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Gazette dun laoghaire


June 19, 2014


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

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Blooming great: Admiring the Tower of Ulysses Football:

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DON McManus, chairman of Dun Laoghaire Business Association, was delighted to point out some of the intricate details on The Tower of Ulysses, sculpted by Aidan J Breen (second left) for the Dublin Assay Office’s permanent collection at Dublin Castle. They were examining the piece with James Joyce lookalike John Shevlin, An Cathaoirleach Marie Baker (FG) and Theresa Cawley as part of Dun Laoghaire’s recent annual Bloomsday celebrations, which featured a number of events. See Gallery Next Week


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Dalkey school stages special needs protest Parents, pupils highlight issue of changes in SNA allocations

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PARENTS and pupils from Dalkey Educate Together primary school staged a protest outside Leinster House this week over changes to

the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to schools. This was the second demonstration by the school as pupils and parents of the Dalkey primary school tied

ribbons to the school fence in silence to highlight their issue with Government SNA allocations on June 16. The protesters brought the petition to the Dail on June 17 and handed it in to

the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn. SNA staff are employed to assist children who need help with a variety of special educational needs, from feeding to mobility issues.

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heritage Sculpture set in Moran Park

Christ the King statue returns to town WELL-known sculpture Christ the King has been returned to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown at a location in Moran Park, after a two-year absence to facilitate works on the new Moran Library. Last week, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said the sculpture had found a new home following extensive restoration work carried out while it was in storage with public artworks conservation expert Brendan Watters. According to the council, the sculpture now sits at the western end of the Moran Park site in a position of equal prominence to its original location, and at the same height above ground level. It was cleaned and rewaxed to make its contours clearer. In addition, the rewaxing should help to slow down the oxidisation process and protect the bronze surface. In May 2012, the sculpture was carefully removed to facilitate the construction of the Central Library and Cultural Centre at Moran Park. Cllr Patricia Stewart (FG) said she was thrilled that the newly refurbished statue of Christ the King had been returned to the people of Dun Laoghaire.

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She said: “The statue looks magnificent in its new setting. It is a huge improvement on its previous site. Now it can be seen from the seafront and the Royal Marine hotel. “It could hardly be more visible. I congratulate the council arts team and engineers for organising this so well – it is a triumph and I hope it will give great pleasure for many years to come.” Of the sculpture’s reinstatement, Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “It should have never been removed from its prominent position overlooking Dun Laoghaire Harbour. “Regrettably, the setting of the new Dun Laoghaire Library has prevented the sculpture from being reinstated back to its original location [at Haigh Terrace].” According to the council, the Central Library and Cultural Centre in Dun Laoghaire is the most significant piece of public infrastructure in

Christ the King is carefully placed in its new setting. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

the county for the past 100 years, and is the single biggest investment by the council in a civic amenity. The council has put in place a maintenance schedule to ensure the statue is kept in excellent condition into the future. Moran Park is being extensively landscaped and redeveloped as part of the Central Library and Cultural Centre works. A new water feature is to be a focal point in the park and events, film

screenings, markets and other such activities are to be a constant theme in the gardens. In 1931, Irish-American sculptor Andrew O’Connor was commissioned by the council to create Christ the King, or the Triple Cross, for Dun Laoghaire.

Hidden The bronze work was hidden during World War II in France to avoid its being melted down for war use. It was finally delivered to Dun Laoghaire in 1949, and

was formally unveiled in the town in 1978. The Triple Cross of Christ the King symbolises the three distinct aspects of Christ’s life: desolation, consolation and triumph. One figure is a shrouded weary Jesus, crucified on the cross; the second figure is of the resurrected Christ, with arms outstretched; and the third is Christ pulling clear of his bondage and emerging to greet his followers. These scenes follow clockwise around the mast of the pillar.

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facility: bloomsday launch sees high praise for refurbishment

Blackrock Library has now reopened

Learning some new skills at camp

have been refurbished and matched with new uses. The mezzanine area is a new feature for the library, with light shafts from the courtyard atrium entering via porthole windows. At the reopening, An Cathaoirleach, Marie Baker (FG) said: “I am delighted that the people of Blackrock and the wider DLR library community can avail of this bright, spacious library with its enhanced public internet and self-service facilities and the extended selection of books, CDs and DVDs. “The new children’s library is a particularly attractive feature which will undoubtedly be a much sought-after space.” Bloomsday was an

IF YOU want your children to learn new skills while forming new friendships, then Newtown Sport Centre claims its eight weeks of summer camps can help you out. Newpark has operated in Blackrock for 40 years and the team are all Garda vetted. Organisers pride themselves on keeping the child to leader ratio low so that each child gets the best experience possible. Children from three to 14 years are catered for and activities include football, GAA, theatre, dance and more. A five-day week costs €90 or €75 for four days or €25 per day from June 30 until August 22. To book your children’s places phone 01 2883720.

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NEWLY refurbished Blackrock Library reopened to the public on Bloomsday, June 16. The library is now part of a third-level educational complex (Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board). Architects McCullough Mulvin were appointed to design an expanded new library as part of the complex on the site of the Town Hall, Carnegie Library and VEC College in Blackrock. Construction began in 2010 and the original Carnegie Library, housed within, was fully updated, modernised and extended. The internal spaces of the protected structures

appropriate day to reopen the library because James Joyce lived nearby in a house called Leoville on Carysfort Avenue from 1892 to 93. It was here that the future novelist and poet – then aged nine or 10 – first began to write and it is believed that he wrote his first published work (a poem called Et Tu Healy) at this address. Blackrock Library will have a formal launch later in the summer. To learn more about the newly refurbished library and events lined up during the summer, contact Marian Therese Keyes, senior executive librarian, at or telephone 01 214 7986 or 087 996 9220.

Pop in for a look: The Design Corner’s temporary shop in Dun Laoghaire the local enterprise office in Dun Laoghaire recently launched The Design Corner Summer Shop on George’s Street, opposite The People’s Park entrance. This is the shop’s seventh year to pop up in the town, and the collections and seasonal designs on offer have all been created by 13 local designers, including Rebeka Kahn, who is seen here with her ceramic artwork. Goods for sale include quirky gifts, prints, ceramic wall art, jewellery and scented candles. So, pop in to the pop-up shop from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 6pm on Sundays until June 29.

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politics Citizens asked to report any remaining sightings

Alert issued over election posters  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

WHILE the date for removing election posters has long passed, citizens are still being asked to let their council know of any remaining local or European election candidate posters in their area. The poster removal deadline was May 30 and candidates who failed to abide by this face an onthe-spot fine of €150 per poster. Across the capital, councils have been dealing with complaints and issuing fines to some poster culprits. A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

said 17 fines under the Litter Pollution Acts for still visible election posters have been issued. According to the spokesperson, the money from fines goes into the environment department’s “income code”, which is used to offset expenditure in that unit including street cleaning, litter warden service and environmental awareness. In Dublin City Council, about 360 fines were issued following the General Election of 2011. When asked how many fines had been issued this year since the deadline expired, the council said: “Enforcement activity

in relation to this year’s election will be reported to the elected members in due course. The council is investigating complaints it receives.” The council did offer the use of free recycling facilities to candidates for use until June 14. Posters and cable ties disposed of at these facilities are then recycled into items such as flower pots, crates and piping or used as bedding in council-owned parks. The local authority continues to take calls from the public about election posters still on display and said the number of calls received has “trailed off considerably” since the beginning

of June. Meanwhile, in south Dublin, 17 on-the-spot levies were imposed on those guilty of leaving posters beyond the stipulated timeframe. “The money collected from the fines will be administrated to the litter management section of the council. Our litter wardens are active on the ground and are still on the lookout for election posters still up.” On the other side of the city, Fingal County Council said: “Litter wardens as part of their routine patrols, and also in response to complaints received, have issued approximately 30

Have you spotted any lingering election posters anywhere? The city’s councils are calling on all such sightings to be reported, as they are litter. Graphic: Shane Dillon

fines for breach of the Litter Pollution Acts for election posters which were still up more than seven days after the elections. Monies received are used to fund council services.”

Each council said that most posters have been taken down, but if members of the public come across any that have not yet been removed they should contact their relevant council – South

Dublin County Council at 01 414 9000; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at 1800 403 503; Dublin City Council at 01 222 222 or Fingal County Council at 1800 201 093.

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enterprise Recently launched centre has facilities to suit a range of firms

Harbour View offers a look at helping businesses  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

SINCE its launch in May, Harbour View Business Centre, at Clarence Road, Dun Laoghaire, has drawn tenants such as Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, Aileen O’Meara Media,


Boyhan chosen to lead group

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INDEPENDENT councillors in Dun LaoghaireRathdown have appointed Cllr Victor Boyhan as leader of the Independent group. Along with Cllr Boyhan, who was re-elected for the Blackrock area, there are now six Independent councillors. His colleagues are Michael Merrigan (Dun Laoghaire ward), Seamas O’Neill (Dundrum ward), Kevin Daly (Glencullen/Sandyford ward), Deirdre Donnelly (Stillorgan ward) and Lynsey McGovern (Glencullen/ Sandyford ward).

Focus In his opening remarks to the first session of the new and enlarged 40-strong council held on June 6, Cllr Boyhan said that as the Independents’ leader his focus would be on improving how the council carries out its business, with a particular emphasis on making more efficient use of resources. He said that there was a need for greater transparency and accountability in all council affairs, that the local property tax should be reduced by 15%, and that the council should support local communities as well as celebrating social, cultural and artistic diversity in the county.

Irish Academy of Public Relations, and others. This new business development – that was established by a local business woman Kathtrina Furlong and her business partner, Colette O’Sullivan – also offers high-tech pod units

for rent by individuals on a day-by-day or week-by-week basis.

‘Wow factor’ Furlong said: “These pods have already created huge interest with their ‘wow’ factor and are attracting multi-

ple business types. “[They are] ideal for business start-ups and for people who work from home who want to tap into the energy of a dynamic work environment.” Harbour View is also offering a wide range of ‘vir-

tual office’ services for businesses, as well as a big and bright seminar and training room that is suitable for 50/60 people, and a boardroom/meeting room for up to 12 people. If you would like to learn more about Harbour View,

contact Colette O’Sullivan at 086 827 5582 or email

Email Alternatively, you can call Kathtrina Furlong at 087 226 8792 or email

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planning: badeschiff in spotlight

Sodexo Ireland puts in the hours for charities SODEXO IRELAND, based in Blackrock, recently said it had contributed almost €8,000 (in contributions and volunteer hours) to local charities and community groups last year. In 2013, contributions made by the company – which specialises in catering, landscaping and security – included €2,800 in cash donations, €3,000 in employee fundraising and over

€1,700 in in-kind donations. Sodexo Ireland employees also contributed more than 300 volunteer hours, all of which was captured by Business in the Community Ireland on an online interactive map called the Business Impact Map. “This is our fifth year to compile these national statistics on the Business Impact Map. In a year that has seen a

decline in charitable donations in Ireland, and as times are getting tougher, what we have noticed is that companies are contributing more in the way of in-kind donation, pro-bono support and employee volunteering hours,” said Tina Roche, chief executive of Business in the Community Ireland, the network for corporate social responsibility.

