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July 21, 2011

INSIDE: Soccer sides A HUNDRED WISHES: Local ICWA claim end-of-season honours P10 member reaches magic age See Page 3

Local heroes hailed: Impaired hearing awards Soccer: Rooney makes mark in debut for Birmingham Page 32

ANGEL Kinahan, from Clondalkin, and Dr Nina Byrnes were smiling in the sunshine at the launch of Ireland’s first awards for the deaf or hard or hearing, an initiative of local company, Hidden Hearing, in association with the Irish Deaf Society. The competition is seeking nominations for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. Picture: Colm Mahady

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Gymnastics: Local club hail their success in 2011 season Page 30

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Campaigners’ joy at Bord decision Changes sought in the plan for Monastery Road


CAMPAIGNERS and local residents have hailed a decision by An Bord Pleanala seeking significant changes to a proposed development by SIAC in Clondalkin as a huge victory this week. The planning authority has

requested new information and the exclusion of 50% of parking and commercial facilities, as well as the exclusion of three residential blocks on the Monastery Road site. Local TD and Children’s Minister, Frances Fitzgerald described the changes as “significant” saying: “The Board

have sent a statutory notice to the developers requiring them to provide a revised plan for this site by September 7. They have laid out a number of conditions which would need to be satisfied in this new plan.” Full Story on Page 6



Every little helps: Cash from Tesco

A letter of thanks from local SVDP WE AT The Gazette recognise the need for strong community bonds. It is the essence of what we do, after all. So, when the Immaculate Conception Conference of the Society of St Vincent De Paul asked us to pay tribute to Newlands Golf Club, who have supported the Society for 50 years, we felt it best to let the members pay tribute, themselves. “T he Immaculate Conception (Village) Conference of the Society of St Vincent De Paul would like to thank the captain, committee and members of Newlands Golf Club for their ongoing support of the conference. “They recently held their annual golf classic, which is now in its fiftieth year, and raised €12,000. “Newlands, in their generosity, give all facilities for the day completely free of charge.

AMANDA Murray, Eimear McGrath, Aisleen Milton and Caoimhe Joyce, from Round Tower’s senior Ladies Football Team, were recently presented with a cheque for €250 from Tesco Clondakin’s Samantha Byrne (left) and manager, Fergus Flanagan. The funds were presented to the club for its success in reaching the final of the Tesco Dublin Intermediate Ladies Football Championship, with the final due to be played this week at Parnell Park.


‘The generosity of Newlands enables us to provide muchneeded help and support to many families in our own community’ --------------------------

“Their ladies’ and gentleman’s bridge club also support us during the year. “We must also thank our main sponsor – Consolidated Pumps, Knockmeenagh Road, Clondalkin – and all of the companies and individuals who made the day such a success. “The generosity of Newlands enables us to provide much-needed help and support to many families in our own community.”




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Attempted to rob shop with lighter and bottle A MAN, who tried to rob a bookmakers armed with a cigarette lighter and a bottle containing what he later claimed was urine, has been given a six-year sentence. Thomas McGuinness (30), of Harelawn Drive, Clondalkin, who has 119 previous convictions, ran from the store, having robbed a customer after the cashier pressed a panic button, and then threatened a family with a knife while attempting to take their car, before making his escape in a second car. McGuinness pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery, attempted robbery and unlawfully seizing a car in Inchicore on June 5, 2009. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one attempted burglary at Rowlagh Shop-

ping Centre, Clondalkin, on dates between January and April, 2009. J u d g e To ny Hu n t imposed concurrent sentences, totalling six years, and suspended the final two years on strict conditions. Detective Garda Brian Murray told Mr Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, that McGuinness approached the counter at Track Bookmakers, Inchicore, with a cigarette lighter in one hand and a container of fluid in the other. The cashier thought she smelled something resembling fuel. He told the cashier: “Give me the money or I am going to burn you alive.” When the woman ran and pressed a panic button, McGuinness turned and threatened a customer, who handed over a small amount of money.


‘Thomas McGuinness, who has 119 previous convictions, ran from the store, having robbed a customer after the cashier pressed a panic button, and then threatened a family with a knife while attempting to take their car, before making his escape in a second car’ --------------------------------------------------------

Moments later, a family was sitting in their car on Spa Road when McGuinness opened the door, produced a kitchen knife and demanded the keys. The husband grabbed the knife and McGuinness dropped it, before producing a second knife and making off with the wife’s handbag. McGuinness ran down the road, jumped into the passenger seat of a second car, produced the knife and told the driver to get out, which he did. McGuiness made good his escape in the car. Det Gda Murray said McGuinness was nominated as a suspect after CCTV of the incident was viewed. McGuinness made full admissions when inter-

viewed by gardai. He told gardai he had filled a bottle with urine to make it look like petrol, and he had put a rag in it. D e t G d a Mu r r ay agreed with Mr Dean Kelly BL, defending, that none of the people had been physically injured. He agreed McGuinness had told them he drank all or half of a litre bottle of vodka, and that he was on crack cocaine. McGuinness described himself as “drunk and dying sick”. Sergeant Ernest Henderson told Mr Coffey that McGuinness was nominated as a suspect in a burglary in early 2009, and later made full and frank admissions to two burglaries and an attempted burglary at

a premises in Rowlagh Shopping Centre in January and April, 2009. Sgt Henderson agreed with Mr Kelly that McGuinness’s life had been characterised by drug use and associated criminality, but he was not involved in organised crime. Mr Kelly said McGuinness had spent a great deal of his teenage years and adult life in custody. He said his full admissions pointed to his decency, and submitted that, given he had admitted everything else, he may well be telling the truth about what was in the bottle. He said McGuinness had made significant progress since going into custody in mid-2009, and had increased his methadone to avoid slipping back into drug use. He said he appeared to have improved, physically, and continues to attend school and try his best. Mr Kelly said McGuinness began using heroin at 14-years-old, and had spent most of his teenage years in prison. He said he had done casual work from time to time, but his drug use led him back into criminality.


BIRTHDAY Still an active member of the ICWA

It’s an early party as Ann hits 100 Q PAUL HOSFORD

CLONDALKIN native Ann Doran will turn 100 on August 1, but her colleagues from the Clondalkin chapter of the Irish Country Women’s Association (ICWA) decided to throw her a party a little early. The group, of which Ann is a founder member, won’t meet for the summer, so the group got together to celebrate the milestone. Founder

Though Ann has since moved to the North Cir-

cular Road, she was a founder of the Clondalkin guild of the ICWA, 49 years ago. Active

Back then, Clondalkin was very much in the countryside, but the urbanisation of the area has not dampened the enthusiasm of the ladies who attend the meetings, with membership in the area still strong. Ann remains an active and enthusiastic member of the group. The Irish Countrywomen’s Association is a women’s organisation with almost 11,000 mem-

bers. In 2010 they celebrated their Centenary and a very long tradition of making a difference in women’s lives. Fun, friendship and support are at the centre of everything that they do – but they also aim to make women’s voices heard on the issues of the day. ICA members meet in local groups across the country, with almost 700 Guilds offering a varied programme of activity, including trips and visits, crafts and art, interesting speakers, competitions and a


Tea time with Alice ARAS Chronain Cultural Centre will present an Off The Ground Theatre presentation of Alice In Wonderland this summer, with the special open-air performance taking place on Friday, August 19. Aptly enough, the performance will take place in the garden, as --------------------------

‘The performance will take place in the garden, as the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Alice gather for tea in the Lewis Carroll classic’ Marie Hoare, Kitty Ward, Ann Doran, Kathleen Murray and President of the Guild, Fridolin Kerr. Picture: Conor O’Mearain

whole lot more. At An Grianan, Co Louth, the ICA Adult Education College provides members and the general public with a varied programme of courses and events, as well as facilities for meet-

ings and conferences. The ICA is also a force to be reckoned with in local communities, where they often work with other organisations on events, fund raising, campaigning for local services, and at national and

international levels where they reflect the concerns and interests of members to policy makers and the general public. To join the ICA, send an email to or call the Central Office on 01 668 0002.


the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Alice gather for tea in the Lewis Carroll classic. Tickets are priced at €15 for adults, €10 for members and seniors and €7 for children. For more information, contact Brian on 01-4574847.


SHOP LOCAL This weekend sees Clondalkin

Getting into the PAUL HOSFORD

THE upcoming Clondalkin Village Festival, which will hark back to the village’s vintage and heritage themes, has met with an extremely positive reaction, say organisers. Thyes Kavanagh, a spokesman for Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce, said that the whole event will showcase a side to the village not often seen or talked about. “We are very pleased with the reaction. We decided to try a small festival and felt that a vintage/heritage theme would be most in keeping with our village. “A big thank you to Jim Snr and John Boland, of Boland’s Garage, for their help, as without them this venture would not be possible. “Clondalkin and the surrounding area has a long tradition in trans-

port. Aer Lingus flew their first commercial flight from Baldonnel to Bristol 75 years ago this year. “We are hoping for a fly-pass by the Air Corps, weather permitting, to celebrate these close

ties.” Locals, of course, shouldn’t forget that, from Mannions and Tuthill’s newsagents, to Clondalkin Glass & Glazing, there are a host of local businesses that can be supported while the festival is under way. Joe Williams, a local historian, will be giving a talk on the historical transport links of Clondalkin, in the Steering Wheel, Main Street, on Thursday, July 21 at 8pm. Admission is free. “It is hoped that the festival will bring fun and entertainment to Clondalkin, and also bring some business to the area. We wish to show our village at its best to both visitors and locals alike. If this festival is successful, we hope to make it bigger and even better next year. “There is also a photographic competition – we are looking for a photo which captures Clondalkin village at its best. This can be from the past or the present. The prize is a digital camera, or camera equipment, to the value of €250.” If you need more information on the festival, or the photographic competition, you can contact Thyes Kavanagh on 086 2596575, or email


revel in it’s heritage with a vintage theme

festival mood!


