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Special Olympian Gary Burton, who won a gold medal in Korea for skiing, was honoured by his local football club, St Joseph’s Boys AFC, last week. Gary was presented with an achievement award by club chairman George Forsyth at a special ceremony at the club. Here, young fans Evan Rowe and Jay Byrne get a glimpse of Gary’s gold medal. See Full Gallery Next Week

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Council merger mooted for harbour company Minister’s idea aims to boost tourism in Dun Laoghaire area

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DUN Laoghaire Harbour Company could merge with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in order for the company to better develop its tourist potential.

This idea is in a report from Minister Leo Varadkar on the future of Irish ports. The report entitled 2013 National Ports Policy, outlines the need for a clearer framework among port operators and involves a recon-

figuration of Dun Laoghaire Harbour company. A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said: “The long-term future of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be in terms of marine leisure, maritime

tourism, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment. “To achieve these ambitious plans, there will need to be a close relationship between the Harbour Company and DLRCC.” Full Story on Page 2

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Harbour company may merge with local council Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company could merge with Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council in order for the company to better develop its tourist potential. This follows a report published by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar on the future of Irish ports. The report entitled 2013 National Ports Policy, outlines the need for a clearer framework among port operators and involves a structural reconfiguration of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said: “Dun Laoghaire Harbour was once central to the traffic of freight and passengers between Ireland and the United K ingdom. However, now it handles little or no freight, and ferry services have been greatly reduced in recent years. “The long-term future

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of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be in terms of marine leisure, maritime tourism, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment [which has increased by 40% in the last decade]. “To achieve these ambitious plans, there will need to be a close relationship between the harbour company and the council. Given that these plans are concerned with the urban regeneration of Dun Laoghaire, and the creation of cultural amenity, marine tourism and leisure facilities that will primarily be of benefit to the local people, it makes most sense that the plans be developed

under the aegis of and in co-operation with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, rather than under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. However, new legislation will have to be created to accommodate such a transfer of governance of the DLHC. “It is expected that legislation will be published by the end of 2015. In tandem with this process, negotiations with the port companies and local authorities on the nature of the transfer will be undertaken,” the spokesperson said. Although a number of options are possible for the company’s future: “Minister Varadkar’s strong preference is that the preferred governance model for the Harbour will be that of a separate legal entity with share capital, owned by the local authority,” the

statement affirmed. Meanwhile, Dan McManus, chairman of the Dun Laoghaire Business Association, said the recent Brand project, an EU initiative to better promote Dun Laoghaire as a tourism and business destination, paved the way for the harbour’s future as a hub of tourism for the whole area. Permanent jobs

He said they are now in the preparatory stages of getting a quay constructed for huge vessels, some of which are 350m long, that will dock in Dun Laoghaire. He says this will create 48 permanent jobs once built and will employ over 160 people during its construction.” “We’ve had a lot of initiatives over the last year across a broad spectrum from festivals to welcoming in two cruise liners into Dun Laoghaire Harbour. We also got

Shackleton’s Endurance exhibition, which was mothballed in the Natural History Museum of New York and is now in the DL Harbour Company’s terminal building. “The new diaspora centre will be a huge attraction when it is built and the first diaspora forum will be held at Carlisle Pier on May 5. “The Brand project saw a total cooperation of all stakeholders from business and the local authority for the first time and it really worked well. “T he biggest success was the introduction of cruise liners to the harbour and plans now include 14 more liners destined for Dun Laoghaire, chief of which will be the Queen Mary II, which will come into an Irish port for the first time, bringing 3,500 passengers and 900 crew members to the area.”


FORUM International guests line up to speak

Dun Laoghaire to host global diaspora event


SPEAKERS from all over the world will gather in Dun Laoghaire this May when the town hosts the European strand of the Global Diaspora Forum. On May 14 and 15, speakers from Ireland and abroad will meet to discuss possible ways to engage our and others’ diasporas. Dun Laoghaire was chosen as the venue as plans are under way to build a state-of-the-art International Diaspora Centre that is to be erected on Carlisle Pier, the last glimpse of Ireland

many Irish emigrants saw before they left for good. This is why the first Global Diaspora Forum in Ireland will be hosted by the diaspora centre: a collection of shareholders under the auspices of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, who are behind the world class diaspora centre. Cllr Barry Ward (FG) said: “I thing it’s a very good initiative, as are the plans for a diaspora centre in Dun Laoghaire, because for centuries Dun Laoghaire was the staging point for those who left Ireland. It’s therefore appropriate that it should be at the

centre of it all.” Keynote speakers will include Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore; Robert Guest, business editor with the Economist magazine; Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute; Itayi Viriri, International Organisation for Migration; Professor David Leblang, University of Virginia; and Emer Costello, Labour MEP. The theme for this year’s conference is W h e r e Id e a s M e e t Action, and during the course of the two days there will be all manner of discussions on reexamining our relationships with our diaspora

Chief executive of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, and Emer Costello, MEP (Lab)

across the world. Organisers are predicting that the forum will be a very sophisticated global event with leading international speakers and a live link-up with the Global Diaspora Forum in Washington, DC where US Secretary of State John Kerry is the invited guest speaker. Members of the public are welcome to attend the historical event, the first of its kind in Europe but which has been held

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THE Pavilion Theatre is hosting some exciting performances from two local groups this week. The Leinster School of Dance will present An Enchanted Evening on April 5 at 7pm and April 6 at 3pm and 7pm, in which students aged three to 18 will showcase their skills in classical ballet and modern dance. Tickets cost €15.50 and €12.50. The IADT Drama Society will stage their production of the musical drama Footloose April 10 and 11 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €15 and €13. For more information, log on to

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activities Outdoor Tourism Project to get communities exercised and healthy

Council looking for specialists in fresh air activities  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Outdoor Tourism Project is looking for specialists in many fields such as kayaking, sailing and mountain biking among others in order to teach these activities to those who are

interested. Specialists in outdoor activities are being sought from now until the end of April to deliver a range of taster, development and coaching sessions to the general public. The project’s goal is to enhance and encourage the public to wholeheartedly

embrace activity by getting communities involved in several diverse and outdoor pursuits in the county. Through the first taster sessions, which will be on offer in June, people will get the opportunity to try doing unusual and often thrilling forms of exercise they would not

normally do. The council’s OutdoorTourism Project will need experts in kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and the newer, more exotic activities such as bouldering which is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and typically practised on large natural boulders and

coasteering, the movement along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of boats, surf boards or other craft. Professional providers of such activities are encouraged to complete a form which they can access by contacting and submit it to Outdoor Tourism Project, Enterprise Unit, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire by April 30. Once all the applications have been received a panel will consider them and successful applicants will be contacted.


1/2 Day eBusiness Seminar ‘Web Tools that will boost your Business Productivity’ Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is hosting a 1/2 Day eBusiness Seminar event for small businesses owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on Wednesday, 17th April in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. ‘Web Tools that will boost your Business Productivity’ runs from 9am to 1pm and will be delivered by Noel Davidson, a highly experienced Social Media/Digital trainer and mentor. Learn about the web tools that will help you to take control of your workload, become more productive and find the time to focus on your sales pipeline! The seminar fee is only €25 per person, including Tea/Coffee breaks. Places are limited and pre-booking is required. Participants are advised to bring their laptop or tablet to get the most from the morning. The range of web tools covered by the seminar includes Office Documents tools such as Open Office, Google Docs and Google Drive; Communications & Virtual Office tools such as Skype, LogmeIn and iTranslate; Cloud Accounting Software Yendo, Sageone and Xero and Utilities tools like Goodreader, 1Password and PrintnShare. To book and pay for a place, simply visit training. For help, contact the Enterprise Board on (01) 494 8400. Based in Nutgrove Enterprise Park, Rathfarnham, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is a State Enterprise Development Agency which offers support to anyone in the County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown who has plans to start or grow a small business.

Anthony O’Reilly, from Dun Laoghaire, has self-published his new thriller, Obelisk

thriller: prize-wiNning author takes his work online

Accidental writer opts for self-publishing route

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Anthony O’Reilly, a graphic designer from Dun Laoghaire, has just joined the rapidly swelling ranks of selfpublished authors with his new thriller, Obelisk now available on Amazon. Anthony spoke to The Gazette about how he got into writing and how it’s never been easier to get your book out to the public through self publishing. “I began writing accidentally. I went to do an evening French course

but the class was full. On the same night there was a writing class next door and I decided to try it. So writing was my second choice. My mentor on the course encouraged me to write a book and I started one which went on to win first prize for Ireland in the Undiscovered Authors (UA) competition.” Anthony then finished the book and sent it into the UA for publication which did publish it, but in an unedited form. “So I left it there until last year when a friend of mine self published his own sports book and he

asked me to design the cover. The book was a real success and he made a few bob out of it, which got me thinking of doing it myself. I designed a cover for Obelisk and used free software called create space to post it onto Amazon.” Traditional

The self-publishing business has really taken off in the last few years, as more and more frustrated authors abandon the more traditional routes to get published and decide to do it themselves. “Publishing is becoming like the music indus-

try. Publishers are really their own worst enemies because another book of mine has been sitting in a publisher’s office for the last year while they decide whether or not to publish it and, in the meantime, I can’t submit it to anyone else, it’s crazy. With self publishing, you can cut out all of this and with Kindle too, people can read the first 40 pages for free and see if they want to buy it. It’s a much better system.” The only drawback to self publishing is that you have to market the book yourself, whereas a publishing house does this

for you. “It’s been up for two weeks now and a few of my friends have got delivery of it, so I’ll be getting their reports on it soon. It centres around three people and is a suspense mystery thriller with a dash of sci-fi thrown in. It’s kind of like the Da Vinci code meets A Space Odyssey. It’s a real adventure with a huge twist in the end. If it catches fire it would be great, that’s how 50 Shades of Grey took off!” Obelisk by Anthony O’Reilly is available from Amazon at in paperback or on Kindle.

