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Gazette dun laoghaire


March 13, 2014


Blackrock • Cornelscourt • Deansgrange • Dalkey • Glasthule • Monkstown • Glenageary

INSIDE: Deputy Shane Ross on how he escapes the mayhem of politics, with a focus on his family P15


Kilmacud miss out on Dublin U-21 title Page 40


St Andrew’s claim Leinster senior cup Page 38

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New levy plan for town is passed  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE town of Dun Laoghaire is to become a business improvement district (BID) after councillors voted 24 to three for the new business plan, which will see traders pay a mandatory levy – amounting to approximately €250,000 – to improve trade in the town. The BID plan was ratified on March 10, following a plebiscite held last month in which 215 traders

voted for and 178 against the plan. Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne (Lab) will represent the council on the board of a new limited company, which will be set up by traders. However, legal implications surrounding the collection of the BID levies remain unclear, and Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said he did not want the council to become a “debt collector” if some traders refuse to or cannot pay the levy. Full Story on Page 8

Promoting DLR: Conference on region’s rich tourist attractions a free conference was organised by

Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney recently for local businesses and organisations involved in tourism. Tourism 2020: Dun LaoghaireRathdown – Improve Your Tourism Success highlighted the attractions

of the region that are key to promoting Dublin abroad, and also discussed how tourism could benefit and grow local businesses. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor is pictured with Mark Scott-Lennon, director and general manager of Fitzpatricks Hotel, and “Lady Catherine”, of Dalkey Castle. Picture: Geraldine Woods

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Employees petition to save Elverys’ stores AN EMPLOYEE campaign to save 51 jobs which now hang in the balance at Elverys’ sports stores in Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum is attracting support from local people and sports clubs since the group went into examinership recently. Damien Hickey, manager of the Dun Laoghaire branch of Elverys, and Tom Guthrie, manager of the Dundrum branch, have written to local councillors to support their Facebook and Twitter campaign to save local jobs. Of the Dun Laoghaire branch, which employs eight people, Damien Hickey wrote in his letter to representatives: “We are writing to you as employees of Elverys Sports, Ireland’s oldest sports retailer, which is in existence since 1847. “We are very proud to work for a fully Irishowned company with such a great heritage. It is a company that has grown from a single store to its current position of more than 50 stores, with a presence in 23 counties

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within the Republic of Ireland. “We are appealing to you as a public representative [to] support our campaign to save all of the 700 jobs in Elverys Sports. “We are genuinely concerned for our jobs, and we feel this is particularly dependent on who the successful buyer is. “We know that the current management team had all but acquired the company as part of a pre-pack receivership agreement at the start of February. For whatever reason, this didn’t happen. “T he management informed us at this time that they would be re-entering their bid under the examinership process. Ultimately, our desire is to maintain all jobs under our current terms and

Damien Hickey (centre), manager of Elverys Dun Laoghaire with staff members Ian Phoenix and Sam Keating, with the three holding up petition literature organised in-store to highlight staff job fears

conditions of employment, regardless of ownership,” wrote Hickey. He told The Gazette: “We decided to mount a concerted campaign last Wednesday [March 5] and each area elected an in-store representative to raise awareness at a local level. “All interested parties handed in their non-binding bids to the examiner, and these will be assessed by Friday, March 14. “Mike Ashley, who owns Newcastle United, said he would bid 25% more than any other for

Elverys, but we don’t want that to happen – we want a management buyout; that’s what we’re backing.” Tom Guthrie, manager of Elverys in Dundrum, which employs 43 people, told The Gazette: “The word is spreading on our Facebook page which now has 9,200 likes. Everyone is getting behind us, including local sports groups.”

Examiner However, speaking to The Gazette, the examiner, Simon Coyle of

Mazars, said he is puzzled by the campaign, as it suggests that they are going to close. The examiner has the responsibility to get the best result for the company, including working to preserve the maximum amount of jobs. He said: “Who says the jobs are going? I don’t know why they [staff] are so fearful of losing their jobs. “The company is in examination [examinership]; it’s got a number of interested parties investing in it, so it would appear that the market would indicate there is a viable future for Elverys.” Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) said: “I have forwarded the email I received from Elverys to [Tanaiste] Eamon Gilmore to intervene in it.” People can lend their support by liking the campaign’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/SOSelverys700, or by signing a petition of support in store.

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health: service to help address any concerns locals may have

Students’ badges on sale

Free new dementia clinic in Stillorgan  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

SOUTHSIDE Partnership and Living Well with Dementia are launching a new free service for people affected by dementia through their latest dropin clinic in Stillorgan. The community in Stillorgan-Blackrock has the highest national urban prevalence of dementia (being approximately 700 people). The clinic is designed for anyone who may be worried about their memory and would like to talk about it, or for those worried about a loved one’s memory. The new, free drop-in clinic features a healthcare professional who is available to provide confidential and positive sup-

port and guidance. The monthly clinics are held in St Thomas Community Centre, Foster’s Avenue, Stillorgan, and are run from 2.30 – 4.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Dates for the next clinics are March 18, April 15 and May 20. Project manager with Living Well with Dementia, Bridget Doyle, said: “It’s a wonderful service. There will be a room where activities are going on and a separate room where people can go in and discuss their concerns about dementia. “Sometimes, people get a diagnosis and are left with that, so this is a point of contact where they can address their concerns.” L i v i n g We l l w i t h

Dementia is a community project to raise awareness about dementia, reduce any stigma associated with it and to promote early diagnosis and support for people living with dementia in Stillorgan/ Blackrock. In Ireland, the level of dementia is predicted to more than triple over the next 25 years, rising to 140,000 people. The dropin clinic is also available to the wider community of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, and no booking is necessary. For further information, contact Siobhan or Bridget in the Living Well with Dementia office at 01 706 0100, or visit the website at

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Flipping great: Pancakes sold to help raise funds for Dunmore House more than 110 pancakes were sold at a charity pancake-flipping event that was recently held at The Tower Tea Rooms in Killiney Hill. The event raised more than €250 for Dunmore House, St John of God Carmona Services. Many local children awaited patiently for Ciaran Foley, Chef De Partie at Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel Killieny, to make some more of the tasty pancakes. Picture: Paul Sherwood

THE annual GOAL/ Aidlink St Patrick’s Day badge campaign run by Blackrock College was launched recently by comedian Mario Rosenstock. Transition Year students at the school oversee all stages of the project, including selling and advertising the badges, since the first campaign was run in 1988. The students at Blackrock College have raised more than €2m for charities GOAL and Aidlink during their 26 years of involvement. The St Patrick’s Day badge is now on sale for €2 on the streets of Dublin city and in outlets around the country up to March 17.

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community SF representative seeks resolution over plot

Call for land to be given to residents  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A STRETCH of land between Ballyogan and the M50, which has lain idle for nearly a decade, should be taken in hand by Dun Laoghaire-Rath-

down County Council for local residents’ use, according to a local Sinn Fein area representative. Chris Curran, SF area representative for Sandyford, said that the council should deal once and for


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all with the issue of the land between Ballyogan and the M50, as it has been idle for too long. He said: “At the time of the building of the M50 extension at Ballyogan, residents warned that if the land between the estate and the motorway wall was left idle, it would attract antisocial behaviour. “Over the years, that prediction has proven to be correct, and illegal dumping has also been a problem at times. “The proposal to give the land to the residents to extend their gardens was knocked back by the council, on the basis that some residents may not want that particular resolution and the council would, in that case, have no access to some land which they would

be responsible for,” said Curran. On the possibility of extending the gardens, Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) said: “I have worked very closely with Ballyogan residents on this issue. “[The owners of] the houses that back on to this area would love to have their gardens extended, taking in this land, and I will continue to work hard on their behalf to ensure this happens. “I was very disappointed that they didn’t work with the council recently and accept its offer of creating vegetable allotments in the short-term. “This would not have prevented them extending their gardens in the longterm, but it would have brought the area into use, and continue to build on

Chris Curran, Sinn Fein area representative for Sandyford, in the stretch of land that has lain idle between Ballyogan and the M50

the already strong community links which would prevent further antisocial behaviour happening there,” she said. Curran said: “I will be contacting the council this week to ask what the current position is in relation to this land, and

to urge them to come to Ballyogan to meet with the residents.” A spokesperson for the council said: “The council actively pursues illegal dumping within the county. “The possibility of using the piece of ground in question as a community garden was discussed with the residents,

but there was insufficient take-up to pursue the matter. “Access to the area has been fenced-off to stop illegal dumping, and the area has been cleared of debris on a number of occasions. “The council is constantly reviewing our options in relation to this piece of land.”

charity: fundraiser

A cuppa to help old Irish

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A SPECIAL coffee morning held each year on St Patrick’s Day to honour The Forgotten Irish – those who emigrated to England several decades ago – is being held on March 17 in Glasthule, Dun Laoghaire. People in the area are being urged to go along to support the coffee morning this March 17. Volunteer Margaret Brown organises the Irish Coffee morning fundraiser for The Forgotten Irish each year, which involves some of the older emigrated Irish – many of whom left Ireland from Dun Laoghaire in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s – coming home to attend the event.

All of the money raised on the day will go to the London Irish Centre, which is a charity that supports elderly, lonely and isolated Irish people who emigrated to England years ago, many of whom have never been able to return. Brown not only organises the event each year, but was also involved in organising two Gathering events for The Forgotten Irish last year. Both of these events were shortlisted for the 2013 Chambers Ireland Awards and the 2014 LAMA Awards (community and council awards). She also organises annual Christmas dinner events for The Forgotten Irish and the London Irish Centre.

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business Praise as Minister Leo Varadkar appoints final three members

Harbour Company board completed  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THREE new appointments to the board of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company were announced this week by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar. The new board members include barrister and Monkstown resident, Mark Finan, who is an expert in regulatory compliance and international law; Justin McKenna, a Dun Laoghairebased solicitor and James Jordan, a retired SIPTU trade union offi-

cial and community activist from Glenageary. The board has now reached its full complement of eight members, which is the maximum number allowed. Speaking on the day of the new appointments, the chairperson of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Eithne Scott Lennon said: “The appointment of three additional members to the board by Minister Varadkar gives us greater strength as we move into one of the most active development phases in the harbour’s

history. “Following on from the Harbour Company’s development plan, we are now embarking on the execution of some major infrastructural projects which will, I believe, position Dun Laoghaire as the primary leisure port facility in Ireland.” Plans for Dun Laoghaire Harbour include the delivery of an international diaspora centre on the historic Carlisle Pier; a deep cruise berth facility for massive liners and a new mixed-use housing and retail development.

A number of other initiatives to increase the leisure side of the harbour have already been instigated, including the urban beach project, the Shackleton Exhibition, and the new drive-in movie theatre. A key area of development for the Harbour Company has been the increase in cruise liner visits to Dun Laoghaire in recent years, and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company expects to deliver 100,000 leisure visitors and liner crew members to Dun Laoghaire and its hinterland in 2015.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has now completed its board, with three new members appointed

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business: local’s new style and advice website is launched

New site to spruce up your fashion  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A NEW style website created by Dun Laoghaire resident Naomi Clarke, which she says takes the hassle out of shopping and choosing what to wear for that special occasion, is now up and running. The website – www. – offers women advice on how to spruce up their wardrobes and which style suits them best. Clarke offers a host of services, from wedding planning to personal shopping, style consultations to “wardrobe detoxing”. She said: “I have spent the last eight years working in fashion, both at home and in Australia and Singapore. “When I returned to Ireland last year, I realised that there was a gap in the market for a virtual styling service, and it was something that really wasn’t available in Ireland. “I think this is the way shopping is going – everything is online now. This service is all about convenience,” said Clarke. “Our goal is to take the stress and hassle away from people trawling though the shops, by giving them fully-styled outfits, customised to them and delivered straight to their inbox. “Virtual personal shopping has been a massive hit so far; I have lots of ladies using this service for occasions such as 30th, 40th and 50th birthdays, or important nights


‘The goal is to retrain you how to shop, so that you can learn to avoid expensive shopping mistakes and avoid impulse buying’ --------------------------

Naomi Clarke, founder


out with work, and other occasions where they just want to look and feel their best,” she said. Revamping your style does not have to cost a fortune, and Clarke is adamant that saving money is the best way to go in today’s economic climate. “I am not about encouraging people to go out and spend a fortune on new clothes or designer goods for the sake of it, nor do I encourage my clients to get too caught up in following trends. “When I do personal shopping consultations, clients are under no obligation to purchase on the day if they don’t want to. “Rather, the goal is to retrain you how to shop, so that you can learn to avoid expensive shopping mistakes and avoid impulse buying. “I provide women with the tools and know-how to shop more efficiently for them; their shape, their lifestyle and their budget,” said Clarke.

people ‘She was a forthright and determined lady’

Tribute paid to the late Christine Buckley  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A LOCAL politician, who grew up in an orphanage in Dun Laoghaire, has extended his condolences to Christine Buckley’s family after the industrial school survivor and campaigner died this week. Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “I had the privilege of collaborating with

Christine to advance the redress scheme for children who suffered abuse while in care – she was a forthright and determined lady to the end. “Christine inspired so many people to open up and tell their own story, sometimes resulting in great personal distress to themselves and their family. She endured so

much pain in her life, yet she remained courageous and dignified in her quest for truth and justice. “I will always remember our visit to the public gallery in Dail Eireann to hear Micheal Martin – then Minister for Health and Children and now the leader of Fianna Fail – announce a commission of enquiry in to drug test-

ing trials on children in care. ‘Parliament is listening’, Christine said with a smile. “That event, and the establishment of the Laffoy Commission, were two great milestones in our campaign for Ireland’s forgotten children.” “Christine remained concerned for the welfare of the victims of

Magdalene Laundries; it is regrettable, at the time of her death, that their redress is still outstanding, despite Government promises,” he said. Cllr Boyhan, who was in care until he was 17, has been active in the campaign to establish a redress scheme for children who suffered abuse while in care homes.

