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A NEW multi-million euro primary health care centre planned for Rowlagh, Clondalkin, will be delivered within 18 months, a local TD has said. Speaking exclusively to the Gazette, Fine Gael Deputy Derek Keating, who is a member of the Dail Committee on Health and Children, said: “Negotiations with local GPs

are at an advanced stage, and health officials have confirmed to me that the funding is ring-fenced for a state of the art multi-million-euro primary health centre similar to what is available to the people of Palmerstown.” Keating’s comments come after the centre was moved to the Public Private Partnership list of health care centres from the state-funded list. Full Story on Page 4

Piece of cake: June says this shop is the best, bar bun IRISH comedy legend June Rodgers was on hand to serve up a sweet treat for local consumers as she helped mark the official opening of the Fancydress Warehouse at the Glen Abbey Complex

on the Belgard Road in Tallaght recently. For further information on the store, see See Gallery on Page 6

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SOUTH Dublin County Council (SDCC) has proposed a new scheme that would see them cut development levies. The new scheme proposes a reduction in levies on both residential and commercial development. The scheme will be undertaken by all four Dublin local authorities after a Deloitte report said that a review of the 2010-2017 development rates was needed to take account of the “current

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market conditions”, with the report citing the “decline in the economy”. Last year, the council’s economic development policy committee agreed to review the development contribution scheme and the work of a sub-committee was informed by the independent consultant’s review of the cur-

rent development levy scheme. The new draft scheme proposes a levy on nonresidential development of €81.65 per square metre, reduced from the current rate of €111, representing a complete reversal of the increase. The draft scheme also proposes a levy on residential development of €88.27 per square metre, reduced from the current rate of €120. T his scheme also includes a number of expectations aimed at supporting small businesses who wish to develop or

extend their premises. Welcoming the proposed new scheme, Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle said that the move showed South Dublin was “open for business”. “I warmly welcome the proposal to reduce these levies, in particular the proposed reversal of the 2009 increase in levies on commercial development. “I hope that these proposed levies will get allparty support when they come before the council for final approval.” SDCC is welcoming submissions on

the scheme and copies of the draft are available for inspection from Wednesday, October 10 to Wednesday, November 21. Submissions in relation to the scheme should be either posted to: Tony Shanahan, Administrative Officer, Development, Economic and Transport Planning Department, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 or sent by email to: by 5.00pm on Wednesday, November 21.

Fitzgerald hails Baldonnel clarification THE Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, last week confirmed that Baldonnel will continue to be the centre of military aviation in Ireland, ending local unease about the use of the facility.

Local Fine Gael TD and Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, said the statement by her Cabinet colleague would be welcomed. She said: “I know that there has been concern

locally in Newcastle about the future of Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel. “I am glad that Minister Shatter has confirmed that he has no plans to alter the sta-

tus of Baldonnel as the principal base of the Irish Air Corps. “Casement Aerodrome has been the focal point of national attention in the past year with the visit of

Queen Elizabeth to Dublin. “It is not just a vital part of our national security, but a lively part of the local community in Newcastle,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

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Commuters: Internet en route as new vehicles are rolled out

Play to kickstart the Civic

Buses to provide an online service  Paul hosford

THE 151 bus service, which serves Clondalkin and Lucan, will be among the first to benefit from 80 new double-decker buses for Dublin’s bus services, with commuters set to get the chance to go online while they travel. The announcement, made last week by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, will see the hi-tech buses rolled out on routes across the capital. All of the new vehicles have free wi-fi and are low-floor wheelchair accessible, ensuring that Dublin Bus will have a 100% accessible fleet by the end of 2012. The buses also fea-

ture bilingual passenger information signs in the upper and lower saloons announcing the next bus stop, centre doors to improve efficiency at bus stops for boarding and alighting, free Wi-Fi, improved safety features and additional CCTV. Minister Varadkar said that the investment showed “the Government is determined to make the best use of the limited resources available, by investing wisely in public transport.” “We hope these 80 replacement buses will encourage more people to switch from cars to public transport. I encourage anyone who hasn’t used public trans-

port for a while to see for themselves how the new improvements are making a difference,” said Minister Varadkar. The replacement vehicles are the most environmentally friendly buses that have been used in Ireland to date. They meet Euro Five emission standards, consume less fuel and are quieter than their predecessors. Local TD Robert Dowds said: “I am delighted that commuters in Lucan and Clondalkin who use the 151 bus route will benefit from the new buses and I hope that the other routes will soon be able to benefit from these new buses soon.”

What truly matters: Local writer makes Powers Whiskey anthology Pictured at the launch of Celebrating What Truly Matters Powers Irish Whiskey Short Story Collection, is Kieran Byrne from Clondalkin, whose story was selected for the book (from over 4,000 submitted). Kieran is pictured with Sheila O’Flanagan, ambassador of the project, who launched the book in Finnegans in Dalkey last week. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Irish Hospice Foundation, which hope to make €30,000 from sales of the anthology. Kieran’s story is entitled Winter Birds and is one of 26 that are featured in the second volume of the book.

THE Civic Theatre will welcome Nomad Theatre Network in association with Livin Dred as they produce Ride On, a new play from Seamus O’Rourke. In Ride On, the Drumkarren Honda Club are about to discover that lots can happen in a shed in Cavan on a wet day with a Honda called Hilda. Running from Tuesday, November 6 to Saturday, November 10 at 8pm, tickets are priced at €20 and €16 concessions, and are available from or on 462 7477. The Civic also offers early bird tickets, which if booked before October 23, will allow tickets be purchased for €15 and €11 concession.

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Health Keating says centre build imminent Library to serve up spooky feast for kids

Shopping centre get into Halloween mode LIFFEY Valley Shopping Centre is getting into a scary mood ahead of Halloween. On the weekend before the holiday, they will have a range of activities, such as the Trick or Treat Cottage and Wicked Witch, face painting, an evil tattooist, terrifying nail art and costume characters. There will be also be a live reptile and creepy crawly show on Halloween. The events are the latest in an array of themed events at the shopping centre, following a number of back-to-school events held there and after Halloween it won’t be long until Santa arrives.

CLONDALKIN Library is getting into the Halloween mood this month. They will host Spooky Storytelling with Brendan Nolan on Wednesday, October 24 at 11.30am, Halloween Arts and Crafts with Imelda on Tuesday, October 30 at 3pm, and Spooky Story Time for Children on Wednesday, October 31 at 3pm. All are welcome to join the events, which take place during the school mid-term and both are free of charge. For bookings call 01-459-3315.

Fine Gael TD Derek Keating says that Rowlagh’s primary care centre will be delivered within 18 months, just weeks after the project was moved from the state-funded list to the public private partnership list

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A NEW multi-million euro primar y health care centre planned for Rowlagh, Clondalkin, will be delivered within 18 months, a local TD has said. Speaking exclusively to the Gazette, Deputy Derek Keating, who is a member of the Dáil Committee on Health and Children, said: “Negotiations with local GPs are at an advanced stage, and health officials have confirmed to me that the funding is ring-fenced for a state of the art multi-million-euro primary health centre similar to what is available to the people of Palmerstown. I expect the details to be confirmed and contracts to be signed within the coming months to see this Government’s commitment to such a service for the residents of North Clondalkin.”

Keating’s comments come after the centre had been moved to the Public Private Partnership list of health care centres from the statefunded list. Last week, T he Gazette reported that a spokesman for Health Minister James Reilly had said that the decision to move the centre

spondence that this Centre will open and will be delivered as promised in the Programme for Government,” he said. Keating said that the news was a positive for the area, with a number of estates in Nor th Clondalkin set to benefit from the plan. “As a Government TD and local representa-


‘I expect the details to be confirmed and contracts to be signed within the coming months’


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to that list was taken by senior HSE officials, not the Minister. Deputy Keating now says that the plan will be delivered without any delays. “I am confident, following recent meetings that this service is on track. “I can confirm, following meetings and corre-

tive for the residents of Rowlagh, Quarryvale, Ronanstown, Harelawn, St Mark’s and Neilstown areas of Clondalkin, I am delighted that the plans are at an advanced stage and that the finances are ring fenced to ensure that the primary service will open,” said Keating. He went on to say that

public representatives who might have reservations about the centre should withdraw or withhold any objections to the plan. “I am calling on other public representatives to withdraw any objections to primary care centres. It makes no sense in my view that a public representative would object to a health facility which is being built for the common good.” said Deputy Keating. A primary care centre will provide “all of the health or social care services that you can find in a community, outside of the hospital setting. primary care includes GPs, public health nurses and a range of other services provided through a local health office,” according to the HSE. A request for comment from the HSE was not forthcoming at the time of going to press.

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Closure Receiver for Cullen Motors

courts: Bag snatched in drive-by theft

Robber gets three years A ROBBER who dragged a woman along in a car when she would not let go of her handbag has been jailed for three years. Raymond Sheridan (27), of Greenisle Court, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Fonthill Road last September. Garda Stephen Cullen told Noel Devitt BL, prosecuting, that the victim had just passed her NCT test at the Fonthill centre and was packing her handbag and shopping back into the car. Sheridan drove up beside her car and snatched her bag from the front seat. The woman didn’t want to let the bag go because it was a leather

bag containing expensive sunglasses, a Blackberry phone, credit cards and their PIN details. Sheridan began to drive off, accelerating and slowing down in an effort to shake the victim off his car. Garda Cullen said the victim was afraid to let go of the car in case she would be hurt. At one stage, Sheridan’s partner punched the victim in the face and Sheridan bit her hand. Defence counsel, Cathal McGreal BL, said his client, who has 89 previous convictions including two for drug dealing, was deeply ashamed of his part in the robbery. Sheridan was sentenced to three years in jail.

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Going the distance: Runners flock to ParkWest to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association OVER 400 transplant recipients, patients with organ failure, living donors, and their families

and friends sported their running shoes this weekend to take part in a fun run to highlight organ donation. Runners from the four corners of Ireland supported the family event called Run for a Life which was organised by the Irish Kidney Association, and took place at Park West Business Park. The fundraising event, which is a celebration of life through sport, coincided with European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation which is organised by the Council of Europe and aims to raise awareness about the increasing demand for organ donors.

THE last remaining showrooms in the Bill Cullen Motor Group, including the Renault dealership in Liffey Valley, have been taken over by Ulster Bank. After 55 years in the motor industry, Mr Cullen blamed the “poor state of the motor industry, with customer confidence at an all-time low” for the closures. The bank has appointed Kavanagh Fennell as receivers to Glencullen Holdings organisation, of which The Bill Cullen Motor Group was the main operation operating two former Renault dealerships in Dublin, one in Swords and the other in Liffey Valley Motor Mall.

