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Firms urged to seek share of fund HIROMI MOONEY
LOCAL businesses are being urged to follow the example of local company Swiftqueue Technologies in securing funds from Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund. The Competitive Start Fund provides young companies in the ICT and industrial sectors with the critical early-stage funding to test the market for their products and services and progress their business
plans for the global marketplace. Local TD, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, said: “I am delighted that Swiftqueue Technologies in nearby Citywest has been awarded funding under the Competitive Start Fund and hope that their success will inspire more local companies across Clondalkin, Lucan and Rathcoole to apply for the next allocation of funding.” Full Story on Page 3
Treasure hunt: Search is on for Ireland’s favourite book shop RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan was joined by Charley Fay to help launch the Bord Gais Energy Bookshop of the Year search. More than 70 bookshops across Dublin could be shortlisted for the search, with Clondalkin book shops to vote for
including Bookstation, at the The Mill Shopping Centre; Easons, in Liffey Valley, and The Wise Owl, on Tower Road. There are also several prizes to be won by those voting for their favourite local bookshop. For full details, see www.bordgaisenergybookclub.ie.
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week: mental health heritage Culture Night’s set dancing at Aras Chronain
Suicide in focus over five days
CLONDALKIN Mental Health Awareness Week 2012 will take place next week, from October 8 to 12. This is the fifth time the awareness week has taken place in Clondalkin, and it coincides with World Mental Health Week. World Mental Health Day also falls on Wednesday, October 10. The week is organised by Community Action on Suicide (CAS), which was formed in 2005 in response to a perceived rise in suicides in the North Clondalkin area. CAS is mainly concerned with mental health issues relating to young men, and their members include local residents and representatives from a large number of community and local development groups. The Awareness Week aims to encourage activi-
ties that improve mental health in the community. This can be through a healthier mind and body, but also through information on where to seek help and support. RAPID coordinator at South Dublin County Council, Andy Lane, said: “The issue of suicide has been a major concern for a number of years, initially because it was under-reported and people weren’t prepared to talk about it, or wouldn’t have known how to talk about the issue. “What we are able to do is to raise the profile of the issue, and provide some support for young people and parents, so that they can start to address the issue of suicide.” T he week will be launched on Monday evening at 5pm with a candle-lit event, Spreading the Light of Hope, in Letts Field in Neilstown.
Dancers were given expert guidance to help master the traditional set dancing. Pictures: Ian O’Sullivan
Fancy footwork in the spotlight A
S PART of the recent annual Culture Night held across the city, Clondalkin staged a number of events that also celebrated local Irish culture and heritage, with a night of set dancing at Aras Chronain proving a hit. Traditional set dancing was demonstrated with ease, with tips and guidance for those new to the old dance
The dancers took to the floor with some style
style, as they whirled around the floor. Following the dancing, a celebratory evening of traditional Irish music and song followed, reinforcing locals’ passion for our shared culture and heritage. The evening reinforced the importance of Aras Chronain, and the evergrowing interest in Irish language, that is found across Clondalkin.
Brona Ui Loing and Helen Ui Cheallaigh
Jim Monaghan prepares his challenging Patsy Moran and Larry Lynan
Mary and Billy Whelan
demonstration of The Brush Dance
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enterprise €750k to grow ICT, industrial projects
Companies urged to apply for fund share hiromi mooney
CLONDALKIN companies are being called on to follow the example of a successful local business and apply for funding under Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund after Swifteque Technologies was one of 30 firms across the country to have been awarded funding under the scheme. Local Fine Gael TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, welcomed the announcement which was made last Tuesday, September 25 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innova-
tion, Richard Bruton. She said: “I am delighted that Swiftqueue Technologies in nearby Citywest has been awarded funding under the Competitive Start Fund, and hope that their success will inspire more local companies across Clondalkin, Lucan and Rathcoole to apply for the next allocation of funding. “There is a further €750,000 available, which may benefit up to 15 companies, so I would encourage businesses to apply to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation before the October 10 deadline. “The ICT and Indus-
trial sectors have a lot of promise in this country and I am glad to see that this funding follows on from a key commitment in the Action Plan for Jobs 2012,” said Minister Fitzgerald. The Competitive Start Fund provides young companies in the ICT and industrial sectors with the critical earlystage funding to test the market for their products and services and progress their business plans for the global marketplace. Fif teen companies are expected to benefit under this round of funding, under which a total of €750,000 is available. This will bring to 60 the
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Minister Frances Fitzgerald: “I am glad to see that this funding follows on from a key commitment in the Action Plan for Jobs 2012”
number of early-stage projects approved in 2012 under the fund. Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “A key part of the Government’s plans for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise. For Ireland’s dynamic and innovative community of entrepreneurs,
access to early-stage funding is vital. “Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund is part of a suite of finance measures aimed at making it easier for these entrepreneurs to get into business, expand, export and create the jobs we need,” he said. The closing date for applicants is Wednesday,
October 10, and this call is open to start-ups from both ICT and industrial sectors, including subsectors such as internet, games, apps, mobile, SaaS, cloud computing, enterprise software, life sciences, cleantech and industrial products. For further information, see www.enterpriseireland.com/csf.
THE Children’s Book Festival takes place in Clondalkin Library and other South Dublin libraries throughout October. Libraries will have a range of events for children to “read, write, listen, learn and create”. There will be various authors, illustrators, poets, artists and music makers taking part in the many events set to take place. Most of the events require pre-booking at the relevant library, as spaces are limited. Among the events which will take place are Fables and Fairytales, an art and illustration workshop which is facilitated by the National Gallery; and the Moo Moo! workshop by artist, Deborah Donnolly, on how to draw a cow. For the full list of events, see www.southdublinlibraries.ie.
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Dublin recycling hits 66% hiromi mooney
DUBLIN’S recycling contribution has helped Clondalkin-based Repak achieve a national recycling rate of more than 66%, up from 15% before 1998. Since 1997, Repak has invested €225 million in supporting packaging recycling in Ireland. In the past 15 years, packaging recycling has grown nationally from 1.8 tonnes to 6.3 million tonnes. Dublin grew its packaging recycling from approximately 28,286 tonnes in 1998 to 182,533 in 2011. Ireland is now ranked seventh in terms of packaging recycling amongst the 27 EU countries. Repak Recycling Week 2012 takes place from October 1 to 7, with a range of acconpanying activities and events. One such event is the launch of the new major nationwide recycling programme for used drink cans, Every Can Counts. For a full list of events, see www.repak.ie.
funds Dogs set to gain most from group’s efforts
Animal Aid quiz raises €1,000 hiromi mooney
CLONDALKIN Animal Aid has raised more than €1,000 in a table quiz and raffle which they hosted last week in The Steering Wheel. The group is a nonprofit organisation that was founded in 1990, and the volunteers take in abused dogs, stray dogs if their owners cannot be located, or dogs from people who can no longer keep them, and they try to re-house them. The money raised at the quiz will help to fund vaccinations, neutering and kennelling costs, as
well as the cost of fostering the dogs until they are adopted by new owners. The group is led by volunteers Claire Sherry, Mary McCoy and Anne McDonnell. Speaking to The Gazette last week, Anne said they are all volunteers who “do it out of love”. She said: “We do get cats the odd time. We wouldn’t turn a cat away if that was the case, but, basically, it’s dogs [that we primarily work with]. “But what we’re finding now more and more is that people are surrendering their dogs because of family circumstances,
Anne Mc Donnell, Nichola Hannah and Theresa Sheridan at the Clondalkin Animal Aid fundraising table quiz and raffle held in The Steering Wheel recently
and we have more and more purebreds coming in than ever before. “It used to be nearly always dogs that were found, but because of the economic situation now people are ringing us who want to surrender their dog,” she said. She added that they ask people who want to surrender their dogs to hold onto them for a while until they can find a new home for them, as they have very few foster-
ers at the moment. “We have no centre. Up to recently, we had three fosterers. Within the last month or so we have [recruited] two new fosterers through Facebook. “The excess of dogs [are] kennelled locally up in Kingswood, and they give us a reduced rate on it, but that’s on a daily basis. “[The kennelling], the vaccinations, plus the neutering, eat up the
money [that we raise]. So that’s why we ask as many people who are surrendering dogs if they can hold for two or three weeks while we advertise for a new home, rather than incur extra charges with the kennels,” said Anne. “Then, what we do is, when we have somebody who is interested and comes up to meet the dog, we do a home check.” The group are currently fostering five dogs
and are looking for new homes for them. They welcome new volunteers to help foster the dogs which they take in. For further information about fostering or adopting a dog from Clondalkin Animal Aid, contact Claire Sherry at 086 314 8647, or Anne McDonnell at 087 221 2623. The group can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ ClondalkinAnimalAid.
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jobs 30 full-time posts welcomed at Profile Park
Google opens €75m data centre in Clondalkin hiromi mooney
GOOGLE opened a €75 million data centre in Clondalkin last Friday, September 28. The new centre, which is located at Profile Park, was opened by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. Construction took just
under one year to complete, and the facility was built by more than 1,000 people working for 90 specialist building and engineering companies. The new centre has created 30 jobs, with roles including computer technicians, and those working in catering, security, and electrical and mechanical engineers.
This brings Google’s total workforce in Ireland to 2,500 people. The centre will help run Google’s online services, such as Gmail and Google Maps. Labour Party TD Robert Dowds said: “I am delighted that the new data centre in Profile Park is now open and I wish Google the very best
with their venture. “It is fantastic that such a facility has been built by Google in Clondalkin, and I think it is a great endorsement of the area’s suitability for foreign direct investment, particularly in the high-tech sectors. “It is also great to see that 1,000 jobs were created in the construction
sector by this project, and that 30 full-time jobs will now be created at the facility itself. “I think that South Dublin County Council deserves a lot of credit for constructing the highpowered electricity cables for Profile Park which make it an ideal site for facilities such as this,” said Deputy Dowds.
All charged up: Ready to help launch battery recycling push LOCAL politician and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald was joined by four-year-old Jiula Kacperska to help launch a battery recycling initiative for preschools and daycare centres. A partnership between the European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Early Childhood Ireland (ECI), the initiative promotes battery and electrical waste recycling among children in their pre-school years. ECI members are being asked to collect used batteries and fill up the ERP battery recycling boxes provided to their facility, and each one is in with a chance to win an ERP recycling party with face painters, balloon modellers and more. They will also win a trophy and a book voucher worth €250. For further details, see www. earlychildhoodireland.ie/ERP.
planning: calls for pedeStrian route to be prioritised
Politicians call for halt to cycle way through park hiromi mooney
LOCAL politicians are calling on South Dublin County Council (SDCC) to halt a proposal to construct a cycle way through a local park, saying that a pedestrian access on Fonthill Road should be prioritised. SDCC were awarded two grants by the National Transport Authority under the Sustainable Transport Measures Scheme to plan, design and consult on the provision of two walking and cycling route projects in the Bawnogue area in
2012. The two projects are the construction of two lit pedestrian and cycle paths across the open space at Ashwood and Alpine Heights. The first route is proposed to link the Neighbourhood Centre at Bawnogue with the Fonthill Road and the estates of Ashwood and Alpine Heights, while the second route is proposed to link the Grand Canal with Ashwood estate and the Bawnogue Road. Public submissions closed last week, and the next stage of the proc-
ess is to review the submissions and prepare a report for consideration by the council at the next most convenient Clondalkin Area Committee meeting. Following consultations with residents in Alpine Heights and Ashwood, Labour Party TD Robert Dowds, and his colleague Councillor Breeda Bonner, have both written to SDCC to halt the plans, as they claim there is little support from the residents for the proposal. However, both politicians have voiced their
support for the opening of a pedestrian access on to the Fonthill Road from the Ashwood/ Alpine Green area, and for a cycle track from the junction of the Bawnogue Road and the Lock View Road towards the canal. Deputy Dowds said: “Over the past number of weeks, I have spoken to many residents in the area and there is a clear view that a pedestrian access to the Fonthill Road is long overdue and should proceed as soon as possible. “However, there are a lot of objections to
this proposed cycle way through the Alpine/Ashwood Green area. This park is used by footballers and would be cut in two by a cycle path, and might also encourage anti-social activity.” Cllr Bonner said: “By far the most important aspect of this proposal, and the part which should go ahead, is the pedestrian access on to the Fonthill Road. This pedestrian access would be very helpful for residents seeking to walk to Clondalkin village, or Clonburris National School.”