PLANNING An Bord Pleanala rules on scheme

SIAC plan change a ‘victory for locals’ Q PAUL HOSFORD

AN BORD Pleanala has dealt a huge blow to the planned SIAC development on Monastery Road, asking for new information, excluding 50% of parking and commercial facilities, and excluding three residential blocks. The news has come as a boost to local politicians, with the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, saying the changes were significant. “I received a copy of the statutory notice from An Bord Pleanala asking the developers to make, what I consider to be, significant changes in relation to the proposed development, at the intersection of Woodford Hill and Monastery Road. “These changes would dramatically alter the

character of the development, and reduce it substantially in size,” she said. Minister Fitzgerald, and FG party colleague Councillor Tony Delaney, both gave evidence at the oral hearing, and worked closely with the SIAC Appeal Action Group, who, under the leadership of Mairead Carey, represented the concerns of the community at the hearing. “The Bord have sent a statutory notice to the developers requiring them to provide a revised plan for this site by September 7. They have laid out a number of conditions which would need to be satisfied in this new plan. “These include a decrease of almost 50% in the commercial development, a reduction

of three blocks in the residential units, and a decrease of 50% in the underground car parking spaces. “New plans would exclude three blocks of residential units, which were to be four- and twostoreys in height.

Huge victory “These changes would significantly change the scale and mass of the project, and represent a huge victory for the community,” said Minister Fitzgerald. “It is up to the developers now to put to An Bord Pleanala a plan in the next six weeks, which the Bord deems appropriate for the location. “Residents, led by Mairead Carey, put forward compelling arguments to the Bord during the recent oral hearing,

and I want to commend them for the huge efforts they put in to this campaign and congratulate them on what I hope will be huge progress,” she said. Her joy was echoed by Labour TD Robert Dowds, who praised An Bord Pleanala’s work. “It’s good that An Bord Pleanala is looking after the interests of the wider community,” he said. Minister Fitzgerald said that she will continue to work with locals on the issue. “I will be monitoring SIAC’s response and I will continue to liaise with residents,” she said. Cllr Delaney also welcomed the developments, saying that he welcomed the development of the site so long as it was developed in an appropriate fashion.

Feeling Mint-ed: Lucky local winners jet off for Ibiza trip THE MINT bar in Clondalkin proved a particularly lucky venue for friends Daniella Monahan and Catherine Rock when they dropped in recently. They joined locals to enter a special competition, with Tonight It’s Miller Time being held at 75 bars across the city, giving one winner per venue, and a friend, the chance to tap

into the feeling that “tonight, anything can happen” – and this was certainly true for the pair, who found themselves queuing at Dublin Airport the very next day with winners drawn from the other venues, all heading off on a 24-hour jam-packed flying visit to Ibiza, the birthplace of Europe’s vibrant club scene.

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AWARDS The achievements of the hard of hearing are celebrated


Hidden hearing heroes awards

Gardai ask for assistance

CLONDALKIN-based company, Hidden Hearing, has launched Ireland’s first awards initiative to highlight the achievements of those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr Nina Byrnes, TV presenter, and Clondalkin girl, Angel Kinahan, were present in St. Stephen’s Green to launch the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards, created by Ireland’s premier hearing healthcare provider, Hidden Hearing, in association with the Irish Deaf Society, The competition is seeking nominations for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. Across eight categories,

members of the public can nominate their “hero” who, they feel, deserves to be recognised for an award, and nominees can also nominate themselves. Submissions can be made by email, post or by sign language through video. Award categories include a social contribution award, supporter award and lifetime achievement award.

Initiative Speaking at the launch of the Awards, Richard Lloyd Davies, Hidden Hearing, Killarney said: “The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards is the first initiative in Ireland to focus on the achievements of those who are deaf or hard of hearing and their contribution to Irish society. “We want to highlight

that being deaf or hard of hearing doesn’t have to negatively impact your life, by showcasing the significant achievements from around the country. I’d encourage anyone who wants to nominate their ‘hero’ to log onto www. and tell us why they deserve an Award”. Discussing the Awards, Kevin Mulqueen, chairperson, Irish Deaf Society said: “We are delighted to be working with Hidden Hearing to celebrate the achievements of deaf and hard of hearing people. These Awards will create awareness about the deaf and hard of hearing community and I am delighted to be able celebrate their success and triumphs.” The awards will be handed out in categories, ranging from social contribution, workplace,

GARDAI at Ronanstow n Garda Station are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Mel O’Brien. Mel was last seen on July 8, 2011 at about --------------------------

‘He is described as being 5’ 8’’, 11 stone, with bleach-blond, tightly-shaved hair’ --------------------------

Angel Kinahan, from Clondalkin, and Dr. Nina Byrnes, TV health presenter, at the launch of Ireland’s first awards for the deaf or hard of hearing. Picture: Colm Mahady

youth and grandparents to sportsperson, supporter, media and lifetime achievement. Nominations can be submitted online at, by requesting a nomination form at awards@ or by filling out an entry form in Hidden Hearing’s 65 branches around the country. Video nominations with Irish sign language can also be submitted, which will be transcribed by the Irish

Deaf Society – contact or 01-8601878. The closing date for nominations is Friday, August 12, and the winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in late August.

7.30 pm in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin. He is described as being 5’ 8’’, 11 stone, with bleach-blond, tightly-shaved hair. He has a pale complexion and is well built and athletic looking. Mel is believed to frequent the Ballybrack/ Dundrum area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 666 7700.


PICTURES is packed full of local pictures;

Toe-tapping tunes for a great St Patrick’s Day parade OCAL man, Ben Ryan was on the spot to capture these shots of some of Clondalkin’s finest as they paraded in the city centre for St Patrick’s Day, with the skilled players of Clondalkin Youth Band


delighting everyone as they marched along. The band played a number of marching favourites along the route, as well as some lively tunes to help everyone celebrate St Patrick’s Day with some

toe-tapping tracks, with their great songs reminding the city centre tourists and guests that some of the most talented young musicians and band members in the city hail from the city’s western side.


can you spot anyone you know here? Log on to see even more! en local mums had something to be very proud of recently when they graduated from the Incredible Years parenting course at St Bernadette’s JNS in Quarryvale. Chairman of St Bernadette’s JNS, Dr Micheal Joyce, school principal, Breeda Boner, and course facilitators, Sonia Ayoub and Orla Brady, were all on hand as the mothers celebrated their hard-earned success.






MUMS ALSO GRADUATE 1. Wendy Doyle and Michael Joyce 2. Sonia Ayoub and Michael Joyce 3. Orla Brady 4. Orla Brady and Tom Bolger 5. Noreen Smullen and Liz Collins Pictures: Peter Doyle



IT’S YOUR STORY Sports awards at The Red Cow Moran Hotel

Dynamo Dublin player, Sergej Grabun

Tom Watkins presents the Trophy Gallery Tom Watkins Cup to Igor Price. Pictures: Sergej Grabun

Celebrating some fine sportsmanship Q ORNELLA PASTUSHOK

O’NEILL’S Football League celebrated its end of season with a tally of 14 trophies, with more than 160 people attending the celebratory evening event at the Red Cow Moran Hotel recently. At the event, VIP invitees included Tony O’Dowd, Football League president, and Tom Watkins, Trophy Gallery Tom Watkins Cup owner. Other VIPs included members of a team

Christy Lawrence

from 1984 who hadn’t seen each other for 27 years, and were delighted to be reunited at the event. O’Dowd said that the function’s organisation took about six months. “I had great pleasure in organising this function, including inviting a lively young band, Trilogy, who played for everyone.” There were 14 cups awarded during the night’s presentation to a number of clubs, with O’Dowd, Football League president, saying his favorite team is Dynamo Dublin,

One of the medals presented on the night

who received two cups: O’Neill’s Show Racism The Red Card, and Trophy Gallery Tom Watkins Cup. He said: “Dynamo Dublin is a good team; they have nice lads, and they fit well with the community, always having great matches, being a very colourful team and bringing a lot of support to the league.” Following O’Dowd’s speech, there was a warm toast for all the winners, after which all the invitees enjoyed a gala dinner with lots of live music and entertainment.

Iryna Bikhovsky, Ornella Pastushok, Inna Savko and Egle Urbonaite

Viktor Ilnitskyy

Maksim Bikhovsky and Patsy Brawn

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Numark setting system standards Q ROB HEIGH

WITH staying in becoming the new going out, more and more people are looking at how to bring the full experience of night clubbing home as well. Numark have long been at the forefront of DJing innovation, and, as the digital takeover continues to become ever more pervasive, they have continued to be at the cutting edge of new technology for those behind the decks. With their latest releases to the market pitched at opposite ends of the spec-

trum of users, Numark have put prospective DJs and experienced mixers alike at the top of their target markets. Their new hardware, in the form of the iDJ Live and the NS6, puts in the hands of DJs the tools to push themselves further into the experience of creating new sound sculptures, giving them score to be as creative and imaginative as these new products allow. With digital music being an integral part of everyone’s lives in 2011, the iDJ Live gives hopeful mixmasters a learning experience in the art

of DJing, while using the type of technology that’s completely commonplace for most people. Allowing integration of an iPad or iPhone running Algoriddim’s DJay app, the iDJ Live creates a complete digital DJing system. It’s also huge fun for the novice, giving complete control of the large platters and the ability to learn the skills of beatmatching, scratching and crossfading in a handson way, distinct from the touchscreen experience. iDJ Live is laid out to recreate the two-decksand-a-mixer set-up that

professional DJs prefer. It’s a perfect platform for the novice, and the competitive price makes it a viable device to dip your toe in the DJing waters. The NS6, on the other hand, is a digital DJ’s dream controller. With four-channel mixing becoming the norm, the NS6 is a heavyweight in terms of its seamless integration with the bundled Serato Itch software and its enormous range of features within its sturdy metal casing. It is one of the highest-specced single unit controllers on the market and is an indication that Numark

The Numark S6 is setting the standard for digital DJing technology

intend to continue to push boundaries for the coveted spot as the DJ’s technology of choice. Each of the four decks has its own controls and effects can be assigned to a deck by the click of a button. Searching your library is again all controlled from the NS6, meaning there is virtually no interaction with your

computer once in full flow. The silver platters are exactly that, as sensitive and responsive as any vinyl turntable, serving up fingertip control like almost no other controller, while switching between decks is a simple click away. In spite of not being a Serato user before, the

software’s plug and play integration with the unit’s functionality makes creating digital sets an instant pleasure. The process also benefits from the USB communication between the NS6 and your computer being equally instantaneous. For more information, see

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TIME OUT A real-life experience of an online discount ‘deal’

An online deal led to an impromptu trip to Arklow and Avoca but the question Patricia Murphy (right) asks: Are these deals value for money or just a skimmed

Deal or no deal?

