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Environment agency ticked off over blaze EPA accused of failing to keep people informed of Ballymount fire

 Ian Begley

South Dublin County Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) has accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of keeping the public in the dark during last

month’s fire at Ballymount. The fire, which started on January 25, is being jointly investigated by gardai, and the fire service, while the EPA is currently undertaking its own investigation into its origins.

Speaking to the Gazette, Looney said: “I think people were left in the dark as to what exactly was happening – they weren’t updated often enough. Public representatives weren’t informed or kept up-to-date.”

An EPA spokesperson said they attended the site each day of the fire to assess the situation, saying: “the EPA also provided air quality information through its website and twitter.” Full Story on Page 6


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Prisoner threw kettle of boiling water over inmate

A prisoner has been given a four-year suspended sentence for throwing a kettle of scalding water over a fellow inmate at Wheatfield Prison. Joseph McCarthy (26) of Grange View Road, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to

assault causing harm to Matthew Tuohey at Wheatfield Prison on May 30, 2012. Judge Desmond Hogan noted that McCarthy, who is serving a six-year sentence for burglary and theft, is not due for release until February 2016 and that

there was a “history of animus” between the two men. McCarthy has since completed an anger management course. He said he would not increase McCar thy’s sentence but would leave a sentence “hanging over his head” on release. He imposed a four-year sentence consecutive to his current sentence which he suspended in full. Garda Kevin Mullahy told Roisin Lacey BL, prosecuting, that Mr Tuohey had been talking to another prisoner on the landing when McCarthy came up behind him and threw a kettle of boiling water over his back. Mr Tuohey turned around “in shock and in pain” and saw McCarthy with the kettle. The injured man ran to the pool room and tried to pull his t-shirt off as it was sticking to him and getting hotter. He went to the prison surgery and a week later to the burns unit of St

James’s Hospital, where his back was treated with daily dressings for three weeks. The attack was witnessed by a number of prison officers and captured on CCTV. When McCarthy was charged with the offence, he replied: “Don’t give me that, I’m being set up,” but later admitted responsibility. Gda Mullahy said he is “very well-known” to gardai in Ronanstown and has a history of being very uncooperative. M c C a r t hy h a s 4 5 previous convictions, including drugs and firearms offences. McCarthy’s fiancee, Emma Rowland, took the stand to defend McCarthy, saying he was a “great person” with “a heart of gold”. The court heard that the couple have a threeyear-old son, born while his father was in custody. Ms Rowland told Sandra Frayne BL, defend-

ing, that McCar thy was being “bullied” in prison and that matters had been building up between himself and Mr Tuohey. Ms Rowland said her son is starting to ask for his dad and that she can’t keep telling him his father is “in work”. She said her son will be five years old when McCarthy is released. “I want him to know his father, and that they won’t be strangers when he’s due to come out. I believe he’ll be a great father,” she said. Judge Hogan praised Ms Rowland for standing by her partner. He noted a letter from Fr Peter McVerry confirming McCarthy was drug free and that he would be helping him to access an appropriate programme towards the end of his sentence. McCarthy will also be under Probation Service supervision on his release.


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gilligan: crime boss was shot four times in leg, chest and head

Civic marks 15 years

Witnesses sought in shooting case Gardai in Lucan are appealing to people who may have been in the vicinity of the Greenfort estate on Saturday last and may have witnessed events in relation to the shooting of John Gilligan. Gardai are asking taxi drivers, bus drivers or delivery men who may have travelled to the Clondalkin area on that evening to call the Lucan or Ronanstown office if they saw anything suspicious. Gilligan remains in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown after being shot four times. His injuries are described as nonlife threatening. The priest who gave Gilligan the Last Rites said that up to 20 doctors

attended to him as they fought to save his life. The crime boss was shot three times in the leg and chest whilst at a christening in his brother’s house in Ronanstown. He also received a graze to the head from a bullet. It is believed that Gilligan was inside the house for only 30 minutes when two masked men forced their way into the front door just after 7pm. One of the attempted assassins was armed with a 9mm Luger and opened fire at Gilligan, pursuing him into the kitchen firing again. The two men then fled from the house and made their getaway in a silver SUV. At a case conference in Lucan Garda Station

on March 3, investigating officers issued an appeal to anyone who noticed two males acting suspiciously outside the Greenfort Crescent house on Saturday, March 1 or noticed the silver SUV being driven at speed. This is the second assassination attempt on Gilligan since his release from prison last October. In December, he was targeted by two gunmen who arrived in a Dublin pub looking for him. However, due to a mix up they entered the wrong premises. Ronanstown Garda Station on 01-666 7700, the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

Campaign: Mary Kennedy backs Organ Donor Awareness Week rte presenter and Clondalkin native Mary Kennedy has become the voluntary ambassador of the 2014 Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign. The week takes place from March 29 to April 5, and is organised by the Irish Kidney Association. They aim to raise awareness about the ongoing and ever increasing demand for transplantation which relies entirely on the public for organ donation. This year is the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s first organ transplant - in January 1964 a kidney transplant was carried out at Jervis Street Hospital in Dublin. The awareness week will be launched nationally by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, at the Mansion House on March 26. For more information visit www.ika.ie.

The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, has recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary, mounting an artistic and challenging programme of classical Irish and international work for the South County Dublin community for over a decade. Looking back through the years, artistic director Niamh Byrne said that The Civic Theatre has come a long way since it first opened its doors 15 years ago on March 23, 1999. She said: “We are extremely proud of being a community venue that showcases local dance schools, community groups and youth theatres. Since our debut play we have consistently grown, to offer over 220 performances a year.”


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FastNews Tidy Towns recent public meeting is well attended Over 70 people attended the South Dublin County Tidy Towns public meeting recently in the Green Isle Hotel, to discuss the group’s achievements, current activities and future plans to keep South County Dublin a tidy place to live and visit. South Dublin Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) opened the meeting and congratulated the eight Tidy Town groups currently involved in the area of South Dublin County. He said: “I am aware of the great impact Tidy Towns groups have made in their local areas. As mayor, I have been lucky to meet many of the groups and see at first hand the work you do on the ground and the positive connections you have made between young and old, schools and businesses. I hope that after this event we will see more groups in the county.” For more information about the topics discussed at the meeting visit www.sdublincoco.ie

Opinion ‘Faceless terror’ of cyberbullying

Have your say in how we protect children Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte acts to combat bad behaviour online THE recent tragic case of a young man who died after participating in the online “neknomination” game has brought the issue of responsible use of the internet to the fore. Keeping young people safe online or when using various mobile technologies is a common worry for many parents across Dublin. Online bullying and harassment are other relatively recent phenomena that many young people have to deal with. Cyberbullying, in particular, is a faceless terror which can lead to innocent victims being exposed to sometimes horrific and manipulative behaviour, with bullies hiding behind a veil of online anonymity. The pace of technological change in this area is staggering. In the space of a decade, social networking websites have fundamentally altered how we interact with each other. Young people today now have Facebook, WhatsApp, and SnapChat, among others [such platforms] to interact with each other. In the overwhelming number of cases, this is not a cause for concern – the technological advances of recent years are extremely positive, and our children are tech-savvy from an early age. Many parents trust that

their children are using these sites appropriately, and if they are exposed to any bullying, that they will notice this from their son or daughter’s behaviour. However, the fact remains that parents have little or no means of monitoring or controlling their children’s social media use. A major study published this month into patterns of online activity among young people in Ireland made a number of key findings on the adverse impact related to use of social media and other mobile technologies.

Findings The Net Children Go Mobile report found [among its findings]:  More bullying of Irish youths takes place across a variety of internet locations than happens face-to-face;  One in five Irish children say they have been bothered by something on the internet in the past year;  Some 35% of Irish girls aged 13 to 16 have encountered some form of harmful content, such as hate messages. The question then arises: what can we do to provide a measure of regulation of the internet that balances the need for safe and appropriate use of the internet to protect vulnerable groups with a user’s right to freedom of expression?

Pat Rabbitte: “A valuable opportunity for people in Dublin to contribute to the debate on cyber bullying”

To say this is a challenging area for policy makers is something of an understatement. To date, sterling work has been undertaken by a number of my ministerial colleagues to tackle this complex area. My Labour colleague, the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, has allocated €500,000 to fund anti-bullying initiatives, including those targeted towards cyberbullying. In December, I established the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group – an expert panel designed to provide policy direction as to how we can combat the advent of harmful conduct – and content – online.

The group is currently running a public consultation process which is seeking views from individuals, particularly young people, into how we tackle this nationwide issue head-on. The consultation is a valuable opportunity for people in Dublin to contribute to the debate about cyberbullying and the deadline has been extended to mid-March, in order to accommodate as many points of view as possible. Feedback from the process will feed directly back into the expert panel, who will then report back to me in May with a number of recommended actions. I am therefore encour-

aging people across Dublin to submit their views to the expert panel before March 18, and together we can work towards developing a safe and open platform for online communication in Ireland. Submissions can be made via post or online, and more information can be found on the Department of Communications’ website at www.dcenr.gov.ie. It’s important that we as legislators understand the extent of the challenge facing children and their parents. We need to start taking children’s online safety more seriously – now is your chance to have an input.