An architectural rendering of the badeschiff – or floating pool – that is proposed for Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier as part of an urban beach plan

Councillors to decide fate of €3m pier pool  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE fate of a proposed €3m f loating swimming pool, to be made from a converted barge, is to be decided by Dun Laoghaire councillors in the coming weeks. They are at odds over revised plans for the floating pool – or badeschiff – which were submitted recently to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company for approval. Councillors voted for the urban beach construction two years ago and agreed to fund half of the project, along with Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “I understand the redesign is linked to the planning department’s request for additional information on the original planning application lodged by the Harbour Company. “The redesign reduces the development area by 15%, and also the height

of the structures securing the barge. I welcome this, as it will reduce the visual impact of the project.” In contrast, Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “I have studied in detail the revised proposal. The modifications do not address the substantial planning concerns of most of the objectors, which are set out in the public planning file. “I have no doubt that if planning permission is granted by the council, objections will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala.” He also said the council should not inject its cash into this project, but instead should focus on restoring the derelict Dun Laoghaire Baths site. Current plans involve the f loating, heated swimming pool being constructed on a recycled barge moored beside Berth 1 of the East Pier. As well as this, the development will consist of an urban beach containing a cafe with outdoor seating area. The planning applica-

tion also makes provision for the protected status of the East Pier. A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “A revised planning application for the urban beach project is currently before the planning department of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. “Prior to the submission of the planning application, there was a comprehensive public consultation with stakeholders and interested parties. “Anyone with any concerns about any aspect of the planning application had up to Tuesday, June 10 last to make submissions to the planning department of the council. “Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is completely satisfied that the proposed urban beach will provide an attractive civic amenity for residents of Dun Laoghaire and surrounding areas, and a significant economic boost for the local area.

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education Parents learn about imminent changes and additions on the way

Information evening discussed the new Junior Cycle  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

AN information evening to educate parents on the new Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA), was held recently in Stillorgan Park Hotel. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the National Parents Councils (primary and post-primary) jointly hosted the event to clarify reform

of the Junior Cycle and what it entails. The meeting on June 17 drew a strong attendance of parents keen to understand details of the new exam. The evening was tailored specifically for parents of sixthclass children, who will begin post-primary school this coming September. All parents of primary schoolchildren were also welcome, however. From this coming September,

students starting first year will sit the new Junior Cycle Student Award or JCSA. The first subject being introduced is English.

Phased in In September 2015, the new science curriculum will be introduced for incoming first years. Other subjects will be gradually phased in over coming years to allow for smooth introduction of the new Junior Cycle. The changeover will

review: call for submissions

Have your say on court closure  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A LOCAL politician is calling on all interested parties to make submissions to the Courts Service ahead of the June 23 deadline in an effort to keep Dun Laoghaire District Courthouse open. Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) last week added her voice to that of party colleague Cllr Barry Ward to keep the District Court open despite proposals to close it as part of an overhaul and review by the Courts Service. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor said: “The Courts Service is conducting a second round of consultation with local interests in Dun Laoghaire in relation to the proposed closure of the courthouse. “I understand that the Courts Service is looking at this in the context of efficiencies and how it provides services across the entire city, but it must take into account the negative impact the closure would have on the town.” She added: “In my view, its closure simply does not make sense. It is bound to result in cost implications for the local Garda if the closure plans go ahead, as officers would incur increased travel expenses to attend

court hearings. “I am urging all interested parties locally to engage in this process and outline why the courthouse is needed in the town. “This is not a done deal. It is incumbent on local representatives and business people to impress upon the Courts Service that closing the courthouse would be a retrograde step for Dun Laoghaire.” The current proposal and review by the Courts Service includes the clo-

sure of District Courts in Dun Laoghaire and Swords and for all local cases to be heard at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street, and all traffic cases to be heard in Blanchardstown. “Information on the proposed reorganisation of Dublin District Courts, can be viewed online at Interested par ties should send their submissions to by June 23.

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be completed by 2022. The information evening aimed to provide parents with relevant information on what changes they and their child can expect with the new JCSA from this September. It will also look at the main features of the Junior Cycle developments in the coming years and the new assessment system being introduced. Don Myers, president of the National Parents’ Council post-

primary, said: “The meeting [was] an important opportunity for parents to hear about the changes at junior cycle from those who have been directly involved in developing the curriculum and assessment ideas being introduced.” Those who could not attend the meeting can check out a podcast of the presentations and materials from the meeting which will be available on later this month.

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Rachel Browning and Abilgail Sykes with a new friend. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

paws for thought: a great open day at the dspca’s headquarters


TRUE Dublin institution, the DSPCA recently held a family fun day at its Rathfarnham headquarters, with Pet Fest providing a purr-fect open day opportunity for families, locals, pet-lovers and well-wishers to meet some of the many animals that the DSPCA cares for, and are trying to find good homes for, as well as learning more about the charity’s work. Pet Fest featured a diverse range of events for all the family, with everything from food stalls, a bouncy castle, a dog-training display, face-painting and much more to give everyone plenty to parrot on about once they got home.

Lesley Masill and Marie Murphy, Paws in the Park

Leon Ricketts and Noah Warren

Charlie Brown is the centre of attention with Caz Brown, Gina Daly and Marian Kane

Patrica Swords and Hillary Fitzpatrick. Pictures: Michael Chester

fundraiser: cinemagoers support two parishes

A Grace-ful way to help churches D

Aoife and Laura Maxwell with Pomeranian terriers, Odie and Stanford

APPER gentlemen and beautifully presented ladies strolled into IMC Dun Laoghaire recently for the fundraising local premiere showing of Grace of Monaco. The premiere raised more than €7,000 in aid of two worthy causes – St Joseph’s Church in Glasthule, and St Michael’s Church in Dun Laoghaire. The glamorous film tells the story

of a key year in the life of the late Grace Kelly, the beautiful princess from Monaco – who was also an accomplished Hollywood actress – and who is portrayed in the new film by Nicole Kidman. While not quite capturing the true beauty and charisma of the enigmatic, troubled princess, the stylish film’s premiere was still well received.

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Eimear Mc Auliffe and Cllr Mary Hanafin (FF)

Rebecca Crotty

Eddie and Josephine Cox with Fr Billy Farrell and Paul Wallace

Stephanie and Gemma Dardis

Valerie and Michael Cullen

Marian Stanley and Bernice McCarthy

Ultan and Brid Kennedy with Fr Bill Farrell

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Maiya McMonagle

Baby Ellah with dancer Amyric

Rita Mirembe and Diane Couper. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Fab African fashions Ireland’s modern multicultural mix. Although the fashion show was the main attraction on the night – thanks to the fashions from designers of African descent, including Akani Collection, Mullalo, Oreke Signature, Maiya, Tola Vintage and Simply Glamorous Fashion – live music, and dance demonstrations also added to the evening.

Tokie Laetanbrown and Binta Diallo

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NUMBER of cutting-edge designs were on show at the recent From Africa With Love (FAWL) 2014 fashion event staged at the Gresham Hotel, which was part sponsored by Dublin Gazette Newspapers. The annual FAWL event was a perfect opportunity to showcase a wide range of African culture, and to celebrate such contributions to

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what’son go ‘walkies’ and help support irish guide dogs

Presenter Diana Bunici and friend, helping to launch Flavours of Fingal festival

a day in the life: rte elev8 presenter diana bunici

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SHE spends most of her day in front of a camera presenting for RTE’s young audience on Elev8, but recently Diana Bunici helped to launch the Flavours of Fingal festival, showing just how indemand this young presenter is. This week, The Gazette caught up with the Moldova-born starlet to find out just how a day in her life goes. Like many people, she needs a little help getting up in the mornings, and so she has four alarms going off at various intervals between 7am and 7.30am. Once up she makes sure to get something to eat to help set her up for the day.

“I rarely set foot outside the door without chomping down on something. I like to keep my food light and fresh at the start of the day, with natural yoghurt, two Weetabix, and berries of some sort. “I’ll have a mug of peppermint tea too, although that usually gets sipped while I’m doing my makeup and trying to catch up with what’s going on in the world that day with the online papers, radio news and some telly, too. “Some mornings, I save my news swotting for my commute and listen to some music to get me pumped up for the day ahead, instead,” she said. Living just 10 minutes away from RTE means she gets to work quite easily, but if on location it’s her trusty dad that gives

her a lift or gets a taxi to wherever she needs to go that day. “Every day in the world of TV is different, and that’s what I find so appealing about my job. Generally, I get into the office for 10am, pop on my computer, and catch up with emails that have come through overnight. “Next up, I have a quick scan of what’s coming up on the live show that afternoon before popping along to our daily production meeting, where we go through the running order with the entire studio team. “After that, I’ll either be scripting, researching our guests, out somewhere shooting an interview or fun piece, planning guests and brainstorming for future

shows. Studio time is between 2pm and 4:20pm. “Then I’m back at the office desk with my head in the next day’s show. “Working on a children’s show means there’s room for variety and pretty much anything is a go with some proper thought and planning put in place. “It’s a real luxury to have so much input into Elev8. I love every bit of it, from working behind the scenes to frontof-camera stuff,” said Diana. Elev8 is on weekdays at 4pm on TRTE and RTE Two. Flavours of Fingal takes place at Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, from June 28-29. For further information, see

THE Go Walkies for Guide Dogs campaign started at Phoenix Park on June 6, and continues nationwide throughout the month. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with other dog lovers, get fresh air and exercise and do something “pawsitive” by helping to raise money for Irish Guide Dogs. There are four more official walks scheduled throughout the country this month, one of which takes place at Cabinteely Park on June 22. Passes for individuals (€15) and families (€20) are available at www.guidedogs. ie. Admission comes with t-shirts and goodie bags worth €20 on the day, and Hills Food will also be on hand to weigh your dog for free. As with the official walks, several community walks have also been organised by dedicated volunteers, one of which takes place at Balbriggan Football Club at 12.30pm, on June 22. Note that entry fees will be different for each community walk, and will not include a goodie bag.

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dublinlife Summer time is festival time

events: fun (and hopefully sun) for everyone

Festival season is in full swing with a different festival taking place in towns and villages across the county almost every weekend. This week, The Gazette is trawling through the festival list to bring you a selection of what’s on to ensure there is something for everyone to see and do during the summer months. Dublin City area

The second annual Dublin Kite Festival takes place this Sunday, June 22, at North Bull Island, Clontarf. This year’s Dublin Kite Festival will attract kite fliers and spectators from across Ireland and overseas. The free event will have a full day of entertainment packed with activities for the entire family to enjoy. Kite enthusiasts from all over Ireland and abroad will show off their stunt skills and compete for a number of awards across a wide range of categories including most aerodynamic, most beautiful, and funniest. For further details, see The Dublin City Soul Festival takes place on July 26 and 27. This festival celebrates peace, unity and love, and is Ireland’s best feel-good festival. The annual celebration saw over 30,000 people enjoy the soul picnic event as part of the festival. This is a music event with tasty treats from picnic vendors at Merrion Square Park and this year’s line-up is expected to match or increase last year’s number. There is also a Love the City Music Trail where people can move from venue to venue checking out some great entertainment. As people make their way along the streets, there is also on-street

entertainment from Soul Festival buskers and street artists. For full details on this festival, see Dundrum area

The Wooly Wards Farm, which is a petting farm and animal theatre, will be held on select weekends in July, August and September in Marlay Park. These free animalinspired events are available in the park on July 26-27, August 23-24 and September 6-7 from noon to 3pm. On show will be fluffy little creatures like guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits as well as a kid goat and ducks. The main event has to be that visitors can also have their picture taken with a llama. Dun Laoghaire area

The fifth Ukulele Hooley, Ireland’s national ukulele festival, will be held again this year in Dún Laoghaire during the weekend of August 23-24. Organisers are promising a fantastic weekend of music, hopefully in the sun, and a great line-up of ukulele-based attractions. These include ukulele master workshops, beginner’s workshops, the Ukulele Bus Busk scenic tour, the Ukulele Hooley Open Mic Night, and the main event – an eight-hour live concert in the People’s Park by some of the most renowned ukulele artists and bands from around the world.

