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Motor tax office to shut on Mondays  paul hosford

CLONDALKIN’S motor tax office will close on Mondays from July 8. The decision was made this week to allow staff deal with a backlog of postal applications for new drivers’ licences. In a letter to local representatives, Dublin City Council’s head of finance, Kathy Quinn, said that the move would improve the application times for the new credit-card style licences.

The decision has angered local Fianna Fail councillor, Trevor Gilligan, who has established a petition to attempt to keep the office open. He said: “The result will mean an even bigger backlog. I foresee at least a 20% increase in postal applications, as well as applications that are handed in personally.” “Will we be told in the near future that the tax office is closing on a Friday as well?” he asked. Full Story on Page 3

The city’s thanks: Local man is congratulated for his rescue LUAS driver Philip Redmond, from

Clondalkin, was guest of honour at the Mansion House recently, thanks to his actions while on duty. Philip was driving his tram close to the Goldenbridge Luas stop when he was notified of a lady in distress in the canal. After immediately notifying the Luas Control Room

to contact emergency services, Philip used a pole to help rescue the lady from the water. His quick-thinking rescue was commended by the (now former) Lord Mayor, Naoise O Muiri, who told Philip’s wife, Deborah, and daughter, Georgia, how proud they should be of his actions.


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The new mayor of South Dublin, Dermot Looney (Lab): “I intend to actively work with agencies and groups that represent children and young people to ensure their voice is heard on the council”

New Labour mayor sets out his term’s priorities THE new Mayor of South Dublin says that he will focus on older people, young people and the environment during his tenure. At the annual meeting of South Dublin County Council held last week, Ta l l a g h t c o u n c i l l o r Dermot Looney (Lab) was elected as the new Mayor of South Dublin County. Cllr Looney is a primary school teacher by profession and is also a member of County Dublin VEC. His election marks the final mayoral election in the term of the current council. Tributes were paid to the outgoing mayor, Cllr Cathal King (SF) and deputy mayor, Guss O’Connell (Ind). Both thanked their fellow councillors, newlyappointed county manager Daniel McLoughlin,

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deputy manager Philomena Poole and the management and staff of the council for their help and support during their term in office. Cllr Looney was then proposed for the position of mayor by Cllr Marie Corr (Lab), and was seconded by Cllr Mick Duff (Lab). Following a roll call vote, Cllr Looney was deemed to be mayor by a majority vote of 13 – 9. Accepting his chain of office, Mayor Looney said that “as councillors and as a council we have a task of work to attract and maintain sustainable, meaningful jobs in

this community. “For the year ahead as mayor, I am committed to working with councillors, management and stakeholders across the board to make sure that the decisions we make here continue to prioritise the jobs agenda.” The themes selected by the newly-elected mayor for his year in office will focus on older people, young people and the environment. In his acceptance speech, Mayor Looney expanded on his themes, reiterating his commitment to maintain and develop continued supports for older people in the community and for the public services on which they rely. He continued: “As a teacher, I am closely associated with education and work with young people in my dayto-day work.

“During the coming year, I intend to actively work with agencies and groups that represent children and young people to ensure their voice is heard on the council.” Mayor Looney went on to say that “protecting and enhancing our environment has been a central part of my work on this council. As mayor, I will continue to support the ongoing excellent work on initiatives such as the Tidy Towns and the Social Credits programme. “I will aim to explore how we can fur ther protect and promote our green spaces and our wonderful natural resources. “I have a keen interest in sustainable transport options in the county, and I will particularly focus on delivering further improvements for cyclists in our county.

“Finally, I look forward to working with management, councillors and others to continue to tackle the scourge of littering and illegal dumping which is damaging to both our environment and our economy.” Mayor Looney finished by saying: “This is a hugely challenging time to be involved in local democracy. I want to ensure the citizens of South Dublin are informed and engaged in the work of our council. “As mayor, I will be using social media to communicate with new audiences. I want to open up a discourse here in South Dublin on how to enhance and improve our democracy; for example, on the issue of a directly-elected mayor for the Dublin region.” Lucan councillor Eamon Tuffy (Lab) will serve as Deputy Mayor.


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Clondalkin motor tax office to close on Mondays  paul hosford

CLONDALKIN motor tax office will close on Mondays from July 8. The decision was made this week to allow staff deal with a backlog of postal applications for new driver licences. In a letter to local representatives, Dublin City Council head of finance Kathy

Quinn said that the move will improve the application times for the new ID card licences. Her letter said: “The Road Safety Authority defined new additional procedures in processing applications for these new licences. “This has added considerably to the motor tax workload and, as a result, backlogs of post have occurred.

“This, in turn, is leading to delays for customers seeking tax and driver licences, increased phone calls and email queries.”

Petition The decision has angered local Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan who has established a petition to attempt to keep the office

Minister Frances Fitzgerald hands over the keys for the new Youth Service bus

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New bus presented for local youths’ use LAST week a South Dublin Youth Service was handed the keys to a new bus that will serve the entire community. The handover was done in the presence of more than 70 young people aged 14 to 17 who were taking part in Junior Leadership training. The Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, was there to hand over the keys to Clondalkin Youth Service. She said: “I am delighted to celebrate Clondalkin Youth Service’s achievement of raising funds to buy a new bus. Their old maroon and green Barney Bus was well-known in the area, and the new, colourful design on this bus has already earned the nickname, The Splash. “I know this bus will be put to great use – from taking young people to

training opportunities, to volunteering activities and vocational weekends.” The new bus will cater to local youth services in Clondalkin, including Bawnogue, Deansrath, Knockitten and Clondalkin village, and Minister Fitzgerald said the bus will be well used. “I also had the privilege of meeting some of the 70 young people participating in Junior Leadership training on the day. It is fantastic to see a new generation eager to engage with their community and make a difference through the youth service. “I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to drop into one of the local youth centres for more information,” she said. Clondalkin Youth Service provides support to local young people

through youth groups, after-school clubs, personal development training, youth cafes and information on education and training opportunities. Minister Fitzgerald said: “We are fortunate to have passionate and dedicated youth workers who provide such a great resource for young people in Clondalkin. “I have also written to EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy on behalf of my fellow European Youth Ministers to highlight the value of youth work and its potential to respond to the challenge of youth unemployment, in particular. “I am lucky to have had such motivated youth workers in my constituency, illustrating the ability of Youth Services to meet the needs of young people,” she said.

open. He said: “The result will mean an even bigger backlog. I foresee at least a 20% increase in postal applications, as well as applications that are handed in personally. “Will we be told in the near future that the tax office is closing on a Friday as well? “They may very well close

up shop totally and accept only postal applications. I was outside the office this morning – there were about 50-60 people in the queue. “There is definitely a need to keep this office open on Mondays,” said Cllr Gilligan, who has written to Dublin City Council asking them to confirm that there will be no further reductions in hours at

the office. The closure of the office is mirrored in Smithfield, where the tax office will close on Tuesdays. Cllr Gilligan added: “I have set up a petition asking anyone who supports keeping the Motor Tax Office open, and who also supports no further closures at any level in the office, to sign.”


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PEOPLE Alone founder Willie Bermingham could be immortalised

Campaign to name bridge after local A NATIONAL charity has started a campaign to get the new bridge in Dublin’s city centre named after its founder – Clondalkin man Willie Bermingham. Alone, the charity which provides support for older people in need of assistance, has launched a campaign to generate support among the public and Dublin City councillors to name the new bridge across the Liffey the Willie Bermingham Bridge. Bermingham’s name has been shortlisted

for the new bridge. The well-known Dubliner founded Alone 36 years ago when he came across many older people living in appalling conditions through his work as a fireman. Sadly, Bermingham died in 1990, aged just 48, but he left behind a powerful legacy with Alone, which has helped thousands of isolated and lonely older people. In the winter of 1976, while he was working as a firefighter, Bermingham found a number of older people dead in their

homes. Joined by a small group of friends and colleagues, he distributed food, fuel and blankets. Sean Moynihan, chief executive of Alone, said that Bermingham is a “Dublin hero”. “Willie Bermingham was a true Dublin hero who was determined to help those on the fringes of society. “We are asking the public and Dublin City councillors to support our campaign to honour Willie’s memory, and the ongoing work of Alone, by naming the new bridge

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The charity Alone is calling for supporters to get the new city centre bridge named The Willie Bermingham Bridge, in honour of its Clondalkin founder (inset)

after him. “This would be the first Liffey bridge dedicated to an ordinary Dublin man who achieved extraordinary things to bring about a more inclusive society.

“The Willie Bermingham Bridge would be a symbol of support for all people who are on the margins of society, and would be an inspiration for active citizenship,”

said Moynihan. Older people in need of support can contact Alone at 01 679 1032. Those looking to support the campaign can see www.alone.ie.

