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‘Only cannabis oil can ease our little angel’s suffering’ Family’s plea for six-year-old Erica who suffers 200 seizures a day  SYLVIA POWNALL

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Erica with her mum Lisa

TIME is running out for a courageous Clondalkin girl who suffers more than 200 seizures a day. The family of little Erica Cawley is backing a campaign

for medicinal cannabis oil to be legalised so they can ease the six-year-old’s plight. Erica, from Harelawn, has a rare condition known as Dravet Syndrome that causes constant epileptic seizures which cannot be con-

trolled by conventional drugs because they put her into cardiac arrest. Her doting granddad John O’Meara told The Gazette: “Erica was born a normal, loving child and met her milestones up to six months. She

was sitting up and clapping hands – and then she had her first seizure.” The brave tot was reduced to an infant state four times in her first three years due to violent seizures. Continued on Page 2

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Dublin firefighters help to deliver baby girl

TALLAGHT Fire Brigade had an unexpected arrival on Monday morning as they helped a mum deliver her baby. Firefighters assisted the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in the safe birth of the baby girl at her home in Brookview, Tallaght, at 9.30am. The baby wasn’t due for another month, but when she decided to come early the emergency services were ready – and mum and baby are said to be doing well. Dublin Fire Brigade posted on Twitter: “Great start to Monday as our Tallaght fire engine with Sara, Bill, Geoff and NAS assisted mum with the delivery of a baby girl this morning.” Firefighter Geoff Tracey said: “Everyone is well and healthy. We assisted the mum at home with the delivery, the baby was four weeks premature.”


Cannabis oil could be life-changing for little Erica Continued from Page 1

But each time she learned to walk and talk again, until she had to be placed in an induced coma after a major episode which lasted three hours. John said: “She lost the ability to talk and is now classed as a non-verbal child. She’s in a wheelchair and is fed through a tube into her stomach. And she can’t have antiepilepsy medication because it puts her into


‘People think we want to get our children high. I don’t want to get my granddaughter high – I just want to help her.’


John O’Meara, Erica’s granddad


cardiac arrest.” Two years ago, medics told the family there was nothing more they could do for Erica (right), and then they heard about the benefits of Charlotte’s Web oil – a product con-



taining a low dose of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). John said: “People think we want to get our children high. I don’t want to get my granddaughter high – I just want to help her.”

A bill on the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes – brought forward by Deputy G i n o K e n ny (PBP) – is due to be debated in the Dail today, Thursday. But John is fearful that Health Minister Simon Harris will seek an adjournment for

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ON CONTROVERSIAL TREATMENT THAT COULD IMPROVE GIRL’S LIFE independent reports and the issue will be buried in red tape for years. He said: “Erica doesn’t have that time. She is going through a thing that she has all spectrum of seizures. Her mother, Lisa, keeps a diary of them; it’s all day, every day.” Only child Erica suffers a number of polychronic seizures daily where her body shakes uncontrollably. But she also suffers from as many as 150 “absent seizures” a day, where she stops midactivity and stares into space. She also has up to 50 “drop seizures” a day, causing her to fall to the ground suddenly as her muscles go limp without any warning. Deputy Kenny said: “Several countries in Europe have state industries and private companies in this area. Regulating it would ensure a pharmaceutical grade standard of medicinal


‘Erica’s monthly medication currently costs the State €1,556.20, compared to a €300 bottle of cannabis oil’

DRAVET Syndrome is Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI) and affects an estimated 200 children in Ireland. The first seizure usually occurs in the first year of life and development slows considerably – affecting speech, mobility and co-ordination. Sufferers of the condition have a life expectancy of 20 years, and it is caused as a result of a mutation of an SCN1 gene at birth.



cannabis in herbal, oil and tablet form.” Erica’s monthly medication currently costs the State €1,556.20, compared to a €300 bottle of cannabis oil. For her family, the outcome of today’s Dail debate is crucial. John said: “She’s never had a sweet. Her first three years of her life, and her first four Christmases, were spent in hospital. “But this is not a child who is going to be given up on, who is going to end up in a corner. She’s a little cricket; she’s our angel.”


CHARLOTTE’S Web is a high cannabidiol (CBD), low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis extract marketed as medical cannabis in the US. It does not induce the psychoactive ‘high’ typically associated with recreational marijuana strains that are high in THC. The product is named after Charlotte Figi (10), whose parents and physicians say she experienced a dramatic reduction of seizures brought on by Dravet Syndrome after her first dose of medical marijuana, age five.

Erica with her grandparents, Eileen and John O’Meara

PUBLIC MEETING People Before Profit is holding a public meeting on Monday, December 5 at 8pm in the Ballyowen Castle Community Centre in Lucan to discuss “The Case for Medicinal Cannabis”.



OpTran Sean quits band..  SYLVIA POWNALL

Kathryn Thomas with star contestant Sean Daly

CLONDALKIN man Sean Daly is hoping Operation Transformation will save him having to go abroad to have a gastric band fitted. The 25-year-old was the first leader chosen for the 2017 series of the RTE

weight loss show – and vowed to do his utmost to tackle his life-long battle with obesity. Sean, who works at Specsavers in the Mill Shopping Centre, was gobsmacked when he got a surprise visit from show host Kathryn Thomas.

He told RTE radio’s Ray D’Arcy he was quitting smoking straight away – and how he’d considered travelling to Poland to have gastric band surgery. Sean, who weighs 23 stone, said: “It’s very hard in the gay community to be fat. I’m 25, I should be spending half my wages on clothes.” Sean first realised he was overweight when he had to get a plus-size suit specially made for his First Holy Communion. He said: “We went in and I remember the man looking at my mother and saying ‘I have to make his suit, he won’t fit in a normal size’. It was only then that my mother started to notice.” Sean said he hated what he’d done to his body by over-eating for most of his life, and added: “I as always overweight. I don’t know what it’s like not to struggle. I remember being a kid waiting for my

brother and sister to not finish their McDonald’s so I could eat it. I’d nearly eat them as well.” Op Tran nutritionist Dr Ciara Kelly said Sean was chosen as he was young and his weight was “already holding him back”. Sean joins four other leaders for series 10 of the popular reality show which airs on RTE 1 in January. Meanwhile South Dublin County Council is providing free training and equipment for those interested in following Sean’s lead. The local authority has teamed up with South Dublin County Sports Partnership to offer free walk leader training, free PR materials, a free talk on nutrition and free weighing scales. If your club/school/ community centre or group would like to participate forward details – name of organisation, contact person, email and mobile - to

provide same late night Xmas times to both tram lines LUAS are being asked to provide the same amount of late-night Christmas trams on the Red Line as they do for the Green Line, reports Maurice Garvey. Dublin City councillors passed a motion by Independent councillor Paul Hand, requesting the same service is provided on both lines. Luas will provide twice the number of late night trams on the Green Line during December compared to those available on the Red Line – citing a lack of demand for the Dublin west service. But Cllr Hand said: “There should be full parity of service.” On Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, Luas are providing just three Red Line trams from midnight to 3am, but the Green line will see six late-night trams.

Groups benefit from €20k grants ALMOST €20,000 was approved in grants for groups in the Clondalkin area at a recent meeting of the County Council. Beneficiaries include: Retired Active Mens Social Club €500; Bawnogue Amateur Boxing Club €500; Rathcoole Community Council, Minor Equipment Grant. €500; Rathcoole Community Council - Social Inclusion, Equality & Anti-Poverty Grant, €500; Balgaddy Community Garden Environmental Improvements Grant, €500; Monastery Estate Residents Association -Community Activity Grant, €300; Sruleen Community Development - Community Activity Grant, €500; Peamount United FC Major Equipment Grant, €5,000; Clondalkin Drama Group - Major Equipment Grant, €3,500. In addition Round Towers Og received a major equipment grant of €5,000.



 AISLING KENNEDY A GORGEOUS 20-year-old Dubliner has been selected from 4,500 applicants for the final of the prestigious international Top Model competition. Tallaght I.T. student Carolina Aznar has told how she recently found out that she was one of 50 girls selected for the Irish finals later this month. The pocket-sized stunner from Shankill said that she had tried out modelling before, but had been told she was too small to make it on the catwalk. She told The Gazette: “I tried modelling before but I found it hard because of my height. I was told I was too small because I’m 5”3. Height “They’re happy with my height in this competition though so I’m delighted. I’ll to give it my best shot.” For the next part of the competition, Carolina will take part in two separate catwalk events at the Temple Bar Arts Studio on December 10. If Carolina is a winner on the day, the prizes include professional photography shoots for the cover of Irish Fashion and Glamour Magazine – and she’ll represent Ireland in the Worldwide Grand Final in London which will include opportunities at London Fashion Week. Best of luck Carolina – not that you’ll need it!

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Leane and Sophia Sullivan

Mary Thunder with her children, Ruby and Lily May

Ready to go-ho-ho over at Liffey Valley

Young Sam Bailey and his family help Santa and singer Angel switch on the Christmas lights. Pictures: Andres Poveda


ESPITE his very busy schedule, Santa Claus took time out of preparing for Christmas, and visiting all kinds of places in the run-up to the special time of year, to call over to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. People came from all over West Dublin to see the man in red, with young and old delighted to help him count down to the annual turning on of the bustling centre’s Christmas lights. Singer Angel was on hand to help him with his noteworthy task, while lots of helpers and fun activities helped to make it the most festive day of the year, so far. From dancing snowmen to face-painted children, the centre was full of Christmas cheer, with retailers also happy to welcome Mr Claus and friends – and even more shoppers than usual – to the busy centre. Everyone’s favourite toymaker met as many children as he could, in between marvelling at the wonderful lights and decorations.