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construction Planning permission comes through for Eircom, Microsoft

€370m investment in Clondalkin is welcomed  Ian Begley ibegley@gazettegroup.com

Planning permission has been granted for a major Microsoft and Eircom facility in Clondalkin, which together consists of an investment of €370m. The Microsoft data centre, due to be built at Grange Castle, has been given €170m to

develop and is expected to create 380 construction related jobs. The €200m investment by Eircom in Clondalkin Industrial Estate is also expected to create hundreds of construction jobs. Commenting on Microsoft’s investment, TD Robert Dowds (Lab) said: “I want to commend and congratulate Microsoft Ireland on getting

planning permission for their €170m investment into Grange Castle, Clondalkin. “The 380 construction related jobs which will be created from this investment, and the permanent jobs created when it is complete are most welcome and another sign that the economy is beginning to recover. “With 61,000 more people

A council spokesperson said roughly €1m is spent each year on footpath refurbishment and repair

council: four-year injuries bill

€1m spent over footpath claims

 Ian Begley

South Dublin County Council has spent nearly €1m in a four-year period for claims paid out to people injuring themselves on public footpaths. The council paid a total of €902,772.91 to 55 people who injured themselves on footpaths and made claims during the years 2009-12. The year 2009 was when the biggest sums were paid out, with 19 people from South County Dublin making claims, totalling €301,600. In 2010, four people made claims, bringing in the lowest figure in the four-year period – €119,000. While in 2011, 17 people were compensated by

the council, amounting to €205,621. Then in 2012, 15 made claims for injuries on public footpaths, which totalled €276,551.91. The council spent €3,859,000 on maintaining footpaths throughout that timeframe. A council roads department spokesperson told the Gazette that roughly €1m is spent each year on footpath refurbishment and repair. He said: “It’s roughly the same figures every year – we’re talking between €900,000 and €1m year on year.” “We have our own direct labour crews [working on the refurbishment and repair of public footpaths] and then we also have contractors

to do some of the bigger schemes.” Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab) said: “What it seems to me is that nearly €1m is being spent on claims and in the same period over €1.5m is paid on repairs. “It would be worth spending a bit more on repairs if it could reduce the claims, and at the same time it seems the basis of the figures being spent is of a particular interest.” Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) told the Gazette that: “The central problem here is that central Government have cut local government funding dramatically over the last six years. “As a result, council budgets for road maintenance, repair and upgrading is totally inadequate.”

in work than last year, we are starting to see real progress in tackling the jobs crisis and putting the country back on its feet again,” said Deputy Dowds. Local election candidate Ken Kinsella (Lab) welcomed the news of Eircom’s €200m investment, saying: “I want to congratulate Eircom on making a good investment

in Clondalkin and considering the other major companies which have invested in Clondalkin recently. Hopefully, we will see more of the same in the near future. “I want to commend South Dublin County Council for having the foresight to build a high-power electricity line beneath the Grand Canal footpath, which is a crucial

factor in Clondalkin getting these major investments,” said Kinsella. Meanwhile, Google have recently lodged an application for planning permission for a 35,000 square metre data centre in Clondalkin. The total investment in Clondalkin by major companies in the last two years is now over €675m.


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blaze EPA is blasted for lack of information over fire

People left in the dark, says Looney  Ian Begley

South Dublin County Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) has accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of keeping the public in the dark during last month’s fire at Ballymount. The fire, which started on January 25, is being jointly investigated by gardai, and the fire service, while the EPA is currently undertaking its own investigation into its origins. Looney accused the EPA of not being totally compliant with the public over the information they received during the fire and its aftermath.

Speaking to the Gazette, Looney said: “I think at the time [of the fire] not enough information was given by the EPA, at least not in the way I would have wanted to see and in a way that people all over Dublin wanted to see. “I think people were left in the dark as to what exactly was happening - they weren’t updated often enough. “Public representatives like myself weren’t informed or kept up-todate and had to go looking for information from council officials who were getting it from the EPA – so we were getting only second-hand infor-

mation.” When asked if councillors and local representative had to push the EPA for additional information on the fire at Ballymount, Looney said: “It’s not really a live issue at this stage, but during the time of the fire and the few days that followed there should have been a local public representative [who was given the information the EPA acquired]. “It seems in a sense that all’s well that ends well, but I wouldn’t be happy with that as an outcome. I think we would need to look very closely at what happens in the future and have more democratic

accountability - the role of councillors and public representatives is very important.” In response to Looney’s criticism of the EPA, a spokesperson from the agency stated that they visited the Ballymount site every day during the fire and provided air quality information to the public on a regular basis. The spokesperson said: “The fire was managed by Dublin Fire Brigade, in coordination with An Garda Siochana. The fire was extinguished by Wednesday afternoon, January 29. “As required under the conditions of its licence,

A firefighter at the scene of the fire at the Oxigen plant. Picture: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Oxigen Environmental notified the EPA of the fire in the early hours of January 25, 2014. The EPA attended the site each day of the fire to assess the situation and to monitor

emissions to air and water as part of its investigation into the incident. “For the duration of the fire, the EPA also provided air quality information and advice through its

website and twitter feeds @EPAAirQuality and @ EPAIreland and liaised with the Emergency Services, the HSE and local authority representatives,” said the spokesperson.

Gaelscoil: more spaces

New rooms for school  Ian Begley ibegley@gazettegroup.com

Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain will receive two new classrooms after receiving a significant increase in demand for enrolment.

Demand Clondalkin TD Rober t Dowds told the Gazette that there has been a huge increase in demand for places in the school recently, and said that he met many concerned parents in his office in connection with the school’s overcapacity. He said: “I am delighted that Ruairi Quinn has put the money in place for two new permanent classrooms for Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain. “I recently had over

a dozen concerned parents in my office on main street who were alarmed about the lack of spaces in Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain. “I spoke to Minister Ruairi Quinn about it within a day or two, and I am delighted that, less than three weeks later, he has put in place the money for two brand new permanent classrooms to be built. “Congratulations to the staff, students and parents for their hard work in ensuring that this funding was put in place.” Several other schools in Clondalkin have recently had extra classrooms built with money provided by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn in a campaign to get children out of prefabs and into permanent classrooms.


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Dublin City Gazette journalist Laura Webb with snooker player Ken Doherty

Managing directors of Dublin Gazette Newspapers Mary Leane and Michael McGovern

The staff of Dublin Gazette Newspapers celebrating the launch of the new Dublin City Gazette, which took place at the Mansion House last

newcomer: SAY HELLO TO OUR NEW ARRIVAL

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HE stars came out at the Mansion House on Dawson Street recently to help launch The Dublin City Gazette. Snooker player Ken Doherty, Love/Hate’s Mary Murray and former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan joined a number of politicians and Gazette staff to wel-

come the city edition. Lord Mayor of Dublin City Oisin Quinn (Lab) and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte both made speeches describing the positive effects that the paper will have on the capital.

Gazette photographers Conor O’Mearain, Ronan O’Sullivan, Cathy Weatherston, Geraldine Woods and The Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn delivering the opening speech at the launch

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Editor of Dublin Gazette Newspapers Mimi Murray with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) and DGN sports editor Rob Heigh

Labour Party colleagues Emer Costello MEP, Lord Mayor of Dublin CIty Oisin Quinn Thursday, February 27.

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There was a great attendance at the inaugural

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Lorraine and Careena Galligan, of Galligan Beauty, with Mary Kay Sheehy, of Suite 7 Cosmetics. Pictures: Conor O’Mearain

Tea, toast and advice

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HERE was a great attendance of business leaders and entrepreneurs from all across the city at the inaugural support and networking breakfast held by The Dublin Business Club recently. Held at the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Centre, there was a strong emphasis on legal

issues, during the inaugual meeting, with the benefit of expert advice from Peninsula, a law consultancy firm. With some excellent advice and focus on shared issues, as well as the opportunity to network with other businesses, the inaugural meeting was hailed as a great success.

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dublinlife Let Dublin Gazette Newspapers take you on a tour of the news and events taking place across the city and county this week

a day in the life: man who opens doors opens up to the gazette

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A day full of hellos and goodbyes  natalie burke nburke@gazettegroup.com

His face may be familiar to shoppers on Grafton Street, but for ‘Ciaran the Concierge’ – the doorman at one of Dublin’s most iconic stores – meeting and greeting tourists and celebrities is all part of the job. Whether he is meeting a regular customer, shaking hands with a famous footballer, or hearing the stories of visitors to Dublin, Ciaran says that no two days are ever the same when working as doorman for such an iconic store. Meeting so many people requires energy, which is why Ciaran always starts his day with a hearty meal. “I always have breakfast before coming into work and it would most definitely be healthy,” he says. “I would have muesli with sesame seeds, flax seeds and blueberries and two egg whites too.” His work day starts at 9am, where his role ensures his charm is the first point of contact any customer makes with the Grafton Street store. “My starting day in our iconic store begins at 9am and we close at 8pm in

catch some of the hottest new styles at a pop-up shop in a monkstown restaurant A STYLISH new pop-up shop featuring clothes by designer brand Style Ikon is due to appear at Monkstown’s Seapoint Restaurant on March 9. Seapoint Restaurant, one of Monkstown’s favourite neighbourhood eateries, recently underwent a stylish refurbishment and for the first time ever will be holding a chic, boutique-style pop-up shop.

the evening usually. It’s very interesting work. People I meet often tell me their stories, especially American or English tourists who visit. ----------------------------------------

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“Sometimes I meet people who have worked in the store in the past who come back to visit, or people who used to live in Dublin and moved away. People always remember this iconic store was once on the far side of the street, and would have shopped here for generations.” The part of the job Ciaran remembers the most is when he meets someone famous. “I have met lots of famous people here including actors, sports personalities and visiting politicians. Some would be coming in just to shop but others would be here to officially

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launch an event.” Ciaran says he always takes his breaks, and likes to eat in the staff canteen during lunchtime. “It’s an excellent canteen with great food so I would have something different everyday.” When he greets his last customer of the day, Ciaran says he likes to drop by

the gym on his way home. “I go to the gym three times a week, and one night a week I like to go to the theatre or to see a movie.” “When I get home after that, I like to watch television before going to bed. My favourite thing to watch is documentaries on either the History channel or the Discovery channel.”

Collection The collection at Style Ikon includes clothing, bags, scarves and shoes with a focus on classic, elegant and timeless pieces from Italy, France, Spain, Brazil and South Korea. There will be a complimentary glass of wine for patrons as they browse through all the ontrend spring/summer 2014 collection from international designer Style Ikon. For further information on the show, as well as the restaurant’s delicious dishes, see www.seapointrestaurant.ie.


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dublinlife Writing is on the wall at festival in Smithfield A MULTI-PURPOSE festival is taking place at the Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, this March 9. Mu ro (Ital i an for “wall”) Mini Fest will include a variety of activities such as clothes swap, DIY and craft market, mini movie screenings, a live painting performance, live music, workshops, art installations and DJ sets. The event will start at 12pm and run throughout the day. Its organisers, The Muro collective, hope to create and promote culture and art in a way that is accessible to everyone.

