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pupils of St Killian’s Senior

National School in Tallaght and South Dublin County Council’s Deputy Lord Mayor Eamon Tuffy were among those at the launch of Engineer’s Week 2014 at the Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. Engineers Week is back for its eighth successive year from February 9 to 15 to celebrate and create a positive awareness and enthusiasm about the engineering profession. Picture: Cathy Weatherston

Horse club fails in bid to secure Clonburris site ‘It’s unbelievable ... we were only looking for 44 acres out of 177 over there’

 ian begley

MEMBERS of the Clondalkin Equine Club are deeply disappointed after failing to secure a portion of land at Clonburris

for their horses. The club, which has about 50 horses on the land, will now have to move the animals to a new location. Grant Thornton, receivers for the land in Clonburris,

leased the 177 acres to an unknown bidder and rejected a bid from the club because it was too low. Cllr Gino Kenny (PBP), who has been a long-time advocate and campaigner for

the club, said: “We were only looking for a small portion of it – 40 acres, and there’s 177 acres over there, and to not get any of it is pretty unbelievable.” Full Story on Page 6

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Arthur Stokes pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft and trespass

Teenager is jailed for ‘nasty’ theft of €5,200

A youth has been jailed for a year for the “reprehensible” and “nasty” theft of €5,200 from an elderly man. Arthur Stokes (18) was part of a group of three men who convinced the now 81-yearold victim that his roof was leaking and that it would cost thousands of euros to fix it. He was caught in the victim’s house after the gang had returned to extort more money. Judge Martin Nolan called it a “nasty and underhand offence” which exploited the fears of an older man. However he noted that Stokes was under the influence of one of the other men involved and never asked for any money himself. The judge imposed a

three-year sentence and suspended all but one year. He also ordered that Stokes undergo 18 months post-release probation service supervision. Stokes of Woodford Heights, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft and trespass at James Sheedy’s Ballyfermot home on October 8, 2012. He has two previous convictions for assault and possession of a knife and was on bail for these at the time of the theft offence. Garda Jason Miley told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that Mr Sheedy had lived alone at the address since his wife’s death in 1997. On October 8, 2012, a man called to the door

and told Mr Sheedy that his roof was leaking. He told him that all the roofs on the road were leaking and asked could he have a look at it. Mr Sheedy let him in and the man climbed into the attic before coming down and saying the pipes were leaking and that it would cost €1,200 to fix them. At this point the accused and another man came to the house. Mr Sheedy handed over the €1,200 but one of the men told him their “boss” now said it would cost another €2,000 to fix. Mr Sheedy agreed and gave them the additional money. They then said they needed more money. Mr Sheedy told them

he would have to go to the bank and was followed there by one of the men. The victim came out of the bank and handed over another €1,700 to one of the men who was waiting in a van. The man said he would go and buy supplies and return later. The three men, including Stokes, later returned to the house. One of them told Mr Sheedy that they needed more money for the job. He was “hanging over” Mr Sheedy and causing him to feel very intimidated. At this point the front door was kicked open by gardai. A neighbour of Mr Sheedy’s had seen the men coming and going

and alerted gardai who arrived and saw one of the men flee through the house. T hey kicked open the door in pursuit and arrested Stokes and one accomplice. They found Mr Sheedy sitting on the couch in a ver y distressed state. The third man fled. O i s i n C l a r ke BL , defending, said Stokes had recently married and was expecting a child. He said he was led astray by one of the men he was with and was also drinking and taking drugs at the time. Mr Clarke said all the money has now been returned to the victim and he asked Judge Nolan to “give Mr Stokes a chance”.

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project Class enter innovators competition

Girls’ bid to raise awareness of SADS  Ian Begley

A class of transition year students from Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin, have put together a project for the annual Young Social Innovators competition to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death

Syndrome (SADS). The girls of Colaiste Bride have chosen this topic due to the death of Ciaran Carr, a young Gaelic player who died of SADS in 2012, and the devastating impact it had in Clondalkin. T he name of the

project is On The Ball and the girls have created a sticker with an acronym on it illustrating what to do during a crisis involving SADS. They hope to see the acronym on as many footballs and sports equipment as possible in the future.

The school also has three defibrillators and the girls plan to raise money for a portable defibrillator which will be brought to all school sporting events. A fundraiser will be held in Colaiste Bride on Tuesday, February 11.

Bi ag rith: Big strides forward for Irish language lucan student Ciara Ni

Mhaonaigh has recently helped launch Rith 2014 with the singing Irish dinosaur T-Rex O Saurus and Orson O’Sullivan from CBS Monkstown. Ciara, who attends Colaiste Cois Life, donned her running gear to launch the 700km relay run from Cork to Belfast to celebrate the Irish language. It will take place from March 7 to 15. For more information visit Picture: Conor McCabe

opening: mayor set to launch new attraction

Corkagh Park to get magical fairy wood

 Ian Begley

South Dublin County Council and The Irish Fairy Door Company are announcing the official opening of a magical new fairy wood in the heart of Corkagh Park, Clondalkin. The official launch will take place on February 16, from 11am – 1pm in the presence of the Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr, Dermot Looney (Ind). The wood’s location will be near the pet farm, the rose garden, the fishing lakes and the arboretum - a perfect environment to

increase the level of free fun for young families. Working with South Dublin County Council, the fairy wood is sponsored by The Irish Fairy Door Company, a Clondalkin-based company that makes little fairy doors for children to place in their homes so that fairies can come visit! Commenting on the new fairy wood, Niamh Sherwin Barry, chief story teller of The Irish Fairy Door Company, says: “In reality, the fairies have always visited the trees in Corkagh Park, but the new wood has only recently been discovered. We wanted

to work with the council to open up this area and give back to the community where we are based.” Access

People can dow nload a map of the fairy wood online or simply scan the QR code on the signs in the park to access the map on their smartphones. The map tells the stories of the trees and the fairies that visit. The name of each of the fairies has been written on a plaque below the tree they live in with a description of what they do. There are many fairy characters to

discover such as Big Red the guardian of the fairy wood; Ray who helps the sun shine through the trees and Luna, the moonlight fairy. There is also a fairy picnic area, a Worry Tree where you can leave all your worries behind and a Wishing Tree with a special seat where you can sit and make a wish. South Dublin County Council and The Irish Fairy Door Company have also been told that the fairies will be visiting Tymon Park in Tallaght very soon. For more information visit

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health Facility in process of recruitment drive

New nursing staff a boost for hospital  Ian Begley

The 10 additional nursing staff that Tallaght Hospital management has agreed to recruit, and who have began their induction training, are part of an ongoing recruitment drive. John Byrne, the facility’s client manager, told the Gazette: “They have now started and begun their induction training and will be then allocated within the hospital, which is part of the ongoing recruitment of staff and specifically the recruitment of nurses and specialist nursing posts. “Facilitating posts in

the hospital is an ongoing process and has been going on for a number of months. Thirty-nine nurses have started since September and the additional 10 nurses will add to that process,” said Byrne. The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) and SIP TU have also welcomed the recruitment news which follows the recent controversy over the hospital’s number of patients. A statement recently released by Tallaght Hospital states that the hospital continues to implement an operational plan to deal with “seasonal pressures” on the emer-

gency department. “The hospital provided updates to staff and unions on the imminent recruitment of new nursing staff – to increase the staffing numbers in key areas of the hospital, including the emergency department,” according to the statement. Last week the INMO said it was “gravely concerned” about standards and quality of care in the facility as dangerous levels of overcrowding persisted. In its statement, officials said the emergency department was seriously overcrowded for continuous periods of time and that additional trolleys

were being placed inappropriately on wards on a daily basis. The statement added: “This overcrowding has increased despite the HIQA [Health Information and Quality Authority] investigation in 2012 and the INMO calls on the [hospital board] to prioritise patient care over all other matters. The INMO believes hospital management continues to ignore the severity of the crisis now facing the hospital. “Figures for January so far show 254 patients were on trolleys in the emergency department and an additional 69 were placed on wards

Tallaght Hospital management has recruited 10 new nursing staff

above the complement of those wards in Tallaght Hospital. “Their plight is compounded by nursing shortages and on numerous occasions, in the past few months, these critically ill patients were

cared for by non-qualified staff,” according to the statement. In May 2012 a HIQA inquiry criticised Tallaght, saying “patients’ lives were put at risk because they were being treated on trolleys in corridors”.

The hospital accepted HIQA’s recommendations at the time and spoke of concerns raised by staff, saying it was “highly regrettable these had not been responded to by management and the then board”.

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objection: health and safety fears


International Women’s Gardai seize €100k during car search Day celebrations The Clondalkin International Women’s day celebrations are set to kick off in Aras Chronain, Clondalkin this year on March 6 from 9.30am12.20pm. Many of the women’s groups and organisations in Clondalkin will be attending and participating in the event. There will also be a big celebration night on March 7 in one of the local pubs with an open invitation to all. Details on the evening will be announced soon. For information visit webpage at

The Irish Distillers Plant at Fox and Geese in Clondalkin. Picture: Google Maps

Garage owners fear expansion of bottling site  Ian Begley

The site owners of a car sales garage adjacent to the Irish Distillers Plant at Fox and Geese in Clondalkin are objecting to the distiller’s multimillion euro plan for a major expansion of its Clondalkin bottling facility due to health and safety concerns. Irish Distillers applied for a 10-year planning permission to redevelop the site. It wants to install 24 new alcohol storage plants, extend the existing bottling hall and add a new water reservoir and support plant and control building. Business partners and owners of the garage site Martin Ryan and Colm O’Cuilleanain have stated that they have “very serious concerns” regarding the development of the Seveso site [sites where there are hazardous chemicals], believing it to be a major safety hazard to the surrounding area and neighbouring businesses. The designation of a site as a “Seveso” site generally means that restrictions apply to pro-

posed land uses in the surrounding area. In a letter addressed to An Bord Pleanala, Ryan and O’Cuilleanain addressed their frustration over receiving no information regarding the preparation of a safety plan for Irish Distillers. “We also have some very strong concerns regarding the expansion of this Seveso site and cannot see how the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have come to the conclusion that there is no risk, given there is no safety file or emergency plan in place or available for us to view and comment on.” In response, the HSA said that the authority usually puts its case-bycase land use planning advice to planning authorities in the form “Advises Against” or “Does Not Advise Against”. “Having gone through the process, in this instance the authority ‘Does Not Advise Against’ the expansion of the Irish Distillers plant in Clondalkin. Advice provided to the planning

authority should be available from them on application, and in many cases is on their websites.” The council said that they considered all relevant matters in coming to their decision for the proposed expansion. A council spokesperson said: “This consideration included input from the HSA. However, as it stands, given the current appeal to An Bord Pleanala there is no final decision on this proposed development.” Irish Distillers told the Gazette that they welcomed the positive decision of SDCC in response to its planning application for the extension of its bottling facility, and highlighted its “exemplary safety record”. “While the company notes that this decision is now being appealed to An Bord Pleanala, it wishes to highlight that it has an exemplary safety record at Fox and Geese and notes that the HSA, having reviewed the proposed expansion at the site, have no objection to the granting of planning permission.”

