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INSIDE: Minister has a wanderful time at project’s launch P7

Football: Towers’ ladies claim inter crown at Parnell Page 32

Sports Awards: July’s nominees are announced inside Page 29

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Council aims to take in €125m in rates Q PAUL HOSFORD

SOUTH Dublin County Council has collected more than €50 million in corporate rates this year, but has said it is still owed almost double that figure. The figures, released at this week’s council meeting, show that the council had collected €53,581,082 up until the end of July. The council also says that it hopes to collect €125 million in the year.

Labour councillor Eamon Tuffy, who asked the question of the council, said that the council was dependent on the rates collection. “T he council is ver y dependent on collecting its rates income – to pay the wages of its staff, and for provision of services, such as the upkeep of parks, litter management, the maintenance of roads and footpaths, etc.” Full story on Page 5

A roaring success: At the fun opening of a DocMorris outlet THESE two tigers were on the prowl at a new addition to the local business environment at Rowlagh recently, for the launch of the new DocMorris Pharmacy. Aaron Farrell and Sean Lee Thomp-

son joined lots of locals for the fun opening, which saw face-painting, balloons and party bags helping to create a great atmosphere, with everyone keen to welcome the new outlet. Full gallery on Page 8


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CHARITY Whelan family walks 130 miles to raise funds

Ronnie was not only backed by his wife, Elaine, who walked with him, but also by M&S Ireland

From Dublin to Galway on foot R ONNIE Whelan and his wife, Elaine, chose a very healthy way of to raise fund by walking 130 miles from Dublin to Galway to fundraise for Myasthenia Gravis Ireland, a condition his own daughter suffers from. The walk started at Marks and Spencer, in Liffey Valley, at 10am on Monday, July 18, and took a route to Galway through Leixlip, Maynooth, Kilcock, Enfield, Kinnegad, Rochfordsbridge, Kilbeggan,

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Moate, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Oranmore, arriving in Eyre Square in Galway on Sunday last, July 24. The Whelan family is delighted with the sponsorships given to their fundraising attempt by M&S Ireland and Airside Ford. M&S supplied the clothing and refreshments for the team and Ford provided support vehicles to accompany the walking team.

Ronnie raised much-needed funds for Myasthenia Gravis Ireland

Elaine Whelan, Ronnie Whelan and daughter Elizabeth


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FUNDRAISER Annual Tomas Mulligan Memorial Cycle

Get on yer bike to help work of Pieta House PAUL HOSFORD clondalkin@gazettegroup.com

RTE sports broadcaster, Jacqui Hurley, and Dublin footballers, Eamon Fennell and Eoghan O’Gara, were on hand to launch the annual Tomas Mulligan Memorial Cycle in aid of Pieta House, the suicide crisis centre. The fun cycle, which is in its fourth year, is held in memory of Dublin and Clondalkin Round Towers’ footballer, Tomas Mulligan, who died by suicide in 2007. This ver y successful event, organised by the Mulligan family, takes place on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, with this year’s destination set as Athlone. The cycle aims to raise

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awareness of the work carried out by Pieta House, and to celebrate the lives of those lost to suicide. T he cycle depar ts from Good Counsel GAA Club, Drimnagh at 9am sharp on Saturday, August 13, and goes from Ballyfermot, through Clondalkin and all the way to Athlone.

Return trip Then, day two will see the return trip from Athlone to Drimnagh. The 275km route will start at Tomas’ local football club, the Good Counsel GAA club in Drimnagh, and will make its way towards Athlone by going through counties Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath, before returning

to Dublin. Last year, more than 70 cyclists took part in the cycle, raising €40,000 for Pieta House. Tomas’ father, Thomas Mulligan, hopes that more people will participate this year. “We’re delighted to be running this cycle in Tomas’ memory for the fourth year. “The solidarity shown by Tomas’ friends and football colleagues every year reminds us that suicide is something which affects every town and village in Ireland. “The cycle allows us to raise more awareness about Pieta House, and actively spread the word around the country that there is help available,” he said. People can get involved

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Alice’s invite to a tea party 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 Mad Hatter, March Hare and Alice gather for tea in the production of the well-loved Lewis Carroll classic.

In tribute to the late Tomas Mulligan, and building on the successes of previous fundraising cycles in aid of Pieta House, RTE sports broadcaster, Jacqui Hurley, and Dublin footballers, Eamon Fennell and Eoghan O’Gara are encouraging cyclists to sign up for the annual Tomas Mulligan Memorial Cycle to Athlone

by registering on tmcycle. pieta.ie. All money raised will go directly to Pieta House. Since opening their doors in 2006, their five centres, operating between Dublin and Limerick, have helped 4,000 people. The demand for the services of Pieta House continues to grow. Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House, said: “We

work with those who are struggling to deal with everyday life. “Times are very tough for people and, in the last year, we’ve seen a 33% increase in people coming to us for help. We’re so dependent on the generosity of the public in order to keep our doors

open. “The Tomas Mulligan Cycle will contribute hugely to the services that we provide. The Mulligan Family are an inspiration to us all,” she said. For further information on Pieta House, see www.pieta.ie.

Delight With Alice starring in everything from films to computer games, the players promise to use their theatre skills to delight the audience at Aras Chronain. Tickets are priced at €15 for adults, €10 for members and seniors, and €7 for children. For further information, contact Brian on 01 457 4847.


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TRAVEL: REAL-TIME BUS INFO Minister welcomes bus stop technology

FUNDRAISING: CAR DEALERSHIP LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN

Opel’s new idea for Make-A-Wish

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COMMUTERS across Dublin will soon be getting real-time information on their buses following the announcement that electronic bus signs, showing when the next bus is coming, are set to be rolled out in over 500 locations, with over 40 of these set for the south Dublin county area. Welcoming the news, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar said waiting for a bus, and not knowing when it’s going to arrive, “can be quite frustrating”.

Change “This is going to change; when the electronic bus signs are up and running you will be able to see when the next few buses are due to arrive. “These signs are already in place across the city centre and have proved very popular, and very useful. “During the next phase, passengers will be able to find out when the next bus is coming using an application on their smartphone, or via an SMS text message,” said Minister Varadkar. A spokesperson for the National Transport Authority said that, subject to infrastructure, the signs would be rolled out in the coming months. SDCC area “With regards to the South Dublin County Council area, we have plans for 45 or 36 screens, subject to ESB and planning availability. “We’re planning on putting the screens in places that are destinations themselves, that feature crossover between routes, or that are heavilyused routes. “In Lucan and Clondalkin, we’re looking at putting them at places like Coldcut Road, Esker, Fonthill, Sarsfield Park and other places,” said the spokesperson.

Event: A 100km fundraising cycle course for depression support SIOBHEAL NIC EOCHAIDH, Dublin Rose 2011; Michelle Ryan, Dublin

Rose Finalist and Aware Rose, and Ray D’Arcy were on hand to launch the new fundraising event Cycle4Aware, a 100km looped cycle which takes place on Sunday, August 7 starting and finishing in Athlone. The route takes in the beauty of Lough Ree and Shannonbridge and promises to be a worthwhile challenge for cyclists who have a reasonable level of fitness. Participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship total of €150, which will go towards the maintenance and development of Aware’s vital depression support and information services. Picture: Shane O’Neill

LIFFEY VALLEY Opel have teamed up with The Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise funds and awareness of the children’s charity. Make-A-Wish currently has a list of children waiting to have their wishes granted and lending your support could not be easier. Liffey Valley Opel, who are part of the Windsor Motor Group, have supported Make-A-Wish since 2008 by donating an Opel Zafira for the use of the charity to help fulfil and achieve it’s many activities. This car has been used by the staff of Make-AWish to assist in attending fundraising activities, granting of wishes for the children Make-A-Wish would seek to help and their families, whilst also promoting the charity

throughout the country. “Providing a vehicle to support and help the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been a pleasure for Liffey Valley Opel. “The feedback we have received has been very positive. Both personally and professionally it has given us great pride to see the smiles on the kids’ faces once their wish has been fulfilled. If we can be part of that in any way we are delighted,” said Paul Tier, dealer principal at Liffey Valley Opel. Liffey Valley Opel have now offered Make-AWish the fantastic opportunity to raise urgently needed funds by launching a new innovative appeal whereby people who have a Facebook account can make a a big difference in a very simple way. Liffey Valley Opel will

donate €1 for every new “Like” they receive on their Official Facebook page (facebook.com/ liffeyvalleyopeldublin). Plus, when you become a fan of their page they will automatically enter you into a free draw for a new iPad2. This simple concept requires very little effort from supporters and it is hoped it will reap enormous benefits for the charity. Liffey Valley Opel, and the many fans of MakeA-Wish hope to raise these urgently needed funds to help the children realise their dream for a day. Susan O’Dwyer CEO of Make-A-Wish said: “Make-A-Wish is delighted to have Liffey Valley Opel continue and develop it’s support with us. ”


