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Scramble to bring in legislation on bikes MULTIPLE councillors are calling on Dublin City Council and the Ministers for Transport and Justice to introduce legislation on scrambler motorbikes following a serious incident last weekend. A 39-year-old man suffered serious head injuries after a speeding scrambler came over a hill and landed on his head in Darndale Park. The man was still in critical condition at Beaumont Hospital at the time of going to print. A 16-year-old was helping An Garda Siochana with their investigation. Scrambler bikes have been criticised by councillors in the past as they are difficult for An Garda Siochana to police. Councillor Noeleen Reilly has said


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ChildVision, the only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children, held its Annual Summer Garden Party in their grounds in Drumcondra on Saturday last, June 9. Pictured exploring the garden is little Ella Anton Snell (1) with her mum Claudia. Picture: JULIEN BEHAL


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All the kids seem heartbroken and are distracted from their exams that Gardai are held liable if there is an accident when they are giving chase. “Gardaí have informed me in my local area of Ballymun and Finglas that they cannot chase those on bikes as they will be held liable if there is an accident,” Cllr Reilly said. An emergency motion was brought before Dublin City Council on Monday evening following Saturday’s accident by People Before Profit councillor John Lyons. Full Story on Page 3

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now rated one of Anger as bins can’t Dublin the most expensive cities cope with litterbugs THERE have been complaints from residents and councillors at the lack of waste facilities in Ranelagh Gardens, particularly in warmer weather. Multiple locals have posted images on social media of bins overflowing in the popular sun-trap, with one individual having tweeted the council repeatedly asking for additional facilities to be installed in the park. At present, Ranelagh Gardens only has three small bins across the 2.5 acre park. The gardens are frequently used as a shortcut by local residents to access Ranelagh’s Main Street, and are popular with both locals and those from further afield on warmer days. On Twitter, Danielle said: “How hard is it to

DUBLIN has become one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, and has become more expensive than the likes of Abu Dhabi and California’s Silicon Valley. That’s according to the latest global Cost of Living report by ECA International, which places Dublin as the 72nd most expensive city in the world to live in. By comparison, London has dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in a decade, coming in at 109th place. Belfast currently remains the cheapest city to live in in the UK. One of 18 European cities to enter the top 100 this year, Dublin has been under a global spotlight in recent days as the UN has backed moves to make housing a constitutional right in Ireland in the midst of the current homelessness and renting crises. According to the report, the most expensive city to live in globally is Caracas in Venezuela, due to current hyperinflation in the country, followed by four different cities in Switzerland.


get some extra bins in Ranelagh gardens? This park is a walkway for residents and it’s absolutely vile [seeing the rubbish].” She posted several images of bins overflowing with food and plastic waste, similar to images previously sent to Dublin Gazette by local Green Party councillor Patrick Costello. Cllr Costello said: “We need to think about this differently, such as using ‘smart’ compactor bins, and ensuring the staff are available on long weekends to empty them.”

How litterbugs left the park, rather than taking their waste away when faced with a full bin

As previously reported, the council plan to introduce such bins across the city in the coming months in an effort to reduce waste and the number of bin collections necessary,

which are also expected to hold larger amounts of waste than traditional council bins. Litter across the city during warmer weather has become an increasing problem, with residents and councillors alike frequently condemning litterbugs for their failure to clean up after they enjoy their time in the sun. Graeme McQueen from the Dublin Chamber said: “The issue of overflowing bins and rubbish remains a big one for the city. Too many parts of the core city Centre are still far too dirty. “These new bins will hopefully help address that issue.”

TESCO is famous for its ‘every little helps’ slogan, and this weekend it’s hoping that shoppers will support its Communi-Tea Party this Saturday, June 16, with every little donation by shoppers helping to support local causes. Running from noon to 4pm,Tesco shoppers are invited to use blue tokens after checking out to help support donations, sharing a cuppa of tea and a chat with

locals and neighbours, and all helping to support their local community fund. With a hot cuppa being a staple of most Irish homes, Tesco shoppers have also embraced the retail giant’s community fundraising drives, dipping into their pockets to help more than 3,700 local causes in the county reach more than €940,000, to date, as part of more than €3m raised across the county.

Could you help listen to Dublin’s children in need? CHILDLINE, Ireland’s only 24-hour listening service for children, are currently looking for Dublin-based volunteers. Every year, more than 400,000 calls are made to Childline through its phoneline, textline and webchat services. Children can call Childline for a number of reasons – they may be lonely, may have experienced trauma, or just want to talk to someone. The free, anonymous and confidential Childline service is staffed by a team of volunteers and staff members who train and supervise volunteers to ensure a consistent and high-quality service to children and young people. An information evening for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering with Childline will take place at the ISPCC Childline office, 30 Lower Baggot Street, at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 19. For further information, see, email, or call 01 676 7960.

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Fury as long-awaited Junior Cert party’s hosting in doubt RACHEL D’ARCY

AN ‘END of JC’ night specifically for 3rd Year students was cancelled on Tuesday, after the sudden closure of Hangar on Andrews Lane in May. Prior to this. parents had said there was no communication from the event organisers, Stomp, regarding the event. Mary Hanrahan – the outraged mother of a student, who had tickets to the event – said that the last piece of information from Stomp was when tickets would go on sale, back in April. She said: “The girls were planning on going to the Stomp disco. “All the kids seem heartbroken with the news, and

Junior Cert parties are a speciality of Stomp Events

this has actually distracted a lot of them from their exams due to their poor and unacceptable communication.” Hanrahan also accused

the events company of “refusing to respond to refund queries” and “ignoring messages”, and said she has spoken with other parents who are also

furious. On Stomp’s Facebook page, a concerned mother wrote on the page in April, that students were queuing up to two and a half hours for tickets, and some still even didn’t get the chance to purchase them as there was “no management” of the queue or limit on tickets per head. Anne Carty Gallagher said: “No management of queue meant our third years queued for two and a half hours, only to have others arrive and jump the queue and get tickets, and those who queued failed to get tickets. “Also no limit on tickets per head meant teenagers bought large numbers (it’s reported kids got 20 tickets) and ours only need-

ing two didn’t get any. So now there’s a black market thriving as a result.” A statement on the disco was issued on Stomp’s Instagram profile on Monday, saying they were looking at arranging another venue for the disco, but there was no mention of whether or not refunds would be available. In the short social media statement, Stomp said: “We apologise for any inconveniences but the situation is out of our control as we had no idea Hangar was about to close and were as shocked as anyone with the sudden closure.” Comments from distraught students suggested some had paid above face value to go to the disco - some up to €120.

On Tuesday, the company again took to Instagram to say that the event - which was due to take place next Wednesday - was cancelled, leaving hundreds of 3rd Year students without plans to celebrate the end of their exams. Stomp said: “We have tried frantically over the last 2 weeks to source another venue to host the event in but all avenues have been exhausted and we can not secure a venue to host the event. We are sorry for the major inconvenience but with hangar closing it is totally out of our hands.” Refunds will available today (Thursday) at Topaz in Donnybrook from 4 to 6pm.


‘Concrete’ launch is praised THE book launch of It’s Written in Concrete, by retired journalist Seamus Kelly, drew a crowd of some 100 people to Ballymun’s Axis Theatre on June 7. Retired Garda Chief Superintendent Karl Heller launched the book and paid tribute to the author’s work as a journalist, producing his own newspaper, and his own style of news. Kelly is credited for his vital role in Ballymun Concrete News – a community newspaper that sought to dispel negative stereotypes about the area. It’s Written in Concrete is published by The Manuscript Publisher, and is on sale now and available to buy online from the publisher’s website, on Amazon, and at retail outlets including Easons in Santry and Clarehall branches, and at Axis in Ballymun.

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Scramble for DCC to introduce laws on motor bikes RACHEL D’ARCY

A MAN remains in a critical condition in hospital after a scrambler bike drove over the brow of a hill and landed on him while he was sunbathing last weekend. The incident took place in Darndale Park and saw the 39-year-old receive serious head injuries. He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, was still in hospital at time of going to print. Following the incident, councillors have condemned scrambler-type vehicles and are calling for regulation on the motor bikes. Gardai in Ballymun seized several scramblers on Tuesday following the incident, reminding the public that insurance and an up-to-date driving licence are required to

Gardai seized a number of scrambler bikes in Ballymun on Tuesday morning

drive the vehicles. They have also put out a call for any information on the incident in Darndale. People Before Profit councillor John Lyons has called on Dublin City

Council to ‘tackle’ the problem. Cllr Lyons also said there is a ‘serious physical threat’ to the public because of the ‘high speeds’ of the bikes “Despite the many pleadings by residents, communities, and elected representatives for serious measures to be introduced to address [scrambler bikes], the use of these bikes in public parks has persisted to become an even greater nuisance to communities and serious physical danger to individuals.” “Many people will not

be surprised by the incident, as there have been many previous near-misses” Lyons said. Cllr Lyons brought an emergency motion to Dublin City Council on Monday, calling on the Ministers for Justice and Transport to take urgent action regarding scramblers. He was supported by a number of councillors, including Fianna Fail’s Daithi de Roiste and Independent councillor Noeleen Reilly. TD Sean Haughey (FF) said that it is ‘sad’ that it takes tragic incidents for

people to realise that firmer legislation is needed. Deputy Haughey said: “Sadly, it takes incidents such as the one which happened in Darndale at the weekend, for us to stop in our tracks and recognise the need for a stronger legislative framework to protect those that insist on using them, particularly young people that are unsupervised by an adult. “We need to see greater enforcement and compliance with the existing bylaws, so people are more likely to heed the dangers of improper use.”

FASTNews Go and get a taste of some world class cocktails at Iveagh Gardens RACHEL D’ARCY

THE SHINING gem in the crown of food festivals in the city will kick off today, as Taste of Dublin returns to the Iveagh Gardens. This year, a range of stalls and chefs alike will exhibit their finest skills and offerings at the Harcourt Street venue. There will also be a range of alcoholic offerings available for those of age, as well as the chance to watch the final of the World Class Bartender of the Year competition which features Alan Petrovic from Dublin’s own Urchin. Nial Molloy is a World Class bartender with Diageo, and is a member of the team behind the planning of some of the exciting alcohol-themed exhibitions at the weekend long festival.

Nial Molloy

“It’s been a labour of love, definitely. We have things like the Ketel One Kitchen, where drinks will be created to complement exciting dishes, and we also have the Roe & Co tram. “The tram bar is based off the old trams that used to run in Dublin in the 19th century and was how workers at the Roe & Co distillery used to get to work, so it was really exciting to get to recreate this. It’ll be home to some lovely whiskey cocktails!” Nial told Dublin Gazette. As well as the instillations, Taste of Dublin will play home to a schedule of cocktail masterclasses from World Class bartenders. “When people try and get into bartending, they usually end up backing away a bit because they feel like they have to b uy t h e w h o l e cocktail shaker set and all the bells and whistles. “Our masterclasses this weekend will show people how to make cocktails with things they have at home, like an egg cup as a measure, a wooden spoon for mixing, or a Pyrex class for a shaker. We want to make it accessible,” Nial explained. Whether you’re a fan of cocktails, gin or old-fashioned whiskey, there’s set to be something for everyone in the alcohol department at Taste. Taste of Dublin runs from today, June 14th, up to Sunday June 17th, with tickets available now.

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Gardens to go in new bus corridor plan MORE than 1,300 people may lose their front gardens as part of plans by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to introduce 16 new high-speed bus corridors in the city.  RACHEL D’ARCY IT IS believed that the NTA will try to acquire these gardens through compulsory purchase orders, as part of new core bus corridor routes that were revealed in a report last Tuesday. Under the plans, there will be 16 new high-speed bus routes created across the city, with 230km of bus lanes and 200km of cycle lanes to be built over the course of a decade. The 16 routes will include Ballymun to the city, Finglas to Phibsborough, UCD to city centre, Clongriffin to the city centre, and more. There will also be a new, simpler fare structure for bus users, with a new ticketing system set to be introduced, as well as the ability for passengers to pay with credit cards and mobile phones for more convenient payment. Howeve r, t h e N TA warned that because there is “so little unused space” along some of the desired routes, that it will “often not be possible” for the new bus and cycle lanes to be constructed in the width available, suggesting that extra land will need to be purchased. Deputy Noel Rock (FG) has said that in the report, specific properties that will be affected aren’t outlined, with only the impacted roads being detailed in the report. Deputy Rock said: “The NTA intend to announce this plan, yet have not

informed residents affected, and have no plans to do so before then. “Similarly, their own report doesn’t outline exactly which properties will be affected by the acquisition; rather, it only outlines the roads affected. “This means instead of 1,300 households being informed on this matter and becoming concerned due to the lack of direct engagement from the NTA, it will be a multiple of several times that.” In the report, the NTA said: “Every feasible option will be looked at to minimise the disruption to people, their properties and the wider local community. “Where there is simply no viable alternative, and where we know we have to remove trees, parts of gardens or parking, we will ensure appropriate mitigation measures are put in place.”

