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Beat generation: Schools get defibrillators the Laurel’s Clondalkin and The Ciaran Carr Foundation recently presented defibrillators to 29 local schools. Pictured are the Laurel’s Charity Crew project manager Dennis McCarthy, with Elle McLoughlin, Gemma and Philip Carr, and bar manager Damien Long at the presentation evening at The Laurel’s Pub. A total of €32,791 was raised to fund the life-saving machines. Picture: Cathy Weatherston

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St Mark’s ‘disgusted’ by mindless break-in Christmas lights, table, chairs and bench stolen from community garden

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St Mark’s community garden suffered a blow recently as thieves broke in and stole many of the garden’s donated furniture and equipment.

The Clondalkin garden, which recently received a runner-up award in the national Pride of Place competition, had a table, chairs, a bench and Christmas lights taken from it, including a fence that

stretched the length of the garden. The garden was surrounded by high railings and was locked when the theft took place. The thieves cut the railings in order to gain access.

A spokesperson from North Clondalkin Tidy Towns said that everyone within the local community was “disgusted at the mindless” break-in. Full Story on Page 2


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ST MARK’S Community Garden suffered a blow recently as thieves broke in and stole many of the garden’s donated furniture and equipment. The Clondalkin garden, which recently received a runner-up award in the national Pride of Place competition, had a table, chairs, a bench and Christmas lights taken from it, including a fence that stretched the length of the garden. The garden was surrounded by high railings and was locked when the theft took place. The thieves cut the railings in order to gain access. A spokesperson from North Clondalkin Tidy Towns said that everyone within the local community was “disgusted at the mindless” break-in. “How nobody saw or heard them [the thieves]

The colourful community asset, St Mark’s Community Garden, before thieves targeted it recently

is beyond me. If it wasn’t nailed down, they took it. They must have had a van, because two guys on their own wouldn’t have shifted all that stuff in a hurry. “They [St Mark’s Community Garden] were broken into before, and

they robbed big bags of moss peat.” Stephanie Gorman, who runs St Mark’s Community Garden, said that the break-in and robbery were shocking to see happen so soon after it had won a Pride of Place award. She said: “It is the last thing we would expect, and I don’t think it was anyone from the area. They took a fence that was the whole length of the garden. They must have had a van or a lorry to take everything. “All of the neighbours are shocked – they couldn’t get over it. They offered to come out and help me to clean up, and put things back together.” Sinn Fein’s North Clondalkin area representative Jonathan Graham condemned the theft and commended the volunteers at the garden and the local community for “their positive response to the attack”.

He said: “The St Mark’s Community Garden is a highly-positive facility for the local community. “More than a year of hard work from local people has transformed what was an illegal dumping hot-spot into a fantastic space for local people. “This hard work resulted in the garden winning second place in the allIreland Pride of Place competition last month. “That anyone would break into the garden and steal gardening equipment, furniture and lights is an absolute disgrace. The thieves should be ashamed of themselves. “They have not only attacked the garden, they have attacked the entire community of St Mark’s. “Sinn Fein was delighted to be able to arrange the welding of the damaged fence. We have also donated new gardening equipment and pallets to replace the stolen mate-

rial,” said Graham. St Mark’s Community Garden received a runner-up award in the Pride of Place awards in Derry on November 16. The competition focused on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area. The St Mark’s Community Garden area was previously a derelict site, but has been completely transformed by the local community, which was seen as a testament to the hard work that the residents had put in. Members of the community said the garden acts as a beacon of light and is a great source of pride for the local community, which also acts as an educational resource for children. To donate garden furniture, ornaments and other equipment to St Mark’s Community Garden, contact Stephanie Gorman at 087 057 5356.


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new statistics: fg praise drop in numbers signing on; sf urge caution

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€425 to help local animals

Local Live Register drops 8% in a year  ian begley

THERE has been an 8% drop in Live Register figures for Clondalkin, according to the latest statistics from the Central Statistics Office. The figures show that the total for the Clondlakin local office area, which encompasses the bulk of Dublin Mid West, has fallen from 9,033 people signing on in October 2012 to 8,345 people this October. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, welcomed the 8% drop as a “clear and encouraging sign that the Irish economy is moving in the right direction”. She said: “This sig-

nificant decrease in Live Register numbers in the Clondalkin area should be taken as a positive indicator that the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is working. “These statistics, coupled with recent announcements of major investments by Digital Realty and Microsoft in massive data centre developments in the Clondalkin area, all point to a brightening economic picture as Ireland prepares to exit the troika bailout. “Nationally, the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since 2009, following five quarters in succession where unemployment has declined on an annual basis.” Commenting on the

latest Live Register figures, Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) urged “caution when reading these figures”, and said that “any talk of recovery is premature”. He said: “I would expect the number of people signing on to fall marginally on last month, as has been the trend for a number of months now. “What we know is that 1,700 people are leaving the State every single week – most of them young and in search of work. Unemployment, and especially youth unemployment and long-term unemployment, remain unacceptably high. “Any talk of recovery at this stage is premature and not based on hard facts,” said Cllr O Broin.

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Fair play: Clonburris NS pupils attend Dublin Castle conference clonburris National School recently took part in the 11th annual Fairtrade Conference in Dublin Castle. The school was represented by sixth class teacher Paula Galvin and pupils Adam Van Eekeren and Julia Miguel. The conference was attended by 50 representatives from 80 voluntary groups nationwide, providing an opportunity for them to network with each other and to swap tips and ideas. To support Clondalkin’s bid to become a Fair Trade Town, see www.facebook.com/MakeClondalkinAFairTradeTown.

A TOTAL of €425 was raised for Clondalkin Animal Aid at their recent coffee fundraising morning in Perrystown Community Centre. A spokesperson for Animal Aid said: “We would like to say a massive thanks to Anne who organised it and also thank you to everyone who supported it. “We really appreciate everyone’s ongoing support when it comes to fundraising and these funds will go a long way to help with our work.” To find out about the latest fundraising drives and lost animal info that Clondalkin Animal Aid provide, see w w w.facebook.com/ ClondalkinAnimalAid.