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Jamie and Jennifer Boylan with Carol Carpenter, Taylor Boylan, Zoe and Josh Jeannette McDonnell and Rachel Lynch

Special guest, sweet June Rogers, goes ape for Thyes’ fancy dress costume


retail: Fancy dress fun at new store

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UNE Rogers looked good enough to eat as she helped celebrate the official opening of the Fancydress Warehouse at the Glen Abbey Complex on the Belgard Road in Tallaght recently. There was bun funnier than the cupcake queen at the new store, with June’s antics the icing on the cake as she helped locals and owners, Thyes and Cathy Kavanagh, celebrate

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the day. With Halloween just around the corner, the timely opening of the new store, and its giant range of fancy dress costumes and related merchandise, were welcomed by June, who praised the great variety of outfits available to hire or buy. For further information on the store, see, or find the Fancydress Warehouse page on Facebook.

Part of Fancydress Warehouse, and its vast selection of items

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Tourism Council and tourism body join forces to host array of events in 2013

The Gathering to come to South Dublin county SOUTH Dublin County Council have announced that they will host 25 international tournaments and competitions throughout 2013 through sport and culture as part of the Gathering 2013, in association with South Dublin County Tourism, Fingal Leader Part-

nership and The Gathering Ireland. South Dublin is recognised as a leading sports and events destination in Ireland, with Tallaght Stadium, the National Basketball Arena, the National Baseball Facility in Corkagh Park, Peamount United Football

Grounds and Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre as key venues participating in the initiative. All of the venues and sports partners have a strong and established reputation in hosting international teams, and the events are set to begin to be announced in

the next two weeks.

Tourism boost Approximately 30,000 additional visitors will visit the county in 2013 and it is hoped the series of tournaments will attract over of €50 million into the local economy of South Dublin

County. Having held more than 50 community-based meetings, South Dublin County Tourism managing director Gail McGibbon said that the response across the county has been overwhelmingly positive and the bodies involved have worked hard

Startup: Learning business

FastNews Foster parent meetings to be held locally THE HSE is looking for potential foster parents, and will hold two information evenings for those interested next week. The events will take place on at 8pm on Tuesday, October 23, and Wednesday, October 24 in Cherry Orchard Hospital and Meath Hospital, respectively. For more information, contact the HSE Fostering Department on 01 6206350

Bake off for South Dublin cake makers COUNTY Library Tallaght will host a bake-off competition on November 8, in conjunction with Clondalkin Library. The event will be split into three categories; cakes, cupcakes/buns and cookies, and the top prize is a voucher for Catherine Fulvio’s cookery school. Applications can be obtained from the County Library.

Marathon of music for suicide prevention THE Submarine Bar in Walkinstown will host a two-day charity music marathon from Saturday, October 27 to Monday, October 29. For more, contact Niamh Butler on 085 856 9426.

together. “From the beginning of this project in 2011, we were amazed at the positive response, the offers of assistance and, most importantly, the fantastic level of co-operation and support from all involved to make this ambition a reality.”

PHASE Two of the New Frontiers programme at the Synergy Centre, ITT Dublin has just got under way. This group of 15 technology startups include companies in the internet, enterprise software, apps, mobile, games, e-learning, and social commerce sectors. Pictured are the class of 2012.

Music: Local band set to take the olympia theatre by storm next month

Movement gathers pace for an Olympian showstopper  paul hosford

THERE are cer tain markers in a band’s lifetime. The first song you write together, the first recording, the first album, the first time you play the world-famous Olympia Theatre. Okay, so most bands don’t reach that last one, but Lucan’s own The Riptide Movement have, and will take to the hallowed stage on November 10, marking their biggest ever headline show in Dublin. The gigs are

in support of Keep On Keepin’ On, the band’s sophomore album which was released in April. The album peaked at number six in the Irish charts and was well received both critically and commercially. Guitarist John Dalton said that the follow-up to 2009’s debut What About The Tip Jars? was a piece of work that the band are still very happy with. “It’s been really good for us. We’re selling units and we’re set up for an Irish tour this month. Then, we’re playing some

gigs in Germany and the Low Countries.” But first for the band is a trip to India. While not exactly known as a stopping point for Irish indie bands, the Lucan band will play to up to 50,000 people at the Rendezvous Festival in Delhi this week. “We were asked to do it and were told that Cultural Ireland might be able to help us with a grant. We applied and got the grant so we’re heading out this week to Delhi.” Once back on Irish soil, the band will take

to the stage in what was dubbed by Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz as “the best theatre-sized venue in the world”, the Olympia.

Ambition John says that the show will be bigger and more ambitious than anything the band have ever attempted. “We’re really excited about it and have a big show planned. We’ve been there looking around the venue because we’re recording it and you can feel something in the building.

“I think of all the gigs I’ve been at there; The Zutons recently, the Midnight at The Olympia gigs, and I have great memories. “It’s been great to get a feel of the venue. It’s like walking a pitch before you play on it,” says John. “The Olympia is a big deal for us. It’s kind of a coming of age for us. For our friends and family, it kind of says that we’re gold.” For the band, the Olympia caps several years’ hard work, as they continue an ascent that is as deserved as it is

unlikely, given that the band have not had formal representation or a record label in their lives. “It has been a rollercoaster ride for us, but it has put us in a strong position. I know bands that have given something up with labels, but we’ve never had to give anything up.” John says that the band are looking at their third release, but that their focus is firmly on the current record. “We’re always writing away, but there’s still a lot of life left in this album.”

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Charity Celebrities help college raise over €1,000

Moyle Park students think pink for cancer  paul hosford

THE students and teachers at Moyle Park College in Clondalkin turned their college pink for a day in aid of cancer research last week. The event, which has been held in October for the last four years, raised over €1,000 for cancer research charities and the vital work they undertake. Students dressed in pink to support the cause, with celebrity judges on hand to award prizes to

the best dressed. Clondalkin hero and Olympic boxer, Kenneth Egan, was part of the judging crew and his pink suit and fur coat showed that he was in the spirit of the day. Egan was joined by former Moyle Park pupil, Sean Long, who recently signed for Reading FC. The sportsmen were not, however, the only judges, with model and former Miss Universe Ireland, Roz Purcell on hand to show her support for the worthy cause.

Purcell was continuing her work with the Miss Universe Ireland competition, which pledges their “committment to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers”. The judging panel awarded top prizes to first year Morgan Hoey, who came as an LMFAOinspired Shuff le Bot Robot, and Transition Year student David Hallows, who came dressed as rapper Nikki Minaj, while second year Daniel

Roz Purcell, Morgan Hoey, Kenneth Egan and Sean Long Picture: Cathy Weatherston

Kelly and fifth year Conor Shields were runners-up. College principal Mr Maurice Hartigan commended the students on their “involvement and enthusiasm” for the event, and also thanked teacher Ms Petrina Shortt and

her team for their work on the day. There was also some advice from close to home as Ms Susan Mc Dermott, a former secretary at Moyle Park who is now in remission from breast cancer, advised

the boys to be cancer aware. The idea of a “Pink Day” started out in Ireland as a Young Social Innovator (YSI) project and was brought to Moyle Park by a teacher four years ago.


Moves to tackle littering SOUTH Dublin County Council’s (SDCC) new Tackle Litter video, available on the council’s YouTube page, is encouraging locals to make South Dublin County a cleaner place. The video seeks to motivate people to take action to reduce litter in their neighbourhoods. Mayor Cathal King said: “Litter sends out all the wrong messages and it wastes valuable cleansing resources. We should all take responsibility for litter and change the way we think and act.” As ways to help address litter, South Dublin County suggest joining the local Tidy Towns group, organising a community clean-up, or reporting littering to SDCC on 01 414 9000.

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Preventing suicide


IETA House, a centre for the prevention of self-hrm or suicide, recently raised €3,674.07 in a fundraiser evening at the Waterside Pub to coincide with Suicide Awareness Week. This is particularly helpful as 80% of their funding comes from donations. The fundraiser’s organiser, Francis Tim-

mons, was delighted with the turnout and the amount of support, and thanked the pub for hosting the event, Darren Lamont for the quiz questions and DJ Dermo for being the MC for the night. Marie Penny won €1,000, Sean Redmond won €500 and, overall, €2,400 was given out in a bumper draw.

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competition: Students invited to draw for site

Doodle for Google and you could win a €5,000 prize WEB giant Google is offering students the chance to win a €5,000 scholarship towards the cost of their college education, simply by doodling. The Doodle 4 Google competition, launched this week by Dublin 15 native, Clodagh Ryan, is asking students aged from four to 18 to get involved and potentially win some fabulous prizes.

The winning student will have their doodle appear on the Google Ireland homepage for 24 hours and they will receive a €5,000 college scholarship, a €10,000 technology grant for their school, and a laptop for themselves and one for their teacher. This year’s theme is My Invention..., and Google say they would love to see doodles inspired by

inventions – whether a unique or a novel device, a new method of doing something, or changing an existing process. The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all students attending primary or secondary school or Youthreach groups in the Republic of Ireland, and contestants will be divided into five groups, based on school year.

Doodle entries from students will be whittled down to 75 creations that will appear on the Doodle 4 Google website before the top five doodles are chosen, as well as the overall winner, by a judging panel. The closing date for entries is December 10, and full details of the competition can be found at doodle4google.

Dublin 15 native, Clodagh Ryan, is asking students aged from four to 18 to get involved in the Doodle 4 Google competition


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The write way to get George Hook animated

BROADCASTER George Hook this week launched the second annual Tell The Future competition – a story-writing contest encouraging post-primary school students across Ireland to write a short story on how to power the country into the future in a sustainable, environ-

mentally-friendly way. The Newstalk presenter is spearheading this year’s competition, and has made a special animated video for pupils, parents and teachers to learn more about it. The video can be viewed on the competition website at

Bringing the winner’s stories to life is a key feature of this year’s competition, and the two winners will have the unique opportunity to have their story transformed into a one-of-a-kind animated video narrated by Hooky himself. The closing date for

entries to the Tell The Future secondary competition is Friday, November 30. For full details, visit

free talk on getting a job in 2012 AS PART of Innovation Dublin, a free talk will be given by CPL Recruitment specialist, Peter Cosgrove, entitled, Tips On How To Find A Job In 2012. The talk will take place in the Central Library in the Ilac Shopping Centre on Thursday, October 25, from 1 to 2pm. According to Cosgrave, today’s highly-competitive job market has created a shift in how candidates prepare for job interviews. Interviewers are asking more unusual questions to assess such matters as self-awareness, as well as traditional skills. The event is being run

Broadcaster George Hook has launched the second annual Tell The Future competition

as part of Innovation Dublin, which is currently running until October 26, and is part of Dublin City Public Libraries’ Career Direction and Development Programme. It is free of charge, although booking is recommended. For booking and further details, contact the Business Information Centre at the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street; telephone 01 873 3996, or email businesslibrary@

