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March 7, 2013

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Month XX, 2012 Dun laoghaire • Blackrock • Cornelscourt • Deansgrange • Dalkey • Glasthule • Monkstown • Glenageary

INSIDE: All smiles from the belles of the recent ball in aid of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Pages 6-7

roche’s hill: Council abandons upgrade works following submissions P5

Padraic’s on the ball: Local plays it cool with legends STILLORGAN man Padraic O’Sullivan


Local clubs and sailors claim ISA awards Page 32

Sport Awards: February nominees announced Page 28

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES.......................6 DUBLIN LIFE....................11 OUT&ABOUT...................17 CLASSIFIEDS.................26 SPORT............................27

(centre) was hurled into the limelight when he met several sporting figures as part of a Chill Insurance competition recently. Padraic proved he was on the ball with his own skills when he met Alan Quinlan, the former Irish international and Munster rugby star; Paul McGrath, Ireland’s 1990s world cup soccer hero; Tomas Mulcahy, Cork’s former All-Ireland hurling captain and former Kerry football star, Mick O’Dwyer.

MEP exhibits diaspora centre plan in Brussels €50m pier project ‘could act as a pilot model for others throughout Europe’

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PLANS for a diaspora centre for Dun Laoghaire go on display this week at an exhibition in Brussels hosted by MEP, Emer Costello (Lab). The exhibition showcases

12 Irish organisations, each promoting Dublin as a smart city, and the €50m diaspora centre proposed for Dun Laoghaire’s Carlisle Pier will be a huge focus. Costello had previously spearheaded the idea in

Europe that Dun Laoghaire’s future diaspora centre could act as a pilot model for many more such centres throughout Europe. The centre will be a huge interactive facility concentrating on all things Irish and

the effect of the spread of Irish people across the world and at home. The exhibition, Dublin As An EU Smart City, is currently running in the European Parliament in Brussels. Full Story on Page 2

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At the recent launch of plans focusing on the creation of a €50m diaspora centre at Dun Laoghaire’s Carlisle Piere were Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (Lab), Deputy American Ambassador to Ireland John Hennessy Niland; Senator Aideen Hayden (Lab) and MEP Emer Costello (Lab)

Diaspora centre plans go on show in Brussels DUN Laoghaire’s plans for a new state-of-theart diaspora centre to be built on the Carlisle Pier will go on display this week in Brussels as part of an exhibition entitled Dublin as a European Smart city. The exhibition will be hosted by Irish MEP Emer Costello and will focus on the diaspora centre and the creation of a new €2.5 billion fund for Europe’s most deprived residents, which will benefit Dublin annually. The centre will be an interactive facility focusing on Ireland and its emigrants past and present, the influence they have had historically

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on the nation and maintaining links with current emigrants. Altogether, there will be 12 Irish innovators promoting Dublin as a European smart city at the event, and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will be paying a visit to the European Parliament while the event is ongoing. Costello had championed the proposed centre

in the European Parliament before, and last September, she told council members at a seminar that the centre could act as a pilot model for other nations thinking of making connections with their own diasporas. For the past six months, she has been working in Europe to secure support for such a centre in Dun Laoghaire, which needs funding of €50 million to build. At the seminar, Costello claimed that the diaspora centre proposed for Dun Laoghaire could lead the way for an integrated EU diaspora strategy. She wrote to the then American Secretary of

State, Hilary Clinton, about the centre who, in turn, agreed to support the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum, due to take place in Dun Laoghaire this May. At the time, the MEP said she was: “determined to pursue the development of a European diaspora strategy, particularly during Ireland’s EU Presidency in the first half of next year”. Other exhibitors at the event will showcase smart innovations in Dublin, such as IBM’s technology campus in Mulhuddart; The Green Way, a “clean tech” cluster running from the north inner city through Ballymun

to Swords; Dublin City Council and representatives of Trinity, UCD and DCU colleges. The Labour MEP is also in the process of drafting a €2.5 billion fund for European Aid to the most deprived. This will bring annual benefits of up to €15 million to Ireland, and Costello has been visiting local groups around Dublin who would benefit from the fund. Dublin as a European Smart City opened in Brussels on Monday, March 4, and was officially launched by Irish Commissioner Maire Geoghagan-Quinn on Tuesday, March 5.

Locals urged to support Curves’ food drive  bairbre ni Bhraonain

THE manager of the Deansgrange outlet of Curves, the exercise and weight loss chain for women, is calling on all locals in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area to help out with a charity

food drive for St Vincent de Paul and Centenary House. Liza Mucai is asking for the community’s support and urges people to collect all manner of food for people in need this month. The local food drive campaign

will help those who are literally in need of good, healthy sustenance. Liza said: “We collect food for people who are in need of food – it’s that simple. Everyone in our local community can get involved and drop down non-

perishable groceries to our club in Deansgrange. This is also an excellent chance to make a difference in our community.” Liza is asking everyone to help Curves support St Vincent de Paul, and Centenary House health and counseling services.

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statement: stance outlined on providence resources’ withdrawal

Chamber success

Minister clarifies drill licence move THE office of Minister Jan O’Sullivan of the Department of the Environment last week issued a statement to The Gazette about the recent surrendering by Providence Resources of a foreshore explorator y drilling licence in the Kish Basin. The minister’s statement said: “The priority of the minister is to ensure the State is fully compliant with its European environmental obligations. “The legal issues that came to light with regard to the Providence Resources foreshore licence concerned the transposition of a specific part of an EU Directive on environmental impact assessment in 1999.

“The State is obliged to comply with EU legislation, particularly in the environmental sphere. “Since 2011, there has been significant progress on that issue, with the number of environmental infringements decreasing from 20 to 12 since taking office.” At the time the licence was granted, and up until it was surrendered, local campaigners had been calling for an environmental impact assessment, but none was completed. The statement continued: “Accordingly, the minister will review the legislation and subsequent regulations and will make any changes necessary to ensure that Ireland’s law

on environmental impact assessment is fully up to European standards. “Providence Resources’ own statement ... indicated that the company would reapply for a licence once the EU regulations were met and any legal ambiguities connected with the area’s recent designation as one of special conservation. “An Taisce was due to bring a judicial review against the drilling a little over a week before Providence decided to abandon its plans to drill 6km off Dalkey Island. “It is a matter for the company as to whether [or not] they apply for a foreshore licence in the future,” said the statement.

Media master: Local public relations graduate can highlight his hard work GRADUATE Shane Nolan was delighted to examine his qualification after graduating with a Masters in Public Relations from the School of Media, DIT, Aungier St recently. The Seapoint man joined many fellow graduates for a thoughtful ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral, with the paper in his hands providing a tangible testament to all of his hard work and studies.

SIXTY businesses have joined Dun LaoghaireRathdow n Chamber since the beginning of 2013, according to its membership development manager, Susan Harrison. Among the newest recruits are heritage site; legal services medialawyer; print and logo designers cubedesign, and e-commerce development agency Lime Canvas. O f t h e c h a m b e r ’s current appeal to local businesses, Harrison said: “People are realising the importance of networking now and we cover the whole of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, so it’s a large group, and the network opportunities are huge. “We are the largest independent voice for business in [the area].”

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charity Blackrock College’s fundraising fun council:

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Road safety works praised

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Leinster rugby stars Fergus McFadden and Shane Jennings were happy to join Blackrock College students Maurice Buckley, Mahon O’Brien and Jake Warde to help promote the school’s fundraising world record-breaking attempt to create the largest “human shamrock”, using hundreds of students

Practical Accounts and Taxation Workshop “Taking the mystery out of accounts preparation and calculating your tax” Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is running a seminar to help small business owners examine and get to grips with the basics of understanding accounts preparation and the resultant payment of tax. Guidance will also be provided on what is required to be tax compliant, and the impact that taxation has on business profitability and cash flow. This full day seminar will take place on Wednesday, March 27th 2013 from 9am-5pm in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney and will cover: • Basics of preparing trading/financial statements • The roles of the Companies’ Registration Office and the Revenue Commissioners • The advantages and disadvantages of limited companies vs. sole trader • Understanding the responsibilities of being a com- pany director • Reporting requirements for companies and sole traders • The fundamentals of income tax and corporation tax systems • VAT rules and regulations, registration, record keep ing and returns • Employment taxes PAYE/PRSI • On-line filing ROS • Basic Income Tax and Corporation Tax Examples with Case Studies • Accounting for expenses in a business, tax evasion vs. tax avoidance. This is a very dynamic and interactive seminar which will leave participants with the knowledge to ensure that their businesses are tax compliant. The cost of this seminar is €45 per person (including a light lunch). For full detail and to book your place, please visit Details on all the other Enterprise Board supports open to small businesses locally are also available online.

Giant shamrock bid to smash record  bairbre ni Bhraonain

STUDENTS of Blackrock College were attempting this week to break the record to form the world’s largest human shamrock. The record attempt was planned to coincide within the college’s 25th anniversary of their St Patrick’s Day Badge campaign in aid of the international humanitarian agency Goal, with Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn (Lab) lined up to attend. The St Patrick’s Day Badge campaign was set up in the college to raise funds for Goal and Aidlink, which was estab-

lished to improve the lives of those living in poverty in the developing world. The minister was due to arrive at the college on Wednesday morning, March 6, in time to see the boys attempt to break a world record for the world’s largest human shamrock. Some sports stars and rugby pundits who lent their support to the record attempt include Luke Fitzgerald, Leo Cullen and George Hook. More than 800 students were set to gather on the lawns of Blackrock College and, with the assistance of teachers and staff, form themselves into the

shape of a giant shamrock. The rules and record regulations dictate that green t-shirts had to be worn for the attempt, and the group had to hold the shamrock shape for at least five minutes. Since the college launched their St Patrick’s Day badge campaign 25 years ago, they have raised more than €2 million for Goal and Aidlink, and many of the students have also gone to places such as Kolkata to see the work of these organisations at first hand. Over the years, former pupils – such as Ryan Tubridy, Leo Cullen, and

Brian O’Driscoll, along with 5,000 other presentday and former pupils – have taken part in the St Patrick’s Day Badge Campaign, and the badges have been sold not only at home but in America, England and France. The badges cost €2 each and will once again be sold by the students out on the streets to passers by, and in shops and newsagents nationwide in the run up to St Patrick’s Day. All funds raised will be split equally between Goal and Aidlink. The Gazette wished the school the best of luck in their attempt. See Gallery Next Week

A LOCAL politician has welcomed the recent announcement by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council that new road safety measures are to be implemented on Grove Road in Blackrock at the junction of Talbot Lodge and Avoca Road. Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) praised the new scheme, which will entail the construction of two mini roundabouts at the Avoca Road junction on Grove Avenue and at the Talbot Lodge entrance. There will also be a raised platform to combat speeding in the area, as well as a pedestrian crossing. He said: “For years, local residents in the Blackrock area have expressed concerns about pedestrian, cyclists and motorist safety at this dangerous junction on Grove Avenue – this safety upgrade work is long overdue and most welcome locally.” Another proposed safety feature is to be the laying of 50km of antiskid surfacing on Grove Avenue on the approaches to both mini roundabouts.

