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Outrage as children’s specialist care unit is closed RACHEL D’ARCY LOCALS and councillors alike have been enraged over the decision to shut down the day programme of a children’s mental health unit in Cherry Orchard. Linn Dara is one of only three units of its kind in the country, with waiting lists for in-patient care averaging around 18 months. Last Friday, the decision was made to cease the day programme at the centre by the HSE, despite the outpatient programme being regarded by some as a way to receive care more



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quickly for less complex issues. A protest was held outside Cherry Orchard Hospital, where Linn Dara is based, last Friday. Cllr Daithi Doolan (SF) said that there have been enough health cuts, and that something must be done. He said: “The public are sick and tired of health care cuts damaging their children and loved ones.” In a statement to Dublin Gazette, the HSE said the day programme was closed due to staffing shortages, but that it aims to reopen it later this year. Full Story on Page 9

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‘Transformative’ site plan proves divisive  RACHEL D’ARCY

AFTER a decade without progress, work has finally begun on the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens in the north inner city. In the first phase of the development, it’s expected that 56 social housing units will be constructed on the site of the former flats, with a total of 600 homes to be built overall on the 14-acre site. A sod-turning ceremony was held last week to officially announce the longawaited regeneration. The development will take

The sod is turned on the regeneration at O’Devaney Gardens – but the move attracted criticism from some

place over a number of years, at a cost of more than €100 million. Speaking at the event last week, Cllr Janice Boylan (SF) said she believes the regeneration will “transform” the local community. She said: “As someone who grew up in this area, I

saw first-hand how it was decimated when residents were forced out of the old, worn-out flats. “I’m delighted to have been associated with this significant project which, I feel, will transform the local community. I look forward to seeing the construction work complete

and families beginning to take up residency again in the area.” O’Devaney Gardens was first built in 1954 and was one of the public-private partnership collapses during the economic downturn in 2008. Former residents of the 278 flats were moved to other areas of the city centre between 2006 and 2008 and were reportedly told they could return to the development once their regeneration was completed. It is expected that 30% of the new development will be social housing, 20% will be ‘affordable’ housing, and the other 50% will be private homes. Former residents of O’Devaney Gardens have said on social media that they won’t be able to move back to the area. One resident said on Facebook: “I would love to move back into where I am from, but can’t because of how much they’re looking for [for the new homes].” The level of housing in Phase One of the development has been heavily criticised, as more than 7,000 people remain on the waiting list for public housing in Dublin Central. Mary Fitzpatrick, a general election candidate for Fianna Fail, said that the development of the site will “take more than opportunistic photo-ops and sodturning ceremonies”. She said: “We had all hoped locally that we would see a building programme announced that meets the varied needs of our community. “This is State-owned land; it should be used for the benefit of the people and we simply cannot wait another 10 or more years for the site to be properly developed. “[This] photo-op will come as a disappointment to the more than 7,000 people waiting for public housing in Dublin Central.”


Bloomsday bikers roll out €50,000 for charity CO-FOUNDER of the annual Bloomsday bike rally, Alex Findlater, and his wife, Trish, certainly looked the part as they helped celebrate the capital’s most famous literary day recently, with this year’s rally raising almost €50,000 for the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF). The annual event, started 25 years ago, sees a number of cyclists on messenger bikes ride through Dublin, along the quays and through Temple Bar. Those taking part on the day stopped off for a pint or two along the way in Temple Bar and Leeson Street, before finishing off with lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. Since beginning more than two decades ago, the Bloomsday Rally has raised more than €1 million for the IYF.

All 500,000 tickets for the Pope’s mass booked ALL 500,000 tickets for the Pope’s upcoming mass in the Phoenix Park have been booked out, two weeks after going live. Taking place on August 26, the limited tickets were soon snapped up, according to representatives from the World Meeting of Families (WMOF). Father Timothy Bartlett, secretary general of the WMOF 2018, said those involved in organising the WMOF are not surprised at the very high levels of interest, adding: “While I was

cautious at the beginning, and while I am a little surprised every part of the event is booked out six weeks in advance, I am not surprised at all by the incredibly high levels of interest. “Family is important to all of us; people like what Pope Francis is saying about family and the church.” It’s believed that people from 116 different countries booked tickets to the mass, with more than 15,000 people expected to visit Ireland from abroad for the mass

Empty gallery invites in Instagrammers to shoot THE National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) recently opened its doors ‘after-hours’ to take part in the #empty movement, which invites Instagram photographers into art spaces around the world after-hours, beginning in New York’s Metropolitan Museum in 2013. Launched in Dublin last week, the Irish leg of the project was curated by My Dublin Day and the NGI, inviting some of Dublin’s most well-known Instagrammers to enter the gallery for two hours to explore the space. The shots were then shared on Instagram with the hashtag #emptynationalgalleryirl. Similar events held across the world have provided social media boosts.

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She said ‘Yes!’

A WELSH woman on a bucket list trip to Dublin got the surprise of her life when she opened last week’s Dublin Gazette to find a marriage proposal from her partner inside. Laetitia Rocke only found out she was going to Dublin on Friday when her partner, Russell Kent, revealed he had booked tickets to travel to a city she had always wanted to visit. Unbeknownst to Laetitia, Russell had been in touch with this paper to arrange an even bigger surprise by placing an ad on a page about Michael Buble – a favourite musician – asking Laetitia to marry him. In the touching ad, Russell wrote: “To my darling Laetitia, all I can say is thank you for bringing so much joy and love to my life. Being with you is everything, and life is for sharing. I completely and utterly love you xxx. I am all in ... Are you?” Having played our small part in Russell’s cunning plan, we are delighted to report that Laetitia accepted Russell’s proposal, with the happy couple planning to tie the knot next summer.


All are welcome as The Liberties festival looms RACHEL D’ARCY

SINCE its humble beginnings in the 1970s, the well-loved Liberties Festival has gone through several changes – something one of its former co-ordinators welcomes wholeheartedly. Anita Reilly, who coordinated the community festival three years in a row, said: “It’s become more family-friendly, instead of being focused on pubs, which is a good thing, I think. “It still has the local community firmly at its heart, and that’s what’s most important to me – the local element of it all.” This year’s Liberty Festival runs from next

Wednesday, July 18 to Sunday, July 22nd, with a jam-packed schedule for the whole local community. Anita told Dublin Gazette: “Anyone who lives in, or has lived in The Liberties, can be a part of this. Whether you’re from another country or a different county, if you live here, you’re part of our community, and I hope there’s something for everyone.” She is responsible from taking the festival away from pubs and alcohol, and turning it into an event for the whole family. “The local pubs were very good about it, and of course people still went in

Roll up, roll up ... Locals help to launch the upcoming exciting Liberties Festival. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

for a pint or two, but it was a priority of mine to try get everyone involved,” Anita said. “I wanted to show people The Liberties is a strong community.” The festival will launch with a concert headlined by Delorentos on Wednesday night at the

well-known Digital Hub – similarly to when Anita’s festival launched with a boyband during her tenure 15 years ago. As well as the concert, there’s also set to be an outdoor cinema screening of the Dublin classic, Sing Street, in St Patrick’s

Park on July 19; operatic favourites at St Audeon’s Church on July 20 from 7pm; and a day of workshops on July 21 for everything from yoga to community gardening, thanks to The Liberties Trail. A number of other events will also be on offer throughout the five-day fiesta, showcasing the finest Dublin’s oldest quarter has to offer. Anita added: “I’m not as involved as I used to be, but I want to make sure I’m at as many events as possible, and I hope that other people come along as well.” For further information on this year’s festival, see libertiesfestival2018. com.

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Senator slams ‘neglect’ DIARY of South Inner City area

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A SENATOR has hit out at the Government, saying that the South Inner City has been neglected by those in office. S e n a to r C a t h e r i n e Ardagh (FF) said that, while employment figures across the country have reached a 10-year low, “deprived” areas with lower socio-economic backgrounds, such as the South Inner City, are still facing a struggle in regard to employment. Speaking in the Seanad,

less people continue to live in staggering poverty and deprivation. Not every household is experiencing the benefit from a recovering economy.” Recently, the National Economic and Social Council said that rates of unemployment in many communities remains consistently Senator Catherine Ardagh (FF) high, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Senator Ardagh said: “The A recent ERSI report South Inner City is dispro- also stated that changes portionately neglected by to the One Parent Paythis Government – count- ment have meant that

lone parents in employment are now receiving between 1 and 2% less – something that may discourage lone parents from re-entering the work force. Demographically, the South Inner City has one of the highest percentages of lone parents in the country. Senator Ardagh said: “The barriers facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and who are eager to enter a workforce must be addressed. “If the Government ignore this for any longer then the prospect of meaningful employment will never be a reality for an entire portion of our society.” A new housing resource, the Dublin Housing Obser-

vatory, was launched on Monday by Dublin City Council, and helps to paint a clear picture of how the South Inner City has been somewhat neglected in terms of development as the economy begins to show improvement. According to maps generated through the new initiative, less than 24% of residences within the area are owner-occupied, meaning a majority of those living in the South Inner City are currently living in rented accommodation. It also shows the level of housing built – less than 900 new residences were built in the South Inner City between 2012 and 2018, compared to more than 1,000 on the city’s north side.

New book launched to help empower our young people RACHEL D’ARCY

A NORTH Dublin youth group have launched a new book that aims to help young people in Ireland and beyond to “find their voice as leaders”. The Unity in the Community Youth Group, in partnership with All Together in Dignity (ATD), launched the ‘Ireland, I Have A Dream’ book last Friday in Mountjoy Square, with funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. The project has provided a new space for young people in Ireland to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own lives by writing speeches, poems, raps, and spoken word in the spirit of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have A Dream speech. The book chronicles the

story of the youth group, the project itself, workshops, and partners. The core of this publication is a collection of more than 30 ‘dreams’ written by young people. Senan, a youth worker with ATD Ireland, said: “We are excited to have been able to execute such a successful Coca Cola Thank You Fund project this year. We managed to host eight workshops, as opposed to the planned five, which made a huge difference to the young people involved. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the publication with all the young people who contributed to it, along with their proud families. It’s a great achievement for them.” The book was launched with great success at an event that included music, speeches and family fun.

DRAG YOURSELF OVER TO THIS FABULOUS RATHMINES BRUNCH TAKING place this Saturday, Pot Bellied Pig’s Drag Brunch makes its return to Rathmines. The second-to-last brunch in their summer series, Pot Bellied Pig’s brunch is hosted by glamourous queen Miss Taken, alongside Heiress Blackstone and Athena. The restaurant deem it an “all-singing, all-dancing and all-fabulous” event, which starts at 3pm. Tickets for the brunch include your choice of beer or prosecco, a dish from the brunch menu, and more. There will also be drink promotions and competitions on the day, which is sure to be a show-stopper. If you can’t make it this Saturday, there’ll be another brunch on August 11 so you don’t miss out!

10 HANDS UNITE TO CREATE SOME COLLABORATIVE SCREEN PRINTS TOMORROW night (Friday) sees the start of 10 HANDS, a collaborative art exhibition at Ground Floor Gallery, at The Complex, Little Green Street in Smithfield. A joint project between five Dublin-based artists – Robyn Carey, Cian Ryan, Johnny Brennan, Garry Merrin and Nicole Kelly – admission to the exhibition is free and runs until 5pm on Saturday. 10 HANDS sees the five artists collaborate on a series of art prints, engaging themselves with the processes of silk screen printing as an art form. Despite the rise of digital matter in creative industries, the exhibition adopts a deliberate counter movement focus on traditional screen printing as a medium and process, with the show centred around five collaborative screen prints.

YEE-HAW! COUNTRY FANS ARE IN FOR A REAL TREAT THIS WEEKEND FOR those looking for a city centre alternative to Longitude this weekend, a number of Country music-themed events are coming to the capital. Dublin Goes Country will run across a number of venues – including the Grand Social, the Underground and Smithfield Square – form July 14-15. Saturday will see the Grand Social and the Underground transformed into an authentic ‘honky-tonk’ as some of the best musicians Ireland has to offer, and some country stars from abroad, will take to the stage. On Sunday, Smithfield Square will play host to live music, a ‘Country market’, food and activities for kids, as well as a human rodeo, pony rides and square-dancing lessons. That night will also see some great Country acts at the Grand Social and the Underground once again, which will be recorded live for the Rhythm & Roots show on Dublin City FM. For further information, see Dublin Goes Country on Facebook.

Jamie Stanton - just one of the great acts taking part in Dublin Goes Country at several venues

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Siana O’Connor and Rhona Taafe

Fran McMahon, Christopher Hawe and Eimhear FoleyBrowne. Pictures: Simon Peare

Amanda Reilly, April Riley, Robbie Howe and Cristina Newton

Sue Cartney, Donna Ayton, Calum Courtney, Mark Ayton, Amelia Courtney, Ava Ayton, Mason Ayton and Halle Ayton

Liz Maher and Kodie Fitzsimons

Drimnagh Summer Fest T HE Drimnagh Summer Festival returned last week with residents enjoying live music, performances, food, dance, health and wellness, and a number of sports competitions run by local clubs.

Among the highlights on the day were a story corner run by local RTE presenter Rick O’Shea, an appearance of rugby’s European Champions Cup and the GAA’s Liam McCarthy hurling All-Ireland trophy.

Wendy Wilson, Colm Lynch and Roisin Gallagher

Clara Murphy and Stephanie Green

The staff from Preen. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

The L’Oreal Colour Trophy Grand Final T HERE was huge excitement at the Clayton Hotel last week as salons from all over the country went head to head at this year’s 52nd L’Oreal Colour Trophy Grand Final 2018.

Hosted by Irish TV Presenter Ruth O’Neill, guests enjoyed the ultimate in black-tie glamour with a champagne reception, elegant gala dinner and spectacular live show.

Rachel Larrigan and Linda Stewart

Tracey Long and Siobhan McGrath

Patrick Murphy and Edward Tellas

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Ballymun man jailed for random attacks after ‘a three-day bender’ A MAN who was acting “out of character” when he randomly attacked his neighbours in their homes after “a three-day bender” has been jailed. On December 17 last, Andrew Peel, of Coultry Drive, Ballymun, struck Kim Hutchinson with a golf club and hit David Tyson with a “cue ball”, knocking him unconscious. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court (right) heard that both injured parties and other neighbours were taken aback by Peel’s behaviour and told gardai it was “not the person they knew”. Peel pleaded guilty to

criminal damage, burglary, and assault causing harm to Ms Hutchinson and Mr Tyson. Judge Martin Nolan noted there was no ill will towards Peel from his neighbours, who did complete victim impact statements. He said Peel was intoxicated on the night and said these were serious offences. He said Peel had a background of difficulties but he believed he could reform. He imposed a sentence of 33 months and backdated it to last December as Peel has been in custody since his arrest for these offences. He has previous con-

victions for possession of drugs, assault, possession of knives and car theft. Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said her client had been on “a three-day bender” and was suffering from a lack of sleep when he began the attacks.

