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Clean sweep: Cubs spruce up the park SOME members of the Porterstown Tuesday Cub Scouts rolled up their sleeves recently to help clean up the autumn leaves and rubbish on the grounds of Tir Na nOg park in Carpenterstown. According to the group’s section leader, the cubs worked very hard and also earned their community badge on the day.

Patience rewarded as school plans proceed State-of-the-art facility promised eight years ago begins to take shape


DESIGN plans to transform St Mochta’s National School into a modern, stateof-the-art facility including 32 classrooms and a library have been revealed.

The school, which is now full to capacity with 892 students, was promised almost eight years ago that they would be fast tracked through the school building programme if they went from a three to a four stream

school (four classes for each year). It is only now that plans for the long-awaited school are beginning to take shape. Outlining the design plans during a recent public meeting, Tony Rock of the school’s

board of management said it was decided to maintain the original school and incorporate a new two-storey classroom building, a library and sporting facilities.

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CONFIRMATION that the Government is preparing legislation to replace the expired Tenant Purchase Scheme, which allowed council tenants to purchase homes, has been welcomed. Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG) said Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan confirmed provisions of a new Housing Bill that will enable local authority tenants to buy their homes. A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said work on a housing bill was “currently ongoing” and it should be published in the first quarter of 2014. “This news will be strongly welcomed by local authority tenants who are hoping to buy their homes and particu-

Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan (inset) has confirmed the Government is preparing legislation to replace the expired Tenant Purchase Scheme. Pictures: Photocall Ireland

larly those who missed out on the last Tenant Purchase Scheme, which expired at the end of 2012,” said Dennison. “I understand that the new legislation will underpin a new tenant purchase scheme for existing local authority houses along incremental purchase lines, involving discounts for purchasing tenants linked to household income and a discount-related charge on the property that will

dwindle away over a period, unless the house is resold or the purchaser fails to comply with conditions of the sale. “Social housing should not have to be for life. Most of us would aspire to buy our own homes, rather than pay rent for years on end. “In this way, people can progress to become homeowners, allowing them to invest in their property and establish strong roots in their local





community.” According to a Department of Environment spokesperson, the new legislation will contain provisions for a new tenant purchase scheme. “The previous tenant purchase scheme began in 1995 and in the past 10 years some 10,000 tenants availed of the scheme to become homeowners. However, since 2008 demand for the scheme had fallen dramatically with just 195 transactions completed in 2010 for instance. As applications for the scheme have dwindled the Minister believes the time is right to reform the tenant purchase model. “Details of the Bill are being developed. However, the Minister is on record as saying that the new scheme will place a greater weighting on family income and incentivise people to stay in their community following purchase.” Cllr Matt Waine (SP) said his party supports long-standing tenants being afforded the opportunity to buy their own home. “In many cases, tenants would have paid more in rent to the council over

the years than they would have had they bought their home initially. It is totally understandable that long-standing tenants should want some security later in life,” he said. “In that sense, while this new scheme may help tenants who wish to buy their home, the question remains as to what impact this would have on housing waiting lists. There is currently a growing housing crisis in this country as Labour and Fine Gael have slashed rent supplements and rents in the private market are rising. “The reduction in the number of properties in the council’s housing stock which would be caused by this new scheme must therefore be compensated by a housebuilding programme to provide homes for the thousands of families on the housing waiting lists. This is absolutely vital. I believe the State should also move to transfer vacant and unfinished houses currently in the control of NAMA to the local authorities to help alleviate the growing demand for housing,” he said.

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receiver: possibility of some stores continuing to trade


Park murder charge

A|wear jobs under threat nationwide JOBS are in doubt across A|wear stores nationwide, including the Blanchardstown store, as the company enters receivership. The examinership of Latzur Ltd, trading as A|wear, failed to bring the female fashion brand back to a sustainable trading level, leading to the secured charge holder of the business to appoint Ken Fennell of Kavanagh Fennell as receiver to the business on Thursday, November 28. A|wear entered Examinership on October 8, in a bid to restructure the company and help bring it to a more sustainable footing, protecting as many jobs as possible. A spokesperson for the company stated to

the Gazette that in the weeks post examinership, “sales projections for the business have not materialised and no viable investment proposal was forthcoming, leaving the business with no option but to seek the appointment of a Receiver.” A|wear said it will continue to trade under receivership. However, the receiver was to look at the feasibility of trading some of the stores, meaning it was inevitable that others will cease trading. The shutters at the Blanchardstow n store had closed when the receivership was announced, but it has since reopened. According to the

spokesperson, the receiver will “endeavour to sell the business as a going concern”. A|wear has 31 retail locations in Ireland and nine concession stores in the UK. T hey employ 358 staff; 117 full-time staff and 241 part-time staff between all retail operations and the head office on Grafton Street. At the time of going to print, the Blanchardstown store remained open, while the company’s website was not online with a site maintenance notice saying “Due to unforeseen circumstances this site is currently offline. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.”

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Here it comes... UPC to roll out super fast broadband to 48 Dublin schools upc has recently announced it will be supplying 100mb fibre broadband to 48 schools across Dublin. One such school is St Patrick’s primary in Diswellstown, with its pupils Shannon Doherty, Siobhan Roache, Hanzalah Babur, Sean Greene, Aaron Lynch and Laura O’Shea, seen above with Henry Minogue of UPC Ireland, and the school’s principal, Pairic Clerkin. Other schools include Manor House School in Raheny, Dominican College in Drumcondra, and Castaheany Educate Together in Clonsilla. Picture: John T Ohle Photography

A MAN has been charged with the murder of Gerard Donnelly, who was found burned to death in the Phoenix Park on November 29. Ciaran Moran (27) of Camden Hall, Camden Street, appeared before the Dublin District Court on December 3. The court heard he made no reply when charged with the murder. Free legal aid was granted. Another man (20) arrested in relation to the murder was released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP. At the time of going to print, a girl (17) arrested on December 2 in relation to the incident remained in custody at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

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charity Tesco and Aware team up LOCAL Tesco stores are taking part in a bag pack this month to raise funds for its charity of the year, Aware. On December 6 and 7, Tesco Roselawn will join 60 sister stores for the Aware Weekend with bag packing collections and other activities such as raffles, to raise funds to help the national organisation which supports those with depression all year round but particularly at Christmas. Funds raised are benefiting Aware’s Life Skills programme, which is delivered over the course of six weeks. Since the inception of the Tesco Charity of the Year programme in 2001 over €10 million has been donated to eight Irish charities.

fingal Record numbers line up for a win

Awards just the business for students  laura webb

THE next generation of entrepreneurs have applied in record numbers to be part of the annual Fingal Student Enterprise Awards programme. Students from across Dublin 15 and Dublin North are participating in the annual programme, which was officially launched last week. The programme, coordinated by Fingal County Enterprise Board, sets out to encourage students

to research and manage their own business with the support of local business mentors. A record number of 2,150 students from 22 secondary schools and nine primary schools in Fingal are participating in the 2013-14 programme. They will set up and run their own businesses between now and the county finals in March 2014. Category winners from the Fingal county finals will advance to the National Enterprise Awards in April 2014.

Last year successful student businesses which participated in the county finals went on to receive prizes at the national finals. A special merit award in the senior category went to Music By Numbers from Castleknock Community College, Lyetech from Colaiste Choilm in Swords won the IP Award in the Intermediate Category and Comfort Crutch from Skerries Community College placed second in the junior category. At the official launch,

Students from across Dublin 15 are participating in the awards

Oisin Geoghegan, chief executive of Fingal County Enterprise Board said: “Working in tandem with schools, the local business community and sponsors, Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board and Fingal County Council, Fingal CEB has, in each of the last few years, produced the country’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme.

“This year is no exception with record numbers of primary and secondary school students involved in developing and running their own businesses, supported by our mentoring programme. The lessons they will learn from this experience are invaluable and will stand to them in the future world of business and beyond.” For the fifth consecutive year, Dublin and Dun

Laoghaire Education and Training Board, previously known as County Dublin VEC, is sponsoring the secondary schools programme while Fingal County Council is once again, a key partner and sponsor. For more information e-mail schools@fingalceb. ie or visit / facebook. com/pages/Fingal-Student-Enterprise-Award.