Gardai seized nearly €100,000 during the search of a car in Tallaght on February 6. Two males, aged 28 and 29 years, were in the car at the time of the discovery and the searches were made under the Misuse of Drugs Act at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght at approximately 7.15pm. The search was carried out as a result of an ongoing operation into the illegal sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Tallaght area. The matter is currently under investigation.

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Clondalkin and Tallaght are among the 16 stores across Ireland

New integrated Xtra-vision and HMV launched  natalie burke

New Xtra-vision and HMV integrated stores are set to open in Dublin over the coming weeks, including a store in Clondalkin opening on March 1, and Tallaght, opening this weekend. The new store openings

were announced by Hilco Capital and Clondalkin and Tallaght are among 16 locations in Ireland where the new dual branded stores will open over the coming months. They follow the successful launch of 31 joint Xtra-vision HMV stores around the country in 2013.

The new Tallaght store will be located on the Belgard Road, and will open on Saturday, February 15. It will replace the current Xtra-vision store at Village Green in Tallaght. To celebrate the official opening, Xtra-vision will be offering opening day Door Buster Deals, which will be

available on a first-come, firstserved basis. The new Xtra-vision and HMV integrated stores will offer an extensive range of the latest movies to buy and rent and the largest back catalogue of movies available in Ireland. The stores will also retail a wide selection of music, games

and technology. Commenting on the openings, Larry Howard, chief executive of Hilco Capital Ireland said it is an exciting time for HMV. “Integrating HMV with Xtra-vision is a very exciting way of bringing the HMV brand into towns all over Ireland, in many cases

bringing the HMV experience to parts of the country that have never had a HMV store in close proximity.” Other dual branded stores to open over the coming weeks will include Maynooth, Finglas, Longford, Killarney, Athy, Tralee and Arklow, among others.


Table quiz to raise funds for groups Local volunteer Valerie Haugh is holding a joint fundraising table quiz for North Star Swimming Club, a voluntary swimming club for people with disabilities; North Kildare Leixlip Arch Club, a voluntary social club for adults with disabilities; and Gluais, a voluntary youth leadership training programme. Speaking about the clubs, Haugh said: “These groups make such a positive difference to the lives of anyone that has had the privilege of being involved with them. They need all the support they can get to continue to do the amazing work.” The Arch Club provides a social outlet for its members with disabilities. North Star Swimming Club is a voluntary swimming club for people with disabilities. Gluais runs in seven secondary schools in South Dublin - Leixlip, Lucan, Clondalkin and Ballyfermot. Students who are selected to take part in the programme learn about themselves and act as role models for their fellow students. The table quiz will take place on March 7 from 8.30pm in St Mary’s GAA in Leixlip. All money raised on the night will be divided between all three clubs. Tickets are €5. For more information email

Hungry? Dublin Food Academy Start launches the Dublin Food Academy Start has recently been launched. This is a new education programme that aims to support and nurture start-up food businesses, and is organised by South Dublin County Enterprise Board, Bord Bia and SuperValu. Pictured are Tara McCarthy of Bord Bia, Luke Moriarty of SuperValu, Gail Peard of Oatbread, Eddie Kane

of SuperValu, Dave McGeady of Wyldsson, Brian Sexton of SuperValu, John Price of GreenValu and Loman O’Byrne of County and City Enterprise Boards. For more details see Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Clonburris: nearly 50 animals will have to be moved to a new location

Club devastated after failing to secure land for horses

 Ian Begley

M e mb e rs o f t h e Clondalkin Equine Club have been left devastated after they failed to secure a portion of land at Clonburris for their horses. The club, which has approximately 50 horses on the land, will now have to remove them to a new location. Grant Thornton, who were the receivers for the land in Clonburris, leased the 177 acres to an unknown bidder and rejected a bid from the

club because it was too low. C l l r G i n o K e n ny (PBP), who has been an advocate and campaigner for the club, has hit out at Grant Thornton’s decision not to give a partial tenancy to the equine club. He said: “Grant Thornton’s decision is purely monetary and gives no social understanding of the land in question where horse owners have kept horses for generations. The new tenant will now have to clear all the

remaining horses from the fields. This will be a PR disaster for the new tenant and Grant Thornton. Understatement

“I have been speaking to members of the club and to say they feel let down is an understatement. “The club had been in contact with the owners of the land over the past eight months to try and obtain a portion of the land. “We were only looking for a small portion

of it - 40 acres, and there’s 177 acres over there, and to not get any of it is pretty unbelievable,” said Cllr Kenny. John Quinn, a member of the Equine Club said there have been horses on the land of Clonburris for generations and said that members, particularly young horse owners, are devastated by the news. Speaking to the Gazette he said: “The young lads that keep their horses [on the l a n d ] n ow h ave t o take them off and put

them somewhere else. We don’t know where they’re going to put them - we’ve absolutely no idea whatsoever.” Let down

“As a committee we feel very let down and that we let the kids of the area down, both in North Clondalkin and up in Bawnogue. They feel that the car pet is being swiped from underneath them,” said Quinn. In September, 2013 South Dublin County Council said they sup-

ported the idea of aiding the Equine Club, but stated they did not have sufficient funds to assist in leasing the land for them. A spokesperson for the council said at the time: “Instead, we will be available to provide support in terms of our expertise, information and contacts in the provision of training in horse riding, animal welfare and horse management skills.” Grant Thornton had not commented at the time of going to press.

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politics Kenneth Egan named as FG candidate for elections

‘I’m going to be as honest as I can’  Ian Begley

Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan has officially been named as Fine Gael’s latest candidate for the upcoming local elections in the Clondalkin local electoral area and this week he gave an exclusive interview to the Gazette. Speaking in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on February 10, Egan said that his motto is and always has been to “Keep it Real”. “I am running because I want to make a difference in my local community. I was born

and bred in Clondalkin, and I am very committed to the area. “I want to do the very best for Clondalkin, and I believe I can achieve that with Fine Gael.” Despite claims that Egan was approached by Fianna Fail, the sports star said that this was untrue. “There were talks that I was going to go to Fianna Fail – I never mentioned Fianna Fail once in any interview. I don’t know where that came out of – that spiralled out of somewhere.” Egan said that he will focus on tackling issues relating to mental health, addiction,

and obesity in young people. He said: “It’s a big problem, not only in Clondalkin but across the country – it’s the culture we’re living in. “Their whole idea is going out on weekends and getting as drunk as they possibly can - let’s tr y and stop people from thinking this way. “There’s no skeletons in my closet anymore. I’ve done drugs, I’ve drunk, and I’m a recovering alcoholic – these are all things people know about me anyway so if I can help kids try and avoid all these things then I’ll be doing a good job,” said Egan.

Egan, who will take the place of Cllr Tony Delany (FG) if elected, said that he will go door to door and canvas like any other candidate. “I’m not going to rely on my name to get me there,” he said.

Campaign He said that not being politically minded is a challenge, but he believes that being completely honest from the start of his campaign will serve him well. “This is alien to me, but all I can do is answer the questions honestly, so from day one I’m going to be as honest as I possibly can.

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Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan

I’m not going to tell lies about anything because I don’t need to.” Commenting on E g a n ’s d e c i s i o n t o run, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald said:

“I am delighted that Kenneth has decided to run for the local elections in Clondalkin. “He has a proud record as an Olympic silver medallist for Ireland, which is an incred-

ible sporting achievement. I know that Kenneth is very passionate and utterly committed to helping young people in the Clondalkin area to achieve the very best they can.”

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South Dublin County Mayor Dermot Looney presenting a cheque to members of Cherryfield Residents Association. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) and Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy (Lab) presenting cheques to representatives from Citywise Education, Trustus We Care and Kingswood Kilnamanagh Active Age Club

Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy with members of Whitecastle Girl Guides, Perrrystown Performers Society, Greenhills Ladies Club and the Community Allotment Project

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Members of Four District Care, Greenhills College Basketball Club, St Andrew’s Centre and Tallaght Festival Band receiving their cheques from Mayor Dermot

community: New fund disbursed to groups

Ready, steady, go...


ver 100 representatives from local communities all over South Dublin County gathered in County Hall, Tallaght recently to be presented with their cheques at an event hosted by South Dublin County Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind), along with Deputy Mayor Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab). The Mayor’s Fund was introduced by Cllrs Looney and Tuffy, who together allocated a total of €10,000 from their

allowances during their term of office to this new community initiative. Seventy-five groups applied with 50 organisations succeeding in securing a grant of €200 from the fund for their group. The groups represent all of the electoral areas in the county and work in areas as diverse as older care, girl guides, martial arts, active retirement and youth work.

Looney and Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy

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what’son rejoicing in all things infantile: These

Niamh Sharkey, outgoing Laureate na nOg: the Arts Council’s honorary title is bestowed on an author of children’s literature or illustrator for a two-year period

nominations: outgoing champion of children’s literature is praised

Third Laureate na nOg sought – imagine that!  bairbre ni bhraonain

THE hunt is on to find Ireland’s third Laureate na nOg, in honour of Irish Children’s literature, with nominations now under way. The Arts Council’s honorary title of Laureate na nOg is bestowed on an author of children’s literature or illustrator for a two-year period. The next recipient of the title will be following in the footsteps of inaugural Laureate na nOg Siobhan Parkinson and current holder Niamh Sharkey.

Up until now, laureates have acted as ambassadors in countries including the US, Sweden, Austria and Belgium. Elaina Ryan, director of Children’s Books Ireland, said: “Ireland’s first two laureates have been real champions for children’s literature and illustration, for reading and drawing, and for the importance of books in every child’s life. “Laureate na nOg is a most prestigious position, which acknowledges the phenomenal talent of our native authors and illustrators.”

Sarah Bannan, the Arts Council’s head of literature, said: “Laureate na nOg is Ireland’s highest honour for a writer or illustrator of children’s books, and was established by the Arts Council in order to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our writers and illustrators. “Through this appointment and the Arts Council’s wider strategy for children’s literature, we are working to broaden and enrich young people’s imaginative worlds and to highlight the importance of Irish children’s literature, writers and illustrators in our society.”