They have also acknowledged that the impact of the project “will mean different things to different people” and that this is why they are “stating [the issues] clearly at this early stage”. Labour spokesperson for Transport, Kevin Humphreys, said that the NTA need to “learn from previous mistakes” and engage in active communication with those impacted. He said: “Congestion is a growing problem across the country, but particularly in the Dublin city area, so it is welcome that investment will be targeted to address this. The needs of cyclists, and bus routes must be addressed. “The NTA must learn from previous mistakes and engage in real consultation and engagement with those impacted by the proposals. “Well over 1,000 homes will be affected and private traffic may also be rerouted

through what had previously been quiet r o a d s . If those impacted and affected aren’t properly engaged with, that public confidence can be quickly lost.” However, representatives from the Green P a r t y , including Cllr Ciaran Cuffe and party leader Eamon Ryan, have welcomed the introduction of low-emission buses in the plan, as well as the introduction of cycle lanes in conjunction with the new bus lanes. Deputy Ryan said: “These proposals contain positive opportunities, for

cleaner air, safer streets, calmer and more affordable journeys. Shifting trips to walking cycling and buses from cars is a positive for all. “The challenge is to reverse decades of the wrong strategy and produce redesigns to prioritise walking cycling and public transport. We should not

underestimate that challenge, but we know that delivering a cleaner healthier, happier city is worth it.” Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, said: “This is the way forward. This project will ensure that Dublin will have a public transport sys-

tem to rival any in Europe. “Yes, there will be disruption but it will be well worth the effort in the long run. I strongly urge people to check out the Bus Connects website for yourself and join the discussion. This is your city, we need your help to develop it.”

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Inside Out & Beyond At Botanic Gardens


DIARY Relive your youth in a ball pool, soak up the sounds of France or catch the last of Bloomsday CAMDEN BACKYARD

The Power Of Laughter DEE Ahearn Barretstown CEO,Abbie Colfer from Carlow and Deirdre O Kane launch the Barretstown Summer Appeal 2018. This year’s campaign, which runs through June, is all about the power of laughter. When a child becomes seriously ill, family life becomes about fighting for survival and laughter is lost. Even when a child starts to get better physically, the psychological scars of their illness remain. Hospitals treat the illness, but Barretstown treats the child. Through its medically endorsed programme of Therapeutic Recreation, children start to rediscover the magic of being a child. They start to laugh again; they start to heal. Will you donate to Laughter? Text LAUGHTER to 50300 to donate €4 to Barretstown.


A new art exhibition based on the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin is set to debut in Dublin in the next few weeks.

Finglas born painter and impressionist artist Gerard Byrne’s new exhibition, ‘Inside Outside & Beyond’, will run at the Gallery Space in the visitor centre of the Botanic Gardens from next Friday, June 22nd, until July 15th. Byrne began his career as an electrician, before turning his focus to art. He spent many years living at ‘The Art House’ in Dalkey before moving to London four years ago. He has recently returned to Dublin to open his own gallery in Ranelagh. By r n e v i s i te d t h e Botanic Gardens frequently in an effort to accurately capture the vibrancy of the flowers teamed with the dramatic rendering of the wroughtiron architecture. In advance of the exhibition opening, Gerard Byrne said: “Over my lifetime, I’ve moved many times – both within Ireland and abroad. But no matter where I made my home, I frequently returned to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. It was there, as a wide-eyed painter, that I first perfected my technique. “I have come a long way from being a fulltime electrician, teaching myself how to draw and paint, to being recognised and appreciated as an artist. This exhibition at the Botanic Gardens is a fitting way to mark my return to live in Dublin.” ‘Inside Outside & Beyond’ will be open daily to the public and is free of charge.

DO you ever wistfully miss the days you could throw all your cares away and simply jump in a ball pool for a while? Fear no more – starting today, the Camden Backyard will have an adult ball pool, as well as several other exciting summer-esque features, presented by Kopparberg. The Camden Backyard will take place at 11 Camden St Lower, with DJs, food, cider and live podcasts all taking place at the ‘Summer kick-off’. Tonight will see comedian Alison Spittle host a live podcast alongside presenter James Kavanagh, and drag queen Neon Love to launch the event. On Friday and Saturday, expect hip-hop and R’n’B from local artists, as well as DJ sets from the likes of Tara Steward, Handsome Paddy and Mona Lxsa. Tickets are priced at €10, and are available now from

C’EST BONNE! THIS weekend a celebration of the last 100 years of the French organ and choral tradition will take place across the city. Running up to this Sunday, June 17th, it’ll take in some of the city’s most elegant venues including Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral and more. Over the course of the festival, which started last night, Irish based virtuosos including David Williams will take to the organ, as well as France’s Thomas Emily Kilkenny Roddy will appear at Pipeworks 2018 festival Ospital making in Irish ‘France 100’ debut. Also featured are the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of St Bartholomew’s Church, who’ll be performing with dancer Emily Kilkenny Roddy. Full details on the festival are available from festival.

BLOOMSDAY THE final day of this year’s Bloomsday Festival will see a jampacked schedule this Saturday, June 16th. Celebrating Bloomsday itself, there’s a number of guided tours of the famous spots in Ulysses already sold out as many travel to Dublin for a glimpse of life in the Era of James Joyce. There’s also set to be a Bloomsday Breakfast, an afternoon tea, bus tours, body painting and more. At Wolfe Tone Square, there will also be a gathering for readings of Joyce as well as a sing-a-long. Details of the Bloomsday events, and tickets where necessary, are available at

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Gordon Grehan and Andrew Martin

Dean Doherty and Barry Hogan

Laura Ivers, Moe Coakley and Chloe Dougan. Pictures: Brian mcEvoy

Launching this year’s Dublin Pride festival

Megan Byrne and Graham Mulvaney


ROMINENT figures from within the LGBT community and well-known supporters turned out to celebrate the launch of the festival at Dublin’s City Council offices last week. Dublin’s Lord Mayor Michael McDonagh, Brian Higgins, CEO of Pieta House and Clodagh Leonard delivered empowered speeches on the night while guests enjoyed refreshing gin cocktails. Among the guests were well known faces such as TV3 presenter, Alan Hughes along with his husband Karl Broderick. Also spotted were journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird, former TV3 Political Editor, Ursula Halligan along with Senator Fintan Warfield, Sinn Fein. Dublin Pride runs from June 21 to 30 with a Alan Hughes, Christine Heffernan and Karl Broderick host of citywide events.

Sean O’Brien, Aishling Dolan and Colm Molloy

Charlie Bird and Brian Higgins

Keely Neenan

Nirina Plunkett

Ursula Halligan, Charlie Bird, Eddie McGuinness and Colm Holmes

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Aine Seagrave and Jennifer Guinan

Maria Donlon and Ally Delahunty

Caoimhe McConnell and Annajane Cunningham

Ciara Fagan, Ciara O’Brien and Nicola Sills Lyons. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Nick Delahunty, Maria Donlon and Ally Delahunty

Sinead Kearns and Steve Kime

Polo in the Park is party of the summer J

Misty Romano, Mairead McConnell and McKenna O’Neill

Lorraine McManamon,Nicola Higgins and Annie Kiernan

UNE Polo in the Park took place over the weekend at the All Ireland Polo Club in Phoenix Park with all proceeds going to the IMNDA (Irish Motor Neurone Disease). Ticket holders were welcomed with prosecco and strawberries reception on the stand with an optimal viewing point for live action polo activities. The glamour was on point and the party continued to the early hours of the morning all for a great cause. It was a volunteer run event with all profits going directly the charity.

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Lynne Fagan and Gemma McCormack

Victoria Brennan, Laura Fagan and Kim Kavanagh. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Jennifer Kelly and Annmarie Murphy

Dearbhla Brennan and Emma McEvoy

Service with a smile

D Kelly Quinn, Nicola Rushe and Sarah Smith

UBLIN’S party people were out on the town last week at Grafton Street hotspot Lillie’s, for their annual Sunday Service birthday celebrations. DJ Jay Farrell and guests entertained the crowds till late, as the

champagne and the specially themed Dingle Gin cocktails flowed all night long. The popular weekly club event, which is now celebrating its 7th year, is also a big favourite for visiting celebs to the Emerald Isle.

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EING careful not to jinx it, the weather in Dublin has been absolutely glorious. When the sun’s out and it’s warm, usually two things spring to mind: beer gardens or where to get a good icecream. It’s far too warm to do the extra thinking so to save you swanning around in the heat, we’ve saved you the hassle. Whether it’s a classic 99’s, gelato, handmade sorbet or even trying something a little whackier like Smoked Salmon Ice Cream, here are some top ice-cream spots in Dublin.

TEDDY’S LOCATION: 1a Windsor Terrace, Dun Laoghaire HIGHLIGHT: Classic whipped vanilla 99 HAVING a walk along Dun Laoghaire Pier and a Teddy’s ice-cream goes hand in hand. It’s been a tradition since the much-loved ice cream joint was established in 1950 by Teddy himself (real name Edward Jacob). With the old-fashioned charm, many opt for that classic, creamy vanilla 99 topped with a crumbly flake. They also have other flavours of ice-cream on offer as well as handmade sweets, boiled sweets, iced caramels, candyfloss and coffee. Queues are quite common at Teddy’s, but no one minds the wait. Once you get the top and your delicious ice-cream is handed out to you, the only thing that matters is getting stuck into that delicious ice-cream. You can now buy a Teddy’s cone at the end of Dun Laoghaire Pier too, or Bray Seafront.

MURPHY’S LOCATION: 27 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 HIGHLIGHT: Whacky flavours available SINCE 2000, brothers Sean and Kieran Murphy have been making their own ice-cream, which all began in Dingle. They don’t use colourings, flavourings or powdered milk, their brand is all about keeping it fresh from the farm milk, local cream, free range eggs and organic sugar. The brothers are quite fussy when it comes to quality ingredients and even make their own sea salt from Dingle sea water and distil Dingle rain to make their sorbets. They also temper chocolate, infuse alcohol and scrape vanilla beans by hand. Serving 16 flavours, 12 regular plus four special flavours, Murphy’s is also known for it’s quirky flavours. The staff are very friendly and will let you try samples until you decide on the right one.

GINO’S GELATO LOCATION: Grafton Street, Henry Street, George’s Street, and Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley and Jervis Street Shopping Centres HIGHLIGHT: Known brands like Ferrero Rocher or Toblerone being made into a Gelato GINO’S offers the best in authentic Italian gelato. The product is made fresh in each of their premises daily using quality ingredients, including their own organic milk from cows who graze on a farm by the Atlantic Ocean. They use no additives or preservatives. There is gluten-free flavours on the menu and it is suitable for vegetarians. It’s also low in fat, 5-6% compared to 10% plus in ice-creams and the flavours range from chocolate mixes to traditional fruits. It’s hard to walk by Gino’s without getting the sweet waft of their Belgian waffles and crepes also on offer.

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HOME & STYLE FORMER X-Factor judge and current Love Island host, Caroline Flack, has just launched her debut collaboration collection with high-street favourite, River Island.








The brother’s not quite a Ray of sunshine “WOULD ye look at the heads on the pair of them. “I wouldn’t trust either of them to run a bath, never mind run a bleedin’ country.” The brother has staged his own silent coup since he came over and has managed to commandeer the remote control. For some reason, he uses a different mug for every cup of tea he has. I’m fairly certain that reason is that he doesn’t know how to wash a cup because there was a line of used ones lined up beside his booted feet on the coffee table. Now, I’m not exactly Mr Homemaker or anything but I like a degree of tidiness around the place but that’s gone out the window since Ray arrived over. I wandered into the kitchen while

he was still roaring at the telly and found a stack of teabags sitting in the sink, dirty plates stacked high bedside the sink and three knives slathered with jam and butter wedged to the kitchen counter. “Any chance you could bring your butler over with ye next time, Ray?” I roar at him from the kitchen. “Wha’?” he says. “I can’t hear ye.” It’s difficult to hear anyone talking to you when you’ve got the volume of the telly up full whack. “I was asking if ye could bring your butler over with ye next time ye come over,” I says, walking back into the living room. “So he can take care of the trail of mess you leave in your wake.” “Ah lay off me Gaz,” he says, throwing his eyes up to Heav-

en. “I’m on me holidays. Herself is forever on me case at home to clean up after me. I just need to let loose a bit.”

I wouldn’t trust either of them to run a bath, never mind run a bleedin’ country

“There’s other reasons to tidy up after yourself apart from people getting on at you to do it, Ray,” I says to him. “Ye know, like not wanting to live in filth. That sort of thing.” At this, he bristles and purses his lips and narrows his eyes like he’d do when we were young fellas. “Would ye give over,” he exhales the words more than says them, all exasperated as if I’m asking him to give me a kidney or something. “I’ll sort it all out in a few minutes. I’ve been watching these pair of head the balls on the news here. “I can’t work out which one of them is worse. I can’t even work out which haircut is worse. How could either of them be in charge of country, never mind the two of them.” “Well one lost a popular vote but

got in because of a mad voting system that no one really understands and the other fella is basically there because of a serious case of nepotism,” I says to him. “Jaysus,” he says. “I still can’t get me head around it. They were saying Trump has a fella going round taping all his memos back together because he keeps ripping them up even though he’s not supposed to. “That’s hardly a job for someone to be doing. “It must be like picking up after a child.” “You’re not familiar with irony, are ye Ray?” I says to him. “Ah here, now you’re going too far,” he bellows at me. “I said I’d wash me dishes but I’m not doing your ironing.” I give up.