Calllie and Ellie May Wynn-Stanley

Faith Kelly

Bronagh and Tadgh Lennon

Lacie Delaney


Local Enterprise Office

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South Dublin Businesses

Digital Supports for SMEs

ACCORDING to the European Commission the digital economy is the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth and holds huge potential for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). How businesses adopt digital technologies will be a key determinant of their future growth. At the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin we provide an ongoing comprehensive range of training courses at minimal cost to enable small businesses tap in to the enormous potential of social media and digital marketing. A survey of the Training Needs of local businesses across South Dublin County in 2015 has formed the basis of our extensive training programme. Some of our very popular courses are listed below: • Free Google Tools You Must Try - This course will provide participants with and overview of powerful and free Google tools to keep track and manage their own website. • Facebook/LinkedIn for Business - The aim of this programme is to provide those with a working knowledge of Facebook for business, with the skills to explore the relevance and potential of Facebook for their particular business and take their Facebook page to the next level of usage. • LinkedIn for Business -This one day

workshop should provide step-by-step instructions as to how to use LinkedIn to create business opportunities. • Effective Email Marketing Using Mailchimp - This programme walks you through different marketing objectives with email using the Mailchimp software programme (free version) and strategising on a campaign that is right for you. • Creating a Website using Wordpress (Advanced) – The objective of this programme is for participants to gain advanced knowledge of Wordpress and how to expand the capabilities of their existing website to include e-commerce and social media integration. • Digital Marketing for Micro Businesses – This course introduces a range of digital marketing concepts and how they can help your business grow and develop These training courses can be booked through our Online Booking facility on our website SouthDublin/Training-Events/OnlineBookings/ If you find that the training course of your choice above is booked up – don’t worry as we run these courses on an ongoing basis. If you would like to be kept up to date you can sign up for our Digital Newsletter from the LEO South Dublin homepage at SouthDublin/


The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a grant assistance scheme designed to help businesses build a selling website for their business. With Irish consumers spend averaging €850,000 per hour online, 24 hours a day, and expected to grow by 25% in the next 3 – 5 years, Trading Online is fast becoming critical for small business to compete successfully and to tap into the enormous growth potential. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme offers small businesses the opportunity to develop their website or digital marketing strategy by availing of vouchers of up to €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure HOW TO APPLY

1. In order to apply for a Trading Online Voucher you must first attend a half day Information Seminar on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher. 2. After attending the information session you should complete and submit the application form (available to download from our website) Information Seminar – December 13th, 2016 in Red Cow Morans Hotel Attendance at a training session is compulsory for all prospective applicants and

Frank Fitzpatrick – Dutch Bike Shop ( talks about how his business benefitted from the Trading Online Voucher Scheme MY NAME is Frank Fitzpatrick and I am co-owner of the Dutch Bike Shop here in Goatstown. Our business is a little over 5 years old. My wife and I set it up when she couldn’t actually find the bike she wanted in Dublin. She’s from Holland so she brought one over from Holland and then after a little while we decided to set up the Dutch Bike Shop and start selling Dutch bikes. Most of the bikes are used for city cycling – carrying children or cargo and are basically functional bikes. While trying to set up the business, trying to find finance, knowing where to go and what to do can be very difficult and we found the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin absolutely excellent and they helped us with our website which allowed a window into our company which otherwise would not have been there. We then shortly after started to do market places, like Marley Park, every Saturday and Sunday. We then got a premises in Ballymount as we grew and from Ballymount we went to the shop front premises here. The website allows us to run the business 24-7. We sell all over the country, we sell abroad. We sell everywhere now because of our web site. It is the cornerstone of our business and the cornerstone of a lot of businesses.

When starting out in business, resources are always hard to find. Finance is always hard to find. My advice is to ask questions, see what’s available to you, everything helps when you are starting up a business. Once you get the process rolling it makes life an awful lot easier. Speaking to other people makes life an awful lot easier. LEO South Dublin helped us, it was absolutely fantastic and it stands to us now. I would recommend anybody who is going to start a business to find out what they need. Don’t be scared to ask, the worst that can happen is that it is not available.

How Businesses have been benefitting from Trading Online

Research conducted with over 800 companies which have availed of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme showed that: • 21% was the average increase in Sales • 84% experienced an increase in customer enquiries • Growing businesses expect to recruit on average 1.4 more employees • 73% said that the new online business was additional and did not displace existing sales • 3 out of 5 businesses begin to export • 89% said that the trading online component of their business will become more important in the next six months. ELIGIBLE PROJECTS • Limited Online Trading presence

a representative from your business must attend. If you are interested in applying for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme you should book your place at the event by going to our Online Booking facility on the LEO South Dublin Website.

• Less than 10 employees • Turnover less than €2m • Applicant business must be registered and trading for at least 12 months ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (Exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser • Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense • Own labour is not an eligible expense • Third party costs only will be considered • All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details).

SouthDublin/Training-Events/OnlineBookings/ The information seminar is from 9.15am to 1pm and is free of charge. Visit our website www.localenterprise. ie/Southdublin for the full range of supports available to businesses across South Dublin County.

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Rotten timbers at the heart of conman’s ‘despicable’ scam  SYLVIA POWNALL

A WOR K M A N w h o conned a pensioner out of more than €3,500 for unnecessary roof repairs was described by a judge as “despicable”. Charles O’Brien (37), of Rosebank Place, Clondalkin, brought rotten timbers to the elderly victim’s house and tricked him into believing they had come from his roof. O’Brien admitted taking three payments from him and pleaded guilty to three counts of deception. Judge David McHugh o r de r e d O’Bri en to

pay compensation and adjourned sentencing at Blanchardstown District Court. According to the charges, he induced the victim dishonestly to make two payments of €1,500 and one of €570 on dates between March 11 and 16 this year at Cappaghmore Estate in Clondalkin. The court heard the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with at a district court level only on a plea of guilty. Defence solicitor Simon Fleming told the court O’Brien was pleading guilty subject to the judge

accepting jurisdiction. Garda Sgt Maria Callaghan said the accused and another man went to the victim’s home told him that he believed the roof needed repair. Rotten timbers were brought in by O’Brien and shown to the victim, who was told that they were from his roof.

The repairs were carried out and the victim paid €3,570. Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction after hearing the outline of the facts of the case. A State solicitor said the accused had previous motoring convictions. Judge McHugh said he would adjourn the case to give O’Brien time to

pay compensation. “I wish to add that I consider the crime to be despicable,” he said. The judge told Mr Fleming he would hear mitigation on the next court date. Mr Fleming said the accused was “not here to mess around” and would need four months to get the compensation.

“As a matter of fairness to you and your client, everything is on the table,” the judge added. He adjourned the case to a date in March. The charges against O’Brien were under Section 6 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. He was remanded on continuing bail.

Preparing a oui word about freedom CHRISTIAN Heath, Kirstan Murphy, Devin Gallagher, and Niamh Leniston looked relaxed at the Michael D Higgins library in Deansrath CC, where they were preparing to debate against visiting students from Moyle Park College.

The Deansrath CC debating club members had proposed the motion, Religious symbols should be allowed in public institutions in France, with both clubs contributing to an engaging and thoughtful evening. The debate was

held as part of a Concern series of debates, which are aimed at raising awareness of global issues relating to poverty, justice and human rights, with the Deansrath CC and Moyle Park College students doing their schools proud.


Man remanded over robberies A MAN charged in connection with two robberies at a shop in Bawnogue in Clondalkin has been remanded for service of his book of evidence. Richard McGreevy was before Judge David McHugh in Blanchardstown Court for service of the book of evidence. McGreevy (20), Whitechurch Place, Rathfarnham, is charged with robbing €535 in cash from More 4 Less, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, on July 14, 2016. He is also charged with possession of an imitation firearm – a black pistol – at More 4 Less, on July 18, 2016. He has also been charged with robbing approximately €500 from More 4 Less, Bawnogue, on July 18, 2016. The DPP has directed trial on indictment. Judge McHugh remanded McGreevy on continuing bail to a date in January for service of his book of evidence.

School closed after small fire A NATIONAL school in Tallaght west Dublin was closed on Monday following a fire at the school on Saturday evening. Principal Mary Cullen said St Anne’s Primary School would not open on Monday, to allow for an investigation into the fire. She described the fire as small and said it was not in one of the classrooms. The school was due to reopen on Tuesday. Four units of the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the blaze at the school, located on Kilcarrig Avenue in the Fettercairn area of Tallaght, at around 7pm on Saturday. The fire was swiftly brought under control. The cause of the fire is unclear.

