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BRIDE & GROOM: We Do ... Have help for your Big Day. Also, meet The Gazette’s wedding finalists. P19-23

Bakery protest ends in victory  LAURA WEBB

A SIT-IN at Paris Bakery has ended after Revenue Commissioners stepped in to wind up the company allowing workers access to the Insolvency Fund. Workers celebrated on Tuesday when a letter from Revenue was hand-delivered to the premises on Moore Street notifying owners of its intention to wind up the company in the High Court.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) who were supporting the workers said this will “allow the workers to access the Insolvency Fund at last”. The 19-day sit-in started when the bakery suddenly closed. Workers have been protesting to get back an estimated €100,000 owed to them in back wages. “As the employers refused to engage, the Revenue Commissioners have now stepped in,” MRCI added.

Match fit: Fans in training for Brazil’s football feast BRAZILIAN supporter, two-year-

old Isaac Kumar from Dublin 8, gets set for the World Cup as he joined in the Brazil Day celebrations at Dtwo Bar, Garden and Nightclub. This was Dublin’s third

Brazil Day at Dtwo, and each year it has attracted over 2,000 people. The crowd enjoyed a range of Brazilian-themed entertainment, including music and samba dancing. Picture: Kifah Ajamiah

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The carjacking of a taxi , in which the driver was assaulted, resulted in the death of one of the men in the stolen car when the car crashed into a pole at Mount Brown. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photo Agency

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More resources needed to combat carjackings

A boost in Garda resources that is supported by increasing street patrols and criminal surveillance is needed to combat the worrying trend of hijackings in the capital. That’s according to Fianna Fail spokesperson for Justice Niall Collins who said the recent spate of violent carjackings is the latest example of criminals in this city acting like they are “above the law”. Since April, there have been seven cases of car hijackings in the Dublin area, the latest at the weekend when a taxi man was injured after two males assaulted him before taking the car. This carjacking resulted in the death of one of the men in the stolen car when the car crashed into a pole at Mount Brown. A man has been charged in connection with this. Deputy Collins said attacks have become

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increasingly brazen, increasingly violent and increasingly indiscriminate. “This is further evidence of the need to boost community Garda resources across Dublin. “Unfortunately, community Garda resources have been completely undermined over the past two years under the former Justice Minister Alan Shatter and we have major gaps in frontline staff within the force. This must be addressed without delay,” he said. However figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that carjackings, hijackings and unlawful seizure of aircraft/vessel have actually reduced over the last

three years. In 2011, there were 62 such cases in the Dublin region and this rose slightly in 2012 to 68 before coming down to 39 reported cased in 2013. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said she “shares the concern” that recent incidents have heightened concerns for all drivers and for taxi drivers and other professional drivers in particular. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, the Minister raised the issue with the Garda Commissioner recently and received a detailed briefing on the incidents. “These crimes are receiving focused Garda attention and all of the recent incidents are subject to active investigations, with detections already made in a large proportion of case and suspects identified in a number of others. “The Garda advice is that there are random

and opportunistic aspects to these incidents but that Garda management is tracking the problem and using its analysts to profile the incidents and suspects.” Despite the high number of incidents over the past two months, the department said this type of offence is rare and that in fact numbers in this crime are reducing. “Notwithstanding recent events, the incidence of this type of offence remains relatively rare, and needs to be seen in the context of a reduction in most categories of crime in recent times, including carjacking, which was down (nationally) by 18% last year,” the department added. Jerry Brennan, general secretary of the National Irish Taxi Association, said car jacking has always been an issue but it has been highlighted over the last few months. “A taxi driver works alone,

they are vulnerable and people know they work in the main with cash, they are an easy target. Brennan said more Garda presence is needed on the capital’s streets to deal with “unsavoury characters” but says a recruitment embargo on the force, that was lifted this year, means they are under-resourced but the real solution is separating drivers from passengers. “The solution is a vehicle that separates the driver from the passengers, such as the black cabs in London, where the driver is separated. “Realistically, I think that is the only way to ensure the drivers’ safety but the problem is that the type of vehicle that has this safety element is expensive.” With an “oversupply” of taxis he said drivers can’t afford this solution. “It’s unacceptable that drivers can’t do anything about it,” he said.

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arts fund

labour: bid to prevent further one day strikes at national institution

€40,000 for local events

Gallery staff set for talks in leave row  laura webb

STAFF at the National Gallery of Ireland are to enter talks with management following a oneday strike action over the removal of seven annual leave days from their contract. A SIPTU spokesman confirmed to The Gazette that management and SIPTU union representatives are due to begin talks from Monday, June 16. A one-day strike took place at the National Gallery on Thursday, June 5, resulting in the gallery closing for the day. The industrial action is in response to their annual leave being reduced by seven days, and a premi-

um rate for St Stephen’s Day being stopped. One staff member, who has been working at the gallery for 20 years, said all staff want is fair days. “We have taken pay cuts, we are working more hours, and now they are trying to hit us again locally. It is a lot of days. We are now at 25 [annual leave days] – we were at 32 – which is the maximum for the public service. “Our average working week is 43 and a half hours a week. In that, we work eight straight days where we have three [days] off, and then seven days where we have three off – that is the rota over three weeks. We are only off one in three week-

ends. “We look after the paintings, the building, hang the paintings and that type of things. “The Labour Court had recommendations, which were non-binding – straight away, the gallery refused our annual leave [request] – we balloted for industrial action, and we balloted for strike action, and both were passed for action.” The staff member said that no one wanted strike action, but that it was the only option left to them. He said they had hoped an intervention would happen before the strike. If talks are unsuccessful, further one-day strike action is likely, according to the staff member.

That’ll dough just fine: The Cupcake Bloke bakes Goodall’s Best Scone The Cupcake Bloke – aka Graham Herterich – has been crowned the winner of Goodall’s Best Scone 2014 competition. He beat nine other finalists through the public votes and judging panel, and received a cash prize of €1,000. Graham is known for his sweet and savoury scones, and the use of innovative and unique flavours, which made his winning entry of a black pudding and apple savoury scone stand out. He sells his baked goods from the Coppinger Row Market on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and also offers bespoke baking for events and weddings. Picture: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

SMALL, locally-based events and festivals have received funding totalling up to €40,000 from the Arts Council. The council announced successful recipients under round two of the Festivals and Events Scheme for 2014. The grants may be used for one-off events or for a programme of festival activities. Dublin-based events include Big Bang Festival (€5,500); GAZE Film Festival (€11,000); Skerries Soundwave Festival Committee (€4,000); An Goilin Traditional Singers Club (€3,000); Bottlenote Music (€4,000); Scoil Sheamuis Ennis (€3,500); Irish Composers’ Collective (€3,000); Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival (€4,000) and Craobh Naithi CCE (€1,750).

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civics New Lord Mayor on key agenda aims heritage:

repairs completed

Iconic Sweny’s Pharmacy – A final Bloomsday? It’s that time of the year again when the bespectacled figure of James Joyce appears in many shop windows as fans and visitors celebrate Bloomsday on June 16. Interest in the great man’s work has increased in recent years, and there is now a week-long programme of events that caters for all interests. On an international scale, celebrations are now held in many major cities, which eventually lead to more tourist interest and the growing opportunities for local actors, writers, musicians to play a part. And, as this year is the 100th anniversary of Joyce’s collection of short stories, Dubliners, there is any amount of events to attend. The big day begins at the Martello Tower in Sandycove and continues in many different venues until late. Traditional breakfasts will be served in Caviston’s and Davy Byrne’s and readings from the book can be heard during walking tours. Many people will be dressed in Edwardian period clothes that add to the colourful atmosphere. Around the town, there is plenty to do with plays, films, sketches, street theatre and much singing to enjoy. But for one group of volunteers, this Bloomsday may be their last. They have maintained Sweny’s Pharmacy (Lincoln Place) for a number of years, but the future looks uncertain. The shop, which dates from 1847, was made famous by James Joyce in his book Ulysses. In the story, Leopold Bloom steps inside and buys a bar of lemon soap and carries it with him for the rest of the day – a lucky talisman. Amazingly, the shop is just as it was in Joyce’s day, an instant reminder of a different time and a living connection to one of the greatest books ever written. Sadly, the shop, a literary, historical and cultural landmark, may be forced to close due to the imposition of commercial rates. I wonder what Joyce would have to say! SOS – Save Old Sweny’s!

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Uncertain future: Sweny’s Pharmacy dates from 1847

Trinity gate is set to return  laura webb

Independent councillor Christy Burke is congratulated on taking office as the new Dublin City Lord Mayor by his granddaughter, Mairead Manning, and his daughter, Sandra Reid. Picture: Sam Boal

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HE’S been a member of the council for 29 years, so it was only fitting that Independent councillor Christy Burke was unanimously elected Lord Mayor of Dublin. The north inner city councillor was first elected in 1985 as a Sinn Fein councillor, but moved to become an Independent councillor in 2009 – a move he said was right for him. “I felt at the time, as an Independent, you have a free conscience in relation to voting, a free conscience in relation to how you want to approach things, and I just felt it was time for me to go. “I didn’t lose my Republican links and Republican ethos and principles – they are still

there, I just felt it was time for me to move over. I must say I get great comfort as an independent, conscious decisionmaker of my own mind,” he said. On being elected, he said: “I was elected unanimously, and that was a great honour because there was nobody opposing. I am honoured.” In his role as Lord Mayor of Dublin for 2014-15, Mayor Burke said there are a “thousand issues” he would like to get sorted, but one of the things he is determined to see happen is a statue of Luke Kelly erected in North Dock. “I am 10 years fighting [for] that and I am going to get it. It will be done, in negotiations with the family.” Two m a j o r i s s u e s he wants to tackle are

homelessness, and housing. “They are married together and I am putting plans together for that. “There is what’s called an economic homelessness – women, men and children in hotels, B&Bs and in overcrowded hostels. It is totally unacceptable. “I want the housing list addressed, but I also want the rent allowance increased and a fixed rent agreement through legislation put in place, because that is part of our problem today. “What needs to be done immediately [is] an increase in the rent allowance and a fixed rate rent – that is what needs to be done to prevent any further families being put out by landlords because of rent increases. That will prevent people from going

homeless. “Then there are 500 units belonging to Dublin City Council boarded up in the city that must be addressed. It is a budgetary problem. I will be speaking to the Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan on this,” he said. In reaction to his new position, residents of the north inner city are more than happy to let him know how proud they are. “It has been unbelievable – throughout the whole constituency it has been a roller coaster of support. People getting out of cars, shaking hands, people getting off buses, there is all of that. “I will do the best I can. I have to do the job now that I am selected and elected to do,” said the Lord Mayor.