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Gardas Deirdre O’Callaghan, Blackrock; Ian Abbey, Dundrum and Joanne Whelan, Blackrock. Pictures: Geraldine Woods



ARDAI from Stepaside, Dundrum and Blackrock Garda Stations recently gathered at De La Salle Palmerston Football Club, Kilternan, to mark the end of an era as Stepaside closed. A number of political representatives, community leaders and business figures lent their support to the evening, as serving and retired gardai and friends marked the event, celebrating some of the highs and lows of serving the Stepaside community across 80 years, and remembering past colleagues who had also faithfully served the community. Teacher Yasmina Aniss with her talented pupils who all enjoyed putting on a show recently at Aniss Stage Academy, Rathmichael Protestant School. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Pat Finn and Mick Kilroe

Paul Newport and Colm Gleeson

Rosaleen Igoe, Ken Egan and Micheal McNulty

Insp John Burke, Brian Jennings and Det Sgt Tom Forsythe

A sign at the party marking the closure of Stepaside Garda Station The colourful dancers had lots of fun trying out some new routines on St Patrick’s Day

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The new moves took a lot of work, but the dancers were happy to have fun trying to get them right


Tiny but talented W

EARING their finest St Patrick’s Day clothes and make-up, the young junior Friday class students at Aniss Stage Academy, Rathmichael Protestant School, put on a great show recently when The Gazette stepped over to their dance hall. Collectively known as Tiny Dancers, these young performers showed some great moves, as their instructor, Yasmina Aniss, helped and encouraged them with their moves. With the Tiny Dancers just part of the

broad range of performing arts taught at the stage academy, Yasmina – the school director, with a wealth of impressive experience behind her – told The Gazette how new students are always welcome to build up their skills, build confidence, make new friends and, of course, have fun! For further information, email, phone 085 786 2980, or see the Facebook page at Facebook/Aniss Stage Academy.

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Clarification In an article titled ‘Opinions on Post Office are Sought’ in last week’s Dun Laoghaire Gazette (March 28) we incorrectly named Ms Mary Kiernan as Mrs Mary Kiernan. We are happy to clarify this.

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opinion Anti-woman, anti-family - Power

Childcare costs are the problem  sen Averil Power (Fianna Fail)

THROUGHOUT Dublin parents are struggling to balance the demands of raising their kids, keeping their jobs and paying the bills. Thousands of families are fighting this battle while living under the shadow of enormous personal debt. For working mothers in particular, it’s a constant day-in, dayout battle to keep the show on the road and juggle the demands of their hectic lives. Many find that childcare costs exceed their takehome pay. But they choose to stay at work because they believe that maintaining their long-term career prospects is in the best interests of their family.

Arrears There are 186,000 households with mortgage arrears in Ireland that may have to avail of the new arrangements for personal debt relief. Last week it emerged that the Government planned to give lenders the power to make parents in such homes quit their jobs if their childcare costs are too high. Many families are already struggling to cope with cuts in maternity benefit, child benefit and back to school payments. Now Minister Varadkar has revealed that mothers in particular may be forced to jeopardise their long-term career prospects because of short-term childcare problems as well. Not only is this measure incredibly anti-

women and anti-family, it is also economically stupid. It would deprive our workforce of skilled female employees and damage their long-term e m p l o y a b i l i t y, w i t h resultant costs for the Exchequer. T he lives of these parents are being held to ransom by a bean counting attitude in Government Buildings that is completely out of touch with the sacrifices that many parents are already making to keep their families afloat. By focusing solely on the personal debt issue, Ministers are completely ignoring the bigger issue of bringing down childcare costs.

Outrageous It is outrageous that for many families the cost of childcare exceeds an entire income. Last May in the Seanad, I listened as Minister Burton promised a new “Scandinavian style childcare system” while simultaneously cutting the one family parent allowance. The cut was delivered, but we are still waiting on the new child care system. Instead, we’ve had Ministers going on the airwaves and setting out new arrangements for women to give up their jobs if their childcare costs are too high. In the face of understandable public outrage, the Taoiseach appears now to be rowing back on this plan. But he is still washing his hands of the real issue here – the exorbitant costs of childcare, the responsibility for which lies firmly at his door. T he new personal

Senator Averil Power (FF): “The Taoiseach is still washing his hands of the real issue - the exorbitant costs of childcare, the responsibility for which lies firmly at his door”

insolvency system is already deeply flawed. It basically gives banks a veto that will allow them to continue to penalise homeowners who are working hard to keep their heads above the water. These are hard times

for families. The burden of debt, rising unemployment and the high cost of living are all making it harder than ever to give our children the start they deserve in life. Yet in spite of the circumstances, mothers and fathers are working

hard to do the best they can for their kids. Instead of adding further obstacles like those revealed this week, it’s time for the Government to start listening to parents and delivering for the families who need it most.

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council Plans to link tourism with culture

New chamber launched to promote arts  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A BRAND new Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture will be launched on Friday, April 5 in Dalkey Castle. The Chamber of Arts Heritage and Culture, which is now a division of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber of Commerce, will be dedicated to developing the links between business and all things artistic and cultural with tourism potential. The new chamber will be responsible for artistic

advocacy in the county and will represent the cultural sector in its entirety. A big part of the chamber’s remit will include allowing local artists access to lobbying avenues to access funding and business expertise which will provide a high-profile showcase for creative talent. Neil Keenan, president of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce, said of the new arts chamber: “The launch of the Chamber of

Arts Heritage and Culture as part of our Chamber of Commerce is a hugely significant development for our chamber. “We will rebuild our economy through playing to our strengths and Ireland has a tradition in literature, music, visual arts and heritage that no other country has. “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County, in particular, has a proud tradition in the arts. “I believe we now have an unparalleled opportunity to use this initiative

Neil Keenan, president of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce

to develop our cultural sector and to attract new visitors to our county and our country.” Audrey McKenna, incoming chief executive of the Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture, came up with the germ of the idea, four years ago. “Our artists and our

culture are such an integral part of our national identity and heritage. We now need to recognise that business and culture are not mutually exclusive but can work together in an inclusive manner. “Creativity is the bridging factor that will nurture all our resources and

empower them to work together. Following two years of planning and now in the year of the Gathering, we launch our Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture at a time where, at last, we are seeing cultural communities come to the forefront,” she said.

appeal Get yer wellies on for RNLI The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Dun Laoghaire and elsewhere has a welly-themed appeal lined up for May Day this year. The RNLI will be selling the welly key rings for €2 to help buy the special, steel-toed yellow wellies for volunteers which cost €50. The yellow welly is an essential piece of the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member’s kit, as keeping a sure footing can save lives. From May 1 to 6, the yellow welly key-rings, sponsored by John West, will be sold by volunteers in shopping centres and towns around Ireland. For a list of scheduled events, you can go online, at or call: 01895 1837.

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Jenny Lynam and Sara Kavanagh

Master tailor Louis Copeland with business woman and Newstalk presenter Nora Casey. Pictures: Una Williams

Charity fashion show tailor-made for celebs M

ANY stars flocked to the Ballsbridge Hotel recently for the Green Angel Skincare fashion show for Barnardos. Models on the night included some of the cast of Fair City, Louis Copeland and Celia Holman Lee. The glamorous fashion show was

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hosted by TV3 presenters Noel Cunningham and Cathy O’Connor. The latest trends were on show on the catwalk, with collections from The Ivory Closet, Karen Millen, House of Fraser, Lara Boutique, Avoca and Louis Copeland. Stars from the reality television shows Dublin Wives and

Tallafornia also attended the fundraising event. Mary Byrne, 5th Base and Eva Coffey Creative Communications provided some entertainment on the night. The organisers were delighted with how the event turned out, and are said to be already planning the next one.

Jourdan Scannell, Bob Finnegan and Tallafornia star Cormac Branagan

Noel Cunningham

Liam Geddes and Emma Doogan

Suzie O’Connell and Aine O’Neill

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family fun: landmark event kicks off april 9

Treats galore for everyone at Five Lamps Arts Festival The Five Lamps Arts Festival in Dublin will begin with treats galore for music lovers, theatre enthusiasts, children and everyone up for entertainment in a variety of forms. This will be the sixth year for the Five Lamps festival which is one of the most popular festivals in Dublin. The festival name celebrates the famous Five Lamps landmark and the sur-

rounding community of north inner city Dublin. Many of the events will deal with the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. Such events include a piece in the Sean O’Casey Theatre called Ballads, Banter and Banners, a visual art exhibition in the LAB in Foley Street called Exiles, and an architectural exhibition in Amiens Street called Re-imagining Sean McDermott Street

from Findlaters to the Five Lamps. Other highlights are Mar uczella, a mime play from Poland’s Theatre Nikoli, Julie Maisel’s flute performance, French-Irish storyteller Fiona Dowling , Johnny Taylor Trio Jazz session, and in the LAB on Foley Street, a poetry reading by Rita Ann Higgins and Paula Meehan One of the big draws for children at the festi-

val will be a production of The Gruffalo, which will be presented by No Strings Theatre Company on April 13 at 2pm in Charleville Mall Library and in Killarney Court at 4pm. The festival will run from April 9 to 25 and you can find out more by going to fivelampsar tsfestival@gmail. com or by ringing 087 9737401 for programme details.

Mime play Maruczella, a treat in store from Poland’s Theatre Nikoli


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Irish Cancer Society volunteers Gary Reed and Valerie Abbott tried not to let the dreadful weather on this year’s Daffodil Day dampen their enthusiasm. However, with the society’s main national fundraising event badly affected by the day’s downpours, the society is appealing for online donations to help reach its €3.4 million target.

