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Strike it lucky: Young bowlers go fundraising THESE bowling pupils from St

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Bernadette’s Senior National School paused just long enough at the Superdome in Palmerstown for the Gazette to take a nice group shot, as Alisia, Connor, Craig, Ava, Caitlin and Keri were busy having lots of fun with their classmates. The junior bowlers were visiting the centre as part of their fundraising efforts for their upcoming sports day in June, striking an impressive €2,000 with their efforts. Full Gallery on Page 10

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Recycling firm to create 112 new jobs Levy increase on Q PAUL HOSFORD

waste is a boost for the company

A TOTAL of 112 new jobs are set to be created in Clondalkin and Ballymount by Greyhound Recycling and Recovery. The jobs creation comes following the Government’s decision to increase the land-

fill levy from the current €30 per tonne to €75 per tonne by July, 2013. Greyhound, which is Ireland’s largest recycling company and currently employs 250 staff, will immediately start recruiting 50 new staff, who will be employed in Clondalkin and Ballymount

from September 1. The company recently consolidated its position as Ireland’s largest recycling company by completing a deal to buy South Dublin County Council’s waste collection business. Full Story on Page 7



IT’S YOUR SHOT €1,800 raised for Cambodian children

Dublin Bus delays cuts


DUBLIN Bus has delayed its decision on cuts to local bus routes. The cuts were opposed at all ends of the political spectrum when they were announced before Christmas. Now, newly-elected Labour TD Robert Dowds, has vowed to keep up the pressure on Dublin Bus over its plans for major cuts to bus services in Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle, after the company announced that it was delaying any decision on the cuts as a result of strong local opposition. Deputy Dowds has

already met newlyappointed Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, to discuss the proposals, and has reiterated his opposition to Dublin Bus’ plans to cut back on the 68, 69, 51B and 51C bus services. As a result of submissions made by many citizens living within the community, along with strong representations made by Deputy Dowds, Dublin Bus have delayed implementing their proposals until late May or early June. Deputy Dowds said that any cutbacks would have a wide knock-on effect on ordinary people in Clondalkin and the surrounding areas.

Fundraiser shaves away the years A NUMBER of Moyle Park College staff stepped forward for a recent fundraiser in aid of a Marist school in Cambodia, as they shaved away moustaches, beards and hair – as well as some years, as many remarked – under the care (and razors) of barber Clive Byrne, from the Village Barber Shop. Brother Nicholas Smith, Eddie O’Byrne, Dara Hogan

and Eugene Molloy emerged from their various close shaves with Byrne, looking neater and younger, as the students applauded their sponsored fundraising efforts for the Cambodian children, many of whom are landmine victims. Principal Aiden Clarke also held a raffle, helping to bring the day’s monies to an impressive total that was in excess of €1,800.


EVENT Young Social Innovators Showcase and Awards


Local schools vying for top title at awards

Council reveal notices

STUDENTS from Colaiste Bhride, Collinstown Park Community College, and Moyle Park College, are among 50 schools and Youthreach centres who will be vying for the title of Young Social Innovators 2011 at the 10th Young Social Innovators Showcase and Awards taking place at the Citywest Convention Centre on May 11. Colaiste Bhride’s Better Sex Education for Our Nation, aims to improve the standard of sex education in Irish secondary schools, while Collinstown Park Community College’s First Aid for the Mind looks at a number of mental health topics of








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relevance to students in their community, such as depression, sexuality and suicide and Moyle Park College’s Think Pink, looks to show solidarity with cancer sufferers, raise vital funds needed for the fight against cancer and raise awareness of the importance of early detection. The schools are among 60 groups shortlisted for the title. This year, some 5,500 young people aged 15-18 years of age participated in Young Social Innovators (YSI), Ireland’s largest youth civic action programme. They undertook 350 projects on a wide range

of local, national and international issues to identify and implement solutions to issues that most concern them. The projects in contention for this year’s title include a missing persons campaign, a youth literacy programme, community renovation schemes and the establishment of a volunteer centre. Last year’s title was won by a Blarney, Co Cork, school for the establishment of a youth cafe in their town. Announcing the shortlist, Rachel Collier, chief executive of Young Social Innovators, said: “This year’s projects reflect young people who

Participants from Moyle Park College, Clondalkin

believe in the creation of a fair, just and inclusive society, and, importantly, are prepared to do something about it. YSI is very impressed by the quality of their initiatives and the fresh perspectives they brought to age-old issues as well as the manner in which they galvanised support for their initiatives, in some cases involving entire communities.” Since it began 10 years ago, some 35,000

teenagers have undertaken community-based projects in every county in Ireland through Young Social Innovators. They have established youth cafes, designed social inclusion and educational initiatives for the elderly and disabled, campaigned and implemented award-winning programmes on issues such as mental health, road safety, bullying and alcohol abuse. Funded through spon-

sorship, the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs is the main sponsor of Young Social Innovators. Additional support is received from the Department of Education and Skills, the HSE, the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Irish Aid, and KPMG. Other partners include the Irish Sisters of Charity, Crisis Pregnancy Agency and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

DURING 2010, 263 fixed-payment notices were issued under South Dublin County Council’s bye-laws in relation to the prohibition on drinking of intoxicating liquor in public places, the council has revealed. The council also said that 38 fixed-payment notices were issued in the first quarter of 2011. But, despite the high rate of issuance, nonp ay m e n t r e m a i n s a problem for the council. “There were 154 not paid in 2010 and, to date, 19 of the 38 have not been paid in 2011,” said a council report. “There were 55 court case dates in 2010, and 20 court case dates so far this year. “The issuing of these notices and the prosecution of offenders is a matter for the Garda authorities.”



Minister’s praise for fundraiser

MINISTER for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, has congratulated the Bawnogue Community Centre and local businesses from the Bawnogue Enterprise Centre, which recently put on a hugely successful fashion show in aid of Barnardos children’s charity. She said: “I was delighted to attend the fashion show in aid of Barnardos, which was held in the Bawnogue Community Centre. A huge amount of organisation and preparation went into the show, and it was fantastic to see so many people support this great community event. “At a time when so many families and businesses are under financial pressure, it was really


‘It was fantastic to see so many people support this great event’ --------------------------

Minister Fitzgerald


heartening to see the generosity of the local community and local shops, including Envy Hair Studio, Bawnogue Style and Cut, Wayne Sebury Catering and Bawnogue’s newest clothing and accessories shop, Siopa Lara. “Congratulations to all involved, and a special well-done to the local children’s organisation, Klub Kaos, who, led by Caroline Day, provided such entertainment on the night,” she said.

COUNCIL Bus service has ‘disimproved’

Concern over the Network Direct changes Q PAUL HOSFORD

ALL 26 members of South Dublin County Council are to call on Dublin Bus to listen to the concerns of communities affected by the Network Direct changes. With residents in Lucan still struggling to adjust to the new timetable, and

residents in Clondalkin fighting the changes to their bus services, the issue is a big concern for many residents. The mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Marie Corr, tabled a motion at this week’s council meeting that “this council calls on Dublin Bus to ensure that the views and concerns of the communities within South Dublin County are taken on board in a real way, further to the consultation process engaged in as part of the Network review process and, furthermore, to ensure that no residents of the county will be without an easilyaccessible bus service as a result of the review process”. With Dublin Bus in Phase 2 of the Network changeover, the company says the aim is to “introduce the changes to the network on a phased basis later this year, with the overall aim of providing a more direct, higher frequency, and punctual bus service with improved cross-city connection”. The motion sparked fierce comment, with a number of councillors moving to criticise the redesign. Lucan Councillor William Lavelle (FG), who described himself as a “loyal customer of Dublin Bus” said that people in Lucan did not have their concerns heard throughout the consultation period. “Since the outset, there has been very little listening from Dublin Bus. “The bus service has disimproved. People in

Members of South Dublin County Council are to call on Dublin Bus to listen to commuters’ concerns over changes to local bus services which, they say, have not been well received by a number of communities

Lucan are fed up. Dublin Bus did not listen to the people of Lucan. We were promised a postimplementation review, and all we got was a oneline email.” Exasperation

L ave l l e p r o p o s e d an amendment to the motion that would call for the National Transport Authority to become involved in any postimplementation reviews. “I am giving up on Dublin Bus listening to us,” said Cllr Lavelle. Clondalkin Councillor Trevor Gilligan (FF) said that the consultation that had been seen in Clondalkin was merely tokenism. “In Clondalkin, we had consultation and nothing happened on foot of it. “Dublin Bus has a slogan that it is ‘serving the entire community’, but I fail to see how the Clondalkin route changes are serving the community.” Gilligan said that he too was not hopeful of Dublin Bus engaging with the locals. “All we’ll get is a note thanking us for our interest.” Labour councillor for

Lucan, Catriona Jones, said that as a councillor for the first town in South Dublin affected by the new system, she was “disappointed” to see how it had spread across the city. “Dublin Bus shouldn’t pretend to carry out consultation. They have not made any effort to engage the local people. A lot of residents’ associations have been pleading for reviews of the system and have not got replies. “To say I have no faith in Dublin Bus is putting it mildly.” Sway

Cllr Gino Kenny (PBP) said that the council should hold sway over Dublin Bus. “Dublin Bus should be answerable to this authority. It is incredible that this system would be thought up.” Fine Gael Councillor Terese Ridge summed up the feeling of many in the chamber, saying “Dublin Bus doesn’t give two damns about what we say”. In response, Dublin said that, to them, the changes had been well received.

“The improvements and changes made to services under Network Direct have been mostly well received by customers and Dublin Bus remains in contact with the public throughout the process. “All changes and improvements implemented in each area are monitored as part of a post-implementation review, and this includes monitoring customer feedback, and Dublin Bus will address the concerns of bus users with further changes post-implementation where possible. “Customers can make their submissions by calling our customer service line or by emailing the dedicated Network Direct email address – “All feedback and concerns raised are taken very seriously by Dublin Bus and are included in the final decided changes, which are then implemented in the area. “Also, Dublin Bus undertakes a comprehensive marketing and information campaign to inform customers, before any changes are implemented.”


SHOP LOCAL Why we should spend money closer to home

Supporting business HE Gazette is never backward about coming forward when it comes to our support for the local community – in fact, it is the very essence of what we do. By bringing together news, features, pictures and reports about local politics, sport, social events and enterprise, we do what we can to support all of these areas. Support is the key to a thriving local community, and every member of the public can contribute to this support. Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area. By shopping locally, without any of the expedition involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and industry, all of which play a far greater role in our quality of life than one might imagine. On a very basic level, the commercial rates that even the smallest of such local businesses pay, goes directly to our local council. Without these rates, the quality of public amenities, from parks and playgrounds to sports facilities and community groups, would simply not be of the standard we currently enjoy. Taking this train of thought a little further - by keeping one local business open when we shop local, we are supporting local jobs for local people. On top of this, every local business, and their employees, will naturally tend to support their neighbouring businesses – be it by buying a sandwich, renting a DVD, getting their dry cleaning done, or filling a prescription – the hustle and bustle that goes hand in hand with local business is mutually beneficial. The Bawnogue Shopping Centre provides a


vibrant hub of business, with a t e rrific selection of local, home-grown businesses operating in the centre. Thyes Kavanagh, chairman of the Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce, says that the Chamber

hopes that jobs can be preserved and business can grow if people can be convinced to Shop Local. “In these difficult times, Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce is calling on people to Shop Local. “Please support local business: not only do they offer great value for money but also a personal service. These businesses employ a large

number of local people, both full and part-time, and need your support. “Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce is at present working on their own campaign to promote local business and are also updating their website. “We hope to encourage visitors to the area, who are staying in local hotels, to spend some time, and money, in Clondalkin.

“We would like to thank the Gazette for their Shop Local feature and hope that shoppers will support the advertisers within the supplement,” Mr Kavanagh said. Clondalkin’s newly elected Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, says that shopping locally was a big issue on the doorsteps during her recent election campaign, with people looking for

a revitalisation of their local area. “One of the things that

was very striking throughout the General Election campaign was the appetite for people who want vibrant villages. “It will take the support of people, who will need to support local businesses and shop locally,” says Fitzgerald. The Minister has said that, in times as difficult as these, the support structures for businesses need to be put in place. “We need to start encouraging businesses by looking into local rates, local support structures and making business in Clondalkin feasible.” Fitzgerald has not yet been invited to cut the ribbon on any new Clondalkin establishments, but looks forward to better days. “It’s always an honour to be invited to do something like that, and I look forward to the economy recovering and having the opportunity to do so soon,” she said.



Testing: At open day... THIS very scien-

tific picture shows two Moyle Park students, Declan Martin and Philip Kiernan, exhibiting the Bernoulli Principle in science. The boys’ teacher is Mr Terry Flanagan, and he was on hand to answer questions at the school’s recent open day.

FG councillor Emer Higgins

Tackling anti-social behaviour in our parks Q PAUL HOSFORD

clondalkin@gazettegroup. com

SOUTH Dublin County Council (SDCC) has outlined the measures under which it hopes to tackle anti-social behaviour. Fine Gael councillor Emer Higgins tabled a question to ask the council “to outline effective proposals for tackling anti-social behaviour in public spaces, in particular, in parks throughout South Dublin”. In response, SDCC said that most of the problems it encountered arise after the parks have closed. “Anti-social behaviour is an unfortunate aspect of our modern society. The consequences of it impact particularly heavily on our parks and open spaces and, while it is more evident in those parks and open spaces that do not have a daily staff presence, the majority of antisocial behaviour takes place during the hours of darkness, after the parks have closed and our staff have finished work for the day,” said a council spokesperson. The council outlined the physical aspects that it would undertake to protect parks. “[Measures] to tackle anti-social activity in

parks include the provision of boundary walls and railings, the installation of vehicle control barriers and ‘kissing gates’, and routine patrolling by park rangers. “Furthermore, the provision of CCTV systems has the effect of deterring anti-social behaviour and activities; principally, by displacing the anti-social activity to a location in the vicinity which is not covered by cameras.

Residential areas “In residential areas, where the location of a camera system becomes well known, levels of anti-social behaviour fall as the area is avoided,” said the spokesperson. Other plans on the table include looking at “how we better-enhance the monitoring and policing of our parks, and the enforcement of our laws and parks byelaws”. Other ideas include “looking at how we can better reduce opportunities for anti-social behaviour in parks, and how best to respond to the effects of anti-social behaviour by the small minority so as not to take from the experience of our parks for the majority”, and “looking at how we can better increase positive usage of our parks”.