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council Relief at endorsement but some issues unresolved

New business plan for town approved  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A RESOUNDING endorsement was made by councillors voting to pass the business improvement district (BID) initiative when it reached the council this week. At a council meeting held on March 10, councillors voted 24 in favour and three against BID, which was earlier passed by Dun Laoghaire traders in a plebiscite resulting in 215 for and 178 against the proposal. BID will now go ahead, which means that traders will set up a limited company, on the board of which will be traders

and a local authority member. A mandatory fee of around €200 per year will accrue to each Dun Laoghaire businesses. This levy for the rate payers is expected to yield €250,000 a year. Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne (Lab), who was elected to the board of the new BID company in the capacity of local authority representative, said she had “a lot of respect for those who undertook to progress BID to this point, but personally I was disappointed that the business people did not respond in the way I felt they should have done.

“I felt the percentage of support coming from business should have been a lot higher than it was [54.7% who voted were in favour].” While the vast majority of councillors supported the BID proposal, there were some dissenting voices, including Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind). He said: “We [the council] will have to invoice the people, the traders – we will have to remind them, send second reminders, and we’ll have to collect the money. “In relation to [any trader] boycotting [the levy], or people who can’t pay, nobody can

give me an answer. “There is no definitive legal argument or paper drawn up that states who has the responsibility [of acting under this nonpayment scenario]. “When 100 or 200 people refuse to pay, who’s knocking at the door: Mr BID or us [the council]? Well, I don’t want this council to be knocking as a debt collector to put pressure on businesses who are suffering,” he said. Mar tin O’By rne, vice-chairman of Dun Laoghaire Business Association, said the issue of refusal to pay had yet to be sorted out, but that he was relieved

Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne (Lab): “Personally I was disappointed that the business people did not respond in the way I felt they should have done ... I felt the percentage of support coming from business should have been a lot higher than it was [54.7% who voted were in favour of the BID proposal].”

BID was passed. Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “I don’t believe BID will address all the issues, but I do believe it’s a step in the right direction. “I think traders are saying that they have

confidence in this, and that they want to try this, they want to see the benefit of BID.” Cllr Donna Pierce (Lab) said: “I think the people driving it [BID] are to be congratulated for the work they’ve put

in. “BID will give the opportunity to local businesses to be in the driving seat, to attend to and promote their businesses in a way that we possibly can’t in the council.”

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health Initiative to promote well-being by taking in some local scenic routes

Step up to a five-week local walking programme  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A FIVE-week walking programme, entitled The Dun Laoghaire Movers, got under way this week. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership

has set up the social walking initiative to encourage people to get healthier by exercising while also meeting up with old friends and making new ones. T he walking pro -

housing: ‘pathetically short of what is needed’

17 social houses set for DLR  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

SOME 17 social houses to be built in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have been welcomed this week; however, local politicians have said the funding is not be enough to answer the demand for social housing in the county. This week, Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan (Lab) launched a €68m, two-year home-building initiative, which includes 15 h o u s e s c o s t i n g €2,578,807 at Cromleich Close in Kilternan, and two houses at Clontribit House in Blackrock, with funding of €550,000. She said: “It is an important investment but, with a very strong demand for social housing, I am of the view that more resources need to be invested in social housing over the coming years to expand supply. “At present, we are delivering approximately 5,000 new social homes each year through a variety of avenues, including regeneration, direct construction, leasing and the securing of NAMA units. “We are also supporting the not-for-profit housing sector as it expands its amount of social homes. This mix of supply from a

range of sources is important to meet social housing demand,” she said. An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth, said she welcomes the amount allocated to Dun LaoghaireRathdow n County Council of more than €3 million to develop the units at Kilternan and Blackrock. She said: “Unfortunately, it will only make a small difference to the housing list in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, but it is a step in the right direction. The council are exploring other ways to provide social housing, such as a co-operative housing scheme.” Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “I welcome any new housing starts in the county; 17 [such units] are better than none. I again reiterate my call to the Labour Party, to recommit to the principle of direct provision of social housing by councils.” However, reacting to the news, Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) said: “17 houses falls pathetically short of what is needed, and we’ll be seeing more people joining the housing list in the future. “In order to clear the backlog of people [on the DLR housing list], we would need to build around 500 houses a year.”

gramme, which takes place on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am, star ted on March 8. The fee for the complete five-week programme is €10, and the initiative

caters for all fitness levels, from the very active to those who want to start a new healthy regime of fitness. Each week, the group will meet at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, to

walk different scenic routes such as the piers, The Metals, the coastal walkways and along some of the historical sites the area has to offer. According to Shane McArdle, the partner-

ship’s co-ordinator: “This five-week programme will be a fun and social way of integrating walking into your weekly activities. “However, the programme has limited spaces, so contact us soon to

reserve your place.” If you wish to get involved, you can register with The Dun Laoghaire Movers by telephoning 01 271 9502, or by emailing them at

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An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth (Lab) with Margaret and Tony McCarthy, Dun

Exhibition Coordinators Barbara Hammond and

Laoghaire Active Retirement Association. Pictures: Margaret Brown

Marie Campbell

Diverse works show locals’ artistic talents


N CATHAOIRLEACH, Carrie Smyth (Lab), was on hand at the Concourse, County Hall in Dun Laoghaire, to officially open an art exhibition as part of the Aontas Adult Learners’ festival recently. The art exhibition featured a wide

range of works from a number of groups, including St Laurence’s Parent’s Group, Dun Laoghaire Active Retirement Group and Step-Up Project, with pieces in a number of formats ranging from photography to paintings and lithographic print

works. Cllr Smyth highly praised the divere range of works, joining with the artists, tutors, course mentors and well-wishers to study the works, which gave a great insight into the rich artistic heritage to be found across the DLR region.

Gavin Parry and Felix Sensbach

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Art teacher Andy Murphy

Artist Nora McDonagh

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Gary Cohan and Cara Doyle at the pre-show reception for Meteor Choice Music Prize in the Morrison Hotel recently. Pictures: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland


Party in harmony

Sinead Troy and Brian Adams (top), and Julie Feeney (bottom)

Jean Healy and Rachel Barror

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A DAY IN THE LIFE: like many of us, glenda gilson is not a morning person


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BEING a TV presenter for Ireland’s best-loved entertainment show can see days start super early, and an office change from Ballymount to LA in just 24 hours, so a typical day for Glenda Gilson is, well, atypical! This week, The Gazette spoke to Glenda, who celebrated her birthday in LA last week, about her daily routine. Typically, she has to be in Ballymount studios by 9.30am and even that is a struggle for this night owl, so when she is jetsetting across the globe, early morning flights are not her thing. She said: “I am not an early bird at all. I’m a night owl – even when I was a child, my mam would find me roaming the landing, trying to find the light! I have always been like that. I usually have to be in [work] by 9.30am, and that is even a struggle for me to get there, but I get there eventually.” As an Xpose presenter, life can get pretty hectic, but the one thing she always makes

sure to do is have a good breakfast. “My breakfast will do me. I can get through lunch if I have my two poached eggs, a slice of granary and my big cappuccino – I find I am ready to go. --------------------------------

‘I’m a night owl – even when I was a child, my mam would find me roaming the landing, trying to find the light! I have always been like that’ --------------------------------

Glenda Gilson, Xpose presenter


“With Xpose being so hectic a lot of the time, we tend to miss lunch. I always have my dinner, but I would miss lunch a lot, so a good breakfast sets me up for the day,” she said. As for exercising, when she gets a chance, the evenings are best for her routine. “There is not a chance I could get out of

the bed to go to the gym! I just wouldn’t be able to do it. Last year, when I was going to the gym, it used to kill me on the way home from work. “It was like: ‘Ah, now I have to go to the gym but once you are there, you’re grand and you get over it. I really should do it in the morning because I find I am wired then; I’m wide awake,” she said. There is no strict bedtime for this glamour girl and sometimes work has to come home with her. She said: “I often have to go home and catch up on emails, and if I have a big interview the following day, I would spend a night Googling and researching, so I am prepared.” But, on the nights that she does manage to get home at a reasonable time with no work to catch up on, it’s a mug of tea and a biscuit while she catches up on her favourite shows. “I love the Sky Atlantic shows, or I love to watch Grand Designs or any DIY show. I am actually dying for Dallas to come back! People are always slagging me about it, but if you watched it, you would understand,” she laughed.

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Creches help combat homelessness: Creches around Dublin are being asked to help combat homelessness this St Patrick’s Day by hosting a party in aid of charity Sophia Housing Association. The parties will help Sophia to continue its work with the most vulnerable children in society. Pre-schools and creches across the whole country are being asked to support the charity’s Generation Inspiration initiative by hosting a St Patrick’s Day party in the week leading up to St Patrick’s Day. In Dublin, Sophia provides services in Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal. Participating children will arrive at their creche’s party with a donation for the charity. Creches and preschools can register for a party pack by contacting Paul Ahearne or Cathryn O’Leary on 01 4738300 or emailing them at pahearne@ or coleary@ All registered creches and preschools will be entered into a draw to win a subscription worth €250 for Recreate, the arts, play and education resource hub. Glenda Gilson is a night owl with an early-bird job


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Gorgeous way to support orphans


WITH Love, the first charity store opened in aid of To Russia With Love, is asking the public to continue to support their quality store by donating high-end fashion and bric-a-brac items. The Clontarf-based store first opened its doors more than a month ago and with steady sales it could be the first of many such openings. However, like any charity store, they rely heavily on the generosity of the

public to donate, and this store is no different. The charity helps Russian orphans in a number of regions across the Russian Federation. To Russia With Love founder Debbie Deegan told The Gazette: “We need people to give us stuff to keep us going – we are taking all sorts of stuff [such as] bric-a-brac, jewellery – as long as it’s perfect. “I don’t want to sound as if we are ‘snobby’ about it, [but] we are only selling stuff that is perfect

and gorgeous; vintage and designer. “ We had a Herve Leger dress brought in yesterday, and the lady’s husband bought it for €1,500 but she could never get into it. So, that still has the tags on, and we are selling that at the fraction of the cost. “In saying that, we do still have things for €20 or €15, so when you walk in the door there is a mishmash [of items], but there is just no old ‘bobbly stuff’. “We have [showcased] the children’s wishes and

dreams from the orphanage [we support] and we have them hanging across the shop, right across the whole ceiling. “There is an awful lot of personal stuff in it. I think people will have a real feel-good factor when they come in; first of all, the stuff is gorgeous, and second of all, the money is actually going to children.” Despite the controversy surrounding other charities recently, Debbie said it hasn’t affected To Russia With Love. She said: “I

am endlessly bowled over by Irish people. I never see the kindness anywhere like Irish people. “There are certain people that use all jobs as a career, but for small charities like ours, it is different for us because [working here] was never a ‘career’ [choice] for us. “I think people that know us, who know our story and who have travelled to Russia, know our money is going exactly where it should be going. “It wasn’t like we thought it was a fabulous

