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INSIDE: Delightful live music helps a hospice fund P8-9

Rugby: Seapoint reach new heights in AIL league Page 32

Sports Awards: September nominees are announced Page 29

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 MOTORS ........................19 BUSINESS .................... 21 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

September 29, 2011

SUCCESS STORIES: Winners at the County Enterprise Awards Pages 4-5

Slice of council history up for auction Q MICHAEL HANNAN

A SLICE of Dun Laoghaire County Council history was due to go under the hammer at Mealy Whytes Auction Rooms, this week. A copy of the bound Kingstown Urban District Council minute book, from 1919, contains reports and minutes of council meetings about ongoing work done in the Dun Laoghaire district during a fascinating period of

Irish history. According to proprietor, George Mealy, it is a “significant” reference book that was mass-produced for the general public. The book was originally part of a collection owned by Limerick book collector, Joe McMahon. “The estimate will be about €40 to €60, as it is a general report book,” said Mealy. Full Story on Page 3

Drumming it in: Helping mark a music school’s latest move HUGH Keenan helps to drum up

excitement about the recent launch of Kingston Academy’s new premises, which was officially opened by An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore. Hugh’s drumming skills were tempo-

rarily muted as the Tanaiste congratulated the music and art school on its latest development, which also marked its third anniversary – something for Hugh to make plenty of noise about. See Gallery on Page 10

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A call to retract office objections DEAR EDITOR,

THE reported objections to the opening of a Dail constituency office in an unoccupied premises at Dun Laoghaire town centre by one of our local public representatives (Deputy Richard Boyd Barret, PBP) are difficult to understand. Such an office will undoubtedly bring additional business to our town. There would be widespread local criticism if the public representative in question had chosen another town for his office. In the past, we, the local business-people, always warmly welcomed Dail constituency offices to our town centre – including the existing constituency office of Sean Barrett TD, and, in the life of the last Dail, the constituency offices

of Ciaran Cuffe and Barry Andrews. These recent objections are yet again more of the negative – the “oppose everything” brigade – who have plagued development in Dun Laoghaire over many years. It is time for us to be positive, to welcome new offices, new shops, new ideas for our town. The proposed new constituency office has not been opposed by the business people of Dun Laoghaire in general. The objections were apparently made in the name of our local business association, and the County Chamber of Commerce. However, our local business people in Dun Laoghaire town and harbour were not consulted in advance. There is a long-standing practice all over Ireland for organisations

representing business people to remain independent of political party involvement – and to be seen to be independent. Long may that remain the case. We need to make “friends and influence people” of all political viewpoints, especially in these difficult economic times. As a local businessperson, and a one-time secretary of the Dun Laoghaire Business Association (1994-2010), I strongly urge the objectors to immediately withdraw their objections, in the interests of local business development, and the creation of muchneeded jobs in our town.

Breasal O’Caollai Costello Jewellers, Number 1, Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire

United in agreement: Cheerfully feeling Blue DUN Laoghaire Dail Deputy Mary Mitchell

O’Connor (centre) helped turned the Dail blue in aid of Blue September, last week. The campaign is designed to raise awareness among men of the importance of early detection of all cancers that affect them. “I commend the organisers of Blue September for raising awareness of prostate and other male cancers. Members and staff of the Oireachtas

lent their support yesterday by wearing blue,” said the local TD. “We, as women, also have a role to play. We must all encourage our husbands, partners, fathers, brothers and friends to see their GP regularly, and to ensure that they get checked for prostate and other relevant cancers,” she said. She is pictured with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Eoghan Murphy, Simon Harris and Catherine Noone.


Workshop to look at Alzheimer’s disease Q MICHAEL HANNAN

WITH more than 44,000 people in Ireland suffering from dementia, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland is hosting a free interactive workshop on the disease this October in Dun Laoghaire’s County Hall.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 11, and is entitled, Dementia Awareness in our Community. Some of the major themes explored in the workshop will be understanding dementia and how it impacts on people; exploring our own per-

ceptions of people with dementia; a discussion of “dementia-friendly communities”, and initiatives to promote the inclusion of people with dementia in the community. The event will help mark Social Inclusion Week. Avril Dooley, grassroots coordinator, said that the aim of the workshop was to target those that may not have been traditionally linked with such services in the past, including local businesses, as these would have contact with people with dementia on a regular basis. She said: “Our main thrust is to raise awareness about dementia, and to provide services that meet the needs of people with dementia.” Involved with the Alzheimer’s Society since January, 2009, she will be one of three speakers at the event. The other two are Bairbre-Ann Harkin, of Dublin Contemporary, currently running a modern art exhibition in Earlsfort Terrace; and a member of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland Blackrock Club. Harkin had previously worked in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which had a programme for people with dementia.

Dooley said that, as the education and access person for Dublin Contemporary, Harkin was brought on board to get the public engaged in going to an exhibition they may not have previously considered attending. She added: “We’ve been planning this since the summer. We’re really hoping to target those that work with people with dementia, and those that really want to improve their interactions with people with dementia. “A diagnosis with dementia can be a very isolating experience, and people tend to withdraw from their communities – this is about how we can bring people back in.” Service providers in the community, such as gardai, libraries, solicitors, and GPs, would find the workshop beneficial. It would also be useful to voluntary and community organisations working with older people and their families, and health and social care professionals working in dementia care, she said. Places are limited, so advance booking is necessary. To register, contact Avril Dooley by telephoning phone 01 207 3802, or by emailing adooley@

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HERITAGE Kingstown’s council past in bound book

Rare 1919 minutes go up for auction A LITERARY slice of Dun Laoghaire County Council history was due to go under the hammer at Mealy Whytes Auction Rooms this week. A copy of the bound Kingstown Urban District Council minute book, from 1919, contains reports and minutes of council meetings about ongoing work done in the Dun Laoghaire district during a fascinating period of Irish history. According to proprietor, George Mealy, it is a “significant” reference book that was mass-produced for the general public. When asked about the book’s provenance, Mealy said that the book was originally part of a collection owned by Limerick book collector, Joe McMahon. “The estimate will be about €40 to €60, as it is a general report book,” he said. “T here are other, bound council books from Roscommon and Cork dating back to that era that are also awaiting auction.”

Mealy said that he had seen a version of this book “about 30 to 40 times”. Independent councillor Victor Boyhan said he was “delighted with the discovery”. Responding to initial concerns that the minutes may have been an original manuscript, a council spokeswoman said the manuscript was still in the safekeeping of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC). “The 1919 minutes for Kingstown Urban District Council have not left the ownership of the council, and are in the safekeeping of DLRCC. “We have all those records in safekeeping archived. We have the original manuscripts here; it’s not that anything disappeared from the council. “[The item] is, in fact, a printed ‘copy’ of the original manuscript, which remains in the safekeeping of the council. “It may well be one of a number of copies printed at the time and, possibly, they were circulated to



Banging on about a fun event: Third anniversary of Kingston Academy is marked in style at its new venue’s opening

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and, inset, Councillor Victor Boyhan


‘We have the original manuscripts here; it’s not that anything disappeared from the council’ --------------------------

DLRCC spokeswoman


elected members for their own records. “However, this is speculation, and cannot be verified,” she said. “It is, therefore, not the intention of the council

to purchase the item on sale at this point, as it is considered that the original, bound transcripts of the 1919 minutes, which are currently in safekeeping by the council, are of greater significance and of more intrinsic heritage value to the county than the printed copy,” said the spokeswoman. Cllr Boyhan called on the council to contract the services of an archivist to catalogue the council’s historic records, and to prepare a full inventory, to be put up on the council’s website.

Proposed architecture variations to county plan DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has prepared a draft of proposed variations to the County Development Plan. Under the variations, the council is proposing to designate Sandycove and Silchester Roads as Architectural Conservation Areas. A council spokesperson said: “The reason for the variations is to identify the special character of Sandycove and Silchester Road, and

to set out conservation and planning policies to protect their special character, and which will guide their future development. “The exact boundaries of the proposed Architectural Conservation Areas are delineated on the maps accompanying the public display.” Details of the proposed variation, the Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report, and the Habitats Directive Screening

Report may be inspected at the following locations: • Planning Department, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire (between 9am and 4.30pm); • Council Offices, Dundrum Office Park, Dundrum (from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 1.30pm to 4.30pm), and • All branches of Dun LaoghaireRathdown libraries (during library opening hours).


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EVENT Bid Management Services takes

Local firm scoops Q DAWN LOVE



A DU BL I N - BA S E D tender management company, which has won €200 million worth of business for clients in the last year, scooped the County Enterprise Award at a ceremony in Dun Laoghaire this week. Bid Management Ser vices, which was founded by Joanne Gillen and Peter Brennan, manage bid projects, proposals and response documents for public and private sector tenders. --------------------------

Setting Up A New Business: A Guide for Ethnic Entrepreneurs October 11th, Stillorgan Park Hotel AS a county, DLR prides itself on its diversity of population, and is inviting would-be entrepreneurs of differing ethnic backgrounds to attend a free afternoon business seminar taking place in the Stillorgan Park Hotel on Tuesday, October 11th from 2 to 5pm. Entitled Setting Up A New Business: A Guide for Ethnic Entrepreneurs, the event will provide expert advice and guidance to members of migrant communities in Ireland who are interested in starting up, financing and expanding their own business. Our opening speaker, Peter Smyth, the Acting Director of the Institute of Minority Entrepreneurship (IME) in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), will provide an insight into the nature of the challenges and opportunities facing ethnic entrepreneurs in Ireland. DLRCEB and Southside Partnership DLR will make presentations on the full range of supports they have to offer small business owners and answer questions. The seminar will also feature a case study presentation from a local ethnic entrepreneur who will be sharing their experiences. The event takes place during Social Inclusion Week 2011 (October 8th - 15th). This highly successful initiative is organised by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council to encourage participation by county residents in all aspects of social, cultural, economic and political life. Places for this seminar are limited and prebooking is required. A voucher for a free one-toone mentoring session with one of the county enterprise board’s experienced business mentors will be provided to registered attendees on their arrival at the seminar, for use in the weeks following the event. For further information, and to book your free place, visit Contact DLRCEB on (01) 494 8400 or email maire@ with queries.