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music Blanchardstown band tunes up for busy festive season

Bold as brass and very popular  laura webb

THE Blanchardstown Brass Band is getting set for its busiest month with 11 gigs lined up over the festive season. One of the oldest organisations in Dublin 15, the successful brass band is on high demand this December, a month they say is usually quite busy. The band dates back to 1826 when it was first called the St Brigid’s Brass and Reed Band, but it was later changed in 1971 to reflect the all-brass nature of the band. Secretary of the band John Harford said the gigs are for a variety of events including charity fundraisers and midnight masses.

“We have 11 gigs between now and Christmas Eve. We just did a gig in St Benedict’s in Ongar for their Christmas fair. We have another one coming up. “We also have three charity events in Blanchardstown Centre for Peter McVerry homeless charity, meningitis and for the DSPCA – we select different charities every year. It’s busy,” he said. Currently there are around 25 members of the brass band each playing different brass instruments such as trumpets, trombones and horns. “It is different to a concert band who would have clarinets, saxophones - stuff like that,” he explained. The band meets every

Wednesday night in the band room beside St Brigid’s Church in Blanchardstown Village for about two-and-a-half hour rehearsals. Many of the members are local or have connections with the Dublin 15 community. The best thing about being in the band, according to John, is getting to perform to audiences in a variety of venues. “The band is about people coming together to play music. It’s the same as if it is football or whatever; once you have an interest you get a lot out of it. “Everyone just enjoys what they do. We don’t take things too seriously, what we do we enjoy doing it. The reason we do it is so we can per-

Some of the members of the Blanchardstown Brass Band

form. The way I see it is, there is no point sitting in the band room playing to each other – we want to get out and perform.” Many of the members have their own instru-

ments but the band also supplies people with instruments. The Blanchardstown Brass Band is always on the look out for new members and would encourage anyone inter-

ested in being part of the band to get in touch. For further information about the Blanchardstown Brass Band, log on to www.blanchardstownbrassband. com.

appeal Charities seek food donations CROSSCARE and St Vincent De Paul are seeking help this Christmas and asking for food donations to support families in need. Crosscare in Blanchardstown, in partnership with St Vincent de Paul, is running a food bank service. This will help St Vincent De Paul support families in need of emergency food support in the D15 area. Anyone who may have food they would like to donate, preferably nonperishables such as tinned foods, pasta, tea and coffee and so on, can drop them into the Crosscare office on Main Street, Blanchardstown. For further information, contact Crosscare Blanchardstown on 01 821 9892.

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Dublin Zoo Getting to know capital’s elephants DUBLIN Zoo is branching out into the world of words with the release of a new illustrated children’s book, entitled Dublin Zoo Elephants. The book, written by Catherine de Courcy and illustrated by Cathy Callan, introduces readers to the herd of elephants at Dublin Zoo. Children will learn how the elephants live and communicate. They will also learn about the keepers’ work behind the scenes. De Courcy said: “I was very honoured to be invited to write a family book about Dublin Zoo’s elephants. With the stunning illustrations by Cathy Callan, this book will allow readers to learn much more about Dublin Zoo’s herd of elephants.” Director of Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterweghel said: “Most animals in children’s books are mildly crazy. A duck dressing up as a sailor, a bear whose sole purpose in life is to be cuddled and big-eared elephants capable of flying. There is nothing wrong with fantasy or fun, however we believe there is room for a book that shares with children how elephants really are and how they live… ” Dublin Zoo Elephants is on sale at Dublin Zoo and online at It costs €7.95 and all proceeds go to the care of the animals at Dublin Zoo.

candidates Anti Austerity Alliance line-up FastNews Grove Road traffic level set to be recorded

Matt Waine, Sandra Kavanagh and George Hill have been selected by the Anti Austerity Alliance to run for the Castleknock ward in next year’s local elections

Trio selected to stand in 2014 local elections  laura webb

THE Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) has selected three candidates to run for the Castleknock ward in next year’s local elections. During a recent public meeting at Blakestown Resource Centre, the candidates were announced as Sandra Kavanagh from Sheepmor, George Hill from Summerfield in Blanchardstown and sitting councillor Matt Waine of the Socialist Party.

According to Matt, the AAA is made up of members of the Socialist Party and other existing groups, but mainly of people who have never been part of any campaign or political group before. “The majority of candidates are not in any party,” he said. Speaking following her selection, Sandra Kavanagh said: “We’ve been campaigning against home taxes for the last two years and the response we’re getting to our message is

very strong. Not only have people had enough of austerity, they see that it only works for the super wealthy. “The news that the pay of many chief executives and directors of charities and hospitals ha s been protected with top-up bonuses from money donated by ordinary people is shocking. It shows that there is one law for ordinary working class people and another for the privileged. People are sick and tired of these policies and are

looking for a real alternative. I think the AAA can shake up the cosy established parties next May,” she said. G e o r g e H i l l o u tlined the 10-point programme that the AAA is standing for. “We call for the abolition of the property tax and water charges. We will protect council ser vices and will vote against all cuts. We will oppose developerfriendly planning policies and will refuse to do deals with the austerity parties.

“We also want to use the council chamber as a tribune to popularise more general slogans and demands. For example, we call for a write down of all mortgages to current market values to assist struggling mortgage holders, and we think the bondholders should take the hit on that. We call for an end to the paying of the bankers’ debt, and instead we think that money should be diverted into public investment to create a serious jobs programme.”

A COUNT to record the level of traffic on Grove Road will be conducted in the New Year. Fingal will look at the traffic in this area, after a request by Cllr Mags Murray (FF), who said public services on this road had increased with the opening of a new primary care centre and with existing services already there, including Fingal offices, a football club and the courthouse. She said that because of these reasons, it has become a “highly trafficked road”.

Annual parish fair returns to Castleknock THE annual Castleknock Parish Fair takes place in the Castleknock Parish Centre this weekend. On Saturday, December 7, the parish will transform into a winter wonderland for the day. The family event will have stalls selling various goods, including cakes, crafts, books, curios, plants, handbags, household goods, sweets, pre-loved clothing and toys. Food and drink is available at the Tea Room, while children can visit Santa Claus, who will arrive at 11.30am. The fair will run from 11am to 3pm.

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education Primary school revamp includes 32 classrooms

St Mochta’s set for complete overhaul  laura webb

THE design plans for the redevelopment of St Mochta’s National School with state-ofthe art classrooms, a new library and general purpose hall have been revealed. Tony Rock of the board of management at St Mochta’s primary outlined design proposals for a new school at the national school situated on the Porterstown Road. The school was approached by the Department of Education around eight years

ago to move from a three-stream to a fourstream school (four classes for each year), with a promise that they would be fast-tracked through the school building programme. However, that did not happen and it is only now that plans for the long-awaited school are beginning to take shape. Previous attempts over the years to redevelop it had fallen through for a number of reasons leading to a delay in the process. The school is now full to capacity with 892 pupils.

The planned building design for the school was outlined during a recent public meeting about proposals to close Porterstown level-crossing at the school. A number of options were looked at including completely demolishing it and rebuilding it. But the best option was to maintain the original school and incorporate a two-storey classroom building, a library and sporting facilities. “The decision was taken by the Department of Education to clear the site over two phases and to build a

brand new 32-classroom facility school with modern sporting facilities and modern library facilities,” Tony said. “In doing that we wanted to maintain any historical buildings that exist on this site and for that reason it was decided to maintain the white school which sits up at the front of our school on the Clonsilla Road. “We wanted to maintain that structure and incorporate it into a brand new design for the school,” he said. The new plan for the school is a 32-classroom school with most of the cl a s s r o o m s c o m i n g

Design plans of the school’s redevelopment have been revealed

down the Porterstown Road with the main library and sports facilities looking out onto the Clonsilla Road. The school plans to build it in two phases, with the north wing to be demolished first and additional prefabs at the rear of the school

accommodating an additional 16 prefab classrooms for a year and a half while the library, sports facilities, the white school and a new wing of classrooms are built. The second phase will be for the remainder of the classrooms. The total

timeframe was given as an estimated two- to two-and-a-half years. Further public meetings on the plans are due to take place in the New Year. It is hoped that the school will go to the planning stage next spring.

