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Big-hearted St Benildus boys raise €70k for charity Stillorgan students have collected more than €500k for good causes in just 15yrs

 AENGUS O’HANLON A LOCAL secondary school has raised over €70k for charity in just three months – and they’re not even finished counting the funds! The boys of St Benildus College in Stillorgan have

collected the cash through a unique charity push that involves parents, students and staff at the school pulling together to raise money for a host of charities. Amongst the activities arranged by the college as part of Run For Life 2016

were sponsored sports events, carol singing, a monster raffle and two days of roadside collections. The big-hearted youngsters even braved a BLIZZARD in their bid to raise money for a host of good causes, ranging from The Peter McVerry Trust

to Amnesty International. St Benildus College principal Martin Johnson told The Gazette: “We’re delighted with the response. There are a wide range of charities that will benefit.” Continued on Page 10


FASTNews Niall Cull, Barry Walsh

Council unveils energy saving Kilternan homes  EMMA NOLAN

and Brendan Quinn

White flags for TWO dlr leisure clubs DLR Leisure Ballyogan and dlr Leisure Loughlinstown have been awarded White Flag National Quality Standard Awards. The ceremony saw several leisure facilities feted for their remarkable standards in areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources. Ireland Active’s Barry Walsh presented Niall Cull with the Fitness Facility of the Year award for dlr Leisure Ballyogan while Brendan Quinn picked up the Accessibility Award for dlr Leisure Loughlinstown.

FIFTEEN new council houses were unveiled in Kilternan this week. The Cromleach Close development consists of nine two-bed and six one-bed units in a mix of energy efficient houses and apartments. Most of the new development’s residents have already moved in, with 13 of the units going to people

next in line on the housing list. One resident is a downsizer who is returning a three-bed house to the Council for reallocation, another was moved in as a medical priority. Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Develin was on hand to launch the new homes last week alongside Housing Minister Simon Coveney and local TD Josepha Madigan. Cllr Devlin said: “This significant

ramping up of the Council’s housing delivery demonstrates its commitment to achieving its targets as set out in its programme 2015 to 2017.” There are a number of other housing developments in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown in the pipeline for 2017, including 124 units at Abbott Court in Glenageary, 50 units at Fitzgerald Park in Mountown and 44 units in Rosemount in Dundrum.

Lillian’s the belle of the footballer

DUBLIN All-Star footballer and Beaumont physiotherapist Brian Fenton is joined by neurosurgical patient Lilian Tobin, 7, from Sandyford, to launch the Silver Bells Christmas Appeal in aid of Beaumont Hospital Foundation. The Irish-designed bells make a great gift to friends living away to remind them you are thinking of them at Christmas time. All proceeds go towards improving in the care available to patients at Beaumont which treats over 420,000 patients annually.


The event brought health awareness to the fore

Ballyogan Resource Centre’s Free To Be Me event hailed a great success by the kids FREE To Be Me – the health awareness event held by the Ballyogan Resource Centre late last month – has been hailed as a great success by the youth of the area. The ‘Free To Be Me’ brand was developed by young people and the event aimed to empower them to be the wonderful young people they are without taking any perceived need to take alcohol for confidence. The event included a variety of talks and workshops including health awareness (making healthy snacks etc), graffiti art wall, a first aid workshop with a paramedic (alcohol focus), moving debate (exploring attitudes to alcohol) and gym tasters. In addition to the workshops there was information about community services in the DLR area and opportunities for schools and other agencies to make links with services that youth with alcohol and drug issues.



 AISLING KENNEDY A GORGEOUS 20-year-old Dubliner has been selected from 4,500 applicants for the final of the prestigious international Top Model competition. Tallaght I.T. student Carolina Aznar has told how she recently found out that she was one of 50 girls selected for the Irish finals later this month. The pocket-sized stunner from Shankill said that she had tried out modelling before, but had been told she was too small to make it on the catwalk. She told The Gazette: “I tried modelling before but I found it hard because of my height. I was told I was too small because I’m 5”3. Height “They’re happy with my height in this competition though so I’m delighted. I’ll to give it my best shot.” For the next part of the competition, Carolina will take part in two separate catwalk events at the Temple Bar Arts Studio on December 10. If Carolina is a winner on the day, the prizes include professional photography shoots for the cover of Irish Fashion and Glamour Magazine – and she’ll represent Ireland in the Worldwide Grand Final in London which will include opportunities at London Fashion Week. Best of luck Carolina – not that you’ll need it!



Rolling out awareness about wheelchair users  EMMA NOLAN WHEN The Gazette last spoke to Sean O’Kelly in March, he was trying to raise awareness about his campaign, A Day In My Wheels, following an incident where he was left stranded at a DART stop with no wheelchair access. Since then, he has managed to convince radio DJ Anton Savage and most recently An Cathaoirleach of DLRCC, Cormac Devlin, to spend a day in a wheelchair. Sean was joined by Cllr Devlin (FF) last week as the two journeyed from Dalkey to Blackrock, with

Sean demonstrating the difficulties he faces getting around on a typical day. The 23-year-old, who uses a wheelchair due to his spina bifida, lives in Dalkey and attends Blackrock College of Further Education, so he brought Cllr Devlin on his usual route. Sean said that the challenge really makes nonwheelchair users understand the difficulties he faces getting around – difficulties that they wouldn’t have previously considered. While the pair didn’t encounter many problems on the challenge, Sean said that Cllr Devlin


Ready for the off ... Cllr Cormac Devlin joined wheelchair user Sean O’Kelly at the start of a day to highlight the difficulties that many people face with everyday activities

found travelling uphill from Blackrock DART Station to the college to be “very difficult”. He added: “Another issue was getting through the heavy fire doors in the

college. Cormac couldn’t believe how heavy they were.” Cllr Devlin said that he felt invisible at times while in the wheelchair, and that people he knows

“blanked” him. He added: “One person I called out to looked straight through me and just kept walking.” The councillor noted that the amount of pre-

planning Sean has to do just to leave the house was the first thing he noticed. He also mentioned that only one wheelchair can fit on a bus at a time, and choosing accessible restaurants and coffee shops was a struggle. “The natural eye-opener for me was the physicality of it, [even the effect of] the smallest incline that you wouldn’t notice.” Sean is officially calling on Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath, to join him in a wheelchair for a day. Visit Sean’s Facebook page, A Day In My Wheels, to keep up with his latest news.

FASTNews A noteworthy musical evening MUSIC group Ardu Vocal Ensemble are holding an evening of festive music in Dun Laoghaire next month in aid of The Simon Communities of Ireland. On Thursday, December 22, Ardu will be joined by renowned soprano Emer Barry and the Holy Child School Choir (Killiney), directed by Regina McDonald for an evening of festive music at the National Maritime Museum. Proceeds will be in aid of The Simon Communities of Ireland. Tickets are priced €15/12.50, and are available from friendstickets. Space is limited so booking is recommended.


LexIcon delights with art exhibition Keeva and Suzi Burns with Heather Barker

(Above) Catherine Giltrap, curator, Trinity College Art Collection; Richard Wood, curator of the exhibition and artist Robert Ballagh; (left) the exhibition launch was very well attended. Pictures: Peter Cavanagh


Malachy Quinn, Wendy Williams and Molly Sullivan

RTIST Robert Ballagh gave a wonderful insight into art in Ireland and the importance of curated exhibitions at the launch of the Swing of the Sixties exhibition at the LexIcon Library in the heart of Dun Laoghaire. The acclaimed artist was a perfect guest for the launch, as he joined the expert curators to discuss the exhibition, and its focus on a collection of works from the Trinity College art collections. Art lovers from all across Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and farther afield browsed the works on show at the library, with the award-winning facility providing a great backdrop for the diverse body of work in the exhibition.





Lily McDonnell, Sadhbh and Siun Hudner Paul, Thea and Maeve Callaghan. Pictures: STEPHEN FLEMING

Festive fever at a high F

ESTIVE spirits were soaring as the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival 2016 got underway last week. Excited locals turned out to see Santa arrive at Harbour Plaza with Christmas carols and festive fun. A magnificent

fireworks display illuminated the night sky to officially turn on the Christmas lights. Santa then took up residence in his magical Grotto at Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. The festival will run until January 8.

