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Month XX, 2012 Dun laoghaire • Blackrock • Cornelscourt • Deansgrange • Dalkey • Glasthule • Monkstown • Glenageary

INSIDE: Students of St Joseph’s of Cluny go running to help support cancer services See Pages 8-9

theatre: Fans in for a treat with Druid’s production of two Tom Murphy plays P5

Paws for thought: Helping to launch a national walk Soccer:

Park Celtic win big in John Giles U-16 Cup final Page 30


Cuala produce top comeback to beat Crumlin Page 31

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES....................... 8 DUBLIN LIFE....................11 OUT&ABOUT...................17 CLASSIFIEDS.................26 SPORT............................27

TV3’s Lisa Cannon had help from

Dalkey sisters Annabel, Phoebe and Rosalind Neel when she took guide dogs-in-training Siofra and Koco for a walk recently. The presenter, girls and dogs were all working together to launch Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s upcoming National Walk, which is taking place on Sunday, June 9. To see where your local fundraising walk is taking place, or to organise your own, see www.

Newpark celebrates brand-new buildings Principal’s delight as Tanaiste’s letter confirms Blackrock school to be rebuilt

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AFTER a wait of 13 years, the Government announced that Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock is finally to get a brand-new school building this year.

The Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, said that Newpark Comprehensive is one of: “50 major school building projects to proceed to tender and construction in 2013.” The project will take two

years to complete. The work will be done in three phases, starting with the construction of a temporary school, the demolition of the existing flat-roofed building and construction of the new school, and the

renovation of the red brick building and sport centre. The principal of Newpark Comprehensive, Derek Lowry, said that the school was “absolutely delighted” at the news. Full Story on Page 3

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Striking workers at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, prior to a settlement being reached

Shanganagh strike ends as proposals accepted A SETTLEMENT was reached in the Shanganagh Treatment Plant dispute last week when members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) working at the plant voted unanimously to accept proposals from the Labour Relations Commission and return to work. The vote came after

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three days of strike action at the plant, and the acceptance by SDD Shanganagh Water Treatment Ltd to refer the

issues in dispute relating to pay and shift premium payments to the Labour Court. SIPTU sector organiser Martin Meere said: “Outstanding matters will now be adjudicated by the Labour Court in a timely manner. Our members are very pleased with the terms of this settlement.” Negotiations based around shift and incremental pay broke down at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), with SIPTU and SDD blaming each other for the breakdown. The Gazette spoke to Meere about the main sticking points around which negotiations had dissolved. He said that the main area of dispute centred on SIPTU’s request that night shift workers at the plant get 2% more pay than the day shift workers. “We asked for 2% on top of the €15 per hour [the night shift workers]

get. This would amount to an extra 30c an hour, so it would have only cost the company €132 per week extra, in total. “If they had done that, there would be no strike. Instead, they offered a 2% pay rise across the board, with a pay freeze until 2014.” Daragh Kennedy, a Shanganah plant worker and SIPTU shop steward, spoke to The Gazette and expressed his satisfaction that the dispute was set to go before the Labour Court.

Labour Court “We’re getting there. It still has to go to the Labour Court in around eight weeks. “In reality, there was no need for this strike because SDD, having reneged on their promises [regarding a 2% pay increase, long-term contracts and pension entitlements] made at the Labour Relations Commission, they then gave in after three days

of strike action and put ever y thing back as agreed the previous Thursday.” Another plant worker, Jeff Jones, said: “The workers wish to thank the local community – especially the residents of Shanganagh Cliffs Estate – and local businesses who provided tremendous support during this strike. “We also wish to acknowledge the work of a number of local councillors who showed solidarity and whose support assisted in this settlement being reached.” An SDD spokesman said: “The issues involved have been referred to the Labour Court by agreement between both sides. We remain committed to the use of the State’s industrial relations machinery to resolve outstanding issues. “Our sole objective is to ensure that this essential public service continues to function efficiently and safely.”

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schools Tanaiste’s letter confirms construction to start this year charity St Paul’s to host concerts

Newpark to get new building  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

CONSTRUCTION is due to begin this year on the long-awaited new school building for Newpark Comprehensive, according to a letter sent to a local Dun LaoghaireRathdown county councillor by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. In the letter from the Tanaiste, Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) was told: “Following my representations on your behalf, I have been informed by the Department of Education and Skills that the project for Newpark Comprehensive School was included in the Minister for Education and Skills announcement on December 10, 2012 as one of 50 major school building projects to proceed to tender and construction

in 2013.” The Tanaiste went on to say that tenders for the school refurbishment project were issued in February of this year, and that a design team was currently going through all of the submissions. “The preferred party [contractor] will then be requested to procure a bond and to submit the necessary insurance and confirmation certificates etc that are required to complete the tendering process. “However, it should be noted that this is a process which can take a number of months to complete,” said the Tanaiste’s letter. The principal of Newpark, Derek Lowry, spoke to The Gazette about the good news. He said: “We are getting a brand-new school

after asking for it for more than 13 years, and we’re absolutely delighted work will start on it this year. “Conditions had deteriorated over the years – imagine [by] how much, considering that we were looking for a new school 13 years ago. “It has been very difficult to maintain the infrastructure of the building to a proper standard and emergency work needed has cost a lot of money, which parents and the Department of Education have provided. “Our campus is open from 7am until 11pm, so it’s used all the time. “We will have to inhabit temporary accommodation for two years while the new school is being built, and this will be a challenge, but we have to keep our eye on the final

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Detail of the new school building for Newpark Comprehensive

goal. “We have 830 [students] at the moment, and the new school will be the same size [to accommodate that number],” said Lowry. Local Independent

councillor, and a former Newpark student, Victor Boyhan called on the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, to announce a commitment date for the rebuilding of Newpark before the

school closes for the summer recess. He said: “Successive governments have had a great record of making promises but a poor track record in delivering for Newpark.”

A SERIES of summer concerts and performances are being lined up for June and July in the newly-restored St Paul’s Church in Glenageary. The Thursday lunchtime events will showcase a local arts group each week who will perform for the public in aid of St Vincent de Paul Society. The concerts are free, but patrons are encouraged to donate to the charity. Some of the talents due include jazz musician Ronan Guilfoyle, and there will also be a talk by author Bruce Arnold. The lunchtime events in St Paul’s Church will run from 1.15pm until 1.45pm, every Thursday throughout June and July.

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National 50+ Enterprise “Change, Challenge & Opportunity” residential workshop Over 50s from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County are being encouraged to start a new business, using their transferrable skills amassed during time in the workforce. Those who have taken early retirement or redundancy payments in particular are being urged to consider starting their own company. INDIVIDUALS aged over 50 who are thinking of starting their own business, or in the early stages of a start-up are being invited to a two day residential workshop, which is taking place at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July. This workshop is organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board and the network of County and City Enterprise Boards and will focus on giving participants an insight into what is needed to research, start and develop a business. Sessions on formulating a business plan, recognising transferrable assets, marketing the business and developing an exit strategy will also be included as well as information on the financial and non-financial supports available to entrepreneurs, how to price a product or service and how to move forward in business. The cost, which includes workshop fee, accommodation for one night and meals is €100. For full details on this workshop and to book your place, please visit Details on all the other supports available from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise are also available on

facility Visitor experience, writers’ gallery added

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre reopens  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE new and improved Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre was officially reopened last week by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.

Organisers are calling the new facility an experience “where the 21st century meets the 15th century”, following the completion of the refurbishment of the centre in March. There is now a visitor

experience in the castle which includes exhibitions ranging from local historical stories to famous local people. A brand-new interactive timeline has been installed, which takes the visitor from early Chris-

tian times through the Viking, Medieval and Victorian eras, and on to modern day Dalkey. The interactive timeline experience is available in 12 languages. Another new feature is the Writers’ Gallery,

which explores Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s literary and creative connections, from writers such as James Joyce, who lived for a time in Martello Tower in Sandycove, and U2’s Bono, who currently lives in the area.

Award: Loreto is thanked LORETO Primary School, Dalkey was one of a number of schools which were presented with an award at the Our World Irish Aid awards recently. Jim Gavin, the manager of Dublin City Senior football team, presented Loreto teacher Monica Gleeson and pupils Ellie Collins, Leah Carolan and Grace Cassidy with their prestigious award, in recognition of their imaginative project entered for this year’s theme, Education for all the World’s Children.

enterprise: people advised to use their range of skills

Workshop invites over-50s to start up new businesses  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A N YO N E i n D u n Laoghaire-Rathdown over the age of 50 wishing to start over again in business can do so with the help of a speciallytailored workshop, set to take place in July. Dun Laohgaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board (DLRCEB), in association with other county boards around the country, are organising a two-day residential workshop for people over 50, entitled Change, Challenge And Opportunity, to encourage them to start up new businesses and inform them of how to do it.

