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St Brigid’s set to start their championship Page 40

Sport Awards: April’s star nominees are announced Page 36

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES...................... 8 DUBLIN LIFE...................11 OUT&ABOUT ..................17 CLASSIFIEDS ................33 SPORT ...........................35

PACKING A PUNCH: Boxing supplement with exclusive Egan interview Pages 17-24

Parents react as school is left out  LAURA WEBB

A SCHOOL community is set to hold a public meeting in a bid to get a shelved extension plan delivered. The much-needed extension for 10 new classrooms and a sports hall at Castleknock Community College has not been included in the Department of Education’s five-year building plan, despite planning being approved. Following a committee meeting

the parents’ association is planning to hold a public meeting soon, inviting the community, local TDs, ministers and councillors to attend. “They [the Department of Education] know this is a hot issue and we just need to make sure they hear that loud and clear,” Carol Pitcher, chairperson of college’s parents’ association. They want the promised extension delivered. Full Story on Page 6

In memory of Claire: Charity Ball raises funds for hospice OVER 200 people attended the

Feileacan Ban Charity Ball in memory of Claire Maloney, which took place on April 20 at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown. Organisers and friends Eimear Igoe, Maeve Furlong and

Liz Lehane (pictured) toasted a successful night that raised much needed funds for the St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown and Nano Nagle Nursery School. Full Story and Gallery Next Week

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The new building for St Luke’s National School

150 years of memories to celebrate at St Luke’s St Luke’s Mulhuddart National School have seen a lot of changes over the past 150 years, and they are now hoping past pupils, teachers and the community can share their past memories to help build on the school’s history. It started with just two teachers in 1863, before becoming a four teacher school in 2000. Now, 13 years later, it has

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increased to 26 teachers with 447 pupils using 16 classrooms, and is growing every year. Once nestled in the heart of the Mulhuddart

Village, the school has grown in size, changed in name and changed location three times, but all the time welcoming new communities along the way. Rapid population growth in the area meant the school once located at the old “yellow building” in Mulhuddart Village was too small to cater for the needs of the area, so it moved to a bigger, temporary site at Powerstown Road in 2009. Last year, the school moved to its new permanent, state-of-the-art, 24-classroom building in Tyrrelstown, sharing a school campus with Tyrrelstown Community Centre and Tyrrelstown Educate Together. The school, formerly known as Mulhuddart National School, is hoping to officially launch the new school building later this year, and are now calling on past pupils, teachers or parents from the area to get in touch with their schoolday memories. Photos, stories, memorabilia are just some of

the things they are looking for. “We are looking for various bits and pieces from the public. “For example, every year since 1927 there has been a Confirmation, and everyone since then would have a Confirmation photograph. There would be a first holy communion and everyone would have a photo, we would like to see these photos. “What we are trying to achieve is a call to the public to produce any old artefacts they might have, pictures, videos etc. We are doing this now because the new school is opened and we hope to have an official opening of the new school later this year, so this will give us a sort of history going forward,” principal Martin Kavanagh explained. Deputy principal Liam Neary, who has been teaching at the school since 1999, says it is also to let people know the school is still here. “We are the same school, with the same patronage, the same ethos, just a differ-

ent name – it’s the same roll number – 16675V. The same roll number has been used for decades – it’s moved but it’s still the same.” The school continues to cater for the children in Mulhuddart, but they are also catering for a wider catchment area. Teacher Elizabeth-Ann K ir wan added: “It’s about getting the community involved in the school as much as possible, bringing them with us. “If anyone has any stories or anecdotes from their time in the school or the community because every different generation will have different memories of the school, it would be nice to have a collection of different perspectives of their time at the schools.” Anyone with pictures, stories or artefacts that they would like to share with the school should contact St Luke’s NS by phone 01-8856015, email or see www. for further information.


SETTLING IN Young Kumar joins two lioness sisters

New Asian lion a roaring success at Zoo  LAURA WEBB

DUBLIN Zoo is a roaring success with its newest arrival, a male Asian lion, who has come all the way from Rotterdam Zoo to join two lionesses already there. Kumar, is a seven-yearold Asian Lion, weighing 140 kilos. The lion has joined three-year-old Asian lioness sisters Zuri and Sita, who came to the zoo last year from Mulhouse Zoo in France. According to the team

at Dublin Zoo, the latest arrival is a “significant” addition to the popular tourist destination, as Kumar provides an important boost to the international breeding programme for this highly endangered species. There is an estimate of only 350 Asian lions remaining in the wild. The entire wild population of these lions can only be found in one place and that is in the Gir Forest in India. Team leader Ciaran McMahon who is respon-

sible for the big cats at Dublin Zoo, said: “Kumar is a stunning animal with an amazing mane. To put his impressive size into context, he is about 35 times heavier than a domestic cat. Kumar possesses the usual characteristics of a big cat including strength, power and prowess. He also has a really laid back attitude. Social skills

“Kumar has great social skills and has settled in tremendously well, he has already asserted his dom-

Kumar, is a seven-year-old Asian Lion, weighing 140 kilos

inance over the females and they will hopefully breed,” he continued. The fourth series of the successful TV programme of The Zoo will feature footage of Kumar’s arrival to Dublin Zoo. Meanwhile, the programme, which has given viewers a unique insight in to what goes on behind

closed cages at Dublin Zoo, is aired on RTE One every Thursday at 7pm, in association with EBS. Highlights of this series include penguin chicks being born, and also a Californian sea lion pup is born, with the series showing the mother and pup’s close bond as viewers are given a bird’s-eye

view of their relationship as mum introduces the young sea lion to water for the first time Dublin Zoo, a not-forprofit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm. For further information on Dublin Zoo visit www.,


Service opens THE Blanchardstown Intreo Centre, an integrated service that offers employment and income supports in one place, has been officially opened. Minister for Social Protection and Dublin West, Joan Burton launched the centre, located in the Department’s offices in Westend House on the Snugborough Road, on April 19. It was developed following the amalgamation of employment and community welfare services and staff from other agencies with the Department of Social Protection. The new ser vice, which is now available in Blanchardstown, offers employment and income supports in one place and provides personalised employment advice, guidance and support, targeted to individual needs.

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TV3’s Fitzpatrick to host school’s fashion show TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick will host the 2013 St Brigid’s NS, Castleknock Fashion Show. On April 25, Colette will showcase the latest in fashion during the event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown. There will be a drinks reception from 7pm, with the fashion show starting at 8pm sharp. Tickets for the event cost €25 and are on sale at St Brigid’s National School or direct from Fiona, member of the Parent Teacher Association, by calling 0862635389. This event is in aid of school funds.

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Lion’s Club to host a ceili The Castleknock Lions Club is bringing the west to Dublin 15 when it hosts a ceili and country and western night. The fundraising night takes place this Saturday, April 27, in Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Beechpark, Castleknock from 9pm. Tickets for the event cost €10, which includes light refreshments. There is also music on the night by The Carousel Ceili Band. Funds raised on the night go to the Castleknock Lions Club and charities.

Fire fighters bike for suicide awareness  laura webb

Dublin fire fighters have gotten on their bikes in support of suicide awareness, on the same day that they launched an information card for those threatened or affected by suicide. On Monday, April 22, some 30 bikers left Blanchardstown Fire Station to cycle to RTE offices. Here they met more cyclists taking part in the Cycle against Suicide, a national cycle across Ireland organised by Secret Millionaire participant Jim Breen, to raise awareness about suicide. The event also marked the official launch of the suicide awareness infor-

Dublin fire fighters took part in the Cycle against Suicide

mation card that is being piloted in Blanchardstown. The card, containing several contact numbers for suicide awareness and bereavement support groups, will be distributed by Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulances/

Fire Crews who initially come in contact with people in need. Speaking to The Gazette, assistant chief fire officer Richie Hedderman said: “A station officer from Blanchardstown station attended a scene where a young man

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tried to take his life. They managed to save him, but his parents were distraught… It was a Friday and they wanted to know if he was going to try this again over the weekend, but he had no answer for them. The officer then approached me and said we should have a support card for this. “This is an information card for people or their relatives who are affected by suicide. It gives them contact information for Suicide Awareness Dublin 15, Pieta House, 1life Suicide Helpline and Aware. There is also information on bereavement support from Living Links and Console. The telephone numbers are there, so really it is a card that is going to give help or assistance to those affected by suicide – it’s immediate help,” he said. It is envisaged that the card, which is translated into six different languages, will help to save lives and be an aid for families in distress. “On the front of the card it says - Don’t seek a permanent solution for a temporary problem because we think it’s only a temporary problem. “The card was done in consultation with Safer Blanchardstown. They rolled in behind us and they assisted us in the drawing up and making up of the card and phone numbers,” he added.

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policing Man, woman arrested following incident at shop in Blanchardstown

Two charged in connection with armed robbery T WO people have been charged in connection with an armed robbery at Main Street, Blanchardstown. Gardai arrested one male and female, and recovered a firearm and cash following an armed robbery that occurred at Main Street,

Blanchardstown on April 22. The man, aged in his late teens, and the woman, were arrested in follow-up searches after the armed robbery and later charged. At approximately 11.40pm on Monday, April 22, a male

carrying a firearm entered a shop on Main Street. He threatened staff before escaping with a sum of money. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the raid. In a follow-up search, a

man was arrested and a sum of money was recovered.

Search At 2am on Tuesday, April 23, a follow-up search took place at a house in Briarswood in Blanchardstown. A female was arrested and

an imitation firearm was recovered. Both were detained under under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Blanchardstown Garda Station.


The man and the woman arrested were later charged at Blanchardstown Garda Station. The two were due to appear before Blancharsdtown District Court in relation to the armed robbery on Wednesday, April 24

Clinic scoops top award for its customer service  laura webb

A LOCAL business is celebrating this week after scooping a top award for its customer service. at the Meridian Clinic in Roselawn was recently awarded a top industry customer service award by users. Over the past year, customers have rated clinics based on how well the clinics have treated them, how quickly they were contacted and seen, and how

happy they were with the treatment. owner Don Stack said: “We are delighted. We put a lot of effort into ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care, from the moment they pick up the phone or log onto our website, not just when they come to see us.” One of the most popular features on’s site is the option for consumers to store their prescription details online. For further information, see

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The parents’ association say they will fight to get the promised extension delivered

extension: ‘Shelving’ of plan leads to call for action

Parents angry at ‘brakes’ on school

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THE brakes may be on for a proposed extension to Castleknock Community College (CCC), with the school and parents getting ready to voice their anger at an upcoming public meeting. It was reported in March that the Department of Education “shelved” plans to build a much needed extension at the college for 10 new classrooms and a sports hall, leaving the school community deeply disappointed. Earlier this week, the parents’ association held a committee meeting to discuss the next step

for the school, as they say they will fight to get the promised extension delivered. The extension was given planning permission in 2011, and is at an advanced stage of pretender planning. They now plan to hold a public meeting in the coming weeks, inviting the community and all local TDs, ministers and councillors in the area. Carol Pitcher, chairperson of the college parents’ association, said: “They [the Department of Education] know this is a hot issue in the community, and we just need to make sure they hear that loud and clear – this is not going to go away.

