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Lead in water exceeds EU norm  bairbre ni bhraonain

A LOCAL politician wants the Home Improvement Grant to include provisions for replacement of lead pipes following discovery of lead levels significantly above the EU average in the domestic water supply in Raheny. Cllr Ciaran O’Moore (SF) claims the problem emerged only after water meters were installed by Irish Water and lead pipes were

disturbed. Householders in St Anne’s estate were sent letters by Dublin City Council, with an attached HSE information leaflet, warning them not to drink the water following the discovery of high levels of lead. A Irish Water spokesperson said: “There is no evidence that the installation of domestic water meters is causing an increase in the levels of lead in water.” Full Story on Page 2

Sing for Simon: Comedy group launch charity’s fundraiser comedy group Foil Arms and Hog

- Sean Finegan, Conor Mc Kenna and Sean Flanagan, donned their Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and Christmas lights as they launched Dublin Simon Community’s Sing for Simon campaign. The campaign is calling on individuals, choirs,

friends, families and companies to get involved and sing in the streets, shopping centres and markets to help fundraise for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To take part, visit the charity’s website Picture: Conor McCabe

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safety HSE: ‘Run tap for five minutes’

Dangerous lead levels after meters installed  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A LOCAL politician is calling for provision to be made in the home improvement grant for the replacement of lead pipes following the discovery of dangerous lead levels in the water supply to houses in Raheny. Cllr Ciaran O’Moore (SF) said the problem of lead being released into the water was due to the old lead pipes being disturbed during the installation of Irish Water meters. Householders in St Anne’s estate in Raheny were sent letters from Dublin City Council with an attached HSE information leaflet, warning them not to drink the water following the discovery of high levels of lead. He told The Gazette: “In March, Dublin City Council were doing a random test on water and at a house in Watermill Drive in St Anne’s estate, they discovered there was eight times the [allowed] EU level of lead. “The householder had to get the mains renewed

from outside into his house. “Now there’s another 12 cases. One guy’s lead levels are 10 times above the EU level. “What happened was the [Irish Water] guys came along, lifted, twisted and turned the lead pipes, which took the inner coating off them with the result there’s lead in the water throughout St Anne’s… “There were no lead readings before the meters were installed. “I’m calling for the h o m e i m p r ove m e n t grant to be inclusive of the replacement of lead pipes [in a motion at the next council meeting on December 8]… which could cost up to €3,000.” Robert Dempsey, a resident on Merryville Road, told The Gazette: “I got in touch with Irish Water to ask them to take a sample of my water and confirm whether there was lead in it or not… “I got a letter dated October 20 stating that the European standard was lowered in December 2013 to 10mg per litre

Margaret and Robert Dempsey outside their home, where water lead levels are substantially higher than what is permitted under EU rules

from 25mg. “My lead concentration was 63mg per litre, dropping to a value of 38mg after letting the tap run for five minutes. “I’ve been purchasing five-litre containers of water since.” He added: “The pipe coming from the main road is cast iron and pipes leading off it [to

houses] are lead. “The council has now fitted a plastic pipe from the cast iron pipe up to my meter but replacing the lead pipe from the meter to the house is my responsibility. “Surely there was a moral obligation on the company that fitted these meters about fitting them onto lead pipes…

“I don’t care what they charge me for the water, I can’t drink it; and am I going to be left to foot the bill? “It’s crazy, on the one hand they’re telling us to conserve water and on the other the HSE is telling me to let the tap run for five minutes so it’ll be safe to drink. “It’s a complete and utter disaster.” Dempsey said on Friday: “The effect this has had on me is that if the Government told me that tomorrow was Saturday, I wouldn’t believe them.” A spokesperson for Irish Water said: “There is no evidence that the installation of domestic water meters is causing an increase in the levels of lead in water. “Lead piping has existed in housing built pre1970. There is no lead in the water mains. “However, lead can exist in properties and in the communication pipe between the mains and the property and in backyard services.”

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graffiti: Council to provide paint to obliterate eyesores in area

Temple Street to go digital

Ballybough gets set for a makeover  laura webb

BALLYBOUGH residents are getting ready to roll up their sleeves to help make their area more aesthetically pleasing by painting buildings scarred by by graffiti and wear and tear. Cllr Jonathan Dowdall (SF) is working with Dublin City Council and local residents to organise a community day in Ballybough. Recently, part of the Courtney Place apartment blocks in Ballybough were painted by the council following a request by the local politician. However, other places in the area are in need of a facelift, which the coun-

cillor hopes will become a reality with a little help from the local authority and residents in the area. Cllr Dowdall had asked the council to also paint these areas and if it could not he recommended that it supply the paint and he would organise locals to get involved and help out, as well has hosting a fun day for the kids. Speaking to the Gazette, he said the idea was not only to make the buildings more aesthetically pleasing but also to get the community involved. “If we can get kids involved they will feel part of the community and hopefully it will stop them from drawing on the walls.

“I am hoping to get the paint in the next 12 weeks,” he said. A spokesperson for the council told the Gazette: “The housing maintenance depar tment recently carried out work at this development and the council’s community development officers are working with residents and local representatives with a view to carrying out a community development project in the area. “This will include making paint available to local residents to enable them to paint the common area and a fun day for the kids with a view to improving the overall environment for everybody.”

Looking good: Paris is hoping Santa got her Christmas letter Seven-year-old Paris Curtis beams as An Post unveiled a photograph of her on their new Christmas stamp at the GPO. The pupil from Marist National school, Crumlin, was delighted to see the picture of her dressed as an angel that was taken at the Mansion House Crib a few years ago as the image used on the new 68c Christmas stamp. Picture: Maxwell Photography

AS part of its paper-light strategy, Temple Street Children’s Hospital is going digital with the Orion Health Clinical Portal. Clinicians will be able to access patient data from a number of sources in one place, giving them more time to care for the thousands of children they treat every year. The children’s hospital intends to make 80% of its paper patient record electronic with Orion Health’s technology. David Wall, head of ICT at the hospital, said: “Graphs, alerts, appointments, lab results, X-rays, radiology tests and theatre activity are available at the touch of a button… That’s having an immediate positive impact on patient care.”

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Council acquires an Easter Rising ambulance log-book A DUBLIN Fire Brigade ambulance log-book covering the Easter Rising during April, 1916 has been acquired by the Dublin City Council. The log-book, from Tara Street Fire Station, shows hour-by-hour records of the response of the Dublin ambulance services to those injured during the Rising. It includes details on ambulance call-outs throughout Easter Week, giving names, addresses and ages of victims with an account of injuries suffered and the name of the hospital to which they were delivered. Victims were civilians, including children, and military personnel – but not members of the Irish Volunteers or Irish Citizen Army, as each garrison had its own cohort of nurses. According to the council, the log-book relays how the weeks progress with more entries recording fires and, towards the end of the week, both the ambulance and fire brigade were forbidden by the fire brigade’s Lord Lieutenant John Myers from responding to calls within the area of the Rising, as he deemed this too dangerous. The volume is now available for viewing at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The council also plans to digitise the volume and publish it on its website at

education Planning permission approved

Griffith Barracks school gets go-ahead  laura webb

THE long wait by Griffith Barracks multi-denominational school to see its temporar y accommodation removed and a new school constructed has moved a step closer to resolution with the granting of planning permission. Permission to demolish the existing prefabricated temporary school buildings and the construction of a new three-storey primary school was granted, with conditions, by Dublin City Council on November 12.

The school on the South Circular Road, Dublin 8, which was established in 1998, has been in prefabs since 2001. At one stage, a new 16-class school building on the nearby John Player site was pro posed. However, the public-private partnership redevelopment never happened. T h e s c h o o l ’s 2 4 6 students are currently housed in temporary pre-fabricated accommodation, which the school says is “inadequate”. Speaking to The Gazette, principal Sinead O’Kane said it had been a long wait but this was a “step in the right direction”. She said: “We are thrilled the planning permission has finally come through. The Office of Public Works [OPW] is running the process so it is really in control of the thing

Principal Sinead O’Kane: “Some [of the prefab buildings] are falling apart.”

now. We are hoping that something might happen [with construction] next summer. “To have a permanent school will be just fantastic – we will finally have a hall, we will finally have big classrooms, we will have proper facilities, we will have internal corridors,

we will have more play space – it will be just brilliant, but it is long overdue for the kids. “The prefabs are more than inadequate; some are falling apart and they are cold in the winter and warm in the summer. Prefabs are just not a satisfactory way to educate children,” she

said. It is likely that the students and staff will have to move to another site while construction is taking place on the new building. According O’Kane, this could be for a year, and the OPW is currently looking for a site. When the school is complete, it will have the capacity to house around 480 students in the future. In the planning proposal, the new facility will be a three-storey primary school building with a gross floor area of 2,010sq m. It includes the repair and minor fitting out works to the existing 280sq m guard house building, which is a protected str ucture, to include a library/ resource hall. Accommodation in the new building will consist of 16 classrooms, a general purpose hall, and ancillary accommodation, together with a ground-level ball court, and a roof-level secure play area over the twostorey general purpose hall.