‘If small businesses are to continue to maintain current jobs and create new ones, then we must continue to support their efforts through wideranging support services’ --------------------------

The company, which started off in a spare bedroom office in 2008, now employs seven fulltime and three parttime staff in Sandyford Industrial Estate. Organised by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board, the awards took place during the Fly Higher: Celebrating and Inspiring Enterprise event at the Royal Marine Hotel in front of over 100 guests. M e a nw h i l e , M a r y Cronin, from Web Team International, a website development and design company in Dalkey, won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award; Matthias Jacobs and Karl Schachkermann were presented with the Most Promising Start-Up

award for their IT security business, LogScreen Ltd and Kelly Felton, from in Blackrock, took the Best Networker of the Year Award for her new event management business. Another finalist, B g a t e Te c h n o l o g y, founded by serial entrepreneur Simon Lunt, was presented with the merit award for product development for their on-line product for the food services sector. The sixth nominee,, an on-line directory for medical practitioners set up by Dr Darach O’Ciardha and Dr Shane McKeogh, won the merit award for innovation. Speaking at the event, Michael Johnson, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdow n County Enterprise Board, said: “As these micro businesses demonstrate, there are lots of success stories coming from Ireland’s small business community that deserve to be recognised and rewarded. “If small businesses are to continue to maintain current jobs and create new ones, then we must continue to support their efforts through wide-ranging support services.” Niall O’ Farrell, from Dragons’ Den, Susan Spence, from SoftCo and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, Kevin Kelly, were all guest speakers at the Fly Higher: Celebrating and Inspiring Enterprise event this evening, which was hosted by broadcaster Conall O’Morain. Bid Management Services will now represent the county at the National Enterprise Awards in November this year. In 2010, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown was represented by Fergal Swan and Richard Doody, of Counter Propaganda, a men’s fashion brand and retail company.

Kelly Felton, of PlanMyParty, winner of Best Networker Award, with DLR Cathaoirleach Cllr John Bailey and Paddy Beare, Chairman of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board

Mary Cronin, from Web Team International Ltd, who won Female Entrepreneur of the Year with Cllr Bailey and Paddy Beare

Matthias Jacobs, Karl Schackermann, from LogScreen Ltd, Most Promising Start-Up Award, with with Cllr Bailey and Paddy Beare

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home prize at County Enterprise Awards

Enterprise Award

Joanne Gillen, Bid Management Services founder, Ed Powell and Hazel Aherne, Bid Management Services, were Overall Winners and also won Business Growth Award


Calls for a reduction in rates T H E R E h ave b e e n renewed calls this week for an urgent reduction in commercial rates that small and medium businesses in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown are struggling to pay. Dun Laoghaire TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor, called on the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party to introduce a reduction in rates. “This week, I brought a motion before the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, proposing that we introduce a reduction in rates for small and medium businesses,” the local Fine Gael TD said. “The valuation office currently does not discriminate between large multiples and small, family-run businesses, which make up the back-bone of the retail sector in Dun Laoghaire

and many other towns across Ireland. “Small businesses are currently struggling to pay extremely high rates and jobs are under threat as a result. “A recent ISME study showed that the retail sector is hardest hit, with 65% of retail SMEs saying their survival is threatened. “I have also raised this issue with the Minister for Environment Phil Hogan, who listened carefully to my concerns. “I have asked the Government to examine the possibility of reducing commercial rates for small businesses in the upcoming budget and to examine the way in which the valuation system works to make it fairer for small and medium businesses,” she said.


Joanne Gillen, founder of Bid Management Inspirational motivation speaker, Kevin Kelly


Broadcaster Conall O’ Morain

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FUNDRAISER Giddy Goose cafe plays host to Dun Laoghaire

The live music enthralled everyone at the coffee morning, creating a genteel, calm feeling

Soothing music for a great cause

FUNDRAISING coffee morning was held at the Giddy Goose cafe recently, a few days away from the fundraiser’s doorstep, where Catherine Madden, of the Dun Laoghaire School of Music, had arranged a delightful morning performance at the popular coffee shop. Patrons were treated to a number of musical performances, with the skilled musician’s selections proving a perfect accompaniment with the coffee shop’s range of drinks and snacks. It was all in aid of fundraising for a


new pallitative centre at the hospice, a cause close to the hearts of many across the town and the region. Catherine sang a medley of popular tunes, while Inge Bacher played the flute, and mother and daughter ensemble Sandra and Clodagh Vedres, played the cello and violin, with the audiences enjoying the selection of songs, with pieces ranging from Mozart and Bach to traditional Irish airs, including a rousing version of Noel Purcell’s, Dublin Can Be Heaven, the music and the morning was a great success.

Playing more delightful music

Inge Bacher

Marguerite O’Connell

Joan O’Shea and Nicole Murphy

Daughter and mother duo, Sandra and Clodagh Vedres, played delightful music on

Mia Hefferon was happy to have a lovely croissant to share

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School of Music’s delightful fundraiser for a hospice

the morning, with the ladies demonstrating their great skill. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Catherine Madden

Catherine Madden and her daughter, Orla

It was the perfect time for a morning performance

Pritpal Jandu

Even the chef enjoyed the music

The audience greatly enjoyed the performance, as well as the chance to help support the worthy cause

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ARTS An Tanaiste opens music school’s new premises

Hal Ledford, DLR Chamber of Commerce

Sinead Finnegan, Shirley Copperwhite, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Junshi Murakami and Audrey McKenna. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Academy’s opening hits all the right notes INGSTON Academy recently celebrated its third anniversary at the launch of its new premises, located on Castle Street in Dalkey. The music school’s director, Audrey McKenna, welcomed An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, to the school. Before he officially opened the school, the Tanaiste congratulated and praised Audrey and her team, and wished them well. An Tanaiste said that music, the arts and culture is “our


Rose Gildea and Annabelle Nash

Laura Zimmermann

soul, and very important in difficult times”. Amongst those in attendance were Neil Keenan, president, DLR Chamber of Commerce, along with Hal Ledford; Councillor Marie Baker, FG; comedian Kevin Gildea, and numerous pupils and their families, who enjoyed the delightful music. The school offers a wide range of musical activities, along with the addition of various art courses.

Director Audrey McKenna looks on as An Tanaiste cuts the ribbon

Hugh Keenan trys out some drums at the opening

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Brought to you by Derry Temple personal trainer and pilates instructor


Eating right food helps weight loss Low-calorie diets (LCD) encourage you to eat less and to starve yourself, which has some major drawbacks

THERE are approximately 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. Taking this into account the National Institute of Health has recommended that to

lose one to two pounds per week, a weight loss programme should create a deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories per day. Traditionally, we are

taught that, if you take in fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight, and while this can be true, often there is little consideration given to the nutritional value of those foods. L ow- c a l o r i e d i e t s (LCD) encourage you to eat less and to starve yourself – this has some major drawbacks. It often encourages the body to store extra fat and break down muscle tissue; also the body quickly adapts slowing the metabolism to match your caloric intake. Effective

These diets often focus on low-fat foods, but the truth is that it is not the fat in your diet that is making you fat! In fact, you need fats for a number of metabolic processes, including fat-burning. The good news is you can actually turn your body into a more effective fat-burning machine without the need to go hungry by simply eating the right foods in the right quantities. When participating in a LCD, people are often advised to eat more carbohydrates (carbs), which are low in calories. A lot of carbs are termed high Glycaemic Index (GI). Eating high GI carbs causes a spike in your blood sugar levels and, when your blood sugar rises, this causes the pancreas to respond by secreting insulin. Insulin is the sugarregulating hormone that works to store sugar in cells as fat. When insulin does its job well, sugars are quickly stored as fat, causing your blood sugar levels to plummet and leaving you hungry and tired. Ingested fats and proteins, however, do not

cause this same insulin response and so are more likely to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. On a LCD, people will often tend to avoid proteins because of their higher calorie content. This means overlooking the fact that, to digest and absorb protein, your body has to use 25% more energy to break it down than it does for simple carbs. This is known as the thermo-genic effect. Protein is also vital for building muscle and, if you want to stay lean and fat-free, then you want to keep the body “anabolic” or building muscle. Your body is naturally designed to be lean – it’s not designed to be overweight, sick and unhealthy and, if you eat the right foods, your body will tell you when you are full so you won’t have to go hungry. Optimum

Your diet should constitute a reasonable mix of proteins, fats and low GI carbs. Real foods that will keep your blood sugars in balance, and provide you with optimum nutrition, are those foods that can be found in nature. They can be either picked, gathered, milked, hunted or caught from the sea. In short, if it doesn’t run in a field, swim in water, fly in the sky or grow in nature then you probably shouldn’t be eating it! Derry Temple is a qualified nutritionist and provides free nutritional guidance to his fitness clients. This month, Derry is offering readers of The Gazette the opportunity to Bring a Friend along for Free to any of the DT Fitness Bootcamp courses. Visit for more info.

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Veneration is due for Clark’s third album Q ROB HEIGH

It’s not often that you come across an act on the basis of a cover version. But when that act is brave enough to cover one of the most abrasive and angular songs from one of the most abrasive and influential underground acts of the last 30 years and nail it, you know there is something special about them, especially when that act is St Vincent. Steve Albini’s Big Black were a corner-

stone of industrial hardcore before it became fashionable in the early Eighties, setting off an incendiary device built on melody, grinding rhythms and ferocious attitude. Their standout track from 1986’s Atomizer was Kero sene, with its uncompromising subject matter and interpretation, was underpinned with a propulsive beat and guitars like a chandelier shattering on marble. For anyone to attempt to cover it is brave

enough, but to capture its essence of ennui and fury is hugely impressive. Played out live in New York in may, Kerosene in Annie Clark’s hands was as direct and bludgeoning as it was in Albini’s, and it provided an insight into the direction her music was going. Clark has been a member of the euphoric psychedelic rockers, Polyphonic Spree, as well as being a touring par t of Sur f jan

St Vincent’s Annie Clark on stage earlier this year

Stephen’s band. Emo types will have heard her work with Bon Iver on a track that appeared on the recent Twilight soundtrack, but don’t let that put you off (the Twilight connection, of course, not Bon Iver, who is responsible for easily the best record of the year so far).

