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INSIDE: Advocacy group set up to make sure voices of older citizens heard P6

shop local: The Gazette shines a light on Clondalkin’s retailers Pages 4-5

Whole lotto luck: Phyllis full of joy after major win Soccer:

Ten-man Blues get point against Nix Page 30


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phyllis Lynch from Neilstown,

Clondalkin, won €38,400, which included a Suzuki Grand Vitara car, recently on RTE’s National Lottery Winning Streak. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were the show’s host Marty Whelan, Phyllis Lynch, Nigel Scully, head of sales for the National Lottery and game show host Geri Maye. The winning ticket was bought in Dunnes Stores.

Clondalclean volunteer wins place on shortlist ‘Big honour’ as man who helped to clean up town nominated for national award


A LOCAL asylum seeker has been nominated for a Volunteer Ireland award. The awards recognise 30 outstanding volunteers

from across the country, and Alpha Gassama, a Guinean native living in Clondalkin, has been shortlisted for his work with Clondalclean and Clondalkin Tidy Towns. “It is a big honour for

myself and everyone in Clondalclean and the Clondalkin Tidy Towns,” said Alpha. “Clondalkin is a beautiful place. It is like a city, but with a village point of view. You

have a lot of beautiful walks with the canal and the parks. But sometimes, these places are filthy and I thought ‘no, this place deserves better than that’.” Full Story on Page 2

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Local man Alpha Gassama, who is from Guinea and now living in Clondalkin, has been nominated for a Volunteer Ireland award, thanks to his great work with Clondalclean in helping to keep many of the area’s popular spots clean and tidy

Nomination delights an ‘inspiring’ volunteer A LOCAL volunteer has been nominated for a Volunteer Ireland award. The awards will recognise 30 outstanding volunteers from across the country. Alpha Gassama, from Guinea and now living in Clondalkin, has been shortlisted for his work with Clondalclean and Clondalkin Tidy Towns. Since moving to Ireland 10 years ago, Alpha has been a dedicated volunteer, but it was not until he moved to Clondalkin two years ago that he made his biggest splash. Clondalclean has over 30 members, all asylum seekers, and organises two clean-ups a month around the local area. For Alpha, the motivation is simple, and he is delighted to be considered for the award. He said: “It is a big honour for myself and everyone in Clondalclean and the Clondalkin Tidy Towns. “Clondalkin is a beautiful place. It is like a city,

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but with a village point of view. You have a lot of beautiful walks with the canal and the parks. “But, sometimes, these places are filthy and I thought: ‘No, this place deserves better than that’, so I started the cleanups.” Having been honoured at the recent Clondalkin Chambers lunch for his dedication to environmental promotion in the area, Alpha is described by Volunteer Ireland as “a leader”, whose “willingness to volunteer has inspired so many people”. Alpha sees integration as a key ideal behind the Clondalclean initiative, with him wanting to give something back. Given his status as an

asylum seeker, he is not allowed to work or to attend college full time, but Alpha has been a volunteer in many fields, as well as attending several short study courses in University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin. Alpha said: “I said to them [the members of Clondalclean]: ‘We are here, and we are not allowed to work, we are not allowed to study, but there are plenty of things we can do’. “[Such volunteering] is the best way of integrating. I have been volunteering since I got to Ireland, so I know the difference it can make.” Having spent time in Cork and Limerick, Alpha hopes to stay in Clondalkin a long time. “I have more support here than in my home town. I have been volunteering and I have lots of friends here. I have never been happy like I am in Clondalkin.”

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Shop local The Gazette continues its focus on the many

Supporting our local business W

ITH Christmas almost here, it is important to remember in the rush that almost everything you could need for the festive period is available right on your doorstep. It is important, now more than ever, that we support our local economy, with local spending sustaining local jobs. Support is the key to a thriving local community, and every member of the public can contribute to this support. Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area. By shopping locally, without any of the expedition involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and industry – all of which play a far greater role in our quality of life than one might

imagine. On a very basic level, the commercial rates that even the smallest of such local businesses pay go directly to our local council. Without these

rates, the quality of public amenities, from parks to roads, would suffer. Think Local is an initiative of the South Dublin County Development Board, which intends to

create and develop community awareness of the advantages and benefits of supporting local business and community facilities. The initiative promotes

and helps sustain both economic and community vitality in South Dublin County. The County Development Board believe that if the community who live, work, study and do business in the county rallies around other local businesses, services and community facilities in the county, everyone can benefit. This initiative helps sustain existing jobs within the county, and encourages the general community to be involved. If you live or work in South Dublin County, you can pledge your support for the project, switch 10% of your existing expenditure to goods and services provided in South Dublin County, and visit and support your local community groups and facilities. For Christmas, The Gazette is continuing

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ways that sustaining retailers in turn helps the community

our support of local businesses, and will continue to work closely with the Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce to promote the local economy. Thyes Kavanagh, a local businessman, says that he hopes that jobs can be preserved and business can grow if people can be convinced to Shop Local. He said: “In these difficult times, Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce is calling on people to Shop Local. “Our message is: Please support local business. Not only do they offer great value for money but also a personal service. These businesses employ a large number of local people, both full and part-time, and need your support. “Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce is, at present, working on their

own campaign to promote local business and are also updating their website. “We would like to thank the Gazette for their Shop Local feature and hope that shoppers will support our local businesses,” said Kavanagh. With everyone pitching in, there is plenty of sup-

port for local businesses. That includes South Dublin Development Board, which, in 2010, initiated the Think Local Campaign, along with South Dublin Chamber, South Dublin County Enterprise Board, South Dublin County Council and the South Dublin Chamber.

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HE Clarion Hotel at Liffey Valley recently played host to the launch of a local advocacy group, Older Voices For Change. Comprising members from Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown and Newcastle, the group aims to identify issues which affect the lives of older people in the local com-

munity. They also aim to advocate for change by bringing these issues to the attention of policy makers and service providers in society. Older Voices for Change is supported by CPLN Area Partnership, and funded by Age & Opportunity under its Get Vocal programme.

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enterprise National investment project produces a local gain

Funding boost set to create 18 jobs  paul hosford

THE announcement of €3.78 million funding for County Enterprise Boards nationally has been warmly welcomed, and will lead to a local jobs boost. The funding has been released to fund job creation for the remainder of the year, and South Dublin County Enterprise Board (SDCEB) will receive €143,000, which will create 18 jobs.

County Enterprise Boards were established in 1993 to provide business support services at a local level to the micro-enterprise sector, or those businesses with less than 10 employees, and to cultivate and expand an ethos of local entrepreneurship. T h e c h i e f e xe c u tive of SDCEB, Loman O’Byrne, said that this year is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the board. He said: “The money

brings us to more than €600,000 [in funding] for the year, and it’s shaping up to be one of our best years ever. “Our clients have replaced the jobs lost in the crash, and employment among our client companies is approaching record levels.” O’Byrne went on to highlight the importance of small and medium enterprises in Ireland’s economic recovery. “T hey’re vitally important. When times


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Deputy Joanna Tuffy (Lab): “The funding will be used to provide direct capital assistance to local enterprise, along with other supports”

are tough, this is where people turn to and, whereas any company is susceptible to losing jobs, the sector overall is more secure than some of the more mobile foreign direct investment

[firms]. “Our clients have shown to be extremely adaptable and resourceful,” he said. Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Joanna Tuffy also welcomed the fund-

ing announcement. She said: “This will encourage these companies to start-up or develop their services, and in doing so, create and sustain jobs in their communities.”

guide: code of conduct

WITH Christmas fast approaching, and as people prepare to get festive and celebrate, South Dublin County Council are asking everyone in the county to think about the environment. To encourage everyone to join in, the council is running a Christmas decoration competition with a twist – decorations must be made from household packaging and waste.

Competition The competition is open to all, and the prizes for the best entries are energy-saving LED Christmas lights. The closing date is December 12; for an entry form, see

Horse owner handbook to Gardai appeal be launched to help find a THE Clondalkin Horse Project (CHP) will this week launch their members’ handbook, which they intend to be an ongoing guide for all horse-owners in the area. Following a recent public meeting on urban horse ow nership in Clondalkin, a group of interested people came together to develop a response. The group has the support of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT), CPLN Area Partnership, and Clondalkin Youth Service. People will be invited on the night to endorse the newly-drafted members’ handbook, which includes a code of conduct. It is expected that more than 60 people will sign up on the night. The group has been meeting for several months and sees its main priorities as promoting responsible horse ownership in Clondalkin, making it affordable for

people locally to own and care for horses and, ultimately, obtaining land that will be managed by this group for the purpose of running a horse club. Roisin Kearney, a horse owner in the Clondalkin area, said the group are looking to create a longterm plan for the area.

Approach She said: “It is our belief that in order to create a long-term solution to the issue, we need to provide education and have a multi-agency approach, with support from, amongst others, South Dublin County Council and the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.” The IHWT is a well-established and renowned horse charity which works closely with community organisations and county councils on the matter of urban horses. They have previously run horse programmes in Moyross, Dunskink and Belcamp/Darnale.

missing man GARDAI have issued an appeal to trace a 20-year-old man, who has been missing since last week. Louis Parsons was last seen at 3am on 18 November on Bushfield Drive in Clondalkin. He is described as 6’2” tall, of broad build with ginger hair, a freckled complexion and brown eyes.