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travellers Movement given assurances on statement

‘Ethnicity to be recognised soon’  Laura webb

T H E T R AV E L L E R Movement of Ireland has welcomed comments by Junior Minister for Equality Aodhan O’Riordan that official recognition of Traveller ethnicity will be a reality in six months. Minister O’Riordan made the comments during the annual Yellow Flag event which honours schools that promote understanding between Traveller and settled children. During the event he said a statement would be made to the Dail recognising Travellers as an ethnic group “in six months”.

A spokesperson for ITM told The Gazette the organisation was happy with the Minister’s announcement. “Since the foundation of the ITM, 23 years ago, its founding ethos was for recognition of Irish Travellers as an ethnic group. So while we have been campaigning for this over a number of years, we have been really galvanised over the last four years to seek more from political commitment. “In that intervening time, we have been able to develop the support of a number of TDs and I suppose this recognition over

the last few days is the culmination of a whole process of intervention and we are delighted it is coming with a timeline in place if you will.

Separate “Traveller ethnicity is already in place in other jurisdictions such as Northern Ireland and Irish Travellers are also recognised as a distinct separate Irish ethnic group in the UK and Scotland and the recognition of Travellers distinct ethnic identity within Ireland has been called for by every human rights body in Ireland but also

internationally. We are delighted with this,” the spokesperson added. In March, Dublin City councillors voted to support an Irish Traveller Movement campaign to have the Traveller community recognised as an ethnic group following a motion by Cllr Brid Smith (PBPA). Speaking to The Gazette on Minister O’Riordan comments, Cllr Smith believes he is genuine in wanting to see Traveller ethnicity but is sceptical that he will get it approved by his coalition partners. “I don’t believe the Fine

Director of the Irish Traveller Movement Brigid Quilligan with Minister Aodhan O’Riordan at the Yellow Flag Awards. Picture: Tommy Clancy

Gael party or at least many of their TDs and leadership are particularly… concerned about Travellers’ rights and I have witnessed this myself.

“I do believe [O’Riordan] wants to see it – but the problem is the people he has gone into bed with in Government. “It is utterly ridiculous

that [Traveller ethnicity] is not recognised here… I think we have got to keep struggling for it and tightening and arguing for it at every level,” she said.

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opinion ‘A key priority is restoring living standards for all’

Budget 2015 will help support the State’s pensioners THIS week Minister Kathleen Lynch discusses a number of ways that the latest budget measures should help ease the burden on older people, and highlights a number of existing supports. OLDER people make a huge contribution to our local communities. That is why it is vital we strive to meet their home support and continuing care needs so we can enable pensioners to live in comfort in the community for as long as possible. At a time when the number of people over 65 is increasing by 20,000 people a year, with the over-80s population growing by some 4% annually, we need now more than ever to be planning for their futures and supporting their needs. As Minister with responsibility for the elderly, I know fully the sacrifices made by thousands of pensioners across

Dublin over the past few years as the Government steered this country back from the brink. Now, with the economy improving, I want to ensure that every one of those benefits as the recovery emerges. Put simply, they deserve no less. In Budget 2015, the Labour Party worked hard to win supports for pensioners and hard-pressed families. I am pleased that, for example, the partial restoration of the Christmas bonus means that, in Dublin, some 128,400 pensioners will now have extra money in their pockets in the runup to the holidays. Often in the immediate aftermath of a budget, details about measures like the Christmas bonus can get lost in the noise as people digest the bigticket items. Therefore, to ensure that pensioners are fully aware of the supports introduced in Budget 2015 to help them, I have

launched a grassroots information campaign to advise them on changes made to their entitlements. These are changes that will have a tangible, positive effect on their everyday lives. It will run for a number of weeks and is being co-ordinated by the Tanaiste and Labour Party leader, Joan Burton, who has for four consecutive budgets protected the State pension and the free travel allowance.

Information Working with my colleagues in Labour, we aim to target 80,000 pensioners nationwide with this campaign through a series of information leaflets, local radio interviews and social media activity. As the old saying goes: “knowledge is power”. Information is power. My main motivation is to communicate with pensioners in Dublin about the new budgetary measures designed to

support them. There has, for example, been a slight adjustment to the living alone allowance in recognition of the difficulties people face while living on their own. It is a small increase, but it’s the first increase of its kind since 1996, and underlines how we want to support those who have little left at the end of the month. The decision to end the 0.6% pension levy this year and the additional 0.15% levy by the end of 2015 also highlights this. This levy was introduced at a time when the Government was under intense financial pressure, so we are glad our stronger position now enables us to wind down both levies. Ensuring that our elderly neighbours can live safely and confidently in their own homes is something we should always strive to achieve in society. To this end, Joan Burton sought to

Minister Kathleen Lynch: “My main motivation is to communicate with pensioners about the new budgetary measures designed to support them”

secure funding for the important seniors alert scheme in the budget as part of an overall commitment to invest €133m in community programmes. This money supports the installation of more monitored alarms in older peoples’ homes, bringing greater security to people in their elder years. And, finally, Budget 2015 reaffirmed our pledge to extend free GP [care] to people aged over 70. In 2015, it is our plan that 2.1 million people – nearly half the entire population of Ireland – will have either a GP or a medical card. This recognises the

contribution and the sacrifices made by our pensioners over the economic crisis. I will continue to work with our new Minister for Health to ensure free GP care gets over the line soon.

Committed Labour has always been deeply committed to supporting pensioners and older citizens. Previous budgets have shown how anxious we are to protect many of the vital supports provided to older people, which many rely on for their everyday lives. For example, previous budgets maintained core payments such as the

old-age pension, while we also ensured that all those aged 65 and over are entitled to free public travel. The first phase of the economic recovery is complete and we are now starting the second: restoring living standards for all Irish families. A key priority is that people start to feel the benefit of the recovery in their pockets – I very much want older people in communities across Dublin to be fully part of that process.

Kathleen Lynch Minister for Equality, Disability, Mental Health and Older People


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APPEAL Make-A-Wish seeking singers for festive campaign

Carols on the go lift hearts, raise funds  LAURA WEBB

MUSICIANS and volunteers are being asked to sing their hearts out for the Make-A-Wish foundation as it seeks carol singers for its Carols for Commuters campaign. Last year, over €13,000 was raised for the foundation that hopes to grant the wishes of 150 children with life-threatening medical conditions by the end of this year. There are already 200 children on the waiting list for next year and without funding these wishes may never come true. Since its inception in 1992, the foundation has

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granted over 1,600 wishes. A wish can involve the whole family and create moments of joy that last a lifetime. After the success of last year’s event, MakeA-Wish is delighted that Iarnrod Eireann has chosen it again this year as charity partner for its Christmas festivities. Carols for commuters is set to take place from December 8 to 23 at Heuston, Connolly and Pearse stations. The foundation will organise volunteers to sing out to daily Dublin commuters in a bid to brighten their day. Make-A-Wish is still on the lookout for musi-

cians, singers and volunteers to help out with this campaign before it is officially launched on December 8. T V presenter Sile Seoige, the CIE Male Voice Choir and wish child Ashleigh Kiernan will be on hand to launch the event at Heuston Station on Monday, December 8 at 4pm. Ashleigh (11), from Lucan, had leukaemia and her wish to swim with dolphins became a reality thanks to the foundation. She was flown to Florida with her family to spend a week at the renowned Give Kids The World resort, taking in some fun activity with

dolphins nearby at Discovery Cove. Ashleigh said: “I was the first to swim across the lagoon with the dolphins. It made me feel very happy because I always wanted to touch a dolphin. It felt great.” Susan O’Dwyer, chief executive of Make-AWish, said: “[We] are delighted that Iarnrod Eireann has chosen us again this year as its charity partner for its Christmas 2014 festivities. Time is a precious commodity that unfortunately many Wish children do not have. Therefore, to achieve our vision and grant the wishes of all the

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CIE Male Voice Choir member John McGuire withTV presenter Sile Seoige at last year’s Carols for Commuters event. Picture: Jason Clarke

wonderfully brave sick children on the waiting list, as well as our future wish children, we need considerable funds, and Carols for Commuters will help make a significant difference to our wish families.”

This fundraising event runs from December 8 to 23, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and 12noon to 4pm on weekends. A ny o n e w h o c a n spare a couple of hours and join Make-A-Wish to sing Christmas songs

and shake buckets at any of the Dublin stations mentioned are being asked to email: mary@ or phone: 01 205 2012. For further information on Make-AWish see:

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council Despite community initiatives, fires continue to be persistent problem

Halloween clean-up set to cost city €700,000  laura webb

THE estimated cost of cleaning up the city after Halloween is expected to be somewhere in the region of €700,000. This figure would be in line with last year when the

local authority paid the same amount to remove 1,000 tyres and 800 tonnes of bonfire material. According to a Dublin City Council spokesperson, this figure is expected to be repeated for this year’s cleanup following the recent Hal-

loween celebrations. The spokesperson said: “The council has worked closely with local communities all over the city to organise event that are free and provide a perfect environment to celebrate Halloween safely in the community.

