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Castleknock U-15s start 2013 in thrilling style Page 38
Castleknock welcome back Kilkenny Page 40
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FARMLEIGH CLOSURE: Phoenix Park house off limits during EU presidency Page 5
Hospice facility remains in limbo LAURA WEBB
UNCERTAINTY looms over the opening of the 24-bed in-patient facility at St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown for 2013, as the HSE confirms funding has not yet been approved. The hospice, located beside Connolly Hospital, is currently open for day-care and out-patient services two days a week. However, the in-patient facility,
which has been equipped and ready to open since building work was completed back in April 2011, remains closed. The €22.5 million hospice was built through fundraising by the St Francis Hospice Group. This week, the HSE confirmed that funding for the in-patient facility has not been approved to date because of “current budget constraints”. Full Story on Page 4
Young scientist: Paolo proudly poses with biodiesel project CASTLEKNOCK College student Paolo Sheridan is pictured with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Peter Morris BT Ireland, with his project The Construction of a Cooking Oil
Convention and The Economic and Environment Advantages of Biodiesel, at the 49th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013 at the RDS, Dublin. Full Story on Page 3
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WAGs an inspiration for Gemma’s black comedy AROUND two years ago, former Fair City actress Gemma Doorly found herself immersed in celebrity magazines, reading scandalous stories about footballers cheating on their wives, leading her to be inspired to write about it. WAG, the label given to the wives and girlfriends of footballers, is the name of Gemma’s second play. Joined by friend and fellow Fair City actress Sorcha Furlong the play is a black comedy about a WAG who confronts her cheating husband’s mistress. Speaking about how she came to write it, Gemma laughed: “I was probably reading too many Hello magazines.
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“It was about two years ago when all those footballers seemed to be having affairs and I … suppose innocently, I thought if someone did that to me I would be gone. I kind of waited to see what the WAGS would do and they kind of all decided to stay. So I thought, gosh, is that love or is it money or what keeps them in that situation? So that is what it [the play] is really about.” After a 10-year stint
playing Sarah O’Leary on Fair City, who was killed off the show in 2011, Gemma decided to go in a different direction – so writing it was. Being an actress herself, it was surprising to hear that Gemma wasn’t in the original cast, but wrote the WAG character with Sorcha in mind. “I wasn’t actually supposed to be in it. The girl that was originally in it couldn’t be in the tour, so everyone said step in, so I have been doing it ever since and I am really enjoying it. “…the part of the mistress – she’s a total bitch – but I quite enjoy playing it. Sorcha is brilliant at being a WAG with the hair extensions, the tan
and the nails. “Sorcha is a very good friend of mine. When I started writing [the play], people pop into your head, and I just rang her up and said, ‘I am writing and I think I have a part for you’. She said ‘Oh great, what it is?’ and I said, ‘Well, it’s a WAG’ and she said, ‘Okay’. “Because it is custommade for her, she really does a good job at it, and she has really made it her own. “ She is really funny in it but it is also quite sad. It is a sad little story about a woman who is totally dependent on a cheating football player,” she said. According to Gemma, people will go through a rollercoaster ride of emo-
tions during the play. “It is definitely funny. People laugh their heads off at the start, but I think as you get into it – it’s emotional. The most poignant thing about it is the two of them, under different circumstances might even have been friends. “The reaction has been great, women seem to love it, I think men walk out a bit terrified, but women love it… I think women can really relate to it.” WAG plays Draiocht Theatre, Blanchardstown on Thursday, January 24 at 8.15pm. Tickets are available at www.draiocht.ie and the Civic Theatre Tallaght on Thursday, January 31 to Saturday, February 2. Tickets can be found at www.civictheatre.ie.
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Lauralynn Three people make €2,690
Hamper raffle raises funds and generosity
Call for parking fee audit
Local people have shown their support for LauraLynn House by helping to raise thousands of euros for Ireland’s only children’s hospice. A Christmas hamper raffle, which was organised by three local charity fundraisers, has raised an impressive €2,690.04 for the hospice. Castleknock native Nicky Gray and her two friends, Orla Pender and Shane Rooney, decided to ditch their usual Kris Kindle office presentgiving and, instead, go with a Christmas hamper fundraiser with all proceeds going to the LauraLynn House, a charity close to Shane’s
heart. The three friends said they were overwhelmed by the response from the community: “We were totally amazed at the level of generosity shown by friends and local businesses, especially at this time of year. It shows that the spirit of giving remains strong even in these challenging times.” They got full support from their colleagues, friends and family, who also donated items to create a number of different hampers for the raffle just before Christmas. As the number of hampers started to grow, Shane decided to get local retailers involved
and within hours they had support from the likes of Kay’s Restaurants, The Westend Barber, GreenStock Florist and the Odeon Cinema, who all responded by expressing their desire to contribute to raising as much funds as possible for the LauraLynn House. From this positive response, both Nicky and Shane decided to target other businesses in the area and to their amazement even more businesses offered some great gifts as prizes such as Ben Dunne Gyms, Inglot, Nando’s, Butlers Chocolates, Domino Pizza Ongar, The Yacht Pub in Ringsend, Tipperary Crystal and
comedian Neil Delamere. Having assembled the hampers, Orla and Nicky’s selling techniques were put to good use and demand for tickets was huge, and the raffle was held on December 21. The organisers wish to sincerely thank all those who supported the raff le, those who gave items and of course those who purchased tickets. The Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice supports children with life limiting conditions and their families by providing high quality transitional care, home support, respite, crisis and endof-life care.
Star pupil: Kalim competes in final pictured is three-year-old Kalim Tahir
from Tyrrelstown, who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Vision Express Search for Star Pupil competition which took place last November. Kalim was selected from 60 other entrants from the Vision Express Store in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to join seven other finalists around the country for the overall selection.
Price differences in parking charges at two Dublin 15 train stations have prompted calls for consistency. Coolmine Station offers parking rates at €3 per day or €10 per week with cash or credit card, or with a ParkbyText service it costs just €2 per day or €8 per week. Meanwhile, just two stops further down the Maynooth rail line, the Navan Road Parkway Station costs double that at €4 per day or €18 per week. This difference has prompted Green Party representative for Dublin West Roderic O’Gorman to lobby Irish Rail and private operators to review prices to make them consistent for their customers.
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hse ‘Budgetary constraints’ cited for delay
Patient care claims refuted
Castleknock students took part in The American Mathematics Contest
Castleknock students are number 1 in US contest Castleknock College students’ number came up recently when they won a recent international maths contest for students aged 13 or younger. The American Mathematics Contest for Eighth Grade saw 200,000 students take part from almost every country in the world. The contest, organised by the University of Nebraska, has been running for 50 years. It encourages students to enjoy and compete at solving problems using maths. This year, 140 students from Castleknock College took part. There were three winners of the gold medal from the school: Peter Brogan, Adam Murphy and Daniel Nugent. Castleknock College headmaster Oliver Murphy said: “Castleknock is one of only a handful of schools who participate in this fantastic competition. “Now that all students in Ireland are studying project maths, competitions like the AMC8 are great for encouraging students to learn the kind of problem-solving that is at the heart of the new syllabus. It’s just what Irish education needs. “Congratulations to all of the students who won medals, certificates and other prizes in this year’s AMC8. Thanks go to Colin Townsend, the co-ordinator of mathematics at Castleknock College, who organised the event.”
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connolly: hospital audit
St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown
Still no funding for 24-bed hospice unit Laura Webb
THE HSE has yet to approve funding to open the 24-bed in-patient facility at St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown. The hospice in Blanchardstown is currently open for day-care and out-patient services two days a week. However, the in-patient facility has been equipped since building work was completed back in April 2011, but has remained closed. The €22.5 million hospice, located beside Connolly Hospital, was built through fundraising by the St Francis Hospice Group on the basis that the HSE would fund the staffing and operational costs of the 24-bed inpatient facility. However, funding for the in-patient facility has
not been approved to date, with the HSE saying it is because of “current budget constraints”. “As the HSE Dublin North East Regional Service Plan has yet to be agreed, there is currently no indication of funding to be approved for the Blanchardstown site in 2013,” a HSE spokesperson said. Speaking to the Gazette this week, chief executive of St Francis Hospice, Ethel McKenna, said: “The HSE has indicated at this time that there is no provision at this stage for funding for the in-patient facility at St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown. “The hospice is built, and obviously we would love to see the facility open and available for people in the community. “We are still in negotiations with the HSE for
the revenue allocation for 2013 [which is for the day to day running of the hospice] - it is still work in progress. We expect to find out more by the end of January,” she explained. Ethel went on to say that the St Francis Hospice will “continue to work closely with them [HSE] to get the beds open”. During a regional health forum meeting with the HSE in November, Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) asked about the estimated cost of opening the in-patient facility at the Blanchardstown based hospice. In response to the local councillor, HSE area manager for north Dublin Anne-Marie Hoey said St Francis Hospice submitted an estimate bid of €4,449,578 in respect of
the pay and non-pay cost of opening the 24-bed facility. However, she noted that the estimate is “subject to review” by the HSE: “This estimate may be subject to revision based on maximising use of resources across the palliative care service on north Dublin.” The cost of running the day care and out-patient services at Blanchardstown is €386,000 for a 12 month period from October 2011 to October 2012. St Francis Hospice provides services of palliative care to people in north Dublin in the advanced stages of cancer and motor neurone disease, as well as support for families and friends. The day care and outpatient services at the Blanchardstown based hospice opened in October 2011.
The Department of Health has refuted claims that Connolly Hospital is overcrowded and says an intensive programme of works has begun since an audit was taken at the Dublin West hospital last year. It was reported last week that an unpublished document produced by the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which was established to reduce waiting lists and times in hospitals, outlined concerns about patient care at the hospital. In response, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said since the report was carried out last June, an intensive programme has begun between the SDU liaison officers, the Clinical Programmes and the hospital teams. “Regular liaison meetings are continuing and part of the agenda is to monitor improvements and implementation of the recommendations from the report. “The SDU has the view that there is increased engagement at all levels in the hospital in ensuring that emergency patients are seen in a timely manner, focusing on working to achieve the national targets for unscheduled care. The hospital staff are working hard and driving the necessary improvements. “The hospital does not have overcrowding issues but will occasionally have days with higher demand on the Emergency Department, particularly at the time of year [when the audit took place],” the spokesperson continued.
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FINGAL CENTRE More than 480 people gave a record 21,544 hours in 2012
Public urged to give community volunteering a go LAURA WEBB
THE level of volunteering in Fingal increased in 2012, with a record 21,544 voluntary hours clocked. The Fingal Volunteer Centre announced that over 480 volunteers signed up with the centre in 2012, an increase on
2011 levels. The centre is now urging residents to make volunteering their resolution for 2013 and help build on their record number. The most popular areas of interests for volunteers in 2012 were health and disability, office and animals. Stuart Garland, manager of
Fingal Volunteer Centre, said they are “thrilled” to see a continued rise in the number of people volunteering in Fingal county. “Whilst 2012 was a challenging year for so many of us, it is heartening to see Fingal county residents remain as committed as ever to the
local community, contributing an incredible 21,544 hours of voluntary effort last year,” he said. According to the centre, the thousands of hours clocked up by volunteers last year has an equivalent value of over €475,260. Stuart went on to say that
January is often a busy time for the centre: “We see a peak in interest amongst those keen to volunteer for the New Year. Volunteering is a wonderful NewYear’s resolution and now is an ideal time to give volunteering a go. “Volunteering can be a great way of trying out some-
thing new, getting active and meeting new people. With over 350 volunteering opportunities currently available in Fingal there is a volunteering role to suit all interests and availability. “Visit www.volunteerfingal. ie to find a volunteering opportunity near you,” he said.
Sporting body seeks green light for equestrian facility THE National Sports Campus Development Authority is seeking permission to construct an equestrian arena at its campus in Abbotstown. Fingal County Council received the planning application from the authority on December 21. The application seeks permission to change the use of a 1.3 ha walled garden to an equestrian arena at the sports campus. The development includes a new drainage system, connection to existing surface water drainage system and surfacing
(respective sand and grassed areas), and the installation of 16 20m-high floodlights. It also includes minor repair works to the existing masonry walls including a new gate within the walled garden, the demolition of three sheds and a silage pit to accommodate the parking of 30 cars and equestrian related vehicles. A new opening in the existing wall at the stable yard is also planned. The location is listed as Abbotstown House, a protected structure, in Abbotstown Dublin 15.
GOT A STORY? The grounds and gardens of Farmleigh Estate will remain open with plenty of events planned throughout 2013
EU PRESIDENCY: HOUSE TO BE USED FOR MEETINGS
Farmleigh closed until end of June LAURA WEBB
VISITORS to Farmleigh Estate will notice that the beautiful house is closed and will be until the end of June during Ireland’s EU presidency. Parts of the grounds and gardens and the Boathouse cafe will remain open but the main house is closed to the public due to Farmleigh hosting numerous meetings and receptions during the EU presidency. The house will be closed until June 29 when it will re-open to the public.