A NEWLY restored front gate at Trinity College Dublin will return to its iconic location by the end of this week after it was severely damaged by a car in April. On April 2, the gate was struck by a car and subsequently taken down by craftsmen from the Trinity College Buildings Maintenance Department. The gate, which was erected in the early 1870s to replace the original 1759 gates, was brought to a joinery workshop of Dunwoody and Dobson, specialist heritage building contractors. According to a TCD spokesperson, during its time there matching timber was sourced and the damaged sections of framing and panels were repaired or replaced. T he original door frames are being replaced with new oak posts remade to the same design. Repairs were modified to restore the gate as closely as possible to its original construction. T he spokesperson said: “The surface finish of the remaining timber was stripped back to bare wood and the whole of the gate will be Frenchpolished to complete the process of restoration.” The supervision of the restoration was overseen by a combination of in-house conservation experts from both Trinity’s Estates and Facilities Department, and conservation architect Paul Arnold. The front gate will be re-erected this week by craftsmen from Dunwoody and Dobson.

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pedal power National Bike Week events

Help make Ireland a nation of cyclists  laura webb

Residents are being encouraged to get on their bikes and take advantage of the hundreds of free cycling events taking place across the country as part of National Bike Week. This year’s national bike week takes place from June 14 to June 22. Speaking at a recent launch

event the Minister of State with responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly, said: “Ireland is becoming a nation of cyclists. The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is committed to its continued promotion of cycling as a means to reducing the country’s reliance on the private car. Reducing car use will reduce carbon and other emissions from

transport and will reduce congestion on our roads.” Events across Dublin include: The Bogies Bike fest in John Paul Park in Cabra running for the week and Dublin City Council’s annual Lunchtime City Cycle which takes place on Wednesday, June 18 at 12.45pm. For further information on all the events, see

health: new exercise equipment installed

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Exercising in South Dublin has never been easier thanks to new equipment that has been installed near Sandymount Strand to help locals get fit for free. Sandymount promenade has a high use of walkers and joggers taking in the city sights while getting active and now they have the opportunity to stop and take in some extra exercise activities with six pieces of exercise equipment installed along the route. The equipment, which is at locations on the seafront of Strand Road, was received by the council for free and will have no maintenance cost for an initial three months. According to a council spokesperson the council only paid for installing the equipment. Such equipment is proving quite popular across the city with areas like Clontarf benefiting from it. “It is designed to cope with the vagaries of the Irish climate and is very durable. Outdoor gym equipment is an excellent addition to existing public amenities in the area and has many benefits. These include fitness, health and social discourse. It’s also a benefit that the equipment has been installed by

The exercise equipment has been installed at various locations on the seafront of Strand Road and is suitable for users with varying fitness levels

early June,” the council spokesperson said. The equipment is suitable for users with varying fitness levels. Real asset

Dublin South East TD Kevin Humphreys (Lab) said the installation of such equipment is a “real asset” to the area. “It is something that has been very popular on the continent, where you make a circuit for people to exercise as well as taking a stroll in the evenings. “It is very popular and

it is an addition to the amenities that are along the strand and hopefully people will use the exercise equipment to keep themselves more active and healthier. “It [the location] is used a lot by local people for walks along in the evenings. It is one of the nicest places to go for a stroll in the evening with Dublin Bay, looking out over Bray and Howth,” he said. The installation of this equipment is in line with Dublin City Coun-

cil’s promotion of sport and recreation activity amongst all its citizens, by providing a range of activities aimed at getting people of all ages more physically active. Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy also welcomed the new equipment saying it’s “a fantastic addition to the promenade”. “People love to exercise outdoors and this is another opportunity to get people of all ages outside and keeping fit to work their guns in the sun.”

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charity Money will go to help turn eyesore into a useful centre

Community group gets welcome boost  laura webb

The WALK project, a Dublin-based innovative organisation that supports people with intellectual disabilities and other community-based programmes, received a vital funding boost when it was presented with a cheque for €10,000 to go towards a project that will turn a disused building into a multi-functional community resource centre. Members of the WALK team were presented with

the cheque on May 29 by ESB, who are supporting the refurbishment of the site on Walkinstown Green which is hoped to turn an eyesore building into a useful community centre. Speaking about the initiative, Tony Merriman of ESB Networks said: “This is a great local initiative that will rejuvenate the area and give a much needed boost to the local community. The ESB are proud to be associated with this transformation and wish WALK every success

with the project.” The project, which is expected to cost €180,000, is continuing its fundraising efforts so they can see it to completion. As part of this, they are holding a charity sports challenge day in the Iveagh Sports Grounds in Crumlin on June 21 at 11am. Participants can test their fitness and team work during the challenge, but for those who are there to support the sporting types, there will also be live entertainment, clowns, a fun

Members of the WALK project receive a cheque for €10,000. Pictured at the event are (front) Noreen Walsh, Kevin Murphy, David Meneely, Pat Mason, Tony Merriman and (back) Denis Blanch, Louise McCarron and Mick Teehan

fair, fun sports, food and refreshments. Chief executive of WALK Joe Mason said: “This promises to be a great fun day for all the family, so come along enjoy the event and sup-

port the Walkinstown Green Project at the same time.” Once complete, the Walkinstow n Green Project will have meeting rooms and offices, a training room, com-

munity cafe, workshop, community gardens and men’s shed. For further information on the WALK organisation and the project, or to make a donation log on to

business: search on for friendly companies

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The search is on for Dublin’s friendliest businesses who go the extra mile and provide outstanding service to their customers and the community. JCI Dublin, in collaboration with Dublin Chamber of Commerce, recently launched the search and according to Gina Quin, chief executive of Dublin Chamber of Commerce: “Friendly service is hugely important in terms of tourism. The people who work in our shops, bars, cafes, hotels and tourist attractions typically have the greatest interaction with visitors, meaning that Dublin’s business owners and their employees are some of the city’s most important ambassadors. “Dublin is know n throughout the world as a friendly city and maintaining and enhancing this image will ensure that visitors continue

to return and that they tell their families and friends what a great place Dublin is to visit.” Julien Gay-deMontella, president of JCI Dublin said: “The awards are all about recognition, but in a unique way. What we want to highlight is the extra mile taken by Dublin businesses both for customers and for our community, encourage businesses to realise the difference they make in our city and reward them for valuing people as more than just their customers.” The judging criteria includes the level of customer care, consumer choice, disability access, digital experience, eco-friendliness and shop layout and design. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, July 15. More information about the project can be found by logging on to www.jcidublin. org.

artist: limited edition

Ballagh print on sale to help NGA A limited edition print by renowned artist Robert Ballagh is on sale to help raise funds for The National Graves Association (NGA) to help refurbish a 1916 plot in Glasnevin Cemetery. The print titled Birth of the Irish Republic is limited to 300 copies and each copy is numbered and signed by Ballagh. Refurbish

Money raised through selling the exclusive print will help the NGA, a voluntary body, refurbish the 1916 plot in the St Paul’s section of Glasnevin Cemetery in time for the centenary of the 1916 rising. In a statement, the NGA said their itinerary for 2016 will concentrate on the “upkeep of the graves of our fallen volunteers from 1916”. Work on the upkeep of graves is expected to begin by the end of 2014. The print size is 720mm x 640mm and costs €350 plus postage and packaging, and is ideal for a home, club house, public house or company office. On view

The print is on sale now and there are still a limited number of prints available. The print is currently on view in the museum section of Croke Park and the Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin. For further information on the NGA or to purchase the print see:

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TV presenter Christine Bleakley is well prepared for Singer Brian Kennedy proudly shows his invitation

the weather

Claudine Keane graces the red carpet. Pictures: Conor O’Mearain

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Brigitte Battalier, Nadege Dumont and Alessia Alfieroni were among those who recently attended the Morrison Hotel’s summer barbecue in its revamped courtyard garden

Sun’s out: hotel fires up the barbecue for summer time


HE Morrison Hotel has sprung into the warmer season recently as it welcomed the summmer with a barbecue in its newly revamped courtyard garden. People made most of the sunshine as they dined al fresco in the Ormond Quay hotel’s mini oasis.

Star of TV series Raw, actress Charlene McKenna

TV presenter Carol Vorderman


Red carpet rolls out to fete heroes S

TARS braved the rain and took to the red carpet under umbrellas at the inaugural Pride of Ireland Awards at the Mansion House. The awards were hosted by The Saturday’s star Una Foden, to honour Ireland’s unsung heros. Among the award recipients was Fr Peter

McVerry for the Lifetime Achievement Award for helping homeless people and giving them a place to call home. Six-year-old Alyssa Kelly from Wexford was awarded the Child of Courage, as despite having cerebal palsy and being told that she would be paralysed for life, she taught herself to walk. She walked on to the stage to collect her award from Jedward.

Monique Hogan and Cathy O’Rourke

Natalie Clarke and Anne Austin

Patricia Byrne and Suzanne Strong

Siobhan Barratt and Robert Dineen. Pictures: Richie Stokes Jedward brave the rain on the red carpet

Louis Walsh

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The competition finalists stand in the Lucan Spa Hotel’s Boyne Suite, where they could have their dream wedding. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Wedding belles at The Spa Hotel


HE finalists of The Lucan Spa Hotel and Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Dream Wedding Giveaway competition assembled in the hotel’s chandelier-

lit Boyne Suite, to check out where they could soon win their dream wedding. Six of the couples were not present, but see page 25 for voting details.

