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INSIDE: Celebrating Aravon School’s 150th birthday P8

April 12, 2012

CHILDREN: Public’s views vital in helping to draft child legislation P4

Here’s Hector: Helping out at the Baths’ side HECTOR’S potential skills as a

Hurling: Keaney battling for early return to Dublin panel Page 32

Camogie: Local stars shine as Dublin run Cats close Page 31

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

back massager amused Betty O’Sullivan, Anne Coogan, Maria McPadden and Bairbre Kilmurray when they joined him at Dun Laoghaire Baths recently, where their colourful attire – and the colourful personality – were helping to celebrate the baths’ makeover. The local landmark has been newly transformed, courtesy of Dulux’s Let’s Colour project, which whipped up an ice creamcoloured lick of paint for the baths as part of Dulux’s nationwide goal of boosting positivity.

Rise in cemetery charges criticised Cllr Boyhan calls for DLRCC to absorb VAT hike


INCREASES in cemetery charges in the Dun LaoghaireRathdown area are due to come into effect from May 1. Responding to the new 23% VAT increases on services such as interment and cremation, Councillor Victor

Boyhan (Ind) advised the council to “absorb” the VAT into the existing cemetery charges. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said that the 23% VAT is dictated by Government policy and the Revenue Commissioners. The rules on these new

“taxes” are contained in the 2012 Budget, which stipulates that there be an application of VAT to local authority services. The council says that they are attempting to make the cheaper option of cremation more attractive to residents. Full Story on Page 6


LOCAL ar ts group, Take2 Performing Arts School, is staging a selection of musical numbers in the Pavilion Theatre this month. The show is entitled Pick ‘n’ Mix, and is a treat for lovers of the musical theatre genre. Included in the lineup are songs from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor y, Mar y Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Chicago, and many more. The students of Take2 will take the audience on a magical, musical journey, traversing the whole spectrum of favourite shows.

Casting agency Take2 is not only a performing arts school, but also acts as a casting agency for its young stars-to-be. Pick ‘n’ Mix is on at the Pavilion Theatre on April 28 and 29 at 6pm, and tickets range from €15 for adults to €10 for senior citizens, the unemployed, students and children. To book tickets, call the Pavilion at 01 231 2929, or go online to www.paviliontheatre.

Entrepreneurs sought for EU competition I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board (DLRCEB) is looking for applications from young entrepreneurs across Ireland to participate in the 2012 Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) competition. The EYE initiative is

a very successful European business support programme funded by the European Commission. DLRCEB is now facilitating exchanges between Irish entrepreneurs and business owners in all of the other 26 EU member states. The programme has been running for three years and offers great

advantages for young entrepreneurs in the first flush of their business lives. Those who qualify spend one-to-six months in another EU country, learning the language and other skills, and making international contacts for the future. The participant will be placed in a country in Europe, and they will

be grant-funded whilst there. Anyone running an established small business, and who would like their enterprise to benefit from hosting a talented entrepreneur from another EU country, can get involved in this programme. DLRCEB has placed ten Irish entrepreneurs in EYE exchanges since

last autumn. The programme is open to those who are new or “young” entrepreneurs (in relation to the duration of their time spent in business, rather than years of age). Therefore, an entrepreneur of any age may enter the programme as long as they have started a business in the past three years.

There are grant payments of up to €1,100 per month available to Irish entrepreneurs for the duration of their overseas placement. For further information, call DLRCEB at 01 494 8400. Alternatively, see or email Michael Hayden, DLRCEB at michael.

Compliance over charge I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

Sweet talk: Raising much-needed funds with HB’s delicious ice-cream Funday campaign RTE’S RYAN TUBRIDY launched Down Syn-

drome Ireland’s HB ice-cream Fundays campaign by hosting its first ice-cream party. The campaign, supported by HB Hazelbrook Farm, will run through May and June, with thousands of ice-cream parties being hosted across the country. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the HB ice-cream Fundays campaign has, to

date, raised more than €2 million for Down Syndrome Ireland. This year’s campaign will raise much needed funds for the organisation’s nationwide projects, such as its early development programme, adult literacy programme, educational advice and research for parents and children, counselling and advocacy and special interest groups.

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DUN Laoghaire and Dundrum residents are among the most compliant household charge payers in the country, with a 65% to 75% takeup figure. County Manager, Owen Keegan, thanked all those who have paid the charge so far. He also spoke of his encouragement by the numbers who have paid. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, along with Dublin City Council, share the highest rate of paying property owners in the country, according to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Keegan highlighted the importance of the collection of the €100 charge for the maintenance of essential public services in the county, and urged

those who have not paid the charge to do so as soon as possible. With penalties and interest, the charge payable will be €111 until the end of April. Those exempt from the charge fall into two categories. There are those with waivers who are living in “ghost estates”, or who are entitled to mortgage interest supplements, and those who have moved into a nursing home, or whose properties are held in trust. Anyone who thinks they are entitled to a waiver must apply for one from the county council. Payment of the charge and all penalties due can be made online at www., by posting an application form to PO Box 12168, Dublin 1, or at the local authority office, in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire or Dundrum.


CHARITY €50 fee to help support Simon’s work

Architects’ bid to help build a better future I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has partnered with the Simon Communities of Ireland to launch the eighth annual RIAI Simon Open Door Weekend in Dun Laoghaire. The weekend allows residents of Dun Laoghaire the opportunity to meet with a RIAIregistered architect in their local area to gain practical ideas that suit their particular design needs for only €50. This year, the Simon Open Door campaign takes place on Saturday,

May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Niall Browne, from Browne Architects, one of the participating architects in Dun Laoghaire, said about the event: “It allows us to meet local people and help provide practical solutions to their property problems. “More importantly, the campaign allows architects and the people of Dun Laoghaire to come together and make a difference to the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness.” The weekend is in aid of tackling homelessness in Ireland through the Simon community. A theme of this year’s cam-

paign is how to maximise the space you have on a tight budget. The architects at Open Door will give the best professional advice on how to maximise your home’s potential. Speaking at the launch of the Simon open Door Weekend, Niamh Randall, national research and policy manager with Simon Communities of Ireland, said: “The Simon Communities around Ireland are heavily reliant on the support from campaigns such as the Simon Open Door. “On behalf of the Simon Communities of Ireland, I want to sincerely thank all of the archi-

Alex Campbell and Ava O’Dwyer put their hard hats on to help launch the eighth annual Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Simon Open Door Weekend,


Sadness at store’s closure DALKEY residents have expressed their sadness at the closure of the Exchange Bookshop. After 37 years servicing the literary needs of the people of Dalkey, the bookshop has had to close its doors for good. A firm favourite with the community, the Exchange Bookshop provided a wide variety of new and secondhand books and had a very good range of Irish-interest material.

which will see participating architects offering their services for €50 for one hour

tects who have signed up to give their services free of charge, and to the public, whose donations demonstrate their belief in the work that Simon does,” she said. People in Dun Laoghaire can log on to www.simonopendoor. ie to book a one-hour consultation with the local RIAI architect of their choice, in return

for a €50 donation to the Simon Communities of Ireland. All architects are giving their time for free, and every cent raised goes directly to the charity. More than 4,000 people have already taken part in the initiative, and almost €300,000 has been raised, to date. Tara Cooke, another architect taking part in

the initiative, said: “At your hour-long consultation, you can expect to get realistic advice on any project, both big and small.” Other architectural practices who are participating in the Dun Laoghaire RIAI Simon Open Door Weekend are David Shannon Architects and Jane Considine.

Scheme The shop also carried stationery items, and bought back secondhand books from customers in a 50% off new purchases scheme. The bookshop was a favourite for locals, with its homely atmosphere and distinctive green frontage. The Exchange Bookshop finally closed its doors to the public on April 7.


STANDARDS Improving Ireland’s child welfare services

Public is urged to offer views on child protection TRACY COOPER, chief executive of

the Health Information and Quality Authority, says draft standards on child protection set out the key attributes of an effective and safe child protection service IT is very clear from various reports in recent years that have highlighted the scale and seriousness of child abuse in Ireland, that there is a need to significantly improve Ireland’s child protection and welfare services. With this as our guiding principle, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has developed Draft National Standards for the Protection and Welfare of Children that set out the key attributes of an effective and safe child protection service. The setting of standards by HIQA and the monitoring of compliance with them are important levers in driving improvements in the effectiveness and safety of health and social care services for children and families. The new draft Standards have been launched for public consultation until May 17 next by HIQA. The Standards document, and an easy-toread guide to the draft Standards, can be downloaded from the Authority’s website, www.hiqa. ie. HIQA has a legal duty to set standards, while the Health Service Executive (HSE) has a legal responsibility to promote the welfare of children not receiving adequate care and protection and therefore it is critical to ensure that the system for protecting children is

effective and robust. The draft National Standards have now been developed by HIQA to support continuous improvements in the care and protection of children receiving HSE child protection and welfare services. The Standards put the needs of children at the heart of child protection services and promote the principles outlined in Children First, the national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children. HIQA is committed to ensuring that the safety and wellbeing of children is the top priority for the HSE. The Standards will apply to HSE Children and Family Services and its statutory functions, which include protecting and promoting the welfare of children at risk in the community, and supporting and protecting children in the care of the State. When finalised, the Standards will be the basis of HIQA’s future inspections of the HSE’s child protection functions and can also be used as a guide for self-assessment and improvement by all those involved in the protection of children. While HIQA will publicly report on the HSE’s performance, and hold the HSE accountable for these services, the Standards will enable HSE child protection and welfare services to gear up to the best of their ability to

address concerns consistently and to a high standard. It is important to point out that, when implemented, HIQA would review HSE systems rather than individual cases. It is not intended that, as a general rule, the Authority should become involved in the detail of individual child protection cases. Therefore, people who are concerned about the welfare of children in any setting should continue to report any concerns about child protection and welfare to their local HSE health office. The HSE has been consulted in the drafting of these standards as they are critical to the implementation of these standards. HIQA developed the Standards assisted by a Standards Advisory Group. This is a group of key representatives from the HSE, Government departments, An Garda Siochana, other regulatory bodies, people from the academic and legal fields, non-statutor y organisations and other key stakeholders. The expert group and HIQA looked at, and considered, international and national published research, standards in Ireland and elsewhere, expert opinion, policy document and reports by national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Tracy Cooper, chief executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

In general, our Standards are not prescriptive but are calling for timely and effective action to be taken to protect children, and that children and their families have timely access to child protection and welfare services. A number of reports on child abuse cases were considered by the Authority and its Standards Advisory Group when developing these standards. These Standards cover issues such as listening to children, assessment and planning, working

with other agencies, the protection of children across a range of settings and the training and support of staff, and are grouped according to six key themes as follows: • Child-centred services • Safe and effective services • Governance, leadership and management • Use of resources • Workforce • Use of information. The Authority is now seeking the views of the

general public and children and young people on the draft National Standards. Information collected from this consultation process will be used to inform the development of the Standards. Your comments can be submitted through an online survey on the HIQA website, www., or by downloading and completing the consultation feedback form on our website and emailing it to You can print off the feedback

form and post it to us, or you can write to us. Once the consultation deadline has passed, the Authority will carefully analyse all the submissions made and we make further amendments to the Standards document. The finalised Standards will be presented to the Board of the Authority for its approval. Following this, the Standards will be submitted for approval to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.