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COUNCIL Outstanding payments figures revealed

SDCC is set to bring in rates of €125million Q PAUL HOSFORD

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SOUTH DUBLIN County Council has collected over €50million in corporate rates this year, but almost double that amount remains outstanding. The figures, released at this week’s council meeting, show that the council had collected €53,581,082 up until the end of July. Labour’s Eamon Tuffy put a question in at the meeting to “ask the Manager for an updated report on the amount received by the council in payment of commercial rates in the six-month period

up to the end of June, and how this amount compares with the projected income?” In response, the council says that it hoped to collect €125 million this year. “The adopted Budget 2011 was based on a projected income of €124,998,000 from commercial rates. This compares with billed income of €125,353,186 for 2011. “It should be noted that commercial rates are billed at the start of each year but are collected in two equal moieties. The second moiety became due on July 1 and reminders have been issued to advise ratepayers about

any balance due on their account. In addition, 1984 ratepayers opted to pay their rates by monthly direct debit, so these accounts will continue to clear a current rates balance of approx. €16.8m between July and December. Work has commenced to initiate early legal proceedings against those who have not paid or entered into an agreement to pay,” said the council response, which revealed that it still had €99,132,729 to collect for the rest of 2011 and was owed over €27 million in arrears from last year. Councillor Tuffy said the figures showed that the council was still

Over 50% of the Council’s estimated income comes from commercial rates

extremely dependent on the rates collection. “The maximum anticipated amount expected from the commercial rate represents, at about €125,000,000, over 50% of the council’s estimated income from all sources in 2011. “So the council is very dependent on collecting its rates income - to pay the wages of its staff, provision of services, such as upkeep of parks, litter management, mainte-

nance of roads and footpaths etc. “I interpret it that, at June 30, the council has received about 35% of outstanding rate payments, but note that the reply suggests that, if every rate payer paid on time, it would have received about half of its anticipated income at this time. “I have no doubt that the fact rates income is coming in at a slower rate than budgeted for reflects,

to some extent, the financial difficulties businesses are experiencing at this time, and that is one of the reasons I am very supportive of the council’s initiative and action plan for improving business competitiveness in the county. “The manager reports on the actions in the action plan at every County Development Board meeting, which I chair, and also keeps all councilors updated,” Cllr Tuffy said.

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€550,000 netted in charges SOUTH Dublin County Council has collected more than half a million euro in Non-Principal Private Residence (NPPR) payments this year. The NPPR covers nonprincipal homes, and costs €200. Answering a question from Tallaght Labour councillor Dermot Looney at the recent council meeting, the council said that, since 2009, more than €5 million has been collected, with 2011’s sum so far being €551, 218. The council said: “The liability date for the 2011 charge was March 31. NPPR charge is selfassessed, but persons liable for the charge, but who had not paid by June 30, incur penalty charges at the rate of €20 per month until it is paid.” The council also revealed that the administration and advertising of the fee cost €13,708, this year.


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COURTS: CASH WAS PROCEEDS OF CRIME

ROADS Proposal to construct new road scheme

€110k seized by the State

A FORMER brothel keeper has had almost €110,000 seized and forfeited to the State after a judge ruled the cash represented the proceeds of crime. Stephen Hutton (42) of St Patrick’s Park, Clondalkin, who was fined £6,000 in May 2001 after he pleaded guilty to assisting in managing a Pearse Street brothel, did not contest the application and was not present in court. Mr John Byrne BL, for the Revenue Commissioners, told Judge Martin Nolan that Hutton was stopped at 5.40am on August 29, 2009, in Dublin Airport as he was about to board a flight to Amsterdam. When asked by customs officers if he was carrying any cash he claimed to have €1,000 with him but when offic-

ers opened his hand luggage he informed them that he had a total of €110,000. They later found €108,150 in the bag. Hutton initially told gardai he had intended to buy a property in Amsterdam but later claimed he was going there for “pleasure”. Mr Byrne said Hutton told officers he was a professional gambler and the €110,000 was “amalgamated cash culminating from his gambling”. He said Hutton had also pleaded guilty to a number of charges of money laundering that were being dealt with by police in Cheshire, England. Judge Nolan acceded to the application and ordered that the cash seized should be forfeited to the State.

The council says it is proposed to construct a new road scheme off the Nangor Road in two phases

Council green light Nangor Rd extension Q PAUL HOSFORD clondalkin@gazettegroup.com

A MAJOR extension to the Nangor Road has

been agreed by South Dublin County Council. The dual carriageway will run to council land in Milltown, south of Grange Castle Business Park, which the council hopes will make inward investment more attractive. T he two -phase development has not

yet been costed, but it was agreed to move the project into Part Eight development at a recent council meeting. The council said: “It is proposed to construct a new road scheme off the Nangor Road in two phases. The provision of an access road would be advantageous to the

council in attracting inward investment. “The proposed scheme will include the following [stages]. “The construction of approximately 254m of dual carriageway, leading off the Nangor Road roundabout, and extending into Profile Park Business Park in

Phase 1. “T he constr uction of approximately 68m of single carriageway to facilitate the extension of an internal road within the business park in Phase 2. “The construction of cycle tracks and footpaths; the provision of drainage and associated features; the provision of public lighting and signing; the relocation of services, where necessary, and the provision of other services, where necessary,” said the council.

Proposal T he proposal was advertised, and plans and particulars of the proposed works were put on display in the council’s offices in Tallaght and Clondalkin from May 16, for the prescribed period, with one submission received. The submission, made by Inland Fisheries Ireland, raised concerns that a crossing of the Griffeen River would be needed during works, but the council said such a crossing was not envisaged. The council recommended that the plan be moved to Part Eight consultation – a recommendation that was accepted by the councillors.


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EVENT Minister launches ‘magic’ project

Grew €327,500 worth of cannabis

Kids wave their magic wands over education LOCAL TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, was on hand this week to formally launch If I had a Magic Wand, a collection of ideas and suggestions from children throughout Ireland. The event was hosted by the Deansrath Family Resource Centre in Clondalkin, where children presented the Minister with a giant homemade glittering magic wand. “I am delighted to be here today to launch this important booklet. “Six-hundred children, under the age of

seven, in 35 locations throughout the country took part in this project and the result has been a booklet of children’s vision and ideas for early care and educational services,” said Minister Fitzgerald. At the event, Minister Fitzgerald was presented with the giant glitter magic wand by Callum Kelly and Aibhlinn Farrelly from Deansrath, before outlining the findings of the report. “The three most striking results to emerge from this research is that children would like more outdoor play, more interaction with animals

COURT: FIVE YEARS FOR CULTIVATING CANNABIS

Aibhlinn Farrelly, Minister Fitzgerald and Callum Kelly.

and a broadened curriculum, which may include family involvement. “Here in Deansrath we have a fine example of how these elements can be incorporated into play between the fantastic sheltered outdoor play area, the trips to Corkagh Park petting zoo, and new elements of play being introduced on a regular basis,” said

Minister Fitzgerald. “The aim of this campaign was to raise standards in facilities and services which cater for under seven’s. “As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am committed to involving children in the decision-making process, especially in the National Children’s Strategy, and I will be

encouraging projects like this which involve interaction with children and a teasing out of their ideas and views,” Said Minister Fitzgerald. “Well done to all who par ticipated in this project – Start Strong, the Family Resource Agencies and all the 600 children who contributed to this document,” she said.