Hey petal, support Daffodil Day 2013! DEDICATED volunteers supporting the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) were left devastated after a washout day made it hard for them to reach the charity’s fundraising target on Daffodil Day. Despite the heavy rainfall on Friday, March 22, volunteers braved the elements to sell daffodils for the ICS. However, initial indications showed funds being collected from street sellers were significantly lower than on previous years. And so, the ICS is asking all those who would have given to support them on the day to give online donations, instead. It’s not too late to support Daffodil Day and help the society reach its target of €3.4 million. Without a successful Daffodil Day, the society will struggle to continue to provide information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland services in 2014. You can make a secure donation online at, or call 1850 606060 to donate. Alternatively, you can text Daff to 50300 to donate €4, with 100%

of your donation going to the Daffodil Day fund. You can even buy a virtual daffodil on the society’s Facebook page.

fun depression-era party for film fans BONNIE and Clyde, the ultimate gangster-love road movie, is to be screened on Saturday, April 13 at 8pm, and on Sunday, April 14 at 3.30pm, at Film Fatale in the Sugar Club on Lower Leeson Street. Film Fatale is celebrating films from the 1930s with a screening of the cult classic heist film, Bonnie and Clyde, which is based on the true-life exploits of notorious Depression-era bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The film chronicles the short lives of America’s most infamous criminals, with the screening to be followed by a Dirty Thirties -themed vintage party. Those attending are encouraged to dress the part and come in their best vintage finery, with Bonnie and Clyde as fashion inspirations. Tickets to Film Fatale are €15, while tickets to the Dirty Thirties

party are €5, and are available on the door from 11pm.

be a sport and help support hospices THE Association of Schools’ Unions of Ireland is organising a fundraising event for the Blackrock and Harold’s Cross hospices by celebrating sport in all its forms in a thanksgiving service. This year’s Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service for the Gift of Sport will see Liam Harbison, chief executive of Paralympics Ireland, delivering an address to the congregation. All of the singing at the service will be led by The Belvedere College Chamber Choir. The first such service, supported by the Association of Schools’ Unions, took place in 1949. This will be the 64th such annual sports service, and organisers are hoping a large crowd of all denominations will attend the service in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street at 7pm on Sunday, April 14. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Blackrock and Harold’s Cross hospices.

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Encouraging the young to Think Big Young people from Dublin were among a group of people from across the country that attended a recent Think Big workshop in O2 headquarters in Dublin. Think Big is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, designed to inspire young people around the country to promote positive mental health in their local community. T he young people attending the workshop on February 16 were each awarded a place on the national Think Big programme, after successfully submitting an idea for a project in their community. Think Big has granted initial funding of €300 to help get each project off the ground, along

with a mobile phone (with €50 top-up), and a Think Big start-up pack. Aisling Flynn,Think Big coordinator, Headstrong, said: “The young people taking part are leading the way in changing how we think about mental health in Ireland. “Young people intuitively understand the importance of mental health, and are ideally placed to promote positive mental health among their peers.” She added: “Each project attending the training has great potential to make a positive difference in their community and, in joining more than 250 other Think Big projects, they are helping to transform our understanding of mental health.”

Emma Holmes, Holly Madigan and Katie Furlong from the Teresian School in Donnybrook, who investigated the electrical properties of fruit and veg as part of their SciFest Science Fair entry at DIT recently

schools: science fair ‘bodes well’ for institutes’ future

Electrifying projects Post-primary students from schools across Dublin took science to the next level last week, displaying more than 70 projects at the recent SciFest 2013@ DIT. On Friday, March 22, secondary school students from across Dublin gathered at DIT to showcase their science projects, and to begin the first of 15 regional SciFest Science Fairs. More than 70 science projects were displayed at SciFest@DIT, with about 150 students from schools across the county displaying their scientific projects. Entries to this year’s SciFest have broken all records, with up to 4,000 students to exhibit their projects at 15 venues over the next three months.

Officially opened by Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), the fair featured a range of scientific discoveries and explorations. For example, the event saw the “five second” food rule being put to the test, and radioactive material found in north County Dublin seaweed being investigated, as well as whether or not smiling is contagious. SciFest is an allinclusive, all-island science competition where second-level students showcase their science, technology and maths projects at a series of one-day science fairs. The winners from each science fair will go on to compete at the national final in November. The SciFest pro-

gramme is primarily sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Science and Engineering wing, and Intel Ireland. It is also supported by a number of other companies and organisations. Top prize

The top prize on the day went to fifth-year student Tom McDonald from Skerries Community College with his project, Coastal Erosion in Skerries, which examined coastal erosion and deposition over a period of two years on his local beach in Skerries. He discovered that the beach profile changes seasonally due to wave and wind action experienced. McDonald will now go

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on to the national final of SciFest which will take place in the Science Gallery in Dublin. DIT SciFest coordinator Dr Julie Dunne said: “It is hugely encouraging to see such high-quality entries for this year’s SciFest@DIT. “Dublin’s post-primary students are displaying a real interest in the sciences, and you only need to take a look at the variety of projects and experiments on show to see that they have taken SciFest very seriously. “It bodes well for the future of institutes of technology that there is such a high standard being set, and [the event] shows the value of SciFest as an outlet for students to explore science in ways that interest them,” said Dr Dunne.



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‘Gazette gave me a great insight into newspapers’  ROISIN PUTTI

Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary

AS A transition year student, a huge part of my year is based around work experience in various careers. The aim of work experience is to get a feel for individual careers and to learn skills vital for the workplace. More of ten, however, work experience involves photocopying, shredding and making coffee. Students understand how difficult it is for workplaces to facilitate 15- and 16-year-olds, so we are thankful for the

opportunities we get, and we try to photocopy, shred and make coffee with as much enthusiasm as we can muster. When I applied for work experience in the Dublin Gazette Newspapers, I thought there would be a limited amount of jobs I could do – that’s why I was so surprised when I got there.

Release On my first morning, I was given a press release that was sent to the newspaper, to shorten so it could be published. Later that day, I was handed another one. I was so busy typ-


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ing, proofreading, and rephrasing, the working day went very quickly. In fact, the whole week flew, in a blur of rephrasing long passages and putting press releases into article form.

Events During my week, I wrote about upcoming events and projects, travel and local news. I edited pieces, and tried to shorten the amount of words so they would fit into the paper. I observed the jour-

nalists, and the great work they do, and saw the emphasis on local news stories. I spent some time watching the production of the newspaper, which answered the many questions I had about the making of a newspaper. I observed the advertising staff negotiate with local businesses. I witnessed a bright, happy atmosphere in the offices, which made The Gazette a lovely place to spend a week in.

I have a genuine interest in studying journalism af ter secondar y school, which is why I chose to travel from Tipperary to get work experience here.

Career After my week in the Gazette, I am even more interested and view journalism as an exciting career. I’d like to thank everyone at Gazette Group Newspapers for all their help and support over the last week.

Get involved in our schools pages CALLING all students! Dublin Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next generation of journalists and snappers to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.


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anthony carroll, entrepreneur

Game on for business and social initiatives ANTHONY CARROLL heads up Tab Tech and Street SoCcer Ireland. He is evolving from a business entrepreneur into a social entrepreneur, creating products that have a positive social and community benefit. Through his new company, TabTech & SportsTech, he is developing mobile applications focused on the football, sports and fitness community as well as the education and health sectors. The firm is creating a suite of apps and housing them online where customers can customise their own functional apps using a subscription-based model. It is also selling mobile device solutions, including portable coaching, teaching and presentation solutions. Street Soccer Ireland is a non-profit social enterprise that improves the knowledge and life skills of young people through fun events using football as the vehicle.

How long have you been in business?

I have been running my own business since 2003. I have two current businesses: Street Soccer Ireland and TabTech. Street Soccer Ireland is running since early 2011. TabTech is just recently established and is a spin off from another company in which I was a partner, called Seismic Online.

What makes your business successful?

In general, it’s the staff, the products and the way we do business.

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

Products that make a positive impact on our customers’ lives, and staff who genuinely care about our customers needs.

What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?

Put a greater emphasis on the power of the mind among our staff. At all times, we do our best to rise above the doomers and gloomers always trying to keep a positive outlook. We see setbacks as simply positive lessons to learn from and continue moving forward.

to keep positive, be persistent and to keep following our goals. What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

It’s not a law that can be upheld in court, but if I could change a law, it’s the law of negativity that so many people seem to prefer to view or focus on and abide by!

What is your ambition for the business?

To create a global business(es) that really does have a significant positive impact on our customers, while building a reputable brand and credibility in the marketplace.

How do you use social media to help your business?

Everyone needs to embrace the social digital age and we are no different. We have a good presence online via the main social platforms, however we are human beings selling to other human beings and we focus more efforts on providing a personal approach to our customer relationships. It’s ironic that social media is not very social at the end of the day

What’s the worst job you’ve had? How has the recession impacted your business?

It has been just a greater challenge

Door to door insurance sales, although it gave me a great neck and ability to deal with rejection.

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Dealing with recruitment agencies Having worked in recruitment for a number of years, I know what it’s like to sit on the other side of the desk. It is a hard, sales-driven business, but job candidates are not products. They are people who have feelings, who need jobs and who can let you down. I also know that while most agencies abide by a professional code of conduct, there are some who won’t acknowledge your CV, persuade you to go for jobs you’re not suited to and send your CV to employers without your permission. As agencies are considered to be about the third most successful method of securing work, it’s worth keeping a few things in mind: Be as specific as possible about what type of work you are looking for. Recruiters don’t have the time to help you clarify your career path. If you don’t know what you want, you are difficult to place and may be filed under miscellaneous. Don’t blitz agencies with your CV. If working close to home is a priority for you, contact the local agencies first. If you specialise in a particular area like IT or accountancy, contact specialist agencies. It is up to you to make contact with them. The most common gripe about agencies is that you never hear from them again. If you have sent them your CV, you should receive an acknowledgement. If you leave them a message, they should call you back, that’s nor-

mal business practice. Recruiters speak to and interview dozens of people a day, however, so – unless you are looking for interview feedback – don’t expect much more communication unless you initiate it. If you are applying for an advertised position, call and speak to the consultant dealing with the job before forwarding your CV. Find out as much as you can about the job and tailor your CV accordingly. Ask the consultant how they work, when you can expect to hear from them and if it is okay for you to call them in a few days. A word on confidentiality: You expect a recruiter to keep your personal details confidential. If they give you the name of a client company which is recruiting, and ask you to keep it confidential, do that. Like many other things, it’s all about developing positive relationships, and remember, recruiters are people too.  Rachael Kilgallon is a qualified career coach and founder of

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ambition: company aims to chase market share

A wraparound solution for event management  natalie burke

AN EVENT solution company is celebrating its first year in business this year. is an Irish company, founded in February 2012, which was established to assist event organisers and concert promoters with their specialist accreditation needs and a personalised service for all types of events. The innovative company is the brainchild of its director, Neil Dowling, who has more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of the concert and event industry. With the company achieving great success in its first year, Neil says the company is looking towards a bright future. “We are going to be chasing market share in Ireland next year; we’re

going after everything. We want to expand the company rapidly,” he said. EventEase offers what Dowling described as a “unique, wraparound service”, managing the operational risk for event promoters, festivals and venues. “We supply and manage staff for areas such as the accreditation of all event personnel, box office, guest list, entrance managers, wrist-banding and ticketing operations. “We are the only company supplying this service in Ireland, and are available for festivals, venues, concerts, corporate and sports events,” he said. The company supplies wristbands and lanyards of all types and currently supply to a number of prestigious events and ve n u e s n a t i o nw i d e ,

Neil Dowling, director,, with some of the event solution company’s bus advertising

including Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit. The company also sell direct to the public. “No order is too big or too small. We also endeavour to offer preferential discounts for registered charities, independent promoters and new bands, and we are always available to advise and assist clients. “We’re ultra professional. I have people with me 20 years, and we know

how to run gigs. We don’t know it all, by any means, but we know enough,” said Dowling. EventEase are hoping to expand for 2013 and are in the process of creating more jobs in Ireland over the coming year, according to Dowling. For further information, contact EventEase on 01 864 5000, or see its website at, or visit its Facebook page at eventease.ireland.