The collective previously organised the Muro Street Art Event in Dublin, which resulted in many of the murals that are currently visible around the Smithfield area. There will be a market consisting of up to 35 stalls selling all manner of hand-made crafts, accessories, fanzines and more. Workshops include screen printing, printing and drawing, while live music will be provided by Brand New Switcheroo, Sinead White, Twin Headed Wolf and Peaks. For further information about the festival,

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help fairtrade to make a real difference FAIRTRADE continues until March 9 with Dubliners being asked to support the international Power of You campaign and choose Fairtrade goods when doing their shopping. The campaign, which was set up to raise awareness of the importance of trading fairly worldwide, was launched a week ago with international Fairtrade representatives, Alfredo Ortega and Alex Flores, joining Cllr Michael O’Sullivan (Lab, the Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn’s representative) to raise Fairtrade flags high over the Liffey. T his international annual event focuses on the challenging work that Fairtrade workers face. Positive news in Ireland reveals that Bewley’s Fairtrade coffee sales have risen by 9%. As well as coffee, campaigners continue to work on endorsing Fairtrade coffee and chocolate, and this year’s campaign focuses in particular on Fairtrade bananas and flowers. You can play your part in promoting the campaign by making that special effort to buy

One of the colourful murals that have brightened up the area around Smithfield Square in the city centre

products with the Fairtrade mark. To find out more about the campaign, see www. fairtrade.ie.

head to the docklands for fine food, beer ENTERING into its third year, the Irish Craft Beer and Food Market in Dublin’s Docklands is due to set the city alight this St Patrick’s Day weekend. Teaming up with the St Patrick’s Festival, the market will feature at the CHQ Building on George’s Dock from Thursday, March 13 to Monday, March 17. This year, the market will see more than 50 local craft beers and ciders, as well as a selection of Irish whiskey and food stalls. Organisers promise this year’s market will be better than ever, and attendees will be treated to traditional Irish music entertainment as well as being able to mingle with Irish artisan food producers such as

chocolatiers, fudge makers, cheesemongers and bakers. The Irish Craft Beer and Whiskey Festival opens on T hursday, March 13 from 5 to 10pm, and from Friday through to Monday, from 12.30pm to 10pm. Admission is priced at €5 after 6pm, and all weekend (including bank holiday Monday).

For further information, see www.irishfest.ie.

brian’s choice: stroller or golf clubs? IT’S nice to see that Brian Ormond has his priorities right. Tweeting last week alongside a picture of a fabulous white car, he said: “Stroller won’t fit in the car but the golf

clubs do”. The Diary wonders what his wife, Pippa O’Connor, will think about that? Many new parents find the stroller too big for the boot, but The Diary wonders if Pippa will be swinging for Brian after this cheeky tweet! (T here won’t be much time for golf now, Brian!)

The picture of a fancy white car that Brian Ormond tweeted last week, leading him to muse that a stroller won’t fit in the boot, but golf clubs will ...


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ESCAPE THE MAYHEM sallyanne clarke: looking after herself for a change

Restaurateur extols beauty of ‘me time’ Each week the Gazette speaks to Dubliners about how they like to unwind in a bustling, busy city. Sallyanne Clarke, of L’Ecrivain restaurant, outlines her salon routine  Laura Webb

SHE is used to late nights and standing for hours on end looking after her hungry customers at L’Ecrivain French restaurant, but if she has a few hours to spare, Sallyanne Clarke, joint owner of the restaurant, goes to the

beauty salon to help her unwind. She says: “Having my fingers and toes done and having a facial, to me, is heaven. I don’t get to do it often enough. “I go to the Beauty Parlour in Terenure. It is a one-stop shop as far as I am concerned, because I can get my

fingers and toes done with Pamela, and then Yvonne does the facial. “If there is anything new on the market, or if she says your skin needs this or that, she will just do it. It’s two hours of heaven.” Sallyanne says that when she goes in for one thing, she usually gets a little bit more done. “When I go in to get a facial, she will do my eyelashes or my eyebrows and I just sit there.

“Or sometimes when I get a facial, she will paint my fingers and toes, and then I just chillax. “You feel like you’ve had a complete day off. You are just so relaxed. If you want a cup of coffee or something, they will get it for you. “Normally, what I will do is I will have my coffee and maybe bring it in with me and just relax. I will try to get as much done as I can, but try to relax at the same time. “They are so easy-go-

Kept busy at L’Ecrivain French restaurant in Lower Baggot Street, restaurateur Sallyanne Clarke escapes to Terenure for some well-deserved “me time”

ing; I have been going there a long time, and they know what I need now,” she says. Not only does she escape the mayhem by going there, but she also says it’s like mini-therapy. “ I ’m f r i e n d s w i t h

Yvonne and I will talk to her, saying: ‘You never guess what happened’, or ‘You never guess who we had in’, or ‘Can you believe so-and-so ...’. “It is a form of therapy and it’s only in Terenure – so it’s not far for me.

“It is just one of those salons that you feel at home in; it’s great. “I think if you are somewhere and they make you feel relaxed, it makes it even easier for you to be relaxed,” she says.


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Stag stars show reel support for Panti

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THE entire cast of John Butler’s latest film, The Stag, recently showed their support for “Panti Bliss” at the closing gala of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The stars showed up wearing Team Panti badges pinned to their lapels. Some of the film’s stars added their voice to the ongoing debate over homophobia whilst speaking to The Gazette. Sherlock Holmes star Andrew Scott said: “I think she’s [Panti] a modern Irish heroine, and I think she stands for a lot of the stuff that a lot of modern Irish people stand for.” Asked whether he thinks Rory O’Neill, as Panti, is a good role model for young Irish gay people, Scott said: “I absolutely do, but not just for young gay people – for straight people, too.” Scott also told The Gazette that he believes that those who are against same-sex mar-

riage are homophobic, saying: “To deny gay people the same rights that straight people have is homophobia – end of story.” My Left Foot actor Hugh O’Conor declared that he is also with “Team Panti”, saying: “We’re all in solidarity with her. She’s amazing, and I think it’s a really good cause.” However, actor Peter McDonald, who plays the character, The Machine, in The Stag, had a different outlook on the whole Miss Panti debate, jokingly saying: “I just like all type of panties – lace panties, in particular.” McDonald then went on to say: “I just think he’s [O’Neill] great with the stir he’s caused in the Irish debate about civil rights for everyone. “What I think is that gay marriage is something that shouldn’t even be voted on – it should just be passed through the Dail. I think most Irish people feel that way, and I’m sure everyone will make the right decision,” he said.

The cast of The Stag showed their support for “Team Panti” by sporting Panti badges

Maria Doyle Kennedy on the red carpet at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival recently. Picture: Pat Redmond

love and dictatorship: film traces eliza lynch’s role in latin america

From Cork lass to Paraguay heroine  ian begley

The stor y of Eliza Lynch, a renowned historical Irish figure who is generally unknown in Ireland but enormously popular in Latin America, has come to surface again in an adaption of her life portrayed in a new documentary film by Alan Gilsenan. Born in 1835, the native from Cork left her famine stricken home for Paris where she met and fell in love with the president of Paraguay’s son, Francisco Solano Lopez. Lynch travelled to Paraguay and soon married her lover, who soon became one of the

country’s most feared dictators, starting South America’s bloodiest war. The film’s emotional heart is provided by Maria Doyle Kennedy’s hypnotic interpretation of Lynch, looking back on her life from beyond the grave and confronting her many enemies who branded her an avaricious whore. The film, which was recently launched at the Irish Jameson Film Festival, was attended by Doyle Kennedy and several other special guests, including President Michael D Higgins and Lynch’s great-grandson and ambassador designate of Paraguay to Ireland HE Miguel Angel

Solano Lopez. Speaking exclusively to the Gazette, President Higgins said that Lynch is a “very significant part of the Irish diaspora because she goes from Ireland to Paris and from Paris to Paraguay. Famous

“It’s wonderful that the Paraguayan people are interested in her. She’s probably the most famous person that came from Charleville in Cork.” Ambassador Lopez also spoke to the Gazette who said that he was very happy with Doyle Kennedy’s portrayal of Lynch and the accuracy of the film’s storyline.

He said: “I’ve seen the film and I’m extremely happy with it. I saw it when it first premiered in London. Let me say this bluntly – I couldn’t think of a finer greatgrandmother for myself. “She is the single most famous Irish woman ever to have landed in Latin America. I don’t include the US because there were very many Irish immigrants who became very famous, but in the space between Mexico and Argentina no one comes close to her. “The film will also make people aware of who she is. This lady in her own right is a national hero in Paraguay. She’s honoured in our country

because she became so much a part of it.” Fascinating

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello also attended the JDIFF premiere of Eliza Lynch and believes that the story of Lynch’s life is “fascinating”. Speaking to the Gazette, he said: “I deal with a lot of places like Latin American countries and the story here is a fascinating one – an Irish woman who was a hero in Paraguay – a country that we don’t have much trade with, but a country that has a long connection with Ireland – much of it forgotten.”


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The labours of love and a love of Labour Once a month the Gazette will speak to a well-known couple, and ask, how do you make it work?  laura webb

Working alongside your partner can be a tough challenge for most, but when you’re in the public eye, it can make it even more challenging. This month the Gazette speaks to one of Ireland’s leading political couples, Emer and Joe Costello. Emer first set eyes on her future husband Joe when he knocked on

her door. At that time she was sharing with her then roommate. Not sure about this man who stood before her asking for her friend, who was the secretary of the local Labour Party in Drumcondra, she wouldn’t let him in. “Who are you? I asked and I said I better check [with my friend] that he was alright before I let him in. So I went back in and checked with her

– and it was alright,” she giggled. At that stage, Emer was not a member of the Labour Party and it was only later that she joined when she was looking for permanent work. “I went to see a guy in FAS and he looked at my CV and said you know Birmingham is closer to Dublin than Cork is. I said excuse me – are you telling me to leave the country? He said I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t give you all the options. That was it, I said give me the application form I am joining

[Labour],” Emer said. The two started to work together at that stage and bought their home on Aughrim Street in 1997, they later married in 2003. Asked what it is about the community of Stoneybatter, Joe said: “It is a great spot. It’s a real village. It is the real village of the northside and there is a great buzz to it. It’s a really nice place to live.” Both teachers at one stage, they are now both prominent political figures with Emer an MEP and Joe the Minister of State at the Department

One of Ireland’s leading political couples, Emer and Joe Costello

of Foreign Affairs. They both separately served as councillors on Dublin City Council and Emer was Lord Mayor of Dublin between 2009-2010. Emer now spends four days of her week abroad but modern technology has kept them in contact with Skype playing a major role for them staying in touch.

If not discussing political and community matters, the two like doing everyday “couple” things with Joe saying he does all the cooking, however this is hotly contested by Emer. “I do the cooking, when we get home. I do the cooking, when we wake up. I do the cooking. I pretty much do it all. I put on the kettle and

pour out the corn-flakes,” Joe said. Disagreeing, Emer said: “No, I do all the nice cooking, he makes a good fry-up.” I’s easy to see that they are both very passionate about their work and even more so about each other – showing that combining work and a personal life is manageable.