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‘major blow’ Reduction in business cited for closure

Local motor tax office to shut THE Clondalkin motor tax office is due to close permanently on December 24 due to “a significant reduction in business”. A statement from the finance department at Dublin City Council said there has been a reduction in business at the Dublin motor tax offices since the driver licence processing was transferred to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at the end of October. In addition, 70% of Dublin motor tax customers now tax online at www.motortaxonline.ie, which also contributed to the closure. A council spokesperson said: “The motor tax service has been reviewed and it is not possible to keep

three offices open for the level of service now required by customers. “Therefore, the motor tax office in Clondalkin will close, effective December 24. “Staff from the Clondalkin office will be reassigned across the city council to fill vacancies in other service areas,” said the spokesperson. Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) has described the news of the Clondalkin motor tax office closure as a “major blow” to Clondalkin. He said: “The closure of the Clondalkin office will also be a major blow to local businesses, particularly in the Mill Centre, many of whom rely on the staff and customers of the tax office.” Deputy Robert Dowds TD (Lab) said the forth-

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‘It’s a nuisance for both the Clondalkin and Lucan community, and ... The Mill Shopping Centre, they will lose trade because of this’

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Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab)

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coming closure of the office “is something I regret”. He said: “I tried to encourage them to stay, but unfortunately I was unsuccessful in that regard. When I knew that I wasn’t going to be successful, I immediately started looking to see if somebody else would occupy that office. “It’s a nuisance for both the Clondalkin and Lucan community, and it’s also regrettable in terms of The Mill Shopping Cen-

tre, because they will lose trade as well because of this.” Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) said that he is also disappointed over the lack of communication involved with the process of the decision to close the office. He said: “I was led to believe there were no closures. I said back in July with the Monday-only closures that there would be more closures, so I was correct in this regard, unfortunately.

Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab)

“I’m very disappointed that they didn’t even have the honesty to tell people about this up-front,” he

said. Two motor tax offices will continue to be available for transacting tax

business: Smithfield which is on the red Luas line, and Ballymun which is just off the M50.

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opinion Phil Hogan on the Local Government Reform Bill

Abolish outdated institutions THE Local Government Bill 2013, which is currently before the Dail, implements the reforms in the Action Programme for Effective Local Government, Putting People First, which outlined the rationale for reform and a vision for local government to be utilised as effectively as possible as the primary vehicle for governance and public service locally (as seen at www.environ.ie/en/ publications/local government/administration). The Bill addresses fundamental weaknesses and brings renewal across the entire local government system; structures, functions, funding, governance and operational arrangements. This short piece concentrates on structural reform, which has gained much media attention due partly to a campaign by some local politicians to save their seats in the guise of defending local democracy and services. The hollowness of the “democracy” slogan is exposed by the fact that the 744 town councillors, who comprise 46% of all councillors, represent only 14% of the population – an imbalance that is aggravated by the fact that ‘the 14%’ have double votes and two sets of councillors. As regards local services, the 80 town councils, which comprise more than 70% of local authorities, account for less

than 7% of local authority activity measured by expenditure. No wonder the ‘save our seats’ campaign garnered little, if any, support during its passage at Dail Second Stage [voting]. We tend to be changeaverse in relation to public institutions, but in considering the status quo in local government, we need to reflect on a range of questions, such as: • Does it serve the people well that we have a town council for 15 towns with a population of fewer than 2,000 people, while a number with more than 10,000 do not?

Outdated • Why do residents living inside a boundary line have a town council, while those in the suburbs of the same town, but outside an outdated boundary, must deal with the county council? • Does it make sense that town councils operate like ‘islands’, separate from their wider hinterlands? • Does it serve a useful purpose that some town councils, which owe their existence to 160-year-old legislation, have virtually no functions? • Would it make sense to try to rectify anomalies by transferring territory and resources from the county councils to the towns, thereby weakening the former; or by creating new town councils and extra councillors? The current multiplicity of authorities involves

massive duplication, which must be eradicated not expanded. More significant than the reduction of nearly 700 council seats is the fact that the Bill will result in 83 fewer local authority structures – that’s 83 fewer annual budgets, annual reports, annual audits, corporate plans, development plans, elections, and various other processes. The ‘83’ figure only counts local authorities, and does not capture the full extent of administrative and political streamlining. More than 190 separate organisations are being dissolved, including 34 City and County Development Boards, 35 County Enterprise Boards, eight regional authorities and more than 30 other local bodies dealing with matters such as burials, drainage, libraries and harbours. This excludes some other subsidiary local bodies, committees and sub-committees. It is an unprecedented elimination of unnecessary duplication, unproductive bureaucratic structures and process, and administrative overheads. The administrative staff released [by this elimination process] will be put to more productive use in advancing sustainable social, economic and environmental development, ensuring the best possible local services, and working to enhance the quality of life of local

Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Picture: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

communities. However, the reform programme is not primarily about dissolutions. The merging of six city/ county councils into unified authorities in Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford is well advanced, and bearing fruit. The 80 town councils will be replaced by a more coherent and comprehensive system of municipal districts, integrated with the county structure, unlike the duplicative, stand-alone town councils. Whether you live in Ashbourne orTrim, Claremorris or Castlebar, in the town centre, the suburbs, or the rural hinterland, you will be represented by municipal district members who will decide, and be accountable for, a

range of important matters in the local area. With nearly 70 statutory functions listed in the Bill for municipal district level, county council decisions on local matters will be brought closer to local communities, freeing plenary meetings of local issues and enhancing subsidiarity.

Recognised This is recognised in a recent Council of Europe report which, contrary to some misleading comments, specifically endorsed the changes at sub-county level and, far from criticising the Bill – as some have tried to imply – welcomed the overall Action Programme. As well as modernising structures, the Bill will

strengthen local government functions, especially in economic and community development, reversing a decades-long trend of marginalisation, and repositioning local government away from some traditional functions which require greater scale, resources or expertise. Local government will be more financially stable, self-reliant and responsible, with the restoration of independent revenueraising powers. There will be more r o b u s t g ove r n a n c e , including a National Oversight and Audit Commission, working within existing resources to oversee performance, value for money and best practice, stronger local audit provisions, and

stronger council oversight of the executive, which will be headed by a ‘chief executive’, and having additional obligations with respect to the elected council. Outdated structures and practices have not served local government well. The Reform Bill opens a new future for local government, increasing its capacity to play a wider role, with public confidence in its ability to be the primary vehicle of public service at local level and a major force in enhancing the quality of life of all our communities.  phil hogan

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government


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courts Man to be sentenced for Wheatfield Prison incident

Inmate attacked with boiling water A PRISONER is to be sentenced later for throwing a kettle of scalding water over a fellow inmate at Wheatfield Prison. Joseph McCarthy (26), of Grange View Road, Clondalkin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Matthew Tuohey at Wheatfield Prison on May 30, 2012. Garda Kevin Mullahy told Roisin Lacey BL, prosecuting, that Mr Tuohey had been talking to another prisoner on the landing when McCarthy came up behind him and threw a kettle of boiling water over his back. Mr Tuohey turned

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‘McCarthy’s fiancee Emma Rowland took the stand to defend him, saying he was a “great person” with “a heart of gold”’

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around “in shock and in pain” and saw McCarthy with the kettle. The injured man ran to the pool room and tried to pull his t-shirt off as it was sticking to him and getting hotter. He went to the prison surgery and a week later to the burns unit of St James’s Hospital, where his back was treated with daily dressings for three weeks.