A TAXI driver has been sentenced to five years for his role in cultivating 655 cannabis plants, which gardai estimate had a €327,500 street value. William O’Brien (29) played a more minor role in the operation than his co-accused, Dwayne Byrne (55) who was sentenced to seven years, with three suspended. Judge Patrica Ryan said she must impose a custodial sentence on O’Brien but took into account his early guilty plea and lack of serious previous convictions. She imposed a five year-term with the final two suspended. “This was, in effect, Mr Byrne’s operation,” said the judge. Last week, Judge Ryan said the court had to mark the seriousness of Byrne’s offence and gave him a seven-year sentence to commence on the expiration of the six-year term he is

already serving for drug offences. Garda Ciaran O’Neill said that he and colleagues arrested O’Brien in his taxi as it pulled away from the cannabis plant warehouse and later linked Byrne to the operation through fingerprinting. M r J a m e s D w y e r, defending O’Brien, put it to Gda O’Neill that the street value of cannabis had been €2 per gramme but that this rose in 2009 to €12 per gramme, which was on what a garda expert was basing his €327,500 estimate for the total worth of 655 plants. Gda O’Neill accepted when counsel put it to him that the then Minister for Justice had outlined the €2 per gramme price of cannabis in a 2009 Dail speech, but added that he was standing over the opinion of the garda expert.


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RETAIL Opening of new DocMorris

pharmacy at Rowlagh

Martina McMahon, Christine O’Toole and Kim Russell, from the Dochas Centre, were presented with a cheque for €1,000 from Cormac Tobin and staff on behalf of the new outlet

Members of The Rowlagh Twirlers: Jasmine Murphy, Shanel Farrell, Jade Farrell, Natasha Farrelly, Jessica Keegan and Tori Boylan

A healthy addition to business family OWLAGH locals came along in large numbers to welcome the recent official opening of a new DocMorris Pharmacy outlet, adding to the chain’s growing portfolio of stores and boosting the local business family. The Rowlagh Twirlers entertained with young and local dancers, while

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face painting, balloons and party bags helped to create a party atmosphere at the branch. Customer Vincent Domican was invited to cut the ribbon to open the store, to great applause from the locals, staff and DocMorris managing director, Cormac Tobin, who was on hand to help celebrate the big day.

He also presented a cheque for €1,000 to the Dochas Family Centre in Liscarne, to help the centre continue with its community support services. Locals welcomed the new pharmacy, saying that it bucked the trend of closures in the current economic climate, and provided a useful service.

Junior Rowlagh Twirlers: Robyn Scully, Lacie Dowling and Sophie Larkin

Vincent Domican cuts the ribbon to officially open the outlet as staff look on. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

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Ready for music festival DUBLIN City Council’s Arts Office is presenting the fifth Northside Music Festival, which will take place across north Dublin city from August 1 to 18. The festival offers a range of free summertime musical events at exciting venues around the area. It includes a rich array of Irish and international talent, as well as a diverse assortment of music. This year’s programme will be held in a variety of distinctive settings, such as city parks, community centres, churches and civic spaces that will strengthen existing audiences and attract new audiences. Supported by The Arts Council, this year’s festival will feature more family-orientated events, with three concerts by the Whitleblast Quartet and the Speks specifically for children. An exciting workshop programme, lead by Wassa Wassa Drum Collective for youth groups, will take place across the city. The aim of these workshops is to directly engage young talent with the highest level of professional expertise while celebrating intercultural activity. Admission to all performances is free. Booking is required for all indoor concerts through Artscope, telephone: 01 5059582 or e-mail: info@artscope.ie. See www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsOffice for details of events.

Pictured at the recent launch of Learning to reach out: Young people, mental health literacy and the Internet, a new study conducted by ReachOut.com, were (l-r) Derek Chambers (ReachOut.com), Ms Kathleen Lynch TD, Elaine Geraghty (ReachOut.com), Denis Vavasour and Susan Whyte (ReachOut.com Youth Ambassadors). The event took place at Dublin’s Science Gallery.

Thank Dylan it’s... THE DYLAN Hotel, just off Baggot Street, is launching a new addition to Dublin’s social scene, its Thank Dylan it’s Friday (TDIF) initiative. This new series of events aims to support its clientele in achieving greater work/ life balance, by hosting relaxing, fun events on select Fridays throughout the summer. The first TDIF event is Summer Sounds, the perfect way to relax, unwind and kick-off the weekend. Summer Sounds offers a specially created BBQ menu, signature cocktails and smooth Motown hits by Dylan’s resident DJ

from 7 pm every Friday. The perfect escape in the heart of the city, Summer Sounds will be held at Dylan’s luxurious outdoor terrace, a stylish, all-weather space which can be covered if the weather lets us down! Summer Sounds’ specially created BBQ menu includes gourmet burgers and hot dogs, while Dylan’s summer cocktail menu sees classic cocktails with a contemporary twist created by Dylan’s award-winning mixologists, including delicious Dressed Pimm’s, refreshing Summer Spritzer, Dylan’s signature Gin and Tonic and Dylan’s Marmalade Cocktails. See www.dylan.ie for more info.


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GazettePETS PETS

Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: TIPS FOR EMPLOYING THE SERVICES OF A DOG TRAINER

Learn to be the leader of the pack AVE you ever a r r i ve d h o m e to find your dog has ripped apart his bed, bungee jumped from the net curtains and shredded hubby’s favourite shirt? Sound familiar? Thankfully this hasn’t happened in our house yet. However, it has happened to a few of my readers who’ve written to me asking for advice. So, with that in mind, this week I thought I’d try and tackle pet training and behaviour, God help me! As someone who works with animals I understand their behaviour can be varied. There are cats that will hide, or compulsively groom themselves, and dogs

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who jump up on people, knocking them over, or who suffer separation anxiety when left alone and may either pee everywhere, or set about ripping the furnishings once your back is turned. It’s no secret that behaviour differs, but one thing’s for sure – they greatly impact on the owner’s quality of life and, if this happens, then, sadly, this can very often lead to the abandonment of the poor, troubled animal – when, in fact, it’s not the animal’s fault at all. Let me explain. Dogs are pack animals and require and thrive on leadership and, in most Irish households, there are leaders and there are followers and you need

Dublin SPCA Dog Trainer, Alex Petrilli and friends

to step up, be positive and decide which you are going to be when it comes to Fido. Why? I hear you ask. Well, let me put it like this, if you don’t assume pack leader your dog, if he’s the dominant type, could easily slip into this

slot and take over because to him, leaders enjoy all the privileges. This leadership assertion from you needs to begin when your dog is a puppy because, remember, your pet lived with his litter until he was eight weeks, so he’s already

learned dominant and subordinate behaviour with other dogs. Now you need to let him know you’re the leader of this family pack. So, what do you do if you want to head off potential problems with your dog? Simple, you engage the services of an exceptional dog behaviourist such as our amazing Dublin SPCA dog trainer, Alex Petrilli, whom, in my humble opinion and in my capacity as a seasoned pet parent, is an excellent communicator, one of the most important factors when it comes to dealing with pets and their parents. However, if those pet parents are kids, as in your teen, even better as

the interaction between child and dog is one of the most important relationships your son or daughter will ever develop because he/she will grow up to become a responsible pet owner. And Alex explores, guides, nourishes and tutors this through his bespoke K9 Junior Training Summer Camp held here at the Shelter Campus. So, if you’re a dog owner who wants to get more involved with their pet, or if you’ve got kids and want to encourage their sense of loyalty, compassion, confidence and exuberance for their new best friend, then read my top tips below for employing the services of a dog trainer. • Don’t choose the

cheapest – choose the best, the one who delivers results. If it was a heart specialist, would you hire cheap and cheerful or would you go for the professional who guarantees a first class job? Go for the best. Your dog is worth it. • Secure a behaviourist/trainer who is recommended by a friend or a vet, and ask if he/she has experience treating similar issues/problems (you’ve discovered with your pet), and never, ever, use one who recommends using inhumane shock collars. Communication is the key, but don’t take my word for it. Give Alex a ring on 01-4994725 and learn how to be a good pack leader.


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GazetteTTRAVEL Breathtaking journey to Carrig House MIMI MURRY

THE correct way to circumvent the Ring of Kerry is anti-clockwise, according to Terry Wogan. It most certainly is not wise to try and make up time by driving inland, especially when a grey cloud the size of Munster is descending over the McGillycuddy Reeks and there are only sheep as far as the eye can see. However, that is what my other half and I did on a recent trip to the Kingdom. We had arrived late at our accommodation – the lovely Carrig House, situated on the shores of Caragh Lake. It was 3pm and dinner was booked for 8 pm, so we decided to attempt the back roads to Sneem, a lovely spot along the Ring.

