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Part of the sprawling UCD Belfield campus
STUDENTS at Dublin’s largest university are living in fear after the alleged rape of a young woman on campus last week. Gardai are investigating an alleged serious sexual
assault on the UCD student in the early hours of Friday as she was walking home from a night out. The student made a complaint after she alleged she was assaulted while walking through Belfield.
UCD’s student union posted a warning on their social media pages urging vigilance and reminding students that a “Walk Safe” programme was in operation. However, no reference was made to the woman’s
alleged assault. The Walk Safe service allows students who feel under threat to contact college security who will then escort them to their destination on campus. Continued on Page 5
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BILL | ‘FIRST SUCH OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF DUBLIN’
Dublin could have a directly elected mayor in 2 years AISLING KENNEDY DUBLINERS may get the chance to vote for a directly elected mayor following a new Fianna Fail bill that is set to go forward to committee stage. John Lahart (FF), TD for Dublin South West, said that the bill aims to strengthen democracy and local governance by directly electing one Mayor for the Dublin area. He said: “Currently Dublin has four local authorities, four
chief executives, four mayors, 183 councillors and countless State agencies in Dublin, often competing against each other rather than together. “A directly elected Mayor would provide singular leadership to this structure. “It is vital that we provide for a new, more co-ordinated, collaborative approach with one overall figure in office. “A new, directly elected Mayor will move beyond ceremonial pur pose and into
the position to concentrate on forming policy, allocating resources, alleviating problems in planning, housing, transport and other critical issues in the capital.” Act Deputy Lahart said that the bill would provide for an Act to enable the holding of a vote of eligible voters in the four administrative areas of Dublin <plebiscite>, to decide whether legislation should be brought
forward to provide for an office of a directly elected Mayor. The plebiscite, he said, would be held in conjunction with the local and European elections in 2019. “My proposals are strictly designed to enable and empower the people of Dublin to decide for themselves whether they want to elect a Mayor for all the capital. “It will be the first such opportunity for the people of Dublin to decide in such a way.”
Think you’ve got a talent which can entertain? BUDDING entertainers take note; Britain’s Got Talent auditions are coming to Dublin this Friday. If youpopular cannot attend these auditions The team of the panel show will be in apply now via ITV.COM/TALENT the Ilac Centre this Friday December 2 to scope out the local talent. So if you think you’ve got a talent which can impress and entertain, now is the time to show them what you’ve got. Successful acts will then be in with a chance of securing a place at one of the judges’ auditions in 2017. Previous Irish acts to do well on the show include the Presentation Senior Choir from Kilkenny and husband and wife singing due Ian and Anne Marshall from Belfast. Open auditions are being held at the Ilac Shopping Centre from 12pm to 4pm.
Santa arriving at the Powerscourt Centre SANTA Claus is coming to town – more specifically to South William Street. The beloved Powerscourt Town Centre Santa returns to the centre this Saturday, December 3. Mr Claus will be joined by Mrs Claus, a host of elves and the Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir at Powerscourt each weekend in December from 12pm most days. Entrance is €15 and and includes a photo with Father Christmas and a unique gift, plus a donation to the Simon Community. From the first week of December, the centre will be packed to the rafters with activities from stunning live lunch time opera with leading Irish sopranos, children’s face-painters and complimentary entertainment.
Shining a light on the Northside DUBLINTOWN officially launched ‘Dublin One’ an exciting new brand which will shine a light on Dublin city’s Northside district. Dubliner and well-known radio presenter Louise McSharry took a well-earned break from nursing her newborn son to launch the new brand at The Tram Cafe in Wolfe Tone Square. With over 850 businesses in Dublin One, the district is a hub of bustling diversity, where traditional and contemporary sit side by side in the heart of the city. Log on to www.dublin-one.ie for more information #DublinOne. Picture: Leon Farrrell/
DUBLINERS | STUDENT SET FOR TOP MODEL CAREER
AISLING KENNEDY A GORGEOUS 20-year-old Dubliner has been selected from 4,500 applicants for the final of the prestigious international Top Model competition. Tallaght I.T. student Carolina Aznar has told how she recently found out that she was one of 50 girls selected for the Irish finals later this month . The pocket-sized stunner from Shankill said she’d tried out modelling before but had been told she was too small to make it on the catwalk. She told The Gazette: “I tried modelling before but I found it hard because of my height. I was told I was too small because I’m 5”3. They’re happy with my height in this competition though so I’m delighted. I’ll to give it my best shot.” For the next part of the competition, Carolina will take part in two separate catwalk events at the Temple Bar Arts Studio on December 10. If Carolina is a winner on the day, the prizes include professional photography shoots for the cover of Irish Fashion and Glamour Magazine, and she’ll represent Ireland in the Worldwide Grand Final in London which will include opportunities at London Fashion Week.
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REGENERATION | CALLS FOR OLD SHOPPING CENTRE TO BE DEMOLISHED FOR A NEW ONE
More investment needed in Ballymun - Cllr Noeleen Reilly
AISLING KENNEDY and EMMA NOLAN FOLLOWING on from a visit by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney to Ballymun last week, Cllr Noeleen Reilly (SF) has called for more investment in the area. The dilapidated 50-yearold Ballymun shopping centre, which has been a blight on the regeneration of the area, was due to be redeveloped by Dublin City Council a number of years ago. Cllr Reilly told the Gazette: “I am pleased to see that Minister Coveney has responded to calls for him to visit Ballymun and see first hand how much of the regeneration has left to be completed. “The Minister made a statement a number of months ago that the physical regeneration of Ballymun was complete. “He will see for himself that this is not the case as in the middle of the town centre is an eyesore where once the Ballymun shopping centre proudly operated.” Robert Murphy of the Ballymun for Business group was the one who personally invited Minister Coveney to visit Ballymun. Robert, who runs the SuperValu in Ballymun says that the centre should be demolished.
The dilapidated Ballymun shopping centre
“It’s very old, it would cost too much to redevelop, it needs to be demolished so a new one can be built.” He hopes that a mix use development with both residential and commercial units should take its place. Born and bred in Ballymun, Robert has seen all the changes that have happened in the area in the last few years. The shopping centre itself was purchased by developers Treasury Holdings in 2005 with the intention of de-tenanting and demolishing the existing building and to replace it with a huge shopping centre development along with a cinema, 800 apartments and leisure facilities. This process was started with many of the businesses accepting deals from the developers to leave their units. “Unfortunately, in 2008, the crash happened and Treasury Holdings went into NAMA,” Robert explained.
Dublin City Council then acquired the shopping centre. T he way for ward, according to both Ballymun for Business and DCC is “de-tenant, demolish and rebuild”. “It would be sending out a great message that there is a new commercial quarter being built in Ballymun,” Robert said. Cllr Reilly said that the Budget for the Ballymun Regeneration needs to be reinstated to complete the town centre as well as provide more housing in the area on all the vacant land. “There is enough land in Ballymun for 2,000 housing units. Some of this land requires work before building can take place and I would call on Minister Coveney to provide funding for this so residents can enjoy the regeneration they were promised. “The economic revival of Ballymun hasn’t happened at the pace of the residential regeneration,” Robbert added.
Dubliners come together to show they care about CARI
A HOST of familiar faces rubbed shoulders with people from all across the city at the CARI fundraising charity Christmas lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel recently. A number of locals made the trip over to the lunch, joining everyone in their shared will to support CARI’s work in providing therapy and support for children affected by child sexual abuse. Sarah Jane Murray, Nadine Wai O’Flynn and Ceire O’Rourke were just three of the many stylishly-dressed CARI supporters gathered for the very worthwhile cause at the prestigious hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
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Gardai called to ‘gun’ at school GARDAI were called to a school in Loughlinstown after a student was seen carrying what was thought to be a gun. The incident occurred earlier this week at St Laurence College on Wyattville Road. Gardai seized an item, believed to be an imitation firearm, from a pupil. It is believed that the item has been seized and sent for technical examination. No arrests have been made. The principal of St Laurence College, Billy Redmond, said: “I would not be able to comment on any individual case, as we are working with minors. “We do, on occasion – like all schools – communicate with the gardai and other external agencies for advice and support.”
Mum Niamh with baby Aisling Fagan, Cliodna Gilroy with baby Isla, Mark Fagan with Donnacha (1), and Dave Gilroy, with Oisin (6) and Ailish (4)
UCD | GARDAI INVESTIGATING CLAIM
Students shocked over alleged rape Continued from Page 1
Santa Clauses come to town
DUBLIN’S beginning to look at lot like Christmas, with grottos and white-bearded men in red suits popping up all over the capital and surrounding areas. The Fagan and Gilroy families from Marino and Ard Na Greine and had a ball with their gorgeous kids at Santa’s House Express in Palmerstown House Estate near Naas, while the Whelan family met the REAL Santa at Croke Park’s fantastic Santa Experience. Santa will be spending the entire run-up to Christmas at GAA HQ - and you can book tickets for the family at CrokePark.ie. To visit the magical winter wonderland at Palmerstown House, visit santashouseexpress.ie
The alleged attack took place less a week after 18-year-old student Kym Owens was found unconscious at Maynooth University. Ms Owens suffered horrific head injuries when she was attacked in the town after getting off a bus from Monaghan last Sunday week. She remains in hospital almost two weeks after the attack. Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the attack, which is believed to have happened around 8.30pm. There is no suggestion that the two incidents are linked. In relation to the alleged Belfield incident, a spokesperson for An
Garda Siochana confirmed: “Gardai are investigating an alleged assault that occurred at UCD on Thursday, November 24.” Second year History and Politics student Hazel Nolan (19) told The Gazette that she doesn’t feel safe walking around the UCD campus at night. She said: “I think that the Walk Safe service is a step in the right direction, but the fact that we even need one is awful.” Hazel said that she is “always scared” when she has to walk to the bus stop after staying late in college, and said that it is “too dark” around the lake, where it is alleged that the incident occurred. Echoing Hazel’s words, L aw s t u d e n t C l a i r e O’Sullivan (20) said she
was shocked by the news. She said: “When I first heard about it, I was hoping it was just a rumour. To think that something like this could happen on the UCD campus terrifies me. “You see these types of awful stories all over the internet, but you still hope and naively assume nothing like that could happen so close to you.” Claire said that she had never really thought about her safety on campus at night until now. She added: “During exam season, I’ll often stay in the library late and walk to the bus stop on my own without even thinking there would be a possibility anything could happen to me. “I’m definitely going to be more cautious now.”