St Vincent are Clark’s individual presence on record, and Strange Mercy is as individual and unique a record as you are likely to find. Previous records, Marry Me and Actor, have illustrated Clark’s talent as a multi-instrumentalist, bringing woodwind and baroque

arrangements to the playing field, but her new record, Strange Mercy, meshes all the best elements of her previous work while simultaneously peeling the wallpaper with squalling guitar and synth figures that utterly surprise and delight. There is a beauty in

the arrangements and a sometimes symphonic pop sensibility that is shifted sideways by the uncompromising accompaniments and production. T here is so much going on in every track that you are always on your toes while listening, waiting for the next twist, and it’s an immense pleasure to say that of any release, especially faced with a selection of cookiecutter one-note acts one has the pleasure of reviewing in any given week. This is work of some immense imagination and skill, easily the best of St Vincent’s three records to date, and should give Clark some breakout success, especially if you go and buy Strange Mercy now, which you really should.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Is having a classroom pet a good idea? WE’RE only a couple of weeks back into the new school term, and I’m inundated with calls from teachers asking my opinion on classroom pets. And, while it’s to their eternal credit that these lovely educators are interested in ensuring their students see them as a model of responsible pet care and are willing to ask advice – my opinion is, and always will remain, the same when it comes to this subject: I strongly discourage classroom pets for many reasons. And here is why: Classrooms can be noisy and frightening places for animals and it’s difficult to look after any pet’s needs in this type of environment. This applies to all animals, including goldfish. While pets are an excellent way to add enrich-

ment to a young child/ teen’s education and development, I believe responsible pet care and animal welfare can be taught in schools without keeping animals captive. Studying an animal in its natural environment should aim to cause minimal disturbance whilst maximising educational opportunity. So, why not set up bird houses and feeding stations around the school yard, but please continue the feeding programme throughout the year. In my humble opinion, there needs to be an explicit animal welfare education rationale for using animals in education – and legislation relating to animals must be considered in the development of all programmes of study. Where animals are kept

in schools, proper provision should be made for their physical and mental wellbeing. I would strongly disagree with any school or college that may decide to use a classroom pet to increase their attendance figures with the understanding that, if students don’t attend, the animal will not be fed or taken care of. And yes, this scenario is hard to believe, but a teacher did suggest this to me as a way of bumping up attendance. I absolutely believe this to be an inappropriate approach because it gives a negative impression of how the school/college views its responsibility for the welfare of animals within its care, which may have a detrimental effect on the students’ attitudes toward their duties in later life.

Schools have a duty of care to ensure proper provision is made for the welfare needs of any animals for which they are responsible. This applies not only during school term, but also during the holidays. However, I will say that, when giving an education talk or workshop, I often bring along my experienced and trained dog Belle, but only when she is completely happy to accompany me and when the situation/environment permits it. I do this because, as an animal welfare officer, I’m trained in observing a dog’s behaviour and recognising its specific needs and requirements. I also always adhere to an animal’s five freedoms at all times. If I feel one, any or all of these five freedoms are in danger of being

Classrooms can be noisy and frightening places for any animal

compromised/breached, I do not allow Belle, or any animal, accompany me on an education talk. Considering a classroom pet? Ask yourself these questions: • Why do I want a classroom pet? • Can I meet my educational objectives without using a live animal in my classroom? • Am I willing and able to take this pet home? (It’s important to under-

stand that your responsibility does not end when the school day ends. You must continue to take care of the animal outside of school hours, including weekends and holidays). • Are my students mature enough to safely and humanely handle this animal? • Does anyone have allergies that may become aggravated by the presence of this pet? • What will I do if

health concerns arise in the future? • Am I willing to provide routine/emergency veterinary care? • Am I prepared to deal with students’ questions should this animal die? • Does my classroom provide adequate space for housing this pet? • If there’s an accident involving this pet will my school accept liability? • In the event of a school evacuation/emer-

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REVIEW Bord Gais Energy Book Club and Other People’s Money

Bad bank yarn a familiar tale in these times BANKERS behaving badly is a sore subject in the current economic climate, but it’s one that is only beginning to attract the literary attentions of novelists. One of the best such novels has just been published by the prize-winning, London-based South African writer, Justin Cartwright. Other People’s Money tells the story of an upper-crust, family-owned private bank, Tubal & Co, which gets into trouble when it

gency, am I prepared to rescue this pet? So, if your school thinks a classroom pet is still a great idea, then staff need to know their personal responsibility exists, irrespective of whether the animal was purchased by the school or is owned by one of the pupils, teachers or parents. If an animal’s needs are not being met whilst at school and beyond, criminal prosecutions could, in theory, be brought against all persons over the age of 16 who had responsibility for that animal(s), including school staff. My advice would be to contact the Dublin SPCA and check out our free humane education programmes and find out how you can help your students support us in our battle to save animals’ lives. The operation of the country’s oldest and largest animal rescue shelter requires lots of help and, if you feel you can offer it, please email me at For more info log onto or email me at

deviates from its ageold mission of looking after the toff’s money and diversifies into the murkier world of investment banking. Family patriarch, Sir Harry, has suffered a stroke and is recovering in his villa in Antibes. This leaves his son and new chairman, Julian Trevelyan-Tubal, free to take the sort of liberties Sir Harry would never have countenanced. Julian has lost the bank a packet on a dodgy hedge fund and now, in

an effort to sell the bank behind Sir Harry’s back, he needs to pad the balance sheet, moving money around to make it look more saleable to the Americans poised to purchase the house of Tubal. Sound familiar? Things begin to go awry when a regular endowment to Artair MacLeod, the first husband of Sir Harry’s wife, Fleur, becomes one of the first casualties in the makeover of the bank’s finances. A local paper takes up the story

and attracts the attention of a whistle-blower eager to dish the dirt on Julian and his nefarious scheming. With Sir Harry near death, the urgency to sell the bank and resolve the succession brings out the worst in a memorable cast of characters, which includes the trophy wife, the black sheep, the scorned but faithful secretary and the memorable Artair who, however buffoonish, represents the enduring

ing Flann O’Brien and Daniel Day-Lewis. This is a cracking satire on a topical subject and it’s beautifully observed. Enjoy!

values of art while the barbarians are at the gate. There’s also an intriguing Irish theme involv-

For lots more book reviews and to keep upto-date with the latest literary news, become a member of the Bord Gais Energ y online book club, where you’ll find great recommendations for hours of entertainment in a good book!

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Essential make-up T’S a magic ingredient that can lift a complexion, leaving you with healthy, flushed cheeks and, this autumn, there is an array of beautiful blushers out their to suit every skin type. One of the prettiest is by Lancôme’s Global Make-up Director, Aaron de Mey, who says that, when he set about creating the classic skincare company’s new autumn essential make-up collection, he wanted it to represent the staples of a chic, sophisticated women’s make-up arsenal – red lips; brown-lined sculptures, defined eyes, groomed brows and fluffy lashes, neutral-coloured


Lancôme’s Maison Lancôme blusher (top left) and Yves Saint Laurent’s Blush Radiance

make-up with metallic hints layered over matt sculpting, defining powders. A return to simplicity and sophistication ... “It allows me to show a glamorous, graphic, sophisticated make-up style: Brown-lined eyes with shades of taupe, red-painted lips and red or sparkly, black nails... very femme fatale,” says de May. The collection’s blusher Maison Lancôme is so pretty, you will almost be afraid to use it. Designed like a vintage postcard, the very essence of Paris has been captured in this season’s blush palette. The silhouette of the Eif-

fel Tower, the typically Parisian Art Nouveau streetlamp lighting, the cobbled pavement outside the historical House of Lancôme at 29, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, make this palette a true work of art. Aaron’s top tip: “Use as an overall cheek blush with a large, soft, fluffy brush, keeping it high and central on the cheekbones. It adds soft, sheer colour and definition to the face by illuminating the cheekbones.” Maison Lancôme Blush €45.00 Meanwhile, from Yves Saint Laurent, their Blush Radiance will leave you with a half-matte, half-

satin blush that captures the light and transforms it into colour. There are six delicious shades to choose from including Impetuous Beige, Celestial Mauve, Brazen Plum, Incandescent Orange, Mysterious Red and Spellbinding Violet. All about Blunt

She almost stole the show in The Devil Wears Prada and now British actress, Emily Blunt, has been announced as the new face and ambassadress of Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium fragrance. Blunt has become one of the most popular and respected young actresses working today. From the unforgettable, careerminded secretary in the award-winning comedy, The Devil Wears Prada, to her dramatic portrayal of the young queen in the biopic, The Young Victoria, it’s easy to see why her performances have earned her a ream of fans throughout the globe. Both perform-

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British actress, Emily Blunt, has been announced as the new face and ambassadress of Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium fragrance

ances earned her Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. TV gave her one of her finest roles, playing Natasha in Gideon’s Daughter, for which she won a Golden Globe award for

best supporting actress. Blunt has starred alongside such prestigious actors as Meryl Streep, Benicio del Toro, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Anthony Hop-

kins. And, in the next 12 months, she will be seen alongside Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, in Looper, and

with Jason Segel in Five Year Engagement. Speaking about her new role with Yves Saint Laurent she said: “I am very honoured to have been chosen to be the face of Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. “I have huge admiration for the House of Yves Saint Laurent and feel that this House has always truly understood the expression of elegance – its mystique and its indescribable power. “It is a really exciting experience to embody this legendary fragrance, which has stood the test of time without its allure ever being diminished. Being a part of this new campaign and being able to tell the story of this very evocative fragrance is a real thrill.”


