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Safety concern spells end for Baths I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE iconic baths at Blackrock, with their high-diving board and 50-metre pool, are to be demolished by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) after 140 years after a report revealed safety concerns. DLRCC architect Andree Dargan said: “The council is now proceeding to make arrangements to carry out the necessary demolition work, including the removal of the

diving platform.” Responding to the news, Blackrock Baths campaigner and local politician, Councillor Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said: “My response is one of sadness. As a local councillor, I must be concerned about the future use of this site.” The baths site is owned by Treasury Holdings Ltd. Local councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) is calling on the council to acquire the freehold from them. Full story on Page 5

The artist’s way: New craft shop opens on George Street ARTIST Sue Bamford and Jenni Kilgal-

lon were just two of the many art fans and creative locals who came along to celebrate the recent official opening of Artists Gift Gallery in Lower George’s Street. With a wide range of hand-

made crafts on sale, as well as a gallery upstairs showcasing a wide range of styles by some of the region’s talented artists, there was plenty of art and crafts to suit all tastes and budgets. See Full Gallery on Pages 8-9

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SPORT UCD-Marian Basketball Club moves to new gym

World’s top racing boats cruise into DL Harbour I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

FIVE of the fastest trimarans in the world sailed into Dun Laoghaire Harbour on September 5 as part of a European tour organised by the global championship sailing series, MultiOneDesign MOD 70. T he MOD70 f leet was welcomed by the National Yacht Club (NYC) and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) when it arrived into Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier this week, having made the 1,188-mile journey from Kiel in Germany. This Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, the MOD70 boats will compete in Dublin Bay in the Dublin City Race and Speed Match Races. The calibre of sailors taking part in the race series is very high, with eight of the competitors holding round-theworld sailing records, including Britain’s Brian Thompson, who also holds 20 offshore sailing speed records, and is on the trimaran Musandam

– Oman Sail. A five-day family festival will be held on the East Pier to celebrate the nautical visit, and will give the public an opportunity to see up close some of the world’s top racing trimarans. The festival will include food courts, a farmers’ market, fairtrade and ethnic stalls, craft stalls, street entertainers and vintage amusements. Gerry Dunne, CEO of the DLHC, said: “We are delighted to welcome the world’s most innovative trimarans to Dun Laoghaire Harbour which has witnessed 200 years of maritime history. “1.4 million people walk the East Pier on an annual basis and we hope that the hosting of this global event will attract many more people to our beautiful harbour in September.” The trimarans will leave the harbour at 3pm on Sunday, September 9, for the start of the second leg of the European tour, travelling from Dun Laoghaire to Cascais in Portugal.

Herbert the Hound with some enthusiastic younger members of UCD Marian Basketball Club Academy. Pictures: Ian Fleming

Lots of hoop-la over a new start A

FTER 44 years in existence, UCD Marian Basketball Club recently transferred to a new sports hall in Oatlands College, Stillorgan, where lots of local young basketball players helped mark the official move of the club. Alan Fearon, chairman of UCD-Marian, said: “We wanted to use a top-class venue where the whole club could be accommodated, so we are delighted with the

move to what is probably the most modern gym in the country.” The UCD-Marian Super-League team will continue to play its home games in the recently upgraded Belfield Campus Gym, but all other teams, from the new academy to the underage section (covering U12/U14/ U16/U17/U18/U20) to the men’s section (Mens SuperLeague/D1/D2/D4) will all train and play in Oatlands.

STET gallery from Dundrum

Herbert the Hound with Keith Ryan, principal of Oatlands College; Alan Fearon, chairman of UCD-Marian Basketball Club, and Councillor Gerry There was plenty of spirited competition.

Horkan (FF), head of the board of management at Oatlands College

Visitors can view the boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Alan Fearon with Mark and Sophia

Another moment of sporting prowess

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Campaign to support the ‘Angels’ I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

DUN Laoghaire Community Association is set to launch a campaign – the Friends of the Parking Angels (FOTPA) – to build up a fund to keep the Parking Angel initiative running in the leadup to Christmas. The Parking Angels patrol the town checking if parking tickets are about to expire, and top up the ticket for the shopper to avoid them getting a parking fine. Ann Joyce, of local business, Costello Flowers, spoke to The Gazette about the initiative. “FOTPA should be up and running in two weeks, and people can come in to me in the flower shop to sign up. “One of our Parking Angels volunteers came back here today and he’d saved 13 people from a fine, which is fantastic. “People can make donations to the fund, too. If you’ve been saved, then you can help save a few other people,” she said. Joyce discussed the experience shoppers could face in Dun Laoghaire, and how Parking Angels could come to the rescue. “You know what banks and post offices are like for queues; you could be waiting for ages. Imagine if a little old lady was stuck waiting in the doctor’s and couldn’t get

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‘One of our Parking Angels volunteers came back here today and he’d saved 13 people from a fine, which is fantastic’


Ann Joyce, Costello Flowers


back to put more money in the meter. “As a friend of mine said recently, ‘It’s a constant monkey on your back’, worrying about being fined in Dun Laoghaire. “Three community association members’ relatives, who are students, top up your ticket by €0.50, and put it into a plastic bag outside the windscreen. “People are always coming in here to thank us, they’re so delighted to be helped, and grateful to have been spared a fine of €40. “The students have worked very hard over the past few months, but they can’t get to every car, they can only try their best. “One of the students is at Dun Laoghaore Inistitute of Art, Design & Technology, and he has set up a Parking Angel Facebook page to spread the word,” said Joyce.

Gaelscoil girls: Junior infants have fun as they make friends and learn more about school ... HARLIE Carly and Tori McDermott soon forgot any first day nerves that they may have had at Gaelscoil Phadraig, Ballybrack, where principal Roise Ni Ghiollain welcomed the girls and all the junior infants to their first day at school. This happy pair of new friends soon settled down to learning more about school, after some time spent learning more about animals as Gaeilge, first. See Full Gallery Next Week

THE Glenageary road adjacent to Killiney and Dalkey is to be resurfaced, a process which will take place from Monday, September 24 until December. Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) welcomed the announcement by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, but questioned the duration of three months to complete the project. He said: “Having requested that this main road is included in the council’s road pro gramme, I am glad to see work is finally going to start. This road is a hazard to cyclists and motorists alike.” His concern is that businesses in the area may be adversely affected as the road is the main artery into local shopping areas. In response, a spokeswoman from the council’s Transportation Department said: “The council has secured funding to restore Glenageary Road Lower, which has deteriorated following significant improvements to water infrastructure in the past two years and the adverse weather conditions experienced in 2010 and 2011. “The contractor has been notified and will be officially appointed in the next two weeks with regard to Glenageary road restoration works,” she said.

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Glory for area in league S A N DYC OV E T i d y Towns Committee is celebrating having received a clean slate from An Taisce, with the latest Irish Business Against Litter report finding the Sandycove area top of the litter rates in the county. Sandycove Tidy Towns’ chairperson, Margaret Brown, said: “The road at Sandycove Dart Station was spotless; also, the 40 Foot promenade, Glasthule Approach Road and Eden Park Recycling Facility were particularly well presented.” Areas which received a Grade A in the DLR region included Dun Laoghaire Railway Station. A record 76% of the 42 towns and cities surveyed in the country were deemed to be clean or “cleaner than European norms”.

SCHOOL Third-party land purchase not ruled out

Cemex site not in plans for Newpark I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE Gazette has received clarification this week from the Department of Education on the construction work and refurbishment plans for Newpark School in Blackrock and its relationship to the Cemex site. The former cement site, Cemex, which lies adjacent to the school, is being considered by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown planning authority for the construction of eight fourbed houses. Councillor Victor Boy-

han (Ind) last week called on the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, to secure the site on behalf of the school instead. In response to Cllr Boyhan’s suggestion to acquire the Cemex site for Newpark School , a spokesperson for Minister Quinn said: “The project to deliver new school accommodation at Newpark Comprehensive School is already at an advanced stage, and the design team was recently authorised to begin the pre-qualification of a shortlist of main building contractors in anticipa-

tion of the project progressing to tender and construction stage. “The land in question is not required to facilitate the new accommodation, and is not part of the proposed building project. “Therefore, the Department has no plans to acquire the land in question. However, the Department would have no objection to the additional land being acquired for the school by another party, subject to the normal checks regarding its suitability for education use,” said the spokesperson. This week, Cllr Boyhan was urging parents and school management

Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind): Concerned that “complacency will set in and political excuses will yet again delay the project [to refurbish Newpark School]”

to keep campaigning for Newpark’s extensions and refurbishments. He said: “My concern at this stage is that complacency will set in and political excuses will yet again delay the project. “Newpark was once the jewel in the Department of Education’s crown; now, the building is in a dilapidated state, with serious maintenance issues. “As we approach another academic year, the

Department of Education has still not approved the project going out to tender,” said Cllr Boyhan. Responding to his claim, a Department of Education spokesperson said: “The Department recently authorised the design team to begin the pre-qualification of a shortlist of main building contractors in anticipation of the project progressing to tender and construction stage. “Thereafter, the project

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will proceed to tender to the shortlist of suitably qualified contractors. Tender stage on a project of this size normally takes between six and eight months to complete. “The Department has advised the school authority that a date for the commencement of construction on the project will be determined as part of the detailed plan for 2013, which will be published in late 2012,” said the spokesperson.

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Dubai merits in spotlight

Head on over to a classic noir play I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

Arrangments are being made by the council to carry out necessary demolition work at the baths

Blackrock Baths to be demolished I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

DESPITE local councillors and residents’ ongoing campaign to have Blackrock Baths reopened, Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC) has this week declared that the site will be demolished. In a statement on August 31, DLRCC said: “Following a recent inspection by senior council staff, it emerged that the structures have suffered from extensive weather damage and from the ravages of the sea, making the structures and adjoining land dangerous for members of the public.” DL R C C a r c h i t e c t Andree Dargan said: “The council is now proceeding to make arrangements to carry out the necessary demolition work, including the removal of the

diving platform.” Last week, Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) called on the council to obtain the freehold of the Blackrock Baths site from the current holders, Treasury Holdings Ltd. Treasury Holdings Ltd obtained the freehold from Pembroke Estates Holdings in 1997. Under the current Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, there is a specific local objective to encourage the redevelopment of the area which encompasses Blackrock Baths. A part of these plans was the inclusion of a substantial swimming pool for public use – a feature of the site since Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown obtained their 150-year lease in 1929. Dun Laoghaire Corporation officially closed Blackrock Baths in 1987 and, by 1992, parts of the

baths were being dismantled. According to Cllr Boyhan, the acquisition of the freehold of the baths site would have allowed the council “to explore a range of appropriate options for the redevelopment of the site, in line with the council’s development plan objectives”. Reacting to the news of the baths’ demolition, local Labour councillor and Blackrock Baths advocate Niamh Bhreathnach said: “My response is one of sadness, but the baths have long been out of use. “By the 1970s, the numbers using the facility were diminishing and, by the time Treasury Holdings acquired the site, there was little or no swimming in the baths. “Concerned that no swimming facility would be included in any proposed development, I

business, with 80% of the city’s 1.3 million residents being foreigners. recently named Dubai as one of Irish expats’ favoured job destinations, with the city attracting thousands of national, international and global companies. The Greater Dublin Chamber is an amalgam of Fingal Dublin Chamber, South Dublin Chamber and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, working together to represent and promote business in the Greater Dublin region. The seminar costs €30 per person. For further information, contact Freda at 01 890 0977, or email

secured a council commitment that a swimming facility would be included in Treasury plans. “Now, as a local councillor, I must be concerned about the future use of this site. The council and Iarnrod Eireann and the Blackrock businesses must work closely with the Blackrock residents and their elected representatives to plan ways that the seaside can come to Blackrock village in an active and inviting way,” said Cllr Bhreathnach. County manager Owen Keegan said proposals were ongoing to improve the seafront and this includes the Blackrock Baths’ site, but site improvement would be subject to negotiations with Treasury Holdings Ltd. The council said that the baths will have onsite security until the demolition work begins.