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Out and About
Ruby and Lilly May with mum Mary Thunder from Clondalkin
Sophie Harding and Meabh Doyle
Leane and Sophia Sullivan.
Festive fever sweeps across the capital D
UBLINERS got into the festive spirit last weekend with a bunch of Christmas events going on including, Santa arriving at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, the Draiocht Christmas Craft Fair and the turning on of the lights at Oâ€™Connell Street Christmas Tree. Apart from the lighting ceremony, there was a successful attempt to break the world record for the most people wearing Christmas jumpers.
Pictures: Alison Oâ€™Hanlon, Andres Poveda and Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Fairy Clodagh entertaining Aaron Healy and his dad Garatt
Muireann and Ben Noble with Tadhg and Simeia Bhroin
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Out and About
Lacie Delaney from Ballyfermot
Winners of the best Christmas Jumpers competition: Fran, Sarah and Maric Hyland with their dogs Cody and Lucky.
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CRIME | COURTS HEAR A LITANY OF SHOCKING ACTS ACROSS THE CITY
Clonsilla taximan told to leave the country over his ‘unrequited love’ A TAXI driver from Clonsilla who harassed his exgirlfriend out of what a court called “unrequited love” has been ordered to leave the country. Mihail Ghimisli (35) began harassing the woman three years after she broke up with him following a relationship which lasted a few weeks. Counsel for Ghimisli told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court his client was acting under the effect of “unrequited love” and was willing to leave Ireland to avoid a custodial sentence. Ghimisli, originally from Romania, but with an address in Castlefield Court, Clonsilla pleaded guilty to one count of harassing Larina Belova on four occasions between May and July 2014. Ghimisli has two previous convictions for harassing Ms Belova after the break-up of their brief relationship in 2011. The court heard the pair dated for just a few weeks, but Ghimisli became “obsessed” with Ms Belova. Judge Melanie Greally noted Ms Belova had suffered ongoing distress as a result of Ghimisli’s actions and that she had made clear to him that his approaches were entirety unwanted. She said the offences appeared to be borne of a hopeless situation of unrequited love which Ghimisli had extreme difficulty in accepting. Judge Greally imposed an 18 month sentence which she suspended in full on strict conditions including that he leave the country within 48 hours and undertake to provide his address in Romania to the investigating officer. She ordered him not
to communicate with Ms Belova for ten years by any means and not go within 20 kilometres of her home or workplace. She warned Ghimisli that failing to abide by the orders would be a separate offence and he could be brought back to this country to be prosecuted for any such failure. In a victim impact report, Ms Belova said she had been living in “constant fear” of Ghimisli. She had to move home, change her job and sell her car in the wake of the harassment.
‘Judge Melanie Greally noted Ms Belova had suffered ongoing distress as a result of Ghimisli’s entirely unwanted actions’ -------------------------
Garda John Hayes agreed with Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that Ms Belova was driving to a petrol station on May 12, 2014, when she noticed Ghimisli in his taxi driving by her. He made eye contact with her before turning his car around and following her, Mr Baker said. He followed her to the petrol station and was watching her fill up with petrol when Ms Belova “had the presence of mind” to take a photo of Ghimisli, the court heard. He left the scene shortly afterwards. The court heard of a number of other incidents involving Ghimisli’s unwanted attentions towards Ms Belova.
Man swung a meat cleaver at gardai trying to catch him A ROBBER who swung a meat cleaver at gardai attempting to catch him has been given a three and a half year sentence, with the final nine months suspended. Judge Elma Sheehan commended the “extremely brave and impressive” efforts of gardai to catch Ciaran Kenny (20), of Lourdes Road, Maryland, Dublin 8. Gardai Cathal McGeoghan and David Currivan were manning a checkpoint in Crumlin when they were told that two armed men had just entered a nearby shop. T he gardai chased the men in their car and then on foot and used their pepper spray on several occasions when it appeared they were going to be attacked. One man was arrested by Gda McGeoghan, while another was spotted by the garda helicopter hiding in a back garden.
Kenny pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and production of a meat cleaver in Crumlin on November 30, 2015. Judge Sheehan imposed a three and a half year sentence and suspended the final nine months on condition he engage with the Probation Service. She ordered that any time in custody be taken into account. Gda McGeoghan told prosecuting counsel Eilis Brennan BL that Kenny and his accomplice entered a Spar shop with their faces covered. Kenny had a meat cleaver, while the other man had a metal bar. They threatened the cashiers before escaping with nearly €400. The two gardai arrived in a patrol car as the men left the shop. Gda McGeoghan pepper sprayed the men while sitting in the car, as he was in fear of his safety.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
The robbers fled and Gda McGeoghan chased them on foot while Gda Currivan tried to cut them off in the patrol car. Kenny and the other man were seen throwing away coins and their face masks as they ran. T he garda car cut them off nearby and the men turned and raised their weapons. Gda McGeoghan pepper sprayed the man with the
iron bar, who he believed to be the more bigger threat. This man was arrested while Gda Currivan chased Kenny over a wall. The garda lost sight of him but the garda helicopter was overhead and spotted Kenny hiding in a garden. He was arrested shortly afterwards and the meat cleaver was found nearby. Defence counsel Jona-
than Moore BL said his client pleaded guilty at an early stage. He said that despite his 20 previous convictions, Kenny still had the capacity to reform himself. Mr Moore said he was instructed to convey his client’s apologies. He said Kenny was a father of a four-year-old child, and no longer wanted to live a life going in and out of custody.
LUCAN | GUILTY PLEA ENTERED TO POSESSION OF 18KG OF KETAMINE
Nine years for man holding over €1m of drugs in a lock-up
A MAN who was holding over €1 million worth of drugs in a Kildare storage facility he had been renting has been sentenced to nine years, with the final two years suspended. Patrick Purcell (33), of St Finian’s Green, Lucan, was under surveillance when gardai witnessed him handing over a drug package to another man. A warrant was secured for a
lock-up he had been spotted in earlier that day, where over €1 million worth of ketamine and €14,896 of cocaine was discovered. Purcell told gardai on arrest that he had been paid €500 to hold and distribute the drugs. He accepted that he had been renting the lock-up for €15 per week, but claimed he had been using it to store tools.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of 18kg of ketamine worth €1,080,000, and 212 grammes of cocaine for sale or supply at the premises he had been renting in Straffan, Kildare on June 4, 2015. He also pleaded guilty to possession of 2.2 kg of ketamine, worth an estimated €103,123 at Maiden’s Row, Chapelizod on the same date. Purcell has four
previous convictions, including one for a drug offence for which he received a suspended sentence. Judge Melanie Greally said “a large number of impressive testimonials” had been handed into court from reputable people who spoke well of Purcell. She accepted that he had expressed genuine regret for the impact his crime had on his family and the wider community.
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TEMPLE STREET | HSE AND MINISTER URGED TO SUPPORT UROLOGIST BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
‘Our kids’ lives depend on this man’ AISLING KENNEDY A CONSULTANT Urologist – who was only appointed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital this year after an eight-year vacancy – may have to resign unless he is given the resources to provide appropriate care for children. According to parents group Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI), there is currently a lack of availability in theatre and radiological service time, inadequate support for the urology team and a lack of urology services offered to children who require support at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. SBHI spoke out last week to say that a number of worried parents
Hollie, 6, was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
had contacted them regarding the situation and they are now calling on Minister for Health Simon Harris to take
immediate action to provide adequate resources to consultant urologist Salvatore Cascio and his team to prevent the loss
of this service. Tom Scott, CEO at SBHI said: “To learn that this situation is now under threat is a massive disappointment and is already causing a great deal of anxiety amongst the parents of our younger ser vice users who attend the clinic.” Diane O’Keane is the mother of Hollie O’Keane and she is very concerned for her daughter’s future if she does not get the urology care she needs from Mr Cascio. Ms O’Keane said: “Hollie was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. She has a neurogenic bowel and bladder due to this. She is under the care of a multidisciplinary team in Temple Street Hospital. We have yet to see
the new doctor due to a backlog and we won’t be able to see him until November 2017.” Hollie is incontinent of bowel and bladder and requires specialist treatment to prevent irreversible kidney damage. The six year old needs regular testing, scans and continued monitoring of her prescribed medications for this condition. “Up until now most of her care has come from the fantastic Spina Bifida nurses in Temple Street, and we are grateful for this. But she needs to see Mr Cascio regularly to give her the best chance to manage her incontinence and keep her kidneys healthy. “Currently, he is not being given enough support from the HSE, he cannot gain access to
theatre to offer intervention where it is needed. He is also lacking resources to enable him to treat our children effectively and we fear we may lose him if things do not change.” Ms O’Keane said that she is urging the HSE and the Minister to step up and offer Mr Cascio the support he needs before it is too late. “Our children are depending on them,” she said. In response to claims that Mr Cascio may be forced to resign, a spokesperson for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital told The Gazette that Mr Cascio has a five-hour theatre slot ever y T hursday morning subject to rolling closures which occur one in every four weeks.