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OPINION Candidate’s Presidential vision

Mary to ‘campaign with passion’ THIS is my first week as a formal candidate for the Presidency, thanks to the support of a range of councils across the country. The fact that this endorsement came from a huge crosssection of society, including councillors of almost all parties and none, was deeply gratifying. Anyone aspiring to the Office of President must be a unifying force. Deciding to run for President is a major decision for any citizen to take. Deciding to seek that job in succession to one of the most admired and respected holders of the office, President Mary McAleese, was an even tougher one. As someone who has served since 2004 on President McAleese’s Council of State, I have seen up close the passion, energy and conviction she has brought to the office. She has set the bar high for her successor. She has shown how the Presidency can reflect and embody all that is good and noble about our people. Over the past months I have been developing my vision of how my Presidency could work to rebuilding pride at home and restoring respect for Ireland internationally. It reinforces the reality that I come to this campaign as a truly independent candidate: an independent candidate with no party political affiliations or political baggage. I have no political background or celebrity status. Instead, I come to this campaign with a

Mary Davis

strong record of getting things done and working with ministers and public representatives from all parties and none – not only here at home, but also across the EU. My career as an advocate for those who have been excluded and marginalised has been about quietly and effectively building coalitions and alliances to achieve our goals.

Now, that I have secured that place on the Presidential ballot paper, I will spend the next six weeks campaigning with passion and vigour to bring my message to every village, townland and community across this land, from Aughrim Street to Ahascragh and from Malin Head to Mahon. We have had something of a phony campaign over recent months, focusing more on celebrity and the fortunes of political parties than on the role of the Office of the President. The Presidency is much more important than that. Now that the closing date for nominations has passed and the choices we have to make emerge, I believe the time has arrived for the real debate to begin. That debate should be about the type of Presidency our people need today. It should be about the values we wish to see reflected in Áras an Uachtaráin, and about the way in which the Presidency can work to repair Ireland’s reputation on the international stage. The message I take into this debate is clear and straightforward – as President I will take a role in restoring pride in our country at home whilst rebuilding respect for Ireland on the world stage.

Mary Davis Presidential Candidate

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The new Hyundai i40 has a good size and solid feel to it, with the benefit of a full-size spare wheel and a high specification on the entry model at a competitive price

Hyundai’s new gem in i40 The i40 combines stunning good looks with impressive economy, as MICHAEL MORONEY found out when he took it for a recent test drive HERE is new competition for the D segment of the car market, with the arrival in recent weeks of the high-specification and keenly priced Hyundai i40. Given the specification and the performance of the car, it’s sure to be a real challenger for the current segment market leader, the Toyota Avensis. The specification of the new i40 is impressive. There are some useful features on board, all at a much more affordable price that should put the entry 115bhp model on the road for a competitive €24,950, before delivery


SPECS: HYUNDAI I40 1.7D Top speed: 180 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 12.9 sec Economy: 23.2 km/litre (4.3l/100km) CO2 emissions: 113g/km Road Tax Band: A (€104) Warranty: 5 years Entry Price: €24,995

charges. I drove an early edition of the new Hyundai i40 at a dealer launch last May. Recently, I’ve had time to give the new i40 a longer test drive and get a feel for the car’s features, economy and performance.

There are two engine options for the new i40, both of which are based on the 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine. There’s a choice of 115bhp or 136bhp and they each give reasonable driving power. I had the more powerful 136bhp version on the road in the higher priced Executive specification. That meant that I had the full specification package, with little left from the option sheet. The higher-power car delivers more in terms of acceleration pace, but there is as always a compromise in fuel economy and CO2 rating. The

entry model has a more sluggish pace with a 0 to 100km/hr rating of 12.9 seconds. The more powerful 136bhp version shaves about two seconds from this while only marginally affecting the fuel economy figures. Hyundai claims that this car’s value is hugely about running costs. T he rated economy figure is 18.1km/litre (5.5l/100km) for this higher-power car. That should mean getting over 1,250km from a full 70litre tank of diesel. I didn’t achieve that level of economy, but was close to 1,100 km. That’s

still a good performance for a lively and comfortable big car that weighs in almost as heavy as a Ford Mondeo estate. Irrespective of engine choice, the cars have a low CO2 rating, 115gr (€104 annual tax) for the lower-power version and 135gr (€302 annual tax) for the more powerful car. Add that to the economy performance and running costs will be low. The interior of the new i40 is modern, while remaining functional and easy to use. Setting radio stations and the car’s Bluetooth mobile phone system is easy – I like that

ease of use feature. The car looks and drives very well. It’s easy to drive and get comfortable, with good seating and easy adjustment. The entry price for the Hyundai i40 at €24,995 is very keen. That gives you good value, with modern styling and a five-year unlimited mileage warranty that alone is worth a lot. Moving up to the Executive option adds just €1,500 to the price. You get more features and more power, while the economy difference is minimal, and that’s why I believe this will be the most popular model.

Over 1,000 journalists gather to assess new Opel Ampera AT THE Opel Ampera’s international media presentation in The Hague, Netherlands, last month, more than 1,000 journalists had an opportunity to assess the vehicle prior to its launch at the end of the year. One of the tests in the event’s Eco Drive Contest involved optimising the Ampera’s driving range in pure battery-powered mode by using an energy-efficient driving style. According to the car’s technical specifications, it is possible to cover a distance of up to 80 kilometres in pure

electric drive mode on a single charge of the 16 kWh lithium ion battery. The results achieved in normal road traffic conditions were extremely convincing. Journalists who tackled the Eco Drive challenge successfully completed the 73 km test route on battery power and nearly a quarter had sufficient power left to cover at least a further 10 kilometres, according to the vehicle’s range indicator. The most efficient driver could have driven a total distance of 95.3 kilome-

tres on battery power alone – roughly 15 kilometres more than the Ampera’s stated maximum battery-powered range. None of the participants risked running out of battery power en route because the Ampera’s range-extender, a 1.4-litre gasoline engine, is used to generate power for the 111 kW/150 hp main electric motor if the battery becomes depleted. In this way, the fourpassenger vehicle is the first electric car from a European manufacturer that is entirely suitable for everyday use due to

a total driving range of more than 500 kilometres.

The Opel Ampera. © GM Corp

FOLLOWING a nationwide recruitment campaign in July to find a number of electric vehicle ambassadors, Renault has announced seven new recruits, including Ciaran O’Mahony, who will be based at Bill Cullen Motor Group Airside. Ciaran will be dedicated to the Renault range of electric vehicles and will help to build awareness and assist customers in making informed choices. While the seven new EV Ambassadors will be experts in their field, the entire Renault network will be fully trained to sell electric vehicles. Based in key dealerships around the country, these ambassadors will play a crucial part in the launch of Renault electric range of vehicles, which will see the Kangoo ZE arriving in November, followed by Fluence ZE in early 2012. Also in 2012, Renault will launch the Twizy, an urban two-seater quadricycle and the ZOE, a stylish compact hatch. “Interest in the roles was very high and a huge number of applications were received,” said Sandra Rea, Electric Vehicle Project Manager at Renault Ireland. “These new recruits will be responsible for a number of tasks in the electric vehicle area.”

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A Rose Cottage by any other name SHERRY Fitzgerald, Castleknock, are bringing Rose Cottage, Porterstown, Dublin 15, a four-bedroom detatched bungalow, to the market for the asking price of €395,000. Located off the P o r t e r s t ow n R o a d , this bungalow, which extends to 1,700 sq ft, lies on .33 acre and offers enormous potential to extend further, subject to planning permission. A l t h o u g h r e q u i ring modernisation, the accommodation is both bright and spacious. The accommodation comprises an entrance hall with a wooden floor, alarm panel and

large storage cupboard, a living room, which overlooks the front of the property, and which has a cast-iron fireplace, a kitchen with fitted wooden units, a dining room with a patio door to the garden and an utility room with a tiled floor, and is plumbed for washing machine and dryer. The bedrooms in the property are all double rooms, and the master bedroom has a walkin closet, with feature cast-iron fireplace and wooden floors, as well as an en suite that contains a shower unit, whb and wc. The bathroom suite comprises a free-stand-

Rose Cottage, Porterstown is on the market for the asking price of €395,000

ing bath, whb and wc.

Exterior appeal Outside, The gardens are well maintained and benefit from a westerly orientation, and it also

offers a high degree of privacy. There is a dual access driveway to the front, which provides ample off-street parking. The property has an

alarm and oil-fired central heating. Rose Cottage’s location is convenient to local schools, shops and restaurants in Clonsilla and Castleknock villag-

es. It is within a short distance of Castleknock Golf Club and the Phoenix Park. Viewing is recommended and can be arranged by contacting

Carol Anne Galvin of Sherry FitzGerald, in Ashleigh Retail Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, on 01 820 1800, or via e-mail on


Peyton is still the place to be in Rathcoole THE Peyton development in Rathcoole village is presenting to the market a new set of large three- and four-bedroom semidetached houses, available from only €255,000. There is a range of house layouts and sizes from 128 to 190 sq m, suitable for first-time buyers, trading up or down, and large family homes. Constructed by Blackchurch Homes, these exclusive houses have a top-quality finish at a very affordable price in a convenient village location. All of the houses have large bedrooms, spacious living rooms, generous bathrooms and en-suites, decent sized gardens, and private driveways for two cars.

The fine interior design at Peyton is reflected across the range of house types

Local amenities on their doorstep include Rathcoole Park, and there are primary and secondary schools within walking distance. Some of the excellent Peyton house features include B1 energy ratings, no manage-

ment fees, a choice of Nolan fitted kitchens with granite worktops, and central vacuum systems. There are 9ft ceilings in living areas and kitchen appliances are included if the sale closes on time. Viewing is recom-

mended and the show houses are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2.30 to 5pm. For further details, contact Glenn Burrell in Finnegan Menton, on (01) 614 7900 or Redmond Auctioneers at (01) 4589833.

