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Gardai’s penalty points blunder Hiromi Mooney
Gardai have apologised to over a thousand motorists affected by a blunder that resulted in penalty points being struck off and fines refunded. Speed cameras that caught motorists in four locations including Castleknock and Mulhuddart, on seven different occasions were in zones that had a reduced speed limit
because of road works. While these reduced speed limits were decided upon by gardai, they failed, however, to get an order from Fingal County Council to enforce the new speed limit as law. This meant the fixed charge penalty notice had no legal basis resulting in motorists having their penalty points revoked and their fines refunded. Full Story on Page 2
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Following a routine review by the Regional Traffic Division, it was found that over a thousand motorists had their penalty points struck off and fines refunded due to a mistake by An Garda Siochana
Garda error results in penalty point write-off Ov e r a t h o u s a n d motorists have had their penalty points struck off and fines refunded following a mistake by An Garda Siochana. A t o t a l o f 1, 3 0 6 motorists were affected by the blunder, which was discovered following a routine review by the Regional Traffic Division in Dublin Castle. It is understood that the speed cameras that caught the motorists in four locations including Castleknock and Mulhuddart, on seven different occasions were in zones that had a reduced speed limit because of roadworks. These reduced speed limits were decided upon by gardai, however, gardai did not get an order from Fingal County Council to enforce the new speed limit as law.
According to a statement from the Garda, this meant that the fixed charge penalty notice had no legal basis because the “statutory instr ument required was not in place” resulting in motorists having their penalty points revoked and their fines refunded. The statement confirmed the issue concerned the N3 in Castleknock on January 26 and February 13 in 2012, and this year it concerned the N2 in Coldwinters on January 10, 17 and 28, on the N3 eastbound in Mulhuddart on April 9 and N3
westbound in Mulhuddart on April 18. A letter dated September 3 was posted to all 1,306 cases last week outlining the issue and enclosed a refund cheque of the fine paid by motorists. However, in an unfortunate twist, the refunded cheques issued also contained an administrative error, and gardai are now asking those in receipt of the cheque to return them with the accompanying letter to the address outlined on the letter so that a replacement cheque can be issued. The Garda sent the notification letter about this on Monday, September 9, to all those affected, and “wish to apologise to those affected for the inconvenience”. The letter can be sent to DMR Regional Traffic Division, An Garda
Siochana, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. Meanwhile, a notification of the expunging of penalty points by the Road Safety Authority is being processed separately in the coming days. Speaking to the Gazette, local councillor Eithne Loftus (FG) said that she is glad the Garda have acknowledged the error and are rectifying the situation. “I’m just glad to see that they recognised t h e i r m i s t a ke a n d refunded the drivers that were fined erroneously. We all make mistakes from time to time, but it surprises me, to say the least of it,” she said. “I would say well done to the Garda for finding their mistake and rectifying it. I can’t see that there’s any blame attached to motorists or to the gardai. It was an
error, and they’ve been big enough to refund the drivers.” Local councillor Pegg y Hamill (Lab) also commented: “I suppose it’s really on a technicality. It wasn’t enforced, so technically the motorist does have a point.” Meanwhile, Cllr Ruth Coppinger (Socialist Party) told the Gazette that gardai must ensure “this doesn’t happen again”. “It’s unfortunate that a blunder like that has meant that speed limits were effectively null and void, in terms of people being punished for breaking the speed limit and potentially driving unsafely. So it’s something that has to be rectified immediately. The gardai and the council have to liaise to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” she said.
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flying high: Irish Aviation Authority’s FlightFest primary school event
Coffee morning at hospice
Local student takes the top prize in art contest hiromi mooney
A Dublin West pupil has won €1,500 for her school after winning the Irish Aviation Authority’s FlightFest art competition. Rachel Donohoe of Scoil Mhuire Primary School, Mount Sackville, won first prize in the junior and senior infants category of the competition. The winning prize in each category was €100, as well as lunch with their families in Dublin at FlightFest. Each category winner’s school also received €1,500. The second prize was €50 and the third prize was €25. The IAA’s chairperson, Anne Nolan, said: “The standard of entries high-
lighted the level of artistic talent in Dublin and they made the job of selecting the winners very difficult for the judges, Emma Donnelly of Dublin City Council and Sile McNulty Goodwin of Hugh Lane Gallery. I thank them for their time and effort. They worked hard to make sure that every entry was assessed in order to provide us with a list of worthy winners. “I also thank the principals and teachers in all the primary schools in Dublin. Their cooperation made this competition possible.” The competition was open to primary school pupils across Dublin as part of the FlightFest event, in which over 30 international aircrafts
will fly through the city of Dublin as part of the Gathering on Sunday, September 15. In total, 18 pupils were selected as the competition winners. The categories were for junior and senior infants, first and second class, third and fourth class, and fifth and sixth class, and there were two categories for pupils in special needs education schools. Meanwhile, pupils from St Benedict’s National School in Ongar fared well in the competition, with Sarah Primicheru scooping first prize for the third and fourth class free drawing category, and Gian Luigi De Leon winning the third prize for the junior and senior Infants Category.
Eye on the prize: Locals win big at Spectacle Wearer of the Year event earlier this year Specsavers staff from all across Ireland launched a search to discover the nation’s most fabulous specs wearer. The Irish final, which took place recently at the Royal Hibernian Gallery on Dublin’s Ely Place, saw eight finalists battle it out to become Ireland’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year. Shay Martyn of Castleknock was crowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year in the 60-plus category. Shay will travel to London this month for a star-studded event with Gok Wan, Darren Kennedy and many other specs-wearing celebrities. Runner up in the 25-39 year category Davinia Cabezuelos of Donaghmede received a Specsavers eyecare voucher, a framed Spectacle Wearer of the Year certificate, a bottle of champagne and a fabulous goodie bag.
Radio and TV personality Marty Whelan will show his support for the St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown by attending a coffee morning at the hospice. The coffee morning will take place on Thursday, September 19 from 10am to 1pm and the entrance fee is €2. The event is organised by the hospice staff and the Blanchardstown Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, and is being held as part of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign, which is sponsored by Bewley’s. The coffee morning will feature tea, coffee and home-baked scones, as well as the hospice’s new collection of Christmas cards, crystal decorations and raffle tickets.
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field day 1950s carnival theme is planned for Chesterfield Avenue
Phoenix Park set for fun-filled global event Hiromi Mooney email@example.com
Europe’s largest city park, the Phoenix Park, will celebrate World Park’s Day a little early this year to accommodate the Dublin City Half Marathon. World Park’s Day is celebrated across the globe on September 21 but as the half marathon takes place in the Phoenix Park that day, the popular tourist attraction will commemorate the day
on September 15 instead. This is the fifth year that World Parks Day is being celebrated across the world, while it is Phoenix Park’s second time. To celebrate the initiative organisers are putting on a free family event with a 1950s carnival theme this Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at Chesterfield Avenue. Speaking to the Gazette, head guide at the Phoenix Park visitor centre Margaret McGuirk explained that
World Park Day is “for people to celebrate open spaces and to actually congregate within those spaces and use them to their full ability”.
Celebrations Margaret is encouraging local residents to join in their celebrations and participate in the event’s activities. “Come down. It’s going to be a fun-filled day. The main avenue is closed to traffic we close that section of the road every year from May
until September. So the road is very safe. “There’s plenty of room there to bring the kids along, if they want to bring along their bikes [they can], and all the usual stuff, and just get involved. “There will be plenty to see and do for the whole day. Get involved, have a dance around. “If you want to arrive up in 1950s theme [that’s] well and good. “Bring the dogs as well. If
they want to dress them up [they can]. “So it’s going to be a big family event, and lots of music - it’ll be a carnival feel to it,” she said. As part of the celebrations in the Phoenix Park, there will be a range of events and activities, such as face painting, live music, carnival booths, dancing and much more. Dublin’s vintage cars and Harley Davidson clubs will also be there, adding to the
Charity dancers wanted Castleknock Hurling and Football club is holding a Strictly Dancing Experience fundraiser and needs potential participants to get in touch. The club is hoping to host the fundraising event in early November and is now looking for around 40 adult members and friends to take part. There is no dance experience necessary because part of the participation will involve a six-week training programme with professional choreographers who will help those taking part prepare for the event. Organisers are promising that the event, which will raise funds for the club, is going to be the highlight of the social calendar this year so it could be something fun to get involved in. For further information or to contact the organisers see: www. castleknock.net
1950s atmosphere. There will also be 100 dancers from around the world to showcase swing dancing. Live music will be provided by the seven-piece Long John Jump Band, who will play music in the swingin’ style of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. For more information contact the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on 01 677 0095, or log on to www. worldparksday.com
green party: nomination
O’Gorman for election
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Ready to run? Thirty reasons to celebrate the launch of Dublin Simon annual Fun Run television and radio presenter Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain got a little help from Leia Ryan from Castleknock as she launched Dublin Simon Community’s Fun Run 2013, which will take part in the Phoenix Park on October 12. The run is turning 30 this year having first begun in 1983 and is the longest running charity event in the Phoenix Park. To celebrate they plan to bring you back to the 1980s as they brighten the Phoenix Park with colourful 80s fashion and music with all participants invited to dress up on the day. Family activities will continue throughout the morning in the Kids Zone at the finish line. Register now at www.funrun.ie Pictures: Conor McCabe Photography
The Green Party has chosen its Dublin West representative Roderic O’Gorman to contest the Castleknock Ward in next year’s local elections. This will be Roderic’s third time running in the ward, having come fifth and missing the final seat in 2009. Originally from Mulhuddart, O’Gorman has lived in Blanchardstown Village for the last five years and works as a law lecturer in DCU. Since 2011, he has been the chairperson of the Green Party. “I’m delighted to have been selected to run in the Castleknock ward for Fingal County Council.
“Dublin 15 is a great area to live, work and raise kids in. “However, I think we can always do more to make it better. That’s why over the last nine years I’ve campaigned on issues like proper planning, adequate school places and public transport provision. “These issues still need to be tackled, and I know that if I am elected as a councillor next May, I can work more effectively in delivering on these priorities,” he said. O’Gorman believes councillors “need to be active and deeply aware of the issues and concerns in each neighbourhood”, and stated that this is the type of councillor he will be if he is elected.
