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LEINSTER rugby fans Jack and Adrian

Doyle were happy to cheer on their team when they headed in from their native Killiney to the RDS recently, where Leinster were taking on Ospreys in Round 2 of the Celtic League 2013-14. They were part of a 16,885-strong crowd that saw Leinster draw 29-29 at the RDS as the Blues lost their grip on a 10-point first half lead in a fast-flowing fixture in the RaboDirect PRO12 clash.

News of 50 Tesco jobs gets mixed response Employment boost is welcomed, but impact on local business a concern


THERE was a mixed response to the news that 50 jobs will be created next year in Dun Laoghaire with the opening of a new Tesco store in Honeypark.

Local politicians expressed both satisfaction that new employment was coming to the area, and concern about its possible effect on small business locally. While Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) welcomed the

announcement, saying that it was good to see Tesco creating jobs, he said he had concerns that it would be “at the expense of existing shops and jobs”. Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) also raised the same con-

cern, saying: “While we wholeheartedly welcome the announcement of 50 jobs, the expansion of chain supermarkets is a continuous concern for existing jobs in small local business.” Full Story on Page 2

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Tesco will create 50 jobs when the chain opens a new store in Honeypark next year

Cautious welcome for news of 50 Tesco jobs THERE was a mixed response to news that 50 jobs will be created next year in Dun Laoghaire with the opening of a new Tesco store in Honeypark. Local politicians expressed both satisfaction that new employment was coming to the

area and concern about its possible effect on small business locally. The Dun Laoghaire Tesco jobs are part of a €70m expansion which will see 200 jobs created for seven new shops and six mobile phone shops in Dublin and around the country.

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The announcement was made earlier this week by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, who said that 80 of the jobs will be available this year and the remaining 120 – which includes 50 in Dun Laoghaire – would be coming next year. Now under construction, the Honeypark neighbourhood development will serve the four- and five-bed luxury homes built by Cosgrave Developments. Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “I welcome the announcement by Tesco to create these jobs. I am conscious that Tesco had let staff go a number of years ago when it closed its main store in Dun Laoghaire

town so it is good to see them creating new positions again, albeit on a smaller scale. “Tesco plan to open a Tesco Express Store at this location; there are also plans for other retail units to open here which will, no doubt, create fur ther employ ment opportunities within the local area. “ I had raised concerns about this shopping centre development at the planning stage because various residents’ associations and groups had expressed concerns to me. “They questioned where are all these customers going to come from to sustain these businesses, and they fear it will it be at the expense of the existing shops and jobs,” said Cllr Devlin. Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) also raised the same concern. He said: “While we wholeheartedly welcome the announcement of 50 new jobs, the expansion of chain supermarkets is a continuing concern

for existing jobs in small local businesses.” Tesco Ireland chief executive Philip J Clarke said: “These permanent new jobs and new stores will help boost local economic activity at a difficult time for the Irish economy. “ I a m p a r t i c u l a rly pleased that this announcement includes a doubling of the number of graduates we normally recruit. “Parents are an xious for their sons and daughters who graduate to be able to get good employment in Ireland, and our graduate training programme, which has now been running for more than 10 years, provides tremendous opportunities.” Cllr Patricia Stewart (FG) said: “This is a good-news story for Dun Laoghaire when retail is under such pressure. The new housing which this store will serve will bring greater demand in the area and will help boost the local economy.”

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AWARDS The search is on for Ireland’s unsung community heroes EXHIBITION Brush up on art

Celebrate local volunteers  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

PEOPLE in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are being urged to nominate civic-minded volunteers in their community as the search gets under way to find Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year 2013. The competition was launched by RTE presenter Keelin Shanley this week and is being supported by Panadol. At the launch, Keelin encouraged people in the county to go to www. to nominate local heroes who have made a beneficial difference to people in their own communities. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are open to everyone from the island of Ireland and is the biggest annual initiative

celebrating volunteering in Ireland. Karen Johnson, the manager of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Volunteer Centre, said the awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the whole island of Ireland who selflessly give their time and talent to help others and their communities. She said: “The search for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year is now on. We’re calling on all Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown residents to help us shine a light on the county’s remarkable volunteers. Members of the public can nominate their choice at “Whether it’s helping a local sports club, raising funds for a charity

or helping a local community group, we want to celebrate the selfless volunteers who regularly give their time to help to make Ireland a better place,” she said. People can nominate their local heroes up until October 25 in any of 10 categories, including sport, art, youth, social work, education, disability, environment, international development, awareness-raising and community work. The winners in each of the categories will be announced at a special awards ceremony on December 5. As part of this year’s Vo l u n t e e r I r e l a n d Awards campaign, one of the shortlisted 30 nominees will receive the Charity Hero award.




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T his is a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause over the course of their life. The award will be presented at the Better Together awards ceremony on December 12. If you would like to find out more about the awards, contact Karen Johnson at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre at 01 209 0630.

Presenter Keelin Shanley (centre) is to the forefront of a search for Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year 2013

THE Watercolour Society of Ireland is to hold its annual exhibition at the Concourse Gallery in County Hall in Dun Laoghaire this month. This will be the society’s 159th exhibition and will feature the work of more than 100 of Ireland’s finest contemporary watercolour artists in a range of styles. The society’s artists will showcase more than 290 paintings, prints and drawings from September 29 until October 6.

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SCHOOLS Council seeks entries to help promote greener transport methods

Young artists urged to enter mobility competition  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

YOUNG artists in the county are being called on to use their creative skills to come up with an image and slogan for this year’s European Mobility Week. The theme of the competition is Clean Air – It’s Your Move, and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County

Council is looking for the best poster to encourage people to keep the air in the county clean. The art competition is open to primary and secondary schools and participants will be asked to create their visual piece on A4-sized paper. The accompanying slogan must also advocate greener alternatives to


travelling by car, such as by walking, cycling and using public transport. There will be five age categories in the competition and the best in each category will receive a €50 Easons voucher. There will also be a prize for the school with the most entries in the competition. According to Gerry Flaherty,

the council’s cycling officer: “This competition aims to encourage students and parents in the county to think about how they travel and to make people aware that making all journeys by car can affect the air we breathe. “Many of our shorter daily trips can be made by walking and cycling, resulting in environmental and

health benefits.” If you are interested in participating in the art competition, send your entry by post to Felicity Gill, Travel Planning Coordinator, Transportation Department, Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire. Entries must be received by 4pm on Tuesday, November 19.


Male choir seeks new members

GETTING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE – 1/2 DAY WORKSHOP GOOGLE, An Post, Blacknight and the City & County Enterprise Boards have come together to offer businesses a free easy-to-update website, free domain name (.com, .eu or .biz) for the 1st year, ongoing education and support and a Google AdWords offer (Spend €75 and get €25 voucher free). Full details on this Getting Irish Business Online initiative can be found on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is hosting a 1/2 day workshop for current/ prospective business owners interested in availing of this Initiative and it will take place on Thursday 26th September in the Beacon Court Hotel from 9.15am – 12.15pm. This workshop would be suitable for anyone who is planning to start or who has started their own business and would like to find out how their business can benefit from the Getting Irish Business Online initiative and the aim is to help attendees set up their new website prior to the session’s close. Contents include:- Overview of Online Landscape in Ireland, Barriers to Getting Your Business Online, Explanation of the ‘Getting Business Online’ Initiative, Benefits of Getting Your Business Online, Live Demo of GettingBusinessOnline.ieTool, Registering Your Business on, Tips & Tricks for building Your Website. The workshop fee is only €25 and places can be booked via or by calling (01) 494 8400.

THE renowned Ballinteer Male Voice Choir is seeking new members. Choir member Philip Mooney says prospective members just need a decent voice, a fondness for singing and the desire to be part of a choir. The choir has enjoyed plenty of success over the years and has travelled to many countries to sing as well as holding its own international festival each year. Members practise every Thursday night at 8pm in Our Lady’s Boys School, Ballinteer. Those interested in joining the choir can just drop in, or contact Philip at 087 215 3333.

Be a young social school innovator SCHOOLS in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are being called on to join Oatlands College in Mount Merrion, Alexandra College in Milltown and Blackrock College in the Young Social Innovators’ Action Programme for 2014. The project-based programme is supported by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation and gives 15- to 18-year-olds the opportunity to examine social problems in their communities. You can find out more about the programme at The closing date for entries is September 30.

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politics Alex White on the upcoming Seanad referendum

One House is better than two – Minister  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE new director of elections for the Labour Party’s Seanad referendum campaign, Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White, opened a new constituency office in Churchtown this week. The Gazette went to see Deputy White in his new office on the Braemor Road to talk about his role in the upcoming referendum, and Labour’s performance in Government, to date. Deputy White began by talking of the Seanad referendum campaign, which was launched last week. He said: “It’s an unusual campaign, which won’t be a door-to-door one. We are organising events around the country in shopping centres and such. We present a strong

case that there should be one [parliamentary] house and not two.” The Gazette put Senator Mary O’Rourke’s (FF) opinion to Deputy White that the Seanad, if reformed, could act as a house where European laws and directives could be studied at greater length, instead of being rushed through the Dail by TDs. He said: “I disagree with Mar y. A huge amount of law now comes from Europe and it is hugely important to Ireland. Members of the Dail should scrutinise everything. “The Seanad would not be helpful in that. The Irish people’s representatives [in the Dail] should decide on these matters. “There’s also the question about a Seanad

reform – if senators were voted in by everyone, there would be two votes nationally, and which house would then be preeminent? “The 160 members of the Dail should get their act together, because right now it’s a dysfunctional house. The way to solve this is not by [having] another dysfunctional chamber,” he said. When asked to respond to a recent newspaper poll, run this month, which saw Labour emerge at 8% of satisfaction with the Government, Deputy White said: “These polls change all the time. It doesn’t surprise me. “It swings up and down because we’re in an extremely volatile political situation nowadays. “It would be my guess that there is a high pro-

portion of the population who hasn’t decided who to vote for in the next election. “A lot of people are upset because of the economic crash, and there is a lot of disappointment with us [Labour]. “Our expectation of what would happen [coming into Government] didn’t work out as we thought, but the facts are still the same. “We have a lot of work to do in terms of explaining to people why we stayed [in Government] and the policy choices we made. It is because of us that there have been no social welfare cuts – that wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t there. Maybe we don’t shout about it enough.” With all of the new taxes and regulations, it

Junior Minister Alex White

was put to Deputy White that Ireland is now a long way from James Joyce’s description of it as being the most civilised country in Europe – that is, the least bureaucratic. He said: “I don’t agree with James Joyce. I’m not interested in red tape, and some stuff was a bit mad,

but the new laws are there to protect workers and we need bureaucracy for a good reason. “The banking collapse was a result of an absence of regulation and a lot of right-wing people talk of the ‘burden of regulation’. “Lots of people have asked us to pace these

changes more, as times are difficult, and we’re trying to do that – that’s why the water charges were pushed back to 2014,” he said. Deputy White will hold a public meeting on the Seanad referendum later this month ahead of the October 4 referendum.