The idea behind the initiative is to make people aware of ways they can start up a new business by transferring the skills and experience they have amassed during the time they have spent in the workforce, and to consider funding the new venture with their retirement or redundancy payments. The two-day national workshop will take place on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2 in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, and will focus on giving participants an insight into what is needed to research, start and develop a business. Key note speakers

include Aidan McCormack, Justine Negri (founder of Sole Careers) and Denis Coen (Elite Performance Mind Coach), as well as other successful entrepreneurs aged 50 and over who will be sharing their own experiences and advice. McCormack set up a training and consultancy business in his 50s based on his management background in the healthcare sector. He was inspired to start the business after he attended a senior entrepreneur workshop last year. Michael Johnson, chief executive officer, DLRCEB, said: “Ireland, like the rest of Europe,

has an aging population; people are living and working longer. In addition, people are more likely to move between jobs and develop a number of careers. “People in their 50s and 60s have better health [than ever before], are more vibrant and seek to make a dynamic contribution to their communities. “Many people aged over 50 from Dun LaoghaireRathdown who consider starting their own business must realise that they have achieved transferrable skills during their working lives, which are essential for entrepreneurs.

“People who have taken early retirement or redundancy will often have enough capital for a strong start-up [business]. “These workshops will provide essential information, from setting up their business, to developing a marketing plan, running a successful company and formulating an exit strategy,” said Johnson. The Change, Challenge and Opportunity residential workshop costs €100, which includes workshop fee, accommodation for one night and meals. If you are interested in attending, contact DLRCEB at www.dlrceb. ie/training.

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arts Emigration a theme in plays at the Pavilion

Druid bringing Tom Murphy plays to town  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

RENOWNED theatre company Druid is bringing a Tom Murphy double bill – Conversations on a Homecoming, and A Whistle in the Dark – to the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire this June. Dr uid’s productions of Murphy’s plays have received a string of awards and five-star reviews, including one of this year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards. The company will be touring the two plays




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around the country and will stop off at the Pavilion for five days. The Druid Murphy productions are part of a nationwide tour which will take in Galway, Tralee Dublin, Portlaoise, Ennis, Letterkenny, Longford and Limerick. The productions are performed by a cast of 11 actors, including Marie Mullen, Maeliosa Stafford, Gavin Drea (who has appeared in Love/Hate, and What R ichard Did) , Garrett Lombard (who has

appeared in Pure Mule, and Alexander), Rory Nolan and Marty Rea. Director Garry Hynes said: “Druid’s relationship with the great Tom Murphy goes back almost 30 years, and his work has always been very popular with Druid audiences. He is one of the great writers of our time and we’re looking forward to bringing these two plays to the Pavilion Theatre.” Conversations on a Homecoming is set in Galway in the 1970s and focuses on Michael – a

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Michael (Marty Rea) and Missus (Marie Mullen) celebrate his return to Galway after a decade away in Conversations on a Homecoming

30-something emigrant who has returned home from New York after being 10 years away. He has to face his old pals with the knowledge that he was the one member among them who got away to live the dream, but now he is back. A Whistle in the Dark

is set in 1960 and also throws a spotlight on Irish emigration. This time, main character Michael Carney is living in Coventry with his new wife, Betty, and his wild brothers, who live with them. The plays are at the Pavilion Theatre from

Tuesday, June 11 until Saturday, June 15. Both plays will be on the bill at the Dun Laoghaire venue, and people can get a double bill ticket or a single. Tickets are available from the box office at 01 231 2929, or

A WEEK of special recitals is to take place in the Joyce Tower, Sandycove during the week leading up to Bloomsday on Sunday, June 16. Classical guitarist John Feeley and Fran O’Rourke will perform Irish songs with a distinct Joycean connection in the tower from June 5 until June 10, at 7pm each day. Feeley will play a guitar once owned by Joyce, which was restored last year, and will be supported by Fran O’Rourke – a singer and UCD Professor of Philosophy. There will also be a treat for poetry fans as the renowned Irish poet Paul Muldoon gives a recital on Sunday, June 9.

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initiative Volunteers happy to give support awards:

wins from an taisce

Local water flags praised  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Teams from Abbott donated time and energy to hospices in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross

Abbott staff help Blackrock Hospice  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE recent National Volunteering Week saw a Blackrock hospice avail of some much-needed help, courtesy of teams of Abbot healthcare staff from its centres in Citywest, Liffey Valley and Santry. The Abbot employees assisted the hospice in Blackrock, and one in Harold’s Cross, by donating their time and energy throughout the week. Speaking about Abbott’s involvement with the hospices for National Volunteering Week, Mo Flynn, chief executive officer of Our

Lady’s Hospices and Care Services, said: “We are pleased Abbott partnered with us for the week. “The hospices rely on the support and dedication of volunteers in the community, and this support enables us to continue to focus on the provision of high-quality care to our patients.” National Volunteering Week is a campaign by Volunteer Ireland – an agency dedicated to promoting and celebrating volunteering in Ireland. This year, the week ran from May 13 to May 19. Abbott is a global healthcare company specialising in the devel-

opment of products and technologies in many healthcare areas. The company serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people. Abbott employees who volunteered to help the hospice in Blackrock were part of a nationwide employee volunteering programme entitled Croi an Oir (Heart of Gold). Our Lady’s Hospices and Care Services in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross provide specialist care for people with a range of needs, from rehabilitation to end-oflife care. The volunteering efforts

by Abbott’s employees at Our Lady’s Hospices in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross during National Volunteering Week were praised by Carmel Mulroy, of Abbott Ireland. She said: “Hospices are a critical community need that employees across all our facilities in Ireland wanted to actively support. Last year, Abbott employees volunteered almost 12,000 hours in their local areas. Volunteering is a valued practise in Abbott, and we are delighted to be supporting a charity that provides important services for patients and their families in our community.”

KILLINEY Beach and Seapoint were both winners at this year’s An Taisce International Blue Flag awards and the National Green Coast awards, which were held at a ceremony at Martello Tower in Seapoint last week. The Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan presented prizes to 119, winners in the Blue Flags and Green Coast awards on May 23. In total, 74 International Blue Flags and 45 National Green Coast Awards were announced for Ireland, which took account of stricter bathing water quality standards. Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) said the awarding of Blue Flag status to Killiney Beach and Seapoint is great news for the local areas, and she expects to see an increase in the number of visitors to their shores as a result. She said: “This year, just three new Blue Flags were awarded nationally; two of which were in the Dun Laoghaire constituency. The council and everyone who has played a role [are] to be commended for a job well done.”

Coillte protesters gear up for Ticknock demonstration A demonstration in Ticknock woodland to oppose the possible privatisation of Irish forests is being organised by Dun Laoghaire TD, Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) next month as part of a nationwide day of protest. Last week, Deputy Boyd Barrett, along with The Natural Resources Protection Alliance and the Woodland League, held a meeting outside Leinster

House to put pressure on the government. Hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration outside the Dail as part of the campaign against the government’s proposal to sell the harvesting rights to Ireland’s public forests. The planned marches take place on June 9 and follow the Walk In The Woods protest which took place at Avondale, Co Wicklow, in April. Over 4,000

people attended that event to oppose the sale of the semi-state forestry company, Coillte’s, harvesting rights. Nationwide

The nationwide day of action will take place in Dublin, Wicklow, Kerry and Cork, among other woodland areas throughout the country. The Ticknock walk begins at 1pm and protesters will demand

a “clear government commitment that forest privatisation will be abandoned,” said Deputy Boyd Barrett. “It’s absolutely clear that our protests are having an impact and the government are rattled. However, Ministers Howlin, Coveney and the Taoiseach himself have all stated that the privatisation of the Coillte’s harvesting rights is still under active consideration.”



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Laura Spain and Katie O’Byrne

Jack Pritchard cheered on the girls

The students get set for their big run. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Sarah Lynam

Teacher Caroline McPhillips was delighted to finish the run

fundraiser: Cluny students run 5.5km

Big strides for Marie Keating T

HE students of St Joseph’s of Cluny girls secondary school in Killiney recently held a 5.5km run to fundraise for the Marie Keating Foundation and to raise awareness about breast cancer. The girls raced around some laps of

the school grounds, through to Ballinclea Heights and back up the school avenue. Sarah Lynam finished in first place at 15.56 minutes, followed by Jemma Matthews at 17.35 minutes, Ellen Nash at 19.04 minutes and Cleo Jensen at 19.12 minutes.

Cleo Jensen approaches the finish line to reach fourth place

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Junio Salvadore and Adriana Vergara

Ella Goodwin, Peter Devlin and Lisa Hogan. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary

Radio Nova blasts into summer in fine style R

ADIO Nova kicked off the summer in rock ‘n’ roll style as they recently hosted a big party at their usual hot party venue, Cafe en Seine, in Dublin. The Radio Nova Listener’s Party featured music from

Arune and Aiste Keturakyte

The Hot Sprockets, and the Nova DJs played out many of the best hits throughout the night. The loyal listeners also had chances to win great prizes on the night, and they partied hard until the early hours.

