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JULY 5, 2012

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INSIDE: Considering the message of hope behind refugees’ life journeys P2

OPINION: Ruairi Quinn on primary schools’ future patronage See Page 6

Happy birthday: Having fun at a language school SOPHIE Campbell and Emma

Feile Fever: Cuala ready for All-Ireland U-14 competition Page 31

Swift were happy to help celebrate the 35th birthday of English-teaching school, Language in Dublin, at Clarinda Park, recently. Locals, councillors, staff and students of the school celebrated in style, with plenty of Irish craic added to the international mix of students and culture, helping to demonstrate why the school has been such a long-running and popular success in the town. Picture: Geraldine Woods

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Baths lose as €1.5m goes to harbour plan Councillors react angrily to news of ‘urban beach’


PUBLIC funding of €1.5 million is to go to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company for the building of a bade schiff, or urban beach, at the expense of refurbishing the Dun Laoghaire Baths, according to Deputy Richard Boyd

Barrett (PBP). At a meeting of DLRCC held on July 2, councillors voted to fund the bade schiff idea. Deputy Boyd Barrett and local councillors, Victor Boyhan (Ind), Melisa Halpin (PBP) and Hugh Lewis (PBP) have spoken out in anger that plans to create a swimming pool at

the Victorian baths have been rejected in preference of the DLR Harbour project. However, the council restated its commitment to the baths, in a motion without notice in the names of Halpin, Boyhan and Lewis, which all councillors agreed on. Full Story on Page 7


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Evening highlights the plight of refugees

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refugees’ stories, including Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG); An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce (FG); Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF); Cllr Gerry Horkan (FF) and Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab). Pictures: Margaret Brown

Restoring hope for refugees N INSIGHTFUL evening into the plight of refugees was held at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology recently, with the evening’s theme – Restoring Hope – reminding attendees that while a refugee’s journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope – the hope to find freedom from persecution, and the hope to be given a chance to start a new life, and


recover from past trauma. Several local politicians and community figures heard from a number of Irish refugee and integration groups at the event. The evening was a welcome reminder that restoring hope can also restore dignity, too, for those who are forced to flee their homes, and for refugees who have settled in the DLR region, or elsewhere in Ireland.

Ryan Daniel, Kennedy George and Ben Daniel

Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor and FG party colleague, An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce

Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) and Marie Carroll, CEO, Southside Partnership

Magda Daniel, Huda Othman and Hanan Dirya


COUNCIL Domestic waste water treatment charge

DLRCC rolls out €5 fee for tank registrations I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

ALL domestic waste water treatment systems (including septic tanks) will have to be registered with Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC) from now on. Registration will cost €5 if you do so before Friday, September 28, and will thereafter rise to €50. The registration will be valid for five years, and there will be no charge for re-registration. The revenue raised by the initial registration will be used by the water services authorities to manage

the registers, and to meet the cost of having inspections carried out. T here will be no inspection charges for households. All owners of premises connected to a domestic waste water treatment system are required to register their systems by February 1, 2013. In a statement, DLRCC outlined the need for a register of domestic water treatment systems and septic tanks as an efficient means of monitoring, inspecting and checking that they are working properly throughout the county. There is a need to ensure that all water

– ground, surface and drinking – is protected from the risks posed by faulty or outdated systems, said the council. The initiative will act as the agent of new legislation – the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 – which introduced a new registration and inspection system for septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be responsible for regulating the inspections and determining their range and level. In developing the inspection plan, the EPA will consider many fac-

Registering for domestic waste water treatment systems (including septic tanks with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council) will cost €5 until September 28, after which the cost will rise to €50

tors, including proximity to rivers, lakes and streams – particularly to drinking water sources. DLRCC said: “Inspections under the new system will commence in 2013. The commencement of inspections will be publicised in the national and local media. “People should take care not to allow uninvited persons, or persons

claiming to be inspectors, to enter onto their property in advance of the launch of inspections. “People will be formally notified by their local authority if their domestic waste water treatment system is to be inspected. Inspectors will be required to carry identification, and you should ask for this to be presented to you.”

You can register and pay online at; by going in person to County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire and paying there; or you can pick up an application form from County Hall, or in libraries and Citizens’ Information Centres, and post it with the registration fee to Protect Our Water, PO Box 12204, Dublin 7.





Surplus books to be sold

THE Big Library Book Sale is coming as Deansgrange Library sells off its surplus stock ahead of its imminent closure for refurbishment. You can grab some real bargains and collect those classics you always wanted. The Library Service has brought together all the surplus and secondhand book stock from all the Dun LaoghaireRathdown branch libraries. Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “I am assured that there will be great variety of books on offer at greatly reduced prices. “If you like rummaging through books, it’s the place to be next weekend.” The sale starts on Friday, July 6 and continues on Saturday, July 7, from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4.30pm, both days.


FastNews Two camps cater for different age groups

Your child’s chance for their Name In Lights NAME In Lights, the new musical theatre summer camp, is coming to the Pavilion Theatre. There are two courses running concurrently, one for an older group of 12- to 17-year-olds, while the second focuses on five- to 11-year-olds. The course is lead by Joe Conlan and Debbie Kiernan, and students will be given the opportunity to develop their creativity through musical theatre performance. Courses begin from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 (week one), and from Monday, July 16 to Monday, July 20 (week two). Prices are €99 for one week, and €149 for two weeks. If you book for two or more children from the same family, there is a 20% discount. For further information, ring the Pavilion at 01 231 2929.

Loreto Abbey planning appeal to be decided at end of summer A PLANNING appeal lodged by Loreto Abbey Secondary School in Dalkey is to be decided at the end of the summer, on September 17. The application was lodged with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on May 5. The school is seeking permission for a detached PE sports hall, with rooflight windows, part single-/part twostorey, external viewing terrace of sports pitch, 12 new car-parking spaces and bicycle parking. The parties involved (some appellant and some invited) include Loreto Abbey School, John and Darina Tully, Elizabeth Doherty, An Chomhairle Ealaionn, The Heritage Council, Failte Ireland, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and An Taisce.

EXTENSION Will create more visible building

An artist’s impression of how Deansgrange Library will look following its refurbishment and extension


Deansgrange facility revamp takes a year I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

LOCAL councillors have said this week that the length of the closure for Deansgrange Library is “regrettable”, but that the community will have a far better library at the end of it. Deansgrange Library will close on July 16 for major refurbishment, and local councillors have spoken about what the year-long absence will mean to the community. Councillor Marie Baker (FG) said: “It does seem like a very long time for the library to close. I think it’s one of the best-used libraries in the county, and it particularly serves the elder population. “Book readers are a little at a loss, now. My own mother has had to rediscover the Stillorgan Library. “So, a lot of people will be discommoded,

but we’ll have a far better library at the end of the day. “It’s regrettable, though, that the building [refurbishment] is to take that long,” she said. The entire refurbishment will comprise the extension of the 690 sq m existing single-storey building, which will be extended by around 110 sq m to create a more visible and transparent building, both for those using the library and for those passing by. Of the plans and closure, Cllr Niamh Breathnach (Lab) said: “Of course, it’s good news. In order to achieve the improvements for the library, it’s necessary to close it to refurbish it. The toilets in Deansgrange were really below par.” She went on to say that the special atmosphere of the library will be sorely missed by locals. “I don’t know what it is,

but it always was one of the most dynamic libraries in the county. “It had some buzz about it; they were always running language and computer courses. “I hope it doesn’t lose that [atmosphere] with the refurbishment,” she said. Cllr Breathnach, who is 67, recently took a special computer class there and learned how to access the library’s digital stock. She highly recommends this facility as, when your book is out of date, it automatically disappears from your smartphone. Cllr Breathnach said the language facilities in the library were second to none, and that the staff were always really helpful. “I suppose it’s like getting an extension on your house – you have to wait it out. But I’m urging it be finished as soon as possi-

ble, and to recognise how important it is to us,” she said. Regarding the renovations, Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council said: “Sections of the existing facade will be removed and the ground floor extended out with a new glazed elevation. “The entrance space will feature a doubleheight glazed space, which will also act as an exhibition area. This double-height entrance volume will serve to clearly identify the entrance to the library. “Deansgrange Library customers are welcome to use any of the other branch libraries in the county. “The library will close from Monday, July 16, for approximately one year. Cabinteely Library will open every Friday and Saturday from the week beginning Tuesday, August 7.”

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COUNCIL The weather won’t dampen DLRCC’s planned family events DLRCC:

Hail, rain or shine, plenty of fun at the park MARLAY Park and The People’s Park are set to explode into life this summer with a whole catalogue of family fun days organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC). From early July to late August, every weekend will become a playground of fun at the county council markets

in the park. DLRCC is calling on all families to come along and enjoy the fun. Treats such as face painting, balloon modelling will make up the children’s activities, while adults will enjoy great food and arts and crafts. Every Saturday and Sunday, the Marlay Park CoCo Market will put on a fine display for families

in the picturesque location in Rathfarnham, overlooked by the historic 18th century Marlay House. The 247-acre park’s features include an allage group playground, a par-three golf course, a model railway, running and walking trails, and sports facilities such as tennis courts, football pitches and a cricket

ground. Across the county, the Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Market takes place every Sunday. The park has been open to the public since 1890, and features Victorian architecture such as the Gate Lodge and the Tea Rooms. The park has a band stand complete with original gaslight stand-

ards and a playground, and the market, has more than 70 vendors and opens at 11am every week. The council assures the public that “hail, rain or shine, the CoCo Markets will be waiting for you”. Even if the summer does not live up to hopes, locals can still go along to either of these mar-

kets during the months of July and August. Dates for the Family Fun Days are in Marlay Park are the weekends of July 7 and 8, and 28 and 29; and the weekends of August 4 and 5, and 18 and 19. The People’s Park’s Family Fun Days fun days occur on the Sundays of July 15, and August 12 and 26.

Architecture award for The Metals THE Metals in Dun Laoghaire has won the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 2012 National Award for Best Public Space/Urban Design. The RIAI made the announcement at the Irish Architecture Awards on June 21 at Dublin City Council offices at Wood Quay. The Metals Project, Phase 1 was designed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLRCC) architects department. Architect Bob Hannan oversaw the design and implementation of the award-winning project. Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “We are all delighted and very proud of the recognition of our council architects.” Phase 1 of The Metals has carefully assimilated a historical structure into contemporary living. The result is the birth of a new public space, which sits on decking overlying the railway cutting.

In a statement, a DL R C C s p o ke s m a n said: “The scheme seeks to attract and encourage people of all ages to linger by providing for a variety of activities – generous areas for walking, places for sitting and eating, a small playground for children and an area for civic events.”