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community Town reclaims top title once again, following earlier successes

Dalkey wins Tidy District Competition 2013  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

DALKEY Tidy Towns was announced as overall winner of the Tidy Districts Competition 2013. The group is no stranger to winning the title, having held it in 2004, 2005 and 2006. More than 100 people from 44 different groups were represented at the 21st Tidy Districts

Awards. There were 18 residential category prizes awarded to groups throughout Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, as well as additional awards for community groups working to support local wildlife and community initiatives. Dalkey was not only the overall winner of the Tidy Districts, but also came first in the

best town/village category and in the most improved town/ village category. Rathmichael Woods Residents’ Association in Shankill scooped the top award for Best Housing Estate of up to 100 houses: Stillorgan Wood Residents’Association in Stillorgan came first in the Best Housing Estate of up to 200 houses, while the prize for Best Hous-

ing Estate of up to 500 houses went to Ardagh Residents’ Association in Blackrock. The Litter Wardens’ award went to Kathy McDonough and Anne Doherty of Kilcross, Sandyford. The total amount of prize money awarded to the various residents’ associations and Tidy Towns groups on the night came to €8,150.

Speaking on the night of the awards, An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab) said: “I am delighted to be associated with the hard work undertaken by all communities who participated in this year’s Tidy District Awards. “It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge, celebrate and reward the communities and schools for their ongoing

efforts and the work they do to improve their local environment. “The standard increases every year, and even in these tough times, it is very impressive to see groups of individuals who still make time to add value to their local communities by taking responsibility for their local environment,” she said.


Outlet Khan help ill kids

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BLACKROCK boutique Khan is among several labels and companies taking part in an upcoming fashion fundraiser for the National Maternity Hospital Foundation. The catwalk show is being staged to raise funds for neonatal intensive and special care units in Holles Street, which care for premature babies and/ or other complications after birth. T he event is taking place in the Great Hall at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham from 7.30pm on Friday September 27, where Brown Thomas, Louise Kennedy, M&S, Khan, Kalu, Seagreen and The Goddess Rooms will be showcasing their newest collections. The evening will start with a reception at 7.30pm, which will be followed by the fashion show at 8.15pm, and will be hosted by RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan. Tickets at €100 each are available from the National Maternity Hospital Foundation at 01 637 3372, or by emailing

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Organiser Kay Goggins with Mark Barry, George Davis and Arthur Whelan

Margaret and Vincent Higgins with their great haul of raffle prizes

Colm and Brid O’Carra (left) with Marian Kelly, Margaret Kelly, Mary Moore, Jane O’Brien, Ita Kelly, Sally Brady,

Sally Brady and Marie Nesbitt

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fundraiser: coffee morning for cancer support

2,000 ways to help a hospice T

HE recent fundraising coffee morning at The Sallynoggin Inn held in aid of Blackrock Hospice raised more than €2,000, thanks to the efforts of all involved, notably the efforts of Kay Goggins. Kay has organised the coffee morning for the past few years in memory of her late daughter, with the hospice cause proving not only close to her heart, but to that of the community as well. The coffee morning has always been well supported by locals and businesses alike. Mairead Dillon, acting campaigns manager, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, congratulated Kay and everyone involved for their help, from all at the Sallynoggin Inn to everyone who came along on the day, with their €2,000 adding to the €12,500 raised over the past three years.

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Sally Brady and Marie Nesbitt

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Marie Nesbitt, Margaret Lundy and Josie Potts. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

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Breege and Brian Clarke share in the great atmosphere at the popular event

Organiser Kay Goggins, who organised fundraising for several years in memory of her daughter

Margaret Moore and Kay Goggins

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Roz shows off a Christian Dior Jacket dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes

Models Roz Purcell and Sarah Morrissey recently showcased the top designs from the Brown Thomas Autumn Winter 2013 International

Roz in a black Erdem Shier dress and Sarah in a

Designer Collections Fashion Show at the annual ISPCC luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin. Roz wears a Christian Dior Jacket dress

cream Dolce and Gabbana lace dress

and Sarah wears a purple Tom Ford dress. Pictures: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland


Fashion forward

Roz in an Erdem Berry top while Sarah wears an Erdem black floral dress (above), and, insets. Sarah in a Celine top with Roz wearing Stella’s wool

MC of the luncheon MTV presenter Laura Whitmore sporting a €650 dress by

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what’son Oktoberfest set to return:

Brian Cavanagh (inset) who lost his daughter, Elizabeth, to meningitis and is sharing this first-hand experience of the disease

Awareness Week: New vaccine offers ‘positive news’ on serious illness

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A bereaved parent is warning the public to be aware of symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia during National Meningitis Awareness Week. Dubliner Brian Cavanagh lost his daughter Elizabeth to meningitis and is sharing this first-hand experience of the disease. National Meningitis Awareness Week started on September 16 and continues until 22. Brian is urging people to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of the diseases, that can strike without

warning. According to the Meningitis Research Foundation one in 10 will die and a quarter of survivors will be left with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs. Those most at risk are children under five and students, but the disease can strike at any age. Vaccines have almost eliminated many types of meningitis but the disease still presents a real threat. Brian said: “As a parent of a child who died from this devastating disease, I am reassured by the positive news that

there’s now a vaccine that will help to eradicate meningitis B. “Although too late for Elizabeth, it is wonderful news that we now have a resource to stop this fast-moving disease in its tracks. “At the time Elizabeth died, there was no vaccine that could have prevented her death. But there is hope now and I therefore urge the Government to consider introducing this new vaccine as soon as possible.” Diane McConnell, Ireland manager of Meningitis Research Foundation, adds: “Our recent survey confirmed that

meningitis is the most feared childhood infectious disease by parents and health professionals. “Meningitis Research Foundation is actively campaigning for the swift introduction of the meningitis B vaccine as we know it can prevent death and disability. “But people should still be aware they are not fully protected against all forms of the disease, so knowing the symptoms and acting fast is essential to saving lives.” For more information visit

The original Oktoberfest is set to return to Dublin again this year giving Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival. A marquee - representative of that in the Oktoberfest in Munich - and German markets, as well as 24 authentic Oktoberfest barmaids will descend on the city providing some German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer. The traditional German market will take place on George’s Dock at the IFSC in Dublin City Centre from September 19 until October 6 and will feature over 30 German speciality food producers and German traders, who are all travelling to Dublin for the Oktoberfest. Visitors will be introduced to the best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Kasespatzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. Traditional Bavarian musicians Die Alpenshow will also be playing throughout the 18-day event. See


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Help champion COMMUNITIES across Dublin are asked to make their voices heard by supporting local champions in the 2013 Calor Community Champion initiative. Calor is calling out to people to help find local champions across the county who work each and every day to improve the lives of the people around them. The rural energy solutions provider believes it is time that these people were recognised and celebrated, and has set aside a prize fund of more than €10,000 for the initiative. T V and radio personality Sile Seoige; legendary GAA broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh and Northern

Ireland chef and broadcaster Paula McIntyre, were at the launch to support the cause. To enter and nominate your local Dublin hero, like Calor’s Facebook page; once you become a fan there, you can enter the community champion app. Then give the name of your nominee and contacts details, and in 250 words explain why you think they deserve to win.

go russian to the circus THE Moscow State Circus is coming to Ireland later this month with its latest and most spectacular show to date. Taking place in the

RDS, the Park Gorkogo-themed circus will feature some of the best circus performers and sees a mammoth cast of Russia’s most talented in this field. Circus goers will see award-winning flying trapeze artists and roller skating as well as vertical pole jugglers. A hand balancer will also be thrown into the mix, along with a revolving Russian swing catapulting its 10-strong troupe high into the apex of the tent, while clowns Valik and Valerik will keep the crowd laughing. The circus promises its audiences at the RDS an awe-inspiring show that has been created especially for its first ever




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an unsung hero in your community European tour. The circus will be at the RDS September 26-29. Tickets are priced from €8, and concession prices are available, and children under the age of two go free. For further information, see

wheelie great bicycle news THE National Transport Authority (NTA) has published a fivefold increase in cycle routes for the greater Dublin area. The Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network intends to increase the provision of on-and-off cycle paths from 500km to 2,840km in four of the Dublin local authorities,

including areas in Wicklow, Kildare and Meath. The network has been worked out following a study of the location and condition of existing facilities, while the pattern of current travel routes has also been taken into consideration. The plan can be viewed on the NTA’s website at

remembering chernobyl AN IRISH charity remembered the children of Chernobyl in recent days when September 11 marked 10,000 days since the world’s worst environmental disaster. The nuclear disaster occurred in 1986 and its aftereffects are still dev-

astating a new generation today. Chernobyl Children International is an Irish charity that was set up to give support and hope to children living in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. Adi Roche, the charity’s founder and chief executive, said: “10,000 days later, we can once again remember the forgotten children of Chernobyl, who in 1986 saw their world changed in the blink of an eye, leaving a legacy of medical and health problems that continue to impact hugely on future generations.” For further information, see

GAA broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh joining TV personality Sile Seoige to launch the 2013 Calor Community Champion initiative, which will highlight unsung heroes in the community


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irish heart foundation: annual 5km walk

Reduce cholesterol to keep your heart happy CAST members from the RTE soap opera Fair City will be taking part in this year’s Happy Heart Walk in Raheny this month. The fundraising walk is an annual event in suppor t of the Irish Heart Foundation, and is the biggest such event in the country. Dubliners from every corner of the county are being called on to take part in the walk this year as a gesture of support for Irish Heart

Month. The Irish Heart Foundation is a national charity which fights against the onset of heart disease and stroke. According to organisers, being physically active at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes, five days a week can keep our hearts healthy. This and other lifestyle advice has been issued by the Irish Heart Foundation to

launch the September Heart Month Fats of Life campaign, which aims to help us all to lower cholesterol, a serious risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Irish Hear t Foundation’s Happy Heart Wa l k s c o - o r d i n a t o r Mary Reynolds said: “ Mo r e t h a n 10 , 0 0 0 people of all ages are expected to take part in our annual 5km Happy Heart Walks on World Heart Day, which is a great active day out

for all the family. Our Dublin walk will be a great day out for the whole family with face painting and goodie bags. Join our 4km Dublin walk or organise one with family or friends and you can do your bit to help us turn 50,000km into €50,000 – just raise €1 for every kilometre you walk! “Money raised will help fund our charity’s lifesaving research, resuscitation and patient support pro-

The Happy Heart Walk will be held this month as part of the Irish Heart Month

grammes nationwide.” T he Raheny walk, starts at the Sybill Hill Road Entrance in St Anne’s Park at 2pm on Sunday September 29, or you can organise your own local 5km

Happy Heart Walk. Those opting to set up their own community walk should register it to receive an organiser pack including: t-shirts, heart balloons, information sheets and more.