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Irene Brady and Gucci with Mary Maples of D15 Dog Grooming

Alix Keating and Jamie Brady

Jenny Hickey with Cindy

Casey Keating with Milly at a Fun Dog Show held in Huntstown Community Centre recently. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

off the leash: it’s showtime for man’s best friend

Digger the Dog meets Harry and Nadine Andrews

It’s a dog’s life

Madison and Katie Moore with Roxy

Laura Liudvinaviciene with Rambo and Daisy

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Judges Michael Falvey, Ciara and Susan Quinn, and Sasha Hawkins

Natasha, Aisling and Zoe Fogarty with Cindy

Kerry and Katelyn Byrne with Suzie

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Mark Connolly and Ciara Connolly

Aidan Harwood and Caitriona Kehily

Pictured are Fr Peter McVerry and Pat Doyle, cheif executive, Peter McVerry Trust with radio presenter Miriam O’Callaghan (host) at Peter McVerry Trust’s annual gala ball sponsored by Clontarf Castle. The gala ball raises funds to support the charity’s work with homeless youths. Pictures: Conor McCabe Photography

Glitz and glamour at a charity gala ball

Paul Lynch and Anna Taylor

Rod and Aveen Nowlan

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Singer/songwriter Ryan Sheridan

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Actress and writer Tara Flynn with her dog Oscar

celebrity ambassador: ‘It’s not good enough and I want it to change’

Tara takes the lead in ‘pick up your pet’s poo’ campaign  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Comedian and former Nualas member Tara Flynn is swapping her comedic hat for a campaign that is getting Dubliners to clean up after their pets. Calling herself the “face of pooh” Tara is lending her support to a campaign launched by the four Dublin local authorises, which is encouraging dogowners to tackle dog fouling. Speaking to The Gazette about being

the poster-girl for the campaign, she said: “They are calling me the celebrity ambassador for the campaign but I see myself as the face of pooh. Other celebrities are the face of fragrances but not me. “The local authority approached me as I’d been tweeting about the fact that four out of 10 Dubliners don’t pick up their dog pooh. That’s almost half of dog-owners and although I don’t see it happening, the underside of my shoes believe it’s true.

“It’s not good enough and I want it to change and I want a clean city. Nobody likes doing it but they like walking their dogs. It only takes a couple of seconds to do and you get very adept at it by making the bag into a glove to scoop it up and putting it into a council bin available. “That’s great because when I got my cocker spaniel nine years ago there were only certain bins you could use, now it’s any council bin so there’s no excuse. I’m just a concerned dog-owner who got

angry and was approached to help the campaign.” Funded by the Dublin Regional Authority, the campaign was launched last week on Grafton Street by all four Dublin council mayors. A new hotline number (1800 251 500) is now available to report offenders. After a spell as a straight actress, Tara Flynn has returned to comedy and is currently appearing in Irish Pictorial Weekly every Thursday on RTE 1 at 10.15pm.

WELCOME the new year with musical entertainment at Three’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert. This year’s line-up for the concert is said to be bigger and better than ever before, with acts including Madness, singer/songwriter Ryan Sheridan, and pop sensations MKS (the original line-up of pop band The Sugababes). The Strypes will also be making an appearance, along with Gaelic singing pop group Seo Linn. Trinity College will be illuminated with 3D projections broadcast live to audiences all around the world. Tickets cost €25 (plus a €2.50 booking fee), and are available to purchase online at, and www.facebook. com/3nyedublin. Tickets are also available at selected Three stores.

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diary dublinlife A noteworthy way to help Simon THE Diary was intrigued to read that RTE radio and TV presenter Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is to use her voice to tackle homelessness. Has she developed supersonic vocal powers capable of eradicating poverty at a single pitch? Unfortunately not – rather, she is using her voice to call out to choirs and groups around Ireland to Sing for Simon. She launched the Christmas Simon appeal in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre last week and is encouraging everyone to sign up. Aoibhinn said: “With more and more people sleeping rough, campaigns such as Sing for

Simon help provide vital services to those who have nowhere else to go this Christmas. “Whether you sing in a choir, a group or even in the shower, it doesn’t matter – your support will mean a lot.” For further information or to support the campaign, see

Graham Norton Show recently in the company of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, comedian Jo Brand and X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne. Music on the night was supplied by Canada’s Arcade Fire. But keep a lookout ... Castleknock’s Special One might be seen driving home for Christmas...

any sign of colin ahead of the Christmas hols?

monkstown gets a pied piper

HE IS usually seen in Castleknock over Christmas, but this year Colin Farrell was spotted ahead of time. His Very Handsome Self was to be viewed lounging on the sofa on the

THE music video for a song featured on newlyreleased EP Leaving Angerland, by Liam Noonan, was filmed in Monkstown recently. Liam dressed up as The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and cycled

around Monkstown village for the video of his song, Just a Ride. Amused onlookers watched as the singer careered in wide loops around the streets and paths. He said: “We filmed the last bit of the video in Blackrock Park, and kids on bicycles and tricycles started following me as I cycled around the bandstand, like I was the Pied Piper of Hamelin!”

carol singers to fill croker A CHRISTMAS cha rity concert which aims to break the Guinness World Record for the most carol singers singing together is to take

Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is calling out for everyone to help support this year’s Sing for Simon Christmas fundraising campaign. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

place in Croke Park this month. The event is entitled Music at Stars, and will be hosted by RTE broadcaster Miriam O’ Callaghan. Featured guests on the night include The Celtic

Tenors, Louis Walsh, Celine Byrne, Dublin Gospel Choir, RTE Cor na nOg, Tallaght Choral Society, and Army No 1 Band. The event is being held in aid of two worthy causes – Cliona’s

Foundation, for critically ill children, and The Sanctuary, a meditation retreat. The event is to take place at Croker at 7pm on December 19, with tickets costing €15 per person.

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feature A day in the life: volunteer duties with the rnli

Ready to risk his life to help save strangers at sea  laura webb

Ian Sheridan, station mechanic, RNLI Howth station

THE crew members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) risk their lives every time they go out to sea to respond to distress calls – but the volunteers wouldn’t have it any other way. Many might not realise that the RNLI is a charity run by volunteers, and is reliant on the generosity of the public. This week, The Gazette takes a look

at a day in the life of an RNLI team member. Ian Sheridan started volunteering with the RNLI 30 years ago. He now works full time as the station mechanic with the Howth RNLI station, yet is still a volunteer once the boat is called to sea. Talking about what happens once a distress call comes in from sea, he said: “There are men and women in the station called lifeboat operations managers. “If there is something happening out in Dublin Bay, the coastguard will receive a call from the boat, yacht or aeroplane and they will say what area they are in; they give latitude and longitude coordinates. The coastguard will look at the map and decide who is closest. “They will then ring the operational manager, tell

them what is going on, and they will ask if we can launch to assist. “The operational manager says yes or no, and must also decide which of the two boats we will use – the in-shore lifeboat, or the all-weather lifeboat,” said Ian. “We all carry pagers You actually don’t know what the call-out is until you get to the station. “Once you get there, they will tell you something, for example that a yacht is sinking 10 miles off Howth – it has happened [before]; in the summer, there was a report of a boat with six persons on board missing between Howth and Dun Laoghaire. “Both Dun Laoghaire and Howth [RNLI stations] had to launch out to that, and we saved those people. “As I am the mechanic, I would get the engine started and get all the navcoms ready, give a shout, and let the captain know

we are ready to go to sea, and off we go. “I talk to the coastguard on the radio, find out if there is a change in location, how many persons are on board, and what is the nature of their distress. “Once we get there, we call the coastguard, tell them we are alongside or what we are doing, and where we are going to tow them back to,” said Ian. Being a volunteer with the RNLI is usually a lifelong commitment for its members. Coming from a fishing dynasty, becoming a member was not an unusual step for Ian. “For me, it is a dream job. It is like any job – you get out what you put into it. There are times when you do a job that can be hard ... but when I do make a difference, and when I am involved in saving a life, I feel fantastic.” For further information on the RNLI, see www.