Thinking her way to victory

Thousands due at a fashion fair



THE Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire will this month host a Vintage Fashion and Decor Fair to showcase local businesses. The event will take place on Sunday, April 22, with more than 50 exhibitors, and is highlyanticipated. This is the fourth year for the vintage fair, and it looks set to be a great event. Many Dublin businesses will be taking part in the fair, including Glasses and Such and Mosses, as well as vintage specialists, Dorothy Kenny, Geraldine Skeath, Kathy Howell and Margaret O’Dwyer, and many more. The fair aims to be a celebration of the fash-

ion and glamorous style of the 20th century, from the 1920s to the 1980s. This golden age of fashion, beauty, home decor and dance will be showcased under one roof at this unique event. More than 50 retro dealers and specialists from all across Ireland will display and sell a wide range of vintage clothes and retro decor, making it a must-visit for retro fashion lovers. The fair is riding the wave of the vintage resurgence in fashion, which has been made popular through TV shows such as Mad Men, and Dublin’s rockabilly singer, Imelda May. There will be all sorts of original memorabilia, from 1950s radios to film posters and pretty china to opera glasses. Other Dublin-based

businesses that will be at the fair include Eye C a n d y, F l u o r e s c e n t Elephant, Lark Vintage, Magpies Nest, Me Auld China, Mosses Om Diva, Perkup Vintage and Shotsy Vintage. There will be plenty of dresses and hats on sale, as well as retro makeovers that aim to make you look like a siren of the silver screen. Best-dressed competitions will be held on the day, with a vintage ambience achieved through authentic retro music, dancing and a cocktail bar to create the mood of former, more glamorous days. Organisers expect more than 2,000 visitors to attend. Doors open from 11.30am to 6.30pm, and admission is €6. For further details, see www.

Delorentos delight: Band strikes just the right note for Pavilion’s line-up THE Delorentos kicked off the start of Pavilion Theatre’s summer

schedule on April 5 at the Pavilion Plaza. The Dublin band were playing in Dun Laoghaire to launch the theatre’s summer brochure, in which they feature on July 28. The summer looks set to be an eclectic one at the Pavilion, with everything from fashion shows to serious new, and not-so-new, drama, musical acts and dance groups, as well as a musical theatre summer camp for children in July. There will be a thorough mix of local theatre and musical groups and professionals performing throughout the summer, with comedy highlights, including Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience on April 27, and Ardal O’Hanlon on May 3. Check out the full summer brochure online at

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A PSYCHOLOGY student from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) has won the undergraduate prize at the Annual Psychology Student Congress in Belfast. Louise Cooper is in the fourth year of a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology at the college, and beat psychology students from all over Ireland at the Belfast award ceremony on Saturday. The IADT student won the award for her project on Intergrating Technology into Learning: The Effect on Primary School Students’ Motivation and Learning Performance. A total of 20 IADT students from Applied Psychology, Cyberpsychology and research masters presented their work. Louise will be invited to present her research to other conferences and will also write an article for Irish Psychologist.


COMMERCE Promoting greener, eco-friendly policies

Cathaoirleach launches 2012 EnviroCom Awards I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE 2012 Environmental Awards were recently launched by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Bailey and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber of Commerce president, Neil Keenan. The EnviroCom awards are open to not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and local businesses.

The awards distinguish organisations and companies that employ the best practices of energy management, environmental innovation, water conservation and waste prevention. There are two prizes in the waste/water category, which Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) sponsors: Best Example of Waste Prevention, and Best Example of Water Conservation.

The Energy Category, which is supported by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, includes the Best Example of Energy Management award, and the Best Example of a Transport Initiative award. Failte Ireland sponsors the Environmental Performance Category, with the awards: Best Example of Overall Environmental Performance, for the tourism/hospitality sector, with less than 50 employ-

ees, and a second award for any sector with more than 50 employees. The final category consists of the Special Merit Award for Micro-Enterprises, and the Best Example of Environmental Innovation. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is supporting this final category. Previous winners of environmental awards are varied, ranging from banks and land-

scape contractors to a computer company. Since the awards began in 2007, Bank of Ireland, Dell and the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland have won at the awards, as well as the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Spring Grove Services and Applegreen. Margaret Coles, DLRCC Green Business Officer, said: “The judging panel assesses entries for the EnviroCom

Awards on the basis of benefits to the environment, originality, innovation, and the social or economic benefits to the communities involved.” If you think your business might do well in the competition, you can apply online. There are no entry fees for the awards, and applications must be received by Friday, June 29. For further information on the awards, see


THE opening of The Metals Project took place in the new Civic Square at Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire on April 5. The Metals scheme has laid decking over the Dart Railway, between Marine Road and the entrance to the Pavilion car park. It was officially opened by Phil Gaffney, chairman, Iarnrod Eireann, and An Cathaoirleach, Councillor John Bailey. T he new space is intended to bring people together, and there is plenty of comfortable seating and newly-planted trees, designed along the lines of an Italian piazza.

Benefit It has created a new pedestrian area, cafe terrace, small play space and landscaped public space for Dun Laoghaire. Children will also benefit from the new playground on the seafront spot. Also present at the launch was the CEO of Iarnrod Eireann, Dick Fearn, FG deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and architect Bob Hannon. Numerous councillors were present, including Carrie Smyth (Lab), Lettie McCarthy (Lab), Maria Bailey (FG), Marie Baker (FG), Niamh Breathnach (Lab), Stephen Fitzpatrick (Lab), Richard Humphreys (Lab), Pat Hand (FG), Jim O’Dea (FG) and Jane DillonByrne (Lab).

DLRCC called to absorb cemeteries’ rise in costs


THERE will be an increase in some cemetery charges in the Dun Laoghaire area, according to Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC). The council said it also plans to build columbarium walls in Deansgrange and Shanganagh, in a bid to encourage the public to choose the cheaper option of cremation rather than burial. Rory O’Sullivan, DLRCC senior parks superintendent, issued a statement with a list of changes to cemetery plot charges to DLR councillors last week. The statement says that, as of May 1, “there will be an increase in some cemetery charges, as approved in the 2012 Budget’s insistence on applying VAT to local authority services by the Revenue Commissioners.”

Responding to this news, Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) called on the council not to increase the cemetery charges, but to “absorb this charge into the existing cemetery/burial fee”. Speaking about the hefty €16,000 for a new --------------------------

‘At €16,000, a Dean’s Grange cemetery plot must be the most expensive real estate in the country’ --------------------------

Cllr Victory Boyhan


plot in Dean’s Grange cemetery, Cllr Boyhan said: “It must be the most expensive real estate in the country.” Although this charge remains unaffected by the VAT increase, it indicates the heavy cost of burials in the area already. Cllr Boyhan said:

“Cemetery fees are now a cause of concern and great distress to some families. Some of the council’s fees are excessive, and need to be reviewed.” The charges which will be increased due to the 23% VAT addition are interment charges, from €795 to €940 for adults, and from €385 to €473 for children; graves at Shanganagh are going up from €2,700 to €2,900, and cremation plots in Shanganagh are set to rise from €700 to €800. A new charge – the annual stonemasons’ permit fee of €1,230 – was also included in the statement. A DLRCC spokesperson said: “The annual stonemasons’ work permit fee of €1,230 is a new fee, which is being introduced from May 1. “DLRCC is introducing a register of stonemasons in order to regularise and ensure monumental sculptors, who wish to operate in DLRCC cem-

Cllr Victor Boyhan voiced his concern at DLRCC’s new charges at some cemeteries

eteries, adhere to quality standards.” The statement also contained unaffected cemetery services, where prices remained the same. These include Dean’s Grange grave prices, which remain at €16,000; headstones, grave dressing and other services. Cllr Boyhan called for a review of the cost of burial plots at Dean’s Grange cemetery, as local people living in Blackrock have called his office to express their “outrage” at these charges.

He said that “graveyards should be run not for profit”, and asked the council to look at Greener, eco-friendlier alternatives, as well as traditional graveyards. “The first I heard of these charges was when an elderly lady called me to express her concern. She was making plans to provide a burial plot for her elderly husband, who was very ill. “On calling to Deans Grange Cemetery management office to make arrangements, she was shown the garden plots,

and told these would cost €16,000, plus additional charges associated with opening a grave, and council officials also told her she could not book or pay in advance,” said Cllr Boyhan. In response, the council said that many cemeteries are full, or have restrictions on the prepurchase of plots, and graves cannot be purchased in advance of a death. It is carrying out feasibility studies into extending the use of Shanganagh Cemetery.


FUNDRAISER Students dig deep


Over-55s sought for a terrific range of fun, sociable activities A NOVEL initiative for over-55s has been announced by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council, DLR Sports Partnership and DLR Leisure Services. A series of enjoyable activities are on offer, where over-55s can socialise, exercise and maybe meet new friends – there’s even a free lunch, too. The activity mornings are designed to get older residents in the Dun LaoghaireRathdown area to meet each other and foster a greater sense of community, all in the friendly atmosphere of Loughlinstown Leisure Centre.

‘Bring a buddy’ People are encouraged to “bring a buddy”, as new faces are always welcome and doing so only adds to the days’ ethos. There are a host of activities to try out on the days devoted to the over55s, with activities including games, line-dancing, snag golf, archery, Tai Chi and tennis. Complimentary buses are being laid on to escort people to the venue. They will leave from Monkstown and from Meadowbrook Leisure Centres at 9am sharp. The over-55s activity days run from May 22 to May 24, from 9.30am until 2pm. The day couldn’t have been the success it was without the support of students, in tandem with many companies

Live music helped add to the fun feeling

A number of art pieces helped to create the right mood

Alzheimer party is ITT Tallaght hit URIOUSER and curiouser were the scenes at ITT Tallaght recently – in an upbeat way – as an Alice in Wonderlandstyle fundraising tea party was laid on by advertising and marketing students, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. Several Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum students attending the college joined in the fun, as


there were lots of imaginative and zany activities to help create a great day. Businesses, including the Bad Ass Cafe, Coffee Perfection, Woodies DIY, HB and others, supplied a wide range of treats and services, while students made the best of the glorious weather on the day to help support the fundraiser, which raised €916.71 for the society.

The students were happy to support the cause, and raised This large graffiti piece was created during the event

€916.71 on the day


SCHOOLS Celebrations as Aravon School holds a great party

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eBusiness Seminar: ‘Build Your Business Profile Online’ April 24th 2012, Stillorgan Park Hotel In this digital age, building an online presence is the cornerstone of many successful businesses. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board, is hosting an afternoon seminar on building a business profile online. The event takes place from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Thursday, 24th April in the Stillorgan Park Hotel. If you are a small business owner/manager with plans to build your business profile online on a limited budget, this seminar can help you. The line-up of speakers features experienced internet strategy professionals who will provide tips on where you need to take your online activities and how to exploit emerging online tools to achieve business results:‘Search Engine Optimisation & Online Advertising Campaigns’ – Rosey Broderick of ‘Social Media for Business’ – David McWeeney of The event will close with a Questions & Answers panel session. Announcing the seminar speakers, Michael Johnson, the CEO of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board, said: “There are plenty of examples of entrepreneurs in our county winning business by adopting smart online strategies. This seminar will give people an excellent opportunity to pick the brains of experts and to give their business a competitive edge in the process.” For further information and to book your place, please visit or contact the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board on (01) 494 8400.

Kevin Allwright, Principal, Aravon School, and Katrina Farrelly-Cooke, parent and former pupil, display the cake. Pictures: Joe Keogh

Marking a milestone ARENTS and former students were ready to show that they could teach staff at Aravon School a thing or two about commemorating the past when they gathered to help the school mark a momentous occasion recently – its 150th birthday. Animated conversations sprang up as old friends and former staff members met their peers, with everyone delighted to help the school commemorate the important milestone. The school had something very special lined up for the night,


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with a memory/exhibition room displaying some of the school’s many notable, and memorable, moments from the institution’s distinguished past. Although many of the sights were unfamiliar to those in attendance, all were in agreement that the school had much to look back upon with pride, and to look forward to in the coming decades. Aravon school’s Parent Teacher Association’s organisation of the evening was applauded, as staff and guests alike praised the event’s wonderful atmosphere.

