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INSIDE: Local girl set to take US TV show challenge P3

October 13, 2011

MEMORIES OF MIC: Local star to be celebrated at festival: See Page 5

Pretty in pink: At Moyle Park charity event Football: Round Towers’ ladies reflect on great campaign Page 32

ADAM Guthrie, Alan O’Connor and Craig Farrell were getting into the spirit of the day at Moyle Park College’s fourth annual Pink Day in support of local cancer charities and support services recently. The whole school took part in the event, and there were some great costumes created for the occasion and which can be seen in the pictures on pages 6 to 8 inside this week’s issue. Full Gallery on Pages 6-8

Soccer: Peamount’s brave effort ends in Paris Page 30

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ................. 6-8 MOTORS ........................19 BUSINESS .................... 21 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

Residents forced to leave homes - Cllr ‘Subjected to abuse and misery by small minority’


ANTI-social behaviour has escalated to such a level that, in some cases, residents have been forced to leave their homes in Clondalkin after they have been subjected to abuse and misery by a “small minority” of individuals.

That’s according to Fine Gael Cllr Therese Ridge, who made the comments following calls for South Dublin County Council to record incidents of anti-social behaviour committed by individuals who are in receipt of rent supplement and are waiting to be allocated council property.

Supporting the call by Sinn Fein’s Maire Devine at a Council meeting this week, Councillor Ridge said: “People used to be civil. I have seen people who have had to move from their own home to escape the problem.” Full Story on Page 10

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COURT High-spec Range Rovers and Audis

Laurels raises over ¤52,000 THE Laurels Pub in Clondalkin has in excess of €52,000 for Our Lady’s Hospital, for the third year running. Although the final tally has yet to be completed it’s believed the figure will top the €52,000 mark. The Laurels is part of the Louis Fitzgerald group of pubs and hotels and is situated in the heart of Clondalkin village. This year, staff and customers of the local pub all pulled together and organised various fundraising events, ranging from a charity calendar, an organised Galway-Dublin cycle, a fun 10k walk and “fighting for charity” event nights to raise vitally-needed funds for the hospital. All proceeds raised will now be used to purchase an Arthroscopic Drill and Shavers


‘The generosity of our customers and staff, and their willingness to give so much of their free time, has meant that this year’s fundraising efforts have been a tremendous success’ --------------------------------------------------------

machine. This piece of equipment will allow vital keyhole surgery to be performed on children. The Laurels has received an itemised list of priority equipment from surgeons at Our Lady’s Hospital, who say that the equipment purchased from fundraising will make a real difference. “The generosity of our customers and staff, and their willingness to give so much of their free time, has meant that this year’s fundraising efforts have been a tremendous success.

“We are extremely grateful to all involved and we are excited to make the presentation to the staff and surgeons at Our Lady’s Hospital who have told us that this donation will make a massive impact on many children’s futures,” manager at The Laurels Denis McCarthy, told the Gazette. For more information on The Laurels’ charity fundraising please visit their dedicated website at: or call Jenny Johnston on 0872464656.

John Dunne has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight counts of evading VRT

Man is charged with VRT evasion A WITNESS in the trial of a car dealer charged with evasion of vehicle registration tax on luxury cars has said he bought too many new cars to remember in 2006. John Dunne (39) of Monaster y Park, Clondalkin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight counts of evading VRT on five high-spec Range Rovers and three top-end Audi vehicles. Mr Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, told the jury in his opening address that it would hear evidence that Mr Dunne deliberately understated the specification of the luxury cars in order to avoid paying higher rates of tax. He said: “The cars in this case were at the luxury end of the mar-

ket. They were all purchased in the UK and imported here. “Evidence will show that he (Mr Dunne) deliberately understated the specification of the vehicles. “Even if the vehicles weren’t presented by him it was done on his behalf. He was the person who stood to gain,” Mr McGinn said. T he cars listed in the charges are three Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro S-line, three Range Rover 3.0 TD6 5-door and two Range Rover 2.7 TDV6 Sport HSE, all registered between June 2005 and September 2007. Stephen Tyrrell, of Irish Security Solutions, gave evidence of buying a Range Rover Vogue model in 2006 from Mr Dunne at Tony Boland

Car Sales on the Naas Road. Mr Tyrrell told the jury that he had no idea how many Range Rovers he had purchased in 2006. He said: “I have no idea. Maybe two or three. It was crazy, Tiger stuff. I changed my cars a number of times in 2006.” He said he was later visited by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) , who told him the car could be seized at any time because of a problem involving an underpayment in VRT of several thousand euro. He agreed with Remy Farrell SC, defending, that he was later informed that the car wouldn’t be taken off him because Mr Dunne had “made good” the

underpayment. An official attached to CAB, who cannot be identified because of his position, told Mr McGinn that VRT is payable on any car that is newly registered in the State and that the amount of VRT depends on the car. He said: “For all cars larger than two litres, tax is assessed at 30% of the value of the car.” He said that during the trial, due to last two weeks, the court would hear evidence of how the value of a car is defined by Revenue as the Open Market Selling Price, or what the car is reasonably expected to fetch on an open market. The trial continues before Judge Yvonne Murphy and a jury of five men and seven women.


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MISSION BEACH Emily set for huge challenge

Local girl to take part in US TV show Q MICHAEL HANNAN

A CLONDALKIN girl will be among the eight Irish teens who will take part in America’s toughest lifeguard school for one challenging summer they will never forget. Emily Phelan, from Monastery Road, is one of the four girls who will take part in the new series of Mission Beach. She will join the other 16-year-old guys and girls in taking the challenge to train for three weeks at the Fort Lauderdale Junior Lifeguard Programme and tackle sun, sea and

survival on the Florida coastline. The three weeks will be a gruelling course, headed by lifeguard veteran and task master, coach Chris, who will be pushing his new recruits to the edge of their physical and mental limits. The big questions will be if they can impress coach Chris, or will they fall apart? Will any of them manage to pass the toughest life-guarding course in the US? The programme will feature romance, revelry and even the most bling of parties, an American prom.

Beauty queen and self-proclaimed girlygirl, Emily, wants to tip her freshly manicured toes into the Fort Lauderdale lifeguard course and prove that girly girls can be sporty too and compete with the best junior guards in America. Although she passes the swim test to get onto the course with flying colours, she finds the ocean swimming incredibly challenging. For most, it is their first experience of living away from home and amongst people their own age. For all, it is a truly unforgettable experience.

Emily Phelan, from Clondalkin

Mission Beach is the ultimate mix of working hard to achieve goals while having fun and learning amazing new

skills, where the dream of an American lifestyle meets the discipline of a tough Lifeguard Summer School.

The friendships they make, the bonds they create, and the relationships they form, will stay with them forever.


College reunion for students BALLYFERMOT Senior College is holding a reunion for all students who attended in the 80s and 90s in the Red Cow Hotel on Saturday, October 22, from 8pm until late. No matter what course you attended go along and meet all the old gang again. Perhaps you were a teacher there, go along and see how everyone is doing now. Tickets, priced €12 are available from Sarsfield Tyre Centre, Ballyfermot or by phoning 087 098 9253 to arrange purchase Log on to the Facebook page “Ballyfermot Senior College 1980 - 1990’s” and see photos from the hikes and the debs. Spread the word and go along for a great night of music, dancing, fun and old friends.

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EMPLOYMENT Updated Live register shows the results

Council fund Calls for for projects

SOUTH Dublin County Council is now accepting applications for funding of projects that qualify as Local Agenda 21 Partnership Fund 2011 projects or initiatives. If you have a project or initiative that you feel could help to increase local levels of environmental awareness, or that could help your community to become more sustainable, the council is looking for you. If your project is deemed to fall under the scheme, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2011. This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental

projects at local level. Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions that complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at www. Further information and an application form online at

strategy on jobs Q PAUL HOSFORD

UNEMPLOYMENT in South Dublin remains at “crisis level” with the latest figures revealing that there were 26,000 people on the South Dublin Live Register in August. That’s according to Labour Councillor Eamon Tuffy who this week said the figures had shown the need for a “targeted and strategic response to sustaining and creating jobs”. “The geographical and age profile details of the updated Live Register figures presented at last

week’s meeting of South Dublin County Development Board, support the need for a targeted and strategic response by all the local and national agencies with responsibility for economic development in South Dublin,” said Cllr Tuffy, who is the County Development Board chairperson. “At the end of August t h e r e we r e a l m o s t 26,000(25,937) South Dublin people on the Live Register, the vast majority of them looking for jobs. “Whilst the increase in jobless numbers has slowed down (the increase over the number at the end of January is 4%), the figures mask the number who have emigrated, and 26,000 unemployed in our

Councillor Eamon Tuffy

County remains a crisis.” The Board was presented detailed figures of the unemployed in Dublin Mid West, with figures showing one-inseven in Lucan are under 25, with that number a staggering one-in-four in Clondalkin. “The detailed figures provided to the CDB reveal that in the Lucan Electoral Area (including Lucan and Palmerstown) there are 4,500 seeking

jobs, of whom 680 (onein-seven) are under 25 years old. “In the Clondalkin Electoral Area (including Clondalkin and Newcastle) there are 6,664 seeking employment, of whom, 1577 (one-infour) are under 25. “I believe the detailed information on location and age profile of those seeking jobs should be used, preferably in conjunction with informa-

tion on previous work history and qualifications, which should be collected for all unemployed persons, to refine and target actions taken to provide training and education opportunities, internships and job placements, and work being done by the council in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce on the Sustaining Business Initiative devised by the country manager,” he said.





