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INSIDE: Locals have lots of fun at the 26th annual Dun Laoghaire Christmas Day Lunch Page 6

EU Presidency: Minister Varadkar on a huge opportunity for Ireland Page 8

GazetteSport looks back on an epic 2012

Plans for marina village sought

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IN ITS bid to revitalise the harbour, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has issued a tender for proposals to design a marina village on the West Pier. Architects and engineers can now submit applications to bring the company’s master plan to life. The company’s chief executive, Gerry Dunne, said: “The scheme com-

bines residential and water sports but is not terribly detailed [in the plan]. “At the moment, we are beginning on the first significant project by getting these designers to find out if the master plan can be established as an amenity to attract life into the harbour.” The development will comprise a courtyard with residential units, water sports facilities and boat storage area. Full Story on Page 2

Brushing up: Helping Rehab launch a €150,000 performing arts fund PERFORMING arts students from

Roslyn Park College Ricky Comerford (Charlemont Street), Andrew Haire (Trim), Jason Kierans (Drogheda), and Aimee Richardson (Glenageary) brushed up on their charitable natures

when they helped Rehab with its recent launch of a new €150,000 Visual and Performing Arts Fund for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties. For further information, see www.

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Local councillor Jim O’Dea (FG) welcomes the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s initiative

Design proposals sought to revitalise harbour A tender has been issued calling for design proposals to assist Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s (DLHC) Masterplan as it proceeds with the revitalisation of the harbour and its goal of “positioning Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre”. The company is looking to recruit a team of designers to draft a plan for the proposed marina village in the port town. The winning team will design a marina village for Dun Laoghaire Harbour to be located on a site at the West Pier beside Dun

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Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on the old Shell site at an area known as the Gut. Speaking last week, Gerry Dunne of DLHC said of the new development: “[The issuing of the tender] relates to the proposed development of the old Shell [chemicals facility] site which we finally acquired from Shell a few months ago and is part of

the Masterplan.” Local councillor Jim O’Dea (FG) said of DLHC’s plans for the harbour: “The area has great natural assets and, while thousands of people use the pier for walking, the Harbour Company envisage that the visitors to the area should be provided with a far greater range of facilities and services. I commend the Harbour Company for this initiative and would hope that their plans come to fruition soon.” The Masterplan was drawn up to create an international standard tourist and leisure envi-

ronment with residential and water sports facilities in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender document suggests that there is the potential for accommodating local groups such as Sea Scouts, boat clubs and youth training groups at a water sports centre on the site subject to a lease agreement. In their joint response to the launch of the Masterplan in June 2011, Dun Laoghaire’s yacht clubs identified a “significant amount of shore space” ripe for development in the area earmarked for the Marina Village scheme. Former DLR cathao-

irleach John Bailey (FG) reacted to the news of the forthcoming marina village in Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier by saying: “Any development for Dun Laoghaire is welcome and this is just one in a long list of new initiatives for the area all of which show positive signs of growth.” Submissions for the marina village tender should be sent by e-mail to and copied to and must arrive no later than midday on January 31. For all further details, contact Yvonne Cooney at 01 280 1018.

Barnardos launches unwanted gifts appeal B A RN A RD O S i s encouraging Dun Laoghaire residents to donate their unwanted Christmas presents to the local Barnardos charity shop, as part of its unwanted gifts appeal.

The charity is welcoming donations of a wide range of unwanted Christmas gifts which locals have received, such as clothing, household goods, toys, stationery, CDs and DVDs.

“Each year thousands of us receive gifts from loved ones which will not be put to use. Rather than smile and secretly hide them in the back of the wardrobe, why not put them to a worthwhile cause and bring

a smile to a child’s face in the New Year,” said Barnardos’ Bernadette Harrington. “In the current economic climate, there has been a significant decrease in donations and at the same time

we are seeing more and more families in Ireland in need of our services. Every donation takes us one step further to achieving Barnardos’ goal of making Ireland the best place in the world for children.”

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property tax: homeowners will ‘have option to challenge estimate’

Revenue to assess DLR house values IT HAS been announced that homeow ners in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (DLR) will not be responsible for assessing the value of their own homes for the purposes of gauging property tax rates. Instead, the Revenue Commission will decide the value of every prope r t y, a n d t h e y w i l l then communicate the amount due to each householder. Homeowners should still self-assess the value of their homes however, but if they do not, the Revenue estimate will b e c o m e p ay a b l e b y default. By March, the Revenue will send out let-

ters to all homeowners in DLR and elsewhere to outline how much property tax they will have to pay, based on the their assessment of the indicative value of their property.

Highest Residents in DLR are expected to be among the higher property tax bracket, as this indicative value will be based on the area in which people live. Local councillor Richard Humphreys (Lab) said: “People will have the option to challenge the Revenue’s valuation of their homes and they can stray from this figure as long as they can

back it up. “I expect the vast majority in the DLR area to comply with the property tax and that there will be a similarly high compliance as was achieved for the household charge.” Local councillor Hugh Lewis (PBP) said: “The new property tax is unfair and regressive. I know many people who live in what could be described as an affluent area yet, apart from their family home, have little or no assets and will not be able to afford to pay this tax. “I have no doubt, it will be fought in every community in Ireland,” he concluded.

50 years on: Irish Cancer Society raise over €20million a year pictured aRE Siofra O’Sullivan, Sebastian Reilly and Kyra

Downey, who helped mark the beginning of the Irish Cancer Society’s 50th year. The society has grown into Ireland’s biggest health charity, now raising more than €20 million a year to provide care and information, carry out research and deliver services for people affected by cancer. With the help of thousands of volunteers and supporters across Ireland, the society strives to ensure that fewer people in Ireland get cancer, and those that do get cancer will get the best care, treatment, information and support. Picture: Andres Poveda

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The Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey for 2012 has listed Dun Laoghaire as the 12th cleanest town in Ireland. Forty-two towns and cities across Ireland were monitored throughout 2012 for cleanliness and Kilkenny City won first place. The annual survey by IBAL found that 80% of towns and cities in Ireland were as clean or cleaner than European cities and towns. Dun Laoghaire and 21 other towns including the winner, Kilkenny City were classed as Cleaner than European Norms. IBAL chairman Dr Tom Cavanagh said: “We might have viewed ourselves traditionally as a less than tidy nation, but the results tell a different story.”

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education: variety of courses on offer

council Clarity sought on Blackrock location stories:

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An annual open day at local college

SENIOR College Dun Laoghaire, one of the largest dedicated further education colleges in Ireland, is holding its annual open day for prospective students next week on Wednesday, January 16 from 10am to 4pm. The college offers a variety of courses in business, applied psycholog y, emergency and health care, interior and landscape/garden design, creative multimedia, PC maintenance and technical support, C I S CO netwo rk i ng, beauty therapy, theatrical and media make-up and complementar y therapies. For learners who wish to obtain degrees, Dun Laoghaire has pro gression arrangements with colleges and universities. They offer a highly attractive twoyear Higher National Diploma in business studies which leads to

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the unique option of one further year’s study for an honours business degree. Some courses are timetabled for mornings only to cater for parents and part-time workers.

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Speaking about the appeal of further education, a spokesperson for the college said: “Students don’t need to take part in the CAO points race. They can apply directly to the further education college of their choice and five passes in their Leaving Certificate will suffice for most courses. Maths is also not an entry requirement for most courses.“ To find out about the courses on offer for September 2013, prospective students are invited to come to the open day. For more information, log on to

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COUNT Y manager Owen Keegan has revealed at a recent Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting that the current lease held by the council for the Blackrock Baths site may be forfeited due to the demolition of the pool in September last year. Owners of the site, Treasury Holdings, went into receivership in October last year when they faced €2.7bn in debt, €70m of which was called in by KBC Bank and led to the company’s downfall. The freehold of the Blackrock Baths was held by Treasury Holdings since its purchase from Pembroke Estates Holdings in 1997. The council has a 150-

year lease which commenced in 1929, and the lease restricts the use of the site by the council to that of a swimming baths. As well as this stipulation, under the current Dun LaoghaireRathdow n County Development Plan, there is a specific local objective (SLO) to encourage the redevelopment of the area encompassing Blackrock Baths. Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) submitted a motion seeking clarification on the subject of the baths’ future development, and Keegan had indicated that the status of the freehold on the site needed to be ascertained first. “The site is still in private ownership and I am not sure if our lease has been forfeited. I will bring a report in a

few weeks about the reworks to be done on the site. “The freehold of the baths site needs clarification as the lease is held subject to conditions including a functioning bath on the site, which has not been complied with. “The owners, [Treasury Holdings] have gone into liquidation and the situation is unclear, but we are seeking to clarify it and [decide] if we’ll take on the ownership.” Keegan has committed to reporting back to the council in the coming weeks. Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) had asked Keegan to detail when the site would be developed in accordance with the county development plan. She also said that a number

of stakeholders in the site have not contributed to the site’s development in the past, particularly Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann. “We want to bring Blackrock to the seaside as there is no water feature there at all. I’m calling on the manager to get the stakeholders [Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin Bus] involved and to make a water facility available [on the Blackrock Baths’ site],” said Cllr Bhreathnach. In response, Owen Keegan said that the demolition on the site had “opened up a whole new vista which was obscured by a decrepit building. “A new bridge and a viewing platform which was [developed] with Iarnroid Eireann is now nearly finished.”

A FREE creative writing course is on offer from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown writer in residence Katy Hayes this month in preparation for a short story competition with a top prize of €3,000. Katy will hold the free eight week course in Dundrum library each Tuesday morning starting on January 22, and will guide participants through the process of creating their short stories for entry in the RTE Francis MacManus competition. T he Francis MacManus is an annual short story competition run by RTE Radio 1 since 1986. Prizes last year were €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000. Stories must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words and be suitable for broadcast. K a t y k n ow s w h a t it takes to win as she won the Mercier Press Golden Jubilee Award in the Francis MacManus Awards in 1993. Since then, Katy has published three novels: Lindbergh’s Legacy, Gossip and Curtains, and has written a number of plays including The Sun Always Rises, which was commissioned by RTE Radio 1. She also works as a journalist and wrote a column in The Sunday Times from 2009 to 2011. Enrolment for the course is on a firstcome-first-served basis, so if you are interested you should email by Friday, January 11. The course is suitable for over-18s.