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Tom’s ‘ready for Dad’s Army’ as he retires from the gardai  SYLVIA POWNALL RESERVE Garda Tom Byrne hung up his cap on Monday after clocking up almost 40 years in public service. The 65-year-old from Glencullen has been based at Clondalkin Garda Station since 2008, having spent 30 years before that as a member of the local fire service. He hung up his fireman’s hose in 2006 – but less than two years into retirement, Tom realised he wasn’t ready for his pipe and slippers just yet. He told The Gazette: “My wife Deirdre said: ‘What’s the next retire-

ment going to be?’ I told her: ‘I’m looking for Captain Mainwaring’s number so I can join Dad’s Army’. “When I came here, the reserve really was in its infancy but it has come on a fair bit since then. “In 2015, we were given a lot more powers over road traffic offences and public order. “It is evolving and will become a lot bigger in years to come. Hopefully, I made some kind of contribution. If anything, the fire brigade and gardai in Tallaght and Clondalkin now work a lot more closely. “If I leave that after me, I will have done some-

thing,” he said. A large crowd of colleagues from both the garda station and fire service gathered to bid Tom a fond farewell on Monday. Superintendant Brendan Connolly presented him with a bronze statue and thanked him for brightening the atmosphere at the busy station. H e s a i d : “A m o n g the reserves, Tom was unique, having been involved in the recovery of firearms following a chase in 2012. “He has been an invaluable help to us and made a great and lasting impression on all who have served

with him.” Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dennis Keeley told The Gazette: “As a public servant, Tom wo r ke d o n the ambulance, fire service and g a r d a [services]

and gained a magnificent insight into them.” Sergeant Stephen Lydon revealed that the station had lost two more reserves this year – but only because they had joined recruits at Templemore to become full-time officers. Modest Tom – whose brother is actor Gabriel Byrne – shrugged off the compliments and thanked h i s “amazi n g ” wife, Deirdre, f o r g e t-

Reserve Garda Tom Byrne with members of his family; left: happy with his presentation. Pictures: Alison O’Hanlon

ting up to make him cups of tea and sandwiches after late shifts. He also thanked Sgt Lydon, who he worked closely with over the years,

adding: “You’re a great man in the community and a credit to this job. “I don’t think we had a cross word between us in the eight years I was here.”

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Paul and Angie Fennell

Amanda Griffen, Pauline Connolly, Carmel Metcalf, Moira O’Flaherty, Rose Noone

Fine music to support our Special Olympians

and Anne Holmes. Pictures: Stephen Fleming

Evening organiser Angela Corr

Rory Dunne in full voice


HE lovely surroundings of Finnstown House played host to a great fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland recently, with people coming from all across the area to support the great cause. Music was at the heart of the evening, with live music from Lucan Concert Band and singers including Rory Dunne and David Corr, whose fine voices were a hit

Dorothy Forrester and Lily Whelan

Delighted to give €1,610 to help out

THE team from D-Top Fitness were delighted to present a cheque for €1,610 to The Butterfly Suite, Neilstown, following its recent one-day charity bootcamp. The funds raised by the tireless efforts of the fitness crew will be used to help the autism specialists purchase more equipment for the children that use the unit. The fitness experts had a massive thank-you to everyone who helped them raise the impressive amount for their Neilstown neighbours.

Sponsor Jennifer Murphy and athlete Stephen Lee

with the audience. Popular music, favourites from musicals and some light opera were all equally popular with everyone, while Special Olympics athletes and their families and friends mingled with the gathering, helping to further spread an appreciation of the wonderful work the organisation does all around the region, and across the whole country.

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Scholarships awarded to Dublin students TWELVE Dublin students have been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward their third-level education. The awards ceremony took place on November 19 at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, presented the awards. Special guest at this year’s awards ceremony was Rugby Legend, Paul O’Connell. This is the ninth year of the Scholarships, which are sponsored by JP McManus. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were

presented with a third level scholarship certificate. The scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate in 2016. JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.


Radically good coffee with a radical impact  IAN BEGLEY

TWO self-confessed social upstarts whose ambition to change the world led to the foundation of the first Fairchain coffee company in Ireland were showcased at the National Crafts and Design Fair at the RDS this week. Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount both had many years of travel experience through poverty-ravaged coffee growing communi-

ties in Africa and South America, when they met at the UCD Innovation Academy. While researching how their ideals could challenge global inequality, they came across the innovative social enterprise Moyee Coffee. “Less than 15% of coffee value goes to coffeegrowing countries and 99% of coffee is exported from the country of origin and roasted and packaged in the west,” said Shane. “ We c a m e a c r o s s Dutch entrepreneur Guido Van Staveren who set up a coffee social enterprise in Ethiopia with a staff of 48 to both source and roast coffee at point of origin. “We became partners and have started the Fairchain revolution in Ireland with Moyee Coffee Ireland, which is a premium high-end coffee. “Fairchain supports five times as many jobs as Fair Trade and as the chain is unbroken at source, it is radically good coffee with radical

Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount

impact.” Organiser Patrick O’Sullivan said:“This annual fair is vital to the industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors busy for at least four months of the year. “Everything from arti-

san foods to fashion and jewellery are on display and because the goods are handmade, they have the added distinction of being unique. “ We ’ r e a l s o v e r y proud of the fact that the Fair has grown and has added annually to the local economy, with

footfall consistently growing by 10% per annum over the past five years. With so much diversity under one roof, and prices star ting from as little as €5, the Fair offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience.

Safe skincare that works for sensitive skin ONE in five children and one in 12 adults in Ireland will develop eczema at some stage in their lives, according to the Irish Skin Foundation. Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy and inflamed. Known irritants include animal hair, pollen and common preservatives found in skincare products such as MI, sulfates and perfumes, as they strip the skin of its natural oils. Elave skincare is all about creating safe skincare that works for sensitive skin.

The range is produced by thirdgeneration family business Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, the first manufacturing chemist in Ireland to prepare traditional apothecary for sensitive skin conditions. “We know through research that harsh chemicals and known irritants are found in the most common skincare products including shampoos, bath products and cleansers,” said Joanna Gardiner, CEO Elave Skincare. “This is very frustrating as there have been serious breakthroughs in skincare treatments over the past 30 years.

“At Elave, we have been committed to removing all unnecessary chemicals from our ranges, as we believe it’s time to treat skin right,” she added. Using only purified water, all Elave formulations are safety tested to the highest standards. Elave Sensitive Intensive Cream is a medical device that will alleviate symptoms and reduce flare up of eczema and dermatitis-prone skin. To purchase Elave skincare products visit your local pharmacy or online at www.elaveskincare. com

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DIARY DUBLINLIFE Get set for a wondeful knight as the King of Waltz returns THE King of Waltz, Andre Rieu, returns to Dublin with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for a fantastic show with a jam-packed programme filled with film and opera music, romantic melodies, joyful waltzes, folk songs and lots more. As one of the world’s most successful violinists, the Dutch maestro invites you to come along for an evening of singing and dancing for all ages on December 8. Tickets are priced from €49 and can be purchased at


The stars of The Helix panto Aladdin arrived to put a smile on the face of young patients, including Darcy Molloy, in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital yesterday. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

LAST Christmas day, Childline received 1,176 calls from children in distress. Children scared, neglected, sad, or lonely. Every year, the incredible Childline volunteers give up their Christmas. This year, the ISPCC has a number of different ways you can support and donate. They will have holly pins on sale across the country, while Christmas baubles are the perfect way to donate to the ISPCC in lieu of gifts. The online shop will also have Christmas cards and Santa letters available.

Visit for more information.

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO MIND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH Mental Health Ireland’s annual Secondary School Art and Photography Competition have extended its deadline to December 16. The theme for this year is ‘Mind Your Mental Health’ and students are being encouraged with their teachers and classmates, to explore what minding their mental health means to them and then getting creative about it. The winning entries in Art and Photography receive a €250 All4One voucher with provincial winners receiving €50 All4One vouchers in both categories. And All winning entries will feature in our MHI Calendar which we produce each year.

PANTO PUBLIC’S SUPPORT SOUGHT BY HOSPITAL DUBLIN’S panto public have the chance to create magic of their own for the children of Temple Street Hospital by raising €10,000 through a special charity performance of The Helix pantomime Aladdin. Magic was in the air when the stars of Aladdin arrived to put a

smile on the face of young patients, families and staff in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital this week. And pantogoers are being given the chance to help raise funds for sick children at Temple Street by buying tickets at a special price of €20 per seat to the charity performance on Thursday, December 1. Tickets for the special charity show are priced at a special price of €20 per seat. Booking details from

CHARITY ALONE LAUNCH CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmas time. ALONE say that there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas some of these are; calling by an older person’s house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping. For more information about ALONE call (01) 679 1032 or visit

Pictured is retired RTE newsreader Anne Doyle with Brendan Crean and Eithne McGrane at the launch of the ALONE Christmas Campaign. Picture Jason Clark.. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