Q PATRICIA MURPHY Health & Fitness Consultant

Overnight Trip: Arklow and Avoca O Basic Costs

down recession version of the same product?

MOST of us are familiar with doing product research and reviews for specific goods online. We are looking to shop at discounted prices or find items not available where we live and shop. Even seasoned travellers can tailor-make exotic trips with relative ease, sometimes saving considerable money in the process. There has been a huge surge in the number of “deals” on offer, which arrive as emails on a daily basis. Once you sign up to any of the many networks, you get regular offers – anything from the smaller budget fish pedicures, car valeting, meal vouchers and waxing, all the way up to five-star hotels at apparently massive discounted prices. The question is – are we getting value for money or just a skimmed down recession version of the product? I was happy enough when a friend asked me to join in on an overnight trip to Arklow and Avoca. My experience the weekend before on an abseailing deal with my kids was very favourable and I was game to go for the two-in-a-row, especially as it was an experience I would not necessarily consider unless prompted. The focus for me was to hinge on the health, fitness and wellness aspects, this being my area of interest and expertise. Our road trip started at midday on a sunny Saturday, heading south from Dublin to Ashford, a mere 30 minutes away. The first

Twin/Double Room in Arklow Bay

€120.00 approx

Entrance to Mount Usher (€7.50 x 2)


Walk/Dinner for two


Estimated Cost for two people


Deal Price for two people


*Before the 40% commission has been collected.

part of the “deal” was admission to either Wicklow Gaol or Mount Usher Gardens. We choose the latter. For two very peaceful, sunny hours, we ate freshly-prepared salad from the Avoca Garden Cafe, not included in the price, before immersing ourselves in the excitement and energy of nature going about its business. Walled gardens, giant lilies, fast-flowing waters and shady meadows welcomed us. A gentle meander before stretching out under a giant eucalyptus tree to catch some rays and capture the dance of the damsel flies in their turquoise beauty, flitting to and fro. I didn’t feel I needed to be an expert in gardening and trees to experience the benefits. Entry to the gardens is normally €7.50 per person. A bit of retail therapy followed across the road in Heels before arriving in Arklow Bay Hotel at about 4.30pm. A large wedding caused us a little concern initially, but having been assured that our room was well away from the function room, we proceeded to our basic, but adequate, accommodation. As we were due to be dining in Fitzgeralds in Ballyk at 7.30pm as part

of the deal, a quick trip to the jacuzzi, steam and sauna was all we could allow ourselves. The gym and pool, also available to guests, was well-equipped, clean, bright and airy. The nine-mile scenic drive time from Arklow to Avoca is approximately 20 minutes and, arriving at the pub, we were met by Tony, from Avoca Tours, seated and served very promptly. The fourcourse dinner was very average and uninspired. Storytelling and a music session was scheduled as our entertainment, while, in fact, only the storytelling took place. The content was weak and inappropriate to the venue and defiantly not accessible by the foreign travellers who chatted loudly the whole way through. Luckily for us, the music part of the evening took place back in our hotel, which was a bit of a nuisance for the few who were staying in B&Bs near Avoca. A bit of a mystery tour for the evening. Sunday’s part of the deal was a four- to fivehour guided hill walk meeting at 1pm back in Avoca. After enjoying a healthy, substantial breakfast, myself and my companion escaped to the deserted beach very near our hotel. A glorious hour of walking, stretching and tuning in to the rhythm of

life was the perfect warmup for the day. We arrived in good time and very chilled for the scheduled walk. Car packed, hotel checked out and ready to head for home straight after the walk. The walk itself was not a major challenge for us. I found some of the history and scenery interesting, but struggled on occasion to hear what our guide was saying. The group was very social and even a couple of handbag hikers joined us. The feedback from the group was generally good, with the majority of negative comments focusing on the food and entertainment. It was also a bit disappointing to spend a huge chunk of time road walking single file. Tony was very keen to share all his plans for the future and the strong community and tourist links that he actively cultivates. The online “deal” companies, which provide a platform to share events, can cost up to a whopping 40% commission. Doing a basic calculation for the whole package of €129 for two people, it’s clear to see the biggest loser here is the tour provider. Companies are prepared to take a hit these days and focus on loss leaders, which will pave the way for the good times ahead. It increases brand awareness and exposure, gets bums on seats and generates local spending and goodwill. On the whole, the overnight package and entrance to Mount Usher was very enjoyable as they are tried and tested.

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FOOD Asian cuisine at all-new eatery in Dundrum Town Centre

40 new jobs at newest Wagamama --------------------------

‘We held rigorous interview sessions with over 600 candidates and have chosen 40 fantastic employees’ --------------------------

nutritious food with helpful and friendly service, so, with this ethos, having an excellent workforce is really important to us and we’re excited to welcome all our new customers.” The new restaurant in Dundrum Shopping Centre officially opened on Friday 15 July and offers the usual array of mouth-watering appe-

tisers and salads, hearty noodles and soups and the famous fresh and healthy exotic juices. Wagamama can be found at Unit G1, building 12 Dundrum Town Centre (beside Harvey Nichols Menswear), Dublin 16 Tel: 01-2157188.

Restaurant Since it was born in Ireland in 1992 with the first restaurant in South King Street, Wagamama has seen growth throughout the country, with restaurants in Cork, Belfast and two more in Dublin, and has a total of 250 employees which has just increased to nearly 300 with the opening of the latest store on July 15, 2011. In the past year alone, Wagamama has given employment to 113 staff throughout Ireland.

143 years of Horse Show history ON JULY 28, 1868, the RDS held its first annual Horse Show on the lawn of Leinster House. In the 143 years since then, the Dublin Horse Show has become an equestrian institution, both in Ireland and across the world. Whether viewed as equestrian event, social occasion, tourist attraction or subject for literature and satire, the RDS Library’s Horse Show exhibition reveals the impact the Dublin Horse Show has had on the imagination of artists, designers and writers for over 100 years. Cartoons from the cover of the Dublin Opinion are a highlight. The iconic posters, and their original paintings, and the famous Kerrygold Horse Show posters will be a great source of nostalgia for many visitors to exhibition.

Fashion at the Dublin Horse Show is nothing new. The exhibitions displays advertisements and features from as far back as 1900 that show how Dublin department stores would reserve stock for customers that they knew would be travelling to Dublin for Horse Show week. Other elements to the exhibition include poems, extracts from literature, stamps, theatre posters and postcards, all great examples of how the Dublin Horse Show has become entwined in Irish life. A must-see for anyone who loves the Dublin Horse Show and its accompanying social life, this exhibition is open Monday–Friday, 10.00am–5.00pm from July 28 until August 30 at the RDS Library, Merrion Road, in Ballsbridge.


POPULAR noodle chain, Wagamama, has just opened its fifth restaurant in Ireland at the Dundrum Shopping Centre, creating more jobs for the area. Christine Chung, operations manager for the company throughout Ireland said: “Growth of the company has been particularly fast over the past 12 months. “Wagamama is such a well-established brand and it’s fantastic for us as a company to be able to grow and to provide an opportunity for employment. “We held rigorous interview sessions with over 600 candidates and have chosen 40 fantastic employees,” Christine said. “Wagamama prides itself on its ability to provide great, fresh and

Bristles: Body-brush to get skin in tip-top condition

Locals are set to enjoy fresh noodle dishes at new Wagamama restaurant


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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Body-brushing gets skin in tip-top shape Edited by Dawn Love

Treat the skin on your neck as you would the rest of your body with Daly Spa AS a former top model, Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly knows a thing or two about skincare. According to Daly, the neck is one of the most neglected parts of the body. The stunning mum-of-two says that, ideally, the neck should be treated as you would the rest of your body with specially targeted products. “An uncared for neck is a real age giveaway, so you ignore at your peril,” she says. Daly Spa Sexy Neck Tightening Spritz (right), €16/100ml, is a wonderfully refreshing spritz. Using oat straw extract, which adheres to the skin in a continuous film, it helps to smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and

wrinkles. Lightly fragranced with Monoï de Tahiti (made to the traditional Polynesian recipe by soaking Gardenia Tahitensis blossoms – Tiare flowers in rich, purified coconut oil) simply spray daily from the bottom of the neck to under the chin, gently rubbing into the skin and see results in just four weeks. Also available from the range is Daly Spa Bikini Body Cellulite Cream, €20/150ml and Daly Spa Curvy Girl Cleavage Cream,€20/150ml.

E all know we need to put in a few extra sessions at the gym to tone up before getting bikini-ready, but, if you want to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape, body-brushing is one of the most effective ways of seeing results and getting skin in peak condition quickly.



