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‘Joyriding menace has to end before someone dies’  SYLVIA POWNALL

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A burnt-out car in St Cuthbert’s Park

FED-UP residents in Bawnogue, subjected to three days of joyriding last week, have warned: Put the brakes on this epidemic or someone will be killed.

Stolen cars were raced along St Cuthbert’s Road onto the green area along the canal and even into St Cuthbert’s Park, damaging the football pitch before being set on fire and abandoned.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “This goes on at all hours of the morning and it’s terrifying to listen to it. We have had to put up with this problem for years. “At one stage the bend

in the road there was nicknamed the ‘hot corner’ because of the number of burnt-out cars. I’m just waiting for one of them to crash into the house, or worse. Continues on Page 2

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‘Slam the brakes on joyriding epidemic’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Cars are being set on fire after joyriders have finished with them

“If they don’t get a handle on it and put a stop to it once and for all somebody is going to lose their life for sure.” Last year South Dublin County Council held crisis talks with locals and other stakeholders in a bid to stamp out the scourge of stolen cars “rallying” and “doughnuting” at break-neck speed around the ring road. Cars are frequently tipped over a boundary wall to gain access to the 35-acre St Cuthbert’s Park and then set on fire

after a joyride. Quad bikes are also dumped there. People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny, who lives nearby, yesterday called for civic intervention to stop the problem from escalating out of control. He told The Gazette: “Obviously this is completely unacceptable. The young people who are engaging in this type of activity are not only a danger to themselves but the community as a whole. “These cars are either stolen or bought ver y cheaply. Driving a vehicle at high speeds in built up

areas is lethal. “T hen setting them alight is putting absolutely everybody in danger. “The emergency services who have to deal with this are been deviated from emergencies where lives are in danger. “I’m making a call to the young people of the area to please desist from this reckless behaviour and stop destroying their own community’s environment. “At the moment we are talking about burned out cars; next we’ll be talking about fatalities if this continues.”


Woodies site back on market THE FORMER Woodies site opposite The Square in Tallaght is back on the market with a price tag of €4.5m. The 2.2-acre site – bought for around €20m by Bernard McNamara before the crash – has outline planning permission for a €40m leisure and retail complex. The site is now owned by Oaktree Capital Management after its sale as part of two, non-performing real estate loans for a combined face value of €4.76 bn. Last year the planning permission on the scheme – which includes provision for a three-storey mega-cinema – was extended until 2020. The original plan provided for two floors of retail use at ground and first-floor levels extending to 11,781sqm (127,000sqft).

Cops swoop on properties in crackdown THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) seized 46 cars during a series of dawn raids in Clondalkin and Saggart on Tuesday. CAB officers also took up to €60,000 in cash and jewellery in the searches organised as part of a probe into serious and organised crime. The bureau was backed up by armed gardai from the Organised Crime and Emergency Response Units who raided 20 locations including garages, car showrooms, solicitors’ and accountants’ offices and industrial lockups. The raids are part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of a Ronanstown-based gang believed

Seeking insights on bereavement with the Irish Hospice Foundation TALLAGHT residents turned out in force last week to discuss the difficult issues of dying, death and bereavement. They assembled at Rua Red Arts Centre for tea and cake to take part in The Death Cafe conversation organised by the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sharon Foley, chief executive of The Irish Hospice Foundation, was there to meet people as they arrived. She said: “The warm crowd gave personal and valuable insights which will inform our charter and help us strive for adequate supports. Over 600 people completed our survey in the space of a few weeks” The foundation’s survey can be completed online at

to have links to the Kinahan cartel. The gang is involved in the drugs trade, mainly dealing in cocaine, and is also suspected of largescale money laundering. The series of raids on private and commercial premises began early in the morning. The main target is a 30-year-old from Clondalkin who is well-known to gardai and has been caught with drugs in the past. VAT fraud and VRT irregularities are also being investigated.

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MEL GIBSON IS LOOKING FOR IRISH WOMEN TO STAR IN HIS NEW FILM  AISLING KENNEDY IN hit comedy What Women Want Mel Gibson played an advertising executive who starts a crash program to research being a woman. This leads him to experiment with lip gloss, eye shadow, pantyhose and defoliation. Now the Hollywood legend is looking for Irish women to come forward to join him on the set of his new movie, The Professor and the Madman, in Dublin.

The production company behind the movie, Icon Entertainment, is looking for ladies with specific qualities, or as they say in the movies, ‘a very particular set of skills,’ to take part as extras. They’re looking for women who are 5’35’8 in height with a waist size of 26-28’, a bust size of 34-36’ and a dress size between 8 and 10. So just about everyone then..? Fake tan is out, as are fake nails, and hair should be natural in colour and of medium

or long length – no shaved heads or undercuts. Plucked/shaved eyebrows are also not accepted, nor are obvious tattoos. If you’re a woman between the ages of 20 to 60 years old that fits the above description, then log onto for more information. The movie will begin shooting at the start of October in the Dublin/Wicklow areas and it will run right through to the end of November. Break a leg ladies!

What Mel wants NO SHAVED HEADS





4 Gender: Female 4 Height 5’3- 5’8 4 Dress size 8-10 4 Waist: 26-28

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Bust 34-36’ Age: 20 - 60 Ethnicity: Caucasian

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Fingers and hooves crossed for Enda  SYLVIA POWNALL

A HORSE rescue charity is offering free gelding in a bid to curb animal cruelty after a young foal with horrific injuries was rescued from a field in Clondalkin. My Lovely Horse Rescue – which has provided the service in the town twice before – has secured funding for a health day to geld, chip and worm stallions. Last week the shelter was called out to Clonburris Little where a four-month chestnut foal was found with a series of deep cuts and gashes to his legs. He was immediately removed from the field and taken into the rescue charity’s care. A spokesperson said: “We got a call from a man out walking who noticed this little fella was in a very bad way. “Our vet, who we named the young foal after – Enda – treated him ASAP. He has gashes and wounds that will require extensive treatment and we are yet to establish the exact cause of the wounds. “But at least he is now safe at our rescue centre and will receive intensive care from our volunteers and vet.” Within 24 hours of


Gender neutral toilets introduced at IT Tallaght GENDER neutral toilets have been introduced at IT Tallaght in a bid to make the campus more inclusive. Four bathrooms – one on each floor of the main building – have been re-branded under the new policy. Students Union president Jessica Wall said: “We are delighted to have affixed gender neutral signage to four bathrooms. “This is a positive step to greater inclusion for students and staff. Once the idea was brought forward, it was warmly welcomed by the college and we worked together over the summer to ensure the signs were in place for students returning this September.” IT Tallaght joins NUI Galway, Galway Mayo IT, NUI Maynooth and University College Cork who all have gender neutral bathroom policies in place.

Airport protests loom as runway opposition rises PROTESTS are expected to be staged at Dublin Airport Enda, who is named after the vet caring for him, was found in a field in

as the groundswell of support for groups opposed to

Clondalkin with a series of serious wounds on his legs (inset)

the new runway gains momentum. Residents affected by the proposed €310 million

arriving at the charity’s stables the foal was responding well to treatment for the open wounds, which had become infected. A Facebook post revealed: “Our little Enda is some fighter. Two of our volunteers, Emma and Shauna, leave work every night and come straight to the farm where they spend a few hours clean-

ing Enda’s wounds and bandaging. “Meds and milk are given before they go. This little boy is getting all the love and TLC from everyone in MLHR. Please keep your fingers, hooves and paws crossed for our very special baby.” The charity, which has more than 100 horses in its care at any one time, praised the work of

Clondalkin Equine Club – but said more needs to be done to tackle animal neglect and cruelty in the area. Cllr Francis Timmons agreed. He said: “Most of the horses that are impounded have to be put down. It’s just not good enough. “We need tougher legislation. And we need to get the message through:

Don’t keep horses if you don’t have the money to look after them.” My Lovely Horse Rescue’s spokesperson added: “Our hearts are breaking with the number of foals being abandoned and picked up by the pound. Anyone interested can contact My Lovely Horse Rescue through their Facebook page.

Runway North want assurances that the Dublin Airport Authority (daa) will have to abide by planning conditions restricting night flights. The daa wants the restrictions lifted – but residents living beside the runway and along the flight path fear the noise disruption will severely impact their already diminished quality of life. Night flying restrictions – imposed by An Bord Pleanala – can now be potentially overturned by the Irish Aviation Authority after Transport Minister Shane Ross gave it new powers to manage noise control. Now, umbrella group FORUM (Fingal Organised Residents United Movement) is warning of protests after a public meeting attracted more than 400 people. The daa argues that the restrictions would hamper

Lack of primary care centre ‘short-sighted’ THE lack of urgency in developing a primary care centre in Clondalkin is “shortsighted”, according to Fianna Fail TD John Curran. Deputy Curran says information he acquired through a Parliamentary Question shows a radical decline in the rate of new centres being established since 2012, with 18 opened that year, nine in 2013, seven in 2014, five in 2015 and just three so far this year. The Boot Road facility was closed in July with patients being referred to Ballyfermot

where staff are already over-stretched. The privately-owned site is now for sale and its future is unclear. Deputy Curran said: “Just one of the 36 primary care centres which were promised by the last government some four years ago to improve community health services has effectively been opened. “There are currently no primary care services in my own constituency, which has a population of over 100,00 people. The only facility that was promised in Dublin MidWest remains at a stage that is nowhere near

operational. “The facility in North Clondalkin which was previously guaranteed to be open by 2016 has now been stalled while the HSE awaits planning permission. “This is unacceptable and I intend on further raising the development of the North Clondalkin facility with the Minister as a matter of real urgency. “This distinct lack of progress is an indictment of the Government’s failure to follow through on its promise to develop of sufficient primary care services.”

operations and would have disastrous effects for growth and job creation. Another public meeting of FORUM is expected before Christmas.



