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LOCAL woman Jennifer Long was congratulated by her father, George, and godson Jake when she picked up a cheque for €20,000 at the National Lottery headquarters recently. Jennifer matched five numbers and the bonus number in the Daily Million draw, with her quick pick ticket’s lucky bonus number – 29 – popping into place just a couple of days before the Clondalkin woman’s 29th birthday, giving her lots of lucky numbers.

€120,000 skate park opens in Clondalkin Enthusiasts happy with ‘biggest and best’ facility of its kind in Dublin

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A NEW €120,000 skate park opened in Clondalkin this week, signalling the end of a lengthy campaign. The park finally opened at the beginning of the month,

before the official opening this week. The official opening was used to mark the start of National Recreation Week and was presided over by the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald (FG).

Local skate enthusiast Tom Grinius said: “We’ve been looking for this for the past nine years and collected thousands of signatures. “I’ve been skateboarding in Clondalkin for the past nine years and there are a lot

of skaters here of all ages. “A skate park is exactly what we need and to have one in our own area is brilliant. This is the biggest and best skate park Dublin has seen.” Full Story on Page 2


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Council staff joined councillors Tony Delaney (FG), Emer Higgins (FG), Trevor Gilligan (FF), Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Mayor Cathal King (SF) for the official opening of the €120,000 skate park at Clondalkin Leisure Centre

Wheelie popular €120k skate park is opened YOU N G p e o p l e i n Clondalkin were given a boost this week as a new €120,000 skate park opened at Clondalkin Leisure Centre. The facility, which has been the subject of years of sustained campaigning, finally opened at the beginning of the month, before the official opening this week. The official opening was used to mark the launch of National Recreation Week, and was presided over by the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald (FG). Minister Fitzgerald was joined by the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cathal King (SF), as well as Fine Gael councillors Tony Delaney, Emer Higgins and Fianna Fail’s Trevor Gilligan, along with children from the area, FAI members and South Dublin County Council officials. At the launch, she said, “As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, it is a

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great pleasure for me to be launching the start of National Recreation Week here in the heart of my constituency, and it is an added bonus to be opening a brand-new facility for young people throughout Clondalkin. “Some people think of ‘play’ as a luxury, and ‘recreation’ as frivolous. Nothing could be further from the truth – play and recreation are ways of promoting healthy living, as well as emotional and social well-being. “Play and recreation are about improving outcomes for children.” Minister Fitzgerald went on to pay tribute to the council and, in particular, to its staff who promote recreation, for

the proactive role they take when it comes to supporting children and young people. Her words were echoed by Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF), who said the park could be used to stage national events. He said: “I am delighted that this park is finally open. One of the many benefits to the park is the potential of staging annual national competitions for the best skaters from all over Ireland. “Also, skaters from the area now have a safe environment to practise and skate. “The park has been packed with skaters since its opening. I thank the council for their enthusiasm and the move to include the views of the skaters in the design of the park. “I am calling on the Clondalkin skate park group to set up weekly tutorials, open to people across Dublin, who wish to enhance their skate-

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boarding skills. I, for one, will definitely take part!” Local skate enthusiast Tom Grinius said: “We’ve been looking for this for the past nine years and collected thousands of signatures. “I would also like to thank Cllr Gilligan, who has pushed this issue tirelessly with the council and also the [council’s] parks department. “I’ve been skateboarding in Clondalkin for the past nine years and there

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are a lot of skaters here of all ages. It is a growing community, with people progressing their skills every day. “Skaters cannot progress without a challenging environment, which helps them to improve their skills. “A skate park is exactly what we need and to have one in our own area is brilliant. “This is the biggest and best skate park Dublin has seen,” said Grinius.


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courts Drug dealer apologised, was unarmed

Suspended sentence for role in brawl A CONVICTED drug dealer, currently serving an 18-year jail term for having heroin worth €6.2 million, has been given a suspended sentence for his part in a fight in which a man was killed. Father of six Michael Byrne (42) of Old Tower Cross, Clondalkin, was found guilty by a jury of affray with co-accused Derek O’Driscoll at Parkwest Road, Parkwest, Ballyfermot on September 27, 2009. Detective Garda

Michael Tynan told Garnet Orange BL prosecuting there were up to 20 people involved in a fight in a car park, which had started in a bar and continued outside. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard one man died of his injuries and the accused’s brother was wounded in the stomach. Byrne arrived late to the scene and was unarmed. Det Garda Tynan told the court the offence was committed while Byrne was on bail and that

O’Driscoll pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon. Det Gda Tynan said both men were biting and that Byrne got a bite mark on his chin. He said Byrne had 20 previous convictions – the most serious was in 2010 for having 32 kilos of heroin for which he received an 18-year sentence. Det Gda Tynan also said it was a very violent, aggressive incident between two groups of men and that a number of gardai at the scene

Judge Patricia Ryan took account of the serious nature of the charge and the fact that the accused was on bail at the time

expressed fear. Under cross-examination he agreed with Ciaran O’Loughlin SC, defending, that there was a reluctance of anyone present to give evidence. Mr O’Loughlin said his client was not armed at any stage and perceived a major threat

from O’Driscoll. Counsel also told the court that there was a dispute between two gangs and Byrne arrived after that. Judge Patricia Ryan handed down a two-anda-half-year suspended sentence for three years to run consecutively to his 18-year term.

She said she was taking account of the serious nature of the charge and the fact that he was on bail at the time. But Judge Ryan also noted he apologised to gardai, that he came late to the scene unarmed and that the court was advised he was serving an 18-year sentence.

sruleen Women invited to join group SRULEEN Women’s Group is asking any women interested in joining up to get in contact. The group resumes meetings in September and meets every Monday from 8pm to 10pm in Sruleen Parish Centre. The group is the longest-running women’s group in Clondalkin, and has monthly nights out and a yearly weekend away. Through grant funding, the group runs various courses every year, including computer classes and healthy eating courses. The group is encouraging any women who are considering joining to come along. For further information, contact Ann at 085 1203 897.


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health All welcome to train at local Daffodil Centre

Irish Cancer Society looking for volunteers THE Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help out in its Daffodil Centre in the Hermitage Medical Clinic, Lucan. Daffodil centres are walk-in cancer information, support and

advice centres for cancer patients, their families and anyone concerned about cancer. Enquirers are welcome to browse the many booklets and leaflets they stock or to use the cen-

tre’s internet access point to search through cancerrelated websites. A nurse or volunteer is on hand to help members of the public find what they are looking for. Daffodil centres are

open to all and no referral or appointment is necessary. Information, advice and support are provided to cancer patients and their family members or carers. If you would like more

information on becoming a trained volunteer, contact Aoife McSwiney, daffodil centre administrator at the Irish Cancer Society, at 01 231 6635, or email amcswiney@ irishcancer.ie.

Run it up: Praise for Green Flag SOUTH Dublin County Council’s deputy mayor, Matthew McDonagh (SF), was the special guest of honour at Scoil Nano Nagle, Bawnogue recently, where he helped to raise the school’s fourth highlyprestigious Green Flag. Awarded for travel, the flag was a way to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by the school and its staff, pupils and parents to cut down on their environmental footprint. Cllr McDonagh praised the great work at the school, commenting particularly on the efforts taken to receive the fourth flag.

dementia: praise for rathcoole-based initiative

Specialist care and help for minders at new centre A SPECIALIST day care service for people with dementia will open this week in Rathcoole. The service, Specialist Dementia Daycare and Services, will operate out of the Rathcoole Community Centre and will provide respite for carers as well as specialist care for clients. The service is the first of its kind in Ireland and is being opened by Aine Ryan and Elaine Crowley, both of whom have much experience in caring for people with dementia. Elaine Crowley thanked the local community for its support

so far. She said: “We are privileged to have opened this service right in the heart of such a warm village as Rathcoole, and hope to provide ongoing support and care within our community. “At any time, we welcome visitors to call in and see what we do and ask any questions regarding support and wellbeing for the person with dementia.” The group held an open evening this week, with Fine Gael councillor Emer Higgins paying tribute to the work being carried out in Rathcoole. She said: “It is fantastic

to see a progressive and practical service like this open in the heart of our community. “Dementia and Alzheimer’s are particularly tough diseases for families as a whole, and a service like this will give carers the opportunity to create a bit more free time, and may even mean a return to the workforce for some.