Dermot Lynch and Carol Behan from Tallaght

Dean Reid and Nicola Keating from Mulhuddart

Eric Larson and Siobhan Kavanagh from

Romano Cretaro and Aisling Roche from



John Sheridan and Sarah Maher from Tallaght

Gary Farrelly and Stacey Larkin from

Jason Byrne and Nicole Concannon from



Gareth Wynn and Finola Berkley from Tallaght

Aidan Brennan and Stacey Cranks from

Stephen Hickey and Sinead Fagan from



Terry Carroll and Louise Curry from Dublin 8

John Dunne and Debbie Delaney from Dublin 1

James Fitzpatrick and Vicki Power from Cabinteely

Gerry O’Connell and Joyce Ford from Lucan

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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


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Despite decades of public health information campaigns, Ireland’s HIV infection rate continues to climb. Ahead of this year’s Irish Aids Day on June 15, Rory O’Neill is fronting a new campaign urging men and women to get tested for HIV, and to know their status. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

a day in the life: rory o’neill - aka miss panti - on his daily routines

Work can drag on at night

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RORY O’Neill, the man behind the glamorous drag queen Panti Bliss, spoke to The Gazette this week about a day in his life. He said: “Generally, I like to get up 9.30am or 10am and I do all my bits of work at night-time, from 8pm until 3am. “I believe breakfast, like the old cliche, is the most important meal of the day and the only meal I really enjoy. “Throughout the day, I eat for fuel, but in the morning, I have breakfast – I eat yoghurt and fruit every morning, and have a good, proper, real coffee. “As you get older, you start worrying about your weight or whatever, so

I do like to know what I’m eating. I’ve a terrible sweet tooth, it’s really bad and I eat too much chocolate! “Then, I spend too much time on the internet, Twitter and Facebook, and read a bit of news. I might take the dog for a walk or go to the gym, depending on the day that’s in it. “I wander into the bar [Panti Bar, which O’Neill owns], which is always plodding along without me,” he said. “Then I do the chores – washing clothes and all that kind of stuff – and when the evening comes around, that’s when my brain really starts working and I concentrate on things I’m working on, whether it’s writing a show or whatever I’m doing at the time. I do all my real work in the

evening. “I have a dog, and the best thing about having a dog – and the worst thing – is having to take it for a walk every day. I usually walk down by the Docklands, by the Liffey, and that’s my turning-off point,” he said. O’Neill, who is HIV Positive, is fronting a new campaign ahead of Irish Aids Day on June 15, entitled Know The Score: Get Tested, encouraging people to get tested for the condition. He said: “I was diagnosed in 1995, which was a different world then, and at that time it was a death penalty you were being given [if diagnosed as HIV positive]. “Very quickly, about a year or two

after my diagnosis, new drugs started to come up. They were very clumsy at first – there was a time when I was taking 38 pills a day – so just managing that was a full-time job. “But, over time, they became better and more refined [and] now I take one tablet a day. I go to the clinic twice a year; once every six months, I’ve to go along and I get on with it, and I forget about it. “I’m perfectly healthy, and for about 12 years now I’m what they call ‘virussuppressed’, so, you’re not infectious any more, but you have to keep up the treatments.” For further information on free HIV test centres, see and

THE second annual Dublin Kite Festival is taking place on Sunday, June 22 at North Bull Island in Clontarf for all enthusiasts young and old. There will be free entertainment provided all day long, as kites of all shapes, colours and sizes take to the skies. This year’s festival will attract kite fliers and spectators from all over Ireland and abroad to Clontarf to witness the aerial displays.

Awards During the festival, judges will challenge kite experts and amateurs to show off their stunt skills to be in with a chance to compete for one or more of many awards across a wide range of categories, including the most aerodynamic, most beautiful, and funniest kite. Organisers are promising a great day out for families, tourists and anyone looking for something unusual and highly visual to enjoy on a summer’s day. The Dublin Kite Festival starts at 11am and continues throughout the day.


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dublinlife summer camps: an array of events across city

Keeping the kids active and engaged during the holidays Summer is here and there are plenty of summer camps available around Dublin

School’s almost out for the summer and that means parents are on the look-out for a summer camp suitable for their little ones. So to help parents this weekThe Gazette takes a look at some of the summer camps available around Dublin.

Dun Laoghaire -Rathdown Throughout June and July, Dundrum’s Taney parish centre will be the venue for a variety of camps run by educational company Learnit. On offer is junior engineers for children aged six to seven for €100, machines and mechanisms for the eight to 12-year-olds for €115 and Lego mindstorms for €140, combining Lego building with software and curriculum activities to allow students design, programme and control robots. For more information, go online to www.learnit. ie. For July and August, CP Adventure is running a series of Adrenaline Wet and Wild Camps for young daredevils aged 10 and over who love watersports and the outdoors. The camps are being run every week in Dun Laoghaire and activities include kayaking and snorkelling, rock climbing, sailing, zip-lining, archery and even more. Summer camp options available include the full package which comprises a full week of outdoor activities with an over-

night camp-out for €180, the half-package which includes three days of exciting activities for €110 or the daily package which offers one activitypacked day for €40. For more information, log on to

Fingal The Detective Academy is hosting a series of summer camps in Fingal, for children aged five to 12 in July and August where children can become detectives, secret agents and spies. Activities include undercover spy missions, code breaking, fake bomb deactivation, laser missions, mystery solving games, fingerprint, footprint and tyre track analysis. Camps locations and times include Blanchardstown, St Brigid’s Community Centre week 1: July 7 to 10, week 2 August 18 to 21; Malahide, St Andrew’s Parish Hall: July 21 to 24 and Skerries, Skerries Sailing Club: July 14 to 17. For more information, visit Starcamp performing summer camp, will be on in Swords from July 7 to 11 at Oldborough School Hall. Starcamp offers children a week of fun, through song, dance, drama, and games. It is open to boys and girls of all levels, whether shy and less confident or born for the stage. At the camp children will learn new songs,

dance moves, acting scenes, audition technique and a Friday finale show for all to come and see will be held at the end of the week. For more information visit

Dublin City The School of Irish Archaeolog y camps are the alternative to the sports camps suit children aged seven to 12. The School of Irish Archaeology prides itself on an innovative, engaging and hands-on form of education though archaeology in a fun and friendly environment. Camps are run all year round for children who like to get their hands dirty. The venue for the Dublin Summer Camps is Harold’s Cross NS, Clareville Road. Dates are Monday to Friday every week from July 14 to August 1. Price for one child is €115, two children €220 and three children €325. For further information, see: Clondalkin C l o nda l k i n ’ s renowned Summer Splash Camps are currently looking for children aged six to 12 to sign up for their vast array of summer activities at the Clondalkin Leisure Centre. The camps will commence for a period of five weeks with each one lasting for four to five days from 9.30am to 2pm. The camps run every week from June 30 to August 15.

Camp activities for this year include tag rugby, football, basketball, badminton, GAA, bench ball, aerobics, volley ball, archery, rock climbing and much more. Camp attendees also go swimming every day. Bookings are now being taken at the reception of the Clondalkin Leisure Centre. Call 01-4574858 to confirm places or email or visit www. for more information.

Lucan Lucan Leisure Centre’s summer camps are currently encouraging children from the ages of five to 10 to sign up to one of their camps that run from July to August. The camps run for a period of five weeks with each one lasting for five days from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2pm. The dates for the camps are each week from July 7 to August 15. Prices for the camps are €52 or €47 for siblings, and €52/€47 for children attending the camp during the bank holiday week. Lucan Leisure Centre is also hosting a summer mini-camp for younger children aged three to four. These camps also run for five weeks in July and August with the dates and activities the same as the full summer camps. For more information contact Lucan Leisure Centre on 01-6241930, email info@lucanleisure. com or visit

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This one’s for you, dad  laura webb

IT’S very close to that time of year when we make that little extra effort to spoil dads or the special man in our lives. Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15, and The Gazette is on hand to help with some gift ideas.

Although some might be typical of what you might think to get dad, most of the time these ideas are the ones that dads actually want – yes, socks! But who said a present in a box is the only thing dads want? Why not take dad away with special

offers across the country? Closer to home, Brooks Hotel in Drury Street offers a Father’s Day Whiskey Package. This special package, which includes a meal in the award-winning restaurant, Francesca’s, is followed by a whiskey tasting in Jasmine Bar,

and it’s available from €66pp for a limited time. For further information, call 01 670 4000. So, whatever it is you choose, choose wisely – dads are a complicated bunch and although they say they don’t want anything, they usually do. Happy Father’s Day!

Kilkenny Carve On Oak iPhone Cover €39.95 Black edge pen €44

Kilkenny Fossil Blue Dial Men’s Watch €119

Armani Code Ice €57 50ml/€83 125ml

Available at Book Stores A Present for My Father (book and socks) €12.95



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Get on your bike for a Bloom-ing good cause Forget the Friday the 13th blues and get on your bike for the annual Brennan’s Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation. This year, 2FM’s Jennifer Maguire and newsreader Bryan Dobson are hopping on their bikes and joining over 150 cyclists – some in Joycean attire – to celebrate Bloomsday. Proceeds from this jolly good bike ride will help to raise funds for a very worthy cause. The festivities will be followed by a well-deserved lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel as well as a charity raffle and auction. The Irish Youth Foundation work to give some

of Ireland’s most disadvantaged children a safer, happier start to their lives by providing financial support to local grassroots projects that make a positive difference in the community. For further information contact Sabina in IYF on 01 676 6535 or email:

we’re not there but we’re still world cup ready Although Ireland may not be represented at the tournament this month, this has not cooled the nations World Cup fever. A survey conducted by EA Sports amongst Irish fans has found that despite the Boys in Green not qualifying for Brazil,

almost 90% of respondents are still looking forward to the World Cup, with only less than 2% saying that they are not interested at all. One third of respondents plan to watch over 75% of the matches during the tournament, while a massive two thirds will tune into at least 50% of the matches. At 65%, RTE’s coverage is by far the most popular choice, though numerous fans are sure to be flicking between stations, watching two matches at once In a trend that has been alive since the days of Pele, host country Brazil, have the lion’s share of support with 16% saying they will be cheering on the side.

Newsreader and Bloomsday lover Bryan Dobson and radio host Jennifer Maguire got on their bikes to launch the 21st annual Brennan’s Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation

bod gets behind the microphone I t s e e ms B r i a n O’Driscoll will be transforming from the BOD into The Voice as he gets

ready to launch a new career as a sports pundit with the Off the Ball team on Newstalk 106108. However, judging by his latest tweets, he may also

be enjoying his retirement from professional rugby a little too much by overindulging in chocolate and pizza. On his Twitter page, Brian put up a photo of a pizza box, a can of cola and a giant Toblerone with the tweet “This is what retirement looks like” and #elasticatedwaist. Perhaps it’s just as well he is choosing a career in radio rather than TV, if this is an example of his new diet. He seems excited about his new job as he also tweeted, “Delighted to be joining the @offtheball team on @Newstalk FM from September. Summer of generating a radio voice, already have the face!” At least he’s modest!

hit kilimanjaro for childline Feeling adventurous? Then why not look up and conquer Africa’s Highest Point to help change children’s lives. Childline is looking for Dublin adventurers to climb Kilimanjaro to raise vital funds to keep the children’s listening service open. The ISPCC is asking volunteers to take the 4635 mile trip from Dublin to Kilimanjaro and help to save this service, which has been such an important lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Irish children. For more information, contact Emma on or 085 8042724 or visit www.

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escape the mayhem: little museum of dublin curator simon o’connor All of your latest local news, sport, features and pictures are now just a click away

On breaks at a family holiday home in Sligo, Anna Daly says her children “definitely sleep better from all that sea air – and if they sleep better, then so do I” Simon O’Connor: “The function of composing for me I find, is that as well as being artistic expression, it is also very much an escape”

Musical relaxation hits all the right notes for Simon IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asks Little Museum of Dublin curator Simon O’Connor about his downtime  laura webb

BEING the curator at the Little Museum of Dublin, a father-of-two and helping out with his wife’s children’s clothing company – Si and Lu – anyone would think it would be hard to find some downtime but, thankfully, Simon O’Connor can do so through musical composition. Even though he gets commissioned to write music, it is his love of it and piano playing that help him to escape the mayhem of everyday life. He said: “The main thing I do would be composition – I am a composer by training, and that is my principal background,

so I do quite a lot of compositions for concerts and recordings throughout the year. “I compose in a really old-fashioned way, with pencil and paper at a piano. I gave up using computers and I find that composing that way is much slower and attentive. “The function of composition for me I find, is that as well as being artistic expression, it is also very much an escape. “The kind of music that I write is often quite quiet, so it is extremely relaxing when I am doing it. I have always been writing music since I realised how enjoyable music was, since I was a teenager,” he said. Composing usually happens once the children go to bed, and then it’s off to his playroom/ studio for some well-deserved downtime.