AN EXCITING new production of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps is being staged by present and past students of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in the Pavilion Theatre this month. Rubber Duck Productions Ireland is a new theatre company, run by David Edwards, which has chosen to produce the iconic Patrick Barlow adaptation of The 39 Steps, Buchan’s novel – most famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935. Described as a comicnoir play, Barlow’s adaptation won an Olivier award when it was restaged in London’s West End in 2005. There are 139 characters in the play, but they are all performed by only four actors. T he Rubber Duck production will be performed entirely in black and white as an homage to its former era. Per formances will take place in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, on September 19 and 20, and in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on September 28 and 29. All performances begin at 8pm, and tickets are available on the theatres’ websites at www. or, or from the Mermaid box office at 01 272 4030, and the Pavilion box office at 01 231 2929.

CHAMBERS of Commerce from across Dublin are to meet this month to host a seminar on doing business in Dubai. The Greater Dublin Chamber has announced details of a special Dubai business briefing on Thursday, September 13 at 6pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel at Dublin Airport. The briefing is being supported by and organised in association with the Government of Dubai department of tourism and commerce. Fayha Sultan, a representative from the department, will speak about the business opportunities for SMEs and multinationals in Dubai, which has proved a haven for foreign


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TRANSPORT 400 cabs sign-up for high-tech service


Hailing a new taxi service I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

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Digital Video & LinkedIn for Small Business Seminar September 26th 2012, Royal Marine Hotel Learn how your business can make the most of Digital Video and LinkedIn. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is hosting a full day seminar (9.30am–5 .30pm) on Wednesday, 26th September in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. In the morning session, you’ll get expert advice on how to use Digital Video as a form of promotional content for your website and social media presence. In the afternoon session, you’ll find out how to maximize the networking and lead generation capabilities of LinkedIn. Q&A sessions will follow both topics. If you are a small business owner/manager with plans to build a business-winning digital marketing strategy on a limited budget, this seminar can help you. Led by experienced internet strategy professionals, this full day session will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to get proven online sales and marketing channels working for your business. You’ll also get the opportunity to network with other small businesses throughout the day. Announcing the seminar speakers, Michael Johnson, the CEO of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board, said: “There are plenty of examples of entrepreneurs in our county winning business by adopting smart online strategies. This seminar will give people an excellent opportunity to pick the brains of experts and to give their business a competitive edge in the process.” For further information and to book your place, please visit or contact the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board on (01) 494 8400.

FOUR hundred Dublin taxis have already signed up, and another 700 cabs are due to use a Dun Laoghaire entrepreneur’s automated taxi dispatch system, which locates the nearest taxi to the user via their mobile phone. Last week saw Paul O’Loughlin Kennedy launch the new taxi dispatch system, WINIcabs, which aims to provide customers with faster pickup times and enhanced safety. Using mobile phone technology, WINIcabs identifies the caller’s location and then connects their phone call to the mobile of the nearest available WINIcab driver,

enabling the customer to speak directly to the driver who will pick them up. The new technology was conceived 10 years ago by Paul and his father, John (founder of the Third World relief organisation, Concern). In 2011, the technology won the Aepona/Neustar Developer Challenge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Vodafone The technology works on older mobiles as well as smartphones. Presently, the service is only available on the Vodafone network, but other networks will also carry the service, according to WINIcabs. Founder and CEO of WINIcabs, Paul said:

“WINIcabs offers customers enhanced safety as, once engaged, the driver’s details – his name, car make, model and colour and roof sign number – are automatically sent to the customer by SMS. “This SMS can be forwarded to another number as a record of the journey or, if a child is getting the taxi, to their parent.” Customers can also register a debit or credit card to allow their family members to use the service. “The passenger can charge the fare to the account even if they don’t have the card with them. “We are thrilled that this next-generation technology, which was conceived and designed in Ireland, is now launching to Irish taxi,” he said.

Hundreds of Dublin taxis have already signed up for a Dun Laoghaire entrepreneur’s automated taxi dispatch system, which locates the nearest taxi to the user via their mobile phone

€153k funds to help prevent local flooding I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

UP to €153,000 is going to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to prevent the Stradbrook stream in Monkstown from flooding, it was announced by the Minister for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes (FG). Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) said: “I am delighted that the minister has made this funding available, which will help prevent flooding in Monkstown and Stradbrook. “The money will be used to install culverts in two locations and replace screens. I am glad that despite the current economic constraints, this Government is supporting flood-alleviation measures. “This announcement will be warmly welcomed by residents in the area,

especially those living close to the Stradbrook stream,” she said. T he funding is in answer to a proposal at a Dun Laoghaire Environment, Culture and Community, Water and Waste Ser vices and Housing Area Committee on March 26, which urged that contact be made with the riparian (interface where the land meets the stream) owners “to remind them of their responsibilities”, following surveyors’ findings on the Stradbrook stream. The findings pointed to two issues that would be “significant contributory factors to the flooding of approximately 20 properties” around Carrickbrennan Road: the pipes under a small private bridge at the entrance to Alma Place are badly silted up, and a privately-owned wall, which spanned the stream, collapsed in on the stream, presenting a severe restriction to flow.

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ENTERPRISE Celebrating the opening of a new gallery and

Brendan and Lucinda O’Sullivan

Examining the works on display

Laura Kilgallon

Jo and Nicola Keane. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

The smart shop exterior

Mary Buckley and Caroline Johnston

Brushing up on local artists OTS of art-loving locals came along to the recent official opening of Artists Gift Gallery at No 94 Lower George’s Street recently, keen to brush up on works by some of the area’s best artists. Owner, Jenni Kilgallon, was on hand to greet the guests, who were keen to browse the lovely


works on display upstairs in the gallery, as well as examining the many handmade wares on sale in the new craft and design shop. With so many wares for sale from a wide range of artists and crasftspeople from across the region, Jenni’s store certainly paints a great picture of the region’s rich artistic and cultural diversity.

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handmade-crafts’ shop located at Lower George’s Street

Tim O’Shea and Rebecca Maddock

Jenni Kilgallon and artist Lynda Tobin

Susan Wynne, Lynda Tobin and Sandra Petit-Frere

Candlemaker, Patricia Murphy with artist, Gavriella Szabo and Karen Harper

Local Fine Gael Deputy Mary Mitchell-O’Connor was happy to come along to support the event

Sharing opinions on the artworks

Caroline O’Shea and Luke Jacob

Owner, Jenni Kilgallon and Kenneth Redmond

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EVENT LA Make Up Academy hold graduation ceremony

Amanda O’Dwyer and Gavin Renneck

The graduates

Graduates brush up on celebrations A Make Up Academy recently held a graduation for their one-year make-up specialist classes from the 2011/2012 year. The graduation ceremony was a great success. Students donned their gowns and hats for the special occasion where they received their certificates in front of their friends and families. LA Creative Academy offers a host of


internationally accredited courses spanning make-up, beauty therapy, special effects, hair styling, fashion design, fashion styling, millinery, shoe making and photography. To find out more about LA Make-Up Academy and their range of modules and services, email them on or call +353 (0)1 6751999.

Anca Condrache (winner of best make-up) and Gavin Crona Rooney


Anca Condrache, Gillian Hooper, Paula Lynch and Julie Davis

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Spectacular style, excitement and racing at the Moyglare Stud Stakes this Sunday F R E E A D M I S S I O N F O R A L L , C O U R T E SY O F M OYG L A R E ST U D

2004 winner Chelsea Rose, owned by Mrs. A.J. Donnelly, trained by Tracy Collins and ridden by Pat Shanahan

THE much-anticipated Moyglare Stud Stakes will take place at The Curragh this Sunday, 9th September 2012 and promises a day of premier racing, with spectacular style, thrilling entertainment and pageantry and a family friendly atmosphere sure to whet the appetite of seasoned race goers and newcomers alike. To c o m m e m o r a t e the 50th Anniversary of Moyglare Stud, founder Walter Haefner’s daughter, Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner, is offering race goers free admission on the day in celebration of this momentous occasion. The prestigious Moyglare Stud is also sponsoring all of the races throughout the eight race card day; with each race named after a famous Moyglare horse. The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the Group One Moyglare

Stud Stakes for two year old Fillies, which is now celebrating its 40th year and still carries one of the longest r unning race sponsorships in the world. To add to the thrilling atmosphere, every race on the day will be a MOYGLARE 50 race, with each winning breeder receiving a €1,000 cheque from Moyglare Stud in recognition and acknowledgement of their success and the challenges that they face. The MOYGLARE 50 series of flat races for fillies and mares was introduced by Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner in honour of her late father, Walter Haefner, and is a celebration of his love of breeding horses in Ireland. While the thoroughbreds battle it out on the racecourse, the ladies will raise the style stakes when the Newbridge Sil-

verware Style Icon competition gets underway. Moyglare Stud is also offering an incredible prize to the winner of the “Style Icon” Competition

ruary. There they will enjoy luxury 5 star accommodation for one night at the landmark Badrutts Palace Hotel, one of

entry to the Spa Club and the exclusive Kings Club - the most famous nightclub in St Moritz! The winning Style Icon will also receive a

The White Turf Horse Races, St. Moritz, Switzerland. Photo by Andy Mettler

on the day. The winner is invited to bring a guest to the unique White Turf Horse Races set against the breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled scenery of St Moritz in Feb-

the leading hotels of the world. The prize also includes flights, private transfers, one additional night’s accommodation in a top hotel in Zurich and free

Newbridge Silverware voucher to the value of €5,000, together with an exquisite piece from the Newbridge Silverware Vintage Collection. Judges of the New-

bridge Silverware Style Icon Award will include the newly crowned Rose of Tralee Nicola McEvoy, eminent broadcaster Mr Gay Byrne, Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner from Moyglare Stud and Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent Bairbre Power. The entire family will be catered for at the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh, with free entertainment for children and also face painting, bouncy castles, the RACE horse racing simulator and the Giddy Up Club - a chance for children to learn all about horse racing and meet some famous jockeys. There will also be live music and entertainment throughout the day courtesy of the No 1 Army Band. Singing sensation Mark Boylan will perform a specially commissioned song penned by him celebrating the 50

years of Moyglare Stud in Ireland. The 14 year old County Offaly native has received worldwide acclaim by composing a number of racing themed songs that have become internet hits and netted him personal invitations to racing festivals including Cheltenham and the Breeders Cup in the USA. He was the youngest person to perform at Vicar Street on his own when he supported the High Kings earlier this year. An art exhibition of the work of children from local schools will also be on display at The Curragh, depicting their celebration through art of 50 Years of Moyglare Stud. These masterpieces have been judged by an independent artist and each child will be presented with a prize and will get their mounted painting home on the day.

