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INSIDE: Local hopes he has the write stuff COMPASS: Your unmissable 8-page for RTE contest P3 guide to travel in 2012 See pages 17-24

Hello, spaceman: Astronaut visits ETPS, Monkstown CHILDREN at Educate Together Pri-

Football: Foxrock star Goldrick named vice-captain Page 32

mary School, Monkstown, had an out-of-this-world experience when a NASA astronaut paid a flying visit to their school. Dan Tani, pictured with Manus MacGearailt and school principal, Rosario Kelly, gave everyone a great presentation on his experiences as a spaceman, including an insight into the challenges of brushing your teeth in zero gravity, and showing some of many photos he took in space, including one of Ireland. Picture: Geraldine Woods

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Hundreds protest new dog bye-laws Up to 700 attend meeting against proposed rules

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UP TO 700 people attended a public meeting earlier this week to voice their anger over “restrictive” new draft bye-laws that could see dogs banned from certain beaches in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The meeting, which took

place in the Killiney Castle Hotel, was attended by a host of well-known faces, including economist and broadcaster, David McWilliams. But Labour councillor for Stillorgan, Richard Humphreys, said that public statements by the Dogs Unleashed campaign, that no concessions

are being given to dog owners in the county, are “unhelpful”. However, Liz Neligan of Dogs Unleashed, said that while dog walkers have a responsibility to keep their dogs under effective control, the concessions to dog walkers were “paltry”. Full Story on Page 6


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STUDY: ASSESSING THE FLOOD RISKS TO REGION

HEALTH Nutritionist launches a new weight-loss guide

Dealing with flooding risk Q DAWN LOVE

A MAJOR public meeting aimed at highlighting a new study that deals with the assessment and sustainable management of flood risks to the Eastern Region, which includes the Greater Dublin Area, will take place this week. The Eastern Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) study was commissioned last June, and deals with the assessment and sustainable management of flood risk in the Eastern district. The study is part of a CFRAM programme being undertaken by the OPW, in line with current national flood policy and the EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood Risk.

The programme requires that CFRAM studies be completed by the end of 2015. Land area

With a land area of approximately 6,300 square km, the Eastern district accounts for onetenth of the land area of Ireland. The district incorporates all or part of 12 local authority areas, including Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, and South Dublin. Members of the Eastern CFRAM study team will be available to answer questions and to discuss the study at the meeting, which takes place on Thursday, January 26 at 7pm in the Red Cow Moran Hotel on the Naas Road.

Dr Eva Orsmond with Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly and TV presenter, Kathryn Thomas

Book’s tempting launch D R EVA Orsmond’s new weight-loss book (right), The Last Diet: Cook Yourself Thin with Dr Eva, was launched by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, this month. The launch, which took place at the Dylan Hotel in Eastmoreland Place, was attended by friends, family and patients of the Loughlinstown nutritionist, as well as her colleagues on Operation Transformation, Kathryn Thomas, Dr Eddie and Karl Henry. Guests were treated to samples of the healthy recipes from the book, including Dr. Eva’s low-calorie sangria, home-made mini-burgers served on mini-pitta breads, and chickpea burgers with cucumber raita.

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Dr Eva with Barbara Stolarek and Marianne Baggot

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PEOPLE Screenwriter in final of online RTE contest

Local hopes he has the write stuff to win Q LAURA WEBB

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AN UP-and-coming screenwriter from Dun Laoghaire has been plucked from hundreds of people to compete in the final of an online competition run by RTE. Storyland is a competition for the best online drama series, voted for by the public viewer. Dun Laoghaire writer, Darach McGarrigle, has claimed a place in the final eight of submissions for the competition. A 2009 graduate from the National Film School in IADT, Darach has been focusing on writing since he finished college, and his work has been selected for the Berlin Talent Campus at the Berlinale, the Engage Co Production Workshop. He was also a shortlist finalist for the Bafta

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Rocliffe Forum at the New York Television Festival, and now works at Dublin production company, Fail Safe Films, who produced and directed the short film, Talk It Out. “I was very excited when we found out we got through to the final 16.Then we went for an interview at RTE and, from that, we got into the final eight. “The hope is to get commissioned, and we are hoping this is the first step in that process,” McGarrigle told The Gazette this week. His script, Talk It Out, will soon be available online to see and vote for. The comedy story is centred around Martin (Mark Doherty, as seen in 2008’s A Film With Me In It), a hapless therapist coming under pressure when a rival hypnotherapist

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(Peter Coonan, as seen in 2011’s Love/Hate) moves in next door, and begins stealing his business. When he starts taking advice from one of his own patients, Ray (Bernard O’Shea, Republic of Telly), things soon spiral out of control. McGarrigle says: “We have a Facebook page, w w w.facebook.com/ talkitout.storyland, with

promo videos of it there. “I am delighted with the end result, and we have a great cast. It’s now up to the public to vote. “It will be available online for a week from Monday, February 13; at the end of the week, they tally up the votes and then tell us whether we have a second episode,” says McGarrigle. The competition gives

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writers the opportunity to work in the industry and be recognised for their work. The first episode of Talk It Out goes online on February 13 and the

public have until Sunday, February 19 to vote for it. Check out RTE Storyland Facebook page, or visit www.rte.ie/storyland for further information.

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Nordic Walking resumes THE popular Nordic Walking classes are set to resume this February at the Killruddery Estate in Co Wicklow. Classes will start on Saturday, February 4, and will take place at 10am and 11.30am, giving people the opportunity to learn the technique of the effective exercise in the surroundings of the fields and woods of one of Ireland’s great estates. Poles are supplied, and classes are €8 per session. Walking boots are essential, and loose, weatherproof clothing is advised. For those with good levels of fitness, the afternoon Nordic Walking group continue their weekly hikes in different locations throughout the county, consisting of twoto three-hour walks along historic trails throughout Wicklow. For further information, contact Dairine at 086 193 6861.


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ENERGY Fears raised over possible negative impact

Celebrating DLR’s contemporary craft A STUNNING exhibition showcasing contemporary craft in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county will take centre stage in County Hall this February. The exhibition, which is entitled, Source, will include innovative work by new and established craftmakers who live in, work in or are originally from Dun LaoghaireRathdown, and has been curated by jewellery designer, Angela O’Kelly. The exhibition will also include work by Denis Brown, Trudy Feighery, Naomi Fry, Jane Groves, Ciara Harrison, Alison Kay, Tara Ni Nuallain, Laura O’Hagan, Alex Scott and Grainne Watts. Featuring fine craftsmanship of the highest quality, Source focuses on innovative designers and applied artists using craft processes and a combination of traditional and new materials and techniques, making it an exhibition not to be missed. Calligraphy, ceramics, glass, mixed media and textiles are all also featured. Source will be open to the public from Friday, February 10 and runs until Monday, February 27. It will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 12 to 5pm (closed Sundays). For further information, contact Ciara King, assistant arts officer, at cking@dlrcoco.ie, or see the website at www.dlrcoco.ie/arts.

Towards an integrated new society for all A NEW DLR Integration Strategy was launched last week. Funding for the strategy, The Future is Ours, has come from the Office of the Promotion of Migrant Integration, and is the next step toward promoting diversity in the county, following the completion of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Plan 20072010. The launch was attended by 140 people from all walks of life, and included the Cuban and Latvian Ambassadors, and a representative from the Embassy of Palestine.

The strategy was launched by An Cathaoirleach, Councillor John Bailey, who described it as “a great achievement for all involved”, and stressed that the plan moves towards placing “an emphasis on ensuring that the policies and practices of all service-providing organisations are as inclusive as possible”. Special guest, Fidele Mutwarasibo, integration manager at the Immigrant Council of Ireland, gave a talk highlighting the importance of integration work, and finding innovative ways to engage all communities in integration, and emphasised that “integration and diversity is everyone’s business”.