“Dublin City Council reminds people that all bonfires are illegal and asks everyone not to support them. Bonfires pose a significant health and safety risk and can lead to serious injury.” This year, Dublin Fire Brigade processed about 600

calls between the hours of 4pm on October 31 and 8am on November 1 for the Leinster region. Most fire calls received related to bonfires and these incidents also included domestic, truck, car and industrial fires.

Throughout Halloween night, Dublin Fire Brigade emergency ambulance service responded to 259 incidents. In general, the incidents were spread throughout the city and county, with the overall number of calls slightly higher than last year.

SVP issues annual appeal to o’connell street: Now it really is Christmas help thousands at Christmas  laura webb

ST VINCENT De Paul’s annual appeal has begun with a call for help to keep its services going. The reliance of thousands of families on the charity has remained consistently high over the past five years and, according to SVdP, numbers show no sign of decreasing in any significant way. The We Need Your Help Now campaign was launched by RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy recently to remind people that their help and support are still needed. Between now and Christmas, about

140,000 people throughout the country will be visited by SVP volunteers. Geoff Meagher, the charity’s national president, said: “Most of those who seek the support of St Vincent de Paul are struggling week in and week out on a basic minimum income, either from State payments or from low-paid employment. “It is when they encounter an unexpected cost or a period when additional expenditure occurs, such as Christmas, that is when they critically need support.” For further information or to donate, see

Biggest, brightest tree to light up city  bairbre ni bhraonain

Christmas officially comes to Dublin City when Lord Mayor Christy Burke (Ind) turns on the lights on the O’Connell Street Christmas tree, the biggest and brightest in the capital this Sunday. The giant tree will be lit up at 6pm and 11-yearold Ashleigh Kiernan from the Make a Wish Foundation will join the Lord Mayor for the event which traditionally begins Christmas in Dublin. Starting at 3.30pm, Dublin City Council has a feast of festive entertainment lined up before the tree-lighting

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ceremony and a large crowd is expected to gather. There will be entertainment for everyone with the Army Band, the National

Children’s Choir, violinist John Vladimir and musicians from the National Concert Hall and some of the cast from Aladdin at the Olympia will perform

classics from the show. Another highlight will be a fresh attempt to break last year’s record for the most Geansaí Nollaigs in one place, so people are asked to geansai-up before they arrive. “On behalf of Dublin City Council I invite everyone to come along to O’Connell Street on Sunday and enjoy the festive entertainment. “The occasion of turning on the Christmas tree lights in O’Connell Street is a traditional part of Dublin’s Christmas going back many decades. “Why not take the family in and experience this magical time of the year. There’s nowhere better for shopping and fun this weekend than Dublin City so come along to and don’t forget your geansai Nollaig!” said Lord Mayor Christy Burke. The November 30 event is just one of many in a packed family programme taking place during the weeks running up to Christmas. Details of more delightful Christmas activities are up on the council’s festive website at This year’s on-street collection will be for the Mansion House Fuel Fund and the Make a Wish Foundation.

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Kate Hoynes and Jonathon Chadwick Helen Harness spreading festive cheer from her stall at the Christmas market. Pictures: Aishling Phelan


Festive street for crafts and craic


UBLIN’s first ever city centre traditional Christmas market outside St Stephen’s Green is proving popular, with the festive atmosphere and aroma from the charcoal grills and sweet treats attacting the crowds.

The market boasts over 60 stalls that offer a range of handmade crafts, seasonal food and sweets. It costs nothing to attend and is open from 12pm to 8pm daily over the Christmas season.

Catriona Donnelly and Lisa Blackmore

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The giant Santa above the entrance encouraging people to visit the market

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Olivia Quiney

A wide range of stalls line the market

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Robert Finn and Aoife McCann

Anne and Paul Donovan

Denise Lavery, Grainne McNamara, Sarah Gillan and Adrienne Murphy were among almost 350 people attending the Black and White Masquerade Ball, which recently took place at the Four Seasons Hotel. The ball was held to raise funds for the Irish Cinema Trade Benevolent Fund. The fund is totally run by volunteers and helps people in the cinema trade who may have fallen on difficult times. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary

Technicolour time at big masked ball

Juan Antonio Gomez and Delia Atkinson

Jennifer Byrne, Niamh Daly and Orlagh O’Mahoney

Lisa Darling

Panti Bliss

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what’son hey buddy, here’s an elf to remember ...

Former Emmerdale and Fair City actor Liam O’Brien. Picture: Kieran Clancy

A DAY IN THE LIFE: multi-tasker liam o’brien, Bottom Dog Theatre Company

Busy night owl flies along  keith bellew

FORMER Emmerdale and Fair City actor Liam O’Brien is currently touring the country with his annual yuletide celebration of the Swing era, Crooning at Christmas. This week, The Gazette caught up with the co-founder and current director of Bottom Dog Theatre Company to discuss what he does on an average day. He said: “I am not the earliest riser in the morning – I get up between 9am and 10am; I wouldn’t get up any earlier than that. “I know people always say you should have a big breakfast, but I don’t really. I have fruit and yogurt in

the morning – that’s kind of my staple breakfast – but sometimes, when it’s cold, I have a big bowl of porridge.” O’Brien said that working in the entertainment industry means his schedule can vary greatly. “In my lifestyle as an entertainer I am continually doing different jobs. So sometimes I will be getting up and going straight to work somewhere. “If I am not working that particular day, usually after breakfast I am straight on the laptop or something, checking emails to see if anyone is contacting me about work. “Basically, I work for myself so I’m straight on [the laptop] and taking care of business. I run the Bottom Dog Theatre Company in Limerick, so

nearly every day I’ll have something to do for that. “Entertainers, like everyone else, spend a lot of time in front of the computer getting all the boring businesstype things done,” he said. Most days, O’Brien will take a walk to clear his head. “I quite like big walks and listening to music. That’s a big part of my life, so that’s my main exercise. “I tend to take care of myself in November, so I’m in the middle of going to the gym three times a week. “I tend to keep my head down in November because I have such a busy December, particularly when I’m going on tour. I mind myself, I eat well, stay away from the pub and go to the gym.

“I love meeting people for coffee, sitting around cafes talking to people over several cups of coffee. I am a bit of a night owl, and I’m a social person, so when I’m out and about I stay out late. “Apart from November, I like going to the pub. I never go to the pub alone – for me it’s all about going out to meet friends and just sitting down and having the good old Irish banter, enjoying the company of others,” he said. Liam O’Brien and The Million Dollar Swing Band will perform their Crooning at Christmas show at Draiocht Theatre on Saturday, December 13. For further information, see www.

JUST in time for Christmas, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre is hosting Elf The Musical, based on the beloved 2003 movie hit starring Will Ferrell. Elf tells the tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. With no idea that he is human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth.

True identity With Santa’s permission, he travels to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas This modern Christmas classic should help us all to embrace our inner elf this Christmas. Elf The Musical takes place at Bord Gais Energy Theatre from December 16 to January 10, with tickets priced €20 to €60; under-threes are not permitted. For further information, see


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Simon Delaney with Gavin Doyle, Arron Scully, Darly Kelly, Habbab Ahmed, Keith McDaid and Aidrian Lupu all from Plunkett College


Homegrown talent to bask in the spotlight WELL-known Irish actor Simon Delaney will be one of the judges for the 2015 Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Awards. No stranger to the industry, the Dublinborn star, who featured in Bachelor’s Walk and Moone Boy, is also a writer and director of stage musicals. Delaney will be joined on the judging panel by Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, Marten Jonmark from Brown Bag Films, Irish fashion designer Emma Manley, manager of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre Stephen Faloon,

and Bord Gais Energy Theatre sponsorship manager Tanya Townsend. He will also act as the MC at the awards ceremony on March 4 next year. Delaney said he was “delighted” to be involved. “These awards have been set up to reward and encourage participation in drama in schools and I think it’s really important that we recognise young creative talent from an early age.” The deadline for entries is January 12, 2015. See for entry details.

Kennedy to attend concert PETER McVerry Trust’s annual Christmas Carol Concert takes place on Saturday, December 6 in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. The charity has recently announced that the event, the largest fundraiser the charity organises each year, will be headlined by Belfast-born singer Brian Kennedy. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend on the night. Other performers include the children’s choir, RTE Cor na nOg,

folk specialists Cantoiri, soprano Eileen Coyle and the Lassus Scholars all of whom will be singing seasonal favourites. Doors open at 7pm and seating is unreserved. Tickets for the event are now on sale through Peter McVerry Trust’s fundraising office on 01 823 0776. Tickets cost €30 (€25 for OAP, unemployed, students, and children). For more information visit

top tips to help with shopping WITH the Christmas season fast approaching and everyone gearing up for the annual gift buying scramble, motoring solutions specialist, Easytrip, offers Christmas shoppers some tips to alleviate the stress. It has revealed that the busiest times at car parks in November and December are between 11am and 3pm, with Saturday being the most popular day of the week for parking. The group has published five tips for beating the holiday rush and they are in no particular order: conduct online research in advance for gift ideas and retailer locations; plan your shopping route by the retailers you plan to visit against your car park location; ensure your last shop is the closest to the car park thus reducing the walking distance while laden down with shopping bags; wear comfortable footwear; take coffee breaks allowing you to stay hydrated; keep energy levels up and, finally, navigate the shops efficiently by asking shop assistants where product is located in the store.

