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April 17, 2014


2012 R ow l ag h • B aw n o g u e • N e i l stow n • D e a n s r at h • K i n g swo o d Month • Ta lXX, l ag h t INSIDE: Top swimmer (and head of all the write stuff: Celebrating the Dublin City Chamber) Gina Quin launch of Dublin Writers Festival P17 on how she relaxes See Page 12

Jogging along: Family get set for a ramble Soccer:

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the Perris family Noleen, Albert, Lochlann, Fintan, Emily and Martha, were all set to take on a 5km run at Ramble Aid’s first event of the year, which took place at Tymon Park. The charity run’s partner for this year is The Carers Association. The next run will be a 7.5km in Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan next month, which will be followed by a 10km event in Corkagh Park in June. Picture: Cathy Weatherston


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Ballymount fire impact ‘localised, transient’

EPA – no significant potential for any long-term health impacts

 Natalie Burke

There is no significant potential for any long-term health impacts following a fire at Ballymount at the end of January. This is according to an

Environmental Protection Agency report on air pollution caused by the fire at a Ballymount factory which burned for three days. The report has found that the air quality impact of the fire was: “Localised and tran-

sient and there is no significant potential for any longterm health impacts.” While South Dublin’s Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) said he accepts the scientific details of the EPA report, he said he has other concerns.

“I’d be very concerned about it happening in the future. “What I want to see is a confirmation about how things will be dealt with in the future.” Full Story on Page 4

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courts Attempted robbery at fuel depot

Man pointed a fake gun at armed gardai A MAN who pretended to put a hand gun to the head of his accomplice who was posing as a customer during a failed robbery attempt has been given a three-year sentence. Mark O’Reilly (35) later pointed the imitation firearm at armed gardai while attempting to make his getaway. O’Reilly of Donomore Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and having an imitation firearm at Discount Fuels, Fortunestown Road, Tallaght, on March 11, 2012. He has 27 previous convictions for offences including burglary, robbery, road traffic offences and handling stolen property which he accrued in courts in counties Dublin, Wicklow, Carlow, Offaly, Laois, Roscommon, Tipperary and Clare. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court judge Desmond Hogan noted O’Reilly was “a man who has applied himself in wrongdoing all over the country” and that it was time for him to get a bit of common sense. He imposed a threeyear sentence but suspended the final 18 months on condition O’Reilly is of good behaviour and keeps the peace for five years and undergoes a drug treatment programme. Det Garda K ieran

Mark O’Reilly pointed an imitation firearm at armed gardai while attempting to make his getaway

McGrath told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that he had spoken to three men at about half past midnight, one of whom was O’Reilly. The court heard the men had been drinking and were jovial. O’Reilly gave a chocolate egg to a female garda. Det Gda McGrath said later that night he and a colleague responded to a panic alarm at Discount Fuels and on arrival he saw two males at the customer hatch. O’Reilly had his face covered with a white towel and he began to move away when he saw the patrol car. He attempted to leave and Det Gda McGrath told him to stop, identify-

ing himself as a garda. O’Reilly turned and pointed the handgun at the gardai. Det Gda McGrath produced his official firearm and shouted “armed gardai!” before ordering O’Reilly to put his weapon down. O’Reilly turned to run but was caught and arrested. The staff member told gardai that a man had come to the hatch and bought cigarettes but did not leave which he thought was strange. He said a second man had come and put a gun to the head of the first man and demanded money from the till. He told gardai he had pressed the panic button

but noticed the first man, who had the gun to his head, did not appear to be afraid and he came to the conclusion they were in it together. Det Gda McGrath agreed with Giollaiosa O’Lideadha SC, defending, that O’Reilly was under the influence of drink and drugs on the night. Mr O’Lideadha said O’Reilly wished to express his remorse and regret for the offence. His offending history, said counsel, arose from a serious heroin addiction and on this occasion he had also been drinking which was unusual for him. Mr O’Lideadha handed in a letter from O’Reilly’s mother which outlined

that he was a different person when he was not abusing drugs, someone who was all apologies for the heartache he had caused his mother and who had time for his nephews and nieces. “It’s a small but important matter – there is good in him,” said Mr O’Lideadha. He said O’Reilly had spent considerable time in prison and when he got out he got in trouble again. He said he understands he needs to change his life and free himself of his addiction. Mr O’Lideadha said O’Reilly had left school early and worked for some time in a butcher’s and on a building site, but offending took up the bulk of his life after that and he felt institutionalised. When O’Reilly got out of prison in 2011 he found it difficult to survive on the outside and suffered panic attacks. Despite managing to stay off drugs while in custody he started using drink and drugs as a response to his difficulties outside of prison.

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business Datapac offering IT services

action: tidy town group seeks council help to clean up area

Litter overwhelming Elmfield Court Litter problems around apartments at Elmfield Court are becoming too much for one Tidy Towns group who are now finding it difficult to maintain and seek action from the council. The litter blackspot near the Old Nangor Road is being left for “anyone and everyone to dump rubbish in our community,” said Clondalkin Tidy Towns (CTT) Chairperson Pat O’Sullivan. He is now requesting South Dublin County Council (SDCC) enforce the existing litter laws under Article 23 and use its powers until this area is on a schedule and “constantly kept clean”. “CTT will continue to play its part in maintaining this site and have col-

lected rubbish from the Ninth Lock Road each week. Regrettably due to the low number of volunteers we cannot reach all areas all the time. Thirdly, CTT are calling all public reps to play their part in highlighting this black spot and seek funding under Minister Hogan’s announcement [recently] where €105K was being allocated to SDCC to tackle such areas as Elmfield and the surrounding areas,” he said. “Ironically, much has been said about new litter bylaws which have yet to be introduced. How can new laws – which are supposedly stricter - have any effect when existing litter laws are not even being enforced? “Is the council going to

remain silent on this issue and all other black spots in Clondalkin? Considering Minister Hogan’s release of funds recently and highlighted by CTT there should be no black spots,” said O’Sullivan. A spokesperson from the council responded to O’Sullivan’s concerns, saying: “The council will follow up on this query and try to identify the source of litter in this area in order to enforce the litter legislation. The council supports the work of Clondalkin Tidy Towns through the Villages initiative programme.” Pictures of the area taken by Tidy Town’s volunteer Tommy Keogh can be seen at

Pitch perfect: Trombone player scoops gold medal at ESB Feis Ceoil Clondalkin Youth Band student Aaron Douglas has won

a gold medal in the junior trombone section at the classical music competition, ESB Feis Ceoil. Trombone player Aaron was entered into the competition by his music teacher and director of Clondalkin Youth Band Vincent Dolan, and he achieved 86 marks. His proud parents Brian and Mary (above) and the Clondalkin Youth Band have congratulated him on his achievement.

ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions provider Datapac is providing Thorntons Recycling with a comprehensive range of managed IT services for all employees. The service provided by Ballymount-based Datapac will facilitate further growth for Thorntons who have seen employee numbers grow by 50% from 240 to 360 over the past two years. Roisin O’Brien, account manager of Datapac, said: “As Thorntons continues to expand, we will work in partnership with them to ensure it has full access to all of the latest and most advanced technologies. This will enable Thorntons to continue providing high levels of service to its growing numbers of employees and customers.”

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Ballymount fire report fails to ease concerns  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

There is no significant potential for any longterm health impacts following a fire at Ballymount at the end of January. This is according to an Environmental Protection Agency report on air pollution caused by the fire at a Ballymount factory which burned for three days. The report has found that the air quality impact of the fire was: “Localised and transient and there is no significant potential for any long-term health impacts.” Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan requested the air quality report following the fire at Oxigen Environmental in Ballymount Industrial Estate on January 23 which continued until January 26. Around 75 firefighters were needed to fight the blaze which involved several explosions and resulted in the emission of toxic fumes which spread to nearby housing estates. T h e E PA r e p o r t accounted high wind speeds for reducing the concentration of pollutants in the air as the toxic plume was dispersed widely.

Firemen at the scene of the fire at the Oxigen Environment plant in Ballymount. Picture: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The repor t stated: “T he most elevated pollutant levels were recorded inside the boundary of the area cordoned-off by An Garda Siochana, which is zoned for industrial use and has no residential households.” It went on to say: “Residents outside the cordon in the vicinity of Ballymount Industrial Estate who followed the health advice that was issued at the time of the incident; to shelter indoors and avoid physical exertion, are unlikely to have been

exposed to elevated pollutant levels for any significant period of time or to have experienced prolonged symptoms.” Minister Hogan said: “I would like to again commend the EPA, An Garda Siochana and the Fire Service. “I appreciate that the fire was distressing for residents in the area, particularly vulnerable people with respiratory illnesses or cardiac conditions. “The incident highlights the importance of clean air for our public health, and that we have

expertise to effectively monitor and assess the impact of significant air pollution episodes.” South Dublin’s Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) said: “I’m not going to go against the report which is scientific. “I would have other concerns, for example the proliferation of waste facilities in the area. “What if this was to happen again? What would the EPA and other organisations do to stop such things happening again? I also didn’t read anything in this report about the cause of the fire. “So, we’ve to accept what the EPA say, they are an independent, scientific organisation. I have had reports of some people who’ve experienced a lot of coughing and respiratory issues as a result of this but I can accept what the report says. “But I’d be very concerned about it happening in the future and what I want to see

is a confirmation about how things will be dealt with in the future in the general industrial area between Greenhills and Clondalkin in the years to come.” C l l r G i n o K e n ny (PBP) said the report threw up more questions than it answered. “ Why would a plant of that magnitude be placed so ver y near homes? What kind of material was burning for the three days? “These services should not be in private hands, they should be in public hands. “T here is a whole plethora of these companies and there needs to be complete regulation and an overhaul of licencing especially with recycled material like that.” The EPA report went on to state that the agency is continuing its investigations into the incident from a licence compliance perspective, after which further enforcement action may be considered.