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Aras Chronain to hold tribute to star

Festival to mark Mic’s music Q PAUL HOSFORD

A MUSIC festival being held in memory of Mic Christopher, one of Clondalkin’s finest singersongwriters, is set to take place this November. The Heyday Festival will take place in Aras Chronain on Saturday, November 26. The festival is a celebration of the life and songs of Clondalkin’s finest singer songwriter and provides a platform for emerging Clondalkin songwriters. The festival will host two song-writing competitions for both under- and over-16’s. Friends of Mic Christopher will also perform throughout the night, including some wellknown Irish acts. The festival is being organised by Maureen Christopher, Colin Sheehy from Bandfactory 22 and Jay Miley from Jams Music Centre. Bandfactory 22 connects music services in Clondalkin to promote the formation of young bands and live performances. Bandfactory 22 and Jams Music Centres Rock school, currently facilitates 15 bands under the age of 15. The aim of the Hey Day song-writing workshops is to unlock the creativity

that young students were previously unaware of. The theme of the songwriting workshops is, What is your Hey Day, which encourages positive writing. Colaiste Chillians 6th class students will also participate as Gaeilge. Clondalkin boasts two music schools, Jams Music Centre and Clondalkin School of Music, Monastery Music (shop) Aras Chronain provide traditional instrument lessons and Clondalkin Youth Band have over 100 students. Guitar lessons are available in Bawnogue Community centre, Knockmitten Community centre and Ronanstown Youth services. Music is an integral part of life in Clondalkin and The Hey Day festival is a celebration of Clondalkin’s love of music. Mic Christopher was born in the Bronx, New York, but lived in Clondalkin from the age of three where he attended St Joseph’s Boys National School and Colaiste Chillian secondary school. Mic's love of music began at an early age and during his time in school he learned to play tin whistle and banjo and was taught guitar by Fred Penny of Clondalkin. At the age of 15 Mic and some friends formed their first band, Nirvana, (two years prior

Mic Christopher will be honoured with The Heyday Festival


‘Mic became one of the famous Grafton Street buskers of the 80’s, a group which included most of the band Kila – Glen Hansard, Mark Dignam and Paddy Casey’


to the American band of the same name) and were finalists in the Mol an Oige competition with their song, SallyAnn, an Irish rock song. Mic became one of the famous Grafton Street buskers of the 80s, a group which included most of the band Kila – Glen Hansard, Mark Dignam and Paddy Casey and many others. It was from this group of buskers that The Mary Janes were formed with Karl Odlum, Simon Good and Stephen Hogan. Stephen was later replaced by Australian drummer Mark Stanley. The band released two albums during the 90s, Bored of their Laughing and Sham. They also travelled to Mostar, in Bosnia, with the organisation, Warchild, where they worked with children who were growing up in a war zone. During one of their trips to Mostar they performed at the opening of the Pavarotti music

centre. In the late 90s Mic decided to pursue a solo career, and recorded his most well-known song Heyday. In 2001 he was invited by Mike Scott to travel with The Waterboys, opening for them on their European tour. It was during this tour, following a gig in Groningen, Holland, that Mic took a fall down some stairs and was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries. He never recovered from his injuries and passed away on November 29, 2001. Mic's music has lived on through his family and friends. His first solo album, Skylarkin, was released on his first anniversary and continues to sell today. The album achieved a Meteor award for Best Irish Album in 2003 and his song, Heyday, was featured on the Guinness commercial “the quarrel”.


Clon ICA group THE ladies of Clondalkin Irish Countrywoman’s Association are up and running for the autumn/ winter season and are inviting all ex-members or new members to come along. The group meets in St Joseph’s Boys School at 8pm on the first three Tuesdays of the month and has a number of talks and outings planned for the coming season. This Tuesday will see Barnados come by and explain the work that they do. If you are interested, contact Bernie Dunne on 087 664522.

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EVENT Moyle Park College students happy to ‘think pink’ with

Pretty in pink. Pictures: Paddy Barrett

Students tickled pink to help out HE Gazette’s photographer was tickled pink recently when he visited Moyle Park College which was having its 4th annual Pink Day. With both staff and students dresses all in pink there were plenty of great photo opportunities. There was plenty of events going on throughout the school, the highlight being a competition for the best dressed student. In first place came Luke Dowdall with his pink morph suit who tied in with Luke Ogden and


Philip Ward , dressed up as pink Siamese twins. In second place came Craig Farrell, who was dressed up as a box. Transition Year students Josh Olaniyi and Conor Shields came in third with their Rubber Bandits costumes. They were followed by Owen Kelly, Daniel Fitzgibbons and Daniel Delaney, in fourth, fifth and sixth places, respectively. The event is held to raise awareness and money in the fight against cancer. Continued on page 8

Philip Ward and Luke Ogden

Sean Delaney and Daniel Ryan

Ben Farrelly, Evan Pollard and Andrew Gaffney

Lukas Zvinys and Alan Zlotocki

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a fundraising day in aid of the fight against cancer

Rory Dalton, Daniel Da Silva, Craig Black and Peter Falaatoki

Adam Guthrie, Alan O’Connor and Craig Farrell

Daryl Barton, Sebadtian Skorupski Daniel Olaniyi, Ben Mitchell and Alexander Jackson

and Kamil Stcewicki

Darren Cullen, Reece Byrne and Jake Walsh

Garett Looney and Luke Dowdall

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Pink Day at Moyle Park College continued

Fiona Quigly and Tina Lee

Jordan Clarke

Liam McCormack, Josh Ukek, Daniel Delaney and David Roe

Glen Hollywood and Bolaji Arowolo

Joshua Olanyi, Conor Shields and Muhamed Sabic

Adam Gleeson, Adam Doyle, Jason Boateng and Luke Rigney

Daniel Fitzgibbon and Sarah Gray

Br Alois Enyel, Br Michael Schmalel, Br Provincial Brendan Geary, Tony

Roisin McGowan and Edel

Clarke and Br Maurice Taildeman


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COUNCIL: LOCAL AGENDA 21 SDCC Councillor in call to tackle anti-social behaviour

Funding for projects IF you have a project that could help your community become more sustainable, or one that could help increase environmental awareness, then South Dublin County Council wants to hear from you. The local authority is now accepting applications for funding of projects that qualify as Local Agenda 21 Partnership Fund 2011 projects or initiatives. If your project is deemed to fall under the scheme, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2011. This fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level. Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions that complement national environmental policies

such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change. A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at www. Further information, and an application form, can be obtained online at or from the Environment Awareness Section, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Town Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 phone 01 4149000, email info@ Applications must be made to South Dublin County Council by 5pm, October 19, 2011.

Residents ‘have to leave homes’ Q NATALIE BURKE

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour has escalated to such a level that, in some cases, residents have been forced to leave their homes in Clondalkin after they have been subjected to abuse and misery by a “small minority” of individuals. That’s according to Fine Gael Cllr Therese Ridge, who made the comments for South Dublin County Council to record incidents of anti-social behaviour committed by individuals who are in receipt of rent supplement and are waiting to be allocated council property. Supporting the call by Sinn Fein’s Maire Devine, at a council meeting this week, Councillor Ridge said in some cases peo-

ple had been forced to move from their homes in Clondalkin due to serious anti-social behaviour. She said it was an issue that sadly was affecting many communities, including residents in Clondalkin. “People used to be civil. I have seen people who have had to move from their own home to escape the problem,” said Cllr Ridge. “We have a lot of people in housing and rented accommodation in our areas and there needs to be something done about the issue,” she said. In response to the motion raised, the council admitted that, while they shared the concerns and frustrations of both the local communities and the councillors, they can only take responsibil-

ity for what they have the power to deal with. “Private property is beyond the scope of the current housing legislation. However, the council always tries to ensure that prospective tenants of its social housing dwellings, who have previously engaged in anti-social behaviour, do not continue to behave in such a manner.” The manager went on to say that soon-to-be appointed tenants are now required to attend pre-tenancy training and also need to have a clear Garda check as part of the new South Dublin County Council Garda Initiative, which will help both social and private housing sectors. But, responding to this, Cllr Ridge said it

Fine Gael Cllr Therese Ridge

was small comfort to those being abused by anti-social behaviour: “It’s a small minority of people who are the abusers in neighbourhoods but the income tax payers are the ones paying their rent. There

has to be a way it can be stopped. “There has to be some civil law brought in about the disgraceful carry-on and I’d like to be able to help people with the misery they have been caused,” she said.

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GazetteNUTRITION NUTRITION It’s true don’t skip breakfast

Healthy eating habits in the morning are just as important as you think


WE HAVE all heard it said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet many of us still cram most of our food intake from lunchtime until a big burst in the evening. Breakfast… it is what it says. A meal that breaks the fast your body has been enduring overnight. Why do we need breakfast?

When you wake up, your blood sugar levels are low and need to be topped up. Eating breakfast will give you the fuel that you need to start the day. Skipping breakfast can lead to a lack of concentration, weakness, and headaches. Breakfast is an ideal opportunity to get certain nutrients into your diet that you may not find space for later in the day-yoghurt and milk provide calcium, many people only take these foods at breakfast with their cereal. Having fresh or dried fruits, and natural fruit juices, can help you attain your ‘5 a day’ and boost your vitamin C levels. Those who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to have a mid morning snack. Usually people crave something sweet. This is your body telling you off for not giving it breakfast and it needs glucose fast! Highly refined sweet food will provide you with that within minutes, so you eat a sugary snack like a biscuit that contains no nutrition.


‘A healthy breakfast will kick-start all the body’s functions’

-------------------------What is a healthy breakfast?

A healthy breakfast should provide your body with enough calories protein, complex carbohydrates, a little fat and a variety of vitamins and minerals that will kick-start all the body’s functions. Here are some healthy breakfast options to help you prepare a nutritious breakfast that will keep you going all day. Porridge and berries; This is a great way to start the day as the oats have a low glycaemic index (GI) which means that they realise energy slowly throughout the day and help stabilize the appetite. Just go easy on the honey! Beans on toast; Beans are full of soluble fibre and have a low GI like oats so keep you fuller for longer. To ensure this is a healthy breakfast, serve the beans with whole grain brown bread and avoid butter. Poached Egg on rye; Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Poached eggs are an especially healthy option as there is no fat added. Rye bread is a tasty alternative to brown bread-a much better choice than a fried egg and soldiers! Many people claim that they simply do not have time to prepare breakfast in the morning and prefer

to get that extra shut eye in bed! That’s fair enough but it doesn’t mean that you need to skip breakfast altogether. There are several options for a quick and healthy breakfast. Fruit and a small tub of natural low fat yogurt will provide you with vitamins and the dairy you need to maintain strong bones and teeth. It is easy to add a selection of mixed berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to a tub of natural low fat yogurt. What would make this breakfast even more nutritious would be a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts or almonds on top! Fortified breakfast cereal and low fat milk will take seconds to prepare. Fortified breakfast cereals are the ideal way to get a good helping of vital vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, iron and folic acid and the B group vitamins. Served with a glass of pure fruit juice they will contribute to your ‘5 a day’. One mashed banana on wholemeal toast will also satisfy your stomach and help prevent those mid morning cravings. What about the Sunday brunch?