Sarah Willow, Deirdre Williams and Maureen Petitt

Michael O’Hara, Caroline Harrington, Tracey O’Hara and Noel Burke

Qing and Seamus McGoldrick


to mark 150 years of educational service to the community

Joanne and Simon Kelly

Melanie Hunter-Reid and Angela O’Donnell

Zelda Carlyle and Magda Marc and Tara Butterly

Olivia and Clarissa Uhlar


Katie Oisgood and Rosaline Magee

Phyl Farrelly, Katrina Farrelly-Cooke, William Mansfield, Georgina Jordan and Maurice Biggar

Olga Daly and Cliona

Dolores Brennan and


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Audrey Magee and Emma Whelan


COMMUNITY Lots of fun

at a great gathering of elders

Gda Diarmait Moriarty

Annie McDonald

Maureen Mahon and Kathleen Fogarty

Maisie Merrigan and a colourful friend, which she won in the raffle. Pictures: Margaret Brown

Seniors’ youthful energy at their party OUNTTOWN Community Facility played host to a great afternoon event recently when many senior members of the community came together for an afternoon of song, music, dance – and raffles. Organised by the Garda Older Person’s Association, local community


gardai and Order of Malta staff were on hand to keep the fun going. Despite their advancing years, the seniors showed no sign of slowing down with their zest for life, with Gertie Talbot’s vibrant rendition of Hello Dolly impressing – but then, at 94, Gertie had the advantage of

several decades to perfect her showbiz style. The seniors put the young community gardai in attendance to shame, as they partied away with great energy, while An Cathaoirleach, Councillor John Bailey, gave the whole affair his official thumbs-up of approval.

Gertie Talbot’s singing impressed

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor John Bailey, and friends

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Top talent: A natural at wood turning

Looking to our youth for ideas


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CELEBRITY broadcaster George Hook launched Tell The Future, a storyw riting competition encouraging primary school children, North and South, to write a short story on how to power homes, hospitals, factories and schools into the future. Now in its second year, the competition rewards the best ideas from young people in Ireland today regarding energy and the environment. Rugby pundit and NewsTalk host, Hook, is spearheading this year’s competition and has made a special animated video for pupils, parents and teachers to learn more about it, which can be seen by logging on to Launching the competition, George commented that, as a nation, we need to pay more attention to the creativity of our youth. “Our young people today are not only more aware of innovation and new technologies, but also of the environmental and energy challenges we are facing today and into the future. We need to take more notice of young people’s creativity, and Tell The Future gives them a nationwide platform to showcase their ideas on energy sustainability,” he said.

Bringing these written stories to life is a key feature of this year’s Tell The Future competition, and winners in the junior and senior categories will have the unique opportunity to have their story transformed into a oneof-a-kind animated video narrated by George Hook himself. In addition, first-prize winners will receive their own iPad and a specially-engraved trophy. The school of the winning pupil will receive five Netbook laptops, with branded mouse pads and t-shirts for his or her class. Second and third-prize winners will each receive a Kindle. Tell The Future is part of a pan-European initiative – Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) – which is supported in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland by Calor Gas, and aims to highlight the environmental and energy-related concerns facing rural communities in particular. Tell The Future will be launched for post-primary school students North and South in autumn 2012. The closing date for entries to the Tell The Future primary competition is Friday, May 18 2012. For full details, please visit

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EVENT Getting a Lidl help for Happy Heart

Have a heart and help raise funds for foundation I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

FAIR City’s Tom Hopkins and TV celebrity, Caroline Morahan, have volunteered to raise money for the Irish Heart Foundation’s 23rd Happy Heart Weekend appeal. The weekend is on May 10 to 12 and the aim is to raise half a million euro to fight heart disease in Ireland. The event is sponsored by Lidl Ireland and their staff, together with the team at 2FM, and the Irish Heart Foundation are appealing to Dubliners to volunteer and lend a hand in the mission to raise the target amount. Happy hearts will also be sold through Lidl stores. “I support Happy Heart Weekend because I’m passionate about driving awareness of heart disease and stroke. A little bit of awareness can be the difference between life and

death. This was the case for my cousin, who was able to spot the signs of his heart attack and managed to get help in time,” Caroline Morahan said. Caroline has helped the Irish Heart Foundation before and been involved in previous years’ Happy Heart Weekends. She left Ireland for Los Angeles but has returned and is looking happier and healthier than ever. She is a loyal patron of the charity. The anticipation is building for the Happy Heart Weekend 2012 and preparations are already in full swing for what is shaping up to be the best Happy Heart Weekend yet. Every year thousands of people all over Ireland give up their time during the weekend of May 10, 11 and 12 forThe Irish Heart Foundation. These volunteers scat-

tered across the country will hit the streets to collect donations and sell the Happy Hearts for €2 each. They will provide you with a fundraising pack, heart badges, and details on local collection points, plus you can choose what day or days you would like to volunteer. You can also raise money for Happy Heart Weekend your own way by registering for the events pack to keep hearts across Ireland happy and healthy. Collect donations at work and discover new ways to gladden and strengthen your heart so that it will last a lifetime. The spoils of the Happy Heart Weekend will provide free heart disease education and fund a helpline to support heart and stroke patients. Every €2 raised from the sale of happy heart badges will

SHOW: PAVILION VENUE Dublin Dance festival set to delight DUBLIN Dance Festival is stopping off at several venues across Dublin and Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, is one of them this year. The Spanish company, Aracaladanza, will perform a piece inspired by surrealist artist, Magritte. It will be a strange mix of puppets, dance, clouds and ladders sure to ignite the imagination of any audience. The show is entitled Nubes (Clouds) and it has already delighted audiences across Europe. It is suitable for all ages from

Caroline Morahan calls for volunteers to support the Irish Heart Foundation’s Happy Heart appeal, with ‘Lidl volunteer’, three-year-old Laura Ormsby

help to avoid 13 unnecessary deaths from heart disease and stroke in Ireland. Hopkins said: “Even giving a small bit of your time can make a big difference. Whatever you feel passionate about, prevention, research, CPR... the Irish Heart Foundation does it all and I hope the people of Dublin will volunteer to sell happy hearts this May.”

Hopkins is from Ballyfermot and has been on the show for many years. He began life as a civil servant but ended up treading the boards., and is well known for giving his time to charitable causes. To volunteer for Happy Heart Weekend in Dublin by selling happy hearts or by organising your own fundraising event, call Jena Clark on 087 3743367.

You can also donate directly to the charity online or find out more about the fundraising drive by going to www.

four years and up. “Magritte would tip his hat… for 50 minutes both children and adults were left speechless,” according to La Tribuna de Albacete. You can catch the show at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, where there will be four performances, on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, beginning at 2pm and again at 4.30pm. Tickets are €14 for adults and €10 for Children. Concessions are €12 / €8 and Family tickets, €40 (for four people).

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Green Angel skin range nurtures with nature

Weleda nourishes with its Skin Food

CELEBRITIES and models across the world swear by it, and it can be seen in makeup bags of A-listers like Adele, Alexa Chung and Rhianna, so what is Weleda’s skin food’s secret? Skin Food was created in 1926 and was the first skincare product developed by natural brand, Weleda. The replenishing skin repair cream, Weleda Skin Food is ideal for people constantly on the go, which can lead to tired, overworked and dehydrated skin. The product’s main ingredients include nature’s best, including organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, calming chamomile, caring calendula and revitalising rosemary extract to perk up even the weariest skin. A great rescue remedy for undernourished complexions – the reason why it’s the go-to skin care product for so many worldwide. Weleda Skin Food is €6.25 (30ml) /€11.25 (75ml) and available from Nourish Health and Beauty Stores, selected independent health stores and pharmacies nationwide.

AN Irish-based company is showing just how wonderful Mother Nature can be with their exclusive range of seawood and essential oil beauty-based products. Each product is handmade using the very best in Irish products, sourced by a husband and wife team. Chris and Mary Mitchell developed Green Angel and have over 10 years experience in bringing, and developing high-quality Irish products. The Green Angel collection is a unique collection of fresh and innovative beauty products with over 33 unique handcrafted skin care, spa and hair-care products helping to rejuvenate and nourish all types of skin. The product is themed to be wellbeing from the ocean, which many users

would agree after testing it. According to the owners, the top-to-toe holistic approach they provide leaves the entire body, revitalised and enriched, with nurturing ingredients like vitamin E, jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli and apricot all combined with the natural healing benefits of Irish seaweed. Yes, you heard right, seaweed. Nature’s very own beauty product is added with care to ensure best results. Each product is blended meticulously to ensure that all the benefits of seaweed extract is captured. The seaweed is sourced from unpolluted waters off the west coast of Ireland, with all the benefits of natural, highquality essential oils to deliver amazing results. The Green Angel prod-

ucts have been making customers look and feel refreshed all day long. The couple have always seen natural ingredients as an important part of their lives, whether it is in the food they eat, or the topical applications they use. The importance of which has been carried through into their work and development of Green Angel products on an ongoing basis. The holistic Green Angel experience will leave you revitalised and ready to face the busy world again. Green Angel have their factory showroom in Rathcoole, where they continually develop new ingredients and products. Green Angel Body Massage Oil with Neroli Geranium & Irish Seaweed Extract is just one of the many products

Holistic Green Angel experience will leave you revitalised and ready to face the busy world again

available. It’s used to help relax; pour one drop into the palm of the hand and massage from the feet to the neck. Body massage is renowned for helping to clear toxic build-ups and for aiding relaxation. Another way of using this product is in

the bath – pour two teaspoons into bath water and soak for at least 10 to 15 minutes to soothe and relax. Check out the full range of Green Angel products by visiting, where products can also be pur-

chased. There is a also a wide range of pharmacies and gift shops nationwide stocking the natural range. For stockist information call 01-4124900 or visit their website for details of stockists.

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Edited by Laura Webb

Give yourself something to really smile about GIVE yourself something to smile about, and make that smile glisten with a whitening glaze, thanks to a new fuss-free treatment. Not ever yone can afford to get their smile matching celebrity smiles on red carpets all over the world. But who is to say we can’t try, and try is what Gazette Beauty has done. When we heard about PolarWhite Pro, a product used by some friends, we decided to find out if it really works PolarWhitePro Teeth Whitening Glaze comes in a very stylish silver penlike product, which says it is a fresh, affordable and fuss-free treatment to keep teeth looking healthy and pearly white. It’s a safe, pain-free way to whiten and brighten. Stains from

smoking, tea, coffee and red wine disappear with use. The light and small product can easily feet in to a bag or make-up bag when on the go. As a heavy tea and cof--------------------------

‘PolarWhitePro has been developed by an Irish company in conjunction with a leading international dentist’ --------------------------

fee drinker myself, it was time to put it to the test and see the results. It is recommended to use for five days once a month. and follow instructions carefully. It is a bit messy but worth it. Holding a smile after applying the application can make you

feel like a Chester Cat, but you won’t mind smiling once you see the finished results. It takes 60 seconds to dry, but do not rinse because the gel remains active, slowly dissolving surface stains on teeth and you can’t eat or drink for 30 minutes after application. After using it for the full five days there was a noticeable change. PolarWhitePro has been developed by an Irish company in conjunction with a leading international dentist. It uses potent active ingredients, a formula that helps to whiten teeth up to six shades lighter after six applications. For further information, or to purchase it, log onto

Food intolerances - Could you be suffering? IT is estimated that about 20% of Irish people suffer from food intolerance and many of us are not aware of it. The term, “food intolerance”, refers to a reaction in the body that arises from an inability of the digestive system to properly digest certain foods. These undigested foods lead to an accumulation of harmful toxins in the bloodstream, which causes our immune system to overreact. Food intolerance can manifest itself in many ways some of which include: IBS, indigestion, eczema, asthma, hay fever, and even headaches. A finger prick test in your local pharmacy may identify foods that you are intolerant to and help improve your quality of life. With Thanks to the Staff of Lucan Village Pharmacy PolarWhitePro Teeth Whitening Glaze

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Keeping children safe around dogs I WAS deeply upset to read about an incident reported earlier this week concerning a small child who was viciously attacked by a husky dog. Now, before I go on, I want to say that this is not typical behaviour for such a breed. In fact, here at the Dublin SPCA, we have successfully, responsibly, re-homed many huskies over the years that have made wonderful, loyal family pets, so I would hate for any reader or prospective husky parent to shy away from this breed in light of the unfortunate and dreadful incident. I don’t know the facts, only what I have read and I thank God for the quick intervention of the child’s neighbour and I believe

the little guy is recovering in hospital. When my own, now adult, daughter was only three, she was savagely attacked by a neighbour’s dog and I can tell you I was mad beyond words. Thankfully, Megan made a full and speedy recovery and I insisted on adopting a rescue dog, so she wouldn’t grow up fearing all dogs were going to attack her. That dog is my much lamented greataunt Sophie, now 17, and I immediately set about educating Megan regarding her own personal safety around Sophie. However, I would stress to all parents/guardians that no child should be ever be left alone or unsupervised with any dog, irrespective of breed.