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Young mum sentenced for a string of thefts  SYLVIA POWNALL

A YOUNG mum who broke into a pensioner’s home and committed a string of thefts has been sentenced to five months in prison. Mary Bissett, 27, was identified after the house intrusion when she and her female accomplice started fighting on the green outside shortly after breaking in and setting off the alarm. Bissett, a mother-ofone, was sentenced to five months in prison for the break-in, robbing another person of a purse, cash and phone, and stealing more than €1,100 worth of make-up from a pharmacy at the Mill Shopping Centre in Clondalkin. T h e p e n s i o n e r, who lived alone at her

In addition to robberies in Clondalkin, the court heard of a string of other offences carried out by a young mother, including incidents in the city centre

Clondalkin home, identified Bissett and the other women as the two people who broke into the house as both women ended up fighting with each other on the green outside. Bissett, who has 16 previous convictions, admitted committing the burglary, which took

place on July 23 of this year, the District Court heard. She also pleaded guilty to the theft of €1,174 worth of cosmetics from a chemist at The Mill Shopping Centre on January 31. The defendant, of Dale Tree Place, Firhouse in

Tallaght, further pleaded guilty to the theft of gammon steaks from Lidl on Thomas Street on December 9 last year and also admitted the theft of a purse with €600 and an iPhone 5 from another person on O’Connell Street on July 18 last year. The court heard Bis-

sett did not use any violence when she burgled the pensioner’s home. Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said his client, who is a drug addict, first starting to take drugs at the age of 12. He added: “She has been clean for periods of time.” He said the 27-year-old is currently in custody serving time for unpaid fines and has apologised to gardai. Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a fourmonth sentence for the theft of the purse, cash and iPhone. He also convicted and sentenced her to four months for the burglary and convicted and sentenced her to five months for the make-up theft. All sentences are to run concurrently.


Council calls for Taoiseach to help youth  SYLVIA POWNALL

JAILED teen Ibrahim Halawa’s council has called on An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ring the Egyptian president after his trial was postponed for the 15th time. South Dublin County Council wants the Government leader to personally intervene by lifting the phone and talking to President El-Sisi. SDCC members want Mr Kenny to urge the Egyptian premier to adopt the Presidential Decree which would allow Ibrahim, from Tallaght, to return home. Ibrahim – who was 17 at the time of his arrest – is being prosecuted alongside 494 co-defendants for allegedly taking part in a political protest in 2013. His lawyers fear that,

Blaze breaks out at The Cuckoo’s Nest

THESE dramatic images show the devastation wreaked by a fire at the Cuckoo’s Nest pub in Tallaght on Sunday night. Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade from Tallaght, Dolphin’s Barn and Rathfarnham were called to the scene on the Greenhills Road around 10pm. The blaze broke out behind the bar of the iconic

boozer, which closed down last year. It took an hour and a half for firefighters to bring the blaze under control. The cause of the fire is not yet known but arson has not been ruled out. Forensic examination of the scene continued on Monday. Pictures: Dublin Fire Brigade

if convicted, he may face the death penalty. Cllr Enda Fanning (SF), who tabled the council motion, said the Taoiseach needed to intervene and demand the decree, which was first requested by Ibrahim’s legal team two months ago. He said: “The 15th postponement of Ibrahim’s trial on October 2 has once again shown that the Taoiseach needs to involve himself directly in the attempts to secure Ibrahim’s release. “This cannot go on. Ibrahim is suffering more both physically and mentally with each postponement. “The Irish Government continues with its softly-softly approach and Ibrahim still languishes in prison 38 months later.”

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Leinster fans Zac Thomas from Castleknock and Thomas Early from Lucan

Noah O’Leary from Cabinteely. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Liam Reddan, James O’Dwyer, Joe Reddan, Matthew Fox and Shane O’Dea

A perfect start T

HESE young Leinster fans had plenty to cheer about as their team took maximum points in their European Rugby Champions Cup opener against Castres on Saturday. The three-time European champions beat the French side 33-15 at the RDS. On Sunday, the Irish rugby world was in shock at the news of the tragic passing of Munster head coach

Jennifer Malone from Clane, Co Kildare

Anthony Foley. Leinster CEO Michael Dawson praised Foley as a “fierce competitor” on the pitch and a “gentleman away from the field”. He added: “The thoughts of everyone at Leinster Rugby are with Anthony Foley’s family on this very sad day. Munster and Irish Rugby have lost a great captain, leader, and one of the finest young coaches in the game.”

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Osborne marks 20 years of driving recruitment DUBLIN-BASED Osborne, one of Ireland’s leading recruitment consultancies, celebrates 20 years in business and two decades as one of the country’s foremost recruitment consultancies. To mark the milestone, Osborne held an employer conference at The Marker Hotel. Presented by Osborne chief executive and owner, Shona Mc Manus, guest speakers included footballing legend and former Republic of Ireland soccer manager Brian Kerr; and leading psychologist and author, Dr Maureen Gaffney. The conference


Using tech to drive a positive social impact  EMMA NOLAN

Brian Kerr, author and psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney and Osborne chief executive, Shona Mc Manus

focused on developing talent and high-performance teams, employee engagement and wellbeing and establishing

FIVE companies located in the capital have been shortlisted for Thinktech – a €1 million project to develop ideas for a better Ireland, with social innovation and a community focus at its heart. The five finalists are ...

Change X team ChangeX - an online database for proven social innovation projects, providing projects the mechanism to scale and maximise their impact while also providing local solutions that are proven to work for communities who want them.

an effective corporate culture. Osborne has also recently launched a new website; see www.

Niamh O’Reilly

Marianne Chekley AONTAS/ An Cosan Virtual College Community (VCC) - a

iScoil - an online learning community that offers

social enterprise set up to scale the work of An Cosan,

an alternative path to learning, accreditation

a community education centre that has served the

and progression for young people.

community of Tallaght West for over 30 years.


Success is a cert for Windsor Motor Group AS PART of its ongoing investment in all employees, Windsor Motor Group has presented eight employees with a QQI Level 6 Management Development Certificate after completing a specifically designed programme. Delivered by Dublin firm Optimum and supported by Skillnets, the highimpact programme was specifically tailored to the retail motor industry, and focused on developing the skills that lead to successful teams and business management. It enabled the aftersales employees to develop their skills in fostering an environment for innovation and continuous improvement – two of the key components in driving the Windsor

Motor Group’s success, to date. Modules in the programme included communication, self-management, organisational skills, managing teams for high performance, leadership, legislation and strategic planning. Pictured are Mark Morrison and James Browne, Windsor Airside Nissan; Padraig Foran, Windsor Belgard Nissan; Carl Miller, Windsor Raheny Nissan; Robbie O’Neill, Windsor Motor Group; Garry Hobson, chief executive, Windsor Motor Group; Alan Buckley, Windsor Liffey Valley Opel; Daniel Davies, Windsor Deansgrange Nissan; Brenda Byrne, Windsor Clonee Nissan, and Derek Flynn, Windsor Dundrum Nissan.

Peter Mangan Kate Morris The Freebird Club – operates as a peer-to-peer Student Volunteer - an online resource that aims to

homestay club, offering a new way of travelling

become the one-stop shop for matching students with

for older adults, a new source of income and a

volunteering opportunities.

unique way to promote companionship.

The finalists will take part in a development programme devised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, and supported by and the

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The overall award recipients will be announced in Decem-

ber at a special awards ceremony at Google’s EMEA HQ in Dublin. The initiative is a collaboration between Social Innovation Fund

Ireland and, the philanthropic arm of Google which invests in teams with bold ideas that create a lasting global impact.

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

have a fangtastic time at the Bram Stoker Festival


GET ready to celebrate Dublin’s darker side this October Bank Holiday weekend as Bram Stoker Festival, October 28 to 31, returns with four days of living stories and four nights of deadly events. By day, the Bram Stoker Festival programme presents gothic intrigue at family-friendly events, talks and interactive experiences. At night, the city will embrace the darkness as a host of venues deliver deadly adventures for festival goers in search of macabre thrills and late-night parties. The festival programme includes theatre, spectacle, visual arts and music in haunting locations across the city celebrating Dublin’s gothic and supernatural traditions, the city itself and gothic architecture, and links

to Samhain festival. Thrill-seekers are invited to Glasnevin’s Botanic Gardens for Nightmare Plants (Fri 28), an immersive performance and after-dark experience like no other seen this year; master-storytellers and creators of stunning, brilliant chaos, and big, bold, visual spectacles. Macnas – Spectacle and Street Performance Company, will summon spirits and awaken the ghosts with Sleep No More (Mon 31), a new parade like no other on Henry St and Moore St; Bleedin’ Deadly (Oct 28 – 31) in the atmospheric Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital is a raucous celebration of a time when the Freak Show dominated in all its shocking glory. The culturally curious will enjoy Dracula Live (Sat 29) at National Concert Hall which sees leading Irish musicians

David Meyler, Daniel Moran, Lexie and Lily Barry behind the walls of a North Great Georges Street gothic pile to launch the programme for Bram Stoker Festival 2016. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

Matthew Nolan and Sean MacErlaine perform a specially created deathly new score for Todd Browning’s 1931 classic movie Dracula. Horror Expo (Sun 30) in the stunning surroundings of Freemasons Grand

