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(right) was happy to join in the fun when members of Discovery Gospel Choir called to the bustling street recently. Blending the sounds of Irish, American and African Gospel music, the choir is celebrating its tenth anniversary, with its Dublincentric fusion of heavenly sounds to be used for maximum effect at its upcoming concert, Home, at Christchurch Cathedral on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm.

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No joy for commuters as toll bridge stays put Council votes for East Link charge to be kept, despite some reservations

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COMMUTERS who had hoped to see the back of the East Link toll should keep their change close by as Dublin City Council voted to

keep the toll, despite efforts by some to remove it. The toll will remain in place under the ownership of the council once the current concession agreement lapses on December 31, 2015. At

a recent council meeting, 24 councillors voted to keep it, while nine voted against. Voting with caution to keep the toll, Clontarf councillor Deirdre Heney (FF) said the council had to

be careful not to make it a “cash-making exercise”. Cllr Larry O’Toole (SF) voted against it, saying: “We need to give citizens a break”. Full Story on Page 2

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The East Link toll is here to stay despite efforts by some city councillors to see it removed once its contract ends at the end of 2015. The toll scheme at the East Link Bridge will remain in place when it returns to Dublin City Council at the end of 2015. The bridge has been under the ownership of a Concession Agreement which lapses on December 31, 2015. During this month’s Dublin City Council meeting, 24 councillors voted to keep it. However, not everyone was keen, with nine councilors voting against it. Voting with caution to keep the toll, Clontarf councillor Deirdre Heney (FF) said the council had to be careful not to make it a “cash making exercise”. “I wouldn’t like us to be at a loss by abolish-

The toll scheme at the East Link Bridge is set to remain in place when it returns to Dublin City Council

ing a toll and retaining a bridge. I think it should be something that isn’t there to make money and it is not looked at as a cash-cow. It should be something there to make sure we are not at a loss,” she said. According to a council report, if the toll was removed it would result in the loss of 22 jobs and a potential income in excess of €4m per annum to Dublin City Council. It would also mean an annual maintenance bill of several hundred thou-

sand euros, a once off cost of circa €850,000 to remove toll booths and the loss to the local area of €130,000 in community grants. Congestion

Traffic in the area would also increase leading to “congestion in Ringsend and East Wall”, the report added. Cllr Kieran Binchy (FG) said he would prefer to “get rid of the toll completely” and that a new plan could see workers, commuters and residents in the area protected.

Sinn Fein Cllr Larry O’Toole, who voted against it said “we need to give citizens a break” and added that the council needs to be careful not to set a precedent by saying “to raise more capital or money why not put a toll on the North Circular or here or there that is what we are doing here”. He suggested phasing the toll out and those working there will be compensated once it is gone. “I understood these tolls would not continue after the agreement was up – it should be phased

out.” However, Rathmines’ Cllr Paddy McCartan (FG) said more could be done with it. “I saw a proposal suggesting that this link could be linked with the Port Tunnel and you could do a package deal and get out to the airport really quickly. Meanwhile, Cllr Paddy Bourke (Ind) said it will be “hugely beneficial” to the council. Chaos

“We have a situation where the majority of the traffic using that bridge would be coming from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area and I have no intentions of subsidising the people of DL and creating traffic chaos in our city – and that includes the [county] manager as well,” he joked. In recommending the report, the council said once councillors agreed to retain the toll, a tender process will be undertaken to contract an operator to manage the operation of the Toll Bridge. “The contract is to be on the basis of the operator running the toll bridge for a management fee and Dublin City Council retaining the full toll income,” the report


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theatre Music of Edith Piaf goes live

council: new bye-laws designed to simplify rubbish collection

Bin day changes for 44k customers  laura webb

Almost 44,000 customers will see their bin collection day change following new council bye-laws for the city. The new bye-laws, which aim to simplify bin collection, came in to effect on Monday, March 3. There are now new specified days for collections regardless of what waste provider is used. The city has been split into six different districts. Monday collections are in areas such as Harold’s Cross, Terenure, Ringsend and Crumlin, Tuesday collections are in the Cabra, Ballyfermot and Kilmainham area, Wednesday collections will be around the

Finglas, Glasnevin and Santry area, Thursday collections will include Artane, Fairview, East Wall and Clontarf, while areas on Friday will include: Coolock, Darndale, Clonshaugh and Raheny. A seven-day bin collection will be available for those living in the city centre. Hugh Coughlan of Dublin City Council’s waste management services division said: “The fact that several waste collectors now operate in Dublin means that communities were being inconvenienced by numerous bin trucks in their area on a daily basis with resulting difficulties of footpaths blocked by bins, littering and traffic

issues. These bye-laws will ease these problems considerably.” Dublin City Council’s waste management Services held talks with domestic waste collectors as part of the process to determine the collection days. All waste collectors are currently informing any customers who will require a change to their collection day. About 44,000 customers will see their collection day change as a result. The public are now being encouraged to check their collection day through a Dublin City Council map: http:// Documents/domesticwastecollectiondaysbyarea.pdf

Let them eat cake: Charity grub for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland pictured are newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna and comedian Mario Rosenstock at Dublin’s Queen of Tarts cafe recently to brush up on their baking skills ahead of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s (ABI) annual fundraiser Bake for Brain Injury which takes place from March 10-16. ABI Ireland is calling on people to host a Bake Break at home, in their workplace or in their school during Brain Awareness Week to help raise funds for its nationwide service. ABI Ireland provides community-based neuro-rehabilitation services and advocates for the 13,000 people who acquire a brain injury every year in Ireland. Register to host a Bake Break at or call 01 280 4164. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

French Chanson performer Jeannette Byrne returns to Chancer y Lane Theatre for her No Regrets – The music of Edith Piaf show. Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf, Jeanette performed No Regrets which features well-known and not so well-known songs of Piaf’s. It also features music from other composers who were discovered or owed much of their success or start in the music world to her. Jeannette returns for the second instalment of her residency at Dublin’s Chancer y Lane Theatre. Tickets €15 online at or €20 at the door.

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Opinion ‘Faceless terror’ of cyberbullying

Have your say in how we protect children THE recent tragic case of a young man who died after participating in the online “neknomination” game has brought the issue of responsible use of the internet to the fore. Keeping young people safe online or when using various mobile technolo-

gies is a common worry for many parents across Dublin. Online bullying and harassment are other relatively recent phenomena that many young people have to deal with. Cyberbullying, in particular, is a faceless terror which can lead to

innocent victims being exposed to sometimes horrific and manipulative behaviour, with bullies hiding behind a veil of online anonymity. The pace of technological change in this area is staggering. In the space of a decade, social networking websites have fundamentally altered how we interact with each other. Young people today now have Facebook, WhatsApp, and SnapChat, among others [such platforms] to interact with each other. In the overwhelming number of cases, this is not a cause for concern – the technological advances of recent years are extremely positive, and our children are tech-savvy from an early age. Many parents trust that their children are using these sites appropriately, and if they are exposed to any bullying, that they will notice this from their son or daughter’s behaviour. However, the fact remains that parents have little or no means of monitoring or controlling their children’s social media use. A major study published this month into patterns of online activity among young people in Ireland made a number of key findings on the adverse impact related to use of social media and other mobile technologies.

Findings The Net Children Go Mobile report found [among its findings]:  More bullying of Irish youths takes place across a variety of internet locations than happens faceto-face;  One in five Irish children say they have been bothered by something on the internet in the past year;

Pat Rabbitte: “A valuable opportunity for people in Dublin to contribute to the debate on cyberbullying”  Some 35% of Irish girls aged 13 to 16 have encountered some form of harmful content, such as hate messages. The question then arises: what can we do to provide a measure of regulation of the internet that balances the need for safe and appropriate use of the internet to protect vulnerable groups with a user’s right to freedom of expression? To say this is a challenging area for policy makers is something of an understatement. To date, sterling work has been undertaken by a number of my ministerial colleagues to tackle this complex area. My Labour colleague, the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, has allocated €500,000 to fund anti-bullying initiatives, including those targeted towards cyberbullying. In December, I established the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group – an expert panel designed to provide policy direction as to how we can combat the advent of harmful conduct – and content – online. The group is currently running a public consultation process which is seeking views from individuals, particularly young people, into how we tackle this nationwide issue head-on.

The consultation is a valuable opportunity for people in Dublin to contribute to the debate about cyberbullying and the deadline has been extended to mid-March, in order to accommodate as many points of view as possible. Feedback from the process will feed directly back into the expert panel, who will then report back to me in May with a number of recommended actions. I am therefore encouraging people across Dublin to submit their views to the expert panel before March 18, and together we can work towards developing a safe and open platform for online communication in Ireland. Submissions can be made via post or online, and more information can be found on the Department of Communications’ website at ie. It’s important that we as legislators understand the extent of the challenge facing children and their parents. We need to start taking children’s online safety more seriously – now is your chance to have an input.  pat rabbitte Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

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poolbeg Councillors’ vote to scrap project ‘makes no difference’

Incinerator plan hangs in limbo  laura webb

The Poolbeg incinerator project has not been scrapped despite a vote by councillors to abandon the multi-million euro plan. At this month’s Dublin City Council meeting, a motion by local councillors to abandon the Poolbeg incinerator was carried. However, county manager Owen Keegan says such a vote makes no difference as there are outstanding EU complaints which are set to be dealt with in the near future. During the meeting, Keegan said: “I appreciate the enthusiasm to abandon this project but is not as simple as that. As it is, we have invested about €100m. The cost of terminating the project is

going to be somewhere between €100 and €150 million. “No decision has been made by me or other mangers to proceed with the project. We are not in a position to make that decision because there are still two outstanding EU complaints. There is a prospect that those complaints come against the council at which case the project will fall,” he said. “When those two complaints are addressed, when the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), which is a Government appointed agency that reviews all PPP projects to determine if they represent value for money, then I would propose to bring the full business case and the report of the NDFA to this council. We will then have a full and open dis-

cussion. There is no point convening a meeting now because there is too much uncertainty. “If it doesn’t clear those two hurdles the project is abandoned and we will realise a loss…that is pretty much a disaster. Either way this is a very difficult project,” he said. When asked by Cllr Nial Ring (Ind) if there was a plan B for this project the county manager said he did not propose to consider a plan B until they have dealt with this plan. “We have to deal with this either, proceed or abandon this project.” Speaking to the City Gazette, North Inner City Cllr Christy Burke (Ind) said the vote to abandon it meant “jack s**t”. “We didn’t get the audit report – the full report. He [the manager] agreed to look

The Poolbeg incinerator project has not been scrapped despite a vote to abandon the multi-million euro plan

at the report and issue it out to councillors and they will make judgement. In fairness he inherited this poison chalice from [former DCC county Manager] John Tierney so he is being careful and very legal. “I am against this incin-

erator going in. “We will be in a better decision to get a comprehensive review on where it is going once we get this report. I agree with him, to abandon this you are costing the taxpayer €150 million and we have paid enough.

