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LORCAN Buggy, Shane Kelly, Kian Ryan and Daniel Pipas were on the ball as they took part in the grand finals day of a mini league competition run by Verona Sports and Leisure Club. The event featured six finals from under-15s down to under-7s. There was plenty of vocal support from friends and families of the players who came to enjoy this fantastic occasion. See Gallery next week


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Make idle unit available to community - Nulty State paid €1.3m in 2002 for former AIB building, now lying vacant


AN idle building bought by the government over a decade ago remains vacant, as local politicians call for it to be given back to the community.

The former AIB building in Blanchardstown Village was acquired for over €1.3 million in 2002. Originally earmarked for the probation and welfare services, which was later rejected as a suitable loca-

tion, the building remains on the market. In a Parliamentary Question, Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty (Ind) asked for the unit to be made available for local community organisations. However, Minister Brian

Hayes (FG) said because the property remains on the market, it “would not be appropriate to enter into any licensing arrangements for community use”. Full Story on Page 3

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A LOCAL Dublin North councillor has been elected Deputy Mayor of Fingal this week, a role she says she is “honoured” to take on. Cllr Joan Maher (FG) was elected deputy mayor at the annual general meeting of Fingal County Council, which was held in Swords on Friday, June 14. Meanwhile her party colleague Cllr Kieran Dennison has been elected mayor. Both Fine Gael coun-

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cillors will hold their new titles until June 2014. Following her election, Cllr Maher said she was delighted to take on her new role. “This is a great honour for me after 28 years service on this council to end up as Deputy Mayor,” she said. “I am here to assist our very fine mayor

[Dennison]. “I know that he will do a great job but I am available whenever he needs a dig out. “I appreciate all the work that all the councillors do on behalf of their constituents and it only falls to one or two of us every year to represent the council and it is a great honour.” Cllr Maher replaces Labour’s Castleknock councillor Peggy Hamill. On his election as Mayor of Fingal, Kieran Dennison, a councillor in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, said he plans to highlight key issues such as the shortage of social housing during his time in office. Speaking to The Gazette this week he said he was also honoured with his new role. “It is a long time since we had a Fine Gael mayor [in Fingal] and particularly a mayor from Dublin 15.

“The big surprise was that I has supported by most of the councillors, which I didn’t expect,” he said. D e n n i s o n r e p l a ces Labour ’s Cian O’Callaghan who served as mayor for the past year. Speaking about his plans and aspirations for the year ahead, he said there were a few issues he wanted to undertake. “First of all there are changes coming down the track in local government and we have to start making preparations for those [changes] with the local elections coming up next May,” he said. “The size of the council will be increased from 24 to 40, so we will have to decide how we will make the council work with those sorts of numbers. “I am also going to be heading up a committee of the Dublin councils. “The Minister of

the Environment has asked us to look at the possibility of having a plebiscite for a mayor of Dublin and what sort of role that person will have – it will be a directly elected mayor for the whole region [of Dublin] so we will be hoping to bring some sort of a report on that by the end of this year,” he continued. On the year ahead, he said: “I am really looking forward to the year ahead. “I have already seen the schedule for the next two months – it’s going to be busy,” he added. Commenting on the appointment of his Fine Gael colleague as deputy mayor, Cllr Maher, he said: “I am delighted she was chosen… “She has been on the council for over 20 years, so she has a wealth of experience and is a very capable lady so I look forward to working with her.”

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OPW Property that cost €1.3m vacant since 2002

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GOVERNMENT-owned property lying idle for over a decade is still on the market, as local politicians call for it to be given back to the community. The former AIB building in Blanchardstow n was acquired by the OPW for over €1.3 million in 2002. The property was originally earmarked for the probation and welfare service, but a decision

was later made not to locate it in this property. A Parliamentary Question by Dublin West’s Independent TD Patrick Nulty, asked for the unit to be temporarily made available for local community organisations pending a decision on the building’s long-term future. In response Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Brian Hayes (FG), said the property “remains on the market” and so it would “not be appro-

priate to enter into any licensing arrangements for community use”. “As no alternate State requirement could be identified for this property, at that time, the OPW decided that the property was surplus to requirements and as part of the rationalisation programme it was placed on the market,” he said. “While there have been expressions of interest in the purchase and/ or leasing of the property, it remains on the market. “As the property is

The former AIB premises which has been left unused since 2002

State-owned there are no insurance costs. “The average annual costs are approximately €5,000 covering works to prevent any deterioration of the building, care and maintenance, general repairs and upkeep of the building. “More recently the OPW engaged with the Department of Social Protection on the potential to provide a service

but that Department has ruled out using this property,” the response added. Commenting on the matter, Deputy Nulty said: “I walk through Blanchardstown village on an almost daily basis and there are almost a dozen vacant or abandoned buildings there for one reason or another. “This formerAIB building in public ownership should be put to imme-

diate community usage. “For example, I was recently contacted by the local scout group in Blanchardstown who require a permanent scout den – why could they not be allocated this premises? “That would in my view be a productive use of the public investment rather than waiting endlessly for a commercial buyer who may never materialise,” concluded the deputy.

family day A berry nice fair to return ORGANISERS behind the Strawberry Fair are looking for traders and entertainers to take part in the revival of the local family event. As part of The Gathering events, the Strawberry Fair is making a comeback. This event will take place on Sunday, July 21 from 2pm to 6pm on Lower Road, Strawberry Beds. As part of the fair, organisers are looking for local traders and entertainers to get involved such as family entertainment, food and catering and games such as bingo and wheel of fortune. Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact Philip Ryan in the Blanchardstown Area Partnership on 8209550.

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A woman has appeared in court charged with serious assault on a council worker and threatening behaviour after bringing a lighter and a bottle filled with petrol into Fingal offices. Melissa Joyce (23), of St Mary’s Park, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstow n District Court on June 18. She is accused of bringing a lighter and a plastic bottle filled with petrol into the offices of Fingal County Council on Grove Road, Blanchardstown. The alleged incident took place on Tuesday, June 11 at approximately 4pm. It is alleged that she threatened to burn the office down and assaulted a council official from the housing department. The building was evacuated at the time and the accused was pursued. She has been ordered to stay away from the council offices in Blancha rdstow n f or the duration of the trial. The matter was adjourned by Judge David McHugh for four weeks for the DPP’s directions on the charges. A spokesperson for Fingal County Council

did not wish to comment as it is in the courts but said there were “no injuries to members of the public or to staff”. M e a nw h i l e , l o c a l councillors are calling for Fingal to investigate security measures for their employees. Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) said he was con-

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scious that staff in the council who work at the interface of the public often come across difficult dealings with people. “People are inclined to vent their anger at the system against people who are working for the council. This has come up from time to time ... [and] it can be difficult for staff dealing with the public. When asked if more

security should be in place at council offices, councillor Dennison said: “We have, all the time, security in our buildings but it would appear we may have to [have more security]. “These are civic offices and people are encouraged to come in and out as much as they like to look at things like planning files or whatever else is on display. “It would be a real pity if a small minority would cause that to stop and that we had to start taking more precautions,” he added. Castleknock councillor Matt Waine (SP) said: “No matter what, any ordinary worker shouldn’t be faced with [any] kind of intimi-

dation. “ Cllr Waine called on the council to bring forward proposals to prevent situations that might pose a threat for their staff. He went on to say that during “peaceful protests” from the campaign against property tax and austerity conducted at council meetings in the past, there were attempts to paint it as being a violent protest, which he says was not the truth. “We rejected that…” But he said that in situations where staff were threatened, it would be interesting to see if the council would be active in putting in place measures to protect them.

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Student hits the right notes on stage A LOCAL music student has showcased his talents with a performance during creative week at a Dublin college. Castleknock music student Fergal Kavanagh joined fellow graduates of the Leinster School of Music and Drama on stage for a per formance during Griffith College’s Creative Week closing ceremony on June 6. T he annual event showcases student talents across a range of faculties in Griffith College. As part of the celebrations this year, Leinster School of Music and Drama graduates gave

a special recital in the Griffith College concert hall. A host of talented students, including international students from India and Brazil, performed an assortment of classics and modern music and drama. Fergal Kavanagh was one of the performers on the night. Graduating this year with a Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education, Fergal reluctantly began his musical career at a y o u n g a g e , p l ay i n g piano until the age of 17. It wasn’t until he picked up a guitar that he understood the joys of music, and now he wants to spend his time

sharing these joys with those around him. “A f ter working in business for five years, I decided it was time for a change, so I became a language teacher and love it. Now I hope to use music as a tool to teach language wherever possible,” he explained. Karen Casey, head of the Leinster School of Music and Drama, congratulated Fergal on his achievement: “Fergal is a truly gifted musician and gave a stunning performance at the recital. I would like to congratulate Fergal on his qualification and wish him every success as he moves into the world of music education.”

Donation: Fine Gael’s Laurel Lodge raises over €1,000 for Barnardos pictured aRE Ned Walsh, Fine Gael’s Laurel Lodge branch, Holly Gillen of Barnardos, Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG), Frank Phelan of Barnardos, Cllr Eithne Loftus (FG) and Olivia Speight of Barnardos. The FG branch raised €1,077 for Barnardos in Mulhuddart by hosting a quiz night recently. Twenty-three people work full time at Barnardos’ purpose-built facility in Mulhuddart. Their services focus on increasing children’s wellbeing and their social, emotional, educational and physical development. Presenting the cheque to Barnardos, Cllr Dennison said: “For our spring fundraiser this year we selected Barnardos. We particularly wanted to recognise the valuable work they do in supporting over 250 vulnerable children and their families in the area.”

CELEBRATE Europe through film or attend an EU Presidency talk as part of events taking place in Blanchardstown Library this month. On Wednesday, June 26 at 5.30pm, there will be a screening of eight short films from the 1960s to the 2000s about Ireland and Europe. Watch some or all of these films from the Irish Archives. An EU Presidency talk is scheduled for Thursday, June 27. At 11.30am a short film from 1979 entitled Ireland’s Presidency of the EEC will be screened, then at 11.40am a speaker from the European Movement Ireland will give a talk about the EU Presidency. All are welcome to attend these events.