Brothers win US soccer scholarships  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

TWO Foxrock brothers who are graduates of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) have won soccer scholarships in America. Rory and Stephen Pratt are the sons of well-known businessman Maurice Pratt, and both brothers, excelling in soccer, won the scholarships to continue their

business studies in the US. Rory, an honours degree entrepreneurship graduate from IADT, is now studying on an MBA programme at the University of Mary in North Dakota, and is one of the university’s most consistent strikers, having recently been selected for the All Great Northwest Athletic Conference first soccer team. While at the other end of

the country, in Florida, brother Stephen has led Flagler College to the national quarter finals for the first time ever. The former IADT entrepreneurship and management student has achieved great success for his team playing in midfield, and the college is now ranked 14th in America. Staff at IADT welcomed the news and congratulated the

brothers last week. Dr Catherine Rossiter, head of the department of entrepreneurship, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with Rory and Stephen’s outstanding achievements in America. “Both brothers are extraordinarily talented, academically and on the soccer field, and we are extremely proud of them, of their successes.”

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works Upgrade dropped following 50 submissions

Council plan for Roche’s Hill is abandoned  bairbre ni Bhraonain

DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s plans to upgrade Roche’s Hill in Killiney have been abandoned due to the receipt of 50 submissions by members of the public, which suggested that the €9,500 proposal to refurbish paths and access points for the heritage site would be more beneficially spent elsewhere in the county. The manager Owen Keegan said in the report: “Taking the views

of the public into consideration, it is proposed to amend the draft management plan and remove the action to replace the stone wall at Claremont Road with a gate. “However, the council will reserve the right to review this in the future, should it be essential for carrying out site management works.” Public submissions also objected to the widening of pathways, and plans to mark the boundary of the council’s 21-acre portion of the hill from Killiney

Golf Club’s three acres. The marker was to be drawn to avoid the chance of council workers mistakenly carrying out maintenance work on the golf club’s land. The five-year management plan included safeguarding the area’s wildlife, which is abundant, and which is a habitat for protected species such as badgers and bats. Councillors learned at a recent area committee meeting that submissions received stressed the importance of retaining

Following several public submissions, Roche’s Hill will not be upgraded by the council, in order to preserve its natural wilderness

the area’s natural wilderness, and that proposals contained in the management plan would spoil the appearance of the site. The need to curtail the overspread of gorse on the hill was also outlined in the report, which stated: “Traditional methods for managing gorse include

grazing and burning, both of which are difficult in urban areas. “The council may consider very small-scale, selective control of gorse by cutting at strategic locations on the hill.” Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) responded to the news of the plan being

dropped by saying: “I am very pleased, as you will see from the conclusions in the report that the council will not be implementing the works they were proposing. “ I n o t h e r wo r d s , Roche’s Hill will be left as it is, presently – in its wild state.”

an garda Shatter’s in-law quizzed THE brother-in-law of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, Howard Danker, was arrested recently by gardai and questioned in Dun Laoghaire Garda Station. It is understood Mr Danker, whose sister, Carol, is married to Minister Shatter, was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. He was subsequently released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is believed the arrest was made by the Garda fraud squad as part of an inquiry into management of properties. Neither Minister Shatter nor Mr Danker was available for comment at the time of going to print.

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Ann Lee and Kevin Smith

Jeni Jones and Kevin Thornton. Pictures: Margaret Brown

Dressed to impress ... Emma Levey, Emma Doyle, Kevin Conroy, Deirdre Crowley and Lynn Doyle


Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) and Jennifer Devlin

Lovely revellers who love to help


HERE was a lovely crowd at the recent annual St Valentine’s Ball held at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire, which was held in aid of the NRH’s speech and language therapy, and social work departments. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was among the evening’s guests, who all enjoyed a cham-

pagne reception, four-course meal, live music and dancing, with a range of raffle prizes. Staged by members of the NRH and An Garda Siochana, the evening was highlypraised by all in attendance as both a great night out and a great way to support the NRH’s vital work.

Carol Hanney and her husband, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore

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Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald; Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) and Sergeant Vincent Totterdell

One of the members of Men In Black

Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) with Deirdre and Michaal McDonnell

Andrew Rankin made a sign for the event. Pictures: Geraldine Woods Zara Carillo, Lorna Fitzsimons and

Joining the protests

stepaside: community protests against garda station’s closure

Bengi Mendoza


S REPORTED in The Gazette in recent weeks, the Stepaside community has been united in opposition to the imminent closure of its Garda station this month, with a number of initiatives to give voice to the local – and highly vocal – objections to this move. As one of a number of moves, Stepaside’s centre was recently thronged with citizens, business people, community leaders and political representatives, many bearing signs, who formed a human chain around the Garda station to create a symbolic sign of community unity in wanting a local Garda station.

Amanda Flood and Clodagh McConnell

Valerie and Jackie Burke

Niamh Lawlor, Harriet Walsh, Ed Mahon and Diandra Xavier

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community Small, local project with a focus on work and life in the suburbs

New magazine examines DLR’s built environment  bairbre ni Bhraonain

A NEW magazine looking at the built environment and daily suburban life in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has been set up by UCD School of Architecture tutor Michael Hayes. The magazine is part of

Hayes’ project, entitled 2ha, which involved the setting up of a small, local magazine focusing on Dublin’s suburbs and, in particular, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area. The first issue will concentrate on the architecture and living environment of Goatstown and Dundrum.

Hayes said: “The outcome will be six unique publications which may exist independently, or be read as a single body of investigation. “The work will incorporate a wide range of techniques and disciplines, all focused towards developing an understanding of the places and people that

comprise the area. “It is hoped the publication will reveal lesser-known or appreciated elements of the locality, and will encourage people to engage more with their built environment,” said Hayes. Over the next year, he hopes to publish a magazine every

two months, with each issue examining a specific environment through a variety of methods. 2ha is currently seeking support on, and has raised €665, to date, from 21 donors. However, the project needs €1,200 altogether, and Hayes is

Write on: Book fans at launch


Annual search for lifeguards has begun IT’S that time of year again when Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is putting a call out for beach lifeguards for the summer season. The application process is now open to all qualified lifeguards, and the rate of pay is €10.61 per hour. You can pick up an application form from County Hall, Dun Laoghaire by calling the Human Resources Department at 01 205 4700, or by emailing before the deadline of Friday, March 15.

Have flora and fauna fun at an upcoming festival THE annual Dun Laoghaire biodiversity festival, Exploring Nature, is up and running and will continue until May with plenty of free events on offer for those with an interest in flora and fauna. From owls, birds and bats to nature conservation and guided outdoor walks, there is a host of things to do for all the family this year. To find out more about Exploring Nature in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown region, download the brochure by going to nature131.html.

calling on members of the public for more funding, in return for which he promises special rewards, such as walking tours and an annual subscription to 2ha. If you wish to help out, see project/2ha---an-archizinefor-the-suburbs.

DUN Laoghaire girl Amy Webb-Cooke was first in line to hear what bestselling children’s author Sarah Webb had to say when she, and Emily Mitchell and Bonnie Leahy met her at the recent launch of upcoming World Book Day, this Thursday, March 7. On the day, children can exchange a special World Book Day token at many bookshops around the country, and receive one of a number of specially-written children’s titles.

arts: nigerian uses her asylum laws experience for novel inspiration

A cautionary tale about the life choices we may make ...  bairbre ni Bhraonain

A NIGERIAN PhD student now living in Blackrock has used the experience of her time spent in the limbo of Ireland’s asylum laws to write a novel. Ifedinma (Ife) Dimbo works with The Anne Sullivan Centre for the deaf/ blind in Stillorgan, and is also doing a doctorate in medical sociology with the department of sociology, UCC. Ife spoke to T he Gazette about her time spent in a Meath hotel while awaiting a ruling on whether or not she

was entitled to asylum in Ireland. The problem of residency arose as, although her son was born in Ireland, Ife moved back to Nigeria, and her right to residency had expired by the time she returned in 2005. She brought the case to the High Court and won the right to stay in Ireland, and then to the Supreme Court in 2008, and also won. She said: “While we were seeking asylum, we stayed in a hotel in Meath, and I had a lot of time on my hands. So, I


‘I had a lot of time on my hands. So, I decided to use my time [while seeking asylum] to write.’ --------------------------

Author Ifedinma Dimbo


decided to use my time in the hotel to write, as I had the space and quiet to do so and I needed something to combat the lone-

liness during that time of waiting.” Talking about her novel, Ife said: “She Was Foolish is the name of the book that resulted from that spell in the asylum hotel, and it is being launched this month.” The story was inspired by a woman Ife met in the hotel, whose story was quite scandalous and very dramatic, she said. “I met this woman in the hotel where we were staying. She came to Ireland because her husband, back in Nigeria, sent her to have her baby here. She had other children

too and brought them all while her husband waited in Nigeria. “She had the child and, therefore, got residency in Ireland. “At this point, she was supposed to send for her husband to join the family, but she didn’t. Instead of sending for her husband, she met another man and set up home with him. “So, I started to imagine what led to her decision, and what might happen after she left the hotel with her new man. “The story tells a typical tale of many in Niger-

ia who want to get rich quickly. The woman’s character gets into prostitution in Nigeria, then goes to Italy to prostitute but, by the time she gets to Ireland, her husband hasn’t heard from her for a while and comes over, looking for her.” Ife says the tale is one of caution about the choices people make in life, and how they can affect their own lives and the lives of others. T he book will be launched on March 12 in the Centre for Creative Practices on Pembroke Street, Dublin 2.

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care Report partly funded by LauraLynn Hospice

350 children out of 1,400 get respite care  bairbre ni Bhraonain

Leopardstown children’s hospice, LauraLynn, has partly funded a new report into the state of care available for children with life limiting medical conditions in Ireland which was launched last week by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG). The report found that only 350 such children are currently receiving the respite care they need out of a quotient of 1,400 that are in need of it.

Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland was undertaken by a consortium of experts in the field of children’s health including LauraLynn, the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the Health Service Executive (HSE). The report found that around €7.6m is needed for the care of such children but this figure is expected to rise to €8.6 by 2012 with an average cost per child of approximately €10,000.

Recommendations in the report include the development of a system of national standards for the provision of respite care and the establishment of a group of monitors in each HSE region to map out local need for juvenile respite care. Also outlined in the report are the various short break needs for the children and their families including a hospice/ hospice at home initiative to help families to have a break together or time to themselves in a home

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG)

from-home environment, or in a family’s own home. Short breaks

Also needed are statutory funded short breaks in the home and sitting services for the child with people regularly visiting the child at home to enable parents to spend time with their other children. As well as these, the

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report also cited that activity services within the community were very beneficial for these children where people took children out to the cinema, swimming and other activities such as allowing them the opportunity to be creative through arts and crafts. These short break requirements for families of children with life

limiting conditions are modelled on a 2009 British Act and other international models are also drawn upon to inform the report’s findings. LauraLynn chief executive Philomena Dunne said the report was a “hugely welcome blueprint for how we can improve service provision for the children and families in our care”.


Man is jailed for harming a garda A man who lived under a bridge for two years has been jailed for breaking a bottle over the head of a garda. Seamus McGrath (48) was drinking publicly in Dun Laoghaire when he struck Garda Brian Whitney. The garda was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time but suffered a concussion and was off work for a week. McGrath’s defence counsel said he had been living under Templeogue Bridge for the previous two years where he found “shelter and peace”. He has 61 previous convictions, including assault and burglary, which were all dealt with at District Court level.