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Pets can you give Roman a new home?

Eoghan and Gillian Casey with 98FM presenter and TV personality Ray Foley and his son, Matthew

funding: water babies splashathon in aid of three national hospitals

Splash out to help children  laura webb

PARENTS, babies and toddlers are diving in to support the Water Babies Splashathon fundraiser in aid of three national children’s hospitals. Leading baby and toddler swim school Water Babies announced that the sponsored swim for the little ones will take place across Ireland during Water Babies classes between April 15 and 21. The Water Babies Splashathon will raise vital funds for our three national children’s hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. During the fundraising event, babies and toddlers will complete sponsored challenges in Water Babies classes, from swimming solo underwater for the first

time to swimming through a hoop or even completing a splashathon circuit challenge in the pool. Speaking on behalf of the fundraising teams of our three children’s hospitals, Anne Cooney explained: “[The] Water Babies Splashathon is a fun way to make a real and lasting difference to the children and babies attending our hospitals. “The money raised by parents and Water Babies’ young Splashathon fundraisers will help purchase vital lifesaving equipment such as baby incubators, dialysis machines, ventilators and patient monitors.” Supporting the cause, 98FM presenter and TV personality Ray Foley, whose son, Matthew, attends Water Babies classes, said: “As a parent myself, I appreciate how important it is for children to learn

to swim at an early age, so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Water Babies Splashathon with Matthew. “We will be splashing for cash and raising money to support the great work of our children’s hospitals.” Carol McNally, who runs Water Babies lessons across Dublin, says: “Our previous Water Babies charity event in 2011 raised more than €44,000 for Temple Street Hospital. “Since then, Water Babies has grown nationwide, with classes now in Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Galway, Cork, Sligo, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny. “We are confident that, this year, with the help of all our lovely little splashers, we will be able to raise more than ever, to provide those all-important funds for our children’s hospitals,” said Carol.

In Ireland, Water Babies has four regional franchises teaching more than 2,400 babies and toddlers each week across Ireland. Classes in Dublin include locations such as Baldoyle, Castleknock, Swords, Blackrock and Liffey Valley. According to the team, most participants will happily be swimming distances underwater by about 30 months, then naturally start swimming on the surface as their strength increases. Water Babies was named Best Activity Provider for Tots and Toddlers at the Families First awards held in Dublin last year. To donate to the Water Babies Splashathon Fund, visit www.mycharity. ie/charity/waterbabiessplashathon. To find out more about Water Babies, visit its website at

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is romantic Roman, a sixyear-old male Boxer with a heart of gold. He arrived into Dogs Trust in quite poor condition recently and has been given oodles of TLC from all the staff and is now thriving and full of personality! He is a true gent and would need to go to a loving family who can continue his development by bringing him on several short walks a day to help him build up his muscles again. He is happy to hang out in his new forever home with big kids (10+) and a canine pal. If you think you could give this handsome man his perfect forever home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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METALLICS ATT RACT Faith Rose Padded Faux Leather Clutch Bag €49

Butterfly sequin ombre vest €53

IT’S not a look that people warm to easily, as most feel they could end up looking more like baking foil than fashion forward. But fear not, as this look is easily achievable and can really bring an outfit to life. For instance, an LBD can be spruced up with some metallic accessories, such as those shown on this page. Be red carpet ready, with this amazing number from Jenny Packham (€287),

which teamed with some subtle accessories makes it a perfect evening gown. A metallic top teamed with white jeans can be transformed from day to evening wear in a flash. With this in mind, play around with metallics, and let the inner magpie loose.

Call it Spring Silver ‘Schapp’ Shoes €59

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Miss KG Cork wedges €91

Faith Metallic Glitter Heart Bag €54 Betty Jackson Hematite Spike NL €23

Jenny Packham sequin dress €233

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Believable bronzing


ON the calendar it looks like we should be bathing in sunshine, but reality hit us hard last week when we wrapped up warm to face the snowy weather. So in a bid to bring a little sunshine to our lives, this week, we are talking all things tan, how to avoid blending in with the snow and instead be a bronzed goddess. Like many of us, we don’t always have the time to go to a salon and get the spray tan done, so instead it’s a little DIY job at home. For instant tan, try Karora Self Tan Mist (€24.99). This tan is a quick and easy way to transform skin from pasty to sun-kissed. What’s great about this product

is that it’s made using only organic and natural extracts, making it suitable for sensitive skin. Coverage with this tan was given top marks from our beauty tester, with Jessica saying: “It sprayed on easy and, used with their exfoliating product [Karora Micro Peel €14.99], it made sure it was an even tan. “As a newbie to fake tan, I was very surprised and happy with the results – I went back to looking American,” she laughed. Karora is available at McCabes, Doc Morris, Sam McCauleys and independent pharmacies and salons nationwide or online @ Another instant tan is He-Shi with its hint of sparkle that really radi-

KARORA Self Tan Mist Original 200ml €24.99

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter €8.00 KARORA Multi-Action Micro Peel €14.99

ates on dull days. This product first appeared on our beauty radar last December, but as it still feels like that same month, why not add a bit of ChristHe-Shi Luminous Shimmer 150ml mas Sparkle to our socalled spring months. Applied with a mitt, like all tans should, this tan goes on smoothly and without any fuss because it has

a cream texture. It’s light and being an instant tan it’s easy to see where to blend and even out the tan. Beauty tester Natalie said: “After applying the tan, I felt the colour was really natural and my skin had a really nice glow to it. It would be the perfect tan for a night out or a special occasion.” The He-Shi range has a youth revivé opti tan formula that rejuvenates your skin’s appearance, whilst helping to fight the signs of ageing. Other products include their He-Shi Face & Body Gel €21.50.

Some Diamonds, dahling? DON’T wait until a birthday or Valentine’s day to get perfume, treat yourself this month to summer fragrances such as Emporio Armani Diamonds. This summer 2013, Emporio Armani Diamonds is re-interpreted in summer fragrances. Emporio Armani Diamonds for Women – Edition Summer is a musky, floral fragrance that sparkles with freshness. According to the beauty brand, this fragrance gives a raspberry and litchi accord on top cooled down with

a green apple sorbet to give a crispy identity to the fragrance. Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men – Edition Summer is a woody aroma. For this, the brand says fresh mint and iced lemon come together for a fusing icy crescendo start. The limited editions of the original Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrances offer a cool, fresh summer fragrance. Emporio Armani Diamonds for Women and Men, Summer Edition is available nationwide from mid-April, RRP: €34.00 for him and €41.00 for her.

Available at participating stores, salons and spas nationwide. Mousse

Express, self-tan mousse Cocoa Brown (€7.99) is easy to apply and develops into a natural tan within just 60 minutes – yes you read correct, one hour. This mousse is nicely fragranced, glides on to the skin, is lightweight and fast drying. Testing this one, I gave it the full 60 minutes and jumped straight into the shower at 61 minutes. Afterwards there was a slight difference, but

not dark enough for my liking. So it is recommended by the product makers to try it for two consecutive nights for a darker tan, which worked out better. It can also be left on for three hours before washing off to insure a darker look. See for stockists These products are just a few of what is available out there, so test and trial before making up your mind. Don’t forget to exfoliate and treat drier areas like to the elbow, knees and ankles with extra care by moisturising well.



Avon’s Skin loving BB balm THE BB craze is very much a hot topic in the beauty word and another coming on to the scene is Avon’s Ideal Flawless Skin Loving BB. This Beauty Balm (BB) is a lightweight formula that is SPF protected. It also aims to tackle dull and dry skin. The BB can be applied quickly and smoothly, helping to create a flawless looking skin tone. This BB balm is mineral and vitamin E infused without blocking pores. It is also developed to hydrate and minimises redness. Available in six shades: Ivory, Shell, Nude, Natural Beige, Medium Beige and Nutmeg, it’s easy to find your perfect match.

Don’t forget to send in your style question for our Style Q&A with Littlewoods Ireland Ambassador, Caroline Morahan. The Star Question will win €50 voucher for Littlewoods Ireland. Email style@ The next Q&A is out April 25.


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Douglas Kennedy in Conversation with Nadine O’Regan DOUGLAS Kennedy ranks among that rare breed, the bestelling author whose novels attract critical praise. In his new novel, Five Days, we meet Laura, a model wife and mother who through a chance meeting in a hotel lobby is reminded of the young woman she used to be and the woman she could have become. Douglas will discuss the book and his career with journalist and radio presenter Nadine O’Regan. April 9, tickets €10/€8.

Dwayne Johnson’s Stupidly Sculpted Arms would be a good name for a band

review: explosions! fights! bruce willis! the rock! terrible film!

Hardly Rock solid

MY name is Paul and I quite like professional wrestling. At 26 years old, this confession still raises eyebrows, but the absolute daftness of it all, mixed with the levels of athleticism on show, make the squared circle a favourite form of entertainment for me. With that in mind, and remembering that I grew up in his heyday, I also love The Rock. Sure, nowadays he goes by the name Dwayne Johnson and likes to be thought of as an actor and occasional wrestler, but to me he’ll always be The People’s Champion, The Great One, The Brahma Bull: The Rock. Such is my love of Johnson, I have subjected myself to some of his, shall we say, less glorious filmic output. Faster, Doom, The Game Plan and more

Film of the Week: GI Joe Retaliation h (15) 100 mins Director: Jon M Chu Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, RZA

 Paul hosford

have been consumed with gusto, with Johnson continuing to prove himself a talented actor (outshining everyone in the absolute wreck that was Be Cool). Another thing that I carried over my childhood is an appreciation of GI Joes. Four inch plastic figures that consumed m a ny h o u r s o f my formative years, GI Joe was brought to the big screen in 2009 with a star-studded cast and a woeful movie. Such was the poor reception of 2009’s Rise of Cobra, the producers did the only logical thing: call The Rock.