Journalist and broadcaster Brendan O’Connor with Debbie Deegan, founder, To Russia With Love, on Clontarf Road. Picture: Ronan O’Sullivan

job opportunity and we took it on. To be honest, it is bloody hard work – there are endless hours, but we are in it because we love children, and that

is the difference.” For further information on the shop at 192 Clontarf Road, telephone 01 853 2920, or email info@

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ESCAPE THE MAYHEM Shane Ross: public man and politician

Park life is salvation for Dublin politician Each week the Gazette speaks to Dubliners about how they like to unwind in a bustling, busy city. Shane Ross: on escaping the political mayhem of government buildings Shane Ross is a frequent visitor to our television screens and his life in Dail Eireann is hectic to say the least so he has to find very different ways to nurture his peace of mind. The Gazette spoke to Shane this week about what he does to unwind and escape the political

mayhem in his natural weekly habitat or offices in the Department of Agriculture on Kildare Street. “I don’t really have any free time. Working in the Dail is a 24/7 job though it’s flexible. My favourite means of escape though, is a walk in Marlay Park which I do for around

an hour and a half. I get up early, around 6.30am and take my dog for a walk while listening to Morning Ireland on my headphones. “It takes me away from this place [gestures towards neighbouring Leinster House] completely. Walking in Marlay Park gives you energy. The trouble with the Dail is that it’s so all-intensive and I’ve always got 50 things to do at the same time and people are very demanding here. “So, although it’s very

difficult to get up very early in the morning because I stay up late reading legislation, the walk really refreshes me and Marlay Park is beautiful. “Another thing I love to do to escape is to go to visit my mother who’s 93. It’s a great pleasure to me and I see her around three or four times a week. Old people can be very invigorating when you give them some of your time. She’s very critical and if she’s seen me on TV the night before, she often

Shane Ross’s favourite means of escape is a walk in Marlay Park

tells me I was dreadful and need to do a course on how to present myself well on TV. To visit her is a great relaxation. “I also love taking my two grandsons (I’ve six grandchildren) to football and rugby games. I love that. I find the games really relaxing as I’m not

in the company of politicians who are even stressful to have a coffee with. You don’t have many friends in the Dail, it’s not a place for friends as politicians always have an agenda and you’re always in conflict with someone so the place is a bubble of tension. There’s a lack of

closeness and trust. People in the Dail are always plotting; it’s appalling. “I also write a book a year which is a great escape for me and something completely different as I have no contact with anyone, it’s completely solitary though stimulating.”


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St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Dublin’s most go green for What’s the first thing you think about when you think of St Patrick’s Day? Green, of course. And as usual, some of our finest buildings and monuments will be illuminated green this March 17. Since 2011, businesses, landmark buildings, entertainment venues and cultural institutions have gone green with outdoor lighting throughout the St Patrick’s Day festivities, and this year is no different. The Greening The City initiative is getting big-

ger and bigger each year. Buildings and establishments that have already signed up for the initiative this year include: Trinity College Dublin, GPO, Christ Church, Custom House, Rotunda, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Jeanie Johnston, St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Mansion House, Clondalkin Round Tower, Tower in Glasnevin Cemetery, O’Connell House on Merrion Square and Smock Alley Theatre, to name but a few. If you’re interested in

getting involved this year, contact hospitality@

Literary Fest celebrating Anniversary The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year on April 4 and 5 in Dublin Castle and in the Alliance Française on April 6. The festival will kick off with an extra special launch in George’s Hall in Dublin Castle on Friday April 4 at 2pm and con-

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iconic buildings St Patrick’s Day tinue on Saturday with a Sunday brunch due to take place in the Alliance Française premises on Kildare Street. Some 18 writers have been invited this year to fulfil the aim of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival which is celebrating European cultural connections in Ireland and encouraging the exploration of Irish and European literature. Events lined up include readings by writers such as Jessica Traynor, winner of the 42nd Hennessey Literary Award and panel discussions based around the themes of upheaval featuring Laurence Bertrand Dorleac and metamor phosis and rebirth with Conor O’Callaghan. For the full itinerary of the Franco-Irish Festival, you can contact festival manager Christine Weld on 01 638 1441.

Clerys delight to reopen Gallery The Heritage Gallery at Clerys is celebrating its official public opening on Saturday, March 15 from 12 noon and is the perfect way to indulge in some Irish culture. A walk through the store will take visitors on a journey through Irish crafts, up the red carpet on the marble stairs to the best of Irish fashion before entering the Heritage Gallery where the store’s illustrious and iconic history is documented through photographs, a timeline, audiovisual and handwritten memories from Clerys’ loyal customers. Following its temporary closure due to flood

damage last year, Clerys is delighted to reopen its doors and celebrate its legacy this St Patrick’s Weekend. The Heritage Gallery, on the second floor at Clerys, will officially open at 12 noon on Saturday, March 15 and will remain open to the public during store hours. Admission is free.

lord mayor leads launch of city gazette Dublin Gazette Newspapers took over the Mansion House last week to celebrate the launch of the Dublin City paper. Celebrities, politicians and even some community gardai helped with the celebrations on the night. Leading the speeches was Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, with some help from Minister for Communications Pat Rabitte.

I F TA n o m i n a t e d actress Mary Murray (Janet) put in an appearance and told the Gazette that she will appear in the next season of Love Hate, while Kenny (sorry Kenneth, we will try, Kenny, we promise) Egan made an appearance with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. Ken Doherty was probably most photographed on the night with everyone wanting a snap with the former world champion, who had just returned from the Welsh Open having gone out to four times world champion John Higgins. The City edition is our seventh paper, making it one of our biggest as we bring community news to city readers.

watch out wardens, joan’s about Dog wardens working in Fingal could be in for a

special treat this month, after Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, Cllr Joan Maher (FG) has promised she will hug the first one she sets eyes on. She was speaking at a recent Malahide/Howth area committee meeting when the issue of doggies doing their do dos came up. Upon hearing the news that there are just two dog wardens on the prowl for people who don’t pick up after their pooches, Cllr Maher found it difficult to contain her excitement at the thought of bumping into one of them. “I have yet to see a dog warden,” she said. “I think I’d fall over flat if I saw one!” “I think I might even give them a hug if I saw one!” Is Cllr Maher trying to say that Fingal is full of the foul stuff? We’re not sure either.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn at the launch of the Dublin City paper

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dublinlife feature George gets behind programme Life Skills: learning simple and practical skills to help cope with life’s challenges

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Broadcaster George Hook has vowed to do all he can to improve the awareness of a free programme that has helped reduce depression and anxiety. Hook, who has been vocal in his battle with depression in the past, was on hand to promote encouraging findings about Aware’s Life Skills programme which was launched in 2012. The communitybased programme, funded by the Tesco Charity of the Year partnership, has seen 2,125 people complete the six-week programme across Ire-

land from May 2012 to December 2013. Based on principles of the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the programme was developed by Dr Chris Williams a professor of psychiatry and honorary consultant psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow. It looks at how to manage feelings when feeling stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple and practical skills to help them cope with life’s challenges. According to clinical director of Aware, Dr Claire Hayes, in phase two of the programme, delivered in February 2013, there was a 31%

increase in the number of people who reported having no feelings of depression using the PHQ9 at the end of the programme, while 20% of participants reported having ‘severe’ anxiety in session one with noone reporting this after the had completed the final, sixth session. “These are very exciting results and show that Life Skills is a real and helpful option for many people,” Dr Hayes said. Speaking to The Gazette, Hook thought the results from the programme were extraordinary. “The thing for me is and the thing for everybody

that suffers is the vast majority of us never talk about it… I wanted people to think: ‘Sure look, if your man Hook can talk about it then I can talk about it.’ “I have real worries about the over prescription of medication - people can think that the answer to a problem lies in a pill. This Life Skills programme is talking about non-medicated answers.” Another great asset for this programme for Hook is the fact that it is free. “We are so used to paying for things that we imagine sometimes, well, look, if I haven’t paid for it must be not be good. Whereas,

in fact, this is free and it is very good. “It is interesting that it is called Aware because I want to do and am committed to do is to improve the awareness of the programme in anyway I can,” he said. One participant of the programme, Eric, said the programme gave him “self belief” and “made a huge difference to my life”, adding he would encourage people to try it. The next phase of Life Skills starts in March in 23 locations nationwide with a capacity for 800 participants – 25 per class. Online applications are available online at www.

Broadcaster George Hook

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Property and inheritance taxes Q – My mother recently left me her house, now worth €220,000 in her will. The property though should have gone to my sister. Is there a tax issue if I transfer the house to her now? Terry - Kimmage.

richard mulvaney, J&R memorials

Carving out a way to support his customers RICHARD Mulvaney (above right), of J&R Memorials, has had a keen interest in stonemasonry since his father, James, started the business in 1988. Richard says that, since he was little, he was always interested in what his father did, having gained an insight into the business since sometimes going in to work with his father from the age of 12. Pictured above with his father, James, upon leaving school at 16, Richard went into the family business, spending six years training to be a stonemason. Of the lengthy training, he says: “I have to say, it was worth it, as I love what I do. If I’m not fitting

and making headstones, I’m out fitting fireplaces for my father.” With memorial companies having to be particularly sensitive to customers’ needs, Richard places great value on J&R Memorials’ dealings with its customers in the Coolock area. He says: “I think that if you are running a memorial business, you have to be caring as the customer has just lost a loved one. “I get to put some lovely messages on stone that are there forever for their loved ones; I get to hear all about what the person was like, and support a family as they grieve after a loved one has been lost.”

How long have you been in business?

it at such a high cost, to enable our customers to get better prices..

We have been in business for 25 years, since 1988.

What makes your business successful?

Our business has been successful all these years because we care about our customers; we listen to what they want, and are always here for them if they need anything extra.

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

We offer excellent quality and an excellent service at great prices.

How has the recession impacted your business?

The recession hasn’t really impacted us, as most of our customers have told family and friends about our great prices and excellent services. What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

I would change the planning permission [charge] – not to have

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

We use Facebook, showing jobs that we have done, such as before and after photos.

What is your ambition for the business?

My ambition would be to expand the business; [the way to do that] would have to be by always keeping your customers happy.

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

For me, it has to be getting to know all the people from the area, from people that have lived here all their lives to people that have just moved here.

What living person do you most admire?

I would have to say my dad – I have watched him build this business and kept it going all these years, even though the hard times.

A – Unfortunately, yes. The current inheritance threshold from parent to child is €225,000 and if the property is inside this value, then you have no Capital Acquisition Tax to pay – currently 33% on the amount over this threshold. However, this property is now in your name (you will also have to pay the 1% stamp duty as the Consanguinity Tax relief was abolished in a recent Budget). But if you wish to pass this on to your sister, the second category threshold applies. This second category covers inheritances from • grandparent • grandchild or great-grandchild • brother or sister • or nephew or niece of the giver The maximum amount for this grouping you can

receive as one of the above tax free is €30,150 and anything over this amount is taxable at 33%. In tax terms, if your property was worth €220,000, you would have no CAT liability from your mother. But if you transfer it over to your sister, the tax she would have to pay would be a whopping €62,650.50! Certainly worth having a chat with her and your financial adviser to look at other options that may be less taxing !  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

campaign: first manufacturing plant in Europe

Bringing an authentic taste of tortillas  Ian Begley

Little Ass Burrito Bar owner Philip Martin has launched a crowd funding campaign to build Europe’s first real corn tortilla factory in Ireland called Blanco Nino. Partnering with Irish farmers, Blanco Nino plans to have over 600 acres of farm land growing high-quality non GMO corn maize for their tortilla, nacho chips and masa harina products by year five, giving a boost to the Irish farming sector. In addition, the company aims to create 30 jobs in the same period at their production facility in Kilsallaghan, Fingal. Blanco Nino’s crowd funding campaign via the Crowd Cube platform is seeking investment of €73,000 in exchange for 6.64%, but with a stretch funding goal of €244,000 in exchange for 22.15%. The Crowd Cube platform allows for investment of as little as €12.17,

and has seen Blanco Nino already funded by over a third of its target in the first 10 days of its 60-day campaign. Speaking to the Gazette, Martin said that he first set out on this venture after learning that there is a massive demand for authentic tortillas in Ireland. He said: “The market is absolutely colossal and it’s unserved, and being in the industry myself I know that there’s a massive demand for this product. I have a large amount of people lined up to purchase the product once the business is up and running. “There is no comparison in taste between Blanco Nino’s product and the standard supermarket tortilla. We are already into double digit figures with enquiries from food service companies in Ireland and Britain.” Philip has spent the last two years researching and developing the

Philip Martin of Blanco Nino

project to where it is today and even travelled to Mexico to learn the traditional cooking process of Nixtamalisation—a technique that will be used to create the authentic Blanco Nino tortillas. “I set off on a miniadventure in Mexico, figuring out how to make them properly and discovered that it’s a lot more difficult than you might initially think, and given that I have a bit of a farming background myself I was very much into the idea of taking on this enterprise. “We went to visit the

farms there to see how [they grew corn for tortillas] and to see exactly how they were making them. We went into really minute detail into every element about how we now make them,” said Philip. Blanco Nino intends to invest 10% of annual profits into micro finance schemes in Central and South America, to encourage and develop sustainable farming. This is part of the company’s mission to be a force for positive change towards long-term sustainability both locally and internationally.