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Santa Claus and one of his helpers, Graham Kavanagh

Rionagh and Rachael Walsh. Pictures: Margaret Brown

Seasonal lunch leaves no room for frowns T

HE ANNUAL Dun Laoghaire Christmas Day Lunch was once again very well attended, with lots of locals having a fun time at Blackrock Rugby Club. Organised by Margaret Brown and a dedicated team of volunteers, the event had a particular focus on

those who would otherwise have been alone at Christmas, with the sense of community spirit and kinship to the fore on the day. With live music and a certain Mr Claus in attendance, almost 200 guests tucked into a delicious five-course meal, with the spirit

of Christmas seeing a further 40 full dinners delivered to the homeless at Bentley House Hostel. Margaret thanked all those who helped to make the 26th such Christmas lunch such a great success, singling out the volunteers and Blackrock Rugby Club for particular praise.

Barbara, one of the wash-up crew, was ready to go

Sharing a name with the photographer, organiser William Byrne

John O’Shea and Isaac Boss admired Mary Lawlor’s tree-mendous style

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Colette and Aoife shared in the fun

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OPINION ‘EU Presidency is a huge opportunity for us’

Volunteer centre hopes for year of high activity DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown Volunteer Centre (DLRVC) is calling on all residents to make a special resolution this year to help the charity reach its highest volunteer number to date. Organisers are looking to smash the volunteer record set in 2012 which saw over 700 people sign up to lend a hand with the centre. Of those locals who gave up their free time last year, over half had never got involved with such an enterprise before, and they were predominantly young people. The most popular areas of involvement for volunteers in 2012 were in health and disability, education and Literacy, and initiatives relating to older people. Karen Johnson, manager of DLRVC said: “We are thrilled to see a rise in the number of people interested in volunteering. It is heartening to see so many Dun Laoghaire Rathdown residents giving something back by getting involved in their local community.”

Public being urged to take part in walk THOSE who are still couch potatoes since Christmas are being encouraged to take part in the Operation Transformation Walk in Marlay Park next Saturday, January 19. The free 4km walk starts at the playground at the College Road entrance of Marlay Park at 10.45am. Trained walking leaders will be present. The event is part of Dun LaoghaireRathdown (DLR) Sports Partnership’s aim to encourage everyone in the

county to exercise. It will be held in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council and RTE’s Operation Transformation programme. “Getting active makes such a big difference to your health, helping to reduce stress, ease back pain and reduce the risk of heart disease,” said coordinator with the Sports Partnership, Shane McArdle. “By taking part in these types of local events, people can become more aware of the excellent parks available in the county and how walking can be made social and fun.” For more information, visit

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton watch as the European flag is raised over Dublin Castle. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (inset) will be using the Presidency to promote Ireland as a tourist destination

Key goal to help Ireland and EU out of the financial crisis  LEO VARADKAR Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

IRELAND takes over the EU Presidency for the first half of 2013, and Ireland will be at the heart of European decisionmaking. This is a huge opportunity for all of us, and the Government is determined to make the most of it. We have looked closely at how we can use the Presidency to deliver stability, jobs and growth. For six months, I will be joining the other Irish Government Ministers in chairing EU Council meetings and negotiating agreements. The theme of the Irish presidency is Jobs, Stability and Growth. Our Presidency coincides with the 40th anniversary of Ireland joining the European Economic Community. In 1973 there were just nine members, which has since grown to a Union of 27.

Hundreds of politicians, dignitaries and officials will visit Ireland between January and June. As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I will be inviting them all to return again before the end of the year. I will also be using the Presidency at every opportunity to promote Ireland as a tourist destination on the world stage. In transport, I will be pushing for better road safety standards across the European Union. In fact, the new Road Safety Strategy will be launched at a European conference being held in Dublin. The Irish Presidency will be driving measures at European level to help job creation. We will promote new measures to combat unemployment by providing training and skills, particularly for young people. We plan to develop the single market, and help Irish trade. We will also aim to boost the digital economy and

provide the jobs of the future. We will be arguing for better trade relations with countries around the world, particularly with the United States, and trying to open up new markets. And in Ireland, we want to improve competitiveness for small and medium enterprises. A large number of major events will be held in Dublin during the presidency. The European Union has transformed Dublin city and county since Ireland joined the EU in 1973. It has helped to build the M50, LUAS Red Line, provided more than 100 Dublin buses and helped to upgrade train and DART services. EU funding has improved water treatment and quality with over €300 million invested in Dublin’s water supply and treatment systems. Dublin has also benefited from the EU-funded scheme to improve

broadband access. EU financial support has helped to renovate some of Dublin’s liveliest areas, including Dublin Castle, Temple Bar and the Docklands. Social services in Dublin have also received significant support. Some €150 million was used to increase childcare services in Dublin city and county between 20022008, and Dublin will get a massive share of the €375 million set aside for 2007-2013 to boost employment opportunities, and access to education and training. Dublin business will also be able to benefit from the €300 million allocated by the European Investment Bank to Irish banks, in order to lend to small and medium size businesses. Our third level institutions will benefit from €600 million in EU funding under the EU Financial Framework for Research and Tech-

nological Development, with UCD, TCD, and DIT already benefiting. One of our key goals for the Presidency will be to help Ireland, and Europe, out of the financial crisis. The aim is to create a new system to coordinate the economic and budgetary policies of member states. It is complex, and we must get it right, but if we do it can help to restore stability and growth. We must also ensure that Europe has a banking system that is fit for purpose and that we never have to face again a financial crisis like the one we have endured. That is why we will be prioritising new proposals on a banking union. Over the past 40 years, Ireland has won the reputation for running efficient and impartial presidencies, for focusing on results and on the wider European interest. In 2013 we intend to do better again.

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SALLYNOGGIN College of Further Education are hosting their annual college open day next week on Thursday, January 17. The open day will run from 10am to 2pm, and will allow potential students to have a good look around the college, which has earned a reputation for excellence in the area of further education, with many students achieving

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international recognition in the areas of fashion, photography and sports, to name just a few. Speaking to the Gazette, a spokesperson for the college said: “The open day is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the extensive range of courses on offer, experience the unique atmosphere in the college and view our facilities. “Learning in Sallynoggin College is about collaboration and active participation. New students intending on

attending the open day should take the time to drop in and meet with our friendly staff and students to discuss course options.” As well as learning about the course options available, attendees can watch demonstrations in dance, performing arts, hairdressing, beauty therapy and make-up, in addition to courses on Sports Fitness And Personal Training, Travel and Tourism, Childcare, Social Studies and Youth Work. Visitors will also

Students at work in the theatre make up department of Sallynoggin College.

be able to view portfolios and exhibitions of student work in art, fashion, photography and floristry, Many of the workshops and demonstrations will be further developed into the college’s renowned end of year showcase events in fashion, dance, theatre, arts and photography, and as part of the National Floristry Competition. September 2013 sees

the introduction of a new course, advanced certificate in social services advocacy. This course, which is accredited at FETAC Level 6, offers an opportunity to develop higher level skills, knowledge and competence in the social care area, specifically in advice, information and advocacy. Available to attendees on the day will be information on progression

to third level education, grant funding, VTOS (second chance education), BTEA, childcare facilities and the college’s evening courses. Sallynoggin College of Further Education are located on Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, and more information is available by calling them on 01-2852997, by emailing, or online

pantomime Arclight’s Snow White ARCLIGHT T heatre Company are performing their pantomime of Snow White this month in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. A r c l i g h t ’s p a n t o mime will be performed by local ar ts group Arclight, and will be their 10th annual panto at the Pavilion. This version of Snow White is a bit more exciting, as Snow White has to escape the clutches, not only of the jealous Queen and the horrible huntsman who are trying to kill her, but also a collection of seven blood-thirsty pirates. T he Snow W hite pantomime runs at the Pavilion Theatre from January 22 to 26, and tickets cost €16 and €12.

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Carol Doyle and Lucci Minx dressed up for the Radio Nova Christmas party

Radio Nova pump up the volume and party R

ADIO Nova kicked off the festive season in style last month with a Christmas party, which they held especially for dedicated listeners. All of the Radio Nova DJs and staff joined the crowds at Cafe en Seine, and they partied into the early hours

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of the next day with live music from The Shoos, as well as some of the greatest hits played by the station’s own DJs. All of the staff and listeners enjoyed letting their hair down for the night and getting into the festive spirit.

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charity: Age Action launches cast-off appeal

Transform unwanted gift into much-needed funds

Christmas is a time for giving, so it’s inevitable that some gifts, for whatever reason, might end up being forgotten about or left gathering dust. With this in mind, a number of charities are hoping that some of these cast-offs can be donated to their cause so they can go to worthy homes, or help with providing funds for these struggling organisations. As the say-

ing goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Age Action has launched an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts to provide muchneeded funds for their work with older people. Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins, said: “Whether it is a jumper or blouse, a piece of jewellery or a DVD, rather than leave it sitting in the bottom of the wardrobe for the next 12

months, please consider donating it to an Age Action shop. “We can transform an unwanted gift into much-needed funds which will enable us continue our work with some of Ireland’s most vulnerable older people.” Unwanted gifts are being accepted at Age Action shops, including the one located at 30/31 Lower Camden Street,

Dublin 2, 48 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire. Meanwhile, Gorta, Ireland’s longest-established overseas development agency, is also appealing to the public to donate their unwanted gifts to its charity shops. Items can be delivered to Gorta’s two charity shops located at 136 Capel Street and 32 Liffey Street, Dublin.

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BHP has choosen a charity partner Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International (CCI) has been announced as the charity partner for the annual BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle event at Leopardstown on Sunday, January 27. In conjunction with t h e r a c e , BH P h a s undertaken to arrange a lunch event each year to be held in the Leopardstown Pavilion with all profits being donated to CCI. Adi Roche, chief executive of Chernobyl

Children International says: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen by BHP as their charity partner for 2013. This exciting event will be a great success and what better way to support the work of our charity, than a day out at the races.” Tables of 10 cost €1,000 which includes entry to the race meeting, race card, wine reception with tips from a panel of experts and a four-course lunch with wine and enter tain-

ment. For further details, email or visit, and the Chernobyl Children International Facebook page.

Fun times back at the RDS with funderland Fun times are back at the RDS, with Funderland taking centre stage at the city centre venue until January 13. It’s a tradition for families to brush off the

post-Christmas blues by taking part in some fairground fun. It opened on St Stephen’s Day and has been generating some great entertainment for revellers ever since, but this weekend is its last before it says goodbye for another year. This year, Funderland has changed slightly, with wristbands being made available allowing access to all of the rides. For more information, email info@funderland. com or telephone (01) 283 8188.