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ENERGY BILLS Q – I am thinking of revamping my home to avail of some of the energy grants available. My energy bills are huge and upgrading now can save me money, both in the short-term through these grants and the long-term from the savings on monthly energy costs. Can you let me know what grants precisely are available and how do I go about applying for them ? Paul - Wicklow A - “Better Energy Options” is the new recently launched revamped energy grant scheme and replaced three different grant schemes – Home Energy Savings Scheme, Warmer Home schemes and the Greener Homes scheme. Here are some of the grants available. • Solar panel water heating system - € 800 • Heating control upgrades - €400 • Upgrading to a high-efficiency boiler – € 560 • Cavity wall insulation - € 320 • Building Energy Rating (BER) grant - €80 ( you must get a BER rating as part of the application ) You apply to the Department of Energy via the Sustainable Peter Woods, former Minister for Health, Dr Michael Woods, and Paddy Dalton at the launch

Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who administer the grant

Unlock positive energy with bio-energy healing ON Thursday, September 22, bio-energy experts, Celtic Healing, opened their Dublin treatment centre at the Sands Hotel in Portmarnock. The centre will now be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am until late. Bio-energy healers have been unlocking positive energy and clearing energy systems for scores of celebrities and sports people all over the world. Firm devotees include Kylie Minogue, Liz Hurley, Donna Karan, the Duchess of York and her daughters and, of course, Michael Flatley is Ireland’s best known bio-energy success story. After being plagued by a mystery virus for two years, Irish dancing supremo, Michael Flatley, was completely cured. Not because of a good dose of vitamin C, yoga or osteopathy, but, intriguingly, thanks to a bio-energy healer. Bio-energy healing has also been winning a big following among sports people plagued by injuries. “Having seen the wide variety of ailments that have been healed with Bio-energy

therapy, I am delighted to be opening this healing centre in Dublin. “Healing without drugs, surgery or painful manipulation is something that most people want,” said Peter Woods of Celtic Healing. Bio-energy healing is an effective, holistic technique for the treatment of physical illness, emotional blocks, mental obstacles and spiritual issues. It is based on the understanding that each of us is a complex, interactive energy system. Historical records document energy healing over 3,500 years ago and Bio-energy is what the life force in humans is referred to as. When we get a blockage in our energy system, the energy stagnates and this leads to illness and/or discomfort. Guests at the launch included former Minister for Health Dr Michael Woods, acclaimed author Bernadette Bohan, Today FM DJ Tony Fenton, personal trainer to the stars Paul Byrne and wife Siobhan, beauty guru Triona McCarthy and Miss North County Dublin, Rebecca Maher. A standard course of treat-

ments with Celtic Healing is five sessions and this is effective for 95% of clients. Treatment takes place in a relaxed environment, on a one-to-one basis, with each session lasting approximately 30 minutes. A client record is taken, including medical history. Treatment is non-invasive, with minimal physical contact. Clients remain fully clothed, except for their shoes. The therapist may give advice on energy balancing techniques, diet and exercise. Bio-energy can help with all ailments - arthritis, asthma, ADHD, migraine, insomnia, back pain, stress, ME, eczema, psoriasis, acne, IBS and bowel problems, acid reflux and digestive problems. Bio-energy has also been very effective as a complementary therapy for people suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. An ailment is a symptom. The energy blockage is the root of the problem. The therapist will clear the blockage and the body will start to heal itself. Bio-energy is a complementary therapy and works

in conjunction with conventional medicine but it can speed up healing time on all injuries, sports, accidents, minor and major. It is especially effective after operations and procedures in hospital and can help lessen pain and discomfort pre- and post-medical intervention. “The body has very powerful healing abilities. The doctor puts a cast on a broken limb but the body heals the bone. A cut scabs up and heals of its own accord. “These are just a couple of obvious examples of the body’s own ability to heal itself but by clearing blockages from the energy system, it allows the body to begin the healing process,” said Paddy Dalton of Celtic Healing about his bioenergy technique. Celtic Healing Clinics are now taking place at the Sands Hotel in Portmarnock, Co Dublin on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8am until late. Call 01 8390344 for appointments or see

schemes. You must also use a registered SEAI contractor to do the work and complete a declaration of works, while all payments are paid after completion of the works not before. Contact details are or betterenergyhomes or Lo-call 1850 927 000

SUB PRIME LOANS Q – I have a € 240,000 loan with a sub-prime lender taken out six years ago. At that time, I had missed a couple of repayments on my car loan and my adviser said the mainstream lenders would not consider me for a loan. I did not really understand the consequences – all I wanted was a home for my family. I have maintained the repayments every month but am now beginning to feel the pinch – my interest rate is 7.5% and I am paying €1,678 per month at the moment. I could save over € 600 a month by moving to a high street lender. What are my chances ? David - Clontarf A - The Irish Credit Bureau (ICB) in Clonskeagh Dublin 14 is a lender’s first port of call to check your credit history. Missed payments stay on record for 5 years but if you have kept the nose clean these past five years, then you may have a case to swap back to a normal lender. The whole idea of sub-prime was a kind of purgatory – you did your penance but after a while, you were allowed to come back into the fold. Here is your checklist to see if you qualify with a high street lender : 1. Check with the ICB to see if your credit record is now clear 2. Ensure the loan-to-value is less than 80% - so the valuation of your home should be in excess of € 300,000 based on your € 240,000 mortgage 3. Your joint income should be between € 53,000 to € 60,000 or the same amount if the only earner in the home. 4. You will need P 60, pay slips and status enquiry form along with 12 months current account bank statements AND your sub-prime loan statements plus any other current loan statement Contact John with your money questions at jlowe@ or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel A perfect setting for family fun at Heritage Virginia Pumpkin Festival to attract festival fans from all over Ireland over the Bank Holiday

TAKING place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, October 28 to 31, the fifth-annual Virginia Pumpkin Festival is Ireland’s most unique and quirkiest event, attracting festival fans and pumpkin growers from Ireland and overseas to celebrate pumpkin season. Visitors will be kept entertained by the Pumpkin Weigh-in Competition, Ireland’s largest fancy dress party, a sensational samba band, artisan arts and crafts, and music from headline act, The Waterboys, on Saturday night. has some great deals on offer in and around Virginia, so get pumped and make sure not to miss out the festivities. WHERE TO STAY Lakeside Manor Hotel (three-star) – Virginia

Prices start from €100 per room per night from October 28 – 31 on Situated on the shores of Lough Ramor, the Lakeside Manor Hotel is the perfect haven for a relaxing family break. If you have time to spare after the festival, you can go horseback riding, catch a play at the local theatre or relax in the walled garden hotel bar.


THERE were two main highlights for me when it came to the five star Heritage Golf and Spa Resort in Laois. Set amidst rolling countryside and a spectacular golf course, it’s easy to see why it has become a huge hit with families. Quite simply, there is plenty to do and something for every member of the family to enjoy. Firstly, for the golfing enthusiasts, there is a spectacular Steve Ballestero’s golf course. And, if teeing off isn’t your cup of tea, then the 5km private walking track, which encircles the championship course, is ideal for everything from a fast-paced run, to a gentle stroll after dinner. The accommodation

(we stayed in a family suite) was also spacious and comfortable, while the health club comes with a 15m leisure pool (a little on the cool side for my taste) and fullyequipped fitness studio. But for me, the ultimate treat was the Heritage’s stunning and award-winning spa. Using products from the luxurious and organic Pevonia Botanica range, loved by Hollywood big names such as Sharon Stone and Susan Sarandon, there is a multitude of treatments to choose from. My therapist was Grace, and I’d highly recommend asking for her if you do happen to visit the spa. After chatting to me and taking a good look at my skin (which is combination, to be exact), Grace decided on

Headfort Arms (three-star) - Kells

Prices start from €120 per room per night, from October 28 – 31 on Located just a short drive from Virginia, this hotel is complete with a spa and golf course. A family run property, the Headfort Arms is an intimate property perfect for a relaxing weekend away. Cabra Castle Hotel (four-star) - Kingscourt

Prices start from €110 per room per night, from October 28 – 31 on This beautiful four-star manor property is complete with a golf course, tennis courts, spa, restaurant and lounge. A babysitting service is available on request and guests can avail of complimentary breakfast every morning. All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

One of the large, sumptuous suites

a Pevonia Prescription Facial (€85) which lasts for one hour. This can be tailor-made to suit your skin type and, to be frank, it was divine. Along with using products that were tailored to suit my complexion, she also concentrated on stimulating my lymph system. After this, I enjoyed a total Back Ritual (€85), which also lasts for one hour. Essentially this is a specialised back ‘facial’, which cleanses, polishes and thoroughly massages the back muscles. Floated

I literally floated back up to our room afterwards and, I must admit, I have become a firm fan of the Pevonia range, in particular its De-Aging Saltimousse PapayaPineapple scrub and the

De-Aging Body BalmPapaya Pineapple, since our break at the Heritage. But, as I said, there were two main highlights for me when it came to our stay and, after a thoroughly relaxing spell in the spa, dinner at Sol Oriens Italian Restaurant & Steakhouse was next up. I’d heard about Sol Oriens before went down to the Heritage for our stay. Friends had said it was perfect for dining out with a toddler in tow and, indeed, it is the ideal venue for more relaxed dining, with its open kitchen and classical Italian theme. My husband and I are big fans of Bruchetta Al Pomodoro (€6.25) so we both opted for this as a starter. It came on crispy, sourdough bread and was topped with delicious, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion and extra virgin oil. Next up, Dylan chose the Grilled Sea Bass Fillet served with Beurre Blanc (€22). This comprised a fillet of sea bass, topped with fresh tomatoes, red onion, coriander and extra-virgin olive oil served on a bed of mashed potato, and he loved it. I chose the Filleto Manzo (€26) – a 10oz Irish fillet steak grilled and served with sautéed mushrooms and onions, all of which also came

With a setting in the rolling

with creamy mashed potato. For dessert, we both had Panna Cotta, the classic Italian desert that completed a perfect evening. Breakfast was also delicious. We had just walked the 5km track around the golf course and were more than ready for a hearty feed. I opted for a croissant and porridge, while Dylan had a full Irish. Our toddler, Harry, had a mixture of both and was clearly in his element as the restaurant staff fussed over him. All in all, it was a relaxing family stay with the advantage of just being within an hour of Dublin city centre. For further details on special offers and prices at The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, Killenard, County Laois, you can call 057 864 5500 or visit