The attack was witnessed by a number of prison officers and captured on CCTV. When McCarthy was charged with the offence, he replied: “Don’t give me that, I’m being set up.” But later he admitted responsibility. Gda Mullahy said he is “very well-known” to gardai in the Ronanstown area, and has a history of being very unco-

operative. McCar thy has 45 previous convictions, including drugs and firearms offences. He had been serving a six-yearsentence for burglary and theft at the time of the attack, and is due for release in February 2016. McCarthy’s fiancee Emma Rowland took the stand to defend him, saying he was a “great person” with “a heart of gold”. The court heard that the couple have a threeyear-old son, born while his father was in custody. Ms Rowland told Sandra Frayne BL, defending, that McCarthy was

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Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Joseph McCarthy (26), of Grange View Road, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm

being “bullied” in prison and that matters had been building up between himself and Mr Tuohey. Ms Rowland said her son is starting to ask for his father and that she can’t keep telling him his father is “in work”. She

said her son will be five years old when McCarthy is released. “I want him to know his father, and that they won’t be strangers when he’s due to come out. I believe he’ll be a great father,” she said.

Judge Desmond Hogan praised Ms Rowland for standing by her partner. The judge adjourned the matter for sentencing until the February 28, 2014, and ordered that a probation report be prepared.


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Charlotte Akomfrah and Chael Ancheta

Sophie and Joanne Traynor with Louie

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Mark Kavanagh and a colourful constrictor he met at Maxi Zoo’s new Liffey Valley Shopping Centre outlet

business: maxi zoo opens outlet at liffey valley

Animal crackers

T The reptiles were particularly popular with the onlookers

HERE was great interest in the official opening of Maxi Zoo in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre recently, which saw a family fun day to herald the opening of the 15th outlet in the chain, which created 15 jobs. Lots of children came along to the opening, which gave them the chance to meet lots of

colourful creatures, under the watchful eye of the expertly-trained staff and special guests on the day. While some children were happy just to have their faces painted, many others were delighted to meet snakes, lizards and other reptiles, while adults browsed the dizzying range of goods to help care for any pet.


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bright sparks: winners of dublin fire brigade’s art competition Isobel, Abbie and Anna Doherty. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

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MY DORAN, a senior infants pupil from Our Lady’s Grove Primary School, Goatstown, won Category A in the 2013 Dublin Fire Brigade Art Competition recently, joining several other winning children from across the region for a special prizegiving ceremony held at the Mansio House. The competition was held as part of the annual National Fire Safety Week, which took place from October 7 to 14, and which aims to encourage children to learn about fire safety and to increase fire safety awareness among families and communities.

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Winners included Anna Walsh, St Brigid’s NS, Castleknock; Caoimhe Muldoon, Our Lady’s Grove, Goatstown; Amber-Kate Hendrick, Scoil Aine,Clondalkin and Harry Dinnigan, St Vincent De Paul, Griffith Ave Jake Walker, Craig Daly, Jamie Mc Carthy, Jack Craig and Anthony O’Donnell


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Sean Munsanje and Nadia Forde were amongst those who attended the Strictly Come Dancing event. Pictures: Richie Stokes

OBBY Kerr and Mary Buckley were recently crowned the winners of Strictly Against Breast Cancer in the National Convention Centre. Many well-known faces were seen paired with volunteer supporters of Breast Cancer Ireland on the dance floor to raise funds for the

charity, including Nick Munier, Professor Arnie Hill, Triona McCarthy, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), Sean Munsanje and Siobhan O’Connor. The competition was judged by publisher Norah Casey, tailor Louis Copeland and rugby commentator Brent Pope.


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An early look at the new Mercedes-Benz GLA class, set to be launched on Irish roads in February/March next

Motors: upgraded classics and new models on the way

Mercedes-Benz set for exciting new looks  cormac curtis

MERCEDES -BENZ have been surprising the motoring public in recent years with new and exciting models, as well as unexpected facelifts on some old favourites. There are more surprises in store for 2014, and, here, we profile the pick of the bunch.

Edition C From Januar y, the C-Class saloon comes under the new moniker, Edition. Equipped with a range of AMG enhancements, it carries a range of extras worth some €4,500

– but which will come at no extra cost – including AMG body styling in front and rear aprons, and side sill panels on Avantgarde models. Other features include, 17-inch light alloy wheels – highlighted in highgloss black, dark-tinted headlamps and chromed exhaust pipe ends. Interior changes include new sports seats covered in Artico leather upholstery, with fibre inlays and contrasting top stitching, matching door panels and gear selector. Other features include a luxury nappa leather four-spoke steering wheel

with 12-function buttons, dark aluminium trim, a multifunction colour infotainment display set within the instrument cluster, black fabric headlining, velour floor mats with contrasting topstitching and split folding rear seats.

S-class From the new year, it is expected that demand for the new S-class will continue to exceed the volumes allocated to the Irish market, due to worldwide demand for the new S-class running in excess of production capacity.

GLA class February/March will see the launch here of the all-new GLA class. Built on the same A-class and CLA-class platform, the compact SUV will take its place alongside its more established off-road siblings. Things to watch for will be its rugged appearance, set off by a power domed bonnet, dropping roofline and towering 20in wheels (optional). As with the A-class and CLA before it, the GLA will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with transmission that includes the

Mercedes-Benz 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Mid-late 2014 Looking ahead, and the all-new C-class range will make its first appearance on Irish roads in summer, while in or around the third quarter will see the arrival here of the new S-Coupe. With all these new models, the full prices, specifications levels, arrival sequencing and final model line-ups will be announced at the time of their launch, making 2014 another year of note for Mercedes-Benz.

THE newly launched Peugeot 2008 compact crossover was recently awarded the Continental Irish Small Car of the Year 2014 award by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. Des Cannon, managing director, Gowan Distributors, said: “The Peugeot 2008 is a terrific car. It’s stylish, it’s roomy and of course it’s economical. We are truly delighted with the Irish Small Car of the Year 2014 award, and I wish to thank the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association for recognising the unique qualities of the new Peugeot 2008.” He was joined by Amanda Brunker, Peugeot Brand Ambassador, to help celebrate the top award for the Peugeot 2008, which retails from €18,595 plus dealer delivery-related charges.

asdfeasfasd Des Cannon, managing director, Gowan Distributors with Amanda Brunker, Peugeot Brand Ambassador

volkswagen donate caddy maxi to help cancer charity: THE Marie Keating Foundation has agreed a new sponsorship deal with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and picked up the keys to a Caddy Maxi van to help with its cancer support and information services. Niall Philips, head of sales and marketing,

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “We are delighted to support the foundation as we recognise the vital work that they carry out every day around the country. “We wish them well in the year ahead and we hope that by providing the Caddy Maxi, we can contribute to the work they carry out and provide support to those who need it.”