Lodge will deliver a one of a kind event which promises to please the most ardent of horror fans. There’s lots of fun for families too. Stokerland (Oct 29 & 30) will see St Patrick’s Park transform into a pop-up gothic fun

park with the macabre talents of world class street-performers alongside rides and attractions to ensure a fangtastic time for all. The magnificent Marsh’s Library plays host to Tales From the Shadows: Gothic Tales (Sat 29), a beautiful shadow puppet show with devious devils, vengeful vampires, gloating goblins and sorrowful spectres to name but a few. While spooktacular events for kids at The Ark in Temple Bar include The Bram Jam (Oct 30 & 31), Dracula’s Spooky Underground Sound Lab (Sun 30)and Dracula’s Disco (Mon 31) where Dracula’s very own DJ Will Softly will be spinning the decks and scratching vinyl at an energetic set for young zombies, ghosts and musicloving monsters. For events information and tickets sink your teeth into



SIMPSON IS A DELIGHT THE Gazette has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Our dog of the week is Simpson, a five-year-old male Labrador crossbreed who has been at Dogs Trust for some time now, and really, really wants his new home! He is one of the brightest dogs in the rehoming centre, and is looking for an adult-only home with patient and loving adopters who will love and cherish him for the rest of his days. Please contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found at The new Dogs Trust campaign - See Page 20


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Get ready because MoRunning is back DON a tash and dash for charity – MoRunning returns to Dublin this November! Last year saw more than 1,000 runners from across Dublin and beyond donning fancy dress and digging deep to help raise awareness and funds for Movember. And it was such as success that MoRunning has announced it is back next month. Hosted at the Phoenix Park on Saturday, November 5, MoRunning is calling on Dublin to rock everything and anything from a flamboyant facial hair to a wacky wig and get involved with its 2016 fun run. With both 5k and 10k races on offer, and all ages and abilities welcome, participants will kick-start the race at 10:00am complete with moustaches, fancy dress and raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Now in its eighth year, MoRunning has also announced Mr Motivator as its 2016 Ambassador, who will help to motivate thousands of runners across Dublin ahead of the runs.

CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE TOUR MEMBERS of the public will have the opportunity to take a tour of the longest-running community-based cancer

ning from 11am on Friday, October 21. During the event the public can take a tour of Purple House and meet the centre’s staff, volunteers, counsellors and therapists. All are welcome to join Purple House for a tea or coffee and learn more about the cancer support services on offer. A dedicated website – – has been set up to allow everyone to upload and promote their event to a wide audience.


Mr Motivator will help to motivate thousands of runners across Dublin

support centre in Ireland as part of a range of events taking place across the country for Cancer Week Ireland 2016 (October 17 - 23). Purple House Cancer Support will give the public access to their centre in Aubrey Court, Parnell Road, Bray, in an Open Morning run-

NOW in its third year, Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare, is being rolled out to 197 Dublin schools with 43,547 Dublin students taking part. For the coming school year 1,250 primary schools and almost 200,000 children will complete the enhanced Super Troopers health homework programme which aims to encourage more physical activity and healthy eating in children, parents and teachers. Super Troopers encourages children and their families to have a positive attitude towards physical activity, wellbeing and nutrition and aims to change practical lifestyle habits to help children and families lead healthy lifestyles.

Visit for lots of ideas and tips on physical activity and wellbeing activities.

FESTIVAL A MUST FOR TECH LOVERS EUROPE’S biggest Start-Up/Tech Festival UPRISE is coming to Dublin’s RDS and will give tech lovers an opportunity to network. Taking place on Thursday, October 20 from 9am to 6.30pm, the unique festival will host 150 crazy start-ups, 15 workshops, buskers, games, music, DJ’s, entertainment, jobs and much more. Uprise also adds Irish buskers and food stalls to a relaxed environment of CEO’s and talent, helping to make new business ideas more approachable, investable and connected. An epic start-up Pitch Battle will see six international start-ups pit their strengths against six Irish based start-ups, after local heats were held in Europe and the USA in earlier this year. To a frenzy of audience questions, answers and reactions, the audience will decide which company wins (no judging panel required). Dublin City Local Enterprise Office will award a prize fund of €5,000 to the winning entrepreneur. Visit to book tickets.

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DON’S DUBLIN A pigeon that has left its mark on the city for centuries BY THE mid-1750s, entry to and from Dublin Bay was a hazardous operation and the city governors decided something drastic needed to be done to improve the situation. And so, a plan was drawn up to construct a wall into the bay that would stop the silting up of channels, and provide a safe place for passengers to board. This work to build the Great South Wall took over 30 years and was complete in 1795 with safer passage for travellers and an improvement in trade. During the lengthy construction, John Pidgeon was the caretaker of the storehouse for the equipment used during the building, and he began selling refreshments to travellers, who often waited for days until the weather improved to travel. As a smart businessman, he also offered trips around the long wall, which was one of the longest in the world when completed. Business improved, and Pidgeon (the ‘d’ in his name was dropped a long time ago) built a small hotel to



Minister Ross out for a constitutional in his constituency with fellow Independents – councillors Seamas O’Neill, Deirdre Donnelly and Kevin Daly



cater for the needs of the growing number of travel-

MINISTER for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross has a particularly busy portfolio, which keeps him constantly moving across the city and country. However, EMMA NOLAN was able

lers. In 1793, years after John Pidgeon had died, a new building was erected and operated for many years. This building still stands, and lies in the shadow of the twin towers of the Poolbeg Power Station. Not long afterwards, with the whiff of revolution in the air (and the 1798 Rebellion a recent memory), a fort was

to shadow Minister Ross one day last week as he went about his official business, during which he gave her his unique insider views on a range of the main issues affecting the city and the country ...

Sharing a cuppa, an ear and a word with a constituent

constructed near the hotel. It became known as ‘the Pigeon House Fort’. Today, the canon guns outside the entrance to the ESB power station were originally facing out to sea anticipating a possible French invasion that never came. The place also made its literary mark on a young James Joyce. In his first great work, Dubliners, he tells of two boys playing truant (no doubt he was one of them) as they went to the exotic building and the long wall that stretched, seemingly forever into the bay, in his short story, An Encounter. “We arranged to go along the Wharf Road until we came to the ships, then to cross in the ferryboat and walk out to see the Pigeon House.”

Don Cameron

Pigeon House – a legacy of the canny business that grew up around the city’s Great South Wall



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On those Dublin Bus strikes ... “I wasn’t involved – that was the point.” Minister Ross defended his lack of involvement in the strikes which saw widespread disruption in the city for a number of days in September. The Dublin-Rathdown TD said that he was “firm in [his] resolve” and would not have backed down, even if the strikes had continued until Christmas. Minister Ross said that he wasn’t prepared to fund Dublin Bus management at the expense of the taxpayer – especially with the possibility of further potential strikes from Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. He said that when he made it clear he wasn’t going to just sign a cheque, that this comment wasn’t intended for

the workers. “T he people who annoyed me most were the Dublin Bus management – not the workers or the unions. “It was important that when the management went into negotiations that they got the message that they were on

every day, criticising us. “[Deputy] Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP), who is a friend of mine, was outside my office with a huge sign that said: ‘Where is the Minister?’, but I thought that was quite funny, actually!” However, Minister Ross said that the widespread


‘The Minister said that he was “firm in [his] resolve” and would not have backed down, even if the bus strikes had continued until Christmas’ --------------------------------------------------------

their own, and that the Department wasn’t just behind them waiting to sign a cheque. “It worked – we weren’t going to sign a cheque for them, and it was difficult not to, because we could have done it and both sides were annoying us

criticism didn’t bother him, and he is satisfied that he set a precedent for future industrial action in the transport sector. What did cause problems, though, was the bus lane issue, which Minister Ross says he wanted to keep open for use by

drivers, but he was prevented from doing so by the Road Safety Authority who ruled that it was “too dangerous”.

On Budget 2017 ... This was the first budget that Minister Ross had much involvement in at Cabinet level – an experience which he described as “a very interesting time”. “It was my first time involved at that level, and I think that was marked down as being a point of difficulty, but we came to an agreement and the Government worked well on the budget, actually.” Minister Ross said that he feels his Independent Alliance “got a lot into the Budget,” and cites the old age pension bonus as a particular success that

Minister for Sport Shane Ross hoists the mighty Sam Maguire trophy aloft during a visit to Stillorgan Shopping

Metro Nor th and Dart Underground to be completed until around 2025. “They’re being planned, but the funds aren’t there yet.”

Centre as part of its 50th birthday celebrations Pictures: Peter Cavanagh

they brought to the table. On parts of the Budget he was not happy with, Minister Ross said that he was annoyed with pension payments being delayed. “I would have liked to have given a bit more away in other areas, but we couldn’t do it – it was very thinly spread. We only had about €800 million, which seems like a lot – but it’s not – to spread around the different interest groups. “So yes, I was unhappy we couldn’t do more, but I hope we can do more next year. It all depends

on Brexit now, that could knock us for six.” On Brexit, he added: “things could really kick off”, and said: “It’ll affect our exports, and tourism could go down because of exchange rates. We’re in a precarious position.”

On repealing the Eighth Amendment ... Minister Ross is personally in favour of repealing it, and wants there to be a free vote on the matter in the Dail. “There should be a free vote on it,” he added, but stated that not all members of the Independent


‘[Enda Kenny and I] didn’t really see eye to eye, but now we have conversations. We have to talk and reach agreements, but we don’t have to go for a pint together or anything like that.’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alliance are in favour of repealing it. “I’m in favour of repeal – absolutely, as is Finian McGrath and John Halligan.” However, the two rural TDs in the IA Cabinet, Kevin “Boxer” Moran and Sean Canney, are against such a move. “Our view has always been that it is a matter of conscience and up to the

individual – we’re going to have to sort out our differences at some stage.”