Contribution On receipt of the news, An Cathoirleach, Cllr Tom Joyce (FG) said that the project has: “[Not only] made a huge contribution to the regeneration of Dun Laoghaire town, but has been strongly welcomed by the public we serve.” At the awards, Michelle Fagan, president of the RIAI, spoke of the huge relevance of clever architectural design. “The importance of good design on even the smallest of projects can have a significant impact and can create something beyond the client’s expectations.”

Stepping up: An Cathaoirleach presents an award to Dublin Youth Dance Company WHETHER or not An Cathaoirleach, Council-

lor Tom Joyce (FG), can dance divinely, he was nimble enough to step up to the task of presenting members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company with the An Cathaoirleach’s Award at the Dublin Youth Dance Festival held in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun-Laoghaire. Presented annually to a project of outstanding merit, the award was received with

thanks by the members – Ruth Jacob, Rian Keating, Gabriele Gusciute, Mufutau Yusuf Kehinde and Janna Kempermam – who demonstrated with ease the skills which led to the dance company taking the award. Cllr Joyce didn’t go with the flow and join in, but he made a great centrepiece as the young dance troupe members showed some of their fancy foot, arm and legwork.


Road set to be closed to through traffic I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

BROOKFIELD Terrace will undergo road surfacing and major reconstruction by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC). The council proposes to temporarily close Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock to through traffic from Monday, July 23, to Friday, September 28. At a meeting of the DLRCC Planning and Transportation department, a manager’s report said: “The reconstruction and resurfacing of this road is included in the Road Restoration Programme 2012. “A road drainage system will be installed as part of these works, and a manhole has been provided for connection of this system to the mains as part of the Carysfort/Maretimo Stream Project.” Works on the road now include road resurfacing, new footpaths, a new integrated drainage system, the provision for underground utility services and a provision for tree planting. Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “This restoration work is long overdue and funding is in place for the project to proceed.” He welcomed the council’s decision to carry out the restoration during the school summer holiday period.


OPINION ‘Our schools must respect all faiths, and none’

We are working to give parents a real choice RUAIRI QUINN, the Minister for

Education and Skills, on plans to modernise patronage for primary schools in line with modern Ireland AT THE heart of the Action Plan on patronage and pluralism in primary schools, which I announced last week, is parental choice. Our primary school system is more than 180 years old. Our society has changed utterly since its establishment, but this is not reflected in the diver-

sity of patronage in our primary schools. Recently, I was at a school opening in north County Dublin, where the principal told me that there were 25 different nationalities, speaking 15 different mother tongues. No doubt, there is also a range of religious beliefs, and none, amongst that cosmopolitan school

population. I believe that parents should have the choice to send their children to a school whose ethos most closely reflects their own views. With 90% of our primary schools presently under the patronage of the Catholic Church, that is not always possible. But, I hope, this will change through the processes I have now put in place. This autumn, parents in 44 town areas – including three here in Dublin – will be surveyed to see what type of schools they would most like to send their children to, be it Catholic, Church of Ireland, Gaelscoil, Educate Together, Community National School, or other. Parents will be given full information on the different types of schools and the different possible patron bodies. Helplines will also be put in place during the survey period to deal with queries from parents. In Dublin, the three areas where we will start surveying are Dublin 4 and 6, Whitehall, and Dublin 8. Parents of primary school children and preschoolers in these areas will be asked questions in an online survey, and the information will be analysed by the Department of Education and Skills to determine if parents want more choice in their area. If they do, we will engage with the current

patrons to determine a mechanism for the transferring of schools to another patron. For example, in a town with a stable population and six primary schools, of which five are under the patronage of the Catholic Church and one is Church of Ireland, the survey may show that there is demand for a Gaelscoil, and a multi--------------------------

‘The journey that we are now on will result in Irish parents having a real say in the type of school they wish their children to attend’ --------------------------

denominational school. My department will bring the results of the survey to the patron of the Catholic schools – usually the bishop – and we will give them six months in which to come back to us with proposals on which schools should transfer, and over what timeframe. I believe there will be a lot of interest in each area where a survey will be conducted, and I am anxious that the local debate takes place in a calm and respectful manner, as it did during the work on the Forum on Patronage. I also hope, after the work in these 44 areas is completed, that we will

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn: issing an invitation for submissions from education stakeholders

roll out the process to other towns. In many parts of the country, however, transferring patronage from the Catholic Church to another body will just not be an option, as there may be only one primary school in the area. In these “stand-alone schools” – and we have 1,700 of them in the State – I am anxious that we ensure respect for all religions, and also for those parents who wish to opt

out of formal religious instruction for their children. Because of this, I am issuing an invitation for education stakeholders and other interested parties to make submissions in the autumn on how to make these schools more inclusive. The National Parents Council (Primary) will be advising my department on the development of an information leaflet for parents to ensure they are

all fully informed about this consultation process. I hope to publish a White Paper on the issue early next year. There are many parents who are anxious for change, and I share that impatience. However, it is my belief that the journey that we are now on will result in Irish parents, for the first time, having a real say in the type of school they wish their children to attend.




Pottery Road site progress

€1.5m funding for urban beach I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

PUBLIC funding of €1.5 million is to go to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company for the building of a bade schiff, or urban beach, at the expense of refurbishing the Dun Laoghaire Baths, according to Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP). Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) is now in a partnership deal with the Harbour Company, which will see an urban beach located at the East Pier. At a meeting of DLRCC held on July 2, councillors voted to fund the bade schiff idea with the harbour company. According to Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind), the council will demolish all but two of the old

buildings on the baths site, and the Victorian Baths Pavilion will become an art gallery and cafe. Deputy Boyd Barrett, and local councillors, Boyhan (Ind), Melisa Halpin(PBP) and Hugh Lewis (PBP) have spoken out in anger that plans to create a swimming pool at the Victorian baths in Dun Laoghaire have been rejected, in preference for the DLR Harbour project. A motion without notice asking the council to restate its commitment to a public swimming facility at the Dun Laoghaire Baths Site, in the name of councillors Melissa Halpin, Hugh Lewis and Victor Boyhan, was agreed by all councillors. Deputy Boyd Barrett said he would continue to fight for the re-installation

of the baths agenda. “Council management claim there is no money for the swimming pool, but we are not convinced that all avenues have been exhausted in the search for funds. “The Victorian baths were one of the many tourist attractions in Dun Laoghaire over the last century.” Cllr Halpin spoke of her “disgust”, and Cllr Boyhan of his “disappointment”, at the manager’s decision. A council spokesperson has confirmed that a manager’s report regarding “Approval of funding for [the] Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company proposed ‘bade schiff’ urban beach and floating, heated, outdoor swimming pool project” was a roll call vote, which passed by 18 votes to five against.

So super talented: Young singers impress with end-of-year concert ASSISTANT musical director Michael Dawson was standing by as

members of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown children’s choir, The SuperTones, performed an end of year concert in the Harold School in Glasthule recently . Featuring the choir’s 30 boys and girls, aged from seven to 12-years-old, the talented young singers sang wonderfully as they covered a wide selection of songs, expertly led by conductor, Michael Dawson, who performed in Carnegie Hall with Eric Whitacre in 2010. The SuperTones rehearse once a week at the Grainstore in Cabinteely. New members are encouraged to attend its auditions, which will be held this September.

THE Pottery Road improvement scheme, which will facilitate the new Amgen building, is now at the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) stage. The scheme is being subsidised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Amgen group. Funding of €18 million has been agreed in principal for this, and the Road Projects Office is actively advancing the project. Consultants have been appointed to complete the CPO stage, which involves dealing with more than 40 local landowners. A tendering process is also in progress, to appoint a consultant to come up with a detailed design and procure a contractor for the job. This design is due to be finished in the autumn, in order for the contractor to start work early next year.

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EVENT A local English-teaching school celebrates 35

Partying around the world HERE was plenty of reason to celebrate at English-teaching school Language in Dublin recently. School director Kevin Kelly and his staff held a party for all the students, past and present to celebrate 35 years in business in Dun Laoghaire. On a fine summer’s evening in Dun Laoghaire with live music and exotic food representing all the countries involved, a large crowd gathered to party and raise glasses of bubbly to the success of the school. Councillors Victor Boyhan and Jane Dillon-Byrne, along with Wassel Badenhorst DLRCOCO, were among those present.


Enjoying a drink in the sun. Picture: Geraldine Woods

Camille Champarnaud and Sean Whelan set the tone with Sheila and Julie Kelly

live music

Serving up some international

Diane Swift, social director; Gavin Kelly, manager; Lillianna O’Reilly and Naomi


Coughlan, student experience supervisors

A large crowd celebrating the success of the schools

Students enjoy the food


years of success with music, food and fun

George Hogan, teacher; Cllr Jane Dillon-Byrne (Lab); director; Kevin Kelly and Wassel Badenhorst, community enterprise development officer DLRCOCO

Sophie Campbell provided the flowers, Flowers by Sophie, with Emma Swift



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FESTIVAL Taste 2012 served up many leading culinary treats

Brendan O’Connor and Ryan Tubridy

Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio, Jamie Oliver and Kevin Dundon

Sprinkled with celebrity chefs ASTE of Dublin served up some delicious treats and familiar faces at the Iveagh Gardens in the city centre last weekend. Despite the gloomy weather, nothing could dampen interest in the fantastic foodie fare, which saw a wide range of culinary superstars gather for a festi-


Norman Nusa and Rachel Kelly

val to savour, with lots of well-known faces rubbing shoulders with the cooks, critics and general foodie fans. Sprinkled with international faces, garnished with some of the country’s best writers, and heated up with some lively banter from bon viveurs, there was something to appeal to all tastes

Riyadh Khalas, Siobhan O’Connor and Brendan O’Loughlin

and interests, and Taste 2012 presented a celebration of food that reflects Ireland’s increasingly cosmopolitan tastes. Restaurants offering fare from across the world including 777 (Mexican), Jaipur (Asian), Bon Appetit (tapas) and much, much more.

Ciara O’Connell and Heidi

Dee Breen and Alexander

Gillian Fitzpatrick and Rosanna




Nick and Denise Munier

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SERVICES Glory for 150-year-old brigade

New passport scheme for second-level


THIS September, a new primary education passport is being introduced for students entering second-level schools in Ireland. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn in a statement last week said: “From this September, all children who are transitioning from primary to post-primary schools will have their end-of-year report card sent to their new school.” The ‘passport’ will contain vital numeracy and literacy information taken from the child’s last report card. Minister Quinn said: “I believe that this sharing of information between primary and second-level schools is a commonsense approach that will benefit both students and teachers. “This ‘education passport’ will mean that the child’s end-of-year report card, including results from the standardised tests taken in sixth class, will be available to the second-level school.”