Barry Egan and Emma English

Aine Kennedy

Anne Naughton and Lorraine Robson

Annie O’Shea and Suzanne Fitzpatrick

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books: wide range of genres to be covered

An impressive line-up for Dalkey’s fourth festival The four th annual Dalkey Book Festival is being held this year from June 14 to 16 in the charming seaside village. David McWilliams came up with the idea to start a book festival in 2010 at a meeting of The Dalkey Business Group. The idea was a creat i ve r e s p o n s e t o a community desire to encourage activity, both cultural and economic

in the area. This year’s line up is a very impressive array of mainly Irish writers working in several genres from poetry and prose to journalism and history. Interview

On June 14, in the Church of the Assumption, Pat Kenny will be inter viewing Rober t Fisk, the 30-year Middle East correspondent

for The Independent. There will also be a tribute to the late Maeve Binchy and Dalkey resident in the form of a talk in the town hall on June 14 and as a photographic display in the library. Other writers due to appear include Edna O’Brien, Anne Enright, Frank McGuinness, Roddy Doyle, Declan Kiberd, Dawn O’Porter (Chris O’Dowd’s wife),

Robert Fisk, Eoin Colfer, Pauline McLynn, Tim Pat Coogan, Eamon Morrissey and a host of others. Talks, readings and dramatisations of books will be held in venues all over Dalkey and tickets for each show cost from €10 to €15. Book by phoning 086 054 2531 or the festival box office will be open from June 10 at 20 Railway Road in Dalkey.

David McWilliams came up with the idea to start a book festival in 2010


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A berry lovely look for the lady in red Rosanna Davison took fashion to a very natural level when she donned a dress decorated with real cranberries for the launch of the show gardens at this year’s Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park. The dress was designed by Trish Kelly from the Grafton Academy of Dress Design and took over 20 hours to create. The former Miss World’s new look is inspired by a show garden themed - A Cranberry Gathering, Inspired

by Ocean Spray - by award-winning gardening duo Alan Rudden and David Ryan from Gardens Now, based in Castleknock. This show garden, which features at Bloom, will have 25 tonnes of soil shifted to create a sunken courtyard, house two outdoor living spaces, an elevated hideaway and a 4m high wall with cantilever steps. The garden will feature 750 plants, eight specimen trees, and 2,000 litres of water.

Alan and David are hoping that a gold medal is in sight at this year’s Bloom. Bloom opens on Thursday, May 30 for five days, see w w w. for further info.

a great time to visit mill theatre A timely stage version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is to be performed at Mill Theatre Dundrum this June. This is an Irish pre-

miere and was adapted from the popular American novel by Simon Levy. T h e s t o r y, s e t i n the Jazz Age, revolves around Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire and his lavish life. Film and theatre company, CAS Productions is currently touring the show around the country. In April of this year, the company appeared at Mill Theatre with the award winning Dealer’s Choice, a comedy by Patrick Marber. T he Great Gatsby runs in Mill Theatre on June 6 and 7 and tickets, costing €17 and €15 can be booked by contacting the theatre’s box office on 01 296 9340.

Rosanna Davison is pictured with award-winning gardening duo David Ryan and Alan Rudden at the launch of their garden

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theatre: x-Factor star takes the stage

All Marcus needs is just a little Hairspray

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As the happy hairdresser turned singer on the X-Factor, Marcus Collins won over the viewing public, finishing second to Little Mix. Now, he is attempting to win over the public again, this time singing about Hairspray when he

takes on the role of Seaweed Stubbs on the tour of the acclaimed musical, which lands in Dublin on July 16 at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The leap from singing to musical theatre is a comfortable one for Marcus, though he says it comes with its own challenges.

“I tried musical theatre when I was younger, so to get a chance to audition and do something like this is amazing. I’m really enjoying it, but it’s a different type of performance and a challenge.” Despite a gruelling schedule of promotion, and the fact that he is headed for the airport,

Marcus is infectiously upbeat and says that, coupled with his past experiences, Hairspray made an attractive prospect. “I was a hairdresser and [the idea of being in Hairspray] hit me straight away. It’s a fantastic musical, with a brilliant score and a brilliant message. It fits in the pocket of everything I wanted to do.” Te a m i n g u p w i t h renowned English character actor Mark Benton, who stars as larger than life Edna Turnblad and ex-Eastender Lucy Benjamin, who appears as scheming TV executive Velma Von Tussle, Marcus says that he hasn’t been intimidated by his

Hairdresser and X-Factor star Marcus Collins takes on the role of Seaweed Stubbs in the musical Hairspray which lands in Dublin on July 16

co-stars. “They’ve been great to work with and I’m loving everyone. Everyone is getting on quite well, which is great.

“Lucy has her two young daughters with her and we’re all helping out babysitting whenever she needs it.” As a graduate of Simon

Cowell’s talent show, Marcus says that he still watches the show that saw him finish runnerup to all-conquering girl group Little Mix. “It’s weird to watch it. It feels like it was yesterday but at the same time, it feels like it was ages ago. “I relive it when I watch it, so I try to just watch the performances and see how different people interpret their talents.” Coming out of the X-Factor did not guarantee a career and Marcus has had to work to shake off some of the preconceptions about him. “Some people think on X-Factor you just sit on your arse and do two minutes on a Saturday night. But you actually do more than most pop artists that are on record labels.” With a salon opening in Liverpool, TV work and a new single due at the end of the year, Collins is proving that his work ethic can’t be questioned. Hairspray is at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from July 16 to August 3. See

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Child charity donations secure despite scam Charity donors are being reassured that online donations at Jack and Jill are secure and are much-needed after revealing a credit card scam involving €130k in fake donations. The chief executive and founder of children’s foundation Jack & Jill, Jonathan Irwin, issued a statement last week reassuring people that their online donations are safe despite a recent charity scam being uncovered. In the last month and a half the charity has received and refunded over €130,000 via credit card donations which have been scammed from private credit cards, ranging from 2 cents to €3,000. According to Jonathan,

the majority of donations were under €5. Jack and Jill is an Irish children’s charity that provides and funds home nursing care support to 300 families with children with severe developmental delay as a result of brain damage. In his statement he said the criminals use Jack and Jill and other charity websites “to test and verify that the details are still active on the card they have stolen so that they can use it for further, bigger fraudulent transactions or sell it on to other criminals”. Adding: “They were made from skimmed cards linked to financial institutions in countries such as Luxembourg, Venezuela, South Kore-

an, Puerto Rico, Italy and Ireland. “We felt it our duty to go public on this, so that we can alert other charities and remind the public to check their statements for these small ‘tester’ amounts which are a sad reality of credit card skimming. “I also want to reassure our supporters who kindly make regular donations online that our website is safe and secure and that our vigilant online team monitors transactions daily. “We’ve alerted the authorities about this, as well as providing rebates on more than 1,000 fraudulent payments, marking each piece of correspondence with the words ‘fraud alert’. This

has taken a huge amount of time in administration, which has been the real cost to Jack and Jill. “Through good monitoring and prompt action we uncovered this scam. We never factored

these payments into our budget. These were fake donations that were never meant for us, but part of a skimming racket. However, it is sad to think about all the home nursing hours, over 8,000 in fact,

that €130,000 would fund for sick children in every community in Ireland. It’s tough for every charity out there, and a credit card scam like this is cruel and very time consuming “I want to thank our

supporters who donate money by post, by text and online and to reassure them that Jack and Jill has a highly secure online and monitoring system, something we regularly review and update.”


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Clear that credit card debt! Q&A Family firm is happy to drive local investment Michael Barrable, michael Barrable motors

A WHOPPING €965.80 is the average amount spent at Christmas in 2012 by every adult living in Ireland. That figure was compiled by Deloitte’s last December in their 15th annual Christmas survey. We are also still tops in Europe for spending, with nearly €500 spent on presents, more than €288.30 spent on food, and the balance of €177.90 spent on socialising. So, now that your credit card is feeling particularly vulnerable – 50% of cardholders only pay the minimum balance, and for those who do just pay the minimum balance, it will take up to 20 years to clear the entire debt – is there anything that can be done to gain financial independence in 2013? Here are a few practical and easy-to-implement tips.

A PRIVATE, family-run business, Michael Barrable Motors was incorporated in 1987, trading from rented premises on the old airport road. The intervening years saw massive investment by the company, including developing a 1.75 acre site at Airside Motor Park, represening an IR£5m investment. Currently steering a Kia franchise since 2005, and well-known for its Fiat dealings, the company is also a Seat dealer, while many customers have also dealt with the company regarding Hyundai and Alfa Romeo brands. Michael is joined by Linda, Peter and Robert for the day-to-day running of the business at the north County Dublin motor park. How long have you been in business?

Since 1987, 26 years. What makes your business successful?

Good customer service, good staff, dedication and determination. Good product. What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

Better customer service and better understanding of their needs. How has the recession impacted your business?

Dramatically, it

has rescued it by approximately 70%.

What is your ambition for the business?

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

To survive and be successful and to be a prominent motor dealer in north County Dublin and to provide security for all my family for the future.

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

Restructured our staff levels, focused on better customer service and needs. What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Live below your means.

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

Constant update of sites and promotions eg sales/service. What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

To be part of the community and provide employment. What living person do you most admire?

My wife. What is your favourite Dublin restaurant?

All restaurants in Swords. Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

Sebastian Loeb, nine times World Rally Champion, Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear and Valentino Rossi would make for a very good conversation.

Step one: Switch your credit card balance to a more competitive rate The AIB online Click card is the most competitive right now, at 9.14% APR (now only available to AIB Bank’s existing online customers). While this rate is not one of those pesky introductory offers, there are nevertheless 73 terms and conditions attached to the card – including the whopping 24% rate when you take out cash on the card! Caveat emptor. Step two: Bring your lunch to work It costs €2 to make a sandwich in the morning, whereas it costs on average €6 to buy it in the local deli – add in a packet of crisps for good measure. Over the course of 2013, you will save yourself more than €900! Step three: Buy generic food brands There are big savings on tea, coffee and cereal in particular. When shopping, always compare unit price, as

opposed to pack price. If you can save 10 cent on a nappy and you change it six to eight times per day, that’s a saving of almost €300 in 2013.