Stop selling alcohol in glass containers – Dowds Q PAUL HOSFORD

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LABOUR Deputy Robert Dowds has called for the end of the sale of alcohol in glass containers, in order to tackle the serious problem which broken glass causes in parks and sports pitches. In a speech during the debate on the Environmental (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011, Deputy Dowds highlighted the particular problems teams face in playing on sports fields that are often strewn with broken glass. While aluminium cans and plastic containers can be collected easily, broken glass represents a

serious health hazard to players on, children and pets, when they are in our public areas, he said. Deputy Dowds said that the glass represented a major issue for people who give up their time to run sports teams. “The people who give up their time to run sports clubs are true patriots of this country, giving so much to their communities and asking for little or nothing in return. “Considering the amount of good work they do in all of our communities, we, the political representatives, owe it to them to take active steps to make their task of training and supporting the next generation of


‘Football pitches would not have to be cleared before every training session or match, and it would be much safer for children and pets to enter parks’ --------------------------

Deputy Robert Dowds


young Irish citizens easier and less troublesome. “Tackling the problem of broken glass on sports pitches up and down the

country is one small way in which politicians can help them. “We saw in the past how Government action on plastic bags went a long way towards ending that blight on our streets,” he said. Deputy Dowds accepted that a ban on the sale of glass containers would not totally solve all problems, but it could help out sports teams. “Obviously, the best solution to this situation would be that people didn’t leave litter behind them, or break glass. “However, until that very unlikely prospect becomes a reality, I would like to encourage the Minister [for the Environment] to

ban the sale of alcohol in glass containers from off-licences and supermarkets – in other words, drinks would be sold in plastic or aluminium containers. “While this wouldn’t alleviate the litter problem, it would remove the problem caused by broken glass in public areas. “Football pitches would not have to be cleared before every training session or match, and it would be much safer for children and pets to enter parks. “I would urge the Minister to consider what I am saying, and to amend this legislation to address the problem as I am suggesting,” he said.


SERVICES Rising landfill levy a boost for Greyhound


GREYHOUND Recycling and Recovery in Clondalkin and Ballymount is to create 112 new jobs following last week’s announcement that the Government is to increase the landfill levy to €75 per tonne by July, 2013. Greyhound, which is Ireland’s largest recycling company, welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that the landfill levy will rise from €30 per tonne to €50 per tonne from September 1 this year, then to to €65 per tonne from July, 2012, and to €75 per tonne from July, 2013. The company, which currently employs 250 staff, will immediately start recruiting 50 new staff, to be employed in Clondalkin and Ballymount from September. An additional 37 new jobs will be created in July, 2012, together with 25 new jobs in July, 2013, as the increases to the landfill levy take effect. Michael Buckley, cofounder and joint CEO of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, said: “We are delighted that the new Government has recognised the potential to create new jobs by diverting waste from landfill to recycling and recovery. “Minister Hogan has clearly listened to our case that 250 new jobs

can be created for every 10,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill, and we welcome his acceptance that the current position of disposing of waste through landfill is no longer sustainable. “The succession of landfill levy increases [just] announced unlock the potential to create new jobs in the Green economy, and to achieve real change in the way that the country manages waste, while also bringing clarity and certainty to the waste management sector,” he said.

500,000 customers Greyhound Recycling and Recovery currently provides waste management services to more than 500,000 customers across 12 local authorities, and is one of the leading renewable operators, with business interests across 15 countries throughout Europe and Asia. The company recently consolidated its position as Ireland’s largest recycling company by completing a deal to buy South Dublin County Council’s waste collection business. “[The] announcement by the Government, and our decision last month to buy the household waste collection service from South Dublin County Council, means that less waste material will be sent to landfill,” said Buckley.

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112 jobs to be created at waste firm

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery is set to create 112 new jobs




IT’S YOUR STORY Moriartys’ wedding joy

Nine-year sentence for arson and bomb A TEEN who threw a pipe bomb into a house that exploded with two adults and children inside, has been given a nine-year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Kenneth Ruth (19) of Drumcairn Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24, had pleaded guilty to possession of a pipebomb and arson at Whitechurch Place, Rathfarnham, on March 13, 2008. He had also pleaded guilty to the production of a knife in a dispute at Palmerstown Park on the same date. Judge Desmond Hogan handed down a five-year sentence but suspended the last three years. He further pleaded to assaulting Michael McDonagh causing him harm at Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght on March 3, 2009. The judge sentenced him to consecutive four years in respect of the assault but suspended the last two-and-a-half years of it. This means he will serve a three-and-a-half year total jail term. The judge said Ruth h a d a “d i s p o s i t i o n towards violence” and said “every schoolboy must know that to throw a pipe bomb into someone’s house in the middle of the night is wrong, wrong, wrong.” Garda Maria Dennison told Mr Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that a group of men, including Ruth, were playing poker in a house and a man had to break up a fight between Ruth and the injured party who heard him say: “I’m going to blow your house up”. The witness said Ruth had a kitchen knife and “ran towards the injured party”.

The man went home to his own house and at 7.10am he heard a loud explosion and ran out into the street where he saw a car speeding off down the driveway. Fuse

The army bomb disposal unit were called to the scene and the remains of the device was later analysed where it was determined it had no timing device and was operated by a fuse. A number of addresses were searched and attempts were made to contact Ruth, who was later interviewed on nine occasions. He said he did not throw the pipe bomb “but another fellow did”, but said he did break the window of the house. Ruth denied he had threatened to blow the house up, but Gda Dennison said she “did not accept his version of events”. “I believe when he threatened he was going to blow up the house, that is what happened,” said Gda Dennison. Ruth, who has 34 previous convictions, was arrested and charged and a plea of guilty was entered at an early stage. Gda Dennison agreed with Mr Giollaiosa O’Lideadha SC, defending, who said that “the fact he went eight hours without making admissions stands against him” but “he never sought bail”. Mr O’Lideadha told the court Ruth was on drugs at the time and said his sister describes him as a “kind-hearted person”. He said Ruth wanted to express remorse to victims for the “very scary experience he put them through”.

Laura Moriarty was a truly beautiful bride when she married New Zealander, Samuel Darragh, at at St Patrick’s Church, Corracrin, Emyvale, Co Monaghan recently, where she was given away by her father, local businessman, Luke Moriarty. Pictures: Joe Monks

Lovely Laura’s big day Q MORIARTY STAFF

THE management and team of Moriarty’s SuperValu, Palmerstown, would like to congratulate company director, Laura Moriarty, and her husband, Samuel Darragh, who were married on April 15. Married at St Patrick’s Church, Corracrin, Emyvale, Co Monaghan, the couple later celebrated their reception in Castle Leslie Estate. Laura, a director of the Moriarty Group, is the eldest daughter of Luke and Carol

Moriarty, and was assisted on the day by her chief bridesmaid, and sister, Yvonne Moriarty, and by her three bridesmaids, Karen Wynne, Linda Madden and Fiona Fallon. Sam, son of Peter and Susan Darragh, was supported on the day by his best man, Alex Kairua, and groomsmen, Tim Ricketts, Hamish Hodgson and David Blake, as well as by numerous family members and friends from his home town of Matamata, New Zealand. Laura looked stunning on the day, as did Sam and the entire wedding party. The

happy couple were joined by 250 of their family members and friends from home and abroad. Guests were welcomed to the Castle with a champagne reception, and were entertained all through the night by Super Fly. The wedding celebrations began with a pre-wedding BBQ on Thursday, April 14 in Castle Leslie Estate, and culminated in a post-wedding party in the family’s own Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip, before Laura and Sam headed off on their honeymoon to Jamaica.


HOUSING Uppermost threshhold sought

Council has placed 9 from FAS schemes

Call for council to resist changes Q PAUL HOSFORD

SOUTH Dublin County will use the uppermost threshold possible when assessing local authority housing applications. Councillor Gino Kenny had called on the council to resist changes to income thresholds for local authority housing. A directive issued to local authorities by the former Fianna Fail Minister for Housing, Michael Finneran, will mean new income threshold limits for those eligible to qualify for local authority housing. The directive, under the Social Housing Regulations Act 2011, was one of the last actions of the former minister, and will mean that, if councils across the country implement the new regulations thousands of people

could be removed from the housing list. The new income threshold limits for a single person will be €30,000 in some local authorities, and as low as €20,000 in others. The proposed income limit for South Dublin County Council is €35,000 net for a single income applicant, a drop of €5,000. Cllr Kenny said that any change to the threshold would cause thousands to lose out on any hope of a home. “Under no circumstances should any income eligibility levels be changed that would entail thousands across the country being thrown off council waiting lists. “The new Minister must take immediate measures to stop this taking effect in county councils. It is a disgrace such actions

Cllr Gino Kenny has called on the council to resist changes in thresholds for housing

were taken at a time that over 4,000 people languish on council waiting lists in need of a home. “Instead of making it even more difficult for people in need of a home to get one, the Government should take steps to put the thousands of unemployed construction workers to work building the homes that were always needed. We must also use the numerous empty units across the county to house those on the waiting lists. “We will campaign to stop anyone being thrown off waiting lists, and for measures to be taken to solve the crisis in

public housing needs. “Reducing the eligibility limit to €30,000 would mean, for example, a single mother with two children, who works parttime, could easily find that she is not eligible for social housing. This is an absolute disgrace. “The Labour Party, when in opposition, was strongly critical of the Fianna Fail cuts that hurt the most vulnerable. The new Minister for Housing, Willie Penrose, should put his money where his mouth is and reverse this decision. It is utterly unacceptable that a basic necessity, such as housing, is considered to

be a privilege,” said Cllr Kenny. A South Dublin County Council spokesperson confirmed that, under the Threshold Means Policy, there was no provision to increase thresholds, but the council would use the uppermost threshold available to them. “The figure has been set at a point that we in the council can look at and say the person would have a need. “It would currently be impossible to tell how many people would come off the lists now, but we suspect it would be very few,” said a council spokesman.


SDCC junk collection plan is left on the scrap heap Q PAUL HOSFORD

SOUTH Dublin County Council (SDCC) will not be reinstating its junk collections, due to rising prices for the service. Fine Gael councillor Emer Higgins tabled a motion at the recent council, asking “that this council calls for an examination of the possibility and financial feasibility of introducing a junk collection system in 2012”. But the council’s figures mean that the plan is unfeasible. From 2005 to 2008, the council operated a system throughout the county that, in 2005, served


21,285 homes, collecting 1,705 tonnes of material. This was at a cost of €423,196 – a per-home cost of €19.88. By 2008, the number of homes served had risen slightly, to 21,450, but had collected a mere 1,333 tonnes of material. However, the costs had risen to €590,060 – a massive increase to €27.45 per household served – meaning that the council was unable to consider a reinstatement of the service. In response, SDCC said: “The rising costs of waste disposal contributed significantly to the increased costs, while an addi-

tional factor was the downward trend in the tonnages collected through the junk collection, with services provided in the county by organisations, such as WEEE Ireland and Clondalkin Community Recycling Initiative, offering a collection service to households for electrical goods, and the development of the Freetrade initiative, led by the Dublin region, seeing considerable growth over recent years. “Customers can also dispose of unwanted material such as scrap metal, timber, plasterboard and bulky household items, such as furniture, at Ballymount Civic

Amenity. “The policing of the junk collections also became an issue, as illegally collected waste was brought to the areas and left for collection by the council. “The council has endeavoured to support people to use the facilities available to them and, indeed, the use of Ballymount as an anti-bonfire mechanism in 2010 proved a significant success. “It is not felt that the level of funding required for the junk collections, in light of other demands, would prove an effective use of the resources,” said the council.

SOUTH Dublin County Council has commenced work placements under two FAS schemes with nine participants, eight of which are graduates. Responding to a question from councillor Eamon Tuffy (Lab), who asked for “information on the number of persons currently working with South Dublin County Council under the FAS Placement Programme, including outline information on qualifications of the persons involved and the general areas of Council work to which they have been assigned?” the council said a number of areas are covered. The placements are in Local History Research, Digitisation of Heritage Material, Green Energy

Management, Local Sports Initiatives and Heritage/Archaeology. They are all for a ninemonth period, during which participants gain marketable skills and experience. The council will continue, on a rolling basis, to fill placements. Under the Redundant Apprentice Scheme, the council has engaged 12 apprentices and will be offering 16 additional places in car pentr y, plumbing, painting/ decorating, mechanics and bricklaying/stone masonry Of the 12 currently underway, there are both stage-five apprentices, who require a 26-week placement, and stage seven apprentices, requiring just 12 weeks work.

Call for area to get own ‘money’ THE residents of South Dublin could soon be spending their own “currency”, if a proposal from councillor Trevor Gilligan (FF) gains traction. Council management said it would investigate introducing the currency, which would be used alongside the euro and accepted in shops and in transactions with the local authority. The currency would not be linked to the euro, but would be exchangeable. The council passed a motion at its monthly meeting last week, agreeing to consider the idea. Tabling the motion,

Cllr Gilligan said the initiative would encourage consumers to spend their money locally, and said that the residents of South Dublin had lost purchasing-power in huge amounts over the past 15 years. The currency would be similar to that of the Co Kerry town of Kenmare, which launched its own currency in 2009, called the “Youro”, while London’s Brixton district has the “Brixton Pound”. County manager Joe Horan said there were several key issues that would need to be worked through.

€75,300 print bill

SOUTH Dublin County Council (SDCC) spent €65,949 on printing with Dublin companies in 2010, new figures have shown. Clondalkin Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan had put a number of questions to the council relating to its printing expenditure in 2010, what percent-

age of this is done in the county, what percentage is done in Ireland and what percentage is printed abroad. SDCC replied that, overall, it had spent more than €75,000 in the year. “During 2010, the council spent a total of €75,300, excl VAT, on printing costs, excluding photocopying.”


SCHOOLS St Bernadette’s SNS pupils’ trip to Superdome

Thumbs up from Daryl

Sean, Luke and Dino really enjoyed the fun event. Pictures: Peter Doyle

Bowling along for a fun fundraising day ITH bowling balls hurtling down the lanes in lightning strikes, the Gazette photographer was kept on his toes, changing lanes in a bid to keep up with the pupils from St Bernadette’s Senior national School, who were visiting


Carly and Jasmine

the Superdome in Palmerstown as part of their annual fundraiser for their upcoming sports day. With help from the Superdome’s Tony, and also with Dublin Bus’s Alan Silver and the school’s bus driver, Pat, the pupils had a great day out at the

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centre, with some mighty bowling from the youngsters hurtling down the lanes. Each child had a sponsorship card, with funds raised from the day in excess of an impressive €2,000 to help support their sports day in June.