THE CURRAGH RACECOURSE 9th September 2012, First Race: 2.15pm The Curragh is located off exit 12 on the M7. Free car parking. Trains to Kildare town with free shuttle bus to the racecourse. Dublin coach provides a service, see

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HOLLYWOOD superstar Colin Farrell was back on Irish soil recently for the European premiere of his latest blockbuster – Total Recall – saying it was great to bring his co-stars to the city that shaped him into who he is today. During his brief promotional trip for the remake, Farrell took time out to talk to The Gazette about his new movie, and what’s it like to be back home – even if it is just for a short while. He said: “It’s really great to be able to bring a premiere back to a city that shaped me – as a boy, and as a man. “Also lovely to have Len [Wiseman], Jess [Jessica Biel] and Kate [Beckinsale] here, too. I think for all of them, it’s their first visit to Dublin.” Unfor tunately, the busy father of two wasn’t

able to visit his hometown of Castleknock, saying his return for the Irish premiere of his new movie was “a fleeting visit”. “I normally get back to Castleknock over Christmas when I am in Dublin for longer than this particular promotional pit-stop.” According to Farrell, there is a little pressure involved in making remakes – memorably, Total Recall was first filmed by Paul Verhoven, and starred Arnold Swartzenegger in1991 – but he feels this version of the classic scif-fi/ action movie works. “Well, naturally, there is the issue of expectation, and people wondering how similar or dissimilar it may be to the original film, but I think, generally, we made the film we wanted to make.” In the movie, his character is implanted with


‘I normally get back to Castleknock over Christmas when I am in Dublin for longer than this particular promotional pit-stop’


Colin Farrell


the life memories of someone else. W hen asked if he thinks the plot parallels his life as an actor, which allows him to play someone else and walk in their shoes, his brief response was simply: “God, no, man.” He has worked with some of the best directors in cinema during his career, to date, including Stephen Spielberg,

Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam and Michael Mann, but Farrell says he has no particular favourite. “Each director brings something unique and different to a film and to a film set. It’s been an honour to work with all those directors that you mention and, indeed, some that you did not, such as Terence Mallick or Niall Jordan. “Honestly, I don’t have a favourite – you just hope that when you work with these kind of directors, that you do justice to their choice of cast.” Stepping into the big shoes of the original star of Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, we asked Colin if Arnie had been in touch to give him any pointers. Sadly, he hadn’t. “He didn’t call, he didn’t write. Nope – no pointers! But I think that is just as well, as these are two different films made in two different decades,”

said Farrell. He started out his career on the small screen with some small roles here and there. His career started to get a little more interesting when he was cast in the BBC series, Ballykissangel, in 1998 and 1999. His first feature film was in The War Zone, which was directed by English actor, Tim Roth. However, Farrell’s performance in Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher, catapulted his career, which later saw him star in films such as Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit and In Bruges. Now a household name, Farrell continues to impress critics with his acting skills, and his latest film has been given the thumbs-up from film critics across the globe. The 2012 version of Total Recall is in cinemas now.

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Zoo stick neck out with new name I LAURA WEBB

DUBLIN Zoo’s newest arrival, a female giraffe, has been named following a recent competition held by the popular tourist attraction. The rare female Rothschild giraffe was named Tamu, which means “sweet one” in Swahili. The suggestion was submitted by Grainne Byrne of Summerhill in County Meath. Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader for Dublin Zoo’s African Plains area, said: “Tamu is doing very well standing tall at six feet with a pale tan coat which makes her easily recognizable amongst the herd. She is an extremely well-adjusted and relaxed calf, following the herd wherever they wander. “We received an overwhelming number of superb suggestions and picking the winning entry was not easy. We chose the name Tamu as it fits her personality perfectly,” Helen added. For further information about Dublin Zoo, including upcoming events and news on what’s happening, log on to

HERITAGE A special night to celebrate arts, culture across Dublin

Free events for everyone at Culture Night I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

DUBLIN is staying open late on Friday, September 21, for Culture Night – a one-night only celebration of arts and culture in the city, and all over the country. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the

evening, welcoming people of all ages to sample their cultural delights for free, and there are some genuine highlights in store for local people. The Irish Film Institute is celebrating 20 years in Eustace Street by screening Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The Irish Film Theatre at Earlsfort Terrace will

show an animated short film at 7.45pm, presented by Arts and Disability Ireland. The Culture Night Guided Tour will meander along the historic streets of the capital, retelling old and forgotten Dublin stories from 3pm to 5pm. Each tour lasts for 90 minutes and takes in the architecture, history and geology of the venues it

will visit. Establishments throughout Dublin opening late include the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Concert Hall, the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, the National Museum of Ireland, the Natural History Museum, the Gutter Bookshop, Gaiety School of Acting,

Temple Bar Gallery and many, many more. There will be plenty of fun for children, too, as Culture Day for Kids runs activities for fifthand sixth-classes at many cultural spots throughout the city. For an interactive guide to all of the events taking place, there is a Culture Night app available to download for free from

the App Store, Google Play, or by going to www. Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust, and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices and local authorities throughout the island of Ireland.

Plan for free public wi-fi I LAURA WEBB

Brazil-iant: Brazilian community gathers to show off their style and culture in Dublin FOLLOWING on from the huge success of the inaugural Brazil Day Dublin, another day of music, food, dancing, and fun is on the way. A day born out of the increasing numbers of Brazilians who reside in Dublin. On June 17, Dtwo nightclub hosted 1,800 revellers ranging from curious Irish party

goers to the beautiful girls of Brazil. Numbers are expected to surpass the 2,000 mark on September 9 as Brazilians in Dublin will celebrate 190 years of independence. For more information on the day, see or follow the Twitter account @BrazilDayDublin.

THE Government has announced plans to introduce free wi-fi across the public transport system in 2013. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, L e o Va r a d k a r ( F G ) announced the plans to make wi-fi accessible across almost the entire public transport system. The project aims to encourage more passengers and boost tourism. Such internet access will be introduced on Irish Rail’s Dart and commuter rail services this autumn, and on 80 new Dublin Bus vehicles by Christmas. Wi-fi is already available on Irish Rail Intercity services and most

of Bus Eireann’s fleet. It is also currently being tested on LUAS services, and should be available across the city by the end of the year. Commenting on the announcement, Minister Varadkar said: “We need to ensure that public transport remains an attractive and competitive option for passengers. “Free internet access gives public transport a significant edge over the car, and is already proving popular with passengers, where provided. “In order for Ireland to compete as a tourism destination, we must offer 21st century services to 21st century tourists,” said Minister Varadkar.

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GOT A STORY? THEATRE The Ark pilot event for families Call our NEWS TEAM on 60 10 240 or email

Festival opens doors to first autism event I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE FIRST autismfriendly theatre performances for children in Ireland are to be part of the Dublin Theatre festival’s Family Season, which runs from late September to mid-October. The Dublin Theatre Festival, in conjunction with The Ark, will present a family season of productions tailored for children and schools. This year, four theatre companies will bring their work to young audiences of children aged two and over and, for the first time in Ireland, there will be an autism-friendly theatre performance included in

the programme – a production of White by the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. The Ark is a unique company housed in a building especially designed for children aged two to 12 to explore everything from theatre, music and literature to painting, film, dance and more. The Ark’s theatre programmer, Maria Fleming, spoke to The Gazette about the initial idea behind the autism-friendly performances. “This is a pilot project based on autism-friendly theatre in Britain and the USA. We studied best practice in these

countries and there are a number of things to be put in place to make it easier for autistic children and their families to enjoy the performance. These performances are also known as ‘relaxed performances’. “We leave the doors open so people can come and go freely if they feel claustrophobic; we flag the audience if there will be any loud noises, so the children can cover their ears or use the earplugs provided. We will also have fidget toys for children to use if they get agitated. Everyone in the venue and the cast are aware it will be a relaxed performance.

Actors from The Ark performing in White

“The parents have no worry about disturbing others if their child gets upset as the space is so accepting. There is also a chill-out space in the foyer if the child needs some time out. “Families with autistic children really appreciate the idea of the whole family going to something together as a unit and every child should be able to enjoy theatre. “We offer information

packs online too with pictures of the characters and details of the story to be performed so there will be no surprises on the day as this can frighten some autistic children.” The family season will run from September 28 until October 14 in the intimate theatre space at The Ark in Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Tickets for both public and school performances are now on sale.

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GOLF CLASSIC For Marie Keating Foundation

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Ronan Keating focuses on his game at the Marks & Spencer Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at the K Club recently. Picture: Adrian Melia

Ronan and celebrity pals in charity drive A HOST of famous names came to Ireland recently to play a round of golf in aid of one of Ireland’s top cancer charities. The celebrities were in town to play the Marks & Spencer Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic, which took place on the acclaimed Palmer Course at the K Club on August 27. The annual event, which is now in its 13th year, has become one of the most prestigious Irish charity golfing events. Once again, the highprofile event saw a host of big names descend on the world-renowned golf course to enjoy a great day of golf, followed by a

dinner at the K Club, all in aid of promoting cancer awareness and raising funds for the Lucanbased charity. Swords man Ronan Keating, himself a keen golfer, hosts this event every year and as usual, each team of three golfers was joined by an additional celebrity teammate for the event. This year, the guests rubbed shoulders with we l l - k n ow n n a m e s including: Sir Bobby Charlton, Ronnie Whelan, Steve Staunton, Alan Hansen, Ronan Keating, Bressie, Simon Thornton, Gary Murphy, Brian McFadden, Vogue Williams, James Nesbitt, Allan Lamb, Shane Byrne, Teddy

Sheringham, Charlie Swan, Mick Fitzgerald, Mick Kinane, Darragh O’Shea, Andrew Coltart, Bobby Davro and Paddy Cole. Retail giant Marks & Spencer are a long-time charity partner of the foundation and were the title’s sponsor. Many of their own staff and suppliers took teams as an added show of support for the work done by the charity. Speaking at the event, Ronan Keating said: “This is one of my favourite fund-raising events, not only because of the fact that I love to golf myself but because it’s brilliant to see the support it continues to get every year.

“The K Club is an amazing venue and there is always a fantastic buzz about our golf classic. I think it’s that combination that keeps people coming back year after year.” Also speaking at the event, Carmel Breheny, marketing manager for Marks & Spencer Ireland, said: “Marks & Spencer has proudly been supporting the Marie Keating Foundation since 2002 and has raised well over €1 million for the charity in those 10 years. “We are delighted to have been headline sponsor of this year’s golf classic, another fantastic event for such a worthy cause.”