“We know the country is broke, but we had been promised this school on foot of taking in extra students. We are asking government ministers to effect that change and deliver that school extension,” she said. Green Party representative for Dublin West Roderic O’Gorman said he is “not convinced” by the department’s building priorities, which state that CCC was not included in the five-year building programme because of a “need” to prioritise funding for additional school accommodation to meet “increasing demographic requirement”. He said: “It seems to be

hugely inconsistent – the defence they are putting up is that we need to build other schools because they are responding to demographic needs, which is exactly what CCC did and, also, if you look at St Brigid’s school in Blanchardstown, that is getting a major extension. “So, in principle, it seems to be okay to extend existing schools. I just don’t see why that principle can’t be extended to CCC as well,” said O’Gorman. Residents can register their support by emailing pacastleknockcc@gmail. com, or by following the Twitter feed, @CCCPA2.

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OUTH clubs and groups which took part in the Dublin County VEC Acitve Youth Challenge were recently presented with award medals by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sports, Leo Varadkar (FG) at Phibblestown Community

Centre. Last year, 35 groups, which cater for 379 young people and three schools, encouraged the local kids to take up 12 hours of physical activity over a 12-week period to see the benefits of regular exercise.

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Film-maker’s star rises with Pilgrim’s progress


ERARD Barrett’s debut film Pilgrim Hill was recently given a special screening at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The 24-year-old director from Kerry wrote and directed the film, and has won the Rising Star Award at

the Irish Film and Television Awards 2013. Pilgrim Hill tells the story of a bachelor farmer Jimmy Walsh who lives in rural Ireland, and parts of the film are shot in a documentary style in which Jimmy speaks about

his life, thoughts and feelings to the cameraman. It is a moving story that echoes the theme of being alone and lonely throughout, and the long days spent with the cattle are portrayed in long scenes of Jimmy carrying out the same farming tasks everyday.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan (FG) with director of Pilgrim Hill Gerard Barrett. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary

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SPORT: supporting kids in the developing world

Calling all schools – rise to Goal’s fitness challenge GOAL is calling on schools from all over Dublin to take part in their newly-launched sports challenge next month. The event is set to provide all school-goers from junior infants right up to Leaving Certificate level – with the opportunity to compete against each other in a wide range of popular games and activities. The fundraiser aims to boost fitness levels

amongst children and teenagers, as well as raising money and awareness for some of GOAL’s programmes for vulnerable children throughout the developing world. This challenge is being supported by the Active School Flag Initiative, a Department of Education and Skills initiative that encourages schools to keep students fit and healthy, and it is one of the suggested activities for

this year’s Active School Week. Already Harold Boys NS in Dalkey, Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun and St Conleth’s in Ballsbridge are taking part, and GOAL is hopeful that many more teachers and students across the county will recognise the benefits of the challenge and sign up in the coming weeks. The event can be staged anytime during the month

of May and kids can “take on the teachers” in ball games and tug o’ war, or compete against each other in running races, relays, skipping, jumping, football, long kick and many other activities. Schools can run their challenge at any stage before the end of the school term. For schools interested in signing up, email, or contact Alan Vard at GOAL on 01-2809 779.

Leinster’s Ian Madigan with Conor O’Neill (left) and Adam Klug. Picture: Andres Poveda


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Famous 1980s brat packer Andrew McCarthy is coming to Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre in May. The former actor turned travel writer will recount in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, his life during the brat pack hey day when John Hughes films such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink were the coolest things around. Andrew was a household name in the 1980s along with co-stars such as Molly R ingwald, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy thanks to Hughes’ popular teen and young adult coming of age movies. Andrew married

an Irish woman who inspired him to write The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. T h e c o nve r s a t i o n evening is a no-holdsbarred, ver y honest account of life in the Holly wood spotlight and his quiet family life today. Andrew McCarthy in Conversation with Sinead Gleeson is on Pavilion Theatre on May 3 at 8pm and tickets cost €10 or €8 for concessions.

gathering CONCERTS Choirs from the Nice region of France are set to perform in County Meath this weekend as

The fair will feature plenty of rare books, silver, porcelain and antique watches

part of the Gathering Initiative. The French Choir of the Coteaux d’Azur will perform in Navan along with the Meath County

Choir on Friday, April 26, and will follow with a performance with the Dunboyne Consort, a local chamber choir, and other guests in

Dunboyne on Saturday, April 27. The Dunboyne concert will see the French choir join with the Consort and the Pentatetra

String Quartet along with other guests in St Peter’s GAA Club House on Saturday night. It will be the French choir’s first visit to Ireland and the event will begin at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 (€5 concession) and are available from Vincent’s charity shop in Dunboyne and on the door on the night of the event. All proceeds from the concert will go to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

antique FAIR An antiques fair will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire this month. The fair will feature a

collection of decorative antiques and curios. Several of the traders at the Antiques and More Fair will be keeping the old world theme alive by donning vintage fashion and accessories. A total of 40 traders will be exhibiting, with stands featuring furniture from Donegal Antiques, Loughgall Antiques and A&E Antiques and Restoration. There will also be plenty of rare books, silver, porcelain, antique watches and mid-century memorabilia on offer. Opening times for the Antiques and More Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel are from 11am to 6pm on April 28.

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schoolLife Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Dublin Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next generation of journalists and snappers to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.


Sion Hill teams reach finals  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Two teams of third-year students from Sion Hill Dominican College in Blackrock have reached the finals of the 2013 National Dairy Council (NDC) Milk It Advertising Awards. The students set up their own advertising agency to promote milk drinking among young people and will both represent Sion Hill in the national finals due to take place on May 1. OMG Agency was created by students Aoife Cullen, Sarah Donohue, Laoise Keys, Roisin O’Hara, Prapti Setty and Georgina Francies under the guidance of their teacher Carol Ann O’Gorman.

The second team is called Bazinga Agency and is made up of Shauna McMahon, Kerri Pugh, Rachel Hickey, Emily Durnin, Erica Dent, Tara Redmond along with the same teacher. The teams, who worked in groups of up to six students, had to set up their own advertising agency and work within a brief to encourage their peers to meet the recommended daily intake of dairy products. Altogether 95 students and 20 secondary school teams in both the senior and junior categories have reached the national finals of the 2013 NDC Milk It Advertising Awards. The teams will exhibit their work and pitch their

Students from Sion Hill Dominican College in Blackrock have reached the finals of the 2013 National Dairy Council (NDC) Milk It Advertising Awards

project ideas to a panel of specialist national judges. The master of ceremonies for this year’s awards ceremony will be television and radio presenter, Eoghan McDermott who is currently a presenter on RTE’s The Voice of

Ireland. This is the third year for the programme, which was open to secondary school students throughout the country. Sion Hill teacher Carol Ann O’Gorman was an intrinsic part of the programme which utilises a

variety of school subjects such as media studies, English, art, business studies and home economics. Team members in the overall winners of the NDC Milk It Awards will be awarded a €350 One4all gift voucher.

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Raft race supports water safety unit  PAUL HOSFORD

A group of Dublin volunteers are calling on members of the public to raft across the Grand Canal basin next month. The Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (IUSRU), which “provides highly qualified search and recovery divers to search for missing persons underwater nationwide within our rivers, canals, lakes and off our coasts”, will hold their first annual raft race on May 19. Communications officer for the IUSRU

Andrew McGowan said that the charity, which is solely funded by donations, helps families in need across the country. “We were set up in December 2011 because a lot of searches in water were not being finished because of money. “With ever-increasing callouts, we decided that we would come in. Because we’re a specialised unit, we can focus on what we do. “Since we set up, we’ve got buckets of calls. Mostly, they wouldn’t be on an emergency basis. After everything has been exhausted, that’s

where we come in and we can search for weeks on end until funds run out to find the person.” “So far, the unit has searched for bodies in Dublin, Wexford, Waterford and Cork, but we are finding funding increasingly difficult to come by. “The funding solely comes from fundraising. We have no support from the Government because there just isn’t anything there.” All of the divers are trained to advanced open water level with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors

(PADI) or with another agency to an equivalent level. “We then train our members in search and recovery techniques and using equipment which is needed to work in environments that we find ourselves searching in. Our members train at minimum twice a month to further their training and to keep their skills fresh. “Because of what we do, it does cost a lot. All of our members are divers and they provide the equipment. Other equipment, like boats, are raised through raf-

The Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (IUSRU) will hold their first annual raft race on May 19

fles or the likes of our raft race in May. “We do what we can to get our name out there, but our biggest issue is that because we are a specialised unit, not many people know much

about us, until they need us.” To fund their hugely impor tant work, the unit will hold a charity raft race in the Grand Canal basin on Saturday, May 19.

Pre-built raf ts are available, or groups can build their own. A group of four will cost €100. For more on the IUSRU, visit www.iusru. ie or contact info@


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‘Legislate for abortion now’ The conclusion last week of the inquest into the tragic death of Savita Halapanavar can leave us in no doubt about the urgent need to introduce legislation for abortion. The evidence presented at the inquiry clearly showed that the absence of clear legislation leaves doctors unsure how to act. Eminent obstetrician Dr Peter Boylan stated, that Ms Halappanavar would probably be alive today if she had been given a termination when she asked for it. The declaration that legislation will be enacted this summer to allow

for abortion in Ireland where the life of a woman is in danger, including from suicide, is essential and must not be delayed or made inoperable. That it comes after 20 years of foot dragging is a shocking indictment of the lack of seriousness in dealing with women’s health and human rights. Savita’s death and inquest shows there must be no more delay. I will be at the protest at the EU conference on Gender Equality on Monday April 29, at 6pm in the plaza by City Hall on Dame St, calling for immediate legislation to allow abortion if pregnancy puts a woman’s

life at risk. The only reason more women have not died as a result of this inaction is because of our proximity to Britain. Very sick women have been exported to England for decades to avail of this medical treatment at enormous financial and emotional costs to themselves and their families. Against the backdrop of continuing austerity, the option of finding a minimum of €1000 to make the trip will not be an option, endangering the lives and well-being of many women. The frenzied response of the anti-abortion lobby and elements of the

Catholic Church, to the government’s proposed legislation, talking about “mass murder”, “opening the floodgates”, “abortion on demand”, apart from being a gross insult to women and the medical profession, is completely at odds with the reality of the government’s proposal. Their stance reflects the fact that they realise that they have lost the battle for the hearts and minds of the silent majority of people in this country who understand that Irish abortion exists; it just does not take place in Ireland. What does it say about our society when the Minister for Justice can stand up in the Dail and explain that our constitution means that we live in “a republic in which we proclaim the equality of all citizens...that some citizens are more equal than others”? He further outlined that there are no barriers for men to look for and get medical treatment to, not only protect their lives, but also their health and quality of life, but that for women, that right is qualified. Where

Deputy Clare Daly: “Absence of clear legislation leaves doctors unsure how to act”

rape victims and women whose foetus develops an abnormality, where as a certainty it will not survive, or women whose health could be so damaged as to be permanently incapacitated cannot access an abortion in

their own country. This injustice and oppressive inequality is acknowledged by the government, and then shrugged off, as they do not propose to do anything about it. This is not good enough. It is an abject betrayal of women in this country and it cannot be allowed to continue. The root of this legal “second class citizenry” is the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which equates the life of the unborn with that of the woman. This clause must be removed in order to enable legislation or regulation to be brought in to allow women to access their basic health and human rights for the many other circumstances where a woman needs to have an abortion, beyond the circumstances where her life is at risk. Recent opinion polls

have revealed that the overwhelming majority of people agree with abortion in a range of different circumstances, over 30% agreeing in all circumstances. The very vocal, highly organised and heavily financed “pro-life” groups are attempting to respond and apply a counter pressure on Fine Gael backbenchers and Enda Kenny to stem the tide. They will not succeed. A new generation of Irish people will not sit back and wait another 20 years for further progress. If nothing else has been learned over the past six months it is that we will be waiting a long time before the political establishment delivers social change – best to get out and fight for it ourselves.