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Korbyn Flanagan and Bronagh O’Mahoney from St Finian’s National School in Newcastle, Co Dublin

Cara Adderley, Erin Ruddy, Carlo Healy and Eoghan Wall from Scoil Mochua in Celbridge, Co Kildare, attended the Intel Rocket Challenge at the Intel Plant in Leixlip recently as part of Engineers’ week

It really is rocket science as Engineers Week takes off


NTEL recently invited various primary schools to their plant at Leixlip, Co Kildare, to show off their rocket designs for the Intel Rocket Challenge. The challenge was held as part of Engineers Week 2013. Engineers Week is a weeklong programme of nationwide

events, to celebrate the world of engineering in Ireland. The week aimed to create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession among people of different age groups with little or no engineering background.

Cathal Ennis from Scoil an Linbh Iosa in Prosperous, Co Kildare

Moyin Ajayi, Angela Maskovich, Matthew Scott and Josh

Caitlin Kavanagh, Doireann O’Brien, Fiona Ennis and Daniel Kretsu from Scoil an

Aine McKeon, Aine Ward, Brian Dietlmeier and Daniel

Byrne from St Finian’s School in Newcastle, Co Dublin

Linbh Iosa in Prosperous, Co Kildare

Curran from Scoil Mochua in Celbridge, Co Kildare

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slainte: a unique festival experience at george’s dock

Irish craft beer to quench thirst on St Patrick’s Day The Irish Craft Beer Festival is partnering with the St Patrick’s Festival this year to create a unique festival spirit for 2013. This St Patrick’s weekend, organisers are bringing Irish craft beer to the heart of Dublin City Centre by setting up an Irish Craft Beer Village along George’s Dock, where the best homemade beers will be served up with accompanying Irish artisan produce and local

musical talent. Craft beer production and innovation in Ireland are on the rise, with new breweries and individual brewers cropping up on a regular basis. These new brewers are showcased at the festival, as well as some of the more established craft breweries, such as Franciscan Well, which was bought by the drinks industry giants, Molson Coors. The craft beer industry

is a thriving one in Ireland at the moment and the Irish Craft Beer Village has become its official platform to give the public a sample of what is being produced and for specialist brewers to network. The Craft Beer Village will appear on March 13 and will be open until March 18, and over 10 different Irish breweries will have their finest produce on tap for the five-

day event. The village is open from 12 noon daily, and until 10pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from noon until midnight on the other days. Admission is free from 12pm until 7pm, from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 and then €5 at the door after 7pm. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the €5 admission fee will apply all day long. For more information, see

Organisers are bringing Irish craft beer to the heart of Dublin City Centre by setting up an Irish Craft Beer Village along George’s Dock


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Aoife Clarke, who will be running the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for her daughter Alice and all the children in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Go the extra mile for Crumlin

The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin are calling on all those thinking of running in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon to use the event to raise money for the hospital. Organisers began a campaign last year to raise €8m to renovate the cardiac and cancer facilities at the hospital. To date, they have raised half the amount, so are hoping the mini marathon will help to raise a good portion of the remaining €4m needed, and their 2013 campaign, Go The Extra Mile For Crumlin Hospital, was launched last week. To receive your fundraising pack, log onto and to sign up to run the 10km route on behalf of Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin. You can register to run in the race at www. All Fix Crumlin marathon runners will be invited to a celebratory drinks reception in Café en Seine after the race on June 3.

Support the daffodil day campaign The Irish Cancer Society and Dell, the lead partner for Daffodil Day, are calling on the people of Dublin to help support their Daffodil Day campaign on Friday, March 22. In 2012, the society’s cancer information service helped over 200,000 people in Ireland, which included a massive 124,600 in Dublin. In order to continue to provide and expand its support services, the society aims to achieve its ambitious target of €3.4m with the Daffodil Day campaign and are asking people to volun-

teer, organise or donate to the cause. To date, Daffodil Day – the society’s biggest fundraiser – has made it possible for the charity to expand its cancer information service into hospitals, making it easier for those with, or affected by, cancer to access their free and confidential services. To help out on Daffodil Day, for more information or to make a donation, callsave 1850 60 60 60 or visit www.cancer. ie/daffodilday.

Cadbury ready to hop down bunny trail Easter egg trails have become a huge part of family celebrations each year and Cadbury is preparing to support some of the country’s best egg hunts this year. With Easter just around the corner, Ireland’s most famous chocolate company Cadbury has

announced plans to support up to 20 events of all different sizes across Ireland that add to the cultural life of their community, by providing them with up to 1,000 tasty Cadbury Easter Eggs. If you are an event organiser for a big or small group in Dublin and feel your Easter egg trail would benefit from the support of Cadbury’s help, you can apply by filling out the entry form on the Cadbury Facebook page. Entries can be submitted now, until midday on March 13, with winners being announced during the week of March 18. For more information or to apply, see www. .

eyezone hopes to improve eye health for teens

Op ticia n s a c r o s s Dublin have launched

a campaign calling for improved eyecare services for 12- to 16-yearolds who they claim are falling into a gap in current services. Ey e Z o n e , w h i c h represents almost 100 independent opticians nationwide, has called the situation unacceptable and is writing to the Minister for Health and HSE to address the issue.

EyeZone chairman and Dublin spokesperson Diarmuid Keane said that approximately 10% of children up to the age of 12 require glasses or contact lenses, while more than 20% do by the age of 16. “The fact that the number wearing glasses or contact lenses more than doubles between the ages of 12 and 16 highlights the critical

importance of a wellplanned and dedicated public eyecare scheme for this age group.” To help address the issue, EyeZone members are offering a free full eye exam to all children between 12 and 16 for the month of March. Details of all participating opticians are available at

Fair City actress Martina Stanley (left) and model Tiffany Stanle were all heart as Operation Transformation’s Sergeant Mulcahy put them through their paces in preparation for the women’s mini marathon in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation

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FEATURE Feis Ceoil to fill the RDS with music

festival: from russia with love

Dublin reinforces links with Moscow  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE Dublin City Festival of Russian Culture will run be held in several locations across the city from Saturday, March 9 until Thursday, March 14, and begins on the orthodox feast day of Maslenitsa (Pancake Day), March 9. The festival is held to welcome the arrival of spring and is an opportunity for Dubliners to strengthen their links with Moscow City and Russia, that include educational partnerships between TCD and Moscow State University.

It aims to enhance the political, economic and cultural connection between the two nations. A wealth of traditional Russian activities are on offer across Dublin City from traditional music, dance and children’s activities, to chess challenges, artisan food and cookery, contemporary cinema, exhibitions and lectures. On Saturday, March 9, the official opening of the festival will take place at Hugh Lane Gallery. Sunday’s highlights include a family day with children’s art workshops from 11am until 2pm in

Smock Alley Theatre, a children’s disco with DJ Daron at Wood Quay. For children, there will be Russian folk tales and fairy tales told in both English and Russian at the Gutter Book Shop in Cow’s Lane from 11.40am. Later in the day, a selection of movies, as yet to be confirmed, will be screened at the Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. An economic seminar will be held at the Morrison Hotel on Monday, March 11, and on Tuesday, March 12, Trinity College will host numerous events including lit-

Dublin City Festival of Russian Culture runs in several locations across the city from March 9 until March 14

erary talks and a student night. On Wednesday there will be a public chess challenge at the Ilac Library with grand master Alexander Baburin, as

well as a teenagers’ chess workshop with him. On the final day of the festival, there will be a performance of Carmen by the Moscow State Opera at the Bord Gais

Energy Theatre, and an evening of Irish and Russian music in Temple Bar from 7.30pm. For more information, log on to

The Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil will fill the RDS with glorious sound this March when almost 200 classical music competitions are expected to attract over 5,000 competitors from across the country. Categories include piano, voice, strings, wind, brass, choir and orchestra, and a team of distinguished adjudicators will judge the entrants. Feis Ceoil will run from March 11 until 22 from 9am until 10pm daily in the RDS. Day tickets cost €5 and entitle the bearer to wander among all five halls involved, or you can get a season ticket for the entire two weeks of the competition for €30.


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rosemont: easter camp added to after school

schoolLife Calling all budding writers and photographers – get involved with our Gazette schools pages As part of the relaunch of the Dublin Gazette Newspapers, we are reaching out to all the schools in our catchment areas to become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities, one of the last places around which a community can gather. We are calling on budding writers and photographers from all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next


generation of journalists and snappers to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Repor ter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact rheigh@, or on 01 601 0240.

Educational and sporting fun at school in Sandyford Rosemont A f ter School, for local pupils from third class up, is hosting an Easter Camp during the Easter holidays, which will run from March 25 until April 5 (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday). The After School is located in the school’s newly-built modern school campus in Sandyford. The Easter Camp will open at 10am

until 3pm each day, with early drop off and late collection being available from 8.30am to 6.30pm to give parents added flexibility. The After School aims to take the stress out of the Easter break for parents, and students will benefit from taking part in educational and sporting activities. Students at the Easter Camp will play sports

Maura Farrell, principal of Rosemont

such as tennis, basketball, uni-hockey and table tennis. They will also take part in baking, arts and crafts, science and computer classes, an Easter egg hunt, excursions and lots of fun and games. Attendees will also be treated to an Easter Party which will be held on the last day of the second week. Jennifer McPhail, co-

ordinator manager of the After School, said: “The Easter Camp is a great opportunity for local students to spend their Easter holidays in an exciting way. They will be taking part in a wide-range of activities that will ensure that they have brilliant experience.” For more information, log on to

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jen maguire donahoe Jen came into the Gazette Towers on a work experience programme with ourselves and her school, Colaiste Brid from Clondalkin, and wrote an excellent piece on her time spent in the newsroom and in the field with our star journalist team. Jen really made an impression with her commitment and judging by her article, should keep on this path to a career in journalism in the future.

Bhadrajee Hewage Bhadrajee, from St Benildus College in Kilmacud, reported on his and his schoolmates’ experience in creating a bank in the college as part of the AIB Build-ABank challenge. The Solid Savings Bank has proved to be a huge success and manager Bhadrajee ably conveyed his enthusiasm for the task in his submission to the schools pages.

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feature Keep pace for Irish Heart Foundation

recycling: junk kouture is back

From the scrapheap to the top catwalks  Laura Webb

STUDENTS from across Ireland have transformed junk material into couture fashion items as part of the annual Junk Kouture competition. This year, 39 Dublin students have made it through to the regional finals. Designs using every sort of reusable material imaginable were used in submissions to the competition. Regional finalists have now been chosen and these finals will take place on March 8, 11, 14 and 20 across Ireland. Elizabeth O’Donnell,

co-founder of Junk Kouture, said: “Congratulations to all semi-finalists of the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013. The standard this year was exceptionally high which made our decisions extremely difficult. “We are very much looking forward to our live shows across the country and we hope everyone will come support their local talent.” The Junk Kouture’s competitors’ creations will take to the catwalk in The Helix, DCU on March 11. Pieces will be judged

by Junk Kouture’s expert judges, who are responsible for finding and crowning the winner of Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013, in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) The four judges are Environmental Awareness judge Yvonne Holmes, international model Faye Dinsmore, stylist and TV presenter Darren Kennedy, and art and design expert Tracey Fahey. The competition is now in its third year. Last year’s winning entries included Re’juicing, a

Conducted by Bebhinn Sheridan, Caitriona McGovern and Aine Duffy from Scoil Iosa in Malahide at last year’s Junk Kouture competition

dress made entirely from orange peel, and Punkture, a black evening dress made from bicycle tyre tubes and steel nails. Some of the designs even made it as far as the red carpet for the London

premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit last December. Now that the semifinalists have been found, judges will have to narrow down the search to find the budding design-

ers who will walk away with over €20,000 worth of prizes. For more information, visit www.junkkouture. com or visit the Facebook page at junkkouture.