He said: “In addition, the operating theatre manager allocates Mr Cascio additional theatre space on Thursday afternoon sessions once or twice a month. There are also two clinical nurse specialists assigned to the Spina Bifida service with administrative support.” According to the hospital, a consultant paediatrician with a special interest in urology and an additional clinical nurse specialist have been included in its estimates for 2017. T h e s p o ke s p e r s o n added: “Mr Cascio is working closely with the senior management team to provide a service within the current resources. The hospital is very supportive of Mr Cascio in this regard.”
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| YELLOW TAIL WINE TASTING HOSTED BY JAMES KAVANAGH
Megan Virgo, Niall Matthews and James Kavanagh
Katie Killeen and Sherie King. Pictures: Brian McEvoy
A corker of an event S
NAPCHAT star James Kavanagh was the host for the event that saw wine lovers come from near and far for the Yellow Tail festive wine tasting at Fade Street Social.
Aisling McGowan and Caroline McGowan
Alan Doyle, Mikie O’Loughlin and Ian Curran
Guests enjoyed some tasty Yellow Tail wine and fabulous canapes at the city centre venue and they were also treated to a surprise visit from Sexy Santa.
Joy Kelly, Sinead Ni Chaolain and Sarah
Patrick Kavanagh and Orla
Angelina Farrell, Gillian Fennelly and Roisin Heeney
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| STARS ARE OUT FOR RELAUNCH OF KRYSTLE NIGHTCLUB
Dillon St Paul of the UK Apprentice with models Emilly McKeogh, Gail Kaneswaren and Brittany Mason
Model Lisa Nolan
Back in business Niamh Gaffney and Paulina Mastalska. Ellen Sherry (Left) Pictures: Brian Mcevoy
Eoghan McDermott and Emma McEvoy
WHOLE host of well-known faces came out for the glitzy relaunch of Krystle Nightclub last weekend. The famous nightclub re-opened its doors after closing for major renovations over the past few months. Dillon St Paul of the UK Apprentice, a number of Irish models and actors were amongst those who toasted the return of one of the capitalâ€™s best celebrity hot spots.
Actor Dave Duffy
Krystle Nighclub owners Eileen Wright and Rangan Aruchelvan
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Scholarships awarded to Dublin students TWELVE Dublin students have been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward their third-level education. The awards ceremony took place on November 19 at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, presented the awards. Special guest at this year’s awards ceremony was Rugby Legend, Paul O’Connell. This is the ninth year of the Scholarships, which are sponsored by JP McManus. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were
presented with a third level scholarship certificate. The scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate in 2016. JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.
FAIRCHAIN | NATIONAL CRAFTS AND DESIGN FAIR AT THE RDS
Radically good coffee with a radical impact IAN BEGLEY
TWO self-confessed social upstarts whose ambition to change the world led to the foundation of the first Fairchain coffee company in Ireland were showcased at the National Crafts and Design Fair at the RDS this week. Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount both had many years of travel experience through poverty-ravaged coffee growing communi-
ties in Africa and South America, when they met at the UCD Innovation Academy. While researching how their ideals could challenge global inequality, they came across the innovative social enterprise Moyee Coffee. “Less than 15% of coffee value goes to coffeegrowing countries and 99% of coffee is exported from the country of origin and roasted and packaged in the west,” said Shane. “ We c a m e a c r o s s Dutch entrepreneur Guido Van Staveren who set up a coffee social enterprise in Ethiopia with a staff of 48 to both source and roast coffee at point of origin. “We became partners and have started the Fairchain revolution in Ireland with Moyee Coffee Ireland, which is a premium high-end coffee. “Fairchain supports five times as many jobs as Fair Trade and as the chain is unbroken at source, it is radically good coffee with radical
Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount
impact.” Organiser Patrick O’Sullivan said:“This annual fair is vital to the industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors busy for at least four months of the year. “Everything from arti-
san foods to fashion and jewellery are on display and because the goods are handmade, they have the added distinction of being unique. “ We ’ r e a l s o v e r y proud of the fact that the Fair has grown and has added annually to the local economy, with
footfall consistently growing by 10% per annum over the past five years. With so much diversity under one roof, and prices star ting from as little as €5, the Fair offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience.
Safe skincare that works for sensitive skin ONE in five children and one in 12 adults in Ireland will develop eczema at some stage in their lives, according to the Irish Skin Foundation. Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy and inflamed. Known irritants include animal hair, pollen and common preservatives found in skincare products such as MI, sulfates and perfumes, as they strip the skin of its natural oils. Elave skincare is all about creating safe skincare that works for sensitive skin.
The range is produced by thirdgeneration family business Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, the first manufacturing chemist in Ireland to prepare traditional apothecary for sensitive skin conditions. “We know through research that harsh chemicals and known irritants are found in the most common skincare products including shampoos, bath products and cleansers,” said Joanna Gardiner, CEO Elave Skincare. “This is very frustrating as there have been serious breakthroughs in skincare treatments over the past 30 years.
“At Elave, we have been committed to removing all unnecessary chemicals from our ranges, as we believe it’s time to treat skin right,” she added. Using only purified water, all Elave formulations are safety tested to the highest standards. Elave Sensitive Intensive Cream is a medical device that will alleviate symptoms and reduce flare up of eczema and dermatitis-prone skin. To purchase Elave skincare products visit your local pharmacy or online at www.elaveskincare. com
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DIARY DUBLINLIFE Get set for a wondeful knight as the King of Waltz returns THE King of Waltz, Andre Rieu, returns to Dublin with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for a fantastic show with a jam-packed programme filled with film and opera music, romantic melodies, joyful waltzes, folk songs and lots more. As one of the world’s most successful violinists, the Dutch maestro invites you to come along for an evening of singing and dancing for all ages on December 8. Tickets are priced from €49 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ie.
SUPPORT CHILDLINE THIS CHRISTMAS
The stars of The Helix panto Aladdin arrived to put a smile on the face of young patients, including Darcy Molloy, in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital yesterday. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography
LAST Christmas day, Childline received 1,176 calls from children in distress. Children scared, neglected, sad, or lonely. Every year, the incredible Childline volunteers give up their Christmas. This year, the ISPCC has a number of different ways you can support and donate. They will have holly pins on sale across the country, while Christmas baubles are the perfect way to donate to the ISPCC in lieu of gifts. The online shop will also have Christmas cards and Santa letters available.
Visit www.ispcc.ie for more information.
STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO MIND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH Mental Health Ireland’s annual Secondary School Art and Photography Competition have extended its deadline to December 16. The theme for this year is ‘Mind Your Mental Health’ and students are being encouraged with their teachers and classmates, to explore what minding their mental health means to them and then getting creative about it. The winning entries in Art and Photography receive a €250 All4One voucher with provincial winners receiving €50 All4One vouchers in both categories. And All winning entries will feature in our MHI Calendar which we produce each year.
PANTO PUBLIC’S SUPPORT SOUGHT BY HOSPITAL DUBLIN’S panto public have the chance to create magic of their own for the children of Temple Street Hospital by raising €10,000 through a special charity performance of The Helix pantomime Aladdin. Magic was in the air when the stars of Aladdin arrived to put a
smile on the face of young patients, families and staff in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital this week. And pantogoers are being given the chance to help raise funds for sick children at Temple Street by buying tickets at a special price of €20 per seat to the charity performance on Thursday, December 1. Tickets for the special charity show are priced at a special price of €20 per seat. Booking details from www.thehelix.ie.
CHARITY ALONE LAUNCH CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmas time. ALONE say that there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas some of these are; calling by an older person’s house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping. For more information about ALONE call (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie.
Pictured is retired RTE newsreader Anne Doyle with Brendan Crean and Eithne McGrane at the launch of the ALONE Christmas Campaign. Picture Jason Clark.. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography
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For the BIG kid in us all
Jay McGuiness leads an all-star cast IAN BEGLEY
BIG The Musical is making its European debut at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this December. Irish audiences will be the first to have the opportunity to witness this spectacular musical before it opens in London’s West End next year. Opening on December 7 until January 7 the show will certainly bring to life the magic of one of the best-loved movies of all time, Big. Based on the classic 80s film starring Tom Hanks, this heart-warming and hilarious Broadway show transports theatre-goers back in time to their own childhoods with all the wonder, innocence and charm that it entails. A simply spectacular production, Big The Musical tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who’s keen to grow up. One evening at the local carnival, the ever-mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his greatest wish - to be big. Trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s very much all work and no play. Surrounded by people obsessed with the trappings of the sophisticated adult life, endearing Josh just can’t help being himself. So charming is this youngster in the grown-up’s shoes, he even manages to
teach the real adults a thing or two. Leading an all-star cast, Jay McGuiness (singer with group The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing champion) will be joined by West End stars Denise Van Outen as Mrs Baskin, Diana Vickers as Susan Lawrence and Gary Wilmot as George MacMillan, with The Hoosiers star Irwin Sparkes as Paul. Featuring incredible songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby and with electrifying direction and choreography from Morgan Young, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s audience are in for a big dose of brilliance. Weidman’s adaptation illuminates the contradictions and evokes the mythology of being a child, daring to transport us to the realm of an impossible love between a boy who looks like a man and a woman who doesn’t know he is just a boy. By the time he works up the nerve to tell her he is all of 13. The musical was first staged in 1996, with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, and book by John Wiedman. It was nominated for five Tonys, and although the original Broadway production lost money, a substantially revised version had a successful and well reviewed US national tour. Tickets are priced from €15 - €65 and can be purchased by visiting www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.