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EXCLUSIVE The Gazette catches up with legendary comedian, David Strassman

Master of puppets back for bravura new show I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

AWARD-winning veteran ventriloquist and comedian, David Strassman, is exited at the prospect of “coming home” when he arrives in Ireland this month with a brand-new show, Be Careful What You Wish For, at the Olympia. The new show, which will run for five nights this September, will see Strassman returning to Dublin: “I lived in Clontarf for a year, my son was born in Mount Carmel’s, and I married a Donegal girl, though we’re now happily divorced.” Strassman, from Los Angeles, has certainly travelled a long way since his introduction to ventriloquism in junior high school there. “A teacher, Mr Horowitz, decided to teach ventriloquism as an elective class. I really chose it to get the easy grade. He saw that I excelled, and then he showed me how to place an

ad in a local paper to do kids’ birthday parties. So, at age 14, I was making $50 for a half-hour show, while all my mates were cutting the grass and raking leaves for five bucks a day.” David is accompanied as ever by a cast of puppet characters in his new show, and they form the basis and the theme of the production. “This particular show is truly my most wild, funniest and has amazing production value. It’s basically about my main puppet, Chuck Wood, who wants to take over my brain and tries to get all the other puppets to mutiny against me. One of my puppets, Angel, has the power magically to make wishes come true and when I hear there’s a mutiny about to happen, I say to the puppets, ‘I wish you never existed’. “Through the magic of theatre, I travel through a wormhole into another dimension where all my puppets exist without my

influence, so each puppet has a doppelganger in another dimension and they don’t know me I’ve to find my way back home.” Strassman’s technological wizardry, which he first developed with the help of a NASA engineer, is used to great effect in the show. “I’ve developed a technology where in one scene, I have a hand-held wireless device which operates my puppet live. “I have graduated to a wireless device, enabling me to operate a puppet without using my hands in the traditional way, but 80% [of the show] is still traditional puppetry.” Strassman’s father was a psychiatrist, and the connection between this and his multiple puppet personalities was something that he was very aware of. “My dad was a psychiatrist and, well, I call [what I do] ‘controlled schizophrenia’. But my dad never psychoanalysed me. The characters have always had

their own individual personalities, hopes, dreams and fears. Each character has parameters of what it would say or do in their imaginary puppet life. “But there is an element between my two major characters, Chuck Wood and Ted E Bear and real life. The sibling rivalry between those two puppets is very similar to the relationship I had with my brother. People love to see Chuck pick on Ted E, and Ted E loving Chuck unconditionally - it makes for a great dynamic in theatre.” And which character did Strassman play in real life? “Oh, I was Chuck! I was the meanest of the two,” he said. David Strassman’s Careful What You Wish For will run at The Olympia Theatre from September 11 to15. Tickets are available at The Olympia Theatre and cost €28 / €29. For more information, see www. or

Ventriloquist David Strassman, pictured here with Chuck Wood, is back in Dublin from September 11

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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Autumn eyes feature some bright and bold colours COLOUR eyes beautiful this autumn/winter with some fantastic eye-shadow palettes from a range of cosmetic companies. It’s the time of year when everyone waves goodbye to the summer (if you can call it that) and reluctantly says hello to the autumn, but on the bright side it brings with it some new wardrobe styles and great make-up selections. This season’s eye makeup range isn’t all about dark and subtle colours, bright bold colours are making headway throughout the catwalk this season with a pop of colour seen across the eyes on many models. Max factor has mixed the smokey eye effect eyeshadow with pearl beige in

the inner corners, sweeping in a vibrant turquoise over the middle section and adding the pop of colour with ultra violet into the inner upper socket area - a look perfected on the catwalk. L’Oreal Paros introduces its new Colour Richer Quad eyeshadow palette collection that is designed to make eyes smoulder, add luminosity or make bold statements with palettes including Sumptuously Smokey Collection, Lavishly Luminous Collection and Bold Brights Collection. The range also has a wet-technology that transforms satiny powder into a luxurious cream. This palette range is available in eight shades

with an RRP €11.99. Revlon has palettes that suit every occasion, day or night. Their ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quads offer a range of colours from creams to purple. Each palette contains

shades inspired from the latest catwalks. Mystic Violet Mono and Heathered Plums Duo create the Dark Romance Look for a/w12 perfectly. Whilst Precious Metals Duo and Bronze Lustre


This season’s eye make-up range isn’t all about dark and subtle colours


four expressive, silky, blendable shades that won’t crease, fade or smudge. The RRP price for this range is €11.25. Elizabeth Arden is offering 20 single and 7 duo eyeshadow palettes that can be mixed and matched to create any look you desire. The new range offers

Mono can be built up to give the on-trend stunning Sunset look to the eyes. Elizabeth Arden’s range of Beautiful Colour eyeshadow cost €20 for single and €25 duo palettes. All collections and colour palettes are available at participating cosmetic stores and pharmacies nationwide now.

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Make-up master classes MAKE-UP artist to the stars, Shehla Shiakh, is paying a visit to Ireland this month where she will host a number of master classes and one-toone exclusive appointments. During Brown Thomas’s Autumn Beauty event, Shehla will be at the Lancome counter in Dublin on September 10 and 11. Her visit also coincides with the launch of Lancome’s autumn make-up collection, Midnight Roses. To book an appointment with Shehla or attend one of her masterclasses, contact the participating Brown Thomas counter.

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Making no bones about treatment Supported by AIB

Interview: Alan Moynihan, Laurel Lodge Physiotherapy owner


Q – THIS is the last year that first-time borrowers can avail of mortgage interest relief, but is it worth bothering about? I am single, on a salary of €55K, and have no debts. What’s all the fuss? Terry – Wicklow A - IN A word – yes! First of all, property prices have reduced by up to 70% and it is still a buyer’s market. While money is still “tight” with the lenders, if you meet the parameters and conditions, you will find approval. First of all, on your income, with no debts, you could be eligible to borrow up to a maximum of €250,000, depending on the lender. Even if you bought at €200,000 – and there is good value at this level – you would need a minimum €25,000 to cover your deposit (you may obtain a 92% loan – the normal is 90%, while there are some lenders only prepared to lend 80% of the value of the property you wish to purchase), stamp duty (1% ), and legal costs (c. 1%, plus VAT and outlay). You might also want to provide for furnishings. Now let’s look at the monthly costs on a mortgage of €180,000: - Mortgage repayment (at 3.5% over 30 years): €808.28 per month; - Tax relief (at 25% on the interest paid): €131.25 per month. This relief is available for the next seven years. - Net payment, therefore, is €677.03 per month. On the Net Disposable Income method (your financial monthly commitments must not exceed 35% of your net monthly income), you would need to have a net monthly income of €2,309.37, or somewhere around a gross income of €35,000. If you have the ability and capacity to buy, and you are looking for a home, then now is the time. Seize it!  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor


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MAYBE it’s the proximity to the Phoenix Park – it certainly can’t have been the weather this summer – but, whatever it is, the Dublin 15 community are remaining active, running, training and getting out and about, according to Laurel Lodge Physiotherapy owner, Alan Moynihan. Moynihan, a char tered physiotherapist, is at hand to assist with the treatment and rehabilitation of any injuries that fitness fans may pick up. Having practiced extensively as a physiotherapist in Britain, New Zealand and Ireland, he returned home and founded Laurel Lodge

Physiotherapy last year, fulfilling an ambition to open his own practice in his native Dublin 15 area. Moynihan enjoys working with local sports people and says he relishes the challenge of trying to get to the bottom of long-term back and neck pain sufferers’ symptoms. “Dublin 15 has seen a surge in athletes taking up running and endurance events such as triathlon. “A lot of these athletes require treatment, particularly in the lead-up to the Dublin City Marathon,” he says. From his modern, fully

e q u i p p e d cl i n i c l o c a t e d upstairs in Laurel Lodge Shopping Centre, Moynihan specialises in the treatment of lower back and neck pain, joint aches and pains and sports injuries. He also offers a comprehensive rehabilitation service for patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery, such as knee and hip operations. Services on offer at Laurel Lodge Physiotherapy include char tered physiotherapy, deep tissue and sports massage, trigger point dry needling, back and neck pain treatment, and post-op orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Alan Moynihan, chartered physiotherapist: on hand in Dublin 15 to treat and help rehabilitate a wide range of injuries

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: All the usual ones – astro-

that you once thought you could not pull off? A: Still hoping to run a mara-

naut, footballer, James Bond

thon in a few years, but enjoying 5-10k races at the moment

Q: What was your first job? A: Packing shelves in Superquinn, Blanchardstown

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £50-60 Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Never Q: When did you start your present job? Last year Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Meeting new people every day, and trying to help them recover from their injuries

Q: What part of your working day do you delegate? A: Mostly nothing – phone answering, occasionally

Q: Have you achieved anything

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: A packet of salt and vinegar Tayto, but they won’t be for long!

Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: Not sure that there is a record on me

Q: What sport do you follow? A: All of them – football,


A: Weekend away in a few

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Neither – you’d have to go

weeks, meeting up with some friends I haven’t seen in two years

with Katie Taylor right now

Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: I don’t have one; I’m still using CDs

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Mostly accounts that tweet Irish news and sports; love @ secondcaptains

rugby, athletics, golf; loved the Olympics

Q: What was your last tweet/ Facebook status? A: I tweeted about National

Q: What sport can you play? A: Running, Gaelic, golf

Potato Day, which was on August 25 – big fan of spuds!

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: I’ll admit to occasionally playing Garth Brooks in the

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: See above Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Holidays – they tend to be short, these days, so I enjoy them

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Definitely not as many as my football boots and runners

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Loved New Zealand, but woke up one morning with 43 mosquito bites all over my body

A: Seems so far off ... Travel, golf, play poker

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Superb sale on St Brigid’s Road

BROE Auctioneers are bringing 19, St Brigid’s Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, a threebedroomed family home positioned close to Clondalkin village, for the asking price of €270,000. Positioned in an appealing location, No 19 holds all the ingredients needed for a family home, and offers a bright, well-proportioned accommodation with further potential. Set just a short stroll from Clondalkin village and close to an abundance of amenities including shops, schools and leisure facilities and a short distance away from the M50 motorway and Luas light railway, which enables easy access to all parts of the country. The accommodation includes an entrance hallway which features a storm porch, alarm panel and phone point. The ground floor fea-

No 19 St Brigid’s Road is on the market for €270,000

tures two large reception rooms, including a living room which features a tiled fireplace and gas fire inset. It also has ceiling coving, a TV point as well as double doors to the dining room, which has a tile open fireplace, ceil-

ing coving, and a patio door leading to the rear garden. The kitchen also has a tiled open fireplace, fitted wall and f loor units, and contains a door which leads to the rear garage. Upstairs are three

bedrooms, all of which have built-in wardrobes, and the family bathroom, which was recently refurbished, and contains a WC, wash-hand basin and large corner shower unit. The bathroom is also




fully tiled on floor and walls. To the front, there is off-street parking sided by lawn, while the rear garden is very private and is bordered with shrubs and mature trees. This property requires light modernisation. Other features of the property include gasfired central heating, double glazing throughout, and a gated side entrance. Viewing is by appointment which can be organised through Craig Leap at Broe Auctioneers, who can be contacted at Tower House, Monaster y Road, Clondalkin Village, Dublin 22, and for more information, call 01 459 4433 or log on to

Kitchen class: New Avalon style added to range CASH & CARRY Kitchens nationwide

showrooms are continuing to extend the range of affordable luxury kitchens with the inclusion of the stylish Avalon kitchen to their range. Cash & Carry Kitchens also carries a range of accessories to perfect the kitchen keeping it practical yet stunning, with drawer pulls and cupboard handles from top European designers, and much more.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS The battle RoadSigns Road Signs of the small cars rumbles on Five-star safety rating for Cee’d

THE all-new Kia Cee’d has been awarded a maximum 5-Star accident safety rating by Europe’s leading road safety organisation, EuroNCAP. The five-door hatchback achieved high scores for adult occupant protection (89%), child occupant protection (88%) and safety assist equipment (86%), recording the maximum possible score in the dynamic element of the child occupant safety test. EuroNCAP testers were also impressed with the inclusion of electronic stability control across the entire new Cee’d range in Europe ahead of it becoming a compulsory test criteria. “The previous generation Cee’d was the first Kia to achieve a 5-star EuroNCAP rating. In the last five years, testing criteria have become tougher, making it harder for manufacturers’ products to be awarded top marks. It is a testament to Kia’s on going commitment to vehicle safety that we are able to once again achieve a high score for the Cee’d,” comments Benny Oeyen, vice president Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe.