In an effort to preclude any potential favouritism or discrimination, secondary schools will not be privy to the child’s information ahead of time. Minister Quinn said: “It is important to note that this information will only be made available to a second-level school after a child has accepted a place at that school. “The information cannot be used to cherrypick the best-performing pupils or to exclude those who may have learning difficulties.” Each post-primar y principal has to inform the principal of the child’s primary school of his new enrolment. The primary principal is then required to send on a final-year report card to the principal of the child’s new secondary school. The information contained in this sixth class report card will consist of the results of standardised literacy and numeracy tests. The introduction of this new measure is part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

The new stamps, showing different aspects of the work undertaken by members of the Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade is honoured with stamps I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

NEW stamps depicting the great work done by the Dublin Fire Brigade went on sale last Thursday, June 28, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organisation. The new “action

picture” stamps were launched by Dublin chief fire officer (CFO) Stephen Brady at the GPO last week. The 55c stamps were designed by Zinc Design, of Dublin and show the many roles of fire-fighting crews. The four stamps illus-

trate fires in premises, road accidents, water rescue and chemical fires, and were all captured in colourful photographs during training simulations. Established in 1862, the fire brigade began with just 24 firemen, who operated from a fire sta-

tion based in Whitehorse Yard, Dublin 8. They operated horsedrawn Merryweather fire tenders up until 1925, and relied on manual water pumps to quench fires. With advances in engineering, steam fire engines were soon introduced and, in 1909, the fire brigade received its first motor pump engine. The brigade now serves 1.2 million people, and operates 20 fire engines, specialist appliances and 12 ambulances. Brady oversees the operation of 1,000 personnel, crewing 12 stations on a 24-hour, sevenday week basis. Dublin Fire Brigade is also one of the few fire services in the world whose members are also fully-trained paramedics. In 2011, the service dealt with 127 water rescues and provided assistance with flooding relief

and evacuation. Brady said that all Dublin Fire Brigade staff members are proud to be honoured in such a highprofile way. “Dublin Fire Brigade has a long and proud tradition of serving the citizens of Dublin city and county since 1862. “Our 150th anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our service and to remind Irish people everywhere to stay safe and take every precaution where fire, flammable materials and safety are concerned,” he said. A commemorative booklet to honour the anniversary is also on sale. It is full of dynamic images and information, and can be purchased with the four stamps for €10 at main post offices, online at, or by calling 01 705 7400.

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CULTURE Riverdance producer on how the show stays a hit

Lead male dancer Stephen Brennan and lead female dancer Maria Buffini are joined by Craig Mason and Riverdance dancers outside The Gaiety Theatre, where the show is currently playing

‘Riverdance simply makes people happy’ I LAURA WEBB

THE curtains opened last week for one of Ireland’s most successful dance shows and, nine years after its first show at the Gaiety Theatre, interest in Riverdance is still remarkable. This week, The Gazette caught up with long-running Riverdance producer Julian Erskine to find out how the show is still a worldwide success. Riverdance first came to our attention during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest during the show’s interval. Now, 17 years later, it has toured worldwide and has had eight consecutive summer runs in the Gaiety Theatre. Last week, Riverdance reopened for its ninth run at the popular theatre and, according to Erskine, it was just as exciting as the first. “It was a great night, with a great buzz about the place. It was a packed house, with a lot of tourists who are, realistically, the bulk of our audience nowadays.” On the show’s popularity in Ireland, he said: “It’s

like how a pint of Guinness never tastes the same as it does in Dublin! “I think people who have seen Riverdance around the world, when they come to Ireland, one of the things they want to do is see Riverdance in Ireland – that was one of the reasons we started the show in Dublin.” Although the show has been in the Gaiety each year since 2004, prior to that, the show was performed the least in Dublin. “We did two runs of the show in 1995 in The Point, and we didn’t do another run until 2000, when we did another run at The Point. So, between 1995 and 2004, we had only been in Ireland three times. “What was happening was tourists were coming to Dublin, they were getting on our websites, and saying they are in Ireland, and ‘Where can we see Riverdance?’ “We were saying: ‘Actually, you have to go to America or China or Switzerland’ – we weren’t at home. “So, that is why we came back. We thought it was crazy that people

were looking to see the show, and it wasn’t on.” Following that decision, the production of Riverdance was scaled down to fit the city centre venue and they have had a great run each season since then. “It’s been a great hit, and it continues to do so. We will keep doing it for as long as people want it.” Asked how the show can keep bringing in the numbers that allow it to run every year, Erskine said it just makes people happy. “It’s 17 years since it was first shown. In 2015, it will be our 20th anniversary which is an amazing run for any show in the world. “It is timeless. It’s not locked into any particular period. It is so uplifting. “People are clapping along with smiles on their faces and, even at the opening they jumped up [and were still] cheering at the end. I think it’s great if you can send people home happy, especially in this day and age. “People want to park their problems at the door, come in, have a good time, enjoy good music, good dancing,

good singing and enjoy themselves – it’s as simple as that,” he said. Admitting he was never a big fan of Irish dancing before joining Riverdance, Erskine said the show not only converted him, but many others. “I’m a complete and utter convert, and that is thanks to Riverdance. Like so many people, before Riverdance, I would have seen Irish dancing as some fuddyduddy thing done by girls with wigs and big dresses for tourists. “I had no interest in it, and didn’t understand the value of it. I think what Moya Doherty [Riverdance producer and cofounder], in particular, did with Riverdance, and what Michael Flatley and Gene Butler did with the choreography – I think they revealed to the world just how intricate and how beautiful Irish dancing is.” Opening in new territories, the show is hoping to soon run in South America, China and India. Catch Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre this summer until September 2. Book online at www.

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Joining forces: Minister for Sports Leo Varadkar with Greg McGuinness and Daire Ni Bhriaoin help to promote positive mental health

Thinking positive O2 and Headstrong have joined forces to celebrate the role sports play in promoting positive mental health. The Think Big programme, in partnerChange and Blanchardstown ship with See Ch recently hosted Institute of Technology, Tec event to celebrate the a Think Big Sports Spo positive menrole of sport in encouraging e tal health. Sports Leo Varadkar was Minister for S at the event with two youngsters from the Daire NiBhriaoin and Greg programme, Da McGuinness. Some 50 young people from Leinster S were invited to the event to find out more about running their very own sporting event in their community that would promote positive mental health. Participants were given some advice from a number of professionals including performance coach for the Leinster Rugby team Enda McNulty as well as representatives from the IRFU, GPA, FAI and the Dance Theatre of Ireland about running their own event. Think Big is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong to enable young people to do projects in their community that make a difference to young peoples’ mental health. The initiative is looking for young people from across Dublin to submit their ideas to the programme and, if successful, they would see their project come to fruition. Since November 2011, Think Big have approved over 166 projects, initiated and led by young people between the ages of 14 and 25 all across Ireland. Through these projects, young people promote positive mental health for their peers in their communities, schools or colleges. For more information on Think Big, visit

DIARY Dublin Food Co-op holds Fusion Sunday THE Dublin Food Co-op’s world culture market is hosting another Fusion Sunday in July. There will be a cornucopia of exotic and international stalls with great food on offer. The cultural integration of all ethnic tastes is the theme of Fusion Sunday. There are so many diverse ethnic communities in Ireland nowadays and their different foods are being celebrated, showcased and tasted at this cosmopolitan event. Fusion Sundays create an atmosphere of mutual discovery and appreciation for all of the different cultures living side by side in Ireland. The market will be a treat for all of the senses as it will be full of intense colour, delicious aromas and exotic tastes. Culinary delights at Fusion Sunday will include African doughnuts, Japanese burgers and Arabic mint tea which will be served up to you in an authentic Moroccan tent. That’s just a hint of the many unusual dishes and drinks that will be available on the day. As well as food, Fusion Sunday also features a rich array of ornaments, crafts, traditional ware and art from the many cultures represented. There will be workshops, yoga and dance sessions too and music will be playing all day long as you browse stalls or take a workshop. Live musical acts at the world stage will be a Georgian choir, Italian folk music, and French chansons, all of which will help to lend an air of authentic culture and ambi-

ence to events. The market will be held from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, July 8, at the Dublin Food Co-op, 12 New Market Square, Dublin 8. It will be a regular event every second Sunday of each month.

Local nightlife-loving couples please apply RTE is looking for nightlife-loving couples to take part in a new pilot series that sees twosomes compete to show what makes a good night out in their town. Six in the City is a new show format set to pilot on RTE 2 this autumn. The show features three couples from three Irish cities hosting what they consider to be the ultimate night out. It can be a rock night out, jazz or death metal, wherever the couple think the best food place is or the best venue for a gig – be it opera or karaoke – RTE want to hear from couples with some interesting thoughts on nightlife. Possible candidates need to live in or near Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Kilkenny, Newry, Lisburn, Belfast, Armagh or Derry and be up for getting together with two other couples for three great expensespaid nights out. Interested parties need to be over 23 and be happy to spend four days shooting with the RTE crew over the last three weekends in July. The deadline for applications is Monday, July 9. The couple who host the best night out will win a bespoke European city break, specially tailored to their interests. To apply and for further information, contact or Anne-Louise Foley, RTE TV press and publicity, 01 208 3298 or

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Sky’s the limit for Croker

Top chefs to judge food awards


CROKE Park has become an even more iconic venue, rising to new heights with its recently installed Etihad Skyline. The much anticipated tour has been open to the public for a number of weeks now and boasts the most spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city. The structure stands at 44m, or 17 storeys above the ground and some 100 tonnes of painted galvanised steel have gone into creating a unique 0.6 kilometre walkway. Sponsored by Etihad Airways, the walkway, which is installed within the existing steel roof support, was fabricated in Portloaise and has created 10 jobs. Five viewing platforms are dotted along the way, giving visitors a clear and unique view of Dublin’s most popular and celebrated landmarks. These include Glasnevin Cemeter y, the Guinness Brewery, the Dublin Mountains, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Trinity College, The Spire, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, the

Phoenix Park and Docklands buildings. Each of the five viewing platforms features interpretative panels which highlight the famous landmarks in the line of vision. Visitors are also able to learn more about these sites through multi-lingual audio guides which are available in six languages and include historical information, quirky anecdotes and interviews. Irish comedian Dara O’Briain is a recognisable voice for the official introduction to the narrative which is heard throughout the tour. The two-hour tour, with an experienced guide, will see groups of up to 30 people ascend to the Etihad Skyline walkway following a full briefing in the stadium dressing room. The more adventurous visitors have the chance to make their Etihad Skyline experience even more memorable by walking out from the stadium roof onto a specially designed walkway which is suspended above the Croke Park pitch. For more information and for bookings visit www.skylinecrokepark. ie.