Garda Ross Brierley told the court that on the night, Peel arrived at Ms Hutchinson’s family home and used a golf club to smash the front window and glass panes in the front door. He then went into the

1,000 expected to take part in Dublin’s first Trans Pride RACHEL D’ARCY

DUBLIN is set to play host to its first Trans Pride parade at the end of this month. The parade, which takes place on July 28, is focused on the theme of bodily autonomy. The aim of the parade is to highlight the issue of transgender individuals in Ireland not being given full control over their own bodies. Currently, under the Gender Recognition Bill, transgender people cannot request a legal change in gender until they’re 16. There is

also a two-year waiting list at present to visit an endocrinologist – the only way for an individual to receive hormone replacement therapy. This comes as hundreds participated in a grassroots protest in the city centre last Saturday, calling for better healthcare for transgender people in Ireland. Those in attendance marched from the Department of the Taoiseach to Leinster House and referred to how transgender people needed to travel abroad for treatments that they cannot have in Ireland. Attendees also said the two-year

house and ran upstairs after Ms Hutchinson and her husband, Thomas Callery, and their children. Ms Hutchinson ran out outside and he followed her and struck her with the club on the arm and back, chipping a bone in her arm. Other neighbours had gathered outside by this time and friends of Peel tried to hold him back. Witnesses told gardai that he was “not his normal self” and seemed to be “off his head on something”. Mr Tyson approached to try to calm matters down and Peel jumped at him from four feet away. He had a “cue ball” in his

hand and hit the victim with it before falling in the jump. The victim fell unconscious and was hospitalised. Over the following days he experienced headaches and some difficulty in his balance, Gda Brierley said. At one point, Peel threatened that he would petrol bomb the Hutchinson family home. When gardai arrived he had fled and they found him hiding in a bin shed. Ms Frayne said her client did not remember his actions but had apologised to his mother, who still lives on the street. His mother told the

court that her son had suffered from mental health issues and drug abuse since his teenage years as she tried in vain to get him help from State services. The court heard Peel is working as a courier and has also helped out with inner city soup runs for the homeless and is training to work in social care. Judge Nolan said the evidence of Peel’s mother was impressive and she was an impressive woman. He said Peel’s background of difficulties caused him to behave as he did on the night. Judge Nolan said Peel behaved disgracefully.

wait for hormone replacement therapy has meant that transgender individuals struggle with mental health issues as a result. There are currently only two endocrinologists in Ireland who will prescribe hormones – one in Loughlinstown Hospital, and another in Galway University hospital, with about 50,000 ‘gender-variant’ people living in Ireland. The Trans Pride parade will march from the steps of Liberty Hall toward Fairview Park at 2pm on the day, with around 1,000 people expected to take part.

Look who it is! Francis helps out at Specsavers’ new outlet EVER the perfect gentleman, Francis Brennan was happy to offer a helping arm when he met Lucy and Nuala Gannon at the new Specsavers outlet at Dawson Street, where celebrations were in full swing to mark the chain’s relocation from neighbouring Grafton Street to its brand-new premises. The Gannons and The Brennan were happy to help take a good look around at the new Specsavers outlet, with Francis, as a Specsavers ambassador, singing the praises of the new premises. Measuring 3,500 sq ft, the new outlet employs 55 staff across optical and hearing departments, creating ten new positions with its relocation to the prominent site beside the street’s Luas stop. Picture: Julien behal Photography

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Shock as mental health facility for children shut RACHEL D’ARCY

A pre-closure Waltons Music Shop, George’s Street. Picture: Google Earth

Sostrene Grene to open at former Walton’s store DANISH home furnishing chain Sostrene Grene are set to open their third Dublin store in August, on the former site of Walton’s Music Shop, George’s Street. The legendary music shop closed its doors earlier this year, moving all operations to a flagship store in Blanchardstown. The Danish chain have now confirmed they’ll open to the public at the site on August 3, creating its third Dublin outlet alongside its two others, at Blanchardstown and Dun Laoghaire. Sostrene Grene receive new products in store every week, with only a few select items remaining as part of their permanent collection. The chain is known primarily for its homeware products, but also stocks stationery, crafts, kitchen goods and toys.

New walking tour takes in St Anne’s Park’s history A NEW series of independent guided walking tours through St Anne’s Park have been launched. The walk covers the fascinating journey of the north Dublin park, covering the period 1835-1968, looking at the local history of the park with an “international dimension”. The park has been restored in recent years by Dublin City Council, with new walking paths and the removal of a number of large bushes, allowing for a better view of the historical landscape of St Anne’s. Gerard O’Rourke, who

was recently granted the tour permit by DCC, said: “Many people have great memories and stories and really enjoy the tour. It’s really great to bring it all together and walk this estate as the Guinness Family would have done, entertaining their society friends over the past 200 years.” The tour starts at Olive Room Cafe in Red Stables on Mount Prospect Avenue and also finishes there with a coffee, which is included in the tour price of €12. Tour dates are available online and can be booked at, or by texting 086 247 9877.

River Liffey makes some waves with travel lovers A TRAVEL website has included a short video of Dublin’s River Liffey in its portfolio of must-visit landmarks across the globe. Travideo is a website that allows those filled with wanderlust to explore the world through videos of different destinations across the globe. Drone footage of the River Liffey, created by filmmaker Craig Whitley, showcases the many bridges of Dublin’s most famous river and the “urban beauty” that encases it on both sides.

THE sudden closure of day services at Linn Dara, a children’s mental health centre in Cherry Orchard, was protested by parents last Friday. Services at the centre ceased unexpectedly on Friday, with the sudden closure causing outrage amongst parents and politicians. The outpatient day services were viewed as a vital solution for those who could not access inpatient care and need urgent treatment due to lengthy waiting lists. Linn Dara is one of just three high-observation services for child and mental health services (CAMHS) in the entire country, despite recommendations that there should be 15 such hospitals. Beds in the Linn Dara facility at Cherry Orchard Hospital were halved last year due to a staffing crisis, meaning just 11 beds were available for those in need. A video from the protest was posted to Facebook by local resident

Lisa Palmer, a member of Mental Health Warriors. In the video, she says that as the group are “trying to further mental health facilities and ask the HSE for more, [the HSE] are closing down the services that are presently available” and the closure is going to have a “serious impact” on “children and teenagers” in the area. In a statement to Dublin Gazette, the HSE said the closure is temporary, and they expect services to resume at Linn Dara in Autumn. The statement read: “A decision has been taken by the Linn Dara management team to temporarily suspend the Linn Dara day programme in order to maintain essential community and inpatient services. The day programme will reopen in September/ October. “This decision has been reluctantly taken due to psychiatry and allied health professional temporary staffing shortages within the community sectors.” There will be another protest held tonight

Linn Dara is one of just three high-observation services

for child and mental health services in the entire country

This decision has been reluctantly taken due to ... staffing shortages within the community sectors (Thursday, July 12), calling for Minister for Health Simon Harris to re-open the much-needed beds. Cllr Daithi Doolan (SF) has said that he will table an emergency motion on the closure at the next South-Central Area Meeting, which is expected to take place next Wednesday, July 18. Speaking to Dublin

Gazette, Cllr Doolan said: “Linn Dara provided an essential service to Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot and beyond. The day service offered real support to those waiting to access the residential unit. “The public are sick and tired of health care cuts damaging their children and loved ones. We are hearing [of] chaos and

tragedy from hundreds of suffering children and their parents.” SF Seanad spokesperson on Mental Health, and psychiatric nurse, Senator Maire Devine said: “This is another scathing attack on child and mental health services. It is morally inexcusable. “Every week on the Mental Health Committee, we are hearing [of] chaos and tragedy from hundreds of suffering children and their parents doing their absolute best but facing, in many cases, an 18-month waiting list for help. “The decision to close [Linn Dara] flies in the face of best practise for mental health services. “The inpatient unit at Linn Dara is operating at full capacity. The day service offered an alternative to those vulnerable children who need high-level support but can also heal in their homes and in the community. “I will be calling the Minister [for Health] into the Seanad next week. He cannot remain silent and unaccountable for this, she said.

Speech, language and occupational therapists set to work with schools RACHEL D’ARCY

SCHOOLS across the city centre will be involved in a new scheme which will see therapists introduced into schools to help children reach their full potential. This is the first ever project to provide in-school and pre-school therapy services, and will see 19 speech and language therapists and 12 occupational therapists provide support where necessary. The scheme was launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton; Minister for Health, Simon Harris; and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,

Katherine Zappone. Pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools and special schools are all part of the scheme, with 26 of the 150 schools selected based in the city, including St Louis High School, Drimnagh Castle CBS and St Andrew’s Childcare. Co-ordinated by the National Council for Special Education, some €2.25m is being allocated to the first phase of the project, which will begin this September. Phase One of the project will focus on early intervention and tailoring supports, collaboration between parents, teachers, thera-

pists and other school staff, links between education and therapy support, and providing training and guidance for school staff and parents in supporting children’s needs. Announcing the schools taking part, Minister Bruton said: “Parents always tell me that they would like to see a more joined-up approach to delivering services that is tailored to their child’s needs. “This model will bring together therapists and educational professionals who have until now often operated separately.” Minister Zappone said: “Access

to therapists is one of the biggest issues raised with me by parents. “I am delighted to work in partnership with Government colleagues to deliver speech and language as well as occupation therapists in pre-schools and schools through this pilot. “It is crucial that such access happens as early as possible which is why the involvement of pre-schools is key. “It is my hope it will be a success and improve the lives of children, parents and families. We can then work to ensure it becomes the model for every school and preschool throughout the country.”

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Eleen Holland, Carmel Horan, AnnaMaire Sutcliffe and Shikha Tuli. Picture: Colette McNally

Mandy, Mike and Ethan Jordan

Sinead and Jihad El Sibai

Catherine Swords O’Leary and John O’Leary

George Horan and Sinead El Sibai and Carmel Horan

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby charity ball


UBLINERS were out in force for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball which took place last week at The K Club in Kildare, helping to raise significant funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. The fabulous ball, which is one of the biggest social nights of the year, was attended by

Heather Tighe, Jason Kidd and Paul Stenson

Brian Ormond and his wife Pippa O’Connor-Ormond, Erin McGregor and Keith Barry, and the MC for the night was RTE Racing’s Tracy Piggott. The event itself more than €50,000 for the Jack and Jill Foundation, which brings their total tally of money raised for the children’s charity to €330,000 over the last five years.

Aisling Kelly, Sophie Kavanagh, Orlagh Keenan

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Edel Lyons and Irene O’Brien. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Jen Morris and Fionnuala Moran

Launch of the Thomas Sabo AW18 collection W

ELL known Irish faces were out in force at The Iveagh Garden hotel last week for the Thomas Sabo AW18 Collection launch. The brand, known for its eye-catching charms pulled out all the stops for the launch

Corina Gaffey and Lorna Weightman

which was hosted in the exclusive Elle’s Bar. Names such as James Patrice and Aoife Walsh were in attendance on the night, and guests enjoyed music DJ Mona Lxsa and left with bespoke Thomas Sabo Generation Charm necklace from the latest collection.

Aoife Walsh

Love Island star launches new experiential store


OVE Island star Hayley Hughes is pictured with Anthony McDonnell from Swords as she opened Virgin Media’s new experiential store in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords. Hayley, who featured in this year’s summer hit TV show Love Island cut the ribbon at the official opening. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Verena Mullen and Katie Guyan

Jenny Cullen and Jessica Austin

Lorna Duffy and Nirina Plunkett

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HE Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, the President who lives in Aras an Uachtarain, the Victorian flower gardens as well as An Garda Siochana HQ. It is in a prime location in the city, being only and a half miles from O’Connell Street. Many Dubs and tourists enjoy walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, and many more activities in the park. The Phoenix Park is open 24 hrs a day, seven days a week, all year round. You won’t be short of things to see in the Phoenix Park. It boasts of spots like, The Magazine Fort, The Phoenix Monument, Prehistoric Burial Chamber, The Wellington Testimonial, The Papal Cross, The People’s Gardens, Ashtown Castle and Demesne and the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. We took a deeper look at some of the best things about the Phoenix Park.

DUBLIN ZOO HIGHLIGHT: Check out the three new


California sea lion pups

HIGHLIGHT: Great fun for kids to climb

DUBLIN Zoo is one of Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomed over one million visitors last year. The Zoo was opened in 1831, making it the fourth oldest zoo in Europe. There are around 400 animals from almost 100 different species living in the zoo. The 28-hectare park in the heart of Dublin is home to around 400 animals from almost 100 different species! As well as being a fun day out for all the family, it’s a great place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is also a registered charity that contributes to conservation programmes. Dublin Zoo recently announced the birth of three California sea lion pups over the course of two weeks!

and you can bring a picnic THE Wellington Testimonial was designed by Robert Smirke as a testimonial to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, who is reputed to have been born in Dublin. It was completed in 1861 and is the tallest obelisk in Europe at just over 62 metres tall. There are four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo; three of which have pictorial representations of his career while the fourth has an inscription at the base of the obelisk. It’s a great place to visit with the family, with the kids having fun climbing the monument. If it’s nice out why not bring a picnic or a Frisbee and make the most of the green space.

FARMLEIGH HOUSE HIGHLIGHT: Farmers Market FARMLEIGH House is an estate of 78 acres situated to the north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family and was purchased by the Government in 1999. A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, a working farm, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh House and Estate is open seven days a week, all year round. It also provides accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation. Farmleigh is also known for their Farmers Market which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery. The market offers its visitors a wide variety of products like award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, fish, and more.