UNDERGROUND FILM FEST CALL FOR 2013 SUBMISSIONS Underground Cinema, which recently hosted the hugely-successful Underground Film Festival, are now accepting submissions for their new season of monthly screenings. There are no submission fees and all films selected are considered for nomination for the

Underground Cinema Awards that will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel in September 2013. You can submit a film to be screened at one of Underground Cinema’s monthly screenings by logging on to and filling in a submission form. Once you have submitted your form you can then send your film to Underground Cinema, 3 The Drive, Woodbrook Glen, Bray, Co Wicklow.

editorial: new look, same great newspaper

Gazette regeneration YOU will have noticed by now that your Dublin Gazette Newspaper has a fresh new feel. The new design is a great achievement by our team and we’re delighted to be able to share it with you after months of hard work on getting everything just right. The new look and feel of the newspaper is

another statement of our confidence in Dublin Gazette Newspapers. We have recently increased our print run to 45,000, and now, with an estimated readership of 140,000, we are bucking all current industry trends. The design may be new, but the values remain the same. The loyalty we see

from the vibrant communities we serve across the city matches our commitment to deliver the best in news, sport and features to our loyal local readers. There is always the opportunity for you to get involved, and we are always delighted to hear from you with your local stories, photographs and

opinions, and you’ll find all the contact information you need on Page 2. The changes you see are built on eight years of success in talking to Dublin, and listening to our readers. I look forward to that conversation continuing for many years to come. ROB HEIGH, news editor

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schoolLife Get involved with our new Gazette schools pages As part of the relaunch of the Dublin Gazette Newspapers, we are reaching out to all the schools in our catchment areas to become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities, one of the last places around which a community can gather. We are calling on budding writers and photographers from all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next generation of journalists and snappers to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact me at rheigh@, or on 01 601 0240.

Riversdale cc: recent graduates bag president’s awards

Gaisce gold for former students

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CONGRATULATIONS to Naomi Marie-Rose (19) and Gavin Smullen (20), two students who recently graduated from Riversdale Community College, on receiving their Gold Gaisce Award on September 27 in Dublin Castle from President Michael D Higgins. Gaisce, the President’s Award is Ireland’s National challenge award for young people. It was set up by the President’s office to encourage and reward young people aged 15 to 25 who give their services to the commu-

nity. Last year in Riversdale Community College 55 fourth to sixth years achieved their Gaisce targets: 37 students achieved the bronze Gaisce award and eight fifth years received silver Gaisce.

Going for gold There are three levels of Gaisce award: bronze, silver and gold. Bronze takes six months to complete, silver takes twelve months and gold is rarely completed under three years. Speaking at the recent awards ceremony, gold recipient Naomi MarieRose said: “Through

Naomi Marie-Rose, Gavin Smullen, President Michael D Higgins and Ms Robinson, Transition Year co-ordinator, Riversdale CC

my par ticipation in the Gaisce Award I learned a lot about the importance of community and new skills, but mostly – I learned a lot about myself.” Fellow gold achiever,

Gavin Smullen, commented that: “Through par ticipating in the Gaisce bronze, silver and gold award I have gained self-confidence as well as finding a career that I love.”

Principal of Riversdale Community College Mr Tony Barry said that he was “extremely proud of the achievements of all of the Gaisce award participants”.

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schools Collinstown Park CC: a trip to munster for geography class

Castles, caves and Cashel on a great day out î Ž Third year geography class

MR REILLY and Ms Coffey organised a geography field trip to Cashel Tipperary for our third year geography classes. We all met up outside the school as we had to leave at 8am and after a two and a half hour bus journey we made our first stop at Mitchelstown caves. While on the bus the teachers gave us a work-


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sheet to fill out about the trip. There, we met our tour guide, Aoife. Before we went into the cave, Aoife told us all about the history of the site. When we went into the cave we went down a lot of steps and Aoife told us to watch ourselves as the steps were very steep. As we went through the cave we filled out our worksheets based

on the information we got from Aoife. Before we left the cave Aoife turned the lights off to show us how dark it was without lights. W hen we finished our tour of the cave we thanked Aoife. After that we got on the bus and went to McDonalds or Topaz, we had a choice because they were beside each other. Afterwards we made our way to the Rock of

The third-year geography class from Collinstown Park CC outside the Rock of Cashel

Cashel on the bus. At the rock we met our tour guide Kevin and he told us the history of the rock. They were building a roof over the rock to keep it dry. He also showed us the round tower which was very tall.

When the tour was over we walked to the Cashel folk village. When we got there we got a sheet explaining the history of the folk village. They had very interesting ar tefacts and

statues. We all made our way around exploring and looking at different things like a caravan and a wishing well. After that we walked to the town. We sat down for a

while and then we went to the Wonka sweet shop. When we were finished there we got back on our bus and went back to the school and then made our way home.


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Financial Planning – Part 2 Continued from last week


Making a sure-hire way in Dublin business HILLS Hire’s motto is “We hire almost everything”, but they are much more than a local hire shop. Hills is a family run business, run for many years by Heather and Ricky Little before their retirement. It is now in the safe hands of Cara and Carl Fortune. Hills offer a wide range of serv-

ices to their loyal customer base, including a workshop facility where it maintains a hire fleet and services and repairs most makes of customer machines. Here, Carl talks about his business, and how the team at Hills Hire manage the challenges of operating a business in the current climate.

How long have you been in business?

Any customers that are pricing jobs are struggling and as result they are seeking more competitive rates. We offer repair and service of customers’ tools and equipment which may save them the cost of replacing essential equipment. We continuously monitor our costs and outgoings. We also have new customers who are new to the DIY market and need more assistance with selecting and operating the correct equipment.

Hills Hire was established in 1968 in Pottery Road. We moved to our new premises in Hills Centre in 1982.

What makes your business successful?

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, providing the right products at the right prices to a wide customer base. We offer a very diverse range of equipment for hire or sale at the most compeditive rates. We provide an excellent follow-up service for customer machines, servicing and repairing.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

It would be of great benefit if the VAT rate would be reduced.

We listen to our customers and aim to assist them to identify the correct tool/equipment for their job whether they are professional landscapers/builders or enthusiastic DIYers. Our staff have a combined 85 years experience with tools and equipment, which allows us to offer appropriate advice to those who need some direction in selecting the correct tool.

What is your ambition for the business?

How has the recession impacted your business?

We enjoy creating local employment and serving our customers needs. Our business is extremely diverse and every day is different, meaning that each day offers different opportunities. We like to use our experience and skills to assist our customers in making the correct selection of equipment for their job.

As with everyone else in business, we have been affected by the recession. We realise that everybody is in similiar situation and as a result we have maintained our hire rates for many years without an increase and have no increases planned.

We are aiming to keep our doors open through this very difficult time. We continue to provide an excellent customer service to our many loyal customers, always offering quality tools and equipment at the most competitive rates possible.

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

MOST financial products are bought on a one-off basis. You suddenly need a mortgage, or you fall into the clutches of a life insurance salesman and – bang – you are making major financial decisions before you have time to think. The result is that you may not get the best product for your needs ... or the best value. Every major financial decision you make should be part of an overall plan. Thus, a particular product, such as a mortgage, loan, insurance policy or investment, should be judged not just on its individual merits, but also in terms of how it moves you closer to where you want to be. “Dream, dream, dream, dream, dream, dream”. The Everly Brothers (now called the Elderly Brothers) had a point. Dreaming has a huge role to play in financial planning. Consider what you’d like to be doing in, say, five years, 10 years and 20 years. Consider what work (if any) you’ll be doing, where you’ll be living and how you’ll be spending your leisure time. What will your family situation be? What – and this is key – will your financial situation be? Once you have a clear picture of the future life you’d like to have, you can start expressing it in financial terms and working out how to get there. Once you have an idea of how you want things to turn out, you can start to think about what your precise

financial objectives are. Obviously, these are going to vary according to your age, circumstances and desires. If you are in your first job, you are going to be thinking rather differently from someone who is approaching retirement. Therefore, you may find it useful to divide your financial objectives into the short-, medium- and long-term. Let me give you a simple, real-life example. Richard, 29, is a teacher. His short-term financial objectives are to get rid of his credit-card debt (left over from university), start building up some savings, and buy a car. His medium-term objective is to buy a home. His long-term objective is to earn some extra income with which to boost his pension, since he has decided he wants to retire when he is 55. Setting and prioritising your financial objectives is hardly rocket science, as you can see. Part Three continues next week ...  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor


High flying start-up secures €800,000 investment CUSTOMER intelligence company, Boxever, has secured €800,000 funding from a syndicate of investors led by Delta Partners, together with Bloom Equity and Enterprise Ireland. Established in September 2011, Boxever has created a cloud-based big data platform that enables airlines and travel companies to gather and analyse customer data in real-time and increase revenue through personalised marketing and merchandising. T he company has already secured its first contract with Nordicbased Atlantic Airways, and is confident of its ability to attract more airlines in the coming months.

Founded by David O’Flanagan, Leixlip man Alan Giles and Portmarnock native Dermot O’Connor, the company currently employs six people and is an Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Up (HPSU) client company. Boxever emerged from the NDRC Launchpad accelerator programme last year and is now based in Dogpatch Labs on Barrow Street. Speaking about the investment, O’Flanagan said: “We are delighted with this funding and anticipate that the capital will enable us to increase sales and marketing activities as well as expand our R&D team in Dublin. “Travel today is the third biggest e-commerce

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market in the world. It generates over $100 billion in online sales but only a very small percentage of companies capitalise on the goldmine of data that they have about their customers. This presents a huge opportunity for Boxever.” This deal is among the 12 investments made by venture capitalist Delta Partners during the last

year and follows their most recent announcements of funding. Frank Kenny from Delta Partners said: “Boxever is yet another example of the great travel technology companies to come out of Ireland in the past 10 years. The team brings together the right combination of skills and assets to build a large Ireland-based company.”

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Aardman’s Merlin Crossingham, left, with Dr Annie Doona, President of IADT, and head of animation, Keith Foran, together with Wallace, Gromit and The Pirate Captain

animation: aardman’s creative director comes to blackrock for festival

Merlin, a wizard of arts  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Blackrock Animation Film Festival welcomed some very special guests last week. They were about eight inches tall, and are two of the most famous characters in the world. Wallace and Gromit were accompanied by Merlin Crossingham, creative director at Aardman Studios in Bristol, who was guest of honour at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), where he led animation workshops and spoke to students last week. Crossingham has worked on numerous Wallace and Gromit productions as well as motion pictures Chicken Run, Flushed Away and the last Aardman stop-motion feature, The Pirates! In an

Adventure with Scientists. Speaking to the Gazette after visiting a nearby school with the dynamic duo, Crossingham spoke about his career to date. “I gatecrashed a lecture with a friend of mine when I was studying for my A-levels given by Ray Fields, who was head of animation in Liverpool. I was studying photography and it was amazing when I discovered animation. I realised it was simply the magic of movement, making something that couldn’t move come to life.” Asked about what it is like to work at one of the world’s most renowned studios, with Oscar-winner Nick Park, Crossingham gave an insight into his progression in the company: “I was a senior animator on The Curse Of The

Were-Rabbit, and the guys just had too much to do. They asked me if I’d be an assistant director on it. It was my first experience of directing, and Nick took me under his wing throughout the whole film. It was fascinating. “It’s amazing to work with Nick Park. He’s an extraordinarily creative mind, he never stops surprising me all the time, the amount of funny ideas he has, and he’s extremely generous.” Merlin has a favourite character, both to watch and to work with. “Gromit is my favourite. It’s because of his loyalty, his dedication and because he’s the hardest to animate. You have to get everything across with very little, everything he’s thinking and feeling. The animators know what good acting is and they use that knowledge to animate Gromit.”