We decided to go for an all-out fish fest and the mussels and crab starter were so fresh, you could definitely still taste the sea. My scallops, set on a fennel broth, were delicious, as was my husband’s poached haddock laid on a moreish curry risotto. Coffee and dessert were equally good.

Our helpful hostess raised an eyebrow when we said we would attempt the back roads and warned us that to get off the beaten track was sure to get us lost. Speeding by

Never ones to listen to the voice of reason, we ploughed on past Carragh Lake and up some miniscule roads with neer a signpost or another car in sight. After driving in circles for about an hour, we were sure our eyes were deceiving us when a squad car came speeding by. They would lead us out of the maze we had become entangled in and get us to Sneem. What followed felt like a high-speed car chase with me holding on for dear life as my husband swore blind we weren’t breaking

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Carrig House situated on the shores of Caragh Lake

the law if the boys in blue were demanding that we follow. What followed was some of the most stunning scenery I have ever seen and was most certainly off the beaten track. The McGillycuddy Reeks imposed upon us

from both sides and I yelped as my husband almost collided with a mountain goat. After our almost fatal brush with livestock, it was straight the whole way to Sneem. From there up to Waterville and past Skellig is magnificent, breath-

taking scenery. There is the odd pretty little cove dotted along the coast, which would be good for sunbathing or some swimming. Hungry, my husband got us back in time for dinner. We enjoyed a quick drink in Carrig

House’s very comfortable and pretty drawing room, which was filled with visitors and locals enjoying Saturday night dinner. The view from our table was extremely pretty and quite ethereal, looking out over the lake.

Our room had a spectacular view, with big windows overlooking the lake. The next morning, we sat and watched fishermen bob past on a little boat through a haze that Kerry folk fondly call the Irish mist. It might be rain to the rest of us, but who are we to argue. For more details of Carrig House go to www. carrighouse.com/

TIME OUT Jet off to beautiful Malta this summer TAKE a break with a difference this summer and jet off to beautiful Malta where there are countless events and concerts taking place catering for all tastes and ages, from the Delicata Wine Festival that takes place from August 4 to 7, to the Gozo Music Festival, which gets into full swing on August 21. Malta boasts an extensive range of activities, from cultural to adrenaline-fuelled. For those who want to relax, there are countless hidden beaches scattered across the island and Gozo is a must. Ryanair operates direct flights from Dublin five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday. Special offers are now available on return flights for as little as €131 return, including taxes.


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A relaxing weekend in a luxurious Radisson HIROMI MOONEY

THE Radisson Blu Roe Park Resort in Limavady, Co Derry, is the ideal place to stay for a trip to Northern Ireland. The hotel sits on 155 acres of land, which is both an 18-hole golf course and a beautiful 18th-century parkland. It has 118 guest rooms that include five luxury rooms, three suites and three superior rooms. The hotel also has leisure facilities such as a fitness suite, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as The Roe Spa. With the sea and forest a few minutes drive away, and the shopping and nightlife a half-hour drive to both Derry and Coleraine, there is plenty to do during your stay. After driving for more than three hours and missing a few turns along the way, we were relieved when we found the hotel. Given a warm welcome by the friendly and helpful staff, my sister Maria and I checked in to The Lilac Room. And, yes, there was nothing that didn’t spell out luxury in this room, from the glistening chandeliers to the king-size bed. The windows overlooked the golf course and brought a lot of light into the room. There were two LCD TVs, two of the most comfortable couches I have ever sat on, a fridge and coffee machine. We even had a jacuzzi bath tub. There were Elemis spa

products in the bathroom waiting to be used, and more pillows on the bed than I could count. We didn’t want to move, but eventually forced ourselves get ready for dinner. The hotel boasts two restaurants, so we decided to test them both out over the two nights that we stayed there. On the first night we opted for the fine-dining experience in Green’s Restaurant. We both had the warm three-cheese tart, which was like a quiche. My main course was as mouth-watering as it sounds. Five Spiced Duck Breast served with sticky Thai rice. Maria enjoyed the lemon and lime butter sauce on the Oven Roast Salmon, and devoured a large bowl of ice cream for dessert. We enjoyed a less formal atmosphere the next night in The Coach House Brasserie. The breakfast is served in Green’s Restaurant, but has a totally different atmosphere in the morning. The self-service buf-

fet means that your eyes are bigger than your belly and you want absolutely everything on offer. It caters for everyone with fry-ups, cereals, porridge, juices, pastries, yogurt, fruit salads and toast. The Roe Spa was the perfect place to relax and indulge in some self-pampering treats. They use Elemis products, which contain organic extracts, and the gorgeous scents make you drift away from the busy world. A fter my facial, I noticed the difference immediately. All tension disappeared from my body after a foot and ankle massage, and the head, neck and shoulder massage. The two relaxation rooms were so peaceful and comfortable, I didn’t want to leave. In short, the hotel caters for all ages, boasts a friendly team of staff with excellent service, and is the perfect place to unwind, relax and pamper yourself. For summer deals and to make reservations, visit www.radissonroepark. com

The hotel sits on 155 acres of land, which is both an 18 hole golf course and a beautiful 18th century parkland

The Radisson Blu Roe Park Resort in Limavady, Co Derry, is the perfect place to unwind, relax and pamper yourself


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1GoingOUT PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Plaza Suite

TIME is almost up to see the final performances of Plaza Suite at the Pavilion, which comes to an end on Saturday, July 30. One of Neil Simon’s most enduring and popular comedies, Plaza Suite sees the lives of three couples, as played out in the very same hotel suite at New York’s Plaza hotel. Nick Dunning and Eleanor Methven take the lead in the entertaining comedy, with tickets still available, priced from €17.60 to €25. For full details, see www.paviliontheatre.ie.

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 The Wizard of Oz THE timeless tale of Dorothy and friends gets a new twist, with a series of “Oz Camps” throughout July and early August, preparing budding actors and students to put on a memorable performance. Running from Tuesday, August 9 to Saturday, August 13, the Oz Camp graduates will showcase what they’ve learned in what promises to be a show to remember. Tickets are still available, priced from €15/€50 family. For full details, see www.thehelix.ie.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Past and Present DUBLIN 15-based artist Desmond Kenny brings his range of work to the ground and first-floor galleries, with his free exhibition showcasing his skills, until August 27. Desmond’s exhibition will have a particular focus on abstract painting, with a retrospective of his earlier work also on show.

A brave Borrower, Arrietty (Saoirse Ronan) faces the human boy, Sho (Tom Holland) who has come to learn of her race’s existence, as they co-exist in an ordinary house together. However, regardless of their sizes, they both face some big challenges, ahead...

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A little race of people are likely to make a big impression, thanks to a delightful film from expert Japanese animators Q KATE CROWLEY

BACK at my post in Gazette Towers, following an unrequested groundcranium-interface incident – or tripping over a bag left halfway down a flight of stairs last week, in other words – I may have had some breath knocked out of my lungs, but not any common sense. As such, despite my irrational tendency to generally like Kevin “King of Queens” James, I declined to take my recuperating to see his latest comedy, Zookeeper, which shall doubtless please any fans of that curious sub-genre of Average-chump-learnsthat-animals-can-talkand-not-only-that-theyalso-have-advice-onhow-to-improve-his-lovelife! films. This one stars James as – well, the clue’s in the title, folks. And, as much as I have a weakness for anything starring supernaturally-

FILM OF THE WEEK: Arrietty ++++ (G) 94 mins Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Starring: The voices of Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman

OUR VERDICT: ANOTHER lovely tale from Studio Ghibli, Arrietty is a gentle yet entertaining tale from the Japanese animation masters, who certainly have a yen for creating memorable films that do great business around the world. With its message that size is less important than courage, and character, it’s also a thoughtful and welcome addition to more predictable CG-animated fare.

powered Nazis – a storytelling staple of everything from The Twilight Zone to Star Trek to Indiana Jones to another newly-released film (Captain America: The First Avenger) – I don’t fancy reviewing any Nazi films for a while. So, rather than review a Nazi film, here’s a rather nice one, instead. Arrietty is a Japanesefiltered tale inspired by Mary Norton’s classic, The Borrowers (which enjoyed a big-screen film in recent years, starring Jim Broadbent and a host of British talent).