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Pat Keogh, chief executive, Leopardstown Racecourse, Adi Roche, chief executive Chernobyl Children International, jockey Bryan Cooper and Mark Phelan, managing director, BHP Insurances. Picture: Brian McEvoy

lin International Film Festival will welcome acting legend Danny DeVito to Ireland this February. The actor was confirmed as a special tribute for the event just weeks ago, which will take place in Dublin from February 14 until

February 24. It was also revealed that he will be presented with the Volta Career Achievement Award. The award, which was named after Ireland’s first cinema – the Volta Picture Theatre on Dublin’s Mary Street – has previously been won by

actors Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis and Gabriel Byrne. Special tickets for the festival are currently available from w w w. at an early bird rate of €195, giving ticket goers the opportunity to watch the best in Irish and international cinema, as well as a chance to walk the red carpet and attend some after-show parties, too.

six-day trad festival The eighth Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin’s biggest festival of Irish music and culture, is set to take place this month. Over 200 free events are organised for this year’s festival, including a children’s club, street performers and a music trail. Some of the musicians lined up to per form include Denis Cahill and Maura O’Connell, and unusual venues such as Christ Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the rotunda of City Hall will be included as performance areas. Temple Bar TradFest takes place from January 22 until 27 in the Cultural Quarter, Dublin 2. For more information, see www.templebartrad. com.

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Scheme to support the arts

FEATURES Do your bit and recycle your packaging waste

The Rehab Group launched a grant scheme last week to support those with disabilities in the arts. The Visual and Performing Arts Fund is a major grant scheme which will give out €150,000 over the next five years to those successful applicants who wish to further their artistic study or gain a first foothold in an artistic career. Those specialising in artistic disciplines such as painting, sculpture, graphic art, film, drama, dance and music can apply for the grant, which is open to anyone over 17 who meets Rehab’s entry criteria. The closing date for applications is the end of February 2013.

Repak is encouraging the people of Dublin to do their bit this New Year by recycling their Christmas packaging waste, and using their new smartphones to assist in the process. Over the festive period, it is believed that Dublin generated approximately 19,758 tonnes of used packaging waste of which Repak is aiming to recycle over half. According to the organisation, whose aim it is to facilitate and extend packaging recycling, Dublin households consumed 12 million Christmas gifts, enough beer bottles to cover the route to Lapland and back over five times and

First Fortnight festival: Making some noise for mental health pictured at the launch of the First Fortnight mental health arts

festival in front of street art by artist Friz were Michael Pope from Le Galaxie, Heathers band members Ellie and Louise MacNamara, actor Pat Kinevane and Box of Frogs cast members Mary McEvoy, Dil Wickremasinghe and John Moynes. The First Fortnight festival aims to challenge mental health stigma and will run for 10-days until January 12. Artists taking part include Sopranos actor Joey Pantoliano, Le Galaxie, We Cut Corners and contemporary artist Stuart Semple. See

enough chocolate whose calories converted to kilowatt hours would run 866,255 houses’ electricity for Christmas day. To start their 2013 campaign, Repak aims to fund the collection and recycling of 37,000 tonnes of the Christmas packaging used over the holiday period. Meeting their target of packaging recycling could save 46,000 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of taking 29,900 cars off the road for a year. With the increase in consumption during Christmas, the demands on recycling facilities and bottle banks has massively increased. Darrell Crowe, head of sales and market-

ing at Repak said: “Last Christmas, we collectively increased our household packaging recycling rate by over 7% from 2010. With the Christmas festivities, people will have more used packaging to recycle than normal, placing more pressure on recycling collection infrastructure. “To help people find outlets for this excess used packaging, Repak have developed a Recyclemore smartphone app. This helps users find information on your nearest recycling facility or alternate bottle bank on the Recyclemore app making recycling more convenient than ever particularly when out and about.”

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Supported by AIB

Teaching kids money Continued from last week


A local success story CLONDALKIN-based Digital Business Services are a great success story in local commerce. Originally started in a small basement with one printer in Dublin 2 in 1998, the company moved to its current location in 2001, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. The brainchild of directors Brendan and Karen Donaghy, graduates of the IT boom in Ireland in the last 20 years, the company provide both large and small format digital print services, as well as a whole range

of products, from banners to business cards. Understanding that continuous investment in new technology is essential to meet their customers’ demands, they recently invested in a state-of-the-art GP FB500 printer. Recently, Digital Business Services were chosen as one of 10 SME winners to benefit from the Optimise Fund, a prize fund which enables companies to benefit from consultation, training and e-commerce development, thus strengthening their online presence.

How long have you been in business?

their print requirements.

Digital Business Services Limited (DBSL) has been established since 1998. We are a print and sign company and are 100% Irish-owned. We operate out of a small premises in Centrepoint Business Park, just off the Nangor Road. Our client base ranges, from small-end users, to print brokers and larger organisations.

What makes your business successful?

I believe our success is due to hard work, dedication and constant innovation. We are constantly looking to the future and trying to improve our services for our customers which we have demonstrated by our investment in new equipment. Our new HP FB500 enables us to print onto virtually any surface. It enables us to print faster, but without any compromise on print quality, thus improving workflow. We have also purchased a new Seiko 64” Digital printer for producing outdoor signage, vehicle signage and decals.

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

We offer exceptional value for money and very competitive prices. We have a very fast turnaround, and will work with the client in relation to their requirements. We do not have a minimum charge and we also accept short runs and one offs. We will also work with the customer in relation to design and customising

How has the recession impacted your business?

The recession had a big impact, and like everyone, we were hit with bad debts, and clients taking a long time to pay for outstanding jobs, which impacted on cashflow. The margins have shrunk dramatically. Our staff are working harder than ever for less money, but are still very committed to making the business work. We have had our ups and downs, but we are still here and are more determined than ever.

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

We are quite new to social media, and as we are a small, busy company, we did not have the time to commit to it. However, since becoming a winner in relation to the Optimise Fund, we have embarked on a lot of e-commerce/social media training, and the benefits are there to be seen. You need to invest a lot of time and energy initially, but we are hoping that the work undertaken will pay off as we get more confident in using the various social media which will enable us to get more traffic to our website.

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

Never look back in regret. Don’t let a setback be a bad experience, make it a learning curve.

MONEY is a family thing and children should be versed in the basic concepts from as early an age as possible. Your approach and attitude to money will influence your children. Pocket money is a good way of starting that process. In Ireland today, our children really do not appreciate some of the hardship parents went through and are currently experiencing. My one-liner to my own children was not believed “we were so poor, the first time I saw a butcher’s shop, I thought there was an accident!” In some respects this is a pity because parents’ values are generally so much different to their children’s. Clearly, what you don’t want to do is worry your children about money unduly. Still, I believe there is a lot to be said for showing them where your income comes from, and what you then do with it. When your children realise how well you manage money, they can’t fail to be proud of you. Naturally, they will grow up not just wanting to be debt free and rich enough to retire when young – but actually understanding how this can and could be achieved. What better legacy could you leave?

Adversely, if you have been caught out in the property crash, your business collapsed or you are unemployed, it is equally important to share your losses with your children and let them know and see how you are coping and managing. As our Taoiseach said “it’s not your fault” if you have been caught out. Your children may even be able to help out – turning off lights, shutting doors, the paper round (a blast from the past) etc... Don’t let them leave home without good money habits and a genuine understanding of how money works.

 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


Click your way to a new virtual shopping centre A NEW virtual shopping centre, launched in December, is renting out “space” to interested retailers who wish to diversify into the online market. Any business in Ireland or overseas can become part of the online shopping centre – – by registering at the site. Jurgita Glodeny te, owner of, said: “We use a flexible approach and will accommodate every business. We are offering the first month free for now, and maybe we’ll keep this offer open indefinitely.” The site was designed to unite large and small retailers, service providers and other sellers on one website where customers can browse the collection of shops and interact with them directly.

The aim of the site, says Jurgita, is to make it simple for customers to browse and buy online. Customers are able to shop locally, regionally or globally from many shops around Dublin, Ireland and overseas on the site. Users can choose multiple items from different stores, put them into one shopping cart and purchase using PayPal. The sellers then send the products directly to the buyer as instructed. The innovative website is tailor-made to make local shopping easier and plans are afoot to expand the site to incorporate shopping centres in all counties in Ireland. At present, shopping centres in Blackrock and Swords are involved. There are 21 stores currently live on the site, with 35 lined up to come

Jurgita Glodenyte, owner of

online in the near future. Jurgita added: “In these tough times, where footfall – crucial to every ‘bricks and mortar’ retailer – is declining consistently, ‘clickfall’ is growing, and fast becoming the new avenue for every business expansion.

“ShoppingCentre. ie expects massive and immediate growth in online sales in 2013.” For further information and to avail of the free month’s offer, contact Jurgita on 087 783 0230, or email her at

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Health expert and nutritionist Nicola Murphy: There is no better time to launch ourselves into a health kick than the early days of January

a new year: shedding those excess pounds left over after the holiday season

Making sensible resolutions  natalie burke

Since the annual Christmas splurge has finally come to an end and the overindulgence in food and drink almost a memory, we are all feeling the effects and hoping to rid ourselves of the festive pounds gained in recent weeks. But along with the New Year comes a list of resolutions that are hugely optimistic but rarely successful. According to nutritionist and health expert with Wholefoods, Ireland’s largest supplier of health food, Nicola Murphy, there is no better time to launch ourselves into a health kick than the early days of January. The most important thing is to make sensible and attainable New Year’s resolutions. “How many years have you made a long list only to have forgotten all of

them in a few weeks? The most important thing is to build new habits that will last throughout the year. Ease into your New Year regime. The most important thing to do initially is to stimulate recovery in the body after all the over indulgence,” she said. The first step Nicola advises people to take is to reduce the burden on your digestive system. “It has been under tremendous stress coping with copious amounts of food over the festive season. Imagine: it is estimated that the average person eats at least 6000 calories on Christmas Day alone! Is it any wonder that bloating and constipation result? It is time to cut out the processed junk food. Introduce plenty of fruit and vegetables into the diet. Aim to drink 1.5 litres of water per day,” she said.