Step four: Shop Online About 50% of shoppers shop three to four times per week – according to research conducted by the Marketing Science Institute. Shoppers making a “quick trip” to the supermarket end up buying more than 50% more than they anticipated. If this translates to €10 each time, that’s an extra €2,080 per year. Shop once a week, and it’s €520 versus €2,080 per year. That is a saving of €1,560 per year. Step five: Rethink internet/TV/phone providers There are many good deals out there and the telecoms industry is so competitive there’s always a deal to pick up. The status quo is not your friend here. Consider downgrading your TVpackage also if you are not making the most of it. Sky’s basic package will cost you €246 per year as opposed to their advanced package of €852, saving you €606. Check out ComReg’s site www. callcosts.i – and there are five more tips to come!  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

resource : one-stop-shop to benefit industry

Website a major boost for research and development  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A brand new website which is being hailed as a one-stop-shop benefiting both employers, employees and jobseekers in the research and development (R&D) industry has been launched by Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock this week. The new facility is being funded by the government to allow easier access for business owners to a bank of opportunities in R&D as well as jobseekers. The new website, called will provide a number of services for

those in the industry including advertising vacancies, searching an online database of researchers’ CVs, access to research visa systems and funding opportunities. The point of the website is to allow businesses to search for all national and European funding supports for their business and research activities as they crop up. This, it is claimed by the Department of Research and Innovation, will address a common industry concern: difficulty in accessing such information. Minister Sherlock

said: “This great new resource will give a boost to research and development and clearly demonstrates that when it comes to innovation, Ireland is open for business. “Businesses have specifically asked for a onestop shop for these queries and that is exactly what this new portal does. ” The new portal was developed by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Euraxess office, which is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the European Commission.

It is the first of its kind in the wider European Euraxess network. Maire GeogheganQuinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said of the new service: “This new industry user interface will make Euraxess Ireland more attractive to industry. “We will be exploring the possibility of rolling this out to other countries so that business users across Europe will have a tailored interface including both job and funding opportunities.” To find out more about the site or to register, go to

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Pets can you give dessie a new home?

TV chef and food writer Catherine Fulvio will be attending Taste of Dublin once again this year

interview: Catherine Fulvio on her love of food and the Taste of Dublin

Irish food with Italian twist  natalie burke

“We have fantastic ingredients here in Ireland. Mix that with an Italian twist and you’ve got a marriage made in heaven,” TV chef and food writer Catherine Fulvio recently explained to The Gazette, but it’s not her own love life with Italian husband that the culinary star is referring to. Instead, it’s her love of food and her anticipation of the upcoming Taste of Dublin event set to be held next month. While Catherine is busy appearing on TV around the world, being the proprietor of Ballyknocken House and Cookery School in Co Wicklow, and working on her fourth book, the famous Irish chef still had time to catch up with The

Gazette to tell us about the upcoming Taste of Dublin festival and her future plans in the kitchen. “I’ve been doing stuff for Taste of Dublin now for a good few years, but this time around, it will be in a different capacity,” she said. “I was invited over to the BBC Good Food show in Birmingham last autumn to talk about sustainability in the food industry and lack of waste. They wanted to bring their message to Ireland and bring it to Taste and they did. I am their Ambassador for Taste and for Ireland.” Avoiding food wastage is an important message that Taste of Dublin is trying to send, according to Catherine, who says people are becoming more aware of healthy eating and are looking

to cook simple, inexpensive meals. “People are much more interested in practical cooking at home. At the height of the Celtic Tiger, everybody wanted to learn how to make sushi. Realistically, who is going to make sushi every night of the week?” she said. Cook simple

“Our biggest selling classes here [at Ballyknocken Cookery School] are practical ones. There’s an awful lot you can do to cook simple, inexpensive meals and it’s very simple to cook inexpensively once you have the skills.” Catherine is famed for her modern Irish cooking and that celebrity status has seen her appear on NBC’s Today Show in America and most recently

become a member of the BBC Saturday Kitchen family. She will be attending Taste of Dublin once again this year, and encouraging people to attend. “I’ve met people coming from Donegal, Cork, Galway and all over Ireland. It’s such a cosmopolitan mix of food, it’s just a melting pot of all these wonderful flavours. There’s a great party atmosphere as well with music playing and the live cookery demonstrations,” she said. The highly-anticipated Taste of Dublin 2013 event, sponsored by Electrolux, is a summer food and drinks festival taking place from Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Tickets are on sale now at or call 0818 30 00 30.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is darling Dessie, an 11-year-old female German Shepherd. This beautiful lady sure looks amazing despite her years and is young at heart to boot! Dessie can get a little worried sometimes so is best suited to a home with big kids 16+ and small dogs who she will happily make friends with. Her ideal owner would be active, enjoy walks and playing fetch the ball (Dessie’s favourite game!). She is already muzzle trained and all the carers in Dogs Trust firmly believe that this lady is going to make a fantastic pet for the right owner. If you think that might just be you, 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 You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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The Rocky road to hip-hop heaven Ireland’s hip-hop fans were blessed last weekend when the Heineken Live Project was able to secure A$AP Rocky to play at the Academy. The Harlem-born Rakim Mayers has been on the tip of the tongues of talent tasters since he released his first mixtape in 2011. Appearances with Kendrick Lamar on Drake’s 2012 tour added to the justified hype and the release of his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP earlier this year has taken his career into another stratosphere, it’s clever combination of beats and influences from beyond the strict confines of hip-hop (the album features appearances from the likes of Skrillex, Santigold and Florence Welch) leading to a hypnotic and addictive blend for a new age of rap. The venue was literally rocking by the time Rocky and his crew took to the stage, and over the course of an hour that saw the band stagediving, the crowd bodymoving and sweat dripping off the roof, A$AP secured a place in Dublin hip-hop hearts – it’s not every show where you hear the main act freestyling over the Ole, Ole, Ole chant. A mutual respect between crowd and crew was established early, and it was clear that A$AP was delighted and surprised by the power of the reception he received – but when you have tracks as strong as Wild For The Night, Peso and Goldie in your arsenal, that reception is going to be intense and unbridled. This is easily the smallest venue that you will see Rocky in over the coming years, as his star will continue to ascend with performances as strong as these, slick rhymes and savvy collaborations with the great and good of a number of diverse genres, all adding up to the most exciting new act in hip hop this generation has seen. Long.Live.A$AP indeed.

A$AP Rocky on stage at the Academy last week

Kasabian - Ian Matthews, Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno and Chris Edwards - are headlining this year’s Forbidden Fruit. Picture: Dean Chalkey

interview: kasabIAn frontman tom Meighan talks to GM

Music for the masses

Forbidden Fruit is barely days away, and the range of bands point towards a great weekend of live music. But what every festival needs is an epic band to unite and rock the crowd from the front to the back and, in Kasabian, the organisers have certainly hit that mark by booking the Leicester groove rockers to close out Saturday night. Their blend of indie power pop has put them firmly on every festival’s wishlist since 2004, their swagger allowing them to take the throne that Oasis had tenuously clung to since Morning Glory, particularly on their last two albums, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and 2011’s Velociraptor. But the live arena is where Kasabian come

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to vivid life, and talking to Gazette Music last week, lead singer Tom Meighan was thrilled at the prospect of returning to the stage, despite having meant to have been on hiatus. “We are only doing so many gigs this year, as we are meant to be taking time out. “But we got the offer of these gigs, and they are too good to pass up, as we want to stay oiled. We don’t want to stay away forever. Some bands take a two or three year break, and I don’t like that idea.

Even a year out frightens me a little bit, but we got the offer, and we took it.” Tom said that he sees the shows as a process of charging the band’s batteries ahead of a return to the studio. “T hat’s the whole point of doing these gigs. It’s keeping people interested, and we have a new guitarist in the band now, and the future is looking good.” Guitarist Jay Maher departed from the good ship Kasabian for a spot with Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye, something that Tom sees as a positive and understandable thing. “Jay just loves playing his guitar and being on the road, and we only have eight shows this year. He wants to be out there, and Liam asked

him to join, and we were totally supportive of that. He’s one of our brothers and he’s gone to a great band. We know all that lot, and it’s cool. Two months off is too much for him, and I’m kind of the same.” The process of coming up with new music is something that is never far away from the band’s minds, according to Tom. “Serge always has ideas, and he’s always writing. He never stops getting ideas, which is great, and he has a studio at his house, so we can always work on new music and record on our terms. “He just shows us on guitar these new ideas, or gives us a CD, and that’s how we work. “With new songs,

we are always trying to change our ideas and not do what we did before. I’ve heard the songs, but I can’t really describe how they sound. It’s too early to say at the moment, and I don’t want to give anything away. “We are going to be recording a new album this year, this summer for sure, and going to have something ready to come out next year, we’ll be on fire again.” And coming back to Ireland to play is always a joy for the band. “I like the passion and the people, I love the way that the crowds react. The crowds in Ireland are the best in the world, that’s just the way they are.” For more information, log on to forbiddenfruit. ie

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STYLE I am going on holidays next month and always seem to get my airport clothing wrong – wear it too tight or too heavy – what would you recommend wearing for travelling? - Anne, Castleknock Tanya’s Advice: Whenever I am travelling I try to accomplish two things, layer so that I can disrobe when I reach my sunny destination, and wear things that are holiday essentials and can be styled a few different ways when on holiday to get maximum use out of them. This printed top from Love Label is the perfect travel top. Not only is it pretty with any pair of neutral trousers or jeans, but you can dress it up or down on your holidays by wearing with city shorts or tuck it into a skirt for a more evening look. When travelling, team with these gorgeous blue Crop trousers. These will look good with both sandals and heels. Most importantly, carry an extremely large tote bag like this one from Layla, so that you can throw your magazines and your kitchen sink into it.