DUBLINER Patrick Doherty joined celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and many others last week to launch the Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards. P a t r i c k wo n t h e Tasty Pastry category last year in the awards which celebrate the unsung kitchen heroes all over Ireland. Judging this year’s competition are renow ned celebrity chefs Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio and Catherine Leydon, as well as Vanessa Greenwood of Cooks Academy and Gina Miltiadou, publisher of Easy Food Magazine.

Revving it up: Launching the 21st Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show MIRIAM 0’Callaghan was at the Mansion House to announce details of the 21st Irish Classic

and Vintage Motor Show which takes place at Terenure College Grounds, Dublin, on Sunday July 8 from 11am-6pm. The show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in Ireland. With over 1,300 wonderful cars from all eras, showcasing a myriad of marques and models, this really is every motoring enthusiast’s paradise. The show will celebrate the evolution of the car from the horseless carriages in the late 1800’s to the dream cars of the 21st century. The whole spectrum of cars from the veteran, the vintage, the classic and the future classic will feature in this annual celebration of motoring. Miriam is pictured with Robert Manning (10) and Ben Horkan (11).

Competition The competition will culminate in three cooks being selected from each of the 10 categories, who will then be invited to cook their recipe in front of the judges on November 2 at the Cooks Academy. The winning recipes will be announced at a blacktie gala event that evening at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin where the category winners will each receive €1,500 worth of prizes. For more information you can check out www.homecookhero. ie

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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Key to keeping kids cool and fashionable Edited by Laura Webb

The search is on for Ireland’s perfect pins

THE search is on for Ireland’s perfect pins that will front home-grown brand Karora’s next instant tan campaign. Could you be the legs of the next Karora campaign? Fancy winning a modelling contract with leading modelling agency Assets and a photo shoot with top fashion photographer Lili Forberg? Then check out this amazing competition. All you have to do is enter or just join the fun and vote for your favourite legs. The competition is open via Karora’s facebook page at Karora is a self tan brand with a collection of botanical bronzing products that deliver custom colour with intense skin treatments. The multitasking formulas contain signature ingredients of grape seed, acai berry, jojoba and argan. The Karora range includes Instant Tan Wash Off, award-winning Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser SPF15 and luxury Self Tan Mists – all at affordable prices (€14.99-€24.99). Karora’s Instant Tan Wash Off is on offer for €9.99 in participating stores.

IDS across Dublin are oozing style this summer and even though the weather isn’t playing ball with the season there is no reason why youngsters can’t enjoy their summer gear. Floral dresses for girls and bright-coloured chinos for boys are just some of the summer attire in retail stores. This week the Gazette takes a look at stores in Liffey Valley to see what’s on offer and how kids are dressing this season. Gone are dark and dreary colours, as bright and bold colours are in. Boosting over 100 great name stores, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre stocks a great range of kids summer fashion. It also has a superb schedule of summer family entertainment throughout July – making shopping all the more interesting for the little ones. Pictured are just some of the great summer stock available from stores throughout the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre: For the girls, Monsoon’s red and white polka dot Dolores Shorts (€40) ooze 1950’s charm while Next’s super cute Chevron Dress (€20) teamed with a striped wide brimmed hat (€10) is great for a sunny afternoon or outdoor party. Only the very best will do for the boys, who are becoming more adventurous with fashion. Team this super green polo shirt from M&S (€8) with yellow chinos from Next (€20) to really get them in the summer spirit. If we are lucky enough to get sun, protect their faces with a straw trilby from Mon-


Next Girls wide brim hat, €10

Monsoon Dolores shorts, €40

Next Chevron dress, €20

Monsoon boys straw trilby, €15

M&S Limited Collection polo, €8

Next Yellow chinos for older boys, €20

soon (€15). L i g h t cl o t h i n g i s a must this summer, although the sun may not be splitting the stones each day, the weather is normally warmer than normal, even if we are experiencing some heavy rain showers. A light rain jacket would be perfect to have on hand for these days. Most

stores including Dunnes Stores, H&M, M&S and Next would have a range of light-wearing rain jackets for boys and girls. Stylish

If dressing the kids in the latest trends, don’t forget their feet – they too can be stylish. Fabulous floral Espadrillos from H&M for

the dudettes are a steal at €9.99. For the stylish dude, he will love the bright range of sneakers including a yellow pair, also €9.99 from H&M. Summer is a popular season for weddings and with more and more kids going to the ceremonies, there is a bigger need for them to dress appropriately. Girls are easy enough to dress – a

pretty dress with a nice head piece can be found in most clothes shops, while a handsome suit for boys can be picked up in Next and M&S at prices ranging from €40. For further information on the stores available at Liffey Valley, or events and promotions, log onto their website at

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Cheers for the Family I ELLEN COONEY

R ATHER inexplicably, Swords four-piece The Cast of Cheers were unknown until their quietly-released debut album in 2010 caught the attention of critics and fans alike. And150,000 downloads, a move to London and a deal with Schoolboy Error later, the band have just released their follow-up album Family. A fairytale in terms of the DIY Irish music scene, The Cast of Cheers were plucked from obscurity after releasing their first album, Chariot, as a free download. K n ow n f o r t h e i r impressive live performances, they also excel in their recording ability and

Family is proof of that. The boys show no lack of confidence in the new material, both on the record and when performing it. For the most part, they have left the tracks which gained them their fan base behind and embraced the new. Not only have The Cast of Cheers managed to live up to the hype which has surrounded them, but have somehow managed to add another layer to their alt-rock style. This layer may be down to the band’s ability to mix gifted technical musicianship with the desire to write a catchy hook. They possess the skill to combine both elements in a way that sounds both impressive and unpretentious.

The Cast of Cheers

Of course, there was an obvious presence of this in their earlier work but the clean, polished nature of Family makes the elegance of this balance hard to miss. The album gives each member of the group more than enough room to breathe, and Conor Adam’s vocals really shine, while managing to

sustain the energy from their first venture. Classed as robot rock by sub-genre enthusiasts, Family provides a set of quirky upbeat songs, with a couple of mid-range, almost whispering tracks. There is also a cleaner version of Goose, one of the favourites from Chariot. The inclusion of this sin-

gular re-used track shows the record label’s desire to launch this album as a debut which may be confusing to some fans, who understand what an incredible achievement Chariot was for the fledgling foursome. The old track is situated slap bang in the middle of the new album, in a way breaking up the fresh feel. However the song blends well with the mood of Family which is a mellower album. Overall, Family is an album with presence and life, and is sure to take this Swords band to new heights. Exciting in terms of tone and variation, and providing more than one future radio hit, it is nothing less than successful.

FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods THERE aren’t many musicians that are so brilliant they get awarded for their genius in a time that hasn’t even taken place yet, but Bruce Springsteen is certainly worthy of such an accolade. The singer, who is playing two dates in Dublin later this month with his E Street Band, has been named MusiCares’ Person of the Year for 2013. The Boss is being honoured for his charity work as well as his contribution to music at a ceremony that’ll take place before the Grammy Awards early next year. And Springsteen will be in good company, with past recipients of the MusiCares’ Person of the Year award being Bono, Paul McCartney and Elton John. As if you needed any more reasons to look forward to the RDS gigs on July 17 and 18. And if the 62 year old’s recent tour dates are anything to go by, you can expect energy, passion and a set of around three hours at the Ballsbridge venue.

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Michael Killeen, managing director, HSS Hire Ireland

Taking HSS Hire to new heights MICHAEL Killeen is managing director of HSS Hire Ireland and group operations director, HSS Hire Service Group UK & Ireland. A native of Co Galway, Michael previously built his own business from his kitchen table in Co Laois. Along with his wife, Maureen, they established Laois Hire in 1992. A focused, ambitious and hardworking individual, Michael now leads up the operations side of the award-winning HSS Hire Group in Ireland and the UK and has taken it to new heights in terms of its business turnover, market share and international standing. Overseeing a network of 24 branches across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, as well as overseeing operations in the UK, Michael now spends his time travelling between the UK and Ireland, but he gives due recognition to his first class team of people on the ground delivering a first rate service. Michael and Maureen have one son, Michael junior, who is general Michael Killeen, managing director, HSS Hire Ireland, and group operations director, HSS Hire Service manager of Laois Hire. Group UK and Ireland

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A pilot Q: What was your first job? A: Farm boy. Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £5 Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: No. Q: When did you start your present job? A: In 1992. Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Landing good results and keeping people employed.

Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: Winning the Laois men’s

tennis doubles.

A: Wimbledon tennis finals.

Q: What part of your working day do you delegate? A: My job is all about delegat-

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: The movie, Bad Santa!


Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: Nothing!

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward.

Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: No.

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: Mixture of classical and

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Tennis. Q: What sport can you play? A: Tennis. Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Bad grammar! Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?

country music and pictures of family, pets and holidays.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: No time! Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: No time! Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Anything – with my wife.


Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny. Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Nowhere! Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: At least a dozen. Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Never had a bad experience. Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Tour the world! Q: What would be your dream job? A: Professional tennis player! Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: I don’t plan that far ahead!



THE COMPLEX WORLD OF INVESTMENT: PART 1 HOW do you confuse investors? Place three shovels against the wall and ask them to take their pick. Choosing the right vehicle for your money cannot only be confusing, but it can cost you dearly. With 14 different asset classes from property to cash, and equities to commodities together with geographic options, currency and security issues, your money has never been more at risk since Adam decided to leave the Garden of Eden all those years ago. Most people have different investment needs and goals ranging from short to long term. Whether the need covers: • Cash (Rainy Day Fund – an accessible account to meet emergencies, sudden loss of income or that investment opportunity. Ideally you should have three to six months net annual income in this type of deposit account. You should also ensure you are receiving top interest rates – best demand deposit rates currently are KBC Bank’s 3.25% and AIB Direct’s 3.1%) • Investment (perhaps for your children’s education – third level alone can cost up to € 42,000 per child and that is without fees. Source : Bank of Ireland) for medium-term capital requirements – a holiday home or extension? • Retirement/pension planning (if you are not happy to live on the current state pension of € 230.30 per week, then you will need to invest in a solid pension that will supplement the state pension when you retire). In 2010, for every person who retired there were six workers, but by 2051 for every retiree there will be only two workers. • Approved Retirement Funds investment (you may wish to invest your retirement fund after extracting the tax free lump sum and maximise the return on same as the imputed distribution of 5% may be insufficient to meet your annual living needs then. The Approved Minimum Retirement Fund – maintaining € 120,000 until you are aged 75 – also requires management and a decent return). Some of these investment decisions will be based on a cautious approach, while others may be aggressive in their investment strategy. This will mainly depend on age, family status, health and lifestyle and, of course, ability to fund. Those for example nearing retirement age will choose investments with little risk, eg cash, government bonds, while those in their mid 30s may have a different mindset and choose riskier options eg emerging markets, renewables, technology stocks, etc. Unfortunately, choosing an investment is not like buying a car where you look at all the pros and cons of the car at the start, select every aspect of preference but once bought, that’s that – you have made your bed – now you have to lie in it. Not so with investment choices – they need to be constantly watched and switched if performing poorly. Stark warnings abound ... if you invest in these funds you may lose some or all of the money you invest. Part 2 will be continued next week  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS Stylish, safe, RoadSigns Road Signs and sleek – this is one classy SUV Skoda’s customer service recognised

SKODA has further cemented its reputation of delivering outstanding customer service with another excellent performance in the highly respected JD Power and Associates/What Car? 2012 Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study. Judged by thousands of car owners who use their vehicles day-to-day, it’s one of the most influential and eagerly anticipated reports in motoring. The results are published in the June issue of the UK’s What Car? magazine. Skoda was placed second overall just behind Jaguar and tied with Lexus in the manufacturer rankings, out of the 27 brands included in the study. This marks the 20th year in which Skoda has ranked in the top 10. The study is based on owner evaluations of their vehicles and dealers across 67 attributes grouped in four measures of satisfaction. In order of importance, they are: vehicle appeal, which includes performance, design, comfort and features; ownership costs, including fuel consumption, insurance and costs of service/ repair; vehicle quality and reliability; and dealer service satisfaction.