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DUBLINLIFE EMMA NOLAN
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A STYLE revolution is sweeping the country and it’s all about vital statics!! Vintage fashions may be old, but they’re the new style kid on the block. And while we all can’t emulate Marilyn Monroe with her incredible figure – a 35 inch bust, tiny 22 inch waist and minuscule 35 inch hips, we can all rock retro in our own way. Indeed the average Irish woman, a bootiful size 16, is 25lbs heavier than her 1950s sister and wouldn’t have a hope of fitting into one of Ms Monroe’s gorgeous frocks. Marilyn may not have been the average dame – her waist measured four inches less than most of her 1960s screen sisters – but we can all steal a tip or two from her on how to rock a frock. First is go fitted. No matter your size, aim to nip and tuck your clothing, not your figure! Having a decent dressmaker is a lot less costly than a good plastic surgeon. Most women with a fuller figure think hiding it under loose fitting clothing is the best option.. But Joanne Galvin, who coowns ‘Aria’ Vintage and Interiors Boutique in Celbridge and also runs ‘Vintage Goddess’ in Dublin’s Blackrock Market, says: “This is a definite no, no. “Take a tip from Marilyn. Pick your best asset and show it off, whether it’s your bust, waist, legs, shoulders – even your ankles! “Marilyn had a great bust and all the designers she favoured made dresses to showcase that. “And while she was lucky to have a tiny waist, there are lots of ways to trick the eye of the beholder into thinking you have one too! A high-waisted skirt or trousers will define the waist, as will a colour-contrasting belt or a beautiful 1950s fit-and-flare dress.” Joanne, 49, who has been collecting vintage fashions for 30 years, says: “If you want beautifully cut clothing then go vintage. “It is perfect for us women with a bit of a belly. The skirts and dresses of the 1950s and
Quality never goes
out of style 60s tend to have a higher waist band, which hits the smallest part of the torso, giving you an hour glass shape. It is the most flattering silhouette and copied by most modern designers. “But fit is everything. Buy a bigger size if necessary and get a good dressmaker to take it in. If you wear too small a size it will ride up your torso and pucker across the bust and upper arms. “Squeezing yourself into a smaller dress will only make you look larger.” “And don’t be afraid of colour and prints. Floral prints for example can look very flattering on a fuller figure. And vertical stripes are
every woman’s friend. They make the body look leaner and taller.” Joanne, below, adds: “I just adore vintage clothing. It is so unique on so many levels. “For a start if you wear vintage to a wedding, a ball or the races, you will never meet anyone else wearing the same outfit. “The high quality of the fabric – silks, velvets, satins and brocades and the attention to detail – pinked seams, hand sewn hems and beautiful tucking – is why these clothes still live on in our wardrobes 70 years later. “I particularly love collecting clothing by Marilyn’s favourite designers, who include Ceil Chap-
man, William Travilla and Adele Simpson. I have some beautiful dresses by these designers both in Aria in Celbridge and Vintage Goddess in Blackrock. “Lots of Irish women are learning that vintage fashion is unique and elegant. My customers include writers like Cathy Kelly, TV stars like Lorraine Keane, as well as actresses and musicians. “Both I love dressing ordinary women like me. You feel like a silver screen movie star when you put on a beautifully cut wiggle dress or evening gown. “And because authentic vintage clothing tends to be on the small side, I also stock an amazing range of mid-century jewellery, handbags, shoes and hats. Everyone can find something to love.”
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Get some help to battle all of your dry skin woes DRY skin is common at this time of year – from chapped lips to itchy hands and dry cheeks. Eucerin’s Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm is the all-in-one wonder product for the winter season. Available in pharmacies for €10, the balm will help you fight back against winter’s sustained cold temperatures and answer all of your dry skin woes. Loved by The Kardashian and model Emily Ratajkowski, the skin balm is formulated with only seven ingredients, free of fragrances, colourants and preservatives, and clinical studies proved that it is gentle enough to be used on irritated skin as well as on babies.
1960s rare Balenciaga hat at Aria
Chanel vintage silk and chiffon dress at Aria
1950s gold and black, brocade dress
ARIA Vintage and Interiors Boutique, Roseville House, Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Christmas Shopping Event with Bubbles and Special Offers:Friday December 9th from 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Tue to Sat, 11am to 6pm. Facebook: Aria Celbridge
Vintage William Travilla gown
Vintage Goddess, Blackrock Market, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Christmas Shopping Event: Thursday December 8th, 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 5.30pm. Facebook: Vintage Goddess Ireland Website: www.vintagegoddess.ie Phone: 0831376672
Rare Yves St Laurent 1950s shoes at Aria
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Brexit fuels Merc decision to cut 10% off new car prices MERCEDES-BENZ in Ireland is reducing new car prices by 10% across all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars with immediate effect. The reduction, which will apply for a limited period, will be implemented evenly across all models and all model segments, free of any terms and conditions. Mercedes-Benz claims that the intention behind the price reduction is twofold. One is to maintain market impetus as the industry faces into a new sales year. The second is to give support to their dealer organisation in its efforts to combat the effects on new car sales here following the movement in currency values from the recent Brexit result. Mercedes-Benz claims that its passenger car sales in Ireland have increased by 44% compared to last year. Stressing that the initiative is being taken to counteract what may turn out to be a short-term situation, MercedesBenz in Ireland said that ‘this new pricing arrangement will extend for a limited period only and in that regard motorists who may wish to avail of it are advised to contact their authorised dealer and make appropriate arrangements as
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Tiguan ya good thing
The new Volkswagen Tiguan comes with new styling, improved space and comfort with small improvements in fuel economy. Entry prices for the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version start from €33,765.
Volkswagen’s Tiguan is one of the more popular mid-range SUVs and now the German brand has sharpened the Tiguan lines to give it a more stylish and comfortable drive. The extra bonus is better economy as good as Michael Moroney found during his recent test drive. VOLKSWAGEN’S new Tiguan is all about style with sharper lines to the design to give the midrange SUV a more modern look. For Volkswagen the design change is obvious and it does enhance the Tiguan look significantly in what is a very competitive sector of the Irish car market. In the upgrade process Volkswagen has sneaked a little bit of extra length into the SUV. Other less obvious changes include the fact that the wheelbase has been stretched a little and this gives that new Tiguan a good level of driving comfort without compromising the turning ability. After even a short drive you will appreciate the solid driving feel for which Volkswagen is renowned and I quickly felt good driving this latest Tiguan. The inside is noticeably more modern with new generation digital instruments that are clear to
view and easy to use. I liked the tactile feel to the steering wheel which was very comfortable to use, not too big either with full controls included. The seat position was good but it took a little time to get to my comfort zone. There is good rear legroom and the high positions for all seats are appreciated with good headroom. The Tiguan is available as an entry model with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine while I had the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version on the road. This engine has undergone some improvements in emissions (are we surprised after a year of investigations) while the engine power and torque remain virtually the same. The Tiguan is a good match for the competition in terms of fuel economy but I was a little surprised that there is only a small improvement over the previous one. The emphasis has been on emissions
and that’s now a marginally lower figure giving lower road tax costs. This new Tiguan matches the economy performance of the similar engine size Toyota RAV4, which is cheaper to buy and own. Volkswagen has put a smaller fuel tank into the new Tiguan, dropping its capacity by 6 litres to 58 litres. The official economy figure is rated at 21km/ litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) and I found that across a range of driving conditions I was about 15% off that figure. Overall, that’s still a good result in practical driving, and it’s also useful to remember that the Tiguan that I drove was a two-wheeldrive version. I found the diesel powered Tiguan to be economical. The good engine torque rated at 340Nm, allowed for steady driving using all six gears available making it was possible to drive under the 2000rpm
figure on the engine for most of the time. That’s the magic spot when it comes to fuel economy and I found that a 1,000km range was well possible on this smaller fuel tank with sensible driving. The Tiguan comes with an electric handbrake as standard along with auto hold hill start assist for hill starts. The useful Park Assist system is standard on the more expensive Highline versions. The towing ability of the new Tiguan is rated at two tonnes for the base model. If you intend pulling caravans or boats then you need to add the 4Motion 4x4 system and the DSG automatic gearbox to the deal to get it up to 2.5 tonnes. By way of comparison, most SUV’s in this segment of the market have a 2 tonne towing figure. One of the benefits of the new longer wheelbase is more boot space. This new Tiguan has a noticea-
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TD
Engine 2.0 litre Engine power 150hp 0 – 100km/hr 9.3 seconds Economy 21km/litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) Fuel Tank Capacity 58 litre CO2 emissions 125g/km Road Tax Band B1 €270 Main Service 20,000km/12 months Euro NCAP Rating 5 Star 2016 Warranty 3 years (100,000km) Entry Price €33,765
bly bigger boot, bigger than all of the competition, while it is still a five seat vehicle. And the bonus that I found was that there is a spare wheel included, even if it’s a space saver version. This new Tiguan has good safety credentials following a recent five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. This SUV comes with plenty of safety kit included and includes
the Iso-Fix kit in the rear. The rear seat adjustment is flexible and easy to fold. This is when the size of the boot or load area comes into its own. There is a large screen for radio and infotainment controls that was easy to set up and use. Connecting my phone with Bluetooth was quick and easy. The test Tiguan did not come with sat-nav included but it is possible to use your
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MOTORING Stay trouble-free Honda scoops two awards for winter driving WINTER driving presents new challenges in terms of car comfort and more importantly car safety. THERE are some simple and useful tips for
good road holding (the legal minimum is
The improved 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the
drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys
1.6mm). A deeper tyre thread depth will
Volkswagen Tiguan is marginally more economical and
this winter, if the cold and dark weather
disperse much more water from the road
delivers lower CO2 emission levels.