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Max usai, head chef at Findlater howth

From Italy to Howth Max Usai, head chef at Findlater Howth, is from Sardinia, Italy, Max trained in Italy and later worked in Sardinia’s famous Cala di Volpe Hotel, and Michelin star Sandira Restaurant. He spent a year in the UK working in London and Brighton, and then moved to Dublin in 1995. Max worked as a sous chef in the Clarence Hotel under the supervision of head chef Michael Martin. His current position in Findlater Howth, a member of the Wright Bar

and Restaurant Group, allows Max to indulge his passion for seafood. “I love seafood, Mediterranean style, Japanese style or Irish style, I cook them all. I am blessed here in Howth with access to a great range of freshly caught seafood, which gives me the freedom to add exciting seafood specials to our menu at the drop of a hat.” Max is married to Romanian Ramona and when asked if he allows her to cook, he replied: “But of course, she learnt from the best!”

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Being in Howth, obviously there is a real focus on the fish and seafood offering. We not only specialise in that, we offer a range of meat, poultry and game, focusing on keeping the ingredients and offering seasonal.

How has the recession affected your business?

It has posed a huge challenge in maintaining high standards while having a food offering that offers value for money.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

Reduce the alcohol VAT.

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, etc) to help your business ?

We use social media to grow our business by rewarding our followers on Twitter and Facebook with competitions. Sharing images of delicious dishes, local news, events etc.


Weaning pots for tiny tots

Head chef Max Usai with singer Frances Black

Hailing from Sardinia, I have over 20 years’ experience in Italy, the UK, Monte Carlo and Ireland.


The abundance of fresh produce available in the area. Competition is intense but you just have to be on top of your game

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

The customer is always right but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong …

What living person do you most admire?

Muhammad Ali.

What is your favourite Dublin restaurant?

Chapter One.

Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

Bill Clinton, Berlusconi and [Italian businessman Flavio] Briatore, can you imagine them comparing notes?

What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

A Dublin mum has scooped a top industry award recently for her innovative baby feeding product. Siobhan Barry, who hails from Stillorgan and is the founder of successful business Mummycooks – Ireland’s first baby-weaning cookery school – beat off stiff competition from major global brands to pick up the much-coveted award. Siobhan picked up the award for Best Feeding Product at the prestigious Maternity and Infant Awards for her Babypotz product, a range of reusable plastic containers designed for freezing homemade baby food. Babypotz include a range of 50 stackable pots and lids made from quality polypropylene (BPA free), which is safe for babies. The reusable containers come in a range of different sizes suitable for the freezer, microwave, steriliser and dishwasher, making them the perfect solution for homemade baby food. Speaking about the inspiration behind Babypotz, Siobhan said: “When I was weaning my first daughter Ashleigh, I loved to batch cook her baby food. It frustrated me that it wasn’t easy to get hold of a decent quantity of practical little pots without them costing the earth or having to resort to fiddly ice cube trays. When I discovered Babypotz, it was the perfect solution.” Babypotz are widely available in pharmacies nationwide and online on

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Starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked, Marilyn Cutts (inset) was full of enthusiasm when she talked about the hit show coming to Dublin


She’s Morrible, but lovely  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

STARS of the ever popular musical, Wicked, arrived in Dublin at the end of last month to begin a six-week run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Writer Gregory Maguire wrote the novel on which the musical is based when he re-imagined the original L Frank Baum story, Wizard of Oz, in 1995. Emmy award-winning Winnie Holzman, who wrote My So Called Life, then wrote Wicked for the stage with music and lyrics by Oscar academy award winner Stephen Schwartz. Wicked tells the story of a friendship between two sorcery students at Shiz University – the blonde and very popular Glinda, and a misunderstood green

girl, Elphaba. We see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good, and The Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. Marilyn Cutts, who plays Madame Morrible, the headmistress at Shiz University, is a 40-year veteran of musical theatre and West End shows, many of which she has performed in Dublin. Marilyn spoke to The Gazette about the current production of Wicked in The Bord Gais Theatre, and about her career, to date. She said: “Madame Morrible is very interesting indeed. It’s a gift of a part for an actress, because at first you present one side of her to the audience and, as the play unfolds, the character grows into someone else. “The audience starts off by loving

her as she draws them in, but little by little they start to pick up on things she says that are not so nice, and by the end of the play they are booing her. “It takes about an hour to do her make-up. The part also requires a lot of physical and vocal warming up before each performance.

Technical “I do the warm-up with the dancers and, thankfully, they don’t laugh at me too much! The show is very technical, so the performers cannot deviate at all, as to do so, even by a second, would put out the whole mechanism, as it’s all timed with stage machinery, lighting and flying equipment. “The show is very precise; like a wonderful watch mechanism,” she

said. Wicked began its two-year tour 11 weeks ago, and Marilyn hopes to stay on as long as she can. “I love long runs, because the more you become relaxed in the part, the more you flower and start to explore the character.” Marilyn swears that Irish audiences are her favourite, and that she loves being back in Dublin. She said: “Irish audiences are really the best, because they get all the jokes and pick up on little things other audiences don’t get, which is so heartening for a performer.” Wicked is currently running at Bord Gais Energy Theatre until January 18 and tickets, starting at €25, are available from Ticketmaster.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Connie, a two-year-old female lurcher. Did you notice that she only has three legs? However, don’t let that fool you, as this beauty can move quick as anything! She is super sweet and good natured, too, and will need a home with a slow and patient owner who won’t overwhelm her, as sometimes she doesn’t understand that no harm will come to her. If you want to be the one to show Connie that the world isn’t such a scary place, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on www. You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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CHRISTMASGUIDE  CHRISTMAS Jam wireless speaker €34.99 Small (not actual size) but mighty, and available at CompuB, this rechargable speaker has a big sound.

Assassin’s Creed IV c.€60 There are loads of games vying for attention, but we’re still having fun on this entertaining title (available for players aged 18+ on several platforms), which looks even better on the new consoles (see right). Whatever about its piratey sci-fiish plot, who doesn’t want to swap Dublin’s drizzle to run around in a beautiful Caribbean setting?

Tech our advice…

TECH and games used to be just seen as “toys for the boys”, but with the latest statistics showing that, as just one example, women download almost

XBox One c.€500 Gamers, parents and Santa Claus alike will all be eyeing up the XBox One. Forget the souped-up specs – suffice it to say that it’s a significantly more powerful console, with Microsoft keen to present something that’s not only a great gaming rig, but is even better placed for the living room, making it an entertainment hub. PlayStation 4 c.€400 While the PS4 also has an eye on the living room, Sony seem to be taking a different slant in promoting this next-gen console, keeping it in the limelight as a gamers. console. As with its arch rival, the PS4 has several exclusive titles and franchises – as well as being €100 cheaper – making the choice a case of apples versus oranges, for many.

half of all games apps, it’s clear that the traditional digital divide is snapping shut, especially considering how easy it is to see people of all ages using

iPhone 5/5S bootcase €69.95 Available at CompuB, this detachable battery case can give your phone an extra 80% charge.

smartphones, tablets and phablets for work, education and leisure alike. Here at the end of 2013, men and women, young and old, have a stronger than ever shared interest in increasingly everyday tech and gaming. This being so, The Gazette has a number of great gift ideas to look out for, either on sale either now, or as a perfect New Year gift once the sales roll around ...

Motorola Moto G phone c.€195 Expect to see loads of Moto Gs on the streets with its imminent release – Motorola have surprised and wowed reviewers with this new budgetpriced Android smartphone that’s yet surprisingly powerful and featurepacked, making it a cheap(ish) but notable contender.