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Funding Two severe winters take their toll cricket: annual match

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Gardai will be hosting the bike safety event

Get on your bike in Blanch and pick up safety tips TO promote National Bike Week, local community gardai will host a special event at Millennium Park in Blanchardstown with the help of schoolchildren. On Friday, June 21, gardai in conjunction with five local schools and Fingal County Council will promote bike safety. There will be a bike check, a safety talk, an obstacle course, a bike race and a parade around the park. This event takes place from 10.30am until 12.30pm in the park.

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The Department of Transport has allocated €50 million to repair regional and local road surfaces across the country

Council gets €888k to fix Fingal roads

Meet OPW’s Phoenix Park gardeners

Kids’ French summer camp in Castleknock

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DISCOVER the beautifully restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Gardens in the Phoenix Park during a meet and greet session with gardeners from the OPW. Brian and Meeda will be at the walled gardens on Saturday, July 13 between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden is located next to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, and the Phoenix Cafe and you can get advice on how to plan a perfect garden.

SAY bonjour to French summer camps, which are set to take place in Castleknock this summer. French for Children (La Jolie Ronde) is back this year for two age groups: four to seven years and eight to 13 years. The dates are from August 12 for one week, and from August 19 for one week in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. Enrolments are also taking place for afterschool French classes starting in September. For further information contact Sabine on 087 227 9027.

FINGAL County Council has received €888, 015 to repair and restore damaged roads across the county. The funding was allocated following the Government’s recent announcement of its €150 million stimulus package of investment in road repairs, school buildings and home insulation. An allocation of €50 million was given by the Department of Transport to repair regional and local road surfaces across the country. As part of this allocation, €888,015 has been set aside for Fingal Coun-

ty Council to restore roads. A spokesperson for Fingal confirmed the additional funding under the Restoration Investment Programme and said the council was currently working on the list of roads which will have road/surface restoration works carried out based on the 2013-2016 Restoration Improvement Grants Programme agreed with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport earlier in the year. “In addition, we hope to carry out some small safety-related works and works to ramps damaged during the severe winters in 2009 and 2010. The

full list of works will be returned to the Department of TTS in the next few weeks with all works to be carried out in 2013,” the spokesperson added. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said: “The work will be carried out this summer and autumn. This funding will be provided directly to local authorities, which can start work on the repairs as soon as they receive the grants. “My Department is very conscious that two successive severe winters have taken their toll on the road network. While resources are limited, there is a risk that roads can deteriorate quite rap-

idly and are expensive to repair if repairs and maintenance are not carried out. This additional funding will help to address the shortfall in this area,” he added. The funding for the Government’s investing in infrastructure and jobs plan will come from some of the proceeds the government will get from the sale of State assets this year, such as the National Lottery licence and the sale of Bord Gais Energy. The money is in addition to existing capital budgets for 2013 and the works will be carried out this year, although some projects may run into next year.

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THE Dublin Fire Brigade Cricket Club and the Garda Cricket Club get ready for battle as they prepare for this year’s Cricket4Cancer charity match. The teams will compete for the Frank O’Farrell Memorial Cup, and proceeds from the event go to St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown. Frank O’Farrell, a fire fighter and cricket enthusiast, passed away in 2010 from pancreatic cancer in the care of St Francis Hospice. Grateful for the care he received, his family set up this annual event in his memory. This year’s event takes place at the Civil Service Cricket Club in the Phoenix Park on Saturday, July 6 at 1pm. Entry for the family day out, which will have face-painters, balloon modellers and more, is free. A barbecue is scheduled from 3pm to 6pm with limited tickets on sale on the day at €10 per adult and €5 per child. For more information, log on to their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/Cricket4Cancer.

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Minister Joan Burton with Caoimhe Dooley Curry and Elaine Dooley

Catherine Healy and Kim McDowell raising the school’s Green Flag. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

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he Shelbourne Hotel hosted this year’s Annual Brennans Bread Bloomsday Bike Rally for the Irish Youth Foundation. Now in its 20th anniversary year, the event has raised over €735,000 for community and voluntary groups throughout the country, who work to create positive differences in the lives of children and young people facing adversity. Over 300 colourful guests welcomed the rally to the ballroom at the hotel, where everyone enjoyed lunch and participated in an auction in aid of the charity.

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T BENEDICT’S National School in Ongar has recently been awarded its first Green Flag. The flag was presented in recognition of the pupils’ significant reduction of waste, with the initiative being led by teachers

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Catherine Healy and Kim McDowell. Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (Lab) and Labour MEP Emer Costello (Lab) were both on hand to raise the flag on the day, and paid tribute to the school’s efforts.

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Fun with Goonies


MUCH-loved 1980s film – The Goonies – saw lots of Goonie fans congegrate at Movies@Dundrum for a special fundraising showing of the children’s film recently in aid of Outreach Moldova. With a few fans happily exclaiming the wellworn catchphrase: “Goonies never say die!”, the filmgoers settled down for an enjoyable

screening, with the knowledge that they were helping to support Outreach Moldova make the evening even more special. The screening raised vital funds for the Irish charity, which works with a wide range of orphaned children in Moldova, as well as many children and young adults with a disability, chronic or terminal illnesses.

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Three cheers: launching a hub for beer enthusiasts

Drinking in the atmosphere at a multi-sensory event This is Beer, a new initiative by Heineken to prompt Dubliners to rediscover beer, aims to educate through experience at events across the capital. At a recent “multi-sensory beer-tasting” at the newly-opened 37 Dawson Street, beer connoisseurs Marc Stroobant and Fiona Smith showcased the diversity and depth of a range of beers. They explained that while beer is a relatively

simple concoction of water, barley, hops, and yeast – each of these ingredients has an element of variability that will affect the taste. So a beer made with hard water will have different flavours from a beer made with soft water. The quantity of hops, how well the barley has been roasted, and the specific yeast culture used will also impact on the flavours of that beer. The

multitude of combinations allow for a multitude of flavours, strengths and appearances. Fiona, whose area of expertise is pairing food and beer, introduced a tasting menu and explained how as a rule of thumb, the regional beers tend to complement the regional food. “Fish and chips works well with a light European lager like Heineken, whereas Tiger Beer, with a

distinctly citrusy zest taste works well with spicier Asian food. Some of the fuller beers like Affligem or Paulaner went well with sweet desserts. “Par ticipants we checked in with on the evening reported leaving feeling educated and elevated.” This is Beer will host more free events throughout the year. For information you can visit www.

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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.

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On the write track for a magical moment of fame Eleven-year-old student and budding writer Abigail McCaffrey is set to see her first book published on iTunes in the coming months. Abigail, who hails from Oldtown in Dublin North, and is a pupil at Rolestown National School, first started writing when she started junior infants and has been writing ever since. Abigail’s story is based on what she describes as “an old-time village” where a girl gets arrested. She said she still needs to work on some of her paragraphs and punctuation before the story is published. When she isn’t writing, Abigail loves to read, play Gaelic football, soccer, taekwondo and also loves her pets. Having been told many times that she is a good writer; Abigail says her family and friends are very proud of her latest accomplishment. Abigail has written the following story for The Gazette. A Little Moment of Fame is about a girl, Kayla, and her efforts to improve her handwriting.

Monday Dear Diary, Guess what? My mam got me tickets to see Beyonce! I’m so happy! She is my favourite singer on the planet. But on one condition; I improve my writing, so she bought me

a diary. I really think that she is crazy. I mean: only my teacher can’t understand my writing. Plus my mam. Plus my dad. Plus my sister. Plus sometimes my best friend, Jayni. But I’m not really botheredbut I really truly super really want to go and see Beyonce. So I will write in here every day. Tuesday Dear Diary, Today was the worst day in school ever! Ms Dairymilk told me to stand outside the door because “my writing was un-readable and appalling!” How could she get that impression? Jayni then stood up for me though. “Ms, I really don’t think it is Kayla’s fault,” she said. “I even saw her, she is practising at home in a new diary.” But Jay ni’s generous words didn’t tickle her peach. I got extra handwriting homework tonight, and I’m just done now! Oh! Mam just called me. Goodbye!

Wednesday. Dear Diary, Jayni came over today for a play. She brought a big bag of Smarties! They are my favourite sweets! Especially the orange ones. Yum yum! We played all day in my garden with my puppy, Bananas. He is super sweet! We played a game with my twin neighbours,

author Abigail McCaffrey, who started writing when she started junior infants

Bobby and Tom. Jayni is here beside me, keeping an eye on my writing, in case it goes a bit messy. My mam has been looking at my writing, and saying it is getting super neat! One step closer to Beyonce!!! Hooray!

Thursday. Dear Diary, AHH! I am so close to Beyonce it is unbelievable! I have been practising in school and guess what? Ms Dairymilk gave me a pack of Smarties and a gold star! That is so awesome, right! Jayni was so proud that she gave me a big hug in the middle of class! Mam was so proud of me that she brought me, Jayni and

my older sister, Sarah to Eddie Rockets! It was so delicious. I better go now, it is 11o’clock and I can hardly keep my eyes open!

Friday!!! Woohoo! Mam called me to the kitchen today and said to me: “Kayla, I have been looking at your handwriting recently, and I am very impressed with your progress. So, I have decided to ask Sarah to bring you and Jayni to Beyonce tonight!” I could hardly take it all in! “AHHH! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I screamed, and flung myself at her. I rang up Jayni and told her the exciting news! We

were washed and dressed and were on the bus in no time.

Saturday Dear Diary, Wow! Last night was amazing! Beyonce was amazing! Everything was amazing! Sarah brought us to McDonalds before the concert, and let us buy whatever we wanted. I got an ice smoothie and a double cheese burger, and Jayni got the same! But my favourite moment, out of everything, was when Beyonce called out a seat number, and it was MINE! I went up on stage and got to sing with her! Oh! How I loved my moment of fame...

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Carlton is there to help W hil e p l a n n i n g a wedding, even the most organised of people can run into problems. With that in mind, the Carlton Hotel in Blanchardstown is holding a Wedding Experience Evening on Thursday, June 27 from 6pm until 9pm. Entry is free and all attendees will be treated to bubbly, tasters from the menu, and stands and demonstrations from some of the hotel’s wedding suppliers. The hotel’s dedicated wedding coordinator, Jacqui Dowd, says the night will help prospective brides and grooms

to plan their weddings - down to the very last detail. “Everyone wants their wedding to be the most beautiful and memorable experience you share,” says Jacqui. “At the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown, our priority is to make sure that your day is everything you hoped for, and more.”