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For the BIG kid in us all

Jay McGuiness leads an all-star cast  IAN BEGLEY

BIG The Musical is making its European debut at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this December. Irish audiences will be the first to have the opportunity to witness this spectacular musical before it opens in London’s West End next year. Opening on December 7 until January 7 the show will certainly bring to life the magic of one of the best-loved movies of all time, Big. Based on the classic 80s film starring Tom Hanks, this heart-warming and hilarious Broadway show transports theatre-goers back in time to their own childhoods with all the wonder, innocence and charm that it entails. A simply spectacular production, Big The Musical tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who’s keen to grow up. One evening at the local carnival, the ever-mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his greatest wish - to be big. Trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s very much all work and no play. Surrounded by people obsessed with the trappings of the sophisticated adult life, endearing Josh just can’t help being himself. So charming is this youngster in the grown-up’s shoes, he even manages to

teach the real adults a thing or two. Leading an all-star cast, Jay McGuiness (singer with group The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing champion) will be joined by West End stars Denise Van Outen as Mrs Baskin, Diana Vickers as Susan Lawrence and Gary Wilmot as George MacMillan, with The Hoosiers star Irwin Sparkes as Paul. Featuring incredible songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby and with electrifying direction and choreography from Morgan Young, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s audience are in for a big dose of brilliance. Weidman’s adaptation illuminates the contradictions and evokes the mythology of being a child, daring to transport us to the realm of an impossible love between a boy who looks like a man and a woman who doesn’t know he is just a boy. By the time he works up the nerve to tell her he is all of 13. The musical was first staged in 1996, with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, and book by John Wiedman. It was nominated for five Tonys, and although the original Broadway production lost money, a substantially revised version had a successful and well reviewed US national tour. Tickets are priced from €15 - €65 and can be purchased by visiting

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Keep cosy during the winter months FEELING the chill? This season, Regatta Great Outdoors have new and improved technical pieces with soft-touch insulation to keep us warm during the winter months. Head to toe warmth is taken care of with new base layer sets and three levels of insulation - premium duck down, Alpaca and Down Touch Warmloft. Sporty hybrid stretch jackets, classic country quilted styles and stylish parkas are all available in store. Available online and at the Pavilions Centre in Swords.

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A STYLE revolution is sweeping the country and it’s all about vital statics!! Vintage fashions may be old, but they’re the new style kid on the block. And while we all can’t emulate Marilyn Monroe with her incredible figure – a 35 inch bust, tiny 22 inch waist and minuscule 35 inch hips, we can all rock retro in our own way. Indeed the average Irish woman, a bootiful size 16, is 25lbs heavier than her 1950s sister and wouldn’t have a hope of fitting into one of Ms Monroe’s gorgeous frocks. Marilyn may not have been the average dame – her waist measured four inches less than most of her 1960s screen sisters – but we can all steal a tip or two from her on how to rock a frock. First is go fitted. No matter your size, aim to nip and tuck your clothing, not your figure! Having a decent dressmaker is a lot less costly than a good plastic surgeon. Most women with a fuller figure think hiding it under loose fitting clothing is the best option.. But Joanne Galvin, who coowns ‘Aria’ Vintage and Interiors Boutique in Celbridge and also runs ‘Vintage Goddess’ in Dublin’s Blackrock Market, says: “This is a definite no, no. “Take a tip from Marilyn. Pick your best asset and show it off, whether it’s your bust, waist, legs, shoulders – even your ankles! “Marilyn had a great bust and all the designers she favoured made dresses to showcase that. “And while she was lucky to have a tiny waist, there are lots of ways to trick the eye of the beholder into thinking you have one too! A high-waisted skirt or trousers will define the waist, as will a colour-contrasting belt or a beautiful 1950s fit-and-flare dress.” Joanne, 49, who has been collecting vintage fashions for 30 years, says: “If you want beautifully cut clothing then go vintage. “It is perfect for us women with a bit of a belly. The skirts and dresses of the 1950s and

Quality never goes

out of style 60s tend to have a higher waist band, which hits the smallest part of the torso, giving you an hour glass shape. It is the most flattering silhouette and copied by most modern designers. “But fit is everything. Buy a bigger size if necessary and get a good dressmaker to take it in. If you wear too small a size it will ride up your torso and pucker across the bust and upper arms. “Squeezing yourself into a smaller dress will only make you look larger.” “And don’t be afraid of colour and prints. Floral prints for example can look very flattering on a fuller figure. And vertical stripes are

every woman’s friend. They make the body look leaner and taller.” Joanne, below, adds: “I just adore vintage clothing. It is so unique on so many levels. “For a start if you wear vintage to a wedding, a ball or the races, you will never meet anyone else wearing the same outfit. “The high quality of the fabric – silks, velvets, satins and brocades and the attention to detail – pinked seams, hand sewn hems and beautiful tucking – is why these clothes still live on in our wardrobes 70 years later. “I particularly love collecting clothing by Marilyn’s favourite designers, who include Ceil Chap-

man, William Travilla and Adele Simpson. I have some beautiful dresses by these designers both in Aria in Celbridge and Vintage Goddess in Blackrock. “Lots of Irish women are learning that vintage fashion is unique and elegant. My customers include writers like Cathy Kelly, TV stars like Lorraine Keane, as well as actresses and musicians. “Both I love dressing ordinary women like me. You feel like a silver screen movie star when you put on a beautifully cut wiggle dress or evening gown. “And because authentic vintage clothing tends to be on the small side, I also stock an amazing range of mid-century jewellery, handbags, shoes and hats. Everyone can find something to love.”

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Get some help to battle all of your dry skin woes DRY skin is common at this time of year – from chapped lips to itchy hands and dry cheeks. Eucerin’s Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm is the all-in-one wonder product for the winter season. Available in pharmacies for €10, the balm will help you fight back against winter’s sustained cold temperatures and answer all of your dry skin woes. Loved by The Kardashian and model Emily Ratajkowski, the skin balm is formulated with only seven ingredients, free of fragrances, colourants and preservatives, and clinical studies proved that it is gentle enough to be used on irritated skin as well as on babies.

1960s rare Balenciaga hat at Aria

Chanel vintage silk and chiffon dress at Aria

1950s gold and black, brocade dress

ARIA Vintage and Interiors Boutique, Roseville House, Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Christmas Shopping Event with Bubbles and Special Offers:Friday December 9th from 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Tue to Sat, 11am to 6pm. Facebook: Aria Celbridge

Vintage William Travilla gown

Vintage Goddess, Blackrock Market, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Christmas Shopping Event: Thursday December 8th, 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 5.30pm. Facebook: Vintage Goddess Ireland Website: Phone: 0831376672

Rare Yves St Laurent 1950s shoes at Aria


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Brexit fuels Merc decision to cut 10% off new car prices MERCEDES-BENZ in Ireland is reducing new car prices by 10% across all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars with immediate effect. The reduction, which will apply for a limited period, will be implemented evenly across all models and all model segments, free of any terms and conditions. Mercedes-Benz claims that the intention behind the price reduction is twofold. One is to maintain market impetus as the industry faces into a new sales year. The second is to give support to their dealer organisation in its efforts to combat the effects on new car sales here following the movement in currency values from the recent Brexit result. Mercedes-Benz claims that its passenger car sales in Ireland have increased by 44% compared to last year. Stressing that the initiative is being taken to counteract what may turn out to be a short-term situation, MercedesBenz in Ireland said that ‘this new pricing arrangement will extend for a limited period only and in that regard motorists who may wish to avail of it are advised to contact their authorised dealer and make appropriate arrangements as

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Tiguan ya good thing

The new Volkswagen Tiguan comes with new styling, improved space and comfort with small improvements in fuel economy. Entry prices for the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version start from €33,765.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan is one of the more popular mid-range SUVs and now the German brand has sharpened the Tiguan lines to give it a more stylish and comfortable drive. The extra bonus is better economy as good as Michael Moroney found during his recent test drive. VOLKSWAGEN’S new Tiguan is all about style with sharper lines to the design to give the midrange SUV a more modern look. For Volkswagen the design change is obvious and it does enhance the Tiguan look significantly in what is a very competitive sector of the Irish car market. In the upgrade process Volkswagen has sneaked a little bit of extra length into the SUV. Other less obvious changes include the fact that the wheelbase has been stretched a little and this gives that new Tiguan a good level of driving comfort without compromising the turning ability. After even a short drive you will appreciate the solid driving feel for which Volkswagen is renowned and I quickly felt good driving this latest Tiguan. The inside is noticeably more modern with new generation digital instruments that are clear to

view and easy to use. I liked the tactile feel to the steering wheel which was very comfortable to use, not too big either with full controls included. The seat position was good but it took a little time to get to my comfort zone. There is good rear legroom and the high positions for all seats are appreciated with good headroom. The Tiguan is available as an entry model with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine while I had the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version on the road. This engine has undergone some improvements in emissions (are we surprised after a year of investigations) while the engine power and torque remain virtually the same. The Tiguan is a good match for the competition in terms of fuel economy but I was a little surprised that there is only a small improvement over the previous one. The emphasis has been on emissions

and that’s now a marginally lower figure giving lower road tax costs. This new Tiguan matches the economy performance of the similar engine size Toyota RAV4, which is cheaper to buy and own. Volkswagen has put a smaller fuel tank into the new Tiguan, dropping its capacity by 6 litres to 58 litres. The official economy figure is rated at 21km/ litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) and I found that across a range of driving conditions I was about 15% off that figure. Overall, that’s still a good result in practical driving, and it’s also useful to remember that the Tiguan that I drove was a two-wheeldrive version. I found the diesel powered Tiguan to be economical. The good engine torque rated at 340Nm, allowed for steady driving using all six gears available making it was possible to drive under the 2000rpm

figure on the engine for most of the time. That’s the magic spot when it comes to fuel economy and I found that a 1,000km range was well possible on this smaller fuel tank with sensible driving. The Tiguan comes with an electric handbrake as standard along with auto hold hill start assist for hill starts. The useful Park Assist system is standard on the more expensive Highline versions. The towing ability of the new Tiguan is rated at two tonnes for the base model. If you intend pulling caravans or boats then you need to add the 4Motion 4x4 system and the DSG automatic gearbox to the deal to get it up to 2.5 tonnes. By way of comparison, most SUV’s in this segment of the market have a 2 tonne towing figure. One of the benefits of the new longer wheelbase is more boot space. This new Tiguan has a noticea-