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trail: world heritage sites highlight lovely settings and friendly people

Celebrating Spain’s rich historical treasures  hiromi mooney

THERE are three things I love to do on my travels: see breathtaking sights, learn about local history and immerse myself into the local culture. A recent trip to visit three of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Spain ticked all of these boxes for me, but what really amazed me was seeing how the old buildings and modern lifestyle were in harmony in these cities. My journey began in the rustic city of Alcala de Henares, just 15km away from Madrid-Barajas Airport. The city was the world’s first planned university city, and was considered to be “the City of God”, due to it being recognised as the city of knowledge. Here, the University of Alcala was founded in 1499 by the Franciscan, Cardinal Cisneros, and was the first modern-age university. The city thus became a model for other education centres across Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. The city is also famous

for being the birthplace of one of Spain’s most celebrated writers, Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), whose work includes his novel, Don Quixote. The house where he was born is now a museum and, while it has mostly been reconstructed, it still boasts its original 16th century basement. Cer vantes is still remembered in the city, as the Spanish king Juan Carlos I has been presenting the annual Cervantes Prize at the university to recognise contributions made to Spanish literature. The ceremony is held every year in April to coincide with the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, and prize winners’ names are displayed on a university wall. A visit to The Universes of Cervantes visitor centre helps to understand the importance of Cervantes. The centre opened in 2005 in the former Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, in which Cervantes was baptised, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote’s first part-edition.

It features an exhibition hall, the baptismal font of Cervantes, and the 19th century Santa Maria Tower offering a panoramic view of the city – but first, you have to climb more than 100 steps to see it. The next stop, almost 150km away, was the beautiful walled city of Avila – the highest city in Spain. The old city is surrounded by a high defensive wall 1.5 miles long, which has 88 solid towers and nine official gates, each with a different function. I also discovered that the Avila Cathedral apse serves as a turret for the wall. Behind the walls hides an enclosed city with narrow side-streets and many mansions and churches, creating the illusion that you’ve travelled back in time. Looking a little deeper, however, you’ll find bustling food markets, cafes and restaurants. My tour guide informed me that the wall was built in the 11th century to defend Avila and protect its people from invaders. She added that two sec-

The classically Spanish colours of brown, gold and sepia are beautifully offset by

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‘The beautiful walled city of Avila – the highest city in Spain – is surrounded by a high defensive wall 1.5 miles long, which has 88 solid towers and nine official gates, each with a different function’ --------------------------------------------------------

tions on top of the walls are open to the public, being 1.5km and 300m in length, so of course, I wanted to test them out. We walked alongside the walls on the cobblestone pavements at night, and trekked the route on top of the walls the next morning. Both walks had breathtaking views, but the difference in lighting created completely different atmospheres. Avila is also famous for the 16th century saint, Santa Teresa, who reformed the Carmelite

Order. Best known for her writings and teachings, her relics are preserved to this day, making the city popular with pilgrims. It’s no wonder that Avila’s deep historical background helped it to be declared a World Heritage site in 1985. When we stopped for lunch, we shared the restaurant with a group of elderly men, who turned out to be professional cyclists enjoying an annual reunion. We couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered

that amongst them was Julio Jimenez, who finished in second place in the 1967 Tour de France. He kindly posed for some photos and happily shared a picture from when he competed in 1965. After we parted with the cyclists, we ventured to the final port of call, Salamanca. This university city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, and is today bustling with students. The University of Salamanca is one of the most important buildings in the city. It’s the oldest university in Spain, having been founded in 1218, and houses the oldest library in Europe, containing 60,000 books; 500 of which are first-editions. Salamanca is also famous for housing two adjacent cathedrals – one


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The legacy of acclaimed Spanish writer, Miguel de

Beatriz, a worker in a ham shop, echoed locals’ enthusiasm for the dizzying variety

Cervantes, looms large over Alcala de Henares

of meats for which Salamanca is renowned

the lush grass around the historic walls of Avila city

Romanesque, and one Gothic. A short stroll from the cathedrals led us to the beautiful, tranquil garden, Huerto de Calixto y Melibea. The name translates as “the Orchard of Calisto and Melibea” – two characters in the old Spanish novel, La Celestina, which has a similar storyline to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Because of this, the garden well has many signed padlocks locked on to it, left there by couples who sealed their love with them. Salamanca also boasts the 18th century main square, Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the city. Over time, it has been used for many purposes, including for markets, bull fighting and concerts. Today, it’s a popular meeting spot, and the

buildings are mainly used as student accommodation. An interesting place to visit in Salamanca is the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum in Casa Lis. Once a private palace with elaborate stained glass windows, this museum now exhibits 19 collections of almost 2,500 pieces of decorative art from the late 19th and early 20th century. The trip proved to me that there’s a lot more to Spain than sunshine and beaches. The inland cities of Alcala de Henares, Avila and Salamanca all retain their historic buildings, and yet modern life continues within them. Their historical and cultural contributions to Spain have truly made them the country’s treasures, and are well worth a visit.

Part of Cervantes Square, in Alcala de Henares

Part of the lovely and ornate exterior of Salamanca Cathedral

GETTING THERE: REACHING SPAIN’S HERITAGE TREASURES Hiromi flew with Iberia Express from Dublin to Madrid Barajas Airport. For flight details,

in use and to keep them maintained. As each Parador has been converted into

see www.iberiaexpress.com.

different old buildings, you are guaranteed a

To plan your own rustic experience in Spain,

unique experience as no two Paradors are

see www.spainheritagecities.com.

the same.

Where to stay

de Henares was a converted convent, once

To fully immerse yourself into rustic Spain,

known as the Santo Tomas de Aquino

and to truly appreciate the interconnection

Church, while the Paradors that she stayed

of old buildings and modern life, try staying at

in at Avila and Salamanca were converted

a Parador hotel.

“palacios”, or mansions.