Lucan area

With the tremendous success of last year’s festival, Lucan will once again hold a festival that is sure to attract thousands of guest from Lucan and elsewhere. The festival committee, led by Joe Byrne, will put together an exciting line-up of events which promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. This year the festival stage located beside Carroll’s pub will once again be erected in the heart of Lucan and will feature a wide range of local talent. The event will take place on Sept 14 and any local groups, bands, dancers or solo singers interested in taking part should contact the festival’s stage manager Kim Rice at with their details. Clondalkin area

Clondalkin Festival is set to return for the fourth time this year from June 20-22. Growing from strength to strength each year, the festival features three days of entertainment throughout the village. This year’s programme features street performers, magic acts, face painting, carnival games, live music and a fun village cycle, amongst other events. The Clondalkin Garda station will also be open on the day for a public display. For more informa-

tion, visit the Clondalkin Festival Facebook page at Clondalkinfestival. Fingal

Farmleigh and Phoenix Park have announced a series of free guided walks throughout the summer. Walkers will meet at Farmleigh House reception, the Phoenix

Jonathan Howard with Emma O’Driscoll-Cronin, RTE Jr, and Jennifer Howard are flying high for the Dublin Kite Festival taking place June 22 on Dollymount Strand, North Bull Island, Clontarf. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

Park Visitor Centre, or Arbour Hill Cemetery at 11am on Wednesday mornings. June will see a Historical Walking Tour to Farmleigh House, a History of the Clock Tower at Farmleigh, and a guided walk to Knockmaree

Cist/Cromlech. A guided walking tour from Ashtown Castle to Castleknock Gate will take place in July. Among other walks in August there will be one to Rose Cottage via Knockmaroon Gate and Gate Lodges of Phoenix

Park from Ashtown Castle to Castleknock. The Farmleigh and Phoenix Park walks take about 90 minutes. Telephone the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on 01 677 0095 or Farmleigh House on 01 815 5914 for further information.

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home: new concept kitchen range offers more possibilities than ever before

Innovative kitchen system from IKEA is going ‘freestyle’ IKEA has launched the innovative Metod kitchen system, a brand new kitchen concept that will revolutionise the kitchen industry. Metod offers more layout, style and storage possibilities than ever before, giving people the opportunity to truly personalise their kitchens, at an affordable price. IKEA has achieved this, by redesigning the basic building blocks of kitchens to create a new sys-

tem that will change the way that Irish consumers design, plan and install their kitchens. Evolved

The decision to introduce the new system was made as a result of a shift in customer wants and needs, which have greatly evolved in recent years. The current trend of people moving to bigger cities and living in smaller spaces has led to the creation of multi-

functional living spaces within the home. A recent survey carried out by IKEA Dublin among its customers revealed that eight out of 10 people now have a combined kitchen and living area where multifunctional furniture and clever storage solutions are essential. Now more than ever there is a greater demand for ‘freestyle’ kitchens, which offer more versatility, within living spaces

Metod offers many layout, style and storage possibilities. Pictured above is Metod Laxarby Maximera.

Communication and interior design manager, IKEA Dublin Gill Reilly said: “With the new kitchen system Metod,

we’ve broken the ‘normal’ conventions of designing kitchens and instead we’ve created a system that gives customers unlimited choice. This is a big change for IKEA, but it also initiates a big change for the industry in the way that consumers will now be able to design and plan their dream kitchens.” The new kitchen modules will now be sized in multiples of 20cm, and will hang from an innovative wall rail, enabling them to be fitted into the smallest or tallest of spaces. Finishes

Metod Maxiera Veddinge

Features of the range will include: revolutionary new design system for easy instillation, new sizing structure that allows for interchangeable modules and 25 door fronts to provide a wider variety of looks and finishes Furthermore, to mark the launch of the new range, IKEA Dublin has completely revamped the store’s kitchen department, with a team of expert advisers available to assist customers in all aspects of designing, selecting and installing a dream kitchen.

Metod Bodbyn Maximera



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dublinlife Glenda gets some practice in for her wedding day Xpose presenter Glenda Gilson took over Marbs recently when she and some close friends went to the sunny spot for her hen party. Blow up dolls and silly straws were nowhere to be seen when snaps of the lovely lady were posted online – maybe they are more for the wedding album! The Castleknock beauty is set to marry her long-term love, businessman Rob McNaughton, in the lavish setting of Trump International Hotel and Golf Links in Doonbeg this August. Her future hubby popped the question in Central Park last December.

She brought some of her close girl friends to Ocean Beach resort in Marbella. One snap showed her kissing a card-board cut out of her soon-to-be husband – obviously just practising for the big day. It is understood Glenda will have five bridesmaids walking up the aisle before she says “I do”. Xpose airs weekdays at 6pm on TV3.

The Very Best of Broadway comes to the mill As the summer months roll in, The Mill Theatre is as busy as ever preparing for their annual Mill Productions performance.

This year, they have chosen The Very Best of Broadway - a fun-filled, light-hearted performance by much-loved local musical societies from K ilmacud and Glencullen in Dundrum. In addition, the theatre are also welcoming soloists from Rathmines, Rathgar and Ratoath Musical Societies, as well as the very talented Garry Mountaine. Come sing along to your favourite musical numbers from Showboat, Wicked, Me & My Girl, Les Mis, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. Ho s t e d b y K e v i n Hough from RTE’s The-

The Dublin Bay Hopper will explore the spectacular south Dublin coastline


Glenda Gilson kisses a card-board cut out of her soon-to-be husband

atre Nights, this will be a show not to be missed for any lover of musicals, drama and comedy. Tickets are €18/€15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 012969340.

All Aboard the Dublin Bay Hopper Irish Rail and Railtours Ireland First Class have launched the Dublin Bay Hopper, the world’s first exclusive hop-on-hop-off train tour for locals and tourists alike. The branded two-car DART tour train, complete with full commentary by Railtours Ireland hosts, will travel from the city centre and explore the spectacular south Dublin coastline as far as Bray. T he Hopper takes guests from Connolly Station to Bray, stopping at Tara St, Pearse St, Grand Canal Dock, Landsdowne Rd, Sandymount, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey,

and Killiney along the way. Guests can use the Dublin Bay Hopper to get to any of these destinations and spend as long as they like there and use any scheduled DART service to return. Tickets cost €19 and are valid on The Dublin Bay Hopper, and all DART trains on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. For more information visit dublinbayhopper. com or any DART station.

rudd joins fight against blindness C e l e brit y c h e f , Andrew Rudd has joined Diabetes Ireland, N C BI - t h e N a t i o n a l S i g h t L o s s A g e n c y, Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists, the Association of Optometrists Ireland and Novartis to launch Eye Am What I Eat campaign to raise awareness of diabetic macular edema (DME). DME is a form of diabetic retinopathy that

can have a severe effect on vision, causing significant sight loss. To raise awareness of DME and diabetic retinopathy, people are invited to develop a recipe for eye health, which includes one or more of the Top 10 Foods for Eye Health listed at www. Four finalists will be shortlisted by the judging panel and invited to attend the final event on Wednesday, July 23, at Medley, in Dublin City Centre, where the recipes will be prepared by Rudd and an overall winner will be selected. All recipes must be submitted at by 5pm on Monday, July 7.

summer fest to entertain over 300,000 Laya Healthcare are holding a free festival in Merrion Square in July which is set to entertain more than 300,000 people with performances, music, artisan food and much more.

Star ting from July 11 – 13, the festival is expanding throughout the city to include concerts, family picnics, artisan food events and outdoor screenings, inviting hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy the best of what these famous cities have to offer. This first-of-its-kind festival is a true collaboration with those at the heart of the city, which includes city councils, local businesses, Irish arts organisations as well as internationally renowned performance artists coming together in a city celebration highlighting those that make our cities spectacular. Laya Healthcare are also holding free summer festivals in Cork’s Fitzgerald Park (July 19 - 20) and a citywide program of events both day and night across Dublin City (July 11 – 27). For more information visit or email hello@

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feature escape the mayhem: a stroll through cabinteely park

Bit of music and exercise is the key to relaxation IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asks TV and radio presenter Con Murphy about his downtime  keith bellew

Con Murphy worked as one of the main sports presenters with RTE from 1992 until 2012. During that time he anchored RTE Radio’s coverage of the Summer Olympics Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 Beijing 2008, and London 2012. He is currently co-hosting Radio Nova’s World Cup Extra phone




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in show along with Roddy Collins. When he wants to escape the mayhem of the studio, he gets his tracksuit on, grabs his iPod and heads for Cabinteely Park for a leisurely stroll. He describes the park like a modernday Eden “It’s a haven of tranquillity. Rolling hills, a lake in the middle, big, old trees, and it’s away from traffic and everything like that. That’s where I go for my walks with my iPod. I listen to my music and it’s just the most chilled out place

you can think of. “It’s leisurely, but its good exercise as well. It’s quite hilly, so at times your walking up hill, and you have to kind of push it a bit, so it’s kind of a combination of relaxation and proper exercise as well so it’s really good.” In terms of the music he listens to while on his walks, he says: “My iPod is on shuffle so it could be anything. It’s a complete mixture: Counting Crows, a lot of Spanish music, Jarabe de Palo, they’re fantastic, Kaiser Chiefs,

to Johnny Mathis, Neil Young, a lot of 80s music, Depeche Mode, OMD. Really, it’s so diverse it’s unbelievable. “To get away from it all, I love travelling. My other half, Lorraine, works for Aer Lingus and we try and get away as much as we can. The odd weekend away in cities around Europe. Travel is the other big thing even if it’s only a couple of nights in Barcelona. Generally, when we get away to a European place, we try and get to see a football match.”

TV and radio presenter Con Murphy

Another medium of escape for Con is poker. At home he likes to play online but when he visits the USA he combines his passion for travel with

that of poker. “I’m just back from Las Vegas. I’ve been there a few times now, I think that was our 10th time. I love it there, absolutely

love it. I’ve done pretty well, I’ve won a couple of tournaments and I’ve come second and third. It’s a good way to pass the time over there.”


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business ‘Target major business’, tech start-ups urged  ian begley

TECHNOLOGY startup companies are being encouraged to target major international businesses for funding. Leading corporate lawyer Martin Kelleher, who has been involved in some

of Ireland’s most successful technology deals, said that such start-ups should aim for global expansion through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Speaking at a business event organised by law firm Mason Hayes and Curran, Kelleher said:

“Established tech giants show no sign of slowing down their rate of acquisitions. Facebook has spent tens of billions acquiring more than 40 new and established tech companies. Google recently indicated that it has $50 billion to spend on over-

seas acquisitions over the coming period. “This presents a huge opportunity for indigenous tech companies to grow and develop their companies further with the backing of well-established, experienced international tech partners.”

sinead o’loughlin, seapoint physio

Taking care of aches needn’t be a stretch SINEAD O’Loughlin is from Kildare originally but has been living in Dublin since 1994 when she study physiotherapy at Trinity College. A varied path through America and Australia saw her complete another Masters degree, in Manual Therapy, before returning to Dublin in 2004. Having spent time in both India

and the US to further her yoga studies, she now incorporates the various practices of yoga into her work as a physiotherapist, starting her own business in Monkstown this year. An avid reader, Sinead loves cycling, swimming in the sea, and practising yoga. She also loves to play the piano and guitar.

How long have you been in business?

classes, all geared towards specific health conditions: osteoporosis, breathing disorders, back pain, chronic pain, ante/post-natal. My idea is to use yoga as medicine; people who have practised yoga understand this..

Not very long – I opened my doors in March, which makes it just over three months.

What makes your business successful?

Ask anyone if they have any aches or pains in their body, and the chances are it’s a “yes”. Modern life, with its stress and schedules and long days at the office, is driving a lot of these problems. The good news is that for most people there’s a way out of pain. I think I’m successful at what I do because I genuinely care, so I take the time to figure out the problem. Also, the combination of physiotherapy and yoga is rare, despite the fact that they compliment each other so perfectly.

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

I’ve worked in so many clinics where I’m constantly chasing the clock, seeing vast numbers of patients in one day. Getting tired of that was a major part of my decision to leave and work for myself. Now, I can take the time that’s needed to step back and really consider what’s going on with a patient in a broad way. It’s especially important on the first day to spent time on assessment so that the treatment plan can be highly individualised. What’s also different is the yoga

How has the recession impacted your business?