According to a spokesperson for the OPW, the grounds, gardens and cafe will occasionally be closed “for security reasons”, but will mainly be open throughout the year. The estate, which is known for its extensive programme of events, is committed to continuing this throughout 2013 with an array of cultural events being organised. On January 25, the first of four exhibitions will take place at Farmleigh Gallery, entitled The Ros Tapestry. This is a national treasure, comprising 15 spec-
tacular tapestry panels stitched over the last 14 years by embroiderers who gather throughout the county of Wexford and nearby Kilkenny to interpret the 15 illustrations researched in depth and painted by Ann Griffin Bernstorff. The story of the Norman arrival in the south east of Ireland and the consequent development of the dynamic port of Ros is depicted in a series of 15 large striking embroidered panels which are on permanent exhibition in New Ross, Co Wexford. The exhibition will
run at Farmleigh Gallery from January 25 to April 1. From March 30, the Easter programme will commence. A number of cultural days also take place, with Japanese Day on April 7 and African Day on May 25. National Wolfhound Day is on June 9, and the summer cultural programme will begin in July and end in August. Some of these events will include food markets. Full details of events are available from mid February 2013 at www. farmleigh.ie.
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Paolo Sheridan from Castleknock College. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
exhibition: students display their scientific talents at rds
OCAL schools took part in the 49th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which was held at the RDS recently. The students displayed their hard work through their innovative projects and concepts. They were among the thousands of students who descended on the capital to fight for the top prize of this annual competition.
Some of the cast members of the panto. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan
Look behind you: coolmine panto is a hit
Aladdin is wizard! C
OOLMINE Panto Group has recently returned to the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown to stage their production of Aladdin. Their panto will be staged until Sunday, January 20.
So far, the panto has had a successful run of performances. Stars of the panto include Tom Moran, Conor McQuaid, John Furlong and Louise Hudson. For more information, log on to www.draiocht.ie.
Many young people attended the exhibition
Clodagh O’Holohan, Grace O’Gorman and Sadhbh Byrne
Tom Moran as Aladdin, Ciara Tristram as Griselda and Louise Hudson as Buddar El Badoor
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Sean and Evan Dardis
Billy Murphy and Erica Brady with Colin and Fiona Harmon
Sarah, Aoife and Roisin
The Molloy family
Hilary Mullins and Amy Mahony
Cathy Sheehan and Ciara Murphy
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Breast cancer: €20,000 donation
FastNews Plenty of classes for the New Year CASTLEKNOCK Community Centre is offering a range of classes for the whole family this New Year. Beginners zumba class takes place at 10am every Saturday. Phone Sandrine for further information on 087 685 2884. A baby body massage class takes place on Mondays at 11am. Contact Hilary on 087 917 2939 for further information. Call into the community centre or log on to www.castleknockcommunitycentre.ie for more programme listings.
pictured are chief
executive of the Marie Keating Foundation (MKF) Lillian Mc Govern, chief executive of Harvey Norman Ireland Blaine Callard, product coordinator of HN Aine O’Reilly, director of fundraising for MKF Linda Keating, and homewares and accessories buyer of Harvey Norman Rachel McCann. Harvey Norman donated €20,000 to the charity. This is the second year of their collaboration with MKF. A donation was made from the sale of every mattress, pillow and candle sold nationwide in their sleep pink collection, which is supported by Irish suppliers Kaymed and the Soft Bedding Company.
Ratoath Road closed for works A TEMPORARY closure of part of Ratoath Road is currently taking place to facilitate essential construction works. The temporary closure from the Ratoath Road junction at Hollystown Roundabout (R121) to its junction with Bay Lane will continue until February 1. The work is to facilitate the carrying out of essential construction works associated with the Tyrrelstown to Cherryhound Link Road Project. Diversions have been put in place and the following traffic movements apply. For eastbound traffic from Hollystown Roundabout, the alternative route available is via Church Road, Cruiserath Road, Corduff Road, Ratoath Road (part of), Kilshane Way and Cappagh Road. For westbound traffic, the alternative route is via Cappagh Road, Kilshane Way, Ratoath Road (part of), Corduff Road, Cruiserath Road and Church Road to Hollystown Roundabout. Local access will be maintained at all times.
exercise and play: new scheme with age-friendly stations
St Catherine’s Park gets €20k for recreation plan Laura Webb
ST CATHERINE’S Park has received funding for a pilot exercise and play area scheme that will include an exercise circuit and 11 age-friendly adult exercise stations. A funding grant of €20,000 has been approved for Fingal County Council’s Parks and Heritage Properties Division to assist with the pilot scheme. When up and running, the scheme will include the development of an exercise circuit over a 3km looped walk, with the installation of 11 age-friendly exercise stations and outdoor gym equipment and the even-
St Catherine’s Park
tual inclusion of bespoke play space, made up of mainly natural materials, at each exercise station for children. Welcoming the funding, Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab) said it was “a new and exciting” approach to play provision into the
future and one that “benefits all the family”. “The council’s aim for the pilot scheme is to meet the active recreational needs of all generations of a typical family visit to the park and to increase exercise and fitness levels. It would also
help park users (and especially children) to connect with nature, and provide play provision at a lower cost compared to traditional playgrounds,” she said. “While the children engage in play and exercise, the adults would be able to engage in fitness exercises, giving adults a healthy alternative as they wait around while their children play.” Cllr McCamley went on to agree with Ray Conway, the assistant parks superintendent at St Catherine’s Park, who said this programme will be a step towards giving children a lifelong appreciation of fitness, especially as they
are in contact with the natural environment. According to McCamley, each play station would be designed to incor porate natural elements and will be dedicated to a particular theme. This will include earth, wood, stone, sand, vegetation and plants, and water. “It will stimulate the five senses. The scheme will also be accessible to children and adults with disabilities and would be free to use,” she continued. A masterplan for St Catherine’s Park, which is located between Leixlip and Lucan, and southwest of Clonsilla in Dublin 15,
has been devised and includes a number of new additions to help build the park’s popularity, and make it more accessible. The proposed master plan includes the provision of a children’s playground; coffee shop; public toilets; benches; fishing pond; cattle field; dog park/dog run; BMX bike track; a par 3 golf course/pitch and putt; cricket pitch; skate park; new pedestrian bridge over River Liffey; regional pedestrian and cycle link between Royal Canal, Lucan and Leixlip; repair of St Catherine’s Church; as well as the restoration of farmyard and historic buildings.
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theatre Wide range of shows are hugely popular at local venue
30,000 tickets sold at Draiocht Laura Webb
TICKET sales at Draiocht Ar ts Centre in Blanchardstow n are continuing to impress the team at the theatre, with over 30,000 people paying to see a variety of acts and shows at the popular Dublin 15 venue last year. The theatre, which is known for its wide range of shows, is as popular as ever, and the staff are hugely thankful to everyone who continues to the support it. Although they pride themselves on offering a host of free events, ticket sales remain consistent each year. “The fact that we still have 30,000 people paying come through
the door is really great,” said the theatre’s director, Emer McGowan. “This theatre is very m u c h a ve n u e t h a t serves its locality. We have been here since 2001, so we do know our audiences, we know the work they respond to and, I suppose for us as well, it is always about adding in something new and work that is of real quality. “We have maintained our commitment to showing programming for the people of Dublin 15, really high-quality work and a range of work, and we have stayed true to that even though we are working under a very difficult funding climate,” she said.
The main stage at Draiocht holds 286 seats and it has a studio space that holds 92. “ I t ’s ve r y u s e f u l to have two spaces because depending on the work, some pieces need a smaller space… so we have that flexibility – that is really useful,” said Emer. Since it opened, the theatre has increased its participatory projects. “Last year, we had a t h e a t r e a r t i s t- i n residence Liam Halligan, and we worked with about 60 people through that. We have started a new artist in residence programme with Veronica Coburn and something like 120 people signed up to that project, so we
Draiocht celebrated another successful year in 2012
are finding all kinds of ways to engage with our locality and the people of our locality. People respond to that and they are looking at ways
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to engage.” The team hope that 2013 will continue to be as successful as the year gone before. “We will continue to
keep up the quality of work and give a variety – we have a full range here and that is really important,” concluded Emer.
Gardening Learn from the experts THERE is an opportunity to meet the Phoenix Park gardeners and discover more about the beautifully restored Victorian walled kitchen gardens early next month. OPW professional gardeners Brian and Meeda will be at the Victorian walled kitchen garden on Saturday, Febr uar y 9 between 10.30am and 12 noon. They will offer advice to plan the perfect garden for the Spring months ahead. People can also learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables, herbs and more. The Victorian walled kitchen garden is located next to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, and the Phoenix Cafe.
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Actress Astrid Brennan
Many people attended the fair
Laura Meade presents the project she worked on with Ronan Bullock - The Science Museum, It Takes Guts... Pictures: Geraldine Woods
The life scientific
HERE were many innovative projects and concepts on display at the 49th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS recently.
Once again, Cork was the winner, however the Dublin schools were all well represented and gained their fair share of the awards and accolades.
A judge at the fair inspects the projects
Grace Oâ€™Gorman and Sadhbh Byrne
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Film Festival: 140 movies to be shown in dublin
DeVito lined up for feast of filming in the capital The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival gets underway next month and there are several rare treats in store this year at the festival which will take place between February 14 and 24. Actor, producer and director Danny DeVito will attend a special tribute to his long career, that has spanned the hit TV show Taxi before moving on to star in many films including One Flew Over
the Cuckooâ€™s Nest and Batman Returns, as well as directing and starring in such movies as The War of the Roses, Throw Momma from the Train and Matilda. Also lined up for the festival is a tribute to composer Dario Marianelli at the National Concert Hall which he will attend on February 19. Marianelli has written scores for such films as Atonement and Pride
and Prejudice. The festival was founded in 2003 and takes place in the capital each year in February for 11 days and nights. The festival was established to celebrate the art of film in Ireland and abroad, and most of the films featured will be Irish premieres and screenings will be one-off events. Over the course of the festival, 140 films will be shown in cinemas all over
Dublin city centre. Season tickets and vouchers are currently available at www.jdiff. com, and if you would like to experience the best in Irish and international cinema, walk the red carpet with the stars and attend after-show parties, this is your chance. The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will be held at various places from February 14 until 24.
Danny DeVito will attend a special tribute to his long career
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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Sierra Leone band to raise the rafters The National Concert Hall will play host to Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars this month when they perform their upbeat sound which draws on African highlife and reggae. The band has come through the experience of civil war and refugee camps in Guinea and triumphed through their uplifting music, entertaining fellow-camp dwellers before they came to world attention through a 2006 documentary. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have now recorded three albums, performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording groups. The concert will be at the National Concert Hall on January 23 at 8pm. Tickets range from €16 to €34, with a 10%
discount for groups of 10 or more, and are available from the box office on 417 0000.
changing our drinking behaviour Drinkaware.ie and Insomnia have joined forces this new year to help people change their drinking behaviours for 2013. Un t i l J a n u a r y 31, Insomnia will be offering half-price coffees after 4pm in all the Insomnia outlets to help people pace their drinking for the year ahead. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald (FG) , welcomed the initiative, saying: “After all the Christmas indulgence, January is a time to take stock of our eating and drinking habits and some people decide to cut down on their alcohol consumption.
“This promotion is a cheap incentive to pace the amount you drink on a night out,” she said. Vo u c h e r s c a n b e downloaded from facebook.com/InsomniaCoffeeCo, facebook. com/drinkaware.ie or drinkaware.ie, and are valid until January 31. Vo u c h e r s c a n b e used in Insomia stores across the country from 4pm every day, as well as Spar branches, and can be redeemed on as many occasions as the holder wishes.
clonsilla star sheamus signs soap deal FORMER Clonsilla resident and World Wrestling Enter tainment (WWE) star Sheamus has signed a deal to promote Irish Spring soap in the US. The soap, known for its twee representation of Irish people in its
adverts, will no doubt be shaken up by the f lame-haired fighter, real name Stephen Farrelly. WWE has signed a new a promotional deal with Colgate-Palmolive, which manufacture the soap, with Sheamus set to star in TV ads. Sheamus is the first Irish-born WWE champion, having initially claimed the title in 2010 and is currently one of the top superstars in the company, which is by far the biggest in the industry. He star ted life in Irish promotions under the name of Seamus O’Shaughnessy before being signed up to the WWE in 2007, making his on-screen debut in 2009. Since then, he has won numerous titles and will compete at the Royal Rumble in Arizona on Sunday, January 27.
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Boost to cancer awareness
Jackie Clune is one of the leading ladies in 9 to 5, the musical
Nothing like the 9 to 5 bairbre ni Bhraonain
IT’S enough to drive you crazy if you let it... or you could just sing along when 9 To 5 arrives on stage at the Bord Gais Theatre later this month. The show is based on the 1980s film that starred Dolly Parton, and the country star wrote all of the music for the stage show. It stars an array of British theatre and TV talent, including Natalie Casey, Bonnie Langf o r d , A my L e n n ox , Jackie Clune and Ben Richards. Out&About spoke to one of the leading ladies, Jackie Clune, ahead of her arrival on these shores. “I can’t wait to go to Dublin. The last time I played there was when I was touring with Mamma Mia but that was a good few years ago. Last summer, though, I came into the Dublin Docks
on a cruise ship, which is something I never thought I’d do,” she said. “My family is Irish. My mum is from Sligo and my Dad’s from Tipperary, so this time a r o u n d I ’m h o p i n g all my aunties come up from Sligo for the show.” Jackie has had a very hectic and varied career to date. She founded the Red Rag Women’s Theatre company, has been an actress in TV programmes including EastEnders and Smack the Pony, is a singer, has performed in musicals, has been a panellist on shows such as QI, a stand-up comedian and has written for TV, stage as well as publishing two books. “I was never one to wait for the phone to ring,” said Jackie. “At the start of my career, there was a lot of work going that I really didn’t want to do. I was interested in political
stuff, that’s why I set up the theatre company. Then I did radio and diversified quickly into more and more things, because employment was low at the time. But I’ve always been like that anyway, I’ve a lot of energy and a great interest in the world.”