On computer-generated animation, as opposed to the laborious process of stop-motion, Crossingham spoke about Aardman’s notional rivals, Pixar: “John Lassiter and Nick are great friends. They launched Pixar in 1989 at the same time as Wallace and Gromit, so it’s like we’re two simultaneous branches of animation. A company like Pixar can bankroll plenty of artistic development that we couldn’t, as we just don’t have that kind of money. Having said that, necessity is the mother of invention.” Speaking about the Blackrock Animation Film Festival, he said: “Festivals like this are vitally important for the industry and its the future. It’s a great opportunity for young filmmakers to have their work seen and get feedback from industry professionals.”

SHIBARI marks the Abbey debut of both writer Gary Duggan and director Tom Creed and is one of those terms that you probably shouldn’t Google in work. Inspired by the art of Japanese rope bondage, Shibari is a story of loose connections, the ties that bind and the messy tangles we find ourselves in. Weaving a story of cosmopolitan Dublin, family and loss, Duggan’s play relies on a series of two-handed scenes as the characters navigate their way through relationships, families and grief. In order for the play to work, therefore, the characters have to be well-drawn and the performances strong. Luckily, that is the least of the concerns here. Orion Lee’s Hideo is a standout, giving an understated, nuanced performance as Hideo, a Japanese florist. Michael Yare is another who gives a star turn, infusing his English movie star Nick with warmth and vulnerability. Ultimately, the play moves well, but the ending is rather unfulfilling, with too many strands left unexplored and the audience left to imagine just what has happened to the majority of characters.


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BEAUTY news Get moisturising and rehydrate your skin this winter

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Marks & Spencer €54 WINTER warmers are being dusted from closets as temperatures begin to drop, so that can only mean one thing – dry skin. To tackle this problem this winter the one thing we need to include in our daily routine is that simple lotion called moisturiser. Yes we all know what it is, but how often do we us it? During the winter, those with more dry skin than others should use it more regularly than those with normal or oily skin. The best time to moisturise is after a shower or bath, after exfoliating a n d a l s o a f te r shaving. Here are some Ga zette Style recommendations. Zia ja’s latest moisturising range using three different natural oil types - argan oil (Quench) which has revolutionised hair care, is used to reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier and improve skin texture and offer thirsty skin a burst of hydration. Avocado Oil (Nourish) a nutrient packed super foods and vitamins is ideal for anyone suffering from dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis as it absorbs quickly into deep tissue. Finally, grape seed oil (Protects) encourages the production of elastin to keep the skin elastic, and a variety of vitamins that protect against damage. Each body lotion from the range come with a RRP of €5.99 and is available to selected pharmacies nationwide or on Each range is also available in a face-cream (€6.99) and hand-cream (€3.99). Meanwhile, Aveeno have unleashed the power of oats with their Dermexa products that contains oat extracts which help to relieve those little itches that can come with dry skin. It soothes and moisturises dry irritated skin. The soothing emollient cream is suitable for everyone in the family and is available at leading pharmacies nationwide.


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Ethneos’ blend of styles creating a new power folk Dublin-based grunge-folk band Entheos have just released their latest EP, Where Creatures Meet, and the first single from the EP, Tend the Dark Flame, is available for free download through the band’s Facebook page. Over the past few years, Entheos have made a name for themselves as an energetic and impressive live act. They have played regular sets in Dublin, and have played in venues around Ireland, with a few select dates in Europe. They have played support to some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Damien Dempsey and Kila. For more information, see entheosirl.

Husker Du and Sugar founder Bob Mould with current bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster

MUSIC REVIEW: legend’s return to power-pop perfection

Sweet like Sugar SOME things simply get better with age. Fine wines. Cheese. Me. One of the other things is Bob Mould, founder member and driving force behind the best band of the eighties, Husker Du, the second best thing to ever come out of Minneapolis after Prince. If you look at any interview with the biggest acts of the nineties - The Pixies, Nirvana, and so on - they all cite Husker Du and Mould’s velocity-and-vertigo guitar style as major influences. Now 51, Mould is back on the road and is effortlessly hitting the heights he scaled with Husker Du and his second


band, Sugar, as well as the peaks he has scaled time and again throughout his solo career. The driver this time is the release of Silver Age, his tenth solo release, and what an utterly convincing return to what he does best — propellent-based melodic rock — it is. Opener Star Machine is a statement of intent – tubthumping drums and rolling bass before a torrent of guitar rips

the song clean open as the chorus arrives. It is a perfect introduction to the ten brief tracks on Silver Age, which lasts all of 38 minutes, a comet of a record that leaves a glorious trail in its wake. It’s also the most Husker thing on the record. The power-trio format that defined Mould as a genre-defining artist is back in place — Jason Narducy on bass and Superchunk’s Jon Wurster on drums — and is the perfect fuel that the guitarist-singer sets alight. The title of the album is clearly reflective of Mould’s awareness of his own position in the rock firmament - he might be

51, but he remains utterly committed and relevant. With Foo Fighters and No Fear both heralding his gift to melodic rock over the years, the vigour with which every track is attacked by the trio is a reminder who did it first, and in many cases, who did and still continues to do it best. The title track contains the lyric, “Never too old to contain my rage”, and it’s interesting to hear him sing, “I didn’t want to sing the song that gave people so much hope” on the magnificent track that follows it, The Descent. Mould has seen it all and still has the fire in his belly to fight anything that might be percieved

as a dying of the light. In fact, he’s burning brighter than ever. And if you need proof of that, watch him melt the speakers and destroy the level meters on Late Night With David Letterman recently - watch?v=Ieb_T9ylY4o To say Silver Age is a return to form would be a bit of an understatement. This is an artist with a purpose and intent and a drive to create noise pop havoc that has always been tweaking at the corners of his more considered solo material, but has never been so perfectly expressed as it is here since the release of Copper Blue with Sugar 20 years ago.


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theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Brendan Grace

THE greatest family comedian of his generation proudly presents 40 years in the comedy business. Brendan’s new show features some brand new material and some old favourites from his vast repertoire, including all-time favourite parodies such as Father of the Bride and Chinese Takeaway. As always, it is advisable to secure your ticket early. Grace is playing two shows on October 19 and 20. Tickets are priced at €31.

mill theatre 01 296 9340 Sylvia’s Quest

THIS innovative promenade show uses cutting-edge radio technology, which empowers you to listen to the sounds, voices and worlds which only Sylvia can usually see and hear on headphones. Sylvia’s Quest invites you to take to Dundrum and follow Sylvia on her thrilling quest through the centre’s labyrinth. Sylvia shares her multiple worlds with you, her new friend, as she guides you through her secret streets and time portals. The show runs from October 17-21 and tickets are priced at €12/€10.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Ride On

A Honda 50 bike-run forms the background of a hilarious new play by writer Seamus O’Rourke. Five members of the Drumkarren Honda Club are sitting in a run-down shed in Co Cavan, ready to embark on a bike-ride, awaiting the other 20 members (seemingly “stuck” in a pub in Killeshandra). Running from November 6-10 at 8pm, tickets are €20/€16.

The five teens at the heart of The Perks of Being a Wallflower take some time to contemplate their changing lives

cinema: Stephen Chbosky brings his iconic 1990s novel to the screen

Young love blooms ALLOWING your book to be adapted for the big screen must a terrifying experience for modern writers. The constant secondguessing of screenwriter, director and cast on forums, chatrooms and social media must make many writers wonder why they bother. When your book is as loved as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the challenge is obviously multiplied. Could a modern audience connect with a lead character who essentially watches what happens, rarely participating? Could any actress capture the allure and fragility of the character Sam? Would Patrick be reduced to a gay caricature, all sass and no depth?

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With these questions hanging over the film, writer Stephen Chbosky decided that the only man to capture the book was...the man who captured the book. Writing and directing his semi-autobiographical epistolary novel, Chbosky rarely bows to the pressures of commercial film-making and turns in a film that is touching, funny and heartwarming. Centred around Charlie, a teen about to embark on his first day of high school, Perks,

shows the world of an “island of misfit toys” as they attempt to navigate their way through highschool in early 90’s suburban Pittsburgh. At high school, Charlie meets step-brother and sister Patrick and Sam, with whom Charlie finally feels at home. On this side of the water, there will naturally be a huge interest in the performance of Emma Watson, post-Hermione, Harry and Hogwarts. The truth is that when the announcement was made that she would play Sam, many, this reviewer included, wondered if she had the acting chops to take on the role. This is not a typical nerdy-girl love interest, Sam is one of those frightfully rare creatures,

Film of the Week: The Perks of Being a Wallflower h h h h h (12A) 103mins Director: Stephen Chbosky Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev

OUR VERDICT: FOR fans of the book, this is about as perfect as cinema gets. Chbosky not only wrote the adaptation of his seminal novel, but also sat in the directors chair. With that comes the transfer of the warmth, the affection and the heart of the book’s trio of misfit leads to the silver screen. Lerman, born a year after the film’s 1991 setting, is stellar as Charlie.

a female character who is both likable, layered and well-written. As the object of Charlie’s affection, it would be easy to relegate her to simply eye-candy or your basic template of teen romantic interest, but Chbosky makes her much, much more than that. Fragile yet confident, optimistic yet tortured, desirable yet grounded, Sam essentially inhab-

its the Venn diagram of all things that teenage boys want, but carries the emotional baggage that makes grown men scared. Watson, for her part, turns in a brilliant, surprising performance, full of nuance and charm. On the boys side, Logan Lerman anchors the film without ever really saying much. His Charlie is not a character fond of expression or

participation. Instead, he observes, he notices and, above all, he cares. Even his mis-steps are charming enough to keep the audience onside and as he learns to live with his own demons, both new and old, it is impossible not to root for him. Ezra Miller takes on the role of gay best friend but his intense portrayal of Patrick’s lower moments lift him above gay pastiche. Arrested Development fans will enjoy Mae Whitman as part of the group that welcomes Charlie into their bosom and Paul Rudd sparkles as Charlie’s confidant and English teacher. This is an honest, affectionate look at the teenagers we all wish we were.