I’m only in business three months, so I missed the Celtic Tiger! I am conscious that people do not have unlimited budgets and I take that into account when formulating a treatment plan. My aim is always to get the patient on board to do as much as possible for themselves so that they are not reliant on physiotherapy, and often only need a few sessions to get them on the road to recovery. So, it doesn’t have to break the bank to go to physio. Another helpful factor is that most health insurance companies contribute significantly towards physiotherapy and it can also be claimed as a tax expense.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

I’m very limited with signage, because the houses on Longford Terrace [where the business is located] are listed buildings. That makes it hard to let people know I exist. If regulations didn’t limit me, I would put up a tall sign that would be seen from the road and passers-by.

Christine Cullen, managing director,, which has released a report on the rise in new start-ups

report: quarter one records increase of firms

Office space shortfall due to start-up surge  keith bellew

ACCORDING to new figures from leading credit and business risk analyst,, the increase in new companies being set-up is leading to a shortage of office space, particularly in certain parts of Dublin, but is also a factor which is boosting construction start-ups. Dublin remains the most popular location for start-ups in Ireland, and this year has accounted for 48% of all new companies formed. A surge of 4,438 new companies were started in the first quarter of this year – a figure that is up 21% on the average number of

start-ups seen in the same period over the previous five years (3,657). Among those new start-ups, almost 20% have a registered address in either Dublin 1, 2 or 4 – postcodes in Dublin’s tech-focused “Silicon Docks” quarter, which is home to the likes of Google, LinkedIn and Facebook. The figures follow a recent report by Savills that shows the rate of office lettings rose by more than a third during this year’s first quarter, with rents forecast to climb by a fifth before 2015, due to a shortage of property. High and increasing

demand for commercial space is also influencing a measured revival of both the construction and real estate sectors. There were 332 start-ups in the construction sector in the first quarter – a 16% increase on the average number of construction industry start-ups in the same period over the five years since the onset of the recession. The average number of real estate start-ups in the period is up 70% over the previous five years with 209 of the quarter’s start-ups operating in this sector. According to’s managing director, Christine Cullen, a rise in

construction and real estate start-ups indicates “an upturn in key areas of the economy”. She said: “As the Irish economy recovers, new and established businesses are seeking to expand their operations beyond what a post-recession property market can currently offer. “Growth in our commercial sectors is very positive news for job creation and overall economic rejuvenation. “However, for the longterm survival of new business start-ups, it is vital that there is a balance between demand and supply, to prevent a rent price bubble emerging.”

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Members of Songs in the Key of D at rehearsals: Inset: Musical director Killian Grumley-Traynor. Pictures: Ste Murray

National Concert Hall: choir presents a musical journey through dublin

Connecting songs to the city  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A 70-strong choir of Dubliners called Songs in the Key of D is putting on a unique concert in the National Concert Hall on July 2, called A Summer in Dublin which will feature songs about the city from old ditties to pop and rock favourites. The Gazette spoke to one of the choir’s musical directors Killian Grumley-Traynor about the upcoming show, and his involvement with a choir whose aim is to create a deeper connection between the city and its songs. “I met with Eoin Kilkenny, the producer in 2013 and he brought myself and Chris O’Sullivan [the other musical director] together.

Killian’s background is in science as well as music, as he explained: “I finished up in UCD in 2013, I was actually studying physics but I’d been doing music my entire life. “I play piano and violin and I’m doing a lot as musical director and am going to do a masters in conducting next year in DIT. “So myself and Chris both play with the choir and play a range of instruments between the two of us; we’re the band, essentially. “The choir is made up of people from all over Dublin and we’re at around 70 members now, it’s made up of people of all different backgrounds and the idea is that it’s current Dublin – people who are living in Dublin and there’s also a

core of Dubliners. “They are male and female and our age range is from 18 years to mid 70s. We want a spread of everybody, it’s a community project and choir to get as wide a spread of voices and backgrounds involved.” The Gazette asked Killian what people can expect from A Summer in Dublin. “It’s a journey through Dublin City and there is something in the music for everybody from Handel to Hansard, right up to Damien Dempsey, the Boomtown Rats, Sinead O’Connor, U2 and then classics from The Dubliners and Dublin standards that everybody would be familiar with. “We take music written in Dub-

lin, about Dublin or by Dubliners but present it in a new and fresh way as myself and Chris arranged it for choir. We’ll also put two songs together or the lyrics of one song to the tune of another one. “It will be great fun and we get the audience singing along too when they recognise the songs.” Songs in the Key of D will also perform a few songs with musical trio Trillogy on the night. A Summer in Dublin is on in the National Concert Hall’s Main Auditorium, on July 2 For more information on the show and to book tickets which cost from €18 to €20, you can go to NCH Box Office at 01 417 0000.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is handsome crossbreed Bailey, who is about one year old. He is a super sweet dog, who has been working really hard with his carers to build up his confidence. Bailey is a brainy young dog and playing fetch with his tennis ball is just one of his favourite things to do! With the right family, we just know that Bailey will be a happy, loyal and loveable dog. If you think you could offer Bailey the loving home he deserves, then please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. 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

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Be bowled over by Oakwood attractions A DAY trip to Oakwood Theme Park with Stena Line has just got even more actionpacked, following the launch of its new indoor entertainments centre. The newly opened FunZone features everything from simulator machines, carousels, air hockey tables and even ten-pin bowling lanes. Customers can travel with Stena Line from Rosslare to Fishguard and enjoy an action-packed day trip to Oakwood Theme Park, from only €49 per person return by car (based on a car and four people). Along with the park’s new Hook’s House of Havoc adventure soft play area, visitors can enjoy the popular Neverland attraction, which features 10 new rides and attractions. The new attraction includes Skull Rock Pirate Log Flume, the Lost Boys Adventure, Neverland Chase, Hook’s House of Havoc soft play area. and the Sights of London taxi ride. For further information or to make a booking, see

Hop to it if you seek a great sun holiday ONLINE travel company has released the top five most popular tourist destinations so far in 2014. The results, which are based on the most searched destinations on the website since the start of the year, and which illustrate Ireland’s love for sun holidays, reveal that the Algarve is the most popular destination. Tenerife came in second, followed by Malaga, Lanzarote and Palma. To celebrate these destinations, GoHop. ie have put together some great offers to give holidaymakers the chance to see why these locations are so popular. For further information on these destinations, or to make a booking, see or call at 01 241 2389.

Boasting one of the world’s finest golf courses, Gleneagles is something of a golfing Mecca – yet is just one of the region’s many attractions

scotland: gleneagles prepares to host the ryder cup

Head fore one of the homes of golf  rob heigh

WE ARE less than 100 days away from the start of the Ryder Cup – one of the most iconic and passionately contested golf tournaments in the world – which this year is being held in the beautiful setting of the Perthshire countryside’s Gleneagles Hotel. Gleneagles has historically been one of the iconic Scottish homes of golf, along with St Andrew’s, Muirfield and Royal Troon, and Scotland boasts more than 550 courses across the country, approximately 400 of which are accessible within an hour’s travel from Scotland’s major airports.

However, Gleneagles is the heart of the action this year, and the hotel – announced as the Best Golf Resort In The World in the 2014 prestigious Ultratravel awards in London – will see the cream of British and Irish golfing talent take on the best American players on the world professional tour circuit. The competition will be played out on the PGA Centenary Course, which underwent a redesign by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in 1993, and further renovation in 2011 in anticipation of hosting the Ryder Cup this year. Golf is not the only attraction at Gleneagles, as the hotel is set

in an 850-acre resort with beautiful vistas of the most glorious Scottish landscapes, as well as featuring one of the most luxurious spa destinations in the world. The Spa by ESPA at Gleneagles is one of a select group of places in the world designated “a Luxury Spa Resort”, a title awarded after a rigorous evaluation by The Leading Hotels of the World group.

Pamper Ayurvedic massages, Orient-inspired reflexology, natural facials and hydro therapies are on offer to pamper, treat and indulge travellers’ bodies and minds. Perthshire itself is a

magnificent destination which encapsulates a lot of what Scotland has to offer as a tourist destination. Known as “the Gateway to the Highlands”, there are plenty of Munros and Corbetts to climb, as well as lowlevel hiking routes, while anglers can enjoy river and loch fishing. The city of Perth itself is situated between two sprawling public parks and the western banks of the River Tay, and provides an ideal base for exploring the region, and visitors will find something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are historic gems like Scone Palace and horticultural delights at Branklyn Garden, and

an array of attractions, too many to list here – the area is packed with something for everyone to enjoy. Although tickets for the Ryder Cup sold out a long time ago, a limited number of practice day tickets are on offer through www.rydercup. com for September 23, 24 and 25. These tickets provide a great opportunity to soak up the unique Ryder Cup atmosphere, whilst getting a chance to see the teams out on the course. To find out more about the Gleneagles Hotel, see, while for more about everything the region has to offer, see www.

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Tan-k you, He-Shi, for these two  laura webb

Sarah McGovern is wearing F&F blue and white print cami top with bead detail €15.50 and F&F white skinny

p €20


jeans €20. Picture: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Floral to

DARE to Bare this summer with a little help from Irish tanning brand He-Shi’s new products. What’s great about their new products – Rapid one-hour Liquid Tan and Gold Foaming Mousse – is that they are easy to use and quick to develop. The rapid one-hour liquid tan (RRP €29.50) takes just one hour to appear, meaning you can put it on in the morning before having breakfast, and be ready to go by the time you catch the train. If you want your tan a little darker, leave the product on longer, for a shade that is tailored to you. It might take just one hour to come on, but the tan can last for up to 10 days. Testing this product, I found it to be easy to use and, with its colour guide, you can see where it is going, helping to avoid streaks and patches. The gold foaming mousse (RRP €31) is also easy to use, and has a nice, velvety texture that glides onto the skin. The range includes advanced moisturising ingredients such as glycerin, pro-Vitamin B5, aloe vera and Vitamin A and E. He-Shi is available at selected department stores, pharmacies, salons and spas nationwide, as well as at www.

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An F&F summer Floral trousers €23

Fluro 50’s Seam Dress €32.50

The brand’s holiday shop has everything needed for the

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suitcase, from swimsuits and bikinis to glam kaftans and

WALKING into the Drury Buildings recently to see the latest

pretty dresses.

