America. After successfully negotiating the hilly and meandering roads, we stopped off at Glendalough, exploring the valley of the two lakes and St Kevin’s sixth-century monastery. No visit to Wicklow would be complete without a visit to Mount Usher Garden’s. Spread across 22 acres along the River Vartry, Mount Usher’s Robertsonian-style gardens is home to more than 5,000 species of rare and exotic plants, bursting with vitality and a broad range of colours. As the af ternoon moved towards evening, we headed downriver to the charming and historic Hunter’s Hotel, Wicklow, Ireland’s oldest coaching inn, which also boasts its own award-winning gar-

The enticingly attractive

den – a perfect spot for afternoon tea and scones in the sunshine. Steeped in more than 300 years of history, and run by five generations by the same family, Hunter’s Hotel retains all of its oldworld charm. The hotel also boast a very famous and diverse patronage over the years, as detailed by its guest book. Ranging from royalty (the king and queen of Sweden are regulars) to the political aristocracy (Charles Stewart Parnell regularly stopped by for a game of cards), Hollywood’s most renowned residents include Stephen Spielberg, Liam Neeson and local actor, Daniel Day Lewis, who, we were told, will be playing Abraham Lincoln in a forthcoming biopic – remember where you heard it first. Dinner at Hunter’s Hotel was a wonderfully

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garden at Hunter’s Hotel is but one lovely feature of the historic hotel, which also boasts the title of Ireland’s oldest coaching inn

rustic affair, very much in keeping with its charming surroundings. After a hugely satisfying meal, we retired up the broad oak staircase to our delightfully furnished and spacious room overlooking the Victorian gardens. A glowing fire welcomed us and helped us off into a peaceful slumber. Breakfast at Hunter’s offered the traditional fry, porridge, continental spread and baked fish of the day, which set us up nicely for the final leg of our journey. The early May sunshine pointed us to the beach, where we took in the nearby Silver Strand and then on to Brittas Bay, where we explored the powdery white sands and famous dunes. A fitting end to a great weekend. Now, why would you want to go anywhere else?

The welcoming exterior of Rathsallagh House is more than matched by the hotel’s many attractions

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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Travesties

FOLLOWING the hugely successful and popular Plaza Suite, Rough Magic are back at the Pavilion Theatre with the delicious comedy Travesties by Tom Stoppard. Best-known as the author of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love and the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia, Stoppard is at his best in this absurdly funny masterpiece featuring James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Dadaist Tristan Tzara. Running from June 7 to 23, tickets are priced from €18 to €25.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Fruitcake

NANA Casey teaches Della many things in life, like “how to bake the perfect Fruitcake.” As Della Dolan (McEvoy) demonstrates just how to do that she gets caught up in provoking memories to give a fascinating account of her checkered upbringing on a farm in rural Ireland… each ingredient reminding her of past memories and decisions which ultimately change the course of her life. The show, wriiten by Alice Barry takes place at 1pm and 8pm on Wednesday June 6. Tickets are priced at €15.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Ardal O’Hanlon

AWARD winning comedian, actor, writer - and star of Father Ted (C4), My Hero (BBC 1), Val Falvey (RTE) and Leagues Apart (RTE), Ardal O’Hanlon brings his unique brand of stand up comedy back to Ireland. A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured to sell out audiences internationally and has released two Top Ten stand up DVDs. He continues to be one of the most sought after comedians working with regular sell out solo tours in the UK, USA and Australia. Catch him on June 6 at 8pm, tickets are €20.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Blast From The Past

THIS is a Hip Hop Dance Show for all the family to enjoy. Fit Kids and Fit Teens Dance Schools have been running in Blanchardstown for 26 years and have performed in Draiocht many times. This end of term show gives the children a chance to show all their hard work as they dance to some of our favourite tunes from the past, including tracks by their favourite acts. Catch this show at 7pm on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are €10

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Chris Rock gets to grips with Julie Delpy in the farcical comedy, 2 Days in New York.

I love New York

Julie Delpy follows up 2 Days in Paris by grabbing Chris Rock and going to New York. Well, if she can make it there... I PAUL HOSFORD

LAST week, I flexed my indie muscles, all set to return to the mainstream when The Dictator hit screens. I did make it to a film about foreigners on American soil, but 2 Days in New York is about as far removed from Sacha Baron Cohen’s antics as you are likely to find. Indeed, though The Dictator is perfectly serviceable nonsense, the latest film from French ingenue Julie Delpy is spot-on counter-programming. While the bearded Cohen allows you to leave your brain at the door, oddly-bearded Chris Rock commands your attention. An atypical sequel to Delpy’s 2007 effort, 2 Days in Paris. Since the events of that film, Adam Goldberg’s Jack and Delpy’s

FILM OF THE WEEK: 2 Days in New York #### (15) 96 mins Director: Julie Delpy Starring: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Daniel Bruhl, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon


BEFORE you decide to part with your time and money on this film, ask yourself one question; how much do I like Julie Delpy and indie cinema in general? Because, despite the presence of Rock, this is no mainstream comedy. Instead, we are treated to an excellent dissection of adult relationships, language barriers and, of course, the difficult nature of family.