Throughout September details of local walks happening across the county will be listed on the Irish Heart Foundation’s website at

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features County Meath: Dunderry Park gets set to host the best in Irish folk music

Folky festival treat to lift the spirits

The line-up for the festival of all festivals, Spirit of Folk, has been announced with the best in Irish folk music taking part. The festival season is not over until folk music gets its day. Ta k i n g p l a c e i n Dunderry Park, County Meath, Spirit of Folk, plays host to the finals of the “feastival’s” first awards competition. T he finalists were chosen after a music battle in Whelan’s Live last month. Nine bands played to a packed house on the night and after much deliberation, the judges named the three acts that will bat-

tle it out on the stage in Dunderry on Saturday, September 21. According to the festival organisers, vibrant young band Moxie from Sligo/Limerick were chosen for their fresh sounds, blending folk, rock and new age bluegrass. The second finalist is Galway singer/songwriter Miriam Donohue who is making a name for herself with her engaging blend of acoustic folk pop. And the line-up is completed by Wicklow band, The Cujo Family, well known on the music scene for their explosive live perform-

ances. Other acts confirmed to play on the day include alternative Irish folk group Bunoscionn and Dublin duo Lynched. In a bid to celebrate all things traditional, the Spirit of Folk Festival will also include an eclectic array of folky activities. Visitors can try out some archery and listen to storytelling in a candle lit cairn - headlined by the famous seanachi Eddie Lenihan. There will also be mind, body, spirit workshops, bushcraft, bat walks and experimental archaeology. There will

be plenty for children too - with clow ning workshops, imagination gym and puppet making. The festival will run late into the night with a three-course Folky Feast and a very special programme, run by performance venue The Hall of Heroes with murder mystery games, magician shows and late night DJs. Dunderry Park is situated on 25 acres of lake and woodlands around the original Georgian house and is where “feastival” goers will be able to listen to the folk finalists play their finest sounds.

The Spirit of Folk festival will take place in Dunderry Park, County Meath

Once it is dark, the makeshift community will gather by the cairn for a ceremonial burning of their mighty phoenix sculpture with

the fires glowing right through the night. For more details on the feastival and a full line-up list visit www. or

email Day tickets are €50 including a three-course folky feast or €40 without the feast.


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nominations: three airside businesses in with chance to win national q mark awards

High flyers with high standards THREE businesses based at Dublin Airport have been nominated for a top prize at this year’s National Q Mark Awards, it was announced earlier this week. The Airside businesses bidding to land the top prize include the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), HMSHost and The Harvest Market. The nominees were announced by Irene Collins, managing direc-

tor of Excellence Ireland Quality Association, who said the three businesses have exceeded the normal standards and have set the standard that all other organisations should be aiming for. Excellence

“These nominations recognise that DAA is operating at the highest standard of quality and excellence and that HMSHost and Harvest

Market are operating at the highest standards of Hygiene and Food Safety,” she said. EIQA – the guardians of the Q Mark – audit all types of businesses and only award the coveted Q Mark to those operating at standards above the current legislative requirements and that have the consumer’s best interests in mind. The DA A provides services in airport man-

agement, operation and development, domestic and international airport retail management and airport investment. It has delivered a €2 billion investment programme at Dublin Airport which has seen the completion of Terminal 2 and significant additional improvements. Piere Lavazza, Irish Meadows, Java Republic and Puro Gusto are part of HMSHost’s food and beverage offering at

Dublin Airport Authority’s Mary Coveney, Emma Murtagh, Adam Heffernan, Martin Roper of Q Mark, Caoilfhionn Nic Connara, Deirdre Delaney and Liz Kavanagh

Dublin Airport. T hey are industr y leaders at creating innovative dining experiences for the travelling public, and the business employs 200 people in Ireland. T he Har vest Mar-

ket, part of HMSHost, offers customers a wide range of meals including Irish breakfasts and hot lunches. Located in Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, they provide an attractive and unique dining experience for

travelling customers. The teams from Dublin Airport will go headto-head with the best Irish businesses of 2013 at the Q Mark awards ceremony at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on September 27.

Bride &Groom From fashion to honeymoons and gifts to cakes, let The Gazette help you plan that special day with our guide to all things wedding

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Most people still want their wedding day to be the best day of their life and here at The Gazette, we want to help you make your dream wedding come true. The following pages of this special wedding supplement will deal with all the practical matters associated with your big day. But for now to take the stress away from all of those preparations, let’s look at some strange wedding facts and customs from around the world. An abundance of superstitions surround wedding clothes, jewellery and flowers. Carrying a bridal bouquet comes from an early Roman tradition involving herbs like rosemary which were said to ward off evil spirits. The tradition of flower girls throwing flower petals in the bride’s path is a symbolic act meant to lead her to a sweet and plentiful future. In ancient times, the bride’s veil symbolised her youth and virginity while also hiding her face from jealous spirits or the Evil Eye. The reason wedding rings are placed on the third finger of the left hand is because ancient Egyptians believed the vein in that hand (called the vein of love by the Romans) ran directly to the heart. Food plays a ver y important part in the whole wedding experience today as it did in

times gone by, but for slightly different reasons. A wedding cake was held to be a symbol of good luck and fertility and has been a part of wedding celebrations since Roman times. Back then, a small bun representing fertility was broken over the bride’s head at the end of the marriage ceremony and during the middle ages, the custom was for the bride and groom to kiss over small cakes. Nearly all cultures today and in the past sprinkle the wedding couple with symbolic food: the French throw wheat, Sicilians throw bread and salt, and the English throw pieces of cake. Throwing rice at weddings was to encourage fertility, prosperity, and bounty, but nowadays the rice has been replaced by confetti as many modern churches and wedding locations discourage rice throwing because rice can be fatal for birds who eat it. Many of the customs associated with weddings that persist have lost their original meanings. A bride is carried over the threshold either to symbolise her reluctance to leave her father’s home or because evil spirits hovered over the threshold of a house and lifting her over them protected her. In old Ireland, a hen about to lay an egg was tied to the wedding bed to guarantee fertility. The existing superstition that the bridegroom must not see his

bride before the wedding comes from a time when marriages were arranged and the groom only saw the bride for the first time at the wedding ceremony. If he saw her in advance there was a chance he might bolt. Nuptial phrases such as “tying the knot” also survive to this day. The phrase came from an ancient Babylonian custom in which threads from the clothes of both the bride and groom were tied together in a knot to

symbolise their union. F i n a l l y, t h e m o s t famous wedding phrase of all: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe” sy mbolises continuity, optimism for the future, borrowed happiness, fidelity and wealth respectively. So, as you set off on your own magical wedding day, remember what a wealth of symbolism you are inheriting.


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Choosing your wedding flowers is a very personal thing but it can be very daunting for the average couple. There are so many flowers to choose from, so how do you decide what to go for: Lilies, traditional roses or something a bit more risqué? To take all the hassle out of choosing, consult with a real expert and Dun Laoghaire based, award winning florist, Mary O’Gara has years of experience. To find out more about, located at 212 Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre, Dun Laoghaire, contact Mary O’Gara on 01 280 0122.

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel in Meath

Choosing a venue for the happiest day of your life is one of the most important decisions you will make. There are so many different hotel venues to suit all tastes nowadays, offering great deals in some of the most sumptuous hotels and resorts in Dublin and its surroundings. One such place is Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa based in Meath. This hotel presents the happy couple with an ideal getaway that is near enough to Dublin, while still in the lush heartland of the countryside. Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa has acres

of stunning landscaped grounds and a sweeping tree-lined avenue leading up to the historic architecture of the hotel, all of which seem tailor made to adorn a gorgeous wedding album. Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday, October 20 from 1pm to 5pm with a Mr and Mrs quiz included and a €1,000 discount offer off the cost of your wedding when you book on the day. For more information, you can contact the hotel on 01 8013500 or events@ dunboynecastlehotel. com. Another venue in Meath is the Trim Castle Hotel which is set over-

looking Trim Castle and the rolling lawns of St Patrick’s Church. The hotel is holding a wedding fair on Sunday, September15 from 2pm to5pm. The hotel possesses both the Old World charisma of the Anglo-Norman castle, and the contemporary standards of great food and stunning modern decor. It also has a beautiful rooftop garden from which guests can admire the impressive castle. Trim Castle Hotel is now offering an all inclusive package on key dates from 2014 to 2016 for €55 per person. If you would like to learn more about Trim Castle as a wedding venue,

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venue is a perfect match for you you can contact their wedding co-ordinators on 046 9483000 or email info@ For those wishing to be beside the sea on their big day, The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is the ideal venue. The hotel has a long history of hosting weddings and civil ceremonies and is set on four acres of garden with direct access to Dun Laoghaire promenade and pier. There are 15 suites to choose from at The Royal Marine Hotel, as well as a large banqueting hall and a sweeping, romantic Victorian staircase. The Royal Marine Hotel hold their wedding fayre on Sunday, September 29 from 2pm until

