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Residents worried at surge in rat numbers Ian Begley
Illegal dumping in estates is blamed for increase in rodents
A large number of residents in Clondalkin have been complaining about a surge of rats appearing in their estates due to illegal dumping.
Local election candidates from these areas said they have noticed many people bringing up rat infestation cases which are caused by people dumping their rubbish illegally. Labour candidate Ken
Kinsella from Clondalkin said: “There appears to have been a large increase in both the numbers of rats in the area recently, being caused by illegal dumping and some residents are using their back gardens as
makeshift landfills in order to avoid paying bin charges.” SDCC did not respond to a request for comment on illegal dumping at the time of going to press. Full Story on Page 7
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IMPACT members vote for industrial action
IMPACT members working at South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have balloted in favour of industrial action following a decision by council management to abolish “acting” positions. The trade union associates are in grievances with the council’s decision to order staff to carry out senior duties on a lower pay rate. Staff at the local
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authority have voted in favour of industrial action by a margin of 86%. The form of industrial action to be taken is expected to be announced
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next week. IMPACT official Angela Kirk said: “In an act of calculated bad faith, council management announced its intention to cut the pay of staff in acting positions just days before a Labour Relations Commission hearing, which was to arbitrate on the matter. Local talks had broken down after management told the union it intended to change the pay rates rather than regularising the acting positions as agreed in the talks that led to the Haddington Road agreement.” Kirk said that SDCC’s management was in breach of Haddington Road and was effectively extending pay cuts to staff below the €65,000 earnings threshold set out in the deal. The union also condemned management for refusing to discuss its proposals, saying that they were non-negotiable. SDCC said that all staff within the public sector have received pay cuts, and are surprised that IMPACT is choosing to
take action against the council rather than any other local authority. “The termination of ‘acting’ is not a pay cut as it is paid by way of an additional allowance to a person’s existing salary. All staff in the public sector have experienced substantial pay cuts, including those who never had the opportunity of ‘acting’. “Contrary to the position as set out by IMPACT, SDCC is very much in compliance with the Haddington Road Agreement and in keeping with what has been and is happening in every other local authority. “In this regard it is somewhat surprising that IMPACT should choose to take this action against SDCC rather than any other local authority when this is in fact an ongoing national programme.” All relevant staff were given one month’s notice of the termination of acting and notified of their change in role. Staff have not been asked to perform the same duties where project allow-
ances or actings have ceased. Acting allowances remain in place for a considerable number of staff pending the completion of the workforce planning exercise,” said the spokesperson. People Before Profit candidate for Lucan Ruth Nolan who supports the planned protest by IMPACT members said: “I support anybody who feels like they need to take industrial action because I feel for too long worker’s rights have regressed instead of progressed. “When SIPTU members protested in the council offices before Christmas I completely supported them and actually attended that day,” she said. Clondalkin Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) said that although he doesn’t know too much about the background of IMPACT’s decision he wouldn’t like to see any action taken “whereby residents would see more of a cut to services out on the ground in terms of roads, transport and planning, etc.”
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council: scheme aims to improve independent stores appearance
Benefit night for Anne
€100k shop front grant is approved A Shop front grant of €100,000 has recently been approved by South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The scheme is intended to improve the appearance of independently owned shops fronting public streets and in turn make the streetscape more attractive to shoppers and visitors alike. T h e g r a n t av a i l able to individual shops includes €4,000 towards the replacement of existing aluminium of plaster shop fronts with traditional painted wooden shop fronts. Two-thousand euro will also be given to successful applicants towards painting traditional shop
fronts to colours from an approved list. Seven-hundred-fifty euro will go to the replacement of “inappropriate” plastic/box wall signs with painted traditional hanging signs, and €1,000 will be allocated for careful illumination of worthwhile architectural features of significant buildings. Grants of up to €4,000 will also be available for a parade of shops within South County Dublin. This includes shops facing roads of up to 12m to 15m long. Shop fronts incorporating use of the Irish language may attract further support of up to €3,000 in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Works that do not
require planning permission may commence upon receipt of written approval from SDCC. Works that require planning permission cannot commence until the final grant of permission issues by the council. All works must be completed before end-of-year 2014. P ay m e n t s w i l l b e made to approved applicants upon submission of receipts for approved works meeting the terms of the scheme. Payments will amount to 50% of claims subject to the maximum amount approved for the applicant. The closing date for applications for this grant is May 30. For more information, visit www.sdcc.ie or email email@example.com.
One in a million: Spar Nangor Road sells daily lotto’s winning ticket spar on the Nangor Road in Clondalkin had a reason to celebrate as the store has recently sold a Daily Million winning ticket worth €1 million. The prize was collected by a Clondalkin man at the end of April. National Lottery Field Sales Representative Michael McGuinness congratulated the store’s owner Jimmy Farrell on the sale of the winning ticket. Picture: Mac Innes Photography
A benefit night will take place in the Ballroom of the Red Cow on June 27 to raise funds for Clondalkin resident Theresa Brennan, who is in urgent need of indoor assistance facilities. Theresa’s sister Anne set up a campaign to raise money for her sister who is mentally and physically disabled, and is calling on the public to help provide her parents’ home with indoor assistance facilities. The benefit night will start at 8pm with special guests DJ Neil Brown, The Weaver Brothers, and Voice of Ireland stars Sean Sunderland and Laura O Conor. T hose wanting to donate prizes are asked to contact Francis Timmons at 0872869315 or Anne Brennan 086232297
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Olympian Egan returns to pay tribute to club’s role in his success
Good sport as stars turn out for boxing facility’s bash Ian Begley firstname.lastname@example.org
Neilstown Boxing Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary on May 17, with legendary sports broadcaster Jimmy McGee and Olympic champion Kenneth Egan making a special appearance.
The event will feature a boxing show, as well as talks about the club’s history and merits. Speaking to The Gazette, Kenneth Egan said that the club and its volunteers were key in helping him get to the Olympics. He said: “When I joined the club 20 odd years ago we were operat-
ing out of St Peter Apostle School hall. It was all the volunteers of the club who helped trained me over the years to do so well. “The likes of my head coach Gerry Fleming are the unsung heroes that are there five nights a week - hail, rain or snow. “A few years ago we got the fund-
ing secured for our own premises to train in. “We really pushed for it and eventually got our own club, which was really fantastic. “The whole club now has evolved since then and can cater for up to 60-70 kids - both boys and girls. “I believe the club is fantastic for
helping young people to keep off the streets and keep them active. “I have an interest in motivating them and hopefully one day we’ll get another Olympian champion out of that club,” said Egan. For more information about the club visit the Neilstown Boxing Club’s Facebook page.
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Dermot Griffin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to manslaughter
courts: woman could not remember if she had taken heroin
Witness says she saw accused set fire to den
The trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of a boy who died in a fire at a makeshift den has heard that an alleged eye-witness does not know how much drugs she had taken that day. Stephen Hughes was 12 when he died in the fire in the den where he had been sleeping with his friend 13 years ago. Dermot Griffin (54) of Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to manslaughter at Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght on
September 1, 2001. Linda Prentice (34) previously told Mary Rose Gearty SC, prosecuting, that on the night of the incident she saw the accused throwing a white thing into the hut just before the hut went on fire. Under cross examination Ms Prentice told Bernard Condon SC, defending, that she had a heroin addiction and could not remember if she took heroin the day leading up to the fatal fire or how much she might have taken. Mr Condon put it
to the witness that on March 23, 2006, she gave a statement to gardai in which she said she had seen and heard things she had not seen or heard. He said this was due to a mix of drink and drugs undermining her memory. She told gardai then: “I could hear a young child screaming for his life. That was the first time I realised there was somebody in the hut. “If I’d known when I saw the hut going up at first I could have saved that child’s life.”
She admitted some of the details in this statement had never happened. Mr Condon said she was falsely claiming to have heard the victim screaming and Ms Prentice said her statement was referring to Daryl Hall, the child who had escaped the fire. Counsel told Ms Prentice that she is a “ h o p e l e s s l y, d e e p l y unreliable” witness. She replied that she was being honest in her evidence to this jury. She told the court that she saw Mr Griffin walk-
ing towards the garden where the makeshift hut was and she then ran and hid behind a very large rock. She said she was looking over the rock and saw the accused throw something white and lit into the den. She said by the time the accused had walked back outside the gate of the garden the den “had gone up”. She said: “It just all happened ver y ver y quick.” The trial continues before Judge Patricia Ryan and a jury.