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grant Money to aid parents with troubled children
Dublin Bus gives €5,000 to carer group hiromi mooney
THE Carers Association in Clondalkin was awarded a €5,000 grant by Dublin Bus last week, one of some 80 charities and volunteer groups across the greater Dublin area who were awarded a grant under the company’s Community Spirit initiative. The initiative is now in its ninth year and, under its scheme, it helps the selected organisations maintain and grow their services. To date, the initiative has helped more than 1,100 local community groups across the city. Since 1987, The Carers Association has been working for a better quality of life for Ireland’s family carers. The Clondalkin branch
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will use the grant to fund their Positive Behaviour Support For Families project; a six-week course that provides support to parents of children with disabilities. The course will help p a r e n t s t o d e ve l o p practical strategies and responses to challenging behaviour in order to support their children in “developing the necessary skills to achieve their optimum potential”. Cathy W hite, area manager of the Carers Association in Clondalkin, said she was “shocked but delighted” when she learned of the awarding of the grant. She said: “I’m absolutely delighted with it, because that money is being used to run a programme for parents
of children with special needs around managing challenging behaviour and to arm the parents with skills to deal with that. “We arm these parents with the skills to deal with the challenging behaviour of their child, and they can help other family members as well.” At the special exhibition ceremony hosted by former international footballer Niall Quinn, the shortlisted groups were honoured for their hard work and contributions to their local communities. Quinn presented five community groups, including The Carers Association, with €5,000 grants at the ceremony. The groups were Tallaght Cancer Support Group, Balscadden Dis-
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Kevin Bonner, chairman, Dublin Bus, with former soccer star, and patron of the Community Spirit initiative, Niall Quinn, presenting Cathy White and Joan Rafferty with a €5,000 grant for the Clondalkin Carers Association
trict Community Council, Three Bridges Boxing Club in Ballymun, and Ballyowen Meadows School in Loughlinstown. Quinn also presented grants of €2,000 or €1,000 to more than 70 other charities. Commenting on the award winners, patron of the Community Spirit Initiative, Quinn said: “It is evident from the winning groups present here
today that the recession has not dampened Dublin’s tradition of community spirit. “I have been involved with the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative as its patron since it began, over nine years ago, and I have seen first-hand the difference
these grants can make to local community groups whose work, though so important, often goes unnoticed. “I want to congratulate all the grant recipients and commend them on all their hard work. This day is for you, you deserve it.”
AN EVENING of traditional music, folk songs and Irish dancing will take place in the renowned Irish cultural centre, Aras Chronain in Clondalkin, next Saturday, October 13. The event will take place from 8.30pm, and all proceeds will go towards the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. The main group for the night is Cafe Ceili, which is an eclectic mix of musicians who share an interest in Irish music and the Irish tradition. Cafe Ceili will also be joined by members of Muintir Chronain, a group who promote Irish language and culture, as well as members of the Elaine Kavanagh School of Dancing. The audience can also join in on the ceili dances. Tickets cost €10 at the door on the night.
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sport Fun and games as locals get active hitting the pitch
John Ryan and Sally Gilligan
Local club footballers, Sean, Jack, Caimin and Eibhin pose for a great shot at the fun day. Pictures: Ger Hickey
Club’s party rounds off the summer nicely R
OUND Tower GAA Club held a Family Fun Day and Barbecuelate last month. The event was a great success. There was no charge of admission and members of the GAA club along with friends and family got involved in helping to
plan the event and volunteered on the day. A bric a brac stall was set up, full of unwanted and donated toys, DVD’s, games, jewellery, handbags, sports gear, tracksuits as well as multiple other goodies. Activities such as football, and group games were played on the day to
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get everyone involved in the fun. As well as all the fun and activities there was also a barbecue, a cake stall and a coffee shop on hand for snacks and refreshments. Young and old participated to help make the Family Fun Day a huge success.
This player enjoys his Practising football skills
Emma and Eoin Bassett with Finn, Jack and Grace Reilly
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for a Family Fun Day and barbecue hosted by Round Tower
Molly Graham and Larry Hickey
Monica Graham tests the goalkeeper’s skills
Club chairman Tony Delaney belts one into the net
Mark Hampson oversees target practice
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charity Supporters help to highlight brain injury service
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Amanda Kevlin and Fiona Foy Holland
Stars come out to raise funds in style L
OTS of celebrities, socialites and well-known faces gathered at 37 bar in Dawson Street recently as part of Dublin Fashion Festival, with a great shindig in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. 98FM DJ Steve Cooper got the show started, with the likes of Mickey Joe
Harte, Brian Kennedy, the Debbie Allen Dance Troop and Fauve Chapman rubbing shoulders with Emma Waldron, Alison Canavan, Niall O’Farrell, George McMahon and Nick Munier, all keen to help support the evening’s fashion show in aid of the Dun Laoghaire-based charity.
Dave Duffy and Lisa Cuddy
Models showcased clothing from stores such as Lara Boutique, American Honey, Fran and Jane and Louis Copeland, while up and coming designers Claire O’Connor and Umit Kutluk, and milliner Aisling Ahern, all donated some of their pieces to be part of the fundraiser.
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Barbara Nolan, Brian Kennedy, Calum Best and Karen Ennis
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education: dse initiative calls for primary school participation
Dublin prices rise 3%
Pupils urged to go for science prizes Hiromi Mooney
PRIMARY schools across Dublin are being encouraged to apply for this year’s Discover Science & Engineering’s (DSE) Awards of Science and Maths Excellence. Last year, 77 Dublin primary schools were recipients of the awards. To qualify for the award, schools must keep a log of certain science and mathsrelated activities that they undertake throughout the year. Schools will get credit for taking part in other DSE programmes, visiting Discover Science Centres, inviting guest speakers to talk about science and maths and displaying their work. Many primary schools in Dublin are also taking part in DSE’s Discover Primary Science
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and Maths Programme, which encourages primary school children and teachers to approach science and maths in a fun and interactive way. “Since we started the Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme in 2003, the project has gone from strength to strength, with more than 6,000 teachers registered last year,” said director of DSE Dr Graham Love. “This year, the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme will continue to encourage an appreciation of science and maths in students from an early age that will stay with them throughout their education. Students of today are tomorrow’s leaders and we look forward to Irish students leading the field of maths and science in the future.”
DSE is the national integrated awareness programme managed by the Science Foundation Ireland on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It aims to increase the numbers of students studying the physical sciences, to promote a positive attitude to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Speaking at the launch of the awards, Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock said: “The growth of STEM subjects is extremely important for the recovery and further development of our economy. It is imperative that STEM subjects are promoted at a young age to recruit and encourage the youth of Ireland to progress their skills.”
At Tayto Park right meow: Maenam is the latest addition to cat family MEET Maenam, the newest addition to the animal family at Tayto
Park. The female Fishing Cat cub, born in August, is slowly being introduced to her surroundings. As part of an endangered species, her arrival is a real success story for the park’s breeding programme. International Cat Day takes place this month, so Tayto Park is celebrating the five different cats species living there –the Amur leopard, the ocelot, the serval, the mountain lion and the Fishing Cat. Log onto www.taytopark.ie for more details.
DUBLIN house prices increased in value by an average of 3.1% in the last quarter, according to figures released by estate agents DNG. T his figure covers the period of August to October, and this is the first three-month period in more than six years to show an increase in the average price on the House Price Gauge. In the same period last year, the average price of a resale property in the capital fell by 5.6%. The managing direct o r o f DN G , K e i t h Lowe, was cautious about the significance of the increase.: “The latest results add further weight to the argument that the market in 2012 has proved flat in terms of price movement at the very worst and, in some cases, prices have moved away from their low point, at least for the time being.”
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charity Fight night at Croke Park for Pieta
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Boxing star John Joe Nevin, pictured here at the SARI Soccerfest 2012 in Phoenix Park, leads the line-up
Silver-medal drive for charity boxers laura webb
Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin is returning to the boxing ring and joining the fight against suicide for Pieta House in the coming weeks. The silver medallist is taking part in the Croker Clash Charity Fight night in aid of the suicide crisis centre. The event, which takes place on Friday, October 12, will see Nevin take to the ring alongside Jim Rock, aka The Pink Panther, and Paul Dunne. It also sees brave beginners get into the ring for the first time after just a few
weeks of training. Now in its third year, the event is organised by Mountjoy prison officers Helen Feeney and Paul Dunne, who are both stalwarts of the Irish boxing scene. Past events have attracted crowds of up to 500 people, and they are aiming to sell 1,000 tickets for this year’s Croker Clash. “Following the success of our Olympians in London we decided to go all out and hold the charity fight night in Croke Park this year,” said Helen Feeney. “Boxing is one of the most high-profile sports in Ireland at the moment
so we hope that this event will be a massive success, raising lots of much-needed funds for Pieta House. “Seeing Joan Freeman win her People of the Year Award last year showed me how one person can change the lives of so many, and I hope that The Croker Clash will be a big help in Pieta House’s fight against suicide,” she said. Already confirmed to attend the night is Jimmy Magee, Michael Carruth, Stephen and Alan Reynolds. “I’m really excited that so many stalwarts of the Irish boxing scene have
pledged their support for The Croker Clash,” said Joan Freeman, chief executive and founder of Pieta House. “It’s sure to be a fantastic night and I’d urge everyone to come on down, enjoy the boxing and experience Croke Park in all its glory,” she said. Tickets are on sale now and are available from Ticketmaster at €20 for general admission, €30 for ringside seats. All funds raised on the night will go to Pieta House. For more information on Pieta House, visit www.pieta.ie.