Description When last seen, Louis was wearing a white Manchester United jersey, light grey tracksuit, navy runners and a black and red Manchester United wool hat. Gardai and Louis’s family say they are concerned for his welfare. Anyone with any information that could help find Louis is asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station at 01 666 7600, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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horses €190,000 loss on impounds SOUTH Dublin County Council has made a loss of more than €190,000 on impounding unregistered horses this year. The figures, revealed at this week’s Clondalkin Area Committee Meeting, show that fines imposed under the Control of Horses Act, 1996, were €14,457.80. T h a t co m p a r es to €205,868.67 spent by the council to impound 248 horses in the period until the end of the third quarter of this year. That figure is on target to surpass last year’s 305 confiscations, though the actual cost to the council is lower. In 2009, for example, the council impounded 142 horses, at a cost of nearly €350,000. The money raised through fines is also the highest it has been.

council Sheltered accommodation plan is praised

Social housing units to open in New Year  paul hosford

THE Valhalla sheltered housing scheme is expected to open in January, South Dublin County Council has announced. In a recent report to the Clondalkin Area Committee Meeting, the council said that the social housing scheme, which will contain 10 units, is due to open in the coming months and will provide five one-bedroom ground floor units (four of which will be special needs

units), four one-bedroom units and a two-bedroom duplex unit, as well as a staff office. The housing places will be distributed by Clanmil Housing, which is a registered housing association. Labour councillor Breeda Bonner is happy to see the plan progressing. She said: “I think it’s going to be really good. It’s nearly ready. They are going to be own-door units, so people with physical disabilities can access the units.

“Hopefully, people are living in them sometime into next year,” said Cllr Bonner, who had a motion on the boundary wall at the site answered at this week’s Clondalkin Area Committee Meeting. The motion concerned the boundary between Valhalla and Castle Grove, but the council confirmed that this issue has been cleared up. “Following a meeting with the residents of Castle Grove on October 4, at which the residents stated

Labour councillor Breeda Bonner welcomed the news that the Valhalla sheltered housing scheme is expected to open in January

that they did not want the council to interfere with the existing boundary wall, the council’s design team agreed to build a boundary wall within the council side of the boundary. “This wall was agreed at 2.4m in height, measured from the council side of the boundary. Work to

the wall is complete,” said the council. That report satisfied Cllr Bonner, who added that the entire project was admirable. “It’s right in the village centre and is going to give people with physical handicaps somewhere to live right in the centre of the village.

“Obviously, footpaths and things like that around Clondalkin will have to be taken into consideration, but they could not be better situated. “I know residents were worried about the project being visually acceptable, but we’re on the case and hoping that will happen,” said Cllr Bonner.

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Pantomimes aplenty for Christmas Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to make it even jollier than a trip to the theatre to see this year’s Christmas pantomimes. Dublin is getting ready to shout “He’s behind you”, and watch familiar faces dress up in elaborate costumes as they star in the shows. This week, the Gazette takes a little look at some of the pantos that are gracing city stages in the run-up to Christmas. This year, the Gaiety Theatre is taking a look at the classic tale of Cinderella, but giving it a panto makeover. There are two nasty, bullying ugly sisters, a quirky fairy godmother, a handsome prince and single glass slipper, all

the ingredients needed to complete the story of Cinders finding happiness and seeing her dreams come true. This panto is sponsored by Tay to and runs for six weeks from December 2 to January 13. Standard tickets are priced from €25 and are on sale now from usual outlets nationwide. For more information, see At the Tivoli Theatre, the Cheerio’s Panto is Snow White and the Adventures of Sammy Sausages which opens to the public on December 18. This show stars TV3 presenter Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages, singer Niamh Kavanagh

as the Evil Queen and Brian Dowling as the Mirror. Nadia Forde will star as the Good Queen, while ITV Superstars finalist Niall Sheehy plays Prince Charming. The show also introduces Molly Lynch as Snow White. The Cheerios Panto Snow White and the Adventures of Sammy Sausages opens Dec 18 with previews from Dec ember12 and runs until January 13, 2013. Tickets cost from €15 and are now on sale from The Tivoli Theatre at 01 454 4472 or on www. Meanwhile, Ireland’s most energetic twins, Jedward, star in the Dublin Bus Christmas panto, Jedward And The Magic

Jedward will star in the Dublin Bus Christmas panto, Jedward And The Magic Lamp, at the Olympia Theatre

Lamp, at the Olympia Theatre from Wednesday, December 19 to January 6. The show features an all-singing, all-dancing cast of over 100. The script is written by

scriptwriter, broadcaster and journalist Fiona Looney. Tickets for this show cost from €25 and are available now through Ticketmaster at www.


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Ethnic bazaar set out stalls for Christmas Fusion Sundays World Christmas markets are set to start this year in New Market Square in Dublin. Fusion Sundays is Dublin’s only ethnic bazaar and has a wide array of international stalls, ethnic food, live music and entertainment for the children. The market will celebrate many different Christmas traditions, with over 30 stalls selling fare from around the world. There will also be a Laughteryoga session, African dancing and several other workshops running throughout the day. The market will be held from 11am until 5pm on Sunday, December 9 at the Dublin Food Co-op, 12 New Market Square, Dublin 8, and subsequently every second Sunday of each month.

dublinlife A brush with great art Gazette

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exhibition: awards follow showcase of students’ work

 erica o’sullivan Fingal Community College

ON MONDAY, October 12, Fingal Community College held an art exhibition, curated by transition year students, displaying the Junior Certificate art, craft and design projects of 2012. The exhibition was followed by an awards ceremony. Projects from ar t, home economics, woodwork and metalwork were displayed in the school hall, and there was a competition for the best project in each subject. Transition year stu-

dents Jodie Morris and Saoirse Traynor introduced the exhibition, which was officially opened by Julie Clarke, arts education officer, Fingal County Council. Refreshments were served by the transition year catering team.

Trophies The winners in each category were awarded trophies, and they were named as Donna Fogerty, art; Megan McKeown, home economics; Damien McGlynn, metalwork and Kyle Maguire, woodwork. The parents of students who submitted

a Junior Cert project were invited to see their son or daughter’s work, and to hear the winners being announced. Fif th class pupils from the Old Borough National School, Swords Educate Together, Holy Family National School and St Colmcille’s Boys School were invited to join the fun, and were highly enthralled by the quality of the artwork. The students would like express their sincere gratitude to all who helped make the event such a success. The exhibition would not have taken place without the generos-

Megan McKeon and principal Sharon McGrath

ity of sponsors, Philip O’Neill Photography, Pat O’Farrell School Un i f o r m S u p p l i e r s , Woodgrey Ltd, Elliot Engineering and Zara McDonnell Boardman. The principal, Mrs Sharon McGrath, concluded the exhibition with the announcement of plans for an annual art exhibition at the college

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Get involved with the Gazette As part of the recent 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. 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 further details, contact me, Rob Heigh, news editor at, or telephone me at 01 601 0240.

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The experiments set up were all popular, but the giant bubble (right) was a particular hit with students, thanks to its fun, hand-on way of showing a scientific principle at work

Bubbling with enthusiasm for tests  Aisling O’Fiachain

and Julia Ryan Sixth Year, Notre Dame

O N W E DN E S DAY, November 13, our school hall was transformed into a wacky, wondrous, world of science. Throughout the room, our tansition year and sixth year students had set up amazing experiments to let the invited

primary schools in the area get a close-up, hands-on approach to science. We didn’t think it was possible that this year’s Science Fair could surpass the success of last year’s, but it ended up being even better! Here is what people thought of our Science Fair ... Alison and Katie, from

Holy Cross National school, said: “We really liked the Yop experiment.” Ali, from the Muslim National School, thought it was “amazing and the best school trip of the year”. Jamie Murphy, from the Divine Word National School, found the giant bubble experiment to be “a bit nerve-racking, but

very good”. A teacher from the Muslim National School had nothing but positive things to say about the fair. “It was excellent – I feel bad for the students who didn’t get to go.”

Experiment Diane, from Holy Cross National School, said the giant bubble experiment was “really fun – I didn’t

realise I was in a bubble until it popped”. Sarah, a student of Notre Dame Junior School, loved the slime experiment, and found it “cool, disgusting and scientific”. Lisa Walsh, Prep 6 teacher, Notre Dame Junior School said it was: “A wonderful, interactive hands-on experience for all the children.

“They absolutely loved it, and said it was the highlight of science week.” Ryan, Rathfarnham Parish National School, said that “seeing how things work is fun and exciting”. Ms Byrne, another teacher from Notre Dame, thanked the students of Notre Dame, as “the fair wouldn’t have

been such a success without the help of the transition year and sixth year students”. As you can see, everyone had a wonderful time. Now, we just can’t wait for next year’s fair! The students of Notre Dame would like to thank the science teachers for all of their hard work, as it truly was a day to remember.


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Pictured are (from left to right): Joe Foran, Castleknock Hotel & Country Club (award sponsor); Siobhan Moore, president, Fingal Dublin Chamber; Louise Phelan, PayPal vice president and TV presenter Marty Whelan at the Fingal Business Excellence awards where PayPal won Employer of the Year 2012

Blanch-based PayPal wins Employer of the Year award THE European headquarters of PayPal based in Blanchardstown has won Employer of the Year at this year’s Fingal Business Excellence awards. The global online payment company employs 1,500 people at its facility in Blanchardstown. The awards, hosted by TV personality Marty Whelan, took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Friday, November 16, and recognised how highly PayPal values and treats its employees. Judges said PayPal more than met the criteria for this award: “They really value their people and do everything in their power to ensure that each and every employee is treated with respect, dignity and fairness in a creative and innovative atmosphere.” Louise Phelan, PayPal’s Ireland-

based vice president of global operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “At PayPal, we understand that our success as a company is based on how we value and treat our employees. We are very proud the be part of the business community in Fingal and hope that our philosophy can inspire others to keep employees front of mind, keeping them positively engaged, motivated and inspired. “While times are tough for business, it is within everyone’s grasp to create a workplace that really brings the best out in people and ultimately contributes to a better bottom line.” Meanwhile, the company also won two awards and were highly commended in a third category at the Contact Centre Management Association (CCMA) industry awards.