Service “Elaine and Aine are experts in the field, so if you are dropping a relative off at their service, you are doing so safe in the knowledge that they

are being properly cared for,” said Cllr Higgins. She added: “Aine and Elaine operate on the understanding that every person with dementia is different, and that their causes or behaviours, and not their symptoms, need to be addressed. “Their motto is that attention to emotional well-being and continuing social engagement will lead to an improved quality of life, and that’s exactly what they aim to provide for every person who comes through their doors.” The Rathcoole-based councillor said that see-

ing two women opening the new business was particularly pleasing. “It is great to see these young women taking the brave step of opening up a new business, and I am particularly pleased that their endeavours will be such a benefit to the community of Rathcoole and to families coping with dementia.” Cllr Higgins said that she hopes that people who may benefit from the service can pay a visit. She said: “I would encourage anyone interested in this service to come along, meet the staff and see the centre.”


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shopping Green light for 11,000 sq m facility despite number of objections

Planning approved for Tesco at Liffey Valley PLANNING permission has been granted for a new Tesco store at Liffey Valley. An Bord Pleanala rejected their own inspector’s report and granted the permission for the 11,000 sq m development, which will also feature five other units. Board members overturned the planning inspector’s report which recommended refusal,

including on the grounds that “the extensive parking and the impact on public transport is considered to be inappropriate and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”. The two-phase development will see Tesco inhabit the 7,935 sq m anchor unit, while five more units will be

developed at a later date. The development will have more than 550 car parking spaces in the first phase, expanding to 587 in the second phase. The project will also see upgrades to the roads at St Loman’s, Fonthill, Bothar an Life and the N4, as well as the construction of an ESB substation on the site. Completion of the road

Heaven Cent is looking to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital

charity: hopes to raise €35,000

Donate change to Heaven Cent

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THE people of Clondalkin are being called on to raise €35,000 for a new charity initiative. Heaven Cent is a joint fundraising initiative between Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The drive concludes on Monday, July 5. The two national children’s hospitals hope to raise €2 million by asking the people of Ireland to shake their bags out

one last time, empty their pockets and rummage down the back of the sofa for loose coins. They say that every bit of change can make a big difference to the lives of the sick children and their families. With seven dropoff points throughout Clondalkin, it is estimated that this could contribute as much as €35,000 to the appeal. Clondalkin natives wishing to support the Heaven Cent fundraiser can drop their coins off at seven locations around town.

The drop-offs can be made at Bank of Ireland Newlands Cross, the Post Offices in Bawnogue Shopping Centre, The Mill Centre and Neilstown Shopping Centre, the Clondalkin Wash Centre on the Ninth Lock Road and the Tesco on Boot Road. To donate, simply collect your coins in a jar, bucket or Heaven Cent bag, and, once your bag is full, just drop it off at any of the collection points. To find an alternative drop-off point, or if you’d prefer to donate online, see www.heavencent.ie.

improvements is essential to the occupancy of the building, according to the report’s recommendations. The bord placed a total of 34 conditions on the planning permission, covering areas such as pedestrian access, provisions of taxi ranks and control of litter and dust. The store, expected to create 350 jobs, was subject to a

number of appeals. The appellants – RGData, An Taisce, SuperValu and SuperQuinn – all had similar arguments, contending that the shop would become a “stand-alone” hypermarket and would harm local businesses. Cllr William Lavelle (FG) said that while the jobs and commercial boost from the store were welcome, questions

were raised about the size and scale of the development. He said: “While I would welcome the jobs boost which the development of a new supermarket would bring, serious questions remain regarding the scale and impact of what it proposed in this case. “I will be raising this matter at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lucan Area Committee.”


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Shop local The Gazette is proud to support the 2013

Supporting our local festival T

he third annual Clondalkin Festival returns this week and The Gazette is proud to support the work of everyone involved, from local pubs and businesses, performers and, most of all, the people of Clondalkin.

We have never been backward about coming forward when it comes to supporting the local community – but it is just as important, now more than ever, that we support our local economy too. Support is the key to a thriving local community, and every member of the

public can contribute to this support. Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area. By shopping locally, without any of the expedition involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and

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festival allows the town of Clondalkin showcase all the best that we have

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Shop local The Gazette is proud to support the 2013 Continued from P6 Thyes Kavanagh is part of the organising committee and says that the countdown is now well and truly under way. “It’s going well and we’re into the count-

down now. “We’ve got the Round Tower open for two days this year after last year’s very popular couple of days. “The Office of Public Works is helping us out with that by building a platform and some

stairs and we’re hoping to get 400 people a day up to it. “There’s a lot of people who would be new to the town and some people who lived here all their lives that have never gotten into the tower.”

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tech: 52% of Leinster own a smartphone

Stephen’s social media savvy makes him a star  Laura Webb

Social media has got us hooked online with figures showing Leinster smartphone users are using 1.6 million hours of data every day. One such social media addict is Vlogger (video blogger) and RTE 2 tube presenter Stephen Byrne (23). According to Three Ireland’s research, 52% of the population of Leinster

now owns a smartphone with national ownership increasing by a massive 53% in just one year revealing just how much data is getting used. Being so social media savvy, a smartphone with unlimited data is a must have for Stephen, who was chosen as one of Three’s top social stars. “We went through my data and it was 8GB for a month, and that is when I was away and hadn’t even

used it that much. Ten years ago people would ask - How much internet do you use? When you didn’t have a smartphone, it was like, I go home, I’m on the computer for two hours – but now you don’t know because you are always connected… It is so beneficial, including careers – simply out of marketing themselves. I never went to college or university – I got into RTE because of social media.

Being a Vlogger, the Dun Laoghaire native uses a lot of data for his social media activities. “My whole life is social media. There is nothing that hasn’t been influenced by it, it’s scary and weird but very 21st century. “My life would be in no way the same if social media didn’t exist.” For info on Three’s All You Can Eat offer see www.three.ie

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Celebrities support hunt for missing dog Holly wood actor Chris O’Dowd is the latest celebrity to lend his support on Twitter to a nationwide appeal for the safe return of stolen dog Erin. The appeal was made this week in order to help find stolen lurcher rescue dog Erin, following the successful return of her canine counterpart Jodie, who was also taken. A reward of €1,000 is now being offered for Erin’s safe return. Erin and Jodie, two lurcher dogs, disappeared from a dog boarding kennels in Sallins, Co Kildare at 12.30am on May 27. Since then, famous faces including Kathr y n T homas, Sinead Desmond, Sile Seoige

and PJ Gallagher have been calling on their Twitter fans to appeal for the safe return of both dogs. Erin is a brow n striped female Lurcher with a very distinctive “hanging” lower lip. If you see a stray female lurcher matching Erin’s description, or have any information, call or text 086 3218132 or 0870987064.

dust off those dancing shoes If you’ve ever wanted to break a world record and learn how to Riverdance while you’re at it, then perhaps this weekend will be just the time to dust off those dancing shoes and do it. R i ve r d a n c e - T h e

Gathering, are planning a world record attempt next month, which will see the First Lady of Riverdance, Jean Butler, joining over 2,000 people along the banks of the River Liffey for an attempt at the longest Riverdance line. In preparation, Riverdance – The Gathering are equipping the public with all the tools to take part with special pop-up dance classes on Saturday, June 29 on Dublin’s South King Street. From 12–2pm Riverdancers will be teaching you some easy Irish dancing steps. Whether you’re the next Jean Butler, or simply want to learn a few of the iconic steps, stop by and get

some tips for helping to break the world’s longest Riverdance line on Sunday, July 21. For more information, see w w w.riverdance. com/the-gathering

getting a buzz out of books A collective library initiative was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) earlier this month to encourage children to use their local libraries. The Summer Reading Buzz Campaign is now running in libraries in Fingal, Dun LaoghaireRathdown and other locations, until early September. Children can get a Summer Reading Buzz Membership Card from

A reward of €1,000 is now being offered for Erin’s safe return

their local library and for ever y book they read, they get a bee

stamp from the librarian on their card. There are other incen-

tives for the children to read as many books throughout the summer as they can pick up plenty of prizes in the form of bright, colourful bookmarks, stickers, Summer Buzz pencils and after reading 10 books, they get a Summer Buzz wristband and a certificate. When the children’s Summer Buzz membership cards are full of bee stamps, they are posted into a special post box hive in each library and a draw will take place for some excellent prizes in September.