Orla O’Donnell, Cian McNamara and Aoife O’Donnell

Elizabeth Cash, Julia Durand and Amelia Waldron

Eoghan Waldron and Ellie Murphy

Sadhbh Hudner

Jane Oberman, Moya Kennedy and Bettina Reeves



Tony, Carla and Joanna Carragher

The Man in Red arrives just on time

Sonny and Alannah Felton, Finn and Siun Hudner and

Sophie and Elodie Passuello, Francesca Ravassi, Florri

Lily McDonnell

and Emily Tedd

Nayan and Nihrika Ravi, Matthieu Fulhaber and Ellie May-Lawlor

Local children’s choir keep the crowd entertained until Santa arrives



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Students living in terror after an alleged rape at UCD  EMMA NOLAN

STUDENTS at Dublin’s largest university are living in fear after the alleged rape of a young woman on campus last week. Gardai are investigating an alleged serious sexual assault on the UCD student in the early hours of Friday as she was walking home from a night out. T he student made a complaint after she alleged she was assaulted while walking through Belfield. UCD’s student union posted a warning on their social media pages urging vigilance and reminding students that a “Walk

Safe” programme was in operation. However, no reference was made to the woman’s alleged assault. The Walk Safe service allows students who feel under threat to contact college security who will then escort them to their destination on campus. The alleged attack took place less a week after 18-year-old student Kym Owens was found unconscious at Maynooth University. Ms Owens suffered horrific head injuries when she was attacked in the town after getting off a bus from Monaghan last Sunday week.


‘You see these types of awful stories all over the internet, but you naively assume nothing like that could happen so close to you’



Student Claire O’Sullivan


She remains in hospital almost two weeks after the attack. Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the attack, which is believed to have happened around 8.30pm. There is no suggestion that the two incidents are linked. In relation to the

Part of the sprawling UCD Belfield campus

alleged Belfield incident, a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed: “Gardai are investigating an alleged assault that occurred at UCD on Thursday, November 24.” Second year History and Politics student Hazel Nolan (19) told The Gazette that she doesn’t

feel safe walking around the UCD campus at night. She said: “I think that the Walk Safe service is a step in the right direction, but the fact that we even need one is awful.” Hazel said that she is “always scared” when she has to walk to the bus stop after staying late in col-

lege, and said that it is “too dark” around the lake, where it is alleged that the incident occurred. Echoing Hazel’s words, L aw s t u d e n t C l a i r e O’Sullivan (20) said she was shocked by the news. She said: “When I first heard about it, I was hoping it was just a rumour. To


Unholy row over ‘infestation’ of rats in Monkstown village  AISLING KENNEDY

MONKSTOWN village is currently experiencing a rat infestation, thanks to a hole in the road along Monkstown Crescent. The hole, which appeared several weeks ago, occurred as a result of a part of the road collapsing opposite a number of businesses in the village. One business owner said that local people are becoming aware of the rat problem due to the damaged road. They said: “There’re certainly rats coming out of the hole. That hole is a claim waiting to happen. “We saw some rats in the morning before sunrise one day, and I’m sure there’s more. You know the way it goes – once

there’s one, there’s always more.” The businesses owner was quick to point out, however, that the rats were nothing to do with any of the businesses in the area. “There are no rats in any of the businesses, but if people see them on the road they think

they’re coming from the businesses. They’re actually coming from the open hole in the road, which is at least a foot or 18 inches wide.” The hole has been prominent on the road for the past five or six weeks, according to the business owner. Another business

owner, who also didn’t want to be named, said the road – the hole – originally collapsed a number of weeks ago, and the council came out to fill it in. He said: “They filled it, but then it collapsed on Friday. We reported it again this morning to the council and they’ve been

out here to have a look at it. They told us they would come back this afternoon to fill it up. It remains to be seen if they do.” Senator Victor Boyhan (Ind) told The Gazette that he had received a number of phone calls over the weekend about rats coming in and out of the hole in the road.

Rat’s gotta go ... The council is investigating local fears about rats emerging from a hole in a Monkstown road

He said: “I visited the location. The hole is clearly a danger to pedestrians crossing, and there seems to be some subsidence of the core infill at this location. The location needs to be investigated to see if a sewer has been broken at this location.” When contacted by The Gazette, a spokesperson for Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council replied on Monday: “The void in the road at Monkstown Crescent was repaired today in order to make [it] safe for the public. “There appears to be a void underneath the road surface and this will be investigated in due course. It should be noted that pest control is the responsibility of the HSE.”

think that something like this could happen on the UCD campus terrifies me. “You see these types of awful stories all over the internet, but you still hope and naively assume nothing like that could happen so close to you.” Claire said that she had never really thought about her safety on campus at night until now. She added: “During exam season, I’ll often stay in the library late and walk to the bus stop on my own without even thinking there would be a possibility anything could happen to me. “I’m definitely going to be more cautious now.”


Gardai called to ‘gun’ at school GARDAI were called to a school in Loughlinstown after a student was seen carrying what was thought to be a gun. The incident occurred earlier this week at St Laurence College on Wyattville Road. Gardai seized an item, believed to be an imitation firearm, from a pupil. It is believed that the item has been seized and sent for technical examination. No arrests have been made. The principal of St Laurence College, Billy Redmond, said: “As the school principal I would not be able to comment on any individual case, as we are working with minors. “We do, on occasion – like all schools – communicate with the gardai and other external agencies for advice and support.”

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Scholarships awarded to Dublin students TWELVE Dublin students have been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward their third-level education. The awards ceremony took place on November 19 at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, presented the awards. Special guest at this year’s awards ceremony was Rugby Legend, Paul O’Connell. This is the ninth year of the Scholarships, which are sponsored by JP McManus. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were

presented with a third level scholarship certificate. The scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate in 2016. JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.


Radically good coffee with a radical impact  IAN BEGLEY

TWO self-confessed social upstarts whose ambition to change the world led to the foundation of the first Fairchain coffee company in Ireland were showcased at the National Crafts and Design Fair at the RDS this week. Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount both had many years of travel experience through poverty-ravaged coffee growing communi-

ties in Africa and South America, when they met at the UCD Innovation Academy. While researching how their ideals could challenge global inequality, they came across the innovative social enterprise Moyee Coffee. “Less than 15% of coffee value goes to coffeegrowing countries and 99% of coffee is exported from the country of origin and roasted and packaged in the west,” said Shane. “ We c a m e a c r o s s Dutch entrepreneur Guido Van Staveren who set up a coffee social enterprise in Ethiopia with a staff of 48 to both source and roast coffee at point of origin. “We became partners and have started the Fairchain revolution in Ireland with Moyee Coffee Ireland, which is a premium high-end coffee. “Fairchain supports five times as many jobs as Fair Trade and as the chain is unbroken at source, it is radically good coffee with radical

Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount

impact.” Organiser Patrick O’Sullivan said:“This annual fair is vital to the industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors busy for at least four months of the year. “Everything from arti-

san foods to fashion and jewellery are on display and because the goods are handmade, they have the added distinction of being unique. “ We ’ r e a l s o v e r y proud of the fact that the Fair has grown and has added annually to the local economy, with

footfall consistently growing by 10% per annum over the past five years. With so much diversity under one roof, and prices star ting from as little as €5, the Fair offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience.

Safe skincare that works for sensitive skin ONE in five children and one in 12 adults in Ireland will develop eczema at some stage in their lives, according to the Irish Skin Foundation. Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy and inflamed. Known irritants include animal hair, pollen and common preservatives found in skincare products such as MI, sulfates and perfumes, as they strip the skin of its natural oils. Elave skincare is all about creating safe skincare that works for sensitive skin.

The range is produced by thirdgeneration family business Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, the first manufacturing chemist in Ireland to prepare traditional apothecary for sensitive skin conditions. “We know through research that harsh chemicals and known irritants are found in the most common skincare products including shampoos, bath products and cleansers,” said Joanna Gardiner, CEO Elave Skincare. “This is very frustrating as there have been serious breakthroughs in skincare treatments over the past 30 years.

