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M a l a h i d e • Carpenterstown P o r t m a r n o c k • • KLaurel i n s e a ly • C l•a Roselawn r eMonth h a lXX, l 2012 Castleknock Lodge INSIDE: Local GAA star shows his support for the Dogs Trust fundraising event P3

budget 2013: Local politicians give their reactions to the latest austerity cuts P2

On the ball: First kit for Taggers Rugby:

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pictured at a presentation of new rugby kits to players from Westmanstown Taggers Special Needs Rugby club were Eamonn O’Grady, Nevil Ross, Terry Hurrell, Jorge Zulkouski, Robert McDermot, Rebecca Rabbitte, Alfie Acheson, Gerry McCleery, Una Barrett and Edward Maliyakal. The kits are sponsored by local business Silvio Rabbitte & Sons Ltd and will be a big boost for the club’s new and enthusiastic members. See Gallery on Page 6


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Cash-in-transit van robbery ‘cold, callous’ Two thieves flee scene outside supermarket in Carpenterstown

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GARDAI are continuing to investigate a cash-in-transit robbery which took place outside a supermarket in Carpenterstown last week.

On Monday, December 3, at 12.45pm, a cash-intransit van staff member was approached by two men, one who is believed to have been armed with a handgun.

They took a cash box and fled the scene in a silver Volkswagen Golf car. Cllr David McGuinness (FF) said: “Nobody deserves to have the threat of being robbed at gunpoint when

they go to work. This is a cold and callous crime.” Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Blanchardstown on 01 666 7000, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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Mixed responses to Budget 2013’s details The sixth austerity Budget for the State was announced over a week ago, with cuts to child benefit and carer’s allowance, the introduction of property tax and a hike in student fees just some of the major talking points of Budget 2013. In reaction to the Budget, TD for Dublin West Joe Higgins (SP) said it was “another savage deflationary budget”. Higgins believes the Budget will “unfortunately intensify the disastrous effects of austerity which have been reaped by the previous government and continued by Fine Gael and Labour”. “The cuts in capital spending and further savage attacks on living standards are going to future depress the domestic economy and thereby affect demand, so unfortunately we are going to see a high level of unemploy-

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ment, continuing emigration and so on. “Some of the meanest cuts affecting elderly people, affecting job seekers, savage increases in student fees and property tax particularly are going to have a catastrophic further effect on the incomes and living standards of ordinary people who are struggling already as a result of this agenda which are bailing out bondholders, bankers and speculators at the expense of our people,” said Higgins. Defending her own department’s cuts, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the most important thing about

child benefit is that it’s been “capped on a very high level of payment” at €130. “From conversations with other mothers, what they most wanted was a guarantee of a universal payment that goes to the mother irrespective of the people that are in work or out of work.” As far as the reductions to carer’s allowance was concerned, Burton said: “I know how hard carers work who are full time around the clock… in trying to balance the very difficult decision, I was trying to reach it in a way that kept the core weekly payment in tack and I feel I have been able to do that. “Any reductions are difficult, but I feel the options I have chosen are ones that concentrate on maintaining basic weekly rates,” she said. A spokesperson for The

Carers Association, Catherine Cox, said: “While we appreciate that core payments have not been targeted, family carers are contacting us very frightened and angry. Particularly disappointing are cuts to the respite care grant on which many family carers are dependent on, not just for a break, but to pay essential bills. “Family carers are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society and the Government is continuing to target them with a range of cuts,” she said. Minister for Transport, Sports and Tourism Leo Varadkar said: “Budget 2013 is not the toughest in our history, nor in our recent history. Nevertheless, there are welcome measures in this Budget for hauliers, for tourism, the aviation sector, and job creation in the broader economy, in par-

ticular the diesel rebate, the aviation package, and the increased VAT threshold.” Labour Party TD Patrick Nulty voted against last year’s budget and said this year would be no different. “Unfortunately, it was clear to me that last year’s budget would continue with the same austerity agenda – I know there is a better way to tackle the serious challenges faced by our country. That is why I voted against last year’s budget and why I had to vote against the Budget this year as well,” said Nulty. “The cut to child benefit, back to school allowance and the respite care grant are outrageous attacks on ordinary families. They are avoidable and profoundly wrong. “There are clear, costed alternatives which were not chosen on budget day,” he told the Gazette.

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education: major national schools projects announced

Trees on Wheels charity drive

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A number of Dublin west schools will see construction begin on new school buildings next year as part of a major national projects announcement. Earlier this week, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn announced 50 major new school building projects scheduled for construction in 2013, as part of a €2bn fiveyear plan. Projects in Dublin 15 which are set to go to construction in 2013 include a new post-primary school for Mulhuddart and another post-primary school for Hansfield.

Of the projects completed in 2012, St Brigid’s Mixed National School in Castleknock received a new extension, and Mulhuddart National School a new building. Ongoing projects include a new school for Luttrellstown Community College, a new school for Scoil Bride Boys and Scoil Bride Girls, Blanchardstown, an extension for Scoil Choilm NS in Porterstown and a new school for Blanchardstow n West Educate Together National School. We l c o m i n g t h e announcement, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she is really pleased for the

parents and children of Dublin west. “It’s a positive message in these tough times that we are investing in schools,” she said. “These projects, when completed, will ensure that our children will have access to a classroom when they go to school. “We are facing massive increases in our school-going population in the coming years which is expected to grow by over 70,000 between now and 2017. Today’s announcement is part of the Government’s plan to provide more than 100,000 permanent school places over the course of the five-year plan.”

Puppy love: Dog’s trust fundraiser local gaa star Bernard Brogan and model Michelle McGrath

lent their time to support the Dogs Trust fundraiser in Buck’s Townhouse last week. Local band Bennett Vs Matrix were among the performers, with PJ Gallagher, Hilary Rose and Paddy Casey lending their talents on the evening as well. The night was a huge success and raised much needed funds for the puppies and dogs in care.

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A CHRISTMAS tree delivery and collection service will operate in Castleknock during this festive season to help raise money for the Children’s Sunshine Home, LauraLynn House. Trees On Wheels will call up to local people’s houses with a selection of non-shed Christmas trees, and they will put a stand on their selected tree. They will then collect the tree after the Christmas season and recycle it. For every tree that is sold, €5 plus tips will be donated to the charity. For more information, phone 085 173 6849, and for the full price list, log on to

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HOP local this Christmas and do your bit for the local economy and your community. During this time of year, it is of ten too easy to forget the great amenities on your doorstep as you look for the best gifts. But let’s not forget the many businesses, shops and community organisations that surround us. For the woman in your life, why not look to buy her a beauty treatment that she will enjoy after the Christmas rush. There are also treatments for the men that will be a nice alternative to the usual socks and aftershave. Dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in Dublin 15 would also go down a

treat for grandparents, and would make for a great Christmas get-together with friends. Community organisations and charities within the Dublin 15

area are always in need for help financially, so why not make a donation to a charity that means something to you or that might mean something to someone

close to you. The old reliable is a beautiful bunch of f lowers that are easily accessibly from the local florist. Not only is this a

great present for someone, but they can also help with some amazing centre-pieces that will make a simple table look fantastic. T here is an abundance of great hotels in the area that are offering good over-night deals, and if you’re stuck for somewhere to go this New Year’s, then look no further than your local hotel or bar. What’s great about staying local for New Year’s that you’re not far from home and so worr ying about how you will get back to base after a great night won’t be a challenge.

Vital support Tony Lambert, chief e xe c u t i ve o f F i n g a l Dublin Chamber, said the chamber believes it is vital for local people to “shop local”.

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ways that sustaining retailers in turn helps the community

The Castlecourt Centre could provide lots of interesting Christmas gifts

“Local retailers provide services and products and employ local people, and we must support them. “T he centre of all economic activities in an area is local retailers, and they must be supported. “I think the people of Dublin 15 and the people of the general Fingal area do support their local retailers and local shopping. “It is important for people who need to buy gifts or various products they might need for Christmas, whether it is food, or whether it is goods for the house, they can get all of those in the local area. “It is important that these shops are supported and the products they have for sale are being purchased by local people,” he said. Castleknock Flowers has a range of Christmas

door wreaths, Christmas table arrangements, hall arrangements and Christmas bouquets which according to owner Conal McMenamin, are extremely popular every year. Commenting on the

importance of shopping local, he said: “We are 22 years in the heart of the village providing a service for the community. “Through the years we looked af ter the people of Castleknock

and Blanchardstown through happy or sad occasions. “By shopping local you are going to insure that the village you have will remain what it is, which is important. “If people want a flo-

rist in their village, if they want a local shoemaker, a local hairdresser or optician, you have to go into these people and give them your business – or at least give them a try,” he added.

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Terry Hurrell, Una Barrett, Rebecca Rabbitte, Neville Ross, Edward Maliyakal and Jorge Zulkouski

Marian and Adam Lawlor, Jim McGuiness, Elio and Rebbeca Rabbitte. Pictures: Una Williams

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Terry Hurrell, Jorge Zulkouski,

Rabbitte and Adam Lawlor

Gerry McCleery and Una Barrett

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Eammon O’Grady, Gerry McCleery, Jorge Zulkouski, Robert McDermot, Rebbeca Michael Murphy

Rabbitte and Alfie Acheson

First club rugby kit presented to Taggers A

TOTAL of 25 players from Westmanstown Taggers Special Needs Rugby club were recently presented with their first club rugby kit. The kits are sponsored by local business Silvio Rabbitte & Sons Ltd. The club was founded and launched in September 2012 by Argentinian Coach Jorge Lulkouski, whose son is also a player.