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POLITICS No miracle recovery in economy, says Waine
Burton ‘spinning’ jobless statistics HIROMI MOONEY firstname.lastname@example.org
A LOCAL councillor has criticised comments made by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (Lab) about the latest unemployment statistics. The latest data from the Central Statistics Office show a total of 20,976 people have left the live register nationwide in the last year. This is a 4.6% drop in the figures, from 469,713 in August 2011 to 435,280 today. Figures also show that 8,863 people were recorded to be on the live register in Blanchardstown as of the end of August. This is 116 fewer than
the same month last year, when 8,979 were on the list. Minister Burton welcomed the figures, saying that they show the Government was making progress in getting people back to work. However, Cllr Matt Waine (SP) has criticised Minister Burton’s comments, stating they are “a cynical attempt to spin the figures for her own political gain by giving the impression that there is some sort of miracle recovery in the economy”. Minister Burton said: “The economic chaos which this Government inherited on taking office
meant there was a very real risk that the live register would exceed 500,000. We stabilised the economy as a first priority and the results are now being seen. “Although those numbers remain far too high, real progress is being made, and getting people back to work will remain the Government’s number one priority. “My focus is on ensuring that the Department provides both a safety net for those who need it but also a springboard back to work. The live register figures, combined with the QNHS data, show that we are succeeding in that goal.”
However, Cllr Waine cited the main reason for the drop in unemployment figures as emigration and people being “pushed into schemes like JobBridge to help massage the figures”. “In Fingal, since the recession began, 30,000 local jobs have been lost. This includes over 7,000 in the construction sector, according to figures released by Fingal Data Hub,” he stated. “Emigration has increased since this Government came to power. In the latest CSO figures last week, it showed that someone was emigrating every six minutes. These are mainly young people
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Cllr Matt Waine (SP) (inset) says Minister Burton’s comments are “a cynical attempt to spin the figures for her own political gain”
who are being forced out of the country due to this Government’s ‘emigration budgets’. “Seven people are becoming homeless every day. Schools are so badly affected by cuts to their budgets that they can’t
afford to hire teachers and are taking on people for free through JobBridge. “In the upcoming local and European elections it is vital that a major challenge is launched against the austerity par-
ties. Locally, members of Campaign Against Property Tax and Austerity will stand candidates against the Government parties and will be looking to give people an alternative to cuts, austerity and emigration,” he added.
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academy Members of Lord of the Dance open new school
The dance goes on …
Lord of the Dance stars David and Aisling McCabe (above) worked with founder Michael Flatley (bottom right) and toured with the dance troupe for 15 years
Lord of the Dance stars are bowing out of long and successful careers travelling the world with the show to set up an Irish dancing academy that will bring fun back to the dance style. Castleknock residents David and Aisling McCabe met while part of the dance troupe for Lord of the Dance. The duo has been touring with the troupe for 15 years, seeing the world along the way. David played the lead role which was once played
by Michael Flatley and Aisling played the lead female role as Morrighan the Temptress. They are now getting ready for a new chapter in their life by setting up a dance school, Cabe Academy, with eight locations across Dublin including Tyrrelstown and Castleknock. They are now looking forward to teaching kids some of the great things they learned along the years. “David joined rehearsals about a year after the show set up. He went to Las Vegas with the show and lived there for six years. He was there about
four years and I joined in Las Vegas and we lived together for two years – that’s where we met. From there we toured all over Europe, Asia, Africa and more,” Aisling told The Gazette. The show’s founder, Michael Flatley, is still very much involved and they both learned a lot from him. “He was always our idol and working with him was great. He has so many amazing ideas, and we were in the studio with him a few weeks ago and the things he comes up with still – he’s just so creative. “The confidence we
‘We both said we would hate to leave the show and never dance again. That would kill it for both of us, we just hope this will be a success’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aisling McCabe of Cabe Academy
have both built up over the years just adds to our style,” she said. The two started Irish dancing quite young and have always had a big interest in it. They both knew they didn’t want to give up dancing completely, so setting up an academy was the most natural progression for them. “We both said we would
hate to leave the show and never dance again. That would kill it for both of us, we just hope this will be a success. We had a taster in June and a lot of people came and some of them are coming back, so the feedback has been great so far.” Before they start the academy full time, they will travel to Killarney for two weeks with the show
before ending their show career on September 22. “We’ve been on tour for so long, so it’s just great to be home. We have been given amazing opportunities to travel, but we are so excited about the academy. “We will be teaching together and I think having the aspect of the male and female side to it will be good for the children.
The boys don’t usually think it’s for them, but when there is a male teacher it draws them in. “This is going to be our full-time job and we want to make a big success of it. It is not just going to be the usual competitive dancing, there will be a lot of show stuff because that is what we are used to. It will be a lot more fun and there’s a fitness side to it – that is what we hope is going to set us apart from others,” she added. For further information on the academy and to find out your nearest location, see www. cabeacademy.ie
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play Coolmine Musical Society prepares for Jesus Christ Superstar initiative
Local 21 to help fund projects
The drama of getting back on the stage laura webb
The Coolmine Musical Society is getting back into the swing of rehearsing as members prepare for their production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. The musical group is setting its sights high this year preparing for their first-ever Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice show. Returning to his roots is West End actor Robert Vickers who is set to play Jesus for the production. “Robert previously appeared with us in our
production of Sweeney Todd, where he played the title role to huge acclaim. In the meantime, he has gone on to great success in London, notably in Les Miserables,” said Maire Caffrey of Coolmine Musical Society. “Rob will be joined on stage by many other talented players. Bronwyn Andrews, who will play Mary Magdalene, is returning to us after several years, having last appeared in our production of Hello Dolly. The role of Judas will be taken by newcomer
Kevin Fagan. Joining them onstage will be Jim Walsh, Justin Parkes, David Kennedy, Liam Egan and John Conroy, who will all take leading roles. They will be supported by a large cast and the wonderful Coolmine chorus. Appreciate
“The production of such an iconic show as Jesus Christ Superstar, with such a highly talented star, shows our commitment to providing ever-higher standards of performance and enter-
West End actor Robert Vickers who previously appeared in Coolmine’s Sweeney Todd
tainment for our audience. We know from our constantly full houses at show time that our audiences really appreciate our efforts,” she said. According to Maire, such high standards require a lot of preparation and members have been back in the rehearsal studio since June with
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a singing workshop and auditions. Now that the summer is over, it is on to a strict schedule as they get ready for the big day in November. “We hope to see all our friends and supporters at the show, which runs from November 12 to 16 in Draiocht. Don’t miss your chance to see this
award-winning show, which is always a hit with audiences.” Booking is now open at www.draiocht.ie or by calling the box office on 8852622. Follow the Coolmine Musical Society on Facebook at www.face book. com/CoolmineMusicalSociety
Projects or initiatives that are helping to raise environmental awareness in the local area or that could help the community become more sustainable may qualify for financial assistance. The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2013 promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level. Many projects have benefited from the fund over the years including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes and rainwater harvesting. To find out more about the funding scheme or to see what is needed to apply, see www.fingalcoco.ie. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2013 at 5pm.
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Chairman of Fingal County Enterprise Board Joe Harford, Bernie Cryan of Fab Cow Designs, and chief executive of Fingal County Enterprise Board Oisin Geoghegan. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
open: FINGAL ENTERPRISE WEEK gets down to business
usiness owners and aspiring entrepreneurs took centre stage recently as the biggest programme for small business was unveiled by Fingal County Enterprise Board ahead of Fingal Enterprise Week, which takes place from September 30 to October 4. Aiming to attract up to 2,000 small business owners across 20 enterprise events, the annual initiative is organised by Fingal County Enterprise Board, Fingal County Council, Bank of Ireland and Regus.
Over 400 people took part in the 5km Barnardos Buggy Push at the Phoenix Park. Pictures: Ronan Oâ€™Sullivan
Bernie Cryan, Fab Cow Designs, Noel Carroll,
Joe Harford, chairman, Fingal County
Platinum Print, and Eleanor
Enterprise Board, and Noel Carroll,
Martin, Kitchen in the Castle
Platinum Print James Canavan bites onto his pram to get a good grip
Bernie Cryan; Eleanor Martin and Noel Carroll
Brendan Creedon with Jennifer, Hugh and Daragh Bracken
Suzanne Hallinan and her daughter Sophie
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Karl Gillis with Pamela and Stephen Kavanagh
Linda McCormick and Elaine Farrelly with baby Archie, and Natalie Purcell with baby Oscar
Marguerite, Nicole and Emma Kavanagh
charity: ANNUAL BIG BUGGY PUSH AT PHOENIX PARK
Ros Drake and David Murphy with baby Esme
Pushing prams for Barnardos O
VER 400 people took part in the annual Barnardos Buggy Push recently at the Phoenix Park. Participants included mums, dads, babies, friends and family members, and they all com-
pleted the 5km challenge with their buggies by choosing to either walk, jog or run the route. The event was sponsored by Dettol, and all proceeds raised went directly to Barnardos Ireland.
Baby Ruby with her mother Deborah Lawlor
Lee Smith and Liam Morrissey of the Santry Red Cross unit
Sarah and Ethan Duffy
Anna and Krizysztoph Anczyk with baby Adam
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Aoife and Katie. Pictures: Conor McCabe Photography
oung people, aged 8-16, from all parts of Ireland descended on Dublin City University recently to showcase their cool and imaginative projects as part of the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards. The Coolest Project Awards, now in its second year, featured 60 projects, including four online from the USA,
undertaken by young people as part of CoderDojo, the network of free coding clubs educating thousands of young Irish people about the fun and creativity of computer programming. The awards reward the creative side of programming, ranking entries using a “cool” factor assessment criteria.