“At Elave, we have been committed to removing all unnecessary chemicals from our ranges, as we believe it’s time to treat skin right,” she added. Using only purified water, all Elave formulations are safety tested to the highest standards. Elave Sensitive Intensive Cream is a medical device that will alleviate symptoms and reduce flare up of eczema and dermatitis-prone skin. To purchase Elave skincare products visit your local pharmacy or online at www.elaveskincare. com

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DIARY DUBLINLIFE Get set for a wondeful knight as the King of Waltz returns THE King of Waltz, Andre Rieu, returns to Dublin with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for a fantastic show with a jam-packed programme filled with film and opera music, romantic melodies, joyful waltzes, folk songs and lots more. As one of the world’s most successful violinists, the Dutch maestro invites you to come along for an evening of singing and dancing for all ages on December 8. Tickets are priced from €49 and can be purchased at


The stars of The Helix panto Aladdin arrived to put a smile on the face of young patients, including Darcy Molloy, in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital yesterday. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

LAST Christmas day, Childline received 1,176 calls from children in distress. Children scared, neglected, sad, or lonely. Every year, the incredible Childline volunteers give up their Christmas. This year, the ISPCC has a number of different ways you can support and donate. They will have holly pins on sale across the country, while Christmas baubles are the perfect way to donate to the ISPCC in lieu of gifts. The online shop will also have Christmas cards and Santa letters available.

Visit for more information.

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO MIND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH Mental Health Ireland’s annual Secondary School Art and Photography Competition have extended its deadline to December 16. The theme for this year is ‘Mind Your Mental Health’ and students are being encouraged with their teachers and classmates, to explore what minding their mental health means to them and then getting creative about it. The winning entries in Art and Photography receive a €250 All4One voucher with provincial winners receiving €50 All4One vouchers in both categories. And All winning entries will feature in our MHI Calendar which we produce each year.

PANTO PUBLIC’S SUPPORT SOUGHT BY HOSPITAL DUBLIN’S panto public have the chance to create magic of their own for the children of Temple Street Hospital by raising €10,000 through a special charity performance of The Helix pantomime Aladdin. Magic was in the air when the stars of Aladdin arrived to put a

smile on the face of young patients, families and staff in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital this week. And pantogoers are being given the chance to help raise funds for sick children at Temple Street by buying tickets at a special price of €20 per seat to the charity performance on Thursday, December 1. Tickets for the special charity show are priced at a special price of €20 per seat. Booking details from

CHARITY ALONE LAUNCH CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmas time. ALONE say that there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas some of these are; calling by an older person’s house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping. For more information about ALONE call (01) 679 1032 or visit

Pictured is retired RTE newsreader Anne Doyle with Brendan Crean and Eithne McGrane at the launch of the ALONE Christmas Campaign. Picture Jason Clark.. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

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For the BIG kid in us all

Jay McGuiness leads an all-star cast  IAN BEGLEY

BIG The Musical is making its European debut at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this December. Irish audiences will be the first to have the opportunity to witness this spectacular musical before it opens in London’s West End next year. Opening on December 7 until January 7 the show will certainly bring to life the magic of one of the best-loved movies of all time, Big. Based on the classic 80s film starring Tom Hanks, this heart-warming and hilarious Broadway show transports theatre-goers back in time to their own childhoods with all the wonder, innocence and charm that it entails. A simply spectacular production, Big The Musical tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who’s keen to grow up. One evening at the local carnival, the ever-mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his greatest wish - to be big. Trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s very much all work and no play. Surrounded by people obsessed with the trappings of the sophisticated adult life, endearing Josh just can’t help being himself. So charming is this youngster in the grown-up’s shoes, he even manages to

teach the real adults a thing or two. Leading an all-star cast, Jay McGuiness (singer with group The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing champion) will be joined by West End stars Denise Van Outen as Mrs Baskin, Diana Vickers as Susan Lawrence and Gary Wilmot as George MacMillan, with The Hoosiers star Irwin Sparkes as Paul. Featuring incredible songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby and with electrifying direction and choreography from Morgan Young, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s audience are in for a big dose of brilliance. Weidman’s adaptation illuminates the contradictions and evokes the mythology of being a child, daring to transport us to the realm of an impossible love between a boy who looks like a man and a woman who doesn’t know he is just a boy. By the time he works up the nerve to tell her he is all of 13. The musical was first staged in 1996, with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, and book by John Wiedman. It was nominated for five Tonys, and although the original Broadway production lost money, a substantially revised version had a successful and well reviewed US national tour. Tickets are priced from €15 - €65 and can be purchased by visiting

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Keep cosy during the winter months FEELING the chill? This season, Regatta Great Outdoors have new and improved technical pieces with soft-touch insulation to keep us warm during the winter months. Head to toe warmth is taken care of with new base layer sets and three levels of insulation - premium duck down, Alpaca and Down Touch Warmloft. Sporty hybrid stretch jackets, classic country quilted styles and stylish parkas are all available in store. Available online and at the Pavilions Centre in Swords.

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A STYLE revolution is sweeping the country and it’s all about vital statics!! Vintage fashions may be old, but they’re the new style kid on the block. And while we all can’t emulate Marilyn Monroe with her incredible figure – a 35 inch bust, tiny 22 inch waist and minuscule 35 inch hips, we can all rock retro in our own way. Indeed the average Irish woman, a bootiful size 16, is 25lbs heavier than her 1950s sister and wouldn’t have a hope of fitting into one of Ms Monroe’s gorgeous frocks. Marilyn may not have been the average dame – her waist measured four inches less than most of her 1960s screen sisters – but we can all steal a tip or two from her on how to rock a frock. First is go fitted. No matter your size, aim to nip and tuck your clothing, not your figure! Having a decent dressmaker is a lot less costly than a good plastic surgeon. Most women with a fuller figure think hiding it under loose fitting clothing is the best option.. But Joanne Galvin, who coowns ‘Aria’ Vintage and Interiors Boutique in Celbridge and also runs ‘Vintage Goddess’ in Dublin’s Blackrock Market, says: “This is a definite no, no. “Take a tip from Marilyn. Pick your best asset and show it off, whether it’s your bust, waist, legs, shoulders – even your ankles! “Marilyn had a great bust and all the designers she favoured made dresses to showcase that. “And while she was lucky to have a tiny waist, there are lots of ways to trick the eye of the beholder into thinking you have one too! A high-waisted skirt or trousers will define the waist, as will a colour-contrasting belt or a beautiful 1950s fit-and-flare dress.” Joanne, 49, who has been collecting vintage fashions for 30 years, says: “If you want beautifully cut clothing then go vintage. “It is perfect for us women with a bit of a belly. The skirts and dresses of the 1950s and

Quality never goes

out of style 60s tend to have a higher waist band, which hits the smallest part of the torso, giving you an hour glass shape. It is the most flattering silhouette and copied by most modern designers. “But fit is everything. Buy a bigger size if necessary and get a good dressmaker to take it in. If you wear too small a size it will ride up your torso and pucker across the bust and upper arms. “Squeezing yourself into a smaller dress will only make you look larger.” “And don’t be afraid of colour and prints. Floral prints for example can look very flattering on a fuller figure. And vertical stripes are

every woman’s friend. They make the body look leaner and taller.” Joanne, below, adds: “I just adore vintage clothing. It is so unique on so many levels. “For a start if you wear vintage to a wedding, a ball or the races, you will never meet anyone else wearing the same outfit. “The high quality of the fabric – silks, velvets, satins and brocades and the attention to detail – pinked seams, hand sewn hems and beautiful tucking – is why these clothes still live on in our wardrobes 70 years later. “I particularly love collecting clothing by Marilyn’s favourite designers, who include Ceil Chap-

man, William Travilla and Adele Simpson. I have some beautiful dresses by these designers both in Aria in Celbridge and Vintage Goddess in Blackrock. “Lots of Irish women are learning that vintage fashion is unique and elegant. My customers include writers like Cathy Kelly, TV stars like Lorraine Keane, as well as actresses and musicians. “Both I love dressing ordinary women like me. You feel like a silver screen movie star when you put on a beautifully cut wiggle dress or evening gown. “And because authentic vintage clothing tends to be on the small side, I also stock an amazing range of mid-century jewellery, handbags, shoes and hats. Everyone can find something to love.”

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Get some help to battle all of your dry skin woes DRY skin is common at this time of year – from chapped lips to itchy hands and dry cheeks. Eucerin’s Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm is the all-in-one wonder product for the winter season. Available in pharmacies for €10, the balm will help you fight back against winter’s sustained cold temperatures and answer all of your dry skin woes. Loved by The Kardashian and model Emily Ratajkowski, the skin balm is formulated with only seven ingredients, free of fragrances, colourants and preservatives, and clinical studies proved that it is gentle enough to be used on irritated skin as well as on babies.