Marion have split up. Not before they could conceive a child, Lulu, however. Now living in New York with her new boyfriend Mingus (Rock) and his daughter, Marion’s world is set to be turned upside dow n when her family decides to visit the Big Apple. Much of the farce comes from the broader culture clashes, as Marion’s father, sister and sister ’s ex-boy friend gatecrash what is, essentially, the biggest week of her life. Delpy, has written odes to Paris before,

with 2005’s Before Sunset extolling the virtues of her birthplace. Long a resident of New York, she is able to draw the comedy from both settings clashing because she has a unique perspective on both; she can see them as an insider as easily as an outsider. T hat allows for a range of nuanced looks at how cultures sit uncomfortably with each other and how natives of one place can cling to the idea of home as identity. Of course, that is not the plane that the film

sets out to sit on, it just happily rests there. It is more at home in the arena of French farce, a genre in which Delpy makes herself firmly at home, feet under the table and all. The lone rock in the sea of insanity is Rock, playing the straight man for once, who becomes increasingly bewildered by his Gallic in-laws and can find his only solace in his cardboard cutout of Barack Obama (Obama’s presidency is a fantastic runninggag). Like the first film, plot is a secondary concern. In its place are misunderstandings, tears, arguments, recriminations and reconciliations. In one of the film’s high-points, Vincent Gallo shows up in a mental, unbelievable and ridiculous cameo that manages somehow to be both brilliant and

likeable. Delpy’s Gallic-eyed view of the city that never sleeps is a refreshing take on a city many will feel at home with purely due to films, while her script keeps the pace breakneck and the dialogue fizzing. In the midst of all of this madness, it would be easy to forget that there are characters there to be explored., However, to her testament, Delpy finds time to return to key themes of love, life and loss. Far removed from the young girl of 1995’s Before Sunrise, her voice now carries the weight of experience and, hinting at a jaded soul, there’s a tinge of sadness as Marion accepts the inevitable end of romance. That said, even if the world she has created is somewhat burnt out, it is still a place full of joy.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces Hat’s quite a fun game

Determined adventurers will have to keep their heads when facing a hungry hydra – while hoping the fearsome beast loses all of its annoying noggins – during one of the many challenging battles awaiting them in the Japanese-developed, Dragon’s Dogma

Dark knights ahead  SHANE DILLON

WITH Skyrim proving such a runaway success on a number of platforms, several developers and publishers are hoping to match that title’s success, as a number of similar fantasy landscapes are coming into sight, ready for adventurers to make their (next) mark in. As such, Capcom are next out of the traps, with the imminent release of its Dragon’s Dogma. Bringing several key Capcom figures together on the project, gamers have a lot of expectations from the Dogma team, knowing that heavyhitting developers have colluded in creating the

major new title. Dragon’s Dogma treads a familiar path – that of an ancient land, plagued by foul beasts and bandits, and with legendary (and legendarily-tough) creatures ruling over certain parts – while a murderous dragon must be slain and the kingdom protected. So far, so familiar. However, while this sub-Tolkien scenario forms the basis for any number of fantasy games, Capcom have put their distinctive mark on their title by adding several great new elements. As with Skyrim’s land of Tamriel, a massive open world awaits in Gransys, complete with a day and night cycle, leaving the

protaganist free to wander where he or she chooses – even to places where they shouldn’t. Yet. So far, so familiar, which is where Capcom begins to tinker with the familiar fantasy formula. For example, night and day create very different challenges, with night being particularly dark for those foolhardy folk caught out in the wild, far beyond a keep’s welcoming walls, or an inn’s comforting fireplace. More worryingly – or, more entertainingly, depending on your point of view – nightfall draws forth tougher, hungrier creatures, all drawn to any passing party that’s foolish enough to blun-

