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Language school’s shock closure leaves 20 jobless

Staff in limbo as Xmas looms RACHEL D’ARCY

TEACHERS at an abruptly closed English language college in Portobello are calling on the Government to

introduce legislative protection for English Language teachers, after suddenly losing their jobs three weeks before Christmas. Grafton College in Portobello closed

suddenly on Monday, after failing to pay staff monthly wages last week. It is understood that teachers of the college were unable to contact Grafton College’s London-based owner regarding their missing wages, finding out about the closure by a handwritten note

on the door of the school on Monday morning. Students pay upwards of €2,000 to study English at Grafton College, including a number of exam, registration and course fees. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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Six new stops sprout on proposed Metro

DCC to present new College Green plan


A NEW plan unveiled earlier this week suggests that there will be six new stops on the proposed Metro line by 2025. The new plan contains 19 major hubs that would link up with other public transport in the city, including the Luas and Dublin bus, and will cost around €9bn to complete. Ashbourne, Swords, Donaghmede, Rathfarnham, Blanchardstown and Adamstown are all stops that are expected to be up and running within the


Detail of part of the proposed interconnected Metro and public transport links

next decade. The radial lines will then interlink in a central loop which would run underground in the city centre.

Jedd Van Der Poll, the chief executive of Dublin Metro, says the project would be funded on private investment as opposed to

taxpayer funds, and is said to be based off a Spanish model in use in Madrid. Speaking on Newstalk earlier this week, Van Der Poll said that he was confident to give a cost for the detailed plans thanks to the architect of Metro Madrid. He said: “What gives me the confidence to give a figure – that is approximately a third of what would normally be considered for a scheme of this type – is a guy called Professor Manuel Melis Maynar. “He is the architect of Metro Madrid and he did this in Madrid. He build 120 kilometres of Metro in just seven years, and at a fraction of the price that, say, London Underground paid for the Jubilee Line.” Half of the funds will come through private investment, with the other €4.5bn to come from the European Investment Bank. Architect of Metro Dublin, civil engineer Cormac Rabbitt, said they have met with Minister For Transport Shane Ross about the proposed system, and that they would like for Minister Ross to visit Madrid to see how the Metro in Dublin could function. Dublin Metro are currently in talks with An Bord Pleanala about the planned system.

FOLLOWING the rejection of the previous plan, Dublin City Council has announced they it will be making a new application in 2019 for a pedestrianised plaza at College Green. Dick Brady, assistant chief executive of Planning and Property, announced on Monday at a council meeting that DCC won’t be challenging An Bord Pleanala’s rejection of the original plan but will be submitting a new application, taking ABP’s decision into regard. The previous plan would have banned all eastwest traffic in College Green and would have restricted north-south movements to public transport only. It was rejected in early November due to the negative impact the rerouting would have had on bus services, moving the services along the quays, and other traffic concerns. Brady also said current traffic issues in College Green would need to be addressed before a new application is lodged. The deadline for judicial review of the refusal is at the end of this week.

Whelan’s Google gets calling for into a festive new talents fun spirit ICONIC music venue Whelan’s has announced that it is now accepting submissions for its One to Watch showcase, offering a chance to make a mark at the popular music venue. Running from January 16-20, the Ones to Watch festival will comprise more than 60 new and highlyrated Irish acts, aimed at showcasing the best of what Ireland has to offer. Submissions for the festival opened on Tuesday, with acts being urged to apply early for the chance to play one of the five stages at the event. Single tickets are priced at €5, with a festival pass available for €10. For bands interested in signing up to take part in the festival, more information and a sign-up sheet is available from @WhelansLive on Twitter, or on

GOOGLE has launched an interactive holiday hub for the upcoming festive season, where you can play games, create original artwork, exercise your geographic chops, and more. This marks the 15th year of Santa’s Village, which comes with a number of activities ahead of the man in red’s arrival. There’s an Elf Maker and a series of mini games, but the most exciting thing is being able to track Santa himself on Google Maps. In the days leading up to Christmas, Santa will share his location with you on Google Maps so you can see his travels as he moves across the map. Follow along with him there or on the Santa Tracker dashboard on December 24 so you don’t miss his visit. These and other educational games, lesson plans, PDFs and instructional videos can all be found in Santa’s Village.

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The party’s over as even Lillie’s Bordello set to close RACHEL D’ARCY

MUCH-loved haunt of the rich and famous, Lillie’s Bordello, has announced that it will close its doors for the final time on January 19. Recognised as Dublin’s most glamourous nightclub – attracting the likes of Rihanna and Mick Jagger in addition to Irish stars such as U2 and Niall Horan – Lillie’s will close after the Christmas season, more than 20 years since it first opened. The Grafton Street venue is owned by the Porterhouse Group, which is said to have exciting plans for the venue in the new year. It is believed that Lillie’s has closed due to

the rise in popularity of ‘late bars’ in Dublin, as opposed to traditional nightclubs. Lillie’s first opened on Grafton Street in the 1990s, with a plush velvet decor that became renowned by clubgoers and VIPs. There was a regular club, and an exclusive venue called the Library where big-name talent visiting Ireland would visit on nights out. In a statement, Lillie’s invite punters to visit the iconic venue for a ‘last hurrah’ this Christmas season, and to share photos from years gone by on the Lillie’s tiles to their Facebook page. Lillie’s said: “The sumptuous surroundings and bustling Grafton Street location solidified Lillie’s

status as the number-one VIP-haunt in the city. “The crystal chandeliers could tell the tales of 90s and 00s Dublin and the exclusivity of the club only added to its popularity for a dazzling night on the tiles. “However, it’s time for the velvet curtain to close on the current iteration of the legendary Lillie’s. “The red walls are draped with nostalgia and now is your opportunity to relive some of your favourite nights out. And as part of the trip down memory lane we would love to hear from you. “Please share some of your photos from bygone years on our Facebook page.”

In its heyday, Ireland’s ‘slebs’ could rub shoulders with actual celebrities like The Hoff at Lillie’s

Top UK choreographer’s advice is given a whirl RACHEL D’ARCY

A GROUP of talented young dancers from Dublin were recently given the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from an international chorographer. Choreographer and performer Murray Grant visited Dublin recently to host two exclusive masterclasses for students from Phoenix Performing Arts College in East Wall, and WestSide Performing Arts in Lucan, in early November. The classes gave the young, upcoming dancers a look into what would be expected from professional performers by guiding them through a fun and engaging class. The stage hopefuls took part in an exclusive masterclass with Grant, who has previously performed in professional musical theatre, opera, and cabaret productions in Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and Vienna. Grant co-founded The MGA Academy in 2005 to provide a platform for young stage talent to train in Scotland at an equivalent level to London colleges. Last year, the academy became the first full-time professional training academy in Scotland to be awarded accreditation

Murray Grant with students from Phoenix Performing Arts College, (above), and WestSide Performing Arts, (below)

by CDMT, the UK’s quality assurance and membership body for the professional dance, drama and musical theatre industries. Murray, who was glow-

ing in his praise for the young students he met in Dublin, said: “I had a great time working with the students in Dublin as they were all focused and keen to learn.

“It was great to be able to travel to Dublin to share my passion for the industry and hopefully inspire some future stars of the stage from the area.” Elizabeth Ennis, cre-

ative director of WestSide Performing Arts, said: “Murray sharing his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the industry is an invaluable experience for our students.

“His professionalism, caring attitude and highenergy in the studio not only brings out the best of each dancer, but encourages them to push out of their comfort zone and improve their technical and performance ability. “The opportunity to work with Murray has been one of the highlights of the terms for our students.” Recent graduates of The MGA Academy include Northern Irish star Rhiannon Chesterman, who featured in Mrs Henderson Presents and Grease, as well as Disney film star Thomas Doherty, who starred in Descendents 2, and Rebecca Stenhouse, who played Sandy in Grease aboard Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is currently accepting applications from budding young dancers for auditions in Ireland next February, for a place at the prestigious academy in Scotland. Auditions for places on full-time degree courses will take place in Dublin on Sunday, February 17 next. Anyone looking to pursue a future in dance – or at the academy – can apply online at www. apply.

FASTNews Dublin pub awarded a national win A DUBLIN pub has received the award for Best Newcomer in Ireland at the Irish Pub Awards 2018. Sandyford House, based in the village just off the M50, was transformed during the summer of last year and went through a complete refurbishment. Speaking after receiving the award, general manager Dan Foley said: “We would like to say a big thank-you to all our customers and all our staff who have helped Sandyford House win Best Newcomer in Ireland in the 2018 Irish Pub Awards. “We couldn’t have done it without you all. It’s nice for all the hard work over the past year to be acknowledged by the industry.”

Patholgist to be honoured by art gallery A PORTRAIT of State pathologist and forensic medicine academic Professor Marie Cassidy will be unveiled at the National Gallery of Ireland last week. The painting, by artist Jack Hickey, was commissioned by the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017. It’s the latest addition to the Gallery’s National Portrait Collection, which showcases contemporary art practice. Prof Cassidy was chosen to sit for the portrait in recognition of her contribution to Irish science.

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The funds were raised by the efforts of Wishbone staff and customers, using Monday’s takings

Wishbone rustles up €1,000 for homeless POPULAR city centre eaterie Wishbone has revealed that all of its takings on Monday are to be donated to a homeless charity. Every cent of the earnings on Monday – more than €1,000 – went toward the charity Inner City Helping Homeless in a fundraising effort as the Christmas season got under way. This is the second year of the initiative by the popular Dublin 2 chicken restaurant, following the massive success of its initiative last year. In 2017, the restaurant raised €5,000 through donations, drink and food sales, with the funds divided between Focus Ireland and Inner City Helping Homeless. The Inner City Helping Homeless van was also positioned outside the restaurant during the lunch rush on Monday, allowing customers to donate toys and shoeboxes as part of the charity’s Christmas shoebox campaign.

A flicker of life returns to Clery’s street windows THE iconic Clery’s building on O’Connell Street has had its windows decorated for Christmas for the first time since it controversially closed in 2015. The windows of the former department store building are now adorned with a display entitled Clerys Through The Ages, paying homage to the former northside stalwart. Derek McGrath from Core Capital, which now owns the building, say that the windows are the first step in the journey toward the regeneration of the property.

Construction on the building’s redevelopment is expected to begin in early 2019, after being acquired by Core Capital, Oakmount and European real estate managers Europa Capital. McGrath said: “The redevelopment of Clerys is a fantastic project and we are excited about the future of the iconic property and its unique and historic location. “We look forward to restoring Clerys to its place as a landmark attraction in Dublin. Bringing back the Christmas windows is just the beginning.”

Some of the Grafton College staff occupying the building in protest at the English Language school’s abrupt closure without any warning

Anger as yet another language school shuts CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 More than 500 international students attend the school, but they are expected to be accommodated at other English Language schools across the city under the Marketing English in Ireland association. A meeting was held between teachers and management on Monday morning, after students were told that there would be no further classes for the foreseeable future. More than 20 teachers who work at the school have said their jobs had been lost and are now calling on the Government to introduce legislation that will protect teachers following these closures, not just students.

Five administration staff are also affected by the closure. ELT Advocacy Ireland say that in the past few years, approximately 20 English Language colleges in Dublin have closed overnight, leaving both students and teachers in the lurch. The group held a protest outside the college in Portobello on Monday evening to show solidarity with the teachers that had lost their positions, in addition to a lunchtime rally outside the college on Tuesday. Teachers in the school occupied the building on Monday night, calling on the college to honour its commitments to staff and pupils. They also demanded meetings with the chief executive of the college, and Minister for Educa-

tion, Joe McHugh. Trade union Unite said that there are reports that the college is currently undergoing a liquidation process and may potentially reopen in another location in 2019. The closure was also raised in the Dail on Tuesday evening by PBP deputies Mick Barry and Richard Boyd Barrett. Deputy Boyd Barrett said: “I was down there when the teachers occupied the building out of desperation because they don’t know what to do. The owner has just disappeared into the night and the teachers have been left high and dry. “I was talking to one of the teachers who said this is the third time [a sudden school closure] has happened to him.

“You remember it wasn’t long ago when a number of these schools collapsed. There were supposed to be protections put in place; there were some protections for students but none whatsoever for teachers. That’s just not acceptable. This can’t keep happening to these highly-qualified people.” He called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice to introduce a teacher protection fund, and to open the social protection fund for the affected teachers as soon as possible. A GoFundMe was also established in an effort to raise money to help the affected teachers, which had raised just over €2,000 by time of going to press, out of a €75,000 target.