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With a nationwide hosepipe ban recently announced, we need to be very selective about how and when we use water in the garden




A little perambulating has Davy in a pickle

I’VE seen a fair few summers in me “Davy, Janey Macs doesn’t have a know we’re mates and all but I’m not time and I have to say, I can’t remem- beer garden,” I says. “Two stools in a into that sort of thing like.” ber one as good as this. I know there’s yard isn’t a bleedin’ beer garden. It’s “I said perambulate, ye eejit,” I bark hosepipe bans and whatnot and some not even a beer patio.” at him. “It means walking. Get your of the auld horses are struggling in the “We could have gone somewhere mind outta the gutter and read a book heat but I refuse to complain about it. else,” he says. “Or gone out in the from time to time for God sake.” What’s seldom is wonderful as the evening so ye could have enjoyed the “Ah right, yeah,” he says. “I thought fella says. weather too.” ye meant..” Speaking of which, I’ve not seen Davy knows I don’t like going out in “I know what ye thought,” I snap much of Davy lately and that is quite the evening when the pubs are packed back at him. “Now we’ll say no more wonderful. And you’d think that the and if I do go for a jar, I like to go to the about it. Look there’s Michael D’s gaff chances of running into him in the local, even if it’s just so I can wind Pas- there now.” biggest bloody park in the city would chal up a bit. “Will it be his gaff for much longer, be fairly remote, yet who should I But I figured there was no point in do ye think?” he asks me. bump in to only himself when I decid- arguing the point. “Ah yeah,” I says. “Sure everyone ed to take a ramble through there ear“Sure look, I’m here now,” I says to loves him. He’ll get in no bother. Unoplier this week. him. “And it’s a lovely day. Let’s per- posed I reckon.” “Is your phone broken or some- ambulate together.” “Nah, yer man Gallagher is going up thing,” he roars at me as soon as he “Wha’!” he shrieks. “Ah here Gaz, I against him,” says Davy. sees me. “Gallagher?” I says. “Hello to you too,” I says. “Where has he been hiding Ah here Gaz, I know we’re “I was ringing ye all weekthe past seven years?” end. Dying to get out for a jar, mates and all but I’m not into that “I dunno,” says Davy. I was,” he says to me with a sort of thing like “These people just seem to wounded puppy expression pop up out of nowhere to get on his face. a bit of attention at election “Davy, as much as I’m time.” fond of a pint from time to “Jaysus does that mean time, I don’t like spending all we’ll have to endure Dana me time in the boozer,” I says again?” I says. with an air of exacerbation “We might well do,” the in me voice. hangdog expression is back “Especially when the on his face again at the mere weather is like this. Sure ye’d thought of it. be wasting the whole day.” “That’s the drawback “We coulda sat in the beer to democracy,” I says. “It garden,” he says to me, lookallows for All Kinds of Eveing all hurt. rything.”

Dressed to impress for launch of a campaign

Elaine Kenton and Fionnuala Moran at the launch of Three’s ‘Made By Music’ campaign, a celebration of the power of music to unite people and create lasting connections at Opium Garden, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy See Gallery on Pages 22-23

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Legal advice is a necessity if your marriage breaks WHEN a marriage breaks down, there are a number of legal options that can be considered, such as separation agreements, judicial separation, divorce, custody and access to children and maintenance. Persons who are not married but qualify as cohabitants now also have legal rights under The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. The law in relation to family law and divorce in Ireland is predominantly contained in the Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act, 1989; the Family Law Act, 1995; and the Family Law (Divorce) Act, 1996. A separation agreement is where both parties reach a formal agreement in relation to matters such as maintenance, access to children, the family home, farm and division of the assets without issuing court proceedings. Where spouses cannot agree the terms of the separation, or where only one spouse seeks a separation, an application for a Decree of Judicial Separation can be made to court. A Decree of Divorce dissolves a marriage and allows both parties to remarry, but in order to qualify for this at the date of the institution of the proceedings, the spouses must have lived apart for

four years during the previous five years. Judicial Separation only requires one year living apart. One of the key issues the parties have to consider when entering into a separation or divorce is the division of assets. The most common asset normally is the family home, defined under the Family Home Protection Act, 1976 as “primarily, a dwelling in which a married couple ordinarily reside”, and the family home cannot be sold without the consent of both spouses. Even if the family home is in the name of one spouse, the consent of the non-owning spouse is still required for a sale. The court has the power to transfer or sell assets under a Judicial Separation or Divorce. This is known as a Property Adjustment Order. The court, when making such an order, must ensure that proper provision is made for both parties and children. In order for “proper provision” to be made for a spouse and children, the only option may be that the assets are sold in order to raise capital for the purchase of an alternative home for the spouse and children. Proper provision will vary from case to case and the court will take into consideration a number of factors, such as both parties’ financial

means and the needs of the children. The children’s needs will only be considered whilst they are classified as a ‘dependent’ (under the age of 18, or 23 if in full-time education). The court will normally consider all assets of the parties when making proper provision for the parties by making a property adjustment order. Before considering to make an order for sale or division of assets, a court would have to be aware of a number of factors, such as: • Succession rights may need to be considered and whether the dependent children are interested in assets being transferred to them. • Have both parties contributed to acquiring the assets, such as contributing to mortgage payments. • The value of the asset is usually significant, and sometimes an order for division of an asset such as a family home or land may be unfeasible. • Is there a family business with assets attached to it, and have both parties contributed to the running of this, and are their incomes primarily dependent on this? It is important that you are aware of your legal rights in the event of marital or relationship breakdown – in either event, it is highly advisable to seek legal advice early on, considering the high stakes.

WALSH & PARTNERS SOLICITORS specialise in litigation, personal injuries, probate, conveyancing, employment law and family law. Their offices are located at Unit 7E, Nutgrove Office Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. For further information, please call 01 291 0300, email, or else visit the site at DISCLAIMER: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Walsh & Partners Solicitors do not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

The exuberant cast are ready to welcome everyone to Dublin’s legendary culchie-ral heart: Copper Face Jacks


Coppers – a feel for culchie love MARK O’BRIEN

IT’S something of a rite of passage to have had a night out in Copper Face Jacks. While the famous nightclub is maybe best known as the place to head to for those up from the country, there aren’t many Dubliners who haven’t been through its doors either. Now, a new musical – appropriately enough entitled Copper Face Jacks: The Musical – has hit the stage of The Olympia Theatre, promising to be packed full of craic, huge laughs, culchies, Dubs and plenty of (ahem) shifting. New York had Studio 54, and Manchester had The Hacienda, but all of Ireland has Copper Face Jacks, and now this club of clubs has been given its very own all-singing, alldancing musical from the pen of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard. Running until August 12, Copper Face Jacks: The Musical is a celebration of a club that started out life as something of a culchie embassy in Dublin, but has since been embraced by its home city. Regardless of your county colours, you’ll always find a welcome (and a slow-set, plus a nurse, and if

The show is a love story set on the eve of a Dublin-Kerry All Ireland final, when a sweet Kerry girl, who’s moved to the big smoke, ends up falling head over her flat-shoes with a true-blue Dublin team member you’re lucky, both together) in the club that has become synonymous with having a good time for three generations of Irish nightclubbers. The show is a love story set on the eve of a Dublin-Kerry All Ireland final, when a sweet Kerry girl, who’s moved to the big smoke for her dream job in The VHI, ends up falling head over her flat-shoes with a true-blue Dublin team member. Copper Face Jacks: The Musical stars Johnny Ward (Fair City, Love/ Hate) as Gino Wildes; Roseanna Purcell (Red Rock) as Noeleen Ni Gearailt, and Michele McGrath (The Tudors, Damo and Ivor) as Gretchen Ackerman. Can love conquer all as these two young sweethearts face massive

cultural and linguistic hurdles on their road to happiness/Croker? Only time, some great tunes and a bunch of cloakroom tickets will tell as Paul Howard uses his mighty comedy pen to see the musical celebrate the nightclub that has become so much more than just a club, and instead is home to millions of love stories and countless lost mobiles. Tickets for Copper Face Jacks: The Musical range from €26 plus booking free (and €1 restoration levy), and are available online from In person bookings can be made at Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, or the Olympia’s box office, or call 0818 719 330; for group bookings of 10 or more, call 01) 646 8687.

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‘What you see in Syria is absolutely awful – and not how it’s shown in the West’ REBECCA RYAN

FRESH home from her trip to Syria, Dublin Gazette caught up with Independent Socialist TD for Dublin Fingal, Clare Daly, about what she saw there. After visiting Syria last year, Deputy Daly went back to Syria for a week with other Independent TDS – Mick Wallace, Maureen O’Sullivan and Catherine Connolly – along with around 15 other people, including some who had been involved in the Irish Palestine Solidarity campaign. They visited Damascus, Maaloula and Aleppo. Deputy Daly said what she saw there is quite different to what is sometimes reported in the media. She said: “It’s hard to tell the story to people from Europe when we get a slanted view of what is going on. The people there are very conscious of the one-dimensional coverage that’s given to Syria, which completely [different] to the reality on the ground. “They feel that they are the victims primarily of Israeli, Saudi, American and Turkish interference. They feel everybody is using Syria as a ground to fight their own issues and that the people of Syria in the middle are forgotten. “They feel the war is portrayed as a civil war, but they just want to rebuild their country and they want the war stopped. “The narrative that’s told in the West is very much base d aro u nd

Devastation in every direction as far as the eye can see, and beyond ... Deputy Daly (at right) in Syria

[Bashar al] Assad. The West is obsessed with regime change, but on the ground in Syria that’s not where people are at. “What most Syrians want is to rebuild their society and get back to the way things were.” Deputy Daly said the destruction she witnessed over there is “appalling” and that it will take “decades to rebuild”. One of the highlights of her trip was meeting a group of businessmen in Aleppo and hearing their stories. She said: “Life in Aleppo is very much getting back to normal” and it is “rebuilding”. “What the people told us that was in the early

years when the movements erupted against Assad, a lot of Aleppo was just getting on with things. “There were outbreaks of war in different parts of Syria. Aleppo wasn’t really involved; they were just getting on with it. “But then, there were some incursions, some rebel activity, leaflets were given to the factory owners saying, ‘Close your factory or die’. Nobody really believed it, they just kept on going on making money. “Then suddenly in 2012, almost overnight, there was a frustration from the rebels saying ‘Why wasn’t Aleppo against Assad?’. Business men were being

kidnapped and given back for money. “In a 48-hour period, the city was basically taken over by about 5,000 rebels. There was no Syrian army there or anything. Almost overnight, a million people from the east ended up in the west and the city was closed off. It was obviously liberated years later by the army, but the destruction is just unbelievable.” Deputy Daly said one businessman brought them to his factory “in the middle of this desert of other bombed-out factories, as much as the eye could see”. She said the man had restored the first floor of the factory and there were

15 people back working. “People there are trying to reopen the factories. It was one million people working in factories in Aleppo, and they’re beginning to rebuild that and that’s the attitude of everybody you meet. It’s about rebuilding.” Deputy Daly believes Ireland has a responsibility in international issues and believes we should keep a “neutral role”. “We’d be very concerned about our responsibility, in terms of our contribution to destabilising the Middle East by allowing the US military primarily to use Shannon [Airport] to refuel, [which] has been a contributing factor to the

Top: Deputy Daly meets an Aleppo family; above: a boy in Yarmouk camp tries to play amidst the rubble

destabilisation of Afghanistan, and Iraq, and all the refugees that have flown from that. “We know the invasion in Iraq was the bones that developed ISIS, and now ISIS is unleashed throughout Europe. So, we don’t think that Shannon should be used at all by the US military.” As well as her passion for international matters, however, Deputy Daly has matters at home very much on her mind. Her focus is on pushing legislation, and she

believes that if the focus was on legislating such as mandatory open disclosure, it would have had an impact on issues such as the ongoing cervical screening scandal. She said: “Too many politicians in here are too fond of dealing with parish-pump issues, acting like glorified councillors, just doing the stuff in the constituency that really isn’t their business rather than legislating. “We’re paying a price for that, because they haven’t been on the ball,” she said.

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Rose Festival: The annual St Anne’s Park Rose Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday,

July 14-15 from 10am to 6pm each day. Don’t miss the chance to spend a weekend during full summer enjoying the atmosphere, taking the time to visit the Rose garden and enjoying all that the Park has to offer. Admission to the Rose Festival is free and car parking within the park is €3. Pictured is Sadhbh Breen (age 5) from Marino at the launch. Photo: Chris Bellew

The bear essentials for a healthy, bear life HAS Mr Teddy had a lifetime of cuddles and in need of a bear check-up? Elastoplast is asking children to bring their beloved teddies to the Teddy Bear Clinic at this year’s Festival of Curiosity, taking place from July 19 – 22, and receive some TLC from the Elastoplast Bear Doctors. The Clinic will allow children to get familiar with some of the weird and wonderful technologies at the festival, as they take their bear through three unique health checks. Children can take a peek at their teddy’s heart through a VR X-ray machine, and also get the chance to perform their very own sur-

gery with the wacky Animoodles at the festival. Once the Elastoplast Bear Doctors have performed their assessment, each child will be presented with their very own Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic Certificate and goodie bag filled with Elastoplast treats, including the brand new 1-2-3 Wound Care Kit. The Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic will take place at the Festival of Curiosity’s, Curiosity Carnival, in Smock Alley from July 19 to 22. Tickets are available for the at


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Raft race for homeless hoped to be a splashing success ON Saturday, September 8, homelessness charity Depaul’s annual Raft Race Against Homelessness event will be taking place. Corporate teams will be taking to the water to power their rafts around a course in Grand Canal Dock in a series of 500m races to become the winners of this charity challenge. No skill required, just plenty of energy. Entry per team of four for the Raft Race is €400, it is the biggest fundraising

event of the year for Depaul, all funds raised go towards supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The event promises to be a great day out in the heart of the city, with entertainment, giant football shoot-out, a children’s play area, face painting, a DJ, food and prizes in a festive atmosphere for colleagues, supporters and family. Interested parties need to sign up by August 17 at RaftRaceSignUp.

Coca-Cola Thank You fund opens for applications

Good Causes Awards

THE National Lottery is reminding people across Dublin to get their applications in on behalf of their local sports club, project or organisation in their community for the inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The deadline for entries for this competition, which has a total prize pool of €95,000, closes on Friday (July 13). The new initiative will celebrate the extraordinary work being carried out by individuals, organisations and clubs which are making a big difference in communities all over Ireland in recent years. Each category winner will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.

THE Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has put out a final call for applications for this year’s fund which seeks to give €100,000 to non-profit organisations supporting and inspiring young people. The final call comes as 2017 winner, All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland, launched their ‘Ireland, I Have a Dream’ book last Friday. The group received €5,000 from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund last year and launched their project in February.

The ‘Ireland, I Have a Dream’ project has provided a new space for young people in Ireland, aged between 16 and 25, to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own

lives by writing a speech inspired by Martin Luther King’s legacy. Ronan Farren, director

of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Ireland said: “Today we are making a final call for applications for the 2018 Fund. “We are looking for groups working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland who are empowering young people. “I encourage all suitable organisations to apply before midnight on July 13.” For more information and to apply for the CocaCola Thank You Fund, visit


DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers have teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Pippa is a sensitive, 5 year old Lurcher lady who hasn’t had much luck finding her forever family yet. Pippa is quite a shy girl, so her potential adopters would need to commit to getting to know her slowly and allow her the space to gain trust and feel secure. Pippa would love to find a quiet home with adults who understand that she is a sensitive soul and will give her the love she needs to feel safe and comfortable. She has lived in a home previously, so she is house trained and should settle into the home environment over time. Pippa has so much love to give; she is just waiting on the right person to share it with. If you have a Pippa-shaped space on your sofa and think you could just be the special someone this handsome hound has been waiting for, contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website, You can also find them on Facebook,, or Twitter, @DogsTrust.