Independent councillor, Victor Boyhan, called on Ministers Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte to consider any potential impact of the project

Objections to oil drill plan off Dalkey Island Q PAUL HOSFORD dunlaoghaire@gazettegroup.com

LOCAL residents came together this week to voice their objections to a plan by Providence Resources to drill for oil off the coast of Dalkey Island. The meeting, organised by Protect Our Coast, a group opposing the application for a foreshore licence to search for oil or gas about 6km out to sea in the Kish Bank Basin, saw a number of people turn out in opposition to the plan. The drilling firm holds an option over eight blocks in the Kish Bank Basin and, according to

the application documents, is looking to determine whether oil or gas is present in commercial quantities. The application says that in early exploratory works, a borehole would be drilled in the centre of a 3x3 kilometre area. In its environmental impact report, Providence says that any impact would either be “minor”, such as in the case of its physical presence and acoustic emissions, or “negligible”, in the case of its atmospheric emissions, marine discharges, solid wastes and spill risks. However, Protect Our

Coast raised concerns about surrounding wildlife, saying: “There is an abundance of wildlife attached to this area, including several endangered species such as humpback and fin whales, and the sooty shearwater and razorbill avifauna. “Notwithstanding any spillage, there is, in any case, considerable toxic chemical effluent from offshore drills.” Providence maintains that “rigorous environmental and health and safety standards” were part of the application, and the precedent did not suggest any danger. “To date, there have

been no major oil spills associated with this type of exploratory activity offshore in Ireland,” but submission of an oil spill contingency plan for “every possible eventuality” was part of the licensing requirements, the company said this week. Local Independent councillor Victor Boyhan said that the plan would negatively impact on the local area. He said: “I believe that any drilling or exploration close to Dalkey Island has the potential to negatively impact on the environment. “I am calling on the Minister for the Environ-

ment and Local Government to order the carrying out of an environment impact statement on the project, prior to considering this licence application. “I am also calling on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to consider the possible impact this project might have on fisheries and the marine environment,” said Cllr Boyhan. The foreshore application is currently available for inspection at Dalkey Garda Station, with Thursday, February 2 as the closing date for submissions.

Druid Valley Estate taken in charge Q PAUL HOSFORD dunlaoghaire@gazettegroup.com

FOLLOWING a lengthy campaign by local residents and politicians, Druid Valley Estate in Cabinteely has been taken in charge by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC). The order was officially passed at the county council meeting earlier this month. Fine Gael councillor Neale Richmond said: “This news is a welcome relief for the residents

of Druid Valley who, for years, have been waiting for their estate to be completed. “It has taken a great amount of lobbying from residents, councillors and officials but, finally, the council has come to an agreement with the developer. “As of January 9, the council is fully responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the roads, lighting, pathways and green areas of the Druid Valley, as well as the adjacent parkland. “The developer was not in a

position to complete the necessary works in the Druid Valley parkland, but has come to a financial agreement with the council whereby the council will complete the works needed,” said Cllr Richmond. Council management said that the developer had carried out all works necessary to take the estate in charge. A DLRCC spokesperson said: “The contractor has satisfactorily completed the outstanding works, as agreed with [DLRCC’s] Building Control

[department]. “These works included the widening of existing pedestrian paths, the extension of some paths to the site boundary, the erection of railings and the provision of public lighting to certain pedestrian paths. “These works were required to be completed before the taking in charge process commenced. “The taking in charge of the development was agreed by resolution at the meeting of the county council on January 9,” said the DLRCC spokesperson.


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HEALTH: ANNUAL AWARDS MEETING Hundreds object to pets’ beach restrictions

Telling tooths about dentists PEOPLE across the country have come forward in their hundreds to highlight the good work of their local dentist. The Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Awards invites people to nominate their dentist if they believe they have gone above and beyond normal patient care. Dr Claire McGrath, of Sandyford, was HighlyCommended in the Sen-

sodyne Sensitive Dentist 2011Awards, having been nominated by her patient, Catherine Callinan, who says: “On the morning of our daughter’s wedding, my husband walked into a door and broke his two front teeth. “We phoned Claire, who was all packed to go on her family holiday, but she came to the rescue, opened her surgery and solved the problem.”

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Guest speaker, David McWilliams, with Sheena Vernan, Pat Nolan, Jim Stephens, Mike Duffy and Liz Nelligan. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Owners’ howls of protest over dog bye-laws Q LAURA WEBB

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Hi-Start Programme Get your Business Investor Ready

How can Hi-Start progress my business in 2012? The Hi-Start Management Development Programme assists ambitious early stage growth focused companies to identify and build the foundations required to secure investment and Enterprise Ireland HPSU status as applicable. Hi-Start has been developed and part-funded by the Dublin & Wicklow Enterprise Boards and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 5th year and with a new focus on investor readiness the programme will run from March to November 2012 in Dublin. What is involved? The 6 half day workshops are designed to each contribute a key component to the development of the investor ready business plan. A related mentoring session will follow each training module to assist the participant with the specific outcomes required. The mentoring will be delivered by an expert team of growth and investment strategists. The training will be delivered by the highly acclaimed world-class business development consultant John McMahon, Forum 21 Ltd. Am I eligible? Participation is limited to 12 applicants who must: • Have established customer need and demand for the products/service • Demonstrate the potential to scale business internationally • Be within 18 months of start-up • Based in Dublin or Wicklow region How to apply? Participation Fee €500 Contact angela@dlrceb.ie (01) 4948400

The meeting drew a large gathering of dog owners and animal lovers

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UPTO 700 people attended a public meeting earlier this week to voice their anger over “restrictive” new draft bye-laws that could see dogs banned from certain beaches in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The meeting, which took place in the Killiney Castle Hotel, was attended by a host of well-known faces, who are supporting the Dogs Unleashed campaign, including economist and broadcaster, David McWilliams. The bye-laws have left DLR residents deeply divided, with Labour councillor for Stillorgan, Richard Humphreys, saying public statements by the Dogs Unleashed campaign, which say no concessions are being given to dog owners in the county, are “unhelpful”. Cllr Humphreys said: “There needs to be a balance in our beach and park bye-laws between the rights of dog owners and the rights of all other users of public spaces. “Proposed amendments to the council’s existing beach bye-laws would give greater freedom – but not, of course, complete freedom – to dog owners who wish to use beaches,” said Cllr Humphreys. “I am disappointed and surprised that the Dogs Unleashed group has responded to these amendments by a completely misleading characterisation of the bye-laws. “With the exception of Sandycove, there is sig-

nificant scope under the new bye-laws for owners to walk their dogs on council beaches outside designated bathing areas, and on the entire Killiney beach from October to April. “The new draft byelaws also state that dogs should be kept on a leash during the hours of 10am to 7pm. Outside these hours, dogs are allowed off-leash – a significant change from the current bye-laws,” he said. But, responding to Cllr Humphreys, chair of Dogs Unleashed, Liz Neligan, said the organisation agreed that dog walkers have a responsibility to keep dogs under effective control and to clean up after their dogs, and that, in designated swimming areas, dogs should not be allowed to run free when they may cause inconvenience to swimmers.

‘Paltry concessions’ “However, it is quite true that we are very disappointed in the re-drafting of the bye-laws, and we regard the concessions to dog walkers as paltry. “In other counties around Dublin and, indeed, around Ireland, dog walkers are not bound by punitive and restrictive bye-laws – which amount to collective punishment – and yet these other locations manage to live in harmony with non-dog owners. “We hope that the byelaws can be amended in a way that cuts a fairer balance between dog walkers and anti-dog groups,” said Neligan. See Gallery on Page 10


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EVENT NASA Astronaut, Dan Tani drops into Educate Together

Spaceman Dan pays a flying visit CHOOL principal Rosario Kealy of Educate Together Primary School, Monkstown, gave a very warm welcome to Dr Anni Doona who introduced a very special visitor to the school, NASA Astronaut, Dan Tani. Dan gave a most entertaining and childfriendly lecture to the enthralled students. Along with the exciting slide show, displaying some of the 14,000 pictures Dan took while in space, including an aerial shot of Ireland. He filled in the students with information of all the little details he knew would entertain their minds. He explained the role gravity plays in space, on how do you wash your teeth and how you put on your socks, why you have to sleep in a sleeping bag even though it’s very warm, what thunder storms look like from space – but the greatest laughter came when he showed a picture of himself in a nappy. The children then had their own opportunity to ask questions.

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Dan Tani and Fionnan Coffey

Killian operated the audiovisual equipement

Manus MacGearailt presented Dan with a school calender, along with principal Rosario Kealy


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Primary School, Monkstown, to give a friendly lecture

Dan showed a side show of very interesting pictures, including this one of him with his team of astronauts

Finn Brooks asked does water break up in space?

Technologies. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Euan Brooks gives a thumbs-up to the show

Tiernan Mason asked does time go faster in space?

Principal Rosario Kealy and Dr Annie Doona

Dan describes what life is like in space

Ferdia O’Neill asked how do you prevent yourself from looking at the sun


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Councillor Maria Bailey, Mike Duffy, Liz Nelligan, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Bailey and Cllr Barry Ward

Protesting dog bye-laws A S REPORTED on Page 6, there was a large turnout for the recent meeting of Dogs Unleashed at Killiney Castle Hotel, which saw hundreds of dog owners, and their supporters, gather to protest against proposed new draft bye-laws that could see dogs banned from certain beaches in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The meeting drew a wide range of figures, with the attendance of several local politicians, and An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor John Bailey, underscoring the passion of the dog owners and animal lovers at the meeting, and highlighting their determination to oppose the proposed laws.