“I go to where we call ‘the playroom’,” he laughed. “It is the only place the piano would fit properly – it is right beside the kitchen, and that is where it is. “The thing about it is that it is nearby, so I can sit down at it whenever I want. I am never more than 30ft away from the piano at any moment. “At the moment, I am working on a large thing – it will probably take about 12-18 months. “It’s a song cycle for an Irish soprano; her name is Michelle O’Rourke. “The subject matter is related to some of the work I am doing in the museum – the years leading up to the 1916 Rising. So, it is really interesting,” he said. The Little Museum of Dublin is located at Number 15, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.


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business New survey of SMEs signals sales rise  keith bellew

ACCORDING to the results of the Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI) SME Tracker survey conducted by Behaviour and Attitudes for BFSI, almost half of Irish small and medium enter-

prises (SMEs) reported increased sales in the first quarter of 2014. The survey, conducted among 350 business owners to track the experience of SMEs in Ireland, found that 37% of them experienced stronger trading conditions in the first

quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter. Some 61% of SMEs are expecting sales to grow further this quarter, while eight in 10 export companies that do business abroad expect increased sales. However, while sales

were on the up, only 30% of SMEs reported improved profitability. Ronan Horgan, managing director, BFSI, said: “It’s encouraging to see tangible evidence of increased trade for the sector, particularly in export markets.”

pauline neary, heritage homecare

A genuine interest to offer professional care AS CARE manager with Heritage Homecare based Dun Laoghaire, Pauline Neary was a former St Vincent’s-trained nurse. In the past, Pauline spent several years in San Francisco working for a homecare company there. On returning to Ireland, and while busy with her young family, Pauline obtained a high-

er diploma in marketing and management. It was a contract job staffing at a Dalkey-based nursing home that led Pauline to pursue her first care manager role in 2011. Local businessman Ed Crotty asked her to join his company, Heritage Homecare, in 2014. For more information, see

How long have you been in business?

familiar voice, we know our clients well, and our carers equally well. We are always a phone call away, and we are usually no more than five minutes down the road, so we can offer a fully supportive or discrete service, depending on the situation.

I joined Heritage Homecare in March of this year and I have not looked back. We have been very warmly welcomed into the Dun Laoghaire local and business community, and we are finding that there is a very definite need for a service that is personal in nature and also guaranteed to be well-managed. Within the homecare sector, there is also a growing need for services that cater to the lifestyle and heritage of residents, as well as their right to live life as fully and independently and possible.

What makes your business successful?

Our service is based on the premise that the most vital resources in this industry are the carers who deliver the care. We recruit local carers with recognised qualifications and experience and, in return, we offer them good rates of pay, generous incentives, continuous support and a well-managed operational system. In my experience, most clients fully appreciate the very excellent work that professional carers do.

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

As a relatively small operation compared to some of the bigger homecare providers, we have the capacity to meet demand for homecare very quickly, while still offering all of the advantages of a personally managed service. We answer the phone with a

How has the recession affected your business?

Few families have escaped the recession, and one result has been the pressure on families to have two full-time incomes in order to stay afloat. This can leave elderly relatives in a more vulnerable position and this has, by default, increased the needs for professional homecare services. A key feature of our business is the Care Tracker system – which allows family members to log in remotely to view their relative’s care schedule. This is a new feature which gives peace of mind to all concerned and makes our service transparent and consistent.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

The one that I would very definitely not change is the tax relief available to those who pay for homecare services for themselves, or for an elderly relative. This tax relief makes homecare an affordable and viable alternative to residential care for many people. It would be good to see this tax relief extended to other groups, such as young people who need homecare.

Oisin Geoghegan, head, Fingal Local Enterprise Office; Ciaran O’Kelly, Nutritics; Damian O’Kelly, chief executive, Nutritics; Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton; Kieran Dennison, Mayor of Fingal (FG) and Paul Reid, chief executive, Fingal County Council


Two Fingal companies get an exporting boost  ian begley

TWO Fingal IT companies – Critical Data Services and Nutritics – are the first micro-enterprises supported by the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) to transition successfully into Enterprise Ireland’s potential exporters division. Critical Data Services in Blanchardstown is a data recovery company, while Nutritics in Portmarnock provides nutrition analysis and reporting software. Critical Data Services, founded in 2004 by brothers Ciaran and Ronan Kennedy, has target markets that include the United Kingdom, the

United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region, each of which will be serviced from the company’s headquarters in Blanchardstown. With the help of the Fingal LEO, the company invested in a 2,800 sq ft facility with specialist technology and laboratory facilities. The company is forecast to grow by 40% in 2014, and will progress from being a LEO client to Enterprise Ireland over the next couple of weeks. Welcoming the news, Oisin Geoghegan, head of the Fingal LEO, said: “Critical Data Services and Nutritics are among the first companies in the country to transition

from LEOs to Enterprise Ireland, which marks an important milestone in enterprise support. “By exploring their export potential, small companies can open up new markets and business opportunities.” Nutritics, which is also run by two brothers – Damian and Ciaran O’ Kelly – have recently expanded into the UK, with the help of the Fingal LEO. Geoghegan also confirmed that a new firsttime exporter grant will be made available through the Fingal LEO to eligible businesses, which have achieved sales in the domestic market and who plan to develop overseas

markets. He said: “The export marketing grant is aimed at businesses that are seeking to develop overseas markets. This is a new development fund for small businesses based in Fingal who now wish to expand overseas. “We want to help our small businesses to build export sales so they can create jobs at home.” The grant can be used to part-fund the cost of market research, exhibiting at trade fairs, the creation of marketing material specifically for overseas markets, and eligible third-party costs. For further information, see

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Pets little archie deserves a chance at a happier life

With so much to look up to at this year’s Bloomsday events, Niall Leverty, Maite Lopez, James Moore and Jessica Peel-Yates from At it Again!, hope you’ll be bowler-ed over by the range of fun activities – including their Romping Through Ulysses night at The Sugar Club on Monday, June 16. Picture: Andres Poveda

arts: annual bloomsday celebrations get some modern twists

Step back in time to 1904  keith bellew

EACH June 16, Bloomsday has Dublin’s literati celebrating the 1904 adventures of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom on the day celebrated in James Joyce’s highly-acclaimed work, Ulysses. This year marks the 110th anniversary, and the James Joyce Centre’s Bloomsday Festival 2014 started on Tuesday, June 10, and will continue until Monday, June 16. The festival sees a host of celebratory exhibitions and events taking place. This year’s Bloomsday features new additions to inspire Joyce enthusiasts and literary novices alike, combining traditional activities with alternative twists, while continuing to showcase the festival’s rare and historic performances harking back to the summer of 1904.

Festival fanatics, literary lovers, theatre buffs and music fans alike are invited to take part in a series of informative and engaging events across the city, which will enlighten and broaden the mind. From exhibitions, readings, political re-enactments, historic walking tours, bus tours, street theatre, pub crawls and the traditional Bloomsday Breakfast, the festival packs an array of interests into each activity. Emily Carson, Bloomsday’s marketing and development manager, said: “This year we have included a lot of modern twists, like the Joycean pub crawl, the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch – which is free to attend, and at which visitors can get into bed with Molly Bloom! “We also have Romping Through Ulysses at the Sugar Club on June 16,

which is like Joyce meets Rocky Horror.” The festival opened with the launch of the photographic exhibition, Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin; a selection of 60 unseen images from Vogue’s 1947 feature, When James Joyce Lived in Dublin, which runs until December at the James Joyce Centre. Featuring an array of images taken by American photographer Miller, the exhibition offers a unique portrait of post-World War 2 Dublin, including many fascinating photos relating to the life and work of Joyce. Screening 100 years to the day after James Joyce’s first work, Dubliners, was published on June 15, 1914 – and again on Bloomsday – the IFI Irish Film Archive presents John Huston’s swansong adaptation of The Dead (1987),

starring Angelica Huston and Donal McCann. Monday, June 16 will see hordes of people dressed in the attire of the day flock to the Martello Tower at Sandycove Beach, where Joyce lived briefly with Oliver St John Gogarty (Buck Mulligan), and features in the opening scene of Ulysses to mark the occasion. Later that day, the Bloomsday Wrap Party offers a spot of surreal entertainment at the Sugar Club, Leeson Street. Guests can watch Joyce doing his famous spider-legged dance, meet the suave Oliver St John Gogarty, get chatted up by Blazes Boylan, or flirt with the hot-blooded Molly Bloom. Bookings for the James Joyce Centre Bloomsday events can be made via For further information, see

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Archie, a a three-year-old male Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. Archie is a loveable little dog who is finding kennel life very worrying. He really would love a family of his own. His carers believe he didn’t have the best start to life, and that he may have been subjected to inappropriate handling, so we’d love to find him a kind, loving – and most of all – an understanding home. If you think you could offer Archie a chance at a happier life, then please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. 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





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grace of monaco Royally underwhelming

NICOLE Kidman is only vaguely similar to Grace Kelly – but that’s okay, as Grace of Monaco is only vaguely similar to the truth about the beautiful actress and charismatic princess. Focusing on a key year in Grace’s life, Kidman turns in a performance that’s worthy of an extended and expensive perfume commercial, but unworthy of capturing Grace’s essence.

X-men – days of future past

Generally X-cellent stuff FOLLOWING the success of the previous X-Men film, First Class, Days of Future Past builds on the critical and commercial success of digging into Professor X and Magneto’s pasts to create this ensemble tale. A desperate attempt to prevent mutants’ annihilation in the near future fuels this complex but accomplished addition to the popular series..

edge of tomorrow Cruise controls (time)

ALREADY a novelty for being a film where (finally) Tom Cruise dies – and dies again, and again, and again, and ... Edge takes an old cinema trope of a man who’s trapped in a time loop, but gives it a twist. An initially cowardly and unwilling soldier in a doomed war against alien invaders is soon killed, – only to find himself alive, and reliving the same time. Can his fate be changed?