HEALTH: SHOWROOM IN BALLYMOUNT

New mobility store opens IRELAND’S largest showroom dedicated to the elderly and less ablebodied officially opened last week. Mobility Plus is based in the Parkway Business Centre, Ballymount. The company supplies products, adaptations and services that improve the lives and living conditions of those who have lost mobility, whether that be due to accident, injury, illness or older age. In addition to the showroom and information centre, the property boasts its own training centre and director of sales Richard Matthews said that these rooms are open to local charities. He said: “The passion for helping our elderly and infirm is evident in the owners providing meeting rooms to various associated charities, organisations and groups for their weekly/monthly meetings, at no cost to the group itself.” Matthews said that

the decision to make the rooms available to local groups and charities was an easy one to make. “Providing meeting rooms at no cost to the group itself comes from our passion for helping our elderly and infirm.” He added that the showroom is home to some of the most innovative products available on the market, and has more than a dozen different showering options on display. These include baths, showerloo cubicles, stair lifts, access ramps, height-adjustable kitchens, hoists, rise/recline furniture, profiling beds and much more – a wide variety of solutions designed to meet an array of requirements. Showrooms are open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, with later opening times available by request. For further information , please call 01 405 0027, or email info@ mobilityplus.ie.

WEEE Ireland, the Irish compliance scheme for electrical and battery recycling, is holding two free recycling events in South Dublin on July 13. The collection events will be held in association with South Dublin County Council at Power City on the Fonthill Road, and at the Mill Centre from 10am to 4pm. Free WEEE Ireland events allow people to get rid of any household electrical equipment and batteries in a safe and environmentallyfriendly manner. Anything in the home with a battery or a plug can be recycled at these collections. Waste collection specialists from WEEE Ireland will be there on the day to help you send your toasters, vacuum cleaners, fridges and every other electrical item imaginable to a better place. If a collection event isn’t scheduled yet for your area, you can also bring your unwanted electrical items to your nearest civic amenity site for free. A full list of these locations is also available at recyclefree.ie.

Warning over bogus waste collectors SOUTH Dublin County Council is reminding residents to be aware of bogus waste collectors. Registered waste collection services will have a permit and a full list of authorised collectors is available at www. sdcc.ie. Residents who witness or suspect illegal dumping should call 01 414 9000, email info@ sdublincoco.ie, or see www.fixyourstreet.ie.


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tech King praises smartphone initiative

snap to it: council calls for local shots

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At the launch of the MindMindR smartphone app were Sinn Fein deputy and party leader Gerry Adams; Martin Rogan, HSE; Mayor Cathal King (SF); Michelle Galvin, assistant head of information systems, South Dublin County Council, and Danny McLoughlin, county manager

Outgoing mayor launches new mental health app THE outgoing Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cathal King (SF), was present in County Hall, Tallaght recently to officially launch a mental health initiative. The MindMindR smartphone application is an initiative spearheaded by the mayor and was developed by South Dublin County Council, in partnership with Comhairle na nOg – the council’s youth council. The origins of the idea for the app were from the mayor’s personal experiences of knowing people with mental health issues and the difficulties they experienced. Mayor King said he was “anxious to remove that initial stigma around asking for help and highlighted this need as part of my mayor’s initiative. “[I] called on South Dublin County Council to develop an app and a QR code that would quickly and easily link people to information on the local services available”. MindMindR is the first mental health services directory for South Dublin County.

Throughout his term of office, Cathal King promoted mental health wellbeing by supporting initiatives that enabled citizens and, in particular, young people to cope positively with the demands of modern life. With this in mind, the app was developed to provide a comprehensive directory of mental health services and resources for South Dublin County. The MindMindR app will enable users to gain access to information on a range of mental health services available in their local area, concentrating mainly on the Clondalkin, Lucan, Tallaght and Rathfarnham areas. There is information on bereavement services, crisis pregnancy, suicide prevention and addiction services that people of all ages can locate easily using the GPS function of their smartphone. There are also emergency contacts and details for national services. Local services within the South Dublin County boundaries are mapped to enable the user to navigate to the address of the service they require.

Accessibility information has also been added, where available, and will be further updated in future. Speaking at the launch, Cathal King said: “Mental health and wellbeing is a growing issue that affects the citizens of this county. “I believe we all have a role to play in raising public awareness about mental health issues, to help remove the stigma around mental health, and to promote open discussion on the muchneeded investment in prevention, promotion and treatment services for those experiencing mental health difficulties. “If you need to talk to somebody or to seek help, you can now download this app to your smartphone. “In your hand, you have access to addresses, telephone helplines or websites that can provide you with vital help and information,” he said. Cllr King concluded the launch by asking people to promote the app on their websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.

SOUTH Dublin County Council is asking locals to capture their local parks on film. The South Dublin Parks photography competition is offering prizes of €150, €100 and €50 for the three best photos of parks in the county. The winning pho tos will be displayed in County Hall, Tallaght, throughout October of this year.

All entries received will be displayed on South Dublin County Council’s Flickr page, and will also feature on the council’s Facebook page.

Emailed All entries must be emailed in, and no prints will be accepted. For information on how to enter, email communications@sdublincoco.ie, or see www.sdcc.ie.


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Members of the parish help to make the celebratory an event to remember, with everyone joining together at one of the key hubs for the Sruleen community


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HE 140th Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show had its dates announced recently. The announcement event, hosted by the Royal Dublin Society, was held at The Champagne Bar in the RDS overlooking ring 2 where an incredible side saddle show jumping demonstration

by Susan Oakes took place, as well as pony rides for children who attended. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is the largest summer event in Dublin, attracting tens of thousands of people and 1,500 horses and ponies to the RDS annually.

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centenary: shedding light on the 1913 Lockout

Exhibition puts day-to-day tenement living in spotlight n e w ly- e l e c t e d Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn (Lab) last week launched a new look at the 1913 Lockout. The innovative Dublin Tenement Experience: Living the Lockout is a performance and interpretation-based exhibition on the 1913 Lockout. Living the Lockout will be the first in a series of activities to mark the centenary of the historic

1913 Lockout and is part of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. D u b l i n Te n e m e n t Experience: Living the Lockout will make use of the ground floor of a former tenement house – 14 Henrietta Street – to tell the story of the Lockout as well as portraying what day-to-day life was like in Dublin’s tenements 100 years ago. The exhibition will tell the story of the times through the use

of drama, audio-visual presentation and exhibition materials including archival records, photographs and personal testimonies. As well as the formal launch by the Lord Mayor, the event included a ten-minute excerpt from the Living the Lockout’s drama, a tour of 14 Henrietta Street’s groundfloor and short presentations from each of the partners in the project.

This unique project – which is a joint initiative of Dublin City Council, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Heritage Trust – will be open to the public for two months only from July 4 to August 31, 2013, six days per week and it will be closed on Wednesdays. Tickets are priced at €5.50 and can be bought for any admission from 10am to 5pm.

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Avoid mugging by staying alert - and using Krav Maga  Natalie Burke

A lot of people have a tendency to be distracted when out and about, either because they are looking at their phones while walking or listening to music. But it’s this distraction that can result in you becoming a victim of mugging, according to Matt Comerford, an Israeli-trained instructor with the International Krav Maga Federation. Matt, who teaches Krav Maga, a form of selfdefence, in Celbridge, Co Kildare, says that when it

comes to muggers choosing their opportunities, it is believed they will choose a target who is distracted and likely to be surprised. W hen it comes to being prepared for any situation, Matt says prevention is the best medicine. “Being able to prevent an attack/mugging is preferable to being able to physically deal with it. If we can successfully prevent an attack, then we have exposed ourselves to considerably less risk, even if you are trained in what to

do, prevention is always best!” he said. To prevent a potential attack, Matt says people need to be more aware of their surroundings, take in what is going on around them, and stay alert. Having practised Krav Maga for over six years, Matt has more than 10 years of experience participating in physical training and fitness. In 2012, he travelled to Israel for intensive training with some of the top Krav Maga experts from around the world. Phoenix Krav Maga

is running self-defence classes in Celbridge using Krav Maga; one of the world’s most renowned self-defence systems. It is used by military and police units globally because of its effectiveness and simplicity. In classes, par ticipants learn to deal with a wide range of confrontations, either by de-escalating and avoiding potential attacks completely, or by disabling the attacker if necessary. For further info, visit www.phoenixkravmaga. ie, or e-mail: mail@phoenixkravmaga.ie.

Matt Comerford Phoenix Krav Maga Instructor

awards Women in business Network Dublin, an organisation for women in business, hosted its annual Businesswomen of the Year awards. The luncheon took place at the Dylan Hotel recently, presented by AIB, to a crowd of high achieving businesswomen, and a few men too. President of Network Dublin, Kate Fox, said a record number of nominations were made this year and she was delighted at the high level of interest. Winners of the three categories for the 2013 awards were: Ruth Savill - Paris Bakery and Pastry Ltd - Businesswoman of the Year (self employed), Kate Mullahy – Ormsby & Rhodes - Businesswoman of the Year (employee) and Aileen Rogers – Ready Girls - New Business of the Year.