Keelings Sports-Candy launched KEELINGS, the fresh produce company, are celebrating the launch of their LazyTown Sports-Candy range by welcoming the star of the popular children’s show, Sportacus, to stores around Dublin this weekend. LazyTown is a children’s entertainment brand dedicated to promoting health and well-being in a fun way, and Keelings’ Sports-Candy range includes kid size apples, ready to eat mini pears, pre-sliced carrots, washed off-the-vine grapes and easy peelers, all contained in easy to carry punnets.

Keelings is a 100% Irish owned and family run business with an annual turnover of €300 million and employs over 1,400 people in Ireland and a total of approximately 2,000 people across the group. Sportacus will be in Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt on Friday, November 30 at 4pm, Tesco Extra in Naas on Saturday, December 1 at 10am, in Tesco Dundrum at 4pm, and at Tesco Clarehall on Sunday, December 2 at 10am. Children are encouraged to wear their LazyTown outfits and join Sportacus in his dance moves.


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Pensions made simple CONTINUING my analysis of pension parameters from last week, I can tell you that if you are thinking of setting up a pension plan, there are four main components that should be considered: 1. The strength of the insurance company where the pension fund is based; 2. The performance of both that company and the specific fund where the pension funds are maintained – though you would have to discount the last year or two, owing to the credit crunch impact; 3. The annual management charges associated with the pension fund by the insurance company, and 4. The commissions, or fees, payable to the intermediary/broker who sets up the pension plan. Outside of the complex self-employed, company owner, director and senior employee pension options, there are two basic employee schemes – defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes. The former are where employees receive 66% (50% if in the public sector) of their final year’s income, irrespective of the performance of the fund to which the employee or their employer or both has been contributing, and providing the full 40 years’ service has been completed. The latter schemes see the employee and/or the employer contribute into a fund, out of which will fund the monthly pension when the employee retires. That is, if the fund is still there at that time. This is why rigorous annual reviews should be

undertaken on all DC pensions. Even those in both schemes can supplement their pensions through an additional tax saving scheme called additional voluntary contributions (AVCs). Therefore, take steps now – have a look at the age threshold; have you room to start AVCs and, importantly, can you afford it? It is very tax efficient BUT you may have more pressing priorities. Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate, and seek expert advice before it is too late. Remember, the younger you start, the better, as the following shows (with pension maturity values at national retirement age, NRA, 65) – starting at age 25, the estimated maturity value at NRA would be €679,059, providing a yearly pension of €37,114. Starting at 35, the NRA value would be €332,135, providing a pension of €18,567. Starting at 45, the NRA value would be €145,161, providing €8,299. If in doubt, talk to an independent and professional adviser, or email me. More 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


Lucan forestry firm leafs the competition behind FOREST Enterprises Ltd (FEL), a national forestry company with its headquar ters in Lucan, has scooped the Leadership Award at the ActionCOACH Business Excellence Awards 2012, along with a merit award in the Best Team category. FEL has been in business for more than 20 years and has become a recognised leader in forestry management in Ireland. The Leadership Award was presented to Daragh Little, managing director, FEL and, according to Richard Cullen, of ActionCOACH: “Daragh was selected for the Leadership Award based not only on his vision for FEL, but also the forestry

sector in Ireland. “He has grown from a forest manager to a true business leader, building the business, developing his team, influencing the industry and Government policy both at local and European level. “As a result, he secured ongoing funding for forestry and established forestr y higher and higher on the investment agenda. “He instilled this vision and energy in his team, which also led him to being awarded in the Best Team category.“ In 2010, forestry contributed to 1.3% of Irish GDP, and the sector is projected to significantly grow in the next 10 years due to a high demand in timber.

Marina Bleahen, managing director, ActionCOACH Ireland; Daragh Little, managing director, Forest Enterprises Ltd; Richard Cullen, business coach, ActionCOACH Ireland and Vivian Peelo, business banking, AIB

FEL has already more than doubled its size in a four-year period, bringing its current employee number to11. Earlier this year, FEL opened two regional offices in Sligo and Cork, announced four new jobs, and launched an information website on commercial forestry. In the past two years

alone, FEL have invested more than €250,000 in their IT and management systems. Speaking on winning the award, Little said: “I am delighted to win the leadership award. I have worked in forestry for more than 20 years and proactively established myself as a solution provider to policy makers.”

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Starring as Nancy in the upcoming production of Oliver! at the Bord Gais Theatre, Samantha Barks is a young actress with an already impressive resume. While set to delight audiences with her role in Oliver!, Samantha will soon also be seen on cinema screens alongside Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables.

theatre: exclusive interview with actress at the heart of oliver!

You’ll be left wanting more!  hiromi mooney

YOU can achieve your biggest dreams, even if you hail from a small place. A little girl from the Isle of Man once dreamed of becoming a big star some day, and, after many years of hard work, that dream has come true. Now aged 22, Samantha Barks can call herself a West End theatre star and an international film star. Samantha trained at the Arts Education School in Chiswick, and first graced television screens in 2008 on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s competition on BBC One’s, I’d Do Anything. This was a nationwide search for an actress to play the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! To show their support for Samantha,


‘Nancy is very mistreated by her boyfriend, but she’s facing a dilemma – does she fight for the man that she loves, or for the greater good?’ -----------------------------------------

Samantha Barks


the Isle of Man even renamed itself for one day as the Isle of Sam. Although she finished in third place in the competition, she is now playing Nancy in a touring production of Oliver!, which is coming to the Bord Gais Theatre next month. Although she is

busy with rehearsals, she took time out to speak exclusively to The Gazette. She said: “When I first got the role, it was amazing because it had been part of my life for about four years ... It was my first insight into the showbiz world, with an audition for that part. “I’d worked so hard when I was 17 in the TV show, so to be actually playing it just felt more special, I think, because I’ve had that long-standing sort of a relationship with the role.” Samantha said that she loves being a part of Oliver! because it is “such a laugh”. “You can be on stage with such a talented bunch of people, but also just have so much fun. “Nancy is such an interesting character to play because, on the one hand, she

is the life and soul of every party – everyone loves her, she’s so much fun. “But then, on the other hand, she’s this dark, dark character that comes from a very abused background. She is very mistreated by her boyfriend, but she’s facing a moral dilemma – does she fight for the man that she loves, or does she fight for the greater good? “She meets this boy, Oliver, who has an effect on her like nothing before – it’s greater than her love for Bill, in the end, and that’s her sort of emotional struggle.” In her varied career, to date, Samantha has starred in the lead role of Zoe in the Disney TV series, Groove High, and she made her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Continues on Page 23

THE DSPCA are urging the public to Adopt, Don’t Buy a pet this Christmas as part of a campaign to prevent trafficking and to provide a second chance to many of the pets in its rescue centre. According to the DSPCA, Christmas sees thousands of pets given as presents, many of which are bought online from unscrupulous breeders. The DSPCA is asking people to give pets in rescue centres, such as the DSPCA’s, a second chance by adopting them as gifts rather than purchasing. According to Gillian Bird, head of education, the DSPCA, the society dealt with 3,319 cases of reported animal cruelty, and took in more than 4,400 animals last year alone. She said: “We hear upsetting stories reported to us in the DSPCA every week, and the public can help in many ways.” For further information, see

Pets aren’t just for Christmas, so think carefully before you bring one home


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STYLE Debenhams €47

Awear €60 Penneys €13

Christmas Guide - for her! Awear €65

Debenhams €153

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The time has come to think about others and give them gifts that are, truthfully speaking, on our own wishlist. This week, Gazette Style has put together a wishlist for females in the family. From perfume, to make-up, coats to hair styling tools, we’ve got it covered. All you Gazette Style readers have to do is chose one that will make your mother, sister, best friend or nieces Christmas, and don’t worry we won’t tell anyone where you got your ideas from. Don’t miss Gazette Style next week, when we will showcase the men’s wishlist. Happy shopping!

Stylist Easy Curl €39.99

YSL See stockists for details

Heatons €40 Penneys €20

Debenhams €40

Dunnes €15

Lancome See stockists for details

Harvey Norman €129.99 €200

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MUSIC FASTtunes with Dee Woods

Beatles for sale... George Harrison once sang All Things Must Pass, but as we remember him on his 11th anniversary this week (November 29), it’s clear not all things belonging to Harrison have. The so-called “quiet Beatle” features on what’s just been declared Britain’s rarest record. A recording by the band that preceded The Beatles: The Quarry Men from 1958 is the most valuable vinyl in the UK. Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon feature alongside Harrison on the single of That’ll Be The Day/In Spite of Danger which is valued at nearly €250,000. And if you are indeed a Beatles’ fan with a few quid, then you might like to know Harrison’s infamous leather jacket is going up for auction soon. It’s expected to go for around €150,000 at Bonham’s in London on December 12. Now I wouldn’t mind that in my Christmas stocking... but that’ll be the day. Dee Woods @ Radio Nova

John Paul Jones, RobertPlant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, were joined on stage at the O2 in London by Jason Bonham

review: a testament to the enduring power of led zeppelin

Rock of ages past As a youth of some summers past, I was handed a well-worn copy of a strange looking record, adorned with a photo of a painting of a man with a bundle of sticks on the wall of a partially demolished building. No track titles, no words at all, just four symbols. “What is this?” “Just the best rock record ever recorded...” “Okay,” I replied, popping it into a Woolworths bag and heading home to play it. My f r i e n d w a s n ’t wrong. Led Zeppelin IV was an incredible record. Though I was aware of Stairway To Heaven, the album opened up a portal to a style of rock that

did not exist before nor has been created again epic, sometimes pastoral, widescreen and elemental like a hurricane. Though a few years disbanded when I first listened to them, Zeppelin became the go-to act when nothing less than rock would do. I spent years tracking down bootlegs, savouring the BBC Sessions and the Remasters box set... Then, in 2007, 27 years after the band broke up in the wake of the death of drummer John Bonham, the impossible happened. I joined in with the estimated 20 million people worldwide who applied for tickets for their one-off show at

the O2 Arena in London after the band were reunited after the passing of their long-time friend and mentor, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who had taken a punt on the English blues band in 1968. A legendary night was had by all (though not me) but, five years later, Atlantic have released a recording and DVD of that night in London in the form of Celebration Day. With the surviving members back on stage with Bonham’s son, Jason, on drums, Zeppelin put on a remarkable show and this is a remarkable testament to their enduring legacy and

contribution to the last 40 years of music. Featuring all of the 16 tracks played that night, sy mpathetically and dynamically mixed by another legend, producer Alan Moulder, the album captures all of the anticipation, the power and the glory of one night in December when the planets aligned and Zeppelin were once more united on stage, where they were always at their most vital. This was no in-it-forthe-paycheck reunion, it was as though Zeppelin had never stopped playing together and that shows through in every single track on Celebration Day.