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Shop local The Gazette focuses on Clondalkin Village and

Supporting our local businesses W

ITH the spring on the horizon, it is important to remember that you needn’t travel long distances for almost anything you could possibly need. In these times, it is important, now more than ever, that we support our local economy, with local spending sustaining local jobs. 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 difficulties involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and

industry – all of which play a far greater role in our quality of life than one might imagine. On a very basic level, the commercial rates

that even the smallest of such local businesses pay go directly to our local council. Without these rates, the quality of public

amenities, from parks to roads, would suffer. Think Local is an initiative of the South Dublin County Development Board, which intends to create and develop community awareness of the advantages and benefits of supporting local business and community facilities. The initiative pro motes and helps sustain both economic and community vitality in South Dublin County. The County Development Board believe that if the community who live, work, study and do business in the county rallys around other local businesses, services and community facilities in the county, everyone can benefit. This initiative helps sustain existing jobs within the county, and encourages the general community to be involved. If you live or work in South Dublin County, you can pledge your support for the project, switch 10% of your existing expenditure to goods and services provided in South Dublin County, and visit and support your local

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calls on the community to ensure the area thrives

community groups and facilities. For 2014, The Gazette is continuing our support of local businesses, and will continue to work closely with the Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce to promote the local economy. Growth

T hyes Kavanagh, a local businessman, says that he hopes that jobs can be preserved and business can grow if people can be convinced to Shop Local. He said: “In these difficult times, Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce is calling on people to Shop Local. “Our message is: Please support local business. Not only do they offer great value for money but also a personal service “We would also like to thank the Gazette for their Shop Local feature.”

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Students from St Joseph’s. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Colm, Toni, Cian and Suzanne McDonnell

open day: Moyle Park College throws open it doors

School gives opportunity to sample its programme M

oyle Park College threw open their doors recently to welcome prospective students and parents for a special open day. The event was a great opportunity to have a look around the school and find out about the subjects available. 144 incom-

ing student from a variety of primary schools around Clondalkin completed a long day of entrance exams. These exams were based on Irish, English, Maths and a DVRT exam. After the entrance exams were corrected the top thirty students were invited to return to

Moyle Park College to complete a Cognitive Ability Test as well as a Mensa exam. The top 30 student received a certificate of achievement from the Principal Maurice Hartigan. The top five students were awarded scholarship ranging from €250 to €75.

Aidan Finnegan form Colcilles Knocklyon

Cian Mc Donnell, Allen Haverty, St Killian’s


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Allen Haverty and Conor Behan, St Killian’s Alec Walker


Students from Clonburris NS

Teacher Christine Kilcoyne showing the third-year science project on the effect of the enzyme catalase on hydrogen peroxide

Lee and Karl Riordan and Philip Kiernan

Patrick Dam and his mother, Namyen

The top five in the MENZA exams, Fifth place: Patryk Olchawa; Fourth place: Harvey Killeen, Third place: Cian McDonnell, Second place: Kacper Preszlowski and First place Max McCulloch

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free event Easter fun for families at Maxi Zoo Families looking for something fun to do this Easter weekend need look no further than the Maxi Zoo pet store in Clondalkin where kids can enjoy an Easter egg hunt and an afternoon party. The free event takes place at the store at the Liffey Valley Retail Park on April 19 from 12 noon - 2pm. Children will be given a treasure map to help them find clues around the store and be in with the chance of winning Easter eggs. Families are also welcome to bring their pets to the store and to talk to Maxi Zoo’s pet experts about how to provide for their pets.

support Local Enterprise Office for South Dublin

A new office to help future entrepreneurs  ian begley

A Local Enterprise Office has been set up in South Dublin County Council to encourage and support entrepreneurs thinking of starting up their own business. The new offices, known as LEOs, will replace County Enterprise Boards and there will be 31 across the country located in local authority offices. The LEOs will provide grants, offer mentoring and training like the enterprise boards but will also utilise the business supports and assistance provided by

councils. LEO South Dublin was established on April 15 in County Hall, Tallaght, and the new initiative aims to be the ‘first stop shop’ for anyone who wants to start or expand their business and create jobs in South County Dublin. This office will be at the forefront of delivering business growth and jobs, providing direct support to ever yone with a good business idea and strengthening the enterprise sector in the county. Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Dermot Looney, said: “I welcome the forma-

tion of the LEO as a one-stop shop for those seeking to set up new enterprises in the South Dublin County area. “There are obvious synergies between the functions of the council and businesses seeking to establish themselves here. As well as the formation of the LEO, this council has shown its commitment to local jobs and enterprise by cutting rates, introducing business improvement grants and promoting retail support networks, amongst dozens of other actions,” said Mayor Looney. C o u n t y m a n a g e r, Daniel McLoughlin,

a l s o we l c o m e d t h e establishment of the LEO, saying: “The bottom line is that when local people with an idea that will generate local jobs makes contact with their LEO they will get appropriate advice and support. “Our aim here in the LEO is to guarantee a high level of customer service focused on client support in the interests of promoting entrepreneurship and creating jobs,” he said. The Local Enterprise Office will have the full backing of Enterprise Ireland. Anyone who lives in South County Dublin

Mayor of South Dublin County Council Dermot Looney welcomed the establishment of the LEO

and are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur but not sure how, talk to a member of the Local Enterprise Office

in South Dublin at 01 4149000 or visit their new website at www. southdublin

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

a day in the life: marissa carter, beautician and xpose expert


‘No two days are the same in a job I love’  natalie burke

MARISSA Carter is one busy woman. When she isn’t running her successful beauty salon, Carter Beauty, in Blackrock, offering expert beauty tips on TV3’s Xpose, or tanning Hollywood’s elite at the Oscars with her award winning Cocoa Brown Tan, she’s busy being a mum to her little boy. It couldn’t be easy juggling such a hectic work schedule with family life, so for this week’s instalment of A Day in the Life, we caught up with Marissa to see what a typical day in her life involves. She told The Gazette: “Now that my little man is finally sleeping through the night, we both rise a bit fresher! “I usually get up at about 7.30am and we watch cartoons in bed for 15 minutes before he


‘The great thing about working in an office with two other women is there is always chocolate to be found somewhere!’


tells me he’d like some toast. “We’ll have breakfast in our pyjamas, egg and toast, or Rice Krispies – I let him choose what we’ll both eat. “He’ll usually play with his trucks on the bathroom floor while I shower. Come 9am, he waves me off to the office,” she said. When Marissa gets to the office, she makes tea for herself and her Cocoa

Brown team, before she comes up to speed with the order of business for the day. She said: “I feel very lucky to work in the beauty industry, because I’m so passionate about it. “My typical day could be anything from testing and trialling new product formulas, working on artwork design for packaging, meeting with buyers or potential new stockists to filming my Ask The Expert beauty segment for TV3’s Xpose. “I know it’s a cliche, but it’s rare any two days are the same. This is a fact I relish about being self-employed. I couldn’t bear to do the same thing day in, day out.” While she sometimes skips breakfast, Marissa says she will never miss a lunch. “I love my food! Most of the time I’ll have a


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furry popular show returns to rte one SWINGING back to our small screens is The Zoo, which follows the team behind one of Ireland’s bestloved tourist spots. The fifth series features 10 episodes which demonstrate the emotion and passion of zookeepers as they go about their daily business of caring for the animals at Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix Park. Last week’s first episode welcomed a new arrival to the South American House – a newborn white- faced-saki, while a green iguana with a sore limb kept zookeeper Garth busy.

A busy mum with a busy working life too, Marissa said: “I feel very lucky to work in the beauty industry, because I’m so passionate about it.”

salad, but sometimes I treat myself to my f avo u r i t e s a n d w i c h which I make myself: bacon, avocado, cheese, lettuce and mayonnaise. “The great thing about working in an office with two other women is there is always chocolate to be found some-

where!” Marissa always aims to get home before 6pm, in order to spend time with her two-year-old, by either playing together or going for a walk in the brighter evenings. “My husband and I have a night-time ritual with him where we’ll both take him up to bed

and read some stories. “Once he’s asleep, if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll go for a quick run. I had a personal trainer for six weeks after Christmas and he whipped me into shape. “That shape has gone a bit squidgy again now, so I might need him back,” she laughed.

Projects The new series promises to follow zookeepers as they visit conservation projects funded and supported by Dublin Zoo. Keepers will travel from the nest sites of barn owl chicks deep in the Irish countryside to Brazil’s rainforests to see highlyendangered golden lion tamarins in their native habitat. Narrated by Tom Dunne, The Zoo is screened on RTE One at 7pm on Thursdays.


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Arts lovers prepare for a great Collision  natalie burke

THE streets of Dublin will be overtaken next weekend with the 2014 Live Collision, which is set to explode out of the Project Arts Centre and across the city from April 23 until April 26.

Dubliners can expect to see the live art exhibition leaping into public spaces, seeking out hidden locations, resting in basement flats and rooftop gardens and being spotted on mobile devices and GPS systems. The Live Collision

International Festival brings the work of national and international contemporary artists to Dublin, with works never before presented in Ireland. Established in 2009, Live Collision has grown a reputation as an excit-

ing festival of live art and performance, presenting genre-defying performance and live experiences for audiences. For further information or to book tickets for one of the many events and performances, see

Gina Quin, chief executive, Dublin City Chamber, with the prestigious Liffey Swim trophy, which she claimed in 2013

people: how gina quin relaxes

Nothing like a swim to cut off the world IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asked the chief executive of Dublin City Chamber, Gina Quin, about how she escapes her hectic routine.

I’M very busy, as is anyone in full-time employment in the current [economic] climate. We’re all doing more and going to more events to network, so life has become very, very busy. But, that’s my style anyway – I’ve always liked to be very busy. When I spoke to my husband about doing this interview, he told me I don’t really escape the mayhem or relax! Even the things I choose to do to relax, I tend to do with a high level of intensity. I’m very big into personal fitness, and feel it gives me the strength to

help me do my job better. I swim a lot; both in the pool and in the sea. The sea is my favourite, and I go to the Forty Foot. I also do competitive swimming in the summer, and I won The Liffey Swim last year. It was absolutely fantastic – there is nothing like swimming through the centre of your own city and going under the bridges, and seeing The Four Courts and such going by. I think competition is good, but not to excess. It gives us our desire to compete, our drive, energy and ambition, and is really important in life. I’m also a very keen gardener, and I love to be out. For the past couple of years, I’ve attempted to grow my own vegetables, as well as flowers. I like to be connected with the

soil and the earth, and with Mother Nature. Like the sea, it [gardening] has a lot of healthy properties and I completely lose myself in it. Swimming is the same, and when I put the swimming cap and goggles on, it dulls the senses and cuts off the external world. I’ve often thrashed up and down the pool, thinking about a particular situation, and coming up with ideas. It’s useful time, and gives the mind some space. We’re overburdened today by stimuli, and we have so much information coming in all the time from so many devices. Although I absolutely love interacting with people, it’s also very important to give yourself the space to think.