Ruth Savill, Kate Fox, Network president Dublin and Aileen Rogers


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Promoting our city for Italians BUZZ-Y SPELLING BEE CHALLENGE A STILLORGAN boy was crowned the best speller in Leinster recently, taking the title of Eason’s Leinster Spelling Bee winner . Niall Meagher, from St Laurence’s BNS, went on to represent the province at the Eason Spelling Bee All-Ireland Final in RTE. Niall started his Spelling Bee journey in January and soared through the Dublin County Bee. The Eason Spelling Bee, in association with RTE 2FM’s Tubridy, is now in its third year

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and is Ireland’s ultimate spelling contest, with all four provincial finals and the All-Ireland Final broadcast live on 2FM’s Tubridy. Although Niall lost on the day to a Galway girl, his spelling success was deservedly congratulated by Tubridy at the event.

CELEBRATING THE ICONIC HILL 16 DUBLIN Fringe Festival is calling on all GAA fans, actors, volunteers and sports fans to get involved in a project about Dublin GAA and the iconic Hill 16 stand, which will take place as part of the festival in

September. The project is being put together in association with Belgian theatre company CAMPO/hetKIP, which previously created a piece about local football fans in Ghent in Belgium. This September, their local version of the

show will be all about Dublin’s GAA fans and Hill 16. With a large ensemble cast, the production team is hoping to get fans on board with the project. To find out more, or to get involved, email projects@fringefest.com or call 01 670 6106.

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Bar, their action-packed itinerary included traditional “iconic” attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and Dublin Castle, as well as some of the city’s clubs and bars, including The George, The Dragon Bar and PantiBar. Designed by Failte Ireland, their itinerary also included visits to St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Hugh Lane Gallery, while they enjoyed some of our world-class cuisine at Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, as well as visiting the Winding Stair on Ormond Quay.

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MORE than two million Italians will be reading about Dublin in the coming weeks, after a group of journalists set their sights on Dublin for the gay travel market in Italy. The Italian journalists, who write for a variety of print and online publications, arrived in Dublin recently on a three-day fact-finding visit here to check out some of the many things to see and do around the city, as well as visiting some of the city’s gay-friendly venues. While staying at The Morgan Hotel in Temple

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FEATURE EQUALITY: GENDER RIGHTS IN THE EU

Homeward bound for O’Sullivan

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A R ATHFARNHAM woman recently got the chance of a lifetime when she was one of the lucky ones chosen to work on gender and equality issues in Brussels, during the six months of Ireland’s EU Presidency. Fiona O’Sullivan is packing her bags to leave the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 30 as Ireland’s presidential tenure expires and Lithuania prepares to take up the position until the end of the year. Department of Justice and Equality attache Fiona spoke to The Gazette about her time spent in Brussels working on gender and equality issues.

“I have been here in Brussels as part of the Irish Presidency dealing with equality issues relating to a few different legislative proposals on gender balance on company boards and such. “The Commission is trying to get 40% women on non-executive corporate boards but there is a lot of controversy over it from member states. “A lot of them think the matter should be a national issue and should be achieved through voluntary approaches. “We had working groups set up last year on the gender balance proposal and since then the proposal has been redrafted for the council. “We have just finished the first reading of it to all

the member states. The Lithuanian Presidency will continue to work with it from [this month] on, when they take over.” “It’s difficult to progress the proposal when lots of the Member-States are against it. Gender balance is an important goal. We have made progress though; and on a national level in Ireland, for instance, the female quota for the election of a political candidate is now 30% or else the parties will not get State funding. On State bodies the targets are also 30% in Ireland. “We are concentrating now on the private sector and companies listed on the stock exchange in Europe; so these are big companies. “Ireland opened the

Fiona O’Sullivan, Department of Justice and Equality: “The whole Irish Presidency has been seen as a great

negotiations on this in the [European] council and now the report on it is due.” Fiona, who comes from Rathfarnham, started off doing a business and politics degree in Trinity College. It is not the first time she has made Brussels, the base of the EU Parliament, her home. As an undergraduate, she discovered that she had a greater interest in the EU side of her degree, so she went on to read European studies for her MA before going to Brussels as an intern after her graduation. “After that internship I spent six years working in

Ireland as a civil servant but I always said I’d love to go back to Brussels. “This presidency has been great for me and was a way of putting forward Ireland’s position in Europe. I’ve chaired many meetings here because we had all the power due to the presidency. There is a lot of behind the scenes work here too and I’ve worked with many NGOs and lobbyists too over my term here. “Some of the most popular gender and equality issues I came across here were to do with

equal treatment, maternity rights and the free movement of immigrant workers. Women in the media is a big issue too as, although there are a lot of women working in this field, they are not in decision-making roles and the percentages of women at the top level are much lower. Although they are not binding, we (as part of the Irish Presidency), made recommendations on all of this.” Although she is looking forward to coming home to Ireland, Fiona is also wistful about leaving

Brussels. “I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. The whole Irish Presidency has been seen as a great success and we’ve achieved a lot during the six months. “Personally, it’s been a great opportunity and is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because there are a lot more states in the EU, with the number reaching 28 as of July 1, it now takes 14 years for your turn at the presidency to come around. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back then but we’ll see.”


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More ways to save money THIS week, the money doctor continues his series on saving cash. With more than 100 top tips to dip into, he’s sure to have plenty of ideas you haven’t thought of. However, if you have any cash-saving suggestions of your own that you’d like to share, please send them to jlowe@moneydoctor.ie.

Neill Callan, Harvey Norman

Plugged in to provide the best shopping experience Neill Callan has worked with one of Ireland’s leading retailers for over nine years. Neill began working in Harvey Norman, Dundalk, while in college, before moving to the Tralee store for three years. He is now the manager of the electrical department in Harvey Norman’s flagship store in Blanchardstown Retail Park, at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. He says: “Harvey Norman has made a sizeable investment into revamping the Blanchardstown store. “The focus of the renovation was

to heighten the customer’s shopping experience within the store. Customer interaction and technology are at the forefront of the design. We have introduced a lot of new live demonstration areas so customers can experience new technologies from laptops to cameras, from TVs to docking stations and from ovens to vacuum cleaners. We have almost everything plugged in so you can try before you buy; our technology showroom is now easily the most innovative showroom in Ireland”.

How long have you been in business?

our competitors who often try to compete on price alone.

Harvey Norman has been trading in Ireland since 2003. The Blanchardstown store opened in 2006 when we took over the old ESB unit. In November 2012 we expanded the store into the old Reids and Clerys units to create one big Harvey Norman superstore.

What makes your business successful?

There are many factors that contribute to the success of the Harvey Norman Blanchardstown store. We only stock the best quality brands, our prices are always competitive, our staff are highly trained and we aim to be first to the market with new technology. All of which has helped us to build up a fantastic loyal customer base.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

Our biggest asset is our staff. We invest heavily in training our staff to become specialists in their relevant departments. Our staff focus on passing the relevant information on to our customers, allowing the customer to make an informed decision. We aim to find the best product to suit the customer’s needs at the best price; this differentiates us from

How has the recession affected your business?

The recession has, in a way, been a good thing for Harvey Norman. It has made us refocus on the core values of our business. Customer service is king. We have introduced initiatives to heighten every customer’s before and after sales experience. As stated previously, investing in our staff continues to be at the core of our success and combined with a customer orientated marketing strategy is driving more people through our doors, growing our sales and increasing our market share.

What is your ambition for the business?

For the Blanchardstown store to be the number one store in the Harvey Norman group and the number one retail destination for customers looking for electrical, computers, furniture or bedding. With our newly renovated store, I believe that we can achieve this.

What was the worst job you’ve had?

I worked for my uncle for the summer when I was 15 in his sawmill dipping boards to make garden sheds… never work for family!

4. Check your mortgage and loan interest rates Sometimes we go to great lengths at the initial stages of obtaining a mortgage or loan trying to ensure we get the most competitive interest rate at the time. Once taken out, there is a tendency to overlook the maintenance of that loan. You could very easily find out that your lender’s original rate, or current advertised interest rate, bears no resemblance to your own. This is also a time to check if currently on a variable rate and your lender is uncompetitive, to see whether you should switch to another lender. 5. Avail of your annual capital gains tax (CGT) exemptions The first €1,270 of chargeable gains to an individual arising from the disposal of a capital asset (eg shares) is exempt. This is allowable for each tax year, but is not transferable between spouses. The rate payable on capi-

tal gains tax is 33% over the threshold. For capital acquisition taxes (CAT), remember the threshold from parent to child (Group A of three groups) is currently €225,000 for each child. The tax rate for CAT is also 33% over the thresholds.