On Dublin’s key transport projects ... Minister Ross said that the Luas Cross City line will be completed next year. “It’s on target and it’s within budget,” he said, insisting that it will be up and running by next

Autumn. “I don’t think there will be any delay on it, it’s been on target the whole time, so there’s no reason why it should be.” He said that the Luas Cross City will be “a bit of a monument to transport in this country”, once completed. However, he confirmed that we can’t expect other major projects such as

On the Rio Olympics and Pat Hickey ... The minister, who also has Sport on his portfolio, says that the Olympics was “quite the event”. “We were meant to be going over to encourage the athletes and to be there as a presence and show support from the Government, and it was overshadowed by Pat Hickey. We were meant to be there for a fortnight and we came back after three days. It was very dramatic.” Minister Ross said that he has not spoken to Pat Hickey since Rio, adding: “We didn’t get on very well!” But he admitted that he feels sorry for the

former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. “He’s only available on the phone anyway. I do feel terrible for him, stuck over there – he could be there for another 18 months or more. “On a personal level, we didn’t get on at all, but he’s not a young man; he’s stuck out there without his family. It’s tough for him.”

On his relationship with Enda Kenny ... “Relationships between the different people in government are actually rather good at the moment,” Minister Ross revealed, after a “catastrophic” first few months. “There’s no point in trying to pretend otherwise, they [the first few months of the new government this year] were incredible – we were working on completely different

agendas. “We [the IA] believe that we should have a free vote [in the Dail], and Fine Gael had never heard of free votes, so it was very difficult.” Minister Ross said that he and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, are now beginning to understand each other. “The relationships have improved – they were bad – Enda and I didn’t even have conversations. It was almost impossible; we didn’t really see eye to eye, but now we have conversations. “We have to talk and reach agreements, but we don’t have to go for a pint together or anything like that, but the relationships are getting better. “We’re getting on quite well now – as partners in government, we’re beginning to work better together.”

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WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN Spooktacular Gazette contest THE Gazette’s Halloween reader pix competition is up and running and we have some fire-cracking prizes to give away over the next five weeks. This week’s winners are the Egans from Blanchardstown, who sent us this cuter than cute pic of their little girls Alisha and Ayla (left) and another of their fangtastically ghostly garden. The adorable Disney princesses win a Swizzels Halloween Hamper choc-abloc with bewitching treats. A special

DUE to phenomenal public demand, Russia’s Ice Vision have announced extra dates for both Alice In Wonderland and the eagerly awaited Dracula On Ice, The Story Of Eternal Love at the National Show Centre in Swords next month. And to celebrate the extra dates, The Gazette has THREE family passes to give away for BOTH spectacular productions. To win a special day out for your family, all you have to do is visit The Gazette’s Facebook page at, Like and Share our Ice Vision competition post and write which of the two shows you’d prefer to see in the Comments section. So if you’d like to win four tickets to see Alice in Wonderland on November 24, just write “Alice” in the comments section, or if you’d prefer tickets to see Dracula on Ice the

mention also goes out to Oisin Murphy, who sent in a lovely photo (below) of his dog Coco, sitting next to the pumpkin he grew and carved himself. Keep those spooktacular snaps coming in folks – we have great prizes for the best decorated Halloween garden, and we’ll have more for the best – and worst – dressed trick-or-treaters. Just email or upload your pix to our Facebook page. Happy snapping!


following day, just write “Dracula”. Featuring top professional Russian skaters, the unique productions are sure to thrill audiences of both children and adults. The beloved tale of Alice in Wonderland is transformed in a new and amazing spectacle for all the family. Musical numbers in union with the art of dance on ice creates an unforgettable impression and enchanting show, permeating the soul of audiences of all ages. The performance takes place on large-scale video scenery that plunge the viewer into the picture so spectators can experience the effect of following Alice through the rabbit hole. Dracula On Ice retells Bram Alice in Wonderland Stoker’s classic novel featuring

Jonathan Harker, his beloved Mina, young Lucy, courageous and brave Van Helsing who devoted his life to fight dark forces; hungry and ruthless vampires and, of course, ominous Count Dracula. Dracula On Ice includes acrobatic elements, air gymnastics, fire juggling and much more. Visitors will see large scale video-installations, exquisite costumes, interactive decorations, lighting and mirror balls incorporating the entire venue. The mystical show features fog, red steam, flying vampires, fire on ice and extremely demanding ice skating elements: high support, death spirals, triple jumps – all complemented by charming music. Visit for full details on the productions.

Dracula on Ice

Seeking talented BASE tour guides BASE Entertainment Centre want to let parents know about the fun things kids can do at the centre so they are recording a series of videos (to be posted on Facebook) to showcase their themed party rooms and activity areas. They are seeking expert help from young people who can talk on camera about the fun that can be had at Base Enter tainment and show off the different rooms. If there is a young person in your life who is a natural in front of camera, a comedian or just an all-round show-off, they want to hear from you. To apply, please Facebook message them a clip of your child in action or email it to To record the guided tour video clips on-site at Base, each competition winner will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. And at the end of it all, they will invite your superstar back to Base Entertainment with nine friends for a party on them valued at €250. Entry deadline date Friday, November 4.

Swizzels launches spooky selection of sweet treats for Halloween Swizzels, has launched a variety of fun Halloween themed sweets that are perfect for Halloween sharing occasions, from ghoulish parties with friends and family to trick or treating.

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Let’s talk TTIP/ CETA SO what’s this TTIP/ CETA business that’s causing so such much concern to so many people across the EU? TTIP and CETA are two transatlantic trade deals. CETA is the trade deal between the EU and Canada and is fully negotiated. TTIP is a trade deal between the US and the EU and negotiations are still underway. Under the Lisbon Treaty, Ireland handed over trade negotiating rights to the EU Commission. TRANSPARENCY:

NOBODY can see the details of these negotiations. Whether you’re an MEP or a TD you can only read the details about the ongoing TTIP negotiations in special Reading Rooms in the European Parliament or Leinster House. ISDS MECHANISMS:

The information that we do have on what is up for negotiation is deeply concerning. PRIVATE COURTS:

UNDER both CETA and TTIP, there is a proposal for a mechanism called Investor State Dispute Settlement. Its name has changed over the course of the negotiations to make it more palatable but effectively it is a private court system that puts multi-national corporations’ rights before citizens. Multi-national corporations can and do sue governments for trying to pass laws that offer protection for citizens from harmful chemicals, laws that attempt to ban harmful products. Corporations can even sue governments for passing laws that might cause these corporations to make a bit less money such as laws that raise the minimum wage.


Following the nuclear disaster at Fukishima in Japan 2011, Germany decided that it wanted to end its use of nuclear energy, Vattenfall, the Swedish company operating two nuclear power plants in Germany decided to sue for €3.7 billion compensation. Ah that’s an extreme example you say? On the contrary, there are many examples of how insidious this investor dispute mechanism is. In June 2012, French company

Veolia sued Egypt. One of Veolia’s claims was that Egypt’s decision to introduce a national minimum wage harmed Veolia’s investments. In 2012 Ecuador was ordered to pay a petroleum company $1.77 billion in damages for terminating the oil giant’s contract when the company broke Ecuadorian law! That settlement amounted to the entire health budget for one year in Ecuador. Theses ‘special courts’ are so bad that one of their judges is quoted as saying: “When I wake up at night and think about arbitration, it never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all.” Ireland is a small open economy that has traded with countries across the world including the US and Canada without the need for an Investor dispute settlement. Yet now, our Government under Fine Gael have, in fact become cheerleaders for these undemocratic courts. In a letter to the EU Commission in 2014, then Minister for Trade and Enterprise, Richard Bruton actually endorsed their inclusion!


THERE will be job losses or ‘job dislocation’. The European Commission itself has said that TTIP is likely to bring “prolonged and substantial” dislocation to European workers, as companies will be encouraged to source goods and services from US states where standards are lower and trade union rights are non-existent. HEALTH

THOSE in favour of TTIP and CETA constantly tell us to trust them that health and food regulations won’t drop, however, the evidence to date shows otherwise. Let’s take the example of Endocrine Disrupters, chemicals that have been proven to harm health and which the World Health Organisation refer to as a global threat. The EU Commission had an explicit deadline of December 2013 to regulate these chemicals. In June 2013 the American Chamber

MEPs Matt Carthy and Lynn Boylan (above) and all four Sinn Féin MEPs, Matt Carthy, Liadh Ní Ríada, Lynn Boylan and Martin Anderson protesting about TTIP in the European Parliament (below). food. Ractopamine is banned in 160 countries including the EU 28 due to impacts on human health. Concerned? Thought so and I have only touched on some of the risks of these trade deals. It is not too late to act though. Last week, the Seanad voted on a motion rejecting CETA. The message was clear – we don’t want CETA, just as we don’t want TTIP. But rejection by the Seanad is only a start. Both TTIP and CETA should be put to the people in a referendum. A referendum would put of Commerce met the EU Commis- faith before trade deal negotiations the decision on the future of our sion and requested that they wanted began with the US, giving a strong democracy in the hands of those the regulation of these chemicals indication that the EU is willing to that matter – the people. dropped. Lo and behold in July, the lower its food standards to accommoLET’S FIGHT TTIP & CETA EU Commission announced that they date these trade deals. In the US and Canada, ractopa- Contact Minister for Trade would carry out an impact assessment of the regulation plans thereby delay- mine, a growth stimulant, is used as & Enterprise Mary Mitchell ing the process by a further two years. a veterinary drug that is injected in O’Connor and your government When it comes to food, history cattle, swine and turkeys. The stimu- TDs and insist that CETA and TTIP shows that trade agreements put food lant is injected before slaughter result- be brought before the people of safety at risk by harmonizing stand- ing in residue levels remaining in the Ireland to decide. ards and reducing regulations to the lowest common denominator. In the EU there is a strict farm to fork policy, this is not the case in the US or Canada. Canadian and US regulations allow beef and chicken to be washed and Please feel free to processed with chlorinated water, a process that is banned in the EU. In contact me: 2013 the EU dropped its ban on beef rinsed in lactic acid as a sign of good