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amy gallagher, founder, juices by ginger

Pouring her energy into a healthy business plan MORE than any other food trend of late, juicing has become the go-to choice for anyone trying to lose weight or looking for a healthier alternative to fizzy drinks, says Juices by Ginger founder Amy Gallagher, who named the company after her red hair. After finishing a law degree and working as an account manager at her father’s print firm, Amy started making juices in her kitchen at home, but now works out of a premises in Dun Laoghaire, employing three juice makers and three drivers. Her home deliveries packages are particularly successful, with her juice drinks popular with clients ranging from cancer patients to KC Peaches. How long have you been in business?

For one year.

What makes your business successful?

My juices are freshly pressed daily, and no additives or preservatives are used, making them 100% raw and natural. In general, people are taking a lot more interest in their wellbeing and so juicing is an easy way of getting your “five a day”.

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

I offer a personal touch to my clients – the phone is always on for support when on a detox, or for queries prior to ordering. I also make most of the juices myself with the help of my team, so I like to think most of the time the clients are getting the juice designed, created and pressed by “Ginger”.

How has the recession affected your business?

As I’ve only been in business for a year, I haven’t noticed much turbulence in the business, but what I have noticed is the amount of money people are willing to spend in order to take care of their health and image.

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

I would implement some form of copyright law for my recipes – some of them have been copied very openly by other juice businesses, and it’s so frustrating! What is your ambition for the business?

For Juices by Ginger to be your “go-to”’ brand for a tasty, healthy and nutritious alternative. To educate people on the importance and the benefits of drinking fresh vegetable juice.

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, etc) to help your business?

I use Facebook and Instagram very regularly, both as sales tools and as information channels from myself to the customers. It’s great to be able to get feedback from clients via social media. Facebook is probably the main driver of traffic to my website.

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

My juices have been selling quite well in local cafes and shops, and I love meeting people, or friends of friends, and to hear them say: “Oh, I tried one of your juices the other day – it was delicious!” It’s nice to be able to contribute to someone’s health and well-being. I also love the sense of community in local shops and restaurants. People love to support local.

business Focus on your staff’s mental well-being  ian begley

THE award-winning Irish company, MyMind, which provides online mental health therapy as well as face-to-face counselling, is calling on businesses to place a greater focus on the mental well-

being and mindfulness of their staff. MyMind at Work is aimed at promoting resilience and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. According to a report published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, more

than half of European workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace. Tess Brady, project manager at MyMind, said: “Research has shown that stress is one of the highest reported work-related health issues in Europe.

By investing in the mental well-being of their employees, businesses will benefit by increasing productivity through better stress management, and enhancing employee performance.” For further information, see

transport: Benefits of card’s pricing raised

Leap to it to save on public transport costs THE National Transport Authority (NTA) is urging public transport users to get a Leap card for best value fares. Fare increases, decreases and simplifications come into effect from December 1. The Leap card will continue to be better value than cash tickets, so the NTA wants to encourage all public transport users to avail of the cheaper card fares. A major feature of the upcoming changes are the simplification of the cash and Leap card fares on Dublin Bus. Currently, there are eight adult cash fare types and eight Leap fares. This will reduce to four different adult Leap fares and five adult cash fares. NTA chief executive Gerr y Murphy said: “With more than 750,000 Leap cards now in circulation and almost €2m per week used in travel credit, the Leap card has

Leap cards offer transport users cheaper fares than cash tickets

clearly been welcomed by the travelling public – both for the convenience and for the value it offers. “In fact, Leap card fares in 2015 will nearly always be the same as or lower than a cash fare was in 2012.” A few important points to note in relation to the new fares structure include that Leap fares will be at least 20% cheaper than cash single fares across Dublin Bus, Luas, DART, Commuter Rail, and Bus Eireann.

In addition, Leap fares multiplied by two work out 12 - 20% cheaper than return tickets on Luas/DART/commuter rail service. Leap card fares in 2015 will also nearly always be the same as or lower than a cash single fare was in 2012, while Leap daily and weekly caps for 2015 will be unchanged in comparison to 2013 Leap cap prices. In many cases, Leapcapped fares are lower than weekly tickets.

For instance, a Dublin Bus five-day rambler is priced at €29.50 whereas the Dublin Bus weekly cap on the Leap card is unchanged, at €27.50. The Leap card has relaxed the age rules to buy a child Leap card. Now, child cards can be used by people up to 18 years old. This means that young people can avail of significantly cheaper child fares for three extra years. For further information, see

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Sir Jack Leslie holding his uncle’s sword which he was carrying when he died in the war. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

heritage: major exhibition examines ireland’s world war one volunteers

Honouring fallen soldiers  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A MULTIMEDIA exhibition on Irish involvement in the First World War was launched recently in the National Library by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience will remain in the library for the next four years and expects to attract 200,000 visitors – a figure that corresponds approximately to the 210,000 Irishmen who enlisted in the British Army in the war. It comprises interactive multimedia elements including computers with research and photographs from wartime in Ireland and an audio guide featuring songs of war. Several interesting artefacts of the time are featured, including a hand-

written draft of declaration of the Irish Brigade in Germany by Joseph Plunkett in 1915, and a handbill distributed by Inghinidhe na hEireann (Daughters of Ireland), founded by Maud Gonne and which supported suffrage, was anti-war and called on Irish girls to steer clear of military men. At the official opening, The Gazette spoke to curator Nikki Ralston about how the First World War affected Ireland. “The exhibition focuses on how the war impacted across Ireland. Those who enlisted to fight in the war did so by choice, as there was no conscription in Ireland, and the exhibition explores the results of that choice on families and children in Ireland. “When putting the exhibition together, we found nearly every Irish family today

had some involvement in the war but this was not spoken of freely before. “We have included the personal experiences of four soldiers, which brings it home to people. One is Norman Leslie, an officer who was the heir to Castle Leslie in Monaghan. “Another was Michael O’Leary, a farmer’s son from Cork. We also have Mary Martin, who had 12 children, three of whom got involved in the war. Her two sons joined up to fight and her daughter volunteered as a nurse in Malta. “Finally, to show the opposing side of what was then a minority element in Ireland, we have Joseph Mary Plunkett, who was very vocal in his stance against Ireland’s involvement in the war. “The exhibition also shows how this rebellious minority became the majority in Ireland and how that shift played out.

It was a time of great change in Ireland, as the war coincided with the Home Rule issue.” Several relatives of these four people attended the launch, including Sir Jack Leslie, the nephew of Norman Leslie, who died with his sword in hand while charging a German machine gun. At the time, it was deemed ungentlemanly for officers to carry guns. Sir Jack Leslie, aged 89, arrived in green tartan with a peacock feather in his beret, and armed with his uncle’s sword. He told The Gazette: “A German sniper saw him running and shot him through the heart, so he died instantly. As he was shot, he said: ‘Oh! They’ve got me!’, and dropped dead.” This latest presentation at the National Library promises many fascinating hours’ browsing for the history buff.

the Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Abbey – a young German Shepherd cross. She is super playful and full of energy; is very sociable and just loves playing with her doggie pals, and running around chasing. Abbey can be a little shy of new people and would be best suited going to a home where there is already a confident dog to help her settle in. A quiet home with sensible older children and a doggie pal would be perfect! She is a beautiful dog with plenty of potential and just needs a chance to blossom into the gorgeous dog we know that she will be If you think you could offer Abbey a loving home, please call Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000 or pop into the centre. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. Treats and toys are always welcome!


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theatre: a bittersweet, human play


An atypical tale for an alternative Christmas  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THIS December, Bewley’s Cafe Theatre is putting on an unusual Christmas play which deals with lesser discussed elements of the festive season, entitled Harry’s Christmas, by Steven Berkoff. The play runs for three

weeks from December 3 at the theatre on the top floor of Grafton Street’s most famous cafe, and will be performed by Malcolm Adams. The Gazette spoke to Adams about what audiences can expect from Harry’s Christmas. He said: “I did the

play a few years ago and wanted to return to it as an alternative Christmas story. It really deals with reality and the fact that, for lots of people, Christmas is a problem to solve. “Harry is trying to figure out what to do for Christmas and considers a variety of alternatives, arguing with himself as he walks his way through different strategies. “He asks himself if he will spend it with his mother – which he’s not keen on – or will he get invited to someone’s party, which is always a good option, or will he invite someone over? “It all comes down to the fact that what he really wants is to have someone special to share it with.” Berkoff’s writing is bitter-sweet, with a dark element along with the dark comedy. The play is an interesting alternative to standard Christmas fare as it shows a more human side to Christmas – it is not a fairytale. Berkoff talks about the pressure that people feel to conform to certain etiquettes of behaviour over Christmas, and even when they do conform, it

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Game on for exciting new live theatre  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Malcolm Adams in character for Harry’s Christmas, which will take place at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre. Picture: Steven Berkoff

can be a struggle for people to do so. “It’s about what we’re required to do and what we want to do and I’m drawn to that nonconformist aspect,” said Adams. There is huge pressure on people to be happy at Christmas or to seem to be happy, and Berkoff is showing us that there are some people who have no families, and these are not included in this thing that is “Christmas”. There is an existential aspect in it too, with questions of whether or not to continue, but there is also a spiritual element, which is gentle and surprising from Berkoff. At one point, Harry says: “This is Christ’s

birthday”, which Christmas is, in essence. The play explores a lot of different things in a short time and is a rollercoaster for Harry – he really puts himself through it. In the end, it all comes down to love, and he faces that at last. This is the bitter-sweet element I mentioned before. Asked if he thought Bewley’s Cafe Theatre showed bravery in deciding to put on such a nonconformist interpretation of Christmas, Adams said: “Yes, and they like to do that sometimes; they put on an unusual piece once in a while just to mix it up a bit. “The theatre is an ideal performance space

for this play because it’s an intimate drama and Christmas is the obvious time to stage it, too. “It may get people thinking of something else, something different at Christmas,” he said. Are you a bit of a “Bah, humbug!” person about Christmas? Then go along and celebrate your ambivalence with Harry’s Christmas. Harr y’s Christmas opens on December 3 and runs until December 20. From Monday to Saturday the show is on at 1pm, and tickets cost €8 on Mondays, €10 from Tuesday to Thursday, and €12 on Saturdays. To book, contact 086 878 4001, or see www.