6. Check your life and health cover You could be over insured. Do a review on all your insurances. Are you getting the best value ? What happens if you or your spouse die or become permanently incapacitated? If you took out life cover ( with home mortgages it is mandatory ) you may have been a smoker at the time. Once you are smoke free for 12 months, you could save yourself over 50% of the annual premiums. Worth checking out.  Contact John with your money questions at jlowe@moneydoctor.ie or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

funding: boost for start-up business

Government announces new €21m commercialisation fund  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

FUNDING worth €21 million is to be made available for start-up business in Ireland, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton (FG) announced recently. The new funding will be delivered through Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation fund and will be targeted to make innovative, new products by technology start-ups commercially viable. Commercialisation fund projects must fill a gap or market need and include developing innovations which will be ready to be launched as start-up companies in two to five years. Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “Over the past decade, Ireland has built a system of research and innovation that ranks

extremely well internationally – the challenge now at a time of jobs crisis is to put in place measures that will turn these achievements into economic growth and jobs. “Through the Action Plan for Jobs we have implemented a range of changes aimed at turning good ideas into good jobs, including the research prioritisation exercise, the creation of a central technology transfer office, a onestop-shop for commercialising research out of universities, and the establishment of new technology centres.” So far this year, Enterprise Ireland has funded 24 commercialisation projects which have been valued at €5.3 million in a wide range of areas including ICT (information computer technology), lifesciences, food, manufacturing, engineer-

Minister Richard Bruton:

ing and energy. Director of ICT commercialisation Gearoid Mooney said: “The [current] commercialisation fund is making a real difference in terms of business growth and competitiveness in Ireland. “The breadth of projects targeting new market opportunities is remarkable. Projects funded so far this year

range from a vaccine to protect against harmful bacteria commonly affecting cystic fibrosis patients to the development of a fuel cell power module which will turn hydrogen into electricity in a more cost effective and efficient way.” Enterprise Ireland is seeking applications for the new funding and the closing date is August 28.


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Pets HELP LOVELY ADELE FIND A GREAT HOME

Frances has been busy splitting her time between a number of musical performances across the country and the work of the charity she set up in 2008

INTERVIEW: SINGER FRANCES BLACK ON HER NEW ALBUM AND HER CHARITY, RISE

Big heart, stronger voice

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IT has been over four years since wellknown singer Frances Black set up the Rise Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping families understand the nature of addiction. With her time split between her dedication to a cause so close to her heart, and furthering her career as one of Ireland’s most well-loved singers, Frances is feeling “stronger” than ever. And it’s no coincidence that her recently released album has been named just that. Stronger, a compilation of cover songs, was released just two months ago. “It is an album of cover version songs

that I have a very strong connection with. They are all songs that mean something special to me and it was just one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had. So far we have got great reviews and a great reaction,” she said. Following the release of her album, Frances has been busy splitting her time between a number of musical performances across the country and the work of the charity she set up in 2008. “I’m constantly working and constantly gigging. I’m hoping to go to America at the end of the year, so it’s very busy. It’s hard sometimes to manage both, but you just get through the days, you get through the hours. It keeps me going, that’s for sure.” Frances has previously dealt with

alcoholism and now in recovery, has dedicated her time to helping the families of those who have yet to take the same route. The charity is so close to her heart, she went back to study as an addiction counsellor and says it helps when it comes to battling her own demons. “Giving back is a very important part of my life. So I certainly feel very happy around the work that I do. I love working with the families and it’s very rewarding and very fulfilling, particularly when you see family members getting the support and the help that they need.” The RISE (Recovery In a Safe Environment) foundation runs 10-week family programmes to help educate families about addiction.

With funding an ongoing problem for the charity, Frances will be taking part in a family fun day, in Baldoyle, in aid of the charity this weekend. “I want to raise awareness about the work that we do but also to help raise much-needed funds.” The family fun day and sale of work will take place on Sunday, July 7 at Baldoyle Community Hall on Main Street, Baldoyle. The event will see face-painting, balloon making, angel card reading and a wheel of fortune, as well as an appearance by Frances herself, who will be saying a few words about the important foundation. The event will be held from 11am until 5pm. For more information about the charity, visit www. therisefoundation.ie.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week is Adele. She is a threeyear-old old Rottweiler. With her super sweet adorable nature, Adele has really captured the hearts of her canine carers, and just wants cuddles at every available opportunity! She is an incredibly sociable lady who loves meeting new people, playing and chasing her toys. She would really enjoy some basic training as she is just so eager to please. If you think you could give beautiful Adele the home she so badly needs, 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 on their website www. dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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tech review: a microspeaker with a loud punch

A little speaker that whips up a big e-Storm Britain’s Bitmore have been earning a reputation over the last few years of being manufacturers of genuinely solid state technology, and Gazette Music were intrigued when we heard about their new e-Storm Superbass Speaker. Having been awarded the RedDot design award in 2012, the reviews and word of mouth about this speaker stopped us in our tracks. But that was the last time the tracks stopped since our

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e-Storm arrived, as it has been wall-to-wall music as we tested its capabilities with everything we could think to throw at it. From its Apple-esque unboxing experience, the e-Storm surprises and

delights. It is a deliciously compact and surprising piece of bluetooth audio tech. At a teeny six by six by five cm in size, its silver and black frame packs a surprising weight which gives a vivid hint that it packs a punch well above its division. Having purchased a similarly-sized speaker as a birthday present recently, the e-Storm knocked it out clean, with its crisp clarity and deep bass capability.

Simply and quickly connected via Bluetooth and charged via USB connection, the e-Storm was up and running in seconds. It also has an SD slot for cards up to 8GB, and a headphone jack connection if bluetooth is not available. But how does the speaker perform under laboratory conditions? Well, last week’s immense, complex Kanye West album Yeezus was first up to the plate, and the e-Storm

Easily sync’d with your device, the e-Storm speaker is the ideal microspeaker

more than coped with its complexities and low frequencies. More nuanced works like Bon Iver and The Blue Nile hold all of their gentle majesty. Being a podcast afficionado, Gazette Music’s shower listening tends to

mean taking tech into the bathroom, which has its own dangers. This makes the e-Storm a waterproof joy, as no longer do we need to worry about condensation damaging built-in speakers. This is genuinely an alloccasions microspeaker.

It makes no sense that such a small speaker at its very affordable price point could be this good, but it is, and that makes it a solid recommendation for music lovers. The e-Storm is available from bitmore.co.uk for £49.99 plus shipping.


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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Paperbelle

PAPERBELLE’S world is black and white and she likes it that way. She’s heard of colour; but would prefer things to stay as they are. The colours, on the other hand, want to play games and they want Paperbelle to join in. Paperbelle’s world is changing – will she try to stop it or might she find it’s not as bad as it first seemed…? July 6, tickets €10/8.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aidan Bishop

NATIVE New Yorker Aidan Bishop began his comedy career in his hometown and since moving to Dublin he has become one of the top comics working today, best known as resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin for the past 10 years. July 6, tickets €12/€10.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Ferguson & Barwick

KATHY Barwick is a household name in folk and bluegrass music circles in Northern California. An acclaimed master of guitar, banjo, mandolin bass, and dobro she currently performs with The Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band and The Mike Justis Band. For this tour she teams up with singer songwriter Gary Ferguson who hails from Baltimore, USA. July 16, tickets €12.

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review: Gru is back

Your minions will love this one THE discussion about the pantheon of animated films is usually along the lines of “best non-Pixar movie”. Such is Lu xo Jr ’s dominance of the field, others can barely get a look in, which at times just feels unfair. At Dreamworks, they produced the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar franchises, as well as the excellent Croods among others. Un i ve r s a l S t u d i o s have had their own successes, most notably a few years ago when a super-villain adopted three kids to live with him and his little yellow minions. Given the success of its predecessor, it was to be expected that Despicable Me 2 wasn’t far away. T h e o r i g i n a l g ave Universal the animation franchise it craved, a veritable money printing machine with its quotable leads (“It’s so f luffy!”) and toy-bait minions. Indeed, the film joined the bona-fide Universal cash cows last year when it got its own ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, joining such luminaries as Twister and The Mummy. O k ay, s o m ay b e

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Things have really loosened up at Gru’s place (above and below)

that isn’t the ringing endorsement I made it sound like, but the ride is excellent and is proving to be one of the most popular in the park (for the record, The Mummy ride is excellent, too. The movies were not). So, with the sequel and blockbuster season well under way, comes the first big animated feature of the summer. With Pixar having sent Mike and Sully back to University last weekend in the States, opening on an incredible $82 million, the bar has been set pretty high. This time around, the script is f lipped and Gru is looking to get out of the super-villain game altogether, turning his one-time weapons of mass destruction into food processing machines and taking care of the three sisters he adopted first time around. It is a difficult transition for Gru, with the girls growing up and

Film of the Week: Despicable Me 2 hhh (U) 98 mins Directors: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin Starring: Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Benjamin Bratt

OUR VERDICT:

SOME tremendously funny bits, some great visual gags and the presence of minions willl make this a thoroughly worthwhile trip to the cinema. Kids will love the slapstick provided by the minions, while Gru is a phenomenal character for adults. It’s just a shame the plot is a bit all over the place.

beginning to date. All in all, it is a rough transition for the onetime super-villain. That is until a shadowy organisation called the Anti Villain League ask for his help in recovering an entire lab that is making a serum that can turn people into monsters.