Deputy Clare Daly United Left Alliance

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Dowling tops when it comes to coaching MICK Dowling is one of Ireland’s most respected boxing coaches. Having served as a member of the National Coaching Committee for 10 years his knowledge of the sport is second to none. He is currently senior coach of the Mount Tallant Boxing Club. Mick’s competitive record is outstanding. He boxed 50 times in the green vest of Ireland competing at both the 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Mick Dowling, a record eight times national senior bantam champion, now runs a sports shop as well as being a respected RTE boxing analyst. He is the holder of two bronze medal successes in Euro-

pean Championships. His first outing in Mexico 68 was against Bernd Juterzenka, and the Kilkenny man made a fantastic Olympic debut, dropping the East German twice before the ref saw enough and called a halt to proceedings in the first. Dowling then beat John Rakowski, who was also left occupying a large area of floor space after being felled by a thudding right from the Irish bantamweight in the second round. The Australian was then disqualified in the third for using his head. That win left Dowling just one positive verdict away from winning at least bronze, but the

Congratulations! 50 years for the Keoghs KO MONTHLY would like to congratulate Mr Paddy Keogh and Mrs Olive Keogh on their 50th wedding anniversary celebrated in Parnell’s GAA Club with friends and family. Paddy and Olive have been involved in boxing for over 50 years and are current members of the Dublin County Board. They run a very successful boxing club, Dublin Docklands in Sheriff Street, which has produced many national champions over the years.

Irish champion lost 4-1 to Japan’s Eiji Morioka, two warnings tipping the balance in favour of the Asian from a very close contest. Morioka was beaten in the last-four by Valerian Sokolov of the USSR, who beat (TKO 2) Eridadi Mukwanga of Uganda in the final to finish on top of the 54kg podium. In Munich, in 1972, Dowling fought his way to a quarter-final decider with Cuba’s Orlando Martinez. Dowling was agonisingly only three rounds away from bronze, but, after nine minutes of cracking boxing, Martinez got a split decision and Dowling’s Olympic dream was over. Mick has boxed and

Mick Dowling is one of Ireland’s most respected boxing coaches

coached at international level and he is still as enthusiastic about Irish boxing as he was in his fighting days. He is an excellent ambassador for Irish boxing worldwide and remains a well respected figure in Irish boxing. Mick also dedicates a lot of his time to charity work, most notably for Down Syndrome Ireland. KO Monthly would like to take this opportu-

nity to wish Mick every success in his personal ventures and for Mount Tallant Boxing Club. He is also the proud owner of two European bronze medals and still holds the record for eight national titles in the same weight division. More recently Mick trained the Leinster rugby squad in the art of boxing conditioning and is well known as an RTE boxing commentator and fight analyst.

Mick Dowling Born: Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny 17th December 1946 Clubs: • Arbour Hill Boxing Club • British Rail

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Still passionate after over 40 years in the game Round 1

KO: Phil thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with us. Firstly, what are your ambitions this year for Crumlin Boxing Club? PS: First of all, to keep Crumlin Boxing Club going for the next 500 years. I know I won’t be here, but to keep it going and to make it that little bit stronger. We have a great group of coaches and a great committee flying the Crumlin colours, that they flew back in the 1930s, where they had senior champion after senior champion. We have won championships here for the past 20 years since and I have been involved at all levels. Also, to keep young children motivated to stay off the drink, the drugs and everything that is so bad out there at the moment. KO: What is your ambition for your professional fighters? PS: We are doing very well at the professional game. We had Willie Casey, who was a slugger from Limerick. We put a bit of technique on him, he had the will, he had the strength, we had good tactics and he went on to win Prizefighter and then he went on to win the European Title. We got stuck against Rigondeux in CityWest for a World Title. That Rigondeux is something special. Unfortunately, Willie is no longer boxing for me, he is in a good gym up the north, he is back in form and I wish him all the best. Now, I have my own son boxing for me, who is making his debut on

March 9 in Dundalk, and I have Anthony Fitzgerald who pushed Andy Lee all the way in a 10-round thriller and is a very well respected fighter. I want to produce world champions in the professional game – simple as that.

Round 2 KO: With you being involved in both amateur and professional boxing, what do you see as the main difference between the two disciplines? PS: There is not much difference in dedication in a top pro and a top amateur. The pros train for longer rounds. There is very little money for the professional fighters, unless they’re very special. With top amateurs, they’re on the High Performance Programme, and they have now got the WSB (World Series of Boxing) where they wear no headgear or vests and they fight for five threeminute rounds. The WSB has millionaires supporting them, so the boxers are getting a nice little wage for boxing. A boxer only has a certain amount of time in boxing, so if they can get a nice little house for themselves, they’re doing well.

Round 3 KO: What advice would you give an amateur looking to turn professional? PS: Get a good coach, good manager, someone to support you and train hard. Go for your goals, nothing comes easy as a top amateur or a top professional. KO: After all your years


For over 40 years PHIL SUTCLIFFE has dedicated his life to boxing. His desire and enthusiasm are second to none and are still unquenchable, despite achieving huge goals both as a boxer and as a coach, most notably two Olympic Games, numerous National and European Honours and steering Willy Casey to European glory as a coach KO MONTHLY caught up with the well-renowned coach and now professional promoter, down at his beloved CRUMLIN BOXING CLUB, to talk to him about his ambitions for his club, and also for his new stable of professional fighters involved in boxing, what keeps you so passionate about the sport? PS: Seeing the kids’ faces, seeing that we are not wasting our time. A few do go through the net, a lot of them have gone on to become plumbers, carpenters and most have gone on to do good things, and to know we have tried to point them in the right direction in life.

AgAiNsT ThE RoPeS … KO: Favourite boxer of all time? PS: Sugar Ray Leonard

KO: Favourite boxing movie? PS: Rocky

KO: Old scoring or computer scoring? PS: Old scoring

KO: Favourite Irish fighter of all time? PS: There are two, Gerry Hamill and Hugie Russell

KO: Amateur or Professional? PS: Amateur

KO: Is there enough funding for boxing clubs, yes or no? PS: No

KO: Favourite fight of all time? PS: Thrilla in Manila

KO: Head guards in or out? PS: Out

KO: Dream fight of all time? PS: Stecca and myself (Phil boxed Maurizio Stecca in the Quarter Finals of the 1984 Olympics. Stecca went on to win the Gold Medal)

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KO M O N T H L Y Catching up with Kenny Egan – an Irish boxing legend

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Kenny Egan brought us, the boxing fans, some very memorable moments. Throughout his amateur career, winning 10 senior titles, numerous international titles, but most notably his silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Last February, the curtain came down on his illustrious career KO Monthly caught up with the Dubliner down at Neilstown Boxing Club, Clondalkin where it all began for the Irish legend, to discuss his career, life after boxing and that emotional standing ovation KO: You have dedicated your life to boxing so far so how do you plan to spend your days now you have retired? Ken: That’s a good question. Well, I’ll still be training, it’s not as if I’ve stopped boxing altogether. I’ll be training here at the club three times a week if I can, and do a bit with the kids. I want to do my best to put a bit back into the sport from a training point of view. KO: You have been very successful as a boxer, winning an Olympic silver medal in Beijing 2008, 10 senior national titles and numerous international medals, inspiring lots of young boxers. Do you feel you could inspire young boxers as a coach? Ken: A lot of good amateurs don’t necessarily go on to be good

coaches, so that’s a bit of a challenge in itself, but it’s a challenge I’m definitely up for. I’ve been around top coaches for the last 22 years and I’ve seen how they operate, especially the likes of Billy Walsh and Zaur Anita on the High Performance Programme and also my own coaches here, Gerry Fleming, Hughie Smith and the rest of the lads, so I’ve a good idea what’s involved and needed to become a top coach. At the moment I’m taking part in a Pursuit of Excellence Programme which is going on over in the Sports Institute. It involves various different coaches from various sports who come together to perform different tasks. My task at the moment is basically how to get a first-time athlete to the Olympic Games under the coaching of a

first-time coach. I have obviously plenty of experience as an athlete but I’m learning from all the other coaches there, and it’s going very well for me at the moment. KO: You were given an incredible send off at the National Senior Finals, were you expecting that type of ovation by the boxing fans? Ken: Well, there’s maybe two groups of people who came to the stadium to support me in the National finals, going all the way back to when I won my first title in 2001, so it was sweet to have the same people there in 2013. They, along with my coaches and family, have been with me right throughout my journey to here and now. I wasn’t expecting the standing ovation I got. I had made my mind

up in early January that I was going to retire. Noone knew about it, not my family, or even my coaches. I’d had a long road and I had achieved everything I had set out to do, so the time was definitely right. I don’t regret retiring at all. The ovation was amazing especially seeing the kids there, some of who weren’t even born when I won my first senior title, so it was good to know I had given some joy to the Irish people over the years. KO: You have reached the highs of boxing and you have seen the lows of the game. What is your best memory from your career and what was your lowest? Ken: Well, the obvious high would be the Olympic silver medal. It was an amazing two weeks for me, everything went

perfect, even the training camp out in Russia prior to the Games. I was high in confidence and was boxing brilliantly, so that’s the obvious choice. But to win my first senior title was also very special, more so because I was the underdog going into the fight and I was only 19 years of age. The lowest was being beaten in 2011, when I was going for my eleventh title. I was so used to being a winner as I hadn’t been beaten in this country since 1998 after winning titles at all levels, not just my Senior Titles. So getting beaten by Joe Ward gave me a kick up the ass! That was definitely the lowest. KO: In regards to boxing, do you have any regrets about your career? Ken: I don’t really have

Kenny Egan has had a stellar career in the ring, including winning an Olympic silver medal in Beijing in 2008, but all good things must come to an end: “I’d had a long road and I had achieved everything I had set out to do.”

any regrets, no. It was a great privilege to put on the Irish vest and be an ambassador for Ireland. I’ve travelled the world representing my country and bringing home medals to Ireland. KO: Boxing is Ireland’s Number 1 sport in regards to winning medals worldwide, do you think the sport gets the recognition it deserves? Ken: The only problem with amateur boxing in this country is it’s not recognised. It’s actually a disgrace. It’s not sold right, published or advertised correctly because it’s a great sport

that shows its face every four years at the Olympic Games. I think it needs to change, the whole set up. We have a great opportunity to generate money for the IABA by using our Olympians to advertise boxing and to sell out the stadium with top home internationals. KO: What advice would you give to an up and coming fighter who has dreams of following you and going to the Olympic Games? Ken: Have an open mind and be willing to learn. Soak it all up and, most importantly, enjoy it.