Brushing skin for just a few minutes each day can make a big difference to skin health, revealing luminous, softer and more toned skin. Top skincare range VOYA’ s h a s j u s t launched a new exfoliating body brush, which is designed to give skin an invigorating workout, getting the lymph sys-

tem moving and helping to disperse any trapped toxins without being too harsh. It comes in an organic cotton bag and so is ideal for continuing daily brushing on the go. Cellulite

According to VOYA, body-brushing should be done before showering, on dry skin. Beginning at the toes, work upwards on the legs in long, firm strokes, working towards the back of thighs and bum to keep dreaded cellulite at bay! Brush the stomach in an anti-clockwise movement to aid digestion and continue up the arms towards the heart. The massaging action of VOYA’s Exfoliating Body Brush stimulates blood f low, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the surface of the skin. You can complete your body routine by massaging VOYA’s Softly Does It body moisturiser into still damp skin to lock in moisture and keep skin wonderfully hydrated.

VOYA’s Exfoliating Body Brush is designed to give skin an invigorating workout

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YOUR BIG DAY Gazette readers Alex and JP wed in Warsaw

AFTER living in Ireland for over five years, Polish native, Alex, and her French fiance, JP, tied the knot in the Polish capitol, Warsaw, recently. Alex works as a media analyst and discovered the Gazette while monitoring newspapers! Best of luck, folks.

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How to eat well after finally leaving the nest GET YOUR aprons on and head down to The Cookery School’s five-day cooking courses for young people at Donnybrook Fair’s Morehampton Road Store next month. The courses will help participants build confidence and independence in the kitchen, and are limited to 14 places per course per week. “Leaving the Nest” is a handson course for people aged 17 to 25+ on August 29 to September 2. This course is suited for those who are soon to leave, or who have recently moved away from home to start college. Participants will learn to make affordable, delicious meals, including breakfasts, packed lunches, supper dishes, curries and Sunday Roasts. The DF Kids’ Cookery Club Summer Camps is a series of five day classes for 10 to 16-year-olds on the weeks commencing July 25, August 8 and August 22. Participants will learn to develop essential kitchen and cooking

skills, as well as how to choose seasonable produce and plan a menu. The cookery classes take place from 10am to 2pm, and costs €200. The cost also includes a recipe booklet, a certificate, lunch and food costs. To book a place, call 01 668 3556 ext 205, or email

Here’s to going great lengths HEINEKEN has launched the second ad in a series created by independent Irish creative agency, Rothco. Gorgeous Girl went live on television on July 18, but Heineken fans and music lovers got a sneak peek before that by ‘Shazaming’ the song from the ad, Bossanova Baby by Viva Elvis Remix, when they heard the track played on the radio. The new ad features the brand’s new global tagline,

DIARY Open Your World, and tells the story of universal beer moments that open people’s world to new and different experiences, and depicts stories of consumers going to great lengths for their Heineken. The commercial shows the lead character using his wits to connect with a stunning woman at an airport bar. His quick thinking and resourcefulness leads to a connection that will later be retold with great excitement to his friends. Walter Drenth, marketing director Heineken Ireland said: “Gorgeous highlights the great lengths Heineken drinkers will go to, to get what they want, including a Heineken. Our consumers are a resourceful bunch, who like to create their own legendary stories that they can share with others.”

Stlyish ladies going Live THOSE four lovely ladies that grace our screen each evening are taking their Xposé Live in the City show to the Grand Canal Theatre this autumn. Taking place on October 22 and 23, Karen Koster, Lisa Cannon, Glenda Gilson and Aisling O’Loughlin are set to take the city by storm, with everything from the latest new season looks from international catwalks to Dublin’s best high street retailers and specialised boutiques on show. Visitors will be able to indulge their inner Goddess, with minimakeovers and beauty treats, and pop-up shops will spring up in unexpected locations around the city centre. Thirty-thousand visitors are expected to attend over the two-day event and each ticket will ensure a seat at the Xposé Live in the City Fashion Theatre Show.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Accessories that keep your cat safe T HIS week I want to dedicate my column to all cat owners and urge them to please, please be responsible and fit your Kitties with quick-release cat collarsand this is the reason why. Last week one of our inspectors brought in what we believe to be a four-month-old kitten who, unfortunately, discovered first-hand just how dangerous razor wire fencing can be; especially when you’re not wearing a quick-release collar and are rendered helpless when you try to free yourself. I won’t go into detail because I don’t wish to upset readers, but suffice it to say, by the time somebody found Kitty, alerted

us to her plight and our ambulance raced to the scene, heartbreakingly, she had gone beyond veterinary care. This was a very sad state of affairs that could almost certainly have been prevented if the cat had been wearing a quick-release collar. You see cats are naturally curious. I understand this – I’m a nosey old biddy myself. However, I’m an adult human who knows when she’s out of her depth; realising when to back off. But a cat won’t and will get herself into really tight spots; for example, hooked on a wire fence, caught in a tree branch, snagged on a window latch, etc. and she needs to be able to free herself quickly and

The collar keeps your cat safe and works as ID too

safely. So, what is a quickrelease collar and why are they important?

It’s a collar that has a breakaway clasp that snaps open under little or no pressure allowing your cat to release herself if she gets caught on an object. These collars are

recommended by all animal welfare organisations and every cat re-homed by us at the Dublin SPCA will be wearing one. Does this mean my cat doesn’t need a microchip if she gets out?

Your cat should be fitted with a microchip as a permanent means of

identification because the quick-release collar does exactly as its name states – it allows your cat free herself if her collar gets caught, trapping her and causing her difficulty. Once it latches onto something, Kitty tugs, collar flies open, kitty is released and off she runs, hence no ID. Again, all cats re-homed from the Dublin SPCA are fitted with a microchip before they leave our premises.

My cat’s an indoor cat; she doesn’t need a quick-release collar/ microchip?

Can I put a quickrelease cat collar on my dog?

How do I fit my cat’s collar?

Absolutely not! Dogs need to wear collars designed to stay on for use with their leads, but cats need to be able to wear collars that open up in the event of an emergency.

Yes, she does. What if she gets caught on a window latch while you’re out at the shops…how will she free herself? When she does manage to free herself, what if she escapes through an open door/window, gets frightened, disoriented? How will the finder identify her owner?

You know your cat’s collar fits correctly when you can fit two of your fingers between it and your cat’s neck. It’s important to know and understand what type of collar you’re looking for, and it’s very

much a personal choice, but, above all, the purpose of the collar is to provide identification, perform safely and be comfortable for your cat. So, please, if you’re a cat parent and want to ensure your feline friend is purrrfectly safe, and ensure your own peace of mind, then go out today and purchase a quick-release cat safety collar. Better still, drop into our gift shop, Central Bark, at the Dublin SPCA, Mount Venus Road, and check out our stock. Our vets will also be happy to microchip your animal for only €25. No appointment necessary. For more information log onto or email me at

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Plan for the winter conditions by taking a drive in the all-wheel-drive version of the Suzuki SX4, which is now available with a 2.0 litre diesel engine

Suzuki offers SX4 4x4 option MICHAEL MORONEY reminds readers to plan for winter as he

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UZUK I has a niche opportunity with the SX4 as there’s an option of a 4x4 version that’s compact and practical when it needs to be. Last winter’s snow and frostcovered roads proved that, for many drivers, especially in rural areas, there is a place for a small and compact 4x4 vehicle. With the weather that we’ve had in recent weeks it’s easy to forget December’s snowy conditions. I don’t want to take the gloss away from any recent bouts of good weather, but the reality is that, as we face into August, can winter be that far away? I had the small Suzuki SX4 on the road recently to try and assess its scope for our conditions. I know that I should have driven it earlier in the year when conditions would put it to the test, but the 1.9-litre


SPECS: SUZUKI SX4 4X4 2.0 DDIS Top speed: 180 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.2 secs Economy:18.8 km/litre (5.3 l/100km) (53mpg) CO2 emissions: 139g/ km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Euro NCAP Rating: 4 Star (2006) Warranty: 3 years Entry Price: €20,950

diesel-powered Suzuki SX4 4x4 has only recently become available to me. T here is growing awareness of the challenges that winter driving presents, especially after the past two winters. And who knows just what lies ahead for 2011? Suzuki has an upgraded SX4 to answer that call. This is a small car that includes a 4x4 system to meet the winter road challenges. The latest SX4 comes

powered by a Fiat-built 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It’s a compact car that’s both lively and reasonably economical. For the current market, this 2.0-litre diesel engine is more than capable. It delivers good acceleration, with a rating of 11.2 seconds for a 0 to100km/hr run. That’s a shade slower than the more expensive Skoda Yeti, with marginally more power from a similar size engine. The SX4 has an economy figure of 18.8km/litre (53mpg). That I would consider is reasonably impressive, given that you have added weight with a 4x4 system underneath. My driving style gave a slightly lower average figure of 17km/litre and that comes reasonably near to what Suzuki claims. The car has a CO2 rating of 139g/km, which puts it into Band B motor tax rating. That means

a road tax level of €156 per annum; that’s about as low as it gets for a 4x4 vehicle, even if it’s a small one. On balance, the engine size is probably a shade on the big size for a car of this size, especially as car makers are downsizing on engines. I read recently that Fiat has signed a new deal with Suzuki for diesel engines and so, hopefully, the next generation SX4 will benefit from a new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel in the not too distant future. The key feature of the SX4 is the all-wheel-drive system. It allows the driver to select 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes to suit driving conditions, giving improved traction on low-grip surfaces. In 4WD-Auto mode, as soon as front wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically sent to the rear wheels to give all-wheel

traction and improve vehicle stability. The 4WD-Lock mode maintains full traction up to around 60km/ hr, before automatically switching to 4WD-Auto mode for smooth cruising. Selecting 2WD drive through the front wheels will obviously give the best fuel economy and that was the mode that I drove the SX4 for most of my test drive on good road surfaces. My off-road driving was limited to dry field conditions; these conditions were no major challenge for the SX4. Even so you can detect that extra traction when the 4WD mode is selected. The SX4 is not expensive to own, the running costs are competitive at 18.8km/litre and an annual service at 15,000km. The road tax rates are comparable.