 STAR QUESTION - I’ve become a recent convert to cycling, but I would love some advice on what I should wear while on my bike. I’m not too keen on the idea of bright fluorescent colours or unflattering lycra gear. I’d like to know what clothing would be practical and functional. - Michael Breen, Goatstown

I have a coral maxi dress to wear to a wedding in July which is going to be a pretty relaxed kind of wedding. I can’t wear high shoes, as it just is long enough and could look silly with wedges, so what type of sandals would you suggest? - Aine, Dublin Tanya’s Advice: A coral maxi dress sounds beautiful, but I know that coral can be a tricky colour to accessorise, as it is not quite pink but not quite nude, so the best colour to stick to when styling coral is gold. Opt for a sandal that is quite minimal in its design, that has thin straps but with some form of gold. I have picked two pairs of sandals that I think would

look the best. The miss KG version has no straps in the front, only ornate gold beading, and I love the little dash of animal print on the back strap for extra glamour. The South pair are even more ideal. Not only are they coral in colour, but they have gorgeous gold-beaded detailing down the front and they are only €31. You can’t get better than this!


Gazette Style and Littlewoods Ireland have teamed up to help readers with some style dilemmas

Star Question!


For the past four months Gazette Style and Littlewoods Ireland have teamed up to help readers with some very interesting style dilemmas. This, sadly, is our last feature for this Style Q&A. Gazette Style would like all thank our readers for taking an interest in this, and for Littlewoods Ireland Ambassador Caroline Morahan and resident stylist Tanya Grimson for offering their expertise to our readers with their top tips and recommendations.

Tanya’s Advice: You can always wear loose gym shorts and a t-shirt, but if you are cycling lengthy distances you will probably need a t-shirt with some sort of sweat control such as this top from Under Armour – depending on how serious you are taking your new activity? I have also chosen two items that are vital to cycling and more importantly to Irish weather. Altura has produced a range of rain and wind proof over-clothing, ie they can be worn over anything to keep you protected. This gorgeous jacket from the Altura range, is not only rain and wind proof, but has illuminating designs to reflect light in the winter months. They come in a range of lovely colours such as reds and blues. But if colour isn’t your thing, they also come in black. Add the Night Visions trousers and roll them up in your back pack for when they are needed.


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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Audrey Niffenegger in Conversation with Mia Gallagher

THE Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s talismanic first novel, sold more than two million copies and became the quintessential book club choice. Niffenegger, one of the world’s most audacious and inventive storytellers, will be in conversation with journalist Mia Gallagher on May 31, tickets €10/€8.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Death of the Tradesmen

DEATH of the Tradesmen is a new play about an army of men and the live register. Death of the Tradesmen was developed as part of the TITLE Residency at Solstice and the Cork Midsummer Festival. Made with Rough Magic Production Support and kindly supported by the Arts Council. June 7 and 8, tickets €18/€14.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 The Great Gatsby

This is a classic fable – of America, of the breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age, of enchantment and illusions, of a world where love and dreams are pursued and betrayed. Jay Gatsby, a selfmade millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. June 6 and 7 tickets €17/€15.


review: Ride or die ... again

Live fast, have fun, make sequels THERE was a time, somewhere near the start of this millennium, where it seemed that Vin Diesel would be the biggest movie star on the planet. It was a crazy time. Foot and mouth disease was on everyone’s mind and Windows XP was on the horizon. Diesel scored back-toback-to-back hits with Pitch Black, xXx and the original The Fast and The Furious and his card seemed marked. He was the new millennium’s action hero. His appearances in a Spielberg film (Saving Private Ryan) and a real drama (Boiler Room) gave him a cachet with serious film fans. Since then, however, it just hasn’t happened for Diesel. The follow-up to Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, was a commercial and critical bomb, his attempt to return to drama, Find Me Guilty, was underseen and under-rated. Only when he returned to the franchise he had launched, was his career reignited. Having mostly sat out two sequels (he makes an uncredited cameo in Tokyo Drift), Diesel reteamed with Paul Walker for the imaginatively

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Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson get ready to rumble

titled Fast & Furious. That was unexpectedly decent and led to 2011’s formula-busting Fast 5. Heading to Brazil and adding Dway ne “The Rock” Johnson, the whole franchise was reborn, seemingly knowingly becoming bigger, brasher and sillier. With Fast & Furious 6, the gang have retired after their South American heist exploits and are dotted around the world living luxurious lifestyles on their ill-gotten gains. The only one still at the coalface is The Rock’s Agent Hobbs. He is still a DSS agent, but he is now joined by UFC fighter Gina Carano. Together, the tough guy/girl combo must catch Owen Shaw, a scenery chewing English baddie who has a crew which is described as being the “evil twins” of Diesel’s crew. So, of course, they use due process and a lengthy surveillance operation to piece together a case that

Film of the Week: Fast & Furious 6 h h h (12A) 130 mins Director: Justin Lin Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordanna Brewster, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez


It is bad, speaking from an objective place. Overblown story, repetitive action and clunky dialogue abound. But, and more importantly, it’s also fairly entertaining, has The Rock and features some of the best bad one-liners you’ll hear all year. The post-credit scene, which is already more known than the movie, is an absolute belter.

will stand up in court. Of course they don’t! Instead, they go around the world recruiting a bunch of internationally wanted criminals who can drive cars really fast and, um, furiously – because the US government just doesn’t have the manpower to take down criminals. Anyway, ludicrous set up aside, the gang gets back together, on the promise of complete exoneration. And, for Diesel’s Dom Torreto, the fact that his once-dead ex-girlfriend is now being held captive by Shaw, thanks to a handy dose of amnesia (seriously). As the action shifts to

the streets of Europe, the confined nature of the London streets does little for the racing action and the constant darkness pervades the whole film. Fortunately, the gang

is soon transported to a sunny Spanish highway, where a tank, muscle cars and speed abound. It is here that the film hits the highest notes, revelling in what made Fast 5 so enjoyable. The problem is that Shaw, revealed to be a Moriarty like presence in the gang’s lives, is just not a good bad guy. Luke Evans tries manfully, but the material is too weak and the reversion of Johnson and Diesel to friends removes an air of friction that the film sorely needs.


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FLICKR USERS GREET SITE’S MAKEOVER ... ... with (virtual) axes and torches, and (real) anger

EVEN in a busy couple of weeks for technology, several stories leap out – which, alas, I don’t have room to recount, here. However, flickr – the photography storage/sharing website, owned by Yahoo – certainly made quite an impact following its surprise makeover recently. Touted by Yahoo as a step forward that takes into account modern design aesthetics and user expectations, flickr’s old and sensible (but slightly dull) layout and functionality have been sent packing, with a complete overhaul seeing flickr now practically bashing saucepans on the screen, almost yelling for attention with giant photos that, you might expect, would be just what photography lovers would be looking for. Ah, not so, as within a day of the sudden radical overhaul rolling out, irate flickr users were up in arms, with many thousands of user complaints – many of them bitter and vehemently opposed to the new look and workings – flooding flickr’s own discussion thread set up to focus on the new look, as furious posters sniped at a wide-ranging litany of complaints, vowing to vote with their feet (and wallets) and hitch their wagons for other photography sites instead. Why does this matter? In short, while pretty much every major website sees howls of protest from some users following any change, I’ve never seen such a firestorm of unbridled user revolt and anger ignite around such a major site, with many of the user comments I read pointing out the same perceived flaws and complaints. Of course, such changes often get adjusted afterwards, following user feedback, and it’ll be interesting to see how Yahoo addresses the flickr row. At least the tech giant won’t have far to look – at the point of writing, there are 16,253 user comments on the new look to take note of ...


Microsoft bigwig disses gamers’ hoped-for feature ONE Xbox One feature that has rankled with gamers is its lack of backwards compatability, meaning that all of the hugely popular current 360 games aren’t playable on it. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal (with his comments then echoing around the internet like a crack of gaming thunder), Don Mattrick, president of the company’s interactive entertainment business division, said: “If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards.” Ouch. I’d better not repeat my friends’ opinion on this, and say, instead, that it’s unfortunate this feature isn’t there.


Growing political anger at companies’ arrangements AS MUCH as I like my Christmas omnibus edition of Eastenders, even I’ve been hard-pressed to keep up with the unfolding drama regarding international tech firms as their – entirely legal and law-abiding – tax arrangements have come under the media and political spotlight in a number of places. Specifically, at the time of writing, a US Senate committee has echoed a British parliamentary public accounts committee (led by Margaret Hodge, who has greeted the heads of various megacorporations with the verbal equivalents of a red hot poker, when it comes to questioning their entirely legal business methods) in questioning how tech firms arrange and organise their tax systems, and – Ah, like Eastenders, I’ve run out of time, and I’ll have to end on a to-be-continued cliffhanger. Doosh, doosh, doosh ...