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DUBLINLIFE Rolling out the ‘yellow brick road’ to help rescue dogs

L AU N C H I N G t h e i r t h o u g h t p r o vo k i n g new campaign entitled There’s No Place Like Home, Dogs Trust hopes to highlight the plight of hundreds of rescue dogs currently in their care who need a new home. As part of the init i a t i ve , t h e c h a r i t y have transformed their rehoming centre in Finglas with a “yellow brick road” and have released a short video, filmed almost entirely from a dog’s point of view. The clip, which you can see by visiting The G a z e t t e ’s F a c e b o o k

page, shows one little pooch’s journey as she is rescued and makes her way along the “yellow brick road”, meeting the specialist carers who help her along the way. Irish rock band Kodaline have kindly lent their support with the track “The One” which plays beautifully as we observe the beginning of a new friendship between “Dorothy” and the little dog. Dogs Trust’s Suzie Carley said: “We believe there is the per fect home for every dog in our care, some of which have been overlooked

many times through no fault of their own since being rescued. “One particular dog, Buddy (pictured below), has been overlooked 26,000 times since being rescued which is so hard to believe as he is such an incredible dog. “We do our very best for each and every dog we save but really there is ‘No Place Like Home’ for these amazing dogs and it’s our mission to find their rainbow at the end of their yellow brick road, that they can call home.” Home Tweet Home is a digital element of


the campaign from Dogs Trust, where the charity are asking dog lovers to go on to their website’s rehoming gallery, choose a dog and click on the Twitter icon beside the dog to share him/her with their friends to highlight them even further. It’s a ‘pay it forward’ for the dogs, so to speak. The charity has also taken a stand at this y e a r s Id e a l Ho m e s exhibition at the RDS during the October bank holiday weekend, which they’ll transform into the Ideal Home for a dog. Grace Toohey, from Ashbourne, dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz to help launch “There’s No Place Like Home,” a new campaign by Dogs Trust. Picture: Fran Veale

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Bayin Tomato Salad

The new two-story restaurant features cream leather seating, a parquet floor, iroko wood and subtle accents of grey with bolts of red

Amazing sushi has arrived at the IFSC  EMMA NOLAN

DUBLIN sushi speciallists Michie have just opened a new restaurant at the IFSC. The Japanese eatery known for its fresh sushi opened first in Ranelagh in 2007 by proprietors Michel Piare and Anna van Exel. It initially opened as a small takeaway but has since expanded and they now have four restaurant loca-

tions in Ranelagh, Dun Laoghaire, Sandyford and IFSC and two Sushi Bars in Avoca Rathcoole and Avoca K ilmacanougue. The menu offers hand-rolled, quality sushi and fresh Japanese cuisine. The new menu for the IFSC has been expanded to include tempura, teppanyaki, and additional desserts. Michie IFSC is located at Unit 3, Georges Dock, Dublin.

PEANUT oil isn’t used that often at home but it has many health benefits and a high smoke point, meaning it’s great for cooking with. It’s also good for drizzling over salads. New Irish company Bayin has launched a range of oils including a peanut oil which is used in their recipe for tomato salad.

Ingredients l l l l l l l l

Two to three ripe tomatoes Two teaspoons Bayin Peanut oil One teaspoon fish sauce 1/2 red onion 1 garlic clove minced 1 lime (juice) Two tablespoons crushed peanuts bunch of coriander chopped

Method l Cut the tomatoes into slices and place in bowl. l In a jug mix the Bayin peanut oil, fish sauce, minced garlic and lime juice. Pour dressing over tomatoes. l Add crushed peanuts and chopped coriander and mix well. Available in Supervalu and independent retailers nationwide. RRP €4.99

Stopping heartburn before it hits

Dr Ciara Kelly

OVER half of Irish adults suffer from heartburn – so National Heartburn Awareness week is back this month to highlight the condition. Starting on October 24, the nation is being advised to be mindful of the condition and its lifestyle effects, and to seek more information from a pharmacist if suffering regularly with heartburn symptoms. With one in three Irish people suffering from heartburn more

than once a week, Dr Ciara Kelly is encouraging people to consult with their local pharmacist on how best to manage the ailment, reminding us that heartburn is something easily treated. The pharmacist should be the first choice for advice, as many heartburn cases can be solved over the counter without a visit to the GP required. In addition to speaking with phar-

macists, Dr Kelly advises those suffering with heartburn symptoms to: Keep a food diary and listen to your body. Pay heed to what causes your heartburn to flare up, monitor and avoid these foods. l Don’t eat late at night before you’re about to go to bed, having a full stomach before you lie down will increase acid backflow and put pressure on digestion. l Avoid spicy foods that effect

your stomach balance, especially anything with lots of chilli. l Consciously add acid neutralising foods to the diet, such as almond milk, bananas, ginger, porridge. l Keep your alcohol intake within recommended limits (17 units for a man, 11 units for a woman per week, or less!) l Reduce your tea and coffee intake, again especially before you go to bed.


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Massimo Dutti Bomber €129; Finders Keepers Harvey Nichols Dress €160; House of Fraser Bagpack €40; River Island Shoes €65

(Left:) Harvey Nichols DKNY blue jumper €420; LK Bennett Dress €795; River Island Boots €100; (Right:) House of Fraser Therapy Coat €220; BT2 DVF shirt dress €467; French Connection Boots €139; Accessorize Pop pom scarf €45.90

Gray and Willow House of Fraser Faux fur coat €219; River Island Top €55; Philip Lim BT2 Skirt €760; M&S Boots €82

Three Floor Dress €395; Accessorise Clutch €65; River Island Shoes €65

Turn over a new leaf in Dundrum Town Centre’s Autumn/Winter styles delight  EMMA NOLAN Style Editor

Acne BT2 Coat €950; Sandro BT2 Jumper €245; Selected Skirt €69.95; LK Bennett Trainers €200

(Left:) Biba House of Fraser Faux fur coat €229; DVF BT2 Polo neck €308; Karen Millen Skirt €160; (Right:) Alice & Olivia Harvey Nichols Dress €402; Accessorise Stole €37.90

DUNDRUM Town Centre has unveiled its Autumn/Winter 2016 ladies wear collections, showcasing some of this season’s popular trends available in the centre, from luxury to high-end brands. Curated by stylist Corina Gaffey, the presentation offers a look at what’s available in the 1,000 fashion brands found in the centre. Key trends of the colourful season include Shades of Pale: soft pinks, camels, creams; Renais-

sance: Victorian influences, frills and embroidery; Winter boho: maxi dresses, faux fur and chunky boots, and Tinsel: Sequins, metallics and velvet. Speaking at the shoot, Corina said: “Dundrum Town Centre is a stylist’s dream, and after pulling this collection together, I’m even more excited for the winter months ahead.”

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Pinko Harvey Nichols Military Jacket €678 and Dress €621



Nail the right make-up for winter with these nourishing products  EMMA NOLAN

AS THE winter chill creeps into the air, choosing products with nourishing properties becomes all the more important. This season, make sure your skin, lips and nails are ready to brace the winter months with cold weather essentials. Available in Penneys stores and pharmacies nationwide, Catrice has a range of inexpensive winter products to keep chapped lips and dry skin at bay ...

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Catrice Prime & Fine Beautifying Primer €4.95 KEEP make-up in place without drying out the skin with a nurturing primer. The product contains nourishing Vitamin E and light-reflecting pearl pigments that create a natural glow and soft shimmer on your skin while delivering long-lasting staying power for your make-up. Catrice Iron Strength Nail Hardener €3.50 A NEW arrival for Autumn/Winter, the Iron Strength Nail Hardener forms a protective barrier on the surface of the nails to make them more resistant. For best results, apply twice weekly to clean nails.

Pinko Harvey Nichols Military Coat €815 and Dress €413

Catrice Vitamin Lip Treatment €3.95 GIVE lips a vitamin boost with the Vitamin Lip Treatment from Catrice. Available in three shades, this lipgloss is enriched with Vitamin E and Q10, designed to pamper lips with their regenerative properties. The lipgloss also offers a fruity fragrance and beautifully shiny finish. Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster €3.95 FORMULATED with jojoba and almond oil, the Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster is a great all-round product. While helping to hide fine lines, the ingredients – including menthol – naturally plump up the lip, adding lusciousness with a rose finish while the oils soothe and nourish lips.

(Left:) Pinko Harvey Nichols Coat €413; River Island Dress €60; French Connection Boots €139; (Right:) River Island Jumper €45; Linea House of Fraser Skirt €89; River Island Boots €100

Catrice Wellnails Regenerating Care Pen €3.95 FOR fast and effective nail and cuticle care, look no further than the newWellnails Regenerating Care Pen. Enriched with caring ingredients such as olive and jojoba oil, shea butter, aloe vera, Vitamin E and bamboo extract, this pen provides targeted nourishment for dry and stressed nails and cuticles.