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FEATUREs events: family fun for the holiday weekend

Getting ready for an Easter eggstravaganza WHETHER you’re planning to take your little ones on a chocolate egg hunt this weekend, visiting real-life Easter bunnies in a special animal petting area, or following an Easter-themed treasure trail around Dublin Zoo, plenty of egg-stra special events are available to choose from when thinking about an outing this bank holiday weekend. Tayto Park is gearing up for a busy Easter, and is already packed to the rafters with excit-

ing attractions, things to do and animals to see over the mid-term break. Guests can visit the new animal-petting area over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (April 19, 20 and 21), or head along to one of the public viewings of the animals being fed. From free Easter themed arts and crafts (for children under the age of six), tattoo artistry and face-painting, to a scavenger hunt and a free live magic show, an outing to Tayto Park over the

Easter holidays is attractive. For more information on event times and ticket prices, visit www. Dublin Zoo has an Easter eggstravaganza in store for Dubliners for the holiday weekend with its annual Easter Treasure Trail. This event will keep visitors of all ages entertained as clues will be hidden all around the zoo. In the meantime, what would Easter be without the bunny hopping around? Which is eggsactly what he will be

doing as he guest stars in the Bunny Hop Disco, which takes place on the Great Lawn. There will also be festival keeper talks along with arts and crafts taking place throughout the day. The Easter Eggstravaganza takes place on Sunday, April 20 and Monday, April 21 from 10am until 6pm in Dublin Zoo. Merrion Square will turn into a choctastic easter egg hunt when the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail takes over on Easter Sat-

MrTayto gives Easter treats to Nicole Reynolds from Tara, Co Meath, with Harry and Kathleen O’Dwyer from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

urday, April 19. Everyone who completes the trail will be receive a reward – a Cadbury Easter egg – and what’s notable about this trail is that money raised on the day goes to Barnardos. There is also an abun-

dance of entertainment including storytelling, face painting, sack racing, three-legged racing, balloon modelling and Victorian games in the Cadbury Eggsplorer village. What’s more, organisers are trying to set a new

world record for the biggest egg ’n’ spoon race. This event takes place in two sessions: a morning event from 10am to 1pm, or an afternoon event, from 2pm to 5pm. Book your tickets through:


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RTE’s Fair City teen star Niamh Quirke is supporting Childline’s campaign

Childline is calling Just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean that nothing’s going on. So thinks RTE’s Fair City teen star Niamh Quirke who’s supporting Childline’s campaign Stay Silent So Children Can Be Heard to initiate a Sponsored Silence on May 2. Niamh and Childline are challenging the people of Ireland to Stay Silent for a minimum of 30 minutes. In other words, no speaking, texting, emailing, or using social media to signify the isolation of children who feel they are not heard. Last year, Childline received nearly 700,000 calls from children seeking help. It’s now trying to move into the online

world from its traditional phone listening service. This is because more and more young people now turn to the internet for advice and support. Only 5% of Childline’s funding comes from the State, with the remainder having to come from public and corporate donations. Due to a current lack of funding, two-thirds of all calls go unanswered.

raining on mary’s parade IT WASN’T a case of looking as if you’d just stepped out of a salon for those politicians who showed their support for the Dublin Fire Brigade protest recently and were rewarded for their trouble with a downpour.

They live in Ireland so you’d think our politicians would know the number one rule for going anywhere in this country is: Bring Your Brolly. Yes it might be sunny now, but expect to be lashed on whenever a protest is held outdoors. L a s t we e k ’s DF B demo was ironically treated to a deluge of Irish weather. Sympathetic politicians who took to the podium got wet, but none got drenched as much as Fianna Fail councillor and MEP candidate Mary Fitzpatrick. As soon as she started talking, the sky chucked it down leaving her and many others soaked to the bone. So the Diary’s tip this

week – if you want to stay jolly, don’t forget the brolly.

celebrating world Autism EVERY April, World Autism Day is celebrated with fundraising activities nationwide. This year Xtra-vision and HMV, now owned by Hilco Capital, do the honours. Hilco has chosen Irish Autism Action as its charity for 2014 and for every rental pass sold in April they will pass on a donation to Autism Action. Hilco’s chief executive, Larry Howard, said of the campaign: “We have a long-standing relationship with the organisation and have worked hard to

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for 30 minutes of virtual silence develop a programme of activity that will both create awareness and generate much needed funds for the charity.” Irish Autism Action receives no State funding for its services, and so relies entirely on support via individual donations and corporate sponsors. Autism currently affects around 50,000 people in Ireland.

a question of pub life Three cheers from the Diary for Dublin pub owner Gar who’s started an online banter sensation. He’s gone viral on social networking site Reddit with his Ask Me Anything question and answer page.

Gar, who runs Thomas House near Christ Church, has already received over 4,500 comments from people wanting to know what it’s like owning a Dublin bar and handling tourist misconceptions about the Irish and our pubs. Questions ranged from how many pints of Guinness he sold per day to how often someone greeted him with “top o’t’mornin”. Many were interested in the strange ideas of the Irish and their pubs. Gar responded: “If there’s any misconception it’s that there will be musicians in the corner with fiddles and tin whistles and bowls of stew all over the place. “That happens the odd

time. I think most of them get it when they walk in and see the decor of the place though. We’re always happy to point tourists in the direction of “traditional” pubs if that’s what they are looking for.” Keep it coming, Gar.

drop in dumping is rubbish CLONDALKIN’S Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) has delivered the news that reports of illegal dumping in South County Dublin are down by a staggering 90% compared with 2012. Although this may seem momentous, the Diary is happy to clarify that Cllr Gilligan miscalculated. Slightly.

What he failed to notice was that the figures released by South Dublin County Council on reports of illegal dumping for 2014 were recorded for January only. And he went on to compare one month to an entire year. Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab) commented on this novel arithmetic by saying: “He has compared the number of reports of illegal dumping from the entire 12 months of 2012 with the number of reports from one month in 2014, and is claiming it as a 90% decrease in the reports of illegal dumping.” “If you’ll pardon the pun, it’s complete rubbish.”

Cllr Trevor Gilligan: The Diary is happy to clarify miscalculation!




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Brian Boru expands with an art gallery  lisa banks

THE Brian Boru pub in Glasnevin, Dublin is expanding its horizons this month with the launch of a new art gallery, which will be officially opened on April 23. The gallery’s first exhibition will be a series of nine tapestries located on the first floor of the landmark pub, which will be formally opened by the Danish Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Niels Pultz. The tapestries were created by the internationally renowned Danish artist Susanne Thea, who will fly in from Denmark to attend the event, and provide a perspective of the legendary Brian Boru, who lost his life at the Battle of Clontarf, 1,000 years ago. Pub owner Michael Hedigan says that the new gallery will provide local and visiting artists with an opportunity to

display their works to a new and vibrant audience. The Hedigan family, who have owned and run the pub for 110 years, believe that the gallery as an outlet for artists is a fitting move, as hundreds of wellknown painters, writers and poets have found company and inspiration in their local pubs. The present building dates from the 1850s, and was purchased by Patrick Hedigan in 1904.

Invested The Hedigans invested in the unique nine-piece tapestry collection as Brian Boru and his army camped at the site of the pub on the night before the Battle of Clontarf, which was on Good Friday, 1014. The exhibition is an exceptional example of a Dublin pub taking on a new venture as the Hedigan family is committed to investing in local culture and heritage.

business Q&A: geoffrey peat, peat wholesale

Staying switched on to customers’ needs BORN in Artane in 1969 – the same year that Peat Wholesale started business – Geoffrey Peat is the second generation of the family to run Peat Wholesale, after taking over the helm in 2005. He joined the business the day after finishing his Leaving Cert, and did a two-year course in the College of Marketing and Design, along with spending a year in the UK working for various suppliers, before coming back home to spend time with the business. With an equally busy family life, weekends are split between ferrying the kids around to various matches, parties and discos, and occasionally getting the chance to go for a bite to eat with his wife, Avril.

How long have you been in business?

We were founded in 1969 by Geoff and Isabel Peat, so we’re into our 46th year now.

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What makes your business successful?

As a family-run business, we like to think that a large part of our success has been in the relationships that we’ve built up with our customers over the years. Unlike big corporate companies, any customer can contact any member of our staff, from the MD down to the guys working in the warehouse, and get an answer to the question they want to ask. We also never stop trying to re-invent what we’re doing, whether that’s sourcing new products or looking for new markets .

presence, and in just a few clicks of a button, you can see our lineup, what’s in stock, technical specs on our products to help you either place an order or make an enquiry and, again, our fast response times helps our customers get back to their own customers promptly and win business.

How has the recession affected your business?

Like a lot of businesses in Ireland, we’ve had to go through our own downsizing efforts over the past numbers of years. This resulted in us reducing our staffing levels and taking other steps just to try to get through the times we’re living in. We’ve also had to battle with customers closing down, and a lack of new entrants to our market, coupled with a greatly reduced consumer spend that hasn’t recovered yet, so it’s a pretty hostile environment to be operating in.

How do you use social media to help your business?

Strange as it may seem, we’re a bit slow on the uptake of the benefits of social media – probably due to us doing so many other things just to survive. However, this is now changing within our company, and we are currently undertaking a process of seeing how best we can take advantage of these new forums to promote and grow our business further.

What living person do you most admire?

There are two, and these are my parents, who are the founders of this company. Both grafted long and hard over the years, struggling through the early days to build up what we have today. Unfortunately, we lost mam last year; however, dad still comes in regularly to share his experience and wisdom with customers and staff, and long may this continue!