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DUMPING Inability to pay bin charges cited for rubbish
Call for action to rid area of rats IAN BEGLEY
A LARGE number of residents in Palmerstown and Clondalkin have been complaining about a surge of rats appearing in their estates due to illegal dumping. Local election candidates from these areas said they have noticed many people bringing up rat infestation cases which are caused by people dumping their rubbish illegally. Labour candidate Ken Kinsella from Clondalkin said: “I’ve been out on the doors over the last few months and it is incredible how many times residents have brought up the issue of rats and illegal
dumping. “There appears to have been a large increase in both the numbers of rats in the area recently, being caused by illegal dumping and some residents using their back gardens as makeshift landfills in order to avoid paying bin charges. “Rubbish being dumped in lane ways is also a major cause of rat infestation, and we need to see more action from the council to tackle and prosecute those who are doing it. We’ve got a serious public health problem on our hands and the council needs to act immediately,” said Kinsella. Local candidate for
Lucan Danny O’Brien (SF) said that many residents in Palmerstown are bringing up rat infestation problems caused by illegal dumping in several of the laneways located within the estates. He said: “We have been contacted by lots of people about this issue and we’ve been in touch with the council. “Every now and again they would clean up the lanes, but over a period of time they go back to the way they were. Some people want the lanes blocked off and some people want them left open so there’s not really a quick fix for this. “A lot of this illegal
dumping has started since the bin waivers were taken away because people don’t have the money to pay for their bin charge, and that’s why a lot of illegal dumping is happening all over South County Dublin. “There needs to be cameras installed around the place and more of an effort in trying to catch people responsible for illegal dumping because at the moment it is very hard to catch them,” said O’Brien. One resident from Palmerstown described the rat problem and illegal dumping activity within her estate as “atrocious”. She said: “We have an awful lot of rats around
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Labour candidate Ken Kinsella wants the council to tackle and prosecute those who are dumping illegally
here, which is a major health issue and very frightening. I had a sewer rat the size of a hare on my patio and next door our neighbours found a rat dead in their front gar-
den. “The litter in the lanes is atrocious. There are bags and bags of household rubbish there because people are not paying for their bin charge and
decide to throw their waste there instead,” she said. The council did not respond to a request for comment at the time of going to print.
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Local candidates The Gazette ELECTION asfdasf dsa fdsa talk fdsaftodsaf dsafasdfabout what Clondalkin local election candidates Breda Bonner Labour Emer Higgins Fine Gael Eoin O Broin Sinn Fein Francis Timmons Non-Party Gino Kenny People Before Profit Jonathan Graham Sinn Fein
Kenneth Kinsella Labour Kenny Egan Fine Gael Lorraine Hennessy The Workers Party Matthew Mc Donagh Non-Party Paul Doran Communist Party of Ireland Trevor Gilligan Fianna Fail
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Contenders set out their stalls for ballot WITH the local elections just over one week away, The Gazette joined local election candidates on the campaign trail for election 2014,or spoke to them about their intentions if they are successfully voted in. The campaign has been a tough one for this slew of candidates, with Government party
contenders having to explain themselves on water charges and property tax, as well as homelessness which is an issue to the forefront of many voters’ minds. There have also been changes to the electoral boundaries, and many areas are gaining a number of council seats.
For those voters who still haven’t made up their minds, Ian Begley is continuing to examine the local election candidates running in your area. This week and next, the election hopefuls are continuing to let you know what they stand for and, hopefully, will help you to make your decision.
CLLR GINO KENNY: PEOPLE-BEFORE-PROFIT CANDIDATE FOR CLONDALKIN
Always be a dissenting voice PEOPLE Before Profit Cllr Gino Kenny was first elected to the council in 2009. He has worked on various issues during his term, ranging from housing, antiracism initiatives and working alongside the Clondalkin Equine Club. Speaking to The Gazette, Cllr Kenny said that his campaign trail so far is going very well and is receiving an “extremely positive” response on the doors. “The issue that’s mainly coming up all the time is stealth charges, such as the introduction of water meters and water charges. People are very frustrated with the unfairness of these charges. “There’s going to be some blow back on the main political parties of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour. The narrative really is that people are going to
vote against these three parties, which I think will be reflected on May 23,” he said. Cllr Kenny said that residents in Clondalkin are very vocal and attentive in key issues with up to 70 people attending regular street meetings in the area. If re-elected to South Dublin County Council, Cllr Kenny said that he will “always be a dissenting voice in the council because I believe there is too much of a status quo. “I’m hoping that if I do get elected I’ll be that voice because there’s going to be big issues to deal with [within the next five years].” Cllr Kenny said that he believes individuals and society as a whole have the
real power in making a difference. He said: “You can go to numerous council meetings and nothing happens, but when people take to the streets that’s when things change. “The moral fabric of our society has been eroded to an extent because of it – done by political choice.”
JONATHAN GRAHAM: SINN FEIN CANDIDATE FOR CLONDALKIN
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What I don’t do is promise the sun, moon and stars SINN Fein candidate Jonathan Graham is hoping to become a councillor in the Clondalkin ward this time around. At 20 years, Graham is the youngest local election candidate in Ireland and he says one of his main focuses is tackling youth unemployment rates in Clondalkin. Speaking to The Gazette he said: “So far my campaign has been very receptive and I’m getting a lot of positive feedback. My suspicion is that there are a lot of people turning to Sinn Fein due to their anger at the main establishment parties. “One of the things that I don’t do is promise the sun, moon and stars to people at the door. What we do say is that ‘these are our policies’, ‘this is what we stand for’
and ‘judge us on our track record’. “We’re not in the business of telling people what they want to hear,” said Graham. Asked if local residents are bringing up Gerry Adams’s recent arrest, Graham said: “What is happening is that people aren’t generally bringing up the recent news regarding Gerry Adams. “Anyone who does bring it up is seeing his arrest for what it was, which was politically motivated at a time when Sinn Fein are obviously performing well. “The water charges and property tax are really big issues in Clondalkin at the moment. People feel let down by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour in relation to those issues.
“Social housing and jobs are also really big issues, particularly in North Clondalkin. What we have is a really high unemployment rate, but in general we have a big youth unemployment rate. There’s one in five young people unemployed across the State, and in North Clondalkin it is a prominent issue,” said Graham.
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they stand for, and the issues the electorate is raising Kenneth Egan: Fine Gael candidate for clondalkin
Paul Doran: Communist Party of Ireland candidate for clondalkin
I’m focusing on youth issues
People are being very receptive
A million miles away from his former boxing career, Olympic medallist Kenneth Egan is gearing up for the local elections, and instead of knocking people out Egan is knocking on doors hoping to secure a seat within South Dublin County Council. Entirely new to politics, Egan is running as a Fine Gael candidate with a primary objective to focus on youth issues. Speaking to The Gazette, Egan said that the reception he’s getting while canvassing has been good. “In general it’s going very well, 80 to 90% of the people who open their doors are fairly positive to hear what I have to say. I explain to them what I’m running for and what I represent, which is youth issues.” Egan said that his main objectives if elected are tackling mental health and drug/alcohol related issues amongst young people, which he believes constitute a significant problem within Clondalkin. Although previously admitting that he’s not politically minded, Egan said that his past sporting achievements and experience will
Communist Party of Ireland candidate Paul Doran believes that his election campaign so far is going “very well” and says that his policies are being met with a keen interest, especially from young men and women. Doran who is a former Sinn Fein activist is opposed to Ireland’s involvement in the European Union and said that if he is elected to South Dublin County Council he will be a voice for the working people. Speaking to The Gazette, he said: “My campaign so far is going very well, people at the doors are being very receptive. Many people haven’t heard much about the Communist Party and I’m very willing to tell them about my views and polices. “The issue of debt is something that comes up very frequently when I’m canvassing. I met one man recently who raised the issue about water charges. I pointed out to him that of course everyone is opposed to the charge but the reason why the water charges are being implemented is because of the policies of the European Union.
help motivate young people in staying active and off the streets. Egan is out canvassing every evening from 6.30pm-8.30pm and says that even though it’s very arduous work he’s really enjoying engaging with the public. “I’ve been very busy with the whole campaign, but I actually relish it. There’s a lot of things happening, but it’s great to be out canvassing and I really enjoy talking to people and hearing what they have to say.”
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“Anybody I’ve met so far I’ve told them quite clearly that I’m not going to fix your housing problem because no councillor can do it, but if I am elected I will do what I always do and try and represent working people.” Asked what his objection of the European Union is, Doran said: “I’m very concerned about the issue of our loss of sovereignty and democracy. No one is accountable for anything anymore. You’ve seen the carry on at the moment in our own parliament, now imagine what sort of things go on in the European Union?”