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While the first film was a little different for the action genre, ‘Jack Reacher 2’ is a more conventional affair, and subsequently a much less interesting sequel


Sequal passes by on Cruise control

TOM Cruise returns to break limbs and bust heads as the world’s best-looking vagrant in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Cert 12A, 118 mins). Thanks to Christopher McQuarrie’s lean direction and Cruise’s undeniable magnetism, 2012’s original Reacher


film was a surprisingly witty, straight-shooting action thriller with few

pretensions. Never Go Back carries over much of the hardboiled, gritty action of the original, with each punch delivered with a signature Cruise wink and smile. Unfor tunately, not even the superstar’s charm can save this sequel from the realms of mediocrity. Attempting to layer a little emotional depth into the mix, Never Go Back overcomplicates and omits that which allowed Jack Reacher to lift its head above other average, contemporary action movies. Based on the bestselling books by Lee Child, the film starts four years after the first film. An ex-army investigator, Reacher has been awarded every military honour there is; in fact, he’s so good, “they ran out of medals to give him”. Our introduction to Reacher in the first film was a shameless delight: he’s the kind of guy you don’t go looking for – “he finds you”. Stripped of this initial charm, Never Go Back fails to deliver on the introductory excitement of the original and lacks an instigating narrative punch. We’re not so much dropped into the action here, as slowly, laboriously eased into it. Having continued his vagrant lifestyle, moving from state to state, Reacher decides to meet up with Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) – an army officer at his old military unit who’s helped him to solve cases across the country. When he discovers that she’s been accused of treason, he sets out

to prove her innocence, naturally unearthing the odd government conspiracy along the way. The original’s most glaring fault was its alpha-male oriented narrative. This time around, that’s balanced out by the inclusion of Major Turner; a female co-lead just as fiercely capable in combat as Reacher. This is certainly a step up from the damsel in distress dynamic of the original. As a sequel, then, Never Go Back attempts to compensate for the originals’ overwhelming machismo with a few depthless dialogues on gender roles, particularly within the military. While this is a commendable effort, the theme is underdeveloped and ultimately proves a shallow attempt at progression. Further attempts to develop Reacher as a character are made with a subplot centring on his possible daughter, Samantha (Danika Yarosh). While watching Reacher struggle with responsibility and manners has a certain charm, this attempt at injecting some human emotion is a relatively drab affair, and slows the narrative down to a torpid pace around the halfway mark. The only real compelling mystery here is how Cruise manages to disguise himself snugly in the uniform of a man twice his size. U l t i m a t e l y, J a c k Reacher: Never Go Back is a lifeless, mediocre retread of the original. Even the biggest action fans will find this one distinctly lacking in thrills. Verdict: 5/10

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TECH WeeBytes

Would-be Cockney geezer types can have a go at criminal capers, with VR successfully planting you in the seat of a getaway van


Major move to get in on totally new consumer sector

Whether climbing through dusty desert tombs or gunning through abandoned Soviet strongholds, Lara Croft’s latest game delivers a worthy addition to the Tomb Raider series. Screengrabs: Shane Dillon


LARA-KING ABOUT IN SIBERIA YOU know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men and tech/games editors … I had a piece on virtual reality (VR) in the bag, but a last minute change of plans involving an upcoming extensive look at Sony’s new PlayStation VR headset (see preview, right) meant substituting another player onto the pitch – this review of Rise of the Tomb Raider

(PlayStation 4, Cert 18, c. €60). Eagle-eyed and sharpwitted Gazette readers will recall that this isn’t Lara Croft’s first outing with this game in the Gazette, as she and it previously graced our pages just over a year ago. However, following her year-long sojourn on Microsoft’s impressive XBox One console, that timed exclusivity has now expired, setting Ms Croft (right) free on the PS4.


Not only that, but she’s packed all kinds of extra goodies into her satchel, bringing with her all of the extra downloadable content, additional features and bonus items released on the XBO platform over the past year, creating an ultimate package. As before, the very successful reboot of what had become a tired, stale franchise sees a young Lara choosing to set off on her first proper adventure, with snowbound Siberia playing host to much of her adventure as she chases a McGuffin extraneous plot device, pitting her against Trinity – a group of religious fanatics try-

ing to complete a mission started centuries earlier. Lara runs, climbs, jumps and swims her way through one icy locale after another, constantly on the look-out for loot and items to gradually upgrade her abilities and weapons alike, such that it isn’t too long before she’s more like Rambo Croft, laying waste to the local wildlife and not-so-local bad guys with aplomb. It’s a very pretty game; not quite up there with Uncharted 4 – then again, what is – but it’s quite a looker in its own right, packed once again with the same gradual unlocking of skills and character/weapon upgrading which made her precious adventure so enjoyable. However, it’s the extra content that really puts the icing on this particular frosted cake, with a more than generous amount of features and extra story

beats bolted on to create a subtly different game than before. While these extra features don’t change the core essence of the game, having them all in one neat package elevates it substantially above the XBO original release, helping to validate a return to the game. In extra content, completionists will enjoy nosing around t h e somew h a t dilapidated Croft manor, while a de rigeur zombie mode, of sorts, further ups the ante for Lara’s action credentials as she zips about the family home-

stead, gunning down hordes of the undead. Not terribly ladylike behaviour, perhaps, but worthy of the Croft adventurer name. With its great mix of frantic action and quieter moments, a nicely scripted and believable Lara Croft (courtesy of Rihanna Pratchett’s, daughter of Terry, input as lead writer), great graphics and its comprehensive set of extra material, Lara’s latest has raised the bar yet again for the reinvigorated series.

I POPPED over to a pop-up unit (below) at Dame Lane last week, where Sony were giving punters a hands-on (or should I say, heads-on) look at the PlayStation VR (virtual reality) headset as it hit the retail market. The newly launched PS VR marks Sony’s entry into the burgeoning consumer VR market, which has finally become a tangible, physical reality after decades of delayed promise. I trialled a number of games and visual demos, and while the results were varying, the VR experience just worked, and worked well. Whether riding shotgun in a Cockney crime caper (top), looking all around as I flew a fighter through a debris-littered asteroid field, or ignoring my instinctive desire to grip the bars in a dive cage being attacked by a hungry shark, the PS VR, and unit, worked as well as I’d hoped. With the headset adjusting the image in time with my head movements as I looked about in 360 degrees, I didn’t notice any lag, or delay, in display or input reactions, and the tech was fine to wear and use. As with all early tech, it ain’t cheap – it’s still something of a rich man’s toy, running from €400 to €800, depending on whether you need the base PS4 as well. Still, dedicated gamers and media users are likely to lap it up, with a good year of development ahead sure to grow up some great titles and experiences as developers, and content creators, get to grips with its capabilities. Look out for my more in-depth exploration of the PS VR, and VR in general, soon – it’s virtually assured to go ahead ...


ESB event looking to create energy-efficient solutions CALLING all hackers – ESB is on the hunt for the best and brightest minds in the country to take part in Ireland’s first ever “hackathon”. The Big Eneregy Hack is bringing great minds together for over 48 hours to disrupt, invent and innovate, with the aim of developing solutions for a low-carbon future. Taking place from October 21 to 23 in Dogpatch Labs at Customs House Quay, organisers are on the look out for 150 of the best and brightest minds in Ireland. They are looking for hackers from a diverse range of fields, including IT, innovation, marketing, design, finance and entrepreneurship, to help unearth Smart ideas that could help lower carbon emissions and combat climate change through such initiatives as Smarter energy efficiency in the home, enhancing the eCar experience, and optimising the electricity network. Participants will be tasked with three energy-focused challenges, with cash prizes of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 for the most innovative ideas. Hackers with the top ground-breaking creations and concepts will also have the opportunity to bring their ideas to the next level at ESB’s innovation hub, X_Site. Spaces are limited, so would-be hackers and winners should register today at

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FastSport WESLEY TO HOST CONCUSSION SEMINAR: LEINSTER Rugby, in conjunction with the IRFU, will be hosting a series of concussion awareness workshops throughout the coming weeks. All club and school coaches, players, parents and officials are encouraged to attend the workshops which are free of charge. Shane Mooney, the IRFU’s First Aid and Injury Prevention coordinator, hosts all of the workshops which include modules relating to concussion recognition, initial management and return to play protocols followed by a question and answer session. The content has been designed to educate coaches, parents, players and referees on the dangers of concussion and how to recognise it. Old Wesley will host one of the nights on November 30 at 7pm while Ashbourne RFC hosts another one on November 16 at 7.30pm.


Esker BC hail best ever Cup  KARL GRAHAM

ESKER Celtic Boxing Club enjoyed yet another hugely successful All Female Box Cup last week with 340 boxers from Ireland, Poland, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom registered to take part at Lucan CBS Sports Hall.

It makes the tournament the biggest femaleonly event in Europe and club secretary Ed Griffin told GazetteSport it was another triumph for the club. “It was brilliant,” he said. “The best one we’ve ever had because there were two international rings in operation. Every county in Ireland was represented and we have

The crowds flocked to Lucan CBS

already had inquiries from a team in South America and a team in Los Angeles about coming next year. “We had girls that have boxed twice at the World Championships for the seniors, European medallists and Irish medallists as well as three Canadian champions and a Swedish champion.” The tournament started four years ago and the rise in stature it has received in such a short space of time has been remarkable. “It is the biggest event in Europe but a guy who was over from Canada asked if it was the biggest in the world because he had never been at an event before where there

Winners in various categories, above, and a Dutch boxer, below, receives advice

were just all females boxing at it. “We started it up four years ago because there was no outlet for female boxing in Dublin whatsoever. You have to rely on Leinster and then go further afield. We set it up just for our own girls initially but then said we might as well grow it because it is a great for the profile of the club,” said Griffin. On a personal note for the club, there was success for both of their

fighters competing. Rebecca Toohey defeated her English opponent to win gold with Shannon Kelly also taking home a gold medal for Esker. Over 1,000 spectators turned up to produce a fantastic atmosphere and Griffin believes that the vast amount of support they have obtained has been invaluable. “We couldn’t have done it without South Dublin County Council, IPB Insurance, and Failte Ireland, as well as all our

other sponsors. I would also like to thank Mick Kelly, Eileen Toohey and Paschal Joyce, and everybody else who helps us out.” Despite this success for the club, they still have no permanent facilities to box out of but they are working closely with the council to remedy the situation as soon as possible so they can concentrate on taking their tournament – and their other training groups – to even loftier heights.