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Latest Pokemon are released into the retail wilds SEEING as I pointed out PETA’s take on Pokemon, below left, I should also point out that Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are now out on the usual DS platforms, and should send Pokemon’s legions of fans into, well, a happy mood indeed. Although the likes of Skylanders on the “bigger” consoles have grabbed a lot of attention in recent times, Pokemon still keeps an awful lot of fans happy, and Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 should be a lot of fun.


Is Apple about to tackle the Kindle?

Welcome to Dunwall – a city best described as a curious blend of Victorian London’s slums with a dash of America’s frontier spirit. With a murdered empress, a mysterious plague, a totalitarian crack-down and all manner of untrustworthy characters (right), it’s an interesting time to be on the run in the city ...


Reclaim your honour WITH Christmas around the corner, gamers are about to be spoilt for choice as some heavyweight titles lumber into view on all platforms. First up, we have a new release, Dishonoured; a cross-platform title that oozes just as much flair and style as its grim streets drip and slip with nefarious goings-on – in the best possible way, of course. Stepping into the wrongfully-accused shoes of Corvo (basically, something of a cross between a soldier, an assassin, and a supernaturalist), you begin the game languishing in prison, wrongly accused of murdering the Empress.


What’s a self-respecting former bodyguard with his name to clear and vengeance on his mind to do? That’s right – it’s up to you to escape, romp about the mean city streets of Dunwall, uncover secrets and conspiracies, track down the cads responsible for the murder, and ensure that they face a lot more than tears before bedtime ... Although it’s obsten-



sibly “just” another first-person-perspective game, Dishonoured shoots, carves and slices out its very own genre (for mature gamers), as it blends several genres together to create a singularly striking game. That’s “striking” as in visually striking, yet also in that Corvo can strike at his enemies with a vareity of weaponry – including displaying an aristocrat’s skill with blades – as well as using his special, dark powers to do everything from slowing down time to, umm, possessing rats, to scraper and scamper about with ease. Although it’s not a particularly long title to play through, there’s

much to enjoy, with a game world that adapts and reacts to the gamer’s style of playing, with subtle consequences to some of the player’s broad strokes. For example, those who fancy themselves as dashing blades with Zorro’s skill will find Dunwall becoming even dingier – all those dispatched throughout the city having a tendency to attract ever more rats to her already plague-ridden streets, you see. It’s up to you to decide how to play through the game – some may enjoy sneaking around, eavesdropping on conversations and piecing together a larger story,

while others will simply tear around like a bull in a china shop. However, regardless of your playing style, Dishonoured rewards exploration and experimentation, with a richer than usual world, and story, to experience. Special mention must be made of the game’s art style, with legendary Half Life 2 designer Viktor Antonov once again creating a tangible sense of place and identity, with every last corner of Dunhall’s slums, warehouses, homes and palaces created in style. Fusing together such a wide range of contents, it’s an honourable game from Arkane Studios.

I LOVE this story! Game sites around the world pricked up their furry yellow ears at the news that PETA has once again set its sights on Pokemon, comparing the plight of Pokemon to “elephants chained up in train carts, waiting to perform” (as written on its website). Of course, animal cruelty is no laughing matter, and is nothing to joke about, and all animal charities are to be rightfully lauded for their tireless work for our fellow creatures. However ... Pokemon? Perhaps Pikachu looks so happy here at the thought of finally leaving Ash – and no more fighting!

THIS is probably the 24,562,786th story about Apple in the papers – today – but all signs point to an imminent launch of the iPad Mini (working title); a portable tablet that Apple are expected to use to tackle rival tablets, such as Amazon’s Kindle. Expected to be a wifi-only model, and with an “affordable” pricing point (rumoured to be about $200), the iPad Mini would be a practical solution to stop other big rivals, such as Amazon, from cornerning the increasingly lucrative tablet (and e-book reader) market. Although the late Steve Jobs was against entering the tablet market, the slow but steady rise of e-readers, the opening up of new markets, and shifting consumer markets could make a new Apple tablet (that’s more portable than the larger iPad models) a lucrative move.



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Grand Cherokee S Limited on the way THE exclusive new Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited is set for its Irish debut in early 2013. It combines the aggressive looks of the SRT8, courtesy of its exclusive body kit, 20-inch wheels and unique black detailing (grilles, headlamps, tinted glass, etc.) with the frugal refinement of the diesel-powered Limited and Overland models. The interior of the S Limited has been reworked to match the sporty exterior revisions, with a heated sports steering wheel, leather and suede SRT8-style seats, carbon fibre door and dashboard inserts and special aluminium pedals, all as standard. Final specification and pricing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited will be announced closer to the vehicle’s expected launch in Ireland in early 2013, pending the announcement of the Government’s vehicle-taxation policy for next year.

Grand Cherokee S

TOYOTA TAKES TOP SPOT IN GLOBAL BRANDS: TOYOTA was again named the world’s most valuable automotive brand in the recently published report Best Global Brands 2012 by Interbrand. This year’s report sees Toyota’s brand valuation by Interbrand surge 9% and secure an overall top 10 spot across all industries. According to Interbrand, Toyota’s success is due largely to continued customer loyalty, an impressive line-up of environmentally friendly products such as the Toyota Prius, and a strengthening appeal with younger customers. In June this year, Toyota also emerged on top for the second

year running as the Best Global Green Brand. Interbrand highlighted Toyota’s continued determination to maintain environmental sustainability as a top management priority as a key part of the company’s success story. Interbrand looks at the on-going investment and management of the brand as a business asset when compiling the Best Global Brands report. The methodology of the report takes into account a multitude of ways in which a brand connects and adds value to the organisation. The 2012 edition of the Toyota European Sustainability Report is now available online: http://toyota. eu/sustainability/

The Mondeo’s CO2 emissions put the car firmly in the tax band A, costing a mere €104 per year


An accomplished and comfortable saloon


I WAS pleasantly surprised with Ford on a number of occasions this year. Specifically, the joy of family driving with the Ford C-Max, and also, the excitement when I got to try the Focus with Ford’s extraordinary new Ecoboost engine. This month, I was treated to a week with Ford’s flagship saloon, the Mondeo Titanium ECO. The days of petrol heads trying to out-do each other in terms of engine size are long gone. No longer do you see a line of 2.5 and 3.0-litre engines in the office car park, the real bragging rights belong to those with a car that brings the

most comfortable driving, the smallest engine, the lowest emissions and best performance. If you can get all this with a boot big enough to hold the Leinster front row – so much the better. No prizes for guessing what saloon offers all of this in one very attractive package – yes indeed, the Focus Titanium ECO. I don’t like to get too bogged down in figures and specs, but it is difficult to get away from just how much is on offer here. For starters, the engine itself is the 1.6 TDCi producing 115PS with just 114 g/km in CO2 emissions. This puts the car firmly in tax band A, costing a mere €104 per year. This motor will take

the Mondeo to 190km/h where it is legal to do so, and will take you from 0-100 km/hr in 11.9 seconds. OK, so the acceleration won’t get your heart beating too fast, but for a comfortable saloon, the rest of the equation works out perfectly. A quick cruising speed, modest engine size, low tax, and with a combined fuel consumption rate of just 4.3 litres/100 km means this package is attractive before you even begin to consider the comfort and style on offer. At this stage, I must point out that there is a new Mondeo due to be launched next year, but that might just give you a little leverage when you’re at a Ford dealer haggling over the price of

one of these babies. The look speaks for itself. The Mondeo has long since shaken the reputation of a dull saloon – far from it, nowadays this is a car that grabs attention with a striking style statement and an incredibly attractive body shape. The front end boasts a gaping grille and attractive chrome highlights, which are really set off against the dark body colour of my test model. The lighting clusters give the car a strong expression, with the front fogs enjoying a split effect that lifts the lower section nicely. The Mondeo comes in three spec levels, Modeo, Zetec and Titanium, with the Titanium spec certainly putting the driver

in the lap of luxury. The stylish alloys are 17 inches and have 15 spokes, while the interior offers luxurious Alcantara leather–trim sports style seats. Entertainment and communication is via the Sony stereo radio/CD with USB connection for iPod/MP3 devices. For safety, the car has LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. All in all, the Mondeo deserves all the credit and praise it has enjoyed in recent years. It is a most accomplished and comfortable saloon that is practical and economical to run, as well as enjoying a luxurious spec.

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adoption: help the dspca rehouse abandoned and mistreated animals

Make room for a new furry friend  ROB HEIGH

The Dublin Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA), Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity was founded in 1840, and takes in stray, sick, injured and cruelly treated animals. Every day in their centre in Rathfarnham, there are pets looking for new and loving homes. Each dog and cat is microchipped, wormed, deflea-ed, and has received its first vaccination. They also currently have rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, degus, goats and birds seeking new homes. Animals over six

months old are neutered before being re-homed. Dogs, cats, horses, birds and many other small companion animals brought to the Dublin SPCA are found new caring homes while some others remain in the care of the Dublin SPCA for the rest of their days. The DSPCA has a set of adoption policies that they ask all potential adoptees to go through, and there is a small fee involved in adopting a new pet through the centre. “Our adoption fees do not cover the full cost of the treatment and care your chosen pet may have received whilst at our rescue and rehoming centre.

PEt of the week Meet Timber, a big teddy bear of a dog I’m Timber, a four-year-old male Malamute cross. I am strong on the lead so would be best suited to a home with experienced owners who will continue my training with me. I get on pretty well with most other dogs but I would love to find a new home where I am the only dog. I need a special home with people who will give me a lot of time and who will be patient with me. If you would be interested in giving me the home, I deserve then please make an appointment to meet me by calling DSPCA Adoptions on 01 4994700.