Ireland was one of the first countries to establish such an honour in the field of children’s literature. Irish children’s literature and illustration is recognised worldwide, and there is a huge appetite for children’s and young adult books at home. Now that the time has come for Ireland to choose its next Laureate na nOg, for the first time, people of all ages will have the opportunity to help with that decision by making their own nominations online at www.childrenslaureate. ie before February 15.

days there is no shortage of festivals, it seems every week offers a celebration on one theme or another. The Babytalk Festival, however, is a new phenomenon rejoicing in all things infantile. The festival is for babies and their families as well as expectant parents or anyone contemplating starting or adding to their family. Over 60 exhibitors will greet an expected 5,000 visitors over the twoday event which is on in the UCD Campus in Belfield this month. There will be talks from expert speakers including psychologist David Carey, nutritionist Genevieve Becker, breastfeeding expert Sue Jameson and more. Music and comedy will also be included with entertainers such as Irish Mammies author and comedian Colm O’Regan. The Babytalk Festival will be on February 22 and 23 from 10am until 5pm in O’Reilly Hall, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4. Festival tickets, available at, cost €10 for one day and €15 for both days.


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You can be in the Noel with

THERE’S a new man about town, thanks to Dublin Bus, and if you’ve noticed a stick walking around with a football on its head, you probably know what we’re talking about. Network Noel is the

brand-new mascot for Dublin Bus, and while we remain ever so slightly perplexed about his appearance, there will be less confusion when it comes to choosing our routes. He’s the latest mascot

to appear on our television screens and the Dublin Bus website and aims to help customers get to know their bus service better. According to Dublin Bus, Noel wants to interact with customers

and will be the face of a new campaign to encourage greater interaction between Dublin Bus and its customers. That’s all well and good, but we’re still confused about his appearance. We’re thinking his colourful hair represents the “28 high-frequency core” roots – erm, we mean routes. He even has his own Facebook and Instagram profiles – just search for “Network Noel”.

forget croker – bono’s up for the intimate O2

Meet Network Noel - Dublin Bus’s new mascot

U2 FRONTMAN Bono revealed this week that the band will not be following in Garth Brook’s

footsteps by performing in Croke Park during their next tour, but would prefer to play in smaller, more intimate venues. We believe you, Bono – it’s the laid-back, unplugged vibe you prefer, and nothing to do with the daunting task of stepping into Brooks’s cowboy boots and selling out so many concerts in the iconic GAA grounds! Until Garth announced a planned fourth show at the 82,300 capacity stadium this summer, U2 held the record for most consecutive gigs at Croker. That said, it is not exactly Vicar Street that Bono has in mind as a possible intimate venue, but the roomier 02 Arena

(which holds 14,500 people). We look forward to some intimate dates, Mr Hewson!

so, what’s the scoop on dog waste removal? IT’S a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it – and that’s exactly why we will be calling on Poop Scooper Ireland to give us a helping hand in cleaning up our act. (Our dog’s act, to be exact.) Poop Scooper Ireland is a new professional dog waste removal service that has been set up to help dog owners keep their gardens clean, without having to do any

of the dirty work. The business offers a weekly or twice-weekly service to clean your garden from any dog waste, meaning you never have to clean up dog poop again. The service will ensure your garden looks squeaky clean and you will minimise germs brought into your home. Areas currently serviced by the company include north County Dublin, east Meath and north city Dublin. For further details, or to enquire about services in your area, email, or call 089 483 2086.

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Dublin Bus’s new mascot pupils asked to help celebrate irish products

GUARANTEED Irish is asking primary school pupils in Ireland to paint or draw a picture by March 18 on the theme of St Patrick and to write a short passage on why it is important to buy Irish products and services. Those who enter could be in with the chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes for their class. For those who are in first- and second-class, the winner (and their class, plus teacher) will win a trip to the Butlers Chocolate Experience – the home of Butlers Chocolates in Dublin.

For those in third- and fourth-class the winner (and again, with their class and teacher) will win an amazing day of fun at Titanic Belfast. The winner for the fifth- and sixth-class category will receive a twonight family stay at the Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre in Waterford. All winners will be announced on March 21, and for further information, see

defence forces fly in with a stunning shot WHEN the Irish Defence Forces aren’t busy out defending the Irish nation, it seems

A colourful pre-dawn shot of sleeping Dublin’s port side, taken by the Irish Defence Forces last week

they’re getting in touch with their creative side instead. The Twitter account for the Irish Defence Forces (@defenceforces) last week posted a

snap they took of Dublin at dawn, leaving us more than impressed with their photography skills! The picture was taken by the Air Corps during

a routine security check while we all slept soundly in our beds. The Tweet read: “Nice view #Dublin this am frm [sic] #AirCorps routine security escort

as the city awoke, what a difference 12 hrs makes.” Within the space of a couple of hours, the picture was retweeted a total of 99 times!

With a shot like this, if the whole Defence Force thing doesn’t work out, perhaps they could nab themselves a photography job with The Gazette instead ...


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Become mindful of a new way of thinking It’s the buzz word these days: “mindful”. Like a lot of things that gain currency in popular expression, it has assumed a mystery value now in the media. It’s written about as some kind of esoteric quality to which only the initiated and the select few are privy. But that’s not true. Mindfulness is like philosophy; everybody has it, and everybody’s doing it. We all just do it differently. And, sometimes, the way we do it is good for us, and sometimes it isn’t. Mindfulness is another way of saying “aware-

ness”. This action brings us into the realm of the immediate moment. It gently and forcefully excludes what we don’t want in our heads and allows us to think, focus, concentrate, amplify, a moment, an act, a situation, anything. That’s all. But – and here’s the significant “but” – using the word “mindful” is so much more seductive than telling yourself to focus, to concentrate, to pay attention. Isn’t it? We ’r e p r e s e n t i n g some chore of concentration to ourselves in a more agreeable way. We actually want

to become mindful, and have the associated benefits of serenity, calm, insight, objectivity, detachment and control, all of which allow us feel good about whatever it is we’re being mindful of, and to function more effectively too – and that’s a huge advantage, isn’t it? And the wonderful news is that there’s a very simple way to do this. I’ll tell you how in the next missive. Stay well.  David Hegarty

Hegarty has been in the wellness industry for over 50 years

Dee Cannon, acting coach: “One of my clients was Sinead O’Connor. She was definitely talented.”

people: top coach on working with film, theatre stars

Cannon takes aim at acting myths  bairbre ni bhraonain

ACTING coach to the stars Dee Cannon is coming to Ireland to give an acting masterclass in Trim, Co Meath. Dee is one of the world’s most sought-after acting coaches and spent 17 years as senior teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. She has a wealth of experience, having worked with a wide array of stars, including Jon Voight and Tom Hiddleston. Now working as a freelance acting coach, Dee is very much in demand, running masterclasses all around the world. She has also written a highly-acclaimed book, entitled In Depth Acting, which Pierce Brosnan described as “a book for those who are just starting out on the path with a burning passion, and for those like me, who have come down the road so

far and still need direction”. The Gazette spoke to Dee ahead of her upcoming masterclass in Meath. She said: “I was contacted by the Spirit of Folk organisation to give a masterclass because of my book. “I don’t call what I do ‘method acting’, as that has too many connotations, many of which are not positive. I’m not a big fan of [focusing only on] the emotional side of the work – that doesn’t show the full breadth of acting. “One of my clients was Sinead O’Connor. She had the makings of a good actress, but had other things going on and never completed the training. She was definitely talented. “I also taught Natalie Imbruglia, and The Saturdays, Leona Lewis and Billie Piper – a lot of performers who were making the crossover to drama. “I give one-on-one pri-

vate coaching for roles, or I am invited to work on set when an actor is struggling with a role. Producers call me in and I coach them. “I’m about to be hired for a big comedy series but I can’t say anything about it yet,” she said. When asked if good actors are born or made, Dee said: “I think you can have innate talent, so in some ways you are born with it. The rest has to be developed in you with training. “We all have imagination, but it’s useless unless we use it and find a platform to develop it. “Some things can be developed, but you can’t teach someone to be charming. You can also learn to trust your instinct more, [but] I don’t think that just anyone can be an actor,” she said. “I taught many actors at RADA who went on to do very well, such as Alexandra Roach. It’s very sat-

isfying to see. “I almost can’t turn on the TV without seeing my former students! In the series, Mr Selfridge, at least six of my students were on screen. “My advice to aspiring actors is to find the truth in what you’re doing. You might always want to play the comedy [up] or to demonstrate or indicate too much and play to clichés, but acting is all about the truth and being real. “My three day masterclass will have lots of fun as well as technique, improvisation and character and text work,” she said. Dee Cannon will host a residential weekend masterclass at Dunderry Park, Navan from May 16 to 18. The weekend costs €250 for tuition, accommodation and all meals. For further information, contact

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FEATURE a day in the life: Chocoholic who’s in love with her job

‘You can’t go wrong with chocolate ...’  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

There are worse places to work around Valentine’s season than in a high-end chocolate shop. At this most romantic time of the year, The Gazette wanted to find out what a day in the life of a manager of a highend chocolate brand was like. Working in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Eileen Dunne has worked in the business for the last eight years but is in no danger of getting tired of being surrounded by

chocolate treats. “I love it here, with chocolate you can’t go wrong. I get up at around 7am and am in around 8.30am. My little girl Isabella, who’s three, is looked after by my mam so I don’t have to drop her off anywhere. “I usually get a lift in, in the morning, with my husband. I do all of the paperwork that needs my attention first thing and then I check the window displays and make sure the store prices are correct. “Then I open the shop

at 9.30am – the mornings are generally quiet but business picks up by lunchtime. “This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, which hasn’t happened in years so it’s hard to gauge what it will be like but I think we’ll be busy on the Saturday as well with people who forgot to buy something on Friday and are in a bit of trouble!” she laughs. “I am on the shop floor all day dealing with customers but we’re not pushy here. “I’ll read the signals and

decide if someone needs a bit of help or not before approaching them. “When a customer comes in I’ll offer them a chocolate smile circle to sample. Then I’ll find out from them all about their partner’s preferences and any allergies. “We’re doing a lot of ice-able chocolate products this year which means people can have their messages personalized with pet names or whatever they want as long as it’s acceptable of course. “We’ve had some

Eileen is in no danger of getting tired of being surrounded by chocolate treats

strange requests in the past I can tell you. The best messages though are the proposals we are sometimes asked to ice and we’ve had a fair few of them. “We can all ice here in the shop and do it on the spot in around 30 seconds. “Men shop much quicker than women and work on instinct. They

basically just grab something and go whereas women choose more personalised, thoughtful gifts. “I think chocolate is still so popular as it has a nostalgic link to Valentine’s Day and it’s luxurious and a real treat. “At around 6pm I lock up before heading home on the bus. “I get home at around

7.30pm and play with Isabella for a while before putting her to bed and reading her a story. “Then I like to read to unwind, I prefer it to TV. Other evenings I go to a yoga class, but my job is not a bit stressful at all because people are always happy around chocolate. We never have any returns or any complaints.”


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PAYE: long list of tax reliefs is still available


Workers of Ireland, claim your refunds

Marty warnock, harvey norman

Computing how best to help the customer MARTY Warnock, who works in the computers department in Harvey Norman, Blanchardstown, talked to The Gazette about working at the busy store. How long have you worked for Harvey Norman?