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

It’s very hard nowadays to be different to your competitors, as the range of products available now is, funnily enough, much smaller than a few years ago. However, our constant drive to be innovative, allied to our friendly customer service and response to our customer’s needs, are key areas for us to excel in. We also offer a huge and varied range of electronics products and accessories on display at our premises in the Westlink Industrial Estate, where customers can visit to view, try and talk with our team to see if they’ll satisfy their needs. We’ve also spent quite a few years developing our online

Geoff Peat, who founded Peat Wholesale in 1969, and Geoffrey Peat

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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week




Actor Owen Roe, Raymond Keane and Michele Browne and (inset) and RTE presenter Keelin Shanley and director Liam Browne. Pictures: Michael Nolan


Festival’s a page turner  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

DUBLIN Writers Festival got off to a great start this week as the annual international literary event was launched in The Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay. There were plenty of familiar faces at the launch on April 10, including RTE presenter Keelin Shanley, author Mannix Flynn and actor Owen Roe. This is the festival’s 16th year and, as announced by the Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yates on the night, the festival is expanding. There will be over 100 events in 23 venues across Dublin from May 17 until 25 with plenty on offer not only for the diehard literary fan, but also for those not as au fait with

the written word. To that end, festival director Liam Browne has enlisted the help of both musician Ray Davies from the Kinks and comedian Johnny Vegas, both of whom have written autobiographies. Browne spoke to The Gazette about his vision for this year’s Dublin Writers Festival. “It’s a bigger festival this year and in a sense that’s responding to a demand and writers like coming to Dublin. The way the programme has developed over the years is that now we have more music and more discussion because audiences want to be involved themselves. “Some people still have a notion of a literary festival as a writer reading from his new book. One of the things

about this festival was to make it more accessible. Hopefully, it will be more conversational this year. “We want people to get a sense of the writer by giving them a flavour of their work so that when they go away they might want to read a particular book. “This festival is for pleasure for the audience and for writers too because they love to come together at these festivals, as there might be other writers there that they’d like to meet.” “We are really excited about the diversity of the programme this year, from established authors to well-known faces who you perhaps wouldn’t expect to see at a literary festival. The world of books is so varied and I hope by dipping into the festival audiences will see

a snapshot of how exciting it is.” Some of the writers, musicians and comedians lined up for the event include Ray Davies, Johnny Vegas, Gruff Rhys, Joseph O’Connor, Carlos Acosta, Joanna Trollope, Siri Hustvedt, Edmund White, Tim Winton and Arne Dahl. A host of over 130 established and emerging authors and artists will feature over the festival’s nine days in various interactive ways with their audiences. There will also be workshops and performances, as well as around 30 events lined up especially for children. If you would like more information about this year’s Dublin Writers Fesitval programme, you can go to www.

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A road to redemption  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

FOR the majority of his life, Coolock man Alan Croghan was a career criminal. Now, at 45 years old, he has written a highly entertaining and rocket-paced book – Wild Child – his memoirs, published by Penguin and on sale for €8.99. Wild Child depicts a life lived in chaos and constant motion, where each day was a dangerous adventure, full of close calls and fuelled by adrenaline. The story races along as Croghan’s powers of recall lend the whole a feeling that all of the

events are happening in real-time. Not only does the author remember the actual events of each criminal escapade, but he recalls what everyone involved said, how they looked and, more importantly, what was going on in his own heart and mind during it all. Croghan’s memoirs are told with an astonishing amount of honesty, some of which might have been left on the psychiatrist’s couch, but it is all based on a lesson that Croghan learned early on: when you grow up in harsh surroundings, you either sink or swim, and either

way, you lose. From the time he was a young child, Croghan was dabbling in the forbidden. His first introduction to drugs was before he was 12 years old, when he asked his father for some of his valium, which he duly delivered to his young son for free at first, but then began charging him for. The young Croghan hardly ever went to school, but spent his time mainly robbing cars with his mates and playing cat and mouse with the gardai. Indeed, Croghan’s early life reads like a movie

script, full of car chases, armed robberies and personal feuds. However,the reality behind the scenes is candidly revealed by Croghan as he tells of his inner fear, which was a constant companion all of his life. Like all professional thieves, prison became the number-one occupational hazard for Croghan, beginning with the juvenile facility of St Patrick’s before moving on to Mountjoy, Wheatfield and Portlaoise. Croghan’s experience in prison is a fascinating insight into the day-to-day trials of life behind bars. It was in prison that

Croghan learned how to read and write, and went on to win second prize in the Listowel Writers’ Festival for drama. He also went on to appear on television and radio, speaking as an authority about the Irish prison system. Croghan’s life was a very disordered and exciting one, where he knew most of the biggest criminals in Dublin’s gangland, past and present, as well as many IRA members. However, there is a happy ending, in that he does find redemption in the book, and turned his wayward life around dramatically at last.

Published by Penguin and priced €8.99, Wild Child, by reformed criminal Alan Croghan (right) is a rocketpaced memoir that follows a chaotic life – and its redemption




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During their recent visit, President Higgins and his wife stayed at Windsor Castle

england: take a break like an Irish President

A royal holiday  Natalie Burke

With less than an hour’s travel time to reach the other side of the pond by air, and just a hop, skip and a jump by ferry, a trip to visit the very best parts of England is one holiday that can be planned without breaking the bank. President Michael Higgins set the wheels in motion recently when he became the first Irish head of state invited by Queen Elizabeth on an official state visit to England last week. While the president paid a visit to a number of well-known English spots, including 10 Downing Street, Windsor Castle and the Royal Albert Hall, England’s national tourism board, Visit England, has come up with the perfect way to holiday like an Irish president, giving holidaymakers a sneak peek into how to go about receiving a proper royal welcome. Already a published poet, it came as no sur-

prise that President Higgins paid a visit to Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. One of the best known parts of WestminsterAbbey, it was here that Seamus Heaney unveiled a memorial to Ted Hughes in 2011, and CS Lewis, born in Belfast, was officially inducted into Poet’s Corner in 2013. The Abbey welcomes over a million visitors each year and is open Monday to Saturday through most of the year. A short stroll from Westminster Abbey is the House of Parliament, where President Higgins made a speech during his tour. Visitors can take guided tours of the Houses of Parliament on Saturdays throughout the year and on selected weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including Easter, summer and Christmas. President Higgins also stopped off at London’s City Hall, home to London’s Lord Mayor, visitors can see parts of City Hall and its various Londonrelated exhibitions for

themselves Monday to Friday. Meanwhile First Lady Sabina Higgins had the opportunity to indulge her long standing love of the theatre with a visit to the Royal Academy of Drama and Art (RADA). Here there are three theatres which regularly host a variety of productions, where visitors might just catch sight of a rising theatre star. Lord Attenborough and Sir Anthony Hopkins learned their craft here. ( During their recent visit, President Higgins and his wife stayed at Windsor Castle. While regular visitors will have to put themselves up in a hotel down the road, they can take a tour of the State Apartments where the president stayed, as well as watching the ceremonial changing of the guard inside the castle grounds. Beside the castle is the bronze statue of an Irish Guard, which is dedicated to all Irish Guardsmen,

past, present and future. Just in front of Windsor Castle is Windsor Great Park, 4,800 acres of beautiful parkland that provides the perfect place for picnics, walking, cycling and horse riding. What the president missed out on however, are the numerous quintessential English villages nearby including Bray, home to the fine dining at Heston Blumenthal’s renowned The Fat Duck restaurant. ( From here, President Higgins made his way to Warwickshire, a region already popular with tourists for activities and attractions. Being Shakespeare County, the president and his wife paid a visit to Stratford-UponAvon, which coincided nicely with the upcoming450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on April 23. Events marking this occasion take place throughout the year. For more holiday ideas in England, go to www.

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The secret to delicious dining Dublin’s newest outdoor pop-up restaurant, The Secret Garden Dublin, will open in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square from May 5 to 9. Brought by Harr y Colley and Cuan Greene, the brains behind Dublin Pop Up, the garden will be set under the canopies of Meeting House Square and will bring food and wine in an enchanting setting of verdant lawns, vintage elegance and live acoustic sets. Harr y Colley and Cuan Greene are final year culinary arts students. Together, they established Dublin Pop Up in November 2013 as a response to Dublin’s growing gastronomic curiosity. Dublin Pop Up have hosted guerrilla eating events including supper clubs and cook clubs in homes all over Dublin city, which have gained a following through social media. The Secret Garden showcases their nostalgia fuelled and visually striking cooking with a large audience. The Secret Garden Dublin will open its ivy gates each day for lunch at 12 noon and 1pm and will offer customers a delicious lunch and escape away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre. Lunch at the garden is priced at €10pp. D i n n e r i s s e r ve d under the stars and customers will be treated to a six-course tasting menu which is themed

Cuan Greene and Harry Colley. Pictures: Lynn Rothwell

around Irish nostalgia using Irish produce. The 6pm dinner sitting sold out in just three days but a second sitting at 8.30pm has been created due to demand. The dinner tasting menu is priced at €20pp which includes a glass of wine. T he tasting menu features dishes like steak and bearnaise served with red pepper and rice melosso, tart green chilli, bearnaise sabayon and cress and Boora Bog which is a slow roast lamb in malt with crisp lamb straw, barbecue leg of lamb, parsnip skin, roast garlic, almond olive oil and Irish whiskey.