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It can be tricky to seek redress for any injuries IN IRELAND, if you have been involved in an accident, or subject to conditions that led to your injury/ailment, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim, which most often requires legal expertise, knowledge and experience. All personal injury claims in Ireland must be assessed by an independent body known as The Injuries Board. Claims to the board and courts are both assessed on the medical evidence you provide from your doctor, and in some circumstances from an independent doctor appointed by the board. The award of compensation will be based on an assessment of damages due with regard to the extent of your injuries/ illness, and the circumstances leading to your illness/injuries. Where the respondent does not agree to the assessment by the board, or where either party rejects the board’s award, your case can then be referred to the courts. Applications for compensation cannot be made directly to the courts without the consent of the Injuries Board. Pe rs o n a l i n j u r i e s claims include road traffic accidents, with such accidents here being too commonplace. The primary causes of road traffic accidents

leading to deaths and injuries are: • Speed inappropriate for, or inconsistent with, the prevailing circumstances or driving conditions; • Impaired driving through alcohol, drugs (prescription or nonprescription), or fatigue; • A failure to use or properly use seatbelts and child safety restraints; • Unsafe behaviour towards/by vulnerable road users (such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, young children, older people). As such, the Injuries Board in Ireland sees thousands of road traffic accident claims each year. Accidents in Public Places In order to make a public liability compensation claim in Ireland, you must have sustained an injury due to the negligence of an individual or entity that owed you a duty of care, such as a premises owner. Accidents that occur in public places, bars, restaurants and result in injury may be resolved by making a public liability claim against the insurers of the premises. Such claims can be complicated, often require much legal assistance and input. Here is a step-by-step process to making a personal injury claim: 1. Get in touch with your solicitor to gain a

clear understanding of the claims process and your entitlements. 2. Request assistance in filling in a claim application form and compiling necessary documentation such as a medical report, images of injuries, accident report etc. This is a crucial and often determining factor in the board’s decision to accept or reject a claim. 3. Forward your application form to the Injuries Board of Ireland within three months of the incident leading to your injury/illness. 4. The Respondent (person who you are making a claim against) should receive notification of your claim from the board. 5. The Respondent, usually represented by an insurance company, agrees to the assessment of your claim by 6. You may need to attend a medical assessment carried out by an independent medical representative for the board. 7. assess the amount of compensation (the monetary value of your claim). 8. The Claimant and Respondent both accept the amount of compensation. If the Respondent does not agree to an assessment by, or if either side rejects the board’s award, the matter can then be referred to the courts.

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

Dr Sinead Kane with helpers Saorlaith Quinn, Senan Quinn and Lily Smullen. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov


Help stop blindness with a bit of yellow MARK O’BRIEN

INSPIRATIONAL blind sporting hero and marathon runner Dr Sinead Kane joined some little pals decked out in their sunniest yellow to launch Sightsavers’ Bright for Sight campaign recently. Taking place on Friday, June 22, the charity is asking people from across Ireland to go Bright for Sight for the day, by wearing something yellow and making a donation to Sightsavers. The colour yellow has been chosen because it is the colour that stands out most to people with visual impairments. Dublin businesses taking part in Bright for Sight include Reddy Charlton Solicitors, The National Wax Museum, Like Charity and the International School of English, Harcourt Street. Laoise Keaveney, of The Wax Museum, said: “The National Wax Museum is delighted to be partnering with Sightsavers for the Bright For Sight campaign. To celebrate, the museum will be dressing some of our waxworks in bright yellow.” Sinead, who has only 5% vision and is registered as legally blind,

Lily Smullen and Senan Quinn

is the holder of a Guinness World Record for being the first blind person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents. She completed the feat in less than seven days in January, 2017. She also made sporting history when she became the first visually-impaired Irish person to run an ultra-marathon in Ireland in 2015. Speaking about the campaign, she said: “Bright for Sight is such a fun and easy fundraiser to host. “Make sure to ask your friends, family and colleagues to get their

workplace involved and wear something yellow on June 22 and make a donation. “I’ll be wearing yellow proudly on the day and helping Sightsavers work to rid the world of avoidable blindness.” A staggering 285 million people around the world are visually impaired, of which 36 million are living with blindness. It’s a sad and startling fact that 75% of this is avoidable. A little donation can go a long way in a developing country. Just 17 cent can protect someone against the blinding disease, trachoma, while less than €2 provides a pair of glasses; €3 pays for a lens for a child’s cataract operation; €32 pays for a sight-restoring cataract operation for an adult; €104 can restore a child’s sight through a cataract operation; €530 can purchase the equipment to perform the surgery; and €1,745 can purchase a motorbike, helping Sightsavers’ surgeons save sight in poorest and most remote places. For further information about Bright for Sight, and to download a fundraising pack, see

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TODDLE WITH YOUR TEDDY AT BARNARDOS FAMILY FUN DAY IF you go down to the woods on June 24 - you’re sure of a big surprise. Barnardos children’s charity invites families to join them in Airfield Estate for an exciting Teddy Bear themed family fun day to celebrate the 15th Year of the Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by The event will be packed with outdoor fun for young children and all are encouraged to bring their teddies so they can Toddle with Teddy and join in at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Pictured are Lauren O’Brien from Drumcondra, Eddie Song from Cabra, Daisy Blue O’Leary from Glasnevin and Dawson Mooney from Drimnagh. Picture: Patrick Bolger

Toots & The Maytals ready for Dublin date

REGGAE legends Toots and the Maytals are coming to Dublin for what will be their first headline Irish show in eight years. Currently on an US Summer Tour, Toots and the Maytals European tour will arrive in The Tivoli on October 23. Toots is one of the true architects of reggae, so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs, written and recorded

by Toots and the Maytals, have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event “The Harder They Come”, the 1972 film that became an international sensation. A five-time Grammy nominee, Toots and The Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with “True Love”. Tickets priced €36 plus booking fee from https://events.ticketbooth. eu/event/toots-the-maytals


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SOME OF THE LATEST EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN DUBLIN Karen Kelly and Rory Dignam in Meet Me In The Gardens. Photo by Lorna Fitzsimons

Unique theatre at Botanic Gardens

Lord Mayor’s Coach comes into Bloom

AS part of the Bloomsday events that are taking place in the City, the Lord Mayor’s Coach or ‘Lord Mayor’s Gingerbread Coach’ as it is referred to in James Joyce’s Ulysses will be on display on the forecourt of the Mansion House on June 16. The Mansion House will also be open for members of the public to walk through. There will also be some Bloomsday-related music and readings going on throughout the day including Caintairi Avondale performing ‘Singing Blooms song’ and Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher There are a number of other events being organised by local community groups in partnership with Dublin City Council – for details, please go to Bloomsday.

A UNIQUE theatrical experience comes to the National Botanic Gardens this summer. Shiva Productions, in association with the OPW and Dublin City Council, are bringing to life a new site-specific theatrical experience, digging up the ghosts of the gardens’ riveting past. Based on true events and real-life characters, spanning the cholera epidemic to the onset of World War II, audiences will be taken on a thrilling ride through time before being jolted back to our technology-drenched present. Meet Me In The Gardens, a series of four short plays, will be performed in various locations within the picturesque grounds of the Glasnevin venue. Performances take place on June 24 at 2pm and 4pm, July 1 at 2pm & 4pm, July 7 at 2pm & 4pm and July 14 at 2pm & 4pm. Audience numbers are limited - Book early to avoid disappointment. Car park and amenities are on site. Tickets priced €11.40 are available via Eventbrite: The performance is not seated. Portable chairs are allowed, rugs to sit on are welcome, and umbrellas are advised. The venue is also wheelchair accessible.

Become a master at mobile photography

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey has launched the #BlackBushStories collaboration series, showcasing and celebrating those who have gone against the grain to follow their passion and become champions in their chosen field. A collaboration with Dublin street photographer Freddy Kelly, a.k.a. Raw Dublin, will see the talented documentarian host a photography masterclass at Drury Buildings on Wednesday, June 30 in association with #BlackBushStories ambassador and acclaimed bartender Paul Rocks, who will offer a tasting session on some of Bushmills’ best loved whiskeys. Freddy is Dublin’s most talked about Instagram photographer of 2018, capturing visual stories from around his city that attract thousands of likes, comments and followers. The ‘Black Bush and Photography’ interactive event will see Freddy teaching attendees how to take great photos on their smartphones and cameras, sharing tips and tricks that can be applied straight away. To register for ‘Black Bush and Photography’ and for more information on the photography competition visit



DUBLIN Gazette Newspaper have teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Bran is a distinguished 10 year old Collie. Bran is a real foodie who adores his grub so getting to know him shouldn’t take too long. He seeks affection and attention but prefers a hands off approach, so he would be happiest snuggling at your side rather than being petted and fussed. He’s adorably handsome and a firm favourite with the staff in Dogs Trust, so if you’re looking for a gentleman to stick to your side like glue,

Bran could be the one for you. Bran may be an older chap but that doesn’t stop him! He absolutely adores his walks and is an agile chap who would love long rambles with his new family. If you think you can offer Bran a loving home, then p l e a se co n ta c t Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook w w w. fa ce b o o k . com/dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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GOINGOUTOUT Jazz was just a starting point for BARQ’s eclectic sound

Fusion music for the masses




WE DON’T normally pick out a best ‘Night of the week’ – in fact, we’ve never done this before – but good Lord, talk about a fab four for Friday! You’re unusually spoiled for choice tonight, with your musical allegiances ready to be tested as four very different gigs look set to tear up the town with an unusually strong lineup, all in one memorable night. In no particular order ... The National will seize control of Donnybrook Stadium (tickets from €76), ready to briefly rule their own fake empire as they bring their Grammy-earning hits to town. Liam Gallagher will no doubt be at his chirpy, cheerful, cuddly best over at Malahide Castle (tickets from €50), with the mighty Mancunian, our kid – if anyone’s called him that in years – bringing his distinctive voice to town. Flight of the Conchords land at the 3Arena (tickets from €86), bringing their dynamic duo styliings to a stadium setting, where they’ll no doubt treat Dubs to one of their famous live, comedy-strewn performances. Taylor Swift holds court over at Croke Park (tickets from €74.50). One of the biggest stars in pop comes to town for two nights, bringing all the stadium-ready hits at the heart of ‘big gig’ season; let her shake off your stress.

JUNE 14 (THURSDAY) Paddy Casey @ Leopardstown Racecourse, €17 Skyfever @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), , €15 Dan Elliott @ Whelan’s, €10

JUNE 15 (FRIDAY) Bad Manners @ The Academy, €25 Let’s Set Sail + Carriages @ Whelan’s, €10

JUNE 16 (SATURDAY) Taylor Swift @ Croke Park, €74.50 Michael Malarkey @ Whelan’s, €18.50 The National @ Donnybrook Stadium, €76 Flight of the Conchords @ 3Arena, €86 Nile Rodgers and Chic @ Malahide Castle, €49.50 John Cale (Velvet Underground) @ National Concert Hall, €30

JUNE 17 (SUNDAY) Future Islands @ Donnybrook Stadium, €63 The Beach Boys @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre, €55 The Bionic Rats @ The Foggy Dew, Free

JUNE 19 (TUESDAY) The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, €7

JUNE 20 (WEDNESDAY) Angie McMahon @ Whelan’s, €12

A PRODUCT of both a topclass education in jazz, and the inventive expansion of the Irish music scene in recent years, BARQ – a soulful, imaginative and lively Dublin act with a boisterous stage presence – are on a fast-rising path. Having featured on the cover of Hot Press and made the Irish Times’ list of 50 People To Watch in 2017, frontwoman Jess Kavanagh – who’s also worked with Hozier and Lethal Dialect – sees the band’s music very much as a fusion of its members’ varied influences. “The scene today comes from easy access to music all over the world,” she says. “When I grew up, you had a musical identity, like ‘I’m a rocker’, and you went to whatever section in Tower Records was selling the rock music. It was part of who you were. “People don’t consume music like that any more, it comes from a multitude of places now. Now, Ireland also has all these music and cultures that didn’t exist here ten years ago,” Stephen McHale adds.

Pictures: Dara Munnis


“As soon as people had MP3 players, I remember people started talking about different things – my friends listened to Malian bands, classical music, orchestral tracks, stuff like that. Odd tracks here and there. “It wasn’t so ‘vertical’; not the whole catalogue from one band, but a really wide range of genres. That was a big shift, and it affected everything. “We spent four years playing jazz, and that feeds into what we do, too. I don’t think we feature anything we don’t have some background in, so it feels authentic and natural to us, even if it does sound a little bit like ‘What is that?’ to outsiders. “It’s a combination of what we all listen to: jazz, Kendrick Lamar, stuff like that.” Of the early days, Kavanagh recalls: “Tommy

[Gray], drummer, was living in what we called ‘the jazz house’, and we spent a lot of time messing around with music. “We were listening to music around the kitchen table and drinking wine. There was a jazz quartet, a Motown group and then a hip-hop covers group before we got to BARQ. “We settled into a sound in the hip-hop covers band, and so when we started writing our own songs, the overall sound was already there. “I think we finished off the bat as a kind of ready, finished product with a sheen because of that background playing music for so long. “There was a concept to

begin with, and that’s really helped. The material is there to do an album; we’ll be sticking to one song at a time for now, though. “Hopefully, when we put out something big, they’ll be a larger audience there ready to hear it.” The process has been challenging, at times, and BARQ are careful about what they release. Kavanagh says: “With this generation, more than any other, your creative process is in the public eye in a way it hasn’t been before. “Every single, every part of our creative process is out there on Spotify. We need to take our time to make sure our style is right, and the songs are class.