Musicals N ow a d ay s , J a c k i e concentrates on musical theatre and has no plans to return to TV work in the near future. “I love musicals the most. The other things I do can be very solitary, like writing and radio work but in musicals there is a great group working with you and you have great craic.” Jackie is also ver y passionate about playing her current character, Violet, and can certainly identify with her fictional problems. “The story is set in 1979 when women had no chance of breaking through the ranks of
corporate life. In the end of 9 to 5 they do break through so it’s a very uplifting piece. By the end, the women in the audience are all cheering for the women on stage. It’s a political piece and I do think it’s still relevant today as women find it hard to thrive in business.
The female audiences are very heartened by what they see because the women on stage are empowered at last.” 9 to 5 runs at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre from January 21 until 26. Tickets cost €20 and are available through Ticketmaster at 0818 719 377.
The Irish Cancer Society is encouraging Dubliners to be aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer when they announced January as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Ireland has the sixth-highest incidence rate of lung cancer amongst women and the 32nd highest amongst men of 41 countries in Europe. According to the most recent data from 2010, there were 2,227 new cases of lung cancer in Ireland that year, making it the fourth most common cancer after breast, prostate and bowel cancer. However, lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in Ireland, with 1,708 people dying in 2010. However, with early detection, chances of effective treatment and potential cure increase. Aoife McNamara, Irish Cancer Society lung cancer specialist nurse said: “The key to improving survival for lung cancer patients is early detection. This begins with people being aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, going to see their GP if they are concerned and being referred on to a rapid access clinic for diagnosis and treatment. “Awareness campaigns like this are vital as they are the first step in the chain. If people know the signs to look out for, they are more likely to go see their GP and get referred to a specialist.” The signs and symptoms of lung cancer include: a cough that doesn’t go away or a change in a long-term cough, feeling short of breath or wheezing, repeated chest infections that won’t go away even after antibiotics, coughing up blood-stained phlegm, pains in your chest, especially when you cough or breathe in, feeling more tired than usual and/or unexplained weight loss, hoarse voice, problems swallowing or swelling in the face or neck. Anyone concerned about lung cancer can call Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700, or visit their local GP.
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The annual variety show was a big hit
Students and staff enjoy a busy end to 2012 Megan Spence Third-year student, Blakestown Community School
December was a particularly busy and productive month for Blakestown Community School with lots of events taking place. The month began with an anti-bullying week which was organised by Ms Dineen, student council and Brosnan class. Surveys were sent around the school to help understand students’ feelings on bullying and if they felt enough was in place to help with bullying. An art, poetry and media competition was organised which helped raise awareness throughout the school with all year groups getting involved. The second week in December saw the annual academic awards being held where we had past and present students being awarded for their achievements in both Junior and Leaving Cert. There were 75 awards in total given out on the day and principal Ms O’Connor said: “It was an absolutely wonderful afternoon, with students providing music and readings and staff, students and parents together celebrating student success.”
It’s not just fun and games here at Blakestown as there was also a lot of generosity during the month of December. One of the Junior Cert classes raised over €1,000 for St Francis Hospice through a CSPE Action Project which involved a sponsored silence and bake sale. It was a wonderful local cause and Apollo class were very proud of their achievement. Brosnan class and art teacher Ms Quinn raised money for the Make A Wish foundation through the creation of cards, wine and gift bags with illustrations from the students for Christmas sales. Ms Monaghan organised the giving tree for St Vincent’s De Paul which saw lots of donations of wonderful toys. Finally finishing up the term with a bang we had the annual variety show which was organised by Ms Ryan, Ms Guckian and Ms Brophy and also dance teacher Sandra Moran. The final day of term saw us say our goodbyes in style with a beautiful performance from the sixth-year students organised by Ms Monaghan, Ms Keyes and Ms Brophy and Mr Maguire and Brendan Kennedy doing music.
Having a sit in the big chair in the Six One TV news room
St Tiernan’s: Student Invited to RTE Studios
Great news for Monika Monika Mykolaityte Sixth-year student
St Tiernan’s Got Talent 2012 was the name of our school’s first ever talent competition and I was honoured to be the MC for the night. Quite unner ved, I was looking forward to meeting RTE business reporter, Emma McNamara, who was present at the show, along with two other judges, a professor from Maynooth University, Dr Martin O’Lear y, and author and journalist Martina Devlin. A f ter the exciting show, I met Emma and got wonderful advice from her about university and a future career in journalism. A few days later, during our school’s open evening, I was informed that Emma had invited
me to spend the day in RTE during the midterm. This was amazing news and I looked forward to the experience. As Emma and I arrived at RTE in Donnybrook, I was introduced to Micheal Mac Suibhne, a cameraman for RTE and Conor McNally, a reporter for News2Day. The pair were assigned to go to DCU where they were going to be filming and interviewing participants in the Foroige Youth Citizenship Awards. A f ter wards, Conor and I returned to RTE where I reunited with Emma and went for a small tour around some of RTE’s most famous studios. She showed me the Six One TV news room, where I took a few pictures to keep as a fond memory of the visit.
Emma then took me to see The Late Late Show studio, which I viewed from a balconylike walkway. It was quite amazing to see
I then watched the Drivetime show from a room outside the studio – again called the gallery - which was presented by Mary Wilson.
The experience as a whole was truly amazing. I met many people who described their jobs and gave me great advice for the future
how small the audience booth was. To be honest, there were more lights than there were seats for the people! I then saw a place of interest – the main RTE radio studio, where shows like Morning Ireland are broadcast every morning. It was quite the small room but the process described by Emma sounded quite complicated yet interesting.
She had numerous guests coming into her studio, talking about current affairs, news analysis, sport and business. Later I was accompanied by Conor Brophy back into the news building of RTE. The atmosphere in the Six One TV news gallery was quite different in comparison to the one outside Drivetime. It was much busier
and far more people sat in front of the many screens in the room. Five minutes prior to airing, people were talking loudly, checking if all cameras and screens were on and if everyone could hear all. Finally, it all settled down once the news began. Commands were given throughout the broadcast to the presenter and to the various people in the gallery. Everything was done to exact precision. The experience as a whole was truly amazing. I met many people who described their jobs and gave me great advice for the future. I will always remain grateful to Emma McNamara for inviting me over to RTE and my teacher, Catherine Martin, for making my meeting with Emma possible.
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î Ž paul hosford email@example.com
THE hugely-popular Chinese New Year Festival is set to return to Dublin this year, ushering in the Year of the Snake on February 10. Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese NewYear Festival (DCNYF) showcases the best of SinoIrish Culture in Ireland and 2013 will mark the sixth year of the festival. As Dublin is twinned with Chinese capital Beijing, the festival aims to deliver a high profile cultural programme, which includes the third Chinese
Film Festival at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, as well as a special spring festival partnership with the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Conference, which forms part of Ireland hosting of the European Presidency. For all ages
As well as these special events, there will be traditional dragon and lion dances, a Sino-Irish business seminar, the DCNYF lecture series, a programme specially tailored to children, an arts and music programme, a special project linked to
The Gathering 2013, martial arts, sports and much more for all ages. The highlight of the festival will, no doubt, be the traditional New Yearâ€™s Day parade, which will once more thrill the masses in Dublin City Centre, where thousands turned out last year to ring in the Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Snake occurs every 12 years, and people born in 1941, 53, 65, 77, 89 and 2001 are considered under this sign. They are considered to have a good temper, good communication but a
quiet nature, as well as a great wisdom. DCNYF also continues to explore Sino-Irish connections in the past, to forge new expressions of culture with national institutions, to engage with emerging new media and to explore the intricate rich connections between our nations especially building on the twinning agreement between Dublin and Beijing. Chinese New Year this year is on February 10 and the festival will run from February 8 to 18. For more information on what is coming up, log on to www.cny.ie
Chinese New Year is snaking into view
The Chinese New Year Festival is set to return to Dublin this year, ushering in the Year of the Snake on February 10
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It’s tough, but keep a routine
Fighting the recession KINGSBURY Furniture are a company bucking the trend in a very competitive market. As many quality furniture shops have shut their doors in recent years, Kingsbury are heading into their 21st year and have fought their way through two major recessions. Paul Nugent opened Kingsbury Furniture in 1992 with his brother David in a small unit in Tallaght. They relocated to their state-of-the art unit at Tallaght retail centre in 2006 and
now employ 10 staff. “The range available in Kingsbury has an emphasis on Irish made and Irish sourced furniture is hugely extensive. But what really stand out are the prices. There just seems to be outstanding value for money compared to their competitors,” said Paul. “This changed us from a small local business to a business supplying furniture to virtually every county in Ireland and even, on the odd occasion, to other countries.”
What do you offer your customer that differs from your competitors?
nance of roads, all waste disposals etc, then pay rates on top of this. Also upward-only rent reviews.
It comes down to two things. 1. Product: We try to get an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories and will always have something unusual and different for your home. 2. Service: Allied with trade-ins, we assemble furniture on delivery, remove and dispose of all wrapping and even take away your old bed and mattress for a small charge. Then there are many goodwill gestures that crop up from time to time that our customers really appreciate.
What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?
It is a myriad things. Affordable pricing - we went to our suppliers and demanded better service and value if they wanted to keep our business. We got the staff to take on extra roles like social media, website updates, email marketing etc. This also gave the staff more input into the business and they also enjoyed the new challenges, allied with an ever increasing focus on customer service.
What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?
Rates with both our showroom and warehouse in retail and business park respectively. We have to pay through service charges for street lighting, resurfacing and mainte-
Supported by AIB
How do you use social media to help your business?
We have made huge strides in 2012 in this area thanks to our dedicated staff. We now interact with our customers in many different ways.
What is your ambition for the business?
We are currently considering opening a second store in 2013, and continue striving to make Kingsbury one of the best brands in Ireland.
What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?
Keep your customer happy and the business will do well.
What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?
Tallaght a few years ago had a bad reputation but has developed into a small city with all the facilities you could ask for. I was born and raised in Tallaght village and the population was about 400, so it has changed a bit since then. Even though it has grown so much, there still seems to be a great community and charitable spirit in the area. We as a business get unbelievable support from the local people. We seem to have three generations in some families still buying from us.
SO, THE dust has settled after Christmas and it’s back to work. Or maybe not. If you’ve been made redundant, have had to close your business or are moving into the longterm unemployed category, you may not be welcoming 2013 with open arms. Yes, it’s tough out there, yes there are fewer jobs and more competition; but there are jobs and people are getting them. So where to begin? As basic as it may seem, you have to begin where you are and that means with yourself and your outlook. As Elvis Presley said: “When things go wrong, don’t go with them”. Things are as they are; it’s how we choose to react to them that matters. You may feel like a victim of circumstance, that’s allowed. But sooner or later, you have to start moving forward, and the best way to do this is to make a conscious daily choice to adopt a positive frame of mind. Believe that the right job is out there for you, and your job at the moment is to commit to finding it. Having a routine helps immensely. Without one, you are in serious danger of wasting time or lapsing into apathy. Your routine doesn’t have to be rigorously structured, but it does need a framework. Every weekend make a list of tasks that you want to accomplish the following week, for example scheduling meetings with “positive” individuals who are
willing to discuss job possibilities, contacts and alternatives with you; research job and training opportunities; update your CV etc. Time dedicated to these tasks should form a large part of your daily routine. Each night, review your list and plan your tasks for the next day. Working through your list adds structure to your days, gives you a sense of progress and makes you accountable to yourself. When trying to stay positive, watch your alcohol intake and your diet. Bad choices in either area negatively affect your mood and reduce your ability to cope. Similarly, if you feel stuck, frustrated or unmotivated, change your environment and distract your brain - walk to the shop, go to the library, or go to the park. Just move. It may sound easier said than done, but when you commit on a daily basis to moving forward with a positive outlook, it becomes a habit. Opportunities become more apparent and you are in a better frame of mind to take advantage of them. Contact Rachael at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.
thecareerhub.ie. Rachael Kilgallon is a FETAC qualified Career Coach and founder of The Career Hub.