The next step is to “rescue your liver”, which Nicola says can be achieved by ridding your body of toxins. “After all that mulled wine and bubbly, your liver will feel a bit battle-worn. Try drinking the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water first thing every morning. This can gently aid the liver detoxing process as well as reducing acidity in the body. “Many people take to the gym with gusto in January but often enthusiasm burns out after a few weeks,” Nicola continued. “Try taking gentle steps by getting out walking or cycling first. The cold and darkness of January can result in far from optimal energy levels so it may be a good time to boost your reserves of energy essential nutrients. “Terra Nova Life drink contains highly absorbable vegetable proteins,

supergreens such as wheatgrass and broccoli sprouts, a huge selection of berries, mushrooms, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes and probiotics. This perfectly balanced superfood blend provides a fantastic array of beneficial nutrients. This should certainly give you the get up and go to get your body moving.” According to the nutritionist, the most popular of New Year resolutions is, unsurprisingly, to lose weight. “New Year provides the ideal time to start afresh! Of course working on incorporating natural fresh foods into the diet and banishing the junk foods almost entirely from the diet is essential. Allow yourself the odd treat. Balancing blood sugar levels is key to controlling cravings. Try eating some protein with each meal as it slows glucose release from carbohydrates,” she said.

DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Dan, a two-year-old male crossbreed. Dan is both big in size and heart and is willing to shower his friends with loads of love and affection. This clever boy likes to keep busy so would appreciate an active home with big kids 10+. He finds being left alone quite worrying so would need company and a patient adopter who has experience with large dogs and a willingness to help with his training and socialisation. Dashing Dan is a huge favourite in Dogs Trust and would make a really great addition to the right family. If you think you can give Dan all the love he deserves then give the Dogs Trust reception a call on 01-879 1000 or pop in to their rehoming centre based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website


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STYLE Dunnes Stores Abstract Dress €50

Penneys Skull Top €11

Penneys Printed Trousers €17

Beauty news

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Awear Blazer €65

Accentuate your 2013 look with colour, colour, colour  Laura Webb

Awear Monopop top €30

Great looks for spring COLOUR, monopop and abstract clothing are just some of the many new items that are being stocked at shop stores now, or will be in the coming weeks. This week, Gazette Style chose a few

gems that will have you feeling spring ready, whether following the Awear monopop top (above) or any of the other great looks featured here in this welcome trend.

Littlewoods Ireland South Dip Dye €19

PUT a spring in your step next season and take a pop at some fresh, bold colours in your make-up routine. Taking a look at what’s to come this spring, the one thing we can see, and wouldn’t expect any less, is colour, colour and more colour. Lancome’s new Love collection is bringing back bright pop pink. Their shades are drawn from street-art murals mixed with natural surroundings; neon from city signs, and pastel tones from balcony flowers – just some of the inspirations this make-up giant has brought to this col-

lection. Yves Saint Laurent’s new 2013 spring/summer collection is inspired by precious stones such as pink quartz and amethyst. It celebrates dusty hues in pink and natural blues. Whether a bold, bright colour on the eyelids, or placed on the lips, think colour this season to brighten up your day.

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with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Three you may have missed: Big KRIT (main picture), monsters of rock Baroness (top) and New York dolls, Hospitality

REVIEW: the next big things you may have missed in 2012

Rear view mirror  Rob Heigh

IT’S SIMPLY impossible to keep track of everything going on in music at all times, try as I might. It turns out that the gift that keeps on giving during the festive season and beyond are the end of year lists that magazines, websites and bloggers post, revealing hidden gem upon hidden gem. To the extent that even these lists are a curse — so many lists, so little time... As a result, I’ve limited myself to only four lists and decided to pick the pick of the picks... First out of the gates, in more senses than one, are New York four-piece, Hospitality. They released their self-titled debut at

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the start of 2012, and that it’s remained off my radar until now is a sin. They have an indie summer shimmer like classic nineties guitar pop and the occasional reveal of angularity that feels like the Velvet Underground and Liz Phair. Like my other top indie pick of the year, Allo Darling, there’s something bigger than the sum of its parts here, a melodic thread that makes the discordant break downs

more surprising and welcome. From one extreme to another, now, and let me introduce Baroness. Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, REM they ain’t. They rock. They rock hard. Pitched somewhere between Deftones and Smashing Pumpkins, Baroness have been plying their trade on stages across the world for the last few years, and released Yellow And Green, a double album, in early summer last year The revelation of their 2012 power and glory recalls the moment when Metallica dropped ...And Justice For All. It looks, feels and sounds like metal, but there’s something far more going on.

From the first bars of opener Take My Bones Away, Baroness exude all of the traits of every great metal act; in particular, they have songs, and damn good ones at that. Hopefully, the serious bus crash in England that ended their touring ambitions for the year will not diminish their ambition, and they will come back stronger, and to the size of an audience that they undoubtedly deserve. Last, and by no means least, we stay in the South and hail hip hop hero, Big KRIT, currently dropping some of the most impressive rhymes and productions on the scene. Having built an impressive and rich back catalogue of mixtapes, guest

appearances on tracks by some of the biggest names in the business and production credits over the course of the last eight years, KRIT released two full-length sets in 2012: the official album, Live From The Underground, and the arguably superior mixtape, 4evaNaDay. 4eva features some of the freshest production since Kanye’s College Dropout, which KRIT clearly took as an influence here, but there is a unique flow at work, a blend of tough hip hop and smooth soul-influenced instrumentation that would put Outkast to shame. So many songs, so little time - but these three gems will keep shining.

Happy New Year! 2013 is the Chinese year of the snake, but it’s got to be year of the sound for the Irish. If your new year’s resolution is to eat healthily or if you’re hungry for a decent live gig, then feed your soul with one (or all!) of the massive concerts coming to our shores this year. If it’s big names you’re into, then you don’t have to go too far to see a superstar. Eric Clapton is celebrating 50 years as a professional musician with a show at The O2 on May 9, a month before Neil Young and Crazy Horse play the RDS. The 67-year-old is touring with his 35th album, Psychedelic Pill, and will play the Donnybrook venue on June 15 — the same day Bon Jovi are set to rock Slane Castle. Two weeks later Rod Stewart will take to the stage at the RDS, on June 29, two days after ZZ Top rock The Marquee in Cork (June 27). Told you there were superstars coming our way this year! And that’s not to mention Slash, Blondie and Simple Minds all set to play dates at The Olympia in the first half of this year, with the second half of 2013 bringing with it the magnificent fusion of rock and theatre in the form of Roger Waters’ The Wall Live at The Aviva on September 15. And of course there’s Bruce Springsteen with his hat trick of gigs in Cork, Limerick and Belfast in July which sold out quicker than you can say “Wrecking Ball”. And these are just the gigs that have been announced! It’s still early days for 2013, with tour dates from The Rolling Stones expected soon and who knows who else? 2013 is most definitely the year of the sound! Sounds sound to me!

Simple Minds and (above) ZZ Top return to Irish stages this summer


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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Snow White

FOR their 10th annual panto at Pavilion Theatre, Arclight bring you their twist on the classic tale of Snow White. The wicked Queen is jealous of Snow White’s beauty and sends her off to be murdered by the Horrible Hairy Huntsmen. January 22-26, tickets are priced at €16/€12.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aladdin

IN the town of Soo Chow lives Widow Twanky, a washerwoman, and her sons Aladdin and Wishee Washee. January 4-6, 10-13 and 17-20, tickets are priced at €20/€16.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Tenderfoot

In September 2012, 42 transition year students from eight schools in South County Dublin signed on for their first day of Tenderfoot, the Civic Theatre’s apprentice theatre programme. Transition year is all about new experiences and new ways of learning. Tenderfoot is funded by The Civic Theatre, South Dublin County Arts Office and The Arts Council’s Young Ensemble Scheme. Running for two shows on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, tickets are priced at €10 with €5 concessions.

Lincoln is beautifully shot by long-time Spielberg collaborator Janusz Kasminski

review: An american icon’s take on an american icon’s life

An honest classic AFTER quite a good 2012, 2013 has a bit to live up to. I mean, how could the highs of Battleship be topped? I kid, Battleship is terrible and everyone involved (bar Liam Neeson and the three lads from Friday Night Lights) should never be allowed make a film again. However, based on this evidence, 2013 is off to a flier. With Lincoln, the world’s most iconic director (Steven Spielberg) teams with the world’s best actor (Daniel DayLewis) and drags in an all-star cast, a revered book and the writer of Spielberg’s best film of the last decade, Munich. Eschewing the early years, the log cabin and the start of the American Civil War, Spielberg’s film instead focuses on the final four months of the life of the 16th President of the United States.

Film of the Week: Lincoln h h h h h (12) 150 mins Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt, James Spader

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Bogged down in his attempts to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution passed, the film tells the story of the Lincoln that time has forgotten; the skilled politician, the savvy negotiator. In the rush to annoint him Honest Abe, the caricature of a wide-eyed idealist, a man of unimpeachable morals and guidance emerged. What that portrayal has lost and what this film, along with its source material (the frankly excellent Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin) regain is a

OUR VERDICT: A SWEEPING, glorious classic. Spielberg is not the only man who could have turned in a telling of the life of Honest Abe, but he is undoubtedly the best. His sentiment, his vision and his ability to capture the feeling of even the biggest situations are all to the fore here. He is aided by brilliant performances all round and, while Day-Lewis and Field will take the plaudits, Straithairn is brilliant.

sense of a man willing to use the machine to achieve his aims. Here, he is aided by his one-time rival for the Republican presidential candidacy William Seward, played brilliantly by David Strathairn. Strathairn is a fine actor and his portrayal of Edward R Murrow counts as an all-time favourite of this writer, but this a career best. That the man who played Deep Throat, Hal Holbrook, is in Lincoln is fitting because this is more All The President’s Men than it is Schindler’s

List. The politicking and lobbying is done in private, cigar-smoked rooms at a pace best described as leisurely. At two and a half hours long, Lincoln is not a quick romp, but it does tackle one of the singular most important figures in Western history in less time than Peter Jackson took to tell a third of a 297-page book, so it’s not that long. Nor is it boring, as brilliant performance follows brilliant performance with one Englishman standing head and shoul-

ders above the rest. That Daniel Day-Lewis should dominate a starstudded cast should surprise absolutely nobody. He did it in 2002 for Gangs of New York and again in 2007 for There Will Be Blood and here, his Lincoln is breathtaking. A wise leader, an ambitious man and a flawed husband, Day-Lewis hits all the right notes. Spielberg’s attraction to the project is obvious but his past in biopics is limited, with only Schindler’s List and, maybe Catch Me If You Can falling into the category. Here, his propensity for myth and legend is tempered by the brilliant script from Tony Kushner, who holds the film to an almost documentary like fidelity to the source material. Lincoln will be released in Ireland on January 25.