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musical Life story of Tina Turner coming to town
River deep, Bord Gais high for Emi Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A brand new musical based on the life and times of legendary singer, Tina Turner and her husband Ike, is coming to The Bord Gais Energy Theatre this month and its leading lady, Emi Wakoma is already being hailed as a superstar of the future. The show, entitled Soul Sister, tells the life story of the iconic soul star, but equally fascinating is the life of its lead actor. Emi was born in Nigeria and moved to Britain when she was one, but considers herself a Nigerian woman through and through: “I was only one when I came to England, that’s why I have this dodgy cockney accent but I consider myself a Nigerian woman in terms of my family and culture.” Emi has been getting rave reviews about her performance as Turner, something that she says
she pays little attention to: “I don’t read them, I’ve a job to do. I would think the reviewers were talking about someone else. I’m just waiting for someone to knock on my dressing room door and say ‘You’re not really the girl we wanted’.” Emi compares her own character to the one she plays in Soul Sister: “The similarities lie in the fact that neither of us is conventional. Tina didn’t have a conventional voice and was not conventionally beautiful and neither am I. Like Tina, I was unique and didn’t fit into any boxes. Her difference is seen as a positive thing and something to celebrate.” When asked where the per forming bug came from, Emi said: “I don’t have a clue. I’ve been singing since I was nine years old and my mum bought me The Bodyguard soundtrack album. I used to sing Bodyguard songs
in school all the time. “So my parents, seeing this, sent me to the Brit School [the acclaimed theatrical and musical hotbed that has produced Adele and Jessie J]. “T hen, when they realised I was serious about doing it, they said, ‘Right, if you’re going to do it, do it well’ and sent me to the Guildford School of Acting. “Over the years I’ve done lots of bits of things, I’ve been in Eastenders and Casualty and have done a lot of musicals but this is my first starring role. “I can’t wait to come to Dublin, my friends say it’s great but I’ve never been.” There will be inevitable comparisons to the previous Tina Turner biopic, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, which starred Angela Bassett, but Emi says this is an entirely different approach. “Tina was very upset
fit for life Calling on older Olympians to compete N u r si n g h o m e s across Dublin are expected to take part in a specially organised ‘Olympics’ during Positive Ageing Week. More than 300 Dublin nursing home residents and more than 1,500 throughout Ireland are expected to take part. T he event, r un by exercise specialists Fit for Life, will take place in 17 nursing homes in Co Dublin, and more than 80 nursing homes nationally compared to 22 last year. Compete
Actor and singer Emi Wakoma brings her acclaimed portrayal of soul legend Tina Turner to Dublin in the coming weeks
by that film because she thought it gave her a victim status. It was too one-dimensional in a lot of ways, especially in its portrayal of Ike Turner. He was shown as not a good person but it didn’t delve into the background enough
to find out why Tina stayed with him for such a long time.” Emi dedicates every performance to her late father who died last year. “It’s not upsetting at all, it’s part of life. He got to see me play Tina Turner in the
West End before he died and I’m so glad he did. I’m so grateful to him for bringing me to this country as it turned out to be a blessing.” The show comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from October 15 to 20.
Participants will compete in team events such as bowling, magnetic darts, golf and ring toss, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to winners. Positive Ageing Week runs until October 6. Speaking ahead of the Fit for Life Olympics, managing director of Fit for Life, Mark Sweeney said: “We here at Fit for Life are committed to improving the quality of life of the older generation. The Fit for Life Olympics are designed to provide our clients with a fun event where their families and nursing home staff can get involved and see the benefits of keeping active.”
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workshop: icons of animation coming to blackrock in october
charity Women’s Aid get a great Deal CHARITY Women’s Aid received over €33,000 last week, after online classified adverts website, DoneDeal, donated the proceeds from money raised during its charity month in August. DoneDeal raised €33,260 for the women’s charity, which provides support and information to women affected by domestic violence. Speaking at the presentation of the funding Margaret Martin, the director of Women’s Aid said: “This fantastic donation from DoneDeal will help us to continue our work to support thousands of women and children in Ireland to live safer, happier lives, free from abuse.”
A grand day out at festival Pink power: Marie Keating Foundation launch their 2012 awareness campaign fair city actresses Rose Henderson and Aoibheann McCaul, accompanied by Linda Keating, were proud to launch the Marie Keating Foundation’s eleventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in Marks & Spencer Grafton Street. Every year, almost 3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland and the message from the foundation for women of
all ages is Look after your girls, talk to your friends about breast cancer. As proud supporter of the annual Marie Keating Foundation Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Marks & Spencer Ireland will be selling a fantastic selection of pink themed items in-store and online in aid of the foundation throughout October. For more, visit www.mariekeating.ie
Wallace and Gromit are embarking on a new Irish adventure when they arrive to celebrate the second BlackrockAnimation Film Festival later this month. As part of this year’s festival, the plasticine pals will be on hand to help Merlin Crossingham, creative director at Aarman Animations, give a workshop on animation using models. Crossingham will be giving a talk at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology on his experiences working in stop-motion animation, with Wallace and Gromit among his bestknown work, on Friday, October 12, at 2 pm. Merlin started at Aardman Animations 17 years ago as an apprentice animator and has worked his way up to become a creative director at the awardwinning animation studio. His credits include work on the studio’s successful motion pictures, Chicken Run and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Merlin is a firm believer in the special magic of model animation: “It is closer to us. We suspend our disbelief a fraction quicker as if [the figures] existed in reality.” Although this kind of animation is the most laborious, Merlin feels it is worth all the effort. “It takes one animator a day
of work to complete two seconds of animation. So, with 30 animators, it takes about two years to make a feature film. Crossingham will also be giving a workshop on the morning of Saturday, October 13, in the Southside Partnership building in Blackrock. When Merlin was asked if he was worried that Wallace and Gromit might get into a pickle in Ireland, he replied: “Obviously they are very excited. Wallace definitely wants to investigate the cheeses available. He is also talking about a new invention, but it’s top secret! Everyone worries about Wallace, but Gromit will always come to the rescue.” He will also be giving a workshop on the morning of Saturday, October 13, in the Southside Partnership building in Blackrock. Rumour also has it that some of Aardman’s Pirates, from their recent Adventure With Scientists, may try and jump onboard the flight from Bristol to Dublin as stowaways. He will also be giving a workshop on the morning of Saturday, October 13, in the Southside Partnership building in Blackrock. To book a place at the workshop go to www. iloveblackrock.ie for more details.
Merlin Crossingham of Aardman will be a special guest at the Blackrock Animation Festival
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snapshot The stories of the day from around the capital
Make a joyous noise and bid for awards Diary
It’s heads or tails for charity, as Make-AWish Ireland attempts a world record for the biggest number of coins tossed simultaneously. The charity is working in conjunction with Bank of Ireland to attempt the world record at the Aviva Stadium on October 6. The event will be held at half time during the Leinster and Munster rugby match. Everyone seated in the stadium will toss a coin at the same time to break the record. All monies collected go towards helping to grant wishes to children throughout the country aged between three and 17 years. Susan O’Dwyer, chief executive of MakeA-Wish, said: “To do this in the year where we are celebrating 20 years as a charity in
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Ich bin ein Oktoberfest supporter THERE is still time to experience the world famous German Oktoberfest as it continues to run at the Dublin Docklands until this Sunday. This is the third, and final weekend of the festival which gives Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest.
Marquees are set up throughout George’s Dock, representative of that in the Munich Oktoberfest. There are also German markets, German food and entertainment. Visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialties from sausages, meat, pastries, Käse Alm (German mountain cheese) to German candy and gingerbread hearts. The original Bavarian Oktoberfest is almost 200 years old and has been held in Munich, Germany since 1810. The 2012 Oktoberfest runs at the Dublin Docklands until October 7. For further information, log onto www.oktoberfest-dublin.de
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Gazettemusic review: the princes of pastoral pop clear the tricky second album hurdle
Mumfords muster more magic Rob Heigh
That most worn out of phrases in the music critic’s canon, the “difficult second album”, is one that is incredibly hard to quantify. Difficult how? If you are Oasis, you’ve enough in the bank to follow Definitely Maybe with their other good album, What’s The Story Morning Glory? If you’re The Stone Roses, you head off into the wilderness with bags of dubious substances, more ego-inf lating reviews than most acts garner in a lifetime, and implode spectacularly, producing the occasionally mesmerising Second Coming...
If you’re Mumford and Sons... well, you do something else entirely. Which is go out on tour, write and road-test all your new numbers in front of massive audiences worldwide as your currency explodes on the back of your horrifically catchy sing-along first album. Then come up with the genius move of employing Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs to bring all the dynamism and frenzy of your live shows to the studio and, hey presto, here’s Babel. If you were expecting a complete about-face, you’re certainly going to be disappointed. In the same vein as Muse have adopted on their new
release, The 2nd Law, M&S have gone for a straightforward answer to the inevitable question, “what does it sound like?” And that answer is, “A lot like the last one, only more so.” No dubstep reinvention, no guest raps. no cover of Gangam Style... Which is not that disappointing, really, when the songs are as strong and the melodies as magnetic as those that appear on these 12 tracks. Like Sigh No More, the songs are again clearly delineated into “the quiet ones” and “the loud ones”; this time, however, notably absent of the shot-through mel-
Marcus Mumford and chums reveal their plan for world domination
ancholy that bubbled under the surface of their debut release. There is far from a sense of fun at play in the lyrical concerns of sin and salvation, but there is a confidence and clarity in the songs that
they have been infused with by constantly being refined on stage night after night. There is more ambient depth to the record, too, with the sense that you have just walked in on the band mid-hoedown
in a cabin somewhere, the piano rocking and the banjo being picked within an inch of its life. The frenzied tracks bounce like a festival crowd and the slower reflections are perfectly paced so as not to be
maudlin. If it feels at all calculating, it is, but only by virtue of the fact that this is a band who’ve found their groove and there is no reason for them to plough another furrow.
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GazetteBEAUTY Brushing up on Holly’s top tips for terrific teeth Edited by Laura Webb
HE has envious curves, a top presenting job and still manages to be a super mum – now, on top of all this, Holly Willoughby has become the new face of Oral-B’s premium beauty product, 3D White toothpaste. In this week’s Gazette Beauty, we hear all about her new role, her beauty regime, and how she manages juggling a career with family life. How do you feel about being chosen as the new face of Oral-B? I would never work with a brand I didn’t trust, and Oral-B, for me, is a brand that I am happy to be working with and have in my home for the whole family to use. I have learnt all there is to know about teeth and oral care, and I’m very proud to be working with Oral-B. How do you fit 3D White toothpaste into your beauty regime? During the week I’m pretty busy. I literally get up, have a shower, brush my teeth with 3D White toothpaste and whizz off on the motorbike to the TV studio. It’s impor tant my smile looks good as I’m constantly talking on TV during interviews. I use it with my Oral-B TriZone power brush, which is so easy to use. It feels like a manual toothbrush, but with lots of power behind it. No fuss or hassle – perfect. What are your top beauty tips for busy mums? • Use a tinted moisturiser – then, you can just whack it on – time is of the essence – also, curl your eyelashes. • Heat your eyelash curlers with a hair dryer
before using them, for a really bouncy lash. • Make sure you floss your teeth. You can have a great face with makeup, but if you have stains in between your teeth from not flossing, your smile won’t look as good as your look. • Dry shampoo is a great beauty product to save a bit of time. It’s also great at getting a nice, beachy look to your hair. • Eyeliner in the waterline of your upper lid – it makes your eyes look as if you’ve done full-blown make-up, but without spending any time on it. What’s your usual beauty routine while you are filming? Luckily, I have a makeup artist, so I don’t need to do make-up myself! I don’t put any on before I go to the studio, just a little bit of moisturiser when I’ve hopped out of the shower. In the morning, before I leave for work (at 7.30am), I use Liz Earle in the shower, and then brush with Oral-B 3D White toothpaste to make sure my smile is on form. What are your top tips for looking good on camera? Two big things for me – blow-dry and false lashes – but natural looking ones. And I just use one pair, as I’m not one for layering on false lashes; they weigh my eyes down. My hair stylist gives me a “power blow dry”, and that lasts me a couple of days. Who is your natural beauty icon, and why? I think Scarlett Johansson is so beautiful. Her look is really effortless, and she just exudes this beautiful confidence.
She’s got a really classic, naturally beautiful look.
Camouflage your skin’s blemishes
What beauty products can’t you live without? Oral-B 3D W hite toothpaste, as this has really become part of my daily beauty routine. I love having natural, whiter-looking teeth. Plus, it looks and tastes great too. And, then, my eyelash curlers! What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from your styling team? Follow the eyeline of your natural lash when applying false eye lashes. They’re very tricky to put on so, when you’ve mastered it, using that tip, you’ll nail it. Also, when you dry your hair, before it cools down, fix it with a pin in the shape of the curl, then do your make up. This helps set the curls.
