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Month XX, 2012 DUN LAOGHAIRE • BLACKROCK • CORNELSCOURT • DEANSGRANGE • DALKEY • GLASTHULE • MONKSTOWN • GLENAGEARY

INSIDE: Let our Father’s Day Guide give you some ways to say ‘Thanks, dad!’ P19-22

UNITED IN MUSIC: Creative Connexions highlights Irish and Catalan culture P8-9

Get to the point: Castle’s heritage centre is opened Football:

Cuala produce monumental comeback Page 31

Athletics:

Local stars win big at nationals in Tullamore Page 30

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES...................... 8 DUBLIN LIFE...................11 OUT&ABOUT ..................17 CLASSIFIEDS ................25 SPORT ...........................27

MINISTER for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan let loose a volley of praise when he officially opened the new state-of-the-art facilities at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre recently, where actors Brenda McSweeney and Tony Losty helped set the mood. Minister Deenihan was highly impressed by the new features, with modern technology complementing the chronological wall displays detailing the long and illustrious life of the local landmark.

County set to gain 12 additional councillors Local politicians ‘disappointed’ by the Boundary Commission ruling

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DISAPPOINTMENT was expressed by local politicians this week following confirmation from the Boundar y Commission that the number of council-

lors due to represent Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county is to be increased from 28 to 40. These and other changes to local government come on foot of an overall reform package which was outlined

in a document released by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan earlier this year, entitled Putting People First. Minister Hogan called the report: “An important next

step in the Government’s programme for local government reform.” However, Cllr Gerry Horkan (FF) said the addition of 12 councillors would not benefit the county. Full Story on Page 2


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Changes to county boundaries and the allocation of councillors have been met with mixed responses by local representatives

Boundary Commission changes spark reaction Changes instigated by the Boundary Commission, which include increasing the number of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County councillors from 28 to 40, have met mixed reactions from local councillors. The boundary changes were officially announced on May 30 and will come into effect for the 2014 local elections. Alterations to the numbers of council representatives in DLR wards include an increase of three councillors for Glencullen/ Sandyford which has seven; Dundrum will have one more councillor, going from six to seven; Stillorgan has gone from a four-seat ward to six; Blackrock, from three to six; Dun Laoghaire, from six to

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eight; and Ballybrack from five to six. Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan backed the content of the report, saying: “The completion of this [Boundary Commission] report is an important next step in the Government’s programme for local government reform. “The review had a specific goal of improving balance and consistency in representational ratios in local government, while taking particular account of

factors such as the location of towns in the new municipal governance arrangements provided for in the Action Programme for Effective L o c a l G ove r n m e n t . The terms of reference for the review provided for minimum levels of representation in lower population counties and cities.” Councillor Richard Humphreys (Lab) said the new system would be much more democratic and representative of Dublin residents. “I welcome the fact that the boundary commission has kept existing boundaries, apart from a necessary rebalancing of moving the Clonskeagh-Milltown Electoral Division from Dundrum to Stillorgan. I am looking forward to representing this new

group of my constituents in the context of the 2014 local elections.” Cllr Gerry Horkan (FF) was less welcoming of the new report, saying: “As I have repeatedly said, I don’t agree with the increase in numbers from 28 to 40. It will not improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the council by having an additional 12 members in the chamber. “Nor do I agree with the almost €1m a new chamber will cost to build to accommodate the increase in numbers. “I argued for the retention of Stillorgan as a distinct local electoral area, that has been provided for. I also argued for smaller size areas within the terms of reference where the minimum was six seat-

ers and the maximum 10-seaters. Smaller areas mean that councillors are more in touch with the residents. “I also argued for an even split of councillors on both sides of the county and that is what has been provided for. I welcome the area of Clonskeagh-Milltown to the Stillorgan LEA and look forward to working with those residents in the future.” Cllr John Bailey (FG) said: “I think this is a waste of money, and there is no need to increase the number of councillors in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. I think it’s a mistake. And to spend €1m on a new chamber room in recessionary times when we should be cutting back is a mistake.”


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education Minister announces overhaul of third-level institutions travel:

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A major re-organisation and overhaul of third level institutions in Ireland was announced last week by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, and features proposals trialled by Dun Laoghaire’s Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) which have seen beneficial results from a number of collaborations with UCD. The Minister’s findings follow recommendations made in a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report which contained contributions from Dr Annie Doona, president of IADT. The re-organisation of the country’s higher education sector includes the creation of new Technological Universities, the merging of other Insti-

tutes of Technology and the formation of regional and thematic educational ‘clusters’. Minister Quinn said: “All institutions must concentrate on the core mission of developing close links with the local and regional business community and giving the best possible quality of education to their students, both from home and abroad.” “The new report announced by Ruairi Quinn is very much in line with our current practice and suggestions we made,” said Dr Doona when she spoke to the Gazette last week. “It represents a strategic pathway for the Higher Education Authority (HEA). IADT presented a vision to the HEA earlier this year about our alliance with UCD and how

similar alliances would work for other organisations nationwide.” Dr Doona and her team at IADT have been collaborating with various departments in UCD for the last year, a model which she feels will work well for educational establishments across Ireland. “We have set up an alliance with UCD in which we engage in collaborations such as our psychology students working with their forensic science PhD students. Our model makers have worked with UCD’s Veterinary School, and there have been many other collaborative projects on which both institutions have worked together. Our animation students recently made a short film on the dangers of drug abuse for UCD’s sports department.”

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These collaborations do not mean a merging of the colleges, but form the basis of a mutual support system. The Department of Education and Skills’ announcement is complementary to the strategic thinking and practice currently in place at IADT

and Dr Doona outlined what the strategy means for the college and education strategy across the capital. “There are three elements. The first is based on regional clustering, which will focus on marketing the region internationally and promoting it.

“The next cluster is thematic and focuses on the creative arts in the Dublin region. This is what we at IADT suggested the HEA include in its proposals. “The third element ensures that we continue to grow as a specialist in the technological market of film and media.”

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Faster passport service AHEAD of the summer holidays, people in Dublin are being urged to send their passport applications through a new service at their local post offices. An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Tom Joyce (FG), said: “From the beginning of July, all passport postal applications will have to be submitted through the Passport Express services at local post offices. “In conjunction, a new appointment ser vice will be in operation at the Passport Office on Molesworth Street for those who need to have passports issued at short notice. This new streamlined service will make it easier for people to obtain passports quickly.”


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graduation: 120 ‘sailing in the community programme’ members

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Children from six schools awarded

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Enterprisenews 1/2 Day Workshop - ‘Essential Steps in Developing a Successful Product’ Wednesday, 26th June - Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire DUN LAOGHAIRE-Rathdown County Enterprise Board invites you to join them at a 1/2 Day workshop event for small businesses owners and aspiring entrepreneurs taking place on Wednesday, 26th June in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. ‘Essential Steps in Developing a Successful Product’ runs from 9.15am to 1.15pm and is delivered by Spear Product Design (www. spear.ie), a product development studio which helps people to make their product concepts become a reality. The workshop fee is €25 per person and includes refreshments on arrival, tea/ coffee breaks and all training materials. Have you a product idea that you would love to see on the market? Are you interested in learning about the steps involved in launching a new product and brand? Come along to a half day workshop in product development and get expert advice and tips on how to get your product to market. During the workshop, the trainer from Spear Product Design will dedicate one hour of the session to answering questions relating to your product idea or concept. The workshop will cover the following topics: Planning & Market Research; Concept Generation; Product Design & Prototypes; Patents & Intellectual Property; Packaging & Branding; Manufacturing your Product & Product Costs and Routes to Market for your Product. The workshop is limited to 15 people to maximise results and engagement. To book your place, simply visit www.dlrceb.ie/training. For assistance, contact the Enterprise Board on 01) 494 8400. Based in Nutgrove Enterprise Park, Rathfarnham, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is a State Enterprise Development Agency which offers support to anyone in the County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown who has plans to start or grow a small business.

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Gardening: Woodies DIY are in full Bloom as they scoop silver gilt medal pictured is Lorraine Martin, a horticulturist at Woodie’s DIY

Sallynoggin, who designed a garden that shows how to soften the rigid boundaries of a normal garden with creative planning to create a tranquil planted space. The Woodie’s DIY horticultural team designed a total of three practical gardens, and they were awarded a silver gilt medal at the Bloom 2013 festival, which took place at the Phoenix Park last weekend.

A GRADUATION ceremony was recently held in Dun Laoghaire to honour 120 sailing participants who distinguished themselves in a Sailing In The Community programme. The participants received their certificates from Commodore Royal of St George Yacht Club, Liam O’Rourke, with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Director of Services, Richard Shakespeare also presiding. Sailing In The Community, a five-year initiative by the Royal St George Yacht Club and DLRCC, was instigated to introduce primary school children from DLR After Schools Fun Through Sports (DRAFTS) programme to sailing. The participating schools were Holy Cross, St Joseph’s, Our Lady’s, St Kevin’s, Dominican National School and St Colmcille’s. Some 120 children from the six national schools availed of the opportunity to participate in sailing lessons over a five-week period. The course was run from the Royal St George Yacht Club, who partnered with the Irish National Sailing School to provide the participants with quality coaching, facilities and equipment. Since 1972, the Irish

National Sailing School, based in Dun Laoghaire, has trained adults and children in the art of sailing. All of the school’s courses are either RYA (Royal Yachting Association) or ISA (Irish Sailing Association) certified. As part of the initiative, 12 of the participants were awarded scholarships to the Royal St George Yacht Club Junior Sailing Courses this summer. The winners of the coveted scholarships for 2013 were: Killian Kane and Lauren Maguire ( Ho l y C r o s s ) , E r i n McDonald and Vlarie Stirane (St Joseph’s), Emma Mur phy and Lyndsey Gregg (Our Lady’s), Dan Connors and Chantelle Lee (St Kevin’s), Curtis Clack and Kate McMullan (Dominican NS) and Dillon Mulligan and Sarah McDonald (St Colmcille’s). Speaking at the presentation of the awards, Shakespeare said: “I wish to congratulate all the participants on their achievements and I welcome the support of the schools and teachers for the DR AF TS programme. The project has been a great success and we, the council, are very pleased to be partnering with the Royal St George in this important initiative for the county. I would like to thank all those who have helped to organise the programme.”