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Gator Goal SRP €22.99 Gator Goal features a gator with silly spinning eyes and four big teeth to knock out, a football stomper and a flag. Suitable for three-year-olds and upwards as there are a couple of small parts. It is a simple game to play that is easy to put together. It does not take up too much room and therefore can be played almost anywhere in the house. It’s good for eye-foot coordination. However, sometimes the mechanism for the flag is a bit hard to retract and did not work. Suitable for ages three and up. My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls, Pinkie Pie €22.99

It’s all about

the toys

Monopoly Empire RRP €23.99 Monopoly Empire takes a different slant on the traditional money game, swapping property for the world’s top brands. Players move around the board with unique branded tokens, building a business empire along the way. You collect brands including, X-box, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Samsung. Once you reach the top of the Empire Tower you are declared the winner. Eight-year-old Dylan Sherlock played the game and gave it top marks. “It was the best game. You get to use fake money and buy lots of things like McDonald’s and car companies. Boys and girls will really like it.” Suitable for ages eight and up

Littlest Pet Shop Playset, Ages four years and up SRP €28.99

Furby Boom SRP €68.99 The Furby Boom is the third generation of the fuzzy little critters since their arrival in the late 1990s. It is a step ahead of the previous versions in the sense that not only does it talk a childish form of English straight out of the box, instead of Furbish, it can also create eggs that appear and hatch in the IOS app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. It’s hugely interactive and more expressive and mobile than its ancestors, and a whole lot of fun as it learns and develops the more you play with it. This is one for the long winter evening, with loads of playability and things to discover. Suitable for ages six years and up.

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CHRISTMASGUIDE  CHRISTMAS German food market Tempting Lindt Five Bears 50g Pack €3.69

into the spirit of Christmas - German style - with its christkindlmarkt German Food market. Bringing the delights of food markets from Germany to the city centre, chef Chris Duffy has put together a tantalising menu for festive tastebuds. The market is priced at €28

crepes and cinnamon apples and, of

for two courses, €35 for three and

course, gingerbread cookies.

includes the menu plus gluhwein or mulled cider on arrival. Food such as Smoked Kessler pork

M&S Free Range Turkey M&S free-range Bronze turkey is €59.96-€84.25 (serves six-10 people). Also, there is a pork, cranberry and clementine stuffing wreath for €14.99 and M&S Collection Enchanted Forest Cake for €30 (right)

Lidl’s Champagne Brut Reserve Make sure Christmas day gets off to a good start with some bubbles from Lidl. Lidl’s Champagne Brut Reserve is a steal at just €19.99. Also check out its range of Deluxe products including the matured Christmas pudding, Belgian pate and Scottish smoked salmon

The goulash station will serve beef gyros with sauteed potatoes, bell peppers and onions all cooked

ribs, Bavarian marinated spit roast

and served in large cast iron pans. A

hog with creamy potatoes and roast

selection of dishes for vegetarians

chestnuts and sauerkraut; white and

and gluten-free options will also be

red bratwurst sausage cooked over


an open flame; Jarlsberg cheese tarts and more. Traditional German salads are also

The market opens daily from 4pm to 9.30pm with a special hog roast lunch on Sundays starting at 12 noon until

available with traditional German

4pm. The regular children’s menu is

potatoes; herring salad with red onion

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and flavours of anise and for afters,

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Debenhams - Bluezoo Pink glitter shoe from €21

Heatons - First Christmas Velour €9

Carraig Donn - J’aime la vie Helen Black & Red dress €69.95

M&S Autograph embellished cardigan from €24

Hogl at Clerys high suede court heels €176.95 Bow&Pearl - Ivana jacket €80



WE all like to look our best over Christmas, and we usually go all out to make sure our Sunday bests are

even better on Christmas Day. Not only can clothes be a perfect gift for someone, but they can also be a very nice gift for, well, yourself. Here are just some items of clothing we would like to put on our clothes wish-list this festive season for her, him and the kids.

Kartel - blackwater sand sweater €65

Dubarry - foxrock navy and white shirt €79 Clarks - Glint City Slip-On Men’s Shoes in Tobacco €64

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CHRISTMASGUIDE  CHRISTMAS Canopi Sleeves €39.95 CANOPI, the Irish innovative sleeve solution, will add more than interest to your Christmas dress. Canopi recognises that lots of Irish women are uncomfortable showcasing their arms and offers a stylish solution for the less-than-toned. Barbara McMahon wears Canopi to demonstrate how her dress was enhanced with Canopi sleeves. Canopi sleeves are available nationwide in leading independent retailers including Avoca, Pamela Scott, Carraig Donn, Serena, Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Fran & Jane. See

Breaking Bad The Complete Series DVD Box Set €130

Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel €45 GREAT whiskeys don’t just happen by chance. Years of experience and craft go into the precise selection of whiskeys used in Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel, the newest member of the Jameson family. This special whiskey, distilled on just one occasion each year, is uniquely matured in handcrafted flame-charred black barrels to produce an unmistakably smooth flavour. Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel is available in all leading on and off trade outlets.

Crystal Head vodka gift carton and bottle RRP €62.99 Available from select stores around Dublin

More great

gift ideas…

Helping Hands gift set €25 The Helping Hands gift set is available online at

Thomas Sabo THOMAS Sabo rose quartz pendant and chain, €188 and Silver & onyx cufflinks, €198

A Present for … €12.95 each These children’s books are a gift from a little person to a big person. Each book comes wrapped, has a gift tag to sign on the front and a fun pair of socks in the back. So every element of a gift is covered in one purchase. These charming books are stocked in Avoca and Carraig Donn. Golf at Carton House HOME to the Irish Open 2013, Carton House is one of Ireland’s leading luxury golf resorts. Located 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, Carton House is home to a stylish hotel, a luxurious spa and leisure suite and two of Ireland’s finest championship courses – the O’Meara, which opened for play in 2002 and the Montgomerie, which opened the following year. A club with a passion for golf, Carton House is currently inviting new members to become part of its extraordinary tradition. As a member of Carton House, you will walk in the footsteps of golf champions with access to two of the finest courses in Ireland. Carton House has unbeatable offers for those looking to play the finest fairways throughout January and February 2014. For more information on golf membership options, please contact

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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929

Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Christmas Tale THE Irish National Youth Ballet brings together very diverse stories and music to create these striking works, which feature superb scores and dancing from the country’s best young ballet dancers. Performances run from December 12 to 15; tickets priced from €10 to €20. For full details, see

mill theatre 01 296 9340

Big Big Trouble with The Santa Claus Double RUNNING from December 8 to December 23, there’s everything from a memorable dame to an evil double of Santa Claus to cheer (or boo) in this entertaining Christmas romp for the family to enjoy, with music, song and plenty of excitement. For the full range of times and prices, see

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Christmas Crackers THERE’s plenty of family fun at Draiocht’s drop-in day that promises to be a real “cracker” for five- to 10-year-olds. Children, accompanied by an adult – and vice versa, are invited to come along to turn paper and carboard into a festive craft product. Bring along a small gift to place inside, and really make the gift unique. This free event runs on December 7, from 12 to 3pm.


book review: fr brian d’arcy’s frank and searching food for the soul

Heavenly insights from an outspoken author

 Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

PASSIONIST priest, writer, broadcaster and a frequently vocal critic of the Catholic Church, Father Brian D’Arcy’s new book of collected writings is as frank and self-searching as the man himself. Entitled Food for the Soul, readers might be forgiven for thinking it was some Catholic cookbook, or even an Irish version of the anodyne Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Instead, what is committed to print is an exploration of Fr D’Arcy’s ideas about the future of the Catholic Church, his personal faith, and his tribulations over being outspoken on the Church’s lack of connection with modern life. The introduction of the book details Fr D’Arcy’s latest clash with the Vatican when, in 2010, the then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrote, describing his writings and broadcasts criticising the Church’s handling of sex abuse scandals as “a source of great scandal to the faithful”. He then received a formal canonical warning to cease being critical of the


‘When he was a 17-year-old novice, his rector told him to cut down a row of beautiful trees outside the monastery. The young D’Arcy did as he was told, in line with his desire to be obedient. However, the gardener reprimanded the novice, saying only a lunatic or a criminal would do such a thing. It was then that D’Arcy realised he had made a mistake by obeying blindly.’