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GAMING media: christmas saw a sustained focus on firm

BYTES&PIECES Evolutionary dead ends reached

Facebook slips up a little with Instagram  shane dillon

BEFORE I get stuck into this year’s new games and the tech news, Christmas delivered a bumper crop of fascinating tech news and developments about one giant tech firm that I really can’t let pass without mentioning. For anyone with even a passing interest in technology, and tech companies, the past couple of weeks saw a flood of Facebook-related news stories that are worth nodding at. The tech giant could barely keep out of the papers across the past couple of weeks, with one Christmas cracker of a story after another getting pulled open in the press – and here’re just three ... Firstly, there was the global interest in Facebook’s new T&C for users of Instagram, the highly popular – and free, and free from advertising – photo-sharing service that it acquired for an eyebrow-raising $1 billion, not too long ago. Its newT&C sparked an open revolt among users when it was noticed that the service seemed to be giving Facebook the right to sell users’ images to

advertisers without their knowledge, or payment (and that use of Instagram after a cut-off point, this January, amounted to the user’s consent for same). As I was one of those browsing through the new T&C at the time, that segment caught my eye instantly, and I screengrabbed it (right, and I’ve also colour-highlighted the contentious text). While Facebook is, understandably, under pressure to monetise Instagram and recoup the eye-watering $1 billion it paid for it, the mass anger immediately voiced by users, whether Joe Schmo like you and me, or slightly more influential figures with millions of followers, like Pink – not to mention international media interest – prompted a sharp turnaround on the T&C, with an apology issued over its “confusing” terminology. As such, new-new T&C have yet to be revealed ...

Tax returns However, at the same time, Facebook also attracted a great deal of interest over its international tax returns, with its HQ based here in Dublin popping up in business

Netbooks to join dodos, as PlayStation 2 is retired REMEMBER netbooks? You know, the mini-me versions of laptops, once seen as the next step for computers just five or so years ago. Well, the last remaining main netbook makers, Asus and Acer, have decided to send the largely dead-in-the-water platform the way of the dodo, given the evolutionary rise of smartphones and tablets (of the computing kind, that is, rather than headache pills). However, something that will get many gamers weeping into their hankies is the news that Japan has finally – yes, finally – ceased production of the PlayStation 2. (Yes, I said the PlayStation 2, not the PlayStation 3.) Sony has now decided to retire its venerable gaming console, which, it has to be said, shifted a staggering amount of consoles across its 13 years, and did an awful lot to establish games consoles in homes. So, sayanara and arigato to one hell of a great Sony gaming platform ...

Facebook angered many Instagram users when new T&C were briefly rolled-out that seemed to suggest the company would sell their images to advertisers – without paying them (right). After the subsequent widespread and highlyvocal complaints, the company apologised and said that it would not be proceeding with the new T&C, due to its “confusing” language.

stories around the world. The profits generated by the firm, and its subsequent tax returns on same – in an entirely legal and fully compliant manner with the relevant authorities, it must be stressed – sparked a great deal of interest. For example, as the influential Huffington Post in America reported, to pick out just one such story: “In 2011, Facebook Ireland paid just $4.7 million in taxes on its entire non-U.S. profits of $1.4 billion.” Of course, Facebook is just one company availing of Ireland’s flexible corporate tax system, that sees profits pass through a variety of Dublin-based headquarters to a number of entities in other tax-

friendly locations. Near the end of 2012, Westminster’s Public Accounts Committee in London was seen with its fearsome chair, Margaret Hodge, tearing strips off the likes of Starbucks in Britain, for its tax returns there. Here, it will be interesting to see if, in 2013, political and public will in Ireland may seek to see our corporate tax systems reformed, thus generating substantially greater tax returns from Facebook, and similar international firms based here. In the meantime, the Government has no intention of unfriending Facebook, which remains a key player and employer in our notable tech sector, and which, again, is com-

pletely compliant in every way with our available tax laws. Finally, from outraged users to fascinated moneymen to ... Randi Zuckerberg, older sister of Facebook founder, Mark.

Complained Randi sparked lots of wry headlines when she bitterly complained after a private family photo she’d uploaded ended up being seen by the wrong people (and from there, it “escaped into the wild”, online). When even the sister of Facebook’s founder muddles up her privacy settings – which seem to change every other week – a certain amount of confusion seems understandable!

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Toyota rolls out a number of upgrades Toyota Ireland has announced a number of product upgrades across the Aygo, Yaris, Verso-s, Corolla, and Avensis ranges. This year, the Toyota Aygo will have reduced CO2 emissions of just 99g giving the model a very competitive road tax. This figure has been achieved by adopting low rolling resistance tyres, along with altered gear ratios to optimise CO2 performance. The Aygo Aura and Strata versions have also been upgraded, with the Aura having 14’’ alloy wheels fitted as standard. Aygo prices start from €10,325. Toyota is introducing a new grade in their classleading Yaris range for 2013 called Yaris Sport. This new grade will feature 15” alloys, front fog lights as well as colour door handle and exterior mirrors. Yaris Sport prices start from €15,930. The Verso-S Luna Grade will enjoy an increased level of specification. Keeping in line with the Verso-S versatility and comfort Toyota is adding a range of features to the Luna grade including Skyview panoramic roof and rear privacy glass, cruise control and grey stitching on the steering wheel as well as the gear lever as standard. The Verso-S Luna will also have a name change to Luna SkyView, starting at just €21,595. Toyota is enhancing the Corolla interior styling by introducing a beige colour interior on Luna grade which will add further choice for customers to the already popular model. For further information, visit

centre earns michelin award Like the Michelin star awards that restaurants value so highly, the granting of Michelin Certified Centre status on Discount Tyres on the Rosemount Business Park has put the outlet on the Michelin map of Europe’s top tyre fitters. Pictured at a seminar where their appointment was announced are Robert Ferguson of Discount Tyres with Michelin’s Tom Dennigan (left). One of 11 outlets in Ireland to be granted Michelin Certified Centre status and have their level of service recognised by the world leading tyre maker, Discount Tyres was established in 2005, and has a staff of 10. Motorists can access their entry by visiting the dealer section on Michelin’s website

Volkswagen registered 10,073 new cars in 2012

simi: first time brand has hit the top spot

Best-selling car of 2012 is Volkswagen n Cormac Curtis

Volkswagen was the best-selling car brand in Ireland in 2012, the first time that the brand has achieved this in its history in Ireland. The group finished in first place ahead of Toyota in second place and Ford in third place. According to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) Volkswagen registered 10,073 new cars in 2012 (12.67% market share) ahead of Toyota’s 9,998 (12.58% market share) and Ford with 8,592 (10.81% market share). “We are delighted

to be now, officially, the number one car brand in Ireland,” said Volkswagen passenger cars deputy brand director John Donegan. “This is an outstanding result in what were tough market conditions in 2012. “Given that this result w a s a c h i e ve d e ve n before the new Golf had arrived, it shows that Irish customers are navigating to the Vo l k s w a g e n r a n g e for its quality, strong residual values and our strong retail offers.” This was a sentiment echoed by Volkswagen Group Ireland managing director Simon Elliott.

“We are very proud to be the best-selling car brand for 2012 and it is an indication of just how shrewd the Irish buyer is when it comes to choosing cars that they are increasingly putting their trust in Volkswagen.” Volkswagen has also just released its allnew Golf on to Irish forecourts, starting at €19,995 and there is an array of offers available to Volkswagen customers for 2013. Customers who order their new Volkswagen before the end of January 2013 will benefit from a whole host of extras on their new car. There will be three

years of free servicing, so you don’t need to worry about the cost of keeping your Volkswagen in tip-top condition. There is the security of three years of roadside assistance to keep you moving in the event of a mishap and with 3,000km of free fuel, with the superb fuel economy on offer in the Volkswagen range, it could be months before you put your hand in your pocket for that either. With the added assurance of a three-year warranty, Volkswagen ownership in 2013 is going to be as pain-free as one could wish for.

Acquiring a new Volkswagen has also been made easier thanks to the competitive finance rates from Vo l k s w a g e n B a n k , which has lent over €120m to Irish customers and is very much open for business. With a 3.9% APR available on hire purchase as well as PCP (personal contact plan) rates available from just €119 per month, it is easier than ever to get into a new Volkswagen. Volkswagen Open Week is now on in all Volkswagen retailers. Customers are invited to see the entire Volkswagen range, including the new Golf.

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HOMES research: tinkering with home and garden has become european pastime

How good are we at the DIY? We’re always comparing in Ireland, usually with our neighbours, and the latest news on the do-it-yourself front is no different. According to the latest European home research by Kingfisher, owners of B&Q, Germans are the most capable, the Turkish are the least confident and the French are the champions at spending on DIY. We in Ireland, on the other hand, are the keenest gardeners. Our continental neighbours are discovering the joys of “do-ityourself” and, at home or in the garden, are going at it hammer and nail, thus feeding changes across the Eurozone in home improvement. Modern Europeans

are, at last, following in our footsteps, where tinkering with home and garden has become a leisure activity. But as with ever y market, each country has its strengths and styles when it comes to home improvement. 81% of people in Ireland say they would be happy to take on gardening jobs, while the Polish are confident DIY plumbers (21%). Apart from painting and decorating (53%) and small ad-hoc repairs (49%), the Spanish are very confident at electrical tasks (23%). Not being content with building the best cars and producing some of the best footb a l l p l ay e r s i n t h e world, Germany tops the home improvement

confidence table with assured skill levels in every category, including complex jobs such as electrical projects (29%) and structural work (21%). Improve, don’t move’ seems to be the mantra across Europe though, with 60% of the UK respondents expressing an interest in making improvements simply to refresh the home and 37% of Russian consumers favouring more opulent Heritage styles of decor over the contemporary looks. According to the further research contained in the report, people in Ireland have made changes to cater for more home-based entertaining (31%) and leisure activities (34%), while 26% of those surveyed say they

Research has proven the DIY-ers in Ireland are the keenest at gardening

have started growing vegetables. More home improvers in the Ireland plan to tackle internal (56%) and e xte rnal (15% ) painting and decorating than in any other country. In fact, we are the kings and queens of painting and decorating without any expert help

(82%). DIY-ers here are also the most likely to do their own tiling (38%), and insulation (22%) projects. Europe is also embracing energy efficiency and eco-friendly homes, with more than half (54%) of consumers in Turkey placing

the highest interest in living in an eco-friendly home. While Poland 37%, Russia 36% and Germany 28%, find ecofriendliness in the home very important too. Ebru Sayilan, commercial director at B&Q, says: “Today’s economy has contrib-

uted its par t to the expansion of the do-ityourself movement, as more people turn to it as a way to save money. However, this research shows that we like our houses to work harder and smarter, and that’s why we spend time and money maintaining and improving their value.”