Here, just as in The Borrowers, our world is shared with another race of tiny, sentient beings – little people, who secretly live in secretive harmony with the “vast” world of the humans above, upon whom they rely. After all, humans have lots of things for the tiny folk to “borrow”, with everything from sugar lumps to paper clips finding new uses in the world of the “Borrowers” – and there are few Borrowers as charming, curious and resourceful as Arrietty (Saoirse Ronan), the film’s titular character.

She lives with her family in the space below an ordinary Japanese house, relying on borrowing things from the house and world above to carry out their little lives, which are still full of the same big hopes, dreams and fears that the humans have. After a while, a boy, Sho (Tom Holland) comes to stay at the house, under the care of his great aunt, Sadako, while he waits to have an important operation in the city. After seeing a cat chasing something, he soon finds Arrietty, which breaks the most sacred rule of Borrowers – to never reveal their existence to humans. A r r i e t t y ’s p a r e n t s decide that, now that they’ve been discovered, they’ll simply have to move, even though Sho and Arrietty have struck up an unlikely but fond friendship. But both human and Borrower alike face diffi-

culties and dangers, with Sho facing his operation, and Arrietty’s family stirring the curiosity of the household’s maid. Where Arrietty may need to borrow Sho’s help for her family’s sake, Sho may need to borrow some of their resourceful courage, as they all face their uncertain futures ... As always, Studio Ghibli have delivered a charmingly animated (with some dashes of CG trickery, here and there) film, free of some of the frantic pace of most animated films. It’s a charming, familyfriendly, traditionallyanimated film from the Japanese masters of the genre, who’ve previously delighted Irish, and Western, audiences with films such as Spirited Away and Ponyo, to name but two of their hits. Arrietty may be little, but the film is likely to leave a big impression on smaller minds.


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Mums are turning to beauty products packed with natural and nourishing ingredients

WITH up to 60% of what we put on our skin reportedly absorbed into the bloodstream it’s no wonder that mums are turning to beauty products packed with natural and nourishing products. Top natural brand, Burt’s Bees, have a range of products that are ideal for new mums and babies too. The skincare company says being good to you and to the planet sums up their ethos, and to care for baby’s delicate skin, their Baby Bee range includes 10 essential products made with natural moisturisers and natural emollients such as beeswax, to seal in moisture and help protect against external irritants. All Baby Bee products undergo extensive paediatric testing (on babies between the ages of three months and 13 years) and are SLS-, phthalate- and paraben-free. When it comes to bath time, try products made with natural ingredients such as oat flour, buttermilk, sunflower and coconut oil to care for baby’s skin. Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap (€5.95, 99g) is gentle and nourishing, leaving skin soft and silky. Made using buttermilk, which is richer in fats and emollients

than whole milk, these products are great natural skin cleansers. And to ensure there are no tears at bath time, NEW Baby Bee Fragrance Free Shampoo & Wash (€9.95, 235ml), Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash (€9.95, 235ml) and Baby Bee Bubble Bath (€12.95, 350ml) are non-irritating, natural formulas that are gentle enough for everyday use. And, of course, a comfortable baby is a happy baby, and Baby Bee Diaper Ointment (€8.95, 55g) helps to nourish skin, sealing moisture in and wetness out. Made with 100% natural ingredients, it is packed full of nourishing vitamins, zinc, oxide and beeswax, to protect delicate skin. Adding a sprinkle of Baby Bee Dusting Powder (€8.95, 127.6g) made with slippery elm bark, cornstarch and kaolin helps keep your baby

dry, happy and smelling fresh. And, to ensure Mums don’t feel left out, try the Mama Bee range featuring Mama Bee Belly Butter (€16.95, 185g). Made with skin-loving natural ingredients such a Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter, this is the perfect product to help keep expanding skin smooth. For when you’re legs and feet need a treat, Mama Bee Leg & Foot Cream (€14.95, 85g) is formulated with peppermint oil and rosemary extract to help relax tired muscles and moisturise your skin. Or, if a therapeutic bath or massage is just what you need, the Mama Bee Body Oil with Vitamin E (€13.95, 115ml) is ideal to keep your body hydrated. Made with sweet almond and lemon oils and Vitamin E, massage into your skin to help keep it supple and hydrated. Burt’s Bees is available at selected pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

KidStuff The stroller to be seen with this year IF CELEBRITY endorsements are anything to go by, it would seem that the New Zealand brand, Phil & Ted’s, is the stroller to be seen with this year. 98FM’s Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore are the most recent Phil & Ted’s converts and join Jack Black and Sacha Baron Cohen in choosing the Explorer to propel their offspring around. The buggy that has been beloved of parents all over the world, with its good looks, manoeuvrability and quality materials, Phil & Ted’s is the coolest way to get your precious ones from A to B. To find out what’s the best Phil & Ted’s for you, or if you know of a cool dad-to-be who may need some direction in the wheels department, check out www. cleverclogs.ie for more information and to find a stockist near you.

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Swimming is making a healthy splash IN A society increasingly promoting exercise and healthy eating in youngsters, the findings of a recent study – that revealed that more underfives know how to play a computer game than to swim – makes for sobering reading. Besides the obvious safety benefits, swimming helps to get the heart rate going, keep children fit, and provide them with plenty of fun. Carol McNally, who, with her sister, Therese, runs swimming classes for babies and young

children across Dublin, says it’s vital to get your little one into the pool as soon as possible. Classes are suitable for babies from six weeks, which is usually when their mums feel able to bring them, says McNally, who adds that swimming is also excellent for stimulating your baby’s eating and sleeping patterns. The multi-award-winning Water Babies’ course teaches using voice commands, and learning to respond to these is excellent for your baby’s mental development.

Lessons last half an hour, and, although they might look gentle, each provides your baby with a complete work-out – exercising and strengthening lots of muscles they’d never find on land! To find out more about local classes, call 01 824 9987, or see www.waterbabies.ie.

Above, Holly and Georgia Brown, and, inset, Lynsey Whitchard with Harry Anderson, are all having fun exercising and bonding together by swimming


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Balancing a career and motherhood Q HIROMI MOONEY

A S E V E RY wo m a n knows, being a mum is a full-time job in itself, and balancing that with a hectic career as a highprofile TD is not an easy thing to do. N ow t h e m o t h e r of three sons in their 20s, Children’s Minister, Frances Fitzgerald is refreshingly honest about working while raising three children and admits that, in the early days, she doesn’t know how she managed. A former social worker, Fitzgerald says that her husband and family were hugely supportive of her and of her later decision to enter politics. “T hroughout my career, I have been lucky, especially, when my children were young, in that I

was able to take extended maternity leave and at some points I job-shared. This gave me a taste of the best of both worlds,” she says. “It is certainly difficult to find the balance. Looking back, I’m not quite sure how I managed in the early days, but when I did hit that balance, I really enjoyed both my career, the opportunities and the learning experiences and being able to cherish the time I got to spend with my family. “It would not have been possible for me to succeed in politics without the support of my family. My husband and my three boys have always been a fantastic source of strength and encouragement to me,” says Fitzgerald. Fine Gael TD for Dub-

Motherhood and politics: Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, Mary Mitchell O’Connor

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‘Looking back, I’m not quite sure how I managed in the early days but when I did hit that balance I really enjoyed both my career and the time I got to spend with my family’

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lin South, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has two sons aged 25 and 24. She went back to work as a school

principal just 10 weeks after giving birth and says it was very difficult for her in the early days.

“I think you hate leaving your baby with a minder – mind you, I had an excellent minder.

It was difficult to juggle, but I suppose, first of all in teaching, school hours are pretty short in comparison to what other working mothers have to do. Education then was huge for me for them. I put a big emphasis on education for the two boys. “I really didn’t get into

politics until they were well on their way towards their Leaving Certs. I just wouldn’t – their education to me was of paramount importance. “I don’t know how mothers could juggle that or how they could – you know. You sacrifice something – be it yourself or be it your children.”