“Fees are necessary if we are to continue helping the sick, injured and cruelly treated animals in need and we always welcome additional donations” You can see more of the animals looking for home and the DSPCA’s adoption policies by visiting AdoptaPet. However, due to the numbers of animals they receive each week, it is not possible to feature them all, so the staff are asking potential adoptees to visit the shelter in Rathfarnham on Monday to Friday from 11am to 4.30pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. The staff at the centre

are currently advising pet owners to get their pets microchipped or, if they are already microchipped, check that they are registered to you and that all your details are up to date. Many pets go missing at this time of the year and it is important that they are reunited as quickly as possible with their owners. As a charity, the DSPCA raises muchneeded funds through a number of different initiatives. The DSPCA Veterinar y Hospital, located at the main gates of the DSPCA, is just one of these where all profits go back to helping rescue animals. To find out more visit



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Wing your way to a superb Turkey break

HAVING been crowned Destination Of The Year 2012 at the recent Food and Travel Reader Awards, Istanbul is now regarded as one of Europe’s top city-break destinations, with more than eight million visitors annually. To celebrate, Turkish Airlines have released some great offers on flights from Dublin to Istanbul, offering Irish tourists the perfect excuse to experience the wonder of Turkey’s largest city, with flights from just €179 return, including taxes and charges. The offer is available for a limited time only, and is valid until November 30. Travel must be undertaken between November 1 and April 30, 2013, with the offer not valid between December 28 and January 13. For further information or to make a booking, see

Uniquely, Istanbul straddles two continents

It’s all plain sailing on a delightful cruise FOR anyone who fancies a bit of sunshine rather than bracing themselves for the Irish winter weather, perhaps a pre-Christmas cruise could be just the thing to warm your spirits? Thomas Cook offers the perfect getaway in the run up to the festive season, with five-star cruise experiences to exotic destinations around the world. For example, why not avail of a 13-night cruise around the Canary Islands, from €1,099 per person, departing on November 22? Ports of call include Southampton, Madeira, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Lisbon and Vigo. Alternatively, you could take a seven-night Mediterranean Cruise on board the MSC Splendida, from just €469, calling on Barcelona, La Goulette, Palermo, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Marseille and returning to Barcelona. Prices are based on two adults sharing, with all taxes, charges and flights included. To book, call Thomas Cook Cruise at 01 514 0337, visit your nearest travel agent, or see www.

dubai: something for everyone in this glittering arabian jewel

Desert your blues with a spectacular city’s charm THERE seems to be a common misconception when it comes to traveling to Dubai – any Irish tourists under the illusion that they’re in for a hectic, long-haul journey to a purely Vegasstyle destination could be pleasantly disappointed. In fact, discovering Dubai has become more popular as not just a romantic honeymoon spot, a shopping mecca and modern business hub, but as a universal draw and an ideal spot for families looking for the perfect destination.

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There aren’t too many places in the world where you can ski in the middle of the desert, or take a stroll through a city made for, and by, children. Whether it’s taking a camel ride in the desert, riding a water-rapid at one of the world’s best waterparks, or sharing dinner with a local fam-

ily, Dubai is one destination that combines fun, culture and relaxation. For example, you could take the kids to visit Aquaventure – a 42-acre waterpark overflowing with speed-slides, river rapids and lush tropical landscapes, or enjoy one of life’s most memorable moments by swimming with a dolphin at Dolphin Bay. If it’s adrenaline and a bit of adventure you’re seeking, explore the mysterious ruins of the Lost Chambers, or visit the first ever SEGA Repub-

From desert treks to state-of-the-art aquariums and indoor skiing, Dubai has utterly transformed its desert location into an area that’s full of diverse activities

At 321m, the iconic, five-star luxury hotel Burj Al Arab

lic theme park, with nine heart-stopping attractions and 250 amusement games. To immerse yourself in a bit of culture, discover the “real” Dubai on an Arabic desert safari by taking a camel ride, or speed through the dunes in a 4X4, or take the chance to learn about the Emerati culture and religion with a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque – the only mosque open to the public in Dubai. Children (and you) will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – the largest suspended aquarium in the world, housing more than 33,000 aquatic animals – while a visit to see KidZania (a city made for children) will let your kids live their grown-up dreams. Take one of the world’s fastest elevators to the 124th floor of the Burj

Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, to steal the city’s greatest view, and be sure to catch sight of the world’s largest dancing fountain at the Burj Khalifa Lake. With more than 6,000 superlights, the fountain is visible from more than 20 miles away, making it the brightest spot in the Middle East. Rising from the Arabian Gulf on the crescent of the iconic Palm Island is the spectacular resort of Atlantis, one of Dubai’s most soughtafter hotels. Inspired by the ocean, everything about Atlantis is larger than life. Designed to exhilarate, the resort is a luxurious but family-friendly holiday haven. The resort’s stunning beach invites guests to relax in the sunshine, whilst the spa promises complete rejuvena-

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Parknasilla Resort and Spa, Sneem, Co Kerry

families: relax with a spa getaway in co kerry

(Tower of the Arabs) is just one of the architectural marvels that Dubai boasts, attracting visitors from

tion. Atlantis is a place where an exotic marine landscape is combined with luxury guest rooms, diverse restaurants and stylish boutiques. The resort also encompasses the water park Aquaventure, as well as a massive open-air marine habitat. Considered Dubai’s most stylish beach resort, the One&Only Royal Mirage is a second resort that promises to live up to its name. In a city renowned for its soaring skyscrapers, the One&Only Royal Mirage instead recalls the romance of Old Arabia, with 65 acres of lush, green lawns and immaculate flower beds, set along a kilometre of private beachfront. The resort offers three hotels including The Palace, along the beachfront; the Arabian Court, and the Residence & Spa

– an intimate sanctuary in the heart of Dubai. For details on the Royal Mirage, see www.; for Atlantis, and The Palm, see

Getting there With approximately six and a half hours’ flight time, and a direct route now transporting people from Dublin Airport to Abu Dhabi on a daily basis, is it any wonder Etihad Airways have something to shout about? As the airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad has in just eight years established itself as one of the world’s best airlines, being named as the World’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards in recent years. In 2012 alone, Etihad has transported almost seven million passengers

worldwide, to date. Etihad takes great pride in giving its customers a five-star experience in the sky, and promises a unique service for all passengers traveling in Diamond First Class, Pearl Business Class or Coral Economy Class. With one of the most comfortable and ergonomically-designed economy options in the sky, Etihad has more than 600 hours of ondemand entertainment on their in-flight system, and a varied menu and cafe service. Flying from Dublin, you will land at Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi Airport, Etihad Airways’ elegant and purpose-built terminal, and be transported by bus to Dubai, just an hour away. For further details of Etihad flights and options, see

all over the world

The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, invites visitors to the 124th floor to take in some of the city’s many diverse sights and activities for all the family

FROM treasure hunts and outdoor adventures to luxury bedrooms and all-weather hot tubs, Parknasilla Resort and Spa in the beautiful county of Kerry has everything a family needs to indulge in a relaxing break this autumn. Located in Sneem, Co Kerry, the five-star resort stands with spectacular views over Kenmare Bay and the Kerry mountains, and provides the ideal location for any family break. Spend two nights’ bed and breakfast in one of the hotel’s many luxury bedrooms, and explore the beautiful surroundings with a choice of seven mapped walks, a round of golf and an archery lesson, as well as a Fairy Trail, where the kids can search for Parknasilla’s infamous mythical fairies. Fun outdoor activities include tennis and fishing, treasure hunts and walking trails, while guests also enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s pool. While the children are enjoying the adventure and fresh air of Parknasilla’s great outdoors, mum and dad can make the most of the spa’s thermal suite and outdoor hot tubs. Parknasilla features the great tradition of Irish hospitality that has always appealed to families, and this tradition is sure to be passed on to a new generation of guests. The great facilities and activities for children, spacious villas and lodges that provide comfort for all the family, and its thermal spa treats and nights off for mum and dad, make this an ideal family holiday. Enjoy two nights’ B&B with dinner on one evening for adults from €199 PPS. Children under the age of four stay for free at the resort, with children aged from four to 12 charged at a rate of €30 for bed and breakfast. To book your family break this autumn, visit, or call 064 667 5600.

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FastSport Clubs’ social media seminar:

Ronan Gormley, the first Irish player on the left, will hope his side can continue their rise up the world rankings as they received last-gasp funding Picture: Adrian Boehm

hockey: Irish men’s team raise €60,000 in five days to fund trip to Argentina

‘Remarkable’ support gives Gormley massive motivation CLONSKEA man Ronan Gormley said that he was truly inspired by fundraising efforts that raised over €60,000 in five days to help the Ireland’s men’s hockey team travel to the world ranking Champions Challenge tournament in Argentina next month. Speaking about the fundraising drive, he said: “What has taken place over the last week is simply remarkable. “On behalf of the Irish Men’s team, I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all those who have contributed. We have been told that we have inspired people through our performances…right

now we are truly inspired by them.”
 The situation arose in the wake of the Irish Hockey Association (IHA) board’s decision to withdraw the side from the competition, initially due to the lack of a coach but subsequently announced as a result of a budget shortfall. It was a move that would have seen a hefty fine imposed by the International Hockey Federation and a large world ranking points deduction. The manner of the communication saw a backlash from senior players and the hockey public and forced an about-face last Friday from the IHA.

They set a target of €45,000 to be raised by yesterday’s deadline, a figure which was surpassed via over 380 online donations as well as contributions from businesses. While the final numbers remain to be finalised, the surplus has been ringfenced for events in 2013. Speaking about the outcome, the IHA chairman of the board Dennis Millar said: “The board are thrilled that through a team effort and support from the community and benefactors that the team is now partaking in the Champions Challenge. We look forward to supporting

them at this upcoming ranking event.” Speaking on RTE, meanwhile, IHA chief executive Angus Kirkland said the IHA board “under-estimated the depth of feeling and support for the men’s national team” adding: “the strength of feeling around the hockey community has enabled us to change that decision.” In the short term, it allows Ireland to travel to the Champions Challenge which gets underway on November 24 in Quilmes with Ireland grouped with the hosts Argentina, Japan and South Africa in the initial phase of the competition.

DUBLIN local sports partnerships are calling on sports clubs to sign up for the 2012 Social Media Seminar for Sports Clubs at the Red Cow Inn on Saturday, November 17. This year’s event will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm followed by lunch and a chance to network with other local clubs. The main speaker will be Liam Horan (ex-journalist at the Irish Independent and RTE). For more information or to register, log onto Clubs can register online for a fee of €20 per person (and an online registration fee of €1.70) which includes lunch, parking, and an information pack.