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Wayne Whelan at the grave of Johnny Cash

Tivoli Theatre: an original Johnny Cash musical show comes to town

Bringing back the black Tivoli Theatre is bringing The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, back with an original musical show devised by an Irish musician. The man behind The Man in Black is producer Wayne Whelan, who is also the lead guitar player in the show. The Gazette spoke to the guitar virtuoso ahead of the upcoming shows. “The idea for the show was mine initially and I was in Nashville doing music when it occurred to me. Before that, I toured Europe and did a lot of work with showbands and other tribute acts. I’ve always been a big Johnny Cash fan so I decided to go to Nashville to record in an authentic

studio. It was then that I realised I wanted to bring a Johnny Cash show to Ireland. “It’s the story about how Johnny Cash got started in his career. We’re celebrating the legend of his music through this story. For now, we have the current show but we have bigger plans for the summer with a Broadway production of Johnny Cash’s life and music and I’ll be producing it. It will be the real Johnny Cash story and the script is already written.” Wayne, originally from Laois but now living in Clontarf, told The Gazette how he fell in love with the guitar early due to his musical upbringing. “I started playing guitar at around

five or six and the 1950s guitar sound really appealed to me as it’s a very specific and completely different sound. My dad was a musician and I grew up with six uncles who all loved music and Johnny Cash. “Luther Perkins [of Johnny Cash’s group Tennessee Three] was a massive influence on me as a player. He had an amazing story because he couldn’t play the guitar at first so that sound came from him being afraid to make a mistake. “I met Bob Wooton in America, he took over from Perkins in the group and I also played with him. “Man in Black is unlike any other Johnny Cash tribute act. We played 122

shows last year and it was gruelling but I love doing it. We’re going to tour in every town in Ireland with the show as well as England and on to Europe. “We’re not saying who will play Johnny Cash for the Tivoli gig, it will be a surprise to people but I want everyone to know that it will be a very intimate theatrical experience where they will spend an evening with the Man in Black. “The audience will be transported back in time to 1954 and the set is like a prison.” The Man in Black is running at Tivoli Theatre from March 28 until 30 and tickets, costing €25 are available at

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Paul, a twoyear-old Collie cross. Paul was surrendered to us just after Christmas. Since arriving at the centre, he has won the hearts of all of his carers and is making doggy friends by the day! He just loves spending time with his fellow residents particularly out in the fresh air for regular walks. Paul is still a little shy so needs a very calm and reassuring handling approach from his new owners. He is looking for a quiet, understanding and laid-back home with time to adjust, build his confidence and settle in to his new surroundings. He just loves the company of other dogs, adults and children aged 16+. If you think you can offer Paul a forever home, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website www.

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The Irish Craft Beer and Food Market will set up stall in Dublin’s Docklands for St Patrick’s Day weekend

Irish Craft Beer and Food Market to be a part of festival weekend Entering into its third year, the Irish Craft Beer and Food Market will set up stall in Dublin’s Docklands for St Patrick’s Day weekend. Teamed up with the St Patrick’s Festival, the market will move to a new home – not too far from its former – inside the CHQ Building on George’s Dock. This will be the first festival of its kind to operate within the historical surrounds of the CHQ. Taking place from Thursday, March 13 to Monday March 17, the Irish Craft Beer and Food Market will be offering a wider range of over 50 local craft beer and cider, both in bottle and draught form, as well as a selection of Irish whiskey, and a much more varied set of food stalls. Guests will enjoy mingling with Irish artisan food producers, including chocolatiers, fudge makers, fresh Irish cheese from the Carlow Cheese Company as well as tasting the infamous Pie Man’s vast selection of locally made pies – both sweet and savoury! Outside the CHQ there will be some yummy barbecue fare. With over 11,000 having attended last year’s festival, organisers are confident that with their new location and more varied and extensive offering, similar if not higher numbers will pass through the doors this month. Attendees will be entertained with traditional Irish music as well as listening in on the optional talks about the renaissance taking place within Irish craft industry. “The festival is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the tremendous upward curve happening within the craft beer, cider and whiskey industry in Ireland. It’s the ideal opportunity to promote Irish food and beverage to an international audience during what is now one of the busiest periods on the Irish tourism calendar,” says Seamus O’Hara, Owner of Carlow Brewing Company and CoFounder of the Irish Craft Beer and Food Market. The Food Market opens daily from 10am to 8pm and entry is always free. The Irish Craft Beer and Whiskey Festival opens on Thursday from 5pm -10pm and Friday through to Monday from 12.30pm to 10pm. Admission is charged at €5 after 6pm and all weekend (including bank holiday Monday). For further details check out www.

Drury Buildings Italian restaurant

Drury Street, D2 With its unmissable is very easily found.

exterior (courtesy of opening up the distinctive, colourful mural that had been in situ), Drury Buildings Inside, and The Picky Eater, and dining companions, generally commended the food and atmosphere.

The Picky Eater

A RECENT birthday was a good excuse to try out one of the many new additions to Dublin’s gastro scene: Drury Buildings. A few of us hadn’t been to this newish Italian restaurant and were eager to check it out. Located on Drury Street (obviously), the restaurant/bar is slapbang in the middle of the hustle and bustle by Fade street – the foodie quarter that seems to have sprung up over the past few years. In my opinion, a few of the stalwarts of the scene have dropped the ball lately, and “too cool for school” staff, coupled with an inconsistency in the food, has left a bad taste. So, I wondered if it would it be more of the same with what looked to be an achingly trendy newcomer? It was Friday night so the place was busy, particularly for a cold night. The Drury Buildings’ interior is described as a

New York/Berlin mashup, with hints of Scando flair thrown in. Drury Buildings has a great cocktail list, and a Dark and Stormy (€11.90) went down a treat – an apt drink, considering the weather. We ordered a mishmash of starters and mains, and the indecisive were promised a taste of everything. Butternut squash, prosciutto and toonsbridge salad (€11) was delicious and fresh; bresaola and parmesan with fig mustard (€12) was really good too, proving soft, salty, sweet and spicy at the same time. Coppa di testa (€12.50) was really lovely, with gorgeous caper berries and chunks of candied fruit surrounding the quality cuts of cold meat. We were off to a good start, and our mains arrived promptly. T he Guanciale di Montagna (€19.50) was described as soft, tender pork served with large ring-style pasta with

parmesan, but on arrival it was a small plate of pasta with lardons – basically a carbonara – which wasn’t expected. It wasn’t great and a bit overpriced. The osso buco that I ordered was beautifully soft and unctuous, as you’d expect of a good osso buco (€24) and served with a flavoursome risotto Milanese. The fritto misto (€22.50) was whitebait, Dublin Bay prawns and squid, all deep-fried in batter, and a little much, after a few bites. The fish was all well cooked and very plentiful, but the batter was a bit heavy and overwhelming, and the flavour of the fish was a little lost. It could have done with a touch more seasoning. Medallions of beef (€27.50) were really well cooked, and the soft, rich meat was generous and served with a lovely artichoke gratin and a punchy chianti jus. We were sufficiently stuffed at this point, and

decided to share one dessert, the blood orange and campari cake(€7.95) with chocolate and orange ice cream. The cake was light and fluffy, boozy and rich, and the bitterness of the orange was palate-cleansing and zingy – perfect with the creamy, sweet ice cream. A couple of bottles of Les Chaise Sauvignon (€24) complimented the meal perfectly.

Our lovely waitress disappeared a few times and took a while with drink orders, but I liked that the staff were relaxed and at ease, and there seemed to be no angry manager floating around barking orders, which just makes customers jumpy, in my opinion. Its cool interior, warm staff and pretty decent grub could make the Drury Buildings a regular hang-out.

Conclusion DESPITE being located beside Fade Street’s overplayed coolness, Drury Buildings (at 52-55 Drury Street, Dublin 2; tel 01 960 2095) serves up a pleasantly approachable eaterie. Generally good food, nice staff and a fair price make Drury anything but dreary.

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Rides and attractions AS the popular family spot Alton Towers Resort reopens for the new season on March 22, Irish Ferries Holidays is celebrating with a two for one offer on tickets to Britain’s top theme park – representing a saving of €80 for a family of two adults and two children. Looking further ahead, Irish Ferries’ Easter offer for thrill seeking families is €439 for a three-night stay with breakfast in the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel for two adults and two children under 11 years, inclusive of return car ferry crossing and one full day at Alton Towers, valid for travel between April 4–27. Highlights at Alton Towers include Thi3teen, Oblivion, Nemesis and the Guinness World Record breaking ‘Smiler’ featuring a 30-metre drop. For bookings ring 0818 300 400. For information visit

Unwind with a relaxing harmony facial or a full body massage at Fota Island Spa, or a pampering luxury manicure at The Cliff House Hotel (inset)


Mother’s Day moments  NATALIE BURKE

THERE’S no greater gift for your well deserving mum this Mother’s Day than some quality time with you… along with some pampering and an indulgent trip to one of our country’s best hideaways of course. So if you’re thinking of spoiling mum with a special treat this year, or wrapping up a gift voucher for her well-deserved getaway, we’ve found a host of luxurious overnight stays and afternoon teas being offered from hotels across Ireland. If she fancies a bit of five-star treatment every now and then, The Cliff House Hotel in West Waterford has everything you need for an indulgent trip away. Start with afternoon tea (officially launching this Mother’s Day) before a pampering luxury manicure at The Well Spa. The

55-minute relaxing treatment can be enjoyed with a glass of wine too. The luxury afternoon costs €130 and includes afternoon tea and manicures for two. Choose to stay overnight with breakfast from €180 per room. Offer available on March 30. Contact The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore on 02487800 or visit www.thecliffhousehotel. com If you’re hoping to celebrate Mother’s Day with more than just the two of you, The Spa Suite at Johnstown House Hotel & Spa in Enfield, County Meath, offers you your very own private suite for a day of pampering. Perfect for a girly gathering of 6-10 people, you’ll have the suite from 10am until 3pm where you can lounge on the sofa in your robe and enjoy afternoon tea. You will also enjoy a relaxing full body massage or Elemis facial in the spa.

Afterwards, stick on your favourite chick flick and curl up with popcorn and sweet treats – all from just €85 per person. Vouchers can also be purchased as a Mother’s Day gift. To book, call 046 954 0000, or visit If you’re looking for a tranquil treat to get away from it all, take a drive to Fota Island Spa where you and your mum will be treated to homemade truffles and sparkling wine on arrival. Unwind with a relaxing harmony facial or a full body massage and spend the evening savouring a meal at Fota Restaurant before a night cap in the bar. The Mother’s Day Package at Fota Island Resort is available on Sunday, March 30 from €358 for two people sharing. To book, call Fota Island Resort on 021 488 3700 or visit Knockranny House

Hotel & Spa in Westport, County Mayo has a special Mother and Daughter pamper package on offer. From just €160 per person, you can enjoy complimentary access to the vitality pool and thermal suite for the duration of your stay, along with one hour of blissful pampering with a Kerstin Florian refresher facial and relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage each. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner in La Fougere Restaurant before sinking into a comfy armchair in The Brehon Bar with a cocktail. The pamper package at Knockranny House Hotel is available from €160 per person sharing and includes an overnight stay with breakfast, dinner and spa treatments. To book call 098 28600 or visit If you don’t have the time to travel out west,

treat your mum to a welldeserved day out at Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa instead. Just 18km from Dublin city centre, it’s the perfect place to escape for some muchneeded pampering. Relax at Seoid Spa with a mini facial and scalp massage, followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage and choose a mini manicure or pedicure to finish. Afterwards, curl up in a cosy armchair in the Terrace Lounge to enjoy freshly baked hot scones served with tea and coffee. The Mum’s the Word package is available from €89 per person. Combine with an overnight stay and breakfast with a threecourse evening meal in The Ivy, from €129 for two people sharing. To purchase a voucher or to book, call 01 801 3500. Offer is valid Sunday to Thursday, March and April only.