Ironically, after not eating any breakfast at all throughout the week, a lot us then eat a huge breakfast on Sunday! This weekend, why not try a healthier twist on the traditional fry-up? Grilled bacon, tomatoes, flat field mushrooms and beans served with wholemeal toast is a nutritious and delicious alternative.

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EDUCATION School children get to bring home the basics of DIY

Hand up for local talent

Building for the future with B&Q B&Q IRELAND is giving school children as young as five the chance to learn basic DIY skills in the classroom thanks to Job Done! Job Done! is a national curriculum-linked programme run in partnership with National Schools Partnership and Department of Education and Skills. The Job Done! programme revolves around six units, Decorate It, Build It, Fix It Grow It, Health & Safety and Rethink It, with the aim of improving the practical skills of young people.

Repairs Students from 5–11 years will be introduced to many basic aspects of DIY, with lesson plans including using basic tools safely, making repairs, hanging wallpapers, growing flowers and vegetables and saving energy. The programme is delivered through a teaching pack for schools and a complementary teacher website, www., and is designed to complement the existing schools curriculum, such as Citizenship, Science, DT Art, DT,

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‘Students are encouraged to design an edible or wildlife-friendly container’ --------------------------

Visual Art and Maths. The programme also includes a fantastic online competition giving schools and students the chance to win prizes including a €300 gift card. Students from 5-16 years can enter and are encouraged to design an edible or wildlife friendly container. Secondary Schools also have the opportunity to benefit from in-store sessions at B&Q, where they get the chance to come in to the store and complete the Decorate It module, in which they learn different painting and decorating techniques. Meadbh McCabe, from Colaiste Pobail Sentana, who was involved in Job Done! last year, commented: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Job Done! The programme was hugely useful and the students

really enjoyed getting stuck in. “They par ticularly enjoyed the visit to B&Q Swords, where the staff were excellent in guiding the children and giving them the confidence to try out their new found skills. I would encourage schools to get behind this very worthwhile project and we certainly look forward to taking part this year.”

Research Mark Gould, director for B&Q Ireland, said: “We know from our research there is a lack of DIY skills being passed down to young people and we want to show them how easy it is to build, fix, decorate and grow. We want everyone to feel confident about their DIY skills, and with this programme, that’s available to primary and secondary schools, we’re giving them skills they’ll be able to use again and again.” Primary and secondary schools across Ireland have the opportunity to sign up to Job Done! now at and to download the lesson plans for each of the different units.


Glen Foran from Colaiste Pobail Sentana at B&Q Swords Job Done! last year

SINGER/SONGWRITER Sinead McNally, with help from Dublin radio presenter, Keith McLoughlin, are setting up The Songwriter Club. The idea behind the club is to bring songwriters together every couple of months to talk about all sorts of songwriting stuff, share ideas, set up collaborating groups, and to have fun getting to know each other. There will also be special guests from the music industry. All songwriters are welcome to attend. The first meeting takes place on Saturday, October 15, at 2pm in The Village on Wexford Street in Dublin 2. For more informatinon, contact Sinead or Keith at or

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Get lippy with new VERYONE’S favourite, can’tlive-without beauty essential Carmex™ has combined its famous moisturising power with a gorgeous sheer light colour with its new Carmex Moisture Plus lip balms. Loved by celebrities such as Holly Willoughby and Kate Winslet, they are perfect for any occasion, from putting the finishing touch to a makeup look, to adding a tinted lip to an otherwise natural face, Carmex Moisture Plus™ is sure to be an essential in every girl’s handbag. Containing Vitamin E, aloe, shea butter and all important SPF 15, Carmex Moisture Plus’ u l t r a - hy d r a t i n g f o rmulation will give you


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cream,” says Suzanne. The event is part of a nationwide series of health and beauty events being organized by McCabe’s Pharmacy.

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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes THE CRANBERRIES are set to release their new album, Roses, on Valentine’s Day, 2011. The reunited band recorded the 11-track LP in Toronto, after a recent tour, as lead singer Dolores O’Riordan now lives in Canada. The epic album, Rome, from legendary producer Dangermouse and Daniele Luppi, is to form the basis for a new film. The record, which featured contributions from the likes of White Stripes’ Jack White, was based on a sci-fi novel by Aiden Bell, and has been optioned for filming by innovative video director Chris Milk. Milk was responsible for the interactive video for Arcade Fire’s We Used To Wait, which you can still take part in at www.

Competition time: Win special editions of The Overtones’ LP Singing sensations, the Overtones, are on the march and recently brought their doo-wop stylings to the National Concert Hall. For the uninitiated, we have special Platinum Editions of their recent album, which features three new tracks, in our great competition. To win a copy of Good Ol Fashioned Love, simply answer the following question: Where does band member Timmy Matley come from? Send your answer to competition@, with the subject line “Overtones”, before Friday, October 21.


Speaking of interactivity, the ever-creative Bjork this week releases Bilophilia, her new album, as iPad and iPhone apps. The project, that was premiered in Manchester earlier this year, is a wholly interactive experience, with listeners/users able to navigate a 3D universe in which the songs are located. Each has its own essay on the song, games to play that open up new parts of the songs, and is narrated by David Attenborough. Oh, and the music is some of the best of her career...

Feist takes a feisty fresh direction on Metals

The music world was a little more empty last week with the death of folk legend, Bert Jansch. The guitarist, who was a huge influence on a generation of artists including Johnny Marr, Neil Young and Jimmy Page, passed away at the too-young age of 67.

FOUR years ago, Leslie Feist found herself in the unenviable position that many alternative acts have experienced. Her single, 1234, had found itself on a playlist at Apple, and it became the backbone of a marketing campaign that helped the iPod Nano sell an awful lot of units. It also led her to selling an awful lot of records and concer t tickets as the underground acknowledgement of Feist as one of the foremost artists of a generation came into the col-

Bert Jansch (right) with Johnny Marr


lective consciousness. And, as is often the case where someone of such talent has immense fame land on them, so Feist took herself off for an extended sabbatical, albeit one in which she was able to appear occasionally with Broken Social Scene, the Canadian collective whose rotating line-up has also included Metric’s Emily Haines. Feist was also kept on the radar when James Blake memorably covered Limit To Your Love. Four years later, she is back in the game with

Leslie Feist returns after the success of 2007’s The Reminder

a new record to follow up the incredible The Reminder album.

Reinvention Metals is a reinvention of sorts, moving away from the previously hook-laden melodies of her previous recordings, and focusing more on mood and tone, while retaining the lilting way with a melody that has always been present in her work since 1999’s debut, Monarch. T h a t ’s n o t t o s ay that this is a complete depar ture from the canon of work Feist has

built up to this stage, just that what appears on Metals is a more considered and textural approach to the songs, especially on the likes of the string-propelled A Commotion. And the focus on the musicality extends to Feist’s vocals, which have never sounded so assured or smooth. The production, by regular collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, allow the vocals space to claim their prominence in the mix, and they really benefit from the focus that

allows the listener to put on them, especially on the sparse introduction to Undiscovered First. It is as though Feist has decided to step back from the pop-driven stylings on classic tracks from her last release, and let her voice wander through the music, as torch songs and almost ambient backings get an extra layer of shimmer from her impressive and expressive voice. W hich, all in all, makes this album less Metals, and more velvet and smoke.

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Meadows welcome in the country CARTY Property Advisors are bringing No 44 Turry Meadows, in Athboy, Co Meath, a large family home with three bedrooms, to the market for €196,000, a significantly reduced asking price. The property is a large 230 sq mt family home set in a soughtafter residential estate on the Oldcastle Road out of Athboy. This fine family home, which was constructed to an exceptionally high standard, provides wellproportioned accommodation throughout. The property comprises an entrance hall with a pine staircase, coving and features stained glass window in ceiling. The lounge has a laminate floor, and a feature fireplace with wood surround. There is a fitted kitchen with tiled floor and part-tiled walls, a window overlooking the rear garden, and built-in oven and hob. The utility room has a door


‘The ground floor features a WC and shower room with an electric shower’


to the rear of the property and is plumbed for a washing machine and dryer. The ground floor also features a ground floor wc and shower room, with a fully tiled shower unit with electric shower, wc, whb, as well as a window to the side and a door to the groundfloor bedroom. Upstairs, the landing has a feature stained-glass window and hot press, and the family bathroom, which has a tiled floor, part-tiled walls, white suite, a window to the side, and a separate fully-tiled shower unit with electric shower. The master bedroom has a

wooden floor and built-in wardrobes, with an en suite, which contains a separate, fully tiled shower with electric shower and Velux window. The other bedrooms also have wooden floors and built-in wardrobes. The property is approached by a cobbled driveway and has a large front and rear landscaped garden and has a garden shed, and a gated side entrance. The property, which has been stylishly decorated and maintained in good condition throughout, benefits from its quiet cul-desac location. It also has a maintenance-free exterior, as well as a burglar alarm system. Viewing is highly recommended and appointments to see Turry Meadows can be arranged by contacting Carty Property Advisors in Trim on 04694 86860 or 086 382 8044.