Suzuki has a good tradition in terms of build quality and there is a three-year warranty deal that seems comprehensive. A space-saver spare wheel is also included. Suzuki lacks the inclusion of an electronic stability programme system as standard feature on the SX4 diesel version. The car is very functional so there’s not much included in the way of luxury. It is a very practical small car and reasonable value at €20,950, especially if you have a trade-in. I was impressed with the car’s simple style, economy and off-road system with reasonable 190mm off-road ground clearance. I found that, on longer runs, the car lacked a level of smoothness from the gearbox and suspension that’s now expected for greater comfort.

Mitsubishi unveils cheaper i-MiEV electric car MITSUBISHI has launched two new versions of the i-MiEV electric car in Japan, slashing the price on one and extending the range on the other to appeal to more consumers in the growing zero-emission market. Mitsubishi became the first major car

company to mass-produce pure electric cars with the egg-shaped i-MiEV. It has sold about 4,000 electric cars for sale under PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s brands. In the i-MiEV’s first remodelling, Mitsubishi will offer an entry-level “M”

version, with a lower price of about €22,391 with a shorter range of 120km (75 miles), compared with 160km (100 miles) for the previous model. The higher-grade “G” version can go 180km (110 miles) on a full charge measured under a stricter Japanese fuel

economy reading. Mitsubishi Motors will buy the smaller-capacity lithium-ion batteries for the i-MiEV’s “M” grade from Toshiba Corp. and continue using batteries made by its joint venture with Mitsubishi Corp and GS Yuasa Corp for the “G”.

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Interview: Davide Chicco Suleymano, Sous Chef, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

Serving up a focus on diner excellence DAVIDE Chicco Suleymano joined Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown in November, 2010. He was employed as Chef de Partie, and has recently been promoted to Sous Chef, in Forchetta Italian Grill & Pizzeria. Davide is originally from Rome and has an array of Italian cooking skills and experience, which he has shared with the kitchen team. He has shown huge commitment and dedication in carrying out his work. His dishes have proven to be extremely popular with guests, and the feedback has been excellent. During service, Davide will chat to the guests and also entertain children. He has established a new initiative – Kids Pizza Making – which sees any of the children who eat in the restaurant able to join Davide in making their favourite pizza at the “theatre kitchen” in the restaurant, with the children thoroughly enjoying this interaction. Davide takes a huge, vested interest in the progress of Forchetta. He reviews the evening sales and the feedback from the guests each night to ensure that the dishes he creates are exactly to the guest’s requirements. He has also recently created a new range of Italian Chef Specials for Sanctuary Bar. Davide will often come in on his day off to check on the restaurant chefs who cook in his absence, to ensure the consistency of the dishes he has created. He is very popular among his team and with guests, and he truly goes the extra mile in delivering excellent service – so much so, he has recently won tickets to the London Olympics in 2012 as part of a hotel service award.

Football Club.

Q: What was your first job? A: When I was 13, I spent a summer working in a small fish shop, starting at 8am and finishing at 8pm, six days a week.

my details online for the insurance company, the quote is €100 cheaper. Is there anything to stop me from getting the online price, even though I am an existing customer - €100 is a big enough difference? Johnny – Rathmines A – MOST financial institutions and insurance companies want you to apply online and use the social networks rather than labour-intensive methods. What you are also experiencing is discrimination – even some of the current deposit takers advertise their new savings products with warnings: “New funds only” – and you should certainly not put up with accepting your renewal insurance at a higher price from the same company! Call them up and ask if you can avail of the online quotation. If they say no, ask them to cancel your renewal – and apply online as a new customer. Better in your pocket than theirs! LIFE COVER Q - WE ALREADY have life cover on our mortgage but now, with a new child, is there a need for further life cover, and what other insurance cover would you recommend us to consider at this time ? Joan - Castleknock Davide Chicco Suleymano, Sous Chef, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

A - THIS is a sensible and responsible approach to raising a family. What happens if you die sud-

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Starters and desserts are delegated to Paulo; I look after the main courses.

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Football and water polo. Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: I’ve just won tickets to the London

gorgonzola cheese, or lobster and Torta Della Nonna (grandmother’s cake, Italian-style).

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously?

A: Dire Straits.

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: New York, or Rio de Janeiro.

some weight.

A: The dish shop when I was 13 – I

Q: Describe your dream meal?

couldn’t play, all summer, and I stank of fish!

A: Porcini mushrooms, topped with

you have dependents, and up to their third level and means the full amount of cover is payable

A: My birthday next week; I’ll be 36.

A: Sampling the food; I’d like to lose

tection, up to 10 times your annual income once

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Seven.

Q: What music do you have on your iPod/iPad?

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed?

should have life cover outside of mortgage pro-

education – this is called Level Term Insurance,

Q: What is the best thing about it?

Q: What habits would you like to lose?

husbands could not afford to pay the true worth

A: City sightseeing.

Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?


There is a major financial issue, apart from

of stay-at-home mums if they had to. Ideally, you

A: Jedward.

A: Forchetta Restaurant, on Facebook.

children should focus your mind on these issues.

A: Dame Edna.

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward?

A: I don’t have a desk – I have a hot

cannot work, or are made redundant? Having

emotional, should one of the parents die. Most

Q: When did you start your present job? A: November, 2010.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook?

denly – either partner – or what happens if you

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna?

Olympics for service to the hotel – I never thought this was a possibility!

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be?

CAR INSURANCE more than €400 for the year. However, if I fill in

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: It was 100 lira a week.

A: The quality of the ingredients, and the high standard of cooking and presentation being used here at the hotel.


Q – MY CAR insurance renewal has come in at

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: I wanted to be a footballer with Lazio


Q: What would be your dream job? A: Executive chef in an Italian restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel Group (Crowne Plaza is part of this group).

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: I plan to try and do as much holidaying as possible.

for the full term, if one of you dies at any time. Health insurance should now include the newborn, while income protection covers up to 75% of your monthly income should you be incapacitated and unable to work for any reason. This takes effect usually after six months of incapacitation, and pays out until you return to work or your pension kicks in. Remember also that all premiums paid on income protection policies attract tax relief at your marginal rate. Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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Offering one of the finest hotel getaways you’ll find right now GAZETTE REPORTER

Cyprus - a holiday rich in both sun and culture FEW countries can blend the past with the present as seamlessly as Cyprus. Visitors to the birthplace of Aphrodite are in for a feast of historic sites and landmarks, before relaxing on endless golden beaches and soaking up the island’s vibrant nightlife. The lush resort of Paphos is famed for its quiet coves and sandy bays. Alongside the town’s many inviting taverns, fish restaurants and bars, there’s a wealth of culture to uncover, from the Tomb of the Kings to Aphrodite’s Rock. On the eastern side of the island, Nissi Bay and Protaras are popular locations for visitors. The former is a haven for watersports and for families looking for a relaxed holiday. Alongside snorkelling, scuba diving and perhaps the best beaches in Cyprus, Portaras offers shops, bars and nightlife all within easy reach. Sunworld has weekly flights from Dublin to Cyprus. Departing July 24, seven nights selfcatering is on offer at the 3-star Sofianna Apartments in Paphos for €495 while the 3-star Kapatanios Bay Hotel in Protaras is from €549 on a bed and breakfast basis. Half-board at the 4-star Iliada Beach Hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Protaras beach, is available for €729 per person, departing September 4. Prices are per person based on two sharing. “Cyprus is still undiscovered terrain for many sun package holidaymakers,” says Sharon Harney, of Sunworld Holidays. “Those who do know it appreciate its unique charm and the great variety it offers to sunseekers of all kinds - young and old. As a result, we get lots of repeat visitors to the island.” To book call Sunworld on 0818 20 20 20, log on to or visit your nearest travel agent.

IT was time for the annual migration of my mum to West Cork for the summer. But, this year, I had an idea – why don’t we go a different route and complete the trip over two days, stay in a hotel overnight and have a good meal? R e a l l y m a ke i t a mother/daughter trip. I loved the idea, and so did she. We decided to hit Tullamore, a town I had never been to, but about which I had heard great things, and we chose to stay in the Bridge House Hotel in the centre of town. I have stayed in many a four-star hotel, some good, some not so good, but, because my mum was with me, and I was treating her (for a change!), I really wanted it to be good. I was not disappointed. W hen we arrived, there was a wedding taking place, and as soon as I clocked some tie-less men and “tangoed” women, I worried that we were going to be kept up all night with revellers. But, we persevered, and the checking-in process was swift, efficient and enjoyable, with the reception staff looking after us very kindly. We were booked in to a suite, with a double

bed, and two singles - a coupled with a side of room that oozed com- uber-tasty spud gratin). All of this was teamed fort, featured tea and coffee making facilities, with vegetables – it was (hoteliers take note, a meal to be reckoned this is important to us with, both delicious and customers) and a large copious, a joy. We shared a pavlova bathroom – I breathed for dessert, and we were a sigh of relief. As we headed down stuffed. to dine, I was struck by how many things were Sound sleep going on in this hotel; After a sound sleep, t h e r e s t a u r a n t w a s never once subjected to packed, apparently with the feared rowdy activiteachers celebrating the ties, we enjoyed a wonend-of-term; there was derful breakfast. so many women in the When I was leaving dining room, I thought I the restaurant, I headed was at a feminist rally. into the bar and witT h e c o n s i d e r a t e nessed at least 70 peowaiter, recognising my ple, presumably locals, mum’s years, slipped e n j o y i n g a c a r ve r y us into a quiet corner – breakfast. very attentive and very To position itself as much appreciated. part of the town’s fab--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

‘A hotel that we should be proud of, it’s extremely well-run, supercomfortable, and great value. If that’s not a hotel that will survive this recession, then no hotel will’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------And then, there was ric, and to be able to the food. attract this kind of local It was great – two business, just shows amazing retro-prawn that this hotel really is c o c k t a i l s k i c ke d i t awesome. off, stuffed with king T he Bridge House prawns. Hotel has the usual leiThis was followed by sure centre and a small a Gaelic steak for me spa. (steak with a cream and I booked myself in for whiskey sauce). a mini-facial and back The chicken Bridge massage; be assured, House for mum (chick- these girls don’t mess en stuffed with potato, around. mushroom and spinach I specified a firm masin a fab creamy sauce sage, and that’s what I

got, and the facial was bliss. Afterwards, you are directed to the “egg”! “What is that?” I hear you say. Well, it’s a smidge claustrophobic, but you get inside and chill out while the seat vibrates as you look at the stars. Apparently it’s the only one in Ireland; O s c a r W i l d e wo u l d have loved this. T he Bridge House Hotel is a hotel that we should be proud of, it’s extremely well-run, super-comfortable, and great value. If that’s not a hotel that will survive this recession, then no hotel will.

