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Three men held after post office robbery Car waiting for two armed raiders after attack on Mill centre facility

 Ian Begley

Gardai in Clondalkin are continuing to investigate a post office robbery that occurred at the Mill Shopping Centre on the morning of April 1. The two raiders, one

believed to have a firearm and the other with a sledgehammer, entered the post office and threatened staff and demanded money. The men then left the scene in a waiting car. Gardai later stopped a car and arrested two

males, aged 27 and 37, and took them to Clondalkin Garda Station. A third male in his mid 20s was then arrested and is now being detained. There were no shots fired and no one injured during the robbery.

Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) s a i d : “ My i m m e d i a t e thoughts are with the staff who were subjected to this ordeal.” The pair were still in custody at time of going to print. Full Story on Page 6

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Lottery licence sale funds heritage revamp  Laura Webb

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Funding of €123,000 has been allocated to South Dublin County Council for repair and conservation work on 17 projects, including Muintir Na Tire Community Hall in Lucan. The allocation has been made under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme announced by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan earlier this week. The scheme is being funded by the recent sale of the National Lottery licence to Premier Lotteries Ireland (a consortium made up of An Post and the Camelot Group). It is providing for the construction and repair of 618 projects across the country. Projects identified for repair or construction include Griffeen Lodge; Newcastle Lodge; Millrace Museum buildings and Chimney Stack. Swiftbrook Mills, Saggart; Muintir Na Tire Community Hall, Lucan; Weirview, Lucan and Castle Baggot House, Baldonnell will also benefit. Also in line for funds are Moyle Park Lodge and House; Whitechurch Cottages; Edmondstown Road School and Mill; Firhouse Weir; the Roman

Local election Labour candidate Shane Griffin at Donaghcumper Church which is to benefit from funding

Arch, Dodder Road Lower; Glassavilawn and Bohernabreena. Commenting on the allocation for Dublin MidWest, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said: “I am delighted that a number of important historical buildings and structures are to benefit from grant aid this year under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme. “The purpose of this fund is to ensure that works take place to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Acts 200011. This can include structures within architectural conservation areas.

“It is crucially important that we protect and conserve our heritage buildings. This measure has a doubly positive impact in that it will also create jobs in the local economy. Indeed when the scheme was first launched, one of its stated aims was to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craft workers and tradespeople. “The properties listed for funding will be formally contacted by the council in the near future to discuss the process for acquiring this funding,” she added. Cllr Gus O’Connell

(Ind) welcomed the programme and said he would like to have a discussion on the matter with council management to see which sites are ready and available for work and which should be given priority. “The Lucan Weir is something we have been pushing for. Work had been done there but that was halted because of lack of funding. I will definitely be putting that high on my priority list. “Similarly Muintir Na Tire community hall. It is certainly a landmark structure in Lucan village and a small committee has kept it going for quite

some time. So there is certainly a need for it to be attended to,” he said. M e a n w h i l e , Clondalkin’s Cllr Eoin O Broin said any extra funding for heritage projects and for job creation was to be welcomed. “I am concerned with the heavy reliance of the schemes on private funding, particularly if some projects have difficulty accessing the matching funding. In such cases I would urge the Minister to consider increasing the funding available to ensure that all of the listed local projects go ahead.” Donaghcumper Church in Celbridge is also to benefit. Local election candidate Shane Griffin (Lab) welcomed this announcement, saying: “I drive by Donaghcumper Church in the cemetery almost every day on my way to work, as do many Celbridge residents. At the moment it’s a bit under-appreciated so I’m delighted Minister Deenihan has agreed to help fund its conservation with a €10,000 grant.”

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watery road: first traffic calming investment in several years

Explosive device made safe

Good news as €70k set aside for ramps  Ian Begley

Clondalkin is to benefit from a South Dublin County Council investment of up to €70,000 for traffic calming measures. The investment will mostly go towards the installation of 15-18 ramps in Clondalkin, which will cost about €4,000 each. This funding is welcome news as it is the first investment being put in place for traffic calming measures in several years. The first traffic calming measures will be in Watery Lane near Gaelscoil na Camoige. The second will be along the Bawnogue

Road and the third project for traffic calming measures will be along the Ninth Lock Road. C l l r Tr e vo r G i l l i gan (FF) welcomed the investment saying: “The amount of money is nowhere near what it was before, but it is a welcome measure, considering there are numerous housing estates that have been looking for ramps for years only to be told there is no funding.” He said he has been asked numerous times by parents of Gaelscoil na Camoige for traffic calming measures that are badly needed. “I am glad to support traffic calming measures

for Watery Lane for the safety of the children.” Cllr Breeda Bonner (Lab) also welcomed the new measures, saying: “Everyone agreed traffic calming measures on Watery Lane was an urgent priority because traffic flies into Clondalkin along that road and there have been several near misses in recent times. “The other priority is the Bawnogue road along where the church and shops are and the third project is just after the railway bridge on the Ninth Lock Road. There’s a new bridge there and the traffic comes very fast over the bridge,” said Cllr Bonner.

Flower power: Newcastle pupils blossom into a giant daffodil pupils of St Finian’s National School in Newcastle cam-

ouflaged in green, red, organge and yellow clothes as they became a giant human daffodil that spread across the school grounds. The initiative to dress up in this way and raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society on Daffodil Day, which took place on Friday, March 28, was the brainchild of fifth class pupil Fiachra Mooney, whose mother Mary had just got the all-clear from breast cancer. Picture: Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Clondalkin in the early hours of March 27 The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in response to a request from the gardai after a suspect device was found outside a private residence in the Monksfield area of Clondalkin. A cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety and a number of nearby houses were evacuated. The team arrived on scene at 3.30 am. The device was made safe at the scene by means of a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 4.45 am.

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shooting Victim sustained non-life-threatening upper body injuries

Man drove to Garda station after attempted hit A man from Clondalkin managed to drive to a Garda station after being shot in an attempted assassination. Michael Frazer (34) suffered serious gunshot wounds in the attempted hit in a church car park on Bawnogue Road in Clondalkin.

In the attack, Frazer sustained non-life-threatening upper body injuries and drove as far as Clondalkin Garda Station before collapsing at around 6.15pm. Gardai were administering first aid when paramedics arrived. Frazer then lost con-

sciousness and was transferred to Tallaght Hospital where he was treated. The victim’s silver Mini Cooper was left parked on the footpath inside the Garda cordon at Clondalkin Garda Station. Onlookers say they saw a

car drive up on the road near the Church of Transfiguration, Bawnogue, and witnessed a man dressed in black get out and shoot multiple times at Frazer. The incident took place at about 6pm, as many parents were arriving at a nearby

creche to collect their children. Frazer, a car dealer from Drimnagh, lives in the Dolphin House flats complex in the inner city. His previous home was targeted on several occasions. In June 2008, a fragmentation grenade was thrown

through his front door where it exploded, launching shrapnel and causing a fire. Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Ronanstown Garda Station 01 666 7700, anonymously via the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or at any station.

Court adjourns State’s first case of assisted suicide A Dublin woman charged with assisting the suicide of another woman has had her case adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Gail O’Rorke (42) of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, is charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of Bernadette Forde between March 10 and June 6, 2011. She is the first person in the State to be prosecuted under Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993. Ms O’Rorke was due to be arraigned on March 27 for a trial expected to take place next year.

However, it emerged that her defence team has sought details from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to why a case is being taken. Anne Rowland BL, defending, said the DPP had been asked to supply “criteria” for prosecution and that depending on the response, it may be necessary to start proceedings elsewhere. Ms Rowland said she had received eight volumes of disclosure relating to the case. Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the matter for mention on April 30, adding that a trial date should be set as soon as possible.

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election: poster moves Put FF and PBP at odds

Councillors jockey for pole position  Ian Begley

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A war of words has erupted between two local councillors this week. Clondalkin councillor Gino Kenny (PBP) has accused Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) of advertising a “sham” public meeting on his election posters as a way of acquiring a better position on lampposts before everyone else in the run-up to the local elections on May 23 and obtaining a prime position in the polls. Candidates running in the local elections are only allowed to put up

election posters from April 23, but if they are hosting or organising a public meeting on a particular topic they can then put them up on the basis that they have an attached notice. Speaking to the Gazette, Cllr Kenny said: “He [Gilligan] has posters up around Neilstown for a meeting in Rathcoole on April 17 about Irish Water. There will be no meeting on April 17, it’s only to get a prime position in the polls for the elections. “I’ve seen it before and I know it’s a farce. He probably has the meeting booked, but all he wants

is to get his posters in a better position before everyone else.” Reponding to Cllr Kenny’s accusations, Cllr Gilligan said: “I do have a meeting on in the Rathcoole Community Centre about Irish Water. It’s a huge issue at the moment and I had numerous meetings (during) my time in the council so I don’t see why I shouldn’t be allowed to have a meeting now about it.” The Fine Fail councillor also hit back at Cllr Kenny, accusing him of “breaking the law” by having an election poster up before the mandatory

date. He said: “Gino had a poster up outside the Waterside pub that didn’t have any meeting at all advertised, and that’s breaking the law because you’re not allowed to put up any posters unless you’re organising or holding a meeting.” Cllr Kenny hit back saying: “Poor Trevor is deluded. I had a poster advertised for a meeting in the Waterside about mental health. “I had a poster over my face and basically the rain got to it. It was there for three or four days and eventually I did take it down.”