Jorge has extensive coaching experience working with special needs children from St. Michaels house and St. Vincents. Cubs, youths and senior teams of all ages are welcome to join the club. Training takes place every Sunday in Westmanstown Garda Rugby club from 11.45am to 1pm. For more information, log on to

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A new Mii for Francis Powerstown set to hold their craft fair this weekend R


ORE power to Powerstown Educate Together National School, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15 with their craft fair on Sunday, December 16 at their school premises. The fair will take place between 1 and 4pm. The school are inviting all crafters to purchase tables for €20 for this indoor event, and is requesting crafters to send their €20 fee to the school before December 7 to reserve a space. The organisers hope to have a variety of crafts at the event such as jewellery, crochet and candlemaking. It will be a fun event with a certain gentleman from the North

Pole in attendance with presents for children. There will be a children’s disco, face painting, arts and crafts, party games and muffin decorating and loads more. Powerstown Educate together is a new developing school with very limited funding and needs community support. I believe last year’s event had 24 crafts on offer and there was huge community support. All thoroughly enjoyed it while snapping up great bargains at the various tables. So pop along to Powerstown Educate Together National School on Sunday, December 16th from 1 to 4pm and enjoy all the fun of the fair.

YAN’S Garage Blanchardstown has donated a brand shiny new Seat Mii to St Francis Hospice Blanchardstown. This is a particularly generous donation given the difficulty the current recession is creating in the motor trade. Ryan’s have been in business in Blanchardstown since 1963 and have always been generous with local causes and charities, and this is not the first time they have donated a car to the hospice.

Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan and principal Helena Regan at the opening of Powerstown ETNS

The grand draw St Francis Hospice are holding a grand draw for the car to raise funds. The draw is to take

place in early January 2013. Tickets are now on sale at The Red Entrance of Blanchardstown Shopping Centre daily and at St Francis Hospice Blanchardstown on Thursdays and Fridays between 9am and 4pm. The first prize is a new Seat Mii sponsored by Ryan’s Garage Blanchardstown. The second prize is €1,000, third prize is €500 and there are five €200 gift vouchers sponsored by Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, who continue to be a good and loyal supporter of St Francis Hospice. The tickets are only €10 each and can be a nice Christmas gift – with potential!

New ITB intiative to help access to education  LAURA WEBB

THE Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown and the Daughters Of Charity have collaborated to develop a new integrated education programme for people with intellectual disabilities. The initiative, which was officially launched recently, enables those with a disability to access third-level education and gain a qualification along with and within the same learning space as the general student population.

Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she was “honoured” to be joining the organisations to celebrate the launch of the programme. “This unique education initiative not only benefits the learners who are participating in the programme but also their fellow students and staff. I welcome the fact that the programme gives an opportunity to people with intellectual disabilities to experience a third-level institution in addition to develop-

ing their skills in areas such as professional development, creative studies and child care,” she said. “I wish ITB president, Dr Mary Meaney, the mentors and students involved in working with the learners every success with the programme,” she said. Dr Meaney welcomed the collaborative nature of the project and congratulated all involved in r unning the pro gramme. “Learners are fully integrated into the college community and take an active role in

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton joined the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the Daughters of Charity Service to announce the launch of the Integrated Education Programme

the educational and social life on campus. “An unplanned but very welcome outcome of the programme has been the overwhelmingly positive impact the learners have had on their fellow students across the institute,” said Dr Meaney. Denis Cronin CEO of the Daughters of Charity service said of the new programme: “The Daughters of Charity have been to the fore-

front of developing educational programmes for over 70 years. We are delighted with the success of this joint venture with ITB. “Integration into third level is such a huge step and apart from the academic achievements, it has done so much for the confidence of the six [students] involved. We look forward to continuing our work with ITB to ensure that a range of suitable options are

available to all participants.” In 2009, six learners attended ITB two days a week for 12 weeks as a pilot project, taking two subjects, Health And Wellbeing and Creative Studies. In January 2011, these six students started college full time and the programme received FETAC validation in March of this year for a major award at Level 3 –Employability Skills.

The six learners are Laura Byrne, Cormac Hurrel, Gavin Smith and Neil McCrone from Blanchardstown, Denise Bryan from Artane and Rita McGuire from Marino. For three 14 week periods learners have the support of mentors. The mentors are students from a Social Care Programme who complete their required placement with the learners.

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POLITICS Managers’ salaries released

Fingal County Manager earns €162,062

THOUSANDS of students from Fingal are showcasing their business skills by running their own company as part of the National Student Enterprise Awards. This year, 2,000 students in Fingal are taking part in the enterprise awards, the highest number from any region in the country. Now in its 12th year, the awards are co-ordinated by Fingal County Enterprise Board. The official countdown to the awards was marked in Swords on Monday, December 10, by Fingal Mayor, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan, Oisin Geoghegan, chief executive of Fingal County Enterprise Board, Martin MacEntee of County Dublin VEC and students from Fingal schools.

Phoenix Park’s road closure

Fingal County Manager David O’Connor is the second highest paid manager in Dublin

have no doubt that they are very capable individuals; they run huge public-sector bodies that [require] serious financial controls. “I view things from a constituent’s point of view, and a lot of people are struggling and they find it very hard to accept that there are those kinds of salaries for certain individuals.” Local Cllr Ruth Coppinger (Socialist Party) said: “It’s an outrageous salary in these times of austerity, and at a time when the councils are making major cuts to services, and also that council workers are seeing their pay dramatically cut. “The Socialist Party would believe that all public-sector salaries should be capped at €100,000. There is no justification

for anybody to need more money than that to live on. “Like I said, all wages should be capped at €100,000 and that would go a huge way towards public expenditure.” The pay scale for directors of services’ wages range between €90,000 and €106,900. FCC has nine such directors. A spokesperson for FCC said: “The salaries and wages of all local authority staff at all grades are a matter of public record.” A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Local Government said that the pay of county managers was “protected like everyone else under the Croke Park Agreement, and the Minister can’t do anything because the salaries are protected.”

Tune into local news as gaeilge  HIROMI MOONEY

PHOENIX FM 92.5 is bringing the Irish language to local airwaves with their first Irish language news programme. Anseo is Ansuid (Here and There) is broadcast every Wednesday evening from 8pm to 9pm on the Dublin 15 community radio station located in Blanchardstown.

The show is presented by principal of Luttrellstown Community College, Fionnuala Ni Chaisil, and former Phoenix FM chairman, Sean O Beachain. It includes a bulletin of local news stories, reports and interviews, and aims to make the Irish language more accessible to everyone in the Dublin 15 area, fluent or just learning.

“Anseo is Ansiud will be a fantastic way for the people of the area to engage with the Irish language and Phoenix FM is delighted to be able to provide this service,” said the station’s chairman Alan Connolly. The programme’s producer, Fergus Lynch, is working closely with interested schools and community groups in the area.

ROAD closures will be in place in the Phoenix Park to ensure safety of participants in the Tom Brennan Road Race on New Year’s Day. On January 1 from 10am until 1.30pm, Chesterfield Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic, while Survey Road will also be closed from 11.30am to 1pm. The Knockmaroon gate will close from 11.30am to 1pm for the event.




IT HAS emerged that Fingal County Manager David O’Connor is the second highest earner among Dublin managers, with a salary of €162,062. In the highest earning position is Dublin City Manager John Tierney with a salary of €189,301, while South Dublin County Manager Philomena Poole also earns €162,062. Manager of Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council Owen Keegan earns €153,260 a year. The figures emerged following a recent parliamentary question in the Dail. The deputy leader of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald, asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan to provide in a tabular form a breakdown

of the total remuneration packages, including pay and allowances such as travel and expenses and contractual pension arrangements for each of the four Dublin city and county managers, as well as the same remuneration details for all heads of departments or senior managers of each of the local authorities. Speaking last week, local Cllr David McGuinness (FF), said: “Without getting personal about it, I’d make the broad point that there’s an incredibly difficult Budget being drafted this week. “It looks like people are going to be hit with a property tax with cuts in child benefit, and the truth is that given how difficult it is at the moment for many families, it is very difficult to read about senior public servants earning huge salaries – and they are enormous salaries. “That being said, I

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Dublin City 103.2 FM celebrate 20 years on air


UBLIN City 103.2FM has recently celebrated 20 years of broadcasting. The radio station reflected on its beginnings, when it was set up by seven radio enthusiasts in 1992 and was broadcasting as Anna Livia FM. The station has seen many changes over the years, including changing studio locations.

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However, the ethos of the station remains intact, and some of the original crew still remain with the station. Since they came on the airwaves two decades ago, they estimate that over 2,000 people have been engaged in the station. It now looks forward to enjoying another 20 successful years ahead of them.

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poetry marathon: gathering of leading lights

Paradise for poets as epic work to be fully read TRINITY College Dublin will host Ireland’s first ever full reading of Paradise Lost this weekend. One of the longest poems in the English language, Paradise Lost was written by 17th century English poet John Milton after he lost his sight. The reading will take place as part of a poetry marathon, which will take place at Trinity College’s Graduate Memorial Building on Friday,

December 14, and later in the Gallery Chapel at the college. The session will run from 10am until 2pm. The epic poem was originally published in 1667 in 10 books, with a total of more than 10,000 individual lines of verse. It is based on the biblical story of the fall of man – the temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. A number of other

poets will be reading poetry at the marathon, some of whom include the Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney; performance poet, Dave Lordan; Milton expert, Professor Thomas Luxon; poet and Professor of Physics at Trinity, Gerald Dawe; David Norris, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Macdara Woods and Joseph Wood, director of Poetry Ireland. They will be joined by

the Provost, Patrick Prendergast, and by the students and staff of Trinity College English department, including Professor Eve Patten. All proceeds raised at the reading marathon will be donated to the National Council for the Blind in Ireland. For more information, log on to www., the co-sponsors of the event with TCD’s English department.