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TD


Engine 2.0 litre Engine power 150hp 0 – 100km/hr 9.3 seconds Economy 21km/litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) Fuel Tank Capacity 58 litre CO2 emissions 125g/km Road Tax Band B1 €270 Main Service 20,000km/12 months Euro NCAP Rating 5 Star 2016 Warranty 3 years (100,000km) Entry Price €33,765

bly bigger boot, bigger than all of the competition, while it is still a five seat vehicle. And the bonus that I found was that there is a spare wheel included, even if it’s a space saver version. This new Tiguan has good safety credentials following a recent five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. This SUV comes with plenty of safety kit included and includes

the Iso-Fix kit in the rear. The rear seat adjustment is flexible and easy to fold. This is when the size of the boot or load area comes into its own. There is a large screen for radio and infotainment controls that was easy to set up and use. Connecting my phone with Bluetooth was quick and easy. The test Tiguan did not come with sat-nav included but it is possible to use your

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MOTORING Stay trouble-free Honda scoops two awards for winter driving WINTER driving presents new challenges in terms of car comfort and more importantly car safety. THERE are some simple and useful tips for

good road holding (the legal minimum is

The improved 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the

drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys

1.6mm). A deeper tyre thread depth will

Volkswagen Tiguan is marginally more economical and

this winter, if the cold and dark weather

disperse much more water from the road

delivers lower CO2 emission levels.

has caught you by surprise.

and will minimise your risk of skidding and

Prevention is always better than cure, so take some time to carry out some basic winter maintenance so that you don’t get stranded over the weeks ahead.

losing control. • Get the battery and charging system checked to ensure best performance. A large number of winter calls to breakdown services are due to flat bat-

Giving some attention now to batter-

teries. Cold weather puts a lot of strain

ies, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and

on tired batteries, so if is showing signs

other vehicle essentials is the best way of

of weakness consider changing it now to

ensuring reliability in the months to come.

avoid a breakdown.

Here are five simple steps for reduc-

• Ensure your car’s cooling system has

ing the chance of a car breakdown this

the correct levels of anti-freeze; this is


vital to prevent the water in your engine’s

• Make sure all the lights on your car, inside and out, are working properly. Clean them regularly to ensure they are free of dirt, so that you can see, and others can see you. • Check tyre tread depth and pressure weekly through the winter. Good tyres will ensure the safety systems on your car

cooling system from freezing. Get your local dealer or a qualified mechanic to ensure this is done correctly. • Do you need new windscreen wipers at front and rear? Check for efficient working and use cold weather washer fluid. Do not use the windscreen wipers to

are as effective as possible. You should

clear ice, as this will very quickly lead to

have a minimum tread depth of 3mm for


HONDA is confirmed as a big hit with female drivers after scooping two category wins at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, are the only global car honours voted for exclusively by female automotive journalists. The Honda Civic was crowned the winner of the ‘family car category’ while Jazz also took away an accolade on the night, after last year’s overall win. The Japanese brand was the only manufacturer to take multiple category titles. The voting process for Women’s Car of the Year awards is rigorous. Each member of the global judging panel submits their personal nominations. This year’s awards saw 294 cars nominated by 17 judges from 14 different countries. The nominated cars are then reduced to a shortlist of 32 cars in six different categories. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished female automotive journalists, who vote by secret ballot. Judges then vote by awarding points under five criteria - engineering, appearance, comfort, storage and value for money. On the announcements of the awards, Jennifer Moran from Universal Honda Ireland said, “Winning two categories at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards demonstrates again how Honda’s exciting range of cars continues to match the expectations of female drivers and customers around the world. What is particularly encouraging is the endorsement this gives to Civic ahead of the launch of the all new Civic hatchback here in Ireland early in 2017.”

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot space at 615 litres before the seats are folded is the best in the segment and the boot opens high for good headroom.

phone to connect with Google maps rather than opt for the more expensive factory sat nav system. I looked at the Tiguan running costs and found that relative to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, it was marginally more expensive to buy and to own, due to higher depreciation resulting from higher entry prices. The diesel entry price starts at €33,765. That’s more expensive than the RAV4 and also the new competition from Volkswagen’s own stable in the shape of the Seat Ateca that’s just now appearing on Dublin roads. Skoda will soon have a similar offer with their new Kodiaq, so this will test Volkswagen with the higher price for the Tiguan. The new Tiguan is an SUV that you come away from feeling content, not

just with the driving performance, but also with the improved driving feel and modern good looks. That solid Volkswagen feel is evident in almost every aspect of the new Tiguan, but don’t expect to be surprised with a big lift in fuel economy, remember emissions has been the issue at Volkswagen for the past year and the new Tiguan delivers lower figures. The Tiguan will battle it out in what is a price sensitive market. There are good Volkswagen offers including their own bank, that will entice you towards the Tiguan, so check out the best ownership deal, rather than strictly the buying price and that might include a competitive Volkswagen PCP deal if you’re a low mileage driver.

Nissan to offer bigger engine for X-Trail

NISSAN will be launching a new larger-capacity diesel engine for its flagship X-Trail crossover in 2017. This new 2.0 litre diesel engine has an output of 177bhp, with 380Nm of torque to give enhanced pulling power throughout the rev range. It is a significant step up in power from the existing 1.6-litre 130bhp diesel. Nissan will also offer a new Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox, linked to a four-wheel drive transmission. This adds to the options of a six-speed manual and two-wheel drive for the seven-seat SUV. Nissan claims that the new 2.0 litre diesel engine will be more refined and give a more comfortable driving experience. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions standards, and three versions will be including a six-speed manual in 4WD and 2WD and 4WD versions with the CVT automatic gearbox. Other than the new engine option the design of the Nissan X-Trail remains unchanged. The second row splits and folds 60/40 for additional luggage space, reclines for passenger comfort and slides forward for access to the optional third row. The third row of seats splits 50/50 and folds completely flat to create extra load space. Nissan’s optional All-Mode 4x4-i system provides the four-wheel-drive. When fitted, drivers can select from full-time 2WD for maximum efficiency; Auto Mode, which constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the balance of torque between the front and rear wheels for the best traction; and 4WD Lock Mode for the most challenging conditions.

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Yule be happier C

HRISTMAS is all about spending quality time with the family – and the family-run businesses in Clondalkin village know all about quality. One such business is Loza Wool, which is owned by Maureen Cristopher and her mother, Vaun. Maureen was taught to knit by Vaun at the age of seven and hasn’t stopped since. At the same time she was taught crochet by Kitty Lyons of Clondalkin, a lady well known for the beautiful masterpieces she created. Nowadays Maureen designs her own knitwear, making stylish, upto-the minute garments for friends and family. Maureen told The Gazette: “We run variety of classes in knitting, crochet and other crafts.

Further details are available on our Classes page. “If there are any other topics you are interested in that are not currently on our list, just let us know and we will do our best to arrange a class to suit you. We also provide one-to -one classes in knitting and crochet.” Another local business that’s hoping for a busy festive period is FastTrack Kitchen Supplies Ltd. Established in 2013, Fast-Track Kitchen Supplies provide an unrivalled catalogue of kitchen component parts at the most competitive of prices. With a trade counter and DIY Store in Clondalkin and with ordering available through phone, mail and now online, it could not be easier. Everything on the web-

Have a good yarn with mum and daughter Vaun and Maureen at Loza Wool

site is ready for despatch while anything else you may need can easily be sourced and despatched within two to three days. Clondalkin Denture Service on Agnes Road is another local business that strives to meet the need of its patients and help them feel at ease,

while Beck Tansey & Co Solicitors has been providing legal services in Clondalkin for more than 30 years. Donegans Sea Food shop in Clondalkin village is a family-run business that has been in Clondalkin for the past five years and despite

starting out in the peak of recession, the business still manages to be a catch with local residents. The Factory Outlet on Orchard Road is a family run company that was first established over 20 years ago. The business specialises in the sup-

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shopping local Catch up on some great seafood at Donegans

ply and fitting of tiles, bathrooms, kitchens and wardrobes. Property Partners O’Brien Swaine, Clondalkin and Dundrum are part of The Property Partners Real Estate Group which is an independently owned auctioneering group with more than 25

offices nationwide. The local company specialises in sales, rentals, proper ty management and valuation of all types of residential and commercial properties across all corners of Dublin City and further afield. Cash In Rags, based in Watery Lane, are now

Broe-ho-ho and a Happy Christmas from Clondalkin’s leading auctioneers

going into their sixth year in business. Donna, who runs the company, says that there are a lot of people these days interested in recycling their old clothes to them. She added: “People like the idea of clearing out their house of old clothes and bringing it into us for exchange of money.” Meanwhile Lynda Kennedy of Carpetland on Tower Road says that for over 35 years they have been serving local families and businesses and she believes developing trust within the community is key to sustaining any business. The shop manager added: “Clondalkin has always been a great place to do business.” Broe Auctioneers, a family-run business in the heart of Clondalkin Village, has been running for 41 years. The company prides itself on its experience, professionalism, work commitment and an excellent knowledge of the local property market. Manager Craig Leap s a i d B r o e we r e ve r y committed to their local cl i e nt s a nd t he pe o ple they work with on a daily basis. He told The Gazette: “Clondalkin is a great place to do business as we are right in the middle of it all.”