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rathcoole Over 40 kids test out play area

Minister launches new child’s sensory garden  Ian Begley

Childcare and preschool centre Grian Na nOg in Greenogue, Rathcoole, recently opened a sensory garden for the local community, which is aimed at fuelling children’s imagination with the use of inexpensive and household materials. It was launched by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald and over 40 local children came to test out the new play area. A sensory garden is a special space where children can engage in play,

directed at illuminating their senses enhancing their imagination, and challenging them physically. The garden has a Land Before Time theme, where miniature T-rex’s and triceratops roam their surroundings. Who eats and who is eaten is all decided on the whim of a three-yearold! The garden also has loose play areas where children can build a tower made of wood, a mountain made of stone, or maybe a camp fire of sticks. Using these natural materials facilitate the children to build the

pictures that are in their heads. A sound wall of pots and pans, bamboo sticks and a bicycle wheel are also within the garden in which children can release their emotions and express their musical talents. Owner of Grian Na nOg Derval MacCarthy told the Gazette that: “The opening of the sensory garden was a brilliant success. We made our sound wall from pots and pans, a bicycle wheel and bamboo sticks, and then the children planted cucumber beans which teaches them how to grow food.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald is rewarded with gifts after she officially opened the new children’s space

“We are also highly encouraging parents to make their own sensory garden at home. “It was just amazing and the beauty of it all is that you don’t even

need much space. You can create different play areas for children in your very own garden or house.” For further information contact 01-4013844.


Filmmakers rewarded Creative youngsters from across South Dublin were rewarded for their talent at the sixth annual Noise Flicks Festival. The event, run by South Dublin County Council, showcased some great talent and imagination by young people in the area. The recent launch night at IMC Cinema ran screenings of shortlisted films for 2014. The event included films created by 100 young people from Ballyroan,

Tallaght, Clondalkin, Ronanstown, Palmerstown, Lucan and Rathfarnham. Christian Tierney won best overall film by an individual filmmaker for his music video Young. Two films by Tallaght Young Filmmakers won best overall film by a filmmaking group. Participation award went to Skate Film by Clondalkin Youth Service, Winners took home cash prizes.

Rua Red runs exhibition

artists who wrestle with ideas of the absurd, the failed and the humorous. The event, named Must Go On, takes place up until April 10 from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Admission is free. For more information visit

Rua Red in Tallaght is holding an exhibition of moving images, paintings and sculptural installations, animations and photography by seven

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plebiscite ‘People should have a say in whether we have a referendum’

No vote disappoints South Dublin  Ian Begley

There was a high level of disappointment in South Dublin County Council this week at Fingal County Council’s decision to block a plebiscite from going forward to the people of Dublin on whether or not to adopt an elected mayoral system. At a special meeting on March 31, the council voted overwhelmingly by 19 votes to three, with one abstention, in favour of a plebiscite. The majority of South Dublin councillors said the issue should be decided by the people, while those who voted against

the plebiscite told the meeting that there was more clarity needed as to what role a directly elected mayor or mayoral council would have. All four Dublin local authorities had to pass the plebiscite proposal in order for it to go ahead as laid down in the terms of Minister for Environment Phil Hogan’s local government reform document, Putting People First. Clondalkin Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) said that although he voted yes, he would have probably voted against a directly elected mayor if it came to a referendum. Speaking to the Gazette

he said: “I voted yes for the vote, but having said that I would have a lot of reservations about another bureaucracy basically in this country. “I voted yes [because] the people of Dublin should decide whether there should be a referendum or not on April 23. “I probably would have voted for a directly elected mayor [if it came to a referendum], but I think it’s good for democracy that the people actually get to decide whether we have that referendum or not,” said Cllr Gilligan. Cllr Gus O’Connell, who voted yes, said that he accepts Fingal’s decision,

The council voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plebiscite

but is still disappointed with the outcome. He said: “I was part of the Lord Mayor’s forum where we had a reason-

able consensus on what should be in the document [Putting People First]. “I’m disappointed with

the outcome, but now we can blame the Minister in making it so difficult that each one of the four local authorities had to vote in

favour of it.” Lucan Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab) who also voted in favour of the plebiscite said: “I voted yes because I didn’t think I had a mandate to stop the people of all the Dublin areas having a plebiscite. “It was an unusual form of a democratic vote and I would have much preferred if it was approached differently,” said Tuffy. Fingal councillors did not rule out passing the plebiscite proposal in the future if more detail was added and they passed a motion asking Minister Hogan to amend the current proposal.

crime: post office targeted in clondalkin

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GARDAI in Clondalkin are continuing to investigate the post office robbery that occurred at the Mill Shopping Centre on April 1 at approximately 11am. Tw o m a l e s , o n e b e l i e ve d t o h ave a firearm and the other with a sledgehammer, entered the post office and threatened staff and demanded money. The raiders then left the scene in a waiting car. A similar car was found abandoned on St Patrick’s Road and it is believed that the raiders got into different cars. Gardai later stopped a car and arrested two males, aged 27 and 37, and took them to Clondalkin Garda Station. The men are being detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939. A third male (aged 25)

was later arrested and is now being detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939, at Ballyfermot Garda Station. There were no shots fired and no one injured during the robbery. Speaking in response to the robbery, Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) said: “This was very shocking news. My immediate thoughts are with the staff who were subjected to this ordeal.” Gardai in Clondalkin are appealing for witnesses to the robbery, or anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around the vicinity of the post office prior to the robbery, or any suspicious activity in and around the St Patrick’s Road/Oakwood Grove, Clondalkin area. They should contact them at 01 666 7600, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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‘This week I made an unfortunate remark’

Judge is sorry for offending Muslims  Ian Begley

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has welcomed Judge Anthony Halpin’s apology foll ow i n g r e m a r k s h e made recently towards Muslims in a Tallaght Court. On March 27, Judge Halpin caused outrage af ter saying that he thought “Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives” during the trial of a Somali man accused of breaking into his former wife’s house. Halpin’s comments were made before a p a c ke d c o u r t r o o m , which led to Minister

Joe Costello and the Immigrant Council of Ireland demanding an immediate clarification or to withdraw the remark. On March 29, the Tallaght judge addressed people’s concerns saying: “This week I made an unfor tunate and incorrect remark in court. “This has attracted some attention which gives the impression that I hold views less t h a n f avo u r a b l e t o the Muslim religion. I would like to state that nothing could be further from the truth. “I accept that I made the remark, but what

I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders, and they need intervention and education in that regard. “I had no intention of referring to, or offending Muslims or their religion, and I apologise for the hurt caused. I ask for their forgiveness,” said Judge Halpin. In response to this, the Immigrant Council of Ireland stated on its website: “The judge’s reassurance that he had no intention of offend-

ing Muslims or their religion is particularly welcome and we accept the apology to that community is genuine. “This episode again underlines the need for people in authority to reflect on the impact their remarks, even those made off the cuff or in the heat of the moment, can have on the wider public and feed into stereotypes which are wrong and offensive.”

Judge Anthony Halpin said: “I had no intention of referring to, or offending Muslims or their religion, and I apologise for the hurt caused. I ask for their forgiveness.”

The judge made the remarks only days after telling Tallaght Court that he was going to be reassigned to the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin city. It has recently been

established that he will be transferred to the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin and said that his last day in court would be on Monday, April 14. Judge Halpin also

caused some controversy last January when he suggested that the Civil Defence should be drafted in to help gardai, following a number of violent deaths in Tallaght.

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A range of dance performances took place

Julia Szmaj and Ciara Liu

The crowd is splashed with multi-coloured paint as part of the Holi Festival. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Hindu fest puts spring in hearts


HE Indian community in Ireland recently celebrated the festival of colour, Holi, at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. This Hindu event marks the beginning of spring, and features vibrant colours that symbolise energy and brighten and celebrate life. It was organised by Unitas Isac – a not-for-

profit organisation working to promote Integration through Sports, Arts and Culture in Ireland. The crowds were entertained by a wide range of Bollywood, Indian classical and semi classical dancing and musical performances, as well as an arts table and face painting for children, and the spraying of coloured paint.

Merlin Elsa David and Thaara Rose Wilson

Neeraj Tripathie and Vikas Kshatriya

The event featured a wide range of Bollywood, Indian classical and Prevana, Riya and Sejal

semi classical dancing

Saurav, Sravanth, Manisha, Sujith, Dharmendra and Baajee from The Dharmendra Bollywood Dance school

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Sports editor Rob Heigh with Gazette reporter Stephen Findlater

Aoife McGettrick, Sarah Mooney and Deirdre Guiden

Michael McGovern, managing director, Dublin Gazette Newspapers, with Conor McGregor, Ireland’s mixed martial artist and Gazette Sports Star of the Year 2013, and Michael JF Wright, Wright Venue owner. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

sporting year: fifth aNNUAL prizegiving AT wright venue

Esther Fitzsimons, Sinead Costello, Niamh O’Callahan and Fionuala Shelley

Gazetteers gather for glittering prizes T

HE annual Gazette Sports Awards were recently held at the Wright Venue in Swords. This is the fifth year that Dublin Gazette Newspapers has hosted this awards night, which recognise the various achievements and dedication of sports players in our local communities.

The winners included Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, Swords Thunder Basketball Team and Dean Carpenter who was named the People’s Choice Star of the Year. Some well-known faces attended the awards, including former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan and DJ Paul Saunders.

Conor’s sister, Erin, and father, Tony McGregor

Dean Carpenter, People’s Choice Star of the Year 2013, with Fraser Donaldson, new operations David O’Keeffe, Fiona Farrell and Peter Doyle

Fran Blake and Olympian Kenneth Egan

MC Keith Shanley

manager of the Wright Venue

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what’son new tv show wants to help with family life

Interior designer Neville Knott is kept busy with his show on TV3 – Neville’s Doorstep Challenge

a day in the life: top tv3 interior designer on the challenges of filming

Knott a typical schedule  natalie burke

AS ONE of Ireland’s best-known interior designers prepares to take to our screens for another series of Neville’s Doorstep Challenge, The Gazette caught up with the main man to get an insight into a typical day in his life. Neville Knott and his design team are back on TV3 for a third series of his show and he said a typical day of filming for the show can be long and challenging, but always good fun. He said: “We film the show at weekends so a Saturday morning starts early for me. I get up about 5.30am or earlier, depending on where we are filming that day. “I don’t usually have a huge breakfast – maybe a glass of milk and a bowl of


‘We have seconds to leap out of the van, run up to the door and knock – we’re always hoping the owners are in!’


porridge, just something simple.” Neville then sets out to meet the rest of his crew at a secret location, close to the house where they are preparing to surprise an unsuspecting family. “At the secret location, we film a short piece for Ireland AM. We give viewers a clue where we are about to do the makeover. “Once it’s done, we travel in a convoy

to the house and we have seconds to leap out of the van, run up to the door and knock – we’re always hoping the owners are in!” The crew usually catch the family having breakfast or still in their pyjamas, and Neville said it’s exciting seeing the family so surprised. “When we get into the house we usually see the room that the family want to see made over and we film another session, and I’ll hint about what I want to do to the room.” At 9am, the family set off for the weekend and Neville and his team clear out the room. The crew work for the whole day getting stuck into the makeover. “We usually set up a station for ourselves in the house where we can make something to eat or have tea or coffee.