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GOINGOUTOUT Legendary group has seen and played it all, yet stay focused

The Family Stone – happy to roll along



Paul Simon @ RDS, €100+ WE’VE been in danger of crashing into Dad Rock territory lately, as we’ve been picking out all kinds of (ahem) classic crooners for our pick of the week. Still, when you have the likes of Paul Simon in town, who can blame us? With an absolutely dizzying output down the decades to draw upon, the legendary pop songwriter plays Leinster Rugby Club as part of his farewell tour; fans and music lovers should expect an extended set of familiar classics from the man that some people call ‘Al’.

JULY 12 (THURSDAY) Bruno Mars @ Marlay Park, €80 Bulmers Carnival Night with Booka Brass Band @ Leopardstown Racecourse, €17 The summer racecourse gig series takes on a new twist with a carnival of events around this show from talented locals Booka Brass Band, as well as the usual racing/gig combo. Parallel Society + Aoife Doyle Band @ Wood Quay, free (lunchtime concert) Rob Walsh & The Panic Attacks + Deep Sky Objects + Proper Micro NV @ Workman’s Club, €8 Aleigh + Grainne Hunt @ Whelan’s, €8

JULY 13 (FRIDAY) Longitude Festival - J.Cole, Migos, Post Malone @ Marlay Park, €70 (€190 weekend) Robocobra Quartet + Just Mustard + The Felonies @ Workman’s Club, €8 Gavin Glass @ Whelan’s, €15 Alabama 3 @ The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire, €25 The Innocent Bystander @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €11

JULY 14 (SATURDAY) Longitude Festival - Travis Scott, Tyler The Creator @ Marlay Park, €70 (€190 weekend) Damien Dempsey @ Iveagh Gardens, €40 Seo Linn @ Whelan’s, €16 Doyle @ The Bowery, €20 Punch Face Champions @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €7

JULY 16 (MONDAY) Longitude Festival - Solange, Sampha, Anderson.Paak @ Marlay Park, €€70 (€190 weekend)

JULY 17 (TUESDAY) The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, €7 Sofi Tukker @ Whelan’s, €22

JULY 18 (WEDNESDAY) Sara Ryan + Dan Elliot @ Whelan’s (upstairs), €8

‘I’ve never had a real job. The only other thing I’ve ever done is spent a bit of time as a booking agent, but this really keeps me happy.’ SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE one of the iconic bands of the ‘f lower power’ era. With tracks such as Family Affair, Dance To The Music, and iconic political track, Stand!, their Funk, Rock and Soul helped forge a scene. Today, some of the m e m b e r s s t i l l p l ay together, minus frontman Sly, as The Family Stone. Jerry Martini, who’s been on brass with the band since the very start back in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, is very much in reflective mode when we ask him to tell us about The Family Stone today. “I’ve never had a real job,” the 74-year-old explains. “The only other thing I’ve ever done is spent a bit of time as a booking agent, but this really keeps me happy. “It’s amazing to get the chance to do what you love all your life.


“ I s t i l l re m e m b e r Woodstock, which was a real mess,” Martini recalls, picking out the legendary American cultural turning point as a highlight. “We played Glastonbury a few years ago, and in a way it was quite similar – 200,000 people in front of us while we played. “They don’t arrest people who try to jump the fence, they just drive them a few miles away and release them. “It reminded me a lot of the Woodstock, love thing.” Martini plays saxophone, and says that at 74, he’s still very much in performance mode. “I still jump around

a lot on stage. I think it keeps me young,” he says. “I’m always writing, too. We don’t really perform new songs, though. Sly wrote so many great things. “He’s been one of my best friends for 50 years. I like to write my own songs, but Sly’s songs are so good, those are the ones we play. Good songs don’t get old.” “We’re still adding songs that are not on the greatest hits, songs that haven’t been played live before. “We would be open to new ones, but they’d have to be as good as the ones we’re already playing, and that’s a difficult thing to do.” The band are still very much a family act, though former frontman Sly hasn’t been a part of the band in their original sense since he departed due to reliability problems associated

with drug use way back in 1975. Sylvette Robinson, daughter of Cynthia, now takes Cynthia’s role. “I still struggle with her loss, it hit me really hard,” Martini says of the founder member’s death in 2015. ”Sylvette’s great, just like having her mum there, and I think her being in the band is what Cynthia would have wanted.” In fact, Martini feels the band are now as good as they’ve ever been. “There were a couple of times in the past when maybe we appointed people as singers because they looked or felt like Sly,” he recalls. “The guy we have at the moment, Swang Stewart, is just a really great vocalist. He nails it, and that was the important thing. “Things are going really well. I feel in great

shape, too. As good as ever. At the moment,I’m just really, really enjoying it.” So any regrets from it all? “I just wish out first album had gone over better,” Martini says. “It was loved by Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. It was a real diverse, underdog album and I think it was us at our best, before albums had to be similar for commercial reasons. “ It wa s d i f fe re n t, because it had all four singers on lead in different songs and really showcased us. But it’s been an amazing ride.” The Family Stone play Beatyard Festival in Dun Laoghaire on August 3. They’ll be joined across the weekend by The Jacksons, Kamasi Washington, Orbital, The Wailers and Little Dragon. Tickets are €59 (per day) or €150 (for the weekend).

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Eurovision contestant even more dedicated to music and charity work RACHEL D’ARCY

AFTER the whirlwind of Eurovision, this year’s Irish contestant Ryan O’Shaughnessy took a bit of time to himself – as could only be deserved. “I took a few weeks off after the madness of Eurovision, but now I’m back in the studio. I just finished up a writing camp with some talented songwriters in Cavan, and around 10 or 15 new songs were born. It’s all systems go again,” he laughed, speaking to

Dublin Gazette. Having finished 16th after a promising performance in the so-called musical World Cup, it’s clear that Ryan is just as dedicated to his music now more than ever, as well as his charity work. He’s partnered up with the #YouthEmpowered initiative, which aims to help young people aged from 18 to 30, who are not in education, employment or training, to make the ir goals a reality through workshops and digital training.

The programme was launched by the CocaCola Hellenic Bottling Company, and will provide training to 750 young people across Ireland to help them find ‘meaningful’ employment. Now in its second year, Ryan signed on as the initiative’s ambassador this year, and has already hit the ground running in his new role. “I met a good few of the people from last year’s programme, and they’re all settled in jobs and everything now. It’s great to

This year’s Irish Eurovision singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy at the Youth Empowered launch in Temple Bar. Picture: Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

see. Employment among the younger age group is still low, despite what people are saying about a recession being over, so it’s good to have an initiative like [#YouthEmpowered] that’s helping fix that issue,” Ryan said. Spreading the word As far as his role as an ambassador goes, Ryan said that he wants to help as much as he can.

“I’m attempting to make myself available to offer any advice, or anything I can help with that’s needed. I’m hoping that my spreading the word and helping more people know about the programme will help those involved too.” Ryan is also gearing up to release new music, and is set to tour across the country before the year is out. “We have eight dates

booked right now for later on this year. Nothing international yet, just around Ireland, but I’m excited to get out on the road,” he said. “I’m also going to be releasing a new single, hopefully in August. It’s called ‘War Zone’. “It’s about the wars we have with ourselves, within our relationships, but it can also be applied to the wars going on

in countries across the world. There’s so much going on in the world at the minute. Refugees are still struggling to settle into new countries, and I’m hoping I might be able to partner with Amnesty International soon [on the single].” For more on Ryan, check out ryanosmusic. com, and for more on #YouthEmpowered, visit

Get ready to Vamp it up for Four Corners Tour RACHEL D’ARCY

The Vamps are set to hit Dublin nerxt May for their Four Corners 2019 Tour

FRESH off a Summer promotion tour for their latest album Day and Night, British quartet The Vamps have announced a headline gig at the 3Arena next May. The Dublin date on May 29th is part of their ‘Four Corners 2019 Tour’, which will see the band play several dates across the UK and Ireland over five weeks. No stranger to our shores, The Vamps will be returning to the Docklands’ venue for the fifth time with the new show alongside rising star HRVY (who’s slated to play The Academy next week) and pop-rock

trio New Hope Club. The band – comprised of vocalist and guitarist Brad Simpson, bassist Connor Ball, drummer Tristan Evans and guitarist James McVey – release their new album ‘Night & Day (Day Edition)’ tomorrow. It’ll feature 10 new songs from the band, including recent single ‘Personal’ featuring vocalist Maggie Lindemann, and ‘Too Good To Be True’ featuring rapper Machine Gun Kelly and producer Danny Avila. The Vamps are said to be one of most successful bands to emerge from the UK in recent years, achieving success across the glove. They have over 2 billion streams globally,

with 8.4 million monthly listeners as well. Their most recent album ‘Night & Day (Night Edition)’ scored the top spot in the UK, and also stormed into the Top 10 on iTunes in over 20 countries including Argentina, Philippines, India and Australia. Their most recent tour saw them sell over 100,000 tickets, and they’ve also sold out London’s prestigious O2 Arena multiple times. A limited amount of tickets will go on sale for just €17.50 (excluding booking fee), which are sure to be snapped up in seconds. Tickets for the gig go on sale on Saturday, July 28 at 10am.

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Decadently dystopian drama has some bite

TURNING on the news over the past year and a bit has felt a little like wandering into an alternate reality, given the sights and sounds coming from the far West, where elements of the far Right have shocking-


ly become embraced and normalised.

It’s not a very pleasant reality to be living with – but then, this level of uncomfortable actuality has given The First Purge (Cert 18, 97 mins) an underlying subtext and energy that one can only imagine was fully

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Mines the failing war on drugs for dramatic tension WE RETURN to the ongoing ‘war against drugs’ with Sicario 2 (Cert 15A, 122 mins) picking up more or less after where the first film had left off. Once again, ‘the good guys’ aren’t very good, in character or ability, as they try to disrupt drug cartels along the southern US border, as a drug kingpin’s daughter gets kidnapped and matters spiral out of control. It’s an interesting film, but a wholly unecessary sequel that’s just not as good as the starkly great first film.


Not making many waves in the crime caper genre GEORGE Clooney and pals are well and truly out of the picture in this one – suave heistmeister Danny Ocean is dead, for starters, but his jailbird sister Debbie has plans for her own big score to pull off – if she can get the right crew together ... It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good heist movie, and it looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer, as Ocean’s 8 (Cert 12A, 110 mins) is fine, rather than fresh. Still, it’s all female-lead cast are decent enough, despite one rather unfortunate Oirish accent ...


Still stomping over all and sundry at the box office AS WE all know by now, it’s hard to go wrong with dinosaurs – as movie stars, that is, as the dinos at the heart of Jurassic World (Cert 12A, 128 mins) soon go very, very wrong indeed once they’ve been rescued from their exploding island home. Shrieking sidekicks aside, the leads are likeable enough, but at this stage it’s hard not to feel that we’ve finally seen pretty much everything dinosaurs can do in this franchise. Maybe the inevitable next Jurassic film can give them guns. In space.


Another great addition to the modern social horror genre GIVEN the trials and tribulations visited upon Toni Collette in Hereditary (Cert 16, 127mins), it’s no wonder her character looks so upset here. She’s an artist mum trying to mourn her recently deceased, difficult mum – but grandma’s death seems to trigger all kinds of trauma for the fracturing family. Lob in some supernatural elements, and you’re in store for a fraught horror that’s laced with psychological trauma that keeps pace with some of the ghastlier goings-on in this well-received film.

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intentioned. To date, the Purge franchise has provided a mixed bag of middling films, with their shared central premise (that of The Purge: an annual 12-hour period of nationwide chaos, murder and mayhem when anything is legal and no police will respond) providing some snide social commentary. However, The First Purge, while far from the first Purge film, cuts the closest to the bone yet as it delivers an inevitable origins story, explaining how The Purge and Purging became an ordinary, normal part of American life. In doing so, this prequel also taps into the current dark undercurrents swirling through public and political discourse across the pond, gaining a frisson of focus that adds an additional layer of context to dig through. E ve r y t h i n g h a s a beginning, and Staten Island proves to be the acorn for a particularly twisted tree that soon envelops America, with its rulers – The New Founding Fathers of America – choosing the island as the base for a new social experiment. People are offered $5,000 to stay on, or go to, the island for a night of mayhem, during which observers will watch and record what happens

when there are no laws, and no consequences, for everyone who chooses to stay put. Handy retina cams (available in this near f u t u re s e t t i n g ) a n d tracking devices provide an up close and personal view of everything that’s going on during this mass social experiment - which is anything but social for the increasingly desperate people caught up in a night of escalating terror. Throw in drug addicts and dealers, hookers, turf wars, shady operatives and nefarious goings on, and you’re firmly embedded in classic Purge lore, with this film firmly following the bottom of American society. At this stage, if you’ve seen any of the previous Purge films, you’ll be very familiar with how The First Purge plays out, as it begins to simultaneously set up and tap into the lore and beats that are part of the rest of the franchise. Stylistically, director Gerard McMurray does a good job of maintaining the look and feel of classic Purge tropes, with everything from visually striking face masks and an almost riotous use of moody colour palettes to the emotionally detached security camera footage of violent Purging all helping to tick the right boxes.

The cast, too (with a welcome supporting turn by Marisa Times) do a decent job of conveying their characters’ descent into hunter and hunted roles, as Staten Island plummets into lawlessness as the night wears on. H o weve r, i t ’s t h e underlying tone that potentially elevates The First Purge beyond its B-movie schlock status. Not for nothing are some of the poorest people in America chosen to be the fodder for the experiment, with money dangled like bait to lure and keep desperate people somewhere where their violent death or torture could be seconds away. Indeed, this becomes a more overt story thread later in the film, when a secondary storyline gains a tighter focus on the rich versus the poor, basically establishing The Purge’s potential ‘usefulness’ for socioeconomic cleansing to whittle down ‘the undesirables’ at the bottom of society. Given current American events and attitudes over the past 18 months, Purging feels like it’s taken a couple of determined steps towards reality, which earns The First Purge at least one extra point in its final score. Which is... Verdict: 7/10

Every day on my run, I pass an older ladies house. She waves, and has recently started to blow me kisses. I noticed she is homebound. Today, I bought her flowers and introduced myself and we had tea. I will be having tea with her once a week from now on. @CaoimhePhotos A free lesson on how to be a lovely, thoughtful human being, courtesy of Caoimhe

Three worst things in human history: 1) The black death. 2) World War 2. 3) RTE Player. @brilliantshane Nobody’s told Shane that things like N*****x exist now

Just landed at Heathrow. Been a while. Nice to get some respite from messy US political news. How’d Brexit go? @BigBoyler It’s still a lead balloon, Chris...