Inchicore pays tribute to the late Dr William Boles RACHEL D’ARCY

The late Dr William Boles

A POPULAR and much-loved pharmacist from Inchicore has passed away, with his former customers posting a number of tributes to him on Facebook. Former owner of AC Boles Pharmacy on Emmet Road, Dr William Boles passed away on November 15, aged 89. His former business – now named Inchicore Pharmacy – closed during the duration of his funeral as a mark of respect.

Dr Boles was born above the pharmacy, which was originally owned by his father. He began working there as a pharmacist when he was 21, but previously said that he helped his father in the shop from the age of six. Tributes were paid to Dr Boles on Inchicore Pharmacy’s Facebook page as it announced it would close for the afternoon, with a number of customers remarking how much of a gentleman Dr Boles was. Fergus Lennon wrote: “I grew up in Inchicore and remember Mr Boles very well, this is so sad.

My condolences to his family and friends.” Olwen Murphy wrote: “Mr Boles was a lovely man. Any time I called in, he treated me with the utmost of respect. We always had a chat.” Erinna Behal said: “He was a lovely man, [and it was a] real pleasure to chat to him over the years, he was solid old stock.” Boles’ former pharmacy on South Circular Road was transformed into Inchicore Pharmacy in early 2017, after decades as AC Boles. Renovations began on the pharmacy in late 2016, 88 years after its original opening.

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Warning as scammers using UPS dockets to burgle homes RACHEL D’ARCY

PEOPLE in Killester have been warned about a potential new scam in the area that appears to be targeting older people. According to a post in the Killester Residents Forum on Facebook, fraudulent UPS dockets are being placed through people’s letterboxes with a handwritten notice saying a parcel has been left in their bin. However, when residents go to check their bin for the parcel, there is nothing inside. It is believed that the dockets are being used as a means to see if someone is home whilst thieves watch the house, so that they may sneak in to steal from the home when

someone goes out to check their bin. In the group, a woman posted that her close friend’s mum received the docket, and that the thieves are picking on older people who would be more vulnerable. The post on Facebook has been shared more than 1,000 times, with people encouraging others to be vigilant of the scam in the coming weeks as people order Christmas gifts online to be delivered. Cllr Deirdre Heney (FF) said people should “not be made feel uncomfortable as they go about their daily lives” when it comes to such scams. Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Cllr Heney said: “I have come across situations where householders,

Examples of the fraudulent dockets left by scammers in a bid to check if someone is home or not

particularly senior citizens, are targeted in a negative way by either people trying to gain entry into the home of a vulnerable person, or by intimidating the vulnerable person into agreeing to engage the services of a fraudster presenting at a person’s home.

“The current scam of a fraudster using a UPS docket to encourage a householder to come out of their home to check the bin for a package is simply awful. “People need to be allowed to enjoy the safety of their own homes and

not be made feel uncomfortable or nervous as they go about their daily lives. “I urge members of the public to be vigilant in terms of who they open their door to or who they allow into their homes,” she said. Cllr Heney added: “All of us in society need to do whatever we can to ensure vulnerable members of

our communities are protected.” An Garda Siochana have been notified about the scam, and have warned for people to be aware of such incidents ahead of the Christmas season. They have advised that there are a number of tips available at for people looking to secure their homes this Winter.

Bluebell centre has reopened FOLLOWING a burglary at the premises last week, Bluebell Community Centre has announced that it has reopened this week. As reported on the front page of last week’s Dublin Gazette the centre was Gazette, vandalised after a burglary on November 25, forcing it to shut for repairs. Taking to Facebook, staff at the community centre announced that it reopened on Tuesday after repairs were carried out. In posts since the incident, the staff thanked the Bluebell community for the calls, texts and messages of support in the aftermath of the widely condemned incident. Staff have worked hard to get the centre reopened, with any expected events in the coming weeks still due to take place in the run up to Christmas time.

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Cora and Tony McDermottroe

Maurice Curtis and Sean Tapley. Pictures: SIMON PEARE

Val Molloy

Maurice Curtis’s book The Liberties launched at Arnotts

Members of Ráth Éanaigh Brownies, Raheny, showcasing their Lego sustainable water solutions at an ‘Irish Girl Guides Innovatively Engaging with STEM’ expo at Dublin City University

Raheny Brownies invent sustainable water solutions


EMBERS of Ráth Éanaigh Brownies, Raheny, were among 200 members of Irish Girl Guides to come up with a selection of innovative water solutions using Lego, which they recently showcased at an expo in Dublin City University. The Brownies, who worked in teams of four, spent five weeks researching the issue of water sustainability and exploring innovative ways to preserve water.

Liz Gillis

James Madigan

The Liberties book

Kim Olin and Maria O’Reilly

June Delaney

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Catherine Hoare and Ellen McGinley

Aoife Dempsey and Danielle Doherty

Megan Hyland and Holly Pereira Ed Guiney of Element Pictures, Graphic designer Vasilis Marmatakis with Director Yorgos Lanthimos and his actress wife Ariane Labe. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Leisha and Eimear O Sullivan

Screening of The Favourite at the Lighthouse Cinema

Y David Mullane and Heather Maher

Sinead Moriarty annd Troy Lavin

ORGOS Lanthimos’s latest movie is an outrageous period comedy with three outstanding performances from Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz. In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.

A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

Lyn Brosnan, Dee Sheahan and Sonia Behan

Katie Walsh, Niall Horisk and Amy Walsh

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It’s beginning to look a lot like you-all-know-what, with markets, and charity, in these Diary events

CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET TO RUN TO DEC 21 AT TEMPLE BAR DUBLIN’S only art and craft Christmas night market returns this weekend, running from December 6 up until December 21. The Temple Bar Christmas Markets feature hand-made products and the work of artists and craft makers in a relaxed atmosphere right in the cultural heart of the city centre. This is an excellent showcase for all of the artists and craftmakers to sell their works. The night market features a wide selection of craftmakers from both Ireland and overseas. Items on sale will include handmade soaps, candles, bead-work, fashion, up-cycled arts and crafts, jewellery and more. Organised by Love Temple Bar, it’s sure to be a must-visit market.

FESTIVE FUN WITH A CHRISTMAS MARKET AT DRIMNAGH CASTLE WALK’S magical Winter Wonderland will take place in Drimnagh Castle this Sunday, comprising all things festive. When you enter the archway through the castle, you can savour the beautiful smell and sounds of Christmas. Browse WALK’s Christmas market, which provides a lovely mix of seasonal trinkets and tasty local treats, as well as joining Mrs Claus and the elves for festive jokes, songs and stories. Visit Santa in his grotto, and post your Santa letter in WALK’s magical postbox for Santa to read, or make a wish in WALK’s wishing well. All proceeds from Winter Wonderland will go to support the WALK Community Project Fund. Tickets for different time slots are available through Eventbrite, priced from €5 to €10.

HELP A KIND-HEARTED CRUMLIN CLUB SUPPORT SICK CHILDREN CRUMLIN United will be holding a family fun day in their club this Saturday to raise money for Ellie’s Xmas Heart Appeal. The appeal aims to raise money and donations of toys to give to children spending their Christmas in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The fun day will run from 11am until 1pm, with the opportunity to donate presents, with plenty of elves on hand to help spread some Christmas magic in the Crumlin area. There promises to be a number of fun activities on offer for all the family, all adding up to a memorable, magical morning and midday gathering at the club. For further information about the great morning – and how to help support such a worthy cause – see Crumlin United Football Club’s Facebook page.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Judge Martina Baxter describe the incident as a “cowardly, exploitative offence”

Pensioner targeted in ‘cowardly’ robbery A MAN who left a pensioner “helpless” on the ground after robbing her handbag in a “cowardly, exploitative and opportunistic” offence has been jailed for one and a half years. Anthony Graham (28), of Dunsink Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing then 81-year-old Rita Murphy of her handbag containing her pension money, reading glasses, keys and groceries at St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, on January 6, 2018. His previous convictions include attempted robbery of a 19-year-old woman’s purse and robbery of a

48-year-old woman’s handbag, for which he received sentences in the District Court. Judge Martina Baxter said it was a serious robbery of an elderly lady going about her business and that Graham, a fatherof-one, had left her “helpless on the ground”. The judge described the incident as a “cowardly, exploitative and opportunistic offence” and said Graham should feel ashamed. Garda Michael Costello told the court he was driving in the Finglas area with his window down when he heard screaming and

looked around to see an elderly lady on the ground. A male in distinctive clothing passed by his window on a bike and failed to stop when requested. Gda Costello told Joe Barnes BL, prosecuting, that he pursued the man and caught up with him at Cappagh Avenue, Finglas. The man, Graham, claimed his bike had been in a collision with an elderly woman. Gda Costello said while he was speaking with Graham, information came over his car radio that an elderly lady had attended Finglas Garda Station, complaining

about being robbed. Graham then admitted the robbery and said he had discarded items from the bag. Gda Costello with colleagues went back over the route Graham’s bicycle had taken and recovered all property, apart from €100 cash. Judge Baxter noted that Ms Murphy no longer shops in Finglas, that her weekly pension had been stolen and never recovered, but that “fortunately” she was alright following the robbery. The judge said it hasn’t helped Graham’s predicament that he was employed at the time. She

accepted that his family had repaid the robbed cash. Ke ith Spencer BL, defending, submitted to Judge Baxter that his client had matured, was regretful and remorseful and had “broken with his addiction difficulties”. He said Graham would have continued family support on his release from prison. Judge Baxter took into account Graham’s early guilty plea, his co-operation with the investigation and his personal circumstances. She imposed a threeyear sentence, with the final 18 months suspended for 24 months.

Garda warning as crimes up in Crumlin, Terenure RACHEL D’ARCY

Go-ho-ho and support this cause! Elaine Darcy and little Ellie (right) pictured helping Santa Claus deliver presents and gifts as part of the Ellie’s Christmas Heart Appeal for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

AT A recent South Central committee meeting, An Garda Siochana have warned of an increase in robberies in the Kilmainham, Crumlin and Terenure districts. The reports from the Chief Superintendent of the South Division, Kevin Gralton, and Chief Superintendent of Kevin Street and Kilmainham, Lorraine Wheatley, presented the figures at

a meeting on November 26. Burglary in the Crumlin area has increased by 3% on 2017’s figures, with 283 burglaries reported in 2018. According to the latest figures, Robbery from The Person has increased by 110%, with 21 people being robbed in 2018, compared to 10 such events in 2017. Robbery from The Establishment also increased, rising 86% in 2018, with 26 robberies taking

place this year compared to 14. However, Theft from The Person in the Crumlin area decreased by 11%, with 16 occurrences compared to 18. One of the most dramatic increases in the area, however, was that Incidents of Domestic Violence rose from 244 to 320. In Terenure, Burglary rose by 19% from 145 incidents to 173, with Robbery both from The Person and The Establishment also

increasing substantially, by 150% and 100% respectively. T h e f t f ro m T h e Pe rso n decreased in Terenure, with 22% fewer cases reported in 2018 than 2017’s figure. Domestic Violence offences decreased by 18.75%. In Kilmainham, Robbery from The Person increased by 143% from 47 to 114 cases, with Robbery from The Establishment almost doubling, with 43 cases reported in 2018 compared to 28 in 2017.

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Community to enjoy its first set of Christmas lights RACHEL D’ARCY

FOR the first time, residents of Manor Street and Stoneybatter will enjoy Christmas lights during December as their street lighting is turned on this Friday. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, will flick the switch on festive street lighting in Stoneybatter on December 7.

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Apollo House before its recent demolition

Ye Gods! Site of the Apollo House block fetches €50m THE former site of the Apollo House block has been sold for more than €50 million by estate agent Savills. It is believed that the site of the former Apollo House building, which was the home of one of the most prominent housing protests in 2016, will be developed into an office block. The building was purchased by Pat Crean and Partners. Savills, who handled the sale of the site, said there was a lot of interest in the building as it is “one of the few sites with development potential” in the centre of Dublin. Located at Tara Street, the 0.72 acre site has full planning permission for a 10-storey office building, extending to approximately 12,622sq m. The new office building has been designed by architects Henry J Lyons and Mola. There will be ground floor units for retail, restaurants, a cafe and a bar, as well as a wrap-around terrace on the eighth floor which will give panoramic views of the Docklands area. In terms of parking at the new build, tthere will be a double basement with 40 car parking spaces, and 166 bicycle spaces.