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GLASTHULE Council in talks to buy site from Ben Dunne

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NEGOTIATIONS are in progress for the sale of the Pres Field playing field in Glasthule to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC). The site, which has changed hands many times over the years and currently belongs to Ben Dunne, occupies a prime location in Glasthule. A DLRCC spokesperson said: “I can confirm that the council is in nego-

tiations with Ben Dunne to possibly acquire this site. If purchased it will be used for recreational purposes.” If the Pres Field passes into the council’s ownership, it will be secured for community and local use, according to local TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG). “News that the Pres Field in Glasthule may be bought by the county manager from Ben Dunne is fantastic news for local residents, our young sporting hopefuls

and for the entire local area. “It is no secret that this land has been at the centre of a long and protracted history, with the future development of the site at the heart of the controversy. News that the field [may be bought] by the county manager means that it has been saved and that its future will be secured for community and local use,” she said. The site was besieged by controversy over the years with zoning issues, and was finally bought

Local TDMary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) says that if the council buys the site from Ben Dunne, it will encourage everyone “to get involved in physical sporting activity and local community events”

by Ben Dunne from the Presentation Brothers in 2008 for €5million with the purpose of building a gym - a plan that did not come to fruition. Neighbours stood firm that the field should remain as a common playing area and Dunne dropped his plans.

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“The four-acre field at Hudson Road is among the last open space in the Dun Laoghaire area. The development of these lands for sporting facilities will benefit the local communities immensely, as well as having a positive environmental impact. If we equip our young peo-

ple with the tools to better themselves, they will take the lead. This development will encourage not only our young people, but all people, to get out, get active and get involved in physical sporting activity and local community events,” said Deputy Mitchell O’Connor.

BLOOMSDAY Sandycove set to get festive THIS Bloomsday, June 16, is set to be celebrated in style in Sandycove in the year of The Gathering. This Bloomsday falls on Sunday, and organisers of the Joyce festivities have lined the route from Glasthule to Sandycove with opportunities to win prizes. Participants will be donned in period costume along the Literary Mile from Glasthule to the Joyce Museum in the Martello Tower in Sandycove. The streets will be filled with music and entertainment with tasty treats for those involved to sample along the way, with Cavistons, The Butler’s Pantry, Weafer and Cooper and Wine 64 all offering visitors refreshments on the day.


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people Dun Laoghaire charity helps child

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A NINE-year-old girl suffering from a rare condition called Congenital Hypoventilation Syndrome was treated to a fabulous weekend recently thanks to The Bubble

Gum Club – a children’s charity located at Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, that makes dreams come true for sick children. Abie Lawlor enjoyed a three-night stay in Dun Laoghaire’s Royal Marine Hotel with her mother,

Rosie; a trip to see The Lion King in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and, in true VIP style, had a Garda escort as she travelled in a pink stretch limousine to spend €1,000 in Dundrum Shopping Centre.

She also took a helicopter ride from Newcastle Aerodrome around Wicklow, and appeared on TV3’s The Morning Show. To find out more about the charity, see www.bubblegumclub.ie.

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initiative: monthly meetings for information

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A SERIES of free workshops will be given this summer by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board, in conjunction with Southside Partnership, for unemployed people in the county. Applications are now being sought from eligible Dun LaoghaireRathdown residents for the workshops, which are geared towards those who are looking to get back into the workplace and who have an ambition to start their own business. The next workshop is on June 20, and Southside Partnership is hop-

ing to fill as many spaces as possible. The monthly Self-Employment Information Workshops are free, and are targeted at anyone who is currently unemployed and in receipt of a social protection payment. Also eligible are those involved in Community Employment or TUS work placement programmes. Topics to be covered in the workshops include information on Department of Social Protection payments, such as Back to Work or Short Term Enterprise Allowance, and Southside Partnership DLR supports for the self-employed, which include training and guid-

ance. The workshops will also cover how to register a new business, and how to register for tax, and will explain the importance of having a business plan. Finn McGuirk, enterprise and employment manager at Southside Partnership, said: “These free information workshops are ideal for anybody looking to start a new business. “In 2012, Southside Partnership staff met with 421 people who were unemployed and interested in becoming self-employed. Of these, 349 went on to set up in business with the support of either the Back to Work or Short Term Enterprise

Allowance payments from the Department of Social Protection. “The number of people unemployed in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown last October was 13,785, so it’s imperative that we make a difference and change this.” The information workshops run for two hours from 10am to 12pm in Southside Partnership DLR offices, which are located at The Old Post Office, Number 7, Rock Hill, Main St, Blackrock. If you are interested in attending the free workshops, you can book your place by contacting Esther McGearty at 01 706 0100, or email esther. mcgearty@sspship.ie.

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Bus shelter is welcomed LOCAL residents were celebrating recently when a new bus stop shelter was erected by Dublin Bus on Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire after a wait of two years. According to local councillor Cormac Devlin (FF), the bus shelter was much needed as Marine Road is generally considered to be one of the coldest roads in Ireland, due to the wind coming in from the sea. He said: “A lot of elderly people wait at this stop and they needed a shelter, so this is very welcome. There is also a row of seating. “It’s great to see the new shelter there now as people have been waiting for more than two years for it.”

DLR residents donate IT gear to help schools LOCAL people in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown came together at UCD recently to support a charity to promote education in Ireland and in parts of the developing world. Members of the Camara Education charity organised a drop-off event at the university where people were asked to donate their unwanted IT equipment, which will be reused in disadvantaged schools in Africa and the Caribbean, as well as in Ireland. The charity’s Marie Baudinet praised local people for the success of the event, which took place at the end of May. She said: “Every computer reused by a school helps 21 students to become digitally literate.”


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business Ulster Bank success for local company

Brain injury firm scoops a top award  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A DUN Laoghaire company specialising in the treatment of brain injuries has won a national award at the 19th annual Ulster Bank Business Achievers awards, which took place in the Mansion House last week. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) won the Social Enterprise Award for their rehabilitation work with people who have suffered a brain injury. ABII staff accepted

their award last week at the national final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers awards. Established in 2000, ABII is Ireland’s leading provider of communitybased neuro-rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI). The company has its headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, but also has offices in Sligo, Galway, Kerry and Tipperary, which together allow the service to be delivered to the entire country.

The company says its mission is to enable people with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead meaningful lives in the community, achieved by providing specific and personalised rehabilitation care and support. Receiving the award, ABII’s Barbara O’Connell said: “We are thrilled to be taking home the Social Enterprise Award. This is a great boost for our company and our staff, whose hard work and dedication has played an integral part in our success. I would

music School celebrates 20 years  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Pictured at the national final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards were (clockwise from back left): Christine Flynn, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII); Ken Murnaghan, regional director, Ulster Bank; Karen O’Boyle, Diarmuid O’ Corrbui, Barbara O’Connell and Maurice O’Connell, ABII

like to accept this award on their behalf.” ABII also acts as a voice and advocate for the estimated 10,000 people a year in Ireland who experience an ABI. The company is constantly seeking improved support servic-

es for those with ABI and their families. Along with ABII, seven other leading businesses from across the country were named national winners in their individual award categories. David Thomas, manag-

ing director, Ulster Bank’s Corporate Banking Division, said: “This year’s 32 national finalists represent 20 counties, employing more than 3,000 people, and have a combined annual turnover of more than €320 million.”

CELEBRATIONS featuring singers and performers took place recently in Dun Laoghaire to mark the 20th anniversary of the Dun Laoghaire School of Music. The anniversary was marked with a concert featuring more than 160 performers, including past and present pupils, and a special appearance by former Eurovision Song Contest winner, Eimear Quinn. From string and flute ensembles to rock bands and musical theatre, Dun Laoghaire was alive to the sound of music. Directors John McCrea and Catherine Madden were delighted with the events.


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Artist Michael Palmer with his wife, Eimear

art: acrylic maritime scenes make waves in local gallery

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AVENS of Light – an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Michael Palmer – enthralled visitors to the Emporium 11 gallery in Lower Georges Street on its official opening night recently. Launched by Leas Cathaoirleach, Stephen Fitzpatrick (Lab), and curated by Tony Strickland, Palmer’s “havens” celebrate light, using acrylic, with boats and maritime scenes featuring largely in his work. The Ranelagh-born painter’s work was a hit with friends, fellow artists and art fans at the gallery, with his deft lightness of touch and skill with colour strongly coming through in his selection of work.

The Catalonian musicians were welcomed by councillors Rom Murphy (FF), Gerry Horkan (FF), An Cathaorileach

music: LAUNCHING CREATIVE CONNEXIONS

Celebrating ties with Catalonia

Andie Daniels and Annalisa Byrne

Curator Tony Strickland with one of Palmer’s paintings

Veronica Heywood, artist

Donal O’Loinsigh with Antoinette Burns. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

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USIC lovers were out in force at County Hall for the launch of Creative Connexions recently. An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Tom Joyce (FG), welcomed guests to the launch, where he was joined by Creative Connexions’ artistic director Caroline Wynne, and Paul Flynn, traditional music officer from the Arts Council for the event. Creative Connexions is a two-country, multi-venue showcase of Irish and Catalan culture, which builds on the success of Creative Connexions held in Sitges, Barcelona earlier this year. Highly-skilled Irish and Catalan musicians showcased their outstanding skills, with the event ushering in a weekend of music, talks and workshops in Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey.

Marian Keyes, head librarian, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Susan Maddock, Genevieve Wynn, Chris Kenny and Michael Fleming


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Cristina Pi, Juma Misas and Clara Ayats, members of Arquetes i Tonades, from Catalonia. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Tom Joyce (FG), with Josep Arasil, from Sitges, and Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) Tom Joyce (FG) and Victor Boyhan (Ind)

Irish musician and fiddle maker Gerry O’Connor

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Roz Flanagan and Sean Munsanje at the Haagen-Dazs campaign launch at The Morrison Hotel

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uxury ice cream brand Haagen-Dazs launched its biggest multi-channel worldwide campaign which will air in Ireland for the first time on June 3. The fashionable event was held in Halo at The Morrison Hotel. The House of Haagen-Dazs features Hollywood heartthrob and Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper. The television

commercial was shot at the Zamek Ploskovice estate in Prague and over 16 different fashion and jewellery brands with a value of over ÂŁ600,000 were used in the commercial. The evening not only celebrated the TV campaign but also the fact that the two Secret Sensation flavours chocolate fondant and creme brulee are now available nationwide.