Teach your child to NEVER pat a strange dog without the owner’s permission

That is not to say the little lad in question was ever left unsupervised, it’s just a piece of advice from somebody who works in animal welfare. As a mother and grandmother, I can only imagine the poor mom’s utter horror as she helplessly watched the scene unfold before her very eyes. As a result of that unfortunate

incident, I want to give readers a few tips regarding safety around dogs; whether it’s your own family pet or a strange dog, because, believe it or not, there are a number of ways in which your child could come into contact with an angry dog. They are: • The family pet. • A friend’s, neighbour’s

or relative’s dog. • An uncontrolled dog on the street/in the park. • A dog under effective control, on a lead, but who is approached by your child in a manner he doesn’t like. All parents know that kids go off the rails when they spot a dog. Their natural instinct is to run up and pet the animal, try to hug it, pick it up and scream and squeal with excitement, often upsetting the dog, albeit unintentionally. So, what can you do to protect your child from being bitten by a dog? • Teach your child to respect a dog’s instincts and, most importantly, its fears. When around a dog, ask your child to speak quietly and to move slow-

ly – no running around making mad, flapping movements. • Never allow your child to ride a bike, a scooter or skate too close to a dog. Some dogs feel scared because they are not normally used to these things and may even chase the moving object because such behaviour can trigger a dog’s natural prey instinct. • If a strange dog gets frisky or excited around your child, teach the child to behave like a statue. Your child will need to drop any food or toy they’re holding and stand still like a statue or a tree. Statues are boring for dogs – they will usually come over, sniff and go away. Practise this with your kids, so they

know exactly what to do if a strange dog rushes at them. • Teach your child to NEVER pat a strange dog without the owner’s permission. • With the owner’s permission, teach your child to approach the dog slowly and quietly and allow the dog to sniff the back of the child’s hand – then gently pat the dog’s chest, sides or back. Again, these are guidelines. Hopefully, the little lad will make a full recovery and I wish him and his parents the very best for their future.  For more information, contact your vet or log onto or email me at

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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods FORGET bankers, bondholders and brokers - it’s the rockers we should have been looking to for financial advice all this time. Two major players in the rock world could be making (even more) big bucks very soon. Bono’s tech-wise investments in the likes of Facebook and Yelp means some investors are saying “I Will Follow” to whatever the U2 frontman puts his money to. His investment firm, Elevation, is set to pocket a billion dollars from Facebook alone, and the next trick up Bono’s leather sleeve is the company expected to take a huge bite out of Apple’s market. Dropbox - an internet storage service - is still in its early stages but already has tens of millions of users, and with the first 2Gb free, they’ll be logging on in their droves. Although, back in the music world, it’s yet to be seen if ALL Bono’s investments are “sound”. U2 have apparently enlisted the help of the songwriter who gave X-Factor losers (well they didn’t win, did they?) One Direction their debut hit. Bet they’re sorry they already used ‘Pop’ as an album title.

Another rocker with his eyes on a very big prize is Neil Young. Coming from the time of vinyl, the legendary musician thinks MP3 just isn’t up to scratch and wants to develop a new audio format with quality that’ll take the listener right into the recording studio. Young wants the future of music to be coming from an online “cloud” as opposed to compressing audio like an MP3 would. Don’t be fooled by his 66 years, Neil Young is down with the kids, and with one of his trademarked names for this new invention: “Thanks for Listening” — he’s polite too! They don’t make them like that anymore. Listen to Dee Woods from Radio Nova every weeknight from 7pm to 12am on 100.3FM

Go with the Flo: Machine release Unplugged set COMING on the back of her recent acclaimed set at the O2, Florence Welch and her Machine are releasing the MTV Unplugged session recorded in New York recently. The set features songs from Florence’s two albums, as well as covers of Johnny Cash’s Jackson, backed by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, as well as a beautiful rendition of soul standard, Try A Little Tenderness.


Supporting the sound on Pieta House release I ROB HEIGH

LIFE SUPPORT, a compilation of exclusive tracks from some of Ireland’s finest artists was released last week in aid of Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis organisation based in Lucan. Life Support is the brainchild of Alan Jacques from the Green & Live Show on Limerick’s Live 95 FM, a perennial supporter of new Irish music. Among the 18 tracks on the compilation, many which are exclusive, are songs by Delorentos, The Coronas, Windings, Wallis Bird, We Cut Corners and The Flaws. “Pieta House is a cause close to my heart. I wanted to support and raise money for Pieta House in a practical, pro-active way,” said Alan Jacques who conceived the album and approached some of his favourite Irish artists of the last few years to get involved. “Music is a great way to express your emotions. We’ve very appreciative that so many artists have come together to support the work we

We Cut Corners, one of the Dublin bands who feature on Life Support, released in aid of Pieta House

do at Pieta House,” said Joan Freeman, CEO and founder. “We want to remind people that we are here to help, and we urge people who feel they can’t cope, or who find themselves in crisis, to please contact us. Our services are free of charge and we’re equipped to help people get through their crisis,” she said. Pieta House provides a professional, faceto-face, free-of-charge therapeutic service for

people in the acute stages of distress. The therapy is aimed at people who have attempted suicide but sur vived, those who have a strong urge to take their life and those who self-harm. The primary aim of Pieta House is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea. Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan in

January 2006. In the last five years, the organisation has opened four more centres – three outreach centres in Finglas, Tallaght, and Ballyfermot in Dublin, as well as a second national centre in Limerick. The unique, clinicallybased model developed by Pieta House is used by the five centres across the country. Aside from the contribution of the 18 artists who appear on the compilation, the album

has been made possible with the support of Limerick’s Live 95 FM and The Delphi Label to allow all proceeds from the sale of the CD to contribute directly to Pieta House. The album, priced €9.99, is released on The Delphi Label on Friday, April 20, and will be available to buy online and from selected stores in Ireland, and also as an iTunes download. For more information, see

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Antonio Macari, owner of Macari 66

Cooking the best in fresh at Macari 66 ANTONIO Macari’s parents came to live in Ireland in the late 1950s and early ’60s, respectively. Borza Cafe on Braemor Road in Churchtown, was owned by Antonio’s aunt and uncle and his mother was working there at the time. She met and married Antonio’s dad soon after. They went on to open a successful business, Macari’s, in 1966 at Harold’s Cross, but in 1972, they moved back to Italy. Antonio was only five years old, so he was brought up in Italy until he decided to come back to Ireland in 1993. He worked in Borza’s, in Tallaght, for a few months until he was given an opportunity to run the new Roma takeaway in Lucan Village, then a restaurant in Terenure and another takeaway. In the year 2000, he co-founded Italtiles, a bathroom and tiles company, with a friend. It had showrooms in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, and he was involved until 2008 when he sold his shares. He spent some time back with Borza’s again, which has always been his second home, until last year, when he decided to open Macari 66. The number 66 is very significant to him because his dad opened Macari’s in Harold’s cross in 1966, where it used to be a few doors down from the cinema. He kept it in the name to distinguish him from the other Macaris. He then decided to do things a bit different from other chippers and cook fresh fish while you wait. His beef and chicken burgers are home-made and use Irish beef and chicken, and he fries with palm oil only.

WHERE TO PLACE € 10,000 Q – I have €10,000 to invest. Would my best option be to put it off my tracker mortgage and keep same repayments to reduce the term ? Or another option, to buy prize bonds ? Thanks. Declan – Blanchardstown A - There are a number of factors that must be considered in making investment decisions. Age, family and income are the three major considerations, along with current savings and investments strategies – do you have a Rainy Day Fund ? Ideally, three to six months net annual income in an accessible account for three reasons : 1. Emergencies (your engine packs in) 2. Sudden loss of income (one of you loses your job) 3. Investment opportunity (buying that le Broquy for half nothing !) Tracker rates are 1% currently and possibly likely to go even lower for the next 24 months. Therefore, you CAN earn more on deposit than you can save by paying off your tracker mortgage. You are probably paying c. 1.75% interest on your mortgage. Best demand deposit is 3.25% ( KBC Bank – email me for details ) or net 2.275%... over 0.5% more than your mortgage is costing. Investec Bank also offer 4.52% (net 3.164%... 1.314% greater) on an 18month fixed deposit account. As regards Prize Bonds, you are subject to the

Antonio Macari, owner of Macari 66

vagaries of chance. While you do have a greater chance than the Lotto, those chances are still slim,


but Prize Bonds are a good option in a balanced portfolio.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: An airplane pilot.

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Most of the cleaning, which

ern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Probably Jedward.

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Fancy restaurants and on

Q: What was your first job? A: Serving sweets and ice

I supervise anyway.

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: A lot of Pink Floyd, Red Hot


cream at the Borza on Braemor Road in 1980.

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Twenty pounds. Q: When did you start your present job? A: November, 2011. Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I suppose it’s that I am the

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: A holiday brochure, even though I can’t go right now!

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Football and the Six Nations’ rugby.

Q: What sport can you play? A: Football.


Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Eating too much!

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: No, not really.

Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to? A: Definitely a holiday.

Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: My house, I guess.

Chili Peppers and other rock groups.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Mostly my friends status’. Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: I shared a joke. Q: Describe your dream meal? A: It would have to be my wife’s lasagne and my mum’s homemade sausages.

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: Rock music.

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Definitely together at the

Q: Who best represents mod-

same table.

 Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Six, plus four or five pairs of

director of Money Doctor

sport shoes.

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: I’ve never had a bad holiday. Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: A round-the-world trip of three months, at least.

Q: What would be your dream job? A: I would love to win the lotto and then do charity work fulltime.

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Travel as much as I can afford to.




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Redwood rises high in Hollystown homes Interiors at Barnageeragh Cove


Captivating Cove for new buyers Hooke & MacDonald and Grimes Real Estate Alliance are opening showhomes on the waterfront at Skerries, at Barnageeragh Cove this weekend, and already only a small number of properties remain in the soughtafter development. The specification in Barnageeragh Cove is well above normal standards, both internally and externally. The contemporary houses and apartments are nestled amidst grounds that incorporate a blend of hard and soft landscaping, with feature seating areas and pathways providing residents with a soothing environment. In every property, kitchens are finished to a high standard as per the individual showhomes, and bathrooms and en suites focus on hygiene and clean modern lines. The bedrooms feature contemporary wardrobes, while all the living spaces boast fine finishes. The extra-large terraces are one of the main features of design of the apartments providing above-average outdoor space to residents. There is high-efficiency gas condensing boiler, WormGlo central heating system, with contemporary style Stelrad radiators. All the houses and apartments at Barnageeragh Cove are covered by the ten-year HomeBond Guarantee Scheme. The two bedroom apartments (70 sq m / 760 sq ft) are priced from €150,000; the three-bedroom duplexes (114 sq m / 1,230 sq ft) are priced from €220,000; and the threebedroom-plus study houses are priced from €295,000 (125 sq m / 1,350 sq ft).