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Could one of these wholesome Salem girls really be a witch?

A bewitching production P U L I T Z E R- P r i z e winning play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is making another dramatic appearance at the Mill Theatre in Dundrum this month as Balally Players take on the eerie tale of a Salem witch hunt. It is just over 60 years since Miller wrote The Crucible, and over the intervening years since it was first staged in 1953, the play has become a modern classic. Balally Players currently have a pool of experienced and talented actors to bring all of Miller’s characters to life. Both seasoned Balally Players and some new faces alike will feature in this latest production, which has been realised for the stage by director Geoffrey O’Keefe. O’Keefe aims to bring all of the tension, paranoia and panic of the tale to the Mill Theatre by recreating the atmosphere of a small insular village called Salem in Massachusetts. Tickets for The Crucible are currently on sale from the box office at, or by ringing 01 2969 340, and are priced €18/€15. The show will run f r o m We d n e s d ay, March 26 to Saturday, March 29.


fiction: crime novel is a little slow

Venice is a lovely city, despite an odd murder  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

IN HER new book, By Its Cover, by Donna Leon, the 23rd installment in her crime novels featuring Venetian detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti sees the disappearance of several antique books and the defacement of others in a very elite, antiquarian library in the centre of Venice. This leads to murder and revelations of an illicit, underground black market trade in rare books. Leon takes the reader on a leisurely journey around Venice – a city the author patently loves as we navigate not only its canals and alleyways, but also its bureaucratic by-ways and serpentine political meanderings. The plot unfolds very slowly; a little too slowly, in fact as by the middle of the book the case of who stole several ancient books and manuscripts and cut pages out of others has not developed one iota. We follow Brunetti into several domestic settings, meet his wife, visit several other characters,


‘The experience of reading By Its Cover is certainly pleasurable and leisurely, but there is no sense of reality to her overromanticised portrayal of Venice’


colleagues and friends, accompany him as he eats his dinner of quail baked in cognac, and artichokes fried in olive oil with a drop of water. This is the level of detail Leon indulges in, which is all very fine but causes a certain amount of anxiety and impatience in the reader as the case of the missing rare books remains unsolved. W hen an inevitable murder takes place, Leon quickens her pace a bit and the reader is engrossed as one revelation after another is uncovered.

The author is a very good observer of people, and traits we all recognise appear again and again in the book as her characters reveal themselves and their hidden motives – not only in what they say, but how they say it and how they use their hands. Leon loves Venice, that’s for sure, but she also loves the Venetians’ tempo of living and the mood of their culture, which she attempts to depict with some slight success. The overall experience of reading By Its Cover is certainly pleasurable and leisurely, and I felt the full effect of the old-world charm Leon was going for, but there is no sense of reality to her over-romanticised portrayal of Venice, in the same way that Murder She Wrote’s village of Cabot Cove does not feel real, but is a safe, cosy and pleasant place. The tone of the storytelling is equally laidback and does not for a moment challenge the reader. Nothing is required of the reader, who is only asked to sit back, relax

Reviewed as being a lovely exploration of old-world Venice, but one that’s also a slow read and not very realistic, By Its Cover is available now, priced €12.99

and passively absorb the scenes painted by, and the sensations evoked by Leon. I had never read any of Leon’s other Brunetti novels, so I approached this one with a clear absence of expectation, and there was never any suggestion of any foregone back story I may have been missing out on. Leon’s prose is also perfectly suited to her style of storytelling and her subject matter. She has created her own niche market, and delivers to the reader a world full of old European glamour that is full of the ruins of aristocratic families, Catholicism and a good smattering of classical learning. Her style of writing is solid and, at times, there

The book’s author, Donna Leon

are even small sparks of ingenuity. The best example of this was in a description about an ex-priest losing his religion: “He told me once that he woke up one morning and it was gone, as if he’d put it somewhere before he went to

bed and couldn’t find it when he woke up.” Overall, By Its Cover serves its purpose admirably as a light, enjoyable read involving culture, history and intrigue. Published by William Heinemann, it is on sale for €12.99.

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interview: rising electro stars talk to gazette music

From Downton Abbey to airbourne terror DOWNTON Abbey’s Michelle Dockery is fairly proud to have made the transition from TV to the big screen. The Downton Abbey star told me she was delighted to have ditched the frills and fancy footwork to join Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in new movie, Non-Stop. The action thriller sees Liam’s air marshal character battle to save a flight from terrorists. The film is out in cinemas now. JEFF Wayne swears he’ll never ever, ever get sick of War of The Worlds. The genius behind the musical says his love for the story about an epic alien battle began when he first picked up the HG Wells novel as a child. War of the Worlds The Musical will have its final run at the 02 here on Thursday, November 27. Neighbours turned West End star Jason Donovan stars as Parson Nathaniel in the production, while Liam Neeson lends his voice to the role of journalist George Herbert. Meanwhile, ex-Westlife star Brian Mc Fadden can also be heard as the sung thoughts of the journalist. IT SEEMS that last week was the week for announcing baby news. It turned out that both Scarlett Johansson and Guy Ritchie are both expecting bundles of joy (not together though, obviously). On-screen vixen Scarlett is pregnant with her first child. She is said to be five months into the pregnancy with her fiancé, French journalist Romain Dauriac. The very handsome pair got engaged six months ago. Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s expecting baby number three with his model fiancée, Jacqui Ainsley. Their baby is due in June. Film director Guy also has two sons, Rocco and David, with ex-wife Madonna. LAST but not least, I’m A Celeb winner Kian Egan says he thought his professional music career had come to an end when Westlife parted ways. The band went their separate ways following a sell-out goodbye gig at Croke Park back in 2012. Kian was quickly signed up as a judge on The Voice of Ireland. He was later crowned King of the Jungle in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Since then, Kian’s thrown himself into TV presenting slots on Daybreak, and work on his new album, Home.

Praising the future at the altar of Chvrches  ROB heigh

Chvrches are fast becoming the best bestloved little band in the world. The Scottish threepiece have recently returned from Asia and Australia where they have been making even more international fans with their impressive and increasingly confident, powerful live shows, and spent a couple of weeks we l l - d e s e r ve d R & R before returning to the stage for a brief European tour that kicked off in Dublin last week. The show at the Olympia was another example of both their meteoric success and huge potential, the iconic theatre shaken to its rafters by Chvrches’ 80s-influenced synth stabs and teethrattling bass, as Lauren’s delicate and direct vocals wove through the mix as they played tracks from their debut EP Recover, and first album, The Bones of What You Believe. Before the show, Iain and Martin were relaxing after having just flown in from Glasgow and spoke to Gazette Music about the band’s meteoric rise to fame. “It’s an amazing feeling, we don’t take any of it for granted,” said Martin. “It didn’t just happen, we put the work in, we toured everywhere,

Chvrches - Iain, Lauren and Martin - rocked the Olympia last week on the first night of their European tour

put in as much effort as possible. The shows are getting bigger because people are connecting with the songs, and when they come to see us live, they don’t leave disappointed, and that’s really important for me.” “On the first proper tour we had of America, when we were on the east and west coasts, it felt like people were connecting with it, and that felt amazing,” said Iain. “We just finished a touring festival in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, and when we got to Singapore, the reaction was overwhelming, we’d never been to that side of the world before and it was amazing.” Chvrches have also become synonymous with great cover versions, including Haim, Arctic Monkeys and most

recently, Bauhaus. They performed a version of Janelle Monae’s Tightrope at the Billboard Women In Music event at the end of last year, with Janelle in attendance giving her blessing to their take on the song. “We were invited to honour Janelle [at the Billboard event] and they asked if we would mind doing a cover of one of her songs. If we reverently cover something it’s never going to work - it’s about having fun with it, and taking a few risks. But we need to draw a line under the covers, and they get more exposure than we think. “We had to retire our Prince cover (I Would Die 4 U). We were playing it for the whole first six months we were touring, and then only when the gig had gone really

well. Then we ended up at First Avenue in Minneapolis, and we decided to retire it there, on the stage where Purple Rain was filmed.” Since their live debut in July 2012, it has been a non-stop upward trajectory for Chvrches, garnering acclaim for their live shows and climbing the bill at the festivals they have played all over the world. But creating new music is high on the agenda, something that can be hard to do on the road, as Martin explained. “Concentrated periods of downtime is important to us where we can create new music. Some artists find a way to [create new music while on tour], but I’ve never been able to. It’s a different mindset. I need to know I have a period where I

don’t have to do anything or be anywhere so I can concentrate on the music, otherwise I get really stressed out.” “As it’s going to be festival season soon, there are a few gaps inbetween, and hopefully we can get our heads in gear to get ready to write,” said Iain. “But everything will wrap up in September and we’ll be able to approach the new music 100%.” And, ahead of their Oly mpia show, Iain summed up the band’s ethos as they prepare for another US tour and festivals across Europe throughout the summer. “The most important thing for me with this kind of life is to live in the moment, and not look too far back or too far forward, and just enjoy where we are at.”

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It’s worth seeing this tale of an assassin and a blind girl

In a futuristic city that’s still very recognisably similar to ours, Qohen has no interest in the world, but would rather work at home on the meaning of (his) life ...

the zero theorem: a typically stylish mess from the singular director

Grim even for Gilliam fans THE future was so much better in the past. Back before the alluring voiceoperated computer systems, azure-blue swipe displays and reams of green and black code, there existed an alternate version of the future. A future that showed a world very much like our own, but featuring glittering costumes and translucent, rainbowcoloured pieces of plastic that intermittently and nonsensically bibbled and bobbled. The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam’s latest experiment, is a film set squarely in that future. Bereft of hair and riddled with existential angst, Christoph Waltz dominates the screen as Qohen, a reclusive, painfully awkward computer genius. When not fidgeting

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manically with joysticks and coloured cubes at an Orwellian mega-corporation, Mancom, Qohen spends his time at home in a dilapidated church, where he anxiously and obsessively awaits a phone call that he thinks will tell him the meaning of life. The world outside is alien to him, but is a real treat for the viewer. Gilliam’s city of the future is a gorgeously constructed mash-up of the sacred and profane – where stained glass sits alongside the ever-present fluorescent advertising, and

mossy gargoyles watch over all the neon absurdity of the city. When Management (a fleeting Matt Damon) invites Qohen to work from home on the Zero Theorem project – a seemingly uncrackable conundrum – he jumps at the opportunity to be closer to the phone, despite the fact that Zero Theorem has driven everyone who has worked on it over the edge of sanity. It is a feeling that viewers may be forced to become familiar with as the film stutters along. As with his earlier works, Brazil, and Twelve Monkeys, Gilliam has a gift for creating unique, captivating worlds with sets that you can lose yourself in. The interior of Qohen’s home is like a psychedelic char-

ity shop display, populated by a wonderful mishmash of antique religious paraphernalia and colourful technology. In one shot, you’ll find your attention split between the gibberish that Qohen is prone to spouting, the abstracted code he is working on, and the flashing red light on the security camera mounted in place of Jesus’ head watching over him. It quickly becomes apparent that The Zero Theorem is a film with a strong visual identity, but a much weaker ideological one, so much is added to the cauldron – a femme

fatale, a hacker kid, an annoying boss, dwarves, hitmen, the meaning of life, and cybersex dream sequences – that the story becomes more cluttered than the sets, and at points almost grinds to a halt. Things are not helped along by Waltz’s Qohen, a protagonist who is as clunky and awkward to watch as he is difficult to warm to. Melanie Thierry and Lucas Hedges provide some welcome relief, but they make clear that Qohen’s stiffness isn’t unique. All characters suffer through the dialogue, which is

overhanded and often milks the life from jokes that were mediocre to begin with. We are so familiar with the satirical, irreverent humour that the script hopes for that there’s a sense of frustration as it misses the mark, time after time. Part theological commentary, part technological prophesy, part failed comedy, The Zero Theorem is a confusing film that feels perpetually poised to take off, but never does – for all of its colour and pizzazz, its future seems dark, and destined only for fans of Gilliam.

Verdict: 5/10

While Christopher Waltz certainly has a memorable starring role, The Zero Theorem just doesn’t add up to a particularly good film

AS AN assassin for the Sicilian mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he is assigned to eliminate a rival Mafia clan, he discovers Rita – an innocent blind girl who stands powerlessly by whilst overhearing her brother’s murder. What follows is an intense exchange, fuelled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and witness. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his violent instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, they attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps, side by side.