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Broadcaster Edith Bowman with rising Irish artists Saint Sister and Kormac and Jafaris. Pictures: Brian McEvoy Maria Souza Patrick Kavanagh and Trudi McDonald

Edith Bowman at Opium for big launch


Ruth Scott and Rob Morgan

Aoibhinn Fitzgibbon and Laois Decantalun

Ismay Bourke and Elaine Stenson

J/broadcaster Edith Bowman came to Dublin last week to launch Made By Music. The campaign is the latest innovation by Three Ireland and aims to bring people together through the power of music. The launch was hosted at Dublin venue Opium, and saw three rising Irish artists; Jafaris, Saint Sister and Kormac come together to produce a series of new music videos. Clare Aughney

Orla Lawlor and Oonagh Mangan

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Graham Rogerson, Robin Kavanagh, Karen Muckian, Cyril Byrne and Deirdre Farrell. Pictures: Peter Cavanagh

Dermot O’Shea and Crispin Rodwell

Councillor Ossian Smyth, Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, with Cyril Byrne, Press Photographer of the Year

Councillor Mary Fayne, Michael Doorley, Una Brennan and Nina Hand

Exhibition opens at dlrLexicon


OCAL man and Press Photographer of the Year 2018, Cyril Byrne of The Irish Times, was in attendance as the Press Photographer of the Year Exhibition arrived at dlrLexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, last week. The exhibition features 107 winning and shortlisted images from the annual awards of the PPAI, , encapsulating the many highs Louise Murphy, Iveta Idanova and Georgie Bates

and lows of the year gone by. This year’s judging panel was chaired by Dermot O’Shea and the judges were internationally renowned photographers Tom Stoddart and Eamonn McCabe. The multimedia award was judged by Michael Lee, RTE cameraman and Philip Bromwell, RTE News video and mobile journalist.

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Aphrodite Hills infinity pool

Match yourself with your top tennis holiday

Carlisle Bay beach sports

Annabel Croft Tennis at Pine Cliffs Resort


Travel Editor WITH Wimbledon in full swing tennis fever is tangible. Thankfully, wellness holiday specialists Health and Fitness Travel has the cure, sharing their top tennis training holidays and tips guaranteed to inspire you. Gain the advantage with an epic sporting holiday with a morning on the court followed by rejuvenating spa treatments. A n d eve n t h o u g h you’re bound to be served up some great coaching tips, any of these holidays will also make you feel like a champ. Sounds like game, set and match! Cyprus: Tennis at Aphrodite Hills Do you fancy yourself as the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer? Aphrodite Hills is the perfect place for tennis enthusiasts of every age to achieve all their sporting goals. After powering yourself out on the high-quality courts, unwind and

soothe your muscles by paying the retreat spa a visit to enjoy a hot stone, Swedish or therapeutic massage to make you feel relaxed and restored. Seven nights from €1,339. Spain: Marbella Club Tennis Located just a ball toss away from the luxurious Mediterranean hideaway that is Marbella Club, follow in the footsteps of Boris Becker at Puente Romano Tennis Club. With ten well-equipped courts and a talented team of professional coaches waiting to ‘serve’ you, there’s no better place to perfect your tennis technique. After a day of serveand-volley, wind down with a personalised massage and relax in the beachfront Thalasso Spa with breath-taking views across the Med. Seven nights at Marbella Club from €3,099. Portugal: Annabel Croft Tennis at Pine Cliffs Resort With a philosophy of ‘movement and repetition’, take your tennis

to new heights on this one-week tennis coaching retreat developed by former British champion Annabel Croft. The academy suits all skill levels and the programme includes highlypaced drills and exercises with top facilities and qualified trainers. Seven nights at Pine Cliffs from €2,079. St Lucia: BodyHoliday Tennis Gain the advantage over your tennis game and your fitness levels on this active tennis holiday at BodyHoliday in St Lucia. Set upon the secluded bay of Cariblue, hit the courts for private coaching and group tennis lessons, before testing what you’ve learnt with a tennis competition between fellow guests. Round out your allinclusive tennis holiday with a wide range of group fitness classes,

land and water sports, including yoga, Box Fit, mountain biking and kayaking. After an active day, relax at the luxury spa with a choice of daily treatments, including massages, body scrubs and facials. Seven nights from €1,679. Antigua: Carlisle Bay Tennis Add some Vitamin-D to your game as you soak up the sun training in the tropics at Carlisle Bay in the Caribbean. Beneath tropical palm trees, all nine courts are a stone’s throw away from the turquoise waters edge, including four floodlit courts for cooler evening games. Between games explore on a rainforest hike or take to the tropical waters paddle boarding, before rejuvenating with a deep tissue massage at the award-winning Blue Spa. (Prices on enquiry).

For advice, guidance and booking, see the site at or call 0044 203 397 8891. Flights can be arranged from Dublin and other Irish airports.

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You knead to get to grips with making these tasty piadina TV CHEF and busy mother of three Rachel Allen has teamed up with pioneers of pesto, Sacla, to compile a new book, La Famiglia – The Family Book of Pesto (inset below). It features everything from quick piadinas by Rachel and pesto fish fingers by Sacla, baked pasta, a hearty lamb ragu or pesto roast chicken. We all know kids have a gra for Pesto and there’re heaps of opportunities for kids to get involved. Here’s a sneak peak of one of the recipes from the book for all the family – Rachel Allen’s Piadina (which makes six piadina), a play on the classic piadina that hail from the Romagna region of Italy. Children love them and they can create their own toppings and make them with you, serving up an alternative to Mexican fajitas any time. For the Piadina • 250g plain flour • 1 tsp baking powder • Three-quarter tsp salt • 2 tbsp olive oil • 65ml warm milk • 65ml warm water

For the topping • 3 tbsp mayonnaise • Quarter jar Sacla classic

basil pesto • Handful of rocket leaves • 25g cheddar, grated • 200g cooked chicken breast, shredded into long, thin strips • 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt • Half a lime

Preparation: • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and mix until evenly crumbly. • Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk and water. Mix with your hands (or with a wooden spoon) until the dough become soft, but not sticky. • Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until it is soft and smooth. • Divide into six pieces, each about 60g in weight. Roll each piece into a ball

and place the balls on a flour-dusted surface. Cover with a damp tea towel or cling film for 30 minutes, or they can go into the fridge overnight. • When you’re ready to cook the piadina, heat a frying pan or grill-pan over a medium-to-high heat. • Working with one ball at a time, roll the dough into a disc approximately 12cm/4.5in in diameter and about 2mm thick. Gently place the dough into the hot pan – no oil is needed. • Cook each piadina over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly golden but still pliable, then wrap in a clean tea towel immediately to trap the steam and prevent the piadina from getting brittle while cooling. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough. • Mix the mayonnaise with the basil pesto in a bowl. Place each piadina on a plate or worktop and spread half the surface with the basil mayonnaise. • Arrange rocket leaves on top, then scatter each with grated cheese, shredded chicken and a dollop of yoghurt, followed by a squeeze of lime juice. • Fold in half, serve, and tuck in ...


The Ivy could grow on diners DUBLINERS spotted an unusual vehicle out and about in the centre streets over the past week or so – an ‘overgrown’ bus trundling about, helping to promote the opening of a long-awaited new restaurant at Dawson Street – The Ivy. The Ivy Dawson Street is the first international brasserie from The Ivy Collection, and is located in the heart of the capital at a new landmark building, One Molesworth. The bus took in several landmarks all around town, helping to promote the upcoming opening on Tuesday, July 24, and to announce the opening of its reservation line. The brasserie-style restaurant and bar will accommodate up to 200 guests and feature an allencompassing menu complete with breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks and dinner, incorporating a selection of classics including shepherd’s

pie, crispy duck salad, alongside a selection of locally inspired dishes such as Dungarvan oysters. Tantalising cocktails will be available to enjoy in the restaurant or at the brasserie’s striking central onyx bar, which will also be serving Irish staples such as Guinness and a selection of Irish whiskeys. The Ivy Dawson Street’s artwork has been carefully curated, featuring a colourful mixture of old and new with pieces include topographical prints and plans of Dublin and Dublin Bay from 1850, as well as artwork inspired by Ireland and Dublin, and pieces depicting music, Trinity College, horse racing and brewing. For further information, or for reservations, call 01 695 0744, or see the site at

E.Coli infections soar in heat REBECCA RYAN

Food Editor THE public have been advised to take extra care when handling and preparing food during this hot spell, after an increase in the number of E.Coli infections. The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre said there have been 96 cases reported in Ireland in recent weeks, some three times higher than the same period last year. The HSE has advised to always wash your hands before and after handling food, wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eat-

ing them, and always ensure that minced meats are cooked all the way through. On the spike in cases, Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director, Public Health, said: “While investigations haven’t identified a specific reason for the increase in cases we would like to remind people to be careful about food safety during this heatwave to protect themselves against food poisoning. “This hot weather provides the right conditions for bacteria such as VTEC to grow and multiply on foods, which can lead to high numbers of cases of food poisoning in adults and children.”

Such common causes of food poisoning can lead to serious complications. For example, the symptoms of VTEC infection vary but often include bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Symptoms usually pass within five to ten days; however, VTEC infection can also cause a more serious complication called Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) in up to 10% of cases, which can lead to kidney failure, and occasionally even death. HUS is more common in children under five and the elderly. It is important to visit your doctor if you develop bloody diarrhoea.

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WITH a nationwide hosepipe ban recently announced, we need to be very selective about how and when we use water in the garden. Even if it rains soon, it will take weeks if not months for reservoir levels to get back to normal and at the time of writing the ban is expected to be in place until at least the end of July. Right now gardens have to contend with unprecedentedly high temperatures, drying winds and plants and trees in full leaf – all things that make them need water more than ever. Garden lovers have difficult decisions to make – which areas need water the most - as there simply isn’t enough to go around. You may be able to eke out supplies by re-using “grey” water, and here are a few tips to help you use any water to best advantage: Don’t worry about the lawn. Although they’re turning brown all over the country, when the rain returns, as it surely will, the grass will recover and return to its usual lush green. It’s best not to cut the grass in these conditions so enjoy the break! Mulch as much as you can. Home made compost, well rotted manure or chipped bark can all be used, but you can get creative if you’re stuck – thick cardboard from boxes or layers

of newspaper, weighed down, are better than nothing and you can always remove them when normal (rain) service is resumed. Mulching helps slow down the evaporation of water from the soil but do remember to soak the ground well before you apply it. You can mulch containers too, particularly if there’s a lot of exposed compost – rounded beach cobbles and pebbles are ideal for this. Give priority to the plants that need water most – anything newly planted, as they won’t have developed strong roots to seek out water for themselves yet – and anything in containers, as they are likely to dry out quickest. When watering from a can, remove the rose and aim the spout close to the base of the plant so that the water is getting into the soil and to the roots, where it’s needed. These polished cobbles from Galway Stone make a smart mulch for containers.

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It has been one of the warmest summers in recent memory but you can still stay cool while looking cool. 2018 has been the year of tropical prints in women’s fashion, for the home and, yes, even the menfolk. The key is balancing strong (usually leafy shirts) patterns with earthy solids. To stay cool, choose lighter fabrics and make sure you protect your skin with a straw hat. There is nothing cooler than that!

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GYM+COFFEE have launched their

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BEAUTYBits being scents-ible THE BURREN PERFUMERY, located in the heart of the Burren in Co Clare, expertly makes small batch perfumes and certified organic cosmetics inspired by the iconic limestone landscape of the Burren and its unique flora. They have unique fragrances for men (and women) including

Aran is a fresh sea cologne with a citrus top note and woody base. These frangrances are bottled by hand at the Burren Perfumery.

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Dundrum a chance to see our products and experience a little bit of our culture, in person. “As an online store, we don’t have many in-person opportunities with our customers and with another new product launch on the immediate horizon we felt it was the right time and Dundrum Town Centre was exactly where we wanted to be.” The GYM+COFFEE pop-up shop runs until Sunday 22nd July on the 3rd floor of Dundrum Town Centre, next to the food court.

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WITH a prime, marketdominating position that sees Netflix keeping a foot firmly planted in both media and technology worlds, it’s been interesting to note that the streaming titan has gone decidedly old-skool with a significant investment it’s expected to close this month. Netflix is splashing out a whopping $150,000,000 on buying just a few dozen billboards in Hollywood – a sum that’s not exactly spare change to most of us, but is just a small part of the whopping $2bn it’s spending on marketing alone this year. Tech and media analysts have been quick to praise the deal, however, as the $150m investment in buying some 35 billboards scattered around the Sunset Strip in Hollywood

is potentially a very shrewd, canny move by Netflix which could impact on its fortunes – quite literally. For starters, there’s an immediate financial gain for the company. Yes, $150m is a huge upfront investment to make, and is a significant expense to incur on some distinctly oldfashioned advertising tech – today’s billboards are virtually identical to those from back in the day, advertising then the finest moustache wax for your great-greatgrandfather. However, with advertising rates of about $25,000 a month for billboards along the area, buying a whole lot of them outright and then just facing a low maintenance cost presents Netflix with an advertising investment that will have paid for itself in a comparatively short time.

More than that, acquiring the billboards immediately hurts any rivals advertising in the area, firmly preventing rival shows and streaming services from advertising in the key creative hub at the heart of Hollywood. Apart from the calculated financial aspects of the deal, there’s also a less tangible – but no less valuable – intellectual aspect to the billboards deal. The past 18 months or so have seen Netflix substantially up its production game, in terms of seizing control of the streaming market as it seeks to present an alternative to the main, traditional cinema-going and TV-viewing market. Netflix now funds and creates a huge amount of original TV shows, as well as having ramped up production of movies as well – and nowhere


else on earth dominates television and movie production on earth like a comparatively small part of Los Angeles. The kind of place where, say, 35 billboards advertising Netflix’s wares, shows and business deals might catch the eye of leading creative and industry figures in ‘the biz’, thus attracting even more acting, producting and other talents to join the Netflix stable. With Netflix firmly focused on expanding its market share and drawing ever more creative talents to its side, the decidedly old-fashioned marketing ‘technology’ it’s buying – little more than slapping glued-on sheets of laminated paper on wood and metal – shows that sometimes the best way to move forward with technology is sometimes to just look backwards ...