CoderDojo co-founder Bill Liao presenting a 21st birthday present to fellow co-founder James Whelton
Adian and James
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Girl Band (above) will perform at this year’s Arthur’s Day on September 26 along with other artists such as The Script, Manic Street Preachers and Emili Sande
impressive line-up: Celebrating the best in Irish creativity, music and art
Arthur’s Day celebration brings 500 music events ian begley email@example.com
Ireland is set to hold its fifth year celebrating Arthur’s Day on September 26, an international event where people from all over the world rejoice in their love of Guinness. This year, Ireland will host 500 music events taking place all over the island, which will include a line-up of some of the world’s most distinguished musicians. Some of the top-tier artists who
will perform at this year’s event will include The Script, Manic Street Preachers, The Original Rudeboys, Bobby Womack, Emili Sande, Daley, Girl Band, BOUTS, James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monae and many more. Alan Duggan, Dublin guitarist from Girl Band, said his fellow members and himself were asked to perform at this year’s Arthur’s Day by a booking agency in the UK. “I can imagine they noticed we were Irish and that we suited the type of
musicians they were looking for,” said Duggan. “We’re working on some new material at the moment, so it would be a nice way to try it out before we release our new single early next year. “It would be nice to play for a bigger, more different type of audience as opposed to the smaller independent gigs that we normally play.” Diageo, the company which owns Guinness, held the first-ever Arthur’s Day event back in September 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the
brewery. The day has since become an annual fixture all over the world for Irish people and lovers of Ireland to celebrate the best in Irish creativity, music and art, while also enjoying a pint of the black stuff. Arthur’s Day falls on Thursday, September 26, and ticketed events that will take place in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast are priced at €10. All money raised by the Arthur’s Day event goes straight into the Arthur Guinness Projects, which funds creativity and ideas within Ireland.
Open House Dublin returns this October opening doors of over 100 great buildings not usually seen by the public. Great buildings of architectural quality, many of which are not normally open to the public, will open their door over the weekend of October 4-6. This initiative, which is free of charge, invites people to explore and understand the value of a well-designed building. The theme of Open House Dublin 2013 is 100 Great Buildings, from the obvious to the overlooked. Speaking in advance of the launch, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan (FG) said: “The idea of Open House Dublin is so simple but so powerful: to visit great buildings, in the company of an expert guide, for free. “This year’s programme features buildings that keep the city running, buildings as landmarks, buildings with surprises, buildings known mainly to small communities – truly from the obvious to the overlooked.”
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Orchestrate an A NEW start-up business, entitled Music for Fun, which was inspired by an urge to provide children with an entertaining and interactive way to see and hear a live orchestra play their favourite music, is putting on two concerts this month in the National Concert Hall. In 2012, Dave McGauran and Julian Keable devised a format for family-friendly orchestral concerts to introduce children to an orchestra and foster a love of music in them. The concerts are performed by a full orchestra, comprising Ireland’s best professional musicians. McGauran said: “This is not your usual stuffy concert where bow ties and gowns are the norm. These are fun and entertaining concerts. Most of all, they are educational and involving.”
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The two performances will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm and 5pm. Tickets start at €10, and are available at www. nch.ie, or by telephoning 01 417 0000.
design the new bt trophy ORGANISERS of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition are injecting some art into proceedings this year by running a competition with artist Graham Knuttel for budding artists to design the exhibition’s new trophy. BT and the Institutes of Technology Ireland are searching for the most creative young artist’s design to mark the 50th anniversary of the exhibition. Lead judge K nuttel said: “The calibre of artistic talent and creativity here in Ireland is undoubtedly among the
best in the world. “This design competition is a fantastic opportunity for budding artists to see their creative ideas taken from conception through to masterpiece.” The theme for the design project is the creativity of science. The top prize is a MacBook laptop and trophy, and the competition is open to all secondary school students. Those interested in competing can send their design ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
info evening on Alzheimer’s A FREE information evening is being held by the Blackrock-based Alzheimer Society of Ireland this week. The event is being organised in aid of World Alzheimer’s Day and to raise awareness and broaden people’s under-
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enjoyable way to learn about music standing about Alzheimer’s and dementia. It will provide a forum and an opportunity for people to become better informed by medical and legal professionals in a supportive and compassionate environment. Expert speakers on the night will be Gerry Martin, chief executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland; Dr Frank Marmion, a GP with Carysfort Clinic and The Orchard Day Care Centre in Blackrock, and family carer Denise Monahan. Free information and advice on all aspects relating to sufferers of Alzheimer’s will be provided throughout the evening. The evening takes place on Thursday, September
19 at 7pm in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin 2.
dublin to host citizenry forum THE 2013 international Interdependence Day Forum is set to take place in Dublin on the weekend of September 20 to 23, marking both The Gathering in Ireland and the celebration of the Irish diaspora – a symbol of growing global interdependence. Previously held in cities across the world including Rome, Mexico City and Los Angeles, Interdependence Day brings educators, students, and cultural, political, social and religious leaders from around the world
together to discuss how to promote communication across cultures, and how to overcome parochialism. The event is about supporting and acknowledging global citizens, and promoting constructive interdependence. The Dublin theme is Migration, the Responsibility of Communities. Discussions will include education rights and gender equality, religion and social justice, how immigration affects communication across cultures, the crisis of climate change in a world without borders, and more. For further information on events and discussions, see www.interdependencemovement.org.
With help from three-year-old Emily, Dave McGauran of Music for Fun was keen to trumpet two upcoming concerts at the National Concert Hall which are specifically aimed at getting children involved with music
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TO CELEBRATE the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, An Evening with Jane Austen is being held in Farmleigh House. The evening will feature author Sophia Hillan, who will give a talk on Austen and read from her acclaimed book, May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen’s Nieces. This will be followed by some music from the period, and other attractions. Tickets for this free event will be chosen by lottery. To be in with a chance to attend the event on October 3 in Farmleigh House, see www. farmleigh.ie/Events/ Title,24909,en.html.
Theatre director, writer and playwright Peter Sheridan, now writer-in-residence at Farmleigh House
FARMLEIGH has yet again succeeded in landing one of Ireland’s finest writers as its writer-inresidence, with theatre director and playwright Peter Sheridan taking on the role. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Peter follows in the footsteps of Joseph O’Connor, Stella Tillyar and Dermot Bolger. Writers are given a chance to live and work in the tranquil and historic setting of Farmleigh to work on their own projects, but they must also organise events for the public, which have proven extremely popular over the years.
Speaking to The Gazette about his involvement in the residency, he said it was his friends in high places hwo got him the gig. “When Joe [O’Connor] did his stint and when he was moving on, they asked him for a list of six names he thought would be good at this, and among them was my name. “They spoke to me and asked about my ideas. I knew the house, I had visited it as a punter and told them my ideas. “Obviously, I would do my own show [Break a Leg]. I also wanted to showcase new voices in poetry, so I thought: ‘Who is the new voice now?’, and found Hol-
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House has the write stuff lie McNish – a young Cambridge poet. She is sensational so I thought she would be perfect for this. “Farmleigh is a fantastic place to work, because it is so quiet and the atmosphere – you really know you are away from everything. “I have a little office in the back garden – granddad’s shed, as the grandkids call it – and I can always retreat there. “But, there are always kids coming in and out – ‘interruptions’, which I do love, to be honest, but I could certainly come up here for a few days to get away if I am under pressure to do something,” Born on Abercorn
Road in East Wall, the Sheridan family had heard stories of Sean O’Casey – the man behind such plays as The Plough and the Stars, and Juno and the Paycock, who once lived in the area, which intrigued him.
Theatre bug With this and his father’s interest in acting, it wasn’t long until he too caught the theatre bug and at 16 he never looked back. “My most recent book is Break a Leg; it’s about my theatre journey. My dad introduced me to the theatre. Once he introduced me to it, the light went on and that was that!
The exterior of the historic Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park
“I’ve never really been doing anything else – when I discovered [theatre], I was like, ‘Wow...’. “Dad started a theatre group and he wanted me
in a play; naturally, we did our neighbour Sean’s plays,” he said. His family later moved to Seville Place in North Wall where he and his
siblings, including film director Jim Sheridan, grew up. As teens, Peter and Jim would head down to O’Connell Street to put
on impromptu plays to entertain crowds. “We were doing really experimental stuff in the first few years of forming this drama group [his father’s]. “We were doing mad stuff, and we thought, ‘Why don’t we do improvised plays?’ On Saturday afternoon, we would do plays on the street and pass around the hat. It was crazy!” Being a director, actor and playwright, Peter is always busy, but for him it’s the best way to be. To find out more about Peter’s events in Farmleigh, or more about what’s on in the estate located in the Phoenix Park, see www.farmleigh.ie.
Jack & Jill open shop THE Jack & Jill Foundation has opened its first charity shop in Newbridge. Financial guru and Jack & Jill patron Eddie Hobbs was on hand at the launch to check out the value in store, while stylist Mariette Doran examined its style. The foundation’s chief executive and founder, Jonathan Irwin, said they might be slightly late into the charity shop game, but people can bet that the Jack & Jill Shop will be a cut above the rest. He said: “It’s a true saying that ‘charity begins at home’, and we can see that tenet alive and well through the Jack & Jill network and our great friends and supporters nationally and locally.”
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Edco helping thousands of students think ahead With students across the country settling back to school, the Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) is one company already thinking ahead. With thousands of students set to sit State exams in June 2014, the company has once again launched the newest range of Edco Exam Papers for the Junior and Leaving Certificate. With over 65 titles available in the range, the Edco exam papers are considered to be Ireland’s number one exam paper and have a number of services offered free, including online solutions, tutorials and exam advice through www.examit.ie The e-xamit.ie website is a unique learning system linking the Edco
exam papers to the internet and is used by over 50,000 students every year. Exclusive to Edco Exam Papers, the site is designed to help equip students with everything they need to succeed in exams. Edco Exam Papers come with a host of other helpful features, including interactive language CDROMs to help students with the listening and oral exams, study podcasts on a variety of topics, exam analysis charts indicating what topics came up in which year, and study planners to help students get on the right track for the exams. The full range of Edco Exam Papers is available in bookshops nationwide and at www.edco. ie.