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They are the champions! THIS years National Boy 1, 2, and 3 Champions were crowned earlier this month at the National Stadium, Dublin. All champions are listed below, including a total of six Dublin boxers. The successful competitors are all aged between 11 and 14-years-old. So read closely, as you might see some stars of the future!

Boy 1 Winners 2013 27kg: Ian Hehir (St Colmans) 29kg: Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) 31kg: Oisin Treanor (Emyvale) 33kg: Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy) 36kg: Jack McGivern (St George’s) 39kg: Jake Tucker (St John Bosco Newry) 42kg: Declan McDonagh (Claremorris) 44kg: David McDonagh (Spartacus) 46kg: Michael Myers (Crumlin) 48kg: Bradley McDonagh (Ennis) 50kg: Shane Gillespie (Bundoran) 52kg: Michael McDonald (Darndale) 54kg: Peter Keenan (Darndale) 57kg: John Casey (O.L.O.L.) 60kg: Ben Bannon (Holy Family) 63kg: Rory Brennan (St Anne’s) 66kg: Cathall Meaghar (Spartacus) 70kg: Martin McDonagh (Dealgan) 75kg: Aaron Byrne (Baldoyle) 86kg: Mark Donnelly (St Colman’s)

Boy 2 Winners 29kg: Terry Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy) 31kg: Davy Oliver Joyce (St Seachnall’s) 33kg: Reece Parchment (Tramore) 36kg: Barry McReynolds (St Paul’s) 39kg: Connor Renaghan (Keady) 42kg: James Crean (Wexford CBS)

44kg: Pierce O Leary (Dublin Docklands) 46kg: Lee Harkin (Illies GG) 48kg: Anthony Barrett (Titans) 50kg: Sean Dempsey (Gorey) 52kg: Kane Tucker (St John Bosco) 54kg: Oisin O’Dowd (Gilford) 57kg: Brian Stokes (St Seachnall’s) 60kg: Tori Lee Nicholas (2 Castles) 63kg: Andrew Stokes (O’Hanlon Park) 66kg: Michael Walsh (Holy Family) 70kg: Jordan Joyce (St Francis) 75kg: Tom Gavin (Edenmore) 80kg: Ciaran Corcoran (Cloghan)

Boy 3 Winners 31kg: Liam Glennon (St Joseph’s) 33kg: Davan Duggan (Dungarvan) 36kg: Tom Stokes (Oakleaf) 42kg: Eamon Sweeney (Illies GG) 44kg: Patrick Donovan (OLOL) 46kg: Aaron McKenna (Old School) 48kg: Callum Bradley (Sacred Heart) 50kg: Jason Harty (Rathkeale) 52kg: Aaron Gethius (Ballinacarrow) 54kg: Paul Ryan (Bay City) 57kg: Brian McNamee (Convoy) 60kg: Jordan Myers (Innisfree) 63kg: Leon Gallagher (Finn Valley) 66kg: Kacper Bura (St Anne’s) 70kg: Bert Zalewski (St Anne’s) 75kg: Hugh Doyle (Cloghan) 80kg: Blaine O’Brien (Clonmel) 86kg: Connor Gleeson (Old School) 91kg: Ben McNamara (Ballinacollig)

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Last month, Lucan’s Esker ABC travelled to New York to face the New York Athletic Club

Boxing bliss in the Big Apple for Esker LUCAN-BASED Esker Amateur Boxing Club was formed in April 2012 by Ed Griffin and Martin O’Connell. Five years previously, Ed was also a founder member of Lucan Boxing Club, and served as secretary and coach with that club. Ed decided to set up Esker to cater for the demands of young people in the Lucan area for a sporting outlet. Having got initial funding from club president Eddie Butler, Esker ABC was on its way. Since its inception, Esker has gained over 40 permanent senior and junior members ranging all the way from underage to intermediate and senior standard. T he club has had approximately seven shows since its inception which have attracted clubs from all over the country, and current Irish heavyweight champion and former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion

Tyson Fury attended one of its shows. E d i s a l s o h e avily involved in setting up Dublin youth teams. Club members Aaron McGrane, Claudiu Munteanu and Adrian Dolan all represented Ireland in Manchester in November, and the club is travelling to England for the Senior Haringey Cup competition in June, followed by a junior trip to Blackpool that month also. Last month, EskerABC travelled to New York to face the New York Athletic Club. Nine bouts were decided with close calls in most of them. Aaron McGrane was in against the three-times New York Golden Gloves champion, Brian Ceballo, who had missed out on the London Olympics by one bout. Both men gave it their all and McGrane was unlucky to come out on the end of a majority decision. Adrian Dolan was robbed of a decision against a Tajik boxer who

is on the verge of turning professional. Dolan had him on the canvas twice, but the decision did not go his way. R o b F l y n n , Ev a n Walker, Peter McCabe, Joe Farrell, Dylan Ward, Peter Tully all boxed

acknowledged by the 1,000 strong partisan crowd in attendance. There was absolutely fantastic corner work by Esker coaches Martin O’Connell, Daithi Mc Cabe and Mick Kelly on the night.

to NYPD detective Terry McGee, an old friend of the club for setting it all up with the New York Athletic Club. On March16, Esker ABC marched at the front of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York

Aaron McGrane was in against the three-times New York Golden Gloves champion, Brian Ceballo, who had missed out on the London Olympics by one bout well on the night. St Michael’s Athy boxer, Tommy Sheehan, boxed Tommy Kehoe of the NYAC on the night and was unlucky not to take the decision, a fact

The night would not have been possible without the help of Superquinn Lucan, club president Eddie Butler and O’Neills Bar, Lucan. A huge mention must go

as guests of the NYPD and it was a fantastic experience for all. Esker return to New York next year, and will host the NYAC in Ireland in September 2014.

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The Cyclone CLASSIC CLASH: June 8, 1985 WBA World Featherweight title Loftus Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London

Every so often in life there is a fight that lifts a nation, and the night the Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan fought Panama’s legendary all time great world champion Eusebio Pedroza for the WBA version of the world featherweight title was one of them. Contests like this don’t come any bigger and even now it sends shivers down the spine of even the hardest boxing fans. It is only with the passage of time and the benefit of hindsight that we now realise just how important and special that night was, not just for boxing but for sport in general. In Eusebio Pedroza, the world had a true great of the featherweight division. He was 32 years old at the time of the defence against McGuigan. He had up till then made 19 successful defences of his title, that is how good he was. He had not lost a fight since 1976 and since becoming world champion in 1978 fought and beat off a variety of world class contenders. To say it was a daunting task for McGuigan is an understatement. McGuigan in the mid 1980s was the biggest name in British and Irish boxing. He was a superstar when the epithet really meant something. By the time of the world title fight the 24-year-old was a household name. Such was McGuigan’s crossover appeal that he could name schoolchil-

dren, men, women and even old grannies among his many fans. More importantly in his own back yard of Clones, just outside of the border with Northern Ireland, he enjoyed support from both Catholics and Protestants. No one sporting or political person had managed to bring two warring factions together like McGuigan had. If Pedroza was the f lashy matador then McGuigan was the aggressive bull. On the night there was an amazing atmosphere nearly rivalling those at the King’s Hall, as 26,000 fans packed the arena on that warm June evening. At least three quarters of those fans would be Irish or of Irish descent. The opening bell could just about be heard over the roar of the crowd. Pedroza was still on one knee crossing himself and McGuigan showed true sportsmanship and class by allowing the champion to finish this ritual before going on the attack. This was a key moment as there had been fears that with all the hype, needle and gamesmanship, as well as Pedroza’s reputation as a sometimes dirty fighter and McGuigan’s body shots sometimes straying below the belt, that this contest could degenerate into an untidy, foul-filled maul. With one simple, patient gesture all of that had been defused and thankfully the contest would be a spirited but clean affair.

For the first few rounds all McGuigan could do was try to work his way in, slipping the jab and unsettle the champ’s rhythm. He kept storming forward, but Pedroza looked so dangerous as he landed several jabs, right uppercuts and a cracking body shot that landed right on McGuigan’s heart. Barry amazingly walked through it all, but there were plenty of anxious moments earlier on. Slowly though McGuigan’s aggression and non-stop pressure began to tell. He managed to get in a few meaty hooks of his own and the champion was frowning in deep concentration as he tried to keep the terrier that was McGuigan at bay. After six action-packed rounds which had flown by most observers had them both level. The seventh round fol-

Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan fought Panama’s legendary all time great world champion Eusebio Pedroza

lowed, the familiar pattern of Pedroza circling and countering effectively and McGuigan pursuing, looking to unload. Pedroza retreated to the ropes, dropped his left slightly as he jabbed and then McGuigan fired a beautifully timed right hand that landed right on the button sending Pedroza sideways to the canvas. The legendary champ was given a count by the South African referee and the whole of Ireland stopped breathing. McGuigan was on fire now and he pressed forward both fists flying

while Pedroza employed all of his 12 year’s experience as a professional to slip, clutch, clinch and maul his way to the safety of the bell. It was yet more gamesmanship from the Panamanian’s camp, but they were fooling nobody. Amazingly in the eighth, Pedroza showed just why he had been champion so long by taking the round thanks to some excellent boxing on his toes. He was enjoying a good spell in the ninth too until another big right smashed home sending the crowd wild and the

champion’s legs wobbly. There was a palpable feeling in the air that the title really could be about to change hands. McGuigan was remorseless and although Pedroza won a round here and there he was soon back into survival mode. In the 13th a McGuigan attack had Pedroza reeling and staggering around the ring. The bell saved him but he must have realised that the title was slipping from his grasp. McGuigan would just not be denied. The 14th and 15th

Barry McGuigan with son Shane, left, and the newly crowned European champion, Carl Frampton

rounds went by in a wonderful blur, with the crowd singing their hero home to victory and the magnificent champion showing courage, pride and tenacity to survive to the final bell. When it was finally over Pedroza showed true class when he walked over to McGuigan and threw his arms around him saying: “You will be a great champion.” Not long after that McGuigan was hoisted on to the shoulders of his cornermen and held aloft, he modestly kept his head down as he raised his gloves in triumph. Barry McGuigan was the new WBA world featherweight champion! It had been an unforgettable evening and occasion and in those 45 minutes of unrelenting action, McGuigan sealed his place in the Parthenon of great boxers. What a night and what a fight. It will not be forgotten for a long, long time and I hope you enjoy reminiscing about a fight that changed Irish boxing forever.