HAVE you ever wished that theatre had all the excitement of a video game, where you could be in control of those on stage? Well, if so, a new show – entitled Fused, which plays at the Project Arts Centre on Essex Street in Temple Bar – can offer to make that dream come true. The show comprises a live performancecum-gaming adventure in which audience members get the chance to take over the virtual controller to guide the hero through a variety of crazy puzzles. However, throughout the show, the clock is ticking ... Fused is touted by its creators as “an immersive work of fiction, a live videogame experience channelled through theatre”. The aim is to bring back the excitement of playing classic pointa n d - cl i c k g r a p h i c adventure games such as The Secret of Monkey Island series, Broken Sword, Grim Fandango or Telltale’s recent smash-hit Walking Dead titles. The show will open on December 1 in the Project Arts Centre and runs until December 13. For further information, call 086 453 8792, or email

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The Picky Eater LOCALS won’t thankThe Picky Eater for recommending it, but a trip to John Kavanagh’’s pub in Dublin 9 is well worth the trek. On the map since the 1830s and perched on the edge of Glasnevin Cemetery, it offers a good helping of history with an old-style ambience to wash it down. A tour of the cemetery will work up an appetite for the Kavanagh’s experience while offering you an exit directly into the arms of The Gravediggers, as it is more widely known. Stepping inside this hostelry is like stepping into a film or theatre set.

The place has a thespian flavour. This favourite haunt of the late actor Donal McCann is the setting for scenes from the BBC’s recent interpretation of John Banville’s Quirke (think Gabriel Byrne). And no wonder. A no-nonsense interior with little ornamentation is easy on the eye, with rough hewn tables and chairs, wooden floors and a variety of snugs designed for winter evenings of hot whiskeys and good conversation. On a midweek evening full of seasonal traffic and frantic shoppers, The Picky Eater and companion were catching up

in the sanctuary of the Gravediggers. We began with conversation in the comfy hum and dimness of the old bar. The plan had not included food but on the night that was in it, hot and cold tapas Irish-style were on offer. What the heck, we thought, why not? So we set out for the other side of the bar, wine in tow, thankful that we’d avoided the bags of crisps we’d considered at the outset. A blackboard on the wall behind the counter offered a disconcerting array of options. Choosing wasn’t easy, but we got on with it. One helpful waiter’s

intervention later and our minds were made up: a Greek salad; a hummus plate; a fancy potato cake and a dish of fried prawns. Hot flat bread and Italian bread sticks appeared. We were on our way and sharing was the order of the day. The salad was crisp, the feta well salted, olives plump and juicy, flavoursome tomatoes and a clean single-tone dressing with a hint of sage saw us greedily forking up the last scraps. Meanwhile we made inroads into the hearty potato patty with its fried golden crust that gave way to hot mash with spinach and pine nuts. Again, we scrabbled over the last morsels… The hummus with accompanying greenery was fragrant and fresh; hot prawns nicely doused

in lime juice went down easily. A mutual friend made an unexpected appearance and joined us to mop up our leftovers, proving that the portions were ample, filling and healthy. Feeling virtuous, we tucked into our wine with even more gusto. Six generations later, this family run pub (still with the Kavanaghs) can hold its own its with bigger brasher competitors. This year, the Lonely Planet singled it out for a special gong. Secret Europe, 50 Truly Unfor-

The Gravediggers has seen the great and the good of the city pitch up for generations, thanks to its straightforward but welcoming charms

gettable Experiences to Inspire Your Next Trip, puts The Gravediggers at number 46 on any visitor’s must-see list. And here’s a nugget from Glas-

nevin Cemetery tour: the gravediggers of yore took their porter through the cemetary gates in ceramic jars, hence the term going for a jar. Slainte mhor!

Conclusion THANKS to some generous, tasty pub fare and its serving of pure atmosphere by one of Dublin’s most historical haunts, John Kavanagh/The Gravediggers (at 1 Prospect Square, Dublin 9; tel 01 830 7978) offers plenty for patrons to dig into ...

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THE countdown to Christmas has begun and, as the elves get ready to prepare presents for Santa to deliver to children across the world, Dubliners are getting ready to buy gifts for friends, families, neighbours and colleagues. To help with those hard decisions on what to buy Aunt Mary or little Tom this year, over the next few weeks The Gazette will select the most interesting, unique and fun gifts available online or in shops

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the festive season: keeping the weight off

You don’t have to pile on the pounds The festive season is upon us and the temptation to eat, drink and be merry without thought of tomorrow is alarmingly strong. If you want to know how to resist, this week’s Gazette Health has tips from Dublin-based personal trainer Keith O’Neill of Fitness Forte.

Just because it’s Christmas, don’t stop exercising! It’s important for your fitness to remember that it’s not only Christmas day you need to worry about – but all the days leading up to and following the big day. Remember how you want to look and feel, not just at this time of year but all year round. By keeping a strong mindset towards exercise and good nutrition you can maintain your weight when others do not. If you want to avoid the “holiday stone” you need to keep your sugar intake to a minimum. We

eat more sugary foods at Christmas than any other time of the year. And it’s the hidden sugars in foods like breads and soft drinks that you need to be aware of. If you can control your sugar intake it will help massively to control your weight. Take control of your social events Be cautious about your intake during Christmas socialising: how much alcohol are you consuming? What are you eating? Eat a big meal before you go out and this will stop you being hungry later. You’ll not want to stop off for fast

RunningShorts Hartstown Park in Blanchardstown recently held their inaugural parkrun vent - a free, weekly 5km run/walk. The Hartstown parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9.30am and take part in a free, non-competitive 5K run. The weekly event is entirely organised by volunteers, and are currently looking for people to come on board and help out. Email for more information. FOR someone who is always snacking, I love these Stript Snacks, which are tender, air-dried beef steak pieces seasoned with either cracked black pepper or red chili. The great thing is, they can be used after exercise to supplement your protein intake or as a healthy alternative to crisps or chocolate! They’re all natural ingredients – no artificial flavours or preservatives. • Over 50% protein (16g per pack), more per unit weight than nearly all protein bars; • Calories (73 calories per pack), less per unit weight than rice cakes; • Gluten-free; • Paleo-friendly snack.

food later. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and also during a night out to prevent you becoming dehydrated. We often confuse dehydration with hunger signals. I would recommend a glass of water with every alcoholic drink. Exercise during the festive season Most people will stop exercising over the festive season. It is very important to get some form of exercise in, whether it is a walk, jog or a gym workout. If you’re jogging or walking, try doing intervals. So for example, do

30 seconds fast-pace followed by 30 seconds medium-pace. Repeat for 10 to 15 rounds and you will find this very beneficial. If you are going to the gym, make sure to cover the full body with various compound moves. For example, squats, lunges, deadlifts, bench press and lat pulldowns. These exercises cover every body part and will give you the workout you need to reduce body fat and tone up. Exercising, whether it’s over the festive season or not is a great stress reliever. I would say it’s the most under used

By keeping a strong mindset towards exercise and good nutrition you can maintain your weight when others do not

anti-depressant out there and needs to be utilised a lot more. Festive season exercise and nutrition tips My festive season tips would be: 1. Never let more than two to three days go by without exercising. 2. If possible, vary your workouts so no two days are the same. 3. Partner up with someone. Having a training partner will always push you that little bit

more. 4. Leave the car at home. Today we drive more than ever, so next time you need to go to the shop, leave the car and walk. 5. Try to avoid carbohydrates at breakfast. Stick with protein (meat, eggs) and fats (nuts, nut butters, avocados). 6. Over indulging is something people do at Christmas. Don’t! Just eat until you’re satisfied. Avoid that bursting at

the seams feeling. 7. After the dust has settled, set yourself some short and long term goals for the New Year. Tell someone about these goals as this will keep you accountable. Then go and smash them! Get Guaranteed Results with a Personal Trainer Contact Detail: Keith O’Neill Ph: 086 3490668

Herbal tea remedies for winter  Sundara O’Higgins Manager, Nourish, Donnybrook

AS THE cold winter months creep in, more and more people are looking to the benefits of herbal teas, which are packed with a wide variety of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Herbal teas can assist with everything from detoxifying your system to boosting your energy and improving digestion. So, why not tr y some of these teas to get a boost this winter?