Experienced Whether it’s an intimate gathering of your closest friends or a spectacular party for over 300 guests, the hotel’s wedding coordinator and its experienced staff

will help with every single detail. As a new four-star delu xe Dublin wedding hotel, it offers a unique combination of the warm familiarity of Irish hospitality in one of the most elegant hotels in the country.

Dedicated Jacqui says the hotel is dedicated to ensuring that the big day goes without a hitch. Her own job is to reassure people. “It’s important to us that you enjoy every moment of your day without worrying about the details.

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“Every couple is different, and your personal style should be reflected in everything from menus to music, from candles to fresh flowers. “For us, preparation

is everything and our step-by-step guidance will ensure your peace of mind, and no request is too big or too small. “In fact, the quirkier the idea, the more exciting for us,” says Jacqui.

Galway’s Meyrick offers great quality of service For all those dreaming of a regal wedding, the Hotel Meyrick is a four-star, historical delight in the centre of Galway city. Its elegant structure dates back to 1852 and has played host to such luminaries as Prince Louis Napoleon of France and Mary Robinson, as well as Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and John Wayne. The Meyrick is the ideal backdrop for a cultured and traditional wedding and offers a great quality of service and standards. With a combination of classical features and modern facilities, it is a specialist in providing the most romantic of weddings. Whether you prefer a simple, intimate affair

or a lavish, dramatic wedding, the Hotel Meyrick can achieve your wedding vision. The hotel also has a quirky and enjoyable activity in its wedding package with a Build Your Bridal Bouquet workshop, with an experienced florist. A special offer on Saturday, September 6 comprises two nights luxurious accommodation with full Irish breakfast each morning, a table d’hote dinner in the Oyster Grill Restaurant, afternoon tea and the Build your Bouquet workshop all this costs from €205 per person sharing. For further details, you can email Paula at, or call her on 091 564 041.

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Get in shape for the big day

 natalie burke

WHETHER you’re hoping to slim down for your wedding dress, or to be bikini-ready for your honeymoon destination, many brides-to-be are looking to shape-up and de-stress in time for their big day. With a range of classes to choose from, Barefoot Yoga have the ideal way for you to unwind in advance of your wedding day. Barefoot Yoga studio is a new custom-built studio in Lucan, and is run by fully-qualified yoga teacher Tara Devitt. The studio offers class-

es including hot yoga – a deep workout practised in a room heated to 28-32C. Brides can reshape their body, lose 400 to 600 kcals per class, tone their muscles and gain a more sculpted and toned physique. The heat allows students to work deeper into tissues, tendons and ligaments, safely leading to improved flexibility, strength and blood circulation while simultaneously detoxifying the body. Barefoot Yoga also offers stretch and tone classes, providing a challenging class based on the principles of Vinyasa

Barefoot Yoga can help you to look your best

Flow. Vinyasa Flow yoga links the postures practised in regular yoga classes into a sequence of movements that “flow”with the breath in a more vigorous series. Flow yoga involves

moving from one posture to another with very little rest in between. This will naturally build heat, and work to strengthen the body and release tension, as well as challenging your body

and mind as you build strength, flexibility, focus and endurance. If you’re just hoping to unwind for your big day, some additional benefits of Barefoot Yoga result in reduced stress, increased strength, improved mental clarity, enhanced posture and improved muscle tone and flexibility. Barefoot Yoga also runs classes in pilates, kids’ yoga, mum and baby yoga, fertility yoga, baby massage and pregnancy yoga. For further information on the pre-wedding classes, visit or call 083 157 9543 to book.

Red Cow Moran is just the ticket for a big bash or an intimate gathering WHETHER you’re looking for a small, intimate wedding, or the perfect venue to host a big bash with 550 guests, the four-star Red Cow Moran Hotel is one of the most highly-recommended wedding venues in Dublin. Offering elegance, along with excellent value, brides and grooms-to-be can have a small celebration in the mezzanine or the Winter Garden restaurant, a DIY wedding in the pavillion, or traditional elegance in the ballroom. The Red Cow Moran Hotel offers the complete wedding package, superb facilities, extensive menu and drink options and a dedicated wedding coordinator who will ensure that your wedding day is unforgettable. The hotel will also offer you their bridal suite complimentary as part of their wedding package. With 123 bedrooms – including nine elegant suites – the hotel will also facilitate your guests wishing to stay overnight. For further package information, please see or email Sinead at

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g u i d e to yo u r w e d d i n g

l alter n ati v e we d d i n g v e n ue s l

I do ... want to marry at Croker  laura webb

GONE are the days when the only wedding ceremony venue was the church down the road – people are now breaking from the norm and are making their special day that little bit more interesting. A civil ceremony can be held in a register office or a venue that has been approved by a registrar. Many hotels across Ireland are approved to host a civil ceremony but, if you don’t want to stay in the one place, there are alternatives. If you don’t want to get married in a register office

and have found the perfect venue, unless it has already been approved, a registrar in the district of the venue must inspect and approve it. For the full list of guidelines, see the general register office’s website at To ensure the venue is approved in time, you should arrange for approval well in advance of notifying the registrar. There is an extra fee for a civil ceremony that is held in a venue other than a register office. With this all in mind, there are endless venue possibilities for couples

to choose from. Here are just a few ... For all animal lovers out there, Dublin Zoo has seen its share of weddings on the grounds, and has even featured on TV3’s show, Don’t Tell the Bride. The ceremony is held in the historic Haughton House, located in the heart of the popular tourist attraction. Why not choose a fabulous castle, such as Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan? This romantic setting is a perfect backdrop to set the tone for a wedding. There, civil ceremonies take place in the opulent

atmosphere of the castle’s drawing room. You could also score big with sports fans by having your ceremony at Croke Park! It could offer you a large, traditional reception; a small, intimate celebration, or something in between. The Croke Park Hotel is directly across, offering four-star accommodation. County halls also offer an interesting alternative. Last year, three weddings took place in Fingal’s County Hall in Swords. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council held two ceremonies, while South Dublin County Council has yet to hold a wedding, but say they will consider any requests.

You could be on the ball with a ceremony at the very heart of the GAA

The Mansion House in the city centre also accommodates civil ceremonies, with two areas on offer. As a venue, it provides two alternatives – the large Round Room for up to 450 people, which can

cater for a seated lunch or dinner with basic stage and dance floor, or its Fire restaurant, suitable for a smaller wedding, with 200 seats. So whether, like a recent couple in the US who married in an IKEA

store, you want to marry in the place you met, or if you have your heart set on an unusual venue, then why not see if it is possible? It is your special day, after all – so go all-out to really make it yours.

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Find a destination perfect for you  natalie burke

AS EACH new generation ties the knot and enters the honeymoon market, they bring their own tastes and desires to travel. Destinations, resorts and activities that once thrilled previous newlywed couples may now be less appealing, or not as attainable for political and/or economic reasons. Thankfully, new trends and exotic destinations continue to emerge, offering Irish couples fresh

opportunities for postwedding celebrations. So before you plan your honeymoon, check the latest offers, talk to an expert and choose a destination that best suits you. Honey mooning in European countries means shorter flight times, old-world cultures, easy currency and romantic cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Rome or Copenhagen, to name but a few. And with the sunny Mediterranean beaches, great food and wine, and an endless choice of

hotels, there’s something for any budget. Another cost-effective and romantic honeymoon idea is a cruise, where newly-weds can sail into glamorous ports such as Monte Carlo, Mexico’s Cozumel, and Miami. If you’re even thinking of having your wedding aboard ship, or renewing your vows at sea, the new generation ships offer extensive and varied facilities, and you can be as active as you want, remaining occupied from morning till night and see

go hop

It’s a safe bet you’ll have a lovely honeymoon if you visit Monte Carlo with

the sights without breaking the bank. For many couples, A frica represents a dream honeymoon, and a favourable rand/dollar/ euro exchange has made many previously expen-

sive destinations such as South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana much more accessible. Combining the Serengeti with Zanzibar, the Kruger Park with Mauritius, or the Kingdom of the

Pharaohs with a cruise on the Nile, is a never-to-be forgotten experience. Other hot destinations for honeymoons this year include Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Jordan.

All offer unique and unforgettable experiences, and have never been more inspiring. Before planning your honeymoon, talk to for further information.


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the Mediterranean Beautiful, sun-drenched islands offer

The islands serve up something for all tastes

Whether newlyweds, honeymooners or tourists, the islands offer a warm welcome to all

Valletta’s waterfront invites locals and guests to stroll along, taking in the lovely views

Fall in love with  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

The islands at a glance LOCATED in the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese Islands are some 62 miles south of Sicily. The three main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited, while the three smaller islands Cominotto, Filfla and St Paul’s Island are not. Malta is the largest landmass of the Maltese Islands, and covers 246 sq km, with 136km of coastlines. The population of Malta is more than 410,000 people. The official currency is the euro. Entry visas are not required by anyone holding an EU passport. Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild and humid winters.