I have been working in Harvey Norman for almost a year now, and I am really enjoying it so far.

Can you describe your average day?

My day starts with merchandising the stock, followed by a computer department team meeting, and then we are straight into sales and looking after customers. The day can be pretty full-on, and we are always kept busy, so the day just flies by. Tell us about the culture in Harvey Norman?

We love a good haggle in here in Harvey Norman, and it’s all about doing a great deal for our customers. Whether that is being able to offer a discount or creating a bundle deal for customers – where possible, we

will do our best to look after them. What is the best thing about your job?

There is a great atmosphere in the company. I have worked in retail for almost 10 years and this is by far the best place that I have worked in! We have a big team here in Blanchardstown, and there is a great dynamic between departments. What does good customer service mean to you?

Good customer service is having the customer leaving the shop happy that they got everything that they needed. It’s about asking the right questions to find out what the customer is looking for, and providing advice where possible. I have repeat customers that come in to the store and ask for me by name; it’s a great feeling. What do you do to switch off in the evenings?

As soon as I go home, I spend some time feeding my dogs and then it’s time to relax with my girlfriend, a good movie and maybe a glass of wine.

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Experts are urging PAYE workers to submit their tax refund applications since most people would’ve received their P60s by now. The tax professionals say that their current average tax refund is €880 for a PAYE worker but that as the Government has gnawed away at various tax reliefs over the last few years they expect that average to drop as the years go on. According to Christine Keily of www.taxback. com: “With the austerity budgets over the last few years, it’s obvious that people are paying more tax than they were five years ago. This should really bring it home to people that they absolutely should claim back their entitlements.” say that although there have been a variety of cuts to tax reliefs in recent years many people are unaware of the fact that you can still reclaim tax as far back as 2010 when the tax reliefs were perhaps more generous. Keily continued: “There is still a long list of tax reliefs available to people that could result in savings of hundreds of euro, but many of these go unclaimed every year either due to a lack of awareness or apathy. “A lot of people still find applying for a tax refund confusing or complicated, resulting in them paying more tax than is necessary and losing out on entitlements. Revenue has made attempts to educate taxpayers as to their entitlements regarding tax credits and reliefs. However, despite this, we believe there are still Many people are unaware that they can still reclaim tax as far back as 2010 when the tax reliefs were perhaps more generous

millions of euro going unclaimed each year.” Now, more than ever, people need this money. The following are some of the tax credits still available: Medical / dental expenses: While the rate at which tax relief can be claimed on medical expenses has been slashed from 41% to 20%, back in 2008 the relief is still available and can be claimed on most medical expenses incurred and on qualifying non-routine dental expenses. Tuition fees: The tax credit for tuition fees is still available. For the years 2009 to 2010 the max tax credit available was €1,000. A change was introduced in the 2011 tax year where the relief does not apply to the first €2,000 of qualifying fee or if less, the full amount. Similarly, for part time courses the first €1,000 was disregarded in respect of each claim. These amounts were

increased to €2,250 and €1,250 respectively for 2012-13 academic year. The maximum limit on qualifying fees remains capped at €7,000 so the maximum credit available has been effectively reduced from €1,000 to €950. Rent: The rent credit has been reduced to €200 for a single person in the year 2013 and the tax credit is set to be phased out by the end of 2017. Taxpayers still have an opportunity to claim the rent credit back to 2010 (for 2011 and subsequent years the relief will only apply if you were in rented accommodation on 07/12/2010) and should take advantage of this. Keily went on to say: “Obviously, not everyone is entitled to the same tax credits and reliefs so it is up to the individual themselves to ensure they know their entitlements. For example people should ensure that they have claimed the home

carer credit if they are entitled to it. “Overpaying tax is also an area which results in many people receiving much welcomed refunds from the Revenue. Individuals should look back on their income levy and USC payments to ensure that they have not overpaid such payments in prior years and should claim a refund before it’s too late. “ Mo s t e m p l o y e r s should’ve issued P60s by now. If people aren’t sure how to review them, we can help them.” Other tax reliefs and incentives which have remained available are: • Rent a room relief • Exemption on income earned from caring for children in your own home • Employment and investment incentive (EII) scheme • Film relief is still available • Capital losses are still allowable

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Bronagh Gallagher and Simon Delaney star in the romantic comedy The Food Guide to Love which is set in contemporary Dublin

film fest: food guide to love offers feast of home talent for cinema buffs

Food of love and love of food  laura webb

Film buffs get ready, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is back and to give you a snippet of movie screenings The Gazette caught up with the directors of The Food Guide to Love. Set in contemporary Dublin this film showcases home-grown talent including Simon Delaney and Bronagh Gallagher. The romantic comedy about relationships with love and food was written and directed by husband and wife team Teresa Pelegri from Barcelona and Dominic Harari from London, with an additional writing credit for Irish playwright Eugene O’Brien. Filmed two years ago in Dublin,

Pelegri and Harari explained how they managed to bring their story to the fair city. “The inspiration for the project was from a quote by Bernard Shaw: ‘There is no love sincerer than the love of food’. “Off the back of that we worked on a script, which wasn’t specific to Dublin. What happened was our producer, who is a Spanish producer, had worked with Parallel Film and suggested we could do it as a Spanish/Irish production and set the film in Dublin. “We were interested in that and thought it was important to get an Irish writer to work with to really adapt the script and we found Eugene O’Brien who we share an agent with. We met him and really hit it off. With help from the Irish Film Board, we

collaborated on adapting the story to Dublin. “It fitted really well. One of the important elements of the film is the childhood trauma of the protagonist around a food he was forced to eat as a child which he hated and we discovered coddle – that fitted perfectly, it was almost as if the film had found its home in Dublin. “We tried it and I really like it. Our son was on the shoot and also finished the plate but there were people in the crew that shared the trauma of the character,” Dominic said. Living and working as husband and wife can be a testing time for most relationships but for these two, it was easy to manage after they left their director egos behind.

“We share the same tastes and the same sense of humour. It was a learning curve for us, we learned to listen to each other. At the beginning when you start working, every writer and director has a large ego so it was about throwing that ego out the window and reminding each other that this is about good work... It’s not about whether it is my idea or his idea, [it’s about what] works,” Theresa said. Excited to see their film at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival, they are looking forward to revisiting the film’s locations again. The Irish premiere of A Food Guide to Love takes place on February 17 in Cineworld at 8pm. For further information on the festival and a synopsis of the film, see

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Fender, a three-year-old crossbreed. Fender is super intelligent and while he has been here at the centre, has learned a variety of tricks including high five! He would definitely enjoy training classes as he enjoys learning so much! Fender would need to go to an adult-only home, which would be calm and allow him time to settle in at his own pace. If you think this sounds like you, and you’d like to offer Fender a nurturing home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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the Marble City: head south and enjoy some old-world charm

Escape to Kilkenny, a city that has it all  natalie burke

Kilkenny is fast becoming one of my favourite cities in Ireland, which is saying a lot coming from someone who was born and raised in Dublin. But over the past few years I’ve found myself wandering around the Marble City on more than a few occasions, and I’m discovering something new on every visit. It’s a city that has consistently been considered a trendy tourist hub, with historical features to be found every few yards, enough eateries to entertain a foodie fiend for a fortnight and activity trails for lovers of the outdoors, not to mention the city being a creativity and craft hub – a culture vulture’s delight. Even its nightlife has become synonymous for a memorable hen or stag weekend away. Whatever your interest might be, chances are Kilkenny will cater for it. The Pembroke Hotel on Patrick Street is classy and contemporary and right smack bang in the centre of town, making

it the ideal spot to set up camp for the weekend. It’s Kilkenny’s only four-star boutique hotel and is just a two-minute walk from the busy streets, bars and the medieval Kilkenny Castle. The hotel manages to capture the charm of the city itself; the ideal mix--------------------------

‘Whatever your interest might be, chances are Kilkenny will cater for it’ --------------------------

ture of old fashioned city chic and contemporary taste. This theme runs right through the hotel to the bedrooms, bar and restaurant. The rooms which are decorated with dark woods and bright colour blocks are cosy and comfortable, and if you’re lucky you might land a room with a castle view. Parking and WiFi are both complimentary at the hotel, meaning you can easily explore the city on foot for the weekend. If your plans include

a spot of shopping, Kilkenny’s full of spending opportunities. Independent retailers, chic boutiques and of course, the high street shopping favourites, are located on both the city’s main and side streets with High Street being one of the main shopping districts. Only across the road from the hotel is the trendy vintage store Shutterbug – I couldn’t resist a little mooch around – which was convenient for a pitstop back at the Pembroke for dropping bags. Dinner in the Pembroke Hotel’s Stathams Restaurant was really enjoyable, preluded by the obligatory glass of pinot grigio in the hotel’s cosy bar. The bar has a full wine list and its own cocktail menu, and has plenty of cosy alcoves to sit back and enjoy a drink, or two. Never one to miss an opportunity to indulge in good food, I thoroughly enjoyed a goat’s cheese bruschetta dish for starters, with vine tomatoes and carmelised red onion marmalade.

The Pembroke Hotel is right smack bang in the centre of town, making it the ideal spot to set up camp for the weekend

W hile my par tner delved into a delicious sirloin steak for main course, I opted instead for the roast vegetable mille feuille. It was something I had never tried before and the tasty French pastry dish came with a creamy brie cheese and roast beetroot coulis. It’s always a satisfying feeling when you know you’ve made good food choices! The next morning, a

stroll through the lively city centre was a must. The rain eased off just in time for us to walk through the grounds of the 12th century Kilkenny Castle (if you’ve time, take a daily tour of the castle) before stopping for lunch at one of Ireland’s oldest inns, Kyteler’s. Before you leave, stop for a coffee at Cafe Mocha on High Street. While the coffee shop’s narrow entrance is easy

to miss, it’s a cafe full of charm and character with a ribbon boutique and china tea cup shop inside! City breaks at the Pembroke Hotel start from just €99 per night. For further details or to book, visit or call 056 7783500. For more information on things to do and see in Kilkenny, see www.