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Heaven Cent: raising €2m for sick children

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A n e w i n i t i a t i ve , Heaven Cent, is seeking to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Temple Street University Children’s Hospital by encouraging people to collect all of their spare change together. The goal of Heaven Cent is to raise €2m for the 250,000 sick children admitted to the two

hospitals every year, and is being supported by Tesco, Texaco, An Post, RTE, the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Bank of Ireland. All of the supporters are setting up 1,000 coin drop-off points nationwide for people to donate all of the coinage they can find in their pockets, down the back of the sofa or in piggy banks. Heaven Cent was

launched last week by GAA stars Aidan Walsh and David O’Callaghan as well as TV personalities Miriam O’Callaghan and Brian Ormond. Speaking about the initiative, Joe Quinsey, chief executive of the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, Crumlin, said: “We’ve joined forces with our colleagues in Temple Street to appeal to the generous nature of Irish

people. “We know times are hard, but the message is that by collecting your one, two, five and 10 cent coins and donating them to Heaven Cent, you will be helping us to continue to offer the expertise and care required to treat sick children from all over Ireland.” To find your nearest drop-off point or to donate online, you can visit www.heavencent.ie

Pictured at the launch of Heaven Cent were Miriam O’Callaghan with Emily Breslin, TV presenter Brian Ormond and Christian Gray


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Katie lends a hand to funding campaign Olympic Gold medallist Katie Taylor is calling on local Dublin groups to apply to SPAR’s €50,000 Helping Hand community fund before the deadline closes on June 30. SPAR has set up the fund to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Ireland. There is an overall award of €10,000 up for grabs, along with five €2,800 awards and 26 €1,000 awards – one for each county. Funding will be awarded on the basis of those local groups deemed to make an important con-

tribution to their communities and in need of additional financial support. Log on to www.spar.ie for more information.

initiative A new initiative being launched by Oxfam Ireland is set to see recycled computers making a difference across the world. Oxfam Ireland has launched a Born Again range of refurbished computers, with prices starting at €120 for a desktop and €180 for a laptop. The computers are available online and in selected

Oxfam shops. Oxfam Ireland’s director of trading, Trevor Anderson, said: “It’s a win-win situation. Customers get a high-quality desktop or laptop that they might not otherwise be able to afford, while recycling computers is environmentally friendly and diverts them away from local landfill.”

book haven The Docklands will turn into a book haven this month with the annual book sale taking place in the National College of

Ireland. Avid readers will be spoilt for choice at the annual sale, as there will be an abundance of books from lots of different genres to discover and purchase. All proceeds from the sale will be distributed to the five partnering organisations which make up the forum that help provide critical services for older people living in the Dockland’s area including Crosscare’s Care Local, the Docklands Senior Forum, Lourdes Day Care Centre, Nascadh CDP and Ringsend Community Centre. This event runs from 9am until 9pm from June 11 to13. For more information, see www.oxfamireland. org.

Olympic Gold medallist Katie Taylor is flying the flag for the Helping Hand community fund


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PEOPLE all around Dublin are being called on to take part in a nationwide walk for the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind this month after Lisa Cannon from TV3’s Expose programme recently launched the campaign. Walks will take place in Malahide and Balbriggan, and Lisa will be doing her own local Irish Guide Dogs walk in Cabinteely on the day of the national walk on June 9, and is encouraging others to do the same and raise much-needed funds for the charity. At present, all guide dog services are provided free of charge, although it costs €38,000 to train a guide or assistance dog. More than 80% of Irish Guide Dogs’ income is through voluntary donations and fundraising. This year, Irish Guide Dogs need €3.5 million in order

to meet the demand for their services. At the launch of the campaign, Lisa said: “I hope people will join in or organise a walk on June 9 for a fantastic cause. Irish Guide Dogs make such a massive difference in people’s lives, and give many people much-needed independence that they wouldn’t have otherwise. The work that goes into training the dogs, as well the dogs themselves, is just aweinspiring.” There will be three walks around Dublin on Sunday, June 9, and all are welcome to join in with their own dogs. One of the sponsored walks, to be held in Cabinteely Park at 3pm was organised by local Irish Guide Dogs branch member and Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind). “Your support would be greatly appreciated so please come along, bring your dog, your friends

and family to join us on this fun day,” said Cllr Boyhan. Another walk is to be held at Malahide Castle and all of those participating will meet at the main car park at the South Entrance Gate Walk at 3pm. This walk is approximately 4km and has been organised by Irish Guide Dogs branch member Nick Palmer. Finally, the third sponsored walk is at Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan and those wishing to get involved can meet at the main car park at the castle at 1.30pm. The walk will then begin at 2pm. This walk will be 3km long and each dog taking part will be presented with a certificate on completion of the route. If you wish to organise your own walk in your own area, contact Jennifer@guidedogs.ie or call 1850 506300. All walkers are being

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asked to donate €5 for individuals and €10 for families, and sponsorship cards are available from Irish Guide Dogs. All of the funds raised from the walks will be used to provide guide dogs and other services for visually-impaired people and assistance dogs to families of children with autism.

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Lisa takes the lead with charity walk

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TV3 star Lisa Cannon takes the lead and launches Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s National Walk with sisters Annabel, Phoebe and Rosalind Neel from Dalkey


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music: American folk icon gets set to play at Pavilion Theatre

Judy’s blue eyes are still burning bright  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

She has played with the true greats of contemporary music and recorded some of the most immediately recognisable songs in a career that spans over 50 years and this month American folk singer Judy Collins is coming to Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. Judy has written dozens of songs over the years, but her most memorable hits remain what are considered by most to be the definitive versions of Send In The Clowns and Both Sides Now. T he poet R ichard Farina said Judy’s voice is what you would hear “if amethysts could sing”. She has performed

with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman to name but a few. Not only did she play with these legendary singer-songwriters, but she was also instrumental in bringing some of them to public prominence by performing their songs or setting their poems to music when they were virtually unknown. The veteran Grammywinning star, now 75, spoke to The Gazette about her amazing career to date and her upcoming gig in Dun Laoghaire. Judy was a child prodigy on the piano and performed Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos publicly when she was 13. The piano gave way to the guitar, however, when she

discovered her true musical love was folk. “I was raised in a very musical family. My father sang Irish songs as well as Rogers and Hammerstein so I was very prepared when I came to sing folk. “I was working with a symphony and singing in choirs as a child and practising my Rachmaninov. Then, one day, I heard Gypsy Rover and Barbara Allen on the radio and my life absolutely changed. There was no question that I was going to do anything else but sing folk, I was enraptured with an immediate passion that has never ended. “In the sixties and seventies, I was in a wonder-

Judy Collins has written dozens of memorable songs over a career that spans 50 years

ful world of artists and writers and performers. Bob Dylan and all of that group were amazing and I was part of it. We’d meet up and they would sing me their latest songs and then I would have to sing them. “My favourite era, though, is right now. Every day I get up is the best day.” Judy is still involved in music, writing and performing, and also runs a record label called Wildflower Records.

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‘Then, one day, I heard Gypsy Rover and Barbara Allen on the radio and my life absolutely changed. There was no question that I was going to do anything else but sing folk’

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“It’s been really helpful to mine and others’ careers. On the label now are Kenny White and Amy Speace, who are doing very well in America. “So many singers today do a very nice job. I just saw Leonard [Cohen]

though and he’s amazing. You notice how he crunches down on the ground when he sings? I couldn’t do that, and I’m in pretty good shape. It must be all that yoga. “I do 130 shows a year, I exercise, eat well, do acupuncture and take care of myself.” A great social activist, Judy is a representative for UNICEF and campaigns on behalf of the abolition of landmines as well as other causes. She also writes, and has had nine books published, the latest of which is a memoir entitled Sweet Judy Blue Eyes. The title is a play on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, the song cycle written for her by one-time partner Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash. She has also written Sanity and Grace, which documents her attempts to come to terms with the suicide of her only son,

Clark at the age of 33 in 1992, and she is keen to encourage people to talk about the subject and help others. “Talking about it is the only way, otherwise I can’t deal with [Clark’s death]. Suicide is a truly awful thing and all we can do is share our experiences.” While in Ireland, Judy will be honoured with an Irish American Award on June 22 at the Dunbrody famine ship in Wexford, recognition she is thrilled about. “It’s just wonderful. This year, JFK and I are being honoured. I love Ireland so much and have been here many times over the years.” Judy Collins will appear for one night on June 6 in Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and tickets, costing a very reasonable €18 and €16 are available from the box office at 01 231 29 29.


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The most glamorous and stylish ladies of Dublin were out in force in recent weeks in an effort to help raise much-needed funds for the CARI Foundation. The charity, which works to support children who have experienced sexual abuse, held its annual lunch and fashion show at The Shelbourne Hotel on Friday, May 17, and was hosted by Miriam Ahern. The annual event coincided with the charity’s 10th anniversary and was sponsored by RTE Radio 1. The fashionable

event, which raises over €40,000 annually, began with a champagne reception and followed with a fashion show showcasing some of the latest summer collections by Karen Millen, Marks & Spencer and Cari’s Closet. The show was mc’d by TV3’s Alan Hughes, while host Miriam was joined by her daughters, Georgina and Cecelia. Other guests in attendance on the day included Jane Given, TV3’s Sinead Desmond, Brian Kennedy, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Alison Canavan, Debbie O’Donnell, Virginia Macari and Roz

Flanagan, to name but a few. The show was followed by a four-course gourmet lunch with wines sponsored by Marks & Spencer, after which guests were entertained by energetic accordion player Liam O’Connor. Following the event, Jim Jennings, head of the event’s sponsor RTE Radio 1, said it was a privilege for the national broadcaster to be in a position to sponsor events such as this. “The work that CARI does provides a vital service to children and families who have been

victims of abuse. We are in a unique position to be able to highlight important issues such as these not only on air, but also through working closely with organisations like CARI.” CARI is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1989 to provide therapy and counselling to children and teens that have been affected by child sexual abuse and support for the non-abusing members of their families. CARI’s focus is to address the long-term needs of children and teens that have experienced sexual abuse.