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Relax and unwind the night before your flight from Dublin Airport at the Hilton at Clare Hall MIMI MURRAY

countryside and views of the spectacular golf course, the five-star Heritage Golf and Spa Resort in Laois is a huge hit with families

The pool area

ON a recent trip abroad we decided to be ultraindulgent, or very sensible, whichever way you choose to look at it, and spend the night before our flight in an airport hotel. The Hilton is situated just minutes away from Dublin Airport in Clare Hall. The hotel has underground parking, so we decided to leave our car there for the duration of our trip at a reasonable rate. The hotel is really comfortable and boasts a bar and restaurant, which seems to be filled with locals, as well as transient guests. Our bedroom was really comfortable and quite spacious with a very comfy bed. We dined in the hotel and were very pleasantly surprised to see that the menu was quite adventurous and to our liking. After a smoked salmon starter and lots of delicious homemade breads, we chose from the grill – a fillet steak with bearnaise for me and a striploin for my husband. Both were very well cooked and came with loads of delicious extras. The wine list was very good with plenty of choice and we retired to the bar for an after dinner drink. Staff were ultra-attentive and really pleasant. The manageress said they are very much like a big family, and that includes a lot of the regular business guests who spend weeks at a time at the hotel. After a very restful night, we had a scrummy breakfast with loads of delicious breads, pastries, fruit and coffee on offer, as well as a decent selection of cooked breakfast. We checked out and waited for our minibus, which had us at the airport terminal within minutes. After a fun-filled four days in Spain, we returned home and our minibus was waiting for us at the designated spot. It was just a case of hopping in our car and making the journey home, relaxed and far less exasperated than normal.

The spa experience

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Junior Suite living area

Afternoon Tea by the fireplace


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GoingOUT GoingOUT MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Ger Carey Live

THE workings of the teenage brain are a mystery – unless you’re Ger Carey, whose comic show proves that he knows what it’s like to be a teenager. Aimed at young people between the ages of 15 and 18, his one-man show is set to help teenagers laugh at themselves and the complexities of their lives. Ger also says that grown-ups are welcome. Catch Ger’s show at 11.20am on Thursday, September 29, with admission costing €10 (teachers free).

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Brian Kennedy

FOR Brian’s many fans of his singular voice and singing style, this is a show not to be missed, as he can be relied on to croon through some of his many hits. Well-known as a leading singer, he is, perhaps, lesser-known as an author, proving that he’s a man of many talents – however, his singing skills will be to the fore at 8pm on Thursday, September 29 in Driaocht’s Main Auditorium, with tickets priced at €22/€18 conc.

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Faith Healer

BRIAN Friel’s striking play, Faith Healer, takes to the Pavilion stage, ready to bring the audience on a journey across Scotland and Wales with a faith healer and his companions, as he meets the sick by forests and mountains. But are Frank’s miraculous cures real, and what is the price the afflicted must pay? See this dramatic production of Faith Healer on Friday, September 30 or Saturday, October 1, at 8pm, with tickets priced at €21/€19.

Sally (Bailee Madison) has just what every child needs – a creepy old house, malignant imps living in its secret basement, and a camera to help prove they’re real (with a flash that might keep the light-senstive creatures at bay) in this interesting new horror

An impishly creepy tale There’s not much light relief in this tale of basement-dwelling creatures trying to get a child to let them out to play with her Q KATE CROWLEY

WHERE is it? It’s around here somewhere, I just know it ... Readers! (Yes, both of you.) Have either of you seen my Gone Fishin’ sign? Frankly, despite the soft, gentle arctic winds of autumn gusting across Dublin at the moment, I’ve never felt more like hangin’ my Gone Fishin’ sign on the back of my Gazette Towers’ throne, grabbing a jar of wigglin’ earthworms and sittin’ down at the banks of the Liffey, thanks to the decidedly poor offerings marchin’ up to our screens, this week. Faced with the likes of Cane Toads: The Conquest, and Shark Night 3D – not to mention the return of Katie Holmes – this has never seemed like a better week for me to master my Sudoku skills. Still, for the purpose of this week’s review, there’s no place like Holmes, so

FILM OF THE WEEK: Don’t be Afraid of the Dark +++ (16) 97 mins Director: Troy Nixey Starring: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, a grizzled groundskeeper, a creepy house, and murderous goblin things

OUR VERDICT: WHO would have thought that a long-abandoned house could be full of creepy secrets? With famed intellectual-horror director, Guillermo del Toto, having a helping hand in the film, this feels more like a scaled-down Pan’s Basement rather than Pan’s Labyrinth, but that’s no bad thing. We’ve all seen this kind of film before, and yet, it’s an enjoyable enough creepy tale to follow.

let’s take a look at her latest film, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark. Here, presented under the guiding hands of producer, Guillermo del Toro – the filmmakers have turned in a creepy horror. (Personally, I tend to think that most films with Ms Holmes turn out to be a horror, but I digress.) Following a gruesome, scene-setting intro, we flash forward to the present day, where a down-on-his luck architect, Alex (Pearce) moves into a creaking, crumbling, gothic pile with his girlfriend Kim (Holmes)

and his daughter, Sally (a terrific performance by Madison). In time-honoured fashion, the long abandoned house has a gruesome, if forgotten past – remember the intro, folks? – but all Alex can see is the chance to do a nice refurb job on the house, and get back on his feet, while at the same time the gals can bond. Because, of course, where better to hole up with a withdrawn child and a new girlfriend for some quality family time together than in a creepy old house?

It’s not long before curious Sally discovers that the house is full with the kind of mysteries that you tend not to see listed on property websites – including a secret, sealedup basement, and a mysterious fireplace that Sally seems to think has some... things... living in it being chief among such points. Of course, if a bright kid tells you that there are tiny, creepy monsters living in the fireplace she found in a secret basement, all set in the kind of house that Norman Bates would pass by to stay in a motel instead, you should probably believe them. Also, of course, Alex doesn’t believe Sally, who can not only hear the mysterious, tiny creatures in the fireplace endlessly whispering and calling to her to let them out and “play”, but can glimpse them, and see their malicious handiwork, which they revel in – as long as there’s plenty of darkness

around to hide in. It’s not long before the creatures have escaped and are loose around in the house, where – crucially – it’s perfectly clear that, yes, the creatures are very real, and dangerous, and that a crunchy, delicioussss child would be jusssst lovely, thank you. Oh, if only the family had listened to the grizzled groundskeeper, who warned them about the house! With Kim gradually coming around to believing Sally, yet Alex dismissing their fears, the scene is set for a showdown: house versus humans. The only problem is, they should all be very afraid of the dark ... Sure, we’ve all seen house-of-horror shows before – I used to have to review Changing Rooms, after all – but this is a creepily enjoyable addition to the genre. Maybe next week I’ll be Gone Fishin’ instead.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING Gears guns for the top Bytesandpieces SHANE DILLON

I HOPE that the zombies found at the top of the charts recently enjoyed their brief time in the sun, because one thing’s for sure – once Gears of War 3 was released on XBox 360, Dead Island (see panel, right) had about as much chance of staying in place as a Locust footsoldier facing Marcus Fenix. For those who don’t know what either a Locust footsoldier (or a Marcus Fenix) is, the Gears of War (GoW) series follows a dwindling band of desperate human survivors on Sera, a world that’s quite similar to our own. It’s similar, except for the fact that humanity’s facing extinction, with a mass horde of Locusts (a subterranean race of

Another weebyte Market needs more Vita-lity WITH Sony’s handheld gaming division now firmly locked in a pincer movement with Nintendo on one side, and Apple on the other, the stakes have never been higher for its revamped PSP – the Vita – to kickstart its handheld fortunes. Despite the PSP having decent power, my own experience has been that they’re rarer than hen’s teeth around Dublin, and, indeed, with it proving tough to find an okay range of PSP games in most Dublin stores, it remains to be seen how well Sony can hit back with the Vita. With even Nintendo’s recently launched 3DS slumping in the markets, Sony isn’t the only player praying for some Vita-lity to return to the struggling handheld console sector.

murderous creatures) having overrun most of the planet, leaving behind ruined cities, utter devastation – and millions of happy gamers, all following a supersoldier, Marcus, in his footsteps, band of brothers in tow. An XBox-exclusive title, Gears has established itself as a key franchise for Microsoft’s gaming fans, and this latest addition, while not exactly a revolution, certainly builds upon many of the already highly-polished strengths that fans relish in the series. A day before it hit the shelves on its world-wide launch date, I called in to the GoW3 launch party in the centre of Dublin, where hordes of Gears fans were entranced by the hordes of Locusts filling the screens, with

Dead Island is found to be a hit

Tipperary Hurler, Padraic Maher, and Leinster and Irish Rugby Player, Shane Horgan, fight their way past merchandising to be among the first to play Gears of War 3

single-player and multiplayer missions playing out across the venue. GoW3 certainly looked terrific (which gameplay videos on social platforms are already ably proving), while, away from the busy singleplayer storyline screens, the multiplayer rounds

were providing plenty of concentration amongst Gears fans – and occasional laughter, too. This, claimed as the third and final part in the Gears trilogy, has been hailed as an emotional way to end the series, packed with punchy setpieces, spectacular vis-

tas, intense action and, as always, Gears’ striking world of “destroyed beauty”, as ravaged cities and foul landscapes are traversed. So far, so Gears, so great. I’ll be returning to Gears soon, with a more detailed look at its single and multiplayer modes.

SEEING as I briefly mentioned it recently, there’s no harm in adding that Techland’s multi-platform title, Dead Island, promptly shuffled its way to the top of games’ charts in many markets, marking, perhaps, an unexpectedly strong success for the adult title. Its flaws are many, including being a game that very much merits its Cert 18 rating; some quite unsavoury character designs and scripting; ng; a particularly badly developed and executed plot; simply dreadful voice-over work; some teeth-grindingly infuriating control issues and broken game logic, and – Well, despite all of the many things wrong with the title, it also seems to get a lot of things right, with its gory graphics, frequently frenetic action, and occasionally very pretty scene setting (with beautiful beaches and jungles that surpass both of the Far Cry and Crysis series) proving a hit with gamers, hungry for something a little different. Certainly not a title for children, its open-world setting and multi-mission, RPG-like tactics show that there’s still plenty of life in the zombie genre ...