Dinner is served under the stars and customers will be treated to a six-course tasting menu which is themed around Irish nostalgia


Dessert lovers won’t be disappointed with The Secret Garden Dublin’s take on the swiss roll, a chocolate swirl with strawberry gel, praline and vanilla sponge. The Secret Garden Dublin’s full menu can be viewed at www. Each day four SecretSeats will be given away to one lucky Twitter fan. Fans on Twitter will be asked to tweet @secretgardendub using the

#SecretSeats to be in with a chance of winning dinner or lunch for four people. The winner and their guests will be treated to a private dinner in the Secret Garden’s vintage airstream trailer. Bookings for lunch and dinner are now being taken and can be made by emailing food@, tweeting @secretgardendub or through Facebook at


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Cassia and Milo attempt to flee the doomed city without getting crushed, cooked, buried, gassed or suffocated by the exploding volcano – or having to share many scenes with an explosive Kiefer Sutherland

pompeii: audiences unlikely to lava this one

Cliched film fizzles with predictability SWORDS, sandals, and sizzling seismic activity are the order of the day in Pompeii, as Resident Evil director Paul WS Anderson takes us back in time in more ways than one. Starring Game of Throne’s Kit Harrington, the film tells the story of Milo – a horse-whispering gladiator in the ill-fated Roman resort city. Pompeii’s mash-up of natural disaster action and camp costume drama plays out as a nostalgialaced tribute to the simpler days of cinema. The plot is achingly simple: Harrington plays Milo, a mysterious gladiator known as “The Celt”, who possesses almost superhuman strength and speed. Shipped off to Pompeii, Milo shares a moment over a dying horse with Cassia (Emily Browning), daughter of some

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Pompeii big-wigs. Also in Pompeii, being wined and dined by Cassia’s parents is Senator Corvus (a wonderfully hammy Kiefer Sutherland) who Milo recognises as the man who killed his family years ago. It’s formulaic stuff – the class-divided love interest, the revenge angle, the impending disaster – but it’s enough to set the stage for the action to unfold. The pre-eruption scenes are focused on combat amongst the gladiators, as Milo fights through the ranks to buddy-up with champion Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).

The violence is kept relatively clean in order to maintain the 12A rating; and the dire dialogue throughout ensures that eyes will roll far more often than heads. However, post-eruption, the film takes on a different tempo – we are into Dante’s Peak territory with Milo and Atticus attempting to find love and right wrongs while the world crumbles. The torrents of lava, subsumed buildings, and exploding fireballs are a delight to watch in 3D, but while the action is enjoyable, it is never enough to keep the film afloat. Milo has a modus operandi that consists of saying little and doing good, and Cassia never graduates from being the damsel in distress. Meanwhile, Sutherland’s Corvus is the kind of no-good villain you only get in pantomimes.

The only depth to the characters in Pompeii is the fact that they are shot in 3D. There are films that can show you something you’ve never imagined, leave you with a character that will accompany you for the rest of your days, or make you think about life differently. And then there are films that just distract you – they throw enough pyrotechnics and flimsy costumes your way to pass some time. Pompeii definitely belongs in this latter category – it is your garden variety action film – but what makes it endearing is that it never feels like it is trying to be anything more than that. More of a fizzle than a full-scale eruption, it’s a flawed, but still entertaining film.

Verdict: 5/10

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CINEMA&MUSIC MOTORING review: the rock documentary reinvented by the national

Brothers in arms make for a fascinating movie  ROB heigh

THE ROCK documentar y has a long and memorable tradition of giving an insight into the invisible existence of musicians on the road, but few have taken such an unconventional approach to the form as the new film about indie rock heroes, The National. Mistaken For Strangers is filmed verite style by Tom Berninger, younger brother of the band’s lead singer, Matt, as he joins the band on the road as The National embark on the tour in support of High Violet, the record that took them from indie rock’s best kept secret to an overground success story which now sees them play to huge audiences around the world (witness their show at the Sydney Opera House recently http:// The film has a prescient title, in that from the outset, it appears that the Berninger siblings could not be more different. However, as the film progresses, there is a warmth and a deep affection clear between the brothers that is the beating heart of the film throughout. Though the gig for Tom is originally as a road crew member and assistant tour manager,

A still from Mistaken For Strangers, with brothers Matt and Tom Berninger offstage with The National

a role he seems utterly unsuited for, he is also filming scenes and performances for a documentary he wants to create from the experience of being close to the flame of his brother’s fame. That is, until he screws up once too often, and is fired from the crew. After Matt and his wife reach out to him, Tom picks up the threads of disparate material recorded through the tour across the US and Europe (you can spot the Olympia at one stage, and remember the iridescent performance they put on on a brutally cold December day a few years ago), and ultimate-

ly weaves together something more about him than it is about the band, though they provide the players on the stage as the main character, Tom, struts and frets about his place in the world and how he works to stake, understand and express his talent. Although at times you get the sensation that there is a simmering tension only moments away from exploding into camera and backstagebreaking violence, there are moments when both Tom and Matt, and their parents, express what each means to the other, and those scenes can be heartbreakingly touching.

This is far from a rock movie in the sense that, although there are National songs throughout the film, the only complete performance comes right at the end, an intense and passionate Terrible Love that sees Matt go on one of his trademark venue walkabouts, all the way out through the crowd and into the empty lobby, while Tom, acting as security for the lead singer, makes sure he can still deliver his vocal and traverse his way to and from the stage unhindered. It’s a scene that makes you realise, like the story told throughout the film, that they may be diametri-

cally opposite as people but they unquestionably have each other’s backs. Less a portrait of life on the road than a study of fulfilled and unfulfilled potential, it’s an uncomfortable watch at times, but one thing that shines through is Tom’s creative talent and that this film was finished at all is an achievement for him, and you can’t fail but wish him the best in the future. The National come to Dublin on July 18 and 19 when they play the Iveagh Gardens in what is certain to be one of the gigs of the summer. Tickets are €42 and are available from Ticketmaster.


Manchester legends lead Leopardstown line-up for 2014 A brilliant line-up of Irish and international talent is on the card for this year’s Bulmer’s Live at Leopardstown festival. The festival, which runs throughout June, July and August, brings together top-class horse racing and live music, and the acts announced for this year’s event are beyond measure. Assured highlights for the festival are a trio of acts from Manchester who have had a massive part in defining the legacy of music from the English city. July 10 sees Joy Division and New Order founder member Peter Hook and his band, The Light, who have been stunning crowds on recent tours with their recreation of the classic hits from both of those acts. Legendary guitar hero and former Smith, Johnny Marr, plays on August 7, as he continues the tour around his excellent debut solo album, The Messenger, and closing out Live at Leopardstown is seminal Manchester act, The Charlatans who have been knocking out audiences around the world for over two decades with their organdriven indie pop classics. The festival also welcomes top Irish acts Raglans, Heathers, Hamsandwich, The Stunning and Sharon Shannon and Her Big Band completing the line-up. Ticket information can be found online at, or call the Leopardstown Ticketline on 01 2890500 for hospitality options.


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TECH DigiTape adaptor MANY of us still have a cassette tape player somewhere or other, either as a slightly-past-it home hifi system or in their trusty steed – the family car. Seeing as not everyone is running around with the latest tech, this is a nice bridge between old and new. Just pop your SD card into the tape, then the tape into the cassette slot, et voila: you’ll be able to play your MP3 files on the go, or at home, as well as some other functions. While not exactly an incredible idea, it’s a nice piece of simple tech that will definitely be appreciated by some. The Technaxx DT-02 DigiTape Adapter is available on, priced £24.76 (@ €30).


Free apps covering national and international news WHENEVER you’re out on the go, it’s common to see people reading the news on their phone or tablets, with almost all media outlets – including The Gazette – available online in one format or another; some just in part, others in full, and others yet behind a paywall. While many people browse news sites using their phone’s/tablet’s internet browser, there are hundreds (well, many thousands) of news apps to skip straight to the point. Here are just a few some of the leading ones to get your started, both for home news and further afield. And, best of all, they’re all free, on IOS and Android alike! What could be better than reading free news on the go (much like your Gazette)? STARTING with some home news, and The Irish Times’s app is much as you’d expect – not the same as picking up the venerable publication, but a decent enough condensed version nonetheless. There’s plenty here to get up to date with, and picture galleries are good enough to flick through on the morning commute. Inevitably, the full-size paper gives you the full-fat treatment, whereas this is more of a skinny latte, but if you just want to get straight into what’s what, the IT app may very well be it for you. ON TO The Irish Independent’s app. Not to be confused with a larger, subscriptionenabled app, the Indo’s app is also a breezy, fastmoving look at the main headlines and bigger news stories of the day. Also broken down in to several sections, there are no surprises here, as you get a decent look at the main day’s stories, making it a great app for idling away dull Dart or bus journeys. As with the Times, its design isn’t going to win any awards, or hearts, but it’s perfectly fine for the task at hand. LOOKING further afield, and for those with a hunger for more international news, Reuters, the international news agency, have an excellent app that covers a diverse range of international news, outgunning Irish newspapers’ apps with ease. While some of the content has an Americaled focus, Reuters’ diverse sections and constantly updating news feeds take a pretty solid look at global news, making it a definite must-have. And, if you get tired of all that international and local news apps, who’s to say The Gazette app won’t join this list ...

StoreDot smartphone charger THIS is so new, there isn’t a standardised product just yet – or any product as such, bar a prototype shown off to the media – but this still seems like a very exciting new tech product to highlight that could be a must-have common gadget in the near future. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv university charger, has come up with a process that can fully recharge smartphone batteries in about 30 seconds, based on energising nano-structures in batteries. By recharging batteries at this extra teenie-tiny level, instead of just flooding their general structure with power, these new chargers could become commonplace in a few years, and see the days of phones (and other power-hungry gadgets) gasping on their last legs by 5pm banished. Great!

Looking forward, and also behind WITH a headline that suggests we’re following basic driving rules, this Tech section take a look at a couple of gadgets that address yesteryear’s technology, as well as considering some revolutionary new near-future ideas. With mobile phones n ow u b i q u i t o u s – indeed, Ireland has one of the highest per-capita mobile phone ownership rates in the world – here’s a little-known


alternative to the Apple/ Samsung products that get so much coverage in the press. And, lastly, as a distraction to modern stresses, why not comb South Park for the missing Stick of Truth?

Moto G PREVIEWED on this page some time ago, the Motorola Moto G has finally arrived in Ireland, and has been quite a success for Meteor, where it’s availble free on contract, or from €150 (online offer) as payas-you-go. While Apple and Samsung have been squaring up to each other, Motorola proved to be a dark horse with this budget-priced smartphone that’s a great contender in the phone stakes. As this happy owner can contest, the Androiddriven Moto G is packed with features, has a great HD screen that’s actually better than, say, the iPhone; a battery that easily coasts to the end of the day, despite heavy use; and a not-so-great camera. (Errr, that’s not such a great last feature, but it helps explain its surprisingly cheap price.) So, for a powerful smartphone that packs a punch but won’t bruise your wallet, the Moto G is heartily recommended.