“It hasn’t been abandoned. It is the manager’s call – an executive decision. “I am willing to wait the extra mile rather than cost the taxpayer another €150 million but I certainly want what is best for this city,” he said.

music Evening of spring in song The Dublin Unitarian Church continues its Spring Journey 2014 series with an evening of song and music later this month. The second installment of the three-part event takes place on March 28 at 8pm. A Tip of the Hat – The Songs of Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer and more, sees performances by singer Benjamin Russell, accompanied by David O’Shea on piano. The season finishes on May 9 with the exquisite sound of Pat Goldrick on guitar. This series is in aid of the Dublin Unitarian Church’s Organ Restoration Project, which is currently under way. For further ticket info see:

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don’sdublin Plant yourself in the Gardens this spring A visit to the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin is always worthwhile, and sometimes you may even get a surprise. In fact, when I was last there I had a few surprises – the place never disappoints. They were founded by the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in 1795 to “promote a scientific approach to the study of agriculture” something that has been expanded to include conservation, education, science and, of course, recreation. At present, they hold in excess of 15,000 plant species from around the world, and it is a home to over 300 endangered species, and at least half-adozen that have gone extinct. Built between the 1840s-1880s, the magnificent glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House, received the Europa Nostra excellence in conservation architecture. And it was in the latter that I had my first surprise. I opened a door into the tropical area and almost stepped on one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers. I had put my foot on a plaque to Ludwig Wittgenstein who, while spending the winter of 1948-49 in Dublin, often sat here – the warmest place in Dublin! There is much for visitors to see and enjoy, particularly the rose garden, herbaceous border, alpine yard, arboretum, alpine yard and the pond area. And it was down there that I came upon my second surprise – the recently unveiled sculpture What Is Life? by Charles Jencks. It celebrates the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick. Watson, who attended the unveiling, said that he was inspired to study chemistry after he read Erwin Schrodinger’s essay What Is Life? And surprise, surprise the great Austrian scientist was, in fact, living in Dublin when he wrote this famous paper. So, if you go down to the Gardens today you could be in for a big surprise!

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luas Majority of accidents at traffic lights tree week:

planting highlights

Lord Mayor has got green fingers

Transdev, Luas operator, is appealing to motorists to “slow down and to stop amber gambling”

Motorist are urged to stop ‘amber gambling’  laura webb

Motorists across the city are being asked to stop “amber gambling” when it comes to crossing Luas lines as the majority of accidents are at signalled junctions. Last year, 38 incidents between trams and motorists were recorded with the majority of these at traffic lights. This week, Transdev, Luas operator, is appealing to motorists to “slow down and to stop amber gambling”. According to a Luas spokesman, this kind of behaviour not only sees motorists risking their own lives but the lives of

“many others”. “There is also the consequence of disrupting the service for periods of time preventing Luas passengers from getting to and from work, school, college and elsewhere on time,” the spokesman said. The majority of incidents have been recorded on the Red Line and mostly in the city centre between the Heuston Stop and Busaras Stop. “The reason there are more incidents on the Red Line as opposed to the Green Line is because over 95% of the Green Line is on dedicated right of way. Sixty percent of the Red Line is segregated,” the

spokesman added. The main cause of the accidents last year, which were all categorised as minor, was motorists breaking red lights or amber gambling. “Even in areas where there are no traffic lights motorists can be casual and our appeal is to be more alert and watch out for the tram,” the spokesman continued. Advice

Offering advice to motorists to prevent collisions and obstructions he said always stop at red traffic signals; always check rear and side mirrors before changing traffic lanes; do not enter a yellow box junction

marking unless the exit is clear and never drink and drive Last year there were 30.5 million passenger journeys with 17.21 million on the Red Line and 13.30 million on the Green Line. Meanwhile, between January and December 2013, the number of public order arrests on Luas totalled 677 with May having the highest number of arrests at 81. Those arrested for threatening personnel numbered 129 and arrests for threats to the public were 70, while there were 35 arrests for racial-provocation over that year. All arrests and prosecutions are made by gardai.

National Tree week kick starts with Dublin’s Lord Mayor showing off his green fingers by planting an oak tree in Ranelagh. Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn (Lab) highlighted the extensive tree planting within Dublin City by planting the tree in Dartmouth Square Park. The annual week-long festival is on until March 8 and is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council. This year’s theme is Sound of Trees and it aims to promote tree planting throughout Ireland. During National Tree Week, Dublin City Council Park Services gets involved with local schools to carry out tree planting events in school grounds and local public parks and open spaces. Any school that wishes to get involved can contact the gardener in the local public park or e-mail For further information on events during tree week, please visit www.

Art exhibition celebrates 21 years  laura webb

The National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin

Alex andr a College will showcase The Hermione Art Exhibition to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the annual event. The exhibition was first shown to complement the Hermione Art Lecture which was established in 1896 following an endow ment in

memory of Hermione Fitzgerald, fifth Duchess of Leinster, a dedicated supporter of the arts and of the college. The exhibition has now become an anticipated event in the school calendar. Each year it features work by some of Ireland’s finest emerging and established contemporary artists, including members of the Royal Hibernian Academy and

Aosdana. The exhibition runs from March 25 to March 30 in the college and is available for public viewing from 11am to 6pm on Tuesday to Friday and from 1pm to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Alexandra College is located in Milltown, Dublin 6. For further information, contact the school on: 01-497 7571. Meanwhile, eight students

from the school have been nominated for the Excellence Award Competition with the Leinster School of Music and Drama. The Excellence Award is a competition run by the music school every year. 150 students from around the country are nominated to compete in the semi finals in July, held in Griffith College.

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Major leak over the weekend

Brown water reported in city A number of city residents reported brown water coming from taps when water returned after a major leak over the weekend. According to the water division of the Dublin City Council, some residents had reported the discolouration of water once it had returned. A major leak on a 1,000mm diameter watermain off James’s

Street occurred on Friday February 28 before it was fully repaired on Monday, March 3. “As a result of the reconfiguration of the network Dublin City Council received a number of reports of brown water. This discolouration is remedied by allowing the taps to flow for slightly longer until the discolouration disappears,” a council spokesper-

son said. “Dublin City Council would like to thank everyone for conserving water over the weekend and disruptions were kept to a minimum throughout the city over the weekend. gives simple tips on how to conserve water without having an adverse impact on lifestyle,” the council spokesperson added.

Senator David Norris is currently battling cancer but hasn’t the “slightest intention” of retiring

people: Senator in fighting form in seanad

No retirement in sight for Norris  laura webb

Dublin’s feistiest senator says he is fighting fit and hasn’t the “slightest intention” of retiring any time soon. Senator David Norris is currently battling cancer and is undergoing treatment at St Vincent’s hospital which he said is going well for him. “I am continuing treatment and it is being monitored the whole time. They are very pleased.” The founder of the James Joyce Centre, Senator Norris praised the work of the staff at the

hospital and the support he has been getting from around the country. “I am ver y grateful and very lucky and I can’t speak highly enough of the people in the hospital and the people all over Ireland. I think I have about 400 get well cards, mass cards, saints I have never heard of. “I have had Jewish friends praying for me. When I was in St Vincent’s, there was a lovely little man who used to come around with his family and we used to have a little gossip. He was Muslim, so I was

included in his Islamic prayers as well. I am in good form and I am in fighting form, battling it in the Seanad.” Despite undergoing treatment, the former presidential candidate continues to work hard in the Seanad and will continue to battle for its reform. Determined

“When Enda Kenny was going to abolish the Seanad, I said you will not get away with it and I am telling you this – I am going to be standing in the next Seanad election. We are now deter-

mined to reform it. “I have been campaigning for the last 27 years for reform of the Seanad, and every government has voted it down.” Norris as founder of the James Joyce Centre, is writing an introduction to a special collectors edition of his short story, The Dead, from Dubliners. “I was the first person to examine all the manuscripts of Dubliners because they were hidden away in an American university and nobody bothered looking at them.”

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Dublin City Gazette journalist Laura Webb with snooker player Ken Doherty

Managing directors of Dublin Gazette Newspapers Mary Leane and Michael McGovern

The staff of Dublin Gazette Newspapers celebrating the launch of the new Dublin City Gazette, which took place at the Mansion House last


Dublin City, here we come


HE stars came out at the Mansion House on Dawson Street recently to help launch The Dublin City Gazette. Snooker player Ken Doherty, Love/Hate’s Mary Murray and former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan joined a number of politicians and Gazette staff to wel-

come the city edition. Lord Mayor of Dublin City Oisin Quinn (Lab) and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte both made speeches describing the positive effects that the paper will have on the capital.

Gazette photographers Conor O’Mearain, Ronan O’Sullivan, Cathy Weatherston, Geraldine Woods and The Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn delivering the opening speech at the launch

Margaret Brown

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Editor of Dublin Gazette Newspapers Mimi Murray with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) and DGN sports editor Rob Heigh

Thursday, February 27.

Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan and Cathy Weatherston

Labour Party colleagues Emer Costello MEP, Lord Mayor of Dublin CIty Oisin Quinn and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte

Eileen Leddy and Mary McGovern

Gardai Noeleen Byrne and Eamonn Lynch

Q102’s Blue Crew Danny Gallagher, Vanessa Byrne and

Photographer Cathy Weatherston and Mary Murray

Andrew McGuirk

of RTE’s Love/Hate

Olympian Kenneth Egan with Tatum Rooney, direct ad sales manager, DGN

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Barrister Kevin Callan, BL, gave one of the speeches

Jacqueline Collopy, of Trilogy Technologies, and Fiona Sheehan, BL. Pictures: Conor O’Mearain

Tea and toast served with business advice


HERE was a great attendance of business leaders and entrepreneurs from all across the city at the inaugural support and networking breakfast held by The Dublin Business Club recently.

Held at the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Centre, there was a strong emphasis on legal issues, during the inaugual meeting, with the benefit of expert advice from Peninsula, a law consultancy firm.

With some excellent advice and focus on shared issues, as well as the opportunity to network with other businesses, the inaugural meeting was hailed as a great success by the range of decision makers and attendees.