Railway men fluff their lines in EY Hockey League 

Railway Union’s Mark English tackles Cork C of I’s Alex Burns. Picture: Adrian Boehm

RAILWAY Union’s men’s and women’s hockey teams had wildly contrasting fortunes as the former fell 6-2 to Cork C of I in the EY Hockey League while the women advance with a massive 7-0 Irish Senior Cup win over reigning champions Ulster Elks. For the men, the Sandymount side had opened brightly forcing two short corners without success as they welcomed back Mark English, Kenny Carroll and Fergal Keaveney. But the in-form Cork outfit

soon got on top with Stephen Sweetnam banging home a corner shot. One became two in the second quarter from turnover ball with Stephen Parker slapping into the roof of the net. C of I were beginning to dominate in midfield and their pressure led to a penalty stroke, given for a deliberate back-stick in the circle, which Olympian John Jermyn put away. Railway did get one back with their first meaningful attack of the second quarter with English scoring a low drag-flick into the

corner for 3-1 at the break. They got further into the tie in the third quarter with Richard Forrest’s left post shot going across the face of goal before English scored again from a corner. But a second goal each from Jermyn and Sweetnam stretched out a 5-2 lead. Jermyn was subsequently given his marching orders for a second yellow card. Despite their numerical disadvantage, C of I continued to aggressively pounce on Railway loose ball, Julian Dale scoring on 66 minutes to complete the rout. On the women’s side, big

scores were the order of the day. For the Ulster Elks, their twoyear reign came to an end in ignominious fashion, falling 7-0 on home turf to Railway Union. Niamh Carey and Emma Smyth both scored doubles while Cecelia Joyce, Zara Delany and Sinead Dooley all on the mark. Hermes-Monkstown were 5-0 winners over Corinthian in a Dublin derby with Chloe Watkins scoring a brace. Loreto won 4-1 at Dungannon while Evie McCullough scored the only goal for Trinity as they saw off Lisnagarvey.

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Gavin’s 5,300-strong Ark brings hope to east Africa Dublin manager travels to Rwanda for a very special Bothar project just days after guiding Dublin to a third All-Ireland senior football championship title under his stewardship  JAMES HENDICOTT

FRESH from leading Dublin to their second consecutive All-Ireland title, manager Jim Gavin curtailed celebrations in order to accompany 5,300 farm animals to Rwanda on behalf of charity Bothar. It is part of the charity’s work in the country, particularly in helping the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide which still hovers over many aspects of life. Gavin left just 11 days after securing his third All-Ireland title in charge of the boys in blue, flying out of Shannon to the poverty-stricken, land-locked east African country after collecting the livestock in Tipperary and Clare.

T h e t r i p b r o ke a record as the largest delivery of multi-species cargo ever to take place. Gavin - who works in the aviation sector when he’s not working with the county side – said: “I’ve been fortunate to have flown around the world but this is a unique experience.” Bothar has long specialised in sending dairy cows, goats and other livestock out to some of the poorest parts of Africa in order to create sustainable farming conditions and help families out of poverty. “ Tr a n s p o r t i n g 41 tonnes of quality Irish livestock through the night from Ireland to deepest Africa, including a fuelling stop in Cairo, was unprecedented for me,” Gavin said of the

Jim Gavin with some of the pigs he transported to Rwanda

trip. “Most important was knowing at the end of it we were bringing this precious cargo, donated by Irish farmers and other Bothar supporters, to change the lives of almost 800 of the world’s poorest people.” Gavin told the charity’s blog of his experiences, explaining some of the mechanisms and going into details about the delivery. “The Bothar Ark carrying the animals is a very special 25th anniversary airlift of 37 incalf heifers, three bulls for the Rwandan government’s National Bovine Breeding Scheme, 260 pigs, 100 goats and 5,000 chicks,” he added. “Also on board were 5,000 doses of bovine semen for the Rwandan

Breeding Programme run by Bothar’s sister agency Heifer International.” Gavin went on to talk about his personal connections to the mission, including some of the farmers who have donated, before outlining the financial scale of the offering. “All in all, the cargo

explained. Rwanda suffered the worst genocide since the holocaust 22 years ago, when Gavin was still turning out for the boys in blue. The country’s population of 12 million was decimated, with the genocide having aimed to wipe out the Tutsis from the population. Many of the animals


‘There were many widows... one who only got her husband’s torso to bury’ Jim Gavin


is worth just short of €350,000,” he explained. “It’s essentially a donation by the people of Ireland to what are among the poorest people in the world, and most of them have been affected by genocide.” As well as delivering the thousands of animals to Rwanda, Gavin has also met with widows of the genocide during his trip. The Dublin boss had written to Bothar to offer his support earlier this year, and after being invited to join the 25th anniversary trip, said that the end of his journey was particularly important to him. “Local volunteers could be heard chopping up elephant grass for the animals when we arrived. I’m assured they’ll be treated like a family member,” he

delivered on the trip went directly to families impacted on by the events of 1994. “There were many genoicide victims, and one story was as tragic as the next,” Gavin said of the trip. “There were many widows, like a mother whose five children and her husband was butchered in the bloodlust. She only got her husband’s torso to bury, but none of her children’s remains were returned.” “We also heard stories of hope,” he continued, “thanks in no small part to NGOs like Bothar who have given these genocide widows hope and enabled them to put their lives back together as best they can in these tragic circumstances.” You can follow Gavin’s Rwandan experience online at


Parkrun going strong for runners of all ages FREE, volunteer-led and tailored to all comers, Marlay Park’s parkrun – and the broader parkrun concept – is going from strength to strength as it draws on its community and invites everyone to get involved. The weekly Saturday-morning jaunt is a timed run across five kilometres and typically attracts 450 to 500 runners, ranging from competitive club runners to joggers in their 80s and parents pushing buggys. “We’ll stay until the very last person crosses the line,” organiser Liam McCambridge explains of the concept. “It’s important that parkrun is a timed run, rather than a race. It’s about running against yourself. Of the people who turn up every Sunday, probably about one third are first timers. “Another third are occasional runners, and we have a final third who will be there at very nearly every run, and have made it a part of their weekend.” Originally from County Antrim, McCambridge helped set up the Marlay Park edition of parkrun – Ireland’s largest – after seeing the success of the concept in Malahide. Having originated in Bushy Park, London, the event has grown rapidly in Ireland, with 56 separate parkruns now taking place regularly in the Republic. In the early days, though, running the event on a weekly basis required plenty of persuasion. Runners are encouraged to volunteer at one of every 10 events, rather than actually run, though McCambridge says that some enjoy the volunteering aspect so much that they never actually run the route themselves. “It was a little difficult to set up,” McCambridge admits. “You need permission of the landlord and the set up costs are around €7,000; parkrun contributes half of that. “Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, who own Marlay Park, were a little apprehensive at first, and after a few discussions, gave us permission for a few months. They also gave us the half of the funds we had to raise. It proved popular, and the feedback was excellent, so it wasn’t difficult to extend the time after that.” If you’d like to take part in parkrun, you can find further information or sign up at marlay.


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Celtics enjoy Super Mystical experience COURTYARD Liffey Celtics made it two wins from two as they narrowly defeated the NUIG Mystics 68-63 in the women’s basketball Super League at Leixlip Centre last weekend. It was their second league game under coach Mark Byrne after they beat Singleton SuperValu Brunell by a more comprehensive score of 73-56 in their opening fixture. Byrne spoke after the game about his side’s win and their next fixture against top of the league UCC Glanmire. “It was a great game. I thought Galway came and played some great stuff at times. We played them pre-season but they were much stronger and cohesive today than they were then, so credit to them for making it such a close game. I am delighted with our own girls who really stuck to their task and finished strongly. It is always good to win a close game because it’s good experience so I am delighted the girls came through it well.” The Celtics switched up their defensive style during the game by going man to man and it seemed to make a difference for them. “Man to man is our main bread and butter. We pressed a bit in the second half just to throw them something different but I’m not sure it caused them too many problems. “I think we were able to slow them down a little bit and they have some fast guards so the point was to try and slow them down. Celtics biggest test of the season so far will come this weekend when they travel to Cork to take on Glanmire and it is a fixture that Byrne is looking forward to. “Really looking forward to it. Every time you get to play Glanmire it is a great opportunity to go up against one of the best teams. “The girls have been training really well in the eight weeks since I have been here so really, really looking forward to the opportunity to test ourselves against the best.”