The Stick of Truth AND now for something different. It’s been out for a little while, but South Park: The Stick of Truth (multi-platform; generally €45, but price varies at retail) is a definite must-have for fans of the show – but, note that as you would expect, it’s also completely unsuitable for children. While there have been many South Park games (and almost all of them have been awful), this is not only the best one yet, but also a great game in its own right. Perfectly matching the look, sound, style and humour of the show, this RPG is a knowing mashup of many gaming tropes, as well as taking cheap shots at a number of South Park memes. In other words, great fun for 18+ gamers.

TURRETS, TOWERS AND MINARETS POINT TO A RELAXING GAME THIS rather brief new game is a curio, but a beautiful one at that. Monument Valley (€3.59, for IOS 6 or above, iPhone and iPadcompatible) requires you to guide a princess to the exit by traversing the structures in the levels, many of which have a distinct MC Escher feeling to them. Ida may find herself walking up walls, across ceilings and

down impossible stairways to reach her goal, by sliding the scenery apart, or rotating the level to create the visual illusion of traversable walkways – which then, impossibly, become traversable. By swiping across the screen, the valley’s buildings becomes like an elaborate music box, with the delicate soundtrack adding to the mood.

Level 8, in particular, expands on this theme, as the simple turreted music box at the start of the level unfolds, origami-style, into a complex, impossibly-sized structure. So, for those looking for a game that isn’t state-of-the-art in any department, but is more than the sum of its parts, Monument Valley is well worth visiting at your leisure.

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Feast your eyes on Peugeot’s sleek Exalt

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Fans of Peugeot with an appetite for something a little different will want to feast their eyes on what the French car manufacturer has in store. They have unveiled their vision of the future for the lion brand at the Beijing Motor Show, in the form of its radical new Exalt concept car. Chiselled panels, a long bonnet, raked windscreen, a low roof and short rear overhangs give the Peugeot Exalt a sleek and athletic design. In homage to the art of the French motor car from the 20s and 30s, bare steel bodywork, seen also on the famous Peugeot Onyx concept, has been hand-formed by a master panel beater. Powered by a HYbrid4 drive train with a total maximum power of 340bhp, efficiency is enhanced by the use of shark skin inspired material on the rear quarter, to ensure greater aerodynamic performance and thus reduced fuel consumption. One of a kind, the Peugeot Exalt boasts a very slender profile that conceals a cabin that is both spacious and inviting, thanks to the combination of an array of natural materials – aged leather, natural wool-based mixed fabric and ebony wood. The Peugeot i-Cockpit interior, already seen on the Peugeot 208, 2008 and new 308, delivers a driving experience dedicated to enjoyment. A small steering wheel and the digital instru-

Peugeot have unveiled their new concept car, the Exalt, at the Beijing Motor Show to boast a slender profile, a small steering wheel (below, left) and a cockpit filled with natural materials such as aged leather, natural wool-based mixed fabric andebony wood


get in the cockpit: new concept is unveiled in beijing



Volkswagen Golf Ireland is an online favourite It won’t come as any shock to anyone with even a passing interest in Irish motoring to know that the VW Golf is, as always, enjoying huge popularity in the Irish market, but it may come as a surprise to know how often the car is searched for online! The Volkswagen Golf is the most searched for Car in Ireland according to the third bi-annual Carzone motoring report. The report found that the Volkswagen Golf was the most searched for used car in the second half of 2013. Commenting on the findings of the report, Paul O’Sullivan, head of marketing, Volkswagen passenger cars, said: “We we were already aware that the Golf is Ireland’s bestselling car, but this report reminds us that it is the car that most people want to own – whether purchasing a new or secondhand vehicle. The Golf is celebrating its 40th year in production and it is clear from the findings of this report that it remains the nations favourite car – be it the Mark One which first reached Irish Shores in 1974 or the Mark seven which we proudly unveiled in late 2012.” The report is a bi-annual index which tracks trends in both the new and used car markets in Ireland. Data has been compiled using the 60 million searches carried out on during the last six months of the year, vehicle transactions listed on and a survey of 2,187 motorists nationwide.

Kearney is Audi’s envoy

ment panel are arranged in front of the driver for improved control. Two folding touch screens emerge from the dashboard. The upper screen gives access to the onboard computer, the Hi-Fi and navigation systems. The second screen presents a permanently visible control bar to provide access to the automatic air-conditioning and Peugeot’s new Pure Blue system, an innovative air purification system.

Nine toggle control switches are located on the dashboard, arranged in two groups – two to the left of the small steering wheel, seven to the right. This distribution was adopted because of the human brain’s ability to easily remember up to seven elements, for their position and their function. A black light system, particularly useful during the transition between day and night, has been built into the headlamps.

Visibility problems are reduced and driving becomes more relaxed, to ensure improved observation of road markings. Versatile

The Peugeot Exalt also offers an exceptionally versatile boot with a low loading sill and wooden trim. It works with an innovative pantograph mechanism to allow maximum opening, while needing less space externally. Weighing just 1,700kg,

the Peugeot Exalt is powered by a plug-in HY brid4 drive train with a total maximum power of 340bhp shared between the four wheels. The bonnet houses the 1.6-litre THP 270bhp developed by Peugeot Sport. At the rear, the multi-link rear axle contains a 50kW electric machine for electric or hybrid phases of operation. This machine also intervenes to recharge the battery through energy recovery braking.

Taking time out from a busy rugby schedule that saw him earn a Six Nations Champions medal, newly appointed Audi Naas brand ambassador Dave Kearney is pictured picking up the keys to his new Audi A4 S-Line model at the state-of-the-art Audi Naas terminal showroom. Throughout 2014, Dave will work closely with Audi Naas on planned events and model launches. Dave will also run a local rugby clinic later on this summer as part of the Audi Naas partnership. The sporty Audi A4 S-Line integrates outstanding performance and innovative efficiency with sleek design lines. The best-selling car in its class, it comes equipped with Audi’s innovative Xenon headlights, S-Line sports styling and leather/Alcantara sports seats. For further information, visit

Audi Naas brand ambassador Dave Kearney

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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 collins hails perfect bout:

Vivienne Connolly promotes Goal’s 2014 involvement in the Dublin Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon on the June bank holiday weekend

mini-marathon: sudan the beneficiary this year for international charity

Request for runners to take to the road for Goal’s efforts Women in Dublin are being called upon to help international charity Goal improve the plight of women in South Sudan by running in support of the aid agency in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon on bank holiday Monday, June 2. However, time is tight with the deadline for registrations coming on April 18. By signing up for #TEAMGOAL in this year’s event, runners and walkers will be supporting the women of South Sudan, where conflict and displace-

ment have left hundreds of thousands of people in need of assistance. The 10km race is the biggest allwomen’s event of its kind in the world, with over 40,000 ladies (and one or two men!) taking part in 2013. Close to €137m has been raised for charities across Ireland since its inception in 1983, and it is now the country’s biggest single day charity event. The event is tailored to people young and old, who can walk, jog or run depending on their level of fitness. Dublin actress and model, Vivienne

Connolly decided to lead the Goal team this year after watching a video of some of the women who Goal are assisting in South Sudan. “We tend to complain about a lot of things in this country, but I think it’s always good to look outwards at the lives of impoverished people around the world and realise just how good we have it here. “In South Sudan, women are more likely to die in childbirth than receive a second-level education,” the former Fair City star said.

“That’s something we should all be trying to address. Forget country borders; we all live on the same planet and can do more to help our fellow man. I see running the Mini-Marathon for Goal as my small contribution towards that, and anybody can join me and the rest of the team to do the same.” For more information, or to get your Goal sponsorship card, contact Carmel in Goal on, and log on to their website, to find out more about the organisation’s work around the world.

PASCHAL Collins said Stephen Ormond’s defeat of Barcelona based Karim El Ouazghari last week was the “perfect performance” as the lightweight boxer from Quarryvale put on a good show as he continues to progress his career. He stopped the Spaniard in the fifth round on the undercard of Carl Framption’s world title eliminator and trainer Collins was impressed with how Ormond stuck to his gameplan. “He started the fight exactly how we wanted him to, slowly picking his shots with a lot of jabs to the head while also driving his right hand in under the elbow. Eventually, his left hand started to drop. The main thing was to land one or two power shots but not get hit.”

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FastSport adamstown rider shines on orwell trial: ADAMSTOWN cycling team’s Roisin Kennedy took her second win of the season last Tuesday night with a strong ride in the first stage of the Stickybottle.comOrwell Crit League. The 10-mile timetrial opened the 2014 series in Batterstown, and Kennedy showed she is still the one to watch, winning with a 12 second margin to the runner-up on the night, Catherine McAteer of Garda-Richie’s Bikes. Ciara Kinch of the promoting club Orwell Wheelers rounded out the podium, just 13 seconds further adrift, in a field the numbered 30 riders on the night. The next three Tuesdays sees criteriumstyle racing unfold on the purpose-built track in Corkagh Park, west Dublin, followed by a road race in Brittas Bay, on Tuesday, May 6, before the racing is completed with the concluding race again in Batterstown five weeks from now on Tuesday, May 13.

basketball: teams from all over the world converge on dublin

Masters on the court get ready 

Sports halls all over Dublin are looking forward to hosting the second Dublin Masters basketball tournament on the weekend of May 16 to 18 which will see 27 teams from eight countries competing for the overall men’s and women’s titles.