BAFFLINGLY poor. It’s not even a good bad film, in the way the original was. That at least had the good grace to be hilariously bad. This is just bad. Which is a shame because Johnson really deserves a vehicle worthy of his star power and easy action charm. He also needs some laughs, which Chu fails spectacularly to deliver at all. Save your money, see Fast and Furious Six.

Of course, GI Joe: Retaliation also features one Bruce Willis and a certain Channing Tatum (cumulatively setting a world record for biceps in a film). But, really, this is a play directly from the Fast Five playbook. In the fifth instalment of the car-chase franchise, The Rock reinvigorated the whole thing with his stern gaze and unbelievably built body. Again the role of shot in the arm of a flagging franchise is left to The Rock because, spoiler alert, Tatum bolts early doors and Bruce Willis,

one of the biggest stars on the planet, is marginalised in favour of story building. Normally, a focus on story is a good thing, but this is a GI Joe movie. The whole premise is so preposterously nonsensical that the only way to make a decent film is to have some fun with it. Unfortunately director Jon M Chu (director of the Justin Bieber movie), didn’t get that memo and decided that a film based on action figures, starring The Rock, had to be a deadly serious thriller.

It’s the filmic equivalent of having a band with Slash in it and making a dubstep album. Chu seems weighted by the ridiculousness of the premise established by the end of the first film (an evil doppelganger has taken the office of the US President). So weighted, he seems, that he fights it with every inch of his being, trying desperately to establish his film as something else. But Eliza Doolittle, GI Joe: Retaliation is not. Two collaborations with Bieber put Chu in enough stead to be given a budget of $185 million and despite the early buzz of this being almost singularly negative, he has been handed the reins to The Masters of the Universe reboot. But based on this, he does not have the power to revive a franchise.

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Elevates a genre to new heights

READERS with decent memories may recall that, ooh, ages ago I had a preview of Bioshock Infinite. After taking a great deal longer in development than expected, and having taken a few sidesteps along the way, the keenlyawaited title has finally arrived – and, boy (or girl), was the wait worth it ... Infinite is the spiritual successor to the critically lauded – and commercial smash-hit title – Bioshock, from a few years ago. As with Bioshock, Infinite is “just” another firstperson shooter, where you wander through the game, shooting this and that on your way to the ending. However, where both titles (I’m skipping past the slightly undercooked and underwhelming Bioshock 2) greatly impress are not just in their gameplay and graphics, but with their story and characterisation – things rarely done well in the FPS genre, yet mastered once again, here. It is 1912, and Booker DeWitt has been sent to somehow gain access to the mysterious floating city of Columbia – a vast city of state-of-the-art everything, encapsulating the very best of American


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In Bioshock Infinite’s strikingly realised portrayal of the floating city of Columbia in 1912, it’s difficult not to see many design echoes of the truly spectacular 1893  SHANE DILLON

ideals of the time. Booker’s task is to find a young woman, Elizabeth, and spirit her back to the world below. However, Columbia – a stone, steel and glass marvel that celebrates art, science and progress – is far from the happy utopia that it at first appears. In fact, Columbia is a society sharply defined by ultra nationalism and isolationist policies; it’s a city that’s only meant for “proper” folk (basically, American, caucasian, God-fearing and rich). The f loating city’s endless posters and propaganda rail against the menace of “foreign hordes” and the corrupted world below, with all of the “normal” standards of its prim and proper 1912 setting. It’s also a place where the rich cavort gaily in the sunshine on the surface, while the poor toil and languish in the city’s underbelly, below – and it’s all ruled over ruthless-


World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (below); two worlds – one real, one fictional – both seeking to encapsulate the brash confidence of their times

ly by Father Comstock. Somehow, Elizabeth – an isolated young woman who has seen almost nothing of Columbia, let alone of the world below – is key to the city’s future, and possibly a great deal more, besides. The only problem is, how on earth can Booker and Elizabeth be expected to escape a city that’s on the edge of a social revolution, when all of Father Comstock’s forces are determined to stop them, and to keep Elizabeth there? Like I said, Infinite is anything but a standard FPS, which have too often descended in recent years into noisy, chaotic and rather forgettable setpieces. By wandering through Columbia, using a range of upgradeable “Vigours” (basically, near magic powers) alongside conventional weapons of the era, Booker and Elizabeth run into some terrific setpieces, all presented with

great design throughout. Elizabeth deserves particular praise, as fears of the game being little more than an extended escort mission are soon set aside, due to her help. With such a particularly accomplished world setting – even if it’s a deliberately provocative one, at that – great graphics, interesting characters and a singularly memorable setting, the long-

delayed title deserves to be the smash hit that its chart sales suggest it is. Bioshock Infinite is available now on PC, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3; as always, l o o k around for the best price.

An interesting cross between a damsel in distress, guide, innocent abroad, travelling companion and rebellious protaganist, Elizabeth makes quite an impression as a strong character

IT’S barely been a couple of weeks since Lara Croft’s great, if gory reboot saw her turning into a mudspattered cross between Rambo, Chuck Norris and Kate Middleton on a remote Japanese island, but despite the game’s sales racking up about 3.4 million units, so far, Tomb Raider seems to have been deemed a retail flop. That’s bad news for its publisher, Square Enix, which has been putting out critically well-enough received and reviewed titles such as Sleeping Dogs, and Hitman: Absolution in the past year or so, yet which has consistenty seen such titles return underwhelming numbers – and profits – in stores. Okay-ish sales in Europe haven’t been matched in the US, with Square Enix sales facing the same weak sales slump in the States that almost all publishers have been hit with in the past 18 months or so, in particular. Tomb Raider’s weak sales there have now added to Square Enix’s list of decent – or even great – titles that have somewhat inexplicably failed to make much of a dent at market and, while the company still has substantial assets and a rather big cash pile, to face such commercially uninspiring returns must undoubtely affect its future projects. Such sales were accounted for in a recent company statement that said it expected “to incur extraordinary loss in the settlement of the accounts for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2013”. While Square Enix has a number of interesting games and projects in the pipeline, seeing such key titles failing to meet company targets, and the related impact on their expected profits, both for individual returns and for collective quarterly results, have seen company president Yoichi Wada (above) resign. This marks an interesting – and unfortunate – development underlining the growing air of uncertainty surrounding even top-notch titles and franchises. When even these fail to meet their targets, and when acclaimed companies start to feel the effects of this gaming lull, it begs the question of what (unwelcome) changes are now hitting the gaming industry, in general. With several skilled developers under its wing, and a number of interesting titles on the way, here’s hoping that Square Enix has just hit one of the bumps in the road that all publishers, and developers, have been hitting lately ...

‘250,000,000 GAMERS’ ON FACEBOOK

Milestone figure announced by social media giant IF I could distract you a moment from Facebook, I’d like to mention that it has just announced that more than 250 million users play games through the site on a monthly basis, and that it also plans to add a dedicated gaming section to its Timeline. Personally, while I’m about as much a fan of games on Facebook as I am of Eastenders’ Christmas episodes, obviously 250,000,000 of you are very happy to tend your farms or match jewels or whatever, there. Watch this space for news of 500,000,000 Facebook gamers to appear ...


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FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Forget about God saving the Queen, it’s a revamped arena spectacular that’s keeping the band’s music alive on stage these days. We Will Rock You has been doing just that to 12 million Queen fans for the past decade, and the musical is in town this week ahead of a worldwide arena tour. Directed by writer/comedian Ben Elton with Queen guitarist Brian May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor as the musical supervisors, We Will Rock You delivers 24 Queen songs to your ears through the magic of rock theatre. The show is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this arena tour which features a bigger and better design than previous performances. And Brian May says you won’t be disappointed, promising audiences will have “a big night out” with this big show. We Will Rock You rocks The O2 for four performances from this Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6th with tickets from €40, including booking fee. Or, if you like your Queen shows to feature the real thing, here’s something really special. Brian May will be turning off the lights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre this summer for one night only as part of The Born Free Tour. The man behind Queen anthems such as We Will Rock You, I Want It All and Fat Bottomed Girls is playing an acoustic show, by candlelight alongside vocalist Kerry Ellis, who’ll be singing songs that have been hand-picked and rearranged by May. It promises to be a show with a difference. Brian May and Kerry Ellis play the Olympia Theatre on Sunday, June 30 and tickets are €36.50, including booking fee. God save us a seat!

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The lights are on and the studio is ready for the launch of, the brainchild of Simon Maher, right

interview: a new sound for dublin music lovers emerges

8’s eclectic dream  ROB HEIGH

As every avid music fan knows, the variety of music available on Irish radio is, erm... limited. Niche stations, like Radio Nova, break the mould by catering to a specific style of music and find there are huge audiences disenfranchised by playlistdriven broadcasting that clutters the dial. Rock has its saviour in Nova, but what about our taste? That scattershot love of everything on the spectrum, from Adam and the Ants to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and back again?

It looks like our saviour has risen in the form of, a new station set to light up Dublin every weekend on 94.3FM until July, as well as online every day and on its Apple and Android apps. Their eclectic mix has been putting a big smile on faces in this office and everywhere else it has been heard across the city, and Gazette Music caught up with its creator, Simon Maher, and asked where the idea for the station came from. “I was general manager and one of the presenters on Phantom when it was

seeds set for festival Nick Cave and PiL among first acts for Body & Soul NICK Cave and The Bad Seeds and John

Lydon’s Public Image Limited are among the headline names in the first batch of acts to be confirmed as appearing at Body & Soul 2013, the boutique festival which takes place again this year at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath from June 21 to 23. With more acts to be announced, this is already gearing up to be one of the most magical and unique events of the summer. For more information, see and

taken over, and when I left, I was thinking about what I wanted to do next. “As my day job, I teach media at Ballyfermot College, and I was asking students about what they listen to now, they said they tend to put on iTunes and hit shuffle. I asked them to hit shuffle and tell me the first five tracks that came up, and they were a really eclectic mix. I realised people are able to cope with an unexpected mix of music, so why don’t we create a radio station that does exactly that?” The audience that 8 are looking to capture are a

unique group, something that Simon’s experience in broadcasting has taught him is possible to achieve. “When we went to the BII to get the temporary licence, they asked if we would be taking people away from the established radio stations, and the fact was that we wouldn’t. A lot of the people who would listen to 8 would have been lost to traditional radio, and we knew that would be our target audience. It’s a different kind of radio. “The majority will always listen to traditional

radio or watch traditional TV, but it’s the other people who we are after.” Simon is keen to spread the word, and hopes that this fledgling period for 8 will lead to a more permanent place, whether that be online or on the airwaves. “We would hope by July that we would have around 2,000 to 3,000 listeners a week logging on to the web version of the station. The 15 weeks of the temporary licence will be used to drive people toward that. If people trust us musically, we will see where we go next.”