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Comedian Al Porter and Brona Ui Loing. Brona is taking part in a Kildare Federation ICA challenge for charity which encourages members to take photos of their teddies with any well-known people. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston
Author Eileen Casey reading a snip from her book
Brid Morris and Mary Lyons
Harriett Baitson and Emma Byrne having a dance
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Ambassadors Frank Cousins, Bernard Nolan, Mary Lyons, Betty Murphy, Breda Kavanagh, Ethna O’Brien, Marie Nolan, Annette Yates, Kitty Raftery and Clare Morgan
Teresa Fox, Bridget Flynn, Mae Newman, Rose Cullen and Patty Maher
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a short reading. RAMS in Rhythm provided the musical entertainment for the morning. The events special guest was Tallaght native Al Porter who is one of Ireland’s rising comics. He has performances at Cat Laughs festival, Electric Picnic, Vicar Street and the Olympia Theatre already under his belt.
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a day in the life: andrea horan on finding time to work and play
It’s a busy Tropical Popical life laura webb
MANY sleeping beauties out there have made a friend of the alarm clock’s snooze button and for Tropical Popical owner Andrea Horan, that button is starting to be her new BFF (best friend forever). Running a busy nail bar in the heart of the city centre on South William Street means Andrea tries to find her zzz’s early in the morning. Speaking to The Gazette about her busy life it seems every day brings something different for her to do. “I would usually put the alarm clock on for about 7am, then 7.15am, 7.30am, 8am and usually fall back asleep and don’t end up get up until 9am.
“When I do get up, I would usually wait to eat. I have a supply of lemon and hot water that is the winner for me. “If I am working from home, I will make something later but if I am going into Trop Pop I would usually grab a yoghurt on the way in, grab a coffee and usually remember to eat later in the afternoon – only when I am in there because it is usually hectic. “You really don’t get a minute, so it’s more when you have a chance to eat rather than when you want to eat. “The day is so busy in Trop Pop. I was in there yesterday and we had a wedding party in getting their nails done, so there was champagne, strawberries and all that hap-
imelda and ava say frock out to help a great charity event
pens. Then it was backto-back appointments and by the time I looked around it was 5pm – so the day really flies in,” she said. At home
If she is at home, Andrea takes time out to go to a cafe down the road from where she lives. Working late nights at Tropical Popical means meeting friends after work is usually how she spends her evenings, but two nights a week she dedicates her time to special clubs – which is really just an excuse to meet up with some buddies. “I have a group of friends called the Cinema Club so we go to the cinema once a week and another group of friends call the Concert Club
Andrea Horan, owner of Tropical Popical Nail Bar
so we go to a gig every week. “We are mad for the clubs so that takes up two weekdays. I can be busy – I suppose that is why I can’t get up in the morning. “I tr y to do some
activities during the day too. I was hoping to go on an open top tour bus of Dublin yesterday but it was raining, but I would try to do things like that or I would stroll into town with my dog. My days vary so much
that I really don’t have a typical day. It’s great because I get bored fast so it is good that I have lots to do.” For further details on Tropical Popical, see www.tropicalpopical. com.
SINGER Imelda May is rocking up support for the Down Syndrome Centre’s Buy My Dress campaign, which is taking place in the RDS this month. Six-year-old Ava Leahy was with Imelda this week to help her let people know about the event, which takes place on Sunday, May 25. Now in its sixth year, Buy My Dress invites women of all ages to dig out onceloved and lightly worn dresses from their wardrobes and donate to the oneday, pop-up sales taking place around the country – including in the RDS – in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre. For further information, and to find the centre closet to you, see www.buymydress.ie.
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theatre: add your favourite memory
Help mark the Abbey’s 110th year
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IN CELEBRATION of the 110th anniversary of our national theatre, The Abbey has launched a novel digital micro-site on which patrons over the years can recount their memories of the theatre. The site aims to capture 110 funny, historical or poignant moments of Abbey life. Launched on May 7, the interactive site allows people to add their own memories and share their personal experiences of the theatre. The site is intended to become an archival treasure-trove of information, from the foundation of the national theatre in 1904 right up to today. Organisers are encouraging people to go online at w w w.abbey theatre. ie/110moments, where a new user-submitted moment will be added every month until the
Abbey Theatre’s birthday on December 27. Speaking about the initiative, Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, said: “This is an opportune time for us to delve into our rich archive to remember the major moments that make the Abbey Theatre what it is today. “T his is another way to experience the spirit of the theatre and its role in Irish life. I would love people to share their Abbey Theatre moments with us to mark our 110th anniversary.” T he theatre was founded by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 to “bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland”. Over the years, the Abbey has nurtured and premiered work of major playwrights such as JM Synge and Sean O’Casey, as well as contemporary classics from Brian Friel, Frank Mc Guinness, Thomas Kilroy and
The Abbey Theatre was founded in 1904 to show the best of Ireland’s theatre
Lilly Kapele daintily takes a closer look at some of the vibrant flowers that can be seen at the upcoming Bloom 2014 festival. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan
phoenix park: annual event gearing up to be even better
Flower festival will be Bloom-ing great ian begley
BLOOM, the much anticipated anual gardening, food and family festival, is returning this summer with a strong programme of activities on offer. Ireland’s largest garden and food festival runs for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park, running from May 29 until June 2. Now in its eighth year, Bloom continues to attract a nationwide audience, with last year’s festival attracting more than 110,000 people, who wandered around soaking up the atmosphere. Bloom 2014 will showcase 30 exquisite show gardens from the very best of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers.
This year’s bespoke garden creations will include the Crumlin Children’s Hospital Garden, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Garden, and a 10ft-high Mr Tayto, which will overlook the Tayto Garden. Visitors to Bloom will also see what can be achieved with a limited budget, and gardens which reflect new trends affecting and influencing garden design today, such as new approaches to horticulture, ecology and sustainability in garden design. For the second year, Bloom will also host a number of “postcard” gardens designed and constructed by some of the country’s most passionate amateur gardeners. T hese provide an opportunity for garden
clubs and societies to demonstrate their abilities and to inspire other nonprofessional gardeners to experience the joys and benefits of gardening. A team of expert judges from the world of horticulture will once again preside over this year’s event, including Andrew Wilson, award-winning garden designer, lecturer and writer; Mark Gregory, winner of 55 Chelsea Flower Show medals; Karen Foley, landscape architect and educator; and Paul Maher, curator of the National Botanic Gardens, Drumcondra. They will be joined by guest judge, award-winning landscape architect and garden designer, Feargus McGarvey. Food enthusiasts will also be delighted to hear that Bloom’s food village
will be making a return with an even greater choice of tasty treats and culinary delights to savour. A wide range of dining options will be available at Bloom, from Bistro (Bloom’s restaurant, cafe and seafood bar) to the all-new Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour. A host of other options will be available in the picnic and outdoor entertainment area, along with numerous pit-stops for coffee and delectable nibbles, showcasing the very best of Irish artisan food. Lovers of Irish cheese will also enjoy the Irish Cheese Awards 2014, which will be taking place at Bloom to display Ireland’s renowned farmhouse cheese producers. Guests are also invited to try some of Ireland’s
craft beers and spirits in the Bloom Inn. In addition, the Quality Kitchen stage – a firm favourite with Bloom regulars – is sure to once again be a major attraction in the food village Some of Ireland’s most loved chefs, including Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Donal Skehan and Catherine Fulvio, will host a number of daily demonstrations showcasing a range of new recipes made from Bord Bia Quality Assured products, and the best of local ingredients. Tickets for Bloom 2014 are on sale now at www. bloominthepark.com. For further information, see www.facebook. com/bloominthepark, or join the conversation on Twitter using the tag @Bloominthepark.
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feature escape the mayhem: from russia with love founder debbie deegan
Happy to be Russian off to a quiet Cork house IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, Debbie Deegan, the founder of the charity To Russia with Love, talks about how she gets away from the busy life she is currently used to as she helps children in orphanages in Russia S PE A K I N G t o T h e Gazette just before heading off to Ballyconneely, Debbie was in high spirits, thinking about her quiet weekend away with just her thoughts and two dogs – an escape that got us asking if we could join. “It is literally out in the
middle of nowhere! Out on the bog, I don’t talk to anybody, I don’t talk to my neighbours – I just absolutely listen to silence. It is the only time in my life that I do that. “I go maybe five or six times a year. My husband bought it [the house] about 15 years ago, in the hope that it would cut me off from the rest of the world – there was no email and there was no landline. “When I went down, initially my hands were shaking and I thought: ‘My God – I have no
phone, no coverage and I have no email!’ “I absolutely detested it, but as Russia got more and more manic, I was travelling so much spending so much time in airports and orphanages it became sort of a mystical place for me. “I would be in an airport, thinking: ‘God, I could be on a beach in Ballyconneely now!’ “I don’t care if it is lashing rain, thunder or lightning there – I just light the fire, open a bottle of wine, and it is my only time in the world that I get down-
time. “It is just lakes, the smell of heather, with sandy beaches and no people – I love it,” said Debbie. To Russia With Love has just launched a short animation with the help of Brown Bag Films to highlight the work of the charity. It is available to see at www.torussiawithlove.ie, and charts 20 years in the life of Anya, a Russian orphan. To donate €4 to support the work of To Russia With Love, text HUG to 50300.