The Bridge House Hotel


Edited by Mimi Murray

CityTravel Explore New York at a reasonable price FOR those wanting more from their mini-break, New York is home to a plethora of fantastic museums and art galleries, as well as almost 2,000 public parks – offering plenty of fresh air to stir the senses. What’s more, Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, is at the centre of New York University’s campus, but is open to the public for art events, lectures and gallery talks throughout the summer. In addition, every Tuesday until early August the Washington Square Music Festival offers free classical and jazz concerts. Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, the newly re-launched NYMA, the New York Manhattan Hotel is one hotel close to the action. It offers complimentary continental breakfast, wi-fi and phone calls nationwide, plus children aged 12 and under stay for free. Prices in July and August start from €67 per person, based on two sharing. For more details visit

Spoilt for choice during Stockholm’s summer

offers some luxurious leisure facilities during your stay, aside from its bar and restaurant

STOCKHOLM is a city filled with things to do in summer. Being surrounded by water (Stockholm is an archipelago), it is so clean that visitors can take a swim right in the city centre. During the endless summer nights, Stockholmers gather in outdoor bars and restaurants to celebrate the fact that the sun never really sets before rising again. Djurgården, the greenest island in Stockholm, is great for a relaxing ride along beautiful bike paths taking in some beautiful scenery. The Old Town is the gem of Stockholm and a visit here should not be rushed. Take a stroll through the narrow, cobble-stoned alleys and sit down in one of the squares for some people-watching. A city built on 14 islands offers an infinite number of stunning water views. You can choose from one of the many boat tours, lounge on deck while enjoying the sea breeze and the skyline from the water. SAS fly direct from Dublin to Stockholm from as little as €69 one way, including all taxes and charges. Visit for more details.

Picture: Yanan Li - Stockholm Visitors Board



GoingOUT GoingOUT MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Victor’s Dung

WRITER and director, Seamus O’Rourke, stars in his own production, Victor’s Dung, alongside Tommy Sharkey and Charles McGuinness. Victor Maguire is Cavan farmer, who is a remarkably vulgar, boorish and un-PC man living on his farm yard, characterised by its own dung heap. Things go drastically different one Friday morning for Victor, with hilarious results. Saturday, July 23. Admission: €12/10

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Plaza Suite ROUGH Magic Theatre Company Theatre’s Plaza Suite is one of Neil Simon’s most popular and celebrated plays. The play focuses on the misadventures of three very different couples as they face important moments in their lives, all in the same hotel room in the world famous Plaza Hotel. Laughter is guaranteed with this witty, funny and clever play. Running until Saturday July 30 [excl. Sundays]. Mon-Fri: 8pm and Sat: 3pm and 8pm. Admission: €17.60/€18/€20/€22/€25.00

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Dublin Flamenco Festival THE Dublin Flamenco Festival will take place in The Helix, commencing on July 23 with a lead performance from Rafaela Carrasco. Following that, there will be several solo and group performances from some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and singers including singer, Antonio Campos on Sunday July 24. Saturday July 23 – Sunday July 31. Tickets: €33,€30,€29,€26

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Desmond Kenny - Past and Present DUBLIN 15-based artist Desmond Kenny is showing both old and new work at Draiocht this summer as he is welcomed to both the ground floor and first floor. The artist has had an active relationship with the centre for the 10 years it has been open, holding a solo show there in June 2001. This will be the first big exhibition of Kenny’s new venture into abstract painting. Kenny’s new work tries to tap into the childlike creativity that breaks free from art history by removing all figuration from the work. His earlier figurative work will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery at the same time. Until Saturday August 27. Admission: Free

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

FROM the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley and some living country music performers, comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band — five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth. Thursday, July 21 at 8.30pm. Admission: €18.

Damien O’Kane DAMIEN O’Kane comes to Seamus Ennis Centre on July 22. The young player is earning a growing reputation for being a creative and exciting musician and singer. His banjo playing in particular has led him to being regarded as one of the finest Irish players on the scene today and he is winning accolades as a singer, focusing on songs from his native Northern Ireland. He his probably best-known for his work with Shona Kipling and Flook but has recently been a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band. This is not one to be missed as O’Kane is certainly a rising star. Thursday, July 21 at 8.30pm. Admission: €16.

After ten years and eight films, the Harry Potter film franchise comes to an epic close with The Deathly Hallows: Part II. Fans and critics alike are all geared up for what at the very least promises to be a wand-erful finish to the series.

Still some magic left After a decade-long saga, Harry Potter is back for one last shake of the wand with The Deathly Hallows: Part II Q JONATHAN KEANE

IT FEELS like Harry Potter just won’t go away. Over the last decade the franchise has completely overrun the worlds of cinema and books, and pop culture as a whole, capturing both adults and kids in equal measure, some of which are unnervingly fanatical and loyal. But now it comes to an end. As the story of everyone’s bespectacled wizard progressed, so did the depth of the plot and sub-plots. The heavily layered tale crafted by JK Rowling, on page, and David Yates (for the last four films) on screen, resulted in needing complete commitment from the viewer, often leaving behind those that aren’t diehards. For those that loved and lapped up each of the books, it’s been an exciting couple of years, anxiously awaiting each movie instalment with a

FILM OF THE WEEK: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II +++ (12A) 130 mins Director: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter

OUR VERDICT: THE only real weakness in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is that it is not an inclusive film – it’s a film for loyal followers that have been frothing at the mouth since the first book and film. The film excludes anyone who has avoided the films before as they’ll have to wade through the entire saga if they want to catch up. Readers can catch up with Kate upon her proper return, next week.

bated breath, and indeed a critical eye, observing each nuance of the book, hoping it translates to the big screen or erupting in outrage when something is omitted or poorly portrayed. The Deathly Hallows, the concluding book in the saga, was so vast in detail and scope that crafting only one film was a nigh on impossible task so it was split into two films. The first part, released in November of last year, ended with people simply craving more and more.

The eight-month wait must have seemed like an eternity but the wait is finally over. Like all the predecessors, The Deathly Hallows: Part II will be divisive in some circles and unifying in others. The great debate of book-to-film adaptations will continue. Harry Potter wasn’t the first, and it most certainly won’t be the last. People will argue that, while the film has remained loyal to the book for the most part, it’s just not quite 100%

there. While on the other end of the spectrum, it could be argued that some fat could have been trimmed, with minor characters being cut or minimised here and there, or some scenes could even be dropped. Regardless, if you’ve loved the films in any way then it’s unlikely you’ll find any major flaw with its concluding affair. D a n i e l R a d cl i f f e , though still partially annoying, still brings Harry to life and Lord Voldemort is the unruly, evil presence that’s been seething since the very beginning. Of course, this is not a film you can just wander into the cinema some evening and see. The series is completely immersive and the long-time followers will be enthralled once again, while a newcomer with no experience of the other films will be lost and

confused, possibly looking around the cinema awkwardly. Either way, the film is a fitting end to a long, and box-office destroying, era. Now, with the film franchise over, there’s a massive void left in cinema. Somewhat similar to when The Lord of the Rings concluded, it begs the question of where huge production fantasy films will venture to next. It wouldn’t be one bit surprising that somehow, somewhere, someone manages to bang out a spin-off of some kind. Add to that the recent news that Rowling is writing and has done “quite a lot”, we may just see Harry Potter again in some fashion, perhaps enjoying a not quite as adventurous adult life. Look out for Harry Potter and The Curse of the Mortgage Repayments, coming to theatres summer 2025.


Moves to tame roaming charges ADAM MAGUIRE

IF YOU have a bill phone, and if you have travelled abroad in the last few years, there is a good chance you got an a nasty shock on your return. Roaming has proven to be an expensive thing to do, especially now that many phones want to pull in information from the internet, too, and so it can be easy to end up with a big bill after your break away. However, in the EU at least this is changing, and natural competition seems to be driving down costs, too. So, here is a little bit of good news for anyone heading overseas in the coming weeks and months. A few years ago, the EU decided it was going

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abroad might still get a fright. That should change next year but, in the meantime, operators are forced to send warning texts when people start to spend too much. to force mobile phone companies to cut roaming costs; this was after a long time of pushing them to do it themselves. As of the start of June, the prices came down again – to a maximum of 35c per minute for a call, and 11c for a text.

Domestic rates The plan is to keep pushing rates down lower every year until they are the same as what people pay domestically. Unfortunately, data rates have not been capped just yet, so people using smartphones

Mobile roaming changes At the start of the summer, Meteor announced all calls and texts within certain European countries would be the same as ones made locally. They have been advertising it a lot ever since, and it seems to have gained a lot of customer interest. Not to be left behind, Vodafone have unveiled an offer that will allow users to have free data roaming when abroad for the months of July and August. After that, the prices

will probably go back to normal, so enjoy it while you can!

If all else fails The EU rules obviously only apply to European countries so, if you are travelling to Asia or the US, you can still end up getting stung with a big bill. In order to avoid this, consider investing in a MaxRoam SIM card (from , which promises to cut roaming costs significantly. It works just like a normal SIM card and does not require any special codes – the magic of it comes when it acts like a local connection in the country you travel to. This means you get local rates, rather than high-cost roaming

charges. Their rates on calls, texts and data all promise to be well below what you would get when using your own SIM card, and, as it is pre-pay, you do not have a bill to shock you at the end of it all.