Summit for everyone interested in taking EU rejects a serious look at Ireland’s gaming future copyright Hotel, Dublin 2, will see DUBLIN is soon playing to proposals a huge number of intera major gaming summit, set to bring an international panel of several leading figures and companies together for a key networking and industry event in the heart of the capital. Many people don’t know that Ireland is home to a number of key tech companies providing tech and industry-leading skills at the heart of the gaming sector, with a number of small but vital companies quietly keeping Ireland firmly involved in the global market. The likes of Google and Facebook tend to dominate the headlines when it comes to tech stories, but several other companies in Ireland, such as Havoc, are fundamentally Irish success stories in gaming. As such, given our geographically small but sectorally significant role, the upcoming Dublin Games Summit on July 19 at the Alex

national industry speakers, company founders, researchers and many more coming to Dublin to share insights on gaming today, where it’s going and being developed into, new tech and market trends beginning to shape gaming and creative industries and, of course, also examining Ireland’s role in the ever growing sector. It all promises to be a fascinating summit with an awful lot to take in, but for anyone who’s serious about gaming, and especially for those working in tech and gaming in Ireland, it sounds like an unmissable event. Summit tickets cost €185 (with a Lillies Bordello after-summit bash costing €10). For further information on the full line-up of the summit’s guests and topics, see the site at

LAST but not least, social media giants must have breathed a sigh of relief after EU lawmakers rejected copyright proposals that would have made them responsible for content on their sites. There were some excellent arguments on both sides of the proposals – many artists earn pitiful royalty payments, if anything at all, from work which may have a vast reach from being shared online, while data protection and citizen surveillance fears were raised by how companies might track who’s sharing what. This particular battle is over, but the issue of copyright protection is bound to return to the courts again.

Ford tops Focus with latest sporty ST-Line Ford has more options for the Focus range than most would think about, topped off by the sporty ST-Line models with a hint of more performance. Michael Moroney took the latest Focus St-Line on the road where he was impressed while he hankered for more power. WITH the current Ford Focus generation getting ready for a revamp, it was opportune to get a recent drive in the Focus ST, the blue oval brand’s sporty take on the popular Ford Focus car. Ford has offered four styling and specification pack options for the Focus and the ST Line offers most in terms of performance and style. The Focus ST-Line models clearly stand out from the basic Focus in having ST-inspired styling features that include a honeycomb design for the trapezoidal front grille. The car has unique front fog lamps with dark surrounds and a unique front bumper insert. At the rear there is an ST-Line diffuser element and large rear roof spoiler. The ST-Line versions come with deep side-skirts

Ford Focus ST 1.5 TDCi Engine Engine power 0 – 100km/hr Economy Fuel Tank Capacity CO2 emissions Road Tax Band Main Service Euro NCAP Rating Warranty Entry Price and ST-Line exterior badging on the front wings. The exterior sport effect is topped off with unique 17in alloy wheels in Rock Metallic Grey and LED daytime running lights. On the inside, the STLine special features include sport seats with red stitching and a perforated leather ST-style steering

1.5 litre 120hp 10.6 seconds 26km/litre (3.8/100km or 74mpg) 53 litres 98g/km A2 €180 20,000km/12 months 5 star (2012) 5 years €26,220 wheel with grey stitching. There is an ST style gear knob, a dark woven headliner, and you’re greeted by ST-Line scuff plates as you open the doors. The ST Line image is one of power for Focus drivers who want more. Ford in Ireland offers three engine options for the Focus STLine, an entry level 1.0 litre

The Nissan Qashqai was Dublin’s and Ireland’s best-selling car for the first six months of 2018

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Is hay fever pollen causing you problems? A RUNNY nose, headache and constant sneezing, are just a few of the symptoms hay fever sufferers deal with during the summer. These symptoms can affect motorists in a number of ways. Here’s some advice on how to cope with it before taking to the road. Ensure your car is clean and dust free and that you operate the air conditioning or ventilation to your advantage, making use of air recirculation where

The Ford Focus ST Line comes with unique exterior sporty styling in Frozen White colour that it makes it stand out from the other Focus models and entry prices start at €26,220 plus delivery charges.

possible. It’s also important that you change your pollen filter regularly For anyone who hasn’t been diagnosed with hay fever and is feeling under the weather, avoid driving or riding and arrange to see your GP as soon as

Ecoboost petrol engine, a mid-range 1.5 litre TDCi diesel engine and the top performing 2.0 litre TDCi diesel engine. The midrange 1.5 litre TDCi engine was the Ford Focus ST Line version that I drove recently combines the performance and style feel that you expect from an ST Line with an improved economy result. With this car is aiming to appeal to drivers who like the style and driving feel of the Focus ST Line and also want the opportunity for more economical driving, when needed. This 1.5 litres turbo-diesel engine is lively, while naturally more sluggish than the top performing 2.0 litre version. I hankered for more power, because the car’s styling want to perform even better. For those making an ST-Line choice, the question will be how important

is the car’s actual performance or is the perception of performance even more important? This ST Line will give the desired effect with a great styling and a rated economy figure of 26km/litre (3.8/100km or 74mpg), that suitably impressive. Out on the road, you’ll still get the ST-Line sporty driving feel with the noticeably harder suspension. This actual economy performance will be difficult to achieve, because as Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist anything but

temptation” and that’s what the ST-Line will do to you. Succumbing to STLine temptation meant that I achieved a range of almost 900km from the car’s 53 litre capacity fuel tank, and that added more than 30% from the official economy rating. Opting for the higher performance diesel engine version won’t impact too much on your economy levels, while it will boost acceleration performance by more than 20%. I think that if I was a Ford Focus ST-Line buyer I would

The dash styling on the Ford Focus ST Line

also be tempted on the engine choice and opt for the bigger engine version, to complete the ST line effect. On the inside the STLine feeling is less obvious. The styling is similar to Zetec models while I had expected a more dynamic looking steering wheel, even though it is a flat bottom steering wheel with perforated leather differs from the standard models. The ST-Line seat stitching and the sports pedals gave a more lasting

The test car came with the mid-range 1.5 litre Ford diesel engine

impression. Seat adjustment and comfort are good so it’s easy to feel in control in the car. While the clutch pedal was a shade on the heavy side, this is a car that drives very well. The car comes with a host of safety features while the useful Parking Park is optional, the city Active City Spot and Cross Traffic Alert systems are also on the options listing, which will add to the entry price figure of €26,220 before delivery charges. As these current generation models run out in the next short months, there will be value for Focus STLine buyers. That value is topped off by the Ford Clean Up for 182 with up to €4,700 off a new Focus ST-Line when you take their 4.9% car finance deal. That’s topped with a new 7 year warranty offer on the car.

June shows lift in Dublin new car sales New car sales in the capital rose in June this year compared with June 2017, while the overall market for the year to date was down marginally by 3.65%, according to the latest figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). The latest figures show that 35,747 new cars were registered in Dublin for the first six months of 2018. The drop in new car sales in the Dublin region was less than that across all of Ireland, with Dublin now accounting for 41% of all new car sales in Ireland, up marginally from last year. This once again confirms the region

as the most important new car sales area in Ireland. Nissan’s popular Qashqai SUV took the Dublin new car sales honours and was also Ireland’s best-selling car so far this year. The Nissan Qashqai topped popular models such as the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Micra among the five top-selling cars in Dublin, giving Nissan two models in the top five ranking. Sales of diesel powered sales are continuing to fall in Ireland’s capital, and the SIMI figures showed a 20% drop in new diesel car registra-

tions this year. Sales of hybrid petrol electric cars are taking up the slack to some extent (up 65% on this time last year), while sales of petrol cars are making a comeback in the city, rising by 19% for the first six months of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017. Car buyers have a huge preference for grey coloured cars, according to the SIMI statistics, and it’s interesting that orange coloured cars showed a 250% increase this year, no doubted boosted by the success of the new Nissan Micra, which uniquely looks good in orange livery.

possible. What you might think is just a slight cold can become a major distraction, so get it checked before it gets worse While over-the-counter medicines will help with a runny nose and sneezing symptoms, they can also blur vision and make you feel drowsy, check with your GP to decide what the best course of action is.

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Subaru congratulates Leinster Champions SUBARU Ireland has congratulated Dublin GAA following the crowning of their Senior Footballers as Leinster Champions for the eight-successive year. As proud vehicle sponsor to Dublin GAA, Subaru provides vehicles to some of the players and management of the Dublin senior football and hurling teams. The football and hurling teams, including the Dublin Ladies, are benefiting from a Subaru Forester van to oversee the transportation of team kits around the country for the All Ireland Championships and National League games. Summer 2018 is shaping up to be one of great excitement, with the introduction of the new Super 8’s in the football championship. The Dublin footballers continue to inspire and entertain their dedicated supporters. The Subaru tagline ‘Confidence in Motion’ describes them perfectly.

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LATE LATE SHOW: SOCCER: THERE will be no question

of split loyalties when Inchicore Athletic player/assistant manager Stephen Quigley faces his former side St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup first round next month. The two clubs have been drawn against each other in the most local of local derbies with plenty of allegiances being put to the test.





Morton mile the highlight of top meet  JAMES HENDICOTT

SANTRY’s Morton Stadium is set for its namesake Morton Games to come to town for arguably Ireland’s most high-profile track athletic’s event. It is set to feature a selection of highlevel stars from abroad, and provide a great test for the stars of the local track and field scene. The Games are a single evening event taking place on July 19 and have grown in stature in recent years. The races, taking in 100 metres to 5,000 metres distances, will also include a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Herb Elliott’s World Mile in the stadium back in 1958 (and a mile distance in its honour). Javelin and high-jump will take place on the field. Brendan Griffin TD launched the event last week, saying: “This year’s Morton Games promises to be another

wonderful night of athletics and a fantastic opportunity for the Irish public to see some top class athletes in action. “It is also a great chance for our athletes to test themselves against international opposition in preparation for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin in August. “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in organising this prestigious event on the Irish sporting calendar and I hope everyone has an exciting and enjoyable evening.” The Morton Games is now in its eighth year as an annual international track and field meet, and will feature many of Ireland’s top athletes. It will feature Ireland’s fastest woman Phil Healy, Sean Tobin in the Morton Mile, 400m Brian Gregan, John Travers and Stephen Scullion in the 5000 metres, as well as Dundrum South Dublin’s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, who’s a rising star of the American

Clonliffe Harriers’ Brian Gregan, Deputy Mayor of Fingal Grainne Maguire, DSD’s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner and Brendan Griffin TD at the launch

university track scene, racing at middle distance. Confirmed international athletes participating in the Meet include 2016 world indoor 800 metre champion Boris Berian (USA) and Crystal Emmanuel (CAN), a two time Olympian and finalist in the 2017 world championships. Olympic high jump finalist Alyx

Treasure (CAN), and Ryan Gregson (AUS) a 2016 Olympic 1500 metre finalist, will also compete. Events get underway on July 19 at 6.30pm (including qualifiers, junior and wheelchair events), with international-level races from 7.30pm. Entry is €10 for adults, and free for Under16s.


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TICKETS for Áth Cliath v Dún na nGall in Football Super 8s can be collected in Cúldoras on Friday, 9pm-10pm. Seniors defeated St Mary’s, Saggart at home, 0-15 to 0-13, in AFL2. Intermediate ladies won 4-17 to 3-10, away to Na Fianna in Roinn One. Junior A had a good win away to Round Tower Clondalkin, winning 1-19 to 1-3 to remain joint-top of AFL5. Junior A ladies match in Cup was conceded by the opposition. Junior B men lost away to Naomh Jude in AFL9. Minor hurlers defeated Erin’s Isle 3-10 to 1-9 in MHL2. U-13B hurlers played a thrilling draw away to Whitehall Colmcille last Monday in the setting sun. Trailing by seven points at one stage, they didn’t give up and took the lead with two minutes to play. The home team got a goal in the last minute to go ahead, but the lads swept down the field for the equalising score. Hard luck to Nathan Doran, who played in the inaugural Leinster U20 football final on Friday, but the Dubs lost to Cill Dara. An Siopa open Tuesdays, 7-8pm, during the summer months. Get all your essential beach wear there. If you are shopping in SuperValu Killester, please help the club get #BehindTheBall. For every €20 shopping, place your voucher/receipt into the box for Cluain Tarbh and help the club receive footballs. Summer Camps are now available for online registration. MSL Park Motors Club Campa will take place on August 7-10. The Cúl Camp on August 20-24 is sold out. Both Camps will be in a new venue at DCC Alfie Byrne Road. Further details and registration via


World’s biggest Box Cup comes to Dublin Loughlinstown leisure centre sees an incredible 840 boxers, 2,500 fans and a wealth of volunteers come to south Dublin from all around the world to make the International Cup a monumental success  JAMES HENDICOTT

MONKSTOWN Boxing Club hosted what has now become the biggest boxing tournament in the world earlier this month with an incredible 840 boxer weighing in at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre to take part in the Monkstown International Box Cup. The contest is aimed at boxers aged between ten and 19, and run entirely by volunteers. It continues to attract competitors from across the globe: while planned attendance by teams from India and Sierra Leone didn’t materialise in 2018 for visa and financial reasons, strong teams from the US, Russia, Ukraine and plenty of other European neighbours gave the cup serious international weight. “The overall quality of boxing was the best we’ve ever seen,”

Monkstown Boxing Club’s JP Kinsella said after the weekend. “People were calling it the ‘mini World Championships’. 17 countries were represented, and Loughlinstown was just packed. We had more than 2,500 people watching the five rings at any one time.” The American team came out on top, taking 11 titles, and also the overall club winners title in the process. They faced fierce competition from local boxers from Crumlin Boxing Club (who took nine titles), and Blackpool’s visiting Sharpstyle Boxing Club (who took seven). Monkstown Boxing Club took six titles of their own, despite the absence of four Irish Champions from the host’s team. There were also overall awards given to boxers across various categories. Jack Turner of Crossfit Liverpool took the men’s overall title having beaten English and Irish champions and then a fantastic

American boxer to win his age/ weight-based category. The junior men’s title was taken by thirteen-year-old Thomas

It’s just a huge collaboration, everyone is contributing and no big egos

Varey, from Sharpstyle Blackpool, whose outstanding skill particularly impressed judges as he saw off two opponents comfortably. In the women’s tournament, Abbey McKay from Salisbury Boxing Club in Liverpool took the senior overall award, having beaten an English and an Irish Champion on the way to winning her weight

New York underage players were special visitors to Parnell Park this week. Picture: Piaras O Midheach

CRAOBH CHIARAIN NO winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €5,500 on Monday, July 2, Nine Match 3 winners each receive €67. Numbers were: 2, 10, 16 and 18. Next week’s jackpot will be €6,000. Draw takes place every Monday evening at 11pm in the Club Lounge. Tickets are €2 each. Please remember to pay in advance if you are going on holidays. Adult footballers continue their climb up league table with a fine win over Thomas Davis. They play Whitehall Colmcille on Sunday at 12pm in Cloghran. Cul Summer Camp was an outstanding success. First of our Club Camps is in full swing and will continue until Friday. Second Club Camp will

take place from August 13-17. Entry fee is only €30. Please contact Grainne on 0857277987 to book your place. Children aged 4-7 years. A new round of Last Man Standing, in aid of our U-15 team, will start on Friday, August 10. Entry fee is €10 and forms are available from David Burnett, Seamus Keeley or from the Bar. The Dubs v Donegal on Saturday and World Cup Final on Sunday. They will be available for collection on Thursday. The second game in the Super 8s is away to Tyrone in Omagh on the weekend of 18/19. Condolences to the Free, Smith & Gunn families on their recen sad loss. May they Rest In Peace.