Alisia, Connor, Craig, Ava, Caitlin and Keri

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Trainer to cook meal fit to raise charity cash A CASTLEKNOCK personal trainer is swapping his sweats for a chef’s attire, when he takes part in Look who is Cooking’ fundraising night at Wright’s Anglers Rest in aid of Concern’s Climb Kilimanjaro Challenge. Michal Rupinski, from Poland, but living in Castleknock, is preparing to take on the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2011. Michal has lived in Ireland for the last six years and has worked as a personal trainer in Educogym, Castleknock, helping hundreds of people transform their shape and change their health and wellbeing. The adventure-seeker heard about a group of people hiking in the Wicklow Mountains in preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb and he couldn’t resist joining the challenge. Killimanjaro Challenge 2011 is a challenge event organised by Action Challenge from the UK for a group of people who will be raising funds for Concern Worldwide. The group will leave Ireland on June 23 this year and should reach the summit on June 29, after a five-day trek. “I only signed up for the challenge in January this year and, thanks to huge support of people that I know, I have already raised over €3,500 through different events like cake sales, school talks and others. Literally everybody I was talking to offered support in one way or another, and I want to thank them all,” Michal said. Two schools played huge role in his fundraising campaign. St Benedict’s school in Ongar has organised a non-uniform day and Michal was invited to give a talk to 377 children and showed

them some of the equipment he is going to need for the climb. In the same week, St Bridget’s School in Glasnevin had a cake sale day, and Michal visited the school a few days later to show the children a short movie about Kilimanjaro. Now Michal has teamed up with Theresa Rocca, who has organised many fundraising events in the area, to host have a Look Who’s Cooking night at Anglers Rest-Wright’s Venue, Chapelizod, which was voted the best seafood bar and restaurant 2010 in Ireland, on April 28. Entertainment

The price for the tickets is €60 and will include a three-course menu, with wine tasting, chosen and cooked by Michal and entertainment by Robert O’Connor, a local talented musician who will be performing songs from his new album. There will be an opportunity to hear a speaker from Concern talking about the charity’s work in Tanzania, and the highlight of the night will be a raffle in which some amazing prizes can be won. Tickets are available online at or in Educogym Castleknock. All proceeds go to Concern. Amongst the businesses that offered support is the fast-growing personal training studio, Educogym, Castleknock,where Michal and his colleagues have trained and advised hundreds of people on proper training and nutrition. Michal says: “If I wasn’t working in Educogym, it would be extremely difficult for me to raise funds because it was my clients who gave the most support to my fundraising campaign.”

TRIATHLON Focus Ireland aims to raise over

Sign up and start training for top charity Q STAFF REPORTER

CAROLINE Morahan and David McSavage got geared up last week to encourage new and experienced triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon. The event aims to raise over €100,000 in vital funds to help the charity continue its work to combat and prevent homelessness in Ireland. This year is the seventh annual Focus Ireland Triathlon which takes place on Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin’s Southside on Sunday, July 31. The event has raised over €490,000 since it was first held back in 2005. The €100,000 Focus Ireland hopes to raise through the event this year is urgently needed to fund its work supporting over 5,500

people through its homeless services each year. Focus Ireland Celebrity Ambassador, Caroline Morahan, who has been supporting the charity for a number of years said: “Focus Ireland desperately needs to raise the vital funds through their Fundraising Triathlon to support the demand for their services across the country. There are many many people out there who have recently lost their job, have had their income reduced and have been struggling to pay their mortgage or rent. “I have heard from Focus Ireland staff on the ground that many people at risk of losing their home are now coming to the charity for help, and Focus Ireland has been doing fantastic work to prevent many of these individuals and families from becoming homeless.

Caroline Morahan and David McSavage are encouraging new and experienced

Without funding, Focus Ireland would not be in a position to provide this much-needed support. Taking part in this triathlon is a fun and rewarding way to reach out a hand to help.” Latest estimates show in the region of 120,000 households on social housing waiting lists nationwide and, earlier this year, the charity carried out an Ipsos MRBI poll which found that nearly one in ten people believe they will become homeless. Focus Ireland works directly with people who are at risk of becoming homeless to prevent them from losing their home. The charity also

works through its services to support people who are currently homeless to help them get back on their feet and in to a home - with support if required - so they don’t run the risk of becoming homeless again in the future. C o m e d i a n , D av i d McSavage said: “I would urge ever yone, from beginner to experienced triathletes, to sign up and get training for this fun event. The event attracts many triathletes every year but I would also encourage newcomers to this type of event to give it a go. What a massive achievement it would be to complete this challenge for the first time, but also to play your part in raising these vital funds and making a difference.” The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon can be completed by anyone over the age of 18, from first-timers to experienced triathletes. The event consists of a 750m, or 350m, swim in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a 20km cycle on closed roads and a 5km run along the East Pier. Teams of three can also

take part in the event with one team member completing the swim, one the cycle and one the run. Focus Ireland needs 500 people to take part this year. Race entry fee is €80 for an individual and €240 for a team of three. Focus Ireland will provide participants with a fundraising pack and online fundraising tools to help them raise whatever they can beyond the registration fee. How much each person decides to fundraise is up to them, but a suggested amount is €150 per individual and €300 per team. Focus Ireland said that they are grateful for all sponsorship, no matter how little or large, and their events team will be on hand to help with fundraising. The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon is sponsored by Dublin’s Q102 and supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour, DLR Council, DLR Sports Partnership, Dun Laoghaire Tourism and the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Registration is now open on line at www.

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€100,000 in vital funds to help continue its work

triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon which is a fun way to lending a helping hand for a great cause


Story of love and betrayal A CAST of great actors, including Dave Duffy from Fair City, star in Spanish poet Lorca’s Blood Wedding, showing in the Project Arts Centre at the moment. Set in1928 in the Spanish province of Almeria, a young bride abandons her husband-to-be on the morning of her wedding to elope with her childhood sweetheart. With the town up in arms, the young lovers are hunted down with terrifying consequences. Directed by Ronnie McCann, this is a true story set to an original score, with a cast of over 20 actors. Running up to April 30, Blood Wedding is a meaty story including love, betrayal, marriage, affairs, murder and plenty of action. It is showing in the Projects Art Centre and tickets cost just €15. Phone 01 8819613 for tickets.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Novelty pets are a costly mistake HE Easter season brings about consumerism in abundance, with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, desperate to find that something different for little relatives. Now, we all know that most kids probably already have way too much stuff, but the good weather somehow dic-

T Consider all of the facts, figures and care that goes with owning a pet

tates that we need more. Ah sure, they can just discard the old stuff they got at Christmas and if that old stuff is a pet, ie a dog that gets too big, a rabbit that gets too messy, a chick that gets too noisy, then sure everyone knows there’s always the good old Dublin SPCA animal shelter where they can show up and discard their unwanted, unloved animal.Right? Yes, you read it correctly, some people actually believe an animal is a disposable commodity that they can purchase and then dump at a shelter, when and where they darn well choose. Wrong! That is why, this week, I’m going to appeal to readers not to get live chicks and rabbits for their kiddies as Easter gifts. If you wish to get that special little munchkin in your life an innovative gift that doesn’t involve chocolate, then great. But do not give an animal. Yes, I know, you had great intentions when you purchased that furry/ feathery little cutie, but you didn’t take into consideration all the facts, figures and care that goes with it, did you? Let’s face it, young and adorable though chicks and bunnies may be, they rapidly mature into adult pets and sometimes parents don’t realise the commitment required

to take care of them. I mean, we’re talking lifelong care and attention here. These animals have very specific needs, and cannot be relegated to a little cardboard box or hutch at the bottom of the garden and left to their own devices. Novelty pets

Did you know that last Easter the Dublin SPCA received a large number of calls concerning unwanted so-called “novelty pets”, because irresponsible parents/ aunts/grandparents etc., had given them to children, who quickly lost interest or were incapable of caring for their needs? This forced me to wonder if some people, wrongly and inhumanely, regard these creatures as throwaway pets. You see, as an animallover, I consider my dogs members of my family, and continuously struggle to comprehend why some people contribute to a culture that views them as disposable, easily replaceable items. I would like to believe that the majority of pets are sheltered, loved, cherished and protected. Unfortunately, the fact we rescued over 4,400 animals last year tells me that many pets are facing a harsh, cruel existence – confused because the humans they loved and adored have now aban-

doned them, and they don’t understand what it is they did wrong. Yes, appallingly, some of these animals have even been released into the wild resulting in their deaths from starvation, exposure or predation by other animals. If you are thinking of bringing a pet into your home this Easter, then please, I urge you to first do an assessment. Make sure your family has the means and the ability to take care of this animal. Consider your lifestyle – ask yourself if you’re fully committed to taking on an animal that will live for up to 15 years, possibly more. Talk to us at the Dublin SPCA and let us equip you with specific knowledge and information regarding such a pet, or speak to your local veterinarian. Bleak

Please don’t get an animal if all you can offer him is a bleak future being treated like a piece of unwanted rubbish. I mean, do you want to be the one who breaks the news to your little darling that her pet rabbit/chick has been callously discarded because you, the parent, made a bad decision? PS! If you’re stuck for an Easter gift idea and want to support the work we do here at Ireland’s oldest and largest animal rescue shelter, then why not sponsor a pet in your child’s name from The Dublin SPCA. Now, there’s an innovative, humane and compassionate gift! For more information, log onto or email me at

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THEATRE Amusing take on city’s Northside/Southside Divide

A tale of 13,000 taxis, 3 scousers and a city divided Q LAURA WEBB

THE Northside-Southside divide is about to explode, with new comedy theatre getting ready to blow audiences away with its humorous take on Dublin’s divide in Blow up the Liffey Bridges, starring Fade Street’s Vogue Williams in her theatre debut. The tale of 13,000 taxis, three scousers and a city divided comes from the producers of the smashhit, One Night in Istanbul. The amusing take on Dublin’s Nor thsideSouthside divide stars Vogue Williams (Fade Street) in her first theatre role. She debuts along-

side Hollyoaks’ heartthrob, Kent Riley, and Emmet Kirwan, of RTE’s Sarah and Steve, in the show that sees a battle between rival taxi firms, one northside and one southside, declare war on each other. Cup of tea

Speaking to the Gazette this week, Vogue says the hilarious show is not only reaching out to avid theatre-goers, but also those who may not think theatre is their cup of tea will really enjoy the show. “When I saw the script, I thought it was so funny. I read it again last night and there are so many mentions of people in the public eye over here,

it is actually hilarious. That is what I love about it, people who are avid theatre-goers, will love the comedy. “I know all my friends are going to love it and it is something that, if I wasn’t in it, I would definitely come and see it myself. It is reaching out to normal theatre goers, but also to others who might not think the theatre is for them; this is just for everyone. “I play Molly Carol, a taxi cab owner. She is a little bit snobby. She is from the Southside, midthirties, a bit snobby and into the men as well. She wants to basically take over Dublin – and why not?” she laughed. With the show being

Model and Actress Vogue Williams, Actor Emmet Kirwan and Actress Cora Fenton pictured on the Samuel Beckett Bridge over the Liffey Dublin

her first starring role in theatre, the 23-year-old is naturally “a little nervous” but “excited” at the same time about her new venture. A DJ, model, star of reality TV show, Fade Street, and now theatre actress, there seems to be no stopping the young starlet. But, for Vogue, there is no one job she

would like to stick to. “I love everything in their own right. Modelling has a shelf-life but, with acting and DJing, it doesn’t have a shelf life, but I couldn’t choose one if I had to. I am so lucky that I get to do them all.” Proud to be a Northsider herself, Vogue said that being from Howth is

a little “northside/southside”. Asked if she had any regrets starring in reality TV show Fade Street, Ireland’s answer to American hit docu-drama show, The Hills, she said: “I don’t regret it at all. It was just great and it led onto me doing this play, so I am delighted I did

it.” Blow up the Liffey Bridges is showing at the Grand Canal Theatre, Docklands, Dublin 2 from May 16 until Saturday, May 21. Tickets are on-sale now through Log onto for further info.

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HE GAZET TE has always been proud to bring the best in local news, sports, features and pictures to the community for over seven years. Week after week, we strive to bring relevent, exciting coverage in a format that appeals to our readers every time they pick up their weekly copy from a local self-select point. This week, the Gazette is excited to announce that our website, having gone through an amazing transformation, is now live and ready for our loyal readers to enjoy. The new, and vastly improved, site offers our printed edition online, with full and complete access to a digital version of the paper every Thursday. There is no charge for this service, no registration, no subscription - just the complete Gazette newspaper in digital form for your enjoyment. Speaking about the launch of the site, the Gazette Group’s webmaster and sports editor, Rob Heigh, was delighted with the achievement. “This is the next stage in the evolution of Gazette Group Newspapers. Having just celebrated our seventh anniversary, the time is right to enhance our online presence and give our readers a new experience of reading and interacting with the Gazette,” Rob said. “All of the major stories from each

edition will be available to read online, and special digital editions of the paper will let people have the full Gazette experience through their browsers. “Using Facebook and Twitter will give us a new way of communicating with suburban Dublin. “We want to create a new and dynamic dialogue with our readers. “We’re really looking forward to hearing directly about local issues and successes, and we will tell the rest of the community, and the city, about them, faster and better than any other local newspaper. “I’d like to invite everyone to log on, bookmark the home page, and follow us into the future,” he said. This really does mark a milestone for the Gazette Group of newspapers. Following the recent release of the Audit Bureau of Circulation figures that have shown our performance tops any other local Dublin newspaper group, we can now say that our complete offering is now unsurpassed in the market. Through our printed edition, our online paper, and the social media that we are embracing, we can reach our readers more directly than ever before. We hope that you enjoy this development as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

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Top prize for hot idea Pictured at the annual Student Synergy Awards in ITT Dublin, are Pat McLaughlin (ITT Dublin President), James Tucker, Bernard Lawless and Michael Carmody of Ultra-Therm, and Loman O’Byrne (CEO South Dublin County Enterprise Board). Ultra-therm were the first prize winners of the competition that encourages full-time students to develop innovative business ideas for new products or services. Ultra-therm is a system that regulates energy usage in domestic heating by using a series of sensors operated by a main control panel. Ultra-therm will minimize fuel bills, energy consumption and benefit the environment.