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Karen O’Hara, one of Bank of Ireland’s new mobile mortgage managers for Dublin

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Mortgages made easier with new mobile service “Mortgages anytime, anywhere” is the new mantra from Bank of Ireland as it launches a mobile mortgage manager service across the country. The bank will now come to you at a time of your choosing, even at weekends. It also offers a 24-hour promise in many cases where it commits to get back to customers on their mortgage application within 24 hours. Customers can even start their mortgage application process online using the two-minute form. Karen O’ Hara, one of the bank’s new mobile mortgage managers for Dublin, said: “Bank of Ireland realises that buying or moving to a new home is one of our most important life events. “People move house for a variety of reasons,

and these can range from outgrowing a house or apartment to hankering after a different location, or even downsizing after kids have flown the nest. “We understand that today’s customer is timepoor but still wants the personal engagement with a trusted adviser when it comes to making such a big financial decision. “I’m keen to give this [Dublin] community greater access to a bank that is very much in the business of supporting customers through the [mortgage] process, whether that’s at the weekend or in the evening.” This flexible customerfocused service, together with a €2bn fund available for mortgage lending, underlines the fact that Bank of Ireland is very much open for business. The bank is providing

approximately four out of every 10 mortgages across the market and says it is lending in all segments, from first-time buyers to movers to buy-to-let customers. It also has options for Bank of Ireland customers in negative equity, or those who are on a tracker rate. People can also apply to borrow to improve their homes from a new €75m fund launched following the home renovation incentive announced as part of Budget 2014. The campaign comes against a backdrop of greater activity in the house-buying market. Last year marked a turning point for Irish residential property prices, with CSO figures showing the property price index up 6.4% year-onyear to December 2013. Rental costs have also increased, and in many

cases, the bank’s customers are finding that buying is more cost-effective than renting, says the bank. A recent rental report from property experts Daft showed that the average rent in Ireland was now €865 per month, and much higher in Dublin – this is significantly higher than the monthly repayment for an average first-time buyer mortgage taken out in the same period. Karen also said: “Firsttime buyers and movers continue to make up about 90% of residential property purchases, but we’re also seeing buy-tolet investors returning to the market. “Demand in the housing market is recovering, underpinned by improved economic outlook, positive demographics, pent-up demand from renters and significantly improved affordability.”


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Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

Bord Gais Energy Theatre: Vincent Simone gets set to take Dublin by storm

The lord of the dance  Laura Webb

He danced his way into our hearts with his cheeky personality on Strictly Come Dancing then he swapped his dancing shoes for the jungle and we got hooked. Now Vincent Simone is back doing what he does best and taking Dublin by storm through dance. The Gazette caught up with Vincent just before he started his show – Dance Til Dawn – with dancing partner Flavia Cacace. When asked if he was ready to chat Simone says: “I was born ready – that is what I have been told.” Confidence is definitely not something he lacks and it shines through

in his dance moves. He has been dancing since the age of eight. “I did my first competition when I was 10 and I loved the feeling of winning. I love entertaining people,” he said. In anticipation of entertaining Dublin, he said the show is definitely something for the whole family and believes “you don’t have to be a dance fanatic to come and see the show”. “It’s a combination of lots of different dances. We have lots of ballroom, we have lots of Latin American and we have, of course, Argentinian tango. We wanted to show that we can do so much more. “We also have musical dancers… they do all these crazy things. There

is a story too, a really funny story – it is a comedy drama and we have amazing actors, the best singers ever so it is a show full of talent.” Working with his dance partner, Flavia, for the past 19 years, he says they now “dance like one” which is what sets them apart from others. If he is not dancing on stage, he is on the TV but his time on Strictly is still up in the air. “We don’t know yet. I hope the door is still open. We just need to make a decision,” he said. As for his appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, he is glad he did it and is not as frightened of things as he was before. “I just wanted to do something

out of my comfort zone and just be me, myself and this was the perfect opportunity”. He also met some ver y good friends. “I met some amazing people like, Kian Egan, we are all very good friends. “I am hoping he will come to the opening night. In fact, I will contact him and see if he is around and also, Nicky Byrne, because he did strictly as well. Hopefully at least one of them will come and see me,” he said. Dance Till Dawn is at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre running each night until March 8 – see www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie for further ticket details.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Sparky, a one-year-old Lurcher cross. This handsome young boy is full of energy and has a real zest for life. He loves to play, especially with football and tennis balls and thoroughly enjoys his long walks where he can experience the world around him. Sparky would relish an active home where he can get plenty of physical and mental exercise, preferably without cats and kids. If you think this fabulous boy would make the perfect forever friend, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website www. dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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GREEN hats and Irish dancing shoes at the ready, our national day is almost upon us and to celebrate all things Irish, this week Gazette Style brings some of the best Irish designers to life. One store that brings the best of Irish fashion to dedicated followers every day is Kilkenny, so we had a little look on what it has on offer. Collections vary from established designers as well as up-and-coming Irish labels. It also offers a range of styles, so whether it’s a walk in the park, a day at the races, or just a night out, there is something for every occasion – and

knowing they are all home-grown designs makes them even better. Here are just a few of the Irish Designers available at Kilkenny Shop … Fee G is a Dublin-based label founded by Fiona Healy and Don Gormley. Now in its second decade, Fee G has made a name for itself on the fashion scene, here and abroad, with a loyal and growing customer following each season. Based in Co Louth, Niamh O’Neill was voted Fashion Designer of the Year 2013 at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. The rising star has worked alongside the biggest fashion names in the industry, such as Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano, Philip Treacy and Martin Grant. In 2012, she returned to Ireland to launch her

own label. Offering affordable and beautiful jewellery, Blaithin Ennis combines unusual material from around the world to make stunning wearable pieces. Her designs are each hand-made in her studio in south-east Ireland. Meanwhile, jewellery designer Sabine Lenz, who owns Enibas with her husband, Len Lipitch, designs her jewellery with a passion and love that reflects the environment it was made in – the beautiful south-west coast of Ireland. So, why not celebrate the best of Irish with the Kilkenny Shop by visiting your local Kilkenny store? Alternatively, see www.kilkennyshop.com.


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TanOrganic even has a glove to help create the perfect tan for Irish skin

Get the perfect tan

 LAURA WEBB

WITH Irish skin comes fake tan, and one Irish businesswoman making a living out of being Irish while loving fake tan is TanOrganic founder Noelle O’Connor. This entrepreneur has seen her product pack shelves here and abroad, and when Gazette Style met her recently, she was about to take TanOrganic to the other side of the world – Australia. She said: “We will have a few days to ourselves, but then it is work, work,

work trying to promote the product. It’s an exciting time for us.” TanOrganic is the only eco-certified tan product in the world, and even their packaging is ecofriendly. There are a number of products being produced by TanOrganic, including TanOrganic self tan (original) €19.99 – use this product with TanOrganic’s own glove, which conveniently has a thumb instead of one big mitt. This product gives the perfect au-tan, allowing you to build up the shade

rather than turning you into a tangerine queen after one application. Then there is the tanning oil. What is great about this one is that you don’t need a mitt, all you do is put it on like oil and then just wipe your hands with a baby wipe after. This product smells delicious with a citrus fragrance. This is also the world’s first self-tanning oil. €24.99 For further information on all TanOrganic products, see w w w. tanorganic.com.

Help for our Celtic skin SKIN care experts La Roche-Posay have thought of the Irish when making their first daily SPF30 care, Rosaliac CC, for sensitive skin. This product covers and corrects redness in one single step, combining instant coverage and dermatological correction to cover redness and correct flaws. It has a perfect balance between BB creams and corrective make-up, for a flesh-toned natural shade – ideal for Celtic skin, which is prone to redness and flushing. When left untreated, repeated This model has a perfect Fee G flower dress for spring, priced €234.95

redness can result in broken veins on the skin. Many Irish skins suffer from this condition, yet it goes untreated. Rosaliac cream gets to the source of redness and soothes and protects the skin while covering superficial redness and uneven skin tone. This product has a balanced texture, which is infused with thermal spring water to help glide onto skin. Its smooth, refreshing and non-greasy texture locks in hydration for up to 12 hours. RRP €22.50. Available in pharmacies nationwide.


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Savings offered on a selection of far-flung locations LONG-HAUL travel specialists Tropical Sky are offering savings on a selection of far-flung exotic locations across selected dates in 2014. If Thailand has been on your must-go list for some time, why not travel to the elegant four-star Kantary Bay Hotel? Located just a short drive away from Phuket’s bustling town centre, the hotel features two rooftop pools and all rooms have their own private balcony. At €799pp, you can spend eight nights (B&B) at the resort, travelling between April 16 and July 31, when booked by March 19. Price includes return flights from Dublin. Alternatively, why not spend seven nights at the four-star Eden Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka between April 1 and 30, for just €1,089 per person? The luxury resort is set just a short walk from the Indian Ocean coast, with three restaurants and two bars on-site. Price is based on two adults sharing a room on a B&B basis, with return flights. For further information, see www.tropicalsky. ie, or call 01 664 9999. .

The Gullfoss Waterfall is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Inset: Fuerteventura provides an all year round sunny climate

SPRING BREAK: CULTURAL CAPITALS OR TIME AT THE BEACH

Getaway for Easter  NATALIE BURKE

THERE’S no denying that when it comes to Easter, we all go a little overboard on chocolate. But for those of us who fancy something a little more expensive, perhaps it’s the perfect time to look for a mid-season getaway. Whether it’s a cultural visit to Iceland’s capital city or a well-earned break on the beach, picking your destination is easy with plenty of options to choose from this year. It’s known for its breathtaking and magical landscape, as well as its shopping, dining and natural wonders, but with Travel Department, you can visit Iceland this Easter for three nights for just €579. Travel on April 15, 22,

24 or 25 and stay in a three-star hotel for three nights. The price includes return flights, guided transfers, a half day guided tour of Reykjavik, a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and a full day guided excursion to the Golden Circle tourist route. Travel Department are also offering seven nights in a four-star hotel in Madeira, on a half-board basis from just €799. Travelling on April 13, visitors are treated to a host of visual treats, with green terraced mountainsides, dramatic rocky landscapes and picturesque villages as well as the allimportant warm climate. Alternatively, jet off with Travel Department on either April 9 or April 29 and discover some of

Portugal’s best loved locations. From excursions and rich culture to sandy beaches and good food, visit Lisbon, Setubal and Sesimbra from just €529. For more details on Easter breaks or to book, visit w w w.TravelDepartment.ie or call 01 6371600. Whether you are looking to just relax on a beach soaking up the sunshine or planning an exciting family getaway filled with child-friendly activities, GoHop.ie also have a range of great value sun holiday packages to kickstart the summer just in time for Easter. The Algarve attracts thousands of Irish holiday makers every year, thanks to its golden beaches and attractive rugged coastline. The area

is well known for its outdoor sports activities and the ideal spot to wander through markets and sit at a pavement cafe. Seven nights in the Algarve, staying in a three-star hotel, starts from only €131 per person. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation, return flights, and taxes and charges, departing from Shannon Airport on April 5. Alternatively, travel to the Algarve on April 6 departing from Dublin, from just €145 per person. GoHop.ie are also offering great value Easter breaks to Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands. With its location based off the coast of Africa, it’s one destination you can

count on having an allyear round sunny climate. Depart Dublin on April 8 and spend seven nights in Fuerteventura on a selfcatering basis from just €248 per person. Price includes return f lights, seven nights accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Next island over is Lanzarote, famed for both its weather and its scenic volcanic landscape, where you can stay in a three-star resort on a selfcatering basis from just €369 per person. Price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation, taxes and charges, departing Dublin on April 9. For more information, Easter breaks or to book visit www.Gohop.ie or call them on 01-2412389.