Hill and Tatum return to Jump Street in a comedy pairing that works very well, seeing the pair go back to college to bust a drugs ring – with genuinely pretty funny results

22 jump street: bigger, faster, and even dumber (but in a good way)

It’s arrestingly silly stuff IT’S been a couple of years since the incredibly enjoyable 21 Jump Street came out of nowhere. In it, inept cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were forced to join Captain Dickson’s (Ice Cube) undercover team at 21 Jump Street and infiltrate a highschool drug ring. The relentless mix of action and laughs proved to be one of the highlights of 2012, and one of the best comedy pairings since Dumb and Dumber’s Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The sequel sees the Jump Street headquarters relocate across the road to Number 22, and from a much snazzier office, Captain Dickson assigns Schmidt and


 Dave phillips

‘The original writing team are back – and despite the jokes leaning on the “sequel-ness” of things, it is a rarity that they don’t pay off’ --------------------------------------------------------

Jenko a mission to go undercover to infiltrate a college drug ring – “just do the same thing you did last time”, he tells them. It’s a gag that carries through the entire film, right through the end credits where movie artwork for future renditions of the Jump Street franchise see Tatum and Hill go to culinary school, scuba school, dance school, and dozens more renditions of the formula. While the film unashamedly sets out to

give more of the same – it doesn’t quite manage it. 21 Jump Street was original and clever in the way that it flipped audience expectations. Jenko had to find his feet in a high-school e nv i r o n m e n t w h e r e being loud and bullying were no longer keys to success, while Schmidt’s introversion and thoughtfulness – traits that had been his weakness previously – were now respected among his liberal, ecologicallyminded peers. It’s not such a smooth

ride for Schmidt this time around. While Jenko immediately slots in with the jocks on the football team, Schmidt is left to wander the arts block, attending awkward latenight slam poetry recitals to try to get a lead on the new synthetic drug, “whyphy” – a potent mash-up of adderall and acid that gets students intensely focused and tripping in equal measure. When Jenko’s bonding with his new bestfriend-forever Zook

(Wyatt Russell) causes a rift with Schmidt, the two cops are forced to deal with their personal relationship to save their professional partnership. Schmidt and Jenko are not the only duo returning in this sequel – fresh from The Lego Movie, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are quickly becoming the kings of action-comedy, consistently capable of nailing it with precision. The original writing team (including Jonah Hill) are back in an expanded form as well – and despite the jokes leaning heavily on the “sequel-ness” of things, it is a rarity that they don’t pay off. That said, if you haven’t watched the

first film, make sure to do so – I’m sure 22 Jump Street would stand well enough by itself, but much of the joy comes from references to the earlier movie. Evidently, this film lacks some of the originality that its predecessor had – it makes such a point of overtly telling us this that it seems redundant to say it. So, while it brings no surprises, it does bring along even more of the clever writing, great comedy, and action. It’s a classic case of if it’s not broke, don’t fix it – and while future renditions of the formula will quickly grow stale, this one will be one of the summer’s comedy highlights.

Verdict: 7/10

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Bride Groom Planning on saying ‘I do’? Let the Gazette help you create a wedding to remember with our special supplement

Weddings will never go out of style and here at The Gazette, we have put together a one-stop shop of ideas and offers to make your wedding dreams come true. Modern weddings today have changed and are now bespoke affairs and a reflection of a couple’s lifestyle, taste and interpre-

tations of what marriage is. Though traditional weddings still endure, the trend is growing for couples to take charge of their wedding’s style in a very meaningful and personal way. Contained within these pages, you will find an abundance of wedding options and styles open to your own unique slant.

There are a host of different wedding types out there, from civil ceremonies and partnerships to old-style marriage and humanist ceremonies too. The most important part of it all, however, is creating the perfect backdrop for you and your soon-to-be other half to say “I do”.

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Make your day magical For couples looking for something that little bit unusual and magical, Druids Glen Hotel in beautiful County Wicklow could be the answer to your prayers. Druids Glen Hotel is a five-star venue surrounded by lush natural scenery with golf course and spa where the staff are dedicated to creating a special day for every couple who tie the knot there, both for the bride and groom as well as family and friends. This luxury hotel is set on a 400-acre estate which is perfectly nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea. The location provides a truly idyllic setting and the hotel has also undergone a recent €3m refurbishment. All guest bedrooms and suites have been designed to create plenty of space and are fitted with every modern luxury inside and breath-taking views outside. You will be spoilt for choice at Druids Glen

Druids Glen Hotel is a five-star venue in County Wicklow which has undergone a €3m refurbishment

Hotel, from the elegant chandelier-lit ballroom for a large wedding to the more intimate wedding packages on offer for civil cermonies and small celebrations, the hotel caters to all budgets and tastes. Any wedding album would be lucky to include such perfect stunning backdrops for the happy couple. There is also a range of delectable menu

choices with wines and champagnes to compliment, all delivered with impeccable service by an experienced wedding team. The hotel hosts one wedding per day so that the wedding party can avail of the full attention of the hotel’s wedding team. On top of all of this luxury and attention, Druids Glen also offers

the bride and groom as well as their guests, the opportunity to enjoy two championship golf courses, an outdoor deck perfect for barbecues for the day after and a spa for some serious prewedding pampering. To book a personal appointment with the wedding coordinator, you can call 01 287 0811 or visit

It’s important that a wedding reflects a couple’s lifestyle and tastes


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The Royal Marine shows how it’s done

Tying the knot in style GETTING married is magical enough but also being treated to a weekend away after tying the knot is a dream can be lived thanks to the Stillorgan Park Hotel. Stillorgan Park Hotel is known for an attention to detail that ensures every wedding is fondly remembered. From red carpet arrivals to fresh floral centerpieces on each table, every detail in the wedding packages guarantees to impress the newly weds and their guests.

To make things extra special, a wedding at Stillorgan Park Hotel also includes some little Talbot Treats. If a bride and groom decide to book their wedding at Stillorgan Park Hotel they receive a two-night break for two people at the Talbot Hotel in Wexford. Meanwhile, a selection of new wedding packages includes vouchers for those essentials including your wedding cake, photographer and wedding car. Newlyweds-to-be can

witness the service first hand at the hotel’s Summer wedding evening on Thursday, June 26, from 6 to 8pm. Here you can meet the hotel’s experienced wedding coordinators who will answer queries and guide those set to marry through preparations to make their day a truly memorable one. The hotel offers three beautiful wedding suites all decorated to a superior four-star, standard and a dedicated wedding team to walk the bridge and groom

The Stillorgan Park Hotel

through all the details of their big day. Whether planning an informal family reception or more formal reception, the Stillorgan Park Hotel can provide an ideal setting. All wedding suites are self contained with their own bar and dance floor ensuring a special

setting from 30 to 300 guests. Couples who wish to have their civil ceremony or blessing at the hotel can choose from the Carysfort or Merrion Suites. Complete with red carpet and candlelit aisle, both rooms provide a romantic setting

for the beginning of a perfect marriage. Register attendance for the summer evening online at or email for a chance to win a romant i c ove r n i g h t h o t e l break.

THE Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire is holding a wedding evening on July 10 from 6pm to 9pm in the Carlisle Banqueting Suite of the hotel. During the event the room will be set to emulate what it would be like on an actual wedding day. Sample dishes and house wine will be on display with hotel chefs and food and beverage managers on hand to answer any of the bride and groom’s questions. Please note that appointments are necessary to ensure that you get the dedicated time to meet one of the wedding team to discuss your very special day. Hotel representatives are also encouraging people to meet them in person for a tour around the hotel, spa and health club and to discuss their big day. T he Royal Marine Hotel is an attractive and popular wedding venue and has a long tradition of hosting weddings and civil ceremonies for people around the country. Suites

Set on four acres of gardens with direct access to Dun Laoghaire Promenade and Pier, there are 15 suites to choose from, a large banqueting hall, a large Victorian staircase with high ceiling and natural light – it is an ideal place for photos both internally and externally. If you have any questions and/or to make an appointment, contact the Royal Marine Hotel’s wedding planner on 01-271 2514 or email

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Design the perfect dream wedding NESTLED in secluded woodland, with the romantic backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt Hotel is the ideal place to set hearts racing, realise dreams and frame memories that last a lifetime. The stunning Palladian-style grandeur, elegantly opulent interiors and carefully manicured gardens set the scene for an effortlessly elegant wedding. Amazingly, this captivating setting with its scenic, secluded atmosphere is only 30 minutes from

Dublin, making it convenient for your guests, however they choose to travel. Wedding celebrations at Powerscourt Hotel are more than just planned – they are designed, finessed, and realised. With its stunning location and myriad fabulous resources and facilities like the world class ESPA, there’s an opportunity to be immersed totally in the occasion in one dramatic venue. Live the dream and enjoy the wedding of your imagination. With seating for up to

400 guests, the ballroom is the ideal location for weddings of all sizes. Flexibility

Make your special day everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Whether it is a lavish weekend for family and friends from all corners of the globe, or an intimate ceremony for a special inner circle, at Powerscourt Hotel, you can enjoy the reassuring flexibility to create just the sort of occasion you have always dreamed of. The expert planners will work with you to

capture all those little elements, right down to the smallest detail and bring them together to create a bespoke wedding that’s all about you. The hotel can cater for weddings from six to 360 guests, this truly is your day, your way. The team at Powerscourt Hotel understand that every wedding is different, individual and personal, and have carefully created a selection of wedding packages, starting from €115 per person. All packages include a dedicated wed-

The Palladian-styled Powerscourt Hotel is set in the romantic backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain

ding planner, menu tasting for up to four people, arrival tea, coffee and scones, drinks reception, champagne toast, complimentary suite for the bride and groom on the wedding night (when taking a minimum of 20 room nights), room rent-

al and PA rental. All you need to do is revel in the company of those you love, and leave the rest to the team at Powerscourt. It’s what the day is all about. Book your wedding for selected dates in January or February 2015 with a

minimum of 100 guests and receive a 10% discount. To find out more information, contact the sales team on +353 1 274 888, email or visit www.powerscourthotel. com.


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Barnardos is the only charity in Ireland stocking 100% brand new bridal gowns and accessories

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monies and civil partnerships. With a dedicated and experienced wedding events team working alongside its renowned head chef, serving up award winning gourmet food, you are guaranteed that your dreams will become a reality from the moment you set foot on the castle’s red carpet. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotels stunning 18th century period features make for the perfect background for wedding pictures to remember, which alongside the stunning manicured gardens and many superb local sites, bring you everything you need from one venue. The hotel is just nine miles from Dublin centre, and surrounded by the impressive Killiney Hill woodland, overlooking

The Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is just nine miles from Dublin city centre

the waters of Dublin Bay. Sparkling chandeliers, deep wood furnishings and tapestries, white linen, champagne and silver candelabras combine to create a majestic wedding atmosphere for you and your guests, so you can relax and concentrate on the important things. Allow the unique location and award-winning food of the Fitzpatrick

Castle Hotel to convey you to the wedding day of your dreams. On the evening of your wedding, you will experience the luxury of one of the hotel’s magnificent suites. Choose from one of the original Castle Suites, beautifully Victorian in style and elegance or one of the Royal Suites with spectacular sweeping views of the Dublin coastline.