Harvey Norman show off the work of Irish designers and producers Homeware retailer Harvey Norman are following up their investment in their stores in Ireland with an equivalent commitment to Irish designers and producers. Having recently opened up their extensive new store in Blanchardstown Retail Park, they have deployed their Irish design team to create room settings which show off their new

products at their best. Harvey Norman are very supportive of local Irish brands and have recently added Foxford Throws, Fragrance Boutique candles, Hampton And Brown candles, Irish Iron art, The Irish Clock Company, as well as Irish made goose feather and down ultimate luxury duvets to their offering. There are also many stylish new ranges to choose from, from

handmade silk cushions in the most stunning vibrant shades to exclusive wallpapers from Vanity Fair and now a stunning new collection of Harlequin, Sheridan and The Linen Room’s ultimate luxury bed linen. Comfortable

Rachel McCann, linen buyer, Harvey Norman says that the linen, as well as other products

stocked in Harvey Norman stores helps to provide what might be the perfect night’s sleep: “A very comfortable mattress (I just love my King Koil ‘Millenium’ bed) dressed in beautiful, crisp, high thread count bed linen and, of course Sheridan, silk pillowcases for wrinkle free skin.” A d d i n g a n o t h e r l ay e r o f sophistication and star quality to the range is the addition of

Kylie Minogue’s new collection of “show-stopping” bed linen instore. “Just like Kylie herself, all her pieces are just adorable. From lace to pearls, vintage beads and sumptuous velvets, nothing captures old style grace and glamour quite like it!” Customers can visit their local store, and can now buy online on

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An over-55s break in an idyllic setting WHILE most Irish breaks are aimed at all ages, sometimes one comes along that treats the young at heart to a particularly special getaway. The four-star Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club, located in Co Wicklow, have created an over-55s package for those looking for a relaxing escape this new year. Situated in the breathtaking surroundings of the Glen of the Downs – and just a 30-minute drive from Dublin – it’s the ideal destination to get away from it all. The hotel boasts an award-winning leisure centre and swimming pool, as well as several championship golf courses nearby and the scenic Killruddery Gardens on its doorstep. The Young At Heart package offers two nights’ B&B with one evening meal at the Woodland’s restaurant as well as afternoon tea, a map of the Glenview Woodland’s walk, and complimentary upgrade to rooms with spectacular views for €89.99 per person sharing. For further information on this, and other deals, see

The lovely woodland views are just part of the appeal of a break at the Glenview hotel

ESCAPE THE WINTER CHILL AT LISBON’S COAST WITH the festive season fading quickly into the recent past, The Travel Department are already setting their sights on destinations for 2013. From just €499, including tax, why not take an extended break away to Estoril and the Lisbon Coast? Departing on February 20 from Dublin

review: a trip across the country and back in time to a great museum

National treasures, brand new comfort

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The opportunity to pack up the car and take advantage of a few well-earned days off in the West is one that is far too good to pass up, so when the chance to take a trip to Mayo with the family came about, there was only dust where we had stood only moments before... A r e l a t i ve l y l o n g road trip, broken up by squeals of delight when it was realised that we were passing through the hometown of One

Direction’s Niall Horan, led us to the doors of the four-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris. The hotel is located just outside the thriving market town of Claremorris in the heart of the West, halfway between Galway and Sligo. Welcomed by the friendly staff and settling into our well-appointed and comfortable room at our leisure, there was only one activity likely to remove the aches and stresses of the long drive, and so within, oh, about

three minutes of arriving, bathing costumes were donned and towels located and we were off to the hotel’s swimming pool, where we were to find ourselves ensconced for at least an hour every day as my travelling companions took full advantage of the warm and perfectly-sized pool to improve their swimming skills while the temperatures dropped outside. Claremorris itself is barely half an hour from the Atlantic coastline, and the beautiful surroundings of the local

to Lisbon with Aer Lingus, spend five nights at the threestar Hotel Londres in Estoril on a halfboard basis. Enjoy a full-day guided excursion of Lisbon, and a full-day excursion to Obidos, Alcobaca and Nazare, with lunch included as well as a half-day excursion to Sintra. For further information, see, or call 01 637 1600. The cosy, relaxed and spacious atmosphere in the McWilliam Park Hotel

The stunning surroundings of Turlough Park House,

area include plains, rivers and lakes, and with the imposing figure of Croagh Patrick staring down, the landscape is one that is both rugged and rustic. A robust and hearty cooked breakfast in the hotel’s comfortable and relaxed restaurant to ward off the chill was followed by a walk through the town, and we were lucky to have been there while a pre-Christmas craft fair went on in the main street - luckily, this was a tented affair, meaning that the biting wind was kept at bay. The next order of business for the day was to take in some of the surrounding area and pick one of the many local attractions to visit. We finally arrived at the National Museum of Ireland’s Museum of Country Life, located in the stunning surroundings of the Turlough Park

House, with its grounds, lake and art installations adding to the experience. The museum, whose exhibition space extends over four floors in a state-of-the-art modern building sympathetically incorporated into the grounds of Turlough Park, is an impressive and thoughtfully curated collection of artefacts from an age not so long ago, giving visitors an opportunity to see how the people of Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. There are interactive displays and installations that bring you closer to the history on display, with handcrafted harvest knots, wickerwork, spinning wheels and boats, clothing and artefacts from the islands and hand operated machinery our

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Turkish delights to tempt all visitors WHETHER it is the country’s white sandy beaches or its soaring mountains, Turkey is a destination that proves to be very popular, year after year. WingsAbroad, the Turkish holiday specialists, are offering massive New Year savings for 2013 with holiday packages to Kusadasi, on the west coast, and Gumbet, a lively beach resort. Travel from Dublin on April 28 and stay at the three-star Carina Hotel in Kusadasi for seven nights on a B&B basis from only €319 per person, or travel on May 12, and stay at the Melissa Apartments, Kusadasi, for seven nights, with family prices starting from €915 (based on two adults and two children). Travel to Gumbet on May 19 and stay at the two-star Kaseria Hotel for seven nights, also on a B&B basis, from €329 per person, or stay at the three-star Sami Beach Hotel for seven nights’ B&B from only 379 per person. Prices include return flights, seven nights’ accommodation, as well as airport transfers and taxes, and are based on two adults sharing, unless otherwise stated. For further information or to make a booking, see or call 01 871 9444.

where the National Museum of Ireland’s Museum of Country Life is located

grandparents used giving an insight into the lives of our recent ancestors. Turlough Park House itself is an impressive pile and the cafe and visitor centre are integrated into the grounds. It proved to be a grand day out, and an educational one at that. Back at the McWilliam Park Hotel as the sun dropped below the horizon, we settled in for an evening in the restaurant with my hungry and demanding companions. Starters comprised a delicious chicken liver mousse, an impressive vegetable soup and a melon platter that satisfied the initial pangs. I enjoyed a fantastically tasty roast sirloin with dauphinoise potatoes and fresh vegetables. Unfortunately, the standard of the fare on offer for the younger members of the clan

mcwilliam park hotel, claremorris  The four-star McWilliam Park Hotel, Mayo,

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was far from as good, and the disappointment of an underwhelming and undercooked (store bought?) pizza for two of the team was only relieved by the deliveredupon promise of warm chocolate brownies with ice cream. It was a shame, but underlines the fairly poor attitude to kids’ cuisine in many places - they might be younger, but they know shabby fare when they get it. A little more thought and effort, of the same level that clearly goes into the grown-up’s menu, is clearly in order to ensure everyone at the

table gets the same level of culinary satisfaction and the sense that the young ones are being short-changed. That aside, the stay proved very satisfactory for all the family, even without taking advantage of the hotel’s kids club facilities, which cater for kids from four to 12, offering a range of activities such as painting, arts and crafts, DVDs and games. A weary band led their way back East, realising that the West is closer than it seems, and a return visit very much in the minds of all.

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FastSport Rovers begin title defence in style: THREE

Former Davis Cup play Colin O’Brien went the distance against John Morrissey in the Irish indoor open final

tennis: malahide man holds nerve to win decisive tiebreaker in riverview

O’Brien produces stunning run to claim indoor title epic MALAHIDE man Colin O’Brien showed he still has plenty to offer despite quitting the professional circuit in January 2011 as he scooped the Wilson national indoor championships in Riverview last week. He claimed an epic win over Blackrock man John Morrissey as their men’s singles final went the distance, eventually being decided by a third set tiebreaker. The initial two sets were shared 6-3, 1-6 before the final set saw the duo go shot for shot, eventually locked at six

games each. The first four games of that final set went against serve while Morrissey had the best chance to forge the advantage but could not convert a break point at 4-4. It necessitated the tiebreaker in which the left-handed O’Brien duly raced into the lead and scarcely looked back, claiming the decisive breaker 7-2. For O’Brien, it was a big win after he fell at the hands of current Irish number one James McGee in his prior appearance in the indoor final.

He had been limited in how much he could play since then, though, as an arm injury saw him step away from the ITF Futures and Challenger circuits during a career that also saw him play numerous times in the Irish Davis Cup team. Morrissey, meanwhile, was impressive throughout the week as the current Stanford University scholar defeated top seed Ciaran Fitzgerald in the semifinal en route to the decider. On the women’s side of the draw, former Mount Anville student Jane

Fennelly, still only 18, overcame Holly Monahan from the Carrickmines club on a 6-2 7-6 (7/2) margin. In the semi-finals, Fennelly avenged her defeat to Romanian-born Karola Bejenaru in the girls’ singles final of the 2012 National Championship. Irish attention now switches to the Davis Cup and a date with Estonia on February 1-3 in Riverview. McGee and Swords’ doubles specialist James Cluskey are likely to be involved with the latter currently in Germany, trying to hit form at the right time.

Rock Rovers picked up a 6-2 win over Glenanne before landing an 8-0 triumph over Clontarf to ease into the playoffs of the National Indoor Hockey Trophy as they seek their fifth title in six years. South African duo Jethro Eustice and Jody Hosking were both on the mark twice in the former game while Garry Ringwood ran up a hat trick in the win over Clontarf. They now face Clontarf again on Saturday morning in Gormanston before meeting last season’s finalists NICS in their second playoff game. Should the Rathfarnham side negotiate those ties, they will play in a semifinal on Sunday.