FAIR City actress Martina Stanley is asking women to put their best running foot forward for the Irish Heart Foundation, by taking part in the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon on June 3. The actress, who plays Dolores Molloy, was joined by model Tiffany Stanley and Operation Transformation’s Sergeant Mulcahy to call on ladies across Dublin to take part in the race. There is exclusive training sessions by the Sergeant for those who sign up to run or walk in aid of the national charity, which relies on donations for more than 90% of its income. Sign up at


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Ensure you’re insured to deal with life’s problems


THIS week, I will start examining insurance.

Paul Graham, founder of Phlok

Encouraging shoppers to keep shopping local Phlok is a new platform designed to make social media easier and more profitable for local business. Phlok uses incentives to create connections between local businesses and their local community. Paul Graham, founder of Phlok, wants to give local business tools to help regenerate the local high street.

“It’s not enough to say to people that they should shop local, we need to make it worth their while. Phlok solves this problem by providing a platform that rewards consumers for shopping local and ensures that the local business can charge their normal prices for their goods or services.

How long have you been in business?

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

We have been building Phlok for around 18 months, and recently launched after extensive user testing.

What makes your business successful?

Phlok solves a very common problem for local business. Not only do we encourage shop local, spend local we make social media easier and more relevant for local business. Everyone that sees Phlok loves it.

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

We have created a new sector of social commerce. Deal companies and discount apps are basic in that they expect retailers in particular to fund heavy discounts to the consumer and the large profits of the deal company, leaving a massive cost to the business. I think we have all heard of the examples of local businesses having to shut down after running a deal. Phlok provides a method of the consumer getting value, the business selling at a normalised price and Phlok making some money. It’s win-win-win.

How has the recession impacted your business?

Probably it’s because of the recession that we have the opportunity to help. Phlok provides a brilliantly cost-effective way of connecting and trading with the local community.

Phlok is connected into Facebook and that enables our local business customers take advantage of the user population of Facebook without it feeling like an empty room.

What is your ambition for the business?

We have aggressive growth plans to be across Ireland in the next 12 months gaining a critical mass in each town we focus on. After that we have a clear plan and strategy for international expansion.

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

Getting to know the people, and seeing them get benefit from what we are building. I love it when I see the light bulb moment of someone recognising what Phlok can do for them.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Cheesy, but the harder you work, the luckier you become.

What living person do you most admire?

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla cars. He has made electric cars cool and fast, and I love the way he reacts to negative criticism to what he is trying to achieve.

Insurance made simple Life is a dangerous business – and so, insurance was born. Every day, all around us, terrible things are happening. Some of these terrible things happen to possessions (for instance, houses burn down, cars crash, roofs are blown off, holidays are cancelled because of strikes and bicycles are stolen). Some terrible things happen to people (for instance, people fall ill, get hurt in accidents, and die). Obviously, some of the terrible things that can happen are worse than others. Having your bicycle stolen is hardly as serious as breaking a leg, and, generally, nowhere near as bad as dying! Anyway, every terrible thing that happens will have financial consequences; for instance: • If you own something that is lost, damaged or stolen, you will have to spend money to replace it. • If you are ill or have an accident, you may be off work and unable to pay for all your living expenses. • If you die (especially when you have a family), you may leave people behind who were depending on you to support them. The idea of insurance is to make sure that when something terrible happens, money is there to help pay for it. Broadly speaking, insurance divides into: • General insurance – this pays out when something

happens to possessions such as cars, homes, pets, motorbikes, valuables and so forth. It also includes things such as holiday insurance, accident insurance. • Life or health insurance – this pays out when people fall very ill, or die. It is worth remembering how insurance works. In many ways, it is like a savings plan. A group of people who are worried about the same terrible thing happening, say, their houses burning down, decide that they will join forces. Together, they save money and build up a pool of cash. Then, if the worst does happen and one of their houses does burn down, there is money available to pay for re-building. In the beginning, insurance plans were run like clubs. Then business people got involved, and started insurance companies. These insurance companies expect, of course, to make a profit. More soon.  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

event: National Business Expo comes to the RDS

Aiming to help fledgling firms expand and prosper  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

The National Business Expo takes place this weekend in the RDS and is focusing on assisting Dublin and Ireland’s fledgling businesses in expanding their horizons and prospering in their fields. The event, supported by Grant Thornton, Bank of Ireland and Vodafone Ireland, will be making some of Ireland’s best business brains available to give free practical advice to small and medium-sized organisations.

According to organisers, many people with good business ideas have technical backgrounds rather than business ones. The expo will offer entrepreneurs the chance to meet others who have made a success of their ideas and benefit from their experience. Visitors can also learn about finance and see how technology can help get their business to get on the right track. There will also be an opportunity to add skills to a business portfolio by attending Vodafone’s

Smart Start Up Network to learn about ecommerce and social media. Grant Thornton and Bank of Ireland will be giving financial guidance and there will also be opportunities to investigate other important business development areas such as brand and product localisation, overseas marketing and technology. Some of Ireland’s top venture capitalists including Delta Partners, Kernel Capital and Lucey Technology will be available to provide advice on how to attract

investment in business. Chartered management accountant Damien Downes will outline the key corporate models, which can set a company on the road to financial and commercial success. The National Business Expo runs this weekend on March 8, from 1pm until 6pm and on March 9 from 10am until 4pm. You can claim free tickets for the expo by registering online at free-tickets; Otherwise, a daily ticket costs €10.

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Pets can you give Rosco and bessie a new home?

The Imperial Ice Stars, are bringing their unique production of Swan Lake on Ice to Dublin at Bord Gais Energy Theatre

entertainment: Imperial Ice Stars bring unique production to dublin

Olga brings cool grace to Swan Lake  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

The Imperial Ice Stars, are bringing their unique production of Swan Lake on Ice to Dublin for the first time this month. Swan Lake on Ice opens at Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Tuesday, March 5 for a limited run of only eight performances, and is a must for lovers of ice dancing. The artistic director of Swan Lake, Tony Mercer, is widely recognised as the world’s leading creator of theatre-onice and the 26-strong cast members are Olympic, world, European and national championship skaters. Appearing on the Dublin stage fresh from her stint on BBC TV’s Dancing On Ice, leading lady Olga Sharutenko is a former junior world champion from

Russia who has been skating professionally all her life. Olga joined The Imperial Ice Stars in 2004 for their world tour of Sleeping Beauty on Ice and played the lead role of the Lilac Fairy and has played several leading roles since then. Olga spoke to The Gazette about her upcoming Dublin performance in the skating version of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet. “My competitive career finished around 14 years ago and it was difficult to leave figure skating as it is a sport I really loved. The good part was that I’ve had regular work skating ever since. “At the beginning, as a child I always loved dancing and to merge dancing and skating is perfect. My parents always encouraged me and brought me

wherever would stimulate my interest so I joined ballet at around the same time as figure skating, when I was six.” “With figure skating you are bringing dance to the ice and that requires style. You have to be very graceful but the work is also very physical, too. “Figure skating is a very dangerous sport, so much depends on concentration, you have to be attentive to everything you do and this is still true after 20 years of doing it. “Of course, it’s also great fun and I’ve been lucky in that I have never broken anything. I’ve only ever got cuts and bruises.” On the subject of Swan Lake, Olga waxes lyrical as she champions what is, to her, a new art form. “Tony Mercer, the director and pro-

ducer of this show, has brought all the ideas. When he first spoke of his wish to bring such a skating ballet to theatres around the world he was told it was impossible. Yet, he achieved his goal and has successfully brought it to the small stage. “To me, skating is almost an art form in that we create a performance with figure skating which becomes the language with which to tell the story. We have done many famous titles in our own way and recreated great classics with ice. Olga is looking forward to visiting Dublin and was here once before. “I love that part of the world, I can’t wait.” Swan Lake on Ice runs until Saturday, March 9. For more information, log on to

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week this week is, in fact, husband and wife duo Rosco and Bessie who came in to us together. Beautiful Bessie, a fouryear-old female Rottweiler is a wonderful and gentle lady with a loving soul. She is fully aware of her stunning good looks and takes time to maintain her appearance by taking bubble baths and long walks to keep her trim figure. Rosco, also a Rottweiller, is a younger man at two years of age. He is a smart boy and has learnt his ‘sits’ and ‘stays’ and would really love to continue his education by attending training classes. This handsome man is a very big softy at heart and would love to be in a home without kids where he can get lots of love and attention. This gorgeous couple would like to go to their forever home as a pair or individually, to be honest they would just be happy to have their own place to call their very own. If you think you could offer them the loving home they so deserve then please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000.


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LANCY Yellow Jeans, Pepe Jeans €95

LOHRI Designed Jeans, Pepe Jeans €125

CUPID Floral Design Jeans, Pepe Jeans €99


Jeans, jeans and more jeans! If you opened most women’s wardrobes you would find a collection of jeans bundled to one side. But on checking a little closer, you might be surprised to see that most of them are in and around the same colour. There may be dark jeans, light jeans, but by and large they are all just still blue jeans – the safe jean colour.

This week, Gazette Style is looking at adding variety to wardrobes across Dublin by introducing an assortment of colour and prints. We take a look at an old favourite, Pepe Jeans London, to see the great range they have in their spring/ summer 2013 collection. So, whether it’s to go to a rock festival in the middle of summer, or a lunch-date

this spring, consider breaking away from the norm and look to making your jeans that little bit more interesting. Rather than trying to get a statement top, make your jeans the statement this spring/ summer and team it up with a plain tee. From rock-chic styling to boho chic prints, it’s time to make the jean scene a little more versatile.

ELORA Torn Jeans, Pepe Jeans €115

CANDY CANE Grey Jeans, Pepe Jeans €105

BUBBLE YUM Salmon jeans, Pepe Jeans €105


Merumaya – thirty years in the making  laura webb

It’s not easy prising hands away from skincare products that we are so used to using, but sometimes change is good, and there is one new skincare line that is hoping to entice our interest. Merumaya is a new integrative effective skincare range that has been almost three decades in the making by Maleka Dattu. After working with top beauty brands such as Clinique, Origins and Lancome, her understanding of skincare products has grown to help make her dream of creating an affordable and effective skincare product line. The brand use antiaging ingredients that exacerbate adult spot prone skin with antispot treatments but don’t undermine antiageing efforts, it also uses high end potent formulas with accessible pricing. T he brand’s must have is the Iconic Youth Serum. This is a rich gel-serum that leaves skin looking radiant and with a soft velvety finish. This product is applied to a cleansed face and is best used day and night, with a generous amount being used at night to ensure a better feeling the following morning. The RRP price for this product is €43.50. Maleka says this product is the “heartbeat of the brand” and leaves the skin feeling “dewy and radiant”, which


Maleka Dattu

after a few weeks of use I would have to agree. “If you have radiance you look and feel so much better. Feeling young and vibrant radiates confidence,” Maleka comments. Another product in the line is the Melting Cleansing Balm (RRP 18.50). This balm is massaged on to dry skin, then further massage with warm water to make a light milky texture and remove with a warm wet facecloth. The line conveniently has a daily cleansing cloth pack with seven cloths to ensure the use of a fresh one everyday – leaving behind dry scrunched up cloths in sink corners. Using cloths ensures there is cleansing right up to the hairline, under the jaw and into the contours of the face and neck. On using this product, I felt the balm like substance was easy to apply and once washed off with cloth, skin instantly felts silky smooth. This brand feels “effective cleansing is a cornerstone to beautiful and vibrant looking skin”. There is a special double cleanse method to use here. First you remove make-up and grime, and a second use actually helps to clean