Emma McCormack, regional F&F manager, said there is

summer collection by Tesco’s fashion partner, F&F, was like walking into one of the fashion previews from a main street

something for everyone, thanks to F&F. “It [the brand] has come a long way and we really are on

fashion store. Usually, when you think Tesco, you think “food”, but the supermarket giant is growing its fashion brand F&F so

par with all our main street fashion competitors. When you look across the range you can see that. “We range in sizes [for women] from 6-22 – a lot of our

much that they are on a par with main street giants – but at Tesco price-beating prices. During the summer 2014 collection fashion show, the label was on trend with its key collections. Colour Pop features laid-back separates and stunning dresses in summer colours, from neon to pops of colour

range is in this size. Clothes can be worn during the day, at night, or going to work – you work it to what you want and need. The clothing range is available in more than 70 stores. We have the kids’ range and men’s range [too] and they are all at great prices,” she said. It was revealed at the show that F&F are set to go online

in pink, orange and blue. This trend appears as blocks of colour and through statement patterns. Just in time for the World Cup in Brazil, Patterns of Rio

Holly Carpenter, right, wearing F&F tribal

in the coming weeks, making the range even more acces-

print double-layered dress €20.50 and


ladies F&F shoes from €8 and Adrienne

Tesco clothing is available in selected Tesco stores

has amazing tropical patterns and is vibrant and bright,

Murphy wearing F&F tribal print jacket €23

with a Boho feel, thanks to the flowing tops and maxi

(stocks may vary); for further information, see www.tesco.

and F&F tribal print shorts €18 and ladies



F&F shoes from €18

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Members of the 11 Good Food Circle Restaurants Helen McDaid, Failte Ireland; Philip Horgan, Man Friday; Adrian Cummins, CEO, Restaurant Association of Ireland; Daniel Horgan, Man Friday; Liam Edwards, Jim Edwards Restaurant; Mary O’Sullivan, Toddies; Pearse O’Sullivan, Toddies; Ciaran Fitzgerald, The Blue Haven; Maria O’Mahony - Kinsale Good Food Circle and Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy. Picture: John Allen

Dingle wins Ireland’s Top Foodie Town title The 28 by Aldi restaurant showcased Aldi’s 28-day dry aged Irish Angus steak

taste of dublin: meat showcase

Raising the steaks with a top quality cut

TA STE O F D U B L I N was the usual popular event with lots of familiar faces putting in an appearance at the food fest which took place in the Iveagh Gardens last weekend. A n a r r ay o f r e s taurants had stalls in the city centre venue including The Green Hen, the Hot Stove, Rock Lobster and Saba, to name but a few. Along with that, lots more wine, jewellery, make up and cocktail stands added to the atmosphere as did the taste of Thailand area,

which has proven popular over the last couple of years. One area worth a tryout was the 28 by Aldi restaurant, a specially created spot where Michelin star chef Cormac Rowe, executive chef at Mount Juliet, planned to showcase Aldi’s 28-day dry aged Irish Angus steak – the only Provenance Certified Irish Angus Steak. This was an intimate affair with only eight people eating at each sitting and a threecourse meal was prepared before attendants

by Rowe and his team. The 8oz rib eye and striploin steaks are sourced from certified Irish Angus cattle and procured exclusively from Bord Bia approved farms in County Tipperary. The cattle are reared to the highest codes and welfare standards and this is the first provenance-certified Irish Angus meat as licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Angus cattle have long been known for producing the finest

One of the team cooks up a tasty steak

quality steaks, with marbled, succulent and tender meat for excellent flavour. The starter was cod brandade, served with lemon aioli, cucumber and chilli salt. Diners could choose between rib eye and striploin steaks and Rowe then cooked them to order on an open grill in front of them, before serving them up with triple cooked chips, bearnaise sauce and a warm salad. The meat was deemed really good – succulent and tasty.

There were also pots of dessert from Aldi on offer too. All of this was served up with accompanying wines from Aldi. This really was a treat in the middle of all the mayhem at taste and guests left vowing to throw some of these cuts on the barbecue this summer. When the sitting had ended, guests wandered off into the sunshine and disappeared back into the crowd, happy to have secured a seat at one of the hottest pop ups this summer.

KINSALE, County Cork, featured on a strong shortlist of ten towns competing for the title of Ireland’s top Foodie Town 2014. The title was awarded to Dingle at the final of the Irish Restaurant Awards at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin recently. Kinsale’s Good Food Circle (GFC), which promotes the local fine dining experience at 11 member-restaurants, coordinated the town’s entry. This year will see Kinsale’s GFC host its 38th International Gourmet Festival (October 10-12). Kinsale was the first Transition Town – a community initiative that aims to make the transition from a dependency on fossil fuel to a low-carbon future – having pioneered the movement in 2005, and has a thriving farmers’ market. The judges were looking for towns that actively use food festivals, farmers’ markets, gourmet trails and a range of dining experiences to attract visitors. The winning town receives a package worth €5,000, consisting of an postcard marketing package, plus mentoring from a senior An Post executive to help raise the town’s profile. Each finalist will also receive a €500 prize package. On May 28, the judges were welcomed to Kinsale with an open-air meal cooked in Market Square. Baking was carried out by Transition Year students from Kinsale Community School, salad leaves came from Horizon Farm, while mussels, prawns crabs and oysters from both Haven Shellfish and the traditional fishing fleet. Butcher John Barrett barbecued home-made sausages, which were served on plates painted by local schoolchildren. The judges’ marks counted for 50%, while 50% was decided by online voting from the public. Liam Edwards, chairman of Kinsale’s GFC, said: ‘‘We were thrilled to make the shortlist for this prestigious award, which has provided a welcome boost for tourism in the town. Community participation was a big feature of our campaign, and we would like to thank all who took part. The spirit of co-operation is a major factor in Kinsale’s high reputation as a unique foodie destination.”


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A Divorce to entertain you with its modern wit  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

MY BRILLIANT Divorce, a comedy written by Geraldine Aron and starring popular comedy actress Tara Flynn (above), is now running in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght Dealing with how to survive divorce while preserving a sense of decorum and humour, the play tells the story of Angela, who has just been abandoned by her accountant husband for a younger model.

Heartache Angela intends to get through the heartache, then thrive at last and fully enjoy her life, but she finds herself alone in a strange “single” world, populated by weirdos and risque encounters. Along the way, she also deals with helpline counsellors and has serious doubts about whether to try to win her husband back or to move on with her head held high into full independence. My Brilliant Divorce runs at the Civic Theatre from July 1 to until July 5. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets priced €18/€16 conc. are available by contacting the box office at www.



Future is bright for creative students  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

IT’S that time of year again when art students show their creative skill in the hopes of securing a high grade in the National College of Art and Design’s graduate exhibitions, entitled See The Future. The exhibitions run warren-like throughout the college on Thomas Street – even escaping the bounds of the building to inhabit nearby spaces and schools. From media to sculpture and painting, every conceivable material could be seen moulded into concepts of space, personal relationships, landscape and the human experience. The first thing that hits you when you see the show is the sheer breadth and diversity of it. These graduating students represent the future of Irish art; and judging by the graduate show, that future is bright. The Gazette was guided around the exhibition, first by the head of fine art, Professor Philip Napier, and later by one of the graduating stu-


‘A keyboard with a gun on it suggested to me how critical creativity is, and how frustrating at times’ --------------------------

dents, Avril Carroon from Westmeath. We were first met by several wooden go-carts, made by sculpture graduate Aoife Irwin Moore. Professor Napier said: “Sculpture is always concerned with space and time. We’re interested in spatial relationships, cultural ones and political ones. “This work was made with a group of local children from Sofia housing on Cork Street, and the student worked with them and made these “guiders”. Every day, the children get on the guiders and career around. “Most of them might have thought these spaces weren’t for them [but now] they can fly around at high speed and do handbrake turns.

“She’s [Moore] working with ideas of hard and soft play, and what it means to take risks in art and in life.” We were then led down corridors and into darkened rooms with black curtains where different exhibitions were held. There was a strong emphasis on the use of multi-media with many of the exhibits, while others, such as Saoirse Wall, were more concerned with the experience of sensation and the body. Wall’s exhibit comprised a flesh-coloured room with carpet and a giant screen with Saoirse looking directly at you as she sits in a bath and the sounds she makes, from splashing to swallowing, are piped loudly into the room. Professor Napier said: “These are undergraduates, and what I think is great about them is that a degree of originality is expected of them. Often, in other kinds of courses, people are learning about their field without much original input. “Our students need to know about their field, but they’re also asked

Work by art students explores a number of different concepts, from personal connections to the effort to acquire knowledge

to produce some kind of original thinking and make some kind of connection.” Avril Carroon’s exhibition, entitled Permission Sought, was a project whereby she tied a blue rope from the top of her own apartment roof to the roof of NCAD. This umbilical connection created a physical proof of her bond with the college. She said that she has very strong ties with the college staff, and a grumpy caretaker, in particular. “His angriness is part of his charm,” said Carroon. To challenge him, she raced him in an effort to climb to the top of one of NCAD’s roofs before he could stop her, and the whole thing is captured on video as part of her exhibition.

“This kind of art is unlimited to anything except experience and space and everything that happens in between becomes part of the narrative and the process.” Aidan Wall’s exhibition was called Obair, and it was a study in the use of leisure and living space. There was a bench press equipment, with stacked books tied to the bar like scales, rather than using conventional weights, depicting to my mind that knowledge

requires effort. A keyboard with a gun on it suggested to me how critical creativity is, and how frustrating at times. The entirety of See The Future was a wonderful experience and I would encourage all of Dublin to go along and see what these bright creative creatures get up to behind the walls of 100 Thomas Street. NCAD graduate exhibition continues until June 22, and is free of charge.

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edge of tomorrow Cruise controls (time)

THE novelty of seeing a Tom Cruise character die still hasn’t worn off – not least as it happens again, and again, and again in Edge ... It’s not long before we’re in a standard high-concept sci-fi blockbuster, as Cruise finds himself reliving the same doomed battle against alien invaders again and again. However, each time he’s killed, he “resets”, learning more as he turns into a supersoldier.

Round up the unusual suspects ... Kenneth Welsh, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos and Kurt Russell play an unlikely group preparing for a big art theft

the art of the steal: crooks and a caper entertain – but only just

Brush up on your heists NEWCOMER director Jonathan Sobol takes control of an ultraexperienced ensemble cast to weave a tale of sibling rivalry, betrayal, and stolen art in The Art of the Steal. It has been a quiet few years for Kurt Russell, who many of us have not seen since 2007 when he starred as Stuntman Mike in Quentin Tarantino’s, Death Proof. The Art of the Steal sees Russell return as a stuntman – though with his character here having a much less murderous intent – as Crunch Calhoun, a washed-up getaway driver, trying to make his way cleanly in the world after a botched art theft landed him in a Polish prison. With the daredevil


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‘Writer and director Jonathan Sobol evidently is a fan of the heist genre, and The Art of the Steal is jammed with all the essentials of a good heist film – colourful characters, snappy dialogue, and a bit of mystery’ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

business looking bleak – “people come here to see you crash” – the aptly named Crunch is tempted by one last job that promises to set him up for life. The problem for Crunch is that the job – stealing the Gospel of St James; a priceless Gutenburg book – i nvo l ve s wo r k i n g with his nefarious halfbrother, Nicky (Matt Dillon, also re-emerging from the depths of releative obscurity in recent years) who was responsible for Crunch

ser ving time on the botched job. Also on board are t h e b r o t h e r s ’ p a r tners in crime – Guy (Chris Diamantopoulos), the master forger, and Paddy (Kenneth Welsh), the old bull of the group who, armed with a fairly ropey Irish accent, keeps everyone in line. Jay Baruchel joins the gang as Francie, Crunch’s apprentice; while Terence Stamp is operating on the side of the law trying to foist the plans.

It is a standout cast that are more rough and ready than Ocean’s Eleven, but are just as determined to get the job done. Writer and director Jonathan Sobol evidently is a fan of the heist genre, and The Art of the Steal is jammed with all the essentials of a good heist film – colourful characters, snappy dialogue, and a bit of mystery. If any thing, Sobol leans a little too heavily on imitation – the occasional drops in an

impressively taut story are moments where the film tries too hard to emulate genre classics. However, even when you brush the shades of the Coen Brothers and Guy Richie aside, you’re still left with an impressive show. R u s s e l l ’s o l d a n d wizened Crunch works brilliantly alongside Baruchel’s greenhorn Francie – it is their dy namic that drives much of the comedy throughout. For the most part, there are solid perform-

ances all around, Dillon suits the villain, and Stamp manages to steal every scene he appears in. Despite all that it has going for it, The Art of the Steal doesn’t quite pull off that perfect job. For a heist that revolves around stolen bibles, there’s a little too much revelation towards the end that will divide audiences. Lacking the pizazz of Ocean’s Eleven, or the grittiness of Snatch, it leaves us somewhere in the middle-ground. The Art of the Steal is a neat and entertaining tale from a promising director; expect lots of laughs alongside some great action, but no new ground to be broken.