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tournament: ireland vs wales


n March 8, St Mary’s Boxing Club Tallaght welcomed Cwmbran and Torfaen Warriors Boxing Clubs travelling all the way from Wales to box a club show in St Anne’s GAA Hall, Bohernabreena. This was a return show as St Mary’s travelled over to Cwmbran in November for a boxing tournament with the same clubs. This show would not be possible at all if it was not for the efforts of Mr Noel Burke

Snr and the late Mr John Riordan, who forged a friendship with Mr Keith Jeffries from Cwmbran way back in the mid-1980s. We have had some very enjoyable tournaments both in Wales and Ireland over the last 30 years, with the boxing always of a very high standard. The tournament on March 8 was no different than the previous ones, with some excellent contests taking place.

Ryan Taite and Noel Burke Sr of St Mary’s

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The musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King, is a spectacular spectacle with actors taking on the roles of the animals

musical spectacular: The Lion King comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Nicholas is ready to roar  PAUL HOSFORD

It has thrilled audiences across the globe, selling out nearly nightly on Broadway, in the West End and Las Vegas and this month, The Lion King comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated film is a spectacular spectacle, with actors taking on the roles of the animals roaming the Serengeti. Leading the stampede into Dublin is Nicholas Nkuna, who will take on the role of adult Simba, the Right King of Pride Rock. Nicholas is building an impressive CV, already gaining the distinction of being the youngest actor ever to play the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

However, taking on the role of a lion is a unique challenge. “It takes preparation,” says Nicholas “We had a number of weeks rehearsals in Bristol to get down into the character. “All the brilliant ideas put out by Julie Taymor had to be pinned down, but it is hammered down now. “I am the lion,” the multi-talented South African laughs. Nicholas, who has never done the show before, says that his mind was opened by his preparation. “I think rehearsal opened up my mind about what the show was about. I’d obviously seen how people had done it, but when it was explained to me, it was really interesting.” Taking on a role in such a massive show doesn’t weigh down Nicholas,

such is his experience and he says that the show has been a universal success because of its appeal to every member of the audience. “I think it’s a universal story. Everyone from little kids to adults can take something away from the show. It’s a simple story, but it’s still amazing and I think that’s what grabs people. “For Simba to take on his responsibility as a king, I think people can relate to that in some way.” Nicholas says that he did watch the animated version to get inspiration, but says that the live show has “so much more”, in terms of spectacle. For someone who has achieved so much success at a relatively young age, the Johannesburg man is remarkably humble and says merely that he is

“blessed” to have been handed the roles of Phantom of the Opera and King of the Jungle before he has reached his quarter century. “I consider myself blessed and I always say that it is every actor’s dream to play these two roles. I thank God every day for me being allowed wake up and do my job.” Beyond The Lion King, Nicholas says that he would love to take part in the French revolution. “I would love to be in Les Mis or Brooklyn and I would love to be in The Colour Purple. “But for now, I can’t wait to get to Dublin, though I’m not sure about the rain!” The Lion King runs from April 27 to June 22.

THE Gazette Newspaper Group has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the week is Betty, a beautiful two-yearold female collie cross. This little lady is looking for an extra special forever home. Shortly after arriving at Dogs Trust her carers noticed that she was almost deaf. This doesn’t mean this clever collie can’t do almost all of the things a hearing dog can do but sometimes even more! Betty is very quick to learn and really wants to impress you. She will need a patient, dedicated and experienced owner who can continue with her training and development in a home with big kids 14+. She would be happy to share her new forever home with a canine pal if required. If you think you could give Betty or any of the other wonderful dogs at the centre the loving home they deserve, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook: www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Fashion forward

Last year’s catwalk event (above) was a big success but this year promises to be bigger and better! Picture: 1st Option/

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Spring/summer ’s biggest trends will be brought to life at Blanc h a r d s t ow n C e n t r e this weekend with their U-Style event that sees fashionista’s dreams become a reality. Imagine catwalk shows, make-up workshops, hair demonstrations, advice from personal stylists, a realm of all things style and beauty at your fingertips – well this is exactly what people can expect to see at the Blanchardstown Centre for two days, April 27 and 28. Blanchardstown Centre and U-magazine have joined forces to educate Dublin about all things fashion and beauty. Speaking to The G a z e t t e , m a r ke t i n g e xe c u t i ve w i t h t h e Blanchardstown Centre, Ciara Daly, said the

event is bigger and better and bright and bold is our robe for summer.” than ever before. final trend. The team from U mag“It’s been fantastic, “We will have four azine will be there each and because it’s been so shows on the hour, start- day and after each fashion successful we’ve made it ing at 1pm with the last at show there will be a maseven bigger and better. It 4pm, and they will show- ter class. Shirley Lane, the is going to be a fantastic case each of these trends Blanchardstown Centre’s shopping weekend for from a range of different personal stylist, is up first everyone that comes stores around the shop- each day. “She is excelalong, not only for fash- ping centre. All items lent. She knows the cenionista’s but there will be tre inside out and she will discounts across a wide show her style picks range of stores for spring sumBecome a U covergirl including some mer. and WIN A of our beauty “There €500 SHOPPING SPREE brands as are also Blanchardstown Centre will be searchwell. master ing for the Ultimate U Covergirl so According classes strike a pose for their photographer to Ciara, this for makeand you could be in with a chance of event is a great up from winning a €500 shopping spree from way for people Inglot and Blanchardstown Centre and a chance to feature in U Magazine. to get to know for hair from what to wear. Peter Mark. “They “Top industry experts will show you how to will give the best advice do these looks at home.” on all the different trends the models will be wearOn Saturday, April that are out there at the ing will be available to 27, Jules Fallon from moment. The key trends purchase on the day and 1st Option will give a that we will showcase the majority of stores will master class on Sweet in each show are floral, have discounts too, so it Jeans, a sneak preview of monochrome, stripe, will be a great weekend another event the centre denim and accessories, to get all the key looks to has coming up in May holiday and swimwear brighten up your ward- (Thursday-Sunday May

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2-5 and May 9 -12). “Jules will be on site taking private consultations for two weeks only. She will be choosing denim and jeans from a number of different retailers in the shopping centre and giving you the best style advice and again there will be discounts over those weekends too. “It is all free and you book your appointment at the information desk

occasionand you have a private, wear from half-hour consultaDon’t miss the Beauty Pods BT2. “This will tion in a style lounge all around Blanchardstown really inform with Jules Fallon. Centre. Your favourite beauty brands will be offering people about This shows what complimentary treatments the amazing jeans fit what shape, from 1pm-4pm on range BT2 have and to get people Saturday & Sunday to offer – great for trying something new occasions like wed– like trying skinnies for dings and parties.” the first time, flares, or In addition to all of boot-cut jeans. send us a message on “ We a r e t a k i n g Facebook,” Ciara added. this, there will be beauty appointments now, so At the U-Style event pods all over the centre, either call the informa- on Sunday, April 28, with all the top beauty tion desk or pop up to Annmarie O’Connor brands offering minithem - you can even will also be showing makeovers and they will give advice on skincare, makeup techniques etc. “We really want people to be able to take things home with them. Saturday April 27: This will show the range 1pm Fashion Show and Style Makeover with Shirley Lane of amazing brands we 2pm Fashion Show and Hair and Beauty Master class with have at the Blanchard Peter Mark and Inglot stown Centre,” she con3pm Fashion Show and Sweet Jeans Masterclass tinued. 4pm Fashion Show and Covergirl Finalists. To get all the latest Sunday April 28: news on the event check 1pm Fashion Show and Style Makeover with Shirley Lane out the Blanchardstown 2pm Fashion Show and Hair and Beauty Master class with Centre’s Facebook and Peter Mark and Inglot Twitter pages or logon 3pm Fashion Show and Occasion wear master class with BT2 to www.blanchardstown4pm Fashion Show and Covergirl Winner announced

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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Factory Girls

THE Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co Donegal. The women characters are five strong and independent women who take on the boss and the union. May 1 and 2, tickets €20/€16.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Oliver Reed Wild Thing

IN this blistering solo show, join legendary hellraiser Oliver Reed as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story. From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success of Oliver, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances – this was a life well lived. Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant evening of entertainment. May 1, tickets €18/€16.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 New York Stories

NEW York stories is a selection of quirky, comic plays reflecting life in the Big Apple and features a cast of characters that could only live in that metropolis. Zany, funny and even a little bit sad, come and visit New York and hear our stories. Jason Milligan’s many plays have been staged across Europe, Canada and the United States. April 30-May 4 tickets €12.

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Joe Mullins and Keith Byrne take the lead in Irish rural drama Pilgrim Hill

review: a tale of rural isolation and loneliness

A hill conquered SOMETIMES, silence speaks louder than words, and no better phrase can describe the effects of Pilgrim Hill. From the opening scenes the film moves at an extremely slow pace. We watch the forty-something farmer Jimmy Walsh (Mullins) at work in the fields; fixing the fences, milking the cows, painting the house and carrying out everyday farming jobs. He is out in the fields alone all day, and only has the cows as company. He even often manages not to meet anyone for a few days in a row. The film is shot in parts like a documentary, with Jimmy speaking to the cameraman about his everyday life, his various jobs on the farm, how he cares for his father who survived a stroke, how his mother committed suicide while

Film of the Week: Pilgrim Hill h h h h h (15) 103 mins Director: Gerard Barrett Starring: Joe Mullins, Muiris Crowley, Keith Byrne, Corina Gough, Kevin McCormack

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he was a child, and how he feels about working on the farm and living as a bachelor.

Regrets He speaks of his regret for not standing up to his father to stay with the woman that he loved, and how he would love to just get away from it all but feels that he has no other job prospects because he has no qualifications and farming is all that he knows. These scenes are extremely engaging as we hear of Jimmy’s life story, his thoughts – which sometimes are of him thinking aloud to

His lack of hope for what lies ahead of him comes across in his tone of voice and through his eyes.