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Great Scott exhibition celebrates late master  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

IMAGE Space Light is a grand retrospective of the recently deceased pioneer of Irish abstract art, Patrick Scott. So panoramic is the exhibition that it is showing in two separate venues – one in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Kilmainham, and the other in Visual Centre, in Carlow. T he Gazette went along to the IMMA show, which opened the day after Scott died on February 15, where this half of the show covers the early part of his career, from 1944 to the early 1970s. It is seldom that something truly powerful occurs in the course of a working week, but those seeking an almost spiritual artistic experience can be guaranteed that they will be strongly affected by this retrospective. It is remarkable to see the versatility of Scott’s work, from his first stylised images of lollipopshaped trees and geometrical shapes to more organic, very biological works, which tell of an artist deeply in love with life and all living matter.

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The Gazette spoke to the curator of Image Space Light, Christina Kennedy, about Scott and the exhibition. She said: “I first met Pat when I worked with him on another retrospective he was showing at the Hugh Lane Gallery, which ran in 2002. “I worked very closely with him then, when he was a sprightly 81-yearold. He was a very gentle and discreet person, but very sure of what he wanted artistically, and

he applied the same attention to everything he dealt with, including his architectural drawings. “He applied the one philosophy [to all his works], and although he wasn’t religious and thought religion incited hatred, he espoused love, warmth and friendship,” said Christina. “He didn’t make any statements about his art – he left it to the beholder to decide. His background in architecture was a constant influence in his work, with geometric lines, grids and structures repeated again and again. “Pat went into architecture because in the 1940s people weren’t encouraged to become artists, but his love of essential forms came through in everything he did. “He is considered to be the first Irish abstract painter, but he was ambivalent about that title. He used all forms in nature, but abstracted them, distilled them and concentrated them. “Pat loved pattern and repetition, and in the early paintings, he used leaf patterns and railings

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The late Patrick Scott, often acclaimed as the first Irish abstract painter

to great effect; although they seem child-like, they are deliberately naive. “The paintings really address you, and immerse you in them. They’re very frontal, and you have to give them time, especially his gold leaf works which people were very reticent about at first,” said Christina. Christina also spoke to The Gazette about Scott’s death coming on the eve of the exhibition’s opening. She said: “There will be no funeral, as he donated his body to science. However, I was at the wake, and IMMA will hold a memorial to Pat in April, to which everyone can come. “He was such a quiet but continuous presence in Irish art, and he was

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greatly admired by all artists here for the quality of his intention and his continuous recalibration of line and space.” Patrick Scott Image

Space Light continues at IMMA in Dublin until May 18, and Visual Centre in Carlow until May 11, and admittance is priced at €5.

IRISH Modern Dance Theatre is touring nationally with its new show, Magnetic, from March 20 until May 14, stopping off at Civic Theatre in Tallaght and Axis in Ballymun along the way. Choreographer John Scott is taking the company on the crosscountry tour. The new production, Magnetic, is an explosive piece, made for five dancers, and is described as a movement symphony in which each dancer pushes to achieve new levels of perfection. Dancers Philip Connaughton (a Ballymun native, and one of Ireland’s leading male dancers) joins Kevin Coquelard (who recently graduated from the Paris Conservatory) to dance with Magnetic, having wowed audiences recently at the Abbey Theatre with Scott’s other work, Actions. They are joined by Dublin-based dancers Sara Ryan and Rebecca Reilly. John and the cast will also give postshow talks after each performance. Magnetic comes to the Civic Theatre in Tallaght on March 21, and to the Axis in Ballymun on April 4. Tickets cost €15 and €12, and are available from www.civictheatre.ie, and www.axisballymun.ie.


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Chameleon chef and proprietor Kevin O’Toole says he is thrilled to receive the accolade

Best 100 guide gets nine new entrants Nine new Dublin entrants have been announced in the McKennas’ Guides 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland. The guide has been published this year as a Smart Guide with McKennas’ Guide owner Sally McKenna saying: “It’s not quite an App, not quite a book, so we believe the best name for our new digital publications is simply Smart Guides as they combine our reputation for vividly descriptive prose, our experience and knowledge of Ireland’s culinary culture, and offer this with an easy to navigate interactive functionality.” New to the guide in Dublin are Brother Hubbard, Cleaver East, Rasam, Skinflint, The Pepperpot, The Wild Goose Grill, Vintage Kitchen and M & L Chinese Restaurant. Also included is Chameleon in Temple Bar, a restaurant that has been operating for 20 years and is known for its creative Indonesian cuisine. Proprietor and chef Kevin O’Toole told the Gazette he is thrilled to have received the accolade. “It’s not easy to be named as one of the best restaurants in Ireland, far from it. Sure, we’ve been working on this for quite some time and have worked damn hard to get recognised. It’s all about being passionate about what you produce from start to finish and that includes offering great customer service too. It’s very much about the experience. “We’ve been here 20 years this year and consistency is essential. It’s also about evolving, growing, never standing still and only using the best produce that our wonderful island has to offer. Other essential ingredients are stubbornness, self belief, a great team and a sense of humour. “John and Sally McKenna have created the essential list of whose who in Irish food for which they should be applauded. “Myself and Carol are honoured to be among that group,” he said.

Taste Cafe on South

William Street is a welcoming place with plenty of choice on the menu

The Picky Eater A quick lunch usually fails to impress me. I’m always watching the clock, conscious of the fact I need to be back at my desk within the hour. I find myself berating the staff, thinking don’t they know it’s lunch. Does it really take 20 minutes to make a sandwich? Luckily I have found a few decent ones within minutes walk from the office and they usually deliver in terms of taste and service. This week The Picky Eater checks out a few near Grafton Street.

Taste Cafe on South William Street is a welcoming place with plenty of choice on the menu. Salads, sandwiches and nibbles are all hearty in size and service is generally good. My fave, the falafel tortilla with a delicious pico de gallo sauce is very good. It comes with a reasonable salad and the plate looks inviting. However it isn’t cheap for a quick lunch, costing €8. They have a selection of very nice pastries and cakes and coffee are good. I especially like the out-

side dining area, which is great for a spot of people watching and is always busy. Staff are on the ball and always remember my face, a nice touch. Hatch and Sons located in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green have recently been recommended by the New York Times. In said newspaper, the writer purveyed the wonder that is blaa, a soft white roll from Waterford. Whilst these small morsels are undoubtedly tasty, I thought taking 35 minutes to make a plain sau-

Cafe Togo offers a large selection of soups and sandwiches and also a good coffee

Hatch and Sons offers plenty of tasty treats

sage blaa was a bit much. It was also gone in about four bites and I was still hungry afterwards. My husband’s spiced beef, coolea, onion relish and rapeseed mayo blaa was much more substantial and delicious. The place is bright but the service definitely needs some tweaking. Blaas cost between €5.50 and €5.90 but there is plenty more on the menu in the way of salads and hot dishes. Cafe Togo on Clarendon Street offers a large selection of soups and sandwiches and also a good cup of coffee. Its homemade veggie

soup has plenty of lentils in it making this a really hearty dish. There are plenty of fillings on offer and a sandwich of choice and soup costs €5.95. Not bad for a fast lunch smack bang in the heart of the city. Staff couldn’t be nicer and are speedy, just what’s needed at lunch. There is nothing that this Picky Eater hates more than seeing a waiter or waitress dragging their heels. Having been a waitress for many years, I know that prompt and friendly service equals a healthy tip and a smile costs nothing.


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in harmony: from secret love to main stream music

Sanctified success assured for St Vincent  ROB heigh rheigh@gazettegroup.com

We hate it when our loves become successful. When your best kept musical secret becomes something close to a main stream hit, you know the universe is about to catch up with something you have kept dear and it’s not quite as cache and vital to you as it used to be. Or so goes the hipster manifesto. However, when the likes of The National and St Vincent keep making the kinds of records that maintain what was utterly special about themselves and their music and reach infinitely more people as a result, only a charlatan would begrudge them the kind of success they are presently garnering. With The National delivering the peerless and continually compelling and revealing Trouble Will Find Me last year, and touring to ever increasing numbers (see their recent gig at the Sydney Opera House as an indication of the kind of devotion they have from their fanbase - http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=l3qS7 hKoOR4), the ball was squarely in St Vincent’s court to hit out of the park with the new music she has delivered on her new self-titled release and mimic The Nation-

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The only way is up for Brendan O’Carroll It seems the only way is up for my buddy Brendan O’Carroll! It’s been announced his hit TV series will be made into a cartoon series. The cast are set to record their lines for the animation in front of a live audience this summer. It’s not yet known whether it’ll be recorded here in Dublin or in London. Funny man Brendan is currently on tour with the cast and crew in the wonderful land of OZ. We love you Brendan!

The Arctic Monkeys are still celebrating following their win at the Brit awards in London. The Indie rockers are popping the champagne after they won best album. Other winners included Bruno Mars and Lorde who scooped Best International Male and Female, while Ellie Goulding won Best British Female. David Bowie also got a shock when he won Best British Male, while Bastille were left near speechless when they won Best British Breakthrough Act.

I was rather surprised to hear Kian Egan’s teamed up with his wife Jodi Albert for his upcoming solo album. Apparently the lovebirds sing together on one of his tracks. The pair also co-hosted Daybreak for a Valentine’s special, so clearly they must enjoy working together. The King of the Jungle’s set to release his debut album here on March 14. St Vincent has delivered unique melodies and rhythms on her new self-titled release

al’s inexorable rise. Clearly bouyed and filled with even more confidence on the back of the experience of working with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne on their joint release, Love This Giant, and the accompanying tour that saw the two perform shows across the world and play each others songs as well as those they created together, Annie Clark has borrowed some of the motifs of the collaboration – the brass instruments and sound textures – and blended them with her unique skills with melody and rhythm that delivered so much on

her previous release, Strange Mercy. From the stuttering electro-funk of opener Rattlesnake, reminiscent of Remain In Light Talking Heads in its use of rolling R&B, there even more belief in the music that Clark is putting out before the world, with each successive track showcasing an aspect of her many talents. Birth In Reverse is a guitar-driven angular pop classic in the making, while the tempo drops on Prince Johnny for a heartfelt, falsetto vocal. Lead track Digital Witness kicks with the brass underpins from the Giant project, but

a d d s e ve n m o r e o f Clark’s trademarks – the killer chorus, the shredded, distorted electronics I Prefer Your Love is another slow burning soul number, and features a melody line straight out of the David Bowie back catalogue – listen out for it – while Regret ups the pace for a Liz Phair-esqe indie rocker. Closer Severely Crossed Fingers is a har psichordant love letter and a perfect end to perfectly balanced record. St Vincent is infectious in the sense that it’s impossible to resist going back and seeking

out its weird little corners and twists under the electronic quirks and rumbles. But shot through the centre of the record like Blackpool rock is the lovely, melodic strength of purpose that Clark has always had, but never so compellingly and crossover-appealingly. This should be the record to break St Vincent onto a wider stage, and as she tours Europe and the US in the coming months, word of mouth and radio play should see her break new ground and reach even more potential converts to the venerated church of Clark.