Voting for heroes in their hundreds A CAMPAIGN to give Unsung Heroes a chance to shine for the work they contribute to the community is getting a terrific response just weeks after it was launched. Blanchardstown and Finglas Ford came up with a community initiative that not only recognises outstanding citizens for their work, but also gives donations to charities of their choice. The Dublin company is hoping to raise €150,000 for different community groups and charities in a campaign, with 40% of money raised going to the D15 St. Francis Hospice. So far, eight candidates from across north Dublin have been entered into the campaign, including Dr. Danny Bell, founder of Friendly Call Service D15; The Leaders of the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scout Group; GAA star Paddy Christie; Ellen Gogavin, operational bed manager at Connolly Hospital and president of Dunboyne/K ilbride SVP; Mick Lynch, founder of Castleknock GAA club; Valerie Murphy, scout leader for East Finglas Scouts; Margaret O’Donnell of WFTA; and Fr. Dan Joe O’Mahony for his work with the St. Francis Hospice in Blan-

DIARY chardstown. Hundreds of votes have been received, and the leader board at the start of the week scored Ellen Cogavin in first place with 29%; Margaret O’Donnell with 24% and the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scouts securing 22% so far. However, the number of nominated candidates is continuing to rise and the organisers behind the campaign say heroes entered in the campaign could rise to about 40 as the closing date for entering an Unsung Hero is not until April 22, when the full list of Heroes entered will be announced. Delighted with the response, managing director at Ford Finglas, Enda O’Connor, said: “There has been a very generous response from corporate companies regarding donations to the campaign. People can still enter their nominees and they are put up on the website as soon as we get the nominee.” To cast your vote for your favourite unsung hero, or to enter a candidate, log onto www. The top ten heroes go on to the final on May 20.

Barry’s more app-ealling BARRY’S Tea has recently launched an iPhone App that allows the user to send personalised postcards around the world. Tea fans capture their golden moment using their iPhone camera, and Barry’s Tea does the rest – producing tailor-made postcards, complete with personalised notes, and posting it to friends and family. Anyone in need of some cha can even find their nearest cup of Barry’s by using the Fancy A Cup Google Map feature. To download the app, go to the iTunes App store, Like Barry’s Tea on Facebook or

Last call... PETMANIA are reminding dogs and their owners that the National Dog Walk 2011 will take place on Easter Monday at 2pm, raising vital funds for the Carers Association of Ireland. Registration is just €5 for an individual (plus dog) or €10 for a family. To register, visit or drop into any Petmania store or Carers Association office.



where2shop Your guide to

Easter ‘tweets’: Egg-citing and egg-straordinary gifts at M&S Page 28

the best local Easter shopping in Dublin

Doing it yourself:

There’s a host of handy Style: It’s a fashion fest growing help and DIY for all in Blanchardstown demos with B&Q Page 22

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Dundrum Town Centre

Over 100 million customers flock to Town Centre DUNDRUM Town Centre opened its doors six years ago and since then, over 100 million customers have visited the Centre, and over 35 national and international awards have been won by Ireland’s biggest shopping centre. In the past 12 months the Centre has seen 12 new openings, including Inglot, Pink, Fast-Fix, Paddy Power, Bella Baby, The Star Newspaper, Early Learning Centre, Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant, Teddy’s Ice Cream and Grill, China Buffet King, Out of the Blue Interiors and The Port House. Wagamama – the renowned noodle chain, a firm favourite with Leinster rugby players, opens its doors for business in the coming weeks and one of the world’s best-known labels will soon be announced as a Dundrum Town Centre tenant. Last year over €100,000 worth of prizes were given to Dundrum Town Centre customers and 2011 will be

no different. Only last week one lucky couple from Bray, Co Wicklow, won a €10,000 wedding at Brook Lodge & Wellness Spa at the Dundrum Town Centre Wedding Experience. With over 120 shops and 38 restaurants, 3,400 parking spaces, 12 cinemas, a theatre and creche, Dundrum Town Centre continues to lead the way in retail excellence. Don Nugent, Dundrum Town Centre Director, said: “The key success at Dundrum Town Centre over the past six years lies, for me, in the stores’ and restaurants’ commitment to our customers ensuring that each and every time that they visit they enjoy the very best shopping and leisure experience.” To ensure that these high standards are maintained the Centre hosts a Retailer and Restaurant of the Year awards. Last month, Hugo Boss and Siam Thai were announced the two winners for 2010.



UMMER’S back and it’s time for a change, so pack away those khaki neutrals and embrace this season’s latest fashion trends at your local Heatons Store. The great thing about summer fashion is the chance to enjoy bright colours and prints – embrace them and bring them into your wardrobe to rejuvenate and update your current favourite looks. Heatons’ summer 2011 collection provides versatile women’s fashions, catering for every body shape and size during the 2011 summer season. Comfortable cottons, printed jerseys and chic chiffons run throughout this must-have, quality, and importantly affordable range. This season, besides bright colours and patterns there are also great long and free-flowing lines that pay homage to the best silhouettes of the 70s.

Jump suit FAR from being a one-season wonder the jumpsuit is fast on it’s way to becoming a wardrobe classic. It can look smart or relaxed and, this season at Heatons, it comes in various seventies-esque incarnations – one-shouldered, v-necked and wide-legged. The leopard jumpsuit (€37.50) from Heatons will score extra 70s’ fashion points. The v-neck jumpsuit is a perfect addition to any summer capsule wardrobe and a fashion must at only €29.50! A sea of blue IT’S the easiest bright to pull off and with shades of intense cerulean, sky, teal and royal blue, it’s the colour making the biggest splash at Heatons this season; add a splash of red to create a fresh nautical look. The colour blue still features heavily this season so capitalise on this with Heatons stripe mock tee (€18), teamed with leggings and sling back wedge (€10) for a relaxed and comfortable ensemble. ‘Ship Ahoy’ - use the season’s must-have colour to create a stylish nautical look with Heatons’ stripe ruffle tee (€16) and floral square toe sandals (€14) or stripe jersey cardigan (€14), scoop neck vest (£7/€8), and asymmetric skirt (€16). Top it off with Heatons’ polka dot hat for as little as €6.

Nude tones NUDES and flesh tones present an elegant alternative to this season’s rainbow brights and Heatons’ beautiful beaded empire dress (€30) is just perfect to give you a summer glow. Whether you want D.I.S.C.O a la 70s glamour with maxi dresses and sexy jumpsuits or to take a more laid back hippie chick approach with your summer wardrobe Heatons has everything you need to create your desired look. To buy their latest collection, visit your local Heatons’ store or shop online at

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where2shop StyleFLASH Love your fashion this Bank Holiday IF YOU love fashion, and you love shopping, then you’ll love Blanchardstown Centre’s three-day Fashion Event this May Bank Holiday weekend! Professionally staged catwalk shows, produced by Assets Model Agency and featuring their top models ,Vogue Williams, Georga Salpa and Sarah Morrissey, will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Participating stores include a/wear, BT2, Debenhams, Dunnes Stores, FCUK, H & M, M&S, Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Oasis, Pamela a Scott, Penneys, Republic, Vera Moda, Wallis, Warehouse, Zara and MANY more! Popular kidswear brand Name It (pictured) will showcase the best in fashionable childrens wear on Saturday, along with Pumpkin Patch and Mothercare. Menswear will also feature, thanks k to t Bertoni, B t i Bests B t Menswear, Burton, Counter Propaganda, Diesel, Diffneys, Tom Tailor and Jack & Jones. Fall in love with this season's fashion and beauty looks this May Bank Holiday weekend. P.S. great spot prizes to be won!

Centre news: Rebrand and Extend: The Atlantic Homecare store in Blanchardstown Retail Park will rebrand to Woodies and expand to their full format store with a major extension, bringing the retail area to 51,500 square feet with an additional 11,000 square feet given to a garden centre. Champagne and Fine Wines: Independent

drinks retailer O’Briens will open its latest off licence on Blanchardstown Centre’s Green Mall in the coming weeks. The award-winning retailer will be a welcome addition with their range of fine wines and excellent service. New Public Facilities: Recently the Centre has undertaken a total refurbishment of its public toilets, with a major emphasis on the enhancement of the parenting facilities, which is good news for the Mums and Dads that visit with their little tots. The new facilities underpins managements’ commitment to ensuring that customers enjoy the very best facilities on their visit to Blanchardstown Centre. Digital Centre Guides

Blanchardstown Centre has now introduced the most up-to-date Digital Signage available to help guide customers to the many stores and facilities in the Centre. ICE Tech, now part of the MJ Flood Group, were contracted to customise the software and installed the large format interactive touch screen digital signage systems in the Blanchardstown Centre.


Keeping the kids in comfy clobber AT A time when there is less money being spent right across the country, retailers are having to tune themselves in more keenly to the needs of their customers. Va l u e - f o r- m o n e y , product quality and service are all much bigger parts of sales strategies than they were when the country was awash with money. For Susan O’Connor and John Sherwood, who run the children’s clothing store Name It in the Blanchardstown Centre, that is something of which they are extremely aware. “The days of getting the line in and waiting for the customers to come in through the door is gone,” says Susan. “People are more choosy about what they spend their money on. “All we do all day long is look for value for our customers. We’re always looking to get the best value out there for our customers. We are always looking for quality products. “There is a customer

costs are lower,” says Susan, while Blanchardstown native John feels that the business has been able to learn from others. --------------------------

‘All we do is look for value for our customers. We’re always looking to get the best value out there, we are always looking for quality products’ --------------------------

Susan O’Connor and John Sherwood of Name It in the Blanchardstown Centre

base out there for quality products. Our products are branded, good quality and offer value for money. “Rather than an OK product at a good price,

people want a super product for a great price. “That’s allowed us to build a very loyal customer base in Blanchardstown.”

Being a recession-era start-up can help in some respects, with the pitfalls of previous businesses more clearly signposted. “It’s definitely an advantage in that our

“We knew the pitfalls and knew the mistakes that other shops had made. Some shops fell asleep at the wheel,” says John. Offering fantastic branded products, great value and situated in what John calls “the Premier League of shopping centres”, there is no sign of Name It doing the same.

Making style a bit more personal SHOPPING with your very own personal stylist is high on most women’s love-to-do list, and now - thanks to the new Personal Stylist at Blanchardstown Centre service – you can do it! The service offers far more than just personal shopping, it allows customers to learn about the critical guidelines that are tailored to their personal body shape and colouring. There comes a time when men and women alike are fed up of costly style errors and realise that, in order to minimise these errors and maximise their wardrobe, they should consult a professional personal

stylist for advice. According to Shirley Lane, founder of Personal Stylist at Blanhcardstown Centre: “Personal Stylist at Blanchardstown Centre makes it incredibly easy to shop for either a key piece or a full wardrobe from all of the best stores at the centre, all at one time.” Shirley, the stylist behind Ireland’s original styling company,, went on to say: “Investing in your style will instill confidence when shopping alone and it will allow you the privilege of knowing what suits and what to avoid! We are trying to offer the

most seamless shopping experience for our clients, where they learn to embrace their body shape and dress it accordingly while feeling the god/ goddess that they are. “Each client that I meet has a different lifestyle, style preference and budget and with the perfect mixture of high street and department stores, I am showing them exactly how to dress and shop successfully.” For more information, ccall 085 -1014444 or email

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Yes – it’s time to get the trainers out B&Q’s Grow Your Own offerings will make you a green-fingered master in the garden

B&Q launch DIY demos to make most of weekend LAST WEEKEND, all nine B&Q stores nationwide began a series of Project Demos focusing on DIY jobs, which can be completed in a weekend as part of B&Q’s ‘Doing it Together’ commitment to encouraging the DIY shy to overcome their fears and make DIY easier. F o l l ow i n g r e c e n t research by B&Q, which shows 53% of us are scared of DIY and fourout-of-10 of us even go so far as to say we hate DIY, the easy-to-follow onehour demos will focus on making DIY easier and less daunting, by showing people the basic skills needed and the best tools to get the job done. A team of B&Q experts showed customers exactly how to complete the project, as well as passing on helpful hints and tips to get the best result. The first session, How to Lay Laminate Flooring, was launched at B&Q on April 16. Further weekend Project Demos will follow, including How to Make a Hanging Basket, Growing your Own and Building a Deck or Walkway, and will take place throughout the Easter

period up until Sunday, May 8. To support the instore demos and to help customers even further, B&Q will also be displaying Project ‘Top Tips’ during the Easter bank holidays, focusing on DIY jobs which can be completed in just half an hour, such as hanging a picture, or those you can do in half a day, such as putting up a fence. Katherine Paterson, B&Q’s marketing director says: “We’re passionate about DIY and this Easter we want to make it easier for our customers to have a go themselves. Whether you have a whole weekend or just half an hour, there are so many different jobs you can do and we look forward to welcoming customers into our store and getting the nation DIYing again!” Project Demos taking place at B&Q: • Saturday and Sunday April 23 - 24: How to Make a Hanging Basket. • Saturday and Sunday April 30 - May 1: Grow Your Own. Saturday and Sunday May 7 - 8: Build a Basic Deck or Walkway

THE Lifestyle Sports adidas Trainer Scrappage Scheme is back and going green this year in 64 Lifestyle Sports stores throughout Ireland. From now until the May 8, the scheme will allow people to trade in their old trainers in any Lifestyle Sports store and get 25% off a new pair of adidas Response or Supernova trainers. Irish Rugby captain and adidas ambassador, Brian O’Driscoll, dropped into Lifestyle Sports in Dundrum Town Centre recently and showed his support for the scheme by throwing an old pair of adidas Supernova Glides into the trainer scrappage bin. Ireland produces over 40,000 tonnes of rubber waste a year that goes directly to landfills. By recycling rubber into other useful products, Lifestyle Sports and adidas are helping eliminate the harmful effects on

Irish Rugby captain and adidas ambassador, Brian O’Driscoll

humans and the environment. Lifestyle Sports and adidas have a target this year to collect 18,000 trainers; this will equate to 6.3 tonnes of rubber that would otherwise end up in a landfill and

directly contribute to CO2 emissions. Brian O’ Driscoll said: “This Lifestyle Sports adidas scheme is such a great idea, as most of us have trainers lying around that we will never wear again. By being part

Cooking: Let Russell Hobbs lure you back to the kitchen in style RUSSELL HOBBS is a household name throughout Ireland’s kitchens and now with their new Allure range, dining-in has become that bit more attractive. The Allure range of food preparation appliances have a sophisticated, simple, straight forward design that make them eye-catching in any kitchen. Dine and dazzle your guests this summer with the Allure range from Russell Hobbs. The Allure Black Accents Kettle (€59.99) is stylish and contemporary with brushed stainless and soft black accents, the Allure Kettle features an easy-open, push-button lid positioned on handle, LED power on indicator, dual water gauge, 1.7-litre capacity, and 3kW rapidboil concealed element. The Allure Black Accents Toaster (€54.99) features variable browning, mid-cycle cancel, and frozen setting Russell Hobbs has forged a reputation for timeless, stylish kitchen appliances and the range is available from all good electrical retailers throughout Ireland. For stockist information call 01 429 5140.

of this scheme, you can really make a difference to the environment and help create Ireland’s first environmentally green astro-turf pitch, an initiative never been done before in Ireland.” Some of Ireland’s

top sporting heroes are lending their support to the initiative; adidas athletes O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell. They will appear at three separate Lifestyle Sports stores around the country to encourage the public to donate their used trainers to the scheme. As part of the scheme, customers will be encouraged to get their gait analysed, so they can find out what type of trainer most suits their running style. Free gait analysis is available in all 64 Lifestyle Sports stores. Brian availed of the free gait analysis and had his foot scanned in Lifestyle Sports. It reaffirmed that he is a neutral runner. For dates and times of player appearances, please check These will be announced a week in advance.