As the new public face of Oral-B’s 3D White toothpaste, TV presenter Holly Willoughby has plenty
What’s the best beauty tip you learned from your mother? Always wear a little bit of lipstick. It took me a long time to agree with this, but this was probably because of my mum’s choice of colours! The right colour lipstick definitely lifts your make-up, and it’s great that there’s all these bright lippies that are in fashion now to choose from. What do you do to stay in shape? Not a lot, because of time. If I didn’t have a family, I’d probably do more, but I prefer to do active things with my family. Walking with the kids and Dan, and generally being an active mum, helps me stay in shape. How do you juggle a busy work schedule with
to smile about (above), with her gleaming teeth to the fore in this stunning beauty shot (right)
being a mum and looking so glamorous? I don’t look glamorous at the weekend! I have my hair and make-up done in the week, so that is very fortunate, but when I’m not at work I’m very au natural. I just put my hair up and wear minimal makeup – like most mums, I suppose! Oral-B TriZone is available nationwide in the following variants: Trizone 600, TriZone 1000, Trizone 3000, Trizone 5000. Pricing starts from €66.49. Oral-B 3D white toothpaste is available now in supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide, with a RRP of €4.65/75ml.
Oral-B 3D toothpaste is available now, priced €4.65
CAMOUFLAGE imperfections and blemishes with Dr Hauschka’s Pure Care Cover Stick’s newest colour (above). Available in three shades, this nurturing spot concealer provides harmonising care for blemished skin, while concealing skin impurities and helping to clear up the complexion. The new Pure Care Cover Stick 03 Sand is especially suitable for medium to dark skin tones. With their pleasantly cool and woody fragrance, the cover sticks complement the Dr Hauschka line of balancing care products for blemished skin. Pure Care Cover Stick works best when used at the first sign of a blemish. The product should match the skin tone, and be gently blended. Afterwards, make-up can be applied as usual. Cleansing tea tree and manuka oils, combined with extracts of kidney vetch and calendula, work to support the healing process – which facilitates the quick disappearance of skin impurities. The skin care range is stocked in selected health stores, pharmacies, all Life pharmacies, McCabes@ Clery’s, Avoca and Harvey Nichols. For details of your nearest stockist, see www.drhauschkaireland.ie.
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Supported by AIB
Interview: Clodagh Bury, owner and director of Slim4Life across the city MAKING SOME SAVINGS... THESE days everybody is trying to payless tax and sometimes the way to do this is actually staring us in the face! Knowing what you can claim is the secret to legally paying less tax. In this article the first of a series of articles on how to pay less tax Cathal Maxwell highlights one particular claim that is often overlooked by PAYE earners. Tax relief for medical insurance is allowed at source by the insurance company and because it’s no longer claimable through your tax return form most people forget about it. But what happens when your employer pays your annual medical insurance bill or a part of it on your behalf? The Revenue have put the onus on employers to tax the payment of your medical insurance bill as a benefit in kind (BIK) when they are paying the bill for you. If you pay tax at 41% your BIK tax will be at 41% on the amount of your gross annual medical insurance bill. The employer has to give back to the Revenue the 20% tax relief allowed at source by the medical insurance company. However, the individual employee is then entitled to claim the 20% personal tax relief back from the Revenue and this final step in the process is what many employees forget (because nobody tells them to!). How much is it worth? Let’s look at an example. In 2011 Mr Smart’s annual medical insurance costs €3,000 gross. His employer pays this on his behalf. IncomeTax Due As Benefit-In-Kind: Collected through PAYE Tax Relief On Premium at 20% Must be claimed from Tax Office
*Assume tax payable at 41% and ignoring PRSI In this example Mr Smart was due back €600 from the Revenue for the tax year 2011 that he never knew about. If his employer paid his medical insurance for the past number of years the refund due could be even bigger. Claims for the last four tax years can now be made so Mr Smart could be due a total refund of €2,400. A nice simple way to pay less tax! Cathal Maxwell, FCA, AITI,QFA, taxation con-
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Getting the skinny on slimming trade CLODAGH Bury has been working in the slimming industry for the last 10 years, and is the owner and director of Slim4Life, a slimming club that she set up in 2010. She spoke to GazetteBusiness about setting up her business and the appeal of helping people lose weight. “Working in the slimming industry has given me enormous pleasure. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our members losing weight and the joy on their faces when they see their weight going down. “I decided two years ago that I wanted to be part of a slimming agency that everyone could afford, where they didn’t have to pay big joining fees and no missedweek penalty. I wanted it to have a warm club atmosphere and not just a weigh-in service, so I decided to open my own club, and called it Slim4Life. We have a no-nonsense programme called the food pyramid and it brings us back to basics. “In the two years since I opened Slim4life, it has has gone from strength to strength. There are now 44 clubs, and a lot of success stories. We have members that have lost over five stone, and their comments are fantastic. Long may Slim4Life continue to grow!” For more information on your local Clodagh Bury of Slim4Life: “There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing our members losing weight and the joy on their faces.” club, contact Clodagh on 087 902 5150.
Q&A Q: How long have you been in business? A: I’ve been in business for myself for two years
Q: What makes your business successful? A: We are a family business and look after our clients as if they were a part of our family.
Q: What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors? A: The directors are hands on at our clubs, they also compose and send two motivational texts to each member of our 40 clubs each week, We are the only Irish-based slimming company which is not franchised from the UK or America
Q: How has the recession impacted your business? A: We are down 15% on our
members but holding steady
Q: What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession? A: I personally ring each member who has not attended their club after three weeks. We offer free recipes each week and charge a very basic entry fee and still do at €6 with no joining fee or missed week unlike any of our competitors.
Q: What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business? A: More money being made accessible to new business ventures.
Q: How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, etc) to help your business? A: We promote new clubs on Facebook, and it’s a great
way to create business awareness.
Dublin restaurant? A: The Merrion Restaurant.
Q: What is your ambition for the business? A: To grow and be available
Q: Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why? A: Danny O’Donahue,
in each of the 32 counties, and then move to Britain and then the rest of the world.
Q: What is the best piece of business advice you ever received? A: Speculate to accumulate, and make sure each member is given special treatment.
Q: What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area? A: It gives me great job satisfaction serving my neighbours and making new friends.
Q: What living person do you most admire? A: My mother. Q: What is your favourite
Danny O’Donahue, Danny O’Donahue, because he is a brilliant song writer and singer, just happens he is gorgeous, available and Irish.
Q: What is your most treasured possession? A: The house I live in because it is my grandmother’s, and it has lots of memories.
Q: What is the worst job you’ve ever had? A: Picking strawberries on summer holidays.
Q: You are on death row, what is your last meal? A: Fillet steak, onions, mushrooms and thick-cut chips.
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Gazettehomes efficiency measures: how to think about your energy bills as costs increase
Generating a new age for homes gerhard heyl
“Money saver”, “special offer”, “discount”... Terms that we might have ignored a few years ago if we saw them on a billboard, but not in today’s climate. We are all trying to economise and run our households with altered budgets. We shop around for the best value in groceries, clothing and entertainment, but what about your electricity costs? I’m sure I’m not the only one patrolling the house after dark, turning off lights and keeping an eagle eye on the immersion. I’m just glad we don’t have an electric shower as I think I’d be tempted to keep a stop watch running so the kids don’t spend too long in there! Over the last few years white goods and domestic appliances have become more energy efficient. You will have noticed the
huge array of choice available now. When we go to replace an old or broken appliance, it’s not just the shape and size of a machine we look at, but the”‘rating” attached to it. How much electricity does it consume and how much will it cost to run? There is a saving to be made in theory by outlaying an initial investment and upgrading white goods to triple A rated appliances and bulbs to energy efficient models. Your household equipment will be more energy efficient and you will consume less electricity, ergo a drop in your bill. But, how realistic is this in practice? We have seen a gradual increase in the cost of electricity and any savings made by upgrading small domestic appliances are at risk of being eroded by rising electricity costs.
Your consumption may well be lower, but you won’t recoup your initial sizable investment on new appliances. The drive to reduce our bills becomes a vicious cycle, we strive to make our homes as efficient as possible, we turn off lights, invest in the latest energy efficient technology and in the blink of an eye, all our investment is for naught as the unit charge on our bill simply rises again and the whole cycle starts over. If you look at it logically, the solution is clear. The only true safeguard you can have is to be in control of your own electricity generation and supply. If you can power your own home you are not at the whim of the electricity company’s latest price hike. Micro-generation can help you get there. The ability to generation a reliable, clean, free source of electricity for
your home is the way forward. Renewable solutions like photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are a cost effective way to ensure you can be in charge of your electricity costs for the next 30 years or more. These lightweight, quality panels can be installed in a day and are extremely cost effective. The PV panels are surface mounted on your roof so even if you move house, you can take them with you, making them an ideal solution for the domestic and commercial market alike. Gerhard Heyl is the managing director of established building contracting firm HSLC. In a new venture launching this autumn, Gerhard will be rolling out a programme of PV installations. See www.pvgreenenergysavings.ie for more information. Or call Gerhard on 087 774 9470/041 98 88960 , or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photovoltaic cells may be one method of making some energy savings
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GazetteMOTORS RoadSigns Mazda CX-5 gets a What Car? Trophy EARLIER this year, before its Irish launch, the Mazda CX-5 crossover was featured on the Gazette motoring pages when it was released in Vienna. The all-new vehicle has added the What Car? Green SUV 2012 title to its trophy cabinet. “The Mazda CX-5 offers an extraordinary amount of car for the price,” said What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett at the awards ceremony held at The Imagination Gallery in London last month. “As well as great fuel economy and low emissions, it has loads of standard equipment, plenty of passenger space and an elevated seating position. The flexible seating can also be folded flat in a second for easy loading.” Keep an eye on the Gazette motoring pages for a full review in the coming weeks. Today’s Beetle transfers the styling of the original Beetle and the 1998 new Beetle into a sportier, more masculine era
The Mazda CX-5
SKODA OFFERS A CHANCE TO JOIN THEIR CLUB: SKODA is all about quality and value and the new My Skoda Loyalty Programme has just been launched which offers Skoda owners the chance to be part of a very exclusive club. The My Skoda Loyalty Programme is about one thing – rewarding Skoda owners for their loyalty. Skoda have developed a plan so that Skoda owners can visit their local authorized retailer and enjoy fantastic rewards. The My Skoda Loyalty Programme is now available for free to all new and existing Skoda drivers. Taking the form of a card, which owners can apply for by visiting www.mySkoda.
ie/join, the card offers Skoda drivers a wide range of benefits, including free vehicle health checks and discounts on vehicle services at their local Skoda retailer. It also provides them with access to exclusive dining, travel, and shopping offers, designed to deliver an even more rewarding experience to customers. My Skoda Loyalty Card also allows Skoda drivers to earn points with each service at their local Skoda retailer. The points are then redeemable against the purchase of a new car. All Skoda motorists can request a My Skoda Loyalty Card by registering online at www.mySkoda.ie/join or at Skoda retailers nationwide.