Paradise Lost was written by 17th century English poet John Milton


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Pictured at the launch of Sing for Simon were Patricia Eposegui, Maria Oxley Boardman and Helena Steemers


Come sing a song for Simon this Christmas Dublin Simon Community’s Sing for Simon carol singing campaign which this year runs until Christmas Eve is an extremely important part of the homeless charity’s Christmas fundraising activities, and you can get involved, with the charity calling on local people to get on board. Each year, Sing for Simon brings together over 100 groups and choirs who sing Christmas carols in numerous shopping centres and other areas across Dublin. Thanks to the generosity and goodwill of Simon’s supporters it has grown into an annual fundraising campaign. During the days leading up to Christmas, you can hold an event in your workplace canteen, shop floor at your Christmas Party, or you can join one of Dublin Simon’s organised venues in Dublin City Centre such as Grafton Street or one of Dublin’s

Shopping Centres. Dublin Simon will provide your group with Sing for Simon t-shirts, buckets and banners. Sing for Simon also includes a 24-hour Carolathon on Grafton St on December 21 at 5pm. For more information on Sing for Simon, log on to

launch of scheme to plant trees The Tree Council of Ireland, in partnership with Balfour Beatty CLG, has launched a community tree project grants scheme. The scheme aims to support organisations at a local level that are attempting to improve their local area through the planting of trees. The sites available for such projects are often unused or neglected areas, which can be transformed by the planting of trees. “While the tree coun-

cil promotes recognition of the benefits of trees at national level, Ireland’s cities, towns and villages still need more of the right trees in the right places. The provision of a funding mechanism to assist the implementation of community tree projects will enable communities to derive these benefits for themselves,” explains director of the Tree Council of Ireland, Mary Keenan. Successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their project costs, subject to a maximum grant of €500 per project. For more information, visit

moving crib opens to the public The always popular moving crib is open to the public again this Christmas at Saint Martin’s Apostolate, Parnell Square.

The crib, with its moving statues, has been a staple visiting spot for families at Christmas in Dublin for generations. Now in its 50th year, the moving crib traces the story of the old and new testaments from Adam and Eve right to the nativity scene and finally ending with the boy Jesus questioning the elders in the Temple. There are over 100 figures in the crib, arranged in 14 different tableaux. The figures are made of papier-mache with concealed motors moving the arms, heads and legs and stand around a metre tall. T h e m ov i n g c r i b will be open throughout December, except Christmas Eve to Stephen’s Day and on January 1, right up until January 6 at St Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, from 2pm to 6pm on weekdays and from 11.30am to 6pm at weekends.

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festive: centre has choirs, kids’ workshops and shows

Christmas wonderland at Powerscourt Townhouse  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

If you like the idea of pampering yourself in the most tasteful possible surroundings, then the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is for you this year. It is going all out for Christmas with a variety of festive activities, entertainment, workshops and shows for the whole family. The festivities got off to a musical start in Powerscourt as performers such as A Glor Gos-

pel Choir, Il Coro Italiano Di Dublino, as well as musicians, harpists and guitarists heralded in the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Not only will Santa and his helpers be on hand at the centre but there will also be special storytelling sessions and Christmas themed workshops on offer. This year, the Powerscour t Tow nhouse Centre is also inviting children to visit Father C h r i s t m a s ’s u n i q u e workroom for a behind the scenes look at an

authentic 18th century styled St Nichols’s den. Children can visit Santa Claus and see him working hard behind the scenes every weekend from 12pm to 4pm. Tickets for this cost €12. The Powerscourt Creative Christmas Workshops with the Magic Turtles teaches children how to make Christmas cards, gifts and decorations and will run every weekday in the run up to Christmas. The workshops costs €5 per child and run from 2pm to 5pm in

Santa’s workroom each weekday and until 8pm on Thursday, December 20. Theatre comes alive in the centre at the weekends, with productions for both children and adults. On Saturdays, productions of the Gruffalo, based on the book by Julia Donaldson, will feature followed by the show, of Ross O’Carroll Kelly for the adults.

Performance Each Saturday evening will be rounded

off with a performance by several choirs over the course of the next two weeks. The Gruffalo theatre productions start on Saturdays at 2pm and cost €6 while the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly show is free from 3pm until 5pm. On Christmas Eve, an exhibition called The Ort of Ross O’CarrollKelly will be held at 5pm beside Father Christmas’ workroom. T he Powerscour t Christmas Festival is on now at 59 South William Street, Dublin 2.


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View the holy family through the centuries A new exhibition of paintings, Imagining the Divine: The Holy Family in Art, is currently running at the National Gallery of Ireland. The collection of 13 paintings follows the artistic representation of the Holy Family from the renaissance up to the 19th century. Highlights include The Dawn of Christianity: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by JMW Turner the 19th century romantic landscape artist, on loan from the Ulster Museum as well as an early renaissance painted relief by Florentine sculptor, Lorenzo di Ghiberti. Imagining the Divine: The Holy Family in Art runs until April 1. Admission is free.

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milestone: a record thirty million passenger journeys this year

Luas Improvements and Investments in 2012

2012 was a good year for Luas and for Luas customers. Thirty million passenger journeys will be made on Luas this year a new record for the light rail system which opened in 2004. Last year the Government carried out a root and branch review of all proposed capital projects. One of the only projects to survive was the Luas linkup, which indicates the strength of the reputation which Luas has earned in less than a decade. The Government has again given the go-ahead for the new Luas link-up, which will connect the Red and Green Lines in the city centre. Work will start on this project in 2013 and passengers will be on board in 2017. Luas continues to operate without any state sub-

vention and continues to get exceptionally positive feedback from the Luas customer. In addition to this, Luas has been very busy in 2012. It has completed a range of improvements throughout the year, ranging from new walking and cycling routes, improved signage, better collection and drop-off areas at Luas stops, new Luas mobile website and a whole raft of other improvements.

The Railway Procurement Agency together with the National Transport Authority has rolled out a number of improvements which will improve access to Luas stops. Simple improvements can make all the difference. For example, RPA and South Dublin County Council teamed up to improve access to the Cookstown Luas Stop for hundreds of residents in Ambervale and adjoining estates. A long

walk is a deterrent for people and ease of access benefits everybody. Similarly, new cycle facilities have been provided at a range of Luas stops throughout the network with sheltered cycle parking at a number of locations. Another bit of smart and sustainable thinking relates to successful trials of new energy efficient lighting technology on Luas in 2012. Next year it hopes to replace approximately 50% of existing Luas stop lighting bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. A comprehensive survey of energy wastage will allow Luas to make future improvements that will make it more sustainable and reduce costs with direct benefits to the customer.

Luas has completed a range of improvements throughout the year, ranging from new walking and cycling routes, improved signage, better collection and drop-off areas at Luas stops


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budget 2013: aN Overview of what’s ahead

Expert analysis of our financial future  mike sheehan,

tax Partner, Deloitte

BUDGET 2013 has continued on a similar path as Budget 2012, with the introduction of further incentives for the SME and agri food and farm sectors. The Minister announced a helping hand to the SME sector in the form of a 10-point tax reform plan, which includes measures across a number of tax areas. In recognition of the ongoing difficult credit environment, several of these provisions are aimed at providing cash flow benefits, such as the increase in the VAT cash accounting threshold from €1m to €1.25m; an increase in the de-minimus close company surcharge threshold from €635 to €2,000; and a reform of the three year

corporation tax relief for start-up companies to allow unused relief to be carried forward. Other measures are positive developments, such as an increase in the amount qualifying for an R&D tax credit without reference to the 2003 threshold from €100,000 to €200,000 and an extension of the foreign earnings deduction for work related travel to additional African countries. The R&D credit measure should, in particular, provide stimulus to smaller organisations engaged in research and development activities. Given the dependence of the majority of SMEs on domestic demand, however, an important factor in creating and maintaining jobs in this sector is the level of disposable income of Irish consumers. As such,

whereas the 10-point tax reform plan is certainly a step in the right direction, the impact of Budget 2013 on individual incomes will continue to play a major role in the future success of the SME sector, impacting on the demand for goods and services. In recognition of the importance of agri food and farming sectors to the Irish economy, the Minister has extended the various stock relief measures for farmers in general, young trained farmers and registered farm partnerships for three years to December 31 2015. Following B udget 2013, there is finally clarity on the detail of the much speculated property tax. It will be administered by the Revenue Commissioners with the funds earmarked for the local authorities.

A rate of 0.18% will apply to properties with a value up to €1m, and for properties over €1m a rate of 0.25% will apply on the excess. Revenue has stated it will be a self-assessment tax but will issue “guidance” on the various valuations. For those owning second homes, the NPPR charge of €200 will be abolished from January 1 2014. While the Minister has kept his promise of not altering the income tax bands and rates, he has effectively introduced a number of stealth taxes through abolishing the PRSI exemption which will cost every PAYE worker €264 per year, increasing the DIRT rate from 30% to 33% and bringing unearned income (such as rents, interest, dividends) within the scope of PRSI from 2014.

Mike Sheehan, Tax Partner at Deloitte gives his verdict on the Budget

Over five successive budgets, the capital gains tax and capital acquisitions tax rates have increased from 20% to the current rates of 33%. In addition, over the same period, the thresholds at which capital acquisitions tax becomes payable have decreased by almost 60%. Budget 2013 sees an increase in excise duty on the “old reliables”, which includes a 10% increase in the duty on a pint of beer or cider and

a noteworthy €1 increase on a bottle of wine. Vehicle registration tax and motor tax across all categories will increase from January 1 2013. These increases will have an impact on Irish consumers and consequently the domestic economy, the full extent of which remains to be seen. An ongoing commitment to the 12.5% corporate tax rate, underpinning Ireland’s corporate tax strategy, was noted

by the Minister, who also announced some positive changes to the R&D tax credit regime, as well as the introduction of accelerated capital allowances on aviation facilities. Overall, Budget 2013 will underpin Ireland’s commitment to getting its house in order, which in turn will serve to enhance Ireland’s credibility and reputation amongst foreign investors and the international markets.