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Excessive dribbling, red cheeks and gums, a tendency to chew on things and, in some cases, vomiting, can spell one thing – that your little one is teething. It’s a period that every mum and dad dread because not only is their baby in pain, but it can mean plenty of sleepless nights for parents, too. Nelsons Teetha teething granules €7.25 (top), are a homeopathic remedy for the relief of the symptoms of teething. They come in a ready-dosed granule that simply dissolves in your baby’s mouth,

where it gently helps to ease the pain of teething and relieves discomfort. The active ingredient in Teetha is a 6c homeopathic potency of Chamomilla – a herb traditionally used to help relieve the symptoms of teething. Chamomilla is often described by homeopaths as the first-choice remedy for teething. Coughs can cause little ones a great deal of discomfort and disturb their sleep.

Coughs and teething can cause a great deal of discomfort and disturb baby’s sleep

Honey is well known not only for its great taste, but also for being a great natural remedy. In fact, a recent study has confirmed what many parents have known for

years, that honey can help with sore throats and night-time coughs in children. The study showed that honey helped at reducing the severity and frequency

of night-time coughs, so children can get to sleep more easily. So, it’s no wonder honey was one of the first ingredients that was put into Nelsons Sootha (far left). The honey rich formula contains the 6c homeopathic potency of natural Bryonia, purified honey and zesty lemon juice – natural ingredients to help bring gentle relief to coughs. Bryonia, more commonly known as Bryony, is a yellow flowering climbing plant, which has been used in homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of coughs. Nelsons Sootha cough syrup is free of artificial colourings or flavourings and does not cause drowsiness. Suitable for children aged 12 months onwards. Nelsons says it is important to identify what kind of cough your child has and, if your child has any of these symptoms, you should consult a doctor: • Cough that is accompanied by any wheezing or breathing difficulties. • A croup cough, which has a barking sound. • A whooping cough that has a very distinctive sound: a severe drysounding coughing spell that lasts 20-30 seconds and is followed by a whooping noise as your baby draws breath.


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ARE you old enough to remember 1986? If so, do you remember what fashion was like then? At name it they do. In 1986 one of the suppliers of Vero Moda, a Bestseller women’s fashion brand, accidentally sent out a shipment of jeans that had been made in small sizes rather than adult sizes. This was the beginning of the adventure we know today as name it. One of the sales people took on the challenge of finding customers for the jeans… and the rest is history. And much has happened in those 25 years – a quarter of a century which the people behind name it have spent get-

ting to know kids, in order to come up with the best kids’ fashion possible. The most important thing when designing for kids is to keep their needs in mind at all times. At the same time the team behind name it has to think about the parents too, because parents really only want the best for their children. Over the years, this way of thinking has led to a lot of bright ideas. For example, all name it jeans have adjustable waists to suit kids of different sizes; there is always room for nappies when needed; and the price range is always reasonable, because name it knows that you need more than one nightsuit for

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your baby. In some countries kids need outerwear that can handle the rough weather; and of course kids’ safety comes first, so all collections follow the rules and standards of the European Union. Although name it is now 25 years old, there is no sign of slowing down. In the future you will see more name it shops popping up around the world. From birth to the age of 12, kids can get all their fashion needs covered, from underwear to outerwear, and name it will continue to offer a complete wardrobe.

As we move forward in this millennium you will also find name it more and more on the internet, so you can shop online and connect with name it fans on Facebook. Look out for the many exciting events lined up for name it shops this autumn – and be sure to join us in the celebrations.


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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs FIAT 500 TO PROMOTE PIXAR’S CARS 2: Disney

Pixar has chosen the Fiat 500 to help promote the new CARS 2 movie in Ireland. The Fiat 500 in question, a TwinAir Lounge model, has been covered in an elaborate promotional wrap, complete with windscreen “eyes” similar to those of the characters in the film. One of the main storylines of the new film revolves around the character Luigi, which is based on an original Fiat 500. We meet Luigi’s Uncle Topolino and Mama Topolino for the first time when the World Grand Prix series arrives in his home town of Porto Corsa in Italy. Disney Pixar’s CARS 2 opened in cinemas across Ireland on July 22, while the Fiat 500 TwinAir is available from €14,295 (excluding delivery and related charges).

Citroen has extended its styling DS programme to include an updated DS4 based on the C4. The car has sporty style design and features

DS4 brings fun to Citroen Citroen has a new, slightly bigger, DS4 on offer with impressive performance which MICHAEL MORONEY found when he took it on a fast test T was a fun drive taking the new Citroen DS4 on the road, but its performance was such that I spent too much of my time checking the speedo. That, in some people’s minds, is a good result – the new Citroen sporty version of the C4 comes with huge performance levels for a car that’s compact and reasonable in size. Citroen wants to make statements with the DS range. The DS4 is the next up in that regard, adding a little more space and aiming to compete with performance-type sports cars such as the Golf GTI. The car has very distinctive styling – the wheels add to the effect in a black alloy colour with flared sections to give a classic

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SPECS: CITROEN DS4 1.6 Top speed: 235 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 7.9 sec Economy: 16.6 km/litre (6.4 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 149g/km Road Tax Band: C (€302) Euro NCAP Rating: 5 Star (2011) Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €29,895

aerodynamic effect. This is a stand-out car – you’ll be seen in it no matter what colour it comes in. I drove a white DS4, but I’ve seen photos of the red edition and I reckon that it would be more impressive. Colour aside, the car is packed with technology to give the performance car effect.

And it drives like a bomb as well. The 1.6litre, turbo-petrol engine has impressive acceleration giving a 0 to 100km/ hr acceleration time of just 7.9 seconds. That’s almost comparable with the Volkswagen Golf GTI performance from an engine that’s smaller, while delivering 200bhp. The car seems lighter than the Golf, Audi TT, Honda Civic Type R or Peugeot RCZ, and that makes its performance feel lighter on the road. It has real rear passenger space for three in reasonable comfort and its fivedoor format makes the rear seat accessible. Getting in and out of the rear has its own hazards. I felt that the shape of the rear doors is posi-

tively dangerous with a spike type end to the design. I had the car for a few brief days and still managed some minor injuries, not life-threatening, of course, and avoidable with care! The one feature that’s especially attractive about the DS4 is that, for the power and the specification on offer, it’s affordable. The entry price for the petrol-powered model is €29,895, which seems a lot of money for a mid-range car, but it’s way cheaper than the rivals mentioned above. And, the other good news is that you can get a more thrifty diesel-powered version for the same price, without too much of a compromise on performance. The accelera-

tion from the diesel version is less than a second slower with the benefit of 20% better economy and a lower CO2 driven taxband rating. There is room to seat five adults, but head room in the rear is a little tight. The car has a reasonable size 359-litre boot which increases to 385 litres when you use the underfloor storage, making it bigger than many conventional hatchbacks. The new model is claimed to be one of the safest cars in its class. It has been awarded a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating with a 97% score in the Safety Assist category. The standard safety features include ESP with Intelligent Traction Control, ABS with

EBD and EBA, six airbags and two Isofix mountings on the rear seats. There are some nice luxury touches on the inside. The cabin area is modern with lots of dials and switches to give a more sophisticated look than the standard C4 car. This new Citroen DS4 is available with three trim-level signatures – DSign, DStyle and DSport. The entry-level DSign comes with six airbags, ESP, Hill Start Assist, air conditioning, daytime-running LEDs, 17” alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function, six-speaker Surround Sound audio system and cruise control with speed limiter and memory settings.

More road tolls will erode Ireland competitiveness – IRHA THE Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has expressed its concern at reports that eight new toll locations may be introduced on Irish roads. The Association has called for the establishment of a task force to examine all road tolling systems to ensure that all road users are taxed at appropriate levels.

Commenting on the fact that the National Roads Authority has commenced a process of examining means of generating additional revenue through new tolls on Ireland’s existing road network, Eoin Gavin, President of the IRHA, said that such increases in tolling would have major implications,

not only for the road haulage industry, but for Ireland’s overall competitiveness, which, he said, would be inevitably eroded. Highest level

The Irish haulage sector is currently paying the highest level of road tax in

Ireland and also pays nearly the most in Europe in terms of fuel duty and carbon tax. Furthermore, a recent report by the Irish Exporters Association said that a number of EU Directives have been agreed which will impose €97.5million in added costs on Irish exports exiting Ireland.