The Parador that Hiromi stayed in Alcala

Parador is a chain of luxury hotels set up

For further information on the Parador

by the Spanish government in 1928, which

hotels, see www.parador.es, or see the site

A random encounter saw Spanish warmth and

uses refurbished old buildings, such as cas-

for the official Irish agents for Parador, Map

courtesy to the fore when Julio Jimenez, who finished

tles, palaces and monasteries, to keep them

Travel, at www.maptravel.ie.

in second place in the 1967 Tour de France, kindly presented the writer with an autographed photo


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FastSport lawrie unable to build on epic end to 2013:

Alan Brogan and Eamon Coghlan at the launch of last year’s GOAL mile with the help of and five year-old Rebecca Keenan from Cabinteely

athletics: A bit of pre-turkey exercise in aid of global development and aid

Put on your trainers for a mile for charity on Dec 25 Local sporting legends Leo Cullen, Alan Brogan and Eamon Coghlan have joined with Goal to help promote this year’s annual GOAL Mile events on Christmas Day. Athletics legend Sonia O’ Sullivan has also signed up to be part of this year’s GOAL Mile campaign as the event goes global. O’Sullivan, a longstanding GOAL patron has even agreed to lead the first ever mile in Melbourne, Australia. This is the first ever time in the 32-year history of the event that it will

be held in the southern hemisphere. Miles will also be held this year in New York and London and in more than 100 locations across Ireland. Among those locations is an array of locations across Dublin, which include meets at Skerries, Malahide Castle, and Morton Stadium in Santry. Carton House in Maynooth will host a Mile, as will Lucan Harriers athletics club, and Corkagh Park in Clondalkin is expecting to see valiant athletes out on December 25. Phoenix Park runners will meet at the

Papal Cross, while further south, runs will take place at Stradbrook Rugby Club and Kilbogget Park in Killiney. The GOAL Mile gives friends, family and neighbours the chance to simply run or walk a mile, and make a donation to GOAL. The popular fundraiser has grown and grown over the years, and is now an integral part of the Christmas period for thousands of people. Last year, GOAL Miles took place in 100 locations around Ireland and raised in excess of €158,000 for GOAL’s

programmes in the developing world. GOAL could not have done this without those who took part in and, in particular, those who organised Miles up and down the country. Your continued support is hugely appreciated as it helps GOAL to make a real difference in the 13 countries where we work. A full list of the locations where GOAL Miles are taking place, as well as more information about how to get involved, appears at www.goal.ie/ Goal_Mile/731 and at www.facebook. com/events/547697598645102/

HAVING just about secured his playing card for the 2014 European Tour season, Castleknock’s Peter Lawrie’s tough start to the year continued as he missed a third successive cut last weekend. Rounds of 77 and 70 saw him miss out at the Hong Kong Open while a week earlier he missed out at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It meant he was unable to build on his epic tie for 18th place at the Perth International when the pressure was on. That result meant he ended the 2013 season in 110th on the Road to Dubai and inside the cut off point for a card for the 2014 season, avoiding a trip to qualifying school.

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FastSport applications welcomed for gaelic4girls: Gaelic4girls, a nationwide programme offered by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to girls aged between 8 and 12 to get involved in the game, is now receiving applications for the 2014 initiative. The camps offer an opportunity for clubs to attract vital new members to help secure their future. As an extra incentive, clubs that take part will have a chance of playing in Croke Park at a national blitz day next summer. Participating clubs will receive free training for coaches and co-ordinators and will receive marketing resources to ensure that they appeal to the maximum amount of players possible. Application forms to host a Gaelic4Girls camp are available to download from www. ladiesgaelic.ie, and must be returned to Leinster’s provincial development officer, Aisling Hubbard at gdo@leinstergaelic.ie by January 31.

nominations: rte lists show depth of quality and talent in local sport

Dublin stars to the fore in award list  sport@gazettegroup.com

An array of Dublin sporting talent from across Gazette Country and beyond have been nominated in the shortlist for the RTE Sports Awards, which were announced last week, and which will be presented on Saturday, December 21. There is also a wide range of sports rep-

r e s e n t e d t h i s y e a r, reflecting the variety of achievement of Irish spor ts people on a plethora of platforms. The Dublin senior football team, containing a large Gazette representation, are nominated for the team of the year after their national league, Leinster and AllIreland achievements, alongside Round Tower Clondalkin hero and

Round Tower’s Jim Gavin at Croke Park

Dublin manager Jim Gavin for the manager of the year award. At the same time, Ballyboden St Enda’s star Michael Darragh Macauley has been nominated as one of the sportspeople of the year. Macauley is not the only local hero to get a nod in the spor tsperson shortlist, with north county resident Martyn Irvine among the potential winners following his gold and silver success at the World Track Championship in Minsk, the first Irishman to medal in the elite cycling event for over 100 years. Also nominated is champion sailor Annalise Murphy for h e r a c h i ve m e n t s a t the European sailing championships, taking gold to make up for her disappointment in the

Martyn Irvine on his return to Ireland from his victorious world championships

London 2012 Olympics. Jonathan Sexton is another of the sportspeople nominated, his part in bringing Leinster the Pro 12 title and the Amlim Challenge Cup, as well as appearing for the national team and the British and Irish Lions on their tour of Australia earning him the place among the year’s best. As well as the all-conquering Dubs, were the Ireland women’s rugby team, who achieved the holy grail of northern hemisphere rugby, the 6 Nations Grand Slam, for the first time this year, the Leinster rugby team, and the Irish paralympic swimming team, which fea-

tured a number of local stars including Ellen Keane and James Scully, and were guided by NAC’s James Malone, who were the winners of a record eight IPC World Championship medals Also appearing amid the nominees for the manager of the year are former Sporting Fingal and current St Pat’s Athletic manager Liam

Buckley for his guidance of the club to the Airtricity League title for the first time in 14 years. The winners will be revealed and presented with their awards at The RTÉ Sports Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, Saturday 21 December at 9.45pm.

The grand slam winning Irish women rugby team

Heroes in abundance in new sport photography book  sport@gazettegroup.com

The Dublin team before their match against Mayo in 2012 is one of the dramatic images in Heroes. Picture: ©INPHO/James Crombie

ONE oF Ireland’s leading sports photography agencies, Inpho Photography, has launched a new book celebrating 25 years of sports photography. The book, created in association with camera manufacturer Canon, is entitled Heroes and is a visual insight into some of the most memorable sporting moments both at home and abroad. The book is the brainchild of Inpho photographer Billy

Stickland who along with his team has taken some of the most famous sports photography in Ireland using Canon cameras. From Packie Bonner ’s memorable save against Romania at Italia ’90, to Clare hurler Shane O’Donnell’s hat trick at this year’s All Ireland hurling final, Heroes is a whistle-stop tour of some the great sporting moments of our time and also includes many stunning feature pictures of well know sports personalities.