Toyota to sponsor Newstalk rugby TOYOTA Ireland has announced that from September 2012 it will become the new sponsor of rugby coverage on Newstalk 106-108fm. The deal will see Toyota supporting all rugby broadcasts on the station including Newstalk’s innovative rugby analysis on the multi awardwinning Off the Ball, The Right Hook and Weekend Sports as well as Irish international game analysis and its live broadcasting of up to fifteen Heineken Cup games. Regular contributors to Newstalk’s rugby coverage include a host of former stars and expert analysts like Shane Horgan, Keith Wood, Denis Hickie, Emmett Byrne, Liam Toland and Matt Williams. Commenting on today’s announcement, Ian Corbett, marketing operations manager for Toyota Ireland said: “At Toyota Ireland, when it comes to sponsorship, we aim to partner with people and organisations that show exceptionally high standards and dedication to their craft. “The sports team at Newstalk delivers the best rugby analysis and coverage and that comes across in the quality of journalism, contributors and the overall entertainment value of their broadcasts. “We’re delighted to announce this new sponsorship and look forward to working with Newstalk into the new rugby season.”


IRISH motorists have always had great affection for small cars. They make sense on many levels, and as the marketing departments of the car manufacturers are beginning to realise, small cars appeal to a wide cross section of the market. Young drivers as well as the so-called “empty nesters” share the same priorities when it comes to choosing their cars. They demand a very attractive sticker price, low running costs, bottom-dollar road tax, and real fuel economy. Can this be achieved with an attractive look and a comfortable drive? T he answer seems to be yes, yes and yes again. There is a nothing short of a motoring war raging in the small car segment at the moment, and two cars that are really going at it for a piece of the Irish market are the Volkswagen Up and the Skoda Citigo. Also throwing punches in this particular bout is the SEAT Mii. Skoda and VW are brands that currently share the affections of a great deal of Irish motorists, VW have enjoyed success over the years, with the Golf

and Polo in particular always selling well. In recent years, Skoda too has begun to capture the hearts of buyers. They are seen as the plucky underdog, eager to succeed against the odds – the kind of scenario that the Irish will always get behind, probably because our rugby and football teams do the same thing! As reported earlier this year, I attended the European launch of the Skoda Citigo and got a good look at it ahead of its Irish launch. Over the summer, I managed to test the Citigo, as well as the Up on Irish roads to really see how they matched up to one another. First in to the ring is the Up. I must admit, I was really looking forward to this car – I’m married to someone who has a lifelong love of VWs, the Golf in particular, so a new model was an appealing prospect. Before I get into the details, it’s important to remember that the Up, the Citigo, and even the Mii, all come from the same stable, so there are striking similarities as all three cars share a chassis and many internal components. Having said that, we are still talking about

cars with a set of unique characteristics. The Up is certainly a small car, measuring just 3,540mm in length and 1,641mm in width, but don’t let that put you off. The VW engineers have managed to squeeze more than enough room out of the interior for two adults to travel with plenty of shoulder and headroom, and in real comfort.

Up can be shoehorned in to some seriously small parking spaces. But just because this car is small don’t think that it isn’t practical – I managed to fit a fullsized law nmower in the back with the seats folded down. The Up also scores well in the looks department. Clever use of materials and colours really gives the car a lift.


‘I must admit, I was really looking forward to this car – I’m married to someone who has a lifelong love of VWs, the Golf in particular, so a new model was an appealing prospect’


The test car I drove was the three-door version, which makes it a little tricky for full-sized adults to get in and out of the back – the kids didn’t have any trouble at all, in fact they were even sliding the seats out of the way by themselves within a day. It goes without saying that this kind of car is not going to break any speed records, but for driving around town, it’s a marvel. Because the wheels are set at the extremities of the car, it excels in manoeuvrability – the

The exterior colour is matched on the interior, and, in the model I drove; even the dashboard had a highly polished finish in the same colour. One very nice touch was the flat-bottomed chunky steering wheel, it’s a small feature that adds the driving experience. Moving on to the Skoda Citigo, and we are faced with a very similar car indeed. T his was also the three-door version, and again, the kids had no problem getting in and

out and buckling up, so my back was spared the contortions that some three-door cars force it into. As I said, both cars are based on the same chassis, with the Citigo measuring about 2cms longer than the Up. T he styling of the Skoda is a little more understated than the V W, w h i c h , I m u s t admit, I prefer. The grille helps to give

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RoadSigns Road Signs

Volkswagen Bank lending set to grow in 2012 to €120m

The Volkswagen Up and the Skoda Citigo

the front end a more complete look and the side windows offer more traditional lines. The interior finish in the model I drove was a bright affair called Club Reverse in ivory and it gave the already generous interior a greater sense of space. T here are lots of clever storage compartments and pockets for drinks, documents etc. as well as a park-

ing ticket holder on the windscreen and hooks on the B columns Skoda are offering their City Safe Drive emergency braking feature as an option in the car, which makes a lot more sense than a sat nav in my opinion. The City Safe Drive feature automatically stops the car when it senses an imminent collision. When it comes to the

actual drive, to be honest I didn’t really feel an enormous difference between the two cars. The Skoda was the 60hp version while the VW was the more powerful 75hp. For city driving, the Skoda had more than enough poke to get around, so I wouldn’t see any real benefit in the 75hp option. All in all, these cars are attractive, practical

and very good value for money. Both offer enough options to tick the boxes of almost any prospective buyer, so it really comes down to personal taste. For me, that would be the Citigo. I do like Skodas, and the 60hp option makes it a more affordable car to own. I would definitely recommend the City Safe

Drive feature and without doubt the five-door version is well worth an extra €500. The Skoda has an entry price of €9,995 while the Up kicks off at €10,995. So the battle of the small cars rumbles on, and now that Skoda are also offering some ingenious finance and leasing packages, they certainly seem to be ahead on points.

VOLKSWAGEN Bank Ireland, a division of Volkswagen Financial Services, Europe’s biggest automotive finance provider has revealed that in the first seven months of 2012 it has provided approximately €100 million in vehicle finance packages for Irish consumers and expects lending to grow by almost 10% year on year (2011 -€109m) by the end of 2012 with a target of €120m. The financial wing of Volkswagen Group, this finance has been provided via a range of attractive finance packages through Volkswagen Group’s five car marques which are: Audi, Skoda, Seat, Volkswagen and Volkswagen commercial vehicles. Providing vehicle finance in Ireland since 2008, Volkswagen Bank currently employs 30 staff at its headquarters in Leopardstown, Dublin 18. Volkswagen Bank has provided over €320m in vehicle finance to the Irish market in the last three and half years and it has viewed a significant surge in lending applications over the last 24 months as Irish motorists become more aware and more familiar with the competitive finance offers available via Europe’s largest automotive bank. Commenting on the increasing level of finance provided, Mutlu Gur, general manager, Volkswagen Bank said: “2012 has seen surge of consumer interest in Volkswagen Bank. Irish motorists are embracing the Bank as a very real alternative source of finance compared to the traditional banking sector. “The sound financial foundations of the Bank, enables Volkswagen Group to provide very competitive financial terms and this is reflected in the fact that we are lending record levels of finance so far in 2012 and that 70% of this lending has been provided for new car finance.” With a market leading acceptance rate of over 80%, approximately 6,500 tailor-made finance packages with a average finance terms of 39 months were provided to Irish consumers by Volkswagen Bank Ireland so far in 2012. Over 20,000 Irish motorists have purchased their cars through Volkswagen Bank Ireland since its launch in 2008. Finance packages vary across the five brands, reflecting each brands consumer segment with rates starting as low as 0% APR. In total, 40 varying finance packages provided a comprehensive menu of finance options for Irish motorists during 2012 and this trend looks set to continue with a new range of packages currently in planning for 2013, these will be revealed later this year. For further information on the range of finance packages available across the Volkswagen Group go to

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Experience an important part of Irish history Discover a unique family theme park with Stena Line

STENA Line has launched a brand new getaway package to the Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel, giving families the chance to enjoy an action-packed trip to London from only €197 per adult, per night (minimum stay two nights). This great price includes return travel from Dublin Port to Holyhead or Rosslare to Fishguard by car, accommodation with breakfast and what’s more – kids go free! Legoland Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park which boasts over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. For further information or to book, call Stena Line on 01 204 77 33 or log onto

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EXPERIENCE the wonders and beautiful beaches of Dubai or take a trek on a desert excursion in Abu Dhabi with With prices from just €602 per person to Dubai or €608 per person to Abu Dhabi, there has never been a better opportunity to discover the Middle East, without breaking the bank. Dubai is an extraordinary Middle Eastern destination that has raised the bar time and time again. From first class shopping and spectacular high rise buildings to beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and fantastic golf courses, Dubai has more than enough to offer any visitor. Dubai’s attraction extends to the mix of old and new between the ultra-modern and the enchantingly traditional and is a melting pot of cultures and beliefs that is sure to satisfy even the most seasoned of travellers. Travel on September 22, and stay in a four-star hotel for seven nights on a room-only basis from only €602 per person. Price includes return flights from Dublin to Dubai, accommodation, taxes and charges. Or travel to Abu Dhabi and stay in a four-star hotel for seven nights on a room only basis from just €608 per person, departing from Dublin on September 19. The unique atmosphere created by the perfect blend of Islamic culture and western charm combined with world class shopping, glitzy hotels and desert excursions make Abu Dhabi a city that stands alone as a premier city break destination. Price includes return flights from Dublin to Dubai, accommodation, taxes and charges. For more special offers, for more information or to book your holiday, visit