Number 44 Turry Meadows, Athboy, is on the market with an asking price of €196,000

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ENTERPRISE Getting down to business at CORKMEET DUBLIN 2011

Hold 3,000 meetings in one day CORKMEET, organisers of Ireland’s largest business-tobusiness networking event, has announced that it is to hold its annual networking forum in Dublin for the first time on November 10, 2011 at Croke Park Conference Centre. Approximately 300 Irish businesses will conduct over 3,000 one-to-one business meetings in just one day as part of CORKMEET DUBLIN 2011. The event will provide Cork and Dublin businesses with the opportunity to network and explore business opportunities in the Irish marketplace. For a nominal participation fee of just €60, businesses can take part in the event,

that provides a real opportunity to develop meaningful business relationships with potential clients and partners. Places are booking up fast and the organisers are encouraging businesses to register early at Speaking at the launch of the CORKMEET Dublin Forum 2011, Ger Power, head of finance and economic development, Cork County Council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Cork and Dublin businesses to network and communicate at very low cost and affords them a great opportunity to do business.” Sean O’Sullivan, chairman of the CORKMEET Committee, added: “CORK-

Meabh Ring, CORKMEET event coordinator; Greg Swift, chief executive of the Dublin City Enterprise Board; Mark Richardson, MD of Instant Marketing and Marion Walsh, event coordinator at the announcement of CORKMEET DUBLIN 2011

MEET DUBLIN 2011 has seen a significant increase in interest among national businesses this year. The number and calibre of businessess that are registering is hugely promising and means that the trading and networking dynamic this year will be very exciting.” In addition to the minimum of 50 Cork companies participating, up to 250 Dublin companies will get the chance to meet with other Dublin companies attending, as part of the day-long programme of pre-scheduled, one-to-one meetings at

Croke Park. Chief executive of the Dublin City Enterprise Board, Greg Swift said: “Small businesses are the life-blood of any city. The CORKMEET DUBLIN 2011 event is suited to innovative SME’s looking to trade or partner with relevant companies from the Dublin and Cork regions. Dublin is delighted to partner with CORKMEET 2011 in hosting the event to strengthen enterprise links between Cork and Dublin.” Marion Walshe, event coordinator in Dublin said: “In the current climate, busi-

ness networking has never been more important for SME’s to identify opportunities and build lasting relationships. What sets CORKMEET DUBLIN 2011 apart from other networking events, is that delegates can pre-schedule meetings with the businesses they are most interested in meeting.” Registration for CORKMEET DUBLIN 2011 is now open and delegates are encouraged to visit www. to register and download information about this year’s exciting business networking event.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs


Jeep has a new 4x4 entry-level Compass model on the market, powered by a 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine that’s a shade noisy. The entry price is €30,000

Fine tuning the Compass The Fiat-owned Jeep brand is making inroads in the off-road market with the new entry-level Compass, as MICHAEL MORONEY discovered TOOK the Jeep Compass for the week of the recent farming festival that is the National Ploughing Championships. Unlike the typical conditions, this year the weather was kind, with little rainfall. That meant that, even though I was prepared, I didn’t need to put the Jeep Compass to the ultimate test. There was never a hint of unease as the Compass drove by the rear of the stands each day. So, do we really need a 4x4 all of the time, or would the likes of the 4x2 or twowheel drive Compass do


SPECS: JEEP COMPASS 2.2 CRD 4X2 Top speed: 201 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.5 secs Economy: 18.5 km/litre (5.4l/100km) CO2 emissions: 161g/km Road Tax Band: D (€104) Price: €30,000 approx

the trick in most conditions? The test car was a twowheel drive version of the Compass. It came with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that feels trucky, and so I expected it to deliver the full 4x4 abil-

ity. The engine is 136bhp, which is lower in power and torque than the Toyota RAV4 and Land Rover Freelander competition. The Compass seemed sluggish, noisy and a little harsh in terms of driving. It was not as smooth as some of the competition from an ease-of-driving point of view. I found the clutch pedal a shade heavy in everyday shoes, which I drove in half of the time. The six-speed manual gearbox is a little chunky to use and not as smooth as the RAV4 or Freelander.

Despite this, the Compass engine delivered good acceleration and economy levels. While I didn’t achieve the rated economy level of 16.4 km/litre (6.1l/100km or 46.3mpg), I was operating in that ballpark over a long driving test of 1,250km. This two-wheel drive Jeep has allowed the CO2 levels to be seen as more acceptable at 161g/ km. That’s 12g/km lower than the four-wheel drive version, and helps to keep the price competitive as well as the economy and running costs. The Compass fuel tank is also on the small size,

just 51 litres, when the likes of the Freelander has a 68-litre capacity. And the smaller tank made for more regular fuel stops and reduced the driving range, leading one to feel that the economy was poor even if it wasn’t. In an overall sense there is a solid feel to the Compass. The only trouble for me was that the solid feel also translated into a solid ride, not always comfortable on rural roads. Granted, the suspension has been tweaked under Fiat guidance, but it’s still not as smooth and forgiving as

the competition. The Compass comes with lots of features, including climate control, four electric windows, keyless entry and sunscreen glass. The seats are solid and easily adjustable. The standard safety equipment deal includes stability control (ESC), roll mitigation, brake traction control, hill-holder, six airbags. The Compass is competitive for its sector with an entry price of €30,000. Add about €3,000 for the 4x4 version and you get genuine Jeep that you need if we get another snow-filled winter.

Motorists begin to get ready for the Big Chill of 2011 MOTORISTS are preparing for the worst this winter, and are stocking up on products designed to battle the big chill. Following predictions for another long, harsh winter for Ireland from longrange forecasters, car accessories and leisure retailers Halfords has increased its range of severe weather merchandise and has launched snow chains, salt and shovels earlier than ever. The company has increased its stock of ice scrapers by 123% on last year, bought in 143% more night before de-

icer, 109% more Decosol Power de-icer and has even included a new minus 20 degrees readymix screenwash – able to cope with the severest frosts. According to Irishweatheronline. com, which is displaying a, “severe winter weather warning for 2011-2012” message: “The advisory has been issued following one of the coldest winters experienced in Ireland and Britain for more than 45 years.” Last year, hundreds of motorists and homeowners were stranded as tem-

peratures plummeted and snow and ice left some roads impassable. Following the recent weather predictions, Halfords responded swiftly by adding 18 extra products to their winter range and stocking up early on severe weather items, while other retailers are already selling snow boots and winter clothes. Halfords Ireland country manager, Carl Ezard said: “Many people were caught out by the sudden, freezing weather conditions last year. Now we have had these early, long-range forecasts, we

want to ensure that our 24 stores in the Republic have as many products as possible that could help people prepare for everything winter might throw at us.” The Road Safety Authority has issued advice to remove all snow from vehicles: “Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.”

NISSAN could soon be offering a new, more powerful version of the Juke called the Juke-R, with the claim of being the first ever super crossover. With the addition of flared wheel arches, revised front and rear bumpers, plus a unique split rear wing, this is no standard crossover. The car is not for production and is a one-off, road-legal concept car, developed by Nissan and built by leading motorsports outfit RML. Under the bonnet is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine adopted directly from Nissan’s flagship supercar. But don’t expect to see one on a road near you and, if you do, stay well away!

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Fireworks and bangers drive your pets nuts A L L OW E E N is a fun time for humans, but, for pets, it can be a nightmare! Ok, as a pet parent you know and understand your companion best but, in my experience of working with animals, noise and unaccustomed activity will certainly






Some animals are teased and even tortured over the Halloween periods

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prove a menace to any dog or cat, especially if the source is something he’s unable to control. Yep, it’s true, loud whistles and bangs, a kaleidoscope of flashing lights from fireworks and continuous knocking at the door by little trick or treaters wearing strange costumes can make this holiday a traumatic time for all animals, particularly cats, dogs, bunnies, cows and horses. We’ve all heard the stories of those who will tease, torment or even torture animals over the Halloween period. In fact, last year in the run-up to the festival, I was called to the scene of one of the most disturbing and horrifying cases of cruelty I’ve ever witnessed– the rescue of a beautiful terrier who was subjected to an unnecessary act of violence when three heartless, mindless thugs forced her to eat a banger. When we arrived at the scene, so horrific were the poor animal’s injuries, our veterinary team had no option but to humanely euthanise her on the spot. So, with that in mind, I’ve put together some hints and tips that should help readers keep their pets safe this Halloween. It’s never a good idea to leave your pet in the garden all day and I strongly advise against it, but most especially so at Halloween. I would recommend that as soon as it starts to get dark, (around 4.30pm) keep your pet indoors. Animals have a heightened sense of smell, sight and sound, and once they


‘It’s never a good idea to leave your pet in the garden all day, but most especially so at Halloween. I would recommend that as soon as it starts to get dark, keep your pet indoors. ’ --------------------------

hear a loud bang, will often panic, become disorientated, bolt out the door and be unable to find their way home. (Make sure your pet is micro-chipped because, in the event they get lost, you have a greater chance of being reunited with them). When indoors, keep your pet in an interior room – i.e. a bathroom, utility room or cloakroom and draw the blinds. Keep a radio or TV on in order to distract from loud bangs and leave a light on so that flashing lights aren’t as noticeable. If your pet looks for reassurance due to being scared of loud noises, please don’t do this! I know it goes against our humane nature, but it’s best to carry on in a matter-of-fact manner, as if nothing is out of the ordinary, as your pet may feed off your anxiety, making the situation worse.