Nominated Winner of the 2013 Critics Week Grand Prix prize at Cannes, and nominated for the BFI London Film Festival Sutherland Award for first feature, SALVO brings a renewed sensory suspense to the mafia movie, thanks to its sublime cinematography and evocative soundscape. The film marks the stylishly energetic directorial debut from Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. Salvo is released at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield from March 21.


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TECH Pebble WHILE the world and his dog wait for the iWatch, the Pebble “smartwatch” has a significant new IOS update. The watch with lot a of digital functionality has been a little limited, but now, its upgraded IOS adds lots more functions, better directory systems to find apps you want, and generally makes the Pebble a little smoother to use. Priced $250 (about €180), you can order the Pebble watch and find out more at

APPSWATCH WONDERING WHAT WILL MAKE YOU ’APPy? Some of the freshest new apps on release

ANOTHER week, and another batch of apps for your consideration. From sport to fun education for kids, here’s an eclectic range of new apps. SPORTS fans may have had their fill of the recent Olympics in Sochi, but it’s still a great time to get up to date with the actual results, which you may have lost out on at the time, given all the endless Games results at the time – as well as all the controversial headlines, too. Sochi 2014 Results (free, IOS, Android) not only had all the results from the Games, but, as a welcome and timely update, features the results from the Paralympic Winter Games, too. Sports fans – and pub-quiz fanatics alike – will welcome this all-in-one app for the results. THERE are about a million and one “Me too!” wouldbe Instagram busters (or copiers) around out there, so it’s hard to stand out with a new photo app, or idea. However, Dubble (IOS, free, Dubble sign-up required) does something a little fresh – your image gets randomly merged with another image from another user, to create something new, and quirky. Don’t like it? Then simply Dubble-up another shot, to try again. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a brilliant shot, at the same time, you could get something pretty cool. Anything that’s offering the bazillions of photo-takers and sharers out there something new must be worth a shot …. THIS is a slightly weird one to categorise. Is it a game? A stress/relaxation toy? A tech demo? It feels like a little bit of all three, being something that you could dip into for a minute, or an hour. We all hate breaking things in real life, but Smash hit (free, with in-app purchases, IOS, Android) absolutely encourages smashing things – glass obstacles, to be precise – and, in fact, you can’t proceed far unless you do. Here, you travel along an endless corridor, hurling metal balls at glass obstacles in your way. Hit them, and you lose some balls; lose them all, and it’s all over. That’s all there is to it – but the beautifully created glass, interesting spatial graphics, and more make it a bit unusual, and something to sink some time into on your commute, or in a few minutes. At the very least, it’s visually arresting. WHEN I was a kid, edumacational stuff just seemed to feature a lot of dull, wooden jigzaws of Ireland to put together. Great. However, here comes Toca Lab (€2.69, IOS, Android) – a bright, colourful, fun way to introduce children to various scientific principles, with a focus on the Periodic Table in particular. There are lots of creative ways to learn about the properties of all the elements, with experiments galore to undertake. Some children may get a little extra delight from seeing what they can do with their least favourite elements – take that, Potassium – but no matter whether they’re squishing, dunking, boiling or electrocuting the cheerful Elements, they’re sure to be having fun – and subtly learning about science, too.

Dyson Air Multiplier FANS of cool new tech will like the Dyson Air Multiplier. Looking like a chunky frying pan with the bottom cut out, Dyson’s superclever tech draws air in, then sends it whooshing out – very quietly – in an easily controlled air channel. It’s just a breath of air away from its April release, with its price set to be from approximately €265 to €360.

Real and virtual gadgets, gizmos  shane dillon

TECH watchers and gizmo fans have plenty of things to follow at the moment, both on release and coming up. While the news continues to see a virtual product – Bitcoins – making headlines on

an almost daily basis (albeit in a mostly negative way), there are also cooler products on release, getting snazzy updates or just around the corner to keep an eye out for. Here are just a few of these gadgets and gizmos getting plenty of interest at the moment ...

Bitcoins SPARE a thought for the humble Bitcoin hoarder, who must be nervously wondering about security in their chosen Bit-bank, given the spate of thefts that hackers with particularly large virtual SWAG bags have been getting away with lately. (If you happen to find about 22,000,000 of these particular coins down the back of your virtual couch, let us know.)

Samsung Galaxy S5 INTEREST is building in Samsung’s latest impressive Galaxy model, the Samsung Galaxy S5, with its release just around the corner, in early April. Price? Still up in the air, but considering the S5’s range of powerful features – including 2GB ram, latest 4.4 KitKat Android OS, major juice in the battery, 16 or 32Gb storage, waterproofing and much, much more – you can expect a premium price for this premium product. (Currently pre-orders are whistling around the £540 mark in Britain for the 16GB model.)

THIS BIG, BAD WOLF IS ACTUALLY THE GOOD GUY PERHAPS Neil Jordan would approve of this fairy-tale adventure game for grownups – and not for children – given its dark themes derived from something as simple as the fairy tales most of us know well. Taking the premise that all of the characters in these tales are real, but have learned how to hide their magical natures from slow-witted Mundies (“mundanes”, or humans), and live in disharmony in a New York community, The Wolf Among Us (IOS, €4.49 per

episode in a five-part series, for Ages 17+) is like a cross between CSI and Mother Hubbard Tales. Bigby Wolf (pictured), once feared as the proverbial big, bad wolf, is now the generally disliked sheriff of Fabletown, where he keeps the magical residents safe, and out of danger from the surrounding Mundies of New York. However, Bigby has his work cut out for him when violence breaks out, turning the game into a noir tale, with shady

figures, femme fatales, and duplicitous characters, all presented in Telltales Inc’s gorgeous cel-shaded style. Wolf… provides a quirky story for older gamers who’re looking for something different. While a happy-everafter ending is unlikely for Bigby and co, it’s a wellmade tale that’s worth following.

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Captur – a carefully planned crossover

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Maybe it was the intense, Mediterranean sunshine that took over every aspect of Irish life over those two months during last year’s summer, but it would appear that, as a people, we are adopting an altogether more active lifestyle. This radical development is having a significant effect on the vehicles we use. Not so long ago, dealerships couldn’t keep up with the demand for large, gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles – despite the fact that these cars were rarely involved in anything more sporty than the school run with the kids. So, calmer heads are prevailing, and there are some fun, nicely designed, practical cars with a little more beef to help carry bikes, kayaks, surfboards and the like when we feel the need to get athletic. Enter Renault’s urban crossover vehicle – the Renault Captur. We’re not talking about any kind of off-roader here, nor would you want to be fitting a heavy-duty tow hitch – but what we do have is an economical, very cool-looking, dynamic car that is a blend of MPV, SUV and family hatchback. The only real niggle I had in researching this car was where to get original roofbars or a roofrack. For me, a foam and strap-style roofrack for carrying a kayak on the top did the job nicely. Not only that, the back seats could easily accom-

Renault’s urban crossover vehicle, the Renault Captur, is a blend of MPV, SUV and family hatchback

modate a mountain bike without having to remove the front wheel – that is something I have struggled with in the past, even when dealing with some very high-end German marques. Superking

On a more practical level, this little monster could even transport a superking-sized bedframe with the seats folded down – no mean feat, by anybody’s standards. So, you can fit plenty of gear into and onto the Captur – but the nice people at Renault even went so far as to give the car more ground clearance than most cars in this class, coming in at a

useful 200mm. The interior of the car wouldn’t exactly blow you away, but there are enough glossy black panels on the dash to keep things pretty, and the upholstery more than makes up for what the cockpit lacks. There is a very cool, two-tone material used, and it really lifts the look. One aspect of any car that can really affect its after-sale value is shabby upholstery, but the Captur comes with seats draped in customisable, durable fabrics that can be zipped off for cleaning, which makes you wonder why more cars that are geared for active lifestyles

don’t offer this clever and simple feature. And, speaking of practical interiors, the boot has a multi-position, removable and reversible floor, with a rubber surface that can be easily cleaned with a sponge. When raised, the floor hides what you don’t want to show; in its lowered position, it gives a practical boost to loading space. As much as I was enjoying the car, it was rather stiff on the bumpier city streets, and as it is surely aimed at outdoorsy types, you would think a more forgiving ride would have made sense. One thing I am sure of is the looks of this

car will go down well in the Irish market. The two-tone paintwork is eye-catching and very cool, and the design of the alloys available to the car wouldn’t be out of place on the pimpest of pimped-out rides in California. The combination of a metallic orange body with a white roof on the model I drove looked great, and could lift the mood of any driveway during the dark winter months. This car looks great, has buckets of clever interior space, and is a fresh addition to the Renault lineup – add to that a price of €20,690, and you have a very attractive proposition indeed.


renault: NEW Urban model is a fresh spring model



Frank Keane Volkswagen is simi’s Franchised Sales Operation of the Year Frank Keane Volkswagen was named as Simi Franchised Sales Operator of the year at the fourth Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)Irish Motor Industry awards, which took place recently in the Double Tree by the Hilton Hotel, in Dublin 4, in conjunction with the SIMI annual dinner. Held in partnership with Castrol, the awards celebrate best practice in the Irish motor industry, and acknowledge the work and successful achievements of SIMI members in the current economic climate. Celebrating everything that is good about the automotive trade, the awards are open to the widest possible cross-section of the Irish motor industry.

Praised A Dublin Volkswagen main dealer, Frank Keane Volkswagen, which is based on the Long Mile Road, was praised by judges, who recognised the dealership’s “sustained commitment to excellence through the provision of premium brands by a highly-professional sales team”. Commenting on the award, Donal Geoghegan, dealer principal, Frank Keane Volkswagen said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the motor industry. As part of the Volkswagen group, we are committed to excellence and the need to continually benchmark ourselves against our peers. “We look with confidence to the year ahead, thanks to the excellent people that make up our dealership and the support of the group headquarters.”

Paul Smith, head of Castrol Ireland; Michael Greaney, sales manager, Frank Keane Volkswagen; Donal Geoghegan, dealer principal, Frank Keane Volkswagen and Paul Linders, president SIMI

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DSPCA: ‘new animal welfare legislation will improve the rights of animals’

Passing of health and welfare bill hailed The DSPCA, Ireland’s largest and longest established animal welfare organisation, this week welcomed the passing of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill into law. The legislation will replace the outdated Protection of Animals Act 1911. According to the DSPCA the new animal welfare legislation will improve the rights of animals, will make animal owners more accountable, will increase the powers of seizure of animals in neglected situations, allow for prevention of cruelty in numerous situations and increase the penalties for convictions particularly with the appointment

of the DSPCA among the officers authorised by the Minister and by local authorities. Commenting, Brian Gillen, chief executive, DSPCA, said: “The introduction of modern animal welfare legislation will reduce the unnecessary suffering on animals as authorities now have the backing of appropriate legislation. “This is particularly important with regard to trafficking of animals which remains a significant issue in Ireland. “In those cases, where trafficking is suspected, we will now be able to trace the source of those engaged in this cruel trade and prosecutions will be


‘Where trafficking is suspected, we will now be able to trace the source of those engaged in this cruel trade and prosecutions will be possible’


possible.” On an average day, the DSPCA receives over 400 calls to its emergency and cruelty line which is up by 150 a day in 2013. So far this year, the DSPCA has seen an increase in the numbers of calls it receives each day with calls concerning animal cruelty increasing by 60%. Established in 1840 to prevent cruelty to ani-

mals, the DSPCA is Ireland’s largest and longest established animal welfare organisation. Its primary role is the prevention of cruelty and neglect through the provision of homing, rescue and care services for injured and sick animals. The DSPCA is a leading advocate for animal welfare and works closely with the gardai and the fire rescue services.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney signed the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (Commencement) Order 2014

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athletics: night-time running through the city’s iconic landmarks

Run for your city as Dublin takes on Cork in annual run Dublin athletes are being called upon to run for the honour of the city next month when the Samsung Night Run returns to Dublin on Saturday, April 27. This year, the race takes on a tale of two cities aspect when a simultaneous race takes place in Cork, and each city will compete for the title of champion based on runners combined finishing times for the 10km course. The races will start in sync at 9pm at the Cork Opera House and at Cus-

toms’ House Quay in Dublin, and the routes will take in iconic landmarks including Custom’s House Quay, CCD, Samuel Beckett Bridge and Grand Canal Dock basin. Race ambassadors and sporting rivals Eoin Cadogan from Cork and Dublin’s senior football All-Ireland star and Ballyboden St Enda’s club man Michael Darragh Macauley will be on hand to provide their expertise and fitness experience to entrants via the race blog between now and the date of the race.