Apple iMac

APPLE are masters at making computers look beautiful, and the iMac is no exception – though it is an expensive example of the company’s talents.

Perched on a slim base, the Apple iMac looks like a rather slick flat-screen monitor, and nothing more. In actual fact, the entire computer is housed within its metallic frame. This all-in-one

approach is something that has been copied lately by other computer makers, but none has done it quite so well, and quite so stylishly. Of course, the iMac is about more than the

looks of its hardware – it also packs quite a punch under the hood. Its cheapest iteration comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of R AM and a 500GB hard-drive; all quite impressive numbers. However, that is the one drawback of the iMac – its cheapest version is not all that cheap. The basic machine clocks in at a whopping €1,149 and, while you get far more than you would in a cheap PC, there is no denying that it is still a steep investment to make. The iMac is available from the online Apple Store, from €1,149. Visit for the latest tech news, reviews and views.





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Leaps of faith result in medal glory for clubs

TEN young Irish divers made a splash this weekend at a top British competition, coming home with a string of medals and a series of personal bests. Six young divers from the Shamrock Diving Club and four from the Dublin Diving Club, both of which are based at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, competed against a high-

quality field in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield over four days. The biggest Irish team ever to take part at a UK national age group level netted a haul of four bronze medals, including the first ever podium finish for Irish synchro divers. The impressive performance by six girls and four boys clearly demonstrate how far diving has come in this

country. “This was an excellent result for Irish diving and demonstrates how far the sport has come in the last year,” said Sonya Kerr, coach of Shamrock Diving Club, who travelled with the team for the competition at the Pond’s Forge arena, which was attended by 200 young divers from across Britain and Ireland. Leading the Irish charge were Sean McCormack, from Rathfarn-

The ten members of the Shamrock and Dublin Diving Clubs in Sheffield for the championship event

ham, and Jack Ffrench, from Maynooth. The two 15-years-olds, who are members of Shamrock Diving Club (SDC), tasted individual success but the dive partners also won a historic bronze for their synchro performance for ages 14 to 18.

McCormack scored a bronze for his performance in the Boys’ Group A Platform competition, while Ffrench also had a prestigious third-place finish in the Boys’ Group B three-metre springboard event. Their achievements

were followed not far behind by the rest of the Irish team, some of who were competing for the first time at this level. Tony Miller (SDC), from Finglas, had two 13 t h - p l a c e f i n i s h e s against a strong field, finishing less than five

points outside the top ten, marking an impressive debut for the 11-yearold at age-group level. Meanwhile, Jack Price (SDC), from Leixlip, finished in 15th place in the Platform competition, again on the 11-year-old’s debut attempt.


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Eyes on the prize

The Summerfest at Round Towers brought together 1,000 local children to play in the sunshine

HURLING Summerfest on Clondalkin’s Towers’ fields LMOST 1,000 children took to the hurling fields of Clondalkin in recent weeks to participate in Round Towers GAA club’s Summerfest 2011. There were over 20 clubs from Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow competed in the competition at Under-8, -9, -10 and -11 levels. Eric Byrne, a Summerfest organiser says: “We’re building considerably on the success of the 2010 competition and had almost 1,000 children from over 20 clubs and three counties coming together. They played fun games that allowed them develop their hurling skills and meet with children from other clubs and counties. It really was a celebration of underage hurling for the children, their mentors and their parents.”


Preparing for battle!

Towers’ U-9 manager and the U-9 hurlers have a post-match huddle

Calvin Jack Mcreevy

Aaron Douglas, Matthew McLoughlin, Graham Proctor and Joseph Lyons, who all made their debut as junior referees

Action from one of the many matches at Summerfest

Lucan Sarsfields’ U-9s relax after a hard day’s hurling


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Coolmine kicks on for the future

Luke Corcoran’s Coolmine gym has become a hotbed of martial arts talent in its short time in existence, and is looking to build on its success IN THE corner of the clammy room stands a man of average height, average build, but with an untameable fire in his eyes. Methodical in his approach, he scans the room looking for points to raise with his budding athletes. No one would have believed him at this point - that this gym, his dream, would go onto be a well-respected one in the business of martial arts just one year on, but Luke Corcoran only ever needed one man to believe in him — and that was himself. Beginning in the summer of last year, Corcoran began teaching a single class every week on the back of the training he received from his father, Eddie Corcoran, in traditional Japanese Jujitsu and his Judo training under

former Olympian, Kieran Foley. A black belt in both disciplines, Corcoran began teaching to only a handful of students every week after he gained a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), which focuses on grappling and ground fighting, and which was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. The Coolmine BJJ club was assisted in its establishment by Paul Fox, a purple belt in BJJ, and a champion in both Ireland and America, on their way to their first team outing for the club.

First fighter The first fighter to represent the club came in the form of Kevin Doyle, who lined out for the club at white belt in the Irish Open in October of last year.

Quickly gaining a reputation for his wrestling ability, Doyle dismissed his opponent in his firstbout, but, unfortunately, lost his second. Meanwhile, Corcoran

Five medallists emerged from the Informed Performance tournament in the shape of Doyle, McCabe, Savage, Luke Carroll and McLoughlin, showing the Blanchards-


‘This has been an unbelievably successful season. We’re now going to push for even more success, and I’ve every faith we can do it’ --------------------------------------------------------

himself went on to claim the Irish championship in the same event. The first competition team for Corcoran’s CBBJ gym was made up of Kevin Doyle, Daire McCabe, Sean Savage, Luke Carroll, Craig McLoughlin, Stephen Burke, Petesy Carroll and Mark Geiran, who took part in their first competitive event in Glasnevin last April.

Members of the Coolmine BJJ gym before the Munster Open

town gym as one to watch for the future. More focus went into training after the successes at the Glasnevin tournament, and Corcoran upped the ante to two days a week, training one day in the traditional style and the other in mixed martial arts form, one similar to the popular American promotion, UFC. Again, in April, medals came in abundance, with Kevin Doyle, Sean Savage, Robert Burke, Stephen Burke, Brian Wall, Conor Malone and Alan O’Gorman claiming for the club at another Informed Performance event. Coolmine BJJ set up home in Coolmine Industrial estate, after being invited to use the facility by Spartan Martial Arts coach, and kickboxing world champion, Robbie McMenamy. Corcoran started to train all facets of the

fight game, with Dean O’Sullivan, a veteran boxing trainer, taking control of stand-up training. With the club again upping the ante to four training days a week, the fruits of their labours were proved at the Munster Open in July. The team’s first outing in traditional BJJ saw ten competing and four medalling — McLoughlin, Monnelly, Greaney and Corcoran himself. T he Blanch-based club finished their season with three outings in the MMA leagues, where Kevin Doyle, Robert and Stephen Burke went out and claimed victories for the club. “This has been an unbelievably successful season for us,” said an enthusiastic Corcoran. “We have managed to coach complete beginners to competent Mixed Martial Artists in an extremely short space of time. “We had our first grading in which as a team we received two belt promotions and 30 stripes altogether from one of Ireland’s greats, John Kavanagh. “Next season we’re going to push for even more success and I’ve every faith that we can do it,” said Corcoran. Coolmine BJJ trains people from ages of 13 and upwards. For information contact club manager Paul Murphy on 087 912 7951.

FastSport Girls take place as part of Harmony tournament THE Harmony soccer tournament will take place this year at Sportslink, Santry, on Saturday, August 20. The competition was initially developed as a cross-border football tournament for boys. It now caters for 32 teams across five sections — boys, girls, Special Olympics, Powerchair and Irish Street Leagues, with teams coming from communities in Northern Ireland, Germany, Italy, Cork, Meath and Fingal. This year’s event will also cater for U-11 and U-13 girls, with a soccer festival being held on the day to promote the underage girls’ game. For further information on the Fingal Invitational Harmony Tournament contact Joe Corr: or 087-6815811


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Arthur Griffith Park FC seeking new players ARTHUR Griffith Park Football Club are seeking new players to join the ranks of the fledgling club, after securing sponsorship from GMB Ireland. Club chairman Allan O’Kearney is seen above being presented with the club’s new kit from local TD, Derek Keating. Currently the club has one senior team which will be playing in the United Churches Football League in the coming season, and the club hope to form a number of youth teams over the coming years. Any prospective players can contact Allan on 0866000329 or by email to

Pair named in Peamount Ireland panel packing for There is likely to be Clondalkin represen- UEFA trip tation in the Ireland squad to face Croatia on August 10 after Stoke City’s Glenn Whelan and former Bluebell, now Birmingham City, midfielder, Keith Fahey, were included Giovanni Trapattoni’s provisional 32-man panel for the upcoming friendly. Making the announcement at the FAI AGM Festival of Football in Co. Clare, the Republic of Ireland manager said: “Many players will be given the opportunity to shine against a very strong opposition. Croatia are currently ranked 8th in FIFA’s World rankings, and will undoubtedly be a tough match for us.”

Peamount United are stepping up their fundraising efforts ahead of their trip to the UEFA Women’s cup in Slovenia next month. Volunteers have embarked on a bagpacking campaign in supermarkets around West Dublin to help finance the trip. The club has already amassed a five-figure fund themselves and the FAI will also be pitching in to assist in making sure the trip goes ahead as planned. Those interested in contributing are asked to contact the club through their Twitter page @peamountutd for further queries and information. The club can also be reached through their website at

Clondalkin Gymnastics Club held a celebration of another successful season recently at Clondalkin Sports and Leisure Centre

Gymnasts tumble on

CLONDALKIN Gymnastics Club came to the end of another very busy and successful year recently when they held their end-of-year display in Clondalkin Sports and Leisure Centre. After a season filled with competition, the gymnasts looked forward to showcasing their talents to family and friends without the usual pressures of the competitive arena. Head coach, Emer Kavanagh, helped by assistant coach, Yvonne Kavanagh, put together a total of seven routines

in a very short space of time for the senior and intermediate gymnasts of the club to perform. Each routine was designed to show each individual’s talents and progress in the areas of acrobatic floor routines, displaying balance and dynamic moves. The club, over the years, has been proud to have many All-Ireland champions amongst its members, including the current All-Ireland mixed pair champions, Barry Gouldsbury and Beatrice Fagan, who won gold at last month’s Acro Championships held in Galway.