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Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage you to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact rheigh@gazettegroup.com or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.

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Back to nature: eco-friendly camps for city children

Kids, walk on the wild side with hedgehog houses and bug safaris  Natalie Burke

Children from around Dublin are looking forward to kicking off their summer holidays this week and thanks to a specially organised nature-themed summer camp, they now have an even bigger reason to celebrate the close of school doors.

The ECO-UNESCO weekly ECO-Explorers summer camps are back once again this July and August with a wealth of fun-filled eco-activities in store that will see kids really get to grips with nature in the heart of the city centre. Whether it’s a bug safari, an outdoor adventure or building a hedgehog house, children can discover a whole new side to trees, animals and insects as well as getting inventive at the Creative Recycling Station. The eco-friendly camp caters for children aged five to 12 and is ideal for those hoping to get in touch with nature and make new friends. They will have the chance to learn some skills, build confidence and take home some ecofriendly ideas that will keep them occupied. This year’s camps will mark the third year of the popular camp which also runs during Halloween and Easter holidays. The camps are deliv-

Kids can discover a whole new world of nature

ered by ECO-UNESCO in their headquarters “the Greenhouse”, which is located in Dublin 2 and in wildlife areas in Dublin city centre such as Merrion Square and the Iveagh Gardens. The camps take place July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, July 22 – 26, July 29 – August 2, August 12 – 16 and August 19 – 23. They take place daily from 10am until 2.30pm and costs €100. An early bird rate is available at

€90 and discounts are available for families. For information visit

www.ecounesco.ie, email youth@ecounesco.ie or phone 01 662 5491.

book review a young Malahide resident and Gazette

reader very kindly sent us a kid’s book review. Heather has reviewed Daisy and the Trouble with Coconuts by Kes Gray for us. Heather said: “Your newspaper is full of fantastic stories of Malahide and other interesting articles. However, I think it is missing something - A Kid’s Book Review.” Here are Heather’s thoughts:


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Shaking things up a little bit for the Spirit of Folk Awards  Laura Webb

Organisers of the annual Spirit of Folk festival have shaken things up for Irish folk music by turning the successful three-day festival into two exciting events. Since its inaugural outing in 2011, Spirit of Folk has provided a platform for Irish folk music, growing each year from just 500 people to 1,200 in 2012. This year, they are being more creative in promoting and supporting Irish folk music and arts making it into

two events: the Spirit of Folk Awards and a Feastival Final. The awards will see top Irish folk acts battle it out in a semi-final on August 31, held in Whelan’s on Camden St. T his all-day event will not only have great music but there will also be storytelling and delicious food. Then the Feastival in Dunderry Park, Co Meath takes place on September 21. Three of the top Irish folk artists will battle it out for the Spirit of Folk Award, which will include a €1,000 cash

bursary, recording time with Darklands Studios, and a creative writing week at Dunderry Park. The winner will be chosen by a panel of high profile judges on the day. The overall festival will also be a great event with falconry, living history, shamanic drumming and astronomy; a medieval feast is also included in the ticket price, hence the name Feastival. Festival coordinator Emily Duffy said: “While the three-day event was not possible this year, due to allowing

the grounds to recover properly from our sold out festival in 2012, we were determined to find a creative way to fulfil our mandate of promoting Irish up and coming folk acts as well as educating people on our own fascinating heritage.” According to festival director Martin Duffy, the event in Whelan’s on August 31will bring all the energy and vibrancy of Spirit of Folk to the city centre venue. “We’ll have grea t folk and trad music, storytelling, traditional games, delicious

The Feastival will take place in Dunderry Park, Co Meath

food and arts and craft vendors upstairs in Whelan’s. We’re really excited to transform the place into a mini folk festival.” Interested folk or trad artists should contact hello@spiritoffolk.com

with a short description of why your act should be included along with your top three tracks. Tickets for Whelan’s are €10 and available from www.entertainment.ie or at the door Tickets for the final

Feastival in Dunderry Park are €50, including a three-course feast, and go on sale from www. enter tainment.ie on July 3. For further details on the event see www.spiritoffolk.com


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lisa madden, ice ireland

An ICE way to arrange currency exchanges AS COUNTRY manager for ICE Ireland, Lisa Madden has put her many years of experience to good use at Dublin Airport to meet the currency exchange needs of visitors and travellers to the busy economic hub. Lisa lives in Dublin, with her husband, Colm, and their children and pet Boxer dog. She enjoys walking,

reading, and watching drama. International Currency Exchange (ICE) has 35 years of experience in providing retail foreign exchange services, and has more than 300 locations worldwide. With more than 65 international airport partners, ICE has Irish outlets at Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports.

How long have you been in business?

How has the recession impacted your business?

We opened our first branch [in Ireland] at Dublin International Airport in 2001.

What makes your business successful?

We’re an established name in the industry, and have had a strong presence in Ireland for over a decade now, at three of the major airports. We always aim to offer the very best exchange rates we can, understand the culture of the countries we work out of, and, most of all, understand what our customers want from us.

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

I feel we offer a wide range of products and services to help travellers with their foreign exchange needs. We offer great exchange rates, in particular online where the service we offer enables us to offer highly-competitive rates on our most popular currencies. Our click and collect service is very popular, where you reserve your money online and have it ready to collect at the airport on the day of your departure, only paying when you collect. We have also just brought in our online price match guarantee, which means we will beat any cheaper price you find elsewhere online.

As a business, I think [the recession] has given us more understanding of what customers want, and has shown us that loyalty is only earned through consistently delivering on your promises. This is why we never shirk in our duty to pass on the very best rates we can to our customers, and are always looking at new ways in which we can save them money and make things easier. This is shown by our click and collect service; easy to use, can be done at the last minute, and has usability on smartphones and tablets.

How do you use social media to help your business?

We’re very active on social media, with central Facebook and Twitter pages to both inform customers of new offers and daily exchange rates, and to answer any queries. We’re in the process of setting up a dedicated Facebook page for Irish customers, so be sure to watch this space!

What is your ambition for the business?

To continue to grow in Ireland and around the world, and to be the preferred choice for the majority of people flying out of our brilliant Irish airports.

business What values matter to you the most? ARE you thinking of a career change? In today’s economic climate, people are understandably slower to make the leap than they have been in previous years, and yet many are staying in careers or jobs in which they are clearly unhappy. Occupational psychologists are in agreement that if you choose a job or career that is aligned with your values, interests, personality and skills (VIPS), then you are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled. Now, if you have a number of years’ work experience, the chances are that you are aware of your skills and interests. Values and personality are more complex. There is a lot of talk in the media about “values”, in particular, these days. Work and personal values are not always the same, but if you are in a job or career that compromises your values, sooner or later it will become a source of stress. So, how do you clarify what your work values are? Draw up a list of 12 values that are important to you in terms of career. Consider things such as money, recognition, independence, work/life balance, learning and development, work relationships, support, morality, status, autonomy, etc. Consider each value individually and then reduce your list to six. Now, ask yourself: “Which four of these are absolutely non-negotiable for me?” This is the point at which you will really challenge yourself to clarify what it is you want.

The thing is, that with values, there is no right or wrong, only difference. For example, if recognition and status are what truly motivate you, the chances of you being happy in a career or job that champions the collective effort over individual achievement are extremely slim, irrespective of how much of a team player you think you are. Similarly, if “work relationships” is in your top three and you are considering a handsomely paying career that involves a minimum of human interaction, you may need a re-think. Unfortunately, these days, many people are compromising their work values due to financial circumstances. If you are in a position where you can make a career change, do yourself a favour and clarify your non-negotiables. If you want to make a thorough inventory of your VIPS before you make any decision, contact a qualified career professional and ask for an in-depth career suitability assessment.  Rachael Kilgallon is a qualified career coach and founder of

The Career Hub. Contact Rachael at hello@thecareerhub.ie or visit www.thecareerhub.ie.

award: motoring school’s expansion is a winner

D15 start-up company drives its way to success  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

YOUNG Irish start-up company Pass My Test picked up a prestigious award at the Startup Awards held in the Royal Academy Gallery on June 13. Pass My Test is based in Station Court Park, Blanchardstown, and manager Damien Deehan was at the award ceremony to receive the 2013 Franchisee Startup of the Year Award from Dragons’ Den celebrity and owner of Insomnia Coffee businessman Bobby Kerr. Deehan’s company, the Pass My Test Driving School, won the silver prize in the same category last year, so receiving the top award this year is a big step up. The Startup Awards

competition is now in its second year and was established to recognise the best in Irish start-ups from all over Ireland. A total prize fund package with a value of €50,000 was on offer for all the winners. Prizes included media coverage, legal services, accounting services and more. According to the organisers, winning a Startup award will raise any company’s profile on a national level, help to grow the business, and act as a platform to showcase how successful a new company can be by applying a vigorous, entrepreneurial spirit. This year, Pass My Test was recognised for its national expansion. The company now serves the vast majority of the coun-

Businessman Bobby Kerr congratulates Damien Deehan of Pass My Test, Blanchardstown

try by emphasising affordability. The win for Deehan and his team points the way for further expansion. The company is currently looking for more instructors to come on board. He said: “Pass My Test is a keen employer and is looking for new instructors to join their

ever-expanding team of instructors, so if there are any approved driving instructors looking for a great company to join, then Pass My Test offers it all. “Also, if you’re thinking of a new career as a driving instructor, then Pass My Test offers instructor training,” said Deehan.