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UP to 1,000 canoeists from Ireland and abroad will take part in the Great Outdoors Liffey Descent on Saturday, October 8. Originally due to take place in mid-September, the event was postponed due to low water levels. The Great Outdoors Liffey Descent is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world and is

not for the faint-hearted. The 28km course combines long, flat water sections, swift currents, 10 weirs and numerous rapids, a heavily wooded section and a long portage around Leixlip dam. Paddlers will need skill, stamina and courage to complete the race. The ESB will release 30 tonnes of water from the Poulaphouca Reservoir to coincide with the race. This brings the river up to flood level

and transforms small rapids and gentle weirs into foaming white water. Started back in 1960 as an inter-club event, the illustrious Great Outdoors Liffey Descent k ay a k i n g r a c e n ow attracts paddlers from many parts of the world and is a major event on the international calendar. The race will play host to some serious marathon competitors, but the majority of par-

The Liffey Descent will hit the water on October 8 with over 1,000 participants picking up their paddles

ticipants are recreational paddlers whose main aim is to complete the course. Speaking this week, Karl Dunne, of the Canoe Union said: “This event is one-of-a-kind. T he atmosphere on the day as competitors

approach the start line at Straffan is second-tonone. “A mixture of nervous anticipation and friendly banter is abundant. It is a brilliant event to have on the Irish kayaking calendar and we hope that the success of pre-

vious years will continue for the 2011 event.” The event is renowned for its Irish party atmosphere but also guaranteed good conditions. That’s thanks to the ESB which releases 30 tonnes of water from the Poulaphouca Res-

ervoir to coincide with the race. This brings the river up to flood level and transforms small rapids and gentle weirs into furious torrents and foaming white water walls. To register, visit www.

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Everyone wanted to get close to the Sam Maguire

All-Ireland 7s

Winners of the All-Ireland title, Claregalway

Action from the plate final between Naomh Olaf and Dungarvan

Crokes celebrate with Sam ILMACUD Crokes held its eighth annual All Ireland Ladies’ Under-14s Sevens last weekend, which saw some 32 teams from 23 counties converging on Silverpark, Colaiste Eoin College and Glenalbyn. The cup final was an exciting game with the Banner Ladies and Claregalway battling it out, with Claregalway having the upper hand to take the title by 10-8 to 4-9, with Laura Burke from Castleknock refereeing. The Plate final resulted in Dungarvan winning the competition by 7-7 to 4-6 against local side Naomh Olaf in a thrilling game, with huge effort from both teams right to the last whistle. Niamh Barrett, from Kilmacud Crokes, refereed the Plate final. Player of the 2011 Tournament was Ciara Burke, from Claregalway, for outstanding performance through out the tournament. Kilmacud Crokes were knocked out by The Banner (Clare) in Round 4 of Cup competition. Pat Quill, Uachtaran Cumann Peil Gael na mBan, was in attendance on what was an exciting day of ladies football, enjoyable for both players and supporters alike.


Happy fans wait for their football heroes to arrive

Naomh Olaf’s Under-14 girls reached the plate final

More fans with the Sam Maguire trophy

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DUNDRUM South Dublin athlete Ryan secured her berth at the 2012 London Olympics, jumping the A standard in Daegu when she claimed the sixth place in the high jump world championships this month.

KNOCKMITTEN runner Moses won the Under8 boys’ 60m title at Athlone in the national Community Games’ finals early in September, defeating opponents from around the country in style.

LUCAN resident Ryan became an Australian Rules’ world champion when she helped Ireland to claim the inaugural women’s International Cup in Melbourne with a 39-8 victory over Canada.

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A LAST-gasp free finally put St Brigid’s junior B footballers into seventh heaven when they claimed the championship title against St Finian’s of Newcastle following an epic final earlier this month.

THE sons of Dublin football finally achieved their potential on the national stage when they put 16 years of hurt behind them to lift the Sam Maguire trophy at Croke Park in front of a jubilant home support.

ST SYLVESTER’S celebrated their first All-Ireland hurling title a little over 18 months after claiming the Leinster Junior championship title when they won the St Jude’s Junior 7s Shield in midSeptember.

WELCOME to the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, as we mark our local sportsmen and women’s September sporting achievements across the capital and, indeed, across the nation. We’re delighted to once again be able to celebrate the finest achievements in Dub-

lin sport, with some huge efforts at local levels coming to our attention in a variety of well-known, and some, less prominent, sports. Ever y form of sporting achievement, at any level and in any sport, is valuable and gives an indication of the diversity of sporting commit-

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FORMER St Columba’s student Ian McKinley drew his alma mater in a couple of tough draws as he and Shane Horgan conducted the Leinster Senior and Junior Development Cup and Shield draws last weekend. The Rathfarnham school will face upand-coming St Fintan’s HS, Sutton in the second round of the McMullen Cup, while their Junior side will face St Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, in round one of the Duff Cup. In the senior development cup, Lucan CC have been pitted against Firhouse CS in the second round, which will be played on October 12. On the same date, Castleknock CS will face Celbridge’s Salesians College while Oatlands play Portmarnock and Malahide CS face Drogheda Grammar. At Junior level, Castleknock CS face Colaiste Choilm, Swords on October 10.

Ford offer top travelling prize for Ireland fans FORD, official vehicle supplier to the FAI, are offering football fans in Dublin the chance to win an exclusive VIP package to the Republic of Ireland’s eagerly anticipated European Championship crunch qualifier against Armenia at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, October 11. Ford will look after the transport to and from the game for the winner and his/her friend by supplying a Ford

vehicle and personal chauffeur to pick them up on the day of the big match. The prize also includes a night’s accommodation in a Dublin hotel with pre-match dinner included, a pair of tickets to the game, and a chance to meet the players in the players’ lounge following the final whistle, as well as chauffeur-driven transport back home the following day. To enter, fans just need to email fordfootball@whpr. ie and let Ford know of a great journey they’ve experienced to a previous football match.

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Gallagher saves the day for Newpark in final tie STEFAN Gallagher, pictured, produced a pair of brilliant penalty saves to hand Newpark a dramatic place in the All-Ireland Schoolboys’ hockey championships for the second successive year, denying Kilkenny College. They emerged through the qualifiers yesterday in a shoot-out after Evan Garland had popped up two minutes from time to earn the Blackrock school a last-gasp reprieve. And Irish underage international Gallagher saw it home as he twice guessed correctly, picking off a stick save to his right and then the crucial save with his boot for a 4-3 success. It looked a long way off for Newpark earlier in the tie as Kilkenny had bossed much of the early phases. The pair had both earlier beaten Dundalk GS 3-0, making this a winner-take-all affair.

Summerfest set for next weekend THE 2011 Tesco mobile SARI Summerfest, the largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland, is set to take part this year at the Garda and Camogie Sports Grounds, in Phoenix Park on September 10 and 11 from 11am to 5pm each day. The Summerfest will also coinciude with the CONCERN kitefest, where kite flyers from around the world will display their kites and give kite workshops for children. The two-day festival also includes a wide array of entertainment for all the family.

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Castleknock Celtic seeking ladies talent CASTLEKNOCK Celtic FC’s ladies and girls section are recruiting new talent to the cllub for the soccer season starting later this month. If you were born in 1996 or earlier, visit the club’s website at, and pass on your name and contact details in the How To Join section provided on the site. The club are also looking to recruit girls born in 2001/2002 to play soccer in the DubliGirls Soccer League.

Vasily Artemyev appeared for Russia against his adopted country, Ireland, at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last week

Rock’s Russian star

FORMER Blackrock College student, Vasily Artemyev, reminded Irish rugby-loving audiences of what he is capable of when he ran in one of Russia’s two tries last Sunday against Declan Kidney’s side in the Rugby World Cup in Rotorua. It ultimately had little bearing on the final result, which was a 61-12 scoreline in Ireland’s favour, but the winger reinforced his credentials as a topclass operator. During his time at Williamstow n, Ar temyev represented Lein-

ster and Ireland schools teams, claiming a Junior Cup ( JCT) and Senior Cup Team winner’s medal. In the JCT final of 2003, he scored a trio of scintillating tries and he subsequently played for the Irish Under-19s only to be denied a place in the youth World Cup based on a technicality – a boarder in Rock, his family home was in Moscow, thus making him ineligible. During a spell at UCD, he lined out for the Irish Universities before returning to his homeland in 2008 to join professional outfit, VVA Podmoskovye.

While there, he was called up to the Russian national team, and has proven a big bonus for them in his appearances, with five tries coming in his first 17 international games prior to the Irish effort.

Special moment Scoring against the nation that aided his career was a big moment for Artemyev, he admitted af ter wards, and it was a try that bore many of the hallmarks of his 2003 junior heroics. “It was a special moment. I’d like to thank the whole crowd here tonight. There’s a

lot of Russian support and, of course, a lot of Irish and they really made the night special for all of us,” he said. For countries like Russia, the tournament is a huge learning curve, but Artemyev says it is one which will help them progress. “I want to thank all my team-mates and the whole management for the effort we’ve put in the last few weeks. It’s been amazing and we have been improving with every game. “The effort against Ireland was like nothing we have experienced before. It’s good to get games of this

level because the intensity we play here is like nothing we have faced in our careers before.” Asked about playing Australia next weekend, he added: “It’s not getting any easier. We just have to focus on our own game. “There are still a few areas to improve, we still want to play with a bit more ball but we scored a couple of good tries against Ireland and have improved vastly in other areas.” Once the World Cup finishes, he will return to top-level rugby when he takes on a professional contract with Northampton Saints.

