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Fare evader struck by taxi A TAXI driver “snapped” and ran down a passenger who tried to avoid paying his fare, a court has heard. David Ryan (56) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Eoin Daly at Carysfort Park, Blackrock, on April 7, 2011. The victim suffered fractures to his ankle, which had affected his ability to play rugby at senior level
in university. In his victim impact report, Daly said he accepts he was wrong to run away from the taxi. Steven Dixon BL, defending, said Ryan was under severe financial difficulties at the time and he snapped. Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the sentence until July to clarify if restorative justice would be appropriate. Full Story on Page 2
State of the art: President awards creative young pupil local girl Ava Henson was presented with an award at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and congratulated by President Michael D Higgins (right) and James Twohig, director, Ireland operations, Valero after winning first prize in the sev-
en-to-eight-year-old category of the 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition recently. The eight-year-old pupil from The Harold National School in Glasthule impressed the judges with her entry, “Winter Fox”. Picture: Mac Innes Photography
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A man pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court over an incident at Blackrock in 2011, when he drove his taxi at speed towards two passengers who had disembarked and fled without paying
Taxi driver ‘snapped’, drove at running men A TAXI driver “snapped” and ran down a passenger who left the taxi without paying the fare, a court has heard. D av i d R y a n ( 5 6 ) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Eoin Daly at Carysfort Park, Blackrock on April 7, 2011. Garda Geraldine McManigan told Paul Carroll BL, prosecuting, that the victim suffered fractures to his ankle which had affected his ability to play rugby at senior level in university. Medical reports stated that his injuries left him with a 20% greater risk of developing arthritis, but that this should have shown up in a two-year period after the injury, and has not developed. Mr Daly was on
A witness described seeing one man running across the green with a car ‘in hot pursuit’, and said the driver was trying to block the men off by repeatedly driving in front of them --------------------------
crutches for months but has since gone back to playing rugby. In his victim impact report, he said he accepts he was wrong to run away from the taxi, and was embarrassed by that. He suffered flashbacks
and has spent €4,492 on physiotherapy. Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the sentence until July to clarify if restorative justice would be appropriate. Ryan, of Linfield Park, Clondalkin, had picked up Mr Daly and another passenger at around 3am. He drove them to the Carysfort Park area and the two passengers then ran from the taxi without paying the fare. The taxi driver drove his car onto a footpath and across the park, swerving from side to side. Mr Daly said Ryan was driving so fast that the other man had to jump into a garden to avoid being hit. A witness from a nearby house described seeing one man running across the green with a car “in hot pursuit”, and said the driver was try-
ing to block the men off by repeatedly driving in front of them. The car hit Mr Daly and he fell to the ground. Ryan got out of this taxi and stood over him and started gesticulating and arguing with him about the fare before driving off. Gardai arrested Ryan two weeks later, and he admitted there had been an incident. He denied knocking the victim down and said Mr Daly had fallen down. Steven Dixon BL , defending, said his client is a father of four who has worked as a taxi driver for the past two decades. During this time, he has been abused, attacked and assaulted, and in 2010 a man had smashed him in the face with a can in order to evade a fare, counsel
said. He said his client was under severe financial difficulties at the time, with a crippling mortgage and credit card debt. Counsel said Ryan snapped on the night and did something dangerous to get his fare. “He is saddened and disgusted with himself. There is no excuse,” said Mr Dixon. The court heard that Ryan, who has no previous convictions, is not able to offer compensation to the victim until he has sold his house. There are also civil proceedings being taken. Judge Ryan asked for clarification in relation to the level of compensation Ryan can offer for the financial loss and the pain and suffering caused to the victim.
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community: dun laoghaire harbour company rolls out fun activities
Calling school choirs
Summer events launched at pier Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
DUN Laoghaire Harbour Company announced its programme of summer activities last week with a launch event that took place at Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier. T h i s y e a r, D u n Laoghaire Harbour Company is promising a wide variety of activities for its summer programme, including a number of cruise-liners are due to call into Dun Laoghaire. There will also be sporting events and a host of family-fun activities and entertainment, all of which will start in early June and continue until the end of the summer.
To mark the launch of the summer programme, a group of seven-yearold schoolchildren from R a t h d ow n P r i m a r y School were treated to a mini-train ride at the East Pier, followed by an ice-cream. The mini-train will be one of the family-orientated activities available over the summer. JP Montgomery, from Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, said: “The harbour is a wonderful amenity and our summer programme is designed to encourage more people to use it. “Increased activity at the harbour, whether cruise liners are visiting, or simply greater numbers are coming to walk
the pier, can have significant economic benefits for the wider town.” The programme includes waterspor t activities featuring the ICRA (Irish Cruiser Racing Association) Championship from June13 to 15, and The European Optimist Championships from July 11 until 20. There will be three cruise visits this summer, with the Wind Surf liner visiting twice, on July 12 and September 4, while the Seaborne Legend comes to Dun Laoghaire on August 31. In addition, the annual harbour swim will take place on August 10, and a funfair will be set up on Carlisle Pier at the end of June for children.
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Mountain way: Trekkers go extra mile to help Barretstown Camp A crowd of fundraisers recently trekked 42km along the Dublin Mountains Way, from Tallaght to Shankill, to raise funds for Barretstown Camp for children with serious illnesses. They finished up at Brady’s of Shankill in the afternoon, where they were greeted with live swing music and a barbecue. Pictured are community fundraiser Bernie Connolly, walk participant Geraldine Dillon, walk marshal Robert Farrelly, event organiser Helen O’Malley, John Brady, owner of Brady’s of Shankill, and Tim O’Dea, Barretstown’s director of fundraising.
THE sixth series of the All-Island School Choir Competition is now open to choirs across Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Last year, students from Blackrock College Choir reached the final of the competition, and this made a big impression on music in the school. Patrice O’Connor, choir director in Blackrock College, said: “Being the first all-boys choir to reach the final in Belfast was a rewarding and memorable experience.” In autumn, the final live show will be broadcast from Titanic Belfast, and will be presented by Anne Cassin on RTE. Applications are available from www.cooperationireland.org/choir.
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exclusive Alex White talks about his Labour leadership challenge crafts:
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‘The problem for the party is considerable’ Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
THE nomination process for those seeking to become the leader of the Labour Party is now a two-horse race, with the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, and Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, now the only candidates in the race to succeed Eamon Gilmore on July 4. The Gazette spoke to Minister White this week about the massive challenges he and his party now face, given Labour’s poor performance in the recent local and European elections. Much of this was down to promises the party made to the electorate that they did not keep.
The Gazette asked, how Minister White will learn from these mistakes. He said: “I do think we have to be realistic with people, and need to be clearer about what is possible for government to achieve, and especially what’s possible for Labour in government to achieve. “We have had a very difficult three years in government, and have had a terrible hiding at the polls last week, with 7% [voting for Labour candidates]. “The problem for the party is very considerable and needs radical action, and I think the first step in that for the party has to be change at the top, and that’s why
we’re having this election for leader. “One of the things the leader needs to do is to initiate a process of renewal within the party. In relation to medical cards, he said: “Overall, there are far more medical cards now than there ever was – there are almost two million medical cards in the country . “In recent months, there’s been some reduction and I think that’s [due to] a number of reasons; one is that there’s been a slight, and I only say slight, improvement in the economy.” When asked if the policy of free GP care for the under-sixes was fair, as some parents could
afford to pay, he said: “I think it’s critically important that we have universal access to GP services without fees. “We’ve done a lot of work on this. We are the exception in the European Union and the OECD to charge people to go and see their doctor. “The under-sixes [proposal] is only the first stage as we want to do this for the whole community [so] it’s really a pilot, and only the first tentative step. “This is a Programme for Government commitment – to have free GP care for the whole community. “It’s a bit like education; we don’t charge parents to send their children to primary school,
Design Corner set to return Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
Minister White announcing that he is contending the leadership of the Labour Party. Picture: Photocall Ireland
so we decided there are certain things we need to provide for everybody in the community.” Does he feel up to the task of becoming Labour leader? “Very much so! I’m aware I started from behind. Joan [Burton] has been active in the Labour Party for a very long time, and I’m rela-
tively new to it, but I have the Labour Party in my blood from the point of view of my family and my background. “But I do come into it with some other experiences in the media and broadcasting, and as a barrister for maybe 20 years, so there is a lot I can put at the disposal of the party.”
THE Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Dun Laoghaire recently launched The Design Corner summer project on George’s Street, opposite The People’s Park entrance. This is the seventh year The Design Corner shop has popped up in the town, and the new collections and seasonal designs were all created by 13 designers from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The pop-up shop not only offers a great selection of locally created goods for sale, but also offers shoppers a chance to meet the talented artists and craftspeople who made the products as they take it in turns to man the shop and chat to locals. Items range from quirky gifts, prints and ceramic wall art to jewellery and scented candles, and have been created by artists and companies such as Rebeka Kahn Artwear, Laragh McMonagle, Slated, Melanie Hand, Cadenza Glass Beads, Head In The Clouds, Fawn printing, Killiney Arts, Ecomelts and Hugh Cummins, while they will also be joined by new exhibitors, Ruby Hues, Retro Eire and Avril Crampton. The Design Corner Summer Shop is open daily from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays until June 29. The Design Corner Network and projects are organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown LEO as part of their ongoing initiatives to support local businesses.
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ceremony: volunteers thanked
Visit to Cape Cod leads to silver medal win for local gardener at 2014 Bloom festival DUN Laoghaire-based gardener Joan Mallon has won a silver medal for her garden, Cape Cod Escape, at this year’s Bloom garden festival, that was held in the Phoenix Park over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The winning garden will now be transplanted to her
Local volunteer Bobbie Connolly is congratulated by An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth, on being awarded a prestigious Cathoirleach award at a ceremony held recently at County Hall. Picture: Jason Clarke
‘Outstanding service’ to the fore in awards Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A SPECIAL awards ceremony took place in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, last week during which several community volunteers were honoured for their work in the county. An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smy th (Lab) praised the work of the volunteers at the ceremony, on May 29, for their “unfailing dedication and support to community development.” The four recipients of the prestigious Cathaoirleach awards were honoured for contributing much to the lives of others in different ways over the past number of years. Award winner Bobbie Connolly has supported the council’s environment and social responsibility workshops since 2010 by giving talks to school children on disability awareness and road safety. Connolly is a member
of Dublin South Arch Club, Dun LaoghaireRathdown Network for Older People and the Order of Malta Ireland Shankill Unit, Road safety is a subject close to her heart because at the age of 10 she was knocked down while walking home from school. Despite this lifechanging experience, she has represented Ireland in the sport of boccia (similar to bowls) in four consecutive pralympic games and intends to take part in a tandem skydive. Dublin South Arch Club is an integrated social youth club for children and young adults with special needs in Dublin South. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Network for Older People was launched 10 years ago by outgoing Cllr Donal Marren (FG) during his term as Cathaoirleach of the council. It comprises older per-
sons’ groups, associations and clubs within Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The Shankill unit of the Order of Malta marked its 50th Anniversary in February. It is a pre-hospital emergency care council training provider for first aid and emergency medical ambulance services at events and festivals. Cllr Smy th said: “Every day of every month of every year, local people are out there giving their time to meet the needs of the people in their community on a purely voluntary basis. “It is to all these people that the annual Cathaoirleach’s awards event is dedicated – to give public recognition to those people who have given outstanding service to their local community. “It is also often the case that these people work away quietly and without any expectation of reward.”
daughter’s school at Monkstown Educate Together. The day after winning her medal, Mallon said: “Yesterday was the best day of my life. I am elated to have won this silver medal for my first solo garden.” Mallon studied at CFE Dundrum, and, along with her fel-
low students designed a group garden for Bloom last year, called Zip, which also won a silver medal. This year saw her take on her first solo garden with Cape Cod Escape. The design of the garden was inspired by a trip she undertook to Boston and Cape Cod last year.