Getting there The Maltese Islands are easily accessible from Ireland. Flights are direct from Dublin and take about 3.5 hours, with Malta International Airport set just 20 minutes from the capital, Valletta. Useful links For further information on Malta, see For information on getting married in Malta, email

FOR those romantics who would love to get married on a beach or in an exotic paradise, Malta could be the answer to your dreams. Choosing Malta for your nuptial destination means you’re going to a place where no task will be too big or small for the Maltese to create your perfect ceremony, celebration or honeymoon. The Maltese archipelago lies right in the heart of the Mediterranean and is a melting pot of civilisations and cultures dating back thousands of years. The colour palette of the scenery and architecture on the islands is honey, deep

blue and green – all of which will make photographs of the big day or honeymoon look spectacular. Malta is the largest island, and is the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo, the second-largest island, is more rural, with plenty of fishing, crafts and agriculture, while Comino is sparsely populated. Not only are the Maltese islands surrounded by crystal-clear waters and drenched in sunshine all year round, but there is also an enormous variety of products and services available, to make the planning of a wedding relatively stress free and great value for money. Weddings can be purely in civil form or can be combined with a church ceremony. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you opt to include a church in your


‘Not only are the Maltese islands surrounded by crystal-clear waters and drenched in sunshine all year round, but there is also an enormous variety of products and services available, to make the planning of a wedding relatively stress-free and great value for money’ --------------------------------------------------------

wedding arrangements, as there are 365 churches on the islands – one for every day of the year! Church styles range from the elegant splendour of baroque to the intimate seclusion of countryside chapels. Apart from churches, there are a wide choice of licensed wedding venues available, all of which are sure to inspire and delight. There are also grand

palaces with stunning gardens for the flamboyant, or rustic farmhouses in Gozo for those preferring something more quaint and understated. For nature lovers, Malta’s beautiful sandy beaches provide an ideal location for a wedding with the warm Mediterranean lapping at your feet. As an historic backdrop to proceedings, the capital city of Valletta offers

ancient buildings and a magnificent harbour, as does the former capital, Mdina, with its magnificent panoramic views of the island. The island of Gozo is a tranquil oasis ideally suited to host the most private wedding of your dreams. T here are hidden beaches, rolling hills and historical villages, and a laidback lifestyle will enchant you from the moment you arrive until you leave. Gozo has a centuriesold church, a palazzo and quaint farmhouses, as well as luxurious hotels, so the only difficulty will be which venue to choose. For those who are honeymooning, the islands are the perfect location for relaxing and soaking up the sun with their loved one. T here is also the


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an unforgettable setting for your wedding - or honeymoon

For those looking to marry in Malta, the islands have

countless picture-perfect backdrops for your treasured photos

Malta more energetic option of exploring the islands’ spectacular seascape and architectural heritage, or in enjoying the many sport and leisure activities on offer. Food is an important part of Maltese culture, which boasts an incredible mix of seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. There have been many influences on Maltese food over the years as different nations have visited or invaded the islands, including the French, English, Germans, Arabs and Italians – and all have put their own distinctive stamp mark on the cuisine. Following a short threeand-a-half-hour flight, you will arrive at the islands and some of the most romantic and beautiful views ever seen. There is also the added advantage of English being spoken

everywhere. Marion Barr y and Joseph Hogan from Dublin decided to marry in Malta, having holidayed there before. Joseph said: “The venue was decorated with a rustic theme and a vintage twist. We were flabbergasted at the amount of personal detail that was given to every aspect of the decor. “The food was mouthwatering on the night. Some local Maltese dishes were served which were truly divine. “The food cooked in the wood burner was full of wonderful flavours, and definitely added to the whole theme of the night.” For further information, visit Malta Event Design’s website at www., o r w w w. i s s u u . c o m / WEDDINGDAY.

You’re invited to have an unforgettable wedding or honeymoon on the islands

Visitors can enjoy some of the islands’ interesting celebrations

The islands show only half the attraction of Malta, whose sea waters nurture a whole other world below the surface

Those seeking to marry in Malta will No matter where you roam, you’re never too far away from the Mediterranean in Malta

find many venues to choose from

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D u b l i n ’ s co m p l e t e g u i d e to yo u r w e d d i n g

l c ookery l e s s o n s l

What a delicious idea for a gift  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

UNUSUAL wedding gifts can also be practical and delicious as proven by The Cookery School @ Donnybrook Fair’s which offers courses for newlyweds. Vouchers from the school, located at Morehampton Road in Donnybrook, are available now as an alternative to toasters and carriage clocks for newlyweds. The vouchers entitle the couple to learn the art of great cooking by attending a class that suits them. Some of the courses

available this summer include an exotic evening of sushi making, or a homely session of bread-making. Classes are for all abilities and are run over half days, full days, evenings and weekends.

Originality Executive chef and cookery school manager Niall Murphy said: “When it comes to wedding gifts, originality can be crucial. So many wedding guests get stressed about selecting a gift that no one else would think of, so at Donnybrook Fair we wanted to

offer something a little out of the ordinary that is also an unforgettable and fun experience.” Niall started his training with Failte Ireland before moving to Leuven in Belgium to continue his training. which is classical French, but he is an expert in both traditional and contemporary cuisine, too. Vo u c h e r s f o r T h e Cookery School @ Donnybrook Fair are now on sale and available at any Donnybrook Fair store, or may also be bought online in denominations of €50. Stores are located

Donnybrook Fair: Plenty of ideas for marrying taste with expertise

on Morehampton Road, Stillorgan, Baggot Street and Grey-

stones, and the cookery school, which runs the courses, is located

N u m b e r 8 9 Mo r e hampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Debenhams extends its list service Debenhams is extending its wedding service available to brides and grooms-to-be, offering everything from designer wedding dresses through to beautiful gifts, ensuring a hassle free and easy-touse service. Not only will you get a €75 gift card when your list is complete, but your gifts will also be delivered to you free of charge. Debenhams is also offering to give you 10% off when you purchase any of the gifts left on your list after the wedding. For further information, call 1890 946 779 or see

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BRIDE& GROOM Dublin’s complete

All items For Her available from Littlewoods Ireland

Nicholas Millington Vintage Style Wedding Dress €129

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Jacques Vert Hat €88

Wedding TModalu Provence Raffia Clutch €62

Teatro Thomas Jewel Sandals €36

Nicholas Millington Strapless Prom Wedding Dress €159 with Carvela Grandiose Studded Court Shoes €139

Teatro Jasmine Jewel Occasion Dress €69

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Slim Tie €2.50 each - Penneys

Silver & Mother of Pearl cufflinks - Thomas Sabo €198

Tailored Suit Price TBC - M&S


Formal Brogue Shoes - Burtons €64

SkopesMens Dermot Slim Fit Trousers - Littlewoods Ireland €50

Superlite Suit with Odegon Shirt and Tie - M&S

Shirt and Tie - Penneys €10

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A picture perfect setting

FOR brides and grooms looking for a picturesque setting, the village of Enniskerry could be what you’re after. Located just 20 minutes from Dublin, The Summerhill House Hotel is the ideal venue for your wedding reception. Its Avondale Suite can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests and the hotel’s team of event staff are on hand to ensure your day runs smoothly. Set on five acres of private grounds, this 87-bedroom countr y house is one of the leading wedding specialists

in the Dublin/Wicklow region. Concentrating on just one wedding reception per day, the hotel says this allows them “the opportunity to provide you and your party with the intimate service and the attention to detail you would deserve and expect”. A number of packages is available that can be customised to suit individual requirements. Every wedding booked at the Summerhill House Hotel receives more than 12 complimentary extras. Ever y Sunday is a Wedding Open Day and

Celebrate in style at the Summerhill House

the hotel lies just opposite Powerscourt Gardens off the N11. The hotel will host a wedding fair on Sunday, June 30, 1pm to 5pm. For further informa-

tion, contact The Summerhill House Hotel at 01-286 7928, email, or see

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m l m ul l i n g a r l

For old-world charm look no further than Annebrook House NOT many wedding venues offer the chance to get married in a 200-year-old building. However, the four-star Annebrook House Hotel in Mullingar is not a regular venue. Built by the Westmeath Board of Guardians circa 1810 as a residence for the country surgeon, the house is an imposing Georgian-style building with extensive gardens with river Brosna winding through the grounds. The house today has been restored and has been developed into a 111-bedroomed hotel. Weddings at the hotel

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have exclusive use of the house, and the bridal suite is located on the second floor. The ground floor has been transformed into the Old House Restaurant, with its original stone walls and fireplaces.

To experience what the Annebrook House Hotel has to offer you, call 0449 353 300 or visit www. for details. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also welcome to drop in and tell them the good people at the Dublin Gazette sent you.

Ardboyne Hotel offer you a car FOR a limited period, the Ardboyne Hotel is offering the choice of a complimentary chauffeur-driven luxury car for wedding bookings over the coming months. The hotel is looking to fill its last remaining dates for this coming winter, and selected 2014 dates, by offering a complimentary chauffeur-driven car of your choice for an extra-special wedding. Call the hotel at 046 902 3119 to arrange a viewing and meet the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedicated wedding team.


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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Guaranteed!

ON the night of September 29, 2008, the Taoiseach and his Minister for Finance decided to guarantee Ireland’s banks – to the tune of €440 billion. Guaranteed! tells the story of that night, and how they got there. Based on official documents and off-therecord interviews, Guaranteed! reconstructs Ireland’s banking boom and bust – as seen from inside the corridors of power. June 26, tickets €11.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aidan Bishop

NATIVE New Yorker Aidan Bishop began his comedy career in his hometown. Since moving to Dublin he has become one of the top comics working today, and is best known as resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin for the past 10 years. July 6, tickets €12/€10.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Niamh Kavanagh and the Illegals

They’re back! The Illegals, with their unique Common Thread show, deliver a brilliant night of music and great craic. The band features the vocal talents of Irish Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh, described by RTE as the Rolls- Royce of Irish vocalists. June 22, tickets €20/€17.50.


review: superman rebooted

Look, in the sky, a great movie! IN A world where the superhero movie is king, the one that started the whole phenomenon has been strangely absent. In 1978, Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve made the world believe a man could fly and Hollywood believe that comic books were box-office gold. Before the last son of Krypton’s first big screen outing, comic books and film had an uneasy relationship, being mostly confined to kids slots on American weekend TV. After Donner brought the Man of Tomorrow to screens, scoring a hit commercially and critically, things died down until Tim Burton’s Batman reignited the craze. Now you can’t move during a summer for an Avenger here or a Batman there. So, why have we been missing Supes for so long? In 2006, Bryan Singer attempted to work some of his X-Men magic on the Metropolis Marvel and came up short, delivering Superman Returns, a worthy entry into the Donner series, but one that completely failed to make a connection with audiences. Following the success of the Dark Knight

 Paul hosford

Superman in full battle mode (above) and being interrogated by Lois (below)

series, it was inevitable that the blue and red would appear again on the big screens and it is no surprise that Chris Nolan, who so ably guided Batman back to the top of the zeitgeist, is producer of Man of Steel.