Andrew Kavanagh, Total Laser Health
Taking the pain out of treatment Andrew Kavanagh is the owner/ operator of Total Laser Health at The Spawell in Templeogue. After numerous injuries and frustration at them not healing quickly enough he decided to pursue the area of injury treatment himself. His research brough him to Total Laser Health which offers a pain free and safe
method of repairing soft tissue damage in injuries. It also improves quality of life in patients suffering from chronic conditions that haven’t or don’t respond to conventional treatment methods (arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis etc) and reduces reliance on pharmaceutical interventions.
How long have you been in business?
Four years ago on July 24 I re-opened as Total Laser Health which had previously been operated since 2006 by a couple from Canada. So all in all, the clinic had been here for nearly seven years.
What makes your business successful?
We provide a realistic medical treatment alternative which caters for individuals who don’t achieve success through conventional treatment methods (injections, pharmaceuticals, operations, physio etc). How has the recession impacted your business?
There have certainly been challenges over the past few years as with all business but we just focused on providing the best service possible and word of mouth has really done the hard yards for us in terms of retaining and gaining new business. What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession? Edco has launched the newest range of exam papers for the Junior and Leaving Certificate
We have streamlined costs to be as low
as is feasible (€50 per session) and have not invested in unnecessary extras which add costs to an individual’s treatment.
food with a great ethos.
What is your ambition for the business?
1. Sean Kelly, legendary cyclist for the one-liners and short stories, 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger – for positivity and inspirational goal setting stories, 3. Luke Kelly – for some Irish history and quality songs.
To expand by opening more clinics around the country and expanding the Dublin clinic to provide even more diverse and specialist injury treatment options.
Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?
There’s a great array of people from all walks of life so you get to see the best of the community. What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?
Never assume anything and be honest.
What living person do you most admire?
I admire anyone who is brave enough to pursue something they’re passionate about
What is your favorite Dublin restaurant?
Cornucopia, Wicklow Street. Great
Human signpost, during college on Grafton Street for a week. I pretty much worked at every job imaginable during my early years. You are on death row, what is your last meal?
What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?
Double tax credits for the self employed and give them the same social welfare benefits as PAYE employees. We need to incentivise and encourage people to set up business in order to develop the local economy, not penalise them for doing so.
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Pets can you give manny a new home?
Beth Nunan and Delo McArdle from Age Action hold some of the little woolly hats they have made for the top of Innocent Smoothie bottles. More than 76,000 bottles will have such hats on them, with 30c from the sale of each Smoothie going to the charity Age Action, which will use the money for its winter campaign, which advises older people how to stay warm and healthy during the winter months. Every year in Ireland, approximately 2,000 people over the age of 65 die from cold-releated conditions.
campaign: wool you help knitters to support our senior citizens?
Hat’s a great way to help Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
THE Innocent Big Knit for Age Action campaign is up and running again, marking five years since the first campaign to knit little hats for bottles of Innocent Smoothies began in Ireland. Innocent gives 30c to the charity for every hatted Smoothie sold and, this year, knitters are meeting in Camden Street’s Age Action charity shop to knit together and spread the word. Anyone can get involved in the campaign and knit their own colourful hats for the drink. One of the initiative’s greatest advocates, veteran knitter Delo McArdle, spoke to The Gazette this week. She said: “I was roped into the initiative years ago and never left it! A group
of us meet twice a week in the Camden Street shop and knit there for Innocent. They’ve been very good at sponsoring Age Action. “We knit little hats in any shape and form. Some of the ones I’ve seen so far this year are fantastic. There are brides and grooms and frogs and all sorts. People’s imaginations are extraordinary. “Then there’s the problem of how you are going to achieve your idea, so it’s difficult and takes a lot of designing and starting over if things aren’t working out. “We meet on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Age Action and it’s like a social club for a number of people who have lost their partner, or who never had one.
“We have great craic there, and the reaction we get from people coming into the shop is quite extraordinary. “They come in to buy something or to browse, and they see these individuals sitting together at the back, knitting like something out of the French Revolution! “I think I would have fitted in there; a lost vocation, perhaps ...!” she joked. “From seeing us knitting, quite a number of people have joined the group, which is great. Knitting is something you can do on a long journey and is a great way of passing the time. I enjoy it, anyway. “This is the fifth year of the Big Knit and it’s going really well. It’s for a marvellous cause, too, and that’s the main thing.
“Age Action helps senior people to do bits and pieces around the place, such as mowing the grass or changing a light bulb. We [older people] are not very safe on ladders any more, and we don’t like to ask the neighbours; often we don’t know our neighbours, and are fearful, too. “So, the charity sends someone who’s been [security] vetted over to help them. “People should buy the Innocent Smoothies, not only to support Age Action, but they can use the little hats again as egg cosies!” said Delo. If you would like to get involved in the Big Knit campaign, you can learn more about it and get a great variety of knitting patterns online at www.thebigknit.ie.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Manny, who is celebrating his first birthday later this month! This beautiful, energetic Pitbull cross, was born at our Dublin centre, found a home but was unfortunately brought back to us. Manny is a very loving young man who has a beautiful nature. He has some basic training but could use a little bit more. He absolutely adores squeaky toys, children, food and above all, lots of love! He doesn’t like to be left alone for too long. We are looking for an active, loving home for this gentleman, if there are children in the family, they would have to be 10+. If you think you could give this young man a perfect, forever home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000 They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and directions can be found on www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.
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Janice short faux leather skirt €44.95
Floral cap sleeve top €19.95
Veronika blouse €34.95
Autumn arrivals Vero Moda’s Veronika blouse €34.95, Margo jacket €89.95 and Erin pant €39.95
Margo jacket €89.95
Wild trend skirt €24.95
ACTRESS and model Poppy Delevingne made Vero Moda’s new Autumn/Winter collection her own at a photoshoot in London recently. Vero Moda’s new collection is described as being feminine and versatile, with jackets, cardigans and knitwear being mixed and matched. Detail on this season’s collection will catch stylish eyes, which includes silk ribbon along the leg of a classic black pair of trousers, sequins adorning the shoulders of a lightweight knitted cardigan and a checked shirt tailored for extra femininity.
Subdued colours fit perfectly with the autumn season’s collection. Commenting on the photoshoot at London’s Metropolitan University with Poppy, Katja Hundrup, Vero Moda’s head of image and PR, said: “The location’s strong architectural features and overall look make an elegant backdrop for this autumn collection, and for Poppy’s light and feminine look. The location formed a graphic element in itself, and made both Poppy and the collection stand out, which was the effect we went for.” Check out the new collection in stores or online at www.veromoda.com
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nated to complement the key autumn/winter fashion trends as seen on international catwalks. The new contemporary metallics and nudes in the Sally Hansen collection are the perfect accessory to wear with textured tweeds and lace, which feature heavily in the Valentino 2013/14 collection. The deep red, berry and precious gem shades reflect the wealth of colour in store for the winter months. This trend is mirrored perfectly through Ellie Saab’s collection for the coming season.
The salon manicure shades are made with a 7-1 formula – a base coat, a strengthener, a growth treatment, rich colour, a gel like shine, chip resistance and a topcoat – all in a single polish. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure autumn shades collection is out now. The collection is available in 48 shades, a colour for any mood – RRP €8.95. The full range of Sally Hansen products is available from selected pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores nationwide.
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THERE’S colour, colour everywhere for nails this season with warmer shades taking centre stage. The bright and light colours of summer are coming to an end and replacing them are warmer colours for the cooler season ahead. Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Runway Ready Autumn Collection features a rich palette of colours spanning royal reds and rich plums to chic nudes and beiges. According to the Sally Hensen experts, the colours have been carefully coordi-
colours for Warm a cool season …
Girls’ night of fashion and fun at Harvey Nichols Yatsy jacket 39.95
IF you’re sitting at home wondering what to do with the girls in the coming weeks and how to make your night out that little bit different, then look no further than Harvey Nichols.
This is a really nice idea from the retail giant. Every Thursday until the end of October, Harvey Nichols in the Dundrum Town Centre will host an exclusive Girls’ Night Out pack-
age. This means girls can enjoy a night out with a group of friends or colleagues, starting with a glass of prosecco and a beauty masterclass for the group at the counter
of your choice, followed by a cocktail and a twocourse meal in the first floor brasserie and a good bag each for just €25. This is a great way to brush up on beauty
skills while having fun with friends. This exclusive package can be booked by calling 01-2910488 or emailing firstfloor.reservations@harveynichols. com
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BOOKS: UNLIKELY PROTAGANIST TRIES TO TACKLE TEEN SUICIDE, CYBER-BULLYING
A difficult topic gets accessible treatment
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BEST-selling Irish crime writer Niamh O’Connor’s fourth novel, Blink, is set amidst the murky world of teenage suicide and cyber-bullying. Teen suicide is a difficult subject which is still uppermost in the memory of middle Ireland fol-
lowing a spate of suicides by teenage girls allegedly bullied on internet chat site, Ask.fm. O’Connor is not afraid to plumb these unsavoury depths and does so with a courage that is also a hallmark of her day job as crime correspondent for The Sunday World.