The scene in Loughlinstown Leisure Centre as the crowds flocked to the venue for the Monkstown International Box Cup.

category. The junior women’s overall title was taken by Monkstown’s own Aliyah Flood, whose no-nonsense, action-packed style lead to two powerful first round stoppages. “She hits so hard for her size,” Kinsella explained. The competition was an impressive feat of organisation, which saw all 840 boxers weighed in within half an hour of showing up at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre on the Friday, and hours of consecutive bouts running to plan. A number of fantastic side stories have grown out of the competition: Ballybrack Boxing Club, for example, hosted three international teams for free, sleeping on the floor of their clubhouse. Young boxers, aged nine and ten, also took part in highly-popular ‘skills bouts’, contests that had no official victor (official decisions come from age eleven up), but helped prepare the various youngsters for future years. “If we had the space, we could easily go to eight rings,” Kinsella tells us. “You’d be looking at the RDS or somewhere like that, and we’ll just about break even for it this year. “Last year, we made a bit of money and subsidised a trip for our boxers, but it’s become more expensive to run, and we want to keep the entry fee down. “It was an amazing experience. Very tough, but amazing. The volunteers, 40 odd of them, really care about what’s going on. “The judges and referees were incredible. It’s just a huge collaboration, everyone contributing and no big egos. “Global Medics, the Lock Inn Pub, who provided lots of the food and an affordable menu, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Irish Amataur Boxing Association were all vital to what we did over the weekend. If you get something like this wrong, it could be a nightmare, but it was just amazing,” Kinsella concludes.

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WNL ROUND-UP Shels keep up the chase

Inchicore Athletic’s LSL Sunday Senior 1A side have the absolute dream match-up in the FAI Cup

Inchicore and Quigley’s perfect FAI Cup draw  DAVE DONNELLY

THERE’LL be no question of split loyalties when Inchicore Athletic player/ assistant manager Stephen Quigley faces his former side St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup first round next month. The defender spent four-and-a-half years at Richmond Park during a player career that took in spells with Dundalk, Shelbourne and, most recently, Athlone Town. For the past couple of years, he’s played with his local Leinster Senior League club while assistant manager David Hyland on the coaching side. Hyland’s young, mostly local-based side surprised many by dumping their Pearse Park tenants Crumlin United out on qualifying in the previous round. Club officials had longed in the lead-up to last week’s draw to see their

local League of Ireland club come out of the hat – and that’s exactly what happened as they were picked out alongside the Saints. It sets up what promises to be a huge game for the Inchicore area, where planners are currently mulling over a proposal from the Saints to build a new stadium and shopping complex. First, though, the club will have to get the job done on the pitch against an amateur side from whom nothing is expected – which is the perfect setup for an upset. “I’ve been winding him up about it all week,” Hyland told the Dublin Gazette. “My assistant Stephen Quigley spent nearly five years at Pats. I keep winding him up telling him it’s his testimonial out there. He’s looking forward to it.” Hyland’s young side narrowly missed out on promotion from Sunday Senior 1A last season as

their challenge tapered off in the final months. T h ey h a d a l re a d y exceeded the expectations of many to even challenge as an inexperienced, but talented and committed, side put in a big challenge. They took that attitude into the Crumlin clash, and will do so again when they take on the 2014 FAI Cup winners. The tie is set to be moved to Richmond Park as Pearse Park, which Inchicore rent, wasn’t deemed suitable when Crumlin faced Dundalk in last season’s competition. It could turn out to be the ideal arrangement for all involved, however, as the tie has the potential to catch the imagination of the whole community, with the threat of a giantkilling to spice things up. “It’s going to be extremely difficult. You’ve a fulltime professional football club against an amateur team. I do believe we’ll be

fearless. “We’re going to have to have an extremely lucky night and they’ll have to have an off-night, but I wouldn’t be fearing it in any way.” Un fo r t u n a te l y fo r Hyland, he’ll have to leave the running of the side to Quigley as he had booked time away for a family wedding when an FAI Cup spot was a remote possibil-

ity. “I’m not around for it, believe it or not. I’m on my holidays. “I’ve a family wedding thing on, and my holiday has been booked for the past year. “We were weighing up could I come home on the Friday, but it would mean I’m coming home after nearly three or four days, so I’m going to miss it.”

St Pat’s Athletic will hope for no slip ups in the most local of local derbies. Picture: Martin Doherty

SHELBOURNE kept within touching distance of Women’s National League leaders Wexford Youths after they cruised to a 3-0 win over UCD Waves at the AUL Complex on Saturday afternoon. Republic of Ireland international defender Niamh Prior scored twice either side of Jamie Finn’s strike as he Reds posted their third win on the spin. With top scorer Leanne Kiernan still out injured, Shels started with the newly-capped Isibeal Atkinson in the central striker role. It was the more unlikely source of left-back Prior who provided the first goal, however, as she beat Aisling Dunbar and sent a shot looping over Erica Turner Picture: Martin Doherty in the UCD goal. A rare chance for the Students saw a free kick routine fall to Dearbhaile Beirne, but the forward couldn’t connect with her shot. They were made to pay a minute before the break as right-back Seana Cooke swung in a cross for Finn to head home from six yards, her second in two games. And the former UCD defender Prior wrapped up the win on the hour mark as she met Alannah McEvoy’s right-wing cross at the back post and turned the ball past Turner. Shels remain six points behind unbeaten Wexford and four points ahead of Dublin rivals Peamount in the table. Danny Crowley’s side host struggling Limerick on Saturday, when they’ll look for a repeat of their 5-1 triumph last time out.

PEAS’ O’GORMAN ON FIRE REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Áine O’Gorman scored a hattrick and laid on four more as Peamount United recorded the biggest win of the Women’s National League so far this season over Limerick. O’Gorman provided a trio of assists as her Ireland strike partner Amber Barrett also registered a hat-trick in a 9-1 win for the Peas, as well as forcing an own goal. Megan Smith-Lynch and Louise Masterson also scored, while Rebecca Horgan scored a consolation for Limerick, as Peamount kept in touch with league leaders Wexford Youths. 100-cap Ireland star O’Gorman broke the deadlock after 15 minutes before her cross led to an own goal

for number two. O’Gorman provided the cross for Barrett to get on the scoresheet soon after before Smith-Lynch, an early injury replacement for Heather Payne, made it 4-0. O’Gorman added a fifth before the break, and she laid on two early in the second half as Barrett completed her hat-trick. O’Gorman got her deserved hat-trick before Rebecca Horgan slotted home a consolation for the Blues. Louise Masterson ensured Peamount had the last laugh, however, with the post-match discussion revolving around which of O’Gorman and Barrett would take the match ball back to Greenogue.

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CRUMLIN LOTTO was not won numbers drawn were 4, 16, 21 and 29. There were three match 3 winners and next week’s winning jackpot will be €6,300. Our annual Jim Boggan cycle will take place on Saturday, July 21 and will see a group of 70+ riders make the journey from Jim’s resting place in Taghmon to Crumlin GAA club. Expected time back will be 6.30pm so why not join the cyclists and volunteers on the night in Lorcan O’Toole Park as it’s always a great night with plenty of reminiscing about Jim and others. Club shop no longer opens every Thursday but that doesn’t mean you can’t get club gear. If there is anything you need just contact Shirley at and the gear will be ready two weeks later.

ERIN’S ISLE WELL done to Megan Thomas and Dublin Minor camogie team who had an eight point win on Sunday afternoon in their opening game of the Leinster championship. Well done to Kate, Ella and Cody who won the shield final on Saturday for the Under 13 Dublin Camogie team. Well done girls keep up the hard work. Unfortunately, Neil Matthews and the Dublin U- 20 football team were beaten in the Leinster final on Friday evening against Kildare. A chara, it is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Theresa (Terri) O’Connor, wife of Sean (Honorary Member and brother of Eamonn, Club Trustee). Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam. For anyone retired, on summer holidays or with some spare time between 8.30am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday, there are some much needed


duties that need fulfilling within the CE scheme that is ran from the club. For anyone with some interest in volunteering could they please contact Jude Casey for further details on 087 925 6535 or email Secretary. Quick reminder that registration for the summer camps is open and you register online via our website for the club camp however, the Cul Camps is now closed. Apologies for the mistake in last week’s notes as we did have one winner of the lotto who took home the prize of €4,800. There was no winner this week numbers were 1, 7. 13 and 22. The next draw takes place on July 12with a jackpot of €1,200 up for grabs. Live music in the bar on Monday and Sunday night along with bingo in the bar on Mondays and the hall on Thursdays. Bingo on Thursday nights.

FOR those on our teams that played over the past week, well done and enjoy a couple of weeks rest now. Our Nursery Camp this week certainly started off well. All the little 4-7 year olds milling about, eagerly anticipating the sessions ahead. Remember, it’s our Cúl Camp next week, starting on July 16. There’s still time to register online on www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa. ie, or by phone, David on 086 3101034, Hellen on 086 3060524. Entertainment in our lounge this weekend; Friday night, Cad Bingo; Saturday, the fab ‘Desire’ and Sunday, Mr Colm Ashmore. There was no winner of our Thursday night ‘Live’ Club Lotto draw. The numbers were 1, 3, 7 and 11. The jackpot this week is a hot €3,100.


Fleury has confidence to follow Mac path BELLATOR 203  DAVE DONNELLY

DUBLIN-based MMA fighter Will Fleury is hoping his promotion to the Bellator arena will put his days of endless cancelled fights behind him. The 29-year-old middleweight, who fights out of John Kavanagh’s SBG gym in Walkinstown, is unbeaten in four professional fights but has had an astonishing 11 opponents pull out in that time. His fight career has taken him all over the globe, including stints in lesser-known MMA metropoles like South Africa and Jordan, but this is his first shot at the big time. He signed a two-year, six-fight deal with American promotion Bellator which, after UFC, is generally considered the biggest franchise going. Fa m i l i a r p ro b l e m s struck ahead of his planned debut in Rome next week at Bellator 203, as local fighter Mass i m i l i a n o S a m m a rco pulled out of the fight at short notice. Having been look-

ing forward to facing a hometown hero, Fleury will at least still face a home fighter in the Italian-based Macedonian Alen Amedovski, who beat Sammarco last year. For Rathmines-based Fleury, however, once bitten is twice shy and he isn’t hedging his bets on facing anybody come July 14 in Rome. “I’d love to have faith that the guy would show up and then I could do re s e a rc h [o n h i m ] , ” Fleury told the Dublin Gazette. “But if you look back on my career I’ve had 11 pull-outs and four fights as a professional. A lot of the time, you can do all the research and then a guy doesn’t show so it’s pointless. “At this level, it’s smarter to spend your time focusing on yourself. That’s all that matters. If I go in there and I’m performing right, I’m going to bash him.” T h a t c o n f i d e n c e, Fleury believes, is part of the reason he’s found it so hard to find willing opponents in the middleweight division – they see what he’s about and decide it’s not for them. “I’m not knocking out

these guys. “I’m not some freak a t h l ete. I ’m j u s t a n extremely determined guy and people seem to see that and go, ‘I don’t want any part of that’. “You’re going to get beaten up bit by bit, and you know that. A lot of these guys figure out what it is and don’t want any part of it.” While that confidence doesn’t always come naturally to Irish athletes, the success of

Conor McGregor and the demands of the fight profession are slowly changing minds. “You very quickly realise the consequences of talking yourself down. “If you don’t feel like you’re going to perform, and you get in there and say ‘maybe I’m not great at this,’ your ego starts to crumble. “Irish culture does predispose you to being more humble, and ‘ah sure, I gave it a good

effort,’ but that’s not conducive to victory in a combat sport. “I hear guys like Carl Frampton and Andy Lee, and they half talk themselves down, and I’m like ‘what are you doing lads?’ “You’re doing yourself over here. Do the work and have faith in the work. “As long as you have the work done, why wouldn’t you whoop this guy?”

Royal Hospital’s golf classic

172 people played golf for a great cause last week as the Friends of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook hosted its annual golf classic to raise muchneeded funds for the hospital. Money raised from the Friends’ fundraising events directly supports the hospital’s work by helping it to carry out research, ensuring excellent patient care, funding capital projects such as upgrading wards and developing new services, and helping the Hospital to purchase leading, state-of-the-art rehab equipment. Brendan Lynch and Brendan McDonald at the Friends of the Royal Hospital golf classic The event, in its 27th year, was held at the

beautiful Elm Park Golf & Sports Club on Nutley Lane in Donnybrook. The Friends hosted participants of all levels of golfing ability, from hopeful to expert, who embraced the sunshine to raise money for an important cause. Speaking at the event Brendan Lynch, Board member at the Friends of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, said: “We are delighted that our 27th annual Golf Classic has been so successful again this year. We would like to thank each and every person who supported the Hospital by playing with us today.”

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AN OPTION Will Fleury walking out at an event in South Africa in 2017


Metcalfe breathing easy for ring return CELTIC CLASH 6 


Gormley goal shoots down Shels young guns SHELBOURNE Under-19s travails in the SSE League of Ireland Northern Elite division continued as they came unstuck 1-0 at the hands of Derry City last Saturday. Connor Gormley got the only goal of the game in 68th minute to inflicta fourth successive defeat on the Dublin side who last won in mid-May against Monaghan-United Cavan FP, leaving them in 10th place overall after 11 games. Picture: Martin Doherty

CRUMLIN’S Aiden Metcalfe is back and finally firing on all cylinders. The super featherweight has not fought in almost ten months since debuting last September and returns on Saturday, July 14 on the Celtic Clash 6 card at the Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh. It’s been a long time out but with good reason, and here we will see a much different Aiden Metcalfe than the one who debuted last year. Back then, at the National Stadium, an injured Metcalfe just about got past Poland’s Damian Lawniczak in a thrilling fight where he needed a strong finish to secure a one-point win. Looking back, he described how: “I hurt my nose in training camp for that fight. I could barely breathe in there, and the following morning I was in the hospital. “That wasn’t me in there. I’m a good boxer but that was more of a wrestling match, a slug-fest. It wasn’t me, I can fight but I’d rather hit and not get hit! I was disappointed with my debut, people didn’t get to see how good I really am. “I got surgery to fix the problem with my nose, fix my breathing. It was frustrating being out for so long but I needed to get it sorted once and for all so I can properly get started with my career. “It’s better now, I can feel it when I’m in sparring, I can control my breathing. You can see the difference when I’m in the ring, I’m much more composed. People are saying they can see the difference in me.” The show was initially due to take place last month but was postponed due to a number of injuries to other fighters on the bill. This suited the recovering Metcalfe who explained how “the extra time was good for me. It allowed me to get more fit, more sharp you can see it in the sparring, I’m much sharper

Aiden Metcalfe lines up a right hook during his debut bout. Picture: Ricardo Guglieminotti

now.” On Saturday he returns against another Polish boxer - veteran Krzysztof Rogowski. A rough, tough, and dangerous foe, the Eastern European is a regular visitor to these shores and has faced a number of Irish boxers – even beating world champion Carl Frampton when they were both amateurs. Also featuring on the ‘Celtic Clash 6’ undercard alongside Metcalfe will be Smithfield welterweight Keane McMahon, Crumlin light-

weight Martin Quinn, and BUI Celtic title fights between super bantamweights Carl McDonald and Colin O’Donovan and light welterweights Victor Rabei and Karl Kelly. The show is headlined by RTE pundit and current BUI Celtic featherweight champion Eric Donovan. Tickets for the fight night are priced at €55 (ringside) and €35 (unreserved) and are available from the boxers involved. Aiden Metcalfe can be contacted at 085 820 5030.