Park Celtic win in derby match

PARK Celtic’s U-18 SDFL Youth league side produced a masterclass against Dalkey United at a rain-soaked Cabinteely Park last Sunday afternoon. A brace apiece from Jack Rush and Rian Greene, and a hat-trick from Tim Stokes on his home debut, saw the side run up a classy 7-0 win over their near neighbours in a game in which Stephen Bourke, Simon Molony and Diego Martin all made first appearances for the season. Speaking about the win, man-

ager Stephen McGuire said: “The lads were up for this match and have trained well this week. We are gelling as a team and we work hard for each other on and off the pitch and this showed today. “We were convincing winners today but Dalkey United did not make it easy for us. We had to work hard for the win. I am proud to manage this bunch of players and I know we will keep getting stronger with every match.” Next up for the youth team is a home tie against Blessington

FC next Sunday in Cabinteely Park. Elsewhere, the club’s Under12s Premier boys bounced back from a slow start to the season with a solid 3-0 away win at Leicester Celtic. Having suffered in the wild wind in Bray last week, there was only a light intermittent drizzle to contend with in Nutgrove, meaning that the side could attempt to play football and the change was noticeable, rock solid in defence and notching a trio of good goals for a deserved victory. Park Celtic in action

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD CUALA WELL done to the minor footballers

Division One; and to the U-13B foot-

who recorded a 2-06 to 0-08 vic-

ballers who put 5-16 past Naomh

tory in their A championship group

Fionbarra; and to the U-9 hurlers

game away to Skerries Harps at the

who played with skill and steel in


their County blitzes on Saturday

Congratulations to the junior

Hard luck to the senior hurlers

championship semi-final by three

who were within one point of Lucan

points and can now look forward to

Sarsfields on Saturday evening at

a championship final in two week’s

Parnell Park until Dublin minor star


Chris Crummy came off the bench

Well done also to the U-15A footballers who won their A champion-

Lucan Sarsfields took their place in the last eight of the senior hurling championship with their win over Cuala

O’Reilly’s role rattles Cuala in round one Lucan Sarsfields Cuala

1-15 0-12

KEVIN O’Reilly’s contribution of ten points played a major role in shaking off a gutsy Cuala effort in Parnell Park last Saturday evening when Sean McCaffrey’s Lucan Sarsfields’ side advanced to the last eight of the re-jigged Dublin senior hurling championship when it finally started after a summer of success for the Dublin hurling and footballing fraternity. O’Reilly did the bulk of his side’s scoring, but it was down to a couple of inf luential moments from Dublin minors, Chris Crummy and Sean McLelland, to help their side over the finish line. T h e D a l ke y m e n , aided by a spate of deadballs from the likes of John Sheanon, centre-back Shane Kiely

and a sideline from Cian Waldron, were well in contention for of the match. But Crummy came off the bench for Tommy Somers five minutes from the end to fire the goal that eventually sealed the deal, after he latched onto Mick May’s long clearance and finished clinically for the major. M a y, a l o n g w i t h McLelland, were among the central cogs to the Lucan defence which stif led Cuala’s f luidity from play, limiting their openings to the bare minimum, and kept them just behind throughout the match.

Free-scoring With O’Reilly notching the frees — he ended with 0-8 from the placed ball — the 12th Lock side stretched out to a 0-8 to 0-5 lead, despite Waldron’s superb sideline cut. But Sheanon was in

inspired form on the resumption when he grabbed four points in succession to narrow the gap to the minimum, 0-10 to 0-9, going into the final third of the encounter. Soon after, O’Reilly was denied from the penalty line by Oisin Gough, who did superbly to push the effort around the post. Lucan corner-forward O’Reilly picked off a superb point, claiming the ball before clearing the bar on the turn to break the Cuala men’s momentum. His side finished the stronger down the final stretch, despite some top work from Kiely, before Crummy popped up to well and truly end the tie as a contest with his dramatic and welltaken goal. Elsewhere, K ilmacud Crokes’ intermediate hurlers, advanced to the final of their championship, with a

crushing 4 -17 to 0-5 win over Round Towers of Clondalkin, and will now play Naomh Barrog in the decider of that competition in the coming weeks. LUCAN SARSFIELDS - D Cunningham; B McGarry, P Kelly, S McClelland; K Fitzgerald, M McCaffrey, M May (0-2); J McCaffrey (0-1), D Brennan; P Brennan, R Lambert (0-2), T Somers; P O’Driscoll, T Lee, K O’Reilly (0-10, 0-6f, 0-2 65). Subs: J Byrne for D Brennan (33), A White for Lee (55), C Crummy (1-0) for Somers (55), C Dooley for McGarry (61). CUALA - F O’Brien; S Holden, O Gough, R Reid; C Gough, S Kiely (0-2, 65, 0-1f), R Browne; P Schutte (0-1), C Waldron (0-1, sideline); J Sheanon (0-7, 0-6f), D Cunningham (0-1), M Schutte; B Fitzgerald, A Browne, JJ Ryan. Subs: S Timlin for Browne (ht), S O’Brien for Ryan (46), P Butler for Sheanon (59), D Holden for Fitzgerald (61). Referee: M Butler (Kilmacud Crokes)

to grab a decisive goal with only four minutes to play.

ship shield quarter-final against

Good luck to the senior football-

Kilmacud on Sunday morning by

ers who are in intermediate cham-

2-09 to 2-05; and to the U-16B foot-

pionship action next Saturday at

ballers who played out a tense 2-08

O’Toole Park against Erin’s Isle.

to 2-08 draw at Shankill on Satur-

There will be a minor committee

day in the table-topping clash at

meeting at the club on Tuesda y

the head of Division 7; and to the


U-16A footballers who beat Castle-

The Annual Cuala Family Fun Day

knock by 3-11 to 2-10 to remain

will take place on Sunday, October

three points clear at the top of

9, from 1pm to 6pm at Hyde Road.

NAOMH OLAF OUR senior hurlers had a deserved

5.30pm, and the minor hurlers who

win over Thomas Davis (0-14 to 1-10)

play away to Skerries Harps in the

in senior hurling championship B in

MHC on Sunday at 11am. All support is welcome and appre-

O’Toole Park on Saturday. This was followed by a fine win for


our minor footballers in the MFC

Congratulations to Eoin Foley,

on Sunday morning, who defeated

Glen Soraghan and Fiachra on their

Parnells 3-12 to 1-9.

inclusion on the Dublin U-13 Devel-

Elsewhere our U-14 ladies reached



hurlers who came through their B

opment panel.

the final of the All-Ireland sevens

Tickets at €40 for the Dinner Dance

plate where they unfor tunately

are on sale now – more details on

were beaten by a strong Dungarvan

website. A shared fundraising race night

side. Well done to our friends in Crokes

for Haven and Naomh Olaf will be

who have successfully organised

held in the bar on Friday night –

four Sevens tournaments this past

contact Macker on 087 918 1610 for


horse/jockey purchases.

Impor t ant f ix tures this week

Finally, the lotto jackpot was not

include the senior fo otballer s

won. Numbers drawn were 5, 20 and

in action in the IFC on Saturday

24. The next draw is on October 2,

away to Fingallians in Balgriffin at

and the jackpot is €1,400.


All-Ireland competition hosted by

ladies who won the Senior All-Ireland

Kilmacud Crokes. They exited at the

7-aside shield competition, hosted

quater-final stages, narrowly beaten

by Naomh Mearnog last weekend.

by Corifin (Galway). The players taking

The girls came through a very tough

part were Aisling Hickey, Ellen Dunne,

group to win the shield. Players such

Carla McDonagh, Lauren McDonagh,

as Sinead Goldrick, Anne-Marie Mur-

Ciara Crotty, Chloe McDonnell, Fiona

phy, Niamh Collins, Amy Ring and Amy

O’Neill, Ciara Jordan, Tarah O’Sullivan

Connolly showcased their talents

and Sorcha Whooley.

throughout the day. Our U-14 girls also took part in the

The annual club dinner dance takes place on Friday, November 18.

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Seapoint take another step up the All-Ireland League ladder this weekend as they expect a huge crowd for their league tie with Bective Rangers

Seapoint upbeat for new challenge

Director of Rugby Tom O’Connor says side will prosper once more after second successive AIL promotion STEPHEN FINDLATER

FOR a second successive season, Seapoint are looking forward to one of their biggest gates in the club’s history as their climb up the divisions sees them play their first All-Ireland League Division 2A tie on Saturday. Having reached AIL rugby only a season before, the side stormed through Division 3 at the first attempt. They opened that campaign against Dublin rivals Wanderers in front of a bumper crowd at Kilbogget Park, the largest the side has ever played in front of. But that could well be topped when Bective make the short trip from Dublin 4 to take on the upcoming club on day one of the new season. Seapoint welcome a series of additions who bring experience of the higher levels, namely Trin-

ity pair Conor Mills and Hugh Kelleher, Old Belvedere’s Doug Kennedy and UCD’s Brian Duggan. They are additions club director of rugby Tom O’Connor believes can help continue their ascent through the league rankings. “We’re happy with the way we have recruited this summer; we’ve held onto all our players and didn’t lose anyone to any other clubs. We’ll be confident we can end mid- to the top-end of the table. “Our target is to consolidate. We are entering into new territory so consolidation and sussing out the competition would be the main thing this year. “We are happy enough we can compete in this division and are second team – the J1s – are stronger now than they have ever been. Our policy at U-21 level is starting to bear fruit with 14 lads coming through from last year into the senior end of the club, and they are pushing mainly for the seconds but also to the first team. It’s a pretty healthy situ-

ation.” Becoming an AIL club has been a big boost to holding onto players, with big names in the past going on to professional contracts, namely Felix Jones with Munster while Aaron Dundon switched to Clontarf to aid his chances of getting into the Leinster set up. The likes of Johnny Walsh in the back row will again be one of their talismen while Brian Keegan’s kicking at out-half and Carl de Chenu’s finishing offer plenty of scoring options. How they fare front up against an established Bective remains to be seen but is an exciting date for the club as a whole. “Playing Bective, it is a big one. They’d be one of the stronger teams. The fact we have them at home is a big day for Seapoint. Last year, we had Wanderers on the first day and it was certainly the biggest crowd and the biggest gate we had all season, and we think Bective will be on a par with that.”

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