SHERRY Fitzgerald are bringing No 38 Redwood, Hollystown, Dublin 15, a detached four-bedroom property in showhouse condition, to the market for the asking price of €315,000. The best quality fixtures and fittings adorn this turnkey property, situated near Hollystown Golf Course, and it further benefits from a landscaped, sunny, southwest facing rear garden with water feature, splitlevel patio and garden lighting. Inside, the accomodation, which extends to 1,360 sq ft, comprises of an entrance hall with Canadian solid hardwood flooring. There is particularly good understair storage here also. The oversized guest WC is elegant in its simplicity with quality wall and floor tiling, compris-

ing WHB and WC. The living and reception room benefits from dual aspect, with a bay window to the front and a picture window and double glass doors which open to the rear garden. A contemporary stylestone fireplace has a gas inset fire. The kitchen-breakfast room comprises an ivory-fitted kitchen, and is complemented by a deep red-tiled splash back and cream ceramic floor tiles. The electrical appliances are mainly topof-the-range Neff appliances, such as a double oven, five-ring gas hob, chimney-style extractor fan. There is also an integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher. Tall, double, glass doors open to the patio and rear garden, and a separate window to the side of the kitchen fills this room

with light. There is access to the utility room from here, which is plumbed for a washer and dryer. The condenser gas boiler is housed here and this room is ideal for further storage. The master bedroom is decorated with great flair and imagination, containing built-in wardrobes and triple windows maximising light. The flooring in all of the bedrooms upstairs is high-quality semi-solid. The master bedroom is also en suite, with cream ceramic wall and floor tiling and a Merlyn shower enclosure. The second bedroom is also en suite, a double guest-room with dual windows and built-in wardrobes. Bedroom three is another excellent double room with same flooring and quality-fitted wardrobes.

Number 38 Redwood, Hollystown in Dublin 15, is on the market for €315,000

The master bathroom is fully tiled, comprising bath with shower attachment, WHB and WC. Outside, the garden has a parking bay for two cars to the front, and dual

entrances to the landscaped south-west- facing rear garden. For more information, contact Michelle Curran at Sherry FitzGerald on 01 820 1800.


Courtly sought-after apartment SHERRY FitzGerald in Castleknock are bringing No 3 Castleknock Court, Castleknock, Dublin 15, a two-bed ground-floor apartment, one of just eight apartments in this sought-after development, to the market for the asking price of €245,000. Built to extremely high standards and benefiting from a recent total refurbishment, this property is in walk-in-condition, with an upgrade of wiring, plumbing and new double-glazed windows throughout. The ceilings have even been re-plastered to remove the previous stipple plastering. This property is further enhanced by having its own hall door and, there-

The interior of No 3 Castleknock Court

fore, no shared communal hallway. Built to extremely high standards and benefitting from a recent total refurbishment, this property is in walk-in-condition, with an upgrade of wiring, plumbing and new

double-glazed windows throughout. The new kitchen and electrical appliances are bound to appeal. The accommodation, which extends to 700 sq ft, comprises an entrance hall with laminate floor-

ing and a storage closet/ cloakroom which affords ample storage space for a clothes dryer, and there is a separate hotpress. There is a large open plan living/dining room with matching flooring. Decorated in neutral cream paint finishes and cream-painted woodwork, the room also features wood surround fireplace has an electric fire. A large glass sliding patio door opens to a sunny balcony which overlooks communal gardens. The new kitchen in the property is in high-gloss cream with wood veneer trim and matching countertops. An electric oven, ceramic hob, extractor fan and washing machine are

included, and the floor is tiled in cream ceramic and there is a very attractive natural stone splash back and window sill. Both bedrooms are spacious double rooms with built-in wardrobes, while the bathroom comprises a shower, washhand basin and WC, tiled flooring and extensive wall tiling. Castleknock Court is located at the top of Beechpark Avenue at the junction with Castleknock Road, right in the heart of the village. Viewing is by appointment and can be arranged by contacting Michelle Curran at Sherry FitzGerald in Castleknock on 01 820 1800.

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Renault Clio gets a fresh design HERE is an awful lot of buzz going around about new compact cars entering the market this year, such as the Skoda CitiGo, VW up! and the Seat Mii. But, there are still other models around that should not be dismissed altogether, simply because they cost a little more. One such car is the Renault Clio. This week, I spent a few days with the entrylevel Clio, also known as Expression, and it is certainly a useful and eyecatching little motor. The model I drove was of the three-door variety, which is always a good test of practical design when there are two kids under the age of seven to ferry around. When it comes to passengers, the idea of buck-


ling in the kids in the back seat of any threedoor car always fills me with dread, but the reality is rarely all that bad. The front seats in the Clio Expression do move quite freely, and the handle for tilting and sliding the seats is easy to get at and operate. One trap this Clio doesn’t fall into is using overly-long front doors. There are quite a few small cars that go large on the doors to make passenger access that bit easier – but that often leaves the driver with a heavy weight close, and, more often than not, swinging wildly against the next car in the car park. So far, so practical. Where the Clio does make a statement is with its design. Without going com-


The Renault Clio – also known as the Expression – is an attractive entry-level, three-door vehicle, with a subtle look that strays from recent Renault designs for a more refined style, replete with plenty of useful features

SPECS: RENAULT CLIO  CO2 emissions: (g/km) 132  Consumption: 8.3 litres/100km  1.2-litre 16-valve  Fuel tank: 55 litres  Fuel type: Ethanol/ unleaded  €12,990 for 1.2-litre

pletely over the top, the car does stand out nicely from the crowd. The front grille is low and large, almost giving it the look of a basking shark. Just over this grille, the headlights have a stretched look, as

they wrap from the front back towards the windscreen, really lending some expression to the front end. There’s also fog lights that give a little bit more personality to the whole affair. In terms of spec, the Clio Expression may be the entry-level model, but it does have quite a bit on offer. It comes with a threeyear/100,000km warranty, as well as ABS with EBD (electronic brake distribution) and electric windows up front. There is an 80W radio-

CD MP3 with a separate display, and four speakers that can also be operated from controls on the steering column. The back seats get three headrests, and an electronic immobiliser is also standard. In the rear, there are Isofix points on the seats, and the three-door model has Isofix points on front passenger seat. The rear seats also fold down to allow for larger items in the boot. There are a host of airbags, a multifunction trip computer, Renault’s Anti Intruder Device (RAID),

as well as remote central locking and a normalsize temporary spare wheel. The interior is dark grey cloth upholstery, and there are attractive chrome inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel. Coming in at €12,990 for the 1.2-litre model, the price is a little steeper than some other, high-profile entries in to the market, but with Renault’s various tradein offers, there are sure to be plenty of ways to bring that price down a bit.

Skoda Ireland to sponsor Robert Barrable Rally Team SKODA Ireland are sponsoring rally driver Robert Barrable and his team, Robert Barrable Rally Team, as he takes part in the Circuit of Ireland rally. A native of Swords, Barrable is a former Billy Coleman Award winner and 2010 British and Irish Citroen Racing Trophy Champion. The rolling sponsorship agreement will see Skoda Ireland support the Robert Barrable Rally Team with additional team infrastructure, including the provision of branded

merchandise, marketing, PR support and a team hospitality unit as well as investment towards event costs. This season, Robert is competing in the latest specification ex-works Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car. Last weekend’s Circuit of Ireland Rally formed the third round of the global Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). The circuit of Ireland is the second-oldest rally in the world. Steeped in history, many epic battles can be recounted

after almost 80 years of rallying on the Emerald Isle. Skoda has previously tasted success at the event with Eugene Donnelly and Paddy Toner winning in 2009 with a Skoda Fabia WRC. Speaking at the announcement of the new sponsorship deal, Barrable said: “I’m delighted to have such a great brand like Skoda supporting the team, the Skoda Fabia S2000 is a fantastic rally car; the added support from Skoda Ireland will hopefully lead to further suc-

cess this season.” Raymond Leddy, marketing manager of Skoda said: “Skoda Ireland is very pleased to be able to support rising Irish Sports stars like Robert and we hope this sponsorship can help him further his career. We can see the potential in Robert and are delighted to be involved.” For information on Robert Barrable Rally Team please go to: http:// Or follow him http://!/RBarrableRally

Skoda Ireland are sponsoring rally driver Robert Barrable and his team

has confirmed that it will be bringing an all-new sports car to production – the F-TYPE. Speaking at the New York auto show, Adrian Hallmark, global brand director, Jaguar Cars, said: “We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we’ve accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car. “The core appeal of Jaguar’s cars is their sporting heart, and that heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-TYPE.” Full F-TYPE technical and range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid-2013.

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Relaxing in the elegant surroundings of Ballymaloe

Valletta, the capital of Malta

The sixth-annual star-studded Isle of MTV Malta music festival is a must-see for music lovers

THE successful Isle of MTV Malta music festival will be taking place in Malta this year for the sixth consecutive year on June 26. The music and entertainment organisation has already confirmed the attendance of multi-platinum selling musician and producer, Will.I.Am, in what promises to be a stellar line-up. The star-studded event will take place in Floriana, Valletta, and is a must-see for all music lovers. Concorde Travel is currently offering package holidays to this, or the neighbouring resorts, for the dates around the event. Early booking is recommended as availability is limited. Departing on June 21 for seven nights, stay at the three-star Bayview Apartments, in Sliema, on a self-catering basis, based on four sharing a twobedroom apartment, from €654pp; the three-star Bayview Apartments, in Sliema, on a self-catering basis, based on two sharing a studio apartment, from €674pp; the three-star Tal Fanal Complex, in Gozo, on a self-catering basis, based on four sharing a one-bedroom apartment, plus car hire for the stay, from €684pp. Stay at the four-star Mellieha Bay, in Mellieha, on a half-board basis, in a double/twin room, from €844pp or the five-star Le Meridien Hotel, in St. Julians, on a BandB basis, in a double/twin room, from €874pp. Prices include return flights to Malta, return airport transfers, accommodation and board basis as indicated, and all taxes and charges. To view videos of Malta and Concorde Travel accommodation, go to Concorde Travels YouTube channel at: To book your Malta break, or for further information visit or phone (01) 775 9300.


WHEN the sun shines in Ireland there really is no better place on earth. Our coastline takes on a glistening aquamarine hue, the lush countryside is several shades of green and, as we all know, the craic pores out on to the streets for some al fresco dining and drinking. Just east of Cork city is the lovely village of Shanagarry, which is home to the Allen family estate, Ballymaloe. This beautiful country house is set on hundreds of lush acres, with plenty of elegant country pursuits available right on the grounds. These

include an outdoor pool, a croquet lawn, a tennis court and a small golf course. We only stayed for 24 hours, but the intensely relaxing atmosphere in the house makes it feel like longer. We slept in the Blue Room, in the main house, which has double doors leading out to a very pretty garden, which leads into an area that houses pigs, chickens and a magnificent peacock. No television can leave some guests a little worried about the lack of a diversion on arrival, but we were thrilled to not have the distraction. A trip to Ballymaloe is all


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about relaxation and dining. Oh, the dining. After a lengthy drive from Dublin, we immediately wanted to sample some of the food, even if it was only a small sampling. I went for the scones with home-made jam, whilst my other half had an open roast ham sandwich – big meaty chunks served on homemade brown bread with lots of pickled cucumbers and coriander. Everything was bursting with flavour – delicious and not a mouthful of their famed relish in sight! After some very sedentary pursuits, including reading and a nap, we decided to explore

the grounds. The estate is breathtaking and we meandered into the nearby craft shop and coffee shop for a look. The walled garden should also be seen. Perfection

And so to dinner. On Friday evenings, they do a hors d’oeurves buffet before the main event, which is really different and gets everyone buzzing about the meal ahead. There was everything from smoked fish, mussels, oysters, lots of delicious vegetables and a selection of pates and terrines. It is tempting to get stuck in here, but that would be inadvisable as there are five more courses to come, including, soup, main, cheese, dessert and coffee with petit fours. Everything is cooked to perfection and is very imaginative. Slowcooked lamb for me and poached monkfish with scallops for him, were perfection. We loved the way our waitress came around with a cheese trolley and the dessert trolley. It was quite 1970s, Fawlty Towers but good fun and something a little different. Plus, the selection was outstanding. The French almond tart was sublime. After that lot, there is nothing more for it than

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an after-dinner drink in the bar or an early night. On many evenings you can find Rory Allen in the drawing room playing traditional music. In fact, you might run into any of the Allens, although we didn’t spot the illustrious Rachel or Darina during our stay. However, the elder matriarch, Myrtle, was on hand to chat to guests. After a very decent night’s sleep, brought on by the good country air, we looked forward to breakfast, which was again to an exceptional standard. We managed another quick jaunt around the gardens before we had to bid a very tearful farewell to Ballymaloe, with a definite promise to return very soon. For information on deals at Ballymaloe House go to www.ballymaloe. ie or check out the Blue Book website on www.