She’s used to the seedier side of life and approaches it with familiarity. She understands police procedure very well and how the Garda deal with crime scenes. Because of this, the best character in the book is Sexton – a middle-aged, obese juvenile liaison officer who has
a back story to rival any of the shenanigans he investigates. I am always fond of faulty heroes, who are full of their own complications yet nevertheless give everything to their jobs with relentless determination. There have been many of these characters in crime fiction, from TV’s Cracker to Benjamin Black’s Quirke, and the formula is a winning one. For all of its faults, Blink offers the reader a fresh version of this character in Sexton, a man who has a humanity and warmth it is impossible not to respond to. The plot follows an investigation into a cluster of suicides in a Dublin suburb. The theme of cyberbullying runs throughout all of the cases, but there is an enigma as to why these very different girls have taken the awful step they did. One girl, Lucy, is a para-suicide, which means she did not die but survived, and is in a near vegetative state, with locked-in syndrome. With this condition, Lucy’s mind is undamaged and fully alert, but her entire body is motionless, as she has lost any power to move. However, Lucy is the only person who can explain why the girls, who all went to the same private school, decided to kill themselves in the same woods in Enniskerry. Sexton, while investigating, visits Lucy and discovers that she can blink to indicate a letter, and in so doing tel-
Mentally alert but now trapped in her inert body, Lucy is the only person who can explain a spate of teen suicides, in Niamh O’Connor’s contemporary tale, Blink
egraphs a very sinister message to him which leads him to the conclusion that there is much more going on than meets the eye. I believe that Lucy, the blinking girl, is not used to enough effect by O’Connor and after Lucy’s initial communication, Sexton has to scramble about on his own with no more help from her. He relies on his considerable gut and his training to investigate until the whole can of worms explodes dramatically. The plot is often very complicated and yet
quite simplistic as all of the threads come together at last in one suspiciously neat package. For me, there are too many characters in the book and I found myself having to stop from time to time to clarify which character was which. However, despite this and the often choppy changes, the crime genre is well executed by O’Connor as she keeps
you on your toes with her fast-paced narrative. The reader is absorbed into the stor y ver y quickly, and I found myself wanting to solve the mystery of why these girls did what they did. If you like contemporary murder-mysteries, you will like Blink, which is published by Transworld, is priced €14.99 and is available in all good bookshops.
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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods
Waters builds a Wall in the Aviva next week
Janelle Monae delivers another highly-polished set of songs that will propel her towards mega-stardom in years to come
REVIEW: AN EVOLUTION OF FUTURE FUNK FROM ARCH-ANDROID
Singing Monae, Monae ROB HEIGH
I’VE SEEN the future and it will be... funky. The Tripod hosted one of the best gigs of the decade so far in 2011 when Janelle Monae and her Archorchestra brought their monochrome style into full techicolour glor y in support of the previous year’s debut album, The Archandroid. Recalling the theatrical and musical perfection of Prince’s unsurpassed 1986 Parade tour, the show was a classy lesson in bringing an audience on a dance journey and
having them screaming for more at the close. The anticipation of Janelle’s next step was set, and she has not disappointed with her sophomore release, The Electric Lady. The album represents the fourth and fifth suites in a seven-part arc that started with her debut EP, Metropolis, and continues the themes of outsider empowerment and identity, with all of their attendant racial and sexual associations being subtly addressed. Monae’s strong presence flows through all of this almost-concep-
tual album ‑ the overarching concept is there, but doesn’t overwhelm the sheer enjoyment of this 68-minute journey into Monae’s imagination and easy familiarity with an array of styles that melt into something simultaneously fresh and familiar. Starting with an o r c h e s t r a l ove r t u r e before locking into its first groove, The Electric Lady is clearly influenced by Prince, evidenced early on with his appearance on Givin’ Em What They Want. Monae’s opening lines on that track ‑ “I am
sharper than a razor... They want me locked up in the system, coz I’m on a mission” ‑ is a statement of intent. She clearly wants to use the platform she has created to break out of what she percieves as a conformist agenda for black women in music and make something that will connect with audiences everywhere. Monae’s imagination and style has the potential to propel her beyond the norm, and make her one of the biggest acts on this planet, and possibly planets beyond this one as well.
The Electric Lady’s futuristic setting recalls Parliament/Funkadelic and Sun Ra at times, and John Barry and Burt Bacharach’s smooth easy listening stylings at others, the musical melting pot is bubbling and nothing is left out of the mix. With funk, jazz, classical, loungecore, girlgroup, funk and rock inflections appearing, sometimes within the same songs, Monae and her Wondaland band’s ease with all of these styles and polished production make this an unmissable treat.
He’s just turned 70 and Roger Waters is not only running rings around performers half his age, he’s building walls around them too. It’s probably misleading to say Waters will play The Aviva next Wednesday (September 18), because the Pink Floyd legend is set to rock the stadium to its very core with The Wall Live. Fans who witnessed the spectacular production at The O2 in 2011 had a common complaint: scuffed chins from the jaw-dropping show that unfolded in front of them at the Dublin venue. Now it’s returning to the city in the even bigger format of a multi-million euro arena show with Waters himself saying the outdoor environment helps the show sound better. As if tracks like Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall weren’t enough of a draw to a concert of the entire The Wall album, the visual aspect of The Wall Live is unmissable. Expect a larger-than-life wall to be constructed on the huge stage, which will display projected animations and powerful imagery before being torn down before your eyes. You’re not just in the audience at a show like this, you’re part of the magic. This gig will not only change your view of concerts, but Roger Waters is also hoping it’ll change your view on the world. He wrote The Wall in 1976 at the age of 36 in a time when he describes himself as “frightened” by the world around him, and as he’ll tell you, fear builds walls. Not only will the massive wall be broken down at this production that’s “dedicated to all the innocent lost”, he hopes our thoughts will be too. Prepare to be amazed. Dee appears on Nova Nights, Mon-Fri 7pm-12am and Sundays 12-2pm. @RaDeeOh
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Start saving those pennies, folks – the XBox One is on the way, and soon ...
XBOX ONE LAUNCH DETAILS CONFIRMED
Next Microsoft console to blast off on November 22 FINALLY steering its upcoming XBox One console away from the criticism that has dogged its heels since its initial (and badly fumbled) reveal, Microsoft have confirmed that the XBO is to hit 13 initial launch markets on Friday, November 22 – including Ireland. It’s an auspicious date for the company, as the hugely successful XBox 360 was launched in the US and Canada on that date in 2005, before going on to massive success internationally (proving to be a highly-efficient devourer of thousands and thousands of gaming hours from me, too). Continuing my notable skill at stating the obvious, there’s a great deal of interest in XBO-exclusive games and launch titles, with a mix of 23 titles available for day-one-release. These include (right, downwards) such XBOexclusive titles as Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5; expected system sellers Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4; curios like Ryse: Son of Rome and, err, Zumba Fitness: World Party. (Nobody knows anybody who ever zumbas – ever – yet zumba-whatever inevitably lurks in the charts for ages, for whatever reason, I do not know.) On the XBO’s roll-out, Yusuf Mehdi, an XBox marketing wizard and bigwig, said: “We hit an important milestone as we began full production of the XBox One console recently. There is still a lot more work to do, but the teams are making excellent progress and are focused on launch.” No surprises there. Interestingly, he also said: “In the spirit of continuing to bring new value and excitement to XBox, I am also pleased to confirm that the development team has increased the CPU from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ – roughly a 10% increase in CPU performance. This is on top of the 6% increase we previously announced for the GPU.” In other words, Microsoft have some extra grunt going under the bonnet, which may silence naysayers who’ve been saying that the PlayStation 4 is more powerful – although it’s pretty much a case of apples versus oranges, for most gamers. And finally – the price? Using my best waiter’s cough, I can delicately reveal the XBox One will retail for €499. Ouch. However, different retailers will have different launch offers and bundles, so be sure to look around for the best value. I’ll let you know more about such details, if and when I can ...
REVIEW: TOTAL WAR: ROME 2
Roman over to a battle SEEING as my time machine is stubbornly preventing me from leapfrogging forward to September 17’s release of Grand Theft Auto V, here’s a review of justreleased Farming Simulator 2013 , available now for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, instead, which will really test whether you know your Case IH multirotors from your Deutz-Fahr balers, and – Nah, only joking – let’s look at Total War: Rome 2 on the PC instead! Cool! It’s the long-awaited sequel to the hugely-enjoyable Total War: Rome, which tested have-a-go praetorian’s skills to the limits in a tough-but-fair strategy game, pitting thousands of your soldiers against the computer, or other players, in historically accurate or influenced battles.
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Never has shouting “Send in the elephants!” been as much fun, I can tell you, as Stompy and friends were deployed to mop up annoying archers and the like. Now, with TR:R2, its developer Creative Assembly has returned to lay waste to the strategy genre, stuffed to the gills with improvements and additions to its already illustrious predecessor. With several playable factions to choose from, with soliders and strategies from the likes of the Roman Republic, Macedon, Carthage and more – each of which
You can lead your legions to bloody success – or crushing defeat – across a wide variety of terrains and battles in places only dusty scholars remember, today ...
has its own unique skills, strengths and weaknesses, there’s an empire of content to get stuck into. Once again, players can follow the standard turn-based growth of their empire, as well as jumping in to real-time battles to command in person, and, hopefully, not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Apart from the challenge of commanding such battles yourself – with literally thousands of soldiers clashing in a vast, increasingly chaotic battlefield – the empire you set up is equally challenging to master,
with countless economic, diplomatic and cultural choices to account for. After all, a neglected province or two here, a weakened border there, and even your iron grip could quickly rust away. Once you throw in the expanded importance and capabilities of naval units and waterborne battles, you have a truly vast game to keep tacticians and battlemasters of all ages busy until the next Roman empire rises. (At which case, feel free to start shouting about elephants.) Speaking of our big, grey friends, the elephant
in the room for such a review has to be the specs needed to run this game. As is usual these days, your PC will have to be pretty damn powerful to get this beast of a game up and running, as it’s even more power-hungry than your empire-ruling (or failing) alter ego is. However, assuming you have a rig that can cope with it, TW:R2 is an extremely pretty game in most respects, providing a clear view of everything going right (or wrong) as your own individual empire expands (or collapses). Have fun storming the castle!
BYTES&PIECES DISASTER HITS FINAL FANTASY XIV
MINECRAFT GOES MASS EFFECT
AT THE time of writing, Square Enix’s long-awaited relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV has turned into an unbridled disaster, as servers practically cremated themselves under the weight of so many gamers trying to play, leaving oodles of players offline. It’s rare that a game suffers from being too successful, but Square Enix is now desperately trying to cope with the unexpected success of the newly relaunched title ...