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Makes a bit of a splash CLINT Eastwood’s Sully (Cert 12A, 95 mins) is a sincere and thoughtfully crafted tribute to that most American of heroes – the everyday working Joe. This biopic, led with another impossibly endearing performance from Tom Hanks, is admittedly by the book


and rarely surprising. Still, clocking in at just over an hour and a half,

Sully is a thankfully succinct and often affecting testament to Eastwood’s recent favourite subject – the human spirit. However, based on the events surrounding the miraculous crashlanding of US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, Sully fails to wholeheart-

edly elevate itself above the realm of the skilful reconstruction. There’s plenty of emotion here, and a healthy dose of suspicion to liven up the post-crash investigation. Unfortunately, there’s never any real question about who the hero is and, consequently, Eastwood for-

sakes genuine narrative tension. Hanks plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, while leaving LaGuardia Airport, Sully’s Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese and both engines were immediately disabled. Despite air traffic control advising him that a safe landing at one of the nearby airports was possible, the film shows how Sully trusted his career-honed instincts and, along with co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), decided to land the plane in the Hudson river, fearing a crash due to lack of altitude. Sully was right to trust his gut and was hailed as a hero by the press and public alike. Despite this, the pilot has to face a rigorous investigation, which stated that one of the engines may still have been running. This is the focus of Eastwood’s film, not the crash itself. While the events that followed the landing are undeniably dramatic,

they’re not all that interesting to watch. Cleverly, Eastwood holds our attention by peppering the events of the crash throughout the film, instead of presenting the ordeal as a continuous narrative. T he main event is drip-fed to us in a number of flashbacks – some of which trick us with a nightmarish dose of PTSD. Sully is haunted by the event and often envisions himself flying the plane into a New York skyscraper. These segments carry t h e f i l m ’s d r a m a t i c weight, anchoring the often-perfunctory investigation narrative. For all the administrative cynicism that follows the events, it’s hard not to be touched by the myriad acts of everyday heroism in the wake of the crash. As with most of Eastwood’s directorial output since 2008’s Gran Torino, the drama in Sully is buried under several rubbery slices of American cheese.

While there was something notably offputting about that same a p p r o a c h i n 2 014 ’s American Sniper, here it is both affecting and infectious. Although this story about uncomplicated heroes may be a muchneeded dose of optimism in the morally divided wasteland of contemporary America, Sully’s unambiguous emotional focus makes for a somewhat less than compelling narrative. Still, for all its deliberate melodrama, Sully has the power to move and inspire. Fighting his case, Sully often decries the removal of the “human factor” from the simulations used to assess the disaster. Eastwood makes sure that the human factor – the human spirit – is the focus of his story. Accordingly, for all its formula-driven drama, Sully treats us to a little bit more faith in humanity.

Verdict: 7/10

As captain and co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart deliver typically likeable everyman roles, in a film which explores the aftermath

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Nespresso opens pop up boutique at Arnotts  EMMA NOLAN

A NEW Nespresso Pop Up boutique in Arnotts has just opened in time for the festive season. The Pop Up forms part of the brand’s v i s i o n t o p r ov i d e increased access to its high-quality coffee for Ireland’s Nespresso customers. The new boutique will complement the wide range of Nespresso machines and bespoke accessories available at Arnotts and will give coffee connoisseurs the

opportunity to experience the Nespresso Grands Crus in a relaxing and engaging setting. Francisco Nogueira, Nespresso UK & Ireland managing director, said: “We’re excited to be hosting this new boutique in Arnotts. We have seen fantastic growth across Ireland and we receive almost daily requests for more boutiques to open. “The new boutique will help customers get their favourite Grands Crus in time for the festive season.”


FOOD BATES SEAFOOD CHOWDER RECIPE Ingredients 2 small onions, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 50g butter 1 tbsp flour 500ml fish stock Splash of pastis 250ml cream 2 bay leaves 200g salmon, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 200g sea bass, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 20 mussels, scrawled & de-bearded Salt & pepper 4 king prawns, to serve 2 tbsp chives, chopped Instructions

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat & fry the onions, celery & bay leaves until vegetables are soft but not brown. Add the flour & cook for a minute. Stir in the pot fish stock, add a splash of pastis & simmer for two minutes. Stir in the salmon & sea bass & cook until the fish is opaque. Add mussels & prawns during the last 2 minutes of the fish’s cooking time. Stir through the cream & season well with salt & pepper. To serve, ladle the chowder into warmed serving bowls, add lemon juice, sprinkle juice over the chives & serve with plenty of crusty bread.

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FastSport MONKSTOWN GO TOP OF MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE: MONKSTOWN took advantage of Banbridge and Cork C of I’s postponement to move up two places into top spot in the men’s EY Hockey League thanks to a 3-1 win over UCD. Top two prior to the weekend, Bann and C of I were due to meet on Saturday but, with the threat of frost in Co Down, the decision was taken on Friday evening to err on the side of caution and avoid the potential for a lengthy wasted journey. As such, Town took their chance to move top as they came from a goal behind to beat UCD. Jazze Henry’s classy opening goal was quickly countered by a Lee Cole drag-flick before Davy Carson added a double before half-time to complete the scoring. At the bottom, Sandymount’s Railway Union and Glenanne both picked up crucial wins. For the former, they saw off bottom side Instonians, cutting the Belfast side five points adrift in a 4-3 defeat.


Raheny and DSDAC star at nationals


SHONA Heaslip surprised even herself while Mark Christie rolled back the years as they took the senior Irish Life Health national cross country titles at an atmospheric Abbotstown last weekend. It came on a super day for Dundrum South Dublin AC as they won a series

of titles across the team and youth disciplines, earning a series of international call-ups. T he pur pose-build Sport Ireland national cross country course provided the perfect spectacle in ideal racing conditions. While it may have been cold for spectators, it was anything but on the course from Under-12 level right

up to the seniors. Heaslip’s shock victory in the senior women’s 8,000m came in a time of 28.13 with Kerry O’Flaherty pipping prerace favourite Ciara Mageean, from UCD, at the finish by one second in 28.23 for second place. “Driving up, I was hoping to be the first Under-23 athlete,” said the delighted

Sophie Murphy takes a picture of her medal with her mother Mary Rutledge. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Raheny celebrate their senior men’s title. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Heaslip afterwards. She had shown little form coming into the race but the last month she managed to change things around focusing solely on her running. “I felt good in the race but I had to check myself running alongside the other girls who I had watched on television in the summer,” referring to Rio Olympians O’Flaherty and Mageean. As a result, Bethanie Murray (DSD) won the Under-23 race with Amy O’Donoghue second and Elizabeth Carr third. Mark Christie rolled back the years to win the senior men’s 10,000m title in 30.41 ahead of Raheny Shamrocks’ Mick Clohisey second in 30.53 and Mark Hanrahan third in 30:57. Clohisey was aiming for

four straight wins but had the consolation of guiding Raheny Shamrock to the club’s first senior men’s team title in their history. They had finished second eight times in the last 11 years, making the victory all the sweeter. Dundrum South Dublin were equally dominant winning the senior women’s team race. DSD’s Sophie Murphy was a strong winner of the junior women’s 4,000m in 14:18 ahead of Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell and Rathfarnham WSAF’s Carla Sweeney. Athletes that caught the eye in the underage races were Sarah Healy (Blackrock) and Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) who had too much for their counterparts in the U-16 girls and U-16 boys.

The performances from local athletes means there will be a strong contingent in the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on December 11. Clohisey and his club mate Kevin Dooney will be in the senior men’s selection of six athletes for the marquee event. Rathfarnham’s Mitchell Byrne forms part of the two-man U-23 contingent while Bethanie Murray is joined in the U-23 women’s crew by Emerald’s Amy O’Dononghue. The junior girls selection features DSD’s Sophie Murphy and Jodie McCann, Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell, WSAF’s Carla Sweeney along with Emma O’Brien, from Inbhear Dee/Sli Cualann, and Aisling Joyce from Claremorris AC.