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MOTORS OUT&ABOUT road NOISE More efficient and better equipped volkswagen: The new Golf 1.4 ACT TSI Highline 140bhp

Ford launches the new Fiesta ST

The new Ford Fiesta ST is Ford’s fastest and most dynamic small production performance car ever, employing a precision-tuned and driver-focused powertrain and chassis to deliver the ultimate Fiesta driving experience. Developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford Motor Company’s Global Performance Vehicle group, the new Fiesta ST is equipped with a 1.6-litre ecoboost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 182 PS and 240 nm of torque. Top speed is 220 km/h. Ford Team RS tuned the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes for optimised driving dynamics; and introduced features only previously found in larger performance cars – including enhanced torque vectoring control (eTVC) and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC), six-speed manual transmission and rear disc brakes. Everyday practicality is underlined by fuel efficiency of 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2 – a 20 per cent emissions reduction compared with the previous generation Fiesta ST, though it produces almost 20 per cent more power than the first-generation model’s 2.0-litre engine. The new Fiesta ST features a large trapezoidal grille with a unique honeycomb construction and dramatic rear diffuser element. The refined high-contrast interior is equipped with Recaro seats, and a new sound symposer channels the engine note to the cabin to ensure the distinctive engine roar is integral to the driving experience. Electronically-optimised enhanced chassis eTVC applies brake force to the inside front wheel of the Fiesta ST when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. New software controls the Fiesta ST’s balance in response to steering inputs under acceleration and braking – and ESC offers full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full ESC deactivation. Electronic power assisted steering offers a sharper steering ratio of 13.69:1 and a shorter steering arm for a more direct response. The Fiesta ST debuts rear disc brakes on the Fiesta platform and introduces a larger tandem brake master cylinder that boosts braking performance.

The Fiesta ST

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I recently took the 1.4TSI ACT Highline spec Golf with 140bhp for a week-long road test. The test model I drove may have had enough poke to leave me with a grin as wide as O’Connell Bridge, but its fuel efficiency betrayed its boyracer appeal. This is thanks to VW’s active cylinder technology, or ACT. This helps to create an extremely efficient engine capable of 4.7 l/100km (combined cycle) and 109 g/km thanks to the ability to deactivate the central two cylinders under light loads. This makes it 23% more efficient than the equivalent engine in the previous version of the Golf. The petrol engine range available for the new Golf starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 bhp, rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 105 bhp up to the all-new 1.4-litre TSI 140 bhp engine with the active cylinder technology mentioned above.

The two diesel engines at launch are a 1.6-litre TDI 105 bhp and a new 2.0-litre TDI 150 bhp unit. Both feature the latest common rail diesel technology for maximum efficiency. All new Golf models – both diesel and petrol – come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration. A 90bhp diesel will follow in Q2 of 2013. On Trendline models, the standard composition colour system includes a five-inch colour touchscreen, FM/AM radio as well as eight speakers (front and rear) and a CD drive (MP3 compatible). The CD drive is located in the glovebox along with the SD card slot. It’s the host of other features that sometimes makes road testing a car that bit more difficult – in this case, I find myself thinking of the features that I could do without to bring down the price a bit (I’ll get to the price later), but, at the same time I know that it is often the sum of the parts that make this particular model so

The Golf is a stunningly well built and beautifully designed car

thoroughly enjoyable. Let’s start with what’s included in the highline spec. There is the impressive 5.8” composition media radio with TFT display and Bluetooth connectivity; climatic air conditioning; electric windows front and rear; electronic parking brake with autohold function; cruise control; sport seats with lumbar support, front; front fog lamps including static cornering lamp; fatigue detection;

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ESP (electronic stability programme) including multiple impact braking. Phew! I would say that for such a generous supply of kit, the highline spec Golf is definitely good value for money. But the model I was driving had even more tasty treats, such as the sport pack that included 17” “Madrid” alloy wheels and 65% light absorbing tinted rear windows; it had a winter pack, a Dis-

cover pro’ navigation system, park assist including park distance control, premium multi-function display, adaptive cruise control with front assist, lane assist including dynamic light assist, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. But these options alone came to an extra €6,336. Which would make the beautiful Golf that I drove cost a whopping €33,081. The moral of the story is – do your homework.

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TRAVEL There’s Norway better to holiday in

The delights of Nhatrang Beach, Vietnam, could await you on a Thomas Cook five-star luxury cruise

getaway: from the bahamas to vietnam, dream cruises await couples

Romantic breaks you’ll love  natalie burke

IT ISN’T hard to imagine a romantic break on the high seas and this year, Thomas Cook have a range of romantic cruise destinations perfect for Irish couples hoping to savour some of the magic of

the sea this summer, from just €1,399 per person sharing. Couples can discover the beauty of the Caribbean this summer aboard the Freedom of the Seas, with the serene beaches of the Bahamas and stops at the idyllic islands of St Maarten and St Tho-

mas providing the ultimate release. Couples can relax in the adults-only solarium, with two cantilevered whirlpools extending 12ft from the side of the ship. This seven-day voyage starts at just €1,399 per adult, including flights.

If a trip to the exotic is called for, South East Asia provides a spectacular backdrop for a couple’s paradise. Operated by the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line, a five-star luxury voyage through the timeless wonders of Vietnam, Cambo-

dia and the Mekong River is available from €3,348 for 16 days, cruise only, taking in the oriental beauty of the Nokor Bachey Temple and the Angkor archaeological area. To book, call Thomas Cook Cruise at 01 514 0336, or see

choice galore: continent has so much on offer for great holidays

Let The Americas lift your spirits  natalie burke

WITH the month of March finishing up with showers of snow, the idea of finally availing of some much-needed sunshine has been a thought playing on all our minds. Perhaps setting sail on a sunshine cruise could be just what you need to help brighten your mood! Whether it’s a tropical cruise through the Caribbean or a more adventurous exploration of

Canada you have in mind, American Holidays is offering some great cruising rates for the month of April, and their staff are even offering to tailor an option to suit you. Start your holiday by spending three nights at the three-star Stay Hotel in Miami, Florida, before hopping aboard a 14-night cruise on the Norwegian Pearl, and spend another three nights at the fourstar Stay Hotel in Los Angeles, California, from

€2,035 per person. Price includes return f lights from Dublin, accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. The option to upgrade to an ocean-view room is available from €235 per person, travelling on April 18. Why not spend five nights at the three-star Hotel Orlando in Florida before taking a sevennight cruise on an allinclusive basis aboard the Freedom of the Seas from

€1,199 per person? Travel on September 10, with a price that includes return flights from Dublin, accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. An option is also available to upgrade to an ocean view from €129 per person. For a chance to see the Big Apple and the sights of Canada, spend three nights at a three-star New York hotel before setting sail on a seven-night cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem, from €1,435

Cruise in style aboard the Freedom of the Seas

per person when you travel on September 18. The price includes return flights from Dublin, taxes and charges, while upgrades are available for €55 per person.

For further dates and prices, call American Holidays at 01 673 3804, call into their office at 18-19 Duke Street, Dublin 2, or see

P&O cruises are offering a chance to explore Norway aboard the newAzura, this May. Departing Southampton on May 24, take in beautiful Bergen (above), the Briksdal glacier near Olden, and Stavanger from €719 per person. The Azura features 11 restaurants, five shopping boutiques, four swimming pools, two lounges and an open air cinema. From Southampton, enjoy a Norwegian summer on the classic Oriana, which includes the Gary Rhodes-inspired Oriana Rhodes restaurant. First stop is the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, famous for its nightlife and views. After taking in the fishing port of Isafjordur and the city of Akureyri, it’s on to the spectacular Faroe Islands. The holiday departs July 7, priced from €789 per person. Prices are per person sharing for these seven night cruises, unless stated, and do not include gratuities. To book, call the Thomas Cook Cruise team (exclusive agents for P&O) in Dublin at 01 514 0336, or see www.







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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport Jude’s hope to raise the bar:

Garda cycling club’s Caroline Ryan, left, and Fingallians’ Sinead Finnegan launched the Race the Ras charity cycle in Croke Park last week

cycling: national breast cancer research institute to benefit from race

Ryan and Finnegan in Croker to launch charity cycle event A HOST of top sports stars past and present joined forces with top world track cyclist Caroline Ryan in Croke Park last week to officially launch the Race the Ras charity cycle. Entering its third year, the charity race will see almost 150 amateur cyclists, accompanied by a host of current and former GAA stars – among them Fingallians and Dublin ladies football star Sinead Finnegan – lining up to bike across Ireland from May 19 to May 26. All money raised will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

The charity cycle is linked with the An Post Ras, Ireland’s most prominent cycling event. The cyclists will start three hours ahead of the professionals and will travel through 13 different counties. Stage finishes will be in the towns of Longford, Nenagh, Listowel, Glengarriff, Mitchelstown, Carlow, Naas, and Skerries on the final day.

Endurance Current Dublin Senior Football selector Declan Darcy spoke of the endurance needed to undertake the cycle:

“This is a serious undertaking. Each of the eight stages averages 146kms in length - 1,260kms in total - and will take over five and a half hours to complete, so the eight-day cyclists will be on the bike for almost 50 hours in total. “Most families in Ireland have been affected in some way by cancer and this is just a small way former GAA players can help raise much needed money. “We are also delighted that more women will be taking part this year and Dublin vice captain Sinead Finnegan was here to show support.”