VW launches a new 21st century Beetle VOLKSWAGEN Ireland has launched the 21st century Beetle into a market breathless with anticipation. One of the three most successful cars ever sold, selling 21.5 million units (first generation). The Beetle is the symbol of the Volkswagen brand. It links the emotional heritage of the “Original Volkswagen” to the future of Volkswagen. With excellent product characteristics, the 21st century Beetle has shed its niche vehicle tag and rekindled the spirit of the “people’s car” by providing an emotional, sporty and practical everyday driving experience starting from €19,995. More affordable and more accessible to a new generation of motorists compared with many of the cars in its class, this third-generation model will appeal to the Irish
public to fall in love with an automotive icon all over again. Today’s Beetle transfers the styling of the original Beetle and the 1998 new Beetle into a sportier, more masculine era. Following the design DNA of the Volkswagen brand, the 21st Century Beetle demonstrates this through its styling lines, extended bonnet, sharply swept back windscreen and longer wheelbase. Commenting on the vehicle, John Donegan, brand director of Volkswagen Ireland, said: “Irish motorists have always had affection for the Beetle and we believe this third generation model will set pulses racing amongst hardcore Beetle aficionados and with a new crop of Beetle lovers. The Beetle has always held a special relationship with Ireland, this unique relationship
can be traced right back to the fact that the first ever Beetle assembled outside of Germany took place on the Shelbourne Road in Dublin. “From the 50s right up to the late 70s, Beetles were assembled in Ireland and this coincided with the car’s most popular era both as a symbol of counter culture and then more mainstream thanks to the adventures of Herbie.” The new Beetle offers plenty of space for four and lots of luggage. The boot can handle up to 905 litres of space, there is the option of a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and music lovers can opt for a 400-watt Fender sound system – recently named audio system of the year in the USA. Premium optional features also include Bluetooth technology, keyless access with push-button
start, leather seating surfaces and BI-XENON headlights and LED daytime running lights. Under the bonnet, new to the range will be a 1.6-litre 105bhp diesel engine with emissions of just 113g/km, capable of 1,279km on a single tank, enough to travel from Dublin, to Cork, to Galway, to Belfast, to Dublin and back to Cork again! For those looking for a little more aggression from their Beetle there is the superb 1.4 TSI – a twin charger. The 160bhp petrol engine is twin charged by a turbocharger and a supercharger, allowing blistering performance of 0-100km/h in just 8.3 seconds yet real-world fuel economy of 6.2 l.100km and CO2 emissions of 143g/km. The range starts with a 1.2 105bhp TSI engine with emissions of 129g/ km and capable of return-
ing 5.61 l/100km for just €19,995. The 1.6-litre 105bhp TDI diesel starts from €21,995 and the 1.4-litre TSI twin charger with 160bhp starts from €26,320. At the top of the range is the 2.0-litre TDi 140bhp diesel, which still has low emissions of just 129/km, this starts at €27,805. The 1.2-litre TSI, 1.6-litre TDI, 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre are all available with the excellent DSG double-clutch gearbox. John Donegan concludes: “For all intents and purposes the Beetle has grown up. All that was eye-catching about the icon has been retained and refined with cutting edge modern driving technology. Now we have an agile, driver-orientated coupe that offers exceptional features and premium options, all at very competitive pricing.”
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safety: tomtom helps keeps hands on the wheel
Get a handsfree kit for your phone Tr a d i t i o n a lly, motorists had very few options when it came to good hands-free kits for their mobile phones. Especially modern smart phones. The best kits tended to be of the built-in variety, and they brought their own set of frustrations when it came to two-car families, or indeed people like myself, who drive different cars almost every week. There is now a real leap forward in mobile phone hands-free kits for smart phones in the shape of TomTom’s Hands Free Car Kit for smartphones. This kit is easily mounted, secures in seconds and moves from one car to another with great ease. It features the highest quality audio for loud and clear hands-free calling and navigation. The new car kit features an advanced noise and echo cancellation system, which dramatically reduces background noise for the caller and removes ambient noise for the driver. New mounting options make smartphone use on the move safer and more convenient. The newly designed car kit has an adjustable grip to fit any smartphone with or without its cover. An extendable microphone can be
clipped to the sun visor to ensure conversations are louder and clearer. “The new car kit has been designed for safety and convenience,” said Corinne Vigreux, of TomTom. “With fantastic audio quality and new mounting options, we are making it easier and safer for drivers to make calls and use navigation applications on the move. With advanced new features, our aim is to help drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.” The TomTom Hands Free Car Kit comes in two versions to support iPhone and micro USB compatible smartphones such as Android phones with the possibility to automatically pair two mobile devices simultaneously. When connected via Bluetooth, voice recognition functionality can be activated; enabling drivers to navigate and dial without taking their hands from the wheel. The TomTom HandsFree Car Kit for iPhone or Smartphone is available in selected retail stores and from the www.tomtom.com\smartphone and priced at €99.95. The TomTom HandsFree Car Kit for iPhone with Western EU navigation app is priced at €149.95
The Land Rover Double Cab Pick-up
2012 Paris Motor Show celebrates Bond … James Bond
TomTom’s Hands Free Car Kit for smartphones has an adjustable grip to fit any smartphone with or without its cover
The hands-free car kit offers drivers: Sound boost – An in-built 2 watt speaker means that drivers can hear hands-free calls and navigation instructions loud and clear. Extendable microphone – The microphone can be brought closer to the driver for clearer conversations. Noise and echo cancellation – Cancels out background noise so drivers can have even clearer conversations. Dual phone connection – Connects two phones simultaneously. Fast charging – Fast charges the driver’s phone on the go.
Dual mounting system – Drivers can choose to mount their device on the dashboard or the windscreen. It includes a self-adhesive disc that allows use of the suction mount on the dash or centre console.
Voice menu and spoken instructions – Drivers can connect their phone easily using the voice menu and spoken instructions.
Easy-reach answer and reject buttons – Answer and reject calls, even when the phone isn’t mounted.
Last weekend, Jaguar Land Rover celebrated 50 years of James Bond at the 2012 Paris Motor show by displaying one of the Land Rover Defenders used in Albert R. Broccoli’s upcoming release, Skyfall. The motor show welcomed the Double Cab Pick-up, driven in the opening sequence by field agent Eve (played by Naomie Harris). Jaguar Land Rover provided a total of 77 vehicles to the Skyfall production, including the Land Rover Defender, Range Rover and Jaguar XJ for use both on-screen and as production support vehicles. Speaking at Pinewood Studios, where Bond was filmed, co-producer Andrew Noakes, a veteran of 11 James Bond films, said: “Bond is quintessentially British and Jaguar and Land Rover are two of the most established and globally recognised British brands, so it was a natural step for us to involve them in the film.” Alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond, the cast includes: Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney. Global brand director for Land Rover John Edwards said: “Land Rover is extremely proud to be associated with the new James Bond film Skyfall. The iconic Land Rover Defender is recognised around the world for its rugged appeal and the Range Rover is the pinnacle of SUV luxury and capability. Both vehicles are renowned as examples of excellence in British design and engineering.” Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for Jaguar, said: “The Jaguar XJ is the most advanced technological vehicle that Jaguar currently produces. Constructed out of aluminium, its chassis is lightweight yet immensely strong allowing the car to blend responsive handling with effortless cruising over long distances. The XJ benefits from the very latest generation of entertainment and comfort technologies, and together with its award winning design, creates a unique combination of luxury, technology and performance which is unparalleled.”
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GazetteTravel FastTravel Loosening up and chilling out at this heavenly spa Shake off the winter blues with a quick sunshine break to the Mediterranean sun and sea
AFTER a disappointing Irish “summer” and the return to school well of of the way, now is the perfect time to plan a quick sunshine break. There’s nothing like looking forward to a bit of Mediterranean warmth to shake off the winter blues! Located on Spain’s Costa del Sol, and open all year round, Sunset Beach Club offers the best of both worlds, by combining comfortable accommodation in one-bedroom apartments, with complete hotel services and facilities. This popular four-star resort-hotel is the ideal place to stay, located directly on the seafront of Benalmadena Costa, just 20 minutes from Malaga airport (taxi transfer costs approximately €28).
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In fact, if you leave Dublin early morning, you should arrive in plenty of time for lunch, perhaps followed by a Spanish siesta! Sunset Beach Club enjoys a friendly ambience all year round, and their entertainment programme continues in the winter time with daily organised activities for all ages and regular live music in the evenings. Guests can also book an excursion, some golf or a game of bowls through the leisure desk, or if you prefer, why not simply relax with a good book by the pool or on the nearby beach. Sunset Beach Club promises that your winter sun holiday can be as action-packed or relaxed as you wish and is ideal for couples or families alike. A one-bedroom exterior apartment is suitable for up to four persons sharing, with one twin bedroom and one double sofa bed, and the Sunset Beach Club is priced from just €54 per apartment per night. Prices available from November 2012 until March 2013, with additional supplements applied at Easter and New Year. For more information or to book online, visit www.sunsetbeachclub.com. Email booking@ sunsetbeachclub.com or phone +34 952 579.
A view of a golf course and the mountains
SOMETIMES new modern features, such as the M3 motorway, make you realise places like Co Cavan are only a short drive away. And that’s a good thing because it will lead you to the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel in no time at all! When you are going to visit a Radisson Blu Hotel, you have a certain vision in mind of what you should expect; a gorgeous hotel with plenty of amenities and courteous, helpful staff. And that’s what you get when you enter the gateway to the almost 400-year-old, 1,300-acre Farnham Estate. You could also be mistaken for thinking you have driven back in time, maybe even into a Bronte novel. As you wind your way b e t we e n m a n i c u r e d greens and fairways of the golf course, you realise how large the Farnham Estate really is. In the distance you get the first view of the manor house and then the modern addition whose architecture blends well with the statuesque older building. It is a perfect marriage of future and past. The rooms and facades of the original buildings sit perfectly with the newer features in this 21st century
luxury hotel. Farnham Estate houses such large windows that you never feel far away from nature. There are ancient redwoods, cedar, copper beech and Scots pine, as well as amazing views of Farnham Lake. There are plenty of activities at the Farnham Estate to suit everyone’s tastes. Whilst cycling, walking and golf are attractive pursuits to consider, my weekend was all about the spa. Before I got myself ready for an evening of dinner and drinks, I thought it was best to take time to slowly unwind and try all the facilities available.
Oasis T he Radisson Blu Farnham Estate is one of Ireland’s most popular spa retreats and I certainly found out why! It’s an oasis set in the heart of the hotel. After a relaxing and healthy lunch in the spa’s Pear Tree restaurant, I made my way to an impressive choice of thermal suites and aroma steam baths to let my aches and pains disappear into the mist and steam. I sampled the Aroma Steam Bath, the drier heat of the Finnish sauna and the gentle heat of the Laconium. For a break from the
heat, the Snail showers and ice fountain allowed me to freshen up and keep cool. Finally, it was time for the Infinity swimming pool. This cleverly designed hydro swimming pool has so many features made just for me, from floating around in the warmth of the pool, to sitting down as the spa bubbles loosened my shoulders even more. There is something quite wonderful about swimming out through a small gap in the large window and finding yourself swimming outside in the open air. The smooth transition from an indoor to an outdoor pool is quite amazing. There are very few times in your life when you can get in a pool, make your way outside to look out at an amazingly lush countryside and then swim right back in again. When the rain decided to drop, it only added to the experience. The warmth of the water kept me comfortable as the freshness of the outside air invigorated my senses. After a perfect day unwinding, the evening promised to be very entertaining yet still relaxing. The soft hum of conversation from my fellow guests made
for pleasant listening as we settled down for our evening meal in the Botanica Restaurant. The deconstructed Caesar salad washed down with a glass of wine, began a night of gourmet treats. It was hard to choose from the menu as the fillet of Irish beef looked so appetising, but, in the end, the rump of Irish lamb won my heart. My literacy skills cannot do the lamb, slowbraised shoulder pie and minted pea any justice, only that you have to try it for yourself. Romantic
With a satisfied belly, it was time to retire to the bar. And with this being the Farnham Estate, it was far from ordinary. The Wine Goose Cellar is a cavernous place. While couples huddled together in romantic snugs, groups enjoyed themselves around large, long tables. T he sense of history returned as the bar’s brick vaulted ceilings had a history all to themselves. The joyful live music from the band wafted through the air in this unique cellar bar. The dim lights and the relaxed atmosphere gave me the chance to relax and enjoy a few drinks before that big, soft bed in my luxurious room
A reception room at the
called. When I did settle down for the night, it was really for the night. It might not seem like a huge deal, but an uninterrupted sleep in a hotel room is not easy to come by and is crucial when you crave total relaxation. Guests were very considerate and there were no late night antics out in the hallways. Relaxation
A f ter an excellent night’s sleep, I devoured my scrumptious breakfast that was delivered right to my door and then made my way back to the spa for my beauty treatments. My two hours in the spa were nothing short of heaven. The staff were very welcoming and took the time to learn about my skin and my lifestyle habits and explained which treatments suited
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Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel in Co Cavan
my needs. I enjoyed the 120 minute Secret de Beaute, which included a full body exfoliation treatment, a Yon’ka Hydralessence facial and nourishing foot mask. Did I say it was heaven? I have been to my share of spas, but my two hours there were some of the best, ever. It does live up to its title of one of Ireland’s top spa retreats. After my spa experience, I could have easily drifted back to my room for a nap and I found myself wishing I could stay just one more night! Overnight stays begin from €199 per room, bed and breakfast. For reservations or for further details and to book treatments and packages in the health spa, please contact the spa on 049 4377700 or email info.farnham@ radissonblu.com.