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Hop to it! Sweet Easter treats and gifts from M&S CELEBRATE Easter with some of

the sweetest treats from Marks & Spencer. Easter is a great time to spoil the ones you love. With everything from cakes and chocolates, to the brightest in spring fashions, M&S is the one-stop-shop for every Easter Bunny this Easter time. There are Easter eggs galore at M&S this Easter, with eggs to suit the whole family. The new FullyLoaded Eggs are the height of luxury and, with three decadent flavours to choose from, they are the perfect indulgence for the chocoholic family. They come loaded with toffee and white chocolate buttons, cranberries and pecan nuts or strawberries and dark chocolate buttons.

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where2shop Getting spring into swing with top deals THERE are so many things happening at this time of year, Communions and Confirmations are in full swing, and it’s the first time for a lot of us in venturing out to our gardens after the long winter. The Retail Park Liffey Valley has all the names and products that you need during this busy period. There are a total of 10 top tenants there, including Atlantic Homecare, Argos, Currys, JJB Sports, Carpet Right and Harry Corry. Argos have lovely sterling silver and gold pendants for both Communions and Confirmations, with prices starting from only €24.89. To record the special

moment, Argos, Currys or PC World stock a range of top-quality cameras, including Canon, Casio and Sony. Atlantic Homecare have a special Easter treat; buy the Havana 5-piece Gateleg Hardwood Patio Set, which includes a 1.2m Gateleg Folding Table and four multi-position charis (FSC certified Timber) and an Omaha twoburner gas BBQ for only €399.99, a saving a €70 The Retail Park is located behind Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. For contact details for each store, and for more special offers, log onto www. or join us on Facebook.


Month of fashionable fun HOME to over 90 top stores, including Ireland’s largest Marks and Spencer, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre offers the full-day-out experience to keep all the family happy – fashion, film and food! With free parking, easy access and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, it all adds up to an enjoyable, stress-free day for all the family. This April, Liffey Valley is offering even more to shoppers with a month of fashionable fun, which will include catwalk shows, live mannequins and the opportunity to find your perfect pair of jeans with the help of their dedicated Jean Genius stylists.

Take the opportunity to find your perfect pair of jeans with the help of dedicated Jean Genius stylists

For anyone looking to refresh their SpringSummer wardrobe, the centre’s catwalk shows on Saturday, April 23

and May 7 will highlight the latest styles and trends available from the centre’s retailers, including New Look, Republic,

Topshop, Oasis and many more. The men folk aren’t forgotten either, with a chance for them to show-

case a new look, courtesy of Jack & Jones, Addiction Menswear, Topman, Burtons, Counter Propaganda, and more. A good pair of jeans can solve a myriad of wardrobe woes. Dress them up or keep it casual, skinny fit or bootleg, stone wash or indigo – the options are endless. If you want to know the perfect style, fit and colour for your body shape make an appointment with a style team to have your very own Jean Genius guide you to denim heaven. For more information, see or find the centre on Facebook at www.facebook. com/liffeyvalley.

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The Kinect sensor can bring an energetic twist to the traaditional console experience, as players use their bodies to control the action

So, can Kinect get the kids through Easter? Q CORMAC CURTIS

SO FAR, most of the country has been blessed with good weather throughout the Easter mid-term break. Letting the kids run riot in the garden is a great deal easier than having them mope around the house, telling parents how bored they are. The question is, will this weather keep up for another week? Or will parents across the capital spend their time trying to entertain the youngsters. One option for indoor entertainment this Easter is Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect system. There has been a lot of talk about this gadget since it hit the market last year, and, as an addition to the Xbox console, it can prove to be seriously fun piece of kit. So, what is Kinect? Kinect is a small, black box with a few little cameras in it that recognises your hands and feet so you can play a variety of specialised Xbox games by using your body instead of the traditional controller. It sounds like fun, and it is. I spent the weekend trialling the Kinect with my family and one of my nephews to answer one big question – can it keep

Kinectimals is a kids’ favourite - once the opening scenes finish

the kids entertained? The short answer is, yes. Kinect for Xbox 360 is fun that’s good for you! Kinect makes it possible to play in a whole new way by identifying the player’s movement and body position to create a truly immersive entertainment experience. Every Kinect game will get players off the couch and moving, from fitness-specific titles like Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Dance Central, or family fun games like Kinectimals, so you can enjoy guilt-free Easter Eggs. What needs to be considered carefully is what games the kids will enjoy. From the outset, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that both my daughters (four and five years of age) would fall in love with Kinectimals. Kinectimals allows the player

to pick from a selection of cubs – chosing from a tiger, panther, lion, jaguar etc. – and, once a name has been chosen, and the cub is adopted, a host of games and activities are laid on for the player. This is, without a doubt, one of the cutest-looking titles I have ever seen, but it has some serious drawbacks for young players. There is a very long introductory sequence and set-up process that you can’t skip through – and when three young kids are playing, they all want to pick their own cub – believe me, I tried to convince them to share, but they were having none of it. The up-side is the kids all loved the game when it finally got going. Surprisingly, the Kinect Sports titles turned out to be a much bigger hit than I was expecting. It

didn’t require very much fiddling to get going, and soon my kids were boxing like world champions – the game even shows a video of the player during their bout afterwards! There is an awful lot of positives about a console that gets the kids off the couch, and these titles certainly achieve all that. Any kids older than about seven should have no problem playing by themselves, but the little ones need that bit of supervision – especially when it comes to standing back from the screen when cute panthers and tigers are playing! According to Kieran Penwill, Ireland country manager for Microsoft’s Retail Services & Marketing Division: “This Easter, we are encouraging families to keep active. Through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, gaming and entertainment is as easy as stepping in front of your TV. No matter what your age, or where you’re from, Kinect will get you off the couch and moving; it’s incredibly easy to use, and it fits in with a healthy family lifestyle!” Kinect for Xbox 360 retails at €149.99 and Kinect titles retail from €49.99. Members of the public can share the fun on the Xbox 360 Facebook page at

May D4-ce be with you: Star Wars to invade Ballsbridge this week OK, so it’s not exactly gaming, but it’s safe to say that there are plenty of gamers out there who appreciate a good Star Wars exhibition. So, for those people, we say “may the force be with you” this bank holiday weekend, as Invasion Dublin begins. Take photos with Darth Vader, R2-D2, the menacing Emperor and Darth Maul. Storm Troopers will also be there to maintain order, so be on the lookout! The Invasion Dublin experience runs from 10am to 6pm this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the RDS. This family-friendly event will feature the world exclusive public unveiling of the Republic Clone Fighter Tank, original movie actors, costumed characters, life-size craft, props and sets replicated by Emerald Garrison. For more information visit

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PRODUCTION lines at Swedish car company Saab shut down again last week for the fourth time in two weeks. The struggling car company stopped production until it can stabilise its financial situation. Saab sales fell to about 32,000 units worldwide last year. This compares with sales of up to 130,000 units when under GM control. General Motors (GM) sold Saab to the to Dutch s p o r t s c a r m a ke r Spyker in 2010 after GM filed for bankruptcy in the US. The survival of the Swedish company was in doubt, until a lastminute deal by Spyker which was underwritten by $500 million in loans granted by the European Investment Bank was further guaranteed by the Swedish government.

The new Peugeot 508 is spacious and has a big-car feel to it, even when powered by a modest 1.6 litre turbo-diesel engine

A hot date with the 508 MICHAEL MORONEY took the opportunity to have a sneak early drive of the Peugeot 508 in advance of its official arrival and here is his report DROVE the new Peugeot 508 for a short first drive on Irish roads recently, in advance of getting a longer run after its launch in a few week’s time. Relative to the older 407 model, this car design is a complete change in terms of style and features. I was never a fan of the styling of the older model, and this new 508 is, thankfully, a radical change for the good. Stand in front, and you’ll firstly realize that it’s a big car. I drove two models, the small engine 1.6-litre unit and the 2.0litre model, both of which use turbo-diesel power. The first impressions are that both the car and its engine are a complete change from the past.


SPECS: PEUGEOT 508 1.6 TDI Top speed: 190 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.3 secs Economy: 60mpg CO2 emissions: 124g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Scrappage Eligible: Yes Towing rating: 1,475kg Entry Price: €24,850

This 1.6-litre engine is a new unit, developing 112bhp of engine power and 243Nm of torque. That performance is on par with the competition, some of which have bigger engines. This new 508 is a big car. Despite its size, it weighs in modestly at 1,552kg in kerb weight terms. That’s marginally

heavier than the 407 car that it replaces and the bigger feel is emphasized by the longer wheelbase, which gives more comfort on the road. Peugeot has tuned this modest-size engine to meet the economy needs of this big car. The engine is smooth in operation and I found little sign of power shortage over some typical road conditions. The rated fuel economy figures show only marginal change from the older model. The engine differences are modest in a power sense; the engine power gets a marginal lift to 112bhp compared with 110bhp for the older one. There was no sense of the car being under powered when I drove it. The economy figures

hold good, even when you mix a lower-power engine with a bigger car, that’s an achievement in itself. The economy rating at 21.3 km/litre (60mpg) is good relative to the competition. It is almost comparable with the BMW 318d in that sense, and its economy figure is now up with the best. This level of economy always converts into lower CO2 ratings and lower annual road tax costs. For the new entry-level Peugeot 508, that figure is now 124g/km, bringing the big car in Band B and giving an annual road tax cost of just €156. The other plus of the new 508 for rural drivers is that Peugeot has boosted the towing rat-

ing with the new model. It comes with a towing rating of 1,475kg, up from 1,300kg with a braked trailer in the older 407 model. T h a t ’s a we l c o m e boost for rural drivers who are in the trailerpulling majority. It comes at a time when many other car manufacturers are lowering their towing rate figures, but is still at the lower end of the scale. This new Peugeot has an impressive safety rating, even if not yet tested in the Euro NCAP programme. It should score well with ESP, ASR-traction control, dynamic stability control among its features. The inclusion of driver, front passenger and

side airbags as well as rear curtain airbags will help it achieve a high rating. The entry price is €24,850 for the 1.6-litre HDi version that’s expected to be popular. This is the basic Access version of the car; there is also an Active and Allure specification model. Unfortunately for Peugeot, the car is coming towards the end of the current scrappage offer, and it is a car that is very much scrappage appropriate in terms of value and features. The question is, is it worth waiting for? I think that it is because you are getting so much more car for your money and a bigger car, with better features and economy for the long run.

Driving costs rise this year – but its not all bad news DRIVING has, in the past year, become significantly more expensive. But don’t put it all down to the increase in petrol and diesel prices. Diesel prices are at about €1.45 per litre at the pumps, with petrol close to €1.50 per litre. Petrol prices are at an all-time high, while diesel prices have returned to the high levels of 2008, according to AA Ireland figures. Our fuel prices, despite the significant rises, are still cheaper than the UK, Germany, Italy and France.

Judging by AA Ireland’s more recent car-running costs data, which were based on petrol costing €1.33 per litre, you can expect that following the current 12% increase in fuel costs, the average cost of running a Band B petrol car is in excess of €10,000 per year. Tyre prices are also on the increase. Tyre costs account for about 8% of total running costs. The latest AA Ireland figures show that tyre costs amounted to 1.53 cent per kilometer out of a total run-

ning cost of 19 cent a kilometer based. The increase in petrol prices coinciding with the increased tyre prices means that the balance remains virtually the same. Depreciation remains the largest part of the ownership costs. The AA Ireland figures show that depreciation accounts for about 25% of the overall running costs and is rated at an annual figure of 12% of the value of the car when new. So for a €15,000 car, you can allow for a depreciation figure of about €1,800 per

annum based on driving 16,000 km per year. The good news is that servicing costs have dropped since this time last year. And, for some new car buyers, there are now free three-year service options with the new cars being sold. And as well as the cost of a service dropping more and more, cars can run longer between service intervals, so running costs on that front should fall a little.

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Hazelwood etching memorable homes Interior and exterior views at Adamstown


New show houses on view at Adamstown LAST weekend saw the launch of brand new show units at Castlethorn’s popular development at Adamstown Square in Lucan, with new two-bedroom apartments coming onstream for €135,000. The apartments boast an extremely high level of specification and are located close to the main attractions of Adamstown, including local shops, schools and train station. For those looking for a larger home, there are new large three-bed duplex units, located on the second and third floors, with over 1,000 sq ft of accommodation, as well as a spacious balcony at €185,000. In addition, there are a small number of three- and fourbed houses available from €245,000 and €275,000 respectively. All homes come with the renowned standard of quality and finish synonymous with the Castlethorn brand. All master bedrooms are very generous in size and are fitted with ensuites. In addition, purchasers will benefit from modern fitted kitchens complete with oven/hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. All homes are designed to comply with Sustainable Energy Ireland’s House of Tomorrow programme in terms of their energy efficient ratios and the BER (Building Energy Rating) rating of each home is very high. The Adamstown marketing suite and show-units are open everyday, weekends from 3 to 5pm and on weekdays from 10 to 5pm. For more information, contact Leahys on 6011800.

MAPLEWOOD Developments held the launch of a new threebed showhouse at Hazelwood, Celbridge last weekend. Three-bedroom houses at the development, which extend to 112 sq m, are on sale from €237,500, while fourbedroom houses, extending to 144 sq m, are selling from €255,000. Spacious

The three-bedroom houses and the fourbedroom houses are extremely spacious, all have their own driveways, front and rear gardens, and are specifically designed to overlook the parkland area within the scheme. This next phase of Maplewood will be finished to the most upto-date building and

insulation regulations, each house will have a minimum of BER rating of a B1 and each house will have energy saving solar panels as standard, together with a host of other features.