We don’t generally take a lunch break, as we’re too busy. We only have two days, so it’s all go.” Waiting for coats of paint to dry is one of the longest waits for the crew, meaning they often have to stay late on the first day of the makeover. “We have to stay there until it’s done, so that can often be 2am. If I get home earlier though, I usually try and turn off so I will watch some TV and have a nice meal. “I won’t have any wine, as I need a good night’s sleep for another long day the next day. If I’m watching TV, I’ll watch Netflix – I’m watching the whole series of Breaking Bad at the moment!” Neville’s Doorstep Challenge will air on TV3 this April.

FAMILIES in Dublin are being sought for a new show on RTE television entitled The Family Project. The show matches families who are going through difficult situations, or experiencing problems, with well-known personalities who have been through similar circumstances. The producers of the show, Animo TV, are currently looking for families with young children that need a hand.

Concerns The families involved in the show are allowed the time and space to address concerns and problems with a view to solving them and finding new ways to move forward. Families are matched up with a celebrity best suited to their particular set of circumstances who can offer advice and insight. If you would like to get involved with The Family Project, or know any family that might meet the criteria, you can call Sharon at 01 646 8246, or email sharon@


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Glenda races to a mini-marathon to help fight cancer Xpose presenter Glenda Gilson is hanging up her stilettos for a day in favour of trainers as she teams up with the Marie Keating foundation for the Women’s Mini Marathon. Long-time ambassador to the foundation, Gilson, is now asking ladies from across Dublin to join Team Marie Keating in the marathon.

This year, the funds raised will go towards the charity’s national comfor t fund which gives support to people who are struggling financially as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Speaking at the launch, Glenda said: “I have been an ambassador for the Marie Keating Foundation’s Mini Marathon campaign for many years now and I

always look forward to enjoying the incredible atmosphere on the day. “The foundation does incredible work and all funds raised this year will go towards the comfort fund so I really hope women from all over Ireland rally behind this truly worthwhile cause.” For fur ther inform a t i o n , s e e w w w.

Calling all Dubs - time for happy hearts The Irish Heart Foundation is inviting volunteers and supporters from across Dublin to take part in celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Happy Hearts Appeal. Supported by SuperValu, the anniversary celebration will be held next week at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin in honour of the great volunteering spirit of the people of Dublin. S i n c e t h e H a p py Hearts Appeal began in 1990, Dublin volunteers have been at the heart of the community selling happy hearts and raising funds to prevent the development of heart disease and stroke. T he 25th Happy Hearts Appeal celebration will take place in the Ashling Hotel on April 7 from 1.30pm. All who attend will

Marie Keating Foundation ambassador Glenda Gilson (second from right) with Teresa have survived cancer, at the launch of the Women’s Mini Marathon recruitment drive

receive an exclusive live demonstration of CPR by top Irish Heart Foundation resuscitation experts so they are equipped to react in an emergency when a heart suddenly stops beating. Register on w w w. or call Mairead For tune on 01-668 5001.

mary-lou faces a way to help a cancer charity It SEEMS that even the Irish politicians are

jumping on the dareto-bare bandwagon in recent weeks with Sinn Fein’s deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald (below) becoming one of the latest public figures to post a picture online of herself with no make-up. T he TD was lending her support to the #NoMakeUpSelfie charity fundraising initiative by uploading a fresh-faced picture of herself without her usual make-up to her

Facebook page. The politician was joining women across Ireland in their efforts to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. Along with her barefaced photo, McDonald wrote: “Keep the fundraising efforts going ladies! And lads, get texting as well.” Her photo went down well with over 4,000 people “liking” it, and comments filled with support by her daring move, ranging from “Good Woman Mary”, to “You go, girl” and “This is the woman who should be running our country”. Now we’re just waiting for a male politician to take on the equivalent and don a face of make-up in aid of prostate cancer. Who’s up for it?

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Mary Lou McDonald posted a picture online of herself with no make-up

London Fashion Weekend recently welcomed two Dublin students to take their photography skills to

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the next level. Stephen Spollen at Griffith College Dublin and Megan Dooge McConnell from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Techn o l o g y t r ave l l e d t o London as part of the Canon Student Network. The programme enables students to c o m b i n e t h e i r l ove of photography with real world experience. Spollen and McConnell rubbed shoulders with the world’s press as they photographed r e n ow n e d d e s i g n e r Nicole Farhi’s show from the photographer’s pit. Of the experience, GCB Photography programme director Sinead Murphy said: “It’s a credit to our students’ talent that they were chosen to take par t in such a prestigious event. “We are proud to be a partner of the Canon Student Network as it works alongside Griffith College to ensure our students get the most out of the photography

course and shar pen their ability.” The programme is being piloted in Dublin with the hopes of expanding to other colleges around Ireland later this year.

loose creature gives tallaght the hump Sightings of a large camel seen strolling around Tallaght gave residents the hump recently. Pictures of the Arabian creature were taken at the green beside Firhouse Community Centre by astounded onlookers. Several say that the camel escaped from the zoo, some believe that he is owned by a wild animal enthusiast, while others say that he was making his way towards the auditions for the next series of Tallafornia. However, the most likely reason, is that the camel is a part of the Courtney Brothers Circus, which had visited the area in recent weeks.

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ESCAPE THE MAYHEM away from it all: Abandoning the mobile, the iPad and the crowd

‘My favourite place on earth is on the top of Slieve League’ Each week the Gazette speaks to Dubliners about how they like to unwind in a bustling, busy city. TV and radio personality Noel Cunningham shares his technique He’s a TV presenter, Come Dine With Me participant, radio personality and general manager at Harvey’s Point hotel in Donegal – so when exactly does Noel Cunningham get the time to relax and unwind? Being so busy, it’s hard to get a minute to himself but when he does he takes

time out on Slieve League in Donegal. Speaking to The Gazette from the beautiful surroundings of Harvey Point in Donegal, Noel said his favourite unwinding activity was a day without the phone, without the iPad and away from the crowd by walking on his “beloved”

Slieve League “I would get to do that once a month but it is well worth it. I don’t get that many days off. Apart from the hotel I do Ireland AM, I do the Mooney Show at times, I do local radio and various shows for charity all over,” he said. “To do Slieve League properly you are talking about a good four to fourand-a-half-hour climb. Sometimes I go with my sister but the majority of the time I go on my own having learned how to do it properly. I would

want to stress that doing a mountain like Slieve League you are always better going with someone else. “I have been going there since I returned to Ireland 15 years ago. My favourite place on earth is sitting on the top of Slieve League on the site of the old monastic settlement and church, drinking from a flask of coffee and having a Mars bar and looking at the stunning scenery around me. Now of course it is included in the Wild Atlantic Way,

which is the biggest tourism initiative we have seen in the world ever, it is getting huge positivity.” The walk Noel likes to do is very popular so he can often meet people along the route. “I do see people along the way. You meet different people but I do try to avoid them and keep my head down because unfortunately when I am up the mountains it is usually visitors from all over Ireland and they would recognise me before I would recognise them.”

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Being so busy, his monthly visit to Slieve League isn’t written in stone so when he gets the chance he jumps at it. “You grab the opportunity when you get it, when you

get that little window you just go. To be fair, anytime I get to escape from Harvey’s Point I go on a beautiful walk around Lough Eske. That is a stunning unwinding walk.”


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A €1.3M investment has gone into a second Jump Zone facility in Santry, creating more than 60 jobs in the area. E u r o p e ’s b i g g e s t indoor trampoline park has expanded, adding to its already successful business currently running in Sandyford. The new 35,000 sq ft premises features Europe’s first foam pit, two dodgeball courts and a main trampoline court. Jump Zone Santry has become the company’s flagship premises. Since opening its doors in Sandyford in October 2012, Jump Zone has

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become one of Ireland’s most popular sports and entertainment attractions, having catered for more than 100,000 visitors, 2,000 kids’ parties, more than 500 corporate events and 100 school tours, as well as weekly exercise classes. Entrepreneurs Paul Quinn and Daniel Begley recently announced

their plans for their second Jump Zone indoor trampoline facility, with Santry’s facility opening its doors on March 28. Quinn said: “We are incredibly proud to be opening our second Jump Zone facility, which will not only be the largest of its kind in Europe but one of the largest in the world.”