Ronan six-year reign finishes with “perfect end” 

Sue Ronan receives a guard of honour following her final game as manager. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

SUE Ronan signed off on her sixyear tenure as Republic of Ireland Women’s national team head coach with an impressive 2-1 win over the Basque Country. Player of the match Leanne Kiernan, who scored a hat-trick for Shelbourne Ladies in the women’s senior cup final at the Aviva Stadium, scored her first international goal to win the game for the Girls in Green. Ireland were impressive throughout and it was Shankill native Stephanie Roche who

opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Kiernan was fouled just outside the box after a mazy run and Roche picked out the top corner with a sublime free-kick to put the hosts ahead. Basque Country found a response before the break with an excellent strike. Yulema Corres found space on the edge of the area and fired home past Arsenal stopper Emma Byrne to level the tie. Ireland came out stronger in the second-half and Kiernan got the goal she deserved in the 52nd minute. UCD Waves forward Aine

O’Gorman chipped the ball over the Basque defence and Kiernan used her pace to race clear and coolly slot home to give the Irish the win. Sue Ronan was delighted with the performance and admitted the occasion was an emotional sendoff after six years in charge of the WNT, receiving a guard of honour from her players. Ronan said: “It was the perfect end with the perfect performance. There was a lot of things going on before the game but the players were focused and delivered a great performance.

“It was a great goal from Stephanie Roche but maybe we didn’t refocus well enough to let them back in the game. The second-half was immense though. “Leanne Kiernan was fantastic and she took her goal really well, and there were a lot of great performances across the pitch. “It’s been a great six years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to a finals but I couldn’t have any more from the players over the period. “It was a lovely end, I’ve been humbled by the tributes from clubs, supporters and former players from across the country.”

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Warrior John shows skills at Takeover 8

World famous coach John Kavanagh joins Dun Laoghaire gym in honouring teenager with Down syndrome for training ethic; coach Cian Cowley talks to GazetteSport about his star pupil  KARL GRAHAM

WHILE not for everyone, Cian Cowley’s ‘Warriors Thai Boxing Gym’ are showing that there is a place for inclusivity as Sallynoggin native John Mooney took centre stage in their Takeover 8 event last weekend. Warriors trainer Cowley is an established Muay Thai fighter turned MMA hopeful. As such, he is fully aware of the reputation combat sports holds in some quarters, but he also knows that if anybody walked into his gym, there needs to be a welcoming family atmosphere for all to experience. At the heart of this atmosphere is Mooney. He has Down syndrome but has quickly become one of the gym’s most active members and does not let anything hold him

back from getting involved in the sport he loves. “You talk to anybody who trains here and they will tell you it’s different than any other gym,” Cowley told Gazette Sport. “Serious work gets done but, at the same time, there is such a good family atmosphere. There is always such a good buzz in the gym and John is training every day.” It is has led to the introduction of a new club belt with Mooney showcasing his skills in a safe and structured way at a number of the gym’s Takeover events. The belt was presented to him by John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s world renowned coach. “Other people on the outside probably look at it and think maybe it’s a bit of a hindrance having somebody with a disability, as if it’s going to slow

John Mooney, centre, with Cian Cowley and John Kavanagh

us down,” Cowley added. “But John comes into the class and does what he’s told. When other lads see that, it gives them a drive and it shows you the atmosphere we have.” His participation in the gym opens up a new perception of the sport, providing a sporting outlet for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Cowley continues: “I have gotten a lot more respect off people. [Some] people look down on us because we fight and class us as scumbags. I don’t see it like that and seeing the way we are with John down here makes other people look on us differently. “When we had him on the show, a lot of people there didn’t know how it was going to go. But I knew it was going to be cool because it felt like a normal day for me, with

him being in the gym every day.” The fact that somebody like Kavanagh has taken such notice of a Muay Thai gym shows the impact that Cowley, his gym, and Mooney can make on the combat sport in Ireland. “[John Kavanagh] is always asking me about John so when I told him he was fighting, he came

company but they know all about the little gym in a seaside town on the other side of the world. This is largely down to the waves Cowley has been making since he made the decision to switch his focus from Muay Thai to MMA. “They have had an eye on me for a while so they signed me up as a sponsored athlete. But


‘Other lads see John down here and it gives them a drive, showing the atmosphere we have’ -Cian Cowley -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

down. Conor [McGregor] was supposed to come as well because he’s also aware who he is but he couldn’t make it that night. It brings everyone together and lets them know that we are all the same.” The gym itself is starting to put itself on the map thanks to Cowley and their new sponsorship with a world renowned company. Fightlab may be a Thai

one thing led to another and they liked what I was doing with the gym so they offered to come onboard. “The gym is not a profit organisation so it was always hard for me to get new gear. Now, they have come in and completely revamping the whole thing for me. It is like the equivalent of a sprinter being sponsored by Nike so I can’t thank them enough for what they have done.”

Cowley’s gym received a big boost from Fightlab


Orchard progress in FAI inter and Noel Ryan Cups CHERRY Orchard’s Sunday side put three past Malahide United for the second time this season as the LSL Sunday senior title-challengers put a bad run of league form behind them to progress in the FAI Intermediate Cup. Newly promoted Orchard had taken just one point from the last three league games as their form dipped in the Sunday senior following a spectacular start to the season, with holders Bluebell United and Mochta’s drawing alongside them at the summit of Leinster football’s highest tier. The side on display in the cup had more in common with the team that came from two down to defeat Malahide in Ballyfermot on the first day of the season, however, with Ryan Coombes taking charge of proceedings with a first half hat-trick to swat aside struggling United at Elmdale. Orchard secured their place in the last-16 draw largely thanks to what’s become their main strength this season, impressive wing play, though Coombes spectacular third strike showed the more nuanced quality this fast-rising side have to offer. The ex-St Patrick’s Athletic man scored two tap ins to give the home side control, the first with his head and the second his foot, both from those trade-mark crosses. Having put away the easy ones, Coombes then showed he can do it the hard way, too, taking on what felt like half of the Malahide defence with some direct running as he reached his personal milestone and effectively put the game to bed before half time. Malahide did pull a goal back in a less inspiring second half, but Orchard continue their progress towards the Aviva in relative comfort, despite facing top-division opposition. The club also progressed in the Noel Ryan Cup over the weekend, with a hard-fought win over Terenure College. It was Jack O’Connor who did the business in a tightly-contested battle, scoring a penalty and sliding home a swift move in a 2-0 win. Terenure felt hard done by, having had a goal disallowed and also taken issue with what they felt was a soft penalty, but couldn’t make their way back into the game.


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Louis blazes a trail to second national title CLONDALKIN’S Louis O’Loughlin claimed his second national cross-country crown as he swept to the Under-16 Irish Life Health national championships title at the national sports campus in Abbotstown, adding to the Under-15 title he won a year ago in Dungarvan. It continues his superb rise in formal racing having originally represented Clondalkin in the Community Games before joining Donor Harriers two years ago. At Abbotstown, he got off to a great start and eventually burned off his two nearest rivals to take the tape in yet another fine performance. “I was very happy with it being a fast start and we cut away from the pack,” he told GazetteSport. “Conor Maguire (from Monaghan) and Chris O’Reilly (Togher) kept with me but on the last lap I increased my speed and had about 30 metres in the gap with 300 metres to go and got it up to about 80 metres by the end.” O’Loughlin added that he enjoyed the new purpose-built course which forms the new base for cross-country in Ireland. “With cross-country, it’s all about the racing side of things and not so much the times. It’s about know when to go and to speed up. It’s a good course at Abbotstown; it’s a bit hilly and has sand in parts which, mixed with the muck, can be quite draining.” He is back in action in two weeks’ time in the Under-17 national championships in Dundalk having won the Dublin county final over 4,000m. There, he will come up against tough competitors in the form of Alan Fitzpatrick and Dan McElhenny from the older age group who will make things tough for him. And he has an international call-up to look forward to with the Celtic International schools competition in Cardiff on January 20. After that, he will switch to the indoor circuit where he will look to defend his 800m and 1,500m titles. O’Loughlin is pictured above with his grandmother Marie McDonald. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Bluebell United are through to the fifth round of the FAI Intermediate Cup. Picture: Anthony O’Brien

Walsh strikes twice for Bell FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP Bluebell United Tullamore Town 

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BLUEBELL United produced a super comeback to avoid a shock defeat and progress to the fourth round of the FAI intermediate cup after a 4-3 win over Tullamore Town at the Red Cow. Defender Glen Walsh was the hero for the LSL senior Sunday side as he scored twice in the last five minutes to complete his side’s remarkable comeback. Bluebell went into the game on the back of a mixed run of form, whilst

Tullamore were undefeated in six. The home side started the game in dominant fashion but failed to create any notable chances until they took the lead on 20 minutes. Jordan Keegan got the goal from six yards out after he nodded home a Shane Stritch cross, which all started from some good midfield play by Tony Griffiths. Bluebell continued to control the game but it was the team two divisions below them who scored the next goal from a free kick excellently placed into the top corner.