Sweets and chocolates are not good for pets; in fact, chocolate is toxic to animals so please don’t feed them unsuitable treats. Sweet paper, cellophane and tin foil are also a choking hazard if swallowed. Take care around lit pumpkins and candles as curious pets may knock them over, running the risk of being burned and/ or causing a house fire. You may think placing a pair of fluffy ears on your dog is great craic but it’s likely he won’t. So, unless your pet loves being dressed up, don’t put him in a costume as this can add to his stress and anxiety. Some costumes can often become so tight there’s a danger your pet’s circulation may be cut off; low-lying parts on costumes can cause pets to trip or dangly bits can be ingested resulting in possible choking. Remember, large animals living in nearby fields, such as cows and horses hate scary noises. So, if you’re planning on having a firework display, and have secured your own companion pets, please be sure to take other animals into consideration. Ta Oiche Shamhna ag teacht, so talk to your local vet about different medications on offer to help ease your pet’s distress. For more information, log on to our website at or email me at Miriam.kerins@

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Declan Curtis, general manager, Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown

Destined for a life in the hotel game! DECLAN Curtis is the general manager of the Carlton Hotel in Blanchardstown. By his own admission, he was always destined to work in hospitality. This week, he spoke to the Gazette about his life and career. “I was born on Carlow in 197………! One of nine children, I have four brothers and four sisters located all over the world, some as far away as New Zealand and China. “I was always destined to work in a catering or hospitality role. I learned to cook from my mother (when cooking for a family of our size, she needed an assistant). I can remember having to stand on a chair in order to reach the kitchen counter to peel potatoes or slice and place the apples in the tarts we made when I was a child. “I could cook Shepherd’s pie while still needing to stand on a chair to reach the hob. My brother and I converted our garage into a preparation kitchen where we made tea cakes and sold them to local shops – he was the delivery driver and I was the baker. We also made jam, raspberry was our specialty.” It wasn’t all early entrepreneurialism for Declan, there was also the small issue of sport. “I played every sport I could fit in to my day, Gaelic football, rugby, hurling, soccer, squash, tennis and rowing. I tried it all. I had a real passion for both rugby and GAA and, to this day, these are the codes

Declan Curtis, Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown

that I follow the most. I represented Carlow underage in Gaelic football and rugby. I love sport and I still run and bike a lot. I take part in adventure racing and triathlons and I will run the Dublin City marathon again later this year. “I studied hotel and catering for four years in Galway (GMIT ). I worked in Germany for a year in the Black Forest as part of my

college course. It was the steepest learning curve I ever encountered. It taught me to be organised, flexible and gave me the ability to think on my feet. “I am married to Linda, who is also in the hotel business, and I have two daughters – aged five and three – both of whom want to work in hotels! “When I holiday at home, it’s the west of Ireland, Galway or Mayo (in a Carlton Hotel of course). I have strong Galway connections and Mayo appeals to my adventurous side. “If I go abroad, Italy is my destination of choice; the weather, the food, the style, the focus on the family, again, the food. I love the Amalfi coast, it is a completely different world with something for everyone. “Hospitality and food are two cornerstones in the Carlton philosophy and they are two things that are very close to my heart. I believe hospitality is something that every guest is entitled to no matter what part of the hotel they are using. I believe that at every opportunity we should extend hospitality in whatever we do. Working for Carlton gives me an opportunity to extend that hospitality every day. I get to work with food every day, which ignites passion and energy into every working day and allows for expression and creativity.

ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS WORKING IN THE NORTH Q – I am going to work in the North of Ireland and will be staying there five days a week. What are the tax implications and do I have to make any return to the Revenue in Ireland? Thanks. Terry – Sutton D 13 A - There are many people working in the North but domiciled in Ireland. Unfortunately, many do not make returns to the Revenue as they should do. You MUST pay income tax in the country where you earn your income but your ultimate responsibility in paying tax on your employment is with the country where you live. This means that you MUST submit an annual selfassessment return in your country of residence each year. As a resident of the Irish Republic working in the north, you will: Pay tax directly to HM Revenue and Customs in the north Submit an annual Self-Assessment return to the Irish Revenue Commissioners Then be eligible for Trans-border Workers Relief Trans-border Workers Relief can be claimed by persons who are resident in the Republic of Ireland, commute daily/weekly to their place of work in the other jurisdiction and pay tax in Northern Ireland (NI) on the income from that employment. Basically, this allows a frontier worker to have a credit or relief in respect of the income tax that

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: Bigger! I wanted to play professional rugby, even though it was only an amateur game when I played

Q: What was your first job? A: I sorted bottles in a local guest house at the age of 12, but I had difficulty in getting paid, so I began baking cakes for local shops and picking fruit

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: I think everything I earned was paid cash-in-hand until I was about 18

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Yes, I did. It had a knock-on effect on future choices I made and it’s an awful predicament to be in

Q: When did you start your present job? A: Summer, 2011 Q: What is the best thing about your job?

is paid in the country of employment. Revenue Commissioners then take into account the tax

A: I work in a positive, progressive environment, where the team I work with make the difference to the guests who are in my care

Q: Have you ever achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: I began to take part in event running about 12 months ago, and to keep me motivated I set a target to complete my first triathlon; I thought I would never achieve it

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Everything before 10 am. I’m not a morning person... at all

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: A set of questions from a

looking forward to? A: Ireland’s journey in the Rugby World Cup

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: Most of my music is modern and high-tempo as I only use my I pod for training.

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Simple Italian food served in Italy with family and friends

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: This question took the most time but I think it would be Enda Kenny

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Food in general, food shops

local newspaper

like delis and kitchen suppliers

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Rugby, hurling and football

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: 12 – and I need every pair

Q: What sport can you play? A: I run and bike a lot Q: Recently, what were you

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: I stayed in a hotel near Paris

Airport when my onward flight was delayed for my honeymoon. The airline checked me into a hotel with my wife, the room had a single bed, with a pull-out bed underneath. It was not exactly the most romantic start to a honeymoon. Between the delay, the accommodation and the airline’s attitude, it was the worst customer service I have ever experienced

paid in Northern Ireland and, depending on the

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: The Amalfi coast in Italy

ance contributions to the UK authorities. If you

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Chocolate dessert tester, I

tion all social insurance contributions you have

have a very sweet tooth.

alongside any PRSI contributions, soon to be

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Nothing, I have no plans

incorporated into the Universal Social Charge,

to retire. I would like to think that I would always be involved with the hospitality business in some format. I enjoy what I do and I would hate to think that I would have to stop someday

tax rates, you may only have a marginal amount to pay or receive back by way of a tax refund. You must apply for a National Insurance number BEFORE starting work in Northern Ireland, otherwise your tax and National Insurance contributions will not be recorded. National Insurance Numbers are issued by the UK Social Security Agency and can be applied for at any local Jobs and Benefits Office. If you are employed in Northern Ireland, you do not have to pay PRSI. You make National Insurwish to claim social welfare benefits now or in the future, the authorities will take into considerapaid. That means National Insurance contributions paid in Northern Ireland will be considered

paid in the south. 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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COME hail, rain or shine this Bank Holiday weekend, there is an abundance of festivals and events taking place all over the country. The only problem is deciding which ones to go to! For full details, listings and amazing offers on accommodation, visit www.discoverireland. ie, but, for now, here are some of our favourites to get you started. Sligo Live is back with a bang this year with a stellar line-up of live music over six days (October 26–31), all located in warm, intimate venues dotted around the beautiful town of Sligo. Visitors will be treated to performances from living legend Elvis Costello and BRIT award-winner, KT Tunstall. Support acts come in the form of Scottish band Admiral Follow, upbeat reggae stars – Barley Mob, Hayseed Dixie

and the beautiful Rachel Semanni and Band. Treat yourself to a cultural feast in Wexford, with two of Ireland’s finest festivals. The Wexford Fringe Festival and Opera Festival (October 20– November 6) transform the town into a melting pot of cultural delights with a heady mix of exhibitions, music, dance, theatre, tours, markets, fairs and sports as well as superb opera concerts and recitals.

Jazz Jazz things up a bit with a visit to Cork for the annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and let yourself loose at any of over 90 pubs, clubs and hotels that play host to non–stop music, master classes and fringe events. With over 90% of the entertainment being free, there really is no excuse not to get involved! Make a meal out of it


Colourful performances at the Virginia Pumpkin festival (left), and Cork gets in the

at the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival (October 27–31). Indulge at the free open-air food market on the plaza and a design yard where only the best in local produce

will be found. While you’re there, rediscover your childhood (and your competitive streak!) at the Irish Conker Championship (October 30). Blow those cobwebs

away with a walking weekend in some of the most beautiful scenery that Ireland has to offer. The Westport October Bank Holiday Walking Weekend takes in the

It’s ferry travel, but not as we know it! Stena Line

Passengers will soon be able to relax at Stena Line’s Nordic Spa

IT’S ferry travel, but not as we know it. Stena Line has just confirmed that its two new Superfast vessels, which will be introduced on the company’s new Cairnryan to Belfast route in November, will have a Nordic Spa on board to offer passengers a totally unique travel experience. Stena Superfast VII and Superfast VIII will be the largest ferries ever to sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland and are currently undergoing extensive upgrades in Poland by specialist cruise ship outfitters.

When complete the ships will be the first on the Irish Sea to offer passengers the opportunity to relax and indulge in a Pure Nordic Spa during the two-hour, 15-minute crossing. The spa will contain a sauna and jacuzzi which will be exclusively available to Stena Plus and Premium fare passengers. “We have established a reputation for providing a very high level of customer service so the prospect of offering our customers the opportunity to unwind in a Pure Nordic Spa at sea has

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Edited by Mimi Murray

TravelBriefs... TravelBriefs... Things to entertain you in Northen Ireland STUCK for something to do? If so, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of exciting things to do in Northern Ireland this month. For more details on these and other events, Callsave 1850 230 230, visit Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Information Office at Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or click on events

Armagh Autumn/Winter Fashion & Beauty Event, Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh, October 14

This annual event is a showcase of the best of Armagh’s fashion and beauty, with a sensational catwalk, local designers, boutique shops and accessory stores, ensuring a night not to be missed. Belfast Festival at Queen’s, various locations, Belfast, October 14–30

Audiences and artists from around the world converge on Belfast for 16 days of Ireland’s biggest international arts festival. groove with the annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, above

rugged beauty of the Mayo Mountains as well as Connacht’s highest peak – Mweelrea, while the Footfalls Wicklow Walking Festival explores the beauty of the garden

of Ireland and includes a range of walks suited to varying abilities. A storybook full of new memories are just waiting to be made this October Bank Holiday,

so why not book now and treat yourself to the Bank Holiday of a lifetime. For more details and inspiration for your trip, log on to

On the Mammal Trail, Lough Navar Forest, Co. Fermanagh, October 15

Join the staff to search for clues and hear the sounds of red squirrels and red deer that live in the forest.