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Marion Tait will be perfroming in the classic ballet, Giselle

INTERVIEW: DANCER WITH A FONDNESS FOR PLAYING WICKED WOMEN

Love of dance keeps Tait on her toes

 NATALIE BURKE nburke@gazettegroup.com

IT’S down to her pure love for dance that former professional ballerina, Marion Tait, is set to take to the stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre next week. Now the assistant director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet company, London-born Marion will be playing the mother of the principal ballerina in the classic ballet, Giselle. Approaching the age of 63, Marion has already had the opportunity to dance the principal role of Giselle, alongside many other leading roles at the height of her dancing career, but retiring to a life after ballet is something that is still a long way off. “I always used to think that most of

the principal ballerinas would hang their shoes up in their mid-thirties but in my case, I danced my first Juliet role at the age of 42. “It was a young person’s role, but it’s amazing what you can do with make-up,” she said. Dancing her final principal role at the age of 45, Marion says she still acts in ballets and has a particular fondness for playing wicked women. “Instead of doing Giselle, I’m now Giselle’s mother. It’s more acting and moving than dancing but I love playing wicked women, like the step mother in Cinderella. It’s much easier to play someone as obvious as that. They all have their slight subtle differences but it’s lovely to still be part of it.”

The seed for Marion’s love of dance was planted at her first ballet class, which her mother took her to just before her third birthday. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School before joining the Royal Ballet’s touring company (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) two years later. With her days as an active ballerina behind her, Marion has fond memories of her dancing days, saying it took a lot of time and commitment. “Whenever I was interviewed when I was dancing all the time, they said it must be such a dedicated life you lead. But as far as I was concerned, if it’s something you love and something that keeps you fit, you don’t have to be that dedicated, you just

enjoy what you’re doing.” Performing in Giselle in a character role, Marion says the performance is one of the “purist” of classical ballets. “At the heart of it is a very tragic tale,” she says. “It’s a wonderful story to tell and very easy to understand and you will get totally gripped in the drama. It is beautifully designed with lovely costumes and there’s something for everyone who sees it.” The Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Giselle at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from Thursday, July 1 to Saturday, July 6. Tickets are priced from €25. For more information, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie or call 01 677 7999.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week’ is Coco. She is a three-year-old crossbreed. Coco is a big girl, with very handsome features. She is finding life in kennels quite stressful, so really needs an understanding, committed and experienced owner who can help her out with basic training and general doggie skills. She is a strong, bouncey girl but, with time, she will make a fantastic addition to the right family. If you are an experienced dog owner, looking to add to your family – pop up to the centre and ask about Coco. 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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Kiehl’s Energising Moisture Treatment, 75ml for €35.50; Facial Fuel Energising Scrub, 100ml for €20.50

Kiehl’s skin care for dads  laura webb

WHO said Father’s Day was the only day to give dad gifts? So, if you feel like spoiling him, why not introduce him to the great shaving and skincare range from Kiehl’s? First up is the Facial Fuel Energising Face Wash. This is a vitamin-enriched, energising gel cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, surface oil and impurities without any over-drying. A 250ml bottle costs €20.50. T he Facial Fuel Energising Scrub buffs away dead surface skin cells. This scrub

is rich in Vitamin E and contains a blend of caffeine, menthol and citrus extracts for an energising effect on skin. It’s an ideal preshave treatment as it helps to alleviate roughness for a closer, more comfor table shave. A 100ml bottle costs €20.50. The range’s Energising Moisture Treatment is also a must for uplifting dull skin. A 75ml bottle costs €35.50. Kiehl’s is available at its store on Number 35, Wicklow Street, as well as at Dundrum Town Centre, and Arnotts, or online at www.kiehls. co.uk.

The Aero Minerale Makeup Mist foundation range brings your your perfect base – in a can!

Tin-k this is a great idea  laura webb

FOUNDATION in a can – now that is something you don’t see every day, so when Gazette Style got the chance to test it out, we didn’t hesitate to get our spray on! The Aero Minerale Makeup Mist range combines the benefits of a mineral foundation with the ease of aerobrushing. It claims to be lightweight and long-lasting,

with an oil-free formula containing a unique blend of minerals and botanicals, including the star ingredient, aloe vera. This ingredient helps to hydrate skin, while softening fine lines and wrinkles without clogging pores. Celebrity and movie make-up artist Yolanda Halston created Aero Minerale, which has a huge celebrity following, including Angelina

Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Britney Spears, to name but a few. There are 10 different shades to chose from. Once you choose a shade, it’s time to get spraying. Shake the can before use. Cover head to hairline. Hold the can 6-8 inches away from the face, close your eyes and evenly mist Aero Minerale down the centre in a small zig-zag for evenlooking coverage.

This is great for a “no make-up” look. However, for a more customised coverage, spray Aero Minerale to the palm of your hand and use a foundation brush to apply, or spray directly onto a makeup sponge. The Aero Minerale primer works the same way and is used under foundation to help illuminate skin and prep face, lashes, lips and skin.

Gazette Style Verdict: Well, it does exactly what it says on the can! Personally, I prefer to spray on my hand and use with a foundation brush, but if you’re in a hurry or in the back of a taxi and need to reapply, a quick spray and you’re back in business. The coverage is great and does feel lightweight on the skin. It is also quick-drying, so blend soon after spraying.

Something to smile about GET a brighter, whiter smile with laser teeth whitening at Dublin Vitality Center in Blanchardstown village. There is nothing as unhealthy or unattractive as nicotine-stained teeth, teeth which are yellow in colour, or those which are just unhealthy. Frances Ann Flannery, owner, Dublin Vitality Center, says: “What many people do

not realise is that modern laser teeth-whitening treatments offer excellent teeth-whitening results in one hour, and use products which do not contain peroxide. “This means that there is no damage to enamel, and that the client feels no sensitivity at all. “Laser teeth-whitening does nothing but remove the

stains accumulated from the use of dark foods, nicotine and red wine. “So, make the most of the smile you have, and go for a non-peroxide whitening treatment to begin showing off your natural, God-given gift. Smile more, and you will not only spread happiness, but you yourself will feel happier and more attractive, too,” says Flannery.

For further information on laser teeth-whitening options, please see www.laserteethwhiteningdublin.com.

This laser teeth-whitening treatment is performed by a fully-qualified dental professional, and ensures

that no sensitivity is experienced. It is therefore suitable even for those who have sensitive teeth.