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Precise, economical tale of war  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

AUDREY Magee’s debut novel, The Undertaking, is a second World War story written from the perspective of the Germans. The plot centres specifically on a couple who marry without having seen or met each other. At the wedding ceremony, a picture stands in for the soldier’s prospective wife. Peter Faber is a private in the German army who is posted to the front and ends up in the ill-fated Eastern front march into Russia in winter. As the soldiers in Faber’s unit set out on their harrowing trek towards Russia, passing through peasant villages, they por-

tray all of the cockiness you would imagine German soldiers to possess. The Nazis’ lebensraum policy aimed to clear a land mass the size of Russia for German use, primarily to grow wheat and other provisions. The soldiers seem like any others in such circumstances as they indulge in camaraderie, banter and mutual teasing en route; but as they come in contact with the peasants they encounter, we see a strange matter of fact cruelty and a selfish and insular air of entitlement that is shared by all of them. For example, when they arrive at a farmhouse, cold and hungry,

they immediately evict an old lady and her daughter, then shoot them both and eat up every last morsel available, like a plaque of locusts leaving nothing behind. At no time do they show any sign of selfawareness or reflection. The situation changes as they progress further east into the heartland of Russia. The unit becomes cut off from all contact with their superiors and the soldiers are left to the mercy of Russian snipers and shelling. At home, Faber’s wife Katharina and her new baby live in a requisitioned apartment they would never have been able to afford under normal circumstances. It was

taken from Jews. She writes to her new husband Peter from the isolation of her ivory tower where her mother and father bicker about the decision to send their son, Katharina’s brother, Johannes, back to the front though he was suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder. Magee was a journalist for 12 years and it shows, in the best possible way. Her prose is very clean and throws the story into stunning relief with absolute impartiality. She uses language very economically and with superb precision. One of the most memorable descriptions is of the shell-shocked Johannes

standing unsteadily on a railway platform. The author explained his bewilderment in a very physical way and localised his teetering stance with the phrase “his feet stumbling”. This may seem a small detail but to pinpoint the area of the stumbling to the feet rather than the whole person is unique and very moving. There are many such examples of unusual precision throughout the novel and rather than feeling abandoned by the author, her hard neutrality is greatly reassuring to the reader. Magee has achieved a most uncommon thing with this book in both lit-

Author Audrey Magee, and the cover of her new book, The Undertaking

erary style and theme. She shows us, in her beautifully factual way, that it was not only the invaded peoples who suffered during the war but also those who perpe-

trated the violence against them. The Undertaking is published by Atlantic Books and available in all good bookstores for €14.99


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PINK OF all shades is a hot topic in the fashion world when it comes to spring/summer collections and this year is no different. This week Gazette Style takes a little look at all things pink to see what tickles the fashion taste-buds, from lippy to dresses and jackets to tops, there is a pink shade to suit everyone!

Rocha John Rocha rose shift dress available at Debenhams €88

Preen Edition pink biker jacket available at Debenhams €119

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter €32

Definitions Soft Tailored Blazer, at Littlewoods Ireland €50

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Master classes on the perfect complexion Blush tassel boot available at Heatons €25

Havren flared dress available in Kilkenny €229.95


IF IT’S Lancome products you like, than make a note in your diary to see Lancome’s Elite make-up artist, Laura Pye. She will pay an exclusive Irish visit to Boots stores in Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley and Dundrum Town Centre this month. Here she will host a number of master classes and one-to-one exclusive appointments at the Boots Lancome counters. Laura’s visit coincides with the launch of Lancome’s new foundation, Miracle Air de Teint, and she will be offering advice on how to achieve the perfect complexion for all skin types. The most beautiful skin emanates a singular kind of light, a vital radiance that illuminates the complexion. With Miracle Air de Teint, and the awardwinning Teint Miracle, Lancome presents its first ever made-to-measure nude ritual, catering to all women’s needs and desires. Here are some industry tips and tricks from Laura on how to achieve

the perfect complexion this spring: • If you’re looking for a new foundation, you should really look at the key features of the foundation, that is are you looking for a foundation with good coverage or are you looking for one with sheer coverage? Maybe you have oily skin but you still want a healthy glow, or maybe you want to fight the signs of ageing? All these key features are something to think about before you chose the right foundation for your skin. • The main thing to think about when foundation shopping, is to remember that a foundation shouldn’t cover or mask the skin, it should only balance, correct and enhance the complexion. Your face should still look like it’s you and it should be as natural as possible, this is why coverage and shade are so important. • When applying foundation, take the product out onto the back of your hand and use that as a palette when applying with a brush. • Be sure to keep your make-up looking clean

Lancome’s new foundation Miracle Air de Teint and (inset) Lancome’s Elite make-up artist, Laura Pye

and well blended – take a little more extra care when applying foundation, you’ll see the difference. • Smile, and then sweep Lancome’s Blush Subtil across the apples of the cheek in a teardrop shape. This will add an instant pop of subtle colour.

• To fur ther sculpt your complexion, apply a light-reflecting highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones. This will also lift the complexion. If you would like to receive expert skincare and make-up advice specifically tailored to suit

you from Laura, she will be available for bookings on the Tuesday, February 25 in Boots Blanchardstown, Wednesday, February 26 in Boots Liffey Valley, and Friday, February 28 in Boots Dundrum.

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BRUSH up on tanning while staying eco-friendly with TanOrganic and its new bronzing powder duo. The first thing you notice about this product is its packaging – a smooth wood finish is not something you see everyday on a make-up self and we must admit we do like it. As for the product itself, it is made with completely natural ingredients making it ecocertified. This bronzing powder is split in two with warm chocolate on one side and golden caramel hues on the other, which is blendable to get a tone that suits your skin. It can be used to contour, colour and condition skin.

A great way to kick-start the spring, this bronzing powder duo will help bring back some brightness to our weary winter skin. Go from a healthy day glow, which can be achieved by swirling the duo bronzer on to the apples of the cheeks, to a show-stopping evening look - a simple contour of the temples, cheekbones, nose and chin. TanOrganic Duo Bronzer retails at €29.99 and is available from or the following pharmacies Boots, Bradleys, Lloyds, Hickeys, Sam McCauleys and McCabes in Dublin.


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Coisbo Brewery from Denmark . Picture: Mark Desmond Photography

Coisbo’s cup floweth over at craft brew fair COISBO was crowned the winner of the Dublin Craft Beer Cup at the second annual Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair last weekend. The Danish family-run craft brewery faced stiff competition, beating 275 other entries for the winning title. Last year, Hilden Brewing Company – Twisted Hop took the winning title of the competition. The fair took place at the Convention Centre on Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, and saw over 6,000 people attend to sample various craft beers and artisan food. There was a range of trade, distributors, breweries, distillers and food companies exhibiting, including the Armagh Cider Company, the Irish Whiskey Museum, Mountain Man, Trouble Brewing, Ballymaloe Relish, Cashel Blue, Keogh’s Crisps and Wright’s of Howth. According to head judge Dr Inge Russell, editor of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing: “Coisbo’s Russian Imperial Stout deserved to win due to the marvellously balanced aroma, full body and its rich taste.” As well as the beer cup and exhibitors, Paddy Casey performed on stage on the Friday night, while on Saturday the Ireland V Wales Six Nations rugby was featured live on the big 14ft screen, which saw Ireland’s victorious score of 26-3.

Singer-songwriter Paddy Casey

Blue Orchard Thai restaurant

Ballinteer The penang chicken curry Thai basil, lime leaf and

A SUNDAY night takeaway is a common treat for us Irish. The most popular delivery options are still an Indian or Chinese takeaway, or pizza, with Thai food proving less popular. However, on a recent ferociously chilly and blustery night, I accepted a friend’s invitation to dinner at Blue Orchid in Ballinteer – one of three Thai restaurants (the others are in Stepaside and Blackrock). All the restaurants offer genuine Thai food and profess to be specialists in their field, priding themselves on distinctive Thai flavours using recognisable spices, fresh herbs, crunchily-textured vegetables and zingy citrus tang flavours. The Ballinteer outlet didn’t disappoint, and the food we ate was delicious. We arrived to a quiet restaurant with a quintessential suburban East Asian feel, which could have done with a little liv-

had a wonderfully fragrant and rich coconut sauce that was slightly sweet, and sang with coriander, salty fish sauce

The Picky Eater ening up. Still, the staff were welcoming, friendly and attentive, without being overbearing, and our drinks were always topped up and water flowed constantly. My two companions and I decided to order three different starters and mains from across the menu, which was the standard fare for Thai food in Ireland, with nothing being overly eyegrabbing or unusual. Starters are Thai flavoured soup, various tempura dishes, dumplings and yuk sung, while mains are a variety of stir-fried fish or meats with sauces, and the usual range of curries, from Thai green to penang. We opted for prawn tempura, chicken dumpling and the pork yuk sung. The dumplings were perfectly crisp with a spicy, rich chicken stuffing, and sweet sticky dipping sauce, and were quickly devoured. The tempura prawns

were the best of the three, with well-cooked soft prawns that tasted fresh from the sea, and feathery light crisp batter. The yuk sung was meaty, with punchy ginger and a dense pork flavour, which was lovely, and enveloped in fresh, crisp lettuce. For mains I ordered a sizzling selection of seafood in a lemon butter sauce, and my fellow diners opted for seafood in an oyster sauce and a penang chicken curry. My dish arrived piping hot with plenty of prawns, scallops, salmon and sea bass. The seafood was beautifully cooked, and was deliciously complemented by the buttery and lemony tart sauce with crunchy vegetables. The curry had a wonderfully fragrant and rich coconut sauce that was slightly sweet, and sang with coriander, Thai basil, lime leaf and salty fish sauce – yum! These two dishes were certainly my favourite

A tasty selection of ribs, teriyaki spring rolls, chicken satay and chicken wontons

over the fish selection in oyster sauce; however, this was cooked to perfection, too, and full of sweet and sour notes. Too stuffed from the generous portions, we decided to skip dessert – the menu consisted of an unappetising range of bought-in options. Prices range from

€5-€8 for starters, and €17-€24 for the main courses. Still, with flavours as authentic and fresh as this, Blue Orchid is well worth a visit if you find yourself longing for a taste of Thailand. Three starters, three mains along with two bottles of wine came to a reasonable €139 before service.

Conclusion THE setting could do with a little livening up – but who cares, given how delicious the food was. Blue Orchard in Ballinteer tickled our taste buds and then delivered in style, presenting generally excellent (and authentic) Thai dishes at a fair price.

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Cash-strapped motorists get a dig out from Renault

Even though cars are getting more efficient – and motor tax on newer cars is getting more affordable, the purchase price is still something that puts people off buying a new model. As a result, available finance is a key decider for many people when looking at a new car, with the PCP (personal contract plan) becoming more and more popular with the Irish motorist. Renault’s own bank Renault Finance, in the country just over two years, has lent over €100m in retail financing in Ireland to its 6,000 customers. I n 2 013 , R e n a u l t Finance saw approximately one-in-four customers take Renault ReFlex, Renault’s PCP product, which reduces a monthly payment versus a personal loan or traditional hire purchase. Customers can save up to 30% less with the same finance amount over the same period with a PCP. Early indicators in 2014 show that 40% of Renault



options: popularity of personal contract plans on the rise


NOISE Opel Astra OPC Extreme

Opel goes the extreme with the latest Astra

Renault Finance has lent over €100m in retail financing to its 6,000 Irish customers in just over two years

and Dacia customers will take a Renault ReFlex product (PCP). ReFlex customers are guaranteed the value of their car in two to three years’ time and Renault or Dacia will guarantee a minimum amount at the end of their finance term. They also have the possibility of driving a new car every two to three years and if the customer doesn’t wish to keep the car after the

Up to a challenge: Cheque handover some might think it a dubious hon-

our, but pictured receiving his winning €1,000 cheque from Seat Ireland’s Cian O’Brien is Radio Nova’s Conor Irwin, officially Ireland’s fastest DJ. Conor took part in the Seat Leon Mondello Challenge recently, which was held in Dublin’s famous Mondello race track, and saw 20 national DJs race in the spruced-up Seat Leon for the fastest track time, all in aid of a charity of their choice. Conor won with an impressive time of 1:15.47 and named the ISPCC as his selected charity.

term, they don’t have to. Another reason why PCPs are increasing in popularity is that the deposit required is low, usually 10% between deposit and trade in. With the market up 45%, Renault Finance has seen an increase of 100% in finance applications for the same period last year. A new maximum twohour decision time has also been introduced on all finance applications.