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Mill to host production of Daddy MILL Theatre in Dundrum has been announced as the venue for Daddy, a play by Hugh Murphy, following a successful four-night run in the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square in May. The play is a powerful expose on the effects of child abuse on the adults they become. Independent Theatre Company presents Daddy, which is produced and directed by playwright Hugh Murphy, at the Maureen O’Hara Studio in Mill Theatre for two performances this month. Daddy is about two abused sisters as adults, their relationship with their mother and their continued dysfunctional attempts to have normal relationships with men. The play highlights not only the effect of abuse on family and relationships but also illustrates the damage done by not getting help to deal with the psychological scars made by such experiences. The play also has many episodes of incidental humour to lighten the load. Daddy stars Noelle Brogan, Catherine Conaty, Jill Russell, Hayden Mason and Derek Stanbridge. From Friday, June 20 until Saturday, June 21, Daddy will be staged in Mill Theatre in Dundrum at 8.15pm. Tickets, costing €12, with concessions for €10, are available online at or by calling the box office on 01 2969340.



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CAN ANYBODY Help Me? is a debut novel by Sinead Crowley, who by day is arts and media correspondent for RTE. The story is about an online stalker who is murdering young mothers in Dublin. The women are abducted and killed by a faceless phantom who Sergeant Claire Boyle strives, with great difficulty, to bring to light and to justice. In this read, the author frequently jettisons the reader from one disorientating scenario to another in the way another writer might jump between scenes for dynamic effect. T he problem here though is that Crowley somewhat lacks the ability to pull this off and readers may find it difficult to follow her attempts to break the rules of storytelling, before she has fully mastered the skill. The resulting novel is a mish-mash of character and scene, indistinc-

‘Crowley has put herself into the psychological thriller market but she is probably more suited to chicklit’ --------------------------

tive and amorphous and the reader may feel lost amid a sea of strangers and events. C r ow l e y m a ke s a concerted effort in the story, to inhabit that lawless grey area where the online virtual world overlaps the real world. This area is a very fertile place to be for a writer and produces plenty of psychological possibilities for characters. However, Crowley chooses to create a dull online world, in the chatroom Netmammy. This chatroom forum is used by young mothers who are overwhelmed, lonely or depressed but they are drawn in such broad cliched strokes as

to render them utterly unlikeable - RedWine Mum doesn’t pull any punches, while London Mum is quite prim and careful about giving too much of herself away. While such mothersupporting chatrooms and websites are very useful tools for new mothers today, the novel is not a suitable medium to reproduce domestic forum conversations. In Can Anybody Help Me? there are chapters and chapters of chatroom dialogue where “mammies” in Ireland swap advice about their lives using real handles employed online for husbands and babies, such as DH for Darling Husband. It makes for very uninspiring reading in the novel, which the reader may be tempted to skip over.

Strange Perhaps the strangest thing about this novel is the genre this new writer has chosen. She has put herself into the psychological thriller market but she is probably more suited to chick-lit.

Author Sinead Crowley and the cover of her debut novel, Can Anybody Help Me? While some parts of this novel flow well, many readers may find Crowley’s style disorientating, as she jumps around a little too much, breaking with some standard writing conventions. The end result is somewhat jarring.

The effect of this odd coupling of genre and w riting style is that when Crowley suddenly tries to get dark and dangerous in the novel, this reader was utterly unconvinced. There has been no setting up of any sinister atmosphere to prepare the reader, nor does it seem like the author has a true grasp of real-life dangerous

situations. The best part of this whole novel is a segment where the main female character, a pregnant detective, is meeting a woman she wants to question in a cafe in Dublin. Crowley describes the people in the cafe very sharply and with alacrity, so that the reader can vividly

see them and this suggests a strong descriptive faculty in this writer which, if concentrated on, would develop nicely into a recognisable style of her own. Can Anybody Help Me? is published by Quercus and is currently available in bookshops across the country for €14.99.

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exercise: mental strength will support you

Straightforward steps to improve your fitness



TECHHELPERS GADgets to help track your progress

Useful watches and heart rate monitors for your run WITH a number of races coming up, there are lots of gadgets to help make the most of your running routines. For many runners, a good running watch is a must to help track pace and distance, while heartrate monitoring is also important to most. Here are a number of gadgets to help get the most out of your run, or to monitor it, and which are available at Runners Need, Dundrum.

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The Forerunner 15 GPS running watch €169 Tracks distance, pace, calories, personal records and heart rate (HR monitor not included). Upload your data to the free online community (at Garmin Connect) so you can see where you’ve been, how fast you went, plan your routes and share it all with friends. Battery lifetime: up to Eight hours in training mode.

Gerry Duffy WAS a heavy smoker, overweight and inactive until 1985, when he took up running. He has since completed many major endurance challenges, including running 32 marathons in 32 days, as well as a DECA-Iron Distance Triathlon. Now a professional motivational speaker and writer, Duffy’s wealth of experience in endurance and education means he has some valuable lessons to impart. He talks to The Gazette about what he has learned on his road to fitness and good health.

With all your sporting accomplishments, to date, what life lessons has sport given you? In 2009, I got injured and I couldn’t run for five months. It made me realise how lucky I was to have great health, and to remind myself of it every day since. By consciously being grateful every day, I have gained so much more out of life. Running – or not being able to run, in this case – taught me that. You inspire people to achieve great things in their professional careers and personal lives through motivation and teaching them positive mental attitudes. Who is your inspiration? I have many – more than 25, in fact. They inspire me in different areas. To name but a few ... My parents, for their guidance; in sport, Terry Fox – a Canadian runner who died of cancer in 1981 – is a huge inspiration, as are Rick and Dick Hoyt, a father and son duo from Boston. They regularly compete in triathlons and marathon events, despite the fact that Rick is confined to a wheelchair. In business, it’s people like Michel O’Leary or, in my own field, other speakers whom I admire. Mental preparation for any race is key. How

would you recommend readers do that? The most important thing, and the most empowering thing I do, in advance, is that I remind myself that I am doing this out of personal ambition, and that nobody is forcing me to do it. I also use words in my head, like I don’t “have to” do this – I “get” to. It is a powerful philosophy and way to think about things. Do you have any mantras or mental tricks you have used in the past to get you to the finish line? I use very simple mental tricks. One is to attach a number to your goal. For example, in a marathon it’s 26. Along the way, I remind myself that I am just passing through. So, when I am at 11 miles, I remind myself that I am on the way to 26, and to just keep moving forward. If I do, there is guaranteed to be a finish line at 26. I remind myself that I cannot get to 26 without passing through 11, 15 or 18, etc – I am just passing through. This works for anything, really. I use it in business, too, where my number is “12” to represent the business calendar year.

Gerry Duffy, professional motivational speaker and writer

With a lot of nutritional information available, people can be confused about creating a good

Having achieved so much, where do you go from here in terms of challenges and goals?

balance between exercise and food as fuel. What simple tips have you that will guarantee to make them healthier, fitter and faster? I believe that what we eat every day is far more important than what we eat once in a while. For example, an apple a day, rather than seven on a Sunday. I have an 80/20 rule when it comes to food. I eat very healthily, 80% of the time, which allows me to eat treats/personal favourites 20% of the time. Often people cram great eating habits into the final days just before an event. I believe we should look at it as more a lifestyle to buy into that 80/20 ratio.

I do have many other ambitions. Some are achieving personal bests in distances I have already completed, such as marathons and ultramarathons. However, my main ambition for this year is to complete a 100-mile run in Connemara in August. What moments in your career, to date, are you particularly proud of? In sport, it would have to be the 32 marathons in 32 days, or the Deca-Iron distance triathlon which I did in 2011 [a 24-mile swim, 1,160-mile cycle, and 262-mile run]. Aside from that, my proudest achievement is turning a massive fear – which was public speaking – into my profession, which it is now. That was many times more difficult than my sporting ambitions!

When is your best time of the day to train? For me, it’s 5.30am. Do you think genetics influences your athletic ability to achieve your personal sporting goals, or is it more about hard work? For me, it’s definitely the latter, plus huge dosages of enthusiasm. I believe enthusiasm can be a “secret sauce” that is available to us all, to help us achieve things we might think are impossible. For me, that was definitely my secret. What one piece of running equipment would you recommend our readers purchase to help them reach their fitness goals? The best GPS watch that your budget can stretch to, and which ticks your requirements.

Tom Tom GPS running watch €180 One-Button control lets you navigate through the menus quickly and easily, giving you access to the watch functions while on the move. The unit will also give you vibration and audio feedback from getting to your milestone, and lap and training alerts. Battery lifetime: up to 10 hours in GPS mode. Yurbuds iPhone Armband €25 The lightweight Yurbuds iPhone 5 armband keeps your phone securely in place using superlightweight and flexible neoprene, which keeps away sweat and moisture for added comfort.

Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor With Bluetooth €75 Polar H7 heart rate sensor gives your live heart rate on your mobile training application, which enables you to see your training intensity while working out, and to analyse and share it later. (Compatible with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.) Total operating time: minimum 200 hours

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Permission is sought for modifications to existing dwelling house comprising (1) one storey extension to the front, (2) one storey extension to the rear, (3) two storey extension to the side, (4) widening of the site entrance to 3.6m and all ancillary works at 92 Mount Tallant Avenue, Dublin 6W by Norma Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Protected Structure I, Victor Corcoran, wish to apply to the Dublin City Council For permission for the following development at 26 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Co.Dublin 6. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Protected structure Ref:6972 a)Permission to construct a small two storey extension at the rear of my family home consisting of a new ground floor bedroom (14.5msq) and a small extended space on rear project at first floor (2.9msq). b)Permission to demolish existing derelict sheds at rear of structure (15msq in total). c)Permission to replace single glaze aluminium type windows throughout the dwelling with treated timber Victorian type double glazed sash windows. d)Permission to replace ground floor aluminium door with new timber type. e)Permission for general refurbishment and internal alterations consisting of floor finishes including new Carpets in bedrooms & stairways, natural stone tiles on existing concrete ground floor covering entrance lobby, hall space & workshop, to include relocating the existing toilet space on the second floor hallway into the front (northeast) bedroom and to replace the existing roof of the small two storey projection at rear elevation from an A-roof to Hip roof with parapet, using the original slates as finish while also maintaining external chimney. f)Permission also for associated site works at front and rear gardens including new raised planter beds with painted rendered walls and with stone cappingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, new stone cobble paving, new external stairs with granite steps and a steel handrail at rear, new stone boundary treatment wall dividing property at rear as shown on accompanying drawings. g)Permission to construct new vehicle entrance at front (Northeast) of dwelling onto Ranelagh Road, h)Permission to connect to all existing on-site services. Please note that all of the above development works to take place are to an existing protected structure Ref:6972 The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