RDS: ‘VERY IMPORTANT’ EVENT FOR CRAFT SECTOR
Record numbers are set to attend Showcase 13 SMALL businesses are set to flock to the RDS this month in a bid to impress international buyers, with a record number of microenterprises planning to make a big impact at the Showcase 2013 event. Some 75 small businesses, more than double the amount that attended in 2010, will take centre stage at the Enterprise Zone at showcase, which takes place at the RDS from Sunday, January 20 to Wednesday, January 23. Showcase is organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland every year, and is seen by industry experts as one of the most important trade events for Ireland’s craft sector. These businesses are being
supported by their local county and city enterprise boards at the special area, which is dedicated to help them break into new Irish and export markets during 2013. Exhibiting under the Enterprise Zone brand name along the balcony area of the RDS, the small businesses are hoping to impress thousands of retail buyers, who are expected to attend from over 17 countries. The craft companies, many of whom are firsttime exhibitors, cover sectors such as textiles, cosmetics, fashion, giftware, candles, ceramics, homeware, accessories and jewellery, representing 19 different counties. In 2010, the County and
Showcase 2013 takes place at the RDS
City Enterprise Boards suppor ted 35 small businesses at showcase through subsidised stands. This number rose to 50 in 2011, before reaching 57 last year. Michael Hanley from the county and city enterprise boards said: “There has been an unprecedented level of demand for places at this year’s Enterprise Zone in show-
case, reaching record numbers this year. With the support of the county and city enterprise boards, this new generation of craft and design companies can potentially break into new markets, secure valuable export orders and create additional jobs locally.” For more details, visit www.showcaseireland. com.
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Collegeoptions Exploring third-level education
| student resources |
Finding the financial support to help fund your education Students getting ready to take the next step into thirdlevel education, or those going back to education, can find an abundance of information on the types of financial support available to them at studentfinance.ie. This convenient and userfriendly source goes through all the different financial assistance schemes that are available in Ireland. Although there has been criticism over the delay in the student grant run by SUSI (Student Universal Support
Ireland), this is the main source of financial assistance for anyone looking to embark on further study. Hopefully, by the time the next college year begins, delays will be sorted and applications processed more quickly, but it is worth checking your eligibility now. Sources
The website also explains other sources of assistance for students including the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Back to Educa-
tion Allowance and the Student Assistance Fund. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. Students can apply for student assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the student grant. The
Student Assistance Fund is not available in further education/PLC colleges. The Back to Education Allowance allows qualifying persons to return to fulltime education in approved courses while continuing to get income support such as social welfare payments whilst in an approved fulltime courses in further and higher education. For full details on eligibility and application forms, Studentfinance.ie offers an abundance of information on the check out www.studentfi- types of financial support available for those stepping into third-level education nance.ie
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New Frontiers programme returns THERE is great news on the horizon at the New Frontiers programme, an Enterprise Irelandfunded entrepreneur development scheme at The Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC) in IT Blanchardstown and the Synergy Centre at IT Tallaght. Together, the two colleges will continue to provide the programme in 2013, with the first phase of the scheme, which runs for six weeks, set to commence in February. Phase two, which runs over six months, will commence in May 2013. Both The LINC and
Synergy centres have significant track records of successfully providing a business incubation environment that nourishes business skills and company growth. The partnership between the two incubation centres provides a support platform for wider regional business development. Phase one brings new entrepreneurs through a six-week part-time evening programme to help them test their business concepts and ideas, and enable them to produce a clear analysis of the commercial opportu-
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| finding the key to success|
nity within their business idea. The new frontiers programme phase two is a six month full-time programme to help entrepreneurs plan the business, which will start recruitment during April 2013. Both phases will have sessions and modules delivered at both The LINC and the Synergy Centre. Both phases require strong commitment on the part of the prospective entrepreneur. For more details, contact Colm O Maolmhuire, Enterprise Manager at The LINC on 01 885 1119 or email email@example.com
Lr Rathmines Road: Rathmines College will hold an open day on January 24
Rathmines College focus on work skills COLLEGE life is a lot of fun, but the key to a successful college experience is matching students’ skills with employer needs.
That is what Rathmines College set out to do, and they are calling on prospective students to attend their open day, which takes place on
Thursday, January 24 from 2 to 6 pm. Staff and students will be on hand to answer questions and help in finding an educational match for all who are interested in further study. A spokesperson for the college said: “Today, employers want highly skilled and trained graduates and, because of this, Rathmines College is dedicated to offering a range of one, two and three year study options in the key skill areas such as accounting, business, marketing and media and many more. “From a student perspective because Rathmines College offers a full range of recognised, reputable and relevant courses our students are also confident that they will meet the needs of employers in many sectors.” While the courses in the college can equip learners to go straight into the workplace they also provide opportunities to
progress on to institutes of technology or universities, in many cases with exemptions. This means students who successfully complete relevant awards can gain access to year two or three of many degree programmes. “The college is a student-centred, dynamic provider constantly developing and adapting courses to suit learner and employer needs. The importance of practical experience in a skills area is often highlighted by employer groups and reflecting this Rathmines College includes a work experience element on most courses.” As a College of Further Education, the courses are all state-funded and so minimum charges apply. For more details on the open day and courses available, contact Rathmines College on 01-4975334 or click on www.rathminescollege. ie.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica | free course gives insight | is about to come on line AT a time when students are looking for every kind of advantage they can find, the National Parents Council Primary (NPCP) h a s we l c o m e d t h e announcement by Minister for Education Ruari Quinn that all school children will have free home access to the online edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. In a statement, a spokesperson for the NPCP said: “Research strongly indicates that the most effective forms of parental involvement are those which engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities in the home. “Learning in the home
can take on many different forms and there are many activities that do not rely on technology. However, using technology can also offer stimulating and fun ways of learning which parents can share with their children. “Trustworthy online educational resources suitable for children of primary school children can be difficult and sometimes expensive for parents to obtain. This announcement will provide a significant amount of children and families with a valuable and trustworthy resource which will also support parents in their vital role in their children’s education.”
ITT prep course for older students IF YOU are over 23, thinking about going to college, and want the opportunity to find out if it is for you, the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT), Dodder Valley Partnership and County
Dublin VEC are set to offer their preparatory course for study at thirdlevel again this year. This a free 10-week, part-time course, especially tailored for those who are thinking about extending their knowledge and skills, and who may be unsure whether
ITT are offering a free 10-week part-time preparatory course for mature students
college is for them, which subjects to study, or how to go about it, and there is an opportunity to find out more when there is an information night in ITT Dublin on January 24 at 7pm.
This opportunity will be of particular value both to those who are thinking about doing a third-level course but unsure what course to choose, and those who have already applied to
the CAO for 2013. In addition to taster courses in business, accounting, engineering, computing, social care practice or European studies, there will be a broad range of workshops including back to education and finance for mature students, study and presentation skills, using the librar y research databases, group work, academic English and many more. The preparatory course lecturers have extensive experience with mature students, and are sensitive to the fears and anxieties that many feel when re-entering the education system after a gap of several years. Many of last year’s preparatory course students are now approaching the end of their first year, and there is an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the experience, including statements such as “I wholeheartedly recommend this course to all mature students” and “I am genuinely appreciative of the opportunity I’ve been given to be on this course”. For more information, email the course coordinator John Keogh at firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to the college website www.ittdublin. ie.
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Essential reading for Leaving Cert students
| COURSE CHOICES |
Research and apply before CAO deadline
THIS is one of the most important times of the year for the more than 50,000 Leaving Cer tificate students nationwide considering their career and college options. Faced with the CAO deadline of February 1, there is a daunting task ahead, with the application form to be filled out that will determine their college options and potential career directions, as well as an important step towards securing their college and course of choice.
But help is at hand, and Griffith College schools liaison office r R i c h a r d Mu r p hy explained recently that there is no need for students or parents to be fazed by the CAO form.
Tips • Research your course choices in advance. Sites such as www.cao.ie and www. qualifax.ie are very useful to assist students with their decision. • Check the basic entry requirements for each of the courses you
are interested in. Some courses will have language requirements or may require a certain grade in maths. • Apply online, as opposed to the paper format. The online form is significantly cheaper and it does not allow applicants to make mistakes by entering a course code that does not exist. • Don’t leave it to the very last minute even with the online form, as computers can crash! • Do fill in all 20 spaces provided for the 10
Level 8 choices and the 10 Level 6 and 7 choices to give yourself as much choice as possible. • Do put course choices in order of preference with what you really want to do first. Don’t try to secondguess what the points will be in August. • Don’t forget the change of mind facility that is available after May 1 until July 1. R ichard also says: “While dedicating time to school work and study is of utmost importance to secure
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the best results in the Leaving Cert, it is also essential that due time is given to researching what course and college will be the right fit
for you. “College is an important time in any students’ development and picking the right course will ultimately secure
the career you are working towards.” For more information, log on to the Griffith College website at www.gcd.ie.
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| over 18,500 students support secondary school programme |
Huge support for Aware’s Beat the Blues and resilience for the future, which is especially important given the difficult situations which many young people in Ireland now face. “Educating young people at this age about mental health is so vital, and we know that the more coping tools a person has, the better their outcome in times of stress,” said Dr Hayes. “Beat The Blues is a proactive programme and helps young people develop the resources to deal with any issues they face now or in the future. The key message of the programme is that there are always helpful actions that young people can
choose, no matter how unhappy, distressed or worried they may feel. “Beat the Blues teaches young people to acknowledge their feelings, identify their thoughts as ‘helpful’ or ‘unhelpful’ and most importantly, focus on helpful actions they can take: this is a message which is so fundamentally important for our young people to hear. We are delighted with the feedback we have had from more than 18,500 students who have participated so far and we look forward to bringing it to many more schools before the summer holidays.” Beat the Blues is availa-
Pictured at the launch of Aware’s new-look secondary schools programme, Beat the Blues, funded by the Tesco Charity of the Year partnership, is Ray D’Arcy, Dr Claire Hayes, Aware (centre) and Leanne Delaney, Tesco Ireland, with RTE’s Louise Heraghty (left of pic), actress Tara Lee (from RAW, right of pic) and students from St Kevin’s College, Dublin
ble free of charge to every secondary school in Ireland, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Tesco staff members nationwide and its customers as part of the Tesco Charity of the
Year programme. Michelle Mahon, corporate responsibility manager forTesco Ireland, says the company is delighted to support this important programme: “Our staff
and customers in communities across Ireland have been raising funds specifically for Aware’s schools programme since April, and we are thrilled to have collected over
€700,000 to date to fund the roll out of Beat the Blues.” More information on Beat the Blues, as well as booking, is available on www.aware.ie
More than 18,500 senior-cycle students in secondary schools in every county in Ireland have taken part in Aware’s positive mental health programme Beat The Blues in the past four months. Devised by Aware, the national organisation providing support, information and education around depression, under the guidance and direction of the organisation’s clinical director, Dr Claire Hayes, and funded by the Tesco Charity of the Year scheme, the programme focuses on positive mental health and how to deal with challenges in life. It also helps build strength
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| after school |
Fun activities at Rosemont ROSEMONT School, a secondary school for girls in Sandyford, is opening a unique after school for local pupils from third class and up, located in its newly-built modern campus. The after school intends to take the stress away from parents of school pickups, homework and meals. Students at the after school will benefit from enrichment activities, including cooking in Spanish and sports in Irish, as well as outdoor activities. Attendees also get
to sample the nutritious and healthy menu on offer. Rosemont after school will have fully trained, highly experienced and qualified staff to work with young students who attend. Parents will not have the hassle of collecting their children from school to bring them to the after school, as there will be a bus collecting students from local schools to the Rosemont Campus. Jennifer McPhail, coordinator manager of the
after school said: “After careful planning and perfecting, we are really excited to open our after school. This is fantastic for working parents as we will have enrichment activities including Spanish, Irish and science and maths for fun. For children who love sport we have tennis, basketball, uni-hock, orienteering, nature walks and selfdefence.” For more information, contact Jennifer on 01 207 8007 or email email@example.com.
The children can have fun at Rosemont’s School’s new after school service for primary school children
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Essential reading for Leaving Cert students
New year brings changes to Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education DUN LAOGHAIRE College of Further Education (DCFE) is ringing the changes in the New Year in a number of ways. Most significantly, the college has rebranded to become Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi). A spokesperson for the col-
lege said: “For over 35 years, DFEi has been central to the provision of high quality day and evening courses within Dun Laoghaire. Our facilities have been upgraded in order to enhance and develop our courses in line with current trends in FE both nationally and internationally.
“Our new brochure and website, www.dfei.ie, contains detailed information on how to apply, what services and assistance is available to learners and details of life and activities at DFEi.” People interested in taking part in the array of courses available at the college, which
include instruction in Craft, design and construction; arts, business and humanities; health and sport; information technology and media, radio and sound, should avail of the opportunity to tour the campus and talk to staff and students at the information day that the college are run-
ning on Wednesday, January 23 from 10am to 4pm. Visitors will be able to find information and advice on courses, opportunities outwith the CAO points system, and obtain advice and guidance on learner supports at the college. Applications for day cours-
es for the academic year 2013/2014 will open for both online or manual applications on January 30. Learners of all ages and backgrounds are welcome in DFEi, and for more information, contact the college on 01 280 9676 or email info@dfei. ie.