From Bonham’s countin and Jimmy Page’s piledriver of a a riff on Good Times, Bad Times that opened proceedings, to the final curtain call after a triumphant Rock And Roll, there was a palpable love and respect for each other and the material among the band, a determination to do not only themselves and their back catalogue justice, but to provide a fitting tribute to the man who helped make them the band who still hold so much affection and regard among music lovers, critics and fans worldwide. A simply essential purchase, and one that will make nations happy on any Celebration Day.



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RTE Vanburgh Quartet with Nobuko Imai THIS concert brings together the internationally-acclaimed RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet with the sensational Nobuko Imai, regarded as one of the most outstanding violists of her generation. Noted for her flawless technique and warm, expressive tone, Imai has performed as a solo artist with many of the world’s finest orchestras. December 1, tickets are priced at €17/€15.

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Miracle on 34th St ENJOY such popular songs such as Pinecones and Hollyberries, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas and My State, My Kansas, in this joyous, heart-warming musical of pure family entertainment. Miracle On 34th Street tells the story of a mother and daughter that are much too practical to believe in Santa Claus. Macy’s hires a kind, white-bearded, older gentlemen to play Santa at the store, but when the man proclaims to be Kris Kringle and Santa himself, his sanity is called into question. Presented by Glencullen Musical and Dramatic Society and directed by Tom Ronayne. December 5-15 at 8pm, tickets are priced at €20/18.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 ABBA Forever

IT’S Christmas! It’s party time! It’s ABBA! From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, expect a dazzling, fantastic performance including the most iconic hits, Mamma Mia, SOS, Money, Money Money, The Winner Takes It All and many more. December 10 and 11, tickets are priced at €20.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena take aim at the bad guys

Cops and robbers: Jake Gyllenhaal and michael Pena join the force

An exciting watch I AM having a crisis, dear readers. This time of year inevitably brings too many good films, meaning my inner curmudgeon doesn’t get the chance to stretch its legs. With last week’s surprisingly excellent The Sapphires and the highs of Argo comes End of Watch. Unlike last week’s review, there is nothing surprising about the brilliance on show here. Written, directed and produced by David Ayer, this is unsurprisingly a cop movie. When I say unsurprisingly, it is important to note that Ayer is the man behind the script f o r 2 0 01 ’s Tr a i n i n g Day, was the director of 2006’s outrageously good and criminally

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underseen Harsh Times and 2008’s decent but disappointing Street Kings. Take into account that he also wrote SWAT and Dark Blue and you come to the conclusion that, yeah, this guy likes his men in uniform. Which is not to say that his canon is onedimensional. Ayer ’s experiences on the streets of South Central LA in his 20s have given him a keen eye for the realities of the street and a finely attuned

sense of realism is always attached to his films. Except for SWAT and The Fast and The Furious. Oh, and he did write U-571, the most historically inaccurate film of all time. But he’s apologised for that, so we can just enjoy his LA films. Mu c h l i ke 2 0 0 6 ’s Harsh Times, End of Watch takes a look at a pair of cops on one of LA’s tougher beats. And again like Harsh Times, there is a white guy and a Hispanic guy. But that is largely where the similarities end. Where Harsh Times looked at the subjects with a strangely compelling detached air, End of Watch buzzes with a familiarity

Film of the Week: End of Watch h h h h h (15) 109mins Director: David Ayer Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera

OUR VERDICT: THERE are small stumbles, small little frustrating stumbles, but all in all, this is a great piece of cinema. Brave, unflinching and superbly acted, End of Watch is as good a cop film as there is, but is abundantly more. A great dissection of character, a fantastic look at male relationships and a thoroughly brilliant piece of film-making. See it. See it now.

and an almost childlike energy. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Officer Brian Taylor, a jovial, sarcastic showoff who, along with his partner Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) stumbles across a case that is a few stations above their pay-grade. Like all good movie cops, the two dive head first into it, eschewing the rules, guidelines and protocol of the LAPD.

With many scenes being show n almost entirely through handheld camera, there is a sense of proximity and almost voyeurism in what we’re seeing. Ayer throws off that idea whenever a scene needs more scope or scale and, far from being a jarring juxtaposition, it actually works quite nicely. The grubby corners of LA that Ayer is obvi

ously so familiar with are easily explored with the handhelds, while the action of the film’s second and third acts can be properly portrayed with the less intrusive camera angles. Yes, the bad guys are fairly shallowly drawn, but in this case it doesn’t matter. Their menace is real and Gyllenhaal and Pena infuse their cops with so much likeability, their mere survival is enough to make you root for them. Gyllenhaal is an actor who has quietly gone about establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s most capable, and odd, leading men. Though he will likely miss out on Oscar recognition for this, his performance should be seen.

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Wii U is here for, umm, you  SHANE DILLON

THE Wii is dead – long live the Wii U. Confused? I don’t blame you, as the news that Nintendo has a new console may be, well, news for many parents and casual gamers. Nintendo has announced that, as of now, it no longer has any new first-party Wii games in development – this means that it will continue to support the Wii, but not to make any new games for it, while it focuses on its all-new Wii U console instead, which launches this Friday, November 30. But, as Nintendo prepares to put its perfectly


decent (and particularly family-friendly) console into sleepy retirement, the company has finally unveiled its next console – the Wii U – with which it looks set to finally pose a challenge to Microsoft and Sony. Although arriving late to the games party, at least Nintendo have finally rucked up with some hardware of note, and with, seemingly, a


Madness, mayhem – and lovely views – in Far Cry 3 The sleek lines of Nintendo’s Wii U is very much in keeping with modern design trends – and, thankfully, it’s got plenty of power, too, along with a potentially very interesting controller (left)

more astute sense of how to position itself, and to make its console a real contender as a platform for gamers to embrace. But first, what is the Wii U? Put simply, it’s very much a modern games console that, in many ways, is comparable to the power of the XBox 360 or the PlayStation 3 – a notable step up in pure oomph from the Wii’s modest capabilities. Nintendo being Nintendo, they’ve sought to do something that differentiates it from the competition; in this new console, that’s very much the case with its special controller – and how. The GamePad is a large,


Your chance to get sporty with XBox THE Gazette has teamed up with Microsoft again for another great XBox 360 giveaway – and, once again, there’s a fun Kinect title up for grabs (which, as you’d expect, requires a Kinect body-tracking sensor to play). With Christmas almost upon us, family party games are always a real hit at this time of year, as well as games that you can return to time and again for lots of fun – so, what better game to pick up than Kinect Sports Ultimate? For those who aren’t as superfit as me (cough), you’ll have lots of fun getting breathless (or showboating your skills) in a wide range of sports, including soccer, football, golf, skiing, tennis, boxing, darts, baseball, bowling, track & field, table tennis, beach volleyball and basketball – if that’s not enough to suit any sporting interest (or to get granny showing off her previously little-seen volleyball skills), well ... Not only that, but we’ll (okay, Microsoft) even bung in some extra prizes for each


of five lucky winners: a Gold threemonth XBox Live subscriptions, as well as 2,100 Microsoft Points. So, to win your copy of Kinect Sports Ultimate, and the other goodies, just answer the following question ... In which sport would you use a racket? A. Tennis B. Golf C. Darts Email with your answer before noon on Friday, December 7. Please include your full name and address; one entry per applicant; five correct winners will be selected at random, with prizes posted out the following week.

chunky controller with a centralised touchscreen, which offers all kinds of interesting options for games, once designers get to grips with it (no pun intended). For example, that screen could show all kinds of information that directly relate to the onscreen action – such as to be an always-on map of where the player is in that game’s world, with lots of other obvious uses such as showing rankings, inventories, and so on.

Attractiveness Add to that the tactile attractiveness of swiping through and selecting content on this secondary screen, which has an instant relevancy to the on-screen action, and it’s clear that this feature alone has the potential to make the Wii U a very creatively interesting console, and gives it a unique selling point over its rivals. W hat’s under the hood? Suffice to say that it holds its own against the 360 and PS3, with graphics that are a significant step up from the Wii, if programmed right. A few points of note – it can support high definition graphics, with this HD capability a first for Nintendo, as well as using Flash storage for on-board saves. The GamePad can be used to play some games without the TV, with other peripherals also usable, and on the way.