A performer of the Cirque Eloize

Apple Day, Ballance House, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, October 15

of circus arts and urban dance, breakdance, hip-hop and more.

A great day out with crafts, food stalls, children’s entertainment and a celebration of the traditional varieties of apple.

Seapark Fireworks & Family Fun, Seapark Recreation Ground, Holywood, Co. Down, October 22

Tyrone Farmers’ Market, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, October 15

A market offering a range of food produced on local farms including seasonal products and home-baked produce as well as local craft items and a selection of fresh fish. Cirque Eloize, Grand Opera House, Belfast, October 19 –22

Cirque Eloize’s brand new creation positively crackles with daring and modernity. A blend

Bring the family along to enjoy a children’s fun fair, live music by ‘The Jukes’, delicious refreshments and a themed fireworks display. Ghosts and Gourds Weekend, Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, Co. Down, October 22–23

Carve a pumpkin, follow the ghost trail and hear a scary story while watching your little ones transformed with scary face painting. Family Hallowe’en fun for all.

introduces luxurious spa facilities ---------------------------------

‘We plan to make the facility available to out Stena Plus customers and are confident that it will enhance our service’ ---------------------------------

really got our staff excited about giving our customers an even better travel experience,” said Stena Line Route Director Paul Grant.

“We plan to make the facility available to our Stena Plus customers and are confident that it will enhance our premium service offering even further. Although the new Superfast ships will have a crossing time of just 2hr 15mins, our customers will still have enough time to relax and unwind and enjoy their journey even more than before. “We are always looking at innovative ideas to help improve our offering to customers to ensure that their journey with us is a truly enjoyable experi-

ence in itself. The introduction of our Pure Nordic Spas is one such idea and one of a host of onboard facilities dedicated to leisure and business passengers,” he said. Stena Line‘s new Cairnryan to Belfast service is scheduled to launch on November 21. The new Superfast vessels will make 12 crossings per day and are now available to book online at www. Each of the ten-deck ships can carry up to 1,200 passengers, 660 cars or 110 freight units.

The spa will feature both a sauna and a Jacuzzi for passengers to indulge in

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GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Dance Celebration

Pavilion Theatre welcomes back the inimitable John O’Conor. Following on from the enormous success of his recital at the Pavilion last year, Ireland’s foremost concert pianist returns with a programme to inspire and delight. October 16, 19:30. Prices €17 - €19.

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 Nick Kelly - See : Hear Legendary singer/songwriter and award-winning film maker Nick Kelly is bringing his unique new See:Hear show to The Centre. It combines a live gig (accompanied by The Softly Swelling String Quartet); a screening of Nick’s three highly-acclaimed short films (including the recently Oscar-shortlisted “Shoe”); and an entertaining and insightful talk on the fascinating crossover between making music and making movies. Friday, October 14, 8:30pm. Admission: €16.

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo The third of The Helix concerts in The Six String Sessions sees performances by Frank Rignola and Vinny Raniola. Ex Les Paul and David Grisman Band, both these guitar players are master tremelo pickers. Sunday, October 16, 8:30pm. Tickets: TICKETS: €15/€12.50.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340

Faulty Towers -The Dining Experience Enter the snobbish world of manic Basil; his domineering wife, Sybil; and their hopeless languagechallenged waiter, Manuel. Be one of the steady stream of bemused guests trying to make Manuel understand what it is you want. Asking for an ice bucket ends up with you being presented with a ‘nice bucket’. A simple procedure like opening a bottle of wine can become a huge drama. And, maybe, just maybe, in the middle of all these events, you might get some service, Faulty-style, of course. October 18, 7:30. Admission: €45.

A Basket of Bennett Sandyford Little Theatre present their latest studio showA Basket of Bennett - featuring: A Woman of Letters, Bed Among The Lentils, A Visit From Miss Prothero; something not to be missed, a funny yet real portrayal of lives on the edge. October 18 - 22, 8pm. Admission: €15/€12

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Egg

What really happens when you put all your eggs in one basket? Not always what you would expect it seems if this particular show is to be believed. Witness the madcap adventures of our unexpected heroes as they explore the humble egg and try to resolve age-old problems, such as which came first, the chicken or the egg? Saturday, October 15, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets €5.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 The Hen Night Epiphany A week before the wedding of her dreams, a woman wonders if some secrets should never be kept no matter what the cost. The Hen Night Epiphany is a heart-lifting tale of five women who take to the countryside for a night of fun and laughter that leaves their lives turned upside down. October 18 – 22 at 8pm. Admission: €20 and €16.

Faith Bernie struggles with her faith and is displeased with the feckless attitude of her only son, Joey. October 20 to 22 at 8.15pm. Admission: €10

Leads Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough get footloose in a dance scene from the new movie

Kick off your shoes And your cynical frown as Craig Brewer reinvents Eighties’ classic guilty pleasure, Footloose, for a new generation IT SEEMS at the moment that there is a definite disrespect of anything resembling a classic movie, with the necessity for a “reboot” or “re-imagining” being far easier for producers and studios than, God forbid, actually coming up with original story ideas or models for future franchises. With Sam Raimi’s Spiderman franchise not even cold before Columbia and Marvel felt the need to return to the same origin story AGAIN, with Andrew Gar field and Emma Stone in the leads, and local boy Colin Farell returning to Mars to reprise the role of Quaid in the Total Recall remake, there is a sense that really, nothing, nothing at all, is sacred. Scare stories about the likelihood of remakes of Robocop, Evil Dead, and (for goodness sake,

nooooooooo...) Don’t Look Now, make you wonder what on earth is going on... But there are times when the remake formula does come good - Scarface, The Thing, The Departed - it creates something special. However, when what is being remade is regarded as something of an guilty pleasure, you wonder if it was wor th the effor t. In the case of Footloose, it seems that they have remade not only the movie, but the guilty pleasure aspect, too. Like the 1984 original that starred Kevin Bacon, the premise is the same, with Ren MacCormack being dropped in small-town America (this time in the south, which allows for a country slant and southern hip-hop and R&B stylings to be dropped into proceedings), where puritanical

lawmakers have outlawed public dancing and loud music. The cityboy is not one to shy away from a confrontation, and he starts in motion a chain of events that will revitalise the town, set it’s people free, and, of course, make the local preacher’s daughter fall for him. Former dancer with J u s t i n T i m b e r l a ke , Kenny Wormald, steps into Kevin Bacon’s role with ease, and he is more than ably backed up by Miles Teller, who owns the role of Willard, Ren’s

sidekick and avowed non-dancer, previously played so memorably by the late Chris Penn in the original. All very familiar to film fans and fans of the original, but there are enough subtle details and rougher edges that puts the 2011 incarnation slightly more in tune with the times than

the f luffier nature of the original. Director Craig Brewer has previous

in the music-enriched movie world, having delivered Hustle and Flow in 2005, and he appears to have a genuine love of the original Footloose, which seeps into every frame. Again, it is a guilty pleasure watching Footloose, and there is the added bonus of it having some of the original tunes from the first movie in place, thus appealing to it’s original audience, as well as updating it for 2011 sensibilities. The same warm hear t and drama are present, and, for that, it stands perhaps alone as a remake that was wor th the effort. Let’s hope it’s a template that the movie re-makers will follow from now on...

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‘Pilates has seen an explosion of popularity in the last few years and is now often prescribed for back pain’ --------------------------

pregnancy could save you from these uncomfortable side effects. The core muscles, when weak or damaged, will very often encourage poor posture causing the spine

to arch and contributing to aches and pains in the lower back. To combat poor postural patterns, we need to strengthen those muscles that are weak and stretch the muscles that are tight. Pilates is a formulated plan; a series of exercises and stretches to counteract the daily stresses put on our body. By exercising your core muscles through Pilates you will begin to restore joint mobility and flexibility to middle and lower back while also strengthening this region. This in turn will improve your posture and body shape. By participating in a class,

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DESCENT DESCENT: Delayed canoe extravaganza sees top performances Page 29


Lord Mayor to honour 2011’s special athletes

ORGANISERS of the National Lottery Dublin Marathon and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Andrew Montague, are seeking nominations for the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Medal, which will be presented before the start of this year’s National Lottery Dublin Marathon on Monday, October 31. T he Lord Mayor ’s

Medal was introduced earlier this year by the previous Lord Mayor, Gerry Breen, as a way for the Lord Mayor’s o f f i c e t o a c k n ow l edge the outstanding achievement of everyone who takes part in the Dublin marathon. The specially-commissioned medal will be presented from this year onwards to an individual or individuals who are deemed to have either overcome incred-

ible odds to take part in the Dublin Marathon or have an unusual marathon story to tell. Organisers are looking for nominations to be sent by email to before Wednesday, October 19.

Marvellous Martin Lord Mayor Gerr y Breen presented a special medal earlier this year to 2009 Dublin M a r a t h o n f i n i s h e r,

Former Dublin Mayor, Gerry Breen, presents the first Lord Mayor’s Medal to Martin Codyre

Martin Codyre, whose brother and friend pushed him around the 26.2 miles of the course. Codyre was involved in a tragic accident in 2008 which left him paralysed for life and

needing 24-hour care. Entry for this year’s Dublin Marathon closed on October 3, and a record entry of over 14,000 runners, joggers and walkers will take part this year.

This year marks not only the first year of sponsorship under the National Lottery banner, but also a return to live television for the first time in 20 years, with coverage starting

on RTE2 from 9.15am on October 31. For further information on the Lord Mayor’s Medal, go to www. or w w dublinmarathon.