Taking shape: Round Towers’ new development MONASTERY Road continues to take shape as the development of Round Towers’ new grounds gathers pace. Following the turning of the sod ceremony last month, the contractors have moved in and work has begun on the landmark development. The initial stages will see the preliminary ground works being completed. This will see the base for the all-weather pitch installed, the foundations for the lighting inserted, and the leveling work on the main pitch started.

Following on from this was a display of tumbling on the clubs’ ow n 40-metre tumbling track, with the most senior gymnasts producing runs which included multiple flips, whips and twists, which these g y mnasts had performed the previous month at the AllIreland tumbling finals, bringing home no less than six national medals for Dublin and the club’s ever-expanding trophy cabinet. Next on the agenda was the trampoline display. The club owns its own international competition-size trampo-

line, and the gymnasts were only too delighted to show off their skills on this piece of apparatus. With the help of the ceiling-suspended harness, the gymnasts have quickly learned the skills needed to produce double somersaults and twists. For the first time in recent years, the club also had a boys-only floor routine made up of the club’s most senior male gymnasts. The final performance of the afternoon came from the Precision Display Squad. This team, coached by

Denise Coughlan, is made up of the club’s senior gymnasts, who performed the routine that won them the trophy for best choreography at a competition in Britain earlier this year. While the rest of the club now take a break for the summer months, their senior gymnasts will continue to train to maintain their fitness and prepare for the coming competition season. If you would like more information about the club, see their website at or their Facebook pages.


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Rushe leads Dublin’s Leinster charge LEINSTER U-21 FINAL Dublin Wexford

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LIAM Rushe gave a captain’s performance when he claimed the TG4 p l ay e r- o f - t h e - m a t c h award as his Dublin side won back-to-back provincial titles when they defended their Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under-21hurling championship title in impressive fashion at Wexford Park last Wednesday evening. The Dubs led 0-9 to 0-8 after an evenly balanced opening 30 minutes before Eamon Dillon’s goal eight minutes into the second half was the spark that drove John McEvoy’s men on to provincial glory. T he Naomh Fionnbarra lad was the super

sub with his tally of 1-2, as well as his overall display a major contribution to the Dublin victory. His goal made it 1-11 to 0-11 and the Slaneysiders failed to score again as the Dublin rearguard raised their game to render the Wexford forward line as good as powerless for the concluding 20 minutes. D u b l i n ’s d e f e n c e where Dean Curran, Rushe and Darren Kelly stood, hassled and harried the Wexford attack any time in possession while, up front, the Blues’ forward line found their scoring touch, with Dillion, Kevin O’Loughlin, Niall McMorrow and sub Sean McGrath clinical. Wexford had a goal chance in the 40th minute but Kelly put his

CLUB NOTICEBOARD ROUND TOWERS The minor hurlers face Ballyboden St

Mairead Finn and Christina Smith, who

Enda’s in O’Toole Park in the Division

were the three €100 winners. Next

Two league final on Monday, July 25 at

week’s jackpot is €3,200.

7.30pm. The Intermediate Hurlers were beaten by Kilmacud Crokes at home.

tournament in the county over the

by Raheny in the championship after

summer — it caters for U-8 to U-11

extra time, and beat St Jude’s in the

age groups. There were huge crowds

league, and the junior B footballers

in attendance so come along next

were beaten by Raheny in the league.

Saturday for the finals day to witness

body in the way to deny James Breen from pointblank range. His thou-shalt-notpass attitude exemplified that of his defence as they repelled the best Wexford could throw at them and, as the game reached its conclusion, Dublin’s task was made easier by the quest for goals by the home side.

Even opening The opening half was a different affair, with neither side getting on top for any sustained period of time. Wexford led 0-5 to 0-2 inside ten minutes, with the accuracy of Emmet Kent to the fore. Kent had to be subbed through injury later in the half, which deprived his side of one of their best performers. Dublin rallied with

points in the tenth, 12th and 14th minutes from O’Loughlin, the stylish McMorrow, and a monster O’Loughlin free from 80 metres, to draw level. Coming into the closing minutes of the first half Wexford edged back in front with points from Liam Og McGovern and Paul Morris but, crucially, the Dubs found their stride before the break with excellent scores from Dean Curran, a 40-metre sideline, an inspirational Dillon point from the covered stand touchline on the run and 63-metre free from O’Loughlin to lead 0-9 to 0-8 at the break. The Dubs face the Ulster champions on August 12 – who will be determined on July 27 – in the All-Ireland semifinal.

some fantastic games.

continues on Wednesdays at 7.15pm in

All players, mentors and support-

the Community Centre. Spread the

ers are reminded that they are repre-

word, all welcome.

sentatives of Round Towers’ GAA Club

Last week’s lotto numbers were 15,

and, whilst all support is always wel-

18, 20 and 24; Bonus Ball was 8. There

come, they are expected to treat the

was no winner of the jackpot of €3,100.

opposition, referee and opposing sup-

Congratulations to Janet McGibney,

trophy at Wexford Park last week

last and is the biggest juvenile GAA

The junior A footballers were beaten

Gaelic 4 Fathers light training session

St Pat’s Palmerstown’s Liam Rushe lifts the Leinster

Week three of Round Towers’ Summerfest 2011 continued on Saturday

porters with respect at all times.

ST PATRICK’S, PALMERSTOWN THERE was an excellent home league

until Friday, July 29. If you have’nt

win for our senior footballers against

booked a spot, please contact coach

St Anne’s, and a mid-week champi-

David at 086 310 1034. The camp runs

onship win for our junior footballers

from 10am to 2.30pm each day, and

against Parnell’s, plus a weekend

only costs €30 for the week.

league win over over Lucan Sarsfields.

To view our website, simply log on to

Congratulations to Dublin’s Under-

Lotto numbers drawn were 2, 12, 14

21 hurling captain, and St Pat’s man,

and 24. There was no winner of the

Liam Rushe on his man-of-the-match

€2,200 jackpot.

performance, and also Pat’s squad

Match any three numbers winners

member Damien Gallagher, on their

were Ed Conway, Erna Dowdall and

excellent Leinster final win over Wex-

Shiels Tapley, and each receives €70.

ford. Hurling and camogie camp commences next Monday, July 25 and runs

Next week’s jackpot is €2,400. Draw held each Sunday night at 10pm in the Palmerstown House.

LUCAN SARSFIELDS THERE was a good win for junior A hurl-

ported the recent golf classic and

ers last week and a draw for junior B

special thanks to the sponsors who


gave generously.

Well done to Kevin Fitzgerald and

Please see our website or newslet-

the Dublin’s Under-21 hurling team on

ter for information about the new

their victory over Wexford in the Lein-

position of Director of football being

ster final.


Fun day appeal for books, jewellery,

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left in bar.

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Lucan Sarsfields plan to celebrate

agents. See website for more details.

their 125 with an end-of-year gala

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ball. Then date is November 12, and the

27 and 28. There was no winner. Next

location is Westmanstown complex.

week’s jackpot is €4,000.

Deposits for tickets are now being taken at the club bar, and the cost is €50 per ticket. Summer camps continue on the following dates: August 8 to 12, and August 15 to 19. Register online via website. Thanks to all the golfers who sup-

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ADAM Rooney is confident he can recreate his impressive goalscoring record in Scotland south of Hadrian’s Wall following his summer move to Birmingham where he will attempt to get the St Andrew’s club straight back into the English Premier League. He drew praise from new manager, Chris Hughton, for his debut goal against Cork City FC last Saturday in a 1-0 win, and hopeful it is a sign of things to come. “He scored a typical poacher’s goal. When the ball went into the box he was generally there and I think those are some of the characteristics he’s shown over the last couple of years. I’m pleased for him because it’s always nice to get off to a good start. I thought he looked sharp all the way through.” The 23-year-old joined the club after netting 21 times in 42 games for Inverness Caledonian Thistle last term, bringing his tally to 44 in

two seasons with the club. And the Palmerstown lad is intent on bringing that form to the Championship. “If I get chances I’m confident I will stick the majority of them away. Hopefully I can maintain that ratio I had at Inverness,” Rooney said. “I think I can score at any level. I’ve done it at whatever level I’ve been at. I scored goals in the Championship when I was younger, at 17. The main thing at the minute is just to make sure I have a good pre-season and establish myself.” In his formative years, Rooney became Stoke’s youngest-ever hattrick scorer in 2006 against Brighton and struck four times in total in 15 games with the Potters. His career subsequently took him on the road for loan spells with Yeovil, Chesterfield and Bury, settling in in great fashion in Scotland. As a free agent, it left a queue of clubs eyeing his contract but

Birmingham were the side to nail down his signature Speaking about the move this week, he said it was the transfer which suited most. “I was looking to get a move back down south after a couple of years in Scotland and I couldn’t have hoped for a better one, to be honest. “Birmingham’s a big club with great players. I was a free agent. There was interest from a couple of clubs, but I couldn’t say no to this. There were clubs from all levels League Two, League One, Championship to Turkish and Russian clubs involved. “I wasn’t sure where I was going at one stage but, when Birmingham came in and I spoke to the manager on the phone, my mind was made up.” Rooney becomes the fourth Irish member of Birmingham’s senior squad, which is captained by former Republic of Ireland international, Stephen Carr.

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