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FastSport FINGAL set for road to rio: THE FAI and Fingal County Council, in conjunction with Swords Pavilions, have announced the launch of the new Road to Rio after-school football programme. The Road to Rio, which will coincide with the Republic of Ireland’s bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is aimed at increasing participation in football in Fingal. A number of different programmes will take place in schools, clubs and community centres in the region. The competition begins this week in Skerries and Balbriggan and will provide primary-school kids with an opportunity to test their skills in an eight-week smallsided-games competition. Also part of the programme are a number of after-school clubs, in which qualified FAI coaches will deliver fun coaching sessions to boys and girls aged five to 10. For further information, please contact Paul Keogh at

Soccer: strong local contingent receives representative call-ups

Leinster interpros edged out 

PALMERSTOWN CS’ Jamie Gooner y captained a Leinster schools squad that came up just short in their bid to continue the province’s brilliant run of results in the FAI Schools U18 Boys’ Interprovincials. He was part of a team that also featured Clonkeen College’s Steven Byrne, St Kilian’s DSD’s Nika Arevadze, Malahide’s CS’ Dylan Cashin and Clayton Stafford of Collinstown Park Community College. They just missed out on Leinster’s sixth successive title, having won 10 of the last 11 tournaments, playing out

a scoreless draw with Munster in the decisive match that saw the silverware make its way south. Leinster’s opening encounter saw them pit their wits against Ulster’s best schoolboys and it was a good start for their attempted title defence although they conceded first with Aidan Sweeney scoring first for the northerners. However, Wexford man Kevin O’Connor was on hand with a brace to cancel out Sweeney’s earlier attempt. With a win meaning two points in the tournament format, Munster and Leinster were deadlocked at the top with

two points, with Ulster and Connacht yet to bank points after the Friday fixtures. John McShane’s defending champions could perhaps have taken the westerners a bit lightly in the penultimate games played on the Saturday, the Connacht side scored the only goal of the encounter with Portumna’s Conor Barry giving Tom Byrne’s side their first victory of the weekend. Leinster may have noticed the title slipping away when Ulster banked another point from their clash with Munster, leaving them on top of the table and with Connacht seeing off

Leinster captain Jamie Goonery with Sean Carr at the tournament presentations

the reigning champions, that left the west equal with Leinster. Therefore, Leinster not only needed to win their own game against the unbeaten Munster men, but they would also need Connacht to lose or draw. Munster certainly made it tough for the Leinster men as they aimed to become the first province to claim six FAI Schools U18 Boys’ Interprovincial title in a row. They battened down

the hatches and effectively parked the bus knowing that a draw from the encounter would see them lift the trophy. Connacht did everything they needed to do in their closing game against Ulster, scoring the only goal of the last day’s play, and putting themselves on top of the league table via youngster Liam Flatley who pounced on an opportunity in the dying embers of the game.

With the situation the way it was, Connacht then needed Leinster to find a winner against Munster, although they would have been level with McShane’s side on four points. They would have taken the tournament lead on the head to head result, having seen off the Leinster men the day before. The goal would not come, however, and Munster were crowned champions.

Dublin ladies turn on the style at Wright Venue 

Dublin stars Fiona Hudson, Emma Colgan, Paul Flynn, Siobhan Woods and Niamh McEvoy. Picture: Peter Hickey

DUBLIN Ladies GAA will be showing another side of themselves as they take to the catwalk for the biggest event in the players’ social calendar. The world’s of sport and style will collide at their annual fashion show, which takes place in the Wright Venue, Swords, on Saturday, October 27. GAA heroes Bernard Brogan, Paul Flynn, David Curtin and Shane Durkin will strut their stuff, alongside players from the Dublin Ladies U-14s, U-16s,

minor and senior teams as part of the fundraising event. Hosting the event is St Brigid’s Joanne Cantwell, herself a former Dublin footballer and face of RTE Sport. Styling the Dublin Ladies GAA is fashionista Catherine Condell who will be showcasing the latest looks for the season at the show. Another Irish fashion icon and presenter of RTE’s Off the Rails Live, Sonya Lennon, will head up a guest panel of judges to find the winner of Dublin’s Next Top Model and will also secretly scan the audience for Best Dressed

during the event. The show will feature sportswear and party wear with brands such as Elverys, O’Neills, Debenhams, Penneys, Cari’s Closet, Louis Copeland and Peter Mark hair stylists. Dublin’s dynamic half-forward and All-Star in 2011, Paul Flynn is one of the GAA stars lining out on the night: “I’m used to a very different kind of stage, though I’m really looking forward to taking part in the show. It will be a great night”. Speaking on behalf of the Dublin Ladies Association, chairperson Maureen King said: “This

event will raise funds to support and invest in the development of Dublin Ladies GAA, ensuring that the inter-county players of today and the future have access to the best in class coaches, equipment, structures and practices to compete and enjoy playing at the highest level.Come along and support the girls - there’s more to Dublin Ladies GAA than what you see on the pitch!” Tickets are priced €20 (€15 for U-18s). Visit to find out more details or contact the ticket office on 086 0285539.

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Achill invitation has Jade high as a kite Jade O’Connor is making big waves on the world kite-surfing scene, one which was given major recognition with Olympic inclusion for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 confirmed in April this year DUBLINER Jade O’Connor has been included among an elite list of just 33 riders to compete at the prestigious Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro (KSP) championships in Achill Island. The event runs from October 19 to 28 and is the first time a world-level event of this ilk will come to these shores. Following a 14th place finish at a European championship event in La Baule, France, and 34th in the worlds in Sardinia in the past month, O’Connor is delighted to have been offered the chance to take on the challenge. The arrival of the tour adds another boost for

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the growth of the sport in Ireland coming a few months after kite-surfing was named among the Olympic disciplines for 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. For O’Connor, this is the ultimate aim after a number of years making her name on the pro tour, something that would not have been possible up to now. “I’m in the process of putting together a campaign to represent Ireland

in 2016. It’s made a substantial difference,” she told GazetteSport. “Now that nationalities are on the line rather than people if you like for podium places, there’s a huge injection of support in terms of coaching, equipment and sponsorship. It’s ramping up left, right and centre which is really awesome. Previously, a pro career would be a very difficult one.” The sport combines elements of wake-boarding and surfing with the aid of a kite acting as a sail, making for a physicallydemanding three-dimensional challenge. O’Connor got into the sport after a life on the water, her earliest memo-

Jade O’Connor is Achill-bound this weekend for on the Kite Surf Pro tour

ries going to the Shannon while she started sailing when just five years of age. She rose to international level in both mirrors and catamarans, competing at world championship level in her college days.

regularly at international level. If there is an event in Australia or Miami, you have to be there. “Particularly for Ireland, because we don’t have that many athletes for us to train among ourselves, we always have to go abroad. That just


‘It doesn’t matter what sport you compete in, you have to compete regularly at international level. If there is an event in Australia or Miami, have to be there’ --------------------------------------------------------

She has since become not just a sailing instructor but also can teach surfing and wind-surfing but the kite version has become her over-riding passion. With that Olympic inclusion, it is now something she hopes to pursue full-time if she can get the funds together with a three-year programmer likely to cost in the region of €250,000. “With the Olympics on board, our outlook has to be professional even though it’s called an amateur game. I have sponsors on board – Cabrinha and Pure Magic - but ultimately, it is all hinging on getting a benefactor until next May when the Sports Council will come on board. “It doesn’t matter what sport you compete in; you have to compete

makes it expensive.” The event in Achill offers the perfect chance to showcase her talent. Ireland was hand selected as one of just four tour stops as a result of its exposed Atlantic seaboard on the west coast and extended reefs. It has long made Ireland a hidden gem in the surfing community, known colloquially as the “cold water Hawaii”. “We’re lucky top have the KSP arriving which is a world invitational tour. They have four events a year and only invite the best riders and only use the best locations at the best time. These guys do not sell out. “I’m just really happy to be out on the water every day, pursuing my passion but to get recognition and to be able to compete at that level is a huge honour.”


Shillington honoured with Cricket Writer’s award MALAHIDE and Ireland batswoman Clare Shillington was presented with a special Cricket Writer’s of Ireland (CWI) award for Outstanding Performance last week following her exploits over a glittering career. She became the first woman to win 100 caps for Ireland in September when she also scored fifties against Pakistan and Bangladesh and her maiden international century against the Netherlands. The event took place on home turf in Malahide cricket club and was the last one to be presided over by chairman Robin Walsh, who steps down from the CWI when he becomes Cricket Ireland president in 2013. The occasion was tinged with sadness too, as Walsh recalled the great former secretary of Cricket Ireland John Wright, another Malahide man whose 70th birthday would have been last week. George Dockrell collected his second notable award of the 2012 season as he was named Russell Court Hotel player of the year, his second award from CWI too, having previously won an ICC associate player of the year award. The gala evening was graced by the presence of Ireland players Gary Wilson and William Porterfield, who arrived in Dublin earlier in the evening on the third leg of their marathon charity cycle around Ireland. They told the attendance of their exploits on the road and were heartened by the great reception and support they have been getting throughout the country. They were joined in Malahide by team-mates Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Paul Stirling, Max Sorenson, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell and James Shannon. A raffle for a signed shirt and VIP tickets to next season’s game against England yielded takings of €590 which were then passed on to Wilson by the cricket writers for the appeal fund. Ginger O’Brien – father of internationals Niall and Kevin and a top drawer player in his own right – and Gerry Duffy were inducted into the RSA Hall of Fame which has been a popular segment of the CWI dinner for several years.


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soccer: satelle strikes the winner to lifT blues to second

Peamount cup dreams denied by Raheny United RAHENY UNITED claimed the FAI Umbro Women’s Senior Cup for the first time in their history after a dramatic final denying Peamount United 2-1 at Dalymount Park last Sunday. The Northsiders clinched the victory with a 90th minute winner from Noelle Murray after the most dramatic of endings. Peamount United went ahead in the seventh minute with the game’s first attack of note. JulieAnn Russell showed great skill on the left wing and her low cross was swept home by Sarah Lawlor. She might have extended that lead within seconds when she burst through on goal again after a good pass by Stephanie Roche but she shot straight at Raheny keeper Emma Merrigan. In response, Raheny started to make headway at the opposite end of the field and two minutes later a clever lay-off by Rachel Graham set up Mary Waldron for a shot that Peamount keeper Linda Meehan did well to save. Two minutes before the break it was Lawlor again threatening the Raheny defence when she cut in from the left but Raheny keeper Merrigan made an excellent save. As the game ticked into first half injury-time Raheny got the breakthrough they sought and levelled. Murray’s low strike was parried by Meehan but only as far as Rachel Graham and when the Peamount keeper blocked that shot the ball fell for Waldron to knock home. Stung by the equaliser Peamount came out for the second half looking to regain command and Lawlor was unlucky not to find the target in the 51st minute with a header. Lawlor’s pace caused havoc for Raheny again two minutes later but this time the Peamount striker fired into the side-netting. Raheny thought they had taken the lead on the hour when a long range strike by Noelle Murray rattled Meehan’s crossbar. The rebound was headed back towards goal by Graham but remarkably also hit the bar and the loose ball bounced awkwardly forWaldron. Siobhan Killeen had another great chance but Meehan saved well in the 66th minute. Just when it seemed extra-time was certain, Raheny snatched the winner. A brilliant pass by Kate Flood found Graham on the right and she sent in a low cross that slipped through to Murray and she tapped into an empty net.