Cecelia and Miriam Ahern with Georgina Byrne

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retail: gazette business talks to Brian Mooney, Chairman of B&Q Ireland

Dublin business takes to world stage in Frankfurt A total of 24 tourism enterprises from across Ireland – including the Grand Hotel in Malahide – were in Germany last week for IMEX, the major business tourism exhibition which takes place each year in the city of Frankfurt. Paula McCorry, sales and marketing manager of the Grand Hotel, Malahide, was present at the Frankfurt event, along with Gerry Browne, who was representing Killarney Hotels, Tim McStay from Irish Horizons Conference And Incentive, a destination management company, and Aoife Kernan of Tourism Ireland. The International Meetings and Events Exhibition (IMEX) is a key event in the calendar for the MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and events) industry. Attracting about 9,000 visitors every year, including almost 4,000 influential business tourism buyers from 75 different countries, the three-day trade show offered business and networking opportunities for the participating Irish tourism companies. Commenting on the success of the annual event, Zoe Redmond, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Central Europe, said: “IMEX is a wonderful opportunity to build awareness of our world-class business and conference facilities, as well as the great experiences delegates can enjoy in Dublin city and county on the sidelines of their conference or meeting. The superb meetings, incentive and transport infrastructure on offer, coupled with our distinctive cultural experience, mean Ireland is a very attractive destination for the business tourism market. “Business tourism is an important, high yield sector and Tourism Ireland has a busy programme of promotional activity under way throughout 2013, to grow this type of tourism. These promotions are highlighting the ease of access to Ireland, as well as the good value rates available for meetings and conferences and getting the island of Ireland known for excellence in business support,” she said. Business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism; visitors who travel to Dublin for business purposes spend about 2.5 times more than the average tourist.

DIY crew back in business B&Q IS synonymous with home improvement enthusiasts in Dublin as a Mecca for all things DIY, so the news in January that it was due to go into examinership was met with some dismay. The do-it-yourself retailer which operates eight stores nationwide including three in Dublin, at Swords, Liffey Valley and Tallaght, employs over 600 people, and the approval of the rescue plan by the examiner has been welcomed by management, staff and customers alike. We managed to catch up with B&Q chief executive, Brian Mooney, and asked some questions about the rescue package, the future of the company in Ireland, and what it will mean for their customers. What does emerging from examinership mean for the company and the staff?

B&Q Ireland has a fresh start, with fresh investment in the business, and our future is secure. The recession has meant that many businesses have had to rethink their business model and change how they operate. Thankfully our core business, what we offer consumers, our top quality goods, and our very professional colleagues are all strong assets that ensured the company was able to come out of examinership in a much healthier position. The fact that we have emerged from a difficult situation ready to move forward is testament to our colleagues and management here that have helped build a strong sustain-

able business, and we have total confidence in the B&Q Ireland team. Will it change how B&Q does business, or is it back to business as usual?

How B&Q does business largely remains the same: we aim to serve customers to the highest possible standards, with the best range, at the keenest prices. Our consumer offering and the services we introduce will always evolve to keep the shopping experience fresh, and to meet people’s current and future needs. For example, our Handy Prices and our everyday low-price DIY range are there to reinforce our commitment to value. We’re also expanding choice in kitchens and bathrooms and general home-wares because, with the downturn in the housing market, most people are staying in their current homes and investing more in home comforts and upgrading key areas of the home. What can customers expect from here on out?

Customers can, as always, expect that B&Q Ireland appreciates their business. We have never taken our customers for granted, and rely on their feedback to ensure that services are held to the highest possible standards. We will continue to focus on new and innovative products and services, always with a view to achieving customer satisfaction and surpassing expectation

Brian Mooney B&Q: “We only aim to surprise when it comes to everyday great value pricing”

- be that in advice provided, the variety of our range, value for money and after sales support. We only aim to surprise when it comes to everyday great value pricing, excellent promotional offers and the courtesy and exceptional experience and assistance from B&Q colleagues! How important is the Irish market to B&Q?

B&Q has operated in Ireland for over 10 years and we employ 640 people in communities right around the country. We have links with community groups, local businesses, and with a huge customer base, that we really appreciate. Our customers have a huge interest in home improvement, gardening and DIY - a passion shared with B&Q. My colleagues nationwide in our stores like to discuss with and advise customers on their latest projects and renovations, whether it is insulating the attic or choosing new light fittings; our long-standing relationship with our customers is extremely important to us. Is there anything that would make doing business in Ireland easier?

The B&Q parent group, King-

fisher, operates all over the world, and different markets have their own systems and regulatory requirements. The retail sector in Ireland is well regulated, retail planning is well structured, and consumer rights are championed, so the system works. What has happened is that recession means many businesses cannot trade the way they did, now that consumer spending and confidence have decreased. Companies need to reassess how they do business and how they handle operations. In B&Q’s case we sought the examinership process. This was about saving jobs and building a stable business for the future. We have done this; alongside saving 640 jobs and building a plan for the future to ensure we continue to serve our customers. Ireland is a great place to do business, and the Irish people are resilient and innovative. What is the future for B&Q?

The future is very bright for B&Q in Ireland. We are focused, and have the confidence of our loyal colleagues and customers. We will continue to focus on innovative new products and services for consumers. For us in B&Q it is all about our customers and services is the key.


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At the launch of the Books of Dublin app were Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan (centre), with Vermillion Design’s Eamonn Hurley and Anne Brady; inset, a screengrab from the iPad app

HERITAGE: DUBLIN’S PRICELESS BOOKS UNCOVERED IN DOWNLOADABLE FORM

App-y about literary treasures

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A NEW app showcasing the hidden gems in two of Ireland’s top libraries was launched recently, offering local people and tourists interesting facts and commentary on the content housed in the libraries. The app, Books Of Dublin, was officially launched last week in Marsh’s Library, which is located on St Patrick’s Close, just behind St Patrick’s Cathedral. Created in collaboration with University College Dublin, Marsh’s Library and the Edward Worth Library, Books Of Dublin has been designed and produced by design consultancy Vermillion Design. The app, which is free to download,

showcases a selection of information relating to rare manuscripts and historic printed books that are housed at two of Dublin’s oldest libraries – Marsh’s Library, which was founded in 1701, and the Edward Worth Library, founded in 1733. Works included in the app include the manuscript of Handel’s Messiah, which was first performed in Dublin in 1742, the works of Jonathan Swift, and an Irish language version of the New Testament – An Tiomna Nuadh. Each piece is accompanied by a commentary from experts at UCD and contributors from both libraries. Commenting on the app, Eamonn Hurley of Vermillion Design said: “The app shows the treasures that are contained in Marsh’s Library – and there

are a lot. “We have such a rich heritage in this country, you can’t always show it as best you can through traditional means. People can be made much more aware of things through digital media and you can delve deeper into collections. “The Irish Research Council funded the app, and Marsh’s Library has fascinating manuscripts held there. Dr Marc Caball, of UCD’s history department, and Professor Orla Feely, chairperson of the Irish Research Council, wanted to promote a collection that wouldn’t be as well known, and felt this was a fantastic way of doing that.” Hurley went on to say that this app is not just beneficial for tourists, but also for locals.

“I think it will be immensely beneficial to local people because [the libraries are] hidden gems, and the app displays items of strong interest. “It opens up what we have in this country – culturally and historically – and how it can be accessed far more easily. “For instance, I spoke with someone in Kilkenny and they downloaded the app. They happened to be in Dublin the previous weekend, went on a tour bus, and said if they had known of the app before then they would have gotten off and gone to the library,” he said. Books Of Dublin is available to download free on the iTunes store. For further information, see www. marshlibrary.ie and www.vermilliondesign.com.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Sparky, a one-yearold whippet cross. This handsome young boy is full of energy and has a real zest for life. He loves to play, especially with football and tennis balls, and thoroughly enjoys his long walks where he can experience the world around him. Sparky would relish an active home where he can get plenty of physical and mental exercise, preferably without cats and children. If you think this fabulous boy would make the perfect friend for you, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE


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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929

Conversations on a Homecoming/A Whistle in the Dark DRUID brings two plays from acclaimed playwright Tom Murphy to the Pavilion. Set in the 1970s, Conversations sees the life of an Irish emigrant examined when old friends are reunited after a 10-year gap, while Whistle sees tensions spill over in Coventry in 1960 when a settled Irishman’s family arrive. For full details of the performances’ show times, dates and prices, see www. paviliontheatre.ie.

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Blaze Away! The Incredible Story of Josef Locke MUSIC fans are in for a treat with this upcoming examination of the legendary Derry-born singer, Josef Locke. His colourful life and irrepresible passion are brought to life, along with some of his many hits from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Catch Josef on Saturday, June 15 at 8pm, with tickets priced €20/€17 conc.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Payback!

“INVISIBLE” middle-aged women everywhere have two heroines to follow in Payback!, a fun play which sees Kitty and Mary refuse to fade into the background like they’re “supposed” to. Payback! is running until June 15, with daily shows at 12.50pm, priced €10.