5pm in the hotel’s Carlisle banqueting suite. Sample dishes and house wine will be on display with the hotel’s chefs and food and beverage managers on hand to answer any of the bride and groom’s questions. If you have any inquiries, you can contact wedding planner Gina on 01 271 2512 or email events@ Another stylish harbour venue for your wedding is Wrights Findlater in Howth. This is a unique boutique wedding destination ideally located in the picturesque village of Howth. It offers a blend of simplicity and elegance with breathtaking coastal views for your special

day. Wrights Findlater has three floors and guests can be greeted in the ground floor bar which has a decor of cool blues and rich wood paneling. The first floor holds the dining area with capacity for 80 guests which lends an intimate atmosphere throughout the wedding meal. After-dinner entertainment is on the third floor Sky Bar and Roof Terrace. Wrights Findlater in Howth are hosting their first wedding fair on Sunday, October 13 and you can find out more by emailing wedding coordinator Suzanne at info@ Next month, Bewley’s

The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire

Wrights Findlater in Howth

Hotel Dublin Airport are hosting their wedding fair in the elegant Baskin Suite in the hotel. Visitors to the fair will get a chance to view the Baskin Suite as it would appear on their wedding day. The fair promises to be a one-stop for all bridesand grooms-to-be. On

The Baskin Suite caters for up to 250 guests and is a bright and elegant ballroom to complement any wedding reception. Wedding packages range from €30 per guest and go up to the all-inclusive wedding packages which start at €69 per guest. Bewley’s Hotel Dublin

hand will be a wide variety of local photographers, car hire, wedding cakes, florists and stationery and much more. Bewley’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator will be available to answer any questions you may have about hosting your special day in the hotel’s Baskin Suite.

Airport wedding fair is on May 12, from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is free and there will be glasses of bubbly, tea, coffee and treats for everyone attending. For more information, you can contact 01 8711000 or email

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Finding the perfect gift for the happy couple  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

If you are looking for gift ideas for an upcoming wedding, the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre gift card can be spent in over 180 stores in the popular shopping complex. The gift card is a great idea for any bride and groom, as it allows them to pick out their own gifts rather than smile politely while accepting yet another toaster. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre’s clothes stores include some of the most stylish such as BT2, and French Connection, Top Shop, Zara and River Island. Debenhams in the centre is the number one choice for wedding gifts, as it has a great range of beautiful designer pieces sure to appeal to any

taste. Contemporary designers for Debenhams’ gifts are John Rocha, Betty Jackson and Jasper Conran. For technology-loving couples out there the shopping centre’s retail parks have computer outlets such as Curry’s and PC World. The more practical home-making couple can stock up on all their DIY necessities in Woodie’s and DFS with their gift card. While shopping, the newlyweds can take a break and enjoy a spot of lunch in Nando’s, Milano or any of the over 25 restaurants in the complex which is open seven days a week. You can purchase a Blanchardstown gift card by going online at

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Picture frame from Tierney’s Gift Shop

Gift shop, Tierney’s is also in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, as well as other locations like the Stephen’s Green Centre, the Ilac Centre and on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire. Ideal wedding gifts at the store range from €25 to €250 and include cutlery sets, mirrors, crystal and glassware and lots more. Tierney’s Gift Shops also have a wedding list facility for couples to sign onto. The first step in registering your wedding list is to make an appointment with a personal consultant at Tierney’s by phoning (01) 2801417. Once you are happy with your selection, s taff will make the list

John Rocha Ori Carafe, Debenhams €210

John Rocha Rian Wine Pair, Debenhams €115

of items available for your guests to view. They will then be able to make purchases online, by phone or in person. Quality brands include Newbridge Silver, Vera Wang, Waterford Crystal, Galway Crystal, Killarney Crystal, Willow Tree, Genesis and Belleek China. Many of their gifts can be personalised too with special messages to remember their special day. They also offer a free gift wrapping service and a nationwide and international delivery service. For more information on Tierney’s gift ideas, you can go to

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Celebrate a new beginning with a dream honeymoon hotels, you could avail of a number of offers such as free room upgrades, free spa treatments, free dinner on the beach and their special Honeymoon package, which involves all manner of delights like breakfast in bed, fruit, wine and more. Keeping with Mexico, you and your loved one could spend 10 nights in the five-star Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun. This honeymoon, which is all-inclusive, features a stay in a Club Deluxe Tropical View Room and starts at €2,124 per person. You will leave Dublin on February 10 next year and are entitled to the hotel’s Eternity Honeymoon package which includes resort coupons to the value of $400 (€300). For those who would like to try something really unusual, why not think about Dominican Republic? A nine-night stay in the five-star Now

Larimar Punta Cana starts at €1,499 per perTHE choice of honeyson in November and moon these days has includes a free romantic never been more varied dinner on the beach. or exotic with trips to All of these offers must very unusual destinabe booked by September tions such as Cambodia 21, 2013 or from Sepand cruises to several tember 28 until October countries on a fabulous 12 for travel before Sepliner on offer. tember 6, 2014. Travelmood is curIf you would like more rently offering a selecinformation on hontion of dream honeyeymoons in Mexico or moons with prices to Dominican Republic, suit all budgets. visit www.travelmood. For those looking for ie. a truly tropical honeyIf you would like to moon, Mexico is fast begin your married life becoming a popular with a leisurely cruise, choice. You can spend there are several on seven nights in the offer from Thomas Cook Tulum Resort and Spa, for 2015. a five-star, all-inclusive This year sees the affair in a deluxe garden launch of a brand new view room from €1,239 range of world cruise per person. The price packages available to includes return flights Irish customers with a from Dublin on Decemselection of 100 and 110 ber 2, a guaranteed night voyages starting at room upgrade and 50% €12,159 per person. discount on spa treatThe Queen Victoria ments. will set sail through the If you book with Travwaters of the Pacific elmood this September on a 103-night voyage at selected exploring the exotic east, stopping at Thailand, Samoa and Australia with prices starting at €13,729 per person. A 105-night voyage on the Aurora will take you on a South American and Pacific Adventure cruise taking in 30 destinations in 15 countries from €12,159 per person. Thomas Cook cruise prices are based on the cruise Have some fun on the colourful tropical island of Barbados only, with two per BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

sons sharing an interior stateroom. Flights and transfers can be arranged separately. For more information on cruises, you can go to For those preferring to stay on terra firma, Thomas Cook’s spring deals in the Caribbean could be the icing on the cake for any newlywed couple. Leaving on January 13, 2014, newlyweds visiting Barbados can sample the rum at a local distillery and swim with the turtles during their honeymoon in the tranquil three-star Sunbay Hotel in Christchurch from €1,197 per person for 10 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. If Jamaica is more your thing, a 10-night stay at the four-star Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ochos Rios starts at €1,492 (all inclusive) is also available as part of Thomas Cook’s spring deals. Available until March 31 next year, Gohop. ie has a Golden California self-drive tour for couples looking for an adventurous honeymoon from €1,269. You would start off in San Francisco, then visit Las Vegas, Malibu and San Diego en route to Los Angeles. The price of the Golden California tour includes return flights from Dublin to San Francisco, accommodation and a compact, two-

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Visit the four-star Jamaica Grande Resort in Ochos Rios or set sail with Thomas Cruise (right) on a leisurely cruise to exotic locations such as the South Pacific

door car for 12 days. This is the perfect honeymoon for couples on the go, as it involves a cycle along San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge, a drive through California’s central coast on Highway 1, a stroll d ow n H o l l y wo o d ’s

Walk of Fame at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and a 24-hour stay in Las Vegas. is also offering Cambodia as a 13-night honeymoon destination for €1,020 per person. This honeymoon is for those with an exploratory nature as

it involves a journey to the heart of Cambodia where you will discover the culture, people, landscape and cuisine that make this South East Asian country so richly distinctive. You can go to www. for more information.

UNUSUAL alternatives to the traditional fruit, marzipan and icing wedding cake of old have been popular at weddings for quite a while now. Now an exciting, new company called Swe e t i d e a s . i e h a s taken a step further by making a range of sweet trees made of your favourite childhood treats. It’s a fun and nostalgic way of reliving your childhood on your wedding day. T h e c o m p a ny i s offering chocolate trees, lollipop, Ferrero Rocher, Haribo, jelly and Chupa Chup trees and many more spe-

cially made up of your favourite sweet treats. T h e c o m p a ny i s offering our readers a 10% discount on your sweet order if you mention The Gazette and will be running a competition on Facebook to win a sweet wedding package, at

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Monsoon Anastasia dress €265

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Cosette wedding dress

Knight and Day crystal and pearl earrings, Carraig Donn, €29.95


Deluxe shoe, Dune, €115 Korky’s €39.99

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Oxfam: Forever Young brocade gown €300, oval earrings €2, and bracelet €30, by Aine Killeen

Finding the perfect wedding dress can sometimes be a daunting and stressful experience for brides, but when you finally find “the one” that experience is quickly washed away with tears of happiness. Once the appointments have been booked, it’s on to trying on some dresses. The one piece of advice you will hear from all the bridal dress stockists is that trying on a variety of dresses is key to finding the perfect dress.

Sometimes the dress a bride has in mind can change when they try on other styles; so try as many styles as you can to know exactly what suits your shape. Look at stores you might not usually think to look in, such as Oxfam Ireland which has a great selection of bridal-wear. To help brides get a sense of what’s out there The Gazette has found some amazing Dress, Monsoon wedding dresses €230 for brides to consider this season.