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Being this good ain’t Yeezy K a n y e We s t h a s always been famous for a number of traits other artists wish they had, and many they are happy to lack. Among the former, the ability to create amazing soundscapes and productions, a natural f low with rhymes and an uncanny understanding of how to market himself. The latter, an ego the size of a planet and a knack for an utter absence of understatement or selfawareness. It’s those kinds of contradictions that make him such a divisive character. His latest release, the modestly titles Yeezus, is another expres-

sion from Casa Kanye that will invoke ire as much as it is adored. Creating a massive buzz off the back of his performances of Black Skinhead and New Slaves on US TV stalwart Saturday Night Live, the anticipation for Yeezus has been loaded with barrels of approbrium and of excitement. The unveiling of those new tracks gave a delicious taster of what is now here - dark, visceral and sonically charged, Yeezus could realistically never have been created by anyone else in the business. As angry as he has ever sounded on record,

West comes hard out of the gates with the triple hit of On Sight, Black Skinhead and I Am A God. Although pro duced by Guy-Manuel and Thomas of Daft Punk, these are as far away from Get Lucky as you could possibly get. Angry, outrageous, brilliant, hilarious, they set the tone for everything that follows But as much as this may initially seem like unfiltered rantings and unhinged productions, there is an intelligence and carefully crafted editing process at work here. Yeezus clocks in at barely more than 40

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MUSIC FASTtunes

See the best of Dublin and beyond at YouBloom Over 100 acts, including local band Elevation Falls, below, are set to grace the streets and stages of Dublin this weekend as part of the YouBloom festival, a brand new music event and conference. The festival will be taking place in seven of Dublin’s top venues – The Workman’s Club, Twisted Pepper, The Grand Social, Speakeasy, Odessa, The Mercantile and The Stag’s Head - from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, and the conference aspect at the College of Surgeons on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th. Gig tickets are priced from €15 for a night ticket, €35 for weekend. Delegate passes are €40 for a day pass and €75 for a weekend pass. Tickets on sale now from www.entertainment.ie/youbloom.

Kanye West returns with another modest release

minutes, which in these days of an hour-plus for hip-hop releases, is notable, as much as it is a clear indication that it

has been minutely crafted and honed to have maximum impact in a powerful, incendiary package.


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Theatre 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: World war z

Lacking in brains, tasty brains GIVEN that the source material is written by Max Brooks (son of Mel), it is no surprise that World War Z has made it to the screen. Family pedigree aside, the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel is one of the most highly-regarded novels of the last decade and one of the most eminently filmable. Its scope, its scale and the convenient presence of zombies (the undead are so hot right now) means that it was always going to find a home on the big screen. In production since 2009, the film has changed writers a number of times, but is now a $200 million juggernaut that is looking to derail the Man of Steel and boasting a certain Mr Pitt. Having Pitt on board is both a blessing and a curse for this film. In one way, he is the perfect embodiement of a family man fighting against an impending apocalypse, earnest, brave and put-upon. However, when you have Babe Ruth on your team, he plays right field, no matter who else is on your team. And so here, the sweeping nature, the global outbreak and the

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Brad Pitt is coming for you, zombies (above) and (below) Zombie Bundle!

commentary on American isolationism, survivalism and the diminishing scale of the world are all cast aside. So, basically, everything that made the book such a success is taken away so that Brad Pitt can be brooding and heroic. It’s not to say that Pitt doesn’t fill the boots of his role, it’s just that the boots are too small. From a rampant opening which keeps the gore to a minimum but ratchets up the tension, Forster loses the sure hand as the film starts to evolve into less of a survival thriller and more of a global hunt. This wouldn’t necessarily be so bad if the characters weren’t so shallowly drawn. Pitt’s Gerry is a likeable character and while you don’t actively hope that his family get torn apart by a horde of flesh hungry zombies, it would definitely improve the film. Instead, he’s a UN

Film of the Week: World War Z hhh (15) 110 mins Director: Marc Forster Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, David Morse

OUR VERDICT:

A FAIRLY poor adaptation of an excellent book. By stripping out everything that made the book interesting; the geo-politics, the different perspectives and the tension, this becomes another bogstandard zombie shooter that tries to be genre-ambiguous. It’s ok, but a missed opportunity.

survival expert who just happens to do stupid things like leaving his phone on when traversing infected areas. In the end, the film just feels too generic, too bland and not a patch on the excellent source material at the filmmakers disposal. By trying to focus on

one man’s story, Forster fails to deliver any semblance of a war, which is odd given the title of the movie. Additionally, these aren’t garden-variety zombies. They’re full-on leaping, bouncing, climbing, team working nightmares.

They work more like something from Jurassic Park than any thing Romero ever committed to celluloid, which makes the fact that they only get the chance to swarm once utterly baffling. This is the summer, people expect action, they expect a crash here, a bang there and even a wallop thrown in. In the end, by focusing narrowly here, Forster has done himself and the material a disservice. Though the door is open for a sequel, without the actual war, what’s the point?


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GAMING ANALYSIS: HEAVYWEIGHT FALTERS

Nintendo need to hit harder WHILE Sony and Microsoft continue to trade blows over their upcoming consoles, Nintendo has been left sidelined, despite being the first major player to step up to the next-gen ring. However, while the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One have been generating acres of media space in the past couple of weeks – albeit for mostly negative reasons, for one of the consoles – as their parent companies slug it out, the Wii U has been ignored, left to quietly

 SHANE DILLON sdillon@gazettegroup.com

shadowbox by itself in a quiet corner of the ring. It’s a situation that was recently addressed by Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s chief executive, who was discussing the Wii U’s weak sales with CNBC. Iwata-san said: “We are to blame. We relaxed

our [marketing] efforts, so the consumers today still cannot understand what’s so good and unique about the Wii U. “As long as people have hands-on [experience], they can appreciate the value of the Wii U, but because there’s not software that’s [as] simple and obvious for people as Wii Sports for the Wii [was], potential consumers do not feel like trying the Wii U.” Backing this up, while cinemagoers and TV viewers regularly see ads

Unpopular XBox One system features abandoned

While Sony’s PlayStation 4 takes the lead – for now – over Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo’s Wii U is still sparring by itself on the sidelines. Illustration: Shane Dillon

for Sony or Microsoft’s titles, Nintendo is often noticeable by its absence, with the Wii U seemingly left to fend by itself in the ring without any solid support from coach. Still, despite its timid track record so far, the Wii

U isn’t about to throw in the towel any time soon. While there’s something of an overly-familiar line-up of Wii U titles ready to come out swinging, there’s no doubt that Nintendo are training some formidable new

games to step forward in the near future. However, Iwata-san, and his crew, would be well advised to hurry up and win some bouts, before its rival challengers notch up one too many gaming wins ...

JUST as this page has to head to the printers, Microsoft have performed what’s been described as a spectacular about-face regarding its upcoming Xbox One console. After the company listened to what company big-wig Don Mattrick described as “candid feedback” (surely a contender for understatement of the year), it has abandoned several of the highlyunpopular features of its upcoming Xbox One console, including the truly bizarre requirement for the console to sign in once a day in order to function. Given the surge of irate gamers sent fleeing into the arms of Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft may have shut the gate after the horse has bolted, but let’s see. More next week ...


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Volkswagen’s offers for the 132 model year

VW lovers take note! Volkswagen Ireland is celebrating the arrival of the new 132 Model Year and a new registration plate with a host of specification improvements to its range, the arrival of two new high-performance versions of the Golf and a new finance offer. The new arrivals to the Volkswagen range are the high-performance versions of the Golf, the petrol-powered GTI and the diesel-powered GTD. The 220bhp GTI comes with a starting price of €33,820, while the GTD has a starting price of €35,740. There are also changes to the specification of some of Volkswagen’s most popular models. The up! gets 15” Waffle alloy wheels on the Move up! The Beetle now gets Bluetooth as standard fitting in Design and Sport grades and also comes with the RCD 510 touch-screen audio system. There are significant changes to the Tiguan range. The Passat BlueMotion gains a leather multi-function steering wheel as standard while the Comfortline gets Park Distance Control. All of these new cars will be available from July 1 with a variety of finance and purchase options available.