Commenting on the book, Billy Stickland, managing director, Inpho Photography said: “Over the past 25 years we have had the privilege to photograph some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Heroes is an opportunity for us to show our most creative work in one place and also share these wonderful sporting memories with sports fans around Ireland.” Jonothan Sultan, marketing manager at Canon, said: “We are delighted to work

with Billy and all the team at Inpho on this fantastic book celebrating a quarter of a century of sports photography at Inpho. “At Canon, we are passionate about the power of the image and this book really brings this ethos to life. Every image evokes a wonderful sporting memory and captures a moment in time which is the essence of great photography.” Heroes is available from www.inpho.ie/book and is priced at €29.99.


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Focus on the future a gameplan for success Dundrum’s Scott Evans hit the heights nationally this time last year, but his tough year on the circuit has refined his career direction and hopes for European glory next year in Russia A year after attaining one of his first major honours in the sport at Irish Open this time last year, Dundrum’s Scott Evans has endured a tough year in the sport, but is hoping that a fresh approach and new focus will help him scale further up the heights of world badminton. Last December’s win at Baldoyle was achieved without losing a set, and was the first victory for a home player in the competition for almost forty years, but this year’s tournament has gone up a level in terms of the prize money on offer and in turn the level and quality of players taking part. This, together with the experiences of the last 12 months, will make things harder for Evans to reclaim the top honours in the open tournament. After that historic win last year, Evans went on

to success in the Cyprus Invitational, but that was his last big win on the tough international circuit, the cause being something that Evans has clearly identified and is addressing in his current planning for the future of his career. “I played a lot of tournaments and was travelling a lot in the early part of the year, so I did not have a lot of time for training and, after so much travelling, my performances started to go down. “Then I was unlucky in June when I got injured in Asia. I was meant to be there for three weeks for three tournaments and I had to pull out when I tore a muscle two days before the first tournament. “I had to travel home, and I had five weeks of rehab, so not a lot badminton, just a lot of work to get the injury better.” The fact this coincided

Scott Evans in action at the London 2012 Olympic games

with his decision to leave the Team GB camp in Milton Keynes where he had been training two weeks before the start of the world championships would give the impression that this has been a year of hardship for Evans, but the decision to return to his adopted home in Denmark proved fortuitious. “I moved back just as Peter Gade [a five-time European champion and world silver medalist in 2011] retired, and when there was a chance to start working with him, I jumped at it. “It is amazing to be able to work with someone like him , who has experienced everything in the sport. “Peter has been trying to change a couple of things in my game, and it has been harder than I expected, which is maybe why my performances have not been so good, but I believe what Peter

is teaching me. It’s clear I need to learn these new things in order to move on to the next level, and it will take time.” Evans spoke to Gazette Sport just before he was due to fly back to Ireland for the open, where he is seeded number four this year - the players above

“I need to get in a long period of training. I have not had that for a long time. That will be my main focus, and I won’t play as many tournaments as I normally would. I would prefer to do it differently this time around, give myself a really good shot of getting a medal,

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‘You meet good players in the first rounds these days, and if you don’t stick to your game plan, you’ll be going home’ Scott Evans --------------------------------------------------------

him are Finland’s Ville Lang, Malaysia’s Misbun Ramdan Mohmed Misbun and Denmark’s Joachim Persson. Evans has previously played and beaten both Lang and Persson, but he knows that he will need to bring his A game in the coming days. “I have an okay draw, but I need to play well and be focused. It is so tough these days. It’s not like before when there was an easy couple of opening rounds. It is who is at their best on the day who will go through. “You meet very good players in the first round these days, and if you don’t stick to your plan, you’ll be going home.” Evans has a clear game plan in place for the next few months leading up to the European championships in Russia in April.

no matter who I am up against. If I am in my best shape and I have a lot of training time in the bag, I know that is possible.” As far as the game at home is concerned, Evans is clear about what is going on here although he is based a long way from home. “The game in Ireland is moving in the right direction — they now have the national centre and there are people training full time. “I said around seven years ago that that would be necessary if badminton in Ireland is going to get more players to a better level more often, rather than every 30 or 40 years. “The people at Badminton Ireland are doing a great job with the resources they have, and are really helping the sport at home,” said Evans.

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O’Brien and Joyce named in ICC associate awards Ireland’s cricket stars Kevin O’Brien (above, Picture: IDI/Getty Images) and Ed Joyce have been named as two of the four nominees for the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year at the 2013 LG ICC Awards. O’Brien and Joyce were included in the lists after their successes in the green whites this season, both of their contributions driving Ireland toward this level of recognition at the associate level in the sport. Joyce’s performances with the bat were top notch. He scored 100 against Pakistan in May and helped the side home during the world cup qualifiers in July which saw Ireland stake their place in the 2015 competition with victory against the Netherlands, his unbeaten 96 giving Ireland the impetus in Amstelveen. O’Brien, meanwhile, has been recognised for his form with both bat and ball this year, in what has been the most consistent of his career so far. The ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC full members. O’Brien and Joyce are joined on the shortlist for the award by fellow nominees Kyle Coetzer of Scotland and Nawroz Mangal of Afghanistan. Speaking to Gazette Sport, Andrew Leonard of Cricket Ireland said: “It is fantastic to have the lads named in these awards, and gives an indication of our dominance in associate cricket, but are also indicative of our great team performances. “We are at the top of the game, winning the world cup qualifiers this summer and just coming back from having won the T20 world championships. With the intercontinental cup final against Afganistan next week, there is a chance that we can do the treble of trophies at all three formats of the sport.” The team took the field at the global cricket academy in Dubai in the intecontinental cup final on Tuesday, and will finish this weekend, and the event is streaming live on cricketireland.com. Speaking ahead of the tournament. manager Phil Simmons said: “This team continues to improve and grow and their appetite for trophies and world cups shows no sign of waning.”


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cycling: first irish women’s world track cycling medal

Bus drive up to fifth place in LSL Senior 1 DUBLIN Bus produced a strong 4-1 win over near neighbours Glenville at Coldcut last Sunday to move up to fifth place in the LSL Sunday Senior One. Graham Doyle, pictured, got them up and running early on and while Glenville pushed hard, hitting the frame of the goal and seeing Liam O’Dwyer block a key effort. Doyle then made it 2-0 with a fortuitous effort before Sean Maher extended the lead out to three, shooting in to the bottom left hand corner. Lee McNeill created the fourth by picking out Colin Duffy who headed home. Glenville did get one back when Donal Gilmore scored a fine solo goal but it was scant consolation.