The impressive exterior of the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel
A thermal suite area in the spa
A bedroom suite at the hotel
The outdoor part of the Infinity pool on the estate
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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Darren Shan
THERE’S plenty of life in the zombie genre for children, so to speak, with popular author Darren Shan providing plenty of spooky chills in his latest book, Zom-B. Suitable for children aged 11 and up, Darren will star at a guest discussion of his latest work at the Pavilion on Saturday, October 6, as part of the DLR Library Voices Series. Staged as part of the DLR Children’s Book Festival, children are invited to come along at 2pm, with tickets priced at €5.
MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Cause & Effect
IF YOU’VE ever wanted to help decide a show’s outcome – this is for you, with Cause & Effect relying heavily on audience interaction to bring its zany improv art to life. The first half of the show will see an audience member become a key character, while the second half will see the Herewego Theatre cast act out the audience’s chosen characters, where anything could happen! Catch Cause & Effect nightly at 8.15pm this Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, with tickets priced at €10/€12.
CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 The Brendan Boyer Show
THE legendary Bredan Boyer needs no introduction to his many showband music fans, with the legacy of the singer to the fore in this concert’s celebration of his music. The man who invited the world to “do the Hucklebuck” invites you to help celebrate the very best of his showband hits, with his inimitable songs sure to delight fans. Billed as a concert show of pure nostalgia, catch Brendan and his band, and a special guest, on Sunday, October 7 at 8pm, with tickets priced at €25/€23 conc.
DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Underage Band Nights
CONTINUING its series of giving young musicians and bands the chance to get out there and show what they can do, Draiocht is set to host another in its popular Underage Band Nights. With the aim of highlighting and promoting the talents of under-18 musicians and singers, as well as showcasing their talents to friends, family and other aspiring musicians, the night is set to be a great showcase of some up-and-coming talents. Catch the acts on Friday, October 5 at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at €5.
Although, of course, Mavis (Gomez) likes hanging out with dad-cula (Sandler), she’s something of a bored ghoul, hanging out with a bunch of lifeless monsters at the family’s otherworldly hotel in Transylvania. When some fresh blood arrives (courtesy of a lost American backpacker), the Count gets his cape in a twist, trying to cope with the annoying human’s habits – and, more worryingly, Mavis’ interest to leave home ...
Little ghoul grows up Dads will sympathise with Dracula’s over-protective nature as his little darling (age: 118) wants to leave home ROB HEIGH
REVIEWING movies can be a fangless task. It’s all about avoiding the howlers and picking through the grotesque and bizarre to find something not monstrous that will appeal to all GazetteMovies fans ... Adam Sandler is responsible for some hilarious comedies over the years, but also some of the worst things committed to the silver screen in living memory. Fortunately, Hotel Transylvania , which has been in gestation for some six years, focuses on the things that he was the best at at the start of his career – the story, and the funny. The story is straightforward enough – Count Dracula has created a
FILM OF THE WEEK: Hotel Translyvania (PG) 91 mins Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, CeeLo Green, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, stock Hollywood monsters Not starring: Sesame Street’s Count, sadly
DRAC’S back – and his latest bite at the big screen sees him starring alongside his little-known daughter, err, Mavis. From here, it’s an interesting take of what life’s like as a “monster”, with Hotel Transylvania providing a welcome respite from pesky humans with pitchforks and so on. Not exactly the freshest premise, there’s still plenty here to sink your teeth into ...
hotel/sanctuary for all the ghouls and monsters familiar to anyone who loves the horror genre – Frankenstein’s monster and his Bride, the Wolfman, the Mummy, Quasimodo, and so on – when they have had enough of the human world. It’s also a playground for his beloved little girl, Mavis, who is growing up and is keen to escape the shackles of home and go off into the world. So, when Jonathan,
an archetypal American backpacker, thinks he’s arrived at an out of the way hostel, and Mavis falls for him, Drac’s plans to hang onto his little girl a little while longer start to go awry. There is a fine pedigree of talent behind the microphones, and behind the scenes. The voice talent here, led by Sandler, includes David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz, Andy Samberg and Selina Gomez, hav-
ing a ball with the script from comedy veterans Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live, The Wedding Singer) and Peter Baynham (Borat, Arthur Christmas). Overseeing it all is animation hero Genndy Tartorofsky – a name you might not know, but you will know his work if you’ve been near a TV screen on a Saturday morning in the last decade or so, thanks to his iconic work on The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. Although the movie is stylistically light years away from his unique 2D style, there is still a playful and iconic style to the design. The hugely inflated expectations of modern audiences can leave you let down by a lot of mov-
ies – ParaNorman, for example, proved to be less than the sum of its parts, and was a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps we’ve been spoiled by the high standards of Pixar, and the sophistication of young audiences has pushed the bar higher still. But, fortunately, Hotel Transylvania takes a premise full of promise and runs with it. With gags a-plenty using the tropes of the horror characters, who choose to take a break from the human realm in the Count’s getaway location, as well as a solid tale about the relationship between parents and their children, the movie tells a good story well and has fun with it along the way. Go and see this movie – you can fang me later.
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GazetteGaming Bytesandpieces Almost 100 staff lose Dublin jobs
The just-released PlayStation 3 Slim is certainly a stylish-looking beast, with its eye-catching design, coupled with some aggressive
UNFORTUNATELY, as previously reported, games developer PopCap have indeed decided to close their Dublin offices, with 96 layoffs resulting from the restructuring decision. Although Ireland continues to see some inward investment from certain wings of interested games developers and publishers – just look to Electronic Arts’ recent announcement of a lot of new jobs for its Galway support centre – it’s still terrible news for those affected. For all of its worth, the gaming sector has always been particularly uncertain at the best of times. However, PopCap are providing support for those at its Dublin studio, so best of luck to everyone affected there in moving on to something else.
storage options (to maximise Sony’s intention of making the PS3 a key all-round home entertainment system) more than capable of seeing it land in even more homes around the key autumn/winter, and Christmas, periods
A Slim success for Sony shane dillon
IT’S been a while since I had anything on Sony, so, as a non-partisan gamer, I feel obliged to tug my forelock and offer an apology. I tend to cover more X b o x- r e l a t e d s t u f f because, frankly, it’s easier for me to preview and access that content, but, of course, both consoles, and companies, offer excellent choice for gamers. They both have their own strengths – and weaknesses – with excellent platform-specific titles and franchises that make it impossible to say which is a “better” platform for gamers. You may as well try debating whether apples or bananas are the “better” fruit. Sony is in the same
‘The PS3 recently had a facelift, with a smaller and slimmer model (with a gorgeous design) just released’
boat as Microsoft at the moment – both are sitting at opposite ends, avoiding eye contact, while they bide their time for just a little while longer, as the run-up to Christmas, and early 2013, sees some terrific titles available jointly, or exclusively, for each console. Perhaps aware that the PlayStation 3 isn’t quite a spring chicken any
more, with its sixth birthday around the corner, and with the continuing march of manufacturing and computing developments, the PS3 recently had a facelift, with a smaller and slimmer model, the PlayStation 3 Slim (with a gorgeous design) just released, with a 500GB model available, and a 12GB version soon to hit stores. It’s a practical step by Sony, with the PS3 redesign as the Slim something to be relied upon to give a sales bounce, heading into the lucrative – and crucial – Christmas markets, with several strong cards in Sony’s suit yet to be played. While Microsoft get a lot of media coverage through its suites of business and leisure software, and with Nintendo having its strongest media
coverage for some years with the upcoming release of its next console, Sony have obviously put their thinking caps on to reassess how to engage with gamers even further. A redesigned “main” console alone won’t do it, but it’s certainly a help. For example, its recently released handheld hasn’t particularly helped Sony further eat into gaming. I’m not sure who’s buying its Vita handheld, but, personally, after extensive travelling this year, I’ve yet to see just one on the ground in other countries, at airports, and so on. However, aggressive marketing, of the type which once helped to propel Sony from being “just” a technology firm to being indisputably behind the coolest con-
sole – at the time – could help Sony to take back some of the ground that it’s lost in recent years. It shares at least one thing with Microsoft – both seemed unprepared for the surprise explosion in mobile gaming, which has seen people who’d never class themselves as “gamers” having no issue, say, paying €0.79 or €2.39 to download games to their IOS-driven handhelds, or other platforms. The next year should be very interesting for Sony’s gamers, investors and analysts, with the PS3 redesign, and some terrific titles (such as the incredible looking postapocalyptic title, The Last Of Us) ready to give another boost to one of gaming’s two titans, still slugging it out for the title of top dog.
It’s time to be a Bad Piggie and roll to the finish line
Say Halo to an exclusive interview
WHILE not exactly about to go bust, due to there being about a bazillion and one people playing Angry Birds around the world – and buying merchandise, its maker, Roxio, can’t keep milking its birds forever. For example, its recent release of Amazing Alex (its first non-Angry Birds title) barely made a flap in the charts, unlike those blasted birds.
NEXT week, I have an exclusive full page special on the upcoming early November release of key Xbox 360 title, Halo 4. Last weekend, I was in Madrid for an extensive handson Halo 4 preview. Not only that, but I also interviewed Frank
And so, we come to its next game that’s a little like a cross between the two aforementioned titles, Bad Piggies. Here, gamers are tasked to build unlikely contraptions to carry said pigs to each stage’s finish, where their contraption’s design will be either an inspired success – or a crashing, crumbling catastrophe. Fusing the familiar art
style and characterisation of those pigs (below, right) in that game, with the tinkering found in Alex’s world, it’s an interesting – if not exactly revolutionary – sidestep for the franchise. Available for IOS platforms, at present, here’s your chance to try being very good at being bad ...
O’Connor, franchise development director for the Halo franchise at 343 Industries, and all-round nice guy. My exclusive interview with such a key Halo head honcho is definitely something any gamer won’t want to miss. So, say Halo to that exclusive in-depth interview, and preview feedback, in next week’s Gazette …
iPhone 5 sales failed to impress POOR old Apple. Even though they sold five million iPhone 5s in the first three days of trading, it seems that wasn’t enough to appease analysts – despite being the world’s most valuable company, its shares tumbled by more than $10 in early trading, due to what must have been seen as “disappointing” sales by various Wall Street types. However, with Christmas around the corner, and new markets opening up, Apple can surely be expected to bound back from such “poor” sales ...