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Beauty news Best of Lancome in perfect travel size

Thinking about going on holidays? Then develop the perfect travel size make-up bag for your getaway with a Lancome gift exclusively at House of Fraser at Dundrum Town Centre. From Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 24 get the travel size Lancome essentials when you purchase two or more Lancome products. The complimentary gift is worth €109, and is exclusive to House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre and with the purchase of a third product, you will receive a bonus gift of a full-size Body Royal Nutrix. The Gift Includes Genifique (7ml), Visionnaire (7ml), Hypnose Mascara (5ml), Juicy Tube or L’Absolu Rouge (1.6ml), Galateis Douceur (50ml), Tonique Douceur (50ml), Choice of skincare: Renergie Multi Lift, Renergie Yeux Multi Lift, Renergie Multi Lift Plasma or Hydra Zen Day Cream, Hydra Zen Nuit, Hydra Zen Eye Cream The gift is available while stocks last at House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum


Vichy launches new weapon against spots 3

Merumaya 1. Iconic Youth Serum

3. Youth Preservation


Moisturiser 30ml

2. Daily Cleansing

4. Melting Cleansing


Balm 100ml

the skin – so wave goodbye to make-up stains on towels. Other products in this line include: Intensely Youthful Eye Cream, Yo u t h P r e s e r v a t i o n Moisturiser with SPF15, Luxury Facial Wash, Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel, Pure Radiance Mask, Concentrated Spot Treatment and Confidensual Hand-


wash. When asked about when people should start using anti-ageing skincare products, Maleka said the earlier the better. “Prevention is better than cure… and moisturising with a product with an SPF is a good idea”, this helps discourage signs of ageing. After using some of the products over the

past number of weeks, it’s plain to see why Maleka is proud of her line. So if anyone is thinking of switching products, or trying something new, why not give this line a go and see how your skin can look radiant. Merumaya is available now at Arnotts.

It’s not just an issue that affects teenagers. Adults, too, get spots, pimples and blemishes that usually appear at the worst time, so Vichy Laboratories have introduced a new weapon against spots. The new Normaderm Hyaluspot aims to target spots, well, on the spot! There are so many different reasons why spots can appear, but they are developed through bacteria present on the skin. The more bacteria there are, the easier it is for spots to develop. Think about how many times you might touch your face or spot? When this happens, more bacteria are transferred from hands to skin. This new product is a fast acting targeting spot care with anti-bacterial invisible bandage technology which isolates the imperfection and reduces bacterial contamination. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and encourages the skin’s own natural healing processes. It’s a fresh, nondrying gel that is invisible upon application. Vichy’s Normaderm Hyaluspot is available in pharmacies now for RRP €10.


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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Crucible

PAVILION host a performance by stars of the very near future from the IADT Drama Society. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. March 13, tickets are priced at €15/€13.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Pageant

THERE is pageantry in everything we do. Inspired by life and the extraordinary of the everyday, Pageant celebrates the performer in us all. Dancing to a powerful score with music from Bowie to Ravel, the stellar CoisCéim cast will delight with passion and pathos as they weave an exhilarating journey from choreographic mayhem to military precision. March 7, tickets are priced at €18/€16.

Mill THEATRE 01 296 9340 Guys and Dolls

FOLLOWING a very successful season taking home the Best Chorus award at National AIMS awards for Fiddler on the Roof, Kilmacud Musical Society are back for another exciting year with the fantastic upbeat show Guys and Dolls. Catch the show from March 12 to 16, tickets are priced at €20/€15.

Jennifer Lawrence, Ang Lee and Daniel Day Lewis all claimed big prizes at the Academy Awards

reaction: appraising the winners of this year’s academy awards

Oscar worthy? AND so another movie season ends. Long after the confetti is swept up, the tears of losers (and winners) dried and unused speeches thrown in waste paper baskets, all that’s left to debate is the fairness of the results. The 2013 Oscars were not a surprise in any way; the winners could be seen from a good distance out, but that is the Oscars lot. As the jewel in the Hollywood crown, the Oscars is the last awards show in the season and the momentum that is built up throughout the early months of the year can make the movie industry’s big night feel like something of a foregone conclusion, which is unfair because generally films are considered awards front-runners because the consensus is that they are ver y good, which makes sur-

 Paul Hosford

prises very rare. So, with the shocking snubs of the likes of Expendables 2 and Bullet To The Head out of the way, the usual Oscar suspects made their way to the podium last Sunday. Of the big winners, there were few collecting a first statuette and of those, both Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway had been nominated previously. Argo (right) collected the Best Picture award, with producer Ben Affleck taking his second award, George Clooney collected his second award on his eighth nomination, while Grant Hes-

lov took his first award on his second nomination. Ang Lee, taking his second Best Director prize, was possibly the night’s biggest surprise, his Life of Pi is a wondrous creation, but better than Spielberg’s Lincoln? Just no. Lee’s nod seemed fitting in the category, given that Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow wer both snubbed from the nominees. While there can be no arguing that Lee did a fantastic job adapting Yann Martel’s book, Affleck’s work on Argo deserved at least a nomination and the Academy needs to get over whatever grudge Spielberg engendered in them (Munich losing out to Lee’s Brokeback Mountain in particular). Affleck being left out of the directing nominations may have given Argo a boost as Academy voters looked to redress the balance somewhat,

but whatever their motivation, they arrived at the correct conclusion. The film is expertly told and is, all round, better than its competitors. In the acting categories, both Cristoph Waltz, taking his second Supporting Actor Award in four years, and Anne Hathaway took awards without any serious competition, with only perennial nominee Amy Adams really a challenger. In the Best Actress cat-

egory, Jennifer Lawrence deservedly triumphed, but Jessica Chastain can rightly wonder what more she could have done, such is her performance in Zero Dark Thirty. Ireland’s own (kind of) Daniel Day Lewis took his third gold man for his peerless performance in Lincoln. So, while there were few sur prises, there rarely are. And that’s fine because that’s not what the Oscars are about.

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The return (and reboot) of a legend ... LONG seen as another gaming franchise that had gone off the boil, or jumped the shark, or otherwise completely lost track of what made it a hit to begin with (yes, yes, sit down, Resident Evil), Tomb Raider has returned to shops now with a desperately-needed reboot. Rather cheaply marketed too often on the basis of its “sultry” lead character (rather than, y’know, on the actual game), the globe-trotting adventures of rich archaeologist Lara Croft floundered in the past decade, as the likes of Nathan Drake (in the hit PlayStation Uncharted franchise) bounded into the limelight and easily stole her crown. Bar a couple of competently made smallerscale games, Tomb Raider seemed to be so over ... Following the recent trend of cinema “reimag-


inings”, Tomb Raider has been redesigned, working in a number of currently popular gaming themes to create a game that feels more, well, relevant, while also feeling fresher, too. Gone is the cool and collected Croft of old, replaced with a young and rich Lara, embarking upon her first archaeological adventure. However, it’s not long before Lara, and friends, are marooned on a mysterious island – a place littered with wrecks and hulls from throughout the ages, with a mish-mash of pan-Asian/Oceanic civilisations represented on the island – not to men-

tion plenty of dangerous locals, not keen to have what Enid Blyton might have called “meddling kids” running about. Actually, that makes it sound as though Lara’s free to roam around, and happy enough to – but this is where the “reboot” comes to the fore, as her character is explored, rather than just her abilities. At the start of the game, Lara – via narration, character interactions and cutscenes – is presented as a frightened young woman (as, indeed, pretty much anybody would be, shipwrecked and in danger on a lost island full of thugs). However, as the game progresses, Lara’s character changes, as she adapts to the island’s challenges and locals, pushed to her physical and mental limits – and then overcoming them, to triumph against

ACTUALLY, I’m just joking as, despite all the

A FIRST LOOK hoopla over the past couple of weeks following the initial “reveal” of the new console, AT THE NEW nobody, err, actually knows what it looks like. Sony certainly created acres of media coverage it revealed lots of details PLAYSTATION about thewhen PS4, but apart from showing the controller (not exactly a radically dif4 CONSOLE next ferent design, let’s put it that way), the



company doesn’t as yet have a finished console design to show. While, of course, there are lots of impressive facts and figures about the new console – I hear it’ll make you cups of tea, an’ all – what seems most interesting is how the internal architecture has been reworked, to make it easier to design for. This should mean even more incredible titles to play ...


Plug is pulled on a 10-year-old gaming website THE chill winds of the recession continue to swirl around, with online media platforms feeling their icy pinch just as much as their hard-copy counterparts. This being so, is the latest such domino to tumble, as the long-standing gaming website has been shut – oh, it’s still running, and still has a number of features yet to be uploaded, but the site is effectively now shut, and locked into an irreversible death spiral, as its parent company has chosen it, and a number of other sites, to be closed, preferring to divert assets elsewhere. While many readers won’t have heard of before, it belongs (belonged?) to a cadre of games websites that offer (or offered, in its case) a pretty diverse range of content, covering everything from the the art of creativity within games, key industry movers and shakers, retro reviews of long-lost classics, insight into key titles, reviews and previews and so on, giving them a wide-ranging scope. In a world where gaming gets scant coverage in mainstream print media – if at all – the fact that it’s now game over for is something to regret ...

In her new guise (above), the initially timid yet determined Lara Croft is far from the confident (and blockier) Lara seen in her 1996 debut (below)

the relentless adversity she faces, realising that she has inner strengths. As such, Tomb Raider almost presents the game as an exploration of Lara’s character as much as of the physical landscape of the island itself, stripping away the casually blase confidence of old to create, as our Hollywood friends would say, “a more relatable character”. As Lara explores the island, desperately attempting to engineer both a rescue, and survival, for her and her friends, she gradually learns or unlocks new abilities, gradually empowering her to access previously locked-off areas of the island, and thus undertake or complete various missions. While

not quite a truly open sandbox to explore, it’s an interesting and modernenough nod at accessibility, further removing her from her strictly levelbased exploits of old. And what of tomb raiding? Well, there is some, though not as much as some fans may wish for, while puzzles, too, aren’t exactly the most taxing to undertake. However, while being another title for mature gamers – Little Jimmy doesn’t really need to be playing games where young women face menacing male thugs, after all – the multi-platform title is a welcome return to form. With such a confident and decent step back into the gaming world, it’ll be interesting to see Lara’s next adventure ...



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Citroen: The current C3 gets a very pleasant restyle


Peugeot gives a preview of what the future holds

Peugeot’s 31-vehicle display at the Geneva Motor Show this week includes the world-premier of the new Peugeot 2008 Crossover, the groundbreaking Peugeot 2008 HYbrid Air, a concept Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE, the new 208 Gti and XY models, the new-look RCZ and the award-winning concept Onyx. Taking centre stage will be the all-new Peugeot 2008. This practical, versatile vehicle is testament to Peugeot’s strategy of developing its crossover range and attracting new customers. A truly global car, it’s the first vehicle produced by the Marque which has been designed, developed and engineered simultaneously by employees based in Europe, China and Latin America. The 2008 brings together the expertise and experience of two acclaimed Peugeot vehicles; it blends the success and design of the award-winning 3008 crossover with all the features, performance and state-of-theart engines of the new


compact 208 supermini. The result is an innovative new vehicle for the B-segment. With a characterful on-the-road presence and high levels of comfort and quality, the 2008 is intended for young city-dwellers who love the urban environment but who also enjoy escaping from it at every opportunity. Power comes from the latest generation of low fuel consumption Peugeot engines. With e-HDi diesel and threecylinder petrol technology, Peugeot’s urban crossover stands out from the competition thanks to CO2 emissions starting at just 98g/km. The ground-breaking 2008 HYbrid Air model combines tried and tested systems from Peugeot’s new generation of threecylinder petrol engines with compressed air technology. The compressed air system will assist, or even take the place of, the petrol engine during the phases which consume the most energy, i.e. acceleration and moving off.