UNHURRIED, cautious and overall quite beautiful, this is simultaneously as Irish and un-Irish a film as you are likely to see. In a film that is about as flashy as a rained out week in Ballybunion, Gerard Barrett manages to announce himself as a vital new talent in the Irish cinematic landscape. It is a truly outstanding achievement and hopefully there’s more to come.

himself, and his feelings about his life. They also make Jimmy seem like a real-life person, and we develop a feeling of sympathy and understanding for what he is going through. The slow pace helps to convey how long and lonely each day may seem to a farmer working out in the fields alone, with rare social contact. In fact, the highlight of his weeks are a trip to the local pub for a pint of Guinness. The setting portrays a story which is a very real representation of

a sad, lonely and single farmer, and highlights how rural isolation is a reality for some in Ireland. From the start it emphasises the theme of being along, and it is echoed throughout. Things go from bad to worse for Jimmy as various situations in both his personal life and work life take a turn.

Problems L i ke m a ny o f u s experience, some problems seem to crop up all at once, and it gets a bit overwhelming for Jimmy.

Moving Pilgrim Hill is a moving story, and by the end of its 85 minutes, it is sure to take your breath away. T he film has won director Gerard Barrett the IF TA’s Irish Film Board Rising Star Award. Barrett succeeds in showing the long and l o n e l y d ay s e x p e r i enced by Jimmy, how he is finding life tough, and how various happenings can make it even harder to cope with – especially as he is alone. Take our advice and don’t miss this film. It may seem long, but that’s the powerful tool for the story, and it helps to make it real and relatable.

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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Farewell, godfather of great album art Martin Green, Aidan O’Rourke and Kris Drever of Lau are preparing for an international tour in the next two months

interview: best kept secret in folk music comes to Dublin

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The next in an ongoing series of the best band you’ve never heard of takes us to Scotland, where, from out of the sunshine on Leith comes Lau. In the folk scene, they are simply immense. Winners of the best band at the BBC Folk Awards for the last four years out of five, they come from a traditional background but their sound is anything but. Playing guitar, fiddle and accordion might at first glance seem utterly trad, but the music Lau create, with live loops and synth bass, has the hallmarks of audio innovators like Brian Eno. Cinematic and evocative, Lau on record is one thing, but their live incarnation is in another galaxy. Martin Green (accordion), Kris Drever (guitar and vocals) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) combine to incredible effect on stage, and that alchemy is on its way to Dublin, with the group set to hit Whelans on June 1. Gazette Music spoke to Martin as the band were

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preparing for their latest tour, and we started by talking about their unique music and how it came to be. “We are all rooted in folk music of one sort or another, and we all come from musical families. This traditional music is still the basis of the music we make in Lau, but we all have interests in other sorts of music, and these influences slip in. “One of our shared fascination is with sound, sounds possible from acoustic instruments, sounds we can enhance or embellish with effects, areas where we can use electronic sounds. “We spend a lot of time with our sound engineer Tim Matthew, working on the live sound and trying to make the show sonically interesting.” Their latest release,

Race The Loser, is a distinct evolution in their sound, an achievement that Martin attributes in part to the influence of producer Tucker Martine, who has previously worked with REM and My Morning Jacket. “Working with Tucker was like working with a musical Gandalf with a Nashville accent. He encouraged a real spirit of exploration and experimentation, and was happy to try out any idea we proposed.” From their acoustic roots, Lau have added electronic elements and effects to their sound in studio and on stage. “For us, the increasing technology has been a very slow burn. It has

always been something that we have embraced, and Martin has always made bedroom electronica, but it wasn’t clear for a long time how to combine that with the acoustic sound of Lau. “Tucker is so knowledgeable about so many sorts of music that he was able to help us find a place for more of those electronic elements to come forward. We have been looping ourselves live for a few years now, and always tried to keep it reasonably subtle, I think now we are confident to make more of that. There are more complex bits of laptop use on stage now, and some heavy Moog bass action. “We are lucky to have

an engineer so involved in rehearsals. Tim and Tucker are friends and have a shared sonic sensibility, so the live gig sounds surprisingly like the album.” As well as recording and touring, Lau curated their own mini-festival, Lau-Land, something they are definitely considering repeating. “We plan to do at least three more in the next two years. All events will involve local acts as well as international acts. We will encourage as much collaboration and crossfertilisation of bands as possible, which is one of the main motivations behind these festivals.” Lau play Whelans on June1. For more, see www.

Another rock legend has joined that Great Gig in the Sky. Although you probably don’t know what Storm Thorgerson looks like, and it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard him play an instrument or sing, you definitely are familiar with his work in the world of music. The English graphic designer, who passed away last week at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer, is responsible for many famous album covers, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. The record, released in 1973 is one of the world’s best-selling albums and its cover is so powerful, it doesn’t even contain its title or the band’s name. The iconic image, of a triangle on a black background acting as a prism to create a rainbow of colour, is just one of dozens of famous sleeves created by Thorgerson for dozens of huge names. He also created album artwork for Led Zeppelin, The Cranberries and Muse to name but a few. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was childhood friends with the designer and in a statement on following his death said: “We would gather at...a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there...making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed,” adding that Thorgerson’s artwork was “an inseparable part of our work”. Thorgerson’s death is particularly poignant as it came on the year of the Dark Side album’s 40th anniversary. In this world of digital downloads, I wonder how many people now buy albums on record or CD just for the cover? Storm, take a bow. Dee Woods presents Nova Nights on Radio Nova Mon-Fri 7pm-12am & Sundays 12-2pm. Follow her on Twitter @radeeoh

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northern ireland: fascinating jewel of belfast’s heritage is surprisingly accessible

A Titanic trip that’s certain to delight you  dave phillips

BE L FA ST’S Ti tani c Experience is a worldclass attraction that’s just a short trip away if you’re looking for a simple and stress-free break from Dublin. What’s better is that you can forget all about directions, parking, and even accommodation as you can easily get there and back by public transport in a day. The Enterprise train service takes two hours to make its way from Dublin’s Connolly station to Belfast Central [train station], and splurging a little extra on a first-class ticket can help set the pace for the day. In Belfast, your train ticket will also get you passage on buses to the city centre, where you can pick up maps and information on other attractions from the tourist office. Since its launch in March 2012, the Titanic exhibition has become an instant must-see part of Belfast and, to date, has clocked up more than 700,000 visitors. The numbers haven’t shown signs of slowing, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance. The iconic building that houses the exhibition

has become an incredible part of the cityscape, and is located just a 10-minute walk from the city centre in a rejuvenated dockland area that feels similar to Dublin’s IFSC district. The exhibition puts a lot of stock on bringing history to life, and it shows what an impact the RMS Titanic had on the city. Just to ready the dry dock – which enabled workers to build Titanic and other Olympic-class liners – took almost two years. The exhibition also highlights the connection between the Titanic and the Working Class citizens of Belfast. So much of the ship was hand-built by an army of labourers, and the sheer scale of work involved can be difficult to grasp. Utilising unique audiovisual installations, interactive displays – and even an electronic ride to explore the world of Titanic – you can get a real feel for the different aspects of the ship, from her construction and the experience aboard, to the disaster and its aftermath. The exhibition seamlessly moves from personal to group stories, and shows how the building and sinking of Titanic affected the Belfast com-

munity. There’s a lot to see, and it is presented in a way that children and adults alike should find fascinating. You could easily pass several hours here. Walking back toward the city centre, you can pass through another of Belfast’s redeveloped areas, the Cathedral Quarter. Based around St Anne’s Cathedral, this area is a hive of warmly-lit, winding streets and laneways, where you’ll find plenty of boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. Just opposite the cathedral, in St Anne’s Square, you’ll find Chopin Grand Cafe, which is the perfect place to stop for a coffee. If you have time, you could easily spend another few hours exploring and going for dinner before taking the train back to Dublin. You’ll find plenty of free gallery attractions in the Cathedral Quarter. R ight across from the cafe is the MAC –

a newly-opened arts venue that is displaying an Andy Warhol collection through April. If you visit Belfast on Saturday, make time to stop by St George’s Food Market, close to the train station, where you can try a great range of food and pick up some unique gifts. For many people, time to get away is getting less and less as our working hours and commitments change, but it’s great to know you can still go somewhere completely different and be back in your own bed by the evening. Tickets for Titanic Belfast cost approximately €16.50 for adults, or around €8 for children if booked online. Trains run regularly from Dublin to Belfast, and ticket costs can vary depending on time. See to book Enterprise tickets. For further information, see www.titanicbelfast. com.

The centre has a striking, contemporary setting in one of Belfast’s rejuvenated areas

The RMS Titanic’s grand central staircase has been expertly recreated at Titanic Experience, bringing the grandeur of a lost era to beautiful life


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space: A superb design from ford

Be impressed by the B-Max n Cormac Curtis

THERE was a time when families were just happy to get loads of space in a safe car – not any more. Car manufacturers are crawling over each other for as big a piece of the family car market as they can capture, and one of the leaders of the pack is Ford. The main attraction with their B-Max range is the unbelievable access to acres of interior room.

Measuring just over 4m long and barely 1.6m high, this is not what you would call a big car, but that’s what makes it so attractive. By making the ample interior space so incredibly versatile through an innovative door configuration, Ford have produced a car that punches well above its weight. You get the feeling you’re driving a far more substantial car than you’re sitting in, but it is

more than happy being powered by some exceptionally thrifty engines, including the 1.5-litre TDCI motor, and incredible 1-litre ecoboost petrol version. I drove both versions in recent weeks, and was seriously impressed with both. The ecoboost engine packs far more punch than any 1-litre petrol engine has any business packing, and compares favourably to the diesel

While the Ford B-Max has a list of great features as long as your arm, a seriously impressive selling point is its clever design and use of doors, which give a notable feeling of space, as well as terrific ease of access

in terms of fuel consumption. The diesel is rated at about 4.8 L/100km, while the ecoboost version comes in at a respectable 6.6 L/100km – on top of that, there was only about ₏500 in the difference between the two versions I drove.

The B-MAX comes with a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating; the B-MAX’s Ford Easy Access Door System provides unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front doors and sliding rear doors integrating the central body pillars. When both front and

rear doors are open, there is outstanding access to the interior, with a huge, clear aperture more than 1.5m wide. The new B-MAX is also the first European Ford to offer the company’s acclaimed SYNC system. SYNC is an advanced

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Council braced for €2m cut in funding � LAURA WEBB

LOCAL government funding to Fingal County Council is to be cut by €2 million to make up for the shortfall in income from the household charge. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government notified local authority managers of changed allocations in respect of the local government fund. Fingal’s allocation is proposed to be reduced by

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FastSport Seminar on new Garda vetting rules:

Rathfarnham-based driver, Nicole Coffey, is making waves in the world of karting domestically and internationally

motor racing: LOCAL Karting sensation has big aspirations for her career

Coffey driving for the heights of future Formula 1 success Rathfarnham’s Nicole Coffey is quickly establishing herself as one of the most promising young talents in motor racing in Ireland, if not the world. Loreto College student Nicole won several titles in the world of karting in 2012 and was selected by Motorsport Ireland to take part in the 2012 CIK / FIA Karting Academy Trophy, the world championship for 13- to 15-year-olds in Bahrain. One of only two girls competing in a field of 60 of the world’s most tal-

ented young karting drivers, Nicole secured sixth place overall. Nicole has a busy schedule ahead in 2013, and will be competing both at home in the domestic championship, as well as in international competitions against the world’s best karters. Speaking about her aspirations and ambitions within the world of motor sport, Nicole said: “I love motorsport and want to drive in F1 for Red Bull or Ferrari, and to be the first girl to win in Formula 1. I am well used

to competing in a male-dominated sport and was the only girl racing in the cadets when I started. It was hard in the beginning, but I was a quick driver so everyone got used to it. “The last 15 Formula 1 world championships have been won by former karters. Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel were all karters and they credit it as the foundation of their career success. I am inspired by my fellow track heroes and Katie Taylor, who has achieved so much.”