has caught you by surprise.
and will minimise your risk of skidding and
Prevention is always better than cure, so take some time to carry out some basic winter maintenance so that you don’t get stranded over the weeks ahead.
losing control. • Get the battery and charging system checked to ensure best performance. A large number of winter calls to breakdown services are due to flat bat-
Giving some attention now to batter-
teries. Cold weather puts a lot of strain
ies, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and
on tired batteries, so if is showing signs
other vehicle essentials is the best way of
of weakness consider changing it now to
ensuring reliability in the months to come.
avoid a breakdown.
Here are five simple steps for reduc-
• Ensure your car’s cooling system has
ing the chance of a car breakdown this
the correct levels of anti-freeze; this is
vital to prevent the water in your engine’s
• Make sure all the lights on your car, inside and out, are working properly. Clean them regularly to ensure they are free of dirt, so that you can see, and others can see you. • Check tyre tread depth and pressure weekly through the winter. Good tyres will ensure the safety systems on your car
cooling system from freezing. Get your local dealer or a qualified mechanic to ensure this is done correctly. • Do you need new windscreen wipers at front and rear? Check for efficient working and use cold weather washer fluid. Do not use the windscreen wipers to
are as effective as possible. You should
clear ice, as this will very quickly lead to
have a minimum tread depth of 3mm for
HONDA is confirmed as a big hit with female drivers after scooping two category wins at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, are the only global car honours voted for exclusively by female automotive journalists. The Honda Civic was crowned the winner of the ‘family car category’ while Jazz also took away an accolade on the night, after last year’s overall win. The Japanese brand was the only manufacturer to take multiple category titles. The voting process for Women’s Car of the Year awards is rigorous. Each member of the global judging panel submits their personal nominations. This year’s awards saw 294 cars nominated by 17 judges from 14 different countries. The nominated cars are then reduced to a shortlist of 32 cars in six different categories. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished female automotive journalists, who vote by secret ballot. Judges then vote by awarding points under five criteria - engineering, appearance, comfort, storage and value for money. On the announcements of the awards, Jennifer Moran from Universal Honda Ireland said, “Winning two categories at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards demonstrates again how Honda’s exciting range of cars continues to match the expectations of female drivers and customers around the world. What is particularly encouraging is the endorsement this gives to Civic ahead of the launch of the all new Civic hatchback here in Ireland early in 2017.”
The Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot space at 615 litres before the seats are folded is the best in the segment and the boot opens high for good headroom.
phone to connect with Google maps rather than opt for the more expensive factory sat nav system. I looked at the Tiguan running costs and found that relative to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, it was marginally more expensive to buy and to own, due to higher depreciation resulting from higher entry prices. The diesel entry price starts at €33,765. That’s more expensive than the RAV4 and also the new competition from Volkswagen’s own stable in the shape of the Seat Ateca that’s just now appearing on Dublin roads. Skoda will soon have a similar offer with their new Kodiaq, so this will test Volkswagen with the higher price for the Tiguan. The new Tiguan is an SUV that you come away from feeling content, not
just with the driving performance, but also with the improved driving feel and modern good looks. That solid Volkswagen feel is evident in almost every aspect of the new Tiguan, but don’t expect to be surprised with a big lift in fuel economy, remember emissions has been the issue at Volkswagen for the past year and the new Tiguan delivers lower figures. The Tiguan will battle it out in what is a price sensitive market. There are good Volkswagen offers including their own bank, that will entice you towards the Tiguan, so check out the best ownership deal, rather than strictly the buying price and that might include a competitive Volkswagen PCP deal if you’re a low mileage driver.
Nissan to offer bigger engine for X-Trail
NISSAN will be launching a new larger-capacity diesel engine for its flagship X-Trail crossover in 2017. This new 2.0 litre diesel engine has an output of 177bhp, with 380Nm of torque to give enhanced pulling power throughout the rev range. It is a significant step up in power from the existing 1.6-litre 130bhp diesel. Nissan will also offer a new Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox, linked to a four-wheel drive transmission. This adds to the options of a six-speed manual and two-wheel drive for the seven-seat SUV. Nissan claims that the new 2.0 litre diesel engine will be more refined and give a more comfortable driving experience. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions standards, and three versions will be including a six-speed manual in 4WD and 2WD and 4WD versions with the CVT automatic gearbox. Other than the new engine option the design of the Nissan X-Trail remains unchanged. The second row splits and folds 60/40 for additional luggage space, reclines for passenger comfort and slides forward for access to the optional third row. The third row of seats splits 50/50 and folds completely flat to create extra load space. Nissan’s optional All-Mode 4x4-i system provides the four-wheel-drive. When fitted, drivers can select from full-time 2WD for maximum efficiency; Auto Mode, which constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the balance of torque between the front and rear wheels for the best traction; and 4WD Lock Mode for the most challenging conditions.
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DUBLINLIFE ALISON O’HANLON
The 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct of Segovia is a sight to behold
A beautiful side street in Leon leads to the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria
A statue of the famous artist faces Gaudi’s Palace in in the medieval town of Leon
WHEN thinking of Spain most of us automatically picture the beaches and seaside resorts of the Mediterranean. But thanks to some wonderful advice from the Spanish tourism office on Westmoreland St, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the spellbinding beauty of the Castilla y Leon region – the hidden Spain. With daily flights available year round from Dublin to Madrid it is always the perfect time to experience the true essence of Spain. While bus and train travel options are available from the capital I’d recommend hiring a car from the airport to truly discover the treasures of this magical, unspoiled region. My first stop, just an hour north of Madrid, was the UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia, an ancient walled city where I stayed at the Hotel San Antonio El Real, a short walk to the city’s landmark, a magnificent Roman Aqueduct dating back to the first century. Segovia is a romantic city, perched on a rocky hilltop. The historic walled town boasts stunning views and magnificent monuments. The majority of Segovia’s plethora of attractions are found in the old town, where you can spend hours exploring the winding streets, artisan boutiques and cafes and restaurants. The aqueduct, which rises in all its splendour to a height of 29 meters, has more than 160 arches impressively held together with no mortar, and makes is an imposing site as you enter the old town. Fairytale Around the next corner is the spectacular late gothic Cathedral de Segovia which stands at the highest point of the old town. The cathedral’s 18 chapels are filled with art works, sculptures and decorative alters. The cathedral is on the Plaza Mayor, a hub of activity crammed with cafes and surrounded by a maze of winding streets which eventually lead to the Alcazar, a fairytale castle said to be the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty Visitors can tour all the rooms of the Alcazar which are exquisitely decorated in period style with tapestries, arms and armour. The throne room is particularly impressive with its gilded ceiling, as is the hall of arched windows. A must for any visitor to Segovia is dinner at Meson de Candido where the region’s and house speciality is roasted suckling pig. The Suckling pig is presented to the restaurant in a ritual dating back centuries, Candido himself reads a royal decree before theatrically quartering the pig with a plate, which he then shatters on the floor. It was an impressive performance and an experience not to be missed. The restaurant was filled with tourists and locals alike, enjoying the feast. My next port of call was Burgos, a city with a long tradition of hospitality that has been welcoming pilgrims and travellers since the Middle Ages. Today, it’s a popular stop for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago trail, and you’ll find both brass and ceramic shells embedded into the
EXPLORING THE MAGNIFICENT, ANCIENT TOWNS OF BEAUTIFUL CASTILLA Y LEON Leon Burgos
The beautiful Castilla y Leon region of Spain
footpath leading the way. Staying at the Hotel Meson del Cid in the heart of the old town was a perfect spot from which to explore. Pilgrims passed by our front door daily and directly opposite stood the famous gothic Cathedral of Burgos. Also a UNESCO world heritage site, the cathedral contains the tomb of the legendary El Cid, the region’s most famous and fearless warrior. With parts of it dating to the first half of the 13th century it is one of the foremost examples of gothic art in Europe. The diversity of gastronomic delights on offer in Burgos will be sure to keep everyone content. The speciality of Burgos is suckling Lamb so tender it falls off the bone – and as with all towns in the region Burgos has its own take on the Castilla y Leon speciality of Morcilla, a dish very similar to black pudding but
The Alcazar in Segovia is like something from a fairytale
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The view of the old, walled city of Segovia from the Alcazar
The Hidden Spain
made with rice and quite spicy. Not being a big a big fan of black pudding, I was surprised to quite like it! Overlooking the city of Burgos the site of the old castle offers a place to enjoy sweeping views of the city and to relax in the adjoining park. Worth a visit is the Cartuja de Miraflores, a 15th century monastery that can be found on the outskirts of town where the air is filled with the scent of rose oil – just one of the many items the monks produce. Burgos exudes life, compelling you to explore. Along with the historical monuments you will not be disappointed by the many fine local boutiques and high-street shops on offer.