Vatican, and was warned that he could be excommunicated. This severe reprimand came as a thunderbolt to Fr D’Arcy, which he said: “has eaten me up inside and destroyed me as a human being and as a priest”. However, it did not stop him from commenting on Vatican policy and the church, which he termed as “threatening” and “not the church I love and serve”. The censure led to a spiritual crisis for Fr D’Arcy, who claims in the book that if it was not for the thousands of supportive letters he received from the public, he would be an ex-priest, today. The clash with the

Church’s powers sparked a very creative period for Fr D’Arcy, whose writings from that time until the present are collected in this book. Nowadays, he is very encouraged by the leadership he sees from Pope Francis, and sees hope for the future of the Church thanks to Pope Francis’s insistence on stripping away pomp and working with the poor. In his own memory, time and again, Fr D’Arcy has had to wrestle with the problem of whether to follow the letter of church law or to go with his own conscience. He gives an early example of this conflict in a parable from his youth when he was a 17-year-

Food for the Soul by writer, broadcaster, critic of the Catholic Church and priest, Fr Brian D’Arcy

old novice. His rector at the Graan (Passionist community in Enniskillen) told him and another novice to cut down a row of 20 beautiful cherry blossom trees outside the monastery. The young D’Arcy did as he was told, in line with his desire to please and to be obedient. However, afterwards the gardener who had planted the trees and cared for them over the

years reprimanded the young novice for destroying them, saying only a lunatic or a criminal would do such a thing. It was then that D’Arcy realised he had made a mistake by obeying blindly what was a sin to destroy. The book has many light-hearted moments, too, and what is particularly heartening about it is that Fr D’Arcy is indiscriminate in his admiration for all kinds of peo-

ple from many different faiths and backgrounds. As he says, wisdom can come from many unusual sources, ranging from Native Americans in Dakota to work by the cartoonist Charles Shultz. Also contained in the book are a number of warm toasts to public figures, such as Olivia O’Leary, as well as less famous people Fr D’Arcy has encountered in his life as a priest. Important issues such as celibacy and the Church’s need for modernisation are discussed, and he laments the falling away of many Catholics due to the Church’s intransigence in this regard. O’Leary announced her apostasy from the Catholic Church in 2012 due to her weariness at its constant refusal to make women priests, and Fr D’Arcy sees this lack of change as a major fault by a church which is losing many of its greatest human assets because of it. Food for the Soul by Fr Brian D’Arcy is published by the Columba Press, and is available in all good bookstores, priced €14.99.

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Olympic Handball was one of the events in the Gathering that brought visitors and spectators to south Dublin this year

sport: inventive inclusive events bring visitors to the city

The Swords rally driver ended a season of success in ninth place in WRC2 and 21st overall in the FIA World Rally Championship. If he can get uninterrupted drives next year, he will surely improve on this year’s placings.

TEAMof the Sporting Gathering events MONTH prove a big win for South Dublin H South Dublin County Council are celebrating the success of the sporting events organised to coincide with this year’s Gathering. These have included martial arts, American football, baseball, cricket and kickboxing, as well as a range of other arts and cultural gatherings. The events attracted visitors from all over the world including Britain, USA, Canada, Norway, Jersey, Denmark, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Sweden and Bangladesh. Events welcomed an

attendance from approximately 17,000 international visitors, and in turn 56,000 visitors in total. A hundred local volunteers from the active retired and transition year student demographics were trained in event management, basic first aid, health and safety which enabled them to work at many events. They acted as South Dublin ambassadors and it worked exceptionally well with very positive feedback from event organisers and attendees. The project engaged the governing bodies of sports across the

country, as well as community groups, private individuals, tourism and hospitality businesses and corporate entities. Venues such as Peamount United FC, the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght Stadium, Citywest Hotel Conference and Event Centre and Corkagh Park were showcased internationally. Cllr Dermot Looney, mayor of South Dublin County Council, said: “I have been lucky enough to attend many of the Gathering events and to meet with hundreds of visitors who have trav-

elled to our county, all of whom mentioned the positivity of their visit here. “In particular, it was superb to see so many events take place across a range of sports, showcasing the venues and facilities on offer here as a great sporting destination. Connections and friendships have been made which I have no doubt will bring repeat visitors to our county and country in the years ahead.” For more information on the Gathering Dublin

swords thunder BUILDING on two years of preparation before being accepted into the National League, Swords Thunder are atop the league with an impressive win record to date, and are gathering capacity crowds to ALSAA, galavanising a community that loves the sport.


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FastSport Alan brogan standing for runlastman: Dublin All-Star and former GAA footballer of the year, Alan Brogan, was on hand to help to launch, a new website allowing clubs and charities to raise funds through last man standing competitions. Last man standing competitions, where entrants pick a different team to win each week until only one person is left and declared the winner, are a primary fundraising tool for many club public relations and charity officers around the country. The RunLastMan. com website is mobile optimised and has been live since September, with over 20 fundraisers already in play and registered charities and clubs raising money already. In addition to running competitions using Premier League fixtures, users also have the option of selecting Rabodirect PRO 12 rugby games and GAA National League matches.

rugby: array of gazette country talent taking to the field for tie

Local stars line out for Leinster 

This weekend sees Ashbourne RFC host a home game for the Leinster women’s rugby team against Connacht, and the side is set to feature an array of Gazette Country players among

the squad who will travel to the south Meath grounds for the match which kicks off on Sunday at 4.30pm. In the run up to the interprovincial tournament the side, captained by Marie Louise Reilly, beat both Connacht

Leinster’s Vikki McGinn Leinster is tackled by Hannah Casey of the Exiles

12-0, and the Exiles 19-0, in pre-competition friendlies. Their first match in the series against Ulster at Ravenhill last weekend saw the ladies in blue stroll to an impressive 41-7 victory. T he side includes local stars such as Six Nations captain Fiona Coghlan, who resides in Clontarf and teaches at Lucan Community College, in the backs. Coghlan has achieved 11 All Ireland league titles with UL Bohs, two interprovincial titles and last year was part of the Grand Slam winning side who will be looking to shine again at next year’s women’s rugby world cup. Another player with a Lucan connection is Alana Lowe, originally from Clonmel, has lived in the South Dublin area for the last 10 years.

Leinster’s Jenny Murphy, who plays her club rugby for Old Belvedere, in action against the Exiles in their recent friendly match

This is her third year on the Leinster squad, and she hopes to make a big impact this year as back row. Fionnula Gleeson is originally from Portarlington, but after studying PE and chemistry, has settled into teaching at Loreto Secondary School in Bray. She plays hooker for Leinster and plays locally for Old Belvedere RFC. Also lining out for

Belvo at club level is Jenny Murphy, who hails from Brannockstown, Naas and was also part of the 2013 Grand Slam winning team, a Member of the Irish Sevens World Cup side in Moscow 2013 and achieved All Ireland intermediate club medal with Parnell’s. M i c h e l l e C l a f f e y, Leinster’s centre, plays her club r ugby with Blackrock. Michelle

was named as Blackrock College Ladies RFC Player of the Year in the 2011-12 season and was the club’s captain of the side which claimed the All Ireland club sevens title in 2012. Entry to the home interprovincial will cost €5 adults and Under-18s go free. Directions to Ashbourne RFC can be found on their website, www.ashbournerugby. ie/?page_id=761

Reminisce about the All-Ireland year with Season of Sundays 

Jonny Cooper celebrates after the All-Ireland final

With Christmas just around the corner, GAA fans will be delighted to see the return for the 17th year of A Season of Sundays, a collection of images that captures the 2013 GAA All-Ireland season. Among those images is a selection from Dublin’s season with the senior football team featuring prominently in the book as well as the back page after their win in this year’s AllIreland football final. The coveted front cover

image this year sees All-Ireland final three-goal hero Shane O’Donnell being carried on the shoulders of his team mates as he lift’s the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft. The book captures the key moments of one of the most exciting and open hurling championships in recent times, which saw Clare’s young pretenders emerge victorious after their final replay against Cork. Pictures from Dublin’s semi-final victory over great rivals Kerry and the final itself against Mayo are captured along with other key cham-

pionship moments such as Monaghan’s first Ulster title in 25 years and London’s famous run through to the Connacht Final. The book’s creator, Ray McManus from Sportsfile, said: “A Season of Sundays is an album of memories and impressions from what has been an extremely exciting season. GAA fans will be able to relive all the great and memorable moments from the season which was filled with joy and heartbreak as well as an insight into the real spirit of