Entitlements with baby on the way Q – I am single and my baby is due in seven months. Can you confirm exactly my welfare entitlements, as there seems to be some confusion? I am also unemployed, having been made redundant six months ago; this was my first job and I was only there 10 months. Sharon, D8. A – Some of the benefits payable by the State are based on PRSI contributions you may have made, so some of these you will be ineligible to claim. Currently, three main payments are due to you on the arrival of your baby, starting with: 1. Child benefit. You satisfy a habitual residency test and will have a dependent child that meets the criteria. Currently, this is €130 per month for the first and subsequent children. 2. Early childhood care and education scheme is a payment for all children, but only between the ages of three years, three months and four years, six months, as of September 1 of the year they will be starting. For providers of day care and sessional services, the weekly capitation fee is generally €62.50 over 38 weeks. Day care and sessional playschools with more highly-qualified staff may be able to qualify for a higher capitation fee of €73 per week over 38 weeks. To find a childcare provider near you, contact your local city or county childcare committee, or write to: Childcare Directorate, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4; tel. 01

647 3000; fax 01 647 3101; see or email 3. One-parent family payment is paid to men and women in Ireland who are bringing children up without the support of a partner. You must satisfy a meanstest and a habitual residence test. Currently, this is €188 per week, plus € 29.80 for any child dependent. Remember, the first €90 earned each week does not count, and if you earn up to €425, you may still be eligible for a reduced payment. You may qualify for family income supplement (FIS), if you are working for at least 19 hours a week. You can continue to claim one-parent family payment, and your FIS payment is not counted as means, while you could be also entitled to a rent supplement increase. I would talk to your local social welfare office for definitive answers on your circumstances.  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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Pets help Clara find a quiet new home

The 80s pop band Hue and Cry are bringing their Remote Stripped Tour to Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire

music: scotland’s Hue and cry take to the pavilion with 80s pop update

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Popular 80s pop band Hue and Cry are bringing their Remote Stripped Tour to Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire this month as part of a 25-year anniversary tour. The band comprises two brothers from Coatbridge in Scotland, Pat and Greg Kane, who have consistently been performing and writing music for a quarter of a decade. Their popularity peaked in the 80s with their single Labour of Love. Since then, they have experimented with many styles of music including big band and jazz. The Gazette spoke to Pat Kane ahead of his upcoming appearance in Dun

Laoghaire about the kind of show people can expect when they go to Remote Stripped. “The tour promotes a record we have out at the moment called Remote Stripped for the 25th anniversary of the original one called Remote. This is an acoustic version of that album and there will be plenty of piano keyboard, lots of storytelling and singing. “The songs are all updated 25 years later. The music and the characters are all updated with the songs having different lyrics from the original. For example, one song called Three Foot Pacifier imagines a man who used to make pennies at an intersection in South America in the 80s now working as a city plan-

ner. You would hope it was true today but I’m a relenting utopian. Another song, The Only Thing (More Powerful than the Boss) was written in 1988 when social media was starting and I was just getting a whiff of it. “I rewrote it in 2014 and imagined an artificial intelligence who wants to know what it’s like to fly a drone. “It’s all about taking characters and emotions and reflecting on them now, I mean Violently was written three marriages ago, so had to be updated too.” Of his personal and working relationship with his brother, he says, “It gets better and better. This is a weird watershed year as I’m turning 50, it’s the 25th anniversary, my daughter turned 25 and

she just had a baby.” As a Scot, Pat has been an activist for Scottish independence since the 80s and is optimistic that independence will come. “The vote is in September and I’m a big proponent of independence. It’s becoming more and more likely that it will happen now – not by a huge majority but with 50% to 60% majority. We’ll see what happens after that.” Hue and Cry will be bringing their Remote Stripped tour to the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday April 17, 2014. Tickets are €22 and are available from the Pavilion Box Office 01 231 2929 or online

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Clara, a three-year-old terrier cross. Clara is a worried little dog and finds kennel life overwhelming. She would love a home with a really patient owner who will help her blossom into the wonderful little dog we’re confident she could be. If you think you could give lovely Clara a loving home 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

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The clocks have gone forward meaning flat ballet shoes are making their way back to our feet to relieve us of boots and Uggs worn to death over the cold months of winter. Ok, ok, we are in Ireland so boots and Uggs will always be within hand’s reach – and wellies from time to time – but flat shoes are always handy to have for comfort and, of course, style. Worn with skinny jeans or dainty dress-

es, they are the perfect answer to keeping feet on trend in any season. This week, Gazette Style takes a little look at some of the ballet shoes and pumps making headlines in shops across the city. For those who like a little height, we haven’t left you out. Wedges are always a great alternative to stilettos offering height and comfort – two features petite women love to hear in any shoes. Here are a few to consider with this month’s wages.

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A taste of Scandinavia SCANDINAVIAN Airlines want you to experience all that Scandinavia has to offer, which is why from now until April 8, they are offering seats from Dublin from just €45pp one-way. Take a stroll past the colourful buildings lining Nyhavn in Copenhagen, get a taste of history at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo or take in the city sites from the SkyView in Stockholm. Booking with SAS before April 8 means you can travel to Stockholm from just €45pp one-way, to Copenhagen from €48pp one-way or to Oslo for just €53pp one-way. Book before April 8, and travel between April 15, 2014, and February 28, 2015 to avail of the offers. For more information or to book a flight, see

A stunning four-poster bed, complimentary fruit and water along with Molton Brown toiletries made this castle visit one to remember


A sumptuous retreat  MIMI MURRAY

THE County Laoise rural village of Durrow is as quiet as it is quaint and picturesque, and Castle Durrow is now one of Ireland’s most luxurious country house hotels. Built by Capt William Flower (later to become Viscount Ashbrook) in 1716 as his family home in the midlands, its prePalladian design and formal gardens were the height of fashion in their day, and its grey/blue cut stone contrasts with the

breathtaking views of the landscape. This sprawling pile is now one of Ireland’s foremost wedding venues, and it’s not surprising, really. Anyone who wants to aspire to the “Downton” lifestyle for a day would feel right at home here. We spent a night there recently, and were charmed by this beautiful hotel. Our room – the Lady Tess – had sumptuous decor and the four-poster bed is a stunning centre-

piece. Fruit and water are provided in the room, as are Molton Brown toiletries. We dined in the restaurant, which was surprisingly busy on a Sunday night. Later, we found out that many couples were there to sample wedding menus – further proof of how popular this hotel has become as a wedding venue. I started with a potato cake with black pudding and poached egg with hollandaise sauce. My husband went for a rabbit

terrine – a very nice dish, which was quite light. A whole black sole immediately caught my eye for mains, and was beautifully cooked with butter and spinach, while my other half sampled the venison. It was a hearty dish, and plates were wiped clean. Our waitress recommended a nice light New Zealand sauvignon to accompany the food. The following morning, after the Durrow breakfast – which consists of plenty of fruit, cereals and

a full Irish – we wandered through the gardens. Still feeling the effects of a harsh winter, we could see spring was eager to burst through, and these gardens are magnificent, it is said, at the height of summer. We didn’t indulge in a treatment from the Powder Box beauty salon, but it is nice to know that most treatments are on offer here, should you wish to indulge. For further information on Castle Durrow, see

Experience Northern Ireland’s great outdoors  NATALIE BURKE

THE Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), in association with, is challenging everyone to get out and experience Northern Ireland’s great outdoors by taking on an exciting outdoor activity during the annual Adventureland Weekend taking place this April 5 and 6. Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend offers families,

friends, beginners and adrenaline seekers over-55 fun outdoor events at a lower rate of either 50% off or £10pp. Over the weekend, events will take place at locations right across Northern Ireland, meaning there’s bound to be something for everyone! With no prior experience required, anyone can book in to a “come and try it” session to have a go at new activities such as kayaking, mountain biking,

surfing, orienteering, archery and horse-riding, as well as the opportunity to experience some more unusual activities like grass sledging, caving or landpaddling. Adventureland highlights how accessible outdoor activities are in Northern Ireland and how easy it is to build an entire adventure weekend around getting outdoors and getting active. The gorgeous scenery and fresh air are just the cherry on top of

what will be a fun and fulfilling weekend. Booking is essential. For a full list of Adventureland activities and to book, visit or callsave 1850 230 230.


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Theatre Laurence Foster is set to bring Charles Dickens to life in Dublin

What the Dickens! He’s here AUTHOR and actor Laurence Foster is performing a solo show – Dickens in Dublin – for the Five Lamps theatre festival in The Writers Centre, Parnell Square on Thursday, April 3 at 1pm, and again at 7.30pm. The show is based on one of Charles Dickens’s visits to Ireland, during which he spoke in the Rotunda in 1858, and was feted by local Dubliners so much that he found it difficult to make his way from his hotel on Nassau Street to the Rotunda stage, due to crowds of fans. Dickens had worked as a reporter in Ireland when he was 19, recording the parliamentary speeches of Daniel O’Connell. He developed a lifelong admiration of O’Connell, which was reciprocated by The Liberator. Dickens was also devoted to the works of Thomas Moore – the Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer now best remembered for writing the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy. Lunchtime tickets for Dickens in Dublin cost €10, while the evening tickets cost €15. The evening show is followed by a section entitled An Open Audience with Dickens.



A tale full of neatly tied-up loose ends  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

MARITA Conlon-Mc Kenna’s new novel, The Rose Garden, is all about m i d d l e - a g e d w i d ow Molly Hennessey facing a crossroads in her life when she realises the pension left by her late husband will not support her for long, and she will have to sell her Georgian home, Mossbawn. Molly’s plight is mirrored conveniently by that of her niece, Kim, who herself has lost her job, her home and has been dumped unceremoniously by her boyfriend, Gareth. The two women join forces as Kim moves into Mossbawn, near Kilkenny, with her aunt and they both set about trying to restructure their respective lives. In the meantime, they become pleasantly distracted when they discover the remains of an old secret rose garden at the back of the bigger garden at Mossbawn. There is never any talk of Molly ever having had a job, and yet when she goes through all of her finances after her husband dies: “She


‘There is never any talk of Molly ever having had a job, and yet when she goes through all of her finances after her husband dies: “She realised that except for the life insurance payout, she had absolutely no income of her own.” ‘To say this is stating the obvious is an understatement.’


realised that except for the life insurance payout, she had absolutely no income of her own.” To say this is stating the obvious is an understatement. The Rose Garden is full of such obvious and simplistic statements, and you can see the twists and turns of the plot easily and from a great distance. It is all set up so unrealistically and neatly with no real antagonists or challenges for the protagonists to overcome, barring their present straitened circumstances. I found the novel quite unchallenging to the reader. It is clear that Conlon-McKenna

is influenced by Maeve Binchy, but she paints a world of fantasy rather than reality, which Binchy always involved in her novels. Nor is there any of Binchy’s wit or bite anywhere in the novel. The world Conlon-McKenna paints does not exist anywhere on earth, and is full of cosy predictability. The novel might do well with someone living abroad and pining for Ireland, as it romanticises the country endlessly. It would also appeal to anyone who wants to escape into utter fantasy and a world full of tea and scones and charming old houses where neighbours are friends,

The Rose Garden, by author Marita Conlon (below), is published by Transworld, and is available now, priced €8.99

and love scenarios play out seamlessly. Conlon-McKenna also gives a cursory nod of reference to the current economic situation in Ireland. There is the inclusion of an evil developer who wants to turn the idyllic Mossbawn into a housing estate, as well as a mention of bankers who are enjoying the fruits of their perfidy as they retire on fat pensions. Kim gets a job as a receptionist in the local doctor’s surgery, and gets to know all of the locals, who are full of encouragement for her and stop her on the street with well wishes. The Rose Garden is not likely to be to eve-

ryone’s taste, but the story does indeed tap into a deep-seated need for a simple, charming life that is full of neatly tied-up loose ends and

no mess. T he Rose Garden is published by Transworld, and is available at bookshops now, priced €8.99.