So, yes, the storyline is weak, but when a man in lycra is dominating the box office, is too much to ask for a bit of suspension of disbelief for a kids’ film? In fact, the film doesn’t necessarily suffer that much from a lack of storyline, it suffers because it tries to

shoehorn a storyline in. I would have been h a p py e n o u g h w i t h some kind of retread of the last film with new jokes, so winsome are the characters. Kristen Wiig’s addit i o n a s G r u ’s l ove interest is particularly pleasing, but isn’t Wiig always great? The neglect of two of the three daughters leaves the youngest, Agnes, to shine once more and the minions, who are set to get a spin-off film, get plenty of screen time, which is excellent. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable and funny 90 minutes.


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GAMING REVIEW: COMPANY OF HEROES 2

A challenging game to master

IT’S been ages since I featured any PC games – apologies for that, as PC games (and gamers) are often overlooked for console games instead. As, err, I prove about 97.3% of the time ... Of course, PC gamers continue to enjoy terrific games in many genres, with the platform proving perfect for a tactical title like Company of Heroes 2, the long-awaited sequel to the hit 2006 game that’s out now. Simply put, it’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game, based on the particularly bloody conflict along the Eastern Front around 1945. History records how the Communists eventually crushed the Nazis with a brutal war machine from the East – under your control, however, things could go very dif-

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ferently. CoH2’s meaty singleplayer campaign takes in a significant chunk of the period, from the chaotic siege of Stalingrad through to the final march on Berlin, with you directing your troops on the field through a number of historically accurate theatres of war. At first glance, Relic’s title looks pretty similar to a hundred similar strategy games beforehand – albeit a very pretty and detailed one, at that – but a number of interesting management options,

coupled with challenging line-of-sight rules that affect what you see (and what the enemy sees), can quickly seize defeat from the jaws of victory – or vice versa. Throw in some quirky, but slightly gimmicky, weather conditions that can affect the flow of battle, and it’s another memorable touch to have added on the sequel. Ultima tely, CoH2 hasn’t tinkered with the winning RTS formula of its predecessor too much – but then, when you’ve crafted such an enjoyable, challenging title, why would you? And all that is before you even try multiplayer matches to really test your armchair general skills ... Company of Heroes 2 is available now; prices vary at retail.

The intricately-designed troops and machinery in the Eastern Front-based environments in Call of Heroes 2 will push your tactical skills to the limit

BYTES&PIECES INSTAGRAM

Photo-sharing app adds video capability JUST in case you missed the recent news (or haven’t been updating your apps), Instagram, the popular photo-sharing and editing application, can now also shoot (up to) 15 seconds of video clips, too. While most users will just use Instagram to take photos, there’s no doubt millions will shoot video clips to share. So, if you have any great clips from your area, feel free to let me know by emailing its link to: sdillon@ gazettegroup.com, for possible inclusion in a future best-of gallery for readers. Happy shooting!

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TRAVEL Castlemartyr, Co Cork

Enjoy 20% off a great weekend retreat  NATALIE BURKE

A SPECIALIST for luxury self-catering breaks and holidays, Natural Retreats is offering 20% off on all stays until July 19 to guests visiting its Irish and British properties. This is a saving of up to €340. This exclusive offer applies to the last remaining holidays in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, and The Heritage, Co Laois, as well as Natural Retreats locations across Britain – John O’Groats and West Highlands in Scotland, the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, Trewhiddle and Fistral Beach in Cornwall, and the Yorkshire Dales. Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper filled with local produce such as bread, cheese and wine, and are granted full access to the five-star hotel facilities, including spa, restaurants and championship golf courses. The Natural Retreats concierge team can discuss available dates with you, as well as offering further information. For further information, call 01 685 3013. Terms and conditions apply, and offers are subject to availability.

The Spa Salveo at the four-star Knockranny House Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo, offers a range of indulgent treatments to leave you feeling refreshed

WESTPORT: ENJOY FINE DINING OR SPA TREATMENT IN SIGHT OF CROAGH PATRICK

West is best for a break  NATALIE BURKE

THERE are plenty of reasons why we are all so tempted to flock to the west of Ireland when we get the opportunity to take a few days off. For some of us, it’s the scenery. For others, the adventure sports on offer along the west coast. More often, it’s the ideal destination for avid golfers, surfers and anglers. But, when it comes to treating yourself to a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway, it seems that the west of Ireland is just the place to make your escape. Knockranny House Hotel and Spa is a fourstar hotel in Westport, Co Mayo. Perched on the outskirts of the bustling town, the hotel is located just far enough away to feel secluded, but close enough to walk into town. With bedroom views facing the magnificent

Croagh Patrick, it was tempting to leave the mountain trekking to the more adventurous and instead soak up the intimate and cosy atmosphere of the hotel. A handsome Victorianstyle manor, Knockranny is vast with numerous rooms, yet still manages to feel intimate and capture a warm atmosphere, which was well-promoted by the friendly staff. The log fires, vintagestyle furniture and oldfashioned charm add to the hotel’s general sense of a traditional Irish welcome.

Comforts And it was the extra comforts that helped the huge bedrooms feel like a home away from home – the choice of old paperbacks on the book shelf in the bedroom, the reading chair in the corner, and the wide windows with mountain views. However, it was the Spa Salveo that I was mak-

ing a beeline for; in my books, the most essential ingredient to any “relaxing” weekend away. The award-winning spa encompasses a vitality pool with hydrotherapy stations, an expansive thermal spa suite, various relaxation areas and 12 spacious treatment rooms. With a range of spa treatments offered, Spa Salveo has a huge array of tempting treats to choose from, with everything from facials and body wraps to manicures and massages. I opted for the spa’s newest signature treatment – the Wellness and Radiance Ritual, which incorporates a two-hour treatment using luxury products from the Kerstin Florian range. The ritual includes a deluxe foot soak and destressing foot massage, a full-body salt scrub, a wellness back massage and a pro-radiance facial.

Knockranny House Hotel: ideal for a romantic getaway or a weekend with the girls

To say that I felt rejuvenated afterwards would be a slight understatement. And, since no pampering weekend is complete without feeding the soul, it was imperative that we made the most of the culinary wonders that were offered by the hotel’s impressive La Fougere restaurant. With chef Seamus Commons – twice named Best Chef in Connacht by the Food & Wine Maga-

zine Awards – the restaurant itself has earned the title Best Restaurant in Connaught 2011, along with two AA Rosettes, making it worth the road trip purely for the food itself. Starters ranged from goat cheese parfait to beef carpaccio, while mains included pan-fried seabass, baked Atlantic cod and parmesan gnocchi. Grapefruit parfait, bitter chocolate tart and Carrowholly cheeses

were just some of the desserts to top it all off. Ideal for a romantic weekend away or a getaway with the girls, Knockranny House Hotel and Spa offer a range of deals for your next ramble to the west. The two-hour Wellness and Radiance Ritual costs €105 per person, and includes a light lunch. For further information, see www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie or call 098 28600.


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MAYO: ENJOY A PERFECT FAMILY BREAK

Lots to see, and so much more to do  MIMI MURRAY

DRIVING past Castlebar with Croagh Patrick looming in the distance, we knew we had almost reached our destination – the pretty town of Westport. It’s a hotspot for hen and stag parties, but also a place filled with outdoorsy things to do and lots to keep young folk entertained. We stayed in the heart of the town, in the Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel. We were per fectly positioned for all the activities we intended to partake in that weekend. Westport Plaza is a friendly, family-run hotel that has a courtyard linking it to the Castlecourt Hotel. Rooms are extremely spacious, and ours had plenty of room for our inquisitive 11-month-old to roam around in. Beds are big and bathrooms feature sleek, black marble. One of the big draws

to the Westport region is the Great Western Greenway – a traffic-free cycling and walking trail that follows the route of the old Westport to Achill railway. At 42km, this is the longest offroad walking and cycling trail in Ireland. After conferring with the very friendly and knowledgeable people --------------------------

‘Westport Plaza is a friendly, family-run hotel. Rooms are extremely spacious’ --------------------------

at Clew Bay bike hire, and deciding not to have the stamina for the full trip, my husband started his journey at the second leg, from the picturesque town of Newport, and on to Mulranny. The journey is probably the most scenic leg of the trail, taking in the spectacular views of the

rugged Nephin mountain range on one side, and Clew Bay on the other. This trail will really appeal to the leisurely cyclist as the gradient is pretty flat. There is also plenty of wildlife to see, including the odd stag and hen. With a headwind coming in from the Atlantic, the journey to Mulranny offered a bit of a challenge in places; however, there are plenty of viewing platforms for a wellearned rest and most bike hire companies will pick you up at different points on the trail. Myself, my mum and my little boy headed for Westport House, which is an amazing place for children, with lots to do including zorbing, archery, bouncy castles, playgrounds, a mini train ride and swan boats on a very pretty lake. My 11-month-old was too young for many of the things on offer, but his eyes lit up, after a little trepidation, at the

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TRAVEL New York is gearing up for Restaurant Week

Tuck into a Big Apple dining deal  NATALIE BURKE

If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel (right, below), there are many activities to see and enjoy around Westport, including the 42km Great Western Greenway (main)

sight of the soft ball and activity area. He climbed and tumbled and had a fantastic time playing, making sure mammy was always a short distance away. The train ride, which circumnavigates the lake, extracted squeals of delight. Before we took our leave, we toured the magnificent house, which hosts the Westport Festival. Westport is also a great food destination. On our first night we ate in the hotel, and our meal was prepared to a really high standard. My husband went for sea trout, whilst I went for sirloin steak – something I never usually order, but which was a delicious cut of meat.