Collinstown have shown little difficulty since moving from the AUL to the LSL

Collins’ magnificent seven LSL SAT MAJOR 1 Cabinteely0 Collinstown FC 5 

COLLINSTOWN FC maintained their perfect start to the LSL Major Sunday 1 season with an emphatic 5-0 win away to Cabinteely FC. It was their seventh win from seven league games after making the move over from the AUL during the summer. They have now scored an impressive 23 goals so far, while conceding just four. Ve t e r a n G r a h a m Doyle opened the scoring after 20 minutes, before

a Gareth Brogan brace during the final two minutes of the half gave them a comfortable lead going into the break. Despite Collinstown dominating the second half from the off, it took them until the hour mark to increase their lead through James Lee. Lee then turned provider for substitute Dylan McKeever to score the final goal of the game. Manager Kevin Carroll spoke to GazetteSport about his delight at the win and his side’s excellent start to the season. “We played really well, especially in the second

DRIVING SUCCESS Clon enjoy learning from Connacht rugby stars CLONDALKIN rugby club enjoyed taking part

in the recent Mazda rugby clinic with Connacht rugby in Carton House, Kildare. Connacht Rugby stars and Mazda brand ambassadors John Muldoon, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley alongside head coach Pat Lam and flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua took children from local rugby clubs through their paces at the Mazda-run family event. Adults were able to get in on the fun by taking test drives in the sixth generation Mazda vehicles.

half. “We sort of dominated the game from start to finish but in the second half we kept the ball well and played really good football on a terrible wet and breezy night. “We’ve adapted well in the LSL. We’ve brought some good players in and are playing some really good football.” Collinstown are also hoping for another good run in the FAI Junior Cup and will take on AUL Premier A side Kilbarrack in the third round this Friday. They beat Ratoath Harps away in the previous round and

have also reached the third round of the Leinster Junior Cup. Speaking about their match with Kilbarrack Carroll said: “It will be a different level all together with them coming over from the Premier league but it will be a huge game for the club. “The Junior Cup adds a little bit of spice into the season. “The league is one thing over x amount of months but the Junior Cup on the day is over just 90 minutes so you have to put a lot of effort into it. “The club has this love

affair with the cup where we have done well in it over the last few years and we step it up a gear for it. “When you play any opponent in the cup, you step it up a gear but with it being Kilbarrack, it is a real mouth-watering tie because they are one of the favourites for it.” Carroll also insisted that regardless of the opposition his side face, they always set them up the same way. “We approach all games the same but maybe in the minds of some of the players they are a little bit nervier.”

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Duffy and O’Brien’s decisive Pat’s goals 


ST PAT’S, Palmerstown claimed the Senior 4 camogie laurels from very enjoyable final, getting the best of Cuala 3-9 to 1-9 in a battle of the red and whites. Playing against the wind, Cuala started the more assured and had two early points courtesy of wing forward Jennifer

Dunne. But Cuala were not to score again until the 23rd minute. This was due to the resolute defending of the Naomh Padraig backs, especially goalkeeper Karen Cassidy who made some vital saves. During this period, Pat’s scored 1-6 without reply thus setting down the foundation for their victory, building a 1-6 to 0-5 lead.

Naomh Padraig opened the scoring with a pointed free from Niamh Gaff with the wind in the second half. Cuala replied with points from Blaithin Lane and Sinead Murphy and they were playing well, running at the Naomh Padraig defence. They had their chances and will rue the many missed chances and

wides during this period. Two quick goals, one from Sadhbh Duffy and the other a hand passed effort from Katie O’Brien mid-way through the half, were to prove decisive. C u a l a a d d e d t wo points from Sinead Murphy and a goal from Hanna O’Dea but those goals midway through the half were the difference.


CLUB NOTICEBOARD ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN OUR hurling section will host a race

8.30pm and this week’s jackpot is

night in the club on Saturday Novem-

€1,000 if checked within 56 numbers.

ber 5 with the first race off at 8pm.

All welcome for an enjoyable and fun

Horses are now for sale at €10


each, and are available from behind

Round Tower lotto, October 10

the bar or from any adult hurler. You

jackpot was €10,000. Numbers drawn

can also sponsor a race for €100. All

were 3,16,21 and 29; the bonus ball

support welcome.

was 18.

Our U-13 boys are hosting a bingo

There was no overall winner and

night in the club this coming Friday,

no bonus ball winner. Three €100

October 21. First call is 8pm and a

winners: D Burke, Marie Mulholland,

card is €10. All are welcome to join in

B Gardiner. Thank you to all who continue to

the fun. The weekly bingo continues in the club every Tuesday. First call is

support the lotto. Plan online for as little as €2 per week.


Lucan Sarsfields and Cuala played out a big tussle at Parnell Park last Sunday

Lucan challenge just short against Cuala

SHC SEMI-FINAL Cuala0-13 Lucan Sarsfields 0-7 

LUCAN Sarsfields bowed out of the Dublin senior hurling championship in tough circumstances as Cuala grabbed the laurels from a low scoring tie at Parnell Park, falling at the semi-final stage to the reigning champions. The Dalkey men will now face K ilmacud Crokes in an all-southside decider in Parnell Park on Saturday, October 29 (3pm) with the winners progressing to face the Laois champions

on Sunday, November 6, also in Parnell Park. It was tightly fought throughout with scores at an absolute premium. Kevin O’Reilly clipped two frees in the opening 16 minutes to given Lucan an initial 0-2 to 0-1 lead before Cuala replied with four points of their own. Chris Crummey replied with Lucan’s third score but a lacklustre first half ended 0-6 to 0-3 in Cuala’s favour with David Treacy on the mark five times and Nicky Kenny scoring the other point. Indeed, Treacy proved

to be the scorer-in-chief with his eight points from placed balls and one from play central to his side’s victory while their defence, in particular the impressive Cian O’Callaghan, remained resolute throughout. He helped inch Cuala another couple of scores clear early in the second half before Paul Crummey nicked on back. Dublin hurler Peter Kelly continued his return to full match fitness by coming on as a sub in the 39th minute for Sars as O’Reilly and Chris Crummey reduced the gap to just a point.

That was with nine minutes remaining but Lucan could not continue their push as Cuala replied with the last five scores to run out slightly flattering six-point winners. And Cuala’s Darragh O’Connell said Lucan were a tough nut to crack. “They brought a great intensity to it and are a big, physical team who are very good at the back and make it very hard for us to play. “We found it hard to break them down but knew if we kept plugging away, we would get the scores to see us through.”

ROCK the Lock is a three-day music

where they had the advantage of a

festival taking place at the 12th Lock

strong wind. That lead was probably

over the October bank holiday week-

not enough as Vincent’s won out 1-14


to Lucan’s 2-7.

Special Offer: €50 weekend passes

On the juvenile side, there was

– only available until October 20. We

much more success over the week-

also have VIP upgrades for €20 which

end. The U-14A ladies footballers

provides parking and clubhouse

overcame St Brigid’s to claim the

access before and during the event.

division 1 championship; U-13B ladies

The clubhouse is not accessible to

football won their championship

members without RockTheLock tick-

while the U-15A footballers won their

ets for that weekend.


Individual nights at €30 for Friday/

For as many games as we can,

Saturday and €40 for Sunday. See

we use a twitter account @Lucan-

the website or follow RockTheLock

sarspro. Follow that account and

on Facebook for more details.

you get live updates of the many

The senior hurlers lost out to


Cuala in the championship semi-

Staidear agus Spoirt was the title

final. The 0-13 to 0-7 final score line

Seamus Clandillon gave to a careers

hides what was a tense game with

morning on Saturday for minor play-

both sides missing chances.

ers heading into Leaving Cert. The

The senior football are up against

three-hour session saw 16 speakers

St Vincent’s in the championship

talk through their own career paths,

quarter final. That game is scheduled

choices made, career changes and

for 8.15pm on Thursday, October 20

much more. It covered the area of sports

in Parnell Park. The ladies intermediate football-

science, technology, engineering,

ers are the adult team that brought

apprenticeships, teaching, nursing,

silverware home to the club this

public service and accounting. It was

weekend, seeing off Templeogue

like having a years-worth of career

Synge Street to win the Division 3

guidance packed into three hours.


Seamus will definitely see demand

The minor hurlers lost to St Vincent’s in their championship semifinal. Lucan led 2-3 to 0-6 after a half

for a repeat. The cards are back – 25 card drive Friday night 9pm.


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MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Collinstown unstoppable as they take no time to adjust to life in Leinster league P30

OCTOBER 20-26, 2016

JIM GAVIN’S BOTHAR ARK: Dublin boss embarks on unique Rwanda mission P29

Peas quartet soar in opening Euro tie 

PEAMOUNT United’s Niamh Farrelly and Lucy McCartan were both part of the Republic of Ireland Under-19 side’s starting line-up as they started their European championship qualifying campaign with a comfortable 10-0 win over hosts Macedonia. They were joined in the panel by club mates Naoisha McAloon and Roma McLaughlin. Leanne Kiernan netted four times, while Niamh Prior and Alex Kavanagh got two apiece, and Jamie Finn and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle scored one each on a hot Tuesday after-

noon. The side go on to meet Wales before completing their initial group of the European championships qualifying campaign, looking to breach the top two to advance. With 23 attempts on target, Ireland completely dominated their first game in Group 2, where they occupy top spot alongside Italy who overcame Wales 6-0, and the performance pleased head coach Dave Connell. Yet, the experienced Connell is not one to get carried away after one result as he knows there is still room for improvement and that momentum will be crucial

ahead of Thursday’s clash with Wales. “We were expected to win by some onlookers but the manner in which we went about our performance was particularly pleasing. “The aim was to come away the three points and we did that in a convincing manner,” said Connell. “We’ll now work on our recovery and look ahead to the Wales game which is coming up very quickly.” Connell paid tribute to the development of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with nine of the 10 goals coming

from players currently playing in the league, while Finn previously lined out for Raheny United and Shelbourne Ladies. “T he Women’s National League has been a huge help to myself and to the players. “I deal with the coaches and clubs across the country on a regular basis and the culmination of the girls playing tougher games on a regular basis is the improvement in the standard,” he said. “We still have a long way to go but the progression has been encouraging.” Leading 4-0 at half-time, Ireland were never going to loosen their grip on this game.

Roma McLaughlin is among four Peamount players in the Irish Under-19 panel