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FOOD&DRINK Conclusion

BUILDING upon the experience of its owners, The Exchequer Wine Bar and Restaurant (at 19 Ranelagh; tel 01 421 5780) serves a diverse range of fare, with a particularly notable selection of wines. In the heart of Ranelagh village, The Exchequer adds another irresistible eatery for local and city foodies. Executive head chef Lee Doyle adding a finishing touch

Peter Rock and Ian Tucker bring a flavour of The Exchequer bar in Dublin 2 to Ranelagh village, where their latest venture has just opened

Something for all palates THE Exchequer Wine Bar and Restaurant opened last Friday in the heart of Ranelagh. It has an exciting wine list, Irish craft beers and an impressive cocktails selection, matched by a menu of titbits, small plates, platters and more. This is the latest venture by Ian Tucker, Peter Rock and the team behind The Exchequer (in Dublin 2) – the successful and awardwinning gastropub that opened five years ago. Open seven days a week, from 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 3pm at weekends, The Exchequer takes reservations and welcomes drop-ins. The ambience is relaxed, with a choice of seats along the bar, high bistro or shared/private dining tables and comfy booths. There’s even a choice of covered terraces, for drinks and dining. Offering more than 100 wines, with 35 available by the glass, there’s an emphasis on offering excellent examples of each varietal or region. T here are tr usted and well-known wines,

complemented by a few lesser-known gems, and a Verre de Vin system, as well as a choice of 125ml and 175ml glass sizes. Each day, a “mystery wine” is served by the glass (an interesting way to discover new grapes) and those who correctly identify it receive a complimentary bottle, courtesy of management. The Exchequer also offers a unique cocktail selection along with its Irish craft beers. Executive head chef Lee Doyle, responsible for many awards won by The Exchequer in Dublin 2, has created a menu that marries his love of Irish artisan food with his appreciation for the best Mediterranean ingredients. The menu ranges from small savoury appetisers to antipasti, a cheese selection and cured meats platters, to starters, large plates, oysters and steaks. The selection ranges from familiar and indulgent to unconventional and intriguing fare, and always to the highest quality and created to

complement the wines. Carefully-sourced highlights include 30-36month Black Iberian free-range pata negra (€19.95 per 100g), and 18-month aged Danielle ham, served with buffalo mozzarella, olives, roast veg, sun-dried tomatoes and figs, served as a platter – small, €15.95, or large, €26.95. Cheese selections are served with fig chutney, crackers and grapes, with a choice of three Irish, Italian or Spanish cheeses, priced €13.95 to €14.95. Small plates, served as they’re ready, include a foie gras and chicken liver parfait with spiced apple chutney and toast, for €9.95, and a rabbit and pistachio terrine, wrapped in smoked bacon with a prune and walnut relish, baby leaves and pickles, for €11.95. As well as carpaccio of Irish beef, and various bruschetta, there’s jamon Iberico and manchego croquettes, at €8.95, and chorizo lollipops, at €7.50 – both served with garlic aioli.


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The Legend Of ... FOR those who like the sight of hunks in trunks trying to carve chunks out of each other, here comes another strong contender for worst film of the year. Already a box office bomb, The Legend of Hercules (Cert 15A, 99 mins) tells the story of the greatest mortal son of a god to walk the land ... and get into lots of over-stylised, CG-enhanced fights. Hmm. That sounds oddly familiar ...

Theo James and Shailene Woodley do their best with their somewhat formulaic roles - as in opposites - attract which is pretty much par for the course in this genre

need for speed

Much vroom to improve FOR those looking for films driven by a great plot, sparkling dialogue and charismatic actors – sorry, here’s Need For Speed (Cert 12A, 132 mins) instead. This is our last nod at its wafer-thin plot (fast cars get driven recklessly; repeat), which somehow get stretched into a twohour-plus film. Particularly undemanding fare that’s best left to the most devoted of petrolheads.

The winter soldier A Marvel-ous sequel

CAPTAIN America returns in style with The Winter Soldier (Cert 12A, 128 mins), with his eponymous enemy (above) proving an extremely challenging adversary. Steve Rogers brings his classic allAmerican good-guy values to bear in this thoroughly modern tale, which takes an almost subtle look at contemporary paranoias – wrapped up with lots of terrific action sequences.

divergent: a competent but derivative future dystopian tale

A mould breaker, it isn’t BASED on the bestselling series of novels by Veronica Roth, Divergent is poised to take on the mantle of dystopianteen franchise of the year from The Hunger Games – and it looks like it has all the necessary credentials to do so. While the young female lead against the odds in a not-too-distant alternate future is familiar territory, Divergent establishes its style early. Opening shots of the crumbling masonry of a post-apocalyptic Chicago slowly being reclaimed by nature set a scene that is closer to 2007’s I Am Legend than anything more recent. As a set up for a coming-of-age story, this one is almost perfect. In the wake of a war that happened some time before the lifetimes of most of

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the lead characters, society splits into a factionbased system. (Sociologically, not exactly a load-bearing idea, but the factions work wonders in metaphorically labelling groups of people, so it is probably for the best that the precise details of the societal shift remain conveniently secure in the realms of tight-lipped historical mystery). Beatrice (Shailene Woodley) is our hero – born into Abnegation, the mirror-shunning faction that focuses on simplicity, and dedicates itself

to working with the poor and destitute in society. Imagine the Amish, but a little less colourful and without the hedonistic joys of Rumspringa, and you’ll soon be empathically stropping against the dreary, grey future that Beatrice’s parents dream for her. T hankfully, things don’t go as planned. Part of every teenager’s initiation into adulthood involves consciously choosing one of five factions in a public ritual. Alongside Abnegation, the options include Amity (focusing on friendship and peaceful harmony); Erudite (a devotion to learning); Candor (an aspiration towards honesty and fairness); and Dauntless (embodying courage and fearlessness). It’s hardly a tough call

for the rebellious Beatrice – who watches the factions shuffle civilly into their seats at the ceremony, while Dauntless arrive like a hyperactive martial arts circus, back-flipping down buildings and diving head-first from moving trains. Choosing to join Dauntless means cutting contact with her Abnegation parents, and sets the newly christened “Tris” on a quest to discover her true calling. While the story is slick and compelling, the transition to screen is not as smooth. Shailene Woodley, familiar from 2011’s The Descende n t s , manages to carry t h e

film, but at 139 minutes, the story is overdrawn, allowing the momentum to falter at times. Tris’s training with the Dauntless – and the quest to be top of the trainee leader board – hogs an inordinate amount of screen time, overshadowing the more interesting, conspiratorial elements that begin to emerge. By the time the story develops, you’ll be so jaded by the repeated sparring scenes, inconsequential trials, a n d

epic music that you’ll need the focus of an Erudite to stay engaged. Undoubtedly, the film will be massively appealing to a young adult audience, who themselves are going through the struggle of adapting to a new society, whether through work, college, or otherwise. For all its flaws, Divergent can be applauded as an exploration of change, and the transition from childhood to adulthood. We can only hope the inevitable sequel learns some lessons from its earlier mistakes.

Verdict: 4/10 Kate Winslet has an interesting role as a wicked queen, of sorts, playing Divergent’s bad guy – or gal – with plenty of aplomb

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Save money with AIG’s new smartphone app

If there’s one thing we at the Gazette motoring pages love, it’s saving money… truth be told we haven’t quite figured out what to with our communion cash just yet! But while we decide between an X-Box and a PS4, there is another way we can save a few coppers now, as Ireland’s newest direct car, home and travel insurer AIG has announced the launch of its new smartphone app, AIG XLNTdriver (Excellent driver). The app, available with AIG’s motor insurance cover, aims to reward better and safe driving behaviour with potential savings of up to 25% on motor insurance premiums. It also hopes to encourage drivers to improve their driving overall, leading to fewer accidents on the road. Customers who use the app will be given a 5% discount on their premium immediately and further discounts of up to 20% will be applied to the premium after 90 days of usage, subject to the scores achieved. XLNTdriver is available to download for free to AIG motor insurance customers at the iTunes or Google Store. For further information, visit or call 1890 27 27 27.

Getting Twizy with it … Sometimes it’s nice to see the quirkier cars of the year used in some of the quirkier films of the year – and it just so happens we have an example! Terry Gilliam’s latest movie announces a slightly unusual cast: a bald Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Melanie Thierry and… the Renault Twizy. The Zero Theorem is the story of an eccentric and lonely IT genius, suffering from existential neurosis, and looking for the meaning of life... The story takes place in London, where Gilliam takes us into a dark and baroque future, where Twizy has invaded the streets of the city. The famous 100% electric “troublemaker” highlights a very special casting: the well-known Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) directs Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan, Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13, The Bourne Identity, Elysium) and Melanie Thierry (Babylon AD, One for the Road). The Zero Theorem, is in cinemas now.