1960s rare Balenciaga hat at Aria

Chanel vintage silk and chiffon dress at Aria

1950s gold and black, brocade dress

ARIA Vintage and Interiors Boutique, Roseville House, Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Christmas Shopping Event with Bubbles and Special Offers:Friday December 9th from 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Tue to Sat, 11am to 6pm. Facebook: Aria Celbridge

Vintage William Travilla gown

Vintage Goddess, Blackrock Market, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Christmas Shopping Event: Thursday December 8th, 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 5.30pm. Facebook: Vintage Goddess Ireland Website: Phone: 0831376672

Rare Yves St Laurent 1950s shoes at Aria


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Brexit fuels Merc decision to cut 10% off new car prices MERCEDES-BENZ in Ireland is reducing new car prices by 10% across all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars with immediate effect. The reduction, which will apply for a limited period, will be implemented evenly across all models and all model segments, free of any terms and conditions. Mercedes-Benz claims that the intention behind the price reduction is twofold. One is to maintain market impetus as the industry faces into a new sales year. The second is to give support to their dealer organisation in its efforts to combat the effects on new car sales here following the movement in currency values from the recent Brexit result. Mercedes-Benz claims that its passenger car sales in Ireland have increased by 44% compared to last year. Stressing that the initiative is being taken to counteract what may turn out to be a short-term situation, MercedesBenz in Ireland said that ‘this new pricing arrangement will extend for a limited period only and in that regard motorists who may wish to avail of it are advised to contact their authorised dealer and make appropriate arrangements as

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Tiguan ya good thing

The new Volkswagen Tiguan comes with new styling, improved space and comfort with small improvements in fuel economy. Entry prices for the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version start from €33,765.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan is one of the more popular mid-range SUVs and now the German brand has sharpened the Tiguan lines to give it a more stylish and comfortable drive. The extra bonus is better economy as good as Michael Moroney found during his recent test drive. VOLKSWAGEN’S new Tiguan is all about style with sharper lines to the design to give the midrange SUV a more modern look. For Volkswagen the design change is obvious and it does enhance the Tiguan look significantly in what is a very competitive sector of the Irish car market. In the upgrade process Volkswagen has sneaked a little bit of extra length into the SUV. Other less obvious changes include the fact that the wheelbase has been stretched a little and this gives that new Tiguan a good level of driving comfort without compromising the turning ability. After even a short drive you will appreciate the solid driving feel for which Volkswagen is renowned and I quickly felt good driving this latest Tiguan. The inside is noticeably more modern with new generation digital instruments that are clear to

view and easy to use. I liked the tactile feel to the steering wheel which was very comfortable to use, not too big either with full controls included. The seat position was good but it took a little time to get to my comfort zone. There is good rear legroom and the high positions for all seats are appreciated with good headroom. The Tiguan is available as an entry model with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine while I had the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version on the road. This engine has undergone some improvements in emissions (are we surprised after a year of investigations) while the engine power and torque remain virtually the same. The Tiguan is a good match for the competition in terms of fuel economy but I was a little surprised that there is only a small improvement over the previous one. The emphasis has been on emissions

and that’s now a marginally lower figure giving lower road tax costs. This new Tiguan matches the economy performance of the similar engine size Toyota RAV4, which is cheaper to buy and own. Volkswagen has put a smaller fuel tank into the new Tiguan, dropping its capacity by 6 litres to 58 litres. The official economy figure is rated at 21km/ litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) and I found that across a range of driving conditions I was about 15% off that figure. Overall, that’s still a good result in practical driving, and it’s also useful to remember that the Tiguan that I drove was a two-wheeldrive version. I found the diesel powered Tiguan to be economical. The good engine torque rated at 340Nm, allowed for steady driving using all six gears available making it was possible to drive under the 2000rpm

figure on the engine for most of the time. That’s the magic spot when it comes to fuel economy and I found that a 1,000km range was well possible on this smaller fuel tank with sensible driving. The Tiguan comes with an electric handbrake as standard along with auto hold hill start assist for hill starts. The useful Park Assist system is standard on the more expensive Highline versions. The towing ability of the new Tiguan is rated at two tonnes for the base model. If you intend pulling caravans or boats then you need to add the 4Motion 4x4 system and the DSG automatic gearbox to the deal to get it up to 2.5 tonnes. By way of comparison, most SUV’s in this segment of the market have a 2 tonne towing figure. One of the benefits of the new longer wheelbase is more boot space. This new Tiguan has a noticea-

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TD


Engine 2.0 litre Engine power 150hp 0 – 100km/hr 9.3 seconds Economy 21km/litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) Fuel Tank Capacity 58 litre CO2 emissions 125g/km Road Tax Band B1 €270 Main Service 20,000km/12 months Euro NCAP Rating 5 Star 2016 Warranty 3 years (100,000km) Entry Price €33,765

bly bigger boot, bigger than all of the competition, while it is still a five seat vehicle. And the bonus that I found was that there is a spare wheel included, even if it’s a space saver version. This new Tiguan has good safety credentials following a recent five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. This SUV comes with plenty of safety kit included and includes

the Iso-Fix kit in the rear. The rear seat adjustment is flexible and easy to fold. This is when the size of the boot or load area comes into its own. There is a large screen for radio and infotainment controls that was easy to set up and use. Connecting my phone with Bluetooth was quick and easy. The test Tiguan did not come with sat-nav included but it is possible to use your

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MOTORING Stay trouble-free Honda scoops two awards for winter driving WINTER driving presents new challenges in terms of car comfort and more importantly car safety. THERE are some simple and useful tips for

good road holding (the legal minimum is

The improved 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the

drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys

1.6mm). A deeper tyre thread depth will

Volkswagen Tiguan is marginally more economical and

this winter, if the cold and dark weather

disperse much more water from the road

delivers lower CO2 emission levels.

has caught you by surprise.

and will minimise your risk of skidding and

Prevention is always better than cure, so take some time to carry out some basic winter maintenance so that you don’t get stranded over the weeks ahead.

losing control. • Get the battery and charging system checked to ensure best performance. A large number of winter calls to breakdown services are due to flat bat-

Giving some attention now to batter-

teries. Cold weather puts a lot of strain

ies, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and

on tired batteries, so if is showing signs

other vehicle essentials is the best way of

of weakness consider changing it now to

ensuring reliability in the months to come.

avoid a breakdown.

Here are five simple steps for reduc-

• Ensure your car’s cooling system has

ing the chance of a car breakdown this

the correct levels of anti-freeze; this is


vital to prevent the water in your engine’s

• Make sure all the lights on your car, inside and out, are working properly. Clean them regularly to ensure they are free of dirt, so that you can see, and others can see you. • Check tyre tread depth and pressure weekly through the winter. Good tyres will ensure the safety systems on your car

cooling system from freezing. Get your local dealer or a qualified mechanic to ensure this is done correctly. • Do you need new windscreen wipers at front and rear? Check for efficient working and use cold weather washer fluid. Do not use the windscreen wipers to

are as effective as possible. You should

clear ice, as this will very quickly lead to

have a minimum tread depth of 3mm for


HONDA is confirmed as a big hit with female drivers after scooping two category wins at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, are the only global car honours voted for exclusively by female automotive journalists. The Honda Civic was crowned the winner of the ‘family car category’ while Jazz also took away an accolade on the night, after last year’s overall win. The Japanese brand was the only manufacturer to take multiple category titles. The voting process for Women’s Car of the Year awards is rigorous. Each member of the global judging panel submits their personal nominations. This year’s awards saw 294 cars nominated by 17 judges from 14 different countries. The nominated cars are then reduced to a shortlist of 32 cars in six different categories. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished female automotive journalists, who vote by secret ballot. Judges then vote by awarding points under five criteria - engineering, appearance, comfort, storage and value for money. On the announcements of the awards, Jennifer Moran from Universal Honda Ireland said, “Winning two categories at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards demonstrates again how Honda’s exciting range of cars continues to match the expectations of female drivers and customers around the world. What is particularly encouraging is the endorsement this gives to Civic ahead of the launch of the all new Civic hatchback here in Ireland early in 2017.”