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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week




Ray Yeates (inset), Dublin City Council arts officer and director of Culture Night 2013, says this year’s night will showcase some great entertainment for everyone and facilitate a “conversation” between citizens and the city, courtesy of its many cultural gems


Admire hidden treasures  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE seventh annual Culture Night takes place on September 20 and is set to be the biggest and best yet, according to Ray Yeates, the event’s director and Dublin City Council arts officer. What started off as a “very Dublin” affair – with the capital’s institutions, galleries and museums opening their doors to the public free of charge for one night only – has turned into a national phenomenon, with 11,000 events lined up this year. Yeates spoke to The Gazette about how the festival began and what we can look forward to this year. He said: “It started off as an idea born in Temple Bar by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust, and it was a localised thing to that

area. Similar nights had been staged in France and Belgium, and it was decided to try it in Dublin, too. “Nowadays, it’s a national event, and each town and area devises its own programme of events around the country. “Culture Night is really growing and there is much more momentum to it these days. “But really I think what is special about it is not the individual events, but the overall experience,” he said. “Suddenly, the whole of Dublin is opened up at night and places that are not normally accessible to the public – like the Masonic Hall – are freely available to step inside. “Other venues which may only be open during the day also open at night – such as City Hall – and this allows the

visitor to experience a different side of Dublin and gets them to stop and appreciate the city more. “One of the biggest highlights is taking place in Temple Bar. RTE has really become strongly involved in this year’s Culture Night, and is broadcasting its Arena arts programme live from Meeting House Square, with broadcaster Sean Rocks. “Another highlight is that we commissioned an anthem for Culture Night from contemporary composer, Stephen Gardner, which the RTE concert orchestra will play. “As well as that, there will be all kinds of mad stuff going on! Dublin Bus has a programme whereby musicians and storytellers will be on the buses entertaining commuters,” said Yeates.

“As far as other cultural events go, the galleries in Temple Bar will be running seven tours through 30 different institutions around the city. AIB will open its own art collection to the public in Ballsbridge, which should be interesting. “The main thing about the night is that all the events are free – that’s very important to people, nowadays. Culture Night creates a kind of conversation between the city and its people, from the Abbey Theatre over to Dublin Castle,” he said. Culture Night is given €300,000 by the Government for nationwide events and Dublin City Council, the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the individual venues participating also contribute enough to match that figure again, said Yeates.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Ruby, a three-and-a-halfyear-old Pitbull cross. Ruby came to Dogs Trust with her puppies and they have all since been re-homed, so we would really love to find Ruby her own home now. She just adores people and being cuddled, kissed and rubbed are among her favourite things. Ruby also loves the company of other dogs and indulging in a bit of “rough and tumble”! If you think you could give Ruby a perfect home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Style Generation, a two-day fashion extravaganza featuring the latest looks for men, women and kids is set to take

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Autumn winter collections have arrived at Blanchardstown Centre and they are ready to celebrate the new season in style. The popular shopping destination is hosting, Style Generation, a two-day fashion extravaganza featuring all the latest looks for men, women and kids – all conveniently available under the one roof at Blanchardstown Centre. The event, which runs September 28 to 29, is loaded with fun fashion shows for the whole family and is being hosted by the centre’s very own style expert Shirley Lane. Shows run at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm e a c h d ay f e a t u ring looks for all ages, shapes and sizes from

favourite brands such exciting. We’re seeing Inglot and Peter Mark, as BT2, Debenhams, lots of colour which is BT2 Occasion wear, M&S, Penney’s, H&M, great, plenty of different Sweet Jeans with Jules A-wear, Dunnes Stores, textures, from leather to Fallon - how to find the Name It, River Island, tweed, patterns, plaid, perfect pair of jeans - and Warehouse and more. animal print – we will our host Shirley Lane will C o m m e n t i n g o n have it all. be showing you how to what the audience can “Following each show dress for your shape. look forward to, mar“We will have keting executive at plenty of Blanchardstown spot Centre Ciara Daly said: Our audiTo celebrate Style Generation at Blanchardstown ence can Centre, we are giving one lucky lady the chance expect to win a complete makeover from top to toe with Shirley Lane including a shopping spree worth €500, f o u r a complete new hair makeover from Peter Mark amazing and a beauty makeover from Inglot. To enter, email s h ow s cdaly@blanchardstowncentre with a recent pic and e a c h d ay a short note on why you would love to win. Closing featuring date for entries is Sunday 22nd September. looks from Terms & conditions apply. B l a n c h a r d s t ow n prizes Centre for women, men and Peter and kids, hosted by our we will Mark will be offering ver y personal stylist have style and beauty 25% off all colour with Shirley Lane. masterclasses where our their Colour Carnival “We want to show- audience can take away event too,” Ciara said. case how all generations real tips that they can The style and beauty can wear this season’s incorporate into their masterclasses will allow trends, and wear them own styles. audience members to really well. Autumn/ “Masterclasses will meet the experts from winter 2013 is ver y include beauty from Inglot and Peter Mark

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autumn fashion place at Blanchardstown Centre

who will show how to get the look fresh from the catwalks. BT2 wants to show how to dress for every occasion and personal stylist Shirley Lane wants to teach people all of the best tips to get you looking your best for autumn/winter. Get the VIP treatment with a complimentary beauty treatment, with over 20 beauty stations out on the mall ready to give free advice. If that’s not enough there

will be loads of fantastic spot prizes so dress to impress. Style Generation @ Blanchardstown is the must visit event this year to get the inside track on how to look fabulous for autumn/ winter 2013. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest event updates and competitions #style #blanchcentre or visit our brand new website

“We will have plenty of spot prizes and Peter Mark will be offering 25% off all colour with their Colour Carnival event too” Ciara Daly, marketing executive at Blanchardstown Centre

Style expert Shirley Lane who will host the event at Blanchardstown Centre


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From Beckett to cake, McCanns hold court  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE Pavilion Theatre played host to Colum McCann’s informal discussion with his father, Sean, on September 7 as part of the DLR Mountains to Sea festival. The elder McCann took to the stage with consummate ease, wear-

ing a rose he had grown himself. In a wheelchair and accompanied by his son and interviewer Sinead Gleeson, Sean launched into a litany of reminiscence about The Irish Press, where he was features and literary editor, and his own writing on footballer George Good.

Colum egged his father on as a kind of aide memoire, and one such memory involved his grandmother who cleaned house for the Becketts in Foxrock. “What did your mother call [Samuel] Beckett?” asked Colum, to which the old man smiled wryly and said: “A little snot!”

Colum laughed and told the audience this was not tr ue about Beckett, to which Sean quipped: “Well, we don’t know ...” The dynamic between father and son was charming to witness and the ease of exchange between them was like any other affectionate filial relationship. It offered the audience a rare glimpse into Colum’s private world and how his early life had shaped him. Colum had many sto-

Writers Colum McCann in conversation with his father, Sean, at the Pavilion Theatre

ries of his childhood and how his father had influenced his decision to become a writer. His childhood, he told a packed auditorium, was disappointingly happy, which gives a writer nothing to write about!

Instead, filled with Beatnik dreams of Kerouac’s tale, On the Road, Colum headed off to America as a very young man and travelled around on his bicycle – even making it all the way to Canada.

His early romance with America continues to this day, and he has made his home in New York. In the week of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Colum recounted that fateful day in New York. Walking by a restaurant, Colum saw a woman through the window with a piece of chocolate cake in front of her. In the midst of all the chaos around her, Colum watched her deliberate for ages, before finally putting her fork into the cake and eating it. He told the audience he was very happy she had decided to eat it, because it represented life going on. Colum McCann’s latest novel, Transatlantic, is on sale now in all good book shops.


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tech: handset gets an expensive makeover with some fancy features

Apple ring in phone changes ANOTHER week, and another redesigned iPhone to get to grips with – at least, that’s how it feels with each new iteration of the popular phone. Correction – two new iterations, as Apple have just rolled out the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. While consumers have become used to Apple announcing updated products every year or so, the stakes have been upped dramatically in the past 18 months as arch rivals Samsung have grabbed a greater than expected share of the mobile market. As such, analysts were

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keenly awaiting the next iPhone to be unveiled, with expectations all round that a cheap iPhone would emerge to target the lucrative Chinese market. Wrong. Instead, Apple revealed two upgraded iPhone models – the 5C and the 5S, both of which boast a premium price, to boot. Ditching the high-fa-

lutin’ tech specs, suffice it to say that both 5s boast significantly souped-up power, a boost to the camera’s pixels, longer battery life, and a number of other bells and whistles. As for the 5C, a supertough coloured plastic casing differentiates it particularly well from the 5S, which – and of most note – has added a fingerprint sensor to access data, store passwords, and so on. Such innovations don’t come cheap, folks – at the time of writing, the cheapest model is expected to cost at least €600 when it goes on sale in Ireland later this season ...



AWEEBYTE ioS7 update is out New-look update

STICKING with Apple, its latest operating system update – IOS7 – is available right now, for those who haven’t checked on upgrades in a while. Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive was a key figure for many of the features for the new OS for the iPhone and iPad, with core apps getting a subtle redesign in line with new colours, fonts, and floating elements to modernise the OS. Off you go to upgrade and check for yourself ...

a grand review

GTAV in the next issue

The iPhone 5C – a colourful reboot that, unfortunately, isn’t likely to be cheap

PIPPED to the (printing) post by this issue’s copy deadlines, gamers aged 18+ may rest assured that the biggest game of the year – Grand Theft Auto V – will be reviewed in the next issue of The Gazette ...


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The current line-up of Nine Inch Nails: Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, Trent Reznor, Alessandro Cortini and Robin Finck


No hesitation as NIN return to hit the mark  ROB HEIGH

ENDURANCE is something that you hope for from your musical idols. W here some burn bright and burn out, some blast with their initial intensity before delivering a set of everdiminishing returns — testing your patience and your fandom until you just have to step away. Occasionally, one will return from the wilderness and blow everything away, as if they had never left. And so it is with the return to the live and recorded arena by Nine Inch Nails, music’s most ambitious one-man technological assault on rock. The seismic arrival on the industrial scene of Nine Inch Nails back in 1988 had results that rippled throughout the Nineties and Noughties, as well as deliver-

ing some of the most intense, and intensely rewarding, live shows of those decades. Each iteration of the band and its sound over the years was matched by a hugely imaginative and innovative live show, ending (for the time being) with the astonishing Lights In The Sky tour in 2008. Reznor retired the band in 2009, saying he wanted it to disappear for a while, but that was not to say that he stopped working. An Oscar, acclaimed movie soundtracks and a remarkable side project, How To Destroy Angels, have kept Reznor in the spotlight, and now the time has come to return NIN to centre stage. The better part of the opening half of new album Hesitation Marks has been road-tested and will be familiar to fans who have seen any

of the band’s frankly astonishing live festival performances in recent months. Taking inspiration from Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense tour, the drama and power of the 2013 vintage NIN is written large on the stage’s screens and in the impressive staging of a fan’s dream setlist.