“Essentially, we want every track on the album, when it does come, to be as good as the singles. “We had three songs recorded and ready to be released before we played our first gig. It was ready, and so was the full set, for festivals and stuff. “What we do is unashamedly, unavoidably political. There’s so much going on now, and I’m a very political person,” Kavanagh adds. “Like the style of our music, it feels completely natural to me. This is just who we are.” BARQ play the main stage on June 23 at Body and Soul, which takes place June 22-24 in Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath.

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Gregor’s all set for epic 30,000 MILE global race REBECCA RYAN

DUBLINER Gregor McGuckin is gearing up to set sail in an ambitious 30,000-mile global challenge. The 31-year-old will attempt to become the first Irish person to sail a non-stop, unassisted solo circumnavigation of the world by completing the prestigious Golden Globe 50th Anniversary Race 2018. Robin Knox-Johnston is the only person that has ever completed this epic race, covering approximately 30,000 miles, which has only been run once before, in 1968. Gregor is the only Irish sailor taking part, and is the second-youngest of the 19 sailors attempting the challenging race. Sailing from Les

Sables-d’Olonne, France on July 1, the solo sailors face a non-stop trip around the world, via the three Great Capes and returning to Les Sablesd’Olonne. The sail is expected to take approximately eight months to complete. Each sailor will be navigating with a traditional sextant and paper charts, without any electronic instruments or autopilots. They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves. All food to be used on the trip has to be carried on board to complete the 30,000-mile-long voyage. Ever thirsty for adventure, Gregor has been involved in the outdoors from an early age. Starting out climbing the hills and mountains

around Ireland, he soon discovered the sea and windsurfing and surfing became a daily part of his life. He chose sailing as his profession, starting as a dinghy coach, delivery skipper and in recent times, was the skipper of a 62ft yacht based in The Caribbean. He has logged more than 45,000 miles crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and many other passages around the world. Speaking of his participation in the Golden Globe Race, he said: “The excitement is really building. It will be tough having to cope with almost eight months of solitude and the challenges of the sea in all conditions. However, he said he has received an incredible

It looks ‘easy’ from this angle, but Gregor faces a gruelling solo sailing challenge in the Golden Globe race. Main picture: Peter Houlihan

amount of support: “None of this would be possible without the excellent support I have been getting from some truly inspirational people such as businessmen and sailors Enda O’Coineen and

Ulick McEvaddy, and my set of sponsors including Arkphire, who have been incredibly supportive of me from an early stage in this venture. “This is a dream come true for me and I hope I

can now push on and do everyone proud.” Support is also being provided by the Marine Institute, and throughout his journey, Gregor will be gathering data on the content of microplastic

pollution in the oceans he crosses. Sandyford-based and Irish-owned IT services and networking company, Arkphire, have also announced its support and sponsorship. Arkphire chief executive Paschal Naylor said: “We are delighted to support Gregor in this exciting endeavour, which will require tremendous sailing skills in addition to great qualities of preparation, planning and perseverance.”

Show your specs appeal MARK O’BRIEN

STEPS superstar Claire Richards (left) is encouraging glasses wearers across Dublin to submit their entries for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards before the deadline of Sunday, July 1 to be in with a chance of winning €12,000 cash. To enter Specsavers’ annual competition, simply wear your glasses with pride and share your best selfie via the Spectacle Wearer of the Year website, and you could be mingling with celebrities at the star-studded awards evening in London. Having picked up the Specs Appeal gong at last year’s awards, pop star

Claire (40) said: “I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day, and then a sexy cat’s eye frame the next. “Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers. “I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers.” Seamus Breslin, store director at a number of Specsavers stores across Dublin, said: “This is the last chance for people in Dublin to showcase their specs appeal to the whole country.

“We’re encouraging glasses wearers to upload a selfie at today. It couldn’t be easier.” The competition has five age categories (16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59, and over-60s) plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October. For each entry made, €1 will be donated to the National Council for the Blind, in Ireland. To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at https://

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John McColgan and Pauraic Moyles

Marty and Maria Whelan

Claire Whelan

Internationally renowned musician Sting. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Denise Leavy and Anne Claffey

Cera Ward and Caitriona Perry

Sting’s musical The Last Ship docks in Dublin I

Cliondhna Denny, Aoife Kelly and Maria McDonnell

Oonagh Treble, Mary Ryan, Linda MacWilliams and Louise Fitzsimons

NTERNATIONALLY renowned musician Sting, along with other familiar faces, came to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the opening night of the singer’s stage hit. Sting’s The Last Ship is an emotional musical, written by The Police frontman, and was partly inspired by his hometown of Newcastle. It tells the story of the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard in Newcastle in the 1980s at the height of Thatcherism and how the local community dealt with losing the main source of their livelihoods.

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Reese Elliot, Ali Keating, Yvonne Keating and Ciara Elliot

Croia Fitzpatrick, Terrie McEvoy and Chrissie Fitzpatrick. Pictures: Andres Poveda

Premiere of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom A HOST of well-known faces gathered for an evening of dinosaur discovery and excitement including a guided tour of Zoorassic World, Dublin Zoo’s home to reptiles past and present, followed by an exclusive screening of the second chapter of the Jurassic World film series. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, sees the return of favourite characters and dinosaurs – along with new breeds more awe-inspiring than ever before.

Kelsey Daly and Lola Rose Bathe Kevin Sexton and Anna Geary

Amanda, Cillian, Brendan and Peter McCormack

Lynn and Zoe Humphreys

Ali and Robert O’Leary

Darren William and Kieran Doyle

Carly jones and Simon Collins

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Nothing new in latest dinosaur blockbuster

REMEMBER the very first Jurassic Park? At this stage, that was released so many years ago, it feels like a relic from another time. It’s more or less sitting on the same groundbreaking cinema shelf as L’Arrivee d’un Train en Gare de La Ciota (1896), a film which reportedly saw great alarm from panicked audiences watching a steam locomotive hurtling straight at them on the screen. Run! That feeling of genuine shock and awe would resurface many decades


later with Stephen Spielberg’s masterful, and first, Jurassic Park film. Although modern audiences aren’t quite as easy to manipulate as people confronted with steam trains, there was something of the early, heady days of genuine cinema magic about the first Jurassic Park film, which still holds up as an absolute

classic all this time later. Time, however, has not been kind to the franchise, with diminishing creative returns at least greeting subsequent additions to the series. At this stage, we’ve seen parks open, close, and open again, breeding an air of familiarity that’s stomped right alongside each new variation on a theme. The previous addition to the franchise was another underwhelming tale, adding in kids in peril (again), warnings about tinkering with science being ignored


@KevinDublin Hopefully it’ll be Kev to the rescue when we can’t open any damn jam jars

I got carded at the liquor store. While getting my ID out my Blockbuster card fell out. He laughed and said “Never mind.”

Jurassic World roared in to cinemas this summer.


Comes with 50 shades of excrutiating gags SOME glamorous grannies start reading the 50 Shades books, and decide they’d like some of the sexy, sexy times too with the silver-haired foxes in their lives. Yeesh. That’s the premise of Book Club (Cert 15A, 104 mins), which digs up a whole bunch of (ahem) mature actors and actresses, uses every bit of lighting and camera trickery known to man to de-age them, and starts lobbing in predictable gags about seniors’ sex drives. It’s all as wonderful and entertaining as that all sounds.


Not the most stellar of origins stories WIDELY regarded as the Star Wars film that nobody was asking for, Solo: A Star Wars Story (Cert 12A, 135 mins) is already officially a flop, barely a wet weekend since its release. If you’ve ever wanted to see all about the misadventures of a young Han Solo (how he got his name and reputation, how he won the Millennium Falcon etc), you’re in luck. However, it lacks classic Star Wars magic, its lead looks nothing like Harrison Ford, and it just feels like a cynical cash-in on the august franchise’s name.


Not quite a comedy masterclass, but still gets a pass YOU pretty much know what you’re getting with a Melissa McCarthy film, but her latest character, Deanna, patently clearly doesn’t know what she’s in for when she decides to go back to college in Life of the Party (Cert 15A, 105 mins). It’s the kind of lovable-underdog-triumphs role that McCarthy can trot out in her sleep, but still, this tale of a dumped mom trying to better herself – at the same college as her initially mortified daughter – has some okay laughs in store.


It’s utter gnome-sense (and that’s funnier than the film) FOLLOWING a forgettable film that barely anybody noticed on its release, the announcement of a sequel, Sherlock Gnomes (Cert G, 86 mins), was a surprise move. As with the film it’s the sequel to, Sherlock comes with a high-profile cast of voice actors, but fails to charm. Here, a brilliant detective has to work out what has happened to a whole garden-worth of missing gnomes, but soon finds an even bigger mystery afoot. Very small kids may like this, but it’s distinctly sub-par work.

Just put together an Ikea flatpack and only cursed twice. I am available for any other manly jobs you may have.

(again), and the likes of T-Rexes and Velociraptors taking key roles (again). At this stage, you could be in danger of feeling we’ve seen more dinosaur shenanigans than the Jurassic period itself, and some of those recurring themes pop up yet again in this latest iteration. Still, at least this addition spices things up a little, with an air of creepiness and occasional suspense that adds a frisson of fear to some key moments. Long story short, in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Cert 12A, 128 mins), Isla Nubla the island home for the doomed parks and crazy critters - is about to go spectacularly boom, with a massive volcanic eruption spelling fiery extinction for the dinosaurs. Cue a rescue mission to save loads of them, with Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) reuniting from the previous film to reprise their roles as a dino handler and uneasy partner, respectively.

Owen’s on a personal mission to find and save his beloved Blue - his hand-trained ‘raptor while Claire’s ditched her frosty manager mindset to become a much more rounded dino activist, giving the two a snappy rapport together. Naturally, with an exploding island and a race against time, it’s not long before things take a twist - although not a shocking twist, as yet again it turns out that there are less than altruistic reasons to save the doomed dinos. Some entirely predictable shifty corporate plottings, weaponised beasties plans, and genetic manipulation plots all conspire to make the dinosaurs’ rescue and escape the least of Owen and Claire’s problems... So far, so... fine, as much of this latest addition just ticks off some familiar franchise tropes and arcs, right down to Jess Goldblum’s brief cameo (more or less as ‘a Jeff Goldblum character’) to yet again warn everyone of the


dangers of tinkering with evolution. Still, even if much of the film retreads some overly familiar ground, there’re some elements which elevate it from some rather formulaic previous entries. Apart from some reliable character support turns from the likes of old hands Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Geraldine Chaplin (daughter of Charlie), director J A Bayona (A Monster Calls) adds some undeniably creepy sequences and his signature tension to the film, mostly courtesy of this film’s new beastie. Ultimately, however, despite some admittedly frenetic set pieces, and a darker second half, it’s hard not to feel that maybe, much like the train at La Ciota, maybe this franchise has just run out of steam and has reached the end of the track. At this stage, perhaps the next film needs to have dinosaurs in space. With lasers. Now that would be an evolution for the franchise... Verdict: 6/10

“What’s ‘Blockbuster’?”, we hear a hundred innocent millennials ask. “YouTube’s grandad,” we reply

How the Irish Times haven’t yet suggested becoming President as a way getting a rented accommodation in Dublin is beyond me. @Ciaraioch Ciara may have rumbled the set-up for the beloved fella in the Phoenix Park

Picked up a hitchhiker last night. He said thanks how do you know I’m not a serial killer? I replied the chances of two serial killers being in the same car are astronomical. @gonzotrucker And that’s why we prefer taxis

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The Castlerosse Hotel boasts stunning views of Killarney’s Lakes and Magillicuddy Reeks, as well as an array of great activities that can be enjoyed including cycling, hiking and fishing.


Feeling like a king after a trip down south to The Kingdom ALEN MCMAHON

THE chance to pack up the car and take advantage of a wellearned break from The Big Smoke is always one that is far too good to pass up, so when the opportunity to take a trip to the Castlerosse Hotel and Holiday Homes in the heart of Killarney came about, my wife and I were all too eager to say farewell to Dublin’s fair city. With splendid views of lakes and mountains, the hotel is situated in its own parklands with a lakeside setting, two km away from Killarney town. Castlerosse guests have direct access to the walks and cycle paths of the National Park and its many attractions. The property offers a range of accommodation to suit all visitors, ranging between traditional hotel and self-catering. Guests in Woodland Cottages and Golf Lodges have access to all the hotel’s facilities including the

Health & Leisure Club with 20 larney than in any other town of metre swimming pool, offering its size in Ireland. families residing in Self Catering Entertainment venues abound accommodation to experience a for young and old and there is a greater sense of flexibility during magical atmosphere, especially their stay. in the evenings, when pubs, resWe were spoilt with immedi- taurants and cafes are teeming ate access to trails for walks and with visitors from Ireland and hikes, and took advantage of the world. the hotel’s on-site bike The next morning we rental service. headed of on the For those feelspectacular Ring ing adventurof Kerry and ous, canoes Dingle Penina n d k aysula, both are aks can be within a one rented to hour drive explore the of Killarney sparkling which makes waters of the it a perfect Lakes, with base for explorqualified guides ing this magnifito ensure a safe and cent coastal scenThe Castlerosse Golf fun trip. ery. On our first night Club is a 9 hole, par We also made 36 parkland course we took a 30 minute visits to Knockreer stroll through majesHouse, Deenagh tic scenery to Killarney town. Lodge, Killarney House and GarThere is more happening in Kil- dens and St Mary’s Cathedral

which are nearby Castlerosse. A bit further on is 14th century Ross Castle, one of Killarney’s major attractions. Overall, we had a really nice time at Castlerosse Hotel, and will surely return for a visit at some stage in the near future. There are a wide variety of excellent summer holiday packages available including the Golden Breaks 55s +. This three night programme, with an option to extend to four nights, includes dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation, welcome drinks, complimentary tea/coffee, lake boat trip and sightseeing drive and a range of activities. Daytime activities include a guided walk, aqua aerobics and gardening talk while evening entertainment consists of traditional music, dancing and table quiz. For detailed information on all of the resort’s packages, see www. or call 064 6631144.