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school plans Hundreds of people turn out to have fun for a worthy cause
Students find public good sports on fundraising
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STUDENTS at Dominican College Sion Hill, Blackrock, recently raised €11,500 towards building a new allweather multi-sports facility at their school. The money was raised during the school’s Spring Family Fun Fair.
Volunteers sought for local Oxfam outlet FASHIONISTAS in Dun Laoghaire are being urged to donate some of their time to Oxfam, as its shop on George’s Street needs volunteers. Shop manager Lorraine Domican said: “We are looking for fashion-savvy volunteers to help sort and price men and women’s clothes donations, as well as put their creative stamp on our in-store displays.” If you would like more information about doing one shift a week, you can contact Oxfam organisers at 01 280 5555, or email email@example.com.
€1,700 raised for local hospice STUDENTS of Rosemont School in Sandyford held a summer barbecue on May 15, with all proceeds going to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Rosemont students and their parents put on the barbecue, which also featured some fun-filled activities for all the family at the school. There was a great attendance by people in the locality who came out to support the organisers’ efforts. The event raised €1,709.34, and students presented the cheque to Amanda Kenny from the charity.
Blackrock man Tom Mooney won a new 2014 Skoda Fabia in a special draw sponsored by Spirit Skoda of Sandyford. The €11,500 raised by the students will go towards the building fund for the new sports facility as part of the college’s wider ongoing refur-
bishment and development plan. Hundreds of people attended the fundraising event, trying their luck at the wheel of fortune, the tombola and the raffle. They also enjoyed all the fun of the fair with games such as Hook the Duck, Test
Your Strength and Burst a Balloon. A barbecue, which was sponsored by SuperValu, kept hunger at bay and music was provided by the Sion Hill Chamber Orchestra. Guests had the chance to win several great prizes including €500 in cash, inter-
national rugby tickets and concert tickets. All proceeds from the fun fair and the Skoda car draw will now go towards the school’s fundraising campaign to build an all-weather multi-sports pitch. The pitch will be floodlit and sand-dressed, and have
an artificial grass playing surface to replace the existing grit pitch, which is 44 years old and in poor condition. The new facility will be able to cater for many sports including hockey, tennis (on nine tennis courts), soccer, rounders, tag rugby and athletics.
cooking: dun Laoghaire hopeful considering career in the kitchen
Baker’s dozen still after top prize in competition Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
THE new series of The Great Irish Bake Off is currently airing on TV3. Dun Laoghaire’s and Poppy O’Sullivan (22) is still very much in the running in the competition. The Gazette spoke to O’Sullivan about her experience on the show so far. “It’s been on television now for two weeks. So far, the first week was cake week so my signature prepared bake for that was a chocolate hazelnut and raspberry cake. “Then the technical [challenge] was to bake a Battenberg cake. “The second week was pastry week so I did a kind of a puff pastry lattice with spinach, goats cheese, carmelised onion and sundried tomatoes. “My sweet cake was an assorted caramel and dark chocolate tart. “There were 12 [contestants] at the start and now there are nine left at this point. “We all get along fantastically well. “We’re all just so delighted to have a big group of people who want to talk about baking all the time, which is quite rare. You usually
bore people silly going on about it.” O’Sullivan explained to The Gazette how she became interested in baking as a child: “I baked with my grandparents when I was little, doing things like fairy cakes and cut-out cookies and those kind of things. --------------------------
‘Maybe it’s because it’s me being criticised but at the same time you learn so much from the judges because they’re constructive and never harsh’ --------------------------
“I think I was always quite interested in food and my dad, in particular, is an amazing cook. “Then I got a notion when I was about eight or nine that I wanted to do a recipe from my mum’s Nigella Lawson cookbook. “I wanted to make a recipe out of it on my
own and got a real kick out of it. “Then I decided I wanted to make all the recipes in it…and it just evolved from there.” O’Sullivan, who finished a degree in history and politics in Trinity College a few weeks ago, is now considering her career options, and baking certainly features. “Before the bake off, I was thinking of taking a legal diploma and going down that route…now I’m thinking of taking a year out,” she added. “I don’t think I’d really want to work in a professional kitchen, to be honest. “If I was going to do anything with it [baking], me and a friend of mine are looking into starting up a little company selling unusual cookies to businesses. “My ultimate dream would be to open my own cafe or something but that would be way down the line.” O’Sullivan has had some thoughts on the show’s judges: “They’re definitely more critical than last year, I reckon anyway. “Maybe it’s because it’s me being criticised but at the same time you learn so much from them because they’re
Poppy O’Sullivan would like to open her own cafe some day. Picture: Brian McEvoy
constructive and never harsh. “You never come away from a judging feeling you got a raw deal. Well, I haven’t anyway. “They’re kind of mentors as much as anything
else…I find I get more emotional when I get praise. “When I get criticised I can take it on the chin whereas if they ever say anything nice to me, I get really emotional.”
The Great Irish Bake Off airs on T V3 on Thursday evenings at 9pm. Presenter Anna Nolan is joined on the show by judges Biddy White Lennon and Paul Kelly.
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transport: over 100 plan to meet
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The Royal Marine Hotel will host a conference on smart travel
Smart travel options on the cards in Europe Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
MORE than 100 delegates from all over Europe are expected to descend on Dun Laoghaire this summer for a conference on smart travel solutions for public transport. The conference, Smart Ticketing for Mobility in Europe – The Contribution of the Atlantic Area Cities, will be attended by representatives from cities such as Nantes, San Sebastien, Liverpool, Gijon and Aveiro. The initiative is aimed at developing a smart integrated ticketing for Europe (SITE). Dun Laoghaire is the host for the final leg of SITE. On June 13, at the Royal Marine Hotel, all findings to date will be presented to participating delegates, including the success of the Irish Leap card. Some €6.5m was invested by all the partner countries, 65% of which was funded by the European
Regional Development Fund via the Atlantic Area Territorial Co-operation Programme. The conference will be addressed by a number of expert speakers on the challenges of more sustainable travel through smart ticketing. Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the National Transport Authority, said: “The SITE project has provided the National Transport Authority with opportunities to work with other European cities in the Atlantic area in developing the use of smart cards in public transport. “In Ireland, the SITE project funded market research and the development of a computer-based model, which has been used to predict changes in customer behaviour as the Leap card scheme was being introduced. “In particular, such initiatives as fare capping could be modelled in advance of launch to
assess the impact on journeys and revenue. “In addition, the SITE project has funded development of tourist and visitor-friendly products designed to encourage more use of public transport by tourists and visitors. “There has also been SITE funding for development to explore the potential of mobile phones being used in transport ticketing and the NTA is seeking a partner to develop some possible uses for mobile in Ireland.” The Leap card was launched two -and-a -half years ago and now, €1.25m is spent using the card each week. The card has been used to make 47 million passenger journeys since its inception. The next phase will be to develop the Leap card further in Cork as well as moving it to other cities. Admission to the conference is free, registration is required on www.siteproject.eu/en/events.
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gazetteGALLERIES Dr Mary Toomey, admiring the walled garden
Kay Oâ€™Moran and Rosemary Madigan were among the many guests who admired the beautiful garden. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
Mary Hogan had plenty of useful Patsy Brady, with Eileen and Michaela Cullen
Richard Dolan was an expert at directing traffic
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Carmel Fitzgerald and Gertie Eggers
Cameron Lawlor helps Finn Mac Anna of ‘Jazz by Popular Demand’, a jazz quartet from Newpark transition year. Pictures: Margaret Brown
Fun Fair: Glenageary’s day out proves a big hit with everyone
HE Glenageary (Dun Laoghaire) summer fair, which took place on Saturday, May 24 in the grounds of St Paul’s Church, Adelaide Road, was a big hit with everyone, young and less young alike. There was plenty of fun and something to suit a variety of interests, including a transition-year jazz band, games for children, sales of plants, books, cakes, DVDs and CDs, and even a white elephant sale. For those who found they needed a break, there was a cuppa and some light refreshment on hand, too. Entry was by donation at the entrance gate on the day.
Fianna Fail’s Mary Hanafin with her mother, Mona
open day: ALZHEIMER GROUP’S GARDEN SHOWCASED
Flowering interest in helping society F
RIENDS and supporters of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland took the opportunity to relax and take in the sights, sounds and smells of a charming garden open day at the Orchard Day and Respite Centre in Blackrock recently. The recently restored walled garden contains a courtyard sensory garden,
Deborah Burke and Sarah Goodall
featuring herbs, grasses, trees, shrubs and flowers to help visitors, especially those with dementia, as well as also featuring a large herbaceous border and trees and shrubs for year-round interest. Adding to the upbeat, relaxing atmosphere, a raffle and cake sale provided some extra enjoyment for all. Jude and Karla Ray take a break
Ron Edison entertains his fans
Bookworms Joanna Lowry, Stuart Robertson and Maurice Martin The tranquil garden invited vistors and guests to relax and reflect on the oasis of calm that had been created
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Asla and Cliona Forsyth
Chef Kevin Dundon with Philomena Cribbin. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston
Flowers in full Bloom at annual garden festival
RELAND’S largest gardening, food and family festival, Bloom, returned to the Phoenix Park over the bank holiday weekend. A variety of 30 show gardens designed by some of Ireland’s best landscape gardeners and designers were
Val O’Brien sits in the sunshine with her picnic
on display, as well as a10-foot-tall Mr Tayto hedge. Meanwhile, a range of cookery demonstrations was carried out by celebrity chefs, including Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Donal Skehan and Catherine Fulvio.
Grace, Mary and Marese Masterson with chef Donal Skehan
Kevin Williams, Stephanie Manning and Derek Hackett
Mr Tayto was given a hedge-makeover
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a day in the life: tv’s liza goddard detects a new agatha christie role
Millions of things keep my day full Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
POPULAR English actress and star of a number of TV series, including Bergerac and Midsomer Murders, Liza Goddard is coming to Bord Gais Energy Theatre this June to play Miss Caroline Amory in Agatha Christie’s play, Black Coffee. The Gazette spoke to Liza about an average day in her life, both at rest and at work. She said: “Well, of course, when I’m working in a play my day is taken up with the theatre, really, getting up in the morning and making sure I have a bit of exercise like a walk or something and then I have breakfast. “If it’s a matinee day, it’s good to have a late break-
‘I got my pony in Connemara when we were on holidays – we went there and came back with him!’
fast/brunch and then go into the theatre, and do the matinee – I’ll probably do another show [in the evening].” When she’s preparing for a play, she will read the script every day for at least a month beforehand, “preferably two [months]; not learn it, just read it every single day. “Then, when you come to learn it in rehearsal, it goes in incredibly quickly because your brain has
already got used to seeing those words. “When I’m home, I rush about all day long, doing millions of things. Yesterday, for example, I emptied some of my garden pots and rushed out and bought some petunias and put those in, and did a bit of weeding. “I drafted some more rocket seed in the vegetable garden and went to visit [a friend] in hospital and fed my pony. “My running days are behind me, and now I love to walk, so I walk the dogs [in the countryside, where she lives]. “And then, when I’m not walking I ride my pony, although I haven’t ridden him in a year and a half. I got him in Connemara when we were on holidays – we went to Connemara and came
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Television and theatre actress Liza Goddard
back with a pony!” she laughed. “When I’m at home, I normally turn in at 10pm but, of course, when I’m working in the theatre it’s about midnight [that I retire to bed]. “My life is very different when working in the theatre – when we come
offstage, we like to meet up and have a chat, go to the pub – you know, have a laugh. It’s very important to wind down. “I’m looking forward to the one we’re in [Black Coffee, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre]; the new one. I love Ireland and Dublin and my husband
and I often [come here] on holiday,” she said. Liza Goddard appears in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, from June 23 until June 28, and tickets, ranging from €17.50 to €45, are available from the box office at bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/
DADS are being urged to get pedal-ready for the 2014 Irish Cargobike Championship taking place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, June 15 as part of Bike Week. The organisers – The Dutch Bike Shop and Greenaer – are asking cargobike owners and enthusiasts to sign up for the event, which runs from 12.30 to 4.30pm. The championships showcase a number of Dutch and Danish cargo bikes, which enjoy high usage on the continent. Following on from last year’s very successful inaugural Cargobike Championships, lots of cargobike users will participate in a range of fun races such as the relay race, the slalom and a traditional egg and spoon race – the only difference is that the entrants will compete whilst riding a cargobike. This event is free and family-focused, with plenty of activities for all ages and abilities, and lots of prizes on offer. For further information, see the Irish Cargobike Championship’s Facebook page, and @ CargoBikeDayIE on Twitter.