Cliff House Hotel goes electric The Gazette Motoring pages recently featured a glowing review of Renault’s ground breaking Kangoo ZE commercial vehicle and, it would appear, some people were paying attention. This week, the five-star Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford, became the first hotel in Ireland to purchase and run the 100% electric vehicle when it invested in a new Renault Kangoo ZE five-seater as their on-site vehicle. The luxury hotel endorses a strong environmental policy and was keen to own a vehicle that reflected this. Hotel staff will use the new Kangoo as a courtesy vehicle for guests and as a pick up and drop off for visitors to surrounding areas. Renault is the only manufacturer to introduce a range of 100% electric vehicles, from the Kangoo ZE mini-van to the Fluence ZE Saloon, the Twizy urban quadricycle and the stylish compact hatch the ZOE. The new Renault Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE are now available for extended test drives at Renault dealerships around the country.


THERE are a few car manufacturers who set the standard to which which all others aspire. I dont think anyone would argue that Mercedes-Benz is one of those manufacturers. But despite their pedigree and experience, even Mercedes-Benz have made the occasional error in judgement when it comes to designing a new model. Take, for instance, the M-Class. This model was introduced to a car-buying public that was hungry for an SUV by Mercedes-Benz. Unfortunately, the car rated with one of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings at the time. But this was by no means the end of the line for this car – not by a long shot.

Improvements There is no doubt that it has seen improvements since its introduction, but nothing like the overhaul that has been applied for 2012. Here we have a car that simply couldn’t be farther removed from its predecessors – from the unparalleled levels of comfort and luxurious trim, to the exceptional

performance and range of engine variants on offer. Also taking large steps in the right direction is the team behind the safety features. For drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike, there is more than enough on offer here to have the boffins at Euro NCAP scribbling on their clipboards and nodding with enthusiasm. I was lucky enough to have the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC to test drive recently. It was one of those cars you simply do not want to give back. The interior of the car is unlike anything I have driven – although I would have to say that the far smaller and substantially cheaper B-Class comes incredibly close in terms of luxurious comfort and space. The M-Class is fitted with fully power-adjustable seats as standard, and the quality of these seats is pure comfort. In terms of ergo nomics and the generous amount of leg and shoulder room, this is an ideal vehicle in which to take long journeys. To adjust seating position, the controls are mounted on the door panels, so there’s no rooting around down


 Top speed: 210 km/h  0 – 100km/hr: 9 sec  CO2 emissions: 158-170 g/km  Price: €85,220 (model driven), prices start from €71,060

below the seat for tricky buttons. The M-Class is by no means the first car to offer heated seats, in this case for both driver and passenger, but it is certainly the first car I

drinks nicely chilled. The interior atmosphere of the car is carefully crafted with a specially-selected mix of both natural and manmade materials, all of which create a sense of understated luxury. The dashboard is equally understated, offering an exceptional level of technology and interactivity with the minimum of fuss. There is no fighterjet level of buttons and nobs, just a simple array of intuitive controls all of which are close to hand, including an


‘The active parking assist automatically looks for a suitable parking space and parks the car at the touch of a button while the driver is simply required to operate the accelerator, transmission and brakes’ --------------------------------------------------------

have driven that offered multi-stage ventilation to cool the seat surface. As a fan of ice-cool air con, I love this feature. Speaking of ice-cool, let’s not forget the temperature controlled cup holders, a very nice touch that keeps coffee from going cold and soft

elegant multi-function steering wheel. Interactivity with smartphones is everything you would expect, with calls and music streaming incredibly straightforward. For some truly useful options, there are a few assistance systems on offer that will appeal to any driver.

The new Mercedes ML 250

The active parking assist automatically looks for a suitable parking space and parks the car at the touch of a button, while the driver is simply required to operate the accelerator, transmission and brakes after stopping, accepting the proposed parking space and selecting reverse. The car uses the system’s 10 ultrasonic sensors to detect the surrounding vehicles and a control unit to calculate the optimum way to manoeuvre into the space. Simple! The reversing camera with guide lines is another feature that is becoming popular with motorists. When driving a large vehicle on the school run, it’s always a bonus to have an extra set of eyes to see who’s walking behind you!

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Edited by Cormac Curtis

RoadSigns Road Signs Ford’s new inflatable seatbelts are designed to give extra protection to rear-seat occupants

Ford’s inflatable seatbelt unveiled

BlueTEC 4MATIC has a stunningly attractive appearance

Anyone who is prone to a speeding ticket will appreciate the speed limit assist feature. This uses a camera that permanently scans for speedlimit signs and displays that limit on the dashboard – no more excuses with this handy option. A motorist that is considering an M-Class Mercedes-Benz is going to want to feel as though their money has been well spent, so an eye-catching design is essential. The M-Class is following the aggressive image that Mercedes has been developing in recent years, and it is one that is certain to appeal to a younger generation of drivers. The stance of the car on the road is authoritative without the bully-like appearance of other SUVs.

The dashboard features a simple array of intuitive controls

Its lines are simple, but the lighting clusters, grille and slightly protruding bumper at the front combine to give the car a stunningly attractive appearance. I found myself admiring it in the driveway for

far longer than I would other SUVs. So, it’s incredibly comfortable, very safe and stunning to look at; but, believe it or not, it can be functional too. The rear seats fold dow n in no time to

r e l e a s e 2 , 010 l i t r e s of cargo space on an almost flat floor. This figure includes a 90-litre stowage compartment under the floor. Combined with loadsecuring rings and an optional load-securing

kit – this truly is a utility vehicle and not just a comfortable cruiser. Right, I’m off to pick up a lottery ticket. My wife told me what car we’re buying when we win – I bet you can’t guess what it is.

THE Ford Motor Company has announced that its groundbreaking inflatable rear seatbelt – which combines attributes of an airbag and a conventional seatbelt – will make its European debut next year on the all-new Mondeo. Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt is designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, and children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries. In the event of an accident, the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt. According to Joerg Doering, core engineering seatbelts engineer, Ford of Europe: “We’ve tested the system extensively using our entire crash test dummy family and it offers extra protection over the standard rear seatbelt system. Bringing together the attributes of an airbag and a seatbelt is a significant development. This technology isn’t currently available in Europe,” he said. In everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional seatbelts and are safe and compatible with infant and children safety car and booster seats. In Ford’s research, more than 90% of those who tested the inflatable seatbelts found them to be similar to, or more comfortable than a conventional belt because they feel padded and softer. The technology was first offered on the 2011 Ford Explorer in the US and proved immediately popular, with 40% of buyers choosing the option. As with an airbag, Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt is activated when crash sensors detect an accident. This forces compressed gas out of a cylinder housed below the rear seat, through the buckle and into the belt. The inflatable rear seatbelt is fully deployed in less than 40 milliseconds. “It provides extra support to the head and neck and so is especially effective when worn by young children or the elderly occupants who are more vulnerable in accidents,” Doering said. Unlike airbags, which generate heat when deploying, Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt inflates using cold compressed gas.

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Ireland’s best-kept holiday secret

NOW that the school holidays have officially arrived, Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is the ideal destination for a family fun-filled break this summer in a home away from home. Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is Ireland’s best-kept secret for idyllic stay-at-home family vacations and is offering great-value lodge accommodation for families, an exquisite castle, delicious meals and healthy activities, all the while set on a stunning and unique private island. The Waterford Castle three-bedroom lodges

Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort

are luxurious holiday homes within the 320acre Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort. Superbly designed, the comfortable and stylish lodges provide the perfect

escape, while the island itself is full of activities for all the family, whatever the weather. Children can explore the island and discover walking and nature trails

sure to be hiding the perfect picnic spot. For families wanting to take their food on their adventures, custom-made picnic baskets can be prepared by the hotel’s executive head chef, Michael Quinn. The hotel features a huge amount of other activities to keep the little ones occupied, with an outdoor playground, exciting kid’s menus, a babysitting service and a kids’ club for children between four and nine years old, which includes a charming Teddy Bears Picnic with the children every Friday.

Not only are the hotel’s lodges ideal for families, but they’re pet friendly too, meaning you don’t have to leave your family’s best friend at home. Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is offering a five-night stay for families, based on two adults and two children sharing, in self-catering accommodation at the Garden Lodges from €680. Or you can stay seven nights from just €849, subject to availability. For more information on the hotel and prices, visit or call 051 878 203.


Fly away to Turkey for some fun in the sun


IT’S that time of the year again, and for all the wishful Irish wondering why they didn’t book a holiday sooner, Wings Abroad have some great last-minute deals to Turkey. The Turkish holiday specialists have just released some excellent new offers for resorts around Turkey departing over July 8 and 9. All you have to do is choose one, pack your bag, find your passport, and Wings Abroad will do the rest. There are seven wonderful holiday packages to choose from. Whether you want a threestar or four-star holiday, or to depart from Dublin or Shannon airport, there is something for everyone. All holiday packages include seven-days accommodation, return flights, and taxes and transfers. They range from all-inclusive to self-catering and aim to please every kind of adventurer. For families, there are a multitude of resorts which are both family-run and have facilities for children. The self-catering three-star

Melissa Apartments run daytime activities and boast an Irish pub and easy access to the beach. Departing from either Dublin or Shannon costs only €399pp and departing from Cork will cost €459pp. Alternatively, the three-star, self-catering Summer Gardens complex has two large pools and two splash pools for kids. Guests are invited to enjoy Turkish folk events and savour Turkish cuisine. This fun family holiday costs €449pp departing from either Dublin or Shannon. To get a little closer to nature, the three-star Sarif Hotel is located deep in the peninsula, among mandarin gardens and olive trees. This stunning location is available on a B&B basis for only €449pp departing from Dublin, or €460pp departing from Shannon. For a splash on nightlife and the party scene, why not try The Sami Beach Hotel. Situated on the beach in Gumbet, shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife are all within walking distance. This holiday on a B&B basis costs only €449 pp from Dublin or €460 pp from Shannon.