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Mocks.ie an aid to informed career moves AS students now focus on exams, study and career choices, the Irish online study resource Mocks.ie has introduced a range of psychometric tests and career guidance tools on their website to assist in determining possible college and job options. The new career guidance tests will complement the resources currently available to students, which have been limited following cuts to guidance counsellors in Irish schools and colleges. Cuts in the education budget mean schools no longer receive a specific allocation for guidance counsellors, a move which could see a reduction in the personal, educational, and career supports available to students. The Mocks.ie assessments, however, provide a useful new tool for students, parents and counsellors, to inform and assist in career decision making. The Mocks.ie programme, which gauges occupational interests and personality type, is combined with input from qualified guidance coun-
sellors, to point students in the direction of careers they would be suited to. Students take online tests of their general ability and assessments of their own thinking on a career choice. Associated psychometric tests on Mocks.ie also help identify their values, and how they interact, absorb information, think, make decisions, communicate, and learn; all of which can pinpoint a career or work environment to which they would be suited. “Students are faced with class-work, study, and exams, so the task of properly reviewing their interests and aptitude, in order to decide on a future
career or course of study, tends to get neglected”, said Ailish Ryan, one of Mocks.ie’s founders. “These online assessments not only help students make an informed choice on their career, but are also invaluable in helping the students and parents understand the child’s learning style and motivation,” she adds. Full detail on all Mocks. ie career guidance supports is on the website, www.mocks.ie, alongside sample questions and sample reports outlining the kind of information the candidates receive. Personal career guidance consultations are provided by a qualified guidance counsellor.
Mocks.ie has introduced psychometric tests and career guidance tools to assist in determining possible college and job options
DCU Students’ Union’s Aaron Clogher, Education Officer; Paul Doherty, President and Neil Collins, Welfare Officer praised the ChefDirect.ie initiative (inset)
DCU Students’ Union dish up a treat for 2013 CHEFDIRECT.IE are pairing up with Dublin City University Students’ Union to launch Ireland’s very first ready prepared meal service for students who are living away from home. Currently delivering to the elderly at home in the greater Dublin area, chefdirect.ie has seen the need in students for fast, quality, hearty Irish meals. Paul Doherty, President of DCU Students’ Union (DCUSU), says: “This is a great value, healthy option for students. “We want to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle for all our students, and we think this is a big step in the right direction.” “Students want something fast, tasty and value for money and this ticks all the boxes,” says Aaron Clogher, Education Officer, DCUSU. The ChefDirect.ie team
have designed a wholesome range of 12 carvery meals that are 100% Irish. Once fully cooked, all meals are freshly frozen and are ready for you to enjoy in less than 10 minutes from your microwave, or under 35 minutes from your oven. Costing only €5.50 per meal, which is just €22 for a delivery of four meals for the four nights which the students live on campus, this delivery service is light on the pocket. Neil Collins, Welfare Officer in the SU, adds: “The majority of students will spend a lot of money on takeaways. “This is a much more affordable option as well as being a lot healthier, it’s just like having a homecooked meal.” ChefDirect.ie only use 100% Irish ingredients in their meals, their meats are quality assured by
Bord Bia and their vegetables are purchased from Irish farmers. ChefDirect.ie are very proactive in Irish employment, with their produce being manufactured here in Ireland.
Hearty Irish meals Paul Kavanagh, Chief Executive, ChefDirect.ie says: “We only produce hearty Irish meals, such as our tender cooked bacon, roasted Irish beef, tender cooked turkey ham with handmade stuffing, all served with at least three vegetables or maybe traditional Irish beef and stout stew, to mention just a few.” The service is very simple really. All that the student or parent of the student has to do is visit www.chefdirect. ie, register as a new customer, then go onto their brand-new webshop page and buy four meals for
that week, which will be delivered every Monday afternoon direct to the DCU campus, or contact them on 01 491 6262 to make your order over the phone. With the brand-new ecommerce website going live in February, the service enables students and family to buy online from a distance. ChefDirect.ie’s delivery service has proven to be hugely convenient for their customers and gratefully received in the Irish market. ChefDirect.ie directors Paul Kavanagh and Keith McGovern say that they are really looking forward to working with Dublin City University Students’ Union, and say that the team in the Students Union have come up with a very pioneering and healthy solution for the students living on campus.
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The January blues have definitely kicked in and what’s going to bring us further into the slump is seeing those dreaded bills, so to cheer our readers up this week, we have decided to showcase all things discounted - let the sales begin. No matter what high street you end up on or what shopping centre you will visit there will be one thing that you will want to see - and really you won’t be able to avoid it - and that’s the bright red signs that read SALE NOW ON. When you are looking through the rails for a great bargain, maybe think about what you might need over the coming months - a dress for an occasion? A bag for a weekend away? Or a
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ON this month little t-shirt to get you through casual Friday? Whatever the reason make sure you have one, otherwise you could be left with unwanted items and that only adds to that cluttered wardrobe. Is there a friend or family member’s birthday coming up? Then now is the opportunity to find something of good quality but for half the price. The January sales are always the best as the range is so vast. So if you have a few quid to spend, take in some of the fashion sights and give your self a little pickme up. Main pic left, Cardigan from South was €89 NOW €33.82, Main pic right Shirt from Fred Perry was €91 NOW €48.26 - both available at Littlewoods.
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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Snow White
FOR their 10th annual panto at Pavilion Theatre, Arclight bring you their twist on the classic tale of Snow White. The wicked Queen is jealous of Snow White’s beauty and sends her off to be murdered by the Horrible Hairy Huntsmen. January 22-26, tickets are priced at €16/€12.
Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aladdin
IN the town of Soo Chow lives Widow Twanky, a washerwoman, and her sons Aladdin and Wishee Washee. January 4-6, 10-13 and 17-20, tickets are priced at €20/€16.
CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Tenderfoot
In September 2012, 42 transition year students from eight schools in South County Dublin signed on for their first day of Tenderfoot, the Civic Theatre’s apprentice theatre programme. Transition year is all about new experiences and new ways of learning. Tenderfoot is funded by The Civic Theatre, South Dublin County Arts Office and The Arts Council’s Young Ensemble Scheme. Running for two shows on Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25, tickets are priced at €10 with €5 concessions.
Newcomer Tom Holland stares down a tsunami
review: Ewan mcgregor and naomi watts star in this epic
Impossibly good IT seems odd that it has taken eight years for a major film to come along about the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. It was touched upon in the 2010 Clint Eastwood film Hereafter, but given that 250,000 people lost their lives in the sixth-deadliest natural disaster of all time, it has been largely ignored by Hollywood. It seems too far away a place and subject to really interest Western audiences and even The Impossible, which stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, is a Spanish funded production that changes the ethnicity of the protagonist family from Spanish to British. Very, very British. Whether or not this deters you from seeing, or enjoying The Impossible is entirely up to you, but in the rush to condemn the film mak-
Film of the Week: The Impossible h h h h (12) 107 mins Director: J.A Bayona Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Prendergast
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ers and posit on the homogeny of Hollywood, remember that the film comes with the blessing of the Spanish family, the Belons. It is their story that is told, but really it is a universal story; one of family, survival and adversity. As the tsunami struck on St Stephen’s Day 2004, paradise was turned into hell for holiday-makers and locals alike. Part of the reluctance to film the event may have been the trouble with capturing the sheer scale of the disaster. On a physical film-
OUR VERDICT: IT is not a popcorn movie nor is it one to take in if you’re already feeling any way emotional, but it is a very good film. Under all of the drama and emotional turmoil is a very real, very raw story of a family put into a chaotic situation. While the changing of the family from Spanish to white British will irk some, it says more about Hollywood, and audiences, than it does about this film itself, which is excellent.
making level it is an onerous task and one which could not be achieved by half-measures. Spanish wunderkind J A B ay o n a s h owe d in 2007’s horror The Orphanage that he more than has the chops for such a task and his 10-minute take on the moments the water hit land is nothing short of spectacular. As characters are flung around underwater, tossed among debris and detritus, the shuddering camera work
and thunderous sound design make the wave as scary as it is spectacular. B a y o n a ’s t e c h n i cal expertise belies a director with an ability to capture real human drama. Here, the wave does not form a large portion of the running time and is instead the set up for a harrowing family drama. Eldest son Lucas (Tom Holland) and mother Maria (Naomi Watts) are separated from the rest of their family.
From there, the spectacle is dropped down a notch as the focus becomes survival. If there were any gr umbles about the changing of ethnicity of the main characters, there can be no complaint about the actors drafted in to play the English family. In Naomi Watts, the family finds a fitting matriarch; strong-willed, selfless and vulnerable, her performance is one that could easily go over the top, but in the hands of as skilled an actress as Watts, it never does. Likewise Ewan McGregor, who never lets his performance stray in melodrama. But the highlight of the film is a breakout performance from Tom Holland. Playing stroppy eldest boy Lucas, the 16-yearold delivers one of the best film debuts ever.
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GAMING TECH: TIMELESS ITEM GETS A SECOND WIND WITH AN UP-TO-DATE DESIGN
BYTES&PIECES WANT TO PAY TO CONTACT A VIP ONLINE?
Time will tell if the Pebble watch makes quite a splash GOSH. You wait a few weeks for some interesting games-related news, or a great new game to review to come along … and then it doesn’t. Which is why I’m once again taking a look at some technology news, as new games are still thin on the ground. First up, at the time of writing, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Still very important to, well, pretty much any and all electronics firms – including IT developers – CES is always where you see the technology of tomorrow, today. In theory, terrific technologies and exciting new gadgets, and goods, go on show each year – all of which their makers hope will go on to sit in homes, offices and firms around the world. However, this year’s CES seems to have been pretty underwhelming, best summed up as “more of the same”, with the likes of bigger televisions, bendable OLED screens, and larger phones on show, leaving those in search of “the next big thing” a little underwhelmed. While, of course, new
Facebook continues trials on a new revenue stream “BUDDY, can you spare a hundred dollars to speak to Mark Zuckerberg?” With the news that Facebook has confirmed that it’s experimenting with a system to charge interested users to message “VIPs” – including its founder, above – it’s interesting to note the way that the company is continuing to attempt to monetise its services. It’s a bold experiment, and one that could reap plenty of financial rewards in the short term, depending on who – and how many – well-known people might agree to commit to such a service, thus prompting user take-up. Personally, I can’t help but wish Facebook offered a “Pay us for no advertising” option, which seems like a no-brainer as a means to generate hefty revenues from the hundreds of millions of users – like me – who have never, and will never, click on a single one of the ads on Facebook, and would rather see none. Perhaps after rolling out its “Pay us to talk to them” scheme (if it indeed proceeds, after these trials and their feedback), Facebook can then roll out a “Pay us not to talk to you” one, too. Here’s hoping …
For many, Eric Migicovsky (right) was the star of Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas, where his Pebble digital watch stirred up great SHANE DILLON
interest. At first sight
just a digital watch, the Pebble utilises wireless
technologies and iterations of existing products were on show, it doesn’t look like we’ll all be getting hover cars or robot monkey butlers any time soon. Pity. In fact, something that was conspicuous by its noticeable absence was 3D. Previously touted as the future of television, 3D TVs have by and large stalled at retail. Given 3D’s generally lukewarm attraction at cinemas, it’s possible that 3D televisions are trotting towards extinction, but time will tell.
Wireless Speaking of time, something that attracted a surprising amount of media and business coverage at CES 2013 was the Pebble – a digital watch that also uses wireless technology. Interestingly, it was something that was funded through Kickstarter – the online facility that sees budding entrepreneurs, inventors, and
technology to give it several uses beyond being “just” a watch.
anyone with a product or service ask anyone using the site to fund their project to fruition, in return for agreed returns in the product’s success. Using this “crowdfunding” method, the Pebble’s developer, Eric Migicovsky, shot far beyond the $100,000 he was looking for to create the Pebble, reaching just over $10 million in backing, becoming Kickstarter’s most successful project by far, and making business watchers and tech heads sit up and take notice. Now, the Pebble is out, and caused a stir at CES 2013. Basically a “smart” watch, it runs a number of simple apps, and uses Bluetooth connectivity to pass on text messages and email from a paired smartphone, as well as controlling music on a paired player. Oh, and it’s waterproof, too, in addi-
tion to a number of other features. It’s of note that such a small product could go on to create such a big fuss, given the much more technologically advanced (not to mention, larger) products on show at CES 2013.