Verdict: 6/10


Wickedly entertaining DESPITE being slightly underwhelming, Disney’s Maleficent still presents a Jolie good film. As the iconic Maleficent, Jolie delivers a malignant yet magnificent character, as the motives of the feared fairy are explored. In fact, despite her dark character, Maleficent turns into an unlikely protector and defender of a young princess, in a film that’s full of spectacle and promise.

a million ways to die in the west Rootin’ tootin’ shootin’

SETH MacFarlane leads Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson in a Wild West comedy. A cowardly farmer surrounded by grisly ways to die at every turn learns to overcome his fears, with help from a beautiful woman ... who’s married to the baddest gunslinger in the West. Takes lots of cheap comic shots, but a few too many miss the target ...


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Iveagh Gardens sees return of Vodafone Fest Vodafone Ireland and Aiken Promotions are set to bring the funny to Iveagh Gardens once again next month when the Vodafone Comedy Festival returns to Dublin from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 with a stellar line up of international comedy talent. As well as our feature star, Bernard O’Shea, the host of home-grown talent is exceptional, with Dara O’Briain, David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne, Maeve Higgins and Ed Byrne joining stars of TV and radio such as PJ Gallagher, David McSavage, Barry Murphy, Eleanor Tiernan, Kevin McGahern and Fred Cooke. The world-class comedy line-up is exceptional, with South African Trevor Noah, New Zealand’s Rhys Darby, Canadian one-line specialist Stewart Francis and Denmark’s Sofie Hagen who won this year’s Chortle Best Newcomer Award. Comedy nerds will be delighted to see the appearance of the very funny Neal Brennan, one of the creators of Chapelle’s Show, as well as Jen Kirkman and the unique Eddie Pepitone all from America and just a taste of the acts taking to the four special stages at the Dublin venue. From closer to home, British stars Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Al Murray, Milton Jones and Gary Delaney are also appearing. Festival director Bren Berry said: “The reputation of the Vodafone Comedy Festival has travelled around the world largely due to the wordof-mouth enthusiasm of the international comics who love performing here. With this event we can celebrate everyone from the latest generation of exciting newcomers to the established acts who have placed Irish comedy on the world map.” Tickets are on sale now and you can find out more information at

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comedy: 2fm’s breakfast show’s Bernard O’Shea

O’Shea still loving a pizza stand-up action  ROB heigh

Pizza for breakfast is a long-standing favourite at Gazette Towers, and to celebrate Goodfellas’ 21 years in Ireland, 2fm’s breakfast show’s Bernard O’Shea was on hand recently to promote their new takeaway range as the pizza producers released the details of their survey of 21-year-olds of their eating habits. New habits have been the order of the day for O’Shea in recent months after he took over the 2fm Breakfast Show with fellow Republic of Telly star Jennifer Maguire and Keith Walsh, and he spoke to the Gazette recently about that experience. “Getting up around half past five in the mornings or earlier, that took some getting used to, but it’s great to be able to go into work and have fun with your friends. “I really enjoy it, I have to say. I don’t mind getting up as I love going in to work. I’ve worked on building sites, in hotels, in shops, in factories, and I have had to get up at that time as well, like most people do. But when I get up in the morning, I am grateful as I love going in to do this. “I had been on radio before, with iRadio, where I had done their breakfast show, and in 2010 I finished up there.

2fm’s breakfast show’s Bernard O’Shea is a busy man juggling radio, stand-up comedy and helping to raise a kid

People must have heard I was on the radio at some stage, and saw myself and Jen together, and they decided to go with that.” Bernard explained that there is a lot of hard work involved in his day, which extends beyond the radio and into writing for Republic of Telly and preparing for his latest stand-up shows. “When we finish the show, the vast majority of your work is in the mornings. We finish the show at 9am and prep the following day’s show after that. Around 11am, if we are doing Republic of Telly, we’d go over and do that until 6 or 7pm. If I was doing stand-up, I would head home for a little while and then get

on the road to the gig. At the moment, it’s great just to be able to concentrate on the radio.” Bernard started his career as an acclaimed stand-up comedian, but recently suffered an ironic injury. As a standup, the ability to stand up is one of the key elements, but he recently had to cancel a number of dates after dislocating his kneecap. “I was playing with my nieces and nephews, and it just popped out. I literally couldn’t stand up, and I needed to move around for the show, and a few shows had to be cancelled. The majority of the shows I did do went very well. “I love doing stand-up.

Stand-up would be my trade, and would always be the bedrock for other things. Because of standup, I got radio work; because of stand-up, I got the television work, it is a trade, and something I’ll always do.” That stand-up is bringing Bernard back to the stage of Vicar Street later in the year, but he has another important part of his life that he will be focusing on – and hopefully getting some new material from. “The plan for the rest of the year is to wind, change and spend time with my baby daughter. I’d like to look at doing more themed stand-up shows. I got a kick out of doing stuff at Kilkenny,

doing stand-up about men rearing children and your part in their upbringing. There is a perspective that everyone talks about it, but I found little bits and pieces that are so obvious but are potentially funny. I’d like to do a show based on that, how ludicrous it is bringing up a child.” You can listen to Bernard on 2FM’s breakfast show from 7 to 9am weekdays, and Bernard will be playing at Vicar St on September 20 - more details are available at For more on the Goodfellas takeaway range, log on to GoodfellasPizzas. ie or find them at Facebook/GoodfellasIreland.

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Renault 142 is designed for peace of mind

The Volkswagen Golf GTD is a seriously fun car with 2.0TDI putting out 184bhp


Plenty of horsepower in hot new Golf GTD


IN the seminal mock documentary, or mockumentary if you will, Spinal Tap, a heavy-metal band are faced with a two-word review of one of their albums… this week I can do better, with a one-word review of the Volkswagen Golf GTD. Mad. I couldn’t be any more succinct than that, suffice to say I can, and will, say a lot of good things about this cracking car. Sometimes the level of outrageous fun a car can deliver is enough to get you out of bed in the morning – especially when the engine under the hood is a 2.0TDI putting out 184bhp. Yes. 184bhp in a Golf. I told you it was mad. I rarely, if ever, look at the price of a car before

I test it, because it tends to cloud my judgement a bit. I may have to extend that rule to checking the colour of the brake calipers too. I don’t want to get too petrol-heady here, but generally speaking, if you notice brightly coloured chunks of metal hugging the brake discs inside a car’s alloy wheel, it means the brakes have been upgraded to handle some serious stopping power. In the case of this Golf GTD, the bright red calipers were definitely there to do just that. Looking at the car – it is all pure Golf design, with a delicious, edgy attitude. There’s nothing over-the-top or aggressive about the look, but there are so many details that give away the car’s true pedigree. You can’t help but

notice the air-scoops and honeycomb grille elements at the front, which just scream “DRIVE ME!”. The square elements that nestle inside the frowning headlight clusters are pure class – and don’t even start me on the fog lights recessed behind the air scoops. So, if you’re happy with the outside, then the interior may very well leave your mad, inner driver completely speechless. Every point of contact is built to a bulletproof standard – the gearshift (I drove an automatic so my hands remained on the wheel most of the time) is short, with a mix of steel and leather elements – likewise the steering wheel, which also boasts beautiful contrast stitching. It has a three-spoke design, with a flat bottom and plenty of control for

phone, music and cruise control at the fingertips. The pedals have the obligatory stainless steel trim, that just catch the eye of every boy racer. Chrome accents abound, without overegging the pudding in any way, but adding very pleasing highlights when they catch the light. The dash is delightfully uncluttered, with just the right amount of buttons and controls surrounding the navigation screen. In a car that has the potential to apply a few G-forces to your body, it’s reassuring to feel nicely snug in the seats, without the sensation of being strapped in to the Space Shuttle. And the upholstery is absolutely spot-on, with a Clark cloth interior trim that has a subtle tartan look to it.

There are plenty of GTD specific touches in the car to remind you that this is a special version of the car – but all you really need is the absolutely awesome exhaust note. It cannot be described, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. Of course, as with any modern car, there is a wealth of safety and driver assistance features such as Lane Assist lane departure systems, Traffic Sign Recognition, Dynamic Light Assist and Front Assist area monitoring system with city emergency braking function. The cost of the model I drive, which included quite a few extras, was €40,661. It’s a lot of money, no question, but this is an awful lot car, and one you will want to keep driving.

AS the new year for car registration nears, Renault has announced its 142 Campaign. Designed for peace of mind, the Renault 142 offer will be competitive to say the least, and applies to all orders taken from now until June 30, and registered on or before July 31, 2014. Designed to give the Renault customer peace of mind, customers can now drive off in a brand new Renault from only €165 per month, and get all the benefits of a five years, unlimited mileage warranty, your road tax for a year, five years servicing, plus five years roadside assistance. With an impressive lineup of designed-for-life cars, including the new Clio and Captur, the always popular Megane range and Fluence, there is something for everyone in this 142. To avail of this 142 New Year offer, contact one of Renault’s 26 dealerships around the country or log onto for further details.

Ford teams up with GoCar to make driving a doddle FORD Ireland and the pay-as-you-go car rental company GoCar, have announced that they are to expand their successful partnership. GoCar currently operates in Dublin and Cork and the expanded agreement with Ford means that 70% of the rental fleet are now Ford cars and vans. Often described as the “car version of Dublin Bikes”, the innovative rental service allows people to pick up a car when they need it – then drop it off where it suits. A key advantage of the GoCar service is that the cars can be parked for free at on-street parking spaces Dublin. The partnership will see Ford continue to supply the majority of GoCar vehicles, with the current fleet including some of Ireland’s best-selling cars such as the Fiesta (GoCity Car) and Focus (GoTripper Car), plus Ford’s practical light commercial vehicle, the Transit Connect (GoVan) – International Van of the Year 2014. GoCar has been recognised as an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective alternative to private or corporate car ownership, with increasing numbers of customers in both Dublin and Cork availing of the service. For more about the GoCar service including a two-minute video on how it works, click on www.

Colm Brady, managing director of GoCar, and Eddie Murphy of Ford

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FastSport Clubs called on to register for sevens:

Overall race winner Clemens Fankhauser crosses the line after Stage 8 of the 2014 An Post Ras. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

cycling: another successful year of the national event hailed by fankhauser

Ras champion and organiser hail support from Skerries An Post Ras race organiser Tony Campbell has delivered a message of “thanks” to the overwhelming support that the riders received along the County Dublin route to the final stage finish in Skerries town. “The support that the race receives in Skerries is nothing short of phenomenal. As soon as the riders enter Skerries there are crowds and crowds of people just cheering them on and it gives them such a lift after a long eight days in the saddle. “Every year I tell the teams and the

riders ‘wait until you see Skerries’ and the locals never disappoint. I’d just like to thank the Skerries locals and all the organisers and volunteers for doing such a wonderful job. They really made it an incredible final stage.” After eight gruelling days around Ireland of top class racing, it was the shy, unassuming Austrian rider, Clemens Fankhauser who took the honour of being crowned 2014 An Post Ras champion. The 28-year-old, who rides for the

Austria Tirol Cycling Team, was a consistent performer throughout the eight days and thoroughly deserved his victory. It was on stage five that he jumped to the top of the general classification and despite several attacks on his lead he proved solid until the final stage. Fankhauser acknowledged the victory as the best day in his cycling career and the Austrian was full of praise for the Skerries crowd who turned out to cheer on the peloton.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be crowned the An Post Ras champion. It’s been a very hard eight days but it’s something that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. The Irish people have been so nice to me and my team mates and it’s been a real adventure. “The atmosphere in Skerries for the final stage was amazing. I have raced all over the world but I don’t think anything compares to the reception I received when I lifted the trophy. I really am honoured to be the champion.”

Two north county Dublin clubs will host this year’s Tesco Homegrown AllIreland Club Sevens which are taking place in late September. St Sylvester’s and Naomh Mearnog GAA clubs will host the junior, intermediate and senior competitions with matches being shared between the clubs. Clubs from all over the country are invited to enter the tournament and entry forms can be downloaded from the LGFA website, before being returned to Lyn Savage in Croke Park. Entry will work on a first-come first-serve basis, so clubs are encouraged to enter as early as possible.