The Bluebell United LSL Sunday Senior team prior to their league tie with Malahide United last Sunday at Red Cow

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TWO well-taken goals either side of half time prevented Malahide Utd extending their unbeaten run to six games and moved Bluebell Utd into second place in the LSL Sunday Senior. In an evenly contested match throughout, Malahide had the first real chance of the game on the 25-minute mark when some good link up play with the midfield and the forwards resulted

in Gareth Logan finding space 25 yards out, where he was able to turn and shoot, forcing Carl Coleman into a good save, tipping the ball over the crossbar. The visitors continued to press and create chances with captain Barry Slattery and Mark Logan leading the charge but a counter-attack from Bluebell nearly resulted in them taking the lead. A long ball played in from their defence, was met by Shane Stritch who did well to turn his marker and drive in a low shot, forcing Stephen Trimble to dive to his left

derby delight Finnstown resident signs up with Rams jack tuite this week signed terms with Derby County to link up with English championship club next January when he turns 16. He has earned seven international underage caps in the past year, captaining the Republic of Ireland U-15 side in Qatar as well as playing against Belgium in Killarney last spring and in the Umbro Cup in Galway during the summer, catching the eye of plenty of scouts en route

and put the ball out for a throw-in. The opening goal eventually came when the ball was controlled on the half way line by Mark Higgins who took the ball around his marker and hit a good finish past the outstretched keeper that went in off the inside of the post, putting the visitors up 1-0. Bluebell equalised just before the break when Darragh Killeen knocked the ball past his marker and drilled in a low cross into the six-yard box which was met by Stritch who placed the ball into the top corner.

Bluebell continued in the second half in the same manner that they completed the first and duly took the lead in the opening minutes. A defensive lapse by Malahide led to a well taken goal by Darragh Satelle to put the home team ahead. Bluebell could have stretched their lead further in the second half but were thwarted by the goalkeeping attributes of Trimble, who made a string of great saves to deny Robert Douglas attempts on goal. Malahide finished the game the strongest and

will feel unlucky not to have equalised as they had a number of chances created by substitute Gary Murphy but were unable to get the elusive goal as Bluebell held on for the win. Malahide manager, Vinnie Perth was “very disappointed” with the end result of the game as he felt his side had “done enough, particularly in the first half, to win the game” but just lacked the “killer instinct” at times. He feels that his team will learn from their mistakes and continue to aim for a top three finish this season.

18 October 2012 CLONDALKIN gazette 31


ST PAT’S, Palmerstown were unable to recreate the form they showed first time around as they fell to Templeogue Synge Street 1-17 to 1-6 last week in their Dublin senior football championship last 16 replay. It meant Synger went through to play reign-

ing champions, St Brigid’s, in the quarter-final after comfortably overcoming Pat’s in Parnell Park. They led from start to finish with the accuracy of Niall Scully and Mark Hiney’s ninth minute goal helping them to a 1-9 to 0-2 interval advantage. Pat’s rallied in the

second half with Aidan Glennon leading the way and, with 10 minutes remaining, they had reduced the deficit to six points. Glennon weighed in with 1-4 to go with the 1-5 he scored in the initial tie that had ended in a 2-11 each draw. However, points from Cathal Morley, Eoghan

O’Gara and Scully saw Sy nger move out of sight. It ends an up-anddow n r un for Pat’s marked by great wins over St Mark’s and St Mary’s, Saggart but a heavy defeat to Ballymun Kickhams, scoring just one point, was a tough result to cope with.

ladies football: clondalkin club power on


Pat’s bow out of senior championship

ASDFASDSAF  Club Noticeboard round tower, clondalkin THE intermediate hurlers were

jackpot of €9,300. Congratulations to

defeated by St Vincent’s in their final

Bob Russell, Gary Kinsella, and Lordy

league game. The junior A team face

who were the three €100 winners.

Raheny in St Anne’s Park this Sunday

Match three and the bonus ball n/a.

at 11am in the league decider, followed

Next week’s jackpot is €9,400.

by the Junior B team facing St Oliver

The clubrooms are available for

Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh at 3pm

rental for parties, anniversaries, etc.

in the community centre, also with

Please contact Jimmy behind the bar

league honours at stake.

or on 01-4592960.

Congratulations to the U-15 ladies

Pick your lotto team leader and help

team on qualifying for the division two

them become the top Friday night

championship final against Naomh


Olaf’s next Saturday, venue and time

One hour, once every seven weeks

to be confirmed. All support welcome

is all it takes. If you are able to help

on a very busy and hopefully success-

please contact Matt McCormack

ful weekend ahead.

on 0876836737 or email info@round-

Scrap Saturday is returning to

Round Tower GAA club. The next col-

The club shop is open in the club

lection will take place Saturday,

every Monday night from 7.30-8.30pm.

November 10 and people are asked to

You can call Betty Ward or Catherine

leave their metal to Monastery Road

Moran direct if you have any particu-

between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

lar enquiries on 087 6752238 or 086

This week’s lotto numbers were 5, 10, 14 and 28. The bonus ball was 6. There was no winner of this week’s

8303207 respectively. Bingo is not on this week but returns on October 23.

St Pat’s, Palmerstown THE senior footballers saw the senior

in Blakestown on October 28 at 11am.

championship come to an abrupt end

Lotto number and results: first

with a defeat to Templeogue Synge

draw winning numbers – 3, 27, 28 and

Street in the replay for a spot in the

30, there was no winner. The second


draw winning numbers were 2, 12,

U-12 hurling had a great win against

26 and 28; there was no winner. Any

An excellent victory over Ballyboden St Enda’s has moved Round Tower one step closer to a championship title

Ballyboden. The minor footballers are

three numbers winners: Lisa Smith.

Tower’s see off Boden and set up U-15 final

now one step closer to the champi-

The next draw is on Sunday, October

onship quarter-final following a win


 peter carroll

A CLOSE win over Ballyboden St Enda’s has set up a crucial finale in the Tesco ladies football division two championship for Round Tower’s U-15s who will play Naomh Olaf on Saturday October 20. Despite the Olaf’s side being division one regulars, Tower’s manager Michael Collins is adamant that there will be “no lack of confidence” in his side heading into the match. The game with Ballyboden has prepared the

Clondalkin ladies ahead of the final with a very tense last few minutes having to be endured before the whistle was blown last Sunday. “It was a very tough game,” said Collins. “We had a lead of five points for the majority of the game but Enda’s managed to pull back within two points of us and then with six long minutes of extra time it was quite nervy.” The group stages of the tournament were a relatively comfortable affair for Tower’s who showed a serious scoring prowess as they saw

off Parnell’s 5-9 to 1-7 in early September and Scoil Ui Chonaill 2-23 to 1-4 later in the month. The scoring is something that has been specifically worked on by Collins, who has made the team’s kicking a priority. “We practise kicking at every training session, the girls have a fantastic eye for the posts and give everything in training. It’s definitely one of our strengths,” said Collins. With the final looming, opinions are split on who holds the advantage going into the tie but Collins, although he is

aware of Olaf’s strength, is backing his girls to the hilt. “T hey have quality U-16 Dublin player Niamh Donnelly and they have two brilliant corner forwards. “But, we have our own inter county talents like Amy Conroy, Sinead Collins and Jasmine O’Neill as well as a squad of 30 players that have all made big efforts to get this far. “There will be no lack of confidence on the day, they’re a good side but we certainly have no fear of the occasion,” finished the Tower’s manager.

against Fingallians on Sunday. The next round is against St Peregrine’s

The first draw jackpot is €10,000, the second draw jackpot is €3,200.

westmanstown/garda THE playing season drew to a close

last week.

last Saturday evening when our

Seamus played with the Garda

intermediates took on Crumlin away

GAA Club for a number of seasons in

at Pearse Park. Unfortunately, there

the mid-1970s and gave outstanding

was no joy in our final league game as

service to his native Donegal. May he

we went down 3-9 to 1-12.

rest in peace.

All adult teams have now completed

The hurling weekend saw the

their playing schedules for the year.

U-8s and U-9s in action. The U-9s

There was no silverware for the sen-

beat Beann Eadair in a close fought

ior club this year but a big thanks

encounter. The U-8s shared the spoils

to all of the players, management,

against Thomas Davis. Good luck to

sponsors and supporters for all their

the girls who are playing in two finals

efforts during the season.

later this month.

With the completion of the play-

The first final sees the U-15 girls

ing season, our thoughts now turn

play in the division three final against

to the AGM and our social evening of

Clontarf on Saturday, October 20 at

Who Wants to be a Thousandaire on

1.30pm. The following day, the girls

December 8.

play Cuala in the U-16 division three

Visit the club’s website for more information or contact any committee member.

shield final. Finally, a big thank-you to James Clancy who raised more than €2,500

We would like to express our con-

for the club through a volunteer work

dolences to the family and friends

scheme, sponsored by his employer

of Seamus Bonner who passed away


GazetteSPORT all of your CLONDALKIN sports coverage from page 27-31

blue sunday: Bluebell oust Malahide United to move up to second in the LSL Sunday Senior division P30

October 18, 2012

scaling new heights: Jade O’Connor on how kitesurfing is taking off P29

Round Tower’s junior A footballers face Raheny in St Anne’s Park on Sunday with the AFL5 title on the line before the junior Bs meet St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh for the AFL9 title

Tower’s double dream Sunday could prove a huge day for the Round Tower’s junior football teams as both the A and B sides have league deciding showdowns

 peter carroll

ROUND Tower’s two junior football teams are gearing up for big league deciding games this weekend as the junior As look to secure the AFL5 title against Raheny at 11 am in St Anne’s Park followed by the junior Bs who will face off against St Oliver Plunkett’s at the Community Centre at 3pm. Pat “Cubby” Murphy is confident ahead of the clash, claiming that the win in this league has been the target for him since he took the helm two years ago. “We are in as good a form as we have ever been,” stated Murphy. “We’ve played Raheny

four times over two years and to be fair to them, they’ve won the two important ones in the championship, this year and last year. “It’s always a close match when we play them, but we have a lot of players back now that we wouldn’t have had available on the other occasions and things are as good as they can be. “We had a fantastic last 20 minutes against St Jude’s in our last outing and if we could maintain that type of play over 60 minutes, we’d definitely take the title. “This league title has been our target, certainly the promotion was, but having secured that we want to move up - and I don’t want to sound big headed when I say this - but I think we’ll do it,” said Murphy.

For the junior B manager Willie Kennedy, he is walking a tightrope coming into the final fixture – if he wins the side take the league and gain promotion, anything else and they’re looking at another year in the AFL9. “With Na Fianna top at the moment and us having beaten them already in the league this season, a win against Plunkett’s would bring us level on points but we’d win on the countback against Na Fianna,” explained Kennedy. “It’s an interesting situation to be in, but it’s very exciting considering that the team were ready to break up at the beginning of the season. “Having spent time as a player in the panel, I was able to get the lads together to regroup, now

we’ve won the cup and we’re looking at winning the league title. “Plunkett’s are always a tough side, but they’ve finished off now really because they have nothing to play for, I think that gives us an edge. “The lads are so confident, I definitely think they are capable of winning it. To think we weren’t even going to play this year is amazing because now I genuinely believe we can go on and fight to gain promotion for the AFL 8 if we go up. “If Cubby’s team are successful they’ll be moving to intermediate and if that happens I’m sure some players would be dropping back to our team. That would be a huge boost and make another promotion quite likely,” said Kennedy.

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