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A bustling summer night market for Temple Bar Starting on June 5, the streets of Temple Bar will be bustling with artists, craft makers and more as the first art night market kicks off in the city centre location. Throughout June, July and August, Temple Bar Night Market will be a steady feature held every Thursday in the cultural quarter. The markets will focus on all manner of artistic endeavour and produce performed and made by Irish and international artists. Music, painting and dance workshops will be available to the night market visitor as well as a diverse range of handmade craft works. Some of the products on sale at the night market include: Man of Aran fudge, modern house products such as wooden craft and jewellery, clay models from Clayotic, recycled horsehoes made into wine racks and door knockers by The Liffey Forge and printed mugs from The Rambling Photo. If you are a crafts person or artist and would like to get involved in Temple Bar Night Market, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
people: fallen financial figure’s brash, unabashed gig impresses
Wolf of Wall Street’s talk is a howling hit Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
THE stage was set on May 27 in the RDS as 2,500 people in the main hall awaited the arrival of the original Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort. Loud, aggressive music blasted as giant colourful screens displayed Belfort’s maxims of success, such as: “Act as if you’re a wealthy man already and you’ll surely become rich” danced before the eyes of the mainly young, male audience before the main man arrived on stage. When he did, he did not disappoint. Belfort got off to a flying start, saying: “I have a special place in my heart for Ireland – all my wives had Irish blood.” He was brash and loud with an in-your-face style that normally makes an Irish audience squirm in their seats but, somehow, this high-octane performer had the whole place eating out of his hand. Belfort was in Ireland to give an enterprise seminar as part of a world tour during which it is expected he will earn $100m – all of which, he said, will go towards paying off the $110m he still owes the investors he defrauded. “I’m sober 17 years,” he said. “No drugs, but I’ll stay moist with a little bit of Guinness!” At which point, he took a sip of the black stuff. “I lost everything – I was in jail, I was vilified in the press, but now I’ve come to a point where this is the biggestearning year of my life. How? I use a system.” Nobody, strangely enough, suggested that Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-
Jordan Belfort: “Some people have a fear of public speaking – I have a fear of not public speaking!”
‘I have a special place in my heart for Ireland – all my wives had Irish blood’
nominated film about Belfort had something to do with this popularity. The system boils down to a simple enough formula – it is all about persuasion. By selling yourself, firstly to yourself and then to others, you can gain everything you want in life, he says.
“Getting rich is f*****g easy. Last year, I had zero, and this year I’m going to make $100m gross.” At 26, Belfort made $49m in one year and, at its height, his stockbroking firm, Stratton Oakmont, employed 1,000 people – people he drew from his own neighbourhood, who had no financial background or expectations of success. “I got average kids from Long Island who were never told they were going to be great ... who were conditioned to survive and not thrive, and I taught this persuasion system and they all became millionaires.” A professional speaker
and business coach, Belfort now enjoys nothing more than performing in front of massive crowds. “Some people have a fear of public speaking – I have a fear of not public speaking!” The audience was enthralled by the hyperenergy of Belfort, and his descriptions of how to “anchor” a positive state of mind through physical gesture or smell. He went on to ask the audience to stand and repeat certain confidenceaffirming mantras, to high-five the person next to them, and then said, referring to an infamous incident in his earlier life of excess: “I promise not
to ask you to toss midgets with me ...” Once a physical action accompanies information, 78% of that data is retained, he said. At one stage, he produced from his pocket a long, silver bullet-shaped item and shoved it up his nose and sniffed, deeply. “It’s not what you think – smell triggers a state of certainty in me.” Although his style is coarse and his accent is very “New York”, Belfort has a keen intelligence and gave a lot of useful advice to the audience, most of whom were in sales, and all of whom had paid €80.50 for a general ticket.
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Transition year students Adam King and Conal Davis Donegan from CBS Lucan with Aoife Martin, fundraising co-ordinator, Mary’s Meals Ireland. Students raised €205 for the charity by washing cars at the school recently.
Food for Thought: mary’s meals support
Helping children out of poverty laura webb
A GLOBAL organisation that is helping deprived children around the world receive a nutritious meal so that they can get an education is growing in Ireland, with hundreds of volunteers helping out. Mary’s Meals recently set up an office in Drumcondra to help support Irish volunteers as fundraising for the charity grows throughout the country. Swords native Aoife Martin has been appointed fundraising co-ordinator for Mary’s Meals in Ireland. The charity, which was founded by Scotsman Magnus MacFarlene-Barrow in 2002, is a school feeding programme operating in countries such as Malawi, Haiti, Kenya and Sudan Martin told The Gazette: “The programme is in countries where children are prevented from getting an education
because they suffer from chronic hunger and poverty; where children live day-to-day begging for food, rather than getting an education. “The idea of Mary’s Meals is to provide one good nutritious meal in a place of education – such as at Montessori level or a primary school, to get the kids off the streets and into school. “They get fed, and get an education, which will hopefully be their ladder out of poverty. It only costs €14.50 to feed [a child] with Mary’s Meals for one year,” she said. In 2002, Magnus was involved in emergency aid relief in Malawi when he met a dying woman who had progressed to full-blown AIDS, leaving behind six children. When he asked one of her sons about his hopes in life, it was his simple answer – to have food to eat and to go to school – which inspired Magnus to
set up the charity. Martin said: “We have armies of volunteers all over the world. In Malawi alone, we have almost 65,000 volunteers, and they are mainly parents who get up in the mornings and make the meals. “We run the programmes, and facilitate them, we very much engage with the communities over there to get them on board. They run the programme, day to day. “In Ireland, volunteers get involved in any way they can. We have a volunteer driver who goes around collecting backpacks, a side campaign we have, where school children can give their old backpacks, fill them with stationery and educational items. “They go out to these countries as a one-off gift from Mary’s Meals.” For further information on the charity, see: www.marysmeals.ie.
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dublinlife Now there’s 70,000 (plus one) new jobs for Ireland In the run up to the recent election, Labour had posters declaring “70,000 New Jobs”. With the resignation of Eamon Gilmore they can now add one more to the tally, as the coveted position of party leader or poison chalice, whichever way you want to look at it, is up for grabs. In the coming weeks the party is sure to resemble a small scale version of the Senate in the last days of Byzantium Rome. It’s now a two horse race between Alex White and Joan Burton. However, Joanie remains the firm favourite, with some members of the press commenting on the
most important thing of all, Minister Burton’s looks, describing her as “a vision” when she took to the plinth and made her bid recently. She was quick to play down age, mentioning that Hillary Clinton “who is a little older than me” was planning to run for the US presidency. Never let it be said that the diary is ageist, or sexist.
Christ church cathedral to bloom this june Bloom is not the only gardening event happening in Dublin this June as Christ Church Cathedral gets ready to be transformed into a floral arca-
dia of contemporary and classical arrangements designed by some of Ireland’s most talented floral artists. An array of floral displays will fill the medieval building with colour during the event called Christ Church Cathedral Bringing the Outside In. The floral festival is running from June 13 to 15, with gardening experts due to appear such as Gerr y Daly, Helen Dillon, Dermot O’Neill and gardening TV personality Diarmuid Gavin all offering advice and tips during their visits. Christ Church Bringing the Outside In opens
Joan Burton (Lab) took to the plinth and made her bid recently for Ireland’s 70,000 plus one job. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
Silver surfer Michael Gorman from Sandymount and George Hook. Google and Age Action are once again joining forces in the search to find Ireland’s top Silver Surfers. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan
on June 13 from 9am until 9pm, Saturday, June 14 during the same hours and opens for the last day on Sunday, June 15 from 12.30pm until 7pm. Early bird tickets are now available for €10 at dublingardenfestial.ie or cost €12 during the festival.
google and age action look for silver surfers G o o gle a n d A g e Action are once again joining forces in the search for Dublin’s top Silver Surfers. The competition asks people across Dublin to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who has embraced technology and made it part of their daily life. Be it connecting with loved ones on the other side of the world, arranging travel plans or using it to pay the bills, more and more of the over 50s in Ireland are taking to the online world and Google and Age Action want to highlight their achievements.
The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer or by phoning Anne Marie on 01 475 6989. Closing date for nominations is Sunday, October 5, 2014. The winners of the Google Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action will be announced at an award ceremony on October 20 at Google headquarters in Dublin.
burglar broke into house; left his drugs behind A BUMBLING burglar was caught by gardai after he left a bag containing €300 of heroin in the house he had broken into. Forensic investigators found the foolish felon’s DNA on the plastic bag and on a screwdriver left in the house after the burglary. Jewellery, a BMW car and a laptop were stolen from the house. The burglar was stopped in a car on the same date as the
burglary and the stolen jewellery was found hidden under the accelerator pedal. T he man pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary and possession of drugs at Rose Park, Kill o’ the Grange, Dublin on October 31, 2012. The court heard that the absent-minded larcenist has 166 previous convictions, including burglary, assault, criminal damage and five for dangerous driving. The dr ug-addicted burglar will now be imprisoned for three and a half years, with an additional 18-month suspended sentence.
cheers to coca cola fund for a more active life VOLUNTARY and nonprofit organisations in Dublin which want to kick-start new programmes encouraging people to become more active could win €25,000 to get them up and running. Five grants totalling
€125,000 are up for grabs for new sport and physical activity initiatives under the CocaCola Thank You fund, which were launched by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, and this year’s ambassador for the fund, athlete Derval O’Rourke. Launched in 2011, the fund has distributed €375,000 in grants, to date. Ailish Forde, director, public affairs and communications, Coca-Cola Ireland, said: “We are delighted to announce t h e av a i l a b i l i t y o f €125,000 in funding for 2014, and welcome voluntary and non-profit organisations to apply online. “The fund is looking for creative and engaging approaches to getting people moving through sport and activity-based programmes.” Applications for the fund are being accepted online until 6pm on June 16 at www.coca-cola.ie/ thankyou.
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feature escape the mayhem: tv3 presenter and model, anna daly
Sligo bay holiday home is a real break from it all IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asks model and television presenter Anna Daly about how she takes a break from her hectic routine ANNA is a full-time presenter on TV3’s breakfast show, Ireland AM, and Monday Millions, and starts her day at 4am. “No stranger to living an exceptionally busy and active life, the mother of two juggles a demanding and unpredictable schedule, which has no patience for someone who isn’t firing on all cylinders.
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The TV3 presenter said: “Being a full-time presenter and a full-time mum means my daily schedule is both mentally and physically challenging. “And, whilst juggling my role as a mother with my TV duties, I still have to find the time to hit the gym and keep physically active as I literally don’t have time to be anything less than 100% fighting fit. “Switching off for me can mean anything from a long walk with my girlfriends, or on my own with my headphones, to a
break away with my little family. “My uncle Jimmy has a really lovely holiday home overlooking the bay in Sligo, and it’s a real escape. “The kids get to run around on the beach all afternoon and, as expected in Ireland, the buggy and bags are stocked with both sun cream and raincoats – it’s Ireland, after all! “But, regardless, it’s beautiful and they definitely sleep better from all that sea air – and if they sleep better, then so do I.