YES, yes, I *know* that having yet another Minecraft story here risks seeing an angry mob descend on the building to get me to “Shut up about bloody M*******t, once and for all!” However, tons of readers are also engrossed in it, and I’m happy to take time out from building a vast virtual palazzio (with a gold statue of me at the centre, of course) to point out an interesting development. The first of a “mash-up” pack has arrived to add on to the game (for a small price) – a custom map that uses
IT catastrophe tramples relaunch into dust
Popular franchise collides with smash hit
textures based on Bioware’s hugely successful Mass Effect series, so that any would-be worldbuilders (or world-breakers, more like) can create some striking new buildings (above) and worlds using the Mass Effect look. This is a welcome move that further adds to the game’s already huge playability, and hopefully similar packs will start to appear soon to dig into ...
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Ford to offer choice of trio of electric cars
The new E-Class offers state-of-the-art safety features as well as a high level of luxury and comfort
Avantgarde: new direction sure to earn new generation of followers
Mercedes go the extra mile with E200 facelift n Cormac Curtis
With their strategy to develop two sides to their personality, Mercedes envisaged appealing to both their traditional executive saloon driver, as well as a new, younger, urban driver - a customer not traditionally associated with this particular premium German marque. And it would appear that they have succeeded. It might sound superficial to simply offer two different facades on the same model, but, if you consider the effect it has had on yours truly, for
example, it clearly works. Having spent a week in the new E200, I can say, without fear of contradiction, this car is unlike any other E Class that has come before. For starters, the styling tells a story all of its own. Like it or not, most of us form an opinion about a car based on our first look – and with the E200, that opinion will go one of two ways, depending on which model you are laying your eyes on. From my point of view – that of a recently turned 40-year-old – a car that looks a little more current,
possibly verging on youthful, is more likely to appeal than the typical Mercedes-Benz saloon; and that is exactly what I got in the new E200 Avantgarde. Without being too disrespectful, you could say that this car has been totally pimped. The colour is what Mercedes call Polar White, and coupled with the nicely tinted dark windows, this car had a delightfully aggressive vibe. But there’s the enormous air intakes, the over-sized logo on the grille, the aggressive angles and tilted head-
light clusters, not to mention the sleek body lines and indicators embedded in the wing mirrors, these elements have been carefully crafted to give this saloon some serious edge, and it works completely. Inside, there is still a new, fresh look and feel; there is a nice nod to traditional Mercedes interiors with woodeffect trim, yet styled in black and grey colour shades that match the carbon fibre and steel elements of the dash and trim. The smaller, sporty multifunction steering wheel is solid to the touch and gives
excellent feedback. The upholstery was a beautiful beige leather that suited the bright exterior perfectly. The feeling in the seats was exactly what you’d expect from Mercedes, but with a tighter, more engaging feel, this is no comfy sofa, that’s for sure. With a starting price of €44,305, there is a lot of car on offer here. As for the drive, there is surefootedness that is rare in this kind of car. This is a new direction for the E Class that is certain to earn the brand a new generation of followers.
The Ford Motor Company has announced it will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 to complement its line-up of fuel efficient petrol and diesel powered vehicles. Coming next year will be the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid. They will join the Ford Focus Electric, a zero emission battery electric vehicle built in Saarlouis, Germany, which will arrive in Ireland in early 2014. According to Barb Samardzich, vice president, product development, Ford of Europe: “Ford is leveraging our global experience and expertise to rollout a range of electrified vehicles that offers a wide and compelling power of choice. “European customers care deeply about the environment and are increasingly seeing electrified vehicles as a way of balancing those concerns with a commitment to car ownership.” Ford is the manufacturer of the second-highest number of hybrid vehicles in the world and the company’s share of the electrified vehicle market has quadrupled in the past year in the US, where Ford recently announced electrified vehicle sales of about 46,000 units this year through June – more than 400 per cent increase compared with a year ago.
Pass your way to the finals of the World Cup some lucky football fan, and a friend, could be jetting off to Rio thanks to a new app from official World Cup sponsor Continental Tyres. ContiRioKick has just been launched and every month until and including April 2014, one player will win a trip for two to the world’s big-
gest football tournament in Brazil next summer. For football fans across Europe it couldn’t be easier to play – download the free app, pass the ball to friends or anyone else in the game and every completed pass builds players’ points total. The top 11 players in the European league at the end of each month
will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to attend next summer’s action in Brazil. Football fans from 15 countries across the world have already joined in the fun, passing a total of 136,141 balls to other players. As well as starting a pass move, points can be earned if someone
passes you a ball and you accept it and pass it on. The longer the passing sequence and the earlier in the sequence you are, the more points awarded – so getting more people involved leads to success. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore.
Ford is set to offer three distinct electric vehicles
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FOOD fans hoping to take a last-minute break this September will be pleased to know the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight will continue until September 22 – the perfect opportunity to sample the best that Scotland’s larder has to offer. T he festival has become a stalwart on the food calendar with hundreds of events ranging from foraging and farmers’ markets to cooking demonstrations and classes. The Loch Ness Beer Festival takes place from September 20 to 28 in Inverness, and celebrates all the best Scottish beers, where you’ll also enjoy live music, food, competitions, dancing and more. The Elgin Food and Drink Festival is set for September 20 and will see more than 70 exhibitors bringing market stalls to the streets of Elgin, along with cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. A must for families, check out Autumn Harvest Day at St Andrew’s Botanic Gardens on September 22. For more events, see www.scottishfoodanddrinkfortnight.co.uk/ events/events-2013, or www.visitscotland.org/ natural.
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IF YOU’RE planning on taking a bite out of the Big Apple this September or October, your autumn getaway is sure to coincide with a number of unusual events to help make your visit a little different. While you’re sure to take in New York City’s most popular hotspots, with a stroll through Central Park, a wander down Fifth Avenue and
a climb to the top of the Empire State, there’s also a host of other interesting, unconventional and high-profile events taking place, so be sure to take note. Until September 15, New York will see Broadway Week begin, offering exclusive two-for-one tickets to a huge range of best-selling Broadway shows, including Annie, Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King and Mamma Mia!
From now until September 22, the city will see the annual Feast of San Gennaro take place in historic Little Italy. It attracts more than one million people to its heady streets and revellers can enjoy everything from roadside music and colourful parades to food stands and a cannellonieating contest. For the more literary types, the Brooklyn Book Festival takes place from September 16
until September 22 and has a packed schedule of readings and panels on indoor and outdoor stages. There are also plenty of local events in streetside cafes, libraries and bookstores. Participating authors at the festival will include the likes of Karen Russell, Jamaica Kincaid and Sam Lipsyte. Between September 28 and October 14, the New York Film Festival
will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is the ideal place to see cutting-edge films before they make it big. Bringing some of the world’s most creative cinema to the city, this year’s offering includes Searching for Jason, a portrait of Jason Holliday filmed in 1967, as well as new film, Flight, from Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington. For somewhere to
stay, check out “numa, the New York Manhattan hotel”, which is centrally located in midtown, Manhattan, and offers rooms in September from just $294.99 per double room (under €112 per person), along with free continental breakfast, free child stays for under-12s and complementary wi-fi. For further information or to book, visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.co.uk.
donegal: arthur’s day by lough eske
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TO CELEBRATE Guinness’s Arthur’s Day on Thursday, September 26, the luxurious Donegal Town retreat of Solis Lough Eske Castle will be running a specially-chosen Guinness week menu, which will be available for
the week commencing September 23 until September 29. The creator of the fivestar hotel’s Guinnessinspired menu is head chef Nicholas Le Toumelin and the three-course menu will feature Guinness-inspired dishes as their key ingredient.
The menu includes a starter of oyster and Guinness risotto, a main course of beef and Guinness stew with Guinness bread, and a dessert of warm chocolate brownie with Guinness ice-cream. A Guinness truffle and a pint of Guinness are also included, for just €35
Relax in the shadow of the Bluestack Mountains at Solis Lough Eske, by Donegal Town
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Women’s race winner Gina Murphy from Stillorgan at the end of the 2013 Liffey Swim. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography
swimming: stillorgan and south wall participants take 2013 crowns in sun
Long tradition continues as over 300 take to the Liffey The River Liffey was shining recently when 335 men and women of all ages took to the water for the 94th Dublin City Liffey Swim, supported by Dublin City Council and staged by the Open Sea Committee. The race is the penultimate event in a season of 26 open water races held during the summer months. 219 men battled it out in their race which hit the water at 12.30pm at the Loop Line Bridge. Ciaran O’Driscoll from Half Moon Swimming Club in Great South Wall
in Dublin won the men’s race with an impressive time of 26.16 minutes. The women’s race followed an hour later when 116 women took to Ireland’s most famous river for their chance to swim competitively through the heart of Dublin city. Gina Murphy from Glenalbyn Masters in Stillorgan crossed the winning line at the East Link Toll Bridge after only 32.22 minutes. A special presentation with the lord mayor took place on the Cill Airne when the winners were awarded their
winners cups as well as a print of the historic 1923 Jack B Yeats painting, The Liffey Swim. Speaking about the historic race, the Lord Mayor, Oisin Quinn (Lab), said: “The Dublin City Liffey Swim has been growing in attendance year on year which illustrates just how important the legacy of the race is after 94 years. “I would like to congratulate Ciaran and Gina as they have their names added to the historical list of Dublin City Liffey Swim winners.
“This year Dublin City Council is delighted to be in a position to provide additional support to this fantastic sporting event with the introduction of the first Liffey Living Festival and we hope that everyone that has attended the swim and festival has enjoyed an exhilarating free family day out.” For more information on how to qualify for next year’s Dublin City Liffey Swim or to take part in the Leinster Open Sea Races, log on to www.leinsteropensea.ie
Dublin hurling clubs still have time to enter this year’s Etihad Airways Raise The Bar competition for the ultimate prize of a year’s sponsorship package with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Clubs can enter the competition before midnight on September 30 by submitting written and video entries on www. etihadgaa.ie to show how they have Raised The Bar, and why they deserve to win the sponsorship package. Etihad Airways wants to reward one special club, whether that is being the focal point of their community, or managing to keep the club going against the odds or even expanding their club in recent times. Further details can be found online at www.etihadgaa.ie.