Piers Morgan’s US TV show is to be axed following falling ratings. CNN’s set to call time on Piers Morgan Live as viewers drop in their droves. Piers’ has had a rocky time since he took over from Larry King in January 2011. Perhaps the former Britain’s Got Talent judge should stick to what he does best? CNN say the date of the final show has yet to be decided. It’s rumoured Piers is now being considered for Celebrity Big Brother.

Shrek lovers everywhere will be delighted to hear that a fifth Shrek movie is on the cards. DreamWorks has confirmed there’ll be another chapter in the hugely successful animated series. It’s been confirmed that most of the original Shrek voice actors Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy are all on board for the fifth instalment.


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Still building lots of fun LEGO continues with its subtle march to global domination, one brick at a time, with The Lego Movie (Cert G, 100 mins) building on its diverse range of products in recent years. An all-star cast sees the cleverly-animated CG film deal with the mundane realities of life as a small, plastic figure ... with added support from God, Batman, Abraham Lincoln and other Lego-tastic figures.

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Celebrating loadsamoney POOR, misunderstood masters of the universe (bankers) get the Marty Scorsese treatment in The Wolf of Wall Street (Cert 18, 239 mins). Lead Leonardo DiCaprio turns in another star roll as some of the worst excesses and over-indulgences of Wall Street – based on a true story – get covered in style, in a retro-flavoured film that resonates strongly with audiences today.

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300: rise of an Empire: violent, macho film is relentlessly disappointing

Blood, death and tedium WHEN Zack Snyder’s 300 stormed our screens in 2007, it was a uniquely stylised action film, impressively bringing the pages of Frank Miller’s dark comic book series to life by telling the story of the Spartan king Leonidas’ fatalistic stand against the Persian king Xerxes at the Battle of Thermopylae. Seven years later, and we are finally being treated to a sequel in the form of 300: Rise of an Empire , this time with Snyder leaving the director’s chair to be filled by the relatively unknown Noam Murro. With the potent blend of visual styling, mytholog y, and machismo that drove the first 300 already well-established, the time seems ripe for 300: Rise of an Empire

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to offer us something new. Focused on the story of Athenian commander Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), 300: Rise of an Empire forms a parallel narrative that overlaps the events covered in the first film. As Leonidas and the Spartans are busy facing insurmountable odds, Themistokles is faced with the equally daunting task of defending Athens against the naval wing of Xerxes’s invasion, led by Artemisia (Eva Green). Green excels in her

role as the literally blood-hungry general, who is the real power behind Xerxes’ throne. But, while Stapleton tries, Themistokles is never convincing or compelling, though much of that failure seems to rest on the fact that Themistokles is written as a particularly vanilla character – especially in comparison to Gerard Butler ’s offscreen (but very much in-memory) Leonidas. While the original 300 featured regular violence, the sequel takes things to a completely different level. Unf linchingly visceral from the outset, 300: Rise of an Empire makes clear that it is a film that will be focused on violent action and, for a short while, the action is impressive.

However, the incessant exposure to slowmotion blood-drenched deaths ver y quickly leads to tedium. There may be rivers of blood but there’s very little depth, and no novelty. Here, it q u i c k l y becomes apparent that there is just not enough going on in terms of plot to maintain interest, and excessive violence and nudity are relied on in an attempt to carry the film. While that’s a recipe that means the

film is bound to find success with a certain demographic, it is disappointing when you consider how things might have played out with a stronger story, considering how the original 300 managed to be innovative, impressive, and – above all else – interesting. In the seven years between the films, we have seen releases that push the boundaries of how violent action is used in film. 2011’s The

Raid showed how choreographed martial arts could be reinvigorated and used in mind-blowing ways, and 2012’s Dredd utilised technological advances to impressive affect (while also making much better use of Lena Heady). 300: Rise of an Empire is one to watch at your own peril. At its highest points, it manages to be a mediocre action film, but its more frequent lower points may lead you to feel as if your intellectual capacity is being actively diminished.

Verdict: 3/10

As the Athenian commander Themistokles, Sullivan Stapleton is regularly upstaged by the CG graphics and virtual sets in this somewhat-late (and even more violent) sequel to 300


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Opel’s new Extreme star is fully revealed With over 300hp generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, the Astra OPC Extreme will be the most powerful frontwheel drive Opel ever when it’s unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Extreme is the lighter, more powerful street-legal race sibling to the current Astra OPC. Shorn of 100kg, thanks to liberal use of highquality carbon components, the Extreme’s natural environment will be the race track. This highstrength, ultra-light material is used for the aerodynamically-optimised rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, bonnet, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Opel plans a low-volume production run for the Extreme. With direct injection and variable camshaft phasing, the Extreme’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the most powerful four-cylinder unit Opel has ever produced. The all-aluminium engine is mated to six-speed manual gearbox transmitting power through a limitedslip differential. Noticeably lowering the Extreme’s centre of gravity is the in-house manufactured carbon fibre roof which weighs just 2.6kg, compared with a steel roof’s 9.3kg. The

The Opel Extreme is the lighter, more powerful street-legal race sibling to the current Astra OPC

wings are made of aluminium and weigh only 800g apiece instead of 2.2kg in steel. Weight reduction in key areas greatly improves agility, overall handling and the car’s power-toweight ratio. Opel has also given

the Extreme exceptional stopping power to match, with a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370mm diameter discs up front race car. Ultra high-performance, 245/35, 19-inch tyres, specially devel-

oped for the Extreme, also play a key role and give almost as much grip as those on the race car. In addition, the damper is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer. Inside the Extreme, the back seats have been

taken out and a safety roll bar put in their place. Extreme also gets Recaro bucket seats, with sixpoint safety belts from Schroth and a carbonfibre-reinforced, suedecovered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.

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Volkswagen Group Ireland one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces Irish motorists have had a long love affair with the Volkswagen marque, and now it would appear our workforce are equally enamoured of the German brand. The brand has announced that its has been officially recognised as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces 2014. This accolade was presented at the Great Place to WorkAwards in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on February 26. The event was attended by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who congratulated all of this year’s organisations on their commitment to creating great workplaces. Commenting on this accolade, Tom Fleming, human resources director of Volkswagen Group Ireland, said: “We are proud and delighted to once again be recognised among Ireland’s Best Workplaces. We have talented and committed people and our aim is to provide an environment where they can do their best work, receive regular feedback, be recognised and rewarded, and be offered personal and career progression. “We will celebrate this achievement, but we will also continue to look for ways to create an even better workplace because we believe there is a clear correlation with sustainable business success. In 2013 Volkswagen was once again Ireland’s No1 car brand; Audi was the No1 premium brand; Skoda achieved record market share; Seat was Ireland’s fastest growing car brand; Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles were No 1 in vans. The combination of the best people, the best brands, the best vehicles, and the best dealer network is the reason for our success.” Chief executive of Great Place to Work Ireland John Ryan said that this year’s listed workplaces have proven the clear link between high trust and high performance, and are ahead of the rest because they don’t deliver mere platitudes about the importance of their employees to their business; rather, they create a rich culture supported by people practices that ensure higher levels of collaboration, greater input into strategy development and vision shaping, and distributed decision making throughout their population.

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Players from the clubs taking part in this year’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division with Jillian Saunders, SSE Airtricity, at the launch of the league at the Aviva Stadium last week. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

soccer: league of ireland set for exciting new season

DSDAC athlete Sinead Denny followed up her successful 2013, where she claimed silver in the 2013 championship and represented Ireland at the European team championships with gold in the 400m at the AAI National Indoor Championships in Athlone.

O’Neill lauds the importance of H TEAMof the MONTH domestic football at FAI launch REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joined players, managers and officials from all 20 teams for the launch of the 2014 SSE Airtricity League season at the Aviva Stadium last week. O’Neill, who was preparing for this week’s 3 International Friendly against Serbia, spoke of his footballing roots in the Irish League and praised those involved in the SSE Airtricity League for their valuable contribution to the game. “As someone who played

domestic football in Ireland I understand the importance of the domestic game and congratulate all the managers and players here today for the tremendous work you are doing to develop Irish football,” said O’Neill. The SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions commence on Friday, March 7, and a total of 330 league and play-off games will be played in addition to matches in the FAI Ford Cup, EA Sports Cup, President’s Cup, Setanta Sports

Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Among the highlights of the new season will be the return to the Premier Division of Athlone Town after an absence of 18 years, the debut of Galway Football Club and the introduction of a second Shamrock Rovers team which will play in Division 1. RTE and Setanta Sports will also continue their live coverage of matches during the season and RTE has also committed to covering the SSE Air-

tricity League each week during the season through its new football programme Soccer Republic which will commence on Monday, March 10. Prize-money for the 2014 season will be the same as last year with the winners of the Premier Division receiving €100,000. The Premier Division clubs will be playing for a prize-fund of €241,500 with €74,000 being competed for in the First Division and €25,000 in the EA Sports Cup.

collinstown fc Collinstown reached the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup competition for the first time when they defeated Mervue United in a hard-fought encounter that saw the Clondalkin side’s rehearsal of their penalties skills pay off in the shoot-out.