Another concerned attendee

Millie Costello and Lucy McWilliams. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Getting their point across

The meeting, and related events, were all well organised

Some of the many hundreds who attended the Dogs Unleashed meeting


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SOCIETY Annual contest calls for entrants

In search of leading social entrepreneurs Q LAURA WEBB news@gazettegroup.com

DUBLIN-based social entrepreneurs are being urged to apply for a 2012 awards programme that will see three such entrepreneurs get support funding, amounting to €600,000. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland launched the 2012 awards programme this week, and is calling for applications from individuals in Dublin developing new, big ideas that will address the social and environmental challenges facing Ireland. A total of €600,000 in funding and support will be presented to three award winners at the awards in October. On top of this, the awards will also support a further five individuals with €35,000, under the Social Entre-

James Whelton, from CoderDojo, was helped by Ben Mac Ionmhain and Laurita Maher Bordalo to launch the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland 2012 Awards Programme

preneurs Ireland Elevator Programme. The call for applications is the start of an extensive eight-month consultation and engagement process that will lead to the award winners being announced in autumn. Social entrepreneurs have until Thursday, February 16 to submit their application. The selection process includes a “boot camp” in

March, where shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their projects, leading to interviews from which eight finalists will be chosen. The finalists will then take part in a three-month finalists’ programme, where they will receive some funding and support, prior to final selection of the 2012 award winners in October. Since 2005, Social

Entrepreneurs Ireland has helped support 150 social entrepreneurs, directly investing more than €4 million to individuals. These, in turn, have directly impacted more than 170,000 people, and created more than 800 employment opportunities. Sean Coughlan, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland chief executive, said: “The main criteria is a passion for making a difference, thinking big and using business skills for social change. “We believe that, together, we can change Ireland, and the impact of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland over the past seven years has proved that.” For further details on the programme, or to apply, see: www.socialentrepreneurs.ie.


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On the run with Continental CONTINENTAL Tyres, the European market leader in the car tyre segment, has used its tyre manufacturing expertise to help global running leaders, adidas, develop a new model of running shoes. The manufacturer was approached by the leading sports brand’s innovation team to apply their resources and expertise to develop an outsole with a strong grip ideal for trail and outdoor sports shoes. The trail shoes, called adidas Supernova Riot 3, feature Continental’s TM Traction Compound Technology – which allows sure grip on all surfaces and conditions. The latest running shoe model that is now available in both men and women’s styles, is the brand new adiSTAR Ride 3, the perfect trainer for urban environment. Further products - for outdoor and street running are in development. The Supernova Riot and the adiSTAR Ride 3 are now available from the online adidas shop at www.adidas. ie.

Badged as an Acura in the US, Honda’s new NSX uses lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine

Honda’s New NSX Concept is unveiled AMERICAN Honda has unveiled the new NSX Concept, highlighting the design and technology direction for the nextgeneration supercar. Badged as an Acura in the US, the new NSX, which is expected to go on sale in the next three years, will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio, but is developed for true sports driving enthusiasts throughout the world. The dynamicallystyled NSX Concept gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from Honda. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine, the NSX

Concept employs several new technologies, including an innovative new Sport Hybrid SHAWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system. Values

Speaking at the Detroit Motor Show, Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co, Ltd, who led the development of Honda’s first NSX supercar, explained the values of the new NSX. “Like the first NSX, we will again express highperformance through engineering efficiency. In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX,

I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities.” While most supercars opt for brute force delivered from a large engine, the NSX Concept champions the true racing philosophy of an extremely favourable power-to-weight ratio. Utilising a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, the new hybrid allwheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, which Honda anticipates will deliver handling performance unmatched by previous

AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the Sport Hybrid SHAWD system, a powerful next-generation VTEC V-6 engine with directinjection, works in concert with a dual-clutch transmission with builtin electric motor, to create supercar acceleration while offering outstanding efficiency. This Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make the NSX the ultimate expression of “the synergy between man and machine,” added Ito. “The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”

Designing vehicles for visually impaired FORD is using Cambridge University’s Vision and Hearing Impairment Simulator to help design its vehicles to meet the needs of people with age-related vision problems Ford has joined forces with Cambridge University to gain a better understanding of visual impairment issues that come with an aging society and to use digital tools to better design vehicles for those with vision problems

With age, the ability to see fine details deteriorates, as does the ability to see in the dark. This means many drivers can struggle to read the instrument cluster while driving, unless they have bifocal or varifocal glasses. To respond to this growing problem, Ford has joined forces with a team of experts from the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre. The team has developed a Vision Impairment

Simulator to enable designers and engineers to gain a better understanding of the effects of a wide variety of visual impairments. “It allows you to simulate visual impairments on any image. You load in an image, select a visual impairment and it lets you see the image as someone with that impairment would see it,” said Sam Waller, an inclusive design research associate at Cambridge, who developed the software.


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Graduates complete basic IT skills course MINISTER Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, awarded certificates to the first group of successful BenefIT candidates last Friday, January 20. The candidates had completed ICS Skills’ Get Ireland Online programme, under the BenefIT 3 scheme, which is grant-aided by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. As part of this, ICS Skills will ensure almost 5,000 people are provided with basic IT skills in 38 locations around Ireland. Minister Rabbitte said:

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“I want to ensure that no one is left behind – that every citizen has the opportunity to embrace our increasingly digital world.” Participants on the Get Ireland Online course are taught how to make use of the web, send email, use internet telephone services such as Skype, and do shopping and banking online during three twohour classes. The training is especially suitable for senior citizens, unemployed people, disadvantaged groups and anyone lacking in basic ICT skills. For further information on the programme, see www.getirelandonline.ie.

IT DIDN’T take Bulmers’ Doing Our Bit winner Ger Norris long to de-cider who to give away his winnings to, when he won €2,500 for a charity of his choice in Bulmers’ promotional campaign. Ger nominated the St Vincent de Paul Society to be awarded €2,500, in addition to winning €2,500 for himself, after he found a “golden apple” in a promotional pack of Bulmers’ cans and longnecks. As a total of 17 apple varieties go into making Bulmers’ Origincal Cider, the company has hidden 17 golden apples in these packs, with individuals, and community projects of their choice, set to benefit from the sweet initiative.

BANKING: ANNUAL AIB CONTEST

Picking photo award winner will be a snap JUDGING of the 2012 AIB Photojournalism Awards is under way, with almost 2,000 images submitted from 120 photographers from right around Ireland. This is AIB’s tenth year sponsoring the competition, which recognises excellence in the field of photojournalism, and is open to all members of the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland (PPAI). This year’s expert panel of judges is chaired by former picture editor, Dermot O’Shea, and includes two multi-award winning photographers – Peter MacDiarmid, senior news photographer, Getty Images, and Eddie Mulholland, photographer, The Telegraph Group. The nine award categories have been refreshed and, this year, prizes will be awarded in news, daily

life and people, sports action, sports non-action, portrait, nature and the environment, politics, arts and entertainment and reportage, as well as the overall title of 2012 AIB Photojournalist of the Year Award. Brenda Moriarty, head of brand and corporate marketing, AIB, said: “AIB is delighted to sponsor the AIB Photojournalism Awards, and accompanying exhibition, for the tenth year. “The competition creates a tremendous platform for the work of the PPAI to be seen by communities right around Ireland. “We look forward to the exhibition of winning and highly-commended images, which will go on tour following the awards, visiting our branches and other selected venues. “I would like to wish all

PPAI members the very best of luck in this year’s competition,” she said. Michael Chester, president, PPAI, said: “The AIB Photojournalism Awards recognises excellence in our field, and showcases the work of Irish photojournalists. “The PPAI is delighted to be in partnership with AIB, as its branch network allows the work of our members to be seen by wide-ranging communities in Ireland,” he said. The winners of the 2012 AIB Photojournalism Awards will be announced at a ceremony in The Burlington Hotel on Friday, February 17. The winning images will form the 2012 AIB Photojournalism Exhibition, which will tour selected AIB branches and other venues around the country throughout the year.