Commenting at the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn said: “This is the third year in a row for Samsung to bring Night Run to Dublin and we’re thrilled to keep the night-time running tradition going. The added fun competition element is sure to bring out the best in our capital’s participants and we relish the challenge.”

Rivalry Gary Twohig, general manager, Samsung IT and Mobile Ireland, said:

“Since 2012, Night Run Dublin has successfully brought night-time running to the streets of the capital and we’re excited to also bring this unique event to Cork. “There’s a healthy rivalry between Dublin and Cork which is sure to add to the atmosphere at both events. We encourage everyone to dig out their running gear and get behind their city. May the best city win!” Runners can register for both races and find out more information at

THE UFC has been confirmed to return to Dublin’s O2 Arena on July 19 this year. The announcement has been hotly anticipated since Conor McGregor let slip that the event would be coming back to Dublin later this year on The Late Late Show. It comes five years after UFC 93 visited the same venue with mixed martial arts having grown hugely since the sport last visited these shores. That time around, just one Irish representative – Tom Egan – was on the card but there are sure to be many more in July following the rise to prominence of the likes of McGregor and Cathal Pendred.

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh

For more information or to send in news and photos: Phone: 01 651 6205


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FastSport campbell sets comeback in motion: BEN Campbell inspired St Andrew’s College to a second-half comeback against Wesley to claim their third piece of Leinster schoolboys hockey senior silverware this year at the expense of their rivals. They did not have things all their own way this time, however, as they found themselves a goal down at half-time as Dylan Cullen snaffled an early chance. Stephen Dawson then made a couple of top saves to keep his side ahead before Andrew’s turned the screw in the second half. Campbell whipped home two drags while Jordan Larmour swept home and Andrew Meates got the slightest of touches to another Campbell flick to turn things around dramatically. It meant they added to their All-Ireland Schools and Whiteside Trophy titles and can now complete back-to-back quadruples should they win the Leinster Senior Cup.

cricket: south africa trip sees locals shine on international stage

Leinster youths on U-16 tour 

LEINSTER cricket’s young guns produced some top performances on their Under-16 tour of South Africa last week, taking in some top quality opposition in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg

and Uitenhage. The squad featured a wealth of Dubliners, including, Castleknock College’s Rory Anders, Colaiste Pobail Setanta’s Ben White, St Andrew’s quartet James Meier, Stephen Keane, Josh Little and Cameron Shoe-

Century scorers Colin Currie and Rory Anders

bridge, Colaiste Eoin student Fiachra Tucker, North County’s Fionn Hand and Rush’s Stephen Doheny for their 11-day tour of South Africa. The squad arrived in Port Elizabeth with Leinster playing two matches against Grey High School and Muir College in warm up games before a festival in St Stithian’s School. The first game against saw the Leinster side come up short by 20 runs against Grey before coming out on top against Muir by three runs in a nail-biter. From there, they headed up to St Stithian’s in Johannesburg, a fantastic school with top-notch sporting facilities including eight cricket pitches, two hockey pitches and two swimming pools and

The Leinster Under-16 side in South Africa

played great hosts to all the schools taking part in the cricket festival. In the tournament opener, Leinster took on a good side from St John’s School, Johannesburg. The Irish side had a good start batting first, making 208 with a Rory Anders contributing 60 to the score. They were unable to finish the second innings due to lightning sirens at the school going off so were forced to draw in a game when they were well on top. The next day, they took on Clifton School from Durban, in probably their best batting performance of the tourwith Colin Currie and Anders both making fantastic hundreds in a 200-run partnership

which was undoubtedly the match winner. Their partnership was almost over shadowed by James Meier scoring 64 off just 20 balls including 9 sixes. It left with an innings total of 304 runs. Game three saw Leinster fall to hosts St Stithians by 20 runs. They bowled particularly well in this tie to limit Stithians to 123. David Delany and Fionn Hand did most of the damage, picking up four wickets each but all the bowlers contributed to that success. Unfortunately, the batting department let them down that day and they were bowled out for a disappointing 101. It left them to St Andrew’s School from Grahamstown in a T20

game on the main field on the final day. They batted first and made a very good total of140, mainly due to partnership between Fiachra Tucker who made 23 and Cameron Shoebridge who made 57. Some good batting at the end by Stephen Keane got them up to a very defendable total. In the second innings some good bowling, especially from David Murphy and Josh Little, were too strong for the Andrew’s boys and saw Leinster land another convincing win. It provided a successful end to their tour, winning three out of six games and a tour that Leinster hope will be repeated in the future years.

Barrable first to sign up for Circuit of Ireland 2014 

Robert Barrable and co-driver Stuart Loudon in action in their Fiesta R5

Swords rally star Robert Barrable is set to follow up his fine performances in the European circuit to date by taking on the challenge of the Circuit of Ireland Rally which will take place this year between April 17 to 19. The circuit will be the first fully asphalt event on the FIA European Rally Championship roster and counts as the second round of the new for 2014 FIA ERC Junior championship. Barrable has registered as the first driver to officially sign

up for the event and said: “I love competing on the Circuit of Ireland – it’s such a prestigious event with a great history, the stages are fantastic and the thousands of spectators create a magnificent atmosphere. “My earliest memories of the Circuit are going to the event with my father Michael to help Austin McHale. Austin was famous for his flat-out approach to rallying, and that’s going to be my approach too this year in the Fiesta R5. “I’ve done the Circuit of Ireland four times and last time

out I finished sixth overall in a ŠKODA Fabia S2000 in 2012. The Fiesta R5 will be even better suited to the event than the Super 2000 was, so I’ll be aiming to better that result. As always, we’ll be giving it our best shot.” Barrable will compete in the Circuit’s international class in his Tunnock’s World Rally team Ford Fiesta R5. Barrable’s team have confirmed he and his co-driver Stuart Loudon will contest the Circuit of Ireland following the world championship-counting Rally of Portugal in early April.

Organisers are in the process of finalising arrangements for what promises to be a bumper weekend of motorsport and the management team are calling for additional volunteers to join the existing team of marshals. For more details and to register, log onto www.circuitofireland. net or call the volunteer hotline on 07732 612261. For up-to-date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland, log on to, follow it on Facebook at www. or on Twitter, @CircuitIreland.

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Community Games call for volunteers 

Dublin Community Games are calling on people across the city to join them in helping to support and provide voluntary assistance to help this year’s iteration of the all-nation sporting event to become another great success. Dublin Community Games provides over 40 sporting and cultural activities in local communities, providing opportunities

for young people to develop in a healthy and safe environment while experiencing a wide range of activities. The main focus is on the programme of activities which caters for young people aged six to 16 years with a strong emphasis firmly placed on fun, participation and creating community spirit. Activities range from athletics to art, choir to chess, duathlon to dancing, soccer to singing,

judo to gymnastics, and volleyball to variety acts. The youth section encourages people aged between 16 and 28 to get involved, offering the opportunity to organise events, mentor and coach, gain leadership skills, and make new friends. The involvement of adult volunteers has grown as the organisation has gained momentum over the years. Local people are asked to cre-

ate interest in their local areas and hold meetings to activate local interested people and groups, affiliate with Dublin Community Games and participate in the running of the Games this year. A small registration fee is payable which covers insurance for all participants and volunteers. For more information, contact the Dublin office, on 872 8203 or log on to


athletics: four national cross-country titles at dundalk

Guardian podcast comes to Dublin next Wednesday

DSD athletes Sarah Mulligan and Maria McCabridge compete with eventual winner Sarah McCormack from Clonliffe Harriers in the senior

THE GUARDIAN newspaper’s hugely popular Football Weekly Podcast, which features renowned soccer pundits James Richardson (pictured above), Bary Glendenning, Raphael Honigstein and James Horncastle, will record its first international show next week at the Griffith College Conference Centre next Wednesday, March 19, from 5.30pm. The team will bring their usual mix of puns and punditry in advance of a live screening of Manchester United’s crunch Champions League encounter with Olympiakos. There will be pre-game analysis and a chance to put questions to the panel in an extended Q&A session after the full-time whistle. The event will be filmed for the Guardian website. For tickets, log on to

women’s 8,000m at the cross-country championships in Dundalk

DSDAC reign supreme 

Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club were celebrating recently when they swept the boards at the Woodie’s DIY national clubs’ cross-country meet in Dundalk. Their dominance is unprecedented in any sport in Ireland and will see DSD represented in all categories in the European cross-country club championships next year. In the senior men’s race, the Dundrum club members combined to take the title by a single point against reigning champions Clonliffe Harriers. With four athletes from both clubs in the first 15 runners in the race, the lead swapped between

DSD and Clonliffe until the final lap. Joe Sweeney and Alan McCormack, both former national champions, broke off their marathon preparations to lead the club cause to finish sixth and seventh respectively, Sweeney making up several places on the final lap. John Eves and James Egan finished in 10th and 11th, with club captain Robert Corbally coming home in 18th. In the senior women’s race, Maria McCambridge, who had been suffering from a chest infection all week, showed why she is an Olympian by trying to lead her race all the way and finishing a gallant third. McCambridge was followed

home by Sarah Mulligan in sixth, with Fiona Clinton eighth and Niamh Devlin in ninth putting up their best displays to date, ensured a victory by five points over reigning champions, Raheny Shamrocks. Sarah Miles led the junior women’s team to victory with her first individual gold medal at this level. Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Odlum ran a well-judged race to finish third, with Soracha Humphries in four and Clare McCarty fifth for a comprehensive victory. The junior men’s race was the most competitive from a team point of view, with DSD battling against rivals Clonliffe, Raheny and Ennis Track.

DSD came out on top as Liam Fitzpatrick had the race of his life to finish fourth. Patrick MacGabhann led the race on the first lap and although he went off too fast at this stage, he clung on to finish fifth. Andrew Cullen made sure he was not left off the role of honour fighting hard all the way to the finish line for a seventh-place finish. Rick Nally ran a brave race in 13th place to ensure the gold medal. “The remarkable thing about these team wins was that we were missing our number one competitors in most categories. Linda Byrne and Ava Hutchinson are recovering from injuries, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner had an

indoor season to complete and Cillian Mooney was injured. With all our athletes back for the Europeans, we will be looking for medals at this level,” said a club spokesperson after the event.

Joe Sweeney in action in the senior men’s race

Egan runs for DEBRA Ireland in Wicklow race Olympic silver medalist Kenneth Egan was among the participants in this year’s DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Half Marathon / 10km last weekend. Egan finished 59th out of 203 half-marathon participants in just over two hours in the sixth annual running of the event. The event attracts both professional and non-professional runners with this year’s event selling out in record time. This year saw the largest ever group sign up, with many using it as a training race for a full marathon. Others just

wanted to support the charity while setting themselves the challenge of their first adventure mountain run. All proceeds from the event go towards providing services to those living with the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and over the last five years, more than €200,000 has been raised by participants through this event. For more about the charity, log on to


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hockey: Moore’s penalty shoot-out heroics secures win

Cabinteely progress in dramatic quarter  rob waters

Cabinteely FC’s DDSL Under-12D side proceeded to the semi-final of the League Cup after a tense quarter-final against Castleknock Celtic which was eventually settled by a penalty shoot-out. Cabinteely managed to scoop an early goal after Cameron Ramsey set up Charlie McCarthy, who placed the ball firmly into the corner of the Castleknock net. Cabinteely’s defence kept Castleknock scoreless until the 29th minute, when Jack Lalor was eventually beaten, and the score remained 1-1 until half-time. Cabo went behind for the first time in the 56th minute when Lalor managed to stop an on-target shot only to see it slip out of his hands and roll over the line with the assistance of the strong wind. Castleknock’s defence was under siege and the tactic paid off in the last few seconds of regular time when they conceded a corner. Delivered by captain Ronan Waters, the ball was deflected into the back of the net by a Castleknock defender. Cabinteely capitalised on their momentum when Kian Fortune popped up to score just before the extra-time break. The semi-final spot looked like it was in the bag for Cabinteely up until the last minute of added time in extra time, when a loose ball came to the feet of a Castleknock forward who took the opportunity to level the scores again. The penalty shoot-out went to sudden death, and Fortune followed the proven success of his team mates to land the ball in the Castleknock net. Castleknock’s number 7 was the final player to line up on the penalty spot only to find his ball scooped out of the air by Lalor to the delight of the team as well as manager Michael Dunne and coach Ciaran Gallagher. For more information on the club’s St. Patrick’s Day party on Sunday, March 16, log on to the club’s website,, Facebook page CabinteelyFC or on Twitter @ Cabinteely_FC, or call Caroline Traynor (086 239 7308).