The Octavia starts at a mere €18,995, making it one of the best value cars in its class

skoda: The latest incarnation of the octavia impresses

More space, sharper looks and five-star NCAP safety n Cormac Curtis

If there’s one car on Irish roads that deserves a facelift – it’s the Skoda Octavia. And, lo and behold, it’s had just that, and not a moment too soon. I believe Skoda offer some of the best value for money cars in Ireland, with a combination of build quality, design, looks, performance, price and efficiency that is difficult to beat. For those not in the know, the Octavia is probably the most overlooked of their offerings. From the well-publicised CitiGo, that captured many headlines upon its recent release, to the near-perfect Superb saloons and estates, Skoda have impressive models at either end of the range. Even the rally circuit has embraced the nimble Fabia. But it’s the middle child, in the shape of the Octavia that is the real recession-busting workhorse. I’ll be the first to admit, it has never been much

of a looker; but that has changed with the latest incarnation. What has been seen as one of the most reliable and cost-efficient cars on the market, now has a brand new design, so add eye-catching to its list of boxes ticked. Gone are the square angles and symmetrical lines, the Octavia has been given the stretched and sleek treatment, and beefed up on either side too. This new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm enabling the Octavia to move a head and shoulders above the competition in terms of spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 590 litres. Speaking of the boot – it deserves a review of its own. My kids had a blast climbing in and out of the cavernous entity that is

the Octavia’s boot – the thing is massive. The new model seems to offer even more space, as well as practical clips for cargo nets, making the space useful, not just vast. Be careful when folding down the back seats – there’s a chance you’ll be hit for more property tax given how much area it opens up! As mentioned, we are talking about a handsome and sleek car on the outside – but the interior still does everything you would expect of Skoda. Everything feels like it should cost just a little more than it does, such is the build quality and understated style of the interior. The touch-screen interfaces are attractive and functional, not at all gimmicky like some of their competitors, with very straightforward Bluetooth setup and excellent connection to iPhone for music streaming. The start/stop technology employed in the Octavia is quick to respond and didn’t lead to a single stall, which can often hap-

pen in lesser cars. Safety is another area where this car scores well – a five-star NCAP rating to be precise, with more airbags than ever. Emissions are down thanks to fuel-efficient e n g i n e s , a n d , e ve n though the car is larger than its predecessor, it has shed 100kg in weight – giving the 1.6 TFI version a fuel consumption figure of just 3.8 litres per 100km travelled; and impressive figure in anyone’s books. The Octavia starts at a mere €18,995, making it one of the best value cars in its class, and even putting significant pressure on some executive saloons, considering the comfort and space on offer in this model. Given that we are entering the 132 phase of the year, car brands are crawling over each other with 132-themed special offers. I would suggest keeping an eye on Skoda to see what they come up with, but it will be hard to beat the value on offer with the latest Octavia. Terrific car.


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TRAVEL Escape to the sun in Lisbon  NATALIE BURKE

WHETHER you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in a seaside resort, a golf escape or a combination of a city and sea break, Concorde Travel have a host of last-minute offers to the trendy Lisbon Coast this July. Departing on July 4, spend seven nights at the four-star Vila Gale Estoril on a B&B basis for just €699 per person (pp). The five-star Palacio Estoril is also on offer for a sevennight stay on a B&B basis for €999pp. A l t e r n a t i ve l y, travel on July 18 and spend seven nights at the four-star Vila Gale Cascais, also on a B&B basis for €817pp. You could spend seven nights at the five-star Quinta da Marinha in Cascais (B&B basis) for €799. Package prices include return flights from Dublin, airport transfers, the assistance of a local representative, seven nights’ accommodation as stated and all taxes and charges. For further information, or to book, see www.concordetravel. ie or phone 01 775 9300.

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LONDON: CENTRAL LONDON HOTEL PROVES A GREAT SPOT TO SEE THE SIGHTS

An unrushed stay near the chimes of Big Ben  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

ALTHOUGH a good bit outside central London, the Southend Airport – Aer Lingus Regional’s newest London destination – is quiet and unrushed and presents a calmer alternative to the craziness of the more regularly chosen Heathrow or Gatwick. After a quick flight from Dublin’s Terminal 2, it was just a train journey into Liverpool Street and a quick trip on the Tube to Westminster, the location of my hotel for a recent overnight trip. Aer Lingus Regional celebrated its one-year anniversary of the Dublin to London Southend route recently and marked the occasion by flying its new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its newest London location in an effort to boost service over the coming months. The service, which is operated by Aer Arann, was launched last May and has flown more than 55,000 passengers to London’s newest hub in the past year. Now operating three times daily, Aer Lingus

Regional has adjusted the flights to offer a day trip return service for business travellers. While it’s a cheaper alternative for those flying to London, it makes a day-trip and an overnight pop across --------------------------

‘The Park Plaza Westminster, is located just 500m from The London Eye, London Waterloo tube station and the Houses of Parliament’

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the pond that much more accessible. The Westminster Plaza Hotel is the ideal location for a stay at the very heart of London and is a venue that was used for some of the scenes in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall. The Westminster Park Hotel is so centrally situated that you can use Big Ben as your timepiece

during your stay. The magnificence of the Houses of Parliament greeted me as I ascended the steps of the underground and made my way a short distance over the bridge to the hotel. The decor in the hotel is really modern and the colour scheme a seductive palette of reds, blacks and mirrors. It is a very large hotel with friendly staff, and the suite was the epitome of style and comfort. There was a sitting area with a soft leather sofa and widescreen TV and a pristine, elegantly white bathroom. The suite or studio apartment we stayed in averages at around €250 a night, depending on what dates you are staying. At the lowest end of the scale are the superior bedrooms for €198 a night, while at the highest, the two-bedroom apartments start at €516 per night. The price reflects the centrality of the Park Plaza Westminster, which is located just 500m from The London Eye, London Waterloo tube station and the Houses of Parliament.

The conveniently located Westminster Plaza Hotel affords striking views of key landmarks; (inset) the hustle and bustle of Browns Restaurant in Covent Garden

The hotel’s contemporary yet elegant design was a delight to relax in

Going out for dinner, we decided to head into Soho, so we jumped into one of the many black cabs available outside and were at Browns restaurant in Covent Garden in no time. This eatery is a stylish pub and restaurant with a very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The menu was very reasonably priced, with two courses for £25 (€30), and a very good selection of wines. I had charred trout in a teriyaki sauce with bok-choy, while my companion opted for the steak which, by her

account, was top dollar. While I wasn’t in the mood for dessert, I did have a mysterious craving for cheese. This caprice was more than satisfied by the restaurant staff, who presented me with a selection of cheeses which included very good Roquefort and dainty crackers which I dispatched swiftly. Travelling back home the next day was the same route in reverse, and we boarded Aer Lingus Regional’s newest plane and were back in Dublin within the hour. For details on the new-

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

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FastSport ireland women secure draw with Austria:

Competitors in the first-ever national currach league championship race held in Dublin on the Tolka Estuary last week

boating: lord mayor opens premiere league contest held on tolka estuary

Dublin hosts first national championship currach event The inaugural Dublin currach regatta took place last weekend at the East Wall sports centre, Tolka Estuary in the heart of the city. Sponsored by Dublin Port Company, this was the first time that the east coast had the privilege of playing host to a currach regatta, which was included as one of the qualifying races in the national currach league. Fifteen of the top teams in the country came to Dublin to compete in the championship fixture, including racing teams from Donegal, Kerry, West Clare, Limerick, The Aran Islands, Connema-

ra and East Galway. As this was the first time a Dublin regatta was included as one of the qualifying races in the national currach league, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri (FG) joined the event and officiated the start of the men’s final race. What turned out to be the perfect conditions for a rowing regatta with a light wind and clear blue skies, the teams attacked the course with unrestrained fervour. There was a hard fought competition between the crews of Rosses of Donegal and Ardmore of Conamara but the Rosses snatched the

lead from the Conamara men on the final approach to the finish line and won the Senior Men’s final title, Doire Fhearta of Galway took third place in the final. Father and son combination of Paul McGonnagal and James McGonnagal and Oscar Duffy were the winning crew. The woman’s racing was equally as nerve-wracking with crews from East Wall, Rosmuc in Conamara, Camp and Clarecastle in West Kerry and The Rosses in Donegal all competing to secure a place in the ladies senior final. In the end, a combined team from Car-

raroe/Clare beat the crew from Camp and Clarecastle into second and third respectively. Leah Sullivan, Annie Lee and Shile Ni Dhorgan were the winning crew. The Fear Agus Bean racing had nine teams whittled down to three in the fina,l and it was a hard-fought race on retreating tides that saw two teams from Clarecastle pitted against Doonbeg. In the end the herculean efforts of Claire Neylan and Mantas Syzoskoskis formerly of Lithuania and currently of Clarecastle were the champions in the final race.

THE Republic of Ireland ladies soccer team, which featured local stars including Arsenal’s Emma Byrne, as well as Julie Ann Russell and Dora Gorman from Peamount United, were held to a 2-2 draw in their friendly match against Austria at Tallagh Stadium last week. Two second half strikes from SC Freiburg’s Fiona O’Sullivan capped the comeback for the girls in green, after falling behind to goals from Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Laura Feiersinger. Ireland are now set to focus on their World Cup fixtures, which commence with a home tie against Slovakia in September.