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initiative: colaiste bride works with tidy towns to help keep clondalkin clean

Growing great ideas for the area î Ž niamh balfe Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin

IN NOVEMBER, members from the Clondalkin Tidy Towns held a meeting with the Colaiste Bride Green Flag Committee. T he students and teachers involved had a chance to discuss their ideas with Tidy Towns about how to reduce litter in the area, and how to get more youth involved. During the meeting, it was decided that the transition-year students in Colaiste Bride would help by doing regular clean-ups around

With hopes to achieve the Biodiversity Green Flag at the school, students at Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin, are working with the local Tidy Towns group

Clondalkin in the new year. The students came up with excellent ideas on how to help, such as clean-ups, young volunteers and using social

media to promote the cause. The Tidy Towns members were very enthusiastic and grateful to hear these ideas and are mak-

ing plans to use these in the near future. Members from Tidy Towns, along with some volunteers, meet outside Tuthills in Clondalkin

village every Saturday at 10am and work for one hour cleaning up the area. They do fantastic work and would be extremely grateful to have further voluntary assistance. Colaiste Bride has received four Green flags, to date, and is currently working towards their fifth, which is for biodiversity. This is the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat. In the process of working to achieve this, the Green Flag committee have put up bird feeders at different areas outside the school, and plant-

ed daffodils along the entrance of the school. They have further plans to promote biodiversity around the school, such as having a biodiversity garden. There is to be more work between the Green

Flag members and Tidy Towns’ members in the new year, which will aid both Tidy Towns in their aim to reduce litter in Clondalkin, and also assist Colaiste Bride in their hope to receive their next Green Flag.


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Taking the sting out of finding insurance FERGAL Lynch works in the marketing department at Chill Insurance and also take cares of their commercial ventures, the most recent of which was the launch of Chill Retail. He has a BSc in Management and Marketing, and has over 20 years experience in marketing communications and business development. Fergal said: “It is a really big challenge creating effective marketing campaigns in such a competitive

industry. “[In the campaign], the aim was to create an advertising campaign that is a little different to what we are all typically used to from other insurance providers. Our TV advertisments are quite humorous, but also get the message across to the consumer that we take the hassle out of insurance. “I enjoy growing the Chill brand and aim to make Chill Insurance a household name in Ireland.”

How long have you been in business?

not a tied agent, which means that we don’t deal with just one insurer, we deal with 14. The fact that we are independent, also means that we will not and cannot force one particular product or insurer on a customer, thus giving the best choice and value in one go. We also understand that not everyone wants to conduct their business online, so that’s why we give our customers the option to pop into one of our stores and have a chat face to face with a real person, or call us and let our friendly staff take it from here. We are 100% Irish as well, which means we won’t sell out to large international companies. We are for the people, by the people. No one knows the Irish quite like the Irish.

Chill Insurance has been in business since 2007, and is one of Ireland’s largest online brokers. We compare 14 insurers to get you the best deal on your insurance. We are not a tied agent.

What makes your business successful?

Chill Insurance is unique in its offering in that it is the only broker that compares 14 underwriters to get our customers the best deal. When everyone in Ireland knows that we are not a tied agent and the only broker that compares 14 insurers, we will have done our job! Our customers can call us, visit us online or pop into one of our four retail stores in prominent locations in Dublin for a quote. We employ professional and qualified sales agents who live and breathe our Chill mantra that we will do our best to get customers the best quote every time.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

We look at insurance as the chore that everyone hates having to do, so we take the sting out of it by searching 14 insurers for customers in one go. We are always told to “shop around” when making a purchase, whether it be a plumber, builder, or for insurance, but what makes us different is that we do the shopping around for you. Chill Insurance is

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

As I have mentioned before, we are 100% Irish and that is very, very important for us. Our head office is based in Blackrock, but through our retail stores, we can be part of several local communities. Each of our locations are unique, and we love having the buzz of a shopping centre around our retail stores that allows us to conduct our business in local areas and bring great value insurance to the people of that area. We want our customers to know that we are not a huge multinational company with one main office in the city centre, we bring our service to our customers and allow them to get to us in their locality.


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Take action to reduce the cost of car insurance FROM December 21, a new EU ruling means insurance companies cannot price motor insurance based on gender, even though statistics indicate young males are a high accident risk. Female drivers, in particular, may feel the pinch, although Chill Insurance says that simply “shopping around” can make a big difference to insurance costs. The independent Irish brokers make it their business to “shop around” 14 different insurers for the best quote for customers, and, for younger drivers worried about rising motor insurance, Chill Insurance has some cost-cutting advice. • Join a parent’s insurance as a named driver; get a safety record, and avail of discounts on ‘own name’

insurance, based on named driver records and driving experience. • Having a full licence reduces car insurance premiums considerably. • Choose a lower value car with a small engine; less powerful, less expensive cars are cheaper to insure. • Opting for a higher ‘voluntary excess’, (what you pay if there is a claim), can lower policy costs and may suit safe, competent drivers rather than young inexperienced drivers. • Ideally, pay premiums in full on taking out a policy, as monthly interest rates can be high. • Don’t pay extra for windscreen cover, breakdown assistance, additional drivers etc. if you don’t need them. Check what your policy covers. • Companies often offer additional

discounts on more than one policy; so look at including car cover for other family members, or home or life insurance, with the same company. • Third party fire and theft insurance is cheaper than fully comprehensive, and is an option for lowvalue cars and safe, ‘low-mileage’ drivers; but do remember that damage to your car is not covered other than for fire or theft • Shop Around! For more information, log on to, call 1890 30 20 20, or visit one of their stores at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, The Swords Pavilions, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, and The Square, Tallaght, all of which are open seven days a week.


Local firm works with European Space Agency TECHWORKS Marine in Dun Laoghaire has become the latest business among 40 companies to work with the European Space Agency (ESA). The technology company has developed a set of earth-observation products which monitor environmental wastewater plants in Ireland and elsewhere on the planet. Wastewater treatment plants are of particular interest to the ESA, due to their effect on the environment, and TechWorks Marine is focusing in on Donegal Bay, where there are a number of such plants. T he new obser vation products are fixed onto existing ESA satellites which orbit the earth, collecting data for many different research projects.

T h e s e Te c h Wo r k s products monitor marine activity as well as watertreatment plants, and track any new ecological developments. TechWork Marine’s managing director Charlotte O’Kelly said: “My company monitors the ocean in real time at very specific locations over very long periods of time at very high resolution. “The ESA satellites give us the spatial coverage that our platforms don’t have and our platforms give the ESA images, the groundtruthing validation that they don’t have.” Ireland has been a member of the ESA since its foundation in 1975. Last month, Innovation Minister Sean Sherlock announced a €17m investment in the ESA

Astrium Metop-B weather satellite

with a view to creating up to 2,000 jobs in the sector, and growing exports up to €56m by 2015. Ireland is one of 20 member states in the ESA, which has an annual budget of about €4bn. The ESA is funded through financial contributions from the member states and the amount each member pays is cal-

culated on the basis of gross national product. Companies from member states can then tender for contracts up to the total value of the country’s contribution. According to Enterprise Ireland, the spinoff export sales from Irish investment in the ESA was about €35m in 2010.

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Nicha Maguire, Tamarin Blackmur and Terry Lyons have seen off 12 competitors to become the finalists of Masterchef 2012

Cooking: Masterchef finalists talk to the gazette ahead of showdown

To become the Master  Paul Hosford

THEN there were three. The final of Irish Masterchef is upon us and the top 15 amateur chefs in the country have been whittled down to just three, with Terry Lyons, Tamarin Blackmur and Nicha Maguire set to battle it out for the title of Masterchef 2012. Having started out in the kitchen under the watchful gaze of Michelin star chef Dylan McGrath and renowned restauranteur Nick Munier, the progression of the chefs has been phenomenal to watch, culminating in a semi-final which saw each of the four remaining contestants cook a course for every Michelin-starred chef in the country. There, Nicha, Tamarin and Terry were left standing, ready to go into a three-

way battle, cluminating on Thursday, December 13. Though their styles are quite different, the one thing that the chefs have in common is their experience in the kitchen before the competition. “I was just a home cook,” says Tamarin. “I just always loved to cook for family and loved food. Some people buy books to read, I buy cook books.” Terry echoes that, though he came to cooking late. “I think I came to cooking a lot later than most of the others, probably only in the last six or seven years. “I was a bit of a fussy eater when I was younger, and when I got married and started trying new things that’s when I really got into it.” Former Malahide resident Nicha is

in the same camp, having been a home cook before taking the plunge on to the show. “Food has always been my passion, ever since I was a child. But I only cooked Thai food until I came to Ireland, then I started trying out new ingredients.” For South African-born Tamarin, the challenge has been huge, but the rewards even greater. “It’s been a fantastic challenge and very overwhelming. It’s an amazing feeling to get through. “I’ve always loved the show and thought I’d go for it this year after sitting at work and noticing the application was about to go online. “I’d always wanted a career in food, but wasn’t sure how to go about it so

this gave me the push that I needed. Terry says that he had aimed for the top 10 and worked extremely hard to get to the final. “When I first applied, I never thought I would get this far. I just kept progressing and pushing myself harder and harder. Next thing, before I know it, I’m in the final. “I thought I might get to the top 10, then the top five was a goal. To get to the top three and be in the final is huge. “Now that I’m in the final, I want to go and win it. “I think in the last couple of tasks you can see that I’m cooking from the heart and looking a lot more relaxed because of it.”

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The DSPCA rescues thousands of sick, injured and cruelly treated animals each year, from places and situations where otherwise they may not be alive today. Scamp arrived to the DSPCA earlier this year in very bad condition. He had serious parasite infestations, was underweight, malnourished and had severe dental issues. DSPCA veterinary staff immediately got to work. He was given antibiotics and medicated baths to treat his skin infections. Most of his teeth had to be removed. At first Scamp did not want to leave his kennel and would not interact with anybody. As he began to feel better and went to a loving foster home, he realised that life has much to offer and that people can be kind. The DSPCA works hard to reduce suffering and create meaningful lives for these animals but we cannot do it without donations and support from the public. To make a donation, text “Donate Chance” to 57977. Texts cost €2.50, with €1.75 going to the DSPCA. For more information, see www.


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Christmas Guide – for kids  Laura Webb

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It’s the last installment of Gazette Style’s wish list for everyone in the family. Two weeks ago, we started with some subtle hints about what to get the woman in your life. Then, last week it was all about the man in your life, and now this week we bring you the fun week – it’s ideas for the kids. Here we have picked out some great toys, festive and fun clothing and board games which the whole family can enjoy. So happy shopping everyone, we hope we have helped in your search for great presents this year.