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A LITTLE trip off the motorway when heading west can bring you to some unexpected places. One such spot is Strokestown Park, County Roscommon. The parkwill be familiar to anyone who is native to the region, where it is a popular venue for day trips and wedding snaps, but I found many Dubliners, myself included, were unaware of it. Located along the N5, making it a perfect pitstop en-route to Westport, Strokestown is a small town which claims the widest street in Europe. One end of the town is dominated by the entrance to the park and house. Once on the land you’ll

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find the impressive Georgian house, which is in a continual process of gentle restoration and preservation. Other attractions include a restaurant serving delicious hearty food, several miles of woodland walks decorated with sculpture pieces, and a six-acre walled pleasure garden. Strokestown Park is also the location for the National Famine Museum, which was opened in 1994, a fitting location given that Famine ties together many of the elements of the park, and features heavily in its history. Major Denis Mahon, a descendent of the Mahon family who was granted the land in 1653, initiated emigration schemes dur-

ing the Famine, which made him massively unpopular with local tenants. In 1847 he became the first landlord to be assassinated during the period. The land stayed in the Mahon family until the late 20th century, when it was bought by Westward Garage Ltd. The idea had initially been to expand an adjacent dealership onto the land, and sell off the excess land for agriculture; but having discovered the rich history contained in documents collected in the estate offices, the decision was to preserve Strokestown Park as a historical and cultural monument. While the divide between the wealth inside

and the poverty outside the walls of Strokestown Park is explored in the museum, a similar divide existed within the house. Daily guided tours show what life was like both for the family in residence, and for the workers who lived there. Fans of Downton Abbey will find the stratified system of living familiar: passages and tunnels exist for the staff to move about the house out of sight of the family. The kitchen is galleried, with a mezzanine level so the lady of the house could visit and deliver orders from above, without needing to physically step into the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. A tour of the pleasure garden is also highly recommended. Here you can explore several acres of carefully manicured land, where avenues of roses run down to a lily-filled lake. A large knocker sits on a door through which the family entered, and three loud knocks signalled any garden staff to obscure themselves from view. Today, you’re more likely to surprise the chef – all of the food served in the restaurant is grown in the garden. A large area at the back is dedicated to fruit and vegetables, including the infamous Lumper potato, which still remains

Strokestown Park is a unique visitor attraction in Co Roscommon

prone to blight. Parts of the original walls still contain an original flue system, which piped hot air through them to encourage growth of more exotic fruit. With its blend of evocative history, carefully preserved beauty, and its wholesome food, Strokestown Park is recognised as one of the most significant private restorations in Ireland. There’s enough to keep you busy for a day if you’re staying nearby; or if you’re driving to the West, make a point to schedule your stop there. It’s a great way to experience an important part of Irish history, and you can be sure you’ll never settle for forecourt sandwiches again. For more information on Strokestown Park, log on to

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Turkey’s Aegean Coast

Enjoy a sun holiday in September free from the hustle and bustle of the peak family season WITH children returning to school, September brings with it the perfect opportunity for couples to enjoy the fine weather in sun resorts free of the hustle and bustle of the peak family season. And to make the most of your free time, Thomas Cook Ireland has a range of exclusive post-rush packages with relaxation, romance and all-inclusive luxury in mind on the Turkish Aegean Coast, with prices starting from just €655 per person. The quaint village of Yalikavak is the perfect resort for a taste of real Turkish life mixed with great tourist services. The four-star-plus Delta Beach Resort is a real oasis of tranquillity, with its stunning seafront location, magnificent views over the bay and superb facilities. It is available for seven nights from €725 per person on an all-inclusive basis, with drinks and meals included, and departs from Dublin on September 22. A little further North, Cesme is a charming fishing village which has retained its friendly atmosphere, and boasts two of the best beaches in Turkey. Close to its centre, the four-star Piril Hotel is a relaxing and welcoming property, with stylish rooms and two excellent pools. Thomas Cook is offering seven nights from just €655 allinclusive per person, departing from Dublin on September 22. The peaceful location and beautiful beach front setting of the four-star Fantasia Hotel in Kusadasi sets the tone for a blissful all-inclusive week, with food, drink and the hotel’s many facilities all included in the price of just €745 per person for seven nights, departing from Dublin on September 15. The great variety of shops and restaurants in the Long Beach area are just 1.3 km away. For more information or to book, call the Thomas Cook team in Dublin on 01 514 0328, or log onto

The beautiful walled gardens

LOCALMATTERS SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS The House is unchanged from the time when the Mahons The Famine Museum

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Tom Hardy taking aim at the stylist who told him that that cardigan looked good.

I fought the law and... An all-star cast makes an early run at Oscar glory, but the result is more packed with cliches than plaudits I PAUL HOSFORD

DE PR E S S IO N - E R A America has been a rich picking ground for Hollywood in recent years. With directors such as Sam Mendes (Road To Perdition) and Michael Mann (Public Enemies) having taken on the era in recent times, it is no surprise that Lawless would be gaining such a buzz. After all, it has everything a late-year drama needs: hot young cast (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain), check; hype from a top festival (Palme D’Or nomination at Cannes), check; interesting writer/ director combo (Nick Cave, yes that Nick Cave, and The Road’s John Hillcoat), absolute check. So, all the constituent parts are there, the ducks are in the proverbial row. So why am I so disappointed? I l ove t h e e r a , I immensely enjoyed The

FILM OF THE WEEK: Lawless ### (18) 115 mins Director: John Hillcoat Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan


THE period elements feel spot on and the young cast, Hardy, LaBeouf and Chastain in particular, are excellent, but the fixation with being gory and on edge takes away from characterisation, leaving the end-product feeling somewhat uneven. It is still a notch above most films this year, however.

Road and I seem to be about the only person on the planet that finds Shia LaBeouf likable, I should have been throwing stars at this like a ninja with an arm spasm. Yet, here I am, doling out a mid-level film and reflecting on whether the problem is me. Am I just too jaded? As I enter my 26th year, have I lost my ability to enjoy period action? Has my love of gangsters, bootleggers and hardboiled police-men lost its lustre? Or maybe this just isn’t very good. It’s probably the latter,

to be honest. Lawless is the true-life story of the Bondurant brothers, a trio of Robin Hood-esque bootleggers who control Franklin County. With their bar acting as a front for their activities, life is good for the boys. Of course, the happygo-lucky life of a bootlegging family does not a film make and Guy Pearce is on hand as a special agent intent not on stopping the Bondurants, but on ensuring that he gets his cut. It is actually the arrival of Pearce, an actor of immense talent, that starts

the film’s shift from almost contemporary commentary on the foundations of American society into a lost narrative on a pantomime villain and a trio of wayward brothers. Whereas Hillcoat kept The Road, a grand sweeping novel, on a tight leash and focused solely on the relationship between father and son, Lawless bounces between storylines. The early going is spent gravitating to Tom Hardy’s menace as middle-brother Forrest, who is the head of the operation. Hardy does a manful job of adding gravitas to a man who essentially only communicates in single syllables and has a penchant for serious violence. Seeing Jason Clarke, who you may recognise from TV’s Brotherhood or The Chicago Code, in a major film role is a delight, but his character, oldest brother Howard is,

unfortunately massively underwritten. A World War I veteran who has taken too much of the bootleggers produce, Howard has the most potential to ground the film in something human, but that opportunity is lost. Fresh-face LaBeouf is obviously the actor most enjoying himself, playing against type and not, for once, playing a nervous teenager. His Jack is almost the protagonist and after witnessing Gary Oldman’s cuty thug Floyd Banner gun a competitor down in cold blood, Jack delves further into criminal life. His brothers’ reluctance to allow him join the business is another story strand left frustratingly unfinished. The end product is a violent, uneven, occassionally brilliantly directed film that shows that in a world of villains, heroes are hard to come by.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING The right Wei for adventure in Hong Kong I SHANE DILLON

The recently released Sleeping Dogs, a Hong Kong-set title, mixes together lots of gaming tropes with several Hong Kong crime films to create an interesting new open-world game. Chinese-American police officer Wei Shen goes back to Hong Kong to go deep undercover in the city, with the aim of taking down a local Triad organisation from within. Of course, to rise further within the ranks

and get closer to the top, Wei has to be a “good” Triad member – and do lots of very bad things, with the tacit approval of the few higher-ups in the police who know his true identity. Along the way, Wei’s loyalties are tested, as he grows increasinly attached to his Triad brothers, yet can’t forget his duty as an undercover cop, and – Well, at this point, Sleeping Dogs’ plot plays out like half a dozen Hong Kong action films, as this kind of conflict-

ed-loyalties dilemma is a familiar theme in many Asian films. Turning instead to the gameplay, and Sleeping Dogs is certainly going all-out to establish its own strong identity in the open-world genre. As you’d expect, Wei is very handy with his, well, hands, with extensive martial arts adding to the typical run ’n’ gun gameplay. Wei’s barely able to walk down the street with rival triad thugs trying to beat him up, like a mash-up between

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Although a little rough around the edges, there’s an undeniable sheen to many of Wei Shen’s travels around neon-soaked Hong Kong, particularly in wet weather

enjoyable Dreamcast title Shenmue II and the PlayStation series, Yakuza. Hong Kong, too, has set the scene for an interesting playground for Wei’s storyline. While not quite a true cultural representation of the iconic Chinese city, it is, nevertheless, a fairly faithful intrepreta-

tion of it, complete with many Asian influences that spice up the gameplay, and storyline, quite a bit. While most gamers will be concentrating on everything from “standard” driving, shooting, sailing, exploration and mar tial ar ts-related antics around the city, others will note the

excellent voiceover work by a strong cast, including Lucy Liu, Emma Stone and Tom Wilkinson, to name but a few. All in all, it’s a decent late-summer release that will feel instantly familiar to gamers, yet which has a strong visual identity of its own, as well as an interestingly “Eastern” storyline.

MANY games’ lives get regularly extended and enriched through downloadable content (DLC), and one DLC expansion that’s on the way has caught my eye. Skyrim – the absolutely gigantic multiplatform game set in a pseudo-Nordic medieval land – gets another DLC expansion soon, entitled Hearthfire. As the name suggests, gamers will be able to buy land in Tamriel, then design and build their dream home to return to as a base – assuming that you’ve always wanted your “dream home” to have a stuffed orc or two, a weapons rack for crossbows and enchanted blades, and other such oddities.


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SARI host 16th annual intercultural event

SPORT Against Racism Ireland will host their 16th annual Tesco mobile SARI Soccerfest in the Phoenix Park on Saturday and Sunday. Soccerfest is an intercultural 7-aside tournament and family event with music and entertainment for everyone that highlights the need to live in a new Ireland that embraces diversity and integration. It has become the

largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland. Established in 1997 initially for members of the new communities to integrate with local communities and give them a platform for mainstreaming opportunities, it has developed into the largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland. It now includes 48 teams for men and women that participate from across Ireland and spectators of over 4,000.