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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards june nominees

It was there for a few moments at the start of the month, but the sun shone far and wide this month across Dublin, picking out some exemplary performances that were worthy of note from the judging panel for the Dublin Sports Awards. International success on the soccer field and the jiu jitsu mat were the source of success for Dean Carpenter and Chris Bowe respectively, while flying form in Tullamore saw Harry Purcell claim a pair of All-Ireland medals. Meanwhile, at different ends of the GAA spectrum, Ballyboden and Holy Family NS showed that there are always titles to strive for, whether you are at the pinnacle or at the start of your career in sport, and the DDSL soccer stars drawn from across the city secured once again the Kennedy Cup title in Limerick.

H STARof the MONTH

dean carpenter

chris bowe

harry purcell

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

Dundrum resident Chris Bowe left the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships in California with a pair of medals, taking silver in the super heavy weight division, while also claiming bronze in the open weight division

ANOTHER double medal winner this month was Castleknock College’s Harry Purcell, who took gold in the 400m and bronze in the 800m in Tullamore at the Aviva All-Ireland schools track and field championships

ballyboden st enda’s

holy family national school

ddsl kennedy cup team

Ballyboden’s march on in the small ball code continued this month when the senior side claimed the Leinster League Division One title against Coolderry at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, with the senior Bs securing the Division Three title

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

THE DDSL side once again secured the SFAI Umbro Kennedy Cup after a 2-0 victory over 2011 champions, NDSL, at the University of Limerick, with contributions from players representing a number of Gazette country sides

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Local stars on women’s World Cup Sevens panel  sport@gazettegroup.com

The Ireland women’s sevens players will face a stern test when they take to the pitch in Moscow

Blackrock College’s Shannon Houston and Amy Davis and Old Belvedere’s Jenny Murphy are among the 12-strong squad picked by coach Jon Skurr to represent Ireland at the women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this weekend. The girls in green’s appearance at the World Cup is the culmination of 12 months of preparation and the achievement of the primary goal for the squad, which was qualification for the championship.

The squad features a number of the inf luential players who helped deliver Ireland’s first-ever grand slam and 6 Nations championship earlier this year, including Ireland’s most-capped player Lynne Cantwell. The side will be buoyed by their performance in last week’s European sevens series event, the Marbella Sevens, which drew to a close with Skurr’s side placing fifth out of the nations competing at the end of the series. The ranking points gained at

the series events in Brive and Marbella were added together to decide the European champions Ireland’s plate success and fifth-place ranking in Brive coupled with their fourthplace finish in Marbella gave them 12 points and 14 points respectively. Their 26-point tally puts them fifth overall in Europe, behind Spain (30), France (32), last year’s winners England (32) and new champions Russia (38). Coach Skurr said that he has

confidence in the players when they line out in what will be a hard group stage in Moscow, with two of their opponents being southern hemispheree giants, South Africa and Australia. “When we started the Sevens programme last year we set the Rugby World Cup as our goal. We achieved it and since then these girls have worked very hard to improve their Sevens skills,” he said. “We have picked up some notable wins but this is the biggest test of all.”


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A true Irish heroine making sports history Dundum’s Nikki Symmons recorded her 200th international cap last week, an achievment unparalleled in any other sport. She spoke to Gazette Sport about her career and hockey future

 stephen findlater sport@gazettegroup.com

Nikki Symmons became the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps this week when the national hockey team took on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships. T h e 3 0 - y e a r- o l d Dundrum native – who is also a senior cricket international – was named in the Irish panel to line out at Belfield, marking another huge stepping stone in a remarkable stint. It is a career that dates back to 2001 when she was brought off the

bench for a 15-minute stint as a teenager against Wales. She says, however, having already celebrated her 100th and 150th caps, she was not planning on making a big deal out of the occasion. “To be honest, I sometimes forget how much I have done,” she said. “It is amazing and I am completely honoured by every cap I get. This one just adds to it and it is amazing to be the first Irish female athlete to do it. She is part of a 27-player panel for the summer as plans for the Rio Olympics in 2016 get under way with a number of teenagers added to this extended squad, one filled with newcomers. “It is a very different squad but there is a lot

of young talent coming up and that’s really exciting even being the oldest one there. These players will hopefully go on to help Ireland qualify for the Olympics. “I suppose we had to change things and while it was really tough – and hard for him as well – for the players, there’s definitely some really good talent there. “It’s exciting with [former St Andrew’s student] Gillian Pinder coming back in and being a bit more available now after her year in the US. “Emily Beatty [from Alexandra College] is going to be a really good player, she is really quick and has to learn her trade a little bit but that will come in time.” Twelve seasons in green have seen Symmons take on numer-

Nikki Symmons receives a commemorative picture from IHA vice president Richard Kendrick prior to Ireland’s game against Canada last weekend

ous different roles in the side. In more recent times, she has become very much a go-to voice for hockey as well as women’s sport in general, regularly featuring in radio and television interviews. Most recently, she was part of a panel of four top sports people – along with Republic

companies like Liber ty Insurance, who are sponsoring camogie. They know this takes time and so are in for five years to reap rewards of being on camogie’s books as such. But they’re happy to do that and know that it takes time. That is the key thing for business.

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‘I am completely honoured by every cap I get. It’s amazing to be the first Irish female athlete to get 200 caps in any sport’ Nikki Symmons

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of Ireland women’s soccer manager Sue Ronan, Irish women’s rugby team manager Gemma Crowley and camogie’s Mary O’Connor – to take part in the Sport For Business Women in Sport conference. “T here were a lot of issues being talked about from how to get women more involved in sport to getting sponsors on board. There were a lot of big companies here so hopefully we can persuade some of them to get involved and support women in sport. “It’s about trying to get people to understand how getting wo m e n i nvo l ve d i n sport can really help a company and use it both to grow the sport and grow their product. “It was great to see

“The other par t is about relationships with people. It’s about building that like the Irish women have with Electric Ireland. “ While Symmons is happy to take the lead on hockey’s behalf, she says her leadership role in the current international set-up is solely down to her on-pitch performance. “My role isn’t about being the oldest or most capped player. My leadership role is about playing; it’s about training hard and playing well. “We’re trying to make it more about the team and getting everyone i nvo l ve d , b e c o m i n g leaders themselves rather than calling them the oldest or most capped and I think that’s the way it should be.”

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Ireland miss out on play-off place in Vannes Ireland’s Under-20s were unable to capitalise on the fine form they displayed in the group stages of the Junior World Cup in France last week and fell to a single point defeat by the host nation in the fifth/eighth place play-off match. Despite scoring the only try of the match courtesy of Ryan Murphy, three penalties from the French scrum-half, Baptise Serin, were enough to secure victory in this tight and toughcontested encounter. France’s ability to convert their chances proved the difference between the sides. Speaking afterwards, Ireland head coach Mike Ruddock said: “We are disappointed to lose, we want to congratulate France on winning. But we are disappointed because we scored the only try of the game and we had the opportunity to kick our goals and win the game comfortably. “Unfortunately, we didn’t kick our goals on the night but the second half totally belonged to Ireland, we played more rugby.”

Dublin fans called on for theatre event GAA supporters in Dublin are being called on to demonstrate their love of the game in a theatrical setting. The organisers of the Dublin Fringe Festival are looking for Dublin GAA fans, volunteers and sports fans to get involved in a project about Dublin GAA and the legendary Hill 16 which will take place as part of the fringe festival this September. Belgian theatre

company Campo Het Kip have previously created a theatre event about local football fans in a number of locations across Europe and are coming to Dublin to make a local version of the show which will be all about Dublin GAA fans and their experiences. The piece has a large ensemble cast and the production team is hoping to get genuine fans on board with the project. If you are interested in getting involved, email projects@ fringefest.com or call 01 670 6106.