Local business owners have contributed substantially to the overall cost of the Stoneybatter Christmas lights through fundraising activities including table quizzes, raffles and kids yoga which took place over the past number of weeks with support from the community. There will also be an extensive programme of Christmas events, organised by Stoneybatter Pride of Place, fea-

turing entertainment, food and drink, arts, culture and heritage and fun for all the family. A highlight in the schedule will be the Christmas Window competition, with residents and business owners encouraged to decorate their windows in a fun and festive manner. The competition will be judged by award-winning writers Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (of OMG, What

a Complete Aisling fame), along with Irish Times columnist Conor Pope and members of Dublin City Council. Other events taking place include the 12 Days of Christmas Family Trails at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, a Christmas Concert in St Lawrence’s Church, and the Winter Solstice Celebration Parade. Joe Costello, chairperson of Stoneybatter Pride of Place, said: “We are

delighted that local residents and businesses have come together to celebrate Christmas in Stoneybatter. The entire community is deeply engaged and all the businesses are participating. “Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends. We would encourage all residents and those visiting the area during December to shop local and support our local community.”


Help could be near for distressed mortgages CLOSE TO 5,400 distressed mortgage holders in Dublin are being offered a solution thanks to an innovative state-backed finance scheme. New figures from the Central Bank’s Long-Term Mortgage Arrears in Ireland Report state that 5,398 households in Dublin have been in mortgage arrears for more than two years, while more than 4,300 of those have been in arrears for at least five years. Despite the scale of the repayment problem by mortgage holders, figures from the Department of Housing show that only 111 households in the capital availed of the Government’s Mortgage To Rent scheme. A Governmentapproved mortgage to rent provider – Home For Life (HFL) – is spearheading a drive to enable mortgage holders in unsustainable debt to stay in their current homes debt-free as long-term tenants of their local authority. HFL say that there is a strong possibility it can come up with a solution in many of the cases of serious mortgage arrears. The company works with homeowners, lenders and the local authority to keep unsustainable mortgage holders in their current homes, avoiding upheaval for families.

Picture: William Power

Housing and homelessnes advocate Fr Peter McVerry (centre), who attended the inaugural Home For Life (HFL) advisory board meeting last week, with Paul Cunningham, chief executive, and Charles O’Reilly Hyland, chairman, both of HFL

The company works ... to keep unsustainable mortgage holders in their current homes Under the scheme, a property is sold to HFL and then leased back to the state through the local authority which, in turn, sublets the house

or apartment back to the homeowner. The homeowner pays an affordable incomebased rent to their local authority.

As part of the scheme in Dublin, the local authorities would then undertake to provide for the ongoing long-term housing needs of the applicant and other eligible residents of the property for as long as their housing need exists. HFL Life chief executive Paul Cunningham said: “I was surprised to find that of the 5,398 cases in

Dublin, just over 100 had found a solution through mortgage to rent. “This may be due to the fact that councillors, community leaders and advisors were unaware up to now that the Government’s Mortgage to Rent scheme was a real, deliverable solution for homeowners whose mortgages are unsustainable and are at most acute risk of losing

their homes.” According to Cunningham, the biggest challenge in the old Mortgage To Rent scheme was until recently the delays in getting individual cases over the line – a delay of up to 18 months. “However, we have now reduced the timeline in dealing with all documentation and agencies so that a case can be completed normally within four to six months,” he said. HFL works with all banks and funds and can facilitate properties irrespective of location or condition. At the inaugural HFL advisory board meeting last week, Fr Peter McVerry said he was “all in favour” of any initiative that keeps people in their homes. Fr McVerry said: “I fully support projects that help to resolve the incredible amount of mortgage arrears and stop people becoming homeless.” Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Housing and Urban Development Damien English described the emergence of HFL into the market as “a significant step towards a scaling of Mortgage to Rent to meet the needs of more borrowers in mortgage distress.” For further information, see

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Maureen Hughes and Caroline Henry

Actors Rosaleen Linehan and Phelim Drew. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Ros Hubbard and John Hubbard

Gaiety‘s major new production


AST details have been announced for the Gaiety’s major new production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan which opens January 25 2019. The cast includes Ian O’Reilly (Moone Boy), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls), Phelim Drew (My Left Foot) and Rosaleen Linehan (The Butcher Boy). The play will run until March 9.

Grainne McNeill and Donal Shiels

Marcelo De Freitas and Michael Scott

Andrew Flynn and Caroline Downey

Reg Looby and David Herlihy

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Klara McDonnell,Paddy Murphy and Dani Masterson. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Special screening of The Great Gatsby at The Stella Theatre L

AST week saw a very special Great Gatsby inspired event at the Stella Theatre Rathmines to celebrate the launch of F&F’s Christmas collection exclusively at Tesco. Guests enjoyed Tesco finest canapés, cocktails, live music as well as an F&F fashion show hosted by Cassie Stokes featuring some of the key looks for the festive season ahead.

Sarah Secrets and Tianna Martin

Luiza Piletti and Marwa Ali

Recognising work and dedication of Blind Puppy Raisers


UBLIN Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, recently hosted a reception in the Mansion House to recognise the work and dedication of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Raisers, both past and present, in the Leinster area. Pictured are The Lord Mayor Nial Ring with Ambassador Dogs Riley and Ellie. Pictures: Marc O’Sullivan

Aoife Doyle and Daniella Weerasinjohe

Aisling Chan and Freya Broni

Fionuala Short and Emily Jade Elliott

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Stop right there – Fiona’s a real winner REBECCA RYAN

A MODEST lollipop lady is “thrilled” to have been crowned Dublin’s Best Lollipop Person. 98FM’s Big Breakfast gave the title to Fiona Ryan from Our Lady of the Wayside School in Kilternan who has been working as a Lollipop lady and keeping the kids safe at the south Dublin primary school for nearly 20 years. The 53-year-old from Barnacullia told Dublin Gazette she is “thrilled” to have won. “I was delighted, I was absolutely thrilled. I didn’t even know I was nominated, it was a huge surprise! It makes you feel that you’re appreciated and that people like you.” Fiona, who is known to always be in great

form, said she absolutely loves what she does and revealed that her favourite thing about the job is the kids. “Just seeing them coming up in the morning. Sometimes they come up to me and hug me around the leg, those little things just make such a difference. “Children walk up to you with such a smile on their face, I mean how could you be in bad form or not love that. That’s what keeps me there, I just love the kids.” As part of the award of the year, 98FM gave Fiona a well-deserved prize of a break in the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway which she said she cannot wait to avail of. She said she will enjoy the prize with her

partner Kevin. The popular woman, who is also a carer to her mother Carmel (92), is very grateful to everyone who has voted. She said: “I’m just so grateful and thankful that everybody nominated and voted for me because it’s them that got me there! It was such a surprise to me because I never even knew there was such a thing as Best Lollipop Person in Dublin. I was thrilled!” Well wishes have been pouring in online for Fiona. One person wrote: “Delighted Fiona. You really deserve this. You always have a smile and kind word to everyone.” Another person wrote: “I don’t think there’s anyone more deserving.”

Fiona Ryan with 98FM Big Breakfast’s Luke O’Faolain and some of the 98FM team


‘The Government is failing to meet the needs for homes’


IN THIS Opinion piece, south Dublin TD Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) lambasts the Government as the national housing crisis grows ever worse, and highlights the rise of groups and movements demanding action

THE Government are failing disastrously to meet the most basic need of hundreds of thousands of people in this country: the need for a secure affordable home. There are more than ten thousand people including 3,200 children in emergency accommodation; there are more than 100,000 households on housing waiting lists; tens of thousands in mortgage distress and hundreds of thousands of young and working people paying extortionate rents with little hope of ever owning their own home. The average house price in Dun Laoghaire is over half a million and the average rent is now €2,000, who can afford that? Here in Dun Laoghaire we have more than 300 families in emergency accommodation, more than 3000 households waiting 10 – 15 years or more for a council house and among the highest rents and property prices in the country. Low and middle income

people are being systematically driven out of the area where they were born and brought up because they simply cannot afford to live here anymore. This crisis is not an accident, but results directly from government decisions to stop building council housing for more than a decade and the equally disastrous decision to allow NAMA to sell off more than €40 billion worth of property assets and building land to international property speculators and corporate landlords. For example; the developers who built Cualanor and Honey Park, who were bailed out by NAMA have sold more than 700 apartments in the last year or two to big property investors rather than these homes being transferred to the Local Authority to provide public and affordable housing. Cherrywood, which is zoned to provide up to 8000 homes was sold off by NAMA to big property investors who have still built absolutely nothing

and when they do build will certainly be selling or renting at prices that almost nobody can afford. Meanwhile, large publicly held lands zoned for building such as Shanganagh Castle, Old Conna and other sites remain unused because of the government failure or refusal to return to large scale public housing construction. Unless there is a radical change in policy, the housing crisis is to get worse and a whole generation of young people will face a totally insecure future in terms of the basic need for housing. The damage this will do to the mental health and well-being of children is incalculable. We must act urgently. We must demand: a massive programme of public and affordable housing directly provided by the state; NAMA must be instructed to stop selling public land and be used to deliver only public and affordable housing. We need an emergency freeze on all evictions that lead to homelessness and the introduction of rent controls to bring rents to affordable levels. Unused or vacant land or property needs to be taken over by local author-

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett at a housing demonstration outside Dail Eireann

ities for housing use. We need to insert the right to secure affordable housing in the constitution. These are the kinds of demands that were raised on recent protests by the National Housing and Homeless Coalition, the Raise the Roof Campaign, and the Take Back the City Movement. This new movement

of People Power is rising across the country demanding housing as a basic human right. Here in Dun Laoghaire, if we want to save our community from being destroyed and driven out, we need to be part of building this new ‘people power’ housing movement. Protests and demonstrations, both local and


national, are planned for the New Year and everyone who is affected in one way or another by the housing crisis needs to get involved in this movement. National Housing and Homeless Coalition; https://www.facebook. com/NationalHomelessandHousingCoalition/

FASTNews Malahide to welcome Noel Gallagher FORMER Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher has confirmed his return to Dublin next year with an outdoor show at Malahide Castle. He will bring his High Flying Birds to the Fingal venue on Sunday, June 16, 2019 and tickets for the gig went on sale this morning (Thursday, December 6). Guitar hero Gallagher won the 2018 Q Awards for Outstanding Contribution To Music and Best Solo Artist. Support at the Malahide gig will come from Doves DMA’S and Blossoms. Meanwhile, Swords superstars Kodaline have just announced two Summer 2019 dates in Dublin. After playing to a sold-out crowd at Malahide Castle last summer, the band will perform at St Anne’s Park, Raheny on May 31 and June 1, 2019. Tickets from €49.90 go on sale this Tuesday, December 11 at 9am via Ticketmaster.

Oh, water wet weekend lies ahead for us WRAP up and look out if you’re out and about across the city centre later this week, with Met Eireann chiefs warning of some pretty miserable weather ahead. Starting from tonight (Thursday), some very wet weather lies ahead for the weekend, with strong, cold winds expected to add to the weekend’s poor weather.

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New Volvo XC40 Irish Car of the Year 2019 P28



Brian O’Driscoll, Ambassador for Temple Street Children’s Hospital is pictured with Temple Street patients Sophia Mulvany (8) and Luke Staunton (7) to announce that this year, Christmas FM will be raising awareness and funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The radio station’s goal is to raise over €200,000 which will go towards giving the gift of life to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street. Funds raised will be used to purchase new state-of-the-art incubators and ventilators, helping to ensure that sick children have access to the very best paediatric equipment when they need it most. Picture: Andres Poveda

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Miriam Ahern

Georgina Byrne

Roz Flanagan

Lisa Cummins, Caroline Geraghty and Kim Wright. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

CARI Christmas Lunch at Shelbourne Hotel Aisling Holly and Kailen Holly

Jayne Given

Rita Condren, Susan McLavery and Kay Hutton

Aisling Kilduff and Marion Cunningham

Hanna Cunningham and Madeline Riley

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EVERYONE is invited to take part in a magical parade which honours the Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day of the year which is celebrated worldwide across a range of cultures. Taking place on December 21st and kicking off at DIT Grangegorman, there’s a number of activities to suit all ages. You can meet with The Sun Queen and Snow Princesses, place your withies in the flame, join us in the colourful drum led parade to Smithfield Square and be there as we raise our fire to the world in a roaring, climactic moment. Bring warm, colourful clothes to wear for the parade. There will be an indoor Festival from 4-5.30pm at DIT Grangegorman Campus where the gathering begins. All are welcome to come and enjoy a spectacular Céilí featuring traditional Irish dancing and music, storytelling performances, poetry readings, face painting and craft making to work on masks, banners and wreaths for the parade. There will then be an outdoor festival and parade from 5.30-7pm from the campus to Smithfield Square, which culminates in the Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony. All activities are free..