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FastSport Clondalkin register first win in Division 2B LEINSTER LEAGUE DIVISION 1B Clondalkin Ashbourne

15 0 Barnhall first XV were in determined form in the second half of their Ulster Bank Division 2B tie against Naas last weekend

BROTHERS Chris and Dave Jebb inspired Clondalkin to their first-ever Division 1B victory last Sunday. Out-half Chris kicked all of the Gordon Park side’s scores, while his younger brother was crucial in ensuring Ashbourne registered nothing on the scoreboard. Jebb sailed over four wind-assisted penalties and a sweetly-struck drop goal to give the hosts a 15-point cushion, that a stingy defence, led by late call-up, Dave Jebb, were in no mood to relinquish. Clondalkin defied the elements and held on despite being forced to submit territory and possession for large parts of the second period. Big carries from big men and big game players, Brian Doyle and Derek Glennon, proved vital in providing temporary but much-needed reprieve. They managed to lift a siege that was enhanced by the fact that clearing their lines via the boot was impossible for Clondalkin due to the conditions. However, it was a collective team effort that ensured the historic win. “It was great to get the win and I think we deserved it. We were missing three of our best performers this season and suffered a late injury, but we showed the debt of the squad. That can only be good going forward,” captain Kevin Cullen told Clondalkin TV after the game. “I felt we could have beaten both Carlow and Cill Dara, but we are not going to dwell on those results. We will look forward and we have a tough tie against Longford next, a team we are very familiar with.”

Bulls doze over Naas ULSTER BANK DIV 2B Naas NUIM Barnhall

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N U I M BA R N H A L L came out of the traps at pace against Naas last weekend in what was billed as the Kildare local derby and followed up their bonuspoint defeat against Highfield the previous weekend in their opening game with an impressive and welldeserved victory. Within one minute, Barnhall had forced a penalty with some great scrummaging that allowed them to take an early three-point advantage. Naas came back instantly and forced Barnhall back to their own five-metre line, which resulted in a

penalty that drew the sides level after seven minutes. Naas continued to come at the visitors, and their sustained pressure saw Barnhall ship a number of penalties while pinned inside their own half, which led in time to Naas bisecting the posts for another three points on 17 minutes. Although on the ropes at times, Barnhall were able to put together a number of break-out moves which, unfortunately, they failed to capitalise on. But the pressure they were able to exert allowed them to come away with a penalty after 23 minutes, which brought the score to level again at 6-6. The second quarter showed Barnhall attack

with steely determination and great running from Rob McGrath kept Naas on the back foot, and Tom McKeown’s continued good form meant that Barnhall gained valuable ground whenever he got the ball in hand.

Battling Bulls Naas continued to find a way back and conver ted a penalty on 35 minutes to take them into the lead once again. The second half saw both teams go back and forth with a bit of kicking tennis, which, ultimately, gave Barnhall the edge, which forced Naas back into their own 22, where they remained for long periods. Pressure in the rucks allowed Simon Gillespie the time to claim his

chance and take a welltaken drop goal to bring the scores level at 9-9. After the restart, Barnhall continued to pile on the pressure and forced another Naas penalty, which was converted. The dominance that Barnhall were exerting enabled them to force another penalty from a scrum and Gillespie once again converted to put distance between the sides. Naas did not give up or make it easy for the visitors but, with some continued hard tackling from the likes of Eamonn Daly, Barnhall did not let Naas gain any ground on the counter-attack. The Blue Bulls’ bombardment continued and scrummaging by the visitors pack allowed

Barnhall to set up the backs to get the ball wide, and feed number 14 Rob McGrath who broke through the Naas defence to run in the first try of the match, to take the score to 9-22 to the visitors, which was how the score remained until the final whistle.

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A fine descent on Liffey weirs


Local paddlers Peter Egan and Neil Fleming were the big winners at the rescheduled Liffey Descent that went ahead last weekend Sam and Kevin pop in to

LAST weekend, the 52 n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l Liffey Descent canoe races took place on the traditional course, starting at the K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare, and finishing at Trinity Boat Club, a distance of 17.5 miles. The race had to be rescheduled from its original date of September 10 due to a shortage of water, plus maintenance being carried out on the ESB hydro station at Poolaphuca. Almost 800 competitors entered the race, with entrants from South Africa, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Canada and, of course, the traditional big entr y from England, Wales and Scotland. A big Irish contingent made

for a very exciting day’s racing. On a beautiful sunny Saturday the scene was set for the athletes all set to challenge the 11 weirs, one set of rapids

and, with over 50 crews it promised to be very competitive. As the boats approached Straffan Weir, know n as the Beecher’s Brook of the


‘This was our goal, to win the three K2 titles - the Liffey Descent, and the British and Irish championships - in one season.’


and a 500-metre portage around the dam at Leixlip, where the athletes must exit the canoe and run 500 metres carrying thir boat before reentering the river below the dam. The Senior Racing K2 class was the first start

Liffey Descent, the Irish crew of Peter Egan and Neil Fleming, the current British and Irish K2 champions, set a blistering place and were first dow n the weir, closely followed by the South African crew of Brett Irvine and

Peter Egan and Neil Fleming on their way to victory in the K2 class

Ken Murray, the British crew of O’Regan and Boyton, and another Irish crew, comprising Malcolm Banks and Jason Briody. By Celbridge, Egan and Fleming had opened up a lead of 55 seconds with the chasing group still trying to keep in touch. By L u c a n , i t w a s obvious that they were really powering down this tough course having increased their lead to over three minutes and were going all out to make it three championship victories in 2011. The chasing group was now down to two crews, with Banks and Briody having difficulty at Cromers Weir. Safely over the next two big weirs, namely Wren’s Nest and Palmerston, victory was now in sight for Egan and Fleming and so, after 17.5 miles, they crossed the finish line at Trinity Boat Club in one of the fastest times for this course - 1hr 49mins 10secs - 5mins 55secs ahead of second-place crew O’Regan and Boyton, with Irvine and Murray taking third place. Egan and Fleming were absolutely delighted with their victory, stating: “This was our goal, to win the three K2 titles in one season.”

The pair will compete at the World Marathon championships in Singapore on October 23 and 24. T he K1 class saw Gary Mawer, winner of this race on numerous occasions looking for another victory. Stiff opposition from Dermot Hudson and Stuart West was on the cards. Hudson showed he meant business, leading over Straffan Weir, with Mawer and West taking a safer shoot. These three athletes broke away from the rest of the field and Mawer, with his vast experience, showed he still is the man to beat, coming home in first position in a time of 1hr 58mins 25secs with Dermot Hudson second and Stuart West in third. In the Master K1 Deaglan O’Drisceoil won gold adding to his seasons achievements having won the Sella Descent in Spain in August. In the Junior K1, Sean McCarthy won his second junior title from Matt Burke and Iomhar Mac Giollaphradaig. The Senior Wild Water Class was won by Adam Sweeney, while the junior Wild Water class was won by Aisling Smith. Full results can be found on the Canoeing Ireland website.

wish Paddy a happy 98th STARS of Erin GAA Club were celebrating the contribution of a very special clubman last week when Paddy Walsh turned 98 years old. Paddy has worked tirelessly for the club over the last seven decades, and club members of all different age groups turned out to wish him a very happy birthday at the celebrations that took place in the Step Inn. Paddy had the added surprise of senior Dublin footballer, Kevin McManamon, and the Sam Maguire trophy dropping in to wish him a happy birthday.

Croke Park celebrate year of success CROKE Park Community Liaison Officer Ger Dorgan was on hand recently to present to Mark Candon and Theresa McMahon, from ASESP Crinan Strand, a cheque for their annual festival, as the Community team outlined their successes over the last two years at a meeting at the stadium. The President of

the GAA, Christy Cooney, thanked the community for their co-operation during the past season which, he said, had a fitting finale with Dublin winning the football final. The Croke Park Community Fund has allocated €210,000 to 57 qualifying projects since 2009. Following two local employment drives during the 2011 season, 81 additional local people were given seasonal employment at Croke Park events.

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Bluebell denied win with extra-time Clover goals BLUEBELL United will have to wait another year to build on their much heralded FAI Intermediate Cup success after they were dumped out of the competition by Firhouse Clover in extra time in the first round. The Red Cow side seemed on course to advance at Tallaght IT with Gerry Bambrick’s goal had them leading up until the 94th minute. But John Woods nabbed an equaliser to send the tie into extra-time. Cormac O’Leary then put Clover in front, only for Trevor Molloy to equalise once more before O’Leary grabbed his second of extra time to seal the victory, 3-2.

Summerfest set for next weekend THE 2011 Tesco mobile SARI Summerfest, the largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland, is set to take part this year at the Garda and Camogie Sports Grounds, in Phoenix Park on September 10 and 11 from 11am to 5pm each day. The Summerfest will also coinciude with the CONCERN kitefest, where kite flyers from around the world will display their kites and give kite workshops for children. The two-day festival also includes a wide array of entertainment for all the family.

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Castleknock Celtic seeking ladies talent CASTLEKNOCK Celtic FC’s ladies and girls section are recruiting new talent to the cllub for the soccer season starting later this month. If you were born in 1996 or earlier, visit the club’s website at, and pass on your name and contact details in the How To Join section provided on the site. The club are also looking to recruit girls born in 2001/2002 to play soccer in the DubliGirls Soccer League.

Peamount United were once again denied by second-half strikes by Paris St Germain in the second leg of their Champions League tie

Paris pain for Peamount UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St Germain 3 Peamount United 0 (PSG win 5-0 on aggregate)

PEAMOUNT United were undone by a clinical second-half showing from Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League last-32 tie at the Stade Charlety in Paris last week. Despite going in scoreless at the break in the French capital, and holding faint hopes of a miraculous comeback following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Tallaght Stadium, the West Dublin

amateurs were hit with three superb second-half goals, and went out on a 5-0 aggregate scoreline. Despite some early PSG pressure, the visitors had the first shot in anger of the game when Stephanie Roche fired straight at Veronique Pons on four minutes. However, the home side looked intent on finishing the tie quickly and Kenza Dali fired just over, before Sinnott almost let Nora Coton-Pelagie in around the back and Jessica Houara went close with another effort. Wendy McGlone was unable to control Aine O’Gorman’s looping

Under-17s make cup exit to Joey’s: Peamount lose tie at Greenogue PEAMOUNT United’s Under-17 girls

team were denied a famous win when they took on All-Ireland champions, St Joseph’s, at Greenogue last weekend. The side were closed out and ended up losing by 3-0, but this is a young side building for the future with their new management team of Brian Kenna, Kevin Carroll and Paul Doyle.

cross from the right as Peamount looked to capitalise on their attacks and, just before the before the break, Sara Lawlor was almost presented with an opening by the PSG defence. However, the semi-professionals quickly rectified the mistake and crowded Lawlor and O’Gorman out, before Dali went close on the counter-attack at the other end. Despite, making it to half-time scoreless and introducing Ireland Senior Women’s international Julie Ann-Russell at the break, the visitors were stunned by an exquisite opener within minutes.