“There’s an armchair at the bay window to the front of the house that I love to sit at with the papers or a good book, and every so often I look up to enjoy the view of the fishing boats at sea. “It’s very tranquil and feels like I’m a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the normal routine. Throw in a glass of nice white wine, and I’m in heaven!” Anna Daly is currently promoting Pharmaton, the Irish family’s choice for multivitamins and minerals.
On breaks at a family holiday home in Sligo, Anna Daly says her children “definitely sleep better from all that sea air – and if they sleep better, then so do I”
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Ireland set to see high levels of recruitment activity IRELAND is set to see high levels of recruitment activity according to the 10th annual Global Sentiment Survey from Ireland-based Berkley Group. The group which analyses employment and mar-
ket perceptions internationally said that according to the survey, 64% of the Irish workforce is expecting to move jobs in the next year, with 44% intending to do so within the next six months. Fergal Brosnan, man-
aging director at Berkley Group, said: “Ireland has certainly seen high levels of activity over recent months, with companies across the board noting a lot of opportunities and more employment options becoming avail-
able. “As investment in the economy continues to rise, and confidence in the market remains, this sentiment will only get stronger.” To see the full report, visit www.berkley-group. com/research-download
At the launch of Business in the Community’s Business Impact, which details how business supported charities and communities in 2013, were Suzanne Hickey, Accenture; Michael Crothers, Shell; Margaret Clapham, Sodexo and Sophie Pigot, KBC
COMMUNITY: MAP DETAILS EXTENT OF BUSINESS AID
€16.14m-worth of support given in 2013 KEITH BELLEW
DU BL I N b u s i n e s s es donated a total of €16.14m in cash-andkind donations to local charities and community groups in 2013, while more than 88,865 hours were volunteered by local employees and 2,278 community partnerships were supported. This information is being captured by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), on an online interactive – the Business Impact Map – that gives a county-bycounty breakdown of how companies such as A&L Goodbody, ESB, Intel Ireland, Diageo Ireland and their employees supported their local
community groups and charities last year. The map, which can be viewed online at http:// livemaps.bitc.ie, captures statistics from 49 of Ireland’s largest BITCI members, which is Ireland’s leading organisation on corporate responsibility. National statistics show that almost €9.5m was given in cash donations, €11m was contributed through in-kind donations – a significant increase from €6m in 2012 – and €3m was raised through employee fundraising. Employees also volunteered more than 162,000 hours to local groups and projects during the year. BITCI further revealed that trends in corpo-
rate giving and community involvement have changed significantly as businesses have adopted a more strategic and sustained approach to how and why they support specific causes and issues in their communities, while strengthening their employee engagement programmes. As examples, Intel Ireland’s Intel Involved and KPMG’s Project BRIGHT are just two of the successful employee programmes that encourage and recognise staff who identify social issues, come up with unique solutions and use voluntary time to make a difference. Tina Roche, chief executive of BITCI, said: “This is our fifth year to compile
these national statistics. “In a year that has seen a decline in charitable donations in Ireland, and as times are getting tougher, what we have noticed is that companies are contributing more in the way of in-kind donation, pro-bono support, and employee volunteering hours. “This shows that companies are still keen to have an impact on society and on their local areas, but are providing support in different ways and using their own skillsets to provide job placements, mentoring, pro-bono work, or other products and services free of charge to local groups and charities on a longterm basis.”
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Gloria, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choirmembers Derek Shaw, Barry Dowling, Anthony McNamara, Libby Slattery, Richard Deane, Damien Byrne, Lorna Rouse and Niamh Webbley-O’Gorman were happy to help sing the praises of the upcoming pan-European gay choral festival, Various Voices, which Dublin is hosting this year. Picture: Walt Kilroy
music: dublin set to stage prestigious international gay choir festival
Various Voices to delight ian begley
INTERNATIONAL gay choral festival “Various Voices” is taking place in Dublin this year on June 13 – 15 in several venues across the city centre. Last staged in London in 2009, Various Voices is a pan-European choral festival that runs every four years, and is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) choirs and choruses. Gloria, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir, are hosting the event and promise that this year’s festival will be even bigger and better than ever before. Evening events will include a ceili, and a classical choral concert with special guests. There will also be cabaret shows held throughout the weekend, featuring local musical and comedic talent. More than 80 choirs will take part,
with an average of 2,500 singers coming from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to join Irish LGBT choirs and enjoy four days of concerts and various workshops in celebrating this festival. Attendees can also look forward to an extensive workshop schedule, including singing and breathing techniques, a laughter workshop, and learning sean nos – our traditional Irish highly-ornate style of solo singing. The festival is supported by Dublin City Council, Failte Ireland, Dublin Tourism, Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) and Senator David Norris. On June 15, in association with Marriage Equality, the organisation to promote same-sex marriage in Ireland, the acclaimed New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and Gloria, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir, will host The Big Gay
Sing at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. This spectacular all-singing event, which will be hosted by Panti Bliss, promises to be the biggest, gayest, and most fabulous singing extravaganza ever seen in Ireland, and will feature hit club classics from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, with all proceeds from the night going towards Marriage Equality. Guests are encouraged to get their disco glad rags on and dress for a club night in the era of their choice. Throughout the show, lyrics will be projected on a big screen above the chorus, with everyone invited to “follow the bouncing ball” and sing along to club hits by Daft Punk, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pink and Rihanna, as well as cult classics from ABBA, Cher, Scissor Sisters, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and many more.
Ross Golden Bannon, who is the spokesperson for The Big Gay Sing, and a key advocate for Marriage Equality spoke to The Gazette about the event. He said: “There will be a fantastic lineup of acts on the night, and the money raised is going towards a very good and important cause. “Miss Panti Bliss will be the host during the night, who over the past several months has been seen as a powerful figure for the gay community. There’s something for everyone on the night, and we encourage anyone and everyone to come along to this great event taking place.” The Big Gay Sing promises to be a fun evening, with tickets available to purchase at www.bordgaisenergytheatre. ie. For further information about Various Voices, see www.variousvoices.ie.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Gatsby, a four-year-old Lurcher crossbreed. Gatsby arrived at Dogs Trust from the pound after he was found straying. He is a happy, giddy young dog who likes to enjoy the fun things in life, like running and playing with his doggie pals! Gatsby has a lovely personality and enjoys company, and we think he’d love being the heart of any home. He would love to do some basic training, and his carers think he’ll be super easy to train because he loves food so much! If you think you could offer Gatsby a loving home, then please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website www.dogstrust.ie
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Fade Street Social Wasabi peanuts (above), fortune cookies and prawns (below) are just three popular Asian foods featured in Lidl’s delicious new Vitasia range
Take a Lidl look at a range of Asian dishes for a sizzling summer LIDL has launched a new Vitasia range of Asian cuisine, with the range in stores from June 9 while stocks last. I sampled some of the range recently and the thing that amazed me was the sheer diversity of the line, which includes things like tempura prawns and tender chicken Bombay skewers, to rice and noodle dishes, succulent crispy duck as well as traditional Chinese desserts. Asian appetisers, including fare such as traditional spring rolls (€2.19), spicy samosas (€3.99) and Indian-style chicken tenders coated in a light chickpea batter (€2.49) are definitely good for summer party food with a theme! Meat comes in its ow n sauce, and these i n cl u d e s u c h fare as Thai red chicken curry (€2.99) and chicken, coconut and lemongrass curry (€2.99) to bami goreng (€2.49) and nasi goreng (€2.49). Other traditional dishes include a Chinese meal of pork with black bean sauce (€3.49), served with basmati rice (€4.99) and a side of sweet chilli prawn crackers (€1.49). You can add a taste of the Orient to any dish with a range of Vitasia Asian sauces, spices and pastes.
6 Fade St, Dublin 2 Now firmly established foodies, as proprietor
I’M late to the Fade Street Social party, having only frequented the place for the first time last week. I had been given a voucher for Christmas but, having misplaced it, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to go until I found it. After finally laying my hands on it a couple of weeks ago, I booked a table for two in the main restaurant. We arrived on a Friday night at 7.15pm to an absolutely heaving restaurant, and it’s obvious that this place is still basking in its “very current” status, with plenty of minor celebrities and cool types taking pictures of their food and, no doubt, posting them straight onto social media platforms. The Maitre D’ could immediately tell that we were novices to the place, as we ogled the menu with wide eyes, such was the choice – or rather, the manner in which it is presented.
as a leading social hot-spot in Dublin, Fade Street Social also has a well-earned reputation with and chef Dylan McGrath has put the restaurant firmly on the map
The Picky Eater To start, I ordered the beef tongue and scallop (€9.50), whilst my other half went for oysters (€11.95). The tongue and carpaccio of scallop had thin, raw slices of Irish scallop marinated in chervil and lemon zest on hot truffle cheese flat bread, with crispy beef tongue and celeriac puree. My starter was absolutely bursting with flavour, and that slightly methaney-explosion from the truffle really was rather satisfying. The natural oysters came with chilled, cured salmon cream, cucumber, lemon shallot dressing and seaweed. There’s an old saying: “Don’t eat oysters when there is no ‘r’ in the month”. It being June, a friend quoted this to us after dinner, but when I doublechecked with Safe Food Ireland, I can safely say this is not the case. You see, Ireland has a shellfish safety monitor-
ing programme in place, to ensure shellfish containing biotoxins are not harvested and placed on the market, so we can safely consume oysters all year round now ... Anyway, enough of the science part – they were delicious! Next, I chose a lamb, fennel and olive flat bread (€11) for my main, which came with black olive bechamel, lamb mince, fennel puréee, parmesan, deep-fried anchovy, lemon confit, fennel powder, chopped black olives, cold dill and fennel salad. Very tasty, and the only thing I didn’t like was the deep-friend anchovy, as I prefer them fresh. My partner’s trout (€24) was roasted with brown shrimp, tomato and smoked butter sauce and, for me, this was the stand-out dish. I believe trout is very underrated, and I believe chef and proprietor Dylan McGrath has shown just what this fish can do with this plate.
Often underrated, a delicious trout dish was served in style at Fade Street Social. Picture: The Picky Eater
We ordered a side of the seasonal micro vegetables (€7.50), pulled from the ground. These are bound in butter, chervil, mint with pea puree, and was like something from a fairy tale – the dish had such vivid colours and the flavours were sublime. We also drank a deli-
cious bottle of house wine (€23.50), which was a fine accompaniment. I really liked Fade Street Social. The menu could lead you to believe the food is pretentious, but that is most definitely not the case, and I’m sure this place will be a firm favourite on the food scene for many years to come.
Conclusion IGNORE all the social butterflies flitting about Fade Street Social (Dublin 2; tel 01 604 0066) and concentrate on the food instead – the surprisingly comprehensive menu is more than matched by the top-notch quality of the dishes themselves.
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Get a glowing bronzed look in a flash LAURA WEBB
GET a bronze, sunkissed look in a flash – thanks to Lancome’s Flash Bronzer range. This range’s self-tanning face gel is perfect for an incredibly light, sun-kissed glow, with rapid application to the face. The flash bronzer has a RRP of €29.
Be happy to turn Bleu INSPIRED by the catwalks, a limited edition Le Grand Bleu by Catrice has been born, with eye-shadow pens, eye-liner pens and nail lacquer offering bright eye colour to stand out from the crowd with soft pastels, bright azure and magical turquoise. This range is available from July to September, and the eye-shadow pen (pictured) is priced at €4.29.