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot space at 615 litres before the seats are folded is the best in the segment and the boot opens high for good headroom.

phone to connect with Google maps rather than opt for the more expensive factory sat nav system. I looked at the Tiguan running costs and found that relative to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, it was marginally more expensive to buy and to own, due to higher depreciation resulting from higher entry prices. The diesel entry price starts at €33,765. That’s more expensive than the RAV4 and also the new competition from Volkswagen’s own stable in the shape of the Seat Ateca that’s just now appearing on Dublin roads. Skoda will soon have a similar offer with their new Kodiaq, so this will test Volkswagen with the higher price for the Tiguan. The new Tiguan is an SUV that you come away from feeling content, not

just with the driving performance, but also with the improved driving feel and modern good looks. That solid Volkswagen feel is evident in almost every aspect of the new Tiguan, but don’t expect to be surprised with a big lift in fuel economy, remember emissions has been the issue at Volkswagen for the past year and the new Tiguan delivers lower figures. The Tiguan will battle it out in what is a price sensitive market. There are good Volkswagen offers including their own bank, that will entice you towards the Tiguan, so check out the best ownership deal, rather than strictly the buying price and that might include a competitive Volkswagen PCP deal if you’re a low mileage driver.

Nissan to offer bigger engine for X-Trail

NISSAN will be launching a new larger-capacity diesel engine for its flagship X-Trail crossover in 2017. This new 2.0 litre diesel engine has an output of 177bhp, with 380Nm of torque to give enhanced pulling power throughout the rev range. It is a significant step up in power from the existing 1.6-litre 130bhp diesel. Nissan will also offer a new Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox, linked to a four-wheel drive transmission. This adds to the options of a six-speed manual and two-wheel drive for the seven-seat SUV. Nissan claims that the new 2.0 litre diesel engine will be more refined and give a more comfortable driving experience. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions standards, and three versions will be including a six-speed manual in 4WD and 2WD and 4WD versions with the CVT automatic gearbox. Other than the new engine option the design of the Nissan X-Trail remains unchanged. The second row splits and folds 60/40 for additional luggage space, reclines for passenger comfort and slides forward for access to the optional third row. The third row of seats splits 50/50 and folds completely flat to create extra load space. Nissan’s optional All-Mode 4x4-i system provides the four-wheel-drive. When fitted, drivers can select from full-time 2WD for maximum efficiency; Auto Mode, which constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the balance of torque between the front and rear wheels for the best traction; and 4WD Lock Mode for the most challenging conditions.


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The 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct of Segovia is a sight to behold

A beautiful side street in Leon leads to the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria

A statue of the famous artist faces Gaudi’s Palace in in the medieval town of Leon

WHEN thinking of Spain most of us automatically picture the beaches and seaside resorts of the Mediterranean. But thanks to some wonderful advice from the Spanish tourism office on Westmoreland St, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the spellbinding beauty of the Castilla y Leon region – the hidden Spain. With daily flights available year round from Dublin to Madrid it is always the perfect time to experience the true essence of Spain. While bus and train travel options are available from the capital I’d recommend hiring a car from the airport to truly discover the treasures of this magical, unspoiled region. My first stop, just an hour north of Madrid, was the UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia, an ancient walled city where I stayed at the Hotel San Antonio El Real, a short walk to the city’s landmark, a magnificent Roman Aqueduct dating back to the first century. Segovia is a romantic city, perched on a rocky hilltop. The historic walled town boasts stunning views and magnificent monuments. The majority of Segovia’s plethora of attractions are found in the old town, where you can spend hours exploring the winding streets, artisan boutiques and cafes and restaurants. The aqueduct, which rises in all its splendour to a height of 29 meters, has more than 160 arches impressively held together with no mortar, and makes is an imposing site as you enter the old town. Fairytale Around the next corner is the spectacular late gothic Cathedral de Segovia which stands at the highest point of the old town. The cathedral’s 18 chapels are filled with art works, sculptures and decorative alters. The cathedral is on the Plaza Mayor, a hub of activity crammed with cafes and surrounded by a maze of winding streets which eventually lead to the Alcazar, a fairytale castle said to be the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty Visitors can tour all the rooms of the Alcazar which are exquisitely decorated in period style with tapestries, arms and armour. The throne room is particularly impressive with its gilded ceiling, as is the hall of arched windows. A must for any visitor to Segovia is dinner at Meson de Candido where the region’s and house speciality is roasted suckling pig. The Suckling pig is presented to the restaurant in a ritual dating back centuries, Candido himself reads a royal decree before theatrically quartering the pig with a plate, which he then shatters on the floor. It was an impressive performance and an experience not to be missed. The restaurant was filled with tourists and locals alike, enjoying the feast. My next port of call was Burgos, a city with a long tradition of hospitality that has been welcoming pilgrims and travellers since the Middle Ages. Today, it’s a popular stop for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago trail, and you’ll find both brass and ceramic shells embedded into the


Segovia MADRID

The beautiful Castilla y Leon region of Spain

footpath leading the way. Staying at the Hotel Meson del Cid in the heart of the old town was a perfect spot from which to explore. Pilgrims passed by our front door daily and directly opposite stood the famous gothic Cathedral of Burgos. Also a UNESCO world heritage site, the cathedral contains the tomb of the legendary El Cid, the region’s most famous and fearless warrior. With parts of it dating to the first half of the 13th century it is one of the foremost examples of gothic art in Europe. The diversity of gastronomic delights on offer in Burgos will be sure to keep everyone content. The speciality of Burgos is suckling Lamb so tender it falls off the bone – and as with all towns in the region Burgos has its own take on the Castilla y Leon speciality of Morcilla, a dish very similar to black pudding but

The Alcazar in Segovia is like something from a fairytale

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The view of the old, walled city of Segovia from the Alcazar



The Hidden Spain

made with rice and quite spicy. Not being a big a big fan of black pudding, I was surprised to quite like it! Overlooking the city of Burgos the site of the old castle offers a place to enjoy sweeping views of the city and to relax in the adjoining park. Worth a visit is the Cartuja de Miraflores, a 15th century monastery that can be found on the outskirts of town where the air is filled with the scent of rose oil – just one of the many items the monks produce. Burgos exudes life, compelling you to explore. Along with the historical monuments you will not be disappointed by the many fine local boutiques and high-street shops on offer.

Next up on our adventure of the hidden Spain is Leon. In the middle of this now sprawling city, the entrance to the old town can be found within the remaining ancient Roman walls. The old town is a step back in time with winding streets dotted by small shops, cafes and tapas bars. Pilgrims Leon also played a key role in the route of the Camino de Santiago and again I noticed many brass shells leading the pilgrims’ way. The city’s two jewels are at either end of the old town: the Cathedral and the Basilica of San Isidoro. The gothic Cathedral Santa Maria de Leon is

Above, the gothic cathedral of Segovia, while

also referred to as the House of light due to its 1,800 metres of original stained glass windows from the 13th to 15th century. The Basilica of San Isidoro contains what is said to be the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the Spanish Romanesque style – a series of frescoes from the 12th century which decorate the underground crypt of the Royal Panthenon. The museum housed in its cloisters, filled with medieval art and artefacts is steeped in history and is said to be home to the Holy Grail, yes, the real one … you can make up your own mind! A visit to Leon would not be complete without seeing the stunning Hostel de San Marcos, one of the most historic hotels on the old continent.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon

below, a pair if festive statues in Burgos

Some local treats

The Cathedral of Burgos is a wonderful example of Spanish gothic flair

Marcos pours us a glass

It was commissioned in the 16th century as a military base by King Ferdinand, and has taken on many roles since but now operates as the city’s Parador, offering travellers the opportunity to stay in an exceptional historic building. On the outskirts of town the modern and colourful Museum of contemporary Art, MUSAC can be found. It is considered to be one of Spains most dynamic art spaces and is definitely worth a stroll around. As we headed south from Leon and back to Madrid for our flight home we stopped at the Bodegas Grupo Yllera Estate in the Rueda region, which is famous for its outstanding wines. History With six generations of winemakers in the Yllera family we were taken on a tour of their winery and then treated to a wine-tasting with Marcos Yllera and his father. While walking through the labyrinth of underground tunnels and corridors we were treated to a rich history of winemaking and a few legends of Greek mythology mixed in with it – namely that of the minotaur. And finally, what better way to top off a visit to this exceptional estate but with an impressive lunch in their renowned restaurant. The hosts could not have been more entertaining and a stop at their cellar door is a must before heading back on the road to Madrid and home to Dublin just in time for a wet Christmas. And as we move into what they call the magical time of the year, a thought struck me – if you haven’t been to Castilla y Leon yet, you have never experienced magic. I can’t wait to go back.