The Renault Twizy, starof The Zero Theorem

Nissan Qashqai: Its bonnet practically has biceps and the grille more angles than a character from Game of Thrones

nissan: the popular suv gets more than a facelift

A model Qashqai

 cormac curtis

It may not seem like it, but the Nissan Qashqai has already been on the Irish market for seven years. Yes, it was way back in 2007 when we first saw the nimble compact crossover utility model roll onto Irish roads – instantly capturing the imagination of the nation’s motorists. The concept of the Qashqai made so much sense, it really is a wonder someone didn’t beat Nissan to the mark with this class of vehicle. Maybe Nissan just got the timing right. It was, after all, the year that preceded the crash in the Irish property market, when people suddenly began to take a more realistic view of their spending habits and where they used their hard-earned money. Up until this time, anyone buying a car big-

ger than a saloon - and didn’t fancy driving a boxy estate – had little choice but to opt for any one of the many SUVs that seemed to populate every driveway in every leafy suburb of Dublin. Big engines, big fuel consumption, high running costs all added up to a fairly unattractive proposition, yet the Irish market seemed to have a thirst for this type of car. Enter the Qashqai. Now we had a contender. This was a car that had all the looks, all the presence, and plenty of interior space and exterior ground clearance to really offer a different option to the gas-guzzlers that were beginning to be the norm. I know it feels as though I’m going on a bit about this, but quite honestly this is the first opportunity I’ve had to write about the Qashqai, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The new model has not been long on the market, and I can say after a week behind the wheel, it is certainly turning heads. They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but Nissan have managed to give the Qashqai fans out there a real reason to consider trading up to the new model. This is more than just a facelift (a technique that far too many manufacturers use these days to freshen up some of their offerings) Nissan have brought together an altogether new identity to the model, and a host of upto-date technologies at the same time. I know there are plenty of cars out there with LED lights, and many of them in a similar “arrow head”configuration like that of the Qashqai, but for some reason, possibly because they’re set so much higher off the ground than many of their counterparts, the

LED headlight clusters on the Qashqai really make an impact… dramatic doesn’t begin to describe it – they’re almost menacing. If you want to start ticking boxes… notice the muscular stance of the car – its bonnet practically has biceps (tick)! The grille has more angles than a character from Game of Thrones (tick) and the wheel arches have flares that would make the Bay City Rollers jealous (serious tick). Under the hood? The new model Qashqai does not disappoint. The features available are more than impressive. Just consider the different packages available. The Safety Pack offers Safety Shield (traffic sign recognition, high beam assist, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency breaking) as well as front and rear parking sensors and auto-dimming rear view

mirror. For the real gadget freaks, there’s the Nissan Connect Pack that includes Nissan Connect Gen2 Kai with 7” touch screen display, rear view camera and digital audio broadcast. And then there’s the impressive Driver Assist Pack (DAP). This brings Safety Shield Plus (blind spot warning, moving object detection and fatigue alert), and Intelligent Parking Assist. That’s a lot of features to consider at one sitting, but rest assured, the new model Nissan Qashqai drives incredibly well – and the 1.6 diesel variant that I drove brought with it a lot more power than you would ever expect from a car in this class. This is so much more than a redesign, the new Qashqai is, yet again, leading the way in the incredibly competitive segment.

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MUSIC MOTORING Booka Shade: looking ahead to vicar street gig

Ready for live joy  rob heigh

ONE act who have been pushing the boundaries and themselves to new heights over the past decade has been Booka Shade, whose studio and live productions have made them a massive draw for dance fans across the world, and who are returning to Ireland later this month when they play Vicar Street on April 26. Gazette Music caught up with one half of Booka Shade, Arno Kammermeier, who was in Berlin doing some work in the studio ahead of the band’s

European tour which celebrates the release late last year of their fifth studio album, the brilliant Eve. It looks like this will be an extremely busy time for the German duo of Arno and Walter Merziger, who have been creating music for over 25 years now. Arno said: “We are preparing for the next leg of the live tour ... We are coming to Dublin before we head on to the States and come back for the festival circuit for the summer in Europe. I am working on a mix for Fact Magazine (, and working with [dance

music legend] Sasha. I’m in the midst of the music at the moment!” Having been in the industry for so long, Arno and Walter have constantly pushed themselves and the way they present their music, and bringing their songs to life in new ways in their always impressive and inventive live shows. “The live shows have become a very important part of our lives ... It became a bit of an addiction, going places and getting out and seeing how people react to the music. “There’s a lot that we can do live, that we can

use the energy that comes from the crowd, and use the vibe in the room to create more energy, you can use it and play yourself into the energy. That’s why you become a musician in the first place, is to lose yourself in the music,” he said. Booka have also come through a time when they needed new impetus, and part of that is the use of acoustic instruments in the creation of Eve, something that Arno has considered bringing into the live show. However, the visual complexity and technical intricacy of their shows means that there is

Booka Shade – looking forward to returning to Dublin, and their live gig here

only so much they can do – this time around. “The songs need to be synchronised with the visuals so it is a complete and compact show, but we want to be able to, like in a DJ set, throw songs in and react to them – it is more complex in a live setting, but we are thinking of things like that.”

“We have played Dublin many times. It’s one of those places where we have played great shows and the people are amazing. “There was a driver who picked us up in Dublin in 2005 when we came to Ireland for the first time, and we asked him: ‘What’s new in Ireland?’

“He seemed to have a background as a tour guide, and told us all about the Liffey and all the history of the country. “It is a joy to be able to present your songs in new places. I hope the live show will be amazing and we’re going to have a great time!” said Arno.

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devin toner Alyson Boyle and Michele McGrath at the Aviva Stadium for the announcement of the match between Shamrock Rovers FC and Liverpool FC

soccer: epic challenge match at the aviva stadium

THE Castleknock College alumnus quietly but powerfully put in one of the performances of Ireland’s 6 Nations-winning campaign, playing all but seven minutes of the entire competition and providing an impressive and towering presence in green.

Rovers and Liverpool to meet H TEAMof the on Dublin soil in friendly tie MONTH SHAMROCK Rovers and Liverpool FC will meet in an eyecatching challenge match on Wednesday, May 14 in Aviva Stadium at 5.30pm. Liverpool and the Hoops last met 32 years ago in a friendly at Milltown, Dublin. The final score was 1-1, with Ian Rush scoring for Liverpool. Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche said: “We are delighted to be taking on Liverpool in this high profile game at Aviva Stadium. “It will see two clubs with strong histories of success and great fans face each other in what

should be an entertaining game of football and a great occasion. It will be a great game for our players to be involved in, and also a good day out for our fans and Irish supporters of Liverpool, many of whom are also SSE Airtricity League supporters.” Billy Hogan, chief commercial officer, Liverpool FC, said: “We are looking forward to coming back to Dublin again this year to play in front of our Irish fans. “The club enjoys incredible support in Ireland. Our opponents, Shamrock Rovers, hold a special place for us as we bought Jim Beglin from them in 1983,

who became Bob Paisley’s lastever signing.” “I played in the game against Shamrock Rovers over three decades ago and I remember scoring that goal. It’ll be great to play them again and take away a win this time rather than a draw” said Liverpool legend and ambassador Ian Rush. This will be a fixture not to be missed with Liverpool FC, one of Europe’s most historic and famous football clubs with 18 league titles, meeting Shamrock Rovers, the most successful team in the Republic of Ireland having won 17 league titles.

FAI season ticket and vantage club holders have been offered a special pre-sale period from today (Wednesday, 3pm), while general admission tickets go on sale on Friday, March 28 at 10am. Tickets can be purchased via or www.ticketmaster. ie, with prices at €15 for kids and starting from €20 for adults. Shamrock Rovers members and season ticket holders and Liverpool FC season ticket holders will be entitled to a separate pre-sale and details for supporters in that category are available through their clubs and on respective club websites.

st vincent’s A BREATHTAKING 2-5 from Diarmuid Connolly helped inspire St Vincent’s to their fourth senior football AIB All-Ireland Club Championship title in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day as they ran out 4-12 to 2-11 winners over Castlebar Mitchel’s.


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SPORT Friars on tour learn new skills


rugby: illinois school team take on st michael’s on irish venture

siblings set to tee off in Rathfarnham:

KILMASHOGUE Golf Club has announced it is to hold the first national Siblings Tournament on Sunday, May 18 at its course in Rathfarnham. The Scotch Foursomes competition will feature a brothers, sisters and a brother and sister competition. KGC has never held an open competition before so this tournament offers golfers a unique opportunity to sample the nine-hole parkland course at the foothills of the Dublin mountains. Registration for the competition opens on Thursday, April 10 at 11am with a price of €30 per pair. Entry forms are available on KGC’s website, www., while completed entry forms can be e-mailed to KGCSIBLINGS@ Alternatively, for more information, call 089 438 9137.