Because nobody in the world really cares about how many tiny elves it whips on treadmills to make the machine process sub-pixel shading – yawn – let’s jump straight on to what will be a huge selling point for many. The fact that it’s backward-compatible with Wii games, meaning that Wii fans, families, those trading up – and even a certain Mr S Claus – can breathe a sigh of relief, as the new console supports all those Wii games people already have. Lastly, in what’s likely to be of most note to hardcore gamers, it’s also worth pointing out that several “heavyweight” games and franchises are also being ported to the Wii U, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Assassin’s Creed 3, and many more. While Nintendo remains the most familyfriendly console out there – to its detriment, some would say, as it hasn’t presented much choice or use for more mature gamers – it’s great to see that the Wii U will offer a “better” range of games. As expected for a launch console, it ain’t cheap, folks – kiss goodbye to at least €400, for the console and a few good games – but for a great, interesting new console, with some already noteworthy launch titles – this could be what Wii, or U, have been waiting for ...

THIS weekend, lots of gamers will be heading to a beaufitul island paradise to get Lost (see what I did there?) with Far Cry 3 – the latest and very pretty, yet pretty violent addition to the popular open-world franchise. Available on PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and PC, the game sees you searching for your girlfriend, and friends, on a beautiful island chain – beautiful, that is, except for some of the inhabitants – very bad men with guns – who aren’t best pleased to have some tourist interlopers ... I rambled – or rampaged – though an extensive hands-on advance preview of the game recently, and can confirm that it’s a great shooter, with an interesting (if slightly unhinged) plot and set of characters, as well as a frequently stunning open-world setting. So, for gamers looking for a lovely-looking (and often frenetic) shooter, you don’t have very Far to look ...

OH, DELL ...

Latest results underline crisis in the PC sector THERE are all kinds of fascinating, bizarre – and occasionally worrying – stories happening across the tech sector at the moment, with former hardware and software giants suddenly facing into unexpected battles. One such battle lies ahead for PC maker Dell, with a number of tech sites and reports picking up on its latest quarterly results, which show pretty hefty drops in both revenues and operating profits – these, in the same year in which its share price has also taken a drastic dive. Former tech giants, such as HP and Blackberry-maker, RIM, have seen a drastic reversal of fortunes in this time. With traditional PC/laptop sales plateauing, at best, or simply slumping around the world, as users migrate to tablets instead – not to mention the inexorable rise of smartphones – Dell, as with rivals and allies alike, faces a challenge to turn things around, before it drifts a little too close to beleaguered MySpace territory ...


Tech figurehead continues to evade police in Belize AT THE time of writing, a story that’s been fascinating tech reporters and, well, just reporters around the world has been the bizarre tale of multimillionaire internet entrepreneur John McAfee – yes, that McAfee, whose antivirus software many readers have on their PCs – who remains on the run in Belize, after being named as “a person of interest” in the shooting dead of his neighbour, Gregory Faull, with police looking to interview him for their enquiries. Unfortunately for San Pedro police, and to help with the enquiry into the late Mr Faull’s murder, McAfee has, to use an old-fashioned phrase, gone “on the lam” around the tiny country – a curious decision to make, yet one made even stranger (and attracting intense media attention) by his decision to start a blog, and to contact international media, both protesting his innocence and detailing the ways in which he has avoided Belize police, how he has disguised himself, and so on. Perhaps the best, last word on this continuing situation (at the time of writing) should be left to Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, who has said of McAfee’s evasion: “It strikes me that he is extremely paranoid ... I would go as far as saying he is completely bonkers.”

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Young artists invited to dream up car Creative kids will be delighted to hear that Toyota Ireland have announced the launch of the annual Dream CarArt Contest. The national competition invites budding Irish artists under the age of 16 to dream up their car of the future. Nine Irish finalists will be awarded prizes which range from a Nintendo DS, Digital Camera, iPod shuffle and art supply vouchers, as well as the chance to win an unforgettable trip to Japan if they are successful at a global level. A panel of three judges, RTE presenter Diana Bunici, lecturer in Fine Art at NCAD OliverWhelan and a representative from Toyota Ireland have the tough job of selecting three finalists in each age category (under 10 years, 10-12 years and 13-15 years) as the national winners. These winners will be announced in March 2013. Young artists are being asked to draw or paint their vision of a Dream Car using standard art materials (digital submissions will not be accepted). All entries must be in colour and include a car and a background or setting on A3 size paper. All submissions can be entered by dropping art work into an authorised Toyota dealership or sending it to Toyota Ireland, Killeen Rd, Dublin 12 and clearly mark it Toyota Dream CarArt Contest. The submission must be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from ie . The contest will be open until February 28, 2013. The nine Irish winners’ works will go on to compete against international winners for gold, silver and bronze in a global competition with a grand prize of a once-in-a lifetime trip to Japan.

At the launch of the annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest was TV presenter and competition judge Diana Bunici. Diana was on hand at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s to help Kayla O’Toole (5) and Matthew Lawless (6) kick-start their competition entries

The Ibiza comes with a serious shopping list of features as standard

seat: spacious, economical motor with up-to-date styling

Ibiza is great value with VW reliability

n Cormac Curtis

Sit ting into the SEAT Ibiza last month was a reassuring experience for a number of reasons. Firstly, the car simply had a ver y well-puttogether feeling to it, but what really put me at ease was that SEAT were supplying me with pretty much the most standard spec of the Ibiza range that anyone on these shores is likely to come across. No leather upholstery, no heated seats and steering wheel, no 22” bling alloys, no premium sound system named after an electric guitar and it certainly didn’t make coffee… this was possibly the most honest car that I have been trusted to review in some time,

specs: Ibiza 1.2 Style  0 – 100km/hr: 13.9 secs  Top speed: 163km/h  CO2 Emissions : 125g/km  Tax Band: B  Current Tax Rate: €225  Price: €15750 (Metallic: €345, as driven: €16,095)

and SEAT are clearly more than confident that the car speaks for itself. And it does. As I said, the Ibiza is a solid motor from the off, and you can feel it. I actually watched a recent British motoring TV programme where two of the presenters were blindfolded and given the task of assessing the interior build quality of two saloons – a silly bit of TV, but it did make me

think of the cars I have driven recently and how I would rate them in terms of value for money. A fter I considered points of contact, such as the steering wheel, gear knob, window buttons and audio/climate controls, as well as upholstery, dashboard materials and how the doors felt opening and closing, the Ibiza was very hard to beat. Considering this car would be a good €10,000 less than most of the other cars I have tested in recent months, it was very difficult to look past it as top of the value heap.

Praise The highest praise from a passenger in the car came from my highly-critical other

half – she doesn’t suffer poor quality and has a bit of an obsession with the VW Golf, but that didn’t stop her taking the words out my mouth and comparing the Ibiza to the classic Volkswagen hatchback. It has to be said that the Ibiza 1.2 Style has a great deal more going for it than the Golf ever did back in the day. Not only is the quality bullet proof, but it comes with a serious shopping list of features as standard, some of the more eyebrow-raising additions are the very pretty 16” Stratos alloy wheels that match the body very nicely indeed, a tinted rear window, up-to-date new foglights with cornering, the rear view mirrors and door handles are heated and come in body colour.

As far as the illumination goes, there are sparking chromed headlights and rear LED lights. Going back to comfort and points of contact, the gearstick and steering wheel are both leather, and the car comes with air conditioning and a stereo that has Bluetooth, USB and Aux connections to its six speakers. So a spacious, fivedoor, economical motor with bang up-to-date styling and a host of extras for well under €16,000, what else are the 18- to 25-year-olds looking for these days? This car represents some of the best value on the market and as part of the VW group, it should be every bit as reliable as its stable mates.

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A feature of Samantha Bark’s role in the upcoming big-budget production of Les Miserables (above) will be live, on-set singing, adding extra vibrancy to her performance


Focused on her art Continued from Page 17

However, Samantha’s career took another turn when she made her West End debut as Eponine in the classic musical, Les Miserables. After a year in the part, she played this role again in the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in London in 2010. Stunning news came when Cameron Mackintosh announced that The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper had cast her as Eponine in the upcoming Les Miserables Hollywood movie. Mackintosh made the announcement on stage during a curtain call of Oliver! in Manchester last February, and Samantha’s stunned reaction can be seen on YouTube. “I was literally just as shocked and surprised as I looked,” said Samantha. “I still can’t even remember [the moment]! It was just the most incredible moment of my life, where everything just changed in such a quick moment, and to have that on record

– that I can actually watch and go ‘Actually, that did happen; that wasn’t a dream’ – it’s really cool.” Samantha later learned that she was chosen to play the part over other famous stars, such as Taylor Swift and Lea Michele. “Whenever you go for a role, you always know that you’re up against all of these wonderful actresses – it’s just that you don’t necessarily know who they are. “So, I just keep this as my motto: ‘I’m not going to gain anything by knowing who I’m up against, or who’s been seen’. It’s not very productive and it’s not a positive energy to go in with into an audition room. “I just try to block that kind of gossip out of my mind, and be the best that I can be,” she said. “You’ve got to be completely 100%-focused on your audition and what you need to do – not what other people are doing.” The Les Miserables film, which opens early next year, is set to be memorable for its music as all of

the singing was recorded live on set, instead of having the actors mime to the pre-recorded audio. This allowed the actors to make their acting decisions spontaneously while in the heat of the moment. Samantha appears in the film alongside Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, and Barks is being touted for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. “It was fantastic. It was an amazing experience. The whole cast was a nice bunch of people.

Overwhelming “It was overwhelming in one way to be working with people like that, but also they were a nice bunch of people, so they made me feel as relaxed as I possibly could be,” she said. “We were all supportive to each other, and it was amazing – just the whole fact that everybody had such support for each other. It was very exciting.” So, from being a little

girl on the Isle of Man to becoming a Hollywood star on the rise, what advice does Samantha have to be successful? “Literally, you have to work your socks off. You can’t just sort of let things happen, and sit back and go: ‘Oh yeah, that’ll happen’, or ‘Why isn’t that happening for me?’ “I tend to just set my sights on something and then work as hard as I possibly can. “Some things happen, some things just don’t. You need to not dwell on something when something doesn’t work out for you. Use that negative energy and put it into the next thing that you want to happen. “Celebrate your success, and don’t dwell on any failures that you might come across,” she advised. Samantha has dreamed a dream, and it has come true. You can see her in action on stage in Oliver! at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre from December 12 to January 12, or on the big screen in Les Miserables from January 11.