Anotherweebyte... For some, the war is (almost) over OH-OH. War makes a lot of money for games companies, and online multiplayer games have become almost more popular than the singleplayer experience in the past few years. However, a lot of Battlefield 3 players have been voicing their frustration recently at the near total decline of available servers, on which to play with other Battlefield 3 gamers, following the move by Electronic Arts, and DICE, to withdraw many of the official servers, leaving many hardcore “shmup” fans scrambling to play against each other on rented servers, instead. While all online games eventually go dark as their servers are shut down for the last time – and while Battlefield 3 is still playable on official servers – it’s regrettable that such a comparatively recent title is already seeing its popular online component heading towards the Game Over screen. The battle to keep the gameplay going continues ...

der about in the dark, and creating a distinctly different, darker feeling to the game. However, of most interest to gamers (and the key selling point for Dragon’s Dogma) comes courtesy of its Pawn system. Having chosen a specialist field to specialise in and master, the player also creates a permanent sidekick – or Pawn – to sally forth alongside them, aiding in battle and in other ways throughout their exploring. While many gamers will groan and roll their eyes at the thought of having yet another AI character tag alongside them – a generally unpopular feature of many games for modern gamers – what makes Dragon’s Dogma Pawns so interesting is that the player can complete a party of four by momentarily borrowing another player’s Pawns, who may have key skills, or experience, for the c u r-

There are several character classes to choose from

rent task at hand. As such, while you and your Pawn will develop your skills and rise in rank throughout the game, you’ll also have help and useful advice from a range of other borrowed Pawns, creating a diverse, changing shift in how the game plays out. It’s an interesting technique, with a lot of scope for emergent gameplay and on-the-fly techniques – and, make no mistake, the player will need all the help they can get, as Gransys is home to some pretty tough battles, here and there. Familiar fantasy stalwarts are all present and correct, while an interesting coterie of creatures sees hydras, griffins, chimeras and more adding a rather classical note to beastly encounters. Meanwhile, the figures behind the title, including Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Resident Evil 4), Hideaki Itsuno (Devil May Cry 2, 3, and 4) and Makoto Ikehara (Breath of Fire) have added punchy combat and other, quirky touches to the gameplay. Borrowing elements from other great games, and with its own fresh style, Dragon’s Dogma will make many gamers believe in the fantasy genre once again ...

ANOTHER week, and another cracking XBox Arcade game to highlight. Fez, priced 800 Microsoft points, has been on release for a short while – but, never mind, as there’s a lot here to enjoy. Fez sees Gomez living an idyllic life in a cute, colourful and flat world, with his 2D existence seeming just fine – until a mysterious fez hat lands on his head, giving him the peculiar ability to rotate the 2D world through distinct 90-degree angles, so that, suddenly, Gomez discovers the bizarre concept of “3D space” , which, here, looks like 2D, except when the world is rotating. With his universe suddenly expanded via this previously unknown third dimension, Gomez sets off to explore, rotating the world at will as he goes, enabling him to find, and align, strange new paths forward through a land full of secrets and treasure. Already an indie darling, and an award-winning title, its cutesy graphics belie an occasionally demanding platformer and puzzler, but it all makes a distinctive and fun title to add to the XBox 360’s increasingly beefy downloadable Arcade games.

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GazettePROPERTY PROPERTY Extend your home into the sunshine

WITH the sun finally making an appearance, it’s time to break out the garden furniture and live a little in the fresh air. Homevalue Hardware are one company making it easier for homeowners to extend their living space out into the garden with their new range of products. Homevalue have over 50 stores nationwide, meaning that there is a branch easily accessible across the country. For a list of their stores visit And if you would like to make the garden a little more feature-filled, there is an option to give a quick lift with GrowRings. The modular, circular design allows you to have a fit for purpose raised garden bed in a matter of minutes. There are no tools necessary - two or more panels snap together to form a natural circular raised bed, ten inches in height. You simply add compost and topsoil and away you go, ready to plant. The trellis GrowRing is €19.95 if you order from their website,

Number 38 Annfield Court in Castleknock is for sale for €220,000 from Sherry FitzGerald


Score a fine home at Annfield in D15 SHERRY FitzGerald in Castleknock are pleased to present for sale an immaculately-presented three-bedroom home located in the popular development at Annfield Court for the asking price of €220,000. Number 38 Annfield Court, Castleknock, is a spacious, bright and beautifully maintained home, which also benefits from a car port that provides off-street parking, and a good-sized private back garden, with access to the communal gardens. The accommodation comprises an entrance hall with wooden flooring, an alarm panel and a hot press. The light-filled living room boasts a feature fireplace in a dual aspect room with large window to the front and double doors leading to the back garden. It features wooden flooring

and an attractive coaleffect gas fire inset with wooden surround. The kitchen/breakfast room has a tiled floor, and contains ample wooden floor and wall units. It is plumbed for a washing machine, and there is a door from the kitchen that leads to the garden. There is also a bedroom, which overlooks the front with built-in wardrobes and wooden flooring, and a bathroom, that features a tiled floor and a suite comprising a bath with s h owe r a t t a c h m e n t , W H B a n d WC , a l l located downstairs in the property. The master bedroom with an en suite shower room and a second double are upstairs. The master bedroom is a wonderful bright and spacious room with built-in wardrobes, which gives access to