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FastSport Dubs to the fore in Irish schools team: LUCAN Community School’s Darragh Gannon, Colaiste Chiarain’s Maxime Louogum, Rockbrook College’s Jamie McGrath and Ard Scoil Ris man Sean Heaney have all been named in Ollie Horgan’s Republic of Ireland schools squad for this week’s Centenary Shield opening tie against Wales. The Shield campaign kicks off with a double header as Wales play host to the Republic of Ireland at the Rock Cefn Druids FC on Thursday, March 6. There is a quick turnaround as the Republic of Ireland will host current holders, Northern Ireland in the second game of their Shield campaign on St Patrick’s Day in Sligo. This will be followed by a trip to Ashton Gate, Bristol as England play host on March 28. The Republic finish up against Scotland in Tallaght Stadium on April 24 for the concluding fixture in the Shield.

hockey: local rivals reach schools senior cup final on penalties

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RATHDOWN and St Andrew’s will showdown in a repeat of the Senior Premier League final as they both made it through the semi-finals of the Senior Cup via sudden death

penalties off the back of 1-1 draws against Loreto Beaufort and High School respectively. In the first of those semis at Grange Road, Lauren O’Leary was the heroine, cleanly slotting home her penalty in

the seventh round of the shoot-out. Loreto had trailed from the first minute when Amber Barnwell and O’Leary had combined to allow Karla Ray to pop home from close range at the second attempt, giving

Rathdown’s Lauren O’Leary netted a crucial penalty

St Andrew’s Rachel O’Brien scored a key equaliser

Rathdown a perfect start. They forced the issue for much of the first half with Steph Burns the driving factor from midfield as the Glenageary school remained one up going into the break. Beaufort regrouped in the second period with Jessica McGirr providing a virtuoso performance. Sarah Nagle was only denied by Sarah Hyland’s last ditch tackle while Barnwell took a McGirr corner shot off the line. Rebecca Andrews nicked the ball off Emily Wright when she was well-placed, too, before the equaliser finally came three minutes from time. McGirr’s thunderbolt was saved by Tanna Tan but Beaufort recovered it quickly, working the ball

to Niamh McLoughlin on the right post where she popped the hall home. It meant extra time and subsequently a penalty shoot-out. Like normal time, Rathdown took the initiative, building a 2-0 lead. Beaufort fought back to level after five rounds but Tan saved in round seven and O’Leary out-foxed Hannah Mullen for the vital score, keeping their hopes of a first Senior Cup title alive. To do that, they will need to overcome St Andrew’s - their conquerors in the Premier League - after they prevailed in a shoot-out of their own. While it was a slightly messy way to go through, Andrew’s were certainly the stronger side during

normal time but their inability to score from any of their nine corners meant they were in danger of missing out. Ruby Keating’s smartly taken goal following some sharp passes in the circle put High School one up in the 13th minute. From there, it was backs to the wall stuff as the excellent Ailish Long denied Campbell on the line while Emer Brennan’s save count ran into double figures. Rachel O’Brien - a Leinster Under-21 player - levelled with 11 minutes to go with a fine solo goal, cutting in from the left wing before powerfully firing home. Sally Campbell then won it in the sixth round of the shootout.

FAI’s Project Futsal gets top award for football education  sport@gazettegroup.com

Stephanie Roche at the launch of the Aviva Health FAI Primary 5s in Scoil Naofa Aine in Esker, Lucan

PROJECT Futsal, an education initiative developed by the Football Association of Ireland in partnership with the Welsh Football Trust, was named the winner of an AONTAS STAR Award in the nationwide category. The award was given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the project in helping people who are unemployed to return to education and to gain accredited education in the area of sports and

recreation. One of the graduates from Project Futsal is Peamount United’s Stephanie Roche and she could not speak highly enough of the project. “Every module was sports related” she said. “The course gave me great confidence and qualifications to try and get work in the sports sector. I really don’t think I would have got this from any other course.” Roche is now involved with developing girls’ football in Dublin 15 and planning to further her education with a degree

in sports at IT Carlow. Roche is also one of the stars of the Republic of Ireland women’s team and became an internet star last October with a wonder goal for her club against Wexford Youths. The objectives of the programme are to enhance participant’s employability and/or their prospects of progressing to further or third level education. In a busy week for Roche, she also helped launch this year’s Aviva Health FAI Primary School 5s competition at Scoil Aine Naofa in Lucan,

a first time participant in this year’s 5s. The competition for all primary schools will see over 17,000 children compete this year for a chance to play in the All-Ireland Finals at Aviva Stadium on May 28. More information can be found on www.FAIS.ie. Roche is pictured at the launch with Republic of Ireland internationals David Forde and children from Scoil Aine Naofa, Esker, Lucan, Co. Dublin, from left, Zara Lawless, Obimidi Solanke, Jamie Kelly and Sophie Goodwin.


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The world his oyster for snooker’s Ken Dublin green baize legend Ken Doherty has seen massive changes in the sport since he first won a ranking title in 1993. We speak to him about his love of the game and where it is going

Dublin snooker star Ken Doherty says that he is as hungry as ever in his third decade at professional level in the sport, one which has radically changed from the game he started playing as a young man in Terenure. A year after the 20th anniversary of his first ranking tournament win at the Welsh Open in 1993, Doherty was back in Dublin after bowing out of the 2014 vintage of the same event, losing out to eventual semi-finalist, John Higgins. Speaking to GazetteSport at the Mansion House launch of the Dublin City Gazette, Doherty was upbeat and looking forward to his next tournament in China this week. “I have great affinity with the Welsh Open. It’s a bit weird going back

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and playing it again after so many years, but it’s just one tournament and you forget [the defeat] in a couple of days, and look forward to the next one.” The next events that Doherty faces are back to back tournaments in China, a territory that has helped to change the face of the sport over the last 20 years. “When I was starting in the 1990s, there might have been one tournament in China,” said Doherty. “But now there are eight tournaments in China and that is rising. It’s massively popular over

there because of the likes of Ding Junhui who is one of the top sports people in the whole country. When you think there are over 1.4 billion people in the country, and he is in the top five or 10 sports people in the while country, it’s pretty incredible.” As a result of the expansion of the sport into new territories, Doherty has seen snooker evolve for the players involved. “We have the luxury of so many tournaments. Before Barry Hearn took over, there were only about six ranking tournaments. We now have almost 20 ranking tournaments which makes a huge difference to us. There is a lot more travelling, and most players are travelling to as many as they can, they can’t get enough of it. But I think it will get to the stage where

Ken Doherty with Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Ken Egan at the launch of the Dublin City Gazette in the Mansion House last week

they can pick and choose which ones they play in. It will go to a money list instead of a ranking list, so the bigger the tournament, the more prize money you’ll win.” Although he travels extensively as a player on the world stage, Doherty remains a proponent of the game at home, and

His career as a pundit and as a radio presenter has taken off in recent years, something that he is delighted to be able to do alongside his day job. “I’m also involved with the BBC and their snooker coverage, and also doing the sports show on Sunshine on a Saturday morning. I love all sports

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was recently involved in a TV show for Setanta Sports which showed him the depth of interest in the sport in Ireland. “I did a show on Setanta, Lucky Break, which was searching for up-andcoming snooker prodigies in Ireland. I was surprised to see there was so much talent. We went down to Cork and 65 kids turned up, 95 turned up at my own snooker club in Terenure. I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of talent in the country. There was one kid, aged 12, from Cavan, and he has so much talent. I told him he reminded me of Ronnie O’Sullivan at that age, and that’s how good I rated him. He didn’t win the competition, but his name is Aaron Goldrick, and you should keep your eyes open for him.”

and I love talking about them, particularly soccer. I love talking about them and interesting characters in different sports, and their experiences in their sports. You have to be on the ball, but I absolutely love it. There is a correlation between them all. “ In spite of his other interests and commitments, snooker remains at the centre of Doherty’s focus and his desire to win is undiminished. “At this stage in my career, when I win some good matches, I know there is something good on the horizon. I’m just really enjoying my snooker at the moment. I think that’s the key at this stage in my career. That doesn’t mean I’m not trying to win, I’m still as hungry as I was back in 1993.”


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soccer: fai senior women’s success for ex-peamount star

Clondalkin progress in the Culliton Plate A determined Clondalkin Under-17 side saw off Athy in emphatic fashion in the first round of the Culliton Plate at Gordon Park last weekend. Having lost to Athy over the past two seasons, Clondalkin were in a mood to gain revenge over their bogey team at this level in particular for last season’s semi-final loss. In the end, Clondalkin won quite easily against a severly depleted Athy side and scored a total of seven tries in the process. Lennain Williams led the way with a good catch from the kick-off followed by a strong return that put Athy immediately on the back foot. This was a regular feature from Williams as the game and the first try from Clondalkin was the pick of the bunch featuring several strong carries from Craig Black, Paddy Adelle and Julian Crouse to get into the Athy 22. From there, a cross-field kick from Stephen Bracken was well collected by Thosh to give a simple touchdown, and the points were added from a difficult conversion. The restart saw Williams again making hard yards up the middle, supported by Black and Barney Carron. Athy were stretched and Bracken cleverly changed direction to the poorly defended narrow side and sent Cian O’Brien in for a try. Two further first-half tries came from Bracken and Black. However, ill-discipline from Clondalkin tested the referees patience and after a series of penalty offences, he produced a yellow card and reduced the away team to 14 men for persistent infringements. The second half was a very loose affair but was notable for three further tries for Clondalkin, the pick of them coming from Adelle, his debut try which he had to work to finish and Bracken converted from the touch line. The other tries came from Black and Madden, who was unlucky not to get a second from another pinpoint Bracken cross field. The quarter-final is now set to be played on Saturday, March 15 at home against either Edenderry or Longford.

Louise Quinn receives her women’s senior international player of the year award by FAI president Paddy McCaul. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Quinn is player of the year  sport@gazettegroup.com

LOUISE Quinn flew out this week to the Cyprus Cup with her Republic of Ireland women’s team mates on a high following her success at the FAI Awards as she was named Senior Women’s Player of the Year last Sunday night. T h e 2 3 - y e a r- o l d former Peamount United player, who plays for Swedish side Eskilstuna United, pipped teammates Shannon Smyth and Julie Ann Russell to win the award for the first time and was understandably delighted at receiving the prestig-

ious accolade which has been won previously by the likes of Sue Hayden, Sue Ronan, Olivia O’Toole, Ciara Grant, Yvonne Tracy, Emma Byrne, Niamh Fahey and Fiona O’Sullivan. “It’s absolutely great. I’m delighted because obviously I have worked hard throughout the year. I have played some really good football and I am really happy to get this award. Obviously, it happened because the whole team played well. I am very fortunate to get it against Julie-Ann and Shannon who are great players but it was just great to get it,” said

Quinn who picked out the team’s last match of 2013, an away win against Slovenia, as her highlight of the year. “We won 3-0 and as a team performance it was probably one of the best I have been part of and even some of the other girls who have been around a little bit longer said it was one the best they have seen. It was such high tempo, great passing and going full on for 90 minutes. That was probably our best game.” Winning the award capped a great 2013 for Quinn who joined Eskilstuna at the beginning

of the year and helped them to promotion and a league title. She is looking forward to 2014 with high hopes, particularly on the international front where Ireland currently lie second behind Germany in Group 1 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying campaign. They meet Germany on April 5 in Tallaght Stadium and ever since the full-time whistle blew in Slovenia on October 30 everything has been geared towards that top of the table clash. Manager Sue Ronan brought the squad to La Manga in January for a

Winter Training Camp and according to Quinn it went really well. “We had two closed door friendly games and lost 3-0 to Holland and 1-0 to England. We don’t usually do camps in January so it was already a big plus for us to get those few extra days together. There were a lot of positive things from them and we were asked to try out new things and formations and it worked to our advantage for sure.” Next up is the Cyprus Cup over the next week where they take on New Zealand, South Korea and Switzerland.