Speaking about the young star’s future, John Baker of Nicole’s management team, BSMG Sports Management, said: “It’s a fantastic time for Irish women in sport with the recent success of the Irish women’s rugby team and the exceptionally talented Katie Taylor winning medal after medal “Nicole is an outstanding Irish talent, and we want the public to get behind her and support her on her journey to becoming Ireland’s first female F1 star”.

Fingal County Council Sports Office in association with Dublin City Sports Network and the Irish Sports Council are organising an information evening for sporting clubs in the area to help them understand the new regulations regarding Garda vetting for sports clubs. This seminar, which takes place at Wood Quay on Wednesday, May 1 from 6.30 to 8.30pm, will set out to answer questions such as these that many sport clubs have. Admission to this seminar is free, but places are limited and you must pre-register. Further information is available from Fingal County Council Sports Office at 01 890 6256, or pauline. gilsenan@fingalcoco. ie

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New fitness centre launched at K Club 

Grandson of legendary horse trainer Dr Vincent O’Brien, Jamie Myerscough, has recently opened a new brach of his training franchise, Educogym, at The K Club. Jacqueline O’Brien, Jamie’s grandmother, officially opened the gym by cutting a measuring tape rather than a ribbon. Jamie is the CEO of Educogym, The first

Educogym opened in 2008 and since that time has proved popular its locations in Naas, Docklands, Dundrum and Blackrock. The Educogym method takes a holistic approach to health and fitness and focuses on regular exercise combined with nutrition. The system teaches people how to focus, train and nourish their bodies through one training programme. “Lots of people go to

gyms and run forever on a treadmill, lift weights that are not suitable for achieving their own fitness and body tone objectives and ultimately get no results”, said Jamie. “The Educogym training method only takes 20 minutes a day, a few times a week so it is much easier to stay focused.” For more information, log on to or call Educogym on 1850 737 737 or (01) 6278679.

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SWORDS rally racer Barrable is beginning to deliver on his considerable promise evident in recent years, with a second place finish in the WRC 2 category at the Rally de Portugal last weekend. He finished ahead of world rally championship leader, Sepp Weigand, and looks set to capitalise on his strong background in the sport

LUCAN man McGregor brought his A-game to the hexagon in Stockholm in April when he lined up against American MMA star, Marcus Brimmage. Only 67 seconds into the bout, Brimmage was counted out, and the local fighter had made a big name for himself in the UFC, which will see him elevated in the ranks of contenders

THE Kilmacud Crokes man had an impeccable league campaign in his first season in the Dublin senior football panel, culminating in a dramatic equalising point to relegate All-Ireland champions, Donegal. He followed up with a 1-4 salvo in the semi-final over Mayo, making him a contender for a starting championship spot

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Doireann Shaffrey’s sublime extra-time free ultimately proved the difference for Foxrock Cabinteely when they retained the Emma Jones Memorial Cup in Lawless Memorial Park on the final day of the EVERBuild Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Feile for 2013 after a tight and toughly contested final against Ballinteer.

SHAUNA Kelly’s pair of booming first-half goals saw St Brigid’s make the best use of the strong wind coming from the clubhouse end at Lawless Memorial Park in April to withstand an epic Scoil Ui Chonaill fightback and claim the girls’ football Feile Division 2 title after a set of assured and confident performances.

Fingal’s hurling heroes finally secured promotion to National Hurling League Division 2B with an assured performance against Donegal in Breffni Park in April, that saw Fingallians Peter Daly fire home the decisive goal, and John-Matthew Sheridan’s scoring throughout the campaign continue into the final


IS THAT something like summer just outside the window? Then it must be time to strike up the band and acclaim the nominees for the April Dublin Sport Awards. It was a month that saw success in a huge range of sports. Driving, MMA and football provide this month’s individual nominees, with three young men who have proven their potential in their respective sports, while fledgling sides in hurling and football claimed deserved titles and promotions.

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Paralympic legend Malone honoured

DAVID MALONE has been at the forefront of swimming in this country for over 20 years, both in and out of the pool. Last week, he was inducted into Swim Ireland’s Hall Of Fame Swim Ireland’s 2013 annual award ceremony honoured the great achievements of the Irish swimming fraternity over the last 12 months at the Galway Bay Hotel, and in the process recognised one of the great sportsmen to come out of the sport over the last quarter of a century. The Hall of Fame award was presented to Paralympic gold medallist and head of Paralympic swimming in Ireland, David Malone. Malone, a verteran of four Paralympic games throughout the years, has also established himself as a formidable coach over the years at the National Aquatic Centre, with the culmination of that reputation so far coming at the London Paralympic games, with two medallists and nine finalists in the Irish team.

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Speaking to Gazette Sport last week, Malone reflected on what his achievement meant to him. “When I was told I was the recipient of the Hall of Fame award, I didn’t know what to say, I was speechless. It was a great honour to be selected, and to be presented with the award. “ It means a lot to me, and it’s not just a great honour for me, but also for my parents, my teammates down through the years. It’s a fitting tribute to everyone who has contributed to my success so far.”

It has been a long road to this point for Malone, and he spoke about his journey to his current position in the national set up. “I started my coaching career alongside my swimming career at Terenure College, and I was lucky to get an introduction into coaching back in the early 90s. I moved to the NAC in 2004, where I have been head coach since. “I have seen that club grow and flourish. I’ve been lucky enough to work with hundreds of athletes over that time, national champions, agegroup champions, junior international swimmers, and coached a number of Paralympians to finals at world and Paralympic level, James Scully being one of those. “I took over as head of Paralympic swimming in

David Malone receives his Hall of Fame award at the 2013 Swim Ireland ceremony from Kevin Williamson, who coached Malone to Paralympic glory

2009, and in that time, I’ve seen the team transition from a really young team to a team who brought home two gold medals and nine final place in London.” That coaching experience has garnered an array of national and international successes,

letes and spectators of the London Games last year felt unlike any previous year, and Malone thinks that public perception of the entire field of Paralympic sports has changed as a result. “In Sydney, I swam in front of 17,000 people at 8am, which was unlike


‘It’s only now that people are starting to understand how hard Paralympic athletes work’ - David Malone


something that Malone feels is down to the people who have coached and influenced him throughout his career. “I am lucky to coach a broad spectrum of athletes. In the Paralympic team, being able to share my experiences as an elite athlete, winning medals, and not just going to take part but to compete for medals is a bonus. “From that perspective, it’s putting in place a pathway for swimmers, and where they fit into the performance path to, first of all, go and qualify for these meets, and then to go and make finals and have podium success. I guess, with my career, spanning back so long and the people I have worked with, I’ve been able to take pieces from all of that, and try and bring it together.” The experience for ath-

anything I ever experienced before, and we haven’t seen anything like it since then, until the London event. The games last year were just spectacular. “When I was competing, I was training 20 plus hours a week and putting in the hard graft, we never got the recognition back then. “It’s only now that people are starting to understand the magnitude of the games - how hard athletes work. Most athletes who compete at the Paralympics have overcome some form of adversity in their lives, and then transformed themselves into paralympic athletes. It is all about abilty and sporting excellence. From that perspective, it is now developing into the public consciousness how good these athetes are and how hard they work.”


Dublin Gazette salutes the Great Ireland Run local winners for 2013 DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers is delighted to announce the local winners of the 2013 SPAR Great Ireland Run. The Great Ireland Run was another huge success last week, which saw approximately 10,000 people take to the windswept roads of Phoenix Park to take on the 10k challenge. Recognising the fastest runners in each of our papers’ local areas, we salute your achievements! We will be in touch shortly to advise about your prizes. Swords Gazette Christopher Muldoon (34:40) and Suzanne Sheehy (41:53) Malahide Gazette Philip O’Doherty (36:46) and Roisin Bennett (49:26) Blanch Gazette Sean MacSeoin (36:16) and Aine Hackett (44:17) Castleknock Gazette John Dunne (34:36) and Eimear O’Leary (39:14) Lucan Gazette Robert Scanlon (36:46) and Bernie Stapleton (48:10) Clondalkin Gazette Stephen Moore (33:44) and Deirdre Daly (46:56) Dundrum Gazette Garrett Banahan (38:18) and Emma Flynn (46:42) Dun Laoghaire Gazette Billy Byrne (43:44) and Lindsay McMillan (47:42)


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Sides inseparable in derby draw for Brigid’s and Plunkett’s ST BRIGID’S and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh shared the spoils from a real local derby played in Russell Park last Friday night as the group stages of the junior hurling championship got under way. The home side were playing a team two divisions above them in the league register and, when the visitors raced into a quick three-point lead, things looked ominous for Tim O’Leary’s men. But, moments later, Brigid’s Fergal Counihan took a pass from Ronan McKenna and crashed the ball to the back of the net to bring the game back level. Plunkett’s added two more points from their midfield before Brigid’s captain Alan Thyne added a point for the home side. Neal Plunkett hit a long range point for Brigid’s, leaving the half time score of 0-8 to 1-3 in favour of the visitors. In the second half, Brigid’s came out with all guns blazing and James O’Reilly hit a lovely point to edge the home team even closer. Plunkett’s then got a cracking goal and, with the Brigid’s defence now under huge pressure, Aaron Carolan and Oisin Kelly, who later discovered that he was playing with a fractured finger, stood up and kept Plunkett’s at bay. Veteran Ciaran O’Reilly put his name on the scoreboard with a point before the Brigids goalkeeper, O’Leary, was called upon to make two fine saves. A long clearance out of defence by Ciaran Dunne found Plunkett who crashed the ball to the net before James O’Reilly got a great goal to put Brigid’s three points ahead for the first time in the game. Fergal Counihan added a point for the home side, however the visitors added four unanswered points in the closing minutes to level the game in a thrilling finale. Brigid’s midfield pair of Thyne and McKenna were outstanding throughout the game, assisted by Maurice Sweeney.

soccer: no signs of rust after enforced break

Lee Weafer shoots his side into the lead in Castleknock Celtic’s Under-15s 3-1 win over Malahide United in the NDSL League

Mixed fortunes for Celtic 

Castleknock Celtic’s DDSL Under-14s have reached the final of the Gerry Murphy Cup after a tense 4-2 victory over Mount Merrion last week, giving them the chance to retain the trophy that they won last year. After a cautious first half, in which there were few chances and the scoreboard remained blank, away side Celtic upped the pace. They eventually broke the deadlock with a fine 20-yard shot to the top corner by Tino Marcu.