Neil Davitt, of Phelan Prescott & Co

There was a great attendance at the inaugural meeting of The Dublin Business Club

Martin Toomey, Definitive Fitness, and Declan Byrne

Tony Kerins, Peninsula

Lorraine and Careena Galligan, of Galligan Beauty,

Business Services

with Mary Kay Sheehy, of Suite 7 Cosmetics

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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: man who opens doors opens up to the gazette


A day full of hellos and goodbyes  natalie burke

His face may be familiar to shoppers on Grafton Street, but for ‘Ciaran the Concierge’ – the doorman at one of Dublin’s most iconic stores – meeting and greeting tourists and celebrities is all part of the job. Whether he is meeting a regular customer, shaking hands with a famous footballer, or hearing the stories of visitors to Dublin, Ciaran says that no two days are ever the same when working as doorman for such an iconic store. Meeting so many people requires energy, which is why Ciaran always starts his day with a hearty meal. “I always have breakfast before coming into work and it would most definitely be healthy,” he says. “I would have muesli with sesame seeds, flax seeds and blueberries and two egg whites too.” His work day starts at 9am, where his role ensures his charm is the first point of contact any customer makes with the Grafton Street store. “My starting day in our iconic store begins at 9am and we close at 8pm in

catch some of the hottest new styles at a pop-up shop in a monkstown restaurant A STYLISH new pop-up shop featuring clothes by designer brand Style Ikon is due to appear at Monkstown’s Seapoint Restaurant on March 9. Seapoint Restaurant, one of Monkstown’s favourite neighbourhood eateries, recently underwent a stylish refurbishment and for the first time ever will be holding a chic, boutique-style pop-up shop.

the evening usually. It’s very interesting work. People I meet often tell me their stories, especially American or English tourists who visit. ----------------------------------------

‘I have met lots of famous people here including actors, sports personalities and visiting politicians’ ----------------------------------------

Ciaran the Concierge


“Sometimes I meet people who have worked in the store in the past who come back to visit, or people who used to live in Dublin and moved away. People always remember this iconic store was once on the far side of the street, and would have shopped here for generations.” The part of the job Ciaran remembers the most is when he meets someone famous. “I have met lots of famous people here including actors, sports personalities and visiting politicians. Some would be coming in just to shop but others would be here to officially


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No two days are ever the same for doorman Ciaran

launch an event.” Ciaran says he always takes his breaks, and likes to eat in the staff canteen during lunchtime. “It’s an excellent canteen with great food so I would have something different everyday.” When he greets his last customer of the day, Ciaran says he likes to drop by

the gym on his way home. “I go to the gym three times a week, and one night a week I like to go to the theatre or to see a movie.” “When I get home after that, I like to watch television before going to bed. My favourite thing to watch is documentaries on either the History channel or the Discovery channel.”

Collection The collection at Style Ikon includes clothing, bags, scarves and shoes with a focus on classic, elegant and timeless pieces from Italy, France, Spain, Brazil and South Korea. There will be a complimentary glass of wine for patrons as they browse through all the ontrend spring/summer 2014 collection from international designer Style Ikon. For further information on the show, as well as the restaurant’s delicious dishes, see

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dublinlife Writing is on the wall at festival in Smithfield A MULTI-PURPOSE festival is taking place at the Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, this March 9. Mu ro (Ital i an for “wall”) Mini Fest will include a variety of activities such as clothes swap, DIY and craft market, mini movie screenings, a live painting performance, live music, workshops, art installations and DJ sets. The event will start at 12pm and run throughout the day. Its organisers, The Muro collective, hope to create and promote culture and art in a way that is accessible to everyone.

The collective previously organised the Muro Street Art Event in Dublin, which resulted in many of the murals that are currently visible around the Smithfield area. There will be a market consisting of up to 35 stalls selling all manner of hand-made crafts, accessories, fanzines and more. Workshops include screen printing, printing and drawing, while live music will be provided by Brand New Switcheroo, Sinead White, Twin Headed Wolf and Peaks. For further information about the festival,

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help fairtrade to make a real difference FAIRTRADE continues until March 9 with Dubliners being asked to support the international Power of You campaign and choose Fairtrade goods when doing their shopping. The campaign, which was set up to raise awareness of the importance of trading fairly worldwide, was launched a week ago with international Fairtrade representatives, Alfredo Ortega and Alex Flores, joining Cllr Michael O’Sullivan (Lab, the Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn’s representative) to raise Fairtrade flags high over the Liffey. T his international annual event focuses on the challenging work that Fairtrade workers face. Positive news in Ireland reveals that Bewley’s Fairtrade coffee sales have risen by 9%. As well as coffee, campaigners continue to work on endorsing Fairtrade coffee and chocolate, and this year’s campaign focuses in particular on Fairtrade bananas and flowers. You can play your part in promoting the campaign by making that special effort to buy

One of the colourful murals that have brightened up the area around Smithfield Square in the city centre

products with the Fairtrade mark. To find out more about the campaign, see www.

head to the docklands for fine food, beer ENTERING into its third year, the Irish Craft Beer and Food Market in Dublin’s Docklands is due to set the city alight this St Patrick’s Day weekend. Teaming up with the St Patrick’s Festival, the market will feature at the CHQ Building on George’s Dock from Thursday, March 13 to Monday, March 17. This year, the market will see more than 50 local craft beers and ciders, as well as a selection of Irish whiskey and food stalls. Organisers promise this year’s market will be better than ever, and attendees will be treated to traditional Irish music entertainment as well as being able to mingle with Irish artisan food producers such as

chocolatiers, fudge makers, cheesemongers and bakers. The Irish Craft Beer and Whiskey Festival opens on T hursday, March 13 from 5 to 10pm, and from Friday through to Monday, from 12.30pm to 10pm. Admission is priced at €5 after 6pm, and all weekend (including bank holiday Monday).

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brian’s choice: stroller or golf clubs? IT’S nice to see that Brian Ormond has his priorities right. Tweeting last week alongside a picture of a fabulous white car, he said: “Stroller won’t fit in the car but the golf

clubs do”. The Diary wonders what his wife, Pippa O’Connor, will think about that? Many new parents find the stroller too big for the boot, but The Diary wonders if Pippa will be swinging for Brian after this cheeky tweet! (T here won’t be much time for golf now, Brian!)

The picture of a fancy white car that Brian Ormond tweeted last week, leading him to muse that a stroller won’t fit in the boot, but golf clubs will ...

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ESCAPE THE MAYHEM sallyanne clarke: looking after herself for a change

Restaurateur extols beauty of ‘me time’ Each week the Gazette speaks to Dubliners about how they like to unwind in a bustling, busy city. Sallyanne Clarke, of L’Ecrivain restaurant, outlines her salon routine  Laura Webb

SHE is used to late nights and standing for hours on end looking after her hungry customers at L’Ecrivain French restaurant, but if she has a few hours to spare, Sallyanne Clarke, joint owner of the restaurant, goes to the

beauty salon to help her unwind. She says: “Having my fingers and toes done and having a facial, to me, is heaven. I don’t get to do it often enough. “I go to the Beauty Parlour in Terenure. It is a one-stop shop as far as I am concerned, because I can get my

fingers and toes done with Pamela, and then Yvonne does the facial. “If there is anything new on the market, or if she says your skin needs this or that, she will just do it. It’s two hours of heaven.” Sallyanne says that when she goes in for one thing, she usually gets a little bit more done. “When I go in to get a facial, she will do my eyelashes or my eyebrows and I just sit there.

“Or sometimes when I get a facial, she will paint my fingers and toes, and then I just chillax. “You feel like you’ve had a complete day off. You are just so relaxed. If you want a cup of coffee or something, they will get it for you. “Normally, what I will do is I will have my coffee and maybe bring it in with me and just relax. I will try to get as much done as I can, but try to relax at the same time. “They are so easy-go-

Kept busy at L’Ecrivain French restaurant in Lower Baggot Street, restaurateur Sallyanne Clarke escapes to Terenure for some well-deserved “me time”

ing; I have been going there a long time, and they know what I need now,” she says. Not only does she escape the mayhem by going there, but she also says it’s like mini-therapy. “ I ’m f r i e n d s w i t h

Yvonne and I will talk to her, saying: ‘You never guess what happened’, or ‘You never guess who we had in’, or ‘Can you believe so-and-so ...’. “It is a form of therapy and it’s only in Terenure – so it’s not far for me.

“It is just one of those salons that you feel at home in; it’s great. “I think if you are somewhere and they make you feel relaxed, it makes it even easier for you to be relaxed,” she says.


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cinema: film’s cast back drag star’s cause

Stag stars show reel support for Panti

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THE entire cast of John Butler’s latest film, The Stag, recently showed their support for “Panti Bliss” at the closing gala of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The stars showed up wearing Team Panti badges pinned to their lapels. Some of the film’s stars added their voice to the ongoing debate over homophobia whilst speaking to The Gazette. Sherlock Holmes star Andrew Scott said: “I think she’s [Panti] a modern Irish heroine, and I think she stands for a lot of the stuff that a lot of modern Irish people stand for.” Asked whether he thinks Rory O’Neill, as Panti, is a good role model for young Irish gay people, Scott said: “I absolutely do, but not just for young gay people – for straight people, too.” Scott also told The Gazette that he believes that those who are against same-sex mar-

riage are homophobic, saying: “To deny gay people the same rights that straight people have is homophobia – end of story.” My Left Foot actor Hugh O’Conor declared that he is also with “Team Panti”, saying: “We’re all in solidarity with her. She’s amazing, and I think it’s a really good cause.” However, actor Peter McDonald, who plays the character, The Machine, in The Stag, had a different outlook on the whole Miss Panti debate, jokingly saying: “I just like all type of panties – lace panties, in particular.” McDonald then went on to say: “I just think he’s [O’Neill] great with the stir he’s caused in the Irish debate about civil rights for everyone. “What I think is that gay marriage is something that shouldn’t even be voted on – it should just be passed through the Dail. I think most Irish people feel that way, and I’m sure everyone will make the right decision,” he said.

The cast of The Stag showed their support for “Team Panti” by sporting Panti badges

Maria Doyle Kennedy on the red carpet at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival recently. Picture: Pat Redmond

love and dictatorship: film traces eliza lynch’s role in latin america

From Cork lass to Paraguay heroine  ian begley

The stor y of Eliza Lynch, a renowned historical Irish figure who is generally unknown in Ireland but enormously popular in Latin America, has come to surface again in an adaption of her life portrayed in a new documentary film by Alan Gilsenan. Born in 1835, the native from Cork left her famine stricken home for Paris where she met and fell in love with the president of Paraguay’s son, Francisco Solano Lopez. Lynch travelled to Paraguay and soon married her lover, who soon became one of the

country’s most feared dictators, starting South America’s bloodiest war. The film’s emotional heart is provided by Maria Doyle Kennedy’s hypnotic interpretation of Lynch, looking back on her life from beyond the grave and confronting her many enemies who branded her an avaricious whore. The film, which was recently launched at the Irish Jameson Film Festival, was attended by Doyle Kennedy and several other special guests, including President Michael D Higgins and Lynch’s great-grandson and ambassador designate of Paraguay to Ireland HE Miguel Angel

Solano Lopez. Speaking exclusively to the Gazette, President Higgins said that Lynch is a “very significant part of the Irish diaspora because she goes from Ireland to Paris and from Paris to Paraguay. Famous

“It’s wonderful that the Paraguayan people are interested in her. She’s probably the most famous person that came from Charleville in Cork.” Ambassador Lopez also spoke to the Gazette who said that he was very happy with Doyle Kennedy’s portrayal of Lynch and the accuracy of the film’s storyline.