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Yum! These tasty squares are berry easy to rustle up WITH summer finally well under way – at last, at last – our tums turn to any tasty fare that’s perfect for a light snack as we soak up some long overdue sun. Siucra and Catherine Fulvio have prepared a handy recipe for Lemon Coconut Strawberry Squares (for 18 pieces), which are bursting with flavour (including some subtle hints of lemon and fresh strawberries). Whether you’re wolfing these down in a city park, noisy back garden or a postage stamp-sized apartment balcony, you’ll find these squares perfect by themselves or served with some afternoon tea, with the lemon glaze drizzle and shredded coconut making them distinctly delish.

Ingredients: • 200g strawberries, hulled and sliced • Toasted coconut flakes, to decorate For the squares • 200g softened butter • 200g Siucra light brown sugar • 1 lemon, zest only • 2 eggs • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut • 300g self-raising flour • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 80ml milk

For the top • 200g strawberries, hulled and sliced

• 2 lemons, zest only • 100g granulated sugar

For the drizzle • 100g Siucra icing sugar • 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation: For the cake Preheat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/gas 4. Line 18cm x 32cm rectangle tin with baking parchment. Arrange the strawberry slices on the base of the baking paper. Cream together the butter and Siucra Light Brown Sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and eggs and whisk after each addition. Fold in the desiccated coconut, flour and vanilla extract. Add enough milk to form a soft cake batter, then spread the cake batter over the strawberries in the baking tin. Arrange the strawberry halves on top. Sprinkle over the lemon zest and sugar over the top and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until cooked, or when a skewer is inserted and it comes out clean. Leave on a cooling rack to set before taking it out of the tin. For the drizzle Place the Siucra Icing Sugar into a bowl and add just enough lemon juice to make a paste. Cut into squares. Drizzle the icing over and sprinkle over the coconut flakes.

Tuck in to Taste

Tuck in ... Candice Brown, Adrian Martin and Sharon Hearne-Smith help to serve up taste of Dublin 2018 at the Iveagh Gardens


Food Editor TASTE of Dublin 2018 is now under way, running until June 17. The fourday festival showcasing the very best in Irish food and drinks drawing foodies to the stunning Iveagh Gardens, off Harcourt Street, where this year’s theme is, Food Lover’s Playground. From enjoying a cocktail on the top floor of a wooden tram, to an entire menu comprising food in various shades of pink, Taste of Dublin 2018 promises to be unique and appealing to all the senses.

Amongst its attractions is World Class, a prestigious and respected mixology programme committed to celebrating and elevating the craft of bartending. Visitors will be invited to explore fresh and innovative cocktails and masterclasses by Ireland’s leading bartending talent. T h i s ye a r, S i m o n Lamont is hosting a brand-new experience, The Lazy Basics, where he will teach visitors handy ‘cookery hacks’ in 20 mins to help them impress friends and family at their next dinner party. Other highlights

include The Neff Taste Kitchen, where there’s a special line-up of celebrity chefs with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of River Cottage; Candice Brown, of the Great British BakeOff; Rachel Allen, of Ballymaloe; Robin Gill of The Dairy, and a Masterchef judge; Adrian Martin, food writer and TV chef; executive chef Anna Haugh, and Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley. In the line-up of restaurants, the food lovers’ theme will be showcased by the likes of Greene’s of Cork, Roly’s Bistro, China Sichuan, The Port House, Saba, Suesey Street, Pickle and Jaipur.

Top returning attractions at this year’s Taste of Dublin include daily specials, giving visitors the chance to enjoy signature dishes from one restaurant each day. O’Brien’s Wines also return with their tasting experience; Style Afternoon takes place on Friday, June 15, and Destination Thailand will once again allow visitors to transport themselves to Thailand through cuisine and cocktails. If you’re a coffee or chocolate lover there is something for you, too. Applegreen will have latte art competitions, tastings, workshops and

demonstrations, and Lindt will have a brandnew feature stand where you can both immerse yourself in chocolate demonstrations and sample some of your favourite chocolates. With Father’s Day falling on June 17, take daddy along too, with lots to do for families including storytelling, face-painting fun, and special film characters to be found about the gardens, with a bonus that kids under 10 go free. Tickets for Taste of Dublin 2018 are on sale, from €15. For further information about, just see

The Ivy hopes to grow on Dublin diners ONE of the world’s most famous restaurants, The Ivy (in the heart of London), is hoping to grow on Dubliners when it opens its first international brasserie here later this summer. Located in the middle of Dawson Street, the brasserie (inset) is situated in the new landmark building, One Molesworth, with work well under way on fitting the premises out. The Ivy Dawson Street will

be overseen by Jamie Belton as general manager, and head chef Nick Lentini. Positioned on one of Dublin’s

most fashionable streets, the brasserie-style restaurant and bar will accommodate approximately 200 guests and feature

an all-encompassing menu complete with breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks and dinner. The brasserie will also feature a private dining room – The Jonathan Swift Room – seating up to 36 guests and offering an ideal space for events, birthdays or stylish working lunches. For further information, follow @theivydublin or see

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Printed Ruffle Neck Blouse €45

Ladybird larvae will hoover up greenflies

A wide variety of blooms encourages bio-diversity, as seen in this image

It’s bloomin’

NICE Anne Byrne Garden Design provides easy to follow garden plans that you can implement right away or in stages. Her design flair and passion for plants brings a touch of magic to gardens of all sizes. Anne Byrne Garden Design – Creative Ideas  ANNE BYRNE – Practical Solutions – Stunning Gardens.

MY GARDEN design clients are often nervous about growing roses in their gardens as there’s a perception that they take a lot of maintenance and “you have to spray them a lot”. This is really not so. Certainly if you want a really, really low maintenance garden, there’s a host of other shrubs you can use to give you structure, colour and interest all year round. To get the best from roses, an occasional prune and feed does make a difference – although those are easier to do than you might think. If you have your heart set on growing the queen of flowers, though, here are some things that will help. Firstly, choose the right varieties and improve the soil before you plant. Modern varieties are selected and bred for disease resistance, as well as repeat flowering and scent, but decent soil below and a good mulch on top makes for a healthier plant, much better able to withstand attacks from pests and diseases. Your garden designer can advise you on suitable varieties as well as good companion plants.

Secondly, grow a wide variety of plants in your garden – this won’t just make it look better, it will encourage biodiversity, attracting beneficial insects – the “goodies” – who are the natural predators of the “baddies” such as aphids. Aphids – such as greenfly, whitefly and blackfly – suck the sap from new shoots and leaves, weakening the plant and leaving a sticky residue that can turn mouldy. I’ve been growing roses for many years and never spray them with chemicals, and honestly don’t find greenfly to be a problem. Which brings me to the third thing – a handy trick for getting rid of greenfly is to simply spray them with a powerful jet of water from your garden hose. Use a gun attachment and spray as closely as you can – at this time of year you’ll find aphids clustered around buds, shoot tips and under the new leaves. Neutralising them now nips them in the bud, so to speak,so if you’re thorough, you’ll only have the odd straggler to deal with as summer progresses, and you can have fragrant roses all summer without any unnecessary chemicals.

FOR further information on Anne Byrne Garden Design, call 086 683 8098, or see

Flack of

 Rachel D’Arcy


FORMER X-Factor judge and current Love Island

host, Caroline Flack, has just launched her debut collaboration collection with high-street favourite, River Island. Inspired by summery prints, designed to be fun and flirty, the 19 piece capsule collection was designed with a holiday wardrobe in mind. From beachwear dresses for day-time adventures, to some more sultry pieces to take you into night, Flack’s collection truly has something to cater to each individual style and occasion. Speaking on her River Island collection, Flack said: “I’ve always been a River Island fan. One of my favourite outfits from last year’s [Love Island] series was a River Island dress I wore on Aftersun. I love their fit and style, so we got together and started collaborating on my very first collection as soon as Love Island finished last year. It’s been a thrilling process and I couldn’t be happier. Prices for Flack’s collection start at €17, and go up to €113. For more information, visit

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JUNE is recognised globally as ‘Pride’ month, a celebration of the LGBT+ community world wide. Pride parades across the world are held in a celebration of equality, and the recently found

freedoms of the LGBT+ community. They’re intended to allow the community express themselves in whichever way they see fit. Now, brands such as H&M have released ‘ P r i d e ’ co l l e c t i o n s,

intended to celebrate the colourful personalities and multiple different invididuals in the LGBT community. For H&M, 10% of sales from their ‘Love For All’ collection will benefit UN Free & Equal, an

organisation dedicated to ‘standing up for’ Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Intersex individuals across the globe. The collection is available in H&M stores across Dublin now, with all pieces limited edition.

Jervis Street Style  Rachel D’Arcy JERVIS Street Shopping Centre are celebrating Summer, teaming up with some of the centre’s best and biggest stores to deliver some stunning Summer looks. With new additions like a flagship Topshop, as well as main-stays like Bershka and New Look, there’s something for everyone in Jervis Street this season at multiple price points. Jervis has over 50 stores, and has been long known as one of Dublin’s most iconic retail outlets. It originally opened in 1996, and has seen some of the capital’s biggest and best brands take pride of place over it’s three floors.

Suit, €280, shirt, €79.90, runners, €100, all Best Menswear

Hat, €34, dress, €40, M&S; shoes, Sunglasses, €260, Tiffany & co, Sunglasses Hut; cami, €12,99, Stradivrius, skirt, €42, M&S; shoes, €19.99, Berksha €35.99, Stradivarius

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TECH TIME It’s hard to Trump internet mockery


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tech news and features, let’s look at some of the lighter stuff going on at the moment – and who knew that a bunch of stuffy old G7 heads would provide some of the year’s most popular memes? At this stage, there are loads of modified pics of that shot of US President Donald Trump looking wholly at odds with his stony-faced peers at their meeting in Canada when the ‘G6 plus one’ heads met – with hilarity following the frosty photo’s release. Here are a couple of versions ...

Pic: Jesco Denze

Above: having a bearable time, Pic: @HecklerForever; right: dinner time, @KermodeMovie

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Grab a new phone from Vodafone for just one quid I DON’T normally nod at phone offers, as they tend to be as complicated as the back roads of Donegal, but who can say no to getting a new phone for just a quid – well, €1 – if you’re looking for a new or second handset? With Nokia rebounding back with some new models lately, Vodafone have cannily dialled up a winner with the Nokia 2 – a budget phone that’s on offer for just €1 if you switch over to Vodafone.

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Golf retains performance and style in hybrid savings PLUG-IN hybrid car sales in the Dublin region have increased by 150% so far this year, as the hybrid awareness puts a significant dint into the diesel car market. MICHAEL MORONEY reports on his recent test drive of the latest Volkswagen Golf GTE hybrid car where the economy savings can be only truly appreciated in commuter traffic, while the performance remains intact. THE diesel engine dilemma, whether it’s for reasons of economy or environmental awareness, is having a noticeable impact on the Irish car market. While we all jumped headlong into diesel car ownership in 2008, following a significant Budget change, the numbers are beginning to be different now with petrol and hybrid power coming back into prominence. There has been lots of talk and heavy advertising spending on hybrid power, the important message coming through is that diesel engine advantages only come into their own for those with longer drives and higher annual use levels. The diesel advantages were somewhat clouded in the economy figures, rather than the ownership costs. The former are so linked to annual use levels in terms of kilometres on the clock, rather than the spot economy numbers. There are now two hybrid power options as a counterbalance to diesel and modern petrol engines. There is the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid option. Toyota offers both in the Prius, while Volkswagen now offers the plug-in hybrid version in the latest generation Golf. Volkswagen’s plug-in

hybrid comes in the guise of the GTE version, so there is a more than a hint of performance in the new car. This car has some subtle styling features to give identity to its clean credentials, with the emphasis on the colour blue. From a distance you’ll notice the blue brake calipers, the subtle badging both front and back. On the inside there is a level of blue stitching on the steering wheel and around the DSG automatic lever to add to the special hybrid cleaner look.

linked a 1.4 litre TSI turbopetrol engine with a plugin hybrid drive system that delivers in terms of power, performance and economy. Plug-in hybrids have their rightful place under the ownership of short run commuter drivers. This new Golf GTE has a 50km range on pure electric power from the plugin hybrid system, which should suit many Dublinbased drivers who are on a relatively short daily commute. Within that 50km range there is impressive power,

Volkswagen Golf GTE Hybrid Drive Engine Engine power 0 – 100km/hr Economy Fuel Tank Capacity CO2 emissions Road Tax Band Main Service Euro NCAP Rating Warranty Entry Price The electronic dials include a hybrid information feature for driver awareness. In every other sense, this car is a Volkswagen Golf and that makes it one of the most popular new cars in Dublin. For the new Golf GTE Volkswagen, has

1.4 litre 204hp 7.6 seconds 55km/litre

(1.8l/100km or 156mpg)

45 litres 40g/km A1 €170 20,000km/12 months 5 star 2012 3 years €40,050 the system delivers good acceleration with a lively 0 to 100km/hr rating of just 7.6 seconds. Out on longer runs, the TSI petrol engine kicks in effortlessly and the 204bhp from the combined power sources is equally impressive, but it will be

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Subaru announces pricing for 2018 Outback SUBARU Ireland has introduced a revamped 2018 2.5i Subaru Outback Lineartronic in time for the ‘182’ plate change with entry prices starting

Volkswagen now offers a plug-in hybrid version of the popular Golf and it comes in GTE format

at €46,995. The 2018 model claims a significant upgrade in technology and trim. Among the most significant changes to the exterior design for Outback are the redesigned front grille, bumper, door mirrors and headlights.

short lived. Over these longer runs, the hybrid drive will be redundant, while the lively petrol engine is both smooth and responsive. I had the car for a period that included a long weekend drive to Westport. I found that the rated range of 550km on a full 45 litre petrol tank was almost achievable. My hybrid use levels were to be a minimum and I knew it there was little point in seeking out a plug-in charging system in the popular Mayo tourist town.