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Take a oui break and celebrate the festive season in Europe ESCAPE the winter chill and embrace the festive season in one of Europe’s favourite cities with a perfect pre-Christmas getaway. Stay three nights in romantic Prague from just €167 per person with The package includes return flights from Dublin, three night’s accommodation in a three-star hotel, and all taxes and charges, travelling on December 9. Alternatively, see the sights of Copenhagen with a four-night stay in a four-star hotel, from just €300 per person, travelling on December 7. Why not ring in the New Year beneath the Eiffel Tower with a five-night stay in a four-star hotel in Paris? Travelling on December 29, the package is available from just €348 per person. All prices include return flights from Dublin, accommodation, taxes and charges. For more winter break offers, see www.gohop. ie/specials.php.

Step back in time at Strokestown Park FOR any family looking for a Christmas Day out with a difference this festive season, then perhaps taking a trip back to Victorian times could lead you straight to Strokestown Park in Co Roscommon. Visitors will be greeted at The Woodland Walk Cafe and travel through the secret tunnel into the underground rooms of Strokestown House – for the very first time – where guests will meet Santa’s Elves and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate. While children will have a chance to meet Mr and Mrs Claus, adults will enjoy the oldworld Christmas gift shop with Irish crafts, magical books and a chance to create a personal Christmas hamper. A family ticket (two adults and three children) is priced at €50; single adult tickets are €7, while tickets for children availing of the whole magical experience are priced at €15. All bookings, including group bookings for larger groups and schools, can be made at

kerry: the long drive to kenmare is worth it – thanks to this hotel

You’ll fall for lodge’s comfort and luxury  laura webb

BAGS packed and ready to go – road-trip. I had heard of the stunning views of Sheen Falls Lodge at Kenmare in Kerry, so I was really looking forward to seeing it for myself. Checking the journey ahead, I was warned by my Sat-Nav that it would take more than four hours to get there from Dublin – so, it was time to get moving. I picked up my friend,

Anne, and we were well on our way as we travelled down the M7. Merging onto the M8 towards Cork, we decided to take a quick pit-stop. Once we were fed and watered, it was back on the road, excited about the destination ahead. On reaching Cork, we stayed on the N25 – or so we thought. It was our first wrong turn of the journey, and we were now heading towards Waterford – not the des-

tination we were looking for. So, it was time to turn back and head back the way we came, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t the right way either. After much circling around, we finally realised we should have continued straight on the N25, rather than turning off to the left. By the time we left Cork, it was dark and we were longing to be at Sheen Falls, but our nightmare journey didn’t

The hotel bedrooms are as inviting and comfortable as you could wish for

Although tucked away in Co Kerry, the journey to Sheen

stop there – diversion signs, oh dear! We finally arrived and I have never been so happy to see accommodation. On arrival, the staff were more than helpful, and we were given a mini-tour of the lodge. Our room was situated in the sailing quarter, and had spectacular views of the lake and forest, which were wonderfully lit to enhance their beauty at night. Dinner at La Cascade was booked, a place where dressing up for the occasion is a must. As we waited for our order, we were given a selection of artisan bread, which Anne was delighted to taste because she is currently studying professional baking. The selection was Italian herbs and seeded rye


‘The whole feel of the lodge is pure relaxation, where you feel like you are a far cry from civilisation’ --------------------------

bread, as well as some potato rolls. They were each freshly baked and cooked to perfection. I had salmon for my starter, and venison for my main – both delicately cooked, and complemented by flavour. The lodge is situated just off the main road at Kenmare and is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of life. It is an ideal place for a couple’s retreat, for those

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Falls Lodge is undoubtedly worth it, with its welcoming luxury and comfort – not to mention its wonderful location in The Kingdom

who just want to enjoy each others’ company, to relax and maybe try out some of the many attractions the lodge has to offer, such as fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, tennis and horse-riding, to name but a few. After some gentle exercise, a spa treatment is a must and that is what we decided to do the morning after we arrived. However, before our treatments, it was time for some breakfast, which was served at the restaurant we ate at the night before. Seeing the view during the day was even more magnificent. The whole feel of the lodge is pure relaxation, where you feel like you are a far cry from civilisation. Again, the food was well presented and tasted

as good as it looked. We were offered a European-style buffet with pastries, fruit, cereal and yogurts among other things, or you could order Sheen Falls breakfast specials such as pancakes, omelettes, French toast or a good aul’ Irish brekkie. Full to the brim, it was time to relax and attend our treatments at the health club. The Sheen Falls Health Club offers an array of treatments, from massages to manicures – it caters for a full body experience. I was treating myself to a Yonka Aromastone 60-minute massage. This was a hot stone massage that would relax even the tightest of muscles. There are two types: a full body or a back, shoulder and neck

massage. I received the latter massage, which is considered the better option for an hour’s treatment. Again, the staff could not have been nicer, and worked wonders on making Anne and me feel more relaxed, and we both ended up feeling like we were on cloud nine. The return journey took a little over four hours, which showed that the day before had just been one of those disaster trips – but we weren’t at all put off by the journey, and would go back in a heartbeat. While I would admit that this lodge isn’t easy on the pocket, you do have to pay that little extra for life’s luxuries and, for me, Sheen Falls is luxury at its best.

WHILE Round Three of the Heineken Cup will no doubt prove to be Leinster’s most difficult assignment when they travel to Clermont and face the former French Top 14 Champions this December, the sporting clash will be a must-see. Joe Walsh Tours have a selection of flights and overnight packages available for the game, as well as official match tickets from €359, plus tax. Departing on December 8 for one night, the package includes direct return flights from Dublin to Clermont, including hotel transfer, one checked-in bag and one night at the threestar Kyriad Prestige, or the four-star Holiday Inn Garden Court, in Clermont city centre, on a B&B basis. The package also includes transfer to Stadium Marcel Michelin, and back to the airport on December 9. For further details, or to book your package, see, telephone 01 241 0800, or email

Escape to Malta’s sun for Christmas

Splash out on – or in – any of the hotel’s many features, all designed to leave you relaxed and refreshed

WITH some choosing to revel in the winter weather when it comes to Christmas time, sometimes a break away is exactly the winter warmer that you really need. Whatever your Christmas budget, Concorde Travel is offering a range of packages to whisk you away to the island of Malta. Packages are available for three or seven nights, in a wide range of accommodation. Depart on December 21 for seven nights and stay at the three-star St George’s Park & La Vallette, from €594PP; stay at the four-star Hotel Maritim Antonine, from €634PP, or stay at the four-star Hotel Cavalieri, €704PP. Travel on Christmas Eve and spend seven nights at the fourstar Cavalieri, from €670PP, or treat yourself at the five-star Radisson Blu Bay Point, from €764PP. The Christmas packages include return flights, taxes, transfers and accommodation. To book your Christmas break, see www.concordetravel. ie, or phone 01 775 9300.

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FastSport third time unlucky for Loughran:

Former Irish women’s hockey manager Sally Ann Fanagan, centre, celebrates her national volunteer award with, left to right, Alex Speers, Lisa Jacob and Emma Gray

volunteers: fanagan named adult manager of the year at the aviva stadium

Local heroes honoured for selfless services to sport LORETO hockey club member Sally Ann Fanagan was honoured this week with the Adult Manager of the Year Award at the Irish Sport Council’s National Awards to Volunteers in Sport in the Aviva Stadium. Fanagan was awarded the gong following an amazing service to Irish hockey, taking over as the Irish senior women’s team manager in 2006. During her tenure, she amassed 155 caps before she retired in June, taking in three European championships, two Olympic qualifiers, two Champions

Challenge campaigns and one World Cup qualifier. The awards are a collaboration between the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Irish Sports Council and the Federation of Irish Sport which represents over 70 sports in Ireland. In attendance at the event was Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring who acknowledged the exceptional work of the honoured volunteers in sport “For me all our winners epitomise

true sportsmen and women who not alone get a great deal out of sport but perhaps just as importantly put a huge amount into sport,” he said. Also on the list of award winners was Cormorant swimming club coach Marian Fenton, martial arts administrator Brendan Dowling and Gymnastics Ireland’s Mary Murray. Blackrock Flyers founders Colm and Shelagh Leech also received one of the awards on the back of the fantastic work they have done in disability sports and in particular, the Special

Olympics. The Leeches have been volunteers with Special Olympics for over 15 years during which time they have taken on a variety of different roles working at national, regional and local club levels. Their daughter, Tara, is a participant in the Special Olympics in gymnastics, basketball, athletics and golf. In 1989 the couple were among a group of parents to establish a Special Olympics Club in Bray before they went on to found a further club in Blackrock.

FORMER Mount Anville student Sinead Loughran was left on the runnersup side for a third consecutive year in the NCAA hockey championship final as University of North Carolina fell to Princeton 3-2. For each of the past three years, UNC have fallen at the final hurdle by the same scoreline after epic runs to the final of the competition. Loughran’s university had won their regional conference before beating Syracuse 6-1 – who featured fellow Dubliners Emma Russell, Liz McInerney and Gillian Pinder – with Loughran on the score sheet in the national semi-final.