The competition sees many of the top players from the Irish leagues from recent years taking part in what will be one of the largest Masters sports event to be held in Ireland in 2014. Oblate Hall in Inchicore, Inchicore Community Centre and Colaiste Brid in Clondalkin will host

the matches, which seea strong Dublin representation as well as Irish talent from Cork, Mayo and Galway, as well as participants from further afield with teams from Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Sweden and Britain travelling to Dublin for the Masters. T h e m e n ’s t e a m s involved are BC

Last year’s women’s Masters winners, Glasnevin

Jerome Westbrooks, pictured here in 2008, has brought the BNAF team together

Kulkroon from Estonia, Corinthians, Team BNAF , which is made up of players from Ireland and the USA, Gothenburg from Sweden, K illester, Rathmines, Gr umpy Old Bears from Sydney who are the current Over50 world champions having won that title in Turin last August, Nomads, Team Belgium, Cork, Galway, London Eagles, Templeogue, Trailblazers, Dublin Lions and St Vincent’s. Women’s teams competing are Oblate Dynamos, Silver Girls which is a team made up of players from Germany, Finland, Romania and Russia, Sussex Ladies,

Pegasus, KUBs, Mayo Ladies, Dublin All Stars, Wild Rovers, Blarney, Galway and Glasnevin. Team BNAF (Brothers Near And Far) is an interesting entry to the competition, being a team put together by Irish basketball legend J e r o m e We s t b r o o k s which features his lifelong friends and playing partners from the States and here in Ireland. T he men’s tro phy is called the Tom McLoughlin Cup in memor y of a great servant to Templeogue Basketball Club and Irish Basketball and the women’s cup is called The Joe Kavanagh Cup in memory of Joe who

was a player and coach with Templeogue and St Declan’s before coaching Meteors to a number of league and cup titles in the 90s. All profits from the weekend are donated to The Joe Kavanagh Foundation which provides sports clubs around Ireland with defibrillators. Games begin on Friday at 6pm, all day Saturday from 9am-7pm and on Sunday with knock out games and finals from 9am finishing with finals at 4pm. For fur ther information, contact John Walsh on 086 6021094 or email

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Clontarf will be the venue for the visit of the T20 world champions, Sri Lanka in May

IRELAND will lock horns with world champions for the second time in three months when Sri Lanka visit Dublin next month for two one-day internationals at Clontarf. After beating the West Indies in Jamaica in February, the Boys in Green will be looking for another famous scalp when they take on the newly-crowned World T20 champions in a 50-over RSA Insurance Series on May 6 and 8 at Clontarf Cricket Club in north Dublin.

And for local fans it will be a fantastic first chance to see some of the superstars of the world game in Lasith Malinga, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene after their stunning win over India in Dhaka last week in the ICC World T20 final. Cricket fans turned out in their droves last summer with superb crowds at the marquee Irish fixtures in 2013. In May, Clontarf was the scene of two epic battles with Pakistan that resulted in a tie and the narrowest of wins for the visitors while Dublin also

hosted an RSA Challenge match against England in front of a record-breaking crowd of 10,000 at Malahide on that glorious day in September. While Clontarf cannot accommodate all the fans who packed into Malahide in September, captain William Porterfield is still expecting large and vocal support when his side take on Sri Lanka. “The home crowds were simply outstanding last year,” Porterfield said. “There was an incredible atmosphere at both Clontarf and Malahide which made for

unforgettable occasions.” Ireland coach Phil Simmons is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against the world champions and believes early season conditions could be a great leveller. “It’s the type of challenge we’re crying out for,” Simmons said. “These are the sort of games that players love. It’s going to be a brilliant experience to play the best in our own back yard.” Tickets for the matches are still available via and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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Globetrotting Joyce on international duty Cricket and hockey star Cecelia Joyce is no stranger to representing her country in both sports - and says it is an honour to step onto the world stage whatever the code CECELIA Joyce has precious little time to relax. Just 12 days since the T20 cricket World Cup concluded in Bangladesh, she is one of three players - along with twin sister Isobel and Kate McKenna - back on a plane, this time to the Netherlands with her hockey club side, Railway Union. On both occasions, she is up against the world’s very best. In the cricket, it was the first time Ireland had reached a women’s T20 finals, taking on eventual winners Australia. Next on the agenda is a Friday date with Den Bosch, the Dutch champions who won their 15th national title last Sunday. That is the toughest European club fixture an Irish club has ever encountered as Rail-

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way qualified last spring for the Club Champions Cup for the first time, bringing together the top eight clubs on the continent in a straight knockout competition. The Dutch club feature an array of Olympic gold medallists including twotime world player of the year Maartje Paumen. As a full-time lawyer competing in two codes against a sea of fully paid players, it would be easy for Joyce to view this date with trepidation. But she comes from a family who strive for the best her older brothers Ed

and Dominick also play cricket for Ireland - and she says there is no reason to be fearful. “For myself and Isobel, we have just played some of the best cricket teams in the world,” she told GazetteSport. “Our coach Nasir [Munir] is scared of nobody and thinks his coaching is up there with the best in the world. Our team philosophy - and this comes from former coach Mick McKinnon too - is we want to play the best and see where we stand. “That’s our attitude; no matter what the score is, we want to play the best in the world and see how we get on. There’s no point being afraid. We’re not afraid of failing. It is an honour to be there but we are playing to win.” It is an attitude that

Cecelia Joyce celebrates a league win for Railway Union recently

has seen her teams break new boundaries. For Railway, she joined a club in mid-table in the Leinster leagues and has played a key part in their development to be Irish Hockey League champions three times in four years. A bronze medal in the second tier of Euro-

sports. “Because we can bring 18 to Europe and a couple of players are not available, Railway said ‘if you still want to come, we would be glad to have you’. Having said that, it is not that big a crossover. Going from cricket to hockey is much eas-


‘We want to play the best in the world. There’s no point being afraid. It’s an honour to be there’ - Cecelia Joyce


pean club hockey last year was also a best for an Irish club. Balancing elite sport with her work life as a lawyer who can work up to 70 hours a week is an onerous task. At times, she has contemplated stepping back but, as a utility player who has been used in each position bar “goalkeeper and centre-back”, Munir was keen to keep her involved in his panel of 18 for the trip to the Netherlands. Joyce has been unable to make regular training since October but could prove invaluable in a Railway side that has endured a number of defensive changes in the past season. Given the short hiatus between the cricket and hockey tournaments, though, she doesn’t see it as too much of a problem adapting between the

ier than the other way around because your hand-eye co-ordination is better while your hand and fore-arm strength is also stronger. “For tactics and game awareness, because I have been playing so long with the same team, it is easier than when I first came in six years ago.” And she is hoping to play a big role in potentially her club’s toughest fixture and there is no thought of leaving anything behind against Den Bosch. “In previous European trips, we have gone out to get the best result on any given day. That’s what we want to do, play them at their best and beat them. Whether that’s likely or not against Den Bosch, it doesn’t really matter. We want to beat the best in the world.”


Dubliners play their part in Ireland tour success BELVEDERE’S Daniel McKenna and Jamie Hamilton, Cherry Orchard’s Aaron O’Driscoll and Tyreke Wilson, Raheny United’s Michael Murphy, St Kevin’s Boys’ Thomas Byrne and Shane Stokes were all included in the Republic of Ireland Under-15 soccer side that won 2-0 victory over Scotland at East End Park, Dunfermline. It completed their second win of a twogame series against the Scots last week with Byrne and West Ham’s Anthony Scully on the mark for Colin O’Brien’s side. Scully found the net in the 14th minute after excellent build-up play for the Irish through midfield. Byrne added the second goal in the 39th minute with an excellent strike from outside the box. “It was a very pleasing performance. Again we produced a very good first half display especially a 25-minute period where we built up the play very well,” said O’Brien. “We scored two good goals with some excellent attacking play but with a bit more composure we may have scored one or two more before the break. “Scotland had a bit of control in the second half and got into our half using direct play and direct running. Our keeper Ian Giltinan made a couple of good saves late on. The players had to defend well. “We didn’t create as many chances after the break as we did in the first half but we made changes for this game and the players all acquitted themselves very well.” O’Brien’s side beat the Scots 3-2 on Monday and overall he is delighted with how the squad performed in Scotland and over the season as a whole. “It’s been a very pleasing week. The players all got further opportunities to play for their country and add to their experience,” he said. “They go back to their clubs now and they’ve been a credit to both their clubs and the regional ETP centres where they have worked for the past year or two.”


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rugby: final beckons against ashbourne for seconds

Bluebell revive title hopes with Wayside win BLUEBELL United’s LSL Sunday Senior title chances received a double shot in the arm in midweek as their 4-0 win over Wayside Celtic, allied to a loss to rivals Tolka Rovers, bolstered their chances of making a late run for the crown. The Red Cow club raced into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour against Wayside and scarcely looked back. The result moved them to within three points off table-toppers Tolka. Crumlin United, though, are well placed a point back on Bluebell with three games in hand. As such, Bluebell will need to beat their rivals when they meet in the closing weeks of the campaign if they are to stand a chance of winning the LSL crown. They have been in strong form, unbeaten since November but four 1-1 draws in the past six games has stymied a more concerted push. Elsewhere, Ray Whelehan’s wonder strike helped Malahide United move up to sixth place in the division as they punched a major dent in Tolka Rovers’ title challenge with a 3-2 win at Frank Cooke Park. The Republic of Ireland amateur international scored from long range to put his side 1-0 up at half-time in their midweek battle. Tolka did fight back with two Mark Hughes’ goals swapping the lead. But Malahide were to grab the spoils when an Adam Crowther own goal and a winner from Cillian Timmons meant that the Gannon Park side won out. The result lifted the side ahead of Bangor and Wayside Celtic with fourth place a potential outcome from their season.

Clondalkin RFC’s David Gaule in action against Athboy in the Towns Cup semi-final against Athboy. Picture: Sharon Flanagan

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Clondalkin’s second team reached the Leinster Seconds Towns Cup final last weekend after they brought home a 28-14 result against Athboy in Ashbourne. From the first whistle, Clondalkin looked dangerous and set the tone with some excellent passing and movement from the back line, despite playing into a strong breeze. Indeed, only a knockon from Stevie Cunn i n g h a m p r e ve n t e d the Dublin side from scoring the first try of the match. However, a

missed tackle saw Athboy take the lead with a converted try, somewhat against the run of play. Clondalkin did not waste time in responding and Karl Horan went over in the corner for the first of his two tries in the first half, neither of which was converted. Athboy’s main attacking threat in this period came in the form of their strong-r unning first centre who required more than one Clondalkin tackler to stop his momentum whenever he got the ball. Dave Gaule managed to get on the scoresheet with a successful pen-

alty kick which took Clondalkin into half time 13-7 ahead.