GAA which makes our national games so important to us.” Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill said: “The passing of another memorable GAA season wouldn’t be the same without the publication of a Season of Sundays and in its own unique way it brings down the curtain on another 12-month period of activity.” A Season of Sundays 2013, sponsored by Carroll’s, retails at €29.95 and is now available at bookstores nationwide and online at

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Ireland’s Over-40s far from over the hill


After humble beginnings at home, the Republic of Ireland Over40s team are attracting attention from soccer organisations all over Europe, and show no sign of slowing their progress so far Get on your boots and lace  rob heigh

The juggernaut success of the Republic Of Ireland Over-40s side is continuing unabated, and the future is looking bright for the team after their recent match against Ajax brought even more attention their way. The team line out this weekend against Derry Legends, featuring members of the League of Ireland-winning team from the 1996-7 season, including Peter Hutton, Liam Coyle and Gary Beckett at the Brandywell (KO 2pm) This is after the success

of the match at Home Farm against Ajax, with the Dutch giants bringing international star Aaron Winter as part of the side who took the field against Ireland. The side were given the approval of the FAI to be their official Over40s representative side after their initial matches against a Northern Ireland Veterans side earlier this year at Peamount FC’s Greenogue ground and a Wales representative side. As far as Mark O’Neill, spokesperson for the team and one of the initial drivers behind its creation, is concerned, the sky is the

Mark O’Neill with Ajax and Holland star Aaron Winter

limit for the team. “We came together in March this year, and people are realising that we have something at a high standard. The matches are good, and the opposition are quality. “It is getting bigger and bigger, people want to come in and play with the team.” O’Neill is keen to underline the bigger picture behind the creation of the team. “There was a television programme about mental illness and depression among players leaving the professional game. Primarily, that was what we wanted to do, to tackle the issue with the FAI and the PFAI. “The majority of professionals leave the game in their mid-30s, while some are lucky to get more continuity in the game, like Ryan Giggs or Brad Freidel. “You can see the significance of keeping these lads interested - for them to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle, and gives them a real goal and focus on staying fit and healthy, as well as on the mental side of things as well.” Proceeds from the matches have gone to cystic fibrosis and Down Syndrome Ireland. The team includes a number of well known names from the pantheon of Irish soccer, as well as players still plying their

trade across the country, including Lucan United’s Mark Rutherford. “I would say out of the squad of 20, 16 have been capped by the FAI from junior level upwards. There is an abundance of talent that have played at the highest level. Eddie Gormley and Mark

are coming from across Europe. “We have teams from all over the continent wanting to come to Dublin to play us. Our hospitality is fantastic, the Home Farm pitch we play on is magnificent. We have set a competitive standard, and we


‘We have something at a high standard. It’s getting bigger and bigger, people want to come in and play with the team’ - Mark O’Neill


Rutherford, to me, are two of the best players who ever played in the League of Ireland. “The squad also includes Liam O’Brien [former Manchester United and Newcastle United], Paul Byrne, Paul McGee, all players who have played at high levels in the Premier League, for Mick McCarthy and Jack Charlton. “We have now started to engage with more exprofessionals - like Gary Kelly, Jeff Kenna, I also spoke to Roy Keane, but his interests are elsewhere... he may do something with us in the future.” The side have also faced an Over-40s side from the Czech Republic - with Jan Koller, Ivo Ulich and Karol Rada in their ranks – and the invitations and interest

take it very seriously,” said O’Neill. “We have been invited to play in Czech Republic, and Wales, and we have been approached by Zenit St Petersburg and Legia Warsaw who want to come to Dublin to play us.” This also includes a rematch against Ajax in Amsterdam, with the possibility of the likes of Jaap Stam, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars taking to the pitch to face the Irish team. As for the future, O’Neill has high hopes that the project will extend even further. “There is a veteran’s international cup for the southern hemisphere. It has been held in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. We would be pushing to create something like that ourselves.”

up for Cappagh Hospital

Basketball Ireland are calling on all clubs in Dublin to get tied up in their Funky Feet campaign, which is a fundraising drive in association with Cappagh Hospital to assist with their Active Rehabilitation Unit. The aim of the campaign is to encourage all members of the basketball community to buy their vibrant multi-coloured Funky Feet laces, and Cappagh Hospital hopes to raise over €90,000 for their €1million Active Rehabilitation campaign through the help of the players and members of Basketball Ireland. Each €2 raised will go directly towards Cappagh Hospital’s €1 million Active Rehabilitation Unit campaign. These vibrant multi-coloured laces will look fantastic not only on basketball shoes but on trainers, football boots and even Dad’s golf shoes, so the community is being encouraged to sell them to family, friends, relatives and work colleagues. Gary Mulhall, event development manager for Cappagh Hospital Foundation, said: “Cappagh Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful for this opportunity given to us by the players, members and staff of Basketball Ireland. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and we look forward to a very successful and fruitful campaign.” Cappagh Hospital Foundation will happily deliver the laces to your club and collect the money after the event. The laces come in boxes of 45 pairs and retail at €2 per pair.


30 CASTLeKNOCK Gazette 5 December 2013



soccer: U-15, -14 and -13 sides record sizable victories

Coolmine boost with last-minute victory COOLMINE are up to fourth after a last-minute penalty try against Clondalkin RFC saw them claim the points at Ashbrook last weekend. Clondalkin started the better of the two sides and after four minutes some slick passing allowed them to break down the right wing. An inside pass to Mark Molloy gave them their first score of the day. Coolmine responded well with a try from Gavin McIntyre in the right corner. A fine skip pass from Donal Crotty found David Steacy who drew the last defender and offloaded to McIntyre for a free run to the line. Crotty narrowly missed the difficult conversion. Similarly to the previous fixture at the start of the season, this game was end to end, and Clondalkin responded with another try 12 minutes before half time from Karl Jebb. Coolmine responded well with a penalty through the boot of Donal Crotty after a Clondalkin player was penalised for lying on the wrong side. The half ended with Coolmine pounding the Clondalkin line but they held out to keep the score 12-8 at the half. Coolmine we’re looking to build on their dominance at the end of the first half and were rewarded with a penalty 35m out. Crotty narrowly missed the penalty and the score remained 12-8. Ten minutes later, Coolmine were awarded another penalty which Crotty duly converted. Five minutes later it was Clondalkin who were on the attack and managed to sneak over the Coolmine try for their third of the day. The conversion was narrowly missed and with only 10 minutes remaining, Coolmine were six points down. From the restart, Coolmine kicked the ball deep into the Clondalkin half and the clearance kick was sliced into touch after pressure from the chasing Johnny Lee. Lee went on to hit his man in the lineout and after some fine work from the Coolmine forwards and backs, Coolmine were awarded a scrum underneath the posts. The Coolmine scrum had been solid all day and unlike the end of the first half, Coolmine’s dominance finally reaped just rewards when a penalty try was awarded after four penalties and a yellow card to Clondalkin. Crotty added the extras to give Coolmine a hard-earned one-point victory.

Brian Dalton scores the first of his brace for Castleknock Celtic’s Under-13A team in their 8-1 league win over Greystones United

More big wins for Celtic 

Castleknock Celtic’s DDSL Under-15 Major team were rewarded for a gritty performance when they took on St Joseph’s Boys in Sallynoggin last weekend. Cormac Downes put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, but within a couple of minutes, the hosts had equalised. Straight from the tipoff, a good move involving Conor Rice, Conor Donoghue and Gabbi Aginitha resulted in Gabbi’s cross being handled by the defender in the box. The

resulting penalty was converted by Evin Lawlor to put Celtic 2-1 ahead. Joey’s equalised five minutes before the break following a mix-up in the Celtic box following a corner. Celtic stuck at it and went ahead just on the stroke of half-time following a corner by Conor Donoghue that was backheaded into the goal by Gabbi. The second half started with both teams looking for the next decisive goal. It was Celtic who got it midway through the half when Cormac Downes netted his second following good work by Gabbi

brigid’s all smiles U-21 hurlers supported by local orthodontists ST brigid’s GAA club’s Under-21 hurlers

were recently presented with a set of tracksuits by Castleknock Orthodontics and Dentistry based at the Ashleigh Centre in Castleknock. O’Mahony described their support as “a recognition for the growth of hurling in the county and helping to assist our continuing efforts to grow the game at St. Brigid’s”. Pictured are player Mark Kavanagh, Dr Kiernan Daly, St Brigid’s director of hurling Tim O’Mahony and Dr Ronan Perry.