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WHERE in the WORLD THE WRITE GUIDE TO STOCKHOLM: THE Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is currently making a huge impact on movie fans all over the world and, now, it is making an even bigger impact in Stockholm. The movie, based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson, was shot in Stockholm, and many fans have started visiting the city to walk in the footsteps of the characters. If you wish to explore the story settings on your own, and not by guided tour, pick up a Millenium Map at the City Museum, which lists all relevant addresses. Stockholm City Museum’s popular and award-winning Stieg Larsson Millennium Tour has proved very popular with fans. The walking tour is full of factual information and intriguing stories that tie the real Stockholm with its fictional counterpart. If you are an avid fan of the thriller series, then you may also like to take a private tour, which can be booked by emailing: bokning. stadsmuseum@stockholm.se. SAS flies direct from Dublin to Stockholm, four times a week, from €85 one-way, including all taxes and charges.

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Anything and everything you could want in Toronto Q PAUL HOSFORD

LOVE Toronto. It’s not a catchy phrase on (many) t-shirts, but it’s true. I have experienced a lot in my several visits – music festivals, scary amounts of snow, late-night, on-street discussions on the causes of homelessness with a Hasidic Jew in full Shabbath attire, and even being challenged to a fight by a lady drug-dealer (not me, technically, but a friend.) With the full disclosure out of the

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way, you might ask what is the reason for this love? There is everything that anyone could want in a major city – several music festivals all year round as well as a vibrant, indigenous music scene, beautiful scenery, an international film festival for star-spotters, world-class museums, restaurants and architecture, a well-laid out, easily walk able city with good public transport and a lot of sports. To each of those ends, Toronto suits

me down to the ground. In a hockey-mad town, in a hockeyobsessed country, Maple Leafs tickets are the Golden Fleece. Every one of their 41 home games sells out the 19,000-plus seats available and tickets are generally only available from scalpers who man the sidewalks outside Union Station, the central transport hub, which is cleverly located almost on top of the team’s Air Canada Centre. Away from toothless men hitting

each other, the music and arts scene in Toronto is as vibrant as ever. The stunning Roy Thomson Hall is as good a venue for concerts and operas as there is, while the more contemporary venues, like El Mocambo, Lee’s Palace, The Opera House and the world-famous Horseshoe Tavern (which was the first stop on the Rolling Stones’ 1997 world tour) are alive nightly with the sounds of local and international music. Continued on Page 20


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Kusadasi bound LAURA WEBB

MAKING my way to the airport on a rainy, dreary Sunday evening in Dublin, made the thoughts of staying in a sunny country for a week even more exciting. The chartered Sky Airlines plane wasn’t as spacious as I had hoped, but the friendly staff and the free use of a pillow and blanket made the late night flight that little bit easier to handle. Arriving in Bodrum Airport in Turkey in the middle of the night and having to get a two-hour bus journey to the resort didn’t go down well with my five-year-old son, but, thankfully, the handy portable DVD player was on hand with Toy Story 3 to keep him occupied, and I would suggest something like this in order to keep little ones occupied. We stayed at the threestar Melissa Apartments, and, after a well-deserved nap, we were greeted by the Wings Abroad holiday rep, Sharon Byrne, who was a bundle of knowledge – telling us all we needed to know about our stay in Kusadasi. Visitors to Kusadasi will have no excuse for just lounging around the pool, because there

is something different to do every day, from boat trips across the Aedeon Ocean, Turkish Baths, seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World, or just enjoying the coastal view at the seafront. My son, Dylan, and I treated ourselves to a trip to a Dolphin Show at Adaland Park, one of two water parks in Kusadasi. Another day we went to Aquafantasy, which was recommended by Sharon for being the best for young kids. She wasn’t wrong. This water park had so many different activities for kids – if they aren’t big enough for the slides, they still had lots of pools and smaller slides to enjoy. We walked around the town a lot and used the local bus service, which runs every five minutes, and runs on an honesty policy. You don’t have to pay straight away, and if you have an infant sitting on your lap, they usually go free. The Melissa Apartment has everything you need for a sun holiday. Entertainment is provided every night, and at the kiddie discos the younger ones are really taken care of. The room is basic and the complex is small, but the staff make everyone

Having some fun in the pool at Aquafantasy water park

feel welcome. There are a few hidden costs that I was unaware of. When arriving at Bodrum airport you must pay €15 per person for a visa

The rooms at the Melissa Aparments in Kusadasi are small, but the facilities and friendly staff more than make up for it

to enter the country. Another strange hidden cost was when we arrived at the Dolphin Show at Adaland Park, I was told that if I wanted to use my own camera to take pictures, I had to pay a further 10 Turkish Lira, crazy when you consider you will be the one paying for the print-outs. As for the Airport’s crazy food prices – when we were waiting for our plane to Dublin at Bodrum, my thirsty five-yearold asked for a drink. Two cans of sprite cost me 23 Turkish Lira – the equivalent of €10; needless to say I made sure we drank every last drop. Other than those couple of surprises, Kusadasi is quite cheap and a shop-

per’s dream for all those ‘genuine fake’ clothes, bags, shoes etc. For a gateway in the Sun, Kusadasi ticks nearly every box. The 3-star Melissa Apartments, on a selfcatering basis, costs from €369. This family-run complex, with its daytime activities and an Irish Style Pub, is suitable for both families and couples. Its central location and easy access to Ladies Beach, makes it an ideal base for those who want to be within walking distance of all of the amenities that Kusadasi has to offer. Price includes seven nights accommodation, return flights and transfers.


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Fun at Aquafantasy, left, and, above, the three-star Melissa appartments

Sunset Beach Club – ideal for sun breaks THE Irish-owned Sunset Beach Club is located on the seafront of Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol, and is easily accessible, being only 20 minutes from Malaga airport. Ideal for a sunshine break, their one-bedroom apartments are perfect for couples or families of up to four, and offer the best of both worlds, combining apartmentstyle rooms with fourstar hotel services and facilities. March, April and May are great months to enjoy the sunshine without the burn, and all the pleasures of the Costa del Sol and surrounding areas, without the crowds. The on-site Golf and

Leisure Desk is also there to help you get the most out of your stay. So, whether you are looking for somewhere to spend a few days lazing by the pool with a good book, play golf, or relax with family and friends, or perhaps an extended visit to explore the amazing sights of Andalucia, Sunset Beach Club provides the perfect base for your holiday. During the Easter school holidays, separate activities are organised every day for five to 12-year-olds, teenagers and adults, making sure the whole family is entertained. For more information, visit www.sunsetbeachclub.com.


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Exotic honeymoon options LAURA WEBB

AS EACH new generation ties the knot and enters the honeymoon market, they bring their own tastes and desires to travel. Destinations, resorts, and activities that thrilled previous newly-wed couples may now be less appealing, or not as attainable due to political and economic reasons. New trends and exotic destinations always emerge, offering Irish couples fresh opportunities

for fun and relaxation. Honey mooning in European Union countries means shorter flight times, old world cultures, the euro and romantic cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Istanbul or Copenhagen, to name but a few. Sunny Mediterranean beaches, great food and wine and an endless choice of hotels will suit any budget. For many couples, Africa represents a dream honeymoon and a rea-

sonable exchange rate has made many previously expensive destinations, such as Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana, much more accessible. Other hot destinations include Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Borneo, Brazil and Jordan. All offer unique and unforgettable honeymoons, and have never been more inspiring. So, before planning a honeymoon, talk to GoHop.ie and check out the latest ways to celebrate one.

More deals from GoHop … Also in relation to Toronto and Malta, here are some special offers: CANADA: In every Canadian city, visitors are only steps from good food, great views, and a breath of nature’s fresh air. GoHop.ie are offering holidays to Toronto, flights and five nights, three-star hotel from €519. For more North American offers, visit http://ibe.gohop.ie/offer/group-24 MALTA: Few European countries have such concentrated history, architecture and, yes, beaches in so tiny an area. GoHop.ie are offering holidays to Malta, flights and seven nights three-star hotels from €159. For more Malta offers : http://ibe.gohop.ie/offer/group-9

The CN Tower (left) and Casa Loma, Canada’s famous castle, is complete with 98 rooms, secret passages, stately towers and estate gardens . It was the former estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier.