He said: “I’ve seen the film and I’m extremely happy with it. I saw it when it first premiered in London. Let me say this bluntly – I couldn’t think of a finer greatgrandmother for myself. “She is the single most famous Irish woman ever to have landed in Latin America. I don’t include the US because there were very many Irish immigrants who became very famous, but in the space between Mexico and Argentina no one comes close to her. “The film will also make people aware of who she is. This lady in her own right is a national hero in Paraguay. She’s honoured in our country

because she became so much a part of it.” Fascinating

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello also attended the JDIFF premiere of Eliza Lynch and believes that the story of Lynch’s life is “fascinating”. Speaking to the Gazette, he said: “I deal with a lot of places like Latin American countries and the story here is a fascinating one – an Irish woman who was a hero in Paraguay – a country that we don’t have much trade with, but a country that has a long connection with Ireland – much of it forgotten.”

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features making it work: the challenges of a life in politics

The labours of love and a love of Labour Once a month the Gazette will speak to a well-known couple, and ask, how do you make it work?  laura webb

Working alongside your partner can be a tough challenge for most, but when you’re in the public eye, it can make it even more challenging. This month the Gazette speaks to one of Ireland’s leading political couples, Emer and Joe Costello. Emer first set eyes on her future husband Joe when he knocked on

her door. At that time she was sharing with her then roommate. Not sure about this man who stood before her asking for her friend, who was the secretary of the local Labour Party in Drumcondra, she wouldn’t let him in. “Who are you? I asked and I said I better check [with my friend] that he was alright before I let him in. So I went back in and checked with her

– and it was alright,” she giggled. At that stage, Emer was not a member of the Labour Party and it was only later that she joined when she was looking for permanent work. “I went to see a guy in FAS and he looked at my CV and said you know Birmingham is closer to Dublin than Cork is. I said excuse me – are you telling me to leave the country? He said I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t give you all the options. That was it, I said give me the application form I am joining

[Labour],” Emer said. The two started to work together at that stage and bought their home on Aughrim Street in 1997, they later married in 2003. Asked what it is about the community of Stoneybatter, Joe said: “It is a great spot. It’s a real village. It is the real village of the northside and there is a great buzz to it. It’s a really nice place to live.” Both teachers at one stage, they are now both prominent political figures with Emer an MEP and Joe the Minister of State at the Department

One of Ireland’s leading political couples, Emer and Joe Costello

of Foreign Affairs. They both separately served as councillors on Dublin City Council and Emer was Lord Mayor of Dublin between 2009-2010. Emer now spends four days of her week abroad but modern technology has kept them in contact with Skype playing a major role for them staying in touch.

If not discussing political and community matters, the two like doing everyday “couple” things with Joe saying he does all the cooking, however this is hotly contested by Emer. “I do the cooking, when we get home. I do the cooking, when we wake up. I do the cooking. I pretty much do it all. I put on the kettle and

pour out the corn-flakes,” Joe said. Disagreeing, Emer said: “No, I do all the nice cooking, he makes a good fry-up.” I’s easy to see that they are both very passionate about their work and even more so about each other – showing that combining work and a personal life is manageable.


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Karen O’Hara, one of Bank of Ireland’s new mobile mortgage managers for Dublin

service: bank brings its business to you

Mortgages made easier with new mobile service “Mortgages anytime, anywhere” is the new mantra from Bank of Ireland as it launches a mobile mortgage manager service across the country. The bank will now come to you at a time of your choosing, even at weekends. It also offers a 24-hour promise in many cases where it commits to get back to customers on their mortgage application within 24 hours. Customers can even start their mortgage application process online using the two-minute form. Karen O’ Hara, one of the bank’s new mobile mortgage managers for Dublin, said: “Bank of Ireland realises that buying or moving to a new home is one of our most important life events. “People move house for a variety of reasons,

and these can range from outgrowing a house or apartment to hankering after a different location, or even downsizing after kids have flown the nest. “We understand that today’s customer is timepoor but still wants the personal engagement with a trusted adviser when it comes to making such a big financial decision. “I’m keen to give this [Dublin] community greater access to a bank that is very much in the business of supporting customers through the [mortgage] process, whether that’s at the weekend or in the evening.” This flexible customerfocused service, together with a €2bn fund available for mortgage lending, underlines the fact that Bank of Ireland is very much open for business. The bank is providing

approximately four out of every 10 mortgages across the market and says it is lending in all segments, from first-time buyers to movers to buy-to-let customers. It also has options for Bank of Ireland customers in negative equity, or those who are on a tracker rate. People can also apply to borrow to improve their homes from a new €75m fund launched following the home renovation incentive announced as part of Budget 2014. The campaign comes against a backdrop of greater activity in the house-buying market. Last year marked a turning point for Irish residential property prices, with CSO figures showing the property price index up 6.4% year-onyear to December 2013. Rental costs have also increased, and in many

cases, the bank’s customers are finding that buying is more cost-effective than renting, says the bank. A recent rental report from property experts Daft showed that the average rent in Ireland was now €865 per month, and much higher in Dublin – this is significantly higher than the monthly repayment for an average first-time buyer mortgage taken out in the same period. Karen also said: “Firsttime buyers and movers continue to make up about 90% of residential property purchases, but we’re also seeing buy-tolet investors returning to the market. “Demand in the housing market is recovering, underpinned by improved economic outlook, positive demographics, pent-up demand from renters and significantly improved affordability.”

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Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

Bord Gais Energy Theatre: Vincent Simone gets set to take Dublin by storm

The lord of the dance  Laura Webb

He danced his way into our hearts with his cheeky personality on Strictly Come Dancing then he swapped his dancing shoes for the jungle and we got hooked. Now Vincent Simone is back doing what he does best and taking Dublin by storm through dance. The Gazette caught up with Vincent just before he started his show – Dance Til Dawn – with dancing partner Flavia Cacace. When asked if he was ready to chat Simone says: “I was born ready – that is what I have been told.” Confidence is definitely not something he lacks and it shines through

in his dance moves. He has been dancing since the age of eight. “I did my first competition when I was 10 and I loved the feeling of winning. I love entertaining people,” he said. In anticipation of entertaining Dublin, he said the show is definitely something for the whole family and believes “you don’t have to be a dance fanatic to come and see the show”. “It’s a combination of lots of different dances. We have lots of ballroom, we have lots of Latin American and we have, of course, Argentinian tango. We wanted to show that we can do so much more. “We also have musical dancers… they do all these crazy things. There

is a story too, a really funny story – it is a comedy drama and we have amazing actors, the best singers ever so it is a show full of talent.” Working with his dance partner, Flavia, for the past 19 years, he says they now “dance like one” which is what sets them apart from others. If he is not dancing on stage, he is on the TV but his time on Strictly is still up in the air. “We don’t know yet. I hope the door is still open. We just need to make a decision,” he said. As for his appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, he is glad he did it and is not as frightened of things as he was before. “I just wanted to do something

out of my comfort zone and just be me, myself and this was the perfect opportunity”. He also met some ver y good friends. “I met some amazing people like, Kian Egan, we are all very good friends. “I am hoping he will come to the opening night. In fact, I will contact him and see if he is around and also, Nicky Byrne, because he did strictly as well. Hopefully at least one of them will come and see me,” he said. Dance Till Dawn is at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre running each night until March 8 – see for further ticket details.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Sparky, a one-year-old Lurcher cross. This handsome young boy is full of energy and has a real zest for life. He loves to play, especially with football and tennis balls and thoroughly enjoys his long walks where he can experience the world around him. Sparky would relish an active home where he can get plenty of physical and mental exercise, preferably without cats and kids. If you think this fabulous boy would make the perfect forever friend, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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GREEN hats and Irish dancing shoes at the ready, our national day is almost upon us and to celebrate all things Irish, this week Gazette Style brings some of the best Irish designers to life. One store that brings the best of Irish fashion to dedicated followers every day is Kilkenny, so we had a little look on what it has on offer. Collections vary from established designers as well as up-and-coming Irish labels. It also offers a range of styles, so whether it’s a walk in the park, a day at the races, or just a night out, there is something for every occasion – and

knowing they are all home-grown designs makes them even better. Here are just a few of the Irish Designers available at Kilkenny Shop … Fee G is a Dublin-based label founded by Fiona Healy and Don Gormley. Now in its second decade, Fee G has made a name for itself on the fashion scene, here and abroad, with a loyal and growing customer following each season. Based in Co Louth, Niamh O’Neill was voted Fashion Designer of the Year 2013 at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. The rising star has worked alongside the biggest fashion names in the industry, such as Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano, Philip Treacy and Martin Grant. In 2012, she returned to Ireland to launch her

own label. Offering affordable and beautiful jewellery, Blaithin Ennis combines unusual material from around the world to make stunning wearable pieces. Her designs are each hand-made in her studio in south-east Ireland. Meanwhile, jewellery designer Sabine Lenz, who owns Enibas with her husband, Len Lipitch, designs her jewellery with a passion and love that reflects the environment it was made in – the beautiful south-west coast of Ireland. So, why not celebrate the best of Irish with the Kilkenny Shop by visiting your local Kilkenny store? Alternatively, see

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TanOrganic even has a glove to help create the perfect tan for Irish skin

Get the perfect tan


WITH Irish skin comes fake tan, and one Irish businesswoman making a living out of being Irish while loving fake tan is TanOrganic founder Noelle O’Connor. This entrepreneur has seen her product pack shelves here and abroad, and when Gazette Style met her recently, she was about to take TanOrganic to the other side of the world – Australia. She said: “We will have a few days to ourselves, but then it is work, work,

work trying to promote the product. It’s an exciting time for us.” TanOrganic is the only eco-certified tan product in the world, and even their packaging is ecofriendly. There are a number of products being produced by TanOrganic, including TanOrganic self tan (original) €19.99 – use this product with TanOrganic’s own glove, which conveniently has a thumb instead of one big mitt. This product gives the perfect au-tan, allowing you to build up the shade

rather than turning you into a tangerine queen after one application. Then there is the tanning oil. What is great about this one is that you don’t need a mitt, all you do is put it on like oil and then just wipe your hands with a baby wipe after. This product smells delicious with a citrus fragrance. This is also the world’s first self-tanning oil. €24.99 For further information on all TanOrganic products, see w w w.

Help for our Celtic skin SKIN care experts La Roche-Posay have thought of the Irish when making their first daily SPF30 care, Rosaliac CC, for sensitive skin. This product covers and corrects redness in one single step, combining instant coverage and dermatological correction to cover redness and correct flaws. It has a perfect balance between BB creams and corrective make-up, for a flesh-toned natural shade – ideal for Celtic skin, which is prone to redness and flushing. When left untreated, repeated This model has a perfect Fee G flower dress for spring, priced €234.95

redness can result in broken veins on the skin. Many Irish skins suffer from this condition, yet it goes untreated. Rosaliac cream gets to the source of redness and soothes and protects the skin while covering superficial redness and uneven skin tone. This product has a balanced texture, which is infused with thermal spring water to help glide onto skin. Its smooth, refreshing and non-greasy texture locks in hydration for up to 12 hours. RRP €22.50. Available in pharmacies nationwide.