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Picasso perfectly at home in the city or on motorway n Cormac Curtis

It’s always a battle when you are looking for a car that will fit the bill for family life and at the same time not look like little more than a box on wheels. Citroen gave the family MPV a real run for its money when they introduced the Zsara Picasso in 1999, and it has been through more than a few makeovers since, each time refining the design making it that bit more appealing. The current C3 Picasso has been given a very pleasant restyle and went on sale last month. It may be far less streamlined in appearance than the original Zsara Picasso, but it has an unmistakable, beefy, muscular character all of its own as a result. On the outside, new styling features include a revised front bumper and the latest Citroen chevrons; together with the addition of LED daytime running lights for a fresh new look as standard on VTR+ models. Two new body colours have also been introduced; Ink Blue and Pearlescent White. Inside, not only does the spacious cabin offer an exceptional view of the road, it has also been updated with a sophisticated new trim called Mistral Mixou cloth, which is specified as standard on all VTR+ models. An electro-chrome rear view mirror is now included in C3 Picasso’s Automatic Pack option at no extra charge and the new-look C3 Picas-

The Picasso’s spacious cabin offer an exceptional view of the road

so comes with new 16” Blade alloy wheels as standard on VTR+ versions. The version of the car I tested was the Special Edition C3 Picasso CODE, which comes with an array of additional equipment; including striking black or white Clover 17” alloy wheels, a stunning panoramic sunroof, chrome door mirrors and roof bars; all for a step-up cost of just €500. I must admit, if I was financing a C3 Picasso over a few years, this would be a very sensible option pack – especially considering the car already comes with Bluetooth, cruise control with speed limit, LED daytime running lights and air conditioning as standard. In terms of space and size, the car measures just 4.08m long, with an

innovative design that creates one of the biggest cabin lengths in its class – at 1.6m long, it is a rival for some MPVs in the segment above. And, access to the C3 Picasso cabin is made easy with straighter and more rectangular doors, which, thanks to the long wheelbase, don’t intrude on the rear wheel arches, thus creating a larger opening for rear passengers to enter/exit. The functional design of the C3 Picasso achieves one of the best ratios of internal space to external size of any vehicle in its class, delivering impressive standards of adaptability, space and convenience together with surprisingly good visibility. Just a few inches longer than an average supermini, the C3 Picasso offers class-leading passenger space and a 500-litre

boot, one of the biggest in the sector. In developing the C3 Picasso, Citroen laid down demanding quality and reliability standards. Other key aspects of the design process were to ensure that the C3 delivered a smooth and comfortable ride, together with high standards of handling and road holding. In the metal, the C3

Picasso delivers these design objectives with high standards of fit and finish, as well as providing responsive yet comfortable on-road performance. This ensures that it is as much at home in the city as on the motorway. Whatever, the road, the C3 Picasso’s driver benefits from the vehicle’s compact dimensions and exceptional visibility.

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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

interVIEW: Paddy casey muses on his career and future

A not so secret life PADDY Casey has been around the music industry for quite a lot longer that his looks would suggest. He laughs in mock horror when you remind him of this fact, but his experience has made him something of an odd beast in the Irish music scene; a refreshingly honest, uniquely driven perfectionist. He continues to pack venues around the country, attracting a mixture of die-hard fans and newly-won converts. Having released his fourth studio album The Secret Life Of... in November, Casey will take to the stage in The Queens in Dalkey on March 8 and says that the reaction to the new album has been positive so far.

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“It hasn’t sold a million copies or anything, but the reaction has been good so far. “People who have picked up the album have been positive about it. “It’s only got a couple of bad reviews, and I know I shouldn’t, but I’m too curious to not read them. “You have to remember to tell yourself that it’s just an opinion, but if it pops up online, I end up clicking on it!” The album is a return to a method of record-

ing that Casey is comfortable with, the bulk of the work being done in his kitchen. It is a departure from Casey’s last effort, Addicted To Company. That effort was done in a studio in Los Angeles and resulted in Casey’s most polished effort yet. Back in the kitchen, each song on The Secret Life Of... was recorded on the day it was written. “I had a definite plan when we started. “My friends say I have demo-itis apparently. I like the demo of a song more than the recorded versions. “I really wanted to make each song on the day it was written, to capture something. “I preferred this to any

other record I’ve made. “The songs came when they came, as opposed to trying to hash it out. “I don’t think I dislike any songs on the album. “It’s weird, I don’t really like or love any songs; I like what they represent. “It’s fairly honest and a lot of stuff that is on it is first takes. “I wanted it to be direct. “I think I love the way it was made and what it stands for.” Picking singles as a singer is an unenviable task, one that Casey says he has handed off to others. “I let other people pick out the singles, I’m [crap] at picking singles. “I would never have put out Saints and Sin-

ners (his biggest single). “I go for songs which I’m happiest with. “For me, the chorus isn’t as important as the verse. “I realise that’s not the way that people say to write songs, but it makes me happy.” As a veteran of the Irish music scene, Paddy says that he has seen a big change in the industry year on year. “The music is better now, there’s a lot of great bands. “Irish bands are a lot more eclectic and interesting. “The only problem is that there’s nowhere to play and no money being made.” Paddy Casey plays The Queens, Dalkey on March 8, tickets are priced at €17.

He’s sold millions of albums and is hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, so you might forgive Slash for doing the whole rock star bit by swaggering about the stage, playing guitar over his head and chugging booze in front of the crowd. But none of that went on at The Olympia Theatre last weekend. Slash strolled on stage with an unassuming demeanour that stayed with him for the evening, despite an introduction from Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen (who proceeded to hyper-enthusiastically bounce along to the gig from one of the theatre’s boxes). Slash appeared like he’d just stepped out of a poster from the 1980s: his trademark top hat covering his mane of black curly hair, dark glasses, jeans and black Converse runners - and he tore straight into it. The hat and glasses never came off, so the only clues to his ferocious hard work and stamina were his lightning fingers on guitar and the constant pouring of sweat from his face, drenching his black t-shirt (and possibly those in the front row, too). There were four others on stage with the main man- note-perfect vocalist Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist and guitarist Todd Kerns and Frank Sidoris. Tracks from Slash’s last album Apocalyptic Love mixed with Guns N’ Roses’ classics meant his fans were loving every minute, with Paradise City getting the biggest reaction of the night. And those on stage were loving it, too. At one point, Myles Kennedy could clearly be seen shouting to Slash: “Oh man, this is one f****** crowd!” And Slash agreed, one of the few times he directly addressed the crowd, was to tell us how awesome we were. Tweeting after the show, @Slash said how great it was to be back in Dublin, thanking the crowd for a great night. You’re welcome, Slash, now come back soon.

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OUT&ABOUT fast TRAVEL Wet the oul shamrock your way on Patrick’s Day holiday: painting the town, or city, green

One million Irish have flown with Etihad

ETIHAD Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has passed a major milestone after flying the one millionth passenger on its Dublin route. The airline launched its services from Dublin in 2007, and since then the Irish capital has frequently featured in its top 10 most popular routes. The flights have also helped enhance commercial and cultural ties between Ireland and the UAE. The one millionth passenger, Alacoque O’Connor, from Athlone, Co Roscommon, was randomly chosen from flight EY42 last week, and was presented with a prize of two Pearl Business Class return flights and four nights’ accommodation in Abu Dhabi, as well as corporate tickets to the Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship final. The landmark comes as Etihad prepares to boost capacity in the Irish market with the introduction of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on six of its 10 weekly return flights from July. For more information or to book your flights with Etihad, visit www.

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Being Irish is something that is celebrated almost every day of the year but with the arrival of St Patrick’s Day, it is one excuse for the world to really paint its towns and cities green.

Whether you’re tempted to celebrate all things Irish in the Big Apple, enjoy a not-so-typical pint of Guinness on a Spanish city break or fancy making the most of the emerald isle and all it has to offer, there are plenty of special offers and shenanigans to choose from this month.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations are considered serious business in New York City.

Go Hop abroad for Paddy

The grass is greener here in Ireland WHERE better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and all that is green than the land of the man who started it all? With the biggest parade in the country taking place in Dublin, and various parades marching through towns across Ireland, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a getaway this Paddy’s Day weekend, without leaving our own shores. Spend St Patrick’s weekend on the banks of the River Shannon at the very heart of Ireland by staying at the waterfront Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone. From just €139 per person sharing, enjoy two nights’ accommodation, a super-buffet breakfast each

morning and a delicious dinner at Element’s Restaurant on the evening of your choice. Explore the town and revel in the St Patrick’s Festival before chilling out with a drink at the Quayside Bar and Lounge. For more information, visit www. or call 090 6442600. Visit the five star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork this St Patrick’s weekend from March 15-18 and enjoy two nights accommodation at one of Ireland’s largest bedrooms (535sq ft), breakfast each morning as well as dinner on the night of your choice in the two AA Rosette award-winning Bell Tower restaurant, followed

by a warming Irish Coffee at the hotel’s Knights Bar. Available from €195 per night. See or call 021 4219000. If you fancy getting away from the parades and festivities, perhaps a relaxing break at Fota Island Resort could be just the green ticket. Visit the Cork resort and enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast and a three-course meal at Fota Restaurant. Enjoy some Irish entertainment in the Amber Lounge and enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness or a Jameson as part of the package. Prices start from €219 per room per night. Visit www.

JETTING away from the Emerald Isle to celebrate St Patrick’s Day abroad is certainly one way to spread the Irish joy, and this year have a number of offers to help you on your merry way. Travel on March 14 and spend seven nights in Budapest with from just €171 per person, including return flights from Dublin and accommodation at the three-star Hotel Lisa. Travel on March 16 and spend five nights in Venice from just €180 per person,

or travel to Alicante on March 16 and stay seven nights from only €315 per person. Prices include return flights from Dublin, taxes and charges, and are based on two adults. Depart Dublin on March 15 and enjoy a three-night stay in Istanbul from just €388 per person. Prices include return flights, three nights’ accommodation at the three-star Grand Ons Hotel, taxes and charges. For more St Patrick’s Day deals, visit St-Patricks-Day.

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Bring the Irish craic with you to Europe Barcelona VISIT Barcelona and take part in the Paddy’s Day festivities with Travel Department. Depart Dublin on March 16 with Aer Lingus, and spend four nights at the four star Hotel Front Maritim. See the famous sights of the city on a half day guided tour, taking in the Sagrada Familia Church, Guell Park and Montjuic Viewing Point. While there will be plenty of free time to go down the main shopping street Las Ramblas, be sure to enjoy the many St Patrick’s Day festivities taking place. Priced at € 459 per person sharing. To book, visit www. or

call 01 6371600.