Peas pushed all the way by Wexford FIFTH placed Wexford Youths made sure Peamount United had to work hard in order to win their fifth home league game of the Women’s National League season. Nothing could separate the sides at the end of the first 45 minutes, and there were very few incidents for spectators at Greenogue to discuss with their half-time cup of tea. The game livened up in the second half, and Aisling Frawley got an early shot away for Youths. Despite the being put under pressure at the back, Peamount star Steph-

anie Roche showed her class to put the hosts 1-0 up with a lovely finish at the other end. Peamount substitute Caroline Thorpe was shown a yellow card for a poor challenge as Wexford went in search of an equaliser. Peamount were desperate to score an insurance goal and Aine O’Gorman came close, but they hit the jackpot with just under 20 minutes remaining as Roche scored her second goal of the game. Youths refused to throw in the towel and continued to apply pressure in the dying embers of the game, but there was no light at the end of the tunnel as the game ended 2-0.

Garda cycling club’s Caroline Ryan produced a couple of superb performances in Mexico last weekend

Ryan breaks new ground  sport@gazettegroup.com

GARDA cycling club’s Caroline Ryan pro duced a controlled and gutsy performance in the women’s individual pursuit to win a bronze medal from Ukraine’s Anna Solovey at the Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico last Saturday. Ryan had qualified for the bronze medal ride-off with the fourth fastest time, but rode outstandingly in the final, to seize the medal in a new Irish record of 3:34.257. This is Ireland’s first women’s World Cup

medal at the elite level. The gold medal was won by Rebecca Wiasak (Australia), who is the world number one ranked pursuiter, silver went to GB’s Elinor Barker. T he former international rower rode a steady first half in the 3km time trial, marginally trailing Solovey. However, once passed the halfway mark Ryan’s control paid dividends, as she pushed ahead, to win by an eventual 0.205 seconds. Speaking from the medal ceremony, head coach Brian Nugent said: “Caroline rode a

controlled race early on, and fought hard in the closing laps, to make sure she won Ireland’s first elite women’s world cup medal. “It was going to be difficult to take a medal, but Caroline met the challenge head on, and she deserved that one. We’re all so proud of her.” The main goal of the Irish team at this second world cup of the season, was to secure qualifying points for the world championships in February. Ryan has now secured a place in both the points race and the

individual pursuit. Earlier in the weekend, Ryan qualified for a place in the points race at the UCI 2014 track cycling championships, following a strong ride in Mexico where she finished in 13th place. The race was won by Stephanie Pohl (Germany) , with Jasmin Glaesser (Canada) and J a r m i l a M a c h a c ov a (Czech Republic) taking silver and bronze. The points race was a 20km bunch competition, with points being awarded at sprint lines throughout the event. The eventual winner was the person who

has accumulated most points. Ryan rode a calculated race in this event, and was in one of the main moves in the middle of the race. Speaking about that race, Nugent said: “Caroline’s strong ride today has ensured that she has qualified herself a slot for the World Championships in this event. “Caroline is riding with intelligence now, and on another day the move that she made today, at the right time, with the right people, would have worked out.”

Clon cut loose to close gap in Division 1A  sport@gazettegroup.com

CLONDALKIN rugby club’s second string saved their best performance of the season for last weekend’s Leinster seconds league Division 1A clash, held in Gordon Park, beating Newbridge 73-9. The first 20 minutes of this match was a relatively tight affair. Clondalkin were guilty of missing a number of tackles and Newbridge converted three penalties which turned out to be their only

points of the match. However, with dry conditions underfoot and little wind to speak of, Clondalkin began to make inroads with some fine running rugby and had the four-try bonus point wrapped up by half-time. The second half was completely one-way traffic for the Dublin men when the hard-work on the training pitch paid off in spectacular style and the scoreboard began to tick over quicker than the referees watch. John Nolan scored a hat-trick

of tries; Karl Horan and Owen Delaney grabbed a brace each, with Dave Gaul and James Kenny also crossing the whitewash. Conor McCrea, making his debut for the second team, played with energy and determination throughout and was ably assisted by Rob Deverell and Colm Tigue in what was an excellent pack performance. Clon sit third in the table coming into the New Year with just six points separating them from Coolmine in top spot. Next up

is the Lawlor Cup final which will be played at home against Portlaoise at 12pm on Sunday, December 29. Clondalkin’s firsts were beaten at home by Newbridge 23-19 but picked up a losing bonus point and sit fourth in the table over the Christmas break. Revenge is however on the menu as they meet Newbridge again on Sunday, December 29 in the Hosie Cup final as part of the double header with the Lawlor Cup final.


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Youth development the Tower’s target   sport@gazettegroup.com

ROUND To w e r, Clondalkin are bringing together their 2013 Juvenile and Christmas Draws in an effort to support the development and promotion of Gaelic Games amongst children and teenagers within the club and wider Clondalkin community.

The club are asking our members, supporters, friends and the wider community to support this fundraiser. Funds raised will support the employment of a full-time games promotion officer as part of the club’s recently launched five-year strategic plan. A total of 2,000 tickets is being sold and tickets

are priced between 1 cent and €20. Each ticket has a unique price and buyers are not aware of the cost of the ticket until they open the envelope it is contained within. All tickets – irrespective of pricing – have an equal chance of winning a share of the €4,000 prize fund. Tickets are available

from all juvenile mentors with the draw taking place on Wednesday, December 18 in the club. Catherine Moran, Round Tower juvenile chair, said: “This draw will be of crucial importance in enabling Round Tower nurture and develop the immense enthusiasm for Gaelic games within our club and local schools.”

camogie: camross crushed by 12th lock side

Club Noticeboard round tower clondalkin THE juvenile committee and Christ-

They are available from behind

mas draws are being brought togeth-

the bar and at the nursery this Sat-

er and will now take place Wednesday,

urday and next Saturday between

December 18.

10am and 11.30am at Monastery

Funding raised from it will play a

Road.

lead role in supporting the club in

Lotto results, December 2: num-

the employment of a full-time games

bers were 5, 17, 20 and 26; the bonus

promotion officer.

ball was 18..

Each ticket has a unique price

There was no winner of the jackpot

ranging from 1 cent to €20 and buy-

of €7,200. Congratulations to John

ers are not aware of the cost of the

and San and Luke; John O’Malley;

ticket until they open the envelope it

and Ben and Mary and Gary who

is contained within.

were the three €100 winners. No

Total price fund on offer is €4,000. For further details visit our website or contact Catherine Moran 086 8303207 or Noel Kelly 087 6567942. The man from the North Pole will

match three + Bonus Ball winner. This week’s Jackpot is €7,300. Turkey & ham winners: Paul Curran, Gerry Gallagher and Charlie’s Angels.

make his annual visit to the club-

We are seeking the last few par-

house on Saturday, December 21

ticipants for 2014 Jigs ‘n’ Reels to be

from 2-5pm, with music by DJ Rob-

held in late January in The Red Cow.

bie Moore. Tickets are €5 each and

Anyone interested please contact

are limited to 150.