For cold symptoms • Rio amazon catsclaw (below): This tea is ideal for the cold winter, with a warming blend of cat’s claw, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and orange peel. Cat’s claw has long been used in the Peruvian Amazon to boost the immune system, fight infection and reduce inflammation. • Niks lemon and ginger green tea: Green tea has been consumed in Eastern cultures since ancient times for its immunity- and metabolism-boosting

properties. This modern twist on the traditional ginger and lemon remedy provides a zesty combination of green China sencha leaves, real lemon pieces, orange peel and ginger, making it a seriously tasty blend rich in immune boosting antioxidants and Vitamins C and B. G i n g e r i s a we l l known remedy that has been used for centuries to help fight congestion associated with the common cold, strengthen immunity and fight infection. Why not add a teaspoon of Manuka honey to the mix for some extra anti-bacterial action?

For energy • Miracle tree Moringa tea: With the packaging claiming that “Moringa tea gram for gram has 3 x the potassium of bananas, 4 x vitamin A of carrots, 4 x calcium of milk, 7 x the vitamin C of oranges, 9x the iron of spinach”, this nutritious tea is one antioxidant-rich energy booster – and what’s more, it’s caffeine free. The leaves contain amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phy tonutrients – perfect for a natural energy boost on a busy day.

• Dr Stuart’s triple ginseng tea (below): This caffeine-free tea contains a boosting blend of Brazilian, Korean and Siberian ginseng. The revitalising properties of ginseng have long been recommended by herbalists to support the immune system, boost resilience to stress and combat physical and mental fatigue. The information here is not designed to diagnose or cure any ailment. If you have any medical problems, please consult your doctor.

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DUBLIN’S Delorentos have had a rollercoaster journey in the music business, to date, but their commitment to the cause of the band has led to some of the best indie rock to come out of the capital in the past few years. Their recently released fourth album, Night Becomes Light, is another collection of songs that easily stands shoulder to shoulder with their award-winning Little Sparks, in terms of quality and class. H o w e v e r, a t t h e moment, the band are going around Ireland on their largest tour to date, which will end with a celebratory date at Vicar Street in December, and GazetteMusic spoke to K ieran McGuinness from the band about the process of preparing for the live shows with their new songs. He said: “It’s an exciting process and we’re working through it at

the moment. We’ve delivered the best album we could, not worr ying about how they are going to sound live. Now, we need to work out how to play the songs! “It’s com plicated, and different, and that’s the focus. We normally would have played the songs a lot and have them worked out before we recorded them, but this time, it is the other way around.” We caught up just as the album was due to be released, and Kieran spoke about the passion that has gone into the creation of Night Becomes Light. “I’m hoping people will like it. It had to be good and we had to be proud of it. The reality is, if you’re in a band, if you’re asking people to go to shows and buy your record, they have to be good. “There’s a lot of ‘noise’ – there are hundreds of records released every month, every week. If you want to do some-



3Arena rocks the bells in run up to Christmas

The lads from Delorentos, and the cover of their recently released album, Night Becomes Light

thing that people connect with and hold on to, it has to be the best you could possibly do, and you have to put everything into it.” As far as the upcoming tour is concerned, the band are putting their all into making these dates a representation of all of the heart that went into the album, as well as what works best for the performance environment, given that these

songs were born in the studio. “We’ve played the songs each 50 times, and every time we’ve tried to do something a little different. There are no four-part songs on the album. The songs are going to take different shapes as we play them, but we’ll work that out and get them right over the course of the gigs. “But it’s an exciting process, and some of

the best times are the ones interacting with people.” Delorentos play Vicar Street on December 12, and you can buy tickets from For further information on the band, see For the complete interview, log on and listen to The AAP Podcast at theaapnetwork., or i6gq7Jx, and download the Delorentos show.

ALL eyes are looking toward the East Wall in the lead up to the festive season as music lovers seek out the best ways of warming their musical hearts as Christmas looms ever closer - and there are treats aplenty under the 3Tree. Straight out of the box is former Smiths frontman Morrissey who has been in rare form live and on record this year (World Peace Is None Of Your Business is his best in years), and plays on December 1. Beloved icon Peter Gabriel arrives back with a show based around his classic So album on the 25th anniversary of its release and groundbreaking live tour on December 10. And if that weren’t enough, hometown heroine Imelda May brings the Tribal live experience home on December 19 and 20 - so treat yourself to an early present!

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REFLECTING ON GREATNESS The ultimate David Bowie retrospective arrives HE may remain elusive but David Bowie has been very visible on the release radar in recent times. The magnificent The Next Day album last year rekindled people’s admiration for The Thin White Duke and the arrival of the latest Bowie retrospective, Nothing Has Changed, brings together the greatest releases of his career from the past 50 years. In keeping with the artwork, Bowie’s looking back, and the tracklisting for the ultimate threedisc edition is a mirror image of his work, from specially-recorded Sue (Or In The Time Of Crime) through to his very first release as Davie Jones And The King Bees, Liza Jane, in 1964. The two-disc and vinyl editions also feature impeccibly curated collections, and all give a perfect snapshot of the astonishing artistic and musical journey of a timeless visionary. A must for the Christmas list.

WE have three copies of Tommy Tiernan’s new live DVD, Stray Sod, recorded in the stunning surroundings of The Glebe Gardens Ampitheatre in Baltimore, Cork recently. Truly number one in his field, this captures Tiernan at his joyous and inspirational best. To win a copy, simply answer the following question: What is the name of Tiernan’s current live tour in Ireland? Send your answer with the subject line “Tommy Tiernan Live” to by December 5. Tiernan will be playing on various dates throughout January at Vicar Street and tickets are on sale now, and you can find out more information at www.tommytiernan. com/gigs.

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Jamie Heaslip and Alan Brogan with Goal chief executive Barry Andrews at the launch the 2013 Christmas GOAL Miles. Photo:Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

fundraising: call for dubliners to organise their annual christmas runs

Get your Goal on for the 2014 mile events and help charity Dublin people, young and old, are being urged to consider organising a Goal Mile in their area this Christmas as part of the aid agency’s bid to draw attention to some of the humanitarian crises that it is currently responding to across the developing world. Goal miles were held in 20 locations across Dublin last year, including Clondalkin and Santry, and all the events saw more than 25,000 people raise €170,000 at 130 Goal Miles in Ireland and overseas. Goal chief executive Barry Andrews

is asking the people of the county to try top last year’s number over the Christmas and New Year period. Now in its 33rd year, the Goal Mile remains one of the country’s most popular annual fundraising events. Each Christmas, tens of thousands of people run, jog or walk a mile for Goal, helping to raise vital funds for its programmes for the poor. “Our team of Goal Mile organisers are the people who make the Goal Mile such a success,” said Andrews. “Thanks to these men and women,

Goal is delighted to have so many Mile events taking place throughout the country each year. Hundreds of people now have the opportunity to attend miles overseas. Last year, locations such as Abu Dhabai and Melbourne, Australia staged Goal Miles for the first time. “The more miles we organise, the more people take part; the more people take part, the better chance we have of raising funds that will help us respond better to these disasters, and our other work across the developing

world.” Goal is currently responding to the ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, where they will soon be managing a treatment centre for ebola patients in the west of the country. It also has extensive programmes in South Sudan and Syria, where millions of people continue to suffer from conflict and food shortages. People who are interested in organising a Goal Mile in their area, please email Alan at, or telephone (01) 2809779.

NIALL Kearney (Royal Dublin) and Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) will both take part in golf’s seasonending Titleist PGA playoffs in Antalya Golf Club in Turkey in a three-day battle over the PGA Sultan Course on November 29 to December 1. They secured their slot to play in the showpiece after taking the top spots in the regional Order of Merit. They will be offered opportunities aplenty heading into 2015 if they can finish among the leading players on the Mediterranean coast. As well as a lion’s share of the £15,000 prize fund, the top 10 in Turkey will each receive a spot to play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next year.

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WITH Dublin in the midst of a mini-cold snap, and winter definitely peeking around the corner, we can settle back and reflect on the successes of our sports men and women over the month of November. And it’s with that transition in mind that we present this month’s Dublin Sports Awards nominees. It seems as though we’ve only just announced last month’s winners, but here we are, back again with another set of diverse and deserving participants who have shone in their respective disciplines and are worthy of a salute for their efforts. As always, we’re delighted to hear your stories of sporting achievement, so contact us with your news at and we’ll tell the rest of Dublin!


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SWORDS’ native Finn captained the Republic of Ireland Under-17 side that progressed from the elite phases of the European Under-17 Championships in Serbia, marking her return to action after a four-month lay-off with a stress fracture.

Keeler extended his run to seven wins in succession with a first-round stoppage over England’s Gary Boulden on the Macklin undercard at the 3Arena this month. The Ballyfermot man wasted little time in dispatching his opponent.