Messenger Moving on, and since I was talking about the Pebble watch above, we’ll stick with the changing times theme – and Microsoft has announced that time’s up for its popular Windows Messenger facility, which is being shut down in the middle of March (except for mainland China). Once by far the world’s leading messenger service – you couldn’t walk into a cyber cafe without seeing Messenger open on virtually every screen – the service has been declin-
ing for some time, given the shift in consumer patterns online and the inexorable rise of social media. While it still has a substantial user base, Messenger is, however, racing towards obsolescence in a world where people communicate through Facebook, Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp, and a dozen other leading facilities in the increasingly fragmented social media/ communication world. With a 14-year run, Messenger had more than a good innings, and its retirement shows that even the biggest companies in the world have to adapt and change. No doubt Microsoft – which now owns Skype, don’t forget – has plans for how to dominate the instant messaging service once more, but, again, time will tell …
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Songwriter Club back for 2013 gatherings The Songwriter Club has proved itself to be a positive social network for aspiring musicians in 2012, and is looking to keep up its momentum throughout 2013. The Songwriter Club returns later this month with Dundalk singer/songwriter Sinead McNally and community radio presenter and music manager Keith McLoughlin hosting the gathering on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 5pm at The Teachers Club on 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. There is a €2 donation per person for the use of the venue. Guest speakers on the day will include Mark Crossingham, the managing director of Universal Music Ireland and Tamala Clark from Music Medium Live. Singer/songwriters who attend have the opportunity to perform a song to their peers. Speaking about the club and its goals for the coming year, Keith said: “The purpose of The Songwriter Club is to form a new music community whereby songwriters, performers and independent professionals connected to the music industry can meet regularly to discuss issues of importance, share experiences and information and become a voice for ‘independents’ in the industry. “The club started in late 2011 when Sinead and I spoke about trying to set up a meetup group for musicians. The club has met a number of times during 2012 and is set to carry on doing so in 2013. The club has had many guest speakers, from music managers, producers, CD printing companies, organisations such as IMRO and RAAP plus many more.” The Songwriter Club is a non-profitable organisation and contributors operate on a voluntary basis. The meeting will have a number of special guests who wish to share their advice, their experience or their business ideas. Anyone involved in music is welcome to take part and you can find more information on The Songwriter Club page on Facebook.
Singer songwriter Corrina Jaye entertains her peers at a meeting of the Songwriter’s Club
David Bowie, at 66, still has the power to shake the very foundations of music and create a level of excitement other acts never will
Legends: a graceful return to the scene by david Bowie
Where we are now Rob Heigh
2013 is barely two weeks old and it already seems that this is going to be the year of the comeback. Starting out with a whimper — hold onto your hats for the return of Atomic Kitten, people — and ending with a tumult of acclaim and delight with the emergence from the wilderness of a certain Thin White Duke, there have been some incredible events before the New Year’s hangover has barely passed into the realms of never again. Destiny’s Child, Justin Timberlake, Outkast... just three of the returning acts so far this year, but, really, there is only one that matters. The amazing birthday gift to the world of
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David Bowie’s return to the game was a stunning piece of theatre worthy of the onstage retirement of Ziggy Stardust or the Top Of The Pops performance of Starman. What was so amazing was its subtlety and the sense of utter surprise felt around the world. In a world of spoilers and leaks, where instantaneous news is fed to us constantly and we crave the next thing immediately before moving onto the next with barely an impression being left on
us in the process. No fanfare, no tweets, no status update, just a ripple that turned into a tsunami of chatter, hope and expectation by the following morning as people woke up to the news that Bowie was back. The track, Where Are We Now?, is an exercise in restraint and melancholy, reflective and heartfelt about a time when Bowie was undergoing another fundamental change as an artist when he came to Berlin, recording seminal albums like Heroes that defined more markers in the uninterrupted succession of epochal records that ran from Hunky Dory to Let’s Dance. It’s on the basis of the legacy of that period that the current shock and
awe is earned, alongside the presumption that Bowie had left the building. Following his last outings on record and on stage that included a pair of simply astonishing appearances at The Point that will linger to the dying day of anyone who was privileged to be there, there was little heard since 2006. Health issues, and the ongoing radio silence from New York made the presumption of retirement a more likely reality. But without official confirmation, there was always the possibilty of a comeback. And so it comes to pass... The news that Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long time producer is on the boards, that the record has taken two years to craft, and features both
classic Bowie and experimental Bowie is fantastic. Hopes will remain high and hopefully internet hype and expectation will not crush the project when it finally appears. But given the theatre and subtlety of the initial announcement, it makes sense that the arrival of the album in March will have the same impact. Bowie is not one of the legends of music for no reason. He remains able to create an enormous effect with four minutes of song in the same way he shook and changed a generation with an unimpeachable back catalogue and seismic cultural impact nearly 40 years ago. To say we should be looking forward to the album is a massive understatement.
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NOISE €500 free fuel with every new Citroen
Skoda are currently offering the Octavia Exclusive 1.6TDI for €22,995
skoda: a host of attractive options bound to appeal
Octavia proves to be a whole lot of car
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In my opinion, Skoda make some of the best cars on the market today. At each level and in every one of their models, the attention to detail is never anything less than precise. And somewhere in amongst all that precision and VW know-how, the brand has developed a character that is completely on my wavelength. In every one of the cars in the Skoda range, you feel like you are getting more for your money. A few weeks ago, my wife and I did something we haven’t had a chance to do in quite some time, we dined (just the two of us) at a real, honest-togoodness grown-ups’ restaurant in the city centre. What the hell! It was the night of the Christ-
mas party so we decided to treat ourselves. The prices were a lot steamier than we would usually cough up, but we were having a wonderful evening so we didn’t care one jot. But what really topped off the evening was the bill. Somebody had definitely hit the wrong button on the till so we were undercharged considerably. What a great feeling. And it’s that feeling I get in Skodas, and the Octavia in particular. This is a car that is supposed to be functional above all else. It’s not the prettiest car on the road, but it holds its own, from the front at least. It’s not a car you aspire to owning – nobody wins the lottery and buys an Octavia, unless they’re giving it to their uncle the
taxi driver, he would think all his birthdays had come at once. But sitting into the car is at complete odds with the somewhat dull reputation the car has. It feels so solid and shares an awful lot of kit with its far loftier stable mate, the Superb. The build quality is bullet proof, which is why it feels like so much more of a car. The upholstery is quality, giving the car the feel of a premium saloon, and the interior space is doing everything it can to mimic the Superb in terms of generous space. For storage – I don’t remember the last time I was quite so impressed by a boot, the thing is huge. Considering there is an all-new Octavia hitting our shores in early March, it may seem a little redundant to talk about this
particular model so close to its retirement, but there are some very attractive options that are certain to appeal to potential owners. Skoda are currently offering the Octavia Exclusive 1.6TDI for €22,995. The Exclusive model comes in just behind Skoda’s premium Laurin & Klement specification, giving owners all the spec of the Active and Ambition models, along with a wealth of extra features. On the outside, the car sits on a set of attractive 16” alloy wheels of the Crateris variety. The inside of the car is treated to the Interior DUO spec, which features half leather upholstery. The dash comes in OnyxOnyx style and the overall decor is of the Elegance Design spec. For safety, functional-
ity and comfort, the front passenger glove compartment is illuminated and cooled via the air-conditioning system. Navigation comes in the form of the Amundsen+ sat nav system, and the climate is controlled by the Climatronic – Dual-zone air conditioning with electronic regulation and combifilter. This Octavia boasts the very attractive Maxi DOT large dashboard information display, but before you even get in to the car, illumination is provided via boarding spots that are integrated in to the door mirrors. So, all-in-all, there is an awful lot to enjoy in this bastion of practicality, a whole lot of car in a very subtle body. If you’re sitting on the fence when it comes to the Octavia, I think you know which way to jump.
During the Citroen 10-Day Free Fuel Giveaway, from January 17 to 27, every customer who orders a new Citroen can drive away with €500 of free fuel, and look forward to free trips to the fuel pump. Retail customers who take advantage of this high value offer across the Citroen passenger range will receive, on collection of their new Citroen, a pre-loaded Topaz Gift Card to cover the cost of €500 fuel. This equates to over 9,000km of free driving in Citroen’s most fuel efficient engines. Citroen now offer an ever cleaner, greener and more efficient range, so even after all the free fuel has been used, future petrol or diesel costs can be kept to a minimum. Models such as the stylish C3 and New C4 already deliver impressive fuel economy of up to 3.4L/100km (83 mpg) and 3.8L/100km (74 mpg) respectively. What’s more, those who take a test drive during the giveaway can avail of a free winter vehicle health check in any participating authorised dealership. Frederic Soulier, managing director of Citroen Motors Ireland, said: “We are committed to giving our customers more for their money with our incredible €500 free fuel giveaway, and with a wide range of quality passenger cars to choose from our customers can be confident that it is a great time to buy a new Citroen.” For more information or details of the nearest participating Citroen dealer, visit www.citroen. ie
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&ABOUT OUT fast TRAVEL NEWS
Cheap Sunday rate at Everglades Hotel FOR those planning on visiting the 2013 City of Culture Derry-Londonderry, the Everglades Hotel is offering guests a brand new Sunday night special with prices from just €60 per room. The four-star Everglades Hotel overlooks the River Foyle as well as the rugged hills of County Donegal, and is situated just five minutes from Derry city centre. It is a great place for guests to relax in comfortable surroundings, enjoy some good home-cooked food, and relax having a pint by the roaring fire. To book or for further information, log on to www.hastingshotels.com/everglades-hotel or call 048 7132 1066.
Lap up the sun at Lisbon’s beaches THE Lisbon coast is a popular holiday spot amongst the Irish, famed for its golden beaches, stunning architecture and chic resorts like Estoril and Cascais. Gohop.ie, Ireland’s leading online travel company, have some great offers for 2013 to let you experience the Portuguese hot spot for yourself. Visit Estoril in March for four nights from just €198 per person, or in April for four nights from only €204 per person. Or visit Cascais in March for four nights from €210 per person, or in April for five nights from only €234 per person. Prices are based on two adults sharing and include return flights from Dublin Airport, accommodation as stated as well as all taxes and charges. Prices are subject to availability. For further details or to book, log on to www. gohop.ie.
event calendar: beat christmas blues with a cheap road trip
Brighten January with a trip up North
JANUARY is often discarded on the travel calendar. Its unfortunate proximity to postChristmas blues and the lack of funds for many people ensure that it remains a quiet month. But for those who do fancy hopping in the car and doing something a little different, Northern Ireland has a lot to offer. So without having to break the bank, take a look at some of the top things to do this month in Northern Ireland.
The Lisbon coast is popular among the Irish Fireworks in Derry City
Countryside Walks Castlewellan, Co Down, Until January 23. Join one of the many walks taking place until January 23. Walks are generally five to six miles and are open to everyone above 16 years of age. Family Favourites Cookery Course Belle Isle Estate, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, January 18. Be inspired with simple, cost effective dishes
that can be prepared in advance and that everyone will love. The cookery course sees recipes that are easy to dress up or down with ideas for breads, one pot dishes and puddings.
Arenacross Odyssey Arena, Belfast, January 19. Arenacross is the crazy indoor off-spring of motocross racing. The racing is short and sharp with huge triple jumps, killer mogul sec-
Derry-Londonderry has plenty of activities on offer
tions and fast, banked corners, all designed to provide high-octane sensory fun.
Sons and Daughters Ebrington, Co Derry, January 20. The opening event of Derry’s City of Culture year will be the massive Sons and Daughters opening concert. The event will feature all the city’s top names from stage and screen including Phil Coulter, Fergal Sharkey, T he Undertones, Dana and Paul Brady. Dominic Kirwan in Concert Market Place Theatre, Armagh, January 25. Dominic Kirwan has built up a very loyal following in Ireland and the UK as a consequence of his dynamic stage shows. This concert features songs from his many albums and features everything
from country to pop.
An Evening with Brendan Shine A r d h owe n T h e a t r e , Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, January 26. Sit back and enjoy an evening with one of Ireland’s top TV, radio and recording stars, with Sean Wallace as compere and special guests Rod, Tracey and The Barroom Buddies. Titanic: Window on Emigration Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co Tyrone, until January 26. Set in the context of European emigration, this exhibition lets visitors explore the stories of the Irish emigrants and why they left for the New World. Explore a third class cabin on the Titanic, listen to the voices of those involved and bring to life the stories of the people who
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Escape to Madeira this February with Concorde Travel
to new visitors
journeyed to a new life.
Megaliths of Northern Ireland Exhibition Mid-Antrim Museum, The Braid, Ballymena, Co Antrim, until February 23. This exhibition gives an insight into what life was like here 6,000 years ago during the Neolithic age. Visitors will discover more about the Neolithic people, how they lived and farmed, as well as the different myths and legends surrounding the standing stone structures that are scattered throughout the region. For more details on
these and other events, Callsave 1850 230 230, visit Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Information Office at Suffolk Street in Dublin 2, or log on to www.discovernorthernireland. com/events.
Jet away to Bodrum Peninsula with WingsAbroad this year F OL L OW I N G t h e success of the new route in 2012, the Turkish holiday specialists WingsAbroad have extended their Shannon to Bodrum route for the upcoming summer of 2013. In order to ensure that more people can experience what has
become the extremely popular Bodrum Peninsula, WingsAbroad have added extra dates to their holiday programme this summer. The first flight from Shannon will take-off on June 2 with the final flight of the season on September 1. Travel on June 9 and
stay at the three-star Summer Garden, Bitez, in a self-catering studio from only €429 per person. Or stay at the three-star Sami Beach Hotel, Gumbet, on a B&B basis from only €479 per person. Price includes return flights from Shannon, seven nights accom-
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THE Portuguese Island of Madeira is aptly known as The Island of Eternal Spring because of its mild climate. The temperatures rarely fall below 17C or rise above 24C, giving it the kind of weather most Irish tourists would give their left arm for. The capital Funchal is a bustling seaside town, offering plenty of amenities and services for the holidaymaker. The island is the perfect destination for families, couples or indeed, any tourist looking for quality hotel accommodation at reasonable and affordable prices. Madeira is praised for the friendliness of its people, its unique atmosphere and is ideal for anyone who loves outdoor activities or simply relaxing by one of the many hotel swimming pools. This February, Concorde Travel are offering springtime escapes to Madeira from Dublin from just €479 per person (pp). Leave on February 3, and stay at the three-star Dorisol Hotel on a B&B basis from €479pp, or at the four-star Madeira Panoramico on a B&B basis from €659pp. Or treat yourself to a stay at the four-star Four Views Baia, also on a B&B basis from €699pp, or at the five-star Vidamar Resort – in a sea view room – from just €729pp. Guests can enjoy more five-star luxury at the five-star Melia Madeira Mare from €799pp including B&B, or at the fivestar Pestana Casino Park, also on a B&B basis and priced at €799pp. Packages from Concorde Travel include direct return flights from Dublin to Funchal, 20kg luggage allowance, return airport transfers, all taxes and charges, rep assistance and seven nights accommodation as specified. Optional trips are also available. To book your Madeira break, visit www.concordetravel.ie, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01) 775 9300 to speak with one of Concorde Travel’s representatives.