Amenities This attractive development is just a 10-minute walk to the newly renovated and extended Hazelhatch train station, that has a regular service to Dublin city thereby providing that perfect blend of contemporary urban living with the feel of a countryside lifestyle. As with all Maplewood developments, there is meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of the design, planning and building which contributes to making Hazelwood another of their

An array of three-and four-bedroom houses are available

signature developments. As always there is a wide choice of interior finishes to choose from. S h ow h o u s e s a r e available for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 5pm, and you can find out more information at or

One of the living room designs at Hazelwood


Peyton is still the place to be THE Peyton development in Rathcoole village is presenting to the market a new set of large three- and four-bedroom semi-detached houses, available from only €275,000. There are a range of house layouts and sizes from 128 to 190 sq m, suitable for first-time buyers, trading up or down and large family homes. Constructed by Blackchurch Homes, these exclusive houses have a top-quality finish at a very affordable price in a convenient village location. All of the houses have large bedrooms, spacious living rooms, generous bathrooms and en-suites,

The fine interior design at Peyton is reflected across the range of house types

decently sized gardens, and private driveways for two cars. Local amenities on their doorstep include Rathcoole Park, and there are primary and secondary schools within

walking distance. Some of the excellent Peyton house features include B1 energy ratings, no management fees, a choice of Nolan fitted kitchens with granite worktops, and central

vacuum systems. There are 9ft ceilings in living areas and kitchen appliances are included if the sale closes on time. Viewing is recommended and the show houses are open on Sat-

urdays and Sundays from 2.30 to 5pm. For further details, contact Glenn Burrell in Finnegan Menton, Tel (01) 614 7900 or Redmond Auctioneers Tel (01) 4589833.

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OMETIMES it is nice to get out of town and sojourn by the sea or in the lush green countryside, but the arduous four- or fivehour journey to get there can often spoil the

mood. That’s what made our recent whistle-stop tour of two great locations close to Dublin city so nice. Both King Sitric guesthouse in Howth, and Tankardstown House in Slane were exceptional. Both with very different offerings, but sharing one important quality – they provided the personal touch. We had often passed the famous King Sitric restaurant, in the gorgeous fishing village of Howth, on our way for a hike around the head, but never had the pleasure of dining there. Nor did we realise that staying there was an option, but Joan and Aidan McManus now provide very good accommodation with breathtaking views of the sea. Our room was very comfortable and quiet, apart from the morning seagulls, but that is to be expected in a seaside town. Joan and Aidan have run the place for 40 years. Joan runs around, chatting to all her regular guests who amble down from the hill on a weekend night. It’s one of those places that hasn’t changed a great deal over the years, which only adds to its charm. Many of the staff are there since they opened their doors. Fish dishes are classics, and very well cooked. The Lobster Lawyer is delicious and the Black Sole Meuniere was cooked to perfection. Meringue Sitric has been on the menu since day one and had to be sampled, it was very tasty indeed. The next morning, a hearty breakfast was just what the doctor ordered, before a brisk walk around Howth Head. We bid King Sitric adieu, and headed to Tankardstown House. This really is a hidden gem, but we were still surprised more people hadn’t heard of it. On arrival, we were shown around the estate and were told to relax wherever we pleased. Plush furnishings and deep couches were crying out to us, but King Sitric, top and above, is a haven in the city we decided to make use of the sundrenched terrace while we waited for togs. Located inside a walled garden, exceptional starter of beef carpaccio our room. Not the fault of the staff, there was plenty of privacy and the was decorated with fresh sprigs that but ours, as we arrived well before lovely staff offered us extra towels and awakened our taste buds. The helpful waiter found out that it was shiso, robes to dry off with. check-in time. We sat outside enjoying a quick a Japanese herb grown in the walled It was worth the wait, as our accommodation was spacious, bright drink from the honour bar (yes, you garden. Our mains of lamb and suckling pig and extremely comfortable, with a serve yourself and keep a tab) before looked exciting on the plate and were flat-screen television which seemed dressing for dinner. The recently-built Brabazon res- fresh and delightfully cooked. slightly out of sync with the old-world A flourishing patio area, dotted charm of the bedroom, but was, none taurant is already doing a booming trade. A lot of the produce comes with heaters, was the perfect place the less, welcomed. A dip in the hot tub was called for, directly from a walled vegetable gar- for a pre- or post-dinner drink. The cocktails are very good, and and we were thankful we brought our den located on the estate, and an

Mimi’s Blue Book break

An Easter of pure imagination awaits the family in Wexford THE Carlton Millrace in Wexford will be transformed into a chocolate wonderland this Easter, with every child who is staying receiving a much sought-after Carlton Chocolate Bar. Upon carefully peeling back the wrapper, a select number of these chocolate bars will have a precious Carlton Golden Ticket. The Golden Ticket holders will then go on

FastTravel an egg hunt in search of the Chocolate Wonderland, which will be full of chocolate fountains, a chocolate factory and chocolate as far as the eye can see. One lucky child will get a golden egg, which will earn the winners a summer holiday in the Carlton Millrace. The Hatch a Plan this Easter Package is for a family of four sharing, three nights B&B, ane

The stunning surroundings of Tankardstown House in Slane, top, above and left make it a must-visit spot

our friendly bar girl said they always leave it to one particular guy to mix the drinks - he knows his stuff apparently. Indeed he did, and the tangy mojitos had just the right mix of mint and rum. After a very comfortable sleep, we headed for breakfast. The previous day, when we spied hens running around a coup, we were informed we would be dining on the freshest eggs for breakfast, and they were delicious.

evening meal for the adults and free Kids Club. Children are on B&B basis.

Fine spring weather sees the return of festival fever THE Marble City’s annual May Bank Holiday Mardi Gras, the Smithwick’s Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival, takes place from the April 29 – May 2. All forms of Americana music will be wellrepresented over the four days, including swing, bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues. From midday to midnight, audiences wind their way through the medieval streets, sam-

Plenty of fresh juice and fruit was also available. Then it was off to the terrace for some Sunday reading before making the short trip back to Dublin, happy and relaxed. Tankardstown has a Blue Book package available which includes two nights B&B, sparkling afternoon tea for two and three-course evening meals in Brabazon on the night of your choice, for €250 per person sharing. King Sitric costs from €210 for B&B and dinner for two people.

pling the huge range of music with over 80 shows in 30 venues. Highlights of this year’s line-up include Drive by Truckers, Kort, John Grand, Beth Orton, Wildo Johnson and Mary Gauthier. Now entering its 57th year, the Cork International Choral Festival is a world-class festival celebrating the very best of choral and vocal music from April 27 to May1. Up to 5,000 singers from all over the world participate in almost 100 festival events, including spectacular gala concerts, lunchtime concerts and informal public performances which see choirs popping up in a wide range of unusual locations throughout Cork city.



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Interview: Richard White, sales director, LVP Renewables Ltd

Hot water panel for people power SALES director Richard White talks to the Gazette about his career, and the recent challenges faced by Irish businesses. “2009 was a particularly hard year. Being made redundant was a huge dint to the pride. Having spent 10 years in total in the hospitality trade, I was determined to find a new career, something to really get my teeth into. “Sometimes you don’t have to look very hard to find something that has been staring you in the face as an obvious career choice. Growing up in a large family, I saw my father’s business go through some good and bad times.” Surviving in the manufacturing/robotics business, Richard’s father, Jeff, saw the contraction of the manufacturing business. In 2007 he decided to diversify into the solar industry. “Obtaining the rights to the Energie panel in Ireland was one of the greatest decisions I made in 35 years of business,” Jeff said. Richard saw the efficiency of the solar panel installed in his own home around the time of his redundancy, and asked his father for a chance to sell the product. LVP Renewables Ltd now has six fulltime employees and distributors around the country. They are linked into Expert Hardware, a firm that has 30 stores nationwide, along with providing a training programme for the major plumbing colleges around the country. “Our competitive advantage is that we can actually provide the customer

Richard White, sales director at LVP Renewables

with a solar system that will offer 100% domestic hot water 365 days a year, with no back up from oil/gas. One small panel will suffice for a family of six people,” Richard says. Based just seconds from the M50, a recent move from Coolock to their Finglas HQ has been a huge step forward, as they can now display their units in an accessible location in the heart of a thriving industrial estate. LVP’s business model is based on excellence in installations. Richard believes existing customers are crucial to

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: Mars bar taster

Q: What do you like least about your job? A: I often have long drives

Q: What was your first job? A: Banqueting waiter in the

around the country

Ardenode Hotel near Ballymore Eustace

Q: When going on holiday, what air carrier do you use? A: Ryanair

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Can’t remember, but

Q: What kind of car do you drive? A: Opel Astra

seemed like a lot at the time

Q: Can you swim? A: More of a floater

seems to be different

Q: What do you like most about your job? A: I’m in sales, there is no greater thrill than closing a sale

Credit Union Loan Q: I have a €15,000 credit union loan. I really shouldn’t have been given it in the first place as I used it to take a holiday and pay off some other debts. My job security wasn’t great at the time, and I am now unemployed. Will they bring me to court if I just stop paying and what will happen if they do? Paul - Drimnagh

future business which is reflected in the number of positive testimonials received. LVP’s complete solution service offers turn-key hot water systems with a transparent pricing structure and single-day installations. According to Richard: “It is never easy to sell anything, but saving money and the environment at the same time seems to be a winning formula in the public’s eye.” Find out more by calling one of the team on (01)8643838 or visiting www.


Q: When did you start your present job? A: It all depends, every day


Q: Would you ever bunjee jump? A: I have done two before Q: Do you play any sport? A: I play tennis badly Q: What is your favourite food and beverage?

A: Pizza and a nice cold beer Q: Who would you rather have dinner with, Brian Cowen or Brian O’Driscoll? A: Brian O’Driscoll Q: How many times each week do you go to the ‘hole in the wall’? A: Once or twice Q: How many times each year do you shop for clothes? A: Once is enough Q: What is the name of your favourite shop? A: Books Unlimited Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: About five I’d say, not too sure

Q: Where is your favourite holiday destination? A: Going to South of France this year, as my brother lives there, so hopefully there

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A: REGISTERED judgments secured by credit unions against their defaulting customers increased by 800% since January 2009. There were a total of 1,626 judgments totalling €21m in loans in the first six months of 2010 (source : Stubbs Gazette). Arrears are on the increase as is legal action to retrieve sums owed. The mounting bad debt in credit unions is one reason why the Financial Regulator last year ordered credit unions to hold the payment of dividends and interest to make provision for these bad and doubtful debts. I am presuming, in your case, the credit union evaluated your ability to repay at the time and in approving your loan endorsed that ability. The first missed payment will be registered in the Irish Credit Bureau in Clonskeagh. This is a cooperative of 95 + financial institutions from banks, building societies, insurance companies to leasing companies and even some of the bigger credit unions. They record every loan transaction in the country and every missed one too. Slow payments are monitored also. Once you have missed a payment, the record of that missed payment stays there for five years. Every time you look for credit, your credit history will be like a beacon to would-be lenders to decline such requests. If you have a judgment registered against you, it will stay on the ICB for life and it will be extremely difficult to obtain credit ever. That is why you have to guard your good name. Eventual legal action will follow after repeated default of your monthly repayments, resulting in an inevitable judgment – a mark, as I said, that is on the ICB forever, and one you really want to avoid. A positive course for you to take is the negotiation course. Communicate with your credit union; tell them where you are at, business and employment wise. Bring an income and expenditure statement with you and your latest bank statements. Show them you mean business and that you are prepared to roll up the sleeves and do what is required in order to repay this debt. Ask for an initial six months repayment freeze, dust down the CV and see what work you can obtain. You have to give them some kind of hope that this loan will be discharged at some future point and that you are making an effort. Good luck with the negotiations.


GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Des Bishop Des Bishop’s latest internationally acclaimed show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, tells of a remarkable life tinged with regret. April 21 and 22 at 8pm. Tickets: €20/€25.

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music and a Guinness World Record holder as the fastest fiddle player in the world. April 23 at 8pm. Tickets: €16, €18 and €20.

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 Twelfth Day Twelfth Day are at the forefront of innovative, modern British folk music. With a fresh, open-minded approach to song writing, the duo create an entirely unique sound, interweaving masterful Fiddle and Harp playing with beautifully harmonised vocals in stylish and dynamic arrangements. Saturday, April 23 at 8:30pm. Admission: €16.

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 High School Rocks A high-energy, foot-stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, and 3, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee! The High School Musical phenomenon which has smashed box office records everywhere, together with Miley Cyress from Hannah Montana – The Movie, the hugely successful film Camp Rock with The Jonas Brothers and the Glee Club, are all paid tribute to in this amazing show. April 27 at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets: €19, family €56.