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FastSport danone cup to grace aul this weekend: The 2014 Danone Under-12 Cup will take place this Sunday in the AUL Complex and half of the sides taking part will be from Dublin clubs. The annual tournament, which follows up the U12 SFAI Cup, sees the eight quarterfinalists of that competition go into the Danone Cup which consists of two groups of four, with the two group winners playing in the final. This year, Dublin are represented by All-Ireland champions St. Joseph’s Boys, beaten finalists Corduff FC, St. Francis who lost to Joeys on penalties in the last eight, and Crumlin United who also dropped out in the quarter-finals at the hands of Limerick’s Pike Rovers. This year’s U-12 AllIreland final was an all Dublin affair with regular competitors St Joseph’s Boys taking on Corduff FC, in what was theirs, and the Dublin 15 team’s first All-Ireland final in schoolboy soccer.

wild water: club and salmon leap members on way to banja luka

Juniors ready for Euro test 

Four members of Wild Water Kayak Club based at Strawberry Beds and one from Salmon Leap canoeing club are preparing to take part in the junior wildwater

canoeing championship in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina which takes place next month. O d h r a n M c N a l l y, Conor Quinn, Craig Cummins and Mollie Claffey from Wild Water and Jack O’Hagan from

S a l m o n L e a p we r e picked from the pool of talented kayakers in Ireland to represent the nation at the European championships and are currently fundraising to enable them to make the trip, as well as training

Odhran McNally in training at Palmerstown Weir

The Irish junior wild water team Odhran McNally, Conor Quinn, Craig Cummins and Mollie Claffey from Wild Water and Jack O’Hagan from Salmon Leap

hard ahead of the competition. The young team, all aged 18 or under, were selected in April and have been preparing to take on the best in the continent at the competition, and will hope to emulate the performances of the senior wildwater national team who are currently taking part in the World Canoeing Championships in Valtellina, Italy. Wild water racing is a discipline of canoe racing. Each wild water race has a specific course set out with a start and finish point — this is where the clock starts and the clock stops — usually there are a few sections of rapids on the course that the athlete has to

negotiate in his/her racing kayak as fast as possible because they are against the clock . A racing performance is all down to the athlete and their physical conditioning, skill and an ability to work with the water and use it to their advantage to get the fastest times down the course. Every competitor is free to choose whatever route down the river that they wish in this intense race against the clock. There are both Classic and Sprint races in this discipline. In both competitions, the categories are the Men’s and Women’s K1 and the Men’s C1 and C2 in Individual and Team events.

In Ireland races are held throughout the season on a variety of rivers culminating with selection races for the Junior and senior National teams in March of each year. Wild Water Kayak Club is hosting its annual open day on June 21 and are inviting anyone interested in finding out more about the sport and supporting the junior team ahead of their trip to Banja Luka to attend. For more information about the club, log on to and to find out more about the sport at national and international level, search for Irish Wildwater Racing on Facebook.

Dublin representatives win at DCU’s Go For Life Games 

Go For Life’s Mary Harkin and Tony McCarthy with lobbers winning team Tommy Sheridan, Frank Carroll, Eugene O’Brien, Tony Canavan and John Canning

A team from south Dublin and a member of the Ath Claith team were among the winners at the Age And Opportunity’s Go for Life Games held in DCU recently. Approximately 300 older people from 17 counties celebrated the involvement of older people in sport at Dublin City University. Go for Life is a national programme for sport and

physical activity for older people. Over ten years, it has helped more older people to be more active, more often. 40,000 people take part in Go for Life activities annually. The winning team competed in the ‘Lobbers’ competition, a target game adapted from petanque and boules played at the Games since they were first held in 2012. Team member Tommy Sheridan said: “The event was very enjoy-

able. For people of my age it encourages activity and being very mindful of one’s health. It creates companionship and camaraderie. It is a fantastic even to take part in.” Patsy Sheppard, from Ath Cliath team also representing Dublin, was among six people who received the Spirit of the Games award. “It was a fantastic event. It’s great to see so many people active and having fun.

The organisation was excellent. I had a fabulous time,” he said. Speaking at the event, Go For Life programme manager Mary Harkin said: “According to the recent research by the University of Limerick less than half of those in their 60s do over 2.5 hours of exercise per week, and there is a huge need for events like Go For Life Games which encourage people to get more active.”

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St Kevin’s boss bows out with treble crown Having been convinced to stay in the coaching team at St Kevin’s, Joe Byrne and his backroom staff helped guide the Under-16s to three titles in a season of success for the club

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While mass celebration swept around Shanowen Road last Tuesday night, there was one small sad note in the minds of those involved with St Kevin’s Boys FC. The DDSL giants had just added more silverware to their glittering trophy haul this season as their Under-16s capped off an unbelievable treble by landing the MMI Premier Division title with a 4-2 win over rivals Home Farm. However, the final whistle on 90 minutes also blew full-time on the management career of the man who steered that side to its recent successes. Joe Byrne, who in one season along with his assistant Elliot Morgan and the help of Alan Doody had turned a

good Kevin’s side into a treble-winning team, was ending his long-standing management run at the club, having controlled numerous teams. Speaking exclusively to GazetteSport less than 24 hours after completing a league, league cup and All-Ireland treble, a humble Byrne could not hide his delight for the team. “They’re a real quality side and a great bunch of lads,” he said. “It’s not surprising we’ve already lost three players to England this summer and I suspect even more will go before the start of next season.” The three lads set for a new adventure in England are Robbie McCourt who is off to West Brom, Daniel Mandriou who is heading to Brighton, and skipper Trevor Clarke who signed for Middlesbrough. The title was clinched

on the final day with Kevin’s win lifting them one point above Malahide United, who finished their campaign a week earlier. Amazingly, the treblewinning side, despite being filled with talented players for a number of years, had never managed to win a major trophy until the installation of Byrne and Morgan this year. The duo had previously worked with Kevin’s Under-17s and had lost out on all fronts in a possible treble last season in quick succession, something which almost forced Byrne into retirement last year. Ref lecting on how he nearly left the game, Byrne said: “I was going to walk last year. Myself and Elliot fell short on the last 10 days of the season when we were beaten in the League

The successful Under-16 St Kevin’s side managed by Joe Byrne

Cup final, lost the league by a point and then lost to Cherry Orchard in the Leinster Youths final. “That was all very hard to take, but we sat down with [head coach at St Kevin’s] Alan Caffrey and he asked us to do another year with the 16s. We agreed, and we’ve reaped the rewards.”

game so long, to have that love and desire to want to help young people is just a credit and he’ll be a big loss. “He’s always been a top manager and motivator, all the players love him. I fully believe they went out to win the last game for him rather than themselves.


‘Alan Caffrey asked us to do another year with the 16s. We agreed and we’ve reaped the rewards’ – Joe Byrne --------------------------------------------------------

Asked whether or not he thinks the side can continue their success without him, Byrne was confident. “Elliot has a few players in mind and a few already coming in, but will obviously miss the lads going abroad. “But Kevin’s always attract the best players, so I’m sure the squad will be fine next season. Elliot’s a winner, he’ll do okay.” As Byrne explained, Caffrey was the man who convinced him to stay last season, and he also spoke to GazetteSport to pay homage to the retiring manager. “[The treble was] a great way for Joe to go. He’ll always be a big part of the club, but to bow out of management with the treble is fantastic. “His rapport with the kids is just brilliant. For a man that’s been in the

“This time last year he and Elliot had lost the treble with the Under17s, and he was packing it in then. But I just thought they could bring something to this team, and now one year later, they’ve got their treble. I’m just delighted now he decided to stay on.” The Under-16s treble adds to the mountain of success SKB’s schoolboys have achieved this year, with their Under-12s winning the Premier, the 13s winning the Premier and All-Ireland crowns, the 15s achieving backto-back trebles, and the 18s side winning their eighth league title on the bounce. On the season overall, Caffrey said: “All in all it’s been a great season, but having people in your club like Joe Byrne means you can’t really go wrong.”


McHugh named Cadbury Hero of the Future 2014 Na Fianna star Conor McHugh was last Thursday named Cadbury Hero of the Future for 2014. The personal triumph is a reflection of the fantastic season the attacker has had for club and county, most notably in the Under-21 All-Ireland final, in which he gave an outstanding performance. McHugh managed 1-8 from play in that final, scoring the Dubs’ only goal as they overcame Roscommon in a 1-21 to 3-06 win. That 11-point total he managed in the final added to the three points he scored in the semifinal against Cavan. Conor beat off Dublin teammate Cormac Costello for the award, as well players from Roscommon, Cork, and Cavan. The All-Ireland medal added to the minor win McHugh was part of in 2012, and his football performances have caught the eye recently, the hot prospect is also a talented hurler, having been part of the Dublin minor sides of 2011 and 2012. The Hero of the Future award began in 2006 to recognise the achievements of Under-21 footballers. As well as the honour of being named Hero of the Future, Conor will also receive €1,000 prize money, as will Na Fianna, through a grant.

Camogie star of the decade up for decision Dublin’s Gaelic clubs are reminded that the time is nigh for them to cast their vote to identify the recipient of Dublin’s camogie Player of the Decade award. The voting and presentation to the player is part of the 110th year celebrations for the Camogie

Association. Players who competed in the seasons in the period 20052014 inclusive are eligible. Only one nomination will be accepted from each club, and a club cannot nominate one of its own players. Nominations must be returned to the Camogie Association via e-mail to info@ no later than Monday, August 26.


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soccer: lsl side secure trio of league and cup titles

Mini-World Cup comes to an end in Kilbogget The 25th anniversary Cabinteely FC Mini World Cup event again proved highly successful, attracting well over 1,000 local kids and saw Ireland legend John Giles presenting the winners with their medals on the closing day. Last Saturday saw 75 games being played in Kilbogget Park to finalise the winning teams in each group. Since kick-off on Tuesday, June 3, a total of 393 games, 1,901 goals and 15 penalty shoot-outs led to the final matches of the 2014 Mini World Cup. The group winners were Group A (born 2001) South Africa, Group B (born 2002) Switzerland, Group C (born 2003) Uruguay, Group D (born 2004) Iraq, Group E (born 2005) France, Group F (born 2006) Belarus, Group G (born 2007) Canada, Group H (born 2008 -9) Norway, Group J (Special Olympics) Ireland, Group K (girls born 2001-2) India, Group L (girls born 2003-4) New Zealand, Group M (girls born 2005-6) Mali and, finally, Group N (girls born 2007-9) Philippines. John Giles presented medals to all winning teams during his visit to Kilbogget Park and was himself presented with a cheque for €5,000 for the John Giles Foundation. The money will help fund worthwhile community projects across the country with the goal of inspiring youngsters in deprived areas. Sharp-shooting Harry Whelan of team Czech Republic, clocked up the best score on the shoot-out competition to scoop the prize of a free year’s membership of the club. And the Daniel Kinsella Fair Play award was presented to the Allen family of referees – Jim, Luke and Mike. The Allen family has been long-involved with Cabinteely FC and unhesitatingly stepped forward to support the tournament by officiating throughout the competition.