This meant that I had all of the pleasure of an impressive Volkswagen 1.4 litre TSI engine along with the knowledge that for short Dublin commutes the hybrid drive was on hand to deliver a cleaner driving phase. It also meant that I became almost unaware of the switch from hybrid to petrol and vice versa, which is very much part of the success of the car design. It was clear that the hybrid savings message can only be really achieved on short run city com-

mutes. Low speed commuter traffic situations will deliver the hybrid savings. And yes, the environmental conscience will be truly satisfied. Dublin drivers have already got that message. The latest new car market figures show that plug-in hybrid car sales in Dublin accounted from more than half of these cars sold in Ireland in the first five months of 2018. And while the numbers are still relatively small, they have grown by 150% to more than 250 new plugin hybrids in the Dublin

region so far this year. The more standard hybrid cars remain the most popular mainly thanks the huge effort being made by Toyota. Dublin accounts of almost half of all hybrid car sales in Ireland with the numbers sold in 2018 up from 1,118 to 1,846, a massive 65% increase. Diesel engine sales have been the ones taking the hit, and dropped by 20%, slightly higher than the national fall in diesel car sales. Volkswagen’s GTE Golf hybrid is one of the first

entries from the Volkswagen Group to this hybrid segment of the market. The car is priced competitively at €40,050 given its impressive specification. That makes comparisons more valid with the GTD diesel version or the iconic GTI Golf and that’s why it’s seen to be competitive. This car has all of the image style and power credentials of the other more conventional GT Golf models, and the larger wheels on the test car added to its attractiveness.

Citroen reveals European C5 Aircross SUV

CITROEN has revealed the European version of its flagship new C5 Aircross SUV as the brand continues its international SUV offensive. The new-generation SUV features an allnew personalisation offering with 30 exterior colour combinations. The car is claimed to be the most comfortable model in its segment, thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension and Advanced Comfort seats. It also claims unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats, and best-in-class boot space. The high-tech New C5 Aircross is equipped with 20 driver assistance systems (incl. Highway Driver Assist and Grip Control) and six connectivity technologies (incl. Wireless Smartphone Charging). The car will be launched in Europe at the end of 2018 and will be the first Citroën with a plug-in hybrid powertrain at the end of 2019. Inspired by customers who do not want to

The hexagonal grille redesign gives hints of a sharper, more defined shape and incorporates the distinctive Subaru wing design. The car comes with a new front view camera, which has been positioned below the brand badge. This new front view camera can monitor a 180°degree area in front of the car that would normally be in the driver’s blind spot. These images, as well as visible guidelines, are displayed on the touchscreen to aide drivers in gauging potential hazards in front of the car and improve overall manoeuvring. Another new addition to the Outback is the inclusion of Lane Keep Assist, which completes the EyeSight driver assistance safety technology suite, included as standard on all 2018 Outback models. Lane Keep Assist offers gentle steering control if the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane at approximately 65kph or above. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology suite includes: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-collision Braking System and Pre-collision Throttle Management. Interior changes include new decorative gloss black panels and silver surrounds.

Duty applied on imported Chinese truck tyres will increase costs THE Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) claims that EU anti-dumping legislation, whilst necessary to ensure the sustainability of the European tyre manufacturing industry, is causing difficulty for many small Irish wholesalers and retailers, some who indeed buy directly from China. The ITIA claims that the regulation has imposed an upcharge of between €52,85 to €82.17 per tyre for all Chinese imports (depending on

sacrifice practicality and comfort, Citroën is actively moving into the C-SUV segment – a growing market sector in Europe, and one that already accounts for a quarter of car sales worldwide. Following the resounding sales success of the

new Citroën C3 Aircross in the B-SUV segment, which has already sold more than 80,000 units since its launch late last year, Citroën is continuing its SUV offensive with the European reveal of New C5 Aircross. The new C5 Aircross has already sold over 40,000 units in China.

the individual brand) from May 7, 2018 for six months until a final decision is taken by the Commission’s Anti- Dumping Committee as to the final costs and timing of implementation. The charges have resulted in claims of increases for some companies of between 80-100%.

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CRUISE CONTROL: SOCCER: SHAMROCK Rovers got back to winning ways in spectacular fashion as they dismantled Bray Wanderers 5-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday night. Graham Burke scored in either half, while Sam Bone, Dan Carr and Dave McAllister also scored in a game moved back 24 hours to accommodate the women’s international against Norway.





Orwell show top form at home event  STEPHEN FINDLATER

CONN McDunphy of Holdsworth Racing took the overall win and the Noel Hammond Trophy – hosted by Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club – with a blistering time of 45.38. Indeed, it could possibly have been a bit faster but for getting caught behind a tractor for a few seconds. Hot on the heels of McDunphy was Neill Delahaye of Fixx Rouleurs (46.09) who continued his fine form from the Orwell Stage Race into this weekend. Rounding off the podium in his rainbow stripped skin suit was Greg Swinand of Viner Caemark Pactimo in 47.40 In the junior race, Scott Orwell Wheeler’s Dmitri Griffin took home the Kieran Hammond Trophy setting a new personal best of 55.47. That is the fifth win in a row for the club now,

following in the footsteps of Conor and Sean Murnane. In the women’s race, Eve McCrystal of Garda CC set a new course record of 51.05 to take first place from Jennifer Bates of Team Gerard-DHL (56.33). McCrystal, a regular Irish representative, also took second place in the A2 race so good was her time. The home club had great results across the board with Eoin Byrne fourth, Balazs Galambos fifth and Eoin Ahern sixth overall. Byrne was also 1st in the A2 category, Galambos was first in A3 and Barry Greene was second in A4. In the youth races, Scott Orwell had took first and second in the Under-16 with Conor Murphy Rodgers beating Ronan O’Conor by a few seconds. In the Under-14 race, Katie O’Reilly came home in first place in a great time of 20.11. Next on the agenda for the club is

Dmitri Griffin, left, and Conn McDunphy, right, with their Hammond memorial Trophies following their rides last weekend

the Stephen Roche GP which takes place in the Meadowmount estate in Ballinteer on June 20 with races rolling from 6.30pm for the youths up to 7.20pm for the women and 8pm for the men. The Stephen Roche GP is Ireland’s most prestigious criterium race, running annually since 1995. The chal-

lenging but spectator-friendly circuit invariably produces great racing action for the crowd lining the roadsides and congregated in the central green area. The 1.3km loop is located in the housing estate where no less than three of the Roche family took their first tentative pedal strokes on the road to Tour de France glory.


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BALLYMUN KICKHAMS OUR Heroes of the week come from none other, than our U-12 girls team, who had a fabulous few days success. They played two games in three days in this unusual weather and won both games with impeccable style as usual. Everyone deserves special praise but our heroes of the week go to Brooke Capper, Chloe Wheatley and Sadhbh Nolan. Take a bow young ladies, you are our LAOCH NA SEACHTAINE! Maith Sibh! Huge thanks to Philly McMahon who took our U-11 boys into his gym to introduce stretching and basic gym work last week. The lads thoroughly enjoyed it and credit to the management team. Philly was also on hand to offer words of encouragement and advice to the boys. Well done all. Congrats to our members who played in the Cumann Na mBunscol half times games representing their schools midway during the Dublin v Longford game. On the subject of that game, well done to Jim Gavin’s Dublin, his team and in particular, our many representatives on that amazing squad. In particular, well done Evan Comerford who made his championship debut. It’s not ideal that he had to replace an injured Stephen Cluxton, but an immensely proud moment for his family and our club. He now joins an elite list of fantastic footballers and GAA men and women that have played at the top level now representing both our club and county. Well done Evan. We do of course, wish a speedy recovery to Stephen, and wish that next time that Evan steps into the posts, it’s as Dublin’s outright number one.

CLONTARF FOIREANN na Seachtaine are our U-14A buachaillí, who defeated Tomás Dáibhís in Roinn Two hurling on Saturday at a warm St Anne’s Park. Well done to the U-11 buachaillí, who acquitted themselves very well in the Ballyboden Féile lomána on Sunday. Our U-9 buachaillí had a busy weekend. One played two successful matches away to Naomh Maur on

a beautiful morning for hurling out in north county Dublin. On Sunday, over 40 of them met at DCC for the walk into Pairc an Chrócaigh for the Leinster semi-final. It was great to see their club-mate Jack McCaffrey return to action in Croker. Well done to our social hurlers, who enjoyed their trip to Beann Eadair on Friday night.


ParaHockey ID set for Barcelona Euros

Fledgling sport for people with intellectual disabilities gets major support for next two events with Off The Ball coming on board, taking in this year’s event in Spain and next year in Belgium  STEPHEN FINDLATER

TWENTY Dubliners will jet out to Barcelona next week to take part in the European ParaHockey ID championships as the version of the sport continues to grow at a rapid pace. Players from Three Rock Rovers, Railway Union and Monkstown will form part of the squad to take part in the variation of the sport for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Three Rock introduced the sport in 2016 for the first time, leading into the 2017 European championships in 2017 in Amsterdam. They were quickly followed by the other two clubs, playing their first blitzes in close alignment with the EY Hockey League at the three Dublin venues. More recently, Loreto in Beaufort started up their own section and a first club in Ulster

has recently completed an introductory series of sessions at Lisnagarvey in Co Down. And the group got a further boost with news that Off The Ball – the sports media company – has teamed up with Irish ParaHockey ID as its new sponsor. This partnership will see the Irish ParaHockey ID team wearing Off The Ball sponsored shirts at the next two European ParaHockey ID events. The first of these will take place later this month in Barcelona from June 22 to 24. The partnership will run through until the next Euro ParaHockey Championships that will be held in Antwerp, August 2019. Siobhan Madeley, spokesperson for the Irish ParaHockey ID team, thanked Off The Ball for their support, pointing out the importance of the support. “We are delighted to have such a perfect partner in Off

The Ball. The enthusiasm of the Off The Ball team is incredible. “ParaHockey ID is a new sport in Ireland. We have three hockey clubs represented in the team travelling to Barcelona in June and we are working hard with our athletes to prepare them for the games against Spain, England, The Netherlands and Germany. “We have 20 players, a mixed team of men and women, travelling, some have only just started playing hockey in the past year and the level of skill that they have developed has blown us away to be honest.” Talking more generally about ParaHockey ID, Siobhán said “ParaHockey ID is for people who want to play hockey and have an intellectual disability. “Mostly the players are starting with us at about 14 and there is no upper age limit. We are working hard to encourage more people with intellectual disabilities to try hockey.

CRAOBH CHIARAIN NO winner of the lotto jackpot of €3,500 on Monday, June 4. Six Match 3 winners each receive €100. Next Monday’s jackpot will be €4,000. The numbers were: 5, 6, 7 and 22. Draw takes place in the club lounge every Monday at 11pm. Tickets are €2. Adult footballers continued their winning ways with a fine win away to Lucan Sarsfields. The senior hurlers play Cuala on Saturday in Clonshaugh at 6.30pm and the junior hurlers play Clontarf in St Anne’son Sunday at 11am. World Cup sweep envelopes must be purchased by 2pm on Thursday. Entry is €10 and all proceeds in aid of adult games fund. Please contact David Burnett. The lucky dip continues in the club lounge every Sunday evening. Richie Smyth and his band provide the entertainment this weekend.

The Irish ParaHockey ID team at their sponsorship launch this week. Picture: Harry Murphy.Sportsfile

“Having a media partner is vital as showcasing what our players can do rather than what they can’t. “We are very grateful to Off The Ball for giving our players a platform and a voice which we hope will encourage more people to join the hockey family.” Commenting on the partnership, managing director of Off The Ball, Ger Gilroy, said: “These athletes are an inspiration and we are delighted to announce our association with them, as they prepare for their upcoming European events and European Championships, next year. “It’s only right that the Irish ParaHockey ID team receive the exposure they deserve, for their ongoing dedication and passion for the game. “We are very happy to play our role in supporting their campaign and we wish them every success, over the coming months.”