A number of football players from Ireland’s new communities started out at Soccerfest and now play for a number of FAI league clubs and the Irish youth team. The event has many high profile supporters including former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr, Apres Match’s Gary Cooke and former Shamrock Rovers’ defender Victor Ekanem. A range of cultural activities including live

Team Rocha celebrate their cup victory in the 2007 SARI Soccerfest at the Garda soccer grounds in the Phoenix Park. The event this year expects to attract 48 teams and over 4,000 spectators

entertainment is provided for all the family. As part of the activities participants are given advice on mainstreaming into other sports organisations including developing links with soccer clubs. Soccerfest provides an

environment in which people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures can appreciate their shared passion and compete in a respectful way, recognising the diversity that is among the population and a feature of interna-

tional sport. Over the weekend, there will be a men’s tournament of 40 teams, a women’s tournament of eight teams and also a boys and girl’s tournament for Under-13’s. If you are interested in entering a team,

would like further information, or would be interested in working as a volunteer at Soccerfest, contact SARI on 01 873 5077 or email info@ Admission to the event is free all weekend.

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Moynihan named in Junior Ryder Cup side GAVIN Moynihan has been named in the European team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, which takes place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, USA, from September 24 – 25. The Pobal Scoil Iosa and Island golfer has been in scintillating form this year to earn his place in a team that comprises two U-16 boys, two U-16 girls, four U-18 boys and four U-18 girls. They will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13½ - 10½ defeat at the Gleneagles Hotel in 2010. The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced in 1997, following an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995. It traditionally takes place just before the Ryder Cup. Moynihan was the youngest player ever to win the Irish Amateur Championship this year to take up one of the U-18 boys’ spot and is joined in the panel by Austrian Matthias Schwab, who played on The European Tour as a 15 year old in the 2010 Austrian Golf Open. England’s Toby Tree and Sweden’s Victor Tarnstrom make up the U-18 quarter. The girls are represented by Linnea Strom of Sweden, who has dominated junior golf in her country, Quirine Eijkenboom of Germany, Harang Lee from Spain and England’s Bronte Law. The Junior Ryder Cup has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for numerous players. Spaniard Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match and four years later was part of the full European team at the Country Club in Brookline, while Suzann Pettersen played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999 before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and taking part in six Solheim Cups. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was in the victorious 2004 team, since then he has won two major championships.

Thirty-six women from across Ireland will battle it out with an international field in the Ras na mBan which gets under way on Saturday

Orwell lead Irish push

LOCAL riders will provide a large portion of the 36 Irish entrants who will take the line for the An Post Rás na mBan which gets under way in Sneem on Saturday. With last year’s winner Olivia Dillon absent on international duty at the world championships in the Netherlands, the way has been left clear for the five riders on the Irish team in Kerry to make their mark. All but one of the selected squad will be making their Irish debut at the event with Lauren Creamer having worn green on her way to 11th overall last year. The Welsh-based rider will be looking forward to an opportunity to shine having spent last year’s race supporting Dillon, and Irish team manager

Gillian McDarby has plenty of other options in the fight for overall honours. London-based former Orwell rider Lydia Boylan has been in scintillating form on road and track this season and takes up an Irish shirt on the back of a raft of strong results including fourth at the national road race championships. Amy Brice and Anne Dalton rode last year’s event on the Ulster and Leinster teams respectively and both have made enormous strides on the national road scene this year. The fifth member of the team is 20-year-old Fiona Guihen from Navan Road Club, a Rás na mBan rookie whose elevation to the national team comes on the back of impressive form this season. The Leinster team

includes Caroline Conway, one of the reserves for the Irish team, who rode the event with Leinster last season as did team mates Orla McEvoy and Niamh Stephens. Charlotte McDonald and Fiona Cooke graduate to the Leinster team having made their debuts with Orwell Wheelers last season. The mighty Dublin club DTC Orwell Wheelers sends two squads to An Post Rás na mBan this year along with their representatives on the Ireland and Leinster teams. Star veteran rider Orla Hendron will marshal the troops for a tilt at the County Rider prizes aided by Ciara Kinch, Lucy Soden and Mags Donnelly. The fifth member of the Dundrum Town Centre supported team is Kerry-born Trish Buckley, an emerging force in

Leinster league racing. The Orwell Joe Daly’s Cycles team includes a couple of guests: junior European championship rider Lauren Gourlay swaps her Castlebar CC colours for the event while ace vet Monica Marconi rejoins her old club for the week. They are joined by up and coming Orwellians Isabel Cogan, Catherine Downes and Siobhan O’Connor. One of the stars of the local racing scene this season has been Spain’s Sara Ortiz who leads the Galway-based Black Rose Racing Team. Ortiz, a former Giro Donne competitor, will surely be a force to reckoned with. Ortiz will be joined in the team by Clare Dallat, the Australian based Irish woman who went within forty seconds of winning the Irish Time Trial Championship when finishing

fourth in 2010. Backing them will be the in-form road and track star Rosin Kennedy, Derry’s Tonya Moran and Scottish visitor Anne Ewing. The final local-based team in this year’s race is the Wheelworx 3D TC team made up of triathletes Vanessa Fenton, Aisling Coppinger, Marie Fox, Tania Finn, Maria Mulvany and Karen Robinson. Riding on the Londonbased Look Mum No Hands! team - but also eligible for the Sneem Hotel County Rider classification - are twice former winner Louise Moriarty and event sophomore Siobhan McNamara. The An Post Rás na mBan teams face 400km of racing in six stages over five days running from Saturday to Thursday, September 13.

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 STARof theMONTH KATIE TAYLOR THE PEAMOUNT United club member set the world alight as she became one of the very first female Olympic boxing gold medallists in London early in August. She added the 60kg title to the world title she won earlier this year, indelibly confirming her place in the pantheon of all-time Irish sporting greats.

TEAMof theMONTH FOXROCK CABINTEELY JUST nine years since forming, the southside club claimed the Dublin senior ladies football championship title with a stunning display against reigning champs Na Fianna in Parnell Park. They now move on to represent the county in the Leinster championship for the very first time, another huge step forward in their history. AUGUST proved to be a massive month for female sport in Ireland as Katie Taylor became the country’s first female Olympic medallist since the controversial Michelle Smith back in 1996 in Atlanta. With Rathfarnham sailor Annalise Murphy mixing it with the best in the Laser Radial competition, earning the Irish Times sportswoman of the month title, they were among Ireland’s stand-out Olympians in London this time

around. On the team front, there were a number of notable firsts with Foxrock Cabinteely’s being the greatest of them, edging out St Sylvester’s, both clubs producing truly ground-breaking performances so early in their development on the ladies football scene. Their performances highlighted a sparkling summer of sport, leading nicely into the autumn sporting calendar.

Chelsea’s Conor Clifford remains an integral part of the Republic of Ireland U-21 side

Local duo get Ireland calls

PA L M E R S T OW N ’ S Conor Clifford and Clondalkin man Ian McLoughlin have been included in Noel King’s Republic of Ireland Under-21 team for the forthcoming UEFA U21 Championship qualifying Group Seven fixtures with Hungary and Italy. The Irish face Hungary in Kecskemet on Thursday, September 6 then meet the Italians in Casarano four days

later. After the recent defeat by Turkey in their final home game, Ireland have a very difficult task ahead of them but the Irish boss is confident his side can turn the odds in their favour. “We have two games to go in our group and the simple facts are that if we win the two of them we’ll get at least second place and hopefully that will secure a playoff place,” said King. “We can’t concentrate on the Italy game

until we’ve dealt with Hungary. We’ve beaten Hungary before in Sligo so we go there knowing that we are capable of winning the match. “Of course there was disappointment after our defeat by Turkey last time out. Overall the performance was good and we played well in sections of the game but we conceded a late goal. We have to pick ourselves up now and travel with a positive mindset. “What has been posi-

Soccer camp: Locals enjoy Bayern prize THE annual Allianz junior football camp kicked-off in Munich, Germany, this week with 63 teenagers from 21 countries taking part in a five-day footballing adventure with Bayern München. The children, including Lucy Ashmore, Jonathan Keating and Ashington’s Steven Mullins got to take in a private training session with the famous club. All of your latest local news, sport, features and pictures are now just a click away

tive is that a lot of our lads have five or six more games under their belt since the Turkey game and will be sharper. Fitness wasn’t an excuse for the loss to Turkey but it will definitely be helpful that the lads are a bit further into their season.” A number of players have returned after missing the Turkey game with Jeff Hendrick, Adam Bar ton, Sean Murray, Samir Carruthers and Rhys Murphy all back in contention.



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Cuala academy opens doors for newcomers SATURDAY, September 8 could be a day to remember in years to come as the annual registration for the Cuala GAA academy takes place at Hyde Road in Dalkey. There are places for 80 boys and 40 girls available in each of the groups for children born in 2005, 2006 and this year’s new intake from those born in 2007. The academy has played a vital role in the development of many club and county players over recent years. No fewer than seven graduates will be playing in All-Ireland Minor Finals for Dublin in the coming weeks. “It is wonderful to produce players that go on to such heights but the real benefit for kids at this age is the fun they have, the friendships they make, and the skills and fitness they develop that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Cuala Academy chairman Colman O’Drisceoil. “Cuala has a great reputation for taking good care of the youngest members of the club and the academy is also a great way for parents to get back involved through coaching, setting up cones or just generally being there on Saturday mornings to help introduce their kids to our games.” Registration takes place in the Cuala Hall next Saturday morning from 9.30am to 11am and places have tended to fill up in recent years. The annual cost of €135 includes all the coaching on Saturday mornings, their own Cuala jersey which is so often seen from Shankill through Killiney, Dalkey, Sallynoggin, Glasthule, Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire, Monkstown and Cabinteely, and lots of fun.

Toronto switch boosts O’Dea FORMER Clonkeen College student Darren O’Dea said this week he was delighted thus far with how his switch to Toronto FC from Celtic has panned out to date. “I’ve really enjoyed it so far,” said the Republic of Ireland international. “I’m looking

forward to spending a good and successful time out there. “The facilities, the stadiums you play in and the crowds you play in front of are fantastic.” It has given him a springboard to step in and replace the injured Richard Dunne in the opening 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kazahkstan on Friday.

The Knocklyon U-16 boys’ relay team were among the south Dublin stars at the national finals of the Community Games in Athlone last week

Dalkey duo win big at games I

DALKEY duo Sarah O’Hagan and Harr y Kenny produced some of the top performances at last week’s Community Games as they both medalled in the national finals. The former won silver in the U-8 80m after winning her heat and crossing second on the line in the semi-final. Kenny, meanwhile, returned home with bronze after he won his heat and semi-final, but was pipped at the finish line in a very tight final. Elsewhere, Knocklyon boys’ U-16 relay team

won fourth place medals having taking second in their heat and winning their semi-final. On that team were Stephen Hanrahan, Kevin O’Brien, Ror y K night, Philip McCormack, Daniel Stewart and Adam Maher. T hey were among some of the stand-out performances on what proved to be a great weekend of sport as the athletics track was buzzing with excitement when Aine Holden from Carlow, an Olympic torch-bearer in Dublin was introduced to the appreciative crowd. She did a lap of the

track carrying the torch to the delight of the huge crowd of HSE Community Games supporters. Over 200,000 young people from all over Ireland take part in the HSE Community Games qualifiers and finals every year. It makes it an essential part of the Irish summer, and firmly established in Irish heritage, something that is reflected in the number of participants, volunteers and spectators that get involved every year. Approximately 3,000 children participated in a number of sporting activities with Dublin

represented in athletics track and field, basketball, futsal and camogie. Over 12,000 spectators, including parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends and supporters travelled in their droves to offer their support and encouragement to all of the children participating. Another spectator enjoying the games was Brendan Boyce from Donegal who competed in the 50km walk at the London Olympics. Boyce is a former Community Games participant and silver medallist in volleyball and U-8 60m track event.