However, the lead was to last only 60 seconds as the home team struck straight from the restart. Celtic were to go ahead again 10 minutes later when Geremy Mputu struck a cross into the box and Tino was again on hand to head the ball into the net. Within five minutes, Geremy himself was on target to put Castleknock two goals clear at 3-1. However, a handball in the box gifted Mount Merrion a penalty which they converted coolly to reduce the deficit to a single goal. With five minutes to go, the next

on your bikes! Cycling and athletic stars launch 2013 Ras The 2013 Ras na mBan was launched last

week when Orwell Wheelers CC’s Orla Hendron, Caroline Ryan from Garda CC, Imogen Cotter from Clare, and Olympic athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan gathered to celebrate this year’s edition of the national race event. The event, set to celebrate 27 years of international women’s stage racing in Ireland, is contested by teams and riders from all over Europe, the USA and Australia as well as the top local riders.

goal was going to be crucial. In the second minute of injury time, Geremy slotted home his second to secure a place in the final of a cup that Castleknock are already the proud holders of. The final is on May 11 in the AUL Complex against Ballymun United and the club is hoping for a big crowd to cheer on the lads. Meanwhile, in the DDSL Under-12s Hillary Cup quarter-final, Castleknock’s second Under-12 team took to the field in Porterstown in the hope that they

would join the first team in the semi-final, with Mount Merrion from the A1 Division again the opposition. Celtic began nervously allowing their opponents to run at their defence, and although Kevin Long, Alex Mur phy and Bassy McMahon frustrated the Merrion a t t a c ks , t h e b r e a kthrough did come. Players turned away thinking the ball had been seen into touch, but a deceptive cross eluded the defender and was tapped home toi give Merrion a 1-0 half-time lead. Celtic upped their

game in the second half and played as one would expect a team which has only been beaten once this season in all competitions. Intense pressure led to Merrion conceding a penalty, but Aaron Lynch’s strike was saved by the Merrion keeper. However, moments later, Kevin Lynch headed home an equaliser. But, in spite of their determination, Celtic were caught with a sucker punch when Mount Merrion left Celtic’s keeper Dylan O’Dwyer helpless, and scored to end Celtic’s run in the cup.

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Brigid’s deliver Whitehall whitewash at home  

ST BRIGID’S got their AFL10 north section league campaign back on track with an impressive display against Whitehall 3-6 to 0-8 last Wednesday evening in difficult conditions in Russell Park. The visitors mastered the gale force winds in the first half and playing

up the hill took an early 0-2 lead by 13 minutes before Stephen Cooper hit Brigid’s first point. Whitehall, with slick ball and movement, hit three unanswered points before Sean Murray struck back with a 35 yard free. The move of the first half came from the following kick out as JP Costigan played the

ball at pace on for Brian Donovan who interlinked brilliantly with David Dempsey who arrowed the ball to the net. Further points from Colin Reagan and Murray gave Brigid’s a halftime lead of 1-5 to 0-5. Against the wind and up the hill, Brigid’s pressure play forced Whitehall into playing the long

ball with no effect and with Dempsey, Murray and Brian Donovan taking control of midfield. The score of the game came from Fitzsimmons who beat several Whitehall tackles before rifling a shot to the back of the net. A third goal from Eoin O’Sullivan sealed the deal despite some late Whitehall pressure.

hurling: fine start for D 15 side against finian’s

Club Noticeboard castleknock It was the turn of our adult hurl-

shield final in the inaugural James

ers to have a successful weekend

Hughes International 7s Memorial

for the club, with both the first and

Tournament held by Crossmaglen

second teams recording their first

Rangers of Armagh.

wins of the championship, against

A big thank you to Gerry Kindlon

St Finian’s and Realt Dearg respec-

and Finbar Brady for organising the

tively. Unfor tunately, the third


team were not so lucky, losing out

If you would like to contribute to

in a tough game against Na Gaeil

the bond scheme, please see the


website for details. The execu-

The camogie feile is on this week-

tive urges everyone to contribute

end, with Castleknock playing their

anything they can as the club tries

group games in Naomh Mearnog.

to start construction of the club-

All support is as always more than

house this summer.

welcome. A contingent of the adult football-

Nursery fun day on April 27 in Somerton. Everyone is welcome,

ers were also successful this week-

especially those considering join-

end, when a squad of 12 won the

ing the club.

st brigid’s Support the U-14s feile teams final

The annual mini-league dates are

and cake sale in Russell Park this

June 10to 15. It is open to boys and

Saturday morning, April 27, from

girls aged five to 12 years (or those

9.30am to 3pm.

still in primary school) and open to

There were great wins last week

members and non-members alike.

for U-14, 15A and B, U-16 and minor

More news and registration details

hurlers, as well as men’s and ladies’

to follow soon.

junior footballers and camogie teams. Full round of AFL fixtures this we e ke n d , s e e t h e we b s i t e fo r St Finian’s and Castleknock faced off at Rivervalley Park last weekend in the junior B championship

Castleknock off to a championship flyer

junior b c’ship St Finian’s 2-11 Castleknock 1-20 

CASTLEKNOCK’S senior hurlers are through to the next round of the Junior Hurling B Championship af ter progressing past last season’s finalists St Finian’s in Rivervalley Park in Swords last Saturday evening. Amid blustery conditions, Castleknock utilised the wind to their advantage in the first half by gaining a commanding 14 point lead over their hosts. An

early goal from Conor Corcoran also set the pace for his team, with Shane Boland and Brian Hughes adding eight scores to the board. F i n i a n ’s f o r w a r d s struggled to compete against the wind and were also finding it hard to make room for any opportunities due to the expert defending of Castleknock pair Jack King and Conor Prunty. James Shelly and Jack Murray scored the only points for the home side before the break to leave the score 0-2 to 1-13. But St Finian’s rallied

in the second half. Utilising the wind to their advantage, they clawed back the lead to just six points, thanks to goals from John Walsh and Ciaran Drumm. Several unanswered scores from marksman Shelly and Brian O’Neill to set up what looked to be an unlikely comeback. Howe ve r, m i d w ay through the second half, O’Neill was sent off for his second bookable offence. With an extra man advantage, the visitors made sure of their win with Ciaran O’Brien, Jamie Tunney and Ronan Lynch add-

ing to the first-half tally to help them progress to the next round. After the game, Castleknock’s Prunty said he was “delighted with the win over a strong Finian’s side, and showed their strength to come out on top in a tough battle in particular during the second half”. “We have gotten off to a good start which is obviously important but we know still have a lot more games to come in the championship if we are to progress to the final, so we will take each game as it comes.”

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fundraising event, a coffee morning


Club lotto is in the Vineyard this Thur sda y. Jackpot r emains at €15,000. The camogie section have commenced a Mum and Me programme.

2013 membership is now overdue.

The pr og r amme will in tr oduce

Any player without their member-

mothers and their daughters to

ship paid will not be allowed to train

the basic skills of camogie. For

or play for insurance reasons. Any

more information, contact Siobhan

member with issues regarding

at or

membership can contact our club

085 149 0583.

secretary, Mary O’Connor, at

The annual golf classic takes place on May 24 in Royal Tara. Morn-

The club nursery for four- to

ing and afternoon slots available.

seven-year-olds continues this

€100 per player or €400 per team,

Saturday morning (and every Sat-

meal included. Contact Phil Kelly on

urday morning) from 9.30 to 11am.

0867733693 to book your place.

New members and families welcome. Contact Paul on 087 915 4748

Deepest sympathies to the Dunning family on their recent loss.

erin go bragh There was no winners of our weekly

on Sunday in a hard-fought battle in

lotto. The numbers drawn were 2, 5,

Hazelbury Park. The final score was

13 and 21.

5-10 to 4-8.

Well done to our U-11 girls who

Training continues on Tuesdays

beat Kilmacud on a score line of 3-10

and Thursdays in Hazelbury Park

to 1-10 on Saturday. Well done girls.

at 7pm.

Hard luck to our U-12 girls’ cam-

The club would like to thank Donal

ogie team, losing to local rivals St

Quinn who recently ended his ten-

Brigid’s by 1-3 to 1-1. EGB’s U-15 ladies lost out 4-5 to 9-7 against St Pat’s. Hard luck to our adult hurlers who

ure as manager of our adult AFL7 footballers. Donal spent two-and-a-half years in charge of the footballers, getting

lost out in the opening game of the

them to the final of the D champion-

championship to Naomh Fionnbarra

ship in recent years.

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Champions of sport: April’s Dublin Sport Awards nominees announced P36

Brigid’s set for Crokes challenge ST BRIGID’S senior hurlers will finally get their Dublin senior hurling championship next week when they take on reigning champions Kilmacud Crokes in Parnell Park on May 1 (6pm). They have been drawn in a particularly tough group, all of whom made it out of the group phase of the competition last term, with St Jude’s and Na Fianna making up the initial quartet. Indeed, Crokes were the side to put an end to Brigid’s run at the final four stage in a cracking quarter-final tussle in which the south Dublin side were 2-13 to 2-8 victors.

Sean McGrath’s 1-5 was crucial for Kilmacud as were three points from skipper Ross O’Carroll but he is a doubt ahead of the tie and he told GazetteSport this week he was wary of the challenges ahead “It’s an evenly balanced group with nothing really between the sides,” he said. “We have to be top of our game but hopefully we’ll get through. Gauging form to date though has been tough with the early rounds of the league sporadic due to the inclement weather while Dublin’s extended run in the national hurling league pushed back the early phases of

the SHC. But, with Dublin falling at the hands of Tipperary in last Sunday’s semi-final, Alan Nolan returns to the club fold for two quick-fire group games with the third date to be determined once Dublin’s involvement in either the Leinster or All-Ireland championship comes to an end. The net-minder has impressed in place of Gary Maguire between the posts in the senior jersey and was one of Brigid’s key men in last season’s campaign along with Paddy McAvinue, Daire Plunkett, John O’Loughlin and Aodan McEnerney.

The second series is set to be played on Friday, May 17 in Parnell Park taking on St Jude’s who edged out the Dublin 15 side by a single point in their group stage showdown last year. After a three-way playoff at the head of their group, they met again in September with St Brigid’s prevailing by two points to gain revenge and, more importantly, a quarter-final place. Finally, they will meet a Na Fianna side for whom Joey Boland has been in top form for the Dubs, scoring a cracking point against Limerick to seal promotion back to NHL Division 1A.

St Brigid’s Daire Plunkett will be back in hurling action