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cricket: local players shine with bat and ball in annual staffordshire event
Leinster U-15 stars just pipped to title by Cheshire side
THE Leinster Under15 boy’s cricket squad enjoyed a successful visit to Wolverhampton recently as they participated in the Staffordshire Youth Cricket Tournament. They recorded four wins out of five during the festival week, with a narrow loss to Cheshire costing them the title in the final reckoning. They enjoyed wins over Cumbria, Norfolk,
Staffordshire and Lincolnshire. Between the Interprovincial and the Wolverhampton tournament, 23 players were used which reflects the depth of cricketers at this age-group in the province. Among them were Malahide’s Cameron Shoebridge, Phoenix’s Eoin Cleere and Marc Gibson-McKenna while there was a trio of North County players in the panel – Kashif Ali, Brian Smyth and Ross Staun-
ton, They started the campaign with a six wicket win over Norfolk with Ali (2-16) and Fiachra Tucker (2-19) producing fine spells. Balbriggan’s Nathan Rooney fired 58 with Smyth clipping 37 not out to see the side home with 12 overs to spare. Smyth then hit 61 in the defeat of Cumbria as Leinster made 221-6 before restricting the opposition to 114-8 from their allotted 45 overs,
Leinster captain Danny Hogan is presented with a shield at the Staffordshire youth cricket tournament
Tom Stanton’s spell producing an excellent 3-8. Cheshire, though, got the better of Leinster on day three, running up 157-8 and the Irish side fell 31 runs short in response. T hey got back on track with a 19-run win over Staffordshire and
closed out the competition with a 75-run win over Lincolnshire to tie at the top of the table with Cheshire. Having received the same amount of bonus points, though, Cheshire were awarded the overall title by virtue of more wickets taken.
Smyth ended as the leading run scorer for Leinster with 191 runs at an average of 63. Tucker was the province’s leading wicket taker with nine wickets at a miserly average of 9.5 runs per wicket. Indeed, he was named the bowler of the tour-
nament as he picked up the Peter Jones Bowling Award. His controlled leg spin impressed many seasoned watchers on the boundary. Te r e n u r e ’s D a n ny Hogan ably led the team, setting imaginative and attacking fields throughout the week.
36 CLONDALKIN Gazette 4 October 2012
hockey: local stars making waves at us universities
Aisling Naughton, centre, celebrates with her University of Michigan team mates as she has made a bright start to her college career
Castleknock to run Whitle Collar event THIRTY of Castleknock CLG’s finest will step into the ring on December 1 for the first Castleknock-Out night. The white collar boxing event will be held in the Wright Venue in Swords with buses organised for travel to and from the venue for what looks set be a great night. Tickets will be on sale very soon so keep it in your diaries. To fill the bill, the club is looking for club members willing to take part in the main event. All boxers will be matched by age, height and weight so a fair fight will be arranged. Full headgear will be worn for the fight which will consist of three two-minute rounds on the night. All who sign up will be given six weeks training by former professional and Olympic boxers in the National Stadium’s high performance gym Boxers of all ages and from all areas of the club are welcome to make for a diverse fightcard on the night with female members also encouraged to put their names forward. If interested or you want to volunteer somebody, get in touch with Paul Hughes, Gerry Kelly, Finbar Brady or Paul Warnock and they will be able to give you all the info about the event. This will raise much needed funds for the new clubhouse.
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IRISH hockey waved goodbye to some of its brightest female prospects in the past few months as the trickle of talent heading to America has turned into a flood. In recent times, the country’s hockey players have been exploring opportunities within the sport. The majority of the Irish men’s squad currently play semi-professionally in the Dutch, German and Belgian leagues, while the women are now taking the chance to experience student life in the United States. Omagh’s Ireland international forward Megan Frazer was the first of the current crop to be lured on scholarship in 2009, winning consecutive allAmerican titles with the University of Maryland
as well as being named as the country’s best student hockey player last year. College recr uiters have since awoken to the opportunity to give Irish girls used to playing a low-profile sport in their spare time the chance to experience the buzz, crowds and media attention that come with collegiate sport in America, as well as putting hockey front and centre in their lives. The result is that 16 starlets — most of who have previously been involved with Ireland at U-18 or U-21 level — have opted to follow the American dream, 11 of them are heading over as freshers this year. From that number, many hail from south Dublin. They include Deirdre Duke (formerly of Alexandra College), Emma Russell (Loreto,
Dalkey), Orla Macken (Rathdown) , Gillian Pinder and Hayley Sarratt (both St Andrew’s), while former Hermes player Liz McInerney and Loreto Beaufort graduate Trish O’Dwyer travelled over a year earlier. There are also three former Mount Anville players in situ with Lisa McCarthy and Aisling Naughton taking up impressive scholarships, following in the footsteps of Sinead Loughran who has been at University of North Carolina for the past three years. And Naughton – who was part of the Ireland U-21 panel earlier this year – enthusiastically explained to GazetteSport that it has been one of the most exciting times for her hockey career since taking up an offer from University of Michigan.
A tireless attacker, Naughton has scored three times in her first nine outings and has already been named in the Big Ten freshman line-up, adapting quickly to her new surroundings, one which is a world away from Dublin’s lowkey scene. “Each game is like a showcase with over 350 people watching,” she said. “It’s a really great experience as the crowd do go crazy and cheer throughout the game. It’s much more of an event and they create a great atmosphere. “It’s like we are treated like professionals. When I first arrived, they had a custom-made face mask for defensive penalty corners. It shows how well we are treated.” Such perks are simply not affordable on the Irish scale and while
some Irish coaches have expressed concerns about the standard of play on offer, Naughton says that she reckons it should not have a negative impact on her career. “I wasn’t sure what it would be like coming over here but there are a couple of players who are training with the US international squad. “It will always be a concern that we might be forgotten about [by the national coaches]. But what does help is that there are 10 more of us over here. No selector can ignore that amount of potentially good players.” Next on the agenda for Naughton is a battle against North-Western University, where she will be in direct opposition to McCarthy, her best friend from school days as the season builds to a crescendo in October.
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H STARof theMONTH catherine walsh swords woman Catherine Walsh was one of the Irish stars of the Paralympic Games as she, in tandem with Fran Meehan, won a silver and bronze medal in the track and road cycling events, respectively, to add another chapter to an already glittering career across a number of sporting disciplines
TEAMof theMONTH castle golf club NINETY-NINE years since their last success, Rathfarnham’s Castle golf club finally ended their long wait for an Irish Senior Cup success in fine style as they took glory this month in Kinsale, getting the better of Warrenpoint in the final, their ninth victory en route to the title throughout the summer.
TEAM ethic was very much the motto of the month as the tail-end of summer saw club and county produce some magnificent performances, highlighted by the Dublin minor hurlers and footballers. Inspired by their efforts, many clubs around the city found their trophy cabinets bolstered while others moved a couple of steps closer to such glory. As such, all three individual nominees for the September Star of the
Month award owed a lot to teamwork in many respects with eventual winner Catherine Walsh working with her pilot Fran Meehan in the Paralympic cycling event. For Castle golf club, they reached the pinnacle of the Irish club golfing scene as they completed an incredible run of nine successive wins in the Irish Senior Cup to add the national title to the provincial one they pinned down a month earlier.
Donabate’s Pat Doran shot a spectacular final round to earn a playoff shot at the British Senior’s strokeplay
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DONABATE’S Pat Doran fired a sensational one-under par 74 to tie for the lead and then lost out at the second tiehole at the British Senior Women’s Strokeplay at Hunstanton, last week. Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest), making her debut in the championship at the age of 51, won the title with a conceded par four at the 18th hole after the first tie hole was halved
in bogey. Doran had to settle for second place for the second successive year. Earlier Doran had birdied five of the last 10 holes to jump from sixth to a tie for first place and force extra time. Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) had started the day one behind Spanish leader Rocio Ruiz de Velasco but slipped back to the pack after a disappointing 81. Sheena McElroy (Grange) fired a second
successive level par 75 to finish joint fourth while Ireland’s only other qualifier for the final round Mary Maclaren (Wellingborough) signed for 92. T he Island golfer Gavin Moynihan, meanwhile, picked up 2.5 out of three points at the Junior Ryder Cup last week. He was one of the competition’s standout performers despite Europe’s 14½ to 9½ loss at Olympia Fields Country Club as they claimed
Super Swans: Local quartet claim Euro Cup south Dublin Swans players,
left to right, Bobby Byrne, Peter Ross, Kevin Brennan and Richie Duignam celebrate their success as part of the Irish Aussie Rules football team. They claimed the AFL European Cup for the second successive year in Edinburgh with a stunning victory over Denmark, scoring two goals in the final minute to win 30-29.
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the title for a third successive year. The United States battled to a 7-5 lead after the first day of foursomes and mixed four-balls, then sprinted out in singles Tuesday by winning four of its first five matches. And they duly claimed the match with seven points from the 12 singles matches – despite Moynihan’s four and three victory over Jim Liu of Smithtown, New York in the first match.
clondalkin gazette 4 October 2012
soccer: united come up trumps with league run
Lucan Sarsfields fail to book their place in final Lucan Sarsfields failed to book their place in the final of the Dublin Senior Hurling championship after they were overwhelmed by Kilmacud Crokes in the second half of their final four fixture, with two players being sent for early baths before the end of the game. Two second half goals from Jude Sweeney set up the Lucan demise at Parnell Park on Sunday, after the 12th Lock side started impressively and went into the break with the lead of 0-5 to 0-4. It could have been more for the Lucan men with their forward line getting fed play constantly during the first half. However, the Crokes backline were equal to their advances with Niall Corcoran, Bill O’Carroll and Ronan Walsh breaking up and intercepting the play. For the second goal, Sean McGrath found Sweeney at the end of a long rangy delivery in the danger area, and the Crokes man made no bones about putting the ball past the Lucan ’keeper again. After being so competitive in the first half, Lucan Sarsfields will be disappointed with the second half tally of just two points, with the game finishing 2-11 to 0-7. To add to their woes, Chris Crummey and Alan Roche were given their marching orders before the final whistle. Kilmacud’s win has now set up a local derby for the final as they will face off against Cuala for the county honours, with the Dalkey side banking an impressive win to help them to the final showdown. Crokes will be vying for their fifth county championship, last reaching the final in 2008 where they lost to the current champions Ballyboden St Enda’s. Cuala, on the other hand, will be aiming for their fourth senior hurling championship with their last taste of glory coming in 1994, when they saw off this year’s semi-final opponent, Crumlin. The Cuala goal came from Dublin senior, Sean Treacy who netted well after Sean Barron set up the strike with some fantastic build up play. Crumlin were a different animal in the second half and attacked the Cuala goal with great enthusiasm, and had it not been for Connelly’s exceptional vision on the day and the great work of the backline, it could have been a very different result.
Lucan United looked a new side as they proved to be victorious over Malahide United at the weekend
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Since losing their first game of their Leinster Senior Saturday Division 3A campaign, Lucan United have looked a new side taking five wins from five, with the latest victory coming last weekend when they played host to Malahide United. It was all Malahide in the first half and Lucan found it difficult to get on top of the play while their opponents bossed the possession and often threatened in front of the Lucan goal. Hoping to get through the first half unscathed, John Markey’s men were rattled on 35 minutes
when their north county opposition netted home after a spell of pressure that seemed would only end in a goal or the half time whistle. Markey let his frustration be known to his side at the half time interval and Lucan looked a different side when they came out for the second stanza, full of life and spreading the ball sharply around the park. Much the better in the second half, Lucan went from strength to strength and they were unlucky not to grab a goal as they put pressure on the Malahide back four for the first 25 minutes. Just when they
thought they were missing the presence of talisman Paddy Fennell, up popped Emmet Walker on 70 minutes with a fantastic solo effort that saw him pick up the ball 30 years out before skinning two defenders on his way to converting a lovely effort from the edge of the box. Spurred on by the goal, Markey introduced Stephen Clarke and Davey Wafer who acted as continental full backs, bursting a gut up and down the line to bolster the Lucan attack. With five minutes remaining, a perfectly weighted Alan Boyne ball found its way to Walker
again, who rounded the keeper and finished to win the match for his side. M a n a g e r M a r ke y caught up with GazetteSport after the game to talk league aspirations, half time team talks and his latest super sub. “I don’t know what went on with the lads in the first half, but they certainly weren’t awake and they definitely needed to be woken up before the second half got under way. “They were a new side then and they really got their heads in the game, it was a big turnaround because the heads were definitely down at half time,” said Markey.