Flexibletrips WHY not travel across the pond this March and celebrate with a break from Flexibletrips in Berlin, Amsterdam or Malaga starting from €149 per person sharing. Visit Nerja on the Costa del Sol, where two nights at the three star Al Andalus Hotel

can be enjoyed for just €344 per person, with flights to Malaga on a room-only basis. Or pop over to Berlin, where nightlife is at the heart of its popular scene. Stay at the threestar Winters Hotel for €336 per person sharing including flights. Call the Flexibletrips team in Dublin on (01) 514 0308, or log onto

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Fun in Big Green Apple WHEN it comes to St Patrick’s Day, the celebration is considered serious business in New York City. Everyone who is anyone has a drop of green blood in their veins, even just for one day, and the Paddy’s Day parade in the Big Apple is one popular occasion. Over 150,000 people march in the parade every year, which has been held annually since 1762, so heading stateside this St Patrick’s Day could be the ideal way to celebrate your heritage with a little difference. For something extra to do, head to the Irish Art Centre on 51st Street on March 15 and catch an evening performance of the Celtic Appalachia II, a folk band offering a roofraising collection of Celtic and Appalachian mountain music. The centre also offers Irish language lessons and will be running an Irish language day Feile na Gaeilge on April 14, as well as literature workshops, song and more. Entry is $30 (roughly €23) per adult. For those with an interest in film, the Craic Festival Series (presented by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey) kicks off on March 6. It’s a three-day event that takes place at the Tribeca Cinemas on 54 Varick Street, which celebrates the newest generation of Irish filmmakers. Highlights include the opening night film Broken starring Cillian Murphy and the US premier of Gentlemen Prizefighter, narrated

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by Liam Neeson. To follow your cultural adventures, there’s always a good Irish bar around the corner for a comforting beverage. One of NewYork’s finest and most historic offerings is McSorley’s Old Ale House on 7th Street. Established in 1864, it’s NYC’s oldest continuously operated saloon with leaders and schemers including Abe Lincoln, John Lennon and a host of well known civil rights and union movement activists having passed through its doors. Think sawdust strewn floors and history patched walls, it wasn’t until the 1970s that women were even allowed to enter!

Where to stay? Just one block away from the main parade

route lies The Hotel @ Times Square, a trendy boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan. Located just a few blocks away from the Irish Art Centre and a short subway ride from the Tribeca Cinemas, the hotel offers complimentary continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and phone calls nationwide. Children aged 12 and under stay for free, while prices for The Hotel @ Times Square in March start from $204.99 per room (approx €77 per person, per night) while prices in April start from $234.99 per room (approx €89 per person, per night). For more information or to book, visit or call +44 808 178 6363. Flights and accommodation taxes excluded. Alternatively, why not travel to NYC with Travel Department and spend four nights in Manhattan? Depart March 14 from Dublin and travel to New York JFK with Aer Lingus. Transfer on arrival to the three-star Skyline Hotel, situated on 10th Avenue and 49th Street, is included with four nights’ B&B. Enjoy a half-day guided tour of the city with all the main sights as well as free time to enjoy all the Paddy’s Day festivities in the big city. Priced at €1,229 per person sharing, including tax. See or call 01 6371600.


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Gazette Sport running with you and the stars in 2013 Dublin Gazette Newspapers is delighted to announce that we have teamed up again this year with the SPAR Great Ireland Run to recognise runners in each of our papers’ local areas. The Gazette will recognise the fastest man and woman from each paper’s circulation area with a specially designed plaque as well as prizes of sports gear. After the run, we will also be publishing a results list of the top local male and female finishers. The SPAR Great Ireland Run 2013 will take place in the Phoenix Park on

Sunday, April 14, at 1 pm. This year’s run will more than ever be about enjoying a full family running day as a mini run for five- to eight-year-olds over a one mile lap has been added to the programme alongside a junior run for nine to 15 year olds over 2.5km. The Mini Run and Junior Run will precede the main event and an adult can run / walk alongside each child in the mini run if they wish. Up to 12,000 entries are expected and every adult entrant will receive an exclusive technical T shirt as well as a medal

and a generous goody bag after completing the run. A star-studded field of international and national distance runners will compete on the day, including all the members of Ireland’s European Cross Country Championship winning team, led by Fionnuala Britton. Last year’s event was won in a stunning course record time of 27 minutes 49 seconds by multiple Olympic gold medallist Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. The women’s champion was Gemma Steel of Great Britain in 32 minutes 6 seconds.

The 2013 run will once again incorporate the Irish 10k road championships and will feature most of Ireland’s top distance runners. Participants are being encouraged to raise funds for good causes and the event’s nominated charities are the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and SPAR’s charity partner, the 3Ts – Turn The Tide of Suicide. The Baby Max Wings of Love Fund is the nominated charity for the junior run and mini run. Entries can be made online at www.

THE GAA became the country’s first sporting organisation to launch a national anti-bullying campaign with the unveiling of the GAA Tackling Bullying programme last week. The programme consists of a two-hour training workshop suitable for coaches, parents, players and other club personnel and also includes a range of publicity materials for clubs. The programme may be run alongside other educational and or community anti-bullying initiatives. The GAA will upskill and train 50 child welfare tutors to equip them to deliver the workshops at club level in 2013.

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THE second month saw a mixed bag of fortunes for Dublin sport. As some dreams came to an end, others came true for the first time in over a century, and some happened for the first time ever. We bade farewell to Kenny Egan, a true gentleman and inspirational figure in the world of boxing, while Castleknock saw their All-Ireland dream snuffed out at the semi-final stage, though there is little doubt they will be there again before too long. Meanwhile, Ireland’s amazing women rugby players claimed their first ever Triple Crown by defeating the home nations in this year’s Six Nations campaign, and Wesley College ended 115 years of hurt by taking home their first cup silverware. And two Dublin 15 men made their marks on their respective sports: James McGee helped Ireland to a deserved David Cup win over Estonia, while Bernard Brogan was firing on all cylinders for Dublin. Hold on, it’s going to be another epic year...


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THE high-flying Castleknock man has been soaring since the start of 2013, helping Ireland to a Davis Cup win over Estonia and reaching his highest-ever world ranking, claiming a place inside the top 300 in the world on the back of his strong performances.

HEROES are born, and the Clondalkin fighter went out a hero in the National Stadium when he announced his retirement from the ring after being defeated by Joe Ward as he attempted to claim his 11th Irish national title this month.

St Oliver Plunkett’s marksman and Dublin legend Bernard Brogan once again staked his claim for 2013 greatness with a pair of first class county performances this month that manager Pat Gilroy described as “exceptional”

castleknock junior football

wesley college

ireland women’s rugby

A DREAM almost came true for the rising stars of Dublin GAA when Castleknock’s junior footballers reached the semi-final of the AllIreland competition, only to be pipped by Kenmare at Croke Park - it was an impressive campaign throughout.

Wesley College broke a 115-year hoodoo this month when they claimed their first cup win in that time, winning the Leinster Schools Vinny Murray Cup against St Gerard’s of Bray in an epic and tight-fought final at Anglesea Road.

THE senior women of Irish rugby, which features an array of local talent, claimed their biggest ever prize to date when they defeated Scotland to take the 6 Nations Triple Crown. They still have to face France and Italy for a glorious Grand Slam.


Questions raised again on Dublin GAA being split 

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan in action for the county

It would seem that talk of splitting Dublin into two intercounty squads has been floated again after the minors secured the Leinster League title last Saturday. The county’s dominance in the minor and U-21 sections, first winning the minor title under current senior manager Jim Gavin in 2002, as well as the senior team’s stronghold on the Leinster provincial title, winning eight of the last 10 competitions, has lit a fire under the

topic again. Speaking at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin’s Point Village last week, at the announcement that the venue is to be the official hotel to the Dublin senior football team for the next three years, Gavin weighed in on the issue. “I know it has come up in the past. The idea appeared in a report a number of years ago and was quashed,” said the Dubs boss. “One All-Ireland title in 17 years speaks volumes for the dominance of the Dublin senior football team, or lack of.

“I don’t think when Kerry were dominant in the 2000s or Kilkenny and Cork were dominant in hurling that there was any talk of splitting those counties into two. “So I’m not surprised to hear it, but I just think you have to look at the pure stats of even how many All-Ireland finals we have competed in. Mayo have competed in more in the last few years. “At underage level, Dublin have been dominant, but only in the last few years.” GAA president Liam O’Neill

has claimed he was against the idea of splitting up the Dublin panel unless it was requested by the county themselves. “At underage level Dublin might feel it is of more benefit to field more than one team,” said O’Neill. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not something that’s going to be forced on them. “ I certainly have no appetite for it. If Dublin feel at underage level that it’s going to be of benefit to them I am sure that Leinster Council would be more than willing to accommodate them.”

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Lyons roars ahead of Sports Awards

Johnny Lyons has been a stalwart reporter of Dublin sport on 98fm since his debut on the station in 1996, and is getting set to compere this weekend’s Dublin Sport Awards The world of sports journalism is filled with unique voices who make it the most exciting form of the craft. From Howard Cosell to Micheal O’Muircheartaigh, from Bill McLaren to Peter Alliss, the unmistakable tones of the best in the business bring whatever they are reporting on to life in a colourful and involving way. In Dublin radio, there are a number of star voices, but few are as vivid and lively as 98fm’s Johnny Lyons. The station’s bold as brass sports editor and presenter of the perennial Now That’s What I Call Sport show each Sunday morning has been a vocal advocate of sport in Dublin thoughout the

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years, and is set to help reward the very best in the county when the Red Cow Hotel hosts Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ fourth annual Dublin Sports Awards this week, where Johnny will be the master of ceremonies. Speaking to Gazette Sport last week, Johnny spoke about the reasons he loves his job and how he came to be where he is today. “In my opinion, you’re born a journalist,” said Lyons. “I don’t know what brought me into

sports journalism, but I’ve always written. “In terms of what got me into sport journalism – I suppose I couldn’t do anything else,” he laughed. “In university I was the editor of the Sports Tribune at UCD. I’ve always written about sport because, along with music, those are my passions.” Johnny was a freelance journalist with Hot Press and a number of national papers, writing about soccer, when his big break came, almost by accident. “Everyone else was telling me to get into radio, saying I had the voice, but I was the last one to hear it. Eventually, a friend of mine dropped a demo into 98FM. I didn’t actually

The big smile of Johnny Lyons, who will compere this year’s Dublin Sports Awards

know at the time that they were looking for a sports journalist, but then I got a call from Aidan Cooney. “Talking on the microphone is the most natural thing in the world to me, I’ve never felt nervous, I knew I could do it, and I

“The interview with John Hartson was special to me because it wasn’t so much about sport as it was about his battle with cancer. I like to think I have a lot of empathy for people and I can get into their heads so to speak, in a nice way,


‘I think it’s great that the big professionals and the local heroes will be together at the Dublin Sports Awards’ - Johnny Lyons


knew that we’re all given a gift, and mine was the Queen’s English.” Johnny’s personal, conversational style has managed to bring out the best and the most intimate in his interview subjects, something that he prides himself on. “I really like to find out a lot about the people who I’m interviewing like what makes them tick, what makes them get up in the morning and all the things that make them so special. “I always like to think that sports aren’t just about facts and statistics and if you weren’t necessarily a fan of sport you could still listen to my show.” That style and approach led to one of Johnny’s highlights of his journalistic career.

to get them to talk. “It’s not often that I engage in a conversation with a man and by the end of it the two of us are nearly in tears but that was what happened in that case, it was a very emotional interview. “I would like to think it was the highlight of my professional career.” Asked about the Dublin Sport Awards, Johnny was clear about his reasons for being excited about being the compere of the event this year. “It’s absolutely great to get the big professionals together with the local heroes at the Dublin Sports Awards. The main problem with a lot of sports ceremonies is that the minority sports aren’t really catered for, so this is something special.”