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FastSport 3x3 basketball coming up:

The Dublin curragh regatta will take place this weekend and will feature competitors from all along the west coast of Ireland for the first time

rowing: event is part of national currach racing league competition

Second annual Dublin regatta takes to the Tolka estuary The second annual Dublin currach regatta is set to take place this year on June 15 at the East Wall Water Sports Centre at Tolka Estuary. Sponsored by Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council, this is the second year that the east coast has the privilege of hosting a currach regatta included in the national currach racing league which takes place from May to August on the west coast of Ireland. Following on from the construction of two new currachs in the East Wall

Water Sports Centre and after many years of forging contacts between east coast currach rowers and teams on the west coast of Ireland, this is the first year that the western teams will come to Dublin to compete in a championship fixture. Last year was the first time the Dublin currach regatta was accepted into the league. This year’s regatta is aiming to have more teams in the races, and currach racing teams from Donegal, Kerry, West Clare, The Aran Islands, Connemara and Galway will

be in attendance. The teams will bring their own boats from as far west as Inish Oirr to compete. There is a full programme of rowing heats, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals planned for the competition. These heats will consist of men’s, women’s and mixed crew heats, as well as including Under-18s racing. As many of the crews will be coming from Gaeltacht areas the whole regatta will be bilingual to promote the culture and history of currach

racing in Ireland. All races will take place between 11.30am and 5.30pm, and the heats and competition can be viewed from the vantage point of the East Wall Water Sports centre off Alfie Byrne Road and also all along the Clontarf Road for the duration of the currach regatta. Spectators will get a flavour of the skill and speed of these traditional canvas boats slicing through the water with the backdrop of Dublin Bay. For more information, log on to

The Junior National 3x3 Basketball Championships will take place this year on Friday, July 11 in Gormanston College, County Meath, following the success of the event last year. The championships, which are run in association with Basketball Ireland, cater for grades U-14 and U-18 boys and girls and will see some of the best young basketball talent in Ireland battle it out for some fantastic prizes. The event is open to anyone and interested players should register their team and create a unique player profile on the official FIBA 3x3 Planet website, before contacting Basketball Ireland to arrange payment. For more information, contact

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FastSport deadline looming for active sport fund: The deadline is approaching for entries to the 2014 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, a scheme which supports the work carried out by sporting and active lifestyle not-forprofit organisations around the country. This year, CocaCola will distribute €125,000 in five grants of €25,000 through the Thank You Fund. These grants will provide major funding for sport and activity programmes which are taking an innovative approach to getting local communities moving. Last year, Swim Ireland were one of the beneficiaries of the fund, receiving a grant of €25,000 for their Swim For A Mile project. Interested applicants are being urged to apply this year before the June 16 deadline. To apply, log on to www.coca-cola. ie and fill out the Thank You Fund application form.

triathlon: august 2015 will see epic test come to the city streets

Ironman event set for Dublin  Nathan kelly

Dublin triathletes welcomed the announcement last week of the Ironman triathlon coming to the city in 2015 and 2016.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar was on hand to deliver the news along with the former Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn (Lab) and Thomas Dieckhoff, chief executive of Ironman Europe, Middle East

and Africa. It was confirmed that Dublin will be the venue for an Ironman 70.3 in August 2015 as well as a full distance event the following year. Speaking at the announcement, Minister Varadkar said: “I’m

Maire Triona Keane and Craig Molloy both from T3 Triathlon Club Dublin. Pictures: Shane O’ Neill / Fennells

Maire Triona Keane from T3 Triathlon Club, former mayor Oisin Quinn, chief executive of Ironman Europe Thomas Dieckoff, Minister Leo Varadkar and Roz Purcell

delighted that Dublin will host an Ironman event for the next two years. Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland, and the Ironman brand is world famous. Hosting this global event will boost Ireland’s reputation as an outdoor adventure destination, and showcase Dublin and its mountains and scenic bay.” An Ironman 70.3 is broken into a 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21km run, and will provide an early opportunity for athletes to secure points for the 2016 World Championships. Despite no official confirmation on the route for the event, Quinn suggested that the swim could likely take place around the Dun Laoghaire area of

Dublin Bay, the cycle possibly taking place around the Wicklow Mountains and the finale run concluding the event being run in the city itself. Quinn also revealed his pride in being able to help bring the event to the city. “Thousands of athletes from all over the world take part in these races. I am delighted to have been instrumental in bringing these two events to Dublin and realising one of my primary objectives during my term of office as Lord Mayor of Dublin.” In answering why Dublin was chosen for Ironman, Dieckhoff said: “Well around four years ago, we had 100 Irish athletes taking part in Ironman, last year we had 700

so there was a demand of Irish athletes. “Also, the city is a great place for tourists, with the beautiful scenery and historical factors such as literature, which will allow our athletes and their guests to have a wonderful time. “So, overall, it was the synergy between the desire of athletes and the interest of the city that sees Ironman come to Dublin.” Despite it acting as opportunity to secure points for the worlds, the Ironman event will be open to anyone interested, which may entice some more casual athletes to set a goal of completing the 70.3 when it comes around late next summer.

Tyrell on top form as Ireland compete in Moscow 

The Ireland rugby sevens team ahead of their recent trip to compete in Dubai

Old Belvedere’s Hannah Tyrell was one of Ireland’s top performers at the European Women’s Sevens Grand Prix event in Moscow last weekend. Ireland finished seventh overall after a play-off match against Italy finished 31-0, a game in which Tyrell helped herself to two tries. Tyrell, who is also the Dublin ladies football goalkeeper and plays her club GAA for Clondalkin’s Round Tower, brilliantly took both her tries in the second half against the Ital-

ians to ensure a winning finish for the girls in green, who return to action this weekend in the Grand Prix series in Brive. In day one of the two-day event, Ireland were placed in Pool B alongside eventual winners England, Belgium and Portugal and picked up one win and two defeats, with the triumph coming against the Belgians. There was not much luck for Jon Skurr’s side in the quarterfinal draw as they were made face the English again and conceded 29 points without reply which took them out of the cup draw

and placed them in the Plate semi-final. Spain were the opponents there and Ireland suffered a five point loss in the 12-7 game which would mean they would face Italy in a play-off to decide seventh and eighth place at the Grand Prix event. It was in this game that the exciting young talent Tyrell shone. Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe scored two tries in the first half along with scrum-half Nicole Cronin to open up a 17-0 lead at the break. Tyrell really delivered in the second half and tireless

running allowed the Belvo star to force her way over the line for her first try, following tidy play from Cronin. Ireland’s fifth and Hannah’s second was created from deep and good distribution led to the number six slicing through on the left before stepping inside the final defender to finish a cracking score which Nikki Caughey converted. The winning end to the weekend should provide the team with optimism going into this weekend’s Grand Prix series in France.

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Dublin collective win Wanze tournament Under-14 basketball stars win Belgian tournament, much to delight of their mentor Carmel Kilmartin, who spoke to GazetteSport after the team’s return to the capital recently  Nathan kelly

Dublin’s Under-14 boys’ basketball side made a slam dunk in Belgium last weekend with a fantastic win in a special European competition held in Wanze, Belgium. The squad, mentored by Carmel Kilmartin and Eddie Guilmartin and captained by Tolka’s Conor Liston flew out to Belgium on Wednesday, May 28 for the tournament where 46 teams from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Slovakia were due to compete in three groups over four days. Speaking to GazetteSport just days after returning home, Kilmartin was still buzzing over the result.

“I’m still on a high”, she said. “It’s fantastic. Having only come together a couple of months ago, we didn’t start off great, but the squad were brilliant in Belgium.” Carmel has been bringing teams to the Wanze tournament for 15 years, but this was her first win as a mentor in the competition having seen her sides reach the semi-finals four times and losing two finals in recent times. This year’s boys team wasted no time in getting settled into the competition with a 24-13 win over Apollo on the opening day, with Clondalkin player Aidan Igiehon, who had a fantastic tournament, being the top point scorer with a total of 13 for the game.

The victorious Dublin Under-14 team who travelled to Belgium for the competition

A f t e r s o m e f i r s tgame nerves, the squad cr uised through the rest of their early pool games to advance to the latter stages. One of those games in the later stages really tested the lads’ mettle, as Carmel explained: “Our game just before

The team on a bonding boat trip during the Wanze tournament

the semi-final against Spirou was probably the toughest game we had. “They are one of the top teams in Belgium, a really top side who had the same balance as us. “There was a massive crowd as well, which can add to any occasion, but we really stepped up in that one and Aidan even made a dunk in the game which is quite amazing for a 13-year-old.” To win the competition, the team needed to win eight games out of eight and that they did with a real champion’s performance against Andennes from Belgium, another top side in the competition. When they had time away from the court, the squad spent time bonding through boat trips and visits to water parks which the coach

insists will have contributed to the friendships made between players who would have been opponents a couple of months ago. “It was nice to [have those bonding experiences] as a lot of the players were big rivals at their opposing clubs. “The bonding meant that, I think, they will have made friends for life. Some of them should go on to play together for area boards teams and Irish squads, so the whole experience of the tournament was excellent.” Before this Dublin Under-14s squad breaks away, they will take part in a trip to the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor in honour of their win, as well as playing a couple of challenge matches against the likes of Cork in the coming months.


Locals line out to launch Castleknock 5km run Dublin footballers and Castleknock locals Alan Brogan and Ciaran Kilkenny lined-out with runners Catherina McKiernan and Kate O’Neill to launch the inaugural Castleknock 5km run which will take place on Sunday, July 13. The race will raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland along with raising awareness for organ donation, and will take runners and walkers on a new course starting at Castleknock College and travelling through the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park. The stars lined out to support the event which is in memory of Castleknock man Rory Doherty who passed away last June after a tragic work accident at 33. As a result of Rory’s organ donations, four lives were saved in Ireland through kidney, pancreas, liver and lung transplants. However Rory’s story took an interesting twist when an RAF jet touched down in Dublin airport for the first time in 20 years and took his heart to England where a fifth organ recipient received the gift of life as a result of Rory’s tragic death. Race organiser and close friend of Rory’s, Kate O’Neill, who was selected for the Irish world mountain running team in 2010 said: “As a local runner, I had always felt there should be a race in Castleknock and after the tragic loss of Rory, I felt it was the ideal opportunity to start the event in memory of a great person who touched so many lives, even after his death. “We expect upwards of 1,000 people to take part and the race will take runners and walkers on a unique and challenging route starting at Castlenock College, into the Phoenix Park and through Farmleigh Estate.” Details of the race can be found by following Castleknock5km on Facebook and Twitter. The race is open to all participants over the age of 12. The event is sponsored by Paddy Power and supported by local businesses including Westbrook Motors, Match Girl Cards and Online entry is €20, or €25 on the day, with funds raised going to Cystic Fibrosis, is open now at ps/event/Castleknock5KmRun2014.