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PLANNING NOTICE SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL Patrick Horan is applying for Permission for amendments and retention, of a ‘Sheomra’ type single storey detached timber structure to rear garden of existing dwelling, which includes an en-suite, for use as a domestic storage space ancillary to the main house only, at 6 Hermitage Way, Lucan, Co. Dublin. This application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of South Dublin County Council during its public opening hours of 9am-4pm, MonFri, and a submission or observation may be made to South Dublin County Council in writing and on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by South Dublin County Council of the application. 13243


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Under-9 player Mathew Scott

Soccer skills players from the Under-10 team, Joshua Tuite, Tadgh Atkins, Korolyn Flanagan and Callum O’Neil

Peamount Peas’ summer camp a huge success for all VER 70 young players from across Dublin and Kildare enjoyed Peamount United’s Soccer Skills Summer camp at the club’s fabulous football complex in Greenogue. Ranging from academy nippers as young as five-years-old all the way up to the club’s ambitious Under-13 and Under-14 age groups preparing for the coming Dublin District Schoolboy season, all participants benefitted from a host of drills and games being put on by club coaches. Peamount Head of Coaching - and current Ireland Under-15 Girls Schools International side boss - Jason Carey oversaw what was a successful and, more importantly, fun-filled week for all involved.

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Cian Walsh, Peamount academy player

Peamount coaches Chloe Murphy, Eoin Carey and Emma Donohoe

Chloe O’Gorman, Luke Carter and Joshua Tuite

U-13s player, Cillian Smith

Cillian Bowden and Brad Tinkler

Jessie Lynch, Peamount coach


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2011 DUBLIN SPORTS AWARDS - JULY NOMINEES

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Harrington on hand to help launch Alliance

MONTH

JAMES MCGEE

SHEENA MCELROY

LORRAINE O’HALLORAN

JAMES McGee broke new ground last Saturday at the Fitzwilliam lawn tennis club as he defied the world rankings to win the Green Property Irish Open singles title with a 6-3, 6-3 win over French top seed, Charles-Antoine Brezac.

GRANGE golf club’s Sheena McElroy secured her third Irish senior title at Adare Manor when she defeated Pauline Walsh in the final of the national event, another accolade in what has already been a successful year.

LORRAINE O’Halloran, from Palmerstown, won a welldeserved gold medal in the 100m freestyle swimming final at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, registering a personal best time in the process to defeat the field.

DUBLIN HURLING

ROUND TOWERS

INSAKA FC

THE resurgence of Dublin hurling and its attainment of new heights was prevalent throughout July, when the senior, minor and Under-21 hurlers registered county victories that see them set to take on the All-Ireland challenge.

THE ladies of Monastery Road produced a winning performance to claim their first silverware in over a decade, defeating Clontarf by 2-8 to 1-9 in Parnell Park to claim the intermediate title to great acclaim.

THE fledgling club’s maiden double arrived in style when they claimed the Ronnie Bradshaw Cup and U-18 NDSL Premier titles this season, vindication of the management’s faith in their abilities and commitment to soccer

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WELCOME to the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, as we mark our local sportsmen and women’s July sporting achievements across the capital and, indeed, across the nation. We’re delighted to once again be able to celebrate the finest achievements in Dub-

lin sport, with some huge efforts at local levels coming to our attention in a variety of well-known, and some, less prominent, sports. Ever y form of sporting achievement, at any level and in any sport, is valuable and gives an indication of the diversity of sporting commit-

ment there is around our fair city at all times of the year.

Let us know! Let us know about your achievements in sport, so that the Gazette can tell the rest of Dublin — and give you, or your team, a chance of being one of our monthly stars.

Contact us on 01 601 0240 or sport@gazettegroup.com to tell us all about your successes, and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ gazettesport. You can also check out the latest stories from GazetteSport at our new website, www.gazettegroup.com

STACKSTOWN’S superhero, Padraig Harrington, was on hand to help to launch the Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance with representatives of the clubs involved in the initiative. The K Club, Powerscourt, Carton House, The Island and Druid’s Glen are all taking part in the alliance, which is giving golfers the opportunity to stay and play in some of the top hotels and courses in Ireland, with great deals on both. Within easy access of Dublin airport, and with the buzz and atmosphere of Ireland’s capital on your doorstep, the Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance promises you the best of both worlds with the warmest of welcomes. For more information, contact info@dublingolfalliance.com or call 086 854 1234.


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SOCCER: LOCALS FEATURE IN MAN CITY, CELTIC AND INTER TIES

Clon RFC calling on new recruits for 2011 PRE-SEASON training for both the senior men and women’s teams has begun at Clondalkin Rugby Club. The club is encouraging new players to get involved and new players are always welcome. It is also asking current players to assist them in this recruitment drive by bringing along a friend or relative. This is an excellent opportunity to take part in an ever-growing club and an evergrowing sport. For further details on how to join up, interested parties can log on onto the club’s website on http://www.clondalkinrugby. com/ or email info@clondalkinrugby.com.

Peamount packing for UEFA trip PEAMOUNT United are stepping up their fund-raising 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’s website is peamountutd.com.

United seeking new coaches PEAMOUNT United are currently seeking ambitious coaches at all levels to coach schoolboy sides at the club. The current recruitment drive coincides with ambitious plans to expand the club’s already highly-successful academy. Both coaches with experience and those interested in starting out are welcome. Those who are interested in getting involved are asked to contact Head of Coaching, Jason Carey, at jason@ peamount.com, or to visit the club’s website. This is an excellent chance for anyone interested in coaching the young stars of the future.

Aidan Price, pictured here when he was a Shamrock Rovers player, will play for the Airtricity select at the Dublin Super Cup this weekend

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AIDAN Price has the chance to shine in front of a worldwide audience next weekend at the Dublin Super Cup but, for former St Francis man, Gary Rogers, it is a case of wait and see. Rogers’ heroics for St Patrick’s Athletic against Kazakhstan’s Shakther Karagandy in the 2-0 Europa League win last Thursday means another European trip for the Inchicore club with a release from Pete Mahon’s panel subject to approval from his club manager.

This week, the goalkeeper will be travelling to Kiev for the third qualifying round away leg against Kar paty Lviv, and how he and his team mates come through that could see them added to Damien Richardson’s Super Cup panel. For Clondalkin man Price, Bohs’ elimination from the Europa League means he is fully available to play and has been named in the reduced squad of 21 for the tournament. Richardson’s squad assembled on Wednesday morning ahead of the prestigious tourna-

Thumbs up for a great camp: at Round Towers MONASTERY Road hosted their annual summer camps recently and, once again, they proved a huge success, with impressive numbers of young future Dub stars taking part in the event over the course of recent weeks. The camps ran parallel to the club’s Summerfest event, which allowed children to take to the hurling fields and develop their skills in a competitive but fun tournament, and friendships formed with clubs across Dublin and further afield.

ment at the Aviva Stadium next weekend. The Airtricity League XI will meet Manchester City on Saturday, July 30 (2pm) and Celtic on Sunday, July 31 (2pm) in the four-team tournament, which also includes Italian giants Inter Milan. All three teams will be bringing their full firstteam squads, meaning fans will get to see the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Wesley Sneijder and David Silva in action. For Richardson, the 21 currently at his disposal is a far cry from t h e 35 h e i n i t i a l l y named prior to the Air-

tricity League side’s successes in Europe but he is still upbeat about his side’s chances. “I am comfortable that I have assembled a strong squad that will be very competitive in each of our two fixtures and will be properly representative of the quality of player in the Airtricity League,” said Richardson. “We have two games against very high-calibre opposition and I am certain that we will give a good account of ourselves. “With a number of clubs still in European club competition, it has

obviously had a degree of impact on the availability of certain players. “But the tournament will be broadcast to over 160 territories around the world and will be great exposure for the Airtricity League players and Ireland and Dublin as a whole.” Ticket prices for the event itself have been reduced in the build-up to the tournament, the decision coming in the final week before the tournament “to ensure affordability for football fans while still enjoying top-quality football from leading European clubs”.