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Spend some time on a white sandy beach Barbados

Savings offered on a selection of far-flung locations LONG-HAUL travel specialists Tropical Sky are offering savings on a selection of far-flung exotic locations across selected dates in 2014. If Thailand has been on your must-go list for some time, why not travel to the elegant four-star Kantary Bay Hotel? Located just a short drive away from Phuket’s bustling town centre, the hotel features two rooftop pools and all rooms have their own private balcony. At €799pp, you can spend eight nights (B&B) at the resort, travelling between April 16 and July 31, when booked by March 19. Price includes return flights from Dublin. Alternatively, why not spend seven nights at the four-star Eden Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka between April 1 and 30, for just €1,089 per person? The luxury resort is set just a short walk from the Indian Ocean coast, with three restaurants and two bars on-site. Price is based on two adults sharing a room on a B&B basis, with return flights. For further information, see www.tropicalsky. ie, or call 01 664 9999. .

The Gullfoss Waterfall is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Inset: Fuerteventura provides an all year round sunny climate


Getaway for Easter  NATALIE BURKE

THERE’S no denying that when it comes to Easter, we all go a little overboard on chocolate. But for those of us who fancy something a little more expensive, perhaps it’s the perfect time to look for a mid-season getaway. Whether it’s a cultural visit to Iceland’s capital city or a well-earned break on the beach, picking your destination is easy with plenty of options to choose from this year. It’s known for its breathtaking and magical landscape, as well as its shopping, dining and natural wonders, but with Travel Department, you can visit Iceland this Easter for three nights for just €579. Travel on April 15, 22,

24 or 25 and stay in a three-star hotel for three nights. The price includes return flights, guided transfers, a half day guided tour of Reykjavik, a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and a full day guided excursion to the Golden Circle tourist route. Travel Department are also offering seven nights in a four-star hotel in Madeira, on a half-board basis from just €799. Travelling on April 13, visitors are treated to a host of visual treats, with green terraced mountainsides, dramatic rocky landscapes and picturesque villages as well as the allimportant warm climate. Alternatively, jet off with Travel Department on either April 9 or April 29 and discover some of

Portugal’s best loved locations. From excursions and rich culture to sandy beaches and good food, visit Lisbon, Setubal and Sesimbra from just €529. For more details on Easter breaks or to book, visit w w or call 01 6371600. Whether you are looking to just relax on a beach soaking up the sunshine or planning an exciting family getaway filled with child-friendly activities, also have a range of great value sun holiday packages to kickstart the summer just in time for Easter. The Algarve attracts thousands of Irish holiday makers every year, thanks to its golden beaches and attractive rugged coastline. The area

is well known for its outdoor sports activities and the ideal spot to wander through markets and sit at a pavement cafe. Seven nights in the Algarve, staying in a three-star hotel, starts from only €131 per person. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation, return flights, and taxes and charges, departing from Shannon Airport on April 5. Alternatively, travel to the Algarve on April 6 departing from Dublin, from just €145 per person. are also offering great value Easter breaks to Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands. With its location based off the coast of Africa, it’s one destination you can

count on having an allyear round sunny climate. Depart Dublin on April 8 and spend seven nights in Fuerteventura on a selfcatering basis from just €248 per person. Price includes return f lights, seven nights accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Next island over is Lanzarote, famed for both its weather and its scenic volcanic landscape, where you can stay in a three-star resort on a selfcatering basis from just €369 per person. Price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation, taxes and charges, departing Dublin on April 9. For more information, Easter breaks or to book visit or call them on 01-2412389.

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art: abstract artist’s work at IMMA


Great Scott exhibition celebrates late master  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

IMAGE Space Light is a grand retrospective of the recently deceased pioneer of Irish abstract art, Patrick Scott. So panoramic is the exhibition that it is showing in two separate venues – one in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Kilmainham, and the other in Visual Centre, in Carlow. T he Gazette went along to the IMMA show, which opened the day after Scott died on February 15, where this half of the show covers the early part of his career, from 1944 to the early 1970s. It is seldom that something truly powerful occurs in the course of a working week, but those seeking an almost spiritual artistic experience can be guaranteed that they will be strongly affected by this retrospective. It is remarkable to see the versatility of Scott’s work, from his first stylised images of lollipopshaped trees and geometrical shapes to more organic, very biological works, which tell of an artist deeply in love with life and all living matter.


‘Pat was a very gentle and discreet person, but very sure of what he wanted artistically, and he applied the same attention to everything he dealt with’ --------------------------

Christina Kennedy, curator, Patrick Scott Image Space Light exhibition


The Gazette spoke to the curator of Image Space Light, Christina Kennedy, about Scott and the exhibition. She said: “I first met Pat when I worked with him on another retrospective he was showing at the Hugh Lane Gallery, which ran in 2002. “I worked very closely with him then, when he was a sprightly 81-yearold. He was a very gentle and discreet person, but very sure of what he wanted artistically, and

he applied the same attention to everything he dealt with, including his architectural drawings. “He applied the one philosophy [to all his works], and although he wasn’t religious and thought religion incited hatred, he espoused love, warmth and friendship,” said Christina. “He didn’t make any statements about his art – he left it to the beholder to decide. His background in architecture was a constant influence in his work, with geometric lines, grids and structures repeated again and again. “Pat went into architecture because in the 1940s people weren’t encouraged to become artists, but his love of essential forms came through in everything he did. “He is considered to be the first Irish abstract painter, but he was ambivalent about that title. He used all forms in nature, but abstracted them, distilled them and concentrated them. “Pat loved pattern and repetition, and in the early paintings, he used leaf patterns and railings



Dancers showcase some of their moves from the production

A Magnetic new treat  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

The late Patrick Scott, often acclaimed as the first Irish abstract painter

to great effect; although they seem child-like, they are deliberately naive. “The paintings really address you, and immerse you in them. They’re very frontal, and you have to give them time, especially his gold leaf works which people were very reticent about at first,” said Christina. Christina also spoke to The Gazette about Scott’s death coming on the eve of the exhibition’s opening. She said: “There will be no funeral, as he donated his body to science. However, I was at the wake, and IMMA will hold a memorial to Pat in April, to which everyone can come. “He was such a quiet but continuous presence in Irish art, and he was

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greatly admired by all artists here for the quality of his intention and his continuous recalibration of line and space.” Patrick Scott Image

Space Light continues at IMMA in Dublin until May 18, and Visual Centre in Carlow until May 11, and admittance is priced at €5.

IRISH Modern Dance Theatre is touring nationally with its new show, Magnetic, from March 20 until May 14, stopping off at Civic Theatre in Tallaght and Axis in Ballymun along the way. Choreographer John Scott is taking the company on the crosscountry tour. The new production, Magnetic, is an explosive piece, made for five dancers, and is described as a movement symphony in which each dancer pushes to achieve new levels of perfection. Dancers Philip Connaughton (a Ballymun native, and one of Ireland’s leading male dancers) joins Kevin Coquelard (who recently graduated from the Paris Conservatory) to dance with Magnetic, having wowed audiences recently at the Abbey Theatre with Scott’s other work, Actions. They are joined by Dublin-based dancers Sara Ryan and Rebecca Reilly. John and the cast will also give postshow talks after each performance. Magnetic comes to the Civic Theatre in Tallaght on March 21, and to the Axis in Ballymun on April 4. Tickets cost €15 and €12, and are available from, and


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Quick lunch in Dublin 2

Chameleon chef and proprietor Kevin O’Toole says he is thrilled to receive the accolade

Best 100 guide gets nine new entrants Nine new Dublin entrants have been announced in the McKennas’ Guides 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland. The guide has been published this year as a Smart Guide with McKennas’ Guide owner Sally McKenna saying: “It’s not quite an App, not quite a book, so we believe the best name for our new digital publications is simply Smart Guides as they combine our reputation for vividly descriptive prose, our experience and knowledge of Ireland’s culinary culture, and offer this with an easy to navigate interactive functionality.” New to the guide in Dublin are Brother Hubbard, Cleaver East, Rasam, Skinflint, The Pepperpot, The Wild Goose Grill, Vintage Kitchen and M & L Chinese Restaurant. Also included is Chameleon in Temple Bar, a restaurant that has been operating for 20 years and is known for its creative Indonesian cuisine. Proprietor and chef Kevin O’Toole told the Gazette he is thrilled to have received the accolade. “It’s not easy to be named as one of the best restaurants in Ireland, far from it. Sure, we’ve been working on this for quite some time and have worked damn hard to get recognised. It’s all about being passionate about what you produce from start to finish and that includes offering great customer service too. It’s very much about the experience. “We’ve been here 20 years this year and consistency is essential. It’s also about evolving, growing, never standing still and only using the best produce that our wonderful island has to offer. Other essential ingredients are stubbornness, self belief, a great team and a sense of humour. “John and Sally McKenna have created the essential list of whose who in Irish food for which they should be applauded. “Myself and Carol are honoured to be among that group,” he said.

Taste Cafe on South

William Street is a welcoming place with plenty of choice on the menu

The Picky Eater A quick lunch usually fails to impress me. I’m always watching the clock, conscious of the fact I need to be back at my desk within the hour. I find myself berating the staff, thinking don’t they know it’s lunch. Does it really take 20 minutes to make a sandwich? Luckily I have found a few decent ones within minutes walk from the office and they usually deliver in terms of taste and service. This week The Picky Eater checks out a few near Grafton Street.

Taste Cafe on South William Street is a welcoming place with plenty of choice on the menu. Salads, sandwiches and nibbles are all hearty in size and service is generally good. My fave, the falafel tortilla with a delicious pico de gallo sauce is very good. It comes with a reasonable salad and the plate looks inviting. However it isn’t cheap for a quick lunch, costing €8. They have a selection of very nice pastries and cakes and coffee are good. I especially like the out-

side dining area, which is great for a spot of people watching and is always busy. Staff are on the ball and always remember my face, a nice touch. Hatch and Sons located in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green have recently been recommended by the New York Times. In said newspaper, the writer purveyed the wonder that is blaa, a soft white roll from Waterford. Whilst these small morsels are undoubtedly tasty, I thought taking 35 minutes to make a plain sau-

Cafe Togo offers a large selection of soups and sandwiches and also a good coffee

Hatch and Sons offers plenty of tasty treats

sage blaa was a bit much. It was also gone in about four bites and I was still hungry afterwards. My husband’s spiced beef, coolea, onion relish and rapeseed mayo blaa was much more substantial and delicious. The place is bright but the service definitely needs some tweaking. Blaas cost between €5.50 and €5.90 but there is plenty more on the menu in the way of salads and hot dishes. Cafe Togo on Clarendon Street offers a large selection of soups and sandwiches and also a good cup of coffee. Its homemade veggie

soup has plenty of lentils in it making this a really hearty dish. There are plenty of fillings on offer and a sandwich of choice and soup costs €5.95. Not bad for a fast lunch smack bang in the heart of the city. Staff couldn’t be nicer and are speedy, just what’s needed at lunch. There is nothing that this Picky Eater hates more than seeing a waiter or waitress dragging their heels. Having been a waitress for many years, I know that prompt and friendly service equals a healthy tip and a smile costs nothing.