Tempo change The second half s aw C l o n d a l k i n u p the tempo and their increasingly dominant pack began to grind out the yards against the Meath outfit, with Neil Finlay and John Walsh to the fore. Despite having the wind at their backs, the Clondalkin backline kept the ball in hand and with the quick service from Josh Dunne at scrum-half, they had plenty of opportunity to press home their advantage. It was, however, the Clondalkin forwards

who had the first say in this half when Neil Finlay powered over for a five-pointer which Gaule failed to convert. A brief lifeline was thrown to Athboy when Andy Tyndall’s cross kick was picked off by the Athboy winger who ran in to score under the posts to leave just four points between the sides. However, any doubt as to the final result was dispelled minutes later when Dave Gaule capped off an excellent performance with a try followed by a successful penalty to close out the game. Although Clondalkin left about 20 points behind them through

a combination of poor and unlucky finishing, the result was never truly in doubt and the newly-awarded Leinster Club of the Year now have a Leinster final appearance against Ashbourne to look forward to on Sunday, April 27. T he venue for the final will be confirmed in due course. Clondalkin 2nds XV: T McGrath, J Kenny, C McCrea, K Cullen, C O’Connor, C Tighe, N Finlay, J Dunne, J Murphy, K Horan, R Fitzgerald, D Gaule, C Kelly, S Cunningham. Subs: K McMahon, T McGratten, L Sweetman, A Tyndall, L Beresford.

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Tower’s U-8s show skills in trio of matches  

Round Tower’s Under-8 girls continued their development in ladies football last weekend when they faced Castleknock and St Maur’s at Monastery Road. On the day it was intended to field two Round Tower teams against St Maur’s two

teams, whilst also hosting Castleknock against St Maur’s third team. With 22 Round Tower girls turning out, the coaches fielded a third team against Castleknock. All the Tower’s girls played 40 minutes each over the course of the matches, which they managed with aplomb. It was only their second outing

as the Under-8s team but this was not reflected in the quality of football. Many of the team have come up through the nursery system and are supporting the younger and less experienced teammates, hence improving their own skills and those of their team mates.

Round Tower: Maia Ezan, Abbie Hollowed, Fiona Jack-

son, Sadhbh Keane, Emma O’ Brien, Maria Byrne, Ella O’Sullivan, Emily Giblin, Amelia O’Sullivan, Abbie Fitzpatrick, Aoife Robertson, Layla Lawlor, Holly Redmond, Abbie Mc Evoy, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Shonagh Byrne, Aishling McGrattan, Abiagail O’ Brien, Aoife Billings, Eabha Brady, Emma Gilvary, Katie Kinsella and Eva Doherty.

football: local side bounce back from losses

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to 11.30am and is delivered in a fun

who fail to pay membership before

environment to allow children learn

March 31 will not be covered by the

the skills of football and hurling.

insurance scheme and not regis-

Please contact Catherine Moran on

tered with Croke Park. No such play-

087 8303 207 for more information.

er shall train or play with any team until membership has been paid.

Bingo is on every Tuesday night, first call 8.30pm.

The annual night at the dogs will

The club shop is open in the club

take place on Friday, May 2 and we

every Monday night from 7.30 to

are now appealing to local busi-

8.30pm. Please call Betty Ward or

nesses to support this vital fund-

Catherine Moran direct if you have

raiser through the following means:

any particular enquiries on 087 675

Sponsor a race €300; Double page

2238 or 086 830 3207 respectively.


Round Tower’s bounced back from a brace of defeats to claim a valuable league win against Erin’s Isle in Finglas

Tower’s get back to basics in league win AFL division 2 Erin’s Isle 0-14 Round Tower 0-19 

Round Tower’s senior footballers got their season back on track with an assured performance against Erin’s Isle that saw them find their range in front of the posts to secure their highest scoring total of their AFL 2 campaign to date. In spite of losing influential full forward Jason Philips to a knee injury at the very start of the match, Round Tower’s were undeterred and his replacement Michael

Walsh stepped in to provide a valuable replacement. In spite of keeping pace with Isle in the opening exchanges, the home side went on a run of scoring, firing over seven consecutive points having established a foothold in midfield. However, Tower’s got their game back in order and began to provide their full forward line with good ball which they converted into a run of their own in the run up to half time, and the sides went in at half time with the visitors a single score in front. Walsh won a lot of ball

and his pace provided the platform for their resurgence, and together with Mark Taylor created the scoring opportunities for Cathal Carty, Ciaran Corrigan and Derek Murray in the full foward line. Tower’s started the second half in the same vein as they ended the first, scoring the first four points of the second half. Isle came back to within two points, but Murray’s block, coming through the defensive line to stymie a certain goal chance lifted morale and Tower’s gained the confidence to power on to victory. Claiming these points

is vital to the Tower’s footballers season, and manager Caimin Keane says that his side has been working to reverse a dip in form that has cost them two defeats to Cuala and Fingal Ravens after a promising start to the campaign against Naomh Mearnog. “Our performances dipped, in spite of the effort being there in training. But we have worked hard and tweaked a few things, and we were delighted with scoring 19 this week. We want to move on from there and work on our goal-scoring as well.”

Membership is now due for 2014. We

and Colm Hickey on the birth of their

encourage all members to renew as

baby boy, the latest addition to the

soon as possible by following the link on

Lucan Sarsfields family.

our website. We particularly extend

There were wins at the weekend for

an invite to parents and guardians of

our CCC2 hurling teams. Our U-16As

our juvenile members to consider one

put on a great display against Chroa-

of our family options. All players up

bh in from of a home crowd and came

to U-21 are now included in the family

away with a one-point victory. Ear-


lier, the U-13s prevailed over Skerries

Places are filling up quickly for our

Harps and St Jude’s. Go Games last

Easter camp from April 22 to 24. This

weekend focused on football the U-12s

is open to all in the Lucan area and is

had good wins over Na Fianna and St

great value for just €30. Registration

Pat’s, with the U-11s taking on Cuala

details on our website.

and Templeogue. Our U-10s were also

Congratulations to of U-14 ladies

in action against Templeogue com-

football Feile team who reached the

bined with an away trip to St Jude’s.

semi-finals on Saturday. A great day

The U-8s hosted Ballinteer on our all-

was had by all.

weather pitch and the U-9s were in

Congratulations to Aoife McKelvey

action against Cuala and Crumlin.

westmanstown/garda The intermediates were unlucky

The nursery is taking a time-out on

to go down to Scoil Ui Chonaill by one

Easter Saturday but will be back in

point in Westmanstown last Saturday

action on Saturday, April 26 and every

evening in Division 3 league fixture. The

Saturday thereafter (until further

final score was 2-10 to 0-15.

notice) from 10am on our all-weather

The junior league fixture against

facility at Westmanstown. Thank you

Robert Emmet’s was postponed. There

to everyone who contributed to the

are no fixtures next week due to East-

boy’s Feile fundraising event on Sat-

er weekend. Men’s training continues

urday morning.

at the normal times.

Well done to the U-14 girls who par-

The ladies season got off to a good

ticipated in the annual Dublin Feile

start with a home win last Wednes-

event. Many thanks to the team men-

day night in a league clash against St

tors, players and parents and kit

Jude’s on a 5-11 to 5-7 score.

sponsor Astra Marketing for making

If you are interested in joining the Gaels to play football, hurling and/or

it a day to remember and a big thank you to the hosts, Naomh Mearnog.

camogie (boys and girls from five to

The Gaels GAA Skills Easter camp

16), contact Declan Jennings at 085

runs from April 22 to 25 from 10am to

800 6101.


GazetteSPORT all of your clondalkin sports coverage from page 27-31

back on track: Round Tower’s senior footballers get back to winning ways with victory over Erin’s Isle P31

APril 17, 2014

twice the player: The busy sporting life of Cecelia Joyce in hockey and cricket P29

Collinstown denied their big day  Nathan kelly

Collinstown FC’s FAI Junior Cup dream was cruelly ended on Saturday night at the hands of Limerick side Ballynanty Rovers through the dreaded penalty shoot-out. With the game level at a goal apiece after 90 minutes and extra-time, the lottery that is penalties was the only way to separate the two sides in Jackman Park, who gave everything throughout the tie. Anthony McCormack’s first half opener for Town was cancelled out by David Dunphy on 75 minutes, before Rovers keeper Stephen McNamara pulled off heroics in the shoot-out with

three outstanding saves. In the aftermath of the game, GazetteSport caught up with Collinstown chairman Stuart Goodall to reflect on the game. “Obviously, we are disappointed not to be going to the Aviva,” he said. “But our day will come, I have no doubt about that. We have gone out in the cruellest fashion possible but the players gave everything and more for the jersey as always, we just came up against a keeper who had one of those days. “The journey we have been on in the competition is over for this year but with the massive support we received from our own supporters and also from all the other clubs, we will have

many more big days out.” Goodall himself gave a significant speech to the players prior to the game, hoping to inspire the win that would have taken them to the final in the Aviva stadium in May. He told the players to give everything for the club, just like the clubmen did who passed away during the past year. Men like Mattie Carpenter, who Goodall recalled, reminded him to make sure the club lotto’s were in, even in his final days. It proved not to be on the day, but Goodall reflected on how well the team have performed this season so far: “We sit in fourth in the AUL Premier A, we were beaten in the semi-finals of the biggest cup in junior football in Europe

with the youngest squad in the league so it has been a good season. We have unbelievable young players in our squad and will strengthen in the summer, so the future is very bright for Collinstown FC. “I just want to thank everyone who travelled to Limerick, the noise and atmosphere created will remain fondly in our hearts forever.” In what will now be the first year in seven that this side does not land silverware, the challenge for Kevin Carroll’s squad for the closing stages of the season will be to cement that fourth-place spot, which will be a significant achievement, given their poor start to the first season in the AUL’s top Ian McNeill in action for Collinstown FC in the semi-final league.