‘THE BALALLY PLAYERS CHRISTMAS’ THE Balally Players have announced their Christmas show at Marlay Park House. ‘Christmas at Marlay’ started by the group back in 2005 and is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season with the whole family. This delightful evening includes a heart-warming collection of music, song, recitation, monologue and comedy – and will be staged in the ideal setting of the Oval Room at Marlay Park House, Grange

Road, Rathfarnham. There will also be tea, coffee, mulled wine and flavoursome mince pies at the interval. The show is performed on Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 December 2018 at 8pm each evening in Marlay Park House. Tickets €15/€12 may be purchased through the dlr Mill Theatre website www. or the Box Office on 01-296 9340.

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Hugh must see this


DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Andi is a very special three-year-old female Staffordshire Cross looking for an experienced family to call her own. She arrived to Dogs Trust heavily pregnant and gave birth shortly after arriving. Andi was a wonderful mum to her pups and showered them with lots of love until they all found loving homes, and it is now Andi’s turn to find her own. Andi is looking for someone who will continue her training but our experienced team will be there to support her new family with this. She would love a quiet home, with no other pets so that she can lap up all the love for herself. If you have room in your heart and home for Andi then please contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. (Remember: Always have your dog on a lead when in public.)

GAIETY PANTO OPENS THE Gaiety Panto has officially opened and will run until January. Get ready to have a brrrrrr...iliant time following the icy encounters of The Snow Queen and she tries to freeze the fun out of Christmas. The Gaiety Theatre Pa n to m i m e e x t r av a ganza, which has been running each year since 1873, this year brings you a tale of friendship and love, that as always conquers evil. Full of song and dance and the odd slippery surprise, “The Snow Queen”, with chilling treachery, kidnaps one half of a beloved couple and casts a sub-zero spell to bring us on an adventure through storm and blizzard... But, only true love can melt a frozen heart...! The stunning cast includes West End star Louise Bowden as the “Snow Queen”, Nicholas Grennell as “Jack

Frost” and once again Joe Conlan as the ever-as-fabulous Panto Dame. The Gaiety really outdid themselves this year, with plenty of laughs for the whole family from the hilarious cast. Due to popular demand, the show has been extended until January 20. Tickets from €19.50 (including booking fee and restoration levy) can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets and the Gaiety Theatre Box Offices. A must see this Christmas!

CALLING fans of the Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and more – one of it’s stars is coming to the 3Arena next May! Hollywood heartthrob Hugh Jackman has announced his first ever world tour, ‘The Man, The Music, The Show, which will take in a stop at the Docklands venue on May 30th 2019. Jackman will perform hit

songs from drama Les Miserables, family favourite The Greatest Showman and more tracks from Broadway and film, all accompanied by a live orchestra. Tickets for Hugh’s 3Arena debut will go on sale tomorrow, Friday December 7th, at 9am – but be quick, as it’s sure to be a popular one!


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he Christmas season officially started for many Dublin families with The Late Late Toy Show on Friday. We have a fantastic giveaway this week of five top thrilling toys and games for Christmas 2018 from Hasbro which includes, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Nerf Assembler Gear Iron Man, Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Doll, Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus Blaster, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Collection Singing Rainbow Dash Figure And Speech Breaker Game. We delved into some of the top toys and games that has hit the shelves this Christmas from Hasbro to bring you the best of what they have on offer, including what are expected to be some of the top toys for kids - and even adults! - this holiday season. All of the toys listed on this page are available from toy retailers across Dublin.


PRICE €59.99 AGE: 8+

LOAD and fire fast with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus blaster! The Infinus blaster features motorised Quick-Load Technology; as kids feed darts into the blaster, the darts are automatically loaded into the 30-dart removable drum. With motorised, rapid-fire blasting, kids can quickly unleash a barrage of darts on their targets. Hold down the acceleration button to power up the blaster, then pull the trigger to fire. The INFINUS blaster includes 30 Elite darts.

PRICE €21.99

PRICE €59.99 AGE: 3+

AGE: 5+


HEROES Unite! Gear-up like the Avengers with this new modular role play system powered by Nerf. The movie-inspired products come with connector pieces and NERF darts, so kids can build and blast like their favourite hero such as Iron Man, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk or Iron Spider, with each character sold separately. Kids can also create lots of combinations using assembler gear from other heroes. Includes either a gauntlet, blaster or shield, two connectors, and three NERF darts.


LITTLE ones will enjoy playing mummy or daddy with the Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll. After baby drinks from her water bottle, she does a potty dance to let mummy or daddy know she’s gotta go! Once she starts dancing, place BABY ALIVE POTTY DANCE BABY doll on the potty so she can tinkle! When she’s all done, pretend to wash her hands with the included soap bottle and add a sticker onto her reward chart for a job well done! Kids can also brush and style baby’s hair with the included comb. Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll says over 50 phrases and sounds and is bilingual – she speaks in English and Spanish! With a switch on her back, kids can choose whether theBaby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll is in “Mummy” or “Daddy” play mode. Doll comes with removable outfit, big girl underwear, potty, pretend soap bottle, water bottle, comb, reward chart and sticker sheet. Available in three hair colors and hair types, each sold separately.

Win some of Hasbro’s top toys for this Christmas! PRICE €24.99

PRICE €19.49

AGE: 14+


CAN you overcome the voicejamming challenge? You’re reporting live from the scene! Put on the game headset, talk into the game microphone, and get your teammates to guess who/what/where without saying any of the words on the cards. What’s the catch? The microphone jams your speech with a built-in delay. As you talk, you’ll hear your delayed voice through the game headset, making it harder to speak clearly.


AGE: 8+

The Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition game provides fans of all ages with exciting new ways to engage with the iconic Nintendo brand. Players pass iconic Mario Kart themed properties such as Rainbow Road and Bowser’s Castle, while simultaneously encountering familiar challenges like dodging Banana Peels, tossing Shells and scooping up Super Star spaces to win the game. To introduce another layer of competition and strategy, landing on or passing “Go” triggers a Mario Kart race where players compete for the coveted Grand Prix card. In addition, each character token will have its own unique Power-Up ability activated by landing on a Super Star board space.

THE LOVELY people at Hasbro have given us some of their most popular toys for Christmas to give away to one lucky reader.

PRICE €22.99 AGE: 3+

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC COLLECTION SINGING RAINBOW DASH THE Singing Rainbow Dash pony figure shines like a superstar as she sings her awesome songs! Press her Cutie Mark or slide her shades over her eyes to start her singing. She sings 5 songs and says awesome phrases from the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC series and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Kids can grab her microphone and sing a duet with Rainbow Dash, too! If kids want to sing solo, they can sing into the microphone and hear their tunes through the pony figure doubling as a speaker. It’s time to be awesome with Rainbow Dash!

One winner will take home a Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus Blaster, a My Little Pony Singing Rainbow Dash, the Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Doll, a Speech Breaker, a Play Doh Buzz ‘n’ Cut and an Avengers Infinity War Nerf Assembler Gear. To be in with a chance of winning this phenomenal prize, answer the following question: What two languages does the Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby doll speak? 1. Russian and English 2. English and Spanish 3. Spanish and French Email the answer to the question, along with your name and contact details, to, making sure to include ‘Hasbro Competition’ in the subject line. The closing date for this competition is 5pm on Thursday, December 13. Full terms and conditions for our competitions are available on our website, at

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‘Domestic violence campaigner soaring in brand new radio show’ F

ollowing the success of her RTE documentary helping victims of domestic abuse, Dublin motherof-two Emma Murphy has landed a job as a radio presenter.


Emma became widely known three years ago when she sat at the bottom of her stairs with a black eye pouring her heart on a video out about an abusive relationship she was in. The video that encouraged other women to leave their abusive partners went viral and Emma went on to become a domestic abuse campaigner. Last May, Emma travelled around Ireland speaking to other victims of domestic violence in a very touching RTE documentary. The 29-year-old originally from Ballymun, now living in Finglas, is the new presenter on Dublin City FM’s Good Morning Dublin every Monday with Louise Tighe from 10 to 11am. She told Dublin Gazette she is really enjoying presenting. “I’m delighted. Myself and the other presenter Louise Tighe, we really gel well together. We’re very similar and we have a bit of craic in the morn-

ing. Louise has been doing it 11 years, so I know I’m going to learn a lot from her. We have a good buzz.” Emma is very passionate about people and their stories and is excited to be interviewing people who make a difference in society. “I would like to interview people who are influential and making a difference in Ireland. I want to interview people who’s making a difference in society in a positive way,” said Emma. The domestic abuse campaigner is still doing a lot for the cause. Last month she spoke in Tallaght IT with Dublin GAA footballer Philly McMahon for Mental Health Week, then travelled down to Limerick where she was invited to speak at the world premiere of a domestic violence movie. She also recently participated in a homeless sleepout with Saoirse Women’s Refuge. Emma is certainly making waves on the air and hopes to use her career to highlight important

issues in Ireland. “TV and radio have always been a passion of mine. My uncle was [the late] Tony Dixon and he used to always say to me as a kid ‘you’ll be on the radio’ and I used just laugh and think it was a pipe dream. “Then when my story came out, I was always the one be ing interviewed. When I filmed my [RTE] documentary I was looking at it criticising myself, and I realise my strength was listening to people and listening to their stories. “That’s what I want to do. I want to talk about the real-life issues that we’re facing everyday whether its abuse, sexual violence, mental health or eating disorders. “The only way of ever making any changes is continuing to have the conversation, and if I’m working on the radio or on the TV, what better platform is that.” Emma will be turning 30 this month and the future is certainly looking bright for her. “It’s nice to come to 30 and be seeing my life going in a positive direction.” You can catch Emma on Good Morning Dublin on Dublin City FM 103.2 from 10 to 11am.

The only way of ever making any changes is continuing to have the conversation, and if I’m working on the radio or on the TV, what better platform is that

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Andre Rieu @ 3Arena, €56+ Andre Rieu is back in Ireland with a brand new show! Together with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and many soloist Andre Rieu will give you what you’ve come to expect from his performances: the maestro conducting his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and playing his world-famous Stradivarius violin to create a colourful concert full of surprises.