Here it is – the Xbox One: powerful unit, a remodelled controller and souped-up Kinect peripheral – a far cry from the chunkier original Xbox (right)


One to watch out for

AT LAST, Microsoft has thrown its hat in the nextgen ring with the unveiling of the slightly oddlynamed Xbox One – the follow-up to the hugely successful XBox 360 console and, clearly, something that the company very much sees as a home entertainment hub, in addition to being a pretty powerful games console. It’s a position that it was certainly pushing for with the 360, but the One appears to be a much more aggressive push into


the home-entertainment sector, and could indeed be well positioned as an all-in-one entertainment solution. As a quick overview, suffice it to say that, as with the equally impressive PlayStation 4, the

One has plenty of oomph under the bonnet (and, inevitably, both consoles outperform each other in different ways, techwise, making their choice a case of oranges or apples). Rather than dig down into the One’s technical specs – most of which would fly like a frisbee over the heads of many readers – there are a number of points that caught my eye, and many others. For starters, there’s now a significant Cloud ele-

NUTSANDBOLTS A FEW INITIAL QUERIES ABOUT THE XBOX ONE State-of-the-art tech that looks ... slightly familiar ...

DESPITE all the great tech and functionality that the Xbox One showcases – its HDMI cable in/out functionality, Blu-Ray player, Skype function, 8GB memory and 500GB storage, and so on – gamers were quick off the draw to ask ... well, what about the games? One criticism of the One’s reveal for many gamers was that the console’s games side felt downplayed at the launch. Other issues to be made clearer involve the Kinect peripheral, how second-hand games can be exchanged/played, and the issue of Cloud data storage and retrieval. Finally, more than one gaming wag has already pointed out that the One has a slightly similar visual “footprint” to clunky old video players!

ment involved in the tech – whereby data is stored or retrieved externally, as required, rather than necessarily being stored locally, on the unit itself. The Kinect camera peripheral has been beefed up considerably, with its use expanded to integrate better into the whole home entertainment hub sector that, logically, Microsoft is pushing towards. Slightly controversially, Kinect must always be attached for the One to work, which won’t please many old-skool gamers who didn’t warm to the Kinect first time round. Alas, it’s been made clear that 360 games won’t be compatible with the One, due to their different innards, so hardcore gamers will probably dash out to buy a cheap, but new, 360 “legacy” console to hoard and play

their 360 games on long into the future (while noting that, on the other hand, any movies, music etc can transfer over). Of course, there’re the games, too, to consider, with a number of wellknown franchises and a wealth of publishers and developers working away on launchday titles, with platform exclusives to set alongside a number of multiplatform big hitters. At this stage, that’s more or less it, as there’s no specific release date other than that it’s due out later this year, or pricing (which is likely to see weak sales in Ireland, given the recession). Still, following on from the WiiU firing the opening salvo in the next-gen battle, it’s good to see the Xbox One has been unveiled at last, bringing the promise of even more great games, and technology, ever closer.

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Take a holy enjoyable Tuscan walk  natalie burke

FOR those hoping to incorporate their love of walking with their summer holiday this year, perhaps a relaxing walking holiday under the Tuscan sun is exactly what you’re searching for and, with C a m i n oWay s . c o m , there are some unforgettable experiences to choose from. Enjoy a relaxed walking holiday across the picture-perfect Tuscan countryside, taking time to enjoy the region’s cuisine and explore some stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites. A seven-day holiday, starting from just €679 per person, takes you on a leisurely walk across the countryside, visiting sites and villages, and is suitable for the most novice walkers. It also covers part of Section 17 of the Via Francigena – a classic pilgrimage route. Designed for those looking for an active s u m m e r, h o l i d ay makers can take time to discover and admire some of the most beautiful spots of Tuscany, and taste authentic Tuscan food and wine in the region’s best “osterias”. For further information or to make a booking, see www., or call 01 525 2886.

wexford: regency stylings at marlfield house

A Gorey setting provides a lovely country escape

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AN HOUR’S drive from Dublin in any direction will bring you into the heart of the countryside, and none prettier than the Wexford coastline and the stunning setting of Marlfield House, just outside Gorey. It is the perfect little jaunt for an overnight stay, but it feels like you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Surrounded by beautiful mature trees and manicured gardens, the house was built in the Regency Period. There is a tennis court and croquet lawn within the grounds, and you might just find yourself being woken by the loud

call of two magnificent peacocks that live on the grounds. We stayed in the French Room, which was very spacious and was decorated in keeping with the period of the house. Lovely French doors lead on to the gardens and, from there, a pretty man-made pond, designed by the owners – the Bowe family – who took the house over several years ago. Fluffy bathrobes and slippers are provided, as well as some other nice extras such as complimentary mineral water, chocolates, and fruit. This is certainly the kind of place where you might wish to get out your finery and dress for


‘You might just find yourself being woken by the loud call of two magnificent peacocks that live on the grounds’ --------------------------

dinner, and what better excuse? The bar, which serves some tasty predinner drinks, had a great selection of aperitifs and cocktails to choose from. The menu is a nice size with plenty of choice, ranging from scallops to chicken liver pate, and goat’s cheese pannacotta to quail, for starters.

Main courses included rib eye steak, john dory, spring lamb or risotto. Food is presented in a classical style, cooked simply with vegetables, herbs and fresh fruits from the house garden. Dessert was a rhubarb mousse followed by a cheese board, with a selection of delicious Irish cheeses. After dinner, we got into conversation with a couple of diners, most of them American, and many of them searching for their Irish roots. They told us they were staying in some stunning period properties around the country, but Marlfield was a stand-out for them. After a quick nightcap, we settled in for a night of

Classic style is married with comfort and elegance in the welcoming setting of Marlfield House, just a skip up the road outside Gorey

wonderful sleep. Back to those peacocks – we have them to thank for just in time making it to breakfast the following morning. Had it not been for their unusual calls, we probably would have slept till noon, such is the comfort of Marlfield. After a hearty break-

fast, made to order, we packed up and headed back to Dublin relaxed and revitalised, and ready to face the hustle and bustle of the city again. For further information on Marlfield House Hotel, see www.marlfieldhouse. com, or

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FastSport support run for childline:

CEO of Leopardstown racecourse, Pat Keogh, is thrilled to be able to introduce the course’s improvements and reinstate the King George V Cup race after 102 years

racing: first phase of improvements coincide with running of historic race

Leopardstown getting ready for return of George V Cup To celebrate its 125th anniversary this year, Leopardstown Racecourse announces that it will undergo a major redevelopment of its existing facilities. The first phase of the project will see Leopardstown invest €3 million in the upgrade, which will create up to 50 jobs. The work, which began in January, is due to be completed next month in time for the British Irish Raceday on June 7, which will feature the King George V Cup as the feature race. This will be the first time in 102 years that the cup has been competed for

when, in 1911, King George V presented it to the winning owner, Daniel Moloney, a farmer from Limerick. Designed to offer race goers an even better racing experience, the first phase of the rejuvenation focuses on the grandstand area and a new third floor panoramic suite, with capacity to seat 150 people. The existing grandstand was built in 1970 and, while there has been a number of improvements to this structure, this is the biggest addition in 40 years. The aim of the first phase of the rede-

velopment of Leopardstown is to bring it up to international standards. Each year, Leopardstown hosts top quality racing that attracts the best international horses and this redevelopment will ensure that Leopardstown has the facilities to match. Commenting on the redevelopment, chief executive of Leopardstown Racecourse Pat Keogh said: “Over the past 125 years, Leopardstown has been the backdrop to some of Ireland’s racing’s greatest racing, family and community events. It is fitting that we announce the

details of the first stage of redevelopment in Leopardstown, and open the new grandstand area and panoramic suite in time for the King George V Cup. “The new development and our investment in upgrading and creating new facilities at Leopardstown Racecourse, shows our continued commitment to offering race goers, families and the local community the ultimate experience.” For more information on the British Irish Raceday, and on the festivities to take place, see

Runners across Dublin are being called upon to help support Childline when Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club hold a 5km midsummer run on June 16 at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, at 11am. Athletes are called on to run, jog or walk in the park to help raise funds for the children’s support charity, and participants will be joined by former RTE newscaster Ann Doyle. There will be medals for all finishers and chip timing will be used to help runners capture their performance. Registration is now open through and costs €20.

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A HELTER skelter conclusion to the soccer season at adult and underage level has culminated in a string of titles for local clubs, just reward for top class efforts over the past nine months. The scale of what each has achieved varies but St Francis’ exploits to win two All-Ireland titles while remaining steadfastly a local club is to be lauded as is Swords Celtic’s return to intermediate football after over a decade at junior level. On the team side, St Pat’s Palmerstown’s hurlers have begun 2013 in flying form. On the individual front, Annalise Murphy has built on her fourth place finish at the 2012 Olympics in stunning fashion as her road to Rio ramps up. Stephen Quinn is Premiership-bound and could make his international debut while Andrew Meegan was in record-breaking form, marking a brilliant month of local sport.


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THE National YC sailor won gold at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands last weekend to make it two top place finishes in a fortnight. It followed success at the Italian Olympic Week on May 12 to show her superb form.