Next up on our adventure of the hidden Spain is Leon. In the middle of this now sprawling city, the entrance to the old town can be found within the remaining ancient Roman walls. The old town is a step back in time with winding streets dotted by small shops, cafes and tapas bars. Pilgrims Leon also played a key role in the route of the Camino de Santiago and again I noticed many brass shells leading the pilgrims’ way. The city’s two jewels are at either end of the old town: the Cathedral and the Basilica of San Isidoro. The gothic Cathedral Santa Maria de Leon is
Above, the gothic cathedral of Segovia, while
also referred to as the House of light due to its 1,800 metres of original stained glass windows from the 13th to 15th century. The Basilica of San Isidoro contains what is said to be the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the Spanish Romanesque style – a series of frescoes from the 12th century which decorate the underground crypt of the Royal Panthenon. The museum housed in its cloisters, filled with medieval art and artefacts is steeped in history and is said to be home to the Holy Grail, yes, the real one … you can make up your own mind! A visit to Leon would not be complete without seeing the stunning Hostel de San Marcos, one of the most historic hotels on the old continent.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon
below, a pair if festive statues in Burgos
Some local treats
The Cathedral of Burgos is a wonderful example of Spanish gothic flair
Marcos pours us a glass
It was commissioned in the 16th century as a military base by King Ferdinand, and has taken on many roles since but now operates as the city’s Parador, offering travellers the opportunity to stay in an exceptional historic building. On the outskirts of town the modern and colourful Museum of contemporary Art, MUSAC can be found. It is considered to be one of Spains most dynamic art spaces and is definitely worth a stroll around. As we headed south from Leon and back to Madrid for our flight home we stopped at the Bodegas Grupo Yllera Estate in the Rueda region, which is famous for its outstanding wines. History With six generations of winemakers in the Yllera family we were taken on a tour of their winery and then treated to a wine-tasting with Marcos Yllera and his father. While walking through the labyrinth of underground tunnels and corridors we were treated to a rich history of winemaking and a few legends of Greek mythology mixed in with it – namely that of the minotaur. And finally, what better way to top off a visit to this exceptional estate but with an impressive lunch in their renowned restaurant. The hosts could not have been more entertaining and a stop at their cellar door is a must before heading back on the road to Madrid and home to Dublin just in time for a wet Christmas. And as we move into what they call the magical time of the year, a thought struck me – if you haven’t been to Castilla y Leon yet, you have never experienced magic. I can’t wait to go back.
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SULLY: PLANE’S REAL-LIFE LANDING IN A NEW YORK RIVER GIVES HANKS A SOLID BIOPIC ROLE
Makes a bit of a splash CLINT Eastwood’s Sully (Cert 12A, 95 mins) is a sincere and thoughtfully crafted tribute to that most American of heroes – the everyday working Joe. This biopic, led with another impossibly endearing performance from Tom Hanks, is admittedly by the book
and rarely surprising. Still, clocking in at just over an hour and a half,
Sully is a thankfully succinct and often affecting testament to Eastwood’s recent favourite subject – the human spirit. However, based on the events surrounding the miraculous crashlanding of US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, Sully fails to wholeheart-
edly elevate itself above the realm of the skilful reconstruction. There’s plenty of emotion here, and a healthy dose of suspicion to liven up the post-crash investigation. Unfortunately, there’s never any real question about who the hero is and, consequently, Eastwood for-
sakes genuine narrative tension. Hanks plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, while leaving LaGuardia Airport, Sully’s Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese and both engines were immediately disabled. Despite air traffic control advising him that a safe landing at one of the nearby airports was possible, the film shows how Sully trusted his career-honed instincts and, along with co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), decided to land the plane in the Hudson river, fearing a crash due to lack of altitude. Sully was right to trust his gut and was hailed as a hero by the press and public alike. Despite this, the pilot has to face a rigorous investigation, which stated that one of the engines may still have been running. This is the focus of Eastwood’s film, not the crash itself. While the events that followed the landing are undeniably dramatic,
they’re not all that interesting to watch. Cleverly, Eastwood holds our attention by peppering the events of the crash throughout the film, instead of presenting the ordeal as a continuous narrative. T he main event is drip-fed to us in a number of flashbacks – some of which trick us with a nightmarish dose of PTSD. Sully is haunted by the event and often envisions himself flying the plane into a New York skyscraper. These segments carry t h e f i l m ’s d r a m a t i c weight, anchoring the often-perfunctory investigation narrative. For all the administrative cynicism that follows the events, it’s hard not to be touched by the myriad acts of everyday heroism in the wake of the crash. As with most of Eastwood’s directorial output since 2008’s Gran Torino, the drama in Sully is buried under several rubbery slices of American cheese.
While there was something notably offputting about that same a p p r o a c h i n 2 014 ’s American Sniper, here it is both affecting and infectious. Although this story about uncomplicated heroes may be a muchneeded dose of optimism in the morally divided wasteland of contemporary America, Sully’s unambiguous emotional focus makes for a somewhat less than compelling narrative. Still, for all its deliberate melodrama, Sully has the power to move and inspire. Fighting his case, Sully often decries the removal of the “human factor” from the simulations used to assess the disaster. Eastwood makes sure that the human factor – the human spirit – is the focus of his story. Accordingly, for all its formula-driven drama, Sully treats us to a little bit more faith in humanity.
As captain and co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart deliver typically likeable everyman roles, in a film which explores the aftermath
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Nespresso opens pop up boutique at Arnotts EMMA NOLAN
A NEW Nespresso Pop Up boutique in Arnotts has just opened in time for the festive season. The Pop Up forms part of the brand’s v i s i o n t o p r ov i d e increased access to its high-quality coffee for Ireland’s Nespresso customers. The new boutique will complement the wide range of Nespresso machines and bespoke accessories available at Arnotts and will give coffee connoisseurs the
opportunity to experience the Nespresso Grands Crus in a relaxing and engaging setting. Francisco Nogueira, Nespresso UK & Ireland managing director, said: “We’re excited to be hosting this new boutique in Arnotts. We have seen fantastic growth across Ireland and we receive almost daily requests for more boutiques to open. “The new boutique will help customers get their favourite Grands Crus in time for the festive season.”
FOOD BATES SEAFOOD CHOWDER RECIPE Ingredients 2 small onions, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 50g butter 1 tbsp flour 500ml fish stock Splash of pastis 250ml cream 2 bay leaves 200g salmon, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 200g sea bass, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 20 mussels, scrawled & de-bearded Salt & pepper 4 king prawns, to serve 2 tbsp chives, chopped Instructions
Heat the butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat & fry the onions, celery & bay leaves until vegetables are soft but not brown. Add the flour & cook for a minute. Stir in the pot fish stock, add a splash of pastis & simmer for two minutes. Stir in the salmon & sea bass & cook until the fish is opaque. Add mussels & prawns during the last 2 minutes of the fish’s cooking time. Stir through the cream & season well with salt & pepper. To serve, ladle the chowder into warmed serving bowls, add lemon juice, sprinkle juice over the chives & serve with plenty of crusty bread.
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FastSport MONKSTOWN GO TOP OF MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE: MONKSTOWN took advantage of Banbridge and Cork C of I’s postponement to move up two places into top spot in the men’s EY Hockey League thanks to a 3-1 win over UCD. Top two prior to the weekend, Bann and C of I were due to meet on Saturday but, with the threat of frost in Co Down, the decision was taken on Friday evening to err on the side of caution and avoid the potential for a lengthy wasted journey. As such, Town took their chance to move top as they came from a goal behind to beat UCD. Jazze Henry’s classy opening goal was quickly countered by a Lee Cole drag-flick before Davy Carson added a double before half-time to complete the scoring. At the bottom, Sandymount’s Railway Union and Glenanne both picked up crucial wins. For the former, they saw off bottom side Instonians, cutting the Belfast side five points adrift in a 4-3 defeat.