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Makes a bit of a splash CLINT Eastwood’s Sully (Cert 12A, 95 mins) is a sincere and thoughtfully crafted tribute to that most American of heroes – the everyday working Joe. This biopic, led with another impossibly endearing performance from Tom Hanks, is admittedly by the book


and rarely surprising. Still, clocking in at just over an hour and a half,

Sully is a thankfully succinct and often affecting testament to Eastwood’s recent favourite subject – the human spirit. However, based on the events surrounding the miraculous crashlanding of US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, Sully fails to wholeheart-

edly elevate itself above the realm of the skilful reconstruction. There’s plenty of emotion here, and a healthy dose of suspicion to liven up the post-crash investigation. Unfortunately, there’s never any real question about who the hero is and, consequently, Eastwood for-

sakes genuine narrative tension. Hanks plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, while leaving LaGuardia Airport, Sully’s Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese and both engines were immediately disabled. Despite air traffic control advising him that a safe landing at one of the nearby airports was possible, the film shows how Sully trusted his career-honed instincts and, along with co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), decided to land the plane in the Hudson river, fearing a crash due to lack of altitude. Sully was right to trust his gut and was hailed as a hero by the press and public alike. Despite this, the pilot has to face a rigorous investigation, which stated that one of the engines may still have been running. This is the focus of Eastwood’s film, not the crash itself. While the events that followed the landing are undeniably dramatic,

they’re not all that interesting to watch. Cleverly, Eastwood holds our attention by peppering the events of the crash throughout the film, instead of presenting the ordeal as a continuous narrative. T he main event is drip-fed to us in a number of flashbacks – some of which trick us with a nightmarish dose of PTSD. Sully is haunted by the event and often envisions himself flying the plane into a New York skyscraper. These segments carry t h e f i l m ’s d r a m a t i c weight, anchoring the often-perfunctory investigation narrative. For all the administrative cynicism that follows the events, it’s hard not to be touched by the myriad acts of everyday heroism in the wake of the crash. As with most of Eastwood’s directorial output since 2008’s Gran Torino, the drama in Sully is buried under several rubbery slices of American cheese.

While there was something notably offputting about that same a p p r o a c h i n 2 014 ’s American Sniper, here it is both affecting and infectious. Although this story about uncomplicated heroes may be a muchneeded dose of optimism in the morally divided wasteland of contemporary America, Sully’s unambiguous emotional focus makes for a somewhat less than compelling narrative. Still, for all its deliberate melodrama, Sully has the power to move and inspire. Fighting his case, Sully often decries the removal of the “human factor” from the simulations used to assess the disaster. Eastwood makes sure that the human factor – the human spirit – is the focus of his story. Accordingly, for all its formula-driven drama, Sully treats us to a little bit more faith in humanity.

Verdict: 7/10

As captain and co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart deliver typically likeable everyman roles, in a film which explores the aftermath

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Nespresso opens pop up boutique at Arnotts  EMMA NOLAN

A NEW Nespresso Pop Up boutique in Arnotts has just opened in time for the festive season. The Pop Up forms part of the brand’s v i s i o n t o p r ov i d e increased access to its high-quality coffee for Ireland’s Nespresso customers. The new boutique will complement the wide range of Nespresso machines and bespoke accessories available at Arnotts and will give coffee connoisseurs the

opportunity to experience the Nespresso Grands Crus in a relaxing and engaging setting. Francisco Nogueira, Nespresso UK & Ireland managing director, said: “We’re excited to be hosting this new boutique in Arnotts. We have seen fantastic growth across Ireland and we receive almost daily requests for more boutiques to open. “The new boutique will help customers get their favourite Grands Crus in time for the festive season.”


FOOD BATES SEAFOOD CHOWDER RECIPE Ingredients 2 small onions, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 50g butter 1 tbsp flour 500ml fish stock Splash of pastis 250ml cream 2 bay leaves 200g salmon, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 200g sea bass, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 20 mussels, scrawled & de-bearded Salt & pepper 4 king prawns, to serve 2 tbsp chives, chopped Instructions

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat & fry the onions, celery & bay leaves until vegetables are soft but not brown. Add the flour & cook for a minute. Stir in the pot fish stock, add a splash of pastis & simmer for two minutes. Stir in the salmon & sea bass & cook until the fish is opaque. Add mussels & prawns during the last 2 minutes of the fish’s cooking time. Stir through the cream & season well with salt & pepper. To serve, ladle the chowder into warmed serving bowls, add lemon juice, sprinkle juice over the chives & serve with plenty of crusty bread.

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FastSport MONKSTOWN GO TOP OF MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE: MONKSTOWN took advantage of Banbridge and Cork C of I’s postponement to move up two places into top spot in the men’s EY Hockey League thanks to a 3-1 win over UCD. Top two prior to the weekend, Bann and C of I were due to meet on Saturday but, with the threat of frost in Co Down, the decision was taken on Friday evening to err on the side of caution and avoid the potential for a lengthy wasted journey. As such, Town took their chance to move top as they came from a goal behind to beat UCD. Jazze Henry’s classy opening goal was quickly countered by a Lee Cole drag-flick before Davy Carson added a double before half-time to complete the scoring. At the bottom, Sandymount’s Railway Union and Glenanne both picked up crucial wins. For the former, they saw off bottom side Instonians, cutting the Belfast side five points adrift in a 4-3 defeat.


Raheny and DSDAC star at nationals


SHONA Heaslip surprised even herself while Mark Christie rolled back the years as they took the senior Irish Life Health national cross country titles at an atmospheric Abbotstown last weekend. It came on a super day for Dundrum South Dublin AC as they won a series

of titles across the team and youth disciplines, earning a series of international call-ups. T he pur pose-build Sport Ireland national cross country course provided the perfect spectacle in ideal racing conditions. While it may have been cold for spectators, it was anything but on the course from Under-12 level right

up to the seniors. Heaslip’s shock victory in the senior women’s 8,000m came in a time of 28.13 with Kerry O’Flaherty pipping prerace favourite Ciara Mageean, from UCD, at the finish by one second in 28.23 for second place. “Driving up, I was hoping to be the first Under-23 athlete,” said the delighted

Sophie Murphy takes a picture of her medal with her mother Mary Rutledge. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Raheny celebrate their senior men’s title. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Heaslip afterwards. She had shown little form coming into the race but the last month she managed to change things around focusing solely on her running. “I felt good in the race but I had to check myself running alongside the other girls who I had watched on television in the summer,” referring to Rio Olympians O’Flaherty and Mageean. As a result, Bethanie Murray (DSD) won the Under-23 race with Amy O’Donoghue second and Elizabeth Carr third. Mark Christie rolled back the years to win the senior men’s 10,000m title in 30.41 ahead of Raheny Shamrocks’ Mick Clohisey second in 30.53 and Mark Hanrahan third in 30:57. Clohisey was aiming for

four straight wins but had the consolation of guiding Raheny Shamrock to the club’s first senior men’s team title in their history. They had finished second eight times in the last 11 years, making the victory all the sweeter. Dundrum South Dublin were equally dominant winning the senior women’s team race. DSD’s Sophie Murphy was a strong winner of the junior women’s 4,000m in 14:18 ahead of Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell and Rathfarnham WSAF’s Carla Sweeney. Athletes that caught the eye in the underage races were Sarah Healy (Blackrock) and Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) who had too much for their counterparts in the U-16 girls and U-16 boys.

The performances from local athletes means there will be a strong contingent in the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on December 11. Clohisey and his club mate Kevin Dooney will be in the senior men’s selection of six athletes for the marquee event. Rathfarnham’s Mitchell Byrne forms part of the two-man U-23 contingent while Bethanie Murray is joined in the U-23 women’s crew by Emerald’s Amy O’Dononghue. The junior girls selection features DSD’s Sophie Murphy and Jodie McCann, Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell, WSAF’s Carla Sweeney along with Emma O’Brien, from Inbhear Dee/Sli Cualann, and Aisling Joyce from Claremorris AC.