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FastSport harriers on form in tymon:
Republic of Ireland supporters from Dublin and beyond will join together as part of the FAI’s The Gathering initiative
soccer: national association’s event to coincide with vital austria clash
FAI ready to host supporters conference for The Gathering THE Football Association of Ireland is looking to invite representatives of Republic of Ireland supporters clubs around the world to attend a supporters’ conference in Dublin on March 26. As part of the FAI’s involvement in The Gathering 2013, the association is reaching out to all supporter clubs to come together at an event in the Ballsbridge Inn on Tuesday, March 26 – the day of Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria at Aviva Stadium.
This event will see representatives of the official Republic of Ireland Supporter Clubs join with newly formed supporters clubs to discuss matters of mutual interest which the FAI hopes will help those clubs grow in the years to come. FAI regional manager Gerry Reardon has been delighted with the response so far. “We’ve already had representatives confirmed as attending from supporters clubs including London, Midlands UK, Huddersfield, Dublin, Derry, West of Ireland, Edinburgh, Vancouver, ‘You
Boys in Green’ and the ‘FAI Inclusive Supporters Club’,” he explained. “We are also looking to engage with the established clubs and will be seeking interest from new groups of supporters from around the globe. “With the growth of the diaspora worldwide in recent years there are still a number of clubs out there who are off the radar or a number of loose affiliates that haven’t organised themselves yet which we may be able to assist. “It’ll be a get-together first and foremost where clubs can share their
knowledge then we can explore ideas around good practice to hopefully improve and develop further partnership work between fans and the association. “We will also explore the possibility of a worldwide Republic of Ireland supporters’ club confederation.” If you are a member of a supporters club that has yet to be contacted or are in process of forming a club and would like to do so or would simply like to register your interest in the congress, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE first BHAA race of 2013 took place last week in Tymon Park, Templeogue, with conditions ideal for the cross country race. The ladies event was a two-mile race, and Bernie Stapleton was the first woman home for Lucan Harriers, in a time of 14.42. Stapleton was also second in her category. Next home for Lucan was Eileen O’Brien in a time of 16.43 and was the first home in her category. The men’s race was over four miles, and Lucan was represented by five men, first home being Gareth Faraday in a superb time of 24.45, he was quickly followed by Gerry Byrne Snr in 29.33.
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FastSport Dubliners to the fore in cricket sides: A LARGE number of local cricketers have been named in the Ireland underage training programmes ahead of the 2013 season. The Anders of Phoenix are well represented with Thomas included in Ryan Eagleson’s U-19 selection while Rory is in the U-15 selection and Ian is included at U-13 level. In the elder team, Malahide’s Peter Chase is joined by St Andrew’s student Lee Cole and St Columba’s Patrick Tice. Jack Balbirnie, another Andrew’s student, is in the U-17 side along with Lorcan Tucker from Colaiste Eoin. He is included along with his younger brother Fiachra in the U-15s. There, Phoenix have three players involved with Rory Anders joined by Sim Singh and Marc Gibson-McKenna. Malahide’s Cameron Shoebridge gets the nod for this panel, too while Gonzaga’s Rory McGovern is in the U-13s.
rugby: several local players in the extended irish women’s panel
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A LARGE number of local women have been included in the Irish women’s rugby panel as they commence their preparations for this year’s RBS Women’s Six Championship with a training camp this weekend for the extended panel. Ireland Women’s head coach Philip Doyle has had some tough decisions to make in selecting the 34-player extended squad for this year’s campaign. One thing that stands out is the increase in the number of Exile players coming into the squad, which is a testament to the work being done by Mark Blair and his team in the UK. The Exiles played
two very competitive matches again Leinster and Munster before the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship in December and there were a number of new players who put their hands up for selection. Swords woman Lynne Cantwell is included among this number while Blackrock RFC provides Shannon Houston to the mix, Sharon Lynch is Garda’s representative while St Mary’s Paula Fitzpatrick is also in the running for a berth. The remainder of the Leinster representative players involved come from Old Belvedere with Jenny Murphy, Nora Stapleton, Ailis Egan and Marie-Louise Kelly There are a number of
new faces coming into the squad this year and this, coupled with seasoned internationals and exciting younger players coming through, will certainly make training particularly competitive. Speaking ahead of the training camp, Doyle said: “This year was definitely one of the toughest selection processes to date for myself and the coaching staff. “The difficult part of my role is not including players who may have been with the squad before. However, it is a credit to the players who have been working extremely hard to make our jobs so difficult in the selection process. “Following on from the campaign last year which
The extended Irish women’s panel was named this week for the Six Nations
was our best to date, it is hard to be anything but excited for the season ahead. “There is a lot of hard work and training ahead of us but I am confident in the ability of the players to deliver on the field this year.” There is a significant importance to the 2013 Six Nations - not only because it is the premier tournament for women’s rugby in Europe, but
qualification for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France is dependent on the results from the 2012 and 2013 tournaments. There are six automatic qualifiers for next year’s World Cup - reigning world champions New Zealand, 2010 runnersup England, 2010 bronze medallists Australia, 2014 hosts France and USA and Canada by virtue of their top six placing at the
2010 tournament. After England and France, the two highestplaced teams in the Six Nations on aggregate over two years - 2012 and 2013 - will secure places at France 2014. The remaining two other teams from the Six Nations, plus the highestranked teams in Europe, will be joined by a team from Oceania in a qualification tournament in 2013.
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Last year’s Marlay Park walk attracted over 900 people
AS PART of Dun LaoghaireRathdown Sports Partnerships’ aim to encourage everyone in the county to get active, a free walking event, the Operation Transformation public walk, will be held at 11am on January 19 in Marlay Park. This event is being held in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council and RTE’s Operation Transformation programme. On the day, every county in Ireland will have a similar walking event to cater for all levels of fitness,
but in particular those looking to start exercising again. Meeting at 10.45am beside the new playground at the College Road entrance to Marlay Park, the 4km route will be around the picturesque park, based on pathways and suitable for all levels of walker. Supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, this event will provide the perfect chance to put those New Year’s resolutions into action. Speaking in advance of the event, Shane McArdle, coordinator with the sports partner-
ship, said: “Getting active makes such a big difference to your health, helping to reduce stress, ease back pain and reduce the risk of heart disease. “For heart health, adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week. “By taking part in these types of local events, people can become more aware of the excellent parks available in the county and how walking can be made social and fun.” Trained walking leaders will be present on the day for a help-
ing hand and information on the history of the park. All are very welcome and encouraged to attend. For further information on this event and to register your interest please contact Dun LaoghaireRathdown Sports Partnership at 01-2719502 or email@example.com. Over 900 people of all ages and fitness levels took part in the event last year, leading to a fantastic spectacle with a trail of people nearly 1km long stretched out along the pathway.
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Club captain relives Castle’s dream year
After a groundbreaking 2012, club captain Paschal Taggart looks back with fondness on the Rathfarnham outfit’s success, most notably in the Irish Senior Cup PASCHAL Taggart admits he enjoyed “a dream” year as the 99th club captain of Castle golf club as the Rathfarnham outfit finally ended their long wait to win the Irish Senior Cup, the pinnacle in the club game in the country. It was the icing atop an incredible year as they landed the Bloom Cup while their Fred Daly Cup team – the equivalent of their All-Ireland championship – claimed Leinster glory. Reflecting on those successes, Taggart said: “As a sporting fanatic who is pretty useless at all sports, I have to admit that 2012 was one of the great years in my life” Specifically, he first looked back at the Bloom Cup win, a competition for South Dublin clubs for players with handicaps over 14. “You would think it
was the Ryder Cup such is their planning, enthusiasm and commitment, not to mention their celebrations. “It was only after coming from a long way behind that they managed to defeat a very talented Elm Park and beat our old rivals, Newlands in the final.” The Fred Daly team of Alex Gleeson, Peter McKeever, Jack Walsh, Ross McKeever, Ross Murray, Rob Browne, Conor Harte, Barry Fitzpatrick and James Pender were similarly successful. “Starting out the year, I had great expectations for our team, “Over the past decade, many dedicated club members, along with our much admired professional David Kinsella have put enormous time and effort in developing our juveniles.”
They squeaked through an initial 16-team qualifier in Lucan golf club, qualifying on countback before progressing past Carton House – the reigning European champions – in the Leinster final. Connacht champs Rosses Point, though, proved a hurdle too far in the All-Ireland semifinal. Nonetheless, it set the stage for the senior men’s team, amazing run, becoming the first south Dublin club to win the national title since 1926. The team had impressive pedigree in the management team of Harry Gleeson and Jim Pender. “Intelligent, very good and experienced golfers, tough but always fair and dedicated to the Castle; incidentally both of their fathers were captains of the Castle in the 1980s. “They left no stone
Castle Golf Club celebrate their first ever Irish Senior Cup team
unturned in the quest of the Holy Grail, with trainers, psychologists, bonding trips in Rosslare, female masseur and numerous practice days. “All this counted for zilch without a bunch of
bers who made the trip, but we certainly outnumbered our opposition by four to one. “Our semi-final opponents were former winners, Rosses Point. “It was fitting that
‘You would not want a bad heart watching these Irish Senior Cup matches’ – Paschal Taggart
really talented and dedicated team members. “Their handicaps ranged from two to Conor Deegan at plus five, an absolutely amazing handicap for a 42- year-old who had won two All-Ireland football medals for Down in 1991 and 1994.” They edged past Killeen in the first round, young Peter McKeever holding his nerve at the 18th to win at the last. A succession of good clubs were also ousted to reach the Leinster final where they met reigning champions Portmarnock in Hermitage. “You would not want to have a bad heart watching these matches. At the end, Daniel Holland played four superb shots to win on the 17th and the Castle were Leinster champions for the first time.” It meant the club were bound for the All-Ireland finals in September on the old course at Kinsale. “I lost count of the number of Castle mem-
16-year-old Jack Walsh of the defeated Fred Daly team, rolled in a putt on the 18th to clinch our place in the final. “The final was against previous winners from Ulster, Warrenpoint Golf Club who were beaten by Portmarnock in the previous year’s final. “Once again, Holland held his nerve to win the deciding match on the last green. He played all nine matches and was unbeaten in all. Not bad for a young golfer that has not won a major competition. “Indeed, an amazing fact about all the eight members of the Castle team is that not one of them has ever won a major singles competition and yet they were playing against an ex-Walker cup players and many who have won majors. “It was especially fitting for Jim Mulready to eventually win an All-Ireland medal having soldiered for the Castle for 18 years.”
Dublin ladies football puts committee in place at SGM THE Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association this week installed an executive committee at a special general meeting after almost six weeks with positions vacant. Dublin had been without a committee since December 1 following the resignation of the previous regime as former chairperson, Maureen King, and her fellow officers were unable to get the majority backing of Dublin clubs when they sought the re-appointment of former senior manager Peter Clarke. Clarke has since been installed as Mayo manager Raheny man Paul McLoughlin was elected as Dublin chairperson unopposed and now has the task of securing Dublin a new senior manager along with regrouping a panel of players in time for the visit of Leinster rivals Meath to the capital for the first NFL fixture of the 2013 which is pencilled in for Sunday, February 3. McLoughlin has been quick to act, having already received the backing of clubs to appoint an interim senior management team who presided over a training session of an assembled squad last weekend. Along with the senior post, Dublin LGFA has also advertised for candidates for the unoccupied positions of U-21 and U-14 manager, on the association’s website. McLoughlin will be joined on the committee by a number of experienced and well known administrators. Long time serving executive member Kathleen Colreavy (Naomh Mearnog) was re-elected as assistant county secretary along with former chairperson Camillus Kilpatrick, from Naomh Olaf, who will take on the role of county registrar. Additional committee members elected were Joe Keane of Clann Mhuire (vice-chairperson), Mary O’Connor of St Brigid’s (secretary), Siobhan Walsh of Naomh Mearnog (treasurer), Bernice Jones Moore of Man O War (children’s officer), Amy Branigan of Clan Na Gael Fontenoy (development officer). Also elected to serve as central and Leinster council delegates were John Sheridan, Yvonne Burke both Kilmacud Crokes, Finbarr O’Driscoll (Naomh Olaf) and David McCabe (Round Tower, Clondalkin).