Damien Murray 086 8845676.

st pat’s, palmerstown CONGRATULATIONS to SuperValu on

ton on being selected at centre half

celebrating 25 years on Sunday.

forward on the Dublin Bus/Evening

The junior footballers had a very

Lucan Sarsfields’ senior camogie side celebrated a superb end to 2013 with the Leinster league title

Lucan young stars the Leinster leaders leinster league final Lucan Sarsfields 1-14 Camross 1-6  sport@gazettegroup.com

WITH an average age of 18 and with no fewer than 14 teenagers on board, Lucan Sarsfields were crowned Leinster league Senior Division 1 champions following an emphatic and stylish victory over Camross in a mild Ballykelly on Sunday. This was a stunning win for the Lucan kids against all the odds. This final victory follows earlier triumphs over the renowned camogie powerhouses of St Ibar’s (Wexford sen-

ior champions), Myshall (All-Ireland intermediate champs) and Clara and bodes well for the future. The Lucan youngsters took on their older and more physically imposing opponents with a slick brand of attacking hurling. Lucan went into an early lead thanks to a beautiful point on the run by full-forward Orla Beagan. They were then dealt a blow when Camross goaled against the run of play - a piledriver leaving Lucan keeper Michelle Kelly with no chance from close range. Undaunted, Lucan responded with a string of well-worked

points from Beagan again, Laura Morrissey and Amber O’Connor. When Laura O’Mahony outran the cover again and drilled another point and Beagan added two more white flags from frees, Lucan were cruising at 0-7 to 1-0. After 23 minutes, the move of the match resulted in the crucial score when O’Connor and Laura Murtagh won excellent ball in midfield and fed Morrissey in the corner who in turn found Beagan on the penalty spot. Her thunderous drive was smashed joyfully over the keeper’s head She added a further

free, before Camross, who hadn’t scored for 26 mins at this stage, nabbed two points before the break to leave it 1-8 to 1-2. Lucan withstood a Camross onslaught with the defence superb in limiting them to three pointed frees against two more from Beagan. During this period the hurling Lucan half-back line of Annemarie Courtney, Niamh Byrne and debutant Amy Gorman stood strong and never blinked. As Camross gradually tired, Lucan prospered and closed out the tie with seven of the last eight points scored to claim a memorable victory.

Herald Blue Stars Team.

sobering end to the season after los-

Lotto results: numbers drawn were

ing their relegation playoff on Sunday.

7, 10, 17 and 26. There was no winner.

A big thank you to Heffo and Smiley for

Any three numbers winners: M Cun-

fighting the tide and nearly pulling us

ningham, Larry O.

through. Congratulations to Shane Staple-

The next draw is on December 15. The jackpot €9,400.

lucan sarsfields CONGRATULATIONS to our senior

and first year boys and girls in the

camogie team who won Division 1 of

function room 7.30pm to 10pm.

the Leinster League on Sunday. Con-

Please remember to support our

gratulations also to our junior foot-

Christmas draw; €5 a ticket and 40

ballers who won their promotion play

prizes, including €3,000 in cash, on

off on Tuesday.

offer!

Hard luck to our senior footballers

Our Christmas Party is on Sat-

who lost out in the championship semi

urday, December 14 at 9.30pm in

final against Skerries.

the clubhouse. Music will be by Tom

Our U-21 hurlers will take to the

Peters and all adult member, players,

field again in the championship quar-

juvenile parents and friends are wel-

ter final against Ballinteer St John’s

come to attend.

this Saturday in the 12th Lock. Condolences to the family of Peter Doyle RIP, Airlie View, who died recent-

Set dancing classes continue each Wednesday at 8.30pm in the clubhouse. Our nurseries continue each Sat-

ly. Thanks to club member Finian Ward

urday at 1.30pm on the all weather

for the donation of our Christmas

pitch at our clubhouse grounds at the

tree in the club and remember Finian

12th Lock coached by the Dublin sen-

will be selling Christmas trees in the

ior hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey.

Eurospar car park between now and

Football and hurling for boys born in

Christmas.

2007, 2008 and 2009; football for girls

Many thanks to all those who sup-

born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and cam-

ported the Vincent de Paul table quiz

ogie for girls aged six and over. No

last Wednesday, in particular those

need to pre-register. Just show up on

who donated spot and raffle prizes.

the day.

On Friday, December 13 we will be holding a Festive Disco for sixth class

There was one winner of Sunday night’s €13,500 lotto.


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Stephen Ormond, left, produced a strong performance to get the better of Derry Mathews in Liverpool last Saturday

Ormond’s title defence Quarryvale’s finest notches second European title victory to progress his claims for a potential shot at one of the world titles in the coming year  paul healy

sport@gazettegroup.com

QUARRYVALE’S Stephen “The Rock” Ormond continued his upward climb in the World lightweight ranks with a hugely impressive second defence of his WBO European lightweight title against Liverpool’s Derry Mathews at the latter’s home town Echo Arena last Saturday night. Back in September, Ormond clinched the vacant European crown with a first-round stoppage of Hungarian Adam Mate before a first successful defence against Adam Dingsdale in London the following month. This time out, he was a unanimous points

victor according to the three ringside judges – the first of them scoring him 98-92 and the others both giving him a 98-93 win over hot pre-fight favourite, and Commonwealth crown holder, Mathews. The opening rounds of Saturday night’s clash saw Ormond take the fight to his opponent but the Englishman maintained his cool, keeping the west Dubliner at bay with his jab and a high guard to the cheers of the home town crowd. By the midway stage of this contest, however, The Rock started to make his attacks really count with bursts of angled shots that Mathews found impossible to counter. With the Commonwealth title holder clear-

ly being outgunned by the Clondalkin lightweight’s fierce power, it was becoming apparent that any late turnaround – a feature of the Liverpool fighter’s outings so far – was hugely unlikely. Indeed, the reigning WBO European Lightweight champion continued his ascendancy right through the final rounds – producing head and body combinations whenever tiredness forced Mathews onto the ropes, with a successful Round Nine left hook from the Ormond man leaving him smiling at his own corner in anticipation of the eventual win. This latest success confirms the 29-year-old Quarryvale man’s rising star within professional boxing and his career record of 16 wins and

one loss, with seven knockouts, as well as his entertaining and offensive style will undoubtedly bring Ormond even wider exposure after this latest success – with a world title shot next year firmly within his sights. Speaking after this latest success, the Clondalkin fighter commented: “Derry is the best opponent I’ve faced. I was cagey in the first three rounds, looking for his big left hook, but after that my corner told me to push forward and that was the game plan.“ Mathews himself congratulated Ormond on his unanimous points win but believed, post-fight, that he had broken his hand in the second-round and anticipated a March rematch.


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