It wouldn’t be a Trek film without the Enterprise facing destruction at one point or another, with the ship falling to Earth, here

review: star trek into darkness

Worth beaming over to WITH Eugene, the little known fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (chiefly responsible for chilly winds, drizzle, grey clouds and low sales of garden equipment) hanging about in Ireland at the moment, there’s never been a better time to shake your fist at the sky and then run into your nearest cinema for a couple of hours of pure escapism. Which brings me to Star Trek Into Darkness – a film that’s been out a few weeks now (but hey, my review, my rules, and for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, my review might help). Warping into view a little later than you’d expect after its highly-successful prequel a few years ago, Star Trek Into Darkness continues on with pretty much business as usual for Kirk and the crew – time to save the planet, universe or girl, or all three. Starting with a rip-roaring opener on a primitive planet in peril, Captain

Film of the Week: Star Trek Into Darkness h h h (12A) 123 mins Director: JJ Abrams Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Peter Weller, fan-pleasing asides

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Kirk’s (Pine) insistence on saving the life of his First Officer, Spock (Quinto) during the mission – thus breaking a fundamental Starfleet Prime Directive in the process – sees him demoted and about to be reassigned. What better time for a supervillain to emerge, necessitating the gang getting back together? Enter a rogue Starfleet agent, John Harrison (Cumberbatch) , who promptly causes all sorts of headaches, mayhem and deaths, prompting Admiral Marcus (a typically scenery-chewing Peter Weller) to let badboy Kirk and by-therules Spock head off to eliminate Harrison with extreme prejudice and

OUR VERDICT:

IT’S Star Trek, Jim – and pretty much as we know it. Despite taking a few small liberties with Star Trek lore (and underusing some of the principal cast), it’s a confident second showing for the rebooted franchise, with decent action sequences and some interesting characters. Under Abrams’ care, setting things up nicely for the reinvigorated series to live long and prosper. (“Get out.” – Ed.)

also, hopefully, avert war with the Klingon Empire. Which would be nice. Of course, things don’t quite go to plan, as Harrison – soon unmasked as someone substantially more capable, driven and dangerous than the Enterprise crew were expecting – has his own mission to carry out. It’s not long before the fate of the Enterprise, as well as Starfleet, hangs in the balance ... As Star Trek films go (yes, yes, I know it’s a rebooted series), well, it’s

not up there with The Undiscovered Country, or The Voyage Home. Still, it builds on the highly-successful template set out in the first film, with decent interaction between the crew, and just enough knowing asides and comments to link the film to the classic TV show. As you’d expect, the effects and pacing are pretty

Despite his game attempts as Mr Scott, Simon Pegg is probably the least convincing Scotsman in space since, err, Jimmy Doohan

impressive, although the film never quite matches the momentum established with the energetic opening sequence. Complaints? Some of the cast barely get a lookin – for example, as Sulu, John Cho has little more to do than keep different chairs warm, given that spaceship flyin’, pistolpackin’ Uhura (Saldana) has many scenes as the busiest glorified switchboard operator in Starfleet. On the other hand, Cumberbatch is a great Trek villain, while, in his returning, brief role as Captain Pike, Bruce Greenwood beams over with a touch of class. I love cliches (as my regular, beleagured Gaming readers know), so I’ll end on one – this is worth trekking over to ...


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Make it a Father’s Day to remember and plan a special day for dad

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Welcome to our special Father’s Day supplement Father’s Day is fast approaching, so now is the time to get started on planning a special day for your old man. If you don’t have anything planned just yet, you’re in for a treat as the Gazette brings you a guide to everything you need to help prepare you for dad’s big day. Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16. Why not spend some quality time together and do something Surprise dad with a Stay and Play golf package at Carton House in Maynooth, Co Kildare

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Finding ways to say a big, big thank you  hiromi mooney

If you’re looking for a memorable present for your dad this Father’s Day, why not spoil him with a day out? There are many events happening around the county and beyond this month to choose from, and it can be a great way to entertain your old man and to say a big thank you for everything he has done for you. If he’s an outdoorsyguy, you can surprise him with a Stay and Play golf package from €99 per person sharing at Carton House in Maynooth, Co Kildare. The package offers guests a chance to play on the Montgomerie course, which will host the Irish Open from June

27 to 30. Or you can take him to the Irish Open itself and give him something to look forward to. Tickets are available from http:// tickets.europeantour. com/event/the-irishopen/carton-house. For more details, log on to www.cartonhouse.com or call 01 505 2000. Carton House also has an exclusive collection of Irish Open 2013 golf apparel, from golf jumpers to windbreakers, starting from €55. The collection can be purchased from the Carton House shop or online via www.cartonhouseshop. com. If your dad likes a laugh, treat him to a night out at Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Co Meath, where come-

dian Dave Young will bring his tour show, Bold, to the stage on Saturday, June 22. Tickets cost €15, and this includes entry into Chasers Late Night Venue. There is also a special accommodation package, which includes the show tickets, dinner at the hotel’s restaurant The Ivy, and overnight accommodation with breakfast from €110 per person sharing. For more information, call 01 801 3500 or log on to www.dunboynecastlehotel.com. Whether your dad is trend-conscious or prefers simplicity, you can take him out on a shopping spree. The Swords P av i l i o n s S h o p p i n g Centre boast over 80 shops and restaurants,

and they have launched a Superdad Facebook competition just in time for Father’s Day. By simply liking, entering and sharing the competition via Facebook, you can be in with a chance to win a Swords Pavilions €500 gift card for your father. Rally School Ireland also have three €100 vouchers for the runners up, and there is also a €50 Best Menswear gift voucher up for grabs. M e a nw h i l e , R a l l y School Ireland’s favourite Supercars for Superdads will also have their promotional stand at the Swords Pavilions from June 10 to 16, with daily competitions offering prizes of €100. For more information, log on to www.pavilions.ie.

fun? There are plenty of events and activities happening around the capital from adventure sports, treks and shows, but the number one rule is to make sure that you choose something that you know he will enjoy. After all, it is a day to thank him for everything he has done for you! So this year, make it a Father’s Day to remember. Spoil him for the day and show him he’s number one.


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FATHER’SDAY Red Herring watch €30, Debenhams

7 Grand Quilted Polo Navy €20, Life Style Sports 7 Grand Chino Burgundy €35, Life Style Sports J Jeans by Jasper Conran €76, Debenhams

Cufflinks €198, Thomas Sabo

Penguin Clive Trainers €65, Life Style Sports

Father’s Day style

SOCKS, socks and more socks - they can often be seen as the “ideal” present for dads across Dublin, but really there is so much more dads would like to see when they unwrap their gifts. This week’s Father’s Day supplement is showcasing just a few of the many gifts available out there. So forget comfy socks and get thinking outside the box. Shopping centres across Dublin have an abundance of retail stores that offer a variety of suggestions for gifts for dad this Father’s Day. Make sure to get out to your local centre and start shopping for dad’s ideal gift. Alternatively, you could go online and see what’s on offer if you can’t find time to get out. Happy shopping kids!

Fashion sense at the Pavilions LET’S face it sometimes dads need a little help when it comes to styling. Not only are catwalks for women, but believe it or not, they are for men too! At a recent fashion show at the Pavilions in Swords, some great pieces were showcased from stores such as Best, Diesel, Jack & Jones and Zara. Here are a few samples of just how styling can work.

St George by Duffer €22, Debenhams

Small Diamond Handkerchief €6, M&S


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Apple iPod Touch 16Gb (4th Generation), €229, Littlewoods Ireland

Jameson 12-Year- Old Distillery Reserve for €55, Jameson Visitor’s Centre in Dublin

Jamie Oliver Top Dad mug €15, Debenhams

Sennheiser RS 160 Wireless Headphones, €174, Littlewoods Ireland

Weber Barbecue Anytime Cookbook, €19.99, Arboretum

Nuxe Men Shower Gel €11.50, M&S

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Make this Father’s Day memorable and treat dad to an Etihad Skyline tour Father’s Day is about spending quality time together, and it’s even better when you do something memorable. So why not treat your dad to the Etihad Skyline tour, 44m above Croke Park? The two-hour tour takes in five viewing platforms along the 600m rooftop walkway, and offers panoramic views of the capital. If your dad’s a daredevil, you can even challenge him to walk from the stadium roof onto a specially designed walkway suspended above the Croke Park pitch. There are multi-lingual audio guides on offer, and comedian Dara O’Briain gives the English audio guided tour, which includes historical information and quirky anecdotes about the HQ of GAA. Tickets cost €25 for adults, €15 for children, €65 for a family of two adults and two children, and €20 for seniors and students. You can also access the GAA museum in Croke Park when you show your admission ticket after the tour. For bookings call 01 819 2323, email skyline@ crokepark.ie or log on to www.skylinecrokepark. ie.

Do It For Dad and help raise cancer awareness This Father’s Day, Do It For Dad and help raise awareness of prostate cancer. Men Against Cancer (MAC), a support group for men with prostate cancer, will be hosting their second annual 5km fundraising and awarenessraising walk in Clontarf on Sunday, June 16 at 12.30pm. “Prostate cancer is a cancer that affects the family in a number of different ways, and we just want to emphasise that aspect of it by holding it on Father’s Day,” explained chairperson of MAC, John Dowling. The walk will depart from the Clontarf Dart station car park towards Bull Wall. Anyone can join in on the walk, and can turn up on the day. According to the Irish Cancer Society, over 2,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland every year, and it is 90% curable if it is treated in its earliest stages. For more information, email mac.menagainstcancer@gmail.com, or call 087 702 5800.

Former GAA president Christy Cooney and Edel, his daughter and business partner

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Father and daughter take on the spice world  hiromi mooney

Dads and daughters have a special relationship, and a great example of that bond is evident in the Cooney family. Former GAA president Christy Cooney became business partners with his daughter Edel last year in her herb salt seasonings brand, Simplee. Edel established Simplee in 2010 after she was made redundant from working at a bank, and she tells the Gazette that the business idea “came about by accident”, out of her hobby of growing herbs in her garden. “The garden was too full with herbs, so I didn’t know what to do with them,” says Edel. “So I chopped them all up and I put them into a big bowl of salt to preserve them. When I came back

after a few days, I realised the herbs had cured the salt and that I could use it for my cooking, that the salt actually takes to the herbs. “So I just gave some jars to friends and family, and they asked for it, and I always thought that there was a good business behind it.” Edel used her redundancy cheque to begin Simplee and started selling her products to local shops and butchers. Fast-forward a year, and Simplee’s herb salt won the bronze medal for the Oils, Seasonings and Dressings category of the 2011 Blas na hEireann National Irish Food Awards. Simplee had four products then, and Edel says that she needed investment to bring out new products. She approached

her father for help, and he advised her to write a business plan. “We’ve very different skill sets. My dad would have a lot of experience in management and with finance as well, whereas my strong point would be marketing and sales.

initely go for it. But don’t just do it because they’re a family member. If they’ve got experience, if you know they’ll be committed, if you know they’ll be professional, go for it.” Simplee now boasts eight different seasonings and a mulled wine mix

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We both bring different things to the table and it works well,” she explains. “I suppose there’s 100% trust, so you know that even if it’s going to be difficult you trust each other. “I think if the person in your family has the qualities that you’re looking for to be in business with, def-

for Christmas, and has recently secured the listing for the entire product range in 65 SuperValu stores nationwide. “It’s fantastic, it’s brilliant. SuperValu would be somewhere we would see our products fitting in very well, with their focus on cooking from scratch and giving easy solutions

to their customers… Plus, being an Irish company as well, SuperValu are very keen to lift Irish products, and that’s why we did go with the Love Irish Food brand because we wanted our products to be instantly recognisable on the shelf… When you are buying a Love Irish Food product, you know you are supporting Irish jobs and Irish products, and there’s no ambiguity there. “I think we’d like to see our range go out even further nationwide if possible. We’d like for it to one day become a household brand,” she says. So what does Edel have to say to Christy this Father’s Day? “Happy Father’s Day! So far so good, and make sure to take it easy for the day because it’s back to work on Monday!”