Community Games calling on locals to join up for 2013 A hectic season is about to get under way as the Dublin Community Games summer activities take centre stage, and the organisers are looking for people to get involved today in the 2013 activities. With a number of changes coming into effect this year, Community Games is no longer just a summer thing or just “a weekend in August in Mosney”. Activities now begin in early January, and area, county, provincial and national events run until the end of August when the national finals will be held in the state-of-the-art facilities in Athlone Institute of Technology. Talking to Gazette Sport last week, a spokesperson for the Games said: “If your area isn’t currently active in Community Games, call our office to get set up.” For more information on how to get involved, contact the Dublin office on 01 872 8203 or, for regular updates, log on to, or follow on Facebook or Twitter.


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rugby: derby sees wesley prevail against de la salle palmerston

UCD and Old Belvedere trio Nora Stapleton, Ailis Egan and Marie Louise Reilly will be eyeing Ireland’s Six Nations tie with France this weekend, hoping that the historic Triple Crown winning team can push on toward Grand Slam success. Speaking to Gazette Sport earlier this week, Ireland captain Fiona Coughlan said: “The Grand Slam hasn’t even been mentioned. We’re taking this tournament game by game and that’s how we’re going to approach the French game. we know we can beat them, it’s just a matter of fronting up and playing our game.”

ALL-Ireland league

Local ladies set for France tie

Pink power serves Wes well Old Wesley DLSP 

18 11

The Old Wesley players may have worn pink socks for charity but they did not show any charity to their Dublin opponents in this tight encounter at Donnybrook. DLSP looked the hungrier in the early encounters, understandable for a club sitting at the bottom of the league. They struck early with two penalty goals to take a 6-0 lead. The visitors consolidated their lead after winning turnover possession, swinging the ball out to the opposite wing to score

the first try of the match. It took 30 minutes for the home side to get a scoring opportunity when they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts on the 22, and the kick was easily converted by Barry McLoughlin. Five minutes before half time, a break by Rory Stynes brought play up to the opposition 22. From the tackle, the ball was fed to McLoughlin who twinkled-toed his way through a gap passing to John Carroll, who had a clear run in for Wesley’s first try in the corner. Ten minutes into the second period, Stynes struck again with a wonderful break from his own

half. This time, he found Large, who showed great pace to score under the posts. McLoughlin converted and, for the first time, Old Wesley were in the lead, 15-11. However, DLSP mounted some strong attacks, but were denied due to handling errors. But Old Wesley were now playing with more purpose and displaying some sturdy defence, none more so than Darren Horan who delivered a celebrated try-saving tackle. With 20 minutes to go, Old Wesley were awarded a penalty just three yards inside the opposition half. A little to the surprise of

the home supporters McLoughlin stepped up to kick for goal, but he struck the ball perfectly, extending the Old Wesley lead to 18-11. The Kilternan men continued to mount assault after assault but again were frustrated by

handling errors and some poor decision making. With five minutes to go their physical pack drove over but Colin Wallace did just enough to prevent them from grounding the ball. When the final whistle went it was greeted by

Old Wesley not with elation but with relief. On the day they may have had a touch of good fortune on their side but will be much relieved to get a win after a number of disappointing results. The win moves Old Wesley up to ninth in the league.

Old Wesley pass the test against De La Salle Palmerston at Donnybrook

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Locals line out as Dublin claim Div 1 win  

Dublin fielded a host of local talent when Kilmacud Crokes’ Cian O’Sullivan and Rory O’Carroll, Ballyboden St Enda’s Declan O’Mahony and Darragh Nelson, along with Balinteer St John’s Nicky Devereux, were all in action against Mayo in

last Saturday night’s division one clash in Croke Park. Bernard Brogan did the majority of the damage, scoring 1-10 of the Dubs’ 2-14 tally. It was the first time the Dubs had played the Maritime County since their semi-final exit in last year’s championship, and the intensity was evi-

dent from Ger Brennan’s sending off with 30 minutes left on the clock. Mayo levelled the scoring shortly afterwards from a Jason Doherty free, and then the West took two more scores to put themselves out in front before Dublin rallied and scored 1-4 unanswered to take the momentum back.

A goal from Kevin McManamon and further points from Brogan and Paddy Andrews saw Jim Gavin’s side over the line to claim their third victory in as many matches in the Allianz Football League Their next challenge c o m e s t h i s S u n d ay against fellow highflyers, Kildare.

football: former crokes man back with boden

Club Noticeboard Cuala It ma y not have been what the

ours at the weekend. Next up in

founding grandees of the GAA had

the Development League is a trip to

in mind 131 years ago but what a

Oliver Plunkett’s next weekend.

night the club put on Saturda y

There was a fine performance

when the twists, flicks and kicks of

from the U-12 girls footballers on

Not Strictly Dancing took over the

Sunday with a good win over Na

Cuala Hall.

Fianna at Collinstown.

Well done to the winner on the

Great result for the U-13A foot-

night Blathnaid ní Cofaigh and all

ballers who won 4-07 to 3-09 in a

the participants who have trained

rescheduled grading league match

as hard as any championship team

against Kilmacud on Sunday, that

over recent months and produced

after another single point win over

p e r for m a nce s to b e pr oud of.

Lucan in their first outing in the

Thanks to all those who sponsored

hurling league 24 hours before.

or supported in any way what was

Well done also to the U-14 hurlers

a great evening and very much at

who pulled out a top drawer league

the heart of the Cuala catchphrase

win over St Vincent’s on Saturday.

that we are as much a way of life as

Hard luck to the U-15A hurlers

a club. You really must check out

who held reigning champions, Bal-

the pictures on the website.

lyboden, for 40 minutes on their

Well done to the minor footballers A team who carved out a tight

first outing back in Division One but were overcome in the end. The adult hurlers have a club quiz

0-10 to 1-04 win over St Sylvester’s in Division One of the league.

night on Saturday, March 9. €40

Well done also to our minor cam-

for a table of four, 100 questions

ogie team who played their first

on every topic you can imagine and

match at this grade in club col-

plenty of fun as well.

foxrock cabinteely We had five juvenile girls in action

blitzed by Cork in the national

at the weekend pla ying for the

league down in Fermoy.

Dubs. Both teams will be expecting no quarter to be given as Ballyboden prepare for their return to Silverpark

No nostalgia for Deegan on return  peter carroll

C o n or D e e g a n , a 10-year veteran at Kilmacud Crokes as a player, is looking forward to taking his Ballyboden St Enda’s side to Silverpark this Sunday and insists he has no problem in facing his former club. “I wouldn’t give it a second thought,” said the Ballyboden manager. “I coached about three-quarters of the side that we’ll be playing at one stage or another, I know them very well. “My past with Kilmacud will make no differ-

ence at all in the lead up and preparation for the match and we’ll be looking for the win as usual.” Coming off a big win against All Ireland finalists Bally mun K ickhams in their opening AFL 1 fixture, Deegan believes his side have a lot of confidence and acknowledged that the amount of players in inter county action from the Kilmacud ranks will do them no favours at the weekend. “It was a good time to play Ballymun, they’ll be focusing mostly on the All-Ireland final at the

moment, but they still played eight or nine of their starting line up. “We played well and we got a decent scoring return on the day and the lads will take a lot of confidence from that. “There were two of our team playing for Dublin at the weekend, Declan O’Mahony and Darragh Nelson, and Michael Darragh MacAuley would have been playing too had he not been suspended. “Hopefully they’ll be available at the weekend, but you’d have to think Kilmacud will be under pressure for bod-

ies with the numbers they have in the county panels,” said the ’Boden boss. Deegan stressed the importance of challenging the top teams early on to gain confidence and momentum for the championship later in the season. “This and the Ballymun match should show us where we stand – but we’re one of the premier teams, and I’d expect to be up there challenging for everything. “Results are a secondary point at this stage, the real stress is on performances,” he added.

The juvenile season commenced

Doireann Shaffrey and Rachel

last weekend and there were wins

Mahon lined out for the U-14s while

for the U-14As and the minors. The

Hannah O’Neill Ciara Crotty and

U-13s drew with neighbours Crokes

Ellen Curran played for the U-16s.

but no such luck for the U-16s who

The U-14s were well beaten per-

were defeated by Ballinteer.

haps due to a lack of match prac-

Sympathie s ar e ex tended to

tice, while the U-16s took the spoils

Diarmuid Byrne and his family on

winning 6-10 to Meath’s 1-5.

the death of his mother Una Byrne.

Meanwhile, Dublin seniors were

May she rest in peace.

Ballyboden st enda’s There was no winner of the lotto

Calling all sports enthusiasts:

this week, which means next week’s

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2012, Ballyboden St Enda’s Sports

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Prophet League for 2013 is up and

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ner of the weekly subscribers draw

Result s from this weekend

was Gavin Duff, while Jimmy Woulfe

include the Senior 2 camogie team

from Killeen Woods, Oakpark won

off to a winning league start with a

the monthly subscribers draw.

5-10 to 1-7 victory away to Naomh

Communication is key for Bally-

Fionnbarra and the Senior 6 cam-

boden St Enda’s, we are looking for

ogie team also start with a win over

more people to get involved with

Setanta 7-0 to 2-3.

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In football, the seniors lost out to neighbours Thomas Davis with a

Our weekly email plays an impor-

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Dun Laoghaire claims four ISA awards  PETER CARROLL

Four of this year’s Irish Sailing Awards have found homes in Dun Laoghaire with Royal St George Yacht Club scooping Club of the Year, Cabinteely’s Claire Lambert winning Instructor of the Year and National Yacht Club duo Finn Murphy and Annalise Murphy taking the Young Sailor of the Year and the Achievement of the Year’honours respectively. 22-year old Murphy claimed the coveted prize for Sailing Achievement of the Year on foot of her remarkable Olympic success at the Irish Sailing Association’s prestigious awards ball in the

Royal Marine Hotel last week. Murphy fought off stiff competition to win the most sought-after award of the Irish sailing community for the second consecutive year. As she is currently competing at a regatta in Spain, Murphy was unable to accept the award in person, but thanked the association via video link. Speaking about her win Murphy said: “It’s a huge honour to win the Sailing Achievement of the Year. I had a great year in 2012. Unfortunately, my last day in the Olympics didn’t quite go to plan, but that’s why I’m here training to try and change that in four years’ time.”

New to this year’s awards was the Club of the Year Award which was won by the Royal St George Yacht Club, which made its mark last year when it hosted 350 teenage sailors from 63 nations for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships on Dublin Bay in July. The success of the regatta was highly praised by the President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), Goran Petersson. The association presented a total of seven awards and praised all 25 nominees for their achievements. The seventh ISA Annual Awards Ball was attended by over 250 supporters from all corners of the

Irish sailing community, including Olympic sailors Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern and Scott Flanigan, while RTE’s Bryan Dobson acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, who was in attendance to present the awards, spoke of the fantastic year the sport enjoyed in 2012. “The Irish sailing community had a truly remarkable year in 2012 and I am delighted to have the opportunity tonight to congratulate individual sailors who, apart from their competitive achievements, have also been exceptional ambassadors for our country.”

Royal St George’s Yacht Club claimed the ISA Club of the Year award

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