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soccer: tolka bounce back from league disappointment

Dublin star Keaney to feature at Barrog event HURLING fans interested in signing up for a special community event on Saturday, June 21 at Naomh Barrog GAA club with Dublin and Ballyboden St Enda’s hurler Conal Keaney need to get to their local Centra store by Friday, June 13. This year, Centra are celebrating their fifth year as sponsor of the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior championship throughout the summer by bringing together the brightest stars of hurling for fun community events in GAA clubs all around the country. Keaney will be on hand in Naomh Barrog to give upcoming stars from local Dublin clubs the chance to develop their game and learn from the best. There will be plenty of fun to be had on the day as Centra aims to bring the whole community together through a special hurling skills session and a host of family entertainment including face painting, a hurling simulator to test players’ hurling skills, music and goodie bags. This family fun event is supported by the following participating Centra stores: McHugh’s Centra Raheny, McHugh’s Centra Kilbarrack, McHugh’s Centra Artane, McHugh’s Centra Kilbarrack Road, Griffin’s Centra Marino, Leavy’s Centra Clongriffin and Leavy’s Centra Rivervalley. To sign up for the event, players must register instore in one of the participating Centra stores listed above, and the closing date for entries is Friday, June 13. The event commences at 10am and the hurling skills session is open to boys and girls of all standards from ages five to 12. On the day of the event, Centra will be on the hunt for the Brightest Young Star of the day, with a few lucky children getting the opportunity to be questioned by their hurling heroes! The child with the best hurling knowledge and the funniest and quirkiest answers will be crowned Centra’s Brightest Young Star of Dublin and will be in with a chance to win a trip for their family to the All-Ireland hurling final. For more information on Centra’s community events throughout the summer, pop into your local Centra store, go to or look for Centra Ireland on Facebook and Twitter.

Tolka Rovers won the Herald Metropolitan Cup and the Charlie Cahill Cup in the space of one week. Picture: Martin Fanning

Cup double joy for Rovers  nathan kelly

Having seen the LSL Senior Sunday title head to Pearse Park a couple of weeks ago, secondplaced Tolka Rovers compensated by clinching two cups in quick succession last week to end their season on a high note. Last Wednesday, Rovers squared up against league winners Crumlin United in the Herald Metropolitan Cup and came out on top in a tight 2-1 final in Frank Cooke Park. Paul Doyle’s team then added the Charlie Cahill Cup to

their trophy case as they beat Glebe North 2-0 in that final just four days later on Sunday. In the first final, Tolka took the final chapter of this season’s longrunning battle between themselves and Martin Loughran’s Cr umlin side thanks to a wonderful brace from Adam Crowther, and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Morgan Cranley. A huge crowd gathered at Frank Cooke Park and they were treated to a final that lived up to expectations, particularly in an enthralling second

butt on board App users get chance to travel to tournament former Manchester United player Nicky Butt teamed up with sponsor of the International Champions Cup, Guinness, to give one lucky user of the Guinness+ app for iPhone and Android and three of their friends the chance to travel to Miami, Florida for the final of the pre-season tournament on August 4. Entrants must check in using the app before June 30 to be in with a chance of going to the tournament final. For more, see

half. Both sides showed their tactical class in the first by getting a feel of the game and testing each other out before they came out roaring for a pulsating second period. Five minutes after the break and Crumlin’s Martin Cramer did what he does week inweek out and split the defence with a marvellous pass to allow Alan McGreal to neatly finish past Cranley between the posts. Rovers soon levelled however and a fantastic drive from Lee Dixon ended with him finding Crowther who headed

in his first of the game. With a quarter of an hour left to go, the striker doubled his and his team’s tally with a magnificent curling effort into the far corner after good work from Mark Hughes. Despite Crumlin throwing ever y thing at their rivals, Rovers held on to claim victory in the Met Cup before clinching the Cahill Cup the following Sunday against a Glebe side who finished in a respectable fourth spot in the LSL’s top division. In that one, it was Tolka’s defenders who stood up and got the

goals as former Manchester United trainee Alan McDermott got the first from a powerful header on the hour mark following a good cross from Mark O’Neill. The ever lively fullback Niall O’Reilly ensured the victory with about 10 left on the clock when he danced his way into the box and finished sweetly past the keeper. With the two cup wins under their belt, Doyle’s side will surely be looking to run Crumlin closer next season and cut the seven-point gap that split the teams in first and second this year.

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home grown heroines Dublin stars named on Tesco team of the year foxrock Cabinteely Sinead Goldrick, St Brigid’s Noelle Healy and Raheny’s Lyndsey Davey (pictured) and Thomas Davis’ Siobhan McGrath were the four Dublin ladies footballers named in the Tesco Ireland Homegrown Teams of the League for Division 1. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

football: great effort seals place in decider

Fingal pipped to Nicky Rackard title by Tyrone nicky rackard cup final Tyrone Fingal

St Sylvester’s Nicole Owens was on target for the Dublin Under-21s against Cork. Picture:

Jackies blitz Cork to claim final place aisling mcging s/f Dublin 7-13 Cork 1-8 

Dublin’s Under-21 ladies footballers battered Cork in the semifinal of the Aisling McGing Under-21 AllIreland semi-final last Sunday in Semple Stadium. Cork, the 2013 All-Ireland champions, were no match for the Jackies who flew out of the blocks from the off and instantly looked sharper than their Rebel County rivals, a situation that would continue through

the whole contest. The build-up to the game was marred by complications outside the Thurles ground as there were no stewards manning the gates up until 15 minutes before throw-in. Cork did manage to stay in touching distance in the first quarter of an hour until St Sylvester’s star Nicole Owens, who had a magnificent game, shook the net in the 18th minute. It was the first time Cork keeper Jean O’ Sullivan had to pick the ball out of her goal, something she would repeat

six more times throughout the contest. The girls in blue’s young side certainly looked to be showing the benefit of many of their players training with Gregory McGonigle’s senior squad in the build up to the semifinal. The sin-binning of Cork’s Doireann O’Sullivan four minutes after the opening goal certainly made things easier for the Dubs and they went on to kick 1-4 without reply, with Clann Mhuire and senior player Carla Rowe grabbing a second goal

to leave her side with a 12-point lead at the break. Dublin’s midfield duo of Crokes’ Molly Lamb and Clontarf’s Sarah McCaffrey dominated the game in midfield. Cork made a spirited effort after the break but two goals from Owens completed her hattrick and put the game beyond any reasonable doubt. The Dubs added 3-3 towards the end without reply to set up a final against their old rivals and neighbours Meath in this weekend’s AllIreland final.

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Despite a heroic fight back, Fingal could not claim Championship glory last weekend as they suffered a one-point loss to Tyrone in the Nicky Rackard final in Croke Park. Tyrone led for much of the contest and Christopher Cross scrambled home a goal after 25 minutes. That, and scores from Tiernan Morgan, skipper Damian Casey and Gerard Gilmore contributed to the 1-8 to 0-10 lead held at the break by the Red Hands. The goal came when Morgan swooped in a sideline cut which Fingal and Sylvester’s keeper Hilary Murray Hession failed to hold, allowing Cross to nip in and finish. While JM Sheridan hit several points for Fingal, wind-assisted Tyrone were able to pick off points, through the freescoring Casey, and some heroic defending from Tyrone duo Stephen Donnelly and Martin Grogan meant Fingal could only manage one point in the third quarter, opening up an eight-point lead. However, a late goal by Dave Smyth gave hope to the Fingal cause. The final was made a one-point game thanks to Fingal’s relentlessness and scores from Sheridan and substitutes Colm Foley and Danny Butterley in the closing stages but Tyrone hung on for a famous victory. The win means it is they and not Mick Kennedy’s Fingal squad who will compete against Down in a game to decide who will take part in the Christy Ring cup next year. Although losing a championship final is never satisfying, Fingal may take pride in the fact that they reached the final in their first year back in the competition following a lengthy absence due to issues with club and county availability of their players. In the build-up to the final, Kennedy told GazetteSport that the side had reached its objectives of improving the standard of club hurling in the north Dublin area, and only going down by one point against an on-form Tyrone reflects the manager’s words.

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The victorious Monkstown men’s hockey team will wait for their ranking points being released before knowing if they will be promoted to the Euro Hockey League next season

Monkstown for Europe Local hockey stars reign supreme in EuroHockey club championship in Cagliari and set themselves up in pole position for promotion to Europe  nathan kelly

Monkstown Hockey Club were crowned European Champions last weekend when their men’s team captured the EuroHockey Club Trophy in Cagliari, Sardinia. Graham Shaw’s side won four games in four days to take first place in the tournament, making serious statements of intent and setting themselves up with a stellar chance of being promoted to a position in the Euro Hockey League next season. Friday morning saw the competition get under way and Monkstown were paired up to face Italian champions, HC Bra. Having

started the brighter the Dublin side went ahead through Davy Carson who finished well after good work from Gavin O’Halloran forced a turnover. A second goal came via Gareth Watkins thanks to a wonderful pass from Lee Cole while Carson grabbed himself a second take, making the game 3-0. A fourth was added through Stephen Cole and quickly followed by another from Kyle Good to make to put them five ahead at halftime. With the victory in sight, Town sat off a bit more in the second half, with just the one goal coming from Good again to seal an emphatic 6-0 victory in the opening game. The Monks followed up their opening day win with another convincing victory on day

two against ATHC Wien. The side went ahead after just 90 seconds through Watkins while Good got his third of the tournament just five minutes later. It was three-nil after just 10 minutes through David Nolan and despite constant pressure, that was the score at the break. The Austrian side pulled one back after the restart through Dominik Monghy but the champions-to-be responded brilliantly with a quick fire double from Andy Ewington and Peter Caruth. The semi-final was understandably a much tougher affair against an Azerbaijan Atasport side containing four Pakistani internationals. Shaw’s side went behind for the first time in the competition after eight minutes but equal-

ised quickly through Ewington and went ahead thanks to a Watkins blast. The game was 2-1 at the break but the game was levelled just after the hour mark but Sykes put Town in the final following great play from Good. The final came and saw Town having to face OKS of Ukraine in a game that set off at a blistering pace. It was deadlocked until the 32nd minute when Caruth pounded to put the Irish side ahead. OKS pushed looking for an equaliser in the closing stages which allowed Monkstown to break away and score through Carson to ensure the title was coming back to Irish shores, much to the delight of the large travelling support.

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