In a unique international match, Fenwick Friars RFC from Oak Park, Illinois in the US opened their threegame overseas tour with a match against the St Michael’s College which was played at St Vincent’s GAA club recently. The high school student athletes embarked on a

rugby tour that featured games against local school and club team opposition in Dublin, Galway and Limerick, as well as offering them an opportunity to see the country. Fenwick started with a limited squad of 17 players with three starters still recovering from prior injuries and unable to play including senior fullback

Mike Kelly, senior number eight Ryan Smith and junior prop Andy McGann. Senior lock / jumper Jimmy Lawley also had to withdraw from the game as his already broken hand hindered his opportunities on the field. As expected, in a match between one of Ireland’s foremost junior teams and aUS club side still develop-

Action from the match between Fenwick Friars and St Michael’s College

The Fenwick Friars team at St Vincent’s GAA club

ing and learning the sport, St Michael’s dominated throughout, exhibiting their skill and technique. With development the name of the game, the score was not kept as the hosts scored several tries early in the contest. The game, while being the most difficult match they have played during their club’s short history, in some of the worst weather conditions the boys have experienced, helped Fenwick Friars RFC mature in their understanding of the game and the culture of rugby. The loss for the Friars was summed up by Andy Skehan, director of rugby at St Michael’s College, who spoke to the teams after the game and told them that while the Fenwick Friars Rugby Club has only been in existence

for two years, St Michael’s College has had more than 50 years to perfect its rugby system to produce top rugby athletes. Senior adviser to Fenwick Friars RFC Don McDermott said: “With the odds against them, the players never let their spirit down and fought hard to the finish. “We make no excuses for the loss. “We met a superior side, but we appreciate their hospitality and exquisite style of play. “The St Michael’s team was well organised and very well coached and games like this are why we came to Ireland as they will help make us better.” The Friars had soaked up the principles and techniques of rugby the day before their meeting

with St Michael’s College during a four-hour coaching clinic at the University of Maynooth. Eoin Hogan from the Irish Rugby Football Union and Dennis Bowes from NUI Maynooth mentored the American enthusiasts, who saw those techniques performed to perfection on the field by St Michael’s College. Patrick Steenberge, president of tour organisers Global Football, said: “Our boys fought extremely hard, but are just not at the same level yet in their careers. “I know they will learn from this experience and it will help to make them much better players. “This was a great firsthand look at how much they need to improve and at why the coaches tell them what to do.”

Killiney wakeboarder takes sixth place in World Cup 

David O’Caoimh in wakeboarding action

David O’Caoimh from Killiney has added to his bronze medal at the World Games in Colombia last summer. He managed to achieve an impressive sixth place at the Wakeboard World Cup which was held in Mandurah, Australia recently. The World Cup series, which is an invitationonly event to which only 20 of the world’s

top male wakeboard r i d e r s a r e i nv i t e d , attracts around 100,000 spectators at each stop around the world. F o u r- t i m e s I r i s h national wakeboard champion O’Caoimh has taken a gap year from UCD to achieve his dream of making it to the very top of his sport and is spending most of the year training and competing overseas. “I’m so happy and

delighted that all my training has paid off,” said O’Caoimh. “I’d like to thank my sponsors Monster Energy, Billabong, O’Brien Wakeboards and Xtreme Gene, who helped to make it all happen.” Wa k e b o a r d i n g i s derived from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. It involves the w a ke b o a r d e r b e i n g towed behind a specially designed speedboat at

speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour. The rider uses the wake of the boat to perform flips, spins and combinations of both to gain points. With an estimated 30 million active water skiers and wakeboarders worldwide, wakeboarding is the most rapidly growing water spor t in the world and was shortlisted for the 2020 Olympics. It is hoped that the sport will be in the 2024 Games.

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Night of champions for Gazette heroes


Dublin Gazette Newspapers was proud to present the fifth annual Dublin Sports Awards at the Wright Venue in Swords Van Barneveld makes last week, and it was a memorable salute to the capital’s stars Charlestown appearance THE WRIGHT Venue in Swords was the location for the fifth annual Dublin Sports Awards, which recognised the achievements of the sports stars and teams of 2013 in Gazette Country. The winners of the awards which represented the best individual and group achievements for each of the months of last year was a huge success, and saw 350 winners and their supporters gather to help celebrate their achievements. The overall awards were this year divided into the People’s Choice awards based on a public vote and the Gazette Sport awards based on the determinations of the sports department at the newspaper. Speaking after the event, Gazette Sport

editor Rob Heigh said: ”The fifth annual Dublin Sports Awards once again proved to be a fitting tribute to the sports people whose achievements, individually or as part of a team, that Gazette Spor t have reported ever y week over the last year. “Over the last 10 years, we have prided ourselves on the depth and range of sports which we cover, from underage to senior, men and women, from the internationally renowned to local heroes. “This approach has been borne out by the winner of the star of the year award. Conor McGregor first appeared in the pages of the newspaper around five years ago, and we have kept pace with his growing success throughout that

time. The reaction when he arrived this evening was unprecedented - it was a true hero’s welcome. “The example he sets to young people with his determination to succeed while at the same time remaining true to his roots, as well as Conor’s generosity with his time for all the fans who approached him for a picture or an autograph tonight, marks him out as something very special in sport. “At the same time, the success of Lucan Sarsfields’ camogie section in its entirety in 2013 is equally worthy of recognition. “Their success shows a number of things - the commitment at local level by volunteers who help create the stars of the future, the com-

mitment of the club to building a foundation for that future from nursery level upwards, and the close bond that exists between a club and its players when their playing careers, development and welfare have been considered throughout the time they have been together. “It’s hard to recognise everyone who achieves great things every month in Dublin sport, but we certainly try our best to do that. “It’s tough to pick nominees, let alone winners each month, as basically everyone who appears in the sports pages is a winner to us. “I’m looking forward to another great year of sport and reporting it to our loyal and valued readers,” Heigh concluded.

Dean Carpenter

Swords Thunder

Five-times world darts champion Raymond van Barneveld made a special appearance at Sportsworld in Charlestown Shopping Centre last week ahead of his appearance at the O2 at which 10,000 fans saw Barney battle against perennial opponent Phil Taylor. Raymond gave fans a treat as he showed off some of the skills that have made him a champion at the appearance, the first of its kind in Ireland. Having recently made it his number one priority to win a sixth world championship crown, Barney put on a battling performance against Taylor. He drew with the British world champion in the Premier League in an intense and closely-contested match which saw The Power come back from from 5-3 down to 6-5 ahead. He secured at least a draw with a 12-dart leg, but Barney hit a fourth 180 to stay strong in the final leg and keep in contention for top spot. After his visit to Dublin, Barney has a busy summer ahead as he aims for three big TV tournaments – first up will be the UK Open title in Bolton in June, then the European championship in Germany, followed by the world matchplay in Blackpool.

Merrion to host fundraising golf classic in May MOUNT Merrion FC will host their 17th annual golf classic on Friday, May 16 at Powerscourt GC. The purpose of this event is to raise sufficient funds to address the club’s costs of renting the playing and training facilities in Marlay Park and St Raphaela’s next season. All teams will again

Sports team Stephen Findlater and Rob Heigh with Conor McGregor

Members of Lucan Sarsfields camogie section

be participating for the Alan Byrne Perpetual Trophy in memory of the club’s former player. The event will be played on a stableford format with a shotgun start from 2pm. Entry is €450 per team and includes lunch, dinner, green fees and prizes for the top six. Hole sponsorship is €100. Contact TJ Maher (087 286 3092), Paul Higgins (087 252 2150) and Pat Maher (087 318 3333) for more information.


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rugby: gordon park side secure top leinster honour

Bluebell trio called up for Celtic Challenge BLUEBELL United’s Andy McNulty, Ger Bambrick and Gareth Cooney have all been named in the Leinster Senior League squad for their upcoming Celtic Challenge with the Scottish Amateurs next weekend. They will be looking to be part of the team that becomes the first name on the Graham Harkness Trophy following the inauguration of the new piece of silverware this year for the tie that takes place in his hometown of Dumfries. They are part of a strong panel for the game that features three players from highflying Crumlin United and Glebe North as well as representatives from Tolka Rovers and St Pat’s CY. For the Bluebell trio, it means a weekend away from their push for the Sunday Senior title that has suffered a couple of hiccups of late despite going 15 games unbeaten. Four draws in their last five outings, however, has seen them drop six points off the pace set by Tolka Rovers with an extra game played. Crumlin, meanwhile, are lurking ominously a point back with three games in hand over the Red Cow side. Bluebell came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Firhouse Clover last Sunday, Graham Dunning scoring from a corner after Firhouse had taken an early lead via Luke Synnott. It came a week after the Blues had advanced in the Charlie Cahill cup with victory over Crumlin to reach the quarterfinals. St Francis, meanwhile, fell 2-0 to title chasing Killester in Sunday Senior One to leave them in ninth place in the division with seven rounds of matches still to play. Kevin Corcoran broke down their defence 18 minutes into the second half from a corner after the Baldonnel hosts had held firm in the face of a strong visiting attack. Mick Keogh duly closed out the win in the closing phases to secure the result. Dublin Bus’s fourth win in five games kept them on the march up the table. Their 2-0 success against Verona, with Stuart Maher and Ciaran Duffy on the mark, means they are comfortably in the top five.

The Clondalkin RFC team celebrate their success at Parsonstown after claiming the Paul Flood Cup against Gorey. Picture: Sharon Flanagan

Clon claim Paul Flood Cup 

A festival of women’s rugby in Leinster took place last Saturday at Parsonstow n with four finals up for decision, including the premier cup competition for women, the Paul Flood Cup which saw Clondalkin face off against Gorey. Clondalkin took to the field without captain Shona Byrne and Melissa Kavanagh who had sustained injuries in the semi-final. Both sides swapped ball and territory for the first 10 minutes

before Clondalkin were adjudged to have infringed in a ruck. The penalty was in front of the Clondalkin posts about 20m out and the Gorey outhalf made no mistake in slotting the ball over the posts opening their account. This score inspired Clondalkin to even greater effort and they got their reward with a penalty of their own which Ailbhe O’Nolan kicked to level the tie. The scores remained level until the 35th minute when Clondalkin managed to put together a concerted passage

Congratulations! St Francis’ U-13 double winners receive award members of St Francis FC’s double-

All-Ireland winning Under-13 team were on hand to collect their Dublin Sports Award for Team of the Month for May 2013 from Gazette Sport editor Rob Heigh at the Wright Venue last week when the gala event saluted their achievement in claiming both the SFAI U-13 Troy Cup and the DB Sports Tour title. Picture: Ronan O’Sullivan

of play to unlock the Gorey defence. After being held up once over the line, they were not to be denied the second time when O’Nolan got herself into the right position and drove over the line on the right wing, but missed the conversion. Four minutes into the second half, Clondalkin’s Sara Phelan found space out wide and sped away from the tackles to register her first try of the afternoon. The conversion was not made but Clondalkin were now into top gear and just four minutes

later Mairead Holohan, the Clondalkin number 8 and captain for the day took an excellent line off the back of a ruck to race through for a try under the posts which was converted by outhalf Gale Stowe. While Gorey continued to mount a valiant defence, they could not stem the Clondalkin tide. Three further tries were scored by Sara Phelan – two of which were converted, one by Gale Stowe and one by O’Nolan with what turned out to be the last play of the final ending on a scoreline of

Clondalkin 39, Gorey 3. The name of the Clondalkin club was thus added to the roll call of previous winners St Mary’s, Galwegians and Old Belvedere. Huge cheers echoed around the Barnhall grounds as each of the winning squad was presented with medals by Ireland heroes Sophie Spence and Mary Louise Reilly. The presentation of the pennant to Clondalkin RFC president Tom Duffy followed with the Paul Flood cup going to captain Byrne.