Broadcasting legend Micheal O’Muircheartaigh was also on hand to launch the charity race and said: “Race the Ras has been a huge success raising €260,000 to date since it began in 2011. “I would ask people to donate no matter how small as it will make a huge difference to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.” To register for the cycle, log on to With eight stages to choose from, cyclists can opt to do all eight stages, a single stage or opt for a combination of two or three stages.

NEXT Saturday, April 6 is the deadline to vote for Dublin representatives St Jude’s in Etihad’s Raise The Bar competition with the winning club announced. Voters are asked to decide which of the final four clubs are most deserving of a year’s sponsorship package with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Jude’s are up against Limerick’s Na Piarsaigh, Cork’s Blackrock and Wexford’s Kilanerin This vote, along with the views of a panel of judges consisting of Nicky English, Des Cahill and Micheal O’Muircheartaigh, will decide which club comes away with the ultimate sponsorship package. For more information, go to

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

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Age just a number for evergreen Fagan

Portmarnock man Oisin Fagan’s colourful career brings him to Essex on Friday as he looks to put a check on Chris Munch and bunch Get In The Game for Heineken Cup Goodwin’s world title ambitions with his unique style SHANE Byrne was among the sporting luminaries who turned out to support the launch of a new multimedia campaign, Get In The Game, ahead of the final of the Heineken Cup being played at the Aviva stadium on May 18. The campaign was launched to a packed house of rugby fans, players and legends in Dublin last week, with Byrne, Frankie Sheehan, Alan Quinlan, Bryn Cunningham and pundit Brent Pope on hand to take part in the digital event. Designed to bring the Heineken Cup experience from the pitch onto fans’ mobiles, computers and into pubs and homes across the country, Get in the Game offers a range of opportunities between now and the date of the final to get involved and be part of the ultimate rugby spectacle. Fans can get involved with Get in the Game via, or by stepping up to challenges featured in pubs throughout Ireland. Arcade-style games such as Conversion Challenge and Catch will be available to online players who will also have their Heineken Cup knowledge tested with quizzes. It is all linked in a single contest where the overall winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience at the final. Karl Donnelly, Heineken’s sponsorship brand manager, said: “Sports fans are increasingly looking for new and engaging ways to enrich the Heineken Cup experience. We have developed an innovative and multifaceted approach that lives on mobile devices, computers and in pubs. Wherever you are, you can Get In The Game with the aim of scoring points and winning prizes.” Donnelly, said: “Today, so much of the conversation around sports events takes place across social media. Heineken recognises how important this space is. We are utilising this rich conversation and harnessing it with visual animations and projections over the weekend of the Heineken Cup final. A custom built structure for this visual display will also provide an interactive virtual kicking game; fans can literally kick conversions which will, in turn, send tweets in support of various teams. A social sentiment project like this has never been seen before in Ireland.’

WITH 15 years separating Oisin “Gael Force” Fagan from his Friday night opponent Chris Goodwin, the Portmarnock scrapper says the gulf in experience gives him plenty of reasons for belief ahead of their date in the Grays Civic Hall in Essex. After an initial date in Cork fell through, 39-year-old Fagan is looking forward to getting back in the ring for the first time since January 2011 against the current World Boxing Federation lightweight champion despite being pitted as the underdog. “Obviously, I’ve been out of the ring for a couple of years but I keep in tip-top shape all the time,” he told GazetteSport. “I can count on two hands and two feet the amount of days I have taken off in the past 20 years; I just keep fit anyway, waiting for the call to come. “Obviously, the odds will be stacked against me but I’m mad for it. He’s 24, I’m 39 and the Irishman in England never goes down too well.” T he relocation of the bout to Goodwin’s home turf from Ireland is a glitch for Fagan but he says that it does not overly bother him. During his career, he has made a habit of putting it up to some of the world’s best, facing

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down a packed house of screaming Mexicans in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against Cesar Chavez Junior while also encountering a hostile crowd against the Pittsburgh kid Paul Spadafora in Pennsylvania. Both times he went the distance against the soon-to-be world champions while he also tussled with Amir Khan whom Fagan tussled with in London, showing little fear of travelling. Such a situation came of a necessity for the Dubliner who arrived to the professional game late by chance, seeking only to earn enough money to fly home from the US. “I was never well promoted in the States and was always the man brought to places and putting it up to the hometown boy. In one way, it’s not great for your record but I’ve only really lost to world champions. “I had to start [fighting professionally] because I was in a tough place in my life and needed a few quid to get home from America. I’ve always thought in the back of my mind, if I started as a kid,

I might have been able to box a bit cleverer. “I was never experienced as an amateur, only having three fights, before I was pushed into being a pro. But it did work for me because I’m afraid of nothing and I don’t have any fear going to Essex.” Fagan made his debut a little over 10 years ago and says the lack of amateur training has left him with a unique, all-action style, something he says Goodwin is unlikely to have seen before. That style is the antithesis of the work he is currently doing with the IABA and Dublin county council, working as a community development officer to help develop the sport. “I wouldn’t teach kids

to box like me because I don’t box, all I do is fight! I know there are 12-yearolds out there who are better boxers than me but it would be hard to find a better fighter. I know my strengths and weaknesses and I know I’m a world class fighter.

the pedal.” And he reckons this method could be key to landing another couple of decent fights in the future. “I’ll be his toughest to date. On the flip side, I’ve had about 10 opponents who were


‘I wouldn’t teach kids to box like me because I don’t box; all I do is fight’ - Oisin Fagan


“Nobody really has a style like mine. I don’t say that to brag but I get bored by boxing and I like when people say ‘he’s a good scrapper’, that I’m exciting and never take my foot off

on a better level than this guy. You can’t really take that too much into account but I’m quietly confident. I like going in as the underdog and I’m happy enough to take on that role.”

Oisin Fagan, right, says his experience will help him see off Chris Goodwin

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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards march winners

Local teams FastSport line out in U-12 contest 


fiona coghlan LUCAN teacher Coghlan has been the leader of the pack with Ireland’s women’s rugby team, captaining the national team to their historic set of achievements in the 2013 6 Nations championship run, only the third captain ever to claim the Grand Slam.

DE LA Salle Palmerston hosted their fifth annual Under-12 festival of rugby last week in the new surround of Ballycorus Road. Over 25 teams took part, with the guests of honour being the London Irish RFC squad whose visit was part of the Gathering event. Most of the participating clubs were from within the Metro area which covers Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare but DLSP were also delighted to wel-

come Wicklow, Naas, NUIM Barnhall, Coolmine and Terenure for the first time. The club were particularly indebted to the likes of Vivian Harrington, John Connolly and Michael Nugent for organising an event of this magnitude while they also were thankful for the support provided by Old Wesley RFC. They stepped in to provide their impressive Ballycorus Road facility as a venue, after Kirwan Park had been declared unplayable due to waterlogged pitches.

TEAMof the MONTH H monkstown HC MONKSTOWN hockey club ended their 99-year wait for Irish Senior Cup glory, finally breaking their hoodoo in the competition in the most thrilling of finals as Andy Ewington, for the second time in a week, netted a silver goal winner.

Get set for the Great Ireland Run 

D u bl i n G a z e t t e Newspapers is delighted to announce that we have teamed up again this year with the SPAR Great Ireland Run to recognise runners in each of our papers’ local areas. The Gazette will recognise the fastest man and woman from each paper’s circulation area with a specially designed plaque as well as prizes

of sports gear. After the run, we will also be publishing a results list of the top local male and female finishers. The SPAR Great Ireland Run 2013 will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, April 14, at 1 pm. This year’s run will more than ever be about enjoying a full family running day as a mini run for five- to eightyear-olds over a one mile lap has been added to

the programme alongside a junior run for nine to 15-year-olds over 2.5km. The mini-run and junior run will precede the main event and an adult can run or walk alongside each child in the mini-run. Up to 12,000 entries are expected and every adult entrant will receive an exclusive technical T shirt as well as a medal and a generous goody bag after completing the run.

Participants are being encouraged to raise funds for good causes and the event’s nominated charities are the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and SPAR’s charity par tner, the 3Ts – Turn The Tide of Suicide. The Baby Max Wings of Love Fund is the nominated charity for the junior run and mini run. Entries can be made online at

Dundrum athlete Ava Hutchinson at the launch of the Great Ireland Run

Four medals for Whitechurch at Dublin championships Whitechurch Boxing Club were celebrating recently when their six entrants into the Dublin championships returned with two gold and two silver medals. Sean McGuirk and Seamus Maughan picked up their first championship medals for the club, with McGuirk beating a current Irish Champion on his way to silver, while Sean Mari and Megan Felton progress to the AllIreland championships as county champions. The youngest member of the team, Seamus Maughan, met a great opponent in Michael McDonagh from Darndale BC in his final but can be proud of his performance over the three rounds. The club’s first ever national champion, Megan Felton, continued her winning ways by pipping an excellent Niamh Kelly from Baldoyle BC by 12 points to 8 in a high-tempo final. Reigning Irish champion and Irish international boxer Sean Mari claimed his county title this year by virtue of a walk over, and is now focused on defending his national title this month. The two other members of the team, Dylan Fox-Reynolds and Paddy Maughan, both showed great improvement in their boxing over the course of the championships.

Fantastic Fins win in Athlone Fingallians AC were in flying form last week at the national championships in Athlone, with fine performances from the travelling panel. Marie Torsney won the Under-17 girls’ national indoor shot putt title with a personal best of 13.54m, and Fiona Tuite won the Under-18 title in the same event, with another personal best,

14.54m, which was also a new national record. Meanwhile, in the boys’ Under-18 1,500m Sam Martin placed third, as did Ciaran McManus in the boys’ Under-13 60m race. Torsney, Tuite and Martin were all award winners in Fingallians’ 2012 athletic awards. Notable performances were also recorded by Bronwyn Keogh, Rachel Murray, Brian Markey, Stephen O’Connor and Conaill Tuite.


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soccer: premier league giants added to 2013 roster

Man U set for Hibernia bow  stephen findlater

Top honour for Master Hogan in Tae Kwon Do Local martial arts instructor Michelle Hogan was recently awarded her Fourth Dan Black Belt at St Mary’s Parish Church in Howth. The Dubliner was inspired to take up martial arts by watching Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles as child and has since applied herself to the pursuit of Tae Kwon Do excellence, picking up a series of world and national titles along the way. Aged 18, Michelle founded the Irish Tae Kwon Do Tigers, which has since seen a number of students follow in their Master’s footsteps by winning several trophies, titles and honours. On the day Michelle was awarded her Fourth Dan, four of her students also successfully graded for their first black belts. The club is firmly established and recently moved to a dedicated training facility in Dun Laoghaire.