DECEMBER 6 (THURSDAY) The Coronas @ The Olympia, sold out The Blizzards @ Whelan’s, sold out Little Green Cars @ Vicar Street, €25 Kojaque @ The Academy, sold out Short Shorts @ Whelan’s Upstairs, €10

DECEMBER 7 (FRIDAY) Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers @ The Olympia, €34 The Blizzards @ Whelan’s, sold out Midland @ Vicar Street, €25 Corner Boy @ Whelan’s Upstairs, €10 Bobby & The Blunts @ Whelan’s Upstairs, late, free Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Academy, €20

DECEMBER 8 (SATURDAY) The Stunning @ The Olympia, €29 The Proclaimers @ Vicar Street, sold out The Frank and Walters @ Whelan’s, €23 Silverbacks @ Whelan’s Upstairs, €10 Jacob Banks @ The Academy, €23

DECEMBER 9 (SUNDAY) Travis @ The Olympia, sold out Enda Reilly @ Whelan’s Upstairs, €12

DECEMBER 10 (MONDAY) Travis @ The Olympia, €45 Christy Moore @ Vicar Street, sold out

DECEMBER 11 (TUESDAY) Snow Patrol @ 3Arena, €70 Lily Allen @ The Olympia, sold out The Ruby Sessions @ T Doyle’s, €7

DECEMBER 12 (WEDNESDAY) Ocean Colour Scene @ The Olympia, sold out Damien Dempsey @ Vicar Street, €33 Aine Cahill @ Whelan’s, €22 Kyle @ The Academy, €23

THIS IS my natural home,” Dave King of Flogging Molly tells us as he sits in his Wexford living room telling us tales of international Irish punk over the phone. “I wish you could see where I’m sitting. It’s beautifully, so quiet, so soulfully Irish.” King’s tale is a familiar one to our shores. He left his native Dublin as a late teenager, in search of something bigger, and a chance of success. He was drawn to LA, and found himself a regular in a bar called Molly Malones. There, he performed, met his wife Bridget, and eventually encountered the rest of his future bandmates. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, King - at the time a rock vocalist with a band called Fastway - became the frontman of cult Celtic punk band Flogging Molly. Flogging Molly’s music is a distinct fusion of Irish trad and embittered punk,


as well as of the political and personal. One of the band’s biggest hits ‘What’s Left of the Flag’, for example, superficially seems to be about raising the tattered relic of a country high and proud, but is actually a tribute to King’s late father. Latest album ‘Life Is Good’ - at first glance a deeply sarcastic reference to the bitterness within is actually a tribute to his mother. After what King describes as “a hard life,” she turned to him on her deathbed and asked him to live his to his full, as she had. He’d always seen her as struggling, but she felt differently. “I lived in LA for 16 years and it’ll always be the band’s home,” King explains. “Things are different today. I’ve been back in

Wexford for 13 or 14 years with Bridget, though we live some of the year in Detroit, too. “We spend a lot of our lives on the road. You have to, that’s our bread and butter as a band. “We’re just back from South America, and we were in the same airport three times in 30 hours. “It gets a bit mad after a while, but we still have loads of ideas. I was on my phone yesterday, looking at notes from last year. “When I’m touring, I write them down and then shut them off. I just add sayings to my phone and leave it at that.” Much of Flogging Molly’s music obliquely references the politics of the time, and Trump, Brexit and the treatment of immigrants in particular has cut close to the bone. “I think we see the world from an interesting perspective, spending so much time on the road,” King says. “These days things are really lacking a sense of humour. I remember

when Bush was in charge, we made a video with Jello Biafra and Will Farrell for when we came on stage making fun of him, and everyone used to laugh at it, whatever side they were on. We couldn’t do that now.” “The world is scary and divided. It’s the same with Trump, with Brexit... we’re dividing the place. Our music is in good fun. I mean, we’re dead serious about what we do, but it’s also about having a good time, and when we travel we see how great things could be. It’s such a shame.”

“We’ve had to put the brakes on a bit this year.” King admits, after a quarter of a century of touring together. “We could tour 24/7. We need to tackle things a little differently now, but keeping everyone paid is a constant challenge. “Albums were never the be all and end all, they’re just a part of the jigsaw puzzle. We’ve been lucky, but we still feel there’s so much room for growth.” Flogging Molly play The Academy, Dublin on December 17.

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Strictly judge blasts pay rise demand by dancers A STRICTLY Come Dancing judge has slammed the professional dancers on the show for reportedly seeking a pay hike. Judge of the ballroom dancing show, Craig Revel Horwood, slammed news that the professional dancers on the show are to join a union to campaign to get more pay. “Go and do Cats [the musical] for 200 quid a week and see how you feel,” he told a UK newspaper when asked about the dancer’s apparant demands. “This show puts them in the limelight,” Craig said. Currently, the dancers reportedly earn £50,000 for a series of the popular BBC show. “If they are doing what they normally do, which is competitive dance up in Blackpool, there would be 500 people interested. There are 12 million people interested in this show. They have all got Twitter accounts and they are all making money on the side doing something else. I think, ‘Isn’t that enough?’” Strictly Come Dancing airs every weekend on BBC One.

Former marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Spongebob Squarepants, passed away last week

‘Loss of one of the greatest childhood icons of 2000s’ RACHEL D’ARCY

A G E N E R AT I O N i s m o u r n i n g fo l l ow i n g the death of Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg last week. He was 57. Hillenburg, who was a marine biologist prior to creating the iconic Nickelodeon cartoon, passed away after a decade long battle with ALS. In a statement, Nickelodeon said: “We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. “He was a beloved friend and long-time crea-

tive partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued Spongebob Squarepants with a unique sense of humour and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship, and the limitless power of imagination.” Hillenburg began working in animation in 1987, and began working as a director and writer on

Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life from 1993 to 1996. Following his time working on ‘Modern Life’, he began to work full time on writing, producing and directing Spongebob Squarepants. First airing in 1999, in the 19 years since it first aired, Spongebob has run nearly 250 episodes to date and become a firm favourite of children and adults alike. Fans of Spongebob and Hillenburg alike - took to social media following news of his passing. “Hillenburg’s creations inspired me to pursue art,

and still inspire me every day. I know Spongebob is a huge part of people’s lives, and a huge tribute to comedy, imagination and heartfelt animation,” wrote one Twitter user. Another tribute posted said: “I remember the days when I watched Sponge-

bob when I came home from school. I grew up with Spongebob, and still watch the show to this day. The fact that Stephen Hillenburg passed away is really sad - we just lost one of the greatest childhood icons of the early-to-mid 2000s.”

THE ORIGINAL book that inspired hit series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is to get a sequel next year. Author Margaret Atwood announced that ‘The Testaments’ will be released in September 2019, picking up 15 years after the origi-

nal book left off. The television adaption of the original book has been hugely successful, attracting viewers from around the globe. The Handmaid’s Tale revolves around a totalitarian society in what was once part of the United States, which treats women

as property of a state riddeled with a plummeting birth rate. The few remaining fertile women are forced into ‘sexual servitude’ in an attempt to repopulate their world, with the show focusing on one of the women, Offred, as she tries to find her daughter.

LAST Friday’s Toy Show is officially Ireland’s most watched TV show in 2018, drawing in over 1.5 million viewers. The theme of this year’s toy extravaganza revolved around hit musical The Greatest Showman, with host Ryan Tubridy dressed as the ringleader of a circus-themed set. Over 1.3 million people watched the show live on RTÉ One on Friday night, a 74% share of the audience at the time - and an 89% share amongst children. On Saturday, 141,700 individuals watched a recording of the show, with a further 51,900 tuning in on Sunday. On top of this, another 113,000 watched the repeat viewing of the Toy Show on Saturday. On the RTÉ player there were also record numbers, with streams increasing by 33% last year as 116,000 people watched online. Over 100,000 people also watched on catch-up, in over 100 countries outside of Ireland in places like Haiti, Mongolia and Myanmar.

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Original ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ book to get sequel in 2019 RACHEL D’ARCY

Toy Show is the most watched show of the year

In a press release, 79 year old Canadian Atwood said: “Dear Readers, everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book [The Testaments]. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living

in.” The new novel - pegged for release on September 10th next year - will not be connected to the television adaption of the original 1985 book, as the TV series has now gone beyond Atwood’s original novel in order to continue Offred’s story.

POPSTAR Ariana Grande is the subject of a new four-part docuseries on Youtube, taking fans behind the scenes of her Dangerous Woman tour and the making of her latest album. ‘Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries’ debuted on Youtube’s Premium service last Thursday. There are never before seen highlights from her Dangerous Woman tour, moments from the One Love Manchester benefit concert, and the making of her newest album ‘Sweetener’. A premium subscription to Youtube costs €11.99 a month, after a month’s free trial.

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Get relaxed and ready for Christmas at The Ice House Hotel in Mayo


Recharge with a short break before the Christmas rush SYLVIA POWNALL

Travel Editor SINCE the Christmas countdown starts in October these days there’s a new travel trend emerging for stressed-out shoppers who want to recharge their batteries before the festivities begin. The Nights Before Christmas is now a thing apparently – along with ‘Twixmas - and hotels around Ireland are getting in on the act with preChristmas breaks giving you the chance to cosy up and chill out in style. The Ice House Hotel in Mayo is offering mid-week breaks from December 1-22 for €140 per room per night. Price includes a festive cocktail on arrival, a festive threecourse dinner, overnight accommodation in a river view room and breakfast. The deal also includes access

to the chill spa where you can take some time before you check out to experience the outdoor hot-tub, barrel sauna, relaxing chairs and outdoor seaweed baths, leaving you relaxed and ready for Christmas. See for more information. If you fancy spending the weekend with Santa Claus you can begin the family festivities early at the Hillgrove Hotel & Spa in Monaghan. The Secret Escape overnight package is available on Saturday, December 8 and 15 and includes bed and breakfast in a family room from €250 per family. There’s plenty to see and do from the leisure centre to the games area and kids club activities with Sunday lunch and a visit to Santa’s grotto included. The deal is based on two children under 12 and includes hot chocolate and cookies with Mrs Claus as well as a gift from the

big man himself. See Shopaholics take note: the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork is offering relaxing shopping breaks from just €75 per person sharing.

Luxurious Begin by toasting your retail triumphs in the nearby Mahon Point shopping centre and the city centre with a luxurious afternoon tea with bubbly. Then relax in your room with a movie or enjoy complimentary access to The Spa thermal suite and fitness club where you can rest your weary limbs in the hydrotherapy pool. There’s also another chance for some Christmas shopping as guests receive a 20 per cent discount on all ELEMIS & Max Benjamin products available at The Spa. The package is available until December 22 and includes a

buffet breakfast. See hotel-cork for more details. Slightly closer to home you can get your fashion fix with five-star treatment at The Savoy, Limerick which is just a five-minute walk from Brown Thomas where guests can spend their €30 gift card. From €290 a night you can enjoy an overnight stay in an executive guest room, Prosecco afternoon tea, late breakfast and access to the thermal suite. Late checkout is available until 2pm and full details are at On your doorstep is the shop and stay package at the Radisson in Dublin which is available for €200 per room per night. Enjoy a signature cocktail on arrival, choose from a seasonal menu for dinner and a super breakfast the next morning. See royalhotel-dublin.

The library at The Savoy Hotel, Limerick

The Locke Lounge at The Savoy Hotel, Limerick

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Food swaps to help keep the holidays healthy THIS week we look at healthy alternatives for some of your favourite Christmas treats ‘TIS THE Christmas season and temptation is everywhere. The trainers at Iconic Health Clubs have put together some tips if you want to trim some festive calories without compromising on the taste. Even on Christmas Day, when turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and ham are in abundance, make sure vegetables take up one third of the space on your dinner plate. If you’re in charge of cooking, steam the veg where possible or use only a small amount of water. Brussels sprouts, peas and carrots can all be served unbuttered. Use the veg water for gravy and any leftover vegetables in a delicious soup to help fill you up and keep down the calorie count in the days after Christmas. MONSOON women and girls dasha sequin reindeer jumper and (right) blue star sequin jumpers. Womens €81 Girls €39

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CHRISTMASTIME is a special time with your little ones and Monsoon can help mum’s and kids share some holiday style. Their matching knits for kids and ladies with sparkly designs are sure to be a hit. Designed exclusively in London, these sequined beauties will keep you both warm,cosy and fabulous! So snap one up for you and your Mini-Me! Available in store and online at

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Betty and Biddy are only too aware that Christmastime can put a strain on any fashionista’s budget but have no fear! Betty and Biddy’s delicate necklaces are priced at €16 and all statement earrings are priced at €15. Enjoy delicate choker necklaces adorned with crescent moons, classic gold drop-necklaces with crosses and discs or go all out and opt for Beyoncéstyle tassel earrings too! BETTY AND BIDDY Bright Shop the entire range at Bronze tassel earrings

SCRAMBLED EGGS: made with single cream and smoked salmon (465 calories, 27.8g fat) SWAP FOR: Scrambled eggs (made with skimmed milk) and smoked salmon (376 calories; 21g fat) Saving: 89 calories, 6.8g fat

protein and a low fat meat. Most of the fat that is present in a cooked turkey will be found in the skin. So don’t eat the skin. 3-4tbsp TRADITIONAL GRAVY MADE WITH FAT AND JUICES FROM THE TURKEY: (80 calories, 2g fat) SWAP FOR: 3-4tbsp of gravy made with granules (15 calories, 0.6g fat) Saving: 65 calories, 1.4g fat MINCE PIE WITH DOUBLE CREAM: (368 calories, 25g fat) SWAP FOR: A filo pastry mince pie with 1tsp of low fat Greek yoghurt (105 calories, 1.9g of fat) Saving: 263 calories, 23.1g fat 30g CHUNK OF STILTON: (123 calories, 10.5g fat) SWAP FOR: A 30g chunk of camembert (87 calories, 6.8g fat) Saving: 36 calories

MEDIUM-SIZED GLASS MULLED WINE: (245 calories, 0g fat) SWAP FOR: A glass of champagne (114 calories, 0g fat) Saving: 131 calories 4 SLICES ROASTED, SELF-BASTED TURKEY: (250 calories, 10g fat) SWAP FOR: 4 slices of roasted, freerange or organic turkey (149 calories, 4g fat). Serve it without the skin as most of the fat nestles just beneath. Saving: 101 calories, 6g fat. 4 ROAST POTATOES: (381 calories, 12g fat) SWAP FOR: 4 boiled potatoes with knob of butter (250 calories; 2g fat) Saving: 131 calories, 10g fat The bird: Turkey is a great source of

And remember, never go really hungry to a Christmas party gathering. You can be hungry, but when blood sugar is much too low from lack of protein, you’ll find yourself making a bee-line for the pastry table. Nibble on some protein before you leave the house to avoid over-eating at the pastry table. Try a few spoonsful of egg salad (or half of a hard-boiled egg), or a small scoop of tuna or chicken salad, a slice of turkey, wedge of cheese, or a handful of almonds.