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London tops the polls for second year as most popular overseas destination for Irish travellers

house is set on hundreds of lush acres in the lovely village of Shanagarry, just st east of Cork city

Etihad Airways new service to Kenya expands presence in Africa ETIHAD Airways’ inaugural passenger flight to Kenya touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, last week. The new daily, twoclass A320 service is the airline’s first passenger service to East Africa and a critically important step in expanding its presence in Africa. The airline will also reach into West Africa with the introduction of flights to Nigeria in July, 2012. Etihad Airways commenced operations to the Seychelles in November, 2011, and Libya in January of this year, building on existing services to Egypt, South

Africa, Morocco and Sudan. An Etihad Airways delegation of senior executives, led by chief commercial officer, Peter Baumgartner, was on the inaugural Nairobi flight. Executives from the airline will meet government officials and local tourism representatives during the visit to Kenya. The delegation will also host an evening reception to celebrate Etihad Airways’ new flights. Etihad Airways President and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said: “We are delighted to introduce Etihad Airways to East Africa. This year will see consider-

able growth for us within Africa as a whole, as we observe strong and emerging markets across the continent. “In particular, this new route services the considerable and growing flow of people and capital between Kenya and north Asia, with major Chinese investment in Africa generating passenger demand in both directions. “We expect to see strong loads to China, including our new destinations – Chengdu and Shanghai – and, of course Beijing, though the schedule allows subfour hour connectivity to key destinations across

Etihad Airways’ inaugural passenger flight to Kenya touched down in Nairobi

north Asia, south-east Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Australia.” The A320 aircraft has 16 Pearl Business class and 120 Coral Economy class seats. Etihad Airways began dedicated cargo serv-

ices to Nairobi in March 2009 and will continue to operate five freightonly flights per week. The combined capacity of passenger and cargo aircraft will allow the airline to transport 340 tonnes of cargo each week.

LONDON has topped the poll for the second year in a row as the most popular overseas destination for Irish travellers, according to the latest Hotel Price Index. The report shows that London was the most visited overseas city by Irish travellers in 2011, beating off competition from places such as New York and Paris to take the top spot. Despite London topping the poll as the most visited city, the US was the most popular country for Irish travellers in 2011, with six American cities in the top 20. New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago all featured on the list as travellers took advantage of the strength of the euro against the dollar. Short breaks to European destinations also remained popular in 2011, with Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Madrid and Nice all in the top 20. Closer to home, wellknown soccer cities, such as Liverpool and Manchester, also made the list with Liverpool the fifth most visited destination in 2011. Kate Hopcraft, senior PR manager at, said: “London is always a popular choice for Irish travellers, thanks to its accessibility for both business and leisure travellers. High-profile media events, such as last year’s royal wedding, have really helped keep London top of mind with travellers and, with the Olympics just around the corner, we would expect to see London continuing to be a popular destination. “It was also interesting to see that six out of 20 destinations on the list were US cities, indicating the popularity of the US for Irish travellers all year round.” At home, Dublin was ranked as Ireland’s most popular destination for a ‘staycation’ in 2011, while cultural hot-spot, Galway, took second place. Cork was third on the list while Limerick, the destination with the lowest average price covered by the report, took the fourth spot. The popular picturesque town of Killarney scooped fifth place to make up the list of most popular domestic destinations.



GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Springtime Recital

MUSIC lovers are well served by the Dun Laoghaire School of Music’s spring lunchtime rehearsals, which returns to the Pavilion with what promises to be a delightful performance by acclaimed cellist, Sandra Vedras. She will perform music by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and will be accompanied by Declan Fitzpatrick, for a refined recital that will usher in a fresh feeling for the middle of the season. Her lunchtime recital is at 1pm on Saturday, April 14, with tickets priced at €9.50/€6.50.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Cause Celebre THE social and cultural mores of the 1930s come to the fore in this 1977 play, which is based on a real-life story. Presented by the players of Sandyford Little Theatre, a young chauffeur, and his much older lover, is charged with the murder of her third husband. But who is really on trial, and who will society damn the most? Gender, class and the expectations of 1930s’ morality collide in this engrossing production. The play runs nightly at 8pm until Saturday, April 21, with tickets priced €18/€15.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 885 2622 Our Father STEFANIE Preissner’s remarkable performance examines abandonment, loss and acceptance as she uses rhyme and rap to explore the death of a parent, as, stanza by stanza, the familiar familial threads of love, birth, betrayal, regret and death are pulled back to create a moving, mesmerising production, courtesy of a rhythmic journey through the language of rap. Our Father runs from Monday, April 16 to Saturday, April 21 at 8.15pm, with a Saturday matinee at 3pm, and with admission priced €16/€10.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Easter Integrated Dance Project CROI Clan, a professional contemporary dance company based in Cork, invites both disabled and non-disabled dancers, aged between 13-18 years, to participate in this exciting and dynamic week-long project, which celebrates and encourages dance diversity. The week will conclude with a dance piece set in a professional show in Draiocht’s studio space. The free project will run from Tuesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 14. If interested to participate, email or telephone 01 809 8029.




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Group of human soldiers in boat, meet enormously powerful invading alien vessel. Aliens, meet some ants. Still, cinemagoers will know which side to bet on in this latest tale of derring-do on the high seas. Luckily, Rihanna’s on board to help save the day. Hurray!

A sinking feeling ... Kate’s left all at sea by a brash film that’s sure to leave critics floundering, but should make a splash at cinemas I KATE CROWLEY

IF I ever find Liam Neeson trying to stuff any kind of cheap flyers through my letterbox (you know, for any kind of local takeaway or taxi firm, that kind of thing), I swear I’ll drop my Mariettas and teapot to race over to the front door as fast as my dainty Size 9s will take me. Once I’ve flung open the front door, I swear, I’ll grab Mr Neeson by the strap of his leaflet delivery bag and drag him into the front parlour, ready to grill him on some of the roles he’s been taking on in recent years. After all, choosing to enlist for a (brief) role as an admiral in Battleship doesn’t seem to have quite the same gravitas of other roles he’s had in the past, right? (Are you listening to me, Oskar?) I’m sure that, like the rest of the Crowley household, my dear readers can both instantly relate to

FILM OF THE WEEK: Battleship ## (12A) 131 mins Director: Peter Berg Starring: Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, The Tall One, The Sidekick, The Captain, Aliens

OUR VERDICT: TIMBERS are left well and truly shivered by the bombastic antics in this tale. It messes about a bit with the standard Hollywood trope of Vastly Superior Invading Aliens Get Spanked By Primitive Hoomans, but its cheerfully enthusiastic approach to chaos and destruction will delight audiences as much as deafen them. Intellectually empty, it’s an adrenaline-packing production that’ll do well.

the raw tension and stress involved with the classic game, complete with endless shouts of “G7!”, “E3!”, and the like, eventually culminating in the indignant coup de grace: “You sunk my battleship!” Not, one may imagine, what one might call obvious source material for a $250 million blockbuster, but hark! What sound of barrel-scraping breaks through yonder window? Given that the thought of Liam Neeson playing Battleship against, I dunno, a CG panda, or a CG turnip (voiced by Eddie Murphy) for 90

minutes probably didn’t lead to high-fives at the movie mogul meeting, instead, we arrive at the completely logical and inexplicably previously omitted element needed to complete Battleship’s appeal – aliens. Yes, that’s right, a bunch of themtharr extreeturresteeal folk have suddenly started splashing about in the ocean, where, as luck would have it, Admiral

Neeson (oh, and Rihanna) are standing by, ready to do a lot more than shout “F6!” from the deck. (As normal for any film with plucky military types saving the day, I completely fail to remember character names, ending up with The Tall One or The Captain or The Sidekick – as such, it’s just easier to remember The Neeson or The Rihanna here.) With several ships happening to be in the area at the time, and caught unawares by the sudden a p p e a rance of vast (and vastly superior) invading alien vessels, it’s not long before the aliens have successfully turned

pretty much all of the ships they come across into rather unsuccessful submarines, and started trashing urban areas, too. Oh dear. Can the sailors wipe the deck with the aliens, or will there be an early bath for humanity? Well, you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck with this one, which is, basically, a much wetter version of Transformers. No doubt it’ll float yer boat if you’re one of those landlubbers that’s happy to send your brain on shore leave for a while, but Cap’n Crowley here found it all to be a little bit fishy. Now. Hollywood. I have a fandabidozi idea for a new film, with car chases, a love triangle, a hot chick, and a nervewracking finale shootout on top of the Chrysler Building. It’s called “Tiddlywinks”. Call me.

Meet Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, in a not especially memorable role)


GazetteGAMING GAMING Gaming and its potential for a negative impact on kids  SHANE DILLON

LAST week, The Guardian published an interesting story that emerged at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference, in which the negative aspects of gaming were having on some children were discussed. That word – “some” – is very important, as it is impossible to argue otherwise that regular exposure to violent and adult games has no effect on some children. At the conference, it was discussed that many psychologists were reporting negative behavourial traits in young children who played computer games extensively – of most note, and unsurprisinly, there were some worrying trends associ-

ated with young children playing games designed for teenagers, or adults. (Given that some of my siblings are teachers, these comments and insight backed up much of the anecdotal evidence I’ve heard from the coal face, in addition to my personal experience.)

Suggested It was suggested that many children who experienced such content (primarily, violent computer games) were prone to be more violent, potentially at greater risk to social exclusion, more physically sedentary, and other such worrying traits. Without wishing to sound too professorish, I’ve been gaming for more than 30 years, from the earliest days of home

computer gaming, so I’ve probably got more insight into gaming than an awful lot of people – and parents – out there. With this in mind, while I’m passionate about gaming, and still can enjoy games from many points of view, I’m also much more aware, lately, of the ways in which gaming is still largely regarded by many parents and adults as, “you know, for kids”. In this way, I’ve been pretty horrified by the increasing sight, and sound, of young children playing completely inappropriate games, along with teens also being needlessly exposed to gory, graphic content, Having just trotted past 40, my teenage years are some way past, although I can still (just about)

While many games that revel in slapstick violence can be age-friendly for all the family (such as Angry Birds, left), many other titles are rated 18+ for clear reasons (such as Grand Theft Auto IV, right) – yet many parents remain unconcerned about the potential negative impacts that such titles may have on their children

remember all of the things I, and my peers, did as teens in the 1980s, including the then media frenzy over “video nasties”, and the like, and how willing – of course – my friends and I were to dabble with our first steps into the adult world. However, while of course games, and gaming, can be wonderful pastimes, and fun for families to share and spend time together with, it’s worrying indeed that too many parents don’t seem to know, or care, what their children are playing. It’s safe to say that the

vast majority of parents wouldn’t know one end of a claymore from another – or, indeed, what a claymore is – but it’s a pretty safe bet that their sevenyear-old son does, given the amount of six- or seven-year-olds I’ve heard running around with guns and mines in games like the Call of Duty, or Battlefield franchises, with pretty disturbing language to boot. While of course “play” takes many forms, and any child psychologist worth his or her salt would tell you that violent, exploratory play is a normal part

Control the Force with this great Kinect competition HERE at The Gazette Group, we’ve teamed up with XBox to offer readers another great Kinect prize. Following on from the recent launch of Kinect Star Wars for Xbox 360, five lucky readers can be in with a chance to win a copy of the game. Using the Kinect sensor, Kinect Star Wars allows fans to physically hone their Jedi skills, wield the power of the Force in their hands, pilot iconic ships and vehicles, rampage as a vicious Rancor monster or even dance with iconic Star Wars characters. Using full body motions, players can live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy to use the Force, battle with a Lightsaber and more – no controller required.