Apparent Apparent from the new songs is that Reznor has lost none of his way around a great tune in the three years “off”. If anything, there is almost a more conventional edge to several of the songs here, most notably on Everything, a three-minute wonder that sits perfectly within their catalogue, in spite of its pop feel. Or maybe it is that the rest of music and cuttingedge electronica have finally started catching

up with Reznor’s imagination. Everything that NIN were and are so treasured for, however — their anger and their energy, their angst and darkness — are never far from the surface. Copy Of A displays all of the pristine electronic edges and shadows present on Downward Spiral, while Came Back Haunted’s massive synths and distortiondriven guitars rumble with a thrilling velocity. Immersed in the sleek electronic beats and menacing tonescapes is the essential humanity and expression that have, and always will, m a ke N I N b e l ove d and essential, the emotion behind the chrome the connection to the worlds that Reznor creates. It is hard art for a digital age, with no hesitation or limitation.

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NOISE Peugeot’s new 308 hatchback

Plough into the new 308’s features This Octavia is longer, wider and lighter and contains a whole series of firsts for Skoda models


New Octavia builds on its previous success


THE redesigned and much-improved Skoda Octavia impressed customers and critics alike when it was released earlier this year. Already a firm favourite with motorists who knew a thing or two about great value for money with bullet-proof build quality, a new and improved model was a much-anticipated prospect. And even though the 1.6 tdi version lived up to my expectations a few months back – it is the 2-litre tdi with the automatic DSG gearbox that just left me grinning earto-ear. The Octavia deserves a model in this spec, it just feels as though it is as complete a car as you

are likely to ever need. It’s the most expensive model in the Octavia range, this 150bhp beauty will cost you a shade over €30,000, but for that you get every possible feature in the catalogue. Before we get bogged down in details, just think about the drive. And not just in terms of bhp and torque – it’s how this energy is controlled is what really impresses. The DSG gearbox uses a double clutch mechanism for smoother and more efficient power delivery, and it doesn’t disappoint, giving genuinely unexpected acceleration and seriously muscular grunt as it moves through the six gears. As with most automatic gearboxes, this one

includes the triptronic option for those with control issues. This Octavia is longer, wider and lighter and contains a whole series of firsts for Skoda models. The Octavia impresses with unrivalled cabin and luggage capacity, innovative 5* NCAP safety, modern new comfort features, low fuel consumption and a new range of touch screen audio and navigation systems. The new Octavia has grown significantly in length and width, the new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm enabling the Octavia break the mould for spaciousness in its model seg-

ment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 590 litres. The new Octavia is powered by the latest low emission TSI petrol engines as well as common rail diesel engines with stop start technology for excellent fuel economy. Despite the physical increase in size and room, the new Octavia has in fact shed up to 100kg in weight compared to its predecessor. Less weight equates to better fuel economy and the new Octavia in its 2.0-TDI version consumes only 4.1 litres for every 100km travelled. That is a seriously

good number, and only .3 of a litre more than the 1.6 tdi variant. There’s a lot to list out, but some of the equipment that comes as standard in the Octavia includes a three-year warranty, door mirrors that are electrically adjustable and heated, tinted windows, ESC (electronic stability control), front fog lights, remote central locking, front and rear electric windows, height adjustable front seats as well as lumbar supports for the front seats. Skoda really know how to make good cars, and the Octavia is going to give owners of the flagship model, the Superb, a real headache when it comes time to trade in, it’s that good.

THE award-winning Peugeot passenger car and LCV range will be showcased at the 2013 National Ploughing Championships from September 24-26 in Co Laois. The event will include the newly-launched Peugeot 2008 compact crossover and a guest appearance from the all-new Peugeot 308 hatchback, with a special arrival from France for one week only ahead of its launch. With appearances confirmed from Peugeot brand ambassadors George Hook, Amanda Brunker and rally-ace Craig Breen, 14 vehicles will be displayed, including Peugeot’s Irish Car of the Year winners. Peugeot’s Partner, Expert and Boxer light commercials will also be on show. The newly-launched Peugeot 2008 compact crossover will take pride of place on the Peugeot stand beside the ultra-modern new Peugeot 308 hatchback. With a strong focus on design, driving experience, efficiency and quality, the refined new Peugeot 308 is a class-leader in terms of performance, says Peugeot, and boasts the largest boot in the segment. Visitors to the stand will experience the new Peugeot 308 iCockpit interior for themselves, which houses a touchscreen control pad and heads-up instrument display panel. The Peugeot 308 is being launched across Europe from mid-September and will reach showrooms in Ireland this December, ahead of going on sale next January. The line-up will also include the Peugeot 208 R2 rally car, currently being trialled in this year’s Irish National Tarmac Championships by Tipperary man Andrew Slattery, following his recent third-in-class win in Galway. Limited to just 50 customers, Golden Tickets worth €1,000 will be made available to customers who visit the Peugeot stand and register a new Peugeot 508 at any Peugeot Dealer across the country during October 1-31. Full details can be requested from a member of the sales team on the ploughing stand. Gowan Distributors Ltd and the new Peugeot range can be found at stand number 518, row A1, Block 3 at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

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Enjoy the best of Hong Kong fare in Ashbourne  NATALIE BURKE

THIS October, Eatzen in Ashbourne – a popular hotspot for foodie fans and many Irish celebrities – will be hosting an award-winning Gourmet Master Chef for just two weeks. Wing Kuen Chan, an authentic Thai chef who last year won the Hong Kong Gourmet Master Chef competition, and who has appeared on many TV shows and cookery magazines in Hong Kong, will be in town to prepare a unique menu of awardwinning Asian cuisine. Eatzen, a restaurant previously described as being “the best Asian restaurant in Ireland”, will host the event from Sunday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 16. The special three-course menu, which includes a glass of wine suited to the menu, will cost just €28. To reserve a table at Eatzen for Kuen’s limited edition menu, contact 01 835 2110, or book online at

Deirdre Feeney and Michael Kelly, of Kelly’s Oysters, don’t need much mussels to bring ashore oysters ahead of this year’s Galway Oyster Festival. Locals are unlikely to clam up about the popular annual festival, which is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors

Tuck into a foodie fest  NATALIE BURKE

HAVING attracted more than 22,000 visitors last year, the Galway Oyster Festival is one of Ireland’s most internationally recognised food festivals and is set to take place once again in the heart of Galway City later this month. As the world’s longestrunning oyster festival – originally created by Galway city hotelier Brian Collins – the Galway Oyster Festival has become a must-see event and features on “bucket lists” across the globe. The festival takes place on the last weekend in September, from Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29, and over the past 59 years, has already welcomed more than half a million visitors, who have savoured more than three million oysters. The three-day festival features a host of entertainment, making it an ideal destination for a weekend getaway for fam-

ilies, couples and foodies. Whether it’s a seafood trail, a foodie talk or a tasting event, there’s something that’s bound to suit all tastes. A carnival of masked revellers, led by a lively band, will wind through Galway’s medieval streets on Saturday, September 28 during the highly anticipated gala Mardi Gras-style Masquerade event. Taking in three venues, guests will indulge in a different course of delicious Galway seafood in each venue while being entertained by live performances til the wee hours. This year’s edition is also serving up a Tribal Oyster Feast-Off – an oyster eating contest especially held for The Gathering. On Sunday, September 29, visitors sharing a name or link with the 14 families who led Galway, the City of the Tribes, in medieval days are invited to battle it out. Invitations are extended to anyone linked in

name or to a descendant of Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D’Arcy, Deane, Ffont, Ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris or Skerritt. If you think you have what it takes and are eligible to enter this special new competition, email info@galwayoysterfest. com. In addition to the family-orientated activities, live music, cooking demonstrations and a food village, the real highlight of the weekend is the renowned World Oyster Opening Championships, or Oyster Olympics, where Galway welcomes oyster eating champions from 25 different countries who will compete for the ultimate crown of the 2013 competition. Stopping over in the city is easy during the festival weekend, with a selection of city-based hotels offering special festival packages. The five-star Philip Treacy-designed g Hotel is offering guests a twonight stay, on Saturday

September 28 and Sunday, September 29, with breakfast each morning and tickets to the World Oyster Championship from €215pps. Alternatively, festivalgoers can stay at the four-star Ardilaun Hotel and avail of two nights’ accommodation with a dinner for two and tickets to World Oyster Championship from €240pps. Meanwhile, the fourstar Oranmore Lodge Hotel offers a two-night bed and breakfast stay and includes dinner on one evening, as well as a ticket to the World Oyster Opening Championship on Saturday, September 28, from just €159. Visitors to the city can also stay at the three-star Hotel Clybaun, where you can stay for two nights and attend the World Oyster Championship, all for just €192 per person sharing. For further information on this year’s festival, see www.galwayoysterfest. com.