FORMER ST Andrew’s College student Bowtell picked up a pair of ITF women’s tennis 10,000 tour events this month, winning at the Aegon GB ProSeries Loughborough before defeating Switzerland’s Tess Sugnaaux in Helsinki.

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NA FIANNA minor hurlers matched their AFL1 side when they wrapped up a 1-26 to 0-14 win in this month’s Dublin minor A hurling championship final at O’Toole Park, having 15 points to spare over Kilmacud Crokes following an exceptional performance.

FORMER Swords Rovers man Conan Byrne, along with Swords native Lorcan Fitzgerald, were celebrating last Sunday as they helped St Patrick’s Athletic land their first FAI Senior Cup since 1961 in the Aviva Stadium against Derry City.

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s produced a stunning performance to defeat league winners St Brigid’s and land the Under-16 A camogie championship title at Naomh Mearnog earlier this month as Boden soon got into their stride and closed down their opponents.


Leinster U-18s retain interprovincial title for fourth year 

Lauren Campbell receives her U-13 player of the year award in Blakestown last weekend

LEINSTER’S Under-18 boys claimed hockey’s interprovincial championships for the fourth successive year courtesy of their 2-0 win over Ulster last Sunday at Grange Road. They went into the final tie needing a victory of any kind to claim the title following a pair of wins over Munster, allied to a 2-0 defeat to the northern province on Friday evening. Monkstown’s Andrew Fogarty’s simple finish allied to a powerful corner flick from Rory

Nichols propelled Leinster to the win in the first half, ultimately seeing off Ulster on goal difference in the decisive match of a hectic weekend. After Ulster had a couple of early corners denied, Gareth Borland’s team went in front from their first corner, one worked to the right post where Fogarty was gleefully waiting. Ulster had plenty of good baseline attacks down the right wing with Nichols required to hook one off the line. Freddie Morris charged down another couple of corners but once Leinster got

their second, Ulster visibly tired. It came after Clontarf man John Mullins nabbed back possession on the right after his initial shot was blocked by James Milliken. From the follow-up corner, Mateusz Nowakowski provided an audacious 270 degree spin before releasing it out the backdoor to a castle on the right of the circle. Nichols flicked high and handsome to the right corner for 2-0. From there, the second half was an open and ragged affair with both sides struggling for rhythm at the end of a long weekend.

The tackles were messy with Ulster reduced to nine at one stage as they suffered three sinbinnings while Ziggy Agnew also took a break for taking the ball over shoulder-height. Ulster could not take any of their chances in spite of some subline Callum Robson skills while Leinster had a few set pieces of their own but none was required as they retained the title. At Under-16 level, the roles were reversed with Ulster winning on goal difference despite a 4-3 loss to Leinster in their final game.

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Corduff producing Celtic Warriors for the future The small Dublin 15 gym has the attention of the boxing world after their fighters produced some of the bouts of the night at the recent Macklin undercard - and coach Paschal Collins sees this as just the start 

CELTIC Warrior Gym’s head honcho Paschal Collins is hopeful last week’s Return of the Mack will open a series of new doors for his fighters following an epic night in the 3Arena. It is providing the Corduff-based gym with a much bigger stage to showcase some of Ireland’s best boxers. First round stoppages for Luke Keeler and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan along with Jono Carroll landing fight of the night victory following his war with Declan Geraghty all garnered prime real estate on Sky Sports while enjoying huge home support. Beyond that trio, Stephen Ormond was recently named as the WBO European boxer of the year and is set to fight

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a world title eliminator against Terry Flanagan on December 13 in Sheffield. “All these guys are in this little gym in Corduff, hidden away where no one even knows about them,” Collins told GazetteSport but he reckons that will change in the coming year. Indeed, American television has already also taken notice – albeit in bizarre circumstances – to take note of a big night for Irish boxing. In the wake of Spike’s grudge match win over Anthony Fitzgerald, a stool was

thrown his way as he celebrated on the ropes. “That was a horrible incident,” Collins said to GazetteSport. “CNBC actually broke the American Football game on Saturday night in the states to show this. They say no publicity is bad publicity so we got great coverage from such an unfortunate thing to happen.” Eddie Hearn, Matchroom boxing’s promoter of the Return of the Mack event, is right on board. With his tie-ins with Sky, it could open up plenty of new opportunities for these fighters to gain exposure and, ultimately, better chances at moving up their respective rankings. Keeler stretched his professional record to seven wins with a demolition of Gary Boulden who was expected to

“give him a long hard night”. “He had gone the distance against Billy Joe Saunders and other great fighters in the UK,” Collins said. “Luke just took him apart and knocked him out. “He’s a complete package; he looks good,


‘All these guys are in this little gym in Corduff, hidden away where no one even knows them’ - Paschal Collins


can fight, speaks well and is very clever – he’s an AC engineer – which is what you need in a fighter. “The whole thing for this fight was, being on TV, just to put on a great performance and who knows what will happen. You don’t get many

Action from the fight between Luke Keeler and Gary Boulden at the 3Arena recently showed the potential of the young fighter. Picture: Sharon Flanagan

opportunities like this in boxing to fight on a big show on Sky. “He went out there, knew what he had to do and was comfortable and confident, showing people what he can do. Relatively, he is a novice with only seven fights. Eddie Hearn is very

interested while I had a call from Frank Warren’s matchmaker too. At the moment, the future looks bright.” O’Sullivan was similarly impressive while Carroll’s victory over fellow Dubliner Declan Geraghty , by way of disqualification, offered a glimpse of both fighters’ potential. It was something Collins could scarcely have envisaged for Carroll when he first rocked up to Celtic Warrior. “He was the dark horse. He walked into the gym three months ago from Australia where he had one or two fights. I didn’t know what to make of him; I had never met him before and he didn’t look much like a boxer. He wanted to fight and train and, after two or three days, I let him in to spar Stephen Ormond

and then realised how good he was.” There was little love lost during the bout between him and Geraghty who was a senior champion when Carroll was intermediate. But Collins felt Carroll could find a way to upset his opponent’s rhythm despite his quality. “Declan has been to my gym to spar Stephen Ormond so I knew what he was like and how to beat him. Jono had to be in tip-top shape and he was; he’s fresh, he’s exciting. “I was pleasantly surprised with how Declan Geraghty has grown, even in the space of the last year, as a fighter and is a big name to watch for the future. What let him down on the night, which is unfortunate that a great fight ended that way, was his temper. “He got frustrated because I think he felt he was losing – it was close – and Jono was getting inside against the taller guy. Declan got frustrated and did one or two silly things.” It offers Carroll a shot at the Prizefighter series and more exposure. With two more Celtic Warrior trained fighters – Frank Buglioni and Steve Collins Junior – taking part in the undercard of the Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora on November 29, it is a particularly busy time.

FastSport impressive win for bowtell in helsinki open: FORMER St Andrew’s College student Amy Bowtell won her second tournament in November last week when she claimed the $10,000 Aava Ortolääkärit Open title in Helsinki last week in some considerable style. Bowtell had two weeks earlier won in Loughborough in England, continuing her excellent run of recent form on the court. In Finland, she saw off Nikola Vajdova of Slovakia in the first round before dismissing Switzerland’s Margaux Deagostini and USA’s Alexa Guarachi, all in straight sets. Her fourth round tie was trickier, sharing a tiebreaker each with Italy’s Corinna Dentoni before racing to victory in the decisive third set, 6-1. It set up the final with Swiss woman Tess Sugnaux and Bowtell was imperious, running up a 6-3, 6-3 success. The victory continues her rise up the women’s world rankings having reached her highest point of 435 on the list, the best of her career. The 21-year-old ended 2013 outside the top 600 in the world and so this run of results means she is on course for her best ever finish to a season. She has run up 42 wins from her 61 matches so far this year, to make it a particular impressive year.


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soccer: dun laoghaire club shine at danone nations cup

Locals named in Irish high performance team RCD Ladies Olivia Mehaffy has been named in the Irish Ladies Golfer’s Union’s winter high performance training programme at the elite golf facilities at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard, Laois. The programme will see Ireland’s top 15 female amateurs avail of the world class facilities on offer at the Seve Ballesteros “Natural” Golf School. Under the guidance of High Performance manager David Kearney, a host of expert service providers in the areas of swing and short game analysis, strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology will deliver a robust training regime to the ILGU’s elite panel of players. The squad members will stay on site at the five-star hotel and avail of the extensive gym and spa facilities. Their holistic programme is designed to cover all aspects of the game. Weekend training sessions will take place from November through March next year with a week-long session planned for the mid-term break in February.

North signs for Rovers as Hoops bolster roster STRIKER Danny North has joined Shamrock Rovers for the 2015 season. The former Sligo Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic and Grimsby Town forward put pen to paper on a deal with the Hoops last week. North had been training with Grimsby Town in recent weeks, but has decided to continue in the Airtricity League with Shamrock Rovers. The 27-year-old is

Pat Fenlon’s second new signing of the offseason – the Hoops boss signed Keith Fahey early last week. North said: “I’m buzzing that it’s sorted out and I’ve officially joined Shamrock Rovers. I can just get the head down now and enjoy starting afresh at a new club. “When the season ended I felt I needed a fresh start and so I was happy to talk to Pat. He spoke to me about his plans and I am very impressed with the ambition here at the club and I hope to play a part in success next season.”