To be in with a chance to win your copies, simply email The Gazette with the answer to the following statement: Complete the following Kinect for Xbox 360 tagline: A. You are the boss B. You are the controller C. You are the best Email your answer, with the subject line “Kinect”, before 5pm on Friday, April 20, to: competition@gazettegroup. com. All correct entries will be entered into a draw, and five winners will be selected at random to win a copy, which will then be posted out. One entry per person.

Five readers can feel the Force and win a copy of Kinect Star Wars, for the XBox 360

of child development, as boundaries are explored and defined, gaming’s potential negative impact for some (but by no means all) children needs greater policing by parents.

While it’s clear that gaming is an acceptable, and welcome, part of children’s lives today, it’s to be hoped that parents take a greater interest in what, exactly, is being played.



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Competitors set for WAR at Glendalough

THEY say that war is hell, and this weekend sees an opportunity to put that maxim to the test when one of the t o u g h e s t a d ve n t u r e races in Ireland, the 53 Degrees North Wicklow Adventure Race (WAR) takes place at Glendalough. On Saturday, April 14, over 600 competitors will run, cycle and kayak through some of

the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. There is a choice of three courses for competitors new to the adventure race scene. For those serious tough guys and girls, there is the full WAR course of 75km, which takes in 21km of mountain running, 52km of cycling and 2km of kayaking. T h e c o u r s e t a ke s competitors along the Spink Run, over the Sally Gap, along the

challenging Djouce run before ending with kayaking on Lough Dan. There is the shorter WA R- S p o r t o p t i o n , which will take in similar spectacular scenery and route, but which will total only 44km. And, for the first major race of 2012, there is the new WAR-Mini option, which avoids the gruelling heights of the Spink Run, but will be equally as challenging for new converts.

Former Ireland and Leinster player Shane Byrne celebrates finishing his first WAR event

The 53 Degrees North WAR series of adventure races will be run to the BS8901 standard. The standard defines the requirements for a sustainability event management system to

ensure an enduring and balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress relating to events. Event T-shirts will be made for 100% recycled

polyester (each is the equivalent of five plastic bottles). And instead of the traditional single use plastic goodie bags, distributed at the end of the event, 53 Degrees

North WAR goodie bags will be reusable drawstring bags. For more information, and to register for the race, log on to www. wicklowadventurerace. com.


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Retro Sports Day set to help Debra Ireland A GROUP of students at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, are holding a nostalgic retrothemed sports day at the college on April 18 in aid of Debra Ireland. Harking back to school days, the activities will include an egg and spoon race, three-legged race and an obstacle course, together with many more fun and inclusive events for those who attend the day, which begins at 11am. The recipient of the event’s fundraising is Debra Ireland’s, whose mission is to fund the development of treatments and cures for all forms of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a condition children are born with where their daily activities are limited because of the excessive blistering of the skin. The skin disorder can be described as “butterfly skin” because the skin is as delicate as a butterfly’s wings. Debra Ireland helps the lives of people with EB be as comfortable as possible while they are funding the research for a cure. As well as the sports activities, they will also have a Mexican-themed section with a pinata and limbo competitions. Prizes for the activities have been donated by sponsors, including the Sweet Emporium in Rush, Dunnes Stores, Fyffes Bananas, Trophies Online, McDonalds Naas, IFI Cinema, Westpark fitness, Ballygowan Water, Life Pharmacy Rathmines, Laughter Lounge, Xtra-Vision and Superquinn. All proceeds collected on the day will go directly to Debra Ireland. The group have set up a Facebook page and event for the day,, and wish to use this as a means of connection with future possible participants. For further information, contact ITTretrosportsday@, or see

A battling and impressive Dublin side closed out the Kilkenny girls in the second half but just fell short of a win

Camogie stars just miss out NCL DIVISION 1 Kilkenny Dublin

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DUBLIN missed out on a rare senior camogie triumph over Kilkenny last weekend when their incredible comeback came up an agonising point short at O’Toole Park on Easter Sunday. They were left to rue a tally of 13 wides from placed balls, while the concession of a soft second goal will rankle. But huge positives can be taken from the tie and Dublin will be looking to recreate this form in their next matches. Ten points down with four minutes to go at the break, the Dubs went on to outscore Kilkenny by 2-7 to 0-4. In the entire second half, the visitors could

only score once from play, and never threatened the Dublin goal, a testament to a wonderful defensive performance, with debutante Emma Whyte starring, and holding talented Cat, Aoife Neary, scoreless from play. Some of Dublin’s p l ay w a s o u t s t a n d ing, particularly in the super four-minute spell before half-time. Louise O’Hara was central to much of this recovery. An Ali Maguirepointed 45 in the 26th minute was Dublin’s first score in 23 minutes, and this was followed by a superb cross-field pass by O’Hara to Amy Murphy who pointed. Another O’Hara missile found Ciara Burgess in the 29th minute and the Raheny girl raised Dublin’s fourth white flag. Dublin weren’t

finished, and O’Hara picked out Mur phy whose rasping shot shook the net, reducing the deficit to four. It countered Kilkenny’s strong opening, in which they wiped out Murphy’s opener with Near y scoring three points before Katie Power cut in for their first goal. Tara Corrigan had to retire injured shortly afterwards and, from there on, Grainne Quinn had a tight watch on Katie Power (a cousin of Dublin player, Fiona Hayes), limiting her to one point. A second Kilkenny goal by Siobhan Hyland saw them open a 2-5 to 0-1 lead by the 24th minute. when Dublin lost possession going forward and compounded this error by indecision in the small

box leading to the goal being conceded. With the breeze in the second half, Neary clipped over a free, but Ali Maguire responded with a point from centre back. Four minutes later, Muireann O’Gorman cut the gap to a goal with a pointed free. Confidence was growing and the half back line of Whyte, Maguire and Ballinteer’s Fiona Hayes, were outstanding. On the occasions when Kilkenny breached that line, Catriona Power stood in the way on more than one occasion ably supported by Grainne Quinn and Elaine O’Meara. Neary’s fifth pointed placed ball put K ilkenny four clear in the 41st minute as Dublin

introduced Aoife Kelly and Miriam Twomey. O’Hara was doing all she could to lead the charge and when her dipping shot nipped under the crossbar, the O’Toole’s throng were in full voice. One sensed that if D u b l i n c o u l d d r aw level, they might just be able to drive on from there. But Neary notched another free to settle her side. A m i n u t e l a t e r, O’Hara fired over a great point but Colette Dormer showed great leadership for Kilkenny to strike their only score from play in the second half. It got them just clear and, while Maguire put over a difficult free, despite three minutes of added time, the clock ran out on a great Dublin performance.


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Comeback kid is ready for the Ras


Stephen Halpin has bounced back from a tough year with the kind of form that sees him on the verge of a huge 2012, says STEPHEN FINDLATER Stars come out for the AFTER a year ravaged by a nightmare series of injuries and infections, Swords Cycling Club’s Stephen Halpin is lining up a rejuvenated 2012. Relocating to his native city from Belgium, and a full pre-season, sees him in positive mood, and the results have begun to flow for Halpin. He took two big wins in March, as he spies top form ahead of May’s An Post Ras. Those wins included the Ras Naomh Finan in Clonard, Co Meath, and the Carrick Wheelers Cup in Carrick-onSuir. It gives a confidence fillip that he can get back on track af ter an 18-month period wracked by ankle problems, as he told GazetteSport. “I was injured for a lot of last year, from October to maybe April or

May. Then I came back, did a few weeks training and then went into the Ras very unfit. “I came out of that and got a blood infection and chronic fatigue,

Nicolas Roche lamenting the long-term effects in recent years. “It’s very important – that base training in the winter months – your fitness can be hit


‘In a race, anything can happen, so I go out with every intention of winning.’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

which put me out for the rest of the season.” It tested his resolve but he cites the continued support of his Swords’ clubmates and his sponsors, Metaltek Scott, who stuck with him despite the problems. S u c h i s s u e s h ave afflicted a number of Irish pro riders in recent seasons, pre-season struggles leading to ongoing mid-season issues, with Phil Lavery and

and miss all year and then missing a couple of months of racing; you’re playing catch-up throughout the year. It’s hard to discipline yourself to take it slowly. I learned that the hard way last year, coming back too soon. “But this year has been really good. I’ve been disciplined and the positives that came from last year were that I was really motivated. I missed it so much last

Stephen Halpin, in blue, training with the An Post team last year

year, the winter was good enough this year, no snow to disrupt the training camps with the team, so it was very productive.” “In the space of a week, I won in Clonard and then in Carrick-onSuir. That, in itself, is very good for the confidence.” A crash in Essex slowed that momentum while a trip to Scotland for the Tour Doon Hame was also fruitless, but Halpin is content with where he is at. A fter five years in Belgium, he recently moved back to Dublin, moving in with top pro, Phil Deignan – a stage winner in the Vuelta in 2009 – in Terenure, something which he sees as another boost. “It happened by chance; we were both looking for a place to stay. It’s great, training with one of the best. “You do pick up bits as you go along, like diet, routines and treatments … little things that make a difference. “Living in Dublin, when the contract came about in the UK with Metaltek, it was the perfect opportunity to get a year at home. I could be living in London and a race would come up in Newcastle and you’re looking at a five-hour drive … so I’m probably better off living in Dublin, with the airport

going to loads of locations. “Having family and friends around does make a huge difference rather than being abroad. You do miss things, so it works out better for your mentality to training and overall for your performance. “My programme with the team has been sorted since January. I know now what I’m doing for the rest of the year so it gives me time to plan where I go and when. I don’t need to be on call, like I was in Belgium.” And it leaves the elements in place for him to try and make a big impression in the Ras in the next month despite the growing crew of Irish pro cyclists. “It’s the next big one. I’ll go out to win a stage but, if it happens that I’m in contention for the GC, I’ll race everyday. “A s f o r t h e I r i s h nationals, any where in the top five or ten would be great. But you see the likes of Matt Brammeier a couple of years ago winning it, so anything’s possible on the day. “The good thing about having more than just one or two pros, they can mark each other out on the day and, in a one-day race, anything can happen, so I’ll go out with every intention of winning it.”

Great Ireland Run 2012

THE biggest ever cast of celebrities from stage and screen are set to take part in the SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, April 15 as they come together to support a range of charities. Among the leading lights confirmed to take part are Ugly Betty star Eric Mabius (above), Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, radio and TV talk-show presenters, Matt Cooper and Craig Doyle, former Miss World Rosanna Davison, Diarmuid Gavin, Irish actor Jason Barry and Coronation Street star John Michie (Karl Munro) among others. Many of the celebrities are taking part to support the events nominated charities, the Marie Keating Foundation and the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Others are running for Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research and other good causes. Up to 10,000 runners, walkers and joggers are expected to participate in the event, which gets under way at 1pm and is shown live on RTE television. A further 1,200 children have entered the Mini and Junior Runs for five-to-eight and nine-to-15 -year-olds. These runs will make up the largest ever children’s running event in Ireland. The Junior Run starts at 11:15 followed by the Mini Run at 11:30. The Mini and Junior Runs take place over a flat 2.5km course, which uses the same start and finish areas of the adult SPAR Great Ireland Run, which starts at 1pm. The nominated charity for the Mini and Junior Runs is the Baby Max Wings of Love Fund. Entries for the SPAR Great Ireland Run are now closed, and those entering are required to collect their numbers and run packs at Lifestyle Sports in Blanchardstown during trading hours between noon on Thursday, April 12 and 4pm on Saturday, April 14.