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WITH winter closing in, local stars are continuing to warm the sports landscape with a string of blistering performances. Dundrum South Dublin AC’s runners claimed the most of the first major cross-country crowns of the winter with Ava Hutchinson’s performance chief among them. A string of local soccer stars are forging their way into Republic of Ireland squads while Barry Murphy’s recordbreaking feats were part of an immaculate Irish swimming team overall performance. From a team perspective, November has seen numerous clubs shine on the Leinster GAA scene but none more so than Castleknock’s footballers. From a collective perspective, Lucan Sarsfields’ immaculate work at underage level has borne fruit in abundance as they annexed their 20th camogie title in six seasons. Swords Celtic have similarly blazed a trail on the soccer front.


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ST JOSEPH’S striker Sean Byrne produced a fine showing for the Republic of Ireland as he got on the mark for the U-16s as they played out a highly competitive pair of matches against Estonia.

THE ALSAA swimmer broke a string of national records to show his form at the European short course championships in Chartres, France. He topped his best mark in the 50m butterfly and the 50m breaststroke.

LONDON Olympian Ava Hutchinson picked off the national intercounty cross country title, showing her form leading into the European championships with victory in the senior women’s race.

castleknock junior football

swords celtic

lucan sarsfields camogie

LEINSTER junior championship glory was annexed last Sunday to go with Dublin honours as they had too much in the tank for St Fintan’s last weekend at Parnell Park. A truly breathtaking season continues.

AFTER an eighth successive win at the start of the month, Swords Celtic have rocketed to the top of the LSL junior leagues and look in great shape for promotion up to the intermediate ranks as the midway mark nears.

A MEMORABLE month for the 12th Lock club, their minors won a third successive A championship - the fifth top tier underage in quick succession while three of their senior team have been added to the Dublin panel.


Fingal host cricket coaching development event 

Recent participants in one of the ICC introduction to coaching courses

FINGAL Cricket Development Officer Reinhardt Strydom, with the help of Simi Singh, recently presented an ICC introduction to coaching course in the Fingal area. The course was delivered at Corduff Sport Centre, Blanchardstown last week and was attended by 13 participants who were represented by clubs from different areas of Fingal and Leinster. The course ran for four hours explaining the basic laws of cricket, how the game works

and to show different small sided games that can be played in the schoolyard. The session started with a demonstration of how the game of cricket works along with the basic rules with a layout of a cricket field. Following that, batting was demonstrated with the grip and stance shown along with the execution of the forward drive. The bowling element concentrated initially on the basic action before progressing to run-ups and follow-throughs. To finish, the teachers were

shown hand-eye co-ordination skills and games and also four different cricket games to play with their students. These games included Pairs cricket and Continuous cricket. Participants arriving with little or no knowledge of cricket learned a lot over the four hours. “They left understanding the game better, had fun, learned to bat and bowl and were all looking forward to trying out these games with their relevant classes. This will hugely help the growth of cricket in Fingal and special thanks have to go to all

the schools and teachers who attended. “A very successful course with many positive outcomes resulted from the day’s activities. “The council are committed to developing sport in Fingal and cricket is a major part of that plan. “This programme gives teachers the basic skills of the game and enables them to pass on what they have learned to their students through fun and active games,” said Niall Mc Guirk, senior sports development office for Fingal County Council.

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O’Caoimh flying high in the wakeboarding world Killiney teenager has entered the wakeboarding world’s top 20 with stellar performances in Asia, South Africa and Australia all while continuing his studies in Ireland TALENTED Killiney native David O’Caoimh ended his year with a tenth place finish at the final wakeboarding world cup event in Palembang, Indonesia last Sunday. Despite negotiating 33 degree heats, the teenager did well to storm his way through the qualifying heats but he came unstuck at the semi-final stage whilst performing one of his most technical tricks. Nonetheless, the result continued his rise into the top 20 in the world in a growing sport that is looking toward potential inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. It is quite the achievement for the 18-year-old who, despite the elements in Ireland working against the sport in many respects

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– the climate one of the major factors – he has been making waves on the international scene. O’Caoimh has been on the water for the guts of three quarters of his life, first following in his parents footsteps. They were keen windsurfers and introduced him to that sport initially during summer holidays in Cavan but he soon graduated to the wakeboard, a hybrid of water-skiing, snowboarding and surfing with added gymnastics. Pulled along by a speed-

boat at 20 to 25 miles per hour, competitors use the wake of the boat to perform flips and spins to spectacular effect. And, since the turn of the year, O’Caoimh has been one of the foremost protagonists, training on the ice cold waters of Ireland year-round. In 2012, his winning season kicked off when he won the gold medal in the junior men’s division at the European wakeboarding championships in South Africa in February. It led to an invite to the prestigious wakeboard world cup in Australia to which only the top 20 male riders in the world are selected. There, he was up against full-time professional wakeboarders from

all over the world, managing to take fifth place. A few weeks later he went on to compete at the US Wake Games and took bronze in the junior pro men’s category. He then defended his national pro title in Ireland and, a fortnight

petition where, for the second year in a row, he won the gold. Speaking about the incredible run of results, O’Caoimh said: “I am so happy to have had such a fantastic season and I’m really delighted with my titles.”


‘I am so happy to have had such a fantastic season and I’m really delighted with my titles’ - David O’Caoimh


afterwards, he took the top spot at the Irish open wakeboard championships. From there, it was off to Germany to compete at the prestigious Chill and Ride international com-

Killiney man David O’Caoimh has produced an incredible year on the world wakeboarding scene

While many of his opponents can afford to compete full-time, O’Caoimh is currently combining competing with his studies. Despite travelling to Asia, Australia, South Africa, the USA and Europe to train and compete, he managed to find time to sit the Leaving Certificate and is currently in first year at UCD. But he is hoping that by the time he finishes college, he could be looking at an Olympic campaign. Wakeboarding has been shortlisted for the 2020 Olympic Games and the world championships are now held under the auspices of the IOC. In addition, the first Wakeboard Cable Park has recently been given planning approval and is expected to open in the Dublin Docklands next spring.


St Luke’s create school history in Parnell Park ST Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown created history for their school by winning the first ever GAA trophy this week when they won the final of the Dublin 15 local schools league, played in Parnell Park against Tyrrelstown Educate Together. Both teams brought large numbers of supporters who created a fantastic atmosphere in the ground. St Luke’s shaded a close match and were inspired by their midfield duo of Michael Afuye and Chris Sombete. The match showcased a huge level of school pride and team spirit and proved a fantastic day for the young people of Tyrrelstown. Speaking about the game, St Luke’s teacher Kris O’Connor said: “The whole school is extremely proud of their boys, who remained undefeated for the duration of the league and represented the school with great dignity. “The victory has done huge things for GAA in the school and has provided encouragement for younger children to get involved. Hopefully, this is the first of many trophies to be won by the children of St Luke’s National School.” O’Connor was part of the team’s coaching team along with Conor Lynch who gave their own time to train, coach and mentor the boys along the road to their success, fostering a strong commitment in the team.

Polar Plunge set for 40 Foot THE fourth annual Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 11.30am at the Forty Foot in Sandycove with all funds raised going to Special Olympics Ireland. Participants are requested to raise €25 to plunge into the Irish Sea.

Refreshments will be available afterwards while the Newtownpark gospel choir and the Howth coastguard will provide entertainment. For more information, go to www. easternregion while you can request sponsorship cards from Brenda or Paul on 01 891 2000 or eastern.


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soccer: bluebell share spoils with phoenix in lsl senior

Gibbons takes in top class Dutch cycling workshop ACT level one coach Stephen Gibbons, pictured above right, attended a track sprint coaching workshop in Sundrive Velodrome under the guidance of much respected Dutch track coach, Carolien van Herrikhuyzen last weekend. This workshop was designed solely for active track coaches to up their skill and knowledge base so that they can pass on those skills to their charges in the 2013 season. The course comprised two modules each day. Gibbons hopes the course will enable him to help ACT riders to continue their success in Irish track cycling. He has helped more riders win national medals than any other active coach in recent years, working with riders from youth to elite level.

Lucan school promotes SpikeBall blitz COLAISTE Cois Life, an all-Irish Secondary School in Lucan, was selected to take part in the Volleyball Association of Ireland’s Transition Year Girls SpikeBall Leaders Award Programme 2012. This is funded by the Irish Sports Council Women in Sport project encouraging girls to actively participate in sport. The school was visited by Mary Lalor and Graham Torrance, development officers from the Volleyball Association of Ireland, for a full day course. Lalor and Torrance introduced

the school to SpikeBall, an adapted form of Volleyball. The students learned the SpikeBall rules, how to play the game and how to introduce it to primary school students while also learning about coaching, refereeing, sports reporting and organising a SpikeBall blitz. Fifteen girls were divided into five groups and were subsequently sent out to local primary schools in Lucan, including Scoil Eiscir Riada, Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig and Griffeen Valley Educate Together. There, they coached fifth and sixth class students SpikeBall skills and prepared them for an upcoming blitz on Friday, November 30.

Despite the dismissal of Shane Stritch, Bluebell United came from a goal down against Phoenix last Sunday

Ten-man Blues earn draw lsl sunday senior Bluebell United Phoenix  peter carroll

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BLU E BE L L Un i t e d could not make full use of home advantage last Sunday when they played out a 2-2 draw against fellow senior title hopefuls Phoenix. And manager Andy Newman admitted after the match that he was disappointed that his side didn’t go on to take three points, despite the sending off of the influential striker, Shane Stritch, just before the interval.