What is surprising is the choice of director. Zack Snyder is undoubtedly a supremely talented man and his achievements with Dawn of the Dead and 300 marked him out early, but his most recent film, Sucker Punch was a relative bust. Not exactly the kind of endorsement that gets you handed the keys to a $225 million vehicle. Still, he knocked it out of the park with Watchmen (for fans, anyway) and has done similarly here. Dissecting the dichotomy of the Jar El/Clark Kent cha ra cter, his upbringing and his allegiances to two worlds, Snyder finally gives us a Superman who feels

Film of the Week: Man of Steel hhhh (12) 143 mins Director: Zack Snyder Starring: Henry Cavill. Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe


SNYDER manages to build a world that is both in keeping with the DC roots laid down in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and refreshingly original. The basis of a very good trilogy is here and, while most criticism will focus on a lack of warmth and humour, that’s not what David S Goyer’s script goes for. Ultimately, an overdue kickstart to a languishing franchise.

vunerable, yet powerful. He is aided by a stoic and impressive performance from Henry Cavill. The actor is green, but noble enough to don the cape. Amy Adams’s Lois Lane is harder than the Margot Kidder incarnation, but suits the world that Snyder has created.

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are the perfect foils as Clark’s All-American parents, imbuing their son with a sense of truth, justice and the American way. As with all good heroes, there must be a good villain. This is where I always found Superman lack

ing. His depth of bad guys is fairly shallow and Lex Luthor is never a real enough threat for me. With Michael Shannon’s Zod, a fellow Kryptonian, Snyder has made a great move. Physically a match for Jar El and all sharp focus and drive, Shannon’s General is a cracker. With Superman and Batman set to join up for The Justice League within the coming years, and Snyder reportedly on board to direct, there may be some chance that DC Comics halts the Marvel juggernaut. But first, enjoy the return of Superman.

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State of Decay (Xbox 360) LEST some think I’ve been picking on Microsoft in this issue – well, let’s not forget its Xbox games can be innovative and great fun. In a different vein to The Last of Us (below), State of Decay is another post-apocalyptic title for mature gamers – this time, courtesy of zombies – and set in a pretty, rustic, open world setting. A download-only title, it frequently boasts shoddy graphics, lamentable AI, clunky design and bugs galore – however, it’s also great fun and extremely compelling, as you attempt to rescue survivors, gather resources and build a community. Adding real menace to the gameplay, death (and an instant autosave) is permanent, adding an unforgiving, yet welcome, dash of drama, and the simplest of encounters can quickly spiral into a disaster. Quirky, but cool!

The Last of Us (PS3) HERE it is – what seems likely to be Sony’s last truly great game for the PlayStation 3 – and what a great game it is, too. Space presvents me from fairly singing the praises of this longawaited PS3 title. It sees two unlikely travelling companions attempting to cross a post-apocalyptic America, now crumbling and overgrown, while dangerous people and Infected (think: zombies) roam the streets and wilds of this ruined world. However, its superb characterisation, writing and acting (yes, acting), coupled with terrific stage design and compelling gameplay, make it a definite must-have for mature gamers.

Gaming giant creates a new battle to win

AT PRESENT, Microsoft and Sony have started rolling out the big guns, readying gamers for the upcoming releases of their next-gen consoles – the Xbox One and PlayStation Four, respectively. While Nintendo , as ever, follows its own typically idiosyncratic path with the WiiU, battle has already started between the One and the PS4 – and Sony appear to be bludgeoning Microsoft in the battle for gamers’ interest, given the poorly-handled One launch, ahead of its future roll-out. The recent quip about Microsoft earning Sony’s Employee of the Month title is ringing a little truer lately, with Microsoft’s heavy focus on the One as an all-in entertainment hub (rather than, y’know, a games console) spooking many gamers, with websites aflame with criticism. Despite its excellent platform-exclusive franchises and some fantastic-looking new games announced for the One, it’s an


unfortunate step for the company to have alarmed many Xbox gamers. While nobody doubts the quality of the console itself, or the great games it will have, the focus on the One as an entertainment hub curries no favour with European markets, which, similiarly to Apple’s licensing deals in America, still have a greatly reduced media selection to watch via consoles over here – not to mention patchy internet/broadband infrastructures. And, in the meantime, Sony is continuing to throw hard-hitting jabs into the fray, pointing out that the PS4 will be notably cheaper than its main rival, doesn’t need to connect online to play games, is region-unlocked to play games from anywhere, will easily allow people to swap games with friends, and so on. Indeed, a particular bone of contention for many gamers has been the widely denounced point that the One has to

connect to the internet at least once a day, to play games – an irritating point for many who may not connect online, or who may have a shoddy internet service – or none. At the time of writing, Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business division president, Don Mattrick, has poured fuel on the fire by saying in an interview with GameTrailers: “Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360”. Not quite a motivational incitement to get the One, I think you’ll agree. Of course, this is all par for the course with the launch of new tech – someone always comes out on top, with a winner and a loser in the initial PR battles before the longterm war starts. However, even these months before either console hits the street, Microsoft has already created a needless skirmish (with many aggrieved gamers) that it shouldn’t have had to face, let alone win. For the many - suddenly wary - Xbox fans that the company will now have to fight to reclaim or retain, to misquote The Bard: “Now is the summer of our discontent ...”

In a comment rounded upon by many gamers and websites as inviting online-wary users not to get the Xbox One, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business division said:“We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360” (the One’s predecessor)


E3 passes with yet another no-show for the long-awaited PlayStation game AT THE time of writing, E3 – the annual, vast videogame conference and show in Los Angeles – is under way, showing the games and tech of tomorrow. However, once again, Sony’s The Last Guardian is a no-show. One missing game, when hundreds, if not thousands, were on show? So what? The Last Guardian has been in development for several years at this stage, with notable departures, rumoured developing difficulties, and so on, keeping it locked into the “troubled” category. It also follows two previous titles in the same loose family of games – Ico, and Shadow of the Colossus – that did much to add a dash of creative (if not emotional) heart to Sony’s PlayStation consoles, giving

MISSING the notably absent title a little extra weight by its absence, as gaming critics keep a weary, if hopeful, eye out for its release. Here’s hoping that it won’t simply vanish as the platforms change ...


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Local bands to battle for Bundoran stage slot Two local Dublin bands, The City Apples and Pyramid Hill (below) have landed themselves the opportunity to play off for a slot on the Vodafone Stage at the Sea Sessions music festival in Bundoran on Sunday evening. The bands were picked from over 50 entrants to compete for the prestigious place, and will play a 20 minute slot before an impressive list of judges, that includes head of music at 2fm Ian Wilson, for the opportunity to perform a full set later in the day. For more information and last-minute tickets, log on to

radio nova’s dee woods: rover set to return to harry st

This boy is cracking up Good news for Thin Lizzy fanatics: the boy will be back in town soon, and not before time. The bronze statue of Phil Lynott is due back in its rightful place in Dublin City Centre in the coming weeks. Thousands of euro worth of damage was done to the life-size figure when it was knocked over at the beginning of May. Two people were questioned and then released by gardai after coming for ward, and there’s been a noticeable empty space where the Lizzy legend once stood outside Bruxelle’s on Harry

Street, just off Grafton Street, ever since. While many music fans were angered by the cracking of the iconic statue, many did crack a smile at what was left in its place while repairs have been carried out. A poster stating: “The Boy is Out of Town. Philo’s Gone on Holidays with his Mum. Back Soon” has been informing fans, tourists and passers-by of the whereabouts of the Dublin landmark since the incident happened. The repairs, believed to be costing about €4,000, are being paid for by a mystery donor,

while fans are being reassured the effigy will be better secured in its place this time around. The life-size figure of six-foot-tall Philo, dressed in a f lowing coat and leaning on a guitar, is a mecca for fans, especially around Phil Lynott’s birthday in August and the anniversary of his untimely death in January. It’s expected the return of the mighty bronze will be cause for another celebration in the city next month, and rightly so. Let’s just hope we don’t see this boy cracking up or broke down again.

The statue of Phil Lynott outside Bruxelles

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TRAVEL Perfect summer break  natalie burke

It’s party time: Derry takes on the “city of culture” mantle and greets its visitors with gusto

music: European City of Culture gets into the groove for musical extravaganza

Over 200 acts descend on Derry for Jazz Festival

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The Soul Rebels sidle back out for their encore at the Nerve Centre, launching their audio assault with the refrain “Derry, what the hell are you waiting for?” From there, the brass band from New Orleans launch into their reworking of a classic Jay-Z track – fittingly also called Encore – saxophone, tr umpet and colourfully decorated tuba blasting one last track for the night. T h e i r k l a xo n - c a l l st r ike s a p ar ti cu l ar chord after a manic jaunt to the north-west to take in the town and its annual jazz festival, this year given extra zest as part of the European City of Culture celebrations. It star ted in laidback fashion with the train ride from Belfast. W hile coming from

Dublin would be much better navigated by car, the opportunity to take in the rugged Foyle-side views that split counties Derry and Donegal is worth the extra time. To f u r t h e r e a s e into the day, Encore Brasserie laid on an ambient lunchtime fare, local duo clarinetist Roy Mitchell and guitarist Greg Payne providing the mood music of a Gatsby-style bygone era. Stepping away from the festival fever, the Tower Museum was the next port of call, a quick step around the city walls – perfectly preserved from their 1600s conceptions – past the Guild Hall. Recently refurbished, the museum houses two permanent exhibitions – the Armada Shipwreck and the Story of Derry. The real gem, though, comes in the form

of guide Gerry Lynn whose personal passion for his hometown brings to life the slings, arrows and bullets that --------------------------