LeapFrog Leap Pad 2 Explorers €104

PS Vista 3GB Console €379 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Ship Bucky €70

Dunnes Stores Red Coat €25 Mattel Apptivity €15 Dunnes Stores Raindeer Booties €5 Thomas & Friends Steam n’ Speed RC Thomas €60

Hasbro Monopoly Board Games €22

Uno Roboto €35

Scrabble Original €25

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MUSIC singer-songwriter: rising star of Lewis Watson

It’s elementary, my dear Watson  Paul Hosford

IN the pantheon of musical stories it is not, perhaps, one that is that well worn. Young man makes an EP with his music teacher, the EP goes viral, sells a load of copies, goes to number one on iTunes and young man picks up a record deal. Aside from not being that well-worn, it is not that well known, either. Yet. L e w i s Wa t s o n , a

2 0 - y e a r- o l d f r o m Oxford is the latest in the stable of earnest, guitar-weilding singersongwriters. His English twang, soft lyrics and lovesick lyrics make him a comparison to Ed Sheeran. The fact that people are dubbing him a successor to Sheeran’s c r ow n a s t h e U K ’s number one overly-literal singer/songwriter says more about expectations for Sheeran than Watson, if you ask me but, I digress.

Wa t s o n h a s b e e n spending the last number of months travelling across Europe with a host of acts, including Swords natives Kodaline, with whom he packed The Button Factor y last week. There, Watson held his own in front of a crowd turning out for hometown heroes, no mean feat for a twentyyear-old and his guitar. Of course, it is easy for Watson to capture the imagination of a crowd

because his songs are so well crafted and his voice is easy-listening defined. After the release of his May 2012 breakthrough It’s Got 4 Sad Songs On It BT W, Watson released Another Four Sad Songs, a follow-up EP, in October. It is the eight songs on the two releases that have seen him tipped, right along with his touring mates, as one of the acts to watch in 2013. On the evidence so

Lewis Watson is tipped for big things in 2013, including a headline date in Dublin

far, it is hard to argue the label. A g r ow i n g o n l i n e following, a winsome voice and songs that are about as commercially friendly as they come. Watson has to be considered one of the UK’s

fasted rising stars and with backing from the aforementioned Sheeran, Zane Lowe and a tour to look forward to, he may well turn out to be a major talent. The songs on his two EPs show major poten-

tial, particularly Sink or Swim, which comes from Another Four Sad Songs. Watson will follow up his Button Factory slot with a headline show at the Academy 2 on March 22, tickets are €8.20.


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theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 O Holy Night

IN this intimate and spiritual night, Eimear Quinn will bring her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols to The Pavilion Theatre for a memorable musical experience. Eimear’s ethereal voice will blend beautifully with the Mamisa String Quartet, which features Maria and Michelle Mason. December 21 at 8pm, tickets are priced at €21.

Mill Theatre 01 296 9340

Christmas Crooners ENJOY the fantastic cast of West End Singers, backed by the superb band The Jazz All-Stars perform over 30 well known Christmas hits including Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas and swing arrangements of the wonderful Christmas carols, God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen and Deck the Halls. Staged with style, this brilliant production of Christmas favourites of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra is really enjoyable. For one show only on December 17, tickets are priced at €20/18.

The brightly rendered and lovingly created characters of Rise Of The Guardians are discovered by a new generation of fan...

review: a colourful and classy tale of real superheroes

Bright night rises BRINGING children to the cinema on a seasonal holiday weekend can be a bit of a tortuous affair. Given that most studios are playing catch-up with Pixar when putting together their slate of films made for a younger audience, there can be some horribly disappointing experiences, not just for the kids. There can be the awful (any film with the word “Alvin” in the title), the mediocre (too many to mention) and the just downright odd (ParaNorman — a bazillion miles from the promise of its trailers). Equally, the experience for a parent can go between sleeping for 90 minutes, trying not to leave the theatre traumatised with the infantalised scripts and hyperkinetic editing that passes for story and character development, or suffering permanent ocular damage

Film of the Week: Rise Of The Guardians h h h h h (G) 97 mins Director: Peter Ramsey Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law


from the obligatory and unnecessary 3D. Occasionally, however, you get a huge surprise. That certainly happened when I saw Rise Of The Guardians last weekend. My expectations were confounded from the outset, with beautiful character design and a tale filled with fun and wonder that should be on every kids’ Christmas list. The movie is essentially The Avengers for kids, with superheroes of childhood (the titular Guardians) Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and The Sandman setting out to battle the dark influences of Pitch

OUR VERDICT: AT THE close of the year comes one of the best children’s movies of the year, taking the dynamic of The Avengers and blending it with the beautifully crafted artwork and stories of William Joyce. Laugh-out loud moments mix with genuine scares to create a movie that your kids will adore... and which won’t have you looking at the back of your eyelids for 90 minutes.

Black, an incarnation of The Boogeyman, as he attempts to re-establish fear and doubt as currencies for childhood by making the children of the world lose their faith in the Big Four. Joining the Guardians is Jack Frost, who Santa calls on to help their cause, but who cannot be seen in the tangible world as kids don’t believe in him enough. The story is an origins story for Jack Frost himself, and his journey to believing in himself so that others can do the same, and that is just as it

should be – a good story very well told. The screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the books by William Joyce, is filled with heart and packed with ideas, bypassing the need for convoluted backstories for the Guardians as they are already so ingrained in our collective consciousness. T hat presumption allows us to dive straight into the story and credits the audience with a degree of intelligence which is pretty refreshing in current children’s cinema.

There is a whole lot of fun to be had in the character design and voicing, with Hugh Jackman’s Aussie Easter Bunny providing the biggest laughs, while Alec Baldwin’s Soviet Santa brings a fresh take to the presence of the big man. The absence of schmaltz, along with the presence of a tangible threat that affects the group dynamic for some of the duration of the movie, makes this an almost old-fashioned film, in that there is a genuine nod to the realities of life, loss and growth – all of which are powerful and important lessons for a kids’ movie. It might not appear at first sight the most appealing of the movies for the season, but there is a core message and stylish look and feel that makes Rise Of The Guardians a whole lot more than the sum of its parts.

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feature Masterchef: Finalists prepare for showdown

Three Masters, but only one winner

Continued from P17 Nicha says that making the final has been a huge achievement, but a favourite moment is hard to pinpoint. “I’ve loved every part of the Masterchef experience, even though some of them are really precious, like the masterclasses, particularly the one with Dylan [McGrath]. “I didn’t expect to win or come this far. I wanted the apron, but everything after that

was a bonus. “I just like cooking. It’s never a hassle for me.” Cooking for a Michelin starred chef is not something many get to do, so to do it for four of Ireland’s top gastronomists must have been daunting. “I’m not normally the kind of person who gets nervous,” says Terry “but when I walked in there, I was beginning to get nervous. “Oliver Dunne said it was a great dish and I

thought, ‘Ok one good one, the rest will be negative’, but the positives kept coming.”

“You’re back” Tamarin says the judging and waiting were more of an ordeal than the cooking itself. “I loved it when Nick and Dylan said I was back. I felt I’d gotten over my mistakes and I felt calm in the kitchen. “The bits before going into the kitchen were worse than the actual cooking.”

As tough as it can be to compete, when the pressure was on, that was when Nicha found herself enjoying it the most. “Sometimes it’s up and down. You have a tough day or a tough challenge and you can think about throwing in the towel, but when the heat comes around, you say, ‘here I come again’. “When it comes to food, I’m a bit mad, I don’t give up that easily. I’ll try things until they work.” With long days, mys-

Masterchef judges Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath

tery challenges, ingredient swaps and harsh judges, it can be a gruelling experience, but Terry says that all of the contestants have bonded. “We’re always on the phone to each other or on Facebook and we

meet up fairly regularly. “Obviously, TV shows focus on a bit of fight, but if someone was struggling or lost, the rest of us would jump in or give advice. That’s how close we were.” All three plan to keep

working in food in some capacity, but with other careers and stiff competition for jobs, their paths are unclear as yet. After this week, however, one will have the title of Masterchef 2012 and €25,000 to help them on their way.

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DAA goes electric for latest fleet purchase The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has taken a big step towards reducing its carbon footprint this week, with the announcement that they are going electric for its latest fleet purchase. The group has purchased nine electric Renault Kangoo mini-vans for use at Dublin and Cork airports, making the company one of the largest electric fleet operators in the country. DAA’s decision to opt for the nine electric vehicles will result in CO2 savings of more than 200,000kg over the lifetime of the vehicles, which is equivalent to planting more than 6,000 trees. “With this investment, DAA has already become one of Ireland’s leading operators of electric vehicles, and we look forward to significantly expanding our electric fleet over the coming years,” said DAA’s head of sustainability, Mary Coveney. “The trial helped us build confidence throughout the organisation that buying electric vehicles wasn’t just good for the environment, but also made sense from an operational perspective. Electric vehicles are perfect for an airport environment, as they have a range of 120km and will always be close to a main charging point,” Ms Coveney said. The new electric vehicles will be used on a daily basis in both airside and landside locations by DAA maintenance crews, and staff from its car park and terminal services departments.