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in harmony: from secret love to main stream music

Sanctified success assured for St Vincent  ROB heigh

We hate it when our loves become successful. When your best kept musical secret becomes something close to a main stream hit, you know the universe is about to catch up with something you have kept dear and it’s not quite as cache and vital to you as it used to be. Or so goes the hipster manifesto. However, when the likes of The National and St Vincent keep making the kinds of records that maintain what was utterly special about themselves and their music and reach infinitely more people as a result, only a charlatan would begrudge them the kind of success they are presently garnering. With The National delivering the peerless and continually compelling and revealing Trouble Will Find Me last year, and touring to ever increasing numbers (see their recent gig at the Sydney Opera House as an indication of the kind of devotion they have from their fanbase - com/watch?v=l3qS7 hKoOR4), the ball was squarely in St Vincent’s court to hit out of the park with the new music she has delivered on her new self-titled release and mimic The Nation-



with Q102’s Rebecca Lee

The only way is up for Brendan O’Carroll It seems the only way is up for my buddy Brendan O’Carroll! It’s been announced his hit TV series will be made into a cartoon series. The cast are set to record their lines for the animation in front of a live audience this summer. It’s not yet known whether it’ll be recorded here in Dublin or in London. Funny man Brendan is currently on tour with the cast and crew in the wonderful land of OZ. We love you Brendan!

The Arctic Monkeys are still celebrating following their win at the Brit awards in London. The Indie rockers are popping the champagne after they won best album. Other winners included Bruno Mars and Lorde who scooped Best International Male and Female, while Ellie Goulding won Best British Female. David Bowie also got a shock when he won Best British Male, while Bastille were left near speechless when they won Best British Breakthrough Act.

I was rather surprised to hear Kian Egan’s teamed up with his wife Jodi Albert for his upcoming solo album. Apparently the lovebirds sing together on one of his tracks. The pair also co-hosted Daybreak for a Valentine’s special, so clearly they must enjoy working together. The King of the Jungle’s set to release his debut album here on March 14. St Vincent has delivered unique melodies and rhythms on her new self-titled release

al’s inexorable rise. Clearly bouyed and filled with even more confidence on the back of the experience of working with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne on their joint release, Love This Giant, and the accompanying tour that saw the two perform shows across the world and play each others songs as well as those they created together, Annie Clark has borrowed some of the motifs of the collaboration – the brass instruments and sound textures – and blended them with her unique skills with melody and rhythm that delivered so much on

her previous release, Strange Mercy. From the stuttering electro-funk of opener Rattlesnake, reminiscent of Remain In Light Talking Heads in its use of rolling R&B, there even more belief in the music that Clark is putting out before the world, with each successive track showcasing an aspect of her many talents. Birth In Reverse is a guitar-driven angular pop classic in the making, while the tempo drops on Prince Johnny for a heartfelt, falsetto vocal. Lead track Digital Witness kicks with the brass underpins from the Giant project, but

a d d s e ve n m o r e o f Clark’s trademarks – the killer chorus, the shredded, distorted electronics I Prefer Your Love is another slow burning soul number, and features a melody line straight out of the David Bowie back catalogue – listen out for it – while Regret ups the pace for a Liz Phair-esqe indie rocker. Closer Severely Crossed Fingers is a har psichordant love letter and a perfect end to perfectly balanced record. St Vincent is infectious in the sense that it’s impossible to resist going back and seeking

out its weird little corners and twists under the electronic quirks and rumbles. But shot through the centre of the record like Blackpool rock is the lovely, melodic strength of purpose that Clark has always had, but never so compellingly and crossover-appealingly. This should be the record to break St Vincent onto a wider stage, and as she tours Europe and the US in the coming months, word of mouth and radio play should see her break new ground and reach even more potential converts to the venerated church of Clark.

Piers Morgan’s US TV show is to be axed following falling ratings. CNN’s set to call time on Piers Morgan Live as viewers drop in their droves. Piers’ has had a rocky time since he took over from Larry King in January 2011. Perhaps the former Britain’s Got Talent judge should stick to what he does best? CNN say the date of the final show has yet to be decided. It’s rumoured Piers is now being considered for Celebrity Big Brother.

Shrek lovers everywhere will be delighted to hear that a fifth Shrek movie is on the cards. DreamWorks has confirmed there’ll be another chapter in the hugely successful animated series. It’s been confirmed that most of the original Shrek voice actors Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy are all on board for the fifth instalment.


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Neeson hits new heights LIAM Neeson continues his unlikely but impressive transformation into an older action hero, with NonStop (Cert 12A, 110 mins) seeing him, as a frazzled air marshal, facing plenty of problems on a long-haul flight. With the promise of regular on-board murders unless – in a shocking twist – someone gets paid lots of money – Liam gets very angry indeed as he tries to find and stop the villain.

the lego movie

Still building lots of fun LEGO continues with its subtle march to global domination, one brick at a time, with The Lego Movie (Cert G, 100 mins) building on its diverse range of products in recent years. An all-star cast sees the cleverly-animated CG film deal with the mundane realities of life as a small, plastic figure ... with added support from God, Batman, Abraham Lincoln and other Lego-tastic figures.

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Celebrating loadsamoney POOR, misunderstood masters of the universe (bankers) get the Marty Scorsese treatment in The Wolf of Wall Street (Cert 18, 239 mins). Lead Leonardo DiCaprio turns in another star roll as some of the worst excesses and over-indulgences of Wall Street – based on a true story – get covered in style, in a retro-flavoured film that resonates strongly with audiences today.

Fans of muscle-bound lunks trading over-stylised blows in a heavily-filtered variety of computer-enhanced battlefields are in for a treat. However, everyone else ...

300: rise of an Empire: violent, macho film is relentlessly disappointing

Blood, death and tedium WHEN Zack Snyder’s 300 stormed our screens in 2007, it was a uniquely stylised action film, impressively bringing the pages of Frank Miller’s dark comic book series to life by telling the story of the Spartan king Leonidas’ fatalistic stand against the Persian king Xerxes at the Battle of Thermopylae. Seven years later, and we are finally being treated to a sequel in the form of 300: Rise of an Empire , this time with Snyder leaving the director’s chair to be filled by the relatively unknown Noam Murro. With the potent blend of visual styling, mytholog y, and machismo that drove the first 300 already well-established, the time seems ripe for 300: Rise of an Empire

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to offer us something new. Focused on the story of Athenian commander Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), 300: Rise of an Empire forms a parallel narrative that overlaps the events covered in the first film. As Leonidas and the Spartans are busy facing insurmountable odds, Themistokles is faced with the equally daunting task of defending Athens against the naval wing of Xerxes’s invasion, led by Artemisia (Eva Green). Green excels in her

role as the literally blood-hungry general, who is the real power behind Xerxes’ throne. But, while Stapleton tries, Themistokles is never convincing or compelling, though much of that failure seems to rest on the fact that Themistokles is written as a particularly vanilla character – especially in comparison to Gerard Butler ’s offscreen (but very much in-memory) Leonidas. While the original 300 featured regular violence, the sequel takes things to a completely different level. Unf linchingly visceral from the outset, 300: Rise of an Empire makes clear that it is a film that will be focused on violent action and, for a short while, the action is impressive.

However, the incessant exposure to slowmotion blood-drenched deaths ver y quickly leads to tedium. There may be rivers of blood but there’s very little depth, and no novelty. Here, it q u i c k l y becomes apparent that there is just not enough going on in terms of plot to maintain interest, and excessive violence and nudity are relied on in an attempt to carry the film. While that’s a recipe that means the

film is bound to find success with a certain demographic, it is disappointing when you consider how things might have played out with a stronger story, considering how the original 300 managed to be innovative, impressive, and – above all else – interesting. In the seven years between the films, we have seen releases that push the boundaries of how violent action is used in film. 2011’s The

Raid showed how choreographed martial arts could be reinvigorated and used in mind-blowing ways, and 2012’s Dredd utilised technological advances to impressive affect (while also making much better use of Lena Heady). 300: Rise of an Empire is one to watch at your own peril. At its highest points, it manages to be a mediocre action film, but its more frequent lower points may lead you to feel as if your intellectual capacity is being actively diminished.

Verdict: 3/10

As the Athenian commander Themistokles, Sullivan Stapleton is regularly upstaged by the CG graphics and virtual sets in this somewhat-late (and even more violent) sequel to 300

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Opel’s new Extreme star is fully revealed With over 300hp generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, the Astra OPC Extreme will be the most powerful frontwheel drive Opel ever when it’s unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Extreme is the lighter, more powerful street-legal race sibling to the current Astra OPC. Shorn of 100kg, thanks to liberal use of highquality carbon components, the Extreme’s natural environment will be the race track. This highstrength, ultra-light material is used for the aerodynamically-optimised rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, bonnet, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Opel plans a low-volume production run for the Extreme. With direct injection and variable camshaft phasing, the Extreme’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the most powerful four-cylinder unit Opel has ever produced. The all-aluminium engine is mated to six-speed manual gearbox transmitting power through a limitedslip differential. Noticeably lowering the Extreme’s centre of gravity is the in-house manufactured carbon fibre roof which weighs just 2.6kg, compared with a steel roof’s 9.3kg. The

The Opel Extreme is the lighter, more powerful street-legal race sibling to the current Astra OPC

wings are made of aluminium and weigh only 800g apiece instead of 2.2kg in steel. Weight reduction in key areas greatly improves agility, overall handling and the car’s power-toweight ratio. Opel has also given

the Extreme exceptional stopping power to match, with a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370mm diameter discs up front race car. Ultra high-performance, 245/35, 19-inch tyres, specially devel-

oped for the Extreme, also play a key role and give almost as much grip as those on the race car. In addition, the damper is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer. Inside the Extreme, the back seats have been

taken out and a safety roll bar put in their place. Extreme also gets Recaro bucket seats, with sixpoint safety belts from Schroth and a carbonfibre-reinforced, suedecovered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.


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Volkswagen Group Ireland one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces Irish motorists have had a long love affair with the Volkswagen marque, and now it would appear our workforce are equally enamoured of the German brand. The brand has announced that its has been officially recognised as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces 2014. This accolade was presented at the Great Place to WorkAwards in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on February 26. The event was attended by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who congratulated all of this year’s organisations on their commitment to creating great workplaces. Commenting on this accolade, Tom Fleming, human resources director of Volkswagen Group Ireland, said: “We are proud and delighted to once again be recognised among Ireland’s Best Workplaces. We have talented and committed people and our aim is to provide an environment where they can do their best work, receive regular feedback, be recognised and rewarded, and be offered personal and career progression. “We will celebrate this achievement, but we will also continue to look for ways to create an even better workplace because we believe there is a clear correlation with sustainable business success. In 2013 Volkswagen was once again Ireland’s No1 car brand; Audi was the No1 premium brand; Skoda achieved record market share; Seat was Ireland’s fastest growing car brand; Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles were No 1 in vans. The combination of the best people, the best brands, the best vehicles, and the best dealer network is the reason for our success.” Chief executive of Great Place to Work Ireland John Ryan said that this year’s listed workplaces have proven the clear link between high trust and high performance, and are ahead of the rest because they don’t deliver mere platitudes about the importance of their employees to their business; rather, they create a rich culture supported by people practices that ensure higher levels of collaboration, greater input into strategy development and vision shaping, and distributed decision making throughout their population.