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Anything and everything you could want in Toronto Continued from Page 17

For those looking to shop, the Eaton Centre marks the city’s centre point and comprises 330 stores, 160,000 square metres, two food courts and five floors. The centre is currently undergoing a $120 million revitalisation project that will see it upgraded and expanded by the end of 2012. It contains the world’s largest Sears store, which is a haven for downtown shoppers, as well as the Canadian flagship store of H&M. To put in perspective the sheer size of the centre, each of its northernmost and southernmost points has a different subway station serving it (Dundas and Queen, respectively). For those looking to hit the tourist trail, the CN Tower, once the largest

free-standing structure in the world, is worth every cent of the $30 admission, though, for the best value, I would highly recommend the CityPass ($66 available online at www. citypass.com or from any of the attractions). The Pass will give you access to the CN Tower, the massive, impressive and, quite frankly excellent, Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre with it’s interactive learning exhibits, Casa Loma and the Royal Ontario Museum. The final two are simply unmissable. Casa Loma is a 1911“medieval” castle built on a hill above Toronto’s northside, in an area now known as The Annex. Up to $3.5million was spent from 1911-14 in turning the site into a home fit for a king and queen, but it soon fell into

disrepair and was seized by the City of Toronto in 1937. Its magnificence, its opulence and its sheer scale are breathtaking and, if you get a sunny day, the setting is spectacular, with gardens and views aplenty. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a world-class museum with over six million items ranging from dinosaur fossils, mummies, world art and Canadian history in 40 galleries inside its

striking, but controversial, crystal entrance. The redesigned entrance is a jarring addition to the Toronto skyline and is still much-talked about, even four years after the Daniel Libeskind design first opened. All in all, the city is a diverse, thriving metropolis, with enough quiet spots, like the Toronto Islands, Trinity Bellwoods Park, High Park and nearby attractions, like Niagara Falls, to make it the complete city holiday.

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Great deals at Holiday World Show LONGITUDE 51° 30’ N | LATITUDE 0° 10’ W WHETHER your dream holiday is the delights of Turkey, an African safari, the excitement of South America, the luxury of Dubai, the fun of the Mediterranean or the warm welcome of a home holiday, The Holiday World Show Dublin 2012 at the RDS Simmonscourt from Friday, January 27 to Sunday,

January 29 is the place to be. The Holiday World Show will provide expert advice to those seeking a well-earned escape from reality, with “affordability” being the key word, and many great offers are available to purchase on the spot. New this year is the Over-55s Holiday Show,

joining The Holiday World Show and The Caravan and Motorhome Show, offering three shows in one. The format of the show gives visitors the opportunity to explore the globe under one roof – Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean, The

Americas, Home Holidays, Cruise Lines and Ferries, alongside Adventure Travel. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk faceto-face with many leading travel organisations, and can take advantage of some exclusive “showonly” offers. For further information, see www. holidayworldshow.com.

A luvverly excursion to London Q SHANE DILLON

LONDON retains a charm and character that make it a delightful destination for all visitors, allyear-round. Joining some colleagues, I recently set off for a couple of days there, keen to see some new sights in a city that I know very well. Taking my seat for a British Midland International (BMI) flight to Heathrow, there followed the smoothest flight of my life – honest – as well as the softest landing, and all on my very first BMI flight, marking a great, relaxed start to my trip. BMI fly from Dublin to London Heathrow oneway, including all taxes and charges, from €28, which also includes a 20kg baggage allowance. For further information, see www.flybmi.com. Upon arrival, my colleagues and I were soon whisked away into the centre of London, courtesy of the swift Heathrow Express (Heathrow to Paddington in 15 minutes;

prices from £18, one-way; www.heathrowexpress. com), leaving us close to our luxurious hotel, The Cavendish London (81, Jermyn Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6JF; www. thecavendishlondon. com; telephone 0044 20 7930 2111). The Cavendish London’s superb location (just the shortest of hops from busy Piccadilly Circus) proved an excellent location to explore the city centre on foot, and it was great to be surrounded by historic Jermyn Street’s charming shopping arcades. After checking in and unpacking in our welcoming executive rooms, my companions and I set off for Madame Tussauds (Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR; prices from £15; www.madametussauds.com). You’ll forgive me for waxing lyrical, but the hit tourist attraction left us delighted, fascinated, amused and entertained. Later that evening, we made our way to The Riding House Cafe (43 – 51

Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PQ; www.ridinghouse.co.uk) for a light evening meal – my generous portion of crumbling fish proved a great choice for my authentic fish and chips experience in London. The night’s musical, Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP; prices from £20; see www.rockofagesmusical. co.uk) left a self-avowed musical-hating colleague singing a different tune the next morning, saying that Rock of Ages was “bloody brilliant” . Quite! Finally, it was time to finish the day with cocktails, courtesy of the famous Mahiki Bar (1, Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4LD; www.mahiki.com). Next morning, we strolled to nearby cheesemongers, Paxton and Whitfield (93, Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JE; www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk), originally established in 1742. The store serves everyone, from Japanese

Helen Mirren was happy to see Shane at Madame Tussauds, left; Irish cheeses are also on sale at historic Paxton and Whitfield cheesemongers


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The Cavendish London is located Even January’s gloomy weather couldn’t dampen the stunning views

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tourists to celebrities (or celebri-cheese?), as well as many leading London hotels, exporting to clients and, of course, serving Buckingham Palace. Next up, the Thames RIB Experience made quite a splash (Embank-

ment Pier, Victoria Embankment, Greater London, WC2N 6NU; prices from £32; www. thamesribexperience. com), where a brightyellow, inflatable speedboat boat soon took us on an exhilarating, white-

knuckle dash downstream. Ditching our sea legs, we rejoined the landlubbers at Knightsbridge, joining diners at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Cafe (109 – 125 Knightsbridge; London SW1X 7RJ;

w w w.har vey nichols. com/fifth-floor-london), where afternoon tea awaited in the form of Picnic Chic tea and sandwiches (£18 per person). Later that evening, we set off to Vinopolis (1, Bank End, London SE1

9BU; www.vinopolis. co.uk), a complex of venues dedicated to alcohol. There, Brew Wharf (Brew Wharf Yard, Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD; www.brewwharf. com), our chosen restaurant, served up a delicious evening meal, leaving us ready for the “afters” – a beginner’s introduction to whiskey, courtesy of Tom Forrest, wine and spirit education manager. Tom’s detailed whiskey-

tasting (www.vinopolis. co.uk/monthlyevents/ whisky_masterclass.php) presentation left us feeling like experts in The Whisky Exchange next door, where a vast selection of whiskies awaited. Next morning, we walked over to the EDF Energy London Eye (County Hall, London SE1 7PB; prices from £17.01; www.londoneye. com), where the city, and her landmarks, were a

fine sight to behold, even on a January morning. All that was left was a return to Heathrow, another painless BMI self-check-in, and a short while later, we were once again on board a surprisingly smooth flight, which concluded in Dublin with another soft landing. Londoners may be annoyed with my mangled accent, but all in all, it turned out to be a luvverly trip to London ...


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Family fun with American Holidays THINKING of Florida for your family holiday this year? American Holidays has the best offers whether this is your first time to experience Orlando or you are a repeat guest. With the best hotels, resorts and apartments on offer, great holiday prices, and a huge number of attractions to choose from, Florida is a must for families, so be sure to check out the new Florida brochure or view online This year, Orlando is all about value and American Holidays have some of the best prices going. Offers start from €595pp for 14 nights, three-star accommodation and flights ex Dublin, for family of four sharing. And when you book by January 31, you can book your Florida holiday for as little as €100pp deposit. However, Florida is not all about family holidays – there are superb beach destinations such as Naples, St Pete’s / Clearwater and more. There are two new Fly drives for those who are looking to hit the open road and experience what the USA has to offer such as: New England Explorer – starting and ending in Boston taking in the MidCoast of Maine, White and Green Mountains, as well as Connecticut River Valley, from €509pp (flights extra). Or maybe the Golden California Self-drive, beginning in San Francisco and taking in the famous landmarks of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Malibu, Los Angeles and Las Vegas from €599pp (flights extra). To look at any of the new 2012 brochures, drop into your local travel agent for your copy, or request directly with American Holidays on 01 6733875.