Bagging a brace on the day Emmet Carroll has made a big impression in his appearances from the bench for Lucan this year and Markey is looking forward to seeing him play alongside Paddy Fennell when he returns to action. “It’s definitely exciting to have a player with that capability, he’s scored a lot of goals from the bench this season and his first goal was amazing at the weekend. “It’ll be great to see him and Paddy playing together, they’re both in great form and if they keep it up I can see us gaining promotion this year,” he finished.
Peamount make it two from two in DDSL campaign PEAMOUNT United’s U13b side made it two from two in their DDSL campaign with a comprehensive 4-1 demolition of hosts Dunboyne AFC. The visitors raced into a three-goal lead after 20 minutes as they looked to build on an opening-day victory – also away from home – against Jobstown Celtic. Picking up where they left off with their three secondhalf goals against Jobstown, Peamount immediately went at their hosts on the Summerhill Road on Saturday.
Winger Niall Stenson set the tempo almost immediately with his terrifying pace and his run onto a Paddy Carragher through ball caused enough damage for Josh Walker to round the goalkeeper and finish for his second goal in two games. Within minutes it was 2-0 as Stenson was rewarded for a superb start to the game as he raced onto Luke Duddy’s ball forward, left two defenders in his wake and beat the on-rushing goalkeeper to the ball before sliding the ball into the empty net.
The visiting sides sensational start was complete on 20 minutes as midfielder Ryan Lam saw enough space in front of him to drive through the heart of the Dunboyne defence and finish into the corner. Goalkeeper Gavin Walsh had to produce a fine save to maintain the visting side’s half-time lead – ensured by the defensive combination of Ben Oletaye and Stephen Akiinwale on the left side in particular. The home side predictably began the second-half with lots of energy and deservedly got
themselves back into the game with a goal. However, Peamount captain Duddy ensured victory with the goal of the game when he jinked past two players in the middle of the park during a surge forward and unleashed an unstoppable drive beyond the goalkeeper from the edge of the box. PEAMOUNT: Gavin Walsh, Evan Burke (Luke Kivlehan 37), Stephen Akinwale, Jack McCormack, Ben Oletaye, Ryan Lam, Paddy Carragher, Luke Duddy, Cian Harding (Sean O’Brien 37), Josh Walker, Niall Stenson.
4 October 2012 clondalkin Gazette 39
hurling: epic summer ends on low note
Club Noticeboard round tower THE senior footballers lost to Raheny in
There will also be the same for the top
the AIB Cup semi-final, with the inter-
three male and female individual finish-
mediate hurlers defeating Commercials
ers. Each entrant will receive a timing
in the league.
chip to record their own individual time.
The junior B team face Beann Eadair in the Sheridan Cup final and the junior
This week’s lotto numbers were 1, 17,
seeing them promoted to intermedi-
24 and 30; the bonus ball was 27. There
ate football next season. All support
was no winner of this week’s jackpot of
Well done to the U-16 footballers on
Congratulations to Deb Fallon, David
their shield final success last weekend.
Reape and Frank Cosgrove who were
It’s time to start clearing out all your
the three €100 winners. Next week’s The clubrooms are available for rental
GAA Club. The next collection will take
for parties, anniversaries, etc. Please
place Saturday, November 10 and per-
contact Jimmy behind the bar or on
sons are asked to leave their metal to
10am and 4pm.
TWO early goals for the Premier County took the wind out of Dublin sails yesterday when they went six points down in the early passages of the All Ireland minor final replay at Croke Park, and despite a late rally, Shay Boland’s men couldn’t recapture the magic of the initial draw. Tipperar y’s win m a r ke d t h e i r 19 t h minor hurling championship victory and were heavily touted to win the game after Dublin shocking the majority of pundits by taking the game to a replay three weeks before. Mark McCarthy and Tadhg Gallagher scored early to get the Munster men in front and, despite points from James Roche to soften the blow, they opened up too much of an early lead with a further five points going over before the break, leaving it 2-10
to 0-5. Lucan Sarsfields’ Sean McClelland had another fantastic game for the minors and was one of the shining lights this summer for the Dubs in the run to Leinster glory and the All-Ireland final. He was constantly encouraging and rallying the troops around to the point where Clare legend Jamesie O’Connor referred to the talented Lucan prospect as Dublin’s “spiritual leader”. The half-back has had some fantastic outings that have helped Dublin on their championship effort, and his late point against Tipperary in the initial final helped his side to the replay. However, his toughness in the challenge and his ability to break up play has been highlighted as the Lucan man’s main attributes. This doubled up with his fantastic distribution have many ana-
lysts convinced that the young man has a big future in the inter county set up. A l s o i nvo l ve d o n the day as part of the p a n e l we r e R o u n d Tower’s Gary Quinlivan and Lucan’s Eoin O’Conghaile, two players of massive potential to look out for in the future. Tipp pressed their advantage home in the second half and had a 14 point lead going into the last 10 minutes 2-16 to 0-8, before Oisin O’Rorke netted what turned out to be a consolation for the Dubs, with the scores finish-
ing at 2-18 to 1-11. After the game, minor manager Shay Boland took time to acknowledge the effort his players put in. “They’re only young fellas and they did their best and once they do their best that’s all you can ask for,” said the Plunkett’s man. “We didn’t get the start we’d have hoped for and Tipperary, to be fair to them, took their goals very well. “A f ter that it was always going to be an uphill battle and they were just too much for us on the day,” he finished.
jackpot is €9,200.
Saturday is returning to Round Tower
Monastery Road between the hours of
Local stars topped by Tipp in minor final
A team face St Jude’s, with a victory
unwanted metal once again. Scrap
The Dublin minor hurling team that lost out in their All-Ireland final replay last Sunday with Shay Boland, below
Refreshments will be provided after the
The lotto committee are looking for your assistance to sell Tower’s lotto
Round Tower, Clondalkin will host their
tickets on a Friday evening or Saturday
first 10km race on Sunday, October 14 in
morning for one hour once a month.
the local Corkagh Park. The race begins
If you are able to help, please contact
at 11am. The cost of registration is €20
Matt McCormack on 087 6836737 or
(online) or €25 (morning of the race).
Team entry of five people (athletic clubs excluded) is €100.
The club shop is open in the club every Monday night from 7.30-8.30pm.
We are calling on all GAA clubs and
You can call Betty Ward or Catherine
other sporting clubs to enter our team
Moran direct if you have any particular
race. A team is made up of five mem-
enquiries on 087 6752238 or 086 8303207
bers from the same club.
The first club to have all five nominat-
Bingo takes place this Tuesday. A line
ed members across the line will receive
is €10 and a full-house is €20. First call
a set of gear or a voucher for same.
is at 8.30pm.
st pat’s palmerstown TEAM of the week was shared between
ship after a great win in Pairc Naomh
the U-11 camogie and U-12 hurling sides
following their super performances at the weekend.
The senior football championship last 16 throws in at 3.30pm next Sat-
The U-11 camogie side have now been
urday in O’Toole Park. They are fol-
declared unbeaten winners of their
lowed by the junior football champi-
league so well done to the girls and
onship quarter-final at 3pm Sunday in
mentors Sandra and Fergus.
Thanks to all juvenile mentors who
There were no jackpot winners in
turned out for the player pathways on
either lotto draws on Sunday. The
Friday last. Don’t forget, part two on
€10,000 draw numbers were 6, 7, 11 and
this Friday at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.
15. The €2,600 jackpot numbers were 3,
All mentors/assistants and parents
11, 15 and 21.
welcome to attend. Hard luck to the U-14 camogie side who bowed out of the championship despite Trojan efforts. The minor footballers progressed to the next round of the champion-
The €200 prize for three numbers is shared by six people who receive €35 each. Next week, the second jackpot will be €2,800 with the €10,000 bonus jackpot still up for grabs.
lucan sarsfields BOTH our minor hurling teams are out in championship action this Sunday at 11am.
clubhouse bar. Records will be kept of the number of games won nightly by all play-
The As play Kilmacud Crokes in Sil-
ers (in the 12 games played at each
ver Park while the Bs take on Raheny
table) over the season. Entry fees,
at the 12th Lock.
in excess of the prizes paid each
The 25 card drive resumes on Fri-
night, will be accumulated as prizes
day, October 12 until May 2013. Time:
for the top two players over the full
9pm sharp. First prize: €50, second
prize if there are three or more
Everyone is welcome from begin-
tables. Entry is €5 per person. It
ner to those who played years ago
takes place in the Lucan Sarsfields
and would like to resume playing.
all of your clondalkin sports coverage from page 35-39
minority report: Dublin hurlers
fall to Tipperary in All-Ireland replay P39
American dream: South Dublin stars USbound for hockey season P36
Jim Gavin, pictured with captain Kevin O’Brien, led the Under-21s to two All-Ireland titles in his tenure as their manager
october 4, 2012
Tower’s legend is new Dublin boss Jim Gavin, who led Dublin U-21 to Leinster and All-Ireland titles in past three years, named as senior football manager peter carroll
ROUND Tower have expressed their delight after their legendary half-forward, Jim Gavin, was confirmed as the new Dublin senior football manager last Monday, following months of speculation and public demand for the former Under-21s boss to get the job on the back of his success with that young panel. The Clondalkin club have rallied around Gavin, with chairman Tony Delaney expressing the feeling at the club: “Jim and his family have served this club with great distinction for many years. All members and supporters of Round Tower GAA Club are delighted to hear of Jim’s appointment and this is a very proud day for the club and the community of Clondalkin. “This is another chapter in Jim’s distinguished GAA life and further extends his illustrious contribution towards the GAA. On behalf of all those associated with Round Tower GAA Club I extend my congratulations
to Jim and we wish him every success as Dublin manager.” Since taking the reins of the U-21 panel in 2009, Gavin has amassed three Leinster titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012, along with two AllIreland titles in 2010 and 2012, with the most recent victory coming over Roscommon when the Boys in Blue saw off their opposition 2-12 to 1-11. The experienced Dub has also had a sterling career as an inter county player himself, most famously for his prowess in the right half forward berth from where he assisted Dublin to a famous All-Ireland win in 1995 against Tyrone, where the Clondalkin man claimed a point on the day. Gavin has also been credited with the fantastic talent that has found its way into the Dublin senior squad of late. It is on the back of this “conveyor belt” of prospects that have graduated from the U-21 set-up and the plaudits they have received that Gavin was the first man on most people’s list when Pat Gilroy stepped
down from the senior side position in the first week of September. Although the manager has yet to assign a backroom staff, it is believed that he will bring in the same team that helped him to his many successes over his three-year stint with the U-21 side. With speculation now over, Dublin managers of old have come out in force to back the Tower’s star, with Pat Gilroy addressing the selectors at the decisive county board meeting. Tommy Lyons was one of the first former Dub managers to come out and back Gavin, claiming just two days after Gilroy’s exit: “I worked with [Gavin] in 2003, when we won an Under-21 All-Ireland and he was very astute. “I hope I am not giving him the kiss of death by endorsing him, but I rate him very highly. I can’t see beyond Jim Gavin. “He is both good at working with people and also strong on core values. He’ll be very good at that [in the role of senior football manager],” concluded Lyons.