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EUROPEAN QUEEN: Mary McKenna celebrated in new sports book: Page 34

Conor O’Donoghue from St Colmcille’s SNS celebrates after scoring a goal

Scoil Muire is Seosamh Bayside sisters Sarah and Lorna Redmond, Saoirse Malin and Catherine Ronayne from St Pius X GNS celebrate

Hannah Cosgrave

Sean Doyle, Scoil Muire is Seosamh Bayside, in action against Dylan McCarthy, Scoil Mhearnog

Come on, Cumann

Croke Park hosts 2012 mBunscol

Scoil Holy Trinity players celebrate victory over Mary Mother of Hope. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE


OUNG hurling and camogie stars from all over the city recently converged on GAA headquarters to take part in the semi-finals and finals of the 2012 Cumann Na mBunscol event. Teams representing almost every part of Dublin were on hand to provide their families, fans and supporters with some great, entertaining games over the course of the week, which saw everyone who took part represent their schools and the GAA with aplomb and honour. There were fine performances from everyone involved, and future Dublin stars are sure to emerge from these ranks!

Scoil Loreto Crumlin’s Jade Kinsell celebrates with Noma O’Enehikhire,

Dublin footballer Declan Lally, speaks to the Mary Mother of Hope

Jennifer Dijon, Shauna Bowden, Sarah Whyte and Aimee Brady

players during half-time in their game against Scoil Holy Trinity


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Happy memories for golfing great

Mary McKenna is an icon of Irish women’s golf, and her achievements are recounted in Fingal Sporting Heroes, writes STEPHEN FINDLATER Get ready for the new Tag Rugby season THE Irish Tag Rugby Association is celebrating 12 years at the top with the launch of the 2012 tag rugby season, which is set to be one of the largest, with venues throughout the city with a few places still available for local teams to sign up to join in the fun. There are tag leagues taking place across Dublin, and there are places still available currently at UCD rugby, Wesley College, Westmanstown, Terenure and NUIM Barnhall, and potential players should sign up at as soon as possible. From 2000 to date, the Irish Tag Rugby Association have enlisted 15,000 players in 26 nationwide venues playing in leagues, and this season’s start will see an equally enthusiastic reaction from the nation’s rugby afficionados. The CEO of ITRA, Peadar Niland, has been thrilled to see such loyalty and growth in a previously unknown sport, particularly among businesses. “As 98% of our audience is professional and aged between 20 and 35, we have seen numbers shoot up in the corporate team entry. We believe there has been a shift in promoting team spirit, morale and ‘the company that plays together, stays together’ ethos is apparent. So much so, our Corporate Cup Day has had to change venue for 2012 to facilitate increased numbers. “If anything, the recession has brought more people out to play. It’s an easy way of participating in a ready-made team sport, and we find a team for each individual who wants to play. “We recognise the urgent need for people to be active, yet in a fun and social manner, and, at an average of €4 per game, it is an inexpensive activity, too,” said Niland. This year, the ITRA is teaming up with the Irish Heart Foundation as its chosen charity, and UMPC Beacon as a health partner. To make it easy for the players to get involved, the ITRA have developed a smartphone app, that embraces and encourages fun and sport, and provides information about venues and fixtures.

ONE of the Curtis Cup’s most iconic figures, Mary McKenna, is looking forward to taking in the premier team event in the women’s amateur golfing schedule next week in slightly more laid-back mode. Her exploits in the competition — nine call-ups as a player before captaining the side in 2008 and 2010 — among other groundbreaking acheivements earned the Donabate golf club member an MBE last November. These are among the exploits documented in Fingal Sporting Heroes – written by Paul Harris with the support of the Fingal Local Studies and Archive department – and ones which the Malahide

resident holds closest to her heart. “In the amateur game, the Curtis Cup is the highlight of your career, and is just about as high up as you can go,” she told GazetteSport. “I played nine times

home clubs of the Curtis sisters. So, I was very lucky that I had two very special occasions.”