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Make this Valentine’s day a little bit special IT’S just around the corner, and it’s the best excuse of the year to get away for a special weekend... it’s Valentine’s Day! So, we have chosen some of the most unique and beautiful locations around the country, all of which are offering something a little different to steal away with your other half for a romantic weekend. PICK N’ MIX AT THE THE 5-STAR G HOTEL

OVERLOOKING Lough Atalia on Galway Bay, a city break at the five-star g Hotel is the ideal getaway for Valentine’s weekend surrounded by absolute opulence and comfort. Spend two nights with full Irish breakfast each morning, savour a special five-course Valentine’sthemed meal served in the intimate setting of Matz at the g restaurant, and all

from €245pps. The g even has a pink room - one of the hotel’s signature lounges which is perfect to relax and enjoy one of the hotel’s special love potions cocktails. To ensure your weekend of love is a bespoke occasion, pick and mix from a selection of treats to create that loving feeling, including ESPA bath oil selection €12; Strawberries dipped in chocolate, €16; Handmade chocolates: €16.00; Rose petal turndown with tea lights,€25; Buck’s Fizz cocktail breakfast, €28; Champagne, from €80 per bottle For further details visit www.theghotel.ie or call (091) 865200. SPEND VALENTINES WITH ‘THE ONE’ AT NO. 1 PERY SQUARE, HOTEL AND SPA LIMERICK

CHECK into your opulent guest room where a bottle

of pink bubbly and homemade chocolates awaits you and your loved one on arrival. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner on one night in the intimate surroundings of Brasserie One, overlooking the streetscapes of the Georgian Quarter of the city. Cherish pure relaxation in the thermal suite followed by a taster treatment in The Spa @ No.1– Ireland’s largest organic urban retreat nestled underneath the .boutique hotel. There is even a Private Spa Suite designed with total privacy and wellness for couples to enjoy together. As a special Valentine’s treat, couples can enjoy late check-out until 2pm, with the package priced from €169pps. For further details visit www.oneperysquare.com or call (061) 402 402. OUTDOOR FUN AND FINE CUISINE AT ASHFORD CASTLE

The comfortable and and friendly surroundings of Ballymaloe House

ENJOY a luxurious Valentine’s weekend in Ashford Castle Hotel where an array of outdoor activities can be enjoyed, and delicious cuisine prepared by award-winning chef, Stefan Matz, is on the menu. One- and two-night packages are available. For €247.50 per person,

Ashford Castle, top, Castle Leslie, above, and No 1 Pery Square, right right, are just ery Square three of the special places to spend Valentines

you can enjoy one night’s accommodation, full Irish breakfast, dinner in the renowned Geoorge V dining room, a dozen red roses and a bottle of chilled Gremillet Canteneur Champagne. This is valid on February 14, 15 and 16. Two nights’ package costs €395 per person, including all the extra treats and dinner on one night. For more details call 094 954 6003 or go to www.ashford.ie. A SPECIAL GETAWAY AT THE MAGICAL CASTLE LESLIE

ENJOY two nights accommodation in the stunning Castle Leslie estate with a romantic candlelit Valentine’s dinner on one evening of your choice in Snaffles restaurant along with a glass of bubbly. Chocolates and a single red rose will await you in your bedroom and a delicious full Irish breakfast is served each morning. Located in the castle, their heritage bedrooms

are steeped in history and are full of character and each boudoir has been restored with relaxation and privacy in mind. Uniquely decorated and retaining their original features, the bedrooms and bathrooms are scattered with antiques, heirlooms and curios that have been lovingly collected throughout the centuries. From €270 per person sharing, contact Castle Leslie on 047 88100. SAY ‘I DO’ TO VALENTINE’S WEEKEND IN WESTPORT

BOASTING luxurious guestrooms with kingsize beds and jacuzzi bath as standard, intimate dining options in Restaurant Merlot and a range of glorious treatments in Spa Sula, the Westport Plaza, Co. Mayo, it’s the perfect retreat for couples. Especially for Valentines weekend, the 4-Star Resort is offering a twonight break with breakfast each morning and an

evening meal on a night of your choice all from €149pps. For further information, or bookings visit www. westportplazahotel.ie / +353 (0)98 51166. BALLYMALOE HOUSE – THE PERFECT GETAWAY FOR VALENTINE’S

YOU can enjoy the comfortable and friendly surroundings of Ballymaloe House, take a stroll on the grounds, wander along their walking paths, passing the spring flowers in the woods or relax by an open fire. The rate includes two nights’ bed and breakfast with a special dinner on Valentine’s night. Included is a complimentary bottle of rose on arrival in your room and dinner is followed by music in the drawing room with Rory Allen and Friends. From €230 per adult per for two nights includes bed and breakfast and two evening meals. For more information call 021 4652531.


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Goldilocks and the Three Bears CONTINUING its commitment to a wide range of communityand family-friendly entertainment, the Pavilion presents a delightful presentation of the classic children’s tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. However, this tale is told from the bears’ point of view, as they try to deal with teenage tearaway, Goldilocks, and the worsening honey shortage ... Running from Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28, at 7.30pm, with tickets priced €16/€12.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Ger Carey Live

THE Mill Theatre is continuing its diverse range of shows, with the upcoming return of Ger Carey Live one to look out for. Ger’s show for teenagers, Stand-Up For Teenagers, is set to deliver a fascinating – and hilarious – insight into the difficulties and delights of being a teenager in Ireland today. Although some years past his own teenage years, Ger’s shows promise to be hilariously insightful. Look out for his show on February 8, with tickets priced €10/€7.50.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 The Three Tenors

Matt King (George Clooney) has, in many ways, a dream life in Hawaii. However, with the pressures of looking after an important land deal for his extended family, and looking after his two children while his wife is in hospital, waves of problems begin to crash in around him ...

Should make waves This Hawaiian-set tale sees plenty of twists and turns as a family man faces all sorts of unwelcome pressures ... Q KATE CROWLEY

PERHAPS Ye Olde Mayan that I wrote about a few weeks ago was right, given the claims that 2012 would mark the end of the world. After all, it’s with more than a faint shudder that I note Clive Owen is back on our screens, followed closely by Nicolas Cage on the distant horizon. Alas! Alarum! Seeing one of these guys charging into view is enough to spook even a stunning film reviewer such as, ahem, you know who, but two? It’s an omen! Time to start building an emergency shelter out of discarded DVD cases, I think! That, or ignore the grim reality of a world that keeps giving Messrs Owen and Cage films to star in, and turn instead to a kind of paradise on Earth – Hawaii. I’m probably now getting drowned out by enthusiastic cries of “The

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Descendants ++++ (15A) 111 mins Director: Alexander Payne Starring: George Clooney, Matthew Lillard, Patricia Hastie, Beau Bridges, Nick Krause, nobody nicknamed “Dog”

OUR VERDICT: A LIGHT-hearted film with moments of darkness, The Descendants is a reliable Clooney vehicle, seeing him deliver the complexities of character that he’s capable of away from his usual crowd pleasers. Part drama, part shootin’-the-breeze fluffiness, there’s enough change in tone and direction to appeal to most audiences, and add a breezy start to the year’s films.

Bounty Hunnnnterrrr” by enthusiastic followers of certain aspects of modern Hawaiian (pop) culture, but, dear readers, this week I’d like to take you both to Hawaii with me to share a little of Gorgeous George Clooney’s life. Or, rather, to call in on the life of Matt King (Clooney); a middle-aged Hawaiian running one of those megabucks set-ups that lots of people are relying on, thanks to his family’s wealth and landowning good fortune. All Matt has to do is sign over the land he’s ultimately responsible for (as

one of The Descendants of the original landowners – geddit?), and lots of people will be rrrrrrich. Of course, this doesn’t sound like that involving a plot ... so, moving things right along, his wife (Hastie) has one of those A Terrible Accident plotdevices that tend to crop up in films like this, leaving Matt in charge of their daughters while she’s in a coma ... Under pressure to close the land deal, and dealing with a teenager daughter and her younger sister, Matt’s in a muddle in the middle of all this pressure,

with his cousin (Bridges) piling on ever more demands to sign ... Sheesh. This sounds like a perfect time for Matt to discover – SpoilerAlert! – that his wife was also having an affair, which, perhaps, he’d not exactly prevented, thanks to his detached ways. Okay, you can all start reading again. (Yes, the both of yus.) Matt’s life is a mess, with what seems in many ways to be an idyllic setting only serving to shine the Hawaiian sun on the problems he faces. His family and legal pressures and duties are all indirectly linked to the state of his marriage, creating a clumsy relationship with his daughters, and meaning that this particular descendant is simply King of a whole lot of pressures. (Geddit? See what I did there?) There must be some way that everything is connected, that Matt can

turn everything around to reach the happy Hawaii ending that everyone’s looking for. But what ...? Hmmm ... it’s an interesting film, if not quite truly great, but then, just as it’s pretty difficult to find O**n and C**e starring in great films, it’s hard to find Clooney starring in a terrible one, and The Descendants is a bright enough way to get 2012 going. It’s mostly interesting for the shades of grey in the characters – or, at least, as much grey as the Hawaiian sun permits – as we see nice people doing questionable things, and others who’re halfway jerks also being nice enough, instead of the usual clear heroes/villains that most films have. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a bunker to build from DVD cases, hopefully before O**n and C**e clip-clop into view with their latest offerings. Adieu ...

MUSIC fans will love The Three Tenors’ body of work when they take to the stage at Draiocht, ready to delight with a wide-ranging selection of songs. The trio – Declan Kelly, David Martin and Morgan Crowley – will cover everything from classic singers such as Sinatra and Elvis through to Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Joseph Locke. Catch The Three Tenors on Friday, January 27 at 8pm, with tickets priced €27.50/€25 conc.