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I, Mairead McDonnell intend to apply for retention permission for development at this site 21 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan, Co.Dublin. The development consists of the retention of works completed to date (comprising of the demolition of the south east facing rear garden side boundary wall, partially constructed single storey rear extension, a single storey side / front extension, pedestrian side access gate to the rear garden, widening of the vehicular entrance with a sliding gate and vehicular drive way) and permission to complete the single storey rear extension with roof lights and tiled roof over, reinstate the south east facing rear garden side boundary wall, and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/ obser vation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority. 19153


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Vacancies for Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants The Talbot Group is a privately owned business established in the early 1990’s employing over 450 staff with 300 clients availing of our services. We are committed to continuing quality assurance in caring for our residents /clients which is directly linked to continuing professional / vocational development of all our staff. To support our growing needs we are currently seeking to recruit the following staff for our Talbot Lodge Nursing Home in Kinsealy Lane Malahide - For both Full time and Part time positions. Registered General Nurses with current NMBI (ABA) registration. Recent graduates may apply as an induction and professional development programme is in place. Health Care Assistants (HCA) who hold a FETAC Level 5 Award which includes the module Care of the Older Person or its equivalent. HCA’s who are near completion of their FETAC Level 5 award will also be considered. Please complete our on Line Application Form on the Talbot Group Website ( or submit an up to date CV and cover letter to Human Resource Dept, Talbot Group c/o St Clares Building, Stamullen, Co Meath or email Closing Date is Friday 27th September 2013 at 5pm

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Team Ireland members including Olivia Dillon, Mel Spath, Lydia Boylan and Caroline Ryan gather ahead of the Ras na mBan in Clare last week

cycling: team ireland dominate national women’s cycling event in clare

Rousing Ras sees the best of local talent rise to the top Local riders were celebrating last week when the 2013 vintage of the Ras na mBan came to an end in Co Clare, marking another successful iteration of the women’s national race event. Team Ireland were well to the fore, with US-based Olivia Dillon claiming the overall title for the third time, matching her efforts in 2010 and 2011, and holding off the challenge of second placed National Road Race champion Mel Spath, also riding for Team Ireland. With the two women on equal time

overall, Dillon won the race by virtue of a stage placings count back. Team Ireland were very well placed in the general classifications, with Dillon and Spath taking their places in the top 10 alongside fellow rider Lydia Boylan in fourth place. Garda Cycling Club member and world number one individual pursuit rider Caroline Ryan placed 20th in the overall rankings. The team dominated the stage three team time trial, with the foursome having a comfortable 31.7 seconds in hand

over DID Electrical, with the Luxembourg team a further 10 seconds in arrears on the fast 13.4km course at Barefield, near Ennis. Other local riders were among the winners at the final classifications, with Orwell Wheelers Dundrum Town Centre’s Monica Marconi being the first among the veteran’s class. Riding for the Cycling Leinster team were Adamstown Cycling Team’s Roisin Kennedy, who came in 52nd place, whilst Fran Meehan, pilot for Paralympic heroine Catherine Walsh, placed in

36th in the general classification for the same team. Britain’s Hannah Barnes, guesting with DID Electrical, made it a very successful first racing trip to Ireland, scooping the IVCA Queen of the Mountains competition and the National Dairy Council Points classification to go with her three stage victories, while the first Junior prize went to Danish rider Elinor Huusko of Team Rytger. Dillon and Spath are travelling to the world championships in Florence next week.

Dublin hurling clubs still have time to enter this year’s Etihad Airways Raise The Bar competition for the ultimate prize of a year’s sponsorship package with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Clubs can enter the competition before midnight on October 20 by submitting written and video entries on to show how they have Raised The Bar, and why they deserve to win the sponsorship package. Etihad Airways wants to reward one special club, whether that is being the focal point of their community, or managing to keep the club going against the odds or even expanding their club in recent times. Further details can be found online at

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Kilmacud set for AllIreland competition THIS weekend will see another great AllIreland tradition played out locally when Kilmacud Crokes host the 41st annual football national sevens event, and Crokes players Rory O’Carroll and Paul Mannion were on hand at Croke Park to help announce the groupings for the event. Kilmacud Crokes will play out of Group 8 where they face Castleblayney Faughs from Monaghan, Tuam Stars from Galway and Gaoth Dobhair from Donegal. Local neighbours Naomh Olaf will play in Group 3 where Emmet Og from Longford, Naomh Conaill from Donegal and Caherlistrane from Galway will be their opponents. This is the 41st year of Ireland’s premier sevens tournament and the second year with FBD as title sponsor. It is a day which has become a firm favourite in the GAA calendar for both players and supporters alike. FBD also announced that as part of the day itself, a special sevens game will be held ahead of the final, featuring a team of Dail Eireann All-Stars taking on a GAA media selection. Raffle tickets will be sold at the same time as the game for a chance to win All-Ireland tickets, with all proceeds going towards the official GAA charity, Fighting Blindness. The tournament itself will see the best club teams from all over the country travel to compete and given the weekend that is in it, it is no surprise that teams from Mayo and Dublin were not shy in signing up. Mayo will be represented by Claremorris and Aghamore, while Dublin will have five teams competing including St Oliver Plunkett’s and Parnell’s. Chairman of Kilmacud Crokes football committee John Shovlin said: “This is one of the biggest weeks in the GAA calendar and we in Kilmacud Crokes are very much looking forward to the FBD sevens on Saturday. “It is such an integral part of All-Ireland final weekend in Dublin; we can’t wait to welcome the 32 clubs and their supporters to Kilmacud on Saturday. “This is the second year of FBD’s support and at a time when clubs all over the country are struggling we are very grateful to them for their continuing support and for the work they have done in raising the profile of this competition.”

cricket: scots comprehensively defeated in matches

Ireland claim ICC WCL title 

Ireland completed back-to-back victories over Scotland as they romped to a sevenwicket win last week to put to rest the disappointment of their one-day international defeat by England and claim the World Cricket

League championship title. Tim Murtagh’s last over blitz had crushed the Scots’ hopes of automatic World Cup qualification in their encounter the week before, but they went to bat from the toss, hoping to take the game to an Irish side miss-

The Ireland team celebrate their WCL success last week

give your club a boost Insurance assistance on offer for Dublin GAA daniel Peel, Sarah Ladden, Cormac Dignam and Jane Murray were on hand to get the message over that a new GAA rewards scheme can help clubs net some assistance from Liberty Insurance. Anyone who takes out a new car or motor insurance policy before October 13 can nominate their local club to receive €50, and anyone who gets a quote can also nominate their GAA club to be in with a chance of winning €10,000. For more information, visit

ing opening bowlers Tim Murtagh and Trent Johnston. Stuart Thompson took the new ball on his ODI debut, and the Eglinton man impressed as part of the Irish seam bowling quartet who shared the wickets, taking two for 20. Kevin O’Brien and

Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney and Max Sorensen

Max Sorensen took three wickets apiece for a total of 67 runs, while Eddie Richardson collected his first international wickets. While spinners George Dockrell and Paul Stirling didn’t take any wickets, their parsimonious spells kept the Scots in a vice-like grip, and the Scots managed only 12 boundaries in their whole innings. David Murphy hit a few lusty blows but it was too little, too late as the Scots managed just 165 all out with three balls unused.

Knockout Iain Wardlaw (2-60) offered some optimism for the visitors, removing William Porterfield (5) and Paul Stirling (13) early on, but it was to prove a false dawn.

Niall O’Brien hit an unbeaten 65 from 70 balls, including nine fours, to lead Ireland to a comprehensive seven wicket win. Ireland were presented with the trophy by ICC global development manager Tim Anderson, finishing five points clear of their nearest challengers, having only suffered defeat once in 14 matches - to Kenya in the sweltering conditions of Mombasa. Ireland coach Phil Simmons was naturally delighted at the wide margin of the win. “We played proper cricket today, and it just shows us how much we let ourselves down on Friday. So it’s a case of coming back and making sure we play properly, and not having days like that too much.”

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International route to new career high Globe-trotting tennis star James Cluskey is one of Ireland’s brightest hopes on the court, but his success comes at a price, one he is willing to pay to achieve his Wimbledon dream J A M E S C l u s ke y i s working out his schedule in a hotel room in Istanbul, trying to work out the logistics of getting to a tournament in Uzbekistan. A six-hour overnight taxi ride from the capital Tashkent, it looks an unlikely but potentially necessary pit-stop in his pursuit of playing at Wimbledon in 2014. Now in his fourth year on the professional tennis circuit, the Swords native has been plotting this type of course to ever-increasing gains in recent times. So much so that the past two months have taken him from Portugal to Spain to Russia to Belarus, back to Spain and finally to Turkey. His doubles world ranking has made a

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similar journey, bouncing all the way up to 145, an improvement of over 100 places in the past 18 months, a career high. Indeed, it is the highest any Irish-born player has ever attained. It is a progression that, he reckons, is bringing him right in contention for Wimbledon next summer if he makes the right tournament choices, a difficult choice for Irishmen on the tour. “Where we are from, we only have one home Futures tournament, the

third tier of professional competition. In Britain, where my ranking is now I would have a wildcard to Wimbledon,” he told GazetteSport. “I’m getting closer to some of the top ATP events – which is usually for players in the top 120 – so I’m not a million miles away. I’ve beaten some top 100 guys and I feel I am improving just being in the environment. I’ve been playing well and feeling good.” Among his recent successes was a victory on the Challenge Tour with Austrian Max Neuchrist in Guimaraes; two weeks before that, he had become the first Irish player to win at this level of competition with France’s Fabrice Martin. And he has developed

James Cluskey - “My goal is Wimbledon - that’s the big ambition”

a strong relationship with both players. In Kazan, Cluskey and Neuchrist reached the semi-finals, falling only to a team featuring Jurgen Zopp – a top 100 regular. A week later, playing with Martin, they claimed a Futures title in Belarus without dropping a set.

and so do Fitzwilliam LTC from a development fund.” Both he and McGee did receive some funds from the Irish Sports Council too, something that has coincided with them both breaking new ground and rising to best ever world rankings.


‘I’m getting closer to the top ATP events, so I’m not a million miles away’ - James Cluskey


Back with Neuchrist last week, they matched that feat in Spain. That amount of travel, though, is not done without a decent amount of finance, something that the Swords man is helping to push on further. It is something that Irish Davis Cup team mate James McGee has spoken about in recent times with a particularly illustrative post on his personal website as well on George Hook’s show on Newstalk. “There are a lot of people worse off than me so I don’t want to harp on about it but it is not easy. I try not to think about the finances too much because if you put pressure on yourself money wise, I won’t play as well. “But it is very difficult and I don’t like to go on about it. [To get by] I coach clinics, Leinster tennis give me some help

But they have been forewarned that a repeat of this backing is unlikely in 2014 despite their performances. It does affect his preparations but he is determined to try and keep pushing for a first Grand Slam place. “I started playing on the tour after college in 2010. I finished 370 in my first year and then ended 2011 at 280. Now I’m up to 145 and hopefully I can finish inside the top 150 this year. “It’s good progression but, back to the money thing, I don’t know how much of next year I can play but my goal is Wimbledon. “All my ranking points have come since this year’s Wimbledon so the aim is now to use that to get the best schedule up to next June and then get into the qualifiers or the main draw in London. That’s the big ambition,” said Cluskey.