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Players from the clubs taking part in this year’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division with Jillian Saunders, SSE Airtricity, at the launch of the league at the Aviva Stadium last week. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

soccer: league of ireland set for exciting new season

DSDAC athlete Sinead Denny followed up her successful 2013, where she claimed silver in the 2013 championship and represented Ireland at the European team championships with gold in the 400m at the AAI National Indoor Championships in Athlone.

O’Neill lauds the importance of H TEAMof the MONTH domestic football at FAI launch REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joined players, managers and officials from all 20 teams for the launch of the 2014 SSE Airtricity League season at the Aviva Stadium last week. O’Neill, who was preparing for this week’s 3 International Friendly against Serbia, spoke of his footballing roots in the Irish League and praised those involved in the SSE Airtricity League for their valuable contribution to the game. “As someone who played

domestic football in Ireland I understand the importance of the domestic game and congratulate all the managers and players here today for the tremendous work you are doing to develop Irish football,” said O’Neill. The SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions commence on Friday, March 7, and a total of 330 league and play-off games will be played in addition to matches in the FAI Ford Cup, EA Sports Cup, President’s Cup, Setanta Sports

Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Among the highlights of the new season will be the return to the Premier Division of Athlone Town after an absence of 18 years, the debut of Galway Football Club and the introduction of a second Shamrock Rovers team which will play in Division 1. RTE and Setanta Sports will also continue their live coverage of matches during the season and RTE has also committed to covering the SSE Air-

tricity League each week during the season through its new football programme Soccer Republic which will commence on Monday, March 10. Prize-money for the 2014 season will be the same as last year with the winners of the Premier Division receiving €100,000. The Premier Division clubs will be playing for a prize-fund of €241,500 with €74,000 being competed for in the First Division and €25,000 in the EA Sports Cup.

collinstown fc Collinstown reached the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup competition for the first time when they defeated Mervue United in a hard-fought encounter that saw the Clondalkin side’s rehearsal of their penalties skills pay off in the shoot-out.


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FastSport Dubs to the fore in Irish schools team: LUCAN Community School’s Darragh Gannon, Colaiste Chiarain’s Maxime Louogum, Rockbrook College’s Jamie McGrath and Ard Scoil Ris man Sean Heaney have all been named in Ollie Horgan’s Republic of Ireland schools squad for this week’s Centenary Shield opening tie against Wales. The Shield campaign kicks off with a double header as Wales play host to the Republic of Ireland at the Rock Cefn Druids FC on Thursday, March 6. There is a quick turnaround as the Republic of Ireland will host current holders, Northern Ireland in the second game of their Shield campaign on St Patrick’s Day in Sligo. This will be followed by a trip to Ashton Gate, Bristol as England play host on March 28. The Republic finish up against Scotland in Tallaght Stadium on April 24 for the concluding fixture in the Shield.

hockey: local rivals reach schools senior cup final on penalties

Andrew’s to face Rathdown 

RATHDOWN and St Andrew’s will showdown in a repeat of the Senior Premier League final as they both made it through the semi-finals of the Senior Cup via sudden death

penalties off the back of 1-1 draws against Loreto Beaufort and High School respectively. In the first of those semis at Grange Road, Lauren O’Leary was the heroine, cleanly slotting home her penalty in

the seventh round of the shoot-out. Loreto had trailed from the first minute when Amber Barnwell and O’Leary had combined to allow Karla Ray to pop home from close range at the second attempt, giving

Rathdown’s Lauren O’Leary netted a crucial penalty

St Andrew’s Rachel O’Brien scored a key equaliser

Rathdown a perfect start. They forced the issue for much of the first half with Steph Burns the driving factor from midfield as the Glenageary school remained one up going into the break. Beaufort regrouped in the second period with Jessica McGirr providing a virtuoso performance. Sarah Nagle was only denied by Sarah Hyland’s last ditch tackle while Barnwell took a McGirr corner shot off the line. Rebecca Andrews nicked the ball off Emily Wright when she was well-placed, too, before the equaliser finally came three minutes from time. McGirr’s thunderbolt was saved by Tanna Tan but Beaufort recovered it quickly, working the ball

to Niamh McLoughlin on the right post where she popped the hall home. It meant extra time and subsequently a penalty shoot-out. Like normal time, Rathdown took the initiative, building a 2-0 lead. Beaufort fought back to level after five rounds but Tan saved in round seven and O’Leary out-foxed Hannah Mullen for the vital score, keeping their hopes of a first Senior Cup title alive. To do that, they will need to overcome St Andrew’s - their conquerors in the Premier League - after they prevailed in a shoot-out of their own. While it was a slightly messy way to go through, Andrew’s were certainly the stronger side during

normal time but their inability to score from any of their nine corners meant they were in danger of missing out. Ruby Keating’s smartly taken goal following some sharp passes in the circle put High School one up in the 13th minute. From there, it was backs to the wall stuff as the excellent Ailish Long denied Campbell on the line while Emer Brennan’s save count ran into double figures. Rachel O’Brien - a Leinster Under-21 player - levelled with 11 minutes to go with a fine solo goal, cutting in from the left wing before powerfully firing home. Sally Campbell then won it in the sixth round of the shootout.

FAI’s Project Futsal gets top award for football education 

Stephanie Roche at the launch of the Aviva Health FAI Primary 5s in Scoil Naofa Aine in Esker, Lucan

PROJECT Futsal, an education initiative developed by the Football Association of Ireland in partnership with the Welsh Football Trust, was named the winner of an AONTAS STAR Award in the nationwide category. The award was given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the project in helping people who are unemployed to return to education and to gain accredited education in the area of sports and

recreation. One of the graduates from Project Futsal is Peamount United’s Stephanie Roche and she could not speak highly enough of the project. “Every module was sports related” she said. “The course gave me great confidence and qualifications to try and get work in the sports sector. I really don’t think I would have got this from any other course.” Roche is now involved with developing girls’ football in Dublin 15 and planning to further her education with a degree

in sports at IT Carlow. Roche is also one of the stars of the Republic of Ireland women’s team and became an internet star last October with a wonder goal for her club against Wexford Youths. The objectives of the programme are to enhance participant’s employability and/or their prospects of progressing to further or third level education. In a busy week for Roche, she also helped launch this year’s Aviva Health FAI Primary School 5s competition at Scoil Aine Naofa in Lucan,

a first time participant in this year’s 5s. The competition for all primary schools will see over 17,000 children compete this year for a chance to play in the All-Ireland Finals at Aviva Stadium on May 28. More information can be found on Roche is pictured at the launch with Republic of Ireland internationals David Forde and children from Scoil Aine Naofa, Esker, Lucan, Co. Dublin, from left, Zara Lawless, Obimidi Solanke, Jamie Kelly and Sophie Goodwin.

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The world his oyster for snooker’s Ken Dublin green baize legend Ken Doherty has seen massive changes in the sport since he first won a ranking title in 1993. We speak to him about his love of the game and where it is going

Dublin snooker star Ken Doherty says that he is as hungry as ever in his third decade at professional level in the sport, one which has radically changed from the game he started playing as a young man in Terenure. A year after the 20th anniversary of his first ranking tournament win at the Welsh Open in 1993, Doherty was back in Dublin after bowing out of the 2014 vintage of the same event, losing out to eventual semi-finalist, John Higgins. Speaking to GazetteSport at the Mansion House launch of the Dublin City Gazette, Doherty was upbeat and looking forward to his next tournament in China this week. “I have great affinity with the Welsh Open. It’s a bit weird going back

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and playing it again after so many years, but it’s just one tournament and you forget [the defeat] in a couple of days, and look forward to the next one.” The next events that Doherty faces are back to back tournaments in China, a territory that has helped to change the face of the sport over the last 20 years. “When I was starting in the 1990s, there might have been one tournament in China,” said Doherty. “But now there are eight tournaments in China and that is rising. It’s massively popular over

there because of the likes of Ding Junhui who is one of the top sports people in the whole country. When you think there are over 1.4 billion people in the country, and he is in the top five or 10 sports people in the while country, it’s pretty incredible.” As a result of the expansion of the sport into new territories, Doherty has seen snooker evolve for the players involved. “We have the luxury of so many tournaments. Before Barry Hearn took over, there were only about six ranking tournaments. We now have almost 20 ranking tournaments which makes a huge difference to us. There is a lot more travelling, and most players are travelling to as many as they can, they can’t get enough of it. But I think it will get to the stage where

Ken Doherty with Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Ken Egan at the launch of the Dublin City Gazette in the Mansion House last week

they can pick and choose which ones they play in. It will go to a money list instead of a ranking list, so the bigger the tournament, the more prize money you’ll win.” Although he travels extensively as a player on the world stage, Doherty remains a proponent of the game at home, and

His career as a pundit and as a radio presenter has taken off in recent years, something that he is delighted to be able to do alongside his day job. “I’m also involved with the BBC and their snooker coverage, and also doing the sports show on Sunshine on a Saturday morning. I love all sports


‘At this stage in my career, I’m enjoying my snooker. I am still as hungry to win as I was back in 1993’ - Ken Doherty --------------------------------------------------------

was recently involved in a TV show for Setanta Sports which showed him the depth of interest in the sport in Ireland. “I did a show on Setanta, Lucky Break, which was searching for up-andcoming snooker prodigies in Ireland. I was surprised to see there was so much talent. We went down to Cork and 65 kids turned up, 95 turned up at my own snooker club in Terenure. I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of talent in the country. There was one kid, aged 12, from Cavan, and he has so much talent. I told him he reminded me of Ronnie O’Sullivan at that age, and that’s how good I rated him. He didn’t win the competition, but his name is Aaron Goldrick, and you should keep your eyes open for him.”

and I love talking about them, particularly soccer. I love talking about them and interesting characters in different sports, and their experiences in their sports. You have to be on the ball, but I absolutely love it. There is a correlation between them all. “ In spite of his other interests and commitments, snooker remains at the centre of Doherty’s focus and his desire to win is undiminished. “At this stage in my career, when I win some good matches, I know there is something good on the horizon. I’m just really enjoying my snooker at the moment. I think that’s the key at this stage in my career. That doesn’t mean I’m not trying to win, I’m still as hungry as I was back in 1993.”