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FastSport prospective coaches invited to attend upcoming courses: Basketball Ireland are set to hold two introductory courses for people who want to be basketball coaches in the coming months. Places are now available on the two upcoming one-day introduction to coaching courses that will take place at the Oblate Hall, Inchicore and in the National Basketball Arena in September and November respectively. Both courses are certified and run in conjunction with Coaching Ireland. Participants do not need to have any prior coaching qualifications as they are first level courses, lasting eight hours. The cost of the coaching events is €40 per coach, and the registration form is available to download from www. basketballireland. com, and must be returned with payment in advance of the course dates.
judo: DCU hosts international superstars of the martial art
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13 0 jud ok a f r o m 12 different countries
gathered at Dublin City University recently to take part in this year’s pro judo camp which
John O’Gara, Dadash Kayko and European champion Aleksei Budolin take part in the masterclass
was led by an impressive coaching line-up of international talent. Those who attended were privileged to be in the company of Beijing Olympic champion and London Olympic silver medallist, European champion and world medallist Ole Bischof; Olympic bronze medallist, European champion and world medallist Sergei Aschwanden from Switzerland; Olympic bronze and world silver medallist and European champion Aleksei Budolin from Estonia; and last but not least World and European champion Craig Fallon from Britain. All the coaches are renowned for their range of judo techniques and impressed all camp participants with new tips and guidance to improve their game at all levels.
Ole Bischof takes time out to talk to some aspiring judoka
The camp also offered a variety of workshops to Irish Judo Association participants. National squad manager Keith Gough introduced a special gymnastics workshop led by former gymnastics world medallist Craig Filmer to IJA coaches in order to improve gymnastic fundamentals in their clubs. These basics are vital in judo for future success and the theor y followed by a two-hour practical workshop was well perceived by the participants. Craig then stayed on to do the general warm-up session for the full camp for the afternoon and showed off a couple of his own impressive gymnastic
abilities. A strength and conditioning workshop was held by Shane Mahon, a professional sports scientist from DCU. Again, the workshop was split in two parts, one theoretical and one practical part for the IJA squad members. All adults had the pleasure of joining Aleksei Budolin and Sergei Aschwanden for an additional adult session on Friday evening – the Masterclass, while the under 18-year-olds had a little climbing competition with qualified climbing instructor Fergal in the climbing hall beside the main arena. Saturday evening was the last official evening of this training camp
and all par ticipants gathered in the NU Bar beside the sports centre for a well-deserved BBQ after the last session. This was another opportunity for everyone to “mingle off the mats” and develop new friendships and contacts made at the camp. Last but not least, the Commonwealth Games Squad from Northern Ireland joined the camp on the last day for a special training session in preparation for the Games qualification period. The dates for next year’s camp are already confirmed. They will be held from August 6 to 10, 2014 and more information will be available at www.pro-judo-camp.
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The Jawbone UP system is one of the smartphone initiatives on offer to help people track their progress
Pe opl e d e t e r m i n e d t o maintain their fitness and dietary goals and who are prepared to make the most of their smart technology will have the opportunity to do so using a new programme from Three Mobile. T he Positive APPitude campaign commenced last week, which is now offering free one-to-one coaching sessions across Three stores nationwide. T hree staff are advis-
ing individuals during a 10-minute coaching session on recommended lifestyle apps, products and accessories that help track habits, set goals and keep motivated. This includes the Jawbone UP system, which tracks your activity and interacts with a smartphone app which displays your data and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. Clara Martin, store manager at Dublin’s Grafton Street, said: “With the apps and lifestyle products available
today - from logging sleep to tracking steps and counting calories - the days of having a PA, personal trainer or concierge might be coming to an end.” Shane O’Brien, device and accessory portfolio manager at Three, said: “We’re in the middle of a technology revolution. Smartphone users are downloading millions of lifestyle apps to improve and monitor the way they eat, sleep, exercise and organise their life. Three’s Positive APPitude facilitates this
emerging global movement.” People seeking a Positive APPitude can drop into their nearest Three store, bringing their current smartphone for a one-to-one coaching session. Smartphone users can visit Grafton Street, Henry Street, Blanchardstown, Swords, Santry, Liffey Valley, Dundrum and Tallaght for their tailored Positive APPitude session. For further details on the programme, log on to www. three.ie/lifestyle.
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Experience of training at the highest levels of international competition has led Jonny Bruton to bring those conventions to Dublin sportspeople in the form of the Smart Fitness facility
THREE Rock Rovers Hockey Club’s Jonny Bruton is hoping to provide Leinster’s sporting community with a new fitness experience and a fresh approach to training when he opens the doors to the Smart Training fitness facility this week. The Irish international has taken a break from the men’s senior training panel since playing in World League round three in Rotterdam in June to set up the new venture, based in Churchtown Business Park. He and his team of five are hoping to offer a new approach to fitness training. “Smart Training is for people who want to lose weight, tone up, be more active and feel good. All
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this without feeling pain. It’s all about smart training: training smarter, not harder. “Training hard is good but if you’re training either with an injury or have a mobility issue like tight hips, they will make themselves worse in the long run. Fixing those issues before people go on to train harder is where the idea started. “The services we offer are small group training, class membership and one-to-one training. The reason we are different is
because with your average gym, about a month in, people get bored, feel they are getting no results and just leave.” Smart Training will run a variety of classes including pilates, Zumba, core, RIP 60, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and kettlebells, along with classic boot camps, something which Bruton has been running with Three Rock for the past three weeks. Indeed, he is looking to run classes with a strong hockey-specific basis, something he has had in mind for several years. “I’ve loved sport all my life and hockey is my main background. When I moved to Dublin [from Australia] three years ago, I wanted to do something in that area
Three Rock Rovers’ and Ireland international Jonny Bruton
[in terms of training]. “I got into fitness instructing first and then I went further into personal training. I saw a niche in the market for what we are doing here at Smart Training.
base.” Bruton’s brand of fitness training and the areas he is making the focus of his programmes have proven results in the international arena. “I’ve only noticed in
‘The reason we are different is because, with your average gym, people get bored about a month in’ - Jonny Bruton
“I want to feed the hockey in through the personal training. Especially for young lads, if you want to aspire to be a top player, strength and conditioning are key for that.” He cites the development of a player’s core as a key element in the make-up of a modern athlete. “Core is essential. Any guy coming into the international hockey scene will see, you need to be low to the ball for which the core area is extremely important. Areas like your glutes and lower back muscles are key areas to remain low and strong on the ball. “What we do would be very much on those areas, working your hips and quads with squats and dead lifts and rotation of your core. If you aspire to be a top player, you have to be fast, light on your toes, have a strong core and a strong
the past three or four years that the Irish team has got big into it and you have seen their strides. We have come a long way through our conditioning to match the big teams. Our physical conditioning has been really good and progressed a lot since I earned my first cap in 2008. “I want to promote this to the hockey community. It is actually a big enough market. “I want to make it part of that friendly hockey community. I’m so excited to have this team together because they will work well together,” said Bruton. He also says that Smart Training can provide an alternative venue during the winter months when the temperatures drop. “When the pitches are frozen, it is an opportunity for teams to talk to me and use the facility and we can do things in there to keep them active.”
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TEAMof the MONTH H BALLYROAN KARATE THE KICKING kings of karate in Ballyroan under Sensei Brendan Perry travelled to Japan with the Irish team and brought home a quintet of medals at the WSKF World Shotokan championships held in Tokyo.
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soccer: high tallies for young sides in early matches
Coolmine stake place in Spencer Cup semis Coolmine RFC’s first team weathered a blustery day in Malahide and a competitive opponent to claim a place in the semi-finals of the Spencer Cup. Coolmine knew that a win would see them top their group and qualify in pole position, while Malahide had their own semi-final aspirations. The home side came flying out of the blocks and, after some fine counter attacking play, they raced out to a 10-0 lead. Having conceded another try, Coolmine made some wholesale changes in the pack which then put Malahide on the back foot. After some positive forward play, they came back to within two points at half time. Coolmine kept up a high tempo scoring , Malahide regrouped and hit back with a try of their own after Coolmine conceded multiple penalties for hands in the ruck. Malahide continued to pile on the pressure but Coolmine’s defence stood firm while they were camped on their own line as the clock ran down. Malahide regained the lead with a try from their number 8 after a fine pick and go. With five minutes remaining Coolmine were two points down, but Crotty took his points tally to 29 with another try and conversion. Coolmine gathered the resulting kickoff and held on to win 34-29.
Blanch Wheelies fundraising for St Francis THE Blanch Wheelies, Blanchardstown’s cycling club, are organising a fundraising cycle in aid of the St Francis Hospice. This is open to members of the club and their guests and takes place on September 21 at 10am starting out from the Strawberry Hall,
taking in a route through Castleknock, Blanchardstown and Dunboyne to the Hill of Tara. The club hope to have over 100 riders on the day for the 100km cycle. Last year’s event raised almost €6,000 and they hope to be handing over an even bigger cheque this year to the hospice after the event. There is no entry fee but donations can be made via www. mycharity.ie.
Matthew McEntee, right, shoots for goal in Castleknock Celtic’s AFL/AUL Under-19s against Charlestown Celtic
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Castleknock Celtic sides were in scoring mood last weekend with many of the teams striking at will in their NDSL and AUL encounters. NDSL Under-16C hit Ballymun United for six in Porterstown last week when Daire Walsh’s brace and four goals from Alex Regan gave them a convincing win in their league encounter. Elsewhere, goals from Bryan Whelan, Greg Tobin, Ayoub Mansouri, and a brace from Comoros Hamilton, sealed a comfortable 5-0
league win for Celtic’s NDSL Under-17B team at home to Boyne Rovers. Meanwhile, Kilmount Boys were no match for the visiting Castleknock Celtic in the first round of the AUL Liddy Cup. A couple of strikes from Joey Crampton, and one goal each for John Byrne and Paul McGrath ensured a safe passage for Celtic into the second round draw. In contrast, there was a very closely-fought contest in Porterstown in the opening game of the AFL/AUL Under-19s league campaign.