To Russia with Love founder Debbie Deegan
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Going gold to support fight against cancer Mairead Farrell and Des Bishop have cosied up on a sofa – but all for a good cause, as Ballygowan goes gold in a fundraising drive. They have paired up to help support a new campaign to raise much-needed funds and awareness on vital cancer support services. Speaking at the campaign launch, Des said: “Both my family and I
know only too well how tough this fight can be. For this very reason, the campaign from the Irish Cancer Society and Ballygowan really struck a chord with me. “It allows everyone to play their part in the fight against cancer, both through raising awareness and most importantly, raising money to fund vital nursing services.” From now until Sep-
tember, Ballygowan Gold bottles will bear a specially designed label promoting the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline. A donation will be made to the charity for every Gold bottle sold.
Malaria Museum creates a buzz DUBLIN now has it own Malaria museum, based on the top floor of Tropical Medical Bureau’s Grafton
Street headquarters. The non-profit museum aims to highlight the vital work of organisations which continue to advocate and educate the public on the dangers of the mosquito-borne illness. Combining scientific information with a visual style, the facility aims to educate and entertain visitors in the life cycle of the parasite, the history and medications
used to combat it, and the ground-breaking innovations promising a malaria vaccine with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. Admission to the museum is free and it is open to the general public from 11am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
colin’s piling on the pounds Since coming home to Ireland a month ago to shoot his new film, The Lobster, Colin Farrell has been piling on the pounds to transform himself into a pudgy, moustachioed and bespectacled man. Farrell was spotted on set in Dublin last week, looking nothing like his usual glamorous self as he and co-star Rachel Weisz
Colin Farrell offers a handshake from a distance
began shooting scenes. The film is a romance set in a dystopian future where single people are arrested and ordered to find a mate within 45 days or they will be turned into an animal and set free to roam the forests. Dublin 15 resident Rachel Banks snapped
this picture of Farrell from a distance in Blanchardstown Centre as security did not allow people take pictures with him while he was in character. “He thanked everyone and apologised, and then gave a thumbs up for a pic. He was dead sound,” she said.
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dublinlife business Upbeat Ilac Centre nears full capacity retail: national economic lift reflected at key shopping hub
An on-the-ball leadership talk from rugby ace Ronan O’Gara Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A FREE business networking breakfast, complete with a talk on leadership and management by none other than Irish rugby ace Ronan O’Gara, is being held at the Aviva Stadium on May 21. Lincoln Recruitment Specialists is organising the event, during which attendees will have the opportunity to question the sports star on the strategies he has used to achieve success both on and off the playing field. O’Gara sets great store by maintaining a unique focus and dedication to hard work – a philosophy that has made him one of the most significant and admired icons that rugby has known. Lincoln Recruitment is inviting business people to attend the complimentary breakfast presentation with O’Gara as he re-lives the glory of the drop goal that clinched Ire-
land’s first Grand Slam title for 61 years. He will detail the successful techniques he learned from rugby colleagues such as John Langford, Jim Williams and Rua Tipoki, and how they changed his attitude to training, leadership, management, performing and winning. O’Gara will also share his thoughts on his experience with Munster and Ireland, and talk about his relationship with Brian O’Driscoll over the years.
Booking To attend the discussion and breakfast on May 21 in the Havelock Suite of the Aviva Stadium, interested attendees are advised to book a place by contacting the organisers at www.eventbrite.ie. Registration for the breakfast is from 7.30am, with the talk beginning at 7.50am and continuing until 9am.
THE extent of businesses taking up retail space at the Ilac Centre means the well-known shopping district is now almost operating at full capacity. Pharmacy chain Boots recently reopened in a new spot, while TK Maxx – set to open in June – will become a flagship store, following in the footsteps of Dunnes Stores and Debenhams. “We very rarely have empty units,” says the centre’s marketing manager, Ann Sheehy. “TK Maxx [located at the Moore Street entrance] is the first phase of some wonder ful plans we have to transform this entrance.” A walk through the centre shows that there seems to be pretty much something for everyone, from unusual gift shops to home-stores, fitness and health supplement outlets to PC repair areas.
Several international brands are found within the bright Ilac Centre, adding to the districts’s shopping allure
It isn’t just a repository for the fashion outlets, and there are also about 13 eateries scattered around the centre, which means taking a break from shopping is easy to do. According to Sheehy, the Ilac’s footfall aver-
ages a weekly 350,000 people, thanks to its many entrances – at Parnell Street, Moore Street, Mary Street and Coles Lane – along with ample car parking spaces. Familiar brands remain loyal to the centre, with Catch – a
young fashion retail outlet; Gerard – for the older shopper; Unique menswear, and jewellers Thomas Gear all longterm residents, to name but a few. Sheehy said: “Stores often move from premises to upgrade, but they
seldom move out of the centre. There is very little we don’t have here.” With the Henry Street area set to be re-branded as a prime shopping destination, the Ilac Centre certainly seems to hit the right spot with shoppers.
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How about a loving home for Hubble
The carefully groomed cast of Beatlemania go through the classic Beatles repertoire, which fans are sure to love in their upcoming show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
music: beatlemania star discusses his key role ahead of bord gais gig
‘Easy to be Paul McCartney’ laura webb
BEATLEMANIA is coming this way with renowned musical Let It Be taking centre stage later this summer. Showcasing the music of the world’s most successful rock ’n’ roll band, The Beatles, the show goes through the Fab Four’s legendary back catalogue, from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club through to the height of Beatlemania and their studio masterpieces. John Lennon and George Harrison may have passed on, but Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still rocking on. Playing the role of McCartney is singer/songwriter James Fox. The Cardiff man got his first national break on
BBC’s Fame Academy in 2003, coming fifth, and went on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 before signing to Sony Music with a solo career. Ahead of his Dublin arrival, Fox told The Gazette that his audition had a modern twist. “This audition was slightly different to a normal audition, in that I sent a video, so I didn’t actually meet anyone before being offered the part. “It was very strange – I literally sat in my room, filmed myself singing a few Beatle records, sent it on and I got offered the part – it was all done over the internet.” Playing McCartney was an easy enough task – he’d been a fan of the superstar for years, and could play the
same instruments. “I can play [the piano and guitar] so that was okay, and I found it easy enough learn the music. With many acting parts, you can put your own stamp on things, but with this role it is more of an impression really.
‘Mannerisms’ “It is an endless study to get the talking voice right, the singing voice, his mannerisms – even his eyebrows, you could never stop studying to be like someone.” When he is not starring in the show, he works on his own music. “You do miss playing your own music when you are doing someone else’s. “I try to balance it out. I took four months off from the show last year to
do my own music, and then I went back on tour. I hope to go back to do my tour in July, but it is a lot of fun being in the band,” he said. According to James, this show has wide appeal with many different generations coming to see it and singing along to the 44 songs squeezed into the performance. “It’s like a pop concert. It is like The Beatles concert that never happened. Within five minutes the audience are on their feet really getting into it. “We put everything into it but you get it back from the crowd which is great,” he said. Let It Be rings out at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from June 16-18. For further information and ticket prices, see www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Hubble, a one-year-old female crossbreed. Hubble is a recent arrival at Dogs Trust and she’s finding life a little overwhelming. She will need an active home, which can commit 100% to her training and who will understand that her fears are very real to her, and that she will need time to settle in. Hubble would love if there were another confident dog already in the home. If you think you can give Hubble all the cuddles and love she deserves then why not give the Dogs Trust reception a call on 01-879 1000 or pop in to their rehoming centre based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. dogstrust.ie<http://www. dogstrust.ie/>. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland<http:// www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland> or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.