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Gazette review of the year that was

looking back: the year in sport

Glory abounds for local clubs and their stars shine in 2012 January AVA Hutchinson and David Burrows got Olympic year off to a flying start as they qualified for the Games in the marathon and sailing events, respectively. St Kevin’s Community School, Clondalkin landed the Leinster FAI Paul Murphy Cup in emphatic style, beating St Kilian’s DSD 5-0. Castleknock GA A, meanwhile, began what would prove to be an epic year as they claimed their first Dublin U-21 championship. Swords judo club claimed an incredible nine All-Ireland titles, too.

February Dun Laoghaire tennis star Lesley O’Halloran came back with four medals from the ITF Senior World Championships in San Diego, helping Ireland win their first ever team title in the process. Westmanstown Gaels were celebrating their first ever Dublin representative when Rebecca McDonnell was called up to an underage panel. On the team front, Three Rock Rovers overcame a string of obstacles to land the National

Indoor Hockey Trophy and then achieved promotion in Europe. Ballyboden St Enda’s claimed their fourth U-21 hurling championship in five years with an epic win over Kilmacud Crokes.

March Karl Burdis returned to the Irish swimming scene in style, qualifying for the European championships with a string of top performances. St Joseph’s Boy’s towering central defender Dan Casey captained the Republic of Ireland’s U-15 soccer side, scoring against Belgium in the process. Coolmine RFC claimed Leinster seconds league division 1A as well as the Spencer Cup in a memorable couple of weeks while Meteors basketball club were champions at U-14, U-15 and U-16 level and runners up at both U-17 and U-18. Colaiste Phadraig picked up the Leinster first year soccer cup crown, following up soon after with a league success.

April Garda cycling sensation Caroline Ryan claimed Ireland’s first elite

world track medal since Harry Reynolds back in 1897 when she claimed a bronze in Melbourne. Sean Mari landed Whitechurch boxing club’s first ever male AllIreland title when he won the 27kg category after a string of impressive performances. Foxrock Cabinteely’s girls won the Dublin ladies football Feile title in some style in Parnell Park while Collinstown Park.

Colaiste Phadraig CBS had an amazing year, winning Dublin, Leinster and AllIreland soccer titles Castleknock’s Ciaran Kilkenny had a lively year, helping the club to the JFC, Dublin to All-Ireland U-21 glory before departing to play Aussie Rules

DSDAC’s Joseph Sweeney helped

Blackrock College’s Leo Cullen led

Dublin claim the men’s Woodies’ DIY

Leinster to their third Heineken Cup

intercounty cross-county title

success in four years in May

May Blackrock College man Leo Cullen led Leinster to their third Heineken Cup title in four years to cement the province’s place among the pantheon of greats in the competition. Eoin Rheinisch sealed his place at the Olympics with a top class performance at the European kayaking championships while Malahide CS and The Island golfer Gavin Moynihan added to his stunning spring with victory at the Irish amateur open championship at Royal Dublin. St Brigid’s young stars meanwhile claimed both the Dublin football and hurling Feile titles en route to All-Ireland glory in both codes, the rarest

St Sylvester’s intermediate hurlers celebrated championship success in September

Peamount United club

when they overcame Round Tower, rising to the senior ranks for the first time

sports star when she

of feats. Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan qualified their 470 boat for the Olympic Games, too, as they starred at the world championships in Barcelona.

one of the highlights of the Olympic Games, fulfilling her destiny by claiming gold to add to her wealth of world and European titles in some style in the Excel Arena. Rathfarnham’s Annalise Murphy went close to bringing another medal home, finishing fourth in the Weymouth waves in the sailing competition. Domestically, Foxrock Cabinteely reached the pinnacle of the Dublin ladies football scene, winning their first senior championship title just nine years since the club’s formation.

June Coolmine pro cyclist Phil Lavery enjoyed a bumper month as he won the Stephen Roche GP along with the national U-23 road race crown in Clonmel. Portmarnock golfer Adrian Morrow annexed the Irish senior amateur golf title, leading from pillar to post in Athenry

while St Brigid’s Eoin Kennedy shook off a nine-month lay-off to finish second at handball’s 60x30 open doubles championship. Fingallians’ sister act Sarah and Rachel Murray and Bronwyn and Megan Keogh were national junior athletics championships 4x100m winners. Peamount United provided five players to the MGL Gaynor Cup winning team, sharing 27 goals between them.

July National Yacht Club’s Finn Lynch produced

an immaculate late show to take silver at the world youth sailing championships in the laser radial class, the best ever Irish result at this level. St Sylvester’s Nicole Owens provided the star turn for the Dublin ladies football B team, scoring a hat trick in their All-Ireland Aisling McGing final win over Kerry. Gerry and Rob Moran beat over 500 competitors to win the Castle golf club Father and Son All-Ireland event on home turf.

August Katie Taylor provided

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QUOTES ‘Self-sacrifice, commitment, respect, perserverance and hard work. These are things I have always believed in.’

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni National YC’s Finn Lynch produced

visited a number of local clubs throughout the year

Ireland’s best ever performance at a

including Portmarnock AFC, above, and Swords Celtic

world youth sailing championship as he finished second overall

- New Dublin senior football manager JIM GAVIN outlines to the Gazette the tenets that will guide his tenure

‘A few of my mates were at the game and saw me warm-up and were wondering “what’s going on there?”’

- Leinster scrumCastle golf club’s Gerry and Rob Moran beat their way through a field of over 500 entrants to win the AllIreland Father and Son title

Swords woman Catherine Walsh, left, working in tandem with Fran Meehan member Katie Taylor confirmed her place as Ireland’s premier

landed two Paralympic medals in

won Olympic gold in London in August

London in September

September Swords woman Catherine Walsh claimed a pair of medals at the Paralympic Games, working in tandem with pilot Fran Meehan at the London cycling events, succeeding on both the track and the road in an epic showing. The Dublin minor footballers claimed the AllIreland championship, a feat which produced a number of memorable story lines. The side was captained by Naomh Olaf’s David Byrne while Naomh Peregrine’s Eric Lowndes finally got a winner’s medal after three

prior All-Ireland finals. Castle golf club ended a 99-year wait but finally won back amateur golf’s biggest prize, the Irish Senior Cup.

October K i l m a c u d C r o ke s bridged a 27-year wait to claim the Dublin senior hurling championship while near neighbours Cuala, after two painful final defeats, finally won the Dublin intermediate football championship title, beating Fingallians in the final. Round Tower also made big strides, gaining

promotion from AFL5 and AFL9.

November ALSA A swimmer Barry Murphy ended the season in triumphant form, breaking a string of national records, first of all at the European short course championships in Chartres, France and then at the world championships in Istanbul. Castleknock’s adult footballers continued their monumental journey through to the Leinster junior title as they thumped St Fintan’s in Parnell Park and they

‘I’m passed it. There’s no doubt about that, but so is Roy and I’d have no problem coming out of retirement to fight him.’

now have an All-Ireland semi-final to look forward to in the New Year. Swords Celtic ran up an eighth successive league win move close to the brink of intermediate soccer, heading up the LSL Sunday Major division. St Brigid’s U-14 footballers and hurlers produced the

December A f ter some tough times, Ballinteer badminton star Scott Evans cut an emotional figure as he finally landed a European level tournament, claiming the Irish Open after a number of final setbacks.

half JOHN COONEY on being a surprise late call-up, coming off the bench to make his Heineken Cup debut in May’s final victory over Ulster

rarest of feats, winning both codes’ All-Ireland Feile competitions during the summer

The Republic of Ireland U-15s were packed with local players from clubs like Lucan United, Corduff and Malahide United as they ran up an impressive 3-0 win over Juventus with

Zachary Elbouzedi and Jean Yves Poame on the mark. On the rugby front, O l d We s l e y a n d Clondalkin’s J2 sides landed silver ware to end the year in style.

- STEVE COLLINS, the 48-year-old former world boxing champion, responds to suggestions he could finally show down with Roy Jones Junior


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soccer: DLR star still in love with the game

2012 dublin sports awards december winners


Waves’ Sylvia scoops award Sylvia Gee was recognised for her influence with the Women’s National League’s newest club, the DLR Waves

scott evans THE BALLINTEER badminton star finally landed a European level title after a number of final setbacks, winning the Irish Open in Baldoyle. It was an emotional moment for Evans in his home event, laying a few demons to rest



malahide rfc EIGHT successive league wins, including a crucial success over previous table-toppers Kilkenny, has seen Malahide move to the top of Leinster league division 2A. They are now in prime position to claim promotion in the New Year

DLR WAVES midfielder Sylvia Gee has been named Bus Éireann Women’s National League Player of the Month for November/December 2012. The former Republic of Ireland women’s international was recognised for her influence in helping the league’s newest club make tremendous progress after a slow start to life at the highest level of the game in Ireland. Gee can lay claim to being one of the most dedicated players in Irish women’s football as she travels from her home in Offaly to play for the

club based in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown in south Dublin. “To me this award is a team thing rather than any individual recognition. You can’t play this game on your own and the fact that one of the players was recognised shows that the team has improved,” said Gee. “I was with CorkWomen’s FC last year and I wanted to keep playing at this level as long as I can. When Larry Mahoney took over the DLR Waves and approached me it was the primary reason why I made the move. “I’m still living in Offaly. It would have been a trek from there to Cork

or Dublin so it didn’t really make much of a difference from that point of view. “It’s completely lunacy really but I still love the game. I still love the training and I love playing. I’ll do it as long as I can. I’m 35 now but I want to keep playing for as long as I’m capable of playing at this level.” Gee’s career has taken her up and down the country, in the US and the UK as her list of former clubs includes Listowel Celtic, Benfica (Waterford), Springfield Sirens, Portlaoise, Leeds United, UCD, MYSC Lady Blues, Chicago United Breeze, Arizona Rush, London Gryphons and Cork Women’s FC.

O’Conaill seminars to aid Pan-Am and Euro bid 

East Coast’s Darragh O’Conaill

EAST Coast Jiu Jitsu ace Darragh O’Conaill is currently touring the country doing a string of seminars following up on the success and popularity he gained in 2012 after a string of amazing competition wins and an appearance on Lloyd Irvin’s internationally renowned BJJ Kumite online reality series. Reflecting on 2012, O’Conaill says these seminars have arisen due to the interest created by those performances and are helping him build his career.