Local golfers claim McDonnell Cup title Hollystown Golf Club were celebrating
last week when they won the McDonnell Cup after a closely fought second-leg encounter with Deer Park Golf Club at the Howth course. The 20-strong team made up of 16+ handicap players, managed by members John Horan and David Clifford, played five matches against Forrest Little, Rush, Sutton, Hollywood Lakes and Deer Park to win the cup.
Charlestown Celtic were the visitors to Castleknock. The home side took the lead through Eoin Newman in the first half, but the advantage was wiped out when Shane Sweeney levelled for the visitors before the break. Midway through the second half, the tireless Matthew McEntee timed his run brilliantly to volley home the winner from a James Brett corner. Charlestown did go close on a number of occasions, but Oisin Zambra was in fine form for the home side. Castleknock’s DDSL
Under-13A1 side played their first home game of the season with a recently re-built team, and faced Mount Merrion, who defeated Celtic in the quarter-final of the cup last season. Castleknock started brightly and could have gone ahead, but the sides were scoreless at the break. It was Mount Merrion who made the breakthrough when a speculative long range shot took a lucky deflection off a Castleknock defender into the goal. Celtic struck back for a share of the points and an encour-
aging start to the season. In the DDSL Celtic’s Under-12s and 13s both had narrow wins away to Ardmore Rovers. The Under-12Bs won 3-2 with goals from Ciaran Collins, Kian Ryan and Matthew Elliott. This was followed by a win by the same scoreline for the Under-13B1 team, with goals from Adam Kelly on the double and another from Alan McDonagh. There was a classic in Rosary Park when the hosts Harold’s Cross Boys eventually matched Celtic’s DDSL Under-11F team on a 5-5 final score.
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St Brigid’s AHL 5 hurlers took a step closer to the league title last week when they overcame championship finalists Clontarf by an impressive 2-13 to 0-8 tally in St Anne’s Park. The visitors led from start to finish and after an early JP Costigan goal
was followed up by points from Seamus Lynam (0-2) and Conor Morris (0-1) which established a commanding advantage by the midpoint of the first half. Clontarf added three converted frees to the scoreboard before a Kieran O’Sullivan penalty stretched Brigid’s lead to 2-7 to 0-4 at the break.
Playing against the elements in the second half, Clontarf began to pile forward, but with St Brigid’s goalkeeper Kieran Cahill and the full back line of Hanley, Markey and Tyrell in rare form, the comeback was not forthcoming for the home side. Brendan Lyng, Stephen Moore, and Macdara Butler worked in the middle
third to stem the pressure further and, when Keith Morris angled over a longrange score to extend the lead to 10 points, Clontarf knew the game was up. The hurlers must win one of their two remaining games to secure the league title, and face Ballinteer next week in Russell Park in their next match.
handball: st Brigid’s hero misses out on crown
Club Noticeboard castleknock Mixed results for our minor boys
Castleknock Hurling and Football
teams this week, as the first team
Club are looking for the best danc-
had a good win against Ballinteer St
ers that our membership has to
John’s, but the second team unfor-
offer. Participants are needed for
tunately lost out to Cuchulainn.
the Strictly Dancing event which will
It has been a very successful week
take place in early November. If you
for many of our juvenile ladies teams
think you or someone you know could
with wins for our U-16 ladies football
be interested, please see the website
team against Clontarf in the cham-
for full details.
pionship; two championship wins
The club would like to welcome
for our U-15 girls vs St Sylvester’s
back the players and parents of the
in ladies football and vs Crumlin in
nursery after the summer break. It
camogie; three wins this week for our
is on every Saturday at 10am, and
U-14 football girls vs Lucan Sarsfields
has been moved from Tir Na nOg to
in ladies football and U-14 camogie vs
Somerton. As always, all new boys
both Naomh Jude and Faughs/Celtic.
and girls are more than welcome to
Our U-13 girls also had a great win
over Ballyboden St Enda’s in their
The Great Car Give-Away is still
cup match on Saturday. Well done
ongoing, with details of how you can
to these and all our teams for great
win a brand new car on the website.
performances in representing our
The competition is being run in con-
club this week.
junction with the clubhouse appeal.
The Somerton Family Day is on this
If there is anyone interested in
Saturday, full details on the website.
managing any of the club’s U-21
There are a whole host of events
teams this year, please contact Fin-
planned for the day, so be sure to try
bar Brady at 0872378529, or at chair-
and make it down.
The two greats of modern men’s handball, Robbie McCarthy and St Brigid’s Eoin Kennedy, ahead of the final
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St Brigid’s and Dublin’s Eoin Kennedy put up a performance worthy of his legend, but could not keep pace with Robbie McCarthy as the Westmeath man claimed the M Donnelly GAA handball All-Ireland 60x30 senior singles championship title in Williamstown HC, Galway. An international audience, from the USA, Japan, Australia, and even members of the Irish Defence Forces watching in Lebanon, were able to experience the match live by virtue of stream-
ing internet technology and witnessed a close and absorbing match. The two top players in the country, who had shared the last four AllIreland titles, were the perfect participants for the final. However, McCarthy raced into an 8-0 lead, supplying exquisite longrange kill shots at ease, as if he was on the training court, and not on the biggest stage in the game. The Dublin support, fearing a landslide victory, were then brought to life as Kennedy slowly but surely found his rhythm, bringing it back to 8-5. The two men went toe
to toe for the remainder of game one. It was McCarthy who then made the first break, and got to serve for the game at 20-17, but Kennedy pulled it back to 20-20. Serving for the game, a long rally pursued that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. When Kennedy missed an opportunity, it allowed McCarthy to take the next rally and the first set, 21-20. Game two started much as game one left off. McCarthy appeared to have totally relaxed knowing he was one game up, and was winning points at ease. But
Kennedy’s hunger for the title was evident and he levelled at 8-8. However, from there on, McCarthy opened up. His retrieval skills and his relentless ability to finish rallies from anywhere on the court was devastating, as he finished the game 21-10 to claim his third consecutive crown. McCarthy’s performance in the second set against Kennedy was an indication of the kind of prowess on the court that should ensure him the same kinds of dominance that the Dublin man has enjoyed in previous years.
Deepest sympathies to the O’Connor
or email email@example.com for
family on the passing of Eamonn last
week: A brilliant club man whose
Our club shop has also reopened
unwavering support for the club will
and runs every Friday evening from
never be forgotten.
7pm and every Saturday morning
We also express our sympathies to the McKiernan and O‘Reilly families on the passing of John last week. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas doibh. A great week on the playing fields
from 10am. Any urgent orders can be made to Breege on 086 405 0964. Our Lotto jackpot is €5,800 for this week’s draw on Thursday in the Vineyard.
with our teams recording some excel-
White-collar boxing returns to
lent wins – most notably our AHL 5 and
Russell Park on October 19 v Coolmine
AHL 7 hurlers had two great league
Rugby Club. Boxing line-up is complete
wins while our U-15A, minor B, minor
and will be released later this week,
and U-16 ladies footballers, and junior
tickets on sale soon.
camogie team also recorded championship wins. The club duathlon due to take place on September 21 has been postponed
Our Lotto committee are looking to recruit new sellers. Those interested are asked to speak to Tommy Phelan or Pat Carr on 086 832 6757.
until later in the year due to unfore-
There is a full round of AFL games
seen circumstances. More details to
this weekend, see website for details.
Make sure you tune into The Throw-
Our club nursery for four- to
In on 92.5 Phoenix FM every Monday
seven-year-olds has resumed after
evening from 7.30pm for our local GAA
the summer break and runs every
Saturday morning from 9.30am. New
Hard luck to Eoin Kennedy who lost
members and families always wel-
out in the All-Ireland handball 60x30
come. Contact Paul on 087 915 4748
final to Robbie McCarthy.
st peregrine’s Well done to our adult hurlers on win-
week for the U-14 and U-16 boys’ foot-
ning their intermediate championship
ballers. The junior A footballers have
quarter-final v Vincent’s last Satur-
a crucial league game this Sunday at
day. Roll on the semi-final.
home to Naomh Mearnog, on the club
There were great wins over the past
pitch at 11am.
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The Garda intermediate men’s footballers who secured promotion to Division 3 last week. PIcture: Jerome Twomey
A Garda graduation Win against O’Dwyer’s and other results sees Garda GAA celebrate promotion to Division 3 after a determined season delivers results
Garda GAA club’s senior men’s footballers were celebrating last week when they finally secured the Adult Football League Division 4 title as well as promotion to Division 3. Victory against O’Dwyers at their Westmanstown home and Round Tower’s losing 3-15 to 0-7 against St Jude’s gave them the arithmetical advantage that they could not be caught by any of their rivals in the few remaining fixtures in the league. Having spent several years in the league, their elevation to the next level has been met by great celebrations among the team and at
the club, something that was welcomed by team manager Brian Talty when he spoke to GazetteSport last week. “It is a huge thing for the club as well as for the lads themselves who have put in a huge effort since January. They are working and training hard, and were committed to the whole goal of getting up into Division 3. Once they set their sights on that at the beginning of the year, they didn’t waver and did what had to be done “They prepared so well, with the backing of the committee, they drove on. It’s good for any club to be moving up. We have been trying for a few years to get up to Division 3, and we are up there now.
Talty said that his expectations for the team in Division 3 when they commence that campaign will be realistic, and the team will be well versed with what they will be up against. “I have trained in the other divisions, and obviously the standards are higher the higher up the divisions you go. Division 3 is a hard one to get out of, but we will sit down at the beginning of the year and set our goals then. “We are hoping to compete well up there next year.” There was a pointed change of tack that Talty attributes to Garda’s success in 2013 compared to previous years in Division 4. “This year we got on a run of winning
games, and when the break came for Dublin football in June, we decided to push through and keep on training just as hard, as opposed to taking a break. That helped us when the league started back up again, we took it as a new start, and we have kept on going through those games.” As far as the approach to their campaign is concerned, Talty is certain that it will be business as usual. “I think how we approach Division 3 will be an extension of what we worked on this year, as well as bringing in some new players, too. The team works hard on the training ground, and they can see the results of that hard work now.”
Published on Sep 11, 2013