‘The real gem, though, is guide Gerry Lynn whose personal passion for his hometown brings to life the slings, arrows and bullets that have been endured to shape the city’ --------------------------

have been endured to shape the city. He is a rare jewel, providing both sides of the religious and sectarian divide with a

depth of knowledge and authority that will be sorely missed when he vacates his post. Catch him while you can before his tenure comes to an end in the coming months. G e r r y p r ov i d e s a huge dollop of local character, something that abounded in La Sosta over dinner, hidden underneath an arch to open out a view overlooking the Peace Bridge. Specialising in authentic “cucina Italiano” from the Abruzzo region, husband and wife team Claudio and Maureen Antonucci achieve, with the stove providing a warm glow, a great front-room feeling. Indeed, Nobel Peace prize winner John Hume, along with wife Pat, was in for a midweek bite and while he had little time for the

jazz festivities, he did proffer “you’re in my favourite restaurant” before returning to his steak. The cooking is delicately rustic, the lamb in artichoke cream topping the bill. Claudio, meanwhile, has plenty of tales - to help ease down the marsala and limoncello - from his colourful past as one of the few to emigrate from Italy to the city in the 1980s. His larger than life nature opens up the night for a festival that is second only to Cork on the Irish jazz scene with over 200 acts playing in 80 venues around the compact city with 35,000 people getting involved. Most of those venues are improvised. The Nerve Centre was transformed from creative arts centre by day to raucous party big band

cathedral as the Soul Rebels squeezed their eight-piece orchestra onto the stage. With elements of ska layered onto the horn l i n e s a n d h a r m o ny vocals – delivered with a cheeky sway – homegrown tracks are mixed with some classic pop mash-ups, the Eurythmics Sweet Dreams was given a brassy kick. It’s party time and the Derry hometown revellers greet it with gusto. When encore time rolls around, it’s clear the crowd is not left waiting for too much more. The 12th City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival took place Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6, 2013. For fur ther information contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on callsave 1850 230 230 or click on

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Over 100 ways to save cash Our intrepid doctor John Lowe has over 100 ways to save cash. From now on we will regularly dip into them. Cut out and keep – better in your pocket as they say. If you have any cash-saving ideas, please send them to

hills hire, Hills Centre, Johnstown rd

Making a sure-hire way in Dublin business Hills Hire’s motto is: We hire almost everything. But the familyrun business is more than a local hire shop. Hills was run for many years by Heather and Ricky Little before their retirement. It is now in the safe hands of Cara and Carl Fortune. Hills offers a wide range of services

to its loyal customer base, including a workshop facility where it maintains a hire fleet and services and repairs most makes of customer machines. Carl tells The Gazette about his business, and how the team at Hills Hire manage the challenges of operating a business in the current climate.

How long have you been in business?

customers who are pricing jobs are struggling and as result they are seeking more competitive rates. We offer repair and service of customers’ tools and equipment which may save them the cost of replacing essential equipment. We continuously monitor our costs and outgoings. We also have new customers who are new to the DIY market and need more assistance with selecting and operating the correct equipment.

Hills Hire was established in 1968 in Pottery Road. We moved to our new premises in Hills Centre in 1982.

What makes your business successful?

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, providing the right products at the right prices to a wide customer base. We offer a very diverse range of equipment for hire or sale at the most competitive rates. We provide an excellent follow-up service for customer machines, servicing and repairing.

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

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

It would be of great benefit if the VAT rate was to be reduced.

We listen to our customers and aim to assist them to identify the correct tool/equipment for their job whether they are professional landscapers/builders or enthusiastic DIY-ers. Our staff have a combined 85 years’ experience with tools and equipment, which allows us to offer appropriate advice to those who need some direction in selecting the correct tool.

What is your ambition for the business?

How has the recession impacted your business?

We enjoy creating local employment and serving our customers’ needs. Our business is extremely diverse and every day is different, meaning that each day offers different opportunities. We like to use our experience and skills to assist our customers in making the correct selection of equipment for their job.

As with everyone else in business, we have been affected by the recession. We realise that everybody is in a similar situation and as a result we have maintained our hire rates for many years without an increase and have no increases planned. Any

We are aiming to keep our doors open through this very difficult time. We continue to provide an excellent customer service to our many loyal customers, always offering quality tools and equipment at the most competitive rates possible.

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

1. Plan a yearly household budget Add all your yearly household bills and divide by 12. That figure is the amount you need to put away each month to meet those bills just to run the home. Any capital or “luxury” spending must be found outside of this annual budget. You could also adopt a monthly budget if preferred but you should in any event put at least two hours every month into planning your finances to ensure you are on track with your spending. Remember if your expenditure exceeds income, you have two choices – earn more or cut costs. You should in any event query every item of expenditure – ask yourself, do you need it and is there a better or cheaper alternative ? 2. Think smart with your surplus cash Do not leave surplus money in your current account or low interest-bearing accounts. At least transfer it into your bank’s best deposit account and when you need funds to meet commitments, transfer over a couple of days before due. If that deposit account is size-

able, negotiate with your bank – their rates are much less than for example KBC Bank (2.6% - on demand) and therefore may have the discretion to increase that deposit rate in order to hold on to your business. 3. Check your bank charges regularly and cut down your banking bills there are too many cases of overcharging from all the banks to accept that your bank is not one of them ! Sometimes, these charges can be waived at the discretion of the manager – if you don’t ask, there’ll be no waiving. Try to avoid exceeding your overdraft permission if you have an overdraft. The surcharges and fees are punitive. You should also operate online bank accounts – better deals, easier to operate and no waiting in queues plus saving on time and travel expense. For current account comparisons, log on to  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

orchard: bespoke range of curtains and blinds

Coming together to bring the finishing touch to your home It’s the success of one business that has allowed for the expansion of another, during a time when it is hard for many businesses to take a chance on something new. The Orchard is a diverse company that is constantly thinking outside the box and responding to the needs of its customers. This new department was a natural progression responding to the improved growth and positive reaction received from the home and interior showrooms. It was the customers who questioned and revealed the need for this bespoke range of curtains and blinds that would create the finishing touch to their home improvement project that provided the look and feel that they knew.

This opportunity opened the doors for the creation of two new positions within the business. Through a lengthy interview period it was Lydia Swindell who was recruited to run the department with the help of an assistant interior consultant. Lydia’s passion for fabrics was ignited while studying interiors and furniture and only grew during her time at Hickey’s Draperies. Lydia brings to Orchard Home her expertise for design and fabric choice that provides an all-round quality service. This skill and service level is the unique point of difference for the business. At the heart of this department are the customers as they seek the finishing touch for their home products. The process becomes extremely

personal, with their experience central to all decision-making resulting in a seamlessly finished project. Understanding that there is always need for growth, the Orchard’s buying team worked carefully to find a partner in bespoke blinds that would be a natural extension to the Orchard brand, and Luxaflex were found to be that partner. Together Luxaflex and Orchard offer products that complement and complete your home projects, room renovations and interior designs, fitting within a variety of budgets and home styles from period to modern applications. This department has seen huge growth in the few months since its launch. Lydia describes the success of the busi-

Lydia Swindell

ness as: “What makes this department a success is as Coco Chanel once said: ‘An interior is the natural projection of the soul’.” “This statement expresses your home’s reflection of yourself. “And it’s when you choose your finishing touches that it is most accurately appreciated, and it’s here that we provide just this.”



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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

€2,181,140, a 10.66% cut. Fingal county manager David O’Connor said the department have stated that “the adjustment to the allocation is based on the level of compliance [of 57%] achieved to date, in relation to household charge payments”. Adding it “is extremely bad news” for the local authority at a time when “many of our income sources [are] continuing to be under pressure.” Full Story on Page 5

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Staff Nurse DUBLIN-MALAHIDE-Drumcondra 12 MONTH CONTRACT We are currently recruiting Full Time nurse for a Northside Dublin Nursing Home. Candidate must be highly motivated and genuinely interested in working in Care of the Elderly. All successful candidates will ensure that the highest standards of nursing care are delivered. Main Duties and Responsibilities: • To plan and deliver a high standard of individualised care. • To work effectively and efficiently in terms of time management, personal organisation and adherence to organisational policies and work procedures. • To lead and manage performance of a multidisciplinary team. • To cultivate positive relationships with residents and facilitate autonomy. • To participate in quality development and audit. • Practice professional and responsible health care. The ideal Candidate: • Previous Experience of employment in the sector • Must be registered with An Bord Altranais • Must have Garda Clearance • Must be able to provide 3 written references • Good knowledge of HIQA standards. • Must be familiar with Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) and regulations • Must have fluent level of English both written and oral An attractive remuneration package is available for the right candidate. Please forward your CV for consideration in the strictest confidence to NO Agencies please

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FastSport new camogie referees set to join academy:

GAA president Liam O’Neill, president of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor, Dublin Camogie county chairman Pat Martin and project director of the Gathering Ireland Jim Miley with Dublin club and county camogie players

camogie: teams from canada, america and england converge on dublin

A Gathering of camogie from all over the world this July The Camogie Gathering event, Let’s Play Ball And Have A Ball, was launched at the Mansion House recently by president of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor. The event takes place on July 25, 26 and 27, and is organised in conjunction with the Dublin Camogie Board to celebrate the Gathering 2013, with Toronto Camogie Club, Fullen Gaels, Manchester, Croydon and Tara Camogie Clubs, London along with a North America representative team are confirmed to attend the tournament.

Dublin camogie clubs St Brigid’s, Ballyboden St Enda’s, Na Fianna, St Vincent’s, and Trinity Gaels are also taking part. Speaking at the launch, Lawlor said: “The Camogie Association in conjunction with Dublin Camogie Board is delighted to welcome members of the camogie and Gaelic games family to Ireland. “We are pleased to support this fantastic initiative and we are looking forward to the number of teams who are coming from Canada, the United Kingdom

and North America. It promises to be a fantastic weekend of camogie with fun, friendship, community, and a shared passion for camogie with Gaelic games and Irish culture at the heart of it all.” Visiting teams will enjoy a busy itinerary, starting with an official welcome event at Na Fianna CLG on Mobhi Road on Thursday, July 25. On Friday, teams will take part in a camogie skills and coaching session in Na Fianna. Later that day, they will visit Croke Park Museum and play in Croke Park.

On Saturday, Na Fianna CLG is the venue for a camogie tournament between participating Dublin Camogie club teams and international teams. The tournament will conclude with a closing event that night. Dublin Camogie Board chairperson Pat Martin said: “This promises to be a fantastic weekend and we are looking forward immensely to the arrival of our international teams. A busy schedule of events is in place and we hope that all of this year’s visitors will enjoy the experience.”

Fiona O’Sullivan and Jenny Byrne from Dublin were among the newlyannounced members of the camogie National Referees Academy which was launched at Croke Park recently. The Referees Academy is the first of its kind within the association and is part of a number of initiatives introduced by president of the association Aileen Lawlor to support the development and progression of referees. The 12 referees selected for this year’s academy will receive concentrated training and will be monitored and assessed on their refereeing performance throughout the year.