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Harmony of Creamy Goat’s Cheese
Dishing the news on a delicious starter One of the appetisers which feature on Uisce’s new and exciting menu is Harmony of Creamy Goat’s Cheese. Here executive chef Jason Banyon shares his recipe for this delicious dish. Serves 4
Ingredients Panna Cotta 142ml whole milk 142ml double cream 100g goat’s cheese (crumbled) Thee gelatine leaves Fondant 225g double cream 120g goats cheese (crumbled) One lemon zest Candied Walnuts 100g walnuts 100g caster sugar
Bon Bon 50g goat’s cheese 1 medium egg Breadcrumbs 30g plain flour Beetroot Puree and Carpaccio 2 medium beetroots Lemon juice Garnish Chicory and pea shoots
Preparation Panna Cotta • Warm the milk and cream in a pan. Soak the gelatine in cold water for approximately five minutes. Bring the milk and cream mixture to about 90C then pull off the heat. Add the crumbled goat’s cheese and leave the mixture for a couple of minutes to infuse. Whisk until smooth and silky. Season then pass through a fine strainer. Mix in the lemon zest and set in the fridge for two to three hours. Candied Walnuts • Soak the walnuts in some warm water for approximately 30 minutes. Drain and toss them in the sugar. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes and turn frequently. Crush with knife when cooled. Bon Bon • Blitz the goat’s cheese in a food processor. Roll into balls the size of a cherry tomato. Place into fridge to set. Arrange three containers; one with beaten egg, one with seasoned flour and another with the crumbs. Take out the set goat’s cheese balls. Use one hand to pass them through the egg mix, then the four, then finally using your clean hand to roll through the crumbs. Repeat this process a second time as this double coating will prevent the bon bon from bursting. Deep fry at 180C then season with rock salt. Beetroot Puree And Carpaccio • Wash the beetroot then simmer in seasoned hot water for two hours. Slice the cooled beetroot into thin slices and then use a cutter to get a perfect round. Puree all the trimmings in a processor with seasoning and lemon juice. Pass through a fine strainer and season.
Uisce Restaurant at The Hilton Dublin is just a short distance from St Stephen’s Green and overlooks the Grand Canal
Testing the waters hiromi mooney
If you’re looking for a memorable fine dining experience, look no further than Uisce Restaurant at The Hilton Dublin in Charlemont Place. Just two Luas stops away from St Stephen’s Green and overlooking the Grand Canal, the hotel’s restaurant boasts a new and exciting menu by their executive chef Jason Banyon. The Wimbledon man joined Uisce Restaurant in October and carries 23 years of culinary experience, of which he spent 10 years working at sea on celebrity cruises where he served thousands of people every day. Now that he’s back on land, he has revamped Uisce Restaurant’s menu and has many ambitious plans, which he has shared with the Gazette. Can you name some of the most famous people you have ever cooked
for? I’ve actually worked alongside some top chefs; I’ve worked next to french chef Hubert Keller. We did have a few celebrities coming in. In the past I’ve worked in a lot of hotels where, in New Zealand for instance, I’ve cooked for President George W Bush and singer songwriter Anastasia. What was it like working on celebrit y cruises? They call it celebrity cruises because of the standard that they wanted to implement. We looked at ourselves as a five-star luxury cruise line where we provided top quality food. You’ ve cooked for around 3,000 people a day when you were working on celebrit y cruises. Did you feel much pressure cooking for that many people? I’ve never looked at kitchens as pressure to
be honest. I have a good motto, and I say “Happy cooks is happy food, and happy food is a happy guest.” So whenever my cooks have cooked - be it having 160 cooks on the ship or having 12 cooks here at The Hilton, I’ve always tried to make sure that they work happy, and I believe that way that if they work happy, they’re going to really put a lot of passion into the food they make. So I never really looked at pressure. W hat makes this restaurant different to other restaurants? With Uisce, for the food I want to put out, I need a good plate. For instance, some people have a black plate or a white plate, some people have a long plate or a square plate, some people had a different bowl to the other bowls. So I wanted to change the food to make it more fun and more home-
Executive chef Jason Banyon
cooking with a little twist to it, so that was really important to me. I’m trying to bring a lot more traditional dishes with a lot more creativity towards it and a lot more fun. What would you say to encourage people to dine at Uisce Restaurant? At the end of the day, if you want to tantalise your taste buds, then come along to The Hilton Dublin because Uisce is a restaurant which is changing.
This hotel, when it comes to food, is changing. I’m working to try and bring a completely different experience to the culinary side and the service side. We ’r e l o o k i n g t o bring some cooking classes here; hands-on cooking classes and things like that, so it’s something for the future we’re looking at. So come here to enjoy the food, enjoy your time. There’s a nice buzz here, and that’s what we need to bring here. It’s a fantastic restaurant.
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TRAVEL westmeath: wineport lodge is a hit in athlone
A lakeside retreat to soothe and relax you dave phillips
A RECENT visit to the Wineport Lodge and a day trip around its surrounding area served as a reminder as to why Co Westmeath is a must-see for lovers of the Irish scenery – especially when you don’t want a long drive to be part of your weekend. The Wineport Lodge, resting quietly on the shores of Lough Ree just outside Athlone, is reason enough to make the trip. Less than an hour from
Dublin and surrounded by an array of walks in the wilderness, a stay here will appeal to both the active and the more easygoing guest alike. The cedar-clad, log cabin-style exterior follows along the curve of the lake, allowing the rooms to take in the view through wide windows and balconies. A small reception area leads into a network of cosy connected communal spaces – curling up with a book and a drink
seemed to be the order of the day when we visited, and there are more than enough nooks and cushioned corners to make yourself at home. The bedrooms are spacious and gorgeously designed, with some great touches – our suite had a Sono music player installed, which streamed songs through the living area and bathroom; a nice treat if you fancy a soak in the bath. However, a bath isn’t the only treat you can
have at Wineport. Before dinner, we decided to try out the outdoor hot tubs, these are in a warm, sheltered area and look out onto the lake. Watching dusk settle from the comfort of a hot tub is a rare treat, and added a nice touch of glamour to the stay. An evening meal at the restaurant is definitely recommended. Head chef Cathal Moran has curated a menu that is laid back, yet has very definite touches of a fine
Wineport Lodge has a fabulous lake view across lovely Lough Ree
dining experience. The atmosphere is very enjoyable and the service was both professional and homely at the same time. Talking to other diners, we found it is also one of the most sought after Saturday night restaurant bookings in Athlone; something that came as no surprise to learn.
After dinner, we settled into the nooks. Lakeside seats are also an option, and there’s a ready supply of blankets and chiminea for the evenings. Another special touch at Wineport is that breakfast can be delivered to your bedroom at no extra cost. There’s no better way to gear up for a day
of walking. For those looking to take a one- or two-night break without heading too far from home, Wineport is an incredible option. Beautiful, modern, and unfussy – everything has been designed with relaxation in mind, making it the perfect spot for couples to get away.
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songs for amy
Hits a few dud notes THE latest in a streak of Irish films hitting the cinema this season, Songs For Amy tells the story of Sean (ex-Eastender Sean Maguire), a struggling Galwegian musician who is due to tie the knot with the love of his life when disaster strikes. A stag night gone wrong sees Sean and his crew missing the wedding, so Amy flees to America and hooks up with a bona-fide rock star. Sean is forced to record an album of songs – for her ears only – in an attempt to win her back. If you’re thinking it sounds like a mash-up of The Hangover and Once, you’re not far off. Director Konrad Begg has an eye for detail; the Rizla and Buckfast are offset by gorgeous softfocused shots and hazy harbour-side vistas that capture a more tender side to Galway.
Outrageous However, efforts to tastefully capture the heartbreak and romance are scuppered by the film’s more outrageous comedy elements. It ends up as a bit of a Jeckyl and Hyde situation, with an earthy love story trying to unfold within a booze-filled caper. Maintaining the balance is a difficult task to set and, unfortunately, not one that the film manages to achieve. It’s the more outlandish high jinks that work the best, with Sean’s bandmates forming a good supporting cast – you can’t help but wonder whether a much better film could have been made by ditching some of the sentimentality. A flawed film that showcases encouraging work, Songs For Amy never quite hits the right notes, but may leave you holding out hope for the second album.