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Top five buys from Kilkenny LAURA WEBB
KILKENNY Shop in Swords is continuing its first birthd ay c e l e b r a tions with store manager Mary Keane (right) giving Gazette Style an exclusive rundown of her top-five buys from the store. The Kilkenny Shop is home to Ireland’s largest range of Irish craft and design, also stocking many top international labels such as Guess, Fossil and Fenn Wright Manson across its fashion, accessories, homeware, craft and jewellery departments.
Here are Mary’s top-five buys, as shown here, and what she has to say about them ...
1) Fee G Flower Dress €234.95 “Irish label Fee G have a range of fabulous dresses that suit ladies of all ages for any occasion – whether you’re dressing for the races, confirmation or summer wedding, this stunning dress ticks all the boxes and is incredibly wearable.” 2) Orla Kiely Poppy Print Handbag €169 “We love the Queen of Prints at the Kilkenny Shop!
This bag is the perfect summer accessory for any wardrobe – it’s practical, stylish and full of personality.”
3) Guess Merci Flap Bag €140 “You can never go wrong with a classic, chic Guess bag. This bag will give your look the perfect summer feel and there are plenty of new season styles en route to the store this week to choose from.” 4) Momenti Locket Set From €90 “A new Irish jeweller y brand, Momenti is one of the most sought-after brands in the store. Momenti lockets are beautiful, collectible necklaces with interchangeable coins – the perfect day-to-
night accessory. All elements are sold separately as chains, coin holders and coins.”
5) Colm de Ris Mantra Bowl €79.95 “The Kilkenny Shop prides itself on supporting Irish craft and we have a fabulous range of authentic Irish pottery and craft here at the store in Swords Pavilions. “This fantastic serving dish from local Dublin potter,
Colm de Ris, shows that craft and practicality go hand-inhand – this impressive serving piece is ideal for entertaining friends and family as we head in to BBQ season.” So, why not visit the Kilkenny Shop, located on the ground floor of Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre? There, you can find Mary’s top five, or maybe even find your very own ...
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GRACE OF MONACO MIMI MURRAY
Although Magneto (Michael Fassbender, right) is one of the foremost X-Men, a diverse range of characters comes together in this far-reaching, time-spanning tale
X-MEN – DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: NEATLY WEAVES MULTIPLE STRANDS TOGETHER
An X-citing drama to behold
THE latest X-Men film goes back in time to add some extra depth to the long-running superhero franchise, and it becomes obvious that you’re in for something a little different from the get go. The opening sequence of Days of Future Past explodes onto the screen mid-roar, only pausing for breath after we’ve watched several of Marvel’s finest eradicated by the Sentinels – gigantic and seemingly unstoppable seek-and-destroy robots that are programmed to wipe out mutants. Here, Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men director’s chair and, using a story based on a 1981 X-Men comic, attempts to weave the various extant film strands together. It’s not an easy task –
while the story definitely stands alone in its own right, some familiarity with the franchise’s earlier flicks will add to the pleasure. The plot follows Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he is sent back in time to the 1970s, to prevent the Sentinels being unleashed into the world by the military scientist, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) – sounds like a simple hit-job, right? The trouble is that the mission isn’t to take out Trask, but to save him from being killed by Mys-
tique (Jennifer Lawrence) – diplomacy isn’t one of Wolverine’s stronger points ... In between wading through sheepskin and Cadillacs, Wolverine has to get some of his old (or new, depending on your perspective) friends back together, including a young Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), both of whom aren’t really on speaking terms in this timeline. All the while, in the present day, the older Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellan) are on the brink, battling the Sentinels with the remaining X-Men. Throw Ellen Page and Halle Berry into the mix and you have an ensemble cast that dreams are made of, and to Singer’s
credit, he maintains an impressively even keel between character development and engaging action. As our entry point into the 1970s timeline – where most of the story takes place – Wolverine’s mission to alter history by hook or by crook allows for plenty of space for drama amid the inevitable fighting. Most of the drama is played out wonderfully through McAvoy and Fassbender’s portrayals of the younger characters. After all, the Charles Xavier we encounter in 1973 is a very different animal from both the future Professor X, and the cockier, younger Charles we met in X-Men: First Class. “Now”, he’s dishev-
elled, reclusive, and has given up any hope that he can make a difference in the world. Likewise, we are given a glimpse at the young Magneto in development – and it is the battle of emerging ideologies between the various characters that provide most of the lasting effect of the film. Some superhero films like to maintain a clear delineation between good and evil, and the right and wrong way to do things – this isn’t one of them. Singer brings a more mature feel along with him, and the film asks a lot of questions about how to handle a morally ambiguous situation – should compliance be physically forced in certain scenarios? Is open communication more
valuable, even if it allows unwanted results? Or can less overtly harmful forms of manipulation be acceptable? W hile action fans will no doubt welcome the extra level of depth to the story, the waters are still shallow enough for younger viewers to enjoy. Aiming to please everyone can be a dangerous policy, but Days of Future Past stands strong as a well-written action film that manages to pack in a bit of laughter and cerebral action alongside the usual physical fun. Fittingly for a film about time travel, you’ll walk away from this one wanting to revisit some of the earlier X-Men films, and looking forward to future instalments. Verdict: 8/10
GRACE of Monaco follows a year in the life of the former Hollywood starlet – it is 1962, and Princess Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) has two children, Alfred and Caroline, but rarely sees her husband, Prince Rainier (Tim Roth), and is not really accepted by the people of Monaco. When Alfred Hitchcock (Roger AshtonGriffiths) pays the former actress a visit with the tempting offer of the lead role in his latest movie, Marnie, Grace decides to go for it, inadvertently setting of a chain of events (or to put it better, heightening an already strained situation) in her life and in the principality of Monaco ... The film premiered in Cannes recently, where it received scathing reviews. This effort from French director Olivier Dahan is no La Vie en Rose (the critically and audience-acclaimed biopic of Edith Piaf). However, at no point did I feel that Nicole Kidman reached the same level of knowing in her portrayal of the princess. At no point does the audience feel sympathy for its lead character, and most of the movie is spent with Grace looking moist-eyed, whilst contemplating a life of great wealth and privilege – but that’s all her life will ever be. This movie is good for a dreary afternoon but is forgettable. Verdict: 4/10
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MUSIC OUT&ABOUT FASTTunes Heathers harmonies strike the right chord
JOURNEY: GREYSTONES TWINS MAKE THEIR WAY BACK TO IRELAND
The passion, intensity and darkness behind Beautiful Desolation SOMETIMES a record comes out of leftfield with a sound and attitude so distinctive and different from everything else around at the moment that you can’t help but stop to listen. That rare honour goes to Paul Thomas Saunders, a young man from Leicester who has been building up to this moment with previous EP releases and an extensive touring calendar that attracted Atlantic Records to sign him in 2012, ultimately resulting in the release of his first album, Beautiful Desolation. It is a stunning, passionate and intense record that draws on the widescreen walls of sound previously painted by the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel and Cocteau Twins. It is immediately immersive and its big music roots belie a darkness and detail that demands repeated listening, very, very loud. Hopefully, it will not be long before he brings his live show to these shows, by which time you should all be well versed with these songs to learn and sing. For more, log on to facebook.com/paulthomassaunders.
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GREYSTONES twins Ellie and Louise Macnamara, known to the listening world as Heathers, have been on a long, strange journey since they first started making music in 2007. Their distinctive alt-folk influenced harmonies struck a chord, and it has continued to ring around the world ever since, leading to bigger and bigger shows and more and more interest from as diverse corners as film director JJ Abrams and dance supremo David Guetta. The band are now coming back to Ireland after a spell of international gigs which took them to Malaysia and the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, and will be playing at the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown festival on June 19. Speaking to GazetteMusic recently, Louise said: “We’ve been travelling all over the world, and we played a couple of shows back in Ireland recently. It’s good to be back playing to home audiences.” The twins had a musical upbringing, learning piano and guitar from an early age, but it was their teenage exposure to the local music scene that changed their destiny. “We’ve always come from a musical family. When we were 16,
Greystones twins Ellie and Louise Macnamara, otherwise known as Heathers
we started going to DIY shows in Greystones and made a lot of friends that we are still close with today. We started to think that we could do it, too, and we started to write some songs, just for fun and put them up online, and we got a great reaction, and it started to develop from there.” And develop it did, with Ellie and Louise recording enough songs to be able to put out their acclaimed debut album Here Not There, which in turn garnered them the opportunity of having their song Remember When appear on a Failte Ireland advert, which brought them to the attention of a whole new set of fans. “When the song appeared on the ad, things started to change, we started to get a lot
more interest and it brought our music to a lot more people.” Skills
In combination with the exposure that the advert brought, Heathers experience of touring across the US with Ghost Mice and another American tour that saw them play shows in almost every state in America cemented the decision to commit to music more completely and developed their performance skills and sound in the process. This led to the recording of second album, Kingdom, which, with its full band sound and more mature approach, added another dimension to Heathers. “We were listening to so many more styles of music, electronic and dance
music that we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new instruments and music. We were making the music we wanted to make, what we were listening to and what we were going through and life experiences influenced the record as well.” The record, which was released in 2012, has again taken them across the stages of the world. In an interesting approach to its international marketing, it was not pushed out worldwide immediately, meaning a careful and concentrated targeting of different markets, meaning that Kingdom has only just been released in America, and is receiving huge interest and airplay. “It’s strange re-releasing the album now as well as recording new
music,” said Louise. “But we decided at the start of the cycle to put Kingdom out territory by territory and focus on different parts of the world, working with people in different territories that we got on with and who liked our music and were interested in working with us. It started in Ireland, then Canada and Europe, and now we are focusing on the States. “It’s been stepping stones the whole time. I think it’s ongoing, and it feels natural to us that this is the next step. We’re going on a tour over in the States for the summer. When we’re not away, we’ll be at home writing.” For more information, log on to www.bulmersliveatleopardstown. com and www.heathersmusic.net
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theatre: an entertaining, Authentic study of small town aspirations
Following in Robert Mitchum’s footsteps Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
M IC H A E L H i l l i a r d Mulcahy’s new play, After Sarah Miles, is currently running at Smock Alley Theatre with renowned Irish actor Don Wycherley. The play is a one-man show in which Wycherley’s character, Bobbeen, (a fisherman) recalls the story of his life beginning with his experience on the set of Ryan’s Daughter, which was filmed in Dingle in 1970, and was set in 1916. The story is a common one in rural, isolated parts of Ireland, focusing on men of a certain generation, and involving the unhappy traditional staples of alcohol dependence, failed relationships and regret for a life wasted. The main character, Bobbeen, has been trading on his one interaction with the leading man of Ryan’s Daughter – Robert Mitchum – in a pub in Dingle. The actor gave the 14-year-old Bobbeen his first drink in the pub. Mitchum – the tough,
‘His life shrinks ever smaller, until he finds himself each day sitting on the ledge outside the same pub where he took that first drink, interacting with locals he has known all his life’ --------------------------
hard-drinking legend that he was – became a model for all young fellows of the era to follow, and this star-struck misguided emulation yielded some very bad life decisions for Bobbeen as he slipped into the net of alcoholism. However, Bobbeen’s character is very likable because he is very honest and funny. He bears the guilt of his poor choices like a martyr as his life shrinks ever smaller, until he finds himself each day
sitting on the ledge outside the same pub where he took that first drink, interacting with locals he has known all his life. That fish-tank atmosphere is very well captured by the wonderful writing, as is the dreamy envy Bobbeen feels for all those who had got away from the place, such as his best friend, and who are now in America. A very strong theme in the play is lost love, and Wycherley transmits this regret with a great deal of tenderness. Bobbeen had fallen for an English singer, Angie, who appeared in the town to play from time to time and with whom he spent one glorious weekend in a caravan on the beach. Angie is a free spirit who loves to swim with a dolphin who comes near the shore and she soon gets a reputation for being a crazy hippy. Bobbeen tells her his name is Mitch, after his idol, and wishes to throw all caution to the wind and leave Ireland with her. However, life throws him a curve-ball when a
Clare Barrett and Damian Kearney in character in Moll
Funny Moll’s Gaiety run is extended Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A NEW production of John B Keane’s classic play, Moll, is now on at the Gaiety Theatre and includes a stellar cast of Irish actors. Moll is directed by David Horan and stars Frank Kelly (Father Jack in Father Ted), Des Keogh, Mar y McEvoy and many other recognisable Irish performers. The play is a comedy set in a rural presbytery in Kerry, and the main character is the new housekeeper.