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rugby: blackrock man coaches ireland u-19s to fourth

Register now for DLR community 5k race Registration is now open for anyone who wishes to take part in the 2013 DLR Community 5K on Saturday, October 12, at 2pm in Kilbogget Park, Ballybrack. Now in its fifth year, the family event brings together the whole community: people of all abilities, young and old, serious runners and casual strollers. There is an entry fee of €5 for adults (children are free) and participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag as well as refreshments to keep energy levels up. The event itself kicks off the dlr Social Inclusion Week, and all fitness levels are welcome. Participants can walk, jog, run, wheel, push a buggy - or even hop in fancy dress if they want. This annual event is organised by DLR Sports Partnership and its partners Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, dlr Leisure Services, the HSE, Dublin Civil Defence, Sallynoggin College, Cabinteely Athletic and Football Clubs. Funding for this event has been made available through the HSE, dlr County Council and with sponsorship from dlr Leisure Services. To secure a place, you can register online at or return a completed registration form, available by calling 01 271 9502.

Waves broken by Peamount in league tie DLR Waves suffered a 5-1 home defeat to an impressive Peamount United in the Women’s National League as a dominant first half performance saw Sara Lawlor scoring four goals before the break.

Jetta Berrill got the other goal as Peamount led 5-0 at half-time with Julie Ann Russell in outstanding form and Aine O’Gorman also impressing. Aisling Byrne scored with a decent strike with 10 minutes left to get on the score-sheet for DLR but the Peas deservedly claimed the points at a windswept Jackson Park.

Stan McDowell and his Under-19 sevens charges at the UK Schools Games in Sheffield last weekend

McDowell’s sevens success 

BL AC K R O C K C o l lege RFC clubman Stan McDowell coached the Ireland U-19 provincial girls sevens side to fourth place at the UK schools games last weekend. It was a strong return for the newly formed side with McDowell – a Heineken Cup winner with Ulster who also coached ’Rock’s second 15 – delighted with how his side performed. “I am very proud of this achievement,” he said. “These girls came together back in July and to play so well after

only five training camps shows the level of comm i t m e n t t h e y h ave given. “We didn’t have any p r e c o n c e i ve d i d e a s about where we would finish, but this squad have measured themselves against the best and have not been found wanting. “Topping the group on day one was a huge boost and a fourth place finish is something we can be very proud of.” It continues the upward mobility of the women’s game in Ireland with the senior sevens qualifying for the world

the blues backers Leinster fans lift their side in Celtic League tie leinster fans Sean Hussey from Cherrywood, and David and Rob Lenihan, from Cabinteely were joining forces for the side ahead of the Blues’ second round Celtic League match against Ospreys at the RDS last weekend. The close encounter, which ended 29 points apiece, saw Leinster reeled in after establishing a 10-point advantage in the first half. Leinster remain third in the table after the result. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

series while last season’s Grand Slam win has meant that more girls are willing to take up the game. The Ireland Under-19 Provincial side marks another step in the progression of developing a flow of players to sustain the burgeoning Women’s Sevens programme. The aim for these young women now is a place in the Emerging Ireland Women’s Sevens squad with an eye on the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The girls were selected as part of a detailed screening programme

that started back in June to identify a squad of players for the UK School Games. Five training camps followed and the final squad of 12 players was selected following the last camp. On Saturday the U-19 squad kicked off the tournament with two fantastic wins, beating Wales Dragons ‘B’ 29-0 and England Nor th 28-5. A 17-all draw with England South West and a 28-12 victory over Scotland later in the day saw them top of their pool at the end of the first day and with a semi-

final place in the bag. The semi final against England South West proved to be a real cliffhanger. Ireland trailed by 5-0 at half-time but came back in the second half to earn a 12-all draw. Extra-time and a penalty shoot-out could not separate them until the game went into golden score territory with the Irish girls just losing out. The bronze medal game saw come them up against the London and South West side who were just too strong and took third place by 15-5.

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camogie: 53 clubs contest anniversary event 

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The Victorious Kilmaley team after the presentation in Glenalbyn on Saturday

Crokes’ gathering proves huge success 

Kilmaley from Co Clare became the 40th winners of the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland senior camogie sevens at Glenalbyn last weekend when they defeated St Ibar’s from Co Wexford. On their road to the final, Kilmaley convincingly defeated Tipperary’s Moycarkey Borris in the quarter-final, 8-11 to 4-3, before moving to take Dublin’s St Vincent’s out of the competition in the semi-final. St Ibar’s, meanwhile, defeated Liatroim Fontenoy’s from Co Down in their quarter-final with a score of 5-6 to 1-10. Their semi-final opponents were Clare’s Newmarket-on-Fergus, who they overcame 6-9 to 3-9. The final was a very close game and it came down to the last puck, with a late goal from Kilmaley’s Clare star Claire McMahon deciding the outcome. All-Ireland winner with Wexford Kate Kelly had a great day of camogie and was nominated as player

of the match in all of her group games by the referees, and was crowned the worthy winner of the player of the tournament award. On a beautiful sunny morning, teams from 53 clubs travelled from 21 counties to play in the 40th edition of the national sevens tournament which was sponsored for the third year by Daintree Paper of Camden Street. The cup competition was heavily populated by county players including Dublin’s Eva Marie Elliott, Ali Maguire, Aine Fanning, Eimear McCarthy and Aisling Maher playing for St Vincent’s. They were unfortunate to be beaten by Kilmaley in their semi-final. The last Dublin winners of the sevens were St Vincent’s in 1995, who were known as Marino at that time, while Good Counsel and Lucan were the other Dublin clubs who competed in the cup competition. The shield final was contested by Scariff Ogonelloe from Clare

and Four Roads from Roscommon. The Clare side ran out winners with a score of 4-4 to 1-10. Other Dublin clubs competing in the shield were Skerries Harps, Portobello, St Kevin’s, Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes themselves. There were plenty of players from the Dublin junior camogie team who recently won the All-Ireland junior final taking part, including captain Elaine Gallery from Portobello. The plate competition is for sides from junior competitions and the group stages of this were played in the grounds of neighbouring club, Naomh Olaf. Ballygalget from Down beat St Cillian’s from Offaly on a score of 3-4 to 0-3 in the final. The Puc Fada compe-

tition was won by Catherine McGourty from Ballycran in Down and the Wall Ball was won by Lisa Bolger from St Martin’s in Wexford. Eileen Hogan, an AllIreland winner back in the 1950s and founding member and honorary president of Kilmacud Crokes camogie was on hand to present the Proinsias O’Croinin Cup to Kilmaley. Her family donated the cup 40 years ago in the name of her father and said: “I am delighted to see the competition still going on in such strength after 40 years. “It is an occasion for meeting old friends from around the country every year and a great showcase of camogie from some of the top players in clubs around the four provinces.”

or St Vincent’s on Sunday morning.

ball sides who had a clean sweep of

The U-15Bs face St Anne’s at Tho-

weekend wins over Naomh Mearnog,

mastown with a 10.30am throw-in in

Skerries Harps and Binn Eadair. With

their quarter-final of the C champi-

an aggregate scoreline of 8-36 to 2-18


the three teams are clearly firing on

The U-13 footballers enjoyed a

all cylinders and putting on an enter-

great trip to Kerry to play in the

taining show for club members able

annual Lee Strand tournament at

to get along in support.

Austin Stacks GAA Club. No silver-

After a great start the previous

ware coming back on the train but

week to the minor football champi-

doubtless many memories of a first

onships it was time for the lads to

representative away trip for the

swap gum shields for helmets this


week. The quality remained the same

Cuala expects to receive an alloca-

with a 4-18 to 3-4 win secured away

tion of tickets for Sunday’s All-Ireland

to Whitehall Colmcilles at Cloghran

football finals from the Dublin County

on Sunday morning.

Board. We will not know the number

Both our adult hurling teams are

of tickets that will be allocated to the

away next Saturday evening with the

club until during the week. However,

first team travelling to O’Toole’s and

we expect that demand for the tick-

the seconds playing at Na Fianna.

ets will greatly exceed the number

The home fixture to catch the eye

of tickets allocated to us. Tickets

is the next match for the minor foot-

will, therefore, be allocated to Cuala

ballers in the A championship at home

members by lottery draw.

in Hyde Road to St Sylvester’s.

Only “full” (voting) members of

Don’t forget to check the website

Cuala whose annual subscription

to keep up to date with any time, date

was paid before March 1, 2013, will be

or venue changes.

eligible for inclusion in the draw; this

Our U-15 footballers face a replay

includes full (adult), full (student), full

of their A championship tie against

(retired) and full (honorary) mem-

Ballinteer this week. The quality of


the first meeting where the sides

Qualifying members who are

were level through extra time sug-

interested in entering the ticket

gests this may be one to savour

draw must register their names on

under lights on the BSJ all-weather

the Cuala All-Ireland ticket list with

pitch. They will play either Na Fianna

details available on the website.

shankill THE juvenile academy continues

great teamwork and skills, they

every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm

truly are the stars of the future.

and will continue throughout the

We look forward to our nex t

summer. We cater for boys and girls

match on September 21. If your

aged five to 12 years, covering foot-

child is under 10 and would like to

ball, hurling and camogie. All equip-

take part in the team, then call to

ment is provided and it’s only €2 per

Shanganagh Park on any Saturday

session. Don’t forget all children will

to our Juvenile Academy between

need a gum shield as per GAA regu-

12pm and 1pm. We can’t wait for the


matches to start. Contact team

Our U-10 and U-12 teams’ Wednesday evening training session is now

manager Gabriel on 085 725 4897 for more information.

on hold for a couple of weeks, due

We held our U-10 and U-12 Go

to re-commence in September, just

Games blitzes last Sunday and they

to give the kids and, of course, the

were a huge success. Our Shankill

coaches a little break.

GAA teams did us proud and we

Keep an eye on our Facebook and

would like to extend our thanks to

Twitter pages as well as our weekly

those clubs who came along to par-

newsletter for updates on when we


will start back. We’re looking for-

We would also like to thank our

ward to registering these teams for

organisers, sponsors, DLRCC, Dub-

the Dublin Leagues next season.

lin County Board, Cuala, Shankill FC,

Our U-10 football team played

the people of Shankill and surround-

their f irst match in the Dublin

ing areas and anyone who came to

League on Saturday, September 7 v

support us on the day. Go raibh míle

Kilmacud Crokes. The team showed

maith agaibh.

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