Pitch perfect for Fran’s Perpetual Cup FRAN MCGRATH CUP 

THE late, great Fran McGrath is in an awesome place if paradise is anything like the Longmeadows Pitch and Putt was in Ballyfermot. The course basked in sunshine as his friends and family gathered to compete in the inaugural ‘Simply the Best’ - Fran McGrath Perpetual Pitch & Putt Cup. The event honoured the former Aston Villa trialist who was a passionate advocate for the sport, influencing many to get out for a

game every Sunday morning. A great tournament all round, one of the best players in the country, Philip Keating, won with a decent score of 56. He was run close by Fran Dempsey Sr, Vinny Kelly and Christy Farrell. The game was led out by Fran’s son David McGrath and grandson Luke, who was playing his first game of golf as the youngest competitor on the course at 15 years old. Fran’s regular playing mate, Mick Dolan, who is 77 years young, won the prize for closest to the hole on the 18th, giving all of the

younger generation a run for their money. Following the competition, players, family and friends retired to the Lark Inn pub on Meath Street for a presentation, refreshments

and to sing the evening away in Liberties’ tradition with music provided for by Matt Dempsey. The Cup was presented by Fran McGrath’s wife Breda and the McGrath family.

David McGrath, Tony Ferns, Breda McGrath, winner Philip Keating, Luke Doyle, Rachel McGrath and Ciara Kane at the presentation

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RAHENY WELL done to our Ciara Stack who with the U-16A Dublin camogie team beat Clare with a score line of Clare 1-7 v 1-14. Our Lauran Robinson was also wearing the county colours when Minor Bs had a win over Kildare 0-6 v 1-14. Well done Lauran. Our senior footballers played Round Towers Clondalkin on a very warm Wednesday evening and came away with two points after a very close exciting game. On Thursday, both our AHL7 and 9 are at home to St Brendans and Round Towers, Clondalkin. On Sunday morning, our AFL2 are away to St Annes at 10.30am when our AFL4 are at home to Thomas Davis at 10.30am. Many congratutions to both Roisin Gillen and John Harahan, two of our own who tied the knot recently.

Siobhan Kehoe on the attack for the Dublin camogie side in their win over Meath last weekend. Picture:

TEMPLEOGUE SYNGE STREET BEST of luck to Niall Scully and Eoghan O’Gara, who are part of the Dublin squad for the All-Ireland senior football championship quarter-final series (aka ‘The Super 8s’). The first group game in this new format takes place at Croke Park on Saturday evening, when the Sky Blues face Donegal at 7pm in Croke Park - preceded by the clash of Tyrone and Roscommon at 5pm. Because of the scheduling of this contest, our adult men’s senior team will play Skerries Harps on Sunday morning (July 15) at 3pm in Dolphin Park. This is a crucial AFL2 game for the side, as

they are currently just ahead of Skerries on score difference. Our Junior 1 men are also in action on Sunday at Dolphin. They entertain Na Fianna in AFL5 at 12pm (noon). Finally, our Junior 2 men take on Castleknock at 3pm in AFL9, also at home. All support will be greatly appreciated. Please visit our club website - - for club news and details on upcoming events. You can also find us on Twitter (@ tempsyngest), Facebook (Templeogue Synge Street GFC) and Instagram (templeoguesyngestreet).


Leinster Lightning strike at interpros 

CAPTAIN George Dockrell was joined in the side by Leinster club mate Gareth Delany, Merrion trio John Anderson, Tyrone Kane and Tom Stanton, Pembroke’s Lorcan Tucker and Andrew Balbirnie and YMCA’s Simi Singh as the Leinster Lighting won their fourth consecutive T20 Trophy title at a sunkissed Sydney Parade last weekend. “This is a great reward for all the hard work we’ve put in for the T20s this season.” Dockrell said. “ I t ’s b e e n t o u g h between availability, injuries and even Kevin (O’Brien) heading to the T20 comp in Canada, but everyone that has stepped in to the team has stepped up and performed and it’s been really pleasing.” Leinster came into the festival weekend in good shape and a five wicket haul from Tyrone Kane and a record interpro stand of 132 between Andrew Balbrinie and Simi Singh propelled them to 207 for five against the Northern Knight. This was the third highest total in the com-

The Leinster Lightning side celebrate their T20 interpro success.

petition’s history and while the Knights put in a strong chase, they ended 27 runs short. It put Leinster in the frame for the title on Saturday with a game to go in Sandymount. Against the North West Warriors, a superb unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 122 between Lightning captains past and present – John Anderson and George Dockrell – was the launchpad for a Lightning total of 182 for 3. Anderson unfurled his full repertoire of ramps,

POLO IN THE PARK All-Ireland club welcomes the best in show PHOENIX Park played host to polo’s Derby Tournament last weekend with the battle for the President’s Cup and Mumms Cup both taking place at the fantastic facilities at the AllIreland Polo club. Pictured is the battle between Pegus and Rhone Hill, the last match on Sunday of a full schedule across the weekend. Picture: Martin Doherty

sweeps - both conventional and unorthodox on his way to 76 from just 41 balls (4 fours, 5 sixes), adding 122 in just 62 balls with Dockrell (40*). The Warriors cause wasn’t helped by injuries to Varun Chopra (shoulder) and David Scanlon (back) which forced both to leave the field. The Warriors chase of 182 started promisingly as William Porterfield (19) and David Rankin added 36 in 27 balls, but once Dockrell dismissed the Irish skipper, the

innings stalled. Rankin (37) and Stuart Thompson (19) added a run-a-ball 28 but by that stage the required rate was well into double figures and the hosts never relinquished their stranglehold on the contest. Aaron Gillespie sparked briefly in an entertaining 34, but Eddie Richardson’s four wicket haul speeded Leinster to the 41 run win. On Sunday, Leinster lost a last over thriller by a couple of runs to Munster but the title was already theirs.

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Playoff shot still in Dubs line of sight

Dublin’s Doireann Mullany lays off a pass. Picture:


0-8 2-11

DUBLIN got right back in contention for the playoff places with a 2-11 to 0-8 win over Meath in a hotly contested senior championship Group B. The top four sides are covered by just two points with two rounds of games to be played, making for a cracking couple of weeks of action. Emma Flanagan started the scoring for Dublin with a sublime point from inside the 45-yard line in a feisty opening phase. Orla Beagan was the free-taker in chief for Dublin and her pin point accuracy was seen from every angle. However for every score Dublin gained, Meath’s Jane Dolan was right behind securing point after point from frees and play. The sky blues got a break which came from the long puck out from Faye McCarthy and the Meath defender was struck by surprise. The ball bounced over her head and into the pathway of Siobhán Kehoe who was ready to pounce.

She made a darting run towards goal, drawing two defenders away and beautifully hand-passed to Flanagan who buried into the back of the net. It seemed to set Dublin fair but they had to be wary of Meath’s speedy forwards who were still causing havoc but Aisling Carolan was in fine form at the back, backed by Emma O’Byrne, the Twomey sisters and Boden’s Martha O’Donoghue. They went into the dressing room

with the score being Dublin 1-7, Meath 0-3. And they emerged in the second half evidently hungry to put the game to bed. Eimear McCarthy and Doireann Mullanny showed their speed and skill, both adding to the scoreboard. Na Fianna’s Roisin Baker spread her energy across numerous positions while the introduction of the mighty Gráinne Quinn added extra zest to the performance. A switched ball and intelligent pass

by Laura Twomey to Flanagan was flicked to Kehoe who had acres of space ahead of her to slot into the right hand corner of Meath’s net. And they were pretty much home and hosed from there. Although the first half was not Dublin’s strongest of the year, their attitude and work rate and the impact of the substitutes made up for these errors such as 13 wides. They now look forward to a trip to Wexford who are yet to get of the mark.

Main contenders advance claims in AHL1 AHL DIVISION ONE 

THE contenders for the AHL1 title all produced big results to advance their hopes in the division going into the final phases of the regular season. St Vincent’s kept up their pursuit with a strong 3-15 to 1-16 win over St Brigid’s on Thursday night at Russell Park, keeping them in the top four, making it four wins from their last five games. St Jude’s, meanwhile, moved back to third with a comprehensive 3-21 to 0-15 success over Cuala at Shanganagh Park on Saturday evening. There was little to separate the two sides during the opening moments of the action, as early Jude’s points from Mark Maguire and Joe McManus were quickly cancelled out by the All-Ireland champions. Fionn Ó Riain Broin, though, soon started racking up the scores, clearing the bar with a penalty and then adding the first goal amid a flurry of scores for a 1-12 to 0-8 interval lead. Jude’s kept the scoreboard ticking over on the resumption through Ó Riain Broin and Galway native Donie

Fox, keeping them on course for a fifth league win in the calendar year. Mark Maguire split the posts on the stroke of 40 minutes and 2013 All-Star Danny Sutcliffe also added a point at the end of a subsequent attack. Just when Jude’s appeared odds-on for a commanding success, Cuala registered five points in as many minutes to keep themselves firmly in the reckoning. Yet, this was as close as they came to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Ó Riain Broin and Maguire (two) raised white flags, before Ó Riain Broin brought his personal haul up to 1-7 with a clinical major. Indeed, there was enough time for Sutcliffe to add a third goal in stoppage-time, placing Jude’s in a perfect frame of mind ahead of a crunch encounter against Na Fianna on July 21. Ballyboden St Enda’s remain top on 12 points following their monster 10-25 to 0-8 win over Crumlin who, amazingly, bounced back on Tuesday to beat St Brigid’s who dropped out of contention. Na Fianna won their derby against Craobh Chiarain to stay level with Boden, running up a 2-18 to 1-12 success.


Temple see off O’Toole’s to lead AFL2 TEMPLEOGUE Synge Street continue to lead the way in Division Two of the Adult Football League, following their victory over O’Toole’s in midweek. It sets up an enticing league meeting between Synger and Skerries Harps at the top of the table on Sunday in Dolphin Park with both sides locked on 14 points. After edging out Clontarf on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-12 seven days earlier, Templeogue were hot favourites to secure a sixth league win at the expense of O’Toole’s who are still searching for a maiden success in this year’s competition. However, the northsiders have been competitive in recent outings and made life difficult for TSS throughout their encounter at Blunden Drive. The four points dropped by Templeogue to date have all come in away fixtures, though they claimed a hard-earned triumph against Fingal Ravens in mid-May. Indeed, courtesy of goals in each half by Barry Fitzgerald, they managed to keep a stubborn O’Toole’s at a distance. Experienced attacker Ger Vickery contributed six points for the visitors on the night, while former Dublin U21 star Rob Power capped a fine performance with a 0-2 salvo. Cathal Morley, Olly Lynch, Olly Barrett, Eoin O’Donovan and Mark Hayes also chipped in with crucial scores, ensuring that Templeogue finished with five points to spare - 2-13 to 1-11.

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CIE on track to leap at transport derby shot  DAVE DONNELLY

AS FAR as the FAI Cup goes, derbies are a lot like buses – you wait forever for one and all of a sudden two come a long at once. CIE Ranch manager Keith Cronin has heard all the jokes at this stage after his side were drawn against Leinster Senior League rivals Dublin Bus in the first round of the FAI Cup. If the bounce of a ball had gone another way, CIE and Dublin Bus would be preparing to face each other in the same division when LSL Sunday Senior 1 kicks off. As it happened, the Bus avoided relegation on the final day while CIE were promoted from Senior 1A as champions, and instead they’ll renew acquaintances in the first round of the cup. The two clubs, based less than five kilometres apart in west Dublin, make up one local derby in the area as Inchicore Athletic were also drawn against League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic. “I’ve heard them all – it’s good craic,” Cronin told the Dublin Gazette. “I heard one there last week about if you can’t get into the CIE Ranch and Dublin Bus game with a leap card then there’s something wrong! “Obviously we would have liked a big Dublin club, for the financial

The CIE Ranch side that won LSL Sunday Senior 1B

“I heard one there last week about if you can’t

get into the CIE Ranch and Dublin Bus game with a leap card then there’s something wrong!” side of it, but we’ll go and give it everything. I’m sure Dublin Bus will be quietly confident of beating us.” For the 12 non-league clubs to have made it to the final 32 of Ireland’s premier cup competition, drawing a heavy hitter like Shamrock Rovers or Dundalk is always the ideal outcome. As far as consolation prizes go, facing another amateur side and a real-

istic chance of progression to the last 16 ranks right up there, though the Bus are rightly considered slight favourites.

Back-burner That’s on the backburner for Ranch for the time-being, as they prepare to host a team of League of Ireland legends in a fundraising game at the CIE Works on Saturday. Former internationals Damien Duff, Stephen

McPhail and Graham Barrett have already signed up as part of a team organised by Cronin’s brother, Rovers assistant boss Glen Cronin. “There’s a massive g a m e we ’re p l ay i n g down in the grounds. We’ve got Damien Duff, Stephen McPhail, Glen Cronin and that, so after that we’re going to start marketing the FAI Cup game. “Glen put their team

together, and it’s getting massive attention – we’ve already sold 400 tickets.” W i t h I n c h i c o r e ’s tie with Pats likely to switch to Richmond Park, the common sense solution would be a double header at the Saints’ ground in Inchicore. More likely is that the Bus will host the first-round game, possibly at their all-weather pitch on Coldcut Road, but either way the buzz

around the area is tangible. “When it came to the draw and we had four clubs, we were all looking to avoid each other. “That was a fantastic draw for Inchicore, another club on the up that’s really pushed themselves. “If we get through this draw, we’re nearly guaranteed a big club. You’d be unlucky if you didn’t get a League of Ireland club.”

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