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FastSport Leprechaun cup proves a big hit: SCOIL Mhuire, Lakelands claimed the inaugural Leprechaun Cup Cailini as 102 girls from eight primary schools took part in 28 games of cricket in four-and-a-half hours last week. The event is part of efforts to promote the involvement of girls in cricket at primary school level. They edged out Balrothery NS in the final by 16 runs after going undefeated throughout the blitz, hosted by Railway Union. They were joined in the competition by Zion NS, Kill of the Grange, Mount Anville JS, Taney NS, Castleknock NS and Archbishop Ryan NS. Speaking about the event, Caoilfhionn Rowan, Mount Anville and Kill of the Grange coach, said: “It was great to see such huge numbers wanting to be involved in the girls’ game, and so encouraging to see the initiative from Cricket Leinster to run this much-desired event.”

golf: carton house to expand spectator facilities for Irish open

Open season as 17th set to challenge all 

Golf fans from around Dublin and Ireland are set to converge on Carton House next weekend when the annual celebration of the sport in the country takes place, with the Irish Open r unning from June 27 to 30. There will be some major talent on display

at this year’s event, with four of Ireland’s major tournament winners Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Ror y McIlroy - all competing for the much-coveted title, alongside Carton House’s own touring professional and former Irish Open champion, Shane Lowry. The impressive field

for the competition also includes a host of European Tour winners and Ryder Cup stars, including Great Britain and Ireland’s 2014 captain Paul McGinley, and his 2012 predecessor, Jose Maria Olazabal, along with brothers Francesco and Eduardo Molinari. The organisers of this year’s event are keen to ensure that it is one of

A representation of the spectators’ gallery at the 17th hole

Padraig Harringnton will be one of the players in contention at Carton House

the most memorable for both spectators and players, and European Tour are set to convert the galleries around the 17th hole into a spectator stadium, entitled Open House@17. The intention is to create a signature hole to rival the other bestknown cauldrons of excitement in world golf, such as the 16th hole at Scottsdale and the always enthralling 16th at Augusta National. The hole will include an imposing grandstand seating almost 1,500 fans enveloping the picturesque penultimate hole of the Montgomerie Course, where fans can cheer the shots from the famous names

as they watch all of the drama unfold. This grandstand is intended to be an exciting, atmospheric hub of the tournament where spectators will gather and cheer on their golfing heroes. Spectators will be encouraged to show their support for all the players and offer a rapturous reception by creating an electric atmosphere when they take on the 17th hole, with the River Rye running down the right hand side adding fur ther jeopardy and drama. A big screen will be erected at the 17th hole allowing spectators to watch all of the action as it happens around the course, along with

a live Twitter feed for spectators to describe the atmosphere and tweet updates to those watching. These new innovations will also include live Twitter competitions that will give golfing enthusiasts a chance to play a shot on the 17th itself. For more information about the 17th hole grandstand at the 2013 Irish Open and full ticket information, visit or telephone the ticket hotline on 1890 252 698. For more information, log on to or find the Carton House event on Twitter @IrishOpen13.

Elverys summer camps set to arrive in Dublin 

Bernard Brogan was on hand to help launch the Elverys’ youth camps last week

Budding Dublin GAA stars of the future will be thrilled to hear that the Elverys GAA/GPA Youth Camps are set to arrive in St Brigid’s and Kilmacud Crokes later this month. From June 24, the camps are offering young players aged 13 to 15 the chance to learn Gaelic football and hurling skills from the county’s top inter-county stars, including Bernard Brogan, Kevin Nolan, and Liam Rushe. The next generation of stars will receive an insight into the

life and trials of an inter-county player while undergoing an action-packed week of conditioned games, mental preparation, sports nutrition, skills and athletic development. In addition, all camp enrolees will receive a limited edition Elverys Sports pack. Camp days run from 10am to 2pm and there will be a mixture of conditioned games and skill drills that will both educate and challenge participants of all levels on a daily basis. Throughout the week players in each of the 32 camps across

Ireland will undergo a number of skills competitions with a chance to win prizes including a Lenovo laptop worth €1,000. Speaking at the launch of the camps, St Oliver Plunkett’s Bernard Brogan said: “It’s great to give kids of this age an opportunity to learn the skills of GAA in a top quality venue like St Brigid’s and Kilmacud Crokes. “There’s a great buzz in the county at the moment with the championship now in full swing and I think this is a great initiative for tapping into that

enthusiasm amongst lads of this age. “I have been involved in a number of camps over the years but with the quality of coaches involved and prizes to be won in the Elverys GAA/GPA Youth Camps, these are definitely the best camps in the country. “I would really encourage young lads to sign up soon as places are filling up quick.” Anyone wishing to register for their local camp or find out more information should log on to visit

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kilkenny coiste Dublin star lends support to GAA Gaeilge initiative dublin and Castleknock dual star Ciaran Kilkenny was on hand at Croke Park last week to help announce his support for the GAA’s Coiste na Gaeilge Irish language promotion initiative. Coiste na Gaeilge confirmed that some of the association’s top hurlers and footballers have agreed to participate in a campaign to raise awareness of the close ties between the GAA and the language, and to encourage people to speak whatever Gaeilge they have. Picture: Barry Cregg/SPORTSFILE

rugby: local talent boosts ireland squad in u-20 event

New Zealand and Ireland players shake hands after a thrilling second half display by Ireland, losing 31-26. Picture: Michel Renac

Green shoots of quality 

IRELAND’S Under-20 rugby players gave a fine account of themselves in the group stages of the IRB Junior World Cup championship held in France. In spite of failing to progress from their group, Ireland put on a series of fine and inspired performances that were capped by a so-close comeback against New Zealand that would have seen them progress into the final stages of the tournament. As it stands, the Irish will face France in a fifth/ eighth place play-off, due

to take place as Gazette Sport goes to press, to see who will face either Argentina or Australia in the fifth/sixth place playoff next Sunday. Their first outing in the tournament in Vennes saw the boys in green claim the scalp of Australia, with a 19-15 victory. The boot of Tom Daly proved to be the winning of the match, with four penalties and a conversion of a Rory Scholes try securing the advantage over the Wallabies. Against second opponents Fiji, Ireland again brought theirA game, running in six tries against the

south-sea islanders, with Rory Scholes, Christopher Taylor, Daniel Leavy and Darren Sweetnam also going over the whitewash to register a 46-3 final score. They were undone, however, against the All Blacks in their last match at Stade De La Rabine. Within three points at half time, a Kiwi rout of three tries in nine minutes after the turn put them very much in the ascendancy. But Ireland’s neversay-die attitude shone through, and they came close to a famous victory, only to be repelled by a defiant New Zealand

defence. Speaking afterwards, Irish captain Luke McGrath said: “I think, to be honest, a lot of our guys hadn’t played against New Zealand before and we just threw the kitchen sink at them and you saw that. “It’s a very tough one to take but I am so proud of the lads and how we played.” Head coach Mike Ruddock said: “Every loss is tough to take when you are a coach, you want to win every game. That was a tough battle against quality opposition of course but I am proud of

my team. I thought my players were fantastic. “You have got to give our guys huge credit, particularly to Luke as captain to rally his troops the way he did, get them back on track. “We introduced some fresh blood and we worked hard, got back into the game and took it right down to the wire. “We might not have won the game, but I think we won a lot of respect from a lot of people watching the game and a lot of teams watching the way we went toe to toe with a pretty formidable team.”

Check your diary for the Atlantic Cup next weekend Next weekend will see four of Europe’s best amateur American Football clubs converge on Tallaght stadium to attempt to take the title of Western European champions in the 2013 Atlantic Cup tournament. The event, which takes place on June 29 and 30, will see Amersfoort Untouchables from the Netherlands, the Brussels Tigers from Belgium, Northern Ireland’s Belfast Trojans and local team Trinity College Dublin battle for the crown This is the first year that two Shamrock Bowl Conference teams – Belfast and Trinity College - have contested the tournament. The Brussels Tigers and Belfast Trojans have both posted an impressive 100% win record in their domestic leagues. Amersfoort Untouchables finished last season with an impressive 8-3 record overall in the Dutch league. The team enters the tournament with the added pressure of having to defend the title on behalf of the Netherlands American football federation after the Lelystad Commanders won last year. Brussels Tigers are the dominant team in Belgium right now. They gained entry to the tournament with an impressive 46-6 victory over Antwerp Diamonds in last year’s Belgian Bowl. To date, they are unbeaten this season in the Belgian championship. This is the fifth year of the championships and this year is being hosted by the Irish American Football Association (IAFA). IAFA is also hosting the championships as part of The Gathering in association with South Dublin County Council, South Dublin Tourism and The Gathering Ireland, and the Atlantic Cup is one of three events IAFA is hosting as part of The Gathering Dublin. Tickets for this event are available from or the IAFA Facebook page at www.facebook. com/iafaireland. As this event is part of The Gathering Dublin, tickets are free of charge to open the event up to as many people from around Ireland and Europe as possible. Full details of all fixtures and further information on all four teams are available on the IAFA website at


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soccer: fine end to season for castleknock sides

Castleknock Celtic’s Under-11Ds who finished in the top four in the DDSL league this season

Celtic U-9s end on high

Polo comes to Phoenix Park for Father’s Day FATHER’S Day was celebrated on the grounds of the All-Ireland Polo Club in the Phoenix Park with matches between teams from all over Ireland, and featured a host of international talent including Facundo Mantilla, pictured above, from Argentina who played with the Tyrone team. Mixed teams from all over the country, from Tyrone to Wicklow, took part in a fun and entertaining day out for all the family. The next date for polo in the park is Sunday, June 23, when the Cecil Coleman Trophy will be contested.

Basketball blitz coming to St Brigid’s NS ST BRIGID’S NS will host the first Castleknock basketball blitz with a number of primary schools from the Dublin 15 area set to take part on Thursday, June 20. The event gets under way at 9am with the presentations pencilled in for 1.30pm. It is the first event

of its kind in the area with Lennie McMillian – a decorated star of the Irish basketball scene following stints with Neptune, Marian, Delta, St Vincent’s and St Declan’s among other clubs – hoping it will kickstart an interest in the game and lay the base for schools and top assist in a new club getting up and running in the area. All proceeds from the event will go to Concern.