Commenting on the games, he said: “It is an honour to be here as a guest at the national finals, the atmosphere was electric. “I can see that there are plenty of stars of the future here.” Gerr y Davenpor t, president, HSE Community Games speaking at the finals said: “The atmosphere this weekend has been superb, the fun and competitive spirit was evident throughout the campus. “The sun was shining and all the participants and supporters embraced the festive occasion.”

Fields on top of the MMA world I PETER CARROLL

CHRIS Fields became Ireland’s third world champion in mixed martial arts last weekend, when he won the Cage Warriors World middleweight championship in a bout against Pavel Kusch in the New Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. “The Killing” Fields has long been on top of the national middleweight scene and the Swords’ resident took advantage of John Philips’ enforced

absence to be drafted into the final of the competition as a replacement. From there, he completely dominated on his path to glory. Coming off an unlikely loss to Philips earlier in the competition, catching the rangy Fields in a guillotine choke after absorbing the majority of the punishment, the Irishman took a new approach to the game, enlisting the help of sports psychologist David Mullins. “David was an amaz-

ing help and I think it really helped me last Saturday – I felt very comfortable throughout the fight.” Comfortable indeed, as the Ukrainian finalist looked for his coveted heel-hook, Fields shrugged each attempt off and went about his business, busily striking from distance and draining every last bit of energy from Kusch. Leg kicks chopped away at the Ukrainian’s base, putting Fields in position to take the bout in the third of five scheduled rounds,

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a double header against Crokes on

minors featuring Conor Mulally at

Thursday night at Thomastown and

centre-back on reaching the All-

Silver Park respectively and all sup-

Ireland final in three week’s time

port is welcome for 7pm throw-ins.

after victory over Kerry on Sunday.

Bookings are now being taken for

Hard luck to Mick Fitzsimons and the

the Cuala All-Ireland lunch which

seniors on the defeat to Mayo.

takes place on Friday, September 21

The U-15A hurlers put up a great

at the Burlington Hotel.

performance last Thursday evening

Always a great day and what bet-

at Hyde Road beating Naomh Mear-

ter way to entertain customers or

nog in the A Championship by 10

colleagues from Mayo or Donegal

points. Darragh Spillane deserves

as their excitement reaches fever

great credit for his hat-trick but it

pitch. Details on the website from

was just part of a really strong team

this week. Our draw for tickets to Sunday’s

performance. The lads will be in semi-final action

All-Ireland minor final featuring five

against St Vincent’s next Sunday

Cuala players on the Dublin panel,

morning at the earlier than normal

with the senior game thrown in as

time of 10am. Watch the website for

a bonus, takes place at 10pm next

venue details.

Thursday in the club bar.

The largely under age Bs went

The draw is open to all fully paid

down to Kevin’s but put in a great

club members in attendance on the

shift in the second half and will also

night. Finally, registration for the Cuala

be in action in the shield next Sunday either at Crumlin or Swords. Cuala’s last gasp free was enough to earn a share of the spoils against St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh

Late equaliser puts Cuala in contention U-14 HURLING DIV 2 St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER Na Fianna

1-7 2-4


CUALA’S U-14 hurlers came back from what looked like certain defeat to share the spoils against St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh last Thursday in Martin Savage Park, a result that keeps the Dalkey club right in the league mix with four games to play. In atrocious conditions and light fading quickly, it proved a tough outing for good hurling. The bigger Plunkett’s team started brightly however, and within a minute had registered a point. After a nervous start, Cuala settled and on eight minutes as Joe Mahony caught a long delivery from James Murphy, turned and, from fully 30m, struck a shot to knock the rain off the Plunkett’s net.

The Navan Road side responded with two points from distance but when man-of-the-match Mark O’Treasaigh hit a second wonderful goal, it looked ominous for the Northsiders. Another fine effort from Mahony out on the right wing left Cuala 2-1 to 0-2 to the good with a quarter of the game gone. However, the two goals had the effect of waking up Plunkett’s who began to grow in confidence with their midfield particularly effective. Were it not for the trio in the Cuala full-back line, Rory McMahon, Brian Coronella and the magnificent Lorcan McGrath, the gap may have been reeled in further. O ’ Tr e a s a i g h w a s proving a focal point for the Cuala attack and he clipped over another point within two minutes of the restart. But the Northsiders were

never likely to let them off the hook. The pressure eventually told and the key goal arrived on 41 minutes. Another long r un from midfield broke the defence and, despite the best efforts of Ryan de Felice in nets, who had made a string of high class saves up to that point, the goal was registered. The game was level b u t P l u n ke t t s we r e now in the ascendancy and had the benefit of the gale. The red-andwhites are nothing if not resilient and they tightened up all over the field. Plunkett’s could only muster two more points. O’Treasaigh and Mickey Wylde, in the half-forward line, were living on scraps but with the game closing out and nightfall settling in, they took on the maroon defence one more time. With eight minutes

left, O’Treasaigh won a precious ball and was up-ended again. The ever-accurate Emmett Murphy did the business from the free. Wylde and James Murphy combined to release O’Treasaigh with seconds left. He mannedup to the challenge and tried to get through the cover. Again, he was taken down with the Plunketts defence slamming the door shut and Murphy took his point and Cuala grabbed the draw. Cuala are now placed third in the league on 13 points with Lucan ahead of them on 16 and Fingallians on top with 18 with two to go up. However, Cuala have Lucan to play away on Saturday, making for a crucial battle before finish their campaign with a home match to Plunkett’s and away game to Jude’s.

academy is on Saturday, Septem-

The juvenile camogie section can be

ber 8. We have places for 80 boys and

proud of a great weekend with wins

40 girls for children born in each of

over Kilmacud Crokes at U-11 and

2005, 2006 and 2007.

U-16, against Ballyboden at U-13 and

The academy has been a key player

against Crumlin at U-14. The aggre-

in producing stars for club and coun-

gate scores were 19-19 to 7-10 so well

ty and every journey begins with

done to all.

small steps. Make sure you get there

The U-14A and B footballers have

on the day to secure a place.

FOXROCK CABINTEELY THE ladies’ juvenile championships

a four-point win.

commenced last weekend. The club has

There were also good wins for the

11 teams taking part from U-12 to minor.

U-14As and the U-16s who overcame

The match of the weekend was the U-12

Robert Emmet’s and St Sylvester’s

division 1 clash between Fox-Cab and

respectively. The club and senior team

Crokes under glorious sunshine in Kil-

are gearing up for the first round of the

boggett Park. The home side went into

Leinster club championship.

the second half with a five-point advantage. However, Crokes made the most of the

The opponents are Laois champions, Mountmellick, home of four-time AllStar, Tracey Lawlor.

wind advantage to go two points ahead

It will be a home match for the club

with 12 minutes to go. But the home side

and will be played in the first weekend

kept their composure to finish out with

in October.


qualified for a semi-final play-off place.

team on their great win over Kerry in

Well done to all involved and good luck in

the All-Ireland minor football semi-final

your next championship game.

on Sunday and in particular to Naomh

Our senior hurlers had a vital home

Olaf clubman David Byrne, the Dublin

win on Saturday against Naomh Mear-

captain, who had an outstanding game

nog in the SHB final round, winning 4-8

for the blues. The final score was 3-12

to 2-12. Outstanding for Olaf’s were

to 1-10.

Ray Quinn, Declan O’Dwyer and Feargal

This was a spectacularly successful week for Naomh Olaf in the senior hurling championship and the ladies’ football championship respectively.

Mairtin in defence and forwards Colly Delaney. Man of the match Mick O’Connor who scored a magnificent personal tally of

Our ladies’ footballers beat Round

2-2. Our hurlers are now in the cham-

Tower on Monday on a score of 4-10 to

pionship quarter-finals so good luck

1-6, their second successive champion-


ship win. Whilst they were beaten by Ballyboughal mid-week, they nevertheless

Lotto numbers were 4, 6 and 29; there was no winner. The jackpot is now €1,400.


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Kilmacud Crokes’ Oisin O’Rorke, left, is one of nine local players in the Dublin panel for next Sunday’s minor All-Ireland hurling final

Cuala and Crokes abound for Dubs Nine local players will be gunning for All-Ireland glory as Dublin take on Tipperary in minor championship final  NATHAN KELLY

IT COULD be a weekend to remember for Cuala and Kilmacud Crokes as a large contingent from the area will play their part in the Dublin squad for the All-Ireland minor hurling championship final on Sunday in Croke Park. The Hyde Road and Glenalbyn clubs will be more interested than most as five Cuala and four Crokes players could feature for Dublin against Tipperary. Cian O’Callaghan, Colm Cronin, Sean Treacy, Ross Tierney and Jack Behan have all come up through Cuala’s academy and juvenile ages. While Crokes representatives are Cian MacGabhann, Robert Murphy, Caolan Conway and Oisin O’Rorke. All will be hoping to play a part as they represent their county in what’s sure to be the biggest game of their careers to date. Cuala’s PRO Rob Hartnett spoke excitedly about the weekend’s game, telling Gazette-

Sport: “It will definitely be one of the biggest days in the club’s history. “We’ve got five lads who’ve been involved with the Dublin minor hurlers all season, along with Conor Mulally and Martin Cahalane who are part of the Dublin football minors who have booked their place in the championship final in three week’s time. “They’re all great role models for the club. Cian O’Callaghan, who lifted the Leinster trophy in Croke Park in July, was the first Cuala club man to do such a thing since Michael Fitzsimons did so a few years ago with Dublin’s All-Ireland junior. “It was really great to see him do it with so many of his colleagues around him. They’re all a credit to the club and a credit to their families; all at the club wish them the best of luck bringing a championship medal home.” Cuala are certainly reaping the benefits of being the first club to set up a hurling academy a number of years ago. The five players in the Dublin squad for Sunday started out in the

academy when they were just six years old and have progressed through the ranks since. When asked about how the club coaching at Cuala has benefited the players, Hartnett replied: “We’ve developed a structure in place where all of our coaches are qualified at various different levels. “It’s all done on a voluntary basis but that doesn’t mean passion and commitment are lacking from our coaches. “The pleasure that you get out of coaching and bringing kids along, either in Thomastown, Meadowvale or Dalkey, is just great.” That pleasure will surely be felt on Sunday if Dublin can overcome Tipperary who will no doubt be up for a battle in the curtain-raiser for the All-Ireland senior final between Kilkenny and Galway. Elsewhere, Naomh Olaf full-back David Byrne was one of the stand-out stars for the Dublin minor footballers as he put in a huge shift at full-back in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Kerry.

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