CROSS COUNTRY: MULTIPLE IRISH CALL-UPS FOR EUROPEAN SQUAD FOR DUBLINERS
Raheny and DSDAC star at nationals
SHONA Heaslip surprised even herself while Mark Christie rolled back the years as they took the senior Irish Life Health national cross country titles at an atmospheric Abbotstown last weekend. It came on a super day for Dundrum South Dublin AC as they won a series
of titles across the team and youth disciplines, earning a series of international call-ups. T he pur pose-build Sport Ireland national cross country course provided the perfect spectacle in ideal racing conditions. While it may have been cold for spectators, it was anything but on the course from Under-12 level right
up to the seniors. Heaslip’s shock victory in the senior women’s 8,000m came in a time of 28.13 with Kerry O’Flaherty pipping prerace favourite Ciara Mageean, from UCD, at the finish by one second in 28.23 for second place. “Driving up, I was hoping to be the first Under-23 athlete,” said the delighted
Sophie Murphy takes a picture of her medal with her mother Mary Rutledge. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Raheny celebrate their senior men’s title. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Heaslip afterwards. She had shown little form coming into the race but the last month she managed to change things around focusing solely on her running. “I felt good in the race but I had to check myself running alongside the other girls who I had watched on television in the summer,” referring to Rio Olympians O’Flaherty and Mageean. As a result, Bethanie Murray (DSD) won the Under-23 race with Amy O’Donoghue second and Elizabeth Carr third. Mark Christie rolled back the years to win the senior men’s 10,000m title in 30.41 ahead of Raheny Shamrocks’ Mick Clohisey second in 30.53 and Mark Hanrahan third in 30:57. Clohisey was aiming for
four straight wins but had the consolation of guiding Raheny Shamrock to the club’s first senior men’s team title in their history. They had finished second eight times in the last 11 years, making the victory all the sweeter. Dundrum South Dublin were equally dominant winning the senior women’s team race. DSD’s Sophie Murphy was a strong winner of the junior women’s 4,000m in 14:18 ahead of Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell and Rathfarnham WSAF’s Carla Sweeney. Athletes that caught the eye in the underage races were Sarah Healy (Blackrock) and Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) who had too much for their counterparts in the U-16 girls and U-16 boys.
The performances from local athletes means there will be a strong contingent in the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on December 11. Clohisey and his club mate Kevin Dooney will be in the senior men’s selection of six athletes for the marquee event. Rathfarnham’s Mitchell Byrne forms part of the two-man U-23 contingent while Bethanie Murray is joined in the U-23 women’s crew by Emerald’s Amy O’Dononghue. The junior girls selection features DSD’s Sophie Murphy and Jodie McCann, Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell, WSAF’s Carla Sweeney along with Emma O’Brien, from Inbhear Dee/Sli Cualann, and Aisling Joyce from Claremorris AC.
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Sue Ronan receives a guard of honour following her final game as manager. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
SUE Ronan signed off on her sixyear tenure as Republic of Ireland Women’s national team head coach with an impressive 2-1 win over the Basque Country. Player of the match Leanne Kiernan, who scored a hat-trick for Shelbourne Ladies in the women’s senior cup final at the Aviva Stadium, scored her first international goal to win the game for the Girls in Green. Ireland were impressive throughout and it was Shankill native Stephanie Roche who
opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Kiernan was fouled just outside the box after a mazy run and Roche picked out the top corner with a sublime free-kick to put the hosts ahead. Basque Country found a response before the break with an excellent strike. Yulema Corres found space on the edge of the area and fired home past Arsenal stopper Emma Byrne to level the tie. Ireland came out stronger in the second-half and Kiernan got the goal she deserved in the 52nd minute. UCD Waves forward Aine
O’Gorman chipped the ball over the Basque defence and Kiernan used her pace to race clear and coolly slot home to give the Irish the win. Sue Ronan was delighted with the performance and admitted the occasion was an emotional sendoff after six years in charge of the WNT, receiving a guard of honour from her players. Ronan said: “It was the perfect end with the perfect performance. There was a lot of things going on before the game but the players were focused and delivered a great performance.
“It was a great goal from Stephanie Roche but maybe we didn’t refocus well enough to let them back in the game. The second-half was immense though. “Leanne Kiernan was fantastic and she took her goal really well, and there were a lot of great performances across the pitch. “It’s been a great six years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to a finals but I couldn’t have any more from the players over the period. “It was a lovely end, I’ve been humbled by the tributes from clubs, supporters and former players from across the country.”
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Warrior John shows skills at Takeover 8
World famous coach John Kavanagh joins Dun Laoghaire gym in honouring teenager with Down syndrome for training ethic; coach Cian Cowley talks to GazetteSport about his star pupil KARL GRAHAM
WHILE not for everyone, Cian Cowley’s ‘Warriors Thai Boxing Gym’ are showing that there is a place for inclusivity as Sallynoggin native John Mooney took centre stage in their Takeover 8 event last weekend. Warriors trainer Cowley is an established Muay Thai fighter turned MMA hopeful. As such, he is fully aware of the reputation combat sports holds in some quarters, but he also knows that if anybody walked into his gym, there needs to be a welcoming family atmosphere for all to experience. At the heart of this atmosphere is Mooney. He has Down syndrome but has quickly become one of the gym’s most active members and does not let anything hold him
back from getting involved in the sport he loves. “You talk to anybody who trains here and they will tell you it’s different than any other gym,” Cowley told Gazette Sport. “Serious work gets done but, at the same time, there is such a good family atmosphere. There is always such a good buzz in the gym and John is training every day.” It is has led to the introduction of a new club belt with Mooney showcasing his skills in a safe and structured way at a number of the gym’s Takeover events. The belt was presented to him by John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s world renowned coach. “Other people on the outside probably look at it and think maybe it’s a bit of a hindrance having somebody with a disability, as if it’s going to slow
John Mooney, centre, with Cian Cowley and John Kavanagh
us down,” Cowley added. “But John comes into the class and does what he’s told. When other lads see that, it gives them a drive and it shows you the atmosphere we have.” His participation in the gym opens up a new perception of the sport, providing a sporting outlet for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Cowley continues: “I have gotten a lot more respect off people. [Some] people look down on us because we fight and class us as scumbags. I don’t see it like that and seeing the way we are with John down here makes other people look on us differently. “When we had him on the show, a lot of people there didn’t know how it was going to go. But I knew it was going to be cool because it felt like a normal day for me, with
him being in the gym every day.” The fact that somebody like Kavanagh has taken such notice of a Muay Thai gym shows the impact that Cowley, his gym, and Mooney can make on the combat sport in Ireland. “[John Kavanagh] is always asking me about John so when I told him he was fighting, he came
company but they know all about the little gym in a seaside town on the other side of the world. This is largely down to the waves Cowley has been making since he made the decision to switch his focus from Muay Thai to MMA. “They have had an eye on me for a while so they signed me up as a sponsored athlete. But
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down. Conor [McGregor] was supposed to come as well because he’s also aware who he is but he couldn’t make it that night. It brings everyone together and lets them know that we are all the same.” The gym itself is starting to put itself on the map thanks to Cowley and their new sponsorship with a world renowned company. Fightlab may be a Thai
one thing led to another and they liked what I was doing with the gym so they offered to come onboard. “The gym is not a profit organisation so it was always hard for me to get new gear. Now, they have come in and completely revamping the whole thing for me. It is like the equivalent of a sprinter being sponsored by Nike so I can’t thank them enough for what they have done.”
Cowley’s gym received a big boost from Fightlab
Orchard progress in FAI inter and Noel Ryan Cups CHERRY Orchard’s Sunday side put three past Malahide United for the second time this season as the LSL Sunday senior title-challengers put a bad run of league form behind them to progress in the FAI Intermediate Cup. Newly promoted Orchard had taken just one point from the last three league games as their form dipped in the Sunday senior following a spectacular start to the season, with holders Bluebell United and Mochta’s drawing alongside them at the summit of Leinster football’s highest tier. The side on display in the cup had more in common with the team that came from two down to defeat Malahide in Ballyfermot on the first day of the season, however, with Ryan Coombes taking charge of proceedings with a first half hat-trick to swat aside struggling United at Elmdale. Orchard secured their place in the last-16 draw largely thanks to what’s become their main strength this season, impressive wing play, though Coombes spectacular third strike showed the more nuanced quality this fast-rising side have to offer. The ex-St Patrick’s Athletic man scored two tap ins to give the home side control, the first with his head and the second his foot, both from those trade-mark crosses. Having put away the easy ones, Coombes then showed he can do it the hard way, too, taking on what felt like half of the Malahide defence with some direct running as he reached his personal milestone and effectively put the game to bed before half time. Malahide did pull a goal back in a less inspiring second half, but Orchard continue their progress towards the Aviva in relative comfort, despite facing top-division opposition. The club also progressed in the Noel Ryan Cup over the weekend, with a hard-fought win over Terenure College. It was Jack O’Connor who did the business in a tightly-contested battle, scoring a penalty and sliding home a swift move in a 2-0 win. Terenure felt hard done by, having had a goal disallowed and also taken issue with what they felt was a soft penalty, but couldn’t make their way back into the game.