A great season came to an end recently for the Castleknock Celtic Under-9As, whose away win at Swords Celtic ended their season on a high. A determined footballing performance saw the boys seal a narrow win in the final game of the season. The teams were evenly matched, with Swords just creating the better chances in the first 10 minutes, but James Murgatroyd in goal for Castleknoock kept Celtic at bay until Swords opened the scor-

ing with a well-taken goal that just crossed the line, according to the referee. Cillian Hegarty, Ciaran Mur tagh and Malik Shushan just failed to conver t some good chances for Castleknock before Jack O’Neill put the visitors level with a well-taken strike. Mu r g a t r o y d t h e n showed skill to deliver a good finish to put Castleknock ahead in the tie. Conor Boyle, Dauda Danson and Sam Mulhern were resolute in the Castleknock defence and Ben McDonagh showed some good touches on the left.

irish milers club Coghlan top of the class at Tullamore event metro St Brigid’s AC’s John Coghlan claimed the Irish Milers Club 1,500m event last week at Tullamore. The race was run in conjunction with the Aviva Irish Schools Track and Field Championships 2013 in Tullamore with Coghlan coming home in a time of 3.47.63, two seconds ahead of Ferrybank’s Michael Dowling with Doheny’s Joe Warne finishing soon after in third place.

Swords equalised with 10 minutes gone in the second half, and the game remained evenly balanced, but great determination and some fine team play saw Hegarty grab the winner for Castleknock with a superb individual effort. Well done to the Castleknock boys on a good season – each and every player having improved as the months went by. Don’t forget to support Castleknock Celtic’s Strictly Dancing fundraising event on Saturday 22nd in Westmanstown, admission tickets only €20 per head.

Castleknock Celtic’s Under-12 side recently faced off against Lucan United in a friendly match

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Castleknock fall to Whitehall AFL3 defeat  

CASTLEKNOCK fell 3-14 to 0-18 in AFL3 against Whitehall Colmcilles last weekend to put a dent in their promotion push, though they were right in the mix until Whitehall grabbed a last minute goal. After a lively start, the sides were locked 0-7

to 1-4 after 20 minutes before Colmcilles scored 1-2 without response to take the impetus as halftime closed in. Jamie Tunney kicked an inspirational point to reduce the gap between the sides and fire Castleknock’s competitive edge, but they hit a couple of wides that stymied their chances of getting

within range sooner than they managed. Rory Corcoran and Ciaran Kilkenny reduced the gap to three with time running out but the late Whitehall goal saw them ease home in the closing stages. T h e r e s u l t l e ave s Castleknock in seventh place in the division but with a game in hand on

the sides above them in the table. Elsewhere, St Brigid’s junior B footballers saw off Bally fermot 1-14 to 0-7 in Russell Park last Sunday morning. They led by five points to one at half time following good scores from Andrew Farrell and Lee Cummins and kicked on from there.

football: draw at blakestown after thriller

Club Noticeboard castleknock Well done to our second team foot-

see the website for full details.

ballers this week, who had a great win

A huge thank you to everyone who

in the junior C championship against

participated in the club’s annual

Raheny last Sunday, when they came

golf classic, in what turned out to

back from five points down to run out

be a great day with some great golf

four-point winners.


Hard luck to our intermediate

The club is running a quiz night

footballers, who lost out to a very

in Kavanagh’s on Friday, June 28,

strong Whitehall side in the league at

starting at 8.30pm. The questions

the weekend, on a score line of 3-14

will be on general knowledge as well

to 0-18.

as sport.

Castleknock have been chosen

The Great Car Giveaway is still in

to host the Camogie Association’s

progress, with 500 tickets needing

Hurl Smart Week all this week. It

to be sold before the draw can take

is all about promoting health and

place. Please see the website for full

camogie, and the link between the

details, running in conjunction with

two. The club are delighted to have

the clubhouse appeal.

the opportunity to be the host club

There was no winner of the lotto

in Dublin, and we have been working

jackpot, which stands at €2,200. The

hard on with the Camogie Associa-

next draw takes place this Thursday

tion on a calendar of events. Please

in Kavanagh’s.

st brigid’s A brilliant few days for the club, led

train or play. Contact club registrar

last week by a fantastically attend-

Trish O’Reilly 086 602 6229 or 8reillyp@

ed and organised St Brigid’s mini- to discuss.

leagues. Over 550 kids enjoyed a week

Club nursery for four- to seven-

packed with games. A big thank-you to

year-olds continues this Saturday

Noel McLoughlin, Paul, John and all the

morning (and every Saturday morn-

helpers, referees, parents and play-

ing) from 9.30 to 11. New members and

ers who helped organise the event.

families welcome. Contact Paul on 087

All six of our adult teams recorded wins; seniors and inter 1s winning in St Peregrine’s were unable to pull clear of Fingal Ravens and must do it all again in the junior A championship

Peregrine’s pegged by a feisty Fingal junior a c’ship St Peregrine’s 2-16 Fingal Ravens 3-13 

FINGAL Ravens twice nicked late points to eventually bring St Peregrine’s into a Junior Football Championship first round replay after both sides remained deadlocked at the end of normal and extra time in Blakestown last weekend. The stalemate ended a topsy-turvy battle in which the hosts got off to a flyer, only to trail by six at half time following a blitz of Ravens’ goals.

But Tom Reilly’s excellent second half showing, along with Conor M a c ke y a n d A i d a n Enright saw Peregrine’s edge ahead on a couple of occasions, but could never truly shake off their opposition to claim the win. Dan Vahey got them up and running with an early goal as they edged into a 1-2 to 0-1 lead in the early phases of the tie but the influential Peter Tormey was beginning to hit his straps as he kicked a spate of points throughout. But, trailing by four points after 22 min-

utes, their key first half intervention came in the form of an emphatic burst of three goals in almost as many minutes that completely turned the game on its head. Ray Fitzpatrick, Cathal Begg and Darren McCarthy all fired majors that spun a deficit out to a lead of 3-6 to 1-6 at the interval. And Ravens scored first in the second half to extend the lead to seven points. Peregrine’s replied in kind though with Reilly netting as part of a tally of 1-2 while the points kept coming from Mark

McSharry to see them edge back into the lead. To r m e y , t h o u g h , kicked a last minute point to send the game into extra-time. Again, Peregrine’s built a narrow lead but this time D a r r a g h K av a n a g h stepped up to score a 45 with the last kick of the game to record the draw. The sides are set to meet again on Tuesday night in Rolestown at 7.30pm with Ravens hoping to gain more solidity in midfield with the potential return of a couple players from injury.

915 4748 or email info@stbrigidsgaa. com.

AFL1 and AFL3; junior ladies winning on

St Brigid’s are hosting two sum-

Wednesday; while our Inter 2s, junior

mer camps over the next few weeks,

As, Bs and Cs all won their opening

catering for boys aged 13 to 15 which

round championship games.

are run by Bernard Brogan and Liam

Adult Hurling League and championship this week, see website for details.

Rushe. See www.elverysyouthcamps.

2013 membership now long overdue,

Club lotto is in The Vineyard on

and any player who has not paid their

Thur sda y. Jackpot remains at

membership is now not insured to


westmanstown/garda Two fixtures last week with one

takes place on June 22 from 2pm, with

win and one loss. The intermediates

the annual €1,000 Buster Draw taking

had a hard-fought win in the league

place later that afternoon.

against Ballymun Kickhams at home

Can all members, please return all

in Westmanstown last Wednesday on

unsold tickets to a junior committee

a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-09 to maintain

member or the relevant team coach.

their 100% league run. The ladies were

The annual Cul Camp takes place

unlucky to lose to St Sylvester’s in

from July 8 to 12. You can reserve a

a cup tie at home despite leading for

place online at www.westmanstown-

most of the game. Declan Jennings is running a

The intermediates play away at

special GAA skills development pro-

Silver Park to Kilmacud Crokes in the

gramme for children aged 11 to 13 as

league on Thursday at 7.30pm.

part of this camp.

Many thanks to St Mary’s of Sag-

The Gaels’ nursery runs every Sat-

gart for hosting a football blitz this

urday morning from 10 to 11.30am at

morning with St Anne’s and Westman-

the Gaelic Grounds in Westmanstown.

stown Gaels Under-9s; good displays

Ask for Geraldine Culloty, contact club

from all teams.

GPO Declan Jennings at 0858006101 or

The annual members Family Fun Day


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St Brigid’s footballers are set for the challenge of the 2013 senior championship, according to manager Mark Byrne

Brigid’s at their best Manager Byrne identifies championship qualities in 2013 vintage as senior footballers prepare to take on Thomas Davis again in SFC  stephen findlater

ST BRIGID’S Mark Byrne says that 2013 is shaping up to be a good one for the club’s senior footballers as many of the hallmarks of their victorious 2011 Dublin senior football championship campaign have been replicated thus far. He was speaking to GazetteSport in the wake of a SFC draw that has once again pitted the Russell Park club against Thomas Davis in the second round of the competition, a side they beat twice last season. They also got the better of them in a league

game last weekend 2-11 to 1-10 in Kiltipper, a result which, in combination with a midweek win over St Vincent’s, lifts them to the top of AFL1 after seven rounds of matches. That run of form, including six league wins, has been a major source of confidence for Byrne and the side. “I do see many of the hallmarks of 2011. We are pleased with where we are at the moment. Last year, in the year after winning the SFC, it was hard to reach the same levels and it was a long old year. This year, we have rejigged things and refocused and the lads are going really well and there’s a great buzz and atmosphere in the camp.

“Being top of the league builds that and it is definitely something we learned from last year. Because of our long run the year before, we took our foot off the pedal in the 2012 league. “The year we won it, we were very competitive in the league and so it was a target that, no matter what, we try and win every game. Winning breeds winning; it’s all about momentum. We seem to have it at the moment and even when we played Thomas Davis, it could have gone either way but, once you’re winning, it’s a hard habit to break.” As for their championship opposition,

the volume of games between the sides in recent times is a double-edged sword with both sides knowing each other’s strengths inside out. “They know us and we’ll know them. We’re under no illusions, it will be a tough game and we admire what they do. They are a real club and a parish team and a side we will have to be at our best to beat. “We set our stall out to do very well in the senior championship. For that, you have to have a degree of confidence no matter who you are playing. We certainly won’t be taking them for granted and know exactly what they can bring to the table.”

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