The victorious St Andrew’s side with the Leinster schoolgirls’ senior cup which they won in dramatic fashion last week

Andrew’s win Leinster title leinster senior cup St Andrew’s Rathdown (St Andrew’s win 3-2) 

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SPECIALIST penalty shoot-out goalkeeper Phoebe Moore showed her value as she got a vital touch to deny Stephanie Burns, handing St Andrew’s their first Leinster schoolgirls’ Senior Cup title since 2010. Moore came off the bench a minute before the end of extra time for Aoife Daly and while her involvement was short, it proved critical as she kept out three St Gerard’s efforts to see

her side win out 3-2 at Grange Road. It was a repeat of the Senior Premier League final but bore few of the hallmarks of that decider which ended 3-0 in Andrew’s favour. Karla Ray got Rathdown off to a great start as Megan MacQuillan picked out the striker unmarked just left of the penalty spot and she swept home in the seventh minute. Megan Carroll was Andrew’s key player during this phase, using her flat-bat to break up numerous Rathdown tackles and limit the chances. It allowed the

brian for shankill Bag-packing team get a surprise visitor NIAMH O’Herlihy from Shankill GAA club was delighted to meet legendary Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll at Dunnes Stores at Cornelscourt recently as members of the club held a fundraising bag-pack at the supermarket. The club wish to send out their thanks to everyone who helped make the day a big success. For more information, log on to www.

Booterstown school to build a base from which to get back into the game and they created three or four good openings before the break. T heir momentum, though, was slowed by the half-time interval and Rathdown came out strong. Down the right wing, Amber Barnwell picked up the ball, swivelled to her left before cutting in to the circle and picked out a gap at the right post for a calm finish and 2-0. A n d r e w ’s r e p l i e d quickly, getting one back with 21 minutes left when they pounced on Tan’s save. It popped up waist-

high and the winger duly volleyed home. From there, Andrew’s camped on the Rathdown circle but saw two efforts ruled out for prior feet. The first of those disallowed goals was initially given as Sally Campbell smashed home a great shot from the top but an umpire’s consultation ruled it out while Tatiana Temperley’s push was also beaten by the whistle. But Andrew’s got their equaliser from their fifth penalty corner as Campbell’s hit went to the left post where injector Ellen Beirne helped scramble home, the ball popping

up and in off the defender on the line, giving Tan no time to readjust. Extra time found no winner, leading to a penalty shoot-out – the same method by which both schools reached the final. Moments before the fulltime whistle, Andrew’s had swapped in Moore in goals in the same way as they had done in the semi-finals and it paid dividends. Andrew’s led from the first round and while Rathdown twice got back on terms, Rachel O’Brien poked them ahead in the fifth round, setting up Moore for her final intervention.

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Locals shine for Dublin U-21 footballers  

KILMACUD Crokes’ Ross McGowan and Cuala’s Conor Mulally both started for Dublin’s Under-21s as they produced a comprehensive 2-28 to 0-3 win over Carlow in their quarterfinal in midweek in Carlow IT. Dessie Farrell’s men

started with intent and although playing into the wind had opened up a 0-9 to 0-1 inside the opening 15 minutes. Ciaran Kilkenny, Conor McHugh, Michael Deegan, Niall Scully and Shane Carthy were all on target as Dublin forged into a commanding lead. By the interval they

extended their advantage to 1-12 to 0-2 after Eric Lowndes had rattled the Carlow net shortly before the halftime break. The trend continued in the second half with Deegan’s 39th-minute goal seeing Dublin home with 31 points to spare. Last year Longford

toppled Dublin in the provincial quarter-final after Dublin had, like this year, outclassed Carlow in their opening encounter. The Dubs have a chance to earn a moduicum of revenge against them as they will line out against each other in the semi-final on March 19 at a venue to be confirmed.

football: hyde road side claim win over tower’s

Club Noticeboard cuala Well done to all four of our adult

Day Feile Ceili in the Cuala Hall, Hyde

football teams who all recorded wins

Road on Sunday, March 16 from 7 to

today. Thanks to all those who came

9 pm. This is always a great evening

out to support the lads.

of family packed fun and gets bigger

In AFL2, Cuala outscored a spirited Round Towers team 1-10 to nine

Congratulations to Colaiste Eoin

scoring encounter with Naomh Mear-

who claimed their first provincial title

nog 4-10 to 3-8 in AFL5.

since 1998 when narrowly overcom-

Not to be outdone in the scoring

ing Marist College Athlone in a thrill-

stakes, our AFL 10 team scored 5-14

ing decider on Saturday under lights

at home to Wanderers (3-8) while our

in Croke Park. Colaiste Eoin had six

thirds completed the clean sweep in

Cuala players in their starting 15 and

AFL9 with a 3-12 to 2-5 win over Erin’s

a total of 14 Cuala players on their


panel, with Cuala’s Conn O Ceallach-

great win over Erin go Bragh on Sunday. Final score 4-17 to 4-2.

Treacy and Mark Schutte who were

girls getting their 2014 Go Games sea-

all members of the Dublin panel that

son off to a flying start against Bal-

lost 1-13 to 1-10 against Waterford in

lyboden last Sunday. One of the Cuala

Walsh Park.

Hard luck to the ladies’ U-16 foot-

had a comprehensive 1-22 to 1-12 win over Kildare in Croke Park on Satur-

against Clontarf on Sunday. There

day night.

The 2000 girls’ Feile team are organising this year’s St Patrick’s

Cuala 1-10 Round Tower Clondalkin 0-9  stephen findlater

LUKE Keating’s dancing feet inspired Cuala to a second straight win to start the AFL Division 2 season, his selflessness leading to a key goal while garnering 0-4 for his efforts at Hyde Road to see off Round Tower. His accuracy was a high point of an affair that had moments of magic but also a high wide count as neither side hit full flow on a heavy pitch. Despite those con-

weighted a pass for Colm Sheanon - whose brother also starred in Croke Park the day before as captain of Colaiste Eoin - to batter home. Carty’s introduction did give Tower’s much more impetus in the second half as he landed four points while Brian Costello, relocated into the half-forward line after the break, scored a couple. They did score three successive points at one stage to close the gap to 1-7 to 0-8 but Keating kicked two late points to move the hosts just out of range and upwardly mobile in the division.

Well done to Mick Fitzsimons and the rest of the Dublin footballers who

ballers who narrowly lost 3-8 to 4-8

won their first match of the season.

on the lively Eric Finn. Phillips opened the scoring with a fortuitous point as his low piledriver was saved by MacBrien but bounced back off the midfielder’s shin and over. Cuala replied with thee points of their own while Michael Fitzsimons - who lined out in the Dubs fullback line the night before - opened his legs from the half-forward to inspire a Keating point. The goal defined the half; Scott O’Brien and Adam Hudson dug out the ball before working it forward for Keating. He was decently placed to score but, instead,

Hard luck to Cian O’Callaghan,

looks very promising too with the ‘05

was better news for the U-15s who

ditions, though, it was Keating’s light feet that prospered at the heart of a soild Cuala win. They were six points up at the break, 1-5 to 0-2 and while Round Tower improved dramatically in the second half with James Phillips and sub Cathal Carty causing problems, they could not close the gap fully. They will rue six firsthalf wides and a further three shots that dropped short and were dealt with well by Darren MacBrien. His kick-outs were also on the money while Eoghan Breathnach ground out a lot of dirty ball while keeping tabs

Colaiste Eoin’s victory. Simon Timlin, Colm Cronin, David

game against strong opposition.

afl division 2

ain’s nine points proving pivotal to

The future of camogie in Cuala

teams managed 12 skill points in one

Cuala go two for two in league campaign

per family and payable at the door.

points, while the seconds won a high-

Cuala’s minor camogie team had a

Cuala’s Luke Keating’s assist and 0-4 saw the Hyde Road side over the line against Round Tower

crowds every year. Tickets are €10

Excitement is building in anticipation of Cuala CLG’s Annual Social and Awards night in the Cuala Hall on Saturday, March 22 at 8pm.

shankill The juvenile academy continues to

children t-shir ts for sale. Chil-

take place every Saturday from 12

dren’s t-shir ts are available to

noon to 1pm in Scoil Mhuire catering

purchase off the rail (sizes 4-5, 6-7

for children aged four to seven, at

and 8-9) at our juvenile academy

only €2 per session, covering Gaelic

each week for €15.

football, hurling and camogie; it’s

Our Chase the Ace jackpot at

a great hour’s fun for everyone

Brady’s of Shankill is now a massive

involved. New members are always

€1,950. With tickets only €2 each,


don’t miss out on your chance to

We have registered both an U-11


boys’ and an U-11 girls’ football

Just purchase a ticket at Brady’s

team this year. If your child is aged

of Shankill or from any committee

eight to 11 and would be interested

member. Pick the ace to win. Good

in playing for either team, then join


now. Training takes place every

We will have a fun quiz fundraiser

Wednesday evening from 7 to 8pm

in Brady’s of Shankill on Thurs-

indoors in Scoil Mhuire and every

day, March 20 from 8.30pm. Come

Saturda y from 11am to 12 noon

along and show your support for

(please note time change) at Scoil

your local GAA club and have a good

Mhuire when no match is sched-

night’s fun, too. There are lots of


fantastic prizes to be won.

Children must bring wet gear,

A special thank-you to everyone

both football boots and trainers

who helped make our bag pack-

and mouth guards for each train-

ing fundraiser at Dunnes Stores,

ing session.

Cornelscourt last Saturday such

For more information please con-

a success. We even had a sur-

tact team manager Gabriel on 085

prise visitor in the form of Brian

725 4897 or any committee member

O’Driscoll, check out the photo on

– see our website for more details

our Facebook page. We now have Shankill GAA Club

Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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national treasures: Athletics club secures quartet of national cross-country titles P37

Action from the Dublin Under-21 championship final at Sancta Maria last week that saw Kilmacud Crokes denied the title by a determined Ballinteer St John’s. Picture: Diarmuid O’Gallchobhair

Crokes pipped to U-21 title Epic tussle between local sides sees Ballinteer St John’s crowned Dublin champions after a close encounter at Sancta Maria  rob heigh

Kilmacud Crokes were denied victory in the Dublin Under-21 A hurling championship after an epic battle against near-neighbours Ballinteer St John’s at Sancta Maria, which saw the Grange Road club claim the title by three points, 1-12 to 1-9. The match was a tough and close tussle throughout, but it was the accuracy from range of Ballinteer’s Aodhan Clabby that secured the destination of the championship in the second half, his accuracy from the placed ball and from play netting a crucial seven points, while there was an equally important contribution from the St John’s midfield and defence who restricted Kilmacud to three points in the second half.

The game got off at a cracking pace and within four minutes, Fearghal Duffy had put a goal and a point on the board for Ballinteer. However, the advantage was clawed back by a determined Crokes side, a goal from Alex Pilkington bringing the scores back to parity. In a nip-and-tuck half, neither side could claim a clear advantage, and Crokes went in at the break ahead by a single point, 1-6 to 1-5. However, after the turn, it was the determination and purpose of the Ballinteer side over the course of the second half that was the difference in the final shake-down, and Clabby’s accuracy, particularly from range, proved the making of the champions. Speaking to GazetteSport after the dust had settled, Kilmacud Crokes’ chairman Peter Walsh was clearly disappointed by the result,

but echoed the sentiments of Dublin county board chair, Andy Kettle, who presented the trophy at the end of the match and said it was an excellent game of hurling where both sides went toe to-toe for the entire 60 minutes. “From a Crokes perspective, we are disappointed. We recovered from a poor start, and by half time were a point ahead. Our hope was that having weathered a very strong storm that we would have been able to build on our lead, but that didn’t work out due to the workrate, hunger and hurling all round the field by Ballinteer. “Ballinteer were deserved winners, but we are proud of our lads. They fought all the way, to the last moments to find a late goal to bring the game to extra-time, but Ballinteer’s play all round the park was top-class.

“If we got something out of it, we would have been delighted, as we worked hard over the six months of the championship. “We are sore this morning, but we complement our lads for their efforts and complement worthy winners, Ballinteer. It was a quality final that would hold its own in any hurling county anywhere in the country.” Walsh also pinpointed the reason for the strength of southside Gaelic games and the success of local clubs in all codes. “It is a simple formula: hard work, volunteer effort and commitment to the games. There’s no magic wand, this is all effort and commitment in its simplest form, people like [Ballinteer Under-21 manager] Frank Clabby and people in our own club, these are the people making these things happen.”

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