Enjoyment The event switches to The Nairn in Scotland on the June bank holiday


‘When I played, it was an era before goal-setting. You just went out and played your heart out in every match’


which was incredible, and then had the honour of captaining, which was even more special because it was at St Andrew’s. “Two years later, it was at Essex country club, which was one of the

Mary McKenna and Mayor Gerry McGuire at the launch of Fingal Sporting Heroes. Picture:

weekend, and McKenna is looking forward to enjoying a different side to the competition she graced with such distinction. “I’ll have time to talk to past players and supporters and be able to attend various events. The last two times I was there, you really don’t have time to socialise. “As a player, you only have to worry about your own game. As captain, you have to watch all eight games, and are making sure all the players are happy. “Stressful? It wasn’t hugely so. Quite honestly, I had two wonderful teams, they all mucked in and enjoyed it and played their hearts out. You’re worried; you think, ‘did I do the right thing putting them in the right pairings?’ “If you win, then you’re great and if you lose, it’s your fault. It’s like soccer managers – you have absolutely no control

once they go off the first tee.” McKenna first took up a golf club as a 14-year-old. Her family began playing the sport en masse, despite having little in the way of background in golf as she and her mother made the short trip up the Baskin road. With Donabate, her progress was aided by the presence of Vivienne Singleton in the club who went on to become a fellow international and foursomes partner for many years. And they found their progression eased by a path laid out for them by trailblazing Irish female golfers. “You follow in the footsteps of Phil Garvey, Kitty McCann and Ita Butler. It just seemed to all happen for me. The first championship I played in, I got to the final, and the second year, I won it. “It was an era before goal-setting; you just went out and played your heart out and tried to win every match.” At her first attempt, she claimed the Irish Close Championship in Lahinch in 1968, and reached the British Open championships semi-final a year later, helping McKenna nab her first Curtis Cup place. Indeed, she was the only Irish player to make the British and Irish Curtis Cup side throughout the 1970s, but still managed to lead Ireland to

a first European team title in 1979 in 72 years – something for which she received the DAKS Woman Golfer of the Year award. Domestically, she was equally dominant, winning an incredible eight Irish titles before retiring in 1993. It came at a time when the professional ranks were not an option, though suggestions were she could have been a major challenger. “In later years, the professional European tour started, but I was very fortunate. I had the best of both worlds because I worked in the Bank of Ireland and my original boss was a golfer, so I could work around holidays. “I was a bit of a homebird and to turn pro when I was at the right time, I would have had to go to the States. In a way, I didn’t really know enough about it. “I didn’t have any history of golf in my family. We all started golf together and had no relations who knew much about it, so it was never on the cards. “I love amateur golf and I have absolutely no regrets. I’m not sure I really would like the Tour because it is hard graft and not so comfortable for a girl. “But it’s a different world now and there are more tournaments and a little bit more money – although compared to the men, it’s tiny.”




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SALMON Leap’s Rheinisch once again sealed Olympic qualification this month when he gave a top-class performance at the European Championships.

The Island Golf Club’s young star was the winner of the 2012 Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal Dublin Golf Club this month.

THE talisman of Leinster rugby has become the most successful captain in European cup rugby after the province once again claimed the Heineken Cup.

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A seldom achieved milestone was impressively claimed by the Under-14 footballers and hurlers as they claimed the Dublin Feile double this month.

THE dynamic duo got their pass for London 2012 when they acheived entry into the gold fleet of the 470 class at the world championships in Barcelona.

PORTMARNOCK CS capped a brilliant season this month when they added Leinster glory to the north Dublin and Dublin titles they claimed this season.

Sexton grants wishes: Tally nets €5,900 for Make-A-Wish charity LEINSTER hero, Ireland rugby international, and Make-A-Wish ambassador Jonathan Sexton handed over €5,900 to Make-A-Wish Ireland at the end result of his Kicking for Charity campaign in partnership with Volkswagen Ireland. Volkswagen approached Jonathan, pictured here with Maeve McCarey of Volkswagen Ireland and Susan O’Dwyer of Make-A-Wish Ireland, and agreed that for every kick (drop goal, conversion or penalty) and try that he scored as part of the 2010 season (incorporating the Heineken Cup, Magners League, Guinness Autumn Internationals, RBS 6 Nations, Guinness Summer Series and Rugby World Cup) they would donate €50 to the charity of his choice, Make-A-Wish Ireland, resulting in this grand total.