The Mercedes A-Class’s sporty appearance will appeal to young motorists

a-class: new model takes a giant leap ahead of predecessor

New Mercedes is in a class by itself

n Cormac Curtis

Pictured at the handover of keys were Brendan Mullins, head of asset management, DAA; Dermot McArdle, head of ESB ecars; Paddy Magee, sales and network director, Renault Ireland; and Martin Doherty, environmental manager, DAA

The hotly anticipated new Mercedes-Benz A-Class – seen as the car that will give MercedesBenz access to a new, younger generation of motorists – is here and first models will appear in dealer showrooms during December ahead of the January registrations rush. Two models will take centre stage initially: one is an A180 petrol version which comes on the market at €26,435 (ex works) and the other, an A180 CDI diesel version at €28,550, the version likely to attract most attention due, in part, to its greener CO2 emissions of just 98g/km. Both models will come in a choice of three specifications and

equipment lines – style, urban and sports pack. Entr y models sold here come equipped with style pack features including items which, were they purchased separately, would have a value of €1,600. --------------------------

The new A-Class is as different from its predecessor as it is possible to be --------------------------

Compatible with the needs of the iPhone, iPad generation, its optional on board high-tech functionality is such that iPhone Siri voice-a ctiv a ted units and iPad music

and apps can be played through the car’s infotainment system. The new A-Class is as different from its predecessor as it is possible to be. Sitting some 18cm closer to the ground, its low-slung posture and SL-like fascia give it a positively sporty appearance that will appeal to young male and female motorists alike. The front-wheel drive, all engines have an idlestop system as standard, is linked to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Its new four-link rear suspension has a range of settings that includes an optional sports setting with direct steer. Collision prevention assist, attention assist,

adaptive brake assist and brake hold are all part of its standard safety features.

Backlog Since it first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, worldwide interest in the new A-Class has been intense, so much so that a backlog of orders already exists. Here in Ireland, Mercedes-Benz passenger carsales manager Ciaran Allen expects supply to keep pace with demand in the initial phases, at least. “In keeping with its high-tech image, our launch plan will include a heavy concentration on Facebook and smart phone app technology to create an interactive platform whereby prospective customers can

learn about the A-Class and scroll through its features to model the version they like best,” said Allen. Already something of a wunderkind in terms of its environmental features, the A-Class 180 CDI is acknowledged by the German TUV organisation as offering fuel savings of up to 26%, emissions as low as 98g CO2/km, a best in class CD value of 0.27 and petrol engines that comply with Euro six emissions standard. Indeed, over its entire life cycle from production to recycling, it is estimated that the A-Class, in the guise of the A180 BE version, will produce 5.7 tons less emissions than its predecessor and will meet the stipulated recycling rate of 95% by weight.

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HOMES holidays: deck your halls with the m&s christmas range

The countdown to a stylish Christmas The countdow n to products, availChristmas morning is able online and definitely in full in store, have swing as we everything look around needed and see all t h i s the wonderChristful sparkling mas, and decorations what is outside homes, great is shopping centres that it is or just through busy Christmas tree all under bauble, €5.50 street corners. the one So, as people are roof. deciding just what to deck Life-size Christmas their homes with, Gazette trees, that are either plain Home has looked to or with lights, are availM&S to see just what able in a number of differtheir Christmas home ent colours. Decorations range has to offer. Their for the wonderful tree

are also available to help make it the centre point of the living area. The fabulous lead picture this week includes: 6ft pre-lit white tree €170, baubles from €3.50, Maiko chair in Nilo Leather Red €1,199, honeycombe orbs €11 (for 2), chenille bauble cushion €16, chenille snowflake cushion €16, Fair Isle throw €47.50, Snowscene print cushion €16. Placemats in festive decor always add a little extra to the table, while centrepieces, including candles and flower

arrangements, can really highlight the room that will entertain the guests. Napkin rings are also available in various styles which suit the different kinds of themes that householders might be thinking of this year. Why not make things a little different by adding items such as a gingerbread tree to the table, so people can admire and eat the centrepiece. Crackers are definitely a must for the table too, and M&S have a wide range to suit kids, adults or the whole family.

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city break: The Christmas Market at Belfast City Hall

Getting into the  Laura Donnelly

The variety and quality of food available at the market are excellent

Once you have passed the age of writing a letter to Santa, it’s often not as easy to get into the spirit of Christmas. However, with not long left to go, if your festive feelings are lacking, a trip to Belfast will soon change that. As a big fan of the season of goodwill, I was like a child at Christmas on a recent trip to Belfast! The Christmas Market at Belfast City Hall will lighten even the heaviest of hearts, and will help to tick a few names off the Christmas gift list, too. Quality gifts for all the family – including pets – can be found at the large market, with jewellery, bags, hats, scarves, gloves and more on offer. Arriving hungry at the Christmas Market is also a great idea, as the variety and quality of food available are excellent. While Kangaroo meat is one of the more unusual snacks available, festive shoppers can also find the old reliable macaroons, crepes, cakes, sweets and

Turkish delights. Mulled wine, mulled cider and varieties of hot chocolate (with or without Baileys) will keep you warm as you spend time browsing the outdoor market. There’s also a carousel to entertain children, as well as Santa himself, and a lively bar to keep the adults occupied. A festive afternoon tea at the five-star Merchant Hotel is an essential part of a visit to Belfast over Christmas. Up to 20 varieties of teas are available in the elegant hotel, to accompany finger sandwiches, scones, mince pies and other festive treats, while live music provides the perfect Christmas atmosphere. Pampering

For those tempted to pamper themselves, an express manicure from the lovely staff in The Merchant Spa topped off the recent visit nicely. After a busy afternoon of shopping in the Christmas Market, the fire in the Fitzwilliam Hotel is just what is needed. The Fitzwilliam Hotel, situ-

ated on Great Victoria Street, is ideally located for a shopping trip, with the Christmas Market and the main shopping hub and Victoria Square Shopping Centre just a five-minute walk away. A cocktail making class with head bartender, Johnathan Magennis, is certainly an entertaining way to spend an evening in the hotel. The class involved making, and subsequently drinking, two cocktails – a bramble and a cosmopolitan. The bramble comprises of gin, fresh blackberries, lime juice, and sugar syrup. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and enjoyed canapes as we learned the inside secrets from Johnathan. Did you know that when serving or drinking cocktails, drinks without ice, such as the cosmopolitans we made, should not be served with a straw? Johnathan joked that if he saw us out and about afterwards drinking cosmos through a straw, he wouldn’t be too impressed! The cocktail making class is practical and informative, as well as being great fun, and the tips and recipes learned will no doubt be put to the test soon. Dinner at James Street South is a key recommendation for an upcoming trip to Belfast. Located just minutes from The Fitzwilliam Hotel, every-

The Christmas Market at

thing on the menu comes from within a 40-mile radius. The restaurant prides itself on using only local ingredients, and I would go back simply for the smoked haddock and mussel gratin starter. Belfast is one city that has everything you need for a relaxing festive city break, while picking up some stocking fillers of course. To find out more information on Christmas events or for further information on places to stay or things to see and do in Northern Ireland, check out the free booking and advice service and callsave 1850 230 230, or visit NITB’s Tourist Information Centre in Suffolk Street Dublin 2 or click on

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spirit of Christmas

Belfast City Hall will lighten even the heaviest of hearts, and will help to tick a few names off the Christmas gift list, too

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FastSport DLR to honour volunteers:

Denis Bastick, Niall Corcoran, county board chairman Andy Kettle and senior football manager Jim Gavin, Eoghan O’Gara and Danny Sutcliffe

hurling: after a tough 2012, Crokes’ star defender says talent is still there

Kilmacud’s Corcoran hopes Dubs summon spirit of 2011 NIALL Corcoran is hoping the Dublin senior hurlers can find the impressive form they showed in 2011 and carry this onto the pitch going into this season’s National Hurling League. Speaking at the launch of the new Dublin jersey at Parnell Park, the Kilmacud Crokes man said: “We’re going to get the heads down this year and take it game by game and, hopefully, find the form we had in 2011.” While 2011 was seen as one step forward for the Dublin hurlers, winning the league title and falling just short of

a place in the All-Ireland senior hurling final, they took two steps backward in 2012 with relegation in the league and a lacklustre performance in the championship. Corcoran believes their poor start to the league campaign last season certainly had an impact on how the season went for them and their inability to cope with the high expectations set for themselves culminated in a downward spiral from which the team was unable to recover. “Looking back on it, we had a bad start to the league against Galway and

were unlucky with a couple of results. The confidence was dented a bit. “We performed well in 2011 and expected a lot of ourselves, but it didn’t happen for us. You have to learn to manage that pressure. If you do well, with that there will be pressure. So, it’s up to the players to manage it. Speaking about 2013, Corcoran feels that the team as a whole must learn from the disappointment of last season in order for them to come out on top in the big games. “That’s a lesson we learned this year. If

you go out in these big games, you have to perform and if you don’t, then you’re going to get criticised.” Corcoran also dismissed the notion that Division 1B is Dublin’s for the taking and believes it is a highly competitive league and that they will have to focus on their performances if they wish to make the final. “If you look at the teams in 1B, there are a lot of good ones like Wexford, Limerick and Offaly. We also have a game away to Antrim and none of these matches are going to be easy.”

DUN LAOGHAIRE Rathdown sports partnership will host an awards ceremony to acknowledge the work of volunteers of the sports clubs and organisations in the county. The event will take place on January 30, 2013 in the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney and will include an awards presentation for the individuals and clubs that have demonstrated this volunteering ethos. If you know of a club or a club member who you believe should be recognised for their efforts, you can find nomination forms and guidelines on the Sports Partnership website www. dlrsportspartnership. ie or call 01 271 9507 for more information.

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FastSport Kenealy starts new role at grass roots: SENIOR women’s cricket international Amy Kenealy began work this week in her new role as community development officer for the South Dublin County area. Her role will be specifically geared towards running programmes for those with disabilities, the running of grass roots programmes designed to further increase participation in cricket while also working to develop emerging girls’ talent by assisting with the Leinster youth coaching programme. This initiative also represents the outcome of an imaginative collaboration between Leinster Cricket and The Lord’s Taverners Ireland who have agreed to make a contribution of almost half of the cost of the project. Kenealy’s appointment has come about following a very successful nine-month internship that was established through the government-driven Jobbridge initiative.

soccer: FAI intermediate cup draw comes up trumps for lsl sides

Glenville set for home tie 

GLENVILLE , TEK United, Phoenix and Bluebell United have all gained home draws in the fourth round of the FAI Intermediate Cup following last week’s draw, set for the weekend of January 27 in the New Year. For rapidly rising Glenville, they have been paired against either Beggsboro or Greystones AFC in the last 16 of the competition after they dismissed the challenge of Cork’s Leeside 3-0. It continues the P a l m e r s t ow n cl u b ’s excellent recent history in the national competitions, moving a small step closer to repeating

their memorable run in the Senior Cup when they met Bohemians in 2010. The third tier LSL side have been in flying form in the league, too, this term as they look for their ninth promotion in 11 years, currently second in the standings at the halfway stage in the LSL Sunday Senior 1A. Should Beggsboro make it through, the Glens will have the form guide in their favour having beaten the Crumlin side in the league in August. Greystones, meanwhile, offer a tough task after a decent first half of the Senior 1 season. TEK United have not yet reached the last 16

and are massive underdogs for their third round date with Tolka Rovers but, should they overcome that tie, they will be the hosts in the fourth round against either Tymon Celtic or Blarney United. Harry Kenny’s Phoenix were comfortable 5-0 winners over Swilly Rovers last week to earn a date with Cork side Everton at Scribblestown. They will have vengeance on their mind, meeting the side that knocked them out of last year’s competition. John Brophy kept his good form going with a couple of goals while Gareth Cooney also chipped in with a couple.