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Opel Celebrates 120 Years with ‘Special Edition’ models OPEL will celebrate 120 years of car manufacturing in 2019 and thus 120 years of German engineering and innovative technologies, which the carmaker makes available to a broad range of customers – true to the

New Volvo XC40 Irish Car of the Year 2019. Swedish automobile manufacturer, Volvo Cars, is going to need a bigger glass cabinet to hold all the awards it has won for its new XC40 premium compact SUV. Having been initially awarded the highly coveted title of ‘European Car of the Year 2018’, it was recently crowned overall ‘Irish Car of the Year 2019’ as well as being the winner in its own category too. DECLAN GLYNN

THE new Volvo XC40 is a strong contender in the market for premium, compact SUV’s and is pitched against such talented rivals as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Jaguar E-PACE and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The new XC40 successfully blends comfort and cruising refinement, allowing all occupants to enjoy the trendy, minimalist cabin and the wonderful infotainment system. Based on looks alone, the new XC40 is noticeably more youthful than its larger siblings – the XC60 and XC90. The new XC40 was designed by British car designer Ian Kettle, who said that the inspiration for the car’s styling came from small robots that he saw in science-fiction movies. The end result is lots of simple, clean, resolved lines - and an appearance that manages to look chunky and cute at the same time. It’s helped by a further evolution of Volvo’s ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlight motif at the front end.

C u r re n t l y, e n g i n e options in the new XC40 include a T3 petrol engine (front wheel drive) with 156bhp, a T4 petrol engine (all-wheel drive) with 190bhp, a D3 diesel (front wheel drive) with 150bhp and a D4 diesel (all-wheel drive) with 190bhp. Manual and Automatic gearboxes are available depending on the model chosen, as is the option of 2WD or 4WD drivetrains. There are four trim levels available in the new XC40 – an entry-level model just referred to as ‘XC40’, Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Standard equipment across the entire range includes alloy wheels, LED headlights with ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED daytime driving lights, a 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal drivers information display, Rear Park Assist, cruise control with speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, Hill Decent Control, tyre pressure monitoring system, heated front seats, auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors, alarm system, multiple airbags, road-sign information system, Driver

Alert Control with Lane Keeping Aid and many other safety, security and comfort features. My test car was a new Volvo XC40 T3 ‘Inscription’ FWD model finished in Denim Blue metallic paint and mated to a slick 6-speed manual gearbox. The, range-topping, Inscription specification is based on the impressively equipped ‘Momentum’ model but also benefits from the addition of a power operated tailgate, leather upholstery, power drivers seat with memory function, chrome window trim on lower section, keyless entry, Park Assist front & rear, auto-folding exterior mirrors, ‘Inscription’ logo in headrest upholstery, interior illumination package with second-row courtesy lighting, ‘Driftwood’ trim inlays, dual integrated exhaust pipes, front LED fog-lights, 18” 6-spoke matt-black diamond-cut alloy wheels, and ‘Inscription’ tread plates, while a whole host of optional features and combination packages are available for ultimate personalisation.

Opel motto ‘The Future is Everyone’s’. To celebrate this special anniversary, Opel is launching the ‘120 Years’ special editions. Passenger car models such as the current Corsa, the bestselling Astra, the Crossland X, the Mokka X and the Grandland X right up to the Insignia flagship will be available in the ‘120 Years’ trim, featuring a wide range state-ofthe-art technologies, design and comfort features as standard. Order books for the Corsa, Astra and Insignia ‘120 Years’ edition models are open now, while the Crossland X, Mokka X and Grandland X order books will open in December. “Opel has been democratising mobility for 120 years. In our cars, we make trendsetting technologies

The 1.5-litre petrol engine in my test car produces an impressive 156bhp and 265Nm of torque for swift acceleration and confidence inspiring overtaking ability. As little as 9.4-seconds is all that is required to catapult this 1.5-tonne SUV from 0 to 100km/h and on to a top speed of 200km/h. A towing capacity (with a brake-equipped trailer) of between 1600kg and 2100kg is possible across the XC40 range – depending on the engine and transmission chosen. Under the new WLTPI fuel consumption test system, the 1.5-litre petrol engine in my test car consumes as little as 7.1l/100km on a combined driving cycle (or 4.8l/100km on the NEDC test system).

Interior comfort in the new XC40 is fantastic, with the seats offering just the right amount of comfort, support and adjustability. Head, leg and elbowroom in the cabin of the XC40 should be to everyone’s liking, thanks to the cars upright stance and broad aspect. Prices for the new Volvo XC40 range start at €36,450 (excluding delivery & related charges) for the T3 FWD model I drove, with the D3 (turbo-diesel) FWD model priced from €39,230. Funky on the outside, beautifully luxurious on the inside, comfortable and relaxing to drive, the new Volvo XC40 is a deserving winner of all the accolades it has received so far. I can sense more awards in the offing.


1) European Car of the Year 2018 2) Irish Car of the Year 2019 3) 4 Impressive Specification Levels 4) Outstanding Safety Features 5) Priced From €36,450 (excluding delivery)

and features affordable for all groups of buyers. That is what we stand for! And that is why we are offering the special edition ‘120 Years’ trim level for so many of our models to mark the start of our anniversary,” said Xavier Duchemin, managing director sales, aftersales and marketing. The special edition trim sits directly above the SC trim in most models and, depending on the model, includes assistance systems such as Park Assist or Cruise Control as standard. Features such as heated seats, heated steering wheel and velour floor mats increase the level of comfort. The ‘120 Years’ models become true eye catchers with stylish alloy wheels, chrome elements, door sills with Opel lettering and of course the ‘120 Years’ badge. And all this is available at attractive prices. For example, the special edition Corsa is already available from €16,650, while the 120 Years anniversary Astra starts at €23,895. Looking at the Astra in greater detail - the compact Opel bestseller already shines with assistance systems such as Hill Start Assist, Air Conditioning and Cruise Control as standard in its entry-level version. Fog lamps and Rear Park Assist are added as standard on the ‘120 Years’ variant. Heated front seats and the heated steering wheel along with the sight package including rain sensor, automatic headlamps with tunnel detection and automatic dimming rear-view mirror ensure comfortable temperatures and an increased level of safety on cold and wet days. The ‘120 Years’ Opel Crossland X comes with the same standard features as the Astra. Furthermore, the SUV, which was successfully launched last year, features a heated ThermaTec windscreen for a clear view on frosty days. Prices for the ‘120 Years’ Crossland X start at €23,095. Visit for further information.

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Kickhams captured their first Dublin Under 21 ‘A’ Football Championship in over a decade, with two second half goals from Glenn Doyle and James Talbot key in this 2-14 to 1-7 victory over Thomas Davis which earned Paddy Christie’s side their sixth title overall in this grade.





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SANDYMOUNT man Andrew Balbirnie says Ireland’s first-ever overseas test match against Afghanistan in March 2019 in “a major step forward” for the sport in Ireland. The test match, the first of two that the Ireland men’s team will play in 2019, is part of a nine-match series against Afghanistan that will include one test, five one-day internationals and three T20 internationals. The fixtures will all be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun in India. Former Pembroke batsman Balbirnie, 27, who has 86 caps for Ireland, said: “The Afghanistan series is a major step forward for Irish cricket as the tour is our first major tour as a full member. “It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad – taking on Afghani-

stan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units. As we saw here at home in the summer, Afghanistan is a quality side with some world-class players, and will be a great challenge in their ‘home’ conditions. “We are fortunate that Graham Ford [Head Coach] has scheduled a batting camp in December which will provide a number of our batsmen with some exposure to those conditions – it will be particularly beneficial for some of the younger guys like Harry Tector and James McCollum who won’t have experienced Indian pitches.” The level and regularity of topquality international cricket this year will be exciting for Irish cricket fans. The year will start with this Afghanistan series and will involve a busy home schedule of matches involving multiple Full Member

Andrew Balbirnie takes on an extra level of responsibility for the new year in the wake of a number of high profile retirements.

nations - starting with an ODI against England at Malahide in May. There’s also the Lord’s Test against England in July and the year will end with the T20 World Cup qualifier tournament in October. “With the retirements this year

of Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien and John Anderson, we know that this is a year that will require the entire squad to step up, and it will also present some of the younger guys with opportunities to stake their claim for national selection. “It’s an exc iting time to be involved in Irish cricket.”


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BALLYMUN KICKHAMS A MOMENTOUS day in the long history of our club last Saturday was achieved by our U-21s in the A final against Thomas Davis. A remarkable achievement especially considering how long this team have been victorious. Normally with juvenile teams, they go through peaks and troughs as they age, but Paddy Christie steered these young men through their sporting lives as absolute champions. From all Ireland feile winners and now has crowned off their underage careers unbeaten and county champions, yet again. So a huge congratulations to Paddy and all his backroom team and all the players. You have made the club incredibly proud yet again. Paddy’s 3rd success in A championship U-21 as manager having also won it as a player in 1996. What a man! Congratulations to senior football Philly McMahon and fiancé Ms Sarah Lacey on their recent engagement. The very best wishes to you both and we wish you both a long, healthy and happy life together. Our 2019 U-15 girls team are fundraising for their trip to Portugal next year and will be having a Player of the Match Katie used clothing collection in January, check out our Murray and recent facebook and twitter posts for details and Captain Sarah please try support. It’s a great way to doMurphy a clean after out post Christmas! Clontarf’s Ladiesup, IFC win.. Finally, as the season is starting to wind Picture: there are some unsung heroes in the club whoGAApics. com deserve a mention. First up is Andy McManus. Following on his families deep history in the club, Andy is our pitch allocation guy, and his patience and dedication to his tasks are second to none. Enjoy the closed season Andy!


SATURDAY December 8th will be a historic day for Cluain Tarbh as our Peil na mBan/Ladies Football team will play in the club’s first All-Ireland Final. The opposition in Páirc Parnell, up Collins Ave, will be Emmett Óg from Co. Monaghan. We want to get another big turn out of support from the club so we are arranging a supporters march to the ground. Members are invited to park at CRC on Vernon Ave, meeting at 6.30pm proceeding up to the ground at 6.45pm.

Please wear the dearg agus bán. We’re also asking members, friends and family to get behind the team by decorating your houses in club colours. We will have a prize for the best decorated house which we will announce on Friday 7th. Send in your pictures on Facebook or by email or tag us on Instagram (@ cluaintarbh) or on Twitter (@ClontarfGAAClub). Bunting is available from the club, message us or contact Stephen McGinn.


Kickhamscrowned Under21AChamps Double scores win for Paddy Christie’s charges as they claim first Under 21 Football Championship since 2008, and a sixth in total with a brace of late goals key to victory over Thomas Davis at O’Toole Park.