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review: stone roses fan delivers ‘glorious’ homage

Documentary sends fans on a nostalgia trip

 stephen findlater

Loosely billed as a documentary, Shane Meadows’ Stone Roses flick Made of Stone is more of a love-letter, retelling his own affair with the Stone Roses through the voices of the fans who are getting to relive their youth. The culmination is the epic return to Heaton Park last summer with 220,000 fans witnessing the comeback over three heady nights. Meadows’ film provides a nostalgia-trip for the good times rolling again, scarcely touching on the downward spiral that precipitated the band’s demise around the Second Coming. Indeed, when history could possibly be repeating itself with Reni racing for a taxi instead of lining out for an encore in Amsterdam, Meadows – the filmmaker behind This is England – steps back with a weary apology to camera, saying it would not be right to get in the band’s face at this time of tension. As documentary-maker, this is inexcusable. Similarly, Reni is never given a voice – or refused to supply one – despite seemingly being central in the ragged moments

Stone Roses: Made of Stone is about the glory of the return rather than the reasons for it

of their break-up, bewildered by the changing status of the band. But Made of Stone is a primarily a beautifully shot homage made by a devout fan. Meadows missed out on the notorious 1990 Spike Island gig – supposedly due to a bad acid trip the night before – that remains the Roses’ pseudo-Woodstock moment but he gets to sample and document the fervour of the resurrection. This is perfectly encapsulated in the hastily-arranged free gig in Warrington’s Parr Hall announced just a few hours before the four-

some take the stage. Fans literally drop everything, one builder apologising on camera for knocking through a mate’s wall and not finishing the tidy-up. Another attempts to bargain with a temporary staff member with a permanent position in exchange for one of the 1,100 entry wrist-bands on offer. His offer is turned down. The exchanges are awkward and funny in equal measure. Therein, the emotion of what the band provided for a fleeting time in the late 1980s is deliciously raw. Each slow-motion crowd shot - and there

are many - is laden with passion showing why the band matter, a sensation which is hardly vocalised but probably best explained by the fan in the film’s trailer: “You know and I know, but you can’t write it down.” As such, it might leave the uninitiated a bit cold. They are not many answers to the question why, especially the incredible intricate relationship between Ian Brown and John Squire, who says coyly: “It’s a friendship that defines us both and it needed fixing,” of their reunion but not much more. Perhaps much of the

fall-out has been covered before in the BBC documentary Blood On The Turntable - War Of The Roses. Likewise for newcomers, several songs are played in their entirety whether it be in a gorgeously-shot black and white reunion at a secret country pile location between Liverpool and Manchester or at the triumphant Heaton Park gigs. But the film is about the glory of the return rather than the reasons for it and Meadows sumptuously records all of this in glorious high definition.

MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Mods and Rockers to unite in Dublin Mods and Rockers will unite in Dublin this weekend as one of the most anticipated gigs of the year is set to rock the capital. Fresh from a North American tour, The Who plays The O2 on June 8. An absolute must for any Who fan, the band will perform the legendary Quadrophenia album, in full, as well as other hits from their repertoire, which includes My Generation, Won’t Get Fooled Again and Baba O’Riley. Quadrophenia, released in 1973, is in the rock history books as one of the most important concept albums of its time. Six years later, Who fans got to relive the story of Jimmy Cooper on the big screen via the Quadrophenia movie starring Sting, Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels (who this generation will know as the cockney fella who watches the joggers who go round and round in Blur’s Parklife). Jimmy Cooper’s story of growing up in London in the early 60s is like many young fella’s – he’s not interested in parents, work or responsibilities, as his priority list consists of girls, going out and fighting rockers. The tale will be told again on stage this weekend in a new concert version of Quadrophenia, which is directed by The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and includes powerful imagery displayed on huge screens in The O2 to go along with the powerful music. Who founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by a band which includes Pete’s younger brother Simon on guitar and backing vocals and Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums, filling the shoes of the band’s original larger-than-life drummer Keith Moon. And Pete Townshend is guaranteeing to leave Dublin on a high note with “some last minute surprises” in addition to well-known Who anthems. Will it be the gig of a lifetime? You Better, You Bet.


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Summer sizzler finance offers from Peugeot Peugeot has announced details of its Summer Sizzler Finance offer which will run in addition to the existing Five Year’s Peace of Mind Motoring offer, in a bid to give customers the best possible motoring value this summer. For a limited period only, a new Peugeot 208 will cost €199 per month or a Peugeot 508 from €299 per month. Terms and conditions apply. The stylish new Peugeot 208, Irish Small Car of the Year 2013, has been designed to be kinder to the pocket. Compact on the outside, yet roomy on the inside, lightweight materials and highperformance petrol and diesel engines have driven down the new Peugeot 208 running costs and annual road tax. The big news is that for a limited period, a customer can drive away in a new Peugeot 208 Access 1.0 petrol model for €199 per month, enjoying the peace of mind brought by five year’s warranty. Standard specification on the new Peugeot 208 Access model includes cruise control and speed limiter, six airbags, ESP and a full size spare wheel. The Peugeot 508, Irish Family Car of the Year 2012, combines strong design and good looks with award-winning engines, class leading driveability and high levels of safety to offer customers a large, comfortable car for business and family life. For a limited period, customers can drive away in a new Peugeot 508 1.6-HDi diesel Active saloon from a sizzling €299 per month, with the added security of five years’ warranty. Standard specification on the Active model includes rear parking aid, automatic lights and wipers, 17” alloy wheels, full size spare wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth and dual zone climate control. For further details on the Peugeot Summer Sizzler Finance offer, simply call into your local Peugeot Dealer or logon to www.peugeot.ie/ financing.

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The new Octavia Combi is offered with five engine alternatives with prices from €19,995

Skoda confirms June date for launch of Octavia Combi

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KODA has confirmed June 15 as the launch date of the new Skoda Octavia Combi. Unveiled internationally at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the new Octavia Combi is offered with three different specification variants, both manual and automatic transmission options and five engine alternatives with prices from €19,995. The Octavia Combi impresses with unrivalled cabin and luggage capacity, innovative 5* NCAP safety, modern new comfort features, low fuel con-

sumption and a new range of touch screen audio and navigation systems. Estate vehicles account for less than 2% of the new car market in Ireland with Skoda accounting for over 13% of the compact family estate segment. The third generation of the Octavia Combi will see Skoda challenge not only direct competitors but, thanks to its large proportions, it will also challenge vehicles in the larger executive estate class. The new Octavia has grown significantly in length and width; the new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the

outgoing Octavia Combi. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm enabling the Octavia break the mould for spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (995mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 610 litres. It is powered by the latest low emission TSI petrol engines as well as common rail diesel engines with stop start technology for excellent fuel economy. Commenting on the launch of the new Octa-

via Combi in Ireland, Raymond Leddy, head of marketing, Skoda Ireland said: “We have increased specification levels for all versions of the new Octavia Combi. “Additional airbags, electronic stability control for increased safety and stop start technology for reduced emissions and improved fuel economy are now standard features across the range. “Stylish alloy wheels are now offered on all models with the exception of the entry active model. “In dimension terms, the new Octavia is wider and has grown in length

by 9cm allowing for increased cabin space and luggage capacity. “Despite this growth, the new Octavia Combi has in fact shed up to 100kg in weight compared to its predecessor. Less weight equates to better fuel economy and the new Octavia in its 1.6TDI version consumes only 3.8 litres for every 100km travelled.” Leddy added: This is only the beginning for the Octavia Combi with 4x4 versions, sporty RS alternatives and an 87 gram per kilometre Green Line edition for release before the end of 2013.”

New Kia launches with €26,490 starting price The new 2013 K ia Carens will arrive in Irish showrooms next week. Powered by the economical 1.7D engine that powers its Sportage stable mate, the Carens comes in a choice of three trim levels, TX, EX and Platinum, with a starting price of €26,490. Standard equipment

for the entry-level Irish TX model includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front and rear electric windows, luggage cargo screen, steering mounted audio controls and voiceactivated Bluetooth. The EX model adds auto light controls, LED rear lights rear privacy glass, folding mirrors with puddle

lamps, seat back tables, dual zone air conditioning, rear parking sensors and rear-view camera. The top of the range Platinum model adds luxury features such as a leather upholstery with heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, HID types lights, front parking sensors and a supervision instrument

cluster. Safety as usual is a high priority with Kia and all models come with six airbags, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and emergency stop signal. The all-new bodyshell created for the Carens incorporates Kia’s latest CAD techniques and structural lessons from recent Kia models.

Manufactured with a high percentage of highstrength steel, the new bodyshell will contribute to Carens earning an anticipated 5-star rating in Euro NCAP crash safety tests. With a sleek and sculpted design, the allnew Kia Carens marks a dramatic shift away from the more utilitarian look of its predecessor.