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Conroy brace helps Dublin to victory  

ROUND Tower’s Amy Conroy fired two goals to help Dublin’s minor camogie side to a 3-11 to 0-14 win over Offaly to keep their All-Ireland hopes very much alive when the girls in blue registered a classy victory over Offaly at Parnell’s last weekend.

It means they are in strong form ahead of their last playoff game against Cork on April 13 when they will know exactly what they will have to do to advance as Offaly meet Cork next weekend. The Round Tower’s sharp-shooter lashed home an early goal as Dublin built a strong

lead, while she improvised brilliantly for her second goal in the 23rd minute. Surrounded and without the use of her hurley, she managed to kick the ball into the net to make it 2-5 to 0-5. The lead was trimmed to 2-7 to 0-9 at halftime but a third goal for Dublin from Orla Bea-

gan kept Dublin out of reach Offaly did respond with three points without reply, but while Aoife Molloy and Lisa G o r m a n e xc h a n g e d points, a Beagan free a n d a s we e t p o i n t from substitute Aisling O’Leary finished the scoring giving Dublin a 3-11 to 0-14.

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football: women’s game growing at monastery rd

host a fashion sale on Friday, April

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4 from 3 to 10pm. Dresses, skirts,

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environment to allow children learn the skills of football and hurling. Please contact Catherine Moran on 087 8303 207 for more information.

st pat’s palmerstown IT WAS A quiet weekend gameswise as

The Round Tower’s Under-13 side who recently started their competitive journey with the club

Tower’s call on local ladies to join club 

Round Tower ladies football section are encouraging more women in the local area to become involved and avail of the benefits and enjoyment of playing Gaelic games with the club. They are keen to capitalise on the positive response to the promotion of the women’s game at the club which took place in January, and the positive results on the playing field by their ladies football teams. The event in January saw 50 women from Clondalkin and beyond gathered at Monastery Road, ranging in age from late teens – minor level

– to those more senior representing the club at adult and Gaelic 4 Mothers level. “It was a great occasion that brought us all together,” said Marie Crotty from Round Tower’s ladies section. “Players from all teams mixed and we played a friendly match. The gathering reflected a camaraderie and friendliness that exists between the footballers playing for the club and we want to build upon this.” At the opposite end of the spectrum, Round Tower’s Under-13 ladies team made their competitive debut in early March with a win against Ballymun Kickhams. “A great

start for this new team, who will undoubtedly grow in confidence as the league progresses,” the club’s match report noted enthusiastically. Round Tower has a considerable reputation in developing ladies football talent, with the young talent of Amy Conroy, Sinead Collins, Yazmin O’Neill, and Riona McTavish following in the footsteps of senior footballers Suzanne Murray, Hannah Tyrell and AllIreland and All-Star winner Maria Kavanagh. The ladies teams togging out to represent Round Tower on Gaelic football pitches are all encompassing. Children

can play at Under-8, -10 and -13 level. Teenagers play at minor level and there are three adult teams, at senior and junior level, as well as the Gaelic 4 Mothers side. “Playing Gaelic Games offers a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and fitness and there is also the excellent social aspect to it,” Marie explains. “The girls and ladies involved form great friendships and there is terrific enjoyment and pride in representing your club and local community against other teams from Dublin.” For more information, log on to

8166 or Paul Faughnan 087 661 3104.

most Dublin pitches were unplayable.

Easter Camp will run from April 14 to

St Pat’s Annual Memorial Golf Clas-

17 from 10am to 2pm. €30 per child. Dis-

sic has been booked for Easter Sat-

count available for families. Registra-

urday April 19 four-ball scramble

tions on Monday, April 14 from 10am.

from 1pm at Palmerstown House PGA

For any further information, contact

Naas. €240 per team of four includes

Paul Faughnan on 087 661 3104.

meal apres golf. Tee Box sponsorship

Two Lotto jackpots still up for grabs

€50 presentations will take place at

for €2 entry. Numbers drawn for the

9.30pm on the night back in Palmer-

€10,000 bonus jackpot were 3, 14, 15

stown House in the village with open

and 25. Second jackpot for €3,200; 5, 19,

invitation to all our members/sup-

22 and 27. Two shared the match three

porters. For all enquiries and book-

numbers for €100 each, Eoghan O’Kelly

ings, contact Robbie Carson 087 169

and Steven Keaney.

lucan sarsfields Membership is now due for 2014. We

parents for travelling and waiting in

encourage all members to renew as

the rain.

soon as possible by following the link on our website.

Also on Saturday morning, our other two U-9 teams entertained

Condolences to the Mills family on

St Olaf’s at the 12th Lock. One team

the passing of John’s brother, Brendan

won comfortably in the end with Eoin

,during the last week.

Conheady, Cathal Kennedy and Adam

Our U-9 footballers were away to

Burns in fine form. Our other team lost

Clanna Gael on Saturday morning last.

to a strong Olaf’s side going down by

The A team won after a great battle in

two points in the end. Best for Lucan

the mud on a score-line of 0-8 to 0-6.

were Kevin Keane and Ross Murray.

Trailing by four points at half-time,

The senior hurlers earned a hard-

some powerful work in the middle of

fought draw with Ballinteer, at the 12th

the field by Daragh Lyons and Adam

Lock on Sunday morning. This was fol-

Banim, with great running by Dara

lowed by an excellent win by the U-15A

Walsh enabled Patrick Ryan to earn

hurlers over Kilmacud on a scoreline

and convert four late frees to secure

of 7-21 to 3-5. Our U-15C team played

a hard-earned victory. The B team

out an exciting draw with Cuala.

had a comfortable win with Darragh

On the camogie front, our U-14As

Meehan scoring some fine points with

and U-15As had away wins over Erin’s

both left and right feet. He was well

Isle and Faughs Celtic respectively.

supported by Sean O’Neill. The C team

The 13Bs suffered a narrow away

went down to a strong opposition

defeat to Naomh Brid and our U-11

side. Oran Fitton and Daniel Mahon

blue and red teams lost out at home

tried hard for the Sars. Thanks to the

to Naomh Jude.

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

wonder women: Clondalkin RFC claim Paul Flood Cup at Parsonstown with fine win against Gorey P30

April 3, 2014

everyone’s a winner: The 2013 Dublin Sports Awards prove a huge success P29

Collistown FC’s Dean Carpenter on stage at the Wright Venue receiving his People’s Choice Star of the Year award from the club’s operations manager, Fraser Donaldson

Dean is people’s choice Collinstown star crowned by public vote at Dublin Sports Awards at Wright Venue after year of club and individual achievement on pitch  stephen findlater

COLLINSTOWN’S Dean Carpenter landed the People’s Choice Star of the Year award at last Thursday night’s Dublin Gazette Newspapers Dublin Sports Awards following a remarkable run of form both on the individual and club front. He was a clear winner of the public vote as the people of Clondalkin got behind their man, topping the poll ahead of the likes of Conor McGregor, Kenneth Egan and Olympian Annalise Murphy. The Republic of Ireland amateurs international has been a stalwart of Collinstown’s meteoric rise to fame since signing six years ago at the age of just 17.

Since then, he has achieved promotion in each season, helping the club rise to the AUL’s Premier A while the side has reached four cup finals along the way. And this year, the club has gone into uncharted territory by reaching the semifinal of the FAI Junior Cup where they will play Limerick’s Ballynanty in Jackman Park on April 12. Speaking to GazetteSport about that tie, Carpenter said that his side has no fear having defeated Pike Rovers as well as NUI Galway, Mervue United and Sligo’s Strand Celtic. “They’ve gotten to the semi-finals so credit is due to them. But we’re going down there not worrying. We will be ready and it will be anyone’s game. “They are one of the top side in Limerick

and have the advantage of the home draw but we will bring a big travelling support so that will be a big bonus.” To that end, the fledgling club have galvanised a huge amount of local support that has grown in every game they have hosted in the Junior Cup. “At the moment, I think Collinstown is the number one club in Clondalkin and the support over the last season – every game it seems to be bigger and bigger attendance. “I think there was near enough to a thousand at the game against NUI Galway; I think there was only 700 at the St Pat’s game against Limerick on the Saturday so it just goes to show. “The whole schoolboy section looks up to the seniors. There’s not many clubs around

Ireland like that; it’s more senior being separate to the junior but, with Collinstown, it’s all one.” It is not just with Collinstown that he has shone of late. In the wake of the Gazette award, he helped the AUL’s representative side defeat the Donegal Junior League on penalties and will now meet the Clare league in the Oscar Traynor Cup final. Should they win that, it will be the first time any league has won the title on four successive occasions. Carpenter has been part of all four runs, just one of two players to do so in the current set-up alongside Jonathan Meleady. He is also part of the 30-player Leinster/ Munster selection that will hope to beat Connacht/Ulster for the right to represent Ireland at the UEFA Regions Cup.

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