Don Wycherley impresses, carrying off this one-man play with aplomb
local girl stuns him with some information, and his life moves in a different direction. Don Wycherley’s performance in After Sarah Miles is remarkable, which is no surprise. He is known as “an actor’s actor”, and is painstaking in the lengths he goes to to prepare for a role. The problem with a
one-man show is there is little distraction apart from the single actor onstage, even in such consummate hands as Wycherley’s. Perhaps with this knowledge, Wycherley rushed his timing once in a while as he moved from one emotional recollection to another. That was the only
negative in an otherwise brilliant performance. After Sarah Miles is a very enjoyable show, both for Wycherley’s outstanding performance and for the quality of Mulcahy’s writing. The play continues in Smock Alley until June 7, and tickets, available from www.smockalley. com, cost €15.
Replacement When Canon Pratt and his two curates lose their old housekeeper, they have to find a replacement. This is Moll and she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with in the house. Hilarious high jinks ensue as she makes herself at home by controlling the canon and starving the two curates. Tickets are currently available from €22.50 for the nightly shows by contacting the box office at 0818 719 388. Moll has been extended by a week due to popular demand, with a final show on Saturday,
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TRAVEL NEWS Ballyfin boasts exquisite Regency stylings throughout
Follow Kimye’s lead with a secluded break WITH “Kimye” – American celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – choosing Ireland as a place to genuinely escape the eyes of the media, and doing so somewhat successfully, Gazette Travel decided to take a sneak peek at one of the houses the famous couple stayed at, and another that would have surely offered the same level of privacy. Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains just over an hour from Dublin, Ballyfin has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland. Activities include boating and fishing on the lake, bike riding, picnics, exploring the 600-acre estate, a swimming pool and fitness centre, spa treatments, wine and whiskey tasting, and feasting on Ballyfin’s fine food. Ballyfin, as Kimye must have discovered, is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. However, for those looking for another getaway retreat from the stresses of modern life – or the world’s media – then why not head off to Clare Island, standing guard at the entrance to Clew Bay, off Ireland’s western Atlantic coast. For almost two centuries, the island’s lighthouse has been a nautical landmark, perched high on the craggy cliffs, watching over Achill, Westport and beyond. This architecturally majestic, listed building has been lovingly transformed into fully catered, luxury accommodation, complemented by magnificent sea views and an inspiring, natural environment. Clare Island Lighthouse offers a haven where even the busiest mind is soon stilled by the unhurried island pace. The interiors, in keeping with the ethos of the lighthouse and its location, are uncluttered and sleek but very comfortable. There are no televisions at Clare Island Lighthouse, but wi-fi is available so guests can use their own portable devices, while reading materials, games and a piano are also provided. For further information on both hotels, see www. irelands-blue-book.ie.
Enjoy comfort in seclusion at Clare Island Lighthouse
FRANCE: MEDITERRANEAN COAST IS A DELIGHTFUL DESTINATION
Enjoy a oui break on the French coast WITH its incredible beaches and idyllic weather, France’s Mediterranean coast has long been considered one of the most beautiful and glamorous destinations in the world, with a coastline that has attracted everyone from Princess Grace to current celebrities and fashionistas. From the fabulous restaurants of Nice to the magnificent architecture of Marseille, this area is full of wonderful treasures just waiting to be discovered. Spend long summer days soaking up the sunshine in St Tropez, marvel at one of the richest collections of European art in Montpellier, or traverse the beautiful Unescoregistered Parc Naturel Regional de la Camargue. Discover the Loire Valley and its chateaux, from Sully-sur-Loire as far as Nantes’ Renaissance chateaux, medieval fortresses and remarkable gardens. Situated in Nice’s beautiful old town, the charming Cours Saleya Market is a veritable Mecca for lovers of food and flowers, with a huge variety of restaurants to enjoy some delicious French cuisine. Founded in 1865 by painter Francois-Xavier Fabre, the Musee Fabre museum in Montpellier is home to an inspiring collection of European art, including work by artists such as Rubens, Nicholas Poussin and Manet. The museum building itself is also a sight to behold, with magnificent high-ceilinged rooms
Whether by day or by night, sun (and celebrity) lovers need no introduction to St Tropez (above); savour fine French cuisine by Nice’s Cours Saleya Market (right), or get close to nature at Parc Naturel Regional de la Camargue (lower right)
‘From the fabulous restaurants of Nice to the magnificent architecture of Marseille, this area is full of wonderful treasures’
and bright, open gallery spaces. Known as the “protector of the city” the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica is one of the most remarkable buildings in Marseille.
Built on the city’s highest point, the basilica offers stunning views across the Vieux port. Situated on top of the basilica is a beautiful golden statue of the madonna and child, while the interiors feature multicoloured stone and mosaics. A Unesco-registered biosphere reserve, Parc Naturel Regional de la Camargue gives nature lovers the opportunity to absorb the scenic beauty of the French landscape. Visitors can witness wild horses galloping across flat grass lands, walk one of the many nature trails, or take a horse and carriage guided tour and get closer to the creatures that call this beautiful area home.
Exuding glamour and opulence, St Tropez is called the playground of the rich and famous. In particular, the town’s port, with its many luxury yachts, offers a glimpse into the lives of the glitterati.
Grab an ice cream and walk along the marina – you never know, you might even catch a glimpse of a famous face. For further information on the south of France, see www.rendezvousenfrance.com.
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New Merc crossover ticks all the right boxes
There’s no doubt about it… a new car – a really new car – is the one event I get excited about. Well, to be more accurate, driving a really new car is what definitely gets me out of bed a little earlier in the morning. Not just a facelift model of something that is already losing appeal and interest, but a brand-new, head-turning, straight-off-the-assemblyline car. And this year Mercedes were good enough to trust me with their brandspanking new GLA 200 CDI Urban. These days you just never know what to expect from Mercedes, such has been the level of all-new models as well as new designs on some of their old favourites. The new GLA-Class fits neatly into the crossover or compact SUV segment that most manufacturers have been tripping over themselves to get into – with varying degrees of success. But Mercedes have struck a really nice balance here. The appeal of a good crossover is extra space, versatility in terms of moving seats around, and stowing stuff, and a ride that can handle a little more than a gravel driveway. All that with a pretty exterior and you have the whole package – not surprisingly Mercedes have managed to tick all of these boxes. What really stood out for me with the GLA was
Mercedes-Benz GLA series offers versatility and an impressive list of standard equipment
the performance. Quite often, manufacturers supply the press with the most powerful variants of certain models to make certain the writers get good bang for their buck – but that wasn’t necessary here. In fact, the 2143cc diesel model I drove is the lowest-rated model in terms of power output, but the power it has is so well balanced against the weight of the car it felt ideally matched. The car itself certainly has presence. I must admit, it took me a few glances to get my head around such a modern, youthful, and energetic looking car with the Mercedes badge on the front – but that says more about my preconceived ideas than the car or the manufacturer. The car is definitely tall and wide, and the body styling emphasises all the
right features; the flared wheel arches, the broadshouldered stance, the flat roof – all of these elements come together in a successfully designed and styled new model. The inside is pretty much pure Mercedes – the familiarity of it gave me an incredible sense of comfort and reassurance that we were inside something special. My only quibble would be my somewhat middle-aged legs and derriere took a few days to get used to the snug-fitting sports seats. Naturally, there is a truly vast array of interior options to suit all manner of tastes – from machined aluminium to naturally grained wood. For the adventurous, there is the ON&OFFROAD screen that shows gradient, tilt and compass reading in off-road terrain. While at
the same time, full messaging and music functionality via iPhone is also an option. In terms of spec, the model tested had an impressive list of standard equipment, the highlights of which include AC, roof rails, audio streaming, Bluetooth telephone, collision prevention, eco stop/start and the comfort seat package. But, as always, the metallic paint, reversing camera and somewhat pricey yet gorgeous panoramic sunroof are a few additions that really helped make this all-
new model something to remember. In short, from my point of view, the GLA would genuinely suit me. I tend to drive around the coast, rivers and lakes – I always need room inside for gear and outside for kayaks or windsurfers. A car that can handle some gradient with ease and offers this level of comfort and equipment would be ideal. At €41,357 for the model I tested, we are talking about a premium price, but after all, everything about the car is premium.
mercedes-benz GLA 200: the right balance of space and power
New versatile addition to the Volkswagen Golf range is sure to please There’s no doubt about it, Irish drivers have an insatiable appetite for the Volkswagen Golf. Now, for those who need something with some more practical space, and a big choice of engines, there is the much-anticipated Golf SV. Volkswagen Ireland has finally opened order books for this exciting new model. The new model will sit between the Golf and Touran models, offering all of the advanced technology of the Golf hatchback range, but in a larger, more practical body. Despite compact dimensions, it offers ample space for five people plus luggage. At 4,338mm long, the new SV is 134mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, and is 83mm longer than the Golf. With a longer wheelbase than the Golf, this provides generous interior space, and the SV is also 81mm wider and 26mm higher. Luggage capacity at 500 litres is generous, up 76 litres from the previous Golf Plus and this increases to 590 litres by sliding the rear seat bench forwards. Fold these rear seats and you can get up to 1,520 litres. The engine line-up for Ireland is composed of a 1.2-litre TSI petrol with 85hp and 110hp and 1.6-litre diesel with 90hp and 110hp. At the top of the range is a 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp. All engines comply with the latest EU6 emissions regulations. There is a choice of five- and six-speed manual gearboxes and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The top-selling engine is expected to be the 110hp 1.6-litre TDI which has emissions of just 101g/km placing it in motor tax band A3 with annual motor tax of just €190. In Ireland there will be three trim grades on the Golf SV - Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. All Golf SV models feature air conditioning, 5” touchscreen radio with Aux-In, SD card slot, electronic parking brake with hill hold and a host of safety features including Electronic Stability Programme and two ISOFIX points in the rear bench seat. Expected to be the most popular grade, the Comfortline specification adds a leather multifunction steering wheel, 15” Lyon alloy wheels, drawers under the front seats, a larger 5.8” touch-screen radio with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, front comfort seats with manual height adjustment and lumbar support, a rear centre armrest with load-through provision and a black radiator grille with chrome strips on the fins.
The Volkswagen Golf SV
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CASTLEKNOCK College’s Harry Purcell was the standout performer at the 2014 Aviva Schools Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium. He won the 400m and 800m senior boys’ titles on a sun-drenched day in Santry.
Happiest run on the planet TEAMof the MONTH brings a colour to the capital H
For the first time, one of the world’s biggest event series, The Color Run, is coming to Dublin on Saturday, July 12 at the RDS, bringing a bright new hue to a fun fundraising 5k race. Dubbed the happiest 5k on the planet, The Color Run is not timed, meaning groups of friends can walk, jog, dance and party their way along the course at any pace. At each kilometre, colour bursts cover runners in kaleidoscopic fashion before DJs entertain the crowd in the colour festival area after the finish line.