THE clondalkin winger, right, was in superb form in Hull City’s promotion push to the English Premier League was enough to earn him a place in the Republic of Ireland senior squad for the first time.

ALSAA’S Andrew Meegan was one of the stars of the Carlton Irish Long Course Swimming Championships this month, setting national records in both the 800m and 1500m freestyle events at the NAC.

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St Pat’s Palmerstown

Swords Celtic

THE John Hyland Park club’s U-13s grabbed their second All-Ireland title of 2013 in thrilling fashion when they won the SFAI Troy Cup on penalties against St Joseph’s College, adding to the DB Tours title won in January.

THE Glenaulin club’s senior hurlers have started their season in superb fashion, qualifying for the quarter finals of the SHC with a game to spare while they lead AHL2 with four wins from four games to date.

THE SWORDS Celtic Sunday Major side produced one of the most emphatic league campaigns in the LSL to win back a place in intermediate football after a lengthy wait. They lost just once en route to the title.


Vikings claim honours at Leinster championships 

Gold medallist from Viking Swim Club receives her medal in the 100m backstroke

Members of the Viking Swim Club in Palmerstown had a successful meet at the recent Leinster Division 2 gala held at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown. In total, six swimmers from a team of 13 reached the finals of events held on the day. In turn, the finalists claimed one gold medal, four silver and two bronze medals. In addition, one of the swimmers from the club achieved the Leinster Division 1 standard.

Talking after the gala, head coach Jackie Roche said: “As a swim coach, I can’t underestimate the importance of participation in competition galas for our young swimmers. We are actively encouraging these young swimmers to achieve Division 1 standard. “We are equally pleased to see the numbers participating, making finals and achieving personal best times. The haul of medals from this gala and the success at previous galas and in the Community Games is an indicator of the value of

the hard work and effort these young swimmers regularly put in during their training.”

Fundraiser The club are set to hold a fundraising event in Kenny’s Public House in Lucan Village on Friday, June 14. Club chairman Paul Collins said: “The quiz night is a good opportunity for the club to generate essential additional funds which will be ploughed back into the development of the young swimmers.” Viking Swim Club was estab-

lished in 1991, and operates in Palmerstown. Members come from the greater West Dublin and surrounding areas including Palmerstown, Lucan, Leixlip, Clane, Athy and Maynooth, as well as Phibsboro, Ballyfermot and Clondalkin. Coaching is provided by a team of trained staff employed at the sports facility, but as volunteers in their own time. New members are always welcome to join and can contact the club via or on www.facebook. com/VikingSwimClub

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Running for a dream is possible for us all Kenyan athlete and Olympic gold medallist Wilfred Bungei, in Dublin recently to take part in Africa Athletics Week, brings his inspiring message to schools across the capital 

In sport, there are many legends. but few places in the world produce as many legends as a small village in Kenya called Kabirirsang. Located in the Nandi District of Rift Valley Province, the village has a unique place in sport, in that within a 7km radius, there are no fewer than 10 Olympic gold medallists. One of these legends, Wilfred Bungei, winner of the 2008 800m Olympic gold in Beijing, was in Dublin last week as a guest of Africa Athletics Week, and spent time going around schools talking about his sporting career and inspiring children to pursue their dreams. Speaking to Gazette Sport, Wilfred explained why he is motivated to bring his message to people internationally. “The most important

thing for me is that I am the product of a teacher who inspired me at an early age and instilled in me that I had a potential in athletics. It is inspiring for me to be able to tell children that when they are told that they have a potential, in music or sport or whatever, that they should take it seriously and pursue that dream.” Wilfred explained how the inspiration to be the best he could be in athletics came to him. “The inspiration for me came in an unexpected way. It was on a Monday, and we had come from a weekend meeting, and on the Monday, the teacher told me, Wilfred, can you see me in the staffroom immediately after sports? I thought maybe I was in trouble. “Coming from the competition, I knew I was not the best, but the teacher told me, ‘You know

what? I think you have a potential in athletics, I want you to work hard on that’. Immediately, for the next four years, I always thought, why did he pick me out of everyone else in the class? But his confidence gave me the desire to pursue athletics as a sport.” Wilfred has been hugely impressed by the reaction to his story in the schools he has visited. “I am really overwhelmed by the way that the children respond to this message, and they realise that me and other Olympic champions, we are not supermen, we’re people just like them. “The one thing I really admire most is that when I take time to take questions from them, they ask me when did I start, and so on, so many questions that it amazes me. These young minds, they just need motivation for them to be able to be perform

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at their best. I’m here as an athlete, but I’m not talking especially about athletics alone, but about sport in general, and other curricular activities that the children are doing in school.” Although modest about his achievements, Wilfred comes from a long tradition of excellence in mid-

And overcome he did, claiming gold in a thrilling and closely contested final in Beijing that secured his place in athletics history. “I had one motivation - I knew it would be my last Olympics and I knew I had to give it my all. I was never as focussed for competition as I was for that race. For me, it was


‘It’s inspiring to me to be able to tell children to take their potential seriously and pursue their dream’ - Wilfred Bungei


dle- and long-distance running in Kenya, and that tradition in Kabirirsang runs strong. “Coming from this place, it was a motivation for me. The Olympians from Kenya were people you met and you knew what they achieved in the world. “For me it was a little easier, as I looked up to them and I also come from a family of runners.” And quite the family it is: Wilfred is related to both world-record holder Wilson Kipketer and the man who helped define Kenyan athletics in the 70s, Henry Rono. “We are the products of our environment, I always say. But the road to the Olympics and being an Olympic champion was not easy. The challenges you face as athletes, I faced myself, but I managed to overcome them.”

an overwhelming thing to be able to beat all the odds. “As a country, we were coming from post-election violence, and there were so many challenges, but I kept my eyes on the ball and never lost the focus. For me, when I crossed the line, I was not sure that I had won, but it was like a dream when I realised I had.” Wilfred hopes that he can inspire Irish athletes and hopes that they can learn from the Kenyan experience. “There was a time when people in Ireland performed well in athletics, and athletes should have the opportunity to travel and learn from Kenyan athletes. There is so much we can offer to inspire these kids and in the next few years, hopefully there will be world class athletes coming from Ireland.”


Tesco launches 2013 football championship Noelle Healy from St Brigid’s, Roisin Ryan from Ballyboden St Enda’s and Ciara Murphy from Foxrock Cabinteely were on hand last week to help launch this season’s Tesco HomeGrown Dublin Club Championship Division 1 at St Clare’s, DCU Sportsgrounds, Ballymun last week. Tesco HomeGrown have been supporting Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football since 2011 and are title sponsors from Under 11 Championship right up to Senior Championship. In addition to supporting the Dublin Ladies Football Championships, Tesco HomeGrown will be supporting Dublin clubs through a number of initiatives including a sponsored jersey scheme, player’s awards, fundraising activities and support of the Championship finals. For more information on ladies football in Dublin, log on to

Dublin fans called on to show support GAA supporters in Dublin are being called on to demonstrate their love of the team by submitting pictures of how they have dressed their houses and communities to support the county in the Ulster Bank Best GAA Home In Ireland competition. Throughout the football championship, Ulster Bank is asking supporters to Tweet, post on Facebook and email pictures of how they have decorated their

houses, clubs and communities, with their beloved county and club colours. One overall winner will be selected to win €5,000 towards a home makeover, as well as tickets and hotel accommodation, for their family, to the GAA Football AllIreland Final in Croke Park. Additional prizes will be given out regularly throughout the campaign. Picture submissions can be made via Twitter to @UlsterBankGAA and by using #UBGAAHome, via Facebook to www. and via email to GAA@ulsterbank. com


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soccer: knockmitten undone by late o’sullivan goal

Bealtaine Belles hold annual charity match The Bealtaine Belles hockey group recently held their annual fundraiser in support of GOAL and Special Olympics Ireland. The ladies play each week in Castle Park and have been running for almost 40 years after having been founded by Helen Wheeler. The club hold two charity matches every year, and though they do not operate as a club as such, have played many friendly matches against local teams over the years. The Belles wish to thank McDonaghs Pub in Dalkey for their ongoing support.

DLSP appoint new coaches for 2013/14 De La Salle Palmerston Rugby Club have announced the appointment of a new head coach, Phil de Barra, and new forwards coach, Vic Ball, for their senior team. Phil is the current rugby development officer at DCU. After gaining a BA in sport and exercise degree in Rugby in Carlow IT, Phil went on to become assistant backs coach and head of strength and conditioning for the first XV for the last two seasons and last season was the backs coach for the St Andrew’s SCT as well as Mount Temple JCT. A past pupil of the High School in Rathgar, Phil has a long association with the club, having joined as a mini-youths player and progressing up to

the first XV, which he captained in both the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons. During his time with DLSP, Phil has represented the club at Leinster U-21, Leinster A grades, along with Leinster Colleges and Ireland Colleges. New Zealander Vic Ball has been a member of DLSP for the past three seasons, where he has made a significant impact on the forwards since joining the club. He currently works as the club community rugby officer for DLSP and Leinster Rugby, while he is also the current forwards coach for Presentation College Bray SCT. Both Phil and Vic are delighted with the opportunity and planning is well under way for the coming season. They have already outlined a range of targets and improvements to the existing rugby coaching structures at Kirwan Park.