This film, about a group of ordinary teens and youths who find themselves fighting a guerilla war when their Australian town is over-run by

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There could be dark days ahead for Summer Bay, if the plucky Oz youths in this film can’t stop would-be attackers

Unoriginal Sin Eve has managed to journey well into her twenties without being kissed. Well, not properly. Bill is well passed that milestone and has been kissed – on countless occasions. He is rich, alcoholic, and girl crazy. Eve is engaged to Neville. Bill is married to Jenny. Jenny is having an affair with Jeremy, but she remains utterly devoted to her husband’s cheque book. Miles is Bill’s best friend. Or at least he was, before he discovered Bill’s underpants hanging from the lightshade in his bedroom. Then there’s Father Tomlin. At least he’s taken a lifelong vow of celibacy. Or so his daughter claims! Original Sin? It seems there’s nothing very original about it any more. April 26 to 30 at 8pm. Admission: €18/€15

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Hot Mikado This hilarious musical comedy is a 1940’s style update of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Mikado, and features highenergy dance routines with great vocal arrangements of blues, swing, hot gospel and scorching torch songs. April 27 to 30 at 8pm. Tickets €21.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer If you thought Irish dancers were all curly-haired cutie pies with perfect posture, meet a scowling girl from London in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance. Written and performed by Maire Clerkin, The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer is an uproarious yet poignant one-woman play. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll like only a convent-educated, Irish catholic girl can. The audience is brought on a hilariously candid comingof-age journey through the pre-wig world of Irish dancing. An all-together more innocent time ... or so we thought. April 18 to 23. Admission: €16 and €12 concession. Check website for times.

invaders, feels rather odd; a curious fusion of Down-Under sensibilities and the kind of explosive silliness we’re more used to from Hollywood

An odd-tralian film KATE CROWLEY

GIVEN the sight of Russell Brand on the horizon in a thoroughly pointless update of “Arthur” (someone so odious, I’d almost watch a new Clive Owen film instead – well, almost; let’s not jump to extremes, dear reader), my feet swiftly swerve away with Riverdance levels of speed towards ... Tomorrow, When the War Began; a film that may have led to high-fives all round at the Australian Tourism Board (as it was filmed in various scenic and lovely Oz spots), yet could possibly lead to one or two raised eyebrows across the Asia Basin, of which more anon. A small group of Wirrawee youngsters set off on one of those weekends that youths in movies are always setting off on (no hanging around outside McDonalds at the local shopping centre for this lot), with the young ladies

FILM OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow, When The (12A) 103 mins War Began Director: Stuart Beattie Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Lincoln Lewis, Chris Pang, Andy Ryan, Deniz Akdeniz and the Australian countryside

OUR VERDICT: ALTHOUGH Kate thinks her dear daughter, Crowleyetta, seems barely able to find her homework at the weekend, the Australian youths in this film prove a surprisingly resourceful lot, displaying rather more intuition for guerilla warfare than one might expect. It’s a derring-do, gung-ho, boys’-own, somewhat-silly tale of teens versus tanks, more or less. Still, at least the scenery is lovely ...

and gentlemen having a lovely time indeed in a remote, scenic place that’s far from home. It’s Hell. (Fundamentalists may be a little disappointed to note that it’s a charmingly-named remote valley near their town, which must lend itself to some catchy Wirrawee Tourism Board slogans, one imagines.) But Hell is not, in fact, very far from war, as it turns out that, while they were all off working on their tans and fumbling their way through awkward relationships, A Foreign Power has

invaded, with Wirrawee proving to be a luvverlee and key place through which to invade Oz, and to start plundering her natural resources. So, it’s first stop Wirrawee, and then on to the likes of Ramsey Street. Strewth! The bounders! What are our perfectly shaped heroes and heroines to do? Why, fight back, of course, as we all know – through lots of films – that if there’s one thing that bad guys can’t defeat in the movies, it’s a bunch of bloomin’ kids. And especially if it’s

bloomin’ kids who swiftly organise themselves into a guerilla cell, and then set about thwarting “The Foreign Power’s” plans, while using Hell as a secret, unknown base in which to hide out. The bad guys’ plans focus on a bridge at the town – a key infrastructural spot that is enabling the invaders to, well, invade, it being one of their key access points into the country. Heaven knows what’s happening over in Summer Bay. And so, while the young men and women discover a newfound ingenuity with DIY firepower, and prove adept with guns and devising hit-and-run missions – well, shouting “Rack off!” just wouldn’t cut it, I suppose – the scene is set for a climactic face-off between the plucky kids and the invading army. And then, presumably, things will really ramp

up in the next, inevitable movie ... Older readers may be thinking to themselves: “Hmmm. This sounds like a twist on that 1980’s clunker, Red Dawn, booted down under to Australia, with more than a dash of Home And Away added for good measure, and infused throughout with the can-do spirit of MacGyver and The A-Team.” Well, quite. (I do hope my editor never notices such eloquent reader comments.) It’s a little curious how the bad guys here are painted as a coalition of various Asian people, as if, one day, China, Korea, Taiwan and, ooh, take your pick, all decided to unite and make a land rush on Oz; a faintly odd ideology to perpetuate, perhaps. Still, as far as somewhat silly battle movies set in Australia and aiming for the Tween market go, it’s all right, mate ...


‘Hello? Have you a AIAIAI, the big noise in audio problem? You fall for scam calls?’ ROB HEIGH


A FEW weeks ago, this column looked at the impending threat of viruses for mobile phones, although it is not the only phone-based risk out there. Going on a lot of anecdotal evidence over the past few months, Irish householders have become a common target for phone scammers, who try to trick people into handing over private information on their computer. This is not as straightforward as them posing as your bank and asking for your details; instead, they try to get you to use your computer to effectively do the same. Here is how the scam works ...

The call Potential victims will receive an unsolicited call, usually from an oddlooking number. The person on the other end will tell them they are calling from “technical support” for their computer or operating system, or something to that effect. They will then tell the user that they have noticed errors on their machine and are calling to help resolve them. The confidence trick Once the victim shows signs of believing them, they will likely ask them to turn on their computer and undertake a number of tasks. Often, these tasks are completely harmless, but they are used to make

the victim believe their computer is at risk. For example, they might get the victim, in a roundabout way, to open a folder deep within Windows. They will tell them most of the files there are viruses that need to be removed, when in actual fact they are obscure, though necessary, files that help the computer to work properly.

The scam Once they have built trust, they will ask the victim to do one of two things. The first is to go to a website and download a piece of software, under the pretence of it being a way of solving their “problem”. In reality, it is a virus, and will only create more of its own. Alternatively, they might ask the user to use Windows’ built-in remote connection software, which allows the scammer to gain access to and take control of their computer. They will claim to do this so that they can fix the problem; in reality, they just want access to their personal data.

Scammers have been cold-

The reality The truth of the matter is, no-one from Microsoft or any computer manufacturer will ever call people out of the blue about a problem they are having – they would have to ring them first. Even if there is a problem with a user’s computer, these companies cannot possibly know that, unless the user tells them first. The scammers are playing the odds. Most houses now have PCs, and most PC users have some kind of problem with them from time to time. However, if you get a call and want to be sure that it is a scam, do ask t h e m for more details – for example, what model number is on your computer (usually, the base)? But the best move is to simply hang up on them. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc The latest Androidbased phone from Sony Ericsson (above) is a clear follow-up to its original Xperia

device, and is a clear improvement, though it is still imperfect. Ironing out many of the creases still remaining in Sony Ericsson’s approach to phones, the Xperia Arc is slick, stylish and quite easy to use. It offers a powerful processor, a bright screen and impressive camera, and its user-interface is quite user-friendly, too. It even has a HDMIout port, m a king it easy to conn e c t to HD T V s , so that you can watch the videos and pictures you recorded with it on a big screen. That said, parts of the device do seem a litt l e f l i m s y, especially the cheap-feeling plastic on the back. As well as this, the company’s Timescape software is not as good a way to browse through messages, Facebook and Twitter updates as you might like. Overall, however, it is another big step forward from Sony Ericsson, and is certainly a phone worth considering for those in the market. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is available on all major networks as a bill-pay and Pay As You Go handset.

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2ManyDJs, A-Trak, and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem, the Danish company have produced an astonishingly distinctive, elegant and dynamic product, priced €199.95. With competition from Dr Dre’s Beats and the perennial Sennheiser range, the TMA-1s are set apart by their classic, minimalist design and their ability to deliver clarity and definition of sound in every genre. At home, the headphones come into their own w h e n matched with a good soundcard, but even iPhone and laptop

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The greatest race takes place in the Fair City STEPHEN FINDLATER

K AT H RY N T h o m a s became the first ever person to abseil from the top of the Aviva Stadium when she launched the inaugural Dublin Adventure Race, which takes place on May 21, in the stadium last week. T he former K ing’s Hospital student and television presenter looks set to star t a

trend for adventure, as approximately 1,000 competitors are expected to take to the streets for the unique event, which is set to get the adrenaline pumping, with participants required to run, cycle and kayak around the city. This race will transform the city into an adventure playground, showing how epic Dublin can be. In teams of two or

three, or solo if competitors prefer to go it alone, the race will kick off at the Adventure Weekend in the RDS.

Racing around Competitors will take to their bikes first, which will take them along beaches, canal paths and into parks, with a tricky assault course to master inbetween. They will then take on the kayaking section of the challenge before

Siobhan Byrne and Kathryn Thomas became the first people to abseil the Aviva

changing to their runners to complete a street orienteering section, where they will pick up points for every checkpoint reached. The real high of the event is the abseil from the top of the Aviva stadium.

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U-19s target Naas in North Midlands Cup Clondalkin took the plaudits and their place in the next round of the Towns Plate after their victory over Cill Dara. Picture: Sharon Flanagan

CLONDALKIN Under-19 captain, Bobby Smith is determined to make this Good Friday great with victory over Leinster’s top underage side, Naas, in the North Midland’s cup final. The robust forward, who is as comfortable in the front row as he is the back, knows Clondalkin will have to produce a performance beyond their best if they are to defeat their divisional superior rivals in what is their second final this year. However, having tasted a somewhat cruel defeat in the Leinster League decider earlier in the year, the captain claims they have no better motivation for victory. Smith has also drawn inspiration from the fourth team’s Spiers cup win over the same opposition last year and has called on all the club’s supporters to come and lend their support to the stars of the future. “There is no real pressure on us. All the pressure is on Naas, we are underdogs and they are expected to win,” Smith told CRTV. “Just because they are favourites doesn’t mean we can’t win. We might not have the same strength and depth as them but we have quality and, most importantly, gutsy players. We battled hard to get to two finals this year and pulled off some great results and we have tasted final defeat already, and it tasted horrible. That will motivate us this Friday. We are in against the best but that is who you want to test yourself against.”

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CLONDALKIN seconds kept their season alive, battling as if their lives depended on it to progress to the next round of the Towns Plate with victory over divisionally superior opposition, Cill Dara. Tries from Carl Horan, Simon King and Darragh Ward ensured Clon killed Dara’s cup hopes, but fight rather than flair was the true catalyst behind the impressive win in a very physical encounter. After winning the key battles to prevail in this match, the Gordon Park side will renew acquaintances with another Division 1 side, Portlaiose, on Easter Sunday.

“It was a brilliant result for us here today. This side had the potential to win the league but we messed that up. We have a tough run if we are to make it to the final of this competition, but we proved ourselves away against to a great side today. We will do our best to get the silverware this side deserves,” captain Ali Collier told CRTV after the tie. Clon made a bright start to proceedings, and set up camp in opposition territory while both camps set the physical tone for the game with big hits early on. There was no quarter given or asked come ruck time, but also no scores early on as both sides’ defences reigned supreme.

Fittingly, when the opening score came it arrived as a result of true grit rather than guile. Kev Kelly, who would be disgruntled he didn’t get as much playing time as he wanted this term, bulled his was through a ruck before dispossessing the opposition and hacking the ball down field. Clon won the race for possesion and, after a few marvellous off-loads, the in-form Carl Horan found himself in possesion and the player, who is enjoying his best ever season in yellow, raced home. Ben Ten added the extras and Clon went 7-0 ahead. The visitors continued to dominate with Brian Berry on his return from a eye injury and Simon King excelling. Steven

McKenna was let loose on the tie — and the substitute also impressed. Indeed, King nearly extended the away side’s lead just minutes into the second half when he intercepted deep in his own half, before being caught just yards before the line. Cill Dara were much more aggressive and pumped up after the halftime break, and it took good defence by Clon to keep them at bay. The front eight also dominated the set pieces with third team graduate Luke Sweetman putting the opposition line out under pressure. The home pressure finally told, however, and Cill Dara kicked their way back into contention. Cill Dara, however, still

found it frustratingly hard to breach the opposition defensive line, with the likes of Ciaran O’Connor, Sweetman, McGraw, King and Collier registering essential hits. As a result the hosts became somewhat frustrated and indiscipline crept into the their game and Clon took full advantage and punished them for their rugby sins. As the hosts questioned a refereeing decision Clon took a tap and sent substitute winger Darragh Ward, who has flirted with brilliance in the 9 shirt at times this term, scampering home. Cill Dara did get a consolation score with the last kick of the game but it was too little to late and Clon march on at their expense.


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With the biggest game in Dublin football only days All Blacks’ Fitzpatrick away, ROB HEIGH caught up with Bernard Brogan to gives Crokes a lesson talk about the drive in the camp to secure the title THE opportunity to claim the first National league title since 1993 is one that Bernard Brogan clearly relishes. Last season’s AllStar and national Player of the Year spoke to GazetteSport last week when he took some time out from training to take on Eoin Cadogan from Cork, and Michael Murphy from Donegal, putting their formidable football and fitness skills to the test by playing Kinect Sports for Xbox 360. Having won the sprint challenge, Bernard turned his attention to the matter at hand and the chance to claim some silverware for Dublin in the National League final at Croke Park this weekend. We started by asking

him about the source of the consistency and momentum that Dublin have built up over recent months in the league. “At the start of the year, we put it to ourselves that

I think more than 30 lads have been tried out at Croke Park, and that’s been huge for us, and our successful league campaign, and being in the final, was our goal. Any-


‘I think Cork learned it’s time to keep an eye on Dublin after the last game. We’re looking forward to a really good day at Croke Park’ --------------------------------------------------------

we wanted to be more competitive in the league, and over the years gone by, the management have rotated players and try to look at them, but we wanted to do that this year while winning games.

thing more this weekend will be a bonus.” With some commentators voicing concern that Dublin’s perfect 15 has not been evident so far, Bernard was far from concerned about what

Bernard Brogan is looking to deliver the knockout blow to Cork this weekend

he considers to be far less of a problem than some would think. “That we have so many good players in all positions is a benefit. They all do the job so well; if anything happens to any player over the summer, we have lads who can step in and do the job just as well. I think we have that now, with two lads for every position. If they played either one of them, there would be no question, and the competition at training is huge as well, which drives us on. But the strength of the panel has been a huge factor for our success so far this year.” With All-Ireland champions Cork as opposition this weekend, Bernard was very sure of the test that awaits Dublin in the final. “We expect a different game from the last game, when Cork had a bit of a hangover from their holidays, or rust after winning their All-Ireland. But we are feeling good. It’s going to be a very tough game, we are going out to win the title, not just to show up and hand it to Cork. We’re going out to win the title. It’s been a long time, and it will be huge for the capital to win some silverware, and we will be going all out for the win.” Brogan felt that the side had learned a lot from the match at Croke Park in February that saw Dublin come out on top.

“I think we gained a lot of mental strength from it. We learned that they’re not world-beaters, that we can defeat them. They might have been the form team for the last year, but the win at Croke Park will give us a sense of positivity that, when we turn it on, we can beat them. You can only get that from winning, and we haven’t had that for a long time. It will be huge that we have that in our heads when we meet them again. “I think they learned it’s time to keep an eye on Dublin. We have been putting different panels into play, and what team we will put out and what way we will play. We want to make it hard for teams to read us, and we want them to have a hard time finding a solution to our gameplan. We’re looking forward to a really good day.” With the Dubs filling Croke Park with the assistance of the Spring series of games, Bernard was delighted with the effect that the run of games has had on the Metropolitan’s success this year. “I think it’s been brilliant, a great publicity for the GAA. At a time when other sports are so strong, it’s great to see the GAA making it clear they want to get people on boards. The series was a huge success in terms of getting kids involved in the game, and, hopefully, that will continue.”