Striker Nora-Coton Pelagie rocked Peamount at Tallaght Stadium with a deflected opener from distance in PSG’s original 2-0 win, but this time there was no touch as her 25-yard effort left goalkeeper Linda Meehan rooted to the spot. Some neat interplay between substitute Russell and Roche saw the latter threaten with a long-range shot, but again it was straight at Pons in the Paris goal, and the home side went further ahead on 65. Full-back Nonna Debonne cut in off the left wing on a blistering run and fired an unstop-

pable drive across Meehan’s goal and in off the far post. The visitors did well to just keep PSG from adding even more as PSG’s superior fitness really started to tell and despite Pons’ quick dash off her line denying Aine O’Gorman a consolation from Lawlor’s through ball, a third goal was unavoidable. It came with only minutes left on the clock and it was Dali who got the reward her threat all game deserved as she powered an effort beyond Meehan from close-range after good work down the right by Houara.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ROUND TOWERS THE senior ladies footballers were

with admission to the races, a bus

beaten by Stabannon Parnells in

to and from the club, and entry to

the Leinster semi-final on Satur-

a €1,000 limited buster draw. Paddy

day. After a great run of results, the

Delaney, Jimmy Lee, Dick Keane and

away trip to Louth proved a step too

Graham Hall are selling the tickets

far but the players and management

for the event.

should be very proud of their efforts this year. The senior footballers were beaten

Bingo continues this Tuesda y. Doors open at 8pm with first call at 8.30pm.

by St Anne’s in Boharnabreena on

This week’s lotto numbers drwan-

Saturday evening. They now face

were 3, 16, 22 and 30; Bonus Ball 14.

Ballymun Kickhams in round four of

There was no winner of this week’s

the senior football championship.

Jackpot of €4,300.

Round Tower GAA Club’s Night at

Congratulations to Carol and

the Dogs will take place on Friday

Ciaran, Cal Walsh and Natasha Flem-

October 28, and is once again being

ing, who were the three €100 win-

staged at Harold’s Cross. Tickets are


available for €10 and will provide you

Next weeks jackpot is €4,400.

LUCAN SARSFIELDS Lucan Sarsfields put Faughs to the sword with an impressive performance at Parnell Park

Sarsfields make a point with big win DUBLIN SHC A Q-FINAL Lucan Sarsfields Faughs

0-25 1-5

LUCAN Sarsfields put themselves back into semi-final territory when they punished Faughs for their indiscretions, as the 12th Lock side took complete control against 13-man opposition in Parnell Park last Sunday. Such a comfortable outcome looked a mile off when they shipped 1-1 inside the opening minutes but, by half-time, the game was as good as over as the Tymon side shot themselves in the foot. John Kelly’s point, followed by Fergal Heavey’s superbly taken goal had put them in the box seat, but Conor McCann’s red card in the fourth minute rocked them on their heels. He was sent off for a foul on Matthew McCaffrey. Sars’ Kevin Fitzgerald followed him off amid a

rough and tumble opening spell, shown the line in the seventh minute. But Lucan were starting to find some scoring rhythm, and they made initial inroads into the Faughs’ lead. Darragh Brennan started the rush just prior to McCann’s red, and Kevin O’Reilly continued it with a pair of points to reduce the gap to one. Heavey nudged his side a bit further ahead, but Lucan were to run riot thereafter, keeping Faughs scoreless for twothirds of the tie, while they added another 11 points to their total by the turnaround. Brennan and O’Reilly were at the heart of the action, running up a halfdozen each, while Robert Lambert, Tommy Somers and Sean McLelland also nabbed a trio of points each. Matt McCaffrey and Peter Kelly were the stand-outs at the back. The latter, an All-Star

nominee, was particularly adept at breaking up attacks with a string of high catches to clear his lines. Faughs miserable second quarter was heightened when Kelly’s county team mate, Mossy O’Brien, was the third player to be sent off three minutes before the break, with his side 0-15 to 1-2 behind. Another four Lucan points began the second half, as they tallied 16 points without reply before Mikey Ryan eventually flickered the Parnell Park scoreboard for Faughs, while Emmet McKenna also chipped

in. They were decent scores, but his side’s hopes were already gone, and Sean McLelland’s cameo up the field served only to inflict more pain on an already defeated foe. St Pat’s Palmerstown, meanwhile, moved on to the semi-finals of the Senior B championship as they nabbed a single point win over Erin’s Isle, 2-14 to 3-10. Shane Stapleton, back in action after a lengthy spell out through injury, grabbed 2-5, while Liam Rushe, Aidan Glennon, Darren Mooney and Des Rushe all weighed in with good contributions.


Anyone who is not yet booked and

A hurlers who won the league title

wishes to attend should contact

with win over Castleknock.

Paul Stapleton or Martina McGillo-

Well done to players and mentors Seamus Clandillon, Martin Mockler, Jim Quinn, on the club’s first hurling title in a number of years. Great win for senior hurlers and now through to quarter-finals in championship; there was also a good draw for the minor footballers. Set dancing 8.30 to 10pm every Wednesday night. All welcome.

way to be included on this reserve list. The Lucan Sarsfields’ GAA Club 25 Card Drive resumes on Friday, October 14 at 9pm and will continue to May, 2012, in the clubhouse bar. Quiz season starts on Wednesday, October 19, to be supported by camogie section. All welcome. Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 4,

All tables are now booked for

6 and 15. There was no winner. Next

the Gala Ball at Westmanstown on

week’s jackpot is €4,000. Colette

November 12. Deposits are required

Condon’s team will be in charge

to be paid for all bookings or else

next weekend. Do not forget you

tables can be re-allocated.

can always enter our lotto online

A reserve list is being established

by clicking on www.lucansarsfields.

for re-allocated tables and any

ie. Thanks to Matt Reilly Autoparts,

spare places on tables not full.

who are this week’s sponsor.

ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN THE senior hurlers had a narrow B

They remained unbeaten all day and

championship win over Erin’s Isle on

took the honours when they beat

Saturday last and, in doing so, have

Crumlin in the final. Representing St

now reached the semi-final.

Pat’s were Denise, Helen, Cliona, Lisa,

Juvenile hurling U-8s, 9s and

Niamh, Rachel and Grainne.

10s played Parnell’s, St Jude’s and

Senior footballers play this Satur-

Naomh Fionnbarra. U-11s and 15s

day away to Raheny in St Anne’s Park

lost to Good Counsel and Oliver

at 5 pm.

Plunkett’s, and U-12s had a good win

Our Jubilee Gala Ball takes place on

against Ballinteer St John’s while, in

Saturday, November 19, at the Red

football, U-13s and 14s lost to Naomh

Cow Moran’s Hotel. It’s a very special

Fionnbarra and Lucan Sarsfields.

occasion for St Pat’s and for a mere

The U-16s drew with St Peregrine’s.

€45 you can join in the fun commenc-

Glasgow was the venue for our

ing with a champagne reception at

senior camogie ladies last weekend

7.30pm with the four-course dinner

where our combined Tuir Padraig

served at 8pm. To secure your tick-

team took part in the Tir Conaill

ets, you can call or text your order

Harps seven-a-side Feile Na mBan.

to 086 725 5586.

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Round Towers’ ladies footballers lost out to Strabannon Parnells but have had an enthralling season of success on the field. Picture:

Clondalkin side miss out on Leinster final place with defeat to Strabannon Parnells in Louth last week STEPHEN FINDLATER

ROUND Towers’ ladies footballer’s epic season came to an end in Louth last weekend as Stabannon Parnells proved just too strong in the Leinster intermediate championship semi-final. The Louth side ran out 0-10 to 0-5 winners in the final reckoning after a tough battle, working with a strong breeze to good effect to end the Clondalkin club’s fine run in the competiton. It was a bridge too far, as manager Paul Burke explained, as the breaks needed did not fall their way at the right moments on a day when the wind played a huge factor, helping Stabannon build an early lead. “We went into half-time three points down and managed to hold them off but we just couldn’t seem to score in the second half with the conditions,” he told GazetteSport. “They were a really good team but we were

coming on strong. There was definitely a goal in the game for us but we just couldn’t get it over the line and then, unfortunately, we had a player sin-binned at a critical time when we were on top – even though it wasn’t showing on the scoreboard. “It wasn’t to be. Overall, I think, on the day, they were that bit stronger than us.” Nonetheless, Burke can reflect on a scintillating season in which the club won a championship title for the first time in 17 years while also holding their own in the top league. “It has been a fantastic year. To be county champions, hold division one status and go on a run like that in Leinster has been great. We lost a couple of players to emigration and two are pregnant so we had to do it on a shoestring at the end but they did fantastically well. “The county final would be the highlight for me. We’ve been trying and trying for the last few years. We were all very much of the opinion this

year that, when we got to the championship, it was that or nothing. In fairness, they looked after themselves very well and I know I’m saying all the cliches but they really went after it. “What they achieved as a group shows they can really go on to better things. A couple of the girls off the junior team and underage teams that can step and, if they do, we’ll be extremely strong. We just need one or two more players and we’ll give any team a run for their money.” There is now heady anticipation for what 2012 will bring, with the potential to join the senior ranks, but that is a challenge to think about on another day. “Maintaining division one status means we can look forward to senior. But we need a break. It’s been a long season. We were fresh coming into it but the break will do us the world of good and we’ll maybe regroup just before Christmas to see where we all are and then see where we go for there.”


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