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athletics: cross-country championship sees dublin wins

Pentathlete Coyle calls on women to run for SO Olympic star Natalya Coyle joined Special Olympics Ireland athletes Claire Adams from the Prosper Fingal club and Louise Burke from Navan Special Olympics Club to call on ladies to walk, jog or run the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of Special Olympics, the sporting charity who support people with an intellectual disability. Coyle said members of the public who register to run for the charity will see their money go to good use when the Special Olympics hold their Ireland Games in Limerick this June. Up to 1,500 athletes from all over the country will attend the Games, one of the biggest sporting events to take place in Ireland this summer. If you would like to join Team Special Olympics, you can register online at www. or call 01 891 2000.

Mercy secure senior title with Killester win DCU Mercy’s Division 2 team were the winners of the Ladies Senior Cup final last weekend at the Oblates when they overcame northside rivals Killester from Division 1 in an enthralling game that finished 48-36. Mercy managed to get a foothold in

the first quarter and did not look back, maintaining their advantage to the final buzzer. The match was only one of a host of finals held on the cup weekend which saw Dublin Ladies Basketball Board raising funds for the Marie Keating Foundation. Liffey Celtics were the big winners at the weekend, winning all five of the Under-12 to -16 finals.

Shamrock’s runner Michael Clohisey crosses the line to win the 12km senior men’s race at the inter-club cross-country championships

Locals shine in national run 

MICHAEL Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers AC) shared the spoils at the Woodie’s DIY Inter Club and Juvenile Inter County Relay Cross Country Championships of Ireland in Dundalk IT last Sunday while Dundrum South Dublin AC dominated the team prizes sweeping the board in the junior and senior categories. In the 12km senior men’s race, Clohisey and Gary Thornton blasted into an early lead on the first lap of the 12,000m s e n i o r m e n ’s r a c e . Defending champion Sergiu Cibanu (Clonliffe) found the pace too

severe as he settled into third place. A great battle between Clohisey and Thornton ensued over the six lap course as both athletes took their turn in the lead. Clohisey made a bold move with just over a lap remaining and moved 20m clear of Thornton. The effort proved successful as the Raheny man powered to victory in a time of 39.09. Thornton finished second in a time of 39.19, Cibanu third in a time of 39.34 and John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) fourth (40.12). DSDAC won the team title with a score of 35 points, Clonliffe Harriers AC were just behind in second and Donore Harriers third on 59 points.

bringing the light Pieta charity event launched for 2014 chief executive and founder of Pieta

House Joan Freemand, Electric Ireland’s Jim Dollard and RTE presenter Sinead Kennedy were on hand to launch Pieta House’s flagship fundraiser, Darkness into Light with Electric Ireland, which goes international for the first time this year with events in London and Sydney. Taking place in 39 locations this year, Pieta House is hoping to double last year’s turnout of 40,000 people. To register, visit

On the women’s side, the senior race proved to be the most exciting race of the day with Sarah McCormack, Michelle McGee (Brothers Pearse AC) and Maria McCambridge (DSDAC) battling it out. Marathon specialist McCambridge tried to use her strength to shake off the opposition with all three women running stride by stride for the majority of the 8,000m. McGee made her bid for victory with a lap to go however McCormack and McCambridge dug deep to stay in contention. McCormack made her own move with a little over 300m remaining to sprint to a fine victory in a time of 29.41. McGee dug deep to hold on for

second place in a time of 29.48, with McCambridge just behind in third (29.50). DSD won the team title with a score of 26 points ahead of Raheny Shamrock AC on 31 points and Clonliffe Harriers third on 50 points. In the junior men’s race, there was a great battle for the title between Aaron Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers AC) and Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track AC). Hanlon was always to the fore of the race with Mulcaire tracking every move as both athletes opened up a sizeable gap over the rest of the field. Mulcaire applied the pressure over the final lap to record an impressive victory in a time of 19.46

with Hanlon second in a time of 19.54. DSD won the team title with 29 points, Clonliffe Harriers second on 40 points and Ennis Track third on 55 points. Sarah Miles (Dundrum South Dublin AC) reeled in long-time leader Clodagh O’Reilly to win the junior women’s title. O’Reilly tried her best to shake off the DSD athlete but Miles proved too strong as she coasted to victory in a time of 15.32. O’Reilly hung on for second in a time of 16.00 with Isabelle Odlum also of DSD finishing third in a time of 16.19. Dundrum South Dublin won the team title with a score of 13 points ahead of Clonliffe Harriers (36 points).

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Dublin camogie honoured at awards night 

NA FIANNA’S Michelle Hagerty took the top playing honour at the Dublin camogie awards last Saturday evening in the Jackson Court Hotel as she was named senior club player of the year. The event saw the winners of 2013’s leagues and championships were pre-

sented with their trophies while the club and county players of the year were announced, the clubs of the year (small, medium and large sections) were announced, as well as the presentation of All-Ireland medals to the Dublin junior team. Faughs/Celtic’s Georgina Kelly won the junior county player of the

year, while Hagerty’s Na Fianna club mate Elaine O’Meara was the senior recipient. On a successful night for the Glasnevin club, Cliona McCollough took the shinty player of the tournament prize. Skerries Harps’ Aisling Spillane (senior two), Clanna Gael’s Ann Marie Roche (senior three), Faughs’ Georgina Kelly

(senior four), St Vincent’s Hannah Devlin (senior five), Whitehall Colmcilles’ Orla Ryan (senior six) and Fingallians’ Jenny Byrne (senior seven) were the club player winners. On the club front, Ballyboden St Enda’s were the large club of the year, Cuala the medium-sized and Fingallians the small club of the year.

football: jackies on fire on the road in league

Dublin’s Noelle Healy, seen here in action against Monaghan, top scored for the Jackies against Donegal

Dublin demolish diminished Donegal nfl division 1 Donegal Dublin 

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DUBLIN continued their impressive start to the season when they made it three wins from three, though how much they learned from a 17-point win over a manager-less Donegal side remains to be seen. The Ulster team were dealt a major blow in midweek when Margaret Foy stepped down as team manager, leaving them to scramble with members of the county board running the line for the game.

For Gerry McGonigle’s charges, they got off to a flying start, building a 3-1 to 0-1 ahead within the 15 minutes with goals coming courtesy of Noelle Healy, Lyndsey Davey and Siobhan Woods. Carla Rowe added further to Donegal’s woes when she too raised the green flag for the Sky Blues just inside the 22nd minute. Dublin’s dominance was reflected on the score board with the visitors heading into the dressing room having amassed a 14-point lead at the interval, half time Dublin 4-05 Donegal 0-3. While Donegal battled

bravely in the second half, they had left themselves with an impossible task with Dublin’s superiority on the score board continuing into the second half with the in-form Noelle Healy scoring her second goal of the game. Former minors Margaret Mohan and Molly Lamb made their senior debuts in the game when introduced in the second half but Cuala’s Martha Byrne picked up an arm injury and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. She will miss next Sunday’s tie against reigning league and All-Ireland champions Cork to the capital. Eamon Ryan’s

Cork suffered a one point loss to Kerry today in an enthralling league encounter played in Dingle. Cork will travel to Parnell Park next Sunday intent on returning to winning ways. Standing in their way is a confident and in-form Dublin side. Dublin: H Tyrell, D Murphy, S McGrath, C Barrett, S Goldrick, S Furlong, M Byrne, S McCaffrey, S Finnegan, N Healy, O Leonard, C Rowe, L Davey, L Collins, S Woods. Dublin scorers: Noelle Healy 2-03, Carla Rowe 1-3, Siobhan Woods 1-02, Lyndsey Davey 1-00, Niamh McEvoy 0-01


Captain McCaffrey calls for consistency in league DUBLIN skipper Johnny McCaffrey says the hurlers need to find consistency as they prepare to face Waterford in the NHL this Sunday in Walsh Park. A heavy opening day loss to Galway was countered by a strong win against All-Ireland champions Clare. “Obviously it’s important to get a win this weekend but there’s two or three games left as well,” he said this week. “We just want to get a bit of consistency now. If we can get consistent performances like the last day [when they beat Clare in Parnell Park], we’ll be happy.”

Kickhams ladies section builds on new impetus BALLYMUN Kickhams Under-13 ladies footballers played their first competitive game last weekend as the resurgence of this code continues apace in the club. Thanks to the work

“It just shows it’s down to mentality, it’s not to do with hurling. People would have said you look like you haven’t hurled all winter, or whatever, but it’s to do with mentality. “In fairness, Galway brought a big ferocity to the thing and were very sharp on the day. They were at championship pace and, as somebody said, we were at challenge level pace, which we were. “It’s really just getting the heads right and making sure we’re up for the battle. We said we were against Galway but we weren’t. Against Clare we were, and that was the big difference.”

of Susan Nolan, they have put together a side that took on Craobh Chiarain in Division 6 in the league and while they came out on the wrong end of the result against a more experienced outfit, they were well supported. Their next game is at home on Saturday at 3pm in Pairc Ciceam

against Round Tower Clondalkin. Elsewhere, the club’s Under-10s will perform guard of honour duties for the Dublin ladies against Cork in Parnell Park next Sunday at 2pm, and will also play in the half-time game. For more about the ladies section at the club, log on to

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Byrne sets sights on season success 

JASON Byrne says he is taking things as they come following his eye-catching return to Bohemians, insisting that he is “just going to enjoy my football and everything will follow after that”. The 36-year-old is back for his second spell with Bohs after a spectacular first incarnation between 2008 and 2010, helping the club win back-to-back titles. This time around, he returns to Dalymount with fond recollections of his first spell and is hoping – after a top season with Bray last term – he can play some part in bringing some silverware

back to the club. Speaking to GazetteSport ahead of the new League of Ireland season that gets under way on Friday at the Belfield Bowl, he said the mood is upbeat as they seek to dethrone city rivals St Patrick’s Athletic. “I have great memories of the last time I was here. I was sad to leave but I have great memories of those three years, won a lot of trophies and the league and Setanta Cup and the double as well, and hopefully we will have that kind of success again. Preseason has been going great so far, and it’s great to be back.” He was brought back into the

fold by former Shelbourne and Bohs club mate Owen Heary who is now in the managerial role, a post Byrne believes his is well suited for. “It was a bit strange at first as we played together for many years, and he has been a good friend for many years as well. If he’s half the manager as he was a player and a leader and captain on the pitch, he’ll be a great success there as well.” To that end, he started the competitive season with a goal in the club’s 5-1 Leinster Senior Cup win over former club Bray, adding to efforts from Dinny Corcoran, Steven Beattie and

Andy Mulligan. Their first game in the league against UCD has a bit of bite to it, too. Former Bohs’ boss Aaron Callaghan has taken over as the students’ manager but will not be on the sideline by virtue of a touchline ban picked up last season. The tie kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday. St Pat’s, meanwhile, start their title defence on the same night with an away trip against Cork City at Turner’s Cross. They go their buoyed by Killian Brennan being named the SSE Airtricity League player of the year for 2013 at the Three FAI International Football Awards last weekend.

Bohemians Owen Heary, Jason Byrne and Stephen Traynor

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