Players from Ireland and Argentina come onto the pitch for their play-off match in the latter stages of the tournament in Brazil

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ST JOSEPH’S Boys Under-13s Bernard Byrne hailed his side’s trip to the Danone Nations Cup as “an unbelievable experience, something the players will never forget” following their trip to Brazil last week. There, they were the Republic of Ireland’s representatives at the event, taking on sides from around the globe over the course of the threeday tournament having qualified as SFAI Under12 champions earlier this year. They ended up 20th

overall, though, with a bit of luck they could have finished higher having missed out on a place in the last 16 knock-out phase of the competition only on a Fair Play assessment, edged out by Germany. Joey’s had beaten the Germans 1-0 thanks to Eoin O’Connor’s excellent goal in their first game in Pool A. They followed up with plenty of endeavour, staying true to their footballing instincts of playing a passing game on the deck. In quick-fire 20-minute games in the searing heat, it may not have suited the tournament but Byrne said that

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his side stayed true to playing the game in the right fashion. “The standard was really high throughout the tournament and it was great to play against the different styles from all the other countries. We drew lots of plaudits for the way we tried to play but we came unstuck against more defensive styles who played long ball while we pushed forward.” They fell 1-0 to a very strong Romania side who won all their group games before falling by the same scoreline to Tunisia when a draw would have seen Joey’s through.

It left a three-way tie for second in the group on points and goal difference. It meant the second place in the last 16 was decided on a Fair Play ruling with each game marked on behaviour on the field and in the dugout with Germany getting the nod. Joey’s went into the 17-32 placed playoffs and got off to a great start with a penalties win over South Korea before cutting loose against Uruguay with a 4-0 win. They fell 2-0 to Canada before losing to Argentina in their final game to end up 20th overall from the 32-team event.

Nonetheless, Byrne said it was a once in a lifetime experience for his players. They spent their six days in Sao Paolo staying in the same venue that Belgium used during the summer’s World Cup and said that Danone have created a superb event. “I could not speak highly enough of the tournament. I would say I high-fived or shook hands nearly a million times. Normally, at this age group there is a bit of nastiness that creeps in but there was none of that here. It was an unbelievable experience from start to finish.”

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Kickhams seek new boss as Curran departs 

BALLYMUN Kickhams confirmed last week that they are on the search for a new senior football manager following Paul Curran’s decision to step down after four years in charge. In a statement on the club’s website, Ballymun Kickhams said: “The

executive of Ballymun Kickhams would like to thank Paul Curran and his management team for all the work they have carried out over the past four years. “Paul has decided not to continue on with management in 2015 and we wish him well in all his future endeavours.

“Applications are now open for the post of senior manager with Ballymun Kickhams.” Applications will be taken until close of business Monday, December 1 and can be forwarded to Elsewhere, the club’s Under-16 footballers are set to take on St Syl-

vester’s in the replay of their league Division 2 final on Saturday with the tie pencilled in for November 29 at 2.30pm in Pairc Ciceam. The two sides tied 1-14 each to Bridgefield last weekend in the first meeting after the sides had finished first and second during the regular season.


hurling: kilmacud lose out in leinster semi-final

Vincent’s progress to final leinster club sfc semi-final St Vincent’s Garrycastle, Westmeath

Kilmacud Crokes Caolan Conway bears down on goal in the Leinster semi-final. Picture: Diarmuid O Gallchobhair

Shefflin’s Shamrocks cruise against Crokes Leinster SHC s/f Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-15 Kilmacud Crokes 0-12 

KILMACUD Crokes’ Leinster senior hurling club championship bid came to an end after two first-half goals saw Kilkenny champions, Ballyhale Shamrocks, take the path to victory at Parnell Park last Sunday. Henry Shefflin rose highest to bat a Conor Walsh point effort that was dropping shor t into the net in the fifth minute to rock Kilmacud back after a decent

start. Crokes battled manfully in defence but that goal separated the sides for much of the first half and they had to work that bit harder to create scoring opportunities, while the deadball accuracy of TJ Reid kept the scoreboard ticking over for Shamrocks. A superb Dillon Mulligan point in the 26th minute lifted Crokes but disaster struck two minutes later when goalkeeper Matt Collins seemed to lose sight of the sliotar in the sun as Reid’s 70m free bounced off his chest

and into the net to push Ballyhale into a 2-7 to 0-6 lead. A f ter the inter val, two points from Mark Aylward moved the Kilkenny champions nine points clear, 2-9 to 0-6. C r o ke s , h owe ve r, started the second half in determined fashion and Seanie McGrath had his goal-bound snapshot parried out for a ’65 by Richie Reid. The resultant ’65 was worked short by Crokes for Mulligan to add his second point of the day. Points followed from Crokes with two Ryan

O’Dwyer strikes cutting the deficit to two clear goals by the 43rd minute, 2-9 to 0-9. But that was as good as it got for Crokes and, despite all their industry, the goal they required to really ignite a fightback never materialised, with James Burke having a call for a penalty turned down three minutes from time, which was arguably as close as they got. C r o ke s w i l l n o w focus on their Dublin AHL Division 1 league final next Sunday when they meet St Jude’s in O’Toole Park at 11am.

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TOMAS Quinn’s 2-2 helped push St Vincent’s to the brink of a second successive Leinster club SFC title as they overcame the challenge of Westmeath’s Garrycastle in Parnell Park last Sunday. The Marino side’s early pace paid dividends and, within three minutes, Quinn turned brilliantly after a Diarmuid Connolly pass before driving a superb shot to the far top corner. Points from Connolly and Burke had their side 1-3 to 0-1 to the good inside 13 minutes. Ciaran Dorney twice went close to extending the margin but saw the latter effort ricochet off the bar but the second goal eventually arrived in the 24th minute when Quinn played a through ball to Shane Carthy who finished impressively to the net. Ger Brennan’s point five minutes before the break gave his side an emphatic 10-point lead, 2-6 to 0-2. Garrycastle, though, turned the tide in the second period. Points from James Dolan (two), Justin Barrett and Dessie Dolan cut the lead to 2-6 to 0-6 by the interval. It was a momentum the Westmeath champions built on for the restart as points from Dessie Dolan continued to reel in the reigning All-Ireland champions. In the 42nd minute Garrycastle punished Vincent’s for being caught in possession in defence for Dessie Dolan to slot expertly past Mick Savage. However, three minutes later Savage pulled off a brilliant and very important save to deny James Dolan. The jitters continued for a spell as Michael Monaghan brought the sides level after a misplaced Eamon Fennell handpass as the Marino side’s 10-point advantage was fully wiped out. But Vincent’s showed the confidence of champions to arrest their slide when Quinn and an excellent Brennan point, from a move he originally initiated after linking well with Connolly, put them into the lead. Four minutes from time Vincent’s sealed it when Quinn converted a penalty after a foul on Ruairi Trainor that saw Garrycastle keeper Cathal Mullins blackcarded. With time almost up Brennan was also black-carded before Vincent’s advanced to play Offaly’s Rhode in the Leinster final on December 12.

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Katie adds world title to record book 

KATIE Taylor created another piece of history as she equalled the record for five women’s World Championships gold medals early on Monday morning when she defeated Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseevna. It tied the Peamount United club woman with India’s Mary Kom on five titles, all won at lightweight, adding to her six European crowns and the gold medal won at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Taylor was ahead on all three of the judges’ cards after a cagey battle, picking off her shots when she could, to complete the victory in Jeju, Korea.

Speaking after the final, Taylor said she was delighted to have continued her incredible run of results. “It was such a tight contest. Every round was very close and she was very tricky,” she said. “The tactics from my Dad and Zaur [Antia] were spot on once again but I had to execute the game plan so well. It was an absolute privilege to equal the record of five world titles and I just thank God for another great victory. I know everyone at home was praying for me which was so encouraging and reassuring.” Asked whether she ever finds it difficult to push herself, given the huge amount of success she has had already, Taylor said that it actu-

ally was a huge factor in pushing her on. “It’s not hard to find motivation. Every competition, every contest is so tight and every championship is so hard to win and defend. I know how hard it is to win one world title so to defend it is a huge challenge and I am going to try to defend the Olympic title now and make history again.” Taylor’s passage to victory saw her defeat Dominica’s Valerian Spicer in round one before enduring a huge battle with Finland’s Mira Potkonen in the last 16. The much anticipated grudge match with Sofya Ochigava – whom Taylor defeated in the Olympic final

– did not materialise with the Russian withdrawing due to injury. China’s Jinhua Yin was subsequently beaten in the semi-final with her corner throwing in the towel in the final round. She led on two of the judge’s cards though there was concern that one judge had her behind at that stage. It set up the final date and her father and coach Peter Taylor was thrilled that the team got their tactics right: “We knew it was going to be a difficult fight and didn’t want it be a subjective one like it did against the Finnish girl. We wanted to score single punches and then get out. The points she got were nice and clean and executed that well.”

Katie Taylor after her World Championship final win in Korea. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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