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TWO late goals helped seal a famous win for Ballymun Kickhams, as they picked up their first Dublin Under 21 ‘A’ Football Championship title in over a decade at O’Toole Park in Crumlin on Sunday. Just a point separated the sides at half-time, but Kickhams let fly in the second half, particularly in the closing quarter, with goals from Glenn Doyle and James Talbot powering the ‘Mun to a 10-point victory. Ballymun had an impressive 12-point win over Ballyboden St. Enda’s in the semi-final in mid-November, with a slender three-point victory over neighbours St. Judes helping Thomas Davis into the decider. Ballymun manager Paddy Christie has been noted for his talents in guiding underage sides through to success, and

his latest crop, many of whom were part of the All-Ireland winning Feile Peil na nÓg side in 2011 dug in to pick up their latest piece of silverware. Thomas Davis began this game brightly with Stephen O’Byrne netting a first half goal, while points from Eamon Conroy and Mark Nolan (free) edged the Tallaght lads ahead. But Ballymun dug in, with Dublin Senior substitute keeper Evan Comeford landing a free, while Glenn Doyle was also on target, as their side levelled five minutes before the break. Kickhams kept pushing and at the interval they led by 0-6 to 1-2 thanks to a Dillon Keating score. Kickhams had the edge on the restart, with Darragh Conlon, Doyle and Carl Keeley taking points in a period where Ciarán Melligan offered a response for Thomas Davis. Adam Fitzpatrick made a fine contribution for Thomas Davis on his introduction as a substitute and finished the game as their top-scorer with four points, including three from play.

However, Kickhams were hungrier for silverware and firmly showed this in the closing minutes, with Paddy Small firing a point, before Glenn Doyle hit the net. It wasn’t long after before Talbot (who recently returned from playing soccer England, with Sunderland, to sign for Bohemians) showed his silky soccer skills to finish the ball to the net and seal a 10-point victory. After the game Ballymun Kickhams captain Carl Keeley accepted the Cup. “For a lot of the players this was the final game as an age group, the core of the team won’t be eligible next year, and have been playing together since 1997”, Christie told the Dublin Gazette. “For people like James Talbot to come back - he’s been missing a few years - is really great. We hope we can keep him at the same time as he plays for Bohs, as his passion for the game is really evident. “It was a huge game for the players, to finish things off this way. “People had been saying to

them that ‘nobody can touch them’, and that’s dangerous for a team. It meant a lot that it came together on the day.” Coincidentally this final win wasn’t Ballymun Kickhams first over Thomas Davis. When Kickhams last claimed silverware in 2008 it came on a similar score-line with Kickhams 2-11 to 1-7 winners. BALLYMUN KICKHAMS: E Comerford (0-1, 1f); S Leahy, A George, D Conlon (0-1); C Keeley (0-2), L Young, C Deasy; A Elliot, J Talbot (1-0); C O’Tighe, D Keating (0-3), C Gerrard (0-1); P Small (0-4. 3f), G Doyle (1-2), A Swan. Subs: C McCormack for O’Tighe (37), C Kavanagh for Keating (43), K McDonnell for Gerrard (56), M Juszczak for Leahy (61). THOMAS DAVIS: D Caffrey; J Lambert, S Kennedy, R Lynch; D Keogh, O Kelly, C Nugent Byrne; E Conroy (0-1), O Lambert; M Nolan (0-1, 1f), C Melligan (0-1), S Farrelly; K Winders, S O’Byrne (1-0), C Guilfoyle. Subs: A Fitzpatrick (0-4, 1f)for Lynch (35), P Kennedy for Guilfoyle (43), G Cummins for Nolan (58). REFEREE: Dave Aston.


NO winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €4500 on Monday 26th November. Ten match 3 winners each receive €600. Numbers were: 2,3,12 & 18.. Next Jackpot will be €5000. Our thanks to Fr John Ennis for his wonderful celebration of our Annual Club Mass. It was very well attended and a wonderful way to remember all our deceased Members and friends. The family of our former Chairman, John P Bourke, would like to thank all for their wonderful support over the past 12 months. The first and second draws in our Christmas 500 Raffle will take place in the Club Lounge at 10pm on Saturday.

CELEBRATIONS: Ballymun Kickhams celebrate their Under 21 A Football Championship success at O’Toole Park on Sunday.

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FAST SOCCER Defence Forces call up strong LSL contingent

New Republic of Ireland coaching ticket Robbie Keane and Mick McCarthy. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Destination Dublin a saving grace for Mick  DAVE DONNELLY

MICK McCarthy admits his heart was in his mouth when the Republic of Ireland were drawn alongside the Netherlands and Germany at Dublin’s Convention Centre T h e re we re ga s p s around the docksides building as it appeared Ireland were to suffer the ‘group of death’ in qualification for Euro 2020 which, for the first time, will see games staged in the capital. And it was Dublin’s status as a host city – one of 11 across Europe in a one-off event to celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary – that saved McCarthy’s side the roughest possible draw. As both Amsterdam and Munich are set to host games, UEFA’s rule that no

more than two host cities can contest the same group meant Ireland were moved to the more modest Group D. Instead, Northern Ireland were drawn into what both McCarthy and Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill described as the ‘group of death.’ T h e Re p u b l i c w i l l i n s t e a d f a c e U E FA Nations League semifinalists Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar with the top two going straight into the finals. The Boys in Green will kick things off in McCarthy’s first game in charge away to Gibraltar, either in the statelet or their regular base of Faro in Portugal, before Georgia visit the Aviva Stadium. “Everybody who was still in that pot were think-

ing they were going to be in that group and you heard the reaction to it,” a relieved McCarthy said after the draw. “It’s like the old cliché ‘Group of Death’ everybody thought. “I laughed because I was fully expecting to be in that group, being sod’s law, you think you will get it. “And then because it’s in Dublin, somebody will be thinking there was some skulduggery going on somewhere. “I don’t know why, it was like someone with their magic fingers on the laptop shifted us to, I guess, a collective sigh of relief. “But it is a bit of a premature sign of relief when you have got Switzerland and Denmark in the group.”

There’s a degree of familiarity between two of the sides in the group and Ireland, and the manager will have a tough job to get the time ready without any friendly games in the lead-in. Ireland have faced Denmark four times in just over a year, with a 5-1 defeat in Dublin ending Martin O’Neill’s World Cup dreams and a scoreless draw last month proving to be his last as coach. Georgia have now been drawn in Ireland’s group for the last three qualifying campaigns and, somewhat ominously, have improved each time and got their first ever drawn in Tbilisi last time out. “I haven’t [played against them] but the lads will have played against them so maybe it will be a good thing. It’s a different

competition. “If you’re playing in a league, every year you play the same teams. You go back and play them every year. So do you get familiar with them? I don’t think you have to change things. “If anybody’s taking us for granted or will treat us with a bit of contempt, as I’ve just been asked about Denmark, I don’t think for one minute anyone will.” Danish assistant manager Jon Dahl Tomasson admitted his side were pleased with their draw and to be coming back to Dublin once more. He said: “I enjoy coming back. It’s a lovely place. “I always look at possibilities. I’m always positive and I believe in our strength in ourselves regardless of which team we are playing.”

A LARGE number of Dublin club players have been named in the Irish Defence Forces’ 19-man squad for this week’s qualifiers for the 2019 CISM World Military Games. St Francis’s Ken Deegan and Lucan Unitd’s Darren Kelly will vye for the goalkeeping duties while the defensive line-up includes Ballymun United’s Chris Doolan, St Francis’s David Long and St Patrick’s CY’s Dean Tilley. In midfield, Shamrock Rovers Ricky Fox and Chris Kenny (pictured) are involved along with Sacred Heart’s Glenn Fulham and St Mochta’s Sean Poutch. Up front, Cherry Orchard’s Adrian Rafferty leads the line. Six European teams are battling it out for three spots to qualify for next year’s competition in China. Ireland will face France and Lithuania, knowing their spot is guaranteed if they win the three-team group. Secondplace could also be enough for the side to progress. Kenny has represented the team before at international level, and he says the pride of representing his country on the field is the highlight of his footballing career. “My job as a soldier is to represent my country on a daily basis. One of my first loves is football. To get to represent your country doing that, no matter what the level is an unbelievable achievement. I’m just happy to get the opportunity to do so again.” The squad travelled to Harskamp in the Netherlands on Sunday, before their opening match against Lithuania.

Niall Corbet and Daniel Mandroiu

BOHS SIGN NEW QUARTET BOHEMIANS have confirmed to announce the signings of goalkeeper Niall Corbet, defenders James Finnerty and Michael Barker, and midfielder Daniel Mandroiu. As well as the new arrivals, defender Paddy Kirk and striker Ryan Swan have both re-signed for 2019. Corbet, 24, joins after a season with Waterford having previously been with UCD where he was PFAI First Division Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017. Manager Keith Long said: “Niall is a good age for a goalkeeper with his prime still very much ahead of him but with good experience in the

league already. “Obviously there is a big void to fill with Shane Supple retiring but Niall and James Talbot are two excellent keepers who I believe will push one another.” Finnerty, 19, comes to Dalymount from Rochdale having spent three years with Aston Villa. Barker rejoins Bohemians after five years away with UCD, Bray Wanderers and, most recently, St Patrick’s Athletic. A local from Ballymun, Mandroiu, 20, comes to Dalymount from Brighton’s Under-23s having played with St Kevin’s Boys in his youth career.

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CRUMLIN CRUMLIN GAA would like to thank everyone who came to the fair on Sunday and supported Crumlin GAA. It was a very successful fundraiser and a very enjoyable day. To everyone who helped (both Juvenile and Adults) out on Saturday and volunteered on Sunday we thank you, without you, days like this wouldn’t be possible. Our Christmas Draw will be held on the 15th of December at 10.30pm with first prize being €2,000 along with 9 other cash prizes. Tickets are €20 and are limited so if you can please contact Maurice Kerrigan or ask behind the bar to make sure you are in with a chance of winning. Lotto was not won numbers drawn were 3,14,25,29. There was 1 match 3 winners and next weeks winning jackpot will be €1,800. Joker Poker is played every Sunday in the club and next week’s jackpot is €1,700. Winners of the monthly draw for November were €1,000 Jamie Maher €200 Paddy Kavanagh €100 Liz Hennebry €50 Paul Devlin €50 Kieran Groarke. Anyone looking to join please contact James Comerford on 0876769885

ERIN’S ISLE FINGLAS BEST of luck to mens Under 21’s football team who play in the championship final this coming Saturday against Round Towers Clondalkin. Throw in is at 2:30pm in Abbotstown. Hopefully the lads can bring the silverware back to Finglas. C’mon The Parish !!! Well done to Neil Matthews, James O’Connor, Nathan Dwyer, Jack Grafton, Conall OToole, Chloe Lambert, Emer Carney, Jade Sullivan

and Jasmine Lowe who received their Bursary awards. A great evening and huge thanks to Marc Murphy, Paul Flynn, Paul Mcauliffe and Ciaran Mc Carney. Best of luck to the Minor Camogie team who play in the championship this coming Sunday against Kilmacud Crokes. Throw in is at 3pm in Abbottstown. Best of luck girls.

ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT EOGHAN RUADH Congratulations to the U21 Hurling team on victory over St. Judes to win the 2018 B championship final by 2-14 to 1-16. The game went to extra time as the teams finished level after normal time. It was no coincident that the game went to extra time as the teams were also level at the half time break. This was a fine sporting game between two evenly matched teams. Sean Shanley, County Board Chairman presented the Cup to team captain Dylan O’Reilly after his side edged in front in the final moments. Thanks to Derek Brennan, Fintan Hayes and Aidan Phelan and all involved in managing and mentoring the team. Thanks also to the great turnout from the club to support the team. The Club extends its deepest sympathy to Donal Byrne & the Byrne Family and to Kieran Bermingham & Family in their bereavement on the death of their beloved Caroline.