Tips for Motor Finance

• Compare the monthly payments of a personal loan, hire purchase and personal contract plan option over the same term and with the same finance amount • Compare interest rates, check the interest rate you are paying and always review the cost to borrow the money over the term • Hire purchase is a form of secured lending.

Secured loans will typically have a lower interest rate than an unsecured loan. Hire purchase agreements always have a fixed interest rate. This means your rate will not fluctuate, so your monthly payments will remain the same throughout the term of the agreement • Your trade-in can be used as a down payment on your finance agreement.

It is one of those cars that just doesn’t seem to belong on public roads, yet it’s there. When Opel released the current version of its “hot hatch”Astra, the motoring press took a sharp intake of breath – this was a car that actually looked like the concept that had been released before launch. Menacing windows, big wheels, tinted glass and positively evil headlights and grille – this was a car for the fan boy. Now, Opel have released the first official image of one of its new Geneva show stars, the Astra OPC Extreme, which will be the basis for a future lowvolume production run. It has petrol heads like me positively salivating. Derived from the last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Extreme is the street-legal race sibling to the current Astra OPC, which in standard form already produces 280PS and 400Nm of torque. But shorn of weight, thanks to liberal use of highquality carbon components, the Extreme’s natural environment will be the race track. An integrated safety structure, racing seats and six-point safety belts drive home the point still further. The Extreme’s timing couldn’t be better, either, since 2014 marks 10 years since the OPC brand was launched in 2004. The Astra OPC is now the bestselling OPC.

Easy to hit three million This week motoring specialist, Easytrip, celebrated its 3,000,000th transaction at the DAA taxi management system at Dublin Airport. Easytrip’s automated vehicle management technology at Dublin Airport has helped improve the management of taxi journeys through the airport by monitoring and controlling taxi flow. The new system was introduced in 2011 following the opening of Terminal 2 and has provided a more effective management system for the DAA ensuring timely allocation of taxis at taxi stands for customers at arrivals. Out of an approximate 1,500 taxis permitted to work at Dublin Airport, taxi driver Gerard Rooney became the driver to mark the 3,000,000th transaction in his Lexus. To celebrate the milestone, Gerard Rooney was presented with a weekend away as part of the Easytrip Escapes offering.


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robocop  aileen donegan

A REBOOT of 1987’s Robocop has been in the pipeline for a long time. And what could have been a woeful, watereddown version of the original is a surprisingly fast-tempo, relevant and modern retelling for younger audiences. Here, national security in the United States is in transition in 2028. With rising violence on home turf and abroad, technological masterminds are creating the ultimate security weapon for profit - the Robocop. This reimagining of the grim and gory 1987 classic sees family man and dedicated street cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) fatally injured in the line of duty. OmniCorp, a powerful high-tech robot manufacturer, is looking to make a perfect robot – one of warmth, which the public could embrace – and Murphy is the prototype ... Directed by Jose Padilha, this sleek, modern and rated PG13 version (the original is adult-rated) shouldn’t work, but does. The original Robocop was played out in a futuristic, dystopian Detroit, but this Robocop could be America in the next 10 years. Still, it’s not all politics and doom – the film evens things out with plenty of lighter moments. With enough action sequences to suit even a Die Hard fan, don’t be put off by the new suit – it’s still Robocop, just an updated version.

They’ll need to box clever with their plans ... In the second World War, Stokes (George Clooney) and Granger (Matt Damon) are in a race against time to help rescue art treasures from being destroyed. The catch? That they’ll have to do so from deep within Nazi territory, in this rip-roaring tale that’s based on a true story.

the monuments men: a valiant effort that is a good story badly told

Good guys thwart a Nazi plan The Monuments Men is based on one of the most fascinating stories of the second World War, a real-life underdog tale that has been begging to be told on screen. In 1944 Allied forces discover that Hitler is looting and amassing huge quantities of paintings and sculptures from museums and private collections across Europe – including works by Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. There are rumours of his intentions to create a massive complex to display the art in Austria. The Allied plan of action involves gathering an unlikely ensemble of museum curators and art historians who are given the task

 Dave phillips

of going behind enemy lines to locate, identify, and safely return the stolen pieces of art. Starring Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, The Monuments Men boasts an incredible array of talent. Clooney is to the fore both on- and off-screen, taking on the roles of director and writer in a recipe that bred success in 2005’s Good Night and Good Luck and 2011’s The Ides of March – but this film sees Clooney shift away

from the slower paced political intricacies of his earlier films. The Monuments Men is a film that is focused on action. Or at least it tries to be, as the shift in pace is not as smooth as might have been hoped for. At first glance, Clooney’s theatre of war has none of the muddy, b l o o d y, b l e a k r e a l ism that we’ve become accustomed to. Instead it is a throwback to a time before Saving Private Ryan to a Saturday matinee, moustachioed version of the second World War complete with all the colour ful kitsch you might expect to see emblazoning the cover of a Warlord comic. It’s against this backdrop that The Monuments Men works best, leaning heavily on com-

edy and action, and it’s where Murray, Goodman and Dujardin are allowed to shine. While the large all-star cast is attractive, it also brings problems as it seems that Clooney struggles in an attempt to grant everyone equal screen time. As the characters are based in several locations in Europe, the end result is a plot stitched together from too many formulaic episodes that fail to provide any character growth or depth.

There’s an inherent tension when the film then tries to capture a historical reality that jars with the more cartoonish elements, and the emotional chords that the film endeavours to strike are too easily drowned out by the fanfare and marching drums. R u n ning at a lengthy of two hours, you cannot help but feel that things could have been much improved with a tighter edit.

W hile it is a valiant effort to bring an important part of history to light, ultimately The Monuments Men is a good story badly told. It does ask us some interesting questions how much value do we place on artistic expression? And can cultural artefacts be more valuable than human lives? But unfortunately these are likely to go unheard. While the real life Monuments Men had a clear reason for being, the film seems confused about what it hopes to achieve and, despite great source material and a wonderful cast, it fails to be inspiring.

Verdict: 5/10

The Monuments Woman ... Kate Blanchett’s character adds a dash of class to the Boys’ Own adventure

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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport Strydom gets call from MCC:

Dan Abrahams, inset, was instrumental in the turnaround of Anthony Stokes’ SPL journey when he was struggling during his time at Hibernian

sports psychology: internationally renowned trainer coming to dublin

A coaching masterclass to bring out the best in players An unique opportunity to learn from one of the foremost sports psychologist in the world is being presented to Dublin coaches early next month when Dan Abrahams comes to the North Dublin Schoolboy League Development Centre on Saturday, March 8, at 3.30pm to deliver a workshop on improving performance through psychological methods. Abrahams has worked with some of the leading players, teams, coaches and sporting organisations in the world, and has assisted Clondalkin player

Anthony Stokes in his journey in the SPL, as well as assisting West Ham’s Carlton Cole and Derby County captain Richard Keogh achieve their potential. He is known for his passion and ability to demystify sport psychology, as well as his talent for creating easy-to-understand and simple-to-use techniques and performance philosophies. Abrahams works in all sport but specialises in soccer and golf. He is lead psychologist for England Golf and he

works with players from leading amateur through to Tour players. In soccer psychology, he is regarded as a leader in the field. He has delivered his expertise in the past to many organisations, including the British and Scottish FAs, and is sought-after by managers across Europe. His passion is to demystify football psychology for footballers at every level of the game. His workshops aim to be fun, positive, upbeat and to help all footballers develop their mindsets

no matter their ability. “My mission is to demistify sports psychology for footballers in this instance, and sports people in general. I feel that sports psychology is not good enough at taking the academic research simplify the language, and delivering applicable, simple to understand and use tools and techniques that sports people can use in the moment,” said Abrahams. Tickets for the event are on sale via for an early booker rate of €18.

FINGAL cricket regional development officer Reinhardt Strydom has been selected in the MCC squad to tour Singapore and Malaysia this month. Strydom, who is also part of the Sussex Academy, joins a squad of 13 which will be led by Bob Baxter and captained by exLancashire batsman Mark Chilton. The current party departed for Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning and will play five games in an action-packed tour, starting with a 50-over match against Malaysia Cricket Association at the Kinrara Oval. They will also play a five-game round-robin tournament between MCC, Malaysia Cricket Association and Singapore Cricket Association.

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh

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SPORT Evans aids Dundrum’s new stars


badminton: olympian returns to dublin to help out local club


NIAMH Lyons struck the Loreto Beaufort winner against King’s Hospital, scoring the odd goal in five after a very evenly matched Leinster schoolgirls hockey Senior Cup quarter-final. Early on, Niamh McLoughlin put her side in front. King’s, though, pressed hard for an equaliser which duly came via a great strike from a short corner from Jessica O’Leary, tying things up at 1-1. Parity was shortlived as Beaufort fought back with a brilliant strike from Irish Under-18 captain Jessica McGirr who restored the advantage at halftime, 2-1. King’s came out battling in the second half when Sally Farrell finished off great build-up play to make it level for a second time. But Beaufort got back in front, this time when McGirr and Sarah Nagle turned over possession in midfield to set up Lyons for the winning goal.w


Olympic b a d m i n ton star Scott Evans returned to Ireland last week ahead of the Irish National Championships to visit Taney Parish Centre, home of the Dundrum Badminton Club, to pass on some of his knowledge and experience to the club’s members in a special training session. Unable to compete in the championships due to a foot injury, Evans was able to commit time to the local club whose membership has been flourishing since last year. The injury prevented Evans from competing last weekend, and may take up to six weeks to heal completely, but his training schedule

and preparation ahead of this year’s European championships in April will not be hindered, and his focus remains on the contest which takes place this year in Amiens, France. T he invitation for Scott to visit the club came from club member Hazel Quigley, who reached out to the Denmark-based player, who was more than happy to convey some of his skills. “Growing the sport at grassroots level has been on the up in the last few years, and it is very important to help nurture those roots,” said Evans. “Hazel mentioned t h e cl u b ’s n u m b e r s had dropped, but had started to pick up again, and invited me to come

along and give some tips and get some more people interested in the sport. The idea is always to get as many people playing badminton as possible.” Quigley was obviously delighted that Evans had managed to take the time to come along to the club. “It’s very exciting to meet him, and we are hoping to get some tips and listen to what he has to say about how he trains. “Badminton is such a great sport, but a lot of people would not really think of it as being an Olympic sport, so Scott being involved brings a lot more of a profile to it. “He is a good ambassador for the sport and the local area.”