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FastSport hermitage duo eye gleneagles date: A DREAM

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, officially opened the Irish Sport HQ accompanied by Barry Murphy, Padraic Moran, James Scully, Eoin Rheinisch, Chloe Magee and Bethany Carson

development: new headquarters set to benefit 19 governing bodies in ireland

Taoiseach opens National Sports Campus in Blanch TAOISEACH Enda Kenny officially opened Irish Sport HQ at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown last week, a venue which will soon host 19 governing bodies of sport to join the FAI on the site. In addition to allocating sites for development of the GAA, FAI, IRFU and Irish Hockey Association, multi-sport pitches and a pavilion will be open to the public by the end of 2013. High performance training facilities for Horse Sport Ireland/Pentathlon Ireland are also scheduled for completion

by August. At the opening, the Taoiseach said, “Ireland is a country that is passionate about sport and it is fitting that where possible we should have world class facilities to support, encourage and inspire everyone to get involved in sport. “I’m delighted that significant progress has been made in the development of the National Sport Campus over the past 12 months. The arrival of 19 national governing bodies is a major step in the development of the campus. “This milestone will also help foster

the sense of community and cooperation which already exists in Irish sport.” Work is currently underway on the multi-sport pitches and sport pavilion and the planned high performance facilities for Horse Sport Ireland and Pentathlon Ireland are scheduled for completion in August. These facilities will be of great benefit to the entire Greater Dublin region, and beyond. Speaking at the official opening, Sean Benton, chairman of the National Sports Campus Development Authority, said the NSCDA believed that the new set-

up will “enable and encourage greater communication between sports bodies; it fosters a spirit of togetherness. “It facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas; and it also makes good economic sense. “ Benton went on to say that a great deal of progress had been made on the campus project over the last 18 months. “Our stated aim is to deliver a campus for the benefit of not just our sports bodies and administrators, but especially for our elite athletes from all disciplines, and also for the general public.”

final at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles is up for grabs for amateur Pat McGilloway and his Hermitage PGA professional Simon Byrne in Europe’s biggest pro-am competition – the Lombard Trophy. McGilloway teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary course at the famous Scottish resort on September 3-4 when he won his club qualifying competition with a net score of 68. He and Byrne now advance to the regional final at The Island Golf Club on July 2, where they will play one round of betterball medal play with the chance to secure one of 16 spots available for the 36-hole grand final.

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archery: northside club wins four categories

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H STARof the MONTH

Sinead Cuthbert and Martin Cunningham from Dublin Archers taking part in the National Series

annalise murphy THE Rathfarnham sailor produced a pair of first place finishes in both Italy and the Netherlands against an Olympic standard field to start the five-part Eurosaf tour in truly stunning fashion, putting her in pole position for the rest of the series.

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Dublin Archers star in Louth  sport@gazettegroup.com

st francis TO WIN one All-Ireland title in a career is memorable; to do it twice in six months is truly remarkable. St Francis did just that when they landed the SFAI U-13 Troy Cup earlier in May, adding to their DB Sports Tour title from January.

THE Dublin Archers travelled to Louth to compete in the National Archery series last week at an event hosted by CuChulann near Tallanstown. The north Dublinbased, Dublin Archers were well represented over the two days of competition, fielding nine competitors shooting across a range of categories. The weather was kind

to the competitors and, in marked contrast to the first event in the series, held over Easter weekend, temperatures were in double figures for the latest competition.

Perfect conditions Indeed, sunscreen was needed as the best weather of the year so far made for ideal archery conditions. The Baldoyle-based club acquitted themselves well, and only the

host club rivalled Dublin Archers for numbers of competitors. On the first day of competition, a Fita round saw a number of personal best performances personal bests at individual distances and in overall scores. Glen Conway and Fiachra Verjans MacDermott took top spot in the Cadet Compound, and Cadet Recurve cateogries respectively. Sunday’s qualifiers and head-to-head com-

petitions took place in duller weather, although still near perfect archery conditions. Again top flight performances from Dublin Archers competitors saw the club come away with two first places, Mar tin Cunningham in the Open Recurve class and Verjans MacDermott in the cadet recurve category. The national series c o m p e t i t i o n m ove s to Ulster for the next round in June.

Parks Tennis set to bring the sport to all this summer  sport@gazettegroup.com

Local parks are ready for the 2013 Parks Tennis season

INITIATED 35 years ago, Parks Tennis goes from strength to strength in Ireland and will run for four weeks this summer. The programme was introduced to Ireland following a working vacation by a young Irish man, Tom Shelly, who coached tennis in a similar programme in New Hampshire, US. This system produced international players such as Arthur Ashe, the Williams sisters and many more while Jimmy Connors, being interviewed by Pat

Kenny last week, mentioned it was the starting point of his interest in tennis. Administrator for the past 35 years, Kay Lonergan, likens the national programme to the community games. “Costs are kept very low by national sponsorships from the four Dublin local authorities, and The Irish Sports Council Communities have supported this venture by giving the free use of tennis facilities in schools, leisure/community centres and parks that lie idle for the rest of the year.

“Suitable for beginners and improvers as children are grouped according to their age and standard. “It doesn’t matter what level of skill a child has when they start, they all leave having made new friends, had fun and with a greater interest in tennis. “Some even move up the ranks to national level. Who is to say that this year we might have a budding Andy Murray or Serena Williams in our midst.” This year, the Shreddies tennis programme will run from July 1 to 26 across Dublin and is open

to boys and girls aged 5½ to 17 in local public courts, community centres, schools and tennis clubs. Racquets and balls are supplied; all participants need is trainers and a tracksuit. There is a once-off registration fee of €40 and on arrival when participants will be greeted by a local, friendly tennis coach. Registration at all Dublin venues takes place on Friday, June 28 from 2-4pm. Log onto www.parkstennis. com to find your nearest location or contact 01- 8338711.


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Stephen’s debut a fitting family tribute Capping an amazing season, Keith Quinn says his brother Stephen’s Republic of Ireland debut against Georgia last weekend was a perfect tribute to his dearly departed parents  nathan kelly

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A SEASON that seemed like it could not get much better for Stephen Quinn did exactly that on Sunday night as the Clondalkin lad made his senior international debut in the 4-0 win over Georgia. Quinn replaced Wes Hoolahan for the final 15 minutes of the friendly game ahead of Friday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. The following day, while Stephen relaxed back at the Irish team’s hotel, GazetteSpor t spoke to younger brother and Longford Town FC man, Keith, about how the last week has been for the Quinn family. He said: “It’s been great (the last week), we are all delighted for our ma and

da; it’s a great thing for the family, they are not with us anymore but they would be so proud. For Stephen, he knows how we all feel about him.” The Quinn name is a strong one in Clondalkin, with late parents Alice and John raising 15 children. Three of the Quinn boys made the move to England as footballers with older brother Alan being followed by Stephen and then Keith before he moved back to Ireland. His admiration for his older brother is clearly evident. “He is a great player; he has got a great attitude in everything he does and he is a great role model for me. “He has always been a great role model as have all my brothers and all

my family. I’m sure Alan was a great role model for Stephen in the way the two of them are for me.” Having been a big part of Hull City’s promotionwinning season this campaign, 27-year-old Stephen can look forward to testing himself against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and the rest next season in the Premier League and Keith stated his brother cannot wait to get going. “He’s buzzing for it. It’s been a while since he was there; I remember watching him there for Sheffield United while I was in the youth team and seeing him make his debut there was just like watching him in the Aviva. Those days would bring a tear to your eye.” On the prospect of Stephen coming face to

face in battle with some of the world’s best midfielders, Keith believes, sibling-love put aside, that he will fit right into the top league. “He’s just really looking forward to getting back in and playing amongst the big boys. I feel, forget he’s my brother, that he

did nothing wrong and there will be a hope that he can become a regular, firstly in the squad, and then look to establish himself within the starting eleven for Giovanni Trapattoni’s side. Keith echoes this belief, when asked about his brother’s future interna-

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is good enough to mix it with the big boys. “He’s a really good player and he is at an age in his career where I think he is going to kick on and be a hell of a player for club and country in the next couple of years.” In his 15 minutes playing with the boys in green on Sunday night Stephen

Stephen Quinn, right pictured with Hull City team mate Robbie Brady, has plenty to celebrate

tional prospects he said: “I spoke to him and he is just really happy to be there. “Obviously, he would like to make a bigger impact on the team, he loves playing for his country and it is a great feeling for us watching him do it but he feels he can bring something more to the Ireland team.” To this end, Stephen said in the aftermath of the Georgia game that he is hopeful of being a late bloomer. “Maybe some people still didn’t even know who I was when I came on. “Hopefully that can change in the Premier League next season and maybe I can become a latecomer like Wes Hoolahan. “I’ve been waiting all my life for my first cap so to get it is a great feeling. It was even more special to get it here with my family cheering me on.”

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Anne Doyle to take on Raheny Mid Summer 5k THE annual Mid Summer 5km road race in aid of Childline takes place in St Anne’s Park on Sunday, June 16 at 11am. Former RTE newscaster Anne Doyle will be among the participants who will be raising much needed funds for the charity. Childline received almost 800,000 calls last year with over 10,000 contacts to the service by young people related specifically to bullying. The race is organised annually by Raheny Shamrock AC in memory of their late president Tommy Lynam. “We are honouring the late Tommy Lynam who was a great club stalwart for many years as well as helping Childline which does such excellent work with young people,’’ said race organiser, Olympian Pat Hooper. Participants are invited to run, jog or walk the distance in the picturesque surroundings of St Anne’s on a new two-lap course. All finishers will receive a souvenir medal as well as a rain cape. There will also be prizes for the first three male and female finishers as well as the winners in the various age categories. The entry fee is €20. Participants can register in advance for the race at www.rahenyshamrock. ie. Late entries will be accepted on the day of the race until 10.30am. The race begins near the playground in the park and finishes on the main avenue. The race headquarters will be situated at the playground which is close to the Red Stables. For further information contact Sean McGoldrick 087 2248274 or Donal Barrett 1850 504050.

Peamount set to toast 30 years of football TO CELEBRATE the 30th anniversary of the foundation of Peamount United and the 21st anniversary of the ladies section, the club are planning a function in the Louis Fitzgerald

Hotel in early October. Tickets for the celebration of this great occasion cost €35 per person. The club are currently inviting everyone to be part of this historic event and if you are interested in attending, text YES with your name to 086 3235369 before June 14.


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athletics: local schools come up trumps in tullamore

CBC Monkstown make school tennis history THERE were jubilant scenes at Templeogue LTC last week when CBC Monkstown claimed their first ever division one schools tennis trophy when they beat Gonzaga by three legs to one to win the Leinster Schools Junior Cup. The Monkstown boys took the difficult route to the final, overcoming strong opposition in the form of Belvedere College, St Michael’s and Blackrock. Last year, the team won the division two title but, by capturing the division one honours, they achieved a feat that no CBC team had ever done before. The team, coached by Monkstown LTC coach and CBC past-pupil Stephen O’Shea, comprised of Sean Kelly, Cian Aherne, Luke Hanley, Sean Kilroy, Michael Bennett, Michael Frawley and Sean O’Loughlin.