My mum loved her salmon starter, which was infused with lots of coriander. On the second night, we ate in an exceptional restaurant – An Port Mor. Our starters of crab cake and scallops were devoured with gusto, and mains included hake, blue sea trout and crab tagliatelle. Desserts were summer y and light, and included a marshmal-

low-textured raspberry meringue. To top it all off, we had delicious homemade limoncello, which was on the house and extremely potent! After a hearty breakfast the following morning, we packed our bags and departed for home, with a promise to return to the West for further adventures. For details on Westport Plaza, see www. westportplazahotel.ie.

FOR a bite of the Big Apple, experience New York City Restaurant Week this summer with American Holidays. Visitors can enjoy more than 20 days of dining deals, from July 22 to August 16, with three-course lunches for $25 ($19) and dinners for $38 (plus tip and tax) at more than 300 restaurants. American Holidays is offering a special NYC package of a threenight stay at the threestar Wellington Hotel from just €1,059pp. Alternatively, you could upgrade to the four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, Times Square from only €1,075pp. The price includes return flights from Shannon (prices from Dublin are available). For further information, call American Holidays at 01 673 3804, or see www.americanholidays.com.


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The Citroen DS range is touring the country

Citroen roadshow to highlight the DS range LAST year, I was nothing short of bowing before the Citroen DS5, such was my love for the unique design of the car. Thankfully, Citroen is taking the DS range on a tour of Ireland to let potential buyers get up close and personal with the award-winning models from the distinctively-styled DS line – DS3, DS4, DS5 and the new DS3 Cabrio. The DS Tour launched in Drogheda in May and will travel the country until August, visiting most major cities and towns. Those interested in checking it out should visit their nearest DS Discovery Tour location over the coming weeks, and get behind the wheel of one of Citroen’s most exclusive and stylish cars. For further information, you can see www.facebook.com/citroen.ireland.

Weathered logos can be replaced, free

Ford owners can avail of a logo replacement OVER time, the iconic blue oval on all Ford vehicles can become faded or damaged, but Ford Ireland has just announced a free replacement programme for the logo at participating Ford dealerships. The replacement offer is open to anyone with a Ford vehicle that is up to 10 years old. First introduced on the 1928 Model A car, the Ford blue oval was devised by Ford’s first chief engineer and designer, Childe Harold Wills. Today, it is one of the most recognisable brands in the world. Like any part of a motor vehicle, it is liable to corrosion and accidental damage. Ford drivers can get more information on the blue oval replacement programme at www. ford.ie, or by contacting their local Ford dealer.

The V40-R Design: unbelievable presence, with a visual personality that is so understated it is almost sinister

V40 R-design: volvo deliver an impressive piece of kit

Hats off to the surprising motor that oozes coolness n Cormac Curtis

PRETTY much every car company out there is trying their best to appeal to new buyers – the kind of buyer that wouldn’t have necessarily been attracted to them in the past. Some of the larger, premium brands are making some big noises about their new models, fresh designs and outside-thebox thinking – but along comes Volvo. They’re a conservative bunch, and they tend not to get involved in extravagant fanfare – they just do things right. So, when it came to the new V40, I nearly fell out of my cot when I saw it. If there is one car that has taken me by complete surprise in 2013, then this is it. In a shade that Volvo calls Rebel Blue, this little rocket looked unlike any Volvo I had ever seen. Unlike so many cars in this segment, it’s so much more than a boy racer’s fantasy hot hatch.

It has unbelievable presence, with a visual personality that is so understated that it is almost sinister – think Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, and you’ll get the picture. It has a low stance, without any dramatic, over-the-top or aggressive lines, and features a purposeful front end, without resorting to wildly-angled headlights or a massive front grille. The look is determined, purposeful, strong, and really attractive.

Highlights The lines of the car flow nicely toward the rear, with some very pleasing chrome highlights drawing the eye across the body, tapering toward the boot – and the rear end doesn’t disappoint, either. The rear lights are a beautifully-designed, boomerang shape, and they dictate the unusual shape of the boot. I was expecting a bit of

a sheep in wolf’s clothing, to be honest, but the V40 R design does even more on the inside than it does on the outside. The V40 R-Design that I tested was priced at €30,865 – about €3,000 over the entry-level price, but for that you get an impressive list of kit. In terms of visual appeal, I can’t compare it to the ES or SE specs, but this a very special car on the inside. At this level, the interior is treated to sports floor mats, aluminium sports pedals, sports upholstery with R-design logo, aluminium trim and an incredibly cool active TFT screen with blue instrument dials. There is a leather sports steering wheel, with a shape unlike any other I have driven, that is a delight to touch. Front sports seats with side support were incredibly comfortable under all the conditions I drove it – including some of the nastiest speed bumps in

Unlike so many cars in its segment, this V40 is so much more than a boy racer’s fantasy hot hatch

north County Dublin – striking 17” IXON-alloy wheels, and lots of special R-Design silver pieces, including lower front nose and grille, matt grille with logo, twin exhaust pipes, an ironstone rear diffuser and the all-important lowered chassis for rear sports performance. The controls were pretty intuitive, if not the greatest I’ve ever used, but within a day or two I could control all the important stuff without looking – which is a plus! Despite being completely blind-sided by this car, it was truly reassur-

ing to see that Volvo were at pains to point out the extensive safety features at the top of the standard features specifications list for this car. The first 13 features mentioned were airbag and safety features to protect both occupants and pedestrians. Simply put – my hat is off to Volvo for the V40 R-Design. It oozes coolness, it drives and handles like a proper driver’s car – and even the guys who run the car park next to my office stopped me to talk about it for a good 10 minutes, so it’s got to be good!


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FastSport Win a place on dublin ladies summer camp:

Ireland Under-18 internationals Jessica McGirr and Hannah Grieve, Sean Walsh, Electric Ireland and Ireland senior international Nikki Symmons at the launch

hockey: gathering event set to bring cream of european sport to UCD

International championship graces Dublin later in month THE Irish Hockey Association launched the Electric Ireland U-18 Women’s EuroHockey Championships this week, starting the countdown for the event which will take place in UCD from July 29 to August 4. The tournament, running as part of The Gathering, will feature the cream of European underage hockey with Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Russia, France and Wales joining the hosts for six days of competition. Having finished fourth two summers ago in Utrecht, Ireland have good pedi-

gree at this age group and will be hopeful in a group that features Celtic rivals France and Wales. The Dutch, however, are an imposing force at underage level and they make up the other component of the initial four-team group with the top two teams going on to play in the semi-finals and the other sides contesting the relegation battle. Irish Under-18 players Jessica McGirr – a Loreto Beaufort student – and Hannah Grieve were on hand to launch the event in Dublin along with senior inter-

national Nikki Symmons. Symmons spoke of her pride in playing underage hockey for Ireland and the spur it gave her to push for the senior setup: “I know how special it is to pull on the green shirt for Ireland having just received my 200th cap for the senior team last weekend and these girls will be bursting with pride when they get to do this in front of our home support at UCD in a major tournament. “There is a great opportunity for the Irish public to see the future stars of Irish hockey in action up close and many of

these players will be knocking down the door of the senior team in the very near future. I’m looking forward to getting out and supporting them myself.” The IHA have launched an early bird season ticket offer for the tournament to allow fans to watch the six full days of action including the finals day at a fraction of the cost of individual tickets for the tournament. Supporters can avail of the early bird six-day ticket for €30 up until Friday, July 19. Early bird tickets will be available on www.hockey.ie

Dublin Gazette Newspapers and the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association are inviting you to join in a competition for one of two places at the 2013 Dublin Ladies’ Summer Camps. To win a place at either of the camps, which run from July 29 to August 2 at St Margaret’s GAA club and from August 12 to 16 at St Peregrine’s, answer this simple question: In what year did Dublin win the Ladies’ All-Ireland final? Email your answer to camps@dublinladiesgaelic.ie, including your preferred week of attendance. For more information about the camps, log on to www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie.