Local badminton star Scott Evans returns to his roots to give back some of his expertise to players James Dolan, Elaine McGuinness, Jana Cox and Liam Cowley

Quigley says the future is bright for the club. “We are keen to keep progressing with our leagues and cup matches, improve our coaching and move up the divisions. We are getting a bit more competitive as a club, but we are still sociable and fun.” Evans is in preparation for the European team championships which take place in Switzerland shor tly, and is keen to be ready to line out for Ireland, as well as focusing on his own preparation for

the German Open at the end of February and the European individual championships. “I have focused on training exclusively in January to build a level of strength for April, but I need to get some tournament time in as my world ranking has gone down as a result of not taking part in competition. But I will take most of March off to do a lot more training. “It’s great to have this plan in place, spending time in the gym and not having to travel so

much. To be in Denmark and have that routine of training and concentration has been great. “It’s the right attitude to have. If I’m going to do better, I need to do better every day, and not just be happy with doing a good training session. This is the way it should be and I need to work extremely hard every single day.” If you are interested in finding out more about the Dundrum Badminton Club, contact

Ryan returns to world number one position in pursuit 

St Oliver Plunkett’s NS fifth year team celebrate their success at the recent Fingal cricket blitz

Local world cycling sensation Caroline Ryan has received a boost ahead of her appearance at the 2014 World Track Championships in Columbia at the end of this month with the announcement that she had retained her world number one ranking in the 3km individual pursuit. Ryan had lost the pole position to rival Australian rider Rebecca Wisiak for a brief time. But her performance in the second round of the 2014 World

Cup season in Aguascalientes, Mexico, saw her claim the bronze medal - the first time an Irish woman had ever claimed a medal at a World Cup event - as well as the requisite points to propel her back to the top of the individual pursuit rankings, and by a considerable margin from the rider in second place, Eugenia Bujak from Poland. Wisiak is now back in third place, equal on points with Cuban cyclist Yudelmis Dominguez. Speaking to GazetteSport when she attained her world

number one ranking back in July 2013, Ryan was thrilled to be the world’s finest women’s individual pursuit rider. “It’s brilliant really, and confirmation that we are heading in the right direction. It has taken three or four years of hard work to get here, and there is a lot to do yet.” At the upcoming world championships in Cali, Ryan will ride in the pursuit and points race, in which she is ranked 29th in the world in the latest rankings. Ireland’s reigning world

scratch race champion, Martyn Irvine remains fourth in the world rankings in that event and has slipped one place to fourth in the pursuit. He had been world number one in both last year but was hit by a series of crashes in 2013 that interrupted his racing for most of the year. Despite those difficulties he still won an omnium bronze medal at the European Track Championships in the summer and took UCI World Cup gold in the scratch race in Manchester in November.

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Sevens heaven the ultimate rugby goal While the Irish women’s XV attempt to retain their 6 Nations crown, the Sevens side have flown out to Atlanta to compete in the World Series with a place at Rio 2016 the long-term dream Last weekend saw the second 6 Nations success for Ireland’s women’s rugby team when they defeated Wales, having demolished Scotland in their previous weekend’s encounter, but as the ladies in green prepared to take to the field in Ashbourne, their compatriots were flying to the United States for the next phase of the World Seven Series in Atlanta. The Irish women’s Sevens side are involved in the international tournament over the course of the next year, with the intention being to remain in the top eight places in the competition for the next two years, at the end of which the ultimate goal is qualification for the

2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where women’s Sevens will feature for the first time. Sevens is a very different beast to the XV version of the oval ball game, having been invented in the Scottish borders town of Melrose. It is played with seven players, over the course of two sevenminute halves, separated by a one-minute interval. It is high-intensity, highspeed and potentially high-scoring. With the women’s XV focused on retaining their 6 Nations crown and the World Cup in August this year, the Sevens side have had to cast their net widely to draw in players available to line out. As a result, players in

the Ireland team travelling to Atlanta have come from diverse backgrounds, from Gaelic football, hockey and athletics, as well as rugby. Speaking to GazetteSport before the team flew out, Gillian McDarby, the Ireland women’s Sevens team manager explained the ethos behind the talent identification programme. “We have a new squad, with a lot of raw talent there, and we are building on that. We are knocking on the doors of a lot of other sports where talent might be. That’s where Aisling Naughton came from, from the world of hockey, and Laura Walsh from Gaelic football. We have taken the best ath-

Members of the women’s rugby Sevens side before they flew out to Dubai for round one of the World Series last November

letes we can get out to Atlanta so we can achieve the dream.” With an increased interest in the women’s game since the Grand Slam success of the XV side last year, Sevens is seen as an ideal way for people to take part in the sport, although people

next weekend for the next round of the World Series. Then after a short rest, the team will fly out again, to Hong Kong and China for the next round of the competition out there. McDarby acknowledged the intensity of the round-the-world nature of the endeavour for her


‘We’ve taken the best athletes we can get out to Atlanta so we can achieve the dream’ - Gillian McDarby --------------------------------------------------------

may not be familiar with the form. “There is no culture of Sevens in Ireland, so it’s about getting people introduced to what it is about,” said McDarby. “While everyone knows what XVs is, and there are a lot of people keeping an eye on the XVs success and hopefully their continued success in this 6 Nations campaign, it’s about getting the public to follow our dream now. It’s an Olympic sport, and Sevens is a worldwide, international sport, and very dynamic in comparison to the larger team game.” The Irish are up against some of the most recognisable teams in world rugby, New Zealand, as well as Holland, in their group stage in Atlanta. Not only will that be a tough test, they will fly on to Sao Paulo on Brazil

team. “It will be an intense 17 days. The pressure will be on constantly, and it will be difficult in Atlanta. We have the Kiwis, England and the Dutch in our pool, strong Sevens nations, so it will be tough from the get-go.” However, there will be an opportunity for players currently appearing in the 6 Nations to be involved in the Sevens side’s progress. “There is a number of the XV squad who have helped put us in the place we are in now, but their focus is on the 6 Nations and the World Cup this August. “After those competitions are complete, there will be a hope that a number of the XV will come back across and help us to get to the qualification position we need to reach.”


Great Ireland Run 2014 set to grace Phoenix Park THE 2014 Spar Great Ireland Run, which will take place on Sunday, April 6 in the Phoenix Park, was launched last week by running fanatics Paula Lane who plays Kylie Platt in Coronation Street and Ryan Andrews from Fair City, pictured above. The run takes place in the heart of Dublin in one of Europe’s largest city parks over a 10k course that challenges runners of all abilities and ambitions. The day, which includes the junior and mini Great Ireland Run, is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre space has to offer. Fast-paced club runners and first-timers will all converge on the start line shortly after 9am, when they can look forward to being led around the The Phoenix Park course by some of the world’s finest athletes. Last year, Kenenisa Bekele comfortably won in a time of 27:49 and then went on to a dramatic victory over reigning double-Olympic champion Mo Farah at the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle Gateshead, UK. Returning after its debut in 2013 will also be the elite men’s mile race, the discipline which began as a vehicle for gambling in the 1900s is now the only imperial distance that the IAAF recognise with a world record. It was Irishman Paul Robinson who fell short of that record, but came home first in 4:14 in the spring. The event is also a family affair with the popular mini and junior events featuring a 1.6k course for three- to eight-year-olds and a 2.5k stretch for the older nine- to 15-yearolds. A main attractions on the day, which is also broadcast live on RTE 2, is the All Ireland County Challenge, where you can have the chance to race for your home county. To sign up to run in the Great Ireland and for information, log on to It costs €29 to take part and this fee includes a medal, T-shirt and finisher’s pack.


30 CLONDALKIN gazette 13 February 2014



rugby: away victory sets up fascinating end to league

Peamount reach semis after rout of Cork side PEAMOUNT United joined Wexford Youths, Raheny United and Castlebar Celtic in the semi-finals of the Bus Eireann Women’s National League Cup after a comprehensive 8-0 victory away to Cork Women’s FC last weekend. Eileen Gleeson’s Peamount were clear favourites to beat Cork, and they justified their status early on, creating chance after chance. The Peas finally took the lead in the 16th minute through a right-footed Aine O’Gorman shot on the edge of the penalty area. Peamount continued to pile on the pressure as the game progressed, and Comerford finally doubled Peamount’s lead with a fantastic long-range goal in the 35th minute. The Dubliners came storming out of the blocks in the second half, and they soon found themselves three goals to the good when O’Gorman knocked a beautiful daisycutter beneath the reach of Fennelly. O’Gorman completed her hat-trick in the 53rd minute and effectively sealed the deal for her side who now led 4-0. The reigning champions were far from finished inflicting pain on their Munster opponents as Russell made it 5-0 with a fine goal in the 66th minute to cap off a fine individual performance. Peamount introduced Stephanie Roche from the substitute bench, and she made an immediate impact by scoring a goal to make it 6-0 with 13 minutes remaining. O’Gorman added yet another goal to her personal tally in the 80th minute, and a late consolation goal for Peamount brought proceedings to an end on a scoreline of 8-0. Cup holders Peamount will now face the joint winner of Group 1, Castlebar Celtic, in a repeat of last year’s final which saw the Peas come out on top of a nine-goal thriller. The other semi-final will see Wexford Youths and Raheny go head-to-head; that game was scheduled for last weekend but had to be rearranged due to poor weather conditions.