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FastTravel A stay at the Imperial Hotel brings you close to the heart of Cork City IT was just last year that the Queen made Cork an integral part of her itinerary during her visit to Ireland and this year, former US President Bill Clinton has decided to stop by. If you have yet to experience what it is the ‘Rebel County’ has, that makes it such a much-see destination for royalty and famous politicians alike, the Imperial Hotel at the heart of Cork City has introduced a great package to give visitors a real Cork experience. Priced from just €189 per person sharing (children sharing with parents sleep free), visitors can enjoy a three-night stay at the stylish four-star city centre hotel, with a full Irish breakfast each morning and a box of chocolates in your room on arrival. The package includes dinner on one evening in the Imperial’s own newly-refurbished Pembroke Seafood Bar and Grill, as well as a local produce filled lunch at the Farmgate Restaurant, inside the Old English Market. Take a journey back in time with either the Titanic Experience in Cobh or a tour of the historic Cork City Gaol before getting pampered with a 30-minute Aveda maintenance manicure or pedicure at the hotel’s fabulous Escape Salon and Spa. For more information, visit www.flynnhotels. com or call 021 427 4040.



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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Love Hungry Farmer

DES Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, returns with his hugely successful and award winning show The Love Hungry Farmer by John B Keane. It tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of ‘indeterminate’ age and, according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful. This excellent show runs from July 4-7 at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €18/16.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Somewhere under the Rainbow

THIS award-winning, one-woman, musical theatre extravaganza has captured audiences around the country. Now, in preparation for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Biscuits for Breakfast are delighted to bring “Liza” to the Mill Theatre for one more performance before she leaves these shores. Sharon Sexton’s Liza recounts stories, memories and secrets that make up a fascinating career and an even more intriguing personal life. As she belts her way through Minnelli’s infamous song book, the audience are invited beyond the footlights. July 14 at 8pm. Admission: €20.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Johnnies Britches

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BEEZNEEZ, the popular company that brought you Tuesdays with Morrie and Don’t Dress for Dinner return to the Civic with a lovely old Irish comedy, Johnnies Britches. A runaway, nationwide hit when first produced in the 1940s, Beezneez bring their distinctive production values to this gentle comedy of another time. Anxious to be rid of their accident prone servant girl, Ned and Bridget are willing to allow her to be married to almost anybody, including Johnnie. July 13 and 14 at 8pm. Admission: €20/16.

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DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 The Connect Club 2012

THIS July, Draíocht is delighted to be back, once again, working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer Camp ‘The Connect Club’ in Laurel Lodge. The summer camp is filled with social and recreational activities catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability, with the aim of providing an outlet that is fun and focused on the individual’s likes and interests.

Spidey swings back into action with a new star, new director, new love interest and, crucially, a new swagger I PAUL HOSFORD

THE new generation of Hollywood executives have a whole different set of problems to their predecessors. Just as us journalists are getting to grips with changing media, 24-hour news cycles and the rise of something called Tallafornia, the Hollywood big-wigs are no longer worrying about cold war overtones, whether we will believe a man can fly or a whole generation of stars in danger of snorting all of Colombia. They are, however, dealing with a new set of problems themselves, 3-D or not 3-D? How can we make a sequel out of this? And when can we remake this? With recent talk of a Twilight reboot a whole three years after it was released, The Amazing Spider-Man feels like it is late to the party, showing up some five

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Amazing Spider-Man #### (12A) 136 mins Director: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan

OUR VERDICT: IT occassionally feels like it is stretching, aware all too much of how it has to stay away from a previous incarnation still fresh in people’s minds. But, other than that and some loose ends left untied, this is solid comic-book fare that has a likeable protagonist in Garfield’s Peter Parker.

years after Sam Raimi had unleashed the awful, awful Spider-Man 3 on the world. This, however, is not a continuation of the Raimi universe, more a complete overhaul of the Spidey origin story. Taking its lead from The Amazing SpiderMan comic books, this version takes the highschool adventures of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker and makes that a three-act stand. In Maguire’s place is Andrew Garfield, probably best known for The Social Network where he played Mark Zucker-

berg’s less geeky, but still geeky, best friend. It’s fitting that Garfield has made the transition from playing a geek to playing, well, a geek with superpowers. In this summer, and more increasingly this media market, the geeks have inherited the earth. Joss Whedon brought a geek smorgasboard to the screens and has grossed $600 million dollars, Facebook is the dream landing spot for graduates and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest TV show in the US. So, it is unsurprising that such a golden goose

as ol’ webhead is given another bite of a radioactive spider every couple of years. This time, at least, the focus is on people. Director Marc Webb, of (500) Days of Summer fame, hasn’t exactly brought about a fully realised universe in the way Christopher Nolan has with his Dark Knight trilogy, but his attempts to make it all about the humans under the spandex are admirable. Webb spends a lot more time on the origin story of Peter than Raimi did, but the constituent parts remain the same. Uncle Ben is attacked, radioactive spider, crimefighter clumsily getting to grips with his powers, etc. And, of course there’s the love of a good woman, though even that is different. Spidey enthusiasts argue long into the night about who the true love

of Peter’s life is. W here Raimi had Mary Jane Watson, Webb plumps for Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. Her father just happens to be the chief of police, however, and he does not like the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. It is the relationship between Stacy and Peter, and the chemistry between Stone and Garfield, that are high points. Along with some good action beats, the film is able to hide its flaws with some excellently drawn characters. True, some strands get left behind. Rhys Ifans’ Curt Connors is never fully explored but a consistenly clever CGi reportoire, strong characters and some excellent performances from Stone and Garfield mark a return to form for Spiderman. Now time to plan the 2014 reboot.


GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces Oh, goodie – Okami HD for PS3

In the hunt for a rogue US Colonel, Captain Walker must lead his small but elite squad through the abandoned city of Dubai – formerly a millionaires’ playground, but now reclaimed by the desert following devastating, and ongoing, sandstorms. However, Colonel Konrad’s loyal forces and local insurgents are just part of Dubai’s dangers – the decaying luxury city and violent weather hold their own surprises ...

A line worth crossing I SHANE DILLON

IF ASKED, the grunts in Spec Ops: The Line (Windows, XBox 360, PlayStation 3) would probably tell you what a hard time they’re having wandering around Dubai. Lest anyone start nodding in agreement, suddenly thinking of that time cousin Sheila ended up paying about $10 for

a can of Coke from her Dubai hotel room’s minibar, that’s not exactly the kind of ordeal the soldiers face in The Line. Then again, the game’s Dubai isn’t quite the same as our Dubai … Using a grain or two of creative license, the unusual setting of Dubai in this title isn’t quite the sort of place you’d want to visit. After all, the extraor-

dinary city has been rendered even more extraordinary – in the uninhabitable sense – thanks to a series of giant sandstorms that smothered and choked the now abandoned city, turning it into a vast, desolate sandblasted ruin, filled with the mummified remains of the too-many who didn’t evacuate in time. Where better to send a small squad of soldiers

Anotherweebyte... An invite to join a secret society with a global mission SPEAKING of unusual settings, The Secret World is yet another massive multiplayer game which aspires to get an awful lot of PC gamers running around together. Its hook? Namely, that it’s set in the present day, in a variety of instantly recognisable settings. By joining one of a number of secret factions, and quicker than you can say “The Da Vinci Code”, players can help uncover the various conspiracies and myths that the game features. The just-launched title certainly has a pretty interesting pedigree, and serves to ably demonstrate the strengths that

PC gaming has over its hipper, trendier, upstart younger console brothers. And, thankfully, it does so without an orc or barbarian in sight. So, if you’re a dedicated PC gamer – increasingly something of an endangered species – The Secret World could be well worth uncovering …

on a do-or-die mission to track down a rogue superior officer and his equally rogue loyal men? However, that’s only the start of the story, as the city has been abandoned but is anything but deserted, with plenty of soldiers of one cabal or another vying for control – and all the while, events turn as dark as the sandstorms that continue to roar down the ruined canyons of former luxury hotels ... Actually, The Line certainly crosses one, in terms of a new setting that, thankfully, isn’t quite in the same mould as A Generic Shooter. True, in some respects it’s very similar to a dozen comrades-in-arms shooters patrolling the shelves at your nearest games retailer, with squad controls that are largely similar to a dozen others. Still, what The Line does well, it does very well, not least with Dubai’s treacherous ruins presenting ample sandbox fun in various

conditions – for example, shooting out the windows of a sand-filled bus to tip its contents over The Bad Guys is unlikely to grow old for a while yet. Ultimately, it’s worth pointing out – yes, again – that Dubai’s the star of this title, more than the engaging squad-based management, and more than the neat, graphical flourishes that regularly arise. After all, its streets and hotels, motorways and palaces – all decaying, sand-filled wrecks (and gun-toting factions) – present a new theatre of war in gaming that’s more than a little different to the usual anonymous corridor-based gameplay. And what spectacular sights they are, too. Not quite as radical as its pre-press, slow-burning hype had suggested, The Line still sets an interesting (and, better, fun) alternative setting to the “usual” gaming landscapes we see, making this a line definitely worth crossing paths with ...

I SEE that the PlayStation 3 is about to get another respected title with Okami HD, due out later this year. It’s not the first time that Sony’s had a crack at Okami, as it also greatly impressed on the PS2. Very similar to its earlier incarnation – which was also ported to the Nintendo Wii, as well as seeing a sequel on the Nintendo DS – Okami’s HD update promises gorgeous graphics, fusing a type of celshaded art with striking classic Japanese watercolour-influenced graphics. Using a celestial brush to “paint” objects (and solutions to problems) into the beautifully-crafted world – which seems a great, natural fit to utilise the PlayStation Move controller to swirl arms and brushes around in sync – the white wolf Amaterasu will restore light, life and colour to the land ... Actually, its earlier incarnations never exactly set the checkout tills a-ringing, being yet another one of those curious titles that critics adored – yet the mass gaming public avoided. Still, let’s hope that gamers take this opportunity to brush up on the singularly creative and beautiful title when it gets its HD release, soon ...