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ASPIRING Dublin schools’ soccer teams are being invited to take part in this year’s FAI Schools’ five-a-side competition. FA I S c h o o l s a r e expecting over 15,400 children from ever y county in Ireland to compete in the event of 2012. The games kick off in March and April, with Provincial Finals in May

and the National Finals concluding on June 7. The winners from each county will go forward to their Provincial Finals and they then will battle it out at the National Finals. The competition has been running since the mid 1990’s, the event is more popular than ever with nearly 1,000 schools currently involved. There are five divisions to suit all school sizes, and a number of

teams can represent one school depending on the size of their student body. While FAI Schools encourage boys and girls to play on the same team, there is also a separate competition for girls’ schools. Last year, St Oliver Plunkett NS, Malahide, won the B Girls’ Schools category. S e a n C a r r, FA I Schools chairman said: “The competition is growing at an incredible

The FAI Five-A-Side competition will see some 15,400 children across the country taking part

rate with the standard of football improving each year. We must pay tribute to the local teachers and competition organisers in ensuring the success of the competition each year.”

The growth of football across the country can be attributed to the FAI’s Regional Development Officers, who have been vital in increasing the number of schools playing the sport, and to

the dedication of local organisers who volunteer to run competitions. To enter your school in the competition, contact the competition organiser in your locality. Details of the coun-

ty and regional finals currently taking place around the country can be viewed by clicking on www.faischools.ie or www.faischoolsdublin. com for further information.


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Joy on the road as Ava makes grade After disappointment in Dublin, Dundrum athlete AVA HUTCHINSON is revelling in the glow of qualification for the London Olympics 2012

Ryan happy to be on the road to London 2012 DEIRDRE Ryan, Dublin South Dublin’s high-jump sensation is getting ready for the biggest year of her career to date and is all set to represnet the country and her club in London. The athlete was back in Dublin from her German base camp for a strength and conditioning programme at Abbotstown last week, and was pleased to be back home, and clearly focussed on all that this year will hold for her when she spoke to GazetteSport. “I’m happy to be back home. I’ll be working hard in the ten weeks leading up to the Games in London, and that is obviously the big goal for this year. I’m delighted to be there, qualification was a dream come true.” Her training is going well, and Ryan’s plan is well set in the lead-up to the Olympic Games in August. “I won’t be competing in the indoor season this year. It’s going to be purely training until May, when I’m going to start competing again. I’m not sure what the first meet is going to be, but I know it will be somewhere in Europe.” Deirdre finished in sixth place at the World Track and Field Championships in Daegu last year, setting a new Irish record and securing the A standard qualification height required for the London Olympics. “I’ve just a few little niggles, a little ankle thing that flared up when I sprained it, but it healed again in a few days. Other than that, I’ve no real issues, everything is going really well.” With representation from Dublin South Dublin in the Irish Olympic team increasing seemingly by the week, Ryan was full of praise for her alumnus. “It’s great that everyone in the club is doing so well. Hopefully, David Gillick will be there as well, and with Linda and Ava in the marathon, there’s a big gang from the club at the Olympics, which is fabulous. Hopefully, Joe Sweeney will be there as well.”

MARATHON runners rarely describe what they do as fun. Tales abound of hitting the wall and hours toiled overcoming inner demons on the road. Ava Hutchinson, though, cannot think of anything more enjoyable. Her first effort at the distance ended in disappointment in Dublin last October. Running well on course for an Olympic qualifying time, cramps set in after eight miles, and became severe enough by the half-way point to leave her stretching against road-side kerbs. The DSDAC runner ended five minutes outside the Olympic A standard. The result proved to spur her on and, last week, she made the qualifying time in Houston in brilliant fashion. “I finished Dublin in two minds – I was devastated with the result but I did think about having

broken 2:42 with all those problems. I’m was adamant that if I could keep the body in control, then I could qualify,” she told GazetteSport. Bouncing back, she approached last week’s Houston marathon with the same plan formulated by legendary coach, Ray

going to do it, you have to embrace being tired, the long miles, the bad weather. “If you go into it with that attitude, you do get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It is hard, there’s no doubt. The training can be tedious with the repetition but there’s so much

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‘The rewards of running a marathon are even better than on the track. It’s a different feeling to anything I’ve done before’

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Treacy, her mentor and the head coach at Providence College in the US. He was the man to impress on Hutchinson the value of fun to cope with the most rigorous physical challenge in athletics during her formative training sessions. “That was the first thing Ray said to me. If you’re

Ava Hutchinson in action for DSDAC

enjoyment to be had. “I’ve always wanted to go up to marathon level, but didn’t know when the right time was. Obviously, this season is a great opportunity. “The rewards are even better than on the track, and the feeling I had after the weekend was just so good. It’s a huge sense of achievement for anyone to finish a marathon. It’s a different feeling to anything I’ve experienced before.” The 28-year-old’s step up to the iconic distance was always in her longterm plans, but was accelerated by Marathon Mission’s support. The Mission was formed in 2009 to raise Ireland’s performance in the 26-mile event and has since provided Hutchinson with the funding to travel to Providence for five weeks away from her Loughborough base in England. Similarly, nutritionists, blood-testers and other

supports offered her the chance to commit quickly to the new regime, and it has borne instant fruit. Learning the ropes came naturally after an international background in middle-distance and cross-country running. Ava won her first halfmarathon in Waterford last September. Dublin followed a month later, a painful experience that provided the vital lessons for her stunning fourth-place finish in Houston, running 2.35.33 in a remarkably consistent performance, passing halfway just past the one hour and 17 minute mark. “I really enjoyed it. The actual atmosphere was absolutely brilliant. It was so much, the crowds were huge – I’d suggest if anyone was doing an American marathon, it is the one to do! “We had a strict plan. The first couple of miles were quite slow as I hadn’t much time to warm up. “But then I got into a really nice rhythm, got a really good group of about six. For about 18 miles, I felt really good and thought, I shouldn’t have a problem here. “From 20 on, I had a few issues with cramps in my calves but pretty much felt good the whole way. It was a big relief coming down the home straight when I saw the clock.” The success of Marathon Mission, however, means that while Hutchinson has gone well under the Olympic standard,

there is a possibility she could miss out on the Games. Indeed, it may even be a full set of clubmates could steal her dream. Fellow DSDAC runner Linda Byrne won the national title in Dublin – albeit a minute slower – which could place her higher in the pecking order. Gladys Ganiel finished eighth in Houston but intends another qualifying run in Rotterdam, while the experienced Maria McCambridge will have a go in Seville. It is a far cry from 2008 when just one B standard runner ran in Beijing. It is a remarkable turnaround but one which lost out in the publicity stakes as Martin Fagan’s admission of taking EPO took the athletics limelight. Hutchinson says it does not unduly affect her glee at running inside the qualification time, but hopes it will not cast a black cloud overwhat has been serious success for the women’s long-distance runners. “There are so many aspects of it that are so sad. It’s sad for Irish athletics and sad for the athletic world as a whole. There are two sides to it. It’s great that the drug testers are doing the job and the sport has been kept clean. “I’ve met Martin but I wouldn’t know him well so I don’t know about his personal situation but you have to take each individual case as it is and it’s nothing else to do with any other Irish athlete.”


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Dublin supporting SOS with sponsor swap deal DUBLIN’S footballers and hurlers will wear the Suicide or Survive Charity (SOS) logo on their jerseys instead of regular sponsor Vodafone for their first league games next month. The initiative was launched by Dublin stars Micheal Fitzsimons, Conal Keaney; CEO of SOS Caroline McGuigan; former WBA world champion Bernard Dunne and James McCarthy. Vodafone and Dublin are asking customers across all networks to donate €2 to the SOS charity to help fund its ongoing work in the area of mental health. Subscribers can make the donation by texting the word ‘SOS’ to 50300.

OATLANDS College’s Eoin Hyland and Clonkeen’s Ryan Matthews and Paul Moffat have all been named in the FAI Schools’ U-18 provisional squad when they host Australia in an International Friendly on Friday, January 27 at the Oscar Traynor Centre (2pm). The match will be a precursor to Ireland’s Centenary Shield campaign, which commences on March 16 with a home game against Northern Ireland in Limerick before playing Scotland and Wales and completing the competition live on Sky Sports against England on April 26. Manager Ollie Horgan is looking forward to the

Local players were among those selected to face Australia this week

challenge, stating that “this game will prove to be highly competitive and a valuable exercise for the team’s preparation in the Centenary Shield”. The Irish management have yet to finalise the panel of 18 players to represent the Republic in the Centenary Shield series and will be using this friendly as part of the selection process.