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QUICK QUIPS ABOUT SPORT Knight’s Cabo honour

Shamrock Rovers’ Sam Bone shoots at goal. Picture: Martin Doherty

Rovers punish former skipper’s early red card LOI PREMIER DIVISION Shamrock Rovers Bray Wanderers  DAVE DONNELLY

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SHAMROCK Rovers got back to winning ways in spectacular fashion as they dismantled Bray Wanderers 5-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday night. Graham Burke scored in either half, while Sam Bone, Dan Carr and Dave McAllister also scored in a game moved back 24 hours to accommodate the women’s international against Norway. The Hoops led from the fourth minute after the one-time Rovers captain Conor Kenna was dismissed for a desperate and, in its own way stunning, handball on the line. The veteran defender denied 17-year-old playmaker Brandon Kavanagh a dream first goal for the club on the occasion of his first league start. There’s not likely to

be many more impressive saves at the World Cup this summer as Kenna showed remarkable reflexes to punch the ball over the bar, Gordon Banks-style. Referee Anthony Buttimer wasn’t so taken with the acrobatic performance, however, and issued a straight red card, and Burke coolly slotted home the penalty. Bray had goalkeeper Evan Moran to thank for them taking it to half time just one goal in arrears, as he made top-class stops from Burke, Carr and Kavanagh. The dam burst after the break, however, Bone lashing home from the edge of the box before Kavanagh teed up Burke for the easiest of finishes for his 12th of the season. Carr tapped into an empty net after he was picked out by substitute Sean Boyd, on his return form injury, before Dave McAllister scored the pick of the bunch with a pile-

driver from 30 yards. “We started bright, got a penalty and we knew they’d sit in,” manager Stephen Bradley told the Dublin Gazette. “We just had to keep moving them, wear them down and we thought if we did that, second half they’d open up. “And that was the case. We dominated the ball but I think if we don’t do that in the first half we don’t open them up like we did in the second. They got tired. “When they go down to ten men, you just need to keep moving them because you know eventually it takes its toll.” Bradley reserved special comment for the two teenage debutants, Brandon Kavanagh and 16-yearold Firhouse native Gavin Bazunu, who had a quiet night in goal on his first senior start. “He has really good ability, Brandon, he just needs to keep his head down, keep working hard

and learn from the players around him. If he does that, he’ll be a top player. On Bazunu: “At 16, especially goalkeepers, you don’t want to throw them in that early but sometimes you just can’t hold them back. Sometimes they’re ready and he’s ready.” On the subject of Burke, Bradley insisted the striker is no closer to his Tallaght exit, despite media

reports suggesting Preston North End were close to sealing a €300,000 deal. “Graham is here. There’s a lot of interest, but unless the deal is right for everyone, Graham is a Shamrock Rovers player. “There’s a lot of offers, a lot of talk, but nothing done. It has to be fair. Graham has 18 months on his contract and we’re more than happy with where we are with him.”

CABINTEELY put back-to-back wins together for the first time as they emerged 1-0 winners from an arm wrestle with Longford Town at Stradbrook Park. The club’s longest-serving player, Kevin Knight, fittingly scored the only goal in the club’s 100th game since joining the League of Ireland more than three years ago. Longford arrived in Stradbrook in a rich vein of form, unbeaten in five and with impressive wins Picture: Paul over pre-season Lundy favourites Galway United and Finn Harps in their last two games. Captain Knight had other ideas, however, as he netted his second in as many games – he was on target in last Monday’s 4-0 win over Athlone – just past the half-hour. The defender prodded the ball home from close range after the visitors had failed to deal adequately with a free kick delivery into the box. Luke Clucas had a chance to double the lead as he raced through on goal, but his final touch let him down, and Cabo survived a scare on the stroke of half time when a shot was cleared off the line. Clucas and Jack Watson went close with shots in the second half as Cabo looked to put the result beyond doubt, while Longford struggled to turn their possession into clear chances. Former Cabo winger Evan Galvin received a straight red card in stoppage time to compound Longford’s misery as the gap between the sides shrank to five points. Pat Devlin’s side remain the only team in either division who are yet to draw a game, having won seven and lost nine of their encounters to date.

SHELS CRUSH ATHLONE SHELBOURNE swept to a 5-0 win over Athlone Town in the First Division with a run of goals early in the second half. The Dubliners never eased up once midfielder Cian Kavanagh opened the scoring on 33 minutes as they chased an away win. Athlone held on up to half-

time, only conceding that one goal, but Shels were able to shift up another gear in the second period and display their awesome firepower. David O’Sullivan got things started with two goals inside three minutes, before Dayle Rooney added his own brace to finish off the job.

Three Dublin-based players up for awards

Shamrock Rovers’ Greg Bolger and Bray Wanderers’ Gary McCabe. Picture: Martin Doherty

BOHEMIANS Keith Ward, Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke and St Patrick’s Athletic’s Thomas Byrne have all been named on the six player shortlist for the SSE Airtricity/SWAI player of the month for May. Ward provided a goal and two assists for Bohs, helping win seven points from nine from the games he played. Burke was called into the Republic of Ireland squad, making his formal debut against USA while Byrne led the Saints, chipping in with a couple of goals.

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ERIN’S ISLE WELL done to the U-10 boys who played Oliver Plunkett’s with good displays from Aaron McGuirk, Daniel Ronan, Johnny Bohm and Dylan Collins. Best of luck to Shannon Russell and Lauren Quane in this Saturday’s All-Ireland U-14 football Final. June 16th, 2pm against Cavan. Well done to Callum Lowe and Charly Lynch who represented the Dublin primary school team on Sunday afternoon in Croke Park. A massive thanks to Massey Bros for sponsoring the bingo community night on Monday night where a massive €350 in prizes was won on the night. Well done to the U-14 girls football team who won their league last week adding to their already impressive Feile title win. Well done to all the boys and girls who were involved in the St Brigid’s Glasnevin, Gaelscoil Ui Earcain and Sacred Boys school who won all 3 of their respective finals in Croke Park last week. Big well done to Ruby Wood and Kate Watson on winning the Inter County Blitz for the Dublin camogie team. I regret to inform you of the passing of Philomena (Phyl) Nolan, mother of Martin Nolan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. There was no winner of the lotto last week. Next draw takes place June 14 with a jackpot of €4,400. Live music in the bar on Monday and Sunday night along with bingo in the bar on Mondays and the hall on Thursdays. Bingo on Thursday nights.

NA FIANNA CONGRATS to Jonny Cooper, Conor McHugh, Eoin Murchan and Dublin’s senior footballers on Sunday’s championship semi final win against Longford. Hard luck to Shane Barrett, Donal Burke and Dublin’s senior hurlers on Saturday losing out by a point to Galway. Congrats also to Roisin Baker, Alex Griffin, Arlene Cushen, Orla Gray, Eve O’Brien, Niamh Rock, Eve O’Brien, Zoe O’Donoghue and Dublin’s senior camogie team on a fine opening championship win against Offaly. Hard luck to our senior ladies footballers on Saturday night’s championship quarter final, just losing by a single point. Thursday at 7.30 sees our AFL10’s playing Sylvesters in Collinstown at 7.30pm and at 7.45pm our Inter hurlers play St Finians in Mobhi Road. Senior hurlers are away to Crumlin on Saturday at 6.30pm and the junior A

hurlers play Good Counsel in Collinstown on Sunday at 11am. Adult football cup semi finals on Sunday in Duffy Cup at 3pm against Ballyfermot de la Salle and against Round Towers, Lusk at 11am in the Murphy Cup. Best of luck to all teams, full fixture list on website. Na Fianna’s 36th Mini leagues every evening this week at 6.15pm and a big day on Sunday with finals day from 11am, always a great club day. Details of this year’s Na Fianna Summer Camp now on website, early booking advisable. Thanks to all who supported our recent joint Football and Hurling Golf Classic and congrats to winning team of Dermot Moran, Gerry Barrett, Willie Bergin and Greg Whooley scoring 100 points. Thanks to all our sponsors for their support and to the organising committee.


Donnelly Ushers in a new era in AUL as Sheriff run ends AUL PREMIER A Sheriff YC Usher Celtic  DAVE DONNELLY

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SHERIFF YC’s long-running stranglehold over the AUL Premier A title has been broken as Usher Celtic were last week crowned champions. The north inner city side have won the Premier A title for each of the last six seasons in a period of unprecedented dominance of junior football in Dublin. In that time, they’ve also won four FAI Junior Cups and reached the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup twice under the stewardship of Alan Reilly and Chris Giles. And so it was fitting that their streak should come to an end on the football field in a winnertakes-all encounter with their conquerors from Islandbridge.

Usher travelled to the Clontarf Road ground that’s been home to so much of Sheriff’s success and came out on top of a nine-goal thriller. It was always going to take a special effort to remove Sheriff from their comfortable spot at the top of Premier A, and the stats don’t lie in that regard. Usher finished the lead with by far the league’s highest goals tally (70 to Sheriff’s 51) and the lowest number of goals conceded (12), for a massive goal difference of 58. Striker Steo Donnelly won the golden boot for his massive haul of 26 – a full 14 ahead of his nearest rival, St Paul’s Artane – and keeper Graham Murphy the golden gloves. Donnelly has been in scintillating form since returning from a brief spell with Bohemians in the League of Ireland,

and he’s likely to attract interest from higher up again this summer. And so it was fitting that it should be he who scored a hat-trick in the game that saw them seal a first-ever Premier A title. Jordan Buckley, Derek Flood and Jay Ivory also found the scoresheet as the southside club earned a deceptively hard-fought 6-3 victory on Sheriff’s fabulous allweather pitch.

Buckley opened the scoring with a tidy finish before half time, but Keith Rickard brought Sheriff back level after the break as he volleyed home. Flood headed home an Ivory free kick to put Usher back in front, before Buckley raced up the wing to set up Donnelly for his first of the game. Ivory scored direct from a free kick to make it 4-1, before former

League of Ireland winner Anto ‘Bisto’ Flood scored two to bring the home side back within a goal. Donnelly added two in the closing stages as Usher sealed the three points that would leave them four points clear with Sheriff having only one game to play. After beating Hardwicke 7-0 at the weekend, not even a final-day draw with Baldoyle United could take the shine off Usher’s medals.

Sheriff earn Usher rematch  ROBBIE O’NEILL

Sheriff YC beat Hardwicke FC to reach the Liddy Cup final.

SHERIFF YC earned a revenge shot at Usher Celtic in the Liddy Cup final after they missed out on the AUL Premier A title last week. The north inner city side beat neighbours Hardwicke FC in the semi-final on Tuesday evening with Sheriff starting the brighter. Ex-League of Ireland player Anto Flood’s free-kick fell to Paul Murphy who opened the scoring on 27 minutes after lots of pressure. It was nearly two soon after when Murphy’s

shot hit the post in what was developing into a real Dublin derby. After some Hardwicke pressure, Troy Owens levelled on the 35th minute, finishing wel. Early in the second half, Keith Richard restored the Sheriff lead from a Murphy cross and he then tapped in after nice build-up play for 3-1. Hardwicke battled back when Ryan King cut the gap with 15 minutes left but Sheriff hit them on the break with the lively Flood getting the clinching goal.

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Usher Celtic celebrate their groundbreaking win in AUL Premier A


Costa del Castleknock draws the big crowds CASTLEKNOCK CELTIC MWC 

THE COSTA Del Castleknock welcomed 370 boys and girls to Porterstown Park for Celtic’s annual mini World Cup. They represented 36 countries in six age groups from Under-8 to Under-13 and entertained the nightly attendance of well over 800 people in the sunshine, all resplendent in their colourful JAKO attire. The football was end to end and the Park was alive to all the “oohs” and “aahs” everywhere as goals were scored, saves were made, all allied to Messi-esque touches and John Terry-like crunching tackles. The week-long group phases fed into the finals day last Saturday. And what a day it was – more sunshine, more wonderful football and, most importantly, more smiling faces. Once the football was over, the heroes who had entertained spectators all week received their rewards – a huge ovation from their supporters followed by a trophy presentation with accompanying goody bags. Jack Chambers TD and Councillor Howard Mahony were there to present the medals to the participants.


Carthy wins national 400m gold in Tullamore ST MICHAEL’S Ciarán Carthy won gold in the inter boys 400m in 49.98 at the Irish Life AllIreland Schools in Tullamore last week. Carthy had also qualified for the 400m hurdles at the Leinster Schools but made the right decision in turning to the 400m flat where he raced to a comprehensive victory from gun to tape. He will be hoping to improve further on this time in the near future.

Talents When all the junior participants had played their finals, there was a battle royale in the juvenile final (Under-13) where in the final game of 104, the Boys from Brazil held on to beat a talented Denmark team 2-1. Castleknock Celtic FC extended a big thank you to their volunteers, to the parents and supporters but most importantly to all the boys and girls who took part.

All the action from the Castleknock Celtic Mini World Cup

Elsewhere, Celtic were also having a double celebration at senior level last week when their Leinster Senior League Major 1 Sunday team were promoted after a 5-2 win away to Boyne Rovers.

Meanwhile, the LSL Division 3 Sunday team won their division with a victory over Larkview which gave them the league title on goal difference ahead of Colepark Celtic with 11 goals in the margin.

Killester’s Roe called into Irish squad BASKETBALL 

PYROBEL Killester’s Ciaran Roe has been named in the Irish senior men’s basketball squad of 12 players named by head coach Pete Strickland and his assistant coach, Ioannis Liapakis. They will go on to represent their country at this summer’s FIBA European Championship for Small Countries in San Marino. The squad is a strong

m ix t u re o f yo u t h a n d experience, and has been announced following a three-day training camp in Dublin at the weekend. Speaking about the a n n o u n c e m e n t, Co a c h Strickland stated: “The devoted commitment shown this spring from each of our team members towards playing for Ireland has been complete and consistent. Ioannis and I look forward to coaching these unified players in tough international

competition in the coming weeks.” The team will now begin final preparations for the championships in San Marino, which will take place from June 26 to July 1. They will play two international friendly games against Luxembourg in Cork as part of these preparations. The two-game series will tip off at the Mardyke Arena UCC, Cork on Friday, June 22 at 7pm and on Saturday, June 23 at 4pm.