Local tennis club delighted with court upgrades MONKSTOWN LTC is looking forward to a new lease of life following the completion of their court refurbishment. Earlier this year, the club was successful in obtaining a €25,000 grant as part of the governmentfunded Sports Capital Programme. The grant helped replace six of the club’s existing courts along with six brand new courts being installed, using Tiger Turf which has emerged as the state-of-the art surface over the last few years. Speaking about

this new development, Monkstown LTC’s men’s captain Will Wilshere said: “We expect that this surface, which has now been installed, will provide a great service in Monkstown for at least eight or nine years. “We are very confident that our new courts will allow us to continue to offer the best possible playing surface to both our members and to our many visitors who use our courts in the various leagues in which we participate. “We think that we are the oldest tennis club in Ireland and we are actively growing and developing after nearly 140 years of continuous existence.”

Colaiste Iosagain’s Siofra Cleirigh Buttner crosses the line to break the national schools 800m in style in Tullamore

All-Ireland records tumble  sport@gazettegroup.com

SIOFRA Cleirigh Buttner capped an incredible year last Saturday in Tullamore at the Aviva AllIreland schools track and field championships as she was one of a number of record breakers. Elizabeth McWilliam’s 2.10.07 senior 800m record from 2004 was well and truly smashed as Colaiste Iosagain’s Cleirigh Buttner led from the gun to win in a time of 2.03.81, which was just outside Ciara Mageean’s 2:03.07 Irish record from 2009. It was one a series of

brilliant achievements in the final act of the school’s athletics year. Sarah Ni Mhaolmhuire added to Colaiste Iosagain’s celebrations when she cantered to the girl’s 3,000m senior title, coming home with over 10 seconds to spare on the field. Meanwhile, Seodhna Hoey finished third in the junior discus. Colaiste Eoin’s Niall Prior won by the narrowest of margins when he claimed the boy’s 100m dash in a time of 11.82 seconds, seeing off Ballymahon’s Thomas McGann on the line. He also took silver in

crokes new sponsor Kilmacud teams up with WEEE for five-year deal kilmacud Crokes senior footballers Rory

O’Carroll and Paul Mannionwere on hand to launch the club’s new sponsorship deal with recycling company WEEE Ireland They have agreed a five-year deal to be the overall sponsor of the club, including new jerseys for all of the teams from senior to underage level as well as support team development and schools projects in the area. They will also sponsor the Mini AllIreland, which kicked off last weekend.

the 200m, edged out by just .02 of a second by St Kieran’s Jack Manning. Blackrock College showed their strength in the throwing events as Rowan McMahon took first place in the boy’s intermediate discus, his 42.77m enough to see off Belvedere rivals Brian Egan and Ed Byrne. In the senior shot putt, Rock student Oliver Jaeger was hoping to follow the path laid out by former Irish rugby number eight Victor Costello who created the national record back in 1990. Jaeger, a promising

rugby player too, threw 15.62m, good enough for second place on the day. We s l e y C o l l e g e ’s Stephen Rice claimed the senior boys javelin with a best effort of 54.78m, seeing off Plunkett College’s Ryan Whelan by just under two metres. Wesley schoolmate Freddy Huggard was in fourth place almost 10m back with a 44.94m throw. Highlight of the meet was surely the senior 100m/200m double by Marcus Lawler from CBS Carlow. Just a couple of weeks after breaking the 30-year-old Irish junior100m record of Derek

O’Connor, Lawler made it a double by breaking O’Connor’s 30-year-old 200m Irish junior record when he won in a time of 20.87, the fastest by an Irishman this season. The 200m win came just over an hour after he won the 100m in a time of 10.59, just outside his best, while his 200m time bettered his previous best of 21.17. Needless to say both times were new schools records. Phil Healy completed the same double in the senior sprints, winning the 100m in 11.83 and the 200m in 23.98. Both were also new records.


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Kilmacud claim U-11 McKelvey cup title   sport@gazettegroup.com

KILMACUD Crokes’ U-11 hurlers claimed the Joe McKelvey cup last weekend, winning the final in Belfast with a 2-6 to 0-2 result against hosts O’Donovan Rossa. H av i n g ove r c o m e O’Loughlin Gaels, Ballycastle and Ballinasloe in the initial phases, they

produced some great hurling to win the overall title in style. In the final, Ror y O’Mahony dominated the half back line with a wonderful first touch and some fine clearances up to Conn Lohan and Brendan Scanlon who tagged on a couple of quick early scores. The local boys came

back strong but Davey Crowe put his body on the line and won a huge amount of possession in midfield. By now, Daniel Daly’s puck-outs were finding the half forward line with great accuracy where Joseph Neary was very lively. The second half continued with Crokes

putting on the pressure with Sean Delap and Ciaran Browne making a great contribution to a great team performance. Captain for the day Darragh Purcell accepted the trophy on behalf of Crokes while Crowe was also presented with the player of the tournament award.

Club Noticeboard cuala WELL done to Mick Fitzsimons and

tournament) will be in action from

the Dublin senior football panel on

Monday June 17 to Saturday, June

progressing to the Leinster semi-

22.

final.

4.30pm to 6.30pm doing gym pro-

involved in next weekend’s trip to

grammes for the 97 boys for the

Wexford.

next four weeks.

Good luck to all star ting their exams this week. Summer camp details are all available now on the website. Discount on

football: dalkey men recover 10-point deficit

Ken Fitz will be in Cuala from

Go o d lu ck to a ll our hur l e r s

bookings made before June 24.

If any of the juvenile or minor players feel like dropping in to puck/kick a ball or just hang around the place they will be more than welcome. This is an informal, unstructured

Get ready for the mini All-Irelands.

attempt to encourage our teenag-

Boys and girls from U-6 up (and up

ers to see the club as theirs and to

goes a fair way with the Gaelic4Dads

learn to respect it as such.

shankill SHANKILL U-8/9s and U-10/11s took

camp head coach - Mick Ahern on

on local club Stars of Erin in Kilter-

083 1451686.

nan on Saturday at 11am; a fabu-

What child wouldn’t want to be

lous team display of hurling and

at the first ever Shankill GAA club

football.

summer Camp - an epic event.

We continue to arrange matches for

New website: we are proud to

different age groups each week. It’s

announce the launch of our brand

never too late to join a team; just

new website for Shankill GAA club.

call to Shanganagh Park any Saturday morning to our academy. Our juvenile academy continues

Conor O’Brien played a key role with a goal and two points in the win over Templeogue Synge Street

Cuala’s comeback kings sink Synger afl division two

Templeogue Synge Street 1-13 Cuala 2-12  sport@gazettegroup.com

CUALA’S amazing second half fightback saw them overcome a fancied Templeogue Synge Street who had already shown their promotion ambitions in the early phases of the season. But they were left stunned as the Dalkey side bounced back from a 10-point deficit at Dolphin Park last Wednesday night to claim their second successive win of the campaign, one which lifts them away from the

relegation zone and looking upwards after a jittery start to 2013. Playing with the wind, Cuala were confident of building up a first half lead but Templeogue were playing some nice football and quickly gained control. Indeed, the Dalkey side seemed unable to handle the favorable wind and hit wide after wide, whilst TSS were the epitome of economy at the other end and built up a strong lead, storming into a 1-11 to 0-4 halftime advantage which should have proven unassailable. Down by 10 points and

facing an ever strengthening breeze, all looked lost, but motivated by some stern words from manager Pat Dolphin, Cuala took complete control. Goalkeeper Darren McBrien pinged over a few 45s while Conor O’Brien sniped a goal and Luke Keating was directing the forwards while also chipping in with a quartet of points. It got Cuala right back in the game as Synger looked shell shocked. The Cuala backs were all now on top, conceding just two points throughout the second half. And a sweeping move

down the pitch led to John Sheanon rattling home a goal – he ended with 1-2 – to put Cuala a point up. Finally, TSS woke up and replied with two quick scores to put the comeback in jeopardy. But again Cuala rallied and points from O’Brien and sub Dylan Kennedy put Cuala two points up at the final whistle and Cuala had completed one of the most amazing turnarounds, winning the second half 2-08 to 0-2. It lifts them up to tenth place in the standings with a game in hand which, if won, could lift them into the top half.

Through the website, we aim to keep all our members up to date on what is happening within the club.

every Saturday from 12pm to 1pm

There’s also a fun kids’ zone for

and will continue throughout the

all our younger members. Check us

summer.

out on www.shankill.gaa.ie.

We c a t e r fo r b oy s a n d g i r l s

Please feel free to share any feed-

between 5-12 years old, covering

back, comments or information you

football, hurling and camogie.

have - email us on shankillgaa@

All equipment is provided and it’s only €2 per session.

gmail.com. Get Involved: in order to ensure

Summer camp 2013: we are

that Shankill GAA club continues to

delighted to announce that we will

grow and exist for many years to

be hosting the first ever Shankill

come we need your help.

GAA club summer camp from Mon-

It takes a diverse range of people

day, July 1 to Friday, July 5, proudly

and skillsets to make a club suc-

sponsored by Caddy Care.

cessful.

The camp will be held in Shangan-

We already have a fantastic group

agh Park and will run from 10am to

of people involved but there’s room

2pm daily. Children can be dropped

for a lot more.

off at 9.45am and must be collected before 2.15pm.

Contrary to belief this does not mean giving your life to the GAA but

The cost is €35 per child or €30 if

instead it can mean an hour here

booked before June 22; €5 reduc-

or there when you have it available.

tions will also apply for siblings.

There are a wide variety of roles

The cost includes a Shankill GAA club summer camp Dryflow t-shirt for every child - a great memento.

that we currently need help with. These include helping out on a Saturday at our juvenile academy from

Registration forms are available

coaching, train-driving (moving

through the local primary schools

kids from one station to the next),

or from any committee member.

signing in and out kids, handing out

They are also available for down-

bibs and lots more.

load on our website.

We’re also looking for new com-

Completed forms can be returned

mittee members. If you’re interest-

via the local primary school secre-

ed or have time to spare contact us

taries or at the juvenile academy

now on: shankillgaa@gmail.com or

each Saturday.

secretary.shankill.dublin@gaa.ie.

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to Shankill GAA club. For enquiries contact summer

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