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LADIES’ FINAL: INTERS PICK UP CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

Towers’ ladies claim a precious victory LADIES’ INTER FINAL Round Towers Clontarf

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A HANNAH Tyrellinspired Round Towers ended their long wait for a championship title in thrilling fashion when they held Clontarf at bay in Parnell Park . Often seen on the intercounty circuit for her ability between the posts, lining out in the number one jersey for the Dublin Senior B side in their Aisling McGing win in 2010, Tyrell showed her nous to split the uprights in a virtuoso performance at centre-forward. She claimed 1-3 for herself while playing the vital pop pass for Emily Hamill to net a crucial second goal en route to the player-of-the-match title. Plenty of others raised their hand for that crown, Suzanne Murray putting in a string of vital blocks as

’Tarf threatened to upset the party, while Maria Kavanagh’s influence and experience always lent itself to a miserly defensive effort. They were particularly stingy in the closing 20 minutes, recovering brilliantly after falling behind to Chris Doyle’s looping goal. It was the sole time Towers trailed in the final but – aside from the opening three minutes – there was never more than two points between the sides. Tyrell’s second-minute goal, palming in Hamill’s short-dropping free, aided by two quick-fire points, had the Clondalkin side 1-2 to no score up in jig time. Clontarf replied with five successive points to level the tie, 15-year-old corner forward Margaret Mohan and the lively Doyle particularly effective. It was a bruising encounter as both sides

CLUB NOTICEBOARD ROUND TOWERS CONGRATULATIONS to the Towers’

will afford you the opportunity to take

senior ladies and managementafter

to the stage and perform. Entry forms

victory over Clontarf in the Interme-

are available from behind the bar or

diate Championship final on Wednes-

from members of the social commit-

day last.

tee to be completed and returned no

The Intermediate hurlers were nar-

later than July 29. For more informa-

rowly beaten by St Peregrine’s in the

tion you can contact any member of

Championship. The junior A football-

the social committee or check out the

ers beat St Anne’s in the league.

club website.

All ticket orders for the Dublin foot-

The Intermediate hurlers will hold

bal quarter-final against the winners

a karaoke night in the clubrooms on

of Tyrone and Roscommon on Satur-

August 5. Tickets are priced at €5 with

day, August 6, must be placed by close

throw-in at 8pm. All are welcome to

of business this Thursday, July 28 in

attend and bring their singing voice

the clubrooms. Tickets are priced at

along with them.

€30 for stand, €20 for terrace and €5 for children.

Gaelic 4 Fathers light training session continues on Wednesdays at 7.15pm

Round Towers is offering you the

in Colaiste Bride along with a mixed

chance to showcase your talent! Young

session on Fridays in the Community

or old, you could be the next big thing

Centre at 7.15pm. Spread the word, all

and the Towers Got Talent competition

welcome.

Ruth Collins lifts the cup in the ladies’ intermediate championship final. Pictures: GAApics.com

threw everything into each tackle, with Geraldine McTavish one of those forced off through injury necessitating a Towers defensive reshuffle. An exchange of points between Hamill and Sarah McCaffrey left the sides level at 1-3 to 0-6 at the interval. Tyrell instantly put Towers back in the lead before the unfortunate Sarah Murphy was forced off with a nasty collar bone injury six minutes after entering as a half-time sub. Clontarf hit back with Doyle’s speculative effort finding a route over Caitriona McGrath to drop in the goal off the left post. It was a rare break out from the Dublin 3 side on virtually a home patch as Towers were slick and focused in their attacks after the break. Time was needed for the scores to come, though, but Nathalie Behan’s free,

and Hamill’s 43rd minute goal, were a just reward for their probing around the 40. T he major was a delightful move, played at swift pace as a string of hand-passes created the overlap for Hamill to race through to Tyrell’s flipped pass. Another pair of points from Tyrell’s superb left boot stretched out the lead before Clontarf found some late mojo. Helen Cliff emerged from the bench to add two points and, when McCaffrey pointed, there was the minimum between the sides with four minutes left. Murray pulled out a huge block at this stage while McGrath brilliantly dealt with a dangerous free which fell short. Those heart-stopping moments negotiated, Behan tacked on an insurance free for a joyously greeted final whistle.

ST PATRICK’S, PALMERSTOWN WELL done to our junior hurlers on their fine mid-week championship win over Clan Na Gael.

920 by midday on Friday, July 29. To view our website, simply log on to www.stpatricksgaa.ie

Hurling and camogie camp contin-

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 14, 15,

ues this week until Friday. If you want

24 and 28 . There was no winner of the

to join in the fun be at clubhouse at

€2,400 jackpot.

9.45am.

There were no match any three

Congratulations to Liam Rushe and

numbers winners. The four €50 lucky

all his Dublin hurling colleagues on

dip winners were Dayna Claxton,

their fine All-Ireland quarter-final

Jean Harrington, Ernie Clayton and

win over Limerick.

Rita Browne.

To book your tickets for the football Dublin vs Tyrone/Roscommon quarter-final, text your order to 086 89 88

Next week’s jackpot is €2,600. The draw is held each Sunday night at 10pm in the Palmerstown House.

LUCAN SARSFIELDS CONGRATULATIONS to John McCaffrey

ball. Then date is November 12, and the

and Peter Kelly, and the Dublin senior

location is Westmanstown complex.

hurlers on reaching the All-Ireland

Deposits for tickets are now being

semi-final for the first time since

taken at the club bar, and the cost is

1948.

€50 per ticket.

Best of luck to senior camogie team

Summer camps continue on the fol-

who play Ballinteer in the champion-

lowing dates: August 8 to 12, and August

ship.

15 to 19. Register online via website.

Fun day appeal for books, jewellery,

Please see our website or newslet-

handbags, DVDs, etc. All items can be

ter for information about the new

left in bar.

position of Director of Football being

38 teams took part in yet another

advertised.

successful Golf Classic, with over

Na Sairsealaigh Abu - 125 Years of

30 tee-box and other sponsors also

Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club, by Aaron

providing welcome support. The win-

Dunne, is now for sale in our local

ners were G Beagan, V Shanagher and

newsagents. See website for more.

J Beagan. A special thank you to our

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 8, 13,

main sponsors, Keane Windows and

24 and 26. There was no winner. Next

Liffey Valley Renault.

week’s jackpot is €4,500. You can enter

Lucan Sarsfields plan to celebrate their 125 with an end-of-year gala

our lotto online by clicking on www. lucansarsfields.ie.

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ROUND Towers’ manager Paul Burke admitted he was a little short of words but was wholly proud of the club’s ladies’ Gaelic footballers who ended a lengthy wait to bring a championship title back to Clondalkin. In a thrilling final in Parnell Park, they recovered from a twopoint deficit to beat Clontarf 2-8 to 1-9 last Wednesday night and take the Intermediate crown. Speaking to the Gazette straight after the final whistle, Burke said it has been a long time coming but was thoroughly deserved. “I just can’t believe it, it was tit-for-tat for a while, some silly mistakes, but they really never give up. You could see it, they just kept going even though they went behind so, absolutely delighted,” he said. “Apparently it’s 13 or 14 years since we last won a championship.

It’s massive for the whole club and Clondalkin. Championships only come along so often, whatever code it is, girls or guys. “These girls have been chomping at the bit the whole time for the chance to claim a championship.” Following spells managing in San Francisco with the Fog City Harps’ ladies’ team and, more recently with Towers’ men’s inter side, Burke has been in charge of this side for the past two seasons and has seen the side progress massively. They fell in the group stages in 2010, but earned promotion in the league, playing against tougher opposition which, Burke believes, was a key factor in developing a steely determination. “We had a very good league last year, getting up into division one. It’s a lot higher standard. We kind of left the championship behind us last year so that was a big thing to come back and do it.” It was a roller-coaster tie, Tow-

ers getting off to a flyer with 1-2 inside three minutes, courtesy of player-of-the-match Hannah Tyrell’s goal. But five successive Clontarf points put the game in the balance at the interval, level at 1-3 to 0-6 and the Dublin 3 side looked to be growing in confidence at every turn. Half-time, though, brought a sea-change with the Clondalkin ladies dominating in terms of possession if not on the scoreboard. As such, despite their swift hand-passing moves and territorial superiority, they found themselves two points down when Chris Doyle dipped in a speculative goal. Emily Hamill, though, netted from the move of the game at the far end to hand back the lead to Towers and, with the aid of some huge interventions from Sarah Murray and Maria Kavanagh, it was one they maintained in a dramatic finale.

Round Towers’ ladies captain lifts the cup

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