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Top of the walk as Skyline tour begins at Croker

Players say they’re on top of the world when they play to the top of their game at Croke Park, and now visitors to GAA HQ can now say the same when they take the Etihad Skyline tour on the roof of the historic ground. The walkway, which extends around the roof of the iconic stadium, gives spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city and its surroundings from 44 meters or 17 storeys above

the hallowed turf. Some 100 tonnes of galvanised steel have gone into creating a unique 0.6 kilometre walkway which was fabricated in Portlaoise and has been installed within the existing steelroof support structure at Croke Park. Five viewing platforms have been created along the walkway which offers a unique perspective of Dublin’s most popular and celebrated landmarks. Among the more notable landmarks which

can be viewed from the Etihad Skyline are Glasnevin Cemetery, Guinness Brewery, the Dublin Mountains, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Trinity College, The Spire, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, the Phoenix Park and Docklands buildings. The two-hour tour with an experienced tour guide will see groups of up to 30 ascend to the walkway following a full briefing in the stadium dressing

Camogie captains Elaine O’Meara of Dublin and Catherine Doherty of Kilkenny on the Skyline walkway

room. Each of the five viewing platforms features interpretative panels which highlight the famous landmarks in the line of vision. According to Peter McKenna, Croke Park

stadium director, “We are absolutely delighted to be opening the Etihad Skyline tour at Croke Park. Not only is the Etihad Skyline a great addition to the stadium, but it is also a great addition to Dub-

lin and Irish tourism. We expect the tour to become one of the most popular attractions in the country and we are confident that everyone who takes the tour will be convinced that this has been a more

than worthwhile investment.” The tour leaves from the GAA Museum located under the Cusack Stand, for more information, see www.skylinecrokepark. ie.


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Callaghan on the comeback trail

Lucan Sarsfields and Dublin star Peter Callaghan is set to return to action after a long, hard battle against injury, writes PETER CARROLL RDS announces new Horse Show dates THE ROYAL Dublin Society this week announced the new dates for Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in The Champagne Bar at the RDS. Usually held in early August, this year the iconic event will now run from August 15-19 2012, allowing time for competitors involved in the 2012 Olympic Games in London to get to Dublin for one of the most important equestrian events of the year. Commenting on the Show’s date changes for 2012, RDS chief executive Michael Duffy explained: “In the history of the Dublin Horse Show since the inaugural event in 1864, this iconic event has only been cancelled six times due to the Second World War and the dates have only been changed three times “The first was in 1948 for the Olympic Games in London, the next date change was due to the 1990 FEI World Equestrian Games and the Summer Olympic Games of 1992 also caused the Dublin Horse Show to move dates. “This date change in 2012 makes it only the fourth time in 139 years that the date for the annual Dublin Horse Show has been altered. “This is quite remarkable and demonstrates how ingrained the Dublin Horse Show is as a must-see event in the summer social calendar”. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is the largest summer event in Dublin, attracting tens of thousands of people and 1,500 horses and ponies to the RDS annually. “The 2012 Show runs for five days from Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19. General admission tickets for one day costs €21. Students/OAPs/Children under 16 costs €15 per day and a family day pass (two adults, four children) costs €54. For more information, go to www.dublinhorseshow. com.

FLASHBACK to 2009. Peter Callaghan sat amongst the substitutes on the Dublin bench as the Boys in Blue cruised to a win against their most bitter of rivals, Meath. A well-seasoned veteran at minor and Under-21 level for Lucan Sarsfields and Dublin, Callaghan was doing what many believed he would always do: being selected along with the best footballers and hurlers in the county to represent it at the highest levels of the sport. Callaghan impressed at full-back in the 2005 Leinster-winning Dublin minor hurlers side, before catching the eye of selectors as he secured and held the full-back position for the Dublin Under-21 hurlers, who just fell short of All-Ireland glory when they lost out to Galway in

2007. Callaghan was dominant when the same side performed powerfully in the following seasons, brushing away opposition in the Under-21 Leinster championships, proving he was well worth his

snap,” recalls Callaghan. “I was carted off and it wasn’t long before the doctor confirmed it was my cruciate ligament. “Everyone stressed that there would be a lot of work involved [in my recovery] because the


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tipping as a future senior star. It was in July 2010, however, in a championship match against St Jude’s, that alarm bells started ringing in the Sarsfields’ man’s head. “I went up for a ball, there was no one around me, and I just heard a

nature of the injury only allows you to heal in stages. So, I put my shoulder to the wheel and worked closely with the Dublin minor’s physio, Cillian MacSuibhne,” said the resilient dual player. Callaghan battled to return to fitness, months went by and improve-

Peter Callaghan, pictured in action for the Dublin Junior footballers, is hoping he can make a club championship comeback in September

ments were noted. It was a day like any other working in the gym when the towering Leinster champion fell awkwardly. “Again, I could feel a bit of pain, so I went and had an MRI done. Sure enough, the cruciate was completely gone.” Callaghan was facing another period of recuperation after the months of hard work he had previously faced, but instead of being bowed, he stood up to the challenge. “The mental aspect of the game really comes into things when something like that happens. I was looking forward to competition again, and it took a lot of strength to start the whole rehabilitation process all over. “I was very lucky to have someone with the experience of Cillian looking after me, and without him, the situation could have been a lot worse. “It was a very hard pill to swallow but I just thought about the likes of Henry Shefflin and Colm O’Neill, who came back from the same thing and played at the highest level. That was my focus, and that’s where it’s been since,” said Callaghan. Two years out from the initial injury, Callaghan is weeks away from a return with Sarsfields and is relishing the thought of lining out with his team mates on both the hurling and football sides. “The senior hurlers have been playing really

well, I know I’m going to have to fight for my place when I’m ready to come back. “They’ve really shown themselves to be a solid unit and the challenge of getting into the team again should get me in the right mind-set for competition again. “We’ve been missing a few players through injury on the football side and I can’t wait to be back amongst the action wearing the green again with the lads. “Sarsfields have been absolutely brilliant with me throughout the injury, and I’m really looking forward to coming back,” said Callaghan. He is eyeing a return for Sarsfields’ back-door championship match in September, and his thirst for competition remains unquenchable. “I just hope that the Dubs go the whole way so I can get back to playing championship in September. It’s been hard watching from the sidelines but I’ve helped out with water and hurls when I can. “I’m twisting and turning in my own training now, so we’ll just focus on contact in the next few weeks, and I’ll be ready to go. “Sarsfields is my focus now and, if I play well in the championship, I might get the nod from Dublin again, but club football and hurling will be getting my full attention,” said Callaghan.




 STARof theMONTH PHIL LAVERY THE COOLMINE rider’s progression to the upper echeleons of the peloton continue, and his performances in June in the Stephen Roche Grand Prix and the National Road Race championship underline his growing potential in the sport. The coming years will be fascinating as he grows as a cyclist on the world stage.


The example of youth once again proves instructive as Colaiste Phadraig’s firstyears prove that dedication and commitment are the foundations of success. The school’s young soccer stars brought home the AllIreland title to add to their Dublin and Leinster Cup honours last month.

SUMMERTIME is now officially on its holidays, but that shouldn’t stop the sunshine for Dublin Sport’s super heroes for the month of June. Phil Lavery has been a significant prospect in the world of cycling for several years, and it is heartening to see him progress in the sport on a national and internation level. T hough the bigger boys in green proved a disappointment in Poland, the other boys in green,

Colaiste Phadraig, proved that success is achievable on the soccer field nationally when they snagged the county, provincial and national titles at first-year level with a series of impressive, disciplined and committed performances. Let us know about your achievements in sport, so that the Gazette can tell the rest of Dublin. Contact us on 01 601 0240 or to tell us all about your successes.

Loyola Academy Ramblers in action, as they prepare to bring their A game to the GIFT 2012 event

Rambling to Donnybrook

TICKET sales for the Donnybrook Stadium games to be played as part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) 2012 showcase of American football have been brisk. The visit of teams from Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin has clearly captured the imagination of local sports fans and prompted hundreds of followers of the four participating schools to make summer travel

plans to be at the games in Dublin on Friday, August 31. One of those sides is Loyola Academy Ramblers from Wilmette, Illinois, and the maroon and gold will look to get one over on their rivals, Jesuit Prep Dallas from Texas, in the 4pm match. Coach John Holecek played linebacker for eight seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons. The team themselves have an impressive

pedigree, crowned the Chicago Catholic Blue champions in 2011 and posting their only loss of last season in the IHSA Class 8A state championship game to Bolingbrook last November. Loyola Academy’s student-athletes compete in some of the most competitive conferences in the State of Illinois. Most varsity sports have offseason strength and conditioning programmes as well as rigorous summer camps, which require a high level of dedication,

Munch bunch: Byrne in action for Haiti help LEINSTER and Ireland rugby star

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organisation and commitment on behalf of the students. The excitement ahead of GIFT 2012 is on the rise and the inclusion of Loyola Academy in the line-up is a bonus for lovers of gridiron in what will be a fascinating contest against Jesuit Prep. Tickets for the double headers which all take place on August 31 at Donnybrook, Parnell Park and Pairc Tailteann in Navan cost €15 and are available from www.


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Locals celebrate new southside cycle route OVER 150 people turned out at Marlay Park last Saturday for the Fun Family 6km Cycle along the new Slang River Walking and Cycling Greenway from Marlay Park to Dundrum. This was one of the many events taking place around the County for Bike Week 2012. Many families came out to enjoy the Saturday afternoon leisurely cycle with their kids. The sun even appeared for some of the event and added to the spectacle of bicycles, helmets and high-vis vests all along the mainly traffic free 6km route. According to Shane McArdle, coordinator of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership: “This fun event was a great way to get out cycling during Bike Week and enjoy a safe cycling route. A big thank you has to go to the event sponsors, the local gardai for their help on the day and of course the volunteers who ensured that everyone was safe and had fun.” Organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership and the County Council’s Transportation Department, the event showed off the new greenway cycle route though Marlay Park and along the Slang River. The Fun Family Cycle was a free event with a goodie bag, high-vis vest and refreshments at the finish line for everyone. According to Gerry Flaherty, Sustainable Travel Officer: “Bike Week provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the council’s commitment to improving cycle facilities in the County. “The Slang River Greenway and other cycle routes in the county such as the Metals and the Sandyford Greenway, are excellent examples of cycling infrastructure that can be cycled safely by all ages and all cycling abilities. The Slang River Greenway cycle was a wonderful cycle enjoyed by all”. Ireland’s annual National Bike Week 2012 took place from June 12-24 with lots of cycling and awareness raising events organised across the County. Other county council and Sports Partnership events during Bike Week 2012 included Inclusive Cycling for children with disabilities and cycle skills in Kilbogget Park as part of the Mini Olympics Day on June 24.