Waves rolled over in FAI league loss DLR WAVES fell 2-1 to Castlebar Celtic who climbed into fourth spot in the Women’s FAI National League last weekend at Jackson Park. Katie McCarthy scored for the home side with Trish Moran and Emma Mullin netting for Castlebar. DLR created a lot of early chances without putting them away before Celtic broke the deadlock after Moran scored from a close range finish after a delivery from Lucy Hannon

bounced around the goalmouth and Mullin extended the visiting side’s lead on the half hour with a low strike from 25 yards. Syliva Gee’s cross was diverted home by McCarthy from close range to pull it back to 2-1 with 20 minutes left and McCarthy had an equaliser ruled out after the referee adjudged that the Celtic keeper had been fouled in the build-up. Hannon might have claimed a third goal on the break but DLR averted the danger on that occasion. Waves failed to find the leveller and Castlebar travelled home with the three points.

ST JOSEPH’S Boys have confirmed Manchester United will take part in the 2013 Hibernia Cup, the annual Under-15 festival of football set to take place in Sallynoggin in August. The prestigious competition has welcomed clubs the world over, with the likes of Japan’s Izumo City and five-time entrants FC Utrecht giving the tournament a real international flavour. In the past few seasons, Liverpool and Glasgow Celtic have entered the fray, reaching the final for

the past two years with a win each in the competition. Landing Manchester United, though, is a coup for Joey’s showpiece preseason event. It came about as part of the deal that saw Republic of Ireland underage international Sam Byrne graduate from the Sallynoggin club to the Old Trafford ranks where he is currently making his way through the academy ranks. And the club chairman says it is a significant signing for the ever-popular event. “It’s improved every year. We usually do well but Liverpool and Celtic

have contested the last two years and it looks possible Liverpool will be back again, too. “We haven’t finalised everything yet but we’re looking for another continental side just to get a different style and flavour to the tournament. It’s important we don’t just have English or Scottish clubs.” The host club will be on the roster along with a Republic of Ireland U-15 development squad for the eight team competition. Wolverhampton and Celtic are also signed up and raring to go. The event will run this year from August 16 to 18

and is for players born in 1999 and will feature up to 160 top players from Ireland and beyond. Last year, the club was thronged with supporters for a stunning three days of football. The standard of football was a treat to watch for the hundreds. Liverpool returned for their second Hibernia Cup and won their group and progressed to the final with three wins from their three group games, In Group B, Celtic arrived for their first Hibernia Cup on the back of winning the Foyle Cup a month earlier, winning all three games, scoring 11 and only conceding one.

The annual Hibernia Cup has seen the likes of Liverpool, Celtic and Utrecht take part in previous years

smiles for leinster

Beaming for the Blues in Ballsbridge Sophie Jones from Shankill, Terese Hus-

sey from Cabinteely and Niamh Forrester from Monkstown were beaming for the Blues when they supported the county in their match against Ulster in the Rabo Pro 12 League last weekend at the RDS in Ballsbridge. But the blues were all that was on offer for the Heineken Cup holders, who were defeated for the first time at home by their northern rivals since 1999.

The final itself kicked off at 1pm on Sunday with at least a thousand spectators in attendance, Celtic took an early lead but Liverpool drew level with a second half penalty, with nothing to separate the sides, the game finished 1-1 and went straight to a penalty shoot-out with Liverpool running out 2-1 winners after a superb performance from the Liverpool goalkeeper. Elsewhere, Kieran Butler and Neil Farrugia from the club’s U-14 Premiers are part of the DDSL Kennedy Cup squad who took part in the Gathering Tournament this week.

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dublin gaa: mixed fortunes for county teams 

Club Noticeboard cuala IT WAS a quiet weekend on the games

Second tee: shotgun start at 2:30pm

front but watch out now for a rash

sharp; please register before 1:30pm.

of rearranged fixtures lost to the

Handicaps are GUI and ILGU maximum

weather in recent weeks.

men’s non-GUI handicap is 18.

The Mick Holden Memorial golf clas-

Maximum ladies non–ILGU handicap

sic will be held this year at Woodbrook

is 28; team of four: €300; corporate

Golf Club on Friday, April 5.

team of four: €400 – includes having

The occasion provides an opportunity for relatives, friends, colleagues

The popular Cuala Easter camps

meet, chat, recall old memories and

continue this week with hurling for

to celebrate Mick’s life.

the younger groups and football for

successes and very enjoyable occa-

We will be back to a full round of fixtures across all age groups next

ebratory and friendly atmosphere.

weekend and you can keep up to date

Competition format: team of four,

with all our news as ever on Twitter,

Best two scores to count on each hole.

Facebook or via the weekly club mem-

Each player to provide two drives.

ber ezine that goes out every Thurs-

First tee: between 8am and 10am.

day night.

nhl division 1b

CUALA’S Oisin Gough made his first start of the national hurling league campaign as he came back into the cornerback slot for Dublin last weekend as part of a much changed line-up for the visit of Carlow to Parnell Park. It brought the Dalkey club’s representation up to three players in the starting line-up with Paul Schutte at full-back and the bullish David Treacy leading the forward line. The 13-point victory means the Dubs now have an NHL Division 1B final date against Limerick as they helped the side to victory by 15 points with Niall McMorrow weighing in with 2-1 while Paul Ryan came off the bench to snag seven points. Former skipper Stephen Hiney put in a strong stint in the halfbacks alongside club mate Conal Keaney who was in the unfamiliar

land seven points while McMorrow scored his second goal, setting up a final date with Limerick next Saturday in Thurles at 7pm.

Ladies Earlier in the day, the Dublin ladies were unceremoniously put to the sword by a Monaghan side flying high who continued their unbeaten run in the NFL division one to date in 2013. Foxrock Cabinteely’s Emma McDonagh lined out at centre-forward but it was a pale shadow of the regular Jackies line-up who were vastly understrength. Without the likes of Foxrock skipper Sinead Goldrick (hamstring), All-Star Sinead Aherne

(illness) , goalkeeper Cliodhna O’Connor, Niamh McEvoy (knee), Orlagh Egan (shoulder) and Kim Flood (broken foot) while Aimee Hazley and Emma Merrigan were also unavailable. Monaghan raised the green flag on four occasions in the opening half whilst playing against the breeze. Therese McNally and Caoimhe Mohan got a goal a piece while full forward Ciara McAnespie hit Dublin on the double, resulting in Monaghan taking a 12-point lead in the dressing room at half time. And despite Denise McKenna’s second half goal, 10 more points from the Farney county saw them run out 4-15 to 1-5 winners.

WE are delighted to report that ball

place on May 24. More information to

stopping nets were erected in Pairc Ui


Bhriain on Good Friday. Many thanks

We would like to thank all our mem-

to Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown Co Coun-

bers who have paid their membership

cil and special thanks to Shane Pol-

so far. For those who haven’t as of yet

lard, minor football mentor, for his

paid we would encourage all to pay

perseverance in bringing this project


to finality.

Membership can be paid online

The Naomh Olaf race night will take

through a link on the club website,

place on April 6. All those who are still or by getting the form

to return cards with horses, jockeys

from behind the bar.

and trainers names, please return to

There was no winner of the joker’s

team mentors or drop them in behind

wild so next week’s jackpot is worth

the bar as programmes need to be put


together. This promises to be a great night so please support. The Naomh Olaf golf classic will take

The lotto draw details can be found on the club website on the right side of the page.

ballyboden st enda’s There was one winner of the jackpot of €4,500: Gearoid O’Suilleabhain, Knocklyon.

are asked to attend. Feile Na nGael 2013 is only around the corner and this year’s fund-

Match first three winners were

raising starts again for the 2013

Anne Scallan, Knocklyon; Darrelle

Ballyboden St Enda’s Feile Na nGael

Dolan, Rathfarnham; Clarinda Noo-


nan, Knocklyon. Bernadette Gunn,

This year’s Feile fundraiser is on

Santry won the weekly subscriber’s

April 12 in the clubhouse and prom-

draw and Sam Feeney, Rathfarn-

ises to be a good night.

ham, won the monthly subscriber’s

A selection of the Dublin minor

draw. This will result in the lotto

squad are taking on our interme-

starting at €1,000 for next week.

diate footballers on the Prunty

Ballyboden St Enda’s ex tends

10.30am Saturday morning.

its sympathy to Joseph and Mary

Some of our Boden minors will fea-

Young o n the d e ath of Ma r y’s

ture for the Dubs along with coach

brother, Nicholas Cleere. Ar dheis

Mark Fee. Please support.

De go raibh si.

Ballyboden’s Rachel Ruddy in action for Dublin

full details.

strands of Mick’s life have met in a cel-

naomh olaf

centre back position. Kilmacud Crokes Ryan O’Dwyer, meanwhile, was another to return to the line-up after injury and brought a physical presence to the forward lines as Anthony Daly shuffled his deck ahead of the league final and the summer’s championship challenges. The first half was a scrappy performance that initially saw Dublin struggle in an untidy opening pock-marked with a large number of wides. McMorrow did score an exquisite goal when he raced in from the left and batted home a classy finish. It added to Kevin Byrne’s earlier goal, tapping home from Treacy’s clever pass across the posts from the baseline. Carlow were reasonably efficient at the far end, clipping over seven points in the first half while Dublin laboured but still managed to finish the half 2-5 to 0-7 up. The second half was tidier with Ryan coming off the bench to

the older ones. See the website for

sions where people from the many

Altered Dublin sides see different results Dublin 3-15 Carlow 0-11 

tee-box. Hole sponsorship : €100.

and former team-mates of Mick to

Previous classics have been great

Cuala’s Oisin Gough made his first start for the Dublin hurlers as they defeated Carlow in NHL 1B

your company logo displayed on the

Are you a budding journalist or

The 43rd annual general meeting

are you interested in volunteering

of Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA, Cam-

within the club with something that

ogie and Ladies Football club will

doesn’t take much time - why not

take place on Monday, April 15, at

get involved with our Ballyboden St

8.30pm in the club hall. All members

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