Ronan six-year reign finishes with “perfect end” 

Sue Ronan receives a guard of honour following her final game as manager. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

SUE Ronan signed off on her sixyear tenure as Republic of Ireland Women’s national team head coach with an impressive 2-1 win over the Basque Country. Player of the match Leanne Kiernan, who scored a hat-trick for Shelbourne Ladies in the women’s senior cup final at the Aviva Stadium, scored her first international goal to win the game for the Girls in Green. Ireland were impressive throughout and it was Shankill native Stephanie Roche who

opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Kiernan was fouled just outside the box after a mazy run and Roche picked out the top corner with a sublime free-kick to put the hosts ahead. Basque Country found a response before the break with an excellent strike. Yulema Corres found space on the edge of the area and fired home past Arsenal stopper Emma Byrne to level the tie. Ireland came out stronger in the second-half and Kiernan got the goal she deserved in the 52nd minute. UCD Waves forward Aine

O’Gorman chipped the ball over the Basque defence and Kiernan used her pace to race clear and coolly slot home to give the Irish the win. Sue Ronan was delighted with the performance and admitted the occasion was an emotional sendoff after six years in charge of the WNT, receiving a guard of honour from her players. Ronan said: “It was the perfect end with the perfect performance. There was a lot of things going on before the game but the players were focused and delivered a great performance.

“It was a great goal from Stephanie Roche but maybe we didn’t refocus well enough to let them back in the game. The second-half was immense though. “Leanne Kiernan was fantastic and she took her goal really well, and there were a lot of great performances across the pitch. “It’s been a great six years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to a finals but I couldn’t have any more from the players over the period. “It was a lovely end, I’ve been humbled by the tributes from clubs, supporters and former players from across the country.”

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Warrior John shows skills at Takeover 8

World famous coach John Kavanagh joins Dun Laoghaire gym in honouring teenager with Down syndrome for training ethic; coach Cian Cowley talks to GazetteSport about his star pupil  KARL GRAHAM

WHILE not for everyone, Cian Cowley’s ‘Warriors Thai Boxing Gym’ are showing that there is a place for inclusivity as Sallynoggin native John Mooney took centre stage in their Takeover 8 event last weekend. Warriors trainer Cowley is an established Muay Thai fighter turned MMA hopeful. As such, he is fully aware of the reputation combat sports holds in some quarters, but he also knows that if anybody walked into his gym, there needs to be a welcoming family atmosphere for all to experience. At the heart of this atmosphere is Mooney. He has Down syndrome but has quickly become one of the gym’s most active members and does not let anything hold him

back from getting involved in the sport he loves. “You talk to anybody who trains here and they will tell you it’s different than any other gym,” Cowley told Gazette Sport. “Serious work gets done but, at the same time, there is such a good family atmosphere. There is always such a good buzz in the gym and John is training every day.” It is has led to the introduction of a new club belt with Mooney showcasing his skills in a safe and structured way at a number of the gym’s Takeover events. The belt was presented to him by John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s world renowned coach. “Other people on the outside probably look at it and think maybe it’s a bit of a hindrance having somebody with a disability, as if it’s going to slow

John Mooney, centre, with Cian Cowley and John Kavanagh

us down,” Cowley added. “But John comes into the class and does what he’s told. When other lads see that, it gives them a drive and it shows you the atmosphere we have.” His participation in the gym opens up a new perception of the sport, providing a sporting outlet for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Cowley continues: “I have gotten a lot more respect off people. [Some] people look down on us because we fight and class us as scumbags. I don’t see it like that and seeing the way we are with John down here makes other people look on us differently. “When we had him on the show, a lot of people there didn’t know how it was going to go. But I knew it was going to be cool because it felt like a normal day for me, with

him being in the gym every day.” The fact that somebody like Kavanagh has taken such notice of a Muay Thai gym shows the impact that Cowley, his gym, and Mooney can make on the combat sport in Ireland. “[John Kavanagh] is always asking me about John so when I told him he was fighting, he came

company but they know all about the little gym in a seaside town on the other side of the world. This is largely down to the waves Cowley has been making since he made the decision to switch his focus from Muay Thai to MMA. “They have had an eye on me for a while so they signed me up as a sponsored athlete. But


‘Other lads see John down here and it gives them a drive, showing the atmosphere we have’ -Cian Cowley -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

down. Conor [McGregor] was supposed to come as well because he’s also aware who he is but he couldn’t make it that night. It brings everyone together and lets them know that we are all the same.” The gym itself is starting to put itself on the map thanks to Cowley and their new sponsorship with a world renowned company. Fightlab may be a Thai

one thing led to another and they liked what I was doing with the gym so they offered to come onboard. “The gym is not a profit organisation so it was always hard for me to get new gear. Now, they have come in and completely revamping the whole thing for me. It is like the equivalent of a sprinter being sponsored by Nike so I can’t thank them enough for what they have done.”

Cowley’s gym received a big boost from Fightlab


Orchard progress in FAI inter and Noel Ryan Cups CHERRY Orchard’s Sunday side put three past Malahide United for the second time this season as the LSL Sunday senior title-challengers put a bad run of league form behind them to progress in the FAI Intermediate Cup. Newly promoted Orchard had taken just one point from the last three league games as their form dipped in the Sunday senior following a spectacular start to the season, with holders Bluebell United and Mochta’s drawing alongside them at the summit of Leinster football’s highest tier. The side on display in the cup had more in common with the team that came from two down to defeat Malahide in Ballyfermot on the first day of the season, however, with Ryan Coombes taking charge of proceedings with a first half hat-trick to swat aside struggling United at Elmdale. Orchard secured their place in the last-16 draw largely thanks to what’s become their main strength this season, impressive wing play, though Coombes spectacular third strike showed the more nuanced quality this fast-rising side have to offer. The ex-St Patrick’s Athletic man scored two tap ins to give the home side control, the first with his head and the second his foot, both from those trade-mark crosses. Having put away the easy ones, Coombes then showed he can do it the hard way, too, taking on what felt like half of the Malahide defence with some direct running as he reached his personal milestone and effectively put the game to bed before half time. Malahide did pull a goal back in a less inspiring second half, but Orchard continue their progress towards the Aviva in relative comfort, despite facing top-division opposition. The club also progressed in the Noel Ryan Cup over the weekend, with a hard-fought win over Terenure College. It was Jack O’Connor who did the business in a tightly-contested battle, scoring a penalty and sliding home a swift move in a 2-0 win. Terenure felt hard done by, having had a goal disallowed and also taken issue with what they felt was a soft penalty, but couldn’t make their way back into the game.


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Meteors shoot to key win over Liffey Celtics METEORS finally recorded their first win since the opening day of the season as they held on to a 56-53 victory over second placed Courtyard Liffey Celtics in the Women’s Super League at Colaiste Iosagain. They started the season well with a narrow victory over DCU Mercy but the Stillorgan club struggled to build on it. The weekend saw a relatively low scoring game with the majority of Meteors’ points coming at the hands of two players – Eimear Martin and Monet Neal scoring 21 and 20 points respectively. Meteors actually trailed by six points at half-time but they responded excellently in the second half and showed great nerve to hold onto their lead as the Celtics came at them. Head Coach Greg Petrovic was delighted with the win and expects to see a lot more of the same during the second half of the season. “I think this game shows how well we can play,” he said of the win. “We played with our homegrown talent and it was great to see all of the support here. “We made things a bit difficult for ourselves at the end but we finished it out. I’m delighted for the players – they work hard and deserved the win.” The win moves Meteors into third from bottom after Pyrobel Killester defeated the NUIG Mystics and they will be hoping to end the year on a high with a trip to Cork in two weeks time to take on bottom of the table Singleton Supervalu Brunell, before enjoying a five week break over the Christmas period. “We hope to learn something from this and I said before that this team is going to play well after Christmas because it is a new team. “Generally, when you have 12 new players who have never played together before it is going to take them time to learn and get used to me. “I am a new coach as well so it can be a very difficult transition for a club to make but I hope they get their reward in the end,” Petrovic concluded.