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Row, row, row your boat to league opener HUNDREDS of Dublin rowers will to the National Rowing Centre in Cork this weekend to compete in the huge Skibbereen Regatta, which this year forms the first round of the eFlow Go Row League. The league, which includes the Dublin Metropolitan Regatta next month, has been gathering interest and numbers since it was launched two years ago and, with recently received the boost of eFlow becoming their headline sponsor. Sunday’s event in Cork will feature 560 crews, and will be one of the biggest one-day regattas ever held in Ireland. UCD, the national champions in the women’s senior eights and recent victors over Trinity in the colours races on the Liffey, will be favoured to win the Division One eights title. They take on senior eights in NUIG and a Limerick composite crew drawn from St Michael’s and University of Limerick, but also Queen’s University and Trinity, who have entered Under-23 eights. The men’s senior eights will feature crews from Cork Boat Club, Grainne Mhaol and Queen’s University, with UCD and Trinity both having two crews in the intermediate one eights class, which is also part of Divison One. Both UCD and Trinity will be targeting a big performance at the Irish University Championships at the same venue on Saturday. The eFlow Go Row League continues with the Queen’s University regatta on April 28, the Dublin Metropolitan event on May 26 before a return to Cork on June 23. Almost 1,500 athletes, 300 crews and 350 boats will participate in Dublin Metropolitan, Queen’s University, Cork and Skibbereen regattas. Frank Coghlan, the acting chief executive of Rowing Ireland said: “Rowing Ireland is delighted to have such a prestigious sponsor as eFlow supporting our flagship regatta events. Participation in rowing in Ireland has been growing strongly over the past number of years and sponsorship of this nature is vital in allowing Rowing Ireland to continue its work in developing the sport and in supporting over 70 clubs and 3,000 rowers throughout the island.” For more information, see

Sarah McCarthy in action for the Republic of Ireland Under-15 footballers at the AUL Complex last week

Local student stars for Ireland

OU R L a d y ’s G r ove student Emma Byrne played her part, but was unable to turn the tide for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-15 girls’ schools side when, for the second year running, Northern Ireland pipped them in the final game of the Bob Docherty Cup. The northerners won out 2-1 in the decisive game on day four of the tournament at the AUL Complex last Friday. T he Republic had made the perfect start to their campaign, beating a Metropolitan Girls’ League (MGL) FAI

Selection last Monday evening, coming from a goal down to snatch a late equaliser and subsequently win 4-2 on penalties. Northern Ireland’s 3-2 win over Scotland and England’s penalties win over Wales left a threeway tie at the top of the table after day two, before the Republic ran up an impressive win in their second game last Wednesday. The wind provided an immense challenge for both teams, but a mustwin situation added to the day’s events. The Republic hit the front from a free kick when

Blue heaven: Men’s and ladies’ teams claim Interpro title LEINSTER retained both the men’s and women’s Under-21 interprovincial titles in Cork last weekend, going unbeaten in both competitions. The men featured three Monkstown hockey club members, along with six former St Andrew’s College students, including Stephen Cole (pictured). The women, meanwhile, included Hermes’ star Gillian Pinder and Genesis goalkeeper, Niamh O’Connor, in their panel.

Colaiste Dhulaigh student, Countney Higgins, crossed to the lively Roma McLaughlin in space. Megan Connolly waited patiently on the left side of midfield to apply the final touch. The partnership of McLaughlin and Connolly was working well for the Republic, while Swords’ student Lynch had a super chance on goal, but her shot breezed just past the post. But, on a rare counter, the Republic gifted a free kick to the English. Alysha Stojko-Down endeavoured to reap the benefits of Ireland’s mis-

take, but her shot went right of the post. The game, though, was put beyond doubt when Connolly again scored following some great link play with Savannah McCarthy for a 2-0 win. With Northern Ireland winning 3-1 against Wales, though, it left it between them and the Republic for the title. The final was a fastpaced affair as the final game kicked off in the Dublin sunshine on day four of the tournament. The Republic of Ireland created the first chance as a snap shot from Connolly saw her effort spring over the

wo o d wo r k . F u r t h e r solid chances fell to McLaughlin and Connolly. But the deadlocked remained until midway through the second half, when Northern Ireland were awarded a penalty. McGlade was brought down inside the area and up stepped Mackin, who coolly slotted the ball down the middle of the goal past Brooke Dunne. McGlade doubled the lead to put the North well on course before Zoe Power latched onto a ball from Courtney Higgins to pull one back for the hosts.


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CLUB NOTICEBOARD BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S The 42nd Annual General Meeting of

stitution, nominations for Executive

Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA, Camogie

Committee position and motions for

and Ladies Football club will take

consideration by the AGM should be

place on Monday, April 30, at 8.30pm

send to the club secretary not less

in the club hall.

than 21 days before the AGM.

You are cordially invited to attend

Motions ma y be sent by email

this meeting and are a sked to

to the above email address or

attend promptly at 8.30pm in order

addressed to the club secretary

that a quorum be formed and the

and handed to the general manager

meeting start on time.

or bar manager.

You are invited to nominate for

The annual club membership fee

election members of the incom-

must be paid before the AGM in

ing Executive Committee for 2012.

order for members to participate

Nomination forms can be obtained

in the meeting.

from the club general manager, Noel Sheridan. Positions for which nominations are invited are: chairman, vice-

Schutte sparks the Dubs to Leinster title LEINSTER U-21 FC FINAL Dublin Louth

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CUALA’S Mark Schutte played a key role when Dublin’s Under-21’s took the Cadbury Leinster Under-21FC title in emphatic fashion in Pairc Tailteann, Navan, last week. The results sees the young Sky Blues claim the title for the third time in four years. The half-forward scored a pair of points while also showing the creative spark at times to help inspire the side. Dublin put on what was a dominant performance all round, and there could have been an even wider margin of victory but for some excellent goalkeeping from Louth netminder, Joe Flanagan, coupled with some brave lastditch defending from the Wee County’s backline.

The Dubs’ shooting at times, too, was slightly off course, but that mattered little, as Jim Gavin’s men were too hot for Louth to handle in the scoring department. One forward whose radar did not let him down was Castleknock man, Ciaran Kilkenny, and his contribution helped Dublin to annex their tenth provincial title at this grade. With a stunning personal tally of 1-7, the schoolboy’s strength and power were pivotal throughout. The game was less than two minutes old when Kilkenny palmed an enormous windassisted delivery from Mark Schutte to the net to give his side the dream start. Less than a minute later, Philly Ryan had the ball in the Louth net after slick interplay in the forward division, but he was adjudged to

have been in the small square before the ball and the score was disallowed. D e s p i t e D u b l i n ’s dominance of possession they failed to turn it into scores and it was not until the close of the first half that they gave themselves any breathing space approaching the break. Two points from Kilkenny, and one each for Jack McCaffrey and Paul Hudson, was reward for Dublin’s endeavours as the likes of O’Conghaile, Sean George, and Ciaran Reddin got through a lot of work.

Pattern The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with the Dublin defence dealing comfortably with whatever Louth could muster. T he Wee County’s chances though were few and far between —

the final wides’ tally of Dublin 14, Louth hitting three, is an indication of what way the traffic flowed all night long in Pairc Talteann. Full-back O’Brien, in his post-game trophy acceptance speech, said he is hoping the side are looking to kick on, saying that their success at provincial level is only “step four of six” in their larger plan, to claim the All-Ireland crown for 2012. Such a situation is one which Martin Skelly, chairman of the Leinster Council, suggested may come to pass when he handed the cup over to O’Brien. “I think we may be looking at not only the Leinster champions, but the All-Ireland champions in a couple of months’ time,” said Skelly. The Dubs now progress to face the Munster champions on Saturday, April 21.

8.30pm. Teams of four cost €40. Please support.

chairman, secretary, treasurer,

A big thank you to all who attend-

vice-treasurer, registrar, play-

ed the Camogie fundraising Oliver

ers’ representative and two other

Callan Show on Sunday evening at

members. The written consent of

the Harcourt Hotel. The night was a

nominees must accompany each

terrific success. Well done to Siob-


han Garvey and her committee.

You are also invited to propose Dublin’s Under-21 footballers were in complete control at Pairc Talteann where they saw off the challenge of Louth

Table Quiz in aid of the Football Section on Thursday, April 12, at

motions for consideration at the AGM. In accordance with the club con-

Lotto week 38: Numbers drawn were 11, 17, 3 and 12. The jackpot of €10,000 was not won.


obtained from Anne Sherlock on 087

Ardglas, who captained the Dub-

280 5281.

lin minor football team to win the Leinster minor league final against

Proceeds are in support of our Feile teams.

Meath recently, and good luck to

In addition to the usual outlets,

himself and Stephen Mulvaney

Teasured Memories, the club’s his-

who is also on the Dublin panel, in

tory book, is now kindly available

their Leinster championship game

from Mick’s Flemings, Business

against Carlow on Saturday next.

Premises, in Stepaside Village and in

In recognition of his dedicated contribution to the promotion of Gaelic Games, Coiste Na Seana

the Old Shopping Centre, Dundrun. All club activities recommence this week.

Ghael, recently presented a testi-

Sympathy is ex tended to the

monial to Kevin O’Malley, the former

Martin family, Balally Park, on the

Leitrim county footballer, who has

recent death of John’s brother,

given outstanding service to Naomh

Denis, in London, and to the Devlin

Olaf, as a player, team mentor and

family, Cuala, on the death of Anne

committee member.


A Ladies’ Style and Image evening will be held in the clubhouse on Tuesday, April 19, at 7.30pm. T i c ke t s a r e € 15 a n d m a y b e

There was no winner of the Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 14, 21 and 30.

WANDERERS THANKS to all who organised and supported the Easter table quiz.

Note: You can now choose numbers from 1 to 36.

Congratulations to Ronan Purcell

There is a €100 annual subscription

who made club history by scor-

to Lotto also available, contact any

ing Wanderers’ first-ever goal in a

committee member for details.

hurling match for our newly-formed Under-8 hurlers.

Membership deadline has now passed. Playing members €100, non-

There was no winner of this week’s

playing members €50. No player is

lotto. Numbers drawn were 9, 16 and

eligible to play unless fully paid up.

36; €25 goes to Helen Lalor, Paddy

Non-playing members are entitled

Leonard, Peter Donovan, Breda Dil-

to apply for Dublin tickets if fully

lon. Jackpot next week is €2,600.

paid up only.


NORTHERN LIGHTS: Local starlet in Irish U-15 side but NI get final victory P30

APRIL 12, 2012

BLAZING SADDLES: Halpin ready for top return from injury P29

Keaney fighting for SHC fitness


Ballyboden St Enda’s Conal Keaney is hoping he can meet Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin in Croke Park after a horror motorcycle injury

Boden man nearing return for Dubs’ senior hurlers but Galway relegation battle may be game too soon

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s man Conal Keaney has offered a glimmer of hope that he could make it back to play some part in the Dubs’s senior hurling championship campaign this summer. The Boden man’s ended in 2011 when a motorbike crash saw his knee ruined with cruciate damage compounding the issue. But he is looking on the positive side following a prolonged period of rehabilitation and knows that the accident could have ended any hopes of ever playing sport ever again, let alone to a high level. “It could have been worse,” he said this week. “It could have been so much different and I’m just delighted to be in a position to try and come back. “If I’d broken my leg, it probably would have been a lot better.

“I’d have been back. But, at the time, I tried to jump off the bike, so I tried to land on my feet, which is probably not the right thing to do. “But it’s only a knee injury. I’d like to think I’ll play some part in the championship. I still have to lift the intensity in training and see how the knee reacts.

Careful “You need to be very careful when you get back. It’s jut a gradual process, and the rule of thumb is that when you think you’re ready, add on another month. “But I don’t know if I can afford to do that or not. I’ll see how it goes.” Rumours abounded in midweek that he might be ready in time for the league relegation play-off date with Galway on Sunday having made it through a four-day warm-weather camp in Portugal.

But it looks to be a little ahead of schedule. And, after a spring contending with lengthy injuries to many of the Dublin side that helped win the National League a year ago, Keaney says the side needs to be careful. To that end, they are not being too hard on themselves just yet ahead of a big championship summer in which the hope is to push Kilkenny for the Leinster crown. “The league hasn’t been a hugely successful campaign. Probably the last ten minutes of each game, we let ourselves down. “But it was all about getting everyone back from injury and if we can get them fit then, hopefully, we’ll have a good summer. “It’s huge against Galway on Sunday and will be like a championship game, so the lads are really looking forward to it. “There was a huge amount of pressure on us this year to see if we had improved, but we’re not putting too much pressure on ourselves.”

Dun Laoghaire  

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