Aghinita and Ciaran Daniels. Joey’s threw everything at Celtic for the remainder of the game, but Celtic stood firm and held on for a well deserved 4-2 victory. Celtic’s DDSL Under14A1 put five past Verona in Grove Road. Verona competed well, but they had no answer to the fire-power of the Celtic attack. David Onitiu opened the scoring following his penetrating run along the left flank. Verona had a marvellous chance to equalise but the chance went a-beggin’. Celtic began the second half

exerting more pressure and it paid dividends when Jabari Crichlow scored the second. Celtic kept pressing and after a foul on Jay Harper, Ben Traynor took the free kick which the Verona defender put into his own net under pressure from Sean Collins. At 3-0, Celtic’s management rang the changes. Diamantino Marcu delivered a trademark cross into the Verona box, which Morgan Kynes headed home. Central defender Keith O’Hanlon hit a belter from outside the box to give Celtic a resounding

5-0 win which brings their goal tally to 33 in their last seven games, and remain unbeaten since that reverse in late September. This victory consolidates their position at the top of the Under-14A1 division. Greystones visited Porterstown to take on Castleknock Celtic, leaders in the DDSL Under13A division. Powerful finishing by the home side was to prove the difference between the sides. Brighton Mabaso, Brian Dalton and Owen Akpiama gave the side a 4-1 advantage at half time and Celtic ran out comfortable 8-1 winners.

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Plunkett’s have edge to claim minor title  

CIAN Boland’s ninepoint haul, along with goals from Conor Bresnan, Evan Walsh and Ronan O’Broin, saw St Oliver Plunkett’s / Eoghan Ruadh claim the minor B hurling championship title last Sunday at O’Toole Park on a 3-9 to 2-9 scoreline over Lucan

Sarsfields. Walsh and O’Broin were on the mark in the first half to keep them in the tie after Lucan, inspired by Eoghan O’Conghaile, had started the match in fine fashion. Those goals along with a couple of Boland points made it 2-2 to 1-6 in Lucan’s favour at the

break. Walsh got his side off to a flying start only for Dan O’Neill to even things up with Lucan’s first goal. O’Broin fired in a cracker to help leave the minimum between the sides at the interval and the Martin Savage Park club turned the tide their way in the second period.

Bresnan added the third Plunkett’s goal with a quarter of the game to go while Boland kept chipping away with a final tally of eight frees to his name. John Bellew got a goal back for Lucan in the closing stages but two more Boland scores moved Plunkett’s out of range.

contest: array of fine showings from brigid’s

Club Noticeboard castleknock Hard luck to the U-21 hurlers, who

Well done also to our U-14 camogie

lost out to a very good St Jude’s team

team with their 5-4 to 3-5 Division 1

in the quarter-final of the A champi-

league runner-up play-off win against


Faugh’s on Saturday in Somerton. It

Now, with the adult season finished, the club would like to say a sin-

was a great way to end the year with a justly deserved win.

cere thank you to all of the managers,

This year’s kid’s Christmas party

coaches and everyone who helped out

will take place on December 14 in

with every one of the adult teams and

CCC from 2 to 4pm. Entry is €5 at the

contributed to the most successful


year in the club’s history. The club

Pieta House Christmas cards are

would also like to thank all of those

now on sale in the club shop. The cost

who supported the teams throughout

is €5 per pack, and full details of the

the year, it really is appreciated.

club’s relationship with this wonder-

The club is looking for management teams for a number of the men’s and ladies’ teams for 2014. Full details are on the website.

ful charity can be found on the website. The annual Dublin 15 Hospice Wine Fair takes place this Thursday in the

Well done to the U-15 boys who won

Carpenter. Tickets are €10, and can

the Leixlip invitational tournament on

be purchased from any member of


the executive.

st brigid’s

The participants in the Dublin handball finals at the end of the championships

Handball finals held at Russell Park


Last weekend saw Russell Park host the Under11, -12 and -13 Dublin juvenile handball finals day at St Brigid’s GAA club, where the hosts celebrated the successes of their young charges in their respective finals. In the Under-11 tournament final, it was an all-Brigid’s affair, with Sean Windsor defeating Eoin Leen 11-4, 11-6, though the match proved much more even than the scores suggest. There were many fine rallies with both players retrieving well and both going

for their kill shots whenever possible. Sean’s steadier serving helped him to set up more winning rallies and he completed his victory in two straight games. Both players showed great promise for the future and strong abilities with their off hand. Another final contested between representatives of the host club saw Stephen Jordan defeat Sam Mulholland by 15-6, 15-7 in the Under-12 tournament final. Jordan was the clear favourite going into this match as he has a very strong all round game

but Mulholland fought for every point showing grit and determination. On several occasions both players dived in to pick up seemingly ungettable shots to prolong the rallies. No matter what the score was at any time, Mullholland never allowed this to deter him and showed great resilience throughout the match. In the Under-13 plate final, St Brigid’s James O’Connell lost out to Na Fianna’s Eoin Cooney over three sets in what turned out to be the most competitive of the day. Despite losing the first

game to six, O’Connell settled down very well in the second game. With improved serving and very strong overhand play he dominated the second game winning 15-5. The tie-breaker to 11 turned out to be a real roller-coaster. With the two players swopping the lead on several occasions they had the gallery on the edge of their seats. The tension both players were experiencing showed when at nine all in the tie-break both served their hands out in turn. Na Fianna’s Eoin Cooney just about held on to win 11-9.

Many congratulations to all the St

Keep an eye on the website for con-

Brigid’s young players who partici-

firmed date and throw-in time.

pated in the Dublin juvenile handball

Our club nursery takes a break for

tournament over the past few week-

the Christmas period and resumes on

ends and to St Brigid’s winners which

Saturday, January 11. It remains open

included Sean Windsor (U-11 singles),

for all four- to seven-year-olds in the

Stephen Jordan (U-12 singles) and

Castleknock and Blanchardstown

James O’Connell (U-13 plate runner-

area, every Saturday morning from

up). Report and photos now on club

9.30am. Great to see so many new


members and families arriving down.

A huge well done to our minor hurl-

New members are always welcome.

ers who claimed the league title last

Contact Paul on 087 915 4748 or email

Monday evening with a brilliant win for more.

over Thomas Davis. Congratulations also to our U-14 camogie team who beat St Peregrine’s to finish second in the league on Saturday.

Our club shop runs every Friday evening from 7pm and every Saturday morning from 10am. There was no Lotto jackpot winner last week in the Roselawn Inn. Our

Our senior footballers play in the AFL

jackpot now goes up to €8,200 for this

1 league final on Thursday, December

week’s draw in Myo’s on Friday. Spe-

14 at 7.30pm in Balgriffin against either

cial club Lotto on December 19 with all

Sylvester’s or Ballyboden (semi-final

proceeds going to St Francis Hospice

replay on this Wednesday evening).

in Blanchardstown.

st peregrine’s THE inter hurlers lost out to a

The Christmas ball is confirmed

strong Kilmacud team in the league

for December 7 in the Park Plaza,

semi-final by 2-20 to 4-8.

Tyrrelstown. All remaining balances

Fine performances from Craig Lowndes and Colm O’Toole saw the junior hurlers beat St Pat’s by 1-19 to 0-7 to advance to the league final.

must be paid off ASAP to Lorraine, Conor and Michelle. Live music in the club on Saturday night until late. DJ Vinny is back with play your

Our AFL 10 team play O’Dwyer’s in

cards right on Sunday evenings

the semi-final replay on Sunday at

at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is

2.15pm. Let’s fill the stand and get


behind the lads. Next Steps meeting on Monday

Lotto jackpot was not won; next week’s jackpot will be €4,400.

night was a great success and any-

If anybody has anything for club-

one looking to get involved should

notes or weekly newsletter email

contact John Lowndes.

32 CASTLEKNOCK Gazette 5 December 2013

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