Brady’s stroke of fortune extends LSL lead LSL SUNDAY SENIOR Crumlin United Bluebell United  JAMES HENDICOTT

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CRUMLIN United put further distance into their lead at the head of the LSL Sunday Senior, stretching their advantage to 10-points following a breath-taking start to the season, They got one over their perennial rivals and reigning champions Bluebell by the narrowest of margins last Sunday. Andy Noonan’s physical Bluebell side are always going to be a threat and their trip to Armagh Road had the potential to be the season’s turning point. The tight, scrappy contest felt like a table-topping clash, too. In a bitty first half, Bell had slightly the better of the opening 15 minutes, their energetic pressing game forcing Crumlin into some rushed clearances. Though the home side had little more to deal with than a couple of slow-paced shots, they had

trouble holding the ball in the early stages, and came under substantial pressure. Much of the game was being played around the middle, with the majority of attacking balls being cut out in the channels, though Gary Seery on the Bluebell right looked a consistent threat as he ran at the Bluebell backline. The game continued in a similar bent: two evenly matched sides with strong defences and lacking a little attacking bite. As Crumlin got to grips with Bluebell’s high press, few clear chances on goal presented themselves. The only solid chance fell to the visitors, a well worked move down the right hand side that ended with Crumlin’s ‘keeper forced into a save with his feet from ten years out. The second half continued in a similar vein, though Crumlin were now asserting more of the modest pressure. There was also a growing snark to the game, particularly around Bluebell’s two large centre backs, both of whom were getting stuck into

some meaty challenges, and causing chaos as they stormed forward for set pieces. Alan McGreal had a strong claim for a penalty denied when he turned and shot on the edge of the box for Crumlin, with the winger’s attacking intent down the left hand side becoming an increasingly key part of the game. It was from that win that the home side did go ahead on 75 minutes, when left back Garrett Brady broke

down the wing and crossed from out wide. It evaded everyone and fell in the corner of the Bluebell net to put the league leaders ahead. McGreal had a strong chance to make it two shortly afterwards but spun the ball wide under pressure from two Bluebell defenders. From then on, the pressure came almost entirely from Bluebell as they launched a series of late set pieces and high balls

into the Crumlin box. The goal wasn’t forthcoming and, aside from a couple of pressured scrambles free of the six yard box, it never looked particularly likely. Crumlin’s win is vital and cements their position at the summit of the Sunday Senior division where nearest challengers Killester Donnycarney and Bluebell United will have to hope for a collapse if they are to close that gap at the top.

Muckross back on the march

Muckross celebrate a Laura Hanlon goal against Old Alex. Picture: Adrian Boehm

MUCKROSS finally turned a strong performance into a result as they beat Old Alex 3-0 in the second round of hockey’s Irish Senior Cup, a big turnaround from their 5-1 league loss to the same opponent. Laura Hanlon put them ahead in the 13th minute from a corner before Niamh Gowing gave Muckross extra breathing space at half-time on the rebound for 2-0. Yasmin Pratt showed her prodigious pace to race clear down the right and then bury a oneon-one chance to complete the 3-0 win in the last

few minutes. Reflecting on the tie, Muckross coach Sarah Scott was thrilled with the outcome: “I am absolutely delighted with how the girls played. We started really well, pressed extremely well and won a lot of ball in midfield. “I am really happy we won a corner from it and scored and that set us up, giving us huge confidence. “Over the last three or four games, we have struggled in that area but going one up helped the side realise their potential.”

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Conneely out-flanks Shannon for big win AIL DIVISION 1A Shannon Lansdowne 

Crumlin United’s LSL Sunday Senior side


McCarthy stateside to spread the GAA gospel PwC All Star footballer James McCarthy from Ballymun Kickhams - helped out with members of the Philadelphia GAA Club during a Coaching Session as part of the PwC All Stars Football tour at Philadelphia GAA Club in Limerick Field, Longview Rd, Pottstown, Philadelphia. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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FLANKER Aaron Conneely helped himself to a brace of tries as Lansdowne made it five All-Ireland League wins on the trot with a 32-15 bonus point success against Shannon on Thomond Park’s back pitch. Promising young out-halves Harry Byrne and Conor Fitzgerald exchanged penalties during a tightly-contested opening 32 minutes, with both defences standing up well in the gloomy conditions. Lansdowne broke the try deadlock three minutes later, peeling off a lineout maul as openside Conneely made it over for Byrne to convert. However, the best move of the first half saw Shannon reduce the arrears to 10-8 just before the interval. Second row and captain Jade Kriel made the initial incision and the supporting Fitzgerald did well to hold up the ball and release onrushing centre Robbie Deegan for a five-pointer that delighted the vocal home support. Lansdowne hit back with Conneely’s second barely a minute into the second period, once again the maul providing the platform and the hosts were unable to keep them out. Byrne converted and pushed the lead out to 20-8 with a 53rd minute penalty, clinically building scoreboard pressure after Pa Ryan’s break at the other end had been foiled by a knock-on. The defending champions hit the hour mark 19 points to the good, their power-packed maul forcing a penalty try and leaving Shannon down to 14 men. Third-placed Lansdowne, who have closed to within four points of the summit, had another maul held up over the line before replacement Willie Fay broke from the back of the five-metre scrum to secure the bonus point score, 12 minutes from the end. Conneely’s opposite number Charlie Carmo-

Lansdowne attempt to break through the Shannon defence

dy led Shannon’s late charge for a consolation try and they did get over in the dying minutes, a Fitzgerald cross-field kick setting up winger Nathan Randles for a converted try in the corner. Clontarf, meanwhile, lost their place at the head of the table as they fell 16-13 to new leaders Cork Con at Castle Avenue.

Armed with a 13-3 advantage inside the final quarter, ‘Tarf looked set to preserve their 100% record this season. But the boot of Aidan Moynihan kept Cork Con in contention and replacement Joe McSwiney’s converted try drew them level before Moynihan landed an injury-time penalty to dramatically take the spoils.

UCD and Killester win big Dublin derbies BASKETBALL 

UCD Marian and Pyrobel Killester came out on top of their respective men’s SuperLeague basketball ties as they ran out winners over DCU Saints and Griffith College Swords Thunder respectively. L a s t y e a r ’s C u p r u n n e rs - u p, M a r i a n stormed into a dominant 47-28 point lead at

half time and didn’t look back from there, holding out to win 83-61. Mike Garrow weighed in with a game high 25 points while Conor Meany scored 20 and Mario Markovicz landed 14. Micheal Bonaparte led the counter-attack with 16 but they were well off the pace, Killester were also dominant over in Swords, easing into a

33-57 point lead at half time, a cushion that helped them see home a 67-90 point win in the end. Kieran O’Brien led the way for the visitors with a 21-point display and they now go on to meet Tralee in the semi-finals in Cork in January. Elijah Mays showed up well for Swords with 24 points but no one else reached double figures.

Pyrobel Killester on the attack against Swords Thunder. Picture: Martin Doherty

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NA FIANNA Na Fianna’s U21 hurlers were triumphant in O’Toole Park overcoming a resolute St. Vincent’s outfit and in the process winning a third consecutive U21 ‘A’ county final. Indeed it took extra time to separate the two teams in what was a pulsating contest throughout on a 3-18 to 1-18 score-line. The historic win was well deserved by this group of players who have put in a Trojan effort over the past number of weeks. A few players valiantly played through the pain barrier on Saturday which was testament to their fighting spirit, none more so than Hugh Fenlon at full-back. Huge credit must also go to manager Dermot Moran and his extensive backroom team on the work that they put in. In his acceptance speech, captain Padraig Buggy fittingly paid tribute to all the mentors who had been involved with these players down through the years and helped shape them into championship-winning hurlers. It has been a remarkable number of years for our underage hurlers and one can only hope that this will be the springboard for further success down the line. With the winter period upon us and the weather deteriorating, the Facilities Committee, as per club policy have closed all grass pitches from November 18th 2018 until February 2019. The only games permitted are the remaining official County Board Championship and League games. No training or challenge matches will be permitted on grass pitches until next February at the earliest. Please do not request the use of them for this period. The All Weathers will be open and Winter Schedule is in place for teams. Míle Buíochas for your co-operation throughout the year. Well done to Lesley, Gina and all the crew who arranged two really successful fundraisers to mark this time of year - Gina arranged the sale of Fia - Na Fianna a set of Hot Chocolate kits for the season. They proved a great success and were sold out by 10.30 at the nursery. Lesley Jamesion - was on hand over the last few weeks selling raffle tickets for Grannys Christmas cake and the final winner was our own sweet toothed thespian Mark Brabazon. All around to the Brabazons then for the Cake!! Congrats to club members Meadhbh Ní Dhalaigh and Cathal Caverely on their awarding of Bursaries for their work in the promotion of Gaelic Games at Third Level. They were among 21 individuals from the province who were presented with their awards last Tuesday in Aras Laighean Portlaoise by Leinster Chairman Jim Bolger. Remarkably the club was the only club to have two receipients - fair play and congrats to Meadhbh, Cathal and their proud families.

History beckons for Clontarf in first All-Ireland final

FESTIVE FEELING: Clontarf Captain Sarah Murphy is hoping for an early Christmas present this Saturday with All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football silverware up for grabs at Parnell Park. Picture: David Fitzgerald / SPORTSFILE

O’TOOLES THANKS to those that supported our juvenile fundraising quiz night, and to Ray & Damián for the wonderful job they did on the night. A great night was had by all and we raised a few Euro too. Condolences to John, Lorcan, Katherina and the Fields family on the death of their mother Carmel. Funeral Tuesday morning to the Church of The Nativity of Our Lord, Montrose Park, Beaumont, for Mass at 10am.



Entertainment in our lounge this weekend….Sat ‘Sidekick’ and Sun with ‘Phil Haliday’. Coming on Fri Dec 14th, the superb number 1 ballad group ‘The Invincibles’. This not to be missed night is a fundraiser for the senior section of the club. There was no winner of our Thursday night ‘live’ Club Lotto draw. The numbers were 6, 8, 11, 23. This week the jackpot is €5,200

RAHENY GO raibh maith agaibh to all who attended our AGM on Monday night. Thank you to all mentors, players, committee members and volunteers for a successful year on and off the pitch. We would like to say a special thanks to Mark O’Connor, Fionnan Ryan, Alison Dempsey and Ciara Manley who step away from their roles on the executive as chairman, treasurer, PRO and camogie chairperson. The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes often goes unrecognised. We are eternally grateful to have such a positive and enthusiastic community spirit alive and well at Raheny GAA Club as we welcome our new executive for 2019. Ní neart go cur le cheile. Well done to our Minor Camogie team who beat St. Maur’s by 3-8 to 1-4 on Sunday morning. Hard luck to our footballers in the Under 21 B Semi-final, who lost to Skerries Harps by 0-11 to 0-10 in a hard fought Championship match. Whilst our young lads were disappointed to lose by a point, they should be very proud, they all gave 100%. It’s very encouraging for Raheny GAA club to see lots of new talent coming out the Juvenile ranks up into Adult Football, keep up the good work lads.

CLONTARF Ladies Football captain Sarah Murphy says the tough Dublin campaigns of the past have stood to her side as they embark on a first ever All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Final at Parnell Park on Saturday. It’s a first ever All-Ireland decider for any team from the club in any code, and it’s one which Murphy is hugely looking forward too. “It’s brilliant. Before we have lost so many Dublin finals, so to get this far – each step is something that we are taking in our stride,” Murphy told the Dublin Gazette ahead of Saturday’s decider. “Winning each game is unbelievable, as is the fact that we are now in an All-Ireland final. For

the club it’s the furthest anyone has got, and it’s going to be on TG4 also so it is brilliant!” The Clontarf skipper was full of smiles at Croke Park at the press event ahead of the finals, with the players getting to visit Santa’s Grotto in the Croke Park dressing rooms! She’s hoping for an early Christmas present this weekend, but knows that it’s going to be tough against Monaghan and Ulster winners Emmet Óg, who are also contesting their first decider. “This year hopefully this will be our third trophy to win, but like I’ve said we have never got out of Dublin before, so these trophies we aren’t ta k i n g a ny t h i n g fo r granted,” she said. “I work in a school and bringing the trophies into the lads is great, so hopefully we can push it

over the line on Saturday. “It hasn’t been easy for us during the campaign. We’ve always been the team put on top to win Dublin Championships, but it doesn’t always happen. “It’s so tough to get out of Dublin nowadays with brilliant teams and brilliant players coming through. “Each game we are going in with our heads up, and the results have come out good for us so far, so we are happy!” Murphy says the panel has been key to their progress so far this year. “The girls that we have on our team are unbelievable. “We have girls on the bench that are equally as good as girls on the pitch, so each training session is so hard for us.” C l o n ta r f we re 6 - 9 to 0-6 winners over St Brendan’s of Galway

in the semi-final, but Murphy feels that game wasn’t as easy as the score-line suggested. “We went out knowing that they were going to be a good team, particularly when it was in their home venue,” she said. “We just concentrated on ourselves, our forwards running and our backs moving well. “It was just on the day, and in that game we scored more goals nearly than points. It was brilliant kicking the ball into the full-forward line, because they just finished it for us.” M u r p hy s ays t h i s weekend, it doesn’t matter if goals aren’t as plentiful. “We’ll take anything that we can have, if it’s a goal or a point or a blockdown or an interception,” she said. “Whatever we can give, we’ll take it!”



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