The event has a focus on health, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community, with over two million participants globally using the occasion to raise money for good causes. More than 170 events are now organised by The Color Run each year across the world. Event organiser Dublin-born Joe Rafferty said: “With The Color Run returning to Belfast this summer, we didn’t think it was right for them to have all the fun so this year we’re asking Dubliners to get in on the party
and show us what they’ve got. “Ireland’s renowned for its warmth, hospitality and sense of fun and so I can’t wait to see the capital embracing the atmosphere and buzz of the event. Let’s see which city can spread the most colour and cheer in 2014.” Global athletics footwear and apparel brand New Balance is an official sponsor of The Color Run event series. Samantha Matthews, New Balance marketing manager UK and Ireland said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with The Color Run.
Running is our passion and we’re proud to be able to support runners of all abilities.” Registration is now open at www.TheColorRun.ie at €25 per person for a limited time only. With a number of 2014 venues on The Color Run already sold out, including London, Brighton and Sunderland, tickets for the Dublin leg of the tour are expected to sell out swiftly. More information can be found on online at www.facebook.com/TheColorRunIreland and on twitter by following @TheColorRunIRL.
broadford rovers BROADFORD Rovers claimed both the LSL Sunday Senior Division 1A crown and the Tom Carroll Cup in scintillating fashion, making it one of their most successful seasons ever. It added to U-12 and U-16 league crowns and an U-18 cup title.
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SPORT Wear your insides out for health
gaelic games: players’ group launches new mental health initiative
clubs called on to nominate camogie stars:
Dublin’s Gaelic clubs are reminded that the time is nigh for them to cast their vote in the decision process to identify the recipient of Dublin’s County Player of the Decade award. The voting and presentation to the player is part of the 110th year celebrations for the Camogie Association. Players who competed in the seasons in the period 2005-2014 inclusive are eligible. The criteria and their relative weighting are: Role model/ sportsmanship (club/ county) 30%; Playing excellence at county level 30%; Longevity of playing career (club/county) 20%; Dedication/commitment to county 20%. Only one nomination will be accepted from each club, and a club cannot nominate one of its own players. Nominations must be returned to the Camogie Association via e-mail to info@ camogie.ie no later than Monday, August 26.
B a lly b o d e n S t Enda’s Conal Keaney and Na Fianna’s Jonny Cooper were among the big name intercounty stars to put their names to the Gaelic Players Association’s new
campaign to help to support the emotional health and wellbeing of players nationwide. The campaign, entitled We Wear More Than Our County Colours, aims to encourage and normalise conversations between
players around the more emotional aspects of their lives and to help them develop effective coping mechanisms for times when things are not going so well. The campaign is aimed at encouraging players to
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In attendance at the launch of the GPA’s emotional health and wellbeing campaign was Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
look out for each other, to recognise signs of distress and to encourage intervention through conversation and support. The We Wear More theme refers to the fact that behind the public persona of a county player, the individual wears more than the jersey and is frequently vulnerable to emotional distress. Strong athletic identity, a characteristic of many elite footballers and hurlers despite their amateur status, can lead to a player struggling to cope with transition, serious injury or simply managing their dual career. ‘We Wear More’ will help raise self-awareness among the playing body and prepare players for the many adverse situations which
may arise during their careers. Speaking about the campaign launch, GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell said: “The GPA has a long-standing commitment to promoting good mental health both internally within our membership and in society in general. Our nationwide personal coaching programme, our counselling programme and confidential members help line continue to provide critical support for players. “However, we felt that it was important at this juncture to focus on a campaign tailored specifically for county players, identifying the various issues that can trigger strong emotional reac-
tions for these young men. We are acutely conscious of the vulnerability of this particular demographic in terms of suicide and believe that a focused, internal approach would help encourage players to talk more openly to each other and to identify team-mates who may be in difficulty.” The GPA believes that by encouraging county players to engage in conversations about emotional wellbeing that this can have a positive impact on communities all over Ireland, encouraging young people in clubs, schools, colleges and in wider society to talk about their problems. For more information, log on to www.wewearmore.ie
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Jim Gavin and David Conway of the National Sports Campus with members of the Dublin senior footballers at the NAC
In preparation for their tilt at the All-Ireland football championships this year, the Dublin senior team have once again partnered with the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) to utilise their facilities to support their preparation and recovery work throughout their campaign to retain the Sam Maguire trophy. As part of the partnership, the Dublin footballers have access to all the waters
of the NAC, including its international 50m competition pool, 25m pools for recovery work, as well as individual and group access to the ToneZone gym and AquaZone water park. The NAC will also give access to its other venues on the National Sports Campus for any training requirements of the Dublin team, including Morton Stadium in Santry. The unique partnership, which is year two of three, is intended to be part of a
long-term partnership with the Dublin team and covers all senior matches including the O’Byrne Cup, the National League and the championship. Manager of the Dublin senior footballers Jim Gavin said: “We are very much looking forward to growing the successful partnership that we have with the National Aquatic Centre and its team. “The NAC is a worldwide recognised state of the art sports facility that will
enhance our preparation and also assist in our post match and injury recovery programmes. Used correctly, aquatic therapy is a marvellous tool in a non–weightbearing environment as part an active recovery strategy, and our coaching staff will find excellent facilities here at the NAC.” T h e NAC ’s r e l a t i o n ship with Dublin GAA has already delivered results, with the Under-21 footballers winning the Leinster title last week.
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Gavin and Dublin set for challege of Laois
Round Tower’s Metropolitan manager says that there is no complacency ahead of Dubs’ debut in the Leinster championship when they meet the O’Moore county
Irish riders among top finishers at Tattersalls
Dublin football manager Jim Gavin says Laois are his team’s “biggest threat” ahead of their Leinster championship opener at Croke Park this weekend. The 1995 All-Ireland winner dismissed any notions of complacency from his all-conquering Dublin team ahead of their showdown with the 2003 provincial champions. Speaking to press at the Gibson Hotel last week, Gavin says his reigning All-Ireland and Leinster champions will not be underestimating the O’Moore county. “The biggest threat to Dublin this year is Laois,” said the Dublin boss. “That’s the way we view it. We have a game against them on June 8 and we don’t look beyond that.” Laois set up the meet-
ing with Dublin after defeating Wicklow in the first round 0-21 to 1-11, with forwards Ross Munnelly (0-9) and Donie Kingston (0-6) scoring 15 points between them. Dublin won the last championship meeting between the counties in 2012, when the Dubs (then defending their 2011 All-Ireland title) narrowly prevailed 1-12 to 0-12. The Dubs have won the provincial title a record 52 times compared to Laois’ six. However, the blue and whites have finished runners-up on 13 occasions – the last of which was in 2007, and five of those final defeats were at the hands of Dublin. “They [Laois] are a dangerous team,” said Gavin of Dublin’s opponents. “For any team to go to Aughrim and score 21 points – and they probably should have scored six or seven more — is a
Jim Gavin and Kevin Nolan at the Gibson Hotel last week
good day’s work. “And in their last two games [against Wicklow and Down] where they had to win, they did a very comprehensive job in doing so.” He added: “They are physically strong – particularly in midfield, have lots of pace in the forwards and backs, and display those attributes in games. They can also put big scores on you, so it will be a big challenge for us.” Despite being crowned champions in nine of the last 10 Leinster championships; winning 26 of 27 matches, 42-year-old Gavin stated the Dubs are not certain to win anything this year. “There are no guarantees in life or sport,” he said. “All the trophies have been handed back and we need to earn the right to win those trophies again. “The challenge for us now is to get our game
right and if we do we will be in a position to compete for honours.” Dublin have no major injury concerns ahead of their provincial defence and news of Ger Brennan’s progress will be a welcome boost. However, 2013 Philips Sports Manager of the
troversy over its use in the drawn Tyrone and Down game. But Gavin feels the rule is preventing foul play and will take time to adopt and get used to. “I think the black card is working as we’re not seeing cynical fouling in games anymore,” he said. “It’s too easy to blame
‘All the trophies have been handed back and we need to earn the right to win them all over again’ - Jim Gavin
Year Gavin insists that squad selection will be based purely on form rather than reputation. “We’re on track and everything else is good,” said the Round Tower’s clubman. “We have some minor injuries but nothing to rule anyone out yet. “Ger is progressing very well and will be in line for selection, but we will pick guys who are pushing themselves hard in training, getting game time and performing well for their clubs. “The guys who are playing well for their clubs will always be recognised by us. There are no exceptions to that.” One of the major talking points for this year’s championships has been the interpretation and application of the new black card rule. Already in the Ulster SFC there has been con-
the referee all the time and we’re all guilty of that. But if players didn’t engage in cynical play, the referee’s job would be a lot easier. “Change can sometimes be difficult to accept,” he added. “But it has been endorsed, the rule is here to stay and we need to accept that mistakes will be made from time to time.” There has also been an ongoing debate over whether the Dubs should play matches outside of Croke Park. While many counties claim playing at GAA headquarters gives Dublin an unfair advantage, Gavin says he and his team are happy to play anywhere. “We’ll go anywhere,” he said. “We’re quite comfortable to travel wherever we have to go to play.”
Irish riders Sarah Ennis and Ciaran Glynn put in impressive jumping performances on their mounts Stellor Rebound and Killossery Jupiter Rising respectively recording clear rounds to put them in third and fourth places at the Irish Field CCI threestar eventing competition held last weekend at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair. Ennis and Glynn recorded two of only six clear rounds in the show jumping aspect of the annual eventing championship, pushing them into the upper levels of the field after the dressage and crosscountry elements. British rider Izzy Taylor on Allercombe Ellie had gone into the final round of competition in the lead after the cross-country phase to claim the Irish Field trophy, and held off the challenge of Louise Harwood and the Irish Sport Horse Whitson. For the fourth year running, course designer Ian Stark displayed his creative flare, producing what riders have described as an “inviting but challenging and unique course” that tested their mettle. Over 23,000 spectators over the four days of competition enjoyed the good weather and competition at the Ratoath venue. In the George Mernagh Memorial CIC***, British-based New Zealand rider Tim Price and Wesko claimed the title, passing overnight leader Millie Dumas and Artistiek, who had six time faults in the final phase. In third place was last year’s winner, Australia’s Bill Levett and Improvise. Commenting on the event, Tattersalls Ireland managing director Roger Casey said: “We are very proud of how the international horse trials went over the last few days. I spoke during the week about this event being an enduring legacy of the late George Mernagh [the former Tattersalls managing director who passed away in 2011] and today, on his birthday, I sincerely believe that we have honoured that legacy. “There is a real sense that the event has taken another giant stride forward this year in terms of its quality and quantity of entries and its overall position in the annual international sporting and social calendar. “I cannot express how grateful everyone involved is to our tireless volunteers and officials, to the supportive owners and competitors and to all those that provide financial support - Horse Sport Ireland, the Irish Sports Council and our generous class and fence sponsors. We will now start to consider how we can improve the event further in 2015 in what will be its 10th year.”