O’Gorman strike keeps Peamount in contention  sport@gazettegroup.com

A LATE Aine O’Gorman goal secured a vital 2-1 win and three points for title-chasers Peamount United against a very unfortunate DLR Waves side in Jackson Park. T he win leaves Peamount just three points behind Raheny at the top of the league with the sides set to go head to head in Green-

ogue in two week’s time in a class six-pointer that could decide the eventual destination of the Bus Eireann Women’s National League title. Stephanie Roche put the reigning champions 1-0 ahead in the 26th minute, and they took that lead into the halftime break. DLR drew level against all the odds with a goal courtesy of

Kim Turner in the 63rd minute. The hosts defended with their backs to the wall as the game entered its final 10 minutes. However, the Peas threw the kitchen sink at their opponents and finally got their reward when O’Gorman grabbed the winner seven minutes from time to the delight of the team and manager Eileen Gleeson.

Peamount United head coach Eileen Gleeson


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Camogie class shows in local derby tie   sport@gazettegroup.com

Round Tower’s Under14 camogie team travelled the short distance to Willisbrook in Lucan for a local derby against their Lucan Sarsfields equivalents in a match that saw the visitors taking victory, 2-3 to 2-0. Tower’s were pushed hard for the first 15

minutes with Lucan constantly attacking, but good goal-keeping from Lauren Egan and the defensive work of full backs Fiona Walsh, Shannon Sheridan and Croia Byrne kept Lucan at bay. A f ter 20 minutes, Tower’s pushed forward and Emma O’Malley struck for three back-

to-back points over the course of a few minutes. With minutes to go before the break, Lucan took the wind out of Tower’s sails with a goal that left the sides all square at the break. From an acute angle, Mar tha K irk scored a goa l a nd Tower ’s applied the pressure

with Lauren Davis, Hannah Clark and Saoirse Walsh working well. Ten minutes later, Kirk struck again with a well-taken goal, her eighth in two weeks. Lucan responded well, scoring another goal, but Tower’s responded well in defence and ran out winners.

hurling: mclaughlin and wynne top score

Club Noticeboard round tower, clondalkin THE intermediate hurlers defeated St

Maher Cup, defeating Cork Colleges of

Jude’s in the league. The minor foot-

Further Education in the final.

ballers lost to Castleknock in their league.

A disco night for fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils will take place this

Membership subscriptions are now

Friday, March 7, from 7.30 to 9pm and

overdue and can be paid via our web-

again DJ Robbie Moore will entertain.

site, behind the bar or to any member

Admission €5.

of the executive committee.

Lotto: numbers drawn were 6, 7, 12

Please return any outstanding

and 18; Bonus Ball 27. There was no win-

tickets for the GAA national club draw

ner of the jackpot of €8,300. Congratu-

immediately.

lations to Ned & Kay, Brian Banks and

On Saturday, March 15, the Ciaran

Hugh McKeever who were the three

Carr Foundation will present our adult

€100 winners. This week’s jackpot is

teams with defibrillators in the club-

€8,400.

house. We encourage all our members,

The club shop is open in the club

supporters and friends to join us on

every Monday night from 7.30 to

the night. There will be no admission

8.30pm. Please call Betty Ward or

fee and proceedings will commence at

Catherine Moran direct if you have any

8.30pm.

particular enquiries on 087 675 2238 or

Congratulations to Eric Finn and Jack Whelan who were part of the IT Tallaght team that won the Fergal

086 830 3207 respectively. Bingo is on every Tuesday night, first call 8.30pm.

st pat’s palmerstown A very busy weekend on the field

Round Tower’s AHL 4 hurlers impressed on the opeining weekend of their league campaign to defeat St Jude’s

Tower’s hurlers on fire on opening day ahl division 4 Round Tower 4-14 St Jude’s 2-11  sport@gazettegroup.com

ROUND Tower’s intermediate hurlers got their AHL4 campaign off to an impressive winning start as corner forwards Brian McLaughlin and Aaron Wynne were to the fore, with the latter netting twice and the incoming minor also raising a green flag. Heav y rain and a strong wind indicated scores may be at a premium so the Tower’s return of 4-14 was particularly impressive. In the opening quarter, McLaughlin had pointed twice from play from the right corner

and Wynne delivered an excellent score when he picked by the left sideline and cut inside before shortening the grip to point. The first significant breakthrough arrived on 20 minutes and it was the home side that netted. Again, the corner forwards were to the fore with McLaughlin cutting inside before kicking for goal. The Jude’s keeper saved but, from the rebound, Wynne pulled it to the net with back to goal. Fergal McDonagh and an Alex Darbey long-range free extended Tower’s advantage but a neat interchange amongst Jude’s forwards led to them

striking a goal. Darbey again pointed, this time from a sideline cut into a strong crosswind. And the two-point advantage became five two minutes before halftime when McLaughlin’s outstretched hurl brought a long ball under control and he allowed it bounce before striking on the ground and finishing beyond the visitors’ keeper, 2-7 to 1-5. McLaughlin started the scoring again in the second half when he ran onto Jack Whelan’s pass. Jude’s responded with a point but the hosts replied quickly with McDonagh pointing on the turn. McDonagh duly finished an impressive

Tower’s move that started with a short puck out from keeper Stephen Chapman and involved half-back Eoin Walsh and Whelan. When Tower’s won a free on the 30, the visitors anticipated a tap over score but Gary Quinlivan played the free to McLaughlin and he drove the ball to the net. With six minutes remaining, it effectively ensured an opening league victory. The scoreline was further embellished with the game’s last score when a Darbey strike across goal was deflected by the keeper and substitute Micheál Walsh followed in to finish to the net.

you from the whole club.

but the results overall did not

Good luck to Emma Ryan in her

reflect the efforts on the pitch. Well

upcoming schools camogie All-Ire-

done to all our players who fielded

land final. The only girl representing

in cold and wet spring conditions.

Palmerstown on St Joseph’s team.

Special mention to the U-8 foot-

Many thanks to all parents, play-

ballers, the U-14 hurlers and the

ers and committee members who

U-13 camogie team who had par-

supported our sale of GAA National

ticularly good outings over the

Draw tickets. Your support is very

weekend.

much appreciated.

Cong r atulations to Paul and

Reminder: outstanding member-

Samantha Faughnan on their mar-

ships should be paid without fur-

riage on Saturday. Best wishes to

ther delay.

lucan sarsfields Membership is now due for 2014. We

team are at home to St Peregrine’s

encourage all members to renew as

and our intermediate team are away

soon as possible by following the

to Clan Mhuire in the Naul. Both

link on our website. We particu-

games kick off at 10.30am. Our Divi-

larly extend an invite to parents

sion 7 team take on Garda at home

and guardians of our juvenile mem-

at 12pm and the junior Bs are away

bers to consider one of our family

to Thomas Davis at 3pm.

options. All players up to U-21 are now included in the family options.

Our club bar will be open after all home games and supporters are

Condolences to the Collins family

encouraged to drop up after the

on the recent death of John, brother

game and avail of our special offers.

of former club chairman and presi-

Please remember to confirm times

dent Joe.

and venues in the bar on Saturday

Condolences also to Paul Kelly and family of Esker Lawns on the recent death of Paul’s brother, Finn.

evening. Call 624 0744, on our website or Twitter @lucansarspro. 25 card drive every Friday night

Many thanks to all the teams who

at 9pm in the clubhouse bar – all

sent in match reports this weekend.

welcome. €5 entry with €50 first

Full details can be found on our web-

prize.

site www.lucansarsfields.ie; over

A new members card system has

650 players in action last weekend

been installed in the bar on a trial

across all four codes from age seven

basis. The system will offer benefits

to 40+!

for club members and will initially

The Adult Football Leagues return to action this weekend. Our senior

be trialled on a three-month basis. Please support this initiative.


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quinn wins: Former Peamount star awarded senior international player of the year title at ceremony P30

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right on cue: Ken Doherty still aiming for big breaks in world snooker P29

Galligan ready for the world stage  stephen findlater

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ROSEANNE Galligan says she will not be left wondering what might have been this weekend as she takes on the world’s best 800m indoor runners in Sopot, Poland. The Clondalkin native was selected as part of the five-strong Irish team to travel to the world championships off the back of some great form early in 2014, but a small entry list means that there is little room for error when her race comes around. Just 19 women will take part in her event, meaning three heats of either six or seven will likely hit the starting line, with only the winner of each

race guaranteed a place in the final. It is a very tight margin and leaves Galligan needing to push herself to run a fast race rather than get too mixed up in a tactical battle. “I am not going to sit at the back and do nothing if it is a slow race,” she told GazetteSport. “I am going to make something happen and run the best race I can. “I want to finish as high up as I can; the quicker that I can be, the better I will finish. From a tactical perspective [the small number of final qualifiers], it can go either way. Some of them in the race may think they are the fastest and so won’t need to set the pace and will win no matter what. Others may think that they

have as good a time in them as everyone else and so want to run fast.” Battling with the world’s best is a far cry from her beginnings in athletics, racing in the Clondalkin community games teams “with bamboo sticks and pegs” to helping her to prepare for the hurdles. At Under-10 level, she landed the Dublin 200m title only to finish last in the All-Irelands in Mosney. It scarcely dampened her determination, though, as she knew long distance was her forte and progressed to win the Under-16 1,500m title six years later. Since then, she has moved to England to progress her training and she feels she is in good shape to make an

impression at these championships, having opened the year with a 2.03 time in January. From there, she showed good speed as a pace-maker at a 1,200m time trial in America before a couple of low key 1,500m outings. She says, though, that the elements are in line, especially as she is racing on a preferred blue track. “I have a bit of a superstition with blue tracks. I always seem to run better on them rather than red ones! I was amazed by the first blue track I ran on at the European championship in 2010 and I ran through a 2.01 for the first time and so each time I see a blue track, I think I will run well.”

Roseanne Galligan says she is set for the world indoor championship 800m

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