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soccer: castleknock u-15s start 2013 with bumper win
Coolmine back up to fourth in Division 1A COOLMINE got back to winning ways in Ashbrook last weekend, seeing off Dundalk 25-22 at Ashbrook to move back up to fourth in Leinster league division 1A, writes Tadhg Prendiville. They managed to establish a healthy lead early in the second half and prevented the victory being snatched from them by holding onto the lead despite an aggressive comeback. Rory Farrell’s blockdown try along with several kicks from outhalf Crotty and a five-pointer by full back Niall O’Donoghue gave them a lead of 10 points at the halftime break. In response, Ene Fa’atau, the kiwi inside centre and player coach of Dundalk, got a try in the same half, making it 17-10 in the Duiblin 15 side’s favour. The second half had Coolmine come out of the gates strong with an early try from scrum half Alan Cousins capping out the home side’s score at 25 points. The visitors on the other hand weren’t done quite just yet with Coolmine’s defence struggling to contain Ene and his cousin Afa Fa’atau’s Lomu style runs through the home side’s line, often taking several tacklers to bring them down. Afa still managed to break through this line twice before the game was over, his tries coupled with the kicking of outhalf Ultan Murphy, brought the visitors within three points. However Coolmine scrambled their defence stepping up the intensity of the game as Dundalk made their comeback and the home side clung to their lead. Winger Rory Farrell was taken down in a heavy hit from a Dundalk tackler, but played on after receiving medical attention, only to receive a straight red card minutes later after a ruck broke down into a mass of bodies and a melee ensued. In spite of this the game continued and Coolmine held off Dundalk long enough to ensure the victory This was the first victory of the new year for Coolmine, and although things got a little scrappier and closer than they might have liked it moves them back within reach of placing, standing fourth on the table.
The Castleknock U-15 Premier side that got the better of Marino Boys 6-4 last weekend
Knock hit Marino for six NDSL U-15 premier Marino Boys Castleknock Celtic firstname.lastname@example.org
ON A pitch that was close to being declared unplayable, the Castleknock Celtic Under-15 Premier team eventually overcame a dogged Marino in a 10-goal thriller. Sean Smith was first off the mark after 42 seconds to give Celtic an early lead. Obviously on form, he doubled his tally five minutes later to make it 2-0 for Celtic. However, the hosts Marino did not give up and came back hard.
Stand-in goalkeeper, Tom Fitzsimons, was kept busy and made one spectacular save from short range. Marino’s efforts were rewarded and they did get on the scoresheet. However, almost from the kick off, Darren Doyle was on hand to score Celtic’s third. Amazingly Marino were back on the scoresheet within a couple of minutes as the game swung from end to end, Celtic got their fourth when team captain, Aidan Sampson’s long range effort dipped under the post, 4-2 to Celtic and looking in command.
award presentation McDonnell receives most improved player title WESTMANSTOWN’S Rebecca McDon-
nell was presented with a special award as Dublin U-16 ladies footballers most improved player during their Leinster championship winning run. She became the first Westmanstown player of any code to be called into a Dublin panel and she shone in the skyblue throughout 2012 and was presented the trophy by Fearghal Brennan.
Picture: Peter Hickey/GAAPics.com
Marino however never gave up as they showed their fighting qualities. A debatable penalty, followed by another quick goal and the game was all square at 4-4 with just 10 minutes remaining. It was now Celtic’s turn to show their resilience and determination to take home all three points. Not happy with just two goals, Sean Smith rounded off a fantastic performance as he completed his hat trick. Celtic’s final goal came from the industrious Daniel Ferreira following a precision corner from Matthew Mullen which
the Marino defence couldn’t deal with. Overall, a strong performance by a Celtic team who kept going, some fine individual performances, but more importantly an excellent squad effort that maintains their high standard of performance this season. Elsewhere, Swords Celtic’s AUL U-19 side started off 2013 with a spectacular goal glut against Castleknock, beating their opposition 4-3 with super sub Paul Kenny bagging a brace from the bench to clinch the victory for the Dublin 15 side.
Kenny struck first having been on the pitch for just ten minutes, rounding off a good passing move with a real poacher’s effort to put Celtic ahead on 65 minutes 3-2. Castleknock came right back at the Swords men and equalised 10 minutes later when their left winger sent a wonderful cross into the box which bypassed the Swords’ defence leaving the striker the simple task of just making contact to regain parity at 3-3. But Swords finished the stronger take the final laurels.
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Dublin North dismiss Westmeath schools email@example.com
CASTLEKNOCK man Niall O’Callaghan produced the star turn for Dublin North as they got the better of the We s t m e a t h s c h o o l s 4-16 to 1-8 last Saturday in DCU in the Leinster colleges senior hurling championship group A playoff.
He struck 2-3 while Sean Gray weighed in with 0-6 as the Dublin selection ran riot, building a huge 3-10 to 1-1 lead as they made great use of the wind in the first half of the tie. Westmeath’s only scores came from the Doyle twins from placed balls – Killian (a goal) and Ciaran (a
point). St Oliver Plunkett’s/ Eoghan Ruadh club man Cian Boland scored one of the other goals while Lucan man Eoin O’Conghaile continued his family’s excellent week as he chipped in with 1-3. His was the fourth goal, a superb individual effort with seven min-
utes left on the clock. It came in a week when Emmet O’Conghaile made his Dublin senior football debut. Amid the goal rush, D u b l i n N o r t h we r e never in danger of defeat and their mentors took the opportunity to test their squad, making a series of changes in the second half.
Club Noticeboard castleknock THE club would like to wish all of teams
ship final next weekend. Throw-in is at
all the best as they begin training for
11am in O’Toole Park and all support is
the New Year. If you would like to join
welcome as the club bid to win their
Castleknock, young or old, with any
second minor hurling championship.
level of experience, please do not
Excitement is beginning to build as
hesitate to contact us. Everyone is
the All-Ireland junior football semi-
welcome. The phone number is 087
7495344 and you can also email info@
The game is on at 2pm on January 27
castleknock.net for details on how
in Mitchelstown, Cork, against Ken-
you can join.
mare Shamrocks, Kerry and Munster
Castleknock would also like to wel-
football: Dubs through despite wicklow loss
come Ciaran Kilkenny back to the the club. Best of luck to the minor hurlers who play Faughs in the B champion-
champions. If you would like to travel to the game, buses are being organised by the club, and you can contact Paul Warnock at 087 3296046.
st brigid’s MEMBERSHIPS for 2012 are now due.
Contact Paul on 087 9154748 or see
Adult playing members, who pay
the website for more information.
their 2013 membership before Janu-
New adult members, male and
ary 26, 2013, will be charged the 2012
female also welcome as training
for 2013 season begins soon. Please
All other memberships paid after
The next club lotto is on January
2013 rate. Any member with issues
24 with a jackpot of €14,000. Our club
regarding membership can contact
calendar for 2013 is now available in
our club secretary Mary O’Connor at
the club shop, from behind the bar or
by contacting Cathy on 086 821 0502.
The club are hosting Strictly Come
The Throw In radio show continues
Dancing on Saturday, February 16
every Monday from 7.30pm on Phoe-
in the clubhouse with its own mem-
bers taking to the dance floor. More details to follow soon. St Peregrine’s Robbie McCarthy kept up his fine scoring form in a pair of O’Byrne Cup games
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DESPITE a loss last Sunday to Wicklow, Jim Gavin was not overly perturbed by his first defeat as Dublin senior football manager. Indeed his side had booked their place in the semi-final of the O’Byrne Cup with victory over DCU three days earlier as he continues to experiment with his line-up. Speaking after the Wicklow loss, he said there was no need for drastic measures: “We’re not going to use the guillotine based on one particular performance,” he
said. “Most of the guys have got opportunities in the last few games, and again we’ll use a blended approach in the next game. “But it’s the O’Byrne Cup. We’re talking about the third week in January, so there’s a long way to go till the end of the season, and it’s a chance for me to see players, and for players to show their potential.” Diarmuid Connolly led the scoring for the boys in blue with 1-3 when they breezed past DCU in a one-sided 3-16 to 1-11 win. However, an injury to
Cian O’Sullivan just shy of the 20-minute mark is sure to leave a sour taste in Dublin mouths after a tweaked hamstring forced the dominant defender to leave the pitch. The new Dubs boss has shown he is not afraid to give those in the younger ranks a shout and Mearnog’s Davey Byrne, joining Shane Carty, was brought on in the second half to test his strength at competition intensity. Peregrine’s man Robbie McCarthy kicked two frees on the night and took another when a more youthful Dubs
side lined out against Wicklow, with the Dubs coming up short 1-11 to 0-10. That was in a side which saw Eric Lowndes return, joining Byrne, Emmett O’Conghaile and Gary Sweeney, who suffered a broken leg in league action for Syl’s last year, in the XV. Although the victory didn’t come, all was not lost with Gavin’s men already through to the semi final where they will face Louth next Sunday, with the other semi final set with Kildare and Offaly geared to face off.
this date will be charged the new
Deepest sympathies to the Moran family on their recent loss. Juvenile
The club nursery for four- to seven
meeting for parents and mentors
year olds continues every Saturday
this Thursday, January 17 at 8.30pm
morning from 9.30am-11am. New
in the club. Planning for 2013 and
members and families welcome.
beyond. All welcome.
garda/westmanstown WITH the holidays over, it was back to
the training ground last week for the
Please note that all juvenile teams
men’s and ladies teams at Westmans-
(U-8s and higher) are now required
town with a good turnout for the start
by Dublin GAA to wear gum shields in
of what will be a very busy year.
the 2013 season. The next scheduled
Pre-season training continues Tues-
fitting is Saturday. Contact Ger Brad-
day and Thursday at 7pm and on Sat-
ley for more information or your team
urday morning at 9am.
coach. For the latest information, visit
The nursery runs every Saturday from 10am. Sessions are held indoors for the duration of the winter. Ask for
visit www.westmanstowngaels.ie The juvenile AGM takes place on Thursday 24 January at 8pm.
st peregrine’s BEST of luck to Robbie and Eric this
bers drawn were 2, 8, 16 and 26. Next
Sunday against Louth in the O’Byrne
week’s jackpot is €7,300.
Cup semi final.
The executive committee would
Brilliant gesture by the U-16 play-
like to request that members will-
ers and management on their guard
ing to act as mentors with the vari-
of honour for the funeral of Ian McK-
ous club minor and adult hurling,
football, camogie and ladies football
Membership is now due, please con-
teams and also on the various club
tact your mentor or attend one of the
sub-committees for the 2013 sea-
registration membership days.
son, contact the club Secretary for
The club lotto was not won; num-
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bouncing back: Coolmine hold off Dundalk to lift them back to fourth place in the Leinster league P38
january 17, 2013
Six nations call-ups: Leinster players abound in Irish women’s squad P36
Ciaran Kilkenny’s decision to come back from Australia is a huge boost for Castleknock ahead of their All-Ireland junior football championship semi-final
Kilkenny’s epic return Ciaran Kilkenny’s return to the GAA fold provides Castleknock, Dublin and the association with affirmation of the bonds that sport creates rory corcoran
ON NEW Year’s Eve, a morning when most people were salvaging their last lie-in of the year, the Castleknock adult footballers were gathering at the Wellington monument in the Phoenix Park. The winds were icy with rain in the air but, nonetheless, they put on a brave face and ran from there to their home ground in Somerton. A distinct feature of this race was that one of the participants advanced so far ahead that, within minutes, he could no longer be seen. He was the organiser of the event, the purpose of which was to raise funds for the development
of the clubhouse. After winning the race he presented a much coveted Hawthorne Hawks jersey to the youngest competitor, Eoin Brady, who was visibly delighted with the gesture. The man in question was Ciaran Kilkenny. His exploits on the pitch for club, school, and county alike have been well documented but this is just a small example of the extra mile he goes to in his duties as an all-round GAA personality. Above all, club and community come first. From that small principle, sprouts the entire ethics and foundation of the organisation, the values of which Kilkenny expounded so eloquently in the statement he released this week
to confirm he would be returning to Ireland and Castleknock from Australia after a couple of months as a professional player with Hawthorne in the AFL. In the statement, he outlines his reasons for staying in Ireland and pursuing his hurling and footballing career over the alternative; a return to the professional life of an Aussie Rules footballer. It is an honest and open account of where a young man’s heart lies and is music to the ears of any GAA enthusiast, but particularly to those involved in the Castleknock club. This response was conveyed by club chairman Niall Tutty: “Castleknock are thrilled that Ciaran is staying in Ireland.
“For us, it endorses the GAA, and the club and community spirit that is so important in this country. We look forward to our upcoming All-Ireland Junior semi-final on January 27 against Kenmare with increased anticipation and excitement.” For many reasons, this upcoming fixture will prove to be a mouth-watering affair. Although Kilkenny’s return will be noted by the opposition, they are not lacking in decorated intercounty players themselves, with Paul O’Connor alone possessing three All-Ireland medals. Mitchelstown will witness the resurrection of the old Dublin vs Kerry rivalry when these two young teams compete for a place in a Croke Park final fixture.