UCD AFC and St Mochta’s walk out on Friday night under the lights at Porterstown Road

Students land big LSL point LSL SUNDAY SENIOR St Mochta’s 1 UCD1 

UCD took a valuable away point from Leinster Senior League Sunday Senior leaders St Mochta’s on Friday night, as the Powerstown club’s first game under their newly constructed floodlights was not quite the crowning glory they might have hoped. Mochta’s are one of the division’s fast-rising clubs, and sit just above holders Bluebell United and highflying newcomers Cherry Orchard at the head of Leinster intermediate

football. The Saints are unbeaten in the league all season, with only a series of draws preventing them from pulling away at the summit. The struggling students – who sit 11th of 14 as the season approaches its halfway mark – held the west Dublin side for the second time this season. The sides were welcomed onto the pitch by a sizeable crowd and with flags in Mochta’s colours shining in the floodlights to the music of the Stone Roses. Mochta’s started particularly strongly, with powerful forward Luke Kelly a key threat up

CHRISTMAS RUN Leinster stars launch Aware annual event LEINSTER stars Adam Byrne, Isa Nacewa and Peter Dooley, back row, along with Tom Daly, Dominic Ryan and Noel Reid, front row were on hand in Leinster Rugby HQ to launch the Aware Christmas Run which takes place on Saturday, December 10 in the Phoenix Park. Registration for the event is at and Aware hope to raise €60,000 to help them provide support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

front as he consistently bothered the Student’s defence. It was his ball through to David Lacey that eventually put the hosts in front, as Lacey delicately finished over the visiting goalkeeper after half an hour. Mochta’s were increasingly dominant through the course of the first half, in fact, enjoying the unfamiliarity of their first evening home game, with UCD’s only period of control coming just after the break. It was Stephen Doughan who did the damage from one of the visitor’s few opportunities, finding

the space to smash a shot from distance into the back of the league leader’s net and score the goal that would eventually win UCD an important point. UCD had a couple of other chances to go with Doughan’s strike, but Mochta’s are not a side that have struggled for extended periods often this season, and the wrestled back control in the bitter cold as the game wore on. Pushing for a winner, Lacey, Mark Hughes, Craig Sheridan and David Somers all had good chances as Mochta’s lay siege to the UCD goal. Only Hughes was to find

the target, though, and some fine goalkeeping ensured UCD have now deprived Mochta’s of four points already this season, with the game finishing 1-1. Senan Lonergan’s late goal against Firhouse Clover, meanwhile, saw the LSL team progress in the Noel Ryan Cup as they got the better of the Tallaght club by a scoreline of 2-1 on Saturday. In news from UCD’s Airtricity League team, Simon Power and Liam Scales have both been called up to the Ireland Under-19 squad to face an Academy select team during the week.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD CUALA GOOD luck to the senior Hurlers who

The award winners were: senior play-

Kilkenny in the Leinster senior hurling

er of the year - Luke Keating; intermedi-

final next Sunday in Portaloise at 2pm.

ate player of the year - Donal Lehmann;

The junior A hurlers will need a

junior one team joint winners - Gary

rename. Next year they will be known

Widger and Jack Flynn; junior two win-

as the intermediate hurlers having won

ner - Luke Kelly. Congratulations to all.

their promotion AHL5 playoff against Faughs in an absolute blizzard. Hard luck to the senior footballers who were defeated 0-12 to 0-11 in the

Foxrock Cabinteely captain Sarah Brophy. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Foxrock ready for the final frontier



FOXROCK Cabinteely are looking to establish a legacy as they face into their first All-Ireland ladies’ football final at Parnell Park this weekend. Founded in 2005, the relatively new club has enjoyed a meteoric rise, moving successively closer to the national title over the last few seasons. Fox-Cab face Donaghmoyne with the Monaghan side having been their downfall at the semi-final stage last year. “We know a bit about them from last time,” captain Sarah Brophy told GazetteSport. “They’ve played a similar way for years and they’re still winning. “It was quite defensive when we played them and a lot of their games are quite low scoring. That’s what we’re expecting this time. It will be whoever wants it more on the day. There’s not much between teams at this level, and it’s going to

come down to inches.” She added: “It hurt to lose to them last year. But it’s been incremental progress for us, winning the All-Ireland at junior level, then getting Leinster, then the semi-final. This year it’s the final. Hopefully that extra little bit of experience will come through. “We’ll try to focus on ourselves. I think if you concentrate on your own game plan, you get better. Obviously, there are some players we’ll make plans for but individuals don’t win games. You have to play the team and Donaghmoyne are very good throughout the side.” Looking back at their impressive semi-final win against Mayo side Carnacon at the semi-final stage, Brophy recalled: “I think a few people thought ‘uh oh’ when we got the sin bin in the second half, but it seemed to drive us on, and we really brought it home from there. “We’re a small squad and we had a few people struggling a little with niggles after the semi-final, but everyone’s going to be fit.

“We have to give it everything every game. Our approach will be ‘it’s just another game’, but we have to go for it every time we cross the line. The level’s so high, all the way from playing in Dublin early in the season up through to now. “These things go in cycles and we’ve been on top for a few years. We have some great young players coming through, too, but it’s important to take your chances.” Brophy is also pleased that her side can enjoy the

relative home comforts of Parnell Park. “It’s great that it’s in Dublin and we know the pitch. “We’ve had to play our home games in Bray, I think because Kilbogget Park doesn’t allow for charging entry. It’ll be good to be back in Dublin for the big one.” Foxrock Cabinteely host Monaghan side and reigning All-Ireland champions Donaghmoyne at 2.45pm at Parnell Park on Sunday, December 4.

outstanding service to Cuala adult games and Cuala adult football. This week’s Cuala development lotto

Parnell Park in an extremely close and

jackpot will be €8,500. Our lucky dip win-

entertaining Final. Thanks to all those

ners last week were Mary Fitzgerald and

who came out to support the team.

Chris Molamphy.

Our adult footballers ran a very suc-

The 2016 Cuala AGM is on Wednesday

cessful race night on Saturday which

December 7 at 8pm in Fitzpatrick’s Cas-

incorporated the Players Player of the

tle Hotel, Killiney.


THE number for last week’s lotto draw,

Thank you to Bray Emmets for host-

sponsored by Slimming World Shankill,

ing five Shankill teams last Saturday

were 4, 8, 11 and 21; the jackpot was not

morning for a blitz. The club stall at the

won. Lucky dip winners were Barry Hall,

Christmas in the Village fair was a great

Caitlyn McGurk and Eileen Kennedy.

success many thanks to all who stopped

Next week’s jackpot is a whopping

by to say hello. Our U-14 boys and men’s

€1,100 and the draw is on Thursday in

adult football teams are looking for

Brady’s where tickets are also available.

extra players for next season. For U-14

The juvenile academy, sponsored by

players, contact Gabriel on 085 7254897

O’ Donnell’s Pharmacy, on Saturday

and adults Kevin on 086 8449902.

at 10am is the last session as we take a

For more information on the club,

Christmas break. We will be back on Jan-


uary 14, 2017. However, there is a strong

or call 086 4010438. . Follow us on Face-

rumour going around the village that the

book and Twitter. Join Shankill GAA club,

Great Man himself could appear at the

your community, your GAA club where


everybody knows your name.

FOXROCK CABINTEELY SUNDAY next is another milestone in our

minor players player of the year award;

short club history when our senior team

Niamh Collins was the joint winner of the

take to the field to play in the All-Ireland

Dublin senior players player of the year

Ladies senior club football final for the


first time.

Sinead Goldrick picked up the Dublin

The opponents will be Donaghmoyne -

senior player of the year and Laura Ner-

the champions of Monaghan and Ulster.

ney picked up the Laois senior player of

Apart from the Cork senior ladies inter-

the year.

county football team, Donaghmoyne

Let’s not forget also that Lisa Davies

are probably the most consistent ladies

picked up the Dublin U-16 player of the

football team in the country in the past

year last weekend also. Well done eve-

11 years.


Sunday’s final will be their seventh

Our minor Division 1 Shield winners

appearance since 2005 – the year that

were presented with their medals on

we were founded. They are backboned

Saturday night.

by the Courtneys, Linda Martin and

A great time was had by all. Thanks to

Catriona McConnell to name just a few

Gerry, Paul, Ronan, Sam and Miriam for

and will be favourites to win back-to-

organising. A reminder that the club AGM takes

The game is in Parnell Park and starts

place this Thursday night, December 1

at 2.45pm. Everybody in the club wishes

at 8pm in Cabinteely football clubhouse.

the best of luck to team captain Sarah

The club has been informed by Dun

Brophy, the panel and management on

Laoghaire Rathdown County Council


that the weekend of December 3 and 4

It’s awards season time and some of Foxrock Cabinteely’s Hannah O’Neill, far left, Sinead

our club players received Player Of The

Goldrick, second from right, and Niamh Collins, far right,

Year awards over the weekend.

Peter Hickey/GAApics

A special distinguished service award was presented to Paul Linnane on his

Dublin SFCB final by Plunkett’s night in

back All-Irelands.

were all honoured at the DLGFA awards evening. Picture:

Year Awards.

take on the mighty O’Loughlin Gaels of

Hannah O’Neill picked up the Dublin

will be the final weekend this year for matches to be played on Kilbogget. Kilbogget will re-open again on the weekend of January 14 and 15.

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