Pyrobel Killester’s Ciaran Roe. Picture: Martin Doherty

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TIME is getting on and before we know it our summer camps will be here and gone. Don’t delay, register today with David on 086 3101034, Kelly on 085 1600381 (after 5pm) or Hellen on 086 3060524. Dates for our Summer camps: Nursery camp, July 10-13, Cúl camp July 16-20 and club camp from July 30 to August 3. For information, call David on 086 3101034. Completed forms can be dropped into letterbox outside office or book online at, Cúl camp online: Many thanks to the U-12 teams that travelled from Ballycastle in Antrim (our juvenile chairman’s home club) to play a couple of games against our U-12. We’re definitely taking our lads on a return trip in a few months, it was a great morning. Thanks also to all the parents that supplied an abundance of food for our travellers. Entertainment this weekend in our lounge: Friday night Card Bingo, Saturday The Works’ and Sunday (Father’s Day) with Denis Storm. Better late than never to wish all our junior and leaving cert students ‘TheVery Best’ in your exams. There was no winner of our ‘Live’ Club Lotto draw. The numbers are: 1, 8, 15, 23. The jackpot this week is €2,700.

RAHENY OUR OGRA is back on pitch 5 on Saturday morning 16th registration is at 9.45, our last Ogra of the season is on June 23 but we will be back in September. We are still looking for voluteers to chop the fruit on Saturday morning. Our summer camps are booking out fast so dont be disappointed and Book Now. Disco for 5th and 6th Boys and Girls will be held on Friday, June 22 in the club hall from 8pm-10pm, tickets 7 euro. Tickets on sale from Club Lounge on Thursday or Liz on 086-8274164. Well done to all our players who wore the county colours at the weekend Brian Fenton, Brian Howard for the Dublin senior football team and Carla Fitzsimons, Chloe Monaghan and Orla Walsh for the Dublin minor footballers, pictured below. On Wednesday last, our adult ladies

came back from five down at halftime to beat Lucan by a score of 3-14 to 4-0 in the Junior A championship. Big shout out to Caoimhe McCarthy and Niamh McCormack from our U-17s who made their adult championship debuts and both played a stormer. Well done to our AFL2 who had a tough game against Scoil Ui Connaill but came away with a three point win, and our AFL4 who drew with St Monicas, 13 points a piece. June 14: senior camogie away to Binn Eadair at 7.30pm. Best of luck to our both Senior and Junior teams heading our to play 7 aside tournament in Dunboyne on Saturday. Club shop open as usual on Saturday from 9.30-12 for those last minute fathers day presents.


Herity thrilled as Dublin flying in opening Offaly tie  DARRAGH O CONCHUIR

DUBLIN manager David Herity was full of beans after seeing his team get their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship campaign off to a 3-14 to 3-9 start against Offaly at Parnell Park. The side featured a strong local contingent with St Oliver Plunkett’s Aisling Carolan, Good Counsel’s Emma O’Byrne, Na Fianna’s Roisin Baker and Alex Griffin, Naomh U i n s i o n n’s G r a i n n e Quinn and Naomh Fionbarra’s Siobhan Kehoe all involved from the outset. Herity led the Dubs to the last four in 2017 but with All-Star Aisling Maher and brilliant defender Eve Marie Elliott among those unavailable this year, there were question marks surrounding their ability to continue the progress. Some observers felt the National League campaign might have suggested a regression but Herity offered a con-

vincing rebuttal after Saturday’s win. “ We ’re a b s o l u t e l y thrilled” said Herity. “The girls have been playing extremely well in training. We knew Offaly were going to be a difficult match so we’re delighted to get off to a good start. “Their fitness levels are excellent. The girls were mad hungry for this… They did exactly today what we’ve been training on for the last seven months so please God it’ll keep going well. “We always expected Offaly to come back at us. They’ve Mick Wall there, a great Kilkenny man, and [Herity’s former Kilkenny hurling teammate] Richie Power is with them now as well and they’re doing excellent work. “We got two wins and a draw from five games in the League. It was progress again with a young team, a new team again. This victory will bring on the team massively heading into Cork in two weeks.”

FEILE FEVER SCOIL UI CHONAILL MOMENTUM is really starting to build for the fundraising gala in Chicago this September, seeing as Enda Kenny announces his role as keynote speaker at the event to the Sunday Business Post. Scoil was represented by boys and girls of Scoil Neasáin and Belgrove Senior Boys at the Cumann na mBunscol finals at Croke Park on Wednesday. Anyone interested in availing of very attractive pitch side advertisement should contact Aidan Mulvey on 085 7213789. Adult Hurling and Football teams train in Scoil Mondays and Thursdays from 6.30pm. Ladies training is in Scoil on Mondays at 8pm. Mothers and Others training takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm. Juvenile training takes place in Scoil at 9.30am on Saturday mornings. New members welcome, as always. For any news or enquiries please contact

Vincent’s reach Division 2 national final NAOMH Uinsionn’s Under-14 camogie stars produced a series of fine performances to reach the national Division 2 Feile final, falling to The Harps 3-0 to 0-2. They opened up with a 4-2 to 0-0 win over Kilconeiron before beating Ballyea 1-8 to 0-3. On day two, they lost to Kiltulla/ Killimordaly but won their quarter against Ahascra and then Conahy in the semis.

Dublin’s Doireann Mullany on the attack against Offaly last weekend. Picture:

Goals from Gráinne Quinn and Siobhán Kehoe gave Dublin a 2-11 to 1-6 lead, with Sarah Harding finding the net for Offaly. The margin grew to 10 after Róisín Baker

goaled but Offaly kept plugging away and a Siobhán Flannery goal from a penalty brought them within touching distance, but they had given themselves too much to do.

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LADIES FOOTBALL: THOMAS DAVIS LOOKING TO CAUSE A SHOCK St Sylvester’s Nicole Owens holds off Foxrock Cabinteely’s Sinead Goldrick. Picture:

Main contenders align for semi showdowns NEW IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINALS  JAMES HENDICOTT

FOXROCK Cabinteely, Thomas Davis, St Brigid’s and Kilmacud Crokes have all advanced to the last four of the New Ireland Assurance DLGFA senior championship following their victories this week. For Thomas Davis, it will be a first venture this deep into the competition as they held their nerve to see off Na Fianna and progress to their first ever Dublin senior ladies football semi-final on Saturday night, as an injury-time point proved the difference in the tightest of contests. Na Fianna had been on top early on as the game ebbed and flowed, with Westmeath county player Laura Walsh doing the damage for the Glasnevin club in the opening exchanges as they scored the first three points. Thomas Davis hit back still harder, scoring the next five points, including a goal from Sinead Egan, to lead 1-2 to 0-3, before things were leveled up before half time, with Na Fianna finishing the half strongly. Davis pushed on again in a frantic,

pacey second half, but Na Fianna leveled up before a very late point saw the Tallaght side come out on top by a single point margin at 2-11 to 1-13. FoxCab continued their push for a fourth consecutive Dublin Ladies Senior Football titles on Saturday, as the Foxes did enough to see off St Sylvester’s in a tight, competitive quarter final. While they never really blew away their north Dublin opponents, FoxCab did look consistently in control of the contest with Sylvester’s, in which they took control late in the first half, before being pegged back late on. The game got off to a relatively sedate start, with the two sides feeling each other out in the first half, and the holders getting slightly better of a points shooting contest and going in at half time with a 0-7 to 0-4 lead. Sylvester’s were offering more of a threat than perhaps many were expecting, and had kept the teams to 0-3 each early in the contest. The two sides exchanged goals early in the second half, with Foxrock Cabinteely’s lead growing to five points, before Niamh Collins was put in the sin bin and Sylvester’s mounted a late come-

back. Foxrock Cabinteely have tended to have enough at Championship level in recent years, however, and so it proved once again, as Sylvester’s could only get to just within a goal, and ran out of time to close in the gap, with the Foxes taking the tie 1-12 to 1-10. Kilmacud Crokes join the Foxes in the final four, having won out in an impressive victory against traditionally strong rivals Ballyboden St Enda’s. Pairc De Burca saw Crokes take control, their young, pacey side coming good as they overcame last year’s finalist comfortably, by a margin of 1-16 to 0-10 in what was expected to be an extremely close contest. St Brigid’s demolished St Maur’s 10-16 to 0-5 to raise their hopes of finally winning the big prize after three recent final appearances. “There’s a hunger about the team this

year,” Molloy told the Dublin Gazette. “I can feel it around the team. Obviously we’d prefer to avoid Foxrock Cabinteely until the final as everyone does. “There are no easy games now, though. Both Crokes and Thomas Davis are great teams. “We beat Thomas Davis earlier in the championship, but I think they could be a bit of a wounded animal. “I think we’re stronger than the last couple of seasons, though. Before, we were relying on a couple of players to get most of the points. “There’s much more variety in our scoring now, with some good young players coming through. “Goals win games in ladies football, and of course we have Ciara [Trant, Dublin goalkeeper], in nets, and I think a few people are reluctant to shoot against her, as she’s such a good shot stopper.”

There’s a hunger about the team this year. I can feel it around the team. St Brigid’s manager Derek Molloy


Golden greats get AIG backing

FORMER Dublin footballers and current Masters players, Peadar Andrews, Ray Cosgrove and Shane Ryan were on hand to assist AIG with the announcement of their new partnership with the Dublin Masters Football Team this week. After a five-year absence, Dublin have re-entered the Masters competition; an over 40s football competition that provides an opportunity for former intercounty players and active club players to represent their county once again or for the first time. The 2018 Dublin Masters side is managed and coached by former Dublin Junior, Cavan and Louth boss Val Andrews with the assistance of Gary O’Connell and Keith Crossan from Erin’s Isle GAA Club. The team is made up of players from all corners of the county including some former legends who make up the 35-member panel. The team have had a successful start to their season, beating Westmeath in their opening game and will have their second outing this coming Saturday when they face Galway in Parnell’s GAA Club. For more information on the progress of the Dublin Masters side, follow their dedicated Facebook page: dublingaelicmasters.

GazetteSPORT JUNE 14-20, 2018



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finally break the Sheriff YC dominance in AUL Premier A with an all-or-nothing victory in league decider SEE P36


Twenty Dubliners on their way to Barcelona this week to take part in groundbreaking team. SEE P34


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Harrington’s brilliant Euro bronze in Bulgaria  DAVE DONNELLY

PORTLAND Row woman Kellie Harrington landed an elite international boxing medal this week as she won bronze at the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The former Glasnevin boxer – now representing St Mary’s Tallaght – fought her way to the semi-finals before suffering a heart-breaking 4-1 split decision defeat to Mira Potkonen. Reflecting on the tournament, Harrington said it was mixed emotions: “Athough I am so heartbroken right now, I am also happy to medal at this tournament. “I have been out here at these championships many times trying to medal and never succeeded but, this time, I did so that means all my hard work is finally starting to pay off.” Harrington was part of a three-woman Irish team competing at Europe’s top women’s boxing event under team manager Bernard Dunne and head coach Zaur Antia. Former Shamrock Rovers footballer-turnedboxing talent Grainne Walsh fell short in the 69kg category, while Michaela Walsh of Belfast brought home a second bronze at 57kg. Harrington’s opponent Potkonen was a bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and presented a daunting challenge to the Irish

Kellie Harrington in action against Iulia Tsyplakova en route to her European bronze medal

“I have been out here at these championships

many times trying to medal and never succeeded, so it means all my hard work is finally paying off.” amateur star in the 60kg category. The pair met in the final of the 2017 Europeans, which Potkonen won, and the rangey Finn again managed to present a better picture to the judges. Potkonen beat Katie Taylor on the way to the semi-finals in Rio and again came out on top against Taylor’s successor as Ireland’s newest amateur superstar.

It was a tight contest throughout, with Harrington switching between southpaw and orthodox stance in search of scoring shots, but Potkonen was deemed the more efficient by the judges. Harrington’s best spell came during the second round, when she landed a straight left down the middle to rock the Finn, but her opponent continued to land a greater

volume of shots. While Harrington’s varied attack ensured she landed good punches in all three rounds, Potkonen’s more orthodox style meant she was able to put together more eye-catching combinations. It brought a frustrating end to an impressive competition by Harrington, who is on course to peak in time for the Tokyo Olympics in two

years’ time. She was a 5-0 winner over Katerina Humlova of the Czech Republic in the round of 16 and followed that up with an impressive 4-1 win over Ukraine’s Iulia Tsyplakova in the quarters. “ Hu ge co n g ra t u l a tions to St Mary’s boxer Kellie Harrington on winning European Bronze today,” St Mary’s Boxing Club wrote on Facebook.

“ Ke l l i e wa s ve r y unlucky to be beaten on a split decision yesterday in the semi-finals. Kellie’s performances over the tournament were excellent and we feel she’s not too far away from gold. “She is excellent with the kids in the club and a true role model for up and coming boxers. Keep the head up, we at the club are so proud of what you’ve achieved.”

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