It’s very much a case of mayhem in the middle for Bryan Cranston, continuing his unlikely but brilliant transformation from a top comedic actor into a leading man on the small and big screen alike. Here, his slightly unhinged but likeable character adds some humanity to the updated version using Godzilla lore.
godzilla: CONTEMPORARY TALE Crushes the 1998 film into the dirt
Set to be a roaring success in 2010, Hollywood sat up and took notice when Gareth Edwards’ lowbudget film, Monsters, delivered a long-overdue overhaul to the monsterfilm genre. Edwards was quickly snapped up as director of Godzilla – a reboot of the familiar city-wrecking story, this time with a fittingly goliath budget. Monsters focused on the human relationship amid an alien invasion, and a passable attempt is made at that again in Godzilla. The story takes place 15 years after a nuclear disaster in Japan, which leaves a massive area offlimits due to radiation. Joe Brody (Br yan Cranston), a plant engineer at the time of the
accident, isn’t buying the official line that seismic activity caused the meltdown. A newspaper-clipping collecting obsessive, string-linking incidents together, he sets out to discover what the government is hiding in the evacuated area, along with his son, an all-American hero, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Fans of Monsters expecting the teased-out, nuanced style of storytelling that Edwards
showcased in his 2010 film will be immediately disappointed. W hether Edwards was bullied into it by the studio, or whether he is wilfully embracing the spirit of previous Godzilla films, will remain a mystery for now – but it becomes instantly apparent that we are dealing with stock characters in stock situations. It is a bit of a let-down, considering the level of talent on board – Ken Watanabe and Sally Watkins play a pair of gormless researchers in charge of the Godzilla project, adding to a line-up of great actors in incredibly restrictive roles. Thankfully, the quibbles are quashed once the real star of the show
makes his appearance. Godzilla is a film that demands to be seen in the cinema. There is a real terror triggered by the sheer scale of destruction accompanied by the blasting horns of the soundtrack. Edwards masterfully crafts the action. Our first MUTO (massive unidentified terrestrial object) meeting comes through the foggedu p f i r s tperson lens of a gas mask. From here, a n d throughout
the film, we are treated to incredible, chaotic scenes – from tsunamis roaring down streets, to jet fighters plummeting from the skies – in shots that capture the perspective of the onlooker. W h e t h e r l o o king through windows, through binocul a r s , through wind-
screens, Edwards constantly makes us aware of the potent theatrical spectacle he has concocted. Those going to see Godzilla and expecting a gripping story, or a new level of depth, will be disappointed by this latest version. However, once you embrace the fact that you are going to see a film about giant monsters thumping one another, you’ll have one of the best cinema experiences of the year.
Verdict: 8/10 Inquisitive scientists are both heroes and villains alike in this slightly darkhearted reboot
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Stackstown golf club’s Padraig Harrington who hopes the newly formed Confederation of Golf in Ireland will build the sport in the coming years
golf: three time major winner padraig harrington gets behind initiative
New confederation sets out to shape golf’s development THREE-time major winner Padraig Harrington has lent his support to the development plan of the recently launched Confederation of Golf in Ireland. The Stackstown man said of the initiative: “Promoting the game of golf in Ireland at every level is hugely important, from the beginner to the keen amateur, as well as those players who are looking to turn professional.” The Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the new body set up to support, promote and develop the game on the
island of Ireland, presented its plan which outlines the organisation’s strategic vision for the game’s future here. The CGI was created last year by the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golfing Union and the Professional Golfers Association to complement the work of the three associations in advancing the sport. The aim is for the CGI to work in partnership with Irish golf clubs to help them broaden their membership base by offering services, training, education and promotional programmes designed
to create and drive participation in the sport at every level. Speaking at the launch, Harrington added: “Accessing the right level of support structures is essential for players at all levels and it’s great to know that the CGI will be on hand to make this process as easy as possible in the coming years. “There really is no doubt that golf has a very bright future in Ireland and I wish the CGI the very best of luck in its endeavours.” The development plan includes the
roll-out of a range of service programmes for golf clubs which will enhance the day-to-day activities of the club, support existing members and encourage new participants to the sport. It aims to provide support and a “spiritual home” for aspiring Irish tournament professionals and develop a high performance programme for early stage professional golfers The CGI will also act as a single port of call for the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland as well as the Olympic Council of Ireland.
RUGBY star Ian Madigan along with Irish soccer international Stephanie Roche are calling on schools from all over Dublin to compete with each other (and their teachers) in a race or a penalty shoot-out for charity. The fundraiser hopes to boost fitness levels among children and teenagers, and also raise money for some of Goal’s programmes for vulnerable children. Schools can run their Goal Sports Challenge at any stage before the end of the school term. For schools interested in signing up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Alan Vard at Goal on 01-2809 779 or visit www.goal.ie.
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FastSport russia never lose their grip in irish game: The Republic of Ireland women’s senior team suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Russia in their FIFA World Cup qualifier at Tallaght Stadium. Two early goals from Ekaterina Sochneva and Ekaterina Pantyukhina put the Russians firmly in control and, although Fiona O’Sullivan pulled a goal back after 35 minutes, the visitors regained their grip on the game with a third goal just before half-time when Pantyukhina got her second of the night. The introduction of Stephanie Roche midway through the first half certainly lifted the Irish performance and the Peamount United striker almost got them back into the game during the second period when her long-range effort came crashing off the crossbar. The result consolidates Russia’s position in second place in Group 1, five points ahead of Ireland.
rugby: kearney, toner and jennings win big at annual irupa awards
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THE Hibernia College IRUPA Rugby Players’ Awards for 2014 took place last week with an array of Dublin and Leinster rugby stars saluted for their achieve-
ments in the season just ended at the Double Tree by Hilton on Burlington Road. The event is Ireland’s only national awards ceremony for the sport and celebrates the best in Irish rugby and the
achievements of the professional players both on and off of the field. Among the local players hailed for their 2013-14 performances were Rob Kearney, who won the VW Try of the Year for his intercept try
Mike Ross, Supporters’ Player of the Year Devin Toner and Kevin McLaughlin
Brian O’Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Dr Sean Rowland with Omar Hassanein, IRUPA
against New Zealand during Ireland’s heartbreaking defeat to the world champions in the Autumn International series. Devin Toner was presented with the Newstalk 106-108fm Supporters’ Player of the Year as chosen by listeners of Off the Ball. Additionally, Leinster’s Shane Jennings was awarded the Hibernia College Medal for Excellence, which rewards on field effort combined with off field commitment to the game. Nominees were voted by their peers but were also judged on their contribution to the sport through community involvement, education, work and charitable initiatives.
The inaugural BNY Mellon Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2014 as voted by members of the Sevens squad was presented to Nicole Cronin. She won for her consistent performances during the qualification tournaments for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. In a season of standout performances and memories, members of the public voted Ireland’s 6 Nations title win as the Powerscourt Hotel Rugby Moment of the Year via Twitter. The award was collected by Gordon D’Arcy and Ireland team manager Michael Kearney. Omar Hassanein, c h i e f e xe c u t i ve o f IRUPA, said: “Winning an IRUPA award is the
highest honour a player can receive in this country, and all the winners and nominees should be congratulated for the high recognition they have received amongst their peers.” Dr Sean Rowland, president and founder of Hibernia College, said: “It has been an excellent year for Irish rugby and Hibernia College students Andrew Trimble, Michael Swift, TJ Anderson and Tommy Bowe. “Andrew’s success at the awards highlights the continuing need to design and provide flexible graduate and postgraduate programmes to meet the ever-changing needs of these individuals and their demanding lifestyles.”
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Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill with Lisa O’Leary, Etihad lounge manager
ETIHAD Airways added some GAA history to the first and business class lounge in Terminal 2, Dublin Airport recently and Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill was on hand to launch the first GAA Museum memorabilia box in the world. President O Neill said “This novel innovation has now placed Gaelic games and some of our treasured memorabilia in the middle of Dublin Airport, which is not exactly the first
place that springs to mind on mention of such items. “Etihad Airways have helped us to raise the profile of hurling in particular overseas. “And I hope many of their passengers will take the opportunity to view what are important GA A historical items before setting out on their journeys.” Guests travelling now admire the historical objects dating back to the early 20th century. The features include official match programmes and admission tickets from the 1961 and
1962 All-Ireland Hurling Finals. 1961 was the last time Dublin appeared in an All-Ireland hurling final when they were beaten by Tipperary. An antique hurley from the early 20th century which was used in New York stands proudly beside sliotars from the 1940s and from the 2002 All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. Another hurley displayed in the GAA Museum box is signed by members from the 2001 and 2002 All-Star teams. GAA fans will remember the 2002 All-Ireland hurling final
which saw Kilkenny beating Clare and the legendary DJ Carey scoring 1-6. The most recent items in the GAA Museum box which will go down in history, are official match programmes and admission tickets from the 2010 AllIreland Hurling Final. Beatrice Cosgrove, Etihad Airways’ general manager Ireland, said: “We hope our guests will enjoy viewing the latest addition of historical GAA hurling memorabilia to the Etihad first and business class lounge”.