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Action from last year’s thrilling Morton Games

dean carpenter Collinstown FC player Carpenter has had an impressive month, with his club side achieving a double after securing the Myles O’Neill Cup, and capped it with a call-up and appearance for the Ireland amateur side against Northern Ireland

Morton Games set to host fine field  sport@gazettegroup.com

TEAMof the MONTH H holy family national school THE St Finian’s feeder school side have had a fine year, with eight teams representing the school, six of whom reached finals, and four of those sides taking title honours in boys and girls GAA codes, including the Cumann na mBunscol crown

FastSport Ipswich Town continue Shels’ Festival of Football Mick McCarthy’s Championship representatives Ipswich Town are the latest side to take part in the Macron Festival Of Football running through July at Shelbourne’s Tolka Park. The second match in the four game series takes place this Saturday, July 6 at 5pm, to be followed later in the month with games against SPL side Aberdeen on Saturday, July 20 at 3pm and a Leeds United XI on Monday, July 29 at 7.45pm. Tickets for each game cost €10 for adults, €7 for students and €5 for children and OAPs, and are available from tickets.ie or from Tolka Park on 01 837 5536.-

Athletics fans from all over the city will be converging on Morton Stadium in Santry on Wednesday, July 17 for the 2013 Morton Games, which promises to be a cavalcade of international track and field, and include the classic Morton Mile and a Ladies Mile in a total of 26 events. Fifteen London 2012 Olympians participated in last year’s event, and this year’s event will be another celebration of the sport.

Last year, the 2012 Morton Mile was won by the USA’s Will Leer in 3.56.39. A total of 10 athletes broke the fourminute barrier in a thrilling finish which had the crowd on their feet and was too close for the TV commentators to call. The ladies’ mile saw Nicole Schappert of the USA set a new stadium record for the distance, coming home first in a time of 4.30.69. Confirmed for the 2013 Morton Mile are regular visitors to Santry, Americans Jack Bolas and Craig

Bringing big smiles Graeme McDowell chips in at Our Lady’s Crumlin golf star Graeme McDowell took time

out before the Irish Open to make children feel way above par when he visited the Cardiac Unit at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, where he met Holly and Carol Gorey. His recent visit allowed him to see the building changes that will transform children’s time in hospital if the urgent Fix Crumlin Appeal reaches its fundraising goal. McDowell’s G-Mac Foundation donated a further $200,000 to the rebuild campaign.

Miller will be appearing in their fourth Morton Mile. They will be joined by Paul Robinson (St Coca’s) and recently confirmed Riley Master (USA). Ireland’s two-time European Cross Country Champion and European 3000m indoor bronze medallist in the ladies event, confirmed for the Mile, is Fionnuala Britton. She will lead a strong home charge against Laura Crowe and Kerry Harty while Scot Lennie Waite will look to take the title though US athletes Brie Felnagle and Debo-

rah Maier will have a say in matters. Brian Gregan, fresh from victory in the European Team Championship 1st League 400m with Irish team mates Ailis McSweeney, Amy Foster, Shauna Cannon, Kelly Proper, Jason Harvey, Anto Lieghio and Eoin Everard will all be in action for the build up to the main event, The Morton Mile. The event website www.mortongames.ie will provide regular news updates and tickets for the 2013 Morton Games.


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Creating ability and strengthening ties

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St Peregrine’s GAA club’s athletic development programme St Matthew’s movie now aims to set up players with a base ability that will last them a lifetime, according to games promotions officer Gordon Ward available to view online

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A windy and grey afternoon at St Peregrine’s GA A club saw their Under-16s go through an extensive training programme. To the untrained eye, it may look like a fairly routine process, but underlining the session is a strong commitment to the ongoing athletic development of their young players, a commitment that starts at a very young age level at the club. The session is being run by St Peregrine’s games promotions officer Gordon Ward, whose background and study of physical fitness and development at Setanta College have informed a programme at the club that has positive implications for their young

players, and the club as a whole. “The two big things we concentrate on in Peregrine’s is retaining players in the club and their ongoing improvement in fitness. With athletic development, the children do not tend to get injured as much, and the skills they are being asked to perform in the sport, if their physical literacy is fluent, are not going to result in injuries. “Athletic development begins at a young age with children at the club, so they have history with it when they come to a stage, around 14 or 15, when they can begin strength work in the gym,” said Gordon. “It’s something that is ongoing, starting with children in the nursery, from four years of age, right up to 16 years old. It’s

a progressive programme that has been running for around four years now.” Gordon says that the programmes that he has helped to introduce are part of an ethos that runs through the sport in the capital. “The Dublin County Board would be very encouraging in terms of physical conditioning and for GPOs to start programmes in their various clubs. As part of my studies, I’ve had to develop programmes, and encouraged the club to adopt those programmes. “I could definitely see other clubs picking up on this type of programme. If a parent sees their child getting this kind of care and attention, it is only going to encourage more children into sport, not only the club.” There is also a wider

thinking behind the athletic development programme. “At a younger age, children are not as active as they used to be. PE programmes in schools are limited. A child lunging or squatting or having lateral movement is not a given any more, and those

there was some opposition, but with some education and presentation to the parents and players, they bought into the idea, and they love it. “It definitely improves the players’ performance - I’m not saying that they will play for Dublin, but they will enjoy their sport

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movements and skills need to be taught before they can get out on the pitch to play a game. “ The athletic development programme was not immediately accepted at the club, but Gordon has seen a buy-in to his way of thinking, which has beneficial effects. “Definitely at the start

The St Peregrine’s players in action in their training session, and, inset, GPO Gordon Ward

more because they will not pick up so many injuries. The kind of injuries that occur, like hamstring and groin injuries, can cost up to €500 to deal with, and most players will end up paying for that themselves.” There is also a positive impact beyond the GAA, according to Gordon. “There is a big crossover here. The kind of skills we teach in athletic development are generic - so if you play rugby or basketball or tennis, the skills are applicable there, too. Though we would love them to stay in GAA! “If you can get a child active at four or five, that makes a difference, and the chances of them staying involved in the club remain very high. As they get older, those starting the sport are few and far between. There is a level here for everyone, and for everyone to remain involved.”

After proving a knockout with a packed audience at the Fingal Film Festival earlier this year, Boxing Clever, a documentary about St Matthews boxing club has now been released to pay per view, with the proceeds going toward the building of a ladies’ changing room at the club. The club is currently restricted from offering membership to the growing number of women interested in the sport as they have no facilities for them. The documentary shows the positive impact the club has had on Ballyfermot since it opened its doors in 1979 and how the club continues to prove an asset to the local and wider community. Steven Murray, the award winning screen writer and director of the documentary, believes the story of the men behind the boxing club, past and present, is inspirational, and the film was described by Dave Byrne of the Fingal Film Festival as: “A great watch, insightful, funny and compelling.” The film can be seen if you go to the club website www.stmatthewsboxingclub.com and click the Boxing Clever documentary link.

Dun Laoghaire set to host 2013 regatta event Watersports lovers from all over Dublin are gearing up to attend the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta which runs this year on Dublin Bay from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14. 350 boats, including 112 visiting boats, across 25 classes and 2,500 sailors will compete in the biennial regatta event that is a celebration of sailing in the city and internationally.

In addition to the events on the water, the organisers and Dun Laoghaire town’s waterfront yacht clubs have put together an on shore programme combining the excitement of world class sailing, great food, and entertainment for all sailors, visiting and local, their families and friends and members, which can be downloaded from dlregatta.org/sandbox/ DownLoads/414.pdf For more information, log on to www. dlregatta.org/2013 and www.facebook. com/dlregatta


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soccer: saints receive promotion after shake-up

Adamstown and Irvine salute their top cyclists World Track cycling champion and Olympian Martyn Irvine was on hand last week to help to support Adamstown Cycling Team’s Roisin Kennedy’s Ice Cream Funday for Down Syndrome Ireland at the club’s prize-giving night for the Summer Track League. Martyn also attended last year’s event before he went to the Olympics, and the world champion was a big success, presenting league prizes, and giving a speech on his life as a professional cyclist. This proved to be a memorable week for the club on a number of fronts, with ACTs Kayleigh Gibbons getting her first win of the season at Corkagh Park on June 25. Kayleigh was one of only a handful of B riders that could stay with the A women on the final lap, and sprinted home as first B rider. Roisin Kennedy was also in action, taking third prize overall in the A race. Elsewhere, Darragh Zaidan got his 2013 race season back on track after recent injuries by going clear of the main field and taking third prize in Mondello Park on the same evening. Fergus Whelan was also in action for the local club, taking the first A3 prize. Zaidan returned to France last week to resume his season with

McGregor to meet Ogle at UFC Boston Rising MMA star Conor McGregor’s opponent for the UFC’s Boston card on August 17 has been revealed as Englishman Andy Ogle. Speaking at Cage Warriors 55, where he watched his SBG teammate Cathal Pendred attempt to fight his way on to the same Boston card, the 24-yearold reflected on the

announcement. “There was a bit of delay getting the contract signed, but now it’s sorted and I think this is a very good match up for me,” said the featherweight. M c G r e g o r, w h o became internationally renowned after his UFC debut knockout over Marcus Brimage in Sweden in April, acknowledged his respect for Ogle’s fighting style. “I respect the fact that he fights with a lot of heart and I look forward to the challenge.”