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SOCCER: CLUB SKIPPER THE NEW DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL AT INCHICORE
Killester’s women and men notch league wins PYROBEL Killester kept up their Jekyll and Hyde season as they recorded yet another home win with an 82-56 demolition of NUIG Mystics in basketball’s Women’s Super League. Killester have lost all three of their away games but the victory over NUIG sees them hold on to their 100% home record after four games. Leah Fechko put in an impressive performance to leave the court with 22 points, while Emma Sherwood also reached double figures with 14 points. Head Coach Karl Kilbride spoke after the game about his delight at his team’s performance. “We are very happy with our performance. We didn’t play well over the last couple of weeks so our main goal today was to come out and put together a performance. “We were really good on defence, holding them to 21 points in the second half, and we were good on rebounds allowing us to get out on the break, where we are possibly at our best.” Next up for Killester is another home tie, this time a Hoola Hoops cup match against DCU Mercy. “Consistency has been our big problem all year. We haven’t won two games yet, which for a team as talented as we are that’s not where we want to be. This gives us a good platform to hopefully have a good week and put together another good performance to win,” Kilbride concluded. Pyrobel Killester’s men’s side also tasted victory this weekend as they reached the Hula Hoops cup semi-final with an 84-62 win over KUBS in Clontarf. The first half was a tight affair with only one point separating the teams at the break but Killester put on a master class in the second to blow away their opponents. “It was a tough game,” acknowledged Head Coach, Brian O’Malley. “It was neck-in-neck at half-time, a couple of things went our way, defensively we stepped up a little bit and that was the difference in the end. We’re delighted to get to the next round.” Picture: Martin Doherty
St Patrick’s Athletic have made a significant addition to their coaching team for the 2017 season
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ST PATRICK’S Athletic and UCD AFC have both moved quickly to secure top talent for the 2017 season with the signings of Ger O’Brien and Maciej Tarnogrodzki, respectively. For Pat’s, they have announced O’Brien as the club’s new Director of Football with the Saints skipper also taking on a coaching position in Liam Buckley’s backroom team. He has already received his UEFA A license qualifications and has previously worked in the schoolboy section with St Francis FC for the past two and
half years as Director of Football. The Saints will retain the playing services of 32-year-old O’Brien, whose coaching achievements also include managing Maynooth University to their first ever Collingwood Cup success in 2014. The Dubliner will also be part of the new Elite Youth License course this December with the Football Association of Ireland. Speaking about the new role, O’Brien said: “Firstly I want to thank St Francis FC for giving me the opportunity to work with them as a club. In that
CHRISTMAS RUN Leinster stars launch Aware annual event LEINSTER stars Adam Byrne, Isa Nacewa and Peter Dooley, back row, along with Tom Daly, Dominic Ryan and Noel Reid, front row were on hand in Leinster Rugby HQ to launch the Aware Christmas Run which takes place on Saturday, December 10 in the Phoenix Park. Registration for the event is at aware.ie and Aware hope to raise €60,000 to help them provide support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
time, we have managed to move the club forward and laid some great foundations for the years to come. “I move on to the role now with St Pat’s and it’s one that I am very much looking forward to. The League of Ireland underage pathway is finally coming to fruition and will help continue the brilliant development work already being done by schoolboy clubs up and down the country.” “I’m also looking forward to being a part Liam’s coaching staff. A lot of hard work and time goes in to attaining your badges and I’m thank-
ful Liam has given me an opportunity to work on the pitch with top quality players on a daily basis. I’m not retiring just yet before it’s asked, but a new chapter in my career is beginning and I look forward to it being at St Pat’s.” UCD, meanwhile, have named Tarnogrodzki as their new Under-19s manager, joining the club that won their age group’s SSE Airtricity League title with a 4-1 victory over Galway United last month. He spent three years with Bray Wanderers Under-19s before taking over as caretaker manager of their first team on a
short term basis last year, Speaking on the announcement, UCD Head of Youth Development Albert Sugg is looking forward to seeing Tarnogrodzki develop this section further. “He comes in with a proven track record at both this level and, most importantly for us at this club, in developing young players and helping them reach their potential. “We have a history here of developing some of the country’s best young players and I’m looking forward to working with Maciej as we look to continue this process over the coming years.”
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FOOTBALL: VINCENT’S ADD LATE GLOSS TO VICTORY
The St Vincent’s panel before their Leinster semi-final. Picture: Grainne McKinney
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ST VINCENT’S manager Tommy Conroy expressed his delight at reaching another Leinster Football final having beaten Mullinalaghta St Columba’s last weekend. Conroy was clearly pleased to overcome the Longford side but, speaking to GazetteSport, cautioned that the Dublin outfit will need to step up their performance for the final. The semi- final was characterised as a David versus Goliath encounter by some but Conroy was quick to praise the Longford team, saying: “full credit to Mullinalaghta, they have quality players. Look at who they have beaten”. On the crest of a wave from winning their county championship and playing without the shackles of expectation, Conroy felt his opposition could “play with abandon” and that they did.
Both Conroy and Mullinalaghta’s Mickey Graham found common ground as they agree that size and depth of panel was influential on the outcome. The Marino boss highlighted the pace at which the game was played and acknowledged they had players who could come off the bench and finish the job. In a game where the home team had plenty of chances Conroy also recognised that the Mullinalaghta wide count kept vital distance between the sides. When your parish, or half parish in the case of Mullinalaghta St Columba’s has a population of 447 and you are pitted against one of the province’s “glamour” teams with a catchment area many multiples of that a lob sided encounter could be expected. However, Graham said he was pleased at the competitive nature of the game. “We are a young team, we are still learning and we were competitive for long periods. All we can ask is for the lads to
be competitive. Many people thought this game would be over at half time, there was only a point or two in it with 10 minutes to go” Two goals, one in each half, put a gloss on a score line that Graham was keen to point out “was not a true reflection of the game”. Indeed the battle was closer than the score line suggests and perhaps a measure of this was the spontaneous round of applause from Vincent’s players as the home team left the pitch.
Looking forward to the Leinster final Vincent’s will meet Offaly champions Rhode for the second time in two years. Rhode had been runners up on a number of occasions most recently to Vincent’s in 2014. Conroy expects a tough encounter and describes the Offaly champions as “well looked after by Pascal Kelleghan, well managed”. The Leinster senior club football final is scheduled for December 11 at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.
Plunkett’s land senior B championship title ST OLIVER Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh won the 2016 Dublin senior B football championship after defeating last year’s winners, Cuala, 0-12 to 0-11 in their decider at Parnell Park. The Navan Road side opened very impressively but were made battle all the way in a competitive battle. Plunkett’s led 0-7 to 0-6 at the break having moved 0-4 to 0-0 clear inside just six minutes. Leigh Herron, Tomas Corrigan (free), Gareth Smith and David Kelly were all on target before Cuala finally opened their account. But the Cuala lads fired back with scores from James Power, Luke Keating, Niall Carthy and a free from goalkeeper Darren McBrien to draw level by the 18th minute. It got better for the southsiders when a Luke Keating free edged them in front as Cuala slotted their fifth points without reply. Niall Walsh got Plunkett’s first point in 15 minutes before a second free from Tomás Corrigan put the Navan Road side back in front, 0-6 to 0-5 in the 22nd minute. But, in this ding-dong battle, Luke Keating equalised before against Plunkett’s forged ahead again thanks to a point from Alan Brogan. The second half continued along the pattern established towards the close of the opening one. A Tomas Corrigan free extended Plunkett’s lead to 0-8 to 0-6 but Con O’Callaghan reduced it to the minimum again. The sides continued to exchange points until late in the battle with points from Padraic Lee and a Gareth Smith free had Plunkett’s 0-12 to 0-10 clear with five minutes left. Keating, with a free, cut the deficit to one with three minutes to go but Cuala could not muster the winning scores or force the game into extratime. Picture: We Are Dublin
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Mick Clohisey, 47, and Kevin Dooney, 49, scored low points to see Raheny Shamrock finally win the men’s cross-country team championship title. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Raheny end 48-year wait Olympian Mick Clohisey leads Shamrock to memorable team victory at Abbotstown, taking personal silver medal at cross-country nationals DAVE HOOPER
MICK Clohisey sealed selection for the Irish team for the European cross country as he led Raheny Shamrock to a maiden national club cross country title last Sunday. “It only really sank in after the trophy presentation” explained Clohisey, having taken individual silver behind Mullingar Harriers Mark Christie. The Rio 2016 Olympian had been chasing his fourth consecutive national cross country gold medal, however struggled with the pace of Christie and Leevale’s Mark Hanrahan. As the bell sounded for the final lap of the 10,000 metre race, Clohisey blasted back into
form and began a hot pursuit of Christie. Christie, however, was able to hold firm and crossed the line for his first national senior cross country title, for the record in 30 minutes 41 seconds 12 seconds clear of Clohisey. “Personally it was a bit of a mixed bag,” explained Clohisey. ”I just didn’t feel I ever got going in the race, now finishing second is a good run but I wanted to win. “It’s tough beating Mark Christie, he was always a good athlete” added Clohisey with the dry surface at the new national cross country arena suiting the Mullingar man. “The team performance was brilliant, especially with everyone so involved” the marathon runner added. Raheny Shamrock, founded in 1958, have
constantly fallen short in their search of the blue riband of Irish club competition having tasted silver on eight occasions and bronze four times. With Kevin Dooney taking sixth place, his elder brother Conor Dooney 11th and former national steeplechase champion Mark Kirwan 19th gave Raheny a total of 38 points. It put them well clear of silver medallists Ennis Track Club who totalled 101 points while Kilkenny City Harriers took the bronze medals. “It’s a great team and been a big effort from everyone” added Clohisey, “We’ve been working away at getting this title for so long, it was great for the entire club. “It was a great day for so many like Dick
Hooper, Paul Brady, Pat Hooper, Paddy Noonan who have wanted to see this day for years. “It was also great that we got such a large support from across the club from the likes of John Frier, I know it meant a lot to them.” Next stop for Clohisey is the European cross country championship in Chia, Italy on December 11. Kevin Dooney also received a call up to the Irish team. “Personally, I just want to go out and prove myself in Europe” explained Clohisey who won an All-Ireland schools team title with St Paul’s College, Raheny in 2003. Mark Kirwan was also part of that team. “After that we have the European Club Cross Country in Portugal in February, we’ll want to make Raheny proud that day.”