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soccer: epic battle for top spot on last day of season
Local stars shine at Tullamore national meet Local athletes were once again in the ascendancy at the Aviva All Ireland Schools track and field meet which took place in Tullamore last weekend. Colaiste Iosagain’s long-distance specialist Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner claimed the national title in the 1,500m senior event, crossing the line in 4:25.43, 13 seconds ahead of second-placed Elle Fennelly from Mount Anville, who came in narrowly ahead of Maebh Brannigan from Colaiste Iognaid Galway. Cleirigh-Buttner was expected to defend her 800m title which she claimed at the same meet last year, but chose to focus on achieving the world junior 1,500m qualifying time for a second time instead, and came home in style ahead of the field. Alanna Ryan from Loreto Dalkey was a double winner at junior level when she claimed silver and bronze in the 200m and 100m races respectively, missing out on higher honours by mere tenths of seconds in both races. Elsewhere, Brian Masterson from Blackrock College, pictured above, won the boys’ 400m intermediate title with victory over the field in 49.36, ahead of John Fitzsimons of Kildare Town CS in 50.25. Masterson was also part of the 4x100m relay team who claimed silver behind Bandon Grammar School while Blackrock College also claimed silver in the 4x100m junior relay race, narrowly behind Grosvenor Grammar, Belfast, and again were second in the senior version of the same discipline, this time beaten to the gold medal place by Davis College, Mallow by another very narrow margin. In the field events, Max Reid from CBC Monkstown was second in the junior boys’ 4kg hammer throw with a distance of 41.85m Castleknock College star Harry Purcell was awarded the Lar Byrne Memorial Trophy for athlete of the championships after completing a unique 800 and 400m double at the meet, before unfortunately he suffered a hamstring injury as he competed for a third gold for the weekend in the anchor leg of the 4x100m. Purcell’s weekend had already been a success when he recorded the B standard for the 800m at the World junior championship later this summer.
The Cabinteely FC SDFL Under-18 Division 1 team won their league campaign with victory against Rathcoole Boys. Picture: cabinteelyfc.ie
Cabinteely take league crown sdfl u-18 div 1 Rathcoole Boys Cabinteely FC paul murphy
Cabinteely FC’s Under18 SDFL Division 1 team were crow ned league champions last week after defeating Rathcoole Boys in their final game of the season at Frank Cox Park. Cabinteely had been engaged in an epic battle throughout the season with Kingswood FC for top slot, and went into the match knowing only a win would guarantee them the league
title. After a mixed start with some strong tackling, Cabinteely started to take control once the nerves had settled. They patiently worked through-balls behind the Rathcoole defence courtesy of wingers Jack Donnelly and Richard McSweeney, the latter coming close to opening the scoring. Rathcoole replied, with only Dane Burke’s vital interceptions and Jack Brennan’s composure in defence keeping them out. Rathcoole then tested Cabinteely with a string of corners and frees,
a charitable effort Mini-marathon fun for all on the bank holiday a colourful community spirit spread over the city centre last week when the Flora Women’s mini-marathon took place, which saw David Kells, Andy Mulligan, Aiden Crilly and Alex Morton running for Cabinteely to Africa in what has become the largest charity event in the country with good causes benefitting from the efforts of the participants who ran, jogged and walked the 10km route. Picture: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
which keeper Rory Kane dealt with comfortably. T he breakthrough came when Ben Johnson played a ball over the top and, after taking control, Kyle O’Keeffe put Cabinteely ahead. Now in the ascendancy, Cabo pushed on, pressing Rathcoole higher up the pitch with lone striker Diarmo Sexton putting in a sterling performance, which was rewarded when he won a corner. Andy Smith sent in an in-swinging ball that Rathcoole could not deal with and Sexton tucked it away. T he remainder of
the first half was even, with both sides creating chances. Rathcoole looked to play in their tricky right winger but great defending from Luke Allen kept him quiet. Early second half Rathcoole pressure came to nothing, thanks to Dave Barry, who protected Cabo’s back four, and both Smith and O’Keeffe who provided a great outlet. Soon, Smith’s freekick delivery was spot on again and Sexton bundled the ball home at the far post. In spite of their clear advan-
tage, it was still a tense game and O’Keeffe and McSweeney made way for David Neary and Kevin Dunne who provided an extra spark. Dunne was unlucky to be called offside a remarkable five times and Near y was just whiskers away af ter some great work through the middle. Late on, Carroll, Thomas Corless and Conor May came on to shore up the Cabinteely effort and ensure their voyage to the title was complete, topping the league for the first time in the season when it mattered most.
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Local players help Dubs to Leinster title email@example.com
A number of local footballers formed part of the Dublin Under-14 ladies panel who overcame Meath in the Leinster final last Sunday. Kate O’Hogan, Sinead Donoughe and Sarah McMahon from Kilmacud Crokes, Eve Reidy, Christina Hamill, Jessica
Connelly, Roisin McGovern and Siofra O’Brien from Foxrock Cabinteely and Emer Loughlin from Cuala were on the panel as the side overcame their old rivals in a thrilling 3-14 to 4-7 win in Clane. The victory rounded up a clean sweep of Leinster titles for the capital after both the minor and Under-16 squads were
crowned champions in the past month as well. A fantastic performance from Dublin’s forward line was highlight of a fine all-round performance by the young Dubs in the first half which saw Dublin go in ahead at 2-7 to 3-3. The second half was just as good, though Meath threw everything at their
opponents but could never match the scoring prowess of the Dublin girls who held on to grab the four-point win. The girls in blue held on and claimed their first Leinster title since 2011, which means Fearghall Brennan’s side have an All-Ireland semi-final against Connacht champions Mayo.
Club Noticeboard cuala Another great Cuala night out is
Congratulations to Cuala’s Eimear
promised for Saturday, June 7 when
Loughlin and the U-14 Dublin ladies
there will be a game-show themed
Gaelic footballers who beat Meath
party in the club house to mark the
3-14 to 4-7 last Saturday in the Lein-
re-launch of Cuala’s development
ster final. Eimear scored 1-1.
O’Callaghan and Sean Brennan who
to be won on the night, so come on
were all part of the Dublin U-21 panel
down for some great fun and you never
that defeated Laois 1-17 to 1-10 in last
know, you might be lucky.
week’s Leinster quarter-final. Colm
The jackpot currently stands at
football: st sylvester’s end decade wait in mfc
Well done to Colm Cronin, Cian
There will be drinks and spot prizes
nearly €12,000 and our online ticket sales site will go live soon. Hard luck to the senior hurlers who lost out to Lucan in AHL1 last Friday, the final score in 12th Lock was Lucan 0-20, Cuala 0-15.
scored a fantastic 1-3 from play. Cuala’s adult football section start a major fundraising drive with a golf classic in Old Conna GC on Friday, July 4. Tee-off from 1pm to 4.20pm. You can support this event in a number of ways: By entering a team,
There was better news for Cuala’s
advertising your firm by sponsoring a
adult footballers. The first team beat
hole for €100, sponsoring the ‘Longest
Kilmacud Crokes by 1-16 to 0-3 and lie
Drive’ & ‘Nearest the Pin’ competi-
top of AFL2, while the fourth team beat
tions, making a financial contribution
Thomas Davis 0-20 to 1-7 last Thurs-
to the prize fund or by donating a prize
day in AFL10 South.
for the raffle.
Hard luck to the adult ladies who lost
The Junior As are in hurling champi-
out to Man O’War by 3-4 to 3-9 in the
onship action versus Scoill UI Chonaill
junior ladies championship Group B.
in Shankill this week.
shankill The juvenile academy continues
Kilmacud Crokes came back from defeat in the championship to beat the reigning All-Ireland club champions
Kilmacud bounce back to beat St Vincent’s
afl division 1
St Vincent’s Kilmacud Crokes aron hegarty
K ilmAcUd Crokes returned to winning ways at reigning Dublin SFC champions St. Vincent’s in the Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 last week. The Stillorgan-based club won 0-17 to 1-11 at Pairc Na Uinsionn last Wednesday as they bounced back from their recent 10 points loss to Na Fianna. That defeat was Crokes first of the league cam-
paign, but after their three-point win at Vincent’s they are still well placed to challenge Ballymun Kickhams for top spot. A s p o ke s m a n f o r Crokes, who was at the game against Vincent’s, had this to say about the match. “ B o t h s i d e s we r e depleted of their Dublin county players, but started brightly in the opening 10 minutes with scores level at two points apiece. “Crokes then got four unanswered points with Barry O’Rourke to the fore of the scoring as the
visiting team led by four points at half-time.” He continued: “Vincent’s made a good start to the second half and responded strongly by scoring a goal. “Good ball carrying out of defence by Shane Horan and a well-drilled Crokes defence helped restrict Vincent’s before fast moving ball set up O’Rourke to make the game safe late on.” Kickhams, last year’s losing Dublin SFC finalists, currently head the Dublin AFL Division 1 league table by two points after seven matches. But despite exiting the
Dublin SFC to Division 2 side Fingal Ravens, Crokes produced a solid display to see off the Marino-based club. “They [Crokes] had a good appetite for getting back on track after the recent championship loss and were worthy winners in the end,” he said. “Our aim now is to see out the league and finished in the top four of the league for the play-offs at the end of the season.” Crokes are in league action again on Wednesday, June 11 when they host Parnells at Silver Park (throw-in at 7:30pm).
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Our Chase The Ace jackpot at Brady’s of Shankill still rumbles on and is now
The boys’ U-11 team continue to com-
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kilmacud crokes Well done to the Crokes’ cyclists
The senior footballers beat All-
who arrived safely in Mizen Head. All
Ireland champions St Vincent’s in
sponsorship collected will be split
Marino. Great wins also for the foot-
50/50 between the club and Breast
ballers in AFL5 and 7, featuring many
Cancer Ireland. A great achieve-
great club names.
ment. Well done to the Dublin U-21 hurlers who beat Laois.
Congratulations to Leinster camogie champions Sinead, Sarah and Kate: Dublin 3-14 Meath 4-7, great
Best of luck to the minor A football-
goal from the boot of Caoimhe
ers who start the Ballymun tourna-
O’Connor who unleashed a rocket
ment this week.
that clipped the post on its way in.
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The Scoil Cholmcille Senior team celebrate after winning the Section B Girls’ Aviva Health FAI Primary School Fives title at the Aviva Stadium. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Ballybrack school claim All-Ireland soccer crown with fine performances at the Aviva Stadium to become this season’s only Dublin winners nathan kelly
Ballybrack can claim host to All-Ireland champions as of last week after Scoil Cholmcille’s girls soccer stars took the Section B title in the Aviva Health FAI Primary School Fives national finals. The squad, which included eight girls under the guidance of coaches Aidan Boyle and Nessa Farrell, secured the crown after two wins and a draw saw them top their table and claim the All-Ireland schools’ championship. The group stages saw them face Roscommon’s Summerhill NS, Scoil Spioraid Naoimh from Limerick and Donegal’s Woodlands NS,
and the Dun Laoghaire side scored eight goals on the way to the title. Even though it was a league format, Cholmcille’s final game was a winner-takes-all clash which was effectively a cup final which added to the occasion. Speaking after the girls’ success, coach and school principal Aidan Boyle could not hide his delight: “It’s obviously a big deal for the school, it’s the first national title the school has ever won. “We are lucky to have a group of girls who haven’t lost a match in two years. They’ve won a whole host of competitions this year, including the Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland fivea-sides, as well as the girls’ Dublin Cup, which
they won the Thursday before the All-Ireland.” The eight champion players were Courtney Maguire, Bobbi Downer, Molly Murphy, Nadine Clarke, Maya Stubbs, Abbey Corcoran, Dearbhla Grant and Kaci Lawless. The girls also have a semi-final of their league competition to look forward to, which they are also hoping to win, according to the coach. On the occasion of playing in the Aviva Stadium, Boyle spoke of how excited his side were. “Some of them had been there before, in FAI finals and mini-games, but even still it was a huge honour for the players and the coaches. It was a beautiful day, the facilities were amazing, so it was a great experience overall.” The school were the only Dublin winners
from the five different sections on the day which makes the feat that little bit more special. Despite the fives squad being made up of sixth-class girls, the larger girls squad in the school contains a number of fourth- and fifthclass girls, and it will be hoped they can match the success of this year’s senior players next time round. “We have a very strong tradition of soccer here in Ballybrack,” said Boyle. “Our boys actually won the Dublin final this year but lost out in the Leinster, plus we heard many times at the Aviva that we had one of the most impressive teams on show so I’m sure we’ll keep it going next year.”