St Francis’ LSL team received promotion to the Sunday Senior 1 league after Mount Merrion withdrew from their Sunday Senior team

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ST FRANCIS’ meteoric rise back up the Leinster Senior League ranks received another boost last week with the news they had been granted promotion up to Sunday Senior 1. It came by virtue of Mount Merrion’s decision to withdraw their Sunday Senior team, which in turn saw an extra side promoted in each of the two divisions below, with the Baldonnell club one of the direct beneficiaries. The Saints had finished

agonisingly just outside the promotion spots in LSL Sunday Senior 1A, falling 2-0 to Killester on the final day of the season when a win would have assured them the title. That loss, in conjunction with Glenville’s last gasp 2-0 win over Rathcoole, combined to push them down to third despite amassing 62 points in the 2012/13 season from their 26 games, a tally that would usually see a side comfortably promoted. Nonetheless, manager John Reid is delighted that his side can continue their progress, telling

20 years and counting Round Tower side get together on anniversary the round Tower Under-14 footballers

who claimed the Division 1 Feile title and were crowned All-Ireland champions in 1993 gathered 20 years on at Monastery Road last week for a reunion and to play a challenge match against the club’s Gaelic 4 Fathers side. Team mentors Bernard Sheeran, PJ Minihan and Noel McGlynn stood on the lines once again, and the 1993 stars ran out 1-11 to 1-10 winners.

GazetteSport: “Obviously it’s not the way we would have liked to do it, but it’s that little bit of luck we never seem to get, so we’ll take it. “Everybody was disappointed after the Killester game. It was tough for everyone associated with the club, from management to players to the committee. It was a big downer, but we’ve got this good news and are looking forward to next season.” Reid took on the side six seasons ago when the club was languishing in the junior ranks in LSL Sunday Major One. But

this promotion will be their fourth during his tenure with Reid attributing the rise down to the club’s youth structure. “I believe this is one of the biggest clubs in junior football and was playing well below its level. The aim was to get it back up where it belongs based on the history. It’s a massive club. “When I came in, I wanted to concentrate on the youth coming through. There’s a good schoolboy structure and I wanted to tap into that and took some of them on board when they were 17 or 18. Some of them

are still only in their early 20s now – there’s seven or eight of them – they’ve come a long way with me and are still learning and not at their peak yet. “I think we are the type of club that can push on. We’ve improved every year since I took the job so there’s no reason not to. “We know it will be very difficult and Senior 1 is a difficult league to get out of but, with three going up next year, there’s a lot of opportunities. We’re hoping to be in the top half and maybe challenge for honours. We’re ready for the challenge.”


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LIAM Rushe declared Dublin’s 1-16 to 0-16 replay win over Kilkenny in the Leinster senior hurling championship semi-final a “monumental” moment after they bridged a 71-year gap since their last win over the Cats. Rushe was immense

throughout in centreback and said it was an incredible turnaround after a rough 18-point defeat to the same opponent at the same stage 12 months ago. “It’s monumental for us,” he said after the game. “It was an abject defeat last year, we were so low after it you’d almost think of quitting.

“This year, we’ve got that monkey off our backs, I suppose, and I know we’ve lost handsomely to Kilkenny a few times before but you just have to enjoy days likes these. “To go back to the same venue that we were massacred last year and come out with a win, gives it that bit of romance.”

He is now looking forward to a final date in Croke Park with Galway next weekend, the Dubs’ fifth successive outing. “To be honest, we’d nearly prefer it this way,” said Rushe. “People were saying, ‘You’ll be tired and worn out’ but you’d be sick of sitting around in training with three-week gaps between games.”

Club Noticeboard round tower clondalkin THE senior footballers defeated Ballinteer St John’s and Erin’s Isle in the league.

RT Golf Society: Aidan Dardis’

The inter footballers defeated

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Clontarf in the championship and St

Castleknock GC on Saturday, July 6.

Brigid’s in the league.

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The junior footballers defeated Naomh Fionbarra in the championship. The inter hurlers lost to Naomh Barrog in the league.

football: league and championship success

T h i s we e k’s j a c k p o t w i l l b e €10,000.

The senior ladies defeated Ballinteer St John’s in the cup. Lotto: numbers drawn were 10, 13, 18 and 28; Bonus Ball 7. There was no winner of the jackpot of €10,000. Congratulations to Helen Fitzgerald, Ron Hickey and Lisa Rothwell who were the three €100 winners. Match three plus Bonus Ball winner: Paul Dunwoth.

Tony Keogh on 087 255 0744. Summer Camps for four- to 12-year-olds: Kellogg’s Cul Camp, Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, from 10am to 2pm daily. Cost per child €55. RT’s Summer Camp: Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, from 10am to 2pm. Cost per child €40. RT’s 35th annual Mass for deceased members will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 8pm in the clubrooms. All are welcome to attend. Enquiries for rental of the clubrooms for parties, anniversaries, etc to Jimmy behind the bar on 01-4592960.

st pat’s palmerstown THE senior footballers lost by a point

Congratulations to Liam Rushe

against Naomh Mearnog, but man-

and the Dublin hurlers on their vic-

aged to win convincingly against

tory over Kilkenny.

Fingallians. The junior footballers continue their championship drive with a win over St Mark’s, and a depleted team tog ged out against Lif fey Gaels thanks to the efforts of Paul

Thanks to Damian Gallagher for his valiant effort in the puc fada completion. Lotto: First draw numbers were 4, 24, 25 and 30; there was no winner. Second draw numbers were 3, 8, 9 and 10; there was no winner.

Tower’s inters take double satisfaction

Heffernan, but came away with no

inter championship

C ongratulations t o J o h n n y

This week’s lotto numbers for the

McCaffrey, Peter Kelly, Chris Crum-

jackpot of €20,000 were 2, 10, 17 and

mey and the Dublin hurlers on their

19. There was no winner. The num-

fantastic win over Kilkenny on Sat-

bers for the €2,000 jackpot were 15,

urday.

17, 23 and 28. There was no winner.

Round Tower’s intermediate footballers claimed victory against Clontarf last week . Picture: Niall Connaghton

Round Tower 0-13 Clontarf 1-7  sport@gazettegroup.com

Round Tower’s interme diate fo o tbal l ers ended a satisfying week on the field securing a pair of wins that set them up well for the next stages of competition in the championship and the league. After comfortably beating the pre-championship favourites, Raheny, in the previous round by 10 points, Round Tower’s intermediate footballers made hard work of this tie against less vaunted,

but no less committed opposition. Dermot Milton opened the scoring for Tower’s with a free and the home side enjoyed most of the play in the opening exchanges, before a poor clearance from defence allowed Clontarf to pick out a spare man in attack who made no mistake from close range. Eric Finn was running riot and the Clontarf defence, playing with a sweeper, had no answer to his pace. A combination of good goalkeeping, the woodwork and bad luck denied Finn a first half

hat-trick. Justin McGrane was on target for four firsthalf points, two from play, but overall a host of scoring chances went astray and the teams went into the break level on 1-2 to 0-5 each when Tower’s should have been out of sight. Five Tower’s points in a row in the second half from McGrane, Paul Clifford, Eric Finn and Stephen McGibney (2) saw Tower gain control before McGibney and Finn both missed goal chances from tight angles on the left. Podge McKeever

tagged on a point after appearing as a substitute before Eric Finn scored the last point of the game. The club described this as a less than vintage performance, but they have the desired result, a place in the next round. Round Tower also claimed a valuable win against St Brigid’s in AFL 4 at Russell Park, taking the points with a 1-18 to 1-12 win. The victory puts them in fifth place in the league, with two matches in hand and three points behind league leaders, Scoil Ui Chonaill.

points. The U-14 hurlers were unlucky against Naomh Olaf.

Any three numbers: Fiona Whelan, Alan Curry, Tracy Lattimore and Eoln Fealon.

The U-15 footballers won convinc-

Next draw is on Sunday, July 7.

ingly over Scoil Ui Chonaill, but lost

First draw jackpot is €10,000, sec-

to Craobh Chiaran.

ond draw jackpot of €4,800.

lucan sarsfields

You can now register online for our summer camps at www.lucansarsfields.ie. Camps run from 10am to 2. 30pm daily. Football (Kellogg’s Camp) Monday, July 8 to to Friday, July 12; Hurling/

Nex t week’s jackpot s will be €20,000 and €3,000. Shay Hurson’s team will be in charge next Sunday night when our sponsor will be Carey’s Newsagents.

Camogie (Club Camp) Monday, Jluy

Note to all members: Kindly refrain

15 to Friday, July 19; Football (Club

from parking on double yellow lines

Camp) Monday, August 12 to Friday,

and blocking ambulance access to

August 16; Hurling/Camogie (Club

the pitches in the clubhouse car

Camp) Monday, August 19 to Friday,

park. There is ample space in the old

August 23. For more information,

Uniform site adjacent to the club-

contact Lisa Tuite 086 377 4887 or

house carpark. If people continue to

Cathrine Hayes 087 640 9701.

disregard the car park regulations,

Our nurseries for boys and girls

the executive will be looking into

have now finished for the summer

engaging the services of a private

break.

clamping company.


32 clondalkin Gazette 4 July 2013

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