Glenville have earned a home tie against either Beggsboro or Greystones AFC

Keith Dawson closed out the list of scorers. Bluebell also host Cork opposition when they showdown against Bandon AFC in the fourth round at the Red Cow. Their passage came at the expense of Douglas Hall in a tough away date. Robert Douglas and Dara Satelle were their goalscorers in a 2-1 success. Bangor Celtic will travel to St Patrick’s CY

in an all-Leinster date as they knocked out UCC 2-0 at the Iveagh Grounds with two goals in a minute around the 55 minute mark, Terry Gleeson and Paul Devlin on the mark. Verona, meanwhile, could be set for a trip to Newbridge Tow n should they get past the challenge of Parkvilla in their unplayed round three fixture. Elsewhere, hold-

ers Avondale United, who defeated the 2011 and 2012 runners-up Cherry Orchard in the third round, have been rewarded with a home tie against fellow Munster Senior League side, College Corinthians. Leixlip United host St Mary’s in the other tie of the round, the last 16 phase also acting as a qualfier for the initial round of the Senior Cup.

Taoiseach opens top-class Belfield facility 

Rachel Breslin, Dominic O’Keefe and Enda Kenny

AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially opened the new €50m sports and leisure facility at University College Dublin’s Belfield campus last week. The new development has been wholly funded by the student body that has paid a self-imposed levy since 2007. Amongst the facilities is an Olympic-specification 50-metre swimming pool, the only one on the southside of Dublin. The facility has been in use since the beginning of the aca-

demic term and has attracted membership from many residents living in the suburbs around the university. The 10-lane 50-metre pool at the heart of the complex has an adjustable floor to vary pool depth for user comfort and caters for beginners and advanced swimmers alike. The design allows for recreational use as well as lane swimming with a tepidarium area featuring a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, vitality walk and ice fountain. Other facilities at the new

facility include a dedicated debating chamber named after former Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald. This features retractable seating, a standing gallery and acoustics that allow the voice to carry. There’s also an 88 seat cinema (available for private hire for birthday parties or movie nights), society offices, meeting rooms and a 112-seat theatre. Located close to the Clonskeagh gate of the campus, the complex has an ‘internal street’ design, lined with seating and

screens where students display digital advertisements for events instead of their traditional posters. Project co-ordinator Dominic O’Keeffe is very pleased with the take-up in usage of the facility. He said: “We are very much part of the community around us and we welcome external membership from outside UCD which will help us to finance this facility. “It is also a tremendous infrastructural addition to Dublin’s southside.”

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Winter wonderland

Local runners Hutchinson and Byrne help Ireland win European women’s team cross-country gold amid snow-laden conditions DSDAC runners Ava Hutchinson and Linda Byrne both tasted European cross-country glory last Sunday in Budapest amid minus five temperatures and a snow-laden course. They were part of the Irish senior women’s team that claimed the team title, doubling up on Fionnuala Britton’s individual gold, by the narrowest of margins after a momentous performance. Speaking soon after the race, Hutchinson said that while her team felt they were in the mix for a medal, she never envisaged that the hue would be gold. “To be honest, not in a negative way, but no one said [we would win] gold this morning,” she said. “We thought it would be close between second,

 stephen findlater

third and fourth. The amount of times we’ve got fourth and missed out like in Dublin in 2009! So we said to ourselves, we’re not doing that again. We thought it would be close either way but never expected first.” With Britton successfully retaining her individual title, it set the perfect base for the Irish team’s efforts. The Wicklow woman was to the fore from the outset and pushed the pace ferociously. With two kilometres to go, the race was between her

and Belgium’s Almensch Belete. However both Portugal’s Dulce Felix and Adrianne Herzog of the Netherlands were starting to make an impression before Britton lifted her game once again and propelled herself over the finishing line to take the title in a time of 27:45, two seconds ahead of Felix. Following up, DSD’s Byrne was running an immaculate race as she stormed to an eighth place finish and was followed home by Hutchinson in 20th. The rest of the team packed well with Lizzie Lee in 23rd, Sarah McCormack in 36th and Sarah Louise Treacy in 42nd. It combined to make for a team score of 52 points, level with France

but Ireland were awarded the title on count back. Hutchinson added that the result may take a while to sink in after her team bonded together perfectly on the day: “Everyone was cheering each other on and even Lizzie [Lee] and I were chatting in the middle of the race. “I said ‘we have to push on’ as we found it hard at times, trying to move with some of the Spanish girls.” “T he whole way around we were told we were in third and we always thought we’d be either second or third; we never thought first as we thought Portugal would be just too strong. “But we knew if we could pack well, we could medal. No one had a bad run out there so it was a great day.”

Sara Treacy, Fionnuala Britton, Sarah McCormack, Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Lizzie Lee who won gold in the European Senior Women’s Cross Country Championships

On the men’s side, the senior team was led home by DSDAC’s Brendan O’Neill in 22nd place. O’Neill, a former team gold medallist at U23 level at these championships, performed impressively on his debut in the senior race. He attacked the race bravely from the beginning as he occupied 12th place at the four-kilometre mark. Although he lost a couple of places in the second half of the race.

O’Neill showed class to finish in 22nd, just ahead of his club mate Joe Sweeney in 27th. David Rooney (Raheny) was the next of the Irish to finish in 38th place, while Sean Hehir was 52nd. In the earlier junior races, middle distance specialist Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, another DSD runner, went across the line in 36th place in the junior girls’ race whileher club mate Clare McCarthy was 68th.

FastSport Unique fans’ gift can for Christmas: TEAM Colours online have launched their county team “Fan Can”, a can containing all the fan accessories for dedicated GAA fans to support their county team all day, every day. Each can is available in a boy or girl version and includes, a pendant in county colours, a bar of chocolate dressed in a county jersey, a pack of four temporary tattoos among other items. Fan cans are available online from www. teamcoloursonline. com for €24.95.


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rugby: ashbrook club makes it four wins in a row

Lynch hat trick lays to rest Shelbourne hoodoo CASTLEKNOCK Celtic’s girls finally laid the ghost of Shelbourne to rest with a 4-2 victory in the U-16 MGL league, getting the better of their long-time bogey side. The first half was a tight affair with both teams having chances. Castleknock fell behind when a ball was played down the Castleknock right and Rachel Murphy found herself unmarked at the back post to drill a shot high into the net. The home team levelled after some great work down the right by Ciara Brady. She chased a lost cause and her pressure won a throw-in that Emma Boyle worked to Aoibheann Lynch, who controlled inside the Shels’ area and hammered home for 1-1 at half-time. The second half started with the Castleknock girls well up for the challenge. The defence of Stephanie Staunton, Rebecca Kearney, Kellie Boyle and Sarah Brady were immense. Lyndsey Kearney did a fantastic job of keeping an Irish international in check while Boyle got stuck in, clearing all of Shels’ second-half corners. Emma Rogers and Ciara Brady did a great job of supporting Aoibheann Lynch up front. Lucy Hanlon played a blinder on the right wing and worked tirelessly getting up and down the line. Shelbourne, however, regained the lead when a mix-up in the Castleknock defence allowed Laura Farrell to slot the ball home from close range. Goalkeeper Marianne Power pulled off a couple of brilliant saves to keep the Castleknock girls in touch. Castleknock started to take control of the game and it was no surprise when Aoibheann Lynch ran on to a through ball, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home to bring the sides level again. And Castleknock made the decisive breakthrough when Boyle broke through from midfield and had to run half the pitch before coolly slotting the ball home past the despairing dive of the Shels’ keeper, pictured above. Shelbourne applied some pressure to the Castleknock goal, but the keeper and defence dealt with any threat. The game was finally put beyond doubt when Aoibheann Lynch completed her hat trick by beating the offside trap and slotting the ball low into the Shels’ net, giving Celtic a famous victory over a team that boasts internationals in their squad.