CHRISTMAS RUN Leinster stars launch Aware annual event LEINSTER stars Adam Byrne, Isa Nacewa and Peter Dooley, back row, along with Tom Daly, Dominic Ryan and Noel Reid, front row were on hand in Leinster Rugby HQ to launch the Aware Christmas Run which takes place on Saturday, December 10 in the Phoenix Park. Registration for the event is at and Aware hope to raise €60,000 to help them provide support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The Offaly side were clearly buoyed by their equaliser and after gaining more of a foothold in the match, they went in front shortly before the break. Tullamore started the second half in the same fashion as they ended the first and had the hosts in trouble when they stretched their advantage early on. Bluebell manager Andy Noonan clearly saw the writing on the wall for his team so he made three changes in a desperate attempt to get back into the game. The substitutions seemed to fire them back into life, getting back into

game when Keegan got his second of the game after swivelling past his marker before firing into the top corner from 25 yards out. It was a goal from the top drawer that had the Bell firing and Tullamore panicking. Switching to three at the back allowed them to push an extra man forward, as the visitors looked like they were trying to retreat all the way back down the M4. W hen Stritch was played in with five minutes to go, it looked like the game was going to be levelled only for his shot to be saved. However,

Bluebell’s gung-ho tactics paid dividends as the ball fell to Walsh to tap home from six yards. Just when the game looked like going to a replay, a result that few could argue Tullamore would have deserved, an excellent Sean Byrne pass saw Walsh once more in front of the keeper. The former Shamrock Rovers man kept his composure to fire home and give the Clondalkin side a win they probably would not have expected 20 minutes earlier. Next up for the Bell is a home league tie against Wayside Celtic this weekend.

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Round Tower Under-8s get new hotel kit boost

CLUB NOTICEBOARD ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN COMMISERATIONS to our senior footballers who lost their AFL2 league final play-

ROUND Tower received a big boost recently

with their new sponsorship link up with the Green Isle Hotel. Manager Niall Reilly said of the deal: “I’m delighted to announce the Green Isle hotels sponsorship of our Under-8s team. We currently have over 60 boys on the team playing both hurling and football. The Green Isle kindly sponsored new kit bags for all the boys.” Picture: Tommy Keogh

off to a strong Cuala side, 4-10 to 0-11. It was better news from the adult hurling front.

The bingo jackpot this Tuesday is €1,000 for a full house if checked within 46 numbers. Otherwise, €20 for a full house. A game is usually €90 - €150.

Our junior hurlers won their league

Otherwise €20 for a full house. First

play-off final against Wild Geese to cel-

call is 8.30pm and all are welcome to join

ebrate AHL8 success. Well done to play-

in the fun.

ers and management. Round Tower AGM takes place this coming Sunday, December 4 from 4pm


excitedly unwrap Christmas morning.

Round Tower lotto (November 21): numbers drawn were 1, 13, 24 and 29, the bonus ball was 7.

at the clubhouse. Only paid up members

No overall winner and no bonus ball

are entitled to attend and only A mem-

winner. Three €100 winners: Paul Whelan,

bers are eligible to vote.

J Dempsey, l Dempsey.

Want a Round Tower Christmas gift? Our club shop has plenty of clothing to

For the next three draws, there will be extra prizes of €50 vouchers.

offer as a special Christmas present.

All support for the lotto is greatly

Also, we still have the Irish Fairy Door

appreciated and we remind you can play

custom-Round Tower sets for kids to

lotto online for as little as €2 per week.

ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN THE lotto numbers for this week were 4,

6-7pm next week. Everyone welcome.

7, 11 and 26. There was no winner so next

It’s a great chance for the kids to learn

week, the jackpot will be €1,400.

from experienced coaches.

The draw takes place in the Palmers-

New members welcome at all ages, full

town House every Sunday night at 10pm

training will be given and check out our

and tickets cost €2.

website for training times.

Thank you to all our sellers and to all that support our lotto every week. Tickets available from all the usual

at the weekend; a great performance

sellers including Moriarty’s SuperValu,

from all the girls and a well deserved win.

Palmerstown House and Manor Hair Studios. Our Friday hurling and camogie skills Round Tower’s junior hurlers have earned promotion for a second successive season

Corless major tames Oldtown’s Wild Geese AHL8 PLAYOFF FINAL Round Tower Wild Geese  KARL GRAHAM

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ROUND Tower’s junior hurlers secured their second promotion in a row after a 1-7 to 0-6 win over Wild Geese in their AHL division 8 play-off final at Monastery Road. Tower’s were 0-2 to no score up after 13 minutes in a cagey opening before the Geese halved the deficit with a free. The major incision, though, came when Niall Corless’s deflected free somehow managed to find its way

into the net for a key goal en route to a 1-4 to 0-1 half-time lead. The Clondalkin club continued the momentum into the second half and by the time the 40th minute rolled around, they were eight points to the good. Wild Geese did score a flurry of frees as time wore on to get back in the mix as Tower’s racked up eight wides, but the latter’s first half exploits had done enough damage. And manager Fergal McDonagh was thrilled to see his side move on up once again. “A lot of work went into

it and a lot of effort from the players especially. Delighted to get the win over Wild Geese as they beat us in the semi-finals of the championship, which was a big one for us. “We got a lucky break of a goal dropped in and around the square that got a deflection but really and truly we should have been more up and half-time. “From our full-forward line down, the work rate in hooking, blocking and tackling was great.” The win completes a good campaign for the side, whose only loss came at the hands of champions Naomh Barrog.

“We only lost one league match so we were very happy with our performance because we kept the same team throughout and weren’t chopping and changing.” And the manager says his side has ambition to push on ever further in 2017. “We’ll definitely be competitive and hope to consolidate around mid table at the least. Our big aim next year is the junior championship. “We left it behind the last two years and we don’t want to leave it behind for a third year so we will really concentrate on that.”

Well done to our minor camogie team on a great win the in shield quarter-final

continues on Friday and will be on from


THE club’s AGM was held on Thursday

Congrats to our senior footballers on their win over Naomh Mearnog on Sunday, tough game and a great team performance.


last. The new list of club officers are as

U-21 hurlers made the season a brief

follows: chairman – Ben Murphy; vice

one with an opening championship loss

chairman – Aidan Glover; secretary –

to Kilmacud while the A footballers are

John Kennedy; treasurer – Ronan Foley;

out next weekend, December 3 at 2pm

PRO – Michael Bowler; registrar – Billy

away to Ballymun while the B football-

Egan; child protection officer – Colette

ers are away to Round Tower, Lusk at

Condon; assistant secretary – Darragh

the same time.

Feighery; assistant treasurer – Miriam

Our senior hurling management will

Hodkinson; oifigeach Gaeilge – Shane

continue under the stewardship of Tom

O’Muinichain; players representative –

Ryan for 2017; we wish his management

Mari Moynihan.

team every success for the coming sea-

Elected from the floor were Dave


Meskill, Kate Whyte and Michael Wis-

In the camogie championship, the

dom. In his inaugural address, incoming

minor As lost to St Vincent’s 3-11 to 3-6

chairman Ben Murphy thanked Declan

while the minor Cs progressed to the

O’Leary and the outgoing executive for

shield semi with a win over Naomh Bar-

their commitment over the last num-


ber years and wished them well for the future.

On the juvenile side, the U-14Bs camogie were in a championship final against

On the senior football side, after a

a very strong combination from Naomh

very successful three-year term the

Barrog and Naomh Mearnog. In the end,

management led by Sean McCaffrey

Lucan lost out 1-5 to 0-5.

advised the club that they would like to step down.

Dublin GAA have announced the camogie U-16 panel for 2017. Lucan

The team successfully achieved pro-

players make up seven of the 51 strong

motion to division one in 2015 and fin-

panel. These are Aoife Byrne, Aoife

ished the 2016 season in a strong posi-

Mahon, Chloe O’Connor, Hannah Brady,

tion, the club respected the decision

Laura Quinn, Siofra Byrne and Willow

and is now in the process of filling the




KING LOUIS: O’Loughlin sweeps to his second national cross-country crown, burning off his opponents P30

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Southside gym honours star club member at Takeover 8 event P29

AFL1 out of Tower’s reach once again  MICHAEL MCGLYNN

ROUND Tower’s senior football campaign came to a disappointing end at the weekend after a 0-11 to 4-12 defeat to Clontarf in the playoff final of the AFL division 2 at St Anne’s Park. It was the pace of a younger Clontarf side that Tower’s struggled with as they fell to their opponents for the second time this season. Tower’s scored the first point of the game through a Niall Lanigan free after just three minutes but they failed to score again over the next 17 minutes.

In comparison, Clontarf were in devastating form during between the two points as they registered 3-4 to leave the visitors reeling. Barry Keane, Thomas Galvin, Micheal Walsh and Lanigan could all combine to provide Jason Joyce with the chance to find the posts and stop the rot. Tower’s went on to control the remainder of the half and pointed twice more, this time via the boots of Walsh and Lanigan, to leave the score at 3-4 to 0-4 going into the break but it was still a long road back. The second half started with Tower’s facing a mountain to

climb and it was almost made bigger within a minute of the restar t as Niall By rne was forced to make a vital block on the line. Lanigan scored from a 45 but when another point for Clontarf was followed by their fourth goal, Tower’s were left with too much to do. The final goal showed just how clinical the Clontarf counter attack was as they broke up an attack on the wing and moved the ball quickly up the pitch for their forward to palm it into the back of the net. Clontarf pointed again to leave 13 between the sides but

Tower’s refused to roll over and accept their faith, reducing the deficit by two through Walsh and Joyce. However, as spirited as Tower’s were, Tarf’s ability to avoid complacency was just as admirable. They scored another two points before Walsh got another after good work from Derek Murray and Joyce to provide him with the chance. Tower’s scored three more points through Walsh and two from Joyce but Clontarf continued to keep the points ticking over and gain promotion to the top tier.

Clontarf celebrate after they denied Round Tower promotion back up to AFL1