The Park Celtic SDFL U-16 side celebrate their John Giles Cup success in Tallaght Stadium last Sunday

Park claim Giles Cup thriller john giles u-16 final Park Celtic 3 Knockmitten United 2  stephen findlater

ALEX O’Sullivan’s fortuitous last gasp winner saw Park Celtic claim the lead for the third and final time at Tallaght Stadium to complete a stellar Sunday’s work for the Cabinteely club. It broke the hearts of a Knockmitten United who played their part in a classic John Giles Cup final encounter with Michael Bartleby’s equaliser a goal worthy of gracing any stage.

But they were not to deny a Park side inspired by the superb Oskar Puszcz who scored a similarly spectacular free-kick along with a wealth of vital tackles at the back. Indeed, they thundered out of the blocks with Mark Shalloe only denied by the superb Andy Roach who raced off his line to deny a first minute opener. They went ahead in the ninth minute from the penalty spot when David Walsh’s tidy footwork drew a trip and Puszcz confidently whipped home from the spot.

isa’s fond farewell Leinster fans bid adieu to departing hero LEINSTER supporter Joseph Walsh, from

Dundrum, bids a fond farewell to Isa Nacewa who played his part in the province’s 24-18 win over Ulster in the Rabo Pro 12 final last Saturday in the RDS. Nacewa, who lives in Churchtown, retired from rugby after the game following a glittering spell in Leinster, winning three Heineken Cups as well as an Amlin Challenge Cup and the Rabo Pro 12 title in the last fortnight.

Knockmitten fought back with Bartleby tireless up front and Ryan O’Leary down the right. They were level in the 18th minute when Dean Coleman’s devilish corner rebounded in off Puszcz as he attempted to clear. He almost atoned immediately with a flickon that skipped past the post before Bartleby stung Thomas Jackson’s palms. The front-man was also sent sprawling after being set through one-on-one with the Park goalkeeper. Closing out a thrilla-minute first half, O’Sullivan’s header was

brilliantly saved by Roach before Sean Roe completed the job. The second half was more tight-knit with Knockmitten starting slightly the stronger with Coleman’s deliveries again proving dangerous. But they fell behind on the hour. Puszcz scored with a stunning free-kick 25m out on the left of goal, swinging the ball off the inside of the post and out of reach of the goalkeeper’s desperate dive. Tom Sally thought he had made it 3-1 moments later only for the ball to bounce back off the base of the post. That came five

minutes before Bartleby’s wonder strike, a volley from all of 30m after he had collected Andy Blair’s long ball and wriggled free of his marker. He surprised even himself but they could not build on it and were stung in bizarre fashion. There looked little danger as the ball was rolled back to Roach but O’Sullivan raced after the back-pass, applying a wealth of pressure. The goalkeeper’s hurried kick crashed into the forward as the ball bounced favourably and soon nestled in the net for a bizarre winner.

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Kilmacud undone by strong Lucan side 

KILMACUD Crokes, missing a number of their more established players, had a youthful look about them as they fell to Lucan Sarsfields 1-17 to 0-14 in the 12th Lock. The more experienced and physical home team assumed control and Crokes cause was not

helped by some very soft frees conceded. A fortuitous goal for the hosts put further pressure on Crokes before the short whistle. Crokes’ task became even more challenging in the second half, when they were reduced to 14, following a harsh straight red card for dissent. The result leaves Kil-

macud in tenth place in the division after one win from four outings in the league to date with Lucan jumping above them in the standings. Elsewhere, Ballinteer St John’s were stung by two late goals from Shane Stapleton as they were undone by St Pat’s Palmerstown by 2-13 to 1-14.

Aodan Clabby was in fine form for Ballinteer while Danny McCarthy was impressive in defensive mode as they frustrated the AHL2 leaders for much of the game. But the two goals, coming in quick succession, struck a hammer blow and despite a game fightback, they were not able to recover.

hurling: fitzgerald goal key in classic comeback

Club Noticeboard cuala CONGRATULATIONS to our U-16A Foot-

take an incredible reflex save from

ballers who travelled to Swords on

Cormac Quinn to bring it home but

Saturday and returned with the divi-

great performance all round.

sion one championship shield in their back pockets. It was a hard fought win with a first

There were good wins at the weekend too for the U-13B, U-14A, and U-14B boys footballers.

half lead being clawed back but the

The U-15 girls made it 10 from 10

lads eventually had enough to run out

as their league winning season was

three point winners over a spirited

completed in style. Wins also over the


weekend for the U-14 and U-12 girls.

Credit to Martha Byrne who lined

Details of the Cuala summer camps

out at midfield for the Dublin ladies

are up on the club website now and

U-21 team at the weekend against

remember to keep up to date with all

Meath, and to Shannon Huggard who

the latest news, views and reports on

joined her from the bench marking

Twitter and Facebook.

another ma jor step for the Cuala ladies.

Helpers are needed for next Friday’s first year social at the club.

The senior hurlers notched a good

Please make yourself known to your

win against Crumlin last week but got

team mentors in the first instance if

less out of a strong Ballyboden unit at

you can help out for an hour in ensur-

the weekend.

ing these great events and valuable

Great win for the U-15A footballers

fundraisers run as smoothly as they

in front of an enthusiastic support at

do. It can’t always be down to some-

Thomastown in the sunshine on Sun-

body else.

day morning. A good first half lead

Our thoughts are with the Gough

with two goals from Fionn O’Drisceoil

family following the death of Kitty

was enough to carry them through

Gough, Eddie’s mother at the week-

to a one point win over Raheny. It did


stars of erin Dalkey side, Cuala, managed to overhaul an eight-point half-time deficit. Picture: Colin Behan

Cuala crush Crumlin in second half blitz ahl division one Cuala 1-16 Crumlin 1-14 

CUALA took their second league win of the AHL 1 campaign when they took on bottom of the table Crumlin, but the Dalkey side were forced to work for their victory after coming back from a large deficit at half time to record the two-point win at Shanangagh Park. Crumlin took the early lead and by the fiveminute mark they were a point up for every minute played at 0-1 to 0-6. John Sheanon began

to get involved to slow down the Crumlin charges and after his side getting a foothold back in the game, a penalty on 25 minutes gave the momentum firmly back to the travelling side. A point from Shane Timlin and a free from Barry Connolly went some way to help the Cuala fightback, but there was still a big gulf going in at the interval, 0-5 to 1-10. Playing with the breeze in the second half, the Dalkeymen looked a new side and they went about bridging the gap from the whistle.

The half forward line led the assault on the Crumlin sticks with Connolly, Shane Walsh and Brian Fitzgerald firing on sight and allowing a forcing of the pace on the opposition with some fantastic distribution. Jack Phelan and Scott O’Brien were dominant in the centre of the park, while Sheanon’s form in the first half continued after the interval, with the centre half shutting down Crumlin attacks frequently. Into the last 15 minutes Crumlin still held the lead with the converted penalty making the difference

with the score deadlocked at 0-10 to 1-10, before Fitzgerald stepped up to the mark. Receiving the ball out wide, the dominant half forward flew past two defenders and under a lot of pressure, he managed to smash a shot past the Blues’ keeper. Fitzgerald was on the score sheet again two minutes later when he fired over another point. Despite a couple more points from Crumlin, they couldn’t keep up with Cuala and points from Paul Butler, and midfielders O’Brien and Phelan made sure of the result.

THE U-14 footballers had a good win

The summer camp takes place in

over Kilmacud. The U-11 hurlers had

Glencullen during July 1-5; contact

a good win over Liffey Gaels.

David Gill.

The U-9s played in Shankill, one

The lotto jackpot was not won.

half hurling, football for the other

Numbers drawn were 10, 23 and

half. Both games were very enjoy-

27; €20 winners were Gary Collins,


Vinny Mulhall, Bo and Lily Donnelly.

The ladies won against Wild Geese last Wednesday.

Next week’s jackpot is €300; thanks for all your support.

ballinteer st john’s THERE was no winner of Thursday, May 23 lotto draw for €9,400. Next week’s draw will be for €9,600. Tickets are available online at www. or from the usual outlets.

tainment. The golf classic fundraiser is on July 19 in the K Club. See the website for more info. Well done to ladies footballers on a fine win over Clontarf in the champi-

Bingo every Monday night in the

onship last Wednesday evening. Well

clubhouse starts at 8pm and all are

done also to ladies junior footballers

welcome for a great night’s enter-

who drew with St Finian’s.

ballyboden st enda’s THERE was no winner of this week’s

line of 2-13 to 0-11. The senior A hurlers

Ballyboden St Enda’s lotto draw which

also had a big win over Cuala (4-20 to

means the jackpot is €2,500.

0-12) while the junior A and C hurlers

Match first three winners were John Hayes from Monalea Wood, Firhouse

had good wins over Faughs and St Vincent’s.

and Sinead McNeela from Butter-

Best of luck to David Curtin, Brian

field Park, Rathfarnham who won the

O’Regan and Martin Kenny from the

weekly subscribers draw.

club as they start their Malin to Mizen

Congratulations to the senior B hurlers who overcame Avondale in the Leinster league final on a score-

Head challenge this weekend. The unveiling of Ballyboden St Enda’s Ball Wall is in the club on June 20.

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