Dublin celebrate winning the Aisling McGing title for the second year in a row following their win over Kerry. Picture:

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KILMACUD Crokes’ A n n - M a r i e M c B a rron, Aoife Gallagher and Claire Young all became All-Ireland winners as part of the Aisling McGing Memorial Championship victory last weekend in Nenagh. An amazing hat trick from Nicole Owens did the damage in a close encounter with Kerry, with the scores finishing up 0-13 to 3-9. Having seen off champions, Cork, in the semi-

final, the Pat Stritchmanaged side still had a lot of hard work ahead of them with Kerry coming into the final in fantastic form. And it was all Kerry in the opening exchanges as two scores put them ahead before Ann-Marie Cahill McBarron of Kilmacud and Aisling Barrett began to dominate the midfield, capitalising on loose Kerry kick outs which were quickly distributed to the Dubs’ half-forward line. Such dominance led to Owens’ first two goals, after the ball was collected by the midfielders, Ciara Ruddy and

Celtic King: Carroll gets first Irish goal in Scots win FORMER Oatland’s College student Kenny Carroll, second from left, netted his first international hockey goal as Ireland beat Scotland 6-3 en route to the Celtic Cup title last weekend in Lisburn. The dual Irish player - who also played for Ireland at the 2007 cricket world cup thumped home a penalty corner rebound to make it 5-2 against the Scots. A win over Olympic-bound South Africa and a draw against Wales on Sunday meant they claimed the title for a fifth successive year.

Rebecca Davey were on hand to deliver pinpoint passes to the Syl’s forward which she had no hesitation in putting away. Two calmly taken finishes into the bottom corner of the Kerry goal left the score at 2-7 to 0-6 at the half-time whistle, but the Jackies couldn’t sit back after the K ingdom’s early spell of scoring. True to their form in the early passages of the first half, Kerry came out with the bit between their teeth and knocked on some scores from their forward lines before the Dubs began

to give away frees in their own half. Closing the gap, Kerry had the momentum after Cassandra Buckley attacked Dublin straight down the middle and converted a fine point. Luckily, Syl’s Aimee H a z l e y c a m e a l i ve , breaking up the play on four occasions to win Dublin the possession. It was all to play for in the last 10 minutes when midfield duo McBarron and Barrett came into their own again, and it was the wife of Fermanagh player Liam McBarron who played the killer ball over the Kerry backline to put Owens

through on goal. As cool as you like, Owens was in the right place at the right time again, and tucked the ball effortlessly in the bottom left of the Kerry net. It secured a famous win for Pat Stritch’s ladies and the Ashling McGing Memorial Championship for Dublin. The performance of Owens was only outdone by Hannah Tyrell of Round Towers Clondalkin who has now won the Player of the Match award in the McGing final two years on the trot.




and craic. Spread the word to your

Lotto draw. Next week’s draw will be

friends, family and neighbours. Sin-

for €3,600. Tickets are available online

galong in the bar on Tuesdays, singers

at or from

and musicians welcome.

the usual outlets.

Good win for the senior footballers

Wednesday night was a great night

on Wednesday versus Kilmacud. Good

of traditional music, no cover charge.

win also for the Junior Bs against St

Why not join in or enjoy a night of music

Josephs OCB.

NAOMH OLAF NAOMH Olaf intermediate football-

outing on Friday last in nearby Mill-

ers took both points against St Mar-

town Golf Club. Intermediate football

garets, away on Saturday, in a very

manager, Larry Kinsella, took the hou-

competitive game; the final score was

ours on a great score of 38 points.

1-11 to 0-10. The junior footballers had an excellent week, notching up four valuable

Cuala’s young charges will enjoy playing teams from Waterford, Antrim and Roscommon this weekend

Hyde Road set for AllIreland Feile festival I

CUALA will play host to clubs from Waterford, Antrim and Roscommon as the Feile na nGael comes to town this weekend. The event is the national U-14 club competition which sees county champions in hurling, camogie and handball converge on the host county for three days of competition and sporting camaraderie. It is long-recognised as a major festival of great importance for the promotion of Gaelic games among the youth of the country. For the first time in over 30 years, Dublin has been awarded the privilege of hosting the hurling and camogie competitions from Thursday, July 5 to Saturday, July 7. In keeping with tradition, each Dublin club will host teams – the visiting players staying in the homes of their hosts. Cuala is delighted

to play its part both by facilitating group competitions and by hosting players from the famous De La Salle, the home club of Waterford hero John Mullane as well as Belfast club St John’s and St Dominic’s from Knockcroghery in Roscommon. They will take part in the initial group phases at the club on Hyde Road before they descend on the Dublin city centre to join up with over 3,000 young players from each corner of the country, walking from Croke Park to the GPO in O’Connell Street. On Friday, the group games move to Thomastown before the social event of the evening takes in a barbecue in Hyde Park for all of the players and families of Cuala and the three guest teams. The ultimate goal is to reach the finals days which will take place on Sunday in both Croke Park and Parnell Park. For Cuala, the event

is one of the most significant in the calendar for young players and requires a large amount of organisation. As such, they are calling on members young and not so young, to make some contribution to the National Feile – from helping with hosting or catering, to supporting our teams in Hyde Park and Thomastown or even simply joining the Friday night social activities. There will be a variety of jobs including setting up pitches and officiating, traffic management, catering, registration etc. If you can give an hour

on either day, please e-mail CualaHelpers@ with your contact details and times available. Elsewhere, Cuala’s minor hurlers recorded an impressive nine point win over St Vincent’s in St Anne’s Park to set up a mouth-watering league final with table-toppers Kilmacud Crokes. Having lost in the league on their first outing against Crokes, Cuala needed to beat Vincent’s by a margin of at least six points and they did so despite the absence of their county players, winning out 2-16 to 1-10.

Also congrats to Tom Culligan on winning the captain’s golf outing the previous week.

points in two home AFL 8 game wins.

We have been allocated four hours

Against St Patricks of Palmerstown,

of free time on the DLRCC all weather

Olaf’s were convincing winners (1-22

pitch in nearby Stepaside on Tuesday,

to 0-2).

July 17.

The game against Liffey Gaels on Fri-

This is a great opportunity for all

day night was more challenging but, in

teams from juvenile to adult to try out

the end, Olaf’s took it comfortably by

this excellent new facility.

1-11 to 1-3. Olafs will be hosting a divi-

Sympathy is expressed to the Elliott

sion of the National Feile in the coming

family on the passing of Patricia Elliott

week. Details on

of Wedgewood last week.

The golf society had a very enjoyable

Lotto results on

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S BEST of luck to the U-14 hurling and camogie teams in next weekend’s AllIreland Féile na nGael finals. Hard luck to the minor hurlers who went down in the James Stephens Final. The senior footballers had a good win over Naomh Jude during the week. Pitch Locations have been updated

on the website with new Google links. Congratulations to senior footballer Andrew Kerin and Lynn O’Rourke on their recent wedding. The summer camp sponsored by Cruinn Diagnostics starts next Monday - see Lotto week 50: winning numbers 9, 30, 24 and 23. Jackpot of €10,000 not won.

STARS OF ERIN THE adult men’s team had two games

head into our next fixture against

in the space of four days against Par-

St Brigid’s in Russell Park. The ladies

nell’s and St Margaret’s.

team lost their game away to Bal-

The lads had mixed fortunes in these

lyboughal on Monday night. There

two fixtures, Winning one and losing

was no winner of the weekly lotto,


numbers drawn were 1, 19 and 23. The

The win against St Margaret’s was

three bonus prize winners were: first

well deserved with the Stars team

- Neal Davis, second - Susan Smith,

working hard for the victory. Hope-

third - Ann and Stephen Brennan.

fully the team can build on that as we

Jackpot next week is €500.

GERALDINE MORAN’S SYMPATHY is extended to the Rey-


nolds family on the recent death

On the playing front, our senior

of Packie; Packie Reynolds played

team under the management of

underage and senior for the club

Donal O’Flaherty had two good wins

in the 1950s and 1960s and was an

in the past week and it’s good to see

outstanding full-back.

some of the younger players in the

His ability was recognised by Dub-

club coming through and enjoying

lin and he wore the county colours

their football, in particular young

at junior level.

A a r o n McD o n a l d , D a n Hu s s ey,

He will be sadly missed by his family and by his old comrades in Ger-

the Scollard brothers and Jack McGrath.


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JULY 5, 2012

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DSDAC’s Claire Bergin will take part in the Olympic Games in London, which get under way later this month, in the 4x400 metre relay

Bergin confirmed in Olympic squad Despite baton drop, Ireland’s 400m relay women had their ticket to London rubber-stamped on Tuesday  PETER CARROLL

DSDAC’S Claire Bergin has confirmed her name on the Team Ireland roster for the London Olympics as part of the women’s 4x400m relay team following confirmation on Tuesday afternoon. The Irish team’s call up came through despite a fumbled baton error at the European championships held in Helsinki, Finland where the team held the ranking of 12th in the world list on their arrival, with the top 16 gaining automatic qualification for the Olympics. France, previously 14th in the rankings, moved past Ireland on the back of their silver medal winning performance at the Europeans, but the Irish still managed to qualify, holding onto the 13th spot in the final tally. The aggregate qualification rule considers the best two times the teams have banked, with Ireland’s standing at 6:58:06 based on their spectacular showing at the World Champion-

ships in Daegu last summer, where they clocked a 3:27.48 and the European Cup showing where the runners notched a 3:30.61. Including Bergin and her crew, it is anticipated that Team Ireland will have a total of 65 athletes represented across 14 different sporting events. Bergin previously competed in the Winter Olympics, representing Ireland in the bobsleigh in 2010. It adds to the club’s involvement at the Games with Deirdre Ryan to compete in the high jump while the marathon team has a huge DSDAC connection with Linda Byrne and Ava Hutchinson both making the cut. The DSDAC gained further kudos on the European scene with their U-17 girls taking the gold and the U-17 boys taking bronze at Glendalough last Sunday in the European Cup It was a great showing by the southside club with 11 teams competing in the girls’ section and 12 in the boys’ – a tough field to overcome.

The girls’ team saw off very strong opposition with Russia and Italy putting in some fine displays. The team of Claire McCarthy, Sorcha Humphries and Sarah Miles ran strong races, with McCarthy finishing in fifth, Sorcha in tenth and Miles 14th to secure Ireland’s first gold medal success at that level in European competition. The Russian and Italian teams couldn’t be separated at the end of the day with the Russians finishing in places third, 11th and 23rd while Italy ran eighth, 13th and 16th on the day. Killian Mooney’s performance in the boy’s U-17 race is one that sure to be remembered. After coming down on his first descent, slamming into the terrain with cuts and bruises to show for it, the talented runner led Ireland’s surge for bronze when he finished in 8eighth place. Andrew Cullen battled through the field to finish in 12th and Cillian O’Donovan, in his first mountain race, competing the pack with an 18th place finish.

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