Park Celtic’s LSL Division 2 Saturday side who claimed the league title as well as the Wally Winn and Joe Tynan Cup crowns

Park Celtic claim treble  nathan kelly

It was a case of three and easy does it for Park Celtic last week as they capped off a fine season by landing the third part of a treble crown. Jim Shiggin’s side captured the LSL Division 2 Saturday in between cup final successes in both the Wally Winn and Joe Tynan cups, all in the space of 19 days for the Cabinteely-based club. Speaking to GazetteSport after the celebrations, manager Shiggins said: “I’m absolutely over the moon, I was delight-

ed for the lads as a bunch of people because they just express themselves in a way that is a source of pride for Park Celtic, in terms of how they conduct themselves on and off the pitch. “They reflect everything that is good in soccer. They really portray the fact that you can be winners and win in the right way.” The retaining of the Wally Winn came first on May 16 when Celtic conquered UCD in an epic final, finishing 4-2 winners af ter extratime. The league was

super special stars Olympians on display at Limerick games alexander Abbott from Blackrock was one of the Dublin competitors who took part in last weekend’s Special Olympics Ireland Games held in Limerick. Alexander took part in the Division 3 Table Tennis event at Mary Immaculate College. The games proved again to be a huge success over the four days of competition, with athletes from across the country competing in 14 sports. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

secured ten days later when goals from Steve Williams and Richard Shiggins gave Park a 2-0 win to ensure at least a league and cup double after they finished two points above Fairview. Shiggins men then found room for the Joe Tynan Cup on June 4, beating Templeogue in the final thanks to Marcus Crowe penalty.

Strength The side, who were only beaten three times all season, two of those defeats coming in cup competition, are stronger than people may

think, according to the manager. “There are things people may not realise,” he said. “They may look at our league and say it’s not the highest standard but this side have excelled themselves in reaching the last 64 of the All-Ireland as well as the last 32 of Leinster Junior Cup.” Shiggins has been in charge of the team for two years but was keen to point his success would be impossible if it were not for the good work carried out before he came along. He said: “Obviously I’ve added

something since I’ve came in and had great help from Sean Quigley who joined me this year, but a lot of credit must go to the man who started the team, Dara Breathnach, who kept the side together for so long.” Sadly, Dara passed away three weeks after they won their first Wally Winn cup last season but was instrumental on the team’s development from schoolboy to senior, and fittingly, his son Michael played in goal in the Tynan cup final and was awarded man of the match.

19 June 2014 DUN LAOGHAIRE gazette 31


Cuala pipped by Ravens in AFL 2 clash  

CUALA’S charge for promotion up to AFL1 was stalled by Fingal Ravens at Hyde Road in midweek as the Rolestown club nicked a 1-17 to 0-16 point win in their top-table tussle. Both sides entered the tie with six wins a piece under their belt

but Niall Tormey helped inspire the north Dublin side to a strong win that extended their perfect record to date. Cuala bounced back, though, with an emphatic 2-23 to 0-12 win over Fingallians to remain right in the promotion mix in second place with their seventh win of the campaign as the

season passes its halfway stage. Next on the agenda is a tricky date against St Patrick’s Palmerstown side who have overcome a sticky start to the season to go unbeaten in their past three games. Elsewhere, Kilmacud Crokes’ rise through the AFL1 rankings was pegged back by Raheny

in Silver Park on Saturday after a comprehensive 17-point win over Parnell’s in midweek. They fell 0-12 to 1-13 last Saturday to Raheny to leave them in third place in the division after eight rounds, three points off leaders Ballymun Kickhams and a point off St Brigid’s in second place.

football: team shines but miss out on progress

Club Noticeboard cuala Congratulations to Cuala’s latest

There was mixed news for the

All-Ireland winners Martha Byrne

first adult footballers last week

and Caitriona Murphy who won the

in AFL2. Last Wednesday they lost

U-21 ladies football All-Ireland final

narrowly to Fingal Ravens, 1-17 to

last Sunday against Meath.

0-16, in Shanganagh but on Satur-

Hard luck to Eimear Loughlin and the rest of the Dublin LGFA U-14s who lost by 4-9 to 5-8 in the U-14 All-Ireland semi-final.

day they came roaring back with a 2-23 to 0-12 win over Fingallians. The rest of our footballers had a good weekend, too. The second

Thomastown Raod was a scene to

team scored a massive 7-21 to Fin-

behold on Saturday. Over 160 kids

gal Raven’s 0-9 in AFL5 on Thursday,

being put through their hurling

while the thirds overcame St Anne’s

paces by Cork’s Sean Og O’hAilpin,

by 4-20 to 2-5 in AFL9 and our fourth

Waterford’s John Mullane and the

team completed the clean sweep by

Centra Hurling Skills Camp team

beating Croi Ro Naofa by 2-12 to 1-15

under glorious sunshine. Dublin

on Sunday.

hurling has a bright future indeed.

The lotto wasn’t won so nex t

Well done to Cuala’s Colm Cron-

week’s jackpot will be a massive

in, Mark and Paul Schutte, David

€12,200. This week’s three lucky dip

Treacy, Simon Timlin, Oisin Gough,

winners are P Flynn, Ruth Gerathy

Cian O’Callaghan and the rest of

and Harry Roberts.

the Dublin senior hurlers who beat

The Cuala Academy Mini All-Ire-

Wexford by 0-22 to 1-14 and will

land starts this week with over 400

meet Kilkenny or Galway in the Lein-

boys and girls taking part in match-

ster final. We all wish Mark Schutte

es on Monday through Thursday,

a speedy recovery from his shoul-

culminating in Finals’ Day in Hyde

der injury.

Road this Saturday.

shankill Local members of the Dublin Under-14 squad were unable to replicate their Leinster celebrations. Picture:

Mayo just too slick for battling Dublin all-ireland u-14 s/f Dublin Mayo 

4-9 5-8

KILMACUD Crokes’ Katie O’Hogan, Sinead Donoghue and Sarah M c M a h o n , F ox r o c k Cabinteely’s Eve Reidy and Christina Hamill and Cuala’s Emer Loughlin were all part of the Dublin Under14 ladies football side that bowed out of the All-Ireland championship at the semi-final stage in agonising fashion, falling 5-8 to 4-9 to Mayo in a very close encounter. Unlike their Leinster final appearance versus

Meath, Fearghall Brennan’s chargers were slow to settle while Mayo’s full for ward line of Sweeney, Reilly and Loftus hit the Dubs with three first-half goals, meaning Mayo took a seven-point lead into the dressing room at half time. Dublin’s first-half goal came from corner forward Caoimhe O’Connor, while Holland, Fagan and Hamill all pointed for the Blues. On the restart, both sides had exchanged scores but when Mayo’s Carrie Loftus toe poked home Mayo’s fourth goal a minute later, Dublin received anoth-

er hammer blow when centre back Eve Reidy was sin-binned. In the 39th minute, Mayo had tagged on another 1-2 their fifth goal coming from the on rushing half forward Grainne O’Neill, but remarkably Mayo would not score again for the remainder of the game. To their credit, Dublin never threw in the t owe l , t h e i r e f f o r t s where rewarded when O’Connor raised the green flag for the second time, her low shot sailed by the superb Michelle Treacey in the Mayo goal. In the last three min-

utes, the huge Dublin support where treated to an amazing comeback when sub Ciara Murray bagged two goals in the 58th and 59th minute bringing the Dubs to within two points of a now shell shocked Mayo. Unbelievably Dublin had been down by 15 points only to haul themselves back to be within two points of Mayo but lady luck and most importantly the clock was to run out for the Dubs. Referee Seamus Mulvihill blew his whistle, breaking Dublin hearts and sending Mayo into the All-Ireland final.

The juvenile academy continues

and every Saturday at 12 noon in the

every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm

same venue when no match is sched-

in Shanganagh Castle, catering for


children from four to seven years

Children must bring wet gear, mouth

old at only €2 per session, covering

guards, and both football boots and

Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.

trainers for each training session.

It’s a great hour’s fun for everyone

For more information, contact Garry

involved. New members are always

Cleary on 087 215 2170.

welcome. The boys U-11 team continue to compete in the county Go Games compe-

Club T-shirts are available to purchase at our juvenile academy every week for only €15.

tition and have a home league match

Our Chase the Ace Sunday night

against St James Gaels on Saturday.

draw at Brady’s of Shankill is really

The U-11 girls will be playing a friend-

exciting with the jackpot at a mouth

ly match on Saturday, the opposition

watering €2,750. Tickets are only €2

and venue to be confirmed.

each, so buy early and buy often.

If your child is aged between eight

The club’s summer camp will take

and 11 (born between 2003 and 2006)

place from July 1 to 4 and will cater for

and would be interested in playing for

football, hurling and camogie.

either team, then join now: no expe-

The cost is €40 for the first child

rience necessary, just an interest in

and €35 for each additional child and

having fun with your friends. Training

the fee will include a free club t-shirt

takes place every Wednesday evening

and goodie bag. Parents, please book

from 7 to 8pm in Shanganagh Castle

early as places are limited.

kilmacud crokes Mactech Cup: The in-house football

A large crowd showed up to see the

sevens and family fun day will be run

senior 1 team beat Parnells with the

in Glenalbyn on Saturday, July 19. Play-

evergreen Mark Vaughan and Liam Og

ers of every team from U-16 to senior 1

starring. The AFL5 team had a great

are split across all of the teams. With

win over Ballinteer, with young keeper

the Leinster final the next day, there

Dave Murphy stepping up to the plate

will be food and drink at the pitch side

with some fine saves. In AFL8, Daire

and just in case of rain, there will be a

Brennan’s charges lost a half-time

beach party in the function room.

lead, and the game, to St Finian’s.

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celtic success: Park’s LSL Saturday side claim league and cup treble after Winn and Tynan wins P30

june 19, 2014

treble crown for kevin’s: Saints’ Under-16s secure league, cup titles in fine run P29

The Dublin Under-21s celebrate their Aisling McGing All-Ireland championship final win against Meath. Picture:Martina McGilloway/

U-21 All-Ireland heroes Manager McGonigle hails performance of Dublin ladies against Meath as they secure Aisling McGing crown and look to graduate to the senior side  stephen findlater

POTENTIAL senior opportunities are knocking for a number of Dublin Under-21 ladies footballers following their incredible run to the Aisling McGing title last weekend in Clane with a 6-9 to 1-8 win over Meath in the AllIreland final. Kilmacud Crokes’ starlet Molly Lamb was among those to draw praise from manager Gregory McGonigle for her role in the win while club mate Aoife Kavanagh, Cuala’s Martha Byrne and Foxrock Cabinteely’s Emma McDonagh were all in the starting line-up. McGonigle also manages the Dublin senior side and he told GazetteSport that the Under21s has provided a great platform for players to

stake a claim for a senior championship place. “The midfield pairing of Molly Lamb and Sarah McCaffrey – with Molly only coming up from minor last year – have developed over the course of the Under-21 championship and gained confidence,” he said. “Defensively, we have options with any of our back six that played last Sunday having a decent chance playing last Sunday.” With Dublin skipper Sinead Goldrick, from Foxrock Cabinteely, among a couple of major injury doubts along with Siobhan McGrath, McGonigle says that there are likely to be a few places open to fight for in the lead-up to the seniors opening Leinster championship tie against Kildare in Johnstownbridge next weekend. “The main thing for us is to develop sen-

ior footballers out of this Under-21 panel and hopefully to make the senior side in the future years. After this year’s performance, with very decent victories over the likes of Tyrone, Cork in the semi-finals and Meath in the final, it shows we’re going in the right direction and there’s definitely an abundance of young talent coming through in Dublin. “From a senior’s point of view, it is great for competition within the panel ahead of the championship kicking off this week.” Asked whether the emphatic manner of the victories was, perhaps, too easy, McGonigle said that it shows the level of improvement Dublin have made in the past three years since minor level. “If you look back to 2011 with this year’s squad were minor, Dublin scraped by Meath in

the Leinster final and lost to Cork. Ok, you have three years of minor teams coming through but Dublin have definitely developed. “Ideally, you would like more competitive games – and the Meath game was tough even though the scoreline maybe didn’t reflect it. But from a management and a team point of view, we just keep setting our targets to try and reach both in training and in games. If we reach the targets, irrespective of who we play, we have to be happy. “That’s the chance for someone else to step up and shine. We know Kildare will be a tough team to break down; the pitch in Johnstownbridge is not the biggest for our game. But we will set out targets for our performance and if we look after that, it will look after the result,” said McGonigle.

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