Curran launches 2012 Tattersalls’ fair IRELAND team captain Geoff Curran, member of the 2008 Irish Olympic Team and who will be competing for a place on the 2012 team, recently launched the 2012 Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, as Ireland’s top riders prepare for the Olympic qualifier this June Bank Holiday weekend. Taking place from May 31 to June 3 in Ratoath, Co Meath, Ireland’s premier international three-day event attracts top-class competitors who will compete in the three equine disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping in a bid to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Roger Casey, general manager of Tattersalls, said: “The 2012 Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair promises to be an exhilarating event for all the family to enjoy. “We hope to top last year’s attendance numbers and encourage people to get behind the Irish riders as they compete for a place on the Irish Olympic team. “International entries include riders such as the UK’s Zara Philips and William FoxPitt and New Zealanders Blyth Tait and Mark Todd to name but a few. “This is a great opportunity to see Irish riders such as Camilla Spiers, Mark Kyle and Jayne Doherty as they compete amongst the best in the world.” The fair promises to be a great event for the entire family to enjoy, with over 50 shopping stands including brands like Dubarry and Magee Clothing, locally-produced food, picnic areas and old fashioned carnival stands, everyone will have the opportunity to see world-class eventing and some of the world’s most fearsome Olympian’s up close and personal, while enjoying all the fun of the fair. Tickets range from €5 for one day adult admission to €50 for a picnic pass (includes entry for two adults and two children) For more information, see


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Naomh Brid to host Feile this weekend ALL camogie roads lead to Russell Park this weekend when St Brigid’s GAA club host the Dublin ladies’ Division 1 Under-14 Feile camogie competition on Saturday, May 26. This is a major highlight in the Dublin camogie season which showcases the best teams in Dublin, and prepares the teams for the national Feile in July, which will also be held in Russell Park, the first time that the national competition has been held in the capital since 1983. The teams taking part are St Brigid’s, Lucan Sarsfields, Ballyboden St Enda’s, St Vincent’s, Naomh Jude, Na Fianna and Ballinteer St John’s. The day will kick off at 10.30am with the group matches. The quarter-final will be played at 1.20pm, and the semi-finals at 3.30pm in what promises to be an action-packed day, with matches between the top teams in the top division in Dublin.

Sports Club 15 second in Special league SPORTS Club 15 were deserving trophy recipients after competitive team performances throughout the Eastern regions Special Olympics season ended last weekend with a special soccer blitz in DNG Park, Sallynoggin, the home of St Joseph’s Boys. Sports Club fin-

ished as runners-up in the Major 2 League, and celebrated alongside the best men’s and ladies’ teams at the last blitz of the season, which decided the final league placings. Over 200 male and 49 female players registered to compete in this season’s league across three divisions, and, after the previous five blitz days held all over Dublin, there was very little separating the teams in each division.

Castleknock Celtic’s Under-18s celebrate their victory in the Bradshaw Cup against Ratoath Harps last weekend

Celtic’s cups runneth over I

CASTLEKNOCK Celtic’s underage sides have again excelled in cup competitions, claiming three schoolboy cups in eight days. In the first match, Celtic Celtic won the Under18 Bradshaw Cup against a plucky Ratoath Harps, with Brian Slevin’s hattrick just one of the highlights. It quickly became clear that the match was going to be a roller-coaster ride. Within two minutes, Wale Mashaun rifled in a shot from the left-hand side of the box that beat the Harps keeper.

Celtic held their lead until the 17th minute when Ratoath seized on a ball in the Celtic box to level. On 35 minutes, Dylan Murray was carried off after succumbing to injury when competing for a ball on the righthand side, making way for Gary Parkes. From the resulting free-kick, Slevin cleverly tapped the ball to Moh Mahdy, before the right winger swung in a fine cross for Slevin, who had raced into the box, to put Celtic 2-1 ahead. A penalty kick was awarded to Ratoath on the stroke of half time

Sweet sliotar skills: Primary schools at Parnell competition LEAH O’Reilly from St Brigid’s National School in Castleknock was in action during the Feile na nGael National Schools Skills competition that took place in Parnell Park last week. The competition was arranged to promote and raise awareness of the skills of camogie and hurling and the primary school skills competition tested competitors in ground striking, free taking, lift and strike, ball control, long pucks and ground cuts. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

and was duly converted to tie matters up at halftime. Ratoath took the lead for the first time seven minutes after the restart when the ball ricocheted into the net off a Celtic defender. Within a minute, however, Slevin was clinical when the ball dropped at his feet, and he duly planted it in the corner for 3-3. Mo h M a h d y w a s putting on a superb performance in the middle of the park, partnered there by Luke Gealon, who put in tackle after tackle while setting up attack after attack.

Luke was unlucky not to score when he almost rounded the Ratoath netminder late on. The decisive blow was struck by Celtic when Phil Bergin seized on a Slevin free kick to score from close range. Ratoath had fought back every time they went behind but, this time, they had no answer. The final act saw Slevin reach a club milestone when he scored a record 250th goal for Castleknock, accumulated over the past nine years, completing his hat-trick when Mahdy threaded a ball through to him to take the final tally to 5-3

in the Porterstown side’s favour. There were a number of other contenders for man-of-the-match, including Luke Gealon, the consistent and combative Wale Mashaun, who has had a fine season, and Oki who put in an amazing shift which was sealed with a fine goal late on after the keeper had denied Gealon’s effort. This was a great team performance that delivered the perfect result for Celtic, which gives the club their third cup in eight days after the U-11s and U-13s won their trophies last week.




CLUB NOTICEBOARD CASTLEKNOCK IF YOU would like to make your dona-

Signs surrounding the main pitch in

contact a member of the executive

Somerton are now on sale. For more


information on how to get your sign

For more information, log onto or call Pearse on 086 247 8961.

Golf Club on June 22. Team of four costs €400 and tee-boxes can be sponsored

onship quarter-finals and our minor

for €100. For more info, contact Mick

hurlers, who had a great win over

on 086 253 1600. reports and photos. All entries are

place next week in Castleknock Com-

entered into a draw to win prizes each

munity College. More information on


St Monica’s Castleknock

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CASTLEKNOCK’S intermediate footballers booked their place in the semi-final of the junior A championship last Sunday morning after they claimed a decisive win against St Monica’s. It proved to be the side’s second intense encounter in the course of a week, after their match against St Vincent’s the previous Tuesday, which went to extratime. Sunday’s encounter was very similar in its intensity and physical nature, and Castleknock knew that a tough 60 minutes lay ahead when St Monica’s corner-forward coolly slotted away the first of three penalties just minutes from the throw in. C i a r a n K i l ke n ny, Thomas and Rory Corcoran, and Cathal Daly

ever, as Monicas began to mount more attacks, cracks opened in their defence. Two consecutive counter attacks found their way to Kilkenny, and in implementing his trademark piercing runs, he powered two goals into the back of the net. Both teams then converted a number of free kicks to leave the score 2-6 to 2-3 at half time, in favour of the visitors, Castleknock. An element of anxiety may have overtaken the usually clinical forward line for the first ten minutes of the restart, but when Cathal Daly stroked over two high pressured points off his left foot, nerves began to settle. The legendary Vinney Murphy, All Ireland medallist from 1995, and now playing the role of player/manager at the Edenmore club, positioned himself at full forward. This was a fresh

and unique challenge for the young full back line, and with an extra man, they double teamed the experienced forward. Graham Hannigan and Conor Prunty, whose combined ages amounted to four years less than the age of their competitor, went about their task with conviction and maturity beyond their years, and were a rousing presence for the entire team, continuously marshalling the square and emerging victorious. Although St Monica’s were rewarded another penalty, the dismissal of a second man, and a third Castleknock goal, executed by Matthew Griffin, meant that Monica’s remaining efforts were mere consolation. A f ter a two hardfought victories in the space of five days, Castleknock have a significant break until the semi-final, where they will meet southside giants Kilmacud Crokes.

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all responded with well taken scores as the away team found their feet. It seemed that the Monica’s defence was finding it very difficult to deal with the persistent overlapping runs of the Castleknock half-back and half-forward lines. This difficulty was compounded by the dismissal of their midfielder. Along with their continuous movement, the dominance of the Castleknock midfield pairing of Matthew Griffith and Martin Brady strengthened the pressure. In one swift movement, however, Monica’s worked the ball up the field and a smart, diagonal pass found their danger man in oceans of space. Another penalty was conceded and another classy execution ensued. The Castleknock contingent felt that 20 minutes of dominance had gone unrewarded. How-

Please keep sending in your match

This year’s mini-leagues will take

starts again at €2,200 in The Carpen-


The Castleknock GAA Annual Golf Classic will take place in Castleknock

Well done to our adult footballers, As

the website.

Castleknock pass test to reach semi

seen, contact Charlie on 085 110 1008.

and Cs, who both won their champi-

Skerries in the league.

Castleknock’s junior A footballers defeated both St Vincent’s and St Monica’s in the space of five days

Hughes and Josephine Doyle.

tion to the clubhouse appeal, please

New players at all ages and levels are always welcome. Contact club coach

The club would like to send its deep-

Brendan on 085 132 9397 for details, or

est sympathies to the Hughes and

check the website for contact infor-

Dwyer family on the death of Kathleen

mation on each mentor.

ST BRIGID’S REGISTER online now for the Sum-

ior teams in championship action,

mer mini-leagues festival on June

while there is also a full round of

11 to 16.

hurling league at the weekend. See

For the second time in just a mat-

website for more.

ter of weeks, our U-14A and B Feile

Final call for the annual club golf

teams grab this week’s headlines

classic which takes place in Royal

following their superb Feile per-

Tara on May 25.

formances over the weekend. Our A team captured the Division 1

For more information, contact Phil on 086 773 3693.

title to seal a famous Division 1 dou-

Information on Division 1 camogie

ble, while our B team narrowly lost

Feile to be hosted in Russell Park is

the Division 6 final.

now on the website.

Great championships wins this week for our senior, inter 1 and jun-

Club lotto is still €15,000, and takes place in Russell Park this Friday.

ior B footballers, while our inter 2

New players are always welcome;

footballers were edged out by three

pease contact our club coach, Paul


on 087 915 4748.

Adult hurling takes centre stage this week with our inter and jun-

Send your match repor ts and photos to

WESTMANSTOWN GAELS THERE was no luck on championship

If anyone is interested in buying

fields last week with both ladies and

club tops or wind cheaters, please

mens’ junior 1s losing out.

contact team mentors or any com-

The ladies went down to St Syl-

mittee member.

vester’s in Malahide last Wednes-

Most of the weekend f ix tures

da y nig h t , while our Junior 1s

were postponed owing to Commun-

went under to St James’ Gaels at

ion commitments, but the U-12 girls

the Iveagh grounds on Tuesda y

did play Beann Eadair on Sunday


and lost a high-scoring encounter

The ladies are out a gain this week in the championship, away to Raheny.

narrowly. Congratulations to everyone that made their Communion recently

The intermediates are back in

but a special thought for James

league action next Saturday night

Mitten U-8s who only went and got

when we host Man-o-War in a rear-

his First Communion cake in the

ranged fixture at Westmanstown

design of the Westmanstown Gaels

at 6.15pm.

jersey. How cool is that?

Training continues on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.

Visit to see the picture.


TRIPLE CROWNS: Castleknock Celtic claim trio of underage titles P36

MAY 24, 2012

CURTIS QUEEN: McKenna on amateur golf’s top honour P34

CASTLEKNOCK dual star and Dublin representative player, Ciaran Kilkenny, this week received the prestigious 2012 Cadbury Hero of the Future award at a ceremony in Croke Park. K ilkenny’s honour comes in the wake of his inspirational performance for the Dublin Under-21 side, when his personal contribution of 1-7 in Pairc Tailteann, Navan, against Roscommon in the All-Ireland final secured the title for the Sky Blues for the third time in four years. His pivotal performances for club and county netted him the award, and the judges, including senior Kildare footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin

manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal O’Domhnaill, singled out Ciaran’s consistently impressive performances throughout the championship edged the competition out in the end. Ciaran came out on top of a list of equally influential and skilled individuals, including fellow Dublin players, Paul Hudson, Emmet O’Conghaile, Jack McCaffrey and Philip Ryan, to claim the prize, and joins Rory O’Carroll as a recipient of the award after the Kilmacud Crokes star netted the Cadbury Hero of the Future award in 2010. Paraic O Dufaigh, Ard-Stiurthoir of the GAA said: “It is a fantastic award to receive and Ciaran stands in very good company looking at

the previous winners.” Speaking on behalf of all the Cadbury Hero of the Future judges, Micheal O’Domhnaill said: “Ciaran was part of a very hard working and well-organised Dublin team. “Ciaran was a marked man in each game he played and yet managed to finish the championship with 2-31 and very often set up team mates for scores. He worked very well as part of a formidable Dublin unit and took the step up from minor football in his stride. “I look forward to seeing Ciaran perform at Under-21 and senior level in the coming years, and believe he is a worthy winner of the 2012 Cadbury Hero of the Future.” Shane Guest of Kraft

Foods Ireland said: “I am delighted to once again have this opportunity to celebrate a player whose extraordinary talents and commitment have stood out during what was another highly competitive and exciting Cadbury Under-21 Football Championship. “The Cadbury Hero of the Future is a proven accolade and Ciaran will be joining an illustrious list of footballers who have since gone on to become household names, four of whom have gone on to win Senior All Ireland titles. “Ciaran’s passion, commitment and skill have illuminated this championship from start to finish and Cadbury is proud to recognise his achievements.”

Ciaran Kilkenny with the All-Ireland Under-21 trophy


Ciaran is Hero of the Future


Castleknock Gazette

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