NEW ZEALAND All Blacks legend and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation goodwill ambassador Sean Fitzpatrick was in Dublin last week to pass on his wisdom to the Dublin footballers and hurlers ahead of their National League finals in the coming weeks. The captain of the 1990s’ all-conquering team also spent time with some of the Kilmacud Crokes’ Under-12 boys’ and girls’ teams and gave them a lesson in how to do the Haka.

Great Ireland Run winners announced WE ARE delighted to announce the winners of the SPAR Great Ireland Run 2011 competition for local runners in each of GazetteSport’s eight areas. Blanchardstown: Philip O’Leary and Bronagh Elliott Castleknock: John Quinn and Stephanie Holt Clondalkin: Brian O’Connor and Aoife Fitzroy Dundrum: Mark Sheridan and Vanessa Lenehan Dun Laoghaire: Flavio Rea and Jennifer Duffy Lucan: Derry McVeigh and Denise Lynch Malahide: Michael Flynn and Sinead Duffy Swords: Vincent Brady and Marion Doherty We will be in touch with the

winners directly.

Ireland could still appear at World Cup 2015 IRELAND could yet appear at the 2015 cricket World Cup after it was announced that the International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar had asked the executive of the governing body to reconsider the composition of the tournement last week. Ireland’s stars, including Kevin O’Brien, were insensed when it was announced that associate nations, the clubs who are not full members of the ICC, would be excluded from the tournament when it next runs in Australia and New Zealand. But the matter will be reconsidered in June at the next meeting of the ICC executive in Hong Kong.


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Palmerstown’s Murray in Ireland Under-18 side PHOBAILSCOIL Iosolde, Palmerstown’s Greg Murray has been included in the Republic of Ireland U-18 Boys’ Schools team who host England in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday, April 28 in the final game of the Centenary Shield campaign (KO 7:35pm). Murray has edged out Paul White to be selected in the two previous games in the competition and could be in line to start once more for what is a tantalising tie as Ireland goes in search of a home win and a first for the season. England, on the other hand, need Northern Ireland to lose away to Wales, as well as picking up the final four points on offer from their final two games to stand a chance of snatching the title, so it will definitely be all to play for in Tallaght come April 28. Manager Dave Archbold, of Palmerstown CS, will be hoping Carndonagh skipper Ryan McLaughlin can rally his troops in green to victory for the first win of their Shield campaign. Tickets for the Republic of Ireland v England Schools’ game cost €5 adults and €2 students, and are available from Diane Fay, FAI Schools, or by calling 01 8999 522 (office) or e-mail:

Harriers stars are back in BHAA action LUCAN Harriers Derval MacCarthy returned to action after a very long layoff but looked like she was never away as she came home in the BHAA K Club 10km in Straffan with a superb time of 43 minutes 13 seconds. This placed Derval an excellent third overall in her category. Second home for the Lucan ladies was Claire Buckley who continued her strong surge in form since

her superb marathon run in October with an brilliant clocking of 45 minutes 27 seconds. Myra Nolan was the third Lucan lady home on the day as a fantastic run by Myra was rewarded with an magnificent personal best clocking of 45 minutes 33 seconds for 5th place in her class. In hot pursuit of Nolan at the finish was Lorraine Heffernan whose strong running throughout was rewarded with an excellent time of 45 minutes 38 seconds, which incidentally was also a personal best run.

St Francis were no match for Portmarnock last weekend in the LSL Senior 1B league

Francis given a fright LSL SENIOR 1B St Francis Portmarnock

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THE LEINSTER Senior League form side, St Francis, fell to a shock defeat in John Hyland Park last weekend. Having put together a run of ten wins in the their last 11 games and considering they only lost one previously this term, the Saints were by far the most in-form side across all LSL divisions. However, Portmarnock proved even the best can be beaten and put three past their old foes to register the sur-

prise result of the weekend. With the title and promotion race heating up Francis will be hoping to return to winning ways as soon as possible and see off the challenge of second-placed Dunboy ne, who are mounting a late charge. The John Hyland Park side are now two points clear with two games in hand, and five games left to play. T he league’s most prolific side made an expectedly confident start on their home turf and dominated possession in the opening few minutes. Howe ve r, d e s p i t e

Tumbling tyros: Clondalkin club wins six national medals CLONDALKIN Gymnastics Club

recently won six medals, including three gold at the recent All-Ireland National Tumbling Finals that took place in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Medal winners at the event were Grace Collins, Stephen Kelly, Fiona Tapley and, in the National Level 3 Girls 15+ event, Clondalkin had a clean sweep, with Beatrice Fagan winning gold, Sophie Toomey winning silver and Amy Slaughter winning bronze.

having ownership of the ball for the opening quar ter, Francis couldn’t infiltrate the ‘Marnock rear guard. The best chance they produced was a longrange effort from veteran Gavin Doyle. The visitors soaked up the pressure and hit back with lethal effect. They had chances through Noel McGinty and Rob Donegan before a long-range G i b b o n s ’ e f f o r t 10 minutes short of the break gave the visitors a deserved lead. Karl Bateman did have a free kick saved, b u t t h e aw ay t e a m looked confident and

comfortable going into the break. Francis introduced Shane Murphy at half time, and the lively front runner almost made the change pay dividends early on. The impressive Pat Cannon also tested the opposition goalkeeper early in the second half as Francis, who have come back previously, dominated and showed their title-winning credentials. However, as the hosts pushed on in search of an equaliser, Portmarnock countered to register the game’s decisive goal. Stephen Cummins

had the Francis 18 yard box to himself as he was sent through and made it 2-0 on the hour mark. Anthony short had a chance to reduce the arrears but his shot, after a neat Cannon pass, was def lected over. Francis kept searching for that revival goal but the score came via the boot of a Portmarnock player. Barry Kennedy turned to easily in the box and finished skilfully to round of the rout and inflict a rare yet not-sowonderful defeat if you were home supporter of the Saints.


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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ROUND TOWERS THE intermediate hurlers beat Thomas Davis in the league. The senior and junior A footballers

This week’s lotto numbers were 5, 12,

Brigid’s and Good Counsel respec-

16 and 30. There was no winner of this


week’s jackpot of €3,400.

Anne’s in the league. This week’s social events are as follows - Juvenile Bingo for 10 to 13-yearolds follows Kiddies Bingo - both take

AN EOGHAN Ryan hat-trick and a thunderbolt Brian McLaughlin three-pointer saw Round Towers come out on top of a goal-fest in the Community Centre last weekend. Towers warmed up for their opening Championship encounter with Kilmacud Crokes by ruffling the net no fewer than five times as they defeated Tallaght’s Thomas Davis in a highly entertaining game. The home side stole a march on their opponents via a neat finish from top scorer Ryan. Not to be out-done, youngster Eric Finn also raised the green flag, and Ryan and Dublin minor, Jack Whelan, split the posts. Once the home side, who had an in-form L u ke C u m m i n g s t o

thank for a lot of their decent play, opened a lead, they seemed to relax a bit and let their visitors back into the game. H owe ve r, f u r t h e r points from McLaughlin and Ryan ensured a 2-08 to 1-09 lead at the break. Towers quickly reopened the comfortable cushion after the break, as none other than Ryan and McLaughlin netted goals to push the advantage to nine. The second of the quick-fire double was something special when McLaughlin fired home an effor t wor thy of Croke Park from all of 30 yards. However, just when it look like the Monastery Road side were going to go on register a comfortable win, Davis came up with a double act of the their own, hitting two goals to get within two points. True to the tit for tat nature of the high octane tie, Towers hit

back within seconds when Ryan beat the opposition net minder for a third time before McLaughlin added more breathing space with two points. The drama didn’t end there, however, as the Davis comeback theme was aired again. The Kiltipper Road side hit four unanswered points and got within a single point with an injury-time effort, but Towers just hung on to record another win.

Footballers Meanwhile the senior

footballers warmed up for Friday weeks championships opener with a disappointing defeat in the first-round AIB cup defeat to Brigid’s last weekend. A depleted Towers, who have a free weekend this week, were two points to the good at the turn but ended up losing by 10 points in Rusell Park. Towers now take on Clontarf in round 1 of the Championship on the back of only their second defeat under new manager, Cormac Kirwan.

winners. Next week’s jackpot is €3,600. Registration is now open for the women’s mini-marathon on June

day night, admission is €5.

6. You can register online at http:// A meet and train group are training

We are going to start with a light

regularly. All ages and fitness levels

training session on this Wednesday at

welcome. For more information con-

7.15pm in Monastery Road. Spread the

tact Caitriona McGrath on 087 961

word, all welcome!

Round Towers 5-13 Thomas Davis 4-15 JONNY STAPLETON

John Gilleran, who were the five €100

men play in the club on Easter Satur-

we are going to try Gaelic 4 Fathers!


Congratulations to Gerry Curtis, Glory, Lorraine Fahy, Kim Whitson and

place on Tuesday evening. The Fender

First there was Gaelic 4 Mothers, now

Towers edge epic battle over Davis

on Thursday evening after 8pm.

were beaten in cup action against St

The minor footballers drew with St

Round Towers almost succumbed to a late comeback by Thomas Davis but held on for the win

Tickets ordered for the Dublin v Cork football League final can be collected


ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN JUVENILE hurling: Under-8s, 9s and 10s played Parnell’s, Wild Geese and St Finian’s (S).

to 2.30pm. Tickets for national football final next Sunday may be collected at

In football, Under-11s and 12s lost to

the clubhouse. Stand €25 and €5 for

St Finian’s (N) and Clanna Gael while

children, and €15 for terrace. Please

13s beat Ballyboden St. Endas. Under-

bring the exact amount.

15s and 16s lost to Good Counsel and Skerries Harps.

To visit our website, simply log on to

Senior hurlers lost their league

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 4, 17,

fixture away to Naomh Fiobnnbarra

24 and 27. There was no winner of the

while juniors had a home win over

€6,200 jackpot.


Match any three numbers winners

Easter camp commences next Tues-

were Denis Minihane, G Kelly, The

day, April 26 to 29. There are still slots

Mooneys, Cathy Burns and Hugh Lan-

available and to book ring Paul on 087

non and each receive €40. Next week’s

6613 104 or Noel on 086 8988 920.

jackpot is €6,400.

The cost for the four days is only €20 which lasts each day from 10am

Draw held each Sunday night at 10pm in the Palmerstown House.

LUCAN SARSFIELDS CONGRATULATIONS to Dublin hurlers for their achievement in reaching

Boys football feile set for April 30. Good luck to all involved.

league final against Kilkenny with

Set dancing is every Wednesday

win over Cork, and, in particular,

in the function room at 8.30pm. All

Lucan Sarsfields players Johnny


McCaffrey and Peter Kelly for their contribution to the team.

Upcoming dates for diary: Saturday, May 7 - Music in bar by The

Congratulations also to Lucan

Foggy Dew, 9.30pm till late. Satur-

Community College who won the

day, May 14 - Trad Session, Lucan

senior B camogie cup during last

Comhaltas. Friday, April 20 - Annual

week, and to St Joseph’s who won

race night.

their shield final. Good performances from all our juvenile boys football teams that won league/blitz matches, from U-11 to U-16, over the last week or so. Membership deadline was March

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 3, 4, 18 and 21. There was no winner. Next week’s jackpot is €15,500. Hugh McGonigle’s team will be in charge for lotto next Bank Holiday Monday.

31. Due to registration and insur-

Do not forget you can alwa ys

ance, no pay, no play is now being

enter our lotto online by clicking on


Payment still available online via link on website, however phased payments no longer available.

Thanks to Lucan Village Pharmacy who are this week’s sponsor. Please support our sponsors.



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St Francis, pictured here at Under-13 level, have gone from strength to strength in recent years

St Francis U-16s rumble on in cup All-Ireland semi-final place earned in sudden-death penalty shoot-out by McGuinness’ young team STEPHEN FINDLATER

ST FRANCIS’ super-16s were have reached their fourth All-Ireland semi-final in dramatic fashion, winning on sudden-death penalties over Kilkenny’s Evergreen. Gary Lane pushed Evergreen’s sixth penalty onto the bar before right-full Adam Fleming kept his nerve to hand the Saints a semi-final berth against Cobh Ramblers, crucially on home turf. Normal time had ended 1-1 as Dean Ebbe quickly cancelled out the host’s goal 15 minutes from the end of the regulation 90 minutes, to force extra-time. Evergreen had started the stronger, partly due to what manager Paul McGuinness light-heartedly described as “fun and games pre-match” before finishing the tie in the ascendancy. “There were a few fun and games beforehand. We were told we were late and weren’t really allowed a warm-up. We got there and it was liter-

ally put the jersies on and run onto the pitch. “Because they were in the car for over an hour, they were fairly cramped, but when it went into extra-time, our fitness showed and we were by far the fitter team.” It continues the remarkable rise of the team, the majority of whom have been with the Baldonnel club since U-8 level with McGuinness. But finishing up at U-16 level invariably sees some players move, something which McGuinness believes could happen with a couple of his players. Centre-halves Paul Clifford and Martin McGuinness, along with Lane, have been recent trialists with Crystal Palace, while Ebbe has been at Stevenage. Hardy Shampe was at Manchester City while Sodiq Jimoh tried out with Portsmouth.. Robbie Slater and Jordan Gardner, meanwhile, have been part of the FAI’s emerging talent programme in recent times, which shows the depoth of talent in the panel.

That talent, though, suggests to McGuinness that some may be destined for further honours. “I would have had the majority of them with us since they were U-8. They’ve been in two All-Ireland finals, one semi-final and this is our fourth. “We hope to get a few of them into Carlow IT. I have a meeting in the next few weeks regarding scholarships and placements in there. Outside of that, hopefully there will be a few of them going to the UK for trials in the summer – I only got a few calls about that today – and American scholarships where we have contacts. The prospects are big.” For now, though, all thoughts are on the SFAI Barry Cup semi-final, likely to be played on the May Bank Holiday weekend. “We know absolutely nothing about Cobh Ramblers now but, in saying that, we will know everything there is to know about them within the next week or so. We’ll get a full rundown of them and their players. “We have home advantage, which is a huge thing for us and we should have a lot of support.”


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