“The money that I make from these seminars can be put toward heading to the Pan-Am tournament,” he told GazetteSport. “Because of the popularity of the seminars, I will keep them up to continue to fund my travels for competition purposes.” The East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy coach has pencilled dates in for Killarney, BJJ Cork, Alliance Sligo, Royal Grappling Academy in Blanchardstown, Swords Fight Club, Tuatha De Danann in Laois and Gracie Barra in Belfast, and he hopes to share with the students the intensive

training techniques he witnessed in Maryland when training with Lloyd Irvin at his live-in training facility. “The training was on another level. It was a level of intensity that I hadn’t seen before and there is such dedication and determination in the training while still maintaining a fantastic team bond. It’s something that I would definitely like to replicate in my gym,” said the Dun Laoghaire man. Having seen his friend Conor McGregor win his second world MMA title on New Year’s Eve,

O’Conaill feels inspired by the champion’s accomplishments and is looking forward to claiming a world title of his own next year. “I don’t know if Conor takes anything from when I win competitions but, certainly for me, seeing him winning definitely acts as a motivational tool. “He has the same type of mindset as me, he can do anything he puts his mind to. I’ve set myself a goal of winning the Europeans, the Pan-Ams and the Worlds and that would be a successful 2013 for me.”

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Gavin keen on Dubs’ attacking system  

JIM Gavin was pleased with certain elements of Dublin’s opening competitive performances while, understandably, there are plenty of elements to work on. The first half of last Sunday’s win over Carlow saw the Dubs play at a high tempo with

half-back Eric Lowndes and Cian O’Sullivan regularly making key incursions forward. And it is something the new boss is keen to pursue. Speaking afterwards, he said: “We’re trying various systems of play. For the defence, they set themselves up very solidly. There were some consistent per-

formances and lots of areas for improvement. “We like to use the foot-pass, we like to push the ball along but it is just one of many game plans we will have during the season, something we tried out today. “It is great to get the guys on the park. It is week one of the year

and to get a very competitive game like this against a ver y good Carlow side was worthwhile. “We got the result. It was probably an inconsistent performance on our behalf but a result nonetheless. It gives us lots of areas to work on, which is good for this time of year.”

football: dubs entertain in lively opening win

Club Noticeboard cuala WELL done to all those who attended

you are not sure of times and loca-

the Cuala coaching conference on

tions for each of the different groups

Saturday. It always provides plenty

but, as a default, they will likely be

of ideas and food for thought for the

the same as before the Christmas

season stretched out before us.


Thanks to all who took part in Sunday’s hike for the people of Somalia.

The bar rota system is back in place from this week.

A great turn out again and all the

Any members who are not on a bar

money raised will make a massive

team but who could do a three or four

difference to people who really need

hour shift once every six weeks should

the help it will provide.

contact either Ciaran Irwin or Adrian

Winter training is back this week for all of our juvenile teams. Check with mentors and coaches if

Dunne. No experience needed. There is a Coiste meeting at the club this Thursday, January 10.

ballinteer st john’s THERE was no winner of the Thurs-

Why not come up and join in or enjoy

day, January 3 lotto draw of €5,800.

a night of music and craic. Spread

Next week’s draw will be for €6,000.

the word to your friends, family and

Tickets are available online at www. or from the usual outlets. Wednesday night is a great night of traditional music, no cover charge.

neighbours. Happy new year to all our club members and hopefully 2013 will be a successful one for Ballinteer St John’s.

st jude’s

Naomh Olaf’s David Byrne attempts to stop Brendan Murphy during Dublin’s win in Carlow last Sunday

Expansive style sees Dublin beat Carlow o’byrne cup Carlow 1-12 Dublin 3-13  stephen findlater

KILMACUD Crokes’ Cian O’Sullivan and Naomh Olaf’s David Byrne played their part in the back lines of Dublin’s first competitive match under Jim Gavin’s management in Dr Cullen Park. For Byrne, it was a senior debut as he attempted to keep tabs on the lively Brendan Murphy as the 2012 Dublin minor captain continued his rapid ascent through the ranks.

O’Sullivan was one of the more experienced members in the team and he was encouraged to move forward from the half-backs as Jim Gavin sought to implement a free-flowing game plan in the first half. The Dubs kicked five points in the opening 10 minutes without response and the hosts never truly got back in range as the sky-blues attempted to try out an expansive style of play. Robert McCarthy’s pair of points, combined with fine scores from Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan saw the

sky blues race ahead before Connolly’s superb fetch, turn and shot supplied an immaculate goal. It helped push the lead out to seven points in the 22nd minute as Ballyboden St Enda’s Declan O’Mahony and St Brigid’s Paddy Andrews chipped in with a few scores. A couple of soft frees reeled in the margin to four points as Brian Murphy and Darragh Foley helped make it 1-9 to 0-8 at the break. But McCarthy’s close range effort and Paddy Quinn’s blasted goal

opened the second half in style, extending the lead out to 10 points before the contest fizzled out to some extent with Dublin adding just three more points in the closing 23 minutes. That was despite some high octane incursions from Jack McCaffrey and Sweeney while Carlow did get a goal back through Daniel St Ledger, slapping home in the 65th minute but, for a first outing in Gavin’s tenure, there were plenty of positives to build on in the coming weeks before the national league campaign kicks into gear.

CLUB membership for 2013 is now due.

holding our second white collar boxing

The membership costs are the same

event on March 2, 2013 in the Red Cow;

as 2012 and a registration day will take

45 boxers have been selected and will

place on January 26 in the clubhouse

begin training this week.

from 10am to 1pm. Payment can be

Please support where you can and

made by credit card, cash, cheque or

the club would like to thank KeyWaste

you can pay online.

(Neville O’Boyle) and the Sackville

Membership forms will be available from the bar from this Wednesday and payment can be taken during bar opening hours. The club will be operating a strict no pay/no play policy for all players.

Lounge (Eamonn Gaynor) for their sponsorship of the event. We are still looking for a female boxer to complete the line-up so if any girl would like to get involved please contact Gerry Carty on 086 608 4988

The floodlit cup kicked off this week

You can keep up to date on the box-

on the all weather pitch. Credit must

ers’ progress on our WCB blog by

go to the tireless work of the organ-

clicking here.

ising committee who ensured there were over 70 hurlers out last night.

This years boxers are Fergus McNally, Gerry Carty, Mark Rooney, Simon

Team OB won the first match, beat-

Golden, Bobby Moran, John Mahon,

ing John Ryan’s men by eight points; in

Kevin Edge, Michael Woods, Barry Law-

the second game Glocko’s Guys beat

lor, Ciaran Cash, Ciaran Durkin, Clint

Joyce’s Juveniles by six and, in the final

Storey, Ian Bassett, Keith McDonald,

game, it was Larkin’s Lads who over-

Paul Crennan, Sean O’Riordan, David

came the Mangan Mob by 10 points.

Carroll, Derek McGrill, John Waldron,

Thanks to all who availed of our

Damo Carroll, Mick Fallon, Pat O’Brien,

Christmas tree collection offer, and

Eimear Maher, Aidan Power, Dara

to all those who gave up a large chunk

O’Conor, John Crennan, Collie Murphy,

of their time to raise much needed

Joey Donnelly, Shane Guckian, Eoghan

funds for the club: Eoin Connolly, Brian

O’Neil, Brian Gibbons, Brian Moran,

Moran, Neville O’Boyle, Garth Col-

David Farrelly, David Reynolds, Jim

lins, Frankie Nolan, Jimmy Harlow,

Falvey, Padraic Joyce, David Coates,

Stevie Joyce, Ronan Howard, Connor

Mick Carroll, Mick O’Shea, Robert Mar-

O’Riordan, Merv O’Boyle, Ciaran Man-

tina, Eoin Larkin, Martin Harnett, Niall

gan, Neal Mangan, Michael Cosgrave,

Telford, Peter Morgan and Punch.

Cian Cosgrave, Jack Cosgrave and Matthew Gilleran. White Collar Boxing 2013: the Club is pleased to announce that we will be

This week’s numbers were 2, 4, 6 and 9. There was no jackpot winner. Mary Canny and Dara Heraty matched three and share €250.

GazetteSPORT all of your dun laoghaire sports coverage from page 27-31

Super gee: DLR Waves’ star receives women’s national league player of the month honour P30

january 10, 2013

The big review of the year: All the highlights from an epic year of sport in Dublin P28-29

DSDAC runner Linda Byrne is currently weighing up her options on whether to travel to the world cross-country championships

Byrne’s brilliant year Linda Byrne is showing little sign of slowing up after an unforgettable 2012 as she produced a superb run in the Great Edinburgh Run last weekend  Peter carroll

DSDAC’S Linda Byrne started off 2013 in superb fashion last weekend with a sixth place finish at the BUPA Great Edinburgh Run, continuing on the form of last years that saw her compete at the London Games and claim a fantastic team gold for Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships. “2012 is definitely a year I will never forget,” Byrne told GazetteSport. “I competed in the marathon event and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the team took gold in the Europeans. “It was probably my greatest achievement to

date considering we went in hoping for bronze. We had always been finishing in fourth place in the team events and it was so unexpected. “The fact that I managed to score with my eighth place finish meant a lot to me and it’s something that I will always be very proud of.” Byrne had shifted her training from basing her focus on the marathon event in the lead up to the London Games to changing it cross country for the European championships, something she believes her body reacted well to despite some athletes finding the process notoriously difficult. “There is definitely a lot more mileage put in when you’re preparing for a marathon. Both types of races require a lot of discipline and

changing from the marathon training back to the cross country can be very tricky, even though the distances are a lot shorter. “Over the shorter distance, you need to be running a lot quicker so it can be very difficult to begin with. “Looking back at the European win, there are certainly some elements of the marathon training that may have helped. “But the team that I trained with in Portugal to prepare for the competition were absolutely fantastic. Training in the heat was a great way to prepare and I was just so delighted to have made the European team.” This weekend will see Byrne take to the cross country field again as she braves the Antrim

International, something that she is hoping to get a good result out of before making up her mind on participating in the world championships. “I’ll be looking for a top three finish this weekend and it should be a good test with athletes coming over from Africa and the United Kingdom. I have a lot of confidence in my running so I will be looking to stay at the top of the field while conserving some energy for the last lap. “Although I haven’t decided if I’m travelling to the world championships in Poland, I know there isn’t much point heading as an individual, but I would certainly be interested in travelling with a team.”

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