Matthews brings a wealth of experience to the table having been capped at this level last season. Conor Pepper is among a trio of St Patrick’s Athletic players, along with Adam O’Connor and Eoin, and join forces with Leinster colleagues Pierce Sweeney (Colaiste Raithin, Bray) , Paul

Moffat (Clonkeen College) and Gareth Brady (Pobailscoil Neasain) as they look to book their place onto the Centenary Shield panel. The Australian Schools’ team embark on their European tour with a comprehensive list of fixtures to fulfil. The team have already played Wales (January 20) and North-

ern Ireland (January 25) while they have forthcoming fixtures against Republic of Ireland (January 28) and England (January 29) as well as numerous club games. The Aussies are known for the physical presence on the field and it should prove a good run-out in advance of their home game to Northern Ireland.


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FOOTBALL: UNDER-21 SIDE ROUTED IN FINAL

a

CLUB NOTICEBOARD CUALA ALL club members and those with an

final of the championship at either

interest in our future are invited to

Hyde Road or Shankhill next Satur-

attend a special club gathering in Fit-

day afternoon, throw-in 2.30pm. The

zpatrick’s Hotel, Killiney, on Friday,

venue will be confirmed closer to the

February 10, between 7 and 9pm. As

time and details will be on the web-

a Cuala member or parent, each of

site.

you have an important role to play in

Good luck also to the junior hurlers

how your club develops over the next

who are in Leinster semi-final action

three years.

on the same day; location and time to

Eve r y b o d y ’s o p i n i o n c o u n t s ,

be confirmed.

whether you have a view on our

Congratulations to Michael Good-

pitches, our buildings, our market-

win and his web team on being nomi-

ing, the gear in the shop, the way the

nated for the club website of the year

Academy is run, or the way you do or

by the Dublin County Board. Great

don’t feel involved in your own club.

effort goes into the site and it should

We want to talk, listen and imagine

be on everybody’s list of favourites.

what the club will be like in 2015 and build a plan to make it happen. Good luck to the U-21 hurlers who face Kilmacud Crokes in the semi-

Adult registration and payment of memberships for all adult players and mentors will take place this week.

NAOMH OLAF Kilmacud Crokes were no match for a well-drilled Na Fianna side at Mobhi Road in the D championship final

Crokes learn tough lesson from Fianna UNDER-21 D C’SHIP FINAL Kilmacud Crokes Dublin South

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IN SPITE of a great campaign that led to the fields of Mobhi Road last weekend, Kilmacud Crokes’ Under-21 footballers were unable to grasp the opportunity and take the D championship title against Na Fianna. In the club’s own estimation, Na Fianna were superior in all departments and did not allow Crokes to establish a fopothold in that game at any point. When Crokes conceded a goal from a penalty within five minutes of the match, the tone was set, and Crokes battled relentlessly against an irresistable tide from their opponents. The final score, which clearly tells one story, was no ref lection of a match in which the young Crokes’ players

played to the top of their abilities but were no match for a well-organised and impressive Na Fianna side. The game may well be considered a learning curve, and a lot of lessons in terms of how to play at this level will have been learned. Na Fianna’s current U-21 stength in depth across the teams representing that level for the club is based on several good minor teams in recent years. Kilmacud Crokes A team will, therefore, be facing tough opposition when they tackle the premier Na Fianna Under-21 squad in the upcoming A Championship final. The Glasnevin men beat Ballyboden St Enda’s in their delayed A semi-final on a scoreline of 1-12 to 2-6 to set up a mouth-watering final. That match saw Na Fianna making better use of the elements to reach their second con-

secutive U-21 A football championship final when they got the better of Ballyboden St Enda’s at a bluster y Sancta Maria. They used the stiff breeze to help build a nine-point advantage at half-time, but a storming Boden second-half show saw that gap reduced to just two within 20 minutes in which time Darren O’Reilly was central. But a couple of late slips let the Glasnevin men respond and they held their nerve to get over the line, showing considerable composure after being rocked

for long periods. Conor McHugh was the main protagonist, kicking 1-3 and being unmarkable at times in the first half, and although living off less possession in the second half, he helped them over the line. His movement underpinned his side’s good work before the break and with support runners in abundance it meant they were in the ascendancy despite strong performances from Sadlier in goal, aided by Graham Heavey and Brian Devlin who worked hard all through.

THERE was a large turnout with

A senior football challenge will take

standing room only in the clubhouse

place in Pairc Ui Bhriain on January

for the adult presentations. Former

28 when visitors St Peter’s of Dun-

Dublin manager Tommy Lyons, guest

boyne take on Naomh Olaf at 3pm.

speaker on the night, presented the

Treasured Memories, the 30-year

trophies. A big thank you to him for

history of Naomh Olaf sold well again

giving of his time and also for enter-

on Friday night and may be pur-

taining us on the night.

chased from Eileen Hickey on 086 853

Shane Whyte and Donal MacMahu-

4313.

na were awarded senior football and

A quiz night will be held in the club-

hurling Player of the Year respec-

house on January 26 to raise funds

tively.

for teams and equipment. The juvenile presentations will

Award details can be viewed at naomholaf.ie.

take place on January 29 at 4pm.

The late Barry O’Brien RIP, a dis-

Adult players’ membership fees

tinguished hurling player, received

will be collected after training this

an award in the best over the last 30

week on Thursday night.

years category. Barry was captain

Dublin GAA Spring Series 2012

of the Dublin U-21 hurlers in 2002.

details are available at naomholaf.

The first anniversary Mass for the

ie.

late Greg Naughton RIP was held on

Lotto numbers this week were 10,

Saturday followed by a big turnout

22 and 28. There was no jackpot win-

afterwards at the clubhouse.

ner.

STARS OF ERIN THE adult men footballers played a

The nursery started back on Sat-

challenge game against St Anne’s in

urday and there was a brilliant

Glencullen on Sunday morning. The

turn-out. Thanks to coaches Lewis,

wind played havoc with the game,

Gavin and Steve for putting the kids

but a good run out for the first game

through their paces.

back. Both teams played well but

The nursery caters for children

Anne’s had a little bit more about

from three to seven and is on every

them and ran out winners. Thanks to

Saturday from 11.30am until 12.30pm

St Anne’s for the game.

in St Patrick’s NS in Glencullen. All

The ladies’ team had training on Sunday morning and had a great turn-out.

new children and parents are welcome to come along. There was no winner of the lotto.

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Foxrock Cabinteely’s Sinead Goldrick will take the vice-captain’s role under new Dublin management team led by Peter Clarke

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THE DUBLIN senior management team have named Foxrock Cabinteely’s Sinead Goldrick as the Dublin vice-captain for 2012. The 21-year-old student was a consistent performer for Dublin last season, picking up playerof-the-match awards in the BGE National League final win over Meath and in the TG4 championship qualifier versus Galway. Goldrick was also named on the Bord Gais Energy Team of the League 2011, and was nominated for an All-Star. Sinead’s near neighbour, Ballyboden St Enda’s Gemma Fay, has been announced as the captain of the senior football team for the 2012 campaign. Fay has been one of the stalwarts of the Jackies’ set-up in recent years, claiming a deserved All-Star in the All-Ireland year of 2010. Fay was clearly thrilled with the appointment

when she spoke to GazetteSport last week. “I’m delighted. It’s a great honour and a privilege to be given the role. I’m very proud to be representing this group of girls this year. I don’t feel it will be too difficult a task leading this group, as the girls are all very good at working hard and motivating each other on the field. It is going to be a great year and I’m looking forward to it.” The appointment of Fay, taking the place of TG4 Goalkeeper of the Decade and two-time All-Star, Cliodhna O’Connor, reflects the new approach in the set-up as a result of the appointment of Peter Clarke as team manager from Tommy Brown. “The new management team have brought a great new enthusiasm with them, and everyone in the team is out to impress. Everyone’s working hard for them. The set-up is very professional, and it’s impressive what they are doing,” said Fay. “The drills and the approach that Peter and Angie (McNally) are taking is getting us working

together as a team, getting us organised in what is a transitionary period as we get used to the new managers.” Although she was named one of members of the Bord Gais Energy Team of the League 2011, last season was a disappointment for the Dublin ladies, in spite of returning to Division 1 at a canter. “Last year was disappointing in terms of what we hoped to achieve. What we wanted mostly was to do well in Leinster championship, and that always will be the goal. “But a lot of the players in the team now were around last year and have that same hunger to do well. It is going to take a lot more this year to achieve the standard we are looking for, and that starts with taking on the top teams in Division One.” The season opens on February 5 with the National League opener against Kildare.

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