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Roche revels as Irish fans paint Giro pink Dundrum native Nicolas Roche conceded he was ‘speechless’ at the reception he received on the streets of both Belfast and Dublin as the Grande Partenza sets local cycling pulses racing NICOLAS Roche, taking the stage at Belfast City Hall, entered the arena at Thursday’s team presentation beaming from ear to ear, stating he was near “speechless” at the welcome. As team leader, his team mates walked to the stage before he followed them up the ramparts on his bike to a rapturous ovation. “It is such a huge surprise. I had thought wouldn’t it be great to line out in front of my home crowd in Ireland? Maybe for a Tour of Ireland but to do it at one of the biggest sporting events in the world is amazing. “I have made a big change in my programme for 2014 in order to be part of this.” Speaking ahead of the race, he said he was keen to end up in the top 10 of
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the second biggest event in world cycling, a gruelling three-week tour to rival the Tour de France. Every two years, the Grande Partenza sees the first three stages of the tour take place outside of Italy, turning Belfast and the road to Dublin pink to honour the occasion. “My condition is good,” said Roche. “I did everything I could to arrive here in a good shape. The team has really been supportive after my injury and bringing me here in the best condition. “Hopefully things will
go well and I will be competitive. A good result would be a top 10 in the general classification. I have worked hard and I think I can make the top 10, and I will be disappointed if I don’t make it.” From there, the Dundrum native enjoyed a superstar status with his Tinkoff Saxo team bus thronged in the paddocks prior to Friday’s team time trial with Irish cycling fans from Lucan and Skerries cycling clubs conspicuous in trying to get a glimpse of Roche. While he was fully focused on his warm-up, Roche took time to shake hands and sign umpteen autographs following a strong team time trial. His Tinkoff team of allrounders ended in fourth place, traversing the route from the rejuvenated
Titanic quarter under the iconic Harland and Wolff cranes toward Stormont before returning to city hall for the finish with Roche’s family and friends in the audience. There was awful news, though, for Roche’s cousin Dan Martin, a fancied contender to take a stage
the Causeway coast saw Roche finish safely in the bunch, a feat he also managed on the roll into Dublin albeit having to chase down the pack 6km from the finish with a flat tyre. Having negotiated the crowds of his hometown, traversing the Fingal roads via Balbriggan, Skerries,
‘I have worked hard and think I can make the top team and will be disappointed if I don’t make it’ - Nicolas Roche --------------------------------------------------------
win or potentially a top three overall finish. But a slippery manhole cover just over halfway around the course saw him sent flying and a broken collar bone ended his Giro before it had started in earnest. Day two’s stage around
The crowds gather around Nicolas Roche as he warms up prior to the Giro d’Italia’s start in Belfast
Lusk, Swords, Malahide and Portmarnock, dicing with the rain throughout, he endured the puncture at the worst possible time. It came as the peloton whipped into top gear for a big sprint finish after a lap of Merrion square. Nonetheless, he replaced his bike quickly and his team helped him link up with the rest of the bunch with only minimal damage. Overall, that left Roche in 27th place in general classification following a memorable three days in Ireland for the sport and one not likely to be replicated in his career, lining out in a grand tour in front of his home crowd. As such, he flew out to Italy on Tuesday with 37 seconds to make up, a manageable tally when the racing continues in earnest in Italy.
Dublin set to host high profile cricket fixtures IRISH CRICKET has been handed a massive boost with the news that both Australia and England have agreed to play one-day internationals here as part of their 2015 itineraries. The exact date of the England clash has still to be confirmed, but Australia will meet Ireland on Thursday, August 27 following the conclusion of the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval. Ireland last week lined out against World T20 champions Sri Lanka, pictured above, in a oneday international but the second tie was washed out by the weather. 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting ever for Irish fans, starting with their third ICC Cricket World Cup, which begins in Australia and New Zealand in February and March. In addition to the home fixtures against England and Australia, Ireland are co-hosting the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers with Scotland, a competition which will see 14 countries battling it out for six qualification slots. The event runs from July 9 until August 2 for the right to reach the finals in India in 2016. Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom was clearly delighted at securing further high profile fixtures: “We are thrilled to welcome both England and Australia to Ireland once again,” he said. “Although opportunities to find space in the Future Tours Programme are rare against the world’s leading teams, it is apparent that Cricket Australia and the ECB are committed to ensuring that the top associates, like Scotland and Ireland, have a chance to test themselves against the best and to help us to improve. “Off the field, the visit of such teams gives a massive boost to the profile of the sport, gives a terrific injection to the local economy and provides a wonderful day out for our fans. “2015 promises to be a landmark year for Irish cricket with the World Cup, home ODI’s against two of the world’s top teams, and cohosting the World Twenty20 Qualifiers. “All these events represent a wonderful business opportunity for a potential sponsor as our highly successful seven year association with RSA draws to an end.”
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soccer: fai cup test for locals after junior cup run
Dunne sees Ormond as next Dublin success Dublin boxing legend Bernard Dunne has said he believes fellow Clondalkin fighter Stephen Ormond could become the new boxing darling of the capital after seeing at first hand his defeat of Karim El Ouazghari on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s world title eliminator last month. Dunne, who won his world title in front of a sold out Point audience and a TV audience of just under one million, believes Ormond is ready to start a Dublin boxing revival after beating Derry Matthews and achieving something John Murray and Kevin Mitchell could not by stopping Ouazghari. Dunne had previously stated Ormond was the man to fill the fight void left in the capital by his retirement, but his fellow Clondalkin native was forced to travel to progress his career and big fight nights in Dublin and indeed outside Belfast have been few and far between. However with the WBO European lightweight around his waist and with a world title in his sights Dunne believes the timing is right for Ormond to bring big time boxing back to Dublin. “Ormond was trying to make a statement and he is trying to headline bills and with a performance like that maybe Dublin has a new boy to start cheering on. “I think he has fantastic talent and he can start to headline bills. With the right support and if people get behind him he can bring boxing back to Dublin,” said Dunne. “He really is [on track for a big night in Dublin]. In previous fights he has looked good and entertained, fast hands loads of shots, but with no real power or conviction in the shots, but he looked to hurt his opponent from the first bell in his last fight.” Dunne, a former super bantamweight WBA world champ, was also impressed with the improvements made by Ormond, who trained in the same St Matthew’s amateur gym as himself and hopes to top a bill in the city in July. “I think he was fantastic. He has a fantastic engine and he can punch from the first round to the last round, but in [the Matthews] fight, he slowed himself down, picked his shots and he looked to trying to get more power into his shots. It was a brilliant finish,” said Dunne.
Collinstown will hope to build on their FAI Junior Cup experience when they face Avondale United in the FAI Ford Cup next month
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Collinstown FC manager Kevin Carroll says he is confident of his side’s chances against Avondale United in the FAI Ford Cup next month. His Neilstown side will make their first-ever appearance in the competition when they host the Cork club in the second round on the weekend ending June 8. Carroll is anticipating a strong challenge from Avondale who beat their city rivals Carrigaline United in Round One
and have won four FAI Umbro Intermediate Cups in a row. “We were hoping to get one of the big sides from the League of Ireland,” said Carroll. “But Avondale are an excellent team – one of the best amateur sides in the country. “It will be a great game for us to see what we’re made of, and we will certainly go into it with a lot of confidence.” Having originally started out in Division 3 of the AUL, the south-west Dublin outfit have won consecutive league titles every year to climb to the top tier of Premier A.
clondalkin on show U-12s enjoy trip to RDS for half-time game clondalkin RFC’s Under-12s played a
half-time game against North Kildare at the RDS last week during the Celtic League match between Leinster and Edinburgh. Pictured here with Leinster players Leo Auva’a, Quinn Roux and John Cooney, the Clon mini team enjoyed their experience and seeing Leinster secure a narrow win against their Scottish visitors courtesy of tries from Jordi Murphy and Dave Kearney. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
The club, which was only established back in 2007 by a group of friends, reached the FAI Junior Cup semi-final a month ago. That achievement was spurred on by the tragic loss of their honorary president Mattie Carpenter Senior in December; his funeral came the day before an emotional and dramatic 5-4 quarter-final victory over Pike Rovers. Although they lost out to Ballynanty Rovers in Limerick on a penalty shoot-out in the semifinal, Carroll’s men will be looking to impress in their FAI Cup debut after
receiving a bye in the first round. “This is our first season in the top AUL league and it has been our most successful ever,” said Carroll. “We had no points after our first six games and everyone was thinking we would go straight back down. “But we turned it all around after the FAI Junior Cup win over Pike Rovers in a game that had everything in it. “Now we are in a stable league position and are looking to push on from here for next season.” Collinstown are cur-
rently fifth in the AUL Premier A on 28 points with three games to play. Despite losing their last four consecutive league games, Carroll is unconcerned by his team’s recent dip in form ahead of their FAI Cup date. “The experiences of this year will stand to us,” explained Carroll. “We’re still disappointed about the [FAI Junior Cup] semi-final, as it is a game we could have won. But we have quite a young squad, with most of the players in their early 20s, and they will take a lot from this season into the next year.”