Clondalkin’s seconds battled their opponents and the elements to claim victory over Cill Dara away from home

Clon claim bad weather win leinster 2nds league Cill Dara Clondalkin 

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A match played in dire conditions at Cill Dara last week saw visitors Clondalkin RFC take the rewards borne of a resilient first half performance to retain third place in the Leinster Seconds League Division 1A as the competition enters its penultimate phase. In weather that drove away all but the most hard-core of rugby fans, Clondalkin began the first half of this match

under lights playing against the full force of a gale. After just three minutes, the outlook looked even bleaker when Dan Fitzpatrick went down with a bad leg injury which required significant on-pitch treatment before he was stretchered off. Play resumed after a 25-minute delay and Clondalkin kept Cill Dara at bay with some resolute tackling before the home side went six points ahead after two successful penalty kicks. Clondalkin replied

chance to transform SDCSP holding Corkagh Park 5km run and walk THE South Dublin County Sports Partnership are running Opportunity 2 Transform, a free, timed, 5km event on Saturday, February 22nd at 11am. Designed for those who did not register for the Operation Transformation run in the Phoenix Park, the run/walk will take place in Corkagh Park. To register, visit sdcsp, or for more information, email or call/text 086 0441071.

with a three-pointer from Dave Gaule, but went in at half time 9-3 down after Cill Dara scored a further penalty. It was Cill Dara’s turn to battle against the conditions in the second half, and Clondalkin’s Conor McCrea immediately took advantage to go for his side’s first try, successfully converted by Gaule. Conditions meant that ball handling became ever more difficult for both sides and a Cill Dara fumble in midfield was pounced upon by Colm Tigue who slid over from 5m out to reg-

ister Clondalkin’s second try of the night. Cill Dara’s cause was made more difficult when a double sin-binning reduced them to 13 men for 10 minutes. The away team were well in control at this stage of the match and after a break down the blind side from a scrum, Mark Molloy went over the line for Clondalkin’s third try, which was duly converted. Despite applying constant pressure for the remaining five minutes of the match, Clondalkin were unable to get over the line again for the

bonus point score and the match closed out 9-24 for a hard-fought away win, built on the determined contibutions of the likes of Gareth Black, John Walsh and try-scorer Conor McCrea. The win sees Clondalkin just two points off the pace in the league and an away fixture against Wanderers up next who sit just one place above them in a huge crunch match for them on February 23, before wrapping up the campaign on March 1 against Tullow, currently residing in fifth place.

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Leinster drive on for interprovincial final  

A LEINSTER side laden with Dublin players progressed to the M Donnelly interprovincial hurling final courtesy of a facile 8-18 to 1-21 victory over Ulster in Trim last weekend. Lucan Sarsfields’ Peter Kelly and Johnny McCaffrey along with

Ballyboden St Enda’s Gar y Maguire, Paul Ryan and Conal Keaney and O’Toole’s Michael Carton all lined out for the side with Ryan scoring 1-2. Colin Fennelly and Joe Bergin both grabbed a brace of goals for Joe Dooley’s side with Fenn e l l y ’s f i r s t m i n u t e strike giving an early

indicator of what was to follow. Fennelly set the tone of what was to follow when he goaled inside the opening minute and further goals from Bergin, Ryan (penalty) and Fennelly again had Leinster 4-5 to 0-4 to the good inside 20 minutes. The game was over

as a contest even at that early stage and by half-time Leinster had stretched their lead 5-11 to 0-6. Leinster will now play Connacht in the final of the competition following the western province’s win over Munster on a 1-18 to 0-16 scoreline in Ballinasloe on Saturday.

football: local keeper shines for dublin ladies

Club Noticeboard round tower, clondalkin Congratulations to Stephen Chap- or alternatively on Face-

man and Eoghan Hutchinson who

book or Twitter.

were named senior and junior play-

The next school disco will take place

ers of the year at the adult hurling

in the club on Valentine’s Day, Friday

presentation and quiz night. The

February 14 from 7.30 to 9pm. Fourth,

winning quiz team was Amy Clifford,

fifth and sixth class pupils are again

Dawn O’Neill, Kevin O’Neill and Brian

welcome to a disco that will feature

Douglas. Membership subscriptions are now

music from DJ Robbie Moore. Admission €5.

overdue and can be paid via our web-

U-8 girls welcome for football every

site, behind the bar or to any member

Saturday at Monastery Road from 2

of the executive committee.

to 3pm. Training is delivered in a fun

Members are asked to support

environment to allow the girls to

the GAA national club draw. Tickets

learn the skills of football. Please con-

are €10 and all proceeds are retained

tact either Ken Byrne on 087 99 83 484

by the club. Full details, including the

or Kitty O’Brien 087 612 82 64 for more

option to play and pay online, are


on our website. For queries contact Bernie Cronin 087 225 6104, Billy O’Connor 087 276 6825 or Jimmy behind the bar.

Lotto: numbers drawn were 12, 21, 22 and 30; Bonus Ball 2. There was no winner of the jackpot of €8,000. Congratulations to Killian

The Ciaran Carr Foundation is

Minihan, Declan O’Gorman and Mark

offering club members between the

Tracey who were the three €100 win-

ages of 16 and 40 the opportunity to


be screened for free. If you would like

No Match Three plus Bonus Ball

to avail of this offer, contact 086 310

winner. This week’s jackpot will be

1785 or email ciarancarrfoundation@


st pat’s palmerstown Thanks to everyone who helped

(senior football), Shane Stapleton

organise the awards night last Fri-

(senior hurling).

day. The Dublin squad at Parnell’s in Coolock ahead of the match against Kerry. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Jackies storm to opening NFL victory nfl division 1 Dublin Kerry 

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ROUND Tower’s Hannah Tyrell kept a clean sheet in goal to help Dublin get their 2014 TESCO Homegrown NFL campaign off to a winning start last Sunday with an impressive 11-point win over Kerry in Chanel. Dublin played with the aid of the strong wind for the first half,using the ball intelligently and speedily when moving it out of their defensive line.

Defenders Sinead Goldrick, Siobhan McGrath and Rachel Ruddy were in outstanding form for the metropolitans giving the Kerry attackers no time on the ball thus causing numerous turnovers. Up front, the forward line was also moving well and notched scores via Niamh McEvoy, Lyndsey Davey, and Sinead Aherne before Noelle Healy popped up to claim her side’s first goal. Soon after, Healy was on the score sheet again. The St Brigid’s star saw her initial shot stopped

well on the line by Kerry keeper Amanda Brosnan but the blocked ball rebounded at the feet of Healy who duly despatched it into the net. Carla Rowe added further to Kerry’s woes when she too raised the green flag for Dublin to give the home side a 3-3 to nil lead with 19 minutes gone. Further points from the returning Sorcha Furlong, Healy, Siobhan Woods and Aherne helped extend the Jackies’ lead further to 3-7 to 0-2 at the interval with Kerry’s two points coming from Sarah Houlihan

and veteran corner forward Patrice Dennehy. On the restart Kerry battled hard and challenged Dublin in the physical stakes with some crunching tackles but despite the efforts of Dennehy, Louise Galvin and Sarah Jane Joy the damage had been done in the first half. In a low scoring second half, Houlihan, Joy and Dennehy tagged on five points for the visitors while Rowe and Aherne popped over a point apiece for the Dub’s. Up next for the Sky Blues is an away game to Cora Staunton’s Mayo.

Congratulations to the minor

A special congratulations to the

footballers on winning the team of

following players of the year: Andy

the year, and thanks and congratu-

Helbert (minor football), Sean Stagg

lations to club person of the year

( junior football), Rickey Brennan

Paddy Finnegan.

( junior hurling), Lisa Fogarty (senior camogie), Jonathan McDermott

Good luck to all members and teams in 2014.

lucan sarsfields Membership is now due for 2014.


We encourage all members to renew

It was an exciting morning for

as soon as possible by following the

our U-8 footballers as they took to

link on our website. We particu-

the field for the first time in Lucan

larly extend an invite to parents

S a r s f ie ld s’ colour s a g a in s t S t

and guardians of our juvenile mem-

Jude’s on the all-weather pitch and

bers to consider one of our family

away to Thomas Davis. Many Sars

options. All players up to U-21 are

stars of the future were on show

now included in the family options.

and we wish them all the very best

The new senior hurling manage-

in their playing careers for Lucan.

ment team was ratified on Sunday

O ur U-9 fo o tb a ll e r s we r e in

evening. We wish the team every

action against Templeogue and Kil-

success in 2014.

macud Crokes with a huge turn-out

25 Card Drive every Friday night at 9pm in the clubhouse bar. All welcome. €5 entry with €50 first prize Strictly Come Dancing is coming to Lucan. Our events commmitte

of players at all games. The U-10 footballers had a good win against Ballinteer St John’s on Saturday morning on their new all weather pitch.

are looking for dancers, volunteers

The U-11s football games fell foul

and experts to help stage the show.

to the weather, but our U-12s had

Please contact Josephine Donohue,

a good win over Ballyboden at the

Mary Reynolds or Mary Flannery.

12th Lock.

This weekend saw the return to competitive action for many of our

Our U-13 footballers also had a win against St Maur’s.

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

seconds target first: Clondalkin’s Leinster Seconds League side two points off top in run-off P30

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Collinstown’s manager Kevin Carroll admitted a late decision to practise penalty kicks was the key to their victory over Mervue United in the FAI Junior Cup

Penalties prep pays off

Training session drill just prior to FAI Junior Cup tie provides platform for Collinstown to progress to quarter-final after Mervue victory  stephen findlater

COLLINSTOWN boss Kevin Carroll said that his club’s first ever penalties training session provided his side with a key boost last Sunday as the Clondalkin club reached the quarterfinals with a hard fought victory over Mervue United. It saw Collinstown through to the quarterfinal of the FAI Junior Cup – Europe’s largest cup competition – for the very first time. They drew 0-0 in normal time before winning 4-3 in a shoot-out, seeing them through to yet another huge day out in March. Speaking to GazetteSport about the win, Carroll said afterwards that “the whole community was overwhelmed by the result” and felt that

his side put in the work-rate to execute the right gameplan to succeed. “It wasn’t that great a match and both teams sort of cancelled each other out and there weren’t many chances. But when you get to that stage of the cup, there’s no room for error; it was that tight. But the result is what we want and it is great to get into the quarter-final. “We watched them a few weeks ago and knew most of their players had played League of Ireland Division 1. We had ear-marked their good players and we didn’t give them a chance to settle on the ball or get their passing game going. “It disrupted them and left them feeding on scraps. We stopped them playing and the longer it went on, we grew in confidence. They did dominate for 10 or 15 minutes in the second

half but we weathered that storm and got on top when they were tired.” For the most part, chances came from distance with the pick of the efforts from Seamus Crowe brilliantly denied by Ross Costigan who pushed it on to the crossbar. It led to penalties, something that Collinstown had, in a break from previous years, prepared for on the Friday night prior to the game, “For the first time since the club got together, we pulled 10 players in to practise penalties just in case. When it came to it, we knew who would be taking ours and the goalkeeper had practised hard so we had an inkling of what we were going to do. “It paid dividends. In the cups in the AUL, we play to win but, because it was such a big game and we knew it was going to be tight, we had to

cover every option.” That preparation was typified by the introduction of Michael Scully as a sub for Jamie Goonery with less than 10 seconds remaining. He came off the bench to calmly net his side’s fourth penalty with his first touch of the game, showing a coolness that many others may not have been able to muster in the pressure situation. Looking forward now, Carroll is hopeful of a home draw when the line-up for the quarterfinals is laid out. “I’d like to stay away from Sherriff and St Michael’s of Tipperary. They are very strong. Otherwise, I would fancy ourselves at home against anyone else because we have beaten the best of the Limerick and Galway teams already.”

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