A minute’s silence was observed for Bluebell members, the Behan family, and it was the Red Cow men opened up the scoring 25 minutes in when Robert Douglas won his team a free kick. After the referee asked the Bluebell man if he wanted to wait for the opposition to take 10 yards, he declined and sent the ball past the surprised Tadhg Murphy from 25 yards. Phoenix came right back at Bluebell on the restart and when a poor clearance found amateur international John Bro-

hurling heroes Tower’s youngsters win St Kevin’s event round Tower’s U-11 hurling team played in St Kevin’s for the four Sundays of November against St Jude’s, St Kevin’s and Setanta, winning all three of their initial group stages. They subsequently won their semi-final against Kevin’s last Sunday and they met Setanta again in the final. In a cracking game, man of the match Aidan Kelly fired the crucial blow with a fine goal to eventually swing the tie.

phy three minutes later, he had no hesitation in chipping the ball over the helpless United stopper from 20 yards, with a fantastic effort. Ten minutes from the end of the half, with the wet, slippery conditions playing their part, a Bluebell defender botched an effort to clear the ball allowing Keith Dawson to get through on goal and finish to put the Navan Road team ahead 2-1. In what could have been a decisive moment in the game, Stritch got his marching orders in the passage of play

directly after the goal, when the referee deemed that the striker’s attempt to head the ball was dangerous after he made contact with his marker. After Newman changed the shape for the second half, Bluebell looked a far more attacking unit as they bombarded Tadhg Murphy’s goal, with the Phoenix keeper pulling off some extraordinary saves to keep his team in the game. The equaliser came on the 65th minute with Darragh Hollingsworth playing creator with a pinpoint cross that found Adrian Harper

at the front post, who rebounded the ball over the line taking a Phoenix defender with him on the way. “When the full whistle blew I think Phoenix were happy with the point, while we felt we had dropped two,” said Newman. “We definitely had some rustiness after our game being called off the week before in honour of Bluebell founding member Bert Curtis. But I certainly think the 90 minutes will help the 10 men who played it before our cup tie in Cork next week.

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St Lorcan’s celebrate first title in 10 years 

S T L o r c a n ’s B o y s ’ National School won the schools Under-13 Shield by four points when they beat Scoil Mobhi in the final on Monday in Croke Park. T h e P a l m e r s t ow n School came back from four points down at halftime to score two goals

and win the title. Returning to a packed school hall, grandparents, parents and family members greeted the winning team with a reception which included “no homework”. Each of the team members was intro duced and greeted on stage by the school principal, John Brennan

and team manager Ken Keogan, toasting their 2-12 to 2-8 victory. It is 10 years since this school won such a trophy, said Keogan. Fine Gael deputy Derek Keating was invited to speak at the reception and in turn invited the whole team to Dail Eireann to meet the Minister for Sport

on Wednesday December 12. Deputy Keating said: “I feel very emotional and that magnificent sense of pride for each one of you is widespread in this hall. “I want to tell the Minister for Sport about your success and I want you with me when we meet.”

hurling: clondalkin toppled at the last

Club Noticeboard round tower COMMISERATIONS to the senior foot-

from any member of the social com-

narrow defeats to Raheny and Tho-


mas Davis last week.

welcomes a very special visitor. Pen-

egrine’s in the championship semi

cil Saturday, December 15 into your

final on Sunday morning at 11am in

diaries for 2012 as it is the day Santa

the community centre. All support

Claus will make his annual visit to the



The AGM of Round Tower GAA club

Santa’s arrival will coincide with the

will take place in the clubrooms on

club’s kid’s Christmas party which

the evening of Saturday, December

will run from 2pm-5pm and feature a

1 at 5pm. Only paid-up members are

disco, with the tunes provided by DJ

entitled to attend this meeting and

Robbie. Admission of €10 will incor-

only A members are eligible to vote.

porate a present, lots of fun, and

queries should be directed to the secretary at the earliest opportunity. Nominations for executive positions or motions for discussion on the evening should be with the secretary and addressed solely to the secre-

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ROUND Tower’s senior footballers were denied a place in AFL1 next season af ter Ciaran Whelan’s Raheny side snuck home in the playoff final, with Caimin Keane’s side pushing the north county team the whole way at Monastery Road. Three goals in the first half really bolstered Raheny’s efforts, with Eoin Keogh finding the net first and the goal

tally was then doubled shortly afterward with David Farrell blasting home. Jason Joyce struck back for Round Towers to keep the Clondalkin hopes alive with his 14th goal of the campaign but any momentum was short lived as Ciaran Murphy banged another home for Raheny on the 15-minute mark. Howe ve r, C h r i s Carthy and Tom Lyons took scores to bridge the gap to four points going into the interval, leaving Tower’s trailing by just 3-3 to 1-5. J a m i e M c C a r t h y,

who banked solid performances throughout the season for Round Tower’s along with Tom Lyons and Eoin Young did well to keep Raheny out in the second half, with Whelan’s side only taking three points from the second instalment of play. Carthy then fired over three points to bring Round Tower level with their St Anne’s Park opposition, but Dub panellist David Henry, who was central to everything Raheny did on the day, and substitutes Eoin Delaney and John Ryan sent points over to

guarantee his men their spot amongst the county’s elite for next season. Keane, whose debut season at the helm of the Tower’s footballers has been praised by Dublin manager and fellow club man Jim Gavin, will be proud of his side that pushed for the whole season to put themselves in the playoff position. There will no doubt be another push by the Clondalkin men next year, provided the injury list stays pretty clear, with a number of young talented players pushing for places on the senior panel.

an opportunity to meet the big man himself. The clubrooms are available for rental for parties, anniversaries, etc. Please contact Jimmy behind the bar or on 01-4592960.

tary seven days before the meeting.

Pick your lotto team leader and help

They can also be left at the box pro-

them become the top Friday night

vided at the club bar.

seller. One hour once every seven

This week’s lotto numbers were 8,

Whelan’s warriors end Tower’s charge

Every year Round Tower GAA Club

The minor hurlers face St Per-

Any membership status related

Chris Carthy once again played an integral part for Round Tower but they could not undo Raheny

priced at €25 and can be purchased

ballers and U-21 footballers on their

weeks is all it takes.

13, 21 and 30. The bonus ball was 6.

If you are able to help, please con-

There was no winner of this week’s

tact Matt McCormack on 087 6836737

jackpot of €9,900. Congratulations to

or email

Betty McGuinness, Louran Dixon and

Our very own Shauna Curran has

Chris who were the three €100 win-

set up a new online Irish gift store

ners. Next week’s jackpot is €10,000.

– - sell-

Round Tower GAA club’s members

ing only products made in Ireland.

Christmas party is a night not to be

Shauna is now offering Round Tower

missed. This year’s party will take

GAA club members 15% discount off

place Saturday, December 8 and fea-

all crafted candles via the website.

tures a mulled wine reception that

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The dinner will be served at 8.30pm


sharp. And if you’re still up for it after

The club shop is open in the club

you’re meal Cool Breeze, previous

every Monday night from 7.30-

visitors to the club, will entertain all

8.30pm. You can call Betty Ward or

guests with their wide repertoire of

Catherine Moran if you have any par-

musical hits.

ticular enquiries on 087 6752238 or 086

Only 90 people can be accommodated on the night so members are advised to book fast. Tickets are

8303207 respectively. Bingo is on Tuesday night, first call is at 8.30pm.

st pat’s palmerstown THE senior hurling team are currently

3101034 to book a place.

looking for a new manager; could all

Christmas raffle tickets are now on

interested parties please contact

sale through any committee member

Ronan on 086 2834399.

and players and are also available in

Congratulations to Grainne Quinn

the Palmerstown House with some

who received both Dublin senior coun-

great prizes to be won; cost is €2 each

ty and senior B club player of the year

or three for €5.

at the Dublin camogie presentation.

Lotto: first draw numbers were 2, 16,

Our minor footballers progress to

18 and 23, there was no winner. Second

the championship semi-final after a

draw numbers were 10, 23, 29 and 1;

fantastic victory on Saturday.

there was no winner. Any three num-

Dates for the foundation course are

bers winner: Ronan Mullins.

set for December 3 and 5 from 7.30-

Next draw is on Sunday, December

9pm. The course is for over 16s only,

2; the first draw jackpot is €10,000; the

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Ormond and Tims up for Rebel yell  peter carroll

CLONDALKIN boxers Ian Tims and Stephen Ormond are both set to make their returns to the ring in December as part of the Rebel Rising card in Cork’s Neptune Stadium on December 15. For the latter, it comes at a welcome time after he was one of a number of boxers who were cut from the Excel Arena event on the same date in London as part of the Freddie Flintoff showcase. It means the now-lightweight prospect will be in great shape for a bout on the card and is one that major promoter Frank Warren has

confirmed he will be keeping an eye on. Speaking about the Rebel Rising card, which is headlined by WBO international middleweight champion Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, Pascal Collins – Ormond and O’Sullivan’s trainer and manager – says that should the event impress Warren, he will bring fight nights to Ireland. “We spoke to Frank about bringing Box Nation over for the show,” Collins said this week. “It was too big a risk for them, but what he did say was he would be watching closely and he will be looking to see how the show goes. “If it is a success, if it’s a good

crowd, good show and they are good fights he will come here in the New Year and promote Spike and Stephen Ormond. “If the support comes out, there is no reason he can’t fight here all the time. If people come out, it will happen again.” Ormond is hoping to continue his comeback after a shock decision went against him in March against Paul Appleby in Glasgow. That controversial decision in the Celtic super-featherweight decider is the only blemish in the 29-year-old’s 13-bout career to date. And he bounced back in style with a win in July over scrapper

Micky Coveney who went the distance in a 10-rounder. Ian Tims, meanwhile, will be looking to put two title-fight losses in 2012 behind him, most recently missing out on the WBO international cruiserweight crown to rising prospect Tony Conquest. He was stopped in the tenth round of that fight in September, to leave his record at nine wins and two defeats for the 32-yearold. Both Clondalkin men will have their opponents named in the coming weeks. The highlight of the card is world number nine O’Sullivan’s bout hardened American Dennis Sharpe.

Stephen Ormond is hoping to continue his comeback on the Rebel Rising card