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athletics: local runner shows pace at euro team event

Galligan dashes to put herself in championship contention  sport@gazettegroup.com

Soccer initiative set to come to Esker Celtic Local soccer clubs Esker Celtic, Liffey Valley Rangers, Palmerstown FC, Ballyowen and St Francis FC, together with the FAI and McDonald’s restaurants in Lucan, Liffey Valley and Clondalkin have teamed up to host a free community fun day at Esker Celtic this weekend, on Saturday, June 29. The day will run from 11.30am until 4pm and is free for boys and girls to attend. The day is aimed at developing skills in young players. For more information, log on to mcdonaldsfuturefootball.fai.ie

CLONDALKIN native RoseAnne Galligan enjoyed a busy weekend at the European team championships in Morton Stadium last weekend as she represented Ireland in both the 800m and, at short notice, the 1,500m It came hot on the heels of her fastest 800m in Spain a week earlier when she ran a 2.01.07, a time that gave her a B standard time for the world championships in Moscow in August, making her one of the leading contenders in Dublin. On Saturday, she was right in the mix in a tactical race with no pacemakers, tussling with Romania’s Mirela Lavric, the

Czech Republic’s Lenka Masna, Switzerland’s Selina Buchel and the Netherlands Yvonne Hak. In the final run-in, less than a second covered all five athletes but Galligan was shaded out in the final sprint to finish fifth, bringing in eight points for the Irish team. On Sunday, in the women’s 1,500m, she came in place of the ill Claire Tarplee (DSD AC). Following on from her competitive fifth place over 800m the previous day, Galligan ran a gutsy race to the end to finish sixth in 4.26.04, for seven more points. It was part of an outstanding performance by the Irish team all told as they came seventh overall. This was Ireland’s best

ever performance in the combined men’s and women’s team championships, improving on their eight place from 2010. The Irish team amassed a total of 242 points to finish in seventh place behind league winners Czech Republic who scored a total of 351.5. The Irish men’s and women’s 4×400m relay provided a thrilling conclusion to the two days of action, much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd. The women’s team of Sinead Denny (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Jennifer Carey (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse AC) and Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) won their heat in a time of 3.38.43

to secure 10 points for the Irish team. Galligan currently runs in Newbridge colours but started running for Clondalkin in the community games where she was resident until she was 15-years-old.

Rose-Ann Galligan in action at Morton Stadium last week


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mind your buddies Pieta House programme

Club Noticeboard st pat’s palmerstown

Pieta House, the suicide prevention charity, are holding a series of information evenings for Dublin GAA clubs in the coming weeks to promote their Mind Ur Buddy campaign, which aims to provide free suicide prevention training for club members. The evenings take place at Naomh Mearnog on Thursday, June 27, Thomas Davis on July 2 and Kilmacud Crokes on July 3, all at 7.30pm. For more information, log on to www.pieta.ie.

THE senior hurlers continued their

for the festival night. Many thanks to

unbeaten record with a victory over

all the mentors, parents and players

Naomh Mearnog.

who made Thursday night a great suc-

U-13 footballers deafeated Liffey Gaels. U-13 hurlers lost to Cuala.

and the committee.

U-14 footballers lost to Kilmacud

Lotto results: First draw numbers

Crokes in a fantastic high-scoring

were 6, 15, 27 and 28; there was no win-

game. U-16 footballers deafeted

ner. Second draw numbers were 8, 14,

Kilmacud Crokes. U-12 footballers

22 and 26; there was no winner.

defeated Cuala. A big thanks to Andy Slater, Peter

hurling: championship disappointment for dubs

cess. A big thank you to Marion Reed

Any three numbers winners were Eva O’Connor and Andy Slater.

Keaney, Des Rushe and Andy Helbert

Next weeks’ lotto draws: First draw

who did a great job having the club-

jackpot of €10,000; second draw jack-

house and grounds in great condition

pot of €4,600,

lucan sarsfields Congratulations to Johnny McCaf-

hurling despite being on the losing

frey, Peter Kelly, Chris Crummey and

side.

the Dublin hurlers on their performance against Kilkenny on Sunday. All roads lead to O’Moore Park again next Saturday for the replay.

Round Tower’s Gary Quinlivan was among the Dublin minor panel who faced Kilkenny last week . Picture: Colin Behan

Cats crowd out the minors at Parnell  sport@gazettegroup.com

R O U N D To w e r ’ s Cl ond alk in’s Ga r y Quinlivan was part of the Dublin minor panel that bowed out of the Leinster MHC at the hands of Kilkenny 0-17 to 2-7 last Saturday in Parnell Park. After playing with the aid of a very strong wind the young Dubs led 2-4 to 0-7 at the break but in the second period the Cats dominated and pointed their way to victory, mainly courtesy of freetaker Alan Murphy. Earlier in the half, the Dubs settled well with

two points from Sean Treacy and the hustling and harrying of the boys in blue was prominent as they set the early tempo. However, Kilkenny began to ease themselves into the contest and hit six points without replay through Kelly (five) and Garry Kelly to open up a 0-6 to 0-2 advantage. But Dublin finished the half on the up with a goal from the penalty spot from keeper Jonathan Treacy after Con O’Callaghan had been fouled and another from the pacey Chris

Bennett. The Dubs also had strong claims of another penalty turned down after O’Callaghan looked to have been f o u l e d o n h i s w ay through on goal as Dublin took their three point lead into the interval. The early omens on the restart were not good for the Dubs as Kilkenny began to dominate around the middle of the field and also a lot of the 50/50 battles and with Murphy and midfielder Ciaran Ryan showing a great eye for the sticks they reeled off six unanswered points

to move 0-13 to 2-4 in front. Dublin battled to the finish but they failed to build any momentum while the inside forwards were deprived of possession, time and space as Kilkenny advanced to the Leinster MHC final. Meanwhile, at senior level, St Pat’s Palmerstown’s Liam Rushe was key figure in Dublin’s 0-17 to 1-14 draw with Kilkenny as the side were just caught in their bid for a first win at championship level over the cats since 1942.

You can now register online for our summer camps at www.lucansarsfields.ie. Note to all members: Kindly refrain

The Vodafone FM104 Dub Hub will be

from parking on double yellow lines

held in the clubhouse this Friday from

and blocking ambulance access to

5.30pm. This is an all-ticket event. A

the pitches in the clubhouse car park.

limited number of tickets are avail-

There is ample space in the old Uni-

able to fully paid up adult members

form site adjacent to the clubhouse

by emailing lucansarsfieldspro@

carpark. If people continue to dis-

gmail.com.

regard the car park regulations, the

The senior hurlers had a good

executive will be looking into engag-

10-point win over Na Fianna on Satur-

ing the services of a private clamping

day evening.

company.

Our U-9 hurlers travelled to Kilma-

Our nurseries for boys and girls

cud on Saturday, plus a home game

born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 continue

with Clanna na nGael. Our home team

every Saturday at 1.30pm on our all

played very well and produced some

weather pitch at The 12th Lock. Cam-

lovely scores at the 12th Lock. Away

ogie nursery at 2:15pm for girls aged

to Kilmacud, some great hurling was

6 and over. This is your child’s chance

played in three games, but Kilma-

to be coached by Dublin senior hurling

cud got the upper hand in two of the

captain, Johnny McCaffrey.

games, with the third game drawn. The boys deserve great credit for sticking with Crokes and playing good

Lotto: Numbers for the jackpot of €20,000 were 22, 20, 2 and 3. There was no winner.

westmanstown/garda Pride of place last week goes to our

The ladies have no fixture next week

juniors who reached the Parson’s Cup

but training continues as normal. Con-

final with a victory over Stars of Erin

gratulations to Brian O’Connor and his

at Westmanstown on a score of 1-10 to

wife Darina on the birth of a baby boy

0-10. Well done to all concerned. Hope-

Ruadhan - definitely one for the Gaels

fully, their good form can be main-

in a few years time.

tained in the next game a champion-

The annual members family fun day

ship outing against Kilmacud Crokes

took place place on June 22. Pictures

next Tuesday night also at Westman-

at www.westmanstowngaels.ie. Med-

stown throw in at 7:30pm.

als for best effort were presented on

There was disappointment for our

the day by George Kyne.

intermediates who suffered a first

Congratulations to the Rice family

league defeat of the season away to

who won the first prize of €1,000 in the

a very strong Kilmacud Crokes last

club buster draw. Thank you to eve-

Thursday night, going down by 1-9 to

ryone that supported this important

0-6. They have a chance to get back

fund-raising event.

to winning ways next Wedneday night

The annual Cul Camp takes place

with a home league fixture at West-

from July 8 to 12. You can reserve a

manstown against Scoil Ui Chonaill

place online at www.westmanstown-

throw in at 7:30pm.

gaels.ie.


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