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SOME of Dublin’s best footballers are coming to Clondalkin this week w h e n R o u n d Towe r GAA Club’s Monastery Road host the Dublin senior football championship clash between heavy-hitters St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh and Kilmacud
Crokes. Both sides boast an array of stars and will be eager to progress to the next stage of the championship.
Intercounty St Oliver Plunkett’s include in their ranks Bernard and Alan Brogan, Ross McConnell, Anthony Moyles
(Meath), Gareth Smith, Alan O’Mara (Cavan), Conor Evans (Offaly) while Kilmacud players include intercounty stars and All-Ireland winners Rory O’Carroll, Cian O’Sullivan, Kevin Nolan and Paul Mannion. Throw-in is at 7.15pm this coming Thursday, May 15, and extra
time will be played if required. Admission will be €7 for adults, €3 for OAP’s and pensioners, and children under 16 will be free. These are two of Dublin GAA’s best sides and this is a good opportunity to watch some of Dublin’s best footballers up close.
Club Noticeboard lucan sarsfields MANY thanks to all the teams who
tion on Sunday, May 18 in Portlao-
sent in match reports this week-
end. Full details can be found on our website www.lucansarsfields.ie.
Lucan fielded four senior camogie
Over 650 players were in action last
teams in the week ending Thursday,
weekend across all four codes from
May 8 and recorded three wins.
age seven to 40+. Congratulations to the U-13, U-15 A/Bs hurling teams on their victories over the weekend.
football: minors defeated by St Brigid’s in Div 2B
The girls chosen Kate Whyte and Ali Twomey.
Go Games last week were focused on hurling with a total of 21 fixtures with full participation by all and great skills evident. Best of luck to our U-14 Feile hurling teams in next weekend’s competition.
All the latest camogie news can be found on the website. Our next golf outing is in Castleknock on Friday next from 2.50pm onwards. To book a slot, text Gerry at 086 0560111. Lucan’s favourite shop is now open on Thursdays 7.30-8.30pm and Saturdays from 12pm–3.30pm, with the online version open 24/7. Our Lucan District Credit Union
Congratulations to our senior
Academy continues every Satur-
hurling team who had an excellent
day from 1.30pm at the Clubhouse.
win over Crumlin in the champion-
Check out our website for more
Lucan will have two players on the Leinster camogie squad that will take part in the Gael Linn senior interprovincial camogie competi-
There was no winner of Sunday’s €11,000 lotto jackpot. The numbers were 6, 8, 9 and 16. Next week’s jackpot is € 11,500.
st pat’s palmerstown Round Tower’s minors matched their rivals St Brigid’s in many areas but were overpowered in the second half
Tower’s power runs out in second half
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An overpowering second-half performance saw St Brigid’s overcome Round Tower’s in their Division 2B clash at the Community Centre last week. The visitors, managed by ex Dublin footballer Keith Barr, showed their strength and pace to devastating effect when they raced into a 1-3 to no score lead after eight minutes. The pace with which the visitors attacked caused considerable problems for
the home side, but it was a Thomas Galvin free from the right on ten minutes that opened the scoring for Towers, and he was on the mark again five minutes later with another long-range point. A foul on Stephen Bracken led to another Galvin point from the subsequent free and he struck again before midfielder Craig Shaaban and Bracken combined to create an opportunity for Galvin to strike a point attempt from distance, which the Brigid’s keeper misjudged and the ball found the net. Another pair of Galvin frees brought them level
before Chris Brazil collected a low ball in slippery conditions and slotted a point from 30 metres. An excellent move that started with Eoghan Heffernan in goal starting an attack led to Adam Doyle cutting inside his marker and feeding Bracken who finished low to the corner of the net. Tower’s tempo picked up and Aaron Whelan made a full-length block to deny a Brigid’s goal. Before the half ended, Whelan found centrehalf-for ward Kevin McGibney whose kick from range crept over. Towers went in with a
slender 2-7 v 1-9 lead. Unfortunately, they could not keep up the momentum in the second half. They got off to a flying start when Galvin intercepted a Brigid’s clearance and found Doyle in space and he was hauled to the ground as striking for goal. Galvin converted the penalty low to the keeper’s left but it was Towers solitary secondhalf score barring a late free. The home side struggled to create opportunities and the visitors kicked on in the final quarter to run our 3-8 v 1-17 winners.
THE club is holding a mentors infor-
follow up work that needs to be
mation night in the clubhouse on
Thursday, May 15 at 8.30pm. We
Lotto Results: f irst draw was
would greatly appreciate if all men-
worth €10,000; the numbers drawn
tors could attend please.
were 1, 4, 6, 24. There was no win-
To all mentors, please email or text the parents of the players on your teams to attend. This is an information night for the parents and we need signatures from all of the parents. The more parents that attend on the night will greatly reduce the
ner. The second draw was for €4,400 with the numbers drawn being 3, 5, 8 and 12; again, there was no winner. The next draw will take place on Sunday, May 18 in the Palmerstown House at 10pm.
westmanstown/garda SENIOR club news: There was just
in some fine performances.
one competitive fixture last week
Performance of the week came
with our ladies continuing their
from the U-10s who hosted Clanna
good run with a home victory over
St Peregrine’s in the cup, 8-4 to 4-5. The intermediates and juniors are back to action next weekend with respective championship outings.
It is great to see this young team develop their hurling skills. Well done to the mentors and parents involved. If you are interested in joining the
First up on Saturday evening are
Gaels to play football, hurling and/
the inters away to Ballymun in the
or camogie (boys and girls from five
first round of the B championship,
to 16), please contact Declan Jen-
throw in at 6pm.
nings at 085 800 6101.
The juniors are away to St Brigid’s
The nursery (five to seven years)
on Sunday morning in their second
takes place every Saturday from
round championship clash, throw in
10-11.30am on our all-weather facil-
ity at Westmanstown.
Juvenile club news: all juvenile
Juvenile members live and go
hurling teams (U-8s to U-11s) were
to school in Clonsilla, Lucan and
in action over the weekend and put
Clonee. All are welcome.
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Round Tower’s senior footballers are hoping they can get one over a high-flying Fingal Ravens when the sides meet in the championship this week
Tower’s SFC ambition Clondalkin club aiming to clip the wings of Fingal Ravens in the opening round of the Dublin senior football championship on Friday evening
ROUND Tower boss Caimin Keane is hoping to clip high-flying Fingal Ravens’ wings on Friday evening (7.15pm) when they meet in the opening round of the Dublin senior football championship in Chanel. His side were undone 2-9 to 1-8 in the league in March by a Ravens side that have gone on to win five successive league games, occupying the top of the AFL2 table. Since that loss, Tower’s have gone on to beat Erin’s Isle and O’Toole’s in the league and Keane puts much of that impetus down to the game against the Rolestown outfit.
“It’s a really big challenge for us. Ravens are really flying,” he told GazetteSport. “With a new manager this year, they really seem like an organised outfit, well-motivated and they did get the better of us that night. “It gave us a rude awakening, made us shape up. We have bounced back since that night which is good but, from our point of view, seeing how well Ravens were moving got us motivated to get our act together. We see ourselves as underdogs but, at the same time, we’re confident in how we’re going. “We want to win our first round match; that’s as far as targets go and then see how the draw goes. It’s important to get in the right side of the draw for next year.
“We haven’t had a great record over the last couple of years in the championship and we aren’t happy with it. Although getting up to Division 1 in the league is a priority, we want to win a round one match this year. It is a big occasion for us, no doubt about it.” While Keane says his side has a few additional injury concerns in their camp, squad management has been such that he is more concerned with the training tempo, something that has been top notch in recent weeks. “It’s such a long season; it’s about just putting a good series of back-to-back training sessions in, some really competitive friendlies and getting good performances from that. “Getting the squad more competitive and
treating the season in bitesize chunks; with our last two matches, everything went well trainingwise. “We had been missing five of our hurlers for the last while [with championship commitments] so that’s a challenge in itself but it’s going better now with the collective attitude of the group than it was at the start.” Looking at what Ravens bring to the table, Keane added that he is not afraid of any specific player but was impressed by the power of the collective. “For me, they didn’t have any individual standout players that stood out head and shoulders above the rest. What impressed me was how they worked as a unit.”