Newbridge were swatted away in the second half of their game against Coolmine last weekend

Coolmine storm ’Bridge leinster division 1a Coolmine 34 Newbridge 10  tadhg prendiville

COOLMINE signed off 2012 in style with a fourth successive victory to rise to second in the Leinster league division 2A standings. The Ashbrook club were in prime form to finish strong before the mid-season break. However, early on things didn’t look all that promising as Newbridge applied pressure, even getting over the line, only for the would-be try to

be held up by the home side. Newbridge won a penalty from the resulting scrum and opened the scoring with three points just in front of the posts. Coolmine didn’t take this meekly, as both teams spent time in the opposition 22, but neither able to score that crucial first try. Play was halted in the wake of this, as smoke was rising beyond the treeline on the far side of the pitch, accompanied by the whistle of the Santa Special steam train. As the train disappeared, Newbridge

luck of the draw BOD deals Castleknock tough hand in cups leinster hero Brian O’Driscoll draws the name of Castleknock College during the Powerade Leinster Senior Cup draw at the launch of the 127th Powerade Leinster schools’ rugby cup competitions. The Dublin 15 school have been paired against St Michael’s in the first round of the senior cup, to be played in the week of January 28. At junior level, they will meet CBC Monkstown in the week of February 3.

reacted the livelier and chased down a loose ball they hacked over the Coolmine tryline, but fullback Donal Crotty was the one to get first to the ball, denying Newbridge once again. This recovery seemed to lend new impetus to the home side and they worked their way up the pitch and a break to the Newbridge 22 preceded a phase or two out wide that allowed Brian Moran to dance his way inside the Newbridge defence to touch down the first try with Crotty converting. Some stellar defence from Coolmine held off

the visitors in open play and from several set pieces before they eventually won a penalty and cleared their lines. A notable break from winger Rory Farrell returned the favour and some more phases resulted in Coolmine slotting home another three points just before the break. In the second half, Coolmine came out strong looking to extend their lead with Martin Hayes and Johnnie Lee both scoring tries converted by Crotty in a breath-taking spell. And Coolmine didn’t

ease off even with the growing lead, as Hayes and Lee both followed up with another try a piece, earning the home side a bonus point. A late converted try from the visitors showed they weren’t done just yet. But they were denied a further consolation from turnover ball soon after as Coolmine scrambled their defence, denying Newbridge the last word in the minefield. This being their fourth win in a row, it places Coolmine second in the league table and in an ideal position to strike in the new year.

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Peregrine’s made to wait for minor final  

ST Peregrine’s minor hurlers will have to wait for the New Year before they play their crucial Minor C hurling final, with the other semi-final featuring Raheny and Thomas Davis taking place this weekend to decide their final challenge.

After a dominant win over Cuala in the quarter final stages of the tournament, the Blakestown men faced tough opposition in Round Tower in the semi-final, in a game that was played last weekend in the Monastery Road ground. In a fairly low scoring first half, Cillian Byrnes’ men took the advantage

at 1-2 to 0-1 in the close encounter going in at the break, with centre forward Michael Dadu striking home a goal for the Dublin 15 team. In a moment that would have had many a Dublin fan holding their breath, an injury to dual prospect Eric Lowndes had a lot of people worried when an ambulance

was called to take the young talent for a precautionary check. But Peregrine’s were galvanised by his absence and strove on to glory and a goal from Cian Donnelly really signalled the end for Tower’s despite a late comeback, with Peregrine’s leaving as winners, 2-10 to 2-5.

football: somerton side undone by sylvester’s

Club Noticeboard castleknock HARD luck to our minor A footballers

in the hurlathon in Erin’s Isle on Sat-

who lost their championship quarter-


final on Sunday against a good Sylvester’s side.

The club’s nursery has moved to Somerton for the winter. It is run

Two big games next Sunday for

every Saturday morning at 10am, and

the minor hurlers, who play in the

we would like to welcome all new play-

minor B championship final. Details

ers and families to join in.

of throw-in and time and venue to be confirmed.

The club would also like to let everyone know that Somerton will be

The adult footballers play their All-

closed from Monday, December 17, to

Ireland quarter final in Manchester.

January 5, for the Christmas period.

Good luck to everyone travelling over

We would like to take this opportunity

for the game and hopefully the club’s

to thank everyone for their co-oper-

twitter feed, @CastleknockGAA, will

ation throughout the year.

be up and running over there to pro-

Signs surrounding the main pitch in

vide live updates for those unable to

Somerton are now on sale. For more


information on how to get your sign

Well done to everyone who took part

seen, contact Charlie on 085 1101008.

st brigid’s ST Brigid’s children’s Christmas

from behind the bar or by contacting

party is on this Sunday, December 16

Cathy on 086 8210502.

from 1.30pm to 5.30pm where a very

The Throw In radio show continues

special guest will be in attendance

every Monday from 7.30pm on Phoe-

along with a DJ, face painting and lots

nix FM.

of novelty games too. All members young and old welcome.

An update on the new club gym is on the club website. Any business

St Brigid’s GAA Club Nursery for

or individual interested in sponsor-

four- to seven-year-olds will recom-

ing any of the new equipment, please

mence after the Christmas break on

contact stbrigidsgaagym@gmail.

January 12 and on every Saturday


morning from 9.30am to 11am. New

Conditioning training for all adult

members and families are welcome.

players takes place on Thursdays in

Castleknock minors bow out in quarters

Contact Paul on 087 9154748 or see the

the hall. Contact Willie on 086 3148403

club website for more information.

for information.

Mafc quarter final

WHAT a way to finish off a brilliant year

Congratulations to the winners: Alan

for the Garda GAA club and Westman-

Lynch, senior club person of the Year;

stown Gaels. It’s the final round of our

Eddie Martin, juvenile club person of

Thousandaire night, the final question

the year; and Rachel O’Shea, young

is worth €1,000. The contestant has

player of the year.

St Sylvester’s produced an excellent second-half performance to end Castleknock’s championship run

St Sylvester’s Castleknock  peter carroll

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CASTLEKNOCK’S minor footballers came up short in their championship quarter-final match last Sunday when they faced off against St Sylvester’s of Malahide, despite holding the advantage at the interval by two points, 0-6 to 0-4. With the majority of points coming through some fantastic movement and distribution to the half forward and forward lines, the Somerton

men looked the likelier of the two to make their way into the final four of the competition, but St Sylvester’s came out after the break and played with a new attacking mentality. Stephen Cunningham and Jack Hazley took control of the midfield after the break with the battle in the middle of the park ever tipping in the favour of the north county team. Castleknock struggled to recapture their form from the earlier passages in the championship affair. Despite the Dublin 15 men’s efforts, the scores just did not come as they

did in the first half and with Syl’s growing in confidence with every minute Mark Hazley, David Sexton and the inexhaustible Colm Byrne went about their business, putting over scores at ease and placing the momentum firmly back in the Malahide team’s favour. Byrne showed fantastic creative ability to break through the Castleknock backs before guiding a perfectly weighted pass toward Sexton, who fisted the ball into the back of net which closed out the game from a Castleknock point of view, with the side unable to claim a

score in the second half. The Castleknock footballers will have wanted to go further no doubt, and after a particularly good first half, they will be disappointed with their failure to score in the second half of play. However, the club will be looking to push for even more success, in a year that has already seen them lift junior county and provincial titles, when Tom McCormack takes his side to Manchester this weekend to play St Peter’s in Manchester in the quarterfinal of the All Ireland junior championship.

The club lotto jackpot is €13,600 this

Thanks to all those who supported

week and takes place on Thursday

our Vincent de Paul appeal on Satur-

evening in The Vineyard.

day morning.

See the website for last week’s

Deepest sympathies to the Bernie

10x€30 winners. Our club calendar for

family on the passing of Kevin last

2013 is now available in the club shop,



one lifeline.

We also welcome Dublin star Alan

The tension was palpable. The crowd

Brogan who will visit us on Wednesday

waited in anticipation. The contestant,

at 7pm to give the U-14 boys’ team their

who will remain anonymous for legal

league runners-up medals.

reasons, will long remember what the

The last nursery session of 2012

language of the Walloon community

takes place on Saturday, December

is. It just remains to say big thank you

15 from 10am and returns in the New

to everyone involved in the project. In

Year on January 12 and every week

addition, we also thank our sponsors

thereafter from 10am. The nursery

McGowan’s of Phibsboro, Copper Face

section is for children from five-to

Jacks, Spicers, 24HourDoc, DID Elec-


trical, Dermot Coyne Solicitors, FBD

The new season kicks off shortly and

Hotels and Resorts and advertisers

new members are welcome to join

for their support.

our boys’ and girls’ teams from eight

The weekend also saw the presentation of the annual club awards.

years and upwards. Contact Declan at 085 8006101 for more information.

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

cool runnings: Ashbrook club enjoy their fourth win in a row to rise to second place in the league P30

december 13, 2012

local clubs discover fate: Intermediate cup draw sees plenty of home comforts P28

Former world champion Steve Collins, centre. could be set for an unlikely comeback 15 years after his last bout, following some verbal jousting with Roy Jones Jr

Jones Jr calls out Collins

Former world boxing champions could be set for a spectacular match-up despite 48-year-old Collins saying he is ‘past it’  peter carroll

STEVE Collins says he has “no problem coming out of retirement” for an incredible potential fight with one time pound-forpound boxing king, Roy Jones Jr. Speaking to GazetteSport, the former world champion and long-time Castleknock resident Collins said of the unlikely encounter: “I’m past it, there’s no doubt about that. “But so is Roy, and I’d have no problem coming out of retirement to fight him.” The war of words between the two former champions escalated over the past few weeks after Collins appeared on a Las Vegas radio

show. After claiming he had no regrets about his career, the host began to question him about the absence of a bout with Roy Jones Jr in his back catalogue. “I told the DJ at the time I tried everything to get into the ring with Roy,” said the middleweight king. “I visited his house; I spoke with promoters and I even confronted him in the ring. Basically, he avoided me and that’s a wellknown fact. “Now, Roy has said that he’d be willing to fight me in Ireland or England, but I’m not trying to make a dramatic comeback. I’m long retired, but Roy is no spring chicken and I know I could beat him.”

At 48, Collins is well aware that he will not be making a run at a title and isn’t even looking past the possible match up with Roy, claiming it would be a once-off. “I’d have never expected to come back at this age and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have dreamed of it until Roy opened his mouth. I wasn’t trying to stir a reaction out of him and all I have heard is what I’ve read. “If Roy rings me or someone affiliated with him gets on to me, then I’ll start to take this seriously. At the moment, no such contact has been made, but if something was to come up, I would definitely be interested,” said the former champion. While the Irish boxing community have

been crying out for a bout like this to bring the sport back into the limelight, the Celtic Warrior still maintains he would prefer to fight in Las Vegas, but would bring a lot of Irish fighters over with him to give them a chance to make a mark on an international stage. “It would have to be Vegas for this fight. That’s where I’d want it to happen, and I’m sure Roy would be similar in that regard. “Irish boxers have been looking for a break, and if this does come about, I’d bring